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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
81
good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
US import name "Erdinger Weissbier Crystal Clear"

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-11-2002)
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Photo of laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden colour, head froths up champagne-style, almost had a spillover but instead just got a very attractive dense marshmallowy head taking up half the glass, a thing of beauty. Carbonation is strong. Lacing is quite thick. Great looking beer.

Nose has fair sour wheat characters with a green edge, hints of underripe fruit - apple, peach and sour grapes - although I'm just saying that because Erdinger brews better beer than me. (That's a joke, by the way) Slightly vinous edge to it and a marginal hint of light wood - pine, I guess. Pleasant nose, nice and wheaty.

Taste has always been a letdown on kristalls and sadly this is no exception. Little of the sour, organic notes of the nose; they're instead taken over by a quite insipid sweetness, with a lolly water edge to it. Bright wheaty characters underlie it, but it ultimately has a majority palate of fruit juice, maybe with a little spice on the mid, but that may just be sizzle from the carbonation. Finishes fairly strongly though, with some noticeable hoppy phenols, grassy & dry with a slight spicy bite to them.

Once again I'm underwhelmed by the Kristall of a great Hefe brewer and left wondering why filter the yeast? Sure it's nice to have some variety in your lineup but it just seems like the backbone of the palate has been sapped away and all that's left is a floppy mess of weak and wobbly wheat beer.

laituegonflable, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear golden straw with a full inch plus of soapy white head. Head settles slowly and throws off some good lacing.

Nose has wheat and yeast on the nose but is otherwise lacking for the style. A bit of ripe banana exists but is well hidden and subtle and comes with a bit of cloaking malts. A perky carbonation continues. Some noble hops and wheat hide a lager like sense. Feel is more full bodied however giving the beer a decent feel and drink. Unexciting in the taste department, this beer is a bit of a wanderer. Think Weihenstephaner.

HalfFull, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 Pint.9 oz bottle best before end: 02 2010.

Pours an unlimited bone white head (a theme among Erdinger Weißbiers) into my weizen glass. It is, like one might assume, crystal clear, with a ton of bubbles floating to the top. It looks a lot like a darker pilsener or lager.

Smell is typical clovy banana-wheat hefe. Nothing special and not overpowering. In fact, this brew doesn't have much of a smell at all, just a hint of what I just mentioned.

Taste is mild, nothing really here, some fruitiness and banana but overall not too much. This is a bubbly brew and it initially hits you with an avalanche of carbonation but as it warms it gets a smoother, more relaxed mouth feel.

Its highly drinkable and it isn't hard at all to but down a pint of this stuff. It's Germany's light beer equivalent to the US I guess.

Overall this is a pretty filtered and bland hefe, but I wouldn't mind it as a thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

crossovert, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz slim design brown pop top bottle with classic Erdinger label and clear best by date

Appearance: Bright gold beer with huge streaming carbonation and a big puffy white head with good retention

Smell: Mild wheat, light sweet spice, light banana, and very light pilsener graininess

Taste: Lighter, less fruity, slightly grainier typical hefe taste...not a style I go for typically, but this is nice

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Solid, refreshing; my favorite of the Erdinger lineup

BedetheVenerable, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a huge, foamy white head that takes about 3 or 4 minutes to fade enough to pour more, leaving tons of lacing on the glass. Excellent looking kristalweizen.

Smell is bananas, nougat, cloves, cinnamon bread and some of that pre-sweetened coconut shavings. Has a grainy nose to it that I have not found in any other kristals, or hefes for that matter.

Wheat and malt flavors outduel the yeasty esters in this beer for the most part. Cloves are the foremost yeast derivative on my buds and has a bit more spiciness than some other versions. I like this one quite a bit, but not as much as the Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier.

twiggamortis420, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd to last obscure style left to review...here goes.

Poured into a curvy Schwelmer Weizen glass, though not as top-heavy as an Erdinger glass, it will have to do. Intensely rapid trails of carbonation, four fingers of sparkling foam on a careful pour. The carbonation bubbles look larger than most, tiny perfect spheres. Surface of the foam begins to resemble a fried egg as the foam sticks to the edges, with it's circular center raised in the middle. The fluffy head has maximum staying power. I'm missing the cloudy goodness of an unfiltered Hefe already though.

Aroma reminds me of a Berliner Weisse, straightforward wheat, some dustiness and mineral notes, no banana. Flavor is fairly pedestrian, a light dusty sweetness with a bare hint of banana aftertaste and papery oxidation. Carbonation is rapid and prickly. Very quenching for a summer day. I'd revisit this in hopes of a fresher sample someday.

music: Bern - Father 12" - A. Me (Traum Schallplaten)

emerge077, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle at a German restaurant, on to the beer:

Lots of bubbles rise through this straw blonde colored beer to the top of the creamy fluffy head. It smells "plain". A little wheat malt sweetness in there, and not much else. Tastewise, it has that aroma sweetness, but it is more intense. Sweet like honey creackers, pie crust, and grape nuts. It has a high carbonated feel, like a sparkling beverage. I actually found that part to be refreshing for this style.

Sometimes, less is more. Take out the yeast of an Erdinger Hefeweizen, and this becomes a little more interesting.

DoubleJ, May 16, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic, for lack of weizen glass.

A: Clear light golden brew with a HUGE 3 finger white head that sticks around for the whole session.
S: Inviting fresh aroma; metallic and a grainy/wheat smell.
T: Banana, metallic, and crisp wheat right off the bat. Wet grains, some light spices in and out of the glass, and sometimes, there were flavors of absolutely nothing.
M: Lighter-bodied with tons of great, refreshing carbonation.
D: This beer is so pleasant to drink. Though I prefer unfiltered wheat styles, I look forward to buying a few of these for the hot Cali summer!

washburnkid, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of krunchie
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Franziskaner glass at 10.1°C (approx 50°F)

A: Crystal clear (as the name suggests), yellow liquid. You can see right through it. Love the color! Very fluffy white head, which lasts the entire review and longer. Beautiful!

S: Malted wheat, yeast, banana and perhaps some mandarin orange. Much more like a Hefe than a Kristall, but still good.

T: A little like a lager actually. Wheat malt, little hop aroma and VERY sweet. Almost like vanilla. Actually, there's a lot of vanilla aromas in this. Nice, but a bit too much on the sweeter side than expected.

M: The head makes it thick, creamy and fluffy, however the body is quite light (maybe medium). Once again, a bit too sweet

D: Very easily drinkable, even flow of CO2 and a smooth and thirst quenching satisfaction. Perfect summer brew

krunchie, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5L stein.

Appearance: poured a very clear, yellowy orange light color. Yielded a nice 2 finger head that dissapated quickly. No lacing present.

Smell: Smells much different than typical german hefeweizens. Very little malty character came through and there was a distinct soapy almost detergent aroma comming through. Still it was fresh smelling and nice, just not typcial for the other german hefes ive had.

Taste: Tastes pretty good. Not overpowering or memorable by any means. Sorta a typical run of the mill german hefe. Fresh tasting and very light, even for this style.

Mouthfeel: Although it yielded a decent head, it dissapated quickly which threw me off as to why this beer was so carbonated. Its a little too much for me, but its got nice texture.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, goes down smooth. Nothing crazy here, but its a terrific replacement for bud light or whatever run of the mill football or sports beer there is. Good session, but there are betting ones out there for sure.

Augustiner719, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle

Pours a clear yellow orange color with a large white head that leaves some soapy sticking. Soft but sparkling nose of lemon seltzer, citrus peel and smooth toasty wheat. Bright in flavor, toasted wheat with a larger than expected hop character throughout especially late palate. The aftertaste really hurts this beer for me, cidery sweet red apple notes moving into a machine type of funk. Very light in body with lots of lively carbonation, all and all a very drinkable beer.

ATPete, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jiggahertz
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge three finger foamy head on tpo of a pale golden translucent pour, not much lacing.

S: Not much on the nose, slight metallic and grain.

T: Sweet up front, then a hint of banana. Finish is of light citrus and floral hops.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

D: Could drink a lot of this, nice cleansing finish.

jiggahertz, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Quej
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light clear golf, bubbly white head and fierce effevescence.
S - Sweet and quite metallic with bits of sourness. Not strong smelling.
T - Very light tasting, smooth. Some wheat and straw tastes detectable. Almost no significant tastes whatsoever.
M - Very light bodied, overcarbonated.
D - I could drink it all day, but water is cheaper.

Quej, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looks great in my Erdinger glass. A big frothy head that has great retention. Very obvious carbonation. Crystal clear golden colour.

The aromas are a bit clean for my liking. Grain and not a lot else. I was hoping for some more phenolics perhaps.

A bit of the phenolics come through on the palate. Some malt. Very drying. A bit of spiciness at the back.

Medium bodied.

A good refreshing wheat beer.

Macca, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Erdinger Kristallklar is a pale golden ale that is, in fact, crystal clear. The white head is huge and pillowy and leaves wonderful fuzzy navel lacing. The aroma is smart and tart. The fruity hops smell like they're from a deep forest. In the mouth, it's a touch thin and gritty. It belies the soft appearance of the head. Smooth, nonetheless. The flavor is simple hops and a light but meaty grain that ends up a bit grassy tasting. There is a candy-like aftertaste-- like Sweet Tarts. Dare I say it's malic? It tastes like a handful of Runts candy-- leaving the banana ones in. I'm fussy with wheat beers but this one is really mature and refined... and crystal clear!
(rated Jul 24, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: golden yellow color with carbonation 2 finger head with lacing.
Nose: malt, wheat, straw, and a hint of citrus.
Taste: Wheat, yeast malt character with hints of citrus.
Body: thin, not watery
Finish clean easy drinking. I really enjoyed drinking this beer.

colts9016, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of curasowa
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving was from a 16oz. bottle that was a month past it's sell by date (guess that's why it was on sale)

Clear, yellow color with great foamy head and good lacing - a good looking beer. Aroma was pretty faint, just a hint of citrus. Fairly thin body with some nice sweetness that gives way to a bit of bitterness before finishing fast and clean. Overall, a very drinkable if not terribly flavorful beer.

curasowa, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like a German's take on a Bud Light with more wheat. Pours fizzy yellow with an oversized white head. Corn, wheat, sugar, and metal in the aroma. Wheat with very little bubblegum and clove flavors which quickly disappear for a lager-like finish.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a very bright hay gold color with good lacing and a nice white head. It has a strong weizen aroma. The usual cloves banana, cloves and spices. The taste strongly resembles the smell except there are some citrus and floral esters from the hops. The mouthfeel is fizzy with a little burn and pretty light. It is to drink and a great anytime beer.

MTNboy, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color, typical of a kristalweizen with a nice frothy-ish head that has decent retention. Looks like the style. Good so far.

Aroma: Mild aroma..banana, cloves, some lemon. A pretty soft aroma really. Expected from this style

Taste: Pretty light, some lemon, some banana and cloves. Much milder than the hefe version, as it should be.

Mouthfeel: Clean, nice carbonation lending itself to crispness. Goes down well.

Drinkability: Good, considering the style. Light and refreshing.

Overall, I would prefer the Weihenstephaner version over this one, which is much softer on the palate. This one is still pretty good though

kshankar, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear golden color with great initial head, that rapidly diminishes to almost nothing, and a little bit of lacing, not bad for a wheat beer.

It has a subtle aroma, very nice, very malty and sweet, with slight fruity/sugary tones to it.

Very nice taste, a crisp and clean, well balanced beer with the types of grain used. A very nice, light hint of banana-clove, just enough to taste.

This is a near smooth and sweet tasting beer, very refreshing. It would be great to cool down with.

JamesS, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Ch1mpy
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden colour with white head.

Distinct banana smell. Not many other flavours really shine through.

Spicy taste of banana and cloves. The taste is brought forward by the carbonation which I feel is just on the right level for this type of beer.

This was a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting such a highly drinkable beer and I can honestly say that I prefer this one over both the Erdinger dunkelweizen and their hefe.

Ch1mpy, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance poured a light golden straw color with a thick healthy head. Smell is like bread dough sweetened with light honey. Taste is lightly sweet and spicey with a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with good carbonation. This is one beer I would drink on a warm evening simply sipping and enjoying.

Bookseeb, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Pale, clear yellow with 4 fingers or more of head. Decent retention and some minimal lacing.

S - Slight banana with strong phenols. Mild wheat malt shows up briefly.

T - Banana is faint early on, but by mid to late palate bubblegum/phenolic taste is dominate. Smooths out for the finish.

M - Highly carbonated and pretty thin. Solid but nothing awesome.

D - An easy, but boring and expensive beer to kill a night with.

PatrickJR, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a light, golden-colored hue that strongly resembled applejuice...
Moderate head with a minimal amount of lacing...
Subtle aroma rendolent of cloves, bananas, and citrus with apparent carbonation bubbling...
Taste replete with lemons, honey, and a slight hint of oranges... Spritzy, seltzer-like mouthfeel with a slight pepperish bite to match...
Nice mouthfeel - crisp and clean with a good level of drinkablity...
Not bad...

dsa7783, Jun 07, 2008
Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
81 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.