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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
81
good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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 daliandragon
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, good old Erdinger. The only bar worth going to in all of Korea has Erdinger Weisse, Dunkelweiss and Kristal on tap all the time and I needed all three to make it through my stint in the Hermit Kingdom. God bless the 3 Alley Pub. Found a half litre bottle at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY.
Pours a classic Hefe look, if a bit less cloudy but with the pale wheaty look and solid waft of foam. The smell is grainy and sweet but otherwise fairly bland. A bit of a citrus note also is detected but not exactly bursting with aroma, is she?
Taste is yeasty and fresh but without that knockout wheat and citrus flavor you get from conventional cloudy wheat beers. A bit of a metallic tase as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit overcarbonated.
This is slightly disappointing. I enjoy a good Hefe but this is not quite the real thing. Worth a try but I'll be sticking with the cloudy stuff from here on out.

daliandragon, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean pale yellow beer with plenty of cabonation bubbles. Has a huge (maybe too big, only had a shaker pint, might have better if I had a Weiss Glass) bright white head with good lace. There are pleasent sweet banana notes in the aroma with some spicey clove in the background. The flavor was quite bland only hints of banana and some spicey hops well after the swallow. I could see where this might be a thirst quenching lawnmower beer but that is the extent of it.

ybnorml, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do you review a beer within its style when you have not tried the style before?
Firstly this beer fits the BA description for style.
It looks great in the glass Clear pale 2.5cm finely frothed head that stayed to the end.
Plenty of bubbles also to the end.
The smell was mild , the normal wheat beer smell was just there (which I dont think is a bad thing)
The thing that impressed me is the balance of the beer.I cant really detail the flavours in the balance but there is a start a middle and an end all of which are distinct and all of which blend together nicely.
There is a honey/tropical fruit touch to the finish
The ample cabonation is cleansing and the subltle tartness is refreshing
Any doubts I have had lingering about wheat beers is now dispelled
I eagerly await to try another Kristal to see where this one stands in the pantheon of beers
Bring on warm summer evenings , where this will excell

jarmby1711, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appropriately named, the beer pours out a crystal-clear pale gold with a substantial--though quickly receeding-head of airy foam. Good aroma of wheat malt, but not any fruitiness or cloviness. First taste is grainy malt, followed by a moderate fruitiness. Finishes clean and crisp, with a light body but lots of carbonation-induced mouthfeel.

This really seems more of an American style wheat beer than a weizen, as it lacks most of the flavors one associates with weissbier. The blandest German weizen I've ever had, in fact.

allengarvin, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn, I was expecting more from this beer. It's a good brew in all aspects, with the exception of the most important: Taste. Poured out to a nice golden color with medium high carbonation and medium lace notes around the glass. Not much of an aroma, but minor hints of grain and some sweetness. Taste was just... bland. It's missing character. Some citrus notes and hints of grain and grass, but just as i'm starting to get a feel for it, it's gone. Finished crisp and clean. Good drinkability, but the addition of solid flavors would really be a perk in this brews corner. I must imagine there are better Kristal Weizens out there. Still worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal, indeed. Sporting a golden straw hue topped with a white lather. Rapid fire carbonation is issued in linear jets.
Subdued aromas of wheat bread, pils malts, and white bread crusts.
Begins with an authoritative nod towards malt, with a concentrated pils/hellesbock syrup equal on both dry crackeriness, and subtle golden raisin fruitiness. Traces of wheat appear immediately afterword, as this turns breadier, dotted with traces with a vague lemon acidity. Any hop contribution is minimal to the point of invisibility.
Medium bodied, with a distinct malt heft, but it veers away from clumsy as the dancing CO2 keeps this drinkable in mouth-swelling swigs.
Simple and plain, it's a bit of an outlier, as most readily indentifiable weizen traits have been filtered out. Weihenstephaner Krystall this ain't...and I doubt anything else is. Tasted blind, I'm sure I couldn't peg this, style-wise, but Dortmunder, Kolsch, and Hellesbock might spring briefly to mind.
But it's not a bad quaff on it's own so long as you aren't jonesin' for anything really wheaty.

cokes, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of hefevice
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. I don't believe this, finally a kristall that I actually like better than its hefe stable-mate. Looks good on the pour, a clear light gold with a dense white head and plenty of life. On the nose while it is more attenuated in the phenols than you would expect from a hefe, there is plenty of ester (banana) there on top of a good malty foundation. The taste starts sweet and malty as expected, there is a very slight hint of the banana in the aroma, and it finishes with just the right amount of bitterness and a little toastiness. Although it is more subtle than you would expect from a hefe, this is more than made up for by the balance. The carbonation is much better than the hefe version as well, which improves the mouthfeel considerably. This is a very refreshing and well balanced beer.

hefevice, May 02, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't misinterpret my scores here; There is nothing wrong with this beer. Its just a little plain for my tastes, and if I was looking for a beer like this, I would choose a Hefe and get a little more flavor.
Pours a Cristal clear golden color, with great carbonation and moderate white head. Smell is distinctly crisp and hoppy. Taste is fine - slightly lemony, very lightly spicy. Nothing to complain about. A good beer, but I just don't get excited about it.

RocketWidget, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden brew.

Smell is light fruitiness and banana with a faint trace of wheat scent.

Taste is lightly sweet and bready with the distinctive banana flavor of a hefe weissen. Clear clean flavor this is like a banana lager. Fairly sharp carbonation.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A very easy to drink brew, that is good anytime. A good beer to convert swill drinkers with.

Zorro, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served in a tall erdinger glass

Pours with a clear yellow body, puffy foamy head forms, not quite as full and fluffy as the standard weiss

Smell, slight yeasty, slight hint of fruit, but pretty limited

Taste, dry and refreshing, slight hint of fruity esters but less than the weiss or even the dunkel

Not bad, too filtered (although it is the style), goes down easy though, very drinkable and good on a hot day

cypressbob, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of 57andcounting
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer. Not overpowering in any area. You can drink more then one of these. This beer would probably appeal to a lady who is not into the fuller flavor and cloudiness of many Weiss biers.

Pours a real nice head long lasting lightly tan colored head. Clear rich gold color to the beer itself. Soft wheat and malt smell, clean and light. Flavor light but fills the mouth, very balanced, wheat little fruit, a little body, not heavy, feels nice in the mouth. No after taste.

Refreshing.

57andcounting, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of merlin48
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle pours a beautiful clear canary color with a huge, rocky, white head that sticks around forever before fading to ring and sheet lacing. Very impressive to view. Aroma is, well, hmmm. If there is an aroma, it's faint hints of grass and pale malts. Mouthfeel is average, being light bodied and very carbonated. Taste is puzzling. Basically, there is none to speak of, other than faint lemony citrus, wheat, and something metallic. It's very refreshing, for sure, and is easily drinkable with no offnotes. Very disappointing considering how impressive it looks in the glass. I could easily guzzle a few of these, if I were thirsty, but I could satisy my thirst a lot cheaper with Miller Lite or water.

merlin48, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear filtered hefeweizen, golden in color with a frothy billowing white head lace is spread evenly in webbed patterns, nice. Aroma: Some banana and clove scents survive the filtration sharp malted wheat sharp sweetness not bad seems spritzy and really carbonated. Taste: Hints of the banana and clove with a spritzy wheat base flavors blend well together but this one just keeps me yearning for a more citrusy unfiltered hefe. Mouthfeel: Very refreshing but does indeed lack body compared to most wheat beers I'm accustomed to, spritzy extreme carbonation very hard to get a good pour took some work and patience. Drinkability: One of the most perfect lawnmower beers not too complex in anyway just good ol' refreshing on a hot day.

WVbeergeek, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a disappointing beer from Erdinger as it lacks flavor in my opinion. It poured a huge rocky, frothy white head with a carbonated and clear body with a yellow-gold hue. The nose consisted of malt, banana and clove. The flavor was sweet with a smooth and thin mouthfeel.

hotstuff, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 500ml bottle. Thick white head, dissappeared after a few minutes. I really like the mouthfeel as the carbonation bubbles in your mouth. The beer is light golden in color. Its a pretty drinkable wheat beer, light in flavor with not much of an aftertaste.

HappyHourHero, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I wasn't quite expecting this all the way around. Poured from a 500ml brown bottle with freshness date marked on back label. Very crystal clear golden in appearance, with a huge white foamy head for a fanfare, stuck around a long time, receded to a thin cap and left some great lacing. Not cloudy like an average wheat ale, but that would be because it's "kristall-klar". Crisp metallic nose on it, and the faintest scent of spice. Flavour is of sweet malt, some banana, hardly any trace of hops. Mouthfeel may be a little watery, but this is honestly one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had in my life. Could be trouble, but I'd almost be willing to welcome it. To think I couldn't even stand wheat beers some time ago....

IronDjinn, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold color. Had lots of carbonation on pour, but had none as it sat (lack of yeast is the reason, I suffice). Similar action with the head: lots on pour, small as it sits. Smelled of faint banana and cloves, but was mostly a straight wheat body. Taste was again faint banana and cloves, though mostly malt. Hearty in a light wheaty way. A very clean and clear taste with quite a creamy and dry finish.

Very drinkable, better than most pilseners in my opinion. But without the yeast this weisse is boring and without the classic benefits: none of the phenols, flavors, or hangover protection of a hefe-weisse. I guess it serves its purpose, a plain and simple throw-it-back beer.

nomad, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is clear and pale, but a huge fluffy head forms. This is a highly drinkable brew, pretty refreshing. It's like a very mellow hefe-flavor in a way, but also very lager-like. It didn't excite me too much. I'd much rather drink a cloudy ass hefe-weizen. But this beer is worth a try.

AudioGilz, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudless golden yellow to light amber color, the head impressive in size, frothy in texture and the lace nice thick clinging sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominated nose, with that refreshing spritzy citrus crisp and clean tone. Mostly malt at the front, slightly sweet, the top skinny in feel, the finish mellow in its acidity, pleasing in its hop spicy bite, dry lingering aftertaste, quite a refresher no matter the time of year.

Gusler, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright clear yellowish-straw with a pillowy creamy white head and very active carbonation. Light yeasty and grain aroma and taste. A bit restrained for the style. Light bodied, effervescent, and refreshing.

Very similar to the unfiltered version before that one is swirled (big difference is the color afterwards).

[16.9 oz bottle for $1.99]

RBorsato, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 0.5l bottle purchased and consumed in Berlin, Germany. Freshness date. "Die Prickelnde Frische" = "No Yeast For You" on the label, which is important to note.

Appearance: Poured into a proper Erdinger Weisbbier glass, it produced a crystal clear golden beer with a thick white foam head -- awesome stick and stay!

Smell: Clean overall, with light aromas of steel and grain. Mention of spice.

Taste: An even, medium body. Soft malt flavours and sweetness cradle a subdued fruity character. Very faint banana. Thin floral hop flavour with a citrus edge and touch of spice. Mineral character throughout the beer. Finish fades into a palatable dryness.

Notes: A helluva beer, and spot on for the style. A clean, clear, tasty and very drinkable wheat beer. Exactly what it should be.

Todd, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of yen157
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden brew with a big, fluffy, white head that doesn't go away too soon. It had prickly carbonation, and like the name said, it was crystal clear. The beer was fairly dry up front and had a pretty substantial malt flavor with a hint of vanilla on finish. Also, there was just a little bit of hops for balance. Good beer.

yen157, Sep 24, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The complexity of this beer would be increased if there were yeast. Not to say the taste is one dimensional or bland, because the lemony, bubblegum, and vanilla flavors are reasonably enjoyable. But this beer could have used a spark. The nose was of banana, ultra subtle clove and malty wheat. It is a really, really light (not watery) beer to drink. If a wheat beer is ideal during the summer heat, this beer must really hit the spot in Death Valley in July.

"Die Prickelnde Frische" translates to "No Yeast For You!"

bditty187, Sep 12, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After pouring this brew in a glass it had a golden hue with tight white foam. After that it was all down hill. Where was the wheat? It had no bitter taste, but it like drinking a type of lager with no flavor. Pleasent after taste, but after taste of what? First and last time! Where's the Wheat??????

BeerManDan, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of rastaman
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes more lagery than anything like a wheat beer, their regular wheat isn't that flavourful anyway, so why the hell would you want to drink a filtered version of it, kind of tasted a bit artificial aswell.

rastaman, Aug 12, 2002
Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
81 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.