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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
81
good

245 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-11-2002

US import name "Erdinger Weissbier Crystal Clear"
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Photo of monkeybeer
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden yellow, with a large foamy white head and light lacing
S- A slight fruit smell and somewhat bready.
T/M- Taste starts out like a lager with a hops and malt, but finishes with a wheat aftertaste. The beer seems to be a little overly carbonated.
D- This was not bad; I have others from the brewery that was better. Would not turn it down, but would not go out and buy it again.

Photo of Gehrig
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of dense white froth cap a dark golden body, very impressive. Hops, mild fruit and yeast confront the nose, but not enough. The taste is rather good--hopped with hints of bitterness. Well carbonated, this is refreshing and enjoyable--not a Wow! beer, but solid.

Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear honey gold colored, with a thick white head that settles to a film.
it's got a soft aroma, but has plenty to offer. it's a got a bready banana clove smell, with some other spicy components. i find a little bit of sweet lemon too. a little grainy.
the taste is like a very clean hefe. grainy banana and clove round it out. the bread doesn't make the showing in the flavor to the same degree as the aroma. a little undefined bitterness at the finish shortens it up.
the body is fairly light with soft delicate carbonation, very suiting of the beer.
drinkability is good, it's very quenching and disappears pretty quickly. overall, seems to be pretty spot on for a somewhat lackluster style.

Photo of brantadid
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear and light yellow color. Nice inch and a half white head. Diminished quickly with next to no lacing.

Smells like bread or dough. Very faint however.

Tastes like yeast and faint banana. Not much depth of flavor. Very short finish.

Moderate carbonation and a very thin mouthfeel.

I might drink this beer after mowing my lawn on a really hot day, but that is about the only time.

Photo of drpimento
2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a disappointment. A real yawner from an otherwise very good brewery. In removing the yeast they've also removed all the rest of the character. Almost no aroma, very little flavor. Light head and very little lace. The body isn't too good either. Very sharp hard carbonation in the mouth. It's just beer. That's it and that's that.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Dec 31 07

Pours a very clear honey color with 4+ fingers of puffy cream colored head.

S: Slight fruittyness Average lacing & zero head retention

T: Clean tasting wheat malt with lemons up front. Slight fruittyness as this warms along with some honey & lemony taste. Finishes lemony, crisp & slightly fruitty

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium/spritzy carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, sort of a Teutonic version of an American Pale Wheat ( just kidding, I'm sure the Germans did it first!). Not challenging enough to session on but a few go down very easy on a coolish Colorado Summer's day

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass a spritzy light straw yellow with a large blooming white head that settled very slowly,light aromas lightly clovey with hints of apple and toasted grain.Extremely easy going down a tad thin but not watery,mild flavors somewhat toasty and clovey with underlying fruitiness like apple and banana.A good after work beer on a hot day here in the Buffalo area today.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this at the Sunsinger wine shop in Champaign IL with my parents. My dad is a BMC guy, who is occasionally willing to try my "weird beers," and I ordered this for us since I thought that it would be relitively unintimidating and refreshing.

A - Clear macro lager pale yellow hue with a big three finger head that leaves quite a bit of foamy lace on the glass.

S - Fruity and clean with big yeasty donut qualities and some massive buttery diacetyl notes. Butterscotch and pancakes with butter and syrup. Really unique and aromatic.

T - Sweet fruity chewy candy...like Sweedish fish or something. Subdued fruitcake and date flavors behind a massive wall of buttersotch. I personally love diacetyl-laden beers, and this one has it in boatloads.

M - Full bodied, softly carbonated, and chewy. Refreshing with a clean and sweet finish.

D - Excellent. Really fruity, buttery, and thirst quenching. This was an excellent crossover beer for lager-lovers who fear anything dark or hoppy. My dad loved it and actually considered buying something similar for home consumption! I may be getting closer to converting him to good beer!

Photo of stephendr
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle- color of pale bright yellow , with a nice frothy cream colored head - nose of yeast , nice lemon zest, some grass , bubble gum , and malts – taste of lemon , citric acid , malts grass , and yeast - body is a little raw , acidic , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of lemon , yeast , and bubblegum

Photo of billysj
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured in a weissbier glass

Appearance is a dark clear orange with a puffy white head.

Smells of a sweet banana.

The taste is sweet with a smooth mouthfeel.

I like the Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar. I could see myself dinking this one again.

Photo of Phatz
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours head head. Crazy head. The beer poured as almost all head. I filled my large Weizen glass -- and waited -- but the meringue thick white head had the same retention of my Grandmothers pies. It never went down. Finally I set my glass in the sink and just poured the rest of the 16.9 oz bottle into the glass letting the head run over and down the drain. Big head is good but this was nuts. Oh yeah, when I could see beer it was a clear golden color.

Smell: Pale malts a hint of wheat and grass and a pinch of banana and fruit squeeze through the overall clean aroma.

Taste: This is a simple drinkable beer. The banana cloves and yeast are all present and yet it is reserved and clean. I am new to the Kristal Weizen style. This one is a clean and easy as a lager. Maybe that is the signature of this style of Weizen. This one seemed to have a Mia/Bock Dortmunder - esque quality about it. nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slick and very malty medium body with a clean finish.

Drinkability: This is an easy chugger beer. Refreshing and guzzelable, it was a perfect beer after 13 hours of construction work today. Goodness it went down fast and easy.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of seanyfo
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ML Bottle poured into erdinger weissbier glass.

A-pale golden colour, full creamy 2 inch head

S-sweet malts, apples, vanilla

T-vanilla, cloves and bananas as it hits the tongue, sweet appley dry finish

M- lively carbonation, quite thin in body

D- perhaps a little too carbonated for me. a wonderful scent and sweet dry finish does make it a nice example of the style, but the carbonation in the end would put me off. I have had kristall weizens on tap in germany and never found them this carbonated

Photo of neonbrown82
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent Wheat beer, and one of my first (if not THE first) Kristallweiss reviews. Not one of my favorites. I much prefer a Dunkle or a straight-up Hefe, but this will do for now.

The beer pours to a clear golden yellow. Shimmers with a nice carbonation supporting a pillowy white head common in a wheat beer. Looks good so far. I can imagine the regular hefe will look superb without the yeast filtered out. I shall see in a bit.

The smell is very vegetal. A small banana and clove blends in with a soapy DMS aroma. The taste is similar but less vegetal. A bit of a dry lemon zest. More of a chessy hops flavor along with a crisp sweetness. The clove phenolics are more pronounced in the taste as well. Could stand to have just a hint more banana to hide some of the unpleasant DMS flavor. Not one of my favorites, indeed.

The body is fairly full, surprisingly enough. Soft and creamy with a crisp carbonated finish. I do like the way this beer feels in my mouth, but the beer itself is just not quite doing it for me.

I won't drink this Kristalweiss again, but I'm still open to the style. I still love a good wheat beer.

Photo of gosurfobx
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle. Pours a clear (no yeast here) straw color with a massive head that settles down to a finger width leaving some nice lacing. Smell is malty with a slight hint of hops. Taste is like a true weizen with out the yeast. Some clove and banana flavors along with malty start that ends with a bit of hops. Mouth is good with a great level of carbination. A drinkable beer and good intro to the kristal weizen style.

Photo of hunteraw
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: served in a 500 ml bottle at an Italian restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pours a pale gold, big head, very little lacing. "Crystal clear," as sold, but to be honest very average looking. According to my prejudices, any beer that smells and tastes like this one should be cloudy, but I understand this is a Kristal Weizen, not a Hefe. No yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is of citrus fruit, but not particularly strong. Taste is fruity at first, then vinous with a touch of acidity, and finishes with a hint of bubblegum. The bitterness that shows up in the aftertaste reminds one that this is, indeed, beer, and I think that's the right place for hops in a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated! I understand that Bavarian wheats are typically more carbonated, but this seemed excessive - it was hard to taste until it had sat in the glass for a bit. Mouthfeel is like semi-sweet white wine (carbonated).

Drinkability: This was a solid beer, with certainly nothing objectionable in the taste department, but the high carbonation and my preference for taking my wheats "hefe" detract a bit. That said, this could be an excellent gateway beer for someone accustomed to drinking highly carbonated, crystal clear AML's.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with a silver label, best before 03-2006.

App: Good, but not quite as exceptional as normal Erdinger. The bubbles keep coming, but they are coarse. The real downside is that the head isn't as proud and style-defining as the Hefeweizen. Still, it's an Erdinger in an Erdinger Weizenglas, and I'm ready to drink it. The hefty head I poured it with has dissipated in the time it took to write this, and there's sparse lacing around the neck of this vase. Man I'm thirsty.

Smell: Again, not as phenolic and bananay as the Hefe, but free from any skunk, thankfully. Thin, beer-like, and I suppose you'd call it wheaty. If the Hefe is the Vollkornbrot (wholegrain) of wheat beers, this is the American White Bread version. Still, I'm not complaining. Also, it's quite cold, so I'll see if I can detect anything else closer to the bottom of the glass. There's some nice pilsener-style hop aroma...

Taste: Satisfying. Refreshing, and the mouthfeel is the outstanding part. Again, the taste is very dilute compared to the Hefeweizen, which is a favourite of mine. There's a great yeast flavour on the palate - it's pretty subtle, much less so than the yeasty taste of the Hefe, but it's refined and classy. Also a minor hop bitterness rounds this one out quite well actually. I'm more of a fan than when I first poured it.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy, more effervescent than it looks, and it generally delivers the quiet flavours of this beer around your tastebuds well. I'm impressed.

Drinkability: Probably the only part of this beer that is better than the Hefe - it doesn't weigh you down as much. It's summer here in Australia, and on a hot Saturday night, you don't want a warming stout, doppelbock or sweet, strong tripel. This one goes down a treat and if only I had some more in my fridge they would go down too.

An enjoyable beer - but I'm a bigger fan of its beige cousin. I'm one who likes his dark rye and Pumpernickel breads and flavoursome, buttery beers - not just Wonder White and VB. Since this tends towards the latter, I've held back my praise somewhat.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Another beautiful Erdinger! Nice clear golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Yeasty and bready with a perfumed sniff of banana

Taste: Starts out with a wheat bread taste that is joined, mid-palate, by a lemony flavor

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Really not bad; a great summer quaffer

Photo of daliandragon
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of hefevice
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of RocketWidget
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
81 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.