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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
81
good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 seanyfo
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +3.1%
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
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.15/5  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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.

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.

Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
81 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.