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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 261
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | 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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden straw colour with a white frothy head that hangs around with nice lacing on glass.

S - Citrus aromas, banana and cloves with some lemon.

T - Citus flavours, banana, cloves and some apples

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - A good beer that is very refreshing for a summer afternoon. (326 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of wheat with notes of bananas, cloves and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional flavors of grainy malts and result in a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very clean on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing, although it's not as thirst quenching as an unfiltered wheat beer. (635 characters)

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Weizen.

A: Pours a clear amber with a fluffy 3-finger white head which receeds to a thin ring. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Bready yeast, bananas, some cloves, hint of orange.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Sweet malt, grain. Slight touch of yeast. Light esters and mild hops. Sweetness prevails here. Fruity, dry finish with an orange-like aftertaste.

D: Smooth, refreshing. Would make a good summer afternoon drink, but not the best of the breed by far. It does go down quickly, though. (522 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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 (436 characters)

Photo of ryanocerus
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with adequate carbonation. The huge thick white creamy head actually stuck a full inch over the lip of the glass. Very nice to look at. The aroma was slightly sweet of citrus and malt. The maltiness carried through into the flavor with the citrusness slilding into the background, although not disappearing. The finish was slightly watery however. This is my least favorite of the Erdinger offerings. (433 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. Best by date of 4/2014. Purchased for $3.79/16.9 oz.

Not impressed with this kristall. 3.5

A – Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a one-finger dense white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a lasting thin layer. - 3.5

S – Wheat with faint citrus, banana and phenolics (but no cloves). – 3.5

T – Crackers and toast with good bitterness. – 3.5

MF – Medium light body with a dry finish. - 4 (436 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (2,098 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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... (509 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into an Erdinger weizen glass by freshness date.

A:
The pour produces transparent bright gold color with thick frothy white head and with good retention. It falls to thin foamy layer and leaves some patches of lace along the glass-side, rather high carbonation.

S:
Malt predominates with akin breadiness, subtle on banana, yeast and clove yet with a hint of floral.

T:
Light on fruity ester, malt is there with a sharp wheat and a bready sweet. Citrus zest moderately flares along with ghost-like bitterness from hop and some spice from clove. Finish is sweet by a clean maltiness.

M:
The body is medium, smooth mouthfeel with a stellar crisp from lively carbonation, dry and clean finish.

O:
It’s a pretty good brew that still have some vitality and gusto even being filtered. (804 characters)

Photo of fallenshadow
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale yellow colouring, similar to a lager.

S - Grass like sweet fragrance.

T - Sweet, decent amount of wheat coming through on it.

M - Fizzy, maybe a little harsh on the tongue.

O - A decent beer in the Erdinger range but not one of the best. Drinkable, enjoyable but I find it somewhat uninteresting. (309 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, just called 'Kristall', and part of the new Erdinger mixed pack, one much more interesting than their previous hefe and dunkel-only offerings.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some thick strands of streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a subtle wheat graininess, a touch of chewing gum, faint banana chip esters, and earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy noble hops. The taste is grainy, lightly crackery pale and wheaty malt, a bit of Rhine Valley white wine gasohol, pithy Pez candy, a still weak banana fruitiness, and the same leafy, weedy and wannabe grassy hops from the nose.

The bubbles are quite active in their swirling and meandering frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight for the style, and a bit edgy from I know not where, to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the fruity wheat and mixed hops frolicking into that good night.

I've always found Kristalweizens to be a dumbed-down (ISAs, anyone?) compromise for those, ahem, new world pussies who can't abide cloudy beer. Given that, what we have here is testament on high - a tasty brew, to be certain, but somehow neutered-seeming, and I'm not even that big of a fan of hefes in the first place, rabble, rabble, rabble. (1,392 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look - pours yellow/gold with a slightly darker hue, very clear, very carbonated, frothy head dissipated rather quickly but left good retention.

smell - has a pilsner malt smell with a hint of bananas

taste - initially tastes like an american light lager, cant really detect any wheat, but it finishes with a caramel sweetness along with hints of banana and spiciness throughout.

feel - crisp and well carbonated. a bit savory with the aftertaste. obviously an easy drinker.

overall - has its attributes but overall is kind of plain/boring (544 characters)

Photo of hefevice
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

The pours with a bright pear color, fizzy tall foam and a lively carbonated spirit.

The nose is light but resembles apple juice, with wheat malts, light yeast and a pear like sweet aroma.

This very light refreshing beer has a tone of orchard sweetness, light bubblegum, wheat, apple, pear and a doughy maltiness.

This seems to be aptly named, as it has a crystal clear complexion, feel and light clean taste. (412 characters)

Photo of billysj
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours slightly pale golden, with a great large white soapy head that dissipates pretty fast, leaving nice lacings. Lots of carbonation in the liquid.

S: Very refreshing, faint yeast and wheat obviously. Green bananas.

T: Very sweet at first but it sets into a nice mix of sweetness and floral hops. Lots of wheat of course, but also bananas. Very refreshing.

M: Short aftertaste with sweetness and some dryness. The body is pretty thin and the carbonation is rich.

D: Nice and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. (531 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a more robust gold color than I expected with a thick and tasty head, but the smell was grain and metallic citrus.

Taste is very honey-grape sweet and malty and smooth overall, nothing pesky like spices or hops or a hint of clove to impede your easy drinking experience.

Definitely make sure to drink it warm, maybe even summer day warm, and enjoy the prickly carbonation. (384 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (921 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,069 characters)

Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
80 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.