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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.26/5  rDev -8.9%

500ml Bottle from Tesco (£2.19):
Clear amber to gold colour with a thumb sized head that is full of fairly large, rough looking bubbles that settle to a thing lacing on the top of the beer that starts to turn patchy.

Light with some wheat and faint grassy hops, almost coming across as a pale lager in places as apposed to a wheat beer. This soon passes with some citrus and light banana followed by some background malts and bread.

Wheat, malts and banana start things off, with the latter coming through stronger than it did in the nose. There is some cloves, a light citrus taste and touches of bread too, plus some background fruits.

Lively with a fairly good balance and a medium body with a very slightly sticky mouthfeel. The beer was quite an easy one to drink although it did come across as a little bland in places.

Quite a strange beer initially and started almost like a pale lager with light malts and very faint grassy hops before the kristalweizen in it started to shine through. Not a bad effort overall but there are certainly better, and more readily available, Erdinger beers out there to be had.

01-29-2014 14:20:08 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Vixie


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a clear yellow with a full white head. Decent carbonation, and the head seems to linger a bit.

Smells like a typical wheat beer, malty up front with hints of banana and pepper spice.

Malty up front, then a bit of banana and clove. Also has a hint of citrus.

Feel is pretty nice, although there is a lot of carbonation, adds a bit of a tingle to it.

Not the best wheat beer I've tried, but not bad either. It is refreshing, and has enough flavor to keep me wanting more. A good summer beer.

07-22-2012 00:54:36 | More by Vixie
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North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

06-11-2008 05:55:54 | More by PatrickJR
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

A crystal(!) clear pale straw colored brew, very few bubbles, a thick white head that recedes slowly and leaves some lacing.

The smell is rather weak, sweet citric (lemon/orange), some general spiciness, a bit of bready yeastiness.

Some sett bread upfront, lemon sourness, a light zesty bitterness at the end.

Medium carbonation, a smooth and pleasant mouth feel.

All in all - a bit tame, and a bit too sweet to be really thirst quenching.

06-27-2010 15:25:51 | More by rarbring
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a tulip fluted glass, best by 07-2012. This pours a massive head, in fact the entire 18oz glass if nothing but head right now, as it dissipates it turns a clear pale light yellow color. The smells are of yeast esters, banana and wheat. The feel is mostly light. The taste is okay, its pretty light and refreshing, but light taste and no hop presence, not enough flavors for my usual preference. Perhaps this would be okay on a warm summer day.

08-02-2012 03:56:46 | More by DavidST
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

A decent little beer that could be easily confused with a Pilsner with too many esters. The wheat malt makes for a full flavored beer with strong wheat sweetness and a fresh, raw grain flavor. Bready, peppery, and lemony from nose to finish. Hints of bubble-gum, bananna , and clove dance in the background, but never gain prominence. Light hopping allows the grain / bread flavors to become dominant. Lightly acidic and carbonic to the mouth with a clean, refreshing finish. A lingering grain flavor keeps me from giving this beer more of a nod.

06-03-2008 01:50:00 | More by BEERchitect
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

A: Crisp, golden color with a large head that dissipates quickly

S: Typical citrus and spice characteristics, with a bit of bread in the back.

T: Coriander, corn, and wheat

M: Thin and carbonated

D: Easily drinkable on a hot day, goes down easily

Overall: An easy and simple example of the style, but it tastes a bit too much of corn to seek out again.

09-08-2010 22:08:40 | More by kcbaby
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3.31/5  rDev -7.5%

Best before 2/2014.

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, sugar, and slight fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is pretty lacking in traditional weizen aromas and flavors, even for the style.

05-26-2013 06:04:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a pale straw color with some honey highlights, very much like a macro. However it does have a beautiful rocky pure white head that takes its time settling into a cap leaving some spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty blah, sweet pale malt with a slight tin like note. The taste is sweet but fairly clean. Seems to have a corn or adjuct type flavor and sweetness but none of the gross aftertaste. Any of the yeasty goodness has been filtered out of this brew, perhaps a very light banana creme pie flavor but that is it. The weizen has a light but not watery body, fizzy carbonation which leads to a crisp feel. Sweet overall but not cloying. This is quite a refreshing beer but it is boring. Definitely needs some more of the yeast flavors to come through.

10-03-2010 04:35:47 | More by Gmann
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Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

11-03-2005 23:47:12 | More by ybnorml
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

08-18-2006 06:04:45 | More by neonbrown82
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

09-22-2005 02:32:05 | More by allengarvin
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Filtered wheatbeer, 0.5 l bottle, bought on a short trip to Germany.

Golden colour, good head on this, but very disappointing carbonation on this sample.

Smell is more pilsner-like than the hefeweizen version: it has less of the banana, and more of the standard hoppyness in the flavour too.
Smell and flavour are faint all over.

Watery mouthfeel, and the lack of carbonation isn't helping the experience.

It's an easy drinkable beer, but it's not at all the more lively experience that a standard hefeweizen gives.
All in all, quite disappointing to me.

09-17-2010 12:58:52 | More by RuudJH
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

12-30-2002 13:08:06 | More by Gusler
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Best before 9-2011.

Poured into a pilsner: Transparent apple juice yellow with plenty of small, fast nucleation bubbles. Shiny. Four fingers of sudsy, large-beaded head with some nice rising action.

Never would have guessed this was a wheat by the smell: slighty mineral, musty lager smell with a little apple & lemon tartness.

Taste follows suit, like a cross between a mild apple cider or even sparkling apple juice & a basement-y helles. Some sugars in the aftertaste, but with a dry, seltzer kind of center.

Active, crisp & a little tingly, not too far from champagne. A little on the sharp side, but not too bad.

Reminded me a lot of some Euro pale lagers I've had, & again with a character not unlike champagne. I miss the smooth creaminess of a traditional hefe, though this will do. Nothing too challenging about it, easy enough to drink, though I'm not sure I'd jump at the chance to try it again.

03-28-2011 21:03:26 | More by OneDropSoup
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Here's a different wheat beer, there is no hefe, its clear without the yeast so it lacks the stronger flavor that a hefeweisen has. Clean, smooth mouthfeel. 500ml. The U.S. importer is Wine Warehouse City of Commerce, CA.

05-15-2002 16:21:06 | More by jdhilt
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Apple-y blonde color with a fluff of three fingers of head. Excellent head retention in the glass. Looks good.

Stale bread, wheat and crusts, hint of lemon, light banana, and crabapple. Lots of German musty qualities, exemplary of a not-so-fresh bottle. Label says she's good til June. Erdinger never knocks it out of park for me, anyway. Pedestrian kristalweizen nose.

Custardy yeast, wheat grain, lost citrus notes, and a mild banana-esque finish. Somewhat grassy with a spiciness, like white pepper, in the backend; mixing cream and burning carbonation, along the way. Not a whole lot going on. Tastes like a good base beer for a summer shandy.

05-01-2014 21:18:35 | More by thecheapies
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

11-05-2003 02:25:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-14-2012 05:13:38 | More by tclapper
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-04-2014 06:53:44 | More by Big_Dave
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-11-2013 11:42:53 | More by allstar255
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2013 15:20:33 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-13-2013 14:52:51 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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]

12-16-2002 11:12:36 | More by RBorsato
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-10-2014 10:54:07 | More by ChuckS
Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
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