Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

127 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 255
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden colour, head froths up champagne-style, almost had a spillover but instead just got a very attractive dense marshmallowy head taking up half the glass, a thing of beauty. Carbonation is strong. Lacing is quite thick. Great looking beer.

Nose has fair sour wheat characters with a green edge, hints of underripe fruit - apple, peach and sour grapes - although I'm just saying that because Erdinger brews better beer than me. (That's a joke, by the way) Slightly vinous edge to it and a marginal hint of light wood - pine, I guess. Pleasant nose, nice and wheaty.

Taste has always been a letdown on kristalls and sadly this is no exception. Little of the sour, organic notes of the nose; they're instead taken over by a quite insipid sweetness, with a lolly water edge to it. Bright wheaty characters underlie it, but it ultimately has a majority palate of fruit juice, maybe with a little spice on the mid, but that may just be sizzle from the carbonation. Finishes fairly strongly though, with some noticeable hoppy phenols, grassy & dry with a slight spicy bite to them.

Once again I'm underwhelmed by the Kristall of a great Hefe brewer and left wondering why filter the yeast? Sure it's nice to have some variety in your lineup but it just seems like the backbone of the palate has been sapped away and all that's left is a floppy mess of weak and wobbly wheat beer. (1,393 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Franziskaner weizen glass. Crystal clear (imagine that) and gold in color. No matter how slow I pour, the head billows up to ridiculous proportions.

Smell is pilsener-esque, with a little wheat character. Mainly sweet and grainy.

Mellow banana flavor, with faint clove and sweet malt. There's also a metallic note that probably shouldn't be there.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean, but the carbonation is over the top. Pretty refreshing and drinkable. (472 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (759 characters)

Photo of merlin48
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big two and half fingers of head on a hazy, straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is banana bread and orange, faint overall.
The taste is moderately bitter with a light fruit sweetness and a banana finish.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is a great kristalweizen. (301 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (649 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. I presume this is the filtered version of Erdinger's regular Weissbier.

A: Poured into an Erdinger weizen glass. A clear pale-gold hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this steadily reduces to a persistent surface layer.

S: Aroma of vaguely fruity yeast esters with hints of grainy wheat, husks, subtle pear/apple juice, earthiness, stewed leaves and a sulphurous twang in the background. As the style goes this is rather flaccid.

T: Tastes of mildly fruity yeast with a dry, lingering finish. Notes of grain, subtle wheat, bread, fruity yeast esters, mild apples, a hint of banana, earthiness, stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard. Faintly sweet, followed by a prolongued yeastiness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, mild wheat and faint stewed leaves.

O: So-so; not as good as the unfiltered Weissbier (itself hardly the champion of the style). Looks alright, however the aroma and flavour are a lacklustre blend of fruity yeast notes and subtle wheat. None of the bold fruitiness and spicy character that would be expected from a better weizen. Body is OK. Drinkable enough but equally forgettable. No need to hunt it down. (1,438 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +4%

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 IronDjinn
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
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.... (734 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 rarbring
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (443 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- beautiful golden clear body with billowy head and mots of carbonation

S- Malthus and a little skunky. Smells like a euro lager.

T- hmmm this one is tough to rate. Some malt and grain notes. Some weird off taste in the back of my pallet that I cant distinguish except its not pleasant.

M- acceptable for the style

O- disappointed with this german offering. Don't care to try again. (387 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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 bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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!" (522 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
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. (207 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold, huge white head steadily shrinks to rich, foamy ring, some lace.

Aroma is lots of fruity grain, apple, light yeasty bread dough, light herb and hint of mineral.

Taste is light, crisp fruity grain, dough, apple, apple peel, hints of herb, lemon and mineral – all very light and ultimately mostly dominated by mineral, apple and hint of grassy citrus, with the finish being mostly mineral and apple. It has a nice, zesty feel, is light and crisp. Character is light and rather simple, but it’s very pleasant and drinkable, with enough body and character to keep it going. (586 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear golden color with great initial head, that rapidly diminishes to almost nothing, and a little bit of lacing, not bad for a wheat beer.

It has a subtle aroma, very nice, very malty and sweet, with slight fruity/sugary tones to it.

Very nice taste, a crisp and clean, well balanced beer with the types of grain used. A very nice, light hint of banana-clove, just enough to taste.

This is a near smooth and sweet tasting beer, very refreshing. It would be great to cool down with. (504 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Oak Barrel in Hagerstown. Decent looking beer that lives up to the Kristall, pristine looking. Not much to offer to the nose but very tasty, not special but tasty and very smooth. Overall a pretty strong offering that I will gladly have again but not one I will be Jonesing for. (300 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 Pint.9 oz bottle best before end: 02 2010.

Pours an unlimited bone white head (a theme among Erdinger Weißbiers) into my weizen glass. It is, like one might assume, crystal clear, with a ton of bubbles floating to the top. It looks a lot like a darker pilsener or lager.

Smell is typical clovy banana-wheat hefe. Nothing special and not overpowering. In fact, this brew doesn't have much of a smell at all, just a hint of what I just mentioned.

Taste is mild, nothing really here, some fruitiness and banana but overall not too much. This is a bubbly brew and it initially hits you with an avalanche of carbonation but as it warms it gets a smoother, more relaxed mouth feel.

Its highly drinkable and it isn't hard at all to but down a pint of this stuff. It's Germany's light beer equivalent to the US I guess.

Overall this is a pretty filtered and bland hefe, but I wouldn't mind it as a thirst quencher on a hot summer day. (934 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear golden straw with a full inch plus of soapy white head. Head settles slowly and throws off some good lacing.

Nose has wheat and yeast on the nose but is otherwise lacking for the style. A bit of ripe banana exists but is well hidden and subtle and comes with a bit of cloaking malts. A perky carbonation continues. Some noble hops and wheat hide a lager like sense. Feel is more full bodied however giving the beer a decent feel and drink. Unexciting in the taste department, this beer is a bit of a wanderer. Think Weihenstephaner. (597 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (1,207 characters)

Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
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