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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
81
good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a huge, foamy white head that takes about 3 or 4 minutes to fade enough to pour more, leaving tons of lacing on the glass. Excellent looking kristalweizen.

Smell is bananas, nougat, cloves, cinnamon bread and some of that pre-sweetened coconut shavings. Has a grainy nose to it that I have not found in any other kristals, or hefes for that matter.

Wheat and malt flavors outduel the yeasty esters in this beer for the most part. Cloves are the foremost yeast derivative on my buds and has a bit more spiciness than some other versions. I like this one quite a bit, but not as much as the Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier.

twiggamortis420, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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]

RBorsato, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

laituegonflable, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

illidurit, Mar 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev +12%

mrfrancis, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of drpimento
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

drpimento, Sep 15, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Griffith, Feb 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

DmanGTR, Feb 10, 2013
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.

cokes, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Gmann, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Vibrant pale gold pour, with a large but quickly fading head.
Light aroma, hints of pears and banana, some spicy noble hops, but really quite faint.
Flavours are similarly faint, some bready wheat and the slightest banana, with some grainy malt creeping in as well.
Carbonation is way over the top. Very prickly.

CrazyDavros, Nov 26, 2009
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.

merlin48, Feb 06, 2004
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4/5  rDev +12%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

thecheapies, May 01, 2014
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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.

allengarvin, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -16%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
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....

IronDjinn, Jul 03, 2003
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

dsa7783, Jun 07, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

rarbring, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +12%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Todd, Oct 27, 2002
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2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

rastaman, Aug 12, 2002
Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
81 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.