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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar - Erdinger Weissbräu

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 magictrokini
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like a German's take on a Bud Light with more wheat. Pours fizzy yellow with an oversized white head. Corn, wheat, sugar, and metal in the aroma. Wheat with very little bubblegum and clove flavors which quickly disappear for a lager-like finish.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by March 2014

Pours a golden straw color with a slight haze to it, good sized white head, fades at a moderate pace with hardly any lacing.

Smell has a sweet malt aroma, slightly grassy notes.

Taste starts out with a sweet malt flavor with hints of banana fruitiness, a decent grassy like bitterness follows, carbonation is on the high side but helps lend a dry finish necessary for this beer.

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Photo of bump8628
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L Euro bottle with a clearly marked freshness date.

Clear and golden with a nice head of white frothiness atop.

Lots of grainy wheat and warm bread notes with a cutting lemongrass hoppiness and very mild yeast-derived notes of vanilla and clove. Clean and flavorful. Could be mistaken for a well-made German lager if not for the distinctive wheatiness.

An easy drinker to start the day off.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this at the Sunsinger wine shop in Champaign IL with my parents. My dad is a BMC guy, who is occasionally willing to try my "weird beers," and I ordered this for us since I thought that it would be relitively unintimidating and refreshing.

A - Clear macro lager pale yellow hue with a big three finger head that leaves quite a bit of foamy lace on the glass.

S - Fruity and clean with big yeasty donut qualities and some massive buttery diacetyl notes. Butterscotch and pancakes with butter and syrup. Really unique and aromatic.

T - Sweet fruity chewy candy...like Sweedish fish or something. Subdued fruitcake and date flavors behind a massive wall of buttersotch. I personally love diacetyl-laden beers, and this one has it in boatloads.

M - Full bodied, softly carbonated, and chewy. Refreshing with a clean and sweet finish.

D - Excellent. Really fruity, buttery, and thirst quenching. This was an excellent crossover beer for lager-lovers who fear anything dark or hoppy. My dad loved it and actually considered buying something similar for home consumption! I may be getting closer to converting him to good beer!

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Photo of rangerred
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge fluffy white head. Unfortunately, the head retention is quite poor and it also leaves not a trace of lacing as it fades.

Aroma of orange peel, lemon, and a hint of caramel and toast. A tiny bit of clove and bubblegum as well.

The flavors are somewhat muted but there are notes of orange and clove along with more caramel. Mouthfeel is very full and slick as is typical for the style but the finish is a bit of the sticky side. Nice lively carbonation.

Overall, a decent wheat beer but far from the best I have had. Nice to pick up every once and a while for a change of pace.

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Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 0.9oz bottle into a weizen glass. The bottle has a freshness date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body is clear, golden yellow in color and toped off with a tall loosely packed head. Most of the larger bubbles settle out quickly leaving a thin creamy covering. This holds on well and makes some slick lacing which slides right down the glass as I drink.

Smell: Its nose is lighter than most wheat beers but offers some mild fruity wheat with light notes of clove, banana and hop spice.

Taste/Palate: The flavor starts with a base of light grain and wheat mixed with mild notes of clove and fruity yeast. There is only a slight banana note and mild sweetness. Hops add a nice floral spice and crisp dryness to the neutral finish. On the tongue it has a fairly crisp light feel with balanced carbonation.

Notes: Its very drinkable with good clean wheat beer flavor.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Erdinger Kristallklar is a pale golden ale that is, in fact, crystal clear. The white head is huge and pillowy and leaves wonderful fuzzy navel lacing. The aroma is smart and tart. The fruity hops smell like they're from a deep forest. In the mouth, it's a touch thin and gritty. It belies the soft appearance of the head. Smooth, nonetheless. The flavor is simple hops and a light but meaty grain that ends up a bit grassy tasting. There is a candy-like aftertaste-- like Sweet Tarts. Dare I say it's malic? It tastes like a handful of Runts candy-- leaving the banana ones in. I'm fussy with wheat beers but this one is really mature and refined... and crystal clear!
(rated Jul 24, 2007)

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Photo of MTNboy
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a very bright hay gold color with good lacing and a nice white head. It has a strong weizen aroma. The usual cloves banana, cloves and spices. The taste strongly resembles the smell except there are some citrus and floral esters from the hops. The mouthfeel is fizzy with a little burn and pretty light. It is to drink and a great anytime beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Side-by-side comparison with their hefeweizen... half-liter German bottle, unpasteurized with a near-expired freshness date. The beer is crystal-clear gold, with lots of carbonation and three fingers of white head that retains well and laces nicely. Lightly sweet in the nose, with fruits, bubblegum and hints of wheat. The flavor is very fruity, with bubblegum, bready malts, and some late grassy hops. It has a light, dry, not-quite-tingly body that leaves a short finish. Interesting - tastes decent but doesn't really remind me a whole lot of a kristall. As to the comparisons with the hefe, this one looks much better, but the other tastes more authentic. Neither are great, and they both garnered the same score (granted for different reasons), but the prices are low enough to consider sampling them.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darnk from my Eridinger Weizen glass

A - Pours a clear golden straw colour wotha white frothy head that retains well and leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Malts, clove and banana

T - Citrus up front with some light bread and malt present, finishes with a little bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Highly drinkable Kristalweizen

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Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an Erdinger five bottle gift set which came with the glass I used to drink this. Not 100% sure this is the same beer others have reviewed here, the silver-colored label reads "Weizen/Kristall" all in large script lettering on two lines, while the small middle strip label is blue and reads "Prickelnd Frischer/Weissbiergenuss." The beer itself was a darker gold than other reviews have noted.

Poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass from the 16.9 oz. bottle.

a: Deep clear gold with a tall white head which dissipated slowly to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

t: Wheat malt well balanced. Went well with oven baked chicken dinner.

m: Medium, more body than most weissbiers, perhaps from Crystal malting if that's what "Kristall" refers to rather than simply the clarity.

o: Exceptional and enjoyable to the end.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of dense white froth cap a dark golden body, very impressive. Hops, mild fruit and yeast confront the nose, but not enough. The taste is rather good--hopped with hints of bitterness. Well carbonated, this is refreshing and enjoyable--not a Wow! beer, but solid.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clean, tasty with the stubborn, lacey foam (good). I can take or leave the "hefe" in my weizen and in this one I don't miss the yeast. Thirst quenching. German goodness throughout. I wish there was a category for "value" because the only strike against it is the price per bottle.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After pouring this brew in a glass it had a golden hue with tight white foam. After that it was all down hill. Where was the wheat? It had no bitter taste, but it like drinking a type of lager with no flavor. Pleasent after taste, but after taste of what? First and last time! Where's the Wheat??????

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: golden yellow color with carbonation 2 finger head with lacing.
Nose: malt, wheat, straw, and a hint of citrus.
Taste: Wheat, yeast malt character with hints of citrus.
Body: thin, not watery
Finish clean easy drinking. I really enjoyed drinking this beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ATPete
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz slim design brown pop top bottle with classic Erdinger label and clear best by date

Appearance: Bright gold beer with huge streaming carbonation and a big puffy white head with good retention

Smell: Mild wheat, light sweet spice, light banana, and very light pilsener graininess

Taste: Lighter, less fruity, slightly grainier typical hefe taste...not a style I go for typically, but this is nice

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Solid, refreshing; my favorite of the Erdinger lineup

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Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear honey gold colored, with a thick white head that settles to a film.
it's got a soft aroma, but has plenty to offer. it's a got a bready banana clove smell, with some other spicy components. i find a little bit of sweet lemon too. a little grainy.
the taste is like a very clean hefe. grainy banana and clove round it out. the bread doesn't make the showing in the flavor to the same degree as the aroma. a little undefined bitterness at the finish shortens it up.
the body is fairly light with soft delicate carbonation, very suiting of the beer.
drinkability is good, it's very quenching and disappears pretty quickly. overall, seems to be pretty spot on for a somewhat lackluster style.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance poured a light golden straw color with a thick healthy head. Smell is like bread dough sweetened with light honey. Taste is lightly sweet and spicey with a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with good carbonation. This is one beer I would drink on a warm evening simply sipping and enjoying.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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