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Schneider Weisse Tap 2 Mein Kristall - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-06-2002

Formerly Schneider Weisse Kristall.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 19
Photo of titvs
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15A). Bottle 50cl. Batch 1651110413. AROMA: light wheat aroma with strong banana present. no hop aroma and a bit bubblegum. APPEARANCE: golden straw color with somewhat average retention white head. very clear. TASTE: moderate strong banana flavour with soft, gentle sweet wheat flavour with very low hop flavours. mild citric flavour present. well rounded. PALATE: medium body with a light fizzy finish. OVERALL: a nice filtered fruity weizen.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Beautiful crystal clear straw yellow pour with a three finger foamy pure white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is typical Weizen, but much more subtle. Hints of grass, yeast, wheat, straw, cloves, and just a touch of banana and bubblegum. The taste follows suit with lots of grass along with hints of clove, banana bread, wheat, yeast, lemon, and subtle bubblegum. The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, subtly sweet, with a nice dry finish. Overall, a nice refreshing alternative to the normal Hefeweizen.

Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Clear, golden yellow with a very large, foamy white head that I expected for the style. There is visible evidence of carbonation and the head holds quite well.

Wheat and clove with lighter banana & a sweetness. Bubblegum and vanilla following on from the initial aroma. There is also some spice and touches of fruit that is reminiscent of either pears or light apples.

Clove & banana are the focus of this one with the same hints of sweetness that feature in the smell. There is some wheat and a mix of citrus flavours with some bubblegum thrown in at the end for good measure.

Light medium in body with a little spice and a tang to it with lively carbonation. The beer is slightly dry towards the end with a crisp finish.

Not a bad beer, naturally lighter than a hefeweizen but also very similar in most aspects with the same combination of banana, clove and citrus notes although none come across as strong they would in a hefeweizen.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge frothy head; clear, golden yellow; effervescent

Aroma: Faint Bavarian Wheat aroma; more like a Witbier; cloves; light banana and bubblegum

Taste: Very smooth, creamy, malty start; subdued, crisp wheat beer profile; citrusy; slightly hoppy finish; very refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear filtered, looks like ginger ale with a moderate amount of fine bubbles, and one finger of white head that looks like a slice of white bread sitting on top. It fades moderately fast.

S: Bananas, cloves, a very 'Belgian pale ale' like yeasty scent reminiscent of blue cheese bite, without the stink. Very mild and gentle.

T: Extremely mild and dare I say watery. It is watery, which surprises me from this company. However, the Belgian type yeast I mentioned, as well as a lovely gentle banana come out and are clearly presented before each fades, then theres a watery, very American Adjunct lager like watery taste that kicks in and fades. Really hides the alcohol. A nice yeastiness that is doughy, like a Miller Lite, but this fades too.

M: Light watery body, medium high ginger ale like carbonation leaves it almost foamy in the mouth.

O: I like beers a lot and so like to try new ones, this isn’t one I would choose again, but really it is from a great company. The bottle is cool, I like their style. If you can’t stand the yeast floating in your beer, you could try this, but its not as good as Weihenstephaner’s Kristall.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Clear golden body, perfectly transparent, sure this is filtered. Carbonation is quite evident. Big, white fluffy head, decent retention, not as much lacing as expected

S- Quite subdued. Sweet with a bready malt background, a hint of vanilla. Slight spicy touch (pepper)

T- Again quite on the sweet side, even for a weizen, but not cloyingly so. Soft bready malts, with a slight salty hint to bring a bit of complexity. Hints of vanilla (as the smell suggested) and peach. Also a slight spiciness

M- Drier than your usual hefeweizen as to expected. Also a bit more on the crispy side. Overall still very soft as per style though a bit more lively on the palate

O- Not super complex, but drinkabilty is even better than in common hefes. Overall an highly enjoyable, easy beer

Photo of Alcoholic
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

For me, the Original leaves a sour after taste which puts me off drinking any more.
This however is definitely much better. As others have said, it's crisp and clean but still tastes great. The carbonation is bit much but overall this is still one of my favourite beers.

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a .5L bottle in Germany. It's crisp and clean, almost like a kolsch, or low bitterness pilsner. There's still a soft, bready aroma with a peppery, clove edge. There's a hint of banana mixed in too, and as you might expect, this tastes like a cleaned up Schneider hefe. A slightly sweet, bready malt flavor rolls over the tongue, but there's a drier finish. This beer seems a little more crisp and refreshing. I'd prefer Schneider Original, but this was a pleasant change of pace while traveling.

Photo of dansmcd
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of foamy fluffy white head which drop sto half a finger and remains, joined by some fine spotty lacing. Body is clear, golden and effervescent.

S - Banana, wet hay and salty crackers, reminiscent of pilsner malt.

T - Banana, bubblegum and salty malt.

M - Crisp medium carbonation, full mouthfeel.

O - Lovely and crisp with pure, clean flavours. A great example of the style.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few more since my first review.

S: Banana.

A: Champagne looking with fine strings of bubbles. Clear gold.

T: Bit of banana but not much upfront flavour. Nice residual stuff going on which I assume is yeast related, as is typical of the Schneide Weisses. Nice sherbet tingle on the tongue. Getting closer to room temperature I'm tasting a bit of corn, but that disappears after a while. Half way through and the glorious strings of delicate bubbles are still rising up. Touch of sediment at the bottom. Did the swill thing and added the last portion and got a load of cloves. Beautiful but subtle sherbet aftertaste.

O: I was blown away by my first bottle but I drank it when I was parched, so I was overly astute. The few I've had since have not been very tasty. Definitely better when thoroughly chilled and left out of the fridge for 10 mins. A very refreshing beer if you've had a busy day in the sun.

Photo of xylophonica
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Very clear golden colour with a big fluffy head. Excellent lacing starting to form.

S - Strong vanilla aroma with plenty of sweet banana. Classic kristall aromas. Touch of malt in the background. Not a complicated aroma but very succinct and strong. Big light fruit hit coming through to match the taste as it warms - plenty of peach and pear.

T - Taste is not as pungent as the aroma; also quite a bit sweeter than expected. The malt flavour is there but it's subdued - the taste is still very rich but without the full-bodied flavour. Fruity tastes abound though - some light strawberry, pear & peach.

M - Mildly spicy at first largely due to the carbonation levels but subsiding to a more sweet fruity-malt sensation.

O - As this beers warms it becomes remarkably more peach flavoured. At first this was scarcely detectable but as I consume more it's becoming much more obvious in both taste and aroma. The sweetness could be slightly overpowering for some but otherwise this is a very interesting example of this style of beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Franziskaner weizen glass. A very clear refined golden colour, with a head than only a wheat beer poured into a weizen glass seems to provide - billowy, chunky, solid and luscious. Masses of carbonation; it streams in tiny lines very slowly along the bottom edges of the glass, then gets released into an anarchic mess of swirling bubbles once it gets past the narrowest part of the glass. It's absolutely delightful to look at.

Whatever you say about a Kristalweizen, being able to watch such mesmerising bubbles is something it has over its hefe counterparts.

Nose is mild with light wheat acidity and a slight round yeasty sweetness. Faint banana and bubblegum, but quite subdued. Hint of green organics come through as well. It's pretty light on, but it has some pleasant and true wheat characters to it. In true kristal style, though, they seem very subdued and relaxed.

Taste is really quite pleasant. To start, there's a light bite of metallic zing, before a refined wheat grain character and a touch of acidity on the back. Sweetness rolls around the back of the palate, giving body and clout to the beer, which stylistically could be rather thin. Finally, the metallic character comes through to give a refreshing kick to the end of the palate.

Quite full, especially for a kristall, and the flavours are very nicely put together, which helps meld the palate.

A really, really good kristalweizen. I'm not sure I've had a better one; one with more flavour and character, or so well constructed all up. Schneider do do an excellent range of wheat beers, and with this they show what can be done with a style that is often neglected.

Photo of Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the label this is the tap2 beer.

A clear, golden beer with a huge initial head.

Smell of ripe bananas and a nice grainy wheat smell. Very fresh and even some notes of lemon.

Taste is very fresh. The wheat is light and has some grainy notes. The yeast is most dominant in the beer, giving banana, lemon and some pine-apple. The mouthfeel is smooth. Aftertaste is light and crisp.

Photo of vancurly
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, yellow. Thick white, whipped head.
Wheat malt aroma, pear, touch of vanilla, green citrusy fruit smells, and a hint of a hop note. Can't smell any clove or other signature aromas of this style.
Taste is subdued wheat, some toastiness. Not very complex. Good thirst quencher, but not remarkable.
Moderate carbonation, but body quite light... slips away fairly quickly... gives the impression of a creaming soda or similar. I'm not overly impressed with this.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bubbly pale body with a fluffy white head that settles down in short order. Nose is sweet and malty. Not much hops noticable. Schneider Weisse Kristall sports a clean, sweet taste with a familiar wheaty aftertaste. The beer is pretty heavily carbonated and I think this hinders drinkability a bit. Mouthfeel is similar to champagne carbonation, but with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A good warm weather beer, but not fantastic.

Photo of hefevice
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. This one surprised me. I was expecting it to be inferior in all ways to the hefe version. Significantly lighter than the hefe version, crystal clear light gold with plenty of efferescence as expected, and a big white head that I had trouble controlling on the pour. Aroma was true to style, very much like its hefe brother. I was expecting a somewhat muted taste, but was very surprised as it was full of flavour, cleaner but less complex than the "mit hefe". Felt a bit lighter in the mouth, but I guess that is to be expected. Very nice Krystal! Would be a good way to introduce the style to those unable to cope with cloudiness. I really need to try this one again alongside its hefe brother.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard German brown half liter bottle and the usual blue, silver and white Schneider Weisse label, with "Kristall" written in script at the bottom. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 5/9/04, I opened it on 5/29/04.

Poured a clear and very bubbly gold under a 1.5 finger white head with some body and good staying power. I didn't see much lace, though. The nose was strong with yeast and spice. The mouth was very prickly and light. There's a slight tart citrus flavor accompanied by some coriander on top of a good wheat and yeast base. The yeast and spice linger longest into the aftertaste. No appreciable hops, but they really aren't needed. I found this brew surprisingly yeasty for a Kristall, but pretty darn good nonetheless.

Photo of JCBears
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The appearance of this beer was quit pleasent for me as I am normally a clouded dunkle weiße bier drinker. Its krystal clearness lending well to its name. It had a weak yet sharp head

Smell: An average smell yet had a hint of sweetness. A good precussor to what was yet to come

Taste: what a pleasent surprise. A great sweet beer. The first thing I thought of was desert beer. Had a wonderful rise and fall to the power of the taste and yet never would I put it as over powering with a sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with bubbles reminding you that this is still a German beer and not forget its orderly origins

Overall: I rate this beer well because it is so dynamic. This is the beer you serve at a classy party after the main coarse to finish a good meal.

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I often never understood the kristall wheat style, but this is an exception, more to it than most german kristall wheats, hints of honey, apricot and banana, the best kristall wheat i've tried.

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