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Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse
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BA SCORE
86
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Reviews by Brysky:
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Brysky

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours so nice, huge head, looks great with constant bubbles

S- huge malt wheat smell

T- nice light wheat taste, very nice

M- light like a wheat should be, goes down smooth

Overall is was a very nice beer, could see it as a session

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 18:10:38 | More by Brysky
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Ontario (Canada)

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Ingjald

Washington

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12-20-2012 17:44:21 | More by Pecan
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-10-2012 15:27:10 | More by pknyc
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thegrifter

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-28-2012 00:00:19 | More by thegrifter
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-15-2012 17:45:29 | More by kayrex
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chrisbokmuller

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-11-2012 14:47:47 | More by chrisbokmuller
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-30-2012 21:22:01 | More by rusty3335
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-17-2012 07:39:21 | More by nickfl
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-30-2011 14:06:13 | More by cdwil
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey golden with a fine-bubbled eggshell head that leaves some good lacing. Wheaty, yeasty aroma has a strong citrus overtone and is quite inviting. Wheaty flavor has a strong lemony note, more sweet than sour, and a yeasty underpinning. Overall it is quite refreshing, perfect for a sweltering summer day. Fizzy texture has average body and leaves a wheaty and fairly tingly finish. Prosit!

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 14:51:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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Lauthaha

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini mug.

Appearance: Cloudy sunset yellow, apple juice-like color. Looks like it was unfiltered, or at best, not filtered very heavily. Thin foam head with no visible carbonation through the glass. From the pour, not a bad beer, but nothing intense yet.

Smell: Oooh, man. Awesome. Banana bread and cloves, maybe sweet corn and pine. The nose is heavy and fruity, matches the appearance but does it one better by enticing me to take a sip, so I shall.

Taste: Yep, this is beer. The wheat flavor is much stronger here than in the scent, but it's not distracting. Questionable hops...there's something about this beer that isn't perfection to me; what that is, I can't put a finger on. As it stands, it's worth another taste.

Mouthfeel: Much like the scent, I am feeling the term "banana bread." Malty to the extreme, which works for this one (being a wheat beer and all). Goes down smooth but strong, and leaves a slightly earthy feeling afterwards. Also gut.

Drinkability: I'm not a big wheat beer guy, but I can't see any reason NOT to recommend this beer to a connoisseur. A bit heavy for me to take on a nightly basis, but then again, a taste that I could get used to.

This one is alright. Might be good to finish off an evening with, or as the only drink during a fireplace session. There's something soothing about this beer, and as such, I've gotta give it props.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 03:44:13 | More by Lauthaha
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PatronWizard

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a dirty opaque gold. Smells of banana and banana. Taste like a Tropican Twister. The banana one. Got a lip-smackin sticky taste feel to it which is kinda nice. Cloves in the tail. Mild carbonation. Nice change from the heavies I've been drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 22:19:26 | More by PatronWizard
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 500ml bottle a slightly hazy medium gold with a large thick head of foam that shrinks to almost a solid fine layer and it has plenty of lacing.

The smell is of wheat, banana, and other fruit.

The taste has notes of wheat, banana, clove, fruit, and right near the finish, it has a real earthy taste to it. The body is medium light and the carbonation is medium. Good tasting and very drinkable Weizen and one that I'd buy again.

I see on the label that it says produced on 04.06 April 06 or June 04? I doubt the latter as this tastes reasonably fresh to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 21:34:23 | More by Bitterbill
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Dmann

California

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A truly excelent brew! The pour was great with a huge bubbly white head that settled nicely after a minute. The aroma hit me as soon as I started pouring with a sweet lemon scent and once I smelled the beer, faint scents of bananna and pepper mixed in as well giving this beer a very inviting smell.
The flavor of this brew was outstanding as well, with a light malt sweetness in the front and a slight bitterness in the finnish that was excentuated by the great carbonation of the beer. A wonderful drink for sure, very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 08:40:57 | More by Dmann
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Hunter

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden with a frothy white head. Light carbonation.

Sweet in the aroma, with notes of wheat, candi-sugar, and alcohol.

Smooth taste, light and sweet. Hoppy in the aftertaste, but initially it's all about the malt. Lovely.

This one's a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 03:03:16 | More by Hunter
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allengarvin

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fairly clear golden color--a slight haze though--with a lot of fine streaming bubbles coming up, and a moderate but receding head.

Smell: Lightly fruity, not identifiable as banana, but pleasant.

Taste: Moderately fruity, with a bubble-gum like flavor. Phenols are very light. Nice amount of wheat flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation give a sharp, bubbly mouthfeel.

Much like Hacker-Pschorr's Hefe, there's not much here to criticize, but it doesn't stand out either. Nice, refreshing but undistinguished.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 23:38:39 | More by allengarvin
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a thin head that drops fast.. Clear (duh). Smell is light fruit and malt. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly fizzy. Drinkability: Eh. Nothing special, really makes me reconsider my purchase. Should have gone with something else. Well, there is always next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 04:51:10 | More by PorterLambic
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kristal clear, rich golden amber with a faint hint of orange, topped by an expansive head of whipped cream-like ivory foam that sets off the color of the beer quite nicely. A barely respectable amount of lace completes the picture of a decent looking German weizen. Since I prefer the cluttered look of a hefe, a kristal weizen always has an uphill row to hoe with me.

Thankfully, the characteristic banana esters and clove notes are still present, although they're considerably muted in comparison to a standard hefe and are subservient to the wheat. Kristall Weisse tastes about how I expected it to taste; namely, like a hamstrung hefe weizen. Again, clove-dusted banana is noticeable, but isn't a major part of the flavor profile.

A slightly sour fruitiness makes as much of a statement as the wheat malt and provides a welcome added dimension. Banana makes a pleasant cameo on the medium length finish, a great lead-in to the next mouthful. The body is well within the bounds of acceptable for the style and the beer has an energetic amount of carbonation.

Kristall Weisse is my first kristal weizen and is about what I expected. It's tasty, drinkable beer and is clearly quality made. That said, I still greatly prefer those yeasty, banana and clove-like hefe weizen masterpieces brewed by the likes of Brauereien Weihenstephan and Aying. This one is a bit tame for my tastes, but is good beer nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 15:56:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a clear pale gold/straw color, with a volumous cream foam head on the top. Nice wheat characteristics with some lemon zest for the scent. Soft bread, lemon, wheat, banana, spice. Great taste, some acidity on the tounge, hail the german wheat machine.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 19:27:24 | More by Tballz420
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome head typical of a well made weiss. Cloudy orange-amber color. Leaves a touch of lace on the glass.

This has a very clean smell. There are some notes of lemon and orange zest as well as all spice and nutmeg. The wheat aroma predominates throughout.

Strong orange flavors appear in the wheat taste. There are anise like touches while hold the liquid in the mouth. Not as sour as some wheats. And I would describe the flavor as slightly muted compared to other "louder" weiss beers. This is a full bodied beer with a high level of carbonation.

All in all a very clean and refreshing wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 17:01:51 | More by smcolw
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours out a clean and clear golden with a fat white head that leaves behind some nice lacing. the nose is very clean, light, hints of malt and yeast. crisp in the mouth, refreshing and smooth. flavor wise its a winner as well. much sweeter than anticipated with a strong honey character. a little grainy and some yeast is in effect as well (think subdued heffe). slightly metallic and ends on a sweet note (vanilla?). not a great beer, but good. clean and crisp, enough flavor to fit the bill....not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 06:02:57 | More by DESTRO
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr's Weisse Kristall is the "clear" alternative to their regular hefeweizen. With the filtering of the yeast, I thought that this beer would suffer from a severe lack of character and flavor. Not so! This beer is very refreshing and has almost all the elements that you would find in a regular hefeweizen.

This brew pours a crystal-clear golden color with a nice foamy head that sticks around for a few minutes, leaves very little lace and eventually vanishes into nothingness. The smell is very nice and on the sweet side. A sweet banana flavor is the dominant trait with some light spicy notes. I'd say the smell is a bit more assertive than Hacker-Pschorr's regular weisse. The mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated. As mentioned, this does indeed taste like a hefeweizen. The sweet banana flavors are here along with some very light spiciness. There is some citric presence and a hint of butteriness too. The flavor is slightly lighter and sweeter than the regular hefe and is less dry too but it is still an agreeable brew. The aftertaste is quite clean with just some lingering flavor notes and the brew finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I was actually surprised that this turned out to be a nicely flavored beer. In Germany, the kristallklar weizens are the ones generally served with a lemon nice. Trust me, you do not need lemon with this one. Another fine Hacker-Pschorr bier.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 03:40:42 | More by Beastdog75
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