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Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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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%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

Presentation: 12oz slender brown European-style bottle, with freshness date.

Appearance: Bright pale golden beer, crowned by a thick, stiff creamy head from a active carbonation. Retains nicely.

Smell: Smells of a lemon scone, fresh baked with a fruity twang to it. Pleasant aroma with wheat malt sweetness and subdued fruity esters (faint banana), fermented wheat, a touch of phenols and some spicy clove play with the nose a bit.

Taste: Crisp moderate body. Very smooth and creamy on the palate, with an even malty character of light bread, vanilla, faint bubble-gum sweetness and solvent clove taste and slickness. A grain dryness follows that mixes with a lemony hop bitterness (not hoppy though) and carbonation to create a crisp snap, which is then joined shortly after by some more light clove flavours. Finishes with some grain, clove and sweetness and a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Notes: An outstanding Kristall Weizen beer. Extremely flavourful and complex, while remaining refreshing and just an overall pleasure to drink.

10-24-2001 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

A refreshing and lip smaking brew, one of my favourites.

10-24-2001 23:02:19 | More by Jason
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Dmann

California

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%

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.

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

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Purchased a bottle without examining the expiration date - which is long since past, and there were black markings on underside of bottle cap. It's not primo fresh but it actually hasn't been ruined either, just muted a bit. Despite this wheat beer being filtered, it still has some heft to it. Dark golden, almost copper colored, fine head. A subdued brew, malts are present and wheat/yeast characteristics are noticeable but not overpowering. Will try to find a fresh bottle and re-review; I'm amazed that this old sample was drinkable let alone enjoyable.

05-23-2002 00:00:00 | More by Thrasher
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Amber-leaning golden in hue, with just a touch of smoky haze. Tornadic carbonation result in streams of dancing bubbles and a measurable beige foam on top.
Muted weiss aromatics. Mushy bananas, impotent cloves and metallics. Some cinnamon to be found as well.
Pale malts and husky wheat upon encountering the tongue. Repressed apple sauce fruitiness, mixed, perhaps, with bananas. Clove is here, but it is largely replaced by pepper as the dominant spicy tone. Mustiness is imparted from the yeast. Small scale horse qualities (pony perhaps, or mule?) Hopping comes in rather largely (per the style) with a loud crash of metal and dried herb.
This is interestlingly juxtaposed in the mouth. Enter fully creamy and seemingly near full-bodied, the floor drops out midway. Heft disappears. Light bodied as it closes, but crisp.
Decent enough krystall. Quite poundable too.
It's no Weihenstephaner, but what is?

11-11-2003 23:09:41 | More by cokes
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

A beautiful opaque gold color as it sits in the glass, the head creamy in texture white in color, the size impressive with endless sheets of lace to blanket the glass. Nose has aromas of citrus, wheat, and dominated by the malt. Begins sweet, the top skimpy in feel, the finish is mildly carbonated, the hops pleasant and the aftertaste dry and lingering. Very refreshing, crisp and clean, a great beer for the end of the workday treat.

12-03-2002 07:56:44 | More by Gusler
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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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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours Golden and 99% clear. The head is white and fluffy like whipped egg whites that settles very slowly leaving faint hints of lace on the glass. The nose is really good and notably sweet and fruity malt. The hops are subtle and spicy. The taste is a sweet/dry that is tart and sweet and the same time. The Hops are mid level for bitterness and have a presence in the finish that starts with notes of a mid-level lemony/citrus taste. Overall this is an enjoyable beer.

04-18-2003 21:55:52 | More by AtrumAnimus
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Pegasus

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Brassy golden color with just a touch of haziness. The snow-white head is truly massive and lingering and exhibits fine lacing; the carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Strong cloves and ripe bananas dominate the aroma, as well citrus hops and some wheat malt.

Taste: Opens with a refreshing lemon note, sweet fruitiness and a bit of carbonation, which is soon followed by tart malts. Finishes with clove notes and mild hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, with a certain refreshing lightness.

Drinkability/notes: A really solid wheat beer, and quite nice for a lazy summer afternoon.

05-07-2003 20:35:29 | More by Pegasus
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marc77

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Weisse Kristall is almost lager - like in clarity-- only a slight haze can be discerned. The head is not as thick as that of a hefeweizen, probably due to the filtering of proteins conducive to head formation. The expected German wheat yeast esters are there and are comprised of banana, clove and a bit of bubblegum notes. The mouthfeel is a tad thin as a result of the filtration, since residual proteins are quite important in mouthfeel. Hop flavor is absent, but perceived hop bitterness seems above the norm for a Weizen, perhaps due to the lightening of body. Musty notes and fruitiness from the yeast are present and akin to that of an unfiltered hefeweizen. Finishes dry and estery. Man-- what an odd beer. Weisse Kristall is tasty, but I prefer my German weizens unadulterated.

04-17-2002 20:18:03 | More by marc77
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

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

08-09-2011 18:10:38 | More by Brysky
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-21-2014 21:09:11 | More by RevCraig
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-07-2013 19:22:41 | More by Ingjald
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cretemixer

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

Pours a clear golden hue with a mountainous head that won't quit. Finally settles at about one finger leaving a thick lace. Sweet malty aroma with citrus and clove at the forefront. Smells clean and refreshing. Piney taste with a sweet bite. Fairly well carbonated with extremely small bubbles. Towards the middle the taste thins out to be pretty bland. Very weak finish. Started out strong, but left me very disappointed.

01-06-2003 08:06:33 | More by cretemixer
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-24-2013 00:21:44 | More by Slatetank
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allengarvin

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

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

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%

Appearance: This was a yellow beer with a huge, fluffly white head. A thin layer persisted the entire drink. Not much else to say.

Smell: I know there wasn't any in there, but this beer smelled strongly of corn. Especially straight from the bottle, where I thought I was sniffing a can of creamed corn. There were also grassy, straw-like aromas combined with a light lemon smell.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied and very smooth, especially for a wheat beer.

Taste: There were strong, chewy flavors of wheat, straw, and just grass in general. A hint of tartness emerged occasionally, but it was very mild and not at all as prevalent as it is in other wheat beers that I have had. A sticky sweetness arose on the finish that continued to build, becoming too strong for my tastes. It was this element of the flavor that knocked the taste catagory down to a three.

I'm not sure why they want to make a "crystal clear filtered wheat." What's wrong with a good ol' cloudy wheat beer? Even non-hefe wheats have a little something floatin' around in 'em.

While this is not a bad brew (the corny smell and the sweetness are what hurt this beer's rating), I won't be picking it up again. Especially not when there are so many great wheat beers out there.

03-18-2003 19:54:58 | More by Quaffer
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Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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