Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
Clear golden color, and a bodacious, blooming, beautiful white head. Nose is redolent of vanilla, bananas, and a touch of citrus. Extraordinarily smooth and mild, so much that I doubted that I was downing an ale. Full of the flavor of a weizen, but lacking some of the texture.I normally like my weizens with the hefe, but you can't argue with a refreshing kristall such as this.
03-06-2003 10:10:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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
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
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
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
**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.
04-23-2009 22:19:26 | More by PatronWizard
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
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
2.45/5 rDev -36.4%
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.
03-01-2005 04:51:10 | More by PorterLambic
Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.