Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-05-2004 15:56:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.98/5 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
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Crystal clear light straw color. Streams of carbonation make their way to the surface quite rapidly. A long lasting small sized white head sits on top. The aroma is really big on the vanilla. Banana esters and clove are present to a smaller degree. The taste takes the cue from the aroma. But it's a little more balanced. Vanilla, banana and clove mingle together nicely in this hefe. And there's also a little bubblegum to accentuate. Overall, this is quite the tasty Kristal. Hacker-Pschorr usually does not disappoint.
06-22-2003 20:44:44 | More by Bighuge
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
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-07-2007 21:34:23 | More by Bitterbill
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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!
08-28-2011 14:51:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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
4.08/5 rDev +6%
1 pint (473 mL) brown bottle, capped. Best Before date in the bottle right corner of the front label. This bottle read "11.01", but tasted fine despite being almost 2 years beyond date.
This weiss beer poured a clear, golden-amber color with creamy, slightly off-white foam that clung to the sides of the glass. The smell was wheat, floral hops, and bread. The taste was a very lightly sweet, biscuity malt with light floral hops with notes of grain and a delicate, toasted banana flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and medium-low carbonation feel. There was a nice, lingering aftertaste. This was a nice weiss and very drinkable. It had also held up remarkably beyond its "expiration" date.
08-02-2003 15:23:52 | More by UncleJimbo
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.