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
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
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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
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
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
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
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
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
07-14-2005 03:03:16 | More by Hunter
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.
Bright white, airy pillow of foam ascends rapidly as I pour. The head deflates after several minutes leaving no lace, but a curds and whey layer of foam on the surface of the brew. Body is luminous straw yellow.
Smell is a lemon pepper encrusted breadiness with some brighter, grassy notes springing in the background.
The taste kicks off with a bitter-sweet undertone that rises into a buttered bisquit sweetness. Aftertaste is an enjoyable rattle of hops on the tongue, and still that mild sweetness lingers.
Mouthfeel is light, as it should be, and plenty carbonated.
Refreshing and flavorful.
03-15-2004 03:04:33 | More by RootedFool
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
Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.