Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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86
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 9
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Photo of Beastdog75
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.

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

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.

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ingjald
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gusler
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marc77
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
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!

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

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chrisbokmuller
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thegrifter
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Photo of RootedFool
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Tballz420
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Hunter
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.

Photo of Brysky
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

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Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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