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Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse
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BA SCORE
86
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Photo of DESTRO
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 cokes
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

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 Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 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 Quaffer
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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 cretemixer
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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 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 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 Jason
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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