Weissbier Kristallklar
Paulaner Brauerei

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Kristallweizen
Ranked #16
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,385
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 12.29%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
105
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Paulaner Brauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  30
SCORE
81
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Under lamplight it appears a nice golden colour, crystal clear indeed and with a 3-5mm just off-white head plus lively rising carbonation. ps 15mins later, head holds well.
S- Subtle but pleasant. It has the Weissen note in a mild form which to me reminds me of an old piece of aromatic timber (like say cedar wood).
T- It's certainly crisp on the front into some meatier malts in the middle, some fleeting Weissen spice-notes and then hops return to leave a brief departing flourish on the palate.
F- It comes over as 'clean', but I also think my brain might be imagining this simply because this version is filtered. It would be very interesting to do a side-by-side taste test of their regular Weissen vs this one.
O- It's very pleasant, even sessionable though less so if you're paying $$specialist-import prices for it. On the flip-side I can't see it shooting anyone's lights out in excitement.
Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK as part of a mixed case for home delivery. 500ml bottle £2.49 BB: 05/2021.

Oct 29, 2020
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Anacross from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear and crisp golden liquid. Nice retention. Well bodied and flavorful, with banana bread and a little spice very present. Feels good on the nose and mouth. Another drinkable beer by Paulaner.

Sep 02, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright golden color, with a fluffy white head.

Smells of wet grass, fresh crushed black peppers, wheat, sugar infused white bread dough, balanced by fruity banana and a whiff of anise. The aromas come very well together, don't turn too sweet, but offering a perfectly balanced nose with a nice complexity to it.

Has a high, yet softer carbonation, complimenting to the stony mineral quality, which leads to an utmost refreshing appearance.

Tastes of a nice interplay between herbal hops, banana and soft straw with a clingy, sweet malt coating. Develops an effervescent mineral stoniness, reminiscent of cold well water, highlighting the prevailing banana flavor, which turns a bit fizzy during the finish.

Very light, well nuanced beer with a weak ending, as it simply does not hold up the beers initial complexity, but finishes a tad too sweet.

Sep 25, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,clove,white pepper,bready,spicy
T:
-Follows the nose plus biscuity malt
F:
-light to medium body
-soft,medium carbonation
O:
-Upper Echelon Kristallweizen

Jul 18, 2015
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RossR from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got it on draft at a Paulaner bar in Munich. Very crisp taste with plenty of cloves and wheat and a little banana. Golden color and huge foam head. Good light to medium body and was probably the best weissbeer I had in Germany out of the 6 original brewers there (Hofbrau, Augustiner, Franziskaner, etc.).

Jun 14, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice weissbier kristal, easy to drink and refreshing. Paulaner is always a safe buy. Filtration process takes away some flavour and character but it becomes a very sessionable beer.

Apr 30, 2015
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UrbanH

2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served with a lemon, took some of the flavour away. Look is not that inviting, looks just like regular lager. Smell was almost completely covered because of the lemon. Taste was good, regular weißbier, nothing special. Smooth feeling in mouth.

Jan 16, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pictured here poured into a weizen glass. A pale yellow amber with copious quick-breaking white bubbles. Aroma is the expected banana and clove elements, albeit much dialed down compared to unfiltered exemplars of the style. Nice old world wheat malt undercurrent. Flavor is similarly subtle yet reasonably complex, neutered clove pervades the proceedings but is trumped by sparkling pineapple, orange, and bubble gum notes. A pleasant dry wheat spiciness lurks in the background along with a light caramel sweetness. Light bodied and super fizzy. Well-crafted but leaves me wanting the full meal deal. There is really no need to filter this style and the relative lack of yeast character looms too large to ignore.

Dec 29, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle at Paulanergarten, Bremen, Germany (€4.20):
Clear amber with a lot of bubbles. The heas is a good sized, foamy white one with good retention over the opening minutes & lots of lacing too.

Good balance of wheat, banana & cloves with bubblegum & touches of yeast. Some sweetness appears with grassy notes & citrus too.

Citrus with cloves & wheat initially, some banana & bubblegum come next with touches of orange. I got hints of spice & there was a nondescript mix of fruits towards the end.

Smooth & light-medium bodied, strong carbonation with some added fizz and a good balance throughout. Lively & one that proved an easy one to drink.

Both times I've had this beer I've found it quite enjoyable, but much like the majority of kristalweizen's that I've tried I'd probably go with the hefeweizen version if it was available, the only reason I didn't in this case was because of how easy the hefe is to get a hold on in the UK but I've yet to come across the kristalweizen version at home.

Aug 13, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a consistent and nice head. Golden color and the label says it is not hazy once this Weiss was filtered.
Aroma predominantly banana and a hint of cloves and condiments.
Low carbonation.
Refreshing taste, not very sweet. It has a zesty flavor, mildly bitter (you can feel its hops!) and with some species. Even though was filtered you can still taste the yeast. Harmonious ending, a little dry. Definitely a top notch weissbier extremely well balanced and still off the beaten path. Really liked this beer.

Nov 03, 2012
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RodneyFarva from Spain

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a half-pint Paulaner glass, sitting on a Paulaner coaster. How 'bout that?

a: pours a clear golden, lots of carbonation bubbles rising. 3 finger head or so quickly fades to a half finger which sits on top.

s: malts and wheat dominant, some very light banana, not really much spice.

t: pretty light, nice malts, some light banana flavor, again not much on the spice end, pretty strong carbonation

o: average, not too exciting, but i know i prefer hefeweizens over kristalweizens.

Mar 07, 2012
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointing receipe: I had expected far better from a brewery that makes one of the best hefe's in beerland.

Very boring and tasteless beer.
Smell clearly of bread and grassy hops.
Nice straw colour and nice carbonation as well. Fluffy head.
All in all, it's beer as clear as you'd like, reminding of a lager.
The banana and spice that is so great in wheatbeers from Germany is very much missed. In fact, this is just a very plain and ordinary beer.
As I said: if you want something like this, you might just as well pick a plain lager of some kind... the wheat character is there, but this drink should be much more exciting.

Dec 22, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Weißbier. Yesterday was a hot day in Holland and we ate pizza's outside. Mrs. Brabander and i drank this beer in the original glass.

Wonderfull beer only to look at. Light sweetness and light carbonation. Citrus. Five fingers head but that is very easy to get with this beer.

This is one of the better German Weißbeers that you can get on the market.

Jun 05, 2011
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atis from Finland

4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow, streaming with small carbonation bubbles and huge white head with excellent retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish banana, spicy as well as weak wheat.

Taste is clean banana, hints of vanilla, wheat and dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with slightly more than average carbonation that helps to accentuate hints of spice that can be better felt after midway through the glass.

A decent Kristallweizen, one of the best I have had. Its flavour is much stronger if compared to other filtered Weizen beers.

May 03, 2011
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arturorg from Spain

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into Erdinger Weizen glass

A: Golden with a small frothy head thats stay for a while small lace, a lot of carbonation going on, it almost looks like a champagne glass.

S: Banana, sweet, malts

T: Very thin and watery, same banana flavor, some cereals, a lot of carbonation going on that make me confuse as spiciness.

Overall not a very good beer or at least a dont like the style, feel like light soda to me

Sep 30, 2010
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treque from Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very pale, somewhere between yellow and amber, traslucent 2 finger head made of white foam, creamy, good retention. Constant and permanent carbonatation.

S: wheat hints nothing else is perceived

T: light body, esay to have big swallows, very refreshing, with a sligth wheat end.

If you havent had a weizen beer, this could be afirst one so you understand the difference among malts

Aug 11, 2010
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Mjoepp from Sweden

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden, much carbonation. Normal sized bubbles, dissapears quickly.

S: Yeast, banana, sourdough bread.

T: Yeast, banan, citric. Aftertaste is yeasty, disappears quickly along with the sour undertone.

O: Average beer, good in the summer to cool yourself. I prefer the hefeweizen-style though

Jul 22, 2010
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours light golden with a medium large white creamy head. The head sinks slowly into nice lacings.

S: Malt and wheat, a bit sweet. Ripe bananas ans citric notes. A bit spicey.

T: Ripe bananas and white bread. Citric notes, orange sezt. Some spices. The taste is somewhat weaker than the smell.

M: Aftertaste is short and sweet. Body is light and carbonation is rich with really small smooth bubbles.

D: It started really nice but turned weak on me...

Jul 14, 2010
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 5.5% abv

Appearance: Light golden colour, huge frothy white head, leaving reasonable lace.

Smell: Typical banana and cloves, not very complex.

Taste: The flavour is lighter than I expected (probably due to filtering). Typical weizen taste, with the addition of peppery and fruity (citrus) notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly creamy with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, good drink for a hot day.

Mar 12, 2010
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thierrynantes from France

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : A light yellow color, with a white foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty and wheaty aroams, with a light grainy note. Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty and wheaty flavours, a light spiced note.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Pale filtered wheat beer (Kristalweizen).

Feb 08, 2009
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ricke from Sweden

2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving date: 2009-01-30. Served in Paulaner weizen glass. 500 ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale straw-like color with golden nuances. A rather aggressive pour creates a very big and rocky initial head that settles just a little too soon, but leaves a nice uneven coat of foam that sticks around towards the end. Small lacings.

Smell: Malted wheat and the accompanying aroma of white bread, banana, faint notes of cloves and yeast.

Taste: A distinct taste of bananas, orange peel and even some sweet clementines. Some metallic flavor. More malted wheat and bread. The yeast, faint already in the smell, is even more moderate in the taste. The finish doesn't have much to offer - its semi-dry with a slight bitterness and fades away too quickly.

Mouthfeel: The lingering foam and strong carbonation provides a creaminess to the light body.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer, highly drinkable and quite refreshing, but it's not very interesting. It's just too polished - it's a bit unidimensional, and the flavors lack depth and are presented in a too orderly fashion. For someone who thinks a hefeweizen is too powerful, this one might be recommended though, since it's basically a "hefe light".

Jan 31, 2009
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TommyW from Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear yellow with about a half-inch head that quicly goes away. Leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is similar to a normal wheat beer, but not as strong. Banana is definitely noticable along with a touch of fresh bread.

T- Taste follows the smell. Very similar to a hefe-weissen, but the flavors are not as prominent. The taste dissapates from the mouth rather quickly.

M- High level of carbonation gives it a sort of bite. Fairly flat overall though.

D- Being that this is much lighter version of a wheat beer, one could easily drink a few of these.

Overall, I dont really understand or agree with the idea of filtering a wheat beer. But, if you want a light beer with the flavor of a wheat beer, give this a try.

Nov 19, 2008
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.5l bottle poured into my Paulaner 0.5l weissbier glass.

A- Deep golden colour, 5 finger creamy head from typical aggressive weizen pour. Very good head retention and lively beading.

S- lots of banana and fresh breads. a light toffee, sponge cake sweetness.

T- A little thin in flavour, lots of banana but this quickly transcends to a thin bland finish.

M- Spritzy and light, although seems a little stale

D- A ok kristallweizen, a little thin and lacking in refreshment, but overall drinkable

Jul 24, 2008
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Ch1mpy from Sweden

3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We're like crystal, we break easy.

Clear, pleasant yellow colour. Two centimetre thick head. Leaves no lacing.

Smell of yeast, bananas and leather.

Dry taste with cloves and bananas. Pretty sharp taste thanks to the beer being relatively well carbonated.

Like the Paulaner hefe this is a highly drinkable beer. But if I had to choose between them, this wouldn't be my first choice.

Jul 08, 2008
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JEdmund from Kansas

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Clear, light yellow, starch white foamy-turn-rocky head, high level of carbon.

Smell
Aroma is basically just a lighter heffe with lemon and banana notes present.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Firm, biting carbonation, light body, refreshing light wheat taste

Overall
Great if you want a lighter beer and still want the wheat beer flavor. Good!

Jul 06, 2008
Weissbier Kristallklar from Paulaner Brauerei
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 105 ratings