Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallklar

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German Kristalweizen
Ranked #9
Ranked #37,294
3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
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Notes: Formerly Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar
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3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Crystal clear golden color, massive six finger white head, loads of carbonation.

S: Wheat, malts, hops. I don't like the smell.

T: Tastes kind of like a weissbier with the banana notes and such but not really. It's very decent though.

F: Medium bodied, extremely drinkable and refreshing.

O: Decent offering. Would gladly drink it again, especially on a hot summer day.

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rex_4539 from Greece, Apr 18, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thick huge head with great retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of banana, bubblegum and cloves.
Flavor with notes of orange soda, some banana, cloves, spicy hops, bubble gum, dough and yeast. Dry aftertaste with a mild but spicy bitterness.
Medium body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles that expand.
Decent Weiss bier that focus in the basic notes of the style and it is not shy despite the fact it is filtered, it has still a good deal of yeast flavors. Still prefer the hazy versions.

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FLima from Brazil, May 27, 2017
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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: gives a clear golden color, a huge top of creamy head when i pour in the glass that disolves slowly. Some sticky lacings on the side of the glass.

S: wheat,yeast,cloves,banana,lemon and citrus

T&F: Starts of with flavour of yeasty sweetnes and banana notes, i sense strong flavours of cloves in the background and it gets more strong in the middle, finishof with a dry spiciness, Afterstaste has decent lenght. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with light body. Gets a little to watery in the mouth and the flavours gets a little flat to be a top beer.

O: Overall good and drinkable kristallweizen , a little to boring flavours to get to exiting. when that is said it went down quite easy and i could sure drink this again.

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OlaB from Norway, Jan 14, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Carrefour. In Bavaria glass. At dinner, after soccer match. With turkey steaks and macaroni bolgnese. Like the normal one. Very tasty and drinkable and with the body not feeling weaker.

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3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick fluffy head, normal weizen aromas, but taste is good, and then fades fast. I miss the body of a real weizen. This has the body and mouth feel of a pale lager. Delicious, but not very substantial...

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 28, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium-high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus bubble gum
-high carbonation,light,watery body
Tastewise very much close to the regular Franziskaner,but this feels a lot thinner.
Still the best Kristallweizen i've had yet

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drmeto from Germany, Jun 28, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallklar Premium Weissbier."

50cl brown glass bottle with iconic label art acquired at a local Edeka supermarket here in Stuttgart and served into a .5L Weihenstephaner bierkrug in Stuttgart. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - for which I have great respect. Identifies itself as a weissbier and has "kristall" in the title, so given my poor German I'm reviewing as a kristalweizen. Best before 03/2015. 5.0% ABV. Regular pry-off pressure cap; branded.

Served chilled. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 85% foam; this seems overcarbonated. Nine fingers in width. White coloured. Brilliantly frothy, with a nice smooth, even, healthy complexion. Looks refreshing and quenching as hell. Retention is excellent - easily over 10 minutes total. Leaves inconsistent yet appealing lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Good consistency.

BODY: Translucent transparent pale yellow of average vibrance - definitely a kristalweizen. Clean-looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. I'd like a stronger and perhaps darker colour with better vibrance, but this is to style I suppose.

It's not the fantastic appearance I've come to expect from Franziskaner's beers, but I'm optimistic. Certainly clean and filtered, but far from unique or special for the style.

AROMA: Soft flaked wheat, fresh clean barley, muted lemon zest/lemon peel, crystal malts, pilsner malts, a hint of orange zest, and some biscuity yeast character. Hop presence is minimal - to style. No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant if lightly soapy aroma of average strength. I'm excited to try it, but I think that's just because of the brewery behind it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, soft, refreshing, clean, perfectly carbonated, and light in body. Supple and quenching. Aptly thin; it's almost delicate on the palate. Has a great overall presence on the palate, is to style, and complements the flavour profile very well. Well-executed, undoubtedly.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, astringent, or harsh on the palate.

Its softness is a definite highlight, and emphasizes its overall refreshing feel.

TASTE: Hints of lemon zest and lemon peel play nicely along muted floral and lightly citrusy hop notes. At its core is an effective quenching blend of fresh clean barley and fresh flaked wheat. Light hints of pilsner malts, crystal malts, and perhaps even some munich malts fill out the flavour profile nicely. Good depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour for the style.

It's delightfully well balanced and has notable subtlety, but isn't a complex or intricate beer - but then a kristalweizen probably shouldn't be (though New Glarus does do quite an impressive one). I quite like it.

OVERALL: The softness of the texture and the light refreshing flavours make this a real winner - especially for summertime drinking. It's a damn good kristalweizen, and goes down effortlessly. I'd certainly get it again (especially at its excellent supermarket price point here in Germany) and I'd recommend it to friends. Consistent with the quality I've come to expect from Franziskaner. Definitely grab this one when in Germany.

That said, it's not a world class beer per se, and I have had better in the style. But for the price, I can't imagine doing any better than this.

High B

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kojevergas from Colorado, May 23, 2014
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Straw color & crystal clear appearance. Crown is white, thick, close & lasting. Fresh bread, banana, clove aromas, spiced notes & phenolic touch. Crispy upfront & gentle creamy malty flavor. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Fresh bready hues in the middle & low herbal bitterness with spicy touch. Slight fruit & phenolic flavor arise to provide a sweet/malty finish with low acidity. Nice spot of the Style.

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3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallkalr, Premium Weissbier. Nach Alter Brau Tradition. Alc. 5.0% by Vol.

Big, allowing chalk white head, tremendous lacing, with clear, golden coloring.

Aroma: ah, beautiful, fresh, lively, sweet, wheat-y aromatics. Lemon and lime zest, floral notes, lightly spicy. Just gorgeous.

Taste: more citrus notes, wheat-y texture. It's crisp, clean, and refreshing. Slides down seriously smoothly. But I know what I'm missing. Kristallweisses are fine and dandy, but I want the yeast. I want to see the cloudy look, and I want it to be in the flavor, as well.

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feloniousmonk from Minnesota, Oct 22, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Poured a thick head, clear dark yellow. Minor lacing. Hoppy aroma. A very pleasant weisse, banana and molasses hints. Excellent mouthfeel.

A very good session beer. Will definitely order again.

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Photo of kevinv
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle with a best by date of 01/2012. My Dad brought this back for me from his recent trip to Germany.

A - Pours a pale straw, light-golden color with a billowy white head even from an easy pour. Well carbonated.

S - The nose is spicy cloves, muted banana notes, and slightly grainy.

T - I know this sounds uninformative and probably redundant, but the taste is like a very "clean" Hefeweizen. Light phenolic clove flavors, mild banana, and a dry yeasty finish.

M - Crisp light/medium bodied beer. Prickly carbonation.

D - Nice quality, low-alcohol, easy drinker for the summer time.

I've had plenty of Hefeweizen's in my day, but this is my first Kristalweizen. While this is a great brew, I still prefer the unfiltered "dirty" Hefe's. Glad to have tried this one.

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kevinv from Texas, Apr 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Chicago Brauhaus.

Poured from the bottle into a Bitburger pilsner glass.

The color was a nice cloudy orange with a nice two fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing on the glass.

The smell is a nice wheaty flavor. Some solid fruit flavor is making the nose seem nice and light. Some banana and a touch of pear. Some nice malty sweetness is there as well.

The taste was a bit more banana and had a good clove flavor that had me thinking of some earthy flavor. The malt is there for a while and it makes this beer a bit sweet then leads into a mild hop finish that stays just sec and then is gone.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth and really enjoyable. It has a way of going down before you really notice it is done. It has just the right amount of aftertaste then lets go like it wasn't even there. It is really refreshing and was my favorite beer of the night.

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Duhast500 from Rhode Island, Oct 26, 2010
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3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear gold with a huge lasting head.
Nose shows grassy and floral European hops with lots of doughy wheat and some soft spicy phenols.
Flavours include light fruit (pears and white grapes) and doughy wheat. Finishes with a hint of lemon and a very mild bitterness.
Carbonation is nice and high. Body seems a little watery.

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CrazyDavros from Australia, Sep 16, 2010
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4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - golden yellow w/ white head, decent lacing, falls slowly

Aroma - citrus, orange, banana, grass(?)

Taste - banana up front, carmel in the back. with less spice than the hefe. disagree w/ other reviewers who report a lingering bitterness - i get a nice sweet aftertaste with a bit of wheat/hay.

Mouthfeel - medium to high carbonation but not too much, pretty light and sharp.

Drinkability - excellent, refreshing beer on a hot day. I found it went really well with spicy food.

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gwijthoff from New Jersey, Jul 25, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's yellowish-gold. Carbonation is lively and keeps the head pretty well. Some thin lacing is left in a few spots.
There's almost all wheat on the nose, with a little bit of a light citrus and banana. A gentle spice is just perceptible.
The flavor is pretty much the same, with a fairly strong wheat base complimented by citrus, a subtle pepper nip, soft clove and a light malt underlying.
The mouthfeel is crisp with a bit of smoothness. The body is light to medium and carbonation is on the heavy side of moderate.
This is a nice, refreshing wheat beer that i could drink a few more of.

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3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Franziskaner glass.

Bright gold in color with lively effervescent bubbles flowing up towards a creamy thick head with solid retention.

Nose is strong with wheat as one would expect from a wheat based brew. Summer fruits and banana notes come through too.

Taste is strong with the fleshy wheat taste and peppered with sweet malt and citrus notes. Whilst in the mouth the beer is crisp and medium bodied with healthy carbonation.

Good fresh beer that would couple well with shell fish

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SleepyMonk from Australia, May 16, 2009
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3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Regular German half liter bottle with a freshness month and year on the front. Pours the nice sharp traditional filtered Krystal color. Frothy yet sharp head with good retention. Professional grade look. Semi-vigorous bubbles, moving quickly to the top.

Smell: Sharp clove notes with a some what estery back drop. Reaches back into the nose. Slight detection of the hops.

Taste: Sweet, clove taste ever present with a nice back drop to the hops. Feels like a good summer style beer. Good sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit sharp but not heavy in the least not a challenge to drink nor does it feel like you are drinking your meal. Good flavor with a nice notes to it.

Drinkability: Good beer, all around. Made professionally and you can taste it. Not the sweetest example of a Krystal but good none the less.

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JCBears from Germany, Apr 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely cristaline clean yellow colour, as usual, an enormous head that leaves a nice's just like the non-filtered Franziskaner Hefe, but lighter. Aroma of bananas, pears, melon and cloves. Taste of the same fruits, maybe some spice. Good, but if you've tried the Hefe Weissbier first... it's not the same.

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janubio from Spain, Mar 21, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy pale yellow (because of an agressive bartender pour) which yeilded a large frothy head. Thehead dissapated quick to fine lacing.
S-Pleasing sweetness slight bannana
T-Sweet taste a tad remanicent of a hefe but better.
D- Good drinkability, a session beer to say the least. Yummy.

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johnnyirishman from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden straw colour with a big fluffy white head of roughly 2 inches that slowly falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Light spicy notes backed up by some banana and citrus fruit notes.
T - Like the smell but with a strong wheat malt presence as well.
M - Fairly light bodied with a medium carbonation.
D - Not the most interesting beer going around but certainly a nice, well balanced wheat beer.

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brendan13 from Australia, Nov 22, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.

Appearance: white beer filtered to the appearance of a pils (transparency of the crystal), but the comparison stops! It is enough to feel (wheat). beautiful white head.
Smell: nose of grass, wheat.
Taste: taste of banana, it is very aromatic, with hints of hay and apples.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style Weizen kristal

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3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle (marked "best by 03/2008) into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a very good white head. Good lacing and a thin head remains throughout.

S: Same smells as the hefe (citrus, spices, etc.) except more muted and much less yeast in the aroma.

T: Again, the same taste as the regular hefe except everything is lighter and cleaner. It's basically like a hefe-light. I think that the hops are a bit more apparent in this one than in the unfiltered hefe.

M: Light bodied, plenty of carbonation.

D: High on the drinkability scale. It's light refreshing and rather tasty. If you're looking for a light yet flavorful beer on a hot summer day then this might fit the bill.

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willjschmidt from California, Jul 12, 2007
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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve tried it in a beautiful Franziskaner glass.

Appearance: very clear, with a light golden color. The head is white, large and frothy although not very persistent.
Aroma: an agreeable fruity nose with a citrus characteristic and a small hint of banana.
Taste: balanced towards the sweet side of the wheat malt.
Mouthfeel: smooth and silky, good carbonation, fair alcoholic strength and a moderate body.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: this one was my first kristall weizen and it proved to be very refreshing, satiating and well balanced. The only downside was the not so persistent head. I may have another one but I sincerely prefer the non-filtered Franziskaner.

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AlexLMS from Portugal, Jun 27, 2007
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3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this beer at Brauhaus during my first sitting there with Junde and Rex. It looks nice
like any clear weizens with a medium head. It has a typical weizen taste to it but sadly
also a strange sour taste which I did not find really pleasant. It was not tangy but stil
I do not like sourish taste in beers. Just like the Belgian Lambics which I am not too sure of
except that I definitely do not like the Mort Subite Kriek. On the whole I am not impressed
with this Kristallweizen though I really did not taste enough of it.
(Disclaimer: I did not have enough of this beer to write a review. This review is based on
what I feel from what I have tasted and I am writing it because I probably would not be
having this beer again.)

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basica from California, Jun 10, 2007
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4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my tucher weizen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured an anaemic yellow with a very explosive lively beading. 4 finger creamy head sitting proudly towering above the rim of the glass.. produces fine lacing.

Smell: The smell is the traditional banana and cloves, somewhat medicinal, fresh grass and lemons.

Taste: lots of fresh wheat and grass up front, some sweet malt comes through aswell, hop bitterness in the finish with cloves apparent throughout. No real banana flavours there.

Mouthfeel: lively carbonation, and not watery like some hefe's. very refreshing

Drinkability - very refreshing when chilled, unlike others, i feel this benefits with a lemon wedge slapped in there for a citric summer edge. Had this tonight to finish off my beer stash, so i can go on a 2 month abstinence, roll on summer for me!

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seanyfo from United Kingdom (Scotland), Feb 05, 2007
Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallklar from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 177 ratings