Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Club-Weisse KristalklarFranziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar

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Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 07-06-2001

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this in Chicago-area last weekend. It pours a clean, straw color with a 3 finger head that sticks around nicely. The nose is nice and aromatic, with banana sweetness and clove. Slight creamyness as wel. The flavor is more mellow than the regular. Banana is more weak, clove is a little more forward. The flavor is clean, very refreshing. The feel is creamy, moderate, where I expect it to be. I am a big hefe fan, so the kristal is another that I tend to enjoy. I think I could drink more of these than the standard franz. I like the way this beer is built.

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Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Franz. This one pours a yellow color with a tall head that has nice retention. Awesome aroma. Lots of banana, cloves, and grains - just what I like. The flavor is very much like the standard Franz, but the fruits come through a little better and this one seems to be a little more creamy. Very tasty. Excellent hefe.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a thick and frothy white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is dominated by ripe banana with notes of vanilla and clove. A sweet maltiness comes through in the taste mixed with ripe banana. Light and clean in the mouth with lots of carbonation. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of StevieW
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz bottle. Super big explosive head, despite my best efforts of a deliberate pour and wetting the glass. Head fell down the side of the glass forever. Clear straw color and the big white head had me thinking it would be flavorless. Subtle wheat, citrus smells. Very light, crisp wheat taste, although, not like the hefe-weiss flavor I am used to, this is very good. Some familiar banana, clove tastes, unbelievable crisp and dry finish. No sourness that is evident in some the other kristal wiess I have had. Very, very drinkable. IMO, a summer slammer beer after a round of golf, etc. Although I prefer the big flavors of a hefe-weiss, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Jarod
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a traditional Franziskaner Weissbeir glass. 22 oz.

This beer was received a creamy/cloudy pale yellow banana color, carbonation could be seen through the glass. The head that was produced was a creamy rich white color that was thick and lasted through the last sip. The lace that was left behind was in sheets through the top portion of the glass and then broke off into a beautiful delicate lace in the latter portions of the glass and was very sticky as well. The aromas were fairly simple, fresh yellow bananas, cloves, some wheat and a hint of hops at the end. Very traditional. The flavors that rolled across my tongue were of light wheat tones, some vanilla, fresh picked ripe bananas and cloves, which gave it a spicy finish. There was little aftertaste was light to none. But this was ok. Probably one of the best examples of the style I have had to date. Well balanced, refreshing all rolled into one. A staple for me when I go to this locale restaurant, ask me what I want and I say Franziskaner Weissbeir, and Hurry !

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a gentle pour brings up a huge and pillowy bright-white head. The body is crystal clear and light gold in color - even yellowish when held to the light. Streams of tiny bubbles race to the surface continually reinforcing the head, and adding some "entertainment value" to its appearance. The nose is sweetly grainy with a soft "very ripe banana" note and a mild and very lightly spicy clove note. It's smoother than the standard Spaten hefe weizen with less actual yeastiness. The body is light/medium and there's a gentle caress on the tongue from a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The flavor starts with a well balanced malt that's gently sweet at first (entwined with some lightly spicy clove) and reveals a moderate bitterness as it crosses the palate. It dries out and cleans up in the finish leaving just a mildly lingering soft banana followed by light clove. The drying balance that makes the Franziskaner weizens so recognizable is clearly present, but this kristal version is lighter in character due to the lack of yeast. But that can be a good thing on a very hot summer day when you plan to have more than a few. Or, particularily for people who's digestive systems don't handle the yeast too well. In fact, I'd like to have one or two on hand to switch up to after having a few mit hefe. Very nice. An excellent beer from one of Germany's premier breweries.

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Photo of gwijthoff
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Photo of mickeymac
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had one of these in a while, but I've got great memories of downing them with my high school buddies at the Rathskeller in Huntington Beach. The color is a beautiful gold with a wonderful, slightly fruity flavor. Have the barmaid keep 'em coming all night long: a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Kwak
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice head a little thin but very tasty full on the lips.

The aroma is of malted hop and slight citrus and other sweet scents.

The taste is refreshing and quite refined it has all the properties of a weiss but the clear body hides some of the taste good in it's own right but nothing like the hefe wiess, good but not great!

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Photo of kbub6f
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is yooj, off-white, coarse, foamy, pillowy. It leaves clumpy, sticky lacing. The beer is clear, yellow-gold, pale. Nice spice, fruit, citrus in the nose. Some toast. Spicy citrus front, buttery fruity middle, dry, slightly acidic (apple juice) finish. This is a good beer out of the fridge, but it really blooms at temperature. That's when the butter and bananas come out to play. I like this better than the hefe (creamier, I think).

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Photo of bditty187
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a massive white fluffy head, fantastic staying power, decent lacing. The body is a clear yellow/light gold (maybe even a little “peachy”). The nose surprised me, very good spice (clove and pepper), banana, and some very faint malted wheat. The flavors on the palate are clove/pepper, banana, citrus, and wheat. The high carbonation works well as does the dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is the best Kristal Weizen I have had. Franziskaner Club-Weisse is not any better or any worse than a “traditional” Hefe; it is just different. If you judge this beer based on the style, I think, you will really like it. This beer will be recommended to all.

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Photo of inebrius
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A vast, crowded and fluffy head lays over a pale wheat body. A whopping dose of spicy and peppery phenolics snuggles up to your probing snout. Breathe it in as you drench your buds with a liquid sweetart that at once soothes and dances across your tongue. A brew as suitable for hot Summer days as cool Autumn evenings. A brew that sets you in a Munich Biergarten, where everything is soft edges.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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 seanyfo
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like a hefe but sweeter, Nice head and retention. It has the best retention I've seen in a long time. Nice pale color.
I may recommend this to my friends who are scared of yeast and won't touch wheat beers.

Smell was sweet and effervescent.
Taste was like a hefe but sweeter.
Mouthfeel was crisp and full.
This beer is definetly a session beer

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Photo of hotstuff
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine German Wheat brew that I enjoyed a lot. It poured a large white head. There was little lacing on the sides of my glass. Carbonation could be seen rising to the top. It had a smooth taste to it which is what I really enjoy. This is a brew that I would enjoy drinking on any given night.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle. Pours a clear golden with a big rocky head that is almost pure white. Endlessly rising bubbles. Citrus aroma. Solid wheat flavor. Slightly fruity. The high carbonation makes it taste spicy. Fuller mouthfeel than I expected – probably because the color is similar to many cheap American lagers. This is my first Kristall-Weizen, and I’m now curious to try other versions.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale white gold. Fizzy, with a huge egg-shell head and quite lacy. Smells grassy and peppery. Light banana and clove aromas as well.

Taste is fruity wheat malt, underpinned nicely with wispy banana and clove flavors. Lightly bitter in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Surprisingly good. Not only do the Germans make a superior hefeweizen, they may just make the best filtered wheats as well.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a hefeweizen. It is a kristal weizen and should be categorized as such on this website. I wonder why it is called "club-weisse" in the US. Perhaps to remind the consumer of club soda. That is certainly an appropriate comparison, for it is a thin, light, clear, clean weizen and might surprise weizen drinkers with its resemblance to pilsner/lager/helles/export type beers. It is quite drinkable and eminently refreshing, with wheat characteristics (banana, bubble gum) buried deep down in the brassy, complex taste.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So crisp and delicious. A fluffy head with healthy carbonation that rose up in lines from the bottom in my tall Weisse glass. Really nice citrusy and tart flavors. Has a light grainy malty taste and sourdough aftertaste.It does have a surprisingly substantial mouth feel for a filtered hefe. This club weisse will see itself on my summer beer roster, and I agree with venom don't ask for a lemon on my watch, it's best when drank alone.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as a birthday present (thanks, Jess), the bottle is standard German brown half liter with silver foil on the tapered neck and a silver and blue label featuring a happy monk hold a liter Masskrug. Purity law applies, of course. Best before the end of October, I opened it on 3/3/06.

Pours a crystal clear fairly deep gold under a two finger white head that recedes every so slowly, with lots of body, leaving lovely sheets of lace. The nose is full of spice and citrus, with clove and lemon the predominant strains. The mouth is well carbonated and fairly heavy, almost sticking to the tongue. The taste is tart, with the lemon dominating. Lots of clove, too, and perhaps a bit of coriander. A touch of bitter hops emerges very late, but the overwhelming impression is slightly sour and very spicey, with a definite touch of wheat. Nice summer quaffer.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, I realize its not exactly the time of year for this but I was just in the mood for a hefe. I like how this beer smells, its just so strange matching that banana clove sweet stench with the completely clear body and milky head...where does the sediment go? At any rate, the clear mellow gold color, the sugary hefe nose with a touch of citrus, sounds like we're good to go.
This is a nice, methodical, organized taste. The wheat is subtle but still intregal, and the mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated but otherwise spot on. This is a good hefe if not such an especially strong one. I find myself missing the sediment but only from a visual perspective as the taste and smell are textbook. Not one of my very favorite hefes but I wouldn't turn this down on a hot day.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen this one around much lately, so when I spied some at Spec's I naturally picked some up. Club-Weisse's color is golden yellow, carbonation is moderate, and the head is huge and sticky. The aroma is of an average strength mix of cloves and bananas. Not much different in aroma than the Fraziskaner Hefe. The taste has an initial strong bite of banana-clove which then settles out to a more average level. Overall taste is enjoyably fruity and spicy. Mouthfeel is probably the standout feature of this beer. Club-Weisse is very active and crisp on the tongue. I was expecting this beer to be a lighter flavored version of their Hefe, but I was pleasently surprised with a very tasty and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of WTexas
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hearty head into a weizen glass. Head remained until the end. Smell of bananas and esters but with a crisper (less creamy) taste and mouthfeel. Much more taste then I had expected from a "kristal", but the carbonation can verge on pungent at times. Overall, a very satisfying brew with a full taste and an excellent finish.

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