Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected a little more complexity with this one,poured nicely golden color with a well retained head.Banana was the dominant smell from what I got.Taste was not very complex a little smokey with some banana notes.Easy to drink but nothing to write home about I think.

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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 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 WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full head white very consistent atop a golden filtered body this beer stands tall in my official Franzy wheat bier glass high carbonation jet stream from the bottom of the glass rising to the top very nice webbed patterns form of lace. Aroma has mild banana and clove aromatics very good toward my olfactories the sharp sweetness of the malt also plays a role here along with some German hopping maybe some Tettanag not quite sure though. Taste creamy and crisp full banana and clove yeastiness so good, the sweetness from the malted wheat is very tasty as well and perfect balance with the bittering hops thrown in can't ask much more from a filtered weiss. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and medium in body, drinkability is excellent less body than an unfiltered hefe but this adds to the drinkability just a tad most of the flavor is still there gotta love that.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear and very light straw in color. Very light nose of lemon, clove and yeast. Very crisp and clean tasting (ie: not much flavor). Everything is very understated and subtle. nothing too exciting here, I prefer a bit more taste in my brew. A very high class, lawn mower brew. Would be great in hot weater and with light food.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat scent with a dry fruity yeast finish. The taste is decent. It has a sweet, yet dry wheat flavor with a smooth, crisp finish. It goes down easy, but has a lingering fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's light and smooth; a fine weisse.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant straw color. It is well carbonated and is topped by a thick off-white colored head. The aroma is lightly sweet with a mix of clove, grain, banana, and a bit of hoppy spiciness. The beer is quite crisp up front, it is followed by a soft fruity middle and finishes with a light astringent bitterness. There is some banana and clove notes here, they are a bit muted. This is a nice quaffable beer, nothing to get too excited about, but it is a good quality beer.

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

After a lot of searching I finally found the elusive Franziskaner Kristalklar!

Pours a super clear yellow colored beer with a massive white head that unfortunately dies fairly quickly.

Smell is a little metallic with a spicy cloves and bread scent. There is a fair bit of acid in the scent but I can't really call this lemony.

Taste is mostly bready with a good amount of clove spice and a lesser banana and Band-Aid flavors. Fairly strong herbal hop in the finish that is very strong by German standards for wheat beer. The aggressive hops add a good refreshing finish to what is for all intents and results a wheat lager beer.

Mouthfeel is good, but the carbonation might be a bit too much.

Excellent drinkability here. Much closer to a lager than a Weizen in experience this is a very good choice for when some summer bays you are just tired of HefeWeizen and need a change.

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Photo of wl0307
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've always had doubts about clear Weissbier, though actually I've tried this type of beer only twice (Erdinger and Paulaner) in the past and can't really remember any goodies about them, as the cloudy ones always tend to almost immediately refresh my memories in favour of the positive elements of any Weissbier... Got this bottle recently at my local Sainsbury's at 1.33pounds, so I'd say it's a bargain and just in time for me to review my first Kristalklar on the BA website...

A: served in a 300ml Weissbier glass, it pours a pale-straw colour, with abundant, big fizz and a thick, fluffy, sponge-like white beerhead gradually settling down to a half-inch thick froth...
S: upfront there's refreshingly spicy aroma of cloves mixed with green bananas and freshly-cut wood chips, on top of some sour edge of wheats and a very special smell like Chinese red-bean paste!! Overall the nose is lively and nice but a bit one-dimensional.
T&M: crisp mouthfeel of malted wheats assumes itself first, while banana-flavoured candy and a weak flavour of mixed spices follow through immediately... graduallying warming up at the back of the throat and leaving a slightly peppery, dryish sweet, and clean finish. It goes down a bit too smoothly I even feel it's watery and bland at times, especially towards the end, and the aftertaste is kept at the minimum, to my disappointment. It's not a BAD beer, but not a very impressive one either.
D: this is the 3rd Kristalklar I've had in my life and it certainly helps me make up my mind to stick to Hefe-Weizen from this point on, as the latter provides much better value and enjoyment for money anyway...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a good two finger head that withers to a thick foam and sparse lacing. The carbonation is very visual and consistant. The color is a mix of weiss and pils. A little clear and bright to be considered a weiss at first glance.

Smell- A cool mix of grassy, bright mlats and the more subdued wheat aromas. Slightly tinny.

Taste- A great mix of lager and ale flavors. Very crisp lagery like wheat flavor on the palate. Then some more natural flavors I notice in pilsners come out and mix with the semi-sweet wheat flavors.

Mouthfeel- A little metallic for my liking, but still very refreshing on this hot day. The flavors quickly pass over the flavors sensors, but not too quickly.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous, monstrous head. The beer itself is very clear, highly carbonated. Aroma has distinct wheat characteristics, although I seemed to sense fleeting sour esters. Taste is immediate soft sweetness. This is a nice, refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright translucent gold color as it sets in my glass with a prestigious head and oodles of fine lace slipping down the side of the glass after a fresh sip to savor its pleasures. Nose is malt with yeast and citrus aromas, certainly pleasant to the senses. Front is slightly sweet, the top minimal in its mouth feel, the finish somewhat astringent, meaningful in the hop spicy bite, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. Quite a pleasure to drink and one I sample often, but still like to see the “Chill Haze”, an idiosyncrasy of mine I guess.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a light yellow in color with some orangish tints. The big, fluffy weizeny head showed some good retention and left some nice lacing. The carbonation was gushing from the bottom of the glass.

Smell – The big yeast nose was light and fluffy. It was laced with orange and carried some wonderful banana notes. The light coriander spicing went well with everything.

Taste – The big, fruity flavors were complimented with some light clove. The traditional bananas, peach, and pears were tremendous. It lost most of the yeast that I picked up from the nose, though, which was a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel – This one is somewhat bigger than light-bodied with modest carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a good example of the style but the taste and mouthfeel didn’t quite live up to the promise of the appearance and the nose.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Typical German bottle label. A rather well-fed Monk, resplendent in brown smock, keys in one hand, empty beer glass in the other, and patting what appears to be an old WW1 Gas Mask bag on his chest (I’m sure it’s not, but looks like it). The bottle has a silver label, and a silver foil on the neck proudly pronouncing “Imported”, which is kind of a strange thing for me, it’s German and on sale in the US, so why advertise this fact? It concerns me greatly, for “Imported” is a very “macro” label in nature I feel. As Ozzy Ozbournes once said, am I just Paranoid??
Nevertheless, that aside, it pours a brilliant clear yellow, cheap gold, color. This is definitely a Crystal Wheat Beer. The head soon settles to a thin white cloudy ¼”, leaving lace on the glass. Nose is malt with a very restrained hop character. Middle is sweet, mouthfeel is average. Finish has a light hoppiness, with a sickly sweet cloying residue. I will be honest, that I would have great difficulty differentiating this beer from pseudo-teutonic lagers I think.
I spoke too soon earlier. This is the first German Bier that I do take issue with. Why? Well I feel that this beer could have been produced anywhere in the world. Perhaps I am being a bit tough – who knows.
I guess what I mean is – is this really German?? Personally, I don’t get that from this beer - so I don't think it is. I have never seen this beer anywhere else, but I feel it has a rather "commercial flavor" to it.
It’s the most disappointing German Bier to date far for me.
A pleasant enough beer, but it far from impresses me. Is this German Bud??!??! Sorry couldn't resist that.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Half-liter bottle in a Tucher weizen glass. I have some franziskaner glasses, but the Tuchers are much better quality.

Appearance: Very pale golden color with lots of very fine bubbles streaming upwards through the brew. A good inch of foam, lasting well, even though I poured it carefully.

Aroma: Fine, light fruity aroma (a little citrusy). Nice wheat smell too.

Flavor: Good wheat malt up front, with slight fruitiness, not enough to pin down as banana or other fruit. A lot less phenolic than the hefeweizen, but also creamier.

Body: Medium-light body, with spritzy carbonation and mouthfeel.

Bland compared to the hefe, but a good light summer beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale golden in color, color resembles that of a light American lager, though I hasten to add that the similarity ends there. A modest pour produced a one and one-half inch thick head with excellent retention. The carbonation, composed of rather small bubbles, is quite profuse, the lacing excellent.

Aroma: Solid wheat malt with clove and ripe banana notes, mild hops are present also. Overall, pleasant and as typical for the style.

Taste: Cloves and ripe bananas ride atop the solid wheat malt backbone. Towards the end of the taste a lingering clove and black pepper spiciness appears. The finish is dry with a lingering mild metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and deserving of being described as "creamy".

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of this style and well within character. Not the best wheat that I have ever had, but certainly worth a try.

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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 josanguapo
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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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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 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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