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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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 162
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 PopeJonPaul
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first Kristal-Weizen I've ever tried. Super-clear yellow-gold color, looks like an American Pilsner except with a big puffy head. Smells like grass and lemons, taste was kind of lemony as well and somewhat spicy, but too mild. This beer was OK but just not enough flavor for me, tasted almost watered down. The fizzy mouthfeel and clean finish will slake your thirst, but if I had a choice I'd take their Hefe-Weisse or Dunkel over this one.

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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 Southernbrew
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw color, decent head. Light smell, good fruit smell, definite banana aromas, to be expected. Medium mouthfeel, definite banana notes, lots of carbonation. Light aftertaste, still banana notes. Decent beer but certainly not the best weisse I've had.

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Photo of counselor
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale yellow with a deent head. Not much in the way of aroma, slight malt and mild citrusy hop smell. Taste was rather bland, lifeless, and short lived. This beer was thirst quenching, but nothing to really make me want another. Thin mouthfeel and unimpressive.

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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 surfmeister
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellow, crystal clear, plentiful wheat head, best part of the brew
Smell: faint malt, some perfume-like scent that I couldn't pin down, not much else
Taste: weak tasting, missing much of what makes wheat beer drinking enjoyable
Mouthfeel: thin, sort of like an American lager
Drinkability: inoffensive, but thats not a good reason to buy a beer
Overall: just buy the Franziskaner Hefe, no reason to drink this beer again

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Photo of DESTRO
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thought it would be a good lunch time brew to wash down a pastrami on rye. pours out crystal clear with a nice white bubbly head. faint aromas of yeast and breads and a touch of hay. flavor is light, a dulled down hefe, but that dosnt mean this beer dosn't have its time and place. light yeast and bready malt with the slightest lemon twang. very crisp and refreshing, simple yet effective at being what it aims to be, a drinkable, quenching brew.

$1.99 a pint.

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Photo of Andreji
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm I was certainly disappointed by this member of such a family of Hefe-Weizens.

Pours a golden translucid with a light and medium white head that altough banishes with some degree of speed, leaves considerable lacing.

The smell, wheaty but not very strong. Perhaps gives off a bit of a doubt, which is affirmed in the tasting: this is but a lighter version of the hefe weiss, where the taste has been reduced to scale, keeping most properties just making it less interesting by comparison. only the drinkability goes up slightly but who the hell wants to drink the mediocre side to an excellent 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 ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ugly pale yellow color is a bit of a turn off as it looks like a macro, but with that massive head on top and Franziskaner on the bottle, all your fears go away. Lots of bananas in the aroma as well as subtle but aiding spices.

It is very grainy in flavor, and the bananas are toned down a bit from the nose. The spiciness comes in a bit more. Some citrus notes let themselves known as well. Crisp, refreshing qualities aid drinkability and mouthfeel which are both excellent.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freaking giant head. Very pale yellow color, with a tinge of chartreuse. Club-weisse has a slightly wheaty nose, and looks like a pilsner, but tastes like a hefe - kinda. I liked this beer a little, but not too much, though it was light and kinda refreshing. This one seemed a touch off, and I'm going to taste it again to give it a fair shot.

Tasted from a 16.9 oz bottle.

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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 Quaffer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear yellow with a very heavy, sustained bead. The head rose up huge (as in, explode-out-of-the-top-of-the-glass huge ) and fluffy. A very thin layer of foam persisted for the whole drink and left small freckles of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell was comprised of wheat and grains, sweet grasses, and a light lemon zest. All were rolled together to make up a clean, refreshing aroma.

Mouthfeel: The feel was smooth and velvety. The body fell somewhere between light and medium, being a little fuller that your typical wheat beer.

Taste: The initial flavor was that of rough wheat and slightly sweet grain. These persisted alone up until the finish, when a light bitterness and an even lighter lemon taste joined the fray. The aftertaste was all sweet grass.

This was a good wheat beer, especially for crystal wheat. While I prefer a hefe, this offering would have to be one of my favorites of the filtered variety.

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

This brew pours a large head of fine to medium sized white bubbles. It has a transparent light orange color and some carbonation rising from the glass. Its aroma is a mild hoppy aroma. I sensed a mild fruity flavor with a hint of fizz in the after taste. All-in-all it is a very nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 9oz. bottle

Pours with a great big head even with a slow pour. It dissipates but does not dissappear entirely. The color is a weak gold. Easy to see through. The scent is a pungent grass and wheat.

The wheat is highly detectable in the flavor. Some fruit, honey and a clove taste at the end. It does leave an unpleasant aftertaste unfortunately.

It has a slight watery feel and the drinkability has a bit too much carbonation. This makes it a little bit hard to swallow.

An enjoyable beer but not a first rater in my opinion.

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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 CharlesRiver
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have to say that it is about 90 degrees and this is a perfect beer to have. Glowing yellow in color with a HUGE white fluffy head that won't quit. The smell is grain, sweet, malt, citrus and a hint of some pepper. The carbonation is crazy! Tons and tons of bubbles all over the place. The taste is very refreshing. Very explosive on the tongue. The aftertaste kind of fades but some citrus sweetnes tries to come through. So thirst quencing and exactly what I need right now. I want to try their Dunkel next.

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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 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 Marty
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a transparent golden-yellow wheat ale that's truly a beautiful sight to behold. When I opened the bottle I knew I was going to be pouring a yeast-less beer, but I was still caught off guard by just how clear it was. It readily formed a great big fluffy head that lasted fairly long.

The only disappointing surprise about this beer was the taste. Although noticeably fruit-tinged, I feel it lacked depth, and almost seemed a little diluted.

It would be unfair to compare this to any of its unfiltered cousins. I'll admit that this is the first filtered wheat that I've tried. I'm looking forward to trying some more, so I can get a better feel for the style.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured from the bottle very clear golden with a good white head. My friend was drinking a Bud Light and they were very similar in liquid and head color. The aroma was subtle. The banana/clove smell was present but not very strong. The taste was similar in character. I would suggest that this beer be given to someone experimenting with this style of beer. It has the characteristics of the style but is not pushing in of its aspects.

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Photo of jackndan
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Club Weisse: A crystal clear weiss beer. Huge, thick, pure white beer with substantial staying power, and leaves thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer is a pale golden color, and as one would expect, is absolutely clear. The aroma is pleasant, with oranges and bananas. The initial taste is very sweet, almost sugary, that melds quickly into a light weisse beer taste, with emphasis on yeast ( oranges and bananas). The taste is light, and very pleasant, although I’d go with an unfiltered if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of mikes2923
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured it leaves a respectable head although it dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only a trace amount of laceing. Color and look is reminiscent of a typical american lager, although obviously being a german kristall weizen the taste is far from it!

I'm not a huge kristall weiss fan only because it so often tastes like a watered down version of the hefe, and in this case it is a semi-accurate assessment. Obviously it carries the taste of a weiss beer with it's wheat and banana flavor, without the bite of it's cloudier cousins! It's a good solid, drinkable lighter flavored beer... would've been a lot better after a long day in the sun! Hmmm.. maybe for our camping trip next year...... :)

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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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Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.7 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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