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 GreatPondBrewer
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

To me this was a overly complex budweiser in a lot of ways. Definitely more craft and taste, but still lacking. It pured a middle of the road golden witha thick white head that did not fade for a long time. The smell was sweet with strong scents of bannana. The taste was more dried bannana as well as some dried apricot flavors. I felt that the mouthfeel was the best part of this brew. It was thick and creamy, which is not what the appearence would have indicated. A decent beer, but not one I am keen on trying again.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I suppose this is the equivalent of a light version of the hefe-weisse. I definitely was not too keen on this beer. Pours a very clear and pale yellow with a good sized head. Very light smell of banana. Not a whole lot of taste going on with this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp, pretty much just like any light-bodied brew. More of a summer beer than anything else. I have a feeling this had been on the shelves for a while - probably did not help matters. You could drink a whole lot of this without much problem, although I don't see myself going back to this anytime within my lifetime.

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

Although maybe more of a summer beer, I’m going to review it in January. This one pours a very clear and very pale yellow with a massive pure white head. The aromas of wheat, malt, and light hops make the mouth water. The taste of a pleasant earthy grain and wheat combined with light hops make this one enticing brew. The mouthfeel is that of a light bodied brew and finishes crisp and clean. Very good beer! Prosit!

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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 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 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 mzwolinski
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

As you'd expect, this pours crystal clear, pale straw in color with a hige frothy head. Strong wheat aroma with hints of banana and cloves, though milder than in its full-bred hefeweisen brother. The taste starts off nice, with a good spicy beginning, and a sweet mid-palate. High carbonation lends to a very light feel in the mouth. Hardly any hop bitterness in the finish -- this leaves a rather empty feeling in the back of the mouth, and while the finish is fairly dry, the aftertaste is a bit too sweet for me. I just don't get this style. You take a perfectly good hefeweisen like Franziskaner makes and you take out the yeast thinking what, that it'll make a good session beer? The yeast contributes a lot to the flavor of Franz's hefe, and when you take out that and the hops, you're left with a beer which relies too heavily on sweetness for effect to be anything I'd want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skeptical as I poured it. Almost too light, although cloudy. Good carbonaton. It tasted light, yet oddly satisfying. A good "quaffing" beer. It tasted quite refreshing, could be my new "summer" brew.

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

Nice medium yellow in color with a nice white tight foam. Nice for a hot summer day. After taste was a bit to short for me. Not a lot of wheat taste, but a hint of cloves and vanilla. Have had it before and still do not put it among my favorites!

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

Crystal clear with a nice foamy white head, this beer is completely filtered. I have never tried a Kristal Weissbeir, and found this one very refreshing. It doesn't have the yeasty kick of regular Heffeweizens, nor the banna or clove flavors. However, it is a great summer beer and drinking this outside in NY when it is 95 degrees, is a wonderful experience.

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Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very large stiff foamy head over a crystal clear light golden body. Constant streams of bubbles remind of glasses of champagne. Surprisingly strong (considering the filtration of the beer) clove smell and taste are present. Light esters also make themselves known as the beer warms. Not bad.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one very good weisse brew. Nice and cloudy with a great golden color. One of the better wheat bres I have had in quite some time. A nice wheat flavor on the tongue. Extremely drinkable. Prost!

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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 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 marc77
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The extremely dense and persistent head tops a gorgeous golden hued brew. The brilliant clarity is indicative of ample filtration and/or fining agents-- it approaches lager - like clarity. Banana esters and malt sweetness dominate the aroma, but lemon - like fruit notes hit the nose as well. The mouthfeel lacks the thick viscosity that a traditional German Weiss should have. The finish is much drier than other examples for style... Crystal Weiss's are an odd style of wheat. Personally I love cloudy, yeasty, and unfiltered Weisses. Although Club - Weisse is a tasty brew, it left me longin for a German Weisse with more character all - around.

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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 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 rastaman
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't know about the Kritalklar style, if the Kristall and the normal heffe were sitting side by side, i'd go for the Heffe, no doubt. This is still quite pleasant though.

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