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Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar

Added by Quaffer on 07-06-2001

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Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of inbierveritas
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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 kevinv
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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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 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 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 SleepyMonk
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of JCBears
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of brendan13
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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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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 willjschmidt
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of AlexLMS
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of basica
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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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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 GreenCard
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale yellow, lots of effervescense, huge pillow of white froth, good head retention, lace

Aroma: mellow scent of clove-dusted bananas, wheat, and a distant leafy hop aroma

Flavor: wheaty and mildly sweet; hint of honey and clove; finishes semisweet with a bready aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, prickly carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: I definitely prefer my weissbiers unfiltered, but this is still pretty good. Franziskaner is certainly one of the "hallmarks" of this style.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This a dull straw colored beer with a very big head that makes a proud showing the last. Champaigne carbonation looks really pretty. The aromas are citrus and very faint banana. This beer is very acidic on the palate and has a citrusy, spicy, character with subdued clove undertones and occasional berry notes. It is as if there is nothing to buffer the wheat "zip" anymore. Mouthfeel was thin and slightly astringent. I bet this would rock with lemon-baked fish.

This is my first kristal-weizen, but the style notes say it should be softer on the palate than hefe. That is not how I would describe this at all. You will note that I scored this beer highest on appearance. My guess is that is what it was bred for, in an effort to compete with Pilsner back in the day. While this is notably divergent from hefe in taste, I can't say I reccomend bothering with it unless you are a real freak for wheat beers of all stripes.

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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 Anderbrau_IPA
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice product from the Franziskaner family, Kristallklar pours nicely, with a two finger white head that actually stays there until half of the glass. smells a bit sweet, but definetly hefe. .. is like the "lager" of his type, its color is golden, as the name says is cristal see-trough-glass yellow color, . .. carbonation is something i miss in most beer, but not on this one :) , lots of bubbles.

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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 goochpunch
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a bright gold with a large, fizzy head that dies too quickly. A good many fat bubbles rise to the top. The nose is full of apples and nuts with a phenolic edge. Very crisp. Flavor is very bready, with wheat crackers, and apple juice. I like how, with each sip, I get that tart feeling in the back of my mouth near the molars. Like drikning cranberry juice (in the sense of the tartness only). This is all brought down in the aftertaste of band-aids. The band-aids are killing this for me. Crisply carbonated with a moderately light weight on the tongue. This is decent enough, but the weird aftertaste ruins the drinkability on this one.

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Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallklar from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 169 ratings