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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen | Binding-Brauerei AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany
binding.de

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
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#38,315
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
79
pDev:
13.6%
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Photo of KarlHungus
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear pale golden color, with a creamy white head. It looks slightly watery for a kristal weizen

Smell: Citrus and cloves.

Taste/Mouthfell: Citrus and cloves like the smell. The aftertaste is kind of off though, with a slight metallic flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I'd expect from a kristal, especailly from one as pale in color as this one.

Drinkability: The metallic aftertaste kills the chance of me trying this beer again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.37/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sidepoured into a Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen pint glass.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of fair cream and decent thickness. Clear yellow colour. A nice upward bubble show.

Sm: Wheat, crystal hops. Standard fare for the style.

T: Clean open to a one note body of barley with a crystal malt generic finish. All around it's rather bland.

Mf: Fizzy coarseness with a strange wet/dry balance. Quite wet on the finish, which fails to coax the next sip out of you. Light on the palate.

Dr: It does hide its ABV well, and you could down a pint easily as it's not overcarbonated, but you wouldn't want to unless your only alternatives were American macro shitebeer (can we go ahead and make this a style on beeradvocate?).

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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of rastaman
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty average i think, i usd to drink it a lot, but every time i have it, i like it less and less, very edgy watery character, with a bit of a yeasty wheat, and banana character.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle 5,0% ABV
Served chilled in a weizen glass.

Appearance: The body is crystal clear and very light golden in colour. A gentle pour yields a massive, fluffy, white head that lasts an absolute age and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: This actually smells quite nice for a kristalweizen! Pale malt dominates, with notes of malted wheat and fresh citrus also noted. As the beer warms, the traditional banana notes of a weissbier become apparent.

Taste: Blegh, the flavour falls a long way short of the nose! Very little flavour and quite watery - almost verging into macro lager territory! Warming yields some improvement with notes of pale grain, wheat and a little banana.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery body with a high level of rather harsh carbonation.

Overall: I think a bottle or two would go down quite well on a very hot day, but it is still not a beer I would buy again.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice wheat smell with some notes of banana.
The flavor is weak. A little metallic, inappropriate bitterness in the middle. Wanders.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste was a letdown.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sheldon
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer started a bit above average with a clear straw color and a creamy white head. The head took off about half way through the glass and left no trace of existence with lace or even a couple of bubbles. It has kind of a week fruity fragrance that I almost had to dig for. The taste consisted of a slight fruit/citrus/bitter combination. Although it is a rather crisp drinkable beer, my opinion is that it is somewhat average and I will stick with its companion the Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it's about time I reviewed the Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen. To be honest I probably never would have gotten around to this had my local not run out of its Hefeweizen brother, it being a staple in my fridge, and I having a particularly strong craving for wheat beer after 1 long month of abstinence. But here we are and lucky for Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen that there was no Hefe to slake a mighty thirst.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stein.

A: First thing noticed, apart from the clear golden body, is the 3 inch white head that wont quit... for a gentle pour that's insane, and disappointing Hoff.

S: The biggest reason I'm personally not a fan of Kristallweizens is because of they lack the flavour and aroma of the Hefes, and this one is no different; the light clove/banana aroma with a hint of bread yeast and the slight grassy hops make this a bit of an insipid experience.

T: Much the same as the aroma, flavour is a light clove/banana/yeast affair. There is a sour yeast/bitter hops palate in the finish, but overall it's boring and uninspired. The grassy note, which you wouldn't get in a Hefe, is a cumbersome reminder of a Lager flavour that is best avoided.

M: Missing the creamy mouthfeel of the Hefe as well, this Kristal is gassy and mid to light bodied.

D: Overall a disappointment. When you consider that the Hefe is only $1.50 more expensive for a six pack and miles better in flavour, aroma and mouthfeel it's a bit of a no-brainer which one to buy. I would avoid this one. You have been warned.

Food match: Kristals tend to be a lighter palate Weizen, with this one there is a Lager grass note thrown into the mix so the food match has a bit more scope. I would see this working well with light BBQ fare more than anything else; grilled steak/sausage, coleslaw and potato salad.

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Photo of OregonMicrobrew
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of djura
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Lots of bubbles at first. Yellow color. Almost no foam.
S-Mostly pale malt with some fruits, apple mostly.
T/M-Bitter aftetaste, crisp and refreshing. Grains in the mouth.
Malty. Medium carbonation. I am missing whet in the taste.

O-Decent. Classic German pilsener.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Here we go with another filtered wheat. Pours a very ordinary gold colour with weak bead but pleasant white head, tiny but visible bubbles which sinks at snail's pace but doesn't leave a snail's trail behind - lace is alright but pretty thin. Looks average.

Aroma is pleasant, many sweet spice characters on that. Not a lot of banana, but peach and apple fruit and a clove & cinnamon spice blend. Slightly sour but only just, mostly a light, pleasantly sweet fragrance. Tragedy is that it is very simple.

Flavour is fairly sweet, but with a slightly tart edge, more of the fruit with grape tannins and kiwifruit flavours joining the mix. Slight acerbidity from carbonation and a nice weizeny finish without very much potency: a slight spice, bit of a sizzle, but no oomph behind it, lacks the mojo of a hefe. Dominating flavour is sour, with a green apple acidity to it, and it's not well backed by a slightly watery feel that lacks depth and body.

I remember really enjoying this in the past, but I think it's because it gives vaguely pleasant wheat flavours, without the spicy and tart potency of the hefeweizen. It's a weaker, more "accessible" beer maybe, drinkable but not impressive.

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Photo of Samkabam100
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TubaManJack
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. 4 months before best by date.
Appearance-A slight yellow body with a full thick white wispy creamy head. A lot of carbonation and lacing its quite impressive.
Smell- A weak aroma of tart apples and wheat. The yeast isn't present or banana for that matter.
Taste- A subtle wheat beer with some apple bitterness at the end of each sip. But it seems too thin and almost watery.
Drinkability- Very pleasant to drink but lacking in complexity and any depth.

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Photo of insanidade
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright pale straw colour with a big 2 inch head that gradually falls away. Very lively carbonation.
Smell is of wheat malt and clove spice but thats about it & the clove spice is very minimal at that.
Taste is very basic, apart from a little spice it's like I'm drinking a regular pilsner.
Decent enough mouthfeel but finishes a bit watery.
Drinkable enough but for the same price the regular hefe has a lot more character. I guess thats not really all that suprising though.

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Photo of botham
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

half liter bottle poured into a weizen glass at dach cafe in frankfurt am main, germany. pours a crystal clear straw color with a couple fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

aroma is fruity, with a light yeasty character and munich malt. little else.

taste is lightly malty and fruity, with lemon, citrus and an apple note. no aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a very crisp finish and a watery texture.

drinkability is decently refreshing, but lacking character. this brew leaves a bit to be desired, and the lemon it was served with did not help the situation at all.

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Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Beersnake1
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TheSarge
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Awe, it's finally nice to have a real German beer for once here in Korea, especially after the heat wave caused by our pesky northern neighbors. As I was walking by my local Class 6 (military liquor store) I could see from the window pillars of newly shipped beer, and I could see the Hefe and Kristall shouting my name. Anyhow, it was a good day. First off I'll give this Kristallweizen a thought.

Appearance wise this looks pretty fresh, especially something exported from Germany all the way over here to Korea. There is much co2 which produces a moderate head, not like my favorite Hefe of course. This brew is golden in body and ultra crystal clear.

Schofferhofer Kristall gives off an aroma of a freshly baked sweet roll, with subtle hints of banana.

This tastes a bit citrusy, somewhat lemony in nature.

Kristall kind of reminds me of drinking champagne; likewise, very rich in carbonation and easily agitated.

Overall this is a very refreshing beer, especially on a nice moderately warm afternoon. The Germans serve this type of beer with a wedge of lemon, which highlights the citrusy flavor.

TheSarge

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Photo of TrevorWGrover
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This extremely pale beer poured with a very thick, but fluffy, head. Retention was nothing spectacular, but respectable. The clarity was amazing to me but this the first Kristallweizen I had had. After learning that it was heavily filtered I was less impressed with the clarity.

There are a lot of aromas coming out of this beer. A lot of fruit, mostly banana I'd say. Very fresh smelling. Not getting much hops but a lot of pale malt fruity flavors and, of course, the typical wheat scents.

The taste is very smooth and very crisp. The banana fruit flavors are the most dominant in this fizzy, almost sparkling like a belgian-style, beer.

The mouthfeel is, again, fizzy and crisp.

Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing stand-out. I'd say about average in the style if I had to guess.

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Photo of Poupae
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold, nice froth that falls away.
Very noticable toasty/caramel nose, that becomes more and more evident the further into the bottle you go. Subtle note of tinned vegies. Not really sure about this....
I taste the toast again....some banana in there, lemon.
Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, no crisp finish.
I'm tasting this in parallel with Weihenstephan and Erdinger (hefe). The toasty nose is the real difference here... not sure how that aligns with style. It's still a nice drop.

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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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