Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen | Binding-Brauerei AG

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3.5/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG
Germany
binding.de

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,754
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
85
pDev:
13.71%
 
 
Wants:
1
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16
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of KarlHungus
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
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 -32.3%
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 -28.6%

Photo of rastaman
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
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 -21.4%
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 -21.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sheldon
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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 -15.1%
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 F_riedrich
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OregonMicrobrew
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Mandrilo
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djura
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
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 dandy14
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of laituegonflable
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TubaManJack
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -8.6%
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 -7.1%

Photo of Beersnake1
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 85 ratings