Schlägl Kristall | Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl

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Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 11-07-2006

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by SuperSpy:
Photo of SuperSpy
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden and slightly hazy with very little head.

The aroma is canned corned with a hint of sulpher and some malty sweetness.

Light, spritzer like, and initially sweet. There is a corn sugar sweetness followed by a bitter, earthy, hop dryness.

The beer is ok. It's pretty much a sub-standard Euro Lager. It doesn't look all that appealing, smell too enticing, or excite the taste buds. On the other hands it's light, refreshing and easy to drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of goldbot
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden to orange color, quite hazy with lots of carbonation and fizzy, white head. Pleasant, malty aroma with a bit of caramel and floral hoppiness, but with some planty off-notes lurking underneath. The taste is bready and malty and quite dry; a touch watery perhaps. Some floral German hops come through towards the end. Leaves a pleasant, malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is unexpectedly flat and heavy on the tongue.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. The bottling date is indecipherable but I'm guessing this is pretty fresh. The beer pours a bright golden color, perfectly clear. The two-finger head dissipates pretty quickly for the style. It has a spicy, grassy hop aroma at the forefront and a dry, crackery malt profile backing it. Clean, fresh, a bit floral - this smells great. It's rather dry on the palate, firm and crisp maltiness balanced nicely by zesty, floral and spicy hops. It has a light mineral/hard water quality to it mid-palate before the dry and bitter finish takes over. Clean, crisp, dry and bitter, this is exactly how I like my lagers.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found in a Vienna supermarket, the standard brown half liter bottle features a multi-colored label depicting a monastery under the name. No real ingredient information. Best before 3/7/07, I opened it on 11/6/06.

Pours clear gold under a one finger white head that fades rapidly to film and collar, displaying some contour at the end but failing to muster any lace worth mentioning. The nose is very mild, slightly tangy and spicey. The mouth is very light and very prickly. Mild flavors throughout, opening with very mild sweet bready malt, then moving to a mild crisp spicey hoppiness. Never quite reaches bitter, but does leave a dry sensation at the back of themouth once the liquid is gone, lasting a good long time. I'm growing to like it.

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Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of crossovert
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

It pours an exceptional gold with and excetional head that leaves exceptional lacing. It looks exceptional.

This one must be a fairly fresh bottle becuase it smells geat. It has a definite Bavarian feel to it with some earthy, herbal noble hops that pop but are kept tame by the malt. Exceptional balance.

The taste isn't as amazing as the smell but it s supremely drinkable. It has a clean grain flavor that is basically infused with hops. It is a lot hoppier than most of this style. I would call it an Austrian Helles, something of the mix of a Bavarian and Bohemian light lager.

This one is pretty damn solid.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger of short lived white head.

S: Smells like a crappy lager. Sweet with lots of corn and a bit of sulfur sweetness. Some white grape juice, maybe a bit of grain husk and pale malt aromas.

T: Quite sweet with some of the same sugar, corn, corn syrup, and grape juice flavors. There might be a little bit of apple juice and definitely a little bit of grain husk and bread.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Much like any number of other crappy lagers I've had. Not a fan.

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Photo of LJC3
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a rather dark yellowish brown. The aroma is nutty and fairly sweet. The taste is similarly malty with some sweet notes. Not much in terms of hops but I think this was a rather old bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light murk and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam which leaves a chunky lace as it slowly dissipates. I actually quite like it.

Smell: big malty aroma with a pretty big sweetness and a little bit of graininess to balance things out a bit. A little on the sweet side for my taste, but good nonetheless.

Taste: big and malty, but not to quite as good an effect as in the aroma. The slightly-sweet of the smell has become a little bit of a sickly-sweet in the flavor. The nice graininess is there, though, and this is still a pretty flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation which is a little on the thin side, but still pretty nice. I like it.

Overall: this beer is too sweet for my taste, but is a richly-flavored example of the style.

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Photo of buckyp
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle, poured into a pokal. Initial two finger head that settles to a trace. A nice pale straw gold. Aroma is crisp and fresh. Mouthfeel is quite decent. Schlägl did a respectable job in toning down the hops from their bog-standard Urquell. This is my choice drink when in Upper Austria (my second home is 7 km from the brewery), so I consider this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Wontonst
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
1.28/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

My parents brought this over for a birthday tasting a month ago, & amidst the bounty, we didn't get to it then. I wonder where they found it? Not many reviews for this brewery on BA.

Pour is suggestive of the name, crystal-clear, the color of sun-bleached wheat. Smell is an often read, never quite experienced thing: cooked corn. Cream corn, to be exact. Not enticing.

Kristall has to be made out of 100% corn; cooked, boiled, squashed, creamed, wormy, in-the-field-too-long, sat-on corn. Leaves an atrocious aftertaste.

Personally, I don't think anything of this pedigree, i.e. low ABV, pale, lagerish, should be shipped overseas & presented as beer. This might be palatable, or even good, near the source, but who knows how many weeks/months this spent in transit to St. Paul, Minnesota. Awful.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale hay and brass color. Not much head or foamage, but there is a ring of foam that last for all 16 oz. of the bottle. A few small, sluggish bubbles here and there.

Grass and hay with a little musty, syrupy toasted pilsner malt aroma. Smells OK.

Musty pilsner malt, water crackers, a little metallic grass and hay. Easy to drink, but nothing special. Palate is a little tinny and syrupy.

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Photo of pkalix
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i gave the double bock a sympathetic review due to its higher abv, but the kristal has the same apparent bitterness to it. a different bitterness, more like a pils, but still a little more bitter than i prefer even taking into consideration the taste is inherent of the brewery.
very little foam, inconsistent lacing; bland, corn-like color. someone earlier suggested it is made with corn. but that's not possible in germany (or austria?), is it?
taste is pils-sy, bitter up front, but sweeter and more delectable around the sides of the tongue and at the finish. mouthfeel is generic for a german/austrian and overall i suppose this is still better than any of the commercial american standards, and seesionable, but not my first pick from 'over there'. i really prefer the erdinger kristal to this and, ultimately, wish spate would bring back the old CLUB-WEISSE. maybe it's just the memory, but man i loved that stuff. if anybody knows why they discontinued it, please send me a line. even the guys at Old WOrld in HB dont seem to know why they quit on this brew. it seemed wildly successful here in the states.... prost!.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of chickencoop
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an LA beerfest, have had a few Austrian lagers but not this. I have had Steigl on draft in Austria, and this brings me right back there. Crisp hops, clean refreshing flavor with a little zip to it, great beer. I will be looking out for more of this in Cali, i can imagine this being pretty tasty on tap.

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Schlägl Kristall from Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 21 ratings