Maisel's Weisse Kristall | Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.

Maisel's Weisse KristallMaisel's Weisse Kristall
BA SCORE
45.5%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 77 ratings
Maisel's Weisse KristallMaisel's Weisse Kristall
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Germany
maisel.com

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,218
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
77
Liked:
35
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
14.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had out of the 0.5L bottle into a weizen glass at the Schnitzel Bude in Berlin on July 23rd. Poured light golden and free of any yeast cloudiness. Smell was your typical weizen but a bit subdued. Tastes great, though. I think a lot of folks aren't giving this one credit. It doesn't pack the hefeweizen yeast punch, but it is not supposed to. This one is very balanced between the sweetness, the wheat, and the yeast. Super refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a here glass
Bottle number: 17 L 14 (whatever that means)


A: Crystal clear (see what I did there), very pale light yellow, 3+ fingers width of dense bright white head which has great retention before dissipating down but leaves only a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Banana and clove, wheat, spice, ton of fruity esters, really great nose. 4.25

T: Like the nose, lots of fruity esters. Banana is prominent, spice is much more tame with just some clove, lots of wheat characters. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side but is appropriate, its quite filling for a low ABV beer. 4

O: Enjoyable beer. I’d have this one again. 4

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Photo of drmeto
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a small,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,clove,grass,honey,white bread
T:
-Follows the nose plus spices,white pepper and slight lemon
F:
-light body,high carbonation
O:
Best Kristallweizen i've had yet

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear and very pale straw body with a hand's width of fine-bubbled, creamy white head that stubbornly retains at two fat fingers and leaves a foamy ring.

Smell is richly earthy, lightly fruity with a note of raw wheat.

Taste is wheaty-- lightly tangy and sweet with a nutty touch-- plus the barest hint of ripe banana, with a slightly powdery dry finish. A light body with lively carbonation makes it a very light drink easily quaffed.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a classic clear golden colour with a tight white head that retains well and laces.

S - Small hops and malt.

T - Hops up front , not much malt, I expected a little more from this beer.

M - Light to medium body with decent carbonation.

O - The Weihenstephan is a better version but makes an OK session beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a medium yellow with a large white frothy head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was strong of yeast, light flowery hops and a straw malt with notes of banana. It tasted very light with the flavor being very yeasty and slightly bitter in the beginning and mellowed to a mild yeast flavor with a hint of banana and some spice. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall an OK light kristall weisse.

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Photo of mytu420
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Very pale golden colour, pours an enormous and vigorous head that will accompany you forever. Aroma of banana and cloves, as one can expect of the style, and the same goes for the taste, with some lemon flavor. Clean and smooth beer, refreshing, very drinkable, but I like more the non-filtered versions of this kind. Body is lighter than not filtered ones and it doesn't give you that feeling of full stomach that non filtered gives.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.2% abv beer.

Poured a huge, smooth, bright white head leaves a few thick strands of lace. I wasn't sure what to expect in from the aroma, but I got some nice banana and bubble gum. Maybe it's just the light golden color, but the flavor seems to be a toned down version of a Hefe. Sounds about right for the style so far. Light, almost crisp flavors of bubble gum and a bit of zesty wheat and lemon towards the finish. A little flavor hangs around through the finish tempting me to take another sip. Light, soft mouthfeel with a bit of fine fizz as I swallow. A delicate weizen. Not for those looking for a beer bursting with flavor, but then that's not a bad thing either.

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Photo of Zylod
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of John
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold. Looks and smells just as if you filtered a Hefe Weizen ;-) Of course Kristal is exactly that. The filtration of the yeast yields a lighter beer and yet maintains some of the flavor characteristics of an unfiltered weisse. Hints of lemon, banana and clove gently interact to create a light and dry but tasty Kristalweizen. Not a favorite style of mine but I could see this doing fine as a summer brew. By and large many US craft brewers model the American wheat style after the Kristall style.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must preface this review by saying that Im coming of a Weihenstephan Kristall, but I needed to compare.

Bright golden body, but I want more. The head was seriously lacking. It wouldnt be bad for an IPA, but I want big and foamy. but I got a nice tight small bubbled decently thick head.

Ok the smell. I dont even think lackluster is appropriate. I dont get much in the way of yeast ethers. I get a small hint of banana and just a touch of clove. Huge notes of corn and toffee with a hint of caramel.

The taste is so underwhelming, its bordering on bad. Maybe its the lingering Weihenstephan, but I can feel just a touch of clove. I just want something, but I get nothing. I mean I do get things like toffee and a smoothness that Id associate with lagers, but this is a Kristalweizen. Actually like quintuple checked every word on the bottle, because it didnt seem right. Its light bodied and drinkable.

The best word I can think of is muddled. Theyve got the right idea with some clove and banana sneaking in late, but its just sutck in the mire with the sweet adjuncts.

Just an epic fail all around

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale sunshine gold, shining, all clear. 1cm white head. Big banana bouquet, bready crisp wheat. Obvious banana taste, sweet/tart combo works rather well. Not much to seek further into. Lively carbonation, thin body. This is so simple it's not very funny, I wouldn't think there's a market for this, but it's worth trying one.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting brew but not exciting. Poured a very clear medium/light golden colour with a frothy crown. Carbonation was light, the bubbles large. The body was medium.
Aroma had a vanilla hint to it.
The taste was lightly spiced and fruity, lemons at the forefront.
I find it best to consume this particular product well chilled as it seems to add more bite.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Pale yellow and clear, much like a pilsner. Huge, creamy, nearly 4 finger head with decent retention. Settled into thick film, some lacing.

S - Almost like a hefe, but toned down. Faint banana and even fainter clove aromas are there, with something I didn't expect; a light presence of spicy hops.

T - Here's where the disappointment starts. By default this is going to be an inferior hefe, but I still don't think it's anything great. I thought the wheat malt would shine through a lot more, but then again Maisel's hefe didn't have much wheat character anyway. It's a faint malt flavor all around, with a mere suggestion of the banana. The hops are most of what I'm tasting, giving it a flavor like Pilsner Urquell. The flavor isn't bad but there isn't much there.

M - Fairly carbonated, and a little oily. The thickness coupled with the almost watery flavor detracts.

D - I could drink a few of these for sure, but it isn't very interesting. If I was itching for a flavor like this, I'd probably reach for a Czech or German pils anyway.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of killcore
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light and clear straw color with a white, rocky, creamy, thick head. Aromas of baked apples with cinamon and brown sugar followed by bubblegum. Flavor is a slightly subdued version of the aroma, except the addition of a mildly tart wheat bite. The mouthfeel is lighter than a regular hefeweizen due to the filtration, yet this one seems to have more flavor and elegance than other Kristalweizens. Finishes with some firm pilsener malt and a touch of apples. This bottle is only the second Maisel's Kristall I've had, fifteen years after the first one in Germany. I just picked it up tonight at a Harris Teeter, because I haven't seen it in so long, and I immediately thought of the fun night so long ago when I had my first one. Fresh too.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, clear and very clean look with medium white head. Rather large bubbles, head is short lived. Slight scent of vanilla and wheat malt. Very light tasting with little mouthfeel. Tones of wheat malt and clove but you are left wanting a more profound impact. Overall it is quite drinkable and would be good if eating alot of food.

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Photo of Wrigfen
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maisel's Weisse Kristall from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 45.5% out of 100 with 77 ratings
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