Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar
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From:
Erdinger Weissbräu
 
Germany
Style:
Kristallweizen
Ranked #9
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,829
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 13.33%
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
200
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 15, 2022
Added:
May 11, 2002
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  55
SCORE
82
Good
Erdinger Weissbier KristallklarErdinger Weissbier Kristallklar
Notes: US import name "Erdinger Weissbier Crystal Clear"

Crystal-clear with an inviting frothy head: this lively wheat beer specialty features fruity-fresh aromas.

With its extra portion of sparkling and energizing carbonic acid, ERDINGER Kristall is especially refreshing! Strong malted wheat notes combine with an elegant hop bouquet to round off the finish.

It gets its shining, crystal-clear appearance from intensive filtration. Those who feel traditional Bavarian wheat beer is a little too cloudy will love the clarity of this top-quality ERDINGER beer."
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Rated: 4.52 by pricha01 from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.23 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON)

Nov 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.56 by Shiredave from New York

Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Best by October 2022

Man, it's really not often you see Kristallweizens around; I've only reviewed one to date. That's why it's super strange to me that I ran into 2 different ones in the same week. I really enjoyed the Weihensetphaner version, much more than the average ratings, so I have high hopes here. Let's dive in

Pours a clear gold with 3 fingers of rocky creamy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

This is bright and vibrant in the nose but still subtle. I'm picking up on aromas of sweet banana, honey, peppery hops, doughy malt, light clove, and lemon zest

Where the subtlety was appreciated in the nose, it translates to slightly bland in taste. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting banana, lemon zest, earthy wheat, light honey, and orange zest. The swallow brings notes of earthy wheat, grassy hops, sweet banana, honey, clove, and lemon zest

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a spritzy and refreshing beer. Finishes neutral and a tad creamy but dries out over time

While it is a bit bland in taste, this was still solid stuff. I'm excited to try the other one I got now
Aug 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Feb 21, 2022
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Rated by Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
On tap and bottle: Great summer beer from Erdinger - but their Hefe has a little more of everything!
Feb 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Teika_Takahashi from California

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Look: Golden yellow, BIG foamy head, like slightly dehydrated piss! just how i like it! (:

Smell: THATS BEER. Nothing special about the smell, but nothing wrong with it either. Just smells of grain and hops and a little malty. Just your average Franz (German) beer.

Taste: Kinda average? Not really special in any way, but its not BAD, just not exciting.... I'd still drink it if it were in front of me, but I wouldn't reach out and get this again.

Feel: Goes down like water. Pretty carbonated, smooth, a bit creamy.

Overall: This beer makes me feel like I am trapped in a low-pay dead end job, and I go home every day in my average car, to my average family, and say hello to my average, husband, (whos name is Joe Smith), and nothing exciting ever happens... Until one day, I get NTR'd by an exciting beer and I never look back at my old life ever again. This beer will never be drunk by me for as long as I live. Unless this is the last beer on the planet
Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
500 ml bottle served cold into an Erdinger Weiss glass. Part of the the Erdinger 5 pack here in Canada in anticipation of Christmas which is (checks calendar) 2 months away.

Appearance- Brillaintly clear and dark gold in color. A plethora of bubbles rise to the surface to reinforce the two finger fluffy white head. Great staying power and lots of curtain style lacing.

Smell - Banana, clove and bubblegum, all rather subdued.

Taste - Banana and lots of wheat, with a doughy bready flavor. Hints of clove and even pepper. Good balance and a bit more spicy than I recall the hefe being.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied, silky smooth, great levels of carbonation that pare nicely with the flavor profile.

Overall - Well made kristalweizen, no complaints at all atlthough wihs the nose had just a bit more intensity. That's the only quibble with an otherwise solid brew.
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Surprisingly enough, this is one of the last styles I haven’t tried and rated. Which means the last time I tried a kristalweiss might have been ... ages ago? SN’s Crystal Wheat (?) comes to mind, fresh at the Chico facility. Let’s see how this compares.

This certainly nails the appearance, crystalline clear with a bright foamy cap. Slow pour gives it some thickness once it settles. I get the classic weissbier notes, dialed in and restrained. Some clove, some banana, a hint of coriander. Clean and smooth finish, easy drinker.
Jun 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.64 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Apr 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.65 by BeerWasp from Germany

Mar 09, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Crystal clear bubbly golden appearance, pinky finger of pearl white foam. Smell and taste are clones: wheat with light banana, lime, decent cloves, german yeast, and general grains, little more on the raw and sweet side in the taste, muddling what should be a crisp and clean complexion. Feel is not muddled though, thin, crisp, clean and higher in carbonation, wheat lingers past the sip. A good kristallweizen for spring or summer
Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of banana, clove, wheat and yeastiness. Sweet wheat taste with hint of citrus, banana, clove and spices.
Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Jan 22, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
L- A rich golden amber, clear as a bell, with a 15mm pillowy pure white head (ps holding well 10mins later, pps even 20mins later!).
S- Extremely mild, just some grains.
T- The flavour is quite 'bright', light, and I notice a somewhat 'carbonic' dry/soda-water note from the heavy carbonation on the palate. It tastes more like a standard factory 'Euro-lager'* to me than a weissbrau or from one of the big/reputable Bavarian brewers.
F- It has a dry side to it, refreshing on a summer's day, but there is very little body or feel of interest.
O- The colour+head might be the most appealing aspect here. This beer seems to lack any distinctive taste/feel character at all - very disappointing. I lived for 3yrs in Berlin, enjoyed scores of varieties of local wheat beers, and Erdinger's range as well. Then I saw this in London (Waitrose) I realised I hadn't reviewed it and chuckled 'Wow/ironic, a German trad beer I haven't already tried, and I find it in London '. So my expectations were high; yet this is surprisingly disappointing. It's almost like they've filtered the weissbrau and it's filted out all of the weizen character with it!
500ml bottle BB: 03/2021

* the likes of UK brewed Stella and Kronenbourg.
ps. This review was written before reading the beer lable or any reviews below. Just popped back to add a ps onto this review to say how ironic that the descriptive notes right below the bottle image refer to a 'carbonic' taste, so not just me it seems...
Jul 13, 2020
 
Rated: 2.65 by OrdinaryManDrinks from England

Jul 10, 2020
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Best by: 7/20/20

L: Brilliant pale gold, lots of briskly rising bubbles, three fingers of thick white foam with good retention, leaves decent lace.
S: Light wheat, spice and yeast aromas.
T: Rich and malty but straight forward, wheat and light yeast.
F: Light frothy body, medium carbonation.
O: Drinkable and refreshing but as I remember other examples of this style, overrefined and a little bland.
Jul 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jul 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by smi69 from New York

Jun 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

May 15, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, malts, some bananas. Taste is the same as the aroma, light sweetness, highly refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.
Apr 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.65 by kjkinsey from Texas

Sep 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.47 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Sep 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Robertas from Lithuania

Aug 02, 2019
 
Rated: 2.75 by Macamah from England

Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by Bitburger from Vermont

Mar 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by misteil from Ireland

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500 mL bottle from a gift pack picked up at the LCBO; best before July 2019 and served slightly chilled. Haven't reviewed a kristalweizen in years.

Pours a clear medium golden hue, giving rise to nearly an inch of foamy, frothy white head that fizzles off within several minutes' time. A thin collar lives on, in the midst of a decent swath of uneven lacing; I don't think I could tell this apart from a pale lager without getting my nose involved. It smells of banana candy and bubblegum, with notes of orchard fruit also coming through amidst a backbone of bready wheat malt sweetness. Slightly yeasty, too; nothing unexpected so far.

Not bad - a straightforward wheat beer, dominated mainly by flavours of grainy malts and bready, doughy wheat sweetness, with that ripe banana and/or bubblegum ester being the other major component. Hints of appleskin are easily missed towards the finish, with the wheat malts and subtle banana notes carrying through into the aftertaste. Light in body, with lively carbonation that assertively prickles the palate, frothing up a little in the mouth. Crisp and refreshing, with high drinkability.

Final Grade: 3.48, a B-. Erdinger Kristall is a serviceable brew that falls somewhere between a Euro lager and a German hefe. While I do enjoy both of those styles, this is one of those 'jack of all trades' cases where it doesn't totally sate my thirst for either one. In the interest of transparency, I'll say that Erdinger's Weissbier is not a favourite of mine - so if this recipe is in any way a variation upon their flagship beer, that would explain why I'm lukewarm on the whole experience. On the flip side: if you love their Weissbier, you'll likely appreciate this one, too, so purchase accordingly.
Feb 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.73 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

Jan 18, 2019
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Reviewed by HardTarget from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Does what it says on the tin, it's clear, with a rich gold color holding a solid finger of sticky bright white foam that is dropping into a creamy glob.

Aroma: Earthy hop note with a mineral water background, classic German profile. Some mild citric esters give a hint of complexity.

Taste: Very balanced, goes a touch toward bitter in the front with a mineral tonic edge but then slowly fades over to a mild sweet almost candy finish. Aftertaste is grainy, wheat and barley, a light malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily finish, firm carbonation.

Overall: Solid beer, see through version. I think the goal of the Kristal approach is reducing the yeast, giving a more refined, champagne like finish. It works, but I like yeast and so the extra effort is somewhat lost on me. Still, it's easy to appreciate the craft involved and this isn't a light beer by any means. An easy sipper for a cold afternoon.
Jan 02, 2019
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear gold with a good head. Wheaty nose. Full wheat body with a little crispness. Novelty clarity for a witbier. But I do prefer the original.
Dec 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Nov 18, 2018
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Rated by Mclusal from Colombia

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
M04
Nov 18, 2018
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Rated by eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Indeed pours crystal clear - but that clarity comes at a price - both aroma and flavour lack the wheat character that I look for in a Weiss
Nov 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Nov 04, 2018
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Rated by pkalix from California

4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
to the guy below me, it's not cloudy cuz it's Krystal (clear).... it's their version of a clear wheat. i love this stuff!
Nov 02, 2018
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Rated by Flyjdix11 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Not as cloudy or strong tasting as normal erdinger. Still, excellent creation. More of a “light” wiessbeer
Oct 30, 2018
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