Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar | Erdinger Weissbräu

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
US import name "Erdinger Weissbier Crystal Clear"

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-11-2002

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#40,436
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
307
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.89
 
 
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Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge fluffy white head. Unfortunately, the head retention is quite poor and it also leaves not a trace of lacing as it fades.

Aroma of orange peel, lemon, and a hint of caramel and toast. A tiny bit of clove and bubblegum as well.

The flavors are somewhat muted but there are notes of orange and clove along with more caramel. Mouthfeel is very full and slick as is typical for the style but the finish is a bit of the sticky side. Nice lively carbonation.

Overall, a decent wheat beer but far from the best I have had. Nice to pick up every once and a while for a change of pace.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of OlaB
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pous a clear golden color with a big top of creamy white head that disloves slowly, sticky nice lacings on the glass.

A: Aroma is off wheat,grass,banana with some slight notes of citrus and spices.

T: some malty and bready notes in the back with some fruity sweetness and hint off spices in the front, slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is quite weak. Very little that resembles a weissbier in this one.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean but a little to watery.

O: Is decent and easy enough to drink, but not very interesting in any aspects.

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Photo of rocketcat
1.33/5  rDev -63%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have to say that Erdinger Kristall is the worst beer that I've tasted so far. Taste and feel are awful (very sappy), very far from my own zone. Maybe this is good for someone else, but not for me (I mostly dring lager-type beers).
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FINNISH: Täytyy sanoa että Erdinger Kristall on huonoin olut mitä olen maistanut tähän mennessä. Maku ja suutuntuma ovat hirveitä (todella imelä) ja kaukana omasta alueestani. Sopii ehkä jollekin toiselle, mutta en näe tätä sopivana lager-tyyppisistä oluista pitävälle.

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Photo of Mdog
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, big head.

Smell: Very big bubblegum, I like it.

Taste: Bready, some earthiness, mild sweetness. No bubblegum or banana, kind of disappointing.

Overall: Beer #2 from the sample pack. I really liked the smell of this beer but none of the smell was apparent in the flavor. Tasted like a standard lager or generic wheat beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass a spritzy light straw yellow with a large blooming white head that settled very slowly,light aromas lightly clovey with hints of apple and toasted grain.Extremely easy going down a tad thin but not watery,mild flavors somewhat toasty and clovey with underlying fruitiness like apple and banana.A good after work beer on a hot day here in the Buffalo area today.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Todd
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 0.5l bottle purchased and consumed in Berlin, Germany. Freshness date. "Die Prickelnde Frische" = "No Yeast For You" on the label, which is important to note.

Appearance: Poured into a proper Erdinger Weisbbier glass, it produced a crystal clear golden beer with a thick white foam head -- awesome stick and stay!

Smell: Clean overall, with light aromas of steel and grain. Mention of spice.

Taste: An even, medium body. Soft malt flavours and sweetness cradle a subdued fruity character. Very faint banana. Thin floral hop flavour with a citrus edge and touch of spice. Mineral character throughout the beer. Finish fades into a palatable dryness.

Notes: A helluva beer, and spot on for the style. A clean, clear, tasty and very drinkable wheat beer. Exactly what it should be.

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Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 0.9oz bottle into a weizen glass. The bottle has a freshness date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body is clear, golden yellow in color and toped off with a tall loosely packed head. Most of the larger bubbles settle out quickly leaving a thin creamy covering. This holds on well and makes some slick lacing which slides right down the glass as I drink.

Smell: Its nose is lighter than most wheat beers but offers some mild fruity wheat with light notes of clove, banana and hop spice.

Taste/Palate: The flavor starts with a base of light grain and wheat mixed with mild notes of clove and fruity yeast. There is only a slight banana note and mild sweetness. Hops add a nice floral spice and crisp dryness to the neutral finish. On the tongue it has a fairly crisp light feel with balanced carbonation.

Notes: Its very drinkable with good clean wheat beer flavor.

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Photo of merlin48
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle pours a beautiful clear canary color with a huge, rocky, white head that sticks around forever before fading to ring and sheet lacing. Very impressive to view. Aroma is, well, hmmm. If there is an aroma, it's faint hints of grass and pale malts. Mouthfeel is average, being light bodied and very carbonated. Taste is puzzling. Basically, there is none to speak of, other than faint lemony citrus, wheat, and something metallic. It's very refreshing, for sure, and is easily drinkable with no offnotes. Very disappointing considering how impressive it looks in the glass. I could easily guzzle a few of these, if I were thirsty, but I could satisy my thirst a lot cheaper with Miller Lite or water.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with a silver label, best before 03-2006.

App: Good, but not quite as exceptional as normal Erdinger. The bubbles keep coming, but they are coarse. The real downside is that the head isn't as proud and style-defining as the Hefeweizen. Still, it's an Erdinger in an Erdinger Weizenglas, and I'm ready to drink it. The hefty head I poured it with has dissipated in the time it took to write this, and there's sparse lacing around the neck of this vase. Man I'm thirsty.

Smell: Again, not as phenolic and bananay as the Hefe, but free from any skunk, thankfully. Thin, beer-like, and I suppose you'd call it wheaty. If the Hefe is the Vollkornbrot (wholegrain) of wheat beers, this is the American White Bread version. Still, I'm not complaining. Also, it's quite cold, so I'll see if I can detect anything else closer to the bottom of the glass. There's some nice pilsener-style hop aroma...

Taste: Satisfying. Refreshing, and the mouthfeel is the outstanding part. Again, the taste is very dilute compared to the Hefeweizen, which is a favourite of mine. There's a great yeast flavour on the palate - it's pretty subtle, much less so than the yeasty taste of the Hefe, but it's refined and classy. Also a minor hop bitterness rounds this one out quite well actually. I'm more of a fan than when I first poured it.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy, more effervescent than it looks, and it generally delivers the quiet flavours of this beer around your tastebuds well. I'm impressed.

Drinkability: Probably the only part of this beer that is better than the Hefe - it doesn't weigh you down as much. It's summer here in Australia, and on a hot Saturday night, you don't want a warming stout, doppelbock or sweet, strong tripel. This one goes down a treat and if only I had some more in my fridge they would go down too.

An enjoyable beer - but I'm a bigger fan of its beige cousin. I'm one who likes his dark rye and Pumpernickel breads and flavoursome, buttery beers - not just Wonder White and VB. Since this tends towards the latter, I've held back my praise somewhat.

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Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color with one and a quarter inch head. Taste is bready, wheat, and a touch of bubblegum. Light bodied, high carbonation, and sweet. Tasty and a nice German lager, but I do prefer other versions of the style.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jamesmk48
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of magictrokini
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like a German's take on a Bud Light with more wheat. Pours fizzy yellow with an oversized white head. Corn, wheat, sugar, and metal in the aroma. Wheat with very little bubblegum and clove flavors which quickly disappear for a lager-like finish.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with adequate carbonation. The huge thick white creamy head actually stuck a full inch over the lip of the glass. Very nice to look at. The aroma was slightly sweet of citrus and malt. The maltiness carried through into the flavor with the citrusness slilding into the background, although not disappearing. The finish was slightly watery however. This is my least favorite of the Erdinger offerings.

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Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. I presume this is the filtered version of Erdinger's regular Weissbier.

A: Poured into an Erdinger weizen glass. A clear pale-gold hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this steadily reduces to a persistent surface layer.

S: Aroma of vaguely fruity yeast esters with hints of grainy wheat, husks, subtle pear/apple juice, earthiness, stewed leaves and a sulphurous twang in the background. As the style goes this is rather flaccid.

T: Tastes of mildly fruity yeast with a dry, lingering finish. Notes of grain, subtle wheat, bread, fruity yeast esters, mild apples, a hint of banana, earthiness, stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard. Faintly sweet, followed by a prolongued yeastiness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, mild wheat and faint stewed leaves.

O: So-so; not as good as the unfiltered Weissbier (itself hardly the champion of the style). Looks alright, however the aroma and flavour are a lacklustre blend of fruity yeast notes and subtle wheat. None of the bold fruitiness and spicy character that would be expected from a better weizen. Body is OK. Drinkable enough but equally forgettable. No need to hunt it down.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden yellow, with a large foamy white head and light lacing
S- A slight fruit smell and somewhat bready.
T/M- Taste starts out like a lager with a hops and malt, but finishes with a wheat aftertaste. The beer seems to be a little overly carbonated.
D- This was not bad; I have others from the brewery that was better. Would not turn it down, but would not go out and buy it again.

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

Appearance: Crystal clear filtered hefeweizen, golden in color with a frothy billowing white head lace is spread evenly in webbed patterns, nice. Aroma: Some banana and clove scents survive the filtration sharp malted wheat sharp sweetness not bad seems spritzy and really carbonated. Taste: Hints of the banana and clove with a spritzy wheat base flavors blend well together but this one just keeps me yearning for a more citrusy unfiltered hefe. Mouthfeel: Very refreshing but does indeed lack body compared to most wheat beers I'm accustomed to, spritzy extreme carbonation very hard to get a good pour took some work and patience. Drinkability: One of the most perfect lawnmower beers not too complex in anyway just good ol' refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of rastaman
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes more lagery than anything like a wheat beer, their regular wheat isn't that flavourful anyway, so why the hell would you want to drink a filtered version of it, kind of tasted a bit artificial aswell.

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Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, just called 'Kristall', and part of the new Erdinger mixed pack, one much more interesting than their previous hefe and dunkel-only offerings.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some thick strands of streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a subtle wheat graininess, a touch of chewing gum, faint banana chip esters, and earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy noble hops. The taste is grainy, lightly crackery pale and wheaty malt, a bit of Rhine Valley white wine gasohol, pithy Pez candy, a still weak banana fruitiness, and the same leafy, weedy and wannabe grassy hops from the nose.

The bubbles are quite active in their swirling and meandering frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight for the style, and a bit edgy from I know not where, to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the fruity wheat and mixed hops frolicking into that good night.

I've always found Kristalweizens to be a dumbed-down (ISAs, anyone?) compromise for those, ahem, new world pussies who can't abide cloudy beer. Given that, what we have here is testament on high - a tasty brew, to be certain, but somehow neutered-seeming, and I'm not even that big of a fan of hefes in the first place, rabble, rabble, rabble.

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Photo of Griffith
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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