Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier KristallklarErdinger Weissbier Kristallklar
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
294
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before 2/2014.

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, sugar, and slight fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is pretty lacking in traditional weizen aromas and flavors, even for the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of wheat with notes of bananas, cloves and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional flavors of grainy malts and result in a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very clean on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing, although it's not as thirst quenching as an unfiltered wheat beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent little beer that could be easily confused with a Pilsner with too many esters. The wheat malt makes for a full flavored beer with strong wheat sweetness and a fresh, raw grain flavor. Bready, peppery, and lemony from nose to finish. Hints of bubble-gum, bananna , and clove dance in the background, but never gain prominence. Light hopping allows the grain / bread flavors to become dominant. Lightly acidic and carbonic to the mouth with a clean, refreshing finish. A lingering grain flavor keeps me from giving this beer more of a nod.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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 kojevergas
1.95/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into Erdinger Weisbier pint glass (how apt!). My bottle displays its name as simply "Kristall", but the ABV and labels match.

A: Pours a hazy but transparent yellow-gold with a thin head of fair retention and little cream. Generally appealing.

Sm: Musty one-note scent of malted barley. A poor aroma, but thankfully a light one.

T: As lacking as the smell. One empty open to a single generic note of barley with a lacking finish. Poorly balanced and poorly constructed. A bit of vanilla on the finish - strange for this style.

Mf: Lumpy. No joke. Far too heavy on the tongue for how little flavour its taste contains. A bit overcarbonated. Too smooth. It's almost got the thickness of syrup without the sweetness. Alarmingly dense. By far the worst part of this beer (and hitherto the worst characteristic of any Erdinger brew I've ever tasted). There's a hint of coarseness on the finish which is kind of nice.

Dr: Won't buy it again, won't have it again, won't speak of it again. A damned disappointment for Erdinger. Not bad tasting, just empty. It should be said that it hides its ABV well, however

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Another beautiful Erdinger! Nice clear golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Yeasty and bready with a perfumed sniff of banana

Taste: Starts out with a wheat bread taste that is joined, mid-palate, by a lemony flavor

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Really not bad; a great summer quaffer

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd to last obscure style left to review...here goes.

Poured into a curvy Schwelmer Weizen glass, though not as top-heavy as an Erdinger glass, it will have to do. Intensely rapid trails of carbonation, four fingers of sparkling foam on a careful pour. The carbonation bubbles look larger than most, tiny perfect spheres. Surface of the foam begins to resemble a fried egg as the foam sticks to the edges, with it's circular center raised in the middle. The fluffy head has maximum staying power. I'm missing the cloudy goodness of an unfiltered Hefe already though.

Aroma reminds me of a Berliner Weisse, straightforward wheat, some dustiness and mineral notes, no banana. Flavor is fairly pedestrian, a light dusty sweetness with a bare hint of banana aftertaste and papery oxidation. Carbonation is rapid and prickly. Very quenching for a summer day. I'd revisit this in hopes of a fresher sample someday.

music: Bern - Father 12" - A. Me (Traum Schallplaten)

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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 ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, light malts, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts with a light wheat flavor up front and some background flavors of lemon and spice. There's a light malt character that brings in a mild sweetness. The hops presence is also mild but provides a good balance. However, there is a little bit of a metallic bite that sneaks in occasionally. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is good beer to drink for a long time especially if you're in the mood for something light that still has some substance to it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Dec 31 07

Pours a very clear honey color with 4+ fingers of puffy cream colored head.

S: Slight fruittyness Average lacing & zero head retention

T: Clean tasting wheat malt with lemons up front. Slight fruittyness as this warms along with some honey & lemony taste. Finishes lemony, crisp & slightly fruitty

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium/spritzy carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, sort of a Teutonic version of an American Pale Wheat ( just kidding, I'm sure the Germans did it first!). Not challenging enough to session on but a few go down very easy on a coolish Colorado Summer's day

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Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a mug at Biergarten Haus DC.

Giant head off the pour just like a Hefeweizen that is white and thick. Big retention almost rock hard but gets a little soapy. Good looking carbonation from the bottom, pale gold/straw body with good sticky lacing while drinking. Yup this looks good.

Bouquet is kind of small but good. Small malts it seems but typical lemon and banana. THis seems also a little powdery and dry.

Taste and feel is a little bit gaseous and off putting. Big prickly carbonation masking some of the banana flavor, crispness dry cracker a little but mostly gaseous on the finish.

Overall it seems okay to me but not something I'd want to have again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 01-2009, poured into weizen glass (without any wedges thrown in):

Pours bright golden yellow - filtered, as the style calls for - with a huge white head that condenses to a lasting cover. Some lines of lacing stretch down the glass.

The smell is of banana/clove, wheat tang, some floral/lemony notes. Nice aroma, especially considering the yeast is not there.

The taste is light, as should be for the style. Sweetness with a wheat tang. Pretty crisp finish.

Light-bodied, with a touch of prickly carbonation.

An easy-drinking thirst-quencher here. Balanced enough not to need lemon-wedges (as this is the style that Bavarians used to put it into, and some Americans think they need to do with HW's.)

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served from bottle without freshness date into a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and clear, really clear. Thick white head prevents the entirety of the beer from being poured into the glass initially. There is a center spire of continuous carbonation. As the head falls away, more beer is added, there is a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Smell is a little weaker than I initially expected, but on the other hand Erdinger beers always have subtle aromas. There is some wheaty character to the aroma, also a few slight esters.

This beer is wet, no dryness with it at all, a great beer with high drinkability. There is some cereal like taste in the mid to late palate, no sweetness and some of the ester notes come through in the taste. I've had better krystalweiss and hefe beers but this one is a decent example and overall a good beer. The mouthfeel was good and medium to low bodied.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle at a German restaurant, on to the beer:

Lots of bubbles rise through this straw blonde colored beer to the top of the creamy fluffy head. It smells "plain". A little wheat malt sweetness in there, and not much else. Tastewise, it has that aroma sweetness, but it is more intense. Sweet like honey creackers, pie crust, and grape nuts. It has a high carbonated feel, like a sparkling beverage. I actually found that part to be refreshing for this style.

Sometimes, less is more. Take out the yeast of an Erdinger Hefeweizen, and this becomes a little more interesting.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.54 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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