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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,403
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
303
pDev:
13.65%
Bros Score:
3.89
 
 
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Photo of DSkilling
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of yesyouam
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Erdinger Kristallklar is a pale golden ale that is, in fact, crystal clear. The white head is huge and pillowy and leaves wonderful fuzzy navel lacing. The aroma is smart and tart. The fruity hops smell like they're from a deep forest. In the mouth, it's a touch thin and gritty. It belies the soft appearance of the head. Smooth, nonetheless. The flavor is simple hops and a light but meaty grain that ends up a bit grassy tasting. There is a candy-like aftertaste-- like Sweet Tarts. Dare I say it's malic? It tastes like a handful of Runts candy-- leaving the banana ones in. I'm fussy with wheat beers but this one is really mature and refined... and crystal clear!
(rated Jul 24, 2007)

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +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 bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The complexity of this beer would be increased if there were yeast. Not to say the taste is one dimensional or bland, because the lemony, bubblegum, and vanilla flavors are reasonably enjoyable. But this beer could have used a spark. The nose was of banana, ultra subtle clove and malty wheat. It is a really, really light (not watery) beer to drink. If a wheat beer is ideal during the summer heat, this beer must really hit the spot in Death Valley in July.

"Die Prickelnde Frische" translates to "No Yeast For You!"

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by March 2014

Pours a golden straw color with a slight haze to it, good sized white head, fades at a moderate pace with hardly any lacing.

Smell has a sweet malt aroma, slightly grassy notes.

Taste starts out with a sweet malt flavor with hints of banana fruitiness, a decent grassy like bitterness follows, carbonation is on the high side but helps lend a dry finish necessary for this beer.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge three finger foamy head on tpo of a pale golden translucent pour, not much lacing.

S: Not much on the nose, slight metallic and grain.

T: Sweet up front, then a hint of banana. Finish is of light citrus and floral hops.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

D: Could drink a lot of this, nice cleansing finish.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of droomyster
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold body with a smallish white head that is held aloft for a long time by highly active carbonation that gives the whole beer a very lively appearance. Aromas and and taste are perfectly aligned: predominantly grainy (but nearly as "wheaty" as the average hefeweizen) with very gentle hops. Lightly sweet, but overall just not very interesting to dissect. Its strongest point is its texture, which starts off tingly before breaking into a creamier mass of bubbles.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer. Not overpowering in any area. You can drink more then one of these. This beer would probably appeal to a lady who is not into the fuller flavor and cloudiness of many Weiss biers.

Pours a real nice head long lasting lightly tan colored head. Clear rich gold color to the beer itself. Soft wheat and malt smell, clean and light. Flavor light but fills the mouth, very balanced, wheat little fruit, a little body, not heavy, feels nice in the mouth. No after taste.

Refreshing.

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Photo of mousebeer
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phigg1102
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traditional hefe appearance just nice and clear as advertised. Lots of grass with banana in the taste and nose.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a huge, foamy white head that takes about 3 or 4 minutes to fade enough to pour more, leaving tons of lacing on the glass. Excellent looking kristalweizen.

Smell is bananas, nougat, cloves, cinnamon bread and some of that pre-sweetened coconut shavings. Has a grainy nose to it that I have not found in any other kristals, or hefes for that matter.

Wheat and malt flavors outduel the yeasty esters in this beer for the most part. Cloves are the foremost yeast derivative on my buds and has a bit more spiciness than some other versions. I like this one quite a bit, but not as much as the Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear honey gold colored, with a thick white head that settles to a film.
it's got a soft aroma, but has plenty to offer. it's a got a bready banana clove smell, with some other spicy components. i find a little bit of sweet lemon too. a little grainy.
the taste is like a very clean hefe. grainy banana and clove round it out. the bread doesn't make the showing in the flavor to the same degree as the aroma. a little undefined bitterness at the finish shortens it up.
the body is fairly light with soft delicate carbonation, very suiting of the beer.
drinkability is good, it's very quenching and disappears pretty quickly. overall, seems to be pretty spot on for a somewhat lackluster style.

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Photo of JamesS
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear golden color with great initial head, that rapidly diminishes to almost nothing, and a little bit of lacing, not bad for a wheat beer.

It has a subtle aroma, very nice, very malty and sweet, with slight fruity/sugary tones to it.

Very nice taste, a crisp and clean, well balanced beer with the types of grain used. A very nice, light hint of banana-clove, just enough to taste.

This is a near smooth and sweet tasting beer, very refreshing. It would be great to cool down with.

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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 kshankar
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color, typical of a kristalweizen with a nice frothy-ish head that has decent retention. Looks like the style. Good so far.

Aroma: Mild aroma..banana, cloves, some lemon. A pretty soft aroma really. Expected from this style

Taste: Pretty light, some lemon, some banana and cloves. Much milder than the hefe version, as it should be.

Mouthfeel: Clean, nice carbonation lending itself to crispness. Goes down well.

Drinkability: Good, considering the style. Light and refreshing.

Overall, I would prefer the Weihenstephaner version over this one, which is much softer on the palate. This one is still pretty good though

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

Photo of katiatanner
3.84/5  rDev +7%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Savaseri
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a deep golden colour, kristall clear, with a large amount of big-bubbling carbonation. Head is frothy, but rather flat. No rockiness, and although it retains rather well, it doesn't have the tension to retain its shape. Looks like a decent enough Kristalweizen, and I really enjoy watching the carbonation in the style.

Light spicy notes on the nose, clove being dominant, with a bit of earthy pepperiness, and a slightly rank odour . Nice enough, but there's some odd characters to it.

Taste lifts this to a better level. Crisp wheat notes, and a light spice, but with a clear sweetness on the back. Finish is a very slightly metallic, but it adds a slight crispness that clears the palate nicely. Feel is classic for a kristal, smooth and soft for the most part, with just a crispness on the end.

A good kristal, a style which is often overshadowed by its more favoured sister style, the Hefeweizen. This doesn't quite show it off to its full potential, but it's a clean, refreshing and drinkable beer nonetheless. Good stuff.

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Photo of MatthewD4
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Oak Barrel in Hagerstown. Decent looking beer that lives up to the Kristall, pristine looking. Not much to offer to the nose but very tasty, not special but tasty and very smooth. Overall a pretty strong offering that I will gladly have again but not one I will be Jonesing for.

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Photo of bump8628
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L Euro bottle with a clearly marked freshness date.

Clear and golden with a nice head of white frothiness atop.

Lots of grainy wheat and warm bread notes with a cutting lemongrass hoppiness and very mild yeast-derived notes of vanilla and clove. Clean and flavorful. Could be mistaken for a well-made German lager if not for the distinctive wheatiness.

An easy drinker to start the day off.

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Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 303 ratings