Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar | Erdinger Weissbräu

Erdinger Weissbier KristallklarErdinger Weissbier Kristallklar
BA SCORE
3.6/5
298 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#36,703
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
298
pDev:
13.61%
Bros Score:
3.89
 
 
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Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big two and half fingers of head on a hazy, straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is banana bread and orange, faint overall.
The taste is moderately bitter with a light fruit sweetness and a banana finish.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is a great kristalweizen.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden colour, head froths up champagne-style, almost had a spillover but instead just got a very attractive dense marshmallowy head taking up half the glass, a thing of beauty. Carbonation is strong. Lacing is quite thick. Great looking beer.

Nose has fair sour wheat characters with a green edge, hints of underripe fruit - apple, peach and sour grapes - although I'm just saying that because Erdinger brews better beer than me. (That's a joke, by the way) Slightly vinous edge to it and a marginal hint of light wood - pine, I guess. Pleasant nose, nice and wheaty.

Taste has always been a letdown on kristalls and sadly this is no exception. Little of the sour, organic notes of the nose; they're instead taken over by a quite insipid sweetness, with a lolly water edge to it. Bright wheaty characters underlie it, but it ultimately has a majority palate of fruit juice, maybe with a little spice on the mid, but that may just be sizzle from the carbonation. Finishes fairly strongly though, with some noticeable hoppy phenols, grassy & dry with a slight spicy bite to them.

Once again I'm underwhelmed by the Kristall of a great Hefe brewer and left wondering why filter the yeast? Sure it's nice to have some variety in your lineup but it just seems like the backbone of the palate has been sapped away and all that's left is a floppy mess of weak and wobbly wheat beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Franziskaner weizen glass. Crystal clear (imagine that) and gold in color. No matter how slow I pour, the head billows up to ridiculous proportions.

Smell is pilsener-esque, with a little wheat character. Mainly sweet and grainy.

Mellow banana flavor, with faint clove and sweet malt. There's also a metallic note that probably shouldn't be there.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean, but the carbonation is over the top. Pretty refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of VABA
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal, indeed. Sporting a golden straw hue topped with a white lather. Rapid fire carbonation is issued in linear jets.
Subdued aromas of wheat bread, pils malts, and white bread crusts.
Begins with an authoritative nod towards malt, with a concentrated pils/hellesbock syrup equal on both dry crackeriness, and subtle golden raisin fruitiness. Traces of wheat appear immediately afterword, as this turns breadier, dotted with traces with a vague lemon acidity. Any hop contribution is minimal to the point of invisibility.
Medium bodied, with a distinct malt heft, but it veers away from clumsy as the dancing CO2 keeps this drinkable in mouth-swelling swigs.
Simple and plain, it's a bit of an outlier, as most readily indentifiable weizen traits have been filtered out. Weihenstephaner Krystall this ain't...and I doubt anything else is. Tasted blind, I'm sure I couldn't peg this, style-wise, but Dortmunder, Kolsch, and Hellesbock might spring briefly to mind.
But it's not a bad quaff on it's own so long as you aren't jonesin' for anything really wheaty.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of patre_tim
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

The pours with a bright pear color, fizzy tall foam and a lively carbonated spirit.

The nose is light but resembles apple juice, with wheat malts, light yeast and a pear like sweet aroma.

This very light refreshing beer has a tone of orchard sweetness, light bubblegum, wheat, apple, pear and a doughy maltiness.

This seems to be aptly named, as it has a crystal clear complexion, feel and light clean taste.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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 jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Todd
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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 dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a light, golden-colored hue that strongly resembled applejuice...
Moderate head with a minimal amount of lacing...
Subtle aroma rendolent of cloves, bananas, and citrus with apparent carbonation bubbling...
Taste replete with lemons, honey, and a slight hint of oranges... Spritzy, seltzer-like mouthfeel with a slight pepperish bite to match...
Nice mouthfeel - crisp and clean with a good level of drinkablity...
Not bad...

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Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of merlin48
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
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 flyingpig
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from Tesco (£2.19):
Clear amber to gold colour with a thumb sized head that is full of fairly large, rough looking bubbles that settle to a thing lacing on the top of the beer that starts to turn patchy.

Light with some wheat and faint grassy hops, almost coming across as a pale lager in places as apposed to a wheat beer. This soon passes with some citrus and light banana followed by some background malts and bread.

Wheat, malts and banana start things off, with the latter coming through stronger than it did in the nose. There is some cloves, a light citrus taste and touches of bread too, plus some background fruits.

Lively with a fairly good balance and a medium body with a very slightly sticky mouthfeel. The beer was quite an easy one to drink although it did come across as a little bland in places.

Quite a strange beer initially and started almost like a pale lager with light malts and very faint grassy hops before the kristalweizen in it started to shine through. Not a bad effort overall but there are certainly better, and more readily available, Erdinger beers out there to be had.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appropriately named, the beer pours out a crystal-clear pale gold with a substantial--though quickly receeding-head of airy foam. Good aroma of wheat malt, but not any fruitiness or cloviness. First taste is grainy malt, followed by a moderate fruitiness. Finishes clean and crisp, with a light body but lots of carbonation-induced mouthfeel.

This really seems more of an American style wheat beer than a weizen, as it lacks most of the flavors one associates with weissbier. The blandest German weizen I've ever had, in fact.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apple-y blonde color with a fluff of three fingers of head. Excellent head retention in the glass. Looks good.

Stale bread, wheat and crusts, hint of lemon, light banana, and crabapple. Lots of German musty qualities, exemplary of a not-so-fresh bottle. Label says she's good til June. Erdinger never knocks it out of park for me, anyway. Pedestrian kristalweizen nose.

Custardy yeast, wheat grain, lost citrus notes, and a mild banana-esque finish. Somewhat grassy with a spiciness, like white pepper, in the backend; mixing cream and burning carbonation, along the way. Not a whole lot going on. Tastes like a good base beer for a summer shandy.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 298 ratings
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