Hacker-Pschorr Kristall Weisse | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

BA SCORE
3.86/5
43 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany
hacker-pschorr.de

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,761
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
43
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As good as Weiss gets. Try 6. Scores extra for look, feel, and abundant flavor.

A: Brassy golden color with a surprising amount of haziness. The dense white head lingers and jets some lacing; the carbonation is moderate.

S: Strong lemon cake seasoned by cloves and trace of ripe bananas along with citrus hops and wheat malt.

T: Opens with a massive lemon bakery, sweet fruitiness tempered in the end by tart yeast and malts. Finishes with clove, spice, gum, and mild hop bitterness.

F: Smooth, pleasant, with refreshing lightness.

As good as this style gets? Try 6.

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Photo of tim007007
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kayrex
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of chrisbokmuller
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rusty3335
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey golden with a fine-bubbled eggshell head that leaves some good lacing. Wheaty, yeasty aroma has a strong citrus overtone and is quite inviting. Wheaty flavor has a strong lemony note, more sweet than sour, and a yeasty underpinning. Overall it is quite refreshing, perfect for a sweltering summer day. Fizzy texture has average body and leaves a wheaty and fairly tingly finish. Prosit!

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Photo of Brysky
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours so nice, huge head, looks great with constant bubbles

S- huge malt wheat smell

T- nice light wheat taste, very nice

M- light like a wheat should be, goes down smooth

Overall is was a very nice beer, could see it as a session

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini mug.

Appearance: Cloudy sunset yellow, apple juice-like color. Looks like it was unfiltered, or at best, not filtered very heavily. Thin foam head with no visible carbonation through the glass. From the pour, not a bad beer, but nothing intense yet.

Smell: Oooh, man. Awesome. Banana bread and cloves, maybe sweet corn and pine. The nose is heavy and fruity, matches the appearance but does it one better by enticing me to take a sip, so I shall.

Taste: Yep, this is beer. The wheat flavor is much stronger here than in the scent, but it's not distracting. Questionable hops...there's something about this beer that isn't perfection to me; what that is, I can't put a finger on. As it stands, it's worth another taste.

Mouthfeel: Much like the scent, I am feeling the term "banana bread." Malty to the extreme, which works for this one (being a wheat beer and all). Goes down smooth but strong, and leaves a slightly earthy feeling afterwards. Also gut.

Drinkability: I'm not a big wheat beer guy, but I can't see any reason NOT to recommend this beer to a connoisseur. A bit heavy for me to take on a nightly basis, but then again, a taste that I could get used to.

This one is alright. Might be good to finish off an evening with, or as the only drink during a fireplace session. There's something soothing about this beer, and as such, I've gotta give it props.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a dirty opaque gold. Smells of banana and banana. Taste like a Tropican Twister. The banana one. Got a lip-smackin sticky taste feel to it which is kinda nice. Cloves in the tail. Mild carbonation. Nice change from the heavies I've been drinking.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 500ml bottle a slightly hazy medium gold with a large thick head of foam that shrinks to almost a solid fine layer and it has plenty of lacing.

The smell is of wheat, banana, and other fruit.

The taste has notes of wheat, banana, clove, fruit, and right near the finish, it has a real earthy taste to it. The body is medium light and the carbonation is medium. Good tasting and very drinkable Weizen and one that I'd buy again.

I see on the label that it says produced on 04.06 April 06 or June 04? I doubt the latter as this tastes reasonably fresh to me.

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Photo of Dmann
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A truly excelent brew! The pour was great with a huge bubbly white head that settled nicely after a minute. The aroma hit me as soon as I started pouring with a sweet lemon scent and once I smelled the beer, faint scents of bananna and pepper mixed in as well giving this beer a very inviting smell.
The flavor of this brew was outstanding as well, with a light malt sweetness in the front and a slight bitterness in the finnish that was excentuated by the great carbonation of the beer. A wonderful drink for sure, very recommended.

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Photo of Hunter
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden with a frothy white head. Light carbonation.

Sweet in the aroma, with notes of wheat, candi-sugar, and alcohol.

Smooth taste, light and sweet. Hoppy in the aftertaste, but initially it's all about the malt. Lovely.

This one's a keeper.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fairly clear golden color--a slight haze though--with a lot of fine streaming bubbles coming up, and a moderate but receding head.

Smell: Lightly fruity, not identifiable as banana, but pleasant.

Taste: Moderately fruity, with a bubble-gum like flavor. Phenols are very light. Nice amount of wheat flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation give a sharp, bubbly mouthfeel.

Much like Hacker-Pschorr's Hefe, there's not much here to criticize, but it doesn't stand out either. Nice, refreshing but undistinguished.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a thin head that drops fast.. Clear (duh). Smell is light fruit and malt. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly fizzy. Drinkability: Eh. Nothing special, really makes me reconsider my purchase. Should have gone with something else. Well, there is always next time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kristal clear, rich golden amber with a faint hint of orange, topped by an expansive head of whipped cream-like ivory foam that sets off the color of the beer quite nicely. A barely respectable amount of lace completes the picture of a decent looking German weizen. Since I prefer the cluttered look of a hefe, a kristal weizen always has an uphill row to hoe with me.

Thankfully, the characteristic banana esters and clove notes are still present, although they're considerably muted in comparison to a standard hefe and are subservient to the wheat. Kristall Weisse tastes about how I expected it to taste; namely, like a hamstrung hefe weizen. Again, clove-dusted banana is noticeable, but isn't a major part of the flavor profile.

A slightly sour fruitiness makes as much of a statement as the wheat malt and provides a welcome added dimension. Banana makes a pleasant cameo on the medium length finish, a great lead-in to the next mouthful. The body is well within the bounds of acceptable for the style and the beer has an energetic amount of carbonation.

Kristall Weisse is my first kristal weizen and is about what I expected. It's tasty, drinkable beer and is clearly quality made. That said, I still greatly prefer those yeasty, banana and clove-like hefe weizen masterpieces brewed by the likes of Brauereien Weihenstephan and Aying. This one is a bit tame for my tastes, but is good beer nevertheless.

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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