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Notes on beers in the style

Kristalweizen

Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss

$1.35 as a 12 oz single from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is an extreme clear solution with a modicum of bubbles. Head is disappointing and lace is non-existent. Nose is typically macro-adjunct like with a boiled vegetal note. Tastes reflect that and are even more disappointing since I was anticipating some degree of honey-sweetness. As far as I can tell there is none of that, which, if it had been there, would have been a saving grace. Uninterseting beer that I will not drink again.

Crystal Weiss

Picked up as a single as part of Mac's, mixed 12oz single for $7.99, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Tucher Weizen 0.5 L weizen glass. Honey yellow/golden pour, I would describe this is a bit darker than usual. Great clarity, a decent head and "better than I was expecting" lace. Looks half-decent, but it is helped by the glass. Some freshly cut grass, as well as some sweet, alcohol, skunky Euro Lager notes in the initial taste. A tiny, tiny hint of Saaz in the finish but it is minimal....

Maisel’s Weisse Kristall

=== Updated Review 07/08 === 500 mL bottle from Reilley's Hilton Head Island, SC. Always get a bottle of this when I visit HHI. Aroma always seems stronger than the body and the taste to me, but nevertheless this drinks very well in the summer heat. === Original Review 07/06 === Great lemon colored clarity and a big head. Despite the size of the head it was short lived and left little or no lacing. Good banana aroma with the taste reflecting some of the nose. However, despite the good start,...

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

Well, I didn't quite get this one. I had great expectations, and perhaps that was the problem - too high. Pale lemon pour with not quite as much clarity as I was expecting. Lots of chill haze too, and a head that was not as lasting as I would have thought. Banana, pineapple and acid apples in the nose, and rather a lot of acidic apple in the taste too. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side as well. I dunno, just an average beer from a brewery that we have all come to expect a lot more...

Tucher Kristall Weizen

Extremely interesting. If we (I) were reviewing entirely within the style (sorry, but I think that is *almost* impossible to do) this would be close to perfect! Absolute clarity in the pour with a great looking head and some lacing that was quite "hard", with significant lines of foam separated by large areas of non-lacing. Aroma is perfect to style, with subdued cloves and bananas. Good mouthfeel, quite crisp. Taste gives an unusual smoky flavor which significantly detracts from the...

Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar

Pale straw color and a very large billowing head, resulting from that deliciously lovely "noisy" and aggresive pour. Despite the large, frothy head, very little lacing to speak of. Aroma and initial tastes are of mildly alcoholic cloves. Quite thin in the mouth, very mild all around with a low bitterness. Some grassy, organic feel to the brew too. Drinks easy, a classic summer thirst quencher.