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Erdinger Kristall

Rating: 3.05

My seventh beer to fall under the Erdinger banner now, their Kristalweizen offering which is a filtered version of their flagship beer. This is my first time trying this beer although I have spotted on various online beer shops over the past few years but opted not to order it for one reason or another. I was surprised to see it in Tesco last weekend and quickly grabbed a bottle to try, although it makes sense considering how popular the hefeweizen version of the beer has become in the UK over the last few years. This will also be my first new Erdinger beer since trying their Oktoberfest Weizen at the tail end of 2012 and after this one I will have a mere two other beers from the brewery left to try, although I can’t imagine either of them proving all that easy to find without taking another trip to Germany.

Erdinger Kristall

Appearance (3/5): A very clear looking, light 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 after a few seconds.
Aroma (6/10):
Light on the nose 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 but the beer wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, at least for the aroma anyway.
Taste (6/10): Some 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 that are hard to pin down.
Palate (3/5): Lively carbonation 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.

Overall (13/20): This one was 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. There was a nice mix of wheat, banana and some cloves although the latter was quite light. The flavours weren’t the most pronounced though and I felt the beer could have done with being a little stronger. Not a bad effort overall but there are certainly better, and more readily available, Erdinger beers out there to be had.

Brewed In: Erding, Germany
Brewery: Erdinger Weissbräu
First Brewed: Brewery since 1886
Name in United States: Erdinger Weissbier Crystal Clear
Type: Kristalweizen
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Tesco
Price: £2.19

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