Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Erdinger Kristall Weissbrau - Germany 15-3-11

The Low Down:
Picking a German beer is not something to do lightly. I put in a lot of research before selecting this 5.3% alcohol wheat beer from the Lederhosen home-land, and it comes highly recommended. I'm a fan of wheat beer to begin with, and this is no "mere mortal" Wheat beer.

I don't quite have "the city drinking Kristall", but I hope this recommendation persuades some of you to run out and grab a bottle of the Erdinger.

It's a slightly fruity, slightly dry, very wheaty beer. It's smooth and highly carbonated, so you can drink it really quickly, and it comes in 500ml bottles, so watch out or you may hurt yourself.



Packaging: 9/10
Silver and clean, with a very "medal award winning" style.
Refreshment: 9/10
As with any German heff, the high carbonation and smooth flavour means this goes down (a little too) easy.
Flavour 10/10:
Plenty of fruitiness, and a tiny bit of bitterness, with an almost breakfast cereal like finish.
Alcohol Content: 8/10
5.3%. Wheat beer is generally around this mark, but the 500ml bottle and how easy it is to drink, make it dangerous. Dangerously Awesome.
Price: 7/10
$5.99. Picked it up as a single at the cheapest bottle shop I know of. It's a little expensive, but it's German. So I guess that makes it the BMW of beers.
Total: 43/50


Conclusion:
Like all things German, this beer is brutally efficient. Its efficiency is in the area of getting you merry, while imbibing the best flavoured beer you possibly could. I'm just dying for a German sausage with pickles and mustard now, with that off the cards, this beer will match anything.
Cheers,