I picked up two Schneiders recently. One I had not tried yet (or so I thought). First up was Schneider Weisse - Kristall. I am assuming it is called Kristall because it is clear.
This was interesting, very light in the mouth almost like its Champagne counterpart.
Strangely my wife was not too impressed. I myself prefer a more traditional wheat beer. The one word that best describes this beer is delicate.
sight - Clear yellow, large white head.
smell - Banana, little spice.
taste - Wheaty, spicy, banana
sweet - 2/5
bitter - 2/5
Now here was a shocker. There was not supposed to be a second tasting. I only grabbed the Schneider original just to have a normal Heffe handy. I was sure I had tried this before. When my wife decided she wanted a beer I had no problem telling her to take the Schneider. Then she poured it and I realised I had never had this. It was dark almost like a dunkelweizen.
It is not a dunkelweizen though.
I have to say that I enjoyed this a lot, well the few mouthfuls I got as my wife also loved it and was ready to do injury to my hand to keep it away.
Unlike the delicate nature of the Kristall, this was so much fuller that it was almost chewy. It was more bitter than the kristall too with more hop character.
sight - Dark brown, little to no head.
smell - Faint Banana, plenty of spice, not much though.
taste - Spicy and spice lingers, malty, lovely!
sweet - 2/5
bitter - 3/5
One point I will make is that the Original was very cold so there may have been more aroma and perhaps something in the taste that was missed. I am also surprised by the lack of head, perhaps my wife was too careful when pouring. Out of the two I certainly would prefer the original over the kristall.
On the subject of wheat beers, I picked up a case (12) of Schöfferhofer at Aldi today. Perfect for the warm summer evenings of late.
Also my mash tun arrived yesterday along with my extra grain (wheat and barley). My next beer will be an All grain wheat beer and I am also planning a Dry Irish stout. Only for the fact I do not have enough bottles, I would have started my next batch yesterday. Perhaps at the weekend if I formulate a recipe.