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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 65
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Reviews by bobhits:
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2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger head, rather thin and lacking body. Light straw colored with a good bit of bubble dancing to the surface. Nothing a light lager doesn't do but I suppose if you're into this look it's ok. Doesn't have that explosive nature of a Belgium or even some macros.

A sweet and almost sour nose. A good hop back ground that has that earthy euro sour hop nature to it. Bubble gum finishes the beer. Very dry finish even in the nose.

Hops oddly come out first in this one. That sour hoppy effect (I'm sure the yeast is a big factor here). The beer the finishes with bubble gum as if it uses a hefe yeast strain. I have to admit this is a style I've never had before so I'm a bit confused. It has a nature similar to some Belgium with a german hefe finish. The beer amazingly finishes pretty dry. As it warms and gets flat it's reminding me more and more of a dry hefe. I think that means it's missing some of the key elements of a hefe, but at the same time this beer serves a purpose with more foods I think.

Very drinkable, I could have a tone of these if not for....

The mouth feel on this beer is just bad. Way too much carbination. I'm burping all over the place, and the bubble nearly explode in my mouth. I like to feel the bubbles, not to have all my beer turn into head in my mouth so I can burp it back up. I'm pretty sure this is common of the style as all their beers seem to be perfect execution of the styles, but this honestly is really off putting in an otherwise very worthy beer.

Worth noting that after the beer has had a chance to deflate it's pretty nice in the mouth feel department. I'm not sure how to score it though. It had that over carbonated effect for nearly half the beer. It's calmed down a lot and is almost a creamy with a pretty good carbonation bite.

As with all styles I'm not a lover of. Style considered but scored mostly on its own merits.

Always worth point out the price point on the beer in question. 16.9 oz at 2.99. That works out to 12.73 for a 6 pack. Or 11.89 if they were in 11.2oz bottles. Not a bad price really. You factor in that expected marginal discount and you might very well in 11.2 oz bottles see this for 9.99 which imo would make it a great deal. Marketing departments, I'm doing the work for you!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 08:03:54 | More by bobhits
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-30-2014 03:43:21 | More by AlexFields
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North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a glass into a tall 24 oz. pilser glass.

A: A lovely yellow-gold with tinges of brown, gorgeous thick head with significant milky lacing, excellent carbonation which rises from the bottom of the glass in ribbons.

S: Bitter with lots of yeast, citrus and a nice hop balance.

T: Very light but no negative flavors. Not as wheaty as expected. Lots of hops and light toasted malts form the body. Citrus, spice and banana notes covering.

M: Crisp and fresh, easy to drink.

O: Definitely an extremely nice, easy to drink beer. Not as wheaty as expected but otherwise very flavorful. A good glass to drink with a light meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 02:31:54 | More by jsausley
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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking beer with an enormous head. A brilliantly clear yellow straw color beer. The head is very tall and quite dense with plenty of lacing left in it's wake.

The aromas are not as pronounced as with Hefeweissbier but i can still smell cloves and yeast. It's just more subtle.

Taste is good but as in the nose subtle. Yeast and malts are present along with phenols of clove. It's sweet and spicy and drinks very smooth. A clean finish.
A very good and easy drinking beer. One of the best.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 11:21:10 | More by micromaniac129
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw-colored with no haziness. Head formation and lacing characteristics remain as good as Weihenstephan Hefe. Streaks of foam adorn the glass. True to style, the aroma is much like a hefe but with less yeast character. More biscuity malt character is apparent, smelling a bit like a Helles lager. Clove/banana/bubblegum are still present.

Mild clove and a bit of banana. Dry with a mild bitterness throughout. Clean, dry finish. Very soft and pleasant texture. German malt profile comes through more after the filtering, but the flavor remains light and "wheaty." A little less filling than the hefe.

The differences between Weihenstephan Kristallweissbier and Hefeweissbier are fairly subtle, and I say this having had both back-to-back. Either one is a great version of the classic German wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 23:20:42 | More by gr0g
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Up to the light, a brilliant pale gold color. Excellent clarity (the condensation on the outside of the glass is more hazy than the beer itself) 2 fingers head which could show some more variation in texture,

S: I can smell the banana aroma from a foot away. Cloves and pronounced nutmeg closer up.

M: Light, smooth, superfine and active carbonation give a creamy feel. Highly effervescent and an ideally crisp finish.

T: Follows the nose but with more of a bubblegum aftertaste to it. It's a little too bubblegum pronounced for my liking, but good for style. Has a good malt sweetness, and although I detect little breadiness, combines with the bubblegum flavor to make it chewy for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 19:45:35 | More by orcrist_cleaver
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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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