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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 726
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 erz316:
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into weihenstephan weizen glass

A - huge bright white head on this beer. the body is a bright straw colour, like a light honey yellow. the head sits on top for a good long while before settling down to a normal sized .5 finger layer. this beer is indeed kristallklar. the beer has all the parts buy maybe a tad more depth to the colour would be better.

S - primarily smells wheaty, in that sweet manifestation that it is wont to provide. though I have none of the classic banana and clove aspect to the beer, there certainly is fruit: rich ripe pears. I think the beer might have been filtered too well, thus muting the banana and clove aspect. either way, the brew still smell quite good.

T - ah, here are the cloves. the beer is basically a muted version of the regular one. that is what is supposed to happen, so I understand. the initial taste is of the classic clove note that is regular to weizenbier, a hearty wheat flavour, and some slight hoppy bitterness. the finish has the banana aspect come out and blend with the cloves, all atop an underlying wheat flavour. the aftertaste is just like a regular weizenbier: wheaty cloves and a slight sweetness that comes to stay. this is a pretty good wheat beer, but the pronouncement of the flavours can be too subued at points. and when one compare the complete burst of flavour that the regular weihenstphan gives, the understatement in this beer is just too much.

MF&D - the beer feels almost like my homebrewed weizen. the carbonation is lacking a slight ammount, and the body is just a bit too thin. its not watery, by any means, but the beer should have a bit more slosh to it. either way the brew is great fun to drink and the low abv keeps em coming.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 20:39:26 | More by erz316
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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