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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,370 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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
Germany

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 lacqueredmouse:
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours with exceptionally large amounts of carbonation: swirling, frothing anarchy inside my weizen glass. This promotes a ridiculous head of fluffy, meringue white that sits in puffy insolence over the top of the glass. Body has all the clarity you expect, but this seems more to be about the head. Indeed, the carbonation seems to force it ever higher, meaning that after a few minutes where I though it had settled down, it pushed over the edge of the glass. Very vibrant in any case.

Although banana is the expected dominant character here, I get pear, pear and more pear. Fresh sharp skin characters and a slight metallic twang, possibly from the wheat. It mingles with a faint peppery yeasty character, perhaps the clove spice playing against the pear. It's sharper and brighter than a typical hefeweizen nose, and has a uniqueness all to itself. Great stuff.

Taste is light and pleasant, but perhaps scoured of character a little more than the nose suggested. Here there's a light, sweet grain character and a faint smoothed bitterness towards the back, reminiscent of that metallic character on the nose. The fruitiness sticks around the edges, but doesn't really provide any depth or complexity. It leaves a touch of pear skin on the finish. It's fine, really, but I was hoping this could blow my conceptions of Kristals out of the water.

Feel is good. Despite the overt carbonation, it's rather soft on the palate, with a light cushioning of bubbles on the back.

Overall, there's no doubting this is a well-crafted and well-made beer. It's also a very good Kristalweizen, a style which I feel is often overlooked. Of the ones I've tried, I think Schneider's is better, but this makes a very worthy stablemate to Weihenstephaner's other excellent beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 05:40:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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.

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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

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

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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
90 out of 100 based on 1,370 ratings.