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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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Photo of malty


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint brown bottle - no freshness date.

Kristal ;-) clear deep golden with turbid bubbles racing north to form a bright white head.

Scent has a sour fruit component with a hint of banana also.

Has an attenuated flavor - although practiacally identical to it's older brother (plain 'Hefeweissbier'). The crisp semi-sour fruit is very refreshing. Faint clove and banana (again).

Mouthfeel explodes with crisp carbonation - CLEAN. It's light body feels bolder due to the relentless carbonation.

Drinkability is good - I bet even better in warm weather.

Overall a good solid brew. This bottle was given to me, and I believe I'll be returning to the Hefeweissbier next time. I would bet this style would grow on me if I revisted it a time or two over this summer (?)

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 00:23:18 | More by malty
Photo of botham

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a weiss glass. pours a pale straw color with a healthy four fingers of dense white head. the head leaves thick and rocky lacings. very nice in appearance.

aroma is of faint citrus and light pale malts. a bit of banana is present as well along with the citrus. rather subtle in the nose, imparting a nice complete and rounded out profile.

taste is of fruit notes up front, with a light base of pale malts. fruit notes include citrus and banana. not much else for the palate, which ends up allowing the brew to play off the subtlties of the fruit and malts.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a light effervescence and a crisp finish. a nice brew on the palate with a pleasant mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. krystallweissbiers usually get negative ratings for the lack of flavor and body, but this brew is curiously pleasant on the palate with a nicely composed profile; though nothing less would be expected from Weihenstephaner. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 02:52:36 | More by botham
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a crystal clear light golden hue. The beer is moderately effervescent. The head is thick, fluffy, white and generates a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very similar to that of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, with scents of wheat, banana, and clove.

The taste is quite nice, and again, similar in many regards to the unfiltered version. The flavors are there, but perhaps a bit more subtle than the Hefeweissbier. The beer is not as refreshingly delicious either, as the unfiltered version packs such an enormous flavor punch that it completely masks any hint of alcohol.

The feel is smooth and clean, with a slight hint of alcohol in the very back. Carbonation level is medium to high.

A great beer overall. I definitely need to do a side by side compare and contrast session with this and the Hefeweissbier. Weihenstephaner just might be the best brewery in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:30:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan weizen glass.

A- pours clear with about an inch and a half of fluffy white head that just stays around for ages, nice lacing. looks pretty good.

S- Banana straight up, a touch of bubblegum and citrus, also just a slight touch of clove. all the great wheat beer flavours, a little subdued at times.

T- straight up banana and a bit clovey, a touch of spice, a little bit of citrus just like the on the nose. very nice.

M- lighter bodied, nice prickly carbonation, good length, solid feel.

O- i do like this beer, but i find i rarely purchase it, i prefer the hefeweizen, and this is slightly less flavorful. still damn good though.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 11:05:33 | More by shambeano
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle from Four Winds of P'cola, FL in a mixed brewery sampler. Poured into the weizen glass that bears the name of this fine brewery.

A: A very vibrant yellow that is exactly what you expect from this beer: Crystal friggin clear. Had to be careful on the pour because this beer wants to provide you with some serious head. Got almost 3 fingers of big time, foam head. The retention was pretty good as it receeded to a never dying top cap that leaves so nice, carbonation filled lacing streaks. Seriously active carbonation is constantly streaming up this beautiful brew.

S: Smells like a thin Hefe. Got some nice subtle scents of yeast and wheat. Clove and banana are there with a touch of citrus. A very subtle sugary sweetness is on the backend.

T: Once again, just a perfectly nice thin tasting Hefe. Banana and clove come is oh so subtle. Wheat and yeast are there very nicely to add some nice earthiness to this brew. The sweetness is also there and very subtle along with just a splash of citrus flavor. Although this is subtle, it is still great. Very damned tasty.

M: So beautifully clean and crisp. This on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is a heavy but necessary. Makes this beer so damned crisp and refreshing. Clove and banana linger a bit to remind who is the big brother of this beer. So nice.

D: If this poured freely, I would pull from that stream each day. This brewery is amazing and it shows you why they have stood the test of time. All of their brews are great, this is no exception. Drink up, can't wait for my Vitus!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 05:20:41 | More by everetends
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden yellow, very easy to see through. Big fluffy pure white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of wheat and banana, light. Nice refreshing taste. Very light version of the hefe. Crisp wheat and banana flavor, less pronounced than the hefe, spices are very light as well. Nice sweetness. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 05:04:20 | More by uustal
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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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4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

you just don't see a lot of these in this country. a hefe that's been filtered out perfectly clear, hence "kristall". it really is a lovely brew, full flavored but delicate and light. I could drink this from sun up til sun down no worries. the pours is a bright and clear sunshine yellow color with a good two inches of white head. the nose is all the same yeasty banana and spice flavors im used to in their hefeweiss, but there a certain crispness to this one. the flavor is wheat malt on the front end with very little sweetness, and a familiar and refreshing fruity yeast finish. weve been drinking a lot of these kinds of beers lately, since my old lady here really likes that banana flavor. this one has a ton of that, and we both really liked how clean it drinks. one bottle was definitely not enough, but you do have to drink it when its cold. the warmer it gets the more it falls apart. great carbonation and a very light body, maybe a little thin, but I think that's the point here. taking out the yeast really makes this an all day drinker that doesn't fill you up a lick. impressive stuff again from weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 18:34:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Clear, pale golden color with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Fair amount of patchy lacing.

Smell- Clove and banana aroma with some wheat malt .

Taste- Wheat malt flavor with notes of banana and clove.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, crisp, and generously carbonated.

Overall- Nice and refreshing. I prefer the unfiltered version but this is still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 21:39:55 | More by scratch69
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Krystal clear body, brilliant pale gold color, lots of carbonation, thick, unyielding white lace.

Aroma: Bananas, cleaner then most weizens, honeydew melon, mild clove, wheat.

Taste: Banana and clove. Subdued light fruit. Lots of wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Mildly spicy. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: High.

Served in a bottle at Concordia Ale House, Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 19:33:58 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale, almost dull straw color, crystal(or Kristal?) clear. A nice 2 finger pearly white head forms and holds for a bit. Some decent lacing.

S: Pleasant wheat notes with very light tartness. The banana and bubblegum are much softer as expected but it also picks up some apples(not really tart), apricot, and lemon. Everything is extremely subtle. Not yeasty :(

T/M: I really do miss the bold yeast. I know, I know. The wheat is much softer than it's unfiltered brother and very light on the tartness. The taste has the same fruit characters from the nose. There might be a bit of the clove in there but it might just be me looking for it. The wheat and malts are very clean which I guess is what is being showcased. Body is light and crisp with good carbonation.

D: As for style, well... it's spot on. I just don't understand why you'd want to drink an unfiltered Hefeweizen. Drinks great as expected though it makes me want the unfiltered version.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 04:36:04 | More by pwoods
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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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