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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 85
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Ratings: 1,565 | Reviews: 753
Photo of CanuckRover
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I don't get Kristalweizen. I don't understand the point of it. A clean refreshing summer take on... the most refreshing style of beer out there? I avoid them. I do not, however, avoid Weihenstephan products so that put me in a bit of a pickle.

Pours a clear bright cold. Very lively, loads of carbonation.

Aroma of light fruits, mainly pear. Lacks the spice of a hefe.

Pear carries through to the taste. Very light on banana and clove, heavy on apple and pear. Slight yeastiness in the finish.

Marked high, because it's the best of the style I've had, but still not a fan.

Photo of tzieser
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan glass. crystal clear, golden color with a two finger head that slowly settles.

s: a bit of a muddled nose compared to a normal hef, but still retains all the same qualities (herbal spiciness, citrus, etc)

t: citrus up front, quickly followed by that signature german yeast flavor of banana and clove. really great stuff. great malt character too

m&d: mouthfeel is spot on. drinkability is a 5, because it has the great refreshing character of a hefeweizen, without the yeast.


if you like weissbiers, be sure to get this.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5L Hefe glass. Clear straw color with ungodly amounts of head. Took 2 gentle pours to fit the whole bottle in the glass! Mad bubbles continuously rise to greet the cumulo-nimbus looking head on top.

Bright, sweet citrusy nose. I get bananas, lemons, oranges, fresh hay and sweet cream. Tastes similar to the nose.

This beer somehow manages to be crisp and refreshing while maintaining a medium body and substantial sweetness that is very fulfilling.

This beer is damn good. Perfect with beer brats and kraut. I would love to hang in Freising with a big ass 2L stein of this...or 2...or 3. Git 'cha some of this if you have not tried it yet.

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle says "crystal clear" and boy do they mean it. This beer pours a perfectly clear, apple juice like golden yellow with a two finger, quickly dissipating head. The aromas aren't very present whatsoever, and certainly not when compared to their other beers. There is some light yeast and also this aroma reminiscent of sparkling soda. The flavor boasts the rich and sweet yeast similar to their Hefe but in a dialed down manner. It is very, very light in body and drinks very well. It's almost a watered down and lighter version of their Hefe which makes it one of the most drinkable and sessionable beers around. All in all, this is yet another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of Wiffler27
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I recommend any and all beers from this brewery.

A - Clear bright golden color with a colossal head, sticky lacing.

S - Banana ester, noble hop, slight hay.

T - Interesting tastes: banana and other fruits, but more so bubblegum ester, with clean finish, not sweet, slightly dry.

M - Well-done; thin, clean and refreshing with a nice effervescence.

D - Very very drinkable. Weihenstephaner is one of the most excellent.

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle states "5133", no date though.

A: Pours a crystal-clear gold. Big light and fizzy white head. Head sticks around quite well. Once faded it leaves decent streaky tufts of lacing.

S: Big wheaty aroma with lots of banana. Mild crisp citrus. Hint of bubblegum?

T: Again, big wheaty aroma. Sweet graininess throughout - almost corn-like at times. Mild citrus up front, a little grass in the finish. Hints of banana and bubblegum throughout.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Delicious brew. Simple but dangerously drinkable.

Photo of tony223366
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on June 7, 2011.

A: Very, very clear. Light straw golden color. What a difference from their Hefeweizen! Fluffy pale white head with really nice lacing. The head likes to stick around and I don't mind.

S: Cloves up front with a hint of bananas. I couldn't discern any hops.

T: The taste follows the nose. More cloves and spices with a hint of bananas. Tiniest bit of alcohol does cut through for me though.

M: Light body but the sharp carbonation adds a creamy feel in the end.

O: Very clean flavors throughout. I do enjoy this but I think I do care for the original more.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big fluffy two finger white head. See through Kristall clear golden color body. Very active carbonation.
Bananas and clove pop out more than anything, but there are hints of lemon, melon, and wheat
Lots of the banana and clove in the flavor with some added sweetness in the finish.
Great medium bodied mouthfeel on this one. The carbonation melds wonderfully.
Weihenstephnaer can craft a beer.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Writing from memory, but the main thing I remember about this is that it tasted just like a lot of Heffe's I've tried but was absolutely crystal clear in its look. Tasted very nice, wheat biased, and a little fruity, but very very enjoyable!!!

Scott

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Pint poured into a narrow chalice

A: Clear with a bit of floating sediment and lazy, slow, carbonation bubbles. Thin head that covers the top and laces well.

S: Smells like a weissbier, perhaps not as strong. Banana, citrus, and bread.

T: It is not as pervasive as an unfiltered weiss can be, however, it has the clear notes of banana, orange, a bit of spice, and a doughy finish.

M: Medium-bodied, though it is not unfiltered, it still has a bit of body. It can become quite creamy.

D: No problem here, it can be consumed all day, and with an alcohol of 5.4%, one does not have to be too concerned.

Overall: Weihenstephaner's unfiltered weissbier is one of the best of that style I've ever had. The kristall still has much of its flavor, however, it is a bit lighter.

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light, pale and clear with a big white head. Looks just as I imagined it would. Refreshing aroma of spiced banana, wheat and phenols. Taste matches perfectly. Nice mouthfeel with a refreshing carbonation. Smooth slick, and slight dry and very mild bitterness through the finish. Goes down ultra easily.

Nice mild and easy going for any hot summer day. Pleasant and refreshing taste.

Photo of galante27
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a filtered version of their normal weissbier(which is one of the best). If you like their unfiltered vesion you are sure to enjoy the Kristall too. Its crisp and flavorful, but in the filtering process it loses a bit of its character. Something to try but if you are a weissbier drinker you will def enjoy the unfiltered a bit more.

Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour from a 500 ml bottle is a clear, light golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Strong aromas of clove and banana are the primary aromas. A hit of wheat and yeast to give off a bready aroma is also there.

T: A very clean, crisp wheat beer. The clove is the strongest flavor with a bit of banana, yeast, and an ever so slight bitterness. While this is a "lighter" beer, there's plenty of flavor.

M: Quite light on the tongue with very lively carbonation.

D: I've really been missing out with these German wheat ales. Such an easy drinking and flavorful beer.

Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a ONE PINT, 0.9 FL.OZ. bottle from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.99. Poured from the Green Labeled bottle with “Crystal Clear” below the brand into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has 6 1 11 on the back of the label but not sure this means anything.

Aroma- Sharp banana notes hit the nose palate huge at the beginning with a continuous sweet aroma. Malts and wheat are big time too. A crispness finishes off the aroma. Very nice stages of complexity here (even though its only a few ingredients)!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that lasts what seems like forever! A light pale yellow body is present with a "Crystal Clear" background. Leaves only suds behind.

Flavor- Subtle grains and sweet malts start off this tasting. A bit of a banana character comes around again but lighter then at the nose. Has a crisp finish with almost no hops but all sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, a bit effervescent, and has some qualities of a Belgian Pale ale without the hop... Not sure I can place my finger on much here.

Overall Impression- While not being able to compare this beer or this style of beer with anything I've ever had before, I enjoyed this tons! It had a great banana flavor with a light and easy going mouthfeel for the entire time. Will be looking out for many other in this style again! Would suggest if your looking for a refreshing beer to start your night with.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Kristal Weizen. Poured out to a pale straw color with a nice, white foamy 1/8 inch head. Medium high carbonation. Aromas of malt and yeast are quickly noted, as are milder elements of hops and sweetness. Taste is well balanced, with notes of malt, hops and a sweet bread like finish. Some yeast flavors are noted toward the start, but give way to a mild and smooth bitterness. Good mouthfeel, with carbonation lighting up the palate in anticipation of what is in store. High drinkability, this brew is a solid example of the Kristal-style. Recommended.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with no head after the little bit that first shows quickly dissipates. Nose is yeasty with a touch of lemon. Taste is sweet and evenly so. Even as it warms the flavor stays constant. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation to it and an even feel. Highly drinkable.

Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and gold with a fluffy, bright white head. Lots of carbonation is apparent in the body. Clumpy lacing. Sweet aromas of ripe mashed bananas, wheat crackers, lemony with a bit of clove. Lemon zest up front in the flavour, more sweet bananas, followed by drying wheat and spice. Light to medium bodied with perhaps a bit more carbonation than needed. Very refreshing and quite tasty.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Off yellow, golden color? Check. Lots of champagne-like bubbles? Check. Huge, fluffy head endlessly coating the top of the glass? Check! I must be drinking a Weihenstephan product once again. Seriously, I let this carelessly sit around for over 25 minutes and the head never went away. Great lacing on the glass. The only thing here that's seriously different from the hefeweizen is the clear, unfiltered, yet classic kristal look. There's a golden, near bready looking hue that makes this distinguishable from their pilsner (as well as the fluffy, egg-white looking head), but otherwise, it's what it's supposed to be.

Despite being a kristalweizen, this contains nearly as huge yeasty, banana like phenols as their hefe. There's a fruity, succulent feel to the aroma that makes this instantly irresistible. The phenols linger around, and are slowly pressed out by spiced coriander and lemon peel. Why do people add lemon slices to beers like these? They are already full of enough citrus-based notes! Other than that, there's a dash of sugar cane, a little bit of bread, and some lightly tinged boozy characteristics. Not too complex, but still pretty refreshing.

The flavor follows suit from the aroma, but there are several key differences. First off, the yeasty texture is a little less prominent here, and grainy/hoppy characteristics come out rather balanced. The wheat flavor is present, but this being an unfiltered beer, not as heavy on the palate... Or the gut for that matter. A surprising amount of alcohol reveals itself at the back of the throat, which adds a little bit of muscles to this. Combined with the graininess, it's a little bit astringent, but it still does the trick. This may be less heavy in texture, but it's still very carbonated, which gives a rather thickened drinking experience, even though the finish is a bit watery. Still loaded with good flavor, especially on the banana-cream side.

To summarize, this is crisp, refreshing, and simple - but still a great product as always from Weihenstephan. This is very easy to drink and should do good for any occasion that I want a world-class take on a kristalweizen when I'm not feeling like packing myself with the far breadier characteristics of a hefe. If there's any beer I'll drink representing this style... This is the one. Prost!

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale light blonde colour, 2 fingers of dense rocky head, quite a bit of lace left on the glass. Smell is of banana and spice, a pretty generous helping of malt, some bubblegum and yeast, clove and quite fruity as a whole. Taste is spicy with biscuity/cracker like malt, banana and cloves, some yeastiness with more banana in the aftertaste. Medium carb, light-med feel, decent enough but room for improvement as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall I was pretty impressed with how flavourful this was as my expectations were not super high for some reason, would gladly have this again.

Photo of whynot44
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw yellow color with a substantial pure white creamy head that fades slowly to just a thin layer bt continues to leave some decent lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles continue through the glass.

The aroma is cloves, bananas and some bready wheat and grass.

The taste starts with a bready wheat followed immediately by cloves. Hints of bananas come in the middle. The finish is peppery, spicy, grassy and slightly dry.

Medium bodied, smooth and very easy to drink. Excellent with food.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Opened this one to deglaze my bacon pan... Had like 3/4 the bottle left to drink. A double win.

A: Huge white head. Beer itself is pale wheat color.

S: A subtle wheatiness. Not many other smells but that isn't a bad thing.

T: For what it is the taste is really nice. Its a very light beer but the wheat note is the star. There aren't any offputting notes and it's a pretty nice beer to drink. A little fruity sweetness maybe in the finish.

M: For such a light and carbonated beer this really sits perfect (probably helps that it's pretty warm at this point). It sits with a light medium body but there is great flavor development and the bubbles have no harshness.

Overall a very nice lighter beer. It's an easy drinker and way better than other light beer I've ever had. Not something I would have another of due to the light nature of it but the execution is killer.

Photo of plfahey
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow-golden in color with truly brilliant clarity. Tall, dense, white, creamy head with good retention.

Aroma-Bready wheat with a good deal of spicy clove phenolics. Light banana notes and some pear as well. Spice character is excellent.

Flavor-Banana first, followed by bready wheat and high clove phenolics. Spritzy and delicious. Thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Carbonation is quite soft and the wheat contributes to a fuller than expected, dextrinous mouthfeel.

A solid german wheat beer, though the clarity is quite impressive. Not quite as tasty or aromatic as the standard weihenstephaner hefeweissbier, but quite good anyways.

Photo of BeatngU
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmwats
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hay coloration with a giant, cascading, foamy, white head and continually rising effervescence. Head craters but never fully dissipates. Some spotty yet persistent

S: Hay, with a little lemon citrus.

T: Sourdough, light amount of honey, and a very light amount of lemon citrus.

M: Light, crisp, and pristine.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Giant, persistent head, neverending effervescence, and some nice lacing. Nose is hay with a little citrus. Pungent sourdough accentuated with a little honey and lemon citrus. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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