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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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767 Reviews
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Reviews: 767
Hads: 1,672
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 98
Gots: 148 | 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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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from Bevmo La Quinta CA for 3$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes..

Smell - Lemon, grains, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, corn, and grains/bread. There is also some very light yeast/spice. It ends with a corny/grainy aftertaste with a light spiciness and a hint of banana.

Overall - Very light and the flavours are fairly subdued. I expected a little more from this one, but I haven't had a lot of beers within this style. (681 characters)

Photo of Aquavit
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear crystal gold with foamy head that lace along the side of a glass, Proper amount of bubble that arise from the glass butt.
Smell: Citrus like odor with charactor of wheat and spice (may be clove) Hop aroma is gone and a little fruity aroma is tainted
Taste: Light to medium body, after I drink this beer the alcoholic ador is strike my palate with a few more sparkling compare to those Hefe-weizen in the same brand. Slightly bitterness and minimal salty plus acidic flavor at the end. Aftertaste is like a baquet.
Drinkability: This beer can be enjoyed all night long. Easy to drink and feel familiar with but in my opinion the first alcoholic odor is too strong for me. (688 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite possibly the last of the Weihenstephaner's left to cross off my list: Kristallweissbier! The reason it has taken so long to give it a try is because I've never really fathomed a Kristalweizen - for me you take away from a beer (any beer) when you filter it, which is why many of the brews that I love and want to marry one day are bottle conditioned, aka with the yeast still floating around adding interesting flavours. In any case it wouldn't do an upstanding brewer like Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan justice if I didn't review as many of their beers as I humanly could, and here we are.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Atypical Kristalweizen clear golden body with a bold one inch white froth head that slowly dissipates down to around half an inch.

S: Has classic Weizen aromas of banana and cloves, there is some musty yeast thrown in as well. Also noted is a more grainy fragrance, like in a Euro Lager, and that yeast comes through very musty (only mentioned this a second time as it distracts the other aromas quite a bit).

T: The Weizen flavours are less pronounced in this than expected (if it was on a scale from 1 to 5 and your typical Weizen sat between 4-5 this beer would be a 1). It actually has more of a Helles taste leaning towards a sourdough yeast funk, grain sweetness with a slight bitter finish. There is some weird sulphur tang in the finish as well. An odd brew here.

M: Not as creamy as a straight Weiss, with a medium body and an almost flat carbonation, though it has warmed a little.

D: Overall I wouldn't rate the style highly, even less so with this brew, if the mighty Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan can't make a decent Kristalweizen then what hope do the rest have. That being said I'm not entirely familiar with the style (outside of ordering it by mistake whilst travelling through Germany) I have never had a compulsion to buy and drink them. So who knows, what I think may be a flaw in this brew is a par excellence for another drinker.

Food match: Paring with some sort of a Helles-Weizen hybrid could be a living Hell (puns; Germans love puns!), but I think it is safe to say a plate of Weisswurst, Sauerkraut, Spaetzle, Bratkartoffeln and a healthy dollop of Senf would go quite well with this. (2,287 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Kristallweissbier is straw in color and crystal clear, with a rocky white head capping off an onslaught of lacing.

S: Bouquet is somewhat saturnine in comparison to the kristal's cloudy kin. Some banana and clove are detected, but at levels much lower than I'm used to.

T: The flavor follows suit, with all parameters scaled back whe compared to the traditional hefe. This brew is semi-sweet, with notes of banana and clove, and maybe a touch of pineapple.

M: Body is light, with a touch of slickness that is quickly cut by the effervescent nature of this brew.

D: This is the only kristallweissbier in my store of 1100 brews, so I had to give it a try. not to discredit the style at all, but I think I will be sticking to my hefe's, as they have a much broader flavor profile, more vitamins, and a much better mouthfeel due to the yeast. (845 characters)

Photo of TheRowan
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light, clear, golden yellow. Carbonated but not a large head. What little head there was it went away after 1-2 min.'s.
S: Sweet, grainy, smelled like a barn that did not have any animals living in it, like a hayloft or a sweet corn field.
T: The first thing i tasted was how clean the beer tasted. So clean it tasted a bit soapy. Very well balanced tastes throughout. CLassic taste, typical of Weihenstephaner's
M: Light, crisp, and thin. Watery but made my mouth feel dry afterwords.
D: Very good. Solid! I would do it again and with spring in the air i can see my self with a big bucket of these guys on the beach in the months to come. The big bottle style was nice and it was very coast affective at under 3$ per. (722 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden yellow with very quickly rising carbonation to a thick, frothy white head.

The aroma is of light clove and wheat notes.

The taste follows the nose, with clove upfront, but is followed by a very faint banana finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with very active carbonation.

Very similar to their Hefeweizen, just a bit more subdued in the flavors and nose. Still quite enjoyable overall. (467 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into weizen glass.

Pours crystal clear yellow-gold, big fluffy white head, extremely effervescent.

Nose is yeasty, bananas and lots of cloves in this one. Taste is tangy wheat, some bananas, cloves, kinda sweet towards the finish, dry. Finish is extremely clean and crisp, drops right off the palate.

Mouthfeel is light and crisply carbonated.

Like most Bavarian style hefes, I could drink this one all night if I needed to.

Obviously, the original is a fuller, better beer, but is a nice beer in its own right. (527 characters)

Photo of shapudding
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden with lotsa chunks floating through it. Lots of white frothy head. Some beading going on with the carbination. Scented like a gueze, lightly soured and slightly musty, -like a good wine cellar. Very light mouthfeel- so feather-light and gentle, so soft. Not creamy. Just... there. Same with the tast, not much is jumping out with the flavor, this is so very balanced. Some light malty flavors, but barely. Kind of like a watered down saison maybe... The more it warms, the more the flavor devolops in here. Easy drinking since it is so mild. But if you are searching for flavors, you may find this one lacking. (621 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Big ass 4+ finger pillowy white head. Retention is very good, but only a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: This smells like the regular hefe without the yeast component. Lots of clove, then more clove, then clove, then peppery spiciness. Neutral wheatiness. It's missing something without the yeastiness, but it's still pretty damn good.

3.5 T: Like the nose, the taste is missing that integral part of what makes the hefe so good. Clove, neutral wheat, and pepper. A few hints of banana. Again, still good, but not world class.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation despite the massive head. This lacks the creaminess that the regular has.

3.5 D: If you haven't noticed the theme yet, this is a shell of it's normal hefe self. It's still a pretty damn good shell, but I don't see a reason to ever buy this if the hefe is available. (903 characters)

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass.

Striking appearance with a gold color that would match any fine jewellery. Immediately after pouring the glass is almost half full with a lively head with over active carbonation at play. Took 3 pours to get the glass full with a steady head that eventually rested as two fingers with a creamy look and mild lace.

Nose is heavy with ripe banana which I always get from weissbier plus mild citrus and cooked wheat straight from the baking tray.

Taste is light bodied and crisp with a mild tang that holds on the taste buds for a good period of time eventually fading away with mild wheats

Just as taste would indicate the mouthfeel is crisp yet more complex than most beers that get tagged with the crisp description.

Drinkability.... one nice beer that would go well with a spicy meal or a meal with variety that demands a palate cleanser (898 characters)

Photo of jvdineen
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A summer favorite! It looks like a Miller Lite but it pours like its Hefe sibling in a weizen glass with a substantial head. Very smooth. Low hop notes. Very clean. Without the suspended yeast and proteins a lot of the citrus and fruit flavors are missing. Some people may find this too bland if a DIPA is a favorite. (317 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: not quite crystal clear, but pretty close. clear gold with lots of bubbles funneling up to the nice head that settled to a thin veil
s: wheat banana smell - strong yeasty aroma
t: wheat banana, yeasty flavors
m: crisp, carbonated presence throughout, light creamy body
d: light-drinking beer weissbeer. enjoyable, especially on hot days. (345 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head that lasted quite a while. Aroma is yeasty,banana, clove,and citrus.Flavor is bready,yeasty,more of the Belgin yeast,clove,banana, grass,and grain.Crisp mouthfeel,high carbonation,light body. A good drinker on a nice Spring day,kind of like a spiced Lager. (307 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great to see Weihenstephaner in Australia, even though its only the Kristal. Having said this, this is a nice Kristal. Still has those fruity banana esters of the regular heffe, and still a huge cloveyness. Really smooth, soft, and manages to cover most corners of the palate quite nicely, tart flavour, with some welcomed saltyness. Nice one. Definitely one of the better kristall weissbiers i've had. (402 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think as I love the Hefe from these guys so much, this one came up short. I think I had higher expectations. Exposive headage that nearly consumes the glass, starts things off. Cristal clear with a deep straw color.On the nose sweet bananna malted. Clean and simple in the mouth-very simple and void of complexity or depth. Decent brew, but I'll plop down my cash for this breweries other products before I'll by this one again-just my personal taste mind you. (462 characters)

Photo of mitchfor3
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a Weihenstephan Variety Pack - 5 different 500ml Weihenstephan brews plus a .5L Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Poured into the weizen glass. Truly is "crystal clear" - gold in color with impressive carbonation. Towering head soon settled into a less towering head, then eventually a nice collar that persisted throughout the beer. Very minimal lacing - a rather fizzy head.

Smells...like a dumbed down hefe.

Tastes...like a dumbed down hefe.

Overall - Hefeweizens are not my favorite style. I really don't like bananas, so the phenols get to me. This was basically a dumbed down hefe, so to be honest, I actually preferred it to a typical hefe because a lot of the hallmark character was missing.

This beer really did go nicely with dinner and I'm glad to have tried it, but to be honest I'm not really sure who this beer is for - hefe fans will want the real thing, yeast and all, and non-hefe fans like myself will want something altogether different. (980 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This large bottle pours a medium bright golden with a little cloudieness when held to direct light the head was bountiful and white,it disapated quickly leaving some circular lacing as it fell to a thin cap.The nose was malty and sweet with fruits and bubblegum.This brew is a smoothe easy drinker,the warmer the weather the better for this refreshing under flavored beverage,mostly grainy with some raw bread dough tandencies,some banana and apple give a nice toned down sweetness,its easy to forget this is a wheat brew,it seems over filtered in a way,not as much of the wheat flavors I have come to expect,but a light body and clean finish make for a enjoyable overall expirience. (683 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of light banana ester and light sweet wheat malt note is pleasant enough. Taste is dominated by banana ester with a light wheat malt backbone and medium sweetness. Body is a bit light with great carbonation. Refreshing and well brewed though not as tasty as its bigger cousin. (401 characters)

Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cristal clear pale yellow into the weissbier glass, with a frothy head which diminishes relatively quickly. There seems to be an endless stream of bubbles - interesting to know that a filtered weissbier looks like ginger ale. Mellow hints of clove and banana in the nose. Similar in the taste. The standard banana esters and spices associated with weissbiers but very mellow. Too mellow for my liking. I suppose it is just the style, but it just seems like a dumbed-down hefe. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Technically there's nothing really wrong with this, I'm just not a fan of the style I guess. Think I'll stick to hefes. (634 characters)

Photo of bmike86
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a half liter bottle of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Hyvee Liquors in Pella, IA.

Appearance --- clear light golden yellow color, carbonation bubbles flowing steadily. Two finger white head that withers down, lace left trailing down the glass

Smell --- subtle scents of bread, floral, banana

Taste --- like a lighter hefeweizen

Mouth feel --- smooth and crisp, light to medium body with a solid carbonation to it

Overall --- I enjoyed this offering, it is a nice change of pace offering from Weihenstephaner. I would definitely recommend trying, to say the least. This beer has definitely earned its way into my rotation. With that said, I still prefer their not filtered weizens. (707 characters)

Photo of LIbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden color with a large frothy head, plentiful carbonation

S: Bready, a bit tart, lemony, grassy

T: Bready, more so than in the smell, mild sweetness, granny smith apple, a bit spicy. Well carbonated, light-bodied, the apparent sweetness gives way to a little bit of bitterness/spicyness in the finish and the aftertaste lasts for only a few seconds.

A good job of filtering the beer to make it look nice while keeping the important flavors in the beer. While I would not make it a habit to drink this beer because I prefer traditional hefeweizens, this is a nice beer in its own right and is a good alternative to a hefeweizen if someone prefers a crisper-tasting and cleaner-looking beer. (713 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass. ABV marked at 5.4%.

A - Poured a light clear golden yellow with a huge bubbly head. Head reduced to a steady foamy layer. Plenty of active carbonation. Decent lacing.

S - Bananas, bread, some spiciness, hint of citrus.

T - Malts upfront, tangy fruitiness in the middle, mild herbal bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, slick, medium carbonation, Crisp finish.

O - The aroma & flavour is more muted than the Hefeweizen. I love wheat beers but filtering it seems to take away some of it's unique characteristics. Despite that, this one still has plenty of flavour and is certainly quite drinkable on a hot summer's day. (669 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A different type of wheat beer. Wheat smell, taste but not creamy on the tongue, rather drops and powder texture. Malt, lemongrassy and cloves and banana and yeast. Light gold and white head that settles in. A natural carbonation.Lightly bitter. Not my flavours. (262 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to the Weihenstephaner Invitational! A gift pack featuring four different styles of beer will be competing with one another to take the top prize in this competition. Wei's Kristallweissbier will be the first to be judged, as we are set to go:

Where's the yeast? Oh, it's a filtered wheat beer. It looks more like a lager with its clear blonde appearance and action of carbonation. A big head rises on top of that. Very nice. Taking out the yeast has allowed other flavors to pull out, such as spice and lemon. A lot of malted wheat in the taste, with very little bitterness. Very clean and tart in the back of the tongue. Light feel, but it fits the style.

Wei's Kristallweissbier scores pretty well here in the first of four samples, and we'll be back as soon as their Hefeweissbier flexes its muscles... (821 characters)

Photo of brewQ
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like a lot of these German Weiss brews in the half liter bottle. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier is certainly a well made brew.

The color is bright gold but the tip off is the starch white head that holds very well. The aroma is grainy and the flaovr spells it out as wheat without a great deal of spice or citrus to it.

In fact that's what I like about the flaovr. It contrasted well with all the mit hefe wheats- very clean and drinkable yet refreshingly different.

Maybe I lose some B vitamins but this is a very good summer beer. (546 characters)

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.