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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 80
Gots: 79 | 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 RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well lets see here, a new style for me.

This brew is a very clear golden color, with a well-crafted white foam head on top. Light malt scent, citrusy. Very crisp clean taste, with some elements of a hefe that im more familiar with, but not all of them . A nice combo of wheat, sweet malt, some fruit tones, not a lot of hops that i can find. Somewhat acidic, somewhat spicy. Overall im quite impressed with this one.

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 kingothewoods
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very clear and a light golden color. The head is quite airy and bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Not real exciting for the looks of things. The smell however is great - you can tell this is an old recipe traditional German beer. Boom - got some cloves with the first taste out the chute. Got some sweet malt and a hint of hops. Talk about well rounded. Maybe some fruit in there too ... like apples. Mouthfeel is smooth and isn't bitter but holds in the tastes and coats your mouth. As you drink it down the flavors change shape. Drinkability is very high.

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

500 ml bottle.

Kristal clear golden straw body fills the weizen glass. Three fingers of cumulus, powder-white head. Very nice. Classic hefe nose with prominent notes of banana, cloves, bubblegum, and bready yeast.

Toasted wheat malt up front. Grainy wheat bread notes follow. Banana and clove flavors mid-palate. Spicy, peppery [hop] accents into the yeasty, bready, banana-aftertaste finish. Moderate body with a spritzy, light, refreshing feel. Not as creamy and thick as it's unfiltered cousin. Still tastes good, but I prefer the classic, cloudy weizen.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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.

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

Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no discernible dating that I can find. Poured into a classic Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - All the gilded beauty of Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen, but filtered, for a crystal-clear body the color of golden straw. Lazy but consistent bubbles of carbonation rise up through the body, replenishing a towering head of five fingers. Unlike the rockier head of a hefeweizen, the bubbles on this one are very fine, like champagne carbonation, but with much greater retention. As it starts to fade, it leaves curtains of foam along the sides of the glass while the center of the foam retains longer than the ring between the lacing and the center, leaving a sort of moat around a pillow of foam in the middle. Over time, some of the bubbles grow larger and burst, leaving a swiss cheese effect on the lacing.

Smell - Predominantly fruity phenols, but with less sweetness than the typical banana. I'd suggest that it's more similar to plantain, and some faint bubblegum notes sneak in at the end as well. I will say this--while this is certainly to style, I miss the more rustic elements the unfiltered wheat brought to the party. The grain is hard to detect in the smell, but let's see how it works with the taste.

Taste - Here I get more of a sense of the wheat, along with some nice bright lemongrass notes to compliment the sweeter phenolic components. The wheat characteristic reminds me of a hefeweizen the same way a slice of white or wheat bread might remind me of the bolder multigrain or whole-grain bread. It's there, but more subdued and polite. I also detect some clove in the taste where I did not in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - The filtration takes away some of the creamy element to the beer, so now the mouthfeel is a bit more prickly, like how a crisp pilsener might feel. Body is light and carbonation level is high.

Overall, my first sampling of the style, so it seemed fitting to try one from the king of kristalweizen's unshaven cousin, the hefeweizen. Personally, I think I would choose the latter for just sitting and drinking, but for fine dining, the kristalweizen is an excellent idea to take the place of wine, due to it's refinement as well as the fact that it would work well with a number of different cuisines.

Photo of RandomExile
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: fluffy eggshell head, inches deep, settles to a centimeter or two; per the name , translucent light-gold straw; sudsy short-lasting lacing
S: heady lemon-yeast, fresh; light bubble gum
T: sweet, bready, buttery/creamy (weird in a light-bodied beer, I know, but if weissbier is liquid bread, this would your liquid butter rolls!)
M: light but has more of a medium presence because of the oil/butter feel; dryish
O: The degree of presence in such a clear beer is surprising, but enjoyable. That sense keeps it being a refreshing beer, which most other elements would play into, but it's quite well done.

500mL / Weizen Glass

Photo of magictacosinus
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Ralphs66
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time trying this sub-style of weissbier. Previous reviewer hit it on the head, Good and simple. Nice color, good head, pleasant aromas and clean taste. I prefer a traditional Weiss over this, but I'm really enjoying the difference found here. Very thirst quenching and with the abv, I could hang and watch the Giants with a six of these...I miss football season...

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, very active carbonation that holds up a thick and tightly packed, pure white, head. Head fades into a half in cap in a couple of minutes, carbonation still incredibly strong. Not much lacing to speak of, which is just a little disheartening.

S: Phenols are not too subdued, that same familiar banana and clove aroma is here, and in spades. Slight graininess works its way into the aroma picture as well.

T/MF: Mild creamy orange, clove and banana to open, very crisp and clean mouthfeel, closes with a slight graininess. Pinch of cinnamon works its way in here as well. Again, sip after sip, closes with a slight grainy upswing and finishes pretty clean with a lasting impression of clove and cinnamon (which I suppose taste pretty similar anyways). Medium bodied, which is nice to see out of this style, nice balance stuck between smoothness and chewiness.

D: Not bad, but I think I enjoy the extra yeast in the bottle of hefes, but keeping in line with the style, and being that this is my first kristallweissbier, but the look of this beer brings down the drinkability for me just slightly.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL capped bottle pulled from the cellar.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color, somewhat but not quite goldenrod. The filtering has rendered the ale crystal clear with now sign of impurities. The head near a finger on pour and has reduced to a thin white band atop of the beer.

S: The nose is full of esters, giving off a bubblegum, banana and clove profile that is as sweet as it suggests.

T: The flavor is a continuation of nose, sweet and soft. Banana and bubblegum dominate the taste throughout. As the ale warms a bit in the mouth, the sweeter flavors cut through some wheat tartness to really shine. The banana flavors re-emerge long after the sip is gone to provide a reminder of the strong body.

M: The wheat tartness and yeasty esters create a mouth that never disappoints.

D: The moderate abv and strong flavor profile make this a great choice in the authentic German wheat beer realm.

Photo of galante27
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a light golden yellow / straw colour... White head poured big and foamy and a nice thin layer lasted until near the end...

Aroma - Pepperiness, clove notes, banana and hints of vanilla, floral, bubblegum...

Taste – Nice creamy maltiness, floral, definite cloves and banana, some honey, citrusy, slight metallic notes, some spiciness...

Feel - Quite sharp. Light body. Extremely drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended...

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle into a frozen crystal mug.

A: Just like the bottle says: crystal clear golden yellow with a pure, white, frothy head. Looks like a "beer commercial" brew!

S: Light bananas, sour yeast, fresh bread dough and a slightly "plastic" note that I found a little off-putting.

T: Amazing refreshment. A very bready body is highlighted by bananas and cloves. The middle is sour dough bread all the way, followed by a clean, cool finish. Lightly carbonated.

D: Very good.

Value: Excellent. I wonder how they price these so low. I think I paid around $3.00 for a big bottle.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Much like the dunkelweizen, it has taken me far too long to try this stuff. Again, let's do it. It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, clove, mild banana, and a twinge of caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the caramel character mostly morphing into one of cracked wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a rather tasty and enjoyable kristalweizen, no surprise given the caliber of the brewer. Good times.

Photo of MikeWilson
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the 500ml bottle and a third of it immediately gushed out of the top and onto the table before I could even grab the glass.

In the glass the beer looks lighter than even a Budweiser and is crystal clear, as it should be. The aroma is a fantastic mix of bananas and cloves and other spices. It's not over the top - I had to stick my nose in the glass to really enjoy it. Taste is all weizen: Some banana, mostly clove, phenols, some alcohol. There is a bit of yeastiness in the follow through, surprising since this is a filtered beer. Sweet and mouth-watering. I can even detect some ever-so-subtle hopiness. Some bite from the carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. And it brought back memories of the gallons of Weihenstephaner I drank in Deutschland last year during Oktoberfest.

Photo of DCon
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 br3wmeister
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this bottle open and it foamed all over the place! Quickly poured into large Hefe glass and watched the giant white head rise out of the pale yellow beer. The head was some what disappointing, it dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing. However the aroma made up for the lacking appearance. Bananas, strawberries and other ripe fruit make the aroma of this beer special. Light grassy and hay aromas also come through. The flavor is light and subtle. Bananas up front then some nice grassy hops then bananas make another appearance and ends with a grainy crisp aftertaste. This is a light bodied beer that has a nice hop and carbonation presence that makes it quite refreshing. This is the first Kristalweizen I have ever had so I do not have much to compare it to but I would say this is a pretty good beer. I will be buying more of this in the summer.

Photo of greybeardloon
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 7, 2010. Probably wouldn't have bought it had the bottling date been visable through the packaging.

A: Thick, fluffy head with outstanding retention and regeneration.

S: Banana, clove and bubblegum.

T: Banana and spice. Some acidity or brightness on the roof of the mouth balances the sweetness. Crisp without much aftertaste. Lighter on the palate than the unfiltered.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I prefer the unfiltered.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I never really knew what a Kristalweizen was. I always see this beer at my local beer store and just pass it up. Apparently a filtered version of a Hefe, May be pretty good...

Poured into a Pint Glass...

Appearance-Clear golden yellow. Carbonation rocketing from the bottom of the glass. Really nice soapy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell-When I first smelt the beer I definitely got some subtle banana and clove. Now It's smelling alot like a pilsner with some spice. Some breadiness as well.

Taste-Big banana up front. Clove, Citrus and some bread also.

Mouthfeel-Crisp, clean, refreshing. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall-I prefer a hefeweizen. However, this was definitely alot less filling and very very easy to drink. This is the only beer I've had of this style, but I can't imagine one being much better.

Photo of albern
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had the style, but it does have all the characteristics of a hefeweizen, although it is quite pale in color. The beer is very carbonated, very pale, began with a pretty nice white head. This dissipated pretty quickly, there is some lacing. The nose on the beer is clove, candied fruits, banana, florals, and perhaps a juicy fruit type bubblegum note or two.

The taste is hefeweizen for sure. There are the nice floral notes, the light and pleasing sweet wheatiness and thin, smooth grain. There is a load of carbonation, some earthiness in the mid section, and a more drying and touch of hop in the finish. There is a touch of clove in the beer as well more up front though. The aftertaste is quite sweet, refreshing, light,

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,525 ratings.