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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,437 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 69
Gots: 58 | 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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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white finger width head, decent retention. Results in sparse lacing.

Smell - Pungent banana, backed by wheat and a faint clove spiciness.

Taste - Waves of banana and wheat, backed by notes of clove spice which intensify toward the finish before breaking away into a fresh wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Crisp, aggressive bite.

Overall - Similar to it's hefewiezen cousin, but with a few distinct differences. Gone are the yeasty bubblegum flavors, and it opens the door for the wheat to shine through more clearly. The finish is more crisp and clean. That said, I prefer the former. This is a great beer, but I'd rather have the hefe or the dunkel.

TheSixthRing, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a monstrous foamy head that expands and stays put in the glass. Wonderful nose of yeast, European hops, and slight astringency. Palate is a nice blend of floral hops, tangy, lemony citrus, and yeast. Very clean taste, a bit thin in the mouth, but definitely lets its presence be felt. Not much aftertaste. A wonderful beer, the standard for its style.

ElGordo, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle into a small weizen glass, this beer pours a clear medium straw in color. An overactive carbonation yields two inches of soapy white head from a rather careful pour. Future additions are less crazy as for head development yet continue to yield strong lacing.

Banana and wheat on the nose are both highly prevalent and favorable. Other more subtle malt notes commingle with some yeast as well. Yeast notes are more robust after some air and can offer an intriguing hint of sourness.

A bit sweeter than anticipated on the taste but quite pleasant. More banana for the most part and with a long finish. Light background touch of cherry or grape rounds out the banana notes well. Quite smooth on the feel, carbonation is supportive but not overdone after the blowoff of gas on the initial pour. Has enough body and texture to keep things interesting, yet doesn't overwhelm with sweetness. Closes with a brief return of ripe banana. Drinks quite easily though 'may' become one sided as a session beer. Very nice brew, will purchase again.

HalfFull, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and half white frothy head. Head retention is very good, lacing is OK. It smells like wheat, yeast, bananas and cloves. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, too. The beer has a nice sweetness which isn't too strong, along with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light, but very fizzy with a lot of carbonation, but in this case the carbonation fits the beer pretty well and doesn't take anything away from the beer at all. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and dry, and finishes clean. I think this is a pretty decent beer, I'll have to pick one up again soon!

bluejacket74, May 20, 2007
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured crystal clear yellow into a weizen glass with a large, bright white head. There's a very high level of carbonation.
S: It smells like a muted version of a hefeweizen, with faint aromas of bananas and bubble gum.
T: It has lots of taste for a beer that was filtered. There are flavors of banana and bubble gum that follow the aroma.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very crisp, clean, bubbly and smooth.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink; it's both crisp and thirst quenching.

metter98, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of byrd
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a tremendous head that almost over flowed the glass with only a slight pour. I had to pour this brew extremely slowly down the side of the glass, and even then a great white head formed on top of the brew. The head becomes rocky and eventually dissipates to a perpetual thin lace that is maintained by carbonation that continuously streams from the bottom of the glass. True to its name, this beer is crystal clear with a nice straw color. Malty, wheat aroma is quite noticeable, with only a slight hint of hops. The taste is very clean and crisp with moderate carbonation. The carbonation on the tongue isn’t nearly as strong as the appearance would first indicate. Restrained malty sweetness arrives first with a nice wheat flavor. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness takes on more subdued banana and clove characteristics. There’s a crisp, sharp, tart taste towards mid swallow that passes nicely by. Very slight hops in the end along with the malts making one last appearance. The finish is quite short with no real aftertaste. This is definitely a very drinkable summertime brew.

byrd, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weisen glass. Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a fluffy brilliant white head. Moderate carbonation is present, with a steady stream of bubbles making their way to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

Has a grassy, grainy smell, with an underlying sweet banana aroma that almost smells like banana pudding.

Pleasant, smooth and almost creamy, the banana is definitely present, along with mild malt, brown sugar, a wisp of yeast, and a lite breadiness that makes this quite enjoyable. While I am not a fan of wheat beers, I am loving this beer. Ends with a mild hop bitter that finishes it off nicely.

This has a medium mouthfeel, which is surprising to me given how light it looks. It's simply too creamy to be considered light bodied.

I bought this beer for no other reason than it's claim to be made by the world's oldest brewery. However, now that I've had it, I would definitely purchase this again, especially the next time I have guests who are not as adventuresome in their beer tastes. Perhaps the beltway to describe this beer is that, it is a beer which beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers can both enjoy.

TheHoppiest, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of tykees88
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Wow, super clear. Great head and retention on this. A solid one finger was left the whole time. A very nice pale straw color.

S- Smells like a hefe. But obviously it isn't. A little less of a dominant wheat smell than a traditional hefe would have, but it's still nice.

T-Taste is good. A beer that Has a bunch of flavors that just meld with each other nicely. A grassy hop profile, while still having that yeasty esters of a nice hefe. A sweet malt backbone.

M-Pretty nice. Carbonation is spot on, but all of the weihenstephaner brews are.

O-Pretty good beer here. There beers are perfect examples of what the style should be. Really setting the benchmark.

tykees88, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a bell-clear clear golden yellow tone while yielding a massive 3"+ frothy white head. moderate retention, leaves behind some lacing in patches. nose is very similar to the weihenstephaner hefeweizen, just a more subdued version - which is just as expected. soft notes of banana, malt, and a bit of clove. understated for sure.

taste is nice. banana, clove, grainy malt. light bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. maybe it's because i haven't had one in a few days and so my perception is distorted, maybe it's because i was just in the mood for a lighter beer, or maybe it's simply because this is simply a great brew. (or some combination thereof.) but there's a certain 'the whole being more than the sum of its parts' quality to it. drinks very easily. perfect for those occasions where you're in the mood for something lighter, crisper, more refreshing... and yet still very flavorful.

(originally reviewed: 09-16-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pilsner glass.

Monster head on this one, yellow and crystal clear with tons of rising bubbles, good lacing.

Tons of yeast in both nose and taste, sweet and clovey too. Very flavorful, this is my new favorite Kristalweizen!

Very clean on the finish with a bit of residual yeasty flavor, very light body, great full carbonation.

Definitely a great example of the style, will absolutely have this one again and again.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of soju6
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a large head that fades slowly. Has nominal lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of banana, spices, fresh grain and a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is a blend of banana, clove, spices, fresh grain and some malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, lots of carbonation, smooth with a nice clean feel.

O: Good example of the style. Well worth checking out.

soju6, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours superbly clear, like ginger ale in color, with yellow straw tendencies. The head is massively smooth and white with tightly packed bubbles. The body is extremely clear with lots of bubbles running up from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is slippery, sticky with fat and thick with walls along the sides of the glass like latte foam. On the nose the beer smells cleanly of wet banana and clove with nice light yeast notes and slight spices from the wheat. The beer tastes similarly bananay with clove notes with slight tingly mint in the aftertaste. The beer begins as clean light wheat malt before opening into heavy banana notes with light clove hints, and slowly closing out into minty lingering. On the mouth this beer is superbly clean with light bubbling prickles. The beer turns slightly syrupy as it moves over the tongue with light to medium body, and it leaves the tongue slightly dry and very clean. Overall, this is a superbly clean weizen beer. I admittedly have never had a kristalweizen before, but as far as I can tell from style descriptions this beer meets them beautifully, marrying clean mouthfeel with the banana and clove flavors of a hefeweizen. A great beer with awesome wheat character.

Maxwell, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of guinnessfan
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle (4406) purchased at the Williamsburg Pottery.

A: Clear pale yellow with a nice thick and fluffy head. Good retention but no lacing to speak of.

S: Mild hefe smell. Banana, spice, wheat, etc.

T: Same as smell. Crisp and more refreshing than a hefe. Reminds me of a cross between a pilsner and a hefe, minus the heavy yeast.

M: Well carbonated, thin and somewhat fizzy. Prickly carbonation.

D: Very good session beer. Low ABV and mild flavor, yet not boring, makes this a perfectly drinkable beer. Takes all the good characteristics of a hefe and mixes them with a pilsner. Great style.

guinnessfan, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Everydayoff
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

A:
Crystal clear bright golden color, the pour produces majestic billowy white head that solidly endures with great retention then leaves fabulous clumpy laces along with plenty of refined patches and spots on the glass-side. Carbonation is actively discernible.

S:
Banana ester, citrus, clove spice, hint of bubblegum mingle with crackery malt.

T:
Clove spice and wheat are forefront following by subtle banana and citrus. Malt is a big boy with a cracker-like quality. Hop bitterness is either subdued or sometimes nil.

M:
Dry, clean and crisp under a moderate body and lively carbonation, the palate contacts with well smoothness.

D:
This is a softer version of their original Hefeweizen which filtration process eases its conspicuous fruity characteristic while supersedes with more clear and fresh and malt to overpower anyway still good and high drinkable.

Everydayoff, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of gabe23
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - As the name would indicate, this one is crystal clear and has a nice light golden color. The white head is colossal and lasts quite a while, but there isn't much lacing. Tiny bubbles drift constantly to the surface, making this a beautiful beer with a lager-like presentation in the glass.

S - Mild aroma of sweet fruitiness. The estery banana smell is present, but very muted. Perhaps a slight spiciness as well, but it's hard to detect.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavor is mild and sweet. The banana flavor is noticable at the start, and a mild, wheaty bitterness quickly takes over. This fades into a dry finish with a touch of clove and spice.

M - Thin, light, and refreshing with champagne-like carbonation.

D - This is a very drinkable beer, especially for people like myself who aren't big fans of the bold yeast in a Hefeweizen. Definitely a good choice for someone looking to develop a taste for hefes, as you get a touch of the banana/clove goodness, but it doesn't blow you away.

gabe23, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO, $3. Into a weizen-esque glass.

A: Crystal clear gold in color with a massive, dense white head, like half the glass worth of head. Excellent retention, almost so much so that I can't pour the rest of the damn beer in the glass. Massive gobs of lacing are left behind.

S: A fair amount of wheat malt, slightly lemon like in profile with a bit of an earthy hop bite. A bit of a German weizen yeast profile but it is a definite second fiddle to the wheat malts. Not bad.

T: Much like the nose leads on, a rich wheat malt profile with a slight bit of lemon like tartness. A touch of earthy hops and a faint hint of bitterness. Just the right amount of clove and banana in here to set it straight as a weizen. Really tasty.

M: Slick in the mouth, carbonation isn't nearly as abrasive as I had anticipated, in fact it is very light and rolls along the tongue. Finish is bone dry and spot on. Really nice.

O: I still enjoy the hefeweizen more, but this is no slouch. Really an enjoyable pint. Definitely will drink this again come summer time.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew a number of times in the past. Pours to a nice yellow color that was very clear. Nice large white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is nice, very hefe in its scents of banana and cloves but in a laid back way. The taste is very smooth, giving it an easy drinking feel. The clove seems to dominate over the banana taste but overall this is a very good brew. This is a great summer brew IMO, one that I will look for.

Stimack, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice small foamy white head, nice lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, yeast, banannas, clove, and some spices. The taste is malty/hoppy, the belgium yeast, and a little spicy. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, another very good brew from Weihenstephaner.

Wasatch, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Big78CJ
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like more of a helles lager or pilsner than a weizen. Crystal clear...or very nearly...and a pretty shade of gold. A beautiful, bountiful, three inches of head sits atop thie beer like a cloud as the carbonation rises from the bottom to meet it.

The smell is, very simply, wheaty but mild with a hint of banana and clove.

The taste is very thin witha mild wheat taqste coming on slowly. Heavy carbonation makes the after taste more like a pilsner or lager. Something sour and citrusy - lemony flavor perhaps - compliments the carbonation and wheat very well.

Mouthfeel is clear and smooth, "crystal clear" as the bottle proclaims. This one washes right down. Great for a summer day.

This wheat is very easy to drink and perhaps the only wheat I could see becoming a session beer for me. That being said, it is very simple so it does not stand out, particularly, against the field of great beers.

Big78CJ, May 03, 2008
Photo of BierStein711
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer!!

500 ml bottle poured into Erdinger Weizen

Three finger head with a pale gold body, moderate carbonation

Smells grassy and herbal

Tastes of clove, bubblegum, and malt, this beer is not complex. But, good beer does not have to be complex to be good!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warming!

Overall, this is a good beer. Not the best Weihenstephaner, but I have enjoyed this brewery's portfolio.

BierStein711, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass. A bright light gold in color with a fluffy stark-white head. Decent lacing. Looks refreshing.

Aroma gives off that traditional German style malt profile we (I) know, love, and come to expect. There’s some faint but definitely noticeable fruit esters hanging out – think banana and faint melon.

The taste profile consists of cracker-like malt with notes of banana and just a little clove. A trace of wheat grain is there.

Mouthfeel is refreshing yet smooth - almost as if there was a touch of honey in there.

Very agreeable. Tasty yet light. Went well with prosciutto and pineapple pizza. "Summer ales" step aside – kristallweiss is here.

jbertsch, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a very crystal clear golden yellow color with a big three finger tall white head that leaves a bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aromas of banana, bubble gum, wheat malt, and very slight clove.

Taste is basically a much cleaner version of their Hefeweizen. Banana is the dominant ester with lots of sweet and tangy wheat flavor. Slight notes of bubble gum and some apple and green grape tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing.

This is the first Kristalweizen I've tried and I can definitely say I prefer the Hefe. This is like a "lager" version of the Hefe, in that it's flavors are very clean. Still, it's a tasty brew that's worth trying.

roadhouse, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of perrymarcus
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a bell-clear clear golden yellow tone while yielding a massive 3"+ frothy white head. moderate retention, leaves behind some lacing in patches.

nose is very similar to the weihenstephaner hefeweizen, just a more subdued version - which is just as expected. soft notes of banana, malt, and a bit of clove. understated for sure.

taste is nice. banana, clove, grainy malt. light bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. maybe it's because i haven't had one in a few days and so my perception is distorted, maybe it's because i was just in the mood for a lighter beer, or maybe it's simply because this is a great brew. there's a certain 'the whole being more than the sum of its parts' quality to it. drinks very easily. perfect for those occasions where you're in the mood for something lighter, crisper, and yet still very flavorful.

perrymarcus, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : La Kristall Weissbier est une bière blanche filtrée (elle ressemble à une pils !, mais la comparaison s'arrête la !) , elle donne un faux col impressionnant
Smell : à un arome très frais de blé
Taste and mouthfeel : un goût riche, très fruité et juteux, avec des nuances de banane
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le pur style kristal weizen

thierrynantes, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 L brown bottle. Sampled at Shooters Bar in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

This kristal weizen poured a clear, golden color with tall, fluffy, white foam that persisted and clung to the glass, and with a good steady carbonation. The smell was mildly citrus with a hint of banana and something that tickled the nose. The taste had a mild banana flavor with some tangy citrus (lemon) as well. It was sweetly malty with a touch of phenols and a touch of yeast. The finish was fruity with a very mild hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and medium carbonation. It was relatively clean with with some citrusy tanginess and a very light hoppiness lingering on the tongue. This was a very nice, easy to drink beer.

UncleJimbo, Jan 25, 2005
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.