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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
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780 Reviews
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Reviews: 780
Hads: 1,727
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 123
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

In our golden-yellow crystal-clear wheat beer the fresh citrus flavour harmonises very well with spicy banana notes. The fine sparkling gives it a tangy and animated appearance. Throughout summer and winter, it’s a prickling experience. It goes well with fish, seafood, white meat or it can be enjoyed as an aperitif. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour produces a frothy, initially four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, with lots of carbonation bubbles streaming through a bright, yellow gold colored beer. The aroma has the characteristic notes of clove, a touch of banana, a hint of spiciness, some dusty crushed malt aromatics and soft bread-like notes. It seems to be missing a tart wheat component to it and leaves me wondering if this is enhanced by suspended yeast in the traditional Weizen mit Hefe. As a substitute though there is a spicy note that I don't usually get, really it is a black pepper note that is both slightly woody as well as spicy.

Sweet tasting and well carbonated, the beer foams up as it hits my tongue. Smooth flavors of clove, a touch of banana up front, noticeable sweet (almost honey-like) grain, touches of peach. The carbonation combines with other notes to produce a peppery finish to the beer; in the near finish it competes with the sweet grain and clove notes, but in the long finish it becomes much more noticeable. As the carbonation subsides the feel of this beer becomes much more creamy; it is still quite easy drinking and most definitely quite quaffable.

The Hefe definitely adds some complexity (whether you pour in the sediment or not), but this is a pretty nice beer. I definitely like that the clove and some of the banana flavors are easily noticed and I find that that interesting pepper-like note adds a bit of intrigue to what might have been only a decent Weissbier.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Premo88
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: pale yellow, clear as glass; MASSIVE white head of foam that won't dissipate ... lasts and lasts and so solid I have no choice but to drink through it; head is at least 2 inches; a little stick, almost no lace, but the pour is a show.

S: sour bananas; sweet bubble gum; lemon; yeast

T: super sweet lemon yogurt; bananas; yeast and more yeast

F: a tad light but perfect for drinking lots and lots

O: wheat beers aren't my bag, but man is this good; super drinkable and fun to look at ... it puts on a show. it has just enough tartness to take a little off the sweet banana thing, which for me is perfect. at some point I'm going to get more serious about trying more of the wheat beer family, and I have a feeling this brew is going to stick in my top five ... right now it's No. 1.

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Photo of cncbofh
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fizzy almost soda pop carbonation and lingering white foamy head. Light golden color with a delicate aroma suiting to a Weissbier. Not mouch in the mouthfeel category, as it slipped by the palette with a bitter aftertaste. The taste was above average compared to other beers in the category.

Overall, a very good selection for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I had been buying the Hefe from this brewery as of late, and so she grabbed this one last night and we shared the bottle.

A: Poured from the bottle into a small brandy snifter. The beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a slight copper amber hue. Fizzy white head rose about two thirds of an inch, then settled down to about a half inch that retained throughout.

S: Scents of mild clove, slight banana, and earthy mineral water. Also a hint of bread in there too.

T: Mirrors the nose, but very lackluster in the sweet malt area. Pilsner malt, kiss of citrus, mild yeast esters.

M: Light and thin, high carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, but a little less satisfaction drinking this one in contrast to the Hefe for me. While it has the mineral quality, and balance, it lacks as much clove, and malt body of the Hefe. Likely it is just the style that is not as enjoyable to me, though I rarely see Kristalweizen's on the shelf either, and this being likely the epitome of the style, may just not be for me personally.

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear bright and yellow. Nice tall foamy head that exhibits excellent retention along with tons of lace. Non stop stream of tiny tiny bubbles rise to the top for the duration.

S: Subtle banana, wheat, and bread. Very light bubblegum with clove notes.

T: This one is a hefe light. Clove up front, with hints of banana and bubblegum. A lighter in flavor version of a hefe.

M: Very light, zippy carbonation, crisp finish.

D: Good, I like bolder beers so I would take a hefe over this one, that being said this one is solid.

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Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with fresh date on back

A- clear and golden with very good carbanation. almost see though like liquid glass

S- very grassy and clean hop smells coming though for me. not much malt if any.

T- super clean with hop notes somewhat presant but more carbanation than anything. could easily knock back a sixer with no problem.

M- very thin and bubbly. great beer for a spicy meal or a hot day. also good for backyard work. nice and refreshing.

O- my first for this style and i enjoyed it alot. will try to seek out others to compare to. a very solid beer i would love to have around all year.

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Photo of leantom
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but the hefe' simply blows it out of the water. Here goes:

A: Good. Relatively clear but slightly hazy straw color. Pours a very large head and has adequate carbonation. Lacing is minimal, however.

S: Very grainy and grassy. Lightly-kilned cereal malt complemented by grassy hops. Some lemon as well. Good, but graininess isn't exactly a virtue.

T: More complex than the smell, which is good. The beer, however, tastes a lot like a muted hefeweissen. Some of the banana and wheat of the traditional weihenstephaner hefeweissen complemented by grassy hops and yeast. Good, but the regular hefeweissen is just so much more robust.

F: Too light and watery.

O: Good beer, but I don't mind drinking from cloudy beer if it tastes better.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear dim golden colored brew with a massive pillow of white foam on top that gradually dies down leaving lace all over the glass. The aroma is loaded with yeast and a little breadiness. Slight bits of citrus also hit the nose, but not enough to balance the blast of yeast.

The flavor is a bit more balanced than the aroma. There is a whole lot of yeast flavor and bready grains. Citrus comes in a bit to balance. The flavor is a bit toned down from what I would like. I am very surprised at the amount of yeast in the aroma and the flavor despite it not sitting at the bottom of the bottle. The mouthfeel is very crisp. It is light and refreshing which makes it a great drinker. You could surely sit back with a few of these. It may get a bit boring with very little complexity, but it is still a good brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The head eventually reduces to 1 finger of bubbles, but never leaves. Some spotty lacing. Beer is clear and full of rising bubbles.

Decent yeast, banana, tropical fruit, and musty grain aromas. I stuck my nose in the glass looking for them and...there they are.

The best description is that this is a milder version of a good hefe. Sweet wheat, soft raw grain, light spice bite, and a very clean finish (almost the same type of flavor in the finish you get from seltzer water). Flavors are very clean and crisp, and a bit muted.

Light bodied and carbonated. It makes it very easy drinking, but that differs a bit from drinkability. I could see how one could put many of these down if they were available to them. My only drawback to this beer is...why drink this style at all? The flavors that I enjoy in this are found in more robust versions, so why do this? Probably pairs great with food, and would never get in the way of stronger flavors while cleaning the palate. I encourage people to try this, just because it is very good, but I don't know when I'll revisit again.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good beer not great but good....but with saying that probably the standard...probably better in germany!

golden yellow with a nice head... and splotchy lacing....

the smell is of european malt and their hard water...banana comes to the nose a lot

the taste is def....of light banana notes....the water is def. hard water...

the feel is dry fits a nice lager profile...

overall this beer is drinkable as a session beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant, super crystal clear bright gold color with frothy bright white head that bubbles away quite quickly. Clove and banana bread on the nose. Big bubbly mouthfeel. Incredibly crisp. Big sweet clove flavors and bready mouthfeel. Some alcohol detection on through. Long and tingly finish.

My first kristall Weiss. Strange having that wheat beer taste in a crystal clear beer. Good though. Very good.

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Photo of cpn920
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a thick foamy head. It certainly lives up to its name of Kristal...as in crystal clear. Overall I was disappointed in this beer in comparaison to their unfiltered hefeweizen. I prefer the unfiltered qualities as opposed to the filtered. The beer is light, tasty, and refreshing but it is something I would pass up for the unfiltered.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Aquavit
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours a crystal clear, light, golden straw-coloured body with a decent amount of fine visible carbonation. A tall, billowing, foamy, white head swiftly rises to three-fingers in height before reducing almost as quickly to a dense film that leaves behind thin, sticky lacing on the glass.

The modest nose leads with clean, crisp, fluffy wheat malt and faint notes of ripe banana. By comparison, a more substantial amount of pepper and clove follow, along with a little grassy bitterness that gives an aroma more spicy than fruity, but still light and subtle on the whole. Yeast esters are slightly more pronounced in the taste, sweet ripe banana leads upfront with malted wheat playing a supporting role. Mid palate, clove, pepper and spicy phenols override the fading wheat, peaking in a mild bite towards the back end with a small amount of grassy hops to give a crisp finish. In the mouth, plentiful carbonation and a medium body give a smooth and incredibly crisp feel, that finishes quick and clean on the palate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. It’s insanely crisp, easy drinking and refreshing and would make a great session beer or accompaniment to food. Recommended.

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Photo of TheRowan
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of shapudding
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of jvdineen
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.