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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
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788 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
788
Ratings:
1,774
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.67%
 
 
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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Reviews: 788 | Ratings: 1,774
Photo of kimcgolf
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice golden yellow with good carbonation and a medium white head, which dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavor were very strongly bread and wheat, with clove spice playing a big part in the taste as well. Unfortunately, palate was much too dry, and even slightly metallic. But a good beer.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This poured a deep golden, with a big sudsy head, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: faint malt and clove aroma, not much scent to pick-up on.

Taste:light spicy, banana, hint of clove.

Mouthfeel: watery light mouthfeel, with high carbonation, and a tangy finish.

Drinkability: Drinkability is fine, this would make a good session beer, I've had hefe's, I like better, but this one is just fine, and I would drink again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle for $2.99 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Served mostly cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Bright clear yellow brew with visible carbonation. A soft pour gives a generous 2" of frothy bleach white head that leaves thick whisps of lace on the glass.

S: Big does of banana immediately upon cracking the seal. In the glass it carries a big dose of starchy estery banana, then some melon, bitter banana peel, and an unappealing metallic twang.

T: Lots of banana, banana peel, similar to the aroma. Also some spicy cinnamon and coriander.

M/D: Light, crisp, and smooth with a healthy dose of carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. A bit too heavy on the banana, I wish it had some citrus or something else to give it some depth.

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Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 25th February 2016, poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured a crystal clear golden straw colour with a big three finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma: Light aromas of wheat and banana with hints of clove and honey.

Taste: Starts grassy with some citrus lemon followed by banana and some wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This was not a bad beer but I definitely prefer the unfiltered version which has stronger aromas and taste.

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Photo of Celt44
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a crystal clear light straw. Nice bubbly head and a slight lacing. Almost champagne-like

Aroma - Spices up front - clove, nutmeg, ginger. Malty towards the end..

Taste - ginger spice, clove. Tart towards the end...a candy-like flavor, sweettarts come to mind.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, again champagne-esque

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light, and refreshing. Very good for the style...

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear light orange/amber beer, a very big white head leaving good lacing and some curtains.

The smell is spicy (cardamom, coriander, clove), citrus fruits (lemon, lime), ans some sugary sweetness.

The taste is spicy and citric. Lime with gingerbread.

Light carbonation, a fresh feeling rather watery.

A beer for a warm summers day. Compared to the hefe big brother it however has less smell, taste and body, sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a wheat beer glass

A - crystal clear medium gold with an initial large foamy head, excellent retention and small bits of spotty lacing.

S - fresh bananas, clove, grains, and grasses. None of the notes are overpowering.

T - I honestly feel this a pretty one dimensional beer. Nothing seems to change from start to finish. It is malt forward and dry.

M - good carbonation but a little watery.

O - This is a very lite easy to drink offering, probably perfect for a hot summer day. It just isn't very bold.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong, crisp sweet banana and spicy clove. Lots of white sugar. Wheat and pilsner malt. Big and bold aroma.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation, hard to control the pour. Huge bleach-white head. Great retention and moderate lacing. Pale yellow in color, lots of rising bubbles.

Taste: Moderate artificial banana and spicy clove. Mild ginger. Little yeast. Light aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body. A bit watery and champagne-like from the sharp carbonation bite. Very dry finish.

Overall: Bold aroma, lighter taste. A bit overcarbonated, which ends up stinging the tongue and covering the taste a bit.

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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 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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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.