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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-03-2008 22:06:47 | More by Big78CJ
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-31-2012 18:35:23 | More by BierStein711
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-13-2011 14:35:28 | More by jbertsch
Photo of roadhouse


4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-21-2008 22:31:06 | More by roadhouse
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

09-16-2011 04:49:22 | More by perrymarcus
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

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

10-31-2007 15:05:01 | More by thierrynantes
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-25-2005 04:40:01 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

Served in 3Floyd's pint glass

This beer serves as the first of it's style I've had the good fortune of being able to try. Nothing like starting with the top tier.

This beer pours a clear pale golden color with a froth white foam on the surface. The nose is a combination of clove, banana and brown sugar sweetness that can only be found in this brewery's wheat beers. The taste is best described as hefeweizen light. There is that wheat flavor with the sweetness coming from the floral yeast, but it's much more subtle on the palate than would be expected. The mouthfeel is much too thin for my liking, but then again I'm a hater on anything that's too thin, but overall this is a quite enjoyable brew. I can easily see how this could be the pinnacle of it's style.

03-19-2011 23:44:15 | More by Vdubb86
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

A- Body is a crystal clear straw yellow hue. Pours with a generous 3 finger + foamy white head. Fades slowly and retains well at about 1 finger. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is light and fluffy. Very mild banana, clove, and bread.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. Mild clove upfront with a moderate bready yeast background and just the slightest hint of banana. Flavor is consistent throughout.

M- Very lightweight body with medium carbonation. Smooth and bready.

O- I would imagine that this is the gold standard for the style. Nice, light and bready-like a much milder hefe weizen. Good beer overall.

01-28-2012 02:17:51 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a pint brown bottle - no freshness date.

Kristal ;-) clear deep golden with turbid bubbles racing north to form a bright white head.

Scent has a sour fruit component with a hint of banana also.

Has an attenuated flavor - although practiacally identical to it's older brother (plain 'Hefeweissbier'). The crisp semi-sour fruit is very refreshing. Faint clove and banana (again).

Mouthfeel explodes with crisp carbonation - CLEAN. It's light body feels bolder due to the relentless carbonation.

Drinkability is good - I bet even better in warm weather.

Overall a good solid brew. This bottle was given to me, and I believe I'll be returning to the Hefeweissbier next time. I would bet this style would grow on me if I revisted it a time or two over this summer (?)

03-21-2005 00:23:18 | More by malty
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New York

4.03/5  rDev 0%

pint bottle poured into a weiss glass. pours a pale straw color with a healthy four fingers of dense white head. the head leaves thick and rocky lacings. very nice in appearance.

aroma is of faint citrus and light pale malts. a bit of banana is present as well along with the citrus. rather subtle in the nose, imparting a nice complete and rounded out profile.

taste is of fruit notes up front, with a light base of pale malts. fruit notes include citrus and banana. not much else for the palate, which ends up allowing the brew to play off the subtlties of the fruit and malts.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a light effervescence and a crisp finish. a nice brew on the palate with a pleasant mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. krystallweissbiers usually get negative ratings for the lack of flavor and body, but this brew is curiously pleasant on the palate with a nicely composed profile; though nothing less would be expected from Weihenstephaner. cheers!

11-08-2008 02:52:36 | More by botham
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev 0%

The beer is a crystal clear light golden hue. The beer is moderately effervescent. The head is thick, fluffy, white and generates a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very similar to that of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, with scents of wheat, banana, and clove.

The taste is quite nice, and again, similar in many regards to the unfiltered version. The flavors are there, but perhaps a bit more subtle than the Hefeweissbier. The beer is not as refreshingly delicious either, as the unfiltered version packs such an enormous flavor punch that it completely masks any hint of alcohol.

The feel is smooth and clean, with a slight hint of alcohol in the very back. Carbonation level is medium to high.

A great beer overall. I definitely need to do a side by side compare and contrast session with this and the Hefeweissbier. Weihenstephaner just might be the best brewery in Germany.

11-16-2010 03:30:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan weizen glass.

A- pours clear with about an inch and a half of fluffy white head that just stays around for ages, nice lacing. looks pretty good.

S- Banana straight up, a touch of bubblegum and citrus, also just a slight touch of clove. all the great wheat beer flavours, a little subdued at times.

T- straight up banana and a bit clovey, a touch of spice, a little bit of citrus just like the on the nose. very nice.

M- lighter bodied, nice prickly carbonation, good length, solid feel.

O- i do like this beer, but i find i rarely purchase it, i prefer the hefeweizen, and this is slightly less flavorful. still damn good though.

01-23-2012 11:05:33 | More by shambeano
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

Purchased this bottle from Four Winds of P'cola, FL in a mixed brewery sampler. Poured into the weizen glass that bears the name of this fine brewery.

A: A very vibrant yellow that is exactly what you expect from this beer: Crystal friggin clear. Had to be careful on the pour because this beer wants to provide you with some serious head. Got almost 3 fingers of big time, foam head. The retention was pretty good as it receeded to a never dying top cap that leaves so nice, carbonation filled lacing streaks. Seriously active carbonation is constantly streaming up this beautiful brew.

S: Smells like a thin Hefe. Got some nice subtle scents of yeast and wheat. Clove and banana are there with a touch of citrus. A very subtle sugary sweetness is on the backend.

T: Once again, just a perfectly nice thin tasting Hefe. Banana and clove come is oh so subtle. Wheat and yeast are there very nicely to add some nice earthiness to this brew. The sweetness is also there and very subtle along with just a splash of citrus flavor. Although this is subtle, it is still great. Very damned tasty.

M: So beautifully clean and crisp. This on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is a heavy but necessary. Makes this beer so damned crisp and refreshing. Clove and banana linger a bit to remind who is the big brother of this beer. So nice.

D: If this poured freely, I would pull from that stream each day. This brewery is amazing and it shows you why they have stood the test of time. All of their brews are great, this is no exception. Drink up, can't wait for my Vitus!

09-06-2008 05:20:41 | More by everetends
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev 0%

Pours a very light golden yellow, very easy to see through. Big fluffy pure white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of wheat and banana, light. Nice refreshing taste. Very light version of the hefe. Crisp wheat and banana flavor, less pronounced than the hefe, spices are very light as well. Nice sweetness. Sessionable.

04-02-2011 05:04:20 | More by uustal
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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%

500ml bottle from the "world's oldest brewery".

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow under a solid two-finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves clumpy lace.

N: Bananas and subtle cloves, estery, wheaty yeast, fruity and floral.

T: Clean yeasty, wheat, fruity, crackery malts.

M: Light body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes crisp, semi-dry and estery.

O: Refreshing and easy drinking. The best of the style from the world's oldest brewery, so they know what they are doing. Pure enjoyment.

08-12-2014 05:02:17 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%

A beautiful looking beer with an enormous head. A brilliantly clear yellow straw color beer. The head is very tall and quite dense with plenty of lacing left in it's wake.

The aromas are not as pronounced as with Hefeweissbier but i can still smell cloves and yeast. It's just more subtle.

Taste is good but as in the nose subtle. Yeast and malts are present along with phenols of clove. It's sweet and spicy and drinks very smooth. A clean finish.
A very good and easy drinking beer. One of the best.

07-26-2014 11:21:10 | More by micromaniac129
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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%

you just don't see a lot of these in this country. a hefe that's been filtered out perfectly clear, hence "kristall". it really is a lovely brew, full flavored but delicate and light. I could drink this from sun up til sun down no worries. the pours is a bright and clear sunshine yellow color with a good two inches of white head. the nose is all the same yeasty banana and spice flavors im used to in their hefeweiss, but there a certain crispness to this one. the flavor is wheat malt on the front end with very little sweetness, and a familiar and refreshing fruity yeast finish. weve been drinking a lot of these kinds of beers lately, since my old lady here really likes that banana flavor. this one has a ton of that, and we both really liked how clean it drinks. one bottle was definitely not enough, but you do have to drink it when its cold. the warmer it gets the more it falls apart. great carbonation and a very light body, maybe a little thin, but I think that's the point here. taking out the yeast really makes this an all day drinker that doesn't fill you up a lick. impressive stuff again from weihenstephaner.

03-02-2013 18:34:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Clear, pale golden color with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Fair amount of patchy lacing.

Smell- Clove and banana aroma with some wheat malt .

Taste- Wheat malt flavor with notes of banana and clove.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, crisp, and generously carbonated.

Overall- Nice and refreshing. I prefer the unfiltered version but this is still a good beer.

01-18-2013 21:39:55 | More by scratch69
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Krystal clear body, brilliant pale gold color, lots of carbonation, thick, unyielding white lace.

Aroma: Bananas, cleaner then most weizens, honeydew melon, mild clove, wheat.

Taste: Banana and clove. Subdued light fruit. Lots of wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Mildly spicy. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: High.

Served in a bottle at Concordia Ale House, Portland, OR.

06-01-2007 19:33:58 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-22-2013 21:49:39 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-24-2012 21:23:49 | More by innominat
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-12-2012 20:31:22 | More by wattoclone
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-05-2013 20:22:29 | More by Janeinma
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-06-2012 14:01:55 | More by fionn13
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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