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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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1,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 69
Gots: 54 | 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 TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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
Photo of Vdubb86
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Vdubb86, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of malty
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (?)

malty, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of botham
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

botham, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of shambeano
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

shambeano, Jan 23, 2012
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.