Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,628
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 96
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Ratings: 1,628 | Reviews: 765
Photo of Scarycarrie1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like all the beers from this brewer.

Photo of OldManMetal
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a striking beer: a huge white head perched atop a sparkling, crystal-clear pale gold body that leaves lacing everywhere it goes. The nose is a modest banana/clove spice with floral hints. These are joined on the palate by a moderate bitter citrus note, sitting atop a foundational clean wheat flavor. The finish is balanced, with a bitter citrus note that lingers a bit. The style's characteristic light body and a slightly creamy texture add to the drinkability, while the fizzy carbonation keeps it interesting.

Photo of beerboy21
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a massive head. Clove, with some banana. Nice to have a filtered weissbier - doesn't hit you over the head with the phenols.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw yellow and clear (duh), two whole fingers of white foam and carbonation ringing down the glass. Lots of grass and banana in the aroma with more in the taste, as well as a subtle hop character and some breadiness. Fair amount of carbonation makes this beer finish very crisp and dry.

Photo of tlema1
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, doesn't have the mouthfeel of the unfiltered hefeweizen, or as much banana and clove taste

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Weiss vase, the beer is a crystal clear, straw gold coloring with a fluffy, bubbly, clingy, white head. Aromas of toasted grain, subtle floral notes, grassy highlights, and hints of citrus. Flavors are crisp and smooth, with a slightly sweet citrus and honey blend on a toasted backbone, with grassy and floral hops notes to keep things cut and clean. Very light and amazingly balanced, all on a smooth, light, effervesced body. The aftertaste is toasted and light, leading into a smooth, crisp, clean finish. This is a benchmark.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- clear hefe with big white head
- some clove which is pleasant but a banana scent is not as much
-a smoother better balanced hefe with less flavor as well
-perfect silk smoothness feel
- overall a great beer not big on the style but this would be a great example of that style

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle with a BB date of 11 Dec. 2015.
Pours light golden with excellent clarity and a high level of visible carbonation flowing up to an over-sized, frothy head.
The aroma features banana and clove with a light bready base. The flavor follows.

O: Not a favored style; even so, not as great for style as expected.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger mousy white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing that lasted;

S: clove and banana; a little bready; a hint of skunkiness;

T: clove for a moment, then banana mixes in; finish is a balance between clove and banana with a mild bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated - effervescent; crisp; dry finish;

O: very refreshing;

Photo of BeerConny
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow bubbles. Every gulp made me bloated until I burped. It really is crystal clear and smells amazingly crisp. Taste is the same too but not as strong. Basically their hefeweizen filtered clean. Nothing wrong with it I just prefer their hefe and more so their weizenbock known as vitus. Bottom line is they make great beers. You can't go wrong with anything they got.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too light-bodied and low in flavor, compared to the unfiltered version.

Photo of JPowell712
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very different style from what I usually drink, but this was a pleasant change of pace. It was very clean and looked like a Pilsner. The foamy head was white and creamy. The taste threw me. It has the taste of a almost creamy wheat beer that you would normally expect to be cloudy and unfiltered. This was a great taste. Creamy and had a lot of fruit notes. Very refreshing and I would suggest trying this in the warmer months.

Photo of founddrama
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely foamy and effervescent head. Almost no aroma; no after-taste and practically no finish. Flavor is crisp with mild esters.

Oh and yes. Totally see-through.

Photo of 1withself
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A little expensive but great taste.

Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle into a tulip glass.
This is a really unique, well-made beer, a home run. As advertised, crystal clear and golden, yet packed with huge flavor. It pours a brilliant white head that stays around throughout. The yeast is the ticket here, yielding a big bold aroma like a bouquet of sweet fresh cut flowers. Slightly fruity, with a bit of hop bite. Maybe it would be better if slightly more crisp and hoppy. Yet as it stands, I'll definitely seek this out again.

Photo of Ibanez11520
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste, hoppy, filling beer.

Photo of todaytastelikethis
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful floral taste. Nice pale golden color.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kkkkkkkkrystalviezbeeeeeeeerrrr

The look itself : Extremely tall head, makes up 90% of the appearance. The head does diminish but not by very much. The body is a beautiful peachy pineapple glow, sediment floating around. Mostly hazy in appearance.

Aroma : peaches, apples, candy coated sugar dreams of dying wishes. I could smell this all day. Golden Graham's. Laffy Taffy. Oh man. Yet you still know its a beer. Umm, FIVE!

Flavor : compared to the smell it's rather bland. That being said it's still good, it has a dry champagne like taste, with faint apple, pear, and pear juice, a little wheat, and club soda. All of this is fairly 2-D in character.

Mouthfeel : light bodied, very crisp, very dry. Ends just like that, too.

Overall : this obviously is still an awesome beer. Weihenstephaner does no wrong! However I was rather disappointed in this beer. My least favorite from Weihenstephaner, but better than most beers.

Photo of barryjg
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litter bottle poured into tulip glass-clear wheat color with good 2 finger head with and lacing going all the way to the bottom of the glass; delicate smell of yeast, malt and light banana- very pleasant taste of same with smooth feel and perfect carbonation with all those tiny bubbles

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Smelled of soapy dishes. Tastes of banana and clove. Very crisp

Photo of plaidowl
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love hefs and this beer is everything I'm looking for in an easy drinking beer. It goes down smooth, crisp, and clean. Unlike many light beers, though, there is a defined, full-bodied wheat flavor, with a touch of banana sweetness in the background and no hops to speak of. An absolutely perfect beer for drinking a few pints outside in the warmth of the spring or summertime. It went great with the rich German food I paired it with, but it could go just as easily with something as light as a tuna sandwich. It's beers like this that make me proud of my Bavarian heritage!

Photo of petrilarres
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well I have to admit that this is probably my favorite beer just for drinking on a hot ad sunny day....always crisp, clean and refreshing, Kristallweiss never disappoints....what I really love about this beer is the feel....it stays perfectly carbonated til the last drop. Those 4 tiny rows of tiny bubbles constantly rising in the glass...it's something to behold. How do the Germans manage that? Nobody carbonates like the Germans.....

Photo of Rivarol
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best of the Weihenstephaners.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 13, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Medium to dark straw, slightly yellow-orange. Very clear. Tons of tiny effervescent bubbles rising up to a pure white moussy head. Very high foam retention.

S – Banana, white pepper, and very mild clove. Spritzed lemon and a hint of orange. Banana by far is the most prominent aroma here. No hop aroma.

T – Clove becomes much more prominent here, with the banana flavor deriving mostly from the aroma. A touch of bubble gum. Slightly spicy, peppery. Light impression of lemon-oranginess. No hop flavor.

M – Medium- to somewhat full-bodied, a combination of sweetness and high carbonation providing the balance. Fairly juicy with just a touch of dryness in the finish. No real bitterness, but again, not unbalanced.

O – I actually tend to like this, the filtered version, better than the traditional hefeweissbier from Weihenstephaner, in part because I prefer the less dense mouthfeel and the clarity of the colors/appearance. Either way, a wonderful, refreshing German standard.

Photo of Mister_Faucher
5/5  rDev +23.8%

My first bottle tonight is a crisper/dryer version of the normal Weiss version. Remarkable, delicious tart pear or green apple finish. Lacks the weight or depth of the regular weiss, but I could drink this all night. Based on other reviews I must have purchased a fresh bottle as this is a no brainer.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.