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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,359 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 65
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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hotstuff

Indiana

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a large off-white head when it was poured into my glass.This was just an okay beer to me.Nothing all that special in my opinion.I picked up an aroma that reminded me of bananas.Definitely not one of the better German Wheat beers that I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 14:00:12 | More by hotstuff
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rw1992

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

05-12-2014 03:23:55 | More by rw1992
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hobbes2112

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle

This one started good, the pour is a dark straw/light gold with large white head. Smell was wheat, yeast and minor citrus. Taste was subtle citrus, wheat and very slight hops. The mouthfeel really is odd though, to be this is waaay too much body for the taste and aroma that come with it. This was to the point of excessive filling in my book. For such a light beer I want a light body too, or more taste.

I won't likely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 23:36:41 | More by hobbes2112
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klewis

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear with a very pale straw, almost white color with a massive foamy head that occupies half of my weizen glass

S: Much like their original hefeweizen (banana, clove, pepper, spice) except a bit more subdued in total aromatic output and slightly phenolic.

T: Plenty of spice and a bit of banana flavor with an odd sweetness and more phenols. Again, somewhat like the original, except with half the taste

M: Thin and watery with moderate carbonation.

D: This is my first time with a kristall weizen, and I can't figure out why anybody would want to drink this as opposed to a hefeweizen. This brewery's original hefe is one of my all-time favorite beers, but this one is lacking the intense taste and aroma of its contemporary. I can't think of any reason to buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 01:46:27 | More by klewis
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TheDM

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew has a mild fruity banana aroma. A very lively pour resulting in a very large off white head that last lasted a fairly long time but left little to no lacing. It's body was a very light transparent yellow orange color. This brew has a mild banana flavor to boot. Mild carbonated taste with little to no after bite. Not enough character in this brew to make me appreciate it fully.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 12:40:31 | More by TheDM
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dsa7783

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time I tried a so called kristal weizen, and I really wasn't too impressed... although this brew definitely scores for appearance, with a nice frothy head that def has staying power, the smell is only slightly appealing, and the taste is about average compared to some other brews of similiar style... definitely prefer the hefes over this one... the taste is more subdued, and the citrus and wheat flavor less apparent in this particular type of brew... a little more bitter than what i was expecting... A little better than average sample, but not too sure if I'd purchase this one again, especially considering the fact that a 16.9 oz bottle ran me $2.50...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 01:09:53 | More by dsa7783
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sj660

California

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brilliant yellow with a bodacious thick foam that coats the glass going down.

Juicy fruit aromas on the nose. Hardly any hop action. Popcorny.

Slippery mouthfeel with the carbonation all in the head. Medium bodied.

This is a drinkable, but leaves an undesirable minerally aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 20:47:53 | More by sj660
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -25.7%

03-06-2014 21:01:44 | More by bulldogg915
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Cook82

Maryland

3/5  rDev -25.7%

03-01-2014 18:51:41 | More by Cook82
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TeachChefs

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-09-2013 16:30:04 | More by TeachChefs
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -25.7%

03-02-2012 04:41:32 | More by ygtbsm94
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d5001986

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -25.7%

12-04-2012 03:41:26 | More by d5001986
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prisoner1572

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-09-2012 16:05:59 | More by prisoner1572
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noahde

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -25.7%

10-22-2012 14:00:14 | More by noahde
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-21-2012 17:00:01 | More by brez8791
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prisdefer

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

08-17-2013 18:57:24 | More by prisdefer
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Dirty25

Germany

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-19-2013 17:48:15 | More by Dirty25
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abankert12

Ohio

3/5  rDev -25.7%

07-26-2012 16:07:02 | More by abankert12
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Twpsyn

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.7%

04-10-2014 23:09:42 | More by Twpsyn
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KC9LDB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-22-2011 22:14:35 | More by KC9LDB
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Sarunas7

Kansas

3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-16-2012 05:40:12 | More by Sarunas7
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle, a code o "4042" on the back label, not sure the meaning.

appears clear golden color, huge 2 inch bone-white head, that fades down to thin covering.

aroma is still the familiar hefeweizen aroma - wheat, and herbal yeast. taste is a bit "cleaner". lower banana and clove notes. thin body, fizzy carbonation.

overall - I like it better that most hefe's, but I still wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:04:31 | More by jmdrpi
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infi

New York

3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a 0.5L weizen glass.

Pours a clear and clean light golden color that forms a ridiculously white fat and frothy head - around three fingers in width. Very pilsner looking. After a few minutes, the head will settle down and shrink in head size, with the bubbles becoming finer as well. Not much carbonating activity either when held up to the light. Without the head, it looks like a very flat brew, yet Weihenstephaner never disappoints in the head-forming department. The smell is reminiscent of the hefeweissbier, but much lighter. The banana and yeast are both still very above all, but at a smaller prominence than its brother product. Very simple, yet still delightful in every way. The taste is also very light and minimal - I was surprised. It's really like drinking banana flavored water. Very, very little going on flavorwise. The slight banana flavor is all you really taste. No wheat and bready chewiness like the regular Hefeweissbier. There's also no lingering aftertaste of any sort. It's like the filter was solely for the appearance and taste. It's nothing exciting to me at all.

This kristalweizen has an incredibly light-bodied mouthfeel with little to no carbonation in the mouth. Definite turn-off, which is definitely affecting its drinkability. Drinkability is fair. It's easy in a sense that it's very light and probably refreshing in the summertime, but not drinkable through the flavor department. Again, it's very watery and mild in flavor. And again, banana-flavored water. I can't see myself having this for a night's session. I'd definitely choose the Hefeweissbier instead.

As for my first kristalweizen, I was hoping for a bit more than what I expected, especially from the Weihenstephaner brewery. Maybe it's how all kristalweizens are, but I'll go the extra effort and go for the hefeweizen instead. I truly hope this was just a bad bottle or something.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 03:32:48 | More by infi
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livingregret

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type:1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow w/ ample carbonation fizzing to the top leaving plenty of lacing behind. Poured w/ a 2 finger head that to quickly left

Smell: Fruit....banana's and peaches perhaps. a touch of spice mixed in, cloves is my guess

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp but a bit of the carbonation comes through w/ a odd feeling on the tongue. A bit of "bite" from the carbonation feels slighty out of place. That "bite" from the carbonation actually masks a lot of the flavour of this beer. The banana/peach taste is there but it feels like one of those Non-alcoholic ciders you give to children during Christmas time...meaning the taste is washed away quickly cause of the carbonation. The carbonation lingers more than the taste does which is a bit odd to me

Drinkability: Hmmmm...it's drinkable and good at cleansing the palate. Enjoyable enough but is a bit "tame"

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 05:28:57 | More by livingregret
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HopAlongG

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One question...why?

Ya...it's okay but nowhere near worthy of its brethren. All that makes Weihenstaphaner the king is filtered out in this offering. Taste isn't important to those that opt for this over unfiltered.

Do yourself a favor and drink the unfiltered weissbiers...or have a lager instead if you must.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 04:13:17 | More by HopAlongG
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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