Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,626 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 95
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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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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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.

Photo of SmashPants
2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Format: standard 500mL brown bottle, traditional German label.

Appearance: looks too light for a wheat beer, and unusual since it is crystal clear. The usual inch of white head has been replaced with a fizing half inch that fluffs away to virtually nothing. So far I'm not impressed.

Aroma: a good aroma of light wheats, some spices and a touch of some form of cereals. Not nearly as good as their unfiltered wheat beers, but pleasant enough.

Taste: the traditional German weissbier flavours are there, but are very weak and muted. A touch of wheat, banana and spice. I'm not a fan of kristallweissbier, it turns out.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away far too quickly.

Mouth feel: light in body with moderate to higher carbonation. Feels more like a lager than a wheat beer.

Overall: as this is a Weihenstephaner, I've no doubt that this is a well-made kristallweissbier. It is also the first kristal I have had to date, and judging by this experience it will be the last. It feels flat, flaccid and with the usual wheat beer aromas and flavours dulled down almost to nothingness. The style comes across as a low carb beer is to a lager - pretty pointless. Since I can get their hefeweizen for actually less than the equivalent price of AU$68 a case of 24 x 330mL for the kristal, it's a no-brainer.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Much like the dunkelweizen, it has taken me far too long to try this stuff. Again, let's do it. It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, clove, mild banana, and a twinge of caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the caramel character mostly morphing into one of cracked wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a rather tasty and enjoyable kristalweizen, no surprise given the caliber of the brewer. Good times.

Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Massive white foamy head - we're off to a great start! Crystal clear (duh) and golden with great constant effervescence. The only less that 4+ attribute was the smell, only because it seemed a little muted with just a fraction of the banana clove coming through, and didn't really pick up while drinking. Taste was thoroughly superb. There's the banana, clove and wheat-y backbone I was craving. All perfectly balanced and way too drinkable. These things could disappear within seconds of pouring. Body matched the clean clear visual with a light body but still not overly thin. Finish was perhaps a touch on the dry side absent of any aftertaste.

Photo of timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a weizen glass - nice two inch fluffy white head, straw yellow and crystal clear. Smell is wheat, banana and cloves. The taste is identical to the aroma, with the cloves and banana very prominent. I also get a big bubble-gum tone as well. The mouthfeel is very nice and light, as a kristalweizen should be. The prickly carbonation adds just the right touch. Overall, this is a very under-appreciated style - everyone has their hefeweizen, this one really fills a niche. Great beer!

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sampled last night also on 10/1/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $2.99. From the World's Oldest Brewery (1040 AD). Bottle chille down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5l 'Weihenstephaner 2014 World Cup' veissber vase glass.

This 'Kristalweizen' ( From BA: "A filtered version of a Hefeweizen, showcasing bright and clear bodies from pale straw to light amber. Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle.") pours a clear light golden-yellow in color with a thick 3+-finger foamy white head that finally settles down to a good 3mm or so. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped, even ring-like and sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of wheat but doesn't look like one and has some spice in there also of bananas and cloves. The same with the taste with some nice sweetness. Lighter to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very tasty with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Never had this style of brew before but it is good. PROSIT!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Wegmans on East Avenue in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light golden yellow, with a voluminous head, about 3.5 inches, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like a wheat beer, doesn't look like one at all. Magic! Typical strong smells of banana, clove, and other spices. Not quite as strong, aroma-wise, as their regular hefeweizen, but still quite nostrilly pleasing.

Tastes like sweet malt, candied banana, cloves, bit of bubble gum. As it warms, it gets a bit skunky, unfortunately. Drink it fast, while it's cold.

This one has a fairly light body, with a large amount of carbonation, and a crisp, spicy mouthfeel.

I believe this is my first kristalweizen, and it's pretty solid. I think I generally prefer hefes, though.

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

We pour a bottle into our tall Bell’s Weizen glasses. It gives the faintest yellowed straw coloring, and puts forth a solid three finger head of white, foamy bubbles. This shows nice retention, cinching down into ridges of lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be highly active. The aroma is comprised of white sugars, red apple fruitiness, crisp crystal, pale, wheat, and ricey adjuncty metallic maltiness. The nose otherwise fills with warming clovey spice, white chalk, hints of freshly zested lemon peel, bright and sweet bready esters, gummy adhesive, and burnt Christmas ham. The taste follows with a clean, malty flavoring. It opens with dense but crisp pale, crystal, and wheaty malts, much like the aroma, and ends with sweet brown banana esters, burlap, brown grassiness, pear and white grape fruitiness, soured acidity of grain, cloven spice, birch, aloe, and a final but distinct Rice Krispie cereal graininess. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is on the active side, giving a soft prickle to the mucosa. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop are all decent, and the mouth is left cooled and somewhat creamed and coated. Crisp dryness follows. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, this is a first for us, in that we’ve never rated a Kristallweissbier. The resounding feeling is that this would be best served at a large festival in Germany, with long wooden tables, and beer maidens serving it up in huge, sloshing mugs. The glugging type of swill. The malt profile is unique in its richness, but it does sing of your standard Weissbier with all of its soured, metallic wheatiness, and watered afterflow. Residual sugars are also increased, leaving more for the feel than for the taste. This was a welcomed introduction to the style, and we shall look for other beers of the style that parallel this type of authenticity and craftsmanship

Photo of mick_cooper
4/5  rDev -1%

Really nice banana taste at start - loses flavour towards end and a bit flat

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

$ 3.49/16.9 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle marked 5493 at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of clove and banana
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing OK – complete thick rings of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, constantly rising bubbles
Flavor of clove and banana; no hops, no yeast phenolics, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends dry
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25. Final weighted score: 4.3
This is an excellent example of the style; in fact I might suspect whoever wrote the style description may well have been drinking on of these at the time.

Photo of MartzMimic
4/5  rDev -1%

Pours golden with an inch of foamy white head. Smells of bananas, grain and cloves. Tastes the same going down. Creamy medium mouth. Just a great Bavarian beer.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a clear pale yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of wheat banana and clove
T: taste is banana, creamy wheat and some light clove and spice. swallow is more banana and pear with some more clove and wheat with some ever so slight bitterness
M: light and creamy on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A very tasty wheat beer with good flavors and excellent balance. Try it if wheats are your thing

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jsausley
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a glass into a tall 24 oz. pilser glass.

A: A lovely yellow-gold with tinges of brown, gorgeous thick head with significant milky lacing, excellent carbonation which rises from the bottom of the glass in ribbons.

S: Bitter with lots of yeast, citrus and a nice hop balance.

T: Very light but no negative flavors. Not as wheaty as expected. Lots of hops and light toasted malts form the body. Citrus, spice and banana notes covering.

M: Crisp and fresh, easy to drink.

O: Definitely an extremely nice, easy to drink beer. Not as wheaty as expected but otherwise very flavorful. A good glass to drink with a light meal.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gr0g
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw-colored with no haziness. Head formation and lacing characteristics remain as good as Weihenstephan Hefe. Streaks of foam adorn the glass. True to style, the aroma is much like a hefe but with less yeast character. More biscuity malt character is apparent, smelling a bit like a Helles lager. Clove/banana/bubblegum are still present.

Mild clove and a bit of banana. Dry with a mild bitterness throughout. Clean, dry finish. Very soft and pleasant texture. German malt profile comes through more after the filtering, but the flavor remains light and "wheaty." A little less filling than the hefe.

The differences between Weihenstephan Kristallweissbier and Hefeweissbier are fairly subtle, and I say this having had both back-to-back. Either one is a great version of the classic German wheat beer.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Up to the light, a brilliant pale gold color. Excellent clarity (the condensation on the outside of the glass is more hazy than the beer itself) 2 fingers head which could show some more variation in texture,

S: I can smell the banana aroma from a foot away. Cloves and pronounced nutmeg closer up.

M: Light, smooth, superfine and active carbonation give a creamy feel. Highly effervescent and an ideally crisp finish.

T: Follows the nose but with more of a bubblegum aftertaste to it. It's a little too bubblegum pronounced for my liking, but good for style. Has a good malt sweetness, and although I detect little breadiness, combines with the bubblegum flavor to make it chewy for me.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours slightly hazy but nearly clear light golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of yeasty banana esters, hay and wheat, pears and light fruits. Flavor is banana, yeast, hay, a honey sweetness that makes this sweeter than a hefe, pears. Pretty much tastes like it smells. Very light bodied with plus carbonation with a lingering sweetness on the tongue. A nice brew overall that I would never turn down.

Photo of zookerman182
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden straw color that's cloudy with a one finger white head.
Aroma is yeast rolls and slight banana and spice.
Flavor is bready, yeasty, some slight banana. Really balanced. Pretty bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp and medium with a lingering bitterness that sets s beer apart.
Reminds me of vitus but with a dominant lingering bitter flavor.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kristall Weissbier pours a golden color with a very very small lacing head, with lots of bubbles. There is a earthy and meaty aroma. The taste has a nice strong but pale sweet malt backbone with some smoked meat flavors, and some creamy wheat like notes. Good feel, and nice strong flavors. Overall its interesting, strong almost meat like flavor, crisp and easy to drink.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a bubbly/carbonated two finger head. Bright gold in color and completely clear as expected. Looks like a pilsner, but has the distinct hefe taste with big banana and spicy yeast. The spice and fruit flavor are mellow though and blend into a refreshing smooth beer. Mouthfeel is bubbly and smooth. Overall this is perfect beer for just about any purpose. I would highly recommend this one.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.