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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,263 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1263
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%


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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no discernible dating that I can find. Poured into a classic Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - All the gilded beauty of Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen, but filtered, for a crystal-clear body the color of golden straw. Lazy but consistent bubbles of carbonation rise up through the body, replenishing a towering head of five fingers. Unlike the rockier head of a hefeweizen, the bubbles on this one are very fine, like champagne carbonation, but with much greater retention. As it starts to fade, it leaves curtains of foam along the sides of the glass while the center of the foam retains longer than the ring between the lacing and the center, leaving a sort of moat around a pillow of foam in the middle. Over time, some of the bubbles grow larger and burst, leaving a swiss cheese effect on the lacing.

Smell - Predominantly fruity phenols, but with less sweetness than the typical banana. I'd suggest that it's more similar to plantain, and some faint bubblegum notes sneak in at the end as well. I will say this--while this is certainly to style, I miss the more rustic elements the unfiltered wheat brought to the party. The grain is hard to detect in the smell, but let's see how it works with the taste.

Taste - Here I get more of a sense of the wheat, along with some nice bright lemongrass notes to compliment the sweeter phenolic components. The wheat characteristic reminds me of a hefeweizen the same way a slice of white or wheat bread might remind me of the bolder multigrain or whole-grain bread. It's there, but more subdued and polite. I also detect some clove in the taste where I did not in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - The filtration takes away some of the creamy element to the beer, so now the mouthfeel is a bit more prickly, like how a crisp pilsener might feel. Body is light and carbonation level is high.

Overall, my first sampling of the style, so it seemed fitting to try one from the king of kristalweizen's unshaven cousin, the hefeweizen. Personally, I think I would choose the latter for just sitting and drinking, but for fine dining, the kristalweizen is an excellent idea to take the place of wine, due to it's refinement as well as the fact that it would work well with a number of different cuisines.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:34:09 | More by LambicPentameter
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear golden, clean, with a 2 finger white head that has outstanding retention and pretty sticky lacing.

S- Very impressive. Wheat malts, grain, and lots of intense clove. Fresh banana bread.

T- Clove and wheat again. Bready hints of banana. A little more subdued than expected based on the nose, but still a smooth, balanced brew as to be expected from this brewery. Hoped for a little more spice. No bitterness.

M- clean, crisp, and refreshing. Lighter body as the style dictates.

O- A nice German wheat that is quite refreshing to have on a hot summer day by the pool. This brewery just simply knows what they are doing. A fantastic take on the style. A lighter, cleaner version of their hefe.

$3.29 for 500 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:54:04 | More by Bosoxfan20
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a bier stein

Thick, dense white fist atop a crystal clear golden liquid. A few strands of carbonation wave through the beer. Plenty of thick , foamy lacings hang on the walls of the glass.

Faint aroma of bananas and hint of citrus.

Classic weissbier taste with a hint of bananas. Smooth light to light medium mouth feel. Clean after taste . Very, very drinkable. This is a bier made for summer beer gardens . Soaking in the summer sun and drinking this beer. this beer is summer in a glass. Delicious and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:06:33 | More by WunderLlama
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spoony

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle (date code on the bottle was illegible) into a hefe glass.

A-A normal pour produces nearly three fingers of long-lasting, dense, white foam. Retention is quite good and and there is a bit of lacing left behind. The brew is, as advertised, crystal clear with a good bubble show through the light yellowish-golden liquid.

S-The smell is a pleasant mix of doughy lemon curd, banana bread, and citrus flavors of orange and lemon. There is a bit of wheat and spice in there, too. Nothing off or wild, but nice balance and good intensity.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with a balanced mixture of citrus and lightly, doughy, pale malts up front. The finish is more wheat forward and grainy, and offers a bit of spice and bitterness to dry things out a touch. This is well-balanced.

M-The feel is very light weight, but the substantial carbonation, while soft, provides some backbone to the brew on the palate. Drinkable, but not airy.

O-This is a tasty beer and certainly an enjoyable brew on a summer day. Nothing is out of the ordinary; it looks like it is supposed to, it smells like it is supposed to, it tastes like it supposed to, and it feels like it is supposed. You can't ask for more than that.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:23:47 | More by spoony
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pjkelley82

New York

4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

That is the descprition of a kristalweizen...

Now you taste this beer and you go.... holy shit.... that description is dead on...

Now the question is... did the brewery brew this beer according to the description? Or was the description made because of this beer?

Overall If you liked there heff than this is a cleaner criper lighter yet different feel option. In fact you cannot really compare this to the heff because its in a class all itself. Descriptions mentioned in others reviews and the bros. Is dead on. I am not going to get into certain taste and smell specifics. However, you would be doing yourself a great injustice if you were not to try this beer... its frigging $2.50... I'm amazed.... this brewery is one of less than a handfull of breweries where I love all there offerings.

Btw... best damn looking beer EVEEEERRR!!!!.... golden yellow.. impossibly perfect as the hue is gloriously present yet when put up to the eye you can see straight thru it (personally I could see the white of my fence and the marble colored pieces around the ring of my fire pit.... from 12 feet away). Thick 2 finger cotton white pillowy head that you could float a tomato on....lmao.... decent lacing and ring stuck around thruout... the overall super light feel of the beer mixed in with super light carbonation and that clean, crisp, juicy but dry finish. Just exactly what you would expect.

A great summertime beer and a well rounded perfectly balanced beer. I rate this an oh my god 4.9 because I rate on style. Kristalweizens are not my favorite style. But I will not compare this beer to my love for stouts or DiPa'S .. yea.. this beer is not better than some beers I've tried but its the best of the bunch...

And that'll do pig...

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 22:00:44 | More by pjkelley82
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Poured a very light yellow color, streaming carbonation, very high clarity, giant fluffy bright white head that left some spotty lace. Probably the lightest color and clearest beer I have ever had.

S- Huge bubblegum, banana, clove, and bready malts. Very clean, fragrant, and fruity.

T- Big bubblegum, banana, and fruity notes. Lots of sweet biscuity and bready malts, light floral notes, and some clove.

M- Quite smooth, soft carbonation, and medium to light body.

O- Reminds me of their Hefeweizen (which I still prefer) except with a lot more sweetness and cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 04:33:28 | More by Hoptometrist
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a clear golden straw yellow with bubbles coming up through the middle of the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Bready, clove, spicy, banana, and yeasty. Very similar to their hefeweizen.

Taste: Tastes the same way it smells.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: What a great beer to be drinking while making banana bread. This beer is just as goods as their hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:53:19 | More by Flounder57
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The #1 ranked Kristalweizen here on BA.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a straw color, lots of bubbles in this puppy, and with a frothy, filmy white head.

S: Delectable fresh banana... more like banana pudding and a bit of cracked coriander. Not too sweet. About right.

T: Just like a world class hefe. Nope, not an Americanized version. This had that German malty zing. This also had sort of a creme brulee-esque finish.

M: Not to sweet, not too spicy, not overpowering. Well, except for the ridiculous lacing.

O: World class stuff, especially in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:15:21 | More by Chaney
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Big ass 4+ finger pillowy white head. Retention is very good, but only a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: This smells like the regular hefe without the yeast component. Lots of clove, then more clove, then clove, then peppery spiciness. Neutral wheatiness. It's missing something without the yeastiness, but it's still pretty damn good.

3.5 T: Like the nose, the taste is missing that integral part of what makes the hefe so good. Clove, neutral wheat, and pepper. A few hints of banana. Again, still good, but not world class.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation despite the massive head. This lacks the creaminess that the regular has.

3.5 D: If you haven't noticed the theme yet, this is a shell of it's normal hefe self. It's still a pretty damn good shell, but I don't see a reason to ever buy this if the hefe is available.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 00:28:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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Tonmeister

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in a blind tasting cup

A: very fizzy, bubbly, clear yellow, almost white with a solid white head.

S: banana, sweet heffe malt

T: banana, citrus, wheat, tastes like a weak hefeweizen

Mouthfeel: thin bodied and highly carbonated.

Overall, very sweet citrusy beer. It reminds me of some belgian sweet champagney style beer. I tried this during a blind tasting and liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 07:11:09 | More by Tonmeister
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Roman5150

Spain

4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: clear pale gold/yellow, much more clean and clear than their normal hefe, no particles, also a 2 finger white head, retains longer than traditional hefe

smell: very similar notes to the hefeweiss beer, but everything is toned down a little bit, getting some coriander, clove, orange peel, bubble gum, slight vanilla

taste: Lots of citrus, banana, coriander, cloves, there's somewhat more of a bubble gum presence that's not as dominant in the hefe, this one also has less exotic spiciness and is overall a tamer version flavor wise, none the less the balance, smoothness, and drinkability is truly amazing. The finish leaves an awesome banana, coriander, orange peel aftertaste.

mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, more so than the hefe, medium bodied

overall: You don't see this style very much in the US, but it's obviously very popular in certain parts of Germany. As a hefe is already a pretty smooth beer by definition, this is basically an even smoother version. If you like hefes, you will like this, but this will also appeal more towards lager drinks as well as it's clear without any particles (if that's not your thing). A truly amazing perfectly balanced beer from one of the worlds oldest (and best) breweries.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 07:00:43 | More by Roman5150
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dheacck11

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a beautiful crystal clear honey golden yellow. Copious soft, light white head, slowly receding.

Nose is soft. Some hints of banana, bread, maybe a touch of lemon.

Taste has a nice bready, yeasty banana that builds as it travels. Not very powerful. Finishes with very slight dry malt.

Feel is super light and crisp.

Great beer. Super drinkable and refreshing. I do agree with some prior posters that this does lack the body and vibrancy of many of Weihenstephaner's other brews. I guess that is the point of this style though. Great beer, but I'll choose most of the others before it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 21:57:39 | More by dheacck11
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HopAlongG

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
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
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utopiajane

New York

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours perfectly clear the color of light straw yellow with a tinge of something green. Champagne effervescence and a billowy white head that is loathe to recede and just stays with a thick collar and cap. Soapy wet lace. Very beautiful. Nose is yeast, banana, clove. fruity lemon and peppery with a little skunk. Taste is light as a feather and follows the nose. Banana, sweet grain, bubblegum, a touch metallic and just a little bitter to end. Malt comes forward as it warms but never becomes too sweet. Finishes dry with a hint of apples and pear. Soft, creamy and earthy. Delicate.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 12:07:49 | More by utopiajane
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a huge white, billowy, yet slighty fizzy foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Wheat bread aromas up front followed by sweet banana and light peppery spice beneath. Medium bodied with light, but rich, tangy carbonation. Balanced combination of wheat malt, sweet banana, and light peppery spice up front and into the middle. Tart flavors and a spicy, tangy bite thru the middle to the end with hints of banana sweetness. Finishes with a clean light tartness with sweet notes overtop. Fabulous delicate textures and flavor nuiances. Can't go wrong with Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 23:57:53 | More by IronLover
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw yellow with lively bubbles and a frothy white head that hangs around.

Smells of banana, nutmeg, an earthy nuttiness, floral notes, and sour yeast.

Tastes light and refreshing with a full body lurking in the background. Banana and clove notes are there with some lemon zest bitterness. Backed by some earthy wood cedar notes. A solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 21:18:44 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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stella77artois

New York

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Light yellow amber, lot's of carbonation. Large, thick head. Dissipated rather quickly, but a thin white remained for the duration of consumption.

S - Banana, clove, some sweet malts. Not bad, not great.

T - Not a really a fan of the style, so I didn't really expect to like it. And I didn't. Not terrible, flavorwise. Soft banana and banana bread flavors up front. Dark fruit in the aftertaste, and a hint of a blueberry-like taste when warmed.

F - Average-good. Crisp and refreshing feel.

O - Again, not a big fan of the style, but I didn't care for this beer. Too much wine-ish taste, and not enough "beerness". Certainly not a bad beer, and it's rating in my book improved the 2nd time I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 13:03:43 | More by stella77artois
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hopsputin

California

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: practically crystal clear straw yellow. 3 finger rocky white head. doesn't look quite as carbonated as their here

s: wheat, bubblegum, pears, something smells almost smokey in here (i'm probably crazy). sweet citrus

t: bubblegum, ripe banana, pear, slight white grape, sweet lemon zest. this definitely has a nice wheat backbone. towards the end this fades to some nice sweetness and mild clove spice. delicious

m: medium with tons of carbonation (just they way i'd want it)

o: great stuff. their hefe is still my favorite, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this and is super delicious and refreshing. no reason not to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 21:44:33 | More by hopsputin
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Crystal clear pale golden/straw colored body with a ridiculously large cream colored head that takes over the whole glass.

S- Wheat, banana, dried grass, hints of citrus, slight herbal aroma as well.

T- Lot of wheat, with just a slight mineral taste. I get a ton of the banana and bubblegum flavors, way more than the hefeweizen. I get an herbal taste at the end as well, I cannot pinpoint what it is in the nose or flavor, but it is there.

M- Medium-high carbonation, light-medium bodied. Not as chewy as the hefeweizen, but that is to be expected for the filtered style.

O- Very good offering and better than I expected. This style is so different from the hefeweizen, but it is very nicely done for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 00:26:18 | More by stephenjmoore
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this beer for years - time for a review.

Pours a crystal clear bright gold. Can see the bubbles rushing up to keep a nice 1/8 inch bubbly head at all times for the duration of drinking.

Smells lemony with just a bit of grass & hay. No lemon addition necessary at all.

Slightly sour, lemony & hoppy on the tongue. The normal yeast taste with hefes isn't there by design, so just the perfect balance of hops & malt shine through with this beer. Feels great in the mouth as the sparkly carbonation dances in your mouth & holds up throughout.

Absolutely a world-class beer from a world-class brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 20:03:39 | More by SunDevilBeer
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, orangish yellow.
Smell: Wheat, banana, and light orange peel. Light lemon.
Taste: Light banana and citrus. Small tart aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.

This is a great brew. I've never had a Kristalweizen before (I don't believe), but it is quite refreshing. It is crisp and smooth, and has a banana and citrus taste and smell. This certainly has the earmarks of a Hefe, but is more refreshing than most. I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:20:08 | More by TeamMathis
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CopeTech

California

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a nice beer, An excellent wheat beer, very light and fruity. Gentle banana and othe rwheat esters. Slightly over-carbonated, but that's to be expected from the bottle.
Crystal clear, with a nice white foam. Easy on the mouth a crisp and refreshing gentle giant.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:35:25 | More by CopeTech
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad deal picked up a bottle of this for $3.29 shipped to my door. Thanks halftime beverage!
A - Light golden in color, clear, and with a fluffy head that receded into a patchy ring. Some lacing but it seems to be carbonated well.
S - Bready dough, fresh wheat of course, and a touch of lemon and grass makes for a great Weizen.
T - Well it's very tasty the levels of lemon and wheat seem to be perfectly balanced. Fresh sourdough bread taste is excellent with a great hop balance to boot. Tasty stuff.
M - Drinks with more of a medium body finding myself sipping it and really enjoying the flavors.

Overall these are the best examples of the style. Not as tasty as the Weizenbock but I think I prefer it to the Hefeweizen simply for it's easier drink ability.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 01:53:16 | More by DrDemento456
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L bottle (only $2.50 at RSVP!)

This beer poured with a large two finger head that lingered quite a long time before subsiding into a fairly stable and persistent foamy coating on the top. The nose here is all cloves with a hint of fruity banana in the background.

The tast is much more subdued and subtle than the nose would suggest, it is highly carbonated (much more so than I expected, it really pops on the palate). Flavors of yeast, warm bread dough and, hay(?) come to mind, perhaps some lemon grass or citrus on the back of the palate.

A very nice beer overall, mine may be a little colder than it ought to be, it will be interest to see how its flavor changes as it warms up.

A delightfully light beer, great example of the style and one hell of a deal at $2.50.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 19:11:41 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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MaximalC

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a voluminous cap of white foam. Aroma smells prominently of banana and clove, with some yeast as well. Taste is consistent with the aroma--banana, clove, and a velvety mouthfeel courtesy courtesy of the character of the yeast and perky carbonation. The appearance is obviously a stark contrast to that of the unfiltered hefeweiss, but the flavor holds up admirably in spite of this. It's noticeably thinner in body and slightly less full of flavor, yet it captures that signature hefeweiss essence. A flavorful and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:54:22 | More by MaximalC
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.