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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
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1,261 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1261
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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2xHops

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at a local watering hole. The beer was poured into a tall glass that really showed off the qualities it has to offer.

There was a rich, frothy, lively foam of a head. The color is appropriate for what a filtered beer should be. I understand this is a filtered hefeweizen, so the beer does look very inviting and "clean."

While I am not accustomed to drinking a kristalweizen at all, I found the beer to be surprisingly pleasant. My first thought was, "This is a light version of hefeweizen?" There's more muted flavor profile in this style, so it really does taste light and more refreshing than hefeweizen beers. I can pick up more subtle notes of citrus, banana, and perhaps very light trace of oranges? This was interesting for me because I know this beer was made in a traditional fashion, but yet it still really tastes very good.

Since it's filtered, the beer does feel light and soft on your palate. This was actually refreshing for me as I came into the bar from 85 degrees weather at 10:30pm.

Overall, I would want to try more beers in this style, but I really was enjoying this one. I would drink it more, and I definitely will want to compare this to their Hefeweissbier someday.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 22:32:38 | More by 2xHops
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plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ion draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a dark straw hue with a half finger white cap.

The smell featured light esters and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was dominated by yeast esters with some wheat chew and a sloppy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full and the sweetness left a heavy sensation.

Overall a decently tasty ale. The sweetness was a bit offsetting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 23:31:45 | More by plaid75
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught served in a large mug (.75L?), Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier is a clear gold with a small white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is fairly estery, nice banana note, some graininess as well. Always a sucker for Weihenstephaner's yeast.

Taste is similar, more clove then banana esters on the palate, nice little spiciness complemented by the wheat, on the clean side, a bit toned down compared to a hefe.

Mouthfeel is on the crisp side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is high. A tasty summer quaffer, the dialed back esters crank the sessionability up a notch regarding palate fatigue and quenchability.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 00:51:47 | More by ccrida
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at Apex in Portland from a Weihenstephaner weiss glass. Pours a clear but rich golden color with a 2"
tall white head. Smells of the traditional clove and banana, of course not as much of a yeast smell as the Hefe. Flavor is a little less complesx than the hefe, it retains the same elements of clove and banana, I can taste a little more hops in this than I recall in the Hefe. Mouthfeel is great, very clean and refreshing. Overall, a very drinkable beer. I think personal preference would decide what you may like more this or the hefe. This will certainly be a beer that I share with friends in the future to get them more interested in craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 17:50:15 | More by gkunkle
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-On tap at the Tap and Table in a Weisse glass. This was my first Kristall Weisse and I was amazed at the clarity and beautiful gold color. Very unlike a Hefe-Weisse. Lots of carbonation and I small lingering fluffy head.
S- Wonderful ripe bananas.
T- The taste is fantastic. Maybe a little more banana than clove as compared to the Hefe. Very smooth.
MD- This is as creamy as the Hefe and just as easy drinking. This is an all around fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 01:45:52 | More by confer
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to start this review by saying that if you haven't had this beer on draft in the summer on a hot day, you haven't drank a beer yet. This is one of my favorite beers of all time, a complete homerun.

This is one of the best session beers available on the planet, especially on a hot day. I've had this beer both of draft and in the bottle and draft is better so that's what I'm reviewing today.

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar, served as 0.5 L in a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. Beer is CRYSTAL clear, get it? Light yellow, super clear, nice steady moderate carbonation of medium sized bubbles. Tight white head forms over the beer and falls away leaving lacing behind. It looks like a light pilsner or something, its just so pretty. It belongs in a commercial.

The aroma is the only place that I can think of decent criticism. This beer does not really smell much of anything. There are subtle tones of banana esters, some sweetness, some wheat. Its not its strong suit.

This beer is thin, easy drinking, light, finishes cleanly, has nice sweetness on the front and carries to the back with the wheat flavors. No hop bitterness or aftertaste at all. Drinkability is as high as a beer can beer. It is excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 20:52:12 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Union in Clarkston, Michigan in August 2009.

Pours a straw color with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. The nose has a slight sweetness from the malt and hints of clove, banana, and bubblegum coming from the yeast. The taste is quite similar with the yeast's characteristics really shining through. Light body with good carbonation--this one is quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 18:09:56 | More by Thorpe429
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Ohiolager

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Kristall weissbier 16.9 fl oz bottle $2.39(OH)

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. ( Look it up on freshbeeronly)

Pours a nice crystal clear pale golden color. A three finger thick creamy bright white head that last forever it seems. The creamy Head being thicker and taller towards the middle of the glass. Very nice soap bubble like lacing is left all over the bulb of the glass. I have never seen a clear hefe before.

The aroma is a weak combo of wheat, banana's, lemons, cloves and other spices.

Taste follows the nose. But the malts are heavy, the wheat taste is very low. As well as other tastes. The banana's aren't very strong nor are the cloves. It's well balanced but the all the tastes are subtle. Maybe a clear hefe is not such a good idea, is it taking away all the flavor? It don't taste no where near as good as the original hefe.

mouth feel is OK. carbonation is good. Malts cling to your palate. It's just that it lacks that spicy/clovey banana feel that clings with the aftertaste. It has it but its weak.

Overall, i have walked past this several times and finally i said i'll give it a try. I should of just walked by to get some original hefe. Or the new Yuengling summer wheat, which is an amazing budget hefe. Would i buy this again? no. Its not the hefe style that i am growing to love. I would take some summer wheat over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 04:56:35 | More by Ohiolager
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Greg_Nall

Florida

3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of wheat beers with a lot of "wheat" attributes to them, have had several good ones. This one just isn't high on my list of wheat beers.

Appearance; served from brown glass bottle (capped) into tinkered, firm off white head with medium bobbles lasting 3+ minutes, deep yellow color, and very clear.

Aroma; medium strength (glass towards nose) with banana notes

Taste; medium high malts with a typical wheat flavor and medium low hops, flavor intensity seemed medium with the malts upstaging the hops with a smooth finish.

Mouth feel; medium to full with good carbonation

Overall; An alright beer, but as stated, not a fan of the stronger "wheat" beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 15:46:11 | More by Greg_Nall
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall Weihenstephan glass

A- Pours as the label states, crystal clear golden color with a huge pillowy and foamy white head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving a two-finger head behind with some small patches of lace

S- powdery yeast gives aromas of sugary banana candy, melon, pear and underlying clove. A hint of wheat and cracker-like malt closes out the aroma

T- subtle candy-like sweetness up front with the fruity flavors of banana and pear following, earthy yeast with a subtle crackery malt lead to a dry finish with lingers of clove and banana

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish

O- as with most of their beers, this one is the standard when it comes to the style. Similar to the regular hefeweizen, but a cleaner palate. Perfect for a warm day with all day drinkability

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:10:09 | More by Treyliff
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Bottle marked “4173”

Refreshing. One of the best beers I have ever had. You are either going to love it or hate it. Massive clove and phenolics. I first had this beer at an adult function for my child’s catholic school. It was a German themed event and everybody, even those I would not consider craft beer drinkers, loved it. 4.75

A – Clear, but no brilliant (-), pale yellow/straw colored with a white on white two-finger mousey head, some lacing. 4.5

S – Cloves, spicy, yeast, good bananas 4.75

T – Pepper spicy, slight bubblegum, very phenolic, slightly sweet, some hoppy bitterness in the finish with a fruity tartness. 4.75

S – Medium-light bodied with a dry finish, some chewiness/maybe creaminess, slightly coating. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:48:14 | More by Sludgeman
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Premo88

Texas

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: pale yellow, clear as glass; MASSIVE white head of foam that won't dissipate ... lasts and lasts and so solid I have no choice but to drink through it; head is at least 2 inches; a little stick, almost no lace, but the pour is a show.

S: sour bananas; sweet bubble gum; lemon; yeast

T: super sweet lemon yogurt; bananas; yeast and more yeast

F: a tad light but perfect for drinking lots and lots

O: wheat beers aren't my bag, but man is this good; super drinkable and fun to look at ... it puts on a show. it has just enough tartness to take a little off the sweet banana thing, which for me is perfect. at some point I'm going to get more serious about trying more of the wheat beer family, and I have a feeling this brew is going to stick in my top five ... right now it's No. 1.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 05:36:25 | More by Premo88
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Like almost every Weihenstephaner beer I've had, I get a massive, foamy and chewy head (pale white in color) on the pour. Below is a golden liquid with brown hues, perfectly transparent and displaying an intense, steady carbonation. I expect such beauty from these brewers, as from a visual perspective (at the least), they are always works of art.

S- A punch of clove and banana. It's very straight forward and if there's anything else going on there, I'm hard-pressed to detect it between or around the prominent aromas I just mentioned. There's some sweet malt I find with a little more effort.

T- Just like the nose, very heavy on the banana and clove. It's also sweet and bready and there's some yeastiness and lemon zest.

M- The beer is very effervescent and there's a yeasty tingle. The beer is medium-bodied with some sweetness and creaminess bouncing off of the more aggressive, bubbly yeast feel.

Another tasty beer from Weihenstephaner, heave on the banana and clove. I'm a bit more partial to the darker beers with a bit more nuttiness and malt, but this is still a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 22:49:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden with a massive head and lacing. Light nose of yeast coupled with lemon and banana. Light medium body with a smooth texture that is attacked by the effervescence of this well carbonated ale. The flavor profile begins like the nose then progresses to a subtle clove spiciness. The finish is clean with a nice clove twinge that lingers. While outstanding in its own right, it tastes like a light version of Allagash White.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 20:49:23 | More by tillmac62
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RandomExile

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: fluffy eggshell head, inches deep, settles to a centimeter or two; per the name , translucent light-gold straw; sudsy short-lasting lacing
S: heady lemon-yeast, fresh; light bubble gum
T: sweet, bready, buttery/creamy (weird in a light-bodied beer, I know, but if weissbier is liquid bread, this would your liquid butter rolls!)
M: light but has more of a medium presence because of the oil/butter feel; dryish
O: The degree of presence in such a clear beer is surprising, but enjoyable. That sense keeps it being a refreshing beer, which most other elements would play into, but it's quite well done.

500mL / Weizen Glass

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 05:27:48 | More by RandomExile
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Jordyn

Washington

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

Tried this a couple days ago. Just such a great flavorful beer. Not that bitter and I can now remember the banana notes. I almost confused it with a buttery quality, that tasted great, but makes more since of banana. Over all great beer and great brewer. Also one of the best looking beers i have seen in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 08:03:11 | More by Jordyn
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner glass. Light golden and perfectly clear with a 3 finger head. Gorgeous.

S: Bananas and bubble gum

T: Bananas, bubblegum, and clove. Spicy on the tongue and oozing with flavor. Lingering yeasty banana notes.

M: Light bodied with a semi dry finish.

O: Just a perfectly crafted beauty. Can easily drink a few of these at 5.4% in the summer time on the porch but I'm fine with drinking this in the blizzard right now too. Not a fan of wheat beers really, but this is magnificent.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 20:29:03 | More by Givemebeer
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Paincane

Georgia

3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body topped by a generous white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Wheat, banana and bubblegum aromas make for a delightful bouquet.
T: Sweet grass, banana and wheat flavors accent a well-carbonated light body.
M: Clean, effervescent and smooth light body.
O: Very good refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 02:05:09 | More by Paincane
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Beric

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 25 Jan 2014

Appearance: A rich golden yellow, crystal clear beer that pours with a foamy white head which slowly dissipates. Leaves some lacing, but not too much.

Smell: Much like one would expect, the traditional Weihenstephaner banana-cloviness comes out in the nose.

Taste: The banana-clove flavor is the most pronounced in this beer, again, as one would expect. This one is far crisper in flavor than its unfiltered cousins, leading to a much drier beer.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne. The carbonation is perfect on this one, and leads to a lot of additional body to make up for the lack of suspended yeast as in regular hefeweizens.

Overall: Finally, a Kristallweizen I can get behind. This one maintains all of the banana-clove flavors traditional to the style and rather than tasting like a diluted hefeweizen, this one drinks crisp and clean leading to a dry, but refreshing finish. A great beer, and the best Kristallweizen I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:42:06 | More by Beric
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 31, 2013... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass...OCCASION: home fore New Year's Eve and hoping this beer delivers like champagne... APPEARANCE: as advertised, crystal gold, mildly effervescent base; thick, cumulous white head; good, persistent, wavy lacing... AROMA: banana, clove, bubblegum and yeast; unmistakably wheaty... PALATE: bubbly, beefy body--yet light and fluid; crisp and clean, with an almost medium-bodied presence...TASTE: bubblegum esters front and center; apple, pear and some clove--an enjoyable experience... OVERALL: a fantastic filtered version of the vividly unfiltered offering; a great combination of drinkability and character; champagne indeed! its refreshing zest pairs well with light cheeses and crackers...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:44:44 | More by dacrza1
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heygeebee

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Briefly.

Cannot understand how I have not reviewed this yet.

Maginificent fill into the named glass.... Head forms and stays despite minimal noise on opening. Muted banana lollies and clove on nose, but springs into life on taste.
Mouthfeel to die for, only Weihenstephaner seem to be able to get such delightful carbonation.

I'd go their Hefe every time, but a minor niggle in comparison

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 08:53:52 | More by heygeebee
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not an expert with this style of beer so I am rating it per my tastes and not so much how it ranks against others. The beer poured a lighter golden fairly clear with thick head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries clove and biscuit. The taste is strong clove with some banana and bread. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is decent but I would not drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:22:22 | More by WoodBrew
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morimech

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a massive head that slowly receded to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Not much difference between this beer and the hefeweizen. Still get a lot of yeast aromas. Cloves and bananas as well as a healthy dose of wheat.

Get more wheat flavor in this beer compared to the hefeweizen but otherwise features some excellent yeast flavors.

Does not feel as "chewy" as the unfiltered beer. Feels lighter but still expertly carbonated.

Better than 95% of wheat beers on the planet. Only eclipsed by a few hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 21:24:26 | More by morimech
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a fizzy white head of two fingers. The head fades relatively quickly, fading to leave a lighter level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy and bready smell mixed with aromas of some sweeter caramel and a bit of light fruits (banana, orange, and pear). Rounding out the aroma are some quite light but detectable aromas of some spice of clove and coriander as well as a yeasty cake aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and moderately caramel sweetened flavor. As the taste advances some of the yeast and spice greet the tongue with the caramel fading but being replaced by some lighter fruit flavors of banana and citrus. More toward the end, a somewhat grassy flavor comes to the tongue as well as the grainy tastes seeming to amplify to some extent, with the mix of flavors in the end, leaving a rather nice clean and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a brew of 5.4 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather nice for the blend of grainy malt, sweet, and lightly hopped flavors of the beer and make for a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A nice very easy drinking brew with some great blend of tastes making it a nice flavorful drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 03:02:00 | More by Darkmagus82
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear gold with a large white head that left a little lace
S-no one smell comes to the front, but noble hops, clove, and a banana bubblegum smell
T-banana with cloves, then it has a tart aftertaste, but not strong. Then it fades to a bubblegum finish
M- high carbonation with light body
O-nice smooth beer that goes down with little effort. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:28:42 | More by a0lbudman
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