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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,455 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 1,455 | Reviews: 736 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A different type of wheat beer. Wheat smell, taste but not creamy on the tongue, rather drops and powder texture. Malt, lemongrassy and cloves and banana and yeast. Light gold and white head that settles in. A natural carbonation.Lightly bitter. Not my flavours.

Sammy, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a huge 3 inch stark white head that fades to a small puffy cap. Nice rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of wheat, spices, and slight banana. Taste is of wheat, spices, and a subtle banana flavor. There is a nice spice aftertaste with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer from the world's oldest brewery.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

nmann08, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured crystal clear yellow into a weizen glass with a large, bright white head. There's a very high level of carbonation.
S: It smells like a muted version of a hefeweizen, with faint aromas of bananas and bubble gum.
T: It has lots of taste for a beer that was filtered. There are flavors of banana and bubble gum that follow the aroma.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very crisp, clean, bubbly and smooth.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink; it's both crisp and thirst quenching.

metter98, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear pale yellow body with a billowy white head that eventually settles down into a ringlet; no significant lacing

Smell: Light banana and bready bouquet

Taste: Light banana wheat beer taste; somewhat bready, but no hop profile; finishes clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated

Drinkability: Refreshing and cleansing on a very hot day

brentk56, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent yellow-amber with a few healthy streams of bubbles. As the style dictates, there's not a yeastie in sight. The eggshell colored cap is huge, pillowy soft and is a dead ringer for meringue. Unfortunately, there's very little lace; the only part of this classic kristal weizen look that could be considered a negative.

The word classic applies to the nose as well. One sniff is all it took to remind me how great Weihenstephaner beer is. At first I thought the aroma lacked the power and immediacy of a true, yeast-included hefe weizen, but either the beer is beginning to open up or my nose is. Sweetened grain, lightly zesty clove and creamy banana are on display.

I think kristal weizens are the poor man's versions of hefe weizens. Kristallweissbier does nothing to change my mind. That said, it's one of the best (along with Tucher's) that I've had yet. It's sweet, soft and tangily wheaty, yet possesses a ramrod stiff, unyielding malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts since it's firm and creamy at once.

Clove is remarkably prominent for the style and outpaces banana by a fairly wide margin. Monkey fruit is still noted, although it comes in at a rather understated 2.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. It may be my imagination, but I think I appreciate a glimmer of spicy alcohol. I blame the lack of palate-swamping flavor that would be present if the yeast were allowed to stick around.

I don't have much to add in the mouthfeel department, except to say that I would like to see the carbonation toned down a bit. The beer feels a little chaotic in the mouth, while I prefer sedate in most cases. To be fair, it settles down some by the midway point.

Kristallweissbier is the last of the (commonly available) offerings from 'The World's Oldest Brewery' to enter my glass. It occurs to me, as I look forward to finishing the last several ounces of this one, that this brewery may just be my favorite in all of Germany; assuming that top to bottom quality is the overriding criterion. If it says Weihenstephaner on the label, then I know a quality experience awaits.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have typically steered clear of Kristalweizens because I go for full-flavored / bodied wheat beers when I crave those esters and phenols. However, this beer truely impressed me. pours like a very strong Pilsner underneath a froathy head-stand and great retention. Standard straw in color with soft carbonation in appearance. Very fresh, fruity aroma rounds out the hearty pilsner malt flavor. Low on the bananna-clove character but bold with a lemony, orange, pineapple note that allows the herbal hop flavor to rise a bit. The filtration has lessened the intense hefe flavors, but balance well. Textures are also less creamy, but very easy to drink-- far from watery, grainy, or vegetal. Finishes very clean with a soft grassy hop dryness. I will certainly buy more of these during the hot summer months.

BEERchitect, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of light banana ester and light sweet wheat malt note is pleasant enough. Taste is dominated by banana ester with a light wheat malt backbone and medium sweetness. Body is a bit light with great carbonation. Refreshing and well brewed though not as tasty as its bigger cousin.

Phyl21ca, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

GRG1313, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.7%

ygtbsm94, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour from a 500 ml bottle is a clear, light golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Strong aromas of clove and banana are the primary aromas. A hit of wheat and yeast to give off a bready aroma is also there.

T: A very clean, crisp wheat beer. The clove is the strongest flavor with a bit of banana, yeast, and an ever so slight bitterness. While this is a "lighter" beer, there's plenty of flavor.

M: Quite light on the tongue with very lively carbonation.

D: I've really been missing out with these German wheat ales. Such an easy drinking and flavorful beer.

womencantsail, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a clean and clear looking yellow color. The head was fluffy and had a pretty good retention. The smell had a pilsner-ish aroma, a little earthy too. The taste was pretty good, some malts and a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side and had a crisp feel to it. Overall not a bad brew, worth trying.

Knapp85, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body beneath a monstrously huge head.

Smell: Sweetish malted wheat aroma with supporting, though somewhat restrained notes of clove, citrus, and banana smoothies.

Taste: Slightly tangy, somewhat sweet wheat malt flavor. Subtle flavors of bananas, clove (though this ramps up upon warming), and sweetened lemon juice. Very low bitterness. Ultimately finishes sweetish with a lingering clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, refreshing kristal.

ChainGangGuy, May 09, 2008
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great brewery making a great kristall.Brilliant gold color,nice clean looking,fruity with a little mineral in aroma.Nice kind of herbal mineral quality in the flavor,goes down incredibly easy.There is something about the house yeast that imparts a tropical flair to their beers.A great summertime beer but just happened to drink one here in winter,good year around.

oberon, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear golden amber with a nice chunky white head. Good head retention, a bit of lace. Nice looking stuff.

Smell: Mildly phenolic, a bit of banana and mango, some pale malts.

Taste & mouthfeel: As the aroma suggests, this is like a lighter, crisper version of their hefeweizen. Barley malt is more prevalent, giving a biscuit-like backbone to the banana and clove at the forefront. The light body, dryness of the finish and crisp texture make this ideal for quaffing, though it's not as interesting as Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen.

largadeer, Sep 24, 2008
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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.