Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 95
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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 BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yelow color with a foamy, white four-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast, wheat and some banana.

T - It tasted of wheat, banana and some clove. Overall, it was a fairly sweet beer.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Kristal Weizen. Nice flavors and a good aroma.

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 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.

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 nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An inverted pour yields a three finger head of loose, white foam on top of a clear, yellow body. The foam settles a bit quickly and leaves spotty lace.

S - Strong clove with a bit of banana and some bready malt. Light herbal hops and a hint of toffee.

T - Banana esters and graham cracker like pilsner malt up front with just a bit of tangy wheat. More smooth, sweet malt in the middle with just a hint of herbal, German hops. The yeast character finishes strong with more banana, some vanilla like malty notes, and a bit of clove. A nicely balanced finish of creamy malt and light, refreshing hops.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The malt and hop balance of this beer is reminiscent of a nicely made German lager, but on top of that we have a world of wheat beer yeast character. There is a nice balance between banana and clove here with some creamy vanilla and spicy wheat thrown in to round things out. This is an excellent and very drinkable wheat beer with the added bonus that the lack of yeast prevents the gaseous side effects that the little buggers can have for some of us.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of yeast, wheat and bananas along with lemon, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong flavor of yeast and wheat, which is quickly followed by a nice bite of spice and hops. Flavors of bananas and citrus are also present throughout each sip. The malt character is light but provides just the right amount of sweetness. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s the first Kristal Weizen that I’ve tried, but this beer has certainly made me look forward to trying more of them. This is a nice refreshing beer that I could drink several of, no matter what the situation. I’m also looking forward to trying more stuff from Weihenstephaner since I’ve now had two excellent beers from them.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with no head after the little bit that first shows quickly dissipates. Nose is yeasty with a touch of lemon. Taste is sweet and evenly so. Even as it warms the flavor stays constant. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation to it and an even feel. Highly drinkable.

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured from the 1/2 liter bottle into a wheat glass

A - A very transparent golden straw w/ visible carbonation and a pillowy whipped snowy head. The cap has an ultra fine bead and strings fo lace collect as the head compresses

S - A very clove scented nose w/ a sweet overripe banana under the spiced yeast ester. A sweetened wheat cereal note and mild pepper w/a gentle nutty odor and very crisp aroma of banana balances the aroma

M - A moderately highly carbonated, crisp feel w/ subtle fruit-like sweetness and mild nutty texture w/ silky smooth middle and mildly spiced finish. The pepper and malt is resonating with mellow yeast creaminess after the taste

T - A very flavorful brew w/ banana that has ripened combined w/ a mild wheat creamy taste w/ light nuttiness and spice, but the flavor is very gentle and nuanced by the mellow yeast profile which hints at banana w/ out giving the beer a tangy sugary taste, more cream of wheat smoothness into the light clean finish

D - A very drinkable wheat beer which would be great for a hot day or not, creamy smooth and refreshing qualities. Lighter feel than that of a Hefe w/ all of the flavor of wheat - I find this to be very drinkable wheat - Prost!

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle with info about the beer on the back label as well as the freshness date.

Appearance: Rich shimmering clear golden colour and an effervescent bubby carbonation forms a thin yet unwavering white lace.

Smell: Fruity of bananas and pears with hints of melon and placid clove spice aroma. Trace wheat malt in the nose, cracker-like maltiness.

Taste: Modest body with a crisp solid carbonation that is both slightly sharp in the bite and fluffy in the mouth feel. Quick to the sharpness of the carbonation and spicy clove character gives a tingling sensation which cleans the palate. Fruity flavours lay subdued in the back though some alcoholic esters are obvious. Hops are nearly nonexistent with only a minute trace of flavour towards the end. Wheat malt is straightforward with a nutty and mild acidic twang more towards the finish. Relatively clean after taste with some remaining spicy wheat flavours.

Notes: Drinkable without a doubt with a palate cleansing quality, certainly good drinking and a great lunch time brew. Goes excellent with a cobb salad.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden to honey with tons of bubbles. 4 fingers+ white fluffy head. Slight lacing and minimal head retention

Smell: huge banana notes, some cloves, estery

Taste: Banana peel, slight vanilla notes, wheat malt and a very clean finish. Just not a huge fan of this flavor, but true to style

MF; Effervescent and well balanced

Very drinakble once you get past the bananas, but a good summer-time quincher. Fans of the hefe genre will love it

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The filtered approach leaves me feeling empty b/c it looks like an average lager not the world reknowned oldest brewery in the world's weiss bier. Filtered golden tone with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves sporadic lacing not bad though. Aroma: Lacks upfront banana and clove tone more two row grain then anything else with a touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Decent flavor definitely the best filtered weizen I've tasted, does coat the palate with the familiar banana and clove tones but I will admit seems a bit unrewarding. Mouthfeel: Spritzy effervescent carbonation levels, medium to light bodied wheat ale. Drinkability: Is pretty good but hand me a regular hefeweizen anyday, just had the Weihenstephaner on draft at the Sharp Edge awesome stuff.

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed one of these at Armanetti's. Served in my weizen glass.

A - Five fingers of pillow-y off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of lacing. Transparent straw color with lots of bubbles racing up and on the sides of the glass. I'm a little lukewarm about the color, but otherwise this is gorgeous for the style.

S - Wheat, Belgian-style yeast, clove, loads of banana and bubblegum, and some floral hoppiness. The yeast and spice is a little overwhelming and makes the nose a touch too sharp. It's really potent.

T - Sweet malt, bubblegum, and floral notes - the yeast and spice are much more subdued in the taste. It's a little bland, actually - nowhere near as rich and complex as the nose. There's a little bit of spice in the aftertaste.

M - Thin with lively carbonation, but not overly so. Very soft and refreshing. Finish is very clean, with little residual feel. It's style-appropriate.

D - I like the 500ml serving size, as this brew goes down quick and easy. It's been an afternoon of lighter brews in preparation for DLD parties, and this was the best of the bunch. I just wish this had a little more depth in the taste.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle.
Appearance: crystal-clear pale yellow color, with a large, looming chalk-white capper of foam.
Aroma: fresh and airy, a trifle citric and sour, but mostly lacking in vital weissbier aroma characteristics.
Nice, light, crisp, tangy texture/ mouthfeel, very light-bodied, good malty flavor, practically no hops that I can taste. Good flavor.
Have to admit a prejudice, though: I just can't get behind filtered wheat beers, especially when they come from an excellent producer such as Weihenstephaner. That wheat texture is so refreshing and rewarding in the best examples of the style, when I taste a non-HEFE weissbier, I can only think of what I'm missing.
There's a plasticy, bubblegum taste, too, just to the left of the vanilla/clove combo we find in great (and not-so-great) Bavarian weissbiers.
In this heat, though, it'll so, but it will be largely forgotten, especially as I down it quickly in order to get at the Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weisse in the fridge!

Photo of mdfb79
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up yesterday at Rick's in Alexandria, VA for $2.99. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first beer in the kristalweizen style; one more down, only 5 to go.

a - Pours a very transparent bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Head only lasts for a minute and leaves no lacing. Very carbonated, bottle was a very slow gusher when I opened it.

s - Smells of cloves, wheat, musty notes, earthy notes, bready malts, and very light bananas. Nice and crisp, getting more spices than bananas or fruit. While I like it, the musty notes drop it a tiny bit for me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, bready malts, grains, earthy notes, and light floral notes. More hefeweizen notes than the nose and more bananas, though seems a little bit like a watered down version of their hefe. Still very nice though and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Was actually expecting it to be too carbonated based on the look but thankfully it wasn't. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer and I enjoyed it. It isn't my favorite Weihenstephaner beer, but for the style it was exactly what I was expecting. A good beer I'd certainly have agan, though personally I'd get their classic hefeweizen over this.

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filtered clear, light gold color. Impressive white head that leaves extensive lace.

Nice sour smell of raw wheat. There's light hop in the background.

Frothy taste of light (watery, even) malt up front. Weak wheat that also features some definitive sourness. Short aftertaste of mild citrus. Very light body with a high level of carbonation.

Not my cup of tea--this beer has no flaws but is otherwise very pedestrian.

Photo of drabmuh
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephan weizen glass.
Poured golden with slow, steady streams of tiny-bubbled carbonation that produced a large, fluffy white head that eventually became a thin, solid, well-retained lace.
The smell was of citrusy lemon and banana/clove. It was a clean, crisp aroma.
The taste was of malty banana/clove - but not thick. It had a subtle but sharp wheat bite. The alcohol came out a bit. Overall, it was pretty basic, but good.
The mouthfeel was fluffy and fairly creamy. Some of the flavors thinned a bit, but they, esp. the wheat, stuck to the tongue.
It's a good brew from a great brewery. Personally, I would choose the hefe-weiss over this if given a choice, but this one is certainly worth drinking!

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottled 7/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with nice strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of banana, light fruits, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; with a good amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, smooth, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic kristall weissbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle with a BB date of 11 Dec. 2015.
Pours light golden with excellent clarity and a high level of visible carbonation flowing up to an over-sized, frothy head.
The aroma features banana and clove with a light bready base. The flavor follows.

O: Not a favored style; even so, not as great for style as expected.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is a good. It has a dry, yet sweet wheat malt scent with some clove and banana hints and a fruity aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very light, yet flavorful feel. It boasts of pale wheat malts and a fruity yeast finish. This is a good beer for the casual wheat beer drinker. It would be great on a hot day with some lemon. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great drinking wheat beer. It's light and flavorful. How can you go wrong?

Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear (no pun intended) pale straw yellow with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. There is a two finger tall foamy white head that has excellent retention - barely diminishing over the entire course of the beer. Also, significant lacing is observed.

S: The aromas are similar to many of the hefeweizens but not quite as intense - hints of grassy hops, citrus hops, clove, and banana.

T: Again, the flavors are very similar to a hefeweizen but not as intense. A very nice complexity of flavors and balance. The flavors are primarily banana and clove with hints of citrus and grass. The presence of wheat is detectable.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: I really like this beer - very delicious and a great example of the the style. Very sessionable, I could literally drink this beer all afternoon evening and not tire of it. What a "light" beer should have been in America - a slightly lighter version of something great.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is biscuit malt with some banana and bubble gum. The flavor is more of the same, with pronounced banana, bubble gum and citrus notes. A very flavorful beer. The mouthfeel is medium and is very soft. The carbonation is low-medium.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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