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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 774
Hads: 1,696
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 112
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

In our golden-yellow crystal-clear wheat beer the fresh citrus flavour harmonises very well with spicy banana notes. The fine sparkling gives it a tangy and animated appearance. Throughout summer and winter, it’s a prickling experience. It goes well with fish, seafood, white meat or it can be enjoyed as an aperitif. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a very pale straw color. The head is white and creamy with good retention. It leaves excellent lacing on the way down and as it settles to a thin cap of very creamy head. There is lots of carbonation activity within the beer...a flurry of bubbles racing toward the surface contantly.

Smell - Slightly skunky/sour malt character up front. Some slight bitterness from a touch of hops. Thankfully there is still some cooked banana aroma like the regular hefeweizen. Some very slight peppery/clove spiciness accompanies the banana aroma. Rich wheat aromas in the background, with a somewhat raw smelling malted barley character. Very little alcohol warmnth on the nose.

Taste - Wow. I must say after smelling it I wasn't expecting as much as I am right now tasting. It still has surprisingly strong and defined flavors despite being a kristal weizen. Lots of partly powdery banana flavors up front, slightly cooked (baked). Some slightly sour/bitter flavors from the hops and malt in the background. A clean but rich wheat flavor helps coat the palate all the way through the taste. The finish takes on a somewhat "coppery" metallic malt character, with a slowly richer cooked banana flavor with some fresh pear in the mix. The aftertaste is clean and dry with notes of banana, malt, and wheat balanced pretty evenly. Very slight warming effect from the mellow alcohol all the way through.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied but still has some weight to it. Lots of carbonation up front, with a somewhat strong bite from it right away. The edge fades quickly and becomes a refreshing and lively asset to the beer. Also some slickness from the wheat, but not altogether as smooth as I thought it would be.

Drinkability - Very refreshing. I would easily choose this over a Budweiser on a hot summer day. Whoever said that nothing beats a macro lager after you've been working out in the yard during the summer? Bollocks! This does many times over!

A very good kristal weizen. I'm quite impressed with this little dandy, but not too surprised at the quality considering what I've come to expect from this fine brewery. Definitely recommended, and an almost undefeatable treat to beat the heat! (Rhyming not intentional).

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Photo of nickynick
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color, with a very nice head. Good lacing as well. The smell of this beer is light and fruity. The taste of this beer is very good. Good sweetness and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is good. The drinkability of this beer is excellent. Its light, but flavorful. Overall I found this beer very enjoyable. Light and refreshing, yet still flavorful. Nice change of pace from a hefe. Another great wheat beer from this brewery. Will purchase again.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle (4406) purchased at the Williamsburg Pottery.

A: Clear pale yellow with a nice thick and fluffy head. Good retention but no lacing to speak of.

S: Mild hefe smell. Banana, spice, wheat, etc.

T: Same as smell. Crisp and more refreshing than a hefe. Reminds me of a cross between a pilsner and a hefe, minus the heavy yeast.

M: Well carbonated, thin and somewhat fizzy. Prickly carbonation.

D: Very good session beer. Low ABV and mild flavor, yet not boring, makes this a perfectly drinkable beer. Takes all the good characteristics of a hefe and mixes them with a pilsner. Great style.

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Photo of tbern007
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kristall Weissbier by Weihenstephaner. What a mouthful. Literally.

Pours yellow/gold, clear. Very large, thick head, lasts quite a while, no lacing.

The smell is a mini version of the literal taste.

T- honey, clove, banana, floral, light ginger. Carbonation is good. Becomes more sweet as the brew warms a bit.

Feel is sweet- a little too sweet almost.

Pretty drinkable overall. Warms me up with the spices - low ABV. Good summery beer. It is a clear wheat beer.

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

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow with a pure white mountainous head. Head left a swiss cheese/spider web lacing as it descended.

Coriander and mixed spices predominant upon first whiff.

Heavy banana and bubble gum in this one, not in an overpowering sense though but just enough to give it a solid back bone of the flavor.

Very smooth with a bite of carbonation.

Very refreshing and an unexpected explosion of taste from such a light beer. Weihenstephaner is bar none world class.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of livingregret
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type:1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow w/ ample carbonation fizzing to the top leaving plenty of lacing behind. Poured w/ a 2 finger head that to quickly left

Smell: Fruit....banana's and peaches perhaps. a touch of spice mixed in, cloves is my guess

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp but a bit of the carbonation comes through w/ a odd feeling on the tongue. A bit of "bite" from the carbonation feels slighty out of place. That "bite" from the carbonation actually masks a lot of the flavour of this beer. The banana/peach taste is there but it feels like one of those Non-alcoholic ciders you give to children during Christmas time...meaning the taste is washed away quickly cause of the carbonation. The carbonation lingers more than the taste does which is a bit odd to me

Drinkability: Hmmmm...it's drinkable and good at cleansing the palate. Enjoyable enough but is a bit "tame"

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Photo of Dikfour
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two fingers of frothy white head dissipate rather quickly to a short mound in the center of the glass as the rather active carbonation crashes to the surface. The color of this beer is a very crystal clear straw. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana and spicy clove esters at the begining fades behind a nice clean wheat and finishes with the aroma of the first few chomps of a Bazooka bubble gum.

Taste: Bubble gum right off the bat and sticks around through out the sip. Banana and wheat develop before any baking spice is present and the clove is very subtle.

Feel: For a style that is supposed to be rather light, this one has a bit to chew on. Active carbonation dances around the tongue.

Overall: I was kind of surprised by how much I liked this beer. I've been having a lot of very mediocre Hefes lately and wasn't really going into this one with huge expectations. But, alas, twas love at first sip. Big thumbs up and high fives to those currently accepting high fives.

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Photo of counselor
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a straw golden color with a tall white fluffy head. Aromas of malty sweetness, nothing else. Good body to this beer revealing the delicate and quality ingredients found from this brewery. The taste was in suite with the style and the aroma, sweet malty flavors with very little hops, until well after each mouthful. Overall a good example of this style and well worth drinking

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- clear hefe with big white head
- some clove which is pleasant but a banana scent is not as much
-a smoother better balanced hefe with less flavor as well
-perfect silk smoothness feel
- overall a great beer not big on the style but this would be a great example of that style

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass.

Striking appearance with a gold color that would match any fine jewellery. Immediately after pouring the glass is almost half full with a lively head with over active carbonation at play. Took 3 pours to get the glass full with a steady head that eventually rested as two fingers with a creamy look and mild lace.

Nose is heavy with ripe banana which I always get from weissbier plus mild citrus and cooked wheat straight from the baking tray.

Taste is light bodied and crisp with a mild tang that holds on the taste buds for a good period of time eventually fading away with mild wheats

Just as taste would indicate the mouthfeel is crisp yet more complex than most beers that get tagged with the crisp description.

Drinkability.... one nice beer that would go well with a spicy meal or a meal with variety that demands a palate cleanser

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Photo of 2xHops
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of RandomExile
4.05/5  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

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's just something about wheat beers of any kind that doesn't sit well with me, so take all this with a grain of salt.

This beer looks great, pours with a nice head and beautifully crystal clear. However, the smoky wheat/spicy clove flavor that just turns me off is all too present. I can't get away from it. I'm sure this beer is a perfect example of what it is going for, and I tried to give it adequate rankings, but it just isn't for me.

Even in the summer, I'll take a nice fresh pilsener, or even a bold IPA, but keep the wheat to yourself.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It really is crystal clear golden with lively bubbly character with dominant head. A marvel to behold!

S - Wheatiness is prominent with cirtus. Very much as expected from a wheatbeer.

T - Felt quite light, fruity and buttery. Rather dry on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation and smooth on the palate.

D - One was no problem at all to drink, as econd could easily have followed.

More used to the cloudy wheat beers so this one a little different. Feel that the filtering has removed a little of the character of the beer. However, that aside, this remains a genuinely good example of the wheatbeer style.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a little too cold into a weizen glass and was impressed by the clear clean appearance. A phenolic rich head that lasted a while was nice and the aroma lasted throughout the glass. The taste was magnificent. I know some like more subtlety in their hefes but I don't. I like big banana as long as it's nicely balanced and this is. Beaut cloves and malt. This is a great beer with great length that leaves you looking for more.

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Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with fresh date on back

A- clear and golden with very good carbanation. almost see though like liquid glass

S- very grassy and clean hop smells coming though for me. not much malt if any.

T- super clean with hop notes somewhat presant but more carbanation than anything. could easily knock back a sixer with no problem.

M- very thin and bubbly. great beer for a spicy meal or a hot day. also good for backyard work. nice and refreshing.

O- my first for this style and i enjoyed it alot. will try to seek out others to compare to. a very solid beer i would love to have around all year.

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Photo of chefelf
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This style was recommended to me by a customer at a beer store and I was eager to try it. I selected this brewery since it claims to be the oldest in the world. If they've been making beer for nearly 1,000 years they must be doing something right.

As advertised this was crystal clear with a good amount of tiny champagne-like carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Nice, fluffy white head.

Tastes, not surprisingly, like a very nice hefeweizen. I haven't had any other kristalweizens but I would certainly recommend this one to anyone looking to try one for the first time.

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Photo of madjr80
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with plenty of carbonation. The head of foam was really thick and creamy, but it dropped down to a this lace in about 15 mins. At first I wasn't crazy about the taste, but about 3-4 sips into the beer I changed my tune. It is not like any beer that I typically drink, so I didn't what to expect.Interesting brew, I would buy this again.

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Photo of byrd
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a tremendous head that almost over flowed the glass with only a slight pour. I had to pour this brew extremely slowly down the side of the glass, and even then a great white head formed on top of the brew. The head becomes rocky and eventually dissipates to a perpetual thin lace that is maintained by carbonation that continuously streams from the bottom of the glass. True to its name, this beer is crystal clear with a nice straw color. Malty, wheat aroma is quite noticeable, with only a slight hint of hops. The taste is very clean and crisp with moderate carbonation. The carbonation on the tongue isn’t nearly as strong as the appearance would first indicate. Restrained malty sweetness arrives first with a nice wheat flavor. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness takes on more subdued banana and clove characteristics. There’s a crisp, sharp, tart taste towards mid swallow that passes nicely by. Very slight hops in the end along with the malts making one last appearance. The finish is quite short with no real aftertaste. This is definitely a very drinkable summertime brew.

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Photo of cpn920
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a thick foamy head. It certainly lives up to its name of Kristal...as in crystal clear. Overall I was disappointed in this beer in comparaison to their unfiltered hefeweizen. I prefer the unfiltered qualities as opposed to the filtered. The beer is light, tasty, and refreshing but it is something I would pass up for the unfiltered.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 500ml bottle and poured it into my wheat beer glass at a 55 degree serving. Pours out very clear straw color with plenty of carbonation and a rich frothy white head that lingers and laces, truly beautiful. Smells of rich banana bread and apricots and fruity esters. The taste is of rich malts, banana, apricot, and bread like a great wheat beer should. Mouthfeel is bubbly, cloying and has a balance of wet/dry feel. Overall this is an excellent Kristalweizen. Its beauty is one to behold drinkability is high and overall a world class in its style.

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Photo of gabe23
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - As the name would indicate, this one is crystal clear and has a nice light golden color. The white head is colossal and lasts quite a while, but there isn't much lacing. Tiny bubbles drift constantly to the surface, making this a beautiful beer with a lager-like presentation in the glass.

S - Mild aroma of sweet fruitiness. The estery banana smell is present, but very muted. Perhaps a slight spiciness as well, but it's hard to detect.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavor is mild and sweet. The banana flavor is noticable at the start, and a mild, wheaty bitterness quickly takes over. This fades into a dry finish with a touch of clove and spice.

M - Thin, light, and refreshing with champagne-like carbonation.

D - This is a very drinkable beer, especially for people like myself who aren't big fans of the bold yeast in a Hefeweizen. Definitely a good choice for someone looking to develop a taste for hefes, as you get a touch of the banana/clove goodness, but it doesn't blow you away.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like more of a helles lager or pilsner than a weizen. Crystal clear...or very nearly...and a pretty shade of gold. A beautiful, bountiful, three inches of head sits atop thie beer like a cloud as the carbonation rises from the bottom to meet it.

The smell is, very simply, wheaty but mild with a hint of banana and clove.

The taste is very thin witha mild wheat taqste coming on slowly. Heavy carbonation makes the after taste more like a pilsner or lager. Something sour and citrusy - lemony flavor perhaps - compliments the carbonation and wheat very well.

Mouthfeel is clear and smooth, "crystal clear" as the bottle proclaims. This one washes right down. Great for a summer day.

This wheat is very easy to drink and perhaps the only wheat I could see becoming a session beer for me. That being said, it is very simple so it does not stand out, particularly, against the field of great beers.

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Photo of hobbes2112
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle

This one started good, the pour is a dark straw/light gold with large white head. Smell was wheat, yeast and minor citrus. Taste was subtle citrus, wheat and very slight hops. The mouthfeel really is odd though, to be this is waaay too much body for the taste and aroma that come with it. This was to the point of excessive filling in my book. For such a light beer I want a light body too, or more taste.

I won't likely buy this again.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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