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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 83
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 16oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Pours a straw yellow with a billowy creamy head. Aroma is very light. Wisps of banana and vanilla come to the nose. Taste is sweet throughout with notes of banana and vanilla. Very straight forward. Extremely tasty. Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet light finishing with dryly. An exceptionally drinkable beer.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, due to not having a Weizen glass.

Look - light golden in color, clear, with about three fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - very much like a Bavarian style lager. Hard to describe other than that. It has a certain ester that other beers don't.

Taste - it also tastes much like a Bavarian weizen. Just enough wheat in it, plus some other spices (maybe a hint of coriander?).

Mouthfeel - it leans a little more on the water side in regard to texture.

Overall - This brew is a nice remembrance of my times in Bavaria. So this one seems to have lost none of its originality.

Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jamie2dope
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lately it has been all beers German for me, so I decided to review a beer that I hadn't sampled in a while. I poured this one into an Erdinger Weizen glass, which resulted in a nice large white heading, and a coloration that truly looks like champaign. Tiny air bubbles raced towards the top of the glass throughout. Smell had some spicy character, but also had some fruit such as pear. Again, a champaign aroma comes through, which makes it seem similar to a Tripel. Taste starts off with pears, then ends with crisp green apple, leaving the palate feeling a little dry. Carbonation was right on par with this one, making this one really refreshing. Keep in mind to let it swish around a bit when drinking, as new complexities come through. I love this beer, and will need to search for more examples of this style. Weihenstephaner delivers again. Cheers

Photo of JRed
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow in body with gigantic frothy white head that stays. Aroma of vanilla, banana, clove, floral notes, some honey. Tastes of vanilla, floral notes, slight honey and a light bitterness. Mild banana in the aftertaste. Big carbonation, bubbly mouthfeel, light bodied. Wonderful, really.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of brew3crew
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear yellow in color with white head around the side.
S-little bit of fruitness and smells very clean
T-very fruity and a little bit tart. Alot like it smells and pleasant,
M-kight bodied, crisp and smooth
d- very drinjable. So light my taste was gone in no time.

Photo of huntermop
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weisen glass. Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a fluffy brilliant white head. Moderate carbonation is present, with a steady stream of bubbles making their way to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

Has a grassy, grainy smell, with an underlying sweet banana aroma that almost smells like banana pudding.

Pleasant, smooth and almost creamy, the banana is definitely present, along with mild malt, brown sugar, a wisp of yeast, and a lite breadiness that makes this quite enjoyable. While I am not a fan of wheat beers, I am loving this beer. Ends with a mild hop bitter that finishes it off nicely.

This has a medium mouthfeel, which is surprising to me given how light it looks. It's simply too creamy to be considered light bodied.

I bought this beer for no other reason than it's claim to be made by the world's oldest brewery. However, now that I've had it, I would definitely purchase this again, especially the next time I have guests who are not as adventuresome in their beer tastes. Perhaps the beltway to describe this beer is that, it is a beer which beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers can both enjoy.

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of AmitC
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th and second last beer out of the 5 pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. What a beauty. Pale golden color. Huge, huge head more than 4 fingers thick. White color. Fluffy. Foam like. Stays for 5 minutes or so and then dissipates into a thin disappearing layer. Extremely clear and transparent. Clearer than a crystal. Excellent lacing.

Smell is a little subdued. Wheat, cloves and banana. Just the regular stuff.

Taste is very much the nose, with dominant banana and wheat flavors. Less spicy than hefeweissbier. Less complex.

Mouth feel: Medium light to slightly fuller feel. Effervescent and refreshing. Little tart due to carbonation, which is not seen but felt.

German purity at its best. Lack of yeasts, takes something away from the taste and smell, but for its style, it is near perfect.

Style rating : 4.25-4.5 overall. Personal preference: 3.25.

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a half a liter glass poured into a weizen glass. It pours a pale, clear, golden color with a 3 finger head. It looks like a pilsener. There is good head retention and lacing. There is a spicy clove aroma present, with a little fruitiness. The taste is spicy up front with some citrus maltiness. It seems to have a lighter mouthfeel than the Hefe, with more carbonation. It has a really great drinkability, and is good if you don't like yeast.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a clear pale yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of wheat banana and clove
T: taste is banana, creamy wheat and some light clove and spice. swallow is more banana and pear with some more clove and wheat with some ever so slight bitterness
M: light and creamy on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A very tasty wheat beer with good flavors and excellent balance. Try it if wheats are your thing

Photo of Vdubb86
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 3Floyd's pint glass

This beer serves as the first of it's style I've had the good fortune of being able to try. Nothing like starting with the top tier.

This beer pours a clear pale golden color with a froth white foam on the surface. The nose is a combination of clove, banana and brown sugar sweetness that can only be found in this brewery's wheat beers. The taste is best described as hefeweizen light. There is that wheat flavor with the sweetness coming from the floral yeast, but it's much more subtle on the palate than would be expected. The mouthfeel is much too thin for my liking, but then again I'm a hater on anything that's too thin, but overall this is a quite enjoyable brew. I can easily see how this could be the pinnacle of it's style.

Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours clear, light golden color with a huge, slowly dissipating white head that leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: Lots of banana and phenolic smells, with tons of yeast.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty beginning with a banana finish that also reveals more yeast flavors. Too much yeast, actually.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light body with balanced, natural carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, but a bit too heavy on the yeast. I may have gotten a bad bottle, so I would be willing to try this again.

Photo of herrburgess
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

A: Pours a clear golden-straw color. The ivory colored head is initially very tall, with a patchy, foamy, and rocky texture as it slowly settles. Retention is solid, and irregular lacing sticks to the glass.

S: A mild, slightly sour graininess with a bit of dusty sweetness. Clove is prevalent, with lesser fruity notes of banana and pear. A standard German herbal hop note is also present.

T: Sweet and lightly sour up front, with clean wheat malt flavors. Fruity - the usual banana along with pear and perhaps some golden apple. Moderate clove and bubblegum flavor. A light touch of German hops provides a bit of focus.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel. Generally soft and creamy, with mild carbonation. Eminently refreshing on this hot evening.

D: Another winner from Weihenstephaner. I was a bit apprehensive about a filtered version of such a yeast-forward beer, but this is subtle, refreshing, and enjoyable.

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cypressbob
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a medium yellow body, high levels of carbonation although not harsh, Large foamy head

Smell is nutty and dry, hints of dried fruit

Taste is dry, almonds, peaches and melon comes through, very strong esters, fruity overall

A nice beer, although I prefer a non filtered wheat, its still very drinkable and refreshing

Photo of Joecaddie
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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