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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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4.02
pDev:
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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Reviews: 794 | Ratings: 1,783
Photo of Cs1987
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold, with a large head that reduced.

Smell - Spicy with summer fruits.

Taste - Similar to the fantastic Hefe, just a little weaker and less interesting.

Mouthfeel - Very good overall

Drinkability - The differences from the Hefe makes this a little less drinkable.

Overall - This is very good, but seriously, get the Hefe instead.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephan signature glass.

A - Clear amber colour with a lovely fluffy head and solid lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and malt. Maybe just a touch of aniseed in there as well.

T - Initially same as the aroma - sweet vanilla and malt. Big hit of vanilla at first with some malt lurking in the background. Soft mango & banana flavours coming through on further consumption.

M - Slight creaminess at first but surprisingly bitter for this style.

O - Nice example of the style, easily one of the best. Not as harsh as some other kristal beers but still not exactly comforting.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out slightly hazy golden color. Three fingers of fluffy white head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Light banana and clove scents. Also, some yeasty and grassy scents as well.

T: Very similar to the nose.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Nothing really special here.

O: A fantastic beer. This tastes like a 50/50 mix of their Original Premium and Hefeweissbier put together and it executes perfectly.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: clear pale gold/yellow, much more clean and clear than their normal hefe, no particles, also a 2 finger white head, retains longer than traditional hefe

smell: very similar notes to the hefeweiss beer, but everything is toned down a little bit, getting some coriander, clove, orange peel, bubble gum, slight vanilla

taste: Lots of citrus, banana, coriander, cloves, there's somewhat more of a bubble gum presence that's not as dominant in the hefe, this one also has less exotic spiciness and is overall a tamer version flavor wise, none the less the balance, smoothness, and drinkability is truly amazing. The finish leaves an awesome banana, coriander, orange peel aftertaste.

mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, more so than the hefe, medium bodied

overall: You don't see this style very much in the US, but it's obviously very popular in certain parts of Germany. As a hefe is already a pretty smooth beer by definition, this is basically an even smoother version. If you like hefes, you will like this, but this will also appeal more towards lager drinks as well as it's clear without any particles (if that's not your thing). A truly amazing perfectly balanced beer from one of the worlds oldest (and best) breweries.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden straw colour with a pale white fluffy head with a nice lacing.

S - Banana and cloves but definately not as pronounced as the Hefe.

T - Wheaty with light notes of banana, malt, cloves and I also get a trace of apple in there somewhere.

M - Medium body with light to medium carbonation

O - A very nice refreshing beer that can be enjoyed at any occasion. Not as full on in flavour as the Hefe but very nice nevertheless.

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Photo of jslot38
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mother of Head! I feel like you could rest your head on this pillow...

Appearance: So beyond the head rests a clear straw yellow beer. With the looks of all the bubbles rising up it looks like champagne almost. Certainly has me interested...

Smell: Barnyard smell with a touch of yest, clove, and fruit (so I may be wrong, but I get that grape smell...). The smell is very strong.

Taste: This truly defines why your nose comes in handy when tasting a beer... as you can really experience both at once in this beer. Maybe too pure, as there really isn't much to it beyond lingering tastes of phenols, clove, lemon, and maybe grapes or banannas with an overlying wheatness.

Mouthfeel: Is it there?? So fluffy at the head, with harldy any carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes: Well, this beer is supposed to be noted for its crystal clear appearance. But it goes beyond that there are some interesting hidden smells and a few tastes too. Suprisingly over 5% alcohol as its not even close to noticable. Won't have any problem ending this 16.9oz bottle but thats enough for me. Always interesting to see what the boys over in Germany have been coming up with for hundreds of years holding to the Purity law of 1516.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a snappier finish than the hefe. The carbotations seemed to bother me a bit, it gave it too much a a foamy texture (maybe mine was a little too warm) Good for the style, not my type of beer though.

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Photo of skrib09
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

almost crystal clear dull yellow. the head looks like a medium-stiff meringue... fluffy, almost white, great retention.

i get a whiff of bananas right off the bat. i like bananas. some breadiness.

tastes really clean and refreshing to me. this reminds me of summer time. crisp bready flavors with a hint of banana and some earthiness coming through.

hearty mouth feel yet refreshing at the same time. it's almost palate cleansing.

great drinkability.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 7, 2010. Probably wouldn't have bought it had the bottling date been visable through the packaging.

A: Thick, fluffy head with outstanding retention and regeneration.

S: Banana, clove and bubblegum.

T: Banana and spice. Some acidity or brightness on the roof of the mouth balances the sweetness. Crisp without much aftertaste. Lighter on the palate than the unfiltered.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I prefer the unfiltered.

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Photo of cudmud
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer produced a giant white foam following its liberation from the tight confines of its bottle. Next, the foam hung to the glass thereby by producing some amazing lace. This has to be the clearest beer that I've ever seen. Lots of carbination. All and all this is a very pretty brew. The aroma of this beer is lacking. In contrast, the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.

This is a great beer to drink on a hot summer day. In addition, this is a good beer to wean the Bud fans onto real beer.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Lovely clear straw color. Crystal clear. Fluffy pure white head that clings to the glass. Constant stream of carbonation throughout the glass.

S: Big banana and clove. Biscuity malt. Just a hint of pepper. Mild lemon zest.

T: Soft wheat malt. Banana and clove are subdued, but present. A hint of fresh, grassy flavors. A little bit of bracing lemon. Not bold or in your face in any way. Wonderfully restrained with subtle complexity.

M: Soft and creamy. Carbonated perfectly.

D: Infinitely drinkable. German Hefeweizens can get to me soemtimes because of the intense flavors of the yeast, Kristall has some of the qualities I enjoy, without overdoing it. I could but away a few of these and be perfectly content.

Weihenstephaner delivers as usual. I love American Craft, but sometimes nothing beats the mastery of the Old World's finest. When in the mood for a mild beer that won't bore you, grab one of these.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Writing from memory, but the main thing I remember about this is that it tasted just like a lot of Heffe's I've tried but was absolutely crystal clear in its look. Tasted very nice, wheat biased, and a little fruity, but very very enjoyable!!!

Scott

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Photo of meatmallet
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a large white head. The head quickly disappears and leaves a thin head on top.

Smell: Citrus, banana, grains, and wheat. Also a bit of a floral and clove smell.

Taste: A little sweet. As far as flavor it is not that great. I get wheat and banana.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied and very crisp and clean.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Wheat. clear and light in color, with a citrusy, clove smell. Refreshing and quenching, and a head that won't quit like most Wheats that are made well.The clove taste is apparant early in the beer and since it is a Krystal there is no yeast at the bottom which makes it clear and not cloudy. A good Krystal from the oldest brewery in the world.

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Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because of my overzealous pour, this beer pours one giant head that s l o w l y cascades its way back to something more recognizable. It is crystal clear, as the name would imply, and golden in color. Minimal lacing is left on the glass.

Nose is ripe banana and clove all the way with a lingering wheat and spice. On the backend I get Bazooka bubblegum.

The taste follows suit with the nose, clove more so than the banana however. Sweet banana and wheat is balanced really well with a moderate spice notes. Slight vanilla and bubblegum in the taste as well. Hops? What hops? The taste is lacking something that the hefe brought to the table however.

Crisp and refreshing, amazingly drinkable with medium amount of carbonation; this is another fantastic beer offered up by Weheinstephaner - but I think I will stick with the unfiltered stuff.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a studry rocky head and dramatic bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The lacing looks like mountains, bubbles arranged in fractal patterns.

Banana, spice, and a hint of bubblegum on the nose over a background of wheat and yeast.

Banana, spices and grains on the palate. The grain is both wheaty and strangely corny, like an adjunct lager. Orange and lemon come through the back, and it might be too much. The dry finish has a strange bite and a slight orange peel astringency. The mouthfeel is very fluffy.

Very drinkable and nearly as good as the Hefeweissbier, but the citrus in this one goes a lot further than it should.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear pale gold color. Smells faintly of banana and cloves. Taste is very good, quite refreshing. (I'd imagine this would taste even better on a warm summer's day.) It's like a muted hefe. The mouthfeel is full and clean.

Overall, this is a darn good beer. I'm definitely going to be drinking more this summer. The only real quibble I have is the price: $4 for a 16-oz bottle. Other than that, yum!

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Photo of Terp96
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very bright gold into my 20 oz. glass. There is about a two finger head on the pour that doesn't stick around for long. However, there is lots of carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell is hefeweizen with banana and clove but more faint than usual. There is more of a malty smell than a typical wheat beer.

Taste is very clean and crisp. Typical palate of banana and various spices but a bit more sweet than a regular hefeweizen. There is also a bit more dryness to this beer as it shows a bit of pilsner or pale lager characteristics.

Mouthfeel is good. Sweet and spicy with a bit of dryness. Not to overwhelming but it stays with you long enough to remind you that this is a world class beer.

Overall, very drinkable. I would recommend this as an entry into true German hefeweizens.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold and bubbly with a big foamy head that vanishes without a trace.
The smell reminds me of walking into a dry cleaners. It's a good thing it isn't any stronger or I'd classify it as a stench.
It tastes better than it smells. Faint notes of banana, bubblegum and clove. The saving grace is that the clove is over shadowed by the rest of the flavors and doesn't bite until the end of the swallow.
I love the light, fizzy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. This would be a nice session beer for a hefe lover.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan weizen glass.

A- pours clear with about an inch and a half of fluffy white head that just stays around for ages, nice lacing. looks pretty good.

S- Banana straight up, a touch of bubblegum and citrus, also just a slight touch of clove. all the great wheat beer flavours, a little subdued at times.

T- straight up banana and a bit clovey, a touch of spice, a little bit of citrus just like the on the nose. very nice.

M- lighter bodied, nice prickly carbonation, good length, solid feel.

O- i do like this beer, but i find i rarely purchase it, i prefer the hefeweizen, and this is slightly less flavorful. still damn good though.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not-quite-clear straw color with a small head that rapidly diminishes.

Smells almost sweetish. Kind of a surprise. I guess the best way to describe it would be malty, some banana scent, with the tiniest hint of citrus in the aroma.

Taste: Wheat, bananas and marshmallows! Sounds strange but that was the immediate sensation I got upon tasting this delicious beer. Finish is malty-sweet with a little bit of dryness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: Medium. It is still a little sweet to be consumed in mass quantities. However, I could kill a few pints of these in one sitting.

Overall: Very good weiss. I will be getting more of this.

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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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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.