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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-05-2014 14:41:06 | More by webmanspidey
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4.15/5  rDev +3%

poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle. Light, creamy head that had mild retention, dissapated rather quickly. great aromas of spices and fruit. initial taste of wheats and hops, followed by a long aftertaste of bananas and bread. light mouthfeel, good bite with a pleasingly clean finish, great drinkability, could sip this on a hot day, or a cloudy fall day such as right now. Had this beer on tap in Germany, they added a lemon wedge but i prefer it much more without to experience the full flavor.

10-21-2007 23:31:11 | More by czfreeman
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

11-05-2012 23:19:36 | More by AmitC
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale gold with three fingers of pure white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Not unexpected from Weihenstephan.

Smell: I get a combination of banana, cloves, a bit of yeast. Soft and subtle, but aromatic.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Banana, clove, yeast, and wheat malt. Subtle flavor, but pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with high carbonation. Good for style I would imagine, but still not the most pleasing to me. Still, pretty good. Overall, a nicely crafted beer. Softer and more subtle than their hefeweizen (by design), but still quite nice.

04-22-2011 03:14:49 | More by zhanson88
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-20-2012 20:04:29 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-27-2013 23:35:48 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

02-07-2014 17:27:00 | More by Benesi88
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-22-2013 22:27:52 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a crystal clear (no shit) gold with a huge, bubbly white head. Looks like a pilsener that got too big for its britches.

The aroma is clove, banana and apple. Very pleasant.

The flavor is essentially a subdued version of the classic Weihen hefe with hints of apple. All the culprits are still here, they just aren't quite as pronounced as usual. Still tasty, though.

The creaminess of the hefe is replaced with a pils-like crispness. Very refreshing.

Drinkability is high. This is tops as far as filtered wheats go. I still prefer the flagship hefe.

08-20-2009 06:48:41 | More by BigJim5021
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-16-2012 19:27:05 | More by ale207
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3.95/5  rDev -2%

This pours a clear pale gold with a nice, three finger pillowy eggshell head that dies down in time to a small, tightly bubbled cap. On the nose there is a very clean mixture of wet, sweet grains, with a little bit of spice further down and a mushy, banana-bread-ready banana hanging out over everything. In the mouth the mushy banana envelops the whole palate, with a sweet grainy backbone standing firm behind it. The body is ultra creamy, with some nice carbonation driving the banana all over the tongue for a nice medium finish.

Overall, I like this beer well enough but the drinkability just isn't quite there for me. It tastes fine and has a great feel but it just isn't something I picture myself reaching for very often.

06-04-2011 00:44:34 | More by EricCioe
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-29-2014 00:07:31 | More by Wayne17
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%

Musty malt smell with a touch of sweetness. Straw yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles. Airy white head with rather large white bubbles. Tin wheat sweetness to the taste with a hint of banana (yeast) to the finish. The mouth is a little thin and light. I like the banana finish to the brew but overall this beer seemed like it was a little too watered down.

Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for the sample!

05-14-2003 13:21:11 | More by frank4sail
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3.3/5  rDev -18.1%

Very clear golden color and pours out with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is fruity (banana & lemon) and yeasty. The beer tastes fruity and a little zesty with some spice and yeast. A bit watery and thin however. Not nearly as good as their regular hefe but still decent and definitely refreshing on a hot day, which it is here today.

08-27-2008 23:46:54 | More by changeup45
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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

08-19-2014 00:30:57 | More by SHODriver
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-23-2014 02:39:07 | More by Pens1967
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New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%

DATE TASTED: December 31, 2013... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass...OCCASION: home fore New Year's Eve and hoping this beer delivers like champagne... APPEARANCE: as advertised, crystal gold, mildly effervescent base; thick, cumulous white head; good, persistent, wavy lacing... AROMA: banana, clove, bubblegum and yeast; unmistakably wheaty... PALATE: bubbly, beefy body--yet light and fluid; crisp and clean, with an almost medium-bodied presence...TASTE: bubblegum esters front and center; apple, pear and some clove--an enjoyable experience... OVERALL: a fantastic filtered version of the vividly unfiltered offering; a great combination of drinkability and character; champagne indeed! its refreshing zest pairs well with light cheeses and crackers...

01-14-2014 01:44:44 | More by dacrza1
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

500 ml bottle poured into a weiss glass.

A: Pale yellow and crystal clear with about 2 fingers worth of head. Settled to a nice ring with very nice lacing. Sweet looking beer.

S: Wow, I'm loving the smell here... Like a Hef, just cleaner... Wheat, yeast, clove and citrus. Overall a crispness to the smell.

T: Wow again.... Sweet & tart, nicely balanced. Again like a Hef but cleaner and crisper than other Hefs I've had. Very light on the yeast and wheat shines though.

M: Low to mid bodied, this is where it differs from most Hefs I've had.... not a thick, carbonation a little heavier than normal Hefs and it feels Crisper and dryer.

D: Just a wonderful beer and the low ABV helps alot.... I could drink a few of these, very refreshing and a wonder drink. A must try.

My first Weihenstephaner in my 5 pack.... Great start !!

06-01-2010 03:24:41 | More by mralphabet
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-01-2012 00:19:40 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-15-2011 22:35:56 | More by jeffthepony
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-19-2013 14:06:21 | More by harsley
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

500ml bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a large white head that settles soon after to a half-finger cap. Smells heavily of banana and tart wheat, with plenty of yeast character that hints at clove. The wheat dominates the taste, with light clove in the background; the banana is all but gone. None of the flavors are very strong. Light body with heavy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, but reminiscent of a normal hefe that's been watered-down.

06-23-2009 22:32:05 | More by philipquarles
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours clear golden with a large white head and plentiful rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells banana and clove forward, though not as intensely as it is for their hefeweizen. It smells cleaner and the wheat malt presence is bready in the nose. the taste follows the nose. The wheat and barley malts bring a bready taste. The clove provides spicy balance and the banana flavor is also present. Both are milder than in the hefeweizen, allowing the malt profile to shine. This is expected for the style. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent, refreshing beer.

08-09-2012 17:01:03 | More by acevenom
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2011 05:47:31 | More by Neffbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-29-2013 20:37:07 | More by jminch
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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