Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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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 OldManMetal
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a striking beer: a huge white head perched atop a sparkling, crystal-clear pale gold body that leaves lacing everywhere it goes. The nose is a modest banana/clove spice with floral hints. These are joined on the palate by a moderate bitter citrus note, sitting atop a foundational clean wheat flavor. The finish is balanced, with a bitter citrus note that lingers a bit. The style's characteristic light body and a slightly creamy texture add to the drinkability, while the fizzy carbonation keeps it interesting.

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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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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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