1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Not Rated.
Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,453 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 71
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,453 | Reviews: 736 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan glass. crystal clear, golden color with a two finger head that slowly settles.

s: a bit of a muddled nose compared to a normal hef, but still retains all the same qualities (herbal spiciness, citrus, etc)

t: citrus up front, quickly followed by that signature german yeast flavor of banana and clove. really great stuff. great malt character too

m&d: mouthfeel is spot on. drinkability is a 5, because it has the great refreshing character of a hefeweizen, without the yeast.


if you like weissbiers, be sure to get this.

tzieser, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev -1%

fionn13, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Artjsantos
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Artjsantos, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of wheat, banana, some citrus and grassy notes, with some mild bitterness. Palate is a light to medium body, a crisp clean mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of wheat, sweet citrus and banana flavor, a bit of tart notes with some bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good, crisp and refreshing brew. Nicely done

Samp01, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles. B is for bubbles. Good big head that continues lacing with the beer. The head version of ring around the collar.

Has that clove and banana smell like a hefe. Like Carmen Miranda after dancing....

Very good sweet taste. Like a watered down hefe. Still very smooth and very tasty.

Sweet, poppy aftertaste like a hefeweizen pop rocks.

For $2.69 at bevmo its hard to beat.

Murchmac, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of leroybrown10
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

leroybrown10, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev -1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ExaltedNecrosis, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of seanyfo
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured in my tradional weissbier way - pour slowly, then roll the remaining inch of weissbier in the bottle to mix up the brew and pour on the head. Produces a stunning thick 3 finger head blossoming just above the rim of my Tucher Weizen glass. Pale golden body, with lots of lively beading. Head remaing all the way down with lots of brussels lace. Fantastic

S- Fresh bread with bananas, typical weizen notes, smells super fresh,

T- Banana is beautifully strong in this beer, fading into a dry crisp finish, no watery finish which i have experienced in some hefe's.

M- medium carbonation, the first few drinks from the glass, include a lot of foam aswell, making a delightfully creamy mouthfeel with a fresh crisp finish

D- No alcohol apparent here at all, could drink this all summer long, so refreshing and crisp while retaining all the good weissbier character. This is definitely the benchmark for Kristallweizens everywhere. This beer is one of my first memories of getting into the world of better beer and its probably my all time fav summer day beer. Prost!

seanyfo, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of bobhits
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger head, rather thin and lacking body. Light straw colored with a good bit of bubble dancing to the surface. Nothing a light lager doesn't do but I suppose if you're into this look it's ok. Doesn't have that explosive nature of a Belgium or even some macros.

A sweet and almost sour nose. A good hop back ground that has that earthy euro sour hop nature to it. Bubble gum finishes the beer. Very dry finish even in the nose.

Hops oddly come out first in this one. That sour hoppy effect (I'm sure the yeast is a big factor here). The beer the finishes with bubble gum as if it uses a hefe yeast strain. I have to admit this is a style I've never had before so I'm a bit confused. It has a nature similar to some Belgium with a german hefe finish. The beer amazingly finishes pretty dry. As it warms and gets flat it's reminding me more and more of a dry hefe. I think that means it's missing some of the key elements of a hefe, but at the same time this beer serves a purpose with more foods I think.

Very drinkable, I could have a tone of these if not for....

The mouth feel on this beer is just bad. Way too much carbination. I'm burping all over the place, and the bubble nearly explode in my mouth. I like to feel the bubbles, not to have all my beer turn into head in my mouth so I can burp it back up. I'm pretty sure this is common of the style as all their beers seem to be perfect execution of the styles, but this honestly is really off putting in an otherwise very worthy beer.

Worth noting that after the beer has had a chance to deflate it's pretty nice in the mouth feel department. I'm not sure how to score it though. It had that over carbonated effect for nearly half the beer. It's calmed down a lot and is almost a creamy with a pretty good carbonation bite.

As with all styles I'm not a lover of. Style considered but scored mostly on its own merits.

Always worth point out the price point on the beer in question. 16.9 oz at 2.99. That works out to 12.73 for a 6 pack. Or 11.89 if they were in 11.2oz bottles. Not a bad price really. You factor in that expected marginal discount and you might very well in 11.2 oz bottles see this for 9.99 which imo would make it a great deal. Marketing departments, I'm doing the work for you!

bobhits, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation. The off white head is about 1 finger-width deep. The aroma is quite fruity and yeasty with a nice hint of clove. The spices are very nice. This tastes similar to how it smells. It is not a very exciting beer but it is very pleasant. I could drink a lot in one sitting. Quite carbonated.

kbnooshay, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear yellow-golden color with a huge fluffy head.
Smell: Very fruity, apple, banana, clove, lemon and wheat
Taste: Wheat and fruity flavor, citrus, mango and blackcurrant. Light bitter-dry finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew, would drink this one again. Bit more bitter than most in the style

rvdoorn, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of jnardone235
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jnardone235, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of ElGuapo
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear dim golden colored brew with a massive pillow of white foam on top that gradually dies down leaving lace all over the glass. The aroma is loaded with yeast and a little breadiness. Slight bits of citrus also hit the nose, but not enough to balance the blast of yeast.

The flavor is a bit more balanced than the aroma. There is a whole lot of yeast flavor and bready grains. Citrus comes in a bit to balance. The flavor is a bit toned down from what I would like. I am very surprised at the amount of yeast in the aroma and the flavor despite it not sitting at the bottom of the bottle. The mouthfeel is very crisp. It is light and refreshing which makes it a great drinker. You could surely sit back with a few of these. It may get a bit boring with very little complexity, but it is still a good brew.

ElGuapo, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of everetends
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle from Four Winds of P'cola, FL in a mixed brewery sampler. Poured into the weizen glass that bears the name of this fine brewery.

A: A very vibrant yellow that is exactly what you expect from this beer: Crystal friggin clear. Had to be careful on the pour because this beer wants to provide you with some serious head. Got almost 3 fingers of big time, foam head. The retention was pretty good as it receeded to a never dying top cap that leaves so nice, carbonation filled lacing streaks. Seriously active carbonation is constantly streaming up this beautiful brew.

S: Smells like a thin Hefe. Got some nice subtle scents of yeast and wheat. Clove and banana are there with a touch of citrus. A very subtle sugary sweetness is on the backend.

T: Once again, just a perfectly nice thin tasting Hefe. Banana and clove come is oh so subtle. Wheat and yeast are there very nicely to add some nice earthiness to this brew. The sweetness is also there and very subtle along with just a splash of citrus flavor. Although this is subtle, it is still great. Very damned tasty.

M: So beautifully clean and crisp. This on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is a heavy but necessary. Makes this beer so damned crisp and refreshing. Clove and banana linger a bit to remind who is the big brother of this beer. So nice.

D: If this poured freely, I would pull from that stream each day. This brewery is amazing and it shows you why they have stood the test of time. All of their brews are great, this is no exception. Drink up, can't wait for my Vitus!

everetends, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head that lasted quite a while. Aroma is yeasty,banana, clove,and citrus.Flavor is bready,yeasty,more of the Belgin yeast,clove,banana, grass,and grain.Crisp mouthfeel,high carbonation,light body. A good drinker on a nice Spring day,kind of like a spiced Lager.

WakeandBake, May 15, 2009
Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its all in all a nice beer. pours cristal like a lager but certainly with the nice properties of a good ole weiss (or an ale for that matter.)

The smell isnt all that strong but it does say much about the beer, which, while nice wheaty tasting, is kinda weak in carbonation and flavour all in all which disappoints a bit at the end.

Still, nice.

Andreji, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a large off-white head when it was poured into my glass.This was just an okay beer to me.Nothing all that special in my opinion.I picked up an aroma that reminded me of bananas.Definitely not one of the better German Wheat beers that I have tasted.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of KC9LDB
3/5  rDev -25.7%

KC9LDB, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -1%

unclekeith, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of slimntubbs
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

slimntubbs, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev -1%

meanmutt, Dec 28, 2013
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.