1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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
91
outstanding

1,506 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 77
Gots: 71 | 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:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,506 | Reviews: 742 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rivarol
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best of the Weihenstephaners.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 13, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Medium to dark straw, slightly yellow-orange. Very clear. Tons of tiny effervescent bubbles rising up to a pure white moussy head. Very high foam retention.

S – Banana, white pepper, and very mild clove. Spritzed lemon and a hint of orange. Banana by far is the most prominent aroma here. No hop aroma.

T – Clove becomes much more prominent here, with the banana flavor deriving mostly from the aroma. A touch of bubble gum. Slightly spicy, peppery. Light impression of lemon-oranginess. No hop flavor.

M – Medium- to somewhat full-bodied, a combination of sweetness and high carbonation providing the balance. Fairly juicy with just a touch of dryness in the finish. No real bitterness, but again, not unbalanced.

O – I actually tend to like this, the filtered version, better than the traditional hefeweissbier from Weihenstephaner, in part because I prefer the less dense mouthfeel and the clarity of the colors/appearance. Either way, a wonderful, refreshing German standard.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Mister_Faucher
5/5  rDev +24.1%

My first bottle tonight is a crisper/dryer version of the normal Weiss version. Remarkable, delicious tart pear or green apple finish. Lacks the weight or depth of the regular weiss, but I could drink this all night. Based on other reviews I must have purchased a fresh bottle as this is a no brainer.

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Coconuts
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SmashPants
2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Format: standard 500mL brown bottle, traditional German label.

Appearance: looks too light for a wheat beer, and unusual since it is crystal clear. The usual inch of white head has been replaced with a fizing half inch that fluffs away to virtually nothing. So far I'm not impressed.

Aroma: a good aroma of light wheats, some spices and a touch of some form of cereals. Not nearly as good as their unfiltered wheat beers, but pleasant enough.

Taste: the traditional German weissbier flavours are there, but are very weak and muted. A touch of wheat, banana and spice. I'm not a fan of kristallweissbier, it turns out.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away far too quickly.

Mouth feel: light in body with moderate to higher carbonation. Feels more like a lager than a wheat beer.

Overall: as this is a Weihenstephaner, I've no doubt that this is a well-made kristallweissbier. It is also the first kristal I have had to date, and judging by this experience it will be the last. It feels flat, flaccid and with the usual wheat beer aromas and flavours dulled down almost to nothingness. The style comes across as a low carb beer is to a lager - pretty pointless. Since I can get their hefeweizen for actually less than the equivalent price of AU$68 a case of 24 x 330mL for the kristal, it's a no-brainer.

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kplooki
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CPB
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of hooverhawkeye
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Crimkj
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Wer34truh
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of G3RG
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Myboymi
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jmryan8
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of tmcarter23
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Much like the dunkelweizen, it has taken me far too long to try this stuff. Again, let's do it. It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, clove, mild banana, and a twinge of caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the caramel character mostly morphing into one of cracked wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a rather tasty and enjoyable kristalweizen, no surprise given the caliber of the brewer. Good times.

Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Massive white foamy head - we're off to a great start! Crystal clear (duh) and golden with great constant effervescence. The only less that 4+ attribute was the smell, only because it seemed a little muted with just a fraction of the banana clove coming through, and didn't really pick up while drinking. Taste was thoroughly superb. There's the banana, clove and wheat-y backbone I was craving. All perfectly balanced and way too drinkable. These things could disappear within seconds of pouring. Body matched the clean clear visual with a light body but still not overly thin. Finish was perhaps a touch on the dry side absent of any aftertaste.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.