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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 69
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of sugarbrew
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear and yellow, almost resembling a pale lager. Vigorous carbonation beneath a thick, pillowy white head.

S- Malty and sweet, with strong banana and a hint of yeast. Very clean.

T- Extraordinarily powerful, crisp cloves, with subdued banana and some very subtle noble hoppiness. Light, fruity esters and a lingering, floral finish.

M- Outstanding carbonation and a light body- exactly what defines the style. The biggest difference from their regular weiss is that this is thinner and more carbonated, in some ways reminiscent of a lager. Sometimes, a light body can perfectly complement a beer's flavor profile. This is one of those times.

D- Lighter and crisper than its hazier brother, this is a highly sessionable beer. Warm weather and/or sausage and sauerkraut are recommended.

sugarbrew, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy yellow liquid with a bunch of streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head is thin, but the retention isn't bad.

S- Very fruity and aromatic with boat loads of apples and pears. I also get a bit of brown sugar, white bread, and honey. Very appealing.

T- Sweet white bread, apple juice, pears, and honey. This is sweet and unique and I really dig it.

M- A smooth mouthfeel with a quick carbonation bite. The sweetness keeps this from being drying at the end. Clean on the finish.

D- A surprisingly complex and enjoyable beer. Drinks nicely and is most definitely worth a try.

david131, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with a nice white straw cap head of foam.

Aromas of spice, fresh baked banana bread, and malt.

taste is clean, not overly yeasty, bright and vibrant and citrus

mouth feel is clean crisp and refreshing

drinkability is excellent.

Who needs the yeast?

francisweizen, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always preferred hefs over kristall but I won't let that prejudice my opinion. This is very good. If you didn't know, these folks really know how to brew a weizen; better than most. Bananas, clove, spice, bit of citrus. Perfectly carbonated. A little light on the body for my tastes but thats a very minor thing compared to all the goodness in this beer. Awesome stuff.

juju7, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear bright golden color. Big, billowy white head with good retention and lacing.

S - Lots of wheat that gives it a bready aroma. Also has fruits (apple and banana), and spice (clove), with hints of other fruits and spices.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot like a subdued Hefe, with a bit less wheat flavor and a bit more hop presence.

M - Crisp and fairly light bodied. High carbonation.

D - Really drinkable, light and crisp and refreshing. The flavors are really nice. Easy on the palate but enough of the nice Hefe flavors that I want to drink more.

Notes: Really nice beer, but I would probably just go for their normal Hefe. That isn't a slam on this beer as the normal Hefe is amazing and this is a lot like it. I guess if you wanted a clean/lighter version go for this.

FreshHawk, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of icetraxx
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a straw white with a big 5 finger billowing creamy head. The head lasts forever, and leaves its mark while it dissipates. I believe this looks virtually flawless for the style.

S: A strong nose of spice, clove to be exact. There is some traditional yeasty banana and other fruits playing around in the background of the aroma here. A hint of German hops make a welcome appearance.

T: What a wonderful change from the hop bombs and the wild Belgians I've been drinking. This beer is a perfect example of a beer having a balanced yet complex flavor, the complexity is upfront here and keeps giving more as you drink it. Clove and German hops are upfront, with a crisp malt backbone balancing it out. This is similar to the Weihenstephan Hefeweisse, but with the banana and fruit much more muted. The muted fruit bring a crisp, dry, and slightly hoppy finish that the Hefe can't match.
Being highly filtered, I was surprised by the amount of yeasty flavors this beer has. There is a bit of lingering clove and bubblegum on the finish. The clove and bubblegum are definitely stronger than the regular hefe.

M: Perfect carbonation gives way to a creamy mouthfeel, but not quite as creamy and saturated as an unfiltered weisse.

D: The perfect balance of refreshing and complex, I could drink this all night and still pick out new flavors. This is one of the most drinkable beers for those of us that love wheats (and clove). Clove is a bit overwhelming for me though.

O: The lack of suspended yeast [mildly] impacts the body, but never the flavor. This one exceeded my expectations in almost every way as I thought this would just be a filtered hefe, but it is more than that. This is the first German wheat I've had that I would truly designate as a "clove bomb". If you love clove, you gotta try this beer.

icetraxx, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is biscuit malt with some banana and bubble gum. The flavor is more of the same, with pronounced banana, bubble gum and citrus notes. A very flavorful beer. The mouthfeel is medium and is very soft. The carbonation is low-medium.

Mora2000, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 16.9 ounce bottle in weizen glass
A: pale golden with a impressive soapy head.
S: yeasty, cloves, banana.
T: pale malts, big banana, cloves, coriander, light hops
M: light feeling body, refreshing, dry finish
D: wonderful although i like my weizen beers a bit cloudy but it is tasty. and highly drinkable. great with a meal cleanses the pallet

fastsrt, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 350ml bottle into a pils glass.

A-very, very clear yellow body and a marshmallow thick white head.

S-cloves and spice yeast smell

T-very clean, well balanced malt, hop and spicy yeast flavor

M-light and highly carbonated

D-very refreshing. good beer with food.

jneiswender, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Pint poured into a narrow chalice

A: Clear with a bit of floating sediment and lazy, slow, carbonation bubbles. Thin head that covers the top and laces well.

S: Smells like a weissbier, perhaps not as strong. Banana, citrus, and bread.

T: It is not as pervasive as an unfiltered weiss can be, however, it has the clear notes of banana, orange, a bit of spice, and a doughy finish.

M: Medium-bodied, though it is not unfiltered, it still has a bit of body. It can become quite creamy.

D: No problem here, it can be consumed all day, and with an alcohol of 5.4%, one does not have to be too concerned.

Overall: Weihenstephaner's unfiltered weissbier is one of the best of that style I've ever had. The kristall still has much of its flavor, however, it is a bit lighter.

ianjsullivan, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thick rocky stark white head, which was well retained and produced some fabulous lacing. The body is a crystal-clear yellow with some champagne-like bubble trains running up the sides of the glass.

S- Crackerlike malt and huge wheat aromas meet some faint cloviness in the nose. No yeast esters were detected... otherwise, it has a very similar nose to a hefeweissen.

T- A good replicate of the nose some bananalike esters coming through on the palate. Finishes somewhat dry and rather abruptly.

M- A medium to large body, which is surprising given the appearance. There's a strange oiliness to the mouthfeel... and while the carbonation is abundant, it is soft.

D- This beer defines drinkability. It does down so smooth...

jgasparine, Feb 01, 2010
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 jwinship83
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle drank from a weizen glass. batch 5269 is on the back label.

A- this one pours out a very clear pale golden colored body with a bright white head that wont quit. almost complete rings of lacing are left behind. many small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- a very weak odor comes out of this one for a wheat beer. light banana and clove with a little bit of bubblegum. very lightly smelling of noble hops. yeast if the strongest scent here.

T- the taste is also weak, but pleasant. yeast comes through the most. lightly spiced with coriander, clove, banana, and bubblegum. noble hops play a bigger part in this ones taste than in most wheats.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- give me the unfiltered version any day. i dont think id buy it like this again.

jwinship83, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle into a frozen crystal mug.

A: Just like the bottle says: crystal clear golden yellow with a pure, white, frothy head. Looks like a "beer commercial" brew!

S: Light bananas, sour yeast, fresh bread dough and a slightly "plastic" note that I found a little off-putting.

T: Amazing refreshment. A very bready body is highlighted by bananas and cloves. The middle is sour dough bread all the way, followed by a clean, cool finish. Lightly carbonated.

D: Very good.

Value: Excellent. I wonder how they price these so low. I think I paid around $3.00 for a big bottle.

WeezyBoPeep, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: As the name translates, crystal clear. Pale yellow to straw, 2-3 fingers worth of head.

S: Banana, a slight hint of spice (which I think was cloves), and straw.

T: The banana and cloves smelled earlier were taste-able.

M: Very crisp, fair amount of carbonation, very slightly sweet and dry.

D: Very drinkable, would definitely have another (in fact, I wish I had another *to* drink).

Daktyls, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw-yellow in color, huge 1 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: straw and banana

Taste: straw, banana, wheat, and honey at the end

Mouthfeel: clean, light, high carbonation, slightly bitter

Drinkability: About as clean a beer as I have ever had. What a nice refreshing and crisp taste. I could have several especially in warmer weather. Way easy to to drink.

tigg924, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I recommend any and all beers from this brewery.

A - Clear bright golden color with a colossal head, sticky lacing.

S - Banana ester, noble hop, slight hay.

T - Interesting tastes: banana and other fruits, but more so bubblegum ester, with clean finish, not sweet, slightly dry.

M - Well-done; thin, clean and refreshing with a nice effervescence.

D - Very very drinkable. Weihenstephaner is one of the most excellent.

ktrillionaire, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear, gold colour. Big white head. Good retention.

Lots of banana in the aroma. Some clove and a hint of vanilla. I would like a touch more clove but there is good balance. Some wheat comes through too.

Big banana and clove yeast esters. Crisp, refreshing wheat. Realy well balanced. A hint of bubblegum.

A creamy, silky medium body flows into a light, spritzy finish. Classic weizen and it really works.

A great beer with lots of really nice flavour. I prefer the hefeweizen but this is still something special.

dgilks, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Rbald42
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear golden yellow color, very lively frothly head, as to be expected w/ the style

S- Refreshing malts with hints of grass, banana, and a bit of spice

T- crisp refreshing clean taste of banana, wheat, and creamy malt. Very tasty beer

M- Crisp and bubbly, near perfect level of carbonation

D- Could enjoy these all night, a top session beer for sure.

Rbald42, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour from a 500 ml bottle is a clear, light golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Strong aromas of clove and banana are the primary aromas. A hit of wheat and yeast to give off a bready aroma is also there.

T: A very clean, crisp wheat beer. The clove is the strongest flavor with a bit of banana, yeast, and an ever so slight bitterness. While this is a "lighter" beer, there's plenty of flavor.

M: Quite light on the tongue with very lively carbonation.

D: I've really been missing out with these German wheat ales. Such an easy drinking and flavorful beer.

womencantsail, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of RppIII
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle (with freshness date on back) into a Chalice (?)

Appearance- Golden yellow champagne with a white frothy head that grows as the beer settles into the glass.

Smell- Banana, light pils malt and hint of spicy yeast add to the wonderful aroma wafting from this scrumptious brew.

Taste- Hints of bitter hop flavour followed by a sweet fruity character of banana and clove are enhanced by spicy notes of the yeast.

Mouthfeel- It has the texture of made from scratch whip cream with enough carbonation to remind you that you have a mouthful of beer and then some. A chewyness adds to the deliciousness and drinkablilty of this beer.

Drinkability- Another fine beer from a fine brewery, after almost 1000 years I would hope this brewery knew what they were doing, and they most certainly have perfected their beers. I've never been disappointed by a beer from this brewery yet!

RppIII, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light, clear golden straw color with three fingers of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: delicious wheat aroma with a hint of banana. This just strikes me as very well crafted -- excellent.

Taste: crisp, clean, wheaty; there's that hint of banana again. This beer is simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Fits the style well.

Drinkability: this beer is a pleasure to imbibe. It's not complex or challenging; it's simply an extremely tasty well-crafted beer.

flagmantho, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours blechy yellow. Well carbonated, decent aroma of the more common than you'd think banana and straw malt.

Taste is good enough for a kristal. Mildly impressed, thought it would be worse frankly. Has some zip and zest to it, yeast imbibes a neat, but restrained fruity appeal. Mouthfeel, doesn't go anywhere, but that's ok, it starts out good enough. Drinkable moreso in hot weather I'd imagine.

Too expensive ($5) per bottle to warrant a return.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of joshstevens87
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very pale yellow with a huge pure white head

S-delicious smell of fruit (banana, maybe with a bit of apple/pear)with a slight yeast/spiciness in the background could be a bit stronger though

T-very clean crisp taste of banana clove and apples and a right amount of spicyness to compliment the flavor

M/D-highly carbonated with a very light clean body yet has a hint of a creamy finish overall this beer is highly drinkable and is delicious, crisp, and very refreshing

joshstevens87, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer looks like champagne: a clear, pale yellow that has a slightly deeper golden tint to it sits beneath a huge bubbly white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a firm, dense foam and leaves light, spotty lacing in fair quantity.
The nose is initially a little pale and takes some effort to get a really strong impression. Light fruits make a nice backing for a clean, crisp and light malt backbone. Very light notes of cloves and wheat / grains fill it in. I don't detect any real hops bitterness.
The crisp pale malt is first and foremost in the flavor, but the banana, pear and perhaps green apple come through strong. The grains presence is always beneath and the cloves add the perfect compliment. A nice, dry and clean finish lingers. As with the nose, there's no real hops detected.
This one begins every sip with a crisp bite and finishes with a big creamy smoothness, well complimented by a moderate carbonation.
I could see this one going great with fish, chicken or a vegetarian dish, but it would just as well make a great session brew and seems to be a good one for just about any mood unless one really needs something huge or dark.

Brenden, Dec 25, 2009
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.