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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,363 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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)
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DannyS

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in bottle at Zum Stammtish in Queens, NY. Served in a weizen glass with a lemon slice floated between the beer and the head.

A - A crystal clear golden amber with a nice thick pillow of fluffy head on top that retains very well and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Clean, crisp citrus, banana, clove spice, and grains. Simple, but nice and fragrant.

T - Reflects the aromas well with a clean citric/banana taste, slightly spicy and faintly boozy. Finishes very clean.

M - Light and fizzy. Not a lot to the body, but it's appropriate for this style, which is kind of like hefe light.

D - Had two pint glasses of it and felt fine. It was tasty and very easy drinking. Easily a session beer.

overall - It's definitely not as complex or full bodied as its unfiltered brother, but this one was very satisfying nonetheless. Now I just wish I could find this one in my local beer stores. At least now I have an excuse to go to Zum Stammtish more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 05:01:35 | More by DannyS
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 18:50:52 | More by WakeandBake
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light gold color with a huge white head. Nose has smell of cloves and a slight wheat and funk. Taste is light, slightly malty with a hint of banana, smooth finish. Excellent drinkability, a good session beer. Good beer overall would recommend to anyone who desires the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 02:10:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 05:26:41 | More by SleepyMonk
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mjl21

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottle poured into a weizen glass. Part of batch 1438 and comes in at 5.4%.

A-Crystal clear straw yellow with a crackling 2 finger white head. The head slowly goes down to a one finger level. Tons of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. This one looks like a thirst quencher.

S-Lots of the usual weiss suspects. Fruit such as green apple and banana as well as a minimum amount of clove and as it warms some bubblegum notes.

T-A whole lot like it smells. The sweet fruits come fast followed by wheat and some clove. The aftertaste is very reminiscent of banana bread.

M-Lighter bodied and very crisp due to the great great amount of carbonation. The lasting head gives this one a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D-Refreshing and it goes down way too easy.

Another great on from Weihenstephaner. The lower abv coupled by its refreshing character make this a great beer that I will seek out many more times.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 04:54:26 | More by mjl21
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nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: Pour a nice golden color, very clear (kristall); almost like a good pilsner look. Great foam that is meringue in texture, hangs around for long time and extensive lacing.
S: Very pleasant to the nose; mild fruits, cloves.
T: A great taste! Follows the smell well--fruity but not overpowering, mild cloves, decent carbonation. Taste does change, a little applish, mild orange flavor I detect.
M: very pleasin as well. Not bitter at all, minimal after taste.
D: All day long. This is a great bier and could have this one all summer.

I strongly recommend this bier. Please do yourself a favor and try this bier. Prosit!

Another one I can check off as I try to review all that Weihenstepaner offers...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:08:14 | More by nocheinsbitte
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kingothewoods

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very clear and a light golden color. The head is quite airy and bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Not real exciting for the looks of things. The smell however is great - you can tell this is an old recipe traditional German beer. Boom - got some cloves with the first taste out the chute. Got some sweet malt and a hint of hops. Talk about well rounded. Maybe some fruit in there too ... like apples. Mouthfeel is smooth and isn't bitter but holds in the tastes and coats your mouth. As you drink it down the flavors change shape. Drinkability is very high.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 01:09:48 | More by kingothewoods
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jsh420

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear bright gold with a big foamy 3 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell was good but just not strong enough

taste was perfect - bananna clove and sweet bready malts - very clean beer

mouthfeel was also spot on light crisp with lively carbonation

drinkability is high how could it not be with the taste and mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 02:38:02 | More by jsh420
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass; the enormous head filled the glass from foot to rim without my trying. All that foam released a subdued aroma of bananas and cloves, as you'd expect from a beer of this style. Once it settled back (about 5 minutes, still leaving a good two inches for the ride to the bottom of the glass), it revealed a lovely, shimmery beer with mild carbonation and mild wheat-beer flavor. This makes sense, since it's filtered. Ever so slightly bitter at the finish, with a light body and a fragrant, easy style. Mild and subdued are all over this beer, which is a nice change from more powerful (yet still very tasty) unfiltered wheat beers. If you know someone who is afraid of Hefeweizen, buy them a bottle. You'll have a convert on your hands in no time.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:45:59 | More by gfreed
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Totally brite and golden like a pilsner, with a towering wheat beer head, just massive with excellent retention. Lively and carbonated.

Dusty malty nose, with some hops. Tons of wheat beer aroma, spices, clove, definately bubblegum, mild fake banana. Quality aroma and smells delicious. A bit like a pilsner again.

Big flavors on the forefront are the wheat and sweet pale (pils?) malt. I can smell the hops but they are way in the background and just barely bitter the beer. Lots of wheat beer characteristics but less than the unfiltered version so the sweet malts shine through. Refreshing

Lot of carbonation at first glance, but the gas escapes the beer rather quickly and I'm not sure why. Pretty much a flat mouthfeel after 2 minutes, like sugar water. Still light and quenching but I'd actually like more CO2.

Very refreshing and drinkable. Definately not nearly as exciting as a hefeweizen though!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:50:59 | More by rayjay
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed one of these at Armanetti's. Served in my weizen glass.

A - Five fingers of pillow-y off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of lacing. Transparent straw color with lots of bubbles racing up and on the sides of the glass. I'm a little lukewarm about the color, but otherwise this is gorgeous for the style.

S - Wheat, Belgian-style yeast, clove, loads of banana and bubblegum, and some floral hoppiness. The yeast and spice is a little overwhelming and makes the nose a touch too sharp. It's really potent.

T - Sweet malt, bubblegum, and floral notes - the yeast and spice are much more subdued in the taste. It's a little bland, actually - nowhere near as rich and complex as the nose. There's a little bit of spice in the aftertaste.

M - Thin with lively carbonation, but not overly so. Very soft and refreshing. Finish is very clean, with little residual feel. It's style-appropriate.

D - I like the 500ml serving size, as this brew goes down quick and easy. It's been an afternoon of lighter brews in preparation for DLD parties, and this was the best of the bunch. I just wish this had a little more depth in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:35:23 | More by MasterSki
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this bottle open and it foamed all over the place! Quickly poured into large Hefe glass and watched the giant white head rise out of the pale yellow beer. The head was some what disappointing, it dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing. However the aroma made up for the lacking appearance. Bananas, strawberries and other ripe fruit make the aroma of this beer special. Light grassy and hay aromas also come through. The flavor is light and subtle. Bananas up front then some nice grassy hops then bananas make another appearance and ends with a grainy crisp aftertaste. This is a light bodied beer that has a nice hop and carbonation presence that makes it quite refreshing. This is the first Kristalweizen I have ever had so I do not have much to compare it to but I would say this is a pretty good beer. I will be buying more of this in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 02:36:57 | More by br3wmeister
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a huge, almost unmanageable airy white head. Smels of malts and straw initially, with some banana and cloves lingering underneath. Tastes like a thinner version of the regular hefe, with some bananas and spice mixed in with some very slight phenols. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and there's plenty of cabonation as evidenced by the head. It's not that this is such a bad beer, just a bit innocuous, and begs the question, why mess with the best?

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 22:08:43 | More by stephens101
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a big foamy white head that lasts through out leaving chunky lacing in the glass. Crisp light fruit aroma with wheat, apple, citrus peel and banan notes. Very carbonated up front with crisp citrus fruit and slightly sour finish. Flavor similar to aroma with hints of golden apple, lemon/orange/grapefruit peel and banana. Crisp sour fruit presence with a slightly dry finish. Very refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 04:39:54 | More by corby112
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TheRowan

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light, clear, golden yellow. Carbonated but not a large head. What little head there was it went away after 1-2 min.'s.
S: Sweet, grainy, smelled like a barn that did not have any animals living in it, like a hayloft or a sweet corn field.
T: The first thing i tasted was how clean the beer tasted. So clean it tasted a bit soapy. Very well balanced tastes throughout. CLassic taste, typical of Weihenstephaner's
M: Light, crisp, and thin. Watery but made my mouth feel dry afterwords.
D: Very good. Solid! I would do it again and with spring in the air i can see my self with a big bucket of these guys on the beach in the months to come. The big bottle style was nice and it was very coast affective at under 3$ per.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 16:28:13 | More by TheRowan
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with about an inch of fizzy white head.

Strong scent of banana and some wheat, not much else.

Most notable taste is the bananas, wheat malts, notes of spice.

Very thin and crisp feel; high, prickly carbonation.

Very easy to drink as well as refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 20:22:59 | More by BeerCon5
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a champagne-blond body with lots of carbonation to fuel a well-retained eggshell white head. Great retention of tightly packed bubbles leaves sticky webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. Aroma is subtle and well-crafted, with a grassy, floral hop bouquet balanced by clove, banana, and crystal malt.

Flavor mirrors the aroma well, with a bigger presence from the malts that lends notes of honey, wheat, and biscuit. Hops are saved for the back of the palate, where they deliver a spicy, gentle bite of floral grasses. Mouthfeel is perfect, with a light body and a crisp finish that ends semi-dry thanks to a vigorous carbonation level. I really enjoyed this Kristalweizen: very easy drinking that I would have again without a moment's hesitation, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 05:35:37 | More by wagenvolks
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very light golden yellow color, very clear, not cloudy at all, and lots of bubble action. Big foamy white head, frothy, very lasting. Malty, sweet, light flowery aroma. Some alcohol, but a lot of malts. Reminds me of a belgian. Light, banana taste. Floral. Very clean aftertaste. Very light taste, soft mouthfeel. Nutty. Tasty, but not as much as it warms up, more..eh.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 03:12:19 | More by jujubeast6000
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prototypic

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and a light yellow, straw color. The head is very impressive. It's foamy white and over two and a half fingers deep. Wasn't expecting that when I saw the color. It stuck around for a while, but only left a light, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is a little reminiscent of a Weizenbock. It has a very strong earthy, grainy aroma up front. A wave of clove follows. There's perhaps a little pepper among other spices. Banana is also noted. There's a slight yeasty aroma. It's not a very deep aroma, but it certainly smells nice.

Taste: The nose is a very good representation of things to come. It kicks off with a sweet, light malt flavor. Clove is strong and really predominates the flavor. I like it. Banana is a secondary flavor, but complements the malty/spicy flavors very well. It is a little yeasty. Light citrus lemon seems to creep in toward the end. There's no shortage of a grassy or grainy flavor. It's notable throughout. Finishes a little dry and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a very light body. It's not quite smooth, but it's not bad. Carbonation's just a little too high to allow for that. Drinkability is good. It goes down very easy and has a nice flavor. But, I can see moving on to Hefe or Weizenbock quickly. It actually could be equated to foreplay for either. Nonetheless, it's nice and easy drinking.

Kristallweissbier is good. This is my first go with a Kristalweizen. It's interesting in that it is reminiscent of Hefes and Weizenbocks, but isn't quite as good as either. The flavor is not as pronounced or satisfying. At the end of the day, Kristallweissbier is a good beer that's well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 01:37:53 | More by prototypic
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fightingirishcmk

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Clear yellow, with a large head of foam. There was no lacing left on the glass.
S: Fruity (banana and citrus), floral, and sweet, light malts.
T: Sweetness, honey, wheat, and banana dominate, with little perceptible bitterness.
M: Crisp, refreshing, adequate carbonation, moderate body.
D: Very drinkable. Not heavy at all, not meant for sipping, but for regular drinking. Perfect example of drinkability IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 03:51:50 | More by fightingirishcmk
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Chelsea1905

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 02:23:26 | More by Chelsea1905
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear, just like the label on the bottle says. GOlden yellow with a huge sudsy white head. You can actually here the bubbles popping. Excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Aromas of wheat, banana, and clove dominate. None are too strong and provide excellent balance to each other. A light peppery aroma comes through as well when the beer warms a bit.

T - Light wheat taste initially before the yeasty flavors really begin to take over. Lots of banana and a hint of bubble gum. A nice peppery taste lingers underneath. Light bitterness.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Alot like a typical German hefe, without the chewiness. A definite easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 16:52:00 | More by ckeegan04
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Brad007

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my pint glass. Clearer than their hefeweizen.

Aroma is light with a decent hint of banana and clove in the nose, followed by wheat malt.

Taste is somewhat tart with strong banana and clove flavors. Smooth and delicious. Somewhat lighter and closer to a witbier.

As mentioned, banana and clove flavors linger a bit. Texture of the beer is similar to a witbier and somewhat more refreshing.

I've never had this style before. I think that a hefeweizen loses certain characteristics when it is filtered. Otherwise, this is very nice and drinkable. It reminds me of a kolsch in terms of drinkability. I like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 03:14:45 | More by Brad007
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Rayek

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold with somewhat active carbonation. Fizzy white head starts out strong, sticks for awhile and then recedes to a ring at the edge of the beer. Left no lace.

S: Lots of pepper, clove, lemon and dry wheat great the nose. A faint aroma of banana is there as well.

T: Clean and crisp. Starts out with a fresh bread flavor that has hints of banana. Bitterness comes on with a clove and lemon bite. Finishes with a mild lemon tartness.

M: Light body is a touch grainy and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This is my first beer of this style, so I didn't go in knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Mild taste and low ABV, make this an exceptionally easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 16:32:21 | More by Rayek
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gabe23

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - As the name would indicate, this one is crystal clear and has a nice light golden color. The white head is colossal and lasts quite a while, but there isn't much lacing. Tiny bubbles drift constantly to the surface, making this a beautiful beer with a lager-like presentation in the glass.

S - Mild aroma of sweet fruitiness. The estery banana smell is present, but very muted. Perhaps a slight spiciness as well, but it's hard to detect.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavor is mild and sweet. The banana flavor is noticable at the start, and a mild, wheaty bitterness quickly takes over. This fades into a dry finish with a touch of clove and spice.

M - Thin, light, and refreshing with champagne-like carbonation.

D - This is a very drinkable beer, especially for people like myself who aren't big fans of the bold yeast in a Hefeweizen. Definitely a good choice for someone looking to develop a taste for hefes, as you get a touch of the banana/clove goodness, but it doesn't blow you away.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:22:14 | More by gabe23
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