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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,505 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 77
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breaking out the swatches on this one. "Maize" color - goldish-yellow, fairly light. Lovely soft white fluff on top - decent retention and lacing.

I've had this many times and I guess I never noticed how much it smells like a straight pilsner. Tastes a little like one too, although, definitely has many of the qualities of the top German wheats - but all a bit less pronounced than their (Weihenstephaner's) hefes. A touch of clove, a nip of grain, a pinch of hops. Not saying it's watered down! Just more subtle. Slightly thinner in the body compared to the cloudier, creamier hefeweizens available (W's hefe, Paulaner, etc).

Not a beer to let sit too long. At a relatively warm temp, the last few sips reveal more of that bubblegum flavor mentioned here and there. Allspice, too. Loses the refreshing factor, for sure. Definitely best fairly cool. Definitely tasty and would be great with warm rolls and an earthy, peppery salad.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw color. Poured a 2 finger merangue-like white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove and a dose of wheat malt; muted though.

T: Consistent with the aroma. Crisp and refreshing. Nicely bittered in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, zesty, light on the pallete and refreshing.

D: Easily drinkable and a great beer. Just scaled-down relative to its bigger brother.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this, based on the recommendation of the authors of Naked Pint (highly recommended). As I expected, this is basically like a lighter (less intense) version of a Hefe. It's perfect for those times that you want something like a hefe but with less spiciness. It's more carbonated, more crisp than a crisp. Would be an excellent beer with meals and on hot summer days.

Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice, frothy, white, 2 finger head.

S- Faint banana, wheat, light fruits.

T- Lots of banana, very crisp, apricot.

M- Light and bubbly.

D- Very refreshing and light. This is an easy drinker. Great for a summer day.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass.

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier poured a crystal clear [like the style name implies] bright yellow color with a fine effervescent carbonation. A huge white mountainous bubbly head was produced. The head held well, however, almost no lacing was present.

Aroma is of light tropical fruit/citrus lemon; banana and light clove. The flavor is dominated more by clove than banana with light lemon citrus. The ale finishes with a lingering taste of light spicy clove and wheat flavors. Mouth feel is to the lighter side with a good amount of energetic carbonation. It is clean and crisp on the palate.

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier is a fine example of the style...it is one refreshing thrust quenching brew.

Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a nice head that lingers and laces well.
Smells like a Bavarian wheat, not the basic clove/banana/vanilla that I really enjoy.
Tastes somewhat bitter taste I get from the other style of hefe and has basically the same taste as the other hefe's that are not in the clove/banana/vanilla category.

Good beer.

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice clear straw color with a thick foamy head, just as I expected from a Kristalweizen.

The scent is basically like a light Hefeweizen, with strong wheat banana and citrus. The taste is stronger than I expected. Not that it is particularly strong, but I assumed it would be very weak. The main flavor that hits you is banana followed by citrus and then finishes strongly with wheat that lasts a while.

There is a little more carbonation than I would like, as it interferes with the flavor. I find this very refreshing and perfect for a hot day. Great for the summer.

Photo of Avagadro
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Kristallweissbier is straw in color and crystal clear, with a rocky white head capping off an onslaught of lacing.

S: Bouquet is somewhat saturnine in comparison to the kristal's cloudy kin. Some banana and clove are detected, but at levels much lower than I'm used to.

T: The flavor follows suit, with all parameters scaled back whe compared to the traditional hefe. This brew is semi-sweet, with notes of banana and clove, and maybe a touch of pineapple.

M: Body is light, with a touch of slickness that is quickly cut by the effervescent nature of this brew.

D: This is the only kristallweissbier in my store of 1100 brews, so I had to give it a try. not to discredit the style at all, but I think I will be sticking to my hefe's, as they have a much broader flavor profile, more vitamins, and a much better mouthfeel due to the yeast.

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

16oz or so bottle into a Bell's inspired brewing pilsner glass. This is my 1st shot at a kristalweizen.

A- Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier pours out of the bottle a light pale colored straw like yellow with a clear look to it. Looks great in the glass although not much of a head comes up, only a trace cap.

S- Smells like a Hefeweizen on the light end with some banana and other light esters. Getting some pale malts and grassy scents here as well. A little wheat and a touch of hops, this is light in all sense of the word.

T- I waited to drink this for when it was hot outside and it did it's job, this is refreshing beer. It's essentially a filtered hefeweizen with the same tastes as one but lighter. Some banana, light pale malts and some grass with other esters from the yeast, it's light though. Some hops but just enough to keep this well rounded.

M&D- A nice spritzy mouthfeel from the carb when first poured although that got lost as this warmed to almost nothing. Light bodied and refreshing. I suggest drinking this as cold as possible to keep the crispness on the tounge. This gets dull in feel with warmth, but the fruits come out a bit more. I can and will drink this all day someday and maybe stretch it into a weekend. Good stuff and light in alcohol too.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured crystal clear yellow into a weizen glass with a large, bright white head. There's a very high level of carbonation.
S: It smells like a muted version of a hefeweizen, with faint aromas of bananas and bubble gum.
T: It has lots of taste for a beer that was filtered. There are flavors of banana and bubble gum that follow the aroma.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very crisp, clean, bubbly and smooth.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink; it's both crisp and thirst quenching.

Photo of irisier
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a brown one pint .9 fl oz bottle.

Appearance: Translucent golden straw with bubbly body and a sticky white froth that retains a thin head.

Smell: Fruity aromas, pears mostly. Definite wheat malt and some faint pale malt.

Taste: Pale maltiness with some faint fruit. Wheat malt is also present with some yeasty quality and the typical wheat twang. Little in terms of hops. A little wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean feeling.

Impressions: This went down easy, and was pretty tasty. Great for wheat beer lovers. I'd definitely have this again, although I prefer
the more muddled taste of Hefeweizens.

Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my favorite Mason jar.

A: Kristallklare! Its strange to smell the pink bubblegum but see no whitening yeast. Three finger head that sticks around pretty well over a Miller High Life colored body.

S: Yum. Pure pink bubble gum stick with all that white powder on it. Cloves first, then bits of banana rama.

T: Wow this is a refreshing weissbier. Smooth würzigen rosa Kaugummi. Das ist ja fantastisch!

M: Medium bubbly feel. Does clarity und carbonation walk hand und hand?

D: I love how the bubblegum aroma grows as this brew warms in the glass. This is a good beir, more than likely better left unfiltered, but for the newbies out there that might be put off by sediment und yeastiness; this is a good platform to leap from. A good beir! Weihenstephaner is the Scheiße!!!

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this, the Dunkel and the classic hefe all together. Doing a little comparison of the 3 sisters.

A- Really impressive head. Its just as big as the Hefe Wiessbeir and just as dense. Sadly, like the Hefe, its doesnt stay around as long as I had hoped. It leaves lots of lacing as it fades. The beer is a clear golden straw color. Some lively effervescence is active.

S- The banana, clove, spicy wheat and yeasts are there just like its bigger brother. These characteristics might be just a tad bit weaker here.

T- Slightly hoppy for a german wheat. It imparts a nice lemony citrus taste that cuts the spicy wheat. There is still lots of banana and clove.

M- Lightish body, very crisp and refreshing with a dry as hell finish.

D- Hugely sessionable. These beers make me want to go sit outside.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a weizen glass a beautifully pale golden yellow with an amazing pure white head and excellent lacing.

Smells strongly of bananas and sweet bread. Spicy clove notes are just enough to round out this kristall perfectly.

It's amazing how much of a "banana bread" taste you get out of this beer. Big cereal grain tastes, as a matter of fact, it tastes much like dry corn flakes or cheerios, that rich grainy taste they have. The slightest hint of hops, barely detectable at all, but I'll swear it's there.

Medium to thin body, with a grainy mouthfeel, due in part to the rough carbonation. It really adds to the flavor profile, IMO. Superbly drinkable.

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

Ok, my first Kristallweisbier so I'll review based on the style description given here.
Pours a very clear, honey golden. Almost a 4 finger fluffy white head, a bit splotchy. Lacing is smooth and clean all they way down.

Lightly blended aromas of soft malt and lemongrass. Very slight banana. Refreshing is a good descriptor, I think.

Flavor is light. A crispness comes on first, with subtle clove and citrus in the middle. Pale malt in the end calms down the phenols a bit. A touch buttery on the end.

A very nice, refreshing beer. Can see this being a great summer beer for me.

Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, white fizzy head that diminished to 1/4-finger after a little time. No real lacing. Body is medium-yellow and brilliantly clear.

S: Very peppery and fruity... the cloves and banana are there, but not to the degree that I've noticed with other Weizen beers.

T: Very refreshing, with moderate spices (especially clove and pepper) and light fruitiness.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy, with very fizzy carbonation.

D: A very-easy drinking beer, and would be excellent on a hot day. Flavors aren't as powerful as with some other weizens I've had, but in a way this works to an advantage of sorts.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The head eventually reduces to 1 finger of bubbles, but never leaves. Some spotty lacing. Beer is clear and full of rising bubbles.

Decent yeast, banana, tropical fruit, and musty grain aromas. I stuck my nose in the glass looking for them and...there they are.

The best description is that this is a milder version of a good hefe. Sweet wheat, soft raw grain, light spice bite, and a very clean finish (almost the same type of flavor in the finish you get from seltzer water). Flavors are very clean and crisp, and a bit muted.

Light bodied and carbonated. It makes it very easy drinking, but that differs a bit from drinkability. I could see how one could put many of these down if they were available to them. My only drawback to this beer is...why drink this style at all? The flavors that I enjoy in this are found in more robust versions, so why do this? Probably pairs great with food, and would never get in the way of stronger flavors while cleaning the palate. I encourage people to try this, just because it is very good, but I don't know when I'll revisit again.

Photo of sugarbrew
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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?

Photo of juju7
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of icetraxx
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of fastsrt
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.