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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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1,455 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 73
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of cdizinno
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date, just a code or lot number, '8189'

A: Clear golden yellow color, slim white head and minimal lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity aromas. Wheat malt in the nose.

T&M: Medium body with a crisp taste. Medium carbonation. Spicy clove character and mild fruity flavors are present. Hops are nearly nonexistent. Relatively clean after taste with some remaining spicy wheat flavors.

Great beer that I recieved in a beer of the month package. Will definitely try again!

cdizinno, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of benteach
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear pour with a very thick head which remained during the entire bottle. Very good carbonation.

Faint aromas of fruit.

Very clear flavors of banana and citrus. Grainy but very smooth. The carbonation really adds to the moutfeel. The bubbles last well after tasting and much to the overall drink.

Very good Weissbier, can't wait to try other from this brewery.

benteach, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of BeenJammin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- super clear, straw yellow in color with nice fluffy white head
S- grainy, sweet with a bit of hops
T - Chalk full of flavor for such a light beer. Has a nice clean grainy lager taste
M - clean, crisp, refreshing, light
D - can you say, "lawn mower beer"? I could drink this by the liter.

BeenJammin, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold colour, quite a lagery colour, with furious bubbling promoting a really excellent white head of medium sized bubbles. Sinks slowly but surely and doesn't leave much lace, although a tilt gives a better impression: thin but nice. Looks like a decent beer.

Interesting nose, definitely weizeny with a distinct banana character backing up behind some pleasant peppery spice. Hints of parsley and basil and a little vinegar. Not as complex as some, but hits the right notes.

Taste is not quite as thick as the nose, flavours dance around but never really hit you with any power. Hints of banana, clove and cinnamon on the front, stewed apple on the back with maybe a light spicy sprinkle. Sweetness is a bit overpowering, largely due to the lack of spice. I guess it's the filtering of the yeast that lowers the spice impact, but it also lowers the gravity of the finish. Trickle out to a tame - if pleasant - aftertaste with a whisper of pepper and a mild bittersweet texture.

Feel is pleasant enough, but feels a bit flat. A bit more tingle might add more life to the palate. This is pretty much what I could expect. It's a good beer, watered down. All the flavours are there but they're meek and subdued. Having said that, because the impact is lowered it's extremely drinkable.

I'm maybe being a bit harsh by comparing this to the hefeweizen, because they're obviously meant to be different, but I just feel this can't escape the shadow of the bigger, better beer. This is probably more of a chugging beer than its big brother, but I just prefer the more full-flavoured one.

laituegonflable, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail Pint glass.

A Exceedingly clear light yellow translucent with visible bubbles rising up under 1 cm head. Some lacing. Rather average. 3.0

S Like a Weissbier. Interesting in that it looks like a basic lager but smells more like a classic Weisbier. Extra credit for this unique situation. 4.0

T Taste like a light Hefe. There is the wheat taste but really, it lacks depth of others in the Weihenstephaner line. 3.0

M As suggested, a bit thin for a Hefe. 2.5

D Very drinkable indeed, the big advantage of this beer I think. 4.5

Notes: Interesting but I like Hefes to be a bit thicker than this.

adamette, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle into a small weizen glass, this beer pours a clear medium straw in color. An overactive carbonation yields two inches of soapy white head from a rather careful pour. Future additions are less crazy as for head development yet continue to yield strong lacing.

Banana and wheat on the nose are both highly prevalent and favorable. Other more subtle malt notes commingle with some yeast as well. Yeast notes are more robust after some air and can offer an intriguing hint of sourness.

A bit sweeter than anticipated on the taste but quite pleasant. More banana for the most part and with a long finish. Light background touch of cherry or grape rounds out the banana notes well. Quite smooth on the feel, carbonation is supportive but not overdone after the blowoff of gas on the initial pour. Has enough body and texture to keep things interesting, yet doesn't overwhelm with sweetness. Closes with a brief return of ripe banana. Drinks quite easily though 'may' become one sided as a session beer. Very nice brew, will purchase again.

HalfFull, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the pour is one that has produced a lot of head. It pours clean and clear, like the label states. Its a nice light orange pour that looks pretty inviting on a warm summer night.

The nose on this beer is fantastic. That big fluffy head packs a wallop! Lots of spicy, clovey smells arise from it along with that familiar banana and bubble gum. Such a unique bunch of smells but together they work and work well.

Lots of taste with this as well, lots of spicey notes come out. The clove and banana is very, very present along with some sweet and tangy tastes. Its also a very dry beer with an aftertaste that is quite refreshing. I do have to say that I wasn't expecting the amount of flavor this one packs. I like it a lot and it works well as a summer beer!

For a "lighter" wheat beer this one still packs a lot of great flavor and is very refreshing!

indiapaleale, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a huge fan of kristalweizens, but this once was a pleasure to consume. Appearance wise it produced vast amounts of bright white fluffy/pillowy head, and had golden champagne looking body.

The aroma was bold with freshly cracked pepper, and a slight clove trait. Lemon fragrance was detectable as well.

Taste wise; it was lemony up front, a hint of white grape, and a finish of light bubble gum flavor.

The feel of this brew is light, crisp, and very clean.

Overall the best kristalweizen I've had. One can't ever go wrong with these brewery's products.

TheSarge, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a large white head that settles soon after to a half-finger cap. Smells heavily of banana and tart wheat, with plenty of yeast character that hints at clove. The wheat dominates the taste, with light clove in the background; the banana is all but gone. None of the flavors are very strong. Light body with heavy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, but reminiscent of a normal hefe that's been watered-down.

philipquarles, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright pale gold with a thick and foamy white crown. Good lacing is left behind. Plenty of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

An aroma of banana and clove.

Tastes of banana and clove, along with a peppery accent. Some vanilla in there as well.

Mouthfeel was very good. Crisp and refreshing, with a generous amount of carbonation tingle. Very nice.

A very nice beer for this time of year.

JBogan, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant golden color with a thick white ehad that is around the duration.
the aroma contains your standard hefe type action, ripe banana, clove, minus some, but not all of the breadiness you might find in one.
the taste is filled with ripe banana, peppery clove, and touches of bread crust. a soft lemony quality is present also. it lacks some of the yeasty tang of a hefe, which works brilliantly here.
the mouthfeel is soft, creamy and medium bodied.
a hell of a refreshing beer, this one is gone before you know it. think of it as a crisper hefeweizen, it's delicate, robust, and quenching all at the same time. this seems to be a spot on example of a style that seems to be oft neglected.

kmo1030, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a studry rocky head and dramatic bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The lacing looks like mountains, bubbles arranged in fractal patterns.

Banana, spice, and a hint of bubblegum on the nose over a background of wheat and yeast.

Banana, spices and grains on the palate. The grain is both wheaty and strangely corny, like an adjunct lager. Orange and lemon come through the back, and it might be too much. The dry finish has a strange bite and a slight orange peel astringency. The mouthfeel is very fluffy.

Very drinkable and nearly as good as the Hefeweissbier, but the citrus in this one goes a lot further than it should.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my SA perfect pint... don't have a weizen glass yet so this will have to suffice; will take two pours.

A: You can tell this is a kristallweizen because it is absolutely gloriously translucent. Bright straw colored body; held to light, the glass produces shimmering golden hues. Pour produces a rocky, merengue-like white head about 2.5 fingers thick. Head dissipates to a thinner, bubbly foam only a couple centimeters deep, but that remains throughout the entire glass.

S: Definetly a subdued nose compared to its brethren, but I can still pick out the familiar notes of a traditional hefeweizen: bananas, clove, hay, honey, doughy bread and a light citrusy lemon. Subtle yet still pleasantly sweet.

T: Again, subdued like the nose, but your palate is hit with a lightly sweet banana flavor up front; then a clean, zesty clove spice peaks before giving away to a wave of hop bitterness. Then that familiar wheaty, doughy bread flavor takes control of your palate and lingers well into the finish, begging you to take another sip. Subtlety is the game here, and the flavors blend into one another so well. Refreshing.

M: There is alot of carbonation in this beer and it makes its presence known with a sharp, prickly strike on the tongue. Light bodied, but with a slightly powdery/fluffy mouthfeel that works well with the subtle flavors.

D: Only 5.4% ABV and it is well hidden. Definitely in the running to be a great session beer. Easy and enjoyable to knock out a pint of this.

Weihenstephaner does it again, and no surprise there seeing as they are the oldest brewery in the world - they have had quite along time to perfect their craft, and perfect it they did. Definitely nice to compare to the traditional Hefeweizen and the Dunkel... which I conveniently have a pint of chilling on deck.

Buschyfor3, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of carp420
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kristallweissbier-> duvel tulip

pours amber with a two inch head that doesn't last long but caps it well and laces somewhat

smells of banana, floral, cloves, wheat and yeast. more malty as it warms

taste is superb, much like the smell, wheaty and light, faint taste of banana and malt,

mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry but very refreshing, carbonation is great

drinkability is huge, just got out of the pool and this one hits the spot for sure, another killer beer from Weihenstephaner, haven't had a bad one yet and always can't wait for the next.

carp420, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my Weihenstephan weizen glass. Gusher upon opening. By the time I got it in the glass it poured a translucent pale gold with a four inch creamy, bright white head. Bands and heavy spots of lacing are exposed as the brew is consumed. Some banana and clove in the nose. Taste follows nose but flavors are very mild and somewhat watered down. Also get a little residual wheatiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light, lively and a little watery. Not my favorite from Brauerei Weihenstephan, but this sure is an easy drinking brew on a hot day.

Jwale73, May 31, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's just something about wheat beers of any kind that doesn't sit well with me, so take all this with a grain of salt.

This beer looks great, pours with a nice head and beautifully crystal clear. However, the smoky wheat/spicy clove flavor that just turns me off is all too present. I can't get away from it. I'm sure this beer is a perfect example of what it is going for, and I tried to give it adequate rankings, but it just isn't for me.

Even in the summer, I'll take a nice fresh pilsener, or even a bold IPA, but keep the wheat to yourself.

joshuadlight, May 29, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- a bottle served into a .5L weissen glass

appearance- a very clear golden color. a decent head, but lacking with no lacing

smell- a simple smell, faintly of bananas and yeast.

taste/mouthfeel- fruity and sweet, but again to faint in flavor. It is like a hefeweissen light, which only makes sense. it was a light body with a alot of carbonation. i seemed to notice the prickel of carbonation more then the flavor.

drinkability- the feel almost reminded me of drinking a becks or something similar. the taste was just not what i would hope for

Anthony1, May 27, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

DannyS, May 18, 2009
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 barleywinefiend
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

barleywinefiend, May 15, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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

SleepyMonk, May 13, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

mjl21, May 12, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

nocheinsbitte, May 05, 2009
Photo of kingothewoods
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

kingothewoods, May 05, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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

jsh420, May 04, 2009
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.