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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 80
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Union in Clarkston, Michigan in August 2009.

Pours a straw color with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. The nose has a slight sweetness from the malt and hints of clove, banana, and bubblegum coming from the yeast. The taste is quite similar with the yeast's characteristics really shining through. Light body with good carbonation--this one is quite drinkable.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional appearance with rocky, meringue-like head that jiggles and retains well. Beautiful pale golden color that contrasts well with the white head.

Aromas of light fruit and fresh bread are noted.

On the palate this Kristalweizen offers a balanced blend of wheaty-malt, traditional hefe-weizen flavors of banana clove, and a light body that makes this one incredibly drinkable. Very, very appetizing for the next sip.

A classic Kristalweizen. One of the best, without a doubt.

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear bright and yellow. Nice tall foamy head that exhibits excellent retention along with tons of lace. Non stop stream of tiny tiny bubbles rise to the top for the duration.

S: Subtle banana, wheat, and bread. Very light bubblegum with clove notes.

T: This one is a hefe light. Clove up front, with hints of banana and bubblegum. A lighter in flavor version of a hefe.

M: Very light, zippy carbonation, crisp finish.

D: Good, I like bolder beers so I would take a hefe over this one, that being said this one is solid.

Photo of r0nyn
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Split a 15 oz bottle with fellow BA infi. Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Very, very pale yellow and crystal clear; it certainly looks as advertised. Massive head that is almost pure white in color, takes its sweet time to dissipate into about a quarter inch layer. Smell has the characteristic hefe banana smell, but far more subdued, which is obviously from the filtering. Still a very nice smell.

The taste is really where it departs from every other Weihenstephaner offering I've had. Like the look, it's quite light on flavoring. The banana is present, but extremely subdued. Actually, not sure if subdued is the right word. Watered-down would probably be the appropriate term. It tastes as if the filtering removed most of the flavoring from the beer. Not sure if that's what the intent is, but it certainly wasn't very tasty. Hops were nonexistent and the finish is mild and forgettable, certainly not the pleasant bready chewiness I'm used to from this brewery. No aftertaste of which to speak. Mouthfeel is devoid of carbonation, making me think that we got a bad bottle or something. Very light, almost like water.

Drinkability is relatively high because of the lightness of it all, but I don't know why you'd want to drink more than one of these, because it just seems like a neutered hefeweizen.

Here's hoping that it was a bad bottle because this is the first Weihenstephaner brew I haven't liked.

Photo of infi
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a 0.5L weizen glass.

Pours a clear and clean light golden color that forms a ridiculously white fat and frothy head - around three fingers in width. Very pilsner looking. After a few minutes, the head will settle down and shrink in head size, with the bubbles becoming finer as well. Not much carbonating activity either when held up to the light. Without the head, it looks like a very flat brew, yet Weihenstephaner never disappoints in the head-forming department. The smell is reminiscent of the hefeweissbier, but much lighter. The banana and yeast are both still very above all, but at a smaller prominence than its brother product. Very simple, yet still delightful in every way. The taste is also very light and minimal - I was surprised. It's really like drinking banana flavored water. Very, very little going on flavorwise. The slight banana flavor is all you really taste. No wheat and bready chewiness like the regular Hefeweissbier. There's also no lingering aftertaste of any sort. It's like the filter was solely for the appearance and taste. It's nothing exciting to me at all.

This kristalweizen has an incredibly light-bodied mouthfeel with little to no carbonation in the mouth. Definite turn-off, which is definitely affecting its drinkability. Drinkability is fair. It's easy in a sense that it's very light and probably refreshing in the summertime, but not drinkable through the flavor department. Again, it's very watery and mild in flavor. And again, banana-flavored water. I can't see myself having this for a night's session. I'd definitely choose the Hefeweissbier instead.

As for my first kristalweizen, I was hoping for a bit more than what I expected, especially from the Weihenstephaner brewery. Maybe it's how all kristalweizens are, but I'll go the extra effort and go for the hefeweizen instead. I truly hope this was just a bad bottle or something.

Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a huge 3 finger plus head on it with a sticky lace and decent retention. Smells and tastes of bananas, cloves, and citrus. Has a mild sweet flavor which is dominated by malt. Little to no hop presence noticed.

This is nicely carbonated and light bodied. Drinks very easily. This is another great beer from Weihenstephaner. Picked up at Friar Tuck Beverage in Springfield, IL.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a light golden yellow with a monstrous fluffy head. First kristalweizen, so it's kind of weird to not see tons of little yeast particles floating around. Instead, just a steady stream of bubbles. Surprisingly, there's not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of cloves, banana, and wheat. Pretty mild nose, not really up to par with other world-class beers I've had from Weihenstephan.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of fruitiness...seems like banana outpaces the clove. Disappointing slightly metallic taste in the finish.

Second wheat beer of the night, and both have gone a little overboard in the carbonation department. Again, I know the carbonation is meant to be a little higher, but this is just a bit too much. That said, there's still a creaminess to the texture, and it's a refreshing beer that's easy to drink.

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

My first kristalweizen brings me up to 100 styles tried.

Pours a radiant straw colour with a voluminous and well-lacing white head that drops to a film, leaving some streaks of lace behind. Lightly yeasty aroma, with mild banana and bread notes. I was unsure how filtering would affect a hefe, but now I know. The banana and clove flavours you would expect are still there, but far more subdued, and they've been usurped by a pleasant apple character and a light sharpness. A light breadiness provide a good backbone for these flavours. The body is medium-light and refreshing.

It certainly has a lot of similarities to the regular hefeweizen version, but with the slightly toned down sweetness, and a heightened sharpness, it seemed more thirst quenching. This would certainly make an excellent summer beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant golden straw pour with a huge head that is constantly fed by very active carbonation.
Aromas of wheat, bubblegum, very faint banana, not much else. Nice, but lacking.
Similar flavours of floury wheat, banana and a faint hint of white grapes. Again, enjoyable, but not particularly exciting.
Moderately light body with fine carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a yellowish-straw color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light, sweet malts, with good amounts of ripe bananas and hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors kick things off and stay strong throughout, allowing a showing from banana flavors and a milder showing from clove flavors midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and leaves a bit of banana flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. My glass went down very quickly and I'm sorry to say I didn't have another available.

Overall the flavors in this beer are similar in profile but lesser in scope than the full-fledged hefeweizen, however both are absurdly drinkable. Worth a shot.

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

Poured from a 17oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.99.

A: Inarguable clarity in a light amber hue with 2-finger rocky off-white head with average retention but no lacing.

S: Aromas are definitely muted compared to the Weihenstephaner Hefe I had right before this. Maltiness is much more prominent with plenty of straight pale and some more toasty malt varieties. Clove is next most forward with banana and pear present but not at all dominant. There is very little of the wheat tanginess usually easy to detect.

T: The flavor matches the nose pretty well, which leaves a malty wheat beer. The pale malt backbone is substantial and takes the lead in the flavor profile. The clove and banana flavors are present, but the estery nature of the kristalweiss is substantially decreased. The smallest twang of wheat is there, but nowhere near a hefe.

M: The solid maltload provides a good creaminess, although it is actively carbonated.
Aftertaste is short, clean, and strong on clove and sweetness.

D: A very good beer, owing mainly to the bigtime maltiness, although I miss the wheaty twang and estery fruit flavors the yeaast haze adds. It would be a good wheat beer for drinkers who don't like the perfumy esters of hefes and who like their malty beers.

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

I poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a weizen glass. The beer pours crystal clear with a large white head. Cloves and bananas dominate the smell. The taste follows, there are also bubble gum notes. The beer is highly carbonated, light in body, and way to drinkable. IMO this and the better hefeweizen's are interchangeable.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50 cl. bottle. Pours a kristal clear golden-yellow color with a fairly tall but, quickly diminishing fluffy white head, fair lacing. Aroma is grain, straw, wheat, yeast, and some light banana esters. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, yeast, and a touch of spiciness. Light to medium bodied, fairly lively, sweet on the palate. Pretty good kristall, refreshing.

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

Appearance: Pours to a clear, straw color with thick, strong foam that lasted a long time.

Smell: Light aroma with a hint of yeast. Mild banana-like aroma hanging around the edges.

Taste: A crisp, refreshing brew. Very much like a regular hefe, but "lighter." Light bread overtones throughout.

Mouthfeel: Again, a light but not watery feel. Carbonation is appropriate and manageable.

Drinkability: Outstanding. Very refreshing. At only 5.4% ABV, this beer would session very well.

I view this beer as a strong representative of the Kristalweizen style. Light and refreshing like some BMCs strive to be, but with some added subtleties that set it apart from the swill-du-jour.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear (no shit) gold with a huge, bubbly white head. Looks like a pilsener that got too big for its britches.

The aroma is clove, banana and apple. Very pleasant.

The flavor is essentially a subdued version of the classic Weihen hefe with hints of apple. All the culprits are still here, they just aren't quite as pronounced as usual. Still tasty, though.

The creaminess of the hefe is replaced with a pils-like crispness. Very refreshing.

Drinkability is high. This is tops as far as filtered wheats go. I still prefer the flagship hefe.

Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a 500 ml bottle poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A-- Poured a light gold color with a big white head that lasted a while before disappearing into a small white layer on top.

S-- Bananna, clove, citrus. Quite a good smell.

T-- Pretty solid. pretty well balanced

M-- Light and well carbonated.

D-- drinkable but got a bit samey near the end of the beer. I thought it was pretty front forward in drinking, better in the beginning than in the end. Good beer for sitting on a balcony in the summer.

Photo of meatmallet
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a large white head. The head quickly disappears and leaves a thin head on top.

Smell: Citrus, banana, grains, and wheat. Also a bit of a floral and clove smell.

Taste: A little sweet. As far as flavor it is not that great. I get wheat and banana.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied and very crisp and clean.

Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint sized bottle poured into a seidel. '1438' printed on the back of the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color. An immense billowy white head formed and simply will not dissipate! The lacing is sticking everywhere!

(S)- Tons of wheat and lemony goodness. Touch of yeasty vanilla I think.

(T)- Pale in character with light airy wheat, lemon, and afterthoughts of corn. Has a light hoppy character to it. Almost creamy.

(M)- Definitely crisp and refreshing. A great carbonation level. Light and balanced. Straightforward.

(D)- A plain and simple wheat beer, yet solidly made. This goes down smooth and crisp. Great on a summer day.

Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into weihenstephan weizen glass

A - huge bright white head on this beer. the body is a bright straw colour, like a light honey yellow. the head sits on top for a good long while before settling down to a normal sized .5 finger layer. this beer is indeed kristallklar. the beer has all the parts buy maybe a tad more depth to the colour would be better.

S - primarily smells wheaty, in that sweet manifestation that it is wont to provide. though I have none of the classic banana and clove aspect to the beer, there certainly is fruit: rich ripe pears. I think the beer might have been filtered too well, thus muting the banana and clove aspect. either way, the brew still smell quite good.

T - ah, here are the cloves. the beer is basically a muted version of the regular one. that is what is supposed to happen, so I understand. the initial taste is of the classic clove note that is regular to weizenbier, a hearty wheat flavour, and some slight hoppy bitterness. the finish has the banana aspect come out and blend with the cloves, all atop an underlying wheat flavour. the aftertaste is just like a regular weizenbier: wheaty cloves and a slight sweetness that comes to stay. this is a pretty good wheat beer, but the pronouncement of the flavours can be too subued at points. and when one compare the complete burst of flavour that the regular weihenstphan gives, the understatement in this beer is just too much.

MF&D - the beer feels almost like my homebrewed weizen. the carbonation is lacking a slight ammount, and the body is just a bit too thin. its not watery, by any means, but the beer should have a bit more slosh to it. either way the brew is great fun to drink and the low abv keeps em coming.

Photo of cudmud
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer produced a giant white foam following its liberation from the tight confines of its bottle. Next, the foam hung to the glass thereby by producing some amazing lace. This has to be the clearest beer that I've ever seen. Lots of carbination. All and all this is a very pretty brew. The aroma of this beer is lacking. In contrast, the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.

This is a great beer to drink on a hot summer day. In addition, this is a good beer to wean the Bud fans onto real beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of benteach
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of BeenJammin
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of adamette
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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