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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,550 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 83
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 WeezyBoPeep
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Daktyls
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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).

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.62/5  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.

Photo of Rbald42
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  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.

Photo of RppIII
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of flagmantho
4.34/5  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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of joshstevens87
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of lilbuddha
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: this is my favorite "go to" beer. I've drank literally hundreds of these.

A - Beautiful and easily identifiable. Clean. Head is thick and lasts.

S - A bit weak, my first impression was that this might not have any flavor to it.

T - Ah here it is. For such a clean look, its got this nice little bite carried on the carbonation, kinda drying aftertaste. This is delicious cold, but I really prefer all the Stephaners just barely cool, and on occasion warm. These really just get better as you get about 1/3 through the glass its lost its chill.

M - Carbonation carries the flavor, smooth

D - For some time i drank these in place of light beer and would get quite inebriated... its just too easy to down these, and I've got a somewhat easily bothered stomach.

Going to update this the next time I have one warm.

Photo of moosiz
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big bottle into a 0.5l Weihenstephaner glass this brew looks amazing! A 1"+ billowing white head sits atop a crytal clear golden tower of steady carbonation. A couple drinks leave a nice heavy ring of lacing.

Smells much like the original style with some banana, citrus, and clove. But this one is very clean with not as much funk to it. If that is good or bad is up to the drinker.

Tastes great too! The flavors mingle together seemlessly and provide a nice thirst quenching punch followed by a slightly drying finish.
Yeasty/bready, little citric kick with cloves and peppery spice.

Very solid feel with a sweet crispness, finishes dry.

Quite drinkable. This one could be a pounder.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass 'cause that's what I had. Starts gold and fades to a pale yellow as the glass thins. Large white head and good retention.

Smells like the first day of summer. Green apple, grass, lemon, and farmy must with the usual banana and clove phenols. At first sip light and fluffy malt caresses the palette. Banana milk and clove with a sugary swallow like a goodbye kiss. Ah, l'amoure.

Photo of strictly4DK
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours clear golden with 2 finger frothy white head (poured a little too violently), steady stream of carbonation bubbles maintains a thin film.

S - Some banana esters and wheat twang but very little here.

T - Subdued banana esters followed by the soft caramel taste of pilsen malt, finishes with some wheat twang.

M - Amazing carbonation, slightly biting at points but creamy in the finish, cleanest finish of any beer I've ever had, really not aftertaste at all.

D - Absolutely nothing bad or even flawed about this beer, for how clean and low ABV drinkability is real high on this one. I wish this is what light beer was in this country.

Photo of drabmuh
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to start this review by saying that if you haven't had this beer on draft in the summer on a hot day, you haven't drank a beer yet. This is one of my favorite beers of all time, a complete homerun.

This is one of the best session beers available on the planet, especially on a hot day. I've had this beer both of draft and in the bottle and draft is better so that's what I'm reviewing today.

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar, served as 0.5 L in a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. Beer is CRYSTAL clear, get it? Light yellow, super clear, nice steady moderate carbonation of medium sized bubbles. Tight white head forms over the beer and falls away leaving lacing behind. It looks like a light pilsner or something, its just so pretty. It belongs in a commercial.

The aroma is the only place that I can think of decent criticism. This beer does not really smell much of anything. There are subtle tones of banana esters, some sweetness, some wheat. Its not its strong suit.

This beer is thin, easy drinking, light, finishes cleanly, has nice sweetness on the front and carries to the back with the wheat flavors. No hop bitterness or aftertaste at all. Drinkability is as high as a beer can beer. It is excellent.

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild bananas. Taste is good, bananas and spices well blended, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of snpub540
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful clear golden hue with a puffy white 1/2" head that left some clingy lacing on the glass. Nice fizzy carbonation but not overly carbonated.

Smell was of bananas end cloves. The exact smell I was looking for. Also the smell of wheat.

Taste was very fresh. Slight hop bitterness but the weizen yeast flavors stole the show. Bubblegum, banana and clove made my mouth water.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the carbonation was almost perfect in the palate. An awesome beer to drink on a hot day for its refreshing qualities. A great alternative to the unfiltered hefeweizens on the market.

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

A - An inverted pour yields a three finger head of loose, white foam on top of a clear, yellow body. The foam settles a bit quickly and leaves spotty lace.

S - Strong clove with a bit of banana and some bready malt. Light herbal hops and a hint of toffee.

T - Banana esters and graham cracker like pilsner malt up front with just a bit of tangy wheat. More smooth, sweet malt in the middle with just a hint of herbal, German hops. The yeast character finishes strong with more banana, some vanilla like malty notes, and a bit of clove. A nicely balanced finish of creamy malt and light, refreshing hops.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The malt and hop balance of this beer is reminiscent of a nicely made German lager, but on top of that we have a world of wheat beer yeast character. There is a nice balance between banana and clove here with some creamy vanilla and spicy wheat thrown in to round things out. This is an excellent and very drinkable wheat beer with the added bonus that the lack of yeast prevents the gaseous side effects that the little buggers can have for some of us.

Photo of Celt44
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a crystal clear light straw. Nice bubbly head and a slight lacing. Almost champagne-like

Aroma - Spices up front - clove, nutmeg, ginger. Malty towards the end..

Taste - ginger spice, clove. Tart towards the end...a candy-like flavor, sweettarts come to mind.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, again champagne-esque

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light, and refreshing. Very good for the style...

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

It s a nice blonde - gold colour with creamy bright white head - nice to look at.

Smell is of banana bread with clove but toned down and fainter - the taste follows with a nice malty presence and a slightly bitter finish

The mouthfeel is nice an refreshing. This is a Hefeweizen for a summer Grillfest

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

Out of a 500ml bottle and into my Harpoon UFO weizen glass. Appears a clear straw yellow color with about an inch of fluffy, dense bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of ripe bananas, cloves, sweet malt, bread, maybe a hint of lemon and apples. Light bodied and very clean with decent carbonation levels. Great drinkability. Worth tracking down.

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured from the 1/2 liter bottle into a wheat glass

A - A very transparent golden straw w/ visible carbonation and a pillowy whipped snowy head. The cap has an ultra fine bead and strings fo lace collect as the head compresses

S - A very clove scented nose w/ a sweet overripe banana under the spiced yeast ester. A sweetened wheat cereal note and mild pepper w/a gentle nutty odor and very crisp aroma of banana balances the aroma

M - A moderately highly carbonated, crisp feel w/ subtle fruit-like sweetness and mild nutty texture w/ silky smooth middle and mildly spiced finish. The pepper and malt is resonating with mellow yeast creaminess after the taste

T - A very flavorful brew w/ banana that has ripened combined w/ a mild wheat creamy taste w/ light nuttiness and spice, but the flavor is very gentle and nuanced by the mellow yeast profile which hints at banana w/ out giving the beer a tangy sugary taste, more cream of wheat smoothness into the light clean finish

D - A very drinkable wheat beer which would be great for a hot day or not, creamy smooth and refreshing qualities. Lighter feel than that of a Hefe w/ all of the flavor of wheat - I find this to be very drinkable wheat - Prost!

Photo of generallee
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass. There is no freshness date on the label but there is a bottle number 0079 on the back label.

Appearance: The body has a clear golden color with lots of beautiful carbonation steaming up to the surface. The pour produced a very tall, aggressive and tight foamy head. It has a bright white color with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Its nose is full of fruity yeast with notes of banana and clove. There are notes of pale beady wheat as well and just a touch of citrus.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is very bright and fresh with plenty of fruity yeast. There are notes of banana, clove and a slight hint of citrus fade into dry crisp wheat malt notes. The finish is very crisp and snappy with some wheat tang and citrus quickly leaving the tongue. The body has a solid medium feel with cleansing active carbonation.

Notes: This was my first Kristalweizen and I was very impressed with the bright clean flavor and good solid yeast flavor. There was much more yeast character than I was expecting in this crystal clear German wheat beer.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.