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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 69
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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 hustlesworth
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- brilliantly clear pale yellow with a puffy active white head that pits in its leathery skin as it recedes, and pretty much stops shrinking at about half an inch thick leaving me with the thick cap throughout the whole beer. nice. little blips of lace dot the glass and a loose stream of bubbles climb up the center.

S- typical hefe aroma, banana and clove, very pronounced, vaporous, salt water taffy, some bubblegum, green apple, and pale wheat.

T- mineral water and a very clean wheaty flavor up front like raw grain cereal with banana peels. less clove in the taste than the aroma showcasing the subtle almost fruity white bread characteristics of the wheat. yeast is still first fiddle but it backs off at the end just in time to let some more grains come through. ice cold the yeast was pretty much the only detectable taste but when the wheat wakes up from hibernation it's in-your-face. finish is clean and light with some white bread and banana candy lingering on the palate.

MF- crisp and summerish, almost light bodied, and absolutely refreshing. carbonation level is up there and tight but not stinging seeming like a great palate cleaner. the second half of this big pint bottle is gonna help me out with a plate of hot wings.

D- a very agreeable beer, very typical in smell/taste/feel but definitely above average. low abv and sheer refreshingness say all that needs to be said.

hustlesworth, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear visuals on the other side of the glass, filtered only through a golden-yellow color with a tight-packed white head. It's nice-looking but somewhat lacking, from the rockiness of the head to the pale, wan color, to the lack of lacing.

The nose is classic Kristal; sweet grans and lots of bananas with a touch of clove. Not super-powerful, but just right for style.

The flavor is basically a watered-down version of a standard hefe. Light-bodied, highly carbonated. Lots of sweetness, the softness and creaminess of the wheat work really nicely together.

The clove is more powerful than the banana, but both are definitely present. Tiny prick of alcohol in the otherwise grain-heavy and lightly sweet finish.

the mouthfeel is good for style, but a little aggressive with the bubbles for my taste. I don't think the carbonation is required, and might have allowed some flavors to develop if it were scaled back a hair.

I really only got this because A. I'll drink anything from The World's Oldest Brewery, and B. I've never reviewed a kristalweizen. Now I've tried all the Weihenstephaner's and reviewed a Kristal. Huzzah, and huzzah for well-crafted traditional beer.

BretSikkink, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5L Hefe glass. Clear straw color with ungodly amounts of head. Took 2 gentle pours to fit the whole bottle in the glass! Mad bubbles continuously rise to greet the cumulo-nimbus looking head on top.

Bright, sweet citrusy nose. I get bananas, lemons, oranges, fresh hay and sweet cream. Tastes similar to the nose.

This beer somehow manages to be crisp and refreshing while maintaining a medium body and substantial sweetness that is very fulfilling.

This beer is damn good. Perfect with beer brats and kraut. I would love to hang in Freising with a big ass 2L stein of this...or 2...or 3. Git 'cha some of this if you have not tried it yet.

twiggamortis420, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color. A decent foamy head with some nice layered lacing down the glass. Tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom of this one.

S- Pretty close their Hefe except a little lighter. I could pick up bananas, cloves, some bready malts and lemon.

T- Not too bad but tastes like a Hefe but the flavours are a little lighter. Follows the nose here fruity and a little spice.

M- Light body, maybe a light watery and nice carbonation.

D- Alright beer just not one of my favorites and I think I'd rather have the Hefe than this.

nrbw23, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a very crystal clear golden yellow color with a big three finger tall white head that leaves a bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aromas of banana, bubble gum, wheat malt, and very slight clove.

Taste is basically a much cleaner version of their Hefeweizen. Banana is the dominant ester with lots of sweet and tangy wheat flavor. Slight notes of bubble gum and some apple and green grape tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing.

This is the first Kristalweizen I've tried and I can definitely say I prefer the Hefe. This is like a "lager" version of the Hefe, in that it's flavors are very clean. Still, it's a tasty brew that's worth trying.

roadhouse, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow with a pure white mountainous head. Head left a swiss cheese/spider web lacing as it descended.

Coriander and mixed spices predominant upon first whiff.

Heavy banana and bubble gum in this one, not in an overpowering sense though but just enough to give it a solid back bone of the flavor.

Very smooth with a bite of carbonation.

Very refreshing and an unexpected explosion of taste from such a light beer. Weihenstephaner is bar none world class.

Zadok, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a light clear straw, forming a large white head. Very little lacing.

S - Strong aroma of bananas and cloves, along with a light wheat and yeast presence.

T - Nice pronounced banana and clove flavor with the wheat malt in the finish. A bit grassy in the finish.

M - Smooth and light. Good carbonation and clean finish.

D - Overall, a very easy drinker. Smooth finish and great flavor. Average alcohol. This is my first Kristalweizen, and I have to say its not only delicious, but highly drinkable!

beeragent, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of lubcha
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

serving type - snifter (not by choice but it was very enjoyable this way)

appearance - very clear golden color with not so much head

smell - it smelled like banana, and not the candy banana flavor...like REAL banana

taste - very good, a little of the banana carried over into the taste as well, not bitter possibly a little alcohol taste but it was very enjoyable

mouthfeel - i didn't feel like i had to swallow it immediately

drinkability - i could see myself drinking this very frequently
i have been very partial to Hacker-Pshorr recently but this is definitely a new winner. German wheat beers strike again!!

lubcha, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with about two inches of near white head. Head settles down to a nice lace but doesn't leave any stick.

Smell is quite grassy with a good amount of hops, also a healthy dose of clove, some grain, yeast and banana.

Taste has a light sweetness and some grain, with some banana and wheat flavor, too. Little bit of yeast. Some clove and peppery spice take over into the finish along with some grassy hops and a little bit of bitterness.

It's quite crisp and smooth, medium bodied and very drinkable.

I don't really like hefeweizens so I much prefer this, which seems to be a lighter version of that style. Solid brew.

number1bum, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Party Source in Syracuse.

16.9 oz. poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a crystal clear light golden hue with a three finger bright white head that takes a while to die down to a thin layer of bubbles. After swirling the glass, what lacing is there falls pretty quickly leaving just about nothing on the sides. Smell is banana, pear, and crispy wheat. Some clove and a touch of sweet bubblegum in the nose as well. Aroma seems sharper than a typical hefe. Taste begins with spice and clove followed by light banana. Clean wheat and faint pale malt midway on the tongue. Aftertaste is somewhat dry with a funky sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing light body with a soft feel. Carboantion is very steady in the mouth which seems to fit this beer and style very well. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. Unique beer for sure, one I would like to revisit again down the road.

BeerTruth, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up during a visit to my fovorite beer store. Had no idea what to expect especially since I am not familiar with kristall weissbiers. I was able to conclude that it was German weisbeer. The appearance was fantastic, very light golden in color with plenty of carbonation. The bubbles seem to be infinite. After a couple of glass fulls I was still confused as to the unique ingredient. It wasn't until I began to read the reviews that I learned that banana seems to be the main influence here. Interesting to say the least it is an extremely unique beer. So far I can take it or leave it. Of course it is the middle of winter in Ohio so perhaps I will re-visit this one when it is at least 70 degrees outside and I can sit out on my deck and feel refreshed.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, almost like a very light macro lager. Nice lacing to match the head.

S- Smells like a weissbier, typical fruits that are typical of the Weihenstephan beers.

T- Taste is clean and refreshing. Again with the typical Weihenstephan tastes for their Weissbiers. Its a nice clean taste.

M- Feels great and is excellent for the mouth.

D- Yes in deed, great summer beer.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a 2 finger head of white froth that doesn't want to drop. Plenty of co2 streams rise to the top of the glass. Little droplets of lacing are left around the glass.
Aromas of banana, vanilla, clove, citrus, and light apple are apparent...same as the hefe but perhaps less phenolic and in your face.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the same statement holding true in comparison to the hefe, which I tasted side by side.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation tickling the palate during the swallow.

weeare138, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of MikeWilson
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the 500ml bottle and a third of it immediately gushed out of the top and onto the table before I could even grab the glass.

In the glass the beer looks lighter than even a Budweiser and is crystal clear, as it should be. The aroma is a fantastic mix of bananas and cloves and other spices. It's not over the top - I had to stick my nose in the glass to really enjoy it. Taste is all weizen: Some banana, mostly clove, phenols, some alcohol. There is a bit of yeastiness in the follow through, surprising since this is a filtered beer. Sweet and mouth-watering. I can even detect some ever-so-subtle hopiness. Some bite from the carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. And it brought back memories of the gallons of Weihenstephaner I drank in Deutschland last year during Oktoberfest.

MikeWilson, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light brown/yellow. Has a nice foamy head. Clear as it should be for this style.

Smells sweet and like a bavarian funk. Yummy.

Tastes clean! Of course, bubble gum and banana. What overwealms me in a good way is the yeast flavor..kinda funky but clean. Love it.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Maybe a hint of stickyness. Carbonated.

Nice beer...would like to session this on a hot summer day.

Trueant1, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color. Huge frothy head, somewhat fizzy. Not as much retention as expected, fading quick. Smell is nice. Cleaner version of a Hefe. The spice is toned down along with the banana. Light grain. Faint bubble gum. Taste is similarly soft. No sharpness from spices. Very clean and easy going, soft around the edges. A light banana and again bubble gum are present. Some doughy bread. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Slick going down. Again, very soft. This brew is meant to be consumed in large amounts it seems. Light, refreshing, and simply enjoyable.

ncvbc, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of WaveRebel51
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True to the description of the style -- shares a lot of characteristics with the Hefe but filtered.

Clear, bright golden yellow, with the same wonderful aroma as the Hefe. The Hefeweis flavor has a tendency to overwhelm because it has so many strong flavors, while the Kristalweis doesn't have the same complexity. The edge on the tartness and spices aren't present, but it is very clean and crisp. The wheats, banana and light bitterness combine very well. While the Hefe punches, the Kristalweis slaps your taste buds.

WaveRebel51, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into my hefeweizen glass

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with a massive 4-finger head with excellent retention. Tons of carbonation. Very pretty!

S:Wheaty with a good dose of cloves and a mild banana note. There's a very pleasant bready smell as well, with just a hint of pepper.

T: Not as impressive as the nose but still good with a pleasant wheatiness to start things off with a very mild tartness that's very pleasing. There's a touch of clove and a hint of banana. Still very tasty

M: A little thin but pleasantly silky. The carbonation is great and the finish is refreshingly dry

D: I'd DEFINITELY drink another!

DefenCorps, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising beer. The body looks like a lager, clear and gold. The head is like a good hefe. Big with tiny bubbles. Strong hefe aroma, bananas, cloves, wheat.

Tastes like a strong hefe as well. Great flavor, lemon, banana, cloves and wheat.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin on first taste but the strong flavors took care of that as you drink more. Nice and crips.

Drinkability is excellent. A great choice for a summer drink

JayQue, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - clear, golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that remained as a layer. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - banana bread and earthy wheat malt.

T - sweet tasting brew, banana and spices.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - easy drinking brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml poured into berliner weisse glass.

A: Almost transparent gold color. Thick cumulus head and plenty of lacing clinging for life.

N: Typical weihen banana smell. Absolutely delicious appeal. More lemon and citrus as it warmed.

T: There is substance here in contrast to the lighter appearance. The banana is the first hit but malts make an appearance and sweet fruits are there, perhaps pear or starfruit flavors.

M: Light and bubbly. Refreshing to the palate, good tingling spice aftertaste.

D: Immensely drinkable, not familiar with the style but as a hefe it is tremendous for a summer beer. Everything comes together well and it is as refreshing a beer as you'll find.

This brewery is incredible. Possibly my favorite from the other end of the pond.

marcpal, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. .9oz Euro style bottle into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass.

A - Poured a pale gold color with lots of tiny bubbles. The pour produced a head of thick white foam and lots of soap sud like lacing throughout the glass.

S - Bready with hints of spice (cloves). I also detected very slight and sweet aromas of banana and bubble gum.

T - Light maltiness with the flavors of yeast, citrus and clove also detected. Finished off dry and crisp.

MF&D - At hin to medium body and good flavor make this one great beer all around. Grab this one for your next BBQ, you won't be dissappointed.

nasty15108, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The filtered version of one of the great beers I have had rarely finds its way to my fridge, but I'm always happy when it does. Nice big hefe look here with a big sudsy white head, four fingers, on a pale gold brew, that is crystal clear as opposed to the cloudy hefe. Lots of herbs and lemon cookies in the aroma while the taste is a bit more drawn back than the here, lots of earthy herbs, lemon, clove and some banana in the taste, though to a less extent than the hefe. Very refreshing and smooth at the end.

A great brew for the summer, easy drinking, but I prefer the spiciness of the hefe over this polished version. Still an awesome beer that is a nice change.

saintwarrick, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a nice hefe glass.

A: Poured a light, straw-yellow body with a thick, white and silky head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing along the sides of the glass all the way through the finish.

S: Banana esters were fairly evident in the smell with some undertones of some sweet malts making themselves evident as well.

T: A rather light, banana taste with a kind of watered down, banana ester aftertaste. Aftertaste was also kind of sweet, yielding a fruity/apple juice note.

M: Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp. Rather refreshing as I had it on a fairly hot night as I was unwinding from a rough day. Definitely a nice summer beer.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. As noted above, an excellent summer beer that is very nice to hang out with an cool off. I felt that, overall, this was a very good example of a Kristalweizen.

maddogruss, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have typically steered clear of Kristalweizens because I go for full-flavored / bodied wheat beers when I crave those esters and phenols. However, this beer truely impressed me. pours like a very strong Pilsner underneath a froathy head-stand and great retention. Standard straw in color with soft carbonation in appearance. Very fresh, fruity aroma rounds out the hearty pilsner malt flavor. Low on the bananna-clove character but bold with a lemony, orange, pineapple note that allows the herbal hop flavor to rise a bit. The filtration has lessened the intense hefe flavors, but balance well. Textures are also less creamy, but very easy to drink-- far from watery, grainy, or vegetal. Finishes very clean with a soft grassy hop dryness. I will certainly buy more of these during the hot summer months.

BEERchitect, Jun 01, 2008
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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