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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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1,368 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 65
Gots: 41 | 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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rjimlad

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a little too cold into a weizen glass and was impressed by the clear clean appearance. A phenolic rich head that lasted a while was nice and the aroma lasted throughout the glass. The taste was magnificent. I know some like more subtlety in their hefes but I don't. I like big banana as long as it's nicely balanced and this is. Beaut cloves and malt. This is a great beer with great length that leaves you looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 08:44:52 | More by rjimlad
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a persistent white head. Flowery aroma with some yeasty earthiness. The palate features some of that expected banana fruitiness, but a fairly distinctive bubblegum flavor comes through most predominately. There is also some smooth malt sweetness and a mellow grain character as well. Light body with some fairly soft carbonation. Dry cereal grain in the finish.

I think the Kristall weizen is easily the most overlooked and under-appreciated style out there: it seems like a brewery will produce half a dozen hefe’s, a few pale wheat ales (if it’s an American brewery) and maybe even a dunkel or two before they even consider putting out a Kristall. And I really can’t figure out why, after all, Kristalls are easier to drink with more delicate flavors, who wouldn’t like that? And this brew is one of the classic examples. In fact, it’ll probably be the only one you can find. If you can, try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Highly recommended…

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:15:10 | More by arguemaniac
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It really is crystal clear golden with lively bubbly character with dominant head. A marvel to behold!

S - Wheatiness is prominent with cirtus. Very much as expected from a wheatbeer.

T - Felt quite light, fruity and buttery. Rather dry on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation and smooth on the palate.

D - One was no problem at all to drink, as econd could easily have followed.

More used to the cloudy wheat beers so this one a little different. Feel that the filtering has removed a little of the character of the beer. However, that aside, this remains a genuinely good example of the wheatbeer style.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 22:22:56 | More by Stephen63
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle: Yellow straw colour beer, with a huge frothy pure white head, generous carbonation visible. Wheaty nose, sweet with hints of lemon, some spicy esters also apparent. Light flavours of spice and banana esters, wheat is at the fore smooth, rolls along the tongue effoertlessly , some citric elements come into play, fast dry finish. A very drinkable beer from Germany and my first Kristallweizen..

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 03:26:58 | More by Reidrover
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish weizen glass. No date but 4046 was embossed on the label. The body was clear, golden/yellow with active beads of carbonation. Huge four fingers of bright white, soapy head.

Smell was banana skins and faint grain.

Taste was tart/tangy. Sweet grain and apples. Rather crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rounded with zippy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 15:27:37 | More by Cresant
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Gmann

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a rather small white head that did not leave much in the way of lacing. The smell is of banana bread, not as much clove like their hefeweizen. The taste is of banana as well, a nice mellow sweetness. The feel is a bit fizzy and crisp. This is a very drinkable beer and a great beer for folks that maybe wary of the cloudy nature of a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 05:40:10 | More by Gmann
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a proper Weihenstephan weizen glass. Pale golden color and crystal clear. Considerable carbonation gives way to a thick white head.

S: Light malt sweetness with hints of clove, apples, and cut grass. Undeniable scent of a wheat beer.

T: Slightly grainy with a sweet, clove-like maltiness. Very clean on the palate. Perfect for the style.

M: Soft yet crisp. Light in body. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

D: Excellent warm weather beer. Very refreshing. Perfect for a session. Perhaps not as complex as an unfiltered hefeweizen, this would be a great introduction to wheat beers for a novice.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 05:12:45 | More by BassAssassin
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jeffjfindley

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow, with a huge head, and sticky lacing. The smell is fresh with a subtle aroma of banana and cloves. Taste is fresh and creamy with a spicy bite at the end and a nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel hasn't been affected by filtration, and is quite luxurious. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 03:11:49 | More by jeffjfindley
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw golden color - when they say Kristall they mean Kristall. Clear and clean. Took about 5 minutes to pour. Huge 5" bone white head with excellent retention. Some patchy thick lace. Lots of visible carbonation. Good looking beer.

S - Wheat. Spicy cloves. Powdery bubble gum. Very average overall.

T - Lots of wheat. Yeasty. Spicy white pepper. Bubble gum in finish. Simple. Nose and flavor are almost identical.

M - Thin and light body with mid range carbonation.

D - Drinkability is decent. Very average wheat beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 00:36:53 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Wasatch

Utah

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice small foamy white head, nice lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, yeast, banannas, clove, and some spices. The taste is malty/hoppy, the belgium yeast, and a little spicy. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, another very good brew from Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 01:10:42 | More by Wasatch
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Vancer

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky splotches of white lace on top of a very lite lemon yellow pour, although it’s just a tad chill hazed. Yep, all filtered and clear.
Nice aroma of clove, banana with hints along the way of soapy malt. Same with the taste, same as above but just on a lighter scale. Good beer and it was very enjoyable, drinkable – but if the <regular> Weissbier is available, go for the total gusto.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 19:48:40 | More by Vancer
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle into 23oz weizen glass.

Kristal clear hay colored body with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. A thick pillowy pearl white head lasts forever. Spotty lacing.

Mixed malt base consisting of wheat and barley set up the clove and creamy banana aromas. The clove comes with a little bit of spice. A little bit of alcohol makes its way through at warmer temperatrues.

Clean and crisp bread like malt flavors come with a light banana flavor, some wispy cream, and a little bit of sharp clove. It's a little less strong than a regular hefe weizen, but this is expected from the filtering. Thinner bodied with strong carbonation giving it a fizzy feel. The finish is very clean with a little bit of the banana and clove lingering with a little bit of grain.

A very tasty Kristal Weizen. I actually prefer this one over Weihenstephan's Hefe Weizen. Recommmended.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 05:58:38 | More by BeerSox
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Kristal Weizen. The only thing disappointing about this brew was the head that faded fairly quickly, however it stays very bubbly throughout the experience. Has a nice dryness to it, a little funky a little belgian like almost. Clings fairly well to the mouth and is easy to drink. It's definitely a nice wheat beer. It's definetly worth a try. Nice stab at the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 03:57:12 | More by jasonjlewis
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billysj

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass that came with a 5 pack bottle. The head is a nice tall white with a carbonated clear body.

The smell is a strong banana and the taste is sweet with a hint of banana. The mouthfeel is smooth.

I will definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 04:43:38 | More by billysj
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Westsidethreat

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Superb carbonation. Cap came off and the foam slowly, effortlesly, moves towards the top of the bottle. Pouring this beer produced a staggering mountain of snow white foam and a krystal clean dull blonde body.

S: Zestfull yeast, clover honey, mellow banana, graham and dried hay.

T: Begins with sweet corn, honey smacks and light green apple. Moves towards attractive grain tastes with more honey flavors. Finishes yeasty with some caramel banana. This beer becomes quite flavorful once it warms and opens up.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. This is smooth with superb carbonation.

D: At first I saw this beer as some stander German weissbier. This was nicely balanced, refreshing yet flavorful. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 05:03:39 | More by Westsidethreat
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured in my tradional weissbier way - pour slowly, then roll the remaining inch of weissbier in the bottle to mix up the brew and pour on the head. Produces a stunning thick 3 finger head blossoming just above the rim of my Tucher Weizen glass. Pale golden body, with lots of lively beading. Head remaing all the way down with lots of brussels lace. Fantastic

S- Fresh bread with bananas, typical weizen notes, smells super fresh,

T- Banana is beautifully strong in this beer, fading into a dry crisp finish, no watery finish which i have experienced in some hefe's.

M- medium carbonation, the first few drinks from the glass, include a lot of foam aswell, making a delightfully creamy mouthfeel with a fresh crisp finish

D- No alcohol apparent here at all, could drink this all summer long, so refreshing and crisp while retaining all the good weissbier character. This is definitely the benchmark for Kristallweizens everywhere. This beer is one of my first memories of getting into the world of better beer and its probably my all time fav summer day beer. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 13:02:18 | More by seanyfo
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle, poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, looks good, large head, which stayed a while, shrinking, but staying. light, bright golden colour with bubbles rising up the beer, bursting through head.

The aroma is of wheat and bannana's, not as strong as other Weissbiers I have tried, but still in the nose. Maybe the process that clears the beer also takes away some of the aroma?

Refeashing, clean taste, with wheat winning the battle of flavours over bannana and vanilla, but only just.

Taste stays, getting more bitter as the mouth dries, take a long time between sips to feel this sensation.

I would drink another one, but I will not go looking for it. I would like to try a few more Kristall Weissbiers (I have drank others, many years ago, on tap and in bottles) before I can say this is one of the best or not. If my memory serves me correctly, this fits in around the middle of the style for taste and enjoyment.

This beer was drank, as I reviewed it, on a Sunday afternoon at home (19 Nov 2006).

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 14:41:12 | More by BlackHaddock
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jslot38

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mother of Head! I feel like you could rest your head on this pillow...

Appearance: So beyond the head rests a clear straw yellow beer. With the looks of all the bubbles rising up it looks like champagne almost. Certainly has me interested...

Smell: Barnyard smell with a touch of yest, clove, and fruit (so I may be wrong, but I get that grape smell...). The smell is very strong.

Taste: This truly defines why your nose comes in handy when tasting a beer... as you can really experience both at once in this beer. Maybe too pure, as there really isn't much to it beyond lingering tastes of phenols, clove, lemon, and maybe grapes or banannas with an overlying wheatness.

Mouthfeel: Is it there?? So fluffy at the head, with harldy any carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes: Well, this beer is supposed to be noted for its crystal clear appearance. But it goes beyond that there are some interesting hidden smells and a few tastes too. Suprisingly over 5% alcohol as its not even close to noticable. Won't have any problem ending this 16.9oz bottle but thats enough for me. Always interesting to see what the boys over in Germany have been coming up with for hundreds of years holding to the Purity law of 1516.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 02:13:55 | More by jslot38
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big, fluffy white head and a crystal clear body. Lacing is about as good as it gets.
Smells light; lightly sweet. Some lemon yellow cake with white frosting.
Tastes rather like it smells with the addition of clove and banana. Clean flavor that's quite a lot like a helles lager.
There's a slight oilyness in there but for the most part it's a refreshing, tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 04:27:37 | More by ommegangpbr
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Lemon/yeast nose. Starts sweet lemony, with wheat and yeast flavor, finish is squeaky clean. Would be a great summer beer. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 23:40:59 | More by jdhilt
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dblinkhorn

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a very pale straw color. The head is white and creamy with good retention. It leaves excellent lacing on the way down and as it settles to a thin cap of very creamy head. There is lots of carbonation activity within the beer...a flurry of bubbles racing toward the surface contantly.

Smell - Slightly skunky/sour malt character up front. Some slight bitterness from a touch of hops. Thankfully there is still some cooked banana aroma like the regular hefeweizen. Some very slight peppery/clove spiciness accompanies the banana aroma. Rich wheat aromas in the background, with a somewhat raw smelling malted barley character. Very little alcohol warmnth on the nose.

Taste - Wow. I must say after smelling it I wasn't expecting as much as I am right now tasting. It still has surprisingly strong and defined flavors despite being a kristal weizen. Lots of partly powdery banana flavors up front, slightly cooked (baked). Some slightly sour/bitter flavors from the hops and malt in the background. A clean but rich wheat flavor helps coat the palate all the way through the taste. The finish takes on a somewhat "coppery" metallic malt character, with a slowly richer cooked banana flavor with some fresh pear in the mix. The aftertaste is clean and dry with notes of banana, malt, and wheat balanced pretty evenly. Very slight warming effect from the mellow alcohol all the way through.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied but still has some weight to it. Lots of carbonation up front, with a somewhat strong bite from it right away. The edge fades quickly and becomes a refreshing and lively asset to the beer. Also some slickness from the wheat, but not altogether as smooth as I thought it would be.

Drinkability - Very refreshing. I would easily choose this over a Budweiser on a hot summer day. Whoever said that nothing beats a macro lager after you've been working out in the yard during the summer? Bollocks! This does many times over!

A very good kristal weizen. I'm quite impressed with this little dandy, but not too surprised at the quality considering what I've come to expect from this fine brewery. Definitely recommended, and an almost undefeatable treat to beat the heat! (Rhyming not intentional).

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 02:18:40 | More by dblinkhorn
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Pooba001

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear pale golden color with great carbonation and a large fluffy white head. Head doesn't stay forever but doesn't dissipate too quickly either. Aroma is a pretty straightforward weiss, banana, clove, yeast.

Taste is a good balance between banana and clove with pear and apple notes present and a crisp, light malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is very good, and drinkability is high. Refreshing, not overpowering, a well balanced beer, and another one of Germany's best from the Brauerei Weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 04:31:37 | More by Pooba001
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sleazo

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is a nice beer. I poured the bottle into my Weizen glass liberated from the English Gardens in Munchen.

A--Beautifully clear golden yellow with a nice head that does not dissipate. The bubbbles keep rising much like champagne. This is one good looking beer.

S-Very clean smelling for a Weiss beer. Subtle notes of clove and banana are detectable.

T-Clean and refreshing upon forst sip. Nice yeasty aftertaste, subtle hop flavour with clove and banana notes.

M-Nice carbonation here but not overly so.

D- I could go through alot of these.

This is one hell of a beer. I could see myself quaffing alot of these. If i close my eyes i can picture myself in the English Gardens. This is a great beer for all hefeweizen and weiss lovers

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:57:43 | More by sleazo
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dbalsock

Vermont

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours golden yellow with great carbonation and brilliant white head. One of the best looking beers I've seen. The smell is alright, but is mostly wheaty malts. However, it does have a hint of melon to it. The taste is basically the smell with out the melon to make it interesting and the mouthfeel is plainly smooth and light bodied. Overally, I could session this, and might if I got it fresh on tap, but will pass from the bottle next time.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 05:50:25 | More by dbalsock
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice golden yellow with good carbonation and a medium white head, which dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavor were very strongly bread and wheat, with clove spice playing a big part in the taste as well. Unfortunately, palate was much too dry, and even slightly metallic. But a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 01:20:52 | More by kimcgolf
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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