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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,528 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 82
Gots: 80 | 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 MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed one of these at Armanetti's. Served in my weizen glass.

A - Five fingers of pillow-y off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of lacing. Transparent straw color with lots of bubbles racing up and on the sides of the glass. I'm a little lukewarm about the color, but otherwise this is gorgeous for the style.

S - Wheat, Belgian-style yeast, clove, loads of banana and bubblegum, and some floral hoppiness. The yeast and spice is a little overwhelming and makes the nose a touch too sharp. It's really potent.

T - Sweet malt, bubblegum, and floral notes - the yeast and spice are much more subdued in the taste. It's a little bland, actually - nowhere near as rich and complex as the nose. There's a little bit of spice in the aftertaste.

M - Thin with lively carbonation, but not overly so. Very soft and refreshing. Finish is very clean, with little residual feel. It's style-appropriate.

D - I like the 500ml serving size, as this brew goes down quick and easy. It's been an afternoon of lighter brews in preparation for DLD parties, and this was the best of the bunch. I just wish this had a little more depth in the taste.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this bottle open and it foamed all over the place! Quickly poured into large Hefe glass and watched the giant white head rise out of the pale yellow beer. The head was some what disappointing, it dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing. However the aroma made up for the lacking appearance. Bananas, strawberries and other ripe fruit make the aroma of this beer special. Light grassy and hay aromas also come through. The flavor is light and subtle. Bananas up front then some nice grassy hops then bananas make another appearance and ends with a grainy crisp aftertaste. This is a light bodied beer that has a nice hop and carbonation presence that makes it quite refreshing. This is the first Kristalweizen I have ever had so I do not have much to compare it to but I would say this is a pretty good beer. I will be buying more of this in the summer.

Photo of stephens101
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a huge, almost unmanageable airy white head. Smels of malts and straw initially, with some banana and cloves lingering underneath. Tastes like a thinner version of the regular hefe, with some bananas and spice mixed in with some very slight phenols. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and there's plenty of cabonation as evidenced by the head. It's not that this is such a bad beer, just a bit innocuous, and begs the question, why mess with the best?

Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a big foamy white head that lasts through out leaving chunky lacing in the glass. Crisp light fruit aroma with wheat, apple, citrus peel and banan notes. Very carbonated up front with crisp citrus fruit and slightly sour finish. Flavor similar to aroma with hints of golden apple, lemon/orange/grapefruit peel and banana. Crisp sour fruit presence with a slightly dry finish. Very refreshing!

Photo of TheRowan
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light, clear, golden yellow. Carbonated but not a large head. What little head there was it went away after 1-2 min.'s.
S: Sweet, grainy, smelled like a barn that did not have any animals living in it, like a hayloft or a sweet corn field.
T: The first thing i tasted was how clean the beer tasted. So clean it tasted a bit soapy. Very well balanced tastes throughout. CLassic taste, typical of Weihenstephaner's
M: Light, crisp, and thin. Watery but made my mouth feel dry afterwords.
D: Very good. Solid! I would do it again and with spring in the air i can see my self with a big bucket of these guys on the beach in the months to come. The big bottle style was nice and it was very coast affective at under 3$ per.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with about an inch of fizzy white head.

Strong scent of banana and some wheat, not much else.

Most notable taste is the bananas, wheat malts, notes of spice.

Very thin and crisp feel; high, prickly carbonation.

Very easy to drink as well as refreshing.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a champagne-blond body with lots of carbonation to fuel a well-retained eggshell white head. Great retention of tightly packed bubbles leaves sticky webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. Aroma is subtle and well-crafted, with a grassy, floral hop bouquet balanced by clove, banana, and crystal malt.

Flavor mirrors the aroma well, with a bigger presence from the malts that lends notes of honey, wheat, and biscuit. Hops are saved for the back of the palate, where they deliver a spicy, gentle bite of floral grasses. Mouthfeel is perfect, with a light body and a crisp finish that ends semi-dry thanks to a vigorous carbonation level. I really enjoyed this Kristalweizen: very easy drinking that I would have again without a moment's hesitation, especially on a hot summer day.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very light golden yellow color, very clear, not cloudy at all, and lots of bubble action. Big foamy white head, frothy, very lasting. Malty, sweet, light flowery aroma. Some alcohol, but a lot of malts. Reminds me of a belgian. Light, banana taste. Floral. Very clean aftertaste. Very light taste, soft mouthfeel. Nutty. Tasty, but not as much as it warms up, more..eh.

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and a light yellow, straw color. The head is very impressive. It's foamy white and over two and a half fingers deep. Wasn't expecting that when I saw the color. It stuck around for a while, but only left a light, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is a little reminiscent of a Weizenbock. It has a very strong earthy, grainy aroma up front. A wave of clove follows. There's perhaps a little pepper among other spices. Banana is also noted. There's a slight yeasty aroma. It's not a very deep aroma, but it certainly smells nice.

Taste: The nose is a very good representation of things to come. It kicks off with a sweet, light malt flavor. Clove is strong and really predominates the flavor. I like it. Banana is a secondary flavor, but complements the malty/spicy flavors very well. It is a little yeasty. Light citrus lemon seems to creep in toward the end. There's no shortage of a grassy or grainy flavor. It's notable throughout. Finishes a little dry and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a very light body. It's not quite smooth, but it's not bad. Carbonation's just a little too high to allow for that. Drinkability is good. It goes down very easy and has a nice flavor. But, I can see moving on to Hefe or Weizenbock quickly. It actually could be equated to foreplay for either. Nonetheless, it's nice and easy drinking.

Kristallweissbier is good. This is my first go with a Kristalweizen. It's interesting in that it is reminiscent of Hefes and Weizenbocks, but isn't quite as good as either. The flavor is not as pronounced or satisfying. At the end of the day, Kristallweissbier is a good beer that's well worth checking out.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Clear yellow, with a large head of foam. There was no lacing left on the glass.
S: Fruity (banana and citrus), floral, and sweet, light malts.
T: Sweetness, honey, wheat, and banana dominate, with little perceptible bitterness.
M: Crisp, refreshing, adequate carbonation, moderate body.
D: Very drinkable. Not heavy at all, not meant for sipping, but for regular drinking. Perfect example of drinkability IMO.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Writing from memory, but the main thing I remember about this is that it tasted just like a lot of Heffe's I've tried but was absolutely crystal clear in its look. Tasted very nice, wheat biased, and a little fruity, but very very enjoyable!!!


Photo of ckeegan04
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear, just like the label on the bottle says. GOlden yellow with a huge sudsy white head. You can actually here the bubbles popping. Excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Aromas of wheat, banana, and clove dominate. None are too strong and provide excellent balance to each other. A light peppery aroma comes through as well when the beer warms a bit.

T - Light wheat taste initially before the yeasty flavors really begin to take over. Lots of banana and a hint of bubble gum. A nice peppery taste lingers underneath. Light bitterness.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Alot like a typical German hefe, without the chewiness. A definite easy drinker.

Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my pint glass. Clearer than their hefeweizen.

Aroma is light with a decent hint of banana and clove in the nose, followed by wheat malt.

Taste is somewhat tart with strong banana and clove flavors. Smooth and delicious. Somewhat lighter and closer to a witbier.

As mentioned, banana and clove flavors linger a bit. Texture of the beer is similar to a witbier and somewhat more refreshing.

I've never had this style before. I think that a hefeweizen loses certain characteristics when it is filtered. Otherwise, this is very nice and drinkable. It reminds me of a kolsch in terms of drinkability. I like this.

Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold with somewhat active carbonation. Fizzy white head starts out strong, sticks for awhile and then recedes to a ring at the edge of the beer. Left no lace.

S: Lots of pepper, clove, lemon and dry wheat great the nose. A faint aroma of banana is there as well.

T: Clean and crisp. Starts out with a fresh bread flavor that has hints of banana. Bitterness comes on with a clove and lemon bite. Finishes with a mild lemon tartness.

M: Light body is a touch grainy and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This is my first beer of this style, so I didn't go in knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Mild taste and low ABV, make this an exceptionally easy drinking beer.

Photo of gabe23
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - As the name would indicate, this one is crystal clear and has a nice light golden color. The white head is colossal and lasts quite a while, but there isn't much lacing. Tiny bubbles drift constantly to the surface, making this a beautiful beer with a lager-like presentation in the glass.

S - Mild aroma of sweet fruitiness. The estery banana smell is present, but very muted. Perhaps a slight spiciness as well, but it's hard to detect.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavor is mild and sweet. The banana flavor is noticable at the start, and a mild, wheaty bitterness quickly takes over. This fades into a dry finish with a touch of clove and spice.

M - Thin, light, and refreshing with champagne-like carbonation.

D - This is a very drinkable beer, especially for people like myself who aren't big fans of the bold yeast in a Hefeweizen. Definitely a good choice for someone looking to develop a taste for hefes, as you get a touch of the banana/clove goodness, but it doesn't blow you away.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clear light gold in color. Large head, good lacing. Good head retention, miniimal carbonation. Slight smell of cloves. Light tasting slightly malty with a hint of banana, smooth finish. Excellent drinkability, a good session beer. An great alternative to American Macrobrews.

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

A- Big, fluffy head leaves good lacing. Extremely clear, golden-yellow body

S- Good spicy, clove-flavored smell with some wheat malt

T- Very clean, wheat-dominated taste along with some of the flavors mentioned in the smell. Clove bubble-gum flavors become noticeable at higher temperatures

M&D- Light, sparkly, and easy to drink

Photo of thekanna
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear, pale yellow with an enormous, white head that took a while to settle.

S: Smell of wheat, yeast, and an overall spring freshness.

T: Tons of wheat malt flavor complemented with bananas. Slight lemon twang is reinforced by yeast sourness. Hops are just an afterthought at the end.

M: Tiny bubbles which do no more than tingle the mouth. Overall, a very smooth concoction.

D: This goes down dangerously well. Almost too dangerous.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This a truly great beer, from one of the worlds great breweries. Hefes out of this brewery have just enough of the tradional banana clove flavor without being overpowering. This can be a delicate balance. A smooth clean finish make this a excellent choice.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, shiny golden with a thick, white head that resemles a cloud bank. Stream of bublles give it almost Champagne-like appearance.

S - Spicy aroma of cloves and bananas, maybe even a hint of vanilla.

T - Fresh bread, bananas, and lemon. It has a clean, crisp flavor. Very nice!

M - Smooth with a lively, it has a nice underlying richness that makes a quick appearance and vanishes into a refreshing beer.

D - Perfect Super Bowl beer!

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into weizen glass.

Pours crystal clear yellow-gold, big fluffy white head, extremely effervescent.

Nose is yeasty, bananas and lots of cloves in this one. Taste is tangy wheat, some bananas, cloves, kinda sweet towards the finish, dry. Finish is extremely clean and crisp, drops right off the palate.

Mouthfeel is light and crisply carbonated.

Like most Bavarian style hefes, I could drink this one all night if I needed to.

Obviously, the original is a fuller, better beer, but is a nice beer in its own right.

Photo of GilGarp
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 500ml brown bottle into a pint glass. True to the label, it's "crystal clear" with a golden straw yellow color. The ample white head is gone quickly with little left behind on the glass.

Aroma is mostly pale malts with a pilsner hop character. A little spicy and a little earthy.

Flavor is a surprise as I was expecting more of a pilsner or pale european lager of some sort. It turns out to be a german interpretation of a Belgian witbier. Nice floral spiciness to it and very pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel seems just right with medium-light body and medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability is great and I really enjoy how hoppy it is for a German beer.

Overall a great surprise but, then again, I've never had anything from Weihenstephaner that I didn't think was exceptional.

Photo of skrib09
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

almost crystal clear dull yellow. the head looks like a medium-stiff meringue... fluffy, almost white, great retention.

i get a whiff of bananas right off the bat. i like bananas. some breadiness.

tastes really clean and refreshing to me. this reminds me of summer time. crisp bready flavors with a hint of banana and some earthiness coming through.

hearty mouth feel yet refreshing at the same time. it's almost palate cleansing.

great drinkability.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I've ever had in this style.

It pours crystal clear, super pale yellow. It looks like water with a little beer in it! There's a huge, fluffy, white head that dissipates rather quickly for its size.

I caught a huge whiff of banana as soon as I began pouring. Also, hints of clove, spices & breadiness.

Taste was like hefe flavors...banana, spice & clove, like banana bread. There's a little bit of a floral flavor here too. Finishes crisp & clean, very light & refreshing.

This beer is nicely carbonated, small bubbles feel velvety but keep it crisp & extremely drinkable. This would be an awesome summer beer.

Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had the style, but it does have all the characteristics of a hefeweizen, although it is quite pale in color. The beer is very carbonated, very pale, began with a pretty nice white head. This dissipated pretty quickly, there is some lacing. The nose on the beer is clove, candied fruits, banana, florals, and perhaps a juicy fruit type bubblegum note or two.

The taste is hefeweizen for sure. There are the nice floral notes, the light and pleasing sweet wheatiness and thin, smooth grain. There is a load of carbonation, some earthiness in the mid section, and a more drying and touch of hop in the finish. There is a touch of clove in the beer as well more up front though. The aftertaste is quite sweet, refreshing, light,

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.