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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 85
Gots: 106 | 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 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.

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

From a 500 ml. bottle into a small weizen glass, this beer pours a clear medium straw in color. An overactive carbonation yields two inches of soapy white head from a rather careful pour. Future additions are less crazy as for head development yet continue to yield strong lacing.

Banana and wheat on the nose are both highly prevalent and favorable. Other more subtle malt notes commingle with some yeast as well. Yeast notes are more robust after some air and can offer an intriguing hint of sourness.

A bit sweeter than anticipated on the taste but quite pleasant. More banana for the most part and with a long finish. Light background touch of cherry or grape rounds out the banana notes well. Quite smooth on the feel, carbonation is supportive but not overdone after the blowoff of gas on the initial pour. Has enough body and texture to keep things interesting, yet doesn't overwhelm with sweetness. Closes with a brief return of ripe banana. Drinks quite easily though 'may' become one sided as a session beer. Very nice brew, will purchase again.

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

Well, the pour is one that has produced a lot of head. It pours clean and clear, like the label states. Its a nice light orange pour that looks pretty inviting on a warm summer night.

The nose on this beer is fantastic. That big fluffy head packs a wallop! Lots of spicy, clovey smells arise from it along with that familiar banana and bubble gum. Such a unique bunch of smells but together they work and work well.

Lots of taste with this as well, lots of spicey notes come out. The clove and banana is very, very present along with some sweet and tangy tastes. Its also a very dry beer with an aftertaste that is quite refreshing. I do have to say that I wasn't expecting the amount of flavor this one packs. I like it a lot and it works well as a summer beer!

For a "lighter" wheat beer this one still packs a lot of great flavor and is very refreshing!

Photo of TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a huge fan of kristalweizens, but this once was a pleasure to consume. Appearance wise it produced vast amounts of bright white fluffy/pillowy head, and had golden champagne looking body.

The aroma was bold with freshly cracked pepper, and a slight clove trait. Lemon fragrance was detectable as well.

Taste wise; it was lemony up front, a hint of white grape, and a finish of light bubble gum flavor.

The feel of this brew is light, crisp, and very clean.

Overall the best kristalweizen I've had. One can't ever go wrong with these brewery's products.

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

500ml bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a large white head that settles soon after to a half-finger cap. Smells heavily of banana and tart wheat, with plenty of yeast character that hints at clove. The wheat dominates the taste, with light clove in the background; the banana is all but gone. None of the flavors are very strong. Light body with heavy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, but reminiscent of a normal hefe that's been watered-down.

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright pale gold with a thick and foamy white crown. Good lacing is left behind. Plenty of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

An aroma of banana and clove.

Tastes of banana and clove, along with a peppery accent. Some vanilla in there as well.

Mouthfeel was very good. Crisp and refreshing, with a generous amount of carbonation tingle. Very nice.

A very nice beer for this time of year.

Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant golden color with a thick white ehad that is around the duration.
the aroma contains your standard hefe type action, ripe banana, clove, minus some, but not all of the breadiness you might find in one.
the taste is filled with ripe banana, peppery clove, and touches of bread crust. a soft lemony quality is present also. it lacks some of the yeasty tang of a hefe, which works brilliantly here.
the mouthfeel is soft, creamy and medium bodied.
a hell of a refreshing beer, this one is gone before you know it. think of it as a crisper hefeweizen, it's delicate, robust, and quenching all at the same time. this seems to be a spot on example of a style that seems to be oft neglected.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a studry rocky head and dramatic bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The lacing looks like mountains, bubbles arranged in fractal patterns.

Banana, spice, and a hint of bubblegum on the nose over a background of wheat and yeast.

Banana, spices and grains on the palate. The grain is both wheaty and strangely corny, like an adjunct lager. Orange and lemon come through the back, and it might be too much. The dry finish has a strange bite and a slight orange peel astringency. The mouthfeel is very fluffy.

Very drinkable and nearly as good as the Hefeweissbier, but the citrus in this one goes a lot further than it should.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my SA perfect pint... don't have a weizen glass yet so this will have to suffice; will take two pours.

A: You can tell this is a kristallweizen because it is absolutely gloriously translucent. Bright straw colored body; held to light, the glass produces shimmering golden hues. Pour produces a rocky, merengue-like white head about 2.5 fingers thick. Head dissipates to a thinner, bubbly foam only a couple centimeters deep, but that remains throughout the entire glass.

S: Definetly a subdued nose compared to its brethren, but I can still pick out the familiar notes of a traditional hefeweizen: bananas, clove, hay, honey, doughy bread and a light citrusy lemon. Subtle yet still pleasantly sweet.

T: Again, subdued like the nose, but your palate is hit with a lightly sweet banana flavor up front; then a clean, zesty clove spice peaks before giving away to a wave of hop bitterness. Then that familiar wheaty, doughy bread flavor takes control of your palate and lingers well into the finish, begging you to take another sip. Subtlety is the game here, and the flavors blend into one another so well. Refreshing.

M: There is alot of carbonation in this beer and it makes its presence known with a sharp, prickly strike on the tongue. Light bodied, but with a slightly powdery/fluffy mouthfeel that works well with the subtle flavors.

D: Only 5.4% ABV and it is well hidden. Definitely in the running to be a great session beer. Easy and enjoyable to knock out a pint of this.

Weihenstephaner does it again, and no surprise there seeing as they are the oldest brewery in the world - they have had quite along time to perfect their craft, and perfect it they did. Definitely nice to compare to the traditional Hefeweizen and the Dunkel... which I conveniently have a pint of chilling on deck.

Photo of carp420
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kristallweissbier-> duvel tulip

pours amber with a two inch head that doesn't last long but caps it well and laces somewhat

smells of banana, floral, cloves, wheat and yeast. more malty as it warms

taste is superb, much like the smell, wheaty and light, faint taste of banana and malt,

mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry but very refreshing, carbonation is great

drinkability is huge, just got out of the pool and this one hits the spot for sure, another killer beer from Weihenstephaner, haven't had a bad one yet and always can't wait for the next.

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my Weihenstephan weizen glass. Gusher upon opening. By the time I got it in the glass it poured a translucent pale gold with a four inch creamy, bright white head. Bands and heavy spots of lacing are exposed as the brew is consumed. Some banana and clove in the nose. Taste follows nose but flavors are very mild and somewhat watered down. Also get a little residual wheatiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light, lively and a little watery. Not my favorite from Brauerei Weihenstephan, but this sure is an easy drinking brew on a hot day.

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