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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 77
Gots: 71 | 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 skrib09
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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,

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

This has a completely clear yellow body with a ton of active carbonation bubbles, probably the most active body I've ever seen. Probably the clearest beer I've ever seen, I understand where the name "Kristal" comes from. A big, robust, bone white head that is fluffy with some impressive retention. Leaves some good, sticky lacing.

This has a really peppery, nutty wheat aroma.

This is a subdued brew flavor wise, but pretty tasty. The strongest flavor is clove. Bannana and other fruits are very weak in the background. A good wheat twang in the finish is a little nut and rather pleasant. Pretty similar to a hefeweizen with a milder flavor.

Llight bodied, but on the heavier side of light I would say (if that makes any sense). Pretty well carbonated.

Really drinkable, something I could drink a ton of and pretty quickly. I'm not sure if I prefer this to a hefe or not, they are really similar. I could definitely see prefering this at certain times or when I'm in a certain mood. A pretty good beer.

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

Poured clear amber with large rocky white head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Medium to heavy aroma of malt and banana.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

Medium sweet flavor with medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Refreshing above average beer.

Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale, almost dull straw color, crystal(or Kristal?) clear. A nice 2 finger pearly white head forms and holds for a bit. Some decent lacing.

S: Pleasant wheat notes with very light tartness. The banana and bubblegum are much softer as expected but it also picks up some apples(not really tart), apricot, and lemon. Everything is extremely subtle. Not yeasty :(

T/M: I really do miss the bold yeast. I know, I know. The wheat is much softer than it's unfiltered brother and very light on the tartness. The taste has the same fruit characters from the nose. There might be a bit of the clove in there but it might just be me looking for it. The wheat and malts are very clean which I guess is what is being showcased. Body is light and crisp with good carbonation.

D: As for style, well... it's spot on. I just don't understand why you'd want to drink an unfiltered Hefeweizen. Drinks great as expected though it makes me want the unfiltered version.

Photo of kenito799
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Light golden, crystal lear brew with white foamy head that lasts.

Unmistakelable aroma of weizen yeast: banana, clove. The mouthfeel is crisper and a bit lighter than the hee-weizen, witha clean finish. Clove and banana flavors are well-integrated into a fresh and lively brew. Would be perfect for summer.

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

This is another style where you don't see a ton of examples beyond the very best and biggest German brewers. The pale yellow, ginger ale color carries an impressive foamy head that finally sinks into the abyss after about fifteen minutes. The clarity is spot on, as expected. Plenty of visible carbonation. Banana and clove is keeping the home fires warm on the smell front, with honey and some noticeable astringency.

The flavor is initially masked by carbonation burn but eventually the weizen flavors take over into the aftertaste. The texture and finish are smooth and clean once the bubbles pass. Overall, the beer is tasty and satisfying but not exceptional. A bit of a disappointment for this brand but still pretty good.

Photo of galante27
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a filtered version of their normal weissbier(which is one of the best). If you like their unfiltered vesion you are sure to enjoy the Kristall too. Its crisp and flavorful, but in the filtering process it loses a bit of its character. Something to try but if you are a weissbier drinker you will def enjoy the unfiltered a bit more.

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very easy to drink clarified version of Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen. I love their hefeweizen, and while this beer doesn't live up to the unfiltered version's flavor, it's still very good. This beer looks great in a tall weizen glass. It's a pale gold to yellow with an excellent head. It certainly takes advantage of the glassware. I'll admit that it does look a bit like a boring old lager with a huge head, but as a part of the Weihenstephaner lineup, it shines. In nearly every other category, it's a slightly muted version of the Hefeweissbier. It has the great spiced wheat character and a somewhat drier feel. On the other hand, the beer drinks just as easily if not easier than the Hefe. It's the perfect beer for a light lunch.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale straw gold with a billowy white head.

S: a nice spicy aroma of cloves and bananas.

T: The initial flavor was fresh bread, bananas with light lemon hints. The palate was clean, crisp and light pretty much stripped of its flavor. Was like having French fries without the salt. Pleasant with a dry fizzy champagne finish.

M: The mouthful is thin of course, smooth with a lively carbonation.

D: A very clean finish and light drinking weiss.

Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light straw color with a nice 3 to 4 four finger head that is foamy and bubbly. It has taken a while for the head to dissipate, therefore, leaving some lacing on the heffe glass. There are bubbles on the bottom of the glass producing some carbonation is apparent. The beer has a good clear clarity.

Nose: A nice wheat/malt aroma, with citrus, bananas, and phenols. There are a hint of some esters.

Taste: A nice light wheat flavor with some malt. There is some bananas, citrus, and phenols present. There are hints of apples, and esters.

Overall: A clean and crisp easy drinking beer. There is some carbonation and a chalky/powdery. The finish is slightly astringent. It is a little bit lighter than a regular heffe. I enjoyed this beer and spot on for the style of beer.

Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier is a crystal clear, very sparkling, light golden beer with a huge fluffy white head that has excellent retention and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is of light grain, melon and banana bread. It is medium bodied, smooth and soft with a clean, wet finish. There are flavors of lemon, banana, muffins and nuts. It would make an excellent brunch beer!
(rated Jul 15, 2008)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle into a .5L HB stein.

Appearance: Poured a lovely golden orange yellow color with a very nice 3 finger head that was light, yet fluffy. Nice lacing down the glass aswell.

Smell: nice citrusy, wheaty aromas with hints of apricots and bananas. Very fresh and light smelling with minor clove and orangy scents too.

Taste: Very smooth. Absolutely delicious tasting. Bananas, orange, citrus, lemon, pastry dough, yeast, all of that came through.

Mouthfeel: Nice texture to the beer. If anything a little bit more carbonated that I like, but comparing it with other hefeweizens it was pretty much on point. Could use a little bit of resting before drinking to rid some of the carbonaation.

Drinkability: Nice light, refreshing delicious beer. I could drink more and more of this beer.. if only I picked up more at the store... :(

Photo of Macca
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear pale yellow with a good head.

The nose is dominated by the phenolics. All bananas and cloves.

Similar on the palate as on the nose.

It is very smooth in the mouth. Lively and long. Light but not insipid. It has a heavy carbonation.

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

Poured from a half liter bottle into a a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice big white head and a clear golden body. Good carbonation and head retention. Not much lacing.

Smell: The smell is mostly of bananas. Sort of a pineapple/apple smell as well. Really fruity.

Taste: Very fruity. Much like the smell.

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


Pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. Subtle nose of soft toasted wheat, esters of cloves and yeast. Light in body, a very pronounced wheat character dominates with flavor of banana, toasted barley, a subtle hop character and a mild soapiness throughout, very nice. Extremely drinkable but surprisingly filling for some reason... Definitely worth trying!

Photo of Goliath
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crisp, clear, golden color with a large two inch bright white fluffy head. Good retention with absurd amounts of carbonation rushing to the top of my glass.

The aroma is nice. A good bit of banana with a little bit of spice.

The taste is ok, but a little lacking. Certainly the banana comes through and the more I drink the more I get bubble gum. It also has a very delicate pale malt finish. It's certainly light and refreshing!

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It's a solid beer, and appropriate for a Kristalweizen. I swear, Kristalweizens were made for summer enjoyment.

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

Poured a 500ml into my Weihenstephaner glass, it fit perfectly! Imagine that. The four-finger head is a brilliant white, fat and short-lived. Dying, it sticks itself to the walls of my glass. The beer is extremely clear and pale straw-yellow in color. It simply screams "drink me!"

So I did.

This is basically a clearer, cleaner and lighter version of Weihenstephaner's own Hefe, which is to say it's not *quite* as good as that stellar brew. Lemon, lightly sweet malt, clove-spice, sour banana and a pleasing crisp, grassy, hop note pervade both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is well-nigh perfect, thin and sharp, bubbly, with a lingering grassy-sour finish and a touch of dryness.

This is the kind of beer to drink outside on the porch with your mates while watching the economy crumble. Super refreshing and delightful, Weihenstephaner has done it again.


Photo of magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Kristalweizen I've tried. Clear yellow, lots of carbonation, and a foamy white head. Lighter aroma of wheat, bananas, and bubblegum. A clean taste of banana, yeast, wheat, and some citrus. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Nice; kind of like a hefe light.

Photo of dfillius
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Moderate pour yields 1.5 fingers of head that eventually goes away. Crystal clear light yellow liquid. What makes it clear? I guess filtering.

S: Banana and clove, wheat malt. Nearly perfect for a weiss.

T: Hefeweizen flavor all the way. Delicious and solid for that style, I suppose it's spot on for this one too since this is a fintered Hefeweizen. I would say this has perfect flavor

M: A bit thick/chewy? Not bad at all, this beer is smooth as well. The thickness could be from the creamy soup I'm enjoying it with.

D: Strong.

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

pint bottle poured into a weiss glass. pours a pale straw color with a healthy four fingers of dense white head. the head leaves thick and rocky lacings. very nice in appearance.

aroma is of faint citrus and light pale malts. a bit of banana is present as well along with the citrus. rather subtle in the nose, imparting a nice complete and rounded out profile.

taste is of fruit notes up front, with a light base of pale malts. fruit notes include citrus and banana. not much else for the palate, which ends up allowing the brew to play off the subtlties of the fruit and malts.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a light effervescence and a crisp finish. a nice brew on the palate with a pleasant mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. krystallweissbiers usually get negative ratings for the lack of flavor and body, but this brew is curiously pleasant on the palate with a nicely composed profile; though nothing less would be expected from Weihenstephaner. cheers!

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Nice and clear (duh) and pretty yellow too. Head was about 6 inches tall I think. Either I poured this one wrong or it was massively carbonated. Good retention and some lacing. Smell is of yeast, bread, and banana pretty much like a good hefe. Taste was ok, but I wasnt very impressed. It had the typical hefe qualities (yeast, bread, banana, some bubble gum) but a very strong hay-like taste as well with a bit of a metallic bite to it. Mouthfeel was light and pretty dry. Overall a good beer.

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

Drank from a one pint, 0.9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

The beer poured a crystal clear, pale golden yellow with an enormous four-finger, tight, frothy, bright white head. No lacing was present.

The aroma was super powdery and dry initially. Quite simple and straight forward. As the beer warmed however, the powdery aspect died down and an array of aromas came forth. Slightly phenolic, banana-like notes were noticeable along with a semi-sweet spiciness and a touch of smoke.

The taste was crisp, phenolic and complex with a distinct hefeweizen-like yeast quality. Wheaty, spicy (clove and coriander), fruity and somewhat smoky in the center. Bubblegum notes were also noticeable. The finish was tart, dry and lemony. A kiss of hops appeared as well. As the beer sat, the finish tuned slightly earthy.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied (a bit airy), creamy, frothy and smooth with a lively carbonation.

Drinkability was simply off the charts. The beer was crisp, light, refreshing and packed with an array of interesting flavors. Overall, an outstanding summertime brew.

Photo of dfitch81
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a 20 oz. bottle for $2.99; gotta say, for such top-shelf quality Weihenstephaner's beers are an amazing value. Pours a magnificent pale pilsener-like gold, the ample carbonation making it look alive in the glass. Head is about one centimeter and dissipates quickly, leaving practically no lacing. Smell is very clean, think subdued hefeweizen and you've got it. Taste is like the smell: a cleaner hefeweizen. Flavors are all similar but less pronounced: banana, apple, some wheat and not a trace of hops. Tasty and refreshing, to be sure. Mouthfeel is excellent, the generous carbonation tickling your tongue until fading to leave a clean aftertaste. Drinkability is likewise exceptional. Great for the style, altough I don't think I'd choose it very often over Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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