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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,428 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 69
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with a soapy white head, good retention, good lacing, looks like your standard pilsner.

S: Heavy on the banana ester side of things, light clove, and actually what smells like a bit of smoke.

T: Definitely has the requisite Bavarian weissbier profile. Clove bite starts out the flavour, quick but provocative, light banana, with a great taste of bubblegum in the aftertaste.

M: Lacking, really felt like a light lager in my mouth, it's that fizzy.

D: Aside from the mouthfeel that could be beefed up a little bit, a really tasty weizen beer from Weihenstephaner, would buy again.

Halcyondays, May 06, 2008
Photo of Big78CJ
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like more of a helles lager or pilsner than a weizen. Crystal clear...or very nearly...and a pretty shade of gold. A beautiful, bountiful, three inches of head sits atop thie beer like a cloud as the carbonation rises from the bottom to meet it.

The smell is, very simply, wheaty but mild with a hint of banana and clove.

The taste is very thin witha mild wheat taqste coming on slowly. Heavy carbonation makes the after taste more like a pilsner or lager. Something sour and citrusy - lemony flavor perhaps - compliments the carbonation and wheat very well.

Mouthfeel is clear and smooth, "crystal clear" as the bottle proclaims. This one washes right down. Great for a summer day.

This wheat is very easy to drink and perhaps the only wheat I could see becoming a session beer for me. That being said, it is very simple so it does not stand out, particularly, against the field of great beers.

Big78CJ, May 03, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear yellow with an enormous three finger head.

S- Fruity banana aromas with some spicy notes.

T- Fruity flavors reminiscent of bananas and green apples dominate accompanied by a slight spiciness.

M- Good carbonation, very crisp and clean.

D- Too bad its not a popular style.

Although not as much character as a regular weiss but, this version adds much more refreshment making it perfect for a hot summer day.

Pauly2X, May 02, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very pale yellow...there is little lacing, with a nice head. Smells of wheat, sweet grass, and some hops. It tasted of banana
banana and wheat with a little bit of bitterness and a bubble gum finish. This was a pretty good weizen. Not my favorite German weizen, but it is still pretty good.

birchstick, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. This beer as the name states poured a crystal clear gold so much so you could read a book through the glass. The smell was sweet banana now&later. The taste was awesome, pure banana. Such a clean great tasting beer. Light and crisp, a perfect representation of this style. A close tie between this and the Dunkel as my favorite of this style. Great beer and a great brewery. A must try for any Weiss fan.

hyland24, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured straight into a weihenstephaner glass with a bubbly crystal gold color and a two finger white head. It smelled of wheat, honey, and citrus. The taste was similar to the weisse but much more crisp. It was made up of honey, citrus, honey, and hops. It was a crisp and refreshing beer. A great beer to have on a hot summer day!

ROMER79, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Clear golden yellow, foamy white head with decent retention.

S = Strong smells of bananas, nutmeg, coriander, the filtering did nothing to diminish the smell. This has good strong wheat beer scents.

T = Light flavors of banana, orange zest, lemon juice, light Middle Eastern spices, long, clean finish.

M = Medium body, good frothy carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = Good drinkability, this one has nice refreshing flavors in a clean package, but still with good weight.

Traquairlover, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this every bit as good as their hefe-weissbier.

This is gold with a huge, dense white head that is hard to control and long-lasting, shrinking only slowly to a permanent smaller head, leaving nice lacing in even rings.

The aroma is very perfumy but light, with light grain, pine, herbal, with a minerals.

The taste is similar, with strong, persistent, but it's light and crisp. There is a hint of minty bubblegum in the middle, before a crisp finish and a long, mellow grain aftertaste. It has light bitterness. This is delicious and full of flavour but refreshing and highly drinkable, light and crisp.

Offa, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of dadonabike
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I rushed the pour a little and ended up w/ 4 fingers of fluffy white head. It quickly settled to one finger w/ great structure and leaves very little lacing. As the name implies it pours incredibly clear. Light yellow in color and non stop tiny bubbles.

The yeast is the most noticeable smell; sweet biscuity yeast. The smell is similar to Allagash white, but a little richer.

This is like clear light liquid bread w/ a pleasant maltiness and a background spiciness. If you are in the mood for a white this is a great example. It is chewy and rich while being a light drinkable beer.

This is a very drinkable beer. This was my first beer from Brauerei Weihenstephan; I enjoyed it a lot, I will be trying this again as well as their others.

dadonabike, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a hefe glass. Tall and chunky lace, though not much lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow with lots of active carbonation.

Smell has a thin musty yeast, and a bit peppery. Taste is quite a bit more spicy, lots of cloves and pepper. Thin lemon notes.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and a tad watery. It's easy to drink, but no that interesting.

bort11, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like your average beer, but it's so much more. Poured an average yellow color, fairly clear.

The smell was a bit spicy, but sweet as well. There's a bit of a grain in it as well.

Taste starts with a splash of fruit, getting a bit spicy and grainy as well. The grain flavors are more like a wheat... very clean and crisp. All comes together to make a somewhat mild, but nice flavor.

It felt great and was very very easy to drink. I could easily have several of these.

ElGrecoVerde, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of hawksfan82
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml/16.9 oz bottle poured into a traditional big, widemouth weizen glass.

Pours a typical "beer" golden-straw color. Big fluffy white head that dissipates quickly into a soapy film. Body is more clear as expected, and you get a good look at a decent amount of carbonation as the bubbles run to the surface. Very unassuming looking brew.

Smell is like a typical German hefe. Wheat, straw, grass, with the typical hint of bananas on the nose...maybe even a little bubblegum as well.

Taste is good not great. It's got the same characteristics as you would expect to find in a weizen, but it's missing something. that's probably due to the fact that it's filtered. Fairly creamy wheat flavor on the tongue at first, with the bits of clove and banana, and the bubble gum notes dominate as it finishes. Fairly complex for a pretty simple looking beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. I don't know if it's because I expect a much thicker/chewier beer when I get a weizen, but it's really the one thing that I don't like about this beer. Also, with something this clear you expect carbonation, but the bubbles don't really show up during consumption.

That being said, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Wouldn't mind having a couple of these with a dinner.

hawksfan82, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a huge white head

S - Is of malt and fruit mostly banana

T - A lot like the smell malt with banana and fruit

M - This one has a medium body with high level of carbonation

D - Like other Weihenstephaner brews this is very good and pretty easy to drink worth trying sometime

armock, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour produces a frothy, initially four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, with lots of carbonation bubbles streaming through a bright, yellow gold colored beer. The aroma has the characteristic notes of clove, a touch of banana, a hint of spiciness, some dusty crushed malt aromatics and soft bread-like notes. It seems to be missing a tart wheat component to it and leaves me wondering if this is enhanced by suspended yeast in the traditional Weizen mit Hefe. As a substitute though there is a spicy note that I don't usually get, really it is a black pepper note that is both slightly woody as well as spicy.

Sweet tasting and well carbonated, the beer foams up as it hits my tongue. Smooth flavors of clove, a touch of banana up front, noticeable sweet (almost honey-like) grain, touches of peach. The carbonation combines with other notes to produce a peppery finish to the beer; in the near finish it competes with the sweet grain and clove notes, but in the long finish it becomes much more noticeable. As the carbonation subsides the feel of this beer becomes much more creamy; it is still quite easy drinking and most definitely quite quaffable.

The Hefe definitely adds some complexity (whether you pour in the sediment or not), but this is a pretty nice beer. I definitely like that the clove and some of the banana flavors are easily noticed and I find that that interesting pepper-like note adds a bit of intrigue to what might have been only a decent Weissbier.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance clear golden yellow in color with a huge white head that went down to a thin layer that left a nice lace. Smell bannana clove and and lemon. Taste no bannana in the taste to my suprise hints of orange and lemon zest with firm malt bread and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability with out a doubt an outstanding beer for a summer day buy the pool or at the beach.

BeerTaster, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Kristalweizen, as well as my first Weihenstephaner brew. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Careful pouring this one, made for a massive head of pillowy froth. Coloration was pale golden, and it was populated with rising suds. Retention and lacing was immaculate. Awesome presentation.

S - Very sweet banana notes, that's pretty much it, but it does entice and water the palate.

T - Hefe-Light? Interesting, big clove and banana notes, with a body that is both yeasty and peppery. Finish is clean and citrusy. All the flavor of a hefeweizen with a lighter body.

M - Light body, clean finish, nice carbonation level, very nice feel, small hints of spice in the aftertaste.

D - Impressive on every level. Extremely well balanced and rounded. A definite revisit for me, and a big recommendation here.

PhageLab, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 fl oz. bottle that has all the usual Weihenstephaner bottle art. It still has the brewery crest on the front and their unknown bottle code on the back. I have no idea what 7097 means. I don't know if I should drink it or throw it away. I'll see how it is first.

Appearance: I had everthing in place to pour the beer into a Weizen glass and as soon as I popped the cap, my bottle had a foam explosion. Luckily I was near a sink when this happened. When everything had settled down, I poured the beer and what came out was a clear straw yellow colored beer.. It had one of the best head of foam I've seen on a beer. Not only did it have a foam explosion, but everytime I poured the beer, it had a massive 3 inch head of white foam every time. It took at leat 3 pours to pour the entire bottle into the glass. The color was weak, but that's the style. Whatever was lacking in the color, the head of foam made up for it.

Smell: I thought this beer was going to have a light aroma of just fruits. Boy was I wrong! Instead, it had a heavy delicious aroma of frsh baked banana bread. It smelled so good that it got my hopes up that there was some fresh baked banana bread to be had. There was just one other aroma after that and that was cake batter. Not the most complex aroma out there, but damn if it wasn't delicious.

Taste: For a light beer, it had a nice sized taste of ripe bananas, cloves, wheat bread (not banana bread), toasted malts, orange spice, and a small hint of citrus hops at the end. The taste was just like I said about the aroma, not the most complex taste out there, but I enjoyed every drop of this beer. It's just too bad that the bananas didn't combine with the wheat bread. I guess you can't have everything.

Mouthfeel: It was a super smooth light beer that happened to have a full flavored aftertaste of ripe bananas, ornage spice, and a small pinch of cloves. The aftertaste stuck around for only a few seconds. There really isn't more you can ask for from a light beer.

Drinkability: Where has this beer been all my life! Not only did this beer make me hungry for banana bread, but it would make an excellent choice for a session beer. It doesn't matter what season you're in. This beer would suit any season. I glad I didn't throw this beer away!

AltBock, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Produced a decent amount of head and an amber color.

Had a sharp, wheaty smell. The head allowed much time to examine the smell.

Like Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier, the Kristallweissbier has a subtle yet well-defined taste. You get some wheat, spices and maybe a little fruit when you drink it. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel was pretty solid. I wished it had a little bit more carbonation for just a little bit more of a bite. This is a very minor complaint against this beer.

This is an immensely drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a taste that never takes over your palate.

avalon07, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Aquavit
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear crystal gold with foamy head that lace along the side of a glass, Proper amount of bubble that arise from the glass butt.
Smell: Citrus like odor with charactor of wheat and spice (may be clove) Hop aroma is gone and a little fruity aroma is tainted
Taste: Light to medium body, after I drink this beer the alcoholic ador is strike my palate with a few more sparkling compare to those Hefe-weizen in the same brand. Slightly bitterness and minimal salty plus acidic flavor at the end. Aftertaste is like a baquet.
Drinkability: This beer can be enjoyed all night long. Easy to drink and feel familiar with but in my opinion the first alcoholic odor is too strong for me.

Aquavit, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of n0315
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour with head about 50% of glass at the start, could be how I poured it though. Smell of fruit, banannas and pears. Soft head with fluffy cloud likeness. Nice sustain. Rusty in color, not quite the soft weissbier color, but that should be expected. On the taste, I am getting mild banannas with slight carbonation. Great as far as taste goes and mouthfeel and drinkablility are up there. Another great beer from this brewer.

n0315, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 16oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Pours a straw yellow with a billowy creamy head. Aroma is very light. Wisps of banana and vanilla come to the nose. Taste is sweet throughout with notes of banana and vanilla. Very straight forward. Extremely tasty. Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet light finishing with dryly. An exceptionally drinkable beer.

hwwty4, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Cs1987
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold, with a large head that reduced.

Smell - Spicy with summer fruits.

Taste - Similar to the fantastic Hefe, just a little weaker and less interesting.

Mouthfeel - Very good overall

Drinkability - The differences from the Hefe makes this a little less drinkable.

Overall - This is very good, but seriously, get the Hefe instead.

Cs1987, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with no head after the little bit that first shows quickly dissipates. Nose is yeasty with a touch of lemon. Taste is sweet and evenly so. Even as it warms the flavor stays constant. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation to it and an even feel. Highly drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of cliffnorm
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, golden to honey with tons of bubble and a white fluffy head

Smell: huge banana notes, some cloves, estery NICE!

Taste: Banana peel, slight vanilla notes, wheat malt and a very clean finish. (tastes like the holloween wax lips)

MF; Effervescent and well balanced

Very drinakble Clovey and bananas, a good summer-time quincher. Fans of the hefe genre will love it! hit-o belgie style!

cliffnorm, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as the name suggests, this was a crystal clear pale gold with a nice head. it bubbled like champagne in my weizen glass. traditional german weissbier aromas of bananas, cloves, fresh bread dough, and lemons with some herbaceousness to boot. sweet bready malts upfront led to a crisp, drying finish. mouthfeel is spritzy, somewhat chewy, and light-bodied. a classic.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 19, 2007
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,428 ratings.