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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 83
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, almost like a very light macro lager. Nice lacing to match the head.

S- Smells like a weissbier, typical fruits that are typical of the Weihenstephan beers.

T- Taste is clean and refreshing. Again with the typical Weihenstephan tastes for their Weissbiers. Its a nice clean taste.

M- Feels great and is excellent for the mouth.

D- Yes in deed, great summer beer.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a 2 finger head of white froth that doesn't want to drop. Plenty of co2 streams rise to the top of the glass. Little droplets of lacing are left around the glass.
Aromas of banana, vanilla, clove, citrus, and light apple are apparent...same as the hefe but perhaps less phenolic and in your face.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the same statement holding true in comparison to the hefe, which I tasted side by side.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation tickling the palate during the swallow.

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

Opened the 500ml bottle and a third of it immediately gushed out of the top and onto the table before I could even grab the glass.

In the glass the beer looks lighter than even a Budweiser and is crystal clear, as it should be. The aroma is a fantastic mix of bananas and cloves and other spices. It's not over the top - I had to stick my nose in the glass to really enjoy it. Taste is all weizen: Some banana, mostly clove, phenols, some alcohol. There is a bit of yeastiness in the follow through, surprising since this is a filtered beer. Sweet and mouth-watering. I can even detect some ever-so-subtle hopiness. Some bite from the carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. And it brought back memories of the gallons of Weihenstephaner I drank in Deutschland last year during Oktoberfest.

Photo of Trueant1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light brown/yellow. Has a nice foamy head. Clear as it should be for this style.

Smells sweet and like a bavarian funk. Yummy.

Tastes clean! Of course, bubble gum and banana. What overwealms me in a good way is the yeast flavor..kinda funky but clean. Love it.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Maybe a hint of stickyness. Carbonated.

Nice beer...would like to session this on a hot summer day.

Photo of ncvbc
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color. Huge frothy head, somewhat fizzy. Not as much retention as expected, fading quick. Smell is nice. Cleaner version of a Hefe. The spice is toned down along with the banana. Light grain. Faint bubble gum. Taste is similarly soft. No sharpness from spices. Very clean and easy going, soft around the edges. A light banana and again bubble gum are present. Some doughy bread. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Slick going down. Again, very soft. This brew is meant to be consumed in large amounts it seems. Light, refreshing, and simply enjoyable.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True to the description of the style -- shares a lot of characteristics with the Hefe but filtered.

Clear, bright golden yellow, with the same wonderful aroma as the Hefe. The Hefeweis flavor has a tendency to overwhelm because it has so many strong flavors, while the Kristalweis doesn't have the same complexity. The edge on the tartness and spices aren't present, but it is very clean and crisp. The wheats, banana and light bitterness combine very well. While the Hefe punches, the Kristalweis slaps your taste buds.

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

16.9oz bottle into my hefeweizen glass

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with a massive 4-finger head with excellent retention. Tons of carbonation. Very pretty!

S:Wheaty with a good dose of cloves and a mild banana note. There's a very pleasant bready smell as well, with just a hint of pepper.

T: Not as impressive as the nose but still good with a pleasant wheatiness to start things off with a very mild tartness that's very pleasing. There's a touch of clove and a hint of banana. Still very tasty

M: A little thin but pleasantly silky. The carbonation is great and the finish is refreshingly dry

D: I'd DEFINITELY drink another!

Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising beer. The body looks like a lager, clear and gold. The head is like a good hefe. Big with tiny bubbles. Strong hefe aroma, bananas, cloves, wheat.

Tastes like a strong hefe as well. Great flavor, lemon, banana, cloves and wheat.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin on first taste but the strong flavors took care of that as you drink more. Nice and crips.

Drinkability is excellent. A great choice for a summer drink

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

16.9oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - clear, golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that remained as a layer. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - banana bread and earthy wheat malt.

T - sweet tasting brew, banana and spices.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - easy drinking brew.

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

500ml poured into berliner weisse glass.

A: Almost transparent gold color. Thick cumulus head and plenty of lacing clinging for life.

N: Typical weihen banana smell. Absolutely delicious appeal. More lemon and citrus as it warmed.

T: There is substance here in contrast to the lighter appearance. The banana is the first hit but malts make an appearance and sweet fruits are there, perhaps pear or starfruit flavors.

M: Light and bubbly. Refreshing to the palate, good tingling spice aftertaste.

D: Immensely drinkable, not familiar with the style but as a hefe it is tremendous for a summer beer. Everything comes together well and it is as refreshing a beer as you'll find.

This brewery is incredible. Possibly my favorite from the other end of the pond.

Photo of nasty15108
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. .9oz Euro style bottle into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass.

A - Poured a pale gold color with lots of tiny bubbles. The pour produced a head of thick white foam and lots of soap sud like lacing throughout the glass.

S - Bready with hints of spice (cloves). I also detected very slight and sweet aromas of banana and bubble gum.

T - Light maltiness with the flavors of yeast, citrus and clove also detected. Finished off dry and crisp.

MF&D - At hin to medium body and good flavor make this one great beer all around. Grab this one for your next BBQ, you won't be dissappointed.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The filtered version of one of the great beers I have had rarely finds its way to my fridge, but I'm always happy when it does. Nice big hefe look here with a big sudsy white head, four fingers, on a pale gold brew, that is crystal clear as opposed to the cloudy hefe. Lots of herbs and lemon cookies in the aroma while the taste is a bit more drawn back than the here, lots of earthy herbs, lemon, clove and some banana in the taste, though to a less extent than the hefe. Very refreshing and smooth at the end.

A great brew for the summer, easy drinking, but I prefer the spiciness of the hefe over this polished version. Still an awesome beer that is a nice change.

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

Poured this into a nice hefe glass.

A: Poured a light, straw-yellow body with a thick, white and silky head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing along the sides of the glass all the way through the finish.

S: Banana esters were fairly evident in the smell with some undertones of some sweet malts making themselves evident as well.

T: A rather light, banana taste with a kind of watered down, banana ester aftertaste. Aftertaste was also kind of sweet, yielding a fruity/apple juice note.

M: Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp. Rather refreshing as I had it on a fairly hot night as I was unwinding from a rough day. Definitely a nice summer beer.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. As noted above, an excellent summer beer that is very nice to hang out with an cool off. I felt that, overall, this was a very good example of a Kristalweizen.

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

I have typically steered clear of Kristalweizens because I go for full-flavored / bodied wheat beers when I crave those esters and phenols. However, this beer truely impressed me. pours like a very strong Pilsner underneath a froathy head-stand and great retention. Standard straw in color with soft carbonation in appearance. Very fresh, fruity aroma rounds out the hearty pilsner malt flavor. Low on the bananna-clove character but bold with a lemony, orange, pineapple note that allows the herbal hop flavor to rise a bit. The filtration has lessened the intense hefe flavors, but balance well. Textures are also less creamy, but very easy to drink-- far from watery, grainy, or vegetal. Finishes very clean with a soft grassy hop dryness. I will certainly buy more of these during the hot summer months.

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

Poured crystal straw yelow orange hue with a blast of bubbles rushing up in the center of glass leaving behind a two finger frothy white head. Also left behind a good amount of lace. The aroma, although subtle has the same banana, clove, hay, wheat malt and dough scent as it's fellow hefeweizen. The taste on the other hand is more crisps, sharp, and fizzy upfront. The lighty sweettart wheat malt, clove and dough came through the middle. Ending with a hint of green apple bitter from the hops. Overall, this brew rocks, with all it's tasteful and aroma characters one could drink it all night. Enjoy

Photo of mpyle
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - pale gold color, brilliantly clear as advertised. Big white head with good retention

smell - fruity/clove aroma of a true Bavarian hefe, with a slight peppery spiciness

Taste - Surprisingly bland. The yeast character noted in the aroma is muted in the taste. A bit watery and thin, but exceptionally clean. The Bud of German wheat beers?

MF - light body, fairly high carbonation. Mouthfeel pretty much in line for the style.

O'all - Highly drinkable, but at $2.99/half liter I need a bit more taste. Many other hefeweizen's have a lot more character, and are more worth drinking.

Photo of wschumac
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into .5 l Paulaner Weissbier glass. unsure about how the filtered weissbier would taste, this is my first.

A - Clear nice golden amber color. Poured with 4 finger head but did not last too long.

S - Typical weiss smell aroma a bit lighter not as fruity but definitely citrus and yeasty.

T - Excellent weissbier taste. Not too overpowering and very refreshing. sweet malts and not too overpowering.

M - smooth and very light mouthfeel. Not heavy at all.

D - excellent choice for summer day

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

Poured from a .05L bottle into my Kloster Andechs weizen glass. My first kristalweizen (I think) and the last of the easily available Weihenstphaner beers for me to try. I guess I've enjoyed hefes so much that I was predisposed against the clear version, but this beer proves itself. The beer is golden colored, good clarity, lots of bubbles and a thick creamy poofy foam. The smell is classic German weizen, bananas and so forth, very nice. The taste is the same, with a creamy mouthfeel. As I drink it the glass shows thick lacing of dry-looking foam. A very good beer overall, as are all the Weihenstaphaner beers. Some of the best from Bavaria.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, what a nice fresh tasting beer this is. Pours golden with good clarity and a very nice white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of fresh wheat, and lightly of banana and clove. The taste is wonderful. Not grainy at all, and slightly sweet with banana and pear and with a lightt wheat flavor with sweet banana on the finish. Very lightly spicy and fresher then their hefeweisen in flavor but perhaps a bit less creamy. The clove is definitely more restrained. Crisp and smooth and a pleasure to drink.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body beneath a monstrously huge head.

Smell: Sweetish malted wheat aroma with supporting, though somewhat restrained notes of clove, citrus, and banana smoothies.

Taste: Slightly tangy, somewhat sweet wheat malt flavor. Subtle flavors of bananas, clove (though this ramps up upon warming), and sweetened lemon juice. Very low bitterness. Ultimately finishes sweetish with a lingering clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, refreshing kristal.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hefe glass and received a light, straw gold body w/ good carbonation and a one-finger head thatleft a lace ring. A sharp smell of clove mixed with orange, pear some hops and a faint bread malt. Light on the fruit and a tad neavier on the spice and hops, this light to medium-bodied brew goes down slick and smooth with a dry backbite from some malt (bread again, I think) and the wheat. A good summer beer, I guess. I enjoyed it, but would prefer a more fruit/spicy hefe myself.

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

I was not sure about the filtered beer. Will it not be as good as the regular wheat beer, which is my favorite wheat.

This beer pours crystal clear(who would have thought). It has a nice head with good carbonation bubbles.

Nose is great with bread, biscuits, spice and fruit.

The taste is fine. Lots of bread, cloves and tart fruit. Carbonation and mouthfeel is exceptional. This is a fine beer.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This large bottle pours a medium bright golden with a little cloudieness when held to direct light the head was bountiful and white,it disapated quickly leaving some circular lacing as it fell to a thin cap.The nose was malty and sweet with fruits and bubblegum.This brew is a smoothe easy drinker,the warmer the weather the better for this refreshing under flavored beverage,mostly grainy with some raw bread dough tandencies,some banana and apple give a nice toned down sweetness,its easy to forget this is a wheat brew,it seems over filtered in a way,not as much of the wheat flavors I have come to expect,but a light body and clean finish make for a enjoyable overall expirience.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  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.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.