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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,487 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 76
Gots: 68 | 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 mvcramer
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With so few authentic kristallweizens out there, this one was a refreshing summer beverage. It pours a very light golden color, almost looks like a light offering from an American mass domestic, but the pour produces a beautiful frothy white head. The head lasted for quite a while on top of a mildly fizzy beer. The aroma delivered the pleasant and expected estery and fruity notes, predominantly banana. Taste of wheat, but a nice crispness to it and finishes clean. It’s rare to have a tasty beer that really quenches your thirst AND provides a balanced flavor as well. Nice with lemon chicken dish.

mvcramer, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew a number of times in the past. Pours to a nice yellow color that was very clear. Nice large white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is nice, very hefe in its scents of banana and cloves but in a laid back way. The taste is very smooth, giving it an easy drinking feel. The clove seems to dominate over the banana taste but overall this is a very good brew. This is a great summer brew IMO, one that I will look for.

Stimack, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 0.5L amber euro bottle into 22 oz Pilsner glass

Even poured gently, it generated an outrageous head filling most of the glass, had to wait a long time for it to dissipate. Frothy thick stark white head topped an almost white pale straw crystal clear brew.

Notable clove aroma, maybe a hint of fruitiness, or was my nose playing tricks on me? Along with some bit of wheat maltiness.

Flavor is well balanced, prominently featuring the clean weissbier yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin and finish is watery. I think with an even more gentle pour into a pre-wetted glass it would have retained some of the ample carbonation and improved the mouthfeel.

Drinkability was good, but there are so many others, I wouldn't bother having another of these. Recommended to try.

BattleRoadBrewer, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. When I saw this brew on the shelf I was unfamiliar with the style. I did a little research. Now it's time to review.

A: pale yellow and crystal clear. medium carbonation with amazing 3 finger white head that s-l-o-w-l-y disipates

S: muted banana and cloves. long flowing fields of wheat (pardon the Woody Allen ref.)

T: banana right off the start, no hop taste at all with malt at finish

M: light and nicely carbonated. To my surprise- a slight sticky mouthfeel

D: very drinkable. very refreshing

As I said, a new style for me but one I will search out other examples to compare and explore.

Rainintheface, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bomber into a hefe glass, this one is a handsome pale yellow gold color with lots of heavy carbonation. Absolutely towering white head fades slowly leaving good lacing all the way to the bottom. Fantastic looking beer; crystal clean and lovely; a thing at which to marvel. Unfortunately, stellar appearance is this beers strongest point, though perhaps the fault lies in the age of the beer. Since there was no date, it was impossible to ascertain, but possibly it has not aged well. Nose evinces strong to very strong clove and coriander, a bit of soapy off-scent, and some spicy alcohol. Tastes strongly of herbs and spice with a dominance of clove. Malt/hops balance leaves a very neutral pallet upon which the spices paint. Unfortunately for me, this results in a merely good and not outstanding brew. Mouth is bubbly as would be expected, with the high carbonation keeping things crisp and refreshing. Middle-to-low viscosity is pleasing and smooth. Drinkability is good; it was easy to finish off 500ml but I probably wouldn’t pursue this one further; while it looks good, it’s not exceptional.

Overall: A good looking, solid Kristall Weissbier that’s not terribly complex, this one’s worth a try. Possibly a fresher sample would prove more impressive.

jettjon, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL capped bottle pulled from the cellar.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color, somewhat but not quite goldenrod. The filtering has rendered the ale crystal clear with now sign of impurities. The head near a finger on pour and has reduced to a thin white band atop of the beer.

S: The nose is full of esters, giving off a bubblegum, banana and clove profile that is as sweet as it suggests.

T: The flavor is a continuation of nose, sweet and soft. Banana and bubblegum dominate the taste throughout. As the ale warms a bit in the mouth, the sweeter flavors cut through some wheat tartness to really shine. The banana flavors re-emerge long after the sip is gone to provide a reminder of the strong body.

M: The wheat tartness and yeasty esters create a mouth that never disappoints.

D: The moderate abv and strong flavor profile make this a great choice in the authentic German wheat beer realm.

akorsak, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up today by mistake as I thought I had grabbed the hefeweissbier.

Poured into my hefe weizen glass. Very active even with a careful and slow pour. This one is a clear, filtered, wheat beer and has the color of store bought apple juice. About two fingers of white head and continuously effervescent.

The aroma is wonderful, with grape, green apple, pear, slightly lemony and a sweet wheat malt backbone. It smells like a fruit salad, yum.

The taste is just like the aroma, very clean and mouth coating as well. Very fruity, almost too fruity for me but I'm enjoying it.

Very solid all around. Would pick this up again, and it was a nice beer to drink on a warm day.

seaoflament, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lately it has been all beers German for me, so I decided to review a beer that I hadn't sampled in a while. I poured this one into an Erdinger Weizen glass, which resulted in a nice large white heading, and a coloration that truly looks like champaign. Tiny air bubbles raced towards the top of the glass throughout. Smell had some spicy character, but also had some fruit such as pear. Again, a champaign aroma comes through, which makes it seem similar to a Tripel. Taste starts off with pears, then ends with crisp green apple, leaving the palate feeling a little dry. Carbonation was right on par with this one, making this one really refreshing. Keep in mind to let it swish around a bit when drinking, as new complexities come through. I love this beer, and will need to search for more examples of this style. Weihenstephaner delivers again. Cheers

jamie2dope, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of cpn920
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a thick foamy head. It certainly lives up to its name of Kristal...as in crystal clear. Overall I was disappointed in this beer in comparaison to their unfiltered hefeweizen. I prefer the unfiltered qualities as opposed to the filtered. The beer is light, tasty, and refreshing but it is something I would pass up for the unfiltered.

cpn920, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first kristalweissbier! And I was very impressed. This beer was one of the most attractive beers I've ever seen - it was a sparkling golden color with a towering white head of miniscule bubbles that faded to an attractive lace. There was a lot of carbonation and bubbles coming from the bottom of my glass.

Aroma was lightly sweet and citrusy and spicy, and also quite good. Flavor was slightly clovely with some subtle sweetness and a malt backing. Very nice. This beer has a substantial mouthfeel...in a good way.

I would highly recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to the Weihenstephaner Invitational! A gift pack featuring four different styles of beer will be competing with one another to take the top prize in this competition. Wei's Kristallweissbier will be the first to be judged, as we are set to go:

Where's the yeast? Oh, it's a filtered wheat beer. It looks more like a lager with its clear blonde appearance and action of carbonation. A big head rises on top of that. Very nice. Taking out the yeast has allowed other flavors to pull out, such as spice and lemon. A lot of malted wheat in the taste, with very little bitterness. Very clean and tart in the back of the tongue. Light feel, but it fits the style.

Wei's Kristallweissbier scores pretty well here in the first of four samples, and we'll be back as soon as their Hefeweissbier flexes its muscles...

DoubleJ, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.05
Unsurprisingly for a wheat beer, the head is huge, about four fingers when poured carefully, and spilling over the edges. This steadily reduced to about 1 finger of foamy head where it settled. The colour is a clear pale straw.

Smell - 3.5
Very nice, but somewhat underwhelming. There is a slight clove aroma mixed in with the general freshness, bubblegum and malty sweetness, with a little pear.

Taste - 4.0
Very refreshing, as is typical for this kind of beer. The initial taste is a little weak, but this then settles into a classic wheat beer taste; wheaty, lemony, slightly sweet. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, and as before mentioned, very refreshing. The head is very nice if you drink it before it disappears.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Really good. I almost gave this a 4.5 as the small bubbles danced across my tongue for the first time. The general feel is light and moderately carbonated, leaving the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability - 4.0
While this goes down rather easily, I could not see myself drinking it as a session beer, and not only because of the price. I really enjoyed drinking this, and it was certainly no struggle, but it lacked the sort of character that would have me hankering for a second.

OVERALL - 3.9
This is not quite as good as my first few sips indicated. It is certainly a quality wheat beer with a brilliant head, but it is found lacking in the character department. Huge foamy head? Check. Refreshing? Check. Tastes Good? Check. Interesting? Try the Hefe.

Retasting:
Again, not as good as the Hefe, but possibly the best example of its kind. A very good beer.

LittleCreature, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Holy Yellow! i mean really yellow, a rich golden-autumn yellow, and crystal clear (namesake) with a finger of pure white head sustained with lots of busy and swift carbonation

S - full malty, wheaty aromas with a clean crispness to it, not strong banana aromas, but i can see how some would detect that, its more of a banana-esque aroma to me than straight and definite banana, some sugary bubblegum aromas as well, similar to a hefe, but distincly different as well

T - the taste is very similar to the aroma, wheaty at first with a fruity, sugary finish, that same banana/bubble gum sweetness is a bit stronger, and as the nose suggested, it is a crisp flavored brew

M&D - super smooth, with an easy but lively carbonation, a great summertime session brew, a great beer

sinstaineddemon, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with lots of head that sticks around for awhile then leaves a layer of fine bubbles to cover almost the entire surface of the beer.

All the fruity esters common to a hefe are here, just more subdued.

Light, almost too light in the flavor department- I think its just the mouthfeel that makes it seem so thin to me though.

BeerZack, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Krystal clear body, brilliant pale gold color, lots of carbonation, thick, unyielding white lace.

Aroma: Bananas, cleaner then most weizens, honeydew melon, mild clove, wheat.

Taste: Banana and clove. Subdued light fruit. Lots of wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Mildly spicy. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: High.

Served in a bottle at Concordia Ale House, Portland, OR.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold color / crystal clear / nice carbonation and head / looks absolutely perfect

Sweet tart powdery wheaty sugary ripe banana floral lightly spicy

Light creamy sweet / tart spicy hop floral a little fruity perfume / powdery wheat protein / light ripe banana / fruity hop

Spicy carbonation medium body

Nice Krystal. Quite tasty and highly drinkable.

MrHungryMonkey, May 29, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier pours a golden yellow with a thick white head and very active carboanation from a brown 500 ml bottle. A pleasant banana and clove aroma emits from my glass. The carbonation is a bit too strong, it's kind of killing my tastebuds. There is a nice clove flavor and some banana too. A nice summer beer, but I'm not sure why I would drink this rather than a hefe.

Drew966, May 25, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and half white frothy head. Head retention is very good, lacing is OK. It smells like wheat, yeast, bananas and cloves. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, too. The beer has a nice sweetness which isn't too strong, along with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light, but very fizzy with a lot of carbonation, but in this case the carbonation fits the beer pretty well and doesn't take anything away from the beer at all. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and dry, and finishes clean. I think this is a pretty decent beer, I'll have to pick one up again soon!

bluejacket74, May 20, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: not quite crystal clear, but pretty close. clear gold with lots of bubbles funneling up to the nice head that settled to a thin veil
s: wheat banana smell - strong yeasty aroma
t: wheat banana, yeasty flavors
m: crisp, carbonated presence throughout, light creamy body
d: light-drinking beer weissbeer. enjoyable, especially on hot days.

belgbeerdrinker, May 17, 2007
Photo of rjimlad
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a little too cold into a weizen glass and was impressed by the clear clean appearance. A phenolic rich head that lasted a while was nice and the aroma lasted throughout the glass. The taste was magnificent. I know some like more subtlety in their hefes but I don't. I like big banana as long as it's nicely balanced and this is. Beaut cloves and malt. This is a great beer with great length that leaves you looking for more.

rjimlad, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a persistent white head. Flowery aroma with some yeasty earthiness. The palate features some of that expected banana fruitiness, but a fairly distinctive bubblegum flavor comes through most predominately. There is also some smooth malt sweetness and a mellow grain character as well. Light body with some fairly soft carbonation. Dry cereal grain in the finish.

I think the Kristall weizen is easily the most overlooked and under-appreciated style out there: it seems like a brewery will produce half a dozen hefe’s, a few pale wheat ales (if it’s an American brewery) and maybe even a dunkel or two before they even consider putting out a Kristall. And I really can’t figure out why, after all, Kristalls are easier to drink with more delicate flavors, who wouldn’t like that? And this brew is one of the classic examples. In fact, it’ll probably be the only one you can find. If you can, try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Highly recommended…

arguemaniac, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It really is crystal clear golden with lively bubbly character with dominant head. A marvel to behold!

S - Wheatiness is prominent with cirtus. Very much as expected from a wheatbeer.

T - Felt quite light, fruity and buttery. Rather dry on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation and smooth on the palate.

D - One was no problem at all to drink, as econd could easily have followed.

More used to the cloudy wheat beers so this one a little different. Feel that the filtering has removed a little of the character of the beer. However, that aside, this remains a genuinely good example of the wheatbeer style.

Stephen63, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle: Yellow straw colour beer, with a huge frothy pure white head, generous carbonation visible. Wheaty nose, sweet with hints of lemon, some spicy esters also apparent. Light flavours of spice and banana esters, wheat is at the fore smooth, rolls along the tongue effoertlessly , some citric elements come into play, fast dry finish. A very drinkable beer from Germany and my first Kristallweizen..

Reidrover, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish weizen glass. No date but 4046 was embossed on the label. The body was clear, golden/yellow with active beads of carbonation. Huge four fingers of bright white, soapy head.

Smell was banana skins and faint grain.

Taste was tart/tangy. Sweet grain and apples. Rather crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rounded with zippy carbonation.

Cresant, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a rather small white head that did not leave much in the way of lacing. The smell is of banana bread, not as much clove like their hefeweizen. The taste is of banana as well, a nice mellow sweetness. The feel is a bit fizzy and crisp. This is a very drinkable beer and a great beer for folks that maybe wary of the cloudy nature of a hefeweizen.

Gmann, Mar 04, 2007
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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