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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 71
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 necoadam
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect day for this beer. Hit about 80 degrees today so I decided to rotate the beer line up quickly. So I decided to crack up this great kristall beer. There was no freshness date on it so I was a little scared that it might not be good, but when I poured out this beer, a huge head developed so my worries were put out quickly. Poured out a nice light golden color, one of a kind. Smell consisted of bananas and pears mostly mixed in with some other light citrus notes with a touch of yeast. Taste was crisp and clean. Soft fruit hit the palate gently mixed with some ever so slight hops towards the middle with some wheat and malt going towards the end. And just like their Hefe, this beer has the right amount of carbonation in it. World class beer.

necoadam, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truely a sight to behold. Poured into my Hacker-Pschorr Weisse glass, with a 2 1/2" head billowing over the top of gold liquid that is not surprisingly "Kristall" clear. The visible carbonation is also very beautiful. Cloves, bananas, malt, and a little hops are all present in the nose of this beer. Taste is very malty , with spicy clove flavors making themselves evident again, smooth aftertaste, all the flavors come together to make this a light, flavorful, very drinkable beer.

TastyTaste, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear (surprising due to the name) and powerfully carbonated, this beer pours a pale straw color with a voluminous white head. Bannanas and clove are evident in the aroma as well as the flavor. Carbonation and spicy hops provide a prickly mouthfeel. Mothfeel is medium, striking a good balance, refreshing without feeling watery. Great beer. Seems to taste cleaner than a Hefe without losing much of the character.

Sixpack595, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well lets see here, a new style for me.

This brew is a very clear golden color, with a well-crafted white foam head on top. Light malt scent, citrusy. Very crisp clean taste, with some elements of a hefe that im more familiar with, but not all of them . A nice combo of wheat, sweet malt, some fruit tones, not a lot of hops that i can find. Somewhat acidic, somewhat spicy. Overall im quite impressed with this one.

Tballz420, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle.
It pours a hazy gold with a pure white head and little specks of lace.
The aroma is clovey...really clovey...like someone added a bunch of cloves to the brew. A lemony citrus smell and the faint smell of wheat crackers are also noticed.
The malt has a wheat cracker taste. It has a light brown sugar-like sweetness.
The hops have a lemony sourness along with the flavor of orange zest. The taste of cloves is fairly potent. A light peppery finish and a taste of coriander provide an interesting aftertaste. It has a dry, refreshing finish.

BeerResearcher, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brew with a nice white head.

Smell is banana and spices and grains, faintly wheaty and cloves.

Taste is mildly sweet and spicy with a mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is well thought out, very creamy.

Very drinkable brew, good any time any place.

Zorro, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw. The head was white, moussy and everlasting.

The aroma was malty with soft wheat and slight banana.

The flavor was smooth and crisp with banana and wheat.

The finish was off dry and fruity into the finish. The body was medium and rounded in the mouthfeel.

16.9 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a monstrous foamy head that expands and stays put in the glass. Wonderful nose of yeast, European hops, and slight astringency. Palate is a nice blend of floral hops, tangy, lemony citrus, and yeast. Very clean taste, a bit thin in the mouth, but definitely lets its presence be felt. Not much aftertaste. A wonderful beer, the standard for its style.

ElGordo, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The filtered approach leaves me feeling empty b/c it looks like an average lager not the world reknowned oldest brewery in the world's weiss bier. Filtered golden tone with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves sporadic lacing not bad though. Aroma: Lacks upfront banana and clove tone more two row grain then anything else with a touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Decent flavor definitely the best filtered weizen I've tasted, does coat the palate with the familiar banana and clove tones but I will admit seems a bit unrewarding. Mouthfeel: Spritzy effervescent carbonation levels, medium to light bodied wheat ale. Drinkability: Is pretty good but hand me a regular hefeweizen anyday, just had the Weihenstephaner on draft at the Sharp Edge awesome stuff.

WVbeergeek, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of counselor
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a straw golden color with a tall white fluffy head. Aromas of malty sweetness, nothing else. Good body to this beer revealing the delicate and quality ingredients found from this brewery. The taste was in suite with the style and the aroma, sweet malty flavors with very little hops, until well after each mouthful. Overall a good example of this style and well worth drinking

counselor, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color and clear with strong carbonation and a beautiful head that foamed up nicely and had some good retention.

Smell – Big, fluffy wheat characterizes this nose. The yeast and light fruiting make up the typical Kristal Weizen aroma.

Taste – Wonderful example of the style. The yeast and light fruits, predominantly bananas and peach, make up the delicate yet distinctive taste.

Mouthful – This also was very authentic. IMO, the mouthfeel of a weizen is the most important aspect of the style and that which is most often missed. Here though it is terrific. The body is light yet fluffy in the cheeks. The carbonation dances around the tongue.

Drinkability – Great for in between meals, especially on this Christmas Day. I will definitely buy again.

Update – I love a good Kristal Weizen and this is the only good one that I’ve had in the US. I decided to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage since my original review was in 2003.

This nose is just huge. I don’t remember it being this big. It’s gorgeous, really, and heavy on the yeast which is how I like it. It’s the same at the taste. This is a solid 4.5 overall and by far my favorite example of the style that I’ve had in the US. Nothing else that I’ve sample even comes close.

RoyalT, Dec 25, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a surprise to find this strange pint bottle at my local beer store just across the Virginia state line. Never heard of this one, but label proclaims "oldest brewery in the world". Bottle doesn't look all that dusty and it's been refrigerated out of the sun. Pours an almost clear golden yellow..average head doesn't hang around for the ride. Citrus to the nose. Banana soda immediately comes to mind with the 1st sip. Very satisfying taste as the wheat grain grabs hold. Some sweet malt in the background and some mild hoppy carbonation come forth. This is very drinkable. Had no idea what I had here, but I'll be returning for more of these. A very clean finish makes this an excellent clear weiss. I may rate this one a few notches higher the next time around.

merlin48, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours a wonderful clear gold with a big thick white afro of a head. aromas of bananas, bread and light malt rise up none of them overpowering the other. light malt and citrus flavors come in with the slightest hint of banana, more bready flavor than anything. extremely clean and crisp, oh so refreshing. reminds me of a wheaty pils? this isn't a complex brew, but its clean, crisp and refreshing as hell.

DESTRO, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think as I love the Hefe from these guys so much, this one came up short. I think I had higher expectations. Exposive headage that nearly consumes the glass, starts things off. Cristal clear with a deep straw color.On the nose sweet bananna malted. Clean and simple in the mouth-very simple and void of complexity or depth. Decent brew, but I'll plop down my cash for this breweries other products before I'll by this one again-just my personal taste mind you.

moulefrite, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear (sorry, couldn't resist) pale yellow topped by a thick white head that goes away a bit too abruptly. No lacing at all.

Smell: Strong bubblegum and banana smells with cloves in the background initially. After a few minutes of exposure, the aromas all merge into a lovely spicy bouquet. A bit offputting at first, but it grows on ya.

Taste: Sweet banana taste, quickly quashed by some clove twinged light malt. Bubblegum and wintergreen aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Ultra-light bodied. Very crisp and effervescent.

Drinkability: If the taste and smell doesn't bother you, this is eminently quaffable. I wonder what the non-filtered version tastes like. Can't wait to try it!

ManekiNeko, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its all in all a nice beer. pours cristal like a lager but certainly with the nice properties of a good ole weiss (or an ale for that matter.)

The smell isnt all that strong but it does say much about the beer, which, while nice wheaty tasting, is kinda weak in carbonation and flavour all in all which disappoints a bit at the end.

Still, nice.

Andreji, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of ToneControl
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good wheat beer - a very refreshing summer drink, without the more sharp acidic taste of a lager.

Although this beer is clear, it has plenty of citrusy flavour. As noted by other reviewers, it does smell of bananas. Begins with a large foamy head with a real shape - not just fizz - the head collapses quickly, but usually lives on until I finish the glass. I have never had a faulty bottle of this stuff - it is very consistent.

I'm not a huge fan of many hefe wheat beers (although I do like some), but I find this beer quite palatable as a regular day-to-day drink, rather than as a novelty (e.g. I wouldn't sit and drink 3 or 4 framboise or cherry beers one after the other).

ToneControl, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - breaking in one of my Christmas edition gold-rimmed Franziskaner Weissbier glasses with this one. Good choice. An obvious mammoth head formation in the bottom one-fourth of the glass was kept in check by a slow pour the rest of the way. 2 fingers of head melting down and holding at a quarter-finger. Still a bit of haze but not anything like a hefe. The beer looks great in this glass!

Aroma - 'The big banana' is the first choice of words that come to mind. Yeast and some spice eventually increase to match the banana smell, very nice balance there after a minute or so.

Taste is banana on a grainy backbone. Turns sweet and fruity at mid-mouth, no hop presence to speak of. My first Kristall and I am enjoying it. Obviously I don't know how it compares, but if this were the only Kristall out there I'd buy it again.

Mouthfeel - well, the carbonation keeps this beer very crisp and doesn't allow the sweetness to coat or linger a whole lot. Average body is on target for the style.

Drinkability - very refreshing and enjoyable to drink. A solid thumbs-up here.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely beer this. The look is kristall clear yellow, golden to be truthful, with a substantive and billowy white head. much less lacing than anticipated, but that's OK as the overall look forecasts the flavor.

A nice clean and crisp feel awaits the taster. This beer is subtle in elements generally broadcast loudly by other weisses. The clove hint is there, but quite understated, allowing its citrus side to come to the fore for a change.

The flavor is led by the citrus which is greatly complemented by its spicy hues. The aroma hints also of a light body and lovely citrus lightness.

Altogether fresh and refreshing, this beer was a big hit with my companions who gave it a try. A great summer, warm season beer.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of byrd
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a tremendous head that almost over flowed the glass with only a slight pour. I had to pour this brew extremely slowly down the side of the glass, and even then a great white head formed on top of the brew. The head becomes rocky and eventually dissipates to a perpetual thin lace that is maintained by carbonation that continuously streams from the bottom of the glass. True to its name, this beer is crystal clear with a nice straw color. Malty, wheat aroma is quite noticeable, with only a slight hint of hops. The taste is very clean and crisp with moderate carbonation. The carbonation on the tongue isn’t nearly as strong as the appearance would first indicate. Restrained malty sweetness arrives first with a nice wheat flavor. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness takes on more subdued banana and clove characteristics. There’s a crisp, sharp, tart taste towards mid swallow that passes nicely by. Very slight hops in the end along with the malts making one last appearance. The finish is quite short with no real aftertaste. This is definitely a very drinkable summertime brew.

byrd, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a hot summer day, this is one that you should reach for. A light in body and color, clear wheat beer. The taste was refreshing with its subtle banana esters and slightly in the back malt taste. Very little hop taste or aroma to speak of. Finishes with a dry, crisp and clean bready, citrusty taste... all in all a great light summer beer, and a very nice representation of the style.

steelreign, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden, perhaps a little pale for the style. Aroma is bright wheat malt and a suggestion of clove. Very active, tight carbonation, sharp and tingly on the tongue. Broad wheat malt, a little sharp and acidic, tempered somewhat by the yeast, not strongly phenolic, but suggestions of clove and allspice. Pleasant, but next time I'll reach for the hefe and the additional depth of flavor.

Brent, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a light straw gold, paleish yellow - tall, billowy, paper white head of tight soupy foam that fades slowly to a thin hazey top always present; leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma of lemons in front, with wheat, banana esters, and a light sweet malt in the backing. Quite a fresh and spritzy nose.

Taste of light but favorable malt and banana ester start, nice fluffy breadyness on the tongue, swallow brings in wheat textures that are lemony sweet and smooth, clean, clear, with a very slight hint of yeasty spiceyness and vanilla.

Feel starts out kinda spirtzy and full textured with a gradual turn into a light bready crisp and clean dry finish. Very drinkable and easy, excellent summer wheat brew to quench down.

tavernjef, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold body with good carbonation, topped by a huge billowing rocky white head. Good hefty dose of banana in the nose. Taste is a bit overly bland: a little hint of the banana, and not a whole lot else. Little or no wheat, hops, yeast, cloves, or anything else I might have expected. Some wheat comes through in the after taste. Refreshing on a hot day, but not satisfying.

RonfromJersey, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a large off-white head when it was poured into my glass.This was just an okay beer to me.Nothing all that special in my opinion.I picked up an aroma that reminded me of bananas.Definitely not one of the better German Wheat beers that I have tasted.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.