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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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1,525 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 80
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

healthy, creamy, generous head on top of an energetic effervescent bright straw color.
rich yeasty aroma, but less so than the unfiltered version.
thrist quenching taste; very nice wheat version. subdued, yet pronounced and firm. very easy taste, can surely drown a few of these in succession.
overall, it has a very successful air to it, but commercial still. very nice after a long day at work. everything from the brewery is superb in quality and taste. a nice uneven lace down the sides and the foam clings perfectly. the taste gets thin after it drops toward the belly, but it's a great beer on all sides. straight 4.5's all the way across for me...

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review in a new apartment in Worcester, exciting times.

A- 16oz bottle poured into a giant snifter, not proper but it will work nicely. Kristal clear as the style name hints at with a pale golden color. A huge, foamy white head forms to about two fingers and retains decently. Thick, creamy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Aromatic but laid back and balanced out. Mild clove, lemon zest and banana from the yeast above some malty cracked grains.

T- Nothing really jumps out and the flavor is on the mild side but the balance is harmonious and it all works. A good balance of banana, clove, raisin spice, fresh cracked malted grains and some Noble hops which are spicy, grassy and herbal.

MF- Foamy and fairly dry light body. Carbonation is high and the bubbles can be felt nicely on the palate. Very slight herbal spicy bitterness in the finish.

The mildest offering I have had from this great brewery but still so incredibly solid. Just try the whole Weihenstephaner catalog if you are new to German beer, so nice.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours with exceptionally large amounts of carbonation: swirling, frothing anarchy inside my weizen glass. This promotes a ridiculous head of fluffy, meringue white that sits in puffy insolence over the top of the glass. Body has all the clarity you expect, but this seems more to be about the head. Indeed, the carbonation seems to force it ever higher, meaning that after a few minutes where I though it had settled down, it pushed over the edge of the glass. Very vibrant in any case.

Although banana is the expected dominant character here, I get pear, pear and more pear. Fresh sharp skin characters and a slight metallic twang, possibly from the wheat. It mingles with a faint peppery yeasty character, perhaps the clove spice playing against the pear. It's sharper and brighter than a typical hefeweizen nose, and has a uniqueness all to itself. Great stuff.

Taste is light and pleasant, but perhaps scoured of character a little more than the nose suggested. Here there's a light, sweet grain character and a faint smoothed bitterness towards the back, reminiscent of that metallic character on the nose. The fruitiness sticks around the edges, but doesn't really provide any depth or complexity. It leaves a touch of pear skin on the finish. It's fine, really, but I was hoping this could blow my conceptions of Kristals out of the water.

Feel is good. Despite the overt carbonation, it's rather soft on the palate, with a light cushioning of bubbles on the back.

Overall, there's no doubting this is a well-crafted and well-made beer. It's also a very good Kristalweizen, a style which I feel is often overlooked. Of the ones I've tried, I think Schneider's is better, but this makes a very worthy stablemate to Weihenstephaner's other excellent beers.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottled 7/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with nice strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of banana, light fruits, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; with a good amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, smooth, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic kristall weissbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

you just don't see a lot of these in this country. a hefe that's been filtered out perfectly clear, hence "kristall". it really is a lovely brew, full flavored but delicate and light. I could drink this from sun up til sun down no worries. the pours is a bright and clear sunshine yellow color with a good two inches of white head. the nose is all the same yeasty banana and spice flavors im used to in their hefeweiss, but there a certain crispness to this one. the flavor is wheat malt on the front end with very little sweetness, and a familiar and refreshing fruity yeast finish. weve been drinking a lot of these kinds of beers lately, since my old lady here really likes that banana flavor. this one has a ton of that, and we both really liked how clean it drinks. one bottle was definitely not enough, but you do have to drink it when its cold. the warmer it gets the more it falls apart. great carbonation and a very light body, maybe a little thin, but I think that's the point here. taking out the yeast really makes this an all day drinker that doesn't fill you up a lick. impressive stuff again from weihenstephaner.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,525 ratings.