Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 76
Gots: 75 | 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 StonedTrippin
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan with a monster white 3 + inch head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Much like a hefe, banana, clove, yeasty, light floral fruits, lemon and bubble gum.

Taste - Light, crisp apples, lemon, banana and yeasts at first sip. FLoral and bready flavoring. More smoother and not as flavorful as a hefe. Lots of banana and clove all throughout the tasting.

Mouthfeel - Very light and easy on mouth. Banana yeast and fruits coat tounge. Palate gets more of the same with a little tart at the finish. Aftertaste is yeasty and dry.

OVerall - Very light, smooth and easy to drink. A Step down from a hefe, lacks the flavors, crispness, and overall feel. Still tasty and soild and for sure worth a drink.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Off yellow, golden color? Check. Lots of champagne-like bubbles? Check. Huge, fluffy head endlessly coating the top of the glass? Check! I must be drinking a Weihenstephan product once again. Seriously, I let this carelessly sit around for over 25 minutes and the head never went away. Great lacing on the glass. The only thing here that's seriously different from the hefeweizen is the clear, unfiltered, yet classic kristal look. There's a golden, near bready looking hue that makes this distinguishable from their pilsner (as well as the fluffy, egg-white looking head), but otherwise, it's what it's supposed to be.

Despite being a kristalweizen, this contains nearly as huge yeasty, banana like phenols as their hefe. There's a fruity, succulent feel to the aroma that makes this instantly irresistible. The phenols linger around, and are slowly pressed out by spiced coriander and lemon peel. Why do people add lemon slices to beers like these? They are already full of enough citrus-based notes! Other than that, there's a dash of sugar cane, a little bit of bread, and some lightly tinged boozy characteristics. Not too complex, but still pretty refreshing.

The flavor follows suit from the aroma, but there are several key differences. First off, the yeasty texture is a little less prominent here, and grainy/hoppy characteristics come out rather balanced. The wheat flavor is present, but this being an unfiltered beer, not as heavy on the palate... Or the gut for that matter. A surprising amount of alcohol reveals itself at the back of the throat, which adds a little bit of muscles to this. Combined with the graininess, it's a little bit astringent, but it still does the trick. This may be less heavy in texture, but it's still very carbonated, which gives a rather thickened drinking experience, even though the finish is a bit watery. Still loaded with good flavor, especially on the banana-cream side.

To summarize, this is crisp, refreshing, and simple - but still a great product as always from Weihenstephan. This is very easy to drink and should do good for any occasion that I want a world-class take on a kristalweizen when I'm not feeling like packing myself with the far breadier characteristics of a hefe. If there's any beer I'll drink representing this style... This is the one. Prost!

Photo of XxNitExX
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Pilsner Glass from bottle

A- Pours straw yellow with a nice small white head. Perfectly clear (as the style should be)

S- Smells like a subdued Hefe. Banana, clove, wheat and hops but none are over powering.

T- Tastes like it smells. More banana than any other flavors but not a strong flavor either.

M- Very smooth, very easy to drink.

Overall this is a very good introductory beer. Also is a great cleanser between different beers and I can see it going with loads of different foods. Not over powering but not bland either. Fits the style perfectly.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kerrie
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Let me start off by saying that this isn't a bad beer, but I'm a bit disappointed. I loved the Hefeweissbier and the Dunkelweizen (albiet a little less) and this one just doesn't come close.

A- The beer looks great. While I tend to prefer darker colors, it's an attractive yellowish gold with a nice, thick head, a bit of lacing, and bubbles floating to the top even as the glass is almost finished. That said, it's not what I was expecting, as the label says "crystal clear" under the name, so I expected even lighter.

S- The beer smells better, and more complex, than it tastes. It has a similar smell to that of the Hefeweissbier. Quite light and fruity.

T- This is where I was disappointed as the taste didn't live up to the strong, sweet smell. It's a bit weak and flavorless, and I don't taste the banana or bubblegum that others mention. That said, the aftertaste is pleasant.

M- Light, not too thick or thin, though.

Overall, I think it'd be a great summer beer, and I may try it again on a hot summer afternoon. Then again, if I like the Hefeweissbier better and that's the same price, I'll probably skip this and go with that, as that's still light as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.