Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours clear golden with a large white head and plentiful rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells banana and clove forward, though not as intensely as it is for their hefeweizen. It smells cleaner and the wheat malt presence is bready in the nose. the taste follows the nose. The wheat and barley malts bring a bready taste. The clove provides spicy balance and the banana flavor is also present. Both are milder than in the hefeweizen, allowing the malt profile to shine. This is expected for the style. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent, refreshing beer.
08-09-2012 17:01:03 | More by acevenom
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
Look (4/5) – Pours a very light straw colour. Head is decent: rose well of a standard pour; soapy texture; very white; and, falls a bit quickly to a cap without any real lacing. Clarity is brilliant. There’s some really nice visible carbonation.
Smell (4/5) – Some decent wheat graininess provides a nice background. The standard weizen yeast flavours of banana and cloves jump out at me right away. The balance between them is ideal; I like a bit more clove than banana. There’s also a note in there that I would describe as a bit sulphur-like, it’s not hugely strong and blends very nicely with the flavours. No hops and no alcohol notes are noticeable.
Taste (4.5/5) – Similar to the nose. The grain bill boasts some nice wheat graininess as well as a bit of very light melanoidins (I’d guess at a Munich pilsner malt with maybe there was some light Vienna/Munich malt included in the grist here). The flavours of banana and cloves are dominant, but they’re milder and lighter than you get in a hefe. No hop flavour, hop bitterness is medium-light. The sulphur-like notes were not very strong on the palate.
Feel (3.5/5) – Medium-light body (the malty sweetness of it gave it a slightly more substantial flavour) and high carbonation. Pretty standard fair for the style, but good.
I’m really much more familiar with hefeweizens than I am with krystalweizens, but this was a great example. Whereas a hefe is somewhat more substantial in both flavour and body due to the suspended yeast, I found that this one was a lot lighter and went down much smoother. This is a great summer brew is served cool enough. I still prefer the hefe that these guys make.
07-29-2012 00:22:11 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of wheat, banana, some citrus and grassy notes, with some mild bitterness. Palate is a light to medium body, a crisp clean mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of wheat, sweet citrus and banana flavor, a bit of tart notes with some bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good, crisp and refreshing brew. Nicely done
07-26-2012 15:13:26 | More by Samp01
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
This beer pours with a four finger head that lasts and leaves lacing on the glass. Pale yellow in colour and very bubbly. Smells of cloves, bananas, wheat, citrus, and sugar. Tastes just as it smells. Moderate banana, cloves, citrus, wheat and a touch of ginger. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, dry and a bit champagne like. A nice session ale.
07-06-2012 03:20:28 | More by slitherySOB
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
16.9 oz bottle, SA PP glass
A: An aggressive pour yielded a huge 4 finger head. Light straw in color, tons of bubbles and a thick head that stays for days
S: clove, banana, grass, bread, a little musty/funk, wheat, citrus.
T: clove, huge banana notes, sweet lemon, pear, banana bread finish
M: really nice feel, its not thick, but not thin, and the texture of it is a nice complement to the sweet finish.
O: Another great summer beer
06-25-2012 03:29:40 | More by fields336
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.