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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 771
Hads: 1,687
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 108
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

In our golden-yellow crystal-clear wheat beer the fresh citrus flavour harmonises very well with spicy banana notes. The fine sparkling gives it a tangy and animated appearance. Throughout summer and winter, it’s a prickling experience. It goes well with fish, seafood, white meat or it can be enjoyed as an aperitif. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of mkobes
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Andy’s. Poured a crystal clear yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Banana and clove notes. Spicey and. Yeasty. Sweettasting. Malty and hoppy flavor. Crisp and refreshing. Spicey. Finish is smooth. Drinkable. Nice beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 9054 indicated on bottle.

Pours a huge, white, frothy three finger head with the consistency of egg whites. Color is a very light straw with a steady stream of bubbles rising. A half inch head remains throughout.

Initial smell is a banana like aroma with some wheat malt hiding in the back. There are some subtle notes of yeast and spice.

This beer is higly carbonated with a light to medium light body.

Banana like esters up front with flavors of clean wheat malt. Some hints of yeast and phenols are hiding in there. Finish is clean with some esters and spiciness lingering. Small hop presence in the middle of the sip.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I used to drink these on my lunchbreak when I was in the Air Force(only 1 but always wanted more) stationed in Bitburg, Germany. Loved it then, Love it now. What a quality brew from start to finish. Kristall style is somewhat hard to find but well worth a try as it is unique and a great daytime brew.

Appearance is exactly what it says on the bottle....Crystal Clear with lots of fine carbonation and a small consistent head. thats pure white fizzy almost. depending on the pour. I've had an aggressive pour be chunky and everlasting so its versatile. bonus.

There is a Banana and mild malt type smell. Its a beautifly blended taste that is clean to the point and gone. Drinkable at any time but this strikes me as a great daytime lunch beer. The best Kristal Weizen I've had and would be shocked to find one better.

I've often wondered why this style hasn't caught on at our local brewpubs and breweries. Its a great craft beer that I would love to see made by some local breweries.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden color, with a huge, persistent white head, small streams of slow-rising carbonation, and clumps of thick, patchy lace.

Aroma: Mouth-watering aroma of strong tropical fruits, very, very appealing. There are also lesser malt and very mild hop notes.

Taste: Opens with a light spicy clove note, quickly followed by phenol alcohol notes. Later in the taste, the bread character of the wheat malt appears. The taste closes with a very mild, clean herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Soft and very pleasant, little carbonation could be felt.

Drinkability/notes: Solid and excellent, with no detractions, the by-the-book quality that this brewery is noted for. Supremely drinkable, and suitable for introducing macro drinkers to the universe of fine beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce brown glass bottle with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Kristal Weizen I have had. Appears a crystal clear straw yellow in tall full fizzy white head. Streaming bubbles from the bottom feed the head and keep it in tact. Light banana notes with a light doughy yeastiness as well. Some wheat scents in the aroma as well, good stuff. Banana and wheat flavors with a slight bitterness on the finish. May no be the most complex thing but its pretty darn tasty. VERY clean, crisp and refreshing with a solid body. This is all about the drinkability so that’s not an issue. Great summertime beer or anytime beer, very refining and clean all around.

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Photo of Brian700
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear golden color with a good white head that hangs out for a bit. The aroma is estery (banana) somewhat refreshing. The taste is also a little on the estery side, not a bad thing. light hops. Good mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Its pretty damn good beer. For it's genre its about a B+. But Overall I'd definately recommend it.

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Photo of soper2000
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New pickup at the Hop Shop in Indy.

Holy shit, this is my first Kristal Weiss and it was weird pouring this thing. Pours absolutely clear like a macro lager. Impressive 3 finger fluffy weiss head on top of the straw yellow body. It's weird not having to agitate and pour the remaining yeast. Aroma is a little lighter than it's nonfiltered brother but the yeasty banana notes still come through. Taste is extremely light and well balanced. Notes of bananas balance the wheat perfectly. Finish is extremely crisp. Mouthfeel is surprising creamy. Very good beer in its own right, but I prefer its brother. I might pick up every so often just for the kick of pouring this perfectly clear beauty.

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Photo of beersarang
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is my first Kristal Weizen.

Poured with a huge white head over a light golden body. Almost looks like a macro, but the carbonation is faster and the head a bit more persistant.

Smells like earthy banana with some yeast action.

Light wheat twang at the beginning, a touch of yeast sourness, overall very simple and crisp. Not much else to say as this is a bland style anyway, but this tastes exactly as it should.

Crisp light body, perfect for summer, I would have it again on a hot day, but not the most flavorful of beers in the world.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle as pictured and poured into my treasured Paulaner weissbier glass. This kristal weizen had a clear golden hue and a huge amount of carbonation racing crazily up to the bottom of an eggshell white head, massive at first before slowly easing down to a 1/2" thick layer of foam. Scattered lace decorated the walls of the glass.
The smell definitely holds true to style as the malt and wheat dominate. Has an orchard in late summer aroma like the smell of softly overripe apples and pears. Banana and clove aromas are virtually non-existent.
A few good pulls are all that's needed to confirm the taste follows the nose. Nice doughy malts rule the roost. Wheat flavor is assertive, more so since the banana and clove flavors are more suppressed. The faintly cidery taste comes out in the finish, cleanly and crisply.
Quite refreshing and quaffable, a real nice brew on a warm day. I found myself having to stop comparing this to their incomparable hefeweizen. Still, this is the quintessential beer for the style, IMO. Well worth picking up.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cyrstal clear with many streams of effervescent bubbles racing to replenish the foamy, rocky aromatic head. This hue of the brew is deceptively light. Remarkable head retention. Aroma is very appealing. The bananas and yeast don't pull any punches. Lemony fragrances grace my nostrils, as do a little grainy wheat. Taste is typical of the quality of I have come to expect from Weihenstephan. Slightly more refined than their regular hefe weizen, to be expected from the filtering process. Flavor begins mildy acidic, with the bitter lemons up front. Gritty wheat compliments uber-smooth pale malt flavor. Towards the end, the clovey bananas jump up and linger into the finish. Moderate carbonation works well with this style, adding a crispness that even affects the aftertaste. After swallowing, you are left with spicy, sparkling bananas. Very pleasing to the palate. Easy drinking weizen bier, Weihenstephan has another winner here.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh the Kristall.

I find this to be slightly lighter than the Hefe. Maybe cause it is filtered?

Anyway, it poured a light straw colour. The smell was of fresh bananas. (You know when they are cold and you can smell them but not so smelly that it over whelms you like when they are warm)

The taste is of bananas which has a crisp hop finish. The low carbonation allows for you to keep it in your mouth longer and taste the flavours better.

It isn't very expensive either, making it a good beer to have on a summers afternoon.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This poured a deep golden, with a big sudsy head, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: faint malt and clove aroma, not much scent to pick-up on.

Taste:light spicy, banana, hint of clove.

Mouthfeel: watery light mouthfeel, with high carbonation, and a tangy finish.

Drinkability: Drinkability is fine, this would make a good session beer, I've had hefe's, I like better, but this one is just fine, and I would drink again.

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Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cristal clear pale yellow into the weissbier glass, with a frothy head which diminishes relatively quickly. There seems to be an endless stream of bubbles - interesting to know that a filtered weissbier looks like ginger ale. Mellow hints of clove and banana in the nose. Similar in the taste. The standard banana esters and spices associated with weissbiers but very mellow. Too mellow for my liking. I suppose it is just the style, but it just seems like a dumbed-down hefe. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Technically there's nothing really wrong with this, I'm just not a fan of the style I guess. Think I'll stick to hefes.

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Photo of malty
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint brown bottle - no freshness date.

Kristal ;-) clear deep golden with turbid bubbles racing north to form a bright white head.

Scent has a sour fruit component with a hint of banana also.

Has an attenuated flavor - although practiacally identical to it's older brother (plain 'Hefeweissbier'). The crisp semi-sour fruit is very refreshing. Faint clove and banana (again).

Mouthfeel explodes with crisp carbonation - CLEAN. It's light body feels bolder due to the relentless carbonation.

Drinkability is good - I bet even better in warm weather.

Overall a good solid brew. This bottle was given to me, and I believe I'll be returning to the Hefeweissbier next time. I would bet this style would grow on me if I revisted it a time or two over this summer (?)

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Photo of skybluewater
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear pale gold color. Smells faintly of banana and cloves. Taste is very good, quite refreshing. (I'd imagine this would taste even better on a warm summer's day.) It's like a muted hefe. The mouthfeel is full and clean.

Overall, this is a darn good beer. I'm definitely going to be drinking more this summer. The only real quibble I have is the price: $4 for a 16-oz bottle. Other than that, yum!

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light carmel color with alot of carbonation. Smell is mild wheat aroma. You'll feel the carbonation when this goes down. Although is seems highly carbonated it is surprisely pleasing. Taste is moderate, but you can definately taste the wheat in this beer. Drinkability is moderate and I don't care for wheat beers all that much, but I did enjoy this and I do believe I'm going to give this a try sometime soon.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not-quite-clear straw color with a small head that rapidly diminishes.

Smells almost sweetish. Kind of a surprise. I guess the best way to describe it would be malty, some banana scent, with the tiniest hint of citrus in the aroma.

Taste: Wheat, bananas and marshmallows! Sounds strange but that was the immediate sensation I got upon tasting this delicious beer. Finish is malty-sweet with a little bit of dryness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: Medium. It is still a little sweet to be consumed in mass quantities. However, I could kill a few pints of these in one sitting.

Overall: Very good weiss. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is a good. It has a dry, yet sweet wheat malt scent with some clove and banana hints and a fruity aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very light, yet flavorful feel. It boasts of pale wheat malts and a fruity yeast finish. This is a good beer for the casual wheat beer drinker. It would be great on a hot day with some lemon. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great drinking wheat beer. It's light and flavorful. How can you go wrong?

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Photo of Luigi
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a slightly hazy yellow color. The head retention is ok. The head started off big but, it settled to a thin lace around the glass.

Smells like banana nut bread with some fruity acidic aftertaste. Has a medium light body and is a great thirst quencher. There is a good amount of carbonation. The taste is dominated by a bread like malt. Banana and some citrus too.

I prefer the unfiltered wheat beers, but I do enjoy this beer. Well done.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 L brown bottle. Sampled at Shooters Bar in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

This kristal weizen poured a clear, golden color with tall, fluffy, white foam that persisted and clung to the glass, and with a good steady carbonation. The smell was mildly citrus with a hint of banana and something that tickled the nose. The taste had a mild banana flavor with some tangy citrus (lemon) as well. It was sweetly malty with a touch of phenols and a touch of yeast. The finish was fruity with a very mild hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and medium carbonation. It was relatively clean with with some citrusy tanginess and a very light hoppiness lingering on the tongue. This was a very nice, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/03/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9 oz bottle with a "2234" code on the back label. Poured into my Orleans wiezen glass.

Appearance- Straw yellow coloring, Nice foamy and creamy white head that is still there halfway through the bottle. Light lacing and beautiful strands of carbonated bubbles making their way to the surface.

Smell- A bit worried because I had the same metallic scent as I had in the Weihenstephaner lager yesterday. Also some decent scents of clove and pear.

Taste- Oh wow, this is some good s**t! Thankfully no metal taste here. This one is full of flavor. Lots of subtle cloves and spices. Some banana mixed in as well. Extrememly crisp and clean. Very impressed.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to high carbonation, but still goes down very smooth because of it's crisp aspects. Dare I even say a bit creamy?

Drinkability- Wish I had bought a few more of these. Outstanding tasting brew. Have a hefe in the fridge of this brand that I can't wait to try. Maybe sometime this week. Grab this bad boy if you see it.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

As you'd expect it's crystal-clear with beady streams of carbonation and topped with a poofy constant head.

Nose is of cloves, honey, banana, peach and som tropical fruit. A faint spiciness is present. It's obviously rather sweet and ridiculously fruity. Body is soft, though quite assertively carbonated.

It's thick with honey sweetness at first, turning to cloves then fruit as it evolves, sweet and refreshing throughout while never cloying or one-dimensional.

A beautifully crafted beer, no question.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice clean, not at all cloudy for a wheat beer, yellow beer with a big bright white head. A good strong bannana and clove aroma, which I expect from a good wheat beer. The mouth feel was a little light. The flavor was again light with a light spiceyness and a hint of clove on the finish. The aroma was German Weiss beer. The flavor was American Wheat beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a cool little 16.9 ounce bottle. Very German-American looking. For some reason, this bottle reminds me of the movie Strange Brew. Take that for what it's worth...

Very nice head, pretty but light color, perfect cascading carbonation.

Smells lightly like a sweet, grainy malt with hints of corn. Complex, but not too impressive.

Tastes spicey up front, malts and cloves with a little squash thrown. The aftertaste is fruity hops with just a touch of barley and a little more spicy of that wheat malt, which offsets the fruit nicely. Complex, once again, and nice, but notthing super.

Thin body but perfect combination make for a good mouthfeel,and the spiciness is surprisingly easy to drink.

Not the greatest of beers, but worth what I paid. I can't wait to try out some more Weihenstephaner brews.

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Photo of diamonddave
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bright, almost neon golden color with a small quick-fading head. I think this is the first time I've ever been able to see through a glass of weissbier. All the cloudiness has been filtered out, and more's the pity. I guess that's why it's called "Crystal", though. Anyhoo...

Smells like bananas. Maybe there's a tiny little bit of something else in here, like cloves or something, but all I smell is bananas.

Tastes like, you guessed it, bananas. Slight (very slight) spicy kick, sweet banana finish. I sure could go for some yeast or hops or malt or, well... ANYTHING to balance out the banana flavor.

This doesn't exactly taste bad, but oy, the bananas! There's no way I could drink more than one bottle of this stuff. If you love bananas, then here's your drink. Otherwise, steer clear.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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