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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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1,528 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 82
Gots: 80 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of slyons16
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Poured into a Wiehenstephaner wheat beer glass.

Pours a clear golden color, very simliar to the hefe but you can see clear through the beer. No haze. No yeast floating in this brew. Huge head with decent lacing.

Smells of clove, slightly green bananas, but less so than the normal hefe.

Taste is very clean, very dry, with more banana than clove, and the wheat malt certainly dominates more so than in the hefeweizen. No yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, very drinkable.

Photo of psykad
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours superbly clear, like ginger ale in color, with yellow straw tendencies. The head is massively smooth and white with tightly packed bubbles. The body is extremely clear with lots of bubbles running up from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is slippery, sticky with fat and thick with walls along the sides of the glass like latte foam. On the nose the beer smells cleanly of wet banana and clove with nice light yeast notes and slight spices from the wheat. The beer tastes similarly bananay with clove notes with slight tingly mint in the aftertaste. The beer begins as clean light wheat malt before opening into heavy banana notes with light clove hints, and slowly closing out into minty lingering. On the mouth this beer is superbly clean with light bubbling prickles. The beer turns slightly syrupy as it moves over the tongue with light to medium body, and it leaves the tongue slightly dry and very clean. Overall, this is a superbly clean weizen beer. I admittedly have never had a kristalweizen before, but as far as I can tell from style descriptions this beer meets them beautifully, marrying clean mouthfeel with the banana and clove flavors of a hefeweizen. A great beer with awesome wheat character.

Photo of jsladky
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DersOne
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Beer_Belly
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of d5001986
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of vegasmac99
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Weihenstephaner weizen with crystal clear, pale yellow beer and streaming fine carbonation that builds a four-inch, creamy white head. The head drops to a meringue, leaving patchy lacing.

The aroma is crisp with strong yeasty grain that is clean and fresh with some coriander notes.

Crisp with some apple and sourdough. The finish is light and quick with some acidity. Some banana is found with a hint of tart berries in this outstandingly balanced beer.

A medium body with explosive carbonation and cleansing light alcohol. There is a pleasant sharpness.

This is a great drinking beer on its own, with lively conversation, or with a meal.

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Liquid-gold color, with a frothy white head of 2-3 fingers initially, fading to a thin layer with decent lacing. It's clear, but not "crystal" clear, despite the name -- there was a touch of haziness looking through the Weizen glass.

S: Not quite as rich and complex as its unfiltered cousins, it still sported the expected citrus notes, pepper, cloves, and hints of banana.

T: Tart and spicy up front, with a strong wheat flavor quickly taking over. There was a late bitterness, but at least some of it seemed to be of a non-hops origin.

M: Crisp and nicely carbonated, with that typical Weizen dryness in the finish.

O: Decent, but truly an "also ran" compared with a good Hefeweizen.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bmike86
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a half liter bottle of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Hyvee Liquors in Pella, IA.

Appearance --- clear light golden yellow color, carbonation bubbles flowing steadily. Two finger white head that withers down, lace left trailing down the glass

Smell --- subtle scents of bread, floral, banana

Taste --- like a lighter hefeweizen

Mouth feel --- smooth and crisp, light to medium body with a solid carbonation to it

Overall --- I enjoyed this offering, it is a nice change of pace offering from Weihenstephaner. I would definitely recommend trying, to say the least. This beer has definitely earned its way into my rotation. With that said, I still prefer their not filtered weizens.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-15 in Danville, KY

A - Crystal-clear light yellow with a pillowy 3-finger white head that sticks around. Tons of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Mild lacing.

S - Some clove, light banana and fresh wheat bread.

T - Plenty of banana, clove, citrus tart, yeast, lightly malted wheat grain, touch of pepper but not real spicy.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Touch of creaminess amidst the crisp bubbles.

O - Refreshing. Not overly complex. Simple, well-balanced, doesn't demand a lot out of you but satisfies. Good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. It will be interesting to see how this compares to the Weihenstephaner hefeweissen.

Poured into my York Beer fest pint glass (tall & narrow). A clear golden hue with extreme carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with superb retention; this lasts for ages before slowly subsiding to a thick surface layer. A warm, fruity aroma with notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice and a hint of yeast. Somewhat sweet and pretty dry. Lovely.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice, a hint of stewed hops and a twinge of yeast. Underpinned by mild grainy malt, while a very faint cardboard staleness lurks in the background. Dry, with no bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with good carbonation. Nice body - thick and almost creamy. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity esters and spice.

Very good - the essence of a classic weissbier is captured perfectly in the flavour and aroma. It looks great, while the smell and taste meet expectations. Only the mouthfeel falls short of the mark: it just doesn't quite have the body that the unfiltered version of this beer possesses. Ultimately it's depth of character that is reduced in this kristall; the hefeweissen just has something extra. However, it remains beautifully crafted and highly drinkable. Well worth sampling.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AmitC
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th and second last beer out of the 5 pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. What a beauty. Pale golden color. Huge, huge head more than 4 fingers thick. White color. Fluffy. Foam like. Stays for 5 minutes or so and then dissipates into a thin disappearing layer. Extremely clear and transparent. Clearer than a crystal. Excellent lacing.

Smell is a little subdued. Wheat, cloves and banana. Just the regular stuff.

Taste is very much the nose, with dominant banana and wheat flavors. Less spicy than hefeweissbier. Less complex.

Mouth feel: Medium light to slightly fuller feel. Effervescent and refreshing. Little tart due to carbonation, which is not seen but felt.

German purity at its best. Lack of yeasts, takes something away from the taste and smell, but for its style, it is near perfect.

Style rating : 4.25-4.5 overall. Personal preference: 3.25.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.