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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1260
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear dim golden colored brew with a massive pillow of white foam on top that gradually dies down leaving lace all over the glass. The aroma is loaded with yeast and a little breadiness. Slight bits of citrus also hit the nose, but not enough to balance the blast of yeast.

The flavor is a bit more balanced than the aroma. There is a whole lot of yeast flavor and bready grains. Citrus comes in a bit to balance. The flavor is a bit toned down from what I would like. I am very surprised at the amount of yeast in the aroma and the flavor despite it not sitting at the bottom of the bottle. The mouthfeel is very crisp. It is light and refreshing which makes it a great drinker. You could surely sit back with a few of these. It may get a bit boring with very little complexity, but it is still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 17:42:21 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of zerk


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold, with quite a bit of carbonation racing to the top. Has a big, pillowy white head, that leaves sheets of lace behind. Aroma is exactly as I expect from a weizen style... sweet banana and clove esters, and a touch of herbal hop notes... I wish someone would come out with weizen cologne. Flavor is slighlty more subdued than the aroma... some notes of clove, with just a touch of banana. As the beer warms, you lose more of the esters, and get a more herbal hoppy bitterness. This beer is very clean and smooth, with a light body... another top notch beer from Brauerei Weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 07:11:23 | More by zerk
Photo of bierman2000


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Wheat. clear and light in color, with a citrusy, clove smell. Refreshing and quenching, and a head that won't quit like most Wheats that are made well.The clove taste is apparant early in the beer and since it is a Krystal there is no yeast at the bottom which makes it clear and not cloudy. A good Krystal from the oldest brewery in the world.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 12:03:22 | More by bierman2000
Photo of Morris729


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden color with a pillowy white head that slowly dissipates in chucks leaving a rocky lace. Nose is sweet and fruity with notes of ripe banana, vanilla, and clove. Light to medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste follows the template laid out in the aroma with flavors of creamy banana, spicy clove, and a bit of nutty yeast. Very refreshing and the best of this style I’ve ever had. Perfect for a warm spring day like today.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 15:15:50 | More by Morris729
Photo of cokes


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Krystal clear goldenrod with an explosive white cap.
Nose of white pepper, clove, banana and W'stephaner yeastiness (lime and vanilla)
Taste is archetype of what beers of the style should be yet so rarely achieve. Tempered banana lathered in cream. Doses of potent cloves. Yeast that suggests one of Germany's western neighbors. Pricks of lime sorbet. sprinkled with granulated wheat. Dashes of spiced hops provide closure.
Soft and supple in the mouth. Nearly powdered in texture.
Delicious. Best of class.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 14:24:52 | More by cokes
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great brewery making a great kristall.Brilliant gold color,nice clean looking,fruity with a little mineral in aroma.Nice kind of herbal mineral quality in the flavor,goes down incredibly easy.There is something about the house yeast that imparts a tropical flair to their beers.A great summertime beer but just happened to drink one here in winter,good year around.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 11:44:57 | More by oberon
Photo of garymuchow


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enormous head, white, foamy and a little fizzy. Wonderful aroma of phenol, cloves and slight banana, hints of wheat malt, with an overall flowery array of smells. Gold and krystal klear.
Maybe I have an older bottle, but the flavor was flat, lacking in zest and vigor. Largely a malt flavor with some wheat quality. Little in way of cloves, bananas and phenol. Mouthfeel was too flat too, with insufficient carbonation.
I'll redo this with a fresher bottle next summer. This was a dissappointment and I know it could be better.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 16:41:10 | More by garymuchow
Photo of cncbofh


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fizzy almost soda pop carbonation and lingering white foamy head. Light golden color with a delicate aroma suiting to a Weissbier. Not mouch in the mouthfeel category, as it slipped by the palette with a bitter aftertaste. The taste was above average compared to other beers in the category.

Overall, a very good selection for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 14:36:31 | More by cncbofh
Photo of mikes2923


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

Probably my least favorite brew from Weihenstephan (that I've been able to find here in the States anyway), but that's not really a slight against it as much as it is a compliment to the rest. About what you would expect out of a Kristall Weizen, very light in color, with a nice clean wheat taste that is light on the palate but with a slight bite to it. Keep in mind when I use the term "light" I don't mean it in the "american light" sense, this beer definitely has a very solid and good taste to it and would be a perfect selection iof you're not in the mood for anything too strong or heavy.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 11:09:25 | More by mikes2923
Photo of Gusler


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudless light gold color, the head prestigious in size, the color a dazzling white, and the lace diaphanous sheets that cling steadily to the glass. Nose crisp and clean, malt dominates with light hints of citrus, and maybe a touch of yeast. Malt sweet at the start, with a middling mouth feel, the finish is curtly acidic, the hops purposeful in the spiciness, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. The delicate balance of hops, malt, wheat, and perfection maybe another word to describe this beer

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 07:39:31 | More by Gusler
Photo of Jon


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This German kristall weiss pours a clear gold color with a sizeable white head, which subsides quickly. Clarity is excellent, as this is a "crystal clear" beer according to the bottle. Steady carbonation is present throughout the duration of the brew. Nose is rather earthy, with notes of yeast and clove making their respective marks. Taste is a touch bland, but still pretty good, with spicy notes and mellow hops. Mouthfeel is rather prickly and carbonated. This would be a near-perfect summer thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 19:41:37 | More by Jon
Photo of Jason


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

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle with info about the beer on the back label as well as the freshness date.

Appearance: Rich shimmering clear golden colour and an effervescent bubby carbonation forms a thin yet unwavering white lace.

Smell: Fruity of bananas and pears with hints of melon and placid clove spice aroma. Trace wheat malt in the nose, cracker-like maltiness.

Taste: Modest body with a crisp solid carbonation that is both slightly sharp in the bite and fluffy in the mouth feel. Quick to the sharpness of the carbonation and spicy clove character gives a tingling sensation which cleans the palate. Fruity flavours lay subdued in the back though some alcoholic esters are obvious. Hops are nearly nonexistent with only a minute trace of flavour towards the end. Wheat malt is straightforward with a nutty and mild acidic twang more towards the finish. Relatively clean after taste with some remaining spicy wheat flavours.

Notes: Drinkable without a doubt with a palate cleansing quality, certainly good drinking and a great lunch time brew. Goes excellent with a cobb salad.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 06:55:44 | More by Jason
Photo of inebrius


4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Like Weizen-crack. Everytime I lay my eyes on a Weihenstephaner my mouth goes to slavering and I imagine myself sinking a hatchet into the melon of the beer store guy and running off with the lot. Profoundly balanced between the sweet malt and phenols and small dose of bittering hops. Each swig has your buds wailing for more. Peppery nose with the slightest hints of strawberry and banana. As tasty a Kristall as has ever been produced. When the Pope is not kicking out stained-glass windows it's likely he's kicking back with some serious German Wheat beers. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 06:13:01 | More by inebrius
Photo of marc77


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden in hue, w/ brilliant, lager like clarity from the filtration. Beautiful, persistent, thick head akin to egg whites whipped to a soft peak. The aroma is comprised of soft banana esters, smooth wheat tartness and hints of bready pilsner malt. Clove phenol is present at a trace. Flavorwise, a combination of light wheat derived tartness and graininess is discernible initially, then is ensued by muted signature weizen esters. Malt sweetness is low and is correspondingly balanced by an equally low hop bitterness, leaving this brew somewhat dry overall. Although the filtration and lack of protein conducive to viscosity has lightened the body and mouthfeel versus a hefeweizen, this brew retains a quenching, refreshing nature. Finishes dry w/ a hint of clove ending abruptly. Although I enjoyed this brew, I prefer my weizens unadulterated. The filtration diminishes the ester profile and body, yet maintains and perhaps adds to drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 18:30:01 | More by marc77
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew really is a crystal clear light straw color. Big rocky white head with nice retention tops the brew. Really nice nose. Some wezen characteristics like banana and vanilla, but also a nice scent of belgian-like yeast. Very solid vanilla and banana tastes on the palate. Spicy, peppery notes also dance around. This is a little more subdued in the tastes than a great German Hefe-weizen. But this is really nice. I like this a lot. I haven't had many kristall weiss beers. I must say that I will be trying more in the future to see how they compare to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 20:04:33 | More by Bighuge
Photo of StevieW


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle. The guy at my local beer store loves this one, and always has it in stock. Pours kristall clear, as advertised, with the same big fizzy head as the other kristalls. Nice wheat, yeasty smell, some citrus, then a certain sourness took over. Some very noticable yeast flavors, but again, a very bitter sour finish that wasn't expected. Not as crisp and clean as the other kristalls I have had, and a bit heavier. For some reason the sourness, (maybe stale ?) flavors dominated. I would choose the franziskaner club-weiss over this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2002 19:14:15 | More by StevieW
Photo of AaronRed

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a clear beer. I figured that it would be, not not this clear, and for a Wiezen! I don't know how they were able to come up with such wonderful yeast flavors, without seeing the yeast. Slight banna, clove taste, but more subtle than other Weizens. Although I liked this beer and found it of amazing high quality, I think I prefer the richer Weissbiers, that have more of a body. This is a light beer, but packed with lovely flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 21:36:49 | More by AaronRed
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A one pint bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Glass with lemon on the rim->The head pours a initially huge, frothy, white, that is l fairly long lasting. The body is sparkling clear ( filtered wheat) golden. Aroma is moderately yeasty (dough), moderately malty (light bread), with a note of clove and a hint of banana. Flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Overall I thought it was a excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2002 17:04:02 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of mattmaples


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a snappier finish than the hefe. The carbotations seemed to bother me a bit, it gave it too much a a foamy texture (maybe mine was a little too warm) Good for the style, not my type of beer though.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2001 21:39:42 | More by mattmaples
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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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