Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 96
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of Roderick
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just tried this beer from what the bottle says is the oldest brewery in the world.
The pour was light gold with a huge head that sat atop the brew like a crown , and the smell faint smell of alcohol & hops.
The taste was a malty sweetness that has a hint of cloves with a nice clean finish and hardly a hint of aftertaste.
This is a good beer and I'm glad to have tried it. but for the cost I could spend my money more wisely.
Price: 1pint $4.99

Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light golden color with a large foamy white head. Lots of bubbles racing to the top and good amount of lacing. The smell is more yeasty than I would expect and had some citric qualities to it. I could tell that this would be a crisp, clean beer just upon smelling it. The taste had a citric sweetness upfront with wheat undertones. Banana and clove come forward with the yeast. Long, dry finish. Very crisp and clean. This beer is great to have cleanse the palate while eating or just to enjoy in the summertime. I love this brewery.

Photo of brewQ
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like a lot of these German Weiss brews in the half liter bottle. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier is certainly a well made brew.

The color is bright gold but the tip off is the starch white head that holds very well. The aroma is grainy and the flaovr spells it out as wheat without a great deal of spice or citrus to it.

In fact that's what I like about the flaovr. It contrasted well with all the mit hefe wheats- very clean and drinkable yet refreshingly different.

Maybe I lose some B vitamins but this is a very good summer beer.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephan's Kristallweissbier follows their normal hefeweizen as a good, easy to drink wheat beer. Even though I like their hefe, it wasn't as complex as I was expecting it to be. This too wasn't that complex (not that I expected it to be), but it still turned out to be a great thirst quencher and was overall quite pleasing in the flavor department.

This kristalweizen pours a crystal-clear yellow/gold color with a decent foam head that lasts for about 1 minute. The aroma contained some fruity banana smell, some clove-like spices, and a hint of wheat. The mouthfeel was a bit more watery than I expected from a wheat beer, and had a low-moderate carbonation. The banana flavor is the most prominent feature of this brew. There is a bit of spiciness (including cloves and cinnamon), but as mentioned this is not as complex as a regular hefe. Low amount of dryness in finish. There is some continuing fruitiness and some wheat flavors in the aftertaste, and the brew finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

I did enjoy this beer. It served its purpose as a thirst quencher effectively, and overall it wasn't heavily flawed. In a sense this was like a "hefe-light," while still maintaining many of the qualities a wheat beer with yeast would have.

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

It poured a medium wheat yellow with a lot of white foam. The smell of spices and wheat filled the nose. The taste was of wheat and spices, especially the taste of cloves was evident. An effervescent and refreshing beer, with little of the bavarian wheat fruit and spicy character.

Photo of rastaman
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great to see Weihenstephaner in Australia, even though its only the Kristal. Having said this, this is a nice Kristal. Still has those fruity banana esters of the regular heffe, and still a huge cloveyness. Really smooth, soft, and manages to cover most corners of the palate quite nicely, tart flavour, with some welcomed saltyness. Nice one. Definitely one of the better kristall weissbiers i've had.

Photo of hobbes2112
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle

This one started good, the pour is a dark straw/light gold with large white head. Smell was wheat, yeast and minor citrus. Taste was subtle citrus, wheat and very slight hops. The mouthfeel really is odd though, to be this is waaay too much body for the taste and aroma that come with it. This was to the point of excessive filling in my book. For such a light beer I want a light body too, or more taste.

I won't likely buy this again.

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

Clean and clear pale yellow with hard bubbles and a nice creamy head that disperses quickly.

Subdued aroma is of yeast, bananas, wheat and a touch of mineral.

Tasty is slightly spritzy on the front with a nice tart aftertaste of green hops. Creamy inbetween, but no great length to speak of.

Good, but I really enjoy the full flavours of the hefe, yet still an enjoyable beer.

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

Nice bright golden colour with a big white head, that quickly disperses and leaves hardly any lacing at all.

Aroma is nice and fruity - peaches, aplles and pineapples to name a few. Spicy and yeasty notes follow - perhaps a little like coriander?

Taste is yeasty, with raisins, bananas, apples, and pineapples, with a bitter aftertaste followed by a lingering fruity spice.

Good mouthfeel, and drinks brilliantly on a hot day.

Photo of tjd25
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head was thin for the style and faded quickly on the so clear and pale golden color body. Big bubbles. Very nice smell: wheat, yeast, banana, and a hint of something roasted. Very sweet. Slightly iodated too. The taste revealed more citrus than one could expect from the smell. Very sweet, almost artificial candy-like. Banana and wheat. Mouthfeel is very clean and kind of light. Watery. The aftertaste is of subtle fruity hops. Drinkable but not overly complex.

Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear pale yellow in color with a 1" head. The aroma was nice as wheat, banana, and yeast were clearly evident. The flavor was of wheat, banana, clove, and yeast. Light citrus tones hid in the background.

The mouthfeel was crisp. Some wheat and yeast lingered for a moment after swallowing. Very drinkable as this is extremely light and refreshing with a nice flavor.

Photo of cypressbob
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a medium yellow body, high levels of carbonation although not harsh, Large foamy head

Smell is nutty and dry, hints of dried fruit

Taste is dry, almonds, peaches and melon comes through, very strong esters, fruity overall

A nice beer, although I prefer a non filtered wheat, its still very drinkable and refreshing

Photo of necoadam
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect day for this beer. Hit about 80 degrees today so I decided to rotate the beer line up quickly. So I decided to crack up this great kristall beer. There was no freshness date on it so I was a little scared that it might not be good, but when I poured out this beer, a huge head developed so my worries were put out quickly. Poured out a nice light golden color, one of a kind. Smell consisted of bananas and pears mostly mixed in with some other light citrus notes with a touch of yeast. Taste was crisp and clean. Soft fruit hit the palate gently mixed with some ever so slight hops towards the middle with some wheat and malt going towards the end. And just like their Hefe, this beer has the right amount of carbonation in it. World class beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truely a sight to behold. Poured into my Hacker-Pschorr Weisse glass, with a 2 1/2" head billowing over the top of gold liquid that is not surprisingly "Kristall" clear. The visible carbonation is also very beautiful. Cloves, bananas, malt, and a little hops are all present in the nose of this beer. Taste is very malty , with spicy clove flavors making themselves evident again, smooth aftertaste, all the flavors come together to make this a light, flavorful, very drinkable beer.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear (surprising due to the name) and powerfully carbonated, this beer pours a pale straw color with a voluminous white head. Bannanas and clove are evident in the aroma as well as the flavor. Carbonation and spicy hops provide a prickly mouthfeel. Mothfeel is medium, striking a good balance, refreshing without feeling watery. Great beer. Seems to taste cleaner than a Hefe without losing much of the character.

Photo of Tballz420
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well lets see here, a new style for me.

This brew is a very clear golden color, with a well-crafted white foam head on top. Light malt scent, citrusy. Very crisp clean taste, with some elements of a hefe that im more familiar with, but not all of them . A nice combo of wheat, sweet malt, some fruit tones, not a lot of hops that i can find. Somewhat acidic, somewhat spicy. Overall im quite impressed with this one.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle.
It pours a hazy gold with a pure white head and little specks of lace.
The aroma is clovey...really clovey...like someone added a bunch of cloves to the brew. A lemony citrus smell and the faint smell of wheat crackers are also noticed.
The malt has a wheat cracker taste. It has a light brown sugar-like sweetness.
The hops have a lemony sourness along with the flavor of orange zest. The taste of cloves is fairly potent. A light peppery finish and a taste of coriander provide an interesting aftertaste. It has a dry, refreshing finish.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brew with a nice white head.

Smell is banana and spices and grains, faintly wheaty and cloves.

Taste is mildly sweet and spicy with a mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is well thought out, very creamy.

Very drinkable brew, good any time any place.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw. The head was white, moussy and everlasting.

The aroma was malty with soft wheat and slight banana.

The flavor was smooth and crisp with banana and wheat.

The finish was off dry and fruity into the finish. The body was medium and rounded in the mouthfeel.

16.9 ounce bottle.

Photo of ElGordo
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a monstrous foamy head that expands and stays put in the glass. Wonderful nose of yeast, European hops, and slight astringency. Palate is a nice blend of floral hops, tangy, lemony citrus, and yeast. Very clean taste, a bit thin in the mouth, but definitely lets its presence be felt. Not much aftertaste. A wonderful beer, the standard for its style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The filtered approach leaves me feeling empty b/c it looks like an average lager not the world reknowned oldest brewery in the world's weiss bier. Filtered golden tone with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves sporadic lacing not bad though. Aroma: Lacks upfront banana and clove tone more two row grain then anything else with a touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Decent flavor definitely the best filtered weizen I've tasted, does coat the palate with the familiar banana and clove tones but I will admit seems a bit unrewarding. Mouthfeel: Spritzy effervescent carbonation levels, medium to light bodied wheat ale. Drinkability: Is pretty good but hand me a regular hefeweizen anyday, just had the Weihenstephaner on draft at the Sharp Edge awesome stuff.

Photo of counselor
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a straw golden color with a tall white fluffy head. Aromas of malty sweetness, nothing else. Good body to this beer revealing the delicate and quality ingredients found from this brewery. The taste was in suite with the style and the aroma, sweet malty flavors with very little hops, until well after each mouthful. Overall a good example of this style and well worth drinking

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color and clear with strong carbonation and a beautiful head that foamed up nicely and had some good retention.

Smell – Big, fluffy wheat characterizes this nose. The yeast and light fruiting make up the typical Kristal Weizen aroma.

Taste – Wonderful example of the style. The yeast and light fruits, predominantly bananas and peach, make up the delicate yet distinctive taste.

Mouthful – This also was very authentic. IMO, the mouthfeel of a weizen is the most important aspect of the style and that which is most often missed. Here though it is terrific. The body is light yet fluffy in the cheeks. The carbonation dances around the tongue.

Drinkability – Great for in between meals, especially on this Christmas Day. I will definitely buy again.

Update – I love a good Kristal Weizen and this is the only good one that I’ve had in the US. I decided to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage since my original review was in 2003.

This nose is just huge. I don’t remember it being this big. It’s gorgeous, really, and heavy on the yeast which is how I like it. It’s the same at the taste. This is a solid 4.5 overall and by far my favorite example of the style that I’ve had in the US. Nothing else that I’ve sample even comes close.

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a surprise to find this strange pint bottle at my local beer store just across the Virginia state line. Never heard of this one, but label proclaims "oldest brewery in the world". Bottle doesn't look all that dusty and it's been refrigerated out of the sun. Pours an almost clear golden yellow..average head doesn't hang around for the ride. Citrus to the nose. Banana soda immediately comes to mind with the 1st sip. Very satisfying taste as the wheat grain grabs hold. Some sweet malt in the background and some mild hoppy carbonation come forth. This is very drinkable. Had no idea what I had here, but I'll be returning for more of these. A very clean finish makes this an excellent clear weiss. I may rate this one a few notches higher the next time around.

Photo of DESTRO
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours a wonderful clear gold with a big thick white afro of a head. aromas of bananas, bread and light malt rise up none of them overpowering the other. light malt and citrus flavors come in with the slightest hint of banana, more bready flavor than anything. extremely clean and crisp, oh so refreshing. reminds me of a wheaty pils? this isn't a complex brew, but its clean, crisp and refreshing as hell.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.