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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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1,549 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,549
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 83
Gots: 95 | 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%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

16.9 oz brown bottle with fresh date on back

A- clear and golden with very good carbanation. almost see though like liquid glass

S- very grassy and clean hop smells coming though for me. not much malt if any.

T- super clean with hop notes somewhat presant but more carbanation than anything. could easily knock back a sixer with no problem.

M- very thin and bubbly. great beer for a spicy meal or a hot day. also good for backyard work. nice and refreshing.

O- my first for this style and i enjoyed it alot. will try to seek out others to compare to. a very solid beer i would love to have around all year.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy one finger head that faded rather quickly and left well, nothing behind.

S - Very nice, just like the hefe. Good bananas and cloves and spice notes. The strength of the banana is rather impressive considering this is a kristal.

T - Nice taste here. More of those solid cloves and bananas backed by those light light spices. The flavours are strong and not limp but quite assertive. This again, quite impressive considering all the yeast has been filtered out.

M - Nice carbonation keeps it good and tingly though it does feel slightly thin/watery without the chewiness of the yeast.

O - Overall this stuff was rather tasty. Glad I finally got to try this style. Its pretty good, would buy it again for the price and would love to try this stuff legitimately fresh from Germany.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 7, 2010. Probably wouldn't have bought it had the bottling date been visable through the packaging.

A: Thick, fluffy head with outstanding retention and regeneration.

S: Banana, clove and bubblegum.

T: Banana and spice. Some acidity or brightness on the roof of the mouth balances the sweetness. Crisp without much aftertaste. Lighter on the palate than the unfiltered.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I prefer the unfiltered.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into weizen glass

A: very bright gold body with streaming lines of carbonation. very dense bright white head. bustling. good retention and thick lacing.

S: the aroma is very banana-y. no hop aromas. a little bit clove-like as well. the banana is impressive/interesting considering the yeast has been removed.

T: a very obvious, but light, banana flavor. chewy, flavorful wheat. finish is a little sweet and leaves a pleasant fruitiness on the palate.

M: moderate carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: very tasty brew. easy drinking with plenty of fruit presence. wouldnt hate to come across more of these in the future.

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

Picked this up yesterday at Rick's in Alexandria, VA for $2.99. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first beer in the kristalweizen style; one more down, only 5 to go.

a - Pours a very transparent bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Head only lasts for a minute and leaves no lacing. Very carbonated, bottle was a very slow gusher when I opened it.

s - Smells of cloves, wheat, musty notes, earthy notes, bready malts, and very light bananas. Nice and crisp, getting more spices than bananas or fruit. While I like it, the musty notes drop it a tiny bit for me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, bready malts, grains, earthy notes, and light floral notes. More hefeweizen notes than the nose and more bananas, though seems a little bit like a watered down version of their hefe. Still very nice though and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Was actually expecting it to be too carbonated based on the look but thankfully it wasn't. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer and I enjoyed it. It isn't my favorite Weihenstephaner beer, but for the style it was exactly what I was expecting. A good beer I'd certainly have agan, though personally I'd get their classic hefeweizen over this.

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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super clear pale straw with amazing white head.

The smell consists of slight banana and clove along with some bready character. It is all kept in balance and nothing takes front stage.

The taste is also evenly balanced with the usual hefe qualities but with a slightly lighter body and a crispness that isn't usually found in the non kristal versions.

Overall I'm glad I finally decided to pick up this style. It is slightly different but no worse than the non filtered version. I would prefer this with a big burger as it seems to not fill you up as much.

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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large wine glass (forgot to check freshness)

Pour-Huge head, thick and fluffy, yet runny lacing, heavy effervescence, fades but holds for a long time (I tested it for 40 minutes), brilliant golden color

Nose-Lemon peel, wheat, spices (clove)

Palate-Sweet, bitter, a little bit spicy and drying, light citrus and wheat

Body-For wheat it has a heavy effervescence, medium light flavor, light weight, crisp

Finish-Wheat, sour citrus notes, excellent, certainly my favorite wheat beer out of several tasted by far

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

This is sort of a lighter version of the flagship hefeweizen. To me it’s very similar but a little crisper, cleaner, and more summery. Not quite as flavorful or aromatic. Still, it’s quite good and extremely easy to drink. As the name implies it’s very clear and light gold in color with a smaller head and less impressive lacing that the original. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and full of wheat, with the obvious banana/clove profile and hints of lemon and other citrus notes.

Flavor is also distinct and light but still yeasty and spicy; coriander and clove are in there with the wheat, mildly sweet malt, and mostly banana amongst the fruits. Finish is very clean, carbonation is lively, goes down easy. An exceptionally quenching brew but a bit less interesting than the original hefe. Probably wouldn’t buy this one all that often; the standard is light and refreshing enough for me with a bigger and better taste and aroma.

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

500 ml bottle. Pours clear golden with a huge, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, cloves and banana. Light, creamy body. Wheat malt, yeast, a lot of cloves, banana and some bubble gum fill the mouth. Medium, spicy finish. All attributes of good Hefeweizen are present in this brew except hefe in the bottle.

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

A- Wow, super clear. Great head and retention on this. A solid one finger was left the whole time. A very nice pale straw color.

S- Smells like a hefe. But obviously it isn't. A little less of a dominant wheat smell than a traditional hefe would have, but it's still nice.

T-Taste is good. A beer that Has a bunch of flavors that just meld with each other nicely. A grassy hop profile, while still having that yeasty esters of a nice hefe. A sweet malt backbone.

M-Pretty nice. Carbonation is spot on, but all of the weihenstephaner brews are.

O-Pretty good beer here. There beers are perfect examples of what the style should be. Really setting the benchmark.

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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden straw colour with a pale white fluffy head with a nice lacing.

S - Banana and cloves but definately not as pronounced as the Hefe.

T - Wheaty with light notes of banana, malt, cloves and I also get a trace of apple in there somewhere.

M - Medium body with light to medium carbonation

O - A very nice refreshing beer that can be enjoyed at any occasion. Not as full on in flavour as the Hefe but very nice nevertheless.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,549 ratings.