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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 767
Hads: 1,672
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 100
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
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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 Jordyn
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this a couple days ago. Just such a great flavorful beer. Not that bitter and I can now remember the banana notes. I almost confused it with a buttery quality, that tasted great, but makes more since of banana. Over all great beer and great brewer. Also one of the best looking beers i have seen in a while. (313 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw/yellow color. A towering and rocky white head forms with excellent retention. Lots of sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Husky wheat, fresh cut hay, earthy yeast up front. I love the earthy aroma here. Citrus and lemon peal come in next. Bread and biscuit aromas. Just excellent.
T: Again, excellent. Husky wheat along with the other earthy flavors. Hay and grass. Plenty of fruity esters. Orange and lemon rind. Banana and plenty of spice. Bread and biscuit flavors. I can not get enough.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp, effervescent, and very dry. Incredibly smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. All day with this.

This has tons of subtle character and is basically the definition of the style. I love it and would highly recommend this. (797 characters)

Photo of GermanHero
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first beer I bought when I turned of age! Couldn't have asked for a better choice!

Smelt good, light but nothing too strong.

Tasted like the beer that was brewed in the little German village I stayed in when I went! Brought me back!

The feel is good, it fills your mouth but not the the point of over filled.

Clean and solid finish!

Defiantly drink again. Always in season and never a bad pairing (407 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear, gold colour. Big white head. Good retention.

Lots of banana in the aroma. Some clove and a hint of vanilla. I would like a touch more clove but there is good balance. Some wheat comes through too.

Big banana and clove yeast esters. Crisp, refreshing wheat. Realy well balanced. A hint of bubblegum.

A creamy, silky medium body flows into a light, spritzy finish. Classic weizen and it really works.

A great beer with lots of really nice flavour. I prefer the hefeweizen but this is still something special. (525 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional appearance with rocky, meringue-like head that jiggles and retains well. Beautiful pale golden color that contrasts well with the white head.

Aromas of light fruit and fresh bread are noted.

On the palate this Kristalweizen offers a balanced blend of wheaty-malt, traditional hefe-weizen flavors of banana clove, and a light body that makes this one incredibly drinkable. Very, very appetizing for the next sip.

A classic Kristalweizen. One of the best, without a doubt. (485 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured in my tradional weissbier way - pour slowly, then roll the remaining inch of weissbier in the bottle to mix up the brew and pour on the head. Produces a stunning thick 3 finger head blossoming just above the rim of my Tucher Weizen glass. Pale golden body, with lots of lively beading. Head remaing all the way down with lots of brussels lace. Fantastic

S- Fresh bread with bananas, typical weizen notes, smells super fresh,

T- Banana is beautifully strong in this beer, fading into a dry crisp finish, no watery finish which i have experienced in some hefe's.

M- medium carbonation, the first few drinks from the glass, include a lot of foam aswell, making a delightfully creamy mouthfeel with a fresh crisp finish

D- No alcohol apparent here at all, could drink this all summer long, so refreshing and crisp while retaining all the good weissbier character. This is definitely the benchmark for Kristallweizens everywhere. This beer is one of my first memories of getting into the world of better beer and its probably my all time fav summer day beer. Prost! (1,082 characters)

Photo of hyland24
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. This beer as the name states poured a crystal clear gold so much so you could read a book through the glass. The smell was sweet banana now&later. The taste was awesome, pure banana. Such a clean great tasting beer. Light and crisp, a perfect representation of this style. A close tie between this and the Dunkel as my favorite of this style. Great beer and a great brewery. A must try for any Weiss fan. (446 characters)

Photo of kshankar
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold/straw color, clear and pale, since its filtered. Fluffy head with good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma: Banana is apparent, but there is also some form of biscuit aroma from it. Good scent of wheat and yeast as well...really outstanding.

Taste: Everything is subtle. The banana, the wheat, the yeast, the spices, the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Thin, and light. The feel at first is pretty creamy on the tongue, almost like a buttery roll (which comes from the biscuit scent). Going down is crisp and refreshing

Drinkability: I could keep going with this, its really good. I'm highly impressed with this. Refreshing, subtle flavors and the lightness of a wheat create a very drinkable beer.

Overall, a great kristallweizen, and a great example of the style. Highly recommended. (796 characters)

Photo of wschumac
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into .5 l Paulaner Weissbier glass. unsure about how the filtered weissbier would taste, this is my first.

A - Clear nice golden amber color. Poured with 4 finger head but did not last too long.

S - Typical weiss smell aroma a bit lighter not as fruity but definitely citrus and yeasty.

T - Excellent weissbier taste. Not too overpowering and very refreshing. sweet malts and not too overpowering.

M - smooth and very light mouthfeel. Not heavy at all.

D - excellent choice for summer day (513 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date, just a code or lot number, '8189'

A: Clear golden yellow color, slim white head and minimal lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity aromas. Wheat malt in the nose.

T&M: Medium body with a crisp taste. Medium carbonation. Spicy clove character and mild fruity flavors are present. Hops are nearly nonexistent. Relatively clean after taste with some remaining spicy wheat flavors.

Great beer that I recieved in a beer of the month package. Will definitely try again! (543 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: clear pale gold/yellow, much more clean and clear than their normal hefe, no particles, also a 2 finger white head, retains longer than traditional hefe

smell: very similar notes to the hefeweiss beer, but everything is toned down a little bit, getting some coriander, clove, orange peel, bubble gum, slight vanilla

taste: Lots of citrus, banana, coriander, cloves, there's somewhat more of a bubble gum presence that's not as dominant in the hefe, this one also has less exotic spiciness and is overall a tamer version flavor wise, none the less the balance, smoothness, and drinkability is truly amazing. The finish leaves an awesome banana, coriander, orange peel aftertaste.

mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, more so than the hefe, medium bodied

overall: You don't see this style very much in the US, but it's obviously very popular in certain parts of Germany. As a hefe is already a pretty smooth beer by definition, this is basically an even smoother version. If you like hefes, you will like this, but this will also appeal more towards lager drinks as well as it's clear without any particles (if that's not your thing). A truly amazing perfectly balanced beer from one of the worlds oldest (and best) breweries. (1,258 characters)

Photo of moosiz
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big bottle into a 0.5l Weihenstephaner glass this brew looks amazing! A 1"+ billowing white head sits atop a crytal clear golden tower of steady carbonation. A couple drinks leave a nice heavy ring of lacing.

Smells much like the original style with some banana, citrus, and clove. But this one is very clean with not as much funk to it. If that is good or bad is up to the drinker.

Tastes great too! The flavors mingle together seemlessly and provide a nice thirst quenching punch followed by a slightly drying finish.
Yeasty/bready, little citric kick with cloves and peppery spice.

Very solid feel with a sweet crispness, finishes dry.

Quite drinkable. This one could be a pounder. (702 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a weizen glass a beautifully pale golden yellow with an amazing pure white head and excellent lacing.

Smells strongly of bananas and sweet bread. Spicy clove notes are just enough to round out this kristall perfectly.

It's amazing how much of a "banana bread" taste you get out of this beer. Big cereal grain tastes, as a matter of fact, it tastes much like dry corn flakes or cheerios, that rich grainy taste they have. The slightest hint of hops, barely detectable at all, but I'll swear it's there.

Medium to thin body, with a grainy mouthfeel, due in part to the rough carbonation. It really adds to the flavor profile, IMO. Superbly drinkable. (662 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The filtered version of one of the great beers I have had rarely finds its way to my fridge, but I'm always happy when it does. Nice big hefe look here with a big sudsy white head, four fingers, on a pale gold brew, that is crystal clear as opposed to the cloudy hefe. Lots of herbs and lemon cookies in the aroma while the taste is a bit more drawn back than the here, lots of earthy herbs, lemon, clove and some banana in the taste, though to a less extent than the hefe. Very refreshing and smooth at the end.

A great brew for the summer, easy drinking, but I prefer the spiciness of the hefe over this polished version. Still an awesome beer that is a nice change. (669 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass 'cause that's what I had. Starts gold and fades to a pale yellow as the glass thins. Large white head and good retention.

Smells like the first day of summer. Green apple, grass, lemon, and farmy must with the usual banana and clove phenols. At first sip light and fluffy malt caresses the palette. Banana milk and clove with a sugary swallow like a goodbye kiss. Ah, l'amoure. (403 characters)

Photo of n0315
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour with head about 50% of glass at the start, could be how I poured it though. Smell of fruit, banannas and pears. Soft head with fluffy cloud likeness. Nice sustain. Rusty in color, not quite the soft weissbier color, but that should be expected. On the taste, I am getting mild banannas with slight carbonation. Great as far as taste goes and mouthfeel and drinkablility are up there. Another great beer from this brewer. (430 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Pale gold, perfectly clear. Three fingers of creamy head rise with decent retention. Some lacing.

S - Banana is very obvious, but there's also a pilsner-like quality, maybe some spicy hops shining through.

T - Is this really a kristal...or a genuine hefe? Wonderful. Blatant banana flavor is most prevalent with accompanying sweetness. Flavor mellows out a bit mid palate with some biscuit and wheat malt coming through, a bit like a helles lager. The finish begins with a slight sourness and then, again like a pils, a slight spicy character comes through. Finish is very clean.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. Nothing really stand out, but it's perfectly solid.

D - Until now I thought of kristals as a "weak-weizen" but this has blown my mind. The difference between this and lesser hefes is nearly indistinguishable. The perfect kristalweizen. (925 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle into a .5L HB stein.

Appearance: Poured a lovely golden orange yellow color with a very nice 3 finger head that was light, yet fluffy. Nice lacing down the glass aswell.

Smell: nice citrusy, wheaty aromas with hints of apricots and bananas. Very fresh and light smelling with minor clove and orangy scents too.

Taste: Very smooth. Absolutely delicious tasting. Bananas, orange, citrus, lemon, pastry dough, yeast, all of that came through.

Mouthfeel: Nice texture to the beer. If anything a little bit more carbonated that I like, but comparing it with other hefeweizens it was pretty much on point. Could use a little bit of resting before drinking to rid some of the carbonaation.

Drinkability: Nice light, refreshing delicious beer. I could drink more and more of this beer.. if only I picked up more at the store... :( (853 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear, pale straw with plenty of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head is a massive, thick, white giant. It is like a dense cloud of awesome floating over my brew.

S: Banana and clove come out right away. There is almost a slight sea breeze quality to this, just slightly salty.. Maybe my sniffer is broken.. I pick up a hint of bread. Smells good anyway.

T: Banana and clove come straight through, although in a bit more of a gentle way. Very clean and crisp. Quite a lovely brew indeed.

M: Light to medium light in body. Clean, and crisp. Carbonation seems about right for the style.

D: Everything I wanted and expected from the style. Clean, refreshing and easy drinking. This sucker goes down very easy. (744 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier has an extremely thick, rocky, dense, white head and a clear, yellow-golden, bubbly appearance, with heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is predominately of coriander, with some background white bread. Taste is of coriander spice, white bread, sugar, and there is just the faintest bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier finishes somewhat crisp, mostly dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT (520 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a clear pale yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of wheat banana and clove
T: taste is banana, creamy wheat and some light clove and spice. swallow is more banana and pear with some more clove and wheat with some ever so slight bitterness
M: light and creamy on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A very tasty wheat beer with good flavors and excellent balance. Try it if wheats are your thing (527 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow color, voluminous white head that takes its time to dissipate, leaves good lacing

Smell: Much cleaner nose than their Hefeweizen, I smell bananas, pears, wheat, and a little light malt.

Taste: Again, a much cleaner taste than the Hefeweizen. Bananas, pears, wheat, light malt, clove, and a touch of nuttiness. I'm assuming the absence of the yeast contributes to the cleaner taste and nose.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, crisp carbonation, very refreshing. Would make for a good hot summer day beer. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Very good. I would more likely go for other styles by Weihenstephaner, but I could see myself getting this again. (697 characters)

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.