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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

767 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 767
Hads: 1,672
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 100
Gots: 148 | 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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Reviews: 767 | Hads: 1,672
Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild bananas. Taste is good, bananas and spices well blended, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. (265 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not an expert with this style of beer so I am rating it per my tastes and not so much how it ranks against others. The beer poured a lighter golden fairly clear with thick head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries clove and biscuit. The taste is strong clove with some banana and bread. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is decent but I would not drink a lot of it. (423 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a wiezen glass

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles leading up to a huge foamy white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving behind no real lacing

The nose is somewhat mild with subtle yeasty notes and a decent malty backbone. The banana and cloves are subtle as well. Very clean

The taste is clove and bananas. The malts and yeast notes are secondary, but definately there. I also get some light pineapple and citrus notes. Light bodied and well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. (563 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle, poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, looks good, large head, which stayed a while, shrinking, but staying. light, bright golden colour with bubbles rising up the beer, bursting through head.

The aroma is of wheat and bannana's, not as strong as other Weissbiers I have tried, but still in the nose. Maybe the process that clears the beer also takes away some of the aroma?

Refeashing, clean taste, with wheat winning the battle of flavours over bannana and vanilla, but only just.

Taste stays, getting more bitter as the mouth dries, take a long time between sips to feel this sensation.

I would drink another one, but I will not go looking for it. I would like to try a few more Kristall Weissbiers (I have drank others, many years ago, on tap and in bottles) before I can say this is one of the best or not. If my memory serves me correctly, this fits in around the middle of the style for taste and enjoyment.

This beer was drank, as I reviewed it, on a Sunday afternoon at home (19 Nov 2006). (1,031 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great carbonation, clear yellow beer with a nice, dense, foamy head. Looks light and refreshing.

Lemon, citrus smell. Smells great.

No hops, only slightly malty. A touch of banana and citrus, but honestly, I'm not getting much in the taste department. Kind of watery, with bubbly effervescence.

Very easy to drink. It would be a great beer on a hot summer afternoon. There is too little flavor to rate it extremely high, but there's nothing really negative about the experience either. (488 characters)

Photo of zrab11
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a Golden Straw color with a 1 finger white head

S= Has hints of bannana and some spices with hints of clove

T- Has a wheaty fizzy taste with some bannana coming in the end

M-Light bodied,very crisp and good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good beer. Nothing really special about it. Would drnk again but wouldn't pay for again. This company makes many more beers that are better. (393 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - pale gold color, brilliantly clear as advertised. Big white head with good retention

smell - fruity/clove aroma of a true Bavarian hefe, with a slight peppery spiciness

Taste - Surprisingly bland. The yeast character noted in the aroma is muted in the taste. A bit watery and thin, but exceptionally clean. The Bud of German wheat beers?

MF - light body, fairly high carbonation. Mouthfeel pretty much in line for the style.

O'all - Highly drinkable, but at $2.99/half liter I need a bit more taste. Many other hefeweizen's have a lot more character, and are more worth drinking. (590 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very light golden yellow color, very clear, not cloudy at all, and lots of bubble action. Big foamy white head, frothy, very lasting. Malty, sweet, light flowery aroma. Some alcohol, but a lot of malts. Reminds me of a belgian. Light, banana taste. Floral. Very clean aftertaste. Very light taste, soft mouthfeel. Nutty. Tasty, but not as much as it warms up, more..eh. (406 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Holy Yellow! i mean really yellow, a rich golden-autumn yellow, and crystal clear (namesake) with a finger of pure white head sustained with lots of busy and swift carbonation

S - full malty, wheaty aromas with a clean crispness to it, not strong banana aromas, but i can see how some would detect that, its more of a banana-esque aroma to me than straight and definite banana, some sugary bubblegum aromas as well, similar to a hefe, but distincly different as well

T - the taste is very similar to the aroma, wheaty at first with a fruity, sugary finish, that same banana/bubble gum sweetness is a bit stronger, and as the nose suggested, it is a crisp flavored brew

M&D - super smooth, with an easy but lively carbonation, a great summertime session brew, a great beer (784 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light carmel color with alot of carbonation. Smell is mild wheat aroma. You'll feel the carbonation when this goes down. Although is seems highly carbonated it is surprisely pleasing. Taste is moderate, but you can definately taste the wheat in this beer. Drinkability is moderate and I don't care for wheat beers all that much, but I did enjoy this and I do believe I'm going to give this a try sometime soon. (418 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale straw gold with a billowy white head.

S: a nice spicy aroma of cloves and bananas.

T: The initial flavor was fresh bread, bananas with light lemon hints. The palate was clean, crisp and light pretty much stripped of its flavor. Was like having French fries without the salt. Pleasant with a dry fizzy champagne finish.

M: The mouthful is thin of course, smooth with a lively carbonation.

D: A very clean finish and light drinking weiss. (466 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ion draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a dark straw hue with a half finger white cap.

The smell featured light esters and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was dominated by yeast esters with some wheat chew and a sloppy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full and the sweetness left a heavy sensation.

Overall a decently tasty ale. The sweetness was a bit offsetting. (386 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filtered clear, light gold color. Impressive white head that leaves extensive lace.

Nice sour smell of raw wheat. There's light hop in the background.

Frothy taste of light (watery, even) malt up front. Weak wheat that also features some definitive sourness. Short aftertaste of mild citrus. Very light body with a high level of carbonation.

Not my cup of tea--this beer has no flaws but is otherwise very pedestrian. (420 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Whole Foods Market. Pours a clear pale gold color with a thin white head and fair lacing. Wheaty aroma along with a noticeable banana smell. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of wheat, banana and light spice. The finish is clean, wheaty and a little watery. Light spice and wheat aftertaste. Fairly enjoyable overall. (331 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body beneath a monstrously huge head.

Smell: Sweetish malted wheat aroma with supporting, though somewhat restrained notes of clove, citrus, and banana smoothies.

Taste: Slightly tangy, somewhat sweet wheat malt flavor. Subtle flavors of bananas, clove (though this ramps up upon warming), and sweetened lemon juice. Very low bitterness. Ultimately finishes sweetish with a lingering clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, refreshing kristal. (536 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body topped by a generous white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Wheat, banana and bubblegum aromas make for a delightful bouquet.
T: Sweet grass, banana and wheat flavors accent a well-carbonated light body.
M: Clean, effervescent and smooth light body.
O: Very good refreshing brew. (312 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail Pint glass.

A Exceedingly clear light yellow translucent with visible bubbles rising up under 1 cm head. Some lacing. Rather average. 3.0

S Like a Weissbier. Interesting in that it looks like a basic lager but smells more like a classic Weisbier. Extra credit for this unique situation. 4.0

T Taste like a light Hefe. There is the wheat taste but really, it lacks depth of others in the Weihenstephaner line. 3.0

M As suggested, a bit thin for a Hefe. 2.5

D Very drinkable indeed, the big advantage of this beer I think. 4.5

Notes: Interesting but I like Hefes to be a bit thicker than this. (734 characters)

Photo of shererjt
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale and sparkling clear yellow with enormous carbonation and a thick, rocky head. Aroma is classic weizen: wheat and earthy cloves, though little to no yeast in this kristal. Lots of cloves in the taste, some phenolics, but lacks the solid mouthfeel of an unfiltered hefeweizen. Some creaminess, maybe a bit of sourness. I don't usually do lemons with German wheats, and I definitely would not with this one.

Honestly, weizen is not one my favorite styles. This is a pretty good example of a kristal, and fans of the genre will undoubtedly score it higher. (574 characters)

Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - Light hazy straw gold color that leaves a very generous head behind. Lots of carbonation is visible. Head is still around btw.

S - A strong mix of spice and yeast. There might be a backdrop of some of the wheat.

T - Starts off with a sweet spicy flavor, not much for bitterness. Guess that rolls w/ the style. Not much malt here either. Yeast is the mid flavor. Finishes with a nice clove and banana combination.

M - Lots of carbonation on the palate. Feels a bit filling as it goes down. Is very full of body.

D - I can drink this beer easily. I can't "slam" them with this carbonation, but it might be a nice easy drinker.

All and all, a good beer. (681 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with a code on the back label into a weizen glass. Had a clear pale straw color with a lot of head and carbonation. The smell was a watered down Hefe with no dominant aspects. The mouthfeel was okay - it goes down smooth with a touch of carb. Overall it had a pretty average flavor and aftertaste. It doesn't really excite but is kind drinkable in the just want to quench the thirst with demanding a lot of flavor. I find this to be the case with most kristal's so I still prefer the regular hefe's. Ok as a rare change of pace. (3.5, RB, Tie, O) (573 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear pale yellow with a good head.

The nose is dominated by the phenolics. All bananas and cloves.

Similar on the palate as on the nose.

It is very smooth in the mouth. Lively and long. Light but not insipid. It has a heavy carbonation. (254 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant golden straw pour with a huge head that is constantly fed by very active carbonation.
Aromas of wheat, bubblegum, very faint banana, not much else. Nice, but lacking.
Similar flavours of floury wheat, banana and a faint hint of white grapes. Again, enjoyable, but not particularly exciting.
Moderately light body with fine carbonation. (343 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Musty malt smell with a touch of sweetness. Straw yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles. Airy white head with rather large white bubbles. Tin wheat sweetness to the taste with a hint of banana (yeast) to the finish. The mouth is a little thin and light. I like the banana finish to the brew but overall this beer seemed like it was a little too watered down.

Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for the sample! (417 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50 cl. bottle. Pours a kristal clear golden-yellow color with a fairly tall but, quickly diminishing fluffy white head, fair lacing. Aroma is grain, straw, wheat, yeast, and some light banana esters. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, yeast, and a touch of spiciness. Light to medium bodied, fairly lively, sweet on the palate. Pretty good kristall, refreshing. (358 characters)

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