Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 95
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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).

Photo of jar2574
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of zrab11
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of mpyle
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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

Photo of DrainBamage
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Paincane
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of adamette
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of shererjt
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
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)

Photo of Macca
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of frank4sail
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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!

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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 jamesdergen
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color with a surprisingly large, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: I'm picking up faint hints of the trademark weissbier banana/bubblegum smells, but not much of an aroma here.

Taste: Follows the smell, but more pronounced. Fizzier than expected with the candy banana/bubblegum taste not as full as I would have liked, but at least it wasn't overpowering. Everything kind of fades away into the alcohol and fizz at the end. Still refreshing, but the taste just isn't there overall.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit much, but overall a nice light mouthfeel that allows it to have that refreshing quality.

Drinkability: The carbonation is probably the main thing that would keep me from having more than one, but it wont be hard for me to finish this bottle. One of the bright spots of this brew.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not as good as their Hefe in my opinion. Worth a try if you're into the style, but this is probably not a beer I will buy again.

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

S: Typical wiesbier fermenting banana smell.

A: Pours a huge white head. Perfectly clear straw coloured body, three or four sleepy strings of bubbles.

T: Typical banana/clove wiessbier combination but more bitter than usual and lighter bodied and lager like. Refreshing. Great head retention. Big dollops of foam cling to the glass. Clean bitter aftertaste.

O: Typical wiessbier flavour but more lager like. A very sound but unremarkable beer.

Photo of Bobo77
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Found this at Lukas Licquors.

Pale golden color, similar to Budweiser (Well it says crystal clear on the bottle.) An inch of white creamy head.

Smells of bready yeast. Trying to find any fruity or spicy notes but not being successful.

Taste is much like the smell. It is like a wheat beer without the fruity, bananna, or clove dominance. It's sort of like a Hefeweizen Light beer.

Pretty average, bubbly, effervescent mouthfeel.

As drinkable as a pale lager. Not a bad beer by any means but in a sea of wonderful, complex, full flavored beers (Lukas Liquors) it is not anything that really stands out.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.