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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,525 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 80
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of brureview
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light golden color in a Weizen glass with a 4F head which resolves itself
within a few minutes. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass

Aroma: heavy clove and light lemon. The clove is not as pronounced after 5 minutes.

The mouth feel: crisp clear finish, with some bitterness. The beer is quite carbonated, more than some of their other Hefeweissbiers I have tasted.

Taste: lighter clove.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but I prefer some of the other beers from this brewery.
The bitterness and lack of strong clove make it less enjoyable. I prefer more blandness, less carbonation, mouthfeel and bitterness in this beer

Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear yellow with an enormous three finger head.

S- Fruity banana aromas with some spicy notes.

T- Fruity flavors reminiscent of bananas and green apples dominate accompanied by a slight spiciness.

M- Good carbonation, very crisp and clean.

D- Too bad its not a popular style.

Although not as much character as a regular weiss but, this version adds much more refreshment making it perfect for a hot summer day.

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and gold with a fluffy, bright white head. Lots of carbonation is apparent in the body. Clumpy lacing. Sweet aromas of ripe mashed bananas, wheat crackers, lemony with a bit of clove. Lemon zest up front in the flavour, more sweet bananas, followed by drying wheat and spice. Light to medium bodied with perhaps a bit more carbonation than needed. Very refreshing and quite tasty.

Photo of DerBayer
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It s a nice blonde - gold colour with creamy bright white head - nice to look at.

Smell is of banana bread with clove but toned down and fainter - the taste follows with a nice malty presence and a slightly bitter finish

The mouthfeel is nice an refreshing. This is a Hefeweizen for a summer Grillfest

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes

A - crystal clear (makes sense), light golden yellow body. Decent white head.

S - light zesty lemon. Good and simple

T - light vanilla maltiness, zesty citrus. Great balance with nose.

M - a bit of punch from the carbonation, smooth and light

O (D) - very drinkable, easy to enjoy beer.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear straw-yellow colour with two-fingers of bubbly foam head. Retention and lacing are both quite good.

S: Grassy-wheat aroma, subtle spices including cloves, banana, and a lingering honey sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing.

T: Grasses, subtle banana, spice, and honey. Detecting an earthy mineral-like taste. Finishes with a very agreeable bitter dryness. Picking up a certain sour element like unripe apricots that also is quite tasty.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation that both seem appropriate. Crisp and clean textured with quite a spritzy mouthfeel. I have been very impressed with the mouthfeel of all Weihenstephaner offerings that I've tried to date, and this is no exception.

D: Enjoying this quite a bit, and would certainly recommend. Appropriate as a spring-time indulgence with such a clean and crisp taste coupled with a refreshing spritzer-like quality.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see...this expires today, so I'd better get drinking!

Big foamy, bubbly head. Good carbonation, straw colour. Smells very malty/bready, bit of banana. Mellow, smells great! Let's drink now...

Very impressive. I haven't really had a lot of experience with this style. Lovely mellow, smooth flavours. I think the Banana really stands out in this one. Extremely refreshing and almost relaxing flavour. Dosen't feel too soft in the mouth though, and that's a big thing for me. Carbonation is near perfect. Leaves a nice sticky feeling in the back of the throat too. Nearly clean aftertaste, just a hint of mellowy goodness. An extremely quaffable beer.

Photo of MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat, bananas, clove, yeast, hint of citrus

T-wheat, yeasty bread, clove, bananas, light citrus, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-crisp and refreshing, easy drinking and great for a hot day

Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale light blonde colour, 2 fingers of dense rocky head, quite a bit of lace left on the glass. Smell is of banana and spice, a pretty generous helping of malt, some bubblegum and yeast, clove and quite fruity as a whole. Taste is spicy with biscuity/cracker like malt, banana and cloves, some yeastiness with more banana in the aftertaste. Medium carb, light-med feel, decent enough but room for improvement as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall I was pretty impressed with how flavourful this was as my expectations were not super high for some reason, would gladly have this again.

Photo of whynot44
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw yellow color with a substantial pure white creamy head that fades slowly to just a thin layer bt continues to leave some decent lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles continue through the glass.

The aroma is cloves, bananas and some bready wheat and grass.

The taste starts with a bready wheat followed immediately by cloves. Hints of bananas come in the middle. The finish is peppery, spicy, grassy and slightly dry.

Medium bodied, smooth and very easy to drink. Excellent with food.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Like almost every Weihenstephaner beer I've had, I get a massive, foamy and chewy head (pale white in color) on the pour. Below is a golden liquid with brown hues, perfectly transparent and displaying an intense, steady carbonation. I expect such beauty from these brewers, as from a visual perspective (at the least), they are always works of art.

S- A punch of clove and banana. It's very straight forward and if there's anything else going on there, I'm hard-pressed to detect it between or around the prominent aromas I just mentioned. There's some sweet malt I find with a little more effort.

T- Just like the nose, very heavy on the banana and clove. It's also sweet and bready and there's some yeastiness and lemon zest.

M- The beer is very effervescent and there's a yeasty tingle. The beer is medium-bodied with some sweetness and creaminess bouncing off of the more aggressive, bubbly yeast feel.

Another tasty beer from Weihenstephaner, heave on the banana and clove. I'm a bit more partial to the darker beers with a bit more nuttiness and malt, but this is still a superb beer.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sirhc3034
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MaximalC
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a voluminous cap of white foam. Aroma smells prominently of banana and clove, with some yeast as well. Taste is consistent with the aroma--banana, clove, and a velvety mouthfeel courtesy courtesy of the character of the yeast and perky carbonation. The appearance is obviously a stark contrast to that of the unfiltered hefeweiss, but the flavor holds up admirably in spite of this. It's noticeably thinner in body and slightly less full of flavor, yet it captures that signature hefeweiss essence. A flavorful and refreshing brew.

Photo of NeubTube
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow with exceptional clarity and a constant stream of bubbles rising from the etched bottom. The head was a nice, foamy white that retained excellently and left a decent amount of lacing behind. The nose hit with a familiar clove and banana scent, reminiscent of the hefeweisen style. The taste was also full of clove with a hint of banana, along with a sweet, yeasty, biscuity flavor that followed. The alcohol comes out at the end of the sip and sits in your mouth, however it doesn't burn (low ABV, here), it's just noticeable. Slight bubblegum-like sweetness goes hand in hand with the malts as well. Unlike many hefes, however, I feel the taste is "thin" and somewhat lacking, with an aftertaste that is just a bit too watery. The body is fairly thin and very crisp with a heavy does of carbonation (once again, common to this style).

Very nice hefeweisen. Easy to drink, sweet, and overall tasty. Slightly lacking in flavor compared to other hefes out there (including more by Weihenstephaner), but good nonetheless.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Light golden in colour, kristal clear, and with a billowing fluffy head that quickly receded into a patchy ring. Some lacing, a bit more when agitated a little.

Nose is banana, mild clove, wheat malt, herbal and spicy hops, a few other weizen goodies.

An enjoyable brew, light and refreshing. All the usual suspects of a hefeweizen, but softer and crisper. The hops have a herbal quality to them. Neither too sweet nor too spicy.

Soft feel, mild carbonation, thinner bodied than the hefe version. Ludicrously easy to drink.

I still prefer the classic hefeweizen, but this was an enjoyable summer brew. I've never understood kristalweizens, but now I can certainly understand the appeal. Will be back for some of these during the hottest days of the summer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden yellow with a big, thick, persistent, whipped cream head that leaves splotches and connect-the-dots of lacing down the glass.

Strong scents of banana and clove erupt from the glass, along with an earthy, bready wheat character. Pleasant and appropriate.

Banana forward flavor with the wheat following inline. There's a bit of clove and black pepper spice. Low bitterness. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Not quite as lovely as the unfiltered version, but still a fantastic (inexpensive!) beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white finger width head, decent retention. Results in sparse lacing.

Smell - Pungent banana, backed by wheat and a faint clove spiciness.

Taste - Waves of banana and wheat, backed by notes of clove spice which intensify toward the finish before breaking away into a fresh wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Crisp, aggressive bite.

Overall - Similar to it's hefewiezen cousin, but with a few distinct differences. Gone are the yeasty bubblegum flavors, and it opens the door for the wheat to shine through more clearly. The finish is more crisp and clean. That said, I prefer the former. This is a great beer, but I'd rather have the hefe or the dunkel.

Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  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 HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle into a small weizen glass, this beer pours a clear medium straw in color. An overactive carbonation yields two inches of soapy white head from a rather careful pour. Future additions are less crazy as for head development yet continue to yield strong lacing.

Banana and wheat on the nose are both highly prevalent and favorable. Other more subtle malt notes commingle with some yeast as well. Yeast notes are more robust after some air and can offer an intriguing hint of sourness.

A bit sweeter than anticipated on the taste but quite pleasant. More banana for the most part and with a long finish. Light background touch of cherry or grape rounds out the banana notes well. Quite smooth on the feel, carbonation is supportive but not overdone after the blowoff of gas on the initial pour. Has enough body and texture to keep things interesting, yet doesn't overwhelm with sweetness. Closes with a brief return of ripe banana. Drinks quite easily though 'may' become one sided as a session beer. Very nice brew, will purchase again.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and half white frothy head. Head retention is very good, lacing is OK. It smells like wheat, yeast, bananas and cloves. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, too. The beer has a nice sweetness which isn't too strong, along with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light, but very fizzy with a lot of carbonation, but in this case the carbonation fits the beer pretty well and doesn't take anything away from the beer at all. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and dry, and finishes clean. I think this is a pretty decent beer, I'll have to pick one up again soon!

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured crystal clear yellow into a weizen glass with a large, bright white head. There's a very high level of carbonation.
S: It smells like a muted version of a hefeweizen, with faint aromas of bananas and bubble gum.
T: It has lots of taste for a beer that was filtered. There are flavors of banana and bubble gum that follow the aroma.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very crisp, clean, bubbly and smooth.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink; it's both crisp and thirst quenching.

Photo of byrd
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a tremendous head that almost over flowed the glass with only a slight pour. I had to pour this brew extremely slowly down the side of the glass, and even then a great white head formed on top of the brew. The head becomes rocky and eventually dissipates to a perpetual thin lace that is maintained by carbonation that continuously streams from the bottom of the glass. True to its name, this beer is crystal clear with a nice straw color. Malty, wheat aroma is quite noticeable, with only a slight hint of hops. The taste is very clean and crisp with moderate carbonation. The carbonation on the tongue isn’t nearly as strong as the appearance would first indicate. Restrained malty sweetness arrives first with a nice wheat flavor. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness takes on more subdued banana and clove characteristics. There’s a crisp, sharp, tart taste towards mid swallow that passes nicely by. Very slight hops in the end along with the malts making one last appearance. The finish is quite short with no real aftertaste. This is definitely a very drinkable summertime brew.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weisen glass. Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a fluffy brilliant white head. Moderate carbonation is present, with a steady stream of bubbles making their way to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

Has a grassy, grainy smell, with an underlying sweet banana aroma that almost smells like banana pudding.

Pleasant, smooth and almost creamy, the banana is definitely present, along with mild malt, brown sugar, a wisp of yeast, and a lite breadiness that makes this quite enjoyable. While I am not a fan of wheat beers, I am loving this beer. Ends with a mild hop bitter that finishes it off nicely.

This has a medium mouthfeel, which is surprising to me given how light it looks. It's simply too creamy to be considered light bodied.

I bought this beer for no other reason than it's claim to be made by the world's oldest brewery. However, now that I've had it, I would definitely purchase this again, especially the next time I have guests who are not as adventuresome in their beer tastes. Perhaps the beltway to describe this beer is that, it is a beer which beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers can both enjoy.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,525 ratings.