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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of blitheringidiot


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Tall greenish brownish (what color is that?) pint bottle with loads of label info: "Premium Bavarium" "Brewed under purity law of 1516 alc. 5,6 vol." "Oldest brewery in the world" "cont. malt liquor 1 pnt." "Kristall Weisbier" "Store dark, keep cool 46-52 F" neck label "seit 1040" and a freshness stamp: "8320." Slightly hazy straw with loads of tiny beading, slick of a white cap, and some yeast scrod chunkers suspended in me pint.

Grainy dusty slightly white wine vinous scents.

First swigs: Airy, outdoorsy, difficult to describe flavors. Leafy slightly pilsnerish. Needs to be a bit above 40 degrees as warmed to the label info. Short quick aftertaste which becomes more lemony with citrous notes rising up. Well balanced hinting towards malty Vanilla ice cream.

Feel is thin bodied overall, but well bodied for the style. Easy drinker with an enjoyable exotic quality to it that is different from most American counterparts.

Last swigs: This could easily be dismissed as a bit tangy, maybe funky due to the Earthy bite, but extremely enjoyable. All aspects are delicate here. Easy all around. Requires a bit more detection to be appreciated. Reminded me a bit of a floral Earthy style like Fraoch Heather. Special BA thanks to Shapudding fo allowing me to enjoy this offering at a tasting. A Michael Jackson Great Beer Guide beer.

Beer is good. Happy exotic beering.

08-31-2004 02:54:01 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of allengarvin


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

500ml bottle, poured into a Tucher weizen glass (don't have a weihenstephaner glass).

Appearance: Golden straw color, very clear, with tiny effervescent bubbles flowing to the top.

Aroma: phenolic, bready.

Flavor/body: Good hints of clove and vanilla. Estery, fruity flavors are slightly restrained (I believe they're stronger in the brewery's Hefeweizen). No hop taste and the bitterness is barely perceptable. Medium high carbonation. Very tart and refreshing.

Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen is possibly my favorite German wheat beer, and while the kristalweiss does not quite match up to it, it's still a very good, very drinkable beer.

08-30-2004 23:09:55 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%

A different type of wheat beer. Wheat smell, taste but not creamy on the tongue, rather drops and powder texture. Malt, lemongrassy and cloves and banana and yeast. Light gold and white head that settles in. A natural carbonation.Lightly bitter. Not my flavours.

08-29-2004 03:41:13 | More by Sammy
Photo of Roderick


3.18/5  rDev -21.1%

Just tried this beer from what the bottle says is the oldest brewery in the world.
The pour was light gold with a huge head that sat atop the brew like a crown , and the smell faint smell of alcohol & hops.
The taste was a malty sweetness that has a hint of cloves with a nice clean finish and hardly a hint of aftertaste.
This is a good beer and I'm glad to have tried it. but for the cost I could spend my money more wisely.
Price: 1pint $4.99

07-25-2004 18:21:31 | More by Roderick
Photo of granger10


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

This beer poured a light golden color with a large foamy white head. Lots of bubbles racing to the top and good amount of lacing. The smell is more yeasty than I would expect and had some citric qualities to it. I could tell that this would be a crisp, clean beer just upon smelling it. The taste had a citric sweetness upfront with wheat undertones. Banana and clove come forward with the yeast. Long, dry finish. Very crisp and clean. This beer is great to have cleanse the palate while eating or just to enjoy in the summertime. I love this brewery.

07-07-2004 16:49:07 | More by granger10
Photo of brewQ


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%

I like a lot of these German Weiss brews in the half liter bottle. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier is certainly a well made brew.

The color is bright gold but the tip off is the starch white head that holds very well. The aroma is grainy and the flaovr spells it out as wheat without a great deal of spice or citrus to it.

In fact that's what I like about the flaovr. It contrasted well with all the mit hefe wheats- very clean and drinkable yet refreshingly different.

Maybe I lose some B vitamins but this is a very good summer beer.

07-04-2004 04:43:57 | More by brewQ
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

06-29-2004 17:20:44 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of BeerManDan


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

It poured a medium wheat yellow with a lot of white foam. The smell of spices and wheat filled the nose. The taste was of wheat and spices, especially the taste of cloves was evident. An effervescent and refreshing beer, with little of the bavarian wheat fruit and spicy character.

06-28-2004 23:06:31 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Great to see Weihenstephaner in Australia, even though its only the Kristal. Having said this, this is a nice Kristal. Still has those fruity banana esters of the regular heffe, and still a huge cloveyness. Really smooth, soft, and manages to cover most corners of the palate quite nicely, tart flavour, with some welcomed saltyness. Nice one. Definitely one of the better kristall weissbiers i've had.

06-24-2004 11:38:35 | More by rastaman
Photo of hobbes2112


2.93/5  rDev -27.3%

500 mL bottle

This one started good, the pour is a dark straw/light gold with large white head. Smell was wheat, yeast and minor citrus. Taste was subtle citrus, wheat and very slight hops. The mouthfeel really is odd though, to be this is waaay too much body for the taste and aroma that come with it. This was to the point of excessive filling in my book. For such a light beer I want a light body too, or more taste.

I won't likely buy this again.

06-15-2004 23:36:41 | More by hobbes2112
Photo of koolk


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Clean and clear pale yellow with hard bubbles and a nice creamy head that disperses quickly.

Subdued aroma is of yeast, bananas, wheat and a touch of mineral.

Tasty is slightly spritzy on the front with a nice tart aftertaste of green hops. Creamy inbetween, but no great length to speak of.

Good, but I really enjoy the full flavours of the hefe, yet still an enjoyable beer.

06-13-2004 11:52:36 | More by koolk
Photo of Doiv

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Nice bright golden colour with a big white head, that quickly disperses and leaves hardly any lacing at all.

Aroma is nice and fruity - peaches, aplles and pineapples to name a few. Spicy and yeasty notes follow - perhaps a little like coriander?

Taste is yeasty, with raisins, bananas, apples, and pineapples, with a bitter aftertaste followed by a lingering fruity spice.

Good mouthfeel, and drinks brilliantly on a hot day.

05-15-2004 18:01:35 | More by Doiv
Photo of tjd25


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

The head was thin for the style and faded quickly on the so clear and pale golden color body. Big bubbles. Very nice smell: wheat, yeast, banana, and a hint of something roasted. Very sweet. Slightly iodated too. The taste revealed more citrus than one could expect from the smell. Very sweet, almost artificial candy-like. Banana and wheat. Mouthfeel is very clean and kind of light. Watery. The aftertaste is of subtle fruity hops. Drinkable but not overly complex.

05-12-2004 22:16:51 | More by tjd25
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

Clear pale yellow in color with a 1" head. The aroma was nice as wheat, banana, and yeast were clearly evident. The flavor was of wheat, banana, clove, and yeast. Light citrus tones hid in the background.

The mouthfeel was crisp. Some wheat and yeast lingered for a moment after swallowing. Very drinkable as this is extremely light and refreshing with a nice flavor.

05-08-2004 11:04:22 | More by Gavage
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.83/5  rDev -5%

500ml bottle

Pours with a medium yellow body, high levels of carbonation although not harsh, Large foamy head

Smell is nutty and dry, hints of dried fruit

Taste is dry, almonds, peaches and melon comes through, very strong esters, fruity overall

A nice beer, although I prefer a non filtered wheat, its still very drinkable and refreshing

04-24-2004 18:07:28 | More by cypressbob
Photo of necoadam


4.15/5  rDev +3%

Perfect day for this beer. Hit about 80 degrees today so I decided to rotate the beer line up quickly. So I decided to crack up this great kristall beer. There was no freshness date on it so I was a little scared that it might not be good, but when I poured out this beer, a huge head developed so my worries were put out quickly. Poured out a nice light golden color, one of a kind. Smell consisted of bananas and pears mostly mixed in with some other light citrus notes with a touch of yeast. Taste was crisp and clean. Soft fruit hit the palate gently mixed with some ever so slight hops towards the middle with some wheat and malt going towards the end. And just like their Hefe, this beer has the right amount of carbonation in it. World class beer.

04-19-2004 01:03:07 | More by necoadam
Photo of TastyTaste


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

This beer is truely a sight to behold. Poured into my Hacker-Pschorr Weisse glass, with a 2 1/2" head billowing over the top of gold liquid that is not surprisingly "Kristall" clear. The visible carbonation is also very beautiful. Cloves, bananas, malt, and a little hops are all present in the nose of this beer. Taste is very malty , with spicy clove flavors making themselves evident again, smooth aftertaste, all the flavors come together to make this a light, flavorful, very drinkable beer.

04-08-2004 22:58:26 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Sixpack595


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

Crystal clear (surprising due to the name) and powerfully carbonated, this beer pours a pale straw color with a voluminous white head. Bannanas and clove are evident in the aroma as well as the flavor. Carbonation and spicy hops provide a prickly mouthfeel. Mothfeel is medium, striking a good balance, refreshing without feeling watery. Great beer. Seems to taste cleaner than a Hefe without losing much of the character.

04-07-2004 00:48:02 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of Tballz420


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Well lets see here, a new style for me.

This brew is a very clear golden color, with a well-crafted white foam head on top. Light malt scent, citrusy. Very crisp clean taste, with some elements of a hefe that im more familiar with, but not all of them . A nice combo of wheat, sweet malt, some fruit tones, not a lot of hops that i can find. Somewhat acidic, somewhat spicy. Overall im quite impressed with this one.

04-06-2004 05:29:48 | More by Tballz420
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

16.9oz brown bottle.
It pours a hazy gold with a pure white head and little specks of lace.
The aroma is clovey...really clovey...like someone added a bunch of cloves to the brew. A lemony citrus smell and the faint smell of wheat crackers are also noticed.
The malt has a wheat cracker taste. It has a light brown sugar-like sweetness.
The hops have a lemony sourness along with the flavor of orange zest. The taste of cloves is fairly potent. A light peppery finish and a taste of coriander provide an interesting aftertaste. It has a dry, refreshing finish.

04-01-2004 03:41:29 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a clear golden brew with a nice white head.

Smell is banana and spices and grains, faintly wheaty and cloves.

Taste is mildly sweet and spicy with a mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is well thought out, very creamy.

Very drinkable brew, good any time any place.

03-28-2004 02:22:12 | More by Zorro
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3%

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw. The head was white, moussy and everlasting.

The aroma was malty with soft wheat and slight banana.

The flavor was smooth and crisp with banana and wheat.

The finish was off dry and fruity into the finish. The body was medium and rounded in the mouthfeel.

16.9 ounce bottle.

03-02-2004 00:50:01 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of ElGordo


4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-20-2004 00:56:22 | More by ElGordo
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: The filtered approach leaves me feeling empty b/c it looks like an average lager not the world reknowned oldest brewery in the world's weiss bier. Filtered golden tone with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves sporadic lacing not bad though. Aroma: Lacks upfront banana and clove tone more two row grain then anything else with a touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Decent flavor definitely the best filtered weizen I've tasted, does coat the palate with the familiar banana and clove tones but I will admit seems a bit unrewarding. Mouthfeel: Spritzy effervescent carbonation levels, medium to light bodied wheat ale. Drinkability: Is pretty good but hand me a regular hefeweizen anyday, just had the Weihenstephaner on draft at the Sharp Edge awesome stuff.

02-10-2004 04:31:42 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of counselor


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

poured a straw golden color with a tall white fluffy head. Aromas of malty sweetness, nothing else. Good body to this beer revealing the delicate and quality ingredients found from this brewery. The taste was in suite with the style and the aroma, sweet malty flavors with very little hops, until well after each mouthful. Overall a good example of this style and well worth drinking

01-03-2004 22:07:09 | More by counselor
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