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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 65
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 byrd


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 15:13:49 | More by byrd
Photo of steelreign

New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a hot summer day, this is one that you should reach for. A light in body and color, clear wheat beer. The taste was refreshing with its subtle banana esters and slightly in the back malt taste. Very little hop taste or aroma to speak of. Finishes with a dry, crisp and clean bready, citrusty taste... all in all a great light summer beer, and a very nice representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 16:41:21 | More by steelreign
Photo of Brent


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden, perhaps a little pale for the style. Aroma is bright wheat malt and a suggestion of clove. Very active, tight carbonation, sharp and tingly on the tongue. Broad wheat malt, a little sharp and acidic, tempered somewhat by the yeast, not strongly phenolic, but suggestions of clove and allspice. Pleasant, but next time I'll reach for the hefe and the additional depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 14:03:59 | More by Brent
Photo of tavernjef


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a light straw gold, paleish yellow - tall, billowy, paper white head of tight soupy foam that fades slowly to a thin hazey top always present; leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma of lemons in front, with wheat, banana esters, and a light sweet malt in the backing. Quite a fresh and spritzy nose.

Taste of light but favorable malt and banana ester start, nice fluffy breadyness on the tongue, swallow brings in wheat textures that are lemony sweet and smooth, clean, clear, with a very slight hint of yeasty spiceyness and vanilla.

Feel starts out kinda spirtzy and full textured with a gradual turn into a light bready crisp and clean dry finish. Very drinkable and easy, excellent summer wheat brew to quench down.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 00:33:03 | More by tavernjef
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold body with good carbonation, topped by a huge billowing rocky white head. Good hefty dose of banana in the nose. Taste is a bit overly bland: a little hint of the banana, and not a whole lot else. Little or no wheat, hops, yeast, cloves, or anything else I might have expected. Some wheat comes through in the after taste. Refreshing on a hot day, but not satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 21:56:12 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of hotstuff


2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a large off-white head when it was poured into my glass.This was just an okay beer to me.Nothing all that special in my opinion.I picked up an aroma that reminded me of bananas.Definitely not one of the better German Wheat beers that I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 14:00:12 | More by hotstuff
Photo of TheDM


2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew has a mild fruity banana aroma. A very lively pour resulting in a very large off white head that last lasted a fairly long time but left little to no lacing. It's body was a very light transparent yellow orange color. This brew has a mild banana flavor to boot. Mild carbonated taste with little to no after bite. Not enough character in this brew to make me appreciate it fully.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 12:40:31 | More by TheDM
Photo of SheepNutz


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a half a liter glass poured into a weizen glass. It pours a pale, clear, golden color with a 3 finger head. It looks like a pilsener. There is good head retention and lacing. There is a spicy clove aroma present, with a little fruitiness. The taste is spicy up front with some citrus maltiness. It seems to have a lighter mouthfeel than the Hefe, with more carbonation. It has a really great drinkability, and is good if you don't like yeast.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 21:32:04 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of MJR


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an astoundingly pale gold that is perfectly clear with countless carbonation bubbles providing endless eye candy. It's thick and billowy white head starts out huge and slowly shrinks to a thin cap.

Smell: Much 'cleaner' and 'to the point' than it's cloudy brothers. Standard weissbier aroma of banana and clove, with a touch of vanilla. The wheat contributes with an overall freshness.

Taste: Has the traditional banana, clove, and vanilla flavors, but they're scaled down quite a bit from the filtering. Some peppery spiciness in the background. Fresh wheat malt provides the sturdy backbone on which the yeast works it's magic. Despite it's clean and clear body, there is still a touch of a bready, musty yeast character. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness, as well as slighty sweet bananas.

Mouthfeel: Very spritzy initially, which eventually fades into a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Fairly light in body with a dry finish.

Drinkability: While this brew is not on the level of it's cloudy and considerably more complex brothers, it's still a fantastic summer refresher. Good stuff from purportedly the oldest brewery in the world.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 19:54:46 | More by MJR
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle.
Appearance: crystal-clear pale yellow color, with a large, looming chalk-white capper of foam.
Aroma: fresh and airy, a trifle citric and sour, but mostly lacking in vital weissbier aroma characteristics.
Nice, light, crisp, tangy texture/ mouthfeel, very light-bodied, good malty flavor, practically no hops that I can taste. Good flavor.
Have to admit a prejudice, though: I just can't get behind filtered wheat beers, especially when they come from an excellent producer such as Weihenstephaner. That wheat texture is so refreshing and rewarding in the best examples of the style, when I taste a non-HEFE weissbier, I can only think of what I'm missing.
There's a plasticy, bubblegum taste, too, just to the left of the vanilla/clove combo we find in great (and not-so-great) Bavarian weissbiers.
In this heat, though, it'll so, but it will be largely forgotten, especially as I down it quickly in order to get at the Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weisse in the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 17:22:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the brown pint bottle was a very clear, very light straw and an aggressive pour provided a fluffy white head which quickly evaporated into a nice short ring surround the glass. The aroma had plenty of malt with some cloves. The taste featured the cloves with a sweet lingering on the tongue. Although this kristall weissbier had most of the aspects of a traditional weissbier, it is more subtle. I found no bubble gum nor banana in either the aroma or the taste. The bier had a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation dance upon my tongue. I find this a very drinkable beer and would recommend it to all but particularly to someone experimenting with wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 20:04:46 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of BierReise


3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to the Hefe but not as good in my opinion. Crystal clear gold with large snow white head. Filtration seemed to take the body and yeastiness out of it. Therefore lacks the flavor the hefe brings. Almost like a light version of the Hefe. Still a quality brew just not my idea of a classic wheat.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 17:36:56 | More by BierReise
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 13:21:11 | More by frank4sail
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt brown bottle, bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), about a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

The head is big, white and very noisy. Huge bubbles collapse almost like soda pop, leaving almost no lacing. The beer is a pale gold, extremely clear. Lots of big bubbles rise quickly.

Mmmm, nice spicy smell with a little citrus, a little dust. The front is spicy leading to a fruity middle. The feel is tingly, foamy. Toward the end a slight sour note creeps in. The finish is dry and fresh, getting a little buttery with temperature. I think I still like the Hefe a little more, but this is a great beer: fresh, spicy, subtly fruity.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 13:22:29 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Wildman


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured dark clear(crystal clear) yellow color and formed a huge white foamy head that latticed lace as it slowly, and I mean slowly, subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops, cloves and bananas. The flavor was of malt, hops and yeast/bread. The finish was a touch doughy and light. Not as good as the hefe, but not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 20:14:34 | More by Wildman
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear dim golden colored brew with a massive pillow of white foam on top that gradually dies down leaving lace all over the glass. The aroma is loaded with yeast and a little breadiness. Slight bits of citrus also hit the nose, but not enough to balance the blast of yeast.

The flavor is a bit more balanced than the aroma. There is a whole lot of yeast flavor and bready grains. Citrus comes in a bit to balance. The flavor is a bit toned down from what I would like. I am very surprised at the amount of yeast in the aroma and the flavor despite it not sitting at the bottom of the bottle. The mouthfeel is very crisp. It is light and refreshing which makes it a great drinker. You could surely sit back with a few of these. It may get a bit boring with very little complexity, but it is still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 17:42:21 | More by ElGuapo
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold, with quite a bit of carbonation racing to the top. Has a big, pillowy white head, that leaves sheets of lace behind. Aroma is exactly as I expect from a weizen style... sweet banana and clove esters, and a touch of herbal hop notes... I wish someone would come out with weizen cologne. Flavor is slighlty more subdued than the aroma... some notes of clove, with just a touch of banana. As the beer warms, you lose more of the esters, and get a more herbal hoppy bitterness. This beer is very clean and smooth, with a light body... another top notch beer from Brauerei Weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 07:11:23 | More by zerk
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Wheat. clear and light in color, with a citrusy, clove smell. Refreshing and quenching, and a head that won't quit like most Wheats that are made well.The clove taste is apparant early in the beer and since it is a Krystal there is no yeast at the bottom which makes it clear and not cloudy. A good Krystal from the oldest brewery in the world.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 12:03:22 | More by bierman2000
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 15:15:50 | More by Morris729
Photo of cokes


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 14:24:52 | More by cokes
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great brewery making a great kristall.Brilliant gold color,nice clean looking,fruity with a little mineral in aroma.Nice kind of herbal mineral quality in the flavor,goes down incredibly easy.There is something about the house yeast that imparts a tropical flair to their beers.A great summertime beer but just happened to drink one here in winter,good year around.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 11:44:57 | More by oberon
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 16:41:10 | More by garymuchow
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fizzy almost soda pop carbonation and lingering white foamy head. Light golden color with a delicate aroma suiting to a Weissbier. Not mouch in the mouthfeel category, as it slipped by the palette with a bitter aftertaste. The taste was above average compared to other beers in the category.

Overall, a very good selection for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 14:36:31 | More by cncbofh
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my least favorite brew from Weihenstephan (that I've been able to find here in the States anyway), but that's not really a slight against it as much as it is a compliment to the rest. About what you would expect out of a Kristall Weizen, very light in color, with a nice clean wheat taste that is light on the palate but with a slight bite to it. Keep in mind when I use the term "light" I don't mean it in the "american light" sense, this beer definitely has a very solid and good taste to it and would be a perfect selection iof you're not in the mood for anything too strong or heavy.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 11:09:25 | More by mikes2923
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudless light gold color, the head prestigious in size, the color a dazzling white, and the lace diaphanous sheets that cling steadily to the glass. Nose crisp and clean, malt dominates with light hints of citrus, and maybe a touch of yeast. Malt sweet at the start, with a middling mouth feel, the finish is curtly acidic, the hops purposeful in the spiciness, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. The delicate balance of hops, malt, wheat, and perfection maybe another word to describe this beer

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 07:39:31 | More by Gusler
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