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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 84
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,565 | Reviews: 753
Photo of saintwarrick
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The filtered version of one of the great beers I have had rarely finds its way to my fridge, but I'm always happy when it does. Nice big hefe look here with a big sudsy white head, four fingers, on a pale gold brew, that is crystal clear as opposed to the cloudy hefe. Lots of herbs and lemon cookies in the aroma while the taste is a bit more drawn back than the here, lots of earthy herbs, lemon, clove and some banana in the taste, though to a less extent than the hefe. Very refreshing and smooth at the end.

A great brew for the summer, easy drinking, but I prefer the spiciness of the hefe over this polished version. Still an awesome beer that is a nice change.

Photo of maddogruss
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a nice hefe glass.

A: Poured a light, straw-yellow body with a thick, white and silky head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing along the sides of the glass all the way through the finish.

S: Banana esters were fairly evident in the smell with some undertones of some sweet malts making themselves evident as well.

T: A rather light, banana taste with a kind of watered down, banana ester aftertaste. Aftertaste was also kind of sweet, yielding a fruity/apple juice note.

M: Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp. Rather refreshing as I had it on a fairly hot night as I was unwinding from a rough day. Definitely a nice summer beer.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. As noted above, an excellent summer beer that is very nice to hang out with an cool off. I felt that, overall, this was a very good example of a Kristalweizen.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have typically steered clear of Kristalweizens because I go for full-flavored / bodied wheat beers when I crave those esters and phenols. However, this beer truely impressed me. pours like a very strong Pilsner underneath a froathy head-stand and great retention. Standard straw in color with soft carbonation in appearance. Very fresh, fruity aroma rounds out the hearty pilsner malt flavor. Low on the bananna-clove character but bold with a lemony, orange, pineapple note that allows the herbal hop flavor to rise a bit. The filtration has lessened the intense hefe flavors, but balance well. Textures are also less creamy, but very easy to drink-- far from watery, grainy, or vegetal. Finishes very clean with a soft grassy hop dryness. I will certainly buy more of these during the hot summer months.

Photo of GimpyCane
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured crystal straw yelow orange hue with a blast of bubbles rushing up in the center of glass leaving behind a two finger frothy white head. Also left behind a good amount of lace. The aroma, although subtle has the same banana, clove, hay, wheat malt and dough scent as it's fellow hefeweizen. The taste on the other hand is more crisps, sharp, and fizzy upfront. The lighty sweettart wheat malt, clove and dough came through the middle. Ending with a hint of green apple bitter from the hops. Overall, this brew rocks, with all it's tasteful and aroma characters one could drink it all night. Enjoy

Photo of mpyle
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 wschumac
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into .5 l Paulaner Weissbier glass. unsure about how the filtered weissbier would taste, this is my first.

A - Clear nice golden amber color. Poured with 4 finger head but did not last too long.

S - Typical weiss smell aroma a bit lighter not as fruity but definitely citrus and yeasty.

T - Excellent weissbier taste. Not too overpowering and very refreshing. sweet malts and not too overpowering.

M - smooth and very light mouthfeel. Not heavy at all.

D - excellent choice for summer day

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .05L bottle into my Kloster Andechs weizen glass. My first kristalweizen (I think) and the last of the easily available Weihenstphaner beers for me to try. I guess I've enjoyed hefes so much that I was predisposed against the clear version, but this beer proves itself. The beer is golden colored, good clarity, lots of bubbles and a thick creamy poofy foam. The smell is classic German weizen, bananas and so forth, very nice. The taste is the same, with a creamy mouthfeel. As I drink it the glass shows thick lacing of dry-looking foam. A very good beer overall, as are all the Weihenstaphaner beers. Some of the best from Bavaria.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, what a nice fresh tasting beer this is. Pours golden with good clarity and a very nice white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of fresh wheat, and lightly of banana and clove. The taste is wonderful. Not grainy at all, and slightly sweet with banana and pear and with a lightt wheat flavor with sweet banana on the finish. Very lightly spicy and fresher then their hefeweisen in flavor but perhaps a bit less creamy. The clove is definitely more restrained. Crisp and smooth and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hefe glass and received a light, straw gold body w/ good carbonation and a one-finger head thatleft a lace ring. A sharp smell of clove mixed with orange, pear some hops and a faint bread malt. Light on the fruit and a tad neavier on the spice and hops, this light to medium-bodied brew goes down slick and smooth with a dry backbite from some malt (bread again, I think) and the wheat. A good summer beer, I guess. I enjoyed it, but would prefer a more fruit/spicy hefe myself.

Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was not sure about the filtered beer. Will it not be as good as the regular wheat beer, which is my favorite wheat.

This beer pours crystal clear(who would have thought). It has a nice head with good carbonation bubbles.

Nose is great with bread, biscuits, spice and fruit.

The taste is fine. Lots of bread, cloves and tart fruit. Carbonation and mouthfeel is exceptional. This is a fine beer.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This large bottle pours a medium bright golden with a little cloudieness when held to direct light the head was bountiful and white,it disapated quickly leaving some circular lacing as it fell to a thin cap.The nose was malty and sweet with fruits and bubblegum.This brew is a smoothe easy drinker,the warmer the weather the better for this refreshing under flavored beverage,mostly grainy with some raw bread dough tandencies,some banana and apple give a nice toned down sweetness,its easy to forget this is a wheat brew,it seems over filtered in a way,not as much of the wheat flavors I have come to expect,but a light body and clean finish make for a enjoyable overall expirience.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with a soapy white head, good retention, good lacing, looks like your standard pilsner.

S: Heavy on the banana ester side of things, light clove, and actually what smells like a bit of smoke.

T: Definitely has the requisite Bavarian weissbier profile. Clove bite starts out the flavour, quick but provocative, light banana, with a great taste of bubblegum in the aftertaste.

M: Lacking, really felt like a light lager in my mouth, it's that fizzy.

D: Aside from the mouthfeel that could be beefed up a little bit, a really tasty weizen beer from Weihenstephaner, would buy again.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like more of a helles lager or pilsner than a weizen. Crystal clear...or very nearly...and a pretty shade of gold. A beautiful, bountiful, three inches of head sits atop thie beer like a cloud as the carbonation rises from the bottom to meet it.

The smell is, very simply, wheaty but mild with a hint of banana and clove.

The taste is very thin witha mild wheat taqste coming on slowly. Heavy carbonation makes the after taste more like a pilsner or lager. Something sour and citrusy - lemony flavor perhaps - compliments the carbonation and wheat very well.

Mouthfeel is clear and smooth, "crystal clear" as the bottle proclaims. This one washes right down. Great for a summer day.

This wheat is very easy to drink and perhaps the only wheat I could see becoming a session beer for me. That being said, it is very simple so it does not stand out, particularly, against the field of great beers.

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 birchstick
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very pale yellow...there is little lacing, with a nice head. Smells of wheat, sweet grass, and some hops. It tasted of banana
banana and wheat with a little bit of bitterness and a bubble gum finish. This was a pretty good weizen. Not my favorite German weizen, but it is still pretty good.

Photo of hyland24
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. This beer as the name states poured a crystal clear gold so much so you could read a book through the glass. The smell was sweet banana now&later. The taste was awesome, pure banana. Such a clean great tasting beer. Light and crisp, a perfect representation of this style. A close tie between this and the Dunkel as my favorite of this style. Great beer and a great brewery. A must try for any Weiss fan.

Photo of ROMER79
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured straight into a weihenstephaner glass with a bubbly crystal gold color and a two finger white head. It smelled of wheat, honey, and citrus. The taste was similar to the weisse but much more crisp. It was made up of honey, citrus, honey, and hops. It was a crisp and refreshing beer. A great beer to have on a hot summer day!

Photo of Traquairlover
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Clear golden yellow, foamy white head with decent retention.

S = Strong smells of bananas, nutmeg, coriander, the filtering did nothing to diminish the smell. This has good strong wheat beer scents.

T = Light flavors of banana, orange zest, lemon juice, light Middle Eastern spices, long, clean finish.

M = Medium body, good frothy carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = Good drinkability, this one has nice refreshing flavors in a clean package, but still with good weight.

Photo of Offa
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this every bit as good as their hefe-weissbier.

This is gold with a huge, dense white head that is hard to control and long-lasting, shrinking only slowly to a permanent smaller head, leaving nice lacing in even rings.

The aroma is very perfumy but light, with light grain, pine, herbal, with a minerals.

The taste is similar, with strong, persistent, but it's light and crisp. There is a hint of minty bubblegum in the middle, before a crisp finish and a long, mellow grain aftertaste. It has light bitterness. This is delicious and full of flavour but refreshing and highly drinkable, light and crisp.

Photo of dadonabike
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I rushed the pour a little and ended up w/ 4 fingers of fluffy white head. It quickly settled to one finger w/ great structure and leaves very little lacing. As the name implies it pours incredibly clear. Light yellow in color and non stop tiny bubbles.

The yeast is the most noticeable smell; sweet biscuity yeast. The smell is similar to Allagash white, but a little richer.

This is like clear light liquid bread w/ a pleasant maltiness and a background spiciness. If you are in the mood for a white this is a great example. It is chewy and rich while being a light drinkable beer.

This is a very drinkable beer. This was my first beer from Brauerei Weihenstephan; I enjoyed it a lot, I will be trying this again as well as their others.

Photo of bort11
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a hefe glass. Tall and chunky lace, though not much lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow with lots of active carbonation.

Smell has a thin musty yeast, and a bit peppery. Taste is quite a bit more spicy, lots of cloves and pepper. Thin lemon notes.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and a tad watery. It's easy to drink, but no that interesting.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like your average beer, but it's so much more. Poured an average yellow color, fairly clear.

The smell was a bit spicy, but sweet as well. There's a bit of a grain in it as well.

Taste starts with a splash of fruit, getting a bit spicy and grainy as well. The grain flavors are more like a wheat... very clean and crisp. All comes together to make a somewhat mild, but nice flavor.

It felt great and was very very easy to drink. I could easily have several of these.

Photo of hawksfan82
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml/16.9 oz bottle poured into a traditional big, widemouth weizen glass.

Pours a typical "beer" golden-straw color. Big fluffy white head that dissipates quickly into a soapy film. Body is more clear as expected, and you get a good look at a decent amount of carbonation as the bubbles run to the surface. Very unassuming looking brew.

Smell is like a typical German hefe. Wheat, straw, grass, with the typical hint of bananas on the nose...maybe even a little bubblegum as well.

Taste is good not great. It's got the same characteristics as you would expect to find in a weizen, but it's missing something. that's probably due to the fact that it's filtered. Fairly creamy wheat flavor on the tongue at first, with the bits of clove and banana, and the bubble gum notes dominate as it finishes. Fairly complex for a pretty simple looking beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. I don't know if it's because I expect a much thicker/chewier beer when I get a weizen, but it's really the one thing that I don't like about this beer. Also, with something this clear you expect carbonation, but the bubbles don't really show up during consumption.

That being said, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Wouldn't mind having a couple of these with a dinner.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a huge white head

S - Is of malt and fruit mostly banana

T - A lot like the smell malt with banana and fruit

M - This one has a medium body with high level of carbonation

D - Like other Weihenstephaner brews this is very good and pretty easy to drink worth trying sometime

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.