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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,455 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephan weizen glass.
Poured golden with slow, steady streams of tiny-bubbled carbonation that produced a large, fluffy white head that eventually became a thin, solid, well-retained lace.
The smell was of citrusy lemon and banana/clove. It was a clean, crisp aroma.
The taste was of malty banana/clove - but not thick. It had a subtle but sharp wheat bite. The alcohol came out a bit. Overall, it was pretty basic, but good.
The mouthfeel was fluffy and fairly creamy. Some of the flavors thinned a bit, but they, esp. the wheat, stuck to the tongue.
It's a good brew from a great brewery. Personally, I would choose the hefe-weiss over this if given a choice, but this one is certainly worth drinking!

jwc215, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a filtered pale yellow with lively carbonation rising to a quickly fading white fluffy head. Smell is of slight banana and clove with hints of a nice yeasty quality in the nose as well. Taste is dry and crisp and very easy to drink. This seems to be a "light" or toned down hefeweizen. While it is a very good and refreshing brew, I keep thinking how much better the hefeweizen is.

cjgator3, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

oh, my. god. i am so happy the world cup is in germany. my local stores all have a special "campaign" with a lot of new, foreign, and plenty of german beers being promoted. i've seen some that have made me mildly happy, (ooh, newcastle brown). but today i saw an endcap with all weihenstephaner beers, 4 different styles! i was unashamedly vocally appreciative, and i noticed the locals noticing me but i didn't care. what a cool sight.

my first kristal weizen. i have tried - and thoroughly enjoyed - three of the other beers made by this, the oldest brewery in the world. and to finish the story of the first paragraph, all the others have been through mail order from a special internet store. this was my first time seeing it at a normal store, in person. this is my fourth, and this ancient brewery is threatening to become my favorite. i just love the label, damn it makes me thirsty.

after reading the beer style description here on BA, i would say this fits it perfectly. looks like i would expect - like a filtered hefeweizen, crystal clear, highly fizzy, beautiful huge head. smell is slightly muted due to mosquito-repelling smoke in the air, (oh my god, how am i going to review for the next few months, with a dulled sense of smell or full of bites? you see, in japan these fuckers get you in or out of your house. they know no bounderies). but i can still pick up great weiss bier scents. spicy, banana, i guess there's really not as much wheat as a normal hefeweizen. so the smell is not as good as it's more famous, higher rated brother, but it's still good.

taste and mouthfeel are very predictable. just what you would expect. it's crystal clear! smooth. perfect balance, highly thirst-quenching and tasty. interesting note: this would probably be a good beer to give to a total rookie, as it is closer in appearance to a boring macro. as opposed to a cloudy, foggy hefeweizen which can definitely scare some noobs. i have a new mission for converting my macro-swilling co-workers!

davidchollar, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of jvdineen
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A summer favorite! It looks like a Miller Lite but it pours like its Hefe sibling in a weizen glass with a substantial head. Very smooth. Low hop notes. Very clean. Without the suspended yeast and proteins a lot of the citrus and fruit flavors are missing. Some people may find this too bland if a DIPA is a favorite.

jvdineen, May 11, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale straw color with a hefty pure white head on top and energetic carbonation. Phenolic clove and banana aroma - dry spicy fruit. Clean, fresh estery clove taste with soft wheat malts. Finishes with a little banana and yeasty spice. Crisp, lively mouthfeel makes for an especially refreshing beer...there's more body than it looks.

Very tasty filtered hefeweizen and the first I've ever had of this particular style. Super easy to drink and refreshing. Do these guys make a bad beer?

wedge, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light, pale and clear with a big white head. Looks just as I imagined it would. Refreshing aroma of spiced banana, wheat and phenols. Taste matches perfectly. Nice mouthfeel with a refreshing carbonation. Smooth slick, and slight dry and very mild bitterness through the finish. Goes down ultra easily.

Nice mild and easy going for any hot summer day. Pleasant and refreshing taste.

tastybeer, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with perma-bubbles and a great head, not much lacing. Smells of bananas and other medium fruits, a little grain, and light malt in there. At first I thought 'huh, this is like a hefe-light.' As I drank on, I felt almost guilty for that, cause while it is a little lighter with the wheaty banana, its nonetheless a deliciously crisp and clean, a very active beer on the palate. Overall, a great beer for when you need something lighter.

objectivemonkey, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale golden with very active carbonation and a thin, fizzy head that comes and goes. What a shitty head. What comes out most in the nose is, of course, the wheat character and a strong banana phenolic presence. The flavors begin slightly phenolic then move on to an apple sweetness and then onto what reminds me exactly of wheat crackers. Very drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is lively enough to keep the somewhat muted flavors alive on the palate. Light-bodied enough to make this a very quaffable beer, but can be a bit sticky.

goochpunch, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear with a very pale straw, almost white color with a massive foamy head that occupies half of my weizen glass

S: Much like their original hefeweizen (banana, clove, pepper, spice) except a bit more subdued in total aromatic output and slightly phenolic.

T: Plenty of spice and a bit of banana flavor with an odd sweetness and more phenols. Again, somewhat like the original, except with half the taste

M: Thin and watery with moderate carbonation.

D: This is my first time with a kristall weizen, and I can't figure out why anybody would want to drink this as opposed to a hefeweizen. This brewery's original hefe is one of my all-time favorite beers, but this one is lacking the intense taste and aroma of its contemporary. I can't think of any reason to buy this one again.

klewis, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden to honey with tons of bubbles. 4 fingers+ white fluffy head. Slight lacing and minimal head retention

Smell: huge banana notes, some cloves, estery

Taste: Banana peel, slight vanilla notes, wheat malt and a very clean finish. Just not a huge fan of this flavor, but true to style

MF; Effervescent and well balanced

Very drinakble once you get past the bananas, but a good summer-time quincher. Fans of the hefe genre will love it

russpowell, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, 5.4% abv. store dark, keep cool, (46 – 52 degrees F.

Aroma: Faint bubblegum and wheat, with whiffs of noble hops and a touch of alcohol

Appearance: Pours into my tall glass with an impressive 3 finger white head that dies back to a rocky finger leaving traces of lace before the first sip. Glass is bright gold and like the label says, crystal clear.

Flavor: Grain/wheat flavor is pronounced, hints of bubblegum and light fruit esters, slight lemon rind. Overall, a clean and simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, very strong carbonation level leaves it a bit fizzy

Overall Impression: A very enjoyable beer. The carbonation level is the only thing I have some problems with. It’s pretty to look at, has a pleasant and simple taste, and a fair nose. A good lawnmower in my book.

HardTarget, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weihenstephaner- Kristallweissbier

Appearance- light yellow almost clear with billions of bubbles and a huge thick frothy head.
Smell- light and sweet hefe(Banana and clove).
Taste- watery banana and clove with a dash of peppermint gum?! Actually tastes like candy cigerettes.
Mouthfeel- candy sweet. Light. Mix a hefe with some champagne.

Overall- maybe a beer to use for a celebration toast but other than that there's no reason to really drink the light sugar water. Wasn't bad but not 1 I'll revisit.

NJpadreFan, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a light golden yellow / straw colour... White head poured big and foamy and a nice thin layer lasted until near the end...

Aroma - Pepperiness, clove notes, banana and hints of vanilla, floral, bubblegum...

Taste – Nice creamy maltiness, floral, definite cloves and banana, some honey, citrusy, slight metallic notes, some spiciness...

Feel - Quite sharp. Light body. Extremely drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended...

mdagnew, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of supernaut
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been forever since I've delved into this style, and usually I wait to have a Kristal Weizen (or any Weizen) until summer when the days are humid and long...but on this winter day, I shared one with my girlfriend who was jealous of all the money I was spending on fancy beers for myself....

Anyway

A - Great appearance. Kristal clear (get it) like it should be, along with a wee bit of lacing and nice head retention.

S - A very sweet/wheaty nose on this one, instantly reminding me of my days as a student in Luther Stadt Wittenberg, SA (when I guzzled HWs daily....lunch-time not-withstanding)

T - Nice solid sprectrum of sweetness. A very stong banana overtone which really makes this one lady friendly. The yeastiness kicks in fast, and never really allows the alcohol to break through. A small presence of spiciness, but overall a citrusy dominance. Definitely sweet.

M/D - Very smooth. Exactly why any weizen should be had after mowing the lawn. This kristall finishes very crisply, and begs one to have another swig. Have to reiterate this point: A very clean finish.

O - great example of the style.

supernaut, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the brewery's Weissbier glass at just over fridge temperature. Freshness code reads 2043. 16 oz. bottle.

Appearance- A filtered, lighter amber version of their Hefeweizen... much clearer, with a generous three finger head that settles nicely to a mat.

Smell- Thick, fat, moist banana bread with some phenols present... and an underlying sweetness. Reminds me of the unforgettable nose on Cantillon's "Fou Foune".

Taste- Sweet, with a yeast driven "cookieness" that finishes a bit cloying... something here could use some better balancing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fantastic mouthfeel... active, alive, foamy. It's just that when I bury my nose in the glass, inhale, and take a sip, I am not sold on this. Stay with their superb, masterful Hefeweizen for a classic beer for all times.

yelterdow, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I pour this into the weizen glass I begin to wonder if the bottle is mislabled.
What fills my glass is what appears to be an amazingly clear pilsner, a pale golden color. A cap of thick foamy head with small bubbles that continuously rise to the surface.

Smells of raw graininess with traces of banana oil and spices.
Taste is quite similar to the smell. I'm getting a bit of an acidy (just licked a battery terminal) finish. Carbonation is a bit higher than I normally like.

I'm more of a "hefe" guy myself.
This is my first kristal weizen. I will try, and review them all.

EvilKeith, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of BitterBrian
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a "crystal-clear" straw blonde into my weihenstephan glass. Huge pillowy white head dissapates, but not much. Looks pilsy, but with a big, fluffy wheatbeer head.

smells of a sour bread, some banana. some spices, but I can't put my finger on it. whatever it is, I'm not a big fan. I like the sweet fruity banana smell, not this pungent sour smell. If I had to describe it, I would say it is rotten orange rind.

With that delicious thought in mind - on to the tasting!

tastes like a decent hefe, but it is deceiveing because of the filtration. It almost comes off as a hefe-light. As it warms, the bananas come to the front.

this is a crisp, clean beer for the weiss styles. I wasn't really keen on the smell, but maybe I'll have to revisit this one in the summer when I'll appreciate the style more.

BitterBrian, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Half-litre, Teutonic brown glass bottle. White crown cap with a dark green logo seals the contents. Generic Weihenstephaner main and neck labels have a dark green background as well. Listed at alc. 5,4% vol. Reverse label has the Code ‘5045’ if that means anything.

Appearance: A tremendous pure white head rises rapidly and billows upwards from the clear golden pour, albeit a rather clumsy one. The massive pillowy white head looks fantastic, it slowly collapses but it never reduced below a solid and tight 1” covering. Fizzling carbonation but seemingly a medium level of conditioning which was a little lazy when gently swirled. Excellent presentation!

Nose: Pear drops and mashed bananas with the merest hint of cloves. Luscious water-melon and cantaloupe mix with light malts, all of which give body to the subtle but gorgeous aromas.

Taste: The flavor profile is a delicate but fiendishly well balanced affair. Clean toasted malts are feint but the fresh hop character and soft spicy-herbs make up for that. Fruity fleshy bananas mingle with some acidic lemon traits in the clean finish. Lingering after taste was a surprise, but a nice one.

Mouthfeel: Deceptive and hard to mark. On one hand I immediately plopped for a 4.0, yet on closer examination and as I worked through the half-litre, it felt like a dependable 3.0. I’m going for a middle of the road, sitting on the fence, 3.5, and that does not seem unfair.

Drinkability: Slides down, oh this one slides down…..just so easily. Slick, clean and incredibly refreshing!

Overall: I always expect less from Kristall Weiss brews, but this did not disappoint, clearly one of the very best examples of the Teutonic variant for sure. Superb stuff, and very tasty. Recommended!

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of Finite
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crisp classic Kristal Weizen.

Nice mix of spices, banana and wheat in this mix. Strong cloves and good carbonization make this a good choice for any lover of the style. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter.

This is a very enjoyable brew. Worth exploring for anyone who likes this style.

Finite, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of horndecker
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brassy gold, clear and clean, with a modest but active fluffy head. The head doesn't last too long and leaves little lace. Still, decent carbonation animates the brew.

Spicy clove-ish nose with plenty of wheat and grain aromas, also an unexpected bit of milk chocolate. There is the expected banana, but it's a bright baked banana bread smell.

Only the merest hint of hop bitterness at first sip, mostly a tangy fruit hit, grapefruit and lemon, followed by solid malt. A peppery spiciness develops after a bit, and cleans things up for your next sip. Finishes quickly, drying and mineral, and a faint tea-ish aftertaste, mildly bitter and herbal..

Plenty refreshing. Nice with sesame chicken.

horndecker, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a weizen glass. Pours a brilliantly clear gold that looks like a pilsner and it's topped with a 4 finger head of medium bubbles that make some noise and leave little lacing. Smells of bananas, spiciness/grassiness, wheat, pepper, and some cloves. Flavor is similar but with less banana and a bit of metal, and a medium body that is fairly smooth. It's a familiar flavor, but it's just not the same without the yeast.

mmmbeer, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of TexIndy
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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)

TexIndy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent yellow-amber with a few healthy streams of bubbles. As the style dictates, there's not a yeastie in sight. The eggshell colored cap is huge, pillowy soft and is a dead ringer for meringue. Unfortunately, there's very little lace; the only part of this classic kristal weizen look that could be considered a negative.

The word classic applies to the nose as well. One sniff is all it took to remind me how great Weihenstephaner beer is. At first I thought the aroma lacked the power and immediacy of a true, yeast-included hefe weizen, but either the beer is beginning to open up or my nose is. Sweetened grain, lightly zesty clove and creamy banana are on display.

I think kristal weizens are the poor man's versions of hefe weizens. Kristallweissbier does nothing to change my mind. That said, it's one of the best (along with Tucher's) that I've had yet. It's sweet, soft and tangily wheaty, yet possesses a ramrod stiff, unyielding malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts since it's firm and creamy at once.

Clove is remarkably prominent for the style and outpaces banana by a fairly wide margin. Monkey fruit is still noted, although it comes in at a rather understated 2.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. It may be my imagination, but I think I appreciate a glimmer of spicy alcohol. I blame the lack of palate-swamping flavor that would be present if the yeast were allowed to stick around.

I don't have much to add in the mouthfeel department, except to say that I would like to see the carbonation toned down a bit. The beer feels a little chaotic in the mouth, while I prefer sedate in most cases. To be fair, it settles down some by the midway point.

Kristallweissbier is the last of the (commonly available) offerings from 'The World's Oldest Brewery' to enter my glass. It occurs to me, as I look forward to finishing the last several ounces of this one, that this brewery may just be my favorite in all of Germany; assuming that top to bottom quality is the overriding criterion. If it says Weihenstephaner on the label, then I know a quality experience awaits.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

jamesdergen, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Beer. Pours a golden color…completely clear, with a tall, puffy white head. The aroma is much more restrained than a hefe, but the same qualities are present: banana, citrus, yeast, phenolics, fruity-tutiness. This is a mild, careful beer, but very tasty. It has a medium to light body, with a nice refreshing wheat-citric quality. There’s a notable hoppiness, that becomes more prominent in the finish (no discernable hop aroma though). Crisp and firm finish. This is a good wheat beer, solidly good.

Suds, Oct 16, 2005
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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