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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 65
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 ElGordo


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color and clear with strong carbonation and a beautiful head that foamed up nicely and had some good retention.

Smell – Big, fluffy wheat characterizes this nose. The yeast and light fruiting make up the typical Kristal Weizen aroma.

Taste – Wonderful example of the style. The yeast and light fruits, predominantly bananas and peach, make up the delicate yet distinctive taste.

Mouthful – This also was very authentic. IMO, the mouthfeel of a weizen is the most important aspect of the style and that which is most often missed. Here though it is terrific. The body is light yet fluffy in the cheeks. The carbonation dances around the tongue.

Drinkability – Great for in between meals, especially on this Christmas Day. I will definitely buy again.

Update – I love a good Kristal Weizen and this is the only good one that I’ve had in the US. I decided to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage since my original review was in 2003.

This nose is just huge. I don’t remember it being this big. It’s gorgeous, really, and heavy on the yeast which is how I like it. It’s the same at the taste. This is a solid 4.5 overall and by far my favorite example of the style that I’ve had in the US. Nothing else that I’ve sample even comes close.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 22:33:48 | More by RoyalT
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a surprise to find this strange pint bottle at my local beer store just across the Virginia state line. Never heard of this one, but label proclaims "oldest brewery in the world". Bottle doesn't look all that dusty and it's been refrigerated out of the sun. Pours an almost clear golden yellow..average head doesn't hang around for the ride. Citrus to the nose. Banana soda immediately comes to mind with the 1st sip. Very satisfying taste as the wheat grain grabs hold. Some sweet malt in the background and some mild hoppy carbonation come forth. This is very drinkable. Had no idea what I had here, but I'll be returning for more of these. A very clean finish makes this an excellent clear weiss. I may rate this one a few notches higher the next time around.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 03:08:17 | More by merlin48
Photo of DESTRO


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours a wonderful clear gold with a big thick white afro of a head. aromas of bananas, bread and light malt rise up none of them overpowering the other. light malt and citrus flavors come in with the slightest hint of banana, more bready flavor than anything. extremely clean and crisp, oh so refreshing. reminds me of a wheaty pils? this isn't a complex brew, but its clean, crisp and refreshing as hell.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 06:05:38 | More by DESTRO
Photo of moulefrite


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think as I love the Hefe from these guys so much, this one came up short. I think I had higher expectations. Exposive headage that nearly consumes the glass, starts things off. Cristal clear with a deep straw color.On the nose sweet bananna malted. Clean and simple in the mouth-very simple and void of complexity or depth. Decent brew, but I'll plop down my cash for this breweries other products before I'll by this one again-just my personal taste mind you.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 03:07:50 | More by moulefrite
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear (sorry, couldn't resist) pale yellow topped by a thick white head that goes away a bit too abruptly. No lacing at all.

Smell: Strong bubblegum and banana smells with cloves in the background initially. After a few minutes of exposure, the aromas all merge into a lovely spicy bouquet. A bit offputting at first, but it grows on ya.

Taste: Sweet banana taste, quickly quashed by some clove twinged light malt. Bubblegum and wintergreen aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Ultra-light bodied. Very crisp and effervescent.

Drinkability: If the taste and smell doesn't bother you, this is eminently quaffable. I wonder what the non-filtered version tastes like. Can't wait to try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 04:36:01 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of Andreji


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

Its all in all a nice beer. pours cristal like a lager but certainly with the nice properties of a good ole weiss (or an ale for that matter.)

The smell isnt all that strong but it does say much about the beer, which, while nice wheaty tasting, is kinda weak in carbonation and flavour all in all which disappoints a bit at the end.

Still, nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 14:40:37 | More by Andreji
Photo of ToneControl

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good wheat beer - a very refreshing summer drink, without the more sharp acidic taste of a lager.

Although this beer is clear, it has plenty of citrusy flavour. As noted by other reviewers, it does smell of bananas. Begins with a large foamy head with a real shape - not just fizz - the head collapses quickly, but usually lives on until I finish the glass. I have never had a faulty bottle of this stuff - it is very consistent.

I'm not a huge fan of many hefe wheat beers (although I do like some), but I find this beer quite palatable as a regular day-to-day drink, rather than as a novelty (e.g. I wouldn't sit and drink 3 or 4 framboise or cherry beers one after the other).

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 22:57:28 | More by ToneControl
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - breaking in one of my Christmas edition gold-rimmed Franziskaner Weissbier glasses with this one. Good choice. An obvious mammoth head formation in the bottom one-fourth of the glass was kept in check by a slow pour the rest of the way. 2 fingers of head melting down and holding at a quarter-finger. Still a bit of haze but not anything like a hefe. The beer looks great in this glass!

Aroma - 'The big banana' is the first choice of words that come to mind. Yeast and some spice eventually increase to match the banana smell, very nice balance there after a minute or so.

Taste is banana on a grainy backbone. Turns sweet and fruity at mid-mouth, no hop presence to speak of. My first Kristall and I am enjoying it. Obviously I don't know how it compares, but if this were the only Kristall out there I'd buy it again.

Mouthfeel - well, the carbonation keeps this beer very crisp and doesn't allow the sweetness to coat or linger a whole lot. Average body is on target for the style.

Drinkability - very refreshing and enjoyable to drink. A solid thumbs-up here.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 20:13:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely beer this. The look is kristall clear yellow, golden to be truthful, with a substantive and billowy white head. much less lacing than anticipated, but that's OK as the overall look forecasts the flavor.

A nice clean and crisp feel awaits the taster. This beer is subtle in elements generally broadcast loudly by other weisses. The clove hint is there, but quite understated, allowing its citrus side to come to the fore for a change.

The flavor is led by the citrus which is greatly complemented by its spicy hues. The aroma hints also of a light body and lovely citrus lightness.

Altogether fresh and refreshing, this beer was a big hit with my companions who gave it a try. A great summer, warm season beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 19:40:46 | More by AtLagerHeads
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Photo of LarryKemp


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
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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
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