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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,552
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 85
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to the Weihenstephaner Invitational! A gift pack featuring four different styles of beer will be competing with one another to take the top prize in this competition. Wei's Kristallweissbier will be the first to be judged, as we are set to go:

Where's the yeast? Oh, it's a filtered wheat beer. It looks more like a lager with its clear blonde appearance and action of carbonation. A big head rises on top of that. Very nice. Taking out the yeast has allowed other flavors to pull out, such as spice and lemon. A lot of malted wheat in the taste, with very little bitterness. Very clean and tart in the back of the tongue. Light feel, but it fits the style.

Wei's Kristallweissbier scores pretty well here in the first of four samples, and we'll be back as soon as their Hefeweissbier flexes its muscles...

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

Appearance - 4.05
Unsurprisingly for a wheat beer, the head is huge, about four fingers when poured carefully, and spilling over the edges. This steadily reduced to about 1 finger of foamy head where it settled. The colour is a clear pale straw.

Smell - 3.5
Very nice, but somewhat underwhelming. There is a slight clove aroma mixed in with the general freshness, bubblegum and malty sweetness, with a little pear.

Taste - 4.0
Very refreshing, as is typical for this kind of beer. The initial taste is a little weak, but this then settles into a classic wheat beer taste; wheaty, lemony, slightly sweet. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, and as before mentioned, very refreshing. The head is very nice if you drink it before it disappears.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Really good. I almost gave this a 4.5 as the small bubbles danced across my tongue for the first time. The general feel is light and moderately carbonated, leaving the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability - 4.0
While this goes down rather easily, I could not see myself drinking it as a session beer, and not only because of the price. I really enjoyed drinking this, and it was certainly no struggle, but it lacked the sort of character that would have me hankering for a second.

OVERALL - 3.9
This is not quite as good as my first few sips indicated. It is certainly a quality wheat beer with a brilliant head, but it is found lacking in the character department. Huge foamy head? Check. Refreshing? Check. Tastes Good? Check. Interesting? Try the Hefe.

Retasting:
Again, not as good as the Hefe, but possibly the best example of its kind. A very good beer.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Holy Yellow! i mean really yellow, a rich golden-autumn yellow, and crystal clear (namesake) with a finger of pure white head sustained with lots of busy and swift carbonation

S - full malty, wheaty aromas with a clean crispness to it, not strong banana aromas, but i can see how some would detect that, its more of a banana-esque aroma to me than straight and definite banana, some sugary bubblegum aromas as well, similar to a hefe, but distincly different as well

T - the taste is very similar to the aroma, wheaty at first with a fruity, sugary finish, that same banana/bubble gum sweetness is a bit stronger, and as the nose suggested, it is a crisp flavored brew

M&D - super smooth, with an easy but lively carbonation, a great summertime session brew, a great beer

Photo of BeerZack
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with lots of head that sticks around for awhile then leaves a layer of fine bubbles to cover almost the entire surface of the beer.

All the fruity esters common to a hefe are here, just more subdued.

Light, almost too light in the flavor department- I think its just the mouthfeel that makes it seem so thin to me though.

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

Appearance: Krystal clear body, brilliant pale gold color, lots of carbonation, thick, unyielding white lace.

Aroma: Bananas, cleaner then most weizens, honeydew melon, mild clove, wheat.

Taste: Banana and clove. Subdued light fruit. Lots of wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Mildly spicy. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: High.

Served in a bottle at Concordia Ale House, Portland, OR.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold color / crystal clear / nice carbonation and head / looks absolutely perfect

Sweet tart powdery wheaty sugary ripe banana floral lightly spicy

Light creamy sweet / tart spicy hop floral a little fruity perfume / powdery wheat protein / light ripe banana / fruity hop

Spicy carbonation medium body

Nice Krystal. Quite tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of Drew966
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier pours a golden yellow with a thick white head and very active carboanation from a brown 500 ml bottle. A pleasant banana and clove aroma emits from my glass. The carbonation is a bit too strong, it's kind of killing my tastebuds. There is a nice clove flavor and some banana too. A nice summer beer, but I'm not sure why I would drink this rather than a hefe.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and half white frothy head. Head retention is very good, lacing is OK. It smells like wheat, yeast, bananas and cloves. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, too. The beer has a nice sweetness which isn't too strong, along with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light, but very fizzy with a lot of carbonation, but in this case the carbonation fits the beer pretty well and doesn't take anything away from the beer at all. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and dry, and finishes clean. I think this is a pretty decent beer, I'll have to pick one up again soon!

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: not quite crystal clear, but pretty close. clear gold with lots of bubbles funneling up to the nice head that settled to a thin veil
s: wheat banana smell - strong yeasty aroma
t: wheat banana, yeasty flavors
m: crisp, carbonated presence throughout, light creamy body
d: light-drinking beer weissbeer. enjoyable, especially on hot days.

Photo of rjimlad
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a little too cold into a weizen glass and was impressed by the clear clean appearance. A phenolic rich head that lasted a while was nice and the aroma lasted throughout the glass. The taste was magnificent. I know some like more subtlety in their hefes but I don't. I like big banana as long as it's nicely balanced and this is. Beaut cloves and malt. This is a great beer with great length that leaves you looking for more.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a persistent white head. Flowery aroma with some yeasty earthiness. The palate features some of that expected banana fruitiness, but a fairly distinctive bubblegum flavor comes through most predominately. There is also some smooth malt sweetness and a mellow grain character as well. Light body with some fairly soft carbonation. Dry cereal grain in the finish.

I think the Kristall weizen is easily the most overlooked and under-appreciated style out there: it seems like a brewery will produce half a dozen hefe’s, a few pale wheat ales (if it’s an American brewery) and maybe even a dunkel or two before they even consider putting out a Kristall. And I really can’t figure out why, after all, Kristalls are easier to drink with more delicate flavors, who wouldn’t like that? And this brew is one of the classic examples. In fact, it’ll probably be the only one you can find. If you can, try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Highly recommended…

Photo of Stephen63
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It really is crystal clear golden with lively bubbly character with dominant head. A marvel to behold!

S - Wheatiness is prominent with cirtus. Very much as expected from a wheatbeer.

T - Felt quite light, fruity and buttery. Rather dry on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation and smooth on the palate.

D - One was no problem at all to drink, as econd could easily have followed.

More used to the cloudy wheat beers so this one a little different. Feel that the filtering has removed a little of the character of the beer. However, that aside, this remains a genuinely good example of the wheatbeer style.

Photo of Reidrover
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle: Yellow straw colour beer, with a huge frothy pure white head, generous carbonation visible. Wheaty nose, sweet with hints of lemon, some spicy esters also apparent. Light flavours of spice and banana esters, wheat is at the fore smooth, rolls along the tongue effoertlessly , some citric elements come into play, fast dry finish. A very drinkable beer from Germany and my first Kristallweizen..

Photo of Cresant
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish weizen glass. No date but 4046 was embossed on the label. The body was clear, golden/yellow with active beads of carbonation. Huge four fingers of bright white, soapy head.

Smell was banana skins and faint grain.

Taste was tart/tangy. Sweet grain and apples. Rather crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rounded with zippy carbonation.

Photo of Gmann
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a rather small white head that did not leave much in the way of lacing. The smell is of banana bread, not as much clove like their hefeweizen. The taste is of banana as well, a nice mellow sweetness. The feel is a bit fizzy and crisp. This is a very drinkable beer and a great beer for folks that maybe wary of the cloudy nature of a hefeweizen.

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

A: Poured into a proper Weihenstephan weizen glass. Pale golden color and crystal clear. Considerable carbonation gives way to a thick white head.

S: Light malt sweetness with hints of clove, apples, and cut grass. Undeniable scent of a wheat beer.

T: Slightly grainy with a sweet, clove-like maltiness. Very clean on the palate. Perfect for the style.

M: Soft yet crisp. Light in body. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

D: Excellent warm weather beer. Very refreshing. Perfect for a session. Perhaps not as complex as an unfiltered hefeweizen, this would be a great introduction to wheat beers for a novice.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow, with a huge head, and sticky lacing. The smell is fresh with a subtle aroma of banana and cloves. Taste is fresh and creamy with a spicy bite at the end and a nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel hasn't been affected by filtration, and is quite luxurious. Highly drinkable.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw golden color - when they say Kristall they mean Kristall. Clear and clean. Took about 5 minutes to pour. Huge 5" bone white head with excellent retention. Some patchy thick lace. Lots of visible carbonation. Good looking beer.

S - Wheat. Spicy cloves. Powdery bubble gum. Very average overall.

T - Lots of wheat. Yeasty. Spicy white pepper. Bubble gum in finish. Simple. Nose and flavor are almost identical.

M - Thin and light body with mid range carbonation.

D - Drinkability is decent. Very average wheat beer overall.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice small foamy white head, nice lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, yeast, banannas, clove, and some spices. The taste is malty/hoppy, the belgium yeast, and a little spicy. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, another very good brew from Weihenstephaner.

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

Sticky splotches of white lace on top of a very lite lemon yellow pour, although it’s just a tad chill hazed. Yep, all filtered and clear.
Nice aroma of clove, banana with hints along the way of soapy malt. Same with the taste, same as above but just on a lighter scale. Good beer and it was very enjoyable, drinkable – but if the <regular> Weissbier is available, go for the total gusto.

Photo of BeerSox
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle into 23oz weizen glass.

Kristal clear hay colored body with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. A thick pillowy pearl white head lasts forever. Spotty lacing.

Mixed malt base consisting of wheat and barley set up the clove and creamy banana aromas. The clove comes with a little bit of spice. A little bit of alcohol makes its way through at warmer temperatrues.

Clean and crisp bread like malt flavors come with a light banana flavor, some wispy cream, and a little bit of sharp clove. It's a little less strong than a regular hefe weizen, but this is expected from the filtering. Thinner bodied with strong carbonation giving it a fizzy feel. The finish is very clean with a little bit of the banana and clove lingering with a little bit of grain.

A very tasty Kristal Weizen. I actually prefer this one over Weihenstephan's Hefe Weizen. Recommmended.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Kristal Weizen. The only thing disappointing about this brew was the head that faded fairly quickly, however it stays very bubbly throughout the experience. Has a nice dryness to it, a little funky a little belgian like almost. Clings fairly well to the mouth and is easy to drink. It's definitely a nice wheat beer. It's definetly worth a try. Nice stab at the style.

Photo of billysj
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass that came with a 5 pack bottle. The head is a nice tall white with a carbonated clear body.

The smell is a strong banana and the taste is sweet with a hint of banana. The mouthfeel is smooth.

I will definitely drink this one again.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Superb carbonation. Cap came off and the foam slowly, effortlesly, moves towards the top of the bottle. Pouring this beer produced a staggering mountain of snow white foam and a krystal clean dull blonde body.

S: Zestfull yeast, clover honey, mellow banana, graham and dried hay.

T: Begins with sweet corn, honey smacks and light green apple. Moves towards attractive grain tastes with more honey flavors. Finishes yeasty with some caramel banana. This beer becomes quite flavorful once it warms and opens up.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. This is smooth with superb carbonation.

D: At first I saw this beer as some stander German weissbier. This was nicely balanced, refreshing yet flavorful. Good stuff.

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

A- poured in my tradional weissbier way - pour slowly, then roll the remaining inch of weissbier in the bottle to mix up the brew and pour on the head. Produces a stunning thick 3 finger head blossoming just above the rim of my Tucher Weizen glass. Pale golden body, with lots of lively beading. Head remaing all the way down with lots of brussels lace. Fantastic

S- Fresh bread with bananas, typical weizen notes, smells super fresh,

T- Banana is beautifully strong in this beer, fading into a dry crisp finish, no watery finish which i have experienced in some hefe's.

M- medium carbonation, the first few drinks from the glass, include a lot of foam aswell, making a delightfully creamy mouthfeel with a fresh crisp finish

D- No alcohol apparent here at all, could drink this all summer long, so refreshing and crisp while retaining all the good weissbier character. This is definitely the benchmark for Kristallweizens everywhere. This beer is one of my first memories of getting into the world of better beer and its probably my all time fav summer day beer. Prost!

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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