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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
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1,484 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 74
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 TexIndy
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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 +1.7%
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 -13.6%
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 +2.5%
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
Photo of shererjt
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale and sparkling clear yellow with enormous carbonation and a thick, rocky head. Aroma is classic weizen: wheat and earthy cloves, though little to no yeast in this kristal. Lots of cloves in the taste, some phenolics, but lacks the solid mouthfeel of an unfiltered hefeweizen. Some creaminess, maybe a bit of sourness. I don't usually do lemons with German wheats, and I definitely would not with this one.

Honestly, weizen is not one my favorite styles. This is a pretty good example of a kristal, and fans of the genre will undoubtedly score it higher.

shererjt, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Kristal Weizen that was fantastic to look at .
Clear, it has a head that stayed right to the end and a bead that fizzed all through.
From there I was let down The smell had nothing particular characteristic other than "wheat beer".
The style suggests it should be soft and clean on the palte , this bordered on astringent ,perhaps because there was a clove flavour dominance.
It developed through the palate which made it interesting and drinkable but far more like a hefe weizen than I was expecting

jarmby1711, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Kristal Weizen. Poured out to a pale straw color with a nice, white foamy 1/8 inch head. Medium high carbonation. Aromas of malt and yeast are quickly noted, as are milder elements of hops and sweetness. Taste is well balanced, with notes of malt, hops and a sweet bread like finish. Some yeast flavors are noted toward the start, but give way to a mild and smooth bitterness. Good mouthfeel, with carbonation lighting up the palate in anticipation of what is in store. High drinkability, this brew is a solid example of the Kristal-style. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fits the description of Kristalweizen to a tee: Clear golden colour. Pleasing (although very mild) aroma of banana with just a hint of spice. A bit of fruitiness, but it finishes short and clean with lots of carbonation. This is probably a good introduction to the world of Weizen, but I prefer a more classic style of hefeweizen. I'm not entirely sure why someone would choose to drink the less flavorfull style, but I guess that's just me. I guess this would be a good starter beer for someone wanting to try better beers

fisherman34, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden straw yellow with a three finger head. Carbonation bubbles vigorously until the last drop. Leaves a little lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Flowers, wheat, slight banana esters and cloves. It is a very subtle odor. The carbonation makes its presence known as a stale odor on top of the pleasant ones. I'd expect more in the nose.

T - Very nice, a mild bitterness, grain, bananas, slight pine hops and cloves. Finishes with a wonderful banana bread aftertaste.

M - Smooth, not nearly as frothy or biting on the tongue as I expected from the powerful carbonation, which is wonderful. Refreshing.

D - This beer is pretty good around the board. With a bolder flavor and a more pleasant odor, this would not only be the archetypal Kristal Weizen, but also quite possibly my favorite beer. I really wish there were more Kristal Weizens around.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear champagne color with a white fizzy head that quickly dissipated and plenty of carb action.

A sweet, crisp banana/cookie, and grainy malt smell with a lemon/lime aroma.

Evenly sweet, acidic, and bitter crisp and grainy malt taste with a crisp flowery lemon/lime hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry and slightly syrupy texture, soft and fizzy carbonation, and a smooth slight banana and lemon finish.

Very drinkable, no falts for the style, nice aroma while drinking, and definitely a session beer.

Troyone, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of trevorwideman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see...this expires today, so I'd better get drinking!

Big foamy, bubbly head. Good carbonation, straw colour. Smells very malty/bready, bit of banana. Mellow, smells great! Let's drink now...

Very impressive. I haven't really had a lot of experience with this style. Lovely mellow, smooth flavours. I think the Banana really stands out in this one. Extremely refreshing and almost relaxing flavour. Dosen't feel too soft in the mouth though, and that's a big thing for me. Carbonation is near perfect. Leaves a nice sticky feeling in the back of the throat too. Nearly clean aftertaste, just a hint of mellowy goodness. An extremely quaffable beer.

trevorwideman, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mid sized bottle, no feshness indication to be found. This brew pours quite light straw and very clear. Expansive white head early, minor head late and minimal lacing. Nose is crisp and clean with a hint of lime and yeast picked up. This is a fresh tasting beer, citrus, light banana, yeast picked up. This is a fine summer brew, great for newbies, refreshing. Easy style and beer to like. well worth enjoying with light food.

Billolick, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear pale yellow body with a billowy white head that eventually settles down into a ringlet; no significant lacing

Smell: Light banana and bready bouquet

Taste: Light banana wheat beer taste; somewhat bready, but no hop profile; finishes clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated

Drinkability: Refreshing and cleansing on a very hot day

brentk56, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of mkobes
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Andy’s. Poured a crystal clear yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Banana and clove notes. Spicey and. Yeasty. Sweettasting. Malty and hoppy flavor. Crisp and refreshing. Spicey. Finish is smooth. Drinkable. Nice beer.

mkobes, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 9054 indicated on bottle.

Pours a huge, white, frothy three finger head with the consistency of egg whites. Color is a very light straw with a steady stream of bubbles rising. A half inch head remains throughout.

Initial smell is a banana like aroma with some wheat malt hiding in the back. There are some subtle notes of yeast and spice.

This beer is higly carbonated with a light to medium light body.

Banana like esters up front with flavors of clean wheat malt. Some hints of yeast and phenols are hiding in there. Finish is clean with some esters and spiciness lingering. Small hop presence in the middle of the sip.

blackie, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I used to drink these on my lunchbreak when I was in the Air Force(only 1 but always wanted more) stationed in Bitburg, Germany. Loved it then, Love it now. What a quality brew from start to finish. Kristall style is somewhat hard to find but well worth a try as it is unique and a great daytime brew.

Appearance is exactly what it says on the bottle....Crystal Clear with lots of fine carbonation and a small consistent head. thats pure white fizzy almost. depending on the pour. I've had an aggressive pour be chunky and everlasting so its versatile. bonus.

There is a Banana and mild malt type smell. Its a beautifly blended taste that is clean to the point and gone. Drinkable at any time but this strikes me as a great daytime lunch beer. The best Kristal Weizen I've had and would be shocked to find one better.

I've often wondered why this style hasn't caught on at our local brewpubs and breweries. Its a great craft beer that I would love to see made by some local breweries.

DogFood11, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden color, with a huge, persistent white head, small streams of slow-rising carbonation, and clumps of thick, patchy lace.

Aroma: Mouth-watering aroma of strong tropical fruits, very, very appealing. There are also lesser malt and very mild hop notes.

Taste: Opens with a light spicy clove note, quickly followed by phenol alcohol notes. Later in the taste, the bread character of the wheat malt appears. The taste closes with a very mild, clean herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Soft and very pleasant, little carbonation could be felt.

Drinkability/notes: Solid and excellent, with no detractions, the by-the-book quality that this brewery is noted for. Supremely drinkable, and suitable for introducing macro drinkers to the universe of fine beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce brown glass bottle with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Kristal Weizen I have had. Appears a crystal clear straw yellow in tall full fizzy white head. Streaming bubbles from the bottom feed the head and keep it in tact. Light banana notes with a light doughy yeastiness as well. Some wheat scents in the aroma as well, good stuff. Banana and wheat flavors with a slight bitterness on the finish. May no be the most complex thing but its pretty darn tasty. VERY clean, crisp and refreshing with a solid body. This is all about the drinkability so that’s not an issue. Great summertime beer or anytime beer, very refining and clean all around.

meathookjones, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear golden color with a good white head that hangs out for a bit. The aroma is estery (banana) somewhat refreshing. The taste is also a little on the estery side, not a bad thing. light hops. Good mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Its pretty damn good beer. For it's genre its about a B+. But Overall I'd definately recommend it.

Brian700, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New pickup at the Hop Shop in Indy.

Holy shit, this is my first Kristal Weiss and it was weird pouring this thing. Pours absolutely clear like a macro lager. Impressive 3 finger fluffy weiss head on top of the straw yellow body. It's weird not having to agitate and pour the remaining yeast. Aroma is a little lighter than it's nonfiltered brother but the yeasty banana notes still come through. Taste is extremely light and well balanced. Notes of bananas balance the wheat perfectly. Finish is extremely crisp. Mouthfeel is surprising creamy. Very good beer in its own right, but I prefer its brother. I might pick up every so often just for the kick of pouring this perfectly clear beauty.

soper2000, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is my first Kristal Weizen.

Poured with a huge white head over a light golden body. Almost looks like a macro, but the carbonation is faster and the head a bit more persistant.

Smells like earthy banana with some yeast action.

Light wheat twang at the beginning, a touch of yeast sourness, overall very simple and crisp. Not much else to say as this is a bland style anyway, but this tastes exactly as it should.

Crisp light body, perfect for summer, I would have it again on a hot day, but not the most flavorful of beers in the world.

beersarang, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle as pictured and poured into my treasured Paulaner weissbier glass. This kristal weizen had a clear golden hue and a huge amount of carbonation racing crazily up to the bottom of an eggshell white head, massive at first before slowly easing down to a 1/2" thick layer of foam. Scattered lace decorated the walls of the glass.
The smell definitely holds true to style as the malt and wheat dominate. Has an orchard in late summer aroma like the smell of softly overripe apples and pears. Banana and clove aromas are virtually non-existent.
A few good pulls are all that's needed to confirm the taste follows the nose. Nice doughy malts rule the roost. Wheat flavor is assertive, more so since the banana and clove flavors are more suppressed. The faintly cidery taste comes out in the finish, cleanly and crisply.
Quite refreshing and quaffable, a real nice brew on a warm day. I found myself having to stop comparing this to their incomparable hefeweizen. Still, this is the quintessential beer for the style, IMO. Well worth picking up.

Boilermaker88, May 26, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cyrstal clear with many streams of effervescent bubbles racing to replenish the foamy, rocky aromatic head. This hue of the brew is deceptively light. Remarkable head retention. Aroma is very appealing. The bananas and yeast don't pull any punches. Lemony fragrances grace my nostrils, as do a little grainy wheat. Taste is typical of the quality of I have come to expect from Weihenstephan. Slightly more refined than their regular hefe weizen, to be expected from the filtering process. Flavor begins mildy acidic, with the bitter lemons up front. Gritty wheat compliments uber-smooth pale malt flavor. Towards the end, the clovey bananas jump up and linger into the finish. Moderate carbonation works well with this style, adding a crispness that even affects the aftertaste. After swallowing, you are left with spicy, sparkling bananas. Very pleasing to the palate. Easy drinking weizen bier, Weihenstephan has another winner here.

BeerFink, May 10, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh the Kristall.

I find this to be slightly lighter than the Hefe. Maybe cause it is filtered?

Anyway, it poured a light straw colour. The smell was of fresh bananas. (You know when they are cold and you can smell them but not so smelly that it over whelms you like when they are warm)

The taste is of bananas which has a crisp hop finish. The low carbonation allows for you to keep it in your mouth longer and taste the flavours better.

It isn't very expensive either, making it a good beer to have on a summers afternoon.

BeerNutta, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of steinlifter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This poured a deep golden, with a big sudsy head, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: faint malt and clove aroma, not much scent to pick-up on.

Taste:light spicy, banana, hint of clove.

Mouthfeel: watery light mouthfeel, with high carbonation, and a tangy finish.

Drinkability: Drinkability is fine, this would make a good session beer, I've had hefe's, I like better, but this one is just fine, and I would drink again.

steinlifter, Apr 14, 2005
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.