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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-19-2012 17:51:04 | More by tclapper
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-19-2012 13:32:39 | More by jhhollier
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4.15/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Like the name says, crystal clear. A pale straw/yellow color with a tornado of carbonation. The carbonation looks like wisps of smoke coming up from the tapered bottom of the glass. A huge hand width of shaving cream white head on top that stands on the beer due to the neverending carbonation. That's a good lookin' beer. The aroma coming off of the beer is very similar to the Hefeweizen. Some wheat, banana and bubble gum. Bubble gum/banana flavors, the taste is similar to a Hefe with a little bit more honey malt and grassy hop flavor. Feel is very light and spicy from the carbonation. There is a big difference in the feel. The smoothness of an unfiltered wheat beer is not there. This makes the beer kind of thin. Definitely a tasty, well-crafted beer. I'll be having more of this during the many German Beer fests in the coming months. Prost!

08-14-2012 21:49:23 | More by Kromes
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

08-13-2012 20:51:52 | More by AWWONG
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-11-2012 04:14:51 | More by carteravebrew
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Pours a bright golden color with a large frothy head, plentiful carbonation

S: Bready, a bit tart, lemony, grassy

T: Bready, more so than in the smell, mild sweetness, granny smith apple, a bit spicy. Well carbonated, light-bodied, the apparent sweetness gives way to a little bit of bitterness/spicyness in the finish and the aftertaste lasts for only a few seconds.

A good job of filtering the beer to make it look nice while keeping the important flavors in the beer. While I would not make it a habit to drink this beer because I prefer traditional hefeweizens, this is a nice beer in its own right and is a good alternative to a hefeweizen if someone prefers a crisper-tasting and cleaner-looking beer.

08-10-2012 23:16:11 | More by LIbeerguy
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-10-2012 20:51:29 | More by Kirdo
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours clear golden with a large white head and plentiful rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells banana and clove forward, though not as intensely as it is for their hefeweizen. It smells cleaner and the wheat malt presence is bready in the nose. the taste follows the nose. The wheat and barley malts bring a bready taste. The clove provides spicy balance and the banana flavor is also present. Both are milder than in the hefeweizen, allowing the malt profile to shine. This is expected for the style. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent, refreshing beer.

08-09-2012 17:01:03 | More by acevenom
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-07-2012 00:56:54 | More by craigmj7
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

08-05-2012 03:38:22 | More by mattparsons
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-04-2012 08:03:38 | More by Gypson
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-04-2012 05:38:10 | More by roadies
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-02-2012 15:32:25 | More by ferrettman687
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-30-2012 16:22:22 | More by ZachRusk
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Look (4/5) – Pours a very light straw colour. Head is decent: rose well of a standard pour; soapy texture; very white; and, falls a bit quickly to a cap without any real lacing. Clarity is brilliant. There’s some really nice visible carbonation.

Smell (4/5) – Some decent wheat graininess provides a nice background. The standard weizen yeast flavours of banana and cloves jump out at me right away. The balance between them is ideal; I like a bit more clove than banana. There’s also a note in there that I would describe as a bit sulphur-like, it’s not hugely strong and blends very nicely with the flavours. No hops and no alcohol notes are noticeable.

Taste (4.5/5) – Similar to the nose. The grain bill boasts some nice wheat graininess as well as a bit of very light melanoidins (I’d guess at a Munich pilsner malt with maybe there was some light Vienna/Munich malt included in the grist here). The flavours of banana and cloves are dominant, but they’re milder and lighter than you get in a hefe. No hop flavour, hop bitterness is medium-light. The sulphur-like notes were not very strong on the palate.

Feel (3.5/5) – Medium-light body (the malty sweetness of it gave it a slightly more substantial flavour) and high carbonation. Pretty standard fair for the style, but good.

I’m really much more familiar with hefeweizens than I am with krystalweizens, but this was a great example. Whereas a hefe is somewhat more substantial in both flavour and body due to the suspended yeast, I found that this one was a lot lighter and went down much smoother. This is a great summer brew is served cool enough. I still prefer the hefe that these guys make.

07-29-2012 00:22:11 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-26-2012 16:12:07 | More by rolltide8425
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

07-26-2012 16:07:02 | More by abankert12
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of wheat, banana, some citrus and grassy notes, with some mild bitterness. Palate is a light to medium body, a crisp clean mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of wheat, sweet citrus and banana flavor, a bit of tart notes with some bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good, crisp and refreshing brew. Nicely done

07-26-2012 15:13:26 | More by Samp01
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-23-2012 03:51:46 | More by NorCalBeer
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-20-2012 20:04:29 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-19-2012 22:39:32 | More by philmen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-18-2012 23:21:39 | More by beerhunter13
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

07-17-2012 00:05:35 | More by acycler
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-16-2012 02:45:03 | More by RTHKI
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Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-08-2012 15:33:29 | More by NightINgale
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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