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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

767 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 767
Hads: 1,672
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 100
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Erdinger2003
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, crisp, bright gold with great head retention and good lacing. The smell is a little clove and lemon with some breadiness with only a slight aromatic banana. The taste is clovey and lemony with a slight breadiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and very carbonated, almost too crisp. Overall it's very good. I would have another. (326 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow...crystal clear pale yellow with tons of tiny carbonation continually seeking the surface...snow white craggy head melts to very sticky lacing...really pretty.
Aroma is bubblegum and biscuit...drying yeast and spice scents very apparent as it warms up.
Taste starts with a softness of malt that quickly becomes the sweetness of banana and cloves and again, bubblegum...followed with a spicy pepper type bite of wheat...very spicy in fact.
Aftertaste remains with the spiciness....causing a pleasant drying.
Wonderful Kristall to style.
Clean, crisp, very complex yet balanced, and refreshing. (601 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a weizen glass from the 500mL bottle.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden with a decent white head that leaves a nice film and little lace. The smell of sweet wheat and pale malt. The taste is also sweet and malty with wheat flavor but not much by the way of hops. The mouthfeel is pretty good as well, not overwhelming. Overall, just an average forgettable beer. (393 characters)

Photo of mitchfor3
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a Weihenstephan Variety Pack - 5 different 500ml Weihenstephan brews plus a .5L Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Poured into the weizen glass. Truly is "crystal clear" - gold in color with impressive carbonation. Towering head soon settled into a less towering head, then eventually a nice collar that persisted throughout the beer. Very minimal lacing - a rather fizzy head.

Smells...like a dumbed down hefe.

Tastes...like a dumbed down hefe.

Overall - Hefeweizens are not my favorite style. I really don't like bananas, so the phenols get to me. This was basically a dumbed down hefe, so to be honest, I actually preferred it to a typical hefe because a lot of the hallmark character was missing.

This beer really did go nicely with dinner and I'm glad to have tried it, but to be honest I'm not really sure who this beer is for - hefe fans will want the real thing, yeast and all, and non-hefe fans like myself will want something altogether different. (980 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/straw. Nice persistent froth.
Aroma notes of clove, nutmeg.... subtle but intriguing.
Flavour is lemony, with spicy clove finish. A light citrus tang.
Crisp & refreshing, very light touch of bitterness.
Drank this with Erdinger hefe, and Schofferhofer Krystal. This was the clear winner. (303 characters)

Photo of aussielars
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw coloured. Pours with a beautiful long-lasting head and a very nice effervescence; there is a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass till the last drop.
S: Sweet, grassy, bread and a hint of banana; can't detect much clove in this one.
T: Sweet banana and grassy.
M: Very lively with a light body. Very well-balanced and smooth. Carbonation is on the high side.
D: Nice weissen although a bit grassy but I'm sure this one could grow on me. (476 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time trying this style, but I knew what to expect. I assume this is the Weihenstephaner Weisse filtered.

A-Beautiful lager golden, clear body with a sticy white wheat head. Steady carbonation coming from the bottom.

S-Huge clove, wheat smell. A grassy, sweet kick makes you want a sip badly.

T-Great weisse beer taste with a nice clove kick at the finish. The fruitiness is subdued, but noticable. A very mild hop presence is tough to detect over the wheat.

M-Tough to be much smoother than this. The cabonation leaves a little sharpness to the body, but it goes down with little resistance.

D-Wouldn't be a problem to drink this all night and day. I am a sucker for a good weisse, kristal or otherwise.

Filtered or not, this beer is awesome and extremely easy to drink. Could be a great "Crossover" beer to the unfortunate BMC ones. (862 characters)

Photo of karst
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal/kristall clear gold in the 0.5 SOHM Erdinger Weissbrau glass with a stiff white pillowy head. Banana, wheat and bready aromas a little dimished by filterings as is the over all flavor. Less sweet that the standard heffe with lighter mouthfeel from the missing proteins. Still in all a very drinkable summer offering from Weihenstephan that some may prefer until they aquire the taste of the fuller unfiltered version. (433 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a bright straw yellow, glinting and as clear as a mountain stream, like, well, kristall. Three fingers of pure white wispy head ebb slowly to foamy hillocks. Grins of lacing smile along the inaide of the glass.

The aroma delivers a soft grainy, grassy sweetness, with blueberry and yeasty dough. Banana and clove play off of a peppery noble tang.

Upon sipping, there's a twist of sweet malt and wheat which quickly crisps out to a dry apple tartness, which is buoyed by a tangy taste of yeast. Clove and a sassy pepper note spice up the middle, and a mellow, grassy grain redux fades to a gentle bitter lingering finish. It's a solid, very enjoyable flavor profile that implies history.

Pretty much light bodied, the grain and carbonation combine with a nice glow the product on the palate.

First, I have to say, this is a very pretty colored beer, though a bit mainstream these days. And while what followed was just a bit lesser, that's not a damning thing. It has the crisp wheat thing going on, and the ABV is nothing intimidating, so that means it goes down smooth and easy. So it's summertime, and the weissbier's fine. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Whole Foods Market. Pours a clear pale gold color with a thin white head and fair lacing. Wheaty aroma along with a noticeable banana smell. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of wheat, banana and light spice. The finish is clean, wheaty and a little watery. Light spice and wheat aftertaste. Fairly enjoyable overall. (331 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ½ l bottle to my big swirl hefe glass. Very nice pale yellow and crystal clear. Some nice carbonation to push up a respectable white head that fades to minimal lace.

The smell is classic hefe, very nice yeast and bread like wheat. Hints of some spice.

The taste is really nicer then I suspected. Lots on cloves, Then lemon a,d a slight banana finish. Some peppery notes mixed into the finish.

Mouthfeel was just slightly thiner then I like. Bet the carbonation was right there, very good.

Drinkability was also very good I could have this just about any time. Mk (590 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a two finger plus head that quickly dissipated to just surface skim, left no lacing. Body was a pale yellow gold, even a slight green yellow tint to it, and of course, it was perfectly translucent, with columns of tiny bubbles.

Smell - creamy wheat and some biscuity malt, some subdued banana. Hint of grassy hops.

Taste - similiar to the smell. Creamy wheat, toasty and biscuity and slightly caramel malt, slight banana, finishing with a wash of slightly sour grassy hops, and a final hint of banana. Not nearly as full, creamy, or as intensely estery or phenolic as an unfiltered hefe-weizen, but still pretty good.

Mouthfeel - somewhat full, smooth, low to moderate cabonation. Definitely not as full and creamy as regular unfiltered hefe-weizen, but still satisfying.

Drinkability - good mellow beer for a really hot day, easy drinking, fairly satisfying, rather sessionable. (926 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (726 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (2,009 characters)

Photo of jvdineen
3.62/5  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. (317 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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? (501 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  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. (541 characters)

Photo of klewis
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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 (462 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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... (507 characters)

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.