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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,400
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-30-2012 02:11:53 | More by ms11781
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-26-2012 17:17:22 | More by bertcat9000
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

16.9 oz bottle, SA PP glass

A: An aggressive pour yielded a huge 4 finger head. Light straw in color, tons of bubbles and a thick head that stays for days

S: clove, banana, grass, bread, a little musty/funk, wheat, citrus.

T: clove, huge banana notes, sweet lemon, pear, banana bread finish

M: really nice feel, its not thick, but not thin, and the texture of it is a nice complement to the sweet finish.

O: Another great summer beer

06-25-2012 03:29:40 | More by fields336
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Aroma: Strong, crisp sweet banana and spicy clove. Lots of white sugar. Wheat and pilsner malt. Big and bold aroma.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation, hard to control the pour. Huge bleach-white head. Great retention and moderate lacing. Pale yellow in color, lots of rising bubbles.

Taste: Moderate artificial banana and spicy clove. Mild ginger. Little yeast. Light aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body. A bit watery and champagne-like from the sharp carbonation bite. Very dry finish.

Overall: Bold aroma, lighter taste. A bit overcarbonated, which ends up stinging the tongue and covering the taste a bit.

06-24-2012 23:35:29 | More by soulfly1492
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

reviewed from notes taken 6/21/12.

500ml bottle poured into weizen glass.

Appearance: clear and brilliant golden yellow bodied beer with a huge white head. Lots of lacing clings to the glass as the head slowely drops.

Smell: Sweet smelling bready and yeasty notes, bananas, lemons, and just hint of clove.

Taste: Just like the nose. Its starts of with bananas, and bready wheat malts. Hint of lemons and cloves. Good taste!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is really drinkable while having alot of nice flavors! Carbonation makes this beer crisp, clean, and refreshing while still remaining a delicate beer. The carbonation is fantastic helping to carries the flavors of the beer!

Overall: I am new to Kristalwiezen beer style and this is a really enjoyable brew! Had this beer with lunch at a german restaurant the beer was pared with a sausage sampler platter. Fantastic pairing; for a moment I felt like I was in Germany.

06-24-2012 01:44:46 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3%

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 15 2013. I have never reviewed an authentic kristalweizen before, as I generally prefer unfiltered wheat beers (which are plenty tasty, and easier to find anyways). Given the brewer though, I have pretty high hopes for this stuff.

This beer pours a translucent golden straw-yellow colour, and is adorned with a two finger crown of silky, dense, resilient white head. It sticks around a good long while, and coats the glass with a ring of sticky lacing as it (very gradually) recedes. Great aroma that does not seem to have been detrimentally affected by the filtration. Its strong yeasty presence, bready wheat malt backbone, banana, lemon zest and light clove spice are highly reminiscent of their standard hefe, and equally enticing. Kind of a spicy banana bread feel.

And yes, it tastes as good as that sounds. Fairly yeasty with lots of fruity notes - banana by far the most dominant, but with definite hints of citrus and mild brown pear sweetness. The wheat malt shines brightly through these complementary flavours; its sweet, bready goodness likely benefiting from the much cleaner mouthfeel of this (compared to the hefe). Mildly reminiscent of bubble gum. The subdued peppery clove spiciness hides in the shadows until finally coming forward in the finish, mingling with some pale malt sweetness and yeast. Relatively clean finish without much linger. On the light side of medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation that helps cut through the light chew (which becomes even lighter after the head is spent). Ridiculously drinkable, and probably a good session option too.

I don't really have anything else to compare this to, having never tried any other filtered wheat ales (besides a few American-style pale ones, which probably soured me on the whole 'filtered wheat beer' thing), but to my admittedly inexperienced palate this is a superb beer all around.

Final Grade: 4.15, an excellent A-. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier combines the delicious, complex flavour profile of their flagship hefeweizen with the clean, crisp drinkability of a German pale lager - a fabulous combination. If push came to shove I'd probably prefer Weihenstephaner's regular hefe during much of the year - but in the heat of summer, this stuff's fresh, crisp mouthfeel must earn it some strong consideration. Definitely worth a try - if not a must-have.

06-23-2012 04:14:20 | More by thehyperduck
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

16.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a bell-clear clear golden yellow tone while yielding a massive 3"+ frothy white head. moderate retention, leaves behind some lacing in patches. nose is very similar to the weihenstephaner hefeweizen, just a more subdued version - which is just as expected. soft notes of banana, malt, and a bit of clove. understated for sure.

taste is nice. banana, clove, grainy malt. light bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. maybe it's because i haven't had one in a few days and so my perception is distorted, maybe it's because i was just in the mood for a lighter beer, or maybe it's simply because this is simply a great brew. (or some combination thereof.) but there's a certain 'the whole being more than the sum of its parts' quality to it. drinks very easily. perfect for those occasions where you're in the mood for something lighter, crisper, more refreshing... and yet still very flavorful.

(originally reviewed: 09-16-2011)

06-20-2012 20:32:41 | More by BostonHops
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-18-2012 00:34:26 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass. ABV marked at 5.4%.

A - Poured a light clear golden yellow with a huge bubbly head. Head reduced to a steady foamy layer. Plenty of active carbonation. Decent lacing.

S - Bananas, bread, some spiciness, hint of citrus.

T - Malts upfront, tangy fruitiness in the middle, mild herbal bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, slick, medium carbonation, Crisp finish.

O - The aroma & flavour is more muted than the Hefeweizen. I love wheat beers but filtering it seems to take away some of it's unique characteristics. Despite that, this one still has plenty of flavour and is certainly quite drinkable on a hot summer's day.

06-17-2012 20:06:33 | More by decimator
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-17-2012 15:56:23 | More by bryehn
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Full disclosure: I don't get Kristalweizen. I don't understand the point of it. A clean refreshing summer take on... the most refreshing style of beer out there? I avoid them. I do not, however, avoid Weihenstephan products so that put me in a bit of a pickle.

Pours a clear bright cold. Very lively, loads of carbonation.

Aroma of light fruits, mainly pear. Lacks the spice of a hefe.

Pear carries through to the taste. Very light on banana and clove, heavy on apple and pear. Slight yeastiness in the finish.

Marked high, because it's the best of the style I've had, but still not a fan.

06-16-2012 23:28:26 | More by CanuckRover
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

06-15-2012 02:49:56 | More by KSather
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-15-2012 00:50:31 | More by 500MLperWeek
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Clear golden yellow in body with gigantic frothy white head that stays. Aroma of vanilla, banana, clove, floral notes, some honey. Tastes of vanilla, floral notes, slight honey and a light bitterness. Mild banana in the aftertaste. Big carbonation, bubbly mouthfeel, light bodied. Wonderful, really.

06-14-2012 23:14:49 | More by JRed
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-14-2012 05:47:22 | More by PGVG
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

This Kristalweizen pours a crystal clear pale yellow to golden color with a towering, foaming white head that takes it's time in settling, growing more and more chunky as it descends, and leaving plenty of sticky, clinging lace.

The aroma is of banana, huge cloves, and tart citrus.

The taste is light on the banana and citrus, and heavy on the cloves and alcohol.

Moderat in feel, but almost flat. No carbonation to speak of.

The first time I tried this beer, it was spectacular. I sampled it with my dinner at the Matterhorn Restaurant at Wohlfart Haus (a dinner theater) in Wytheville, VA. It was an awesome accompaniment to my Rhineland Wursts; grilled Knockwurst & Bratwurst atop sauerkraut, grilled peppers & onions. Unfortunately, they were out of German potato salad, but they substituted some very good sweet potato fries.

This beer was good, but a far cry from what I remembered. Judging by the date code of 4151, it was past it's prime. The first number, "4" indicates day of month in conjunction with the second two numbers, "15" which indicate the week of the year, and the last number "1" indicates the year, so the born on date is April 14, 2011. Weihenstephaners are said to have a shelf life of 12 months.

06-14-2012 02:57:53 | More by obywan59
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Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%

Appearance: Clear pale close to sickly yellow colour but it makes up for it with ample carbonation and two fingers of solid head that produced ample lace and retained decently, but needed a little more push to make 5.

Smell: I've experienced unfiltered, full on hefe's that have a weaker nose then this, so top marks here. Banana up front with cloves, wheat malt and orange peel in the background. Didn't need a lot of warming to come out either. Not overpowering and something that entices you to drink.

Taste: Starts with mild wheat malt with a slight banana backing that slowly takes over as spicier cloves and fruity yeast come forward as a mild dusting of herbal hops finishes us off, although sometimes those hops fall a bit lame and offer a slight seltzer tone which stops it short of a perfect score.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp with excellent carbonation, superb transitioning, a nice light wheat, banana and clove aftertaste that doesn't get out of control. There's nothing bad that I can say.

Drinkability: Refreshing in extreme, way too easy to put down although surprisingly heavier then you'd think in your stomach. Part of that I think is the high carbonation, but part of it is just that's it's not as light that the crispness would have you believe. Still, very few complaints here.

Final Thoughts: Weihenstephaner markets itself as the world's oldest continuously operating brewery, which may in fact be true. Regardless of that though, it is easily one of the best brewery's around. This stuff is an incredible beer and practically the perfect example of the Kristalweizen. This is another exceptional beer brewed by the undisputed kings of Wheat beer.

06-13-2012 01:35:50 | More by TheHammer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-12-2012 00:06:40 | More by MattPS
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
Bottle date coded 4341 on back, not sure what it means.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours an extremely clear golden yellow color with a sizable amount of thick, frothy, foamy, white head that lingers a while and doesn't leave much of any lacing on the glass. It's fascinating how clear it is.

S- Lot of banana mixed with some spicy cloves. Pretty much the same as a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but slightly more subdued. Yeasty.

T- Again, very close to the Hefe. Tastes a little "watered down" though. Crisp, and refreshing. The wheat smoothness makes it an easy drinker.

M- Light bodied. Medium carbonation.

O- I am surprised by how close the Hefeweissbier and the Kristallweizen are. The Kristallweizen seems more light and crisp than the Hefe, although both are solid beers. Another one well done from Weihenstephaner.

06-11-2012 05:52:43 | More by rfbenavi80
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Light golden in colour, kristal clear, and with a billowing fluffy head that quickly receded into a patchy ring. Some lacing, a bit more when agitated a little.

Nose is banana, mild clove, wheat malt, herbal and spicy hops, a few other weizen goodies.

An enjoyable brew, light and refreshing. All the usual suspects of a hefeweizen, but softer and crisper. The hops have a herbal quality to them. Neither too sweet nor too spicy.

Soft feel, mild carbonation, thinner bodied than the hefe version. Ludicrously easy to drink.

I still prefer the classic hefeweizen, but this was an enjoyable summer brew. I've never understood kristalweizens, but now I can certainly understand the appeal. Will be back for some of these during the hottest days of the summer.

06-11-2012 01:29:44 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-10-2012 02:20:44 | More by livewire05
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

500ml bottle
5.4% ABV

I tried this beer on May 30, 2012 after purchasing from the King and Spadina LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent light gold colour with a generous bubbly snow white head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was mild wheat, some hops, and some spiciness. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet wheat malt, some spiciness and some fruit tones in the mix.

06-09-2012 01:36:25 | More by cyrenaica
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

06-08-2012 02:44:04 | More by bspain5
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-07-2012 06:06:14 | More by WeissBoy
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white finger width head, decent retention. Results in sparse lacing.

Smell - Pungent banana, backed by wheat and a faint clove spiciness.

Taste - Waves of banana and wheat, backed by notes of clove spice which intensify toward the finish before breaking away into a fresh wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Crisp, aggressive bite.

Overall - Similar to it's hefewiezen cousin, but with a few distinct differences. Gone are the yeasty bubblegum flavors, and it opens the door for the wheat to shine through more clearly. The finish is more crisp and clean. That said, I prefer the former. This is a great beer, but I'd rather have the hefe or the dunkel.

06-07-2012 04:27:30 | More by TheSixthRing
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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