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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 49 | 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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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-01-2012 22:48:06 | More by crisis44
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Very pale light blonde colour, 2 fingers of dense rocky head, quite a bit of lace left on the glass. Smell is of banana and spice, a pretty generous helping of malt, some bubblegum and yeast, clove and quite fruity as a whole. Taste is spicy with biscuity/cracker like malt, banana and cloves, some yeastiness with more banana in the aftertaste. Medium carb, light-med feel, decent enough but room for improvement as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall I was pretty impressed with how flavourful this was as my expectations were not super high for some reason, would gladly have this again.

05-31-2012 13:54:42 | More by peensteen
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

05-31-2012 02:00:10 | More by Frankinstiener
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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
5.4% ABV, Store dark and keep cool 46° - 52°F, 8201 on the back, "Brewed under the purity law of 1516"

A - LOOK OUT! We got a gusher! Kristall pours -whaddya know?- crystal clear pale yellow straw with abounding carbonation (shit, it almost looks like a Miller Lite!) feeding a four-finger, snow-white head. The dense bubbles even sparkled like snow. Fantastic retention was only slightly hindered by the tip of my nose barely touching the overly fluffy top. No lace left over from the head until I took a sip, at which point thick clumpy lace remained caked to the glass.

S - Despite the beer's clarity, the nose is full of weissbier aromas; big banana Runt yeast esters, dry, soft wheat, pale malts, and the crisp clove spiciness with a light citrus pinch to it. Dare I say, "orgasmic"?

T - The flavor begins very wheat and pale malt driven. Dry and crisp with a light honey-like sweetness complimenting the flavors, it progresses quickly to a yeasty flavor that's bold but not overpowering. Clove spiciness and bold banana Runts blend with clay and white pepper earthiness.

M - Though there is heavy carbonation, it's a smooth drinking beer with a fair level of crispness to the finish. Looks can be deceiving; this one is medium-light bodied despite it's shimmering straw yellow color. Filtration has removed some of that softness the wheat imparts into the mouthfeel, but I'll be damned if this beer doesn't remain smooth as hell.

O - Another Weihenstephaner winner, Kristallweissbier removes the "unsightliness" of the yeast sediment and wheat proteins but keeps the core essence of the beer intact. Plenty of yeast characteristics have been infused so deeply into the beer they can't be taken away; earthy spice and boat-loads of bananas. While the wheat still plays a roll, the pale malt is more pronounced in this crystal clear wheat. Fantastic to the last drop, just make sure it doesn't erupt all over your table!

05-28-2012 22:36:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

05-28-2012 03:46:14 | More by mettkea
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Very clear straw-yellow colour with two-fingers of bubbly foam head. Retention and lacing are both quite good.

S: Grassy-wheat aroma, subtle spices including cloves, banana, and a lingering honey sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing.

T: Grasses, subtle banana, spice, and honey. Detecting an earthy mineral-like taste. Finishes with a very agreeable bitter dryness. Picking up a certain sour element like unripe apricots that also is quite tasty.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation that both seem appropriate. Crisp and clean textured with quite a spritzy mouthfeel. I have been very impressed with the mouthfeel of all Weihenstephaner offerings that I've tried to date, and this is no exception.

D: Enjoying this quite a bit, and would certainly recommend. Appropriate as a spring-time indulgence with such a clean and crisp taste coupled with a refreshing spritzer-like quality.

05-27-2012 04:49:17 | More by Digimaika2
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

05-26-2012 03:55:30 | More by Saph001
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-25-2012 23:21:12 | More by ste5venla
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a massive head that settles down to a thin coating of lace within a minute

S: Wheat, fruity yeast, light banana and clove. Some other spices as well, though they are light

T: Follows the nose, with the main aspect being the banana. The wheat and yeast also make a presence, with everything else being in the background. Slight bubblegum as well

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Expected with the lack of bottle conditioning and also lack of sediment in the bottle

O: Weihenstephaner just doesn't disappoint. Price point, quality, and craftsmanship just can't be beat, which is saying a lot for an imported beer (price-wise of course; quality and craftsmanship are expected from a brewery this old). Certainly worth a try if you've never had it before

05-23-2012 04:44:51 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-19-2012 19:03:05 | More by ebin
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-18-2012 02:28:38 | More by avisong
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-17-2012 17:40:44 | More by stevoj
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-16-2012 01:09:59 | More by RobTown
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-15-2012 03:46:52 | More by mbs
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-15-2012 01:05:01 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

05-09-2012 16:05:59 | More by prisoner1572
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-09-2012 15:42:02 | More by Calculat0r
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3.03/5  rDev -24.8%

500mL bottle, a code o "4042" on the back label, not sure the meaning.

appears clear golden color, huge 2 inch bone-white head, that fades down to thin covering.

aroma is still the familiar hefeweizen aroma - wheat, and herbal yeast. taste is a bit "cleaner". lower banana and clove notes. thin body, fizzy carbonation.

overall - I like it better that most hefe's, but I still wouldn't seek it out again.

05-09-2012 03:04:31 | More by jmdrpi
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

04-29-2012 21:00:54 | More by ng85
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

04-29-2012 20:55:24 | More by beaulabauve
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-29-2012 05:26:36 | More by Myst
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a crystal clear golden hue with a constant stream of bubbles rising to the top (from the New Belgium glass). A huge, frothy, sea-foam head sits on top. This thing looks like a bubble bath. Awesome. Random but good sticky lacing. The beer smells slightly skunky, actually. But once you sift through that, bananas and wheat come through. The beer tastes a bit sour with fruity aspirations. The banana and floral notes kick in, as well as a lemongrass taste. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and the beer goes down smooth.

Overall, ups and downs with this one. The appearance is outstanding, and the beer is clean and crisp. It was fun to try and this would be great on a sunny, Saturday afternoon on the deck with some bratwurst.

04-28-2012 02:38:41 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-25-2012 13:14:19 | More by petluo
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-22-2012 10:19:32 | More by jaidenjb
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-17-2012 12:55:40 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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