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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 774
Hads: 1,696
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 112
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

In our golden-yellow crystal-clear wheat beer the fresh citrus flavour harmonises very well with spicy banana notes. The fine sparkling gives it a tangy and animated appearance. Throughout summer and winter, it’s a prickling experience. It goes well with fish, seafood, white meat or it can be enjoyed as an aperitif. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of mpedara429
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out slightly hazy golden color. Three fingers of fluffy white head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Light banana and clove scents. Also, some yeasty and grassy scents as well.

T: Very similar to the nose.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Nothing really special here.

O: A fantastic beer. This tastes like a 50/50 mix of their Original Premium and Hefeweissbier put together and it executes perfectly.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden in color with a good frothy white head that has great retention.

Smell has some slightly sweet grainy notes forward along with some banana clove phenols and wheat notes.

Taste follows the nose and has grainy wheat flavors forward and finishes with some clove and banana like phenols.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle states "5133", no date though.

A: Pours a crystal-clear gold. Big light and fizzy white head. Head sticks around quite well. Once faded it leaves decent streaky tufts of lacing.

S: Big wheaty aroma with lots of banana. Mild crisp citrus. Hint of bubblegum?

T: Again, big wheaty aroma. Sweet graininess throughout - almost corn-like at times. Mild citrus up front, a little grass in the finish. Hints of banana and bubblegum throughout.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Delicious brew. Simple but dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of brureview
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light golden color in a Weizen glass with a 4F head which resolves itself
within a few minutes. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass

Aroma: heavy clove and light lemon. The clove is not as pronounced after 5 minutes.

The mouth feel: crisp clear finish, with some bitterness. The beer is quite carbonated, more than some of their other Hefeweissbiers I have tasted.

Taste: lighter clove.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but I prefer some of the other beers from this brewery.
The bitterness and lack of strong clove make it less enjoyable. I prefer more blandness, less carbonation, mouthfeel and bitterness in this beer

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat, bananas, clove, yeast, hint of citrus

T-wheat, yeasty bread, clove, bananas, light citrus, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-crisp and refreshing, easy drinking and great for a hot day

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Photo of bmwats
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hay coloration with a giant, cascading, foamy, white head and continually rising effervescence. Head craters but never fully dissipates. Some spotty yet persistent

S: Hay, with a little lemon citrus.

T: Sourdough, light amount of honey, and a very light amount of lemon citrus.

M: Light, crisp, and pristine.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Giant, persistent head, neverending effervescence, and some nice lacing. Nose is hay with a little citrus. Pungent sourdough accentuated with a little honey and lemon citrus. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no discernible dating that I can find. Poured into a classic Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - All the gilded beauty of Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen, but filtered, for a crystal-clear body the color of golden straw. Lazy but consistent bubbles of carbonation rise up through the body, replenishing a towering head of five fingers. Unlike the rockier head of a hefeweizen, the bubbles on this one are very fine, like champagne carbonation, but with much greater retention. As it starts to fade, it leaves curtains of foam along the sides of the glass while the center of the foam retains longer than the ring between the lacing and the center, leaving a sort of moat around a pillow of foam in the middle. Over time, some of the bubbles grow larger and burst, leaving a swiss cheese effect on the lacing.

Smell - Predominantly fruity phenols, but with less sweetness than the typical banana. I'd suggest that it's more similar to plantain, and some faint bubblegum notes sneak in at the end as well. I will say this--while this is certainly to style, I miss the more rustic elements the unfiltered wheat brought to the party. The grain is hard to detect in the smell, but let's see how it works with the taste.

Taste - Here I get more of a sense of the wheat, along with some nice bright lemongrass notes to compliment the sweeter phenolic components. The wheat characteristic reminds me of a hefeweizen the same way a slice of white or wheat bread might remind me of the bolder multigrain or whole-grain bread. It's there, but more subdued and polite. I also detect some clove in the taste where I did not in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - The filtration takes away some of the creamy element to the beer, so now the mouthfeel is a bit more prickly, like how a crisp pilsener might feel. Body is light and carbonation level is high.

Overall, my first sampling of the style, so it seemed fitting to try one from the king of kristalweizen's unshaven cousin, the hefeweizen. Personally, I think I would choose the latter for just sitting and drinking, but for fine dining, the kristalweizen is an excellent idea to take the place of wine, due to it's refinement as well as the fact that it would work well with a number of different cuisines.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear golden, clean, with a 2 finger white head that has outstanding retention and pretty sticky lacing.

S- Very impressive. Wheat malts, grain, and lots of intense clove. Fresh banana bread.

T- Clove and wheat again. Bready hints of banana. A little more subdued than expected based on the nose, but still a smooth, balanced brew as to be expected from this brewery. Hoped for a little more spice. No bitterness.

M- clean, crisp, and refreshing. Lighter body as the style dictates.

O- A nice German wheat that is quite refreshing to have on a hot summer day by the pool. This brewery just simply knows what they are doing. A fantastic take on the style. A lighter, cleaner version of their hefe.

$3.29 for 500 ml bottle

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a bier stein

Thick, dense white fist atop a crystal clear golden liquid. A few strands of carbonation wave through the beer. Plenty of thick , foamy lacings hang on the walls of the glass.

Faint aroma of bananas and hint of citrus.

Classic weissbier taste with a hint of bananas. Smooth light to light medium mouth feel. Clean after taste . Very, very drinkable. This is a bier made for summer beer gardens . Soaking in the summer sun and drinking this beer. this beer is summer in a glass. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle (date code on the bottle was illegible) into a hefe glass.

A-A normal pour produces nearly three fingers of long-lasting, dense, white foam. Retention is quite good and and there is a bit of lacing left behind. The brew is, as advertised, crystal clear with a good bubble show through the light yellowish-golden liquid.

S-The smell is a pleasant mix of doughy lemon curd, banana bread, and citrus flavors of orange and lemon. There is a bit of wheat and spice in there, too. Nothing off or wild, but nice balance and good intensity.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with a balanced mixture of citrus and lightly, doughy, pale malts up front. The finish is more wheat forward and grainy, and offers a bit of spice and bitterness to dry things out a touch. This is well-balanced.

M-The feel is very light weight, but the substantial carbonation, while soft, provides some backbone to the brew on the palate. Drinkable, but not airy.

O-This is a tasty beer and certainly an enjoyable brew on a summer day. Nothing is out of the ordinary; it looks like it is supposed to, it smells like it is supposed to, it tastes like it supposed to, and it feels like it is supposed. You can't ask for more than that.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A filtered version of a Hefeweizen, showcasing bright and clear bodies from pale straw to light amber. Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle.

That is the descprition of a kristalweizen...

Now you taste this beer and you go.... holy shit.... that description is dead on...

Now the question is... did the brewery brew this beer according to the description? Or was the description made because of this beer?

Overall If you liked there heff than this is a cleaner criper lighter yet different feel option. In fact you cannot really compare this to the heff because its in a class all itself. Descriptions mentioned in others reviews and the bros. Is dead on. I am not going to get into certain taste and smell specifics. However, you would be doing yourself a great injustice if you were not to try this beer... its frigging $2.50... I'm amazed.... this brewery is one of less than a handfull of breweries where I love all there offerings.

Btw... best damn looking beer EVEEEERRR!!!!.... golden yellow.. impossibly perfect as the hue is gloriously present yet when put up to the eye you can see straight thru it (personally I could see the white of my fence and the marble colored pieces around the ring of my fire pit.... from 12 feet away). Thick 2 finger cotton white pillowy head that you could float a tomato on....lmao.... decent lacing and ring stuck around thruout... the overall super light feel of the beer mixed in with super light carbonation and that clean, crisp, juicy but dry finish. Just exactly what you would expect.

A great summertime beer and a well rounded perfectly balanced beer. I rate this an oh my god 4.9 because I rate on style. Kristalweizens are not my favorite style. But I will not compare this beer to my love for stouts or DiPa'S .. yea.. this beer is not better than some beers I've tried but its the best of the bunch...

And that'll do pig...

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Poured a very light yellow color, streaming carbonation, very high clarity, giant fluffy bright white head that left some spotty lace. Probably the lightest color and clearest beer I have ever had.

S- Huge bubblegum, banana, clove, and bready malts. Very clean, fragrant, and fruity.

T- Big bubblegum, banana, and fruity notes. Lots of sweet biscuity and bready malts, light floral notes, and some clove.

M- Quite smooth, soft carbonation, and medium to light body.

O- Reminds me of their Hefeweizen (which I still prefer) except with a lot more sweetness and cleaner.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a clear golden straw yellow with bubbles coming up through the middle of the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Bready, clove, spicy, banana, and yeasty. Very similar to their hefeweizen.

Taste: Tastes the same way it smells.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: What a great beer to be drinking while making banana bread. This beer is just as goods as their hefeweizen.

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Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The #1 ranked Kristalweizen here on BA.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a straw color, lots of bubbles in this puppy, and with a frothy, filmy white head.

S: Delectable fresh banana... more like banana pudding and a bit of cracked coriander. Not too sweet. About right.

T: Just like a world class hefe. Nope, not an Americanized version. This had that German malty zing. This also had sort of a creme brulee-esque finish.

M: Not to sweet, not too spicy, not overpowering. Well, except for the ridiculous lacing.

O: World class stuff, especially in the summer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Big ass 4+ finger pillowy white head. Retention is very good, but only a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: This smells like the regular hefe without the yeast component. Lots of clove, then more clove, then clove, then peppery spiciness. Neutral wheatiness. It's missing something without the yeastiness, but it's still pretty damn good.

3.5 T: Like the nose, the taste is missing that integral part of what makes the hefe so good. Clove, neutral wheat, and pepper. A few hints of banana. Again, still good, but not world class.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation despite the massive head. This lacks the creaminess that the regular has.

3.5 D: If you haven't noticed the theme yet, this is a shell of it's normal hefe self. It's still a pretty damn good shell, but I don't see a reason to ever buy this if the hefe is available.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in a blind tasting cup

A: very fizzy, bubbly, clear yellow, almost white with a solid white head.

S: banana, sweet heffe malt

T: banana, citrus, wheat, tastes like a weak hefeweizen

Mouthfeel: thin bodied and highly carbonated.

Overall, very sweet citrusy beer. It reminds me of some belgian sweet champagney style beer. I tried this during a blind tasting and liked it a lot.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: clear pale gold/yellow, much more clean and clear than their normal hefe, no particles, also a 2 finger white head, retains longer than traditional hefe

smell: very similar notes to the hefeweiss beer, but everything is toned down a little bit, getting some coriander, clove, orange peel, bubble gum, slight vanilla

taste: Lots of citrus, banana, coriander, cloves, there's somewhat more of a bubble gum presence that's not as dominant in the hefe, this one also has less exotic spiciness and is overall a tamer version flavor wise, none the less the balance, smoothness, and drinkability is truly amazing. The finish leaves an awesome banana, coriander, orange peel aftertaste.

mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, more so than the hefe, medium bodied

overall: You don't see this style very much in the US, but it's obviously very popular in certain parts of Germany. As a hefe is already a pretty smooth beer by definition, this is basically an even smoother version. If you like hefes, you will like this, but this will also appeal more towards lager drinks as well as it's clear without any particles (if that's not your thing). A truly amazing perfectly balanced beer from one of the worlds oldest (and best) breweries.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a beautiful crystal clear honey golden yellow. Copious soft, light white head, slowly receding.

Nose is soft. Some hints of banana, bread, maybe a touch of lemon.

Taste has a nice bready, yeasty banana that builds as it travels. Not very powerful. Finishes with very slight dry malt.

Feel is super light and crisp.

Great beer. Super drinkable and refreshing. I do agree with some prior posters that this does lack the body and vibrancy of many of Weihenstephaner's other brews. I guess that is the point of this style though. Great beer, but I'll choose most of the others before it.

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Photo of HopAlongG
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One question...why?

Ya...it's okay but nowhere near worthy of its brethren. All that makes Weihenstaphaner the king is filtered out in this offering. Taste isn't important to those that opt for this over unfiltered.

Do yourself a favor and drink the unfiltered weissbiers...or have a lager instead if you must.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours perfectly clear the color of light straw yellow with a tinge of something green. Champagne effervescence and a billowy white head that is loathe to recede and just stays with a thick collar and cap. Soapy wet lace. Very beautiful. Nose is yeast, banana, clove. fruity lemon and peppery with a little skunk. Taste is light as a feather and follows the nose. Banana, sweet grain, bubblegum, a touch metallic and just a little bitter to end. Malt comes forward as it warms but never becomes too sweet. Finishes dry with a hint of apples and pear. Soft, creamy and earthy. Delicate.

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Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a huge white, billowy, yet slighty fizzy foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Wheat bread aromas up front followed by sweet banana and light peppery spice beneath. Medium bodied with light, but rich, tangy carbonation. Balanced combination of wheat malt, sweet banana, and light peppery spice up front and into the middle. Tart flavors and a spicy, tangy bite thru the middle to the end with hints of banana sweetness. Finishes with a clean light tartness with sweet notes overtop. Fabulous delicate textures and flavor nuiances. Can't go wrong with Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw yellow with lively bubbles and a frothy white head that hangs around.

Smells of banana, nutmeg, an earthy nuttiness, floral notes, and sour yeast.

Tastes light and refreshing with a full body lurking in the background. Banana and clove notes are there with some lemon zest bitterness. Backed by some earthy wood cedar notes. A solid brew.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Light yellow amber, lot's of carbonation. Large, thick head. Dissipated rather quickly, but a thin white remained for the duration of consumption.

S - Banana, clove, some sweet malts. Not bad, not great.

T - Not a really a fan of the style, so I didn't really expect to like it. And I didn't. Not terrible, flavorwise. Soft banana and banana bread flavors up front. Dark fruit in the aftertaste, and a hint of a blueberry-like taste when warmed.

F - Average-good. Crisp and refreshing feel.

O - Again, not a big fan of the style, but I didn't care for this beer. Too much wine-ish taste, and not enough "beerness". Certainly not a bad beer, and it's rating in my book improved the 2nd time I tried it.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: practically crystal clear straw yellow. 3 finger rocky white head. doesn't look quite as carbonated as their here

s: wheat, bubblegum, pears, something smells almost smokey in here (i'm probably crazy). sweet citrus

t: bubblegum, ripe banana, pear, slight white grape, sweet lemon zest. this definitely has a nice wheat backbone. towards the end this fades to some nice sweetness and mild clove spice. delicious

m: medium with tons of carbonation (just they way i'd want it)

o: great stuff. their hefe is still my favorite, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this and is super delicious and refreshing. no reason not to drink this.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Crystal clear pale golden/straw colored body with a ridiculously large cream colored head that takes over the whole glass.

S- Wheat, banana, dried grass, hints of citrus, slight herbal aroma as well.

T- Lot of wheat, with just a slight mineral taste. I get a ton of the banana and bubblegum flavors, way more than the hefeweizen. I get an herbal taste at the end as well, I cannot pinpoint what it is in the nose or flavor, but it is there.

M- Medium-high carbonation, light-medium bodied. Not as chewy as the hefeweizen, but that is to be expected for the filtered style.

O- Very good offering and better than I expected. This style is so different from the hefeweizen, but it is very nicely done for what it is.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.