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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

767 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 767
Hads: 1,671
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 98
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (738 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,238 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
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... (1,964 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
3.93/5  rDev -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. (388 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of HopAlongG
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this beer for years - time for a review.

Pours a crystal clear bright gold. Can see the bubbles rushing up to keep a nice 1/8 inch bubbly head at all times for the duration of drinking.

Smells lemony with just a bit of grass & hay. No lemon addition necessary at all.

Slightly sour, lemony & hoppy on the tongue. The normal yeast taste with hefes isn't there by design, so just the perfect balance of hops & malt shine through with this beer. Feels great in the mouth as the sparkly carbonation dances in your mouth & holds up throughout.

Absolutely a world-class beer from a world-class brewer. (613 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, orangish yellow.
Smell: Wheat, banana, and light orange peel. Light lemon.
Taste: Light banana and citrus. Small tart aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.

This is a great brew. I've never had a Kristalweizen before (I don't believe), but it is quite refreshing. It is crisp and smooth, and has a banana and citrus taste and smell. This certainly has the earmarks of a Hefe, but is more refreshing than most. I would get this again. (444 characters)

Photo of CopeTech
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a nice beer, An excellent wheat beer, very light and fruity. Gentle banana and othe rwheat esters. Slightly over-carbonated, but that's to be expected from the bottle.
Crystal clear, with a nice white foam. Easy on the mouth a crisp and refreshing gentle giant. (266 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad deal picked up a bottle of this for $3.29 shipped to my door. Thanks halftime beverage!
A - Light golden in color, clear, and with a fluffy head that receded into a patchy ring. Some lacing but it seems to be carbonated well.
S - Bready dough, fresh wheat of course, and a touch of lemon and grass makes for a great Weizen.
T - Well it's very tasty the levels of lemon and wheat seem to be perfectly balanced. Fresh sourdough bread taste is excellent with a great hop balance to boot. Tasty stuff.
M - Drinks with more of a medium body finding myself sipping it and really enjoying the flavors.

Overall these are the best examples of the style. Not as tasty as the Weizenbock but I think I prefer it to the Hefeweizen simply for it's easier drink ability. (766 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L bottle (only $2.50 at RSVP!)

This beer poured with a large two finger head that lingered quite a long time before subsiding into a fairly stable and persistent foamy coating on the top. The nose here is all cloves with a hint of fruity banana in the background.

The tast is much more subdued and subtle than the nose would suggest, it is highly carbonated (much more so than I expected, it really pops on the palate). Flavors of yeast, warm bread dough and, hay(?) come to mind, perhaps some lemon grass or citrus on the back of the palate.

A very nice beer overall, mine may be a little colder than it ought to be, it will be interest to see how its flavor changes as it warms up.

A delightfully light beer, great example of the style and one hell of a deal at $2.50. (789 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a voluminous cap of white foam. Aroma smells prominently of banana and clove, with some yeast as well. Taste is consistent with the aroma--banana, clove, and a velvety mouthfeel courtesy courtesy of the character of the yeast and perky carbonation. The appearance is obviously a stark contrast to that of the unfiltered hefeweiss, but the flavor holds up admirably in spite of this. It's noticeably thinner in body and slightly less full of flavor, yet it captures that signature hefeweiss essence. A flavorful and refreshing brew. (571 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 500ml bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: K&B Wine Cellars in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.99
Purchased: April 19, 2013
Consumed: April 20, 2013
Misc.: Part of the bottle reads “Brewed under the purity law, of 1516.”

Poured a golden straw clear color with 4-5 fingers of pillowy head. Average-to-below average wet watery lacing. Below average-to-minimal retention on the top.

Completely different smells from skunky malts to banana and cloves. The banana and cloves (hefeweizen) seemed to take over. Grassy malts as well.

Tasted much smoother than the smell. Hefeweizen notes - banana, cloves, sweet sugary lemon notes, a bit of Circus Peanuts dominate here. Skunky, grassy, bready malt backbone won’t go away though and is what ends up on my tongue when it’s all said and done.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, refreshing finish.

Another good beer by Weihenstephaner, but not my favorite by any means. The others I’ve had were better. (1,002 characters)

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