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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,440 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 69
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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3/5  rDev -25.7%

prisdefer, Aug 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Sarunas7, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

jmdrpi, May 09, 2012
Photo of infi
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a 0.5L weizen glass.

Pours a clear and clean light golden color that forms a ridiculously white fat and frothy head - around three fingers in width. Very pilsner looking. After a few minutes, the head will settle down and shrink in head size, with the bubbles becoming finer as well. Not much carbonating activity either when held up to the light. Without the head, it looks like a very flat brew, yet Weihenstephaner never disappoints in the head-forming department. The smell is reminiscent of the hefeweissbier, but much lighter. The banana and yeast are both still very above all, but at a smaller prominence than its brother product. Very simple, yet still delightful in every way. The taste is also very light and minimal - I was surprised. It's really like drinking banana flavored water. Very, very little going on flavorwise. The slight banana flavor is all you really taste. No wheat and bready chewiness like the regular Hefeweissbier. There's also no lingering aftertaste of any sort. It's like the filter was solely for the appearance and taste. It's nothing exciting to me at all.

This kristalweizen has an incredibly light-bodied mouthfeel with little to no carbonation in the mouth. Definite turn-off, which is definitely affecting its drinkability. Drinkability is fair. It's easy in a sense that it's very light and probably refreshing in the summertime, but not drinkable through the flavor department. Again, it's very watery and mild in flavor. And again, banana-flavored water. I can't see myself having this for a night's session. I'd definitely choose the Hefeweissbier instead.

As for my first kristalweizen, I was hoping for a bit more than what I expected, especially from the Weihenstephaner brewery. Maybe it's how all kristalweizens are, but I'll go the extra effort and go for the hefeweizen instead. I truly hope this was just a bad bottle or something.

infi, Sep 18, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type:1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow w/ ample carbonation fizzing to the top leaving plenty of lacing behind. Poured w/ a 2 finger head that to quickly left

Smell: Fruit....banana's and peaches perhaps. a touch of spice mixed in, cloves is my guess

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp but a bit of the carbonation comes through w/ a odd feeling on the tongue. A bit of "bite" from the carbonation feels slighty out of place. That "bite" from the carbonation actually masks a lot of the flavour of this beer. The banana/peach taste is there but it feels like one of those Non-alcoholic ciders you give to children during Christmas time...meaning the taste is washed away quickly cause of the carbonation. The carbonation lingers more than the taste does which is a bit odd to me

Drinkability: Hmmmm...it's drinkable and good at cleansing the palate. Enjoyable enough but is a bit "tame"

livingregret, Sep 24, 2007
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3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

HopAlongG, Jun 16, 2013
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3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours blechy yellow. Well carbonated, decent aroma of the more common than you'd think banana and straw malt.

Taste is good enough for a kristal. Mildly impressed, thought it would be worse frankly. Has some zip and zest to it, yeast imbibes a neat, but restrained fruity appeal. Mouthfeel, doesn't go anywhere, but that's ok, it starts out good enough. Drinkable moreso in hot weather I'd imagine.

Too expensive ($5) per bottle to warrant a return.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 26, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Split a 15 oz bottle with fellow BA infi. Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Very, very pale yellow and crystal clear; it certainly looks as advertised. Massive head that is almost pure white in color, takes its sweet time to dissipate into about a quarter inch layer. Smell has the characteristic hefe banana smell, but far more subdued, which is obviously from the filtering. Still a very nice smell.

The taste is really where it departs from every other Weihenstephaner offering I've had. Like the look, it's quite light on flavoring. The banana is present, but extremely subdued. Actually, not sure if subdued is the right word. Watered-down would probably be the appropriate term. It tastes as if the filtering removed most of the flavoring from the beer. Not sure if that's what the intent is, but it certainly wasn't very tasty. Hops were nonexistent and the finish is mild and forgettable, certainly not the pleasant bready chewiness I'm used to from this brewery. No aftertaste of which to speak. Mouthfeel is devoid of carbonation, making me think that we got a bad bottle or something. Very light, almost like water.

Drinkability is relatively high because of the lightness of it all, but I don't know why you'd want to drink more than one of these, because it just seems like a neutered hefeweizen.

Here's hoping that it was a bad bottle because this is the first Weihenstephaner brew I haven't liked.

r0nyn, Sep 18, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very clear golden color with loads of sparkly white head. I think this one might have had a gusher infection or else was very over-carbonated.

S-Loads of clove-y yeast esters with some wheat notes and not a lot else.

T- Some wheat and quite a bit of clove yeast esters with a light, crisp bitterness.

M-Crisp and medium bodied although the wheat contributes a bit to body and feel.

D-Never have been a fan of the German weissbiers, and this is no exception. Although they're not my favorite, I can always appreciate a well-crafted brew.

samie85, Jun 07, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Kristal Weizen that was fantastic to look at .
Clear, it has a head that stayed right to the end and a bead that fizzed all through.
From there I was let down The smell had nothing particular characteristic other than "wheat beer".
The style suggests it should be soft and clean on the palte , this bordered on astringent ,perhaps because there was a clove flavour dominance.
It developed through the palate which made it interesting and drinkable but far more like a hefe weizen than I was expecting

jarmby1711, Oct 03, 2005
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3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with lots of head that sticks around for awhile then leaves a layer of fine bubbles to cover almost the entire surface of the beer.

All the fruity esters common to a hefe are here, just more subdued.

Light, almost too light in the flavor department- I think its just the mouthfeel that makes it seem so thin to me though.

BeerZack, Jun 06, 2007
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3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very limited carbonation that subsides quickly to a limited head, light yellow, pale urine gold

S: a cloying sweetness with notes of rice and sugary malt

T: This is difficult to define because it is almost non-existent. You taste it and within a second it imparts a mild sweetness, a hint of biscuit and is gone. The water is the predominate flavor on the palate. Slight tartness for a fleeting moment is the most noteworthy aspect of the beer and it is gone as soon as it begins, welcoming another sip almost antagonistically.

M: The mouthfeel is amongst the lightest I have ever experienced, as soon as it initiates it shuts down like a computer with boot sector problems, there is no coating, no maltiness imparted on the palate. you could brush your teeth and then drink this with little reprocussions. A forgettable experience to both mout

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SubpoenaDeuces, May 04, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting to really love this brewery's beers....Again with the over the top head. This pours a super clear lemon yellow - massively carbonated and coats of lacing. Another beautiful pour. Aromas are as expected - some bready malt, some citrus peel. Not as robust by any means as the Vitus, but still good. Also some lavender in there, and maybe some other herbaceous notes - like marjoram, way in the back. Flavor lacks the punch of their other beers. This is clearly meant to be a session beer that appeals to non-beer drinkers. 5.4% ABV proves this to be the case. Starts off bready and crisp, without much of either the citrus or herb notes present. It (d)evolves into a very thin wash of crispness that has the faint hint of what might be hops. Finish is short, to the point, and thin. I think it obviously accomplishes its goal, but unfortunately, in my opinion, it's an "own goal" at final tally. Like usual, super well-priced at $2.79/pint+.9oz. bottle.

What I like most: The price and beautiful pour.

What I like least: The thin flavor profile.

Verdict: Even at $2.79/bottle, not truly worth it unless you want to drink a lot of beer on a hot day.

SolomonGrundy, Nov 07, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just tried this beer from what the bottle says is the oldest brewery in the world.
The pour was light gold with a huge head that sat atop the brew like a crown , and the smell faint smell of alcohol & hops.
The taste was a malty sweetness that has a hint of cloves with a nice clean finish and hardly a hint of aftertaste.
This is a good beer and I'm glad to have tried it. but for the cost I could spend my money more wisely.
Price: 1pint $4.99

Roderick, Jul 25, 2004
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3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a "crystal-clear" straw blonde into my weihenstephan glass. Huge pillowy white head dissapates, but not much. Looks pilsy, but with a big, fluffy wheatbeer head.

smells of a sour bread, some banana. some spices, but I can't put my finger on it. whatever it is, I'm not a big fan. I like the sweet fruity banana smell, not this pungent sour smell. If I had to describe it, I would say it is rotten orange rind.

With that delicious thought in mind - on to the tasting!

tastes like a decent hefe, but it is deceiveing because of the filtration. It almost comes off as a hefe-light. As it warms, the bananas come to the front.

this is a crisp, clean beer for the weiss styles. I wasn't really keen on the smell, but maybe I'll have to revisit this one in the summer when I'll appreciate the style more.

BitterBrian, Jan 04, 2006
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3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours clear, light golden color with a huge, slowly dissipating white head that leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: Lots of banana and phenolic smells, with tons of yeast.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty beginning with a banana finish that also reveals more yeast flavors. Too much yeast, actually.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light body with balanced, natural carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, but a bit too heavy on the yeast. I may have gotten a bad bottle, so I would be willing to try this again.

Mosstrooper, Jun 19, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle drank from a weizen glass. batch 5269 is on the back label.

A- this one pours out a very clear pale golden colored body with a bright white head that wont quit. almost complete rings of lacing are left behind. many small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- a very weak odor comes out of this one for a wheat beer. light banana and clove with a little bit of bubblegum. very lightly smelling of noble hops. yeast if the strongest scent here.

T- the taste is also weak, but pleasant. yeast comes through the most. lightly spiced with coriander, clove, banana, and bubblegum. noble hops play a bigger part in this ones taste than in most wheats.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- give me the unfiltered version any day. i dont think id buy it like this again.

jwinship83, Jan 23, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw golden color - when they say Kristall they mean Kristall. Clear and clean. Took about 5 minutes to pour. Huge 5" bone white head with excellent retention. Some patchy thick lace. Lots of visible carbonation. Good looking beer.

S - Wheat. Spicy cloves. Powdery bubble gum. Very average overall.

T - Lots of wheat. Yeasty. Spicy white pepper. Bubble gum in finish. Simple. Nose and flavor are almost identical.

M - Thin and light body with mid range carbonation.

D - Drinkability is decent. Very average wheat beer overall.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 18, 2007
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3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale straw yellow, with a huge, pillowy, meringue like head.

Head recedes quickly, but reapears with a little agitation.

Banana cream pie dominates the aroma, with just a dusting of clove. A little bit of bubble gum as it warms.

Body is light.

Flavor is lightly citrus (lemon), wheat, bananna and spice.
A slightly metalic and band-aid finish

Not very complex, but a nice refreshing beer.

Padron4KM, Sep 26, 2004
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3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a hazy straw color.

Beer smells slightly of clove, slightly grassy and slightly bready.

Beer tastes very sharply of bananna and clove initially and then fades away into a slight citrus taste.

Beer has way too much carbonation. Very light in body.

An OK Weissbeir, but too much carbonation for my tastes.

Merkur, Jan 29, 2012
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.