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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,336 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 64
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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meatmallet

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a large white head. The head quickly disappears and leaves a thin head on top.

Smell: Citrus, banana, grains, and wheat. Also a bit of a floral and clove smell.

Taste: A little sweet. As far as flavor it is not that great. I get wheat and banana.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied and very crisp and clean.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 05:18:45 | More by meatmallet
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Greg_Nall

Florida

3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of wheat beers with a lot of "wheat" attributes to them, have had several good ones. This one just isn't high on my list of wheat beers.

Appearance; served from brown glass bottle (capped) into tinkered, firm off white head with medium bobbles lasting 3+ minutes, deep yellow color, and very clear.

Aroma; medium strength (glass towards nose) with banana notes

Taste; medium high malts with a typical wheat flavor and medium low hops, flavor intensity seemed medium with the malts upstaging the hops with a smooth finish.

Mouth feel; medium to full with good carbonation

Overall; An alright beer, but as stated, not a fan of the stronger "wheat" beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 15:46:11 | More by Greg_Nall
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Linda081

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

08-26-2013 18:00:05 | More by Linda081
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tobeerornottobe

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pillowy white head, nice and bubbly, regenerates well with swirling. Clear golden appearance, good carbonation.

N: Sweet and wheaty, if you don't like sweetness this could be overpowering but I quite like it.

T: Wheat flavour nice and full given that this is a lighter style beer.

M: Fuller than I expected but light enough to be highly drinkable.

Overall, a very nice session beer, would go well before BBQ food on a summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 21:52:17 | More by tobeerornottobe
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henryhampton

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

09-28-2012 22:16:44 | More by henryhampton
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braican

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

02-18-2013 02:50:47 | More by braican
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TheBrewWhisperer

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

12-09-2013 19:57:18 | More by TheBrewWhisperer
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konisko

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

11-08-2013 00:56:44 | More by konisko
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

02-05-2014 14:57:02 | More by psoriasaurus
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Saph001

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

05-26-2012 03:55:30 | More by Saph001
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mettkea

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

05-28-2012 03:46:14 | More by mettkea
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-04-2012 03:11:13 | More by kelvarnsen
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold body with good carbonation, topped by a huge billowing rocky white head. Good hefty dose of banana in the nose. Taste is a bit overly bland: a little hint of the banana, and not a whole lot else. Little or no wheat, hops, yeast, cloves, or anything else I might have expected. Some wheat comes through in the after taste. Refreshing on a hot day, but not satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 21:56:12 | More by RonfromJersey
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

05-19-2013 18:17:51 | More by tom10101
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RickS95

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color, exceptionally clear and very translucent. Looks like a macro American pilsner, only it's got an amazing white head that stands for a good stretch of time before eventually falling onto itself in a carbonated implosion.

Smells like their hefe with the banana and cloves.

The banana and cloves come through in the taste, but I didn't care for it much.

There's a complexity with this beer, as it sweet and malty up front, a bit spicy in the middle, and then a combination of sour and somewhat watered down in the swallow.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I didn't care much for this beer. It's ok with all the scores, but it did nothing for me. I think it was the slightly watered down finish that brought the overall score down.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:56:01 | More by RickS95
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's just something about wheat beers of any kind that doesn't sit well with me, so take all this with a grain of salt.

This beer looks great, pours with a nice head and beautifully crystal clear. However, the smoky wheat/spicy clove flavor that just turns me off is all too present. I can't get away from it. I'm sure this beer is a perfect example of what it is going for, and I tried to give it adequate rankings, but it just isn't for me.

Even in the summer, I'll take a nice fresh pilsener, or even a bold IPA, but keep the wheat to yourself.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 04:19:40 | More by joshuadlight
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fits the description of Kristalweizen to a tee: Clear golden colour. Pleasing (although very mild) aroma of banana with just a hint of spice. A bit of fruitiness, but it finishes short and clean with lots of carbonation. This is probably a good introduction to the world of Weizen, but I prefer a more classic style of hefeweizen. I'm not entirely sure why someone would choose to drink the less flavorfull style, but I guess that's just me. I guess this would be a good starter beer for someone wanting to try better beers

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 20:49:12 | More by fisherman34
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changeup45

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden color and pours out with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is fruity (banana & lemon) and yeasty. The beer tastes fruity and a little zesty with some spice and yeast. A bit watery and thin however. Not nearly as good as their regular hefe but still decent and definitely refreshing on a hot day, which it is here today.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 23:46:54 | More by changeup45
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold colour, quite a lagery colour, with furious bubbling promoting a really excellent white head of medium sized bubbles. Sinks slowly but surely and doesn't leave much lace, although a tilt gives a better impression: thin but nice. Looks like a decent beer.

Interesting nose, definitely weizeny with a distinct banana character backing up behind some pleasant peppery spice. Hints of parsley and basil and a little vinegar. Not as complex as some, but hits the right notes.

Taste is not quite as thick as the nose, flavours dance around but never really hit you with any power. Hints of banana, clove and cinnamon on the front, stewed apple on the back with maybe a light spicy sprinkle. Sweetness is a bit overpowering, largely due to the lack of spice. I guess it's the filtering of the yeast that lowers the spice impact, but it also lowers the gravity of the finish. Trickle out to a tame - if pleasant - aftertaste with a whisper of pepper and a mild bittersweet texture.

Feel is pleasant enough, but feels a bit flat. A bit more tingle might add more life to the palate. This is pretty much what I could expect. It's a good beer, watered down. All the flavours are there but they're meek and subdued. Having said that, because the impact is lowered it's extremely drinkable.

I'm maybe being a bit harsh by comparing this to the hefeweizen, because they're obviously meant to be different, but I just feel this can't escape the shadow of the bigger, better beer. This is probably more of a chugging beer than its big brother, but I just prefer the more full-flavoured one.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 04:18:02 | More by laituegonflable
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a huge, almost unmanageable airy white head. Smels of malts and straw initially, with some banana and cloves lingering underneath. Tastes like a thinner version of the regular hefe, with some bananas and spice mixed in with some very slight phenols. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and there's plenty of cabonation as evidenced by the head. It's not that this is such a bad beer, just a bit innocuous, and begs the question, why mess with the best?

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 22:08:43 | More by stephens101
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magictrokini

California

3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Kristalweizen I've tried. Clear yellow, lots of carbonation, and a foamy white head. Lighter aroma of wheat, bananas, and bubblegum. A clean taste of banana, yeast, wheat, and some citrus. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Nice; kind of like a hefe light.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 16:57:41 | More by magictrokini
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice clean, not at all cloudy for a wheat beer, yellow beer with a big bright white head. A good strong bannana and clove aroma, which I expect from a good wheat beer. The mouth feel was a little light. The flavor was again light with a light spiceyness and a hint of clove on the finish. The aroma was German Weiss beer. The flavor was American Wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 22:56:43 | More by ybnorml
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Finite

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crisp classic Kristal Weizen.

Nice mix of spices, banana and wheat in this mix. Strong cloves and good carbonization make this a good choice for any lover of the style. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter.

This is a very enjoyable brew. Worth exploring for anyone who likes this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 13:54:51 | More by Finite
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kinger

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up during a visit to my fovorite beer store. Had no idea what to expect especially since I am not familiar with kristall weissbiers. I was able to conclude that it was German weisbeer. The appearance was fantastic, very light golden in color with plenty of carbonation. The bubbles seem to be infinite. After a couple of glass fulls I was still confused as to the unique ingredient. It wasn't until I began to read the reviews that I learned that banana seems to be the main influence here. Interesting to say the least it is an extremely unique beer. So far I can take it or leave it. Of course it is the middle of winter in Ohio so perhaps I will re-visit this one when it is at least 70 degrees outside and I can sit out on my deck and feel refreshed.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 19:11:11 | More by kinger
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish weizen glass. No date but 4046 was embossed on the label. The body was clear, golden/yellow with active beads of carbonation. Huge four fingers of bright white, soapy head.

Smell was banana skins and faint grain.

Taste was tart/tangy. Sweet grain and apples. Rather crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rounded with zippy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 15:27:37 | More by Cresant
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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