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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 64
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev -1%

02-17-2012 04:53:29 | More by avaldivia
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant, super crystal clear bright gold color with frothy bright white head that bubbles away quite quickly. Clove and banana bread on the nose. Big bubbly mouthfeel. Incredibly crisp. Big sweet clove flavors and bready mouthfeel. Some alcohol detection on through. Long and tingly finish.

My first kristall Weiss. Strange having that wheat beer taste in a crystal clear beer. Good though. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 18:24:48 | More by jtierney89
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-16-2012 17:55:21 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -1%

02-11-2012 05:11:42 | More by allstar255
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poor into my 0.5L Weihenstephaner glass.

A - Wow, A beautiful clear brew with a strong head. Lacing that lasts for quite some time. This is what those "American Light Lagers" should be striving for.

S- Banana and very subtle citrus.

T - Very light and follows the smell quite well. Banana notes and citrus.

M - Strong carbonation dominates this beer but after it subsides it leaves a a smooth, bready yeast. Enjoyable.

O - This certainly tastes like it was made. A filtered Hefe could not be any better, but I will stick with the original or the dark version. If you prefer a very light brew (perhaps progressing from the Bud Light, Miller genre) this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 05:39:43 | More by mscudder
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-31-2012 10:39:47 | More by pperez38
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-30-2012 11:47:31 | More by Boz12
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 15:46:04 | More by Merkur
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Ayinger Weissbier glass.

Perfectly ("crystal"!) clear pale straw liquid supporting a lasting merengue-like finger of ivory. Lasting sticky lacing...perpetual retention.

Very gentle wheat aroma with vague hints of clove and banana (or am I imagining these?).

Grassy, bready, crackery palate entry. Faintly tart/spicy/sweet flavor profile is indeed similar to a subdued hef. Medium dry finish with a hint of buttermilk...very nice.

Medium-bodied, surprisingly creamy for a filtered beer, soft and well carbonated.

Hard to find fault with this as an example of the style, though I still strongly prefer unfiltered wheat beers...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 07:22:34 | More by augustgarage
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-28-2012 23:33:33 | More by AndrewMichael
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a crystal clear straw yellow hue. Pours with a generous 3 finger + foamy white head. Fades slowly and retains well at about 1 finger. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is light and fluffy. Very mild banana, clove, and bread.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. Mild clove upfront with a moderate bready yeast background and just the slightest hint of banana. Flavor is consistent throughout.

M- Very lightweight body with medium carbonation. Smooth and bready.

O- I would imagine that this is the gold standard for the style. Nice, light and bready-like a much milder hefe weizen. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:17:51 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Korea (South)

4/5  rDev -1%

01-24-2012 16:54:04 | More by starlight37
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan weizen glass.

A- pours clear with about an inch and a half of fluffy white head that just stays around for ages, nice lacing. looks pretty good.

S- Banana straight up, a touch of bubblegum and citrus, also just a slight touch of clove. all the great wheat beer flavours, a little subdued at times.

T- straight up banana and a bit clovey, a touch of spice, a little bit of citrus just like the on the nose. very nice.

M- lighter bodied, nice prickly carbonation, good length, solid feel.

O- i do like this beer, but i find i rarely purchase it, i prefer the hefeweizen, and this is slightly less flavorful. still damn good though.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 11:05:33 | More by shambeano
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-22-2012 23:51:45 | More by Amp
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-22-2012 16:56:11 | More by CMA
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer coming off being sick for the past week. I'm stoked. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden straw with lots of visible carbonation and a four finger thick creamy white head.

Unripe bananas in the aroma with some cloves and white pepper. Really straightforward on the aroma. The pallet gives off more of what you get from the aroma. Cloves with banana sweetness and a saltine like malt flavor.

The body is light and crisp with appropriate carbonation. Light and enjoyable. Overall a nice one to have. One doesn't really go wrong grabbing a beer from Weihenstephan; especially with their reasonable pricing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:54:44 | More by Bendurgin
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-17-2012 00:20:56 | More by kwalrus13
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-16-2012 05:40:12 | More by Sarunas7
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-15-2012 22:07:07 | More by Wally1912
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-15-2012 12:45:01 | More by WeckBrew
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

01-15-2012 02:07:58 | More by beerme626
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-09-2012 21:37:53 | More by djrn2
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-09-2012 19:47:24 | More by Kahlerbock
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

01-06-2012 05:27:15 | More by duceswild
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-05-2012 15:36:47 | More by Gregwa
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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