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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 leantom
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but the hefe' simply blows it out of the water. Here goes:

A: Good. Relatively clear but slightly hazy straw color. Pours a very large head and has adequate carbonation. Lacing is minimal, however.

S: Very grainy and grassy. Lightly-kilned cereal malt complemented by grassy hops. Some lemon as well. Good, but graininess isn't exactly a virtue.

T: More complex than the smell, which is good. The beer, however, tastes a lot like a muted hefeweissen. Some of the banana and wheat of the traditional weihenstephaner hefeweissen complemented by grassy hops and yeast. Good, but the regular hefeweissen is just so much more robust.

F: Too light and watery.

O: Good beer, but I don't mind drinking from cloudy beer if it tastes better.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass out of 500 ml bottle
poured a brilliant straw color with a huge 2-inch fluffy white head. Retention is very high and lacing was big and pillowy.
Smell was of clove, banana, spice. Alcohol not noticeable
Taste follows the nose with the banana and phenolic flavors shining along with that German hefe yeast.
Feel is on the lighter side of medium and the carbonation is moderate. A little sweetness on the back end.
Overall, this is another solid brew from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while doing a little cross border shopping in Niagara Falls, NY. Prices came to about $4 CDN after exchange rate. Been looking for this beer for along while now, but it has never been available in Ontario.

Appearance - This looks like a magic act. Pours crystal clear golden in color, not unlike a good quality Munich Helles lager with plenty of bubbles. The head however is all hefeweizen, three plus fingers of billowy white head leaving behind multiple rings of lacing with a near eternal head due to great retention.

Smell - Banana, yeast and clove dominate although it is more subdued than it's more famous hefeweizen brother. A bit of a minerally aroma in behind the fruitiness of this beer.

Taste - Yummy banana and powdery yeast, hint of bubblegum. The clove flavor is dialed down a bit as is the overall banana taste, but this is still a delicious German Wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - Ridiculously smooth, with high carbonation that just fits, soft delicate feel in the mouth, although the body is at least moderate.

Overall - Absolute top notch brew from the brewery that is the godfather of all German wheat beers. Flavors are the same as its notorious hefeweizen twin, although to me appeared to be dialed back just a tiny bit and the aroma is less fragrant (although that improves too as it warms). What else can be said about such a great beer?

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beer like this is proof why tekus are not the end all and be all of beer glassware. Anyone who has ever tried this beer and knows the history behind the style knows that one needs a fast long pour to assist in opening up the correct nuances of the aroma and flavor.
With that in mind, a friend of mine and I conducted an experiment to correctly displace the teku altogether. This beer was poured into a weizen glass and a teku.
Though the color was the same in both glasses. The head was extremely short in the teku and showed lack of lacing.
This ended up not showing enough clove in the aroma in the teku. Sweet bubblegum, typical of the style was more pronounced in the weizen glass.
This ended up even messing up the flavor in the teku. Luckily, the correct glassware saved it.
The mouthfeel was pretty much the same in both glasses. Besides a glass isn't really going to ever change the mouthfeel of any beer anyways. Smooth clove, sweet bubblegum and light banana.
Overall, for the style and as many times I've had this, its awesome. When you pour it into a teku, you look foolish and you're crapping on the style.

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Photo of Buck89
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Striking crystal clear golden color with huge bright white head. Nose has yeast, banana, clove and faint malt. Taste follows the same with a clean finish. For a filtered hefe, the taste was more than I expected - a pleasant surprise. Just awesome.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with strong carbonation and a tall white head. The aroma was malts, citrus and banana while the flavor was spice, biscuit and banana. Very good.

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Photo of dcotom
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in a glass. Pours a light, crystal-clear golden yellow with a thick, pure white head and clouds of carbonation rising continuously. Clean taste and crisp finish, pleasant but not overbearing on the spice. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass, naturally, around cellar temperature.

A sparkling golden yellow of stunning clarity, topped with a cap of pure white foam that is fed and kept alive by a persistent and frenzied storm of carbonation rising ever upwards.

I get the classic banana and clove for sure, accented by some lemon and a wonderful crisp bready, biscuity smell. More of a savory than sweet breadiness. Think pretzels!

The flavor lays down a sweet little bit of lemon and light banana at first, followed by a simple but satisfying thesis statement of crisp, refreshing breadiness. There's not much else to say, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

It's body is fully full, bringing all the carbonation one could ever wish for. This enhances the crisp finish nicely.

This is a perfect beer to have when it's hot, or after going on a sweaty run. Not overly complex, it delivers straight-to-the-point German wheat beer refreshment.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a striking beer: a huge white head perched atop a sparkling, crystal-clear pale gold body that leaves lacing everywhere it goes. The nose is a modest banana/clove spice with floral hints. These are joined on the palate by a moderate bitter citrus note, sitting atop a foundational clean wheat flavor. The finish is balanced, with a bitter citrus note that lingers a bit. The style's characteristic light body and a slightly creamy texture add to the drinkability, while the fizzy carbonation keeps it interesting.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw yellow and clear (duh), two whole fingers of white foam and carbonation ringing down the glass. Lots of grass and banana in the aroma with more in the taste, as well as a subtle hop character and some breadiness. Fair amount of carbonation makes this beer finish very crisp and dry.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Weiss vase, the beer is a crystal clear, straw gold coloring with a fluffy, bubbly, clingy, white head. Aromas of toasted grain, subtle floral notes, grassy highlights, and hints of citrus. Flavors are crisp and smooth, with a slightly sweet citrus and honey blend on a toasted backbone, with grassy and floral hops notes to keep things cut and clean. Very light and amazingly balanced, all on a smooth, light, effervesced body. The aftertaste is toasted and light, leading into a smooth, crisp, clean finish. This is a benchmark.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- clear hefe with big white head
- some clove which is pleasant but a banana scent is not as much
-a smoother better balanced hefe with less flavor as well
-perfect silk smoothness feel
- overall a great beer not big on the style but this would be a great example of that style

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle with a BB date of 11 Dec. 2015.
Pours light golden with excellent clarity and a high level of visible carbonation flowing up to an over-sized, frothy head.
The aroma features banana and clove with a light bready base. The flavor follows.

O: Not a favored style; even so, not as great for style as expected.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger mousy white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing that lasted;

S: clove and banana; a little bready; a hint of skunkiness;

T: clove for a moment, then banana mixes in; finish is a balance between clove and banana with a mild bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated - effervescent; crisp; dry finish;

O: very refreshing;

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Photo of breadwinner
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This one has a little more zip and tang than the unfiltered version but it's still replete with banana and spice goodness. I think I prefer the style with the yeast, to take the edge off, but this is still a mighty fine drink.

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Photo of BeerConny
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow bubbles. Every gulp made me bloated until I burped. It really is crystal clear and smells amazingly crisp. Taste is the same too but not as strong. Basically their hefeweizen filtered clean. Nothing wrong with it I just prefer their hefe and more so their weizenbock known as vitus. Bottom line is they make great beers. You can't go wrong with anything they got.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very different style from what I usually drink, but this was a pleasant change of pace. It was very clean and looked like a Pilsner. The foamy head was white and creamy. The taste threw me. It has the taste of a almost creamy wheat beer that you would normally expect to be cloudy and unfiltered. This was a great taste. Creamy and had a lot of fruit notes. Very refreshing and I would suggest trying this in the warmer months.

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Photo of founddrama
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely foamy and effervescent head. Almost no aroma; no after-taste and practically no finish. Flavor is crisp with mild esters.

Oh and yes. Totally see-through.

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Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle into a tulip glass.
This is a really unique, well-made beer, a home run. As advertised, crystal clear and golden, yet packed with huge flavor. It pours a brilliant white head that stays around throughout. The yeast is the ticket here, yielding a big bold aroma like a bouquet of sweet fresh cut flowers. Slightly fruity, with a bit of hop bite. Maybe it would be better if slightly more crisp and hoppy. Yet as it stands, I'll definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


The look itself : Extremely tall head, makes up 90% of the appearance. The head does diminish but not by very much. The body is a beautiful peachy pineapple glow, sediment floating around. Mostly hazy in appearance.

Aroma : peaches, apples, candy coated sugar dreams of dying wishes. I could smell this all day. Golden Graham's. Laffy Taffy. Oh man. Yet you still know its a beer. Umm, FIVE!

Flavor : compared to the smell it's rather bland. That being said it's still good, it has a dry champagne like taste, with faint apple, pear, and pear juice, a little wheat, and club soda. All of this is fairly 2-D in character.

Mouthfeel : light bodied, very crisp, very dry. Ends just like that, too.

Overall : this obviously is still an awesome beer. Weihenstephaner does no wrong! However I was rather disappointed in this beer. My least favorite from Weihenstephaner, but better than most beers.

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

Half litter bottle poured into tulip glass-clear wheat color with good 2 finger head with and lacing going all the way to the bottom of the glass; delicate smell of yeast, malt and light banana- very pleasant taste of same with smooth feel and perfect carbonation with all those tiny bubbles

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Photo of plaidowl
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love hefs and this beer is everything I'm looking for in an easy drinking beer. It goes down smooth, crisp, and clean. Unlike many light beers, though, there is a defined, full-bodied wheat flavor, with a touch of banana sweetness in the background and no hops to speak of. An absolutely perfect beer for drinking a few pints outside in the warmth of the spring or summertime. It went great with the rich German food I paired it with, but it could go just as easily with something as light as a tuna sandwich. It's beers like this that make me proud of my Bavarian heritage!

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Photo of petrilarres
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well I have to admit that this is probably my favorite beer just for drinking on a hot ad sunny day....always crisp, clean and refreshing, Kristallweiss never disappoints....what I really love about this beer is the feel....it stays perfectly carbonated til the last drop. Those 4 tiny rows of tiny bubbles constantly rising in the glass...it's something to behold. How do the Germans manage that? Nobody carbonates like the Germans.....

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 13, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Medium to dark straw, slightly yellow-orange. Very clear. Tons of tiny effervescent bubbles rising up to a pure white moussy head. Very high foam retention.

S – Banana, white pepper, and very mild clove. Spritzed lemon and a hint of orange. Banana by far is the most prominent aroma here. No hop aroma.

T – Clove becomes much more prominent here, with the banana flavor deriving mostly from the aroma. A touch of bubble gum. Slightly spicy, peppery. Light impression of lemon-oranginess. No hop flavor.

M – Medium- to somewhat full-bodied, a combination of sweetness and high carbonation providing the balance. Fairly juicy with just a touch of dryness in the finish. No real bitterness, but again, not unbalanced.

O – I actually tend to like this, the filtered version, better than the traditional hefeweissbier from Weihenstephaner, in part because I prefer the less dense mouthfeel and the clarity of the colors/appearance. Either way, a wonderful, refreshing German standard.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
5/5  rDev +24.4%

My first bottle tonight is a crisper/dryer version of the normal Weiss version. Remarkable, delicious tart pear or green apple finish. Lacks the weight or depth of the regular weiss, but I could drink this all night. Based on other reviews I must have purchased a fresh bottle as this is a no brainer.

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