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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
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1,455 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 62 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yelow color with a foamy, white four-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast, wheat and some banana.

T - It tasted of wheat, banana and some clove. Overall, it was a fairly sweet beer.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Kristal Weizen. Nice flavors and a good aroma.

zeff80, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

you just don't see a lot of these in this country. a hefe that's been filtered out perfectly clear, hence "kristall". it really is a lovely brew, full flavored but delicate and light. I could drink this from sun up til sun down no worries. the pours is a bright and clear sunshine yellow color with a good two inches of white head. the nose is all the same yeasty banana and spice flavors im used to in their hefeweiss, but there a certain crispness to this one. the flavor is wheat malt on the front end with very little sweetness, and a familiar and refreshing fruity yeast finish. weve been drinking a lot of these kinds of beers lately, since my old lady here really likes that banana flavor. this one has a ton of that, and we both really liked how clean it drinks. one bottle was definitely not enough, but you do have to drink it when its cold. the warmer it gets the more it falls apart. great carbonation and a very light body, maybe a little thin, but I think that's the point here. taking out the yeast really makes this an all day drinker that doesn't fill you up a lick. impressive stuff again from weihenstephaner.

StonedTrippin, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An inverted pour yields a three finger head of loose, white foam on top of a clear, yellow body. The foam settles a bit quickly and leaves spotty lace.

S - Strong clove with a bit of banana and some bready malt. Light herbal hops and a hint of toffee.

T - Banana esters and graham cracker like pilsner malt up front with just a bit of tangy wheat. More smooth, sweet malt in the middle with just a hint of herbal, German hops. The yeast character finishes strong with more banana, some vanilla like malty notes, and a bit of clove. A nicely balanced finish of creamy malt and light, refreshing hops.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The malt and hop balance of this beer is reminiscent of a nicely made German lager, but on top of that we have a world of wheat beer yeast character. There is a nice balance between banana and clove here with some creamy vanilla and spicy wheat thrown in to round things out. This is an excellent and very drinkable wheat beer with the added bonus that the lack of yeast prevents the gaseous side effects that the little buggers can have for some of us.

nickfl, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle with info about the beer on the back label as well as the freshness date.

Appearance: Rich shimmering clear golden colour and an effervescent bubby carbonation forms a thin yet unwavering white lace.

Smell: Fruity of bananas and pears with hints of melon and placid clove spice aroma. Trace wheat malt in the nose, cracker-like maltiness.

Taste: Modest body with a crisp solid carbonation that is both slightly sharp in the bite and fluffy in the mouth feel. Quick to the sharpness of the carbonation and spicy clove character gives a tingling sensation which cleans the palate. Fruity flavours lay subdued in the back though some alcoholic esters are obvious. Hops are nearly nonexistent with only a minute trace of flavour towards the end. Wheat malt is straightforward with a nutty and mild acidic twang more towards the finish. Relatively clean after taste with some remaining spicy wheat flavours.

Notes: Drinkable without a doubt with a palate cleansing quality, certainly good drinking and a great lunch time brew. Goes excellent with a cobb salad.

Jason, Oct 06, 2002
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The filtered approach leaves me feeling empty b/c it looks like an average lager not the world reknowned oldest brewery in the world's weiss bier. Filtered golden tone with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves sporadic lacing not bad though. Aroma: Lacks upfront banana and clove tone more two row grain then anything else with a touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Decent flavor definitely the best filtered weizen I've tasted, does coat the palate with the familiar banana and clove tones but I will admit seems a bit unrewarding. Mouthfeel: Spritzy effervescent carbonation levels, medium to light bodied wheat ale. Drinkability: Is pretty good but hand me a regular hefeweizen anyday, just had the Weihenstephaner on draft at the Sharp Edge awesome stuff.

WVbeergeek, Feb 10, 2004
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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of yeast, wheat and bananas along with lemon, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong flavor of yeast and wheat, which is quickly followed by a nice bite of spice and hops. Flavors of bananas and citrus are also present throughout each sip. The malt character is light but provides just the right amount of sweetness. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s the first Kristal Weizen that I’ve tried, but this beer has certainly made me look forward to trying more of them. This is a nice refreshing beer that I could drink several of, no matter what the situation. I’m also looking forward to trying more stuff from Weihenstephaner since I’ve now had two excellent beers from them.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with no head after the little bit that first shows quickly dissipates. Nose is yeasty with a touch of lemon. Taste is sweet and evenly so. Even as it warms the flavor stays constant. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation to it and an even feel. Highly drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured from the 1/2 liter bottle into a wheat glass

A - A very transparent golden straw w/ visible carbonation and a pillowy whipped snowy head. The cap has an ultra fine bead and strings fo lace collect as the head compresses

S - A very clove scented nose w/ a sweet overripe banana under the spiced yeast ester. A sweetened wheat cereal note and mild pepper w/a gentle nutty odor and very crisp aroma of banana balances the aroma

M - A moderately highly carbonated, crisp feel w/ subtle fruit-like sweetness and mild nutty texture w/ silky smooth middle and mildly spiced finish. The pepper and malt is resonating with mellow yeast creaminess after the taste

T - A very flavorful brew w/ banana that has ripened combined w/ a mild wheat creamy taste w/ light nuttiness and spice, but the flavor is very gentle and nuanced by the mellow yeast profile which hints at banana w/ out giving the beer a tangy sugary taste, more cream of wheat smoothness into the light clean finish

D - A very drinkable wheat beer which would be great for a hot day or not, creamy smooth and refreshing qualities. Lighter feel than that of a Hefe w/ all of the flavor of wheat - I find this to be very drinkable wheat - Prost!

Slatetank, Oct 08, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden to honey with tons of bubbles. 4 fingers+ white fluffy head. Slight lacing and minimal head retention

Smell: huge banana notes, some cloves, estery

Taste: Banana peel, slight vanilla notes, wheat malt and a very clean finish. Just not a huge fan of this flavor, but true to style

MF; Effervescent and well balanced

Very drinakble once you get past the bananas, but a good summer-time quincher. Fans of the hefe genre will love it

russpowell, Mar 09, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed one of these at Armanetti's. Served in my weizen glass.

A - Five fingers of pillow-y off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of lacing. Transparent straw color with lots of bubbles racing up and on the sides of the glass. I'm a little lukewarm about the color, but otherwise this is gorgeous for the style.

S - Wheat, Belgian-style yeast, clove, loads of banana and bubblegum, and some floral hoppiness. The yeast and spice is a little overwhelming and makes the nose a touch too sharp. It's really potent.

T - Sweet malt, bubblegum, and floral notes - the yeast and spice are much more subdued in the taste. It's a little bland, actually - nowhere near as rich and complex as the nose. There's a little bit of spice in the aftertaste.

M - Thin with lively carbonation, but not overly so. Very soft and refreshing. Finish is very clean, with little residual feel. It's style-appropriate.

D - I like the 500ml serving size, as this brew goes down quick and easy. It's been an afternoon of lighter brews in preparation for DLD parties, and this was the best of the bunch. I just wish this had a little more depth in the taste.

MasterSki, Apr 24, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle.
Appearance: crystal-clear pale yellow color, with a large, looming chalk-white capper of foam.
Aroma: fresh and airy, a trifle citric and sour, but mostly lacking in vital weissbier aroma characteristics.
Nice, light, crisp, tangy texture/ mouthfeel, very light-bodied, good malty flavor, practically no hops that I can taste. Good flavor.
Have to admit a prejudice, though: I just can't get behind filtered wheat beers, especially when they come from an excellent producer such as Weihenstephaner. That wheat texture is so refreshing and rewarding in the best examples of the style, when I taste a non-HEFE weissbier, I can only think of what I'm missing.
There's a plasticy, bubblegum taste, too, just to the left of the vanilla/clove combo we find in great (and not-so-great) Bavarian weissbiers.
In this heat, though, it'll so, but it will be largely forgotten, especially as I down it quickly in order to get at the Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weisse in the fridge!

feloniousmonk, Jun 22, 2003
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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to start this review by saying that if you haven't had this beer on draft in the summer on a hot day, you haven't drank a beer yet. This is one of my favorite beers of all time, a complete homerun.

This is one of the best session beers available on the planet, especially on a hot day. I've had this beer both of draft and in the bottle and draft is better so that's what I'm reviewing today.

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar, served as 0.5 L in a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. Beer is CRYSTAL clear, get it? Light yellow, super clear, nice steady moderate carbonation of medium sized bubbles. Tight white head forms over the beer and falls away leaving lacing behind. It looks like a light pilsner or something, its just so pretty. It belongs in a commercial.

The aroma is the only place that I can think of decent criticism. This beer does not really smell much of anything. There are subtle tones of banana esters, some sweetness, some wheat. Its not its strong suit.

This beer is thin, easy drinking, light, finishes cleanly, has nice sweetness on the front and carries to the back with the wheat flavors. No hop bitterness or aftertaste at all. Drinkability is as high as a beer can beer. It is excellent.

drabmuh, Nov 13, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is a good. It has a dry, yet sweet wheat malt scent with some clove and banana hints and a fruity aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very light, yet flavorful feel. It boasts of pale wheat malts and a fruity yeast finish. This is a good beer for the casual wheat beer drinker. It would be great on a hot day with some lemon. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great drinking wheat beer. It's light and flavorful. How can you go wrong?

WesWes, Feb 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up yesterday at Rick's in Alexandria, VA for $2.99. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first beer in the kristalweizen style; one more down, only 5 to go.

a - Pours a very transparent bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Head only lasts for a minute and leaves no lacing. Very carbonated, bottle was a very slow gusher when I opened it.

s - Smells of cloves, wheat, musty notes, earthy notes, bready malts, and very light bananas. Nice and crisp, getting more spices than bananas or fruit. While I like it, the musty notes drop it a tiny bit for me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, bready malts, grains, earthy notes, and light floral notes. More hefeweizen notes than the nose and more bananas, though seems a little bit like a watered down version of their hefe. Still very nice though and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Was actually expecting it to be too carbonated based on the look but thankfully it wasn't. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer and I enjoyed it. It isn't my favorite Weihenstephaner beer, but for the style it was exactly what I was expecting. A good beer I'd certainly have agan, though personally I'd get their classic hefeweizen over this.

mdfb79, Nov 06, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is biscuit malt with some banana and bubble gum. The flavor is more of the same, with pronounced banana, bubble gum and citrus notes. A very flavorful beer. The mouthfeel is medium and is very soft. The carbonation is low-medium.

Mora2000, Feb 11, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephan weizen glass.
Poured golden with slow, steady streams of tiny-bubbled carbonation that produced a large, fluffy white head that eventually became a thin, solid, well-retained lace.
The smell was of citrusy lemon and banana/clove. It was a clean, crisp aroma.
The taste was of malty banana/clove - but not thick. It had a subtle but sharp wheat bite. The alcohol came out a bit. Overall, it was pretty basic, but good.
The mouthfeel was fluffy and fairly creamy. Some of the flavors thinned a bit, but they, esp. the wheat, stuck to the tongue.
It's a good brew from a great brewery. Personally, I would choose the hefe-weiss over this if given a choice, but this one is certainly worth drinking!

jwc215, Jun 29, 2006
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4/5  rDev -1%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filtered clear, light gold color. Impressive white head that leaves extensive lace.

Nice sour smell of raw wheat. There's light hop in the background.

Frothy taste of light (watery, even) malt up front. Weak wheat that also features some definitive sourness. Short aftertaste of mild citrus. Very light body with a high level of carbonation.

Not my cup of tea--this beer has no flaws but is otherwise very pedestrian.

smcolw, May 30, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour produces a frothy, initially four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, with lots of carbonation bubbles streaming through a bright, yellow gold colored beer. The aroma has the characteristic notes of clove, a touch of banana, a hint of spiciness, some dusty crushed malt aromatics and soft bread-like notes. It seems to be missing a tart wheat component to it and leaves me wondering if this is enhanced by suspended yeast in the traditional Weizen mit Hefe. As a substitute though there is a spicy note that I don't usually get, really it is a black pepper note that is both slightly woody as well as spicy.

Sweet tasting and well carbonated, the beer foams up as it hits my tongue. Smooth flavors of clove, a touch of banana up front, noticeable sweet (almost honey-like) grain, touches of peach. The carbonation combines with other notes to produce a peppery finish to the beer; in the near finish it competes with the sweet grain and clove notes, but in the long finish it becomes much more noticeable. As the carbonation subsides the feel of this beer becomes much more creamy; it is still quite easy drinking and most definitely quite quaffable.

The Hefe definitely adds some complexity (whether you pour in the sediment or not), but this is a pretty nice beer. I definitely like that the clove and some of the banana flavors are easily noticed and I find that that interesting pepper-like note adds a bit of intrigue to what might have been only a decent Weissbier.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Mar 01, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

oriolesfan4, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with a soapy white head, good retention, good lacing, looks like your standard pilsner.

S: Heavy on the banana ester side of things, light clove, and actually what smells like a bit of smoke.

T: Definitely has the requisite Bavarian weissbier profile. Clove bite starts out the flavour, quick but provocative, light banana, with a great taste of bubblegum in the aftertaste.

M: Lacking, really felt like a light lager in my mouth, it's that fizzy.

D: Aside from the mouthfeel that could be beefed up a little bit, a really tasty weizen beer from Weihenstephaner, would buy again.

Halcyondays, May 06, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle, poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, looks good, large head, which stayed a while, shrinking, but staying. light, bright golden colour with bubbles rising up the beer, bursting through head.

The aroma is of wheat and bannana's, not as strong as other Weissbiers I have tried, but still in the nose. Maybe the process that clears the beer also takes away some of the aroma?

Refeashing, clean taste, with wheat winning the battle of flavours over bannana and vanilla, but only just.

Taste stays, getting more bitter as the mouth dries, take a long time between sips to feel this sensation.

I would drink another one, but I will not go looking for it. I would like to try a few more Kristall Weissbiers (I have drank others, many years ago, on tap and in bottles) before I can say this is one of the best or not. If my memory serves me correctly, this fits in around the middle of the style for taste and enjoyment.

This beer was drank, as I reviewed it, on a Sunday afternoon at home (19 Nov 2006).

BlackHaddock, Nov 19, 2006
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.