Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 95
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours with exceptionally large amounts of carbonation: swirling, frothing anarchy inside my weizen glass. This promotes a ridiculous head of fluffy, meringue white that sits in puffy insolence over the top of the glass. Body has all the clarity you expect, but this seems more to be about the head. Indeed, the carbonation seems to force it ever higher, meaning that after a few minutes where I though it had settled down, it pushed over the edge of the glass. Very vibrant in any case.

Although banana is the expected dominant character here, I get pear, pear and more pear. Fresh sharp skin characters and a slight metallic twang, possibly from the wheat. It mingles with a faint peppery yeasty character, perhaps the clove spice playing against the pear. It's sharper and brighter than a typical hefeweizen nose, and has a uniqueness all to itself. Great stuff.

Taste is light and pleasant, but perhaps scoured of character a little more than the nose suggested. Here there's a light, sweet grain character and a faint smoothed bitterness towards the back, reminiscent of that metallic character on the nose. The fruitiness sticks around the edges, but doesn't really provide any depth or complexity. It leaves a touch of pear skin on the finish. It's fine, really, but I was hoping this could blow my conceptions of Kristals out of the water.

Feel is good. Despite the overt carbonation, it's rather soft on the palate, with a light cushioning of bubbles on the back.

Overall, there's no doubting this is a well-crafted and well-made beer. It's also a very good Kristalweizen, a style which I feel is often overlooked. Of the ones I've tried, I think Schneider's is better, but this makes a very worthy stablemate to Weihenstephaner's other excellent beers.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brew with a nice white head.

Smell is banana and spices and grains, faintly wheaty and cloves.

Taste is mildly sweet and spicy with a mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is well thought out, very creamy.

Very drinkable brew, good any time any place.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light gold color with a huge white head. Nose has smell of cloves and a slight wheat and funk. Taste is light, slightly malty with a hint of banana, smooth finish. Excellent drinkability, a good session beer. Good beer overall would recommend to anyone who desires the style.

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Lemon/yeast nose. Starts sweet lemony, with wheat and yeast flavor, finish is squeaky clean. Would be a great summer beer. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL capped bottle pulled from the cellar.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color, somewhat but not quite goldenrod. The filtering has rendered the ale crystal clear with now sign of impurities. The head near a finger on pour and has reduced to a thin white band atop of the beer.

S: The nose is full of esters, giving off a bubblegum, banana and clove profile that is as sweet as it suggests.

T: The flavor is a continuation of nose, sweet and soft. Banana and bubblegum dominate the taste throughout. As the ale warms a bit in the mouth, the sweeter flavors cut through some wheat tartness to really shine. The banana flavors re-emerge long after the sip is gone to provide a reminder of the strong body.

M: The wheat tartness and yeasty esters create a mouth that never disappoints.

D: The moderate abv and strong flavor profile make this a great choice in the authentic German wheat beer realm.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Kristall is much clearer than a typical weissbier, but isn't without some smudging haze. Still, it manages a glorious golden-yellow tone that, although the glass stretches only about half a foot to the sun, radiates a great deal of its brightness. Little bubbles float up in unison like you see in one of those 'oxygenator' things that are attached to aquariums. Head is fluffy but incomplete.

The aroma on this Weihenstephaner confirms that you can filter a hefeweizen but you can't filter out the hefe (yeast) character. Seriously, with every sniff I asked myself "What filtration?" It smells almost (if not, as) effervescent as the classical Weihenstephaner Weissbier which, I may remind you, is widely considered the prototype of the style.

The taste also reminds us that, like the villain in any horror movie, yeast does not die easily. Even more vividly than in the smell, notes of over-ripened banana, apples and pear blend with crisp, sun-kissed straw and wheat and are doused in a lightly peppery, clove-like spice. It is far more assertive a flavour than you typically get with beers this light in colour.

Still, however, the mouthfeel is very clean. Its carbonation is piercingly high but is quenching without compromising on flavour and its texture is simultaneously grainy, creamy, bubbly and spicy. Given the reputation of German brewers in general, and the stellar character of this brewery in particular, it goes without saying that this is superlatively well brewed.

If I could buy the world a Coke... it would actually be a German wheat beer, and why not this one? If the Germans know one thing about brewing it's how to make a beer that is appealing to just about anyone and infinitely drinkable with breakfast, lunch, dinner (or any time in between). This is a full-flavoured but easy drinking beer perfect for those hot, dog days of summer. Like every Weihenstephaner offering, it get's my recommendation.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks itself to most of the glass. Endless carb. streams come from the bottom of the glass. Smells of clove and spicy wheat malt along with hints of sweet malt and banana. Taste is light and refreshing with lots of clove and spicy wheat malt. Lemon, sweet bready malt and banana play a supporting role as well. Creamy firm mouthfeel, medium body and an ample amount of carbonation. Great light summer type beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ion draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a dark straw hue with a half finger white cap.

The smell featured light esters and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was dominated by yeast esters with some wheat chew and a sloppy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full and the sweetness left a heavy sensation.

Overall a decently tasty ale. The sweetness was a bit offsetting.

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice small foamy white head, nice lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, yeast, banannas, clove, and some spices. The taste is malty/hoppy, the belgium yeast, and a little spicy. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, another very good brew from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not an expert with this style of beer so I am rating it per my tastes and not so much how it ranks against others. The beer poured a lighter golden fairly clear with thick head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries clove and biscuit. The taste is strong clove with some banana and bread. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is decent but I would not drink a lot of it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale straw gold with a billowy white head.

S: a nice spicy aroma of cloves and bananas.

T: The initial flavor was fresh bread, bananas with light lemon hints. The palate was clean, crisp and light pretty much stripped of its flavor. Was like having French fries without the salt. Pleasant with a dry fizzy champagne finish.

M: The mouthful is thin of course, smooth with a lively carbonation.

D: A very clean finish and light drinking weiss.

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is sort of a lighter version of the flagship hefeweizen. To me it’s very similar but a little crisper, cleaner, and more summery. Not quite as flavorful or aromatic. Still, it’s quite good and extremely easy to drink. As the name implies it’s very clear and light gold in color with a smaller head and less impressive lacing that the original. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and full of wheat, with the obvious banana/clove profile and hints of lemon and other citrus notes.

Flavor is also distinct and light but still yeasty and spicy; coriander and clove are in there with the wheat, mildly sweet malt, and mostly banana amongst the fruits. Finish is very clean, carbonation is lively, goes down easy. An exceptionally quenching brew but a bit less interesting than the original hefe. Probably wouldn’t buy this one all that often; the standard is light and refreshing enough for me with a bigger and better taste and aroma.

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle says "crystal clear" and boy do they mean it. This beer pours a perfectly clear, apple juice like golden yellow with a two finger, quickly dissipating head. The aromas aren't very present whatsoever, and certainly not when compared to their other beers. There is some light yeast and also this aroma reminiscent of sparkling soda. The flavor boasts the rich and sweet yeast similar to their Hefe but in a dialed down manner. It is very, very light in body and drinks very well. It's almost a watered down and lighter version of their Hefe which makes it one of the most drinkable and sessionable beers around. All in all, this is yet another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of flagmantho
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light, clear golden straw color with three fingers of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: delicious wheat aroma with a hint of banana. This just strikes me as very well crafted -- excellent.

Taste: crisp, clean, wheaty; there's that hint of banana again. This beer is simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Fits the style well.

Drinkability: this beer is a pleasure to imbibe. It's not complex or challenging; it's simply an extremely tasty well-crafted beer.

Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and gold with a fluffy, bright white head. Lots of carbonation is apparent in the body. Clumpy lacing. Sweet aromas of ripe mashed bananas, wheat crackers, lemony with a bit of clove. Lemon zest up front in the flavour, more sweet bananas, followed by drying wheat and spice. Light to medium bodied with perhaps a bit more carbonation than needed. Very refreshing and quite tasty.

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild bananas. Taste is good, bananas and spices well blended, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Viggo
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with biegaman on a fine spring day out on the patio.

Pours with a slight chill haze, otherwise a brilliant straw colour, very healthy looking, wine wine colour, thick white head, nice lace spots, settles to a thin layer. Smell is light banana, some clove, bread, bisuity malts, mild aroma but quite nice, refreshing. Taste is sweet and malty, honey, light banana, light spice finish, wheat, bread, again very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, very lively and quenching. Nice beer, not as complex and flavourful as a weiss but very enjoyable. Thanks Jan!

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew really is a crystal clear light straw color. Big rocky white head with nice retention tops the brew. Really nice nose. Some wezen characteristics like banana and vanilla, but also a nice scent of belgian-like yeast. Very solid vanilla and banana tastes on the palate. Spicy, peppery notes also dance around. This is a little more subdued in the tastes than a great German Hefe-weizen. But this is really nice. I like this a lot. I haven't had many kristall weiss beers. I must say that I will be trying more in the future to see how they compare to this one.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a filtered pale yellow with lively carbonation rising to a quickly fading white fluffy head. Smell is of slight banana and clove with hints of a nice yeasty quality in the nose as well. Taste is dry and crisp and very easy to drink. This seems to be a "light" or toned down hefeweizen. While it is a very good and refreshing brew, I keep thinking how much better the hefeweizen is.

Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my pint glass. Clearer than their hefeweizen.

Aroma is light with a decent hint of banana and clove in the nose, followed by wheat malt.

Taste is somewhat tart with strong banana and clove flavors. Smooth and delicious. Somewhat lighter and closer to a witbier.

As mentioned, banana and clove flavors linger a bit. Texture of the beer is similar to a witbier and somewhat more refreshing.

I've never had this style before. I think that a hefeweizen loses certain characteristics when it is filtered. Otherwise, this is very nice and drinkable. It reminds me of a kolsch in terms of drinkability. I like this.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw color. Poured a 2 finger merangue-like white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove and a dose of wheat malt; muted though.

T: Consistent with the aroma. Crisp and refreshing. Nicely bittered in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, zesty, light on the pallete and refreshing.

D: Easily drinkable and a great beer. Just scaled-down relative to its bigger brother.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a yellowish-straw color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light, sweet malts, with good amounts of ripe bananas and hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors kick things off and stay strong throughout, allowing a showing from banana flavors and a milder showing from clove flavors midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and leaves a bit of banana flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. My glass went down very quickly and I'm sorry to say I didn't have another available.

Overall the flavors in this beer are similar in profile but lesser in scope than the full-fledged hefeweizen, however both are absurdly drinkable. Worth a shot.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .05L bottle into my Kloster Andechs weizen glass. My first kristalweizen (I think) and the last of the easily available Weihenstphaner beers for me to try. I guess I've enjoyed hefes so much that I was predisposed against the clear version, but this beer proves itself. The beer is golden colored, good clarity, lots of bubbles and a thick creamy poofy foam. The smell is classic German weizen, bananas and so forth, very nice. The taste is the same, with a creamy mouthfeel. As I drink it the glass shows thick lacing of dry-looking foam. A very good beer overall, as are all the Weihenstaphaner beers. Some of the best from Bavaria.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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