Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
1/03/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- 16.9 oz bottle with a "2234" code on the back label. Poured into my Orleans wiezen glass.
Appearance- Straw yellow coloring, Nice foamy and creamy white head that is still there halfway through the bottle. Light lacing and beautiful strands of carbonated bubbles making their way to the surface.
Smell- A bit worried because I had the same metallic scent as I had in the Weihenstephaner lager yesterday. Also some decent scents of clove and pear.
Taste- Oh wow, this is some good s**t! Thankfully no metal taste here. This one is full of flavor. Lots of subtle cloves and spices. Some banana mixed in as well. Extrememly crisp and clean. Very impressed.
Mouthfeel- Moderate to high carbonation, but still goes down very smooth because of it's crisp aspects. Dare I even say a bit creamy?
Drinkability- Wish I had bought a few more of these. Outstanding tasting brew. Have a hefe in the fridge of this brand that I can't wait to try. Maybe sometime this week. Grab this bad boy if you see it.
01-03-2005 19:44:33 | More by GClarkage
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours a clear golden yellow color with a big foamy white head that lasts through out leaving chunky lacing in the glass. Crisp light fruit aroma with wheat, apple, citrus peel and banan notes. Very carbonated up front with crisp citrus fruit and slightly sour finish. Flavor similar to aroma with hints of golden apple, lemon/orange/grapefruit peel and banana. Crisp sour fruit presence with a slightly dry finish. Very refreshing!
04-12-2009 04:39:54 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Appears a transparent light gold with a 2 finger head of white froth that doesn't want to drop. Plenty of co2 streams rise to the top of the glass. Little droplets of lacing are left around the glass.
Aromas of banana, vanilla, clove, citrus, and light apple are apparent...same as the hefe but perhaps less phenolic and in your face.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the same statement holding true in comparison to the hefe, which I tasted side by side.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation tickling the palate during the swallow.
07-27-2008 13:25:05 | More by weeare138
3.95/5 rDev -2%
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.
03-12-2013 05:40:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.83/5 rDev -5%
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.
05-15-2009 02:10:07 | More by barleywinefiend
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
Mid sized bottle, no feshness indication to be found. This brew pours quite light straw and very clear. Expansive white head early, minor head late and minimal lacing. Nose is crisp and clean with a hint of lime and yeast picked up. This is a fresh tasting beer, citrus, light banana, yeast picked up. This is a fine summer brew, great for newbies, refreshing. Easy style and beer to like. well worth enjoying with light food.
08-05-2005 12:41:34 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
Ah, what a nice fresh tasting beer this is. Pours golden with good clarity and a very nice white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of fresh wheat, and lightly of banana and clove. The taste is wonderful. Not grainy at all, and slightly sweet with banana and pear and with a lightt wheat flavor with sweet banana on the finish. Very lightly spicy and fresher then their hefeweisen in flavor but perhaps a bit less creamy. The clove is definitely more restrained. Crisp and smooth and a pleasure to drink.
05-18-2008 17:03:05 | More by Georgiabeer
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-23-2007 00:06:21 | More by akorsak
4.15/5 rDev +3%
A: Pours a crystal clear (no pun intended) pale straw yellow with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. There is a two finger tall foamy white head that has excellent retention - barely diminishing over the entire course of the beer. Also, significant lacing is observed.
S: The aromas are similar to many of the hefeweizens but not quite as intense - hints of grassy hops, citrus hops, clove, and banana.
T: Again, the flavors are very similar to a hefeweizen but not as intense. A very nice complexity of flavors and balance. The flavors are primarily banana and clove with hints of citrus and grass. The presence of wheat is detectable.
M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.
O: I really like this beer - very delicious and a great example of the the style. Very sessionable, I could literally drink this beer all afternoon evening and not tire of it. What a "light" beer should have been in America - a slightly lighter version of something great.
02-21-2012 00:07:11 | More by dbrauneis
3.38/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
10-29-2006 23:40:59 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-28-2004 02:22:12 | More by Zorro
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
Welcome to the Weihenstephaner Invitational! A gift pack featuring four different styles of beer will be competing with one another to take the top prize in this competition. Wei's Kristallweissbier will be the first to be judged, as we are set to go:
Where's the yeast? Oh, it's a filtered wheat beer. It looks more like a lager with its clear blonde appearance and action of carbonation. A big head rises on top of that. Very nice. Taking out the yeast has allowed other flavors to pull out, such as spice and lemon. A lot of malted wheat in the taste, with very little bitterness. Very clean and tart in the back of the tongue. Light feel, but it fits the style.
Wei's Kristallweissbier scores pretty well here in the first of four samples, and we'll be back as soon as their Hefeweissbier flexes its muscles...
06-16-2007 16:52:14 | More by DoubleJ
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
16oz or so bottle into a Bell's inspired brewing pilsner glass. This is my 1st shot at a kristalweizen.
A- Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier pours out of the bottle a light pale colored straw like yellow with a clear look to it. Looks great in the glass although not much of a head comes up, only a trace cap.
S- Smells like a Hefeweizen on the light end with some banana and other light esters. Getting some pale malts and grassy scents here as well. A little wheat and a touch of hops, this is light in all sense of the word.
T- I waited to drink this for when it was hot outside and it did it's job, this is refreshing beer. It's essentially a filtered hefeweizen with the same tastes as one but lighter. Some banana, light pale malts and some grass with other esters from the yeast, it's light though. Some hops but just enough to keep this well rounded.
M&D- A nice spritzy mouthfeel from the carb when first poured although that got lost as this warmed to almost nothing. Light bodied and refreshing. I suggest drinking this as cold as possible to keep the crispness on the tounge. This gets dull in feel with warmth, but the fruits come out a bit more. I can and will drink this all day someday and maybe stretch it into a weekend. Good stuff and light in alcohol too.
04-23-2010 05:49:40 | More by BARFLYB
4.03/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-05-2007 01:10:42 | More by Wasatch
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottled 7/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with nice strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of banana, light fruits, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; with a good amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, smooth, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic kristall weissbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
03-07-2013 04:35:10 | More by superspak
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
Weihensthephaner Kristall Weissbier
Appearance: 16.9 oz bottle into its proper branded weizen glass. Clear and filtered gold with a simply massive pillowy white foamy cap. Lace coats the glass, and overall this is an impressive looking brew.
Smell: Similar to the Weihenstephaner Hefe, this aroma is full of fruity yeast esters (banana, bubblegum, clove) and some wheat malt backing it all up.
Taste: Light flavor overall, wheat and spicy Saaz/Tettnang hopping combines with a clove like yeast character. Mild lemon and tea like flavors also come from the oily hops. Filtering this brew mutes the banana and bubblegum elements that were apparant in the nose, which lets the hops come through a bit more than they normally would. Mildly bitter, some wheat flavors, very easy on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation levels are good, clean, crisp albiet thin.
Overall: This is the lighter alternative to the standard Hefeweizen and a kindred spirit to the American Pale Wheat Ale style. Light wheat elements and pleasing overall character makes for excellent drinkability. Still, something inside me is saying "they filtered the good stuff out", but that is because their Hefeweizen is nothing short of amazing. This is good, however, and a solid choice for a summer session beer.
08-12-2011 07:01:26 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev 0%
The beer is a crystal clear light golden hue. The beer is moderately effervescent. The head is thick, fluffy, white and generates a decent amount of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is very similar to that of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, with scents of wheat, banana, and clove.
The taste is quite nice, and again, similar in many regards to the unfiltered version. The flavors are there, but perhaps a bit more subtle than the Hefeweissbier. The beer is not as refreshingly delicious either, as the unfiltered version packs such an enormous flavor punch that it completely masks any hint of alcohol.
The feel is smooth and clean, with a slight hint of alcohol in the very back. Carbonation level is medium to high.
A great beer overall. I definitely need to do a side by side compare and contrast session with this and the Hefeweissbier. Weihenstephaner just might be the best brewery in Germany.
11-16-2010 03:30:57 | More by Huhzubendah
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
Ok, my first Kristallweisbier so I'll review based on the style description given here.
Pours a very clear, honey golden. Almost a 4 finger fluffy white head, a bit splotchy. Lacing is smooth and clean all they way down.
Lightly blended aromas of soft malt and lemongrass. Very slight banana. Refreshing is a good descriptor, I think.
Flavor is light. A crispness comes on first, with subtle clove and citrus in the middle. Pale malt in the end calms down the phenols a bit. A touch buttery on the end.
A very nice, refreshing beer. Can see this being a great summer beer for me.
03-17-2010 07:57:20 | More by Mebuzzard
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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