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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 65
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-16-2012 19:27:05 | More by ale207
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a large white head that settles soon after to a half-finger cap. Smells heavily of banana and tart wheat, with plenty of yeast character that hints at clove. The wheat dominates the taste, with light clove in the background; the banana is all but gone. None of the flavors are very strong. Light body with heavy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, but reminiscent of a normal hefe that's been watered-down.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 22:32:05 | More by philipquarles
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a large white head and plentiful rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells banana and clove forward, though not as intensely as it is for their hefeweizen. It smells cleaner and the wheat malt presence is bready in the nose. the taste follows the nose. The wheat and barley malts bring a bready taste. The clove provides spicy balance and the banana flavor is also present. Both are milder than in the hefeweizen, allowing the malt profile to shine. This is expected for the style. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 17:01:03 | More by acevenom
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-01-2012 00:19:40 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear (no shit) gold with a huge, bubbly white head. Looks like a pilsener that got too big for its britches.

The aroma is clove, banana and apple. Very pleasant.

The flavor is essentially a subdued version of the classic Weihen hefe with hints of apple. All the culprits are still here, they just aren't quite as pronounced as usual. Still tasty, though.

The creaminess of the hefe is replaced with a pils-like crispness. Very refreshing.

Drinkability is high. This is tops as far as filtered wheats go. I still prefer the flagship hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 06:48:41 | More by BigJim5021
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-07-2014 17:27:00 | More by Benesi88
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New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 31, 2013... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass...OCCASION: home fore New Year's Eve and hoping this beer delivers like champagne... APPEARANCE: as advertised, crystal gold, mildly effervescent base; thick, cumulous white head; good, persistent, wavy lacing... AROMA: banana, clove, bubblegum and yeast; unmistakably wheaty... PALATE: bubbly, beefy body--yet light and fluid; crisp and clean, with an almost medium-bodied presence...TASTE: bubblegum esters front and center; apple, pear and some clove--an enjoyable experience... OVERALL: a fantastic filtered version of the vividly unfiltered offering; a great combination of drinkability and character; champagne indeed! its refreshing zest pairs well with light cheeses and crackers...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:44:44 | More by dacrza1
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-16-2011 05:47:31 | More by Neffbeer
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-03-2014 16:57:20 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-15-2011 22:35:56 | More by jeffthepony
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beautiful German wheat beer. You always hope these beers taste as good as they look, but some fail at that. The Germans and the Belgians are masters at creating thick, billowing heads that make you drink through them due to their stubborn hold on existence. This beer is no exception to that. And you'll get why they call this style "kristall" right off; the beer is crystal clear due to the filtration.

This beer also fits the style by smelling like bananas and cloves on top if some crackermeal-like malt. So, if this tastes as good as it looks and delivers on the promise it makes to your nose, we should be in for a real German treat.

A little disappointing. Pretty standard for a German weissbier, which means it's pretty darn good when put up against all the beers out there, especially wheat beers from other countries. However, for a German wheat it's pretty middle of the road. The banana flavor really comes to the forefront with the cracker-like malt and the spices lay low, only coming out in the wash. Hops presence is minimal, but you can sense the floral taste they carry.

The carbonation is perfect and it carries a nice body one would expect from a German weissbier. There's almost an oiliness on the lips that's a bit unpleasant, detracting from the rest of the mouthfeel. I wanted "crisp" and didn't get it.

Still, a nice beer and a benchmark in the style. Low in alcohol so you can drink many, but not the lawn mower beer I had hoped for. Zatec still holds the title for me in that role.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 01:01:39 | More by Naugros
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th and second last beer out of the 5 pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. What a beauty. Pale golden color. Huge, huge head more than 4 fingers thick. White color. Fluffy. Foam like. Stays for 5 minutes or so and then dissipates into a thin disappearing layer. Extremely clear and transparent. Clearer than a crystal. Excellent lacing.

Smell is a little subdued. Wheat, cloves and banana. Just the regular stuff.

Taste is very much the nose, with dominant banana and wheat flavors. Less spicy than hefeweissbier. Less complex.

Mouth feel: Medium light to slightly fuller feel. Effervescent and refreshing. Little tart due to carbonation, which is not seen but felt.

German purity at its best. Lack of yeasts, takes something away from the taste and smell, but for its style, it is near perfect.

Style rating : 4.25-4.5 overall. Personal preference: 3.25.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:19:36 | More by AmitC
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New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Like almost every Weihenstephaner beer I've had, I get a massive, foamy and chewy head (pale white in color) on the pour. Below is a golden liquid with brown hues, perfectly transparent and displaying an intense, steady carbonation. I expect such beauty from these brewers, as from a visual perspective (at the least), they are always works of art.

S- A punch of clove and banana. It's very straight forward and if there's anything else going on there, I'm hard-pressed to detect it between or around the prominent aromas I just mentioned. There's some sweet malt I find with a little more effort.

T- Just like the nose, very heavy on the banana and clove. It's also sweet and bready and there's some yeastiness and lemon zest.

M- The beer is very effervescent and there's a yeasty tingle. The beer is medium-bodied with some sweetness and creaminess bouncing off of the more aggressive, bubbly yeast feel.

Another tasty beer from Weihenstephaner, heave on the banana and clove. I'm a bit more partial to the darker beers with a bit more nuttiness and malt, but this is still a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 22:49:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled right after rating the unfiltered version. Same weiss glass, same plate of soggy cold dumplings staring me down.

Clear, bright, pale golden hue. Couple inches of soapy meringue. Rings of blotchy lace.

Smells of sweet anise, candied banana, dough, & mineral water.

Taste is heavy with banana liquor & pear sweetness. Almost sharp. Wheat only plays a background role this time. Clove comes through with some force here, compared with the unfiltered. Minor yeast note. Odd tangy finish.

Feel is much more dry then the regular hef. Carbonation, more prickly. Alcohol feels a bit less noticable because of the sweetness(or maybe I'm just a bit too far gone to notice). Body maintains some weight, however invisible.

Drinkability is similar, but for different reasons. They contrast each other well.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 09:40:10 | More by PEBKAC
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-01-2014 20:41:23 | More by BJSmit
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New Brunswick (Canada)

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

A: Poured with a large, white fizzy head that diminished to 1/4-finger after a little time. No real lacing. Body is medium-yellow and brilliantly clear.

S: Very peppery and fruity... the cloves and banana are there, but not to the degree that I've noticed with other Weizen beers.

T: Very refreshing, with moderate spices (especially clove and pepper) and light fruitiness.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy, with very fizzy carbonation.

D: A very-easy drinking beer, and would be excellent on a hot day. Flavors aren't as powerful as with some other weizens I've had, but in a way this works to an advantage of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 19:40:27 | More by berley31
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden color with a fluffy, pillowy white head that lasted throughout. Aroma was dominated by banana with hints of vanilla and spice. Not a whole lot different in taste from the hefeweizen, but the mouthfeel is different. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 08:43:33 | More by biggmike
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-28-2013 00:39:51 | More by gshak
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-30-2013 23:53:31 | More by unclekeith
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a bell-clear clear golden yellow tone while yielding a massive 3"+ frothy white head. moderate retention, leaves behind some lacing in patches.

nose is very similar to the weihenstephaner hefeweizen, just a more subdued version - which is just as expected. soft notes of banana, malt, and a bit of clove. understated for sure.

taste is nice. banana, clove, grainy malt. light bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. maybe it's because i haven't had one in a few days and so my perception is distorted, maybe it's because i was just in the mood for a lighter beer, or maybe it's simply because this is a great brew. there's a certain 'the whole being more than the sum of its parts' quality to it. drinks very easily. perfect for those occasions where you're in the mood for something lighter, crisper, and yet still very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 04:49:22 | More by perrymarcus
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/02/2010:

500 ml bottle at 42* into an Ayinger Weizen glass.

A: This pours a pale straw color with a heavily carbonated and pure-white 2 finger head.

S: I smells granny smith apples, wheat, lemon, and taco shells. Strange, I know, but actually nice.

T: It is rather funky with grass, apples, banana, apricot, citrus, and bubble gum.

M: It is light and clean.

D: This is flavorful, light, and easy on the stomach. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:35:23 | More by bucklemyshoe
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a light clear straw, forming a large white head. Very little lacing.

S - Strong aroma of bananas and cloves, along with a light wheat and yeast presence.

T - Nice pronounced banana and clove flavor with the wheat malt in the finish. A bit grassy in the finish.

M - Smooth and light. Good carbonation and clean finish.

D - Overall, a very easy drinker. Smooth finish and great flavor. Average alcohol. This is my first Kristalweizen, and I have to say its not only delicious, but highly drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 22:23:47 | More by beeragent
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4/5  rDev -1%

10-17-2013 00:04:31 | More by Sspeer1
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-29-2013 20:37:07 | More by jminch
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is a very bright white bubbly head that is a solid two fingers thick. Underneath is a clear golden where carbonation rises up from the bottom.

Aroma: Pears, apples a touch of spice from the hops that are rather floral. Along with all that is a very nice dryness in the nose.

Taste: Spice, pears, apple skin and a crisp mouthfeel that has nice carbonation. It finishes rather clean with a touch of dryness.

Notes: This is very easy drinking beer very tasty and a good one pick up. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 03:43:49 | More by horshack7
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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