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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,338 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 64
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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AmitC

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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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-03-2014 16:57:20 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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gshak

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-28-2013 00:39:51 | More by gshak
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ale207

Maine

4/5  rDev -1%

04-16-2012 19:27:05 | More by ale207
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

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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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

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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beeragent

Texas

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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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely tall, foamy, long-lasting head. Clear golden body. Bottle foamed over as soon as I opened the bottle, and was very difficult to pour even though I did not shake it.

Smell - Light and refreshing floral banana smell.

Taste - Very light and springy with refreshing subdued fruit complexity. Balanced spice, and subtle alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Spritey spice feel, goes down very smooth.

Drinkability - Could drink this all night. Not heavy, and complex enough to keep me coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:53:35 | More by ZenAgnostic
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horshack7

Massachusetts

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
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev -1%

01-30-2013 23:53:31 | More by unclekeith
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jminch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-29-2013 20:37:07 | More by jminch
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Lothore

California

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

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice, frothy, white, 2 finger head.

S- Faint banana, wheat, light fruits.

T- Lots of banana, very crisp, apricot.

M- Light and bubbly.

D- Very refreshing and light. This is an easy drinker. Great for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:18:08 | More by Lothore
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mjurney

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, One Pint, 0.9 fl. Oz.

Clear, golden color. Few bubble rising. Thick bright white head.

Lots of banana in the nose, some cloves, a little citrus, bready wheat.

Banana up front along with sweet bready malts. Cloves comes thought the taste, I get some hint of apples, raw cookie dough, slight touch of lemony towards the finish. Body is almost creamy, very soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:02:43 | More by mjurney
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml poured into berliner weisse glass.

A: Almost transparent gold color. Thick cumulus head and plenty of lacing clinging for life.

N: Typical weihen banana smell. Absolutely delicious appeal. More lemon and citrus as it warmed.

T: There is substance here in contrast to the lighter appearance. The banana is the first hit but malts make an appearance and sweet fruits are there, perhaps pear or starfruit flavors.

M: Light and bubbly. Refreshing to the palate, good tingling spice aftertaste.

D: Immensely drinkable, not familiar with the style but as a hefe it is tremendous for a summer beer. Everything comes together well and it is as refreshing a beer as you'll find.

This brewery is incredible. Possibly my favorite from the other end of the pond.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 21:58:41 | More by marcpal
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-On tap at the Tap and Table in a Weisse glass. This was my first Kristall Weisse and I was amazed at the clarity and beautiful gold color. Very unlike a Hefe-Weisse. Lots of carbonation and I small lingering fluffy head.
S- Wonderful ripe bananas.
T- The taste is fantastic. Maybe a little more banana than clove as compared to the Hefe. Very smooth.
MD- This is as creamy as the Hefe and just as easy drinking. This is an all around fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 01:45:52 | More by confer
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-01-2014 20:41:23 | More by BJSmit
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

10-17-2013 00:04:31 | More by Sspeer1
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-28-2012 00:59:29 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

10-03-2013 07:48:42 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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mjl21

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottle poured into a weizen glass. Part of batch 1438 and comes in at 5.4%.

A-Crystal clear straw yellow with a crackling 2 finger white head. The head slowly goes down to a one finger level. Tons of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. This one looks like a thirst quencher.

S-Lots of the usual weiss suspects. Fruit such as green apple and banana as well as a minimum amount of clove and as it warms some bubblegum notes.

T-A whole lot like it smells. The sweet fruits come fast followed by wheat and some clove. The aftertaste is very reminiscent of banana bread.

M-Lighter bodied and very crisp due to the great great amount of carbonation. The lasting head gives this one a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D-Refreshing and it goes down way too easy.

Another great on from Weihenstephaner. The lower abv coupled by its refreshing character make this a great beer that I will seek out many more times.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 04:54:26 | More by mjl21
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-08-2013 04:31:38 | More by tourdot
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

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

This beer pours with a four finger head that lasts and leaves lacing on the glass. Pale yellow in colour and very bubbly. Smells of cloves, bananas, wheat, citrus, and sugar. Tastes just as it smells. Moderate banana, cloves, citrus, wheat and a touch of ginger. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, dry and a bit champagne like. A nice session ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 03:20:28 | More by slitherySOB
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harsley

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-19-2013 14:06:21 | More by harsley
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-16-2013 12:55:49 | More by CreekyJarls
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tjd25

France

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head was thin for the style and faded quickly on the so clear and pale golden color body. Big bubbles. Very nice smell: wheat, yeast, banana, and a hint of something roasted. Very sweet. Slightly iodated too. The taste revealed more citrus than one could expect from the smell. Very sweet, almost artificial candy-like. Banana and wheat. Mouthfeel is very clean and kind of light. Watery. The aftertaste is of subtle fruity hops. Drinkable but not overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 22:16:51 | More by tjd25
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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