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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,525 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 80
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bomber into a hefe glass, this one is a handsome pale yellow gold color with lots of heavy carbonation. Absolutely towering white head fades slowly leaving good lacing all the way to the bottom. Fantastic looking beer; crystal clean and lovely; a thing at which to marvel. Unfortunately, stellar appearance is this beers strongest point, though perhaps the fault lies in the age of the beer. Since there was no date, it was impossible to ascertain, but possibly it has not aged well. Nose evinces strong to very strong clove and coriander, a bit of soapy off-scent, and some spicy alcohol. Tastes strongly of herbs and spice with a dominance of clove. Malt/hops balance leaves a very neutral pallet upon which the spices paint. Unfortunately for me, this results in a merely good and not outstanding brew. Mouth is bubbly as would be expected, with the high carbonation keeping things crisp and refreshing. Middle-to-low viscosity is pleasing and smooth. Drinkability is good; it was easy to finish off 500ml but I probably wouldn’t pursue this one further; while it looks good, it’s not exceptional.

Overall: A good looking, solid Kristall Weissbier that’s not terribly complex, this one’s worth a try. Possibly a fresher sample would prove more impressive.

Photo of KC9LDB
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a clear pale yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of wheat banana and clove
T: taste is banana, creamy wheat and some light clove and spice. swallow is more banana and pear with some more clove and wheat with some ever so slight bitterness
M: light and creamy on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A very tasty wheat beer with good flavors and excellent balance. Try it if wheats are your thing

Photo of whynot44
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw yellow color with a substantial pure white creamy head that fades slowly to just a thin layer bt continues to leave some decent lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles continue through the glass.

The aroma is cloves, bananas and some bready wheat and grass.

The taste starts with a bready wheat followed immediately by cloves. Hints of bananas come in the middle. The finish is peppery, spicy, grassy and slightly dry.

Medium bodied, smooth and very easy to drink. Excellent with food.

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of harsley
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, very active carbonation that holds up a thick and tightly packed, pure white, head. Head fades into a half in cap in a couple of minutes, carbonation still incredibly strong. Not much lacing to speak of, which is just a little disheartening.

S: Phenols are not too subdued, that same familiar banana and clove aroma is here, and in spades. Slight graininess works its way into the aroma picture as well.

T/MF: Mild creamy orange, clove and banana to open, very crisp and clean mouthfeel, closes with a slight graininess. Pinch of cinnamon works its way in here as well. Again, sip after sip, closes with a slight grainy upswing and finishes pretty clean with a lasting impression of clove and cinnamon (which I suppose taste pretty similar anyways). Medium bodied, which is nice to see out of this style, nice balance stuck between smoothness and chewiness.

D: Not bad, but I think I enjoy the extra yeast in the bottle of hefes, but keeping in line with the style, and being that this is my first kristallweissbier, but the look of this beer brings down the drinkability for me just slightly.

Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of illini4x4
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color. Huge frothy head, somewhat fizzy. Not as much retention as expected, fading quick. Smell is nice. Cleaner version of a Hefe. The spice is toned down along with the banana. Light grain. Faint bubble gum. Taste is similarly soft. No sharpness from spices. Very clean and easy going, soft around the edges. A light banana and again bubble gum are present. Some doughy bread. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Slick going down. Again, very soft. This brew is meant to be consumed in large amounts it seems. Light, refreshing, and simply enjoyable.

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up today by mistake as I thought I had grabbed the hefeweissbier.

Poured into my hefe weizen glass. Very active even with a careful and slow pour. This one is a clear, filtered, wheat beer and has the color of store bought apple juice. About two fingers of white head and continuously effervescent.

The aroma is wonderful, with grape, green apple, pear, slightly lemony and a sweet wheat malt backbone. It smells like a fruit salad, yum.

The taste is just like the aroma, very clean and mouth coating as well. Very fruity, almost too fruity for me but I'm enjoying it.

Very solid all around. Would pick this up again, and it was a nice beer to drink on a warm day.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of wheat, banana, some citrus and grassy notes, with some mild bitterness. Palate is a light to medium body, a crisp clean mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of wheat, sweet citrus and banana flavor, a bit of tart notes with some bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good, crisp and refreshing brew. Nicely done

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of karst
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal/kristall clear gold in the 0.5 SOHM Erdinger Weissbrau glass with a stiff white pillowy head. Banana, wheat and bready aromas a little dimished by filterings as is the over all flavor. Less sweet that the standard heffe with lighter mouthfeel from the missing proteins. Still in all a very drinkable summer offering from Weihenstephan that some may prefer until they aquire the taste of the fuller unfiltered version.

Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan glass. crystal clear, golden color with a two finger head that slowly settles.

s: a bit of a muddled nose compared to a normal hef, but still retains all the same qualities (herbal spiciness, citrus, etc)

t: citrus up front, quickly followed by that signature german yeast flavor of banana and clove. really great stuff. great malt character too

m&d: mouthfeel is spot on. drinkability is a 5, because it has the great refreshing character of a hefeweizen, without the yeast.


if you like weissbiers, be sure to get this.

Photo of AmitC
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,525 ratings.