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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
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1,505 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 77
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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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Photo of everetends
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle from Four Winds of P'cola, FL in a mixed brewery sampler. Poured into the weizen glass that bears the name of this fine brewery.

A: A very vibrant yellow that is exactly what you expect from this beer: Crystal friggin clear. Had to be careful on the pour because this beer wants to provide you with some serious head. Got almost 3 fingers of big time, foam head. The retention was pretty good as it receeded to a never dying top cap that leaves so nice, carbonation filled lacing streaks. Seriously active carbonation is constantly streaming up this beautiful brew.

S: Smells like a thin Hefe. Got some nice subtle scents of yeast and wheat. Clove and banana are there with a touch of citrus. A very subtle sugary sweetness is on the backend.

T: Once again, just a perfectly nice thin tasting Hefe. Banana and clove come is oh so subtle. Wheat and yeast are there very nicely to add some nice earthiness to this brew. The sweetness is also there and very subtle along with just a splash of citrus flavor. Although this is subtle, it is still great. Very damned tasty.

M: So beautifully clean and crisp. This on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is a heavy but necessary. Makes this beer so damned crisp and refreshing. Clove and banana linger a bit to remind who is the big brother of this beer. So nice.

D: If this poured freely, I would pull from that stream each day. This brewery is amazing and it shows you why they have stood the test of time. All of their brews are great, this is no exception. Drink up, can't wait for my Vitus!

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.

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WakeandBake
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head that lasted quite a while. Aroma is yeasty,banana, clove,and citrus.Flavor is bready,yeasty,more of the Belgin yeast,clove,banana, grass,and grain.Crisp mouthfeel,high carbonation,light body. A good drinker on a nice Spring day,kind of like a spiced Lager.

Photo of hotstuff
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a large off-white head when it was poured into my glass.This was just an okay beer to me.Nothing all that special in my opinion.I picked up an aroma that reminded me of bananas.Definitely not one of the better German Wheat beers that I have tasted.

Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its all in all a nice beer. pours cristal like a lager but certainly with the nice properties of a good ole weiss (or an ale for that matter.)

The smell isnt all that strong but it does say much about the beer, which, while nice wheaty tasting, is kinda weak in carbonation and flavour all in all which disappoints a bit at the end.

Still, nice.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of slimntubbs
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of maddogruss
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a nice hefe glass.

A: Poured a light, straw-yellow body with a thick, white and silky head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing along the sides of the glass all the way through the finish.

S: Banana esters were fairly evident in the smell with some undertones of some sweet malts making themselves evident as well.

T: A rather light, banana taste with a kind of watered down, banana ester aftertaste. Aftertaste was also kind of sweet, yielding a fruity/apple juice note.

M: Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp. Rather refreshing as I had it on a fairly hot night as I was unwinding from a rough day. Definitely a nice summer beer.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. As noted above, an excellent summer beer that is very nice to hang out with an cool off. I felt that, overall, this was a very good example of a Kristalweizen.

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear gold with a constant upward stream of fine white bubbles and an extremely long lasting, frumpy, pure white head. Aromas are ordinary for the style: bananas, cloves, and yeast. Flavors are good and consistent with the aromas. What stands out about this beer is the mouthfeel. It's difficult to get a sense of its body because it is hypercarbonated to the point that it erupts in plumes of foam the moment that it touches the tongue. The overall effect is of a beautiful looking beer that is interesting to taste but that I wish would stand still for a moment so that my palate could peg it down.

Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Appearance - 4.05
Unsurprisingly for a wheat beer, the head is huge, about four fingers when poured carefully, and spilling over the edges. This steadily reduced to about 1 finger of foamy head where it settled. The colour is a clear pale straw.

Smell - 3.5
Very nice, but somewhat underwhelming. There is a slight clove aroma mixed in with the general freshness, bubblegum and malty sweetness, with a little pear.

Taste - 4.0
Very refreshing, as is typical for this kind of beer. The initial taste is a little weak, but this then settles into a classic wheat beer taste; wheaty, lemony, slightly sweet. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, and as before mentioned, very refreshing. The head is very nice if you drink it before it disappears.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Really good. I almost gave this a 4.5 as the small bubbles danced across my tongue for the first time. The general feel is light and moderately carbonated, leaving the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability - 4.0
While this goes down rather easily, I could not see myself drinking it as a session beer, and not only because of the price. I really enjoyed drinking this, and it was certainly no struggle, but it lacked the sort of character that would have me hankering for a second.

OVERALL - 3.9
This is not quite as good as my first few sips indicated. It is certainly a quality wheat beer with a brilliant head, but it is found lacking in the character department. Huge foamy head? Check. Refreshing? Check. Tastes Good? Check. Interesting? Try the Hefe.

Retasting:
Again, not as good as the Hefe, but possibly the best example of its kind. A very good beer.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass. Pours a clear golden color with lots of bubbles. The white head was very thick at first but dissapated to a thin one. Nice lacing.

Aroma is that of a good German pils mixed with a bit of cloves and banana and bubblegum from a German hefe. Little bit of wheat.

Taste is good. Same as above. German pils and hefe mixed. Smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit too high carb. Otherwise it's crisp and refreshing.

Overall a solid beer. Good for if you want. A bit of that hefe taste but a bit more refreshing for the hot days.

Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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