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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-20-2013 00:46:14 | More by MichiganderHB
Photo of Auraan


5/5  rDev +24.1%

09-22-2012 03:17:13 | More by Auraan
Photo of EigenBeer


4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-19-2013 18:13:02 | More by EigenBeer
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear straw to golden yellow. has a frothy bright white two plus finger head, which has settled to a thin layer leaving some lacing.
S: smell is almost the same a unfiltered hefeweizen. lighter all around banana, clove and bubble gum. wheat aroma is more noticeable
T: lighter flavor overall, more pronounced wheat flavor. the banana and bubble gum are still there, but they are just lighter. this is a very easy drinking beer.
M: somewhat high carbonation gives it a certain crispness, but it is overall smooth on the palate.
O: flavors are still there, this is what the germans should have meant light beer to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 07:49:55 | More by rootbeerman
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-17-2012 12:55:40 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-18-2014 16:09:14 | More by cbnz
Photo of Macca


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear pale yellow with a good head.

The nose is dominated by the phenolics. All bananas and cloves.

Similar on the palate as on the nose.

It is very smooth in the mouth. Lively and long. Light but not insipid. It has a heavy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 09:32:15 | More by Macca
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear, pale yellow with an enormous, white head that took a while to settle.

S: Smell of wheat, yeast, and an overall spring freshness.

T: Tons of wheat malt flavor complemented with bananas. Slight lemon twang is reinforced by yeast sourness. Hops are just an afterthought at the end.

M: Tiny bubbles which do no more than tingle the mouth. Overall, a very smooth concoction.

D: This goes down dangerously well. Almost too dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 02:29:26 | More by thekanna
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-15-2012 01:05:01 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The filtered version of one of the great beers I have had rarely finds its way to my fridge, but I'm always happy when it does. Nice big hefe look here with a big sudsy white head, four fingers, on a pale gold brew, that is crystal clear as opposed to the cloudy hefe. Lots of herbs and lemon cookies in the aroma while the taste is a bit more drawn back than the here, lots of earthy herbs, lemon, clove and some banana in the taste, though to a less extent than the hefe. Very refreshing and smooth at the end.

A great brew for the summer, easy drinking, but I prefer the spiciness of the hefe over this polished version. Still an awesome beer that is a nice change.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 00:54:57 | More by saintwarrick
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New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle for $2.99 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Served mostly cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Bright clear yellow brew with visible carbonation. A soft pour gives a generous 2" of frothy bleach white head that leaves thick whisps of lace on the glass.

S: Big does of banana immediately upon cracking the seal. In the glass it carries a big dose of starchy estery banana, then some melon, bitter banana peel, and an unappealing metallic twang.

T: Lots of banana, banana peel, similar to the aroma. Also some spicy cinnamon and coriander.

M/D: Light, crisp, and smooth with a healthy dose of carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. A bit too heavy on the banana, I wish it had some citrus or something else to give it some depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 22:38:11 | More by BeerNinja007
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear (sorry, couldn't resist) pale yellow topped by a thick white head that goes away a bit too abruptly. No lacing at all.

Smell: Strong bubblegum and banana smells with cloves in the background initially. After a few minutes of exposure, the aromas all merge into a lovely spicy bouquet. A bit offputting at first, but it grows on ya.

Taste: Sweet banana taste, quickly quashed by some clove twinged light malt. Bubblegum and wintergreen aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Ultra-light bodied. Very crisp and effervescent.

Drinkability: If the taste and smell doesn't bother you, this is eminently quaffable. I wonder what the non-filtered version tastes like. Can't wait to try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 04:36:01 | More by ManekiNeko
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2013 00:25:29 | More by FullObs
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright pale gold with a thick and foamy white crown. Good lacing is left behind. Plenty of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

An aroma of banana and clove.

Tastes of banana and clove, along with a peppery accent. Some vanilla in there as well.

Mouthfeel was very good. Crisp and refreshing, with a generous amount of carbonation tingle. Very nice.

A very nice beer for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 19:06:36 | More by JBogan
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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A hazy orangey color smell of bananas and cloves....tastes great. mouthfeel crisp and well carbonated...more crisp than the regular hefeweiss due to filtering...this is becoming my favorite brewery....this is an awesome beer. all their beers are great and have a similar taste. glad i tried it, it is a bit pricey though, but worth it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 06:30:05 | More by Beermazter310
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time trying this style, but I knew what to expect. I assume this is the Weihenstephaner Weisse filtered.

A-Beautiful lager golden, clear body with a sticy white wheat head. Steady carbonation coming from the bottom.

S-Huge clove, wheat smell. A grassy, sweet kick makes you want a sip badly.

T-Great weisse beer taste with a nice clove kick at the finish. The fruitiness is subdued, but noticable. A very mild hop presence is tough to detect over the wheat.

M-Tough to be much smoother than this. The cabonation leaves a little sharpness to the body, but it goes down with little resistance.

D-Wouldn't be a problem to drink this all night and day. I am a sucker for a good weisse, kristal or otherwise.

Filtered or not, this beer is awesome and extremely easy to drink. Could be a great "Crossover" beer to the unfortunate BMC ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 00:59:19 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Kristalweizen, as well as my first Weihenstephaner brew. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Careful pouring this one, made for a massive head of pillowy froth. Coloration was pale golden, and it was populated with rising suds. Retention and lacing was immaculate. Awesome presentation.

S - Very sweet banana notes, that's pretty much it, but it does entice and water the palate.

T - Hefe-Light? Interesting, big clove and banana notes, with a body that is both yeasty and peppery. Finish is clean and citrusy. All the flavor of a hefeweizen with a lighter body.

M - Light body, clean finish, nice carbonation level, very nice feel, small hints of spice in the aftertaste.

D - Impressive on every level. Extremely well balanced and rounded. A definite revisit for me, and a big recommendation here.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 14:29:59 | More by PhageLab
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-11-2012 05:11:42 | More by allstar255
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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to the Hefe but not as good in my opinion. Crystal clear gold with large snow white head. Filtration seemed to take the body and yeastiness out of it. Therefore lacks the flavor the hefe brings. Almost like a light version of the Hefe. Still a quality brew just not my idea of a classic wheat.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 17:36:56 | More by BierReise
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a persistent white head. Flowery aroma with some yeasty earthiness. The palate features some of that expected banana fruitiness, but a fairly distinctive bubblegum flavor comes through most predominately. There is also some smooth malt sweetness and a mellow grain character as well. Light body with some fairly soft carbonation. Dry cereal grain in the finish.

I think the Kristall weizen is easily the most overlooked and under-appreciated style out there: it seems like a brewery will produce half a dozen hefe’s, a few pale wheat ales (if it’s an American brewery) and maybe even a dunkel or two before they even consider putting out a Kristall. And I really can’t figure out why, after all, Kristalls are easier to drink with more delicate flavors, who wouldn’t like that? And this brew is one of the classic examples. In fact, it’ll probably be the only one you can find. If you can, try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Highly recommended…

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:15:10 | More by arguemaniac
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-19-2012 03:22:16 | More by zachary80
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours an entirely clear golden amber; mountainous, foamy white head tops off the glass, with a constant stream of bubbles flowing up through the beer for the entirety of its time spent with me. Very impressive to look at, and one of the most visually appealing beers I've seen.

S: Aroma is wheaty, and surprisingly yeasty considering the filtration process. Earthy, greeny elements are noticeable (presumably from the light hop presence). Light banana aroma.

T: Banana flavor is more noticeable here, though still not as much as in this beer's hefeweizen counterpart. A slight malt bitterness and mild hop bite are present, alongside a light, bubblegum finish.

M: Very thin, almost watery; fizzy carbonation.

D: Considering the pleasant mouthfeel, mild (at least in comparison to your average beer with a high score on here: stout, IPA, sour, etc.) flavor, and refreshment factor, this is extremely drinkable. Newcomers to craft beer should be able to handle this one with no problem.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:13:53 | More by AwYeh
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a wheat beer glass

A - crystal clear medium gold with an initial large foamy head, excellent retention and small bits of spotty lacing.

S - fresh bananas, clove, grains, and grasses. None of the notes are overpowering.

T - I honestly feel this a pretty one dimensional beer. Nothing seems to change from start to finish. It is malt forward and dry.

M - good carbonation but a little watery.

O - This is a very lite easy to drink offering, probably perfect for a hot summer day. It just isn't very bold.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:06:17 | More by Mojo
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-19-2014 18:48:30 | More by mrcraft
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-02-2014 15:37:23 | More by GOBLIN
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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