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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,565 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 85
Gots: 106 | 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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Ratings: 1,565 | Reviews: 753
Photo of vancurly
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/straw. Nice persistent froth.
Aroma notes of clove, nutmeg.... subtle but intriguing.
Flavour is lemony, with spicy clove finish. A light citrus tang.
Crisp & refreshing, very light touch of bitterness.
Drank this with Erdinger hefe, and Schofferhofer Krystal. This was the clear winner.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of whynot44
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 CorgiDad
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 illini4x4
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ncvbc
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Sampled last night also on 10/1/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $2.99. From the World's Oldest Brewery (1040 AD). Bottle chille down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5l 'Weihenstephaner 2014 World Cup' veissber vase glass.

This 'Kristalweizen' ( From BA: "A filtered version of a Hefeweizen, showcasing bright and clear bodies from pale straw to light amber. Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle.") pours a clear light golden-yellow in color with a thick 3+-finger foamy white head that finally settles down to a good 3mm or so. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped, even ring-like and sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of wheat but doesn't look like one and has some spice in there also of bananas and cloves. The same with the taste with some nice sweetness. Lighter to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very tasty with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Never had this style of brew before but it is good. PROSIT!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bobhits
2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger head, rather thin and lacking body. Light straw colored with a good bit of bubble dancing to the surface. Nothing a light lager doesn't do but I suppose if you're into this look it's ok. Doesn't have that explosive nature of a Belgium or even some macros.

A sweet and almost sour nose. A good hop back ground that has that earthy euro sour hop nature to it. Bubble gum finishes the beer. Very dry finish even in the nose.

Hops oddly come out first in this one. That sour hoppy effect (I'm sure the yeast is a big factor here). The beer the finishes with bubble gum as if it uses a hefe yeast strain. I have to admit this is a style I've never had before so I'm a bit confused. It has a nature similar to some Belgium with a german hefe finish. The beer amazingly finishes pretty dry. As it warms and gets flat it's reminding me more and more of a dry hefe. I think that means it's missing some of the key elements of a hefe, but at the same time this beer serves a purpose with more foods I think.

Very drinkable, I could have a tone of these if not for....

The mouth feel on this beer is just bad. Way too much carbination. I'm burping all over the place, and the bubble nearly explode in my mouth. I like to feel the bubbles, not to have all my beer turn into head in my mouth so I can burp it back up. I'm pretty sure this is common of the style as all their beers seem to be perfect execution of the styles, but this honestly is really off putting in an otherwise very worthy beer.

Worth noting that after the beer has had a chance to deflate it's pretty nice in the mouth feel department. I'm not sure how to score it though. It had that over carbonated effect for nearly half the beer. It's calmed down a lot and is almost a creamy with a pretty good carbonation bite.

As with all styles I'm not a lover of. Style considered but scored mostly on its own merits.

Always worth point out the price point on the beer in question. 16.9 oz at 2.99. That works out to 12.73 for a 6 pack. Or 11.89 if they were in 11.2oz bottles. Not a bad price really. You factor in that expected marginal discount and you might very well in 11.2 oz bottles see this for 9.99 which imo would make it a great deal. Marketing departments, I'm doing the work for you!

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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...

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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