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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 73
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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%

jeffthepony, Nov 15, 2011
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...

dacrza1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, almost like a very light macro lager. Nice lacing to match the head.

S- Smells like a weissbier, typical fruits that are typical of the Weihenstephan beers.

T- Taste is clean and refreshing. Again with the typical Weihenstephan tastes for their Weissbiers. Its a nice clean taste.

M- Feels great and is excellent for the mouth.

D- Yes in deed, great summer beer.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Joecaddie
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of zhanson88
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale gold with three fingers of pure white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Not unexpected from Weihenstephan.

Smell: I get a combination of banana, cloves, a bit of yeast. Soft and subtle, but aromatic.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Banana, clove, yeast, and wheat malt. Subtle flavor, but pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with high carbonation. Good for style I would imagine, but still not the most pleasing to me. Still, pretty good. Overall, a nicely crafted beer. Softer and more subtle than their hefeweizen (by design), but still quite nice.

zhanson88, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

$ 3.49/16.9 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle marked 5493 at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of clove and banana
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing OK – complete thick rings of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, constantly rising bubbles
Flavor of clove and banana; no hops, no yeast phenolics, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends dry
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25. Final weighted score: 4.3
This is an excellent example of the style; in fact I might suspect whoever wrote the style description may well have been drinking on of these at the time.

Ozzylizard, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

tourdot, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bandi, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mralphabet
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a weiss glass.

A: Pale yellow and crystal clear with about 2 fingers worth of head. Settled to a nice ring with very nice lacing. Sweet looking beer.

S: Wow, I'm loving the smell here... Like a Hef, just cleaner... Wheat, yeast, clove and citrus. Overall a crispness to the smell.

T: Wow again.... Sweet & tart, nicely balanced. Again like a Hef but cleaner and crisper than other Hefs I've had. Very light on the yeast and wheat shines though.

M: Low to mid bodied, this is where it differs from most Hefs I've had.... not a thick, carbonation a little heavier than normal Hefs and it feels Crisper and dryer.

D: Just a wonderful beer and the low ABV helps alot.... I could drink a few of these, very refreshing and a wonder drink. A must try.

My first Weihenstephaner in my 5 pack.... Great start !!

mralphabet, Jun 01, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle. Light, creamy head that had mild retention, dissapated rather quickly. great aromas of spices and fruit. initial taste of wheats and hops, followed by a long aftertaste of bananas and bread. light mouthfeel, good bite with a pleasingly clean finish, great drinkability, could sip this on a hot day, or a cloudy fall day such as right now. Had this beer on tap in Germany, they added a lemon wedge but i prefer it much more without to experience the full flavor.

czfreeman, Oct 22, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

HumphreyLee, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jminch, Jun 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Shandycan, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of beeragent
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

beeragent, Aug 06, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

CreekyJarls, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

LutherBrau, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BJSmit, Feb 01, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear pale gold with a nice, three finger pillowy eggshell head that dies down in time to a small, tightly bubbled cap. On the nose there is a very clean mixture of wet, sweet grains, with a little bit of spice further down and a mushy, banana-bread-ready banana hanging out over everything. In the mouth the mushy banana envelops the whole palate, with a sweet grainy backbone standing firm behind it. The body is ultra creamy, with some nice carbonation driving the banana all over the tongue for a nice medium finish.

Overall, I like this beer well enough but the drinkability just isn't quite there for me. It tastes fine and has a great feel but it just isn't something I picture myself reaching for very often.

EricCioe, Jun 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Musty malt smell with a touch of sweetness. Straw yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles. Airy white head with rather large white bubbles. Tin wheat sweetness to the taste with a hint of banana (yeast) to the finish. The mouth is a little thin and light. I like the banana finish to the brew but overall this beer seemed like it was a little too watered down.

Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for the sample!

frank4sail, May 14, 2003
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3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden color and pours out with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is fruity (banana & lemon) and yeasty. The beer tastes fruity and a little zesty with some spice and yeast. A bit watery and thin however. Not nearly as good as their regular hefe but still decent and definitely refreshing on a hot day, which it is here today.

changeup45, Aug 28, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Dec 28, 2012
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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