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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
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795 Reviews
Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In our golden-yellow crystal-clear wheat beer the fresh citrus flavour harmonises very well with spicy banana notes. The fine sparkling gives it a tangy and animated appearance. Throughout summer and winter, it’s a prickling experience. It goes well with fish, seafood, white meat or it can be enjoyed as an aperitif. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
795
Ratings:
1,784
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
Wants:
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202
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Photo of hyland24
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. This beer as the name states poured a crystal clear gold so much so you could read a book through the glass. The smell was sweet banana now&later. The taste was awesome, pure banana. Such a clean great tasting beer. Light and crisp, a perfect representation of this style. A close tie between this and the Dunkel as my favorite of this style. Great beer and a great brewery. A must try for any Weiss fan.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served the 16oz bottle into my Weizen glass on a hot summer day.

A: I need to start by saying that I got a bad pour from this one. The head was huge because when my friend brought the bottle he probably moved it all over the place. Unfortunate but that's what happened. The body was very wild with bubbles from carbonation all over the place, most likely because the bottle was agitated. Clear golden body.

S: some banana and spices present, a bit hard to tell because of the incident I had with the bottle.

T: I wasn't able to fully enjoy this because of the huge foamy head that overshadowed everything else, but I could feel banana, herbal elements, citrus and some wheat in the palate.

M: light to medium body, clean and fresh feel

O: I'll need to go back to this one and give it another shot to be more fair. From what I could tell, it's a very good beer in its style but I think I still prefer the Tucher Kristall.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This a truly great beer, from one of the worlds great breweries. Hefes out of this brewery have just enough of the tradional banana clove flavor without being overpowering. This can be a delicate balance. A smooth clean finish make this a excellent choice.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- super clear, straw yellow in color with nice fluffy white head
S- grainy, sweet with a bit of hops
T - Chalk full of flavor for such a light beer. Has a nice clean grainy lager taste
M - clean, crisp, refreshing, light
D - can you say, "lawn mower beer"? I could drink this by the liter.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very pale yellow with a huge pure white head

S-delicious smell of fruit (banana, maybe with a bit of apple/pear)with a slight yeast/spiciness in the background could be a bit stronger though

T-very clean crisp taste of banana clove and apples and a right amount of spicyness to compliment the flavor

M/D-highly carbonated with a very light clean body yet has a hint of a creamy finish overall this beer is highly drinkable and is delicious, crisp, and very refreshing

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I've ever had in this style.

It pours crystal clear, super pale yellow. It looks like water with a little beer in it! There's a huge, fluffy, white head that dissipates rather quickly for its size.

I caught a huge whiff of banana as soon as I began pouring. Also, hints of clove, spices & breadiness.

Taste was like hefe flavors...banana, spice & clove, like banana bread. There's a little bit of a floral flavor here too. Finishes crisp & clean, very light & refreshing.

This beer is nicely carbonated, small bubbles feel velvety but keep it crisp & extremely drinkable. This would be an awesome summer beer.

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Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cristal clear pale yellow into the weissbier glass, with a frothy head which diminishes relatively quickly. There seems to be an endless stream of bubbles - interesting to know that a filtered weissbier looks like ginger ale. Mellow hints of clove and banana in the nose. Similar in the taste. The standard banana esters and spices associated with weissbiers but very mellow. Too mellow for my liking. I suppose it is just the style, but it just seems like a dumbed-down hefe. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Technically there's nothing really wrong with this, I'm just not a fan of the style I guess. Think I'll stick to hefes.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance clear golden yellow in color with a huge white head that went down to a thin layer that left a nice lace. Smell bannana clove and and lemon. Taste no bannana in the taste to my suprise hints of orange and lemon zest with firm malt bread and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability with out a doubt an outstanding beer for a summer day buy the pool or at the beach.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clean, deep golden, with a substantial head which settled down to a half inch layer of foam. Not much lacing in evidence. Smell is pleasant and restrained. Classic notes of clove and banana are faintly detectable. The aroma also features a malty wheat presence, and grainy/maize notes which are quite good. Taste is subtle, but good, featuring classic weizen aspects. Mouthfeel is decent, if a bit thin. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of sbe1
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As amazing as their Hefe in it's own unique way.

Serving type: bottle (I'm sure this would be even better on tap)

Appearance: A crystal clear light golden color with a thick creamy white head that lasts quite awhile, finally dissipating into a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Fresh, clean, light, malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Very clean and refreshing, beautiful malt and hop balance, touch of lemon, a hint of alcohol, clean but slightly spicy wheat finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively carbonation, light body, clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: Wonderful, this is a fantastic and refreshing session beer.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice clear straw color with a thick foamy head, just as I expected from a Kristalweizen.

The scent is basically like a light Hefeweizen, with strong wheat banana and citrus. The taste is stronger than I expected. Not that it is particularly strong, but I assumed it would be very weak. The main flavor that hits you is banana followed by citrus and then finishes strongly with wheat that lasts a while.

There is a little more carbonation than I would like, as it interferes with the flavor. I find this very refreshing and perfect for a hot day. Great for the summer.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice bright yellow clear appearance, smell of the wheat and yeast, taste of citrus (lemon) start and banana finish, feel is nice with length and a crisp and clean finish, this is a great beer once again by a classic brewer.

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Photo of steelreign
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a hot summer day, this is one that you should reach for. A light in body and color, clear wheat beer. The taste was refreshing with its subtle banana esters and slightly in the back malt taste. Very little hop taste or aroma to speak of. Finishes with a dry, crisp and clean bready, citrusty taste... all in all a great light summer beer, and a very nice representation of the style.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color with a surprisingly large, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: I'm picking up faint hints of the trademark weissbier banana/bubblegum smells, but not much of an aroma here.

Taste: Follows the smell, but more pronounced. Fizzier than expected with the candy banana/bubblegum taste not as full as I would have liked, but at least it wasn't overpowering. Everything kind of fades away into the alcohol and fizz at the end. Still refreshing, but the taste just isn't there overall.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit much, but overall a nice light mouthfeel that allows it to have that refreshing quality.

Drinkability: The carbonation is probably the main thing that would keep me from having more than one, but it wont be hard for me to finish this bottle. One of the bright spots of this brew.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not as good as their Hefe in my opinion. Worth a try if you're into the style, but this is probably not a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of Zekezilla
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this, based on the recommendation of the authors of Naked Pint (highly recommended). As I expected, this is basically like a lighter (less intense) version of a Hefe. It's perfect for those times that you want something like a hefe but with less spiciness. It's more carbonated, more crisp than a crisp. Would be an excellent beer with meals and on hot summer days.

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Photo of madvoice
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow with a foamy head that hangs around for a while and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells sweetly of citrus and bananas and cloves.

Very moreish flavour. Very wheaty and sweet with a hint of cloves and spice.

Not too heavy on the carbonation. Clean, crisp and very refreshing.

This is so drinkable I'm kicking myself for not buying more.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: Pour a nice golden color, very clear (kristall); almost like a good pilsner look. Great foam that is meringue in texture, hangs around for long time and extensive lacing.
S: Very pleasant to the nose; mild fruits, cloves.
T: A great taste! Follows the smell well--fruity but not overpowering, mild cloves, decent carbonation. Taste does change, a little applish, mild orange flavor I detect.
M: very pleasin as well. Not bitter at all, minimal after taste.
D: All day long. This is a great bier and could have this one all summer.

I strongly recommend this bier. Please do yourself a favor and try this bier. Prosit!

Another one I can check off as I try to review all that Weihenstepaner offers...

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Photo of ROMER79
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured straight into a weihenstephaner glass with a bubbly crystal gold color and a two finger white head. It smelled of wheat, honey, and citrus. The taste was similar to the weisse but much more crisp. It was made up of honey, citrus, honey, and hops. It was a crisp and refreshing beer. A great beer to have on a hot summer day!

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (4/5) – Pours a very light straw colour. Head is decent: rose well of a standard pour; soapy texture; very white; and, falls a bit quickly to a cap without any real lacing. Clarity is brilliant. There’s some really nice visible carbonation.

Smell (4/5) – Some decent wheat graininess provides a nice background. The standard weizen yeast flavours of banana and cloves jump out at me right away. The balance between them is ideal; I like a bit more clove than banana. There’s also a note in there that I would describe as a bit sulphur-like, it’s not hugely strong and blends very nicely with the flavours. No hops and no alcohol notes are noticeable.

Taste (4.5/5) – Similar to the nose. The grain bill boasts some nice wheat graininess as well as a bit of very light melanoidins (I’d guess at a Munich pilsner malt with maybe there was some light Vienna/Munich malt included in the grist here). The flavours of banana and cloves are dominant, but they’re milder and lighter than you get in a hefe. No hop flavour, hop bitterness is medium-light. The sulphur-like notes were not very strong on the palate.

Feel (3.5/5) – Medium-light body (the malty sweetness of it gave it a slightly more substantial flavour) and high carbonation. Pretty standard fair for the style, but good.

I’m really much more familiar with hefeweizens than I am with krystalweizens, but this was a great example. Whereas a hefe is somewhat more substantial in both flavour and body due to the suspended yeast, I found that this one was a lot lighter and went down much smoother. This is a great summer brew is served cool enough. I still prefer the hefe that these guys make.

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Photo of cncbofh
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fizzy almost soda pop carbonation and lingering white foamy head. Light golden color with a delicate aroma suiting to a Weissbier. Not mouch in the mouthfeel category, as it slipped by the palette with a bitter aftertaste. The taste was above average compared to other beers in the category.

Overall, a very good selection for a warm summer day.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours a crystal clear, light, golden straw-coloured body with a decent amount of fine visible carbonation. A tall, billowing, foamy, white head swiftly rises to three-fingers in height before reducing almost as quickly to a dense film that leaves behind thin, sticky lacing on the glass.

The modest nose leads with clean, crisp, fluffy wheat malt and faint notes of ripe banana. By comparison, a more substantial amount of pepper and clove follow, along with a little grassy bitterness that gives an aroma more spicy than fruity, but still light and subtle on the whole. Yeast esters are slightly more pronounced in the taste, sweet ripe banana leads upfront with malted wheat playing a supporting role. Mid palate, clove, pepper and spicy phenols override the fading wheat, peaking in a mild bite towards the back end with a small amount of grassy hops to give a crisp finish. In the mouth, plentiful carbonation and a medium body give a smooth and incredibly crisp feel, that finishes quick and clean on the palate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. It’s insanely crisp, easy drinking and refreshing and would make a great session beer or accompaniment to food. Recommended.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear pale golden color with great carbonation and a large fluffy white head. Head doesn't stay forever but doesn't dissipate too quickly either. Aroma is a pretty straightforward weiss, banana, clove, yeast.

Taste is a good balance between banana and clove with pear and apple notes present and a crisp, light malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is very good, and drinkability is high. Refreshing, not overpowering, a well balanced beer, and another one of Germany's best from the Brauerei Weihenstephan.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clear light gold in color. Large head, good lacing. Good head retention, miniimal carbonation. Slight smell of cloves. Light tasting slightly malty with a hint of banana, smooth finish. Excellent drinkability, a good session beer. An great alternative to American Macrobrews.

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Photo of icetraxx
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a straw white with a big 5 finger billowing creamy head. The head lasts forever, and leaves its mark while it dissipates. I believe this looks virtually flawless for the style.

S: A strong nose of spice, clove to be exact. There is some traditional yeasty banana and other fruits playing around in the background of the aroma here. A hint of German hops make a welcome appearance.

T: What a wonderful change from the hop bombs and the wild Belgians I've been drinking. This beer is a perfect example of a beer having a balanced yet complex flavor, the complexity is upfront here and keeps giving more as you drink it. Clove and German hops are upfront, with a crisp malt backbone balancing it out. This is similar to the Weihenstephan Hefeweisse, but with the banana and fruit much more muted. The muted fruit bring a crisp, dry, and slightly hoppy finish that the Hefe can't match.
Being highly filtered, I was surprised by the amount of yeasty flavors this beer has. There is a bit of lingering clove and bubblegum on the finish. The clove and bubblegum are definitely stronger than the regular hefe.

M: Perfect carbonation gives way to a creamy mouthfeel, but not quite as creamy and saturated as an unfiltered weisse.

D: The perfect balance of refreshing and complex, I could drink this all night and still pick out new flavors. This is one of the most drinkable beers for those of us that love wheats (and clove). Clove is a bit overwhelming for me though.

O: The lack of suspended yeast [mildly] impacts the body, but never the flavor. This one exceeded my expectations in almost every way as I thought this would just be a filtered hefe, but it is more than that. This is the first German wheat I've had that I would truly designate as a "clove bomb". If you love clove, you gotta try this beer.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Appearance was nice and golden. Very fluffy white head. Low IBU beer, around 16 I believe. Very good taste and nice and smooth. Good session beer at 5.4% ABV. Very light beer and would go well with seafood or a lot of other light dishes.

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