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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 774
Hads: 1,696
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 112
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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.
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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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Photo of WaveRebel51
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True to the description of the style -- shares a lot of characteristics with the Hefe but filtered.

Clear, bright golden yellow, with the same wonderful aroma as the Hefe. The Hefeweis flavor has a tendency to overwhelm because it has so many strong flavors, while the Kristalweis doesn't have the same complexity. The edge on the tartness and spices aren't present, but it is very clean and crisp. The wheats, banana and light bitterness combine very well. While the Hefe punches, the Kristalweis slaps your taste buds.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

As you'd expect it's crystal-clear with beady streams of carbonation and topped with a poofy constant head.

Nose is of cloves, honey, banana, peach and som tropical fruit. A faint spiciness is present. It's obviously rather sweet and ridiculously fruity. Body is soft, though quite assertively carbonated.

It's thick with honey sweetness at first, turning to cloves then fruit as it evolves, sweet and refreshing throughout while never cloying or one-dimensional.

A beautifully crafted beer, no question.

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Photo of kingothewoods
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very clear and a light golden color. The head is quite airy and bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Not real exciting for the looks of things. The smell however is great - you can tell this is an old recipe traditional German beer. Boom - got some cloves with the first taste out the chute. Got some sweet malt and a hint of hops. Talk about well rounded. Maybe some fruit in there too ... like apples. Mouthfeel is smooth and isn't bitter but holds in the tastes and coats your mouth. As you drink it down the flavors change shape. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in a blind tasting cup

A: very fizzy, bubbly, clear yellow, almost white with a solid white head.

S: banana, sweet heffe malt

T: banana, citrus, wheat, tastes like a weak hefeweizen

Mouthfeel: thin bodied and highly carbonated.

Overall, very sweet citrusy beer. It reminds me of some belgian sweet champagney style beer. I tried this during a blind tasting and liked it a lot.

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Photo of n0315
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour with head about 50% of glass at the start, could be how I poured it though. Smell of fruit, banannas and pears. Soft head with fluffy cloud likeness. Nice sustain. Rusty in color, not quite the soft weissbier color, but that should be expected. On the taste, I am getting mild banannas with slight carbonation. Great as far as taste goes and mouthfeel and drinkablility are up there. Another great beer from this brewer.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen. No born on date.

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger bubbly head. Very carbonated by the looks of it. Lots of lacing.

S - Banana bread, cloves, pear, . All kinds of good things wafting at of the glass.

T - The flavor nearly replicates the smell. More banana, pear, and cloves. There's a hint of citrus fruit and tartness as well. I found the after taste to be a bit off though, almost like under ripe pear.

M - Light body, very crisp and refreshing. Slightly over carbonated.

D - Inredibly drinkable and refreshing. Not as good as its unfiltered brethren but still pretty tasty. Weihenstaphaner just can't seem to make a bad product.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Clear yellow, with a large head of foam. There was no lacing left on the glass.
S: Fruity (banana and citrus), floral, and sweet, light malts.
T: Sweetness, honey, wheat, and banana dominate, with little perceptible bitterness.
M: Crisp, refreshing, adequate carbonation, moderate body.
D: Very drinkable. Not heavy at all, not meant for sipping, but for regular drinking. Perfect example of drinkability IMO.

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Photo of supernaut
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been forever since I've delved into this style, and usually I wait to have a Kristal Weizen (or any Weizen) until summer when the days are humid and long...but on this winter day, I shared one with my girlfriend who was jealous of all the money I was spending on fancy beers for myself....


A - Great appearance. Kristal clear (get it) like it should be, along with a wee bit of lacing and nice head retention.

S - A very sweet/wheaty nose on this one, instantly reminding me of my days as a student in Luther Stadt Wittenberg, SA (when I guzzled HWs daily....lunch-time not-withstanding)

T - Nice solid sprectrum of sweetness. A very stong banana overtone which really makes this one lady friendly. The yeastiness kicks in fast, and never really allows the alcohol to break through. A small presence of spiciness, but overall a citrusy dominance. Definitely sweet.

M/D - Very smooth. Exactly why any weizen should be had after mowing the lawn. This kristall finishes very crisply, and begs one to have another swig. Have to reiterate this point: A very clean finish.

O - great example of the style.

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Photo of jsausley
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a glass into a tall 24 oz. pilser glass.

A: A lovely yellow-gold with tinges of brown, gorgeous thick head with significant milky lacing, excellent carbonation which rises from the bottom of the glass in ribbons.

S: Bitter with lots of yeast, citrus and a nice hop balance.

T: Very light but no negative flavors. Not as wheaty as expected. Lots of hops and light toasted malts form the body. Citrus, spice and banana notes covering.

M: Crisp and fresh, easy to drink.

O: Definitely an extremely nice, easy to drink beer. Not as wheaty as expected but otherwise very flavorful. A good glass to drink with a light meal.

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Photo of Greg_Nall
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of wheat beers with a lot of "wheat" attributes to them, have had several good ones. This one just isn't high on my list of wheat beers.

Appearance; served from brown glass bottle (capped) into tinkered, firm off white head with medium bobbles lasting 3+ minutes, deep yellow color, and very clear.

Aroma; medium strength (glass towards nose) with banana notes

Taste; medium high malts with a typical wheat flavor and medium low hops, flavor intensity seemed medium with the malts upstaging the hops with a smooth finish.

Mouth feel; medium to full with good carbonation

Overall; An alright beer, but as stated, not a fan of the stronger "wheat" beers.

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

A - A crystal clear light yellow color with a very nice creamy and fluffy head that sticks around, leaving chunks of lacing.

S - Upfront is a very banana and yeasty bread scent. There is also a sort of melon scent in the background.

T - Nice and crisp, not too sweet and not too bitter. Tastes of the banana and yeasty cracker bread is smells of. Very well balanced beer.

M - Light bodied and very easy drinking./

D - This is definitely a late spring and summer beer with great taste. It's very well balanced and will only leave you wanting for more.

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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 phideltashaggy
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Terrapin Sun-Ray Wheat glass.

A-My god, is this a pretty beer; exceptionally clear yellow with a fluffy, white head. Lacing is beautiful as well.

S- Kind of a bready, wheat smell with a tiny hops scent.

T- The nose and taste are very similar. Maybe some citrus, but that could be the trace of hops that is present.

MF- The head's fizz with the super clear brew feel great. Mouth dries a little ater swallowing, making you want more. Perfect.

D-This is a super drinkable beer. I only have one, but I could see me drinking a few in a row, especially on a hot day.

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

A: Poured into a proper Weihenstephan weizen glass. Pale golden color and crystal clear. Considerable carbonation gives way to a thick white head.

S: Light malt sweetness with hints of clove, apples, and cut grass. Undeniable scent of a wheat beer.

T: Slightly grainy with a sweet, clove-like maltiness. Very clean on the palate. Perfect for the style.

M: Soft yet crisp. Light in body. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

D: Excellent warm weather beer. Very refreshing. Perfect for a session. Perhaps not as complex as an unfiltered hefeweizen, this would be a great introduction to wheat beers for a novice.

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Photo of Rbald42
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear golden yellow color, very lively frothly head, as to be expected w/ the style

S- Refreshing malts with hints of grass, banana, and a bit of spice

T- crisp refreshing clean taste of banana, wheat, and creamy malt. Very tasty beer

M- Crisp and bubbly, near perfect level of carbonation

D- Could enjoy these all night, a top session beer for sure.

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Photo of PerroGrande
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a clear, straw color with thick, strong foam that lasted a long time.

Smell: Light aroma with a hint of yeast. Mild banana-like aroma hanging around the edges.

Taste: A crisp, refreshing brew. Very much like a regular hefe, but "lighter." Light bread overtones throughout.

Mouthfeel: Again, a light but not watery feel. Carbonation is appropriate and manageable.

Drinkability: Outstanding. Very refreshing. At only 5.4% ABV, this beer would session very well.

I view this beer as a strong representative of the Kristalweizen style. Light and refreshing like some BMCs strive to be, but with some added subtleties that set it apart from the swill-du-jour.

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Photo of seesnow3
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large wine glass (forgot to check freshness)

Pour-Huge head, thick and fluffy, yet runny lacing, heavy effervescence, fades but holds for a long time (I tested it for 40 minutes), brilliant golden color

Nose-Lemon peel, wheat, spices (clove)

Palate-Sweet, bitter, a little bit spicy and drying, light citrus and wheat

Body-For wheat it has a heavy effervescence, medium light flavor, light weight, crisp

Finish-Wheat, sour citrus notes, excellent, certainly my favorite wheat beer out of several tasted by far

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Photo of BitterBrian
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a "crystal-clear" straw blonde into my weihenstephan glass. Huge pillowy white head dissapates, but not much. Looks pilsy, but with a big, fluffy wheatbeer head.

smells of a sour bread, some banana. some spices, but I can't put my finger on it. whatever it is, I'm not a big fan. I like the sweet fruity banana smell, not this pungent sour smell. If I had to describe it, I would say it is rotten orange rind.

With that delicious thought in mind - on to the tasting!

tastes like a decent hefe, but it is deceiveing because of the filtration. It almost comes off as a hefe-light. As it warms, the bananas come to the front.

this is a crisp, clean beer for the weiss styles. I wasn't really keen on the smell, but maybe I'll have to revisit this one in the summer when I'll appreciate the style more.

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Photo of Roderick
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just tried this beer from what the bottle says is the oldest brewery in the world.
The pour was light gold with a huge head that sat atop the brew like a crown , and the smell faint smell of alcohol & hops.
The taste was a malty sweetness that has a hint of cloves with a nice clean finish and hardly a hint of aftertaste.
This is a good beer and I'm glad to have tried it. but for the cost I could spend my money more wisely.
Price: 1pint $4.99

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Photo of mitchfor3
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a Weihenstephan Variety Pack - 5 different 500ml Weihenstephan brews plus a .5L Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Poured into the weizen glass. Truly is "crystal clear" - gold in color with impressive carbonation. Towering head soon settled into a less towering head, then eventually a nice collar that persisted throughout the beer. Very minimal lacing - a rather fizzy head.

Smells...like a dumbed down hefe.

Tastes...like a dumbed down hefe.

Overall - Hefeweizens are not my favorite style. I really don't like bananas, so the phenols get to me. This was basically a dumbed down hefe, so to be honest, I actually preferred it to a typical hefe because a lot of the hallmark character was missing.

This beer really did go nicely with dinner and I'm glad to have tried it, but to be honest I'm not really sure who this beer is for - hefe fans will want the real thing, yeast and all, and non-hefe fans like myself will want something altogether different.

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Photo of strictly4DK
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours clear golden with 2 finger frothy white head (poured a little too violently), steady stream of carbonation bubbles maintains a thin film.

S - Some banana esters and wheat twang but very little here.

T - Subdued banana esters followed by the soft caramel taste of pilsen malt, finishes with some wheat twang.

M - Amazing carbonation, slightly biting at points but creamy in the finish, cleanest finish of any beer I've ever had, really not aftertaste at all.

D - Absolutely nothing bad or even flawed about this beer, for how clean and low ABV drinkability is real high on this one. I wish this is what light beer was in this country.

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Photo of dfitch81
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a 20 oz. bottle for $2.99; gotta say, for such top-shelf quality Weihenstephaner's beers are an amazing value. Pours a magnificent pale pilsener-like gold, the ample carbonation making it look alive in the glass. Head is about one centimeter and dissipates quickly, leaving practically no lacing. Smell is very clean, think subdued hefeweizen and you've got it. Taste is like the smell: a cleaner hefeweizen. Flavors are all similar but less pronounced: banana, apple, some wheat and not a trace of hops. Tasty and refreshing, to be sure. Mouthfeel is excellent, the generous carbonation tickling your tongue until fading to leave a clean aftertaste. Drinkability is likewise exceptional. Great for the style, altough I don't think I'd choose it very often over Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.