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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,453 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 71
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

$ 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
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -1%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mralphabet
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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
Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

HumphreyLee, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jminch, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Joecaddie
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev -1%

Bandi, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mrcraft, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev -1%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of beeragent
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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
Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

tourdot, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of CreekyJarls
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

CreekyJarls, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of frank4sail
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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
Photo of changeup45
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
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
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

BJSmit, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of LutherBrau
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

LutherBrau, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Auraan, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of philipquarles
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a large white head that settles soon after to a half-finger cap. Smells heavily of banana and tart wheat, with plenty of yeast character that hints at clove. The wheat dominates the taste, with light clove in the background; the banana is all but gone. None of the flavors are very strong. Light body with heavy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, but reminiscent of a normal hefe that's been watered-down.

philipquarles, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

crob3888, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of acevenom
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a large white head and plentiful rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells banana and clove forward, though not as intensely as it is for their hefeweizen. It smells cleaner and the wheat malt presence is bready in the nose. the taste follows the nose. The wheat and barley malts bring a bready taste. The clove provides spicy balance and the banana flavor is also present. Both are milder than in the hefeweizen, allowing the malt profile to shine. This is expected for the style. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent, refreshing beer.

acevenom, Aug 09, 2012
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.