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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,487 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 76
Gots: 68 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

slimntubbs, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of AmitC
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th and second last beer out of the 5 pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. What a beauty. Pale golden color. Huge, huge head more than 4 fingers thick. White color. Fluffy. Foam like. Stays for 5 minutes or so and then dissipates into a thin disappearing layer. Extremely clear and transparent. Clearer than a crystal. Excellent lacing.

Smell is a little subdued. Wheat, cloves and banana. Just the regular stuff.

Taste is very much the nose, with dominant banana and wheat flavors. Less spicy than hefeweissbier. Less complex.

Mouth feel: Medium light to slightly fuller feel. Effervescent and refreshing. Little tart due to carbonation, which is not seen but felt.

German purity at its best. Lack of yeasts, takes something away from the taste and smell, but for its style, it is near perfect.

Style rating : 4.25-4.5 overall. Personal preference: 3.25.

AmitC, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of harsley
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

harsley, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bandi, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of webmanspidey
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

webmanspidey, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BJSmit, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of maddogruss
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a nice hefe glass.

A: Poured a light, straw-yellow body with a thick, white and silky head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing along the sides of the glass all the way through the finish.

S: Banana esters were fairly evident in the smell with some undertones of some sweet malts making themselves evident as well.

T: A rather light, banana taste with a kind of watered down, banana ester aftertaste. Aftertaste was also kind of sweet, yielding a fruity/apple juice note.

M: Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp. Rather refreshing as I had it on a fairly hot night as I was unwinding from a rough day. Definitely a nice summer beer.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. As noted above, an excellent summer beer that is very nice to hang out with an cool off. I felt that, overall, this was a very good example of a Kristalweizen.

maddogruss, Jun 03, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

jeffthepony, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ltdantheman, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear gold with a constant upward stream of fine white bubbles and an extremely long lasting, frumpy, pure white head. Aromas are ordinary for the style: bananas, cloves, and yeast. Flavors are good and consistent with the aromas. What stands out about this beer is the mouthfeel. It's difficult to get a sense of its body because it is hypercarbonated to the point that it erupts in plumes of foam the moment that it touches the tongue. The overall effect is of a beautiful looking beer that is interesting to taste but that I wish would stand still for a moment so that my palate could peg it down.

droomyster, Aug 15, 2010
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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...

dacrza1, Jan 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

tourdot, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.05
Unsurprisingly for a wheat beer, the head is huge, about four fingers when poured carefully, and spilling over the edges. This steadily reduced to about 1 finger of foamy head where it settled. The colour is a clear pale straw.

Smell - 3.5
Very nice, but somewhat underwhelming. There is a slight clove aroma mixed in with the general freshness, bubblegum and malty sweetness, with a little pear.

Taste - 4.0
Very refreshing, as is typical for this kind of beer. The initial taste is a little weak, but this then settles into a classic wheat beer taste; wheaty, lemony, slightly sweet. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, and as before mentioned, very refreshing. The head is very nice if you drink it before it disappears.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Really good. I almost gave this a 4.5 as the small bubbles danced across my tongue for the first time. The general feel is light and moderately carbonated, leaving the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability - 4.0
While this goes down rather easily, I could not see myself drinking it as a session beer, and not only because of the price. I really enjoyed drinking this, and it was certainly no struggle, but it lacked the sort of character that would have me hankering for a second.

OVERALL - 3.9
This is not quite as good as my first few sips indicated. It is certainly a quality wheat beer with a brilliant head, but it is found lacking in the character department. Huge foamy head? Check. Refreshing? Check. Tastes Good? Check. Interesting? Try the Hefe.

Retasting:
Again, not as good as the Hefe, but possibly the best example of its kind. A very good beer.

LittleCreature, Jun 12, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass. Pours a clear golden color with lots of bubbles. The white head was very thick at first but dissapated to a thin one. Nice lacing.

Aroma is that of a good German pils mixed with a bit of cloves and banana and bubblegum from a German hefe. Little bit of wheat.

Taste is good. Same as above. German pils and hefe mixed. Smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit too high carb. Otherwise it's crisp and refreshing.

Overall a solid beer. Good for if you want. A bit of that hefe taste but a bit more refreshing for the hot days.

PeprSprYoFace, Jul 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 01, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

nitter, Oct 26, 2014
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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
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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jminch, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

heerboth, Wednesday at 05:29 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Auraan, Sep 22, 2012
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.