Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 95
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of BassAssassin
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Rbald42
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of PerroGrande
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of seesnow3
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of BitterBrian
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of Roderick
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
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

Photo of mitchfor3
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Greg_Nall
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of strictly4DK
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of dfitch81
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of bernardus1212
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ML picked it up at whole foods for $2 a bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head. Small Champagne like bubbles

dense ripe citrus fruit with some astringent german hops.

Taste of Pilsener style malts with an added citrus bonus. Actually has a Champagne like mouthfeel and flavor.

Like it. a go to beer for something on the lighter side. at 5% Ill drink this all night if needed.

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Smelled of soapy dishes. Tastes of banana and clove. Very crisp

Photo of moosiz
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big bottle into a 0.5l Weihenstephaner glass this brew looks amazing! A 1"+ billowing white head sits atop a crytal clear golden tower of steady carbonation. A couple drinks leave a nice heavy ring of lacing.

Smells much like the original style with some banana, citrus, and clove. But this one is very clean with not as much funk to it. If that is good or bad is up to the drinker.

Tastes great too! The flavors mingle together seemlessly and provide a nice thirst quenching punch followed by a slightly drying finish.
Yeasty/bready, little citric kick with cloves and peppery spice.

Very solid feel with a sweet crispness, finishes dry.

Quite drinkable. This one could be a pounder.

Photo of jvdineen
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A summer favorite! It looks like a Miller Lite but it pours like its Hefe sibling in a weizen glass with a substantial head. Very smooth. Low hop notes. Very clean. Without the suspended yeast and proteins a lot of the citrus and fruit flavors are missing. Some people may find this too bland if a DIPA is a favorite.

Photo of bfree
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very light golden color with a nice thick head
S: bananas, bubblegum, spices (clove especially)
T: same as the nose, and it is delicious...it is basically weihenstephaner hefeweissbier but spicier and lighter in the other ingredients
M: well carbonated and light bodied with a crisp finish
D: i love weihenstephaner and once again they did not disappoint despite my high expectations...it would be a tough call between this and their hefeweissbier, both are fantastic

Photo of CopeTech
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a nice beer, An excellent wheat beer, very light and fruity. Gentle banana and othe rwheat esters. Slightly over-carbonated, but that's to be expected from the bottle.
Crystal clear, with a nice white foam. Easy on the mouth a crisp and refreshing gentle giant.

Photo of xodin
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a "crystal" clear golden blonde, with a thick, retentive foam. Aromas of wheat and pilsner malts project from the foam, but die along with it. Moderate body for such a clear weissbier, just a hint of spice, with a light creamy wheat swallow, and a mild, wet aftertaste. "Kristal" fits the picture, and this brew is true to the style to the letter. Worthy of a go, if this is your thing, but I personally prefer brews to be a little darker and with some more character. Personal feelings excluded from ratings, of course.

Photo of RppIII
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle (with freshness date on back) into a Chalice (?)

Appearance- Golden yellow champagne with a white frothy head that grows as the beer settles into the glass.

Smell- Banana, light pils malt and hint of spicy yeast add to the wonderful aroma wafting from this scrumptious brew.

Taste- Hints of bitter hop flavour followed by a sweet fruity character of banana and clove are enhanced by spicy notes of the yeast.

Mouthfeel- It has the texture of made from scratch whip cream with enough carbonation to remind you that you have a mouthful of beer and then some. A chewyness adds to the deliciousness and drinkablilty of this beer.

Drinkability- Another fine beer from a fine brewery, after almost 1000 years I would hope this brewery knew what they were doing, and they most certainly have perfected their beers. I've never been disappointed by a beer from this brewery yet!

Photo of Scarycarrie1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like all the beers from this brewer.

Photo of Bobo77
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Found this at Lukas Licquors.

Pale golden color, similar to Budweiser (Well it says crystal clear on the bottle.) An inch of white creamy head.

Smells of bready yeast. Trying to find any fruity or spicy notes but not being successful.

Taste is much like the smell. It is like a wheat beer without the fruity, bananna, or clove dominance. It's sort of like a Hefeweizen Light beer.

Pretty average, bubbly, effervescent mouthfeel.

As drinkable as a pale lager. Not a bad beer by any means but in a sea of wonderful, complex, full flavored beers (Lukas Liquors) it is not anything that really stands out.

Photo of irisier
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a brown one pint .9 fl oz bottle.

Appearance: Translucent golden straw with bubbly body and a sticky white froth that retains a thin head.

Smell: Fruity aromas, pears mostly. Definite wheat malt and some faint pale malt.

Taste: Pale maltiness with some faint fruit. Wheat malt is also present with some yeasty quality and the typical wheat twang. Little in terms of hops. A little wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean feeling.

Impressions: This went down easy, and was pretty tasty. Great for wheat beer lovers. I'd definitely have this again, although I prefer
the more muddled taste of Hefeweizens.

Photo of Rivarol
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best of the Weihenstephaners.

Photo of beerboy21
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a massive head. Clove, with some banana. Nice to have a filtered weissbier - doesn't hit you over the head with the phenols.

Photo of ToneControl
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good wheat beer - a very refreshing summer drink, without the more sharp acidic taste of a lager.

Although this beer is clear, it has plenty of citrusy flavour. As noted by other reviewers, it does smell of bananas. Begins with a large foamy head with a real shape - not just fizz - the head collapses quickly, but usually lives on until I finish the glass. I have never had a faulty bottle of this stuff - it is very consistent.

I'm not a huge fan of many hefe wheat beers (although I do like some), but I find this beer quite palatable as a regular day-to-day drink, rather than as a novelty (e.g. I wouldn't sit and drink 3 or 4 framboise or cherry beers one after the other).

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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