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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 69
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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  rDev -0.7%

Bandi, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear golden, clean, with a 2 finger white head that has outstanding retention and pretty sticky lacing.

S- Very impressive. Wheat malts, grain, and lots of intense clove. Fresh banana bread.

T- Clove and wheat again. Bready hints of banana. A little more subdued than expected based on the nose, but still a smooth, balanced brew as to be expected from this brewery. Hoped for a little more spice. No bitterness.

M- clean, crisp, and refreshing. Lighter body as the style dictates.

O- A nice German wheat that is quite refreshing to have on a hot summer day by the pool. This brewery just simply knows what they are doing. A fantastic take on the style. A lighter, cleaner version of their hefe.

$3.29 for 500 ml bottle

Bosoxfan20, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled right after rating the unfiltered version. Same weiss glass, same plate of soggy cold dumplings staring me down.

Clear, bright, pale golden hue. Couple inches of soapy meringue. Rings of blotchy lace.

Smells of sweet anise, candied banana, dough, & mineral water.

Taste is heavy with banana liquor & pear sweetness. Almost sharp. Wheat only plays a background role this time. Clove comes through with some force here, compared with the unfiltered. Minor yeast note. Odd tangy finish.

Feel is much more dry then the regular hef. Carbonation, more prickly. Alcohol feels a bit less noticable because of the sweetness(or maybe I'm just a bit too far gone to notice). Body maintains some weight, however invisible.

Drinkability is similar, but for different reasons. They contrast each other well.

PEBKAC, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, white fizzy head that diminished to 1/4-finger after a little time. No real lacing. Body is medium-yellow and brilliantly clear.

S: Very peppery and fruity... the cloves and banana are there, but not to the degree that I've noticed with other Weizen beers.

T: Very refreshing, with moderate spices (especially clove and pepper) and light fruitiness.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy, with very fizzy carbonation.

D: A very-easy drinking beer, and would be excellent on a hot day. Flavors aren't as powerful as with some other weizens I've had, but in a way this works to an advantage of sorts.

berley31, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ArtZan, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Exeter, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-On tap at the Tap and Table in a Weisse glass. This was my first Kristall Weisse and I was amazed at the clarity and beautiful gold color. Very unlike a Hefe-Weisse. Lots of carbonation and I small lingering fluffy head.
S- Wonderful ripe bananas.
T- The taste is fantastic. Maybe a little more banana than clove as compared to the Hefe. Very smooth.
MD- This is as creamy as the Hefe and just as easy drinking. This is an all around fantastic beer.

confer, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden color with a fluffy, pillowy white head that lasted throughout. Aroma was dominated by banana with hints of vanilla and spice. Not a whole lot different in taste from the hefeweizen, but the mouthfeel is different. Pretty good beer.

biggmike, Oct 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Vogt52, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

$ 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 clay23
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

clay23, Aug 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Auraan, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of mjurney
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, One Pint, 0.9 fl. Oz.

Clear, golden color. Few bubble rising. Thick bright white head.

Lots of banana in the nose, some cloves, a little citrus, bready wheat.

Banana up front along with sweet bready malts. Cloves comes thought the taste, I get some hint of apples, raw cookie dough, slight touch of lemony towards the finish. Body is almost creamy, very soft carbonation.

mjurney, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of perrymarcus
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a bell-clear clear golden yellow tone while yielding a massive 3"+ frothy white head. moderate retention, leaves behind some lacing in patches.

nose is very similar to the weihenstephaner hefeweizen, just a more subdued version - which is just as expected. soft notes of banana, malt, and a bit of clove. understated for sure.

taste is nice. banana, clove, grainy malt. light bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. maybe it's because i haven't had one in a few days and so my perception is distorted, maybe it's because i was just in the mood for a lighter beer, or maybe it's simply because this is a great brew. there's a certain 'the whole being more than the sum of its parts' quality to it. drinks very easily. perfect for those occasions where you're in the mood for something lighter, crisper, and yet still very flavorful.

perrymarcus, Sep 16, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/02/2010:

500 ml bottle at 42* into an Ayinger Weizen glass.

A: This pours a pale straw color with a heavily carbonated and pure-white 2 finger head.

S: I smells granny smith apples, wheat, lemon, and taco shells. Strange, I know, but actually nice.

T: It is rather funky with grass, apples, banana, apricot, citrus, and bubble gum.

M: It is light and clean.

D: This is flavorful, light, and easy on the stomach. Nice.

bucklemyshoe, Nov 04, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is a very bright white bubbly head that is a solid two fingers thick. Underneath is a clear golden where carbonation rises up from the bottom.

Aroma: Pears, apples a touch of spice from the hops that are rather floral. Along with all that is a very nice dryness in the nose.

Taste: Spice, pears, apple skin and a crisp mouthfeel that has nice carbonation. It finishes rather clean with a touch of dryness.

Notes: This is very easy drinking beer very tasty and a good one pick up. Cheers.

horshack7, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely tall, foamy, long-lasting head. Clear golden body. Bottle foamed over as soon as I opened the bottle, and was very difficult to pour even though I did not shake it.

Smell - Light and refreshing floral banana smell.

Taste - Very light and springy with refreshing subdued fruit complexity. Balanced spice, and subtle alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Spritey spice feel, goes down very smooth.

Drinkability - Could drink this all night. Not heavy, and complex enough to keep me coming back for more.

ZenAgnostic, Jan 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden in color with a good frothy white head that has great retention.

Smell has some slightly sweet grainy notes forward along with some banana clove phenols and wheat notes.

Taste follows the nose and has grainy wheat flavors forward and finishes with some clove and banana like phenols.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

Fcolle2, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

nineworldseries, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottle poured into a weizen glass. Part of batch 1438 and comes in at 5.4%.

A-Crystal clear straw yellow with a crackling 2 finger white head. The head slowly goes down to a one finger level. Tons of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. This one looks like a thirst quencher.

S-Lots of the usual weiss suspects. Fruit such as green apple and banana as well as a minimum amount of clove and as it warms some bubblegum notes.

T-A whole lot like it smells. The sweet fruits come fast followed by wheat and some clove. The aftertaste is very reminiscent of banana bread.

M-Lighter bodied and very crisp due to the great great amount of carbonation. The lasting head gives this one a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D-Refreshing and it goes down way too easy.

Another great on from Weihenstephaner. The lower abv coupled by its refreshing character make this a great beer that I will seek out many more times.

mjl21, May 12, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice, frothy, white, 2 finger head.

S- Faint banana, wheat, light fruits.

T- Lots of banana, very crisp, apricot.

M- Light and bubbly.

D- Very refreshing and light. This is an easy drinker. Great for a summer day.

Lothore, May 09, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml poured into berliner weisse glass.

A: Almost transparent gold color. Thick cumulus head and plenty of lacing clinging for life.

N: Typical weihen banana smell. Absolutely delicious appeal. More lemon and citrus as it warmed.

T: There is substance here in contrast to the lighter appearance. The banana is the first hit but malts make an appearance and sweet fruits are there, perhaps pear or starfruit flavors.

M: Light and bubbly. Refreshing to the palate, good tingling spice aftertaste.

D: Immensely drinkable, not familiar with the style but as a hefe it is tremendous for a summer beer. Everything comes together well and it is as refreshing a beer as you'll find.

This brewery is incredible. Possibly my favorite from the other end of the pond.

marcpal, Jun 20, 2008
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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