Weihenstephaner Kristallweizenbock | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
As the oldest brewery in the world, we are now aiming to focus more attention on our old recipes and rediscover these often exceptional beer types anew – just as we did with our 1516 Kellerbier. The sight of a historical label from the 1950s reminded us of a beer that has almost slipped into oblivion: Kristallweizenbock, still brewed at Weihenstephan all those decades ago, but sought in vain on today’s beer market. Our Weihenstephan master brewers set to work developing a new version of Kristallweizenbock, choosing premium hop varieties Saphir, Opal, Smaragd and Perle (Sapphire, Opal, Emerald and Pearl) to create its character. This combination resulted in the distinctive hoppy bouquet of our Kristallweizenbock, complemented by the subtle banana aroma of the yeast. Careful filtration preserves the beer’s crystal-clear amber glow.

Added by bark on 03-24-2017

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to pils glass. Yellow gold liquid with a few fingers of soapy foam. Chill haze clears to reveal streams of carbonation. Aromas of banana, wheat, and spicy hop. Flavor is wheat, with a muted banana and touch of clove. Smooth and clean, and ridiculously easy to drink. Glass is emptied before I know it.

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Photo of Satsuma
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timon
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Man, this is DRANKABLE. I'm on my second one already and it's like candy. It's like tripel-light: sweet fruit candy in your mouth, but with a VERY well done regular malty beer mixed in. Sooo damn good. I have a Westmalle 750 and St. Feuillien Tripel (never had it) in the fridge and am passing them up for this.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into Perfect Pint
4077 date code
L- clear pale gold with 2 finger thick fluffy white head
S- bananas, toasted wheat germ
T- similar to nose as there is strong toasted wheat along with bananas and yeasty alcohol
F- medium-bodied, average carbonation
Overall this beer is brewed to style, but the is a bit intense for me

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Photo of The-Beer-Man
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very similar to Molson XXX. Weihenstephaner should produce Kristallweizenbock all year around (losing profits). Molson XXX is more than an equivalent replacement in the meantime.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of justintcoons
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Crystal clear straw. Moderate carbonation. 1+ fingers of rich, creamy head.

Cracker, cereal grains, honey, and grass.

Banana, cracker, cereal grains, and honey. Slight grassy bitterness. A touch of clove.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, balanced, and refreshing.

Insanely easy drinking. Flavors are a mix between an Imperial Pilsner and a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Clear, bright golden pour with small, tight, white head. Grassy, grainy aroma, small hints of the banana notes from the style. Taste also adds some fruitiness, melon to the nice grain base. More banana at the finish. Not your traditional weizen.

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Photo of Momon
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours a very clear golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention is poor, but tons of lacing sticks to the glass.

Banana and clove esters don't really pop aromatically, as expected. However, it has a pleasant noble hop presence on top of the wheaty canvas. This definitely seems like it will be a sophisticated, delicate brew, which is particularly impressive considering it's a 7.5% weizenbock.

It starts off with a strong vanilla cream flavor, trailing off into an also strongly fruity middle - peach and apricot dominate, along with a touch of banana (even if it's no hefeweizen). Holy shit, that vanilla flavor though. A slight hoppiness finishes it off, giving pleasant grassy and clovey notes. Even if it's not as estery as a Vitus, it's a very well balanced and even slightly complex wheat beer.

This feels quite crisp for 7.5%, and goes down easily despite the slight lingering sweetness. The body isn't too thick or too thin, and vibrant carbonation helps keep it balanced.

Confession: I like Vitus slightly more than this. Despite the cleansing hops, it's a tad sweet. Still, it's a pleasingly different vanilla bomb. Even with it's dessert-like nature, it's more balanced than one would think. I'd seek it out again, that's for sure.

3.96/5: A great weizenbock even without the full yeast presence

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clear gold with a medium white head. Little activity. So clear you could easily read a newspaper through it.

Smell: Fruity. Notes of banana, clove, white pepper, orange peel, Hawaiian rolls, bubble gum, and some grassy hops. Pungent.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Big green banana notes, clove, bruised pear, orange peel, bubble gum, and floral white pepper. This it not only to attack but doesn’t fade at all to make up the body as well. As the finish starts it becomes more bread with notes of sweet Hawaiian rolls, wheat sweetness, white grape notes, bay leaf, and lightly bitter floral hops.

Feel: Medium body. Quenching body that is smooth but has a sharp alcohol note on a semi dry finish. The alcohol is light at first but builds with each sip. The carbonation is prickly and natural feeling.

Overall: A solid beer. It is essentially a bigger clear Hefeweizen. It hits all the right notes for a Hefeweizen but amped up a notch. The only real flaw is the alcohol becomes a bit too much as it builds. It drinks so clean that the craftsmanship here is prominently displayed. With that I can’t help but feel the alcohol note might be on purpose but it was just a hair too much for me. A unique beer that I would be pleased to have again.

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Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow color. A dense white head rises to over two fingers with a gentle pour. Excellent retention and gobs of lace left behind as the foam eventually fades.
S: Banana esters and yeast. Spicy clove and grassy herbal hops. Husky wheat and even some alcohol lingers on a bit.
T: Big banana esters, yeast, clove like spice up front. Then baked bread crust that is amazing, and makes it a bit like a spicy banana bread. White pepper, grassy and herbal hops. This is great.
M/O: A full body with excellent crisp carbonation. An ultra smooth finish at the same time, and seems like a bit cleaner version of Vitus. There is a touch of warming alcohol, but really enjoyable to drink. Downed in big gulps as the smoothness and warming feeling makes me want to keep coming back.

Excellent all around, and I would expect nothing else from this ancient brewery. I really like some of the new releases from Weihenstephan, as 1516 was another excellent release. Well done, to bad I haven't been able to find very many six packs., but I am going to seek them out now.

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Photo of scottvanbelois
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing, foamed a little on opening. Aroma of wheat, light lemon and banana, light grassy hops. Flavor is lightly sweet and bready wheat, banana, clove, a hint of lemon. Finishes with rich, grainy wheat and grassy hops. Medium bodied with a nice light to medium body, nicer mouth feel than expected. Always a pleasure to run across something new from a favorite brewery and in this case, doubly so. I am always mildly surprised on first taste of anything from Weihenstephaner that they are such a step above others of the style. In this case, I was thinking that I couldn't like a filtered weizen as much as the cloudy ones, and I was wrong, this is great. The initial taste is similar, but the finish is really exemplary, like a fresh baked bread, but with light, well selected hops. This is a fine wheat beer.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no date on the bottle that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, golden color with one-finger white head with excellent retention, slowly dissipated until a still thick white cap of small bubbles remained, highly carbonated, bountiful, thick lacing on the glass, this is a nice looking beer.

SMELL: bread, banana and a fruity note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially bread and banana, there is also the taste of white grapes, the 7.5 ABV is definitely perceptible.

PALATE: medium body and highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is a very unusual beer, it smells and tastes much like a traditional hefeweizen but it's crystal clear, highly carbonated and has 7.5% ABV, it's a little boozy for me so would not have this often but it is a very good beer and I would recommend to anyone who likes wheat beer.

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Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweizenbock from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 195 ratings