Kristallweizenbock
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Style:
German Kristalweizen
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
202
From:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  14
Gots
  31
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: 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.
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Photo of LagerMeister107
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer Weihenstephaner ever produced. Truly a shame that it was a one-off. It had this floral & sweet taste that was totally unique, hard todescribe, and incredibly delicious. The only thing that I’ve had that has a hint of that same unique flavor is, oddly enough, Saison Dupont (a Belgian beer). Indeed, I now purchase Saison Dupont whenever I am craving a Weihenstephaner Kristallweizenbock, as it is the only thing that can hope to hit the spot. That being said, the Weihenstephaner Kristallweizenbock is a far superior beer.

If Weihenstephaner is listening, bring this back full-time. This was your best beer, by far. A masterwork 5/5.

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Photo of konigstiger
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Becker. Smells like sweet bread. Smooth, very drinkable, alcohol is not overpowering even though it is 7.5% ABV. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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 timon
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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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timon from California, Jul 20, 2018
Photo of Samlover55
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Samlover55 from New York, May 27, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
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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The-Beer-Man from Michigan, Apr 19, 2018
Photo of justintcoons
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

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

Nose
Cracker, cereal grains, honey, and grass.

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

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

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

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 05, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
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 BergBeer
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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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BergBeer from Virginia, Feb 01, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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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LiquidAmber from Washington, Jan 09, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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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HoppyBastard from Nebraska, Dec 23, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - clear light slightly golden yellow color with a good white head and sticky lacing
Smell - banana and clove
Taste - lots banana and some clove but a tad more spice than the smell.
Feel - full body medium carbonation and slight cream
Overall - yummy

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Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a huge dense white head that is long lasting and leaves incredible lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell is bread crust banana clove.
Taste is bread crust banana clove spice pepper and lightly bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. The finish is lightly dry and spicy.
Overall if you don't mind the 7.5%abv punch this is an excellent beer.

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Spikester from Oregon, Oct 29, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at Bottlecraft Little Italy, SD.
Not as good and strong-smelling as its brother Vitus, but still an excellent brew. The clear and un-hazed liquid just looked a bit wrong with a bock though...

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sokol_1993 from California, Oct 11, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The reason I drink craft beer can be summed up with this import...

I enjoy craft for those moments after I have gone to the store, picked something up that caught my eye, brought it home to later crack it open and then be amazed - this beer is the embodiment of that process - simply wow. It pours out a pale yellow color with thick white head and very good lacing. The smell has sweet undertones to go with the distinct hops and malts and even booziness (as touted by the 7+%ABV). Mouthfeel is very smooth, lightly carbonated, and well, light-bodied. The taste is what blew me away - I've had weizenbocks before, but nothing as sweet, tangy, wheaty, and simply tasty as this - very impressed. I will definitely be on the lookout for these on my next trip to the store to see what else catches my eye..

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Saveur Biere. In Bavaria hefe glass. Watching Stranger Things 1x03-04. Typical wheat banana flavors with delicious sweetness that makes it really dangerous because of its well hidden abv.Really good creamy, smooth body

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Photo of Psilo
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A not-very-careful pour yields pure gold in my glass with four fingers of thick fluff foam which takes a frustratingly long time to die down, leaving chunks of lacing on the way. Tiny bubbles stream up, keeping that fluff stubbornly in place.

Smell is wheat, banana, some clove, some alcohol. Fruity and inviting.

Creamy, creamy mouthfeel. Coats the mouth with banana bread and spice, wheat tang, lingering bitterness on the finish. Some alcohol, but that creaminess makes it oh so easy to drink.

This beer is beautiful in the glass and typically delicious for Weihenstephaner.

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Psilo from California, Oct 02, 2017
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden, almost straw, filtered, with a little carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of white head, leaving a cross stitch lacing.

Smells of phenols, much like a Belgian brew, grassy notes, highly floral, and pear juice or canned pears.

Taste follows the nose, but way more intense, fruity and floral, complex and interesting.

Really smooth and totally hides the alcohol. Light body, with a little, foamy carbonation.

Had this sent up from Bangkok, drinking in Chiang Mai Sept 30th, 2017. Really interesting brew, certainly world class and worth a try.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Sep 30, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's like a more liberally spiced, bolder, and slightly more bitter version of their regular Kristallweizen. Very good, but doesn't quite reach the same heights. The advantage this one does have is the six pack format, which the Kristallweizen desperately needs!

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AlpacaAlpaca from New York, Sep 28, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure if I could differentiate between this and Vitus in blind test, nor can I determine which I like more!

Clear light golden pour with thick white head that never disappears, leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is banana, mild cracked pepper, and a truckload of wheat malt. Flavor is similar but better than expected, with a sweet maltiness that just wins this one for me. Incredibly smooth with a clean finish. I'd like to drink this all day. Fantastic.

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, Sep 18, 2017
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4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. A thick, dense, rich and pillowy head. Perfect golden amber with great clarity. The head stays for what seems like days and fades ever so slowly, leaving lace all over. Carbonation is quite busy as befits a good weiss.

Nose is great, A big and broad malt body. Wheat is twangy and folds itself back into a bready pilsner like sweetness. Notes of banana and light clove spiciness that almost covers the alcohol bite. The combination creates a bit of pepper. Nice.

Taste makes me want to sing. That big wheat malt body just flows with all the goodies. A sweet dinner roll with a lightly toasted malt and grain complexity. Healthy banana builds from the bread and malt deliciousness. Spicy cloves are the front end of a superbly blended hop combination that has a bigger hop presence while remaining surprisingly mild. The clove spiciness is the real bitterness in the glass and that is just fine with me. It does the same thing to the booze in the mouth that it does in the nose. Makes it almost imperceptible, while allowing it to add its own spice and pepper notes.

Feel is crisp and and refreshing, while the carbonation creates a creaminess that has me keeping it on my tongue just to enjoy its blossoming. Perfect weighting allows for quaffing if you want and the hidden alcohol will fool you into thinking this is a session brew. Proceed with caution, it hits.

This is one of my favorite weiss beers. Just perfect. I could drink this all day every day.

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scootny from New York, Sep 13, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color, brilliantly clear. Was served with a small white head

Aroma was tart banana, with some wheat perhaps melding with the yeast phenolics.

Taste was bready and fruity - banana bread? Felt like I was getting more wheat malt character than I often do in hefeweizen type beers. Adequately hopped to achieve a balance and prevent it some skewing overly sweet.

Medium body and carbonation, somewhat creamy. Felt like the carbonation could have been higher. Some alcoholic warming.

Pretty sure I like the regular Weihenstephaner Weizenbock better, as I found this one overly fruity.

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mpyle from Maryland, Sep 06, 2017
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3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Fine looking: golden-amber body with excellent clarity and a durable white head.
More banana in the aroma and flavor than expected. Hints of light spicing, yeast, and baked bread, with more impact from grains and hops in the aroma than in the mildly bitter taste.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Sep 05, 2017
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 202 ratings