Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Wheat Beer - Kristallweizen
Ranked #1
Ranked #4,795
4.07 | pDev: 9.83%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Notes: In our golden-yellow crystal-clear wheat beer the fresh citrus flavour harmonises very well with spicy banana notes. The fine sparkling gives it a tangy and animated appearance. Throughout summer and winter, it’s a prickling experience. It goes well with fish, seafood, white meat or it can be enjoyed as an aperitif. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter Pa this afternoon.

Looks splendid in the Weihenstephaner glass. Crystal clear golden yellow body. Bright white head shrinks to a ring and covering, and leaves fantastic lacing.

Slightly musty banana/wheat/clove aroma.

On tasting, crisp, clean, banana & wheat elements are mild. A hint of apple.

Mouth medium, finish is where the banana comes in again.

Overall, very enjoyable pint, clean and easy drinking. Not easy to find this style, though it's a permanent fixture at the mighty Sabatinis.

Saturday at 10:32 PM
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold 500 ml bottle date stamped 3450 11:35:04.
Pouring the beer into my tall weizen glass. The beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy bleached white head of 4 cm. The foam slightly overtops the glass but clings on the edge and doesnt spill down the outside. Foam remains as a thin edge layer and several active streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
The aroma is a mix of cloves and some light lemon and a bit of banana. The clove is dominant to my nose. Not really any hop profile to speak of.
First sip reveals a light body with crisp texture and very fine tingly carbonation.
The flavor is some light lemon and then a lot of banana, sort of sweet and definitely ripe banana. Much more on the flavor profile than on the nose. Some cloves do show up on the swallow and linger just a bit on the swallow.
Beer drinks very easy and is enjoyable. Glad to have tried this one.

Nov 28, 2021
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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super sudzy. Persistent white head. Pale straw color.

Sweet nose, more banana here than in the taste.

Taste is peeled orange slices, grassy hops give it that kristall helles characteristic.

Mouth is a little thin, but smoothe.

A wheat ale that drinks like a lager. Yummy stuff. You don't stay in biz nearly 1,000 years without doing something right.

Nov 13, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ML bottle, born on date unknown, poured into a mason jar at 43 degrees F:
L - light yellow with a white head that lingered
S - wheat bread, lemongrass
T - crisp biscuit with lemongrass
F - light mouthfeel and medium carbonation
O - very drinkable beer with a nice flavor; the lemongrass offsets the wheat nicely

Oct 17, 2021
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden straw with very frothy white head. Banana on the nose. It's got some nice banana bread character that morphs into some minerality, some hop bitterness, and a touch of funk. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing as you can imagine after the filtering. I really love Weissbier in the summer and the filtering process certainly means this is suited for those thick humid days. It does lose some of the depth of flavor though.

Aug 19, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, big foam dissipate quickly. Very light body, light on taste too. A bit bitter. Simple beer, not a lot going on here. Would be better with a meal. I guess that is to be expected given the style name.

Aug 07, 2021
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a crystal clear gold with a fluffy white head
S: Bananas, clove, bubble gum
T: Tastes exactly like the Weihenstephan Hefeweizen, but dialed back
F: Thin, slick, crisp, feels lighter than 5.4%
O: First kristallweizen I’ve tried and it tastes exactly as expected. This would be great with fresh seafood.

Jul 25, 2021
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass

A- A clear golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Bananas, cloves, wheat, some citrus, touch of bubblegum, some earthy spice.

T- Wheat, cloves, bananas, citrus, hints of bubblegum, slightly earthy.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A very well done and balanced Kristallweizen, this isn’t much different than their Hefeweizen.

Jun 20, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. Bottle dated 12-9-20

Perfect clarity in the gold color. Slow pour yields three fingers fine white head, full curtained lacing. No sediment.

Rich clove and bread aromas with a light banana note sneaking in.

Flavors are clove, banana, pepper, light mineral.

Spikey peppery hop first impression. Light body. Dry finish. Good carbonation.

Compared to the unfiltered Hefeweizen, flavors are slightly weaker with a crisper finish. Distinct, and I will prefer this at times.

Jun 20, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautifully clear, light straw color with a large, rocky, off-white head.

Light banana, clove and wheat bread in the nose.

Very banana-forward taste. Sweet and almost banana candy-like. Lightly bready. Lightly peppery.

Relatively full bodied and slick.

This is very tasty, even at ten months old. Can only imagine what it would taste like fresh.

Jun 19, 2021
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a medium golden amber, crystal translucent as the name suggests, with a three finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of wheat malt, lemon, banana, clove and a touch of grassiness. Flavor follows, with crisp wheat, clove, a touch of citrus and banana and a pleasant yeasty note in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. I'll never forget my first glass of the Wehenstephaner's original hefeweizen, I wasn't expecting much because wheat malt sounded boring. I instantly fell in love with that beer with the first taste and regretted never trying it before. I'm a fan of the look of unfiltered beers, so I never even tried this version before, once again assuming the filtering would make it boring. Wrong again. This brewery just keeps on impressing me. The color density seems higher for this than the unfiltered one, but the flavor is slightly less rich with less graininess, but seems very close in flavor. The body is the revelation in this beer, with a mouth feel that is a bit more full and less carbonated. A beautiful beer, like their hefeweizen.

Jun 16, 2021
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Spike from England

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, dark gold with astonishing amount of carbonation rising to three fingers of foaming white head. The carbonation looks fantastic in a tall wheat beer glass.
S: Banana and yeast but very understated.
T: Has all the characteristics of a weizen (banana, cloves, lemon) but dialled well back.
F: Extra smooth mouthfeel with some slick and just a prickle of carbonation (which is surprising given the appearance). Bitterness is low but on the mark. Semi-sweet.
O: I think I finally understood this style. It’s a wheat beer with the refreshment and richness of a Bavarian pilsner. It’s gorgeous.

Jun 02, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know I've reviewed this before, but I guess I haven't typed up my handwritten notes from whenever I first tried it (probably 2011 if I had to guess...damnit, I've got to type up all those reviews!).

Here's a brief impression from a bottle courtesy of the Camera department on a TV show I crewed - thanks, lads!

5.4% ABV. Currently ranked #1 in the top beers list for Wheat Beer - Kristallweizen.

Creamy and soft on the palate, with an apt light to medium body. Refreshing and perfectly carbonated.

Flavour is fresh wheat with banana leading the pack of esters. Mild clove and very subdued vanillin follow, but this lacks a fresh orange peel ester flavour, to its detriment.

Drinkable and very well executed, definitely, but I do think New Glarus and probably Schneider Weisse still do the style better. Not a beer I'd buy again at import prices, but I'd happily repeatedly buy this at German prices...a must-try kristallweizen but not the best in the style or in its country of origin.

High B- / WORTHY

Apr 15, 2021
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Teika_Takahashi from California

4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Looks like the ideal beer when you imagine a beer at a pub. Kinda like piss but in a good way.
Smell: banana bread/cinnamon/clove aroma, background fruity/citrus.
Taste: kinda like banana bread, cinnamon and banana forward.
Feel: smooth all the way down, mild carbonation
Overall: pretty good beer! I see myself drinking this for my whole life and I could probably down a 6 pack in one night

Feb 20, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: refreshingly crisp and airy, wheat crackers, slight hint of citrus lemon, balanced clean finish. Same with the nose. Bright golden hue, crystal clear, with tall white foam and sticky lace. Medium/light body. Super crisp and yet smooth and refined.

Jan 27, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
L: crystal clear golden; tall, fluffy, white head holds incredible retention
S: clove, wheat, lemony citrus, grassy hops
T: wheat, clove, lemongrass, bubblegum, bready yeast
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, balanced finish
O: it’s been way too long since I had this one. Glad to give it a formal review after all these years

Dec 30, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

We're back again with another famed Weinhenstephan weizen. This time, it's the clear, filtered version of the original. As with the others, it's the highest rated of the style, and this is also my first kristallweizen

Pours (you guessed it) a clear as day yellow with 3 fingers of billowing, rocky white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The aroma is spice forward in this version, with clove leading the way in addition to earthy pepper, and the banana notes lean more towards savory plantains than actually bananas. A touch of bubblegum and soft doughy malt are also present

The front end of the taste presents a nice balance between soft fruity esters and spice, bringing notes of white pepper, lemon peel, and banana. The swallow brings notes of ripe banana, bubblegum, orange and a creamy soft malt

A mostly light body pairs with active but moderate carbonation for a very refreshing beer, maybe even more so than the original. Finishes dry and balanced

So this concludes my tour of their acclaimed weizens, and I have to say that I'm blown away by each and every one. This one might be the perfect session option of the 3 due to the light body making it infinitely drinkable. A damn good beer, and a damn good brewery

Dec 21, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pouirs a clear yellow golden color with a nice head, soon reducing to a thin layer and ring. In the nose, it has some banana and spice. In the mouth, it is the same, normally improved, however, in the German style by the addition of a slice of lemon, which unfortunately, my son used earlier in the day on some fish - alas! Still good!

Dec 04, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear pale gold with a large fluffy white head.

S - Aroma is banana, clover and coriander.

T - The taste follows the aroma with banana, clove, coriander and bready malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Another classic from Weihenstephan.

Nov 26, 2020
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zonker17 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow with ample white head, high retention, some lacing. Nose dominated with banana esters, light yeast, coriander. Taste so smooth with creamy feel, all the spicy banana, clove, and expected flavors. Outstanding

Nov 21, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours clear, pale, pale gold/straw pours with 3mm white head.
S- Typical weissen spice notes, coriander leading the way.
T- -Ditto^- The bulk of the flavour is in the spice aspect, rather than high malts.
F- Very refreshing, feels lighter than it's 5.4%.
O- Well, what do you expect for a Weihenstephaner beer, it's impeccable. The only difference between this and their unflitered weissbier might be taking the sediment makes this feel a touch crisper. Or maybe it's all in the mind... you decide!
500ml BB: 16/06/2021. Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery.

Oct 20, 2020
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pantalonesconqueso from Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of, if not my top go-tos. Unique balance of full creamy weisbeer taste and crisp lager finish, with the body somewhere in the middle. This makes for a fairly versatile beer - on it's own, with food or tobacco, in cooking, ice cold or cool. If I happen upon a bottle at a liquor store, the chances of me throwing it in with what I was planning to get are super high.

Being an import, sometimes the smell is a little skunky, and being a light beer, not too remarkable anyway. But I buy beer to drink it, not to smell it.

Oct 10, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured to weizen glass

pours a beautiful clear yellow body with an excited white fluffy foam head that retains a solid finger for a while before forming a defined ring around that cap. leaves webs of lacing on the way down.

aroma is wheaty malt, spiced banana bread, cloves and bright citrus

taste is clean and bright prickly citrus with spiced banana bread that smooths out midway, then gives way to a slight earthy bitter dryness.

medium carbonation and medium bodied goes smoothly with occasional prickles and a slight earthy bitter dry finish that goes easy and lingers with a soft bitter tang

this was a solid brew. would 10 out of 10 do again. feels like a "lighter" hefeweizen without sacrificing much of anything. would and could solidly drink this non-stop if the opportunity arose.

Oct 10, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is wheat malt, banana, cloves, bread and citrus.
The taste is dry with citrus and banana in the flavour and some bready notes in the background. Finish is slightly bitter with nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A really nice and tasty example of a kristallweizen, tough I do prefer the hefeweizen from Weihenstephan over this one.

Oct 03, 2020
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buddy_harvey from Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My abousolute favorite German beer, all Weihenstephaner is great beer...but this is the best by far...great smell, great taste...smooth as silk....the only thing I don't like about it is how hard it is to find here in Ohio ...5 stars all the way!

Aug 10, 2020
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