Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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From:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Style:
Kristallweizen
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,930
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Reviews:
918
Ratings:
1,185
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 03, 2022
Added:
Jul 30, 2001
Wants:
  151
Gots:
  278
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 4.02 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a completely clear, light golden color with a moderate, foamy white head. SRM of 6-7.

Aroma: Moderate aromas of citrus and bread malts upfront. Then some banana esters. Hints of bread spice and leather underneath.

Flavor: Moderate citrus and bread upfront. Then comes the sweet banana, bread, cloves, spices, and even a smokey and meaty leather flavor that lingers off the end. Finish is slightly sweet.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet with some smokey leather flavors that linger.

Overall: My first Kristallweizen and to try the #1 rated one, I was excited for this one. Nice citrus, bread and banana esters. Some spice and even smokey leatherness that rolls of the finish that I find unique here. Not too smokey though and only subtly so. This one drinks very well. Lighter bodied and less yeast/carbonation than a hefeweizen. Sort of like a mix between a Pilsner and hefeweizen. (Rating: 4.24)
Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle. Straw in color, clear with a large foamy head and lacing. Smells of bread, banana, and citrus. Flavors follow the smell. Interesting style. Refreshing
Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured "kristall" clear in a straw yellow shade of liquid, with the near white, dense foam head rising faster than the liquid. Once it dissipated, it left regular lacing.
The aroma was clove and banana, there may have been other stuff mixed in but my nose couldn't detect them.
The taste followed, clove is first on the tongue, then banana, then some almost pepper like spice, maybe from the hops?
The feel, due to active carbonation, was lively and refreshingly tingly.
I really need to drink more imported beers, these are simply delicious.
Jun 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Jun 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by notchucknorris from California

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by dd53grif from Michigan

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by uncleotis from Illinois

May 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

May 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Apr 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by McSeal from Connecticut

Apr 10, 2022
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Rated by Nvrmind16 from California

4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Very classic European white beer, pours a clear golden. Tastes of bread and bannanas and slight spice, great for late afternoon.
Apr 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by Rhetion from Florida

Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by clm9 from North Carolina

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Big bottle from John’s poured into tulip. Would be a hefeweizen, but clear/filtered. Full head. Dank nose but typical banana/clove hefe flavor.
Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan "Kristall Weissbier"
500ml brown glass bottle coded "50 4 1 11:49:52".
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is certainly not my first Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier but somehow I missed reviewing it. It's called Kristall because it's crystal clear, and without the yeast it seems a little bit lighter in body. At least that's what some of the Germans I've met on vacation have said, and therefore they prefering to drink it in the summer. I'll assume others prefer it all of the time. There is less protein to it because it's been filtered, and that translates to less body and less head retention and lacing. Without the yeast it's a little different in flavor as well. So, it's a crystal clear gold in color beneath a full head of bright white holds very well but not as good as it would have had it been left unfiltered. The aroma is clean and crisp with a lemon-like citrus note, soft banana, and some plastic-like, and spicy phenols over a lightly sweetish and grainy malt base. The flavor follows exactly. It's moderately bitter but it finishes mainly dry with some citrus, banana, clove, and general spiciness lingering. I can see what they're saying here, you could drink a lot of this! Perhaps part of that, however, is that it seems to have a little less carbonation to it. That alone will make it less filling, and come to think of it, that's probably at least part of why the head retention isn't as good. It's medium-light in body, and really, kind of like a helles but with some of the character of the weizen yeast strain. Superb!
Review #7,725
Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: Clear golden yellow in color and even my semi-delicate pour brings on a huge white head that pillows and slowly craters away, leaving awesome lacing behind
Aroma: Cloves, light wafts of bananas, fresh baked wheat bread, and some bubblegum phenolics – honestly this smells a lot like their Hefeweissbier
Taste: Follows the nose well. A boatload of bready wheat malt jumps out at first and immediately followed by a pretty strong clove note. Some banana and more bread along with a dough-like component carry through until it closes with a light kiss of bubblegum
Mouthfeel: Full but noticeably lighter than these folks’ Hefe, smooth, pretty clean, medium-high carbonation, and a soft finish
Overall: This is outstanding. It had been a couple years since I last had this and had never reviewed it so had to buy and revisit it when I spotted it – for science. It is not only awesome and delicious, but tastes exactly like what it is – a filtered Weissbier. Very similar to the Hefe but not as chewy/big of a feel, a little less banana, clove, and bubblegum notes, and lighter feeling on the stomach too. I personally prefer Hefes but this is and has to be the gold standard for Kristallweissbiers. Highly recommended
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by illtexzona from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle into nonic pint.

Pours clear yellow with full head that dissipated quickly, and champagne bubbles throughout. Nose is bready, bananas, lemon, clove. The flavors pull straight from the aromas, hitting all the same notes. It drinks very light with sparkling carbonation that lasts. Very nice, easy drinking wheat beer that isn't too heavy on the palate or over the top with the wheat. Drinks like a lager with a wheat profile.
Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by lonestarshield from Texas

Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by Hazey92 from New York

Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.89 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.
Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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
 
Rated: 4.41 by Techichi from Texas

Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.23 by NastyNorseman from New York

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jul 27, 2021
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Reviewed by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jul 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.56 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Jul 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Jakepitbull from New York

Jul 08, 2021
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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