Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 863 | Ratings: 1,972
Photo of gvickery
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Lenox wheat beer glass. Very clear medium gold with a huge white head. Smell is spice; clove, nutmeg, and banana. With a thousand years of brewing experience this beer is going to be consistently good. I rated it slightly lower because I think the original non kristall version is better. It does seem like the carbonation is a little low on this batch. Overall, it’s great.

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Photo of C-Stockwell
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear gold with a very large white head
S: faint spice aroma
T: touch of hops, banana, and very faint black pepper
F: clean, could use some more carbonation, but the word that comes to mind in regards to feel is clean

Refreshing, smooth, and easy to drink. Goes well with sausage like knockwurst.

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Photo of officerbill
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a weissen glass.
Clear golden color with a tall, medium bodied, off white head.
Crisp, wheat smell with a dash of citrus.
Clean taste with some apple, pear, and a little banana and lemon. A round mouthful with a hoppy aftertaste.

A refined "lighter tasting" version of their weissen, this beer satisfies your taste buds without filing you up. An extremely enjoyable beer that pairs well with a variety of foods and tastes great on its own.

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Photo of dxpnthedrunk
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a wonderful beer. it;s a great match with the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. it's just really refreshing with German wheat,citrus notes. and a very yummy sweet hint of banana and other not to over powering sweetness,. goes down real smooth and crisp.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Straw gold colored beer with a frothy two fingered head. Clear and very bubbly.
S- Very phenolic and spicy. Slight earthy undertone. Sweet with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon are present.
T- Bitter hop presence, ripe pear, sweet apple, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg flavors, phenolic banana. Very nice.
F- Fizzy and bubbly mouthfeel. Nice and crisp.
O- A very fine beer. I enjoyed every sip. There isn't a thing I would change about it. Not too much of anything, not too little of anything. Surprisingly light and sessionable. I would buy and drink again.

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Photo of jkblr
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottled 6/8/18 (7 months ago) poured into a wheat beer glass at fridge temp 5.4% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is mild banana and clove along with a vague wheat sweetness. The taste is semisweet banana with mild clove and bubblegum coming on the finish. Low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. Overall, very good for style. I am not a fan of any traditional wheat beer, but I will say this is pleasant and very well made.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale gold with a fine and fast-settling foam, nose is oddly tangy, faint hints of dry grass, lemon and banana. Far fuller bodied than looks would suggest, smooth and lightly fruity, yet also with dry noble hop bitterness.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was out on a fruitless mission yesterday ISO Flying Dog’s Last Minute Gift Pack, but to no avail. I was in the Brewers Outlet on Butler Avenue so I decided to patrol the mix-a-six section just to see what I could see. Lo & behold, I spied with my little eye, the last remaining bottle of this beer! Mine, all mine!

From the Bottle: “Since 1040”; “Brewed Under the Purity Law of 1516”; “The World’s Oldest Brewery”; “Crystal-clear”.

I readied the largest glass that I could muster & Pop!ped the cap. I was trying to simply do a gentle C-Line pour, but the 500ml contents began to get away from me pretty quickly. The foam was rising at a higher rate than I was prepared for & I needed to bring the glass upright before I wound up with a messy spill. It created two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head & then seemed to exhale, falling like a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all of whom were anxious for a taste. Nose actually smelled quite pleasant to me! It was very heavy on the clove esters & almost nil on banana, which is just the way that I like it. Bump the banana! If I want banana, I’ll peel & eat one. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was still quite spicy with a pronounced clove quality, but I was getting some banana peeking through. The updated Style Guide says that its flavors will be more subtle than in a standard Hefeweizen, but I found the clove to be more pronounced & the banana to be more reduced, or subtle. Still, this was quite a single-o revelation! I really found myself enjoying this, much more than a standard unfiltered Hefeweizen. Well, that’s entirely true or fair – it depends on its fermentation process: ale temperatures bring out pronounced banana esters (more common) while lager temps result in pronounced clove flavors (less common since it ties up the tanks for a longer period). I prefer the latter, but they are tough to find commercially. Finish was semi-dry to dry, very refreshing, which is the idea behind a Hefeweizen to begin with, but here I found it much more palatable.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an absolutely translucent slightly hydrated, ehm - yellow. Head is two fingers in height, white in color, and fair in retention. Aroma is a smack of spicy hop immediately followed by soothing banana and potassium. Clove and yeast esters drive this further into the 'quintessential pale German beer' stereotype, but not in a bad way. Floral, citrus hops and toasty, biscuity, doughy, earthy malts and wheat round out the complexities of the nose. In summation - flavorful and sharp. Flavor profile is spicy hops right up front, which linger a long while before fading and banana, clove, and yeast notes land in its wake. Doughy bread, wheat, and barley notes give this a bigger profile, adding on to complexity, but not taking away from the ease of enjoyment. Mouth feel is crisp, and nearing on sharp. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, a very sharp, crisp, refreshing beer with some unique notes. It embodies the stereotypes of so many German beers, but carries it well, making it a refreshing experience. Note the style description states the banana and yeast notes would be more subtle, but in contrast, they really drive the experience throughout this glass.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of timon
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm loving this. Smells and looks like banana champagne. So clear and bubbly, great lacing, great banana-cream smell. Taste is a very clean. light banana and malts. Good mouthfeel. Tastes like a mix of Duvell and the OG Weienstephaner Weissbeir. Fantastic.

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Photo of antonyliu
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Gold, light, and clear. Carbonating hard. Egg white head.

Honey, sweet, and coriander.

Coriander spice and sweet. Citrus bitter. Wheat grain. Some grape juice. Tart and dry.

Medium body, very fizzy.

One of the best in this style. Sweet, coriander, bite. Easy to drink if you like this flavor. Surely, I'd get again.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Pours a clear (as advertised) golden yellow, with a huge head that has great retention and lacing.

Aroma consists of a weissbier. Notes of yeast, dough, banana, light caramel, wheat, bread, mild spice, and mild lemon.

Much like the smell. Taste is very yeasty and wheaty, if not fruity with the notes of those mentioned above. Other notes of peaches, apples, and pears. Feels smooth.

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Photo of Nass
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know the julian code for this company so I know the beer is not old. Yes, I agree it is banana & spicy but those notes are quite mute. I am not impressed with this beer, I think their regular hefeweizen is better. Cheers! B-

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle. Clear golden body. Big white head. Smells of wheat and banana esters. Tastes of strong wheat graininess and yeasty fruitiness. Bananas and spicy finish. Medium light. Well carbonated. Like a light hefeweizen. Good, but not my thing.

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Photo of Crimson-RV
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

slight and short lasting head, aroma of yeast, and bananas thin but highly carbonated mouthfeel flavor follows nose but increases with warmth a pleasant beer sweet but not overbaring would definitely buy again

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Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Speiskammer

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Mild spice, banana, fruity notes, bready, a little wheat twang, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Fruity, pear, apple, hints of peach, classic esters and phenols, mild spice, a touch of banana, bready, a little wheat twang, and a bit of caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Sort of a light version of a German wheat beer. Very drinkable

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Photo of Anacross
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden clear liquid. Thick and long lasting foam on top. Spice and bananas fill up the nose and mouth. Fresh wheat, very modest bitterness, pretty much absent. Medium bodied as expected for a filtered beer in this style.
One of the best anyone will find.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful! Crystal clear amber with an impressive & clingy white head. Banana & cloves says hello to the nose. Only a hint of salty & sweet to taste. A flavorful mix of banana, clove, bread & malted wheat. So very delicious. And so many bubbles on tongue make it fun to drink.

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Photo of Amendm
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from a 500-ml. bottle into a 20-oz. mug produces a two finger white head made up of large and small bubbles. Small fizzy bubbles rise like in a fish tank to support the head which shrinks to a creamy foam.
This foam sticks evenly all around the mug when swirled and changes to thick lace 1/3 of the way though the drink.
Crystal clear pale yellow, except for all those bubbles.
The banana and bready smell from the yeast is enjoyable and consistent thoughout this breweries offerings that I have tried, this is the fourth.
The taste has added wheat malt, spice, tropical fruits and a light hop finish.
Meduim to rich mouthfeel is carried by the heavy carbonation to a slightly dry finish.
This is more than a filtered version of their Hefeweizen, similar yeast and head yet heavier on the malt with more of the bitterness coming from the hops rather than spices. Perfect for summer, another hit.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Wow... like J-Lo after an epson salt bath, this damn thing is clean! Now, let’s backtrack a second... Look at how beautiful this thing is. I mean, seriously, look at how beautiful this thing is! It’s like, uh... J-Lo pre-bath! Straw crystal clear so beautiful that even King Lothair III would be proud! With that is beautiful, yet delicate crystal malt aromas that make Raul want to use the hearts as eyes emoji. The taste, can you even imagine?! Like hooking up with J-Lo after she ate schnitzel! Perfection!

Get this. Get it good!

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Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass a clear, pale yellow amber with 3 finger white foamy head. Aroma is the expected banana and clove elements, albeit much dialed down. Nice wheat malt and a flavor is similarly subtle yet reasonably complex, neutered clove pervades the proceedings but is trumped by fruity citrus notes, orange, and bubble gum. A pleasant dry wheat spiciness lurks in the background along with a light caramel sweetness. Light bodied and prickly carbonation. A delicious beer to be enjoyed at anytime.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very clear gold yellow color. Thin body with just above average almost champagne like carbonation. Aroma is bananas, yeasty bread, and malt. Taste is similar with a bit of banana bread with a mild hop bitterness. Well done and worth revisiting

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 06/11/17:

Pure, clear, extra pale gold color. Delicate, melting fine-foamed white head of moderate retention, film-forming. Distinct and semi-tart but mild banana and then a whiff of yeast are the main aromas here. Similar palate but with honey and lemon suggestions. Good balance, delicious and drinkable, but not really complex enough to be interesting. That’s more the specific style though than this brewery’s iteration of it. Medium-bodied, creamy even apart from the fairly mellow carbonation, just barely tingly and softening gradually to fine suds.

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Photo of Wg1041
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn good. For a wheat beer this baby is almost lager clear. Good effervescent
carbonation. Faint smell of corridander and orange. Not extreme on the citrus but balanced. Wow...it just amazes the palate. Perfect wheat beer. Balance is phenomenal. Hoegaarden suck it!!!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear gold with plentiful effervesce streaming up from the bottom, producing a huge (to the point of being difficult to pour), white, tight/finely bubbled, lasting, foamy head that leaves only a few motes & strings of lacing. Aroma is wheat, dough, honey, fruity notes, green banana, spice, clove & citrus. Taste is a nice blend of wheat, cloves, fruity notes, spice, green banana with pepper spice, thin honey & floral/herbal hopiness in the finish. After taste is shortlived wheat, floral, banana & clove. Medium bodied with a medium-high carbonation, smooth, dry & lightly oily with a chewy hint. A very dependable, old favorite.

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