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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: 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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Photo of Kubishark
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Tavern in Baltimore. A fairly light yellow golden, "kristal" clear, highly bubbly beautiful beer with a nice foamy head. Smells subtly spicy and fruity and very sweet, with some malty notes as well. This is probably the "cleanest" tasting beer I've ever had, it seems so pure and exact, like everything is exactly in its place and balanced. Like a hefeweizen had a child with a pilsner or a kolsch: it's crisp and malty and slightly hoppy and smooth and sweet. The feel is near perfect for the flavor, it's light and refreshing and goes perfect with a meal. Overall this is one of my favorite beers of all time and proves once again the mastery of Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow straw in color with a finger of fluffy, white head. Aroma is soft wheat, banana, some clove. Taste mirrors the aroma, good balance of the typical weissbier flavors. Great mouthfeel, medium+ body and moderate-high carbonation yield a fluffy mouthfeel. Solid beer, quite tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Dacha Beer House, DC in a 0.5L Weihenstephaner glass
Bright yellow, with a good head. Very lively, and totally clear, as expected of a Kristallweissen.
Very malty and raw, with a good amount of hop. Very clean and crisp.
A very good brew and very refreshing, but I prefer its cousin the Hefeweizen more.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All kinds of yellow all over this one with a 2/5" white head and good retention. Aroma of straw and barley.

Taste is clean, fitting for style. Stays away from those spice rack and clove issues, relatively clean yeast flavors. Light mouthfeel. Expensive format for not much ingredients.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

very nicely brewed beer. Typical wheat beer...nice head goodlace.
.smooth no bitterness..rather sweet.
overall I could drink a few of these with no problems.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier |
Brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, with an ABV of 5.40% This brew pours out a golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier is rich with grins and malts. There is some other earth tones and hops in the smell of this brew. You may also pick up on some skunked smell in this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors and sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. First you pick up on the earthly grains and malts then the smooth slight bitterness of hops. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier goes down nice and smooth, I can't get over how smooth this brew is. There is nothing overpowering about Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier, this brew has a super nice balance to it. This is a nice fine smooth drinking brew. The mouthfeel of this brew is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of nijato
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing lager. An exemplary specimen of the style. Light, beautiful, foamy, and "Kristall" clear. It is achieved by a scientific brewing process continuously analyzed by chemical labs on the Weisenstephaner campus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). It is deliciously balanced, and the mellow yeast add apparent banana flavor. Hats off!

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - 4.75 pours a clear golden body with carbonation consistently bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Thick white lingering head.
S - 3.5 typical European lager aroma. Kinda skunky and yeasty which isn't typically appealing to me
T - 4.75 nothing like the aroma. A light Hefeweizen. Banana, clove, bready, yeast
F - 4.75 super light beer. Light coat to the palate. Perfect carbonation
O - 4.5 fist beer I've had of this style. Really enjoyed it. Great for summer. I can enjoy a 6 pack of these on a hot summer day. Once again weihenstephaner doesn't disappoint. Great beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appears bright yellow and clear with a tall white, bubbly head.

The aroma is very lemony. Some banana peel is present too.

The taste is mostly fresh lemon zest and banana. There's also that nice lager taste, and just the right amount of malt. Some wheat and bight fruits come through too.

The beer has a lighter mouth feel and a fair amount of carbonation. The balance on the mouth feel is just right - not too light but not too heavy.

Overall, this is, if not better than, exactly what you'd expect from an awesome German lager. It's a unique style and Weihenstephaner did an excellent job.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 15th.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with an impressive head of foam that has good longevity.

Spicy spicy nose with notes of coriander and clove. .could make a fine perfume out of that!

Coriander, cloves, a bit of pepper, lemon zest. ..finishes dry with medium to medium high carbonation.

Well, what a bloody treat this is!!!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer of the style. I like it because you have the same ester character as a hefe but more subtle. It's quite drinkable even if the clove notes can be a bit cloying

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Photo of Vestlake
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour. Very clear with a one finger head. While I enjoyed this beer, I prefer their regular Hefeweizen. The taste of the Kristalweizen was a little too subdued.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To my knowledge, this is my first time drinking this style; certainly the first time reviewing it.
It poured a light straw color with a big foam head. It had fruity aromas that were slightly citric and even tart at first. Then, soft Hefeweizen like tones of banana and bubble gum come out. Likewise, the taste is initially sweet and with banana like flavors. However, the finish is clean and mineral water like.
Light bodied and refreshing.
I hope I did the style justice with this review. It's like a lighter Hefeweizen.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 2026. Hefeweizen glass.

A: pours a crystal clear pale gold with streams and streams of carbonation and an extremely fluffy 4 finger head that subsides to one finger agree a while. Lacing was okay.

S: not as hefeweizeny as one might expect. Granted, this is fresh out of the fridge but I'm getting a little wheat, a bit of phenolic floral character, and a little Pilsner malt, but the whole affair is muted.

T: pretty flavorless arrival, then has some traditional clove, bubblegum and banana esters on the mid palate, but again the whole thing comes off as light. More like a Belgian wit than a Hefeweizen. Finish is mildly hoppy and loads cleaner than any hefeweizen I've had, downright helles-like. Improved as it warmed.

M: this and the appearance are where this style shines. The body is on the lighter side of midweight. Very active carbonation. Quite clean, which is atypical for wheat beers.

O: at first I thought I would love this because the slick syrupy character I often get in wheat beers is really off putting in hot weather. And the crisp clean nature and exquisite appearance I do love. However the fruit and spice character that is such a part of wheat beers is totally lacking. I'd definitely drink it again, but won't go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle code "2395"

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with lots of visible carbonation. It is a light straw color with a fluffy pure white head. The head starts huge but maintains a short stature. It isn't leaving any lacing.

Aroma: Clove and a bit of bubblegum.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma but much less present. There is a very light sweet grain flavor also.

Mouthfeel: Amazing smoothness to the beer. Just a touch of a bitter hop character but the bitterness doesn't bite at all. The carbonation is plentiful but it doesn't bite either. Overall it is just a smooth drinking experience.

Overall: It's a good easy-drinking Kristalweizen. I wish I could get it fresh but this holds up very well for an import with some age under it. If you can get this fresh then I highly recommend it but even if your only option is to grab an import I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - clove, banana, wheat

Taste - much like the flagship hefe, notes of clove, banana and wheat

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high level of carbonation, goes down smooth and refreshing, flavors of banana and Clove linger into the aftertaste

Overall - just every bit as impressive as the flagship hefeweisen, only difference is the filtering and the appearance. Highly recommended.

Price point - $2.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of this style I've had, and it meets the style description to a tee. Certainly pours clear with thin near-white head that lasts about 1/2 finger. Aroma is banana and bubblegum. Flavor has the same with some mild clove and hint of hop bitter. Finish is clean and calls for more. Very drinkable, as all from this brewery.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold (4) with voluminous tight white foam; slow cap reduction; heavy lacing. Baked banana bread and a little spicy nose. Bread and spice with a whisper of clove; lite lemon/banana bread finish. Lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent lite spice linger.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in MJ's 1999 "Guide", he gave 2.5 of 4 stars and called it "rich, juicy... with suggestion of banana."
I regard this beer as better. Crystal clear is change of pace for wheat. While I don't need to add to MJ's taste description, the mouthfeel also a pleasant change as it has the sharpness of a lager, almost prickly.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9.fl oz bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass. Code 2395.

A - Crystal clear pale gold, with a two finger fluffy white head that retains for a while. Good lace retention.

S -Bread, slight metallic notes initially that went away,

T - Banana bread, mild spices, yeast.

M - Carbonation medium low, medium light feel.

O - I could see throwing a few of these back on a hot day. Would love to get my hands on some fresher versions. This style is exactly how it is described.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pale straw crystal clear body, plentiful swarms of bubbles rising, white half fizzy half velvety head. Smell is spice like white pepper, banana, faint bread/yeast. Flavor is full yet delicate, mirroring the nose with an added touch of clove and hay. Bone dry with mild bitterness on the finish. Light body, carbonation verges on abrasive but remains fun.
Damn delicious. Highly appealing, highly drinkable, big but light flavor, very refreshing, this is real craft beer.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure I understand why this style exists but I'll take it.

Pretty much what you'd expect; a drier, less spicy, less fruity version of the Hefe. I'd like to have it during a warm day.

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Photo of puck1225
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers! Pours a beautiful clear yellow from a bottle into tall glass. Fluffy, creamy white head and nice lacing. Fragrant with a crispy, spicy taste of cloves and gentle banana. Great beer!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into weissbier glass. It pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick, foamy, snow-white head and extensive lacing. It smells of wheat, yeast, grass, honey, banana, and cloves. The taste is bready with abundant cloves, and a nice touch of banana. There is a slight hop presence with just a hint of citrus and bitterness at the finish. All of the flavors blend flawlessly. This is a light, tangy, and refreshing beer and with a moderate ABV of 5.4%, it is very easy to drink. Overall, this weissbier is a delight to drink.

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

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle in to a Weihenstephaner Wheat beer glass. Bottled on code is 9275 (29th June 2015 if I'm decoding correctly).

Look -- A gentle pour gives three fingers of creamy white head that quickly settle down to one finger. The body is a straw color.

Smell -- Clove, banana, bubblegum, faint breadiness with some hints of bubblegum.

Taste -- Clove, banana, and bubblegum with faint breadiness. Light bitterness and some lemony tartness.

Feel -- Lively carbonation and light body have it feeling more pilsnerish on the palate. It has a light crispy mouthfeel and finishes fairly dry.

Overall -- It's a cleaned up and stripped down hefeweizen. I prefer my hefeweizens unfiltered but I can't fault the style simply for what it is. If you prefer a lighter mouthfeel but still want clove and banana in your beer this isn't a bad choice. While the clove and banana may be strictly speaking lighter compared to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier the cleaned up nature of the beer makes them stand out more prominently as they aren't competing with as much, it's also much lighter on the palate.

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