Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

1,861 Ratings
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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, what a nice fresh tasting beer this is. Pours golden with good clarity and a very nice white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of fresh wheat, and lightly of banana and clove. The taste is wonderful. Not grainy at all, and slightly sweet with banana and pear and with a lightt wheat flavor with sweet banana on the finish. Very lightly spicy and fresher then their hefeweisen in flavor but perhaps a bit less creamy. The clove is definitely more restrained. Crisp and smooth and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Zadok
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow with a pure white mountainous head. Head left a swiss cheese/spider web lacing as it descended.

Coriander and mixed spices predominant upon first whiff.

Heavy banana and bubble gum in this one, not in an overpowering sense though but just enough to give it a solid back bone of the flavor.

Very smooth with a bite of carbonation.

Very refreshing and an unexpected explosion of taste from such a light beer. Weihenstephaner is bar none world class.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

oh, my. god. i am so happy the world cup is in germany. my local stores all have a special "campaign" with a lot of new, foreign, and plenty of german beers being promoted. i've seen some that have made me mildly happy, (ooh, newcastle brown). but today i saw an endcap with all weihenstephaner beers, 4 different styles! i was unashamedly vocally appreciative, and i noticed the locals noticing me but i didn't care. what a cool sight.

my first kristal weizen. i have tried - and thoroughly enjoyed - three of the other beers made by this, the oldest brewery in the world. and to finish the story of the first paragraph, all the others have been through mail order from a special internet store. this was my first time seeing it at a normal store, in person. this is my fourth, and this ancient brewery is threatening to become my favorite. i just love the label, damn it makes me thirsty.

after reading the beer style description here on BA, i would say this fits it perfectly. looks like i would expect - like a filtered hefeweizen, crystal clear, highly fizzy, beautiful huge head. smell is slightly muted due to mosquito-repelling smoke in the air, (oh my god, how am i going to review for the next few months, with a dulled sense of smell or full of bites? you see, in japan these fuckers get you in or out of your house. they know no bounderies). but i can still pick up great weiss bier scents. spicy, banana, i guess there's really not as much wheat as a normal hefeweizen. so the smell is not as good as it's more famous, higher rated brother, but it's still good.

taste and mouthfeel are very predictable. just what you would expect. it's crystal clear! smooth. perfect balance, highly thirst-quenching and tasty. interesting note: this would probably be a good beer to give to a total rookie, as it is closer in appearance to a boring macro. as opposed to a cloudy, foggy hefeweizen which can definitely scare some noobs. i have a new mission for converting my macro-swilling co-workers!

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Photo of Hunter
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal-clear golden ale; aggressive pour yields a head of dense white foam with good retention and some lacing. Nose is of wheat and citrus, bananas. The promise in the nose is delivered in the tongue; citrus, wheat, banana, exactly what you expect of the style. Mouthfeel is tart and bracing.

Overall a very drinkable, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very easy to drink clarified version of Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen. I love their hefeweizen, and while this beer doesn't live up to the unfiltered version's flavor, it's still very good. This beer looks great in a tall weizen glass. It's a pale gold to yellow with an excellent head. It certainly takes advantage of the glassware. I'll admit that it does look a bit like a boring old lager with a huge head, but as a part of the Weihenstephaner lineup, it shines. In nearly every other category, it's a slightly muted version of the Hefeweissbier. It has the great spiced wheat character and a somewhat drier feel. On the other hand, the beer drinks just as easily if not easier than the Hefe. It's the perfect beer for a light lunch.

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Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephan Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: As advertised, crystal clear, beautiful golden yellow, with a rich head initially which recedes to about a 1/16" and decent lacing.

Smell: Great Hefe aroma, clove, banana, what you expect and exactly what you would want.

Taste: Definitely does not disappoint a very solid Hefe even without all of the yeast. Deep clove and banana really nice flavor.

Mouth feel: Heavily carbonated almost a champagne like feel.

Drinkability: Easily a very good hefe, bubbly on the palate but smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ML picked it up at whole foods for $2 a bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head. Small Champagne like bubbles

dense ripe citrus fruit with some astringent german hops.

Taste of Pilsener style malts with an added citrus bonus. Actually has a Champagne like mouthfeel and flavor.

Like it. a go to beer for something on the lighter side. at 5% Ill drink this all night if needed.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great filtered Hef. It is light, with lots of light head showing up with each pour. The head dissipates very quickly with no lacing (which it shouldn't have). From the bottom, there are lots of little bubbles rising to the surface.

With each sip I get the banana fruitiness from the phenols. There is a wheat aftertaste.
It is a very clean flavor.

This was great for the summer. It was very sessionable with only 5.4% alcohol.

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Photo of Psg5062
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Massive white foamy head - we're off to a great start! Crystal clear (duh) and golden with great constant effervescence. The only less that 4+ attribute was the smell, only because it seemed a little muted with just a fraction of the banana clove coming through, and didn't really pick up while drinking. Taste was thoroughly superb. There's the banana, clove and wheat-y backbone I was craving. All perfectly balanced and way too drinkable. These things could disappear within seconds of pouring. Body matched the clean clear visual with a light body but still not overly thin. Finish was perhaps a touch on the dry side absent of any aftertaste.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuaff
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass, naturally, around cellar temperature.

A sparkling golden yellow of stunning clarity, topped with a cap of pure white foam that is fed and kept alive by a persistent and frenzied storm of carbonation rising ever upwards.

I get the classic banana and clove for sure, accented by some lemon and a wonderful crisp bready, biscuity smell. More of a savory than sweet breadiness. Think pretzels!

The flavor lays down a sweet little bit of lemon and light banana at first, followed by a simple but satisfying thesis statement of crisp, refreshing breadiness. There's not much else to say, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

It's body is fully full, bringing all the carbonation one could ever wish for. This enhances the crisp finish nicely.

This is a perfect beer to have when it's hot, or after going on a sweaty run. Not overly complex, it delivers straight-to-the-point German wheat beer refreshment.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beertastegood
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not-quite-clear straw color with a small head that rapidly diminishes.

Smells almost sweetish. Kind of a surprise. I guess the best way to describe it would be malty, some banana scent, with the tiniest hint of citrus in the aroma.

Taste: Wheat, bananas and marshmallows! Sounds strange but that was the immediate sensation I got upon tasting this delicious beer. Finish is malty-sweet with a little bit of dryness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: Medium. It is still a little sweet to be consumed in mass quantities. However, I could kill a few pints of these in one sitting.

Overall: Very good weiss. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PUbeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Crystal clear" is correct, a light golden color, the bubbles mingle and swirl around in eachother, rushing up fast to create this beastie, towering perfectly white head 4" witha VERY slow pour! Very long dissipation from the clumpy stuff.

The nose is very complex in a very earthy way: Green garden herbs, herbal all-over, hint of tobasco sauce, mineral loaded spring water, musty, dank earth under year-old leaves, dry golden wheat and hay fields...the yeast is very complex in aroma. Later on you get: black olives and cold cuts. Stunning array.

In the beginning!!... there was a clean, light crispy feel witha smooth malt in the middle. The malt ha a buttery and slick but also wheat and hay, earthiness that slithers on the tongue. The yeast brings, garden greens, earthiness, green beans, corrinader that mixes with the simple but effective hop flavor. The unique quality is from the yeast and the balance with wild and natural effects.

In the end... the feel becomes much too relaxed, i would have to say flat, but way to quick. The jazzy, light feel just doesn't keep up, and the malt becomes a bit to slick and heavy. Otherwise, a really nice experience.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 500ml brown bottle into a pint glass. True to the label, it's "crystal clear" with a golden straw yellow color. The ample white head is gone quickly with little left behind on the glass.

Aroma is mostly pale malts with a pilsner hop character. A little spicy and a little earthy.

Flavor is a surprise as I was expecting more of a pilsner or pale european lager of some sort. It turns out to be a german interpretation of a Belgian witbier. Nice floral spiciness to it and very pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel seems just right with medium-light body and medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability is great and I really enjoy how hoppy it is for a German beer.

Overall a great surprise but, then again, I've never had anything from Weihenstephaner that I didn't think was exceptional.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Ayinger Weissbier glass.

Perfectly ("crystal"!) clear pale straw liquid supporting a lasting merengue-like finger of ivory. Lasting sticky lacing...perpetual retention.

Very gentle wheat aroma with vague hints of clove and banana (or am I imagining these?).

Grassy, bready, crackery palate entry. Faintly tart/spicy/sweet flavor profile is indeed similar to a subdued hef. Medium dry finish with a hint of buttermilk...very nice.

Medium-bodied, surprisingly creamy for a filtered beer, soft and well carbonated.

Hard to find fault with this as an example of the style, though I still strongly prefer unfiltered wheat beers...

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Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw gold, clear and transparent with a huge white head of fine bubbles. No real lace at all.

Aroma crisp, malty sweet. I get some grain, some yeast. Not outstanding.

Flavor, though, is where this one comes together. It's sweet at first, but soon developing with heavy banana tones and some clove-like spice in the finish. Rich, flavorful, and really quite good.

Maybe the appearance and nose are deceiving, but this is a delicious and notably fine wheat beer. High marks!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wow! Some of the best carbonation in any beer I've seen. It out champagnes champagne. Clear yellow through and through. Huge head of foam that dissipates into a nice layer. Lacing is one part that isn't excellent.

Smell: Pretty clean apple cider notes. A faint hint of floral hops. A bit of yeasty banana in the background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent. Great combination of hefeweizen notes with pilsener aspects as well. Thick and banana-y, yet clean and lemony at the same time. Mouthfeel fizzles out at the end a little watery, but not enough to be a real complaint.

Drinkability: The combination of the styles doesn't make this ideal for either category, so there's a bit of an identity crisis with this beer. Overall, a versatile beer.

Overall: Definitely a good change of pace and a good transition beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle as pictured and poured into my treasured Paulaner weissbier glass. This kristal weizen had a clear golden hue and a huge amount of carbonation racing crazily up to the bottom of an eggshell white head, massive at first before slowly easing down to a 1/2" thick layer of foam. Scattered lace decorated the walls of the glass.
The smell definitely holds true to style as the malt and wheat dominate. Has an orchard in late summer aroma like the smell of softly overripe apples and pears. Banana and clove aromas are virtually non-existent.
A few good pulls are all that's needed to confirm the taste follows the nose. Nice doughy malts rule the roost. Wheat flavor is assertive, more so since the banana and clove flavors are more suppressed. The faintly cidery taste comes out in the finish, cleanly and crisply.
Quite refreshing and quaffable, a real nice brew on a warm day. I found myself having to stop comparing this to their incomparable hefeweizen. Still, this is the quintessential beer for the style, IMO. Well worth picking up.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Appearance was nice and golden. Very fluffy white head. Low IBU beer, around 16 I believe. Very good taste and nice and smooth. Good session beer at 5.4% ABV. Very light beer and would go well with seafood or a lot of other light dishes.

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