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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
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#2,763
Reviews:
835
Ratings:
1,892
pDev:
10.12%
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4.22
 
 
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Photo of neckwrestler
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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 Beric
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 25 Jan 2014

Appearance: A rich golden yellow, crystal clear beer that pours with a foamy white head which slowly dissipates. Leaves some lacing, but not too much.

Smell: Much like one would expect, the traditional Weihenstephaner banana-cloviness comes out in the nose.

Taste: The banana-clove flavor is the most pronounced in this beer, again, as one would expect. This one is far crisper in flavor than its unfiltered cousins, leading to a much drier beer.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne. The carbonation is perfect on this one, and leads to a lot of additional body to make up for the lack of suspended yeast as in regular hefeweizens.

Overall: Finally, a Kristallweizen I can get behind. This one maintains all of the banana-clove flavors traditional to the style and rather than tasting like a diluted hefeweizen, this one drinks crisp and clean leading to a dry, but refreshing finish. A great beer, and the best Kristallweizen I've had to date.

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Photo of AmitC
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th and second last beer out of the 5 pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. What a beauty. Pale golden color. Huge, huge head more than 4 fingers thick. White color. Fluffy. Foam like. Stays for 5 minutes or so and then dissipates into a thin disappearing layer. Extremely clear and transparent. Clearer than a crystal. Excellent lacing.

Smell is a little subdued. Wheat, cloves and banana. Just the regular stuff.

Taste is very much the nose, with dominant banana and wheat flavors. Less spicy than hefeweissbier. Less complex.

Mouth feel: Medium light to slightly fuller feel. Effervescent and refreshing. Little tart due to carbonation, which is not seen but felt.

German purity at its best. Lack of yeasts, takes something away from the taste and smell, but for its style, it is near perfect.

Style rating : 4.25-4.5 overall. Personal preference: 3.25.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a filtered pale yellow with lively carbonation rising to a quickly fading white fluffy head. Smell is of slight banana and clove with hints of a nice yeasty quality in the nose as well. Taste is dry and crisp and very easy to drink. This seems to be a "light" or toned down hefeweizen. While it is a very good and refreshing brew, I keep thinking how much better the hefeweizen is.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a light yellow and gives a nice one inch foamy white head in my weizen glass. The head dies down to a light cling film over top of the body. Some light carbonation is seen rising. The smell has the yeast up front with big wheat malt coming through as the beer warms. Some light clove makes a slight presence in the smell as well. The taste is balanced between sweet and bitter through the "kristal" malts and previously mentioned flavors. The aftertaste has an acceptable wheat bite. The palate is medium with some harshness on the tongue. It leaves a sticky finish. It is mostly drinkable. Overall, this is good for its style and good for me, however, probably better in the summer.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a persistent white head. Flowery aroma with some yeasty earthiness. The palate features some of that expected banana fruitiness, but a fairly distinctive bubblegum flavor comes through most predominately. There is also some smooth malt sweetness and a mellow grain character as well. Light body with some fairly soft carbonation. Dry cereal grain in the finish.

I think the Kristall weizen is easily the most overlooked and under-appreciated style out there: it seems like a brewery will produce half a dozen hefe’s, a few pale wheat ales (if it’s an American brewery) and maybe even a dunkel or two before they even consider putting out a Kristall. And I really can’t figure out why, after all, Kristalls are easier to drink with more delicate flavors, who wouldn’t like that? And this brew is one of the classic examples. In fact, it’ll probably be the only one you can find. If you can, try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising beer. The body looks like a lager, clear and gold. The head is like a good hefe. Big with tiny bubbles. Strong hefe aroma, bananas, cloves, wheat.

Tastes like a strong hefe as well. Great flavor, lemon, banana, cloves and wheat.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin on first taste but the strong flavors took care of that as you drink more. Nice and crips.

Drinkability is excellent. A great choice for a summer drink

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wiehenstephaner wheat beer glass.

Pours a clear golden color, very simliar to the hefe but you can see clear through the beer. No haze. No yeast floating in this brew. Huge head with decent lacing.

Smells of clove, slightly green bananas, but less so than the normal hefe.

Taste is very clean, very dry, with more banana than clove, and the wheat malt certainly dominates more so than in the hefeweizen. No yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, very drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is very clear yellow color with a foamy big white head.

The aroma isn’t as heavy as a hefeweizen, but has the big banana notes. Not huge spices or complexity.

The flavor is fantastic. It is very clean with similar notes and flavors. It has a breadiness, but a watered down banana flavor too. It’s not a bad thing because the beer is so clean in drinkability and flavor. The malt finish reminds me of a refreshing German lager.

Just a well crafted German beer. No complaints. It’s an easy drinking beer with refreshing banana and malt notes. Great for a seafood dinner or hot summer day.

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Photo of Doiv
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice bright golden colour with a big white head, that quickly disperses and leaves hardly any lacing at all.

Aroma is nice and fruity - peaches, aplles and pineapples to name a few. Spicy and yeasty notes follow - perhaps a little like coriander?

Taste is yeasty, with raisins, bananas, apples, and pineapples, with a bitter aftertaste followed by a lingering fruity spice.

Good mouthfeel, and drinks brilliantly on a hot day.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuaff
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,892 ratings
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