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
Ratings:
1,870
Reviews:
828
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
232
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Honeybourne
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,white bread,doughy,honey,clove,hay
T:
-banana,white bread,doughy,citrus,fish,salty,grainy,herbal
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A pretty big downgrade from their Hefeweizen.
The finish is really weird.Up until then it's decent.
The Kristallweizen from Paulaner, Franziskaner or Maisel are superior to this.

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Photo of erk0607
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear effervescent gold poured from a 500ml into a proper hefe glass, head retention was very good, nice, large white bubbles.

Smell: Amazing. Estery yeast notes, banana, bread, some clove. It's a hefeweizen.

Taste: Great. Slightly sweet, grains and sugars, banana following closely behind those flavors.

Feel: Also great, light, fluffy, medium light body, smooth going down

Overall: I absolutely love this beer, very refreshing and well crafted. It doesn't require any thought or processing of complex flavors, it's just good. Probably just made it into my top 5 ever.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw beer, excellent white steady head.
Perfect weizen smell, no need to describe it once again.
Taste - soft weizen taste.
Light body, mild carbonation.
Prost!

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Photo of MaSaiani
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours VERY clear gold. (I can clearly see my finger prints through the glass, held at arms length. ) Bright white head, that leaves a thing ring of lacing.

Aroma is banana,clove, a touch of pear juice, and an element that seems to alternate between saltine cracker and sweet sausage. (Sounds strange, but it is pleasant.)

Flavor is a subtle mix of ripe banana,clove, black pepper, and biscuity malt, finishing with a more noticeable touch of clove.

Feel is smooth, slightly oily, and finishing with a little carbonation prickle on the tip, and back-sides of the tongue.

I only like clove in the smallest of doses, and this is a touch more than I prefer, but I still like this , overall.

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden color. Incredibly effervescent. Frothy bubbly white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell has notes of yeast, pepper, hints of citrus and green apple. Not really getting any banana notes from this.

Taste has notes of wheat, yeast, citrus, orange rind, a touch of banana and a bit of green apple on the end. Peppery spice becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Feel is full bodied and very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sup3r_s4m
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Tapmein
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful Krystal gold with a fat bready head. Smells of bananas and cloves, light in the mouth but so, so smooth. One to tilt back on a hot summer day.

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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 Curt3
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a white head. Smells of wheat and spices. Tastes of slight banana, spices, and yeast. Light body with low carbonation. Good wheat beer, just very different than the typical ones.

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Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bubbly head with straw body and deliciously carbonated. Smells of banana similar to the smell of GI Sophie but taste not so much. Although taste is still pleasantly flavored with malt, cloves, grass, and bananas. Overall good as for it may be the 1st of this kind and it serves as a base beer but GI Sophie and Bornem Triple just knock it out of the water, but still this is quite drinkable.

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