Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

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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 Finite
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crisp classic Kristal Weizen.

Nice mix of spices, banana and wheat in this mix. Strong cloves and good carbonization make this a good choice for any lover of the style. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter.

This is a very enjoyable brew. Worth exploring for anyone who likes this style.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold and bubbly with a big foamy head that vanishes without a trace.
The smell reminds me of walking into a dry cleaners. It's a good thing it isn't any stronger or I'd classify it as a stench.
It tastes better than it smells. Faint notes of banana, bubblegum and clove. The saving grace is that the clove is over shadowed by the rest of the flavors and doesn't bite until the end of the swallow.
I love the light, fizzy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. This would be a nice session beer for a hefe lover.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Kristall weissbier 16.9 fl oz bottle $2.39(OH)

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. ( Look it up on freshbeeronly)

Pours a nice crystal clear pale golden color. A three finger thick creamy bright white head that last forever it seems. The creamy Head being thicker and taller towards the middle of the glass. Very nice soap bubble like lacing is left all over the bulb of the glass. I have never seen a clear hefe before.

The aroma is a weak combo of wheat, banana's, lemons, cloves and other spices.

Taste follows the nose. But the malts are heavy, the wheat taste is very low. As well as other tastes. The banana's aren't very strong nor are the cloves. It's well balanced but the all the tastes are subtle. Maybe a clear hefe is not such a good idea, is it taking away all the flavor? It don't taste no where near as good as the original hefe.

mouth feel is OK. carbonation is good. Malts cling to your palate. It's just that it lacks that spicy/clovey banana feel that clings with the aftertaste. It has it but its weak.

Overall, i have walked past this several times and finally i said i'll give it a try. I should of just walked by to get some original hefe. Or the new Yuengling summer wheat, which is an amazing budget hefe. Would i buy this again? no. Its not the hefe style that i am growing to love. I would take some summer wheat over this any day.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 16.9 fl. oz. bottle, 5.4% abv. store dark, keep cool, (46 – 52 degrees F.

Aroma: Faint bubblegum and wheat, with whiffs of noble hops and a touch of alcohol

Appearance: Pours into my tall glass with an impressive 3 finger white head that dies back to a rocky finger leaving traces of lace before the first sip. Glass is bright gold and like the label says, crystal clear.

Flavor: Grain/wheat flavor is pronounced, hints of bubblegum and light fruit esters, slight lemon rind. Overall, a clean and simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, very strong carbonation level leaves it a bit fizzy

Overall Impression: A very enjoyable beer. The carbonation level is the only thing I have some problems with. It’s pretty to look at, has a pleasant and simple taste, and a fair nose. A good lawnmower in my book.

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Photo of BierReise
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to the Hefe but not as good in my opinion. Crystal clear gold with large snow white head. Filtration seemed to take the body and yeastiness out of it. Therefore lacks the flavor the hefe brings. Almost like a light version of the Hefe. Still a quality brew just not my idea of a classic wheat.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a .5l Ayinger glass.

Pours a very clear light straw yellow with a huge white foamy head. Also nice bubble trails up the glass. Nose is very yeasty and wheaty.

Taste is decent', it's a bit yeasty and sharp for me but quite tasty. If you like the banana yeastiness of their Hefeweissbier you'll like this.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours golden yellow with great carbonation and brilliant white head. One of the best looking beers I've seen. The smell is alright, but is mostly wheaty malts. However, it does have a hint of melon to it. The taste is basically the smell with out the melon to make it interesting and the mouthfeel is plainly smooth and light bodied. Overally, I could session this, and might if I got it fresh on tap, but will pass from the bottle next time.

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Photo of bort11
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a hefe glass. Tall and chunky lace, though not much lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow with lots of active carbonation.

Smell has a thin musty yeast, and a bit peppery. Taste is quite a bit more spicy, lots of cloves and pepper. Thin lemon notes.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and a tad watery. It's easy to drink, but no that interesting.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a clean and clear looking yellow color. The head was fluffy and had a pretty good retention. The smell had a pilsner-ish aroma, a little earthy too. The taste was pretty good, some malts and a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side and had a crisp feel to it. Overall not a bad brew, worth trying.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color. A decent foamy head with some nice layered lacing down the glass. Tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom of this one.

S- Pretty close their Hefe except a little lighter. I could pick up bananas, cloves, some bready malts and lemon.

T- Not too bad but tastes like a Hefe but the flavours are a little lighter. Follows the nose here fruity and a little spice.

M- Light body, maybe a light watery and nice carbonation.

D- Alright beer just not one of my favorites and I think I'd rather have the Hefe than this.

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Photo of tmm313
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a quickly dissipating, creamy 2 finger head. Lots of bubbles. Lacing is slick; won't really hold to glass. 3

Smell: Really subdued out of the bottle, but once swirled, things lit up. Big bananas and clove. Yeast, wheat, bubble gum and some slight grassy notes. 4.5

Taste: Wheat, yeast, and sour lemon up front, followed by banana. Finish is bready with hints of ripe banana and lemon. 3.5

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with crisp carbonation. Dry, lightly sour finish. 3.25

Overall: This was just ok to me. I really enjoyed the smell, but that's about it. I can't see myself buying again. 3.25

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Photo of stella77artois
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Light yellow amber, lot's of carbonation. Large, thick head. Dissipated rather quickly, but a thin white remained for the duration of consumption.

S - Banana, clove, some sweet malts. Not bad, not great.

T - Not a really a fan of the style, so I didn't really expect to like it. And I didn't. Not terrible, flavorwise. Soft banana and banana bread flavors up front. Dark fruit in the aftertaste, and a hint of a blueberry-like taste when warmed.

F - Average-good. Crisp and refreshing feel.

O - Again, not a big fan of the style, but I didn't care for this beer. Too much wine-ish taste, and not enough "beerness". Certainly not a bad beer, and it's rating in my book improved the 2nd time I tried it.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the brewery's Weissbier glass at just over fridge temperature. Freshness code reads 2043. 16 oz. bottle.

Appearance- A filtered, lighter amber version of their Hefeweizen... much clearer, with a generous three finger head that settles nicely to a mat.

Smell- Thick, fat, moist banana bread with some phenols present... and an underlying sweetness. Reminds me of the unforgettable nose on Cantillon's "Fou Foune".

Taste- Sweet, with a yeast driven "cookieness" that finishes a bit cloying... something here could use some better balancing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fantastic mouthfeel... active, alive, foamy. It's just that when I bury my nose in the glass, inhale, and take a sip, I am not sold on this. Stay with their superb, masterful Hefeweizen for a classic beer for all times.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a weizen glass from the 500mL bottle.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden with a decent white head that leaves a nice film and little lace. The smell of sweet wheat and pale malt. The taste is also sweet and malty with wheat flavor but not much by the way of hops. The mouthfeel is pretty good as well, not overwhelming. Overall, just an average forgettable beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Musty malt smell with a touch of sweetness. Straw yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles. Airy white head with rather large white bubbles. Tin wheat sweetness to the taste with a hint of banana (yeast) to the finish. The mouth is a little thin and light. I like the banana finish to the brew but overall this beer seemed like it was a little too watered down.

Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for the sample!

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50 cl. bottle. Pours a kristal clear golden-yellow color with a fairly tall but, quickly diminishing fluffy white head, fair lacing. Aroma is grain, straw, wheat, yeast, and some light banana esters. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, yeast, and a touch of spiciness. Light to medium bodied, fairly lively, sweet on the palate. Pretty good kristall, refreshing.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephan's Kristallweissbier follows their normal hefeweizen as a good, easy to drink wheat beer. Even though I like their hefe, it wasn't as complex as I was expecting it to be. This too wasn't that complex (not that I expected it to be), but it still turned out to be a great thirst quencher and was overall quite pleasing in the flavor department.

This kristalweizen pours a crystal-clear yellow/gold color with a decent foam head that lasts for about 1 minute. The aroma contained some fruity banana smell, some clove-like spices, and a hint of wheat. The mouthfeel was a bit more watery than I expected from a wheat beer, and had a low-moderate carbonation. The banana flavor is the most prominent feature of this brew. There is a bit of spiciness (including cloves and cinnamon), but as mentioned this is not as complex as a regular hefe. Low amount of dryness in finish. There is some continuing fruitiness and some wheat flavors in the aftertaste, and the brew finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

I did enjoy this beer. It served its purpose as a thirst quencher effectively, and overall it wasn't heavily flawed. In a sense this was like a "hefe-light," while still maintaining many of the qualities a wheat beer with yeast would have.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color with a surprisingly large, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: I'm picking up faint hints of the trademark weissbier banana/bubblegum smells, but not much of an aroma here.

Taste: Follows the smell, but more pronounced. Fizzier than expected with the candy banana/bubblegum taste not as full as I would have liked, but at least it wasn't overpowering. Everything kind of fades away into the alcohol and fizz at the end. Still refreshing, but the taste just isn't there overall.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit much, but overall a nice light mouthfeel that allows it to have that refreshing quality.

Drinkability: The carbonation is probably the main thing that would keep me from having more than one, but it wont be hard for me to finish this bottle. One of the bright spots of this brew.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not as good as their Hefe in my opinion. Worth a try if you're into the style, but this is probably not a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Typical wiesbier fermenting banana smell.

A: Pours a huge white head. Perfectly clear straw coloured body, three or four sleepy strings of bubbles.

T: Typical banana/clove wiessbier combination but more bitter than usual and lighter bodied and lager like. Refreshing. Great head retention. Big dollops of foam cling to the glass. Clean bitter aftertaste.

O: Typical wiessbier flavour but more lager like. A very sound but unremarkable beer.

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Photo of Bobo77
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Found this at Lukas Licquors.

Pale golden color, similar to Budweiser (Well it says crystal clear on the bottle.) An inch of white creamy head.

Smells of bready yeast. Trying to find any fruity or spicy notes but not being successful.

Taste is much like the smell. It is like a wheat beer without the fruity, bananna, or clove dominance. It's sort of like a Hefeweizen Light beer.

Pretty average, bubbly, effervescent mouthfeel.

As drinkable as a pale lager. Not a bad beer by any means but in a sea of wonderful, complex, full flavored beers (Lukas Liquors) it is not anything that really stands out.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant golden straw pour with a huge head that is constantly fed by very active carbonation.
Aromas of wheat, bubblegum, very faint banana, not much else. Nice, but lacking.
Similar flavours of floury wheat, banana and a faint hint of white grapes. Again, enjoyable, but not particularly exciting.
Moderately light body with fine carbonation.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with a code on the back label into a weizen glass. Had a clear pale straw color with a lot of head and carbonation. The smell was a watered down Hefe with no dominant aspects. The mouthfeel was okay - it goes down smooth with a touch of carb. Overall it had a pretty average flavor and aftertaste. It doesn't really excite but is kind drinkable in the just want to quench the thirst with demanding a lot of flavor. I find this to be the case with most kristal's so I still prefer the regular hefe's. Ok as a rare change of pace. (3.5, RB, Tie, O)

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Photo of Macca
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear pale yellow with a good head.

The nose is dominated by the phenolics. All bananas and cloves.

Similar on the palate as on the nose.

It is very smooth in the mouth. Lively and long. Light but not insipid. It has a heavy carbonation.

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Photo of shererjt
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale and sparkling clear yellow with enormous carbonation and a thick, rocky head. Aroma is classic weizen: wheat and earthy cloves, though little to no yeast in this kristal. Lots of cloves in the taste, some phenolics, but lacks the solid mouthfeel of an unfiltered hefeweizen. Some creaminess, maybe a bit of sourness. I don't usually do lemons with German wheats, and I definitely would not with this one.

Honestly, weizen is not one my favorite styles. This is a pretty good example of a kristal, and fans of the genre will undoubtedly score it higher.

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Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - Light hazy straw gold color that leaves a very generous head behind. Lots of carbonation is visible. Head is still around btw.

S - A strong mix of spice and yeast. There might be a backdrop of some of the wheat.

T - Starts off with a sweet spicy flavor, not much for bitterness. Guess that rolls w/ the style. Not much malt here either. Yeast is the mid flavor. Finishes with a nice clove and banana combination.

M - Lots of carbonation on the palate. Feels a bit filling as it goes down. Is very full of body.

D - I can drink this beer easily. I can't "slam" them with this carbonation, but it might be a nice easy drinker.

All and all, a good beer.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,843 ratings.
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