Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
811
Ratings:
1,828
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light golden color with a large foamy white head. Lots of bubbles racing to the top and good amount of lacing. The smell is more yeasty than I would expect and had some citric qualities to it. I could tell that this would be a crisp, clean beer just upon smelling it. The taste had a citric sweetness upfront with wheat undertones. Banana and clove come forward with the yeast. Long, dry finish. Very crisp and clean. This beer is great to have cleanse the palate while eating or just to enjoy in the summertime. I love this brewery.

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

Poured this into a nice hefe glass.

A: Poured a light, straw-yellow body with a thick, white and silky head with excellent retention and fantastic lacing along the sides of the glass all the way through the finish.

S: Banana esters were fairly evident in the smell with some undertones of some sweet malts making themselves evident as well.

T: A rather light, banana taste with a kind of watered down, banana ester aftertaste. Aftertaste was also kind of sweet, yielding a fruity/apple juice note.

M: Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp. Rather refreshing as I had it on a fairly hot night as I was unwinding from a rough day. Definitely a nice summer beer.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. As noted above, an excellent summer beer that is very nice to hang out with an cool off. I felt that, overall, this was a very good example of a Kristalweizen.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Produced a decent amount of head and an amber color.

Had a sharp, wheaty smell. The head allowed much time to examine the smell.

Like Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier, the Kristallweissbier has a subtle yet well-defined taste. You get some wheat, spices and maybe a little fruit when you drink it. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel was pretty solid. I wished it had a little bit more carbonation for just a little bit more of a bite. This is a very minor complaint against this beer.

This is an immensely drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a taste that never takes over your palate.

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

This style was recommended to me by a customer at a beer store and I was eager to try it. I selected this brewery since it claims to be the oldest in the world. If they've been making beer for nearly 1,000 years they must be doing something right.

As advertised this was crystal clear with a good amount of tiny champagne-like carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Nice, fluffy white head.

Tastes, not surprisingly, like a very nice hefeweizen. I haven't had any other kristalweizens but I would certainly recommend this one to anyone looking to try one for the first time.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. .9oz Euro style bottle into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass.

A - Poured a pale gold color with lots of tiny bubbles. The pour produced a head of thick white foam and lots of soap sud like lacing throughout the glass.

S - Bready with hints of spice (cloves). I also detected very slight and sweet aromas of banana and bubble gum.

T - Light maltiness with the flavors of yeast, citrus and clove also detected. Finished off dry and crisp.

MF&D - At hin to medium body and good flavor make this one great beer all around. Grab this one for your next BBQ, you won't be dissappointed.

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

Tried this, based on the recommendation of the authors of Naked Pint (highly recommended). As I expected, this is basically like a lighter (less intense) version of a Hefe. It's perfect for those times that you want something like a hefe but with less spiciness. It's more carbonated, more crisp than a crisp. Would be an excellent beer with meals and on hot summer days.

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

Bottle at Andy’s. Poured a crystal clear yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Banana and clove notes. Spicey and. Yeasty. Sweettasting. Malty and hoppy flavor. Crisp and refreshing. Spicey. Finish is smooth. Drinkable. Nice beer.

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

A- Big, fluffy head leaves good lacing. Extremely clear, golden-yellow body

S- Good spicy, clove-flavored smell with some wheat malt

T- Very clean, wheat-dominated taste along with some of the flavors mentioned in the smell. Clove bubble-gum flavors become noticeable at higher temperatures

M&D- Light, sparkly, and easy to drink

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

Out of a 500ml bottle and into my Harpoon UFO weizen glass. Appears a clear straw yellow color with about an inch of fluffy, dense bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of ripe bananas, cloves, sweet malt, bread, maybe a hint of lemon and apples. Light bodied and very clean with decent carbonation levels. Great drinkability. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

$ 3.49/16.9 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle marked 5493 at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of clove and banana
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing OK – complete thick rings of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, clear, constantly rising bubbles
Flavor of clove and banana; no hops, no yeast phenolics, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends dry
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25. Final weighted score: 4.3
This is an excellent example of the style; in fact I might suspect whoever wrote the style description may well have been drinking on of these at the time.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint sized bottle poured into a seidel. '1438' printed on the back of the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color. An immense billowy white head formed and simply will not dissipate! The lacing is sticking everywhere!

(S)- Tons of wheat and lemony goodness. Touch of yeasty vanilla I think.

(T)- Pale in character with light airy wheat, lemon, and afterthoughts of corn. Has a light hoppy character to it. Almost creamy.

(M)- Definitely crisp and refreshing. A great carbonation level. Light and balanced. Straightforward.

(D)- A plain and simple wheat beer, yet solidly made. This goes down smooth and crisp. Great on a summer day.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Up to the light, a brilliant pale gold color. Excellent clarity (the condensation on the outside of the glass is more hazy than the beer itself) 2 fingers head which could show some more variation in texture,

S: I can smell the banana aroma from a foot away. Cloves and pronounced nutmeg closer up.

M: Light, smooth, superfine and active carbonation give a creamy feel. Highly effervescent and an ideally crisp finish.

T: Follows the nose but with more of a bubblegum aftertaste to it. It's a little too bubblegum pronounced for my liking, but good for style. Has a good malt sweetness, and although I detect little breadiness, combines with the bubblegum flavor to make it chewy for me.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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 ckeegan04
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear, just like the label on the bottle says. GOlden yellow with a huge sudsy white head. You can actually here the bubbles popping. Excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Aromas of wheat, banana, and clove dominate. None are too strong and provide excellent balance to each other. A light peppery aroma comes through as well when the beer warms a bit.

T - Light wheat taste initially before the yeasty flavors really begin to take over. Lots of banana and a hint of bubble gum. A nice peppery taste lingers underneath. Light bitterness.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Alot like a typical German hefe, without the chewiness. A definite easy drinker.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existant. Lacing is decent. Banana and clove aroma. Big banana taste. Clove at the end. Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear bright golden color. Big, billowy white head with good retention and lacing.

S - Lots of wheat that gives it a bready aroma. Also has fruits (apple and banana), and spice (clove), with hints of other fruits and spices.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot like a subdued Hefe, with a bit less wheat flavor and a bit more hop presence.

M - Crisp and fairly light bodied. High carbonation.

D - Really drinkable, light and crisp and refreshing. The flavors are really nice. Easy on the palate but enough of the nice Hefe flavors that I want to drink more.

Notes: Really nice beer, but I would probably just go for their normal Hefe. That isn't a slam on this beer as the normal Hefe is amazing and this is a lot like it. I guess if you wanted a clean/lighter version go for this.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while doing a little cross border shopping in Niagara Falls, NY. Prices came to about $4 CDN after exchange rate. Been looking for this beer for along while now, but it has never been available in Ontario.

Appearance - This looks like a magic act. Pours crystal clear golden in color, not unlike a good quality Munich Helles lager with plenty of bubbles. The head however is all hefeweizen, three plus fingers of billowy white head leaving behind multiple rings of lacing with a near eternal head due to great retention.

Smell - Banana, yeast and clove dominate although it is more subdued than it's more famous hefeweizen brother. A bit of a minerally aroma in behind the fruitiness of this beer.

Taste - Yummy banana and powdery yeast, hint of bubblegum. The clove flavor is dialed down a bit as is the overall banana taste, but this is still a delicious German Wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - Ridiculously smooth, with high carbonation that just fits, soft delicate feel in the mouth, although the body is at least moderate.

Overall - Absolute top notch brew from the brewery that is the godfather of all German wheat beers. Flavors are the same as its notorious hefeweizen twin, although to me appeared to be dialed back just a tiny bit and the aroma is less fragrant (although that improves too as it warms). What else can be said about such a great beer?

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottled 7/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with nice strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of banana, light fruits, clove, wheat, pepper, bubblegum, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; with a good amount of robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, smooth, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic kristall weissbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy yellow liquid with a bunch of streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head is thin, but the retention isn't bad.

S- Very fruity and aromatic with boat loads of apples and pears. I also get a bit of brown sugar, white bread, and honey. Very appealing.

T- Sweet white bread, apple juice, pears, and honey. This is sweet and unique and I really dig it.

M- A smooth mouthfeel with a quick carbonation bite. The sweetness keeps this from being drying at the end. Clean on the finish.

D- A surprisingly complex and enjoyable beer. Drinks nicely and is most definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice bright yellow clear appearance, smell of the wheat and yeast, taste of citrus (lemon) start and banana finish, feel is nice with length and a crisp and clean finish, this is a great beer once again by a classic brewer.

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Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Imperial Pint glass. Best Before Feb 15th, 2013

A- Completely translucent yellow pour with a two finger snow white, soapy head and decent lacing.

S- Typical banana and clove aroma with a nice sweet biscuit. As the style guide states "Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle." and that is dead on. Everything in this beer is soft smelling and light.

T- Sweet banana, sweet cookies, nice cloves. Subtle grass. Well put together.

M- Light bodied, great carbonation, very refreshing.

O- Sometimes when I buy a new beer I never check the style guide to read up on it. I would have never expected something as simple as filtration can make such a difference. This brewery has been around the longest for a reason.

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Photo of madvoice
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow with a foamy head that hangs around for a while and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells sweetly of citrus and bananas and cloves.

Very moreish flavour. Very wheaty and sweet with a hint of cloves and spice.

Not too heavy on the carbonation. Clean, crisp and very refreshing.

This is so drinkable I'm kicking myself for not buying more.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a huge 3 finger plus head on it with a sticky lace and decent retention. Smells and tastes of bananas, cloves, and citrus. Has a mild sweet flavor which is dominated by malt. Little to no hop presence noticed.

This is nicely carbonated and light bodied. Drinks very easily. This is another great beer from Weihenstephaner. Picked up at Friar Tuck Beverage in Springfield, IL.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An inverted pour yields a three finger head of loose, white foam on top of a clear, yellow body. The foam settles a bit quickly and leaves spotty lace.

S - Strong clove with a bit of banana and some bready malt. Light herbal hops and a hint of toffee.

T - Banana esters and graham cracker like pilsner malt up front with just a bit of tangy wheat. More smooth, sweet malt in the middle with just a hint of herbal, German hops. The yeast character finishes strong with more banana, some vanilla like malty notes, and a bit of clove. A nicely balanced finish of creamy malt and light, refreshing hops.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The malt and hop balance of this beer is reminiscent of a nicely made German lager, but on top of that we have a world of wheat beer yeast character. There is a nice balance between banana and clove here with some creamy vanilla and spicy wheat thrown in to round things out. This is an excellent and very drinkable wheat beer with the added bonus that the lack of yeast prevents the gaseous side effects that the little buggers can have for some of us.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant golden color with a thick white ehad that is around the duration.
the aroma contains your standard hefe type action, ripe banana, clove, minus some, but not all of the breadiness you might find in one.
the taste is filled with ripe banana, peppery clove, and touches of bread crust. a soft lemony quality is present also. it lacks some of the yeasty tang of a hefe, which works brilliantly here.
the mouthfeel is soft, creamy and medium bodied.
a hell of a refreshing beer, this one is gone before you know it. think of it as a crisper hefeweizen, it's delicate, robust, and quenching all at the same time. this seems to be a spot on example of a style that seems to be oft neglected.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,828 ratings.
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