Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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:
814
Ratings:
1,835
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The champagne version of weissbeer. High carbonation with the same solid weissbeer flavor of banana, cloves, bubblegum, and wheat. A fine option but I prefer the regular weissbeer for the full body and taste. However if you're looking for a wheat beer to pair with food, this is an excellent option.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier, 5.4% ABV, 14 IBU. Pours thin and light gold, with a three finger white foamy head on a careful pour, leaves some foamy lacing. Nose is malt, bananas and freshness, taste is malt and slight banana, with a slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel in spite of heavy carbonation, and overall excellent.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light-gold color with two-finger white head and excellent retention, the head never went away, highly carbonated, significant lacing on the glass, beautiful.

SMELL: bread, banana and an earthy note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread and banana then an earthy note.

PALATE: medium body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very unusual style of beer, it's a filtered wheat beer that has been highly carbonated, that might be a bit oversimplified but you get the picture, anyway I really liked it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys wheat beer.

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Photo of L8YKatie
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I had not had a beer I couldn't reliably pronounce until this beer. It's clarity was crystal clear; hence the krystall part of the name.
This is a very easy beer to drink; especially when cold. It pairs well with greasy American food well.
This is great go-to beer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look--No head retention but excellent lacing and indescribably clear.

Smells--A symphony of esters (banana mostly with a hint of citrus) and phenols (clove prominent). Very crisp smelling.'

Taste--Delivers on the promise of the aroma. Banana and clove with a hint of citrus. Not sweet per se, but very little if any hop. However, the carbonation helps bring this to a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel--Heavily carbonated, but not unpleasant. In fact, as noted above, it's that carbonation that helps balance the flavors out. Light but not thin or watery.

Overall--I tend to favor the Belgian wheats over the German ones, but this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of matcris
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and honey golden with lots of bubbles rising and a lasting white soapy head. Smells like banana bread and a slight bit of citrus in there, too. Same in the flavor with a medium thin body, but not watery, and a dry finish. Good level of carbonation, mild lacing. In a word, refreshing. Always a pleasure to drink their brews.

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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 BloodSoakedAleMug
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden straw yellow color with a two finger, sudsy, satin white head that laces the glass very well.

Aroma is of bubblegum, vanilla, apple tarts, biscuity malt and floral, earthy hops.

Flavor is stupendous with notes of baked banana, clove, vanilla, lemon and bubblegum with a slightly toasted, biscuity malt bill on the finish.

Feel is crisp and light with high carbonation and medium body. Very sessionable and tasty, I could see myself drinking an entire sixpack of these over the course of an evening

Quite delicious, and I don't even like the style that much.

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Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Within the style it's near perfect, but big picture it's a bit boring. It's a cleaned up hefe, so it lacks the earth, spicy fun while bringing the clean wheat forward. It's certainly thirst quenching.

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Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle in late July from TW Arrowhead for $3.79. Bottle Code 2026 08:34:22

Beer poured straw yellow with a beautiful billowy white head that left lacing behind.

Nose is very nice, fruity esters great you with hints of banana taking control.

Taste is clean with banana impartations from the wonderful yeast strain the brewery uses over a wheat base, So easy to drink yet so flavorful.

Feel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing,

Overall a delightful beer that i highly recommend if you are looking for something on the lighter side of the spectrum!

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Photo of Kubishark
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Tavern in Baltimore. A fairly light yellow golden, "kristal" clear, highly bubbly beautiful beer with a nice foamy head. Smells subtly spicy and fruity and very sweet, with some malty notes as well. This is probably the "cleanest" tasting beer I've ever had, it seems so pure and exact, like everything is exactly in its place and balanced. Like a hefeweizen had a child with a pilsner or a kolsch: it's crisp and malty and slightly hoppy and smooth and sweet. The feel is near perfect for the flavor, it's light and refreshing and goes perfect with a meal. Overall this is one of my favorite beers of all time and proves once again the mastery of Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow straw in color with a finger of fluffy, white head. Aroma is soft wheat, banana, some clove. Taste mirrors the aroma, good balance of the typical weissbier flavors. Great mouthfeel, medium+ body and moderate-high carbonation yield a fluffy mouthfeel. Solid beer, quite tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Dacha Beer House, DC in a 0.5L Weihenstephaner glass
Bright yellow, with a good head. Very lively, and totally clear, as expected of a Kristallweissen.
Very malty and raw, with a good amount of hop. Very clean and crisp.
A very good brew and very refreshing, but I prefer its cousin the Hefeweizen more.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All kinds of yellow all over this one with a 2/5" white head and good retention. Aroma of straw and barley.

Taste is clean, fitting for style. Stays away from those spice rack and clove issues, relatively clean yeast flavors. Light mouthfeel. Expensive format for not much ingredients.

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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 nicholas2121
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier |
Brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, with an ABV of 5.40% This brew pours out a golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier is rich with grins and malts. There is some other earth tones and hops in the smell of this brew. You may also pick up on some skunked smell in this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors and sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. First you pick up on the earthly grains and malts then the smooth slight bitterness of hops. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier goes down nice and smooth, I can't get over how smooth this brew is. There is nothing overpowering about Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier, this brew has a super nice balance to it. This is a nice fine smooth drinking brew. The mouthfeel of this brew is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of nijato
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing lager. An exemplary specimen of the style. Light, beautiful, foamy, and "Kristall" clear. It is achieved by a scientific brewing process continuously analyzed by chemical labs on the Weisenstephaner campus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). It is deliciously balanced, and the mellow yeast add apparent banana flavor. Hats off!

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - 4.75 pours a clear golden body with carbonation consistently bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Thick white lingering head.
S - 3.5 typical European lager aroma. Kinda skunky and yeasty which isn't typically appealing to me
T - 4.75 nothing like the aroma. A light Hefeweizen. Banana, clove, bready, yeast
F - 4.75 super light beer. Light coat to the palate. Perfect carbonation
O - 4.5 fist beer I've had of this style. Really enjoyed it. Great for summer. I can enjoy a 6 pack of these on a hot summer day. Once again weihenstephaner doesn't disappoint. Great beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appears bright yellow and clear with a tall white, bubbly head.

The aroma is very lemony. Some banana peel is present too.

The taste is mostly fresh lemon zest and banana. There's also that nice lager taste, and just the right amount of malt. Some wheat and bight fruits come through too.

The beer has a lighter mouth feel and a fair amount of carbonation. The balance on the mouth feel is just right - not too light but not too heavy.

Overall, this is, if not better than, exactly what you'd expect from an awesome German lager. It's a unique style and Weihenstephaner did an excellent job.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 15th.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with an impressive head of foam that has good longevity.

Spicy spicy nose with notes of coriander and clove. .could make a fine perfume out of that!

Coriander, cloves, a bit of pepper, lemon zest. ..finishes dry with medium to medium high carbonation.

Well, what a bloody treat this is!!!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer of the style. I like it because you have the same ester character as a hefe but more subtle. It's quite drinkable even if the clove notes can be a bit cloying

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Photo of Vestlake
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour. Very clear with a one finger head. While I enjoyed this beer, I prefer their regular Hefeweizen. The taste of the Kristalweizen was a little too subdued.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To my knowledge, this is my first time drinking this style; certainly the first time reviewing it.
It poured a light straw color with a big foam head. It had fruity aromas that were slightly citric and even tart at first. Then, soft Hefeweizen like tones of banana and bubble gum come out. Likewise, the taste is initially sweet and with banana like flavors. However, the finish is clean and mineral water like.
Light bodied and refreshing.
I hope I did the style justice with this review. It's like a lighter Hefeweizen.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 2026. Hefeweizen glass.

A: pours a crystal clear pale gold with streams and streams of carbonation and an extremely fluffy 4 finger head that subsides to one finger agree a while. Lacing was okay.

S: not as hefeweizeny as one might expect. Granted, this is fresh out of the fridge but I'm getting a little wheat, a bit of phenolic floral character, and a little Pilsner malt, but the whole affair is muted.

T: pretty flavorless arrival, then has some traditional clove, bubblegum and banana esters on the mid palate, but again the whole thing comes off as light. More like a Belgian wit than a Hefeweizen. Finish is mildly hoppy and loads cleaner than any hefeweizen I've had, downright helles-like. Improved as it warmed.

M: this and the appearance are where this style shines. The body is on the lighter side of midweight. Very active carbonation. Quite clean, which is atypical for wheat beers.

O: at first I thought I would love this because the slick syrupy character I often get in wheat beers is really off putting in hot weather. And the crisp clean nature and exquisite appearance I do love. However the fruit and spice character that is such a part of wheat beers is totally lacking. I'd definitely drink it again, but won't go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle code "2395"

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with lots of visible carbonation. It is a light straw color with a fluffy pure white head. The head starts huge but maintains a short stature. It isn't leaving any lacing.

Aroma: Clove and a bit of bubblegum.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma but much less present. There is a very light sweet grain flavor also.

Mouthfeel: Amazing smoothness to the beer. Just a touch of a bitter hop character but the bitterness doesn't bite at all. The carbonation is plentiful but it doesn't bite either. Overall it is just a smooth drinking experience.

Overall: It's a good easy-drinking Kristalweizen. I wish I could get it fresh but this holds up very well for an import with some age under it. If you can get this fresh then I highly recommend it but even if your only option is to grab an import I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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