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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
Ranking:
#2,761
Reviews:
834
Ratings:
1,891
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body beneath a monstrously huge head.

Smell: Sweetish malted wheat aroma with supporting, though somewhat restrained notes of clove, citrus, and banana smoothies.

Taste: Slightly tangy, somewhat sweet wheat malt flavor. Subtle flavors of bananas, clove (though this ramps up upon warming), and sweetened lemon juice. Very low bitterness. Ultimately finishes sweetish with a lingering clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, refreshing kristal.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of duceswild
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent yellow-amber with a few healthy streams of bubbles. As the style dictates, there's not a yeastie in sight. The eggshell colored cap is huge, pillowy soft and is a dead ringer for meringue. Unfortunately, there's very little lace; the only part of this classic kristal weizen look that could be considered a negative.

The word classic applies to the nose as well. One sniff is all it took to remind me how great Weihenstephaner beer is. At first I thought the aroma lacked the power and immediacy of a true, yeast-included hefe weizen, but either the beer is beginning to open up or my nose is. Sweetened grain, lightly zesty clove and creamy banana are on display.

I think kristal weizens are the poor man's versions of hefe weizens. Kristallweissbier does nothing to change my mind. That said, it's one of the best (along with Tucher's) that I've had yet. It's sweet, soft and tangily wheaty, yet possesses a ramrod stiff, unyielding malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts since it's firm and creamy at once.

Clove is remarkably prominent for the style and outpaces banana by a fairly wide margin. Monkey fruit is still noted, although it comes in at a rather understated 2.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. It may be my imagination, but I think I appreciate a glimmer of spicy alcohol. I blame the lack of palate-swamping flavor that would be present if the yeast were allowed to stick around.

I don't have much to add in the mouthfeel department, except to say that I would like to see the carbonation toned down a bit. The beer feels a little chaotic in the mouth, while I prefer sedate in most cases. To be fair, it settles down some by the midway point.

Kristallweissbier is the last of the (commonly available) offerings from 'The World's Oldest Brewery' to enter my glass. It occurs to me, as I look forward to finishing the last several ounces of this one, that this brewery may just be my favorite in all of Germany; assuming that top to bottom quality is the overriding criterion. If it says Weihenstephaner on the label, then I know a quality experience awaits.

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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle with info about the beer on the back label as well as the freshness date.

Appearance: Rich shimmering clear golden colour and an effervescent bubby carbonation forms a thin yet unwavering white lace.

Smell: Fruity of bananas and pears with hints of melon and placid clove spice aroma. Trace wheat malt in the nose, cracker-like maltiness.

Taste: Modest body with a crisp solid carbonation that is both slightly sharp in the bite and fluffy in the mouth feel. Quick to the sharpness of the carbonation and spicy clove character gives a tingling sensation which cleans the palate. Fruity flavours lay subdued in the back though some alcoholic esters are obvious. Hops are nearly nonexistent with only a minute trace of flavour towards the end. Wheat malt is straightforward with a nutty and mild acidic twang more towards the finish. Relatively clean after taste with some remaining spicy wheat flavours.

Notes: Drinkable without a doubt with a palate cleansing quality, certainly good drinking and a great lunch time brew. Goes excellent with a cobb salad.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up yesterday at Rick's in Alexandria, VA for $2.99. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first beer in the kristalweizen style; one more down, only 5 to go.

a - Pours a very transparent bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Head only lasts for a minute and leaves no lacing. Very carbonated, bottle was a very slow gusher when I opened it.

s - Smells of cloves, wheat, musty notes, earthy notes, bready malts, and very light bananas. Nice and crisp, getting more spices than bananas or fruit. While I like it, the musty notes drop it a tiny bit for me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, bready malts, grains, earthy notes, and light floral notes. More hefeweizen notes than the nose and more bananas, though seems a little bit like a watered down version of their hefe. Still very nice though and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Was actually expecting it to be too carbonated based on the look but thankfully it wasn't. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer and I enjoyed it. It isn't my favorite Weihenstephaner beer, but for the style it was exactly what I was expecting. A good beer I'd certainly have agan, though personally I'd get their classic hefeweizen over this.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured from the 1/2 liter bottle into a wheat glass

A - A very transparent golden straw w/ visible carbonation and a pillowy whipped snowy head. The cap has an ultra fine bead and strings fo lace collect as the head compresses

S - A very clove scented nose w/ a sweet overripe banana under the spiced yeast ester. A sweetened wheat cereal note and mild pepper w/a gentle nutty odor and very crisp aroma of banana balances the aroma

M - A moderately highly carbonated, crisp feel w/ subtle fruit-like sweetness and mild nutty texture w/ silky smooth middle and mildly spiced finish. The pepper and malt is resonating with mellow yeast creaminess after the taste

T - A very flavorful brew w/ banana that has ripened combined w/ a mild wheat creamy taste w/ light nuttiness and spice, but the flavor is very gentle and nuanced by the mellow yeast profile which hints at banana w/ out giving the beer a tangy sugary taste, more cream of wheat smoothness into the light clean finish

D - A very drinkable wheat beer which would be great for a hot day or not, creamy smooth and refreshing qualities. Lighter feel than that of a Hefe w/ all of the flavor of wheat - I find this to be very drinkable wheat - Prost!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour from a 500 ml bottle is a clear, light golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Strong aromas of clove and banana are the primary aromas. A hit of wheat and yeast to give off a bready aroma is also there.

T: A very clean, crisp wheat beer. The clove is the strongest flavor with a bit of banana, yeast, and an ever so slight bitterness. While this is a "lighter" beer, there's plenty of flavor.

M: Quite light on the tongue with very lively carbonation.

D: I've really been missing out with these German wheat ales. Such an easy drinking and flavorful beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not an expert with this style of beer so I am rating it per my tastes and not so much how it ranks against others. The beer poured a lighter golden fairly clear with thick head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries clove and biscuit. The taste is strong clove with some banana and bread. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is decent but I would not drink a lot of it.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a crystal clear light golden hue. The beer is moderately effervescent. The head is thick, fluffy, white and generates a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very similar to that of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, with scents of wheat, banana, and clove.

The taste is quite nice, and again, similar in many regards to the unfiltered version. The flavors are there, but perhaps a bit more subtle than the Hefeweissbier. The beer is not as refreshingly delicious either, as the unfiltered version packs such an enormous flavor punch that it completely masks any hint of alcohol.

The feel is smooth and clean, with a slight hint of alcohol in the very back. Carbonation level is medium to high.

A great beer overall. I definitely need to do a side by side compare and contrast session with this and the Hefeweissbier. Weihenstephaner just might be the best brewery in Germany.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Much like the dunkelweizen, it has taken me far too long to try this stuff. Again, let's do it. It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, clove, mild banana, and a twinge of caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the caramel character mostly morphing into one of cracked wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a rather tasty and enjoyable kristalweizen, no surprise given the caliber of the brewer. Good times.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks itself to most of the glass. Endless carb. streams come from the bottom of the glass. Smells of clove and spicy wheat malt along with hints of sweet malt and banana. Taste is light and refreshing with lots of clove and spicy wheat malt. Lemon, sweet bready malt and banana play a supporting role as well. Creamy firm mouthfeel, medium body and an ample amount of carbonation. Great light summer type beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The filtered approach leaves me feeling empty b/c it looks like an average lager not the world reknowned oldest brewery in the world's weiss bier. Filtered golden tone with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves sporadic lacing not bad though. Aroma: Lacks upfront banana and clove tone more two row grain then anything else with a touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Decent flavor definitely the best filtered weizen I've tasted, does coat the palate with the familiar banana and clove tones but I will admit seems a bit unrewarding. Mouthfeel: Spritzy effervescent carbonation levels, medium to light bodied wheat ale. Drinkability: Is pretty good but hand me a regular hefeweizen anyday, just had the Weihenstephaner on draft at the Sharp Edge awesome stuff.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,891 ratings
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