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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
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797 Reviews
Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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

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Reviews:
797
Ratings:
1,794
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with a soapy white head, good retention, good lacing, looks like your standard pilsner.

S: Heavy on the banana ester side of things, light clove, and actually what smells like a bit of smoke.

T: Definitely has the requisite Bavarian weissbier profile. Clove bite starts out the flavour, quick but provocative, light banana, with a great taste of bubblegum in the aftertaste.

M: Lacking, really felt like a light lager in my mouth, it's that fizzy.

D: Aside from the mouthfeel that could be beefed up a little bit, a really tasty weizen beer from Weihenstephaner, would buy again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle, poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, looks good, large head, which stayed a while, shrinking, but staying. light, bright golden colour with bubbles rising up the beer, bursting through head.

The aroma is of wheat and bannana's, not as strong as other Weissbiers I have tried, but still in the nose. Maybe the process that clears the beer also takes away some of the aroma?

Refeashing, clean taste, with wheat winning the battle of flavours over bannana and vanilla, but only just.

Taste stays, getting more bitter as the mouth dries, take a long time between sips to feel this sensation.

I would drink another one, but I will not go looking for it. I would like to try a few more Kristall Weissbiers (I have drank others, many years ago, on tap and in bottles) before I can say this is one of the best or not. If my memory serves me correctly, this fits in around the middle of the style for taste and enjoyment.

This beer was drank, as I reviewed it, on a Sunday afternoon at home (19 Nov 2006).

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

Pours a clear golden brew with a nice white head.

Smell is banana and spices and grains, faintly wheaty and cloves.

Taste is mildly sweet and spicy with a mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is well thought out, very creamy.

Very drinkable brew, good any time any place.

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

Weihenstephaner Kristall is much clearer than a typical weissbier, but isn't without some smudging haze. Still, it manages a glorious golden-yellow tone that, although the glass stretches only about half a foot to the sun, radiates a great deal of its brightness. Little bubbles float up in unison like you see in one of those 'oxygenator' things that are attached to aquariums. Head is fluffy but incomplete.

The aroma on this Weihenstephaner confirms that you can filter a hefeweizen but you can't filter out the hefe (yeast) character. Seriously, with every sniff I asked myself "What filtration?" It smells almost (if not, as) effervescent as the classical Weihenstephaner Weissbier which, I may remind you, is widely considered the prototype of the style.

The taste also reminds us that, like the villain in any horror movie, yeast does not die easily. Even more vividly than in the smell, notes of over-ripened banana, apples and pear blend with crisp, sun-kissed straw and wheat and are doused in a lightly peppery, clove-like spice. It is far more assertive a flavour than you typically get with beers this light in colour.

Still, however, the mouthfeel is very clean. Its carbonation is piercingly high but is quenching without compromising on flavour and its texture is simultaneously grainy, creamy, bubbly and spicy. Given the reputation of German brewers in general, and the stellar character of this brewery in particular, it goes without saying that this is superlatively well brewed.

If I could buy the world a Coke... it would actually be a German wheat beer, and why not this one? If the Germans know one thing about brewing it's how to make a beer that is appealing to just about anyone and infinitely drinkable with breakfast, lunch, dinner (or any time in between). This is a full-flavoured but easy drinking beer perfect for those hot, dog days of summer. Like every Weihenstephaner offering, it get's my recommendation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ion draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a dark straw hue with a half finger white cap.

The smell featured light esters and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was dominated by yeast esters with some wheat chew and a sloppy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full and the sweetness left a heavy sensation.

Overall a decently tasty ale. The sweetness was a bit offsetting.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild bananas. Taste is good, bananas and spices well blended, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is an enjoyable beer.

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

Ah, what a nice fresh tasting beer this is. Pours golden with good clarity and a very nice white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of fresh wheat, and lightly of banana and clove. The taste is wonderful. Not grainy at all, and slightly sweet with banana and pear and with a lightt wheat flavor with sweet banana on the finish. Very lightly spicy and fresher then their hefeweisen in flavor but perhaps a bit less creamy. The clove is definitely more restrained. Crisp and smooth and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light, clear golden straw color with three fingers of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: delicious wheat aroma with a hint of banana. This just strikes me as very well crafted -- excellent.

Taste: crisp, clean, wheaty; there's that hint of banana again. This beer is simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Fits the style well.

Drinkability: this beer is a pleasure to imbibe. It's not complex or challenging; it's simply an extremely tasty well-crafted beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from HomeBrewStuff. Haven't had a weizen in ages, and kristallweizen is not my favorite style, but still tastes good. Crystal clear gold, lazy carbonation, small tight head. Wheat on the aroma, very bready, minor fruity notes. Banana/bubblegum flavors increase in the taste, and finishes sweet. Slick mouthfeel, but I really miss the sediment.

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

This is sort of a lighter version of the flagship hefeweizen. To me it’s very similar but a little crisper, cleaner, and more summery. Not quite as flavorful or aromatic. Still, it’s quite good and extremely easy to drink. As the name implies it’s very clear and light gold in color with a smaller head and less impressive lacing that the original. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and full of wheat, with the obvious banana/clove profile and hints of lemon and other citrus notes.

Flavor is also distinct and light but still yeasty and spicy; coriander and clove are in there with the wheat, mildly sweet malt, and mostly banana amongst the fruits. Finish is very clean, carbonation is lively, goes down easy. An exceptionally quenching brew but a bit less interesting than the original hefe. Probably wouldn’t buy this one all that often; the standard is light and refreshing enough for me with a bigger and better taste and aroma.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a 2 finger head of white froth that doesn't want to drop. Plenty of co2 streams rise to the top of the glass. Little droplets of lacing are left around the glass.
Aromas of banana, vanilla, clove, citrus, and light apple are apparent...same as the hefe but perhaps less phenolic and in your face.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the same statement holding true in comparison to the hefe, which I tasted side by side.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation tickling the palate during the swallow.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours with exceptionally large amounts of carbonation: swirling, frothing anarchy inside my weizen glass. This promotes a ridiculous head of fluffy, meringue white that sits in puffy insolence over the top of the glass. Body has all the clarity you expect, but this seems more to be about the head. Indeed, the carbonation seems to force it ever higher, meaning that after a few minutes where I though it had settled down, it pushed over the edge of the glass. Very vibrant in any case.

Although banana is the expected dominant character here, I get pear, pear and more pear. Fresh sharp skin characters and a slight metallic twang, possibly from the wheat. It mingles with a faint peppery yeasty character, perhaps the clove spice playing against the pear. It's sharper and brighter than a typical hefeweizen nose, and has a uniqueness all to itself. Great stuff.

Taste is light and pleasant, but perhaps scoured of character a little more than the nose suggested. Here there's a light, sweet grain character and a faint smoothed bitterness towards the back, reminiscent of that metallic character on the nose. The fruitiness sticks around the edges, but doesn't really provide any depth or complexity. It leaves a touch of pear skin on the finish. It's fine, really, but I was hoping this could blow my conceptions of Kristals out of the water.

Feel is good. Despite the overt carbonation, it's rather soft on the palate, with a light cushioning of bubbles on the back.

Overall, there's no doubting this is a well-crafted and well-made beer. It's also a very good Kristalweizen, a style which I feel is often overlooked. Of the ones I've tried, I think Schneider's is better, but this makes a very worthy stablemate to Weihenstephaner's other excellent beers.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Lemon/yeast nose. Starts sweet lemony, with wheat and yeast flavor, finish is squeaky clean. Would be a great summer beer. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

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Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a big foamy white head that lasts through out leaving chunky lacing in the glass. Crisp light fruit aroma with wheat, apple, citrus peel and banan notes. Very carbonated up front with crisp citrus fruit and slightly sour finish. Flavor similar to aroma with hints of golden apple, lemon/orange/grapefruit peel and banana. Crisp sour fruit presence with a slightly dry finish. Very refreshing!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light gold color with a huge white head. Nose has smell of cloves and a slight wheat and funk. Taste is light, slightly malty with a hint of banana, smooth finish. Excellent drinkability, a good session beer. Good beer overall would recommend to anyone who desires the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 19, 2010. It pours golden yellow with a full two-icnh foamy white head that simmers down to about a quarter-inch and hangs around. The aroma is bold with wheat, yeast, and just a small note of hops. The taste also has a toasted wheatiness to it with some wholesome malts and a spirited but light hoppy ending. A very nice beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL capped bottle pulled from the cellar.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color, somewhat but not quite goldenrod. The filtering has rendered the ale crystal clear with now sign of impurities. The head near a finger on pour and has reduced to a thin white band atop of the beer.

S: The nose is full of esters, giving off a bubblegum, banana and clove profile that is as sweet as it suggests.

T: The flavor is a continuation of nose, sweet and soft. Banana and bubblegum dominate the taste throughout. As the ale warms a bit in the mouth, the sweeter flavors cut through some wheat tartness to really shine. The banana flavors re-emerge long after the sip is gone to provide a reminder of the strong body.

M: The wheat tartness and yeasty esters create a mouth that never disappoints.

D: The moderate abv and strong flavor profile make this a great choice in the authentic German wheat beer realm.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale straw gold with a billowy white head.

S: a nice spicy aroma of cloves and bananas.

T: The initial flavor was fresh bread, bananas with light lemon hints. The palate was clean, crisp and light pretty much stripped of its flavor. Was like having French fries without the salt. Pleasant with a dry fizzy champagne finish.

M: The mouthful is thin of course, smooth with a lively carbonation.

D: A very clean finish and light drinking weiss.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy one finger head that faded rather quickly and left well, nothing behind.

S - Very nice, just like the hefe. Good bananas and cloves and spice notes. The strength of the banana is rather impressive considering this is a kristal.

T - Nice taste here. More of those solid cloves and bananas backed by those light light spices. The flavours are strong and not limp but quite assertive. This again, quite impressive considering all the yeast has been filtered out.

M - Nice carbonation keeps it good and tingly though it does feel slightly thin/watery without the chewiness of the yeast.

O - Overall this stuff was rather tasty. Glad I finally got to try this style. Its pretty good, would buy it again for the price and would love to try this stuff legitimately fresh from Germany.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Wegmans on East Avenue in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light golden yellow, with a voluminous head, about 3.5 inches, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like a wheat beer, doesn't look like one at all. Magic! Typical strong smells of banana, clove, and other spices. Not quite as strong, aroma-wise, as their regular hefeweizen, but still quite nostrilly pleasing.

Tastes like sweet malt, candied banana, cloves, bit of bubble gum. As it warms, it gets a bit skunky, unfortunately. Drink it fast, while it's cold.

This one has a fairly light body, with a large amount of carbonation, and a crisp, spicy mouthfeel.

I believe this is my first kristalweizen, and it's pretty solid. I think I generally prefer hefes, though.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a filtered pale yellow with lively carbonation rising to a quickly fading white fluffy head. Smell is of slight banana and clove with hints of a nice yeasty quality in the nose as well. Taste is dry and crisp and very easy to drink. This seems to be a "light" or toned down hefeweizen. While it is a very good and refreshing brew, I keep thinking how much better the hefeweizen is.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hefe glass and received a light, straw gold body w/ good carbonation and a one-finger head thatleft a lace ring. A sharp smell of clove mixed with orange, pear some hops and a faint bread malt. Light on the fruit and a tad neavier on the spice and hops, this light to medium-bodied brew goes down slick and smooth with a dry backbite from some malt (bread again, I think) and the wheat. A good summer beer, I guess. I enjoyed it, but would prefer a more fruit/spicy hefe myself.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw color. Poured a 2 finger merangue-like white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove and a dose of wheat malt; muted though.

T: Consistent with the aroma. Crisp and refreshing. Nicely bittered in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, zesty, light on the pallete and refreshing.

D: Easily drinkable and a great beer. Just scaled-down relative to its bigger brother.

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Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is very clear yellow color with a foamy big white head.

The aroma isn’t as heavy as a hefeweizen, but has the big banana notes. Not huge spices or complexity.

The flavor is fantastic. It is very clean with similar notes and flavors. It has a breadiness, but a watered down banana flavor too. It’s not a bad thing because the beer is so clean in drinkability and flavor. The malt finish reminds me of a refreshing German lager.

Just a well crafted German beer. No complaints. It’s an easy drinking beer with refreshing banana and malt notes. Great for a seafood dinner or hot summer day.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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