Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a monstrous foamy head that expands and stays put in the glass. Wonderful nose of yeast, European hops, and slight astringency. Palate is a nice blend of floral hops, tangy, lemony citrus, and yeast. Very clean taste, a bit thin in the mouth, but definitely lets its presence be felt. Not much aftertaste. A wonderful beer, the standard for its style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this, the Dunkel and the classic hefe all together. Doing a little comparison of the 3 sisters.

A- Really impressive head. Its just as big as the Hefe Wiessbeir and just as dense. Sadly, like the Hefe, its doesnt stay around as long as I had hoped. It leaves lots of lacing as it fades. The beer is a clear golden straw color. Some lively effervescence is active.

S- The banana, clove, spicy wheat and yeasts are there just like its bigger brother. These characteristics might be just a tad bit weaker here.

T- Slightly hoppy for a german wheat. It imparts a nice lemony citrus taste that cuts the spicy wheat. There is still lots of banana and clove.

M- Lightish body, very crisp and refreshing with a dry as hell finish.

D- Hugely sessionable. These beers make me want to go sit outside.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite possibly the last of the Weihenstephaner's left to cross off my list: Kristallweissbier! The reason it has taken so long to give it a try is because I've never really fathomed a Kristalweizen - for me you take away from a beer (any beer) when you filter it, which is why many of the brews that I love and want to marry one day are bottle conditioned, aka with the yeast still floating around adding interesting flavours. In any case it wouldn't do an upstanding brewer like Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan justice if I didn't review as many of their beers as I humanly could, and here we are.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Atypical Kristalweizen clear golden body with a bold one inch white froth head that slowly dissipates down to around half an inch.

S: Has classic Weizen aromas of banana and cloves, there is some musty yeast thrown in as well. Also noted is a more grainy fragrance, like in a Euro Lager, and that yeast comes through very musty (only mentioned this a second time as it distracts the other aromas quite a bit).

T: The Weizen flavours are less pronounced in this than expected (if it was on a scale from 1 to 5 and your typical Weizen sat between 4-5 this beer would be a 1). It actually has more of a Helles taste leaning towards a sourdough yeast funk, grain sweetness with a slight bitter finish. There is some weird sulphur tang in the finish as well. An odd brew here.

M: Not as creamy as a straight Weiss, with a medium body and an almost flat carbonation, though it has warmed a little.

D: Overall I wouldn't rate the style highly, even less so with this brew, if the mighty Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan can't make a decent Kristalweizen then what hope do the rest have. That being said I'm not entirely familiar with the style (outside of ordering it by mistake whilst travelling through Germany) I have never had a compulsion to buy and drink them. So who knows, what I think may be a flaw in this brew is a par excellence for another drinker.

Food match: Paring with some sort of a Helles-Weizen hybrid could be a living Hell (puns; Germans love puns!), but I think it is safe to say a plate of Weisswurst, Sauerkraut, Spaetzle, Bratkartoffeln and a healthy dollop of Senf would go quite well with this.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear golden, clean, with a 2 finger white head that has outstanding retention and pretty sticky lacing.

S- Very impressive. Wheat malts, grain, and lots of intense clove. Fresh banana bread.

T- Clove and wheat again. Bready hints of banana. A little more subdued than expected based on the nose, but still a smooth, balanced brew as to be expected from this brewery. Hoped for a little more spice. No bitterness.

M- clean, crisp, and refreshing. Lighter body as the style dictates.

O- A nice German wheat that is quite refreshing to have on a hot summer day by the pool. This brewery just simply knows what they are doing. A fantastic take on the style. A lighter, cleaner version of their hefe.

$3.29 for 500 ml bottle

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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier is a crystal clear, very sparkling, light golden beer with a huge fluffy white head that has excellent retention and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is of light grain, melon and banana bread. It is medium bodied, smooth and soft with a clean, wet finish. There are flavors of lemon, banana, muffins and nuts. It would make an excellent brunch beer!
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500ml bottle drank from a weizen glass. batch 5269 is on the back label.

A- this one pours out a very clear pale golden colored body with a bright white head that wont quit. almost complete rings of lacing are left behind. many small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- a very weak odor comes out of this one for a wheat beer. light banana and clove with a little bit of bubblegum. very lightly smelling of noble hops. yeast if the strongest scent here.

T- the taste is also weak, but pleasant. yeast comes through the most. lightly spiced with coriander, clove, banana, and bubblegum. noble hops play a bigger part in this ones taste than in most wheats.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- give me the unfiltered version any day. i dont think id buy it like this again.

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One of my favorite beers! Pours a beautiful clear yellow from a bottle into tall glass. Fluffy, creamy white head and nice lacing. Fragrant with a crispy, spicy taste of cloves and gentle banana. Great beer!

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,916 ratings