Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
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
Ratings:
1,851
Reviews:
820
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
227
For Trade:
0
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Photo of warpedrevolution
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super clear pale straw with amazing white head.

The smell consists of slight banana and clove along with some bready character. It is all kept in balance and nothing takes front stage.

The taste is also evenly balanced with the usual hefe qualities but with a slightly lighter body and a crispness that isn't usually found in the non kristal versions.

Overall I'm glad I finally decided to pick up this style. It is slightly different but no worse than the non filtered version. I would prefer this with a big burger as it seems to not fill you up as much.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a huge fan of kristalweizens, but this once was a pleasure to consume. Appearance wise it produced vast amounts of bright white fluffy/pillowy head, and had golden champagne looking body.

The aroma was bold with freshly cracked pepper, and a slight clove trait. Lemon fragrance was detectable as well.

Taste wise; it was lemony up front, a hint of white grape, and a finish of light bubble gum flavor.

The feel of this brew is light, crisp, and very clean.

Overall the best kristalweizen I've had. One can't ever go wrong with these brewery's products.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a clasiic Golden Straw colour witha two fingered white head that retains well.

S - Aromas of banana and clove.

T - Wheat is more present in this than the hefe the banana more prominant though. Nice balanced flavours.

M - High carbonation and light body.

O - Prefer the heffe but this is still a great drop.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfillius
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Moderate pour yields 1.5 fingers of head that eventually goes away. Crystal clear light yellow liquid. What makes it clear? I guess filtering.

S: Banana and clove, wheat malt. Nearly perfect for a weiss.

T: Hefeweizen flavor all the way. Delicious and solid for that style, I suppose it's spot on for this one too since this is a fintered Hefeweizen. I would say this has perfect flavor

M: A bit thick/chewy? Not bad at all, this beer is smooth as well. The thickness could be from the creamy soup I'm enjoying it with.

D: Strong.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tschnab
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JayS2629
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer. The body is my favorite character of this brew. Its creamy and slightly fizzy so the mouthfeel is bombarded with bubbles. Teh look is great for this style. Straw gold with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves beautiful lace.

The aroma is faint, however. You smell the yeast. Mainly banana with a hint of clove and spice. Faint, light biscuity tones in the back.

The taste is top notch for this style. It is like a Heffe lighter on the spice. Balancing more banana than clove. Fruity. Hints of pear and melon. Hints of vanilla and a touch of citrus like orange peel. Clove takes a backseat as more sublte. Nice light, crisp, refreshing body with a rich, creamy, slightly grainy edge and nice carbonation effect. Overall, may be my favorite wheat beer. I'm not the biggest fan of cloves and love bananas so take my judgement with that grain of salt. Very well done beer.

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Photo of victory4me
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Holy Yellow! i mean really yellow, a rich golden-autumn yellow, and crystal clear (namesake) with a finger of pure white head sustained with lots of busy and swift carbonation

S - full malty, wheaty aromas with a clean crispness to it, not strong banana aromas, but i can see how some would detect that, its more of a banana-esque aroma to me than straight and definite banana, some sugary bubblegum aromas as well, similar to a hefe, but distincly different as well

T - the taste is very similar to the aroma, wheaty at first with a fruity, sugary finish, that same banana/bubble gum sweetness is a bit stronger, and as the nose suggested, it is a crisp flavored brew

M&D - super smooth, with an easy but lively carbonation, a great summertime session brew, a great beer

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a clear pale yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of wheat banana and clove
T: taste is banana, creamy wheat and some light clove and spice. swallow is more banana and pear with some more clove and wheat with some ever so slight bitterness
M: light and creamy on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A very tasty wheat beer with good flavors and excellent balance. Try it if wheats are your thing

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Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ½ l bottle to my big swirl hefe glass. Very nice pale yellow and crystal clear. Some nice carbonation to push up a respectable white head that fades to minimal lace.

The smell is classic hefe, very nice yeast and bread like wheat. Hints of some spice.

The taste is really nicer then I suspected. Lots on cloves, Then lemon a,d a slight banana finish. Some peppery notes mixed into the finish.

Mouthfeel was just slightly thiner then I like. Bet the carbonation was right there, very good.

Drinkability was also very good I could have this just about any time. Mk

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Photo of tpauer
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale golden with very active carbonation and a thin, fizzy head that comes and goes. What a shitty head. What comes out most in the nose is, of course, the wheat character and a strong banana phenolic presence. The flavors begin slightly phenolic then move on to an apple sweetness and then onto what reminds me exactly of wheat crackers. Very drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is lively enough to keep the somewhat muted flavors alive on the palate. Light-bodied enough to make this a very quaffable beer, but can be a bit sticky.

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

Photo of jwps214
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Stignacious
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle.
It pours a hazy gold with a pure white head and little specks of lace.
The aroma is clovey...really clovey...like someone added a bunch of cloves to the brew. A lemony citrus smell and the faint smell of wheat crackers are also noticed.
The malt has a wheat cracker taste. It has a light brown sugar-like sweetness.
The hops have a lemony sourness along with the flavor of orange zest. The taste of cloves is fairly potent. A light peppery finish and a taste of coriander provide an interesting aftertaste. It has a dry, refreshing finish.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely beer this. The look is kristall clear yellow, golden to be truthful, with a substantive and billowy white head. much less lacing than anticipated, but that's OK as the overall look forecasts the flavor.

A nice clean and crisp feel awaits the taster. This beer is subtle in elements generally broadcast loudly by other weisses. The clove hint is there, but quite understated, allowing its citrus side to come to the fore for a change.

The flavor is led by the citrus which is greatly complemented by its spicy hues. The aroma hints also of a light body and lovely citrus lightness.

Altogether fresh and refreshing, this beer was a big hit with my companions who gave it a try. A great summer, warm season beer.

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Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,851 ratings.
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