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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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Photo of shererjt
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale and sparkling clear yellow with enormous carbonation and a thick, rocky head. Aroma is classic weizen: wheat and earthy cloves, though little to no yeast in this kristal. Lots of cloves in the taste, some phenolics, but lacks the solid mouthfeel of an unfiltered hefeweizen. Some creaminess, maybe a bit of sourness. I don't usually do lemons with German wheats, and I definitely would not with this one.

Honestly, weizen is not one my favorite styles. This is a pretty good example of a kristal, and fans of the genre will undoubtedly score it higher.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my SA perfect pint... don't have a weizen glass yet so this will have to suffice; will take two pours.

A: You can tell this is a kristallweizen because it is absolutely gloriously translucent. Bright straw colored body; held to light, the glass produces shimmering golden hues. Pour produces a rocky, merengue-like white head about 2.5 fingers thick. Head dissipates to a thinner, bubbly foam only a couple centimeters deep, but that remains throughout the entire glass.

S: Definetly a subdued nose compared to its brethren, but I can still pick out the familiar notes of a traditional hefeweizen: bananas, clove, hay, honey, doughy bread and a light citrusy lemon. Subtle yet still pleasantly sweet.

T: Again, subdued like the nose, but your palate is hit with a lightly sweet banana flavor up front; then a clean, zesty clove spice peaks before giving away to a wave of hop bitterness. Then that familiar wheaty, doughy bread flavor takes control of your palate and lingers well into the finish, begging you to take another sip. Subtlety is the game here, and the flavors blend into one another so well. Refreshing.

M: There is alot of carbonation in this beer and it makes its presence known with a sharp, prickly strike on the tongue. Light bodied, but with a slightly powdery/fluffy mouthfeel that works well with the subtle flavors.

D: Only 5.4% ABV and it is well hidden. Definitely in the running to be a great session beer. Easy and enjoyable to knock out a pint of this.

Weihenstephaner does it again, and no surprise there seeing as they are the oldest brewery in the world - they have had quite along time to perfect their craft, and perfect it they did. Definitely nice to compare to the traditional Hefeweizen and the Dunkel... which I conveniently have a pint of chilling on deck.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bright white, rocky head extends over the top of a Weihenstephaner tall pilsner glass, covering a crystal clear (as advertised) light straw-colored brew. Active carbonation keeps the head replenished, which has good adhesion and retention.

A light, flowery scent is detected, with hints of peppery yeast.

Drawing a full sip reveals more pepper accents over a solid cereal grain base. Generous, smooth carbonation adds some depth to this straight-ahead wheat beer, with just enough hop bitterness in the end game to make it interesting. Tasty and well presented, this would be in good company with planked whitefish, oysters Rockefeller or scallop scampi.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
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 LtCracker20
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a crystal clear yellow with lots of carbonation. The bubbles rise up very fast and the 2-finger head keeps rising.

S- Bannanas, clove, a little bubble gum, and a bready aroma as well. The aroma is subdued a bit.

T- The flavor is also very subdued. All the flavors of a hefe, but lighter. The clove and bannana stand out the most. Has a slight mineral water taste to it.

MF/D- Very crisp and light on the palate. Carbonation level is very good. Could drink this a lot more if CT would carry it.

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

Well, this is my first Kristal Weizen.

Poured with a huge white head over a light golden body. Almost looks like a macro, but the carbonation is faster and the head a bit more persistant.

Smells like earthy banana with some yeast action.

Light wheat twang at the beginning, a touch of yeast sourness, overall very simple and crisp. Not much else to say as this is a bland style anyway, but this tastes exactly as it should.

Crisp light body, perfect for summer, I would have it again on a hot day, but not the most flavorful of beers in the world.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow, with a huge head, and sticky lacing. The smell is fresh with a subtle aroma of banana and cloves. Taste is fresh and creamy with a spicy bite at the end and a nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel hasn't been affected by filtration, and is quite luxurious. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good beer not great but good....but with saying that probably the standard...probably better in germany!

golden yellow with a nice head... and splotchy lacing....

the smell is of european malt and their hard water...banana comes to the nose a lot

the taste is def....of light banana notes....the water is def. hard water...

the feel is dry fits a nice lager profile...

overall this beer is drinkable as a session beer.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold, with a large head that reduced.

Smell - Spicy with summer fruits.

Taste - Similar to the fantastic Hefe, just a little weaker and less interesting.

Mouthfeel - Very good overall

Drinkability - The differences from the Hefe makes this a little less drinkable.

Overall - This is very good, but seriously, get the Hefe instead.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out slightly hazy golden color. Three fingers of fluffy white head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Light banana and clove scents. Also, some yeasty and grassy scents as well.

T: Very similar to the nose.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Nothing really special here.

O: A fantastic beer. This tastes like a 50/50 mix of their Original Premium and Hefeweissbier put together and it executes perfectly.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephan signature glass.

A - Clear amber colour with a lovely fluffy head and solid lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and malt. Maybe just a touch of aniseed in there as well.

T - Initially same as the aroma - sweet vanilla and malt. Big hit of vanilla at first with some malt lurking in the background. Soft mango & banana flavours coming through on further consumption.

M - Slight creaminess at first but surprisingly bitter for this style.

O - Nice example of the style, easily one of the best. Not as harsh as some other kristal beers but still not exactly comforting.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: clear pale gold/yellow, much more clean and clear than their normal hefe, no particles, also a 2 finger white head, retains longer than traditional hefe

smell: very similar notes to the hefeweiss beer, but everything is toned down a little bit, getting some coriander, clove, orange peel, bubble gum, slight vanilla

taste: Lots of citrus, banana, coriander, cloves, there's somewhat more of a bubble gum presence that's not as dominant in the hefe, this one also has less exotic spiciness and is overall a tamer version flavor wise, none the less the balance, smoothness, and drinkability is truly amazing. The finish leaves an awesome banana, coriander, orange peel aftertaste.

mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, more so than the hefe, medium bodied

overall: You don't see this style very much in the US, but it's obviously very popular in certain parts of Germany. As a hefe is already a pretty smooth beer by definition, this is basically an even smoother version. If you like hefes, you will like this, but this will also appeal more towards lager drinks as well as it's clear without any particles (if that's not your thing). A truly amazing perfectly balanced beer from one of the worlds oldest (and best) breweries.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden straw colour with a pale white fluffy head with a nice lacing.

S - Banana and cloves but definately not as pronounced as the Hefe.

T - Wheaty with light notes of banana, malt, cloves and I also get a trace of apple in there somewhere.

M - Medium body with light to medium carbonation

O - A very nice refreshing beer that can be enjoyed at any occasion. Not as full on in flavour as the Hefe but very nice nevertheless.

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Photo of jslot38
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mother of Head! I feel like you could rest your head on this pillow...

Appearance: So beyond the head rests a clear straw yellow beer. With the looks of all the bubbles rising up it looks like champagne almost. Certainly has me interested...

Smell: Barnyard smell with a touch of yest, clove, and fruit (so I may be wrong, but I get that grape smell...). The smell is very strong.

Taste: This truly defines why your nose comes in handy when tasting a beer... as you can really experience both at once in this beer. Maybe too pure, as there really isn't much to it beyond lingering tastes of phenols, clove, lemon, and maybe grapes or banannas with an overlying wheatness.

Mouthfeel: Is it there?? So fluffy at the head, with harldy any carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes: Well, this beer is supposed to be noted for its crystal clear appearance. But it goes beyond that there are some interesting hidden smells and a few tastes too. Suprisingly over 5% alcohol as its not even close to noticable. Won't have any problem ending this 16.9oz bottle but thats enough for me. Always interesting to see what the boys over in Germany have been coming up with for hundreds of years holding to the Purity law of 1516.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a snappier finish than the hefe. The carbotations seemed to bother me a bit, it gave it too much a a foamy texture (maybe mine was a little too warm) Good for the style, not my type of beer though.

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Photo of skrib09
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

almost crystal clear dull yellow. the head looks like a medium-stiff meringue... fluffy, almost white, great retention.

i get a whiff of bananas right off the bat. i like bananas. some breadiness.

tastes really clean and refreshing to me. this reminds me of summer time. crisp bready flavors with a hint of banana and some earthiness coming through.

hearty mouth feel yet refreshing at the same time. it's almost palate cleansing.

great drinkability.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 7, 2010. Probably wouldn't have bought it had the bottling date been visable through the packaging.

A: Thick, fluffy head with outstanding retention and regeneration.

S: Banana, clove and bubblegum.

T: Banana and spice. Some acidity or brightness on the roof of the mouth balances the sweetness. Crisp without much aftertaste. Lighter on the palate than the unfiltered.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I prefer the unfiltered.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Lovely clear straw color. Crystal clear. Fluffy pure white head that clings to the glass. Constant stream of carbonation throughout the glass.

S: Big banana and clove. Biscuity malt. Just a hint of pepper. Mild lemon zest.

T: Soft wheat malt. Banana and clove are subdued, but present. A hint of fresh, grassy flavors. A little bit of bracing lemon. Not bold or in your face in any way. Wonderfully restrained with subtle complexity.

M: Soft and creamy. Carbonated perfectly.

D: Infinitely drinkable. German Hefeweizens can get to me soemtimes because of the intense flavors of the yeast, Kristall has some of the qualities I enjoy, without overdoing it. I could but away a few of these and be perfectly content.

Weihenstephaner delivers as usual. I love American Craft, but sometimes nothing beats the mastery of the Old World's finest. When in the mood for a mild beer that won't bore you, grab one of these.

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Photo of cudmud
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer produced a giant white foam following its liberation from the tight confines of its bottle. Next, the foam hung to the glass thereby by producing some amazing lace. This has to be the clearest beer that I've ever seen. Lots of carbination. All and all this is a very pretty brew. The aroma of this beer is lacking. In contrast, the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.

This is a great beer to drink on a hot summer day. In addition, this is a good beer to wean the Bud fans onto real beer.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Writing from memory, but the main thing I remember about this is that it tasted just like a lot of Heffe's I've tried but was absolutely crystal clear in its look. Tasted very nice, wheat biased, and a little fruity, but very very enjoyable!!!


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Photo of meatmallet
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a large white head. The head quickly disappears and leaves a thin head on top.

Smell: Citrus, banana, grains, and wheat. Also a bit of a floral and clove smell.

Taste: A little sweet. As far as flavor it is not that great. I get wheat and banana.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied and very crisp and clean.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Wheat. clear and light in color, with a citrusy, clove smell. Refreshing and quenching, and a head that won't quit like most Wheats that are made well.The clove taste is apparant early in the beer and since it is a Krystal there is no yeast at the bottom which makes it clear and not cloudy. A good Krystal from the oldest brewery in the world.

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Photo of Terp96
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very bright gold into my 20 oz. glass. There is about a two finger head on the pour that doesn't stick around for long. However, there is lots of carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell is hefeweizen with banana and clove but more faint than usual. There is more of a malty smell than a typical wheat beer.

Taste is very clean and crisp. Typical palate of banana and various spices but a bit more sweet than a regular hefeweizen. There is also a bit more dryness to this beer as it shows a bit of pilsner or pale lager characteristics.

Mouthfeel is good. Sweet and spicy with a bit of dryness. Not to overwhelming but it stays with you long enough to remind you that this is a world class beer.

Overall, very drinkable. I would recommend this as an entry into true German hefeweizens.

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Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because of my overzealous pour, this beer pours one giant head that s l o w l y cascades its way back to something more recognizable. It is crystal clear, as the name would imply, and golden in color. Minimal lacing is left on the glass.

Nose is ripe banana and clove all the way with a lingering wheat and spice. On the backend I get Bazooka bubblegum.

The taste follows suit with the nose, clove more so than the banana however. Sweet banana and wheat is balanced really well with a moderate spice notes. Slight vanilla and bubblegum in the taste as well. Hops? What hops? The taste is lacking something that the hefe brought to the table however.

Crisp and refreshing, amazingly drinkable with medium amount of carbonation; this is another fantastic beer offered up by Weheinstephaner - but I think I will stick with the unfiltered stuff.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a studry rocky head and dramatic bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The lacing looks like mountains, bubbles arranged in fractal patterns.

Banana, spice, and a hint of bubblegum on the nose over a background of wheat and yeast.

Banana, spices and grains on the palate. The grain is both wheaty and strangely corny, like an adjunct lager. Orange and lemon come through the back, and it might be too much. The dry finish has a strange bite and a slight orange peel astringency. The mouthfeel is very fluffy.

Very drinkable and nearly as good as the Hefeweissbier, but the citrus in this one goes a lot further than it should.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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