Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
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1,875 Ratings
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:
1,875
Reviews:
830
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
235
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,875 |  Reviews: 830
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle code "2395"

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with lots of visible carbonation. It is a light straw color with a fluffy pure white head. The head starts huge but maintains a short stature. It isn't leaving any lacing.

Aroma: Clove and a bit of bubblegum.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma but much less present. There is a very light sweet grain flavor also.

Mouthfeel: Amazing smoothness to the beer. Just a touch of a bitter hop character but the bitterness doesn't bite at all. The carbonation is plentiful but it doesn't bite either. Overall it is just a smooth drinking experience.

Overall: It's a good easy-drinking Kristalweizen. I wish I could get it fresh but this holds up very well for an import with some age under it. If you can get this fresh then I highly recommend it but even if your only option is to grab an import I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Photo of aufie
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keithmurray
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - clove, banana, wheat

Taste - much like the flagship hefe, notes of clove, banana and wheat

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high level of carbonation, goes down smooth and refreshing, flavors of banana and Clove linger into the aftertaste

Overall - just every bit as impressive as the flagship hefeweisen, only difference is the filtering and the appearance. Highly recommended.

Price point - $2.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of iammochilera
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MUTINY
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shradical
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of this style I've had, and it meets the style description to a tee. Certainly pours clear with thin near-white head that lasts about 1/2 finger. Aroma is banana and bubblegum. Flavor has the same with some mild clove and hint of hop bitter. Finish is clean and calls for more. Very drinkable, as all from this brewery.

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Photo of fearfactory
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IceAce
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2pux
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold (4) with voluminous tight white foam; slow cap reduction; heavy lacing. Baked banana bread and a little spicy nose. Bread and spice with a whisper of clove; lite lemon/banana bread finish. Lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent lite spice linger.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in MJ's 1999 "Guide", he gave 2.5 of 4 stars and called it "rich, juicy... with suggestion of banana."
I regard this beer as better. Crystal clear is change of pace for wheat. While I don't need to add to MJ's taste description, the mouthfeel also a pleasant change as it has the sharpness of a lager, almost prickly.
Recommended.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wattstriker
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of anon
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PUbeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,875 ratings.
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