Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (4/5) – Pours a very light straw colour. Head is decent: rose well of a standard pour; soapy texture; very white; and, falls a bit quickly to a cap without any real lacing. Clarity is brilliant. There’s some really nice visible carbonation.

Smell (4/5) – Some decent wheat graininess provides a nice background. The standard weizen yeast flavours of banana and cloves jump out at me right away. The balance between them is ideal; I like a bit more clove than banana. There’s also a note in there that I would describe as a bit sulphur-like, it’s not hugely strong and blends very nicely with the flavours. No hops and no alcohol notes are noticeable.

Taste (4.5/5) – Similar to the nose. The grain bill boasts some nice wheat graininess as well as a bit of very light melanoidins (I’d guess at a Munich pilsner malt with maybe there was some light Vienna/Munich malt included in the grist here). The flavours of banana and cloves are dominant, but they’re milder and lighter than you get in a hefe. No hop flavour, hop bitterness is medium-light. The sulphur-like notes were not very strong on the palate.

Feel (3.5/5) – Medium-light body (the malty sweetness of it gave it a slightly more substantial flavour) and high carbonation. Pretty standard fair for the style, but good.

I’m really much more familiar with hefeweizens than I am with krystalweizens, but this was a great example. Whereas a hefe is somewhat more substantial in both flavour and body due to the suspended yeast, I found that this one was a lot lighter and went down much smoother. This is a great summer brew is served cool enough. I still prefer the hefe that these guys make.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of wheat, banana, some citrus and grassy notes, with some mild bitterness. Palate is a light to medium body, a crisp clean mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of wheat, sweet citrus and banana flavor, a bit of tart notes with some bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good, crisp and refreshing brew. Nicely done

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Photo of NorCalBeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of philmen
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of RTHKI
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of NightINgale
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of slitherySOB
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a four finger head that lasts and leaves lacing on the glass. Pale yellow in colour and very bubbly. Smells of cloves, bananas, wheat, citrus, and sugar. Tastes just as it smells. Moderate banana, cloves, citrus, wheat and a touch of ginger. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, dry and a bit champagne like. A nice session ale.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of fields336
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, SA PP glass

A: An aggressive pour yielded a huge 4 finger head. Light straw in color, tons of bubbles and a thick head that stays for days

S: clove, banana, grass, bread, a little musty/funk, wheat, citrus.

T: clove, huge banana notes, sweet lemon, pear, banana bread finish

M: really nice feel, its not thick, but not thin, and the texture of it is a nice complement to the sweet finish.

O: Another great summer beer

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong, crisp sweet banana and spicy clove. Lots of white sugar. Wheat and pilsner malt. Big and bold aroma.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation, hard to control the pour. Huge bleach-white head. Great retention and moderate lacing. Pale yellow in color, lots of rising bubbles.

Taste: Moderate artificial banana and spicy clove. Mild ginger. Little yeast. Light aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body. A bit watery and champagne-like from the sharp carbonation bite. Very dry finish.

Overall: Bold aroma, lighter taste. A bit overcarbonated, which ends up stinging the tongue and covering the taste a bit.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken 6/21/12.

500ml bottle poured into weizen glass.

Appearance: clear and brilliant golden yellow bodied beer with a huge white head. Lots of lacing clings to the glass as the head slowely drops.

Smell: Sweet smelling bready and yeasty notes, bananas, lemons, and just hint of clove.

Taste: Just like the nose. Its starts of with bananas, and bready wheat malts. Hint of lemons and cloves. Good taste!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is really drinkable while having alot of nice flavors! Carbonation makes this beer crisp, clean, and refreshing while still remaining a delicate beer. The carbonation is fantastic helping to carries the flavors of the beer!

Overall: I am new to Kristalwiezen beer style and this is a really enjoyable brew! Had this beer with lunch at a german restaurant the beer was pared with a sausage sampler platter. Fantastic pairing; for a moment I felt like I was in Germany.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 15 2013. I have never reviewed an authentic kristalweizen before, as I generally prefer unfiltered wheat beers (which are plenty tasty, and easier to find anyways). Given the brewer though, I have pretty high hopes for this stuff.

This beer pours a translucent golden straw-yellow colour, and is adorned with a two finger crown of silky, dense, resilient white head. It sticks around a good long while, and coats the glass with a ring of sticky lacing as it (very gradually) recedes. Great aroma that does not seem to have been detrimentally affected by the filtration. Its strong yeasty presence, bready wheat malt backbone, banana, lemon zest and light clove spice are highly reminiscent of their standard hefe, and equally enticing. Kind of a spicy banana bread feel.

And yes, it tastes as good as that sounds. Fairly yeasty with lots of fruity notes - banana by far the most dominant, but with definite hints of citrus and mild brown pear sweetness. The wheat malt shines brightly through these complementary flavours; its sweet, bready goodness likely benefiting from the much cleaner mouthfeel of this (compared to the hefe). Mildly reminiscent of bubble gum. The subdued peppery clove spiciness hides in the shadows until finally coming forward in the finish, mingling with some pale malt sweetness and yeast. Relatively clean finish without much linger. On the light side of medium-bodied, with prickly carbonation that helps cut through the light chew (which becomes even lighter after the head is spent). Ridiculously drinkable, and probably a good session option too.

I don't really have anything else to compare this to, having never tried any other filtered wheat ales (besides a few American-style pale ones, which probably soured me on the whole 'filtered wheat beer' thing), but to my admittedly inexperienced palate this is a superb beer all around.

Final Grade: 4.15, an excellent A-. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier combines the delicious, complex flavour profile of their flagship hefeweizen with the clean, crisp drinkability of a German pale lager - a fabulous combination. If push came to shove I'd probably prefer Weihenstephaner's regular hefe during much of the year - but in the heat of summer, this stuff's fresh, crisp mouthfeel must earn it some strong consideration. Definitely worth a try - if not a must-have.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a bell-clear clear golden yellow tone while yielding a massive 3"+ frothy white head. moderate retention, leaves behind some lacing in patches. nose is very similar to the weihenstephaner hefeweizen, just a more subdued version - which is just as expected. soft notes of banana, malt, and a bit of clove. understated for sure.

taste is nice. banana, clove, grainy malt. light bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. maybe it's because i haven't had one in a few days and so my perception is distorted, maybe it's because i was just in the mood for a lighter beer, or maybe it's simply because this is simply a great brew. (or some combination thereof.) but there's a certain 'the whole being more than the sum of its parts' quality to it. drinks very easily. perfect for those occasions where you're in the mood for something lighter, crisper, more refreshing... and yet still very flavorful.

(originally reviewed: 09-16-2011)

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of decimator
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass. ABV marked at 5.4%.

A - Poured a light clear golden yellow with a huge bubbly head. Head reduced to a steady foamy layer. Plenty of active carbonation. Decent lacing.

S - Bananas, bread, some spiciness, hint of citrus.

T - Malts upfront, tangy fruitiness in the middle, mild herbal bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, slick, medium carbonation, Crisp finish.

O - The aroma & flavour is more muted than the Hefeweizen. I love wheat beers but filtering it seems to take away some of it's unique characteristics. Despite that, this one still has plenty of flavour and is certainly quite drinkable on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of bryehn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CanuckRover
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I don't get Kristalweizen. I don't understand the point of it. A clean refreshing summer take on... the most refreshing style of beer out there? I avoid them. I do not, however, avoid Weihenstephan products so that put me in a bit of a pickle.

Pours a clear bright cold. Very lively, loads of carbonation.

Aroma of light fruits, mainly pear. Lacks the spice of a hefe.

Pear carries through to the taste. Very light on banana and clove, heavy on apple and pear. Slight yeastiness in the finish.

Marked high, because it's the best of the style I've had, but still not a fan.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,887 ratings
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