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:
1,853
Reviews:
820
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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Photo of cyrenaica
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
5.4% ABV

I tried this beer on May 30, 2012 after purchasing from the King and Spadina LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent light gold colour with a generous bubbly snow white head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was mild wheat, some hops, and some spiciness. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet wheat malt, some spiciness and some fruit tones in the mix.

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Photo of bspain5
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white finger width head, decent retention. Results in sparse lacing.

Smell - Pungent banana, backed by wheat and a faint clove spiciness.

Taste - Waves of banana and wheat, backed by notes of clove spice which intensify toward the finish before breaking away into a fresh wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Crisp, aggressive bite.

Overall - Similar to it's hefewiezen cousin, but with a few distinct differences. Gone are the yeasty bubblegum flavors, and it opens the door for the wheat to shine through more clearly. The finish is more crisp and clean. That said, I prefer the former. This is a great beer, but I'd rather have the hefe or the dunkel.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Feb 15, 2013

Beer is clear golden. Clearly filtered as it has none of the cloudiness of a standard hefe. Large white head on top. Moderate retention. Some lacing.

Smell is reminiscent of Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen, but not as good. Banana and clove are strong. Bubblegum.

Taste is similar. to the nose- banana and clove are dominant. Crisp wheat. A bit of a dry cereal flavour. Very clean.

Light bodied, high carbonation. I realize that is how these beers are meant to be, but the carbonation is irritating to me.

Overall, nice, but to me it is just a muted version of the Hefewiezen, which is excellent. Really can't see why I would ever pick this one over the standard. Perhaps this is just to say that kristalweizens are not my bag?

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Imperial Pint glass. Best Before Feb 15th, 2013

A- Completely translucent yellow pour with a two finger snow white, soapy head and decent lacing.

S- Typical banana and clove aroma with a nice sweet biscuit. As the style guide states "Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle." and that is dead on. Everything in this beer is soft smelling and light.

T- Sweet banana, sweet cookies, nice cloves. Subtle grass. Well put together.

M- Light bodied, great carbonation, very refreshing.

O- Sometimes when I buy a new beer I never check the style guide to read up on it. I would have never expected something as simple as filtration can make such a difference. This brewery has been around the longest for a reason.

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Photo of Orbex
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Immense foamy pour. A pale yellow emerges, but the head remains. Strong wheaty smell. The corriander is there. Taste is extremely clean with a light wheat. Some citrus. Flavorful, and incredibly drinkable smooth and crisp.

A gold standard for the style.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the latest LCBO seasonal spread...

A - Crystal clear pale golden color, reminiscent of a light lager, two fingers of light fluffy head, solid retention ad sporadic lacing.

S - Loaded with cloves and bananas, wheat and citrus undertones with some cotton candy and apple juice.

T - Lighter than implied off the nose, fruity cloves and hints of banana off the top, nice breaded wheat flavour lingers alongside a hint of orange citrus.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty ale with loads of flavour, but not to be interpreted as overwhelming. Nice summer ale, quite fruity and sweet and well worth grabbing.

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Photo of crisis44
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale light blonde colour, 2 fingers of dense rocky head, quite a bit of lace left on the glass. Smell is of banana and spice, a pretty generous helping of malt, some bubblegum and yeast, clove and quite fruity as a whole. Taste is spicy with biscuity/cracker like malt, banana and cloves, some yeastiness with more banana in the aftertaste. Medium carb, light-med feel, decent enough but room for improvement as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall I was pretty impressed with how flavourful this was as my expectations were not super high for some reason, would gladly have this again.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
5.4% ABV, Store dark and keep cool 46° - 52°F, 8201 on the back, "Brewed under the purity law of 1516"

A - LOOK OUT! We got a gusher! Kristall pours -whaddya know?- crystal clear pale yellow straw with abounding carbonation (shit, it almost looks like a Miller Lite!) feeding a four-finger, snow-white head. The dense bubbles even sparkled like snow. Fantastic retention was only slightly hindered by the tip of my nose barely touching the overly fluffy top. No lace left over from the head until I took a sip, at which point thick clumpy lace remained caked to the glass.

S - Despite the beer's clarity, the nose is full of weissbier aromas; big banana Runt yeast esters, dry, soft wheat, pale malts, and the crisp clove spiciness with a light citrus pinch to it. Dare I say, "orgasmic"?

T - The flavor begins very wheat and pale malt driven. Dry and crisp with a light honey-like sweetness complimenting the flavors, it progresses quickly to a yeasty flavor that's bold but not overpowering. Clove spiciness and bold banana Runts blend with clay and white pepper earthiness.

M - Though there is heavy carbonation, it's a smooth drinking beer with a fair level of crispness to the finish. Looks can be deceiving; this one is medium-light bodied despite it's shimmering straw yellow color. Filtration has removed some of that softness the wheat imparts into the mouthfeel, but I'll be damned if this beer doesn't remain smooth as hell.

O - Another Weihenstephaner winner, Kristallweissbier removes the "unsightliness" of the yeast sediment and wheat proteins but keeps the core essence of the beer intact. Plenty of yeast characteristics have been infused so deeply into the beer they can't be taken away; earthy spice and boat-loads of bananas. While the wheat still plays a roll, the pale malt is more pronounced in this crystal clear wheat. Fantastic to the last drop, just make sure it doesn't erupt all over your table!

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Photo of mettkea
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear straw-yellow colour with two-fingers of bubbly foam head. Retention and lacing are both quite good.

S: Grassy-wheat aroma, subtle spices including cloves, banana, and a lingering honey sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing.

T: Grasses, subtle banana, spice, and honey. Detecting an earthy mineral-like taste. Finishes with a very agreeable bitter dryness. Picking up a certain sour element like unripe apricots that also is quite tasty.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation that both seem appropriate. Crisp and clean textured with quite a spritzy mouthfeel. I have been very impressed with the mouthfeel of all Weihenstephaner offerings that I've tried to date, and this is no exception.

D: Enjoying this quite a bit, and would certainly recommend. Appropriate as a spring-time indulgence with such a clean and crisp taste coupled with a refreshing spritzer-like quality.

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Photo of Saph001
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a massive head that settles down to a thin coating of lace within a minute

S: Wheat, fruity yeast, light banana and clove. Some other spices as well, though they are light

T: Follows the nose, with the main aspect being the banana. The wheat and yeast also make a presence, with everything else being in the background. Slight bubblegum as well

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Expected with the lack of bottle conditioning and also lack of sediment in the bottle

O: Weihenstephaner just doesn't disappoint. Price point, quality, and craftsmanship just can't be beat, which is saying a lot for an imported beer (price-wise of course; quality and craftsmanship are expected from a brewery this old). Certainly worth a try if you've never had it before

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Photo of ebin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from HomeBrewStuff. Haven't had a weizen in ages, and kristallweizen is not my favorite style, but still tastes good. Crystal clear gold, lazy carbonation, small tight head. Wheat on the aroma, very bready, minor fruity notes. Banana/bubblegum flavors increase in the taste, and finishes sweet. Slick mouthfeel, but I really miss the sediment.

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Photo of RobTown
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mbs
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,853 ratings.
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