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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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
Ranking:
#2,760
Reviews:
834
Ratings:
1,891
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Photo of RedAleMan
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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Photo of KSather
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of 500MLperWeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JRed
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow in body with gigantic frothy white head that stays. Aroma of vanilla, banana, clove, floral notes, some honey. Tastes of vanilla, floral notes, slight honey and a light bitterness. Mild banana in the aftertaste. Big carbonation, bubbly mouthfeel, light bodied. Wonderful, really.

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Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of obywan59
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Kristalweizen pours a crystal clear pale yellow to golden color with a towering, foaming white head that takes it's time in settling, growing more and more chunky as it descends, and leaving plenty of sticky, clinging lace.

The aroma is of banana, huge cloves, and tart citrus.

The taste is light on the banana and citrus, and heavy on the cloves and alcohol.

Moderat in feel, but almost flat. No carbonation to speak of.

The first time I tried this beer, it was spectacular. I sampled it with my dinner at the Matterhorn Restaurant at Wohlfart Haus (a dinner theater) in Wytheville, VA. It was an awesome accompaniment to my Rhineland Wursts; grilled Knockwurst & Bratwurst atop sauerkraut, grilled peppers & onions. Unfortunately, they were out of German potato salad, but they substituted some very good sweet potato fries.

This beer was good, but a far cry from what I remembered. Judging by the date code of 4151, it was past it's prime. The first number, "4" indicates day of month in conjunction with the second two numbers, "15" which indicate the week of the year, and the last number "1" indicates the year, so the born on date is April 14, 2011. Weihenstephaners are said to have a shelf life of 12 months.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear pale close to sickly yellow colour but it makes up for it with ample carbonation and two fingers of solid head that produced ample lace and retained decently, but needed a little more push to make 5.

Smell: I've experienced unfiltered, full on hefe's that have a weaker nose then this, so top marks here. Banana up front with cloves, wheat malt and orange peel in the background. Didn't need a lot of warming to come out either. Not overpowering and something that entices you to drink.

Taste: Starts with mild wheat malt with a slight banana backing that slowly takes over as spicier cloves and fruity yeast come forward as a mild dusting of herbal hops finishes us off, although sometimes those hops fall a bit lame and offer a slight seltzer tone which stops it short of a perfect score.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp with excellent carbonation, superb transitioning, a nice light wheat, banana and clove aftertaste that doesn't get out of control. There's nothing bad that I can say.

Drinkability: Refreshing in extreme, way too easy to put down although surprisingly heavier then you'd think in your stomach. Part of that I think is the high carbonation, but part of it is just that's it's not as light that the crispness would have you believe. Still, very few complaints here.

Final Thoughts: Weihenstephaner markets itself as the world's oldest continuously operating brewery, which may in fact be true. Regardless of that though, it is easily one of the best brewery's around. This stuff is an incredible beer and practically the perfect example of the Kristalweizen. This is another exceptional beer brewed by the undisputed kings of Wheat beer.

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Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
Bottle date coded 4341 on back, not sure what it means.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours an extremely clear golden yellow color with a sizable amount of thick, frothy, foamy, white head that lingers a while and doesn't leave much of any lacing on the glass. It's fascinating how clear it is.

S- Lot of banana mixed with some spicy cloves. Pretty much the same as a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but slightly more subdued. Yeasty.

T- Again, very close to the Hefe. Tastes a little "watered down" though. Crisp, and refreshing. The wheat smoothness makes it an easy drinker.

M- Light bodied. Medium carbonation.

O- I am surprised by how close the Hefeweissbier and the Kristallweizen are. The Kristallweizen seems more light and crisp than the Hefe, although both are solid beers. Another one well done from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Light golden in colour, kristal clear, and with a billowing fluffy head that quickly receded into a patchy ring. Some lacing, a bit more when agitated a little.

Nose is banana, mild clove, wheat malt, herbal and spicy hops, a few other weizen goodies.

An enjoyable brew, light and refreshing. All the usual suspects of a hefeweizen, but softer and crisper. The hops have a herbal quality to them. Neither too sweet nor too spicy.

Soft feel, mild carbonation, thinner bodied than the hefe version. Ludicrously easy to drink.

I still prefer the classic hefeweizen, but this was an enjoyable summer brew. I've never understood kristalweizens, but now I can certainly understand the appeal. Will be back for some of these during the hottest days of the summer.

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Photo of livewire05
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of cyrenaica
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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 +17.3%

Photo of WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -3.2%
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 -1.2%

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -1.2%
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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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,891 ratings
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