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:
1,871
Reviews:
829
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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133
Gots:
233
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO, $3. Into a weizen-esque glass.

A: Crystal clear gold in color with a massive, dense white head, like half the glass worth of head. Excellent retention, almost so much so that I can't pour the rest of the damn beer in the glass. Massive gobs of lacing are left behind.

S: A fair amount of wheat malt, slightly lemon like in profile with a bit of an earthy hop bite. A bit of a German weizen yeast profile but it is a definite second fiddle to the wheat malts. Not bad.

T: Much like the nose leads on, a rich wheat malt profile with a slight bit of lemon like tartness. A touch of earthy hops and a faint hint of bitterness. Just the right amount of clove and banana in here to set it straight as a weizen. Really tasty.

M: Slick in the mouth, carbonation isn't nearly as abrasive as I had anticipated, in fact it is very light and rolls along the tongue. Finish is bone dry and spot on. Really nice.

O: I still enjoy the hefeweizen more, but this is no slouch. Really an enjoyable pint. Definitely will drink this again come summer time.

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3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Typical wiesbier fermenting banana smell.

A: Pours a huge white head. Perfectly clear straw coloured body, three or four sleepy strings of bubbles.

T: Typical banana/clove wiessbier combination but more bitter than usual and lighter bodied and lager like. Refreshing. Great head retention. Big dollops of foam cling to the glass. Clean bitter aftertaste.

O: Typical wiessbier flavour but more lager like. A very sound but unremarkable beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear (no pun intended) pale straw yellow with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. There is a two finger tall foamy white head that has excellent retention - barely diminishing over the entire course of the beer. Also, significant lacing is observed.

S: The aromas are similar to many of the hefeweizens but not quite as intense - hints of grassy hops, citrus hops, clove, and banana.

T: Again, the flavors are very similar to a hefeweizen but not as intense. A very nice complexity of flavors and balance. The flavors are primarily banana and clove with hints of citrus and grass. The presence of wheat is detectable.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: I really like this beer - very delicious and a great example of the the style. Very sessionable, I could literally drink this beer all afternoon evening and not tire of it. What a "light" beer should have been in America - a slightly lighter version of something great.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a crystal clear straw color with a big billow head on top. The scents are of bread and lemon and clove, with a slight alcohol scent too, but a bit on the weak side. The taste is banana and clove, a touch of floral/grassy flavor, with a slight bubble-gum sweetness. Carbonation is high. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbeir is one of my all-time favorites, so I can't help but compare the two. Kristal falls a bit short of its cloudy brother - the smell and taste just seem more muted (maybe an older bottle?) - but is still very good.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant, super crystal clear bright gold color with frothy bright white head that bubbles away quite quickly. Clove and banana bread on the nose. Big bubbly mouthfeel. Incredibly crisp. Big sweet clove flavors and bready mouthfeel. Some alcohol detection on through. Long and tingly finish.

My first kristall Weiss. Strange having that wheat beer taste in a crystal clear beer. Good though. Very good.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poor into my 0.5L Weihenstephaner glass.

A - Wow, A beautiful clear brew with a strong head. Lacing that lasts for quite some time. This is what those "American Light Lagers" should be striving for.

S- Banana and very subtle citrus.

T - Very light and follows the smell quite well. Banana notes and citrus.

M - Strong carbonation dominates this beer but after it subsides it leaves a a smooth, bready yeast. Enjoyable.

O - This certainly tastes like it was made. A filtered Hefe could not be any better, but I will stick with the original or the dark version. If you prefer a very light brew (perhaps progressing from the Bud Light, Miller genre) this is for you.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a hazy straw color.

Beer smells slightly of clove, slightly grassy and slightly bready.

Beer tastes very sharply of bananna and clove initially and then fades away into a slight citrus taste.

Beer has way too much carbonation. Very light in body.

An OK Weissbeir, but too much carbonation for my tastes.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Ayinger Weissbier glass.

Perfectly ("crystal"!) clear pale straw liquid supporting a lasting merengue-like finger of ivory. Lasting sticky lacing...perpetual retention.

Very gentle wheat aroma with vague hints of clove and banana (or am I imagining these?).

Grassy, bready, crackery palate entry. Faintly tart/spicy/sweet flavor profile is indeed similar to a subdued hef. Medium dry finish with a hint of buttermilk...very nice.

Medium-bodied, surprisingly creamy for a filtered beer, soft and well carbonated.

Hard to find fault with this as an example of the style, though I still strongly prefer unfiltered wheat beers...

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a crystal clear straw yellow hue. Pours with a generous 3 finger + foamy white head. Fades slowly and retains well at about 1 finger. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is light and fluffy. Very mild banana, clove, and bread.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. Mild clove upfront with a moderate bready yeast background and just the slightest hint of banana. Flavor is consistent throughout.

M- Very lightweight body with medium carbonation. Smooth and bready.

O- I would imagine that this is the gold standard for the style. Nice, light and bready-like a much milder hefe weizen. Good beer overall.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,871 ratings.
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