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

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Reviews:
839
Ratings:
1,904
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of horshack7
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is a very bright white bubbly head that is a solid two fingers thick. Underneath is a clear golden where carbonation rises up from the bottom.

Aroma: Pears, apples a touch of spice from the hops that are rather floral. Along with all that is a very nice dryness in the nose.

Taste: Spice, pears, apple skin and a crisp mouthfeel that has nice carbonation. It finishes rather clean with a touch of dryness.

Notes: This is very easy drinking beer very tasty and a good one pick up. Cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, due to not having a Weizen glass.

Look - light golden in color, clear, with about three fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - very much like a Bavarian style lager. Hard to describe other than that. It has a certain ester that other beers don't.

Taste - it also tastes much like a Bavarian weizen. Just enough wheat in it, plus some other spices (maybe a hint of coriander?).

Mouthfeel - it leans a little more on the water side in regard to texture.

Overall - This brew is a nice remembrance of my times in Bavaria. So this one seems to have lost none of its originality.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with fresh date on back

A- clear and golden with very good carbanation. almost see though like liquid glass

S- very grassy and clean hop smells coming though for me. not much malt if any.

T- super clean with hop notes somewhat presant but more carbanation than anything. could easily knock back a sixer with no problem.

M- very thin and bubbly. great beer for a spicy meal or a hot day. also good for backyard work. nice and refreshing.

O- my first for this style and i enjoyed it alot. will try to seek out others to compare to. a very solid beer i would love to have around all year.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy one finger head that faded rather quickly and left well, nothing behind.

S - Very nice, just like the hefe. Good bananas and cloves and spice notes. The strength of the banana is rather impressive considering this is a kristal.

T - Nice taste here. More of those solid cloves and bananas backed by those light light spices. The flavours are strong and not limp but quite assertive. This again, quite impressive considering all the yeast has been filtered out.

M - Nice carbonation keeps it good and tingly though it does feel slightly thin/watery without the chewiness of the yeast.

O - Overall this stuff was rather tasty. Glad I finally got to try this style. Its pretty good, would buy it again for the price and would love to try this stuff legitimately fresh from Germany.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of greybeardloon
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 7, 2010. Probably wouldn't have bought it had the bottling date been visable through the packaging.

A: Thick, fluffy head with outstanding retention and regeneration.

S: Banana, clove and bubblegum.

T: Banana and spice. Some acidity or brightness on the roof of the mouth balances the sweetness. Crisp without much aftertaste. Lighter on the palate than the unfiltered.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I prefer the unfiltered.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into weizen glass

A: very bright gold body with streaming lines of carbonation. very dense bright white head. bustling. good retention and thick lacing.

S: the aroma is very banana-y. no hop aromas. a little bit clove-like as well. the banana is impressive/interesting considering the yeast has been removed.

T: a very obvious, but light, banana flavor. chewy, flavorful wheat. finish is a little sweet and leaves a pleasant fruitiness on the palate.

M: moderate carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: very tasty brew. easy drinking with plenty of fruit presence. wouldnt hate to come across more of these in the future.

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

Picked this up yesterday at Rick's in Alexandria, VA for $2.99. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first beer in the kristalweizen style; one more down, only 5 to go.

a - Pours a very transparent bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Head only lasts for a minute and leaves no lacing. Very carbonated, bottle was a very slow gusher when I opened it.

s - Smells of cloves, wheat, musty notes, earthy notes, bready malts, and very light bananas. Nice and crisp, getting more spices than bananas or fruit. While I like it, the musty notes drop it a tiny bit for me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, bready malts, grains, earthy notes, and light floral notes. More hefeweizen notes than the nose and more bananas, though seems a little bit like a watered down version of their hefe. Still very nice though and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Was actually expecting it to be too carbonated based on the look but thankfully it wasn't. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer and I enjoyed it. It isn't my favorite Weihenstephaner beer, but for the style it was exactly what I was expecting. A good beer I'd certainly have agan, though personally I'd get their classic hefeweizen over this.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,904 ratings
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