Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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 sj660
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brilliant yellow with a bodacious thick foam that coats the glass going down.

Juicy fruit aromas on the nose. Hardly any hop action. Popcorny.

Slippery mouthfeel with the carbonation all in the head. Medium bodied.

This is a drinkable, but leaves an undesirable minerally aftertaste.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 3Floyd's pint glass

This beer serves as the first of it's style I've had the good fortune of being able to try. Nothing like starting with the top tier.

This beer pours a clear pale golden color with a froth white foam on the surface. The nose is a combination of clove, banana and brown sugar sweetness that can only be found in this brewery's wheat beers. The taste is best described as hefeweizen light. There is that wheat flavor with the sweetness coming from the floral yeast, but it's much more subtle on the palate than would be expected. The mouthfeel is much too thin for my liking, but then again I'm a hater on anything that's too thin, but overall this is a quite enjoyable brew. I can easily see how this could be the pinnacle of it's style.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from an old Schneiders .5 l glass. Quite possibly some of the most ferocious ubiquitous beading I have ever seen in a glass. Super pure white big big two to three inch rocky head tops the light yelly crystal clear body. Takes an awfully long time to pour.
Has an almost liquorice (Duvelesque??)nose with restrained slight peppery spiky clove to taste but not at all over the top.
Body has a beautiful lightness of touch and is far removed from what can be that cloying heaviness often associated with other wheat beers.
I'm not a session, or 'sessionable' type of guy but I could drink this all day long.

Hugely enjoyable. Love it.

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Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear & light yellow in appearance with a nice, pinky sized white head that holds well thoughout & leaves some gentle lacing. Pretty good all round here

A nice banana & coriander mix upfront along with cloves and possibly melon or lemon in the background.

Great tasting and much like Hoegaarden in taste. A nice blend of coriander, spiced clove & citrus fruits mirroring the smell quite well. There is also some banana in there too.

Nice, crisp & refreshing to drink with a nice, light fizz that makes you come back for more.

A very nice beer in the style of Hoegaarden and generally very pleasant. Very wel balanced & flavourful with a smooth finish, nothing negative about this one.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - bright yellow with a 2.5 inch head. Very carbonated.

Smell - This thing smells like a Hoegaarden on steroids. Strong smell of banana accented by cloves.

Taste - typical spiced wheat beer, except it has a stronger banana flavor. Very light body typical of a weissebier.

Mouthfeel - The light body hits the tongue and dissipates quickly. Aftertaste contains all fruity tones.

Drinkability - Maybe its just me and weissebier, but this thing is drinkable. The fruit flavors hit the tongue nicely while the lightbody makes this a nice session beer.

A comment on the style, the extra carbonation add to the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of Transatlantic
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A crystal clear light yellow color with a very nice creamy and fluffy head that sticks around, leaving chunks of lacing.

S - Upfront is a very banana and yeasty bread scent. There is also a sort of melon scent in the background.

T - Nice and crisp, not too sweet and not too bitter. Tastes of the banana and yeasty cracker bread is smells of. Very well balanced beer.

M - Light bodied and very easy drinking./

D - This is definitely a late spring and summer beer with great taste. It's very well balanced and will only leave you wanting for more.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear yellow in color with white head around the side.
S-little bit of fruitness and smells very clean
T-very fruity and a little bit tart. Alot like it smells and pleasant,
M-kight bodied, crisp and smooth
d- very drinjable. So light my taste was gone in no time.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow. Lots of white head. Very well carbonated. Smells wheaty and sweet. A very interesting yeasty aroma. Tastes sweet and strongly of yeast. There is a nice combo of light fruits and sweet almost floral flavours. A solid mouthfeel and the high carbonation matches the beer nicely. Vry drinkable as i would expect for the style

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with nearly two inches of rather persistent white head. Fruity, nutty and spicy aroma. Banana, lemon, nut, and clove bombard the palate leaving a fairly dry and clean finish with a hint of nut. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. A super easy drinker and it went away too quickly. Excellent.

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Photo of xodin
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a "crystal" clear golden blonde, with a thick, retentive foam. Aromas of wheat and pilsner malts project from the foam, but die along with it. Moderate body for such a clear weissbier, just a hint of spice, with a light creamy wheat swallow, and a mild, wet aftertaste. "Kristal" fits the picture, and this brew is true to the style to the letter. Worthy of a go, if this is your thing, but I personally prefer brews to be a little darker and with some more character. Personal feelings excluded from ratings, of course.

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Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because of my overzealous pour, this beer pours one giant head that s l o w l y cascades its way back to something more recognizable. It is crystal clear, as the name would imply, and golden in color. Minimal lacing is left on the glass.

Nose is ripe banana and clove all the way with a lingering wheat and spice. On the backend I get Bazooka bubblegum.

The taste follows suit with the nose, clove more so than the banana however. Sweet banana and wheat is balanced really well with a moderate spice notes. Slight vanilla and bubblegum in the taste as well. Hops? What hops? The taste is lacking something that the hefe brought to the table however.

Crisp and refreshing, amazingly drinkable with medium amount of carbonation; this is another fantastic beer offered up by Weheinstephaner - but I think I will stick with the unfiltered stuff.

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

A - Pours as clear as can be with a huge white cap.

S - Moderate scents of all the things I look for in a Weizen...banana, clove, bubblegum.

T - Somewhat sweet on the palate with subdued (compared to unfiltered versions) flavors mirroring the smell. A little less lemon tart as well. Finishes sweet leaving you wanting more.

M - Light-bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable.Very refreshing, An outstanding version of the style. This is my favorite German brewer. Epic stuff. Nonetheless...I prefer a Hefeweizen over the Kristal...just something missing without the yeasty haze and chewiness. However...a great gateway for a BMCer into the Germans.

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Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle says "crystal clear" and boy do they mean it. This beer pours a perfectly clear, apple juice like golden yellow with a two finger, quickly dissipating head. The aromas aren't very present whatsoever, and certainly not when compared to their other beers. There is some light yeast and also this aroma reminiscent of sparkling soda. The flavor boasts the rich and sweet yeast similar to their Hefe but in a dialed down manner. It is very, very light in body and drinks very well. It's almost a watered down and lighter version of their Hefe which makes it one of the most drinkable and sessionable beers around. All in all, this is yet another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the claim, it's crystal clear. Pale straw in color and a massive fluffy white head. Lacing is epic on this thing.

Aroma is bready, slightly citrus and some muted banana bread esters.

Bready, citrus, slight banana. Pretty good and what I'd expect from a sediment-free wheat beer.

The feel is crisp, rather light, and the carbonation seems a bit much, though I dont have much experience with this particular style.

Drinkability is good, but I prefer the unfiltered brethren of this puppy.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting style. Beautiful beer. An aggressive head that resembles stiff peaks of whipped egg whites sits atop this beer. Nice retention before giving way to gravity. Indeed, the beer is a crystal clear gold color leaning towards a bright straw. Sticky lacing remains everywhere in the glass.

Very light banana aroma with a whiff of light grain.

Very nice and refreshing flavor. Mostly banana with some subdued yeast notes. Pale wheat/grain flavor takes back stage but adds a nice dimension. This is a beer that shines through it's simplicity.

Delicate mouth feel but still has rounded almost a creamy texture. The banana/yeast notes lead to the light creamy texture.

Loved drinking this and it went down quite easy. A beer I'll have to remember to pick up again in the spring.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured about 2/3 of the bottle into my perfect pour glass with 3 fingers of white fluff capping it. The nose is bready with honey and some banana. The taste, really good. Bready with honey like the aroma but with less banana and more clove. The body is a bit on the lighter side. Aftertaste is fairly smooth with a slight citrus twinge that lingers. It does a good job of keeping its carbonation and making you want more. This is a definite repeat.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen. No born on date.

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger bubbly head. Very carbonated by the looks of it. Lots of lacing.

S - Banana bread, cloves, pear, . All kinds of good things wafting at of the glass.

T - The flavor nearly replicates the smell. More banana, pear, and cloves. There's a hint of citrus fruit and tartness as well. I found the after taste to be a bit off though, almost like under ripe pear.

M - Light body, very crisp and refreshing. Slightly over carbonated.

D - Inredibly drinkable and refreshing. Not as good as its unfiltered brethren but still pretty tasty. Weihenstaphaner just can't seem to make a bad product.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

Crystal clear bright golden color, the pour produces majestic billowy white head that solidly endures with great retention then leaves fabulous clumpy laces along with plenty of refined patches and spots on the glass-side. Carbonation is actively discernible.

Banana ester, citrus, clove spice, hint of bubblegum mingle with crackery malt.

Clove spice and wheat are forefront following by subtle banana and citrus. Malt is a big boy with a cracker-like quality. Hop bitterness is either subdued or sometimes nil.

Dry, clean and crisp under a moderate body and lively carbonation, the palate contacts with well smoothness.

This is a softer version of their original Hefeweizen which filtration process eases its conspicuous fruity characteristic while supersedes with more clear and fresh and malt to overpower anyway still good and high drinkable.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#76. Followed through with a worthy successor to Weihenstephaner's outstanding Weissbier.

Poured from a 1pt. .9oz bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Beastly head when poured with a rather average pour, pretty much exactly the same way the Weissbier poured. The head is foamy and retention is average but slows down the closer it gets to the surface. Color is a very pale straw yellow, not very exciting but crystal clear, as a Kristalweizen might only be. Carbonation is plentiful. Not as visually stimulating as its Weissbier cousin, mainly in the very clean visual characteristics of the color. However, the head is great and really redeems this beer's appearance well. Still looks excellent. 4.5

(Smell) Wheat grains, some banana bread tones, some spices (sweet coriander) and a touch of citrus, perhaps lemon. Not much differing it from the Weissbier but the beer has a refined strained aroma, much like the beer's appearance and some of the potential for balance and potency have seemingly been lost in the smell. Not as appealing as the Weissbier regular but still a good catch. 3.5

(Taste) Nice balance of wheat tones and flavor blend of citrus fruits and coriander spice. The banana flavor is one of the most dominant flavors in this brew, followed by a very evident spiciness that comes from the coriander and some citrus tang. Filtration being this beer's biggest difference between itself and the Weissbier, the filtration weeds out many other complex flavors that would have existed in the hazy flesh of the body. The end result is something less filling and bold than the Weissbier and more subtle in flavor. It still tastes like a good beer, but not nearly as exciting as in the regard I had held it to. Wonderful Kristalweizen nonetheless. 4

(Mouthfeel) Likely the biggest difference between the KristalWeizen and the Weissbier can be found in the mouthfeel. Crisp spicy carbonated beginning but remains smooth for the majority of the drink thereafter. Beer is quite light bodied; there is little texture besides the thinness of the entire brew, which makes sense considering it's strained quality. Body and texture are all less complex than the Weissbier cousin, but this would be more pleasant for those who desire a clean strained beverage. Does well for a KristalWeizen but doesn't impress me much. 3.5

(Drinkability) Easy enough to finish the bottle on account of it being very subtle yet having enough flavor to maintain interest, but beyond this I may be hard pressed to get a second bottle anytime soon. Just knowing that something is more flavorful and exciting exists by the same brewery captures my interest more. Again, to each their own. Enjoyable especially as a kristalweizen but I'm not nearly as big a fan of this Weihenstephaner brew as I am their Weissbier. It proves too light to maintain my interest long. 3.5

Verdict: Light, clean subtle flavor and character. It does well and the ingredients are pure but the result is not something I personally can connect with. I know there are Kristalweizen fans out there which is why I will recommend the beer anyways, as it does well in maintaining complex flavors despite losing much of the fine details in the filtration procedure. Plus if the drinker specifically enjoys filtered beer with light body and character, there is probably few better attempts at getting it right than this beer here. Worth a shot to most to see if it hits the spot, but I'll stick with the Weissbier any day! B+ (3.9)

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely tall, foamy, long-lasting head. Clear golden body. Bottle foamed over as soon as I opened the bottle, and was very difficult to pour even though I did not shake it.

Smell - Light and refreshing floral banana smell.

Taste - Very light and springy with refreshing subdued fruit complexity. Balanced spice, and subtle alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Spritey spice feel, goes down very smooth.

Drinkability - Could drink this all night. Not heavy, and complex enough to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - I could swear I hadn't bumped the bottle, but when I opened it I got an explosion of foam that just wouldn't stop - this might have affected the rest of the drink. It poured into a large rocky head that took its time dissipating, and left bubbly lacing. The body is a clear golden yellow, with a little visible carbonation.
S - sweet bananas and grain
T - mild malt and grains with a banana aftertaste
M - somewhat watery and left me with a sticky feeling in the mouth
D - very easy drinking and an all round enjoyable beer that rightfully stands alongside other great Weihenstephaner beers. If they were more affordable, I might never touch another brewer's produce.

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

500ml bottle into weizen glass.

A: Pours a light amber-golden with a billowing eggshell-white rocky head that took forever to recede into a thick film that left a few spots of soapy lacing.
S: Dominant notes of phenols, clove and banana. Smells just like a Hefeweizen for the most part.
T: Tastes like a cleaner, thinner, hefeweizen, which I guess this style is. Over all less yeast flavor (obviously) and not as sweet. Aftertaste is that of crystal wheat and maybe some peppery hops.
M: Medium-light body, ample tingly carbonation and a semi-slick mouthfeel. Fairly refreshing.
D: Pretty much tastes like a filtered, watered down hefeweizen. I'd probably take the full version over this style. Still, for what it is, this is damn good.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled right after rating the unfiltered version. Same weiss glass, same plate of soggy cold dumplings staring me down.

Clear, bright, pale golden hue. Couple inches of soapy meringue. Rings of blotchy lace.

Smells of sweet anise, candied banana, dough, & mineral water.

Taste is heavy with banana liquor & pear sweetness. Almost sharp. Wheat only plays a background role this time. Clove comes through with some force here, compared with the unfiltered. Minor yeast note. Odd tangy finish.

Feel is much more dry then the regular hef. Carbonation, more prickly. Alcohol feels a bit less noticable because of the sweetness(or maybe I'm just a bit too far gone to notice). Body maintains some weight, however invisible.

Drinkability is similar, but for different reasons. They contrast each other well.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weisen glass. Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a fluffy brilliant white head. Moderate carbonation is present, with a steady stream of bubbles making their way to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

Has a grassy, grainy smell, with an underlying sweet banana aroma that almost smells like banana pudding.

Pleasant, smooth and almost creamy, the banana is definitely present, along with mild malt, brown sugar, a wisp of yeast, and a lite breadiness that makes this quite enjoyable. While I am not a fan of wheat beers, I am loving this beer. Ends with a mild hop bitter that finishes it off nicely.

This has a medium mouthfeel, which is surprising to me given how light it looks. It's simply too creamy to be considered light bodied.

I bought this beer for no other reason than it's claim to be made by the world's oldest brewery. However, now that I've had it, I would definitely purchase this again, especially the next time I have guests who are not as adventuresome in their beer tastes. Perhaps the beltway to describe this beer is that, it is a beer which beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers can both enjoy.

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

The bright white, rocky head extends over the top of a Weihenstephaner tall pilsner glass, covering a crystal clear (as advertised) light straw-colored brew. Active carbonation keeps the head replenished, which has good adhesion and retention.

A light, flowery scent is detected, with hints of peppery yeast.

Drawing a full sip reveals more pepper accents over a solid cereal grain base. Generous, smooth carbonation adds some depth to this straight-ahead wheat beer, with just enough hop bitterness in the end game to make it interesting. Tasty and well presented, this would be in good company with planked whitefish, oysters Rockefeller or scallop scampi.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,912 ratings