Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
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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 FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Clear golden body with a huge five finger head and some light lacing.

As expected, very typical hefeweisen aroma of banana and clove with the accompanying spices. Great nose on this one.

Excellent flavor with the sweet banana and spices still prominent. A little lighter on the yeast flavors than the Hefeweissbier, but not as much as I would have expected.

Very drinkable beer. Still loving all the beers from this brewery.

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Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is banana and clove all the way. Sweet and spicy. Just what you'd expect in a good hefeweizen.

Pours a very clear (obviously) blonde in my glass with a nice, rocky head that persists quite well.

Carbonation is definitely pretty high here. Taste follows the nose pretty well, with good amounts of banana and clove dominating the taste, with some bubble gum. There's even a touch of hops at the end, with clove lingering after the swallow. It's perhaps a tad watery on the finish. It tastes just like a great hefeweizen should, but a little thinner. Not lacking in flavor at all. Only complaint could be the carbonation level, but that's minor.

All in all, a big time winner from a brewery which seemingly does no wrong.

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

A - Pours a beautiful transparent golden color into my Erdinger glass capped with a thick, milky-foamy mushrooming white head and much fizzling going on underneath. (4.5)

S - Strong nose of bananas and yeast with a pleasant citrus zest and some malt sweetness from the wheat; very typical of Weihenstephan's beers. (4)

T - Moderately sweet on the palate, with notes of wheat malts decked with tangy flavors of bananas in the middle, along with some spices; finishes slightly sour with a light fruity touch, in addition to pleasant notes of citrus and bananas. (4)

M - Light-bodied with fairly high levels of carbonation and a creamy-foamy smooth texture. Carbonation probably needs a bit of moderation here (4)

D - Very refreshing and definitely a good session if a Hefe may be a tad heavy for the moment. Flavorful and smooth for a Kristal albeit not anywhere near my favorite brew style. Basically, you can't go wrong with a Weihenstephaner, prosit! (4.5)

This bottle was obtained from Jacob's corner at Changi Village; generally not too easy to find Weihenstephaners in Singapore unless it is the Oktoberfest season.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at Apex in Portland from a Weihenstephaner weiss glass. Pours a clear but rich golden color with a 2"
tall white head. Smells of the traditional clove and banana, of course not as much of a yeast smell as the Hefe. Flavor is a little less complesx than the hefe, it retains the same elements of clove and banana, I can taste a little more hops in this than I recall in the Hefe. Mouthfeel is great, very clean and refreshing. Overall, a very drinkable beer. I think personal preference would decide what you may like more this or the hefe. This will certainly be a beer that I share with friends in the future to get them more interested in craft beer.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold and bubbly with a big foamy head that vanishes without a trace.
The smell reminds me of walking into a dry cleaners. It's a good thing it isn't any stronger or I'd classify it as a stench.
It tastes better than it smells. Faint notes of banana, bubblegum and clove. The saving grace is that the clove is over shadowed by the rest of the flavors and doesn't bite until the end of the swallow.
I love the light, fizzy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. This would be a nice session beer for a hefe lover.

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Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephan Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: As advertised, crystal clear, beautiful golden yellow, with a rich head initially which recedes to about a 1/16" and decent lacing.

Smell: Great Hefe aroma, clove, banana, what you expect and exactly what you would want.

Taste: Definitely does not disappoint a very solid Hefe even without all of the yeast. Deep clove and banana really nice flavor.

Mouth feel: Heavily carbonated almost a champagne like feel.

Drinkability: Easily a very good hefe, bubbly on the palate but smooth and enjoyable.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear pale gold color with a big dense white head that is about 3 inches tall. Active carbonation runs up the glass.

S - Aroma of the traditional banana and slight clove hints. There is good bready wheat notes in this beer. The aroma seems clear and clean but with nice yeast phenols.

T & M - Flavors is crisp and clean and subtle compared to a Hefe. there is nice banana and clove but it is clean and subtle. It appears that the hazyness has been removed form the flavor as well. some slight banana bread and earthy grain is present. This beer is delicious and sooo drinkable. I would buy cases of this and drink it along side people who are pounding BMC. The cleaner flavors allow some of the hops to come out and balance the wheat flavor.

D - As stated before this beer is delicious. I would have it very often.

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

Picked up at a corner store somewhere between San Franciso and Los Angeles. I haven't had a kristalweizen before, and I've liked other beers from Weihenstephaner, so figured it would be a good chance to try this out. Pours a pale orange colour with huge white head. Smells of clove and banana. Flavour has some tartness to it, yet it remains sweet. Very high carbonation level, as evidenced by the slight gushing after opening. A nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gusher the second I opened it. Crystal clear pale yellow. You could read through it if there were not so many bubbles. 4 finger sticky, fluffy white head even with the most delicate pour.

S - Clove, banana, sweet wheat malt, hints of earthy, grassy hops and a bubblegum finish.

T - Sweet with clove, banana and wheat that transitions into spice with a touch of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Light and crisp with a good deal of carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Good beer that would be a refreshing summer thirst quencher. Maybe lighter in mouthfeel than a standard hefe but all the flavor and aroma still remain.

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Photo of tbern007
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kristall Weissbier by Weihenstephaner. What a mouthful. Literally.

Pours yellow/gold, clear. Very large, thick head, lasts quite a while, no lacing.

The smell is a mini version of the literal taste.

T- honey, clove, banana, floral, light ginger. Carbonation is good. Becomes more sweet as the brew warms a bit.

Feel is sweet- a little too sweet almost.

Pretty drinkable overall. Warms me up with the spices - low ABV. Good summery beer. It is a clear wheat beer.

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

The beer is a crystal clear light golden hue. The beer is moderately effervescent. The head is thick, fluffy, white and generates a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very similar to that of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, with scents of wheat, banana, and clove.

The taste is quite nice, and again, similar in many regards to the unfiltered version. The flavors are there, but perhaps a bit more subtle than the Hefeweissbier. The beer is not as refreshingly delicious either, as the unfiltered version packs such an enormous flavor punch that it completely masks any hint of alcohol.

The feel is smooth and clean, with a slight hint of alcohol in the very back. Carbonation level is medium to high.

A great beer overall. I definitely need to do a side by side compare and contrast session with this and the Hefeweissbier. Weihenstephaner just might be the best brewery in Germany.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to exiled for tossing this extra in our last trade. Way to help my style ticks buddy. Poured from a bottle into my duvel tulip.

A: Bright and clear yellow gold hue. Huge bright white head. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Mild wheat cracker and citrus fruit. Clean and fresh.

T: Wheat and citrus are the main characters. Mild bubble gum finish. Again clean and refreshing.

M: Medium body. Creamy with mild carboantion.

D: Super easy drinking and plenty of flavor. For the price this could easily be an every day drinker in the summer.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting to really love this brewery's beers....Again with the over the top head. This pours a super clear lemon yellow - massively carbonated and coats of lacing. Another beautiful pour. Aromas are as expected - some bready malt, some citrus peel. Not as robust by any means as the Vitus, but still good. Also some lavender in there, and maybe some other herbaceous notes - like marjoram, way in the back. Flavor lacks the punch of their other beers. This is clearly meant to be a session beer that appeals to non-beer drinkers. 5.4% ABV proves this to be the case. Starts off bready and crisp, without much of either the citrus or herb notes present. It (d)evolves into a very thin wash of crispness that has the faint hint of what might be hops. Finish is short, to the point, and thin. I think it obviously accomplishes its goal, but unfortunately, in my opinion, it's an "own goal" at final tally. Like usual, super well-priced at $2.79/pint+.9oz. bottle.

What I like most: The price and beautiful pour.

What I like least: The thin flavor profile.

Verdict: Even at $2.79/bottle, not truly worth it unless you want to drink a lot of beer on a hot day.

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

Notes from 11/02/2010:

500 ml bottle at 42* into an Ayinger Weizen glass.

A: This pours a pale straw color with a heavily carbonated and pure-white 2 finger head.

S: I smells granny smith apples, wheat, lemon, and taco shells. Strange, I know, but actually nice.

T: It is rather funky with grass, apples, banana, apricot, citrus, and bubble gum.

M: It is light and clean.

D: This is flavorful, light, and easy on the stomach. Nice.

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

Poured a huge head which took forever to dissipate. Straw yellow in color. I'm not getting quite the same flavors others describe. I can get the citrus, the banana totally escapes me. And honestly to me there's some smoky or bacony aspects to this. Not unpleasant at all, I pretty much enjoyed the latter descriptors, and a pretty unique beer. B+ to me.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bold, clear, dark yellow color with thick foam that lead to lacing that stayed until the end. The aroma begins with citrus and includes hints of vanilla and banana. It's flavor is well balanced starting with banana and lemons giving way to oranges and dough as it warms. It has a medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and is very smooth. Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier is filling, no more than two or three. It's a perfect match for sourdough pretzel chunks. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of bfree
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very light golden color with a nice thick head
S: bananas, bubblegum, spices (clove especially)
T: same as the nose, and it is delicious...it is basically weihenstephaner hefeweissbier but spicier and lighter in the other ingredients
M: well carbonated and light bodied with a crisp finish
D: i love weihenstephaner and once again they did not disappoint despite my high expectations...it would be a tough call between this and their hefeweissbier, both are fantastic

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle from BevMo.

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a medium white head.

Aroma of banana, clove, grain, and yeast. Subtle and restrained, but nice.

Flavor is pale malt, lots of banana and clove, yeast, with mild sweetness.

Fairly light on the palate with a dry finish.

Excellent summer beer. Highly drinkable and great for the style.

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

500mL bottle (batch code 8170) poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Pours a huge white airy head which dies down to a 1/4" thick white foam which is very persistent. Strands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Cloves, sweet spiciness, and just a tiny hint of bubblegum in there.

Taste: Sweetness and cloves up front, with a crisp dry finish - maybe even some hints of apple in there at the end.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the tongue, followed by a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Very good with a meal (slow cooked cabbage and noodles with paprika, onions, and sour cream), and I think it would be very good all by itself. An overall very good beer.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pillowy white head, nice and bubbly, regenerates well with swirling. Clear golden appearance, good carbonation.

N: Sweet and wheaty, if you don't like sweetness this could be overpowering but I quite like it.

T: Wheat flavour nice and full given that this is a lighter style beer.

M: Fuller than I expected but light enough to be highly drinkable.

Overall, a very nice session beer, would go well before BBQ food on a summer's day.

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Photo of bobhits
2.28/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger head, rather thin and lacking body. Light straw colored with a good bit of bubble dancing to the surface. Nothing a light lager doesn't do but I suppose if you're into this look it's ok. Doesn't have that explosive nature of a Belgium or even some macros.

A sweet and almost sour nose. A good hop back ground that has that earthy euro sour hop nature to it. Bubble gum finishes the beer. Very dry finish even in the nose.

Hops oddly come out first in this one. That sour hoppy effect (I'm sure the yeast is a big factor here). The beer the finishes with bubble gum as if it uses a hefe yeast strain. I have to admit this is a style I've never had before so I'm a bit confused. It has a nature similar to some Belgium with a german hefe finish. The beer amazingly finishes pretty dry. As it warms and gets flat it's reminding me more and more of a dry hefe. I think that means it's missing some of the key elements of a hefe, but at the same time this beer serves a purpose with more foods I think.

Very drinkable, I could have a tone of these if not for....

The mouth feel on this beer is just bad. Way too much carbination. I'm burping all over the place, and the bubble nearly explode in my mouth. I like to feel the bubbles, not to have all my beer turn into head in my mouth so I can burp it back up. I'm pretty sure this is common of the style as all their beers seem to be perfect execution of the styles, but this honestly is really off putting in an otherwise very worthy beer.

Worth noting that after the beer has had a chance to deflate it's pretty nice in the mouth feel department. I'm not sure how to score it though. It had that over carbonated effect for nearly half the beer. It's calmed down a lot and is almost a creamy with a pretty good carbonation bite.

As with all styles I'm not a lover of. Style considered but scored mostly on its own merits.

Always worth point out the price point on the beer in question. 16.9 oz at 2.99. That works out to 12.73 for a 6 pack. Or 11.89 if they were in 11.2oz bottles. Not a bad price really. You factor in that expected marginal discount and you might very well in 11.2 oz bottles see this for 9.99 which imo would make it a great deal. Marketing departments, I'm doing the work for you!

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

500 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. No freshness date but Coastal just got the shipment in, assumed fresh.

Pours a crystal clear light gold with a pillowy 3 finger head. Good lacing with tons and tons of carbonation.

Aroma is like a slightly subdued hefe, strong banana and clove.

Wow, if you blindfolded me and gave me this, I don't think I could distinguish this from a hefeweizen. Spot on. Strong cloves, rich banana and that clingy wheat.

Slightly wet with tons of carb. Not as creamy as the hefe.

Superb in it's drinkability, dare I say even more so than the hefeweizen. I wish summer was starting so I could buy a case of this.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a crystal clear yellow with lots of carbonation. The bubbles rise up very fast and the 2-finger head keeps rising.

S- Bannanas, clove, a little bubble gum, and a bready aroma as well. The aroma is subdued a bit.

T- The flavor is also very subdued. All the flavors of a hefe, but lighter. The clove and bannana stand out the most. Has a slight mineral water taste to it.

MF/D- Very crisp and light on the palate. Carbonation level is very good. Could drink this a lot more if CT would carry it.

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear light orange/amber beer, a very big white head leaving good lacing and some curtains.

The smell is spicy (cardamom, coriander, clove), citrus fruits (lemon, lime), ans some sugary sweetness.

The taste is spicy and citric. Lime with gingerbread.

Light carbonation, a fresh feeling rather watery.

A beer for a warm summers day. Compared to the hefe big brother it however has less smell, taste and body, sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 19, 2010. It pours golden yellow with a full two-icnh foamy white head that simmers down to about a quarter-inch and hangs around. The aroma is bold with wheat, yeast, and just a small note of hops. The taste also has a toasted wheatiness to it with some wholesome malts and a spirited but light hoppy ending. A very nice beer.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 84.6% out of 100 with 1,880 ratings
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