Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

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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.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
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 -43.4%
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 +6.5%
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 +5%
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 -8.2%
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 -1.5%
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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Photo of Fenrir088
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a Crystal clear pale gold, has a beautiful creamy white head that dissipates moderately quickly, the carbonation looks great.

S - Bubblegum is the dominant aroma with banana following close behind. clove and spice aromas are a little subdued bringing a sweet biscuit like malt smell just behind the foreground There is also a very faint floral hop smell somewhere in the background.

T - Not as intense as the smell, crisp and surprisingly clean malt flavours with a pleasantly fruity taste that lingers.There is also a slight citrus like acidity that is quite nice. a small amount of hop bitterness that balances perfectly with the sweet wheaty malt. overall it has a very light body, but definitely not lacking in flavour.

M - exceptionally smooth and silky with a nice bite from the carbonation.

D - I could drink this stuff from dusk till dawn no problem.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a New Glarus weizen glass.

A: Pours an appropriately clear gold with plenty of carbonation creating a gorgeous, ultra-tight white head that rises above the brim of the glass and settles gently into a persistent cap. The only downside is a nearly complete lack of lace - but I can live with that. This looked absolutely amazing when first poured.

S: Powerful aroma of clove, banana, lemongrass, cinnamon, ginger, and wheat. The spice notes really, really dominate: this is hands down the spiciest aroma I've ever encountered in a beer brewed without additional spice. Breathtaking.

T: Starts out with bready malt and wheat, followed quickly by a wave of clove. The banana esters show themselves on the finish, but quickly give way to a dry and super-spicy aftertaste, with pepper, cinnamon, and ginger joining the clove. Very complex, intense, and tasty.

M: Apparently all the carbonation went to the head, as the beer's less lively on the palate than I'd like. Not too bad, though.

D: The spice flavors are amazing, but without much carbonation to cleanse the palate they get a trifle overwhelming. Not quite as easy to drink as I'd like, but still enjoyable throughout.

edit: I originally gave this a 3.5 for Drinkability, but am now changing my score to a 4.5 for Overall upon revisiting it. It's just as amazing as the first time - actually a bit better, as the mouthfeel is terrific this time around. Classic beer.

Notes: This is my first Kristalweizen, and it really blew me away. I feared that without the presence of yeast all the estery complexities of Weihenstephan's incredible hefeweizen would be lost. I'm very glad to say that this is not the case. While I would still rather have their hefe, I'm truly impressed (and nearly in disbelief) that anything brewed within the Reinheitsgebot can have so many bold, spicy flavors. Great stuff, and highly underrated at an overall B+. My guess is that this brew defines the style, so how is this not an A?


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Photo of jal30
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really good Kristalweizen, as you might expect from one of the world's best breweries. That being said, it only confirms my distaste for the style, because even when done at its best, it just isn't for me. A tamer and less interesting version of their hefeweizen, which is a beer to die for. Similar cloves and bananas in the taste and smell to the hefe, but not nearly as pronounced. Quite refreshing. You could drink this one all day, but you'll probably get bored after one or two. A brilliant version of a style that I just don't care for at all.

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Photo of droomyster
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear gold with a constant upward stream of fine white bubbles and an extremely long lasting, frumpy, pure white head. Aromas are ordinary for the style: bananas, cloves, and yeast. Flavors are good and consistent with the aromas. What stands out about this beer is the mouthfeel. It's difficult to get a sense of its body because it is hypercarbonated to the point that it erupts in plumes of foam the moment that it touches the tongue. The overall effect is of a beautiful looking beer that is interesting to taste but that I wish would stand still for a moment so that my palate could peg it down.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a .5l Ayinger glass.

Pours a very clear light straw yellow with a huge white foamy head. Also nice bubble trails up the glass. Nose is very yeasty and wheaty.

Taste is decent', it's a bit yeasty and sharp for me but quite tasty. If you like the banana yeastiness of their Hefeweissbier you'll like this.

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. Body is crystal clear, bright yellow/golden with a 2+ finger white head that retains well. No real lace left behind, however.

S: Scent of cereal grains is the first impression, along with a touch of lemony zest. As it opens up I get more clove and a touch of ripe bananas.

T: Follows the nose, almost to a "t" -- grainy malt up front, followed by bananas and then clove spice. Finishes with a slight lemony bitterness.

M: Light-bodied, nice crispness to it.

D: Excellent summer quaffer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head. There's little else to say about it really...

Aroma is light and airy, but quite nice: lemon, straw, fresh-baked white bread, grassy hops.

Flavor delivers everything detected in the aroma, and remains delicate, but my god, soooo refreshing. In addition to lemon, straw, white bread and grassy hops, also tasted a nice bit of white grape and a lightly nutty yeast character.

Mouth is crisp and light, but not insubstantial. Leans toward dry, but doesn't totally disappear, there's a little bit of linger there, especially the light pilsner-ish hop character, lemon and white grape.

This is a very solid beer, light but lacking nothing, and given how easily it drinks, how enticing the flavor is, and the low alcohol level, I can't give this anything but a perfect score for drinkability. Another fine beer from one of Germany's best.

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

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Appearance was nice and golden. Very fluffy white head. Low IBU beer, around 16 I believe. Very good taste and nice and smooth. Good session beer at 5.4% ABV. Very light beer and would go well with seafood or a lot of other light dishes.

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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and gold with a fluffy, bright white head. Lots of carbonation is apparent in the body. Clumpy lacing. Sweet aromas of ripe mashed bananas, wheat crackers, lemony with a bit of clove. Lemon zest up front in the flavour, more sweet bananas, followed by drying wheat and spice. Light to medium bodied with perhaps a bit more carbonation than needed. Very refreshing and quite tasty.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a wiezen glass

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles leading up to a huge foamy white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving behind no real lacing

The nose is somewhat mild with subtle yeasty notes and a decent malty backbone. The banana and cloves are subtle as well. Very clean

The taste is clove and bananas. The malts and yeast notes are secondary, but definately there. I also get some light pineapple and citrus notes. Light bodied and well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the nose and palate of a hef and the quality of the gritty helles in body. straw color and crystal clear. note of banana and clove with a light weight that brings forth a hop wheat husk quality that you find in nice wheat beers. not creamy at all. mild caliber wheat with a lager feel. although when compared to hef light and helles not as bright. quite a bit drier in quality too.

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

500ml bottle, split and served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - pours with an inch or so of rapidly depleting, sudsy white foam, eventually settles to a thin layer within a couple minutes. the beer is crystal (hurp durp) clear, light gold in color.

S - slightly grainy and musty, with some light juicy banana and bubblegum towards the end.

T - fruity off the bat, some banana peel and a bit of lemon...sweet bubblegum and cotton candy mixed in with grains and a light layer of belgian yeast. finishes with just a tinge of pepper.

M - very light bodied with sharp cutting carbonation, very lively. finishes slightly dry and sticky.

D - weird drinking a 'hefe' without the killer haze. like a nice light version of the common style, drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clean, deep golden, with a substantial head which settled down to a half inch layer of foam. Not much lacing in evidence. Smell is pleasant and restrained. Classic notes of clove and banana are faintly detectable. The aroma also features a malty wheat presence, and grainy/maize notes which are quite good. Taste is subtle, but good, featuring classic weizen aspects. Mouthfeel is decent, if a bit thin. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle for $2.99 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Served mostly cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Bright clear yellow brew with visible carbonation. A soft pour gives a generous 2" of frothy bleach white head that leaves thick whisps of lace on the glass.

S: Big does of banana immediately upon cracking the seal. In the glass it carries a big dose of starchy estery banana, then some melon, bitter banana peel, and an unappealing metallic twang.

T: Lots of banana, banana peel, similar to the aroma. Also some spicy cinnamon and coriander.

M/D: Light, crisp, and smooth with a healthy dose of carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. A bit too heavy on the banana, I wish it had some citrus or something else to give it some depth.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Lovely clear straw color. Crystal clear. Fluffy pure white head that clings to the glass. Constant stream of carbonation throughout the glass.

S: Big banana and clove. Biscuity malt. Just a hint of pepper. Mild lemon zest.

T: Soft wheat malt. Banana and clove are subdued, but present. A hint of fresh, grassy flavors. A little bit of bracing lemon. Not bold or in your face in any way. Wonderfully restrained with subtle complexity.

M: Soft and creamy. Carbonated perfectly.

D: Infinitely drinkable. German Hefeweizens can get to me soemtimes because of the intense flavors of the yeast, Kristall has some of the qualities I enjoy, without overdoing it. I could but away a few of these and be perfectly content.

Weihenstephaner delivers as usual. I love American Craft, but sometimes nothing beats the mastery of the Old World's finest. When in the mood for a mild beer that won't bore you, grab one of these.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

Kristal clear golden straw body fills the weizen glass. Three fingers of cumulus, powder-white head. Very nice. Classic hefe nose with prominent notes of banana, cloves, bubblegum, and bready yeast.

Toasted wheat malt up front. Grainy wheat bread notes follow. Banana and clove flavors mid-palate. Spicy, peppery [hop] accents into the yeasty, bready, banana-aftertaste finish. Moderate body with a spritzy, light, refreshing feel. Not as creamy and thick as it's unfiltered cousin. Still tastes good, but I prefer the classic, cloudy weizen.

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Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-On tap at the Tap and Table in a Weisse glass. This was my first Kristall Weisse and I was amazed at the clarity and beautiful gold color. Very unlike a Hefe-Weisse. Lots of carbonation and I small lingering fluffy head.
S- Wonderful ripe bananas.
T- The taste is fantastic. Maybe a little more banana than clove as compared to the Hefe. Very smooth.
MD- This is as creamy as the Hefe and just as easy drinking. This is an all around fantastic beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a large bottle.

Pours a light lemon gold, perfectly clear, with a fine white head.

Smells estery and a bit tart.

Taste is of bananas, esters and lemon citrus.

Medium to thin body with mild carbonation throughout.

Light, easy to drink. A bit too estery for me maybe. Pretty decent beer though and worth trying for fans of lighter wheat beers.

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Photo of GermanHero
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first beer I bought when I turned of age! Couldn't have asked for a better choice!

Smelt good, light but nothing too strong.

Tasted like the beer that was brewed in the little German village I stayed in when I went! Brought me back!

The feel is good, it fills your mouth but not the the point of over filled.

Clean and solid finish!

Defiantly drink again. Always in season and never a bad pairing

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,861 ratings.
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