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 tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of this style I've had, and it meets the style description to a tee. Certainly pours clear with thin near-white head that lasts about 1/2 finger. Aroma is banana and bubblegum. Flavor has the same with some mild clove and hint of hop bitter. Finish is clean and calls for more. Very drinkable, as all from this brewery.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold (4) with voluminous tight white foam; slow cap reduction; heavy lacing. Baked banana bread and a little spicy nose. Bread and spice with a whisper of clove; lite lemon/banana bread finish. Lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent lite spice linger.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in MJ's 1999 "Guide", he gave 2.5 of 4 stars and called it "rich, juicy... with suggestion of banana."
I regard this beer as better. Crystal clear is change of pace for wheat. While I don't need to add to MJ's taste description, the mouthfeel also a pleasant change as it has the sharpness of a lager, almost prickly.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9.fl oz bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass. Code 2395.

A - Crystal clear pale gold, with a two finger fluffy white head that retains for a while. Good lace retention.

S -Bread, slight metallic notes initially that went away,

T - Banana bread, mild spices, yeast.

M - Carbonation medium low, medium light feel.

O - I could see throwing a few of these back on a hot day. Would love to get my hands on some fresher versions. This style is exactly how it is described.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pale straw crystal clear body, plentiful swarms of bubbles rising, white half fizzy half velvety head. Smell is spice like white pepper, banana, faint bread/yeast. Flavor is full yet delicate, mirroring the nose with an added touch of clove and hay. Bone dry with mild bitterness on the finish. Light body, carbonation verges on abrasive but remains fun.
Damn delicious. Highly appealing, highly drinkable, big but light flavor, very refreshing, this is real craft beer.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure I understand why this style exists but I'll take it.

Pretty much what you'd expect; a drier, less spicy, less fruity version of the Hefe. I'd like to have it during a warm day.

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Photo of puck1225
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers! Pours a beautiful clear yellow from a bottle into tall glass. Fluffy, creamy white head and nice lacing. Fragrant with a crispy, spicy taste of cloves and gentle banana. Great beer!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into weissbier glass. It pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick, foamy, snow-white head and extensive lacing. It smells of wheat, yeast, grass, honey, banana, and cloves. The taste is bready with abundant cloves, and a nice touch of banana. There is a slight hop presence with just a hint of citrus and bitterness at the finish. All of the flavors blend flawlessly. This is a light, tangy, and refreshing beer and with a moderate ABV of 5.4%, it is very easy to drink. Overall, this weissbier is a delight to drink.

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

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle in to a Weihenstephaner Wheat beer glass. Bottled on code is 9275 (29th June 2015 if I'm decoding correctly).

Look -- A gentle pour gives three fingers of creamy white head that quickly settle down to one finger. The body is a straw color.

Smell -- Clove, banana, bubblegum, faint breadiness with some hints of bubblegum.

Taste -- Clove, banana, and bubblegum with faint breadiness. Light bitterness and some lemony tartness.

Feel -- Lively carbonation and light body have it feeling more pilsnerish on the palate. It has a light crispy mouthfeel and finishes fairly dry.

Overall -- It's a cleaned up and stripped down hefeweizen. I prefer my hefeweizens unfiltered but I can't fault the style simply for what it is. If you prefer a lighter mouthfeel but still want clove and banana in your beer this isn't a bad choice. While the clove and banana may be strictly speaking lighter compared to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier the cleaned up nature of the beer makes them stand out more prominently as they aren't competing with as much, it's also much lighter on the palate.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, light golden color. Nice 2 finger head, with solid retention.

Aroma is all about the wheat and banana. Little bit of citrus peaks through, but overall, it smells extremely close to that of a banana-flavored Laffy Taffy.

Nicely balanced beer. The wheat is present throughout the sip, but doesn’t fully peak until the end of the sip. A bit earthiness and grassiness. Some subtle notes of bubblegum and a kick citrus add a bit of complexity but not to the point that this beer is complicated. Easy drinking. On the higher end of a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is just such an easy drinking, delicious beer. Not something you need to sit and analyze, though you definitely can if you want! I see this pairing well with just about anything, though a summer BBQ with ribs and potato salad sounds just about perfect! It gets a 90.5/100

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Photo of bnes09
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw color with brilliant clarity. Big sudsy head with exceptional retention. Fresh aroma of wheat, yeast and grass. Yeast is prominent on the palate. Wheaty, grainy flavor balanced by a subtle herbal, grassy German hop. Light body. Gritty, grainy texture. Lively carbonation. Crisp finish. Excellent brew. Tasty, refreshing and true to style.

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Photo of Fake_History
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter take on Weihenstephaner's delicious unfiltered 'hefe' beer. Foamy 2 finger head. Aromas of banana and citrus with a hint of rolling tobacco. Taste predominantly a sweet banana-y flaour with touches of fresh bread and clove. More refreshing than the unfiltered version though this beer does lack some of the more robust and interesting elements of the hefe.

Knocked back three of these watching SNF on a blustery and rainy evening in Scotland, the warming quality was particulairly nice.

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Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 25th February 2016, poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured a crystal clear golden straw colour with a big three finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma: Light aromas of wheat and banana with hints of clove and honey.

Taste: Starts grassy with some citrus lemon followed by banana and some wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This was not a bad beer but I definitely prefer the unfiltered version which has stronger aromas and taste.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours a crystal clear, light, golden straw-coloured body with a decent amount of fine visible carbonation. A tall, billowing, foamy, white head swiftly rises to three-fingers in height before reducing almost as quickly to a dense film that leaves behind thin, sticky lacing on the glass.

The modest nose leads with clean, crisp, fluffy wheat malt and faint notes of ripe banana. By comparison, a more substantial amount of pepper and clove follow, along with a little grassy bitterness that gives an aroma more spicy than fruity, but still light and subtle on the whole. Yeast esters are slightly more pronounced in the taste, sweet ripe banana leads upfront with malted wheat playing a supporting role. Mid palate, clove, pepper and spicy phenols override the fading wheat, peaking in a mild bite towards the back end with a small amount of grassy hops to give a crisp finish. In the mouth, plentiful carbonation and a medium body give a smooth and incredibly crisp feel, that finishes quick and clean on the palate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. It’s insanely crisp, easy drinking and refreshing and would make a great session beer or accompaniment to food. Recommended.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice bright yellow clear appearance, smell of the wheat and yeast, taste of citrus (lemon) start and banana finish, feel is nice with length and a crisp and clean finish, this is a great beer once again by a classic brewer.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into nonic pint.

A: Pale yellow with 2-3 finger frothy white head. Decent retention but light lacing

S: Biscuit malts with banana and clove.

T: Reminds me quite a bit of a nice hefe. Wheat, banana, and clove.

M: Light and refreshing. Easily crushable.

O: Nice departure from my norm.

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Photo of munsonptr
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exactly as advertised, a subdued version of their Hefe. Mild clove and banana flavor in a crisp, refreshing beer. While I prefer the unfiltered version, this is still a strong go to when you want something a little lighter.

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Photo of ordybill
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass. A Crystal clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is of sweet malt, banana and wheat. The flavor is outstanding, with malt, wheat and banana perfectly blended. A nice crisp finish. Really refreshing.

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Photo of aleigator
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, completely filtered color, with a stable, fluffy big head.

Smells of a dough bread infused yeast character with a whiff of clove and cardamon to it, ballanced by grassy hops, together with lots of straw. Reveals ripe banana underneath, adding to the spiciness of the yeast, without loosing its white bread malt qualities.

Has a very lively carbonation, with a soft mouthfeel, resulting in a very refreshing, light bodied beer pending between spices and malts.

Tastes almost as clean as the beer looks, while the initial yeast profile shines not only due to its pleasantly integrated spices, but also due to grassy hops and a certain amount of bready malts. The malts turn sweeter after the swallow, showcasing the beers flawless taste, enriching its yeast characteristics by additional balance and complexity, as well as a copper note, brought to the palate by the otherwise soft carbonation bubbles. Finishes with hay infused yeast, weaker on the spices than during the beginning, absorbed by profound, sweeter malts, pleasantly feathered by leafy hops.

Convinces by its perfect mixture of flavors, creating a fantastic balance, tied together by a very smooth mouthfeel, while remaining its refreshing impact.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant golden color with exceptional clarity. There's a massive bright white dense two inch head of foam. Moderate lacing. Clean wheat and banana ester aroma is very appealing. The flavor is a bit less banana ester than it's unfiltered cousin, but the wheat is definitely just as present. The mouth is exceptionally smooth and crisp. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two fingers of frothy white head dissipate rather quickly to a short mound in the center of the glass as the rather active carbonation crashes to the surface. The color of this beer is a very crystal clear straw. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana and spicy clove esters at the begining fades behind a nice clean wheat and finishes with the aroma of the first few chomps of a Bazooka bubble gum.

Taste: Bubble gum right off the bat and sticks around through out the sip. Banana and wheat develop before any baking spice is present and the clove is very subtle.

Feel: For a style that is supposed to be rather light, this one has a bit to chew on. Active carbonation dances around the tongue.

Overall: I was kind of surprised by how much I liked this beer. I've been having a lot of very mediocre Hefes lately and wasn't really going into this one with huge expectations. But, alas, twas love at first sip. Big thumbs up and high fives to those currently accepting high fives.

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Photo of leantom
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but the hefe' simply blows it out of the water. Here goes:

A: Good. Relatively clear but slightly hazy straw color. Pours a very large head and has adequate carbonation. Lacing is minimal, however.

S: Very grainy and grassy. Lightly-kilned cereal malt complemented by grassy hops. Some lemon as well. Good, but graininess isn't exactly a virtue.

T: More complex than the smell, which is good. The beer, however, tastes a lot like a muted hefeweissen. Some of the banana and wheat of the traditional weihenstephaner hefeweissen complemented by grassy hops and yeast. Good, but the regular hefeweissen is just so much more robust.

F: Too light and watery.

O: Good beer, but I don't mind drinking from cloudy beer if it tastes better.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass out of 500 ml bottle
poured a brilliant straw color with a huge 2-inch fluffy white head. Retention is very high and lacing was big and pillowy.
Smell was of clove, banana, spice. Alcohol not noticeable
Taste follows the nose with the banana and phenolic flavors shining along with that German hefe yeast.
Feel is on the lighter side of medium and the carbonation is moderate. A little sweetness on the back end.
Overall, this is another solid brew from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while doing a little cross border shopping in Niagara Falls, NY. Prices came to about $4 CDN after exchange rate. Been looking for this beer for along while now, but it has never been available in Ontario.

Appearance - This looks like a magic act. Pours crystal clear golden in color, not unlike a good quality Munich Helles lager with plenty of bubbles. The head however is all hefeweizen, three plus fingers of billowy white head leaving behind multiple rings of lacing with a near eternal head due to great retention.

Smell - Banana, yeast and clove dominate although it is more subdued than it's more famous hefeweizen brother. A bit of a minerally aroma in behind the fruitiness of this beer.

Taste - Yummy banana and powdery yeast, hint of bubblegum. The clove flavor is dialed down a bit as is the overall banana taste, but this is still a delicious German Wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - Ridiculously smooth, with high carbonation that just fits, soft delicate feel in the mouth, although the body is at least moderate.

Overall - Absolute top notch brew from the brewery that is the godfather of all German wheat beers. Flavors are the same as its notorious hefeweizen twin, although to me appeared to be dialed back just a tiny bit and the aroma is less fragrant (although that improves too as it warms). What else can be said about such a great beer?

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beer like this is proof why tekus are not the end all and be all of beer glassware. Anyone who has ever tried this beer and knows the history behind the style knows that one needs a fast long pour to assist in opening up the correct nuances of the aroma and flavor.
With that in mind, a friend of mine and I conducted an experiment to correctly displace the teku altogether. This beer was poured into a weizen glass and a teku.
Though the color was the same in both glasses. The head was extremely short in the teku and showed lack of lacing.
This ended up not showing enough clove in the aroma in the teku. Sweet bubblegum, typical of the style was more pronounced in the weizen glass.
This ended up even messing up the flavor in the teku. Luckily, the correct glassware saved it.
The mouthfeel was pretty much the same in both glasses. Besides a glass isn't really going to ever change the mouthfeel of any beer anyways. Smooth clove, sweet bubblegum and light banana.
Overall, for the style and as many times I've had this, its awesome. When you pour it into a teku, you look foolish and you're crapping on the style.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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