Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Kristalweizen
Ranked #1
Ranked #3,801
4.07 | pDev: 10.07%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 870 | Ratings: 1,989
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Wow... like J-Lo after an epson salt bath, this damn thing is clean! Now, let’s backtrack a second... Look at how beautiful this thing is. I mean, seriously, look at how beautiful this thing is! It’s like, uh... J-Lo pre-bath! Straw crystal clear so beautiful that even King Lothair III would be proud! With that is beautiful, yet delicate crystal malt aromas that make Raul want to use the hearts as eyes emoji. The taste, can you even imagine?! Like hooking up with J-Lo after she ate schnitzel! Perfection!

Get this. Get it good!

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Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass a clear, pale yellow amber with 3 finger white foamy head. Aroma is the expected banana and clove elements, albeit much dialed down. Nice wheat malt and a flavor is similarly subtle yet reasonably complex, neutered clove pervades the proceedings but is trumped by fruity citrus notes, orange, and bubble gum. A pleasant dry wheat spiciness lurks in the background along with a light caramel sweetness. Light bodied and prickly carbonation. A delicious beer to be enjoyed at anytime.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very clear gold yellow color. Thin body with just above average almost champagne like carbonation. Aroma is bananas, yeasty bread, and malt. Taste is similar with a bit of banana bread with a mild hop bitterness. Well done and worth revisiting

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 06/11/17:

Pure, clear, extra pale gold color. Delicate, melting fine-foamed white head of moderate retention, film-forming. Distinct and semi-tart but mild banana and then a whiff of yeast are the main aromas here. Similar palate but with honey and lemon suggestions. Good balance, delicious and drinkable, but not really complex enough to be interesting. That’s more the specific style though than this brewery’s iteration of it. Medium-bodied, creamy even apart from the fairly mellow carbonation, just barely tingly and softening gradually to fine suds.

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Photo of Wg1041
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn good. For a wheat beer this baby is almost lager clear. Good effervescent
carbonation. Faint smell of corridander and orange. Not extreme on the citrus but balanced. Wow...it just amazes the palate. Perfect wheat beer. Balance is phenomenal. Hoegaarden suck it!!!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear gold with plentiful effervesce streaming up from the bottom, producing a huge (to the point of being difficult to pour), white, tight/finely bubbled, lasting, foamy head that leaves only a few motes & strings of lacing. Aroma is wheat, dough, honey, fruity notes, green banana, spice, clove & citrus. Taste is a nice blend of wheat, cloves, fruity notes, spice, green banana with pepper spice, thin honey & floral/herbal hopiness in the finish. After taste is shortlived wheat, floral, banana & clove. Medium bodied with a medium-high carbonation, smooth, dry & lightly oily with a chewy hint. A very dependable, old favorite.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: pours a clear yellow, big white head fades to lacing but has good retention.
AROMA: wheat, touches of yeast, coriander, wet hay or grass.
TASTE: lots of fresh grains. bit of lemon in the finish. Hint of soap.
FEEL: light body, excellent carbonation. Little bit of a champagne feel.

Nice easy drinking beer. Great for enjoying with a meal.


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Photo of Squire
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear gold color with white cap and good lacing.\

Aroma of fresh yeast rolls, honey, flowers and spices.

Taste on entry is a complex array of sweet, bready malt with floral, spicy hops weaving in and around the central malt core. Very complex, very sophisticated, very, very good.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This is World Class from start to finish. It just has a sense of being that makes the American copies seem rustic in comparison.

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Photo of gandres
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sunday, November 19, 2017 7:09 PM
500 ml bottle poured to tulip
Sight: Light yellow, big white foam
Aroma: fragrant, aroma - malty
Taste: very good
Mouth feel: good carbonation
Overall: good beer, repeat: no look for: no BA RB

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - it's always nice to see new products from this venerable brewery show up in one's neighbourhood, isn't it?

This beer pours a crystal-clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with four zaftig fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some streaky webbed lightning pattern lace around the glass as it slowly but surely blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy wheat malt, damp banana chips, a subtle yeastiness, some muddled earthy spice, clover honey, and some very, very tame earthy, musty, and estery floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy cereal wheat malt, underripe bananas, faint indistinct citrus notes, a still understated yeasty character, some clove and white pepper spice, and more sort of strange musty, herbal, and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving shortly after take-off here. It finishes off-dry, that wheaten cereal thing lingering like the boss that it is.

Overall - this is a decent enough version of the style, pretty much just a cleaner incarnation of the base Hefeweizen. Flavourful, and easy to drink, on a pleasantly 'warm' autumn Alberta weekend afternoon.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dense white permanent head that laces and lasts. Clear golden. Aroma is bubblegum and bananas and wheat malt. Flavor is tangy, spicy and right on the mark. Tastes just like a hefeweizen but without the looks. Textbook example.

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For someone who rates their regular weissbier as one of my all time favorites, this was an epic disappointment for me. On the surface it deliver on all the things that I expect form this brew. However, as one of the reviewers has put it, it has a weird finish. There is an off-putting aftertaste that I can't quite describe aside from that it makes we not want to take another sip. So disappointing...

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like their Hefeweizen Weihenstephaner's Kristall Weissbier is a top notch wheat beer, but being filtered its clearer and has a similar but slightly more modest flavor.

Look: clear yellow golden with a two-inch frothy white head.

Aroma: yeasty dough, banana, and cloves

Taste: The flavor is wheat, banana, some clove and pepper, similar to the Hefeweizen but perhaps a tad milder.

Feel: light to medium body, some carbonation

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Photo of lastmango
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a straw yellow with 3 finger white foamy head. Aroma was musty at first followed by a hint of banana. This does not seem as spicy as the hefe. Taste is mild banana and clove. No hop bitterness. Medium light body and carbonation.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear straw color with a foamy white head. There is medium carbonation. The beer smells like bananas and cloves. There is a undertone of straw type color. The beer tastes like banana bread. The beer has a lot of carbonation and is thin.

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Photo of drmeto
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-pours a clear straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-banana,white bread,doughy,honey,clove,hay
-banana,white bread,doughy,citrus,fish,salty,grainy,herbal
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
A pretty big downgrade from their Hefeweizen.
The finish is really weird.Up until then it's decent.
The Kristallweizen from Paulaner, Franziskaner or Maisel are superior to this.

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Photo of erk0607
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear effervescent gold poured from a 500ml into a proper hefe glass, head retention was very good, nice, large white bubbles.

Smell: Amazing. Estery yeast notes, banana, bread, some clove. It's a hefeweizen.

Taste: Great. Slightly sweet, grains and sugars, banana following closely behind those flavors.

Feel: Also great, light, fluffy, medium light body, smooth going down

Overall: I absolutely love this beer, very refreshing and well crafted. It doesn't require any thought or processing of complex flavors, it's just good. Probably just made it into my top 5 ever.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw beer, excellent white steady head.
Perfect weizen smell, no need to describe it once again.
Taste - soft weizen taste.
Light body, mild carbonation.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours VERY clear gold. (I can clearly see my finger prints through the glass, held at arms length. ) Bright white head, that leaves a thing ring of lacing.

Aroma is banana,clove, a touch of pear juice, and an element that seems to alternate between saltine cracker and sweet sausage. (Sounds strange, but it is pleasant.)

Flavor is a subtle mix of ripe banana,clove, black pepper, and biscuity malt, finishing with a more noticeable touch of clove.

Feel is smooth, slightly oily, and finishing with a little carbonation prickle on the tip, and back-sides of the tongue.

I only like clove in the smallest of doses, and this is a touch more than I prefer, but I still like this , overall.

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden color. Incredibly effervescent. Frothy bubbly white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell has notes of yeast, pepper, hints of citrus and green apple. Not really getting any banana notes from this.

Taste has notes of wheat, yeast, citrus, orange rind, a touch of banana and a bit of green apple on the end. Peppery spice becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Feel is full bodied and very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a light yellow and gives a nice one inch foamy white head in my weizen glass. The head dies down to a light cling film over top of the body. Some light carbonation is seen rising. The smell has the yeast up front with big wheat malt coming through as the beer warms. Some light clove makes a slight presence in the smell as well. The taste is balanced between sweet and bitter through the "kristal" malts and previously mentioned flavors. The aftertaste has an acceptable wheat bite. The palate is medium with some harshness on the tongue. It leaves a sticky finish. It is mostly drinkable. Overall, this is good for its style and good for me, however, probably better in the summer.

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Photo of Tapmein
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful Krystal gold with a fat bready head. Smells of bananas and cloves, light in the mouth but so, so smooth. One to tilt back on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Hunter
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal-clear golden ale; aggressive pour yields a head of dense white foam with good retention and some lacing. Nose is of wheat and citrus, bananas. The promise in the nose is delivered in the tongue; citrus, wheat, banana, exactly what you expect of the style. Mouthfeel is tart and bracing.

Overall a very drinkable, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a white head. Smells of wheat and spices. Tastes of slight banana, spices, and yeast. Light body with low carbonation. Good wheat beer, just very different than the typical ones.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bubbly head with straw body and deliciously carbonated. Smells of banana similar to the smell of GI Sophie but taste not so much. Although taste is still pleasantly flavored with malt, cloves, grass, and bananas. Overall good as for it may be the 1st of this kind and it serves as a base beer but GI Sophie and Bornem Triple just knock it out of the water, but still this is quite drinkable.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1989 ratings