Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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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Reviews:
817
Ratings:
1,841
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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Photo of hawksfan82
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml/16.9 oz bottle poured into a traditional big, widemouth weizen glass.

Pours a typical "beer" golden-straw color. Big fluffy white head that dissipates quickly into a soapy film. Body is more clear as expected, and you get a good look at a decent amount of carbonation as the bubbles run to the surface. Very unassuming looking brew.

Smell is like a typical German hefe. Wheat, straw, grass, with the typical hint of bananas on the nose...maybe even a little bubblegum as well.

Taste is good not great. It's got the same characteristics as you would expect to find in a weizen, but it's missing something. that's probably due to the fact that it's filtered. Fairly creamy wheat flavor on the tongue at first, with the bits of clove and banana, and the bubble gum notes dominate as it finishes. Fairly complex for a pretty simple looking beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. I don't know if it's because I expect a much thicker/chewier beer when I get a weizen, but it's really the one thing that I don't like about this beer. Also, with something this clear you expect carbonation, but the bubbles don't really show up during consumption.

That being said, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Wouldn't mind having a couple of these with a dinner.

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

A - Poured a straw color with a huge white head

S - Is of malt and fruit mostly banana

T - A lot like the smell malt with banana and fruit

M - This one has a medium body with high level of carbonation

D - Like other Weihenstephaner brews this is very good and pretty easy to drink worth trying sometime

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour produces a frothy, initially four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, with lots of carbonation bubbles streaming through a bright, yellow gold colored beer. The aroma has the characteristic notes of clove, a touch of banana, a hint of spiciness, some dusty crushed malt aromatics and soft bread-like notes. It seems to be missing a tart wheat component to it and leaves me wondering if this is enhanced by suspended yeast in the traditional Weizen mit Hefe. As a substitute though there is a spicy note that I don't usually get, really it is a black pepper note that is both slightly woody as well as spicy.

Sweet tasting and well carbonated, the beer foams up as it hits my tongue. Smooth flavors of clove, a touch of banana up front, noticeable sweet (almost honey-like) grain, touches of peach. The carbonation combines with other notes to produce a peppery finish to the beer; in the near finish it competes with the sweet grain and clove notes, but in the long finish it becomes much more noticeable. As the carbonation subsides the feel of this beer becomes much more creamy; it is still quite easy drinking and most definitely quite quaffable.

The Hefe definitely adds some complexity (whether you pour in the sediment or not), but this is a pretty nice beer. I definitely like that the clove and some of the banana flavors are easily noticed and I find that that interesting pepper-like note adds a bit of intrigue to what might have been only a decent Weissbier.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance clear golden yellow in color with a huge white head that went down to a thin layer that left a nice lace. Smell bannana clove and and lemon. Taste no bannana in the taste to my suprise hints of orange and lemon zest with firm malt bread and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability with out a doubt an outstanding beer for a summer day buy the pool or at the beach.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Kristalweizen, as well as my first Weihenstephaner brew. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Careful pouring this one, made for a massive head of pillowy froth. Coloration was pale golden, and it was populated with rising suds. Retention and lacing was immaculate. Awesome presentation.

S - Very sweet banana notes, that's pretty much it, but it does entice and water the palate.

T - Hefe-Light? Interesting, big clove and banana notes, with a body that is both yeasty and peppery. Finish is clean and citrusy. All the flavor of a hefeweizen with a lighter body.

M - Light body, clean finish, nice carbonation level, very nice feel, small hints of spice in the aftertaste.

D - Impressive on every level. Extremely well balanced and rounded. A definite revisit for me, and a big recommendation here.

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Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 fl oz. bottle that has all the usual Weihenstephaner bottle art. It still has the brewery crest on the front and their unknown bottle code on the back. I have no idea what 7097 means. I don't know if I should drink it or throw it away. I'll see how it is first.

Appearance: I had everthing in place to pour the beer into a Weizen glass and as soon as I popped the cap, my bottle had a foam explosion. Luckily I was near a sink when this happened. When everything had settled down, I poured the beer and what came out was a clear straw yellow colored beer.. It had one of the best head of foam I've seen on a beer. Not only did it have a foam explosion, but everytime I poured the beer, it had a massive 3 inch head of white foam every time. It took at leat 3 pours to pour the entire bottle into the glass. The color was weak, but that's the style. Whatever was lacking in the color, the head of foam made up for it.

Smell: I thought this beer was going to have a light aroma of just fruits. Boy was I wrong! Instead, it had a heavy delicious aroma of frsh baked banana bread. It smelled so good that it got my hopes up that there was some fresh baked banana bread to be had. There was just one other aroma after that and that was cake batter. Not the most complex aroma out there, but damn if it wasn't delicious.

Taste: For a light beer, it had a nice sized taste of ripe bananas, cloves, wheat bread (not banana bread), toasted malts, orange spice, and a small hint of citrus hops at the end. The taste was just like I said about the aroma, not the most complex taste out there, but I enjoyed every drop of this beer. It's just too bad that the bananas didn't combine with the wheat bread. I guess you can't have everything.

Mouthfeel: It was a super smooth light beer that happened to have a full flavored aftertaste of ripe bananas, ornage spice, and a small pinch of cloves. The aftertaste stuck around for only a few seconds. There really isn't more you can ask for from a light beer.

Drinkability: Where has this beer been all my life! Not only did this beer make me hungry for banana bread, but it would make an excellent choice for a session beer. It doesn't matter what season you're in. This beer would suit any season. I glad I didn't throw this beer away!

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Produced a decent amount of head and an amber color.

Had a sharp, wheaty smell. The head allowed much time to examine the smell.

Like Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier, the Kristallweissbier has a subtle yet well-defined taste. You get some wheat, spices and maybe a little fruit when you drink it. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel was pretty solid. I wished it had a little bit more carbonation for just a little bit more of a bite. This is a very minor complaint against this beer.

This is an immensely drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a taste that never takes over your palate.

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Photo of Aquavit
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear crystal gold with foamy head that lace along the side of a glass, Proper amount of bubble that arise from the glass butt.
Smell: Citrus like odor with charactor of wheat and spice (may be clove) Hop aroma is gone and a little fruity aroma is tainted
Taste: Light to medium body, after I drink this beer the alcoholic ador is strike my palate with a few more sparkling compare to those Hefe-weizen in the same brand. Slightly bitterness and minimal salty plus acidic flavor at the end. Aftertaste is like a baquet.
Drinkability: This beer can be enjoyed all night long. Easy to drink and feel familiar with but in my opinion the first alcoholic odor is too strong for me.

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Photo of n0315
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour with head about 50% of glass at the start, could be how I poured it though. Smell of fruit, banannas and pears. Soft head with fluffy cloud likeness. Nice sustain. Rusty in color, not quite the soft weissbier color, but that should be expected. On the taste, I am getting mild banannas with slight carbonation. Great as far as taste goes and mouthfeel and drinkablility are up there. Another great beer from this brewer.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 16oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Pours a straw yellow with a billowy creamy head. Aroma is very light. Wisps of banana and vanilla come to the nose. Taste is sweet throughout with notes of banana and vanilla. Very straight forward. Extremely tasty. Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet light finishing with dryly. An exceptionally drinkable beer.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold, with a large head that reduced.

Smell - Spicy with summer fruits.

Taste - Similar to the fantastic Hefe, just a little weaker and less interesting.

Mouthfeel - Very good overall

Drinkability - The differences from the Hefe makes this a little less drinkable.

Overall - This is very good, but seriously, get the Hefe instead.

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

Pours a clear straw color with no head after the little bit that first shows quickly dissipates. Nose is yeasty with a touch of lemon. Taste is sweet and evenly so. Even as it warms the flavor stays constant. Mouthfeel has a good carbonation to it and an even feel. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of cliffnorm
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, golden to honey with tons of bubble and a white fluffy head

Smell: huge banana notes, some cloves, estery NICE!

Taste: Banana peel, slight vanilla notes, wheat malt and a very clean finish. (tastes like the holloween wax lips)

MF; Effervescent and well balanced

Very drinakble Clovey and bananas, a good summer-time quincher. Fans of the hefe genre will love it! hit-o belgie style!

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

as the name suggests, this was a crystal clear pale gold with a nice head. it bubbled like champagne in my weizen glass. traditional german weissbier aromas of bananas, cloves, fresh bread dough, and lemons with some herbaceousness to boot. sweet bready malts upfront led to a crisp, drying finish. mouthfeel is spritzy, somewhat chewy, and light-bodied. a classic.

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Photo of sbe1
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As amazing as their Hefe in it's own unique way.

Serving type: bottle (I'm sure this would be even better on tap)

Appearance: A crystal clear light golden color with a thick creamy white head that lasts quite awhile, finally dissipating into a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Fresh, clean, light, malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Very clean and refreshing, beautiful malt and hop balance, touch of lemon, a hint of alcohol, clean but slightly spicy wheat finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively carbonation, light body, clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: Wonderful, this is a fantastic and refreshing session beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yelow color with a foamy, white four-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast, wheat and some banana.

T - It tasted of wheat, banana and some clove. Overall, it was a fairly sweet beer.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Kristal Weizen. Nice flavors and a good aroma.

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

Pours a lager or lighter pale ale color right out of the shoot. Lots of carbonation making it's way to the top trying to bust through a one and a half finger ceiling of sticky thick white head. Extra clear. Phenolic fruit esters of bananas and mild pear. Slightly earthy with a touch of spices.

Light fruit with hints of banana, pear, peach. Spices blend in well with the addition of a lemony tart. Fruit and spices cling to the back of tongue after a gulp. Smooth and soft on the palate and very smooth. A very nice example of the style. Easy drinking with a light body.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.99/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time I tried a so called kristal weizen, and I really wasn't too impressed... although this brew definitely scores for appearance, with a nice frothy head that def has staying power, the smell is only slightly appealing, and the taste is about average compared to some other brews of similiar style... definitely prefer the hefes over this one... the taste is more subdued, and the citrus and wheat flavor less apparent in this particular type of brew... a little more bitter than what i was expecting... A little better than average sample, but not too sure if I'd purchase this one again, especially considering the fact that a 16.9 oz bottle ran me $2.50...

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Photo of madjr80
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with plenty of carbonation. The head of foam was really thick and creamy, but it dropped down to a this lace in about 15 mins. At first I wasn't crazy about the taste, but about 3-4 sips into the beer I changed my tune. It is not like any beer that I typically drink, so I didn't what to expect.Interesting brew, I would buy this again.

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Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly transparent straw golden body with lots of carbonation. Huge white and fluffy creamy head that holds decently and leaves good lace.
Traditional clove and banana scent with wheat and mild floral notes and faint apricot and cherry.
Slightly grained wheat flavor mixed with clove and very mild apple. Abit of banana and mild hops. The aftertaste has stronger a stronger hop presence.
Light body with very little coating and a fairly dry finish.
Very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

-Oelergud

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : La Kristall Weissbier est une bière blanche filtrée (elle ressemble à une pils !, mais la comparaison s'arrête la !) , elle donne un faux col impressionnant
Smell : à un arome très frais de blé
Taste and mouthfeel : un goût riche, très fruité et juteux, avec des nuances de banane
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le pur style kristal weizen

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Photo of nickynick
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color, with a very nice head. Good lacing as well. The smell of this beer is light and fruity. The taste of this beer is very good. Good sweetness and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is good. The drinkability of this beer is excellent. Its light, but flavorful. Overall I found this beer very enjoyable. Light and refreshing, yet still flavorful. Nice change of pace from a hefe. Another great wheat beer from this brewery. Will purchase again.

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

poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle. Light, creamy head that had mild retention, dissapated rather quickly. great aromas of spices and fruit. initial taste of wheats and hops, followed by a long aftertaste of bananas and bread. light mouthfeel, good bite with a pleasingly clean finish, great drinkability, could sip this on a hot day, or a cloudy fall day such as right now. Had this beer on tap in Germany, they added a lemon wedge but i prefer it much more without to experience the full flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of yeast, wheat and bananas along with lemon, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong flavor of yeast and wheat, which is quickly followed by a nice bite of spice and hops. Flavors of bananas and citrus are also present throughout each sip. The malt character is light but provides just the right amount of sweetness. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s the first Kristal Weizen that I’ve tried, but this beer has certainly made me look forward to trying more of them. This is a nice refreshing beer that I could drink several of, no matter what the situation. I’m also looking forward to trying more stuff from Weihenstephaner since I’ve now had two excellent beers from them.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with lots and lots of bubbly white head that just doesn't want to go away, and clings to the glass. Smells heavily of yeast and a little of noble hops, sweet and spicy. The taste is also sweet and spicy, not a lot of hoppy flavor, but it's wheaty and malty with some banana and cloves, very nice. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, not very fizzy or tingly like a hefe can get. This is a very tasty and easy to drink, I'll definitely be looking for it again

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,841 ratings.
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