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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,761
Reviews:
834
Ratings:
1,891
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
241
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0
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this beer for years - time for a review.

Pours a crystal clear bright gold. Can see the bubbles rushing up to keep a nice 1/8 inch bubbly head at all times for the duration of drinking.

Smells lemony with just a bit of grass & hay. No lemon addition necessary at all.

Slightly sour, lemony & hoppy on the tongue. The normal yeast taste with hefes isn't there by design, so just the perfect balance of hops & malt shine through with this beer. Feels great in the mouth as the sparkly carbonation dances in your mouth & holds up throughout.

Absolutely a world-class beer from a world-class brewer.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TeamMathis
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, orangish yellow.
Smell: Wheat, banana, and light orange peel. Light lemon.
Taste: Light banana and citrus. Small tart aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.

This is a great brew. I've never had a Kristalweizen before (I don't believe), but it is quite refreshing. It is crisp and smooth, and has a banana and citrus taste and smell. This certainly has the earmarks of a Hefe, but is more refreshing than most. I would get this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CopeTech
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a nice beer, An excellent wheat beer, very light and fruity. Gentle banana and othe rwheat esters. Slightly over-carbonated, but that's to be expected from the bottle.
Crystal clear, with a nice white foam. Easy on the mouth a crisp and refreshing gentle giant.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad deal picked up a bottle of this for $3.29 shipped to my door. Thanks halftime beverage!
A - Light golden in color, clear, and with a fluffy head that receded into a patchy ring. Some lacing but it seems to be carbonated well.
S - Bready dough, fresh wheat of course, and a touch of lemon and grass makes for a great Weizen.
T - Well it's very tasty the levels of lemon and wheat seem to be perfectly balanced. Fresh sourdough bread taste is excellent with a great hop balance to boot. Tasty stuff.
M - Drinks with more of a medium body finding myself sipping it and really enjoying the flavors.

Overall these are the best examples of the style. Not as tasty as the Weizenbock but I think I prefer it to the Hefeweizen simply for it's easier drink ability.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L bottle (only $2.50 at RSVP!)

This beer poured with a large two finger head that lingered quite a long time before subsiding into a fairly stable and persistent foamy coating on the top. The nose here is all cloves with a hint of fruity banana in the background.

The tast is much more subdued and subtle than the nose would suggest, it is highly carbonated (much more so than I expected, it really pops on the palate). Flavors of yeast, warm bread dough and, hay(?) come to mind, perhaps some lemon grass or citrus on the back of the palate.

A very nice beer overall, mine may be a little colder than it ought to be, it will be interest to see how its flavor changes as it warms up.

A delightfully light beer, great example of the style and one hell of a deal at $2.50.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a voluminous cap of white foam. Aroma smells prominently of banana and clove, with some yeast as well. Taste is consistent with the aroma--banana, clove, and a velvety mouthfeel courtesy courtesy of the character of the yeast and perky carbonation. The appearance is obviously a stark contrast to that of the unfiltered hefeweiss, but the flavor holds up admirably in spite of this. It's noticeably thinner in body and slightly less full of flavor, yet it captures that signature hefeweiss essence. A flavorful and refreshing brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,891 ratings
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