Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
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1,887 Ratings
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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:
#2,696
Reviews:
833
Ratings:
1,887
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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135
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is very clear yellow color with a foamy big white head.

The aroma isn’t as heavy as a hefeweizen, but has the big banana notes. Not huge spices or complexity.

The flavor is fantastic. It is very clean with similar notes and flavors. It has a breadiness, but a watered down banana flavor too. It’s not a bad thing because the beer is so clean in drinkability and flavor. The malt finish reminds me of a refreshing German lager.

Just a well crafted German beer. No complaints. It’s an easy drinking beer with refreshing banana and malt notes. Great for a seafood dinner or hot summer day.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

healthy, creamy, generous head on top of an energetic effervescent bright straw color.
rich yeasty aroma, but less so than the unfiltered version.
thrist quenching taste; very nice wheat version. subdued, yet pronounced and firm. very easy taste, can surely drown a few of these in succession.
overall, it has a very successful air to it, but commercial still. very nice after a long day at work. everything from the brewery is superb in quality and taste. a nice uneven lace down the sides and the foam clings perfectly. the taste gets thin after it drops toward the belly, but it's a great beer on all sides. straight 4.5's all the way across for me...

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review in a new apartment in Worcester, exciting times.

A- 16oz bottle poured into a giant snifter, not proper but it will work nicely. Kristal clear as the style name hints at with a pale golden color. A huge, foamy white head forms to about two fingers and retains decently. Thick, creamy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Aromatic but laid back and balanced out. Mild clove, lemon zest and banana from the yeast above some malty cracked grains.

T- Nothing really jumps out and the flavor is on the mild side but the balance is harmonious and it all works. A good balance of banana, clove, raisin spice, fresh cracked malted grains and some Noble hops which are spicy, grassy and herbal.

MF- Foamy and fairly dry light body. Carbonation is high and the bubbles can be felt nicely on the palate. Very slight herbal spicy bitterness in the finish.

The mildest offering I have had from this great brewery but still so incredibly solid. Just try the whole Weihenstephaner catalog if you are new to German beer, so nice.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours with exceptionally large amounts of carbonation: swirling, frothing anarchy inside my weizen glass. This promotes a ridiculous head of fluffy, meringue white that sits in puffy insolence over the top of the glass. Body has all the clarity you expect, but this seems more to be about the head. Indeed, the carbonation seems to force it ever higher, meaning that after a few minutes where I though it had settled down, it pushed over the edge of the glass. Very vibrant in any case.

Although banana is the expected dominant character here, I get pear, pear and more pear. Fresh sharp skin characters and a slight metallic twang, possibly from the wheat. It mingles with a faint peppery yeasty character, perhaps the clove spice playing against the pear. It's sharper and brighter than a typical hefeweizen nose, and has a uniqueness all to itself. Great stuff.

Taste is light and pleasant, but perhaps scoured of character a little more than the nose suggested. Here there's a light, sweet grain character and a faint smoothed bitterness towards the back, reminiscent of that metallic character on the nose. The fruitiness sticks around the edges, but doesn't really provide any depth or complexity. It leaves a touch of pear skin on the finish. It's fine, really, but I was hoping this could blow my conceptions of Kristals out of the water.

Feel is good. Despite the overt carbonation, it's rather soft on the palate, with a light cushioning of bubbles on the back.

Overall, there's no doubting this is a well-crafted and well-made beer. It's also a very good Kristalweizen, a style which I feel is often overlooked. Of the ones I've tried, I think Schneider's is better, but this makes a very worthy stablemate to Weihenstephaner's other excellent beers.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,887 ratings
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