Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with nearly two inches of rather persistent white head. Fruity, nutty and spicy aroma. Banana, lemon, nut, and clove bombard the palate leaving a fairly dry and clean finish with a hint of nut. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. A super easy drinker and it went away too quickly. Excellent.

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Photo of Offa
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this every bit as good as their hefe-weissbier.

This is gold with a huge, dense white head that is hard to control and long-lasting, shrinking only slowly to a permanent smaller head, leaving nice lacing in even rings.

The aroma is very perfumy but light, with light grain, pine, herbal, with a minerals.

The taste is similar, with strong, persistent, but it's light and crisp. There is a hint of minty bubblegum in the middle, before a crisp finish and a long, mellow grain aftertaste. It has light bitterness. This is delicious and full of flavour but refreshing and highly drinkable, light and crisp.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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 VncentLIFE
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - bright yellow with a 2.5 inch head. Very carbonated.

Smell - This thing smells like a Hoegaarden on steroids. Strong smell of banana accented by cloves.

Taste - typical spiced wheat beer, except it has a stronger banana flavor. Very light body typical of a weissebier.

Mouthfeel - The light body hits the tongue and dissipates quickly. Aftertaste contains all fruity tones.

Drinkability - Maybe its just me and weissebier, but this thing is drinkable. The fruit flavors hit the tongue nicely while the lightbody makes this a nice session beer.

A comment on the style, the extra carbonation add to the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Bottle marked “4173”

Refreshing. One of the best beers I have ever had. You are either going to love it or hate it. Massive clove and phenolics. I first had this beer at an adult function for my child’s catholic school. It was a German themed event and everybody, even those I would not consider craft beer drinkers, loved it. 4.75

A – Clear, but no brilliant (-), pale yellow/straw colored with a white on white two-finger mousey head, some lacing. 4.5

S – Cloves, spicy, yeast, good bananas 4.75

T – Pepper spicy, slight bubblegum, very phenolic, slightly sweet, some hoppy bitterness in the finish with a fruity tartness. 4.75

S – Medium-light bodied with a dry finish, some chewiness/maybe creaminess, slightly coating. 4.5

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Photo of BostonBiosafety
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer that has a refined taste that few beers can match. This is a benchmark for the style...which I guess it should be since they pretty much invented it.

I like to let it sit a bit to allow some of the carbonation to pass. The overall mouth feel coupled with the aroma equates to one of my all time favorite beers. It is almost close to perfection.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
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 SitkaSteve
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
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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Photo of CopeTech
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of TheHammer
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear pale close to sickly yellow colour but it makes up for it with ample carbonation and two fingers of solid head that produced ample lace and retained decently, but needed a little more push to make 5.

Smell: I've experienced unfiltered, full on hefe's that have a weaker nose then this, so top marks here. Banana up front with cloves, wheat malt and orange peel in the background. Didn't need a lot of warming to come out either. Not overpowering and something that entices you to drink.

Taste: Starts with mild wheat malt with a slight banana backing that slowly takes over as spicier cloves and fruity yeast come forward as a mild dusting of herbal hops finishes us off, although sometimes those hops fall a bit lame and offer a slight seltzer tone which stops it short of a perfect score.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp with excellent carbonation, superb transitioning, a nice light wheat, banana and clove aftertaste that doesn't get out of control. There's nothing bad that I can say.

Drinkability: Refreshing in extreme, way too easy to put down although surprisingly heavier then you'd think in your stomach. Part of that I think is the high carbonation, but part of it is just that's it's not as light that the crispness would have you believe. Still, very few complaints here.

Final Thoughts: Weihenstephaner markets itself as the world's oldest continuously operating brewery, which may in fact be true. Regardless of that though, it is easily one of the best brewery's around. This stuff is an incredible beer and practically the perfect example of the Kristalweizen. This is another exceptional beer brewed by the undisputed kings of Wheat beer.

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Photo of Jordyn
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this a couple days ago. Just such a great flavorful beer. Not that bitter and I can now remember the banana notes. I almost confused it with a buttery quality, that tasted great, but makes more since of banana. Over all great beer and great brewer. Also one of the best looking beers i have seen in a while.

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Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw/yellow color. A towering and rocky white head forms with excellent retention. Lots of sticky spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Husky wheat, fresh cut hay, earthy yeast up front. I love the earthy aroma here. Citrus and lemon peal come in next. Bread and biscuit aromas. Just excellent.
T: Again, excellent. Husky wheat along with the other earthy flavors. Hay and grass. Plenty of fruity esters. Orange and lemon rind. Banana and plenty of spice. Bread and biscuit flavors. I can not get enough.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp, effervescent, and very dry. Incredibly smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. All day with this.

This has tons of subtle character and is basically the definition of the style. I love it and would highly recommend this.

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Photo of GermanHero
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first beer I bought when I turned of age! Couldn't have asked for a better choice!

Smelt good, light but nothing too strong.

Tasted like the beer that was brewed in the little German village I stayed in when I went! Brought me back!

The feel is good, it fills your mouth but not the the point of over filled.

Clean and solid finish!

Defiantly drink again. Always in season and never a bad pairing

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Photo of dgilks
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear, gold colour. Big white head. Good retention.

Lots of banana in the aroma. Some clove and a hint of vanilla. I would like a touch more clove but there is good balance. Some wheat comes through too.

Big banana and clove yeast esters. Crisp, refreshing wheat. Realy well balanced. A hint of bubblegum.

A creamy, silky medium body flows into a light, spritzy finish. Classic weizen and it really works.

A great beer with lots of really nice flavour. I prefer the hefeweizen but this is still something special.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional appearance with rocky, meringue-like head that jiggles and retains well. Beautiful pale golden color that contrasts well with the white head.

Aromas of light fruit and fresh bread are noted.

On the palate this Kristalweizen offers a balanced blend of wheaty-malt, traditional hefe-weizen flavors of banana clove, and a light body that makes this one incredibly drinkable. Very, very appetizing for the next sip.

A classic Kristalweizen. One of the best, without a doubt.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured in my tradional weissbier way - pour slowly, then roll the remaining inch of weissbier in the bottle to mix up the brew and pour on the head. Produces a stunning thick 3 finger head blossoming just above the rim of my Tucher Weizen glass. Pale golden body, with lots of lively beading. Head remaing all the way down with lots of brussels lace. Fantastic

S- Fresh bread with bananas, typical weizen notes, smells super fresh,

T- Banana is beautifully strong in this beer, fading into a dry crisp finish, no watery finish which i have experienced in some hefe's.

M- medium carbonation, the first few drinks from the glass, include a lot of foam aswell, making a delightfully creamy mouthfeel with a fresh crisp finish

D- No alcohol apparent here at all, could drink this all summer long, so refreshing and crisp while retaining all the good weissbier character. This is definitely the benchmark for Kristallweizens everywhere. This beer is one of my first memories of getting into the world of better beer and its probably my all time fav summer day beer. Prost!

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Photo of hyland24
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. This beer as the name states poured a crystal clear gold so much so you could read a book through the glass. The smell was sweet banana now&later. The taste was awesome, pure banana. Such a clean great tasting beer. Light and crisp, a perfect representation of this style. A close tie between this and the Dunkel as my favorite of this style. Great beer and a great brewery. A must try for any Weiss fan.

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Photo of kshankar
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold/straw color, clear and pale, since its filtered. Fluffy head with good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma: Banana is apparent, but there is also some form of biscuit aroma from it. Good scent of wheat and yeast as well...really outstanding.

Taste: Everything is subtle. The banana, the wheat, the yeast, the spices, the citrus.

Mouthfeel: Thin, and light. The feel at first is pretty creamy on the tongue, almost like a buttery roll (which comes from the biscuit scent). Going down is crisp and refreshing

Drinkability: I could keep going with this, its really good. I'm highly impressed with this. Refreshing, subtle flavors and the lightness of a wheat create a very drinkable beer.

Overall, a great kristallweizen, and a great example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wschumac
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into .5 l Paulaner Weissbier glass. unsure about how the filtered weissbier would taste, this is my first.

A - Clear nice golden amber color. Poured with 4 finger head but did not last too long.

S - Typical weiss smell aroma a bit lighter not as fruity but definitely citrus and yeasty.

T - Excellent weissbier taste. Not too overpowering and very refreshing. sweet malts and not too overpowering.

M - smooth and very light mouthfeel. Not heavy at all.

D - excellent choice for summer day

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Photo of cdizinno
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date, just a code or lot number, '8189'

A: Clear golden yellow color, slim white head and minimal lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity aromas. Wheat malt in the nose.

T&M: Medium body with a crisp taste. Medium carbonation. Spicy clove character and mild fruity flavors are present. Hops are nearly nonexistent. Relatively clean after taste with some remaining spicy wheat flavors.

Great beer that I recieved in a beer of the month package. Will definitely try again!

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Photo of Morris729
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden color with a pillowy white head that slowly dissipates in chucks leaving a rocky lace. Nose is sweet and fruity with notes of ripe banana, vanilla, and clove. Light to medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste follows the template laid out in the aroma with flavors of creamy banana, spicy clove, and a bit of nutty yeast. Very refreshing and the best of this style I’ve ever had. Perfect for a warm spring day like today.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: clear pale gold/yellow, much more clean and clear than their normal hefe, no particles, also a 2 finger white head, retains longer than traditional hefe

smell: very similar notes to the hefeweiss beer, but everything is toned down a little bit, getting some coriander, clove, orange peel, bubble gum, slight vanilla

taste: Lots of citrus, banana, coriander, cloves, there's somewhat more of a bubble gum presence that's not as dominant in the hefe, this one also has less exotic spiciness and is overall a tamer version flavor wise, none the less the balance, smoothness, and drinkability is truly amazing. The finish leaves an awesome banana, coriander, orange peel aftertaste.

mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, more so than the hefe, medium bodied

overall: You don't see this style very much in the US, but it's obviously very popular in certain parts of Germany. As a hefe is already a pretty smooth beer by definition, this is basically an even smoother version. If you like hefes, you will like this, but this will also appeal more towards lager drinks as well as it's clear without any particles (if that's not your thing). A truly amazing perfectly balanced beer from one of the worlds oldest (and best) breweries.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 15th.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with an impressive head of foam that has good longevity.

Spicy spicy nose with notes of coriander and clove. .could make a fine perfume out of that!

Coriander, cloves, a bit of pepper, lemon zest. ..finishes dry with medium to medium high carbonation.

Well, what a bloody treat this is!!!

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Photo of moosiz
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big bottle into a 0.5l Weihenstephaner glass this brew looks amazing! A 1"+ billowing white head sits atop a crytal clear golden tower of steady carbonation. A couple drinks leave a nice heavy ring of lacing.

Smells much like the original style with some banana, citrus, and clove. But this one is very clean with not as much funk to it. If that is good or bad is up to the drinker.

Tastes great too! The flavors mingle together seemlessly and provide a nice thirst quenching punch followed by a slightly drying finish.
Yeasty/bready, little citric kick with cloves and peppery spice.

Very solid feel with a sweet crispness, finishes dry.

Quite drinkable. This one could be a pounder.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a weizen glass a beautifully pale golden yellow with an amazing pure white head and excellent lacing.

Smells strongly of bananas and sweet bread. Spicy clove notes are just enough to round out this kristall perfectly.

It's amazing how much of a "banana bread" taste you get out of this beer. Big cereal grain tastes, as a matter of fact, it tastes much like dry corn flakes or cheerios, that rich grainy taste they have. The slightest hint of hops, barely detectable at all, but I'll swear it's there.

Medium to thin body, with a grainy mouthfeel, due in part to the rough carbonation. It really adds to the flavor profile, IMO. Superbly drinkable.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.
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