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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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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Photo of PatrickJR
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Pale gold, perfectly clear. Three fingers of creamy head rise with decent retention. Some lacing.

S - Banana is very obvious, but there's also a pilsner-like quality, maybe some spicy hops shining through.

T - Is this really a kristal...or a genuine hefe? Wonderful. Blatant banana flavor is most prevalent with accompanying sweetness. Flavor mellows out a bit mid palate with some biscuit and wheat malt coming through, a bit like a helles lager. The finish begins with a slight sourness and then, again like a pils, a slight spicy character comes through. Finish is very clean.

M - Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. Nothing really stand out, but it's perfectly solid.

D - Until now I thought of kristals as a "weak-weizen" but this has blown my mind. The difference between this and lesser hefes is nearly indistinguishable. The perfect kristalweizen.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, light golden color. Nice 2 finger head, with solid retention.

Aroma is all about the wheat and banana. Little bit of citrus peaks through, but overall, it smells extremely close to that of a banana-flavored Laffy Taffy.

Nicely balanced beer. The wheat is present throughout the sip, but doesn’t fully peak until the end of the sip. A bit earthiness and grassiness. Some subtle notes of bubblegum and a kick citrus add a bit of complexity but not to the point that this beer is complicated. Easy drinking. On the higher end of a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is just such an easy drinking, delicious beer. Not something you need to sit and analyze, though you definitely can if you want! I see this pairing well with just about anything, though a summer BBQ with ribs and potato salad sounds just about perfect! It gets a 90.5/100

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle into a .5L HB stein.

Appearance: Poured a lovely golden orange yellow color with a very nice 3 finger head that was light, yet fluffy. Nice lacing down the glass aswell.

Smell: nice citrusy, wheaty aromas with hints of apricots and bananas. Very fresh and light smelling with minor clove and orangy scents too.

Taste: Very smooth. Absolutely delicious tasting. Bananas, orange, citrus, lemon, pastry dough, yeast, all of that came through.

Mouthfeel: Nice texture to the beer. If anything a little bit more carbonated that I like, but comparing it with other hefeweizens it was pretty much on point. Could use a little bit of resting before drinking to rid some of the carbonaation.

Drinkability: Nice light, refreshing delicious beer. I could drink more and more of this beer.. if only I picked up more at the store... :(

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pours clear gold, had a runaway head on this one.

smell is clovey, almost nutty.

taste is fantastic, banana notes all over this. clean taste, goes down damn smooth.

this is fantastic, one of the best beer's i've had in a long time that isn't an IPA or stout.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color and clear with strong carbonation and a beautiful head that foamed up nicely and had some good retention.

Smell – Big, fluffy wheat characterizes this nose. The yeast and light fruiting make up the typical Kristal Weizen aroma.

Taste – Wonderful example of the style. The yeast and light fruits, predominantly bananas and peach, make up the delicate yet distinctive taste.

Mouthful – This also was very authentic. IMO, the mouthfeel of a weizen is the most important aspect of the style and that which is most often missed. Here though it is terrific. The body is light yet fluffy in the cheeks. The carbonation dances around the tongue.

Drinkability – Great for in between meals, especially on this Christmas Day. I will definitely buy again.

Update – I love a good Kristal Weizen and this is the only good one that I’ve had in the US. I decided to re-rate it with a 2004 vintage since my original review was in 2003.

This nose is just huge. I don’t remember it being this big. It’s gorgeous, really, and heavy on the yeast which is how I like it. It’s the same at the taste. This is a solid 4.5 overall and by far my favorite example of the style that I’ve had in the US. Nothing else that I’ve sample even comes close.

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Photo of Beejay
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear, pale straw with plenty of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head is a massive, thick, white giant. It is like a dense cloud of awesome floating over my brew.

S: Banana and clove come out right away. There is almost a slight sea breeze quality to this, just slightly salty.. Maybe my sniffer is broken.. I pick up a hint of bread. Smells good anyway.

T: Banana and clove come straight through, although in a bit more of a gentle way. Very clean and crisp. Quite a lovely brew indeed.

M: Light to medium light in body. Clean, and crisp. Carbonation seems about right for the style.

D: Everything I wanted and expected from the style. Clean, refreshing and easy drinking. This sucker goes down very easy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier has an extremely thick, rocky, dense, white head and a clear, yellow-golden, bubbly appearance, with heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is predominately of coriander, with some background white bread. Taste is of coriander spice, white bread, sugar, and there is just the faintest bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier finishes somewhat crisp, mostly dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a clear pale yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of wheat banana and clove
T: taste is banana, creamy wheat and some light clove and spice. swallow is more banana and pear with some more clove and wheat with some ever so slight bitterness
M: light and creamy on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A very tasty wheat beer with good flavors and excellent balance. Try it if wheats are your thing

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow color, voluminous white head that takes its time to dissipate, leaves good lacing

Smell: Much cleaner nose than their Hefeweizen, I smell bananas, pears, wheat, and a little light malt.

Taste: Again, a much cleaner taste than the Hefeweizen. Bananas, pears, wheat, light malt, clove, and a touch of nuttiness. I'm assuming the absence of the yeast contributes to the cleaner taste and nose.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, crisp carbonation, very refreshing. Would make for a good hot summer day beer. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Very good. I would more likely go for other styles by Weihenstephaner, but I could see myself getting this again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 6 May 16
500 ml Bottle
Code: 7445

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden yelllow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick/creamy white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, yeasty, banana/clove/spices. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, slight hop note, some very nice banana/clove notes, and some spiceyness. Medium body, with a slightly bitter/dry finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Recommended.

Pours a clear golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, nice small foamy white head, nice lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, yeast, banannas, clove, and some spices. The taste is malty/hoppy, the belgium yeast, and a little spicy. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, another very good brew from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-On tap at the Tap and Table in a Weisse glass. This was my first Kristall Weisse and I was amazed at the clarity and beautiful gold color. Very unlike a Hefe-Weisse. Lots of carbonation and I small lingering fluffy head.
S- Wonderful ripe bananas.
T- The taste is fantastic. Maybe a little more banana than clove as compared to the Hefe. Very smooth.
MD- This is as creamy as the Hefe and just as easy drinking. This is an all around fantastic beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cyrstal clear with many streams of effervescent bubbles racing to replenish the foamy, rocky aromatic head. This hue of the brew is deceptively light. Remarkable head retention. Aroma is very appealing. The bananas and yeast don't pull any punches. Lemony fragrances grace my nostrils, as do a little grainy wheat. Taste is typical of the quality of I have come to expect from Weihenstephan. Slightly more refined than their regular hefe weizen, to be expected from the filtering process. Flavor begins mildy acidic, with the bitter lemons up front. Gritty wheat compliments uber-smooth pale malt flavor. Towards the end, the clovey bananas jump up and linger into the finish. Moderate carbonation works well with this style, adding a crispness that even affects the aftertaste. After swallowing, you are left with spicy, sparkling bananas. Very pleasing to the palate. Easy drinking weizen bier, Weihenstephan has another winner here.

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Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottle poured into a weizen glass. Part of batch 1438 and comes in at 5.4%.

A-Crystal clear straw yellow with a crackling 2 finger white head. The head slowly goes down to a one finger level. Tons of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. This one looks like a thirst quencher.

S-Lots of the usual weiss suspects. Fruit such as green apple and banana as well as a minimum amount of clove and as it warms some bubblegum notes.

T-A whole lot like it smells. The sweet fruits come fast followed by wheat and some clove. The aftertaste is very reminiscent of banana bread.

M-Lighter bodied and very crisp due to the great great amount of carbonation. The lasting head gives this one a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D-Refreshing and it goes down way too easy.

Another great on from Weihenstephaner. The lower abv coupled by its refreshing character make this a great beer that I will seek out many more times.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Sampled last night also on 10/1/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $2.99. From the World's Oldest Brewery (1040 AD). Bottle chille down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5l 'Weihenstephaner 2014 World Cup' veissber vase glass.

This 'Kristalweizen' ( From BA: "A filtered version of a Hefeweizen, showcasing bright and clear bodies from pale straw to light amber. Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle.") pours a clear light golden-yellow in color with a thick 3+-finger foamy white head that finally settles down to a good 3mm or so. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped, even ring-like and sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of wheat but doesn't look like one and has some spice in there also of bananas and cloves. The same with the taste with some nice sweetness. Lighter to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very tasty with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Never had this style of brew before but it is good. PROSIT!

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Photo of snpub540
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful clear golden hue with a puffy white 1/2" head that left some clingy lacing on the glass. Nice fizzy carbonation but not overly carbonated.

Smell was of bananas end cloves. The exact smell I was looking for. Also the smell of wheat.

Taste was very fresh. Slight hop bitterness but the weizen yeast flavors stole the show. Bubblegum, banana and clove made my mouth water.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the carbonation was almost perfect in the palate. An awesome beer to drink on a hot day for its refreshing qualities. A great alternative to the unfiltered hefeweizens on the market.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier |
Brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, with an ABV of 5.40% This brew pours out a golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier is rich with grins and malts. There is some other earth tones and hops in the smell of this brew. You may also pick up on some skunked smell in this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors and sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. First you pick up on the earthly grains and malts then the smooth slight bitterness of hops. Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier goes down nice and smooth, I can't get over how smooth this brew is. There is nothing overpowering about Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier, this brew has a super nice balance to it. This is a nice fine smooth drinking brew. The mouthfeel of this brew is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truely a sight to behold. Poured into my Hacker-Pschorr Weisse glass, with a 2 1/2" head billowing over the top of gold liquid that is not surprisingly "Kristall" clear. The visible carbonation is also very beautiful. Cloves, bananas, malt, and a little hops are all present in the nose of this beer. Taste is very malty , with spicy clove flavors making themselves evident again, smooth aftertaste, all the flavors come together to make this a light, flavorful, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of 2xHops
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at a local watering hole. The beer was poured into a tall glass that really showed off the qualities it has to offer.

There was a rich, frothy, lively foam of a head. The color is appropriate for what a filtered beer should be. I understand this is a filtered hefeweizen, so the beer does look very inviting and "clean."

While I am not accustomed to drinking a kristalweizen at all, I found the beer to be surprisingly pleasant. My first thought was, "This is a light version of hefeweizen?" There's more muted flavor profile in this style, so it really does taste light and more refreshing than hefeweizen beers. I can pick up more subtle notes of citrus, banana, and perhaps very light trace of oranges? This was interesting for me because I know this beer was made in a traditional fashion, but yet it still really tastes very good.

Since it's filtered, the beer does feel light and soft on your palate. This was actually refreshing for me as I came into the bar from 85 degrees weather at 10:30pm.

Overall, I would want to try more beers in this style, but I really was enjoying this one. I would drink it more, and I definitely will want to compare this to their Hefeweissbier someday.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at Apex in Portland from a Weihenstephaner weiss glass. Pours a clear but rich golden color with a 2"
tall white head. Smells of the traditional clove and banana, of course not as much of a yeast smell as the Hefe. Flavor is a little less complesx than the hefe, it retains the same elements of clove and banana, I can taste a little more hops in this than I recall in the Hefe. Mouthfeel is great, very clean and refreshing. Overall, a very drinkable beer. I think personal preference would decide what you may like more this or the hefe. This will certainly be a beer that I share with friends in the future to get them more interested in craft beer.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time trying this style, but I knew what to expect. I assume this is the Weihenstephaner Weisse filtered.

A-Beautiful lager golden, clear body with a sticy white wheat head. Steady carbonation coming from the bottom.

S-Huge clove, wheat smell. A grassy, sweet kick makes you want a sip badly.

T-Great weisse beer taste with a nice clove kick at the finish. The fruitiness is subdued, but noticable. A very mild hop presence is tough to detect over the wheat.

M-Tough to be much smoother than this. The cabonation leaves a little sharpness to the body, but it goes down with little resistance.

D-Wouldn't be a problem to drink this all night and day. I am a sucker for a good weisse, kristal or otherwise.

Filtered or not, this beer is awesome and extremely easy to drink. Could be a great "Crossover" beer to the unfortunate BMC ones.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner glass. Light golden and perfectly clear with a 3 finger head. Gorgeous.

S: Bananas and bubble gum

T: Bananas, bubblegum, and clove. Spicy on the tongue and oozing with flavor. Lingering yeasty banana notes.

M: Light bodied with a semi dry finish.

O: Just a perfectly crafted beauty. Can easily drink a few of these at 5.4% in the summer time on the porch but I'm fine with drinking this in the blizzard right now too. Not a fan of wheat beers really, but this is magnificent.

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Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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 skrib09
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

almost crystal clear dull yellow. the head looks like a medium-stiff meringue... fluffy, almost white, great retention.

i get a whiff of bananas right off the bat. i like bananas. some breadiness.

tastes really clean and refreshing to me. this reminds me of summer time. crisp bready flavors with a hint of banana and some earthiness coming through.

hearty mouth feel yet refreshing at the same time. it's almost palate cleansing.

great drinkability.

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Photo of dcotom
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in a glass. Pours a light, crystal-clear golden yellow with a thick, pure white head and clouds of carbonation rising continuously. Clean taste and crisp finish, pleasant but not overbearing on the spice. Highly recommended.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,820 ratings.
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