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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
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797 Reviews
Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

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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Avg:
4.02
pDev:
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a fizzy white head of two fingers. The head fades relatively quickly, fading to leave a lighter level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy and bready smell mixed with aromas of some sweeter caramel and a bit of light fruits (banana, orange, and pear). Rounding out the aroma are some quite light but detectable aromas of some spice of clove and coriander as well as a yeasty cake aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and moderately caramel sweetened flavor. As the taste advances some of the yeast and spice greet the tongue with the caramel fading but being replaced by some lighter fruit flavors of banana and citrus. More toward the end, a somewhat grassy flavor comes to the tongue as well as the grainy tastes seeming to amplify to some extent, with the mix of flavors in the end, leaving a rather nice clean and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a brew of 5.4 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather nice for the blend of grainy malt, sweet, and lightly hopped flavors of the beer and make for a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A nice very easy drinking brew with some great blend of tastes making it a nice flavorful drinker.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with a soapy white head, good retention, good lacing, looks like your standard pilsner.

S: Heavy on the banana ester side of things, light clove, and actually what smells like a bit of smoke.

T: Definitely has the requisite Bavarian weissbier profile. Clove bite starts out the flavour, quick but provocative, light banana, with a great taste of bubblegum in the aftertaste.

M: Lacking, really felt like a light lager in my mouth, it's that fizzy.

D: Aside from the mouthfeel that could be beefed up a little bit, a really tasty weizen beer from Weihenstephaner, would buy again.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden straw yellow with a three finger head. Carbonation bubbles vigorously until the last drop. Leaves a little lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Flowers, wheat, slight banana esters and cloves. It is a very subtle odor. The carbonation makes its presence known as a stale odor on top of the pleasant ones. I'd expect more in the nose.

T - Very nice, a mild bitterness, grain, bananas, slight pine hops and cloves. Finishes with a wonderful banana bread aftertaste.

M - Smooth, not nearly as frothy or biting on the tongue as I expected from the powerful carbonation, which is wonderful. Refreshing.

D - This beer is pretty good around the board. With a bolder flavor and a more pleasant odor, this would not only be the archetypal Kristal Weizen, but also quite possibly my favorite beer. I really wish there were more Kristal Weizens around.

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Photo of mvcramer
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With so few authentic kristallweizens out there, this one was a refreshing summer beverage. It pours a very light golden color, almost looks like a light offering from an American mass domestic, but the pour produces a beautiful frothy white head. The head lasted for quite a while on top of a mildly fizzy beer. The aroma delivered the pleasant and expected estery and fruity notes, predominantly banana. Taste of wheat, but a nice crispness to it and finishes clean. It’s rare to have a tasty beer that really quenches your thirst AND provides a balanced flavor as well. Nice with lemon chicken dish.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow...crystal clear pale yellow with tons of tiny carbonation continually seeking the surface...snow white craggy head melts to very sticky lacing...really pretty.
Aroma is bubblegum and biscuit...drying yeast and spice scents very apparent as it warms up.
Taste starts with a softness of malt that quickly becomes the sweetness of banana and cloves and again, bubblegum...followed with a spicy pepper type bite of wheat...very spicy in fact.
Aftertaste remains with the spiciness....causing a pleasant drying.
Wonderful Kristall to style.
Clean, crisp, very complex yet balanced, and refreshing.

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Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of wheat, banana, some citrus and grassy notes, with some mild bitterness. Palate is a light to medium body, a crisp clean mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of wheat, sweet citrus and banana flavor, a bit of tart notes with some bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good, crisp and refreshing brew. Nicely done

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Photo of StevieW
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle. The guy at my local beer store loves this one, and always has it in stock. Pours kristall clear, as advertised, with the same big fizzy head as the other kristalls. Nice wheat, yeasty smell, some citrus, then a certain sourness took over. Some very noticable yeast flavors, but again, a very bitter sour finish that wasn't expected. Not as crisp and clean as the other kristalls I have had, and a bit heavier. For some reason the sourness, (maybe stale ?) flavors dominated. I would choose the franziskaner club-weiss over this one.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- clear hefe with big white head
- some clove which is pleasant but a banana scent is not as much
-a smoother better balanced hefe with less flavor as well
-perfect silk smoothness feel
- overall a great beer not big on the style but this would be a great example of that style

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice golden yellow with good carbonation and a medium white head, which dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavor were very strongly bread and wheat, with clove spice playing a big part in the taste as well. Unfortunately, palate was much too dry, and even slightly metallic. But a good beer.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This poured a deep golden, with a big sudsy head, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: faint malt and clove aroma, not much scent to pick-up on.

Taste:light spicy, banana, hint of clove.

Mouthfeel: watery light mouthfeel, with high carbonation, and a tangy finish.

Drinkability: Drinkability is fine, this would make a good session beer, I've had hefe's, I like better, but this one is just fine, and I would drink again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle for $2.99 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Served mostly cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Bright clear yellow brew with visible carbonation. A soft pour gives a generous 2" of frothy bleach white head that leaves thick whisps of lace on the glass.

S: Big does of banana immediately upon cracking the seal. In the glass it carries a big dose of starchy estery banana, then some melon, bitter banana peel, and an unappealing metallic twang.

T: Lots of banana, banana peel, similar to the aroma. Also some spicy cinnamon and coriander.

M/D: Light, crisp, and smooth with a healthy dose of carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. A bit too heavy on the banana, I wish it had some citrus or something else to give it some depth.

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Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 25th February 2016, poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured a crystal clear golden straw colour with a big three finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma: Light aromas of wheat and banana with hints of clove and honey.

Taste: Starts grassy with some citrus lemon followed by banana and some wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This was not a bad beer but I definitely prefer the unfiltered version which has stronger aromas and taste.

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Photo of Celt44
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a crystal clear light straw. Nice bubbly head and a slight lacing. Almost champagne-like

Aroma - Spices up front - clove, nutmeg, ginger. Malty towards the end..

Taste - ginger spice, clove. Tart towards the end...a candy-like flavor, sweettarts come to mind.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, again champagne-esque

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light, and refreshing. Very good for the style...

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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear light orange/amber beer, a very big white head leaving good lacing and some curtains.

The smell is spicy (cardamom, coriander, clove), citrus fruits (lemon, lime), ans some sugary sweetness.

The taste is spicy and citric. Lime with gingerbread.

Light carbonation, a fresh feeling rather watery.

A beer for a warm summers day. Compared to the hefe big brother it however has less smell, taste and body, sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a wheat beer glass

A - crystal clear medium gold with an initial large foamy head, excellent retention and small bits of spotty lacing.

S - fresh bananas, clove, grains, and grasses. None of the notes are overpowering.

T - I honestly feel this a pretty one dimensional beer. Nothing seems to change from start to finish. It is malt forward and dry.

M - good carbonation but a little watery.

O - This is a very lite easy to drink offering, probably perfect for a hot summer day. It just isn't very bold.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong, crisp sweet banana and spicy clove. Lots of white sugar. Wheat and pilsner malt. Big and bold aroma.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation, hard to control the pour. Huge bleach-white head. Great retention and moderate lacing. Pale yellow in color, lots of rising bubbles.

Taste: Moderate artificial banana and spicy clove. Mild ginger. Little yeast. Light aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body. A bit watery and champagne-like from the sharp carbonation bite. Very dry finish.

Overall: Bold aroma, lighter taste. A bit overcarbonated, which ends up stinging the tongue and covering the taste a bit.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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 Premo88
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: pale yellow, clear as glass; MASSIVE white head of foam that won't dissipate ... lasts and lasts and so solid I have no choice but to drink through it; head is at least 2 inches; a little stick, almost no lace, but the pour is a show.

S: sour bananas; sweet bubble gum; lemon; yeast

T: super sweet lemon yogurt; bananas; yeast and more yeast

F: a tad light but perfect for drinking lots and lots

O: wheat beers aren't my bag, but man is this good; super drinkable and fun to look at ... it puts on a show. it has just enough tartness to take a little off the sweet banana thing, which for me is perfect. at some point I'm going to get more serious about trying more of the wheat beer family, and I have a feeling this brew is going to stick in my top five ... right now it's No. 1.

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Photo of cncbofh
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fizzy almost soda pop carbonation and lingering white foamy head. Light golden color with a delicate aroma suiting to a Weissbier. Not mouch in the mouthfeel category, as it slipped by the palette with a bitter aftertaste. The taste was above average compared to other beers in the category.

Overall, a very good selection for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I had been buying the Hefe from this brewery as of late, and so she grabbed this one last night and we shared the bottle.

A: Poured from the bottle into a small brandy snifter. The beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a slight copper amber hue. Fizzy white head rose about two thirds of an inch, then settled down to about a half inch that retained throughout.

S: Scents of mild clove, slight banana, and earthy mineral water. Also a hint of bread in there too.

T: Mirrors the nose, but very lackluster in the sweet malt area. Pilsner malt, kiss of citrus, mild yeast esters.

M: Light and thin, high carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, but a little less satisfaction drinking this one in contrast to the Hefe for me. While it has the mineral quality, and balance, it lacks as much clove, and malt body of the Hefe. Likely it is just the style that is not as enjoyable to me, though I rarely see Kristalweizen's on the shelf either, and this being likely the epitome of the style, may just not be for me personally.

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear bright and yellow. Nice tall foamy head that exhibits excellent retention along with tons of lace. Non stop stream of tiny tiny bubbles rise to the top for the duration.

S: Subtle banana, wheat, and bread. Very light bubblegum with clove notes.

T: This one is a hefe light. Clove up front, with hints of banana and bubblegum. A lighter in flavor version of a hefe.

M: Very light, zippy carbonation, crisp finish.

D: Good, I like bolder beers so I would take a hefe over this one, that being said this one is solid.

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Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with fresh date on back

A- clear and golden with very good carbanation. almost see though like liquid glass

S- very grassy and clean hop smells coming though for me. not much malt if any.

T- super clean with hop notes somewhat presant but more carbanation than anything. could easily knock back a sixer with no problem.

M- very thin and bubbly. great beer for a spicy meal or a hot day. also good for backyard work. nice and refreshing.

O- my first for this style and i enjoyed it alot. will try to seek out others to compare to. a very solid beer i would love to have around all year.

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Photo of leantom
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but the hefe' simply blows it out of the water. Here goes:

A: Good. Relatively clear but slightly hazy straw color. Pours a very large head and has adequate carbonation. Lacing is minimal, however.

S: Very grainy and grassy. Lightly-kilned cereal malt complemented by grassy hops. Some lemon as well. Good, but graininess isn't exactly a virtue.

T: More complex than the smell, which is good. The beer, however, tastes a lot like a muted hefeweissen. Some of the banana and wheat of the traditional weihenstephaner hefeweissen complemented by grassy hops and yeast. Good, but the regular hefeweissen is just so much more robust.

F: Too light and watery.

O: Good beer, but I don't mind drinking from cloudy beer if it tastes better.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear dim golden colored brew with a massive pillow of white foam on top that gradually dies down leaving lace all over the glass. The aroma is loaded with yeast and a little breadiness. Slight bits of citrus also hit the nose, but not enough to balance the blast of yeast.

The flavor is a bit more balanced than the aroma. There is a whole lot of yeast flavor and bready grains. Citrus comes in a bit to balance. The flavor is a bit toned down from what I would like. I am very surprised at the amount of yeast in the aroma and the flavor despite it not sitting at the bottom of the bottle. The mouthfeel is very crisp. It is light and refreshing which makes it a great drinker. You could surely sit back with a few of these. It may get a bit boring with very little complexity, but it is still a good brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The head eventually reduces to 1 finger of bubbles, but never leaves. Some spotty lacing. Beer is clear and full of rising bubbles.

Decent yeast, banana, tropical fruit, and musty grain aromas. I stuck my nose in the glass looking for them and...there they are.

The best description is that this is a milder version of a good hefe. Sweet wheat, soft raw grain, light spice bite, and a very clean finish (almost the same type of flavor in the finish you get from seltzer water). Flavors are very clean and crisp, and a bit muted.

Light bodied and carbonated. It makes it very easy drinking, but that differs a bit from drinkability. I could see how one could put many of these down if they were available to them. My only drawback to this beer is...why drink this style at all? The flavors that I enjoy in this are found in more robust versions, so why do this? Probably pairs great with food, and would never get in the way of stronger flavors while cleaning the palate. I encourage people to try this, just because it is very good, but I don't know when I'll revisit again.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
90 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.
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