Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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 BeerSingh
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into weizen glass

A: very bright gold body with streaming lines of carbonation. very dense bright white head. bustling. good retention and thick lacing.

S: the aroma is very banana-y. no hop aromas. a little bit clove-like as well. the banana is impressive/interesting considering the yeast has been removed.

T: a very obvious, but light, banana flavor. chewy, flavorful wheat. finish is a little sweet and leaves a pleasant fruitiness on the palate.

M: moderate carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: very tasty brew. easy drinking with plenty of fruit presence. wouldnt hate to come across more of these in the future.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up yesterday at Rick's in Alexandria, VA for $2.99. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first beer in the kristalweizen style; one more down, only 5 to go.

a - Pours a very transparent bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Head only lasts for a minute and leaves no lacing. Very carbonated, bottle was a very slow gusher when I opened it.

s - Smells of cloves, wheat, musty notes, earthy notes, bready malts, and very light bananas. Nice and crisp, getting more spices than bananas or fruit. While I like it, the musty notes drop it a tiny bit for me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, wheat, bready malts, grains, earthy notes, and light floral notes. More hefeweizen notes than the nose and more bananas, though seems a little bit like a watered down version of their hefe. Still very nice though and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Was actually expecting it to be too carbonated based on the look but thankfully it wasn't. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer and I enjoyed it. It isn't my favorite Weihenstephaner beer, but for the style it was exactly what I was expecting. A good beer I'd certainly have agan, though personally I'd get their classic hefeweizen over this.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super clear pale straw with amazing white head.

The smell consists of slight banana and clove along with some bready character. It is all kept in balance and nothing takes front stage.

The taste is also evenly balanced with the usual hefe qualities but with a slightly lighter body and a crispness that isn't usually found in the non kristal versions.

Overall I'm glad I finally decided to pick up this style. It is slightly different but no worse than the non filtered version. I would prefer this with a big burger as it seems to not fill you up as much.

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Photo of seesnow3
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large wine glass (forgot to check freshness)

Pour-Huge head, thick and fluffy, yet runny lacing, heavy effervescence, fades but holds for a long time (I tested it for 40 minutes), brilliant golden color

Nose-Lemon peel, wheat, spices (clove)

Palate-Sweet, bitter, a little bit spicy and drying, light citrus and wheat

Body-For wheat it has a heavy effervescence, medium light flavor, light weight, crisp

Finish-Wheat, sour citrus notes, excellent, certainly my favorite wheat beer out of several tasted by far

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is sort of a lighter version of the flagship hefeweizen. To me it’s very similar but a little crisper, cleaner, and more summery. Not quite as flavorful or aromatic. Still, it’s quite good and extremely easy to drink. As the name implies it’s very clear and light gold in color with a smaller head and less impressive lacing that the original. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and full of wheat, with the obvious banana/clove profile and hints of lemon and other citrus notes.

Flavor is also distinct and light but still yeasty and spicy; coriander and clove are in there with the wheat, mildly sweet malt, and mostly banana amongst the fruits. Finish is very clean, carbonation is lively, goes down easy. An exceptionally quenching brew but a bit less interesting than the original hefe. Probably wouldn’t buy this one all that often; the standard is light and refreshing enough for me with a bigger and better taste and aroma.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours clear golden with a huge, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, cloves and banana. Light, creamy body. Wheat malt, yeast, a lot of cloves, banana and some bubble gum fill the mouth. Medium, spicy finish. All attributes of good Hefeweizen are present in this brew except hefe in the bottle.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Wow, super clear. Great head and retention on this. A solid one finger was left the whole time. A very nice pale straw color.

S- Smells like a hefe. But obviously it isn't. A little less of a dominant wheat smell than a traditional hefe would have, but it's still nice.

T-Taste is good. A beer that Has a bunch of flavors that just meld with each other nicely. A grassy hop profile, while still having that yeasty esters of a nice hefe. A sweet malt backbone.

M-Pretty nice. Carbonation is spot on, but all of the weihenstephaner brews are.

O-Pretty good beer here. There beers are perfect examples of what the style should be. Really setting the benchmark.

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden straw colour with a pale white fluffy head with a nice lacing.

S - Banana and cloves but definately not as pronounced as the Hefe.

T - Wheaty with light notes of banana, malt, cloves and I also get a trace of apple in there somewhere.

M - Medium body with light to medium carbonation

O - A very nice refreshing beer that can be enjoyed at any occasion. Not as full on in flavour as the Hefe but very nice nevertheless.

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Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden yellow with very quickly rising carbonation to a thick, frothy white head.

The aroma is of light clove and wheat notes.

The taste follows the nose, with clove upfront, but is followed by a very faint banana finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with very active carbonation.

Very similar to their Hefeweizen, just a bit more subdued in the flavors and nose. Still quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of tony223366
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on June 7, 2011.

A: Very, very clear. Light straw golden color. What a difference from their Hefeweizen! Fluffy pale white head with really nice lacing. The head likes to stick around and I don't mind.

S: Cloves up front with a hint of bananas. I couldn't discern any hops.

T: The taste follows the nose. More cloves and spices with a hint of bananas. Tiniest bit of alcohol does cut through for me though.

M: Light body but the sharp carbonation adds a creamy feel in the end.

O: Very clean flavors throughout. I do enjoy this but I think I do care for the original more.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold with an enormous 5 finger cloud-like fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet grains with banana and clove in the background. The aroma is like a slightly subdued version of their hefeweizen.

Taste: Sweet grain and clove up front followed by banana in the middle before ending with just a touch of phenols at the finish. Aftertaste is very light with just a bit of banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Goes down so smooth, you could drink this all night.

Overall: Very good beer overall. It's hard to go wrong with anything Weihenstephaner offering. This is no exception.

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Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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 RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color, exceptionally clear and very translucent. Looks like a macro American pilsner, only it's got an amazing white head that stands for a good stretch of time before eventually falling onto itself in a carbonated implosion.

Smells like their hefe with the banana and cloves.

The banana and cloves come through in the taste, but I didn't care for it much.

There's a complexity with this beer, as it sweet and malty up front, a bit spicy in the middle, and then a combination of sour and somewhat watered down in the swallow.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I didn't care much for this beer. It's ok with all the scores, but it did nothing for me. I think it was the slightly watered down finish that brought the overall score down.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a bell-clear clear golden yellow tone while yielding a massive 3"+ frothy white head. moderate retention, leaves behind some lacing in patches.

nose is very similar to the weihenstephaner hefeweizen, just a more subdued version - which is just as expected. soft notes of banana, malt, and a bit of clove. understated for sure.

taste is nice. banana, clove, grainy malt. light bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying the hell out of this beer. maybe it's because i haven't had one in a few days and so my perception is distorted, maybe it's because i was just in the mood for a lighter beer, or maybe it's simply because this is a great brew. there's a certain 'the whole being more than the sum of its parts' quality to it. drinks very easily. perfect for those occasions where you're in the mood for something lighter, crisper, and yet still very flavorful.

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Photo of madvoice
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow with a foamy head that hangs around for a while and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells sweetly of citrus and bananas and cloves.

Very moreish flavour. Very wheaty and sweet with a hint of cloves and spice.

Not too heavy on the carbonation. Clean, crisp and very refreshing.

This is so drinkable I'm kicking myself for not buying more.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - comes out pale pale yellow almost looks like watered down beer. big carbonation bubbles present in the body. big foamy white head with decent retention.

S - coriander lemon orange peel quite a intricate nose was not expecting it at all.

T - coriander lemon are very present with cracker malt working in the background. hint of orange peel in there as well. this is just one damn fine beer.

M - light bodied with medium to high carbonation. bit of bitterness felt but just a bit.

O - wow this is definitely one of my favorite beers by these guys and i wish it was available all the time (but i guess the fact it isn't just adds to it).

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Photo of 2xHops
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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 FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

754th Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen
16.9 oz

Bottle code 3081

App- It's clear, yellow, bubbly from the bottom up and has a huge head on it. The head falls with a hockey puck down the glass. Nice lines and cling.

Smell- Exactly like I thought it would. Just a lighter Hefe from this brewery. Yeasty, banana, clove, spice.

Taste- This is a really light hefe, but still really well done none the less. It was over 100 here in So. Cal last night and this was light, yeasty, crisp and refreshing. A nice balance of wheat vs yeasty and the banana vs spice notes.

Mouth- Almost a light body with a high carb feel. Lots of banana and yeast residual flavors.

Taste- A very good light crisp clean beer for 5% I really enjoy all of Weihenstephaners offerings and cant beat the $ point.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served the 16oz bottle into my Weizen glass on a hot summer day.

A: I need to start by saying that I got a bad pour from this one. The head was huge because when my friend brought the bottle he probably moved it all over the place. Unfortunate but that's what happened. The body was very wild with bubbles from carbonation all over the place, most likely because the bottle was agitated. Clear golden body.

S: some banana and spices present, a bit hard to tell because of the incident I had with the bottle.

T: I wasn't able to fully enjoy this because of the huge foamy head that overshadowed everything else, but I could feel banana, herbal elements, citrus and some wheat in the palate.

M: light to medium body, clean and fresh feel

O: I'll need to go back to this one and give it another shot to be more fair. From what I could tell, it's a very good beer in its style but I think I still prefer the Tucher Kristall.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow into the glass leaving a nice white head.

Smells of classic German hefe profile. Lots of spiciness with some banana and a little clove.

Very light crisp flavor profile. You can taste the spice from Noble hops and it finishes with a little banana flavor with just a touch of clove.

Very light mouthfeel with high carbonation levels.

An outstanding example as I would expect from Weihenstephaner. Not overpowering on the clove which is usually what kills most beers of similar styles for me.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass. A bright light gold in color with a fluffy stark-white head. Decent lacing. Looks refreshing.

Aroma gives off that traditional German style malt profile we (I) know, love, and come to expect. There’s some faint but definitely noticeable fruit esters hanging out – think banana and faint melon.

The taste profile consists of cracker-like malt with notes of banana and just a little clove. A trace of wheat grain is there.

Mouthfeel is refreshing yet smooth - almost as if there was a touch of honey in there.

Very agreeable. Tasty yet light. Went well with prosciutto and pineapple pizza. "Summer ales" step aside – kristallweiss is here.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihensthephaner Kristall Weissbier

Appearance: 16.9 oz bottle into its proper branded weizen glass. Clear and filtered gold with a simply massive pillowy white foamy cap. Lace coats the glass, and overall this is an impressive looking brew.

Smell: Similar to the Weihenstephaner Hefe, this aroma is full of fruity yeast esters (banana, bubblegum, clove) and some wheat malt backing it all up.

Taste: Light flavor overall, wheat and spicy Saaz/Tettnang hopping combines with a clove like yeast character. Mild lemon and tea like flavors also come from the oily hops. Filtering this brew mutes the banana and bubblegum elements that were apparant in the nose, which lets the hops come through a bit more than they normally would. Mildly bitter, some wheat flavors, very easy on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation levels are good, clean, crisp albiet thin.

Overall: This is the lighter alternative to the standard Hefeweizen and a kindred spirit to the American Pale Wheat Ale style. Light wheat elements and pleasing overall character makes for excellent drinkability. Still, something inside me is saying "they filtered the good stuff out", but that is because their Hefeweizen is nothing short of amazing. This is good, however, and a solid choice for a summer session beer.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow-golden in color with truly brilliant clarity. Tall, dense, white, creamy head with good retention.

Aroma-Bready wheat with a good deal of spicy clove phenolics. Light banana notes and some pear as well. Spice character is excellent.

Flavor-Banana first, followed by bready wheat and high clove phenolics. Spritzy and delicious. Thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Carbonation is quite soft and the wheat contributes to a fuller than expected, dextrinous mouthfeel.

A solid german wheat beer, though the clarity is quite impressive. Not quite as tasty or aromatic as the standard weihenstephaner hefeweissbier, but quite good anyways.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here’s my next adventure into the world of Weihenstephaner: the Kristallweissbier. I’m not too keen on the idea of a filtered hefe, but these guys know what they’re doing. After all, when it comes to beer, it never hurts to put your trust in Germany.

A: Wow, what a dazzling look! It’s a stunning gold, shining brilliantly in every light. The fizz is incredible: there’s so many bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass that it’s mesmerizing at times. The head, once a sudsy white monstrosity, now stands on top of the body like a thick cream. Medium lacing. When people think of the perfect-looking beer, something like this has to come to mind.

S: Lemony-bright cloves are first in this beer’s mild nose; that wheat presence is undeniable. Yeasts are apparent as well, though milder still. I’m getting them as the normal banana bread notes, but in a way that more fully blends with the brighter grains – the yeasts just aren't as big in a filtered beer, so they’re not as striking. Sweet grains come through along the end, as well, rounding off this weizen’s temperate nose.

T: Sweet on the front end; that’s odd for a weizen. I guess since the musty yeasts aren’t there to kick me right out of the gate, the mild sugars of the wheat are able to get through without much trouble. Anyway, I’d describe these tastes as fruity and slightly grainy, like a bowl of Wheaties with sliced strawberries on top. It’s a fleeting flavor profile, though; I only get a few tastes before it hides behind the dim yeasts. They provide some slightly sticky banana notes and an herbal element every now and again, but that’s about it. The aftertaste is almost non-existent, basically consisting of those muted banana tastes from the yeast. Not a lot going on here, really; it’s still good, though.

M: Crisp, refreshing, and undeniably drinkable. I love how easily every beer from Weihenstephaner goes down, and this is their most quaffable selection yet.

O: I’m glad that there are two distinct styles for filtered and unfiltered hefe’s; they really aren’t in the same league. I would definitely prefer the yeast tastes that I got from Weihenstephaners unfiltered offering every time. This is a still a good beer, though; I especially like how drinkable it is (which would not have been possible if the yeasts were not muted). This isn’t really a style that I’ll be too keen to explore, though, due to the large number of excellent hefeweizens out there. These shining, filtered beauties do have their place, however – what’s a better German party beer than this?

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,907 ratings