Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

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#3,049
Reviews:
841
Ratings:
1,916
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy one finger head that faded rather quickly and left well, nothing behind.

S - Very nice, just like the hefe. Good bananas and cloves and spice notes. The strength of the banana is rather impressive considering this is a kristal.

T - Nice taste here. More of those solid cloves and bananas backed by those light light spices. The flavours are strong and not limp but quite assertive. This again, quite impressive considering all the yeast has been filtered out.

M - Nice carbonation keeps it good and tingly though it does feel slightly thin/watery without the chewiness of the yeast.

O - Overall this stuff was rather tasty. Glad I finally got to try this style. Its pretty good, would buy it again for the price and would love to try this stuff legitimately fresh from Germany.

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Photo of thearsenal
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Bottled July 7, 2010. Probably wouldn't have bought it had the bottling date been visable through the packaging.

A: Thick, fluffy head with outstanding retention and regeneration.

S: Banana, clove and bubblegum.

T: Banana and spice. Some acidity or brightness on the roof of the mouth balances the sweetness. Crisp without much aftertaste. Lighter on the palate than the unfiltered.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I prefer the unfiltered.

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Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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Photo of PolarBear3
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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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,916 ratings