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 InsolublePancake
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal-clear light gold with an enormous white head that sticks around for quite some time.

S- Very nice spicy clove aroma with that chalky weizen yeast in the background. Good sour malt backing.

T- Very light in flavor. Soft bubblegum and clove flavors with a light vegetal character. Finishes dry with almost no bitterness.

M- On the light side of medium and very highly carbonated, yet somewhat soft and creamy. Quite nice.

This is a very good beer and a great quencher for a summer day. The flavor could be a little better perhaps, but it's still quite nice. I'd get it again for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephan signature glass.

A - Clear amber colour with a lovely fluffy head and solid lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and malt. Maybe just a touch of aniseed in there as well.

T - Initially same as the aroma - sweet vanilla and malt. Big hit of vanilla at first with some malt lurking in the background. Soft mango & banana flavours coming through on further consumption.

M - Slight creaminess at first but surprisingly bitter for this style.

O - Nice example of the style, easily one of the best. Not as harsh as some other kristal beers but still not exactly comforting.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very limited carbonation that subsides quickly to a limited head, light yellow, pale urine gold

S: a cloying sweetness with notes of rice and sugary malt

T: This is difficult to define because it is almost non-existent. You taste it and within a second it imparts a mild sweetness, a hint of biscuit and is gone. The water is the predominate flavor on the palate. Slight tartness for a fleeting moment is the most noteworthy aspect of the beer and it is gone as soon as it begins, welcoming another sip almost antagonistically.

M: The mouthfeel is amongst the lightest I have ever experienced, as soon as it initiates it shuts down like a computer with boot sector problems, there is no coating, no maltiness imparted on the palate. you could brush your teeth and then drink this with little reprocussions. A forgettable experience to both mout

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What was his name? John? James? Jerem- I can't even recall. It was as though that trip to the generic predictable restaurant didn't even happen. I think I had the ahi tuna, no, well there was that one moment when he...what was it? I was something mildly sweet and interesting, for a fleeting second. Oh he made a small crane out of the bill. Totally forgetable.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 bigrzman
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 500ml bottle and poured it into my wheat beer glass at a 55 degree serving. Pours out very clear straw color with plenty of carbonation and a rich frothy white head that lingers and laces, truly beautiful. Smells of rich banana bread and apricots and fruity esters. The taste is of rich malts, banana, apricot, and bread like a great wheat beer should. Mouthfeel is bubbly, cloying and has a balance of wet/dry feel. Overall this is an excellent Kristalweizen. Its beauty is one to behold drinkability is high and overall a world class in its style.

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Photo of BostonBiosafety
4.7/5  rDev +16%
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 Daredevil
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

according to Michael Jackson there are certainly banana flavours, perhaps blackcurrant, some tasters even have found mango .... to be honest I didn't find any of these flavors (maybe a bit of the bananas) ...
the smell is fresh, quite hoppy .... the taste in my view would rather consist of honey, rock melon and hints of basil ....

Kristall Weissbier is apparently one of the signature brews of Weihenstephaner ... no doubt this is an interesting even great brew, however, personally I prefer the unfiltered version of wheat beers ...

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Photo of goblue3509
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright crystal clear golden color with a big thick soapy frothy head which gives way to skim and leaves lines of lace. The aroma is of bananas clove and yeast, a nice inviting but not over powering aroma. The taste is much like a hef it is yeasty with nice notes of banana and clove. Not as roasty and smoky as a hef. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer and very easy drink. You could easily make it a session beer.

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

A. Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow with a two finger creamy white head that slowly dissipates leaving lots of residual lacing. Great looking other than the pale yellow (which I'm not a fan of, but is likely characteristic for the style).

S. Like a wheat beer: banana, cloves, some bready malt, and some spicy yeastiness.

T. Wheat again - banana and cloves with some nice spiciness to finish it out. I can't believe a beer this low in alcohol (compared to standard american micros) and this pale can have this much flavor (without being a sour). As it warms some other light fruit flavors - pear, white grape, melon - start to reveal themselves.

M. Tons of creamy carbonation that completely fills your mouth.

D. Another solid beer from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale gold with three fingers of pure white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Not unexpected from Weihenstephan.

Smell: I get a combination of banana, cloves, a bit of yeast. Soft and subtle, but aromatic.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Banana, clove, yeast, and wheat malt. Subtle flavor, but pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with high carbonation. Good for style I would imagine, but still not the most pleasing to me. Still, pretty good. Overall, a nicely crafted beer. Softer and more subtle than their hefeweizen (by design), but still quite nice.

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Photo of zrab11
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a Golden Straw color with a 1 finger white head

S= Has hints of bannana and some spices with hints of clove

T- Has a wheaty fizzy taste with some bannana coming in the end

M-Light bodied,very crisp and good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good beer. Nothing really special about it. Would drnk again but wouldn't pay for again. This company makes many more beers that are better.

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Photo of match1112
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pilsner glass. poured a clear gold color so you could see all the bubbles and had a three finger head that lasted for some time. with the smell i picked up on bananna bread, yeast, and slight wheat and spice. tasted bananna up front, yeast all the way thru with slight spice on the end. mouth feel was bubbly like champaign. overall a good beer and a easy drinker.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a clasiic Golden Straw colour witha two fingered white head that retains well.

S - Aromas of banana and clove.

T - Wheat is more present in this than the hefe the banana more prominant though. Nice balanced flavours.

M - High carbonation and light body.

O - Prefer the heffe but this is still a great drop.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good beer not great but good....but with saying that probably the standard...probably better in germany!

golden yellow with a nice head... and splotchy lacing....

the smell is of european malt and their hard water...banana comes to the nose a lot

the taste is def....of light banana notes....the water is def. hard water...

the feel is dry fits a nice lager profile...

overall this beer is drinkable as a session beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer. The body is my favorite character of this brew. Its creamy and slightly fizzy so the mouthfeel is bombarded with bubbles. Teh look is great for this style. Straw gold with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves beautiful lace.

The aroma is faint, however. You smell the yeast. Mainly banana with a hint of clove and spice. Faint, light biscuity tones in the back.

The taste is top notch for this style. It is like a Heffe lighter on the spice. Balancing more banana than clove. Fruity. Hints of pear and melon. Hints of vanilla and a touch of citrus like orange peel. Clove takes a backseat as more sublte. Nice light, crisp, refreshing body with a rich, creamy, slightly grainy edge and nice carbonation effect. Overall, may be my favorite wheat beer. I'm not the biggest fan of cloves and love bananas so take my judgement with that grain of salt. Very well done beer.

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

Straw gold, clear and transparent with a huge white head of fine bubbles. No real lace at all.

Aroma crisp, malty sweet. I get some grain, some yeast. Not outstanding.

Flavor, though, is where this one comes together. It's sweet at first, but soon developing with heavy banana tones and some clove-like spice in the finish. Rich, flavorful, and really quite good.

Maybe the appearance and nose are deceiving, but this is a delicious and notably fine wheat beer. High marks!

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

Pours a very light golden yellow, very easy to see through. Big fluffy pure white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of wheat and banana, light. Nice refreshing taste. Very light version of the hefe. Crisp wheat and banana flavor, less pronounced than the hefe, spices are very light as well. Nice sweetness. Sessionable.

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

A: pours clear straw to golden yellow. has a frothy bright white two plus finger head, which has settled to a thin layer leaving some lacing.
S: smell is almost the same a unfiltered hefeweizen. lighter all around banana, clove and bubble gum. wheat aroma is more noticeable
T: lighter flavor overall, more pronounced wheat flavor. the banana and bubble gum are still there, but they are just lighter. this is a very easy drinking beer.
M: somewhat high carbonation gives it a certain crispness, but it is overall smooth on the palate.
O: flavors are still there, this is what the germans should have meant light beer to be.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time trying this sub-style of weissbier. Previous reviewer hit it on the head, Good and simple. Nice color, good head, pleasant aromas and clean taste. I prefer a traditional Weiss over this, but I'm really enjoying the difference found here. Very thirst quenching and with the abv, I could hang and watch the Giants with a six of these...I miss football season...

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes

A - crystal clear (makes sense), light golden yellow body. Decent white head.

S - light zesty lemon. Good and simple

T - light vanilla maltiness, zesty citrus. Great balance with nose.

M - a bit of punch from the carbonation, smooth and light

O (D) - very drinkable, easy to enjoy beer.

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Photo of sj660
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brilliant yellow with a bodacious thick foam that coats the glass going down.

Juicy fruit aromas on the nose. Hardly any hop action. Popcorny.

Slippery mouthfeel with the carbonation all in the head. Medium bodied.

This is a drinkable, but leaves an undesirable minerally aftertaste.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 3Floyd's pint glass

This beer serves as the first of it's style I've had the good fortune of being able to try. Nothing like starting with the top tier.

This beer pours a clear pale golden color with a froth white foam on the surface. The nose is a combination of clove, banana and brown sugar sweetness that can only be found in this brewery's wheat beers. The taste is best described as hefeweizen light. There is that wheat flavor with the sweetness coming from the floral yeast, but it's much more subtle on the palate than would be expected. The mouthfeel is much too thin for my liking, but then again I'm a hater on anything that's too thin, but overall this is a quite enjoyable brew. I can easily see how this could be the pinnacle of it's style.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from an old Schneiders .5 l glass. Quite possibly some of the most ferocious ubiquitous beading I have ever seen in a glass. Super pure white big big two to three inch rocky head tops the light yelly crystal clear body. Takes an awfully long time to pour.
Has an almost liquorice (Duvelesque??)nose with restrained slight peppery spiky clove to taste but not at all over the top.
Body has a beautiful lightness of touch and is far removed from what can be that cloying heaviness often associated with other wheat beers.
I'm not a session, or 'sessionable' type of guy but I could drink this all day long.

Hugely enjoyable. Love it.

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

Very clear & light yellow in appearance with a nice, pinky sized white head that holds well thoughout & leaves some gentle lacing. Pretty good all round here

A nice banana & coriander mix upfront along with cloves and possibly melon or lemon in the background.

Great tasting and much like Hoegaarden in taste. A nice blend of coriander, spiced clove & citrus fruits mirroring the smell quite well. There is also some banana in there too.

Nice, crisp & refreshing to drink with a nice, light fizz that makes you come back for more.

A very nice beer in the style of Hoegaarden and generally very pleasant. Very wel balanced & flavourful with a smooth finish, nothing negative about this one.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,907 ratings