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 eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in its own weizen glass.

A - Huge fluffy bubbled aired white head. many tiny bubbles fleeing from the bottom. Pale yellow and clear color. A filtered Weiss, right?

S - Strong smell of banana in the nose. Cinnamon and cloves. Delicious flowery-spicy combination. Also malts and yeasts. The pure definition of liquid bread

T - Much like the aroma. Wheat is very evident followed by the banana and spices (again, cinnamon and cloves). A bit earthy too. Very very light hops bitterness. Just great

M - Medium and bit molasses body. Big carbonation. Dry taste and light bitterness. Very pleasant and drinkable

O - Delicious as expected from a Weihenstephaner. Refreshing and delicious

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Photo of SirSketch
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Fills about a 1/3 of the glass with luscious white head and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles fleeing from the bottom. As the label suggests, a 'crystal-clear' pale yellow color.

S - Big banana bomb in the aroma, along with yeast-driven spiciness and moist, oily white flour bread dough. The nose comes as a surprise because of the pilsner-esque appearance.

T - Much like the aroma, except the banana takes a back seat to the spicy, peppery notes. Some orange juice flavor, too.

M - The heavy carbonation and bone dry finish makes this a flavorful thirst quencher.

O - My first kristalweizen, and I have to say I'm a fan. A little less yeast flavor than its 'mit hefe' counterparts, but still delicious.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a clean and clear looking yellow color. The head was fluffy and had a pretty good retention. The smell had a pilsner-ish aroma, a little earthy too. The taste was pretty good, some malts and a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side and had a crisp feel to it. Overall not a bad brew, worth trying.

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Photo of samie85
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very clear golden color with loads of sparkly white head. I think this one might have had a gusher infection or else was very over-carbonated.

S-Loads of clove-y yeast esters with some wheat notes and not a lot else.

T- Some wheat and quite a bit of clove yeast esters with a light, crisp bitterness.

M-Crisp and medium bodied although the wheat contributes a bit to body and feel.

D-Never have been a fan of the German weissbiers, and this is no exception. Although they're not my favorite, I can always appreciate a well-crafted brew.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear pale gold with a nice, three finger pillowy eggshell head that dies down in time to a small, tightly bubbled cap. On the nose there is a very clean mixture of wet, sweet grains, with a little bit of spice further down and a mushy, banana-bread-ready banana hanging out over everything. In the mouth the mushy banana envelops the whole palate, with a sweet grainy backbone standing firm behind it. The body is ultra creamy, with some nice carbonation driving the banana all over the tongue for a nice medium finish.

Overall, I like this beer well enough but the drinkability just isn't quite there for me. It tastes fine and has a great feel but it just isn't something I picture myself reaching for very often.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear yellow straw color. It has a big 3-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass. There are also plenty of rising carbonation bubbles visible.

S - It smells of wheat and yeast. There are also some scents of banana, clove, and some other spices.

T - I am getting the yeast and wheat up front, which is immediately followed by a small kick of banana. Towards the end of the drink I am getting the clove and other spices. The finish has some lingering spice notes and some dryness.

M - It has a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it is very refreshing. There is some lingering spice notes left tingling on the palate.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and the flavor is great. Overall, I thought this was very enjoyable beer. It is refreshing, and great for a hot day. This is my first beer of this style, but I can't wait to try another.

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Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes taken on 5/29/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a very pale, light straw yellow, almost the color of champagne; upon opening the bottle, there is a bit of foam trying to escape, so it's got a pretty big head on the pour, starting at 1 and 1/2 finger of white foam; body is crystal clear, I mean, crystal; body shows pretty strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; head has solid retention and it takes a while to dwindle down to a full, lush and shallow cratered cap;

Smell: Smell is good -- fair banana-sweet yeastiness with a touch of clove spiciness to it; touch of wheaty, dry graininess underneath it; nothing overwhelming in terms of complexity, but it comes across as simple, and as I once heard pwoods say, "clean" (really a good description.

Taste: Very solid, and much like the smell, fairly simple; nice banana-sweet yeast flavors, with a perfume-like clove spiciness; a definite, dry, wheaty, cracked graininess provides a solid backbone and just a mild, very mild, hop bitterness underneath it all.

Mouthfeel: Body is light, and the carbonation comes across as spritzy and leaves the gums a little tingly, as well as the back of the throat; a thin, dry sticky coating lingers on the roof of the mouth for a brief moment, but fades quickly enough, providing for a clean finish.

Drinkability: Light body, moderately low ABV, good flavors that aren't overwhelming with a sweet and spicy touch with just a hint of bitterness, this beer begs to be drank all day long. It's really a great summer beer and I'm kind of bummed that I've waited this long to try it, but when it's 92 and humid outside, this is a great way to go.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of two classic Weihenstephaners presented as birthday gifts by a friend at last Friday's 40th Birthday Bash. A 500ml bottle (coded '9060' on the back), poured to a couple tapered weizen glasses; had to share with Mrs. Bulldog. Thanks Renee (& Leon) for your thoughtfulness!

Gott im Himmel! In all meinen Jahren beim Bier trinken ich habe nie versucht diese art ~ that is to say (in poor German), Good Lord, this is my FIRST Kristalweizen taste/review. For shame.

A: Truly can't imagine a more 'crystal' pour, nor a more spectacular head; brilliant straw/gold, cut by steady bubbles ascending to a thick 3-fingers of creamy, snowdrift whiteness. Lace is a slight disappointment (random flakes), only because the rest of it was so darn pretty.

S: Has all the aroma of the classic Hefeweissbier these guys have mastered: the cloved spiciness, the candy/bubblegum, the subtle fruitiness. Oyster cracker notes, bready dryness. Nice.

T: Grassy and grainy, dry and sweet from sip to sip - a nicely balanced and rather complex mouthful found in this seemingly simple ale. Ripe pear and mushy apple, sprinkled spice and some earthy berry.

M: Clean feel, crisp without a biting over-carbonation. A bit thinner then the chunkier Hefeweissbier, but that's expected. A little mineral dryness and an 'envelope flap' sticky/starchy finish.

O: As mentioned early on, my first (as I recall) of the style. Embarrassing as that is, the fact that this so damn tasty and drinkable only compounds the error of my neglect. As quickly as mine disappeared, S's was gone twice as fast. It has been declared worthy. Now bring on some summer, weatherman...

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

Weihenstephaner Kristall is much clearer than a typical weissbier, but isn't without some smudging haze. Still, it manages a glorious golden-yellow tone that, although the glass stretches only about half a foot to the sun, radiates a great deal of its brightness. Little bubbles float up in unison like you see in one of those 'oxygenator' things that are attached to aquariums. Head is fluffy but incomplete.

The aroma on this Weihenstephaner confirms that you can filter a hefeweizen but you can't filter out the hefe (yeast) character. Seriously, with every sniff I asked myself "What filtration?" It smells almost (if not, as) effervescent as the classical Weihenstephaner Weissbier which, I may remind you, is widely considered the prototype of the style.

The taste also reminds us that, like the villain in any horror movie, yeast does not die easily. Even more vividly than in the smell, notes of over-ripened banana, apples and pear blend with crisp, sun-kissed straw and wheat and are doused in a lightly peppery, clove-like spice. It is far more assertive a flavour than you typically get with beers this light in colour.

Still, however, the mouthfeel is very clean. Its carbonation is piercingly high but is quenching without compromising on flavour and its texture is simultaneously grainy, creamy, bubbly and spicy. Given the reputation of German brewers in general, and the stellar character of this brewery in particular, it goes without saying that this is superlatively well brewed.

If I could buy the world a Coke... it would actually be a German wheat beer, and why not this one? If the Germans know one thing about brewing it's how to make a beer that is appealing to just about anyone and infinitely drinkable with breakfast, lunch, dinner (or any time in between). This is a full-flavoured but easy drinking beer perfect for those hot, dog days of summer. Like every Weihenstephaner offering, it get's my recommendation.

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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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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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