Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,057
Reviews:
841
Ratings:
1,916
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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139
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Photo of MilaMila
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SMZBrew
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For someone who rates their regular weissbier as one of my all time favorites, this was an epic disappointment for me. On the surface it deliver on all the things that I expect form this brew. However, as one of the reviewers has put it, it has a weird finish. There is an off-putting aftertaste that I can't quite describe aside from that it makes we not want to take another sip. So disappointing...

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Photo of wafers
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlakeAM
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like their Hefeweizen Weihenstephaner's Kristall Weissbier is a top notch wheat beer, but being filtered its clearer and has a similar but slightly more modest flavor.

Look: clear yellow golden with a two-inch frothy white head.

Aroma: yeasty dough, banana, and cloves

Taste: The flavor is wheat, banana, some clove and pepper, similar to the Hefeweizen but perhaps a tad milder.

Feel: light to medium body, some carbonation

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

Photo of lastmango
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a straw yellow with 3 finger white foamy head. Aroma was musty at first followed by a hint of banana. This does not seem as spicy as the hefe. Taste is mild banana and clove. No hop bitterness. Medium light body and carbonation.

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Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RDW
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of willcumbie
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear straw color with a foamy white head. There is medium carbonation. The beer smells like bananas and cloves. There is a undertone of straw type color. The beer tastes like banana bread. The beer has a lot of carbonation and is thin.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of drmeto
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,white bread,doughy,honey,clove,hay
T:
-banana,white bread,doughy,citrus,fish,salty,grainy,herbal
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A pretty big downgrade from their Hefeweizen.
The finish is really weird.Up until then it's decent.
The Kristallweizen from Paulaner, Franziskaner or Maisel are superior to this.

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Photo of erk0607
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear effervescent gold poured from a 500ml into a proper hefe glass, head retention was very good, nice, large white bubbles.

Smell: Amazing. Estery yeast notes, banana, bread, some clove. It's a hefeweizen.

Taste: Great. Slightly sweet, grains and sugars, banana following closely behind those flavors.

Feel: Also great, light, fluffy, medium light body, smooth going down

Overall: I absolutely love this beer, very refreshing and well crafted. It doesn't require any thought or processing of complex flavors, it's just good. Probably just made it into my top 5 ever.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw beer, excellent white steady head.
Perfect weizen smell, no need to describe it once again.
Taste - soft weizen taste.
Light body, mild carbonation.
Prost!

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Photo of MaSaiani
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours VERY clear gold. (I can clearly see my finger prints through the glass, held at arms length. ) Bright white head, that leaves a thing ring of lacing.

Aroma is banana,clove, a touch of pear juice, and an element that seems to alternate between saltine cracker and sweet sausage. (Sounds strange, but it is pleasant.)

Flavor is a subtle mix of ripe banana,clove, black pepper, and biscuity malt, finishing with a more noticeable touch of clove.

Feel is smooth, slightly oily, and finishing with a little carbonation prickle on the tip, and back-sides of the tongue.

I only like clove in the smallest of doses, and this is a touch more than I prefer, but I still like this , overall.

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden color. Incredibly effervescent. Frothy bubbly white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell has notes of yeast, pepper, hints of citrus and green apple. Not really getting any banana notes from this.

Taste has notes of wheat, yeast, citrus, orange rind, a touch of banana and a bit of green apple on the end. Peppery spice becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Feel is full bodied and very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style.

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

Photo of Sup3r_s4m
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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