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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:
#2,784
Reviews:
836
Ratings:
1,896
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
242
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,896 |  Reviews: 836
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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a light yellow and gives a nice one inch foamy white head in my weizen glass. The head dies down to a light cling film over top of the body. Some light carbonation is seen rising. The smell has the yeast up front with big wheat malt coming through as the beer warms. Some light clove makes a slight presence in the smell as well. The taste is balanced between sweet and bitter through the "kristal" malts and previously mentioned flavors. The aftertaste has an acceptable wheat bite. The palate is medium with some harshness on the tongue. It leaves a sticky finish. It is mostly drinkable. Overall, this is good for its style and good for me, however, probably better in the summer.

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Photo of Tapmein
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful Krystal gold with a fat bready head. Smells of bananas and cloves, light in the mouth but so, so smooth. One to tilt back on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Hunter
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal-clear golden ale; aggressive pour yields a head of dense white foam with good retention and some lacing. Nose is of wheat and citrus, bananas. The promise in the nose is delivered in the tongue; citrus, wheat, banana, exactly what you expect of the style. Mouthfeel is tart and bracing.

Overall a very drinkable, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Curt3
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a white head. Smells of wheat and spices. Tastes of slight banana, spices, and yeast. Light body with low carbonation. Good wheat beer, just very different than the typical ones.

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Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bubbly head with straw body and deliciously carbonated. Smells of banana similar to the smell of GI Sophie but taste not so much. Although taste is still pleasantly flavored with malt, cloves, grass, and bananas. Overall good as for it may be the 1st of this kind and it serves as a base beer but GI Sophie and Bornem Triple just knock it out of the water, but still this is quite drinkable.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, vibrant carbonation. Aroma has banana and lighter ester spice with some clean yeast & malt. Classic light German malt foundation, very crisp golden malt and wheat, with the banana / esters acting as a supporting note that never overasserts itself. Mouthfeel starts pretty bubbly but doesn't flatten pretty quickly.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coltron23
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrendanHurley
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear appearance with a light golden shimmer. Almost as light as an american light beer but still stands out a slightly darker shade
Smell: Whiff of clove, banana, and sweet citrus gives an appealing presentation to the kristall wiesbier.
Taste: Great combination of crisp and sweet flavor. Beer does a fantastic job grabbing its complexities of flavors. Between the alcohol esters, citrus crispness, and banana clove sweetness, this is is one of my favorite flavored combinations
Feel: Terrific light to moderate feel. Transparent appearance hides its light sticky and tasty feel. An incredible easy and enjoyable beer to drink. Never too full but still carries a sticky and lasting taste in my mouth.
Overall: In all honesty, one of my 5 favorite beers to drink. The only beer I enjoy as much as of now are Duvel, Tripel Karmeliet, Weihnesthephan Vitus, and Westmalle Tripel. This beer does everything for you that you could possibly ask for in a beer.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours clear straw yellow gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like bananas, banana bread, bubblegum, clove spice, lemon, apple, pear, bready crackery wheat, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like banana, bubblegum, raisins, clove spice, lemon, apple, pear, bready crackery wheat, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice kristalweizen.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,896 ratings
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