Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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90
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1,875 Ratings
Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
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
Ratings:
1,875
Reviews:
830
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
235
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,875 |  Reviews: 830
Photo of Genx
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier, 5.4% ABV, 14 IBU. Pours thin and light gold, with a three finger white foamy head on a careful pour, leaves some foamy lacing. Nose is malt, bananas and freshness, taste is malt and slight banana, with a slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel in spite of heavy carbonation, and overall excellent.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light-gold color with two-finger white head and excellent retention, the head never went away, highly carbonated, significant lacing on the glass, beautiful.

SMELL: bread, banana and an earthy note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread and banana then an earthy note.

PALATE: medium body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very unusual style of beer, it's a filtered wheat beer that has been highly carbonated, that might be a bit oversimplified but you get the picture, anyway I really liked it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys wheat beer.

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Photo of L8YKatie
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I had not had a beer I couldn't reliably pronounce until this beer. It's clarity was crystal clear; hence the krystall part of the name.
This is a very easy beer to drink; especially when cold. It pairs well with greasy American food well.
This is great go-to beer.

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Photo of mribbens
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look--No head retention but excellent lacing and indescribably clear.

Smells--A symphony of esters (banana mostly with a hint of citrus) and phenols (clove prominent). Very crisp smelling.'

Taste--Delivers on the promise of the aroma. Banana and clove with a hint of citrus. Not sweet per se, but very little if any hop. However, the carbonation helps bring this to a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel--Heavily carbonated, but not unpleasant. In fact, as noted above, it's that carbonation that helps balance the flavors out. Light but not thin or watery.

Overall--I tend to favor the Belgian wheats over the German ones, but this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of matcris
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and honey golden with lots of bubbles rising and a lasting white soapy head. Smells like banana bread and a slight bit of citrus in there, too. Same in the flavor with a medium thin body, but not watery, and a dry finish. Good level of carbonation, mild lacing. In a word, refreshing. Always a pleasure to drink their brews.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marvicsin
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existant. Lacing is decent. Banana and clove aroma. Big banana taste. Clove at the end. Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of Miami66
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden straw yellow color with a two finger, sudsy, satin white head that laces the glass very well.

Aroma is of bubblegum, vanilla, apple tarts, biscuity malt and floral, earthy hops.

Flavor is stupendous with notes of baked banana, clove, vanilla, lemon and bubblegum with a slightly toasted, biscuity malt bill on the finish.

Feel is crisp and light with high carbonation and medium body. Very sessionable and tasty, I could see myself drinking an entire sixpack of these over the course of an evening

Quite delicious, and I don't even like the style that much.

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

Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Within the style it's near perfect, but big picture it's a bit boring. It's a cleaned up hefe, so it lacks the earth, spicy fun while bringing the clean wheat forward. It's certainly thirst quenching.

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

Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle in late July from TW Arrowhead for $3.79. Bottle Code 2026 08:34:22

Beer poured straw yellow with a beautiful billowy white head that left lacing behind.

Nose is very nice, fruity esters great you with hints of banana taking control.

Taste is clean with banana impartations from the wonderful yeast strain the brewery uses over a wheat base, So easy to drink yet so flavorful.

Feel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing,

Overall a delightful beer that i highly recommend if you are looking for something on the lighter side of the spectrum!

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

Photo of coopdog1000
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kubishark
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Tavern in Baltimore. A fairly light yellow golden, "kristal" clear, highly bubbly beautiful beer with a nice foamy head. Smells subtly spicy and fruity and very sweet, with some malty notes as well. This is probably the "cleanest" tasting beer I've ever had, it seems so pure and exact, like everything is exactly in its place and balanced. Like a hefeweizen had a child with a pilsner or a kolsch: it's crisp and malty and slightly hoppy and smooth and sweet. The feel is near perfect for the flavor, it's light and refreshing and goes perfect with a meal. Overall this is one of my favorite beers of all time and proves once again the mastery of Weihenstephaner.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,875 ratings.
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