Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
1,807
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as the name suggests, this was a crystal clear pale gold with a nice head. it bubbled like champagne in my weizen glass. traditional german weissbier aromas of bananas, cloves, fresh bread dough, and lemons with some herbaceousness to boot. sweet bready malts upfront led to a crisp, drying finish. mouthfeel is spritzy, somewhat chewy, and light-bodied. a classic.

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Photo of sbe1
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As amazing as their Hefe in it's own unique way.

Serving type: bottle (I'm sure this would be even better on tap)

Appearance: A crystal clear light golden color with a thick creamy white head that lasts quite awhile, finally dissipating into a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Fresh, clean, light, malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Very clean and refreshing, beautiful malt and hop balance, touch of lemon, a hint of alcohol, clean but slightly spicy wheat finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively carbonation, light body, clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: Wonderful, this is a fantastic and refreshing session beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yelow color with a foamy, white four-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast, wheat and some banana.

T - It tasted of wheat, banana and some clove. Overall, it was a fairly sweet beer.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Kristal Weizen. Nice flavors and a good aroma.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lager or lighter pale ale color right out of the shoot. Lots of carbonation making it's way to the top trying to bust through a one and a half finger ceiling of sticky thick white head. Extra clear. Phenolic fruit esters of bananas and mild pear. Slightly earthy with a touch of spices.

Light fruit with hints of banana, pear, peach. Spices blend in well with the addition of a lemony tart. Fruit and spices cling to the back of tongue after a gulp. Smooth and soft on the palate and very smooth. A very nice example of the style. Easy drinking with a light body.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First time I tried a so called kristal weizen, and I really wasn't too impressed... although this brew definitely scores for appearance, with a nice frothy head that def has staying power, the smell is only slightly appealing, and the taste is about average compared to some other brews of similiar style... definitely prefer the hefes over this one... the taste is more subdued, and the citrus and wheat flavor less apparent in this particular type of brew... a little more bitter than what i was expecting... A little better than average sample, but not too sure if I'd purchase this one again, especially considering the fact that a 16.9 oz bottle ran me $2.50...

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Photo of madjr80
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with plenty of carbonation. The head of foam was really thick and creamy, but it dropped down to a this lace in about 15 mins. At first I wasn't crazy about the taste, but about 3-4 sips into the beer I changed my tune. It is not like any beer that I typically drink, so I didn't what to expect.Interesting brew, I would buy this again.

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Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly transparent straw golden body with lots of carbonation. Huge white and fluffy creamy head that holds decently and leaves good lace.
Traditional clove and banana scent with wheat and mild floral notes and faint apricot and cherry.
Slightly grained wheat flavor mixed with clove and very mild apple. Abit of banana and mild hops. The aftertaste has stronger a stronger hop presence.
Light body with very little coating and a fairly dry finish.
Very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

-Oelergud

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : La Kristall Weissbier est une bière blanche filtrée (elle ressemble à une pils !, mais la comparaison s'arrête la !) , elle donne un faux col impressionnant
Smell : à un arome très frais de blé
Taste and mouthfeel : un goût riche, très fruité et juteux, avec des nuances de banane
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le pur style kristal weizen

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Photo of nickynick
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color, with a very nice head. Good lacing as well. The smell of this beer is light and fruity. The taste of this beer is very good. Good sweetness and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is good. The drinkability of this beer is excellent. Its light, but flavorful. Overall I found this beer very enjoyable. Light and refreshing, yet still flavorful. Nice change of pace from a hefe. Another great wheat beer from this brewery. Will purchase again.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle. Light, creamy head that had mild retention, dissapated rather quickly. great aromas of spices and fruit. initial taste of wheats and hops, followed by a long aftertaste of bananas and bread. light mouthfeel, good bite with a pleasingly clean finish, great drinkability, could sip this on a hot day, or a cloudy fall day such as right now. Had this beer on tap in Germany, they added a lemon wedge but i prefer it much more without to experience the full flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of yeast, wheat and bananas along with lemon, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong flavor of yeast and wheat, which is quickly followed by a nice bite of spice and hops. Flavors of bananas and citrus are also present throughout each sip. The malt character is light but provides just the right amount of sweetness. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s the first Kristal Weizen that I’ve tried, but this beer has certainly made me look forward to trying more of them. This is a nice refreshing beer that I could drink several of, no matter what the situation. I’m also looking forward to trying more stuff from Weihenstephaner since I’ve now had two excellent beers from them.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with lots and lots of bubbly white head that just doesn't want to go away, and clings to the glass. Smells heavily of yeast and a little of noble hops, sweet and spicy. The taste is also sweet and spicy, not a lot of hoppy flavor, but it's wheaty and malty with some banana and cloves, very nice. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, not very fizzy or tingly like a hefe can get. This is a very tasty and easy to drink, I'll definitely be looking for it again

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Photo of jar2574
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great carbonation, clear yellow beer with a nice, dense, foamy head. Looks light and refreshing.

Lemon, citrus smell. Smells great.

No hops, only slightly malty. A touch of banana and citrus, but honestly, I'm not getting much in the taste department. Kind of watery, with bubbly effervescence.

Very easy to drink. It would be a great beer on a hot summer afternoon. There is too little flavor to rate it extremely high, but there's nothing really negative about the experience either.

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

Shared this bottle with biegaman on a fine spring day out on the patio.

Pours with a slight chill haze, otherwise a brilliant straw colour, very healthy looking, wine wine colour, thick white head, nice lace spots, settles to a thin layer. Smell is light banana, some clove, bread, bisuity malts, mild aroma but quite nice, refreshing. Taste is sweet and malty, honey, light banana, light spice finish, wheat, bread, again very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, very lively and quenching. Nice beer, not as complex and flavourful as a weiss but very enjoyable. Thanks Jan!

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Photo of Terp96
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very bright gold into my 20 oz. glass. There is about a two finger head on the pour that doesn't stick around for long. However, there is lots of carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell is hefeweizen with banana and clove but more faint than usual. There is more of a malty smell than a typical wheat beer.

Taste is very clean and crisp. Typical palate of banana and various spices but a bit more sweet than a regular hefeweizen. There is also a bit more dryness to this beer as it shows a bit of pilsner or pale lager characteristics.

Mouthfeel is good. Sweet and spicy with a bit of dryness. Not to overwhelming but it stays with you long enough to remind you that this is a world class beer.

Overall, very drinkable. I would recommend this as an entry into true German hefeweizens.

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Photo of livingregret
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type:1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow w/ ample carbonation fizzing to the top leaving plenty of lacing behind. Poured w/ a 2 finger head that to quickly left

Smell: Fruit....banana's and peaches perhaps. a touch of spice mixed in, cloves is my guess

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp but a bit of the carbonation comes through w/ a odd feeling on the tongue. A bit of "bite" from the carbonation feels slighty out of place. That "bite" from the carbonation actually masks a lot of the flavour of this beer. The banana/peach taste is there but it feels like one of those Non-alcoholic ciders you give to children during Christmas time...meaning the taste is washed away quickly cause of the carbonation. The carbonation lingers more than the taste does which is a bit odd to me

Drinkability: Hmmmm...it's drinkable and good at cleansing the palate. Enjoyable enough but is a bit "tame"

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Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle (4406) purchased at the Williamsburg Pottery.

A: Clear pale yellow with a nice thick and fluffy head. Good retention but no lacing to speak of.

S: Mild hefe smell. Banana, spice, wheat, etc.

T: Same as smell. Crisp and more refreshing than a hefe. Reminds me of a cross between a pilsner and a hefe, minus the heavy yeast.

M: Well carbonated, thin and somewhat fizzy. Prickly carbonation.

D: Very good session beer. Low ABV and mild flavor, yet not boring, makes this a perfectly drinkable beer. Takes all the good characteristics of a hefe and mixes them with a pilsner. Great style.

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Photo of mvcramer
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With so few authentic kristallweizens out there, this one was a refreshing summer beverage. It pours a very light golden color, almost looks like a light offering from an American mass domestic, but the pour produces a beautiful frothy white head. The head lasted for quite a while on top of a mildly fizzy beer. The aroma delivered the pleasant and expected estery and fruity notes, predominantly banana. Taste of wheat, but a nice crispness to it and finishes clean. It’s rare to have a tasty beer that really quenches your thirst AND provides a balanced flavor as well. Nice with lemon chicken dish.

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Photo of Stimack
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew a number of times in the past. Pours to a nice yellow color that was very clear. Nice large white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is nice, very hefe in its scents of banana and cloves but in a laid back way. The taste is very smooth, giving it an easy drinking feel. The clove seems to dominate over the banana taste but overall this is a very good brew. This is a great summer brew IMO, one that I will look for.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 0.5L amber euro bottle into 22 oz Pilsner glass

Even poured gently, it generated an outrageous head filling most of the glass, had to wait a long time for it to dissipate. Frothy thick stark white head topped an almost white pale straw crystal clear brew.

Notable clove aroma, maybe a hint of fruitiness, or was my nose playing tricks on me? Along with some bit of wheat maltiness.

Flavor is well balanced, prominently featuring the clean weissbier yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin and finish is watery. I think with an even more gentle pour into a pre-wetted glass it would have retained some of the ample carbonation and improved the mouthfeel.

Drinkability was good, but there are so many others, I wouldn't bother having another of these. Recommended to try.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. When I saw this brew on the shelf I was unfamiliar with the style. I did a little research. Now it's time to review.

A: pale yellow and crystal clear. medium carbonation with amazing 3 finger white head that s-l-o-w-l-y disipates

S: muted banana and cloves. long flowing fields of wheat (pardon the Woody Allen ref.)

T: banana right off the start, no hop taste at all with malt at finish

M: light and nicely carbonated. To my surprise- a slight sticky mouthfeel

D: very drinkable. very refreshing

As I said, a new style for me but one I will search out other examples to compare and explore.

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Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bomber into a hefe glass, this one is a handsome pale yellow gold color with lots of heavy carbonation. Absolutely towering white head fades slowly leaving good lacing all the way to the bottom. Fantastic looking beer; crystal clean and lovely; a thing at which to marvel. Unfortunately, stellar appearance is this beers strongest point, though perhaps the fault lies in the age of the beer. Since there was no date, it was impossible to ascertain, but possibly it has not aged well. Nose evinces strong to very strong clove and coriander, a bit of soapy off-scent, and some spicy alcohol. Tastes strongly of herbs and spice with a dominance of clove. Malt/hops balance leaves a very neutral pallet upon which the spices paint. Unfortunately for me, this results in a merely good and not outstanding brew. Mouth is bubbly as would be expected, with the high carbonation keeping things crisp and refreshing. Middle-to-low viscosity is pleasing and smooth. Drinkability is good; it was easy to finish off 500ml but I probably wouldn’t pursue this one further; while it looks good, it’s not exceptional.

Overall: A good looking, solid Kristall Weissbier that’s not terribly complex, this one’s worth a try. Possibly a fresher sample would prove more impressive.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL capped bottle pulled from the cellar.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color, somewhat but not quite goldenrod. The filtering has rendered the ale crystal clear with now sign of impurities. The head near a finger on pour and has reduced to a thin white band atop of the beer.

S: The nose is full of esters, giving off a bubblegum, banana and clove profile that is as sweet as it suggests.

T: The flavor is a continuation of nose, sweet and soft. Banana and bubblegum dominate the taste throughout. As the ale warms a bit in the mouth, the sweeter flavors cut through some wheat tartness to really shine. The banana flavors re-emerge long after the sip is gone to provide a reminder of the strong body.

M: The wheat tartness and yeasty esters create a mouth that never disappoints.

D: The moderate abv and strong flavor profile make this a great choice in the authentic German wheat beer realm.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up today by mistake as I thought I had grabbed the hefeweissbier.

Poured into my hefe weizen glass. Very active even with a careful and slow pour. This one is a clear, filtered, wheat beer and has the color of store bought apple juice. About two fingers of white head and continuously effervescent.

The aroma is wonderful, with grape, green apple, pear, slightly lemony and a sweet wheat malt backbone. It smells like a fruit salad, yum.

The taste is just like the aroma, very clean and mouth coating as well. Very fruity, almost too fruity for me but I'm enjoying it.

Very solid all around. Would pick this up again, and it was a nice beer to drink on a warm day.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lately it has been all beers German for me, so I decided to review a beer that I hadn't sampled in a while. I poured this one into an Erdinger Weizen glass, which resulted in a nice large white heading, and a coloration that truly looks like champaign. Tiny air bubbles raced towards the top of the glass throughout. Smell had some spicy character, but also had some fruit such as pear. Again, a champaign aroma comes through, which makes it seem similar to a Tripel. Taste starts off with pears, then ends with crisp green apple, leaving the palate feeling a little dry. Carbonation was right on par with this one, making this one really refreshing. Keep in mind to let it swish around a bit when drinking, as new complexities come through. I love this beer, and will need to search for more examples of this style. Weihenstephaner delivers again. Cheers

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,807 ratings.
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