Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BA SCORE
4.05/5
1,887 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
Ranking:
#2,691
Reviews:
833
Ratings:
1,887
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
240
Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Paincane
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body topped by a generous white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Wheat, banana and bubblegum aromas make for a delightful bouquet.
T: Sweet grass, banana and wheat flavors accent a well-carbonated light body.
M: Clean, effervescent and smooth light body.
O: Very good refreshing brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Beric
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 25 Jan 2014

Appearance: A rich golden yellow, crystal clear beer that pours with a foamy white head which slowly dissipates. Leaves some lacing, but not too much.

Smell: Much like one would expect, the traditional Weihenstephaner banana-cloviness comes out in the nose.

Taste: The banana-clove flavor is the most pronounced in this beer, again, as one would expect. This one is far crisper in flavor than its unfiltered cousins, leading to a much drier beer.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne. The carbonation is perfect on this one, and leads to a lot of additional body to make up for the lack of suspended yeast as in regular hefeweizens.

Overall: Finally, a Kristallweizen I can get behind. This one maintains all of the banana-clove flavors traditional to the style and rather than tasting like a diluted hefeweizen, this one drinks crisp and clean leading to a dry, but refreshing finish. A great beer, and the best Kristallweizen I've had to date.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 31, 2013... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen glass...OCCASION: home fore New Year's Eve and hoping this beer delivers like champagne... APPEARANCE: as advertised, crystal gold, mildly effervescent base; thick, cumulous white head; good, persistent, wavy lacing... AROMA: banana, clove, bubblegum and yeast; unmistakably wheaty... PALATE: bubbly, beefy body--yet light and fluid; crisp and clean, with an almost medium-bodied presence...TASTE: bubblegum esters front and center; apple, pear and some clove--an enjoyable experience... OVERALL: a fantastic filtered version of the vividly unfiltered offering; a great combination of drinkability and character; champagne indeed! its refreshing zest pairs well with light cheeses and crackers...

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Briefly.

Cannot understand how I have not reviewed this yet.

Maginificent fill into the named glass.... Head forms and stays despite minimal noise on opening. Muted banana lollies and clove on nose, but springs into life on taste.
Mouthfeel to die for, only Weihenstephaner seem to be able to get such delightful carbonation.

I'd go their Hefe every time, but a minor niggle in comparison

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not an expert with this style of beer so I am rating it per my tastes and not so much how it ranks against others. The beer poured a lighter golden fairly clear with thick head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries clove and biscuit. The taste is strong clove with some banana and bread. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is decent but I would not drink a lot of it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a massive head that slowly receded to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Not much difference between this beer and the hefeweizen. Still get a lot of yeast aromas. Cloves and bananas as well as a healthy dose of wheat.

Get more wheat flavor in this beer compared to the hefeweizen but otherwise features some excellent yeast flavors.

Does not feel as "chewy" as the unfiltered beer. Feels lighter but still expertly carbonated.

Better than 95% of wheat beers on the planet. Only eclipsed by a few hefeweizens.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,887 ratings
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