Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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:
1,861
Reviews:
823
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
231
For Trade:
0
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Photo of thoglund
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appears bright yellow and clear with a tall white, bubbly head.

The aroma is very lemony. Some banana peel is present too.

The taste is mostly fresh lemon zest and banana. There's also that nice lager taste, and just the right amount of malt. Some wheat and bight fruits come through too.

The beer has a lighter mouth feel and a fair amount of carbonation. The balance on the mouth feel is just right - not too light but not too heavy.

Overall, this is, if not better than, exactly what you'd expect from an awesome German lager. It's a unique style and Weihenstephaner did an excellent job.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 15th.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with an impressive head of foam that has good longevity.

Spicy spicy nose with notes of coriander and clove. .could make a fine perfume out of that!

Coriander, cloves, a bit of pepper, lemon zest. ..finishes dry with medium to medium high carbonation.

Well, what a bloody treat this is!!!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer of the style. I like it because you have the same ester character as a hefe but more subtle. It's quite drinkable even if the clove notes can be a bit cloying

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Photo of BaileyMitch
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vestlake
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour. Very clear with a one finger head. While I enjoyed this beer, I prefer their regular Hefeweizen. The taste of the Kristalweizen was a little too subdued.

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Photo of REEK
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To my knowledge, this is my first time drinking this style; certainly the first time reviewing it.
It poured a light straw color with a big foam head. It had fruity aromas that were slightly citric and even tart at first. Then, soft Hefeweizen like tones of banana and bubble gum come out. Likewise, the taste is initially sweet and with banana like flavors. However, the finish is clean and mineral water like.
Light bodied and refreshing.
I hope I did the style justice with this review. It's like a lighter Hefeweizen.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 2026. Hefeweizen glass.

A: pours a crystal clear pale gold with streams and streams of carbonation and an extremely fluffy 4 finger head that subsides to one finger agree a while. Lacing was okay.

S: not as hefeweizeny as one might expect. Granted, this is fresh out of the fridge but I'm getting a little wheat, a bit of phenolic floral character, and a little Pilsner malt, but the whole affair is muted.

T: pretty flavorless arrival, then has some traditional clove, bubblegum and banana esters on the mid palate, but again the whole thing comes off as light. More like a Belgian wit than a Hefeweizen. Finish is mildly hoppy and loads cleaner than any hefeweizen I've had, downright helles-like. Improved as it warmed.

M: this and the appearance are where this style shines. The body is on the lighter side of midweight. Very active carbonation. Quite clean, which is atypical for wheat beers.

O: at first I thought I would love this because the slick syrupy character I often get in wheat beers is really off putting in hot weather. And the crisp clean nature and exquisite appearance I do love. However the fruit and spice character that is such a part of wheat beers is totally lacking. I'd definitely drink it again, but won't go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle code "2395"

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with lots of visible carbonation. It is a light straw color with a fluffy pure white head. The head starts huge but maintains a short stature. It isn't leaving any lacing.

Aroma: Clove and a bit of bubblegum.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma but much less present. There is a very light sweet grain flavor also.

Mouthfeel: Amazing smoothness to the beer. Just a touch of a bitter hop character but the bitterness doesn't bite at all. The carbonation is plentiful but it doesn't bite either. Overall it is just a smooth drinking experience.

Overall: It's a good easy-drinking Kristalweizen. I wish I could get it fresh but this holds up very well for an import with some age under it. If you can get this fresh then I highly recommend it but even if your only option is to grab an import I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Photo of aufie
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keithmurray
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - clove, banana, wheat

Taste - much like the flagship hefe, notes of clove, banana and wheat

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high level of carbonation, goes down smooth and refreshing, flavors of banana and Clove linger into the aftertaste

Overall - just every bit as impressive as the flagship hefeweisen, only difference is the filtering and the appearance. Highly recommended.

Price point - $2.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of iammochilera
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MUTINY
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of this style I've had, and it meets the style description to a tee. Certainly pours clear with thin near-white head that lasts about 1/2 finger. Aroma is banana and bubblegum. Flavor has the same with some mild clove and hint of hop bitter. Finish is clean and calls for more. Very drinkable, as all from this brewery.

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Photo of fearfactory
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IceAce
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2pux
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,861 ratings.
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