Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
90
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1,851 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:
1,851
Reviews:
820
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
227
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jwinship83
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle drank from a weizen glass. batch 5269 is on the back label.

A- this one pours out a very clear pale golden colored body with a bright white head that wont quit. almost complete rings of lacing are left behind. many small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- a very weak odor comes out of this one for a wheat beer. light banana and clove with a little bit of bubblegum. very lightly smelling of noble hops. yeast if the strongest scent here.

T- the taste is also weak, but pleasant. yeast comes through the most. lightly spiced with coriander, clove, banana, and bubblegum. noble hops play a bigger part in this ones taste than in most wheats.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- give me the unfiltered version any day. i dont think id buy it like this again.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw golden color - when they say Kristall they mean Kristall. Clear and clean. Took about 5 minutes to pour. Huge 5" bone white head with excellent retention. Some patchy thick lace. Lots of visible carbonation. Good looking beer.

S - Wheat. Spicy cloves. Powdery bubble gum. Very average overall.

T - Lots of wheat. Yeasty. Spicy white pepper. Bubble gum in finish. Simple. Nose and flavor are almost identical.

M - Thin and light body with mid range carbonation.

D - Drinkability is decent. Very average wheat beer overall.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pillowy white head, nice and bubbly, regenerates well with swirling. Clear golden appearance, good carbonation.

N: Sweet and wheaty, if you don't like sweetness this could be overpowering but I quite like it.

T: Wheat flavour nice and full given that this is a lighter style beer.

M: Fuller than I expected but light enough to be highly drinkable.

Overall, a very nice session beer, would go well before BBQ food on a summer's day.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours clear, light golden color with a huge, slowly dissipating white head that leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: Lots of banana and phenolic smells, with tons of yeast.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty beginning with a banana finish that also reveals more yeast flavors. Too much yeast, actually.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light body with balanced, natural carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, but a bit too heavy on the yeast. I may have gotten a bad bottle, so I would be willing to try this again.

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Photo of Greg_Nall
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of wheat beers with a lot of "wheat" attributes to them, have had several good ones. This one just isn't high on my list of wheat beers.

Appearance; served from brown glass bottle (capped) into tinkered, firm off white head with medium bobbles lasting 3+ minutes, deep yellow color, and very clear.

Aroma; medium strength (glass towards nose) with banana notes

Taste; medium high malts with a typical wheat flavor and medium low hops, flavor intensity seemed medium with the malts upstaging the hops with a smooth finish.

Mouth feel; medium to full with good carbonation

Overall; An alright beer, but as stated, not a fan of the stronger "wheat" beers.

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Photo of Linda081
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Padron4KM
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale straw yellow, with a huge, pillowy, meringue like head.

Head recedes quickly, but reapears with a little agitation.

Banana cream pie dominates the aroma, with just a dusting of clove. A little bit of bubble gum as it warms.

Body is light.

Flavor is lightly citrus (lemon), wheat, bananna and spice.
A slightly metalic and band-aid finish

Not very complex, but a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of henryhampton
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Jrockerboi
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Zorora
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TheBrewWhisperer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of konisko
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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 psoriasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Saph001
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mettkea
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of sneezye
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle with a BB date of 11 Dec. 2015.
Pours light golden with excellent clarity and a high level of visible carbonation flowing up to an over-sized, frothy head.
The aroma features banana and clove with a light bready base. The flavor follows.

O: Not a favored style; even so, not as great for style as expected.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a large white head. The head quickly disappears and leaves a thin head on top.

Smell: Citrus, banana, grains, and wheat. Also a bit of a floral and clove smell.

Taste: A little sweet. As far as flavor it is not that great. I get wheat and banana.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied and very crisp and clean.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's just something about wheat beers of any kind that doesn't sit well with me, so take all this with a grain of salt.

This beer looks great, pours with a nice head and beautifully crystal clear. However, the smoky wheat/spicy clove flavor that just turns me off is all too present. I can't get away from it. I'm sure this beer is a perfect example of what it is going for, and I tried to give it adequate rankings, but it just isn't for me.

Even in the summer, I'll take a nice fresh pilsener, or even a bold IPA, but keep the wheat to yourself.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Kristalweizen I've tried. Clear yellow, lots of carbonation, and a foamy white head. Lighter aroma of wheat, bananas, and bubblegum. A clean taste of banana, yeast, wheat, and some citrus. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Nice; kind of like a hefe light.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,851 ratings.
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