Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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:
799
Ratings:
1,799
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
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Photo of flagmantho
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light, clear golden straw color with three fingers of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: delicious wheat aroma with a hint of banana. This just strikes me as very well crafted -- excellent.

Taste: crisp, clean, wheaty; there's that hint of banana again. This beer is simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Fits the style well.

Drinkability: this beer is a pleasure to imbibe. It's not complex or challenging; it's simply an extremely tasty well-crafted beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Immense foamy pour. A pale yellow emerges, but the head remains. Strong wheaty smell. The corriander is there. Taste is extremely clean with a light wheat. Some citrus. Flavorful, and incredibly drinkable smooth and crisp.

A gold standard for the style.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: Pour a nice golden color, very clear (kristall); almost like a good pilsner look. Great foam that is meringue in texture, hangs around for long time and extensive lacing.
S: Very pleasant to the nose; mild fruits, cloves.
T: A great taste! Follows the smell well--fruity but not overpowering, mild cloves, decent carbonation. Taste does change, a little applish, mild orange flavor I detect.
M: very pleasin as well. Not bitter at all, minimal after taste.
D: All day long. This is a great bier and could have this one all summer.

I strongly recommend this bier. Please do yourself a favor and try this bier. Prosit!

Another one I can check off as I try to review all that Weihenstepaner offers...

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Photo of ToneControl
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good wheat beer - a very refreshing summer drink, without the more sharp acidic taste of a lager.

Although this beer is clear, it has plenty of citrusy flavour. As noted by other reviewers, it does smell of bananas. Begins with a large foamy head with a real shape - not just fizz - the head collapses quickly, but usually lives on until I finish the glass. I have never had a faulty bottle of this stuff - it is very consistent.

I'm not a huge fan of many hefe wheat beers (although I do like some), but I find this beer quite palatable as a regular day-to-day drink, rather than as a novelty (e.g. I wouldn't sit and drink 3 or 4 framboise or cherry beers one after the other).

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, crisp, bright gold with great head retention and good lacing. The smell is a little clove and lemon with some breadiness with only a slight aromatic banana. The taste is clovey and lemony with a slight breadiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and very carbonated, almost too crisp. Overall it's very good. I would have another.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright crystal clear golden color with a big thick soapy frothy head which gives way to skim and leaves lines of lace. The aroma is of bananas clove and yeast, a nice inviting but not over powering aroma. The taste is much like a hef it is yeasty with nice notes of banana and clove. Not as roasty and smoky as a hef. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very good beer and very easy drink. You could easily make it a session beer.

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Photo of cliffnorm
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, golden to honey with tons of bubble and a white fluffy head

Smell: huge banana notes, some cloves, estery NICE!

Taste: Banana peel, slight vanilla notes, wheat malt and a very clean finish. (tastes like the holloween wax lips)

MF; Effervescent and well balanced

Very drinakble Clovey and bananas, a good summer-time quincher. Fans of the hefe genre will love it! hit-o belgie style!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting style. Beautiful beer. An aggressive head that resembles stiff peaks of whipped egg whites sits atop this beer. Nice retention before giving way to gravity. Indeed, the beer is a crystal clear gold color leaning towards a bright straw. Sticky lacing remains everywhere in the glass.

Very light banana aroma with a whiff of light grain.

Very nice and refreshing flavor. Mostly banana with some subdued yeast notes. Pale wheat/grain flavor takes back stage but adds a nice dimension. This is a beer that shines through it's simplicity.

Delicate mouth feel but still has rounded almost a creamy texture. The banana/yeast notes lead to the light creamy texture.

Loved drinking this and it went down quite easy. A beer I'll have to remember to pick up again in the spring.

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Photo of Buck89
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Striking crystal clear golden color with huge bright white head. Nose has yeast, banana, clove and faint malt. Taste follows the same with a clean finish. For a filtered hefe, the taste was more than I expected - a pleasant surprise. Just awesome.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 500ml bottle and poured it into my wheat beer glass at a 55 degree serving. Pours out very clear straw color with plenty of carbonation and a rich frothy white head that lingers and laces, truly beautiful. Smells of rich banana bread and apricots and fruity esters. The taste is of rich malts, banana, apricot, and bread like a great wheat beer should. Mouthfeel is bubbly, cloying and has a balance of wet/dry feel. Overall this is an excellent Kristalweizen. Its beauty is one to behold drinkability is high and overall a world class in its style.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: As the name translates, crystal clear. Pale yellow to straw, 2-3 fingers worth of head.

S: Banana, a slight hint of spice (which I think was cloves), and straw.

T: The banana and cloves smelled earlier were taste-able.

M: Very crisp, fair amount of carbonation, very slightly sweet and dry.

D: Very drinkable, would definitely have another (in fact, I wish I had another *to* drink).

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Photo of JRed
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow in body with gigantic frothy white head that stays. Aroma of vanilla, banana, clove, floral notes, some honey. Tastes of vanilla, floral notes, slight honey and a light bitterness. Mild banana in the aftertaste. Big carbonation, bubbly mouthfeel, light bodied. Wonderful, really.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this beer for years - time for a review.

Pours a crystal clear bright gold. Can see the bubbles rushing up to keep a nice 1/8 inch bubbly head at all times for the duration of drinking.

Smells lemony with just a bit of grass & hay. No lemon addition necessary at all.

Slightly sour, lemony & hoppy on the tongue. The normal yeast taste with hefes isn't there by design, so just the perfect balance of hops & malt shine through with this beer. Feels great in the mouth as the sparkly carbonation dances in your mouth & holds up throughout.

Absolutely a world-class beer from a world-class brewer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a bier stein

Thick, dense white fist atop a crystal clear golden liquid. A few strands of carbonation wave through the beer. Plenty of thick , foamy lacings hang on the walls of the glass.

Faint aroma of bananas and hint of citrus.

Classic weissbier taste with a hint of bananas. Smooth light to light medium mouth feel. Clean after taste . Very, very drinkable. This is a bier made for summer beer gardens . Soaking in the summer sun and drinking this beer. this beer is summer in a glass. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a big foamy white head that lasts through out leaving chunky lacing in the glass. Crisp light fruit aroma with wheat, apple, citrus peel and banan notes. Very carbonated up front with crisp citrus fruit and slightly sour finish. Flavor similar to aroma with hints of golden apple, lemon/orange/grapefruit peel and banana. Crisp sour fruit presence with a slightly dry finish. Very refreshing!

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured about 2/3 of the bottle into my perfect pour glass with 3 fingers of white fluff capping it. The nose is bready with honey and some banana. The taste, really good. Bready with honey like the aroma but with less banana and more clove. The body is a bit on the lighter side. Aftertaste is fairly smooth with a slight citrus twinge that lingers. It does a good job of keeping its carbonation and making you want more. This is a definite repeat.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall Weihenstephan glass

A- Pours as the label states, crystal clear golden color with a huge pillowy and foamy white head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving a two-finger head behind with some small patches of lace

S- powdery yeast gives aromas of sugary banana candy, melon, pear and underlying clove. A hint of wheat and cracker-like malt closes out the aroma

T- subtle candy-like sweetness up front with the fruity flavors of banana and pear following, earthy yeast with a subtle crackery malt lead to a dry finish with lingers of clove and banana

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish

O- as with most of their beers, this one is the standard when it comes to the style. Similar to the regular hefeweizen, but a cleaner palate. Perfect for a warm day with all day drinkability

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bold, clear, dark yellow color with thick foam that lead to lacing that stayed until the end. The aroma begins with citrus and includes hints of vanilla and banana. It's flavor is well balanced starting with banana and lemons giving way to oranges and dough as it warms. It has a medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and is very smooth. Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier is filling, no more than two or three. It's a perfect match for sourdough pretzel chunks. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of rjimlad
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a little too cold into a weizen glass and was impressed by the clear clean appearance. A phenolic rich head that lasted a while was nice and the aroma lasted throughout the glass. The taste was magnificent. I know some like more subtlety in their hefes but I don't. I like big banana as long as it's nicely balanced and this is. Beaut cloves and malt. This is a great beer with great length that leaves you looking for more.

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Photo of acevenom
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with a large white head and plentiful rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells banana and clove forward, though not as intensely as it is for their hefeweizen. It smells cleaner and the wheat malt presence is bready in the nose. the taste follows the nose. The wheat and barley malts bring a bready taste. The clove provides spicy balance and the banana flavor is also present. Both are milder than in the hefeweizen, allowing the malt profile to shine. This is expected for the style. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent, refreshing beer.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This a truly great beer, from one of the worlds great breweries. Hefes out of this brewery have just enough of the tradional banana clove flavor without being overpowering. This can be a delicate balance. A smooth clean finish make this a excellent choice.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: practically crystal clear straw yellow. 3 finger rocky white head. doesn't look quite as carbonated as their here

s: wheat, bubblegum, pears, something smells almost smokey in here (i'm probably crazy). sweet citrus

t: bubblegum, ripe banana, pear, slight white grape, sweet lemon zest. this definitely has a nice wheat backbone. towards the end this fades to some nice sweetness and mild clove spice. delicious

m: medium with tons of carbonation (just they way i'd want it)

o: great stuff. their hefe is still my favorite, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this and is super delicious and refreshing. no reason not to drink this.

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Photo of Beermazter310
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A hazy orangey color smell of bananas and cloves....tastes great. mouthfeel crisp and well carbonated...more crisp than the regular hefeweiss due to filtering...this is becoming my favorite brewery....this is an awesome beer. all their beers are great and have a similar taste. glad i tried it, it is a bit pricey though, but worth it.

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Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a one pint, 0.9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

The beer poured a crystal clear, pale golden yellow with an enormous four-finger, tight, frothy, bright white head. No lacing was present.

The aroma was super powdery and dry initially. Quite simple and straight forward. As the beer warmed however, the powdery aspect died down and an array of aromas came forth. Slightly phenolic, banana-like notes were noticeable along with a semi-sweet spiciness and a touch of smoke.

The taste was crisp, phenolic and complex with a distinct hefeweizen-like yeast quality. Wheaty, spicy (clove and coriander), fruity and somewhat smoky in the center. Bubblegum notes were also noticeable. The finish was tart, dry and lemony. A kiss of hops appeared as well. As the beer sat, the finish tuned slightly earthy.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied (a bit airy), creamy, frothy and smooth with a lively carbonation.

Drinkability was simply off the charts. The beer was crisp, light, refreshing and packed with an array of interesting flavors. Overall, an outstanding summertime brew.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear (surprising due to the name) and powerfully carbonated, this beer pours a pale straw color with a voluminous white head. Bannanas and clove are evident in the aroma as well as the flavor. Carbonation and spicy hops provide a prickly mouthfeel. Mothfeel is medium, striking a good balance, refreshing without feeling watery. Great beer. Seems to taste cleaner than a Hefe without losing much of the character.

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