Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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
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#2,787
Reviews:
836
Ratings:
1,896
pDev:
10.12%
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4.22
 
 
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Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brdc
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Light golden, no haziness as expected, good white head although smaller than the "original" version; decent retention, little to no lacing.
Aroma is mostly clove and bublegum, lots of bubblegum, and citric fruits, but less so than the weizen version. Some banana rounds up the aroma.
Light, refreshing and easy to drink, with a nice balanced taste, lightly sweet, with all the flavors expected from the aroma except for the bubblegum (it is just lightly sweet).

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Photo of Chingringo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BrewAskew
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dense white permanent head that laces and lasts. Clear golden. Aroma is bubblegum and bananas and wheat malt. Flavor is tangy, spicy and right on the mark. Tastes just like a hefeweizen but without the looks. Textbook example.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow. Lots of white head. Very well carbonated. Smells wheaty and sweet. A very interesting yeasty aroma. Tastes sweet and strongly of yeast. There is a nice combo of light fruits and sweet almost floral flavours. A solid mouthfeel and the high carbonation matches the beer nicely. Vry drinkable as i would expect for the style

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a ONE PINT, 0.9 FL.OZ. bottle from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.99. Poured from the Green Labeled bottle with “Crystal Clear” below the brand into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has 6 1 11 on the back of the label but not sure this means anything.

Aroma- Sharp banana notes hit the nose palate huge at the beginning with a continuous sweet aroma. Malts and wheat are big time too. A crispness finishes off the aroma. Very nice stages of complexity here (even though its only a few ingredients)!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that lasts what seems like forever! A light pale yellow body is present with a "Crystal Clear" background. Leaves only suds behind.

Flavor- Subtle grains and sweet malts start off this tasting. A bit of a banana character comes around again but lighter then at the nose. Has a crisp finish with almost no hops but all sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, a bit effervescent, and has some qualities of a Belgian Pale ale without the hop... Not sure I can place my finger on much here.

Overall Impression- While not being able to compare this beer or this style of beer with anything I've ever had before, I enjoyed this tons! It had a great banana flavor with a light and easy going mouthfeel for the entire time. Will be looking out for many other in this style again! Would suggest if your looking for a refreshing beer to start your night with.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big, fluffy head leaves good lacing. Extremely clear, golden-yellow body

S- Good spicy, clove-flavored smell with some wheat malt

T- Very clean, wheat-dominated taste along with some of the flavors mentioned in the smell. Clove bubble-gum flavors become noticeable at higher temperatures

M&D- Light, sparkly, and easy to drink

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear amber with large rocky white head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Medium to heavy aroma of malt and banana.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

Medium sweet flavor with medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Refreshing above average beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Krystal clear body, brilliant pale gold color, lots of carbonation, thick, unyielding white lace.

Aroma: Bananas, cleaner then most weizens, honeydew melon, mild clove, wheat.

Taste: Banana and clove. Subdued light fruit. Lots of wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Mildly spicy. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: High.

Served in a bottle at Concordia Ale House, Portland, OR.

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with about two inches of near white head. Head settles down to a nice lace but doesn't leave any stick.

Smell is quite grassy with a good amount of hops, also a healthy dose of clove, some grain, yeast and banana.

Taste has a light sweetness and some grain, with some banana and wheat flavor, too. Little bit of yeast. Some clove and peppery spice take over into the finish along with some grassy hops and a little bit of bitterness.

It's quite crisp and smooth, medium bodied and very drinkable.

I don't really like hefeweizens so I much prefer this, which seems to be a lighter version of that style. Solid brew.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of aleigator
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, completely filtered color, with a stable, fluffy big head.

Smells of a dough bread infused yeast character with a whiff of clove and cardamon to it, ballanced by grassy hops, together with lots of straw. Reveals ripe banana underneath, adding to the spiciness of the yeast, without loosing its white bread malt qualities.

Has a very lively carbonation, with a soft mouthfeel, resulting in a very refreshing, light bodied beer pending between spices and malts.

Tastes almost as clean as the beer looks, while the initial yeast profile shines not only due to its pleasantly integrated spices, but also due to grassy hops and a certain amount of bready malts. The malts turn sweeter after the swallow, showcasing the beers flawless taste, enriching its yeast characteristics by additional balance and complexity, as well as a copper note, brought to the palate by the otherwise soft carbonation bubbles. Finishes with hay infused yeast, weaker on the spices than during the beginning, absorbed by profound, sweeter malts, pleasantly feathered by leafy hops.

Convinces by its perfect mixture of flavors, creating a fantastic balance, tied together by a very smooth mouthfeel, while remaining its refreshing impact.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Barleycorn
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 fl oz. bottle that has all the usual Weihenstephaner bottle art. It still has the brewery crest on the front and their unknown bottle code on the back. I have no idea what 7097 means. I don't know if I should drink it or throw it away. I'll see how it is first.

Appearance: I had everthing in place to pour the beer into a Weizen glass and as soon as I popped the cap, my bottle had a foam explosion. Luckily I was near a sink when this happened. When everything had settled down, I poured the beer and what came out was a clear straw yellow colored beer.. It had one of the best head of foam I've seen on a beer. Not only did it have a foam explosion, but everytime I poured the beer, it had a massive 3 inch head of white foam every time. It took at leat 3 pours to pour the entire bottle into the glass. The color was weak, but that's the style. Whatever was lacking in the color, the head of foam made up for it.

Smell: I thought this beer was going to have a light aroma of just fruits. Boy was I wrong! Instead, it had a heavy delicious aroma of frsh baked banana bread. It smelled so good that it got my hopes up that there was some fresh baked banana bread to be had. There was just one other aroma after that and that was cake batter. Not the most complex aroma out there, but damn if it wasn't delicious.

Taste: For a light beer, it had a nice sized taste of ripe bananas, cloves, wheat bread (not banana bread), toasted malts, orange spice, and a small hint of citrus hops at the end. The taste was just like I said about the aroma, not the most complex taste out there, but I enjoyed every drop of this beer. It's just too bad that the bananas didn't combine with the wheat bread. I guess you can't have everything.

Mouthfeel: It was a super smooth light beer that happened to have a full flavored aftertaste of ripe bananas, ornage spice, and a small pinch of cloves. The aftertaste stuck around for only a few seconds. There really isn't more you can ask for from a light beer.

Drinkability: Where has this beer been all my life! Not only did this beer make me hungry for banana bread, but it would make an excellent choice for a session beer. It doesn't matter what season you're in. This beer would suit any season. I glad I didn't throw this beer away!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first kristalweissbier! And I was very impressed. This beer was one of the most attractive beers I've ever seen - it was a sparkling golden color with a towering white head of miniscule bubbles that faded to an attractive lace. There was a lot of carbonation and bubbles coming from the bottom of my glass.

Aroma was lightly sweet and citrusy and spicy, and also quite good. Flavor was slightly clovely with some subtle sweetness and a malt backing. Very nice. This beer has a substantial mouthfeel...in a good way.

I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the nose and palate of a hef and the quality of the gritty helles in body. straw color and crystal clear. note of banana and clove with a light weight that brings forth a hop wheat husk quality that you find in nice wheat beers. not creamy at all. mild caliber wheat with a lager feel. although when compared to hef light and helles not as bright. quite a bit drier in quality too.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite possibly the last of the Weihenstephaner's left to cross off my list: Kristallweissbier! The reason it has taken so long to give it a try is because I've never really fathomed a Kristalweizen - for me you take away from a beer (any beer) when you filter it, which is why many of the brews that I love and want to marry one day are bottle conditioned, aka with the yeast still floating around adding interesting flavours. In any case it wouldn't do an upstanding brewer like Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan justice if I didn't review as many of their beers as I humanly could, and here we are.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Atypical Kristalweizen clear golden body with a bold one inch white froth head that slowly dissipates down to around half an inch.

S: Has classic Weizen aromas of banana and cloves, there is some musty yeast thrown in as well. Also noted is a more grainy fragrance, like in a Euro Lager, and that yeast comes through very musty (only mentioned this a second time as it distracts the other aromas quite a bit).

T: The Weizen flavours are less pronounced in this than expected (if it was on a scale from 1 to 5 and your typical Weizen sat between 4-5 this beer would be a 1). It actually has more of a Helles taste leaning towards a sourdough yeast funk, grain sweetness with a slight bitter finish. There is some weird sulphur tang in the finish as well. An odd brew here.

M: Not as creamy as a straight Weiss, with a medium body and an almost flat carbonation, though it has warmed a little.

D: Overall I wouldn't rate the style highly, even less so with this brew, if the mighty Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan can't make a decent Kristalweizen then what hope do the rest have. That being said I'm not entirely familiar with the style (outside of ordering it by mistake whilst travelling through Germany) I have never had a compulsion to buy and drink them. So who knows, what I think may be a flaw in this brew is a par excellence for another drinker.

Food match: Paring with some sort of a Helles-Weizen hybrid could be a living Hell (puns; Germans love puns!), but I think it is safe to say a plate of Weisswurst, Sauerkraut, Spaetzle, Bratkartoffeln and a healthy dollop of Senf would go quite well with this.

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Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,896 ratings
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