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:
1,862
Reviews:
823
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
231
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BigGold
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in its own weizen glass.

A - Huge fluffy bubbled aired white head. many tiny bubbles fleeing from the bottom. Pale yellow and clear color. A filtered Weiss, right?

S - Strong smell of banana in the nose. Cinnamon and cloves. Delicious flowery-spicy combination. Also malts and yeasts. The pure definition of liquid bread

T - Much like the aroma. Wheat is very evident followed by the banana and spices (again, cinnamon and cloves). A bit earthy too. Very very light hops bitterness. Just great

M - Medium and bit molasses body. Big carbonation. Dry taste and light bitterness. Very pleasant and drinkable

O - Delicious as expected from a Weihenstephaner. Refreshing and delicious

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Photo of warpedrevolution
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - Light hazy straw gold color that leaves a very generous head behind. Lots of carbonation is visible. Head is still around btw.

S - A strong mix of spice and yeast. There might be a backdrop of some of the wheat.

T - Starts off with a sweet spicy flavor, not much for bitterness. Guess that rolls w/ the style. Not much malt here either. Yeast is the mid flavor. Finishes with a nice clove and banana combination.

M - Lots of carbonation on the palate. Feels a bit filling as it goes down. Is very full of body.

D - I can drink this beer easily. I can't "slam" them with this carbonation, but it might be a nice easy drinker.

All and all, a good beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge frothy head created from a medium to slow pour, although it didnt stick around for long. A truly crystal clear light golden hue. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus, wheat, yeast, straw, green apple.

T - Similar to the smell, a lemony wheat beer. Its a stinking hot summers day today and this stuff is just the ticket, very refreshing.

M - Light, thin, crisp and furiously carbonated. A kind of champagne quality to it. The wife loved it.

D - Falls short of its magnificent unfiltered brother, yet another tick for the boys at Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured dark clear(crystal clear) yellow color and formed a huge white foamy head that latticed lace as it slowly, and I mean slowly, subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops, cloves and bananas. The flavor was of malt, hops and yeast/bread. The finish was a touch doughy and light. Not as good as the hefe, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a clear pale yellow with a three finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of wheat banana and clove
T: taste is banana, creamy wheat and some light clove and spice. swallow is more banana and pear with some more clove and wheat with some ever so slight bitterness
M: light and creamy on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A very tasty wheat beer with good flavors and excellent balance. Try it if wheats are your thing

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super clear pale straw with amazing white head.

The smell consists of slight banana and clove along with some bready character. It is all kept in balance and nothing takes front stage.

The taste is also evenly balanced with the usual hefe qualities but with a slightly lighter body and a crispness that isn't usually found in the non kristal versions.

Overall I'm glad I finally decided to pick up this style. It is slightly different but no worse than the non filtered version. I would prefer this with a big burger as it seems to not fill you up as much.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of brocktune
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a huge fan of kristalweizens, but this once was a pleasure to consume. Appearance wise it produced vast amounts of bright white fluffy/pillowy head, and had golden champagne looking body.

The aroma was bold with freshly cracked pepper, and a slight clove trait. Lemon fragrance was detectable as well.

Taste wise; it was lemony up front, a hint of white grape, and a finish of light bubble gum flavor.

The feel of this brew is light, crisp, and very clean.

Overall the best kristalweizen I've had. One can't ever go wrong with these brewery's products.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a clasiic Golden Straw colour witha two fingered white head that retains well.

S - Aromas of banana and clove.

T - Wheat is more present in this than the hefe the banana more prominant though. Nice balanced flavours.

M - High carbonation and light body.

O - Prefer the heffe but this is still a great drop.

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Photo of dfillius
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Moderate pour yields 1.5 fingers of head that eventually goes away. Crystal clear light yellow liquid. What makes it clear? I guess filtering.

S: Banana and clove, wheat malt. Nearly perfect for a weiss.

T: Hefeweizen flavor all the way. Delicious and solid for that style, I suppose it's spot on for this one too since this is a fintered Hefeweizen. I would say this has perfect flavor

M: A bit thick/chewy? Not bad at all, this beer is smooth as well. The thickness could be from the creamy soup I'm enjoying it with.

D: Strong.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 Tschnab
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of victory4me
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JayS2629
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer. The body is my favorite character of this brew. Its creamy and slightly fizzy so the mouthfeel is bombarded with bubbles. Teh look is great for this style. Straw gold with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves beautiful lace.

The aroma is faint, however. You smell the yeast. Mainly banana with a hint of clove and spice. Faint, light biscuity tones in the back.

The taste is top notch for this style. It is like a Heffe lighter on the spice. Balancing more banana than clove. Fruity. Hints of pear and melon. Hints of vanilla and a touch of citrus like orange peel. Clove takes a backseat as more sublte. Nice light, crisp, refreshing body with a rich, creamy, slightly grainy edge and nice carbonation effect. Overall, may be my favorite wheat beer. I'm not the biggest fan of cloves and love bananas so take my judgement with that grain of salt. Very well done beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Holy Yellow! i mean really yellow, a rich golden-autumn yellow, and crystal clear (namesake) with a finger of pure white head sustained with lots of busy and swift carbonation

S - full malty, wheaty aromas with a clean crispness to it, not strong banana aromas, but i can see how some would detect that, its more of a banana-esque aroma to me than straight and definite banana, some sugary bubblegum aromas as well, similar to a hefe, but distincly different as well

T - the taste is very similar to the aroma, wheaty at first with a fruity, sugary finish, that same banana/bubble gum sweetness is a bit stronger, and as the nose suggested, it is a crisp flavored brew

M&D - super smooth, with an easy but lively carbonation, a great summertime session brew, a great beer

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Photo of tpauer
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ½ l bottle to my big swirl hefe glass. Very nice pale yellow and crystal clear. Some nice carbonation to push up a respectable white head that fades to minimal lace.

The smell is classic hefe, very nice yeast and bread like wheat. Hints of some spice.

The taste is really nicer then I suspected. Lots on cloves, Then lemon a,d a slight banana finish. Some peppery notes mixed into the finish.

Mouthfeel was just slightly thiner then I like. Bet the carbonation was right there, very good.

Drinkability was also very good I could have this just about any time. Mk

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Photo of Stignacious
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RichD
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,862 ratings.
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