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:
1,872
Reviews:
829
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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133
Gots:
234
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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 aleigator
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of tpauer
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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 damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (batch code 8170) poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Pours a huge white airy head which dies down to a 1/4" thick white foam which is very persistent. Strands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Cloves, sweet spiciness, and just a tiny hint of bubblegum in there.

Taste: Sweetness and cloves up front, with a crisp dry finish - maybe even some hints of apple in there at the end.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the tongue, followed by a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Very good with a meal (slow cooked cabbage and noodles with paprika, onions, and sour cream), and I think it would be very good all by itself. An overall very good beer.

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

Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale golden with very active carbonation and a thin, fizzy head that comes and goes. What a shitty head. What comes out most in the nose is, of course, the wheat character and a strong banana phenolic presence. The flavors begin slightly phenolic then move on to an apple sweetness and then onto what reminds me exactly of wheat crackers. Very drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is lively enough to keep the somewhat muted flavors alive on the palate. Light-bodied enough to make this a very quaffable beer, but can be a bit sticky.

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Photo of allenson21
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jwps214
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle.
It pours a hazy gold with a pure white head and little specks of lace.
The aroma is clovey...really clovey...like someone added a bunch of cloves to the brew. A lemony citrus smell and the faint smell of wheat crackers are also noticed.
The malt has a wheat cracker taste. It has a light brown sugar-like sweetness.
The hops have a lemony sourness along with the flavor of orange zest. The taste of cloves is fairly potent. A light peppery finish and a taste of coriander provide an interesting aftertaste. It has a dry, refreshing finish.

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Photo of mscudder
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poor into my 0.5L Weihenstephaner glass.

A - Wow, A beautiful clear brew with a strong head. Lacing that lasts for quite some time. This is what those "American Light Lagers" should be striving for.

S- Banana and very subtle citrus.

T - Very light and follows the smell quite well. Banana notes and citrus.

M - Strong carbonation dominates this beer but after it subsides it leaves a a smooth, bready yeast. Enjoyable.

O - This certainly tastes like it was made. A filtered Hefe could not be any better, but I will stick with the original or the dark version. If you prefer a very light brew (perhaps progressing from the Bud Light, Miller genre) this is for you.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely beer this. The look is kristall clear yellow, golden to be truthful, with a substantive and billowy white head. much less lacing than anticipated, but that's OK as the overall look forecasts the flavor.

A nice clean and crisp feel awaits the taster. This beer is subtle in elements generally broadcast loudly by other weisses. The clove hint is there, but quite understated, allowing its citrus side to come to the fore for a change.

The flavor is led by the citrus which is greatly complemented by its spicy hues. The aroma hints also of a light body and lovely citrus lightness.

Altogether fresh and refreshing, this beer was a big hit with my companions who gave it a try. A great summer, warm season beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, vibrant carbonation. Aroma has banana and lighter ester spice with some clean yeast & malt. Classic light German malt foundation, very crisp golden malt and wheat, with the banana / esters acting as a supporting note that never overasserts itself. Mouthfeel starts pretty bubbly but doesn't flatten pretty quickly.

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Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Barleycorn
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no discernible dating that I can find. Poured into a classic Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - All the gilded beauty of Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen, but filtered, for a crystal-clear body the color of golden straw. Lazy but consistent bubbles of carbonation rise up through the body, replenishing a towering head of five fingers. Unlike the rockier head of a hefeweizen, the bubbles on this one are very fine, like champagne carbonation, but with much greater retention. As it starts to fade, it leaves curtains of foam along the sides of the glass while the center of the foam retains longer than the ring between the lacing and the center, leaving a sort of moat around a pillow of foam in the middle. Over time, some of the bubbles grow larger and burst, leaving a swiss cheese effect on the lacing.

Smell - Predominantly fruity phenols, but with less sweetness than the typical banana. I'd suggest that it's more similar to plantain, and some faint bubblegum notes sneak in at the end as well. I will say this--while this is certainly to style, I miss the more rustic elements the unfiltered wheat brought to the party. The grain is hard to detect in the smell, but let's see how it works with the taste.

Taste - Here I get more of a sense of the wheat, along with some nice bright lemongrass notes to compliment the sweeter phenolic components. The wheat characteristic reminds me of a hefeweizen the same way a slice of white or wheat bread might remind me of the bolder multigrain or whole-grain bread. It's there, but more subdued and polite. I also detect some clove in the taste where I did not in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - The filtration takes away some of the creamy element to the beer, so now the mouthfeel is a bit more prickly, like how a crisp pilsener might feel. Body is light and carbonation level is high.

Overall, my first sampling of the style, so it seemed fitting to try one from the king of kristalweizen's unshaven cousin, the hefeweizen. Personally, I think I would choose the latter for just sitting and drinking, but for fine dining, the kristalweizen is an excellent idea to take the place of wine, due to it's refinement as well as the fact that it would work well with a number of different cuisines.

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Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TexIndy
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with a code on the back label into a weizen glass. Had a clear pale straw color with a lot of head and carbonation. The smell was a watered down Hefe with no dominant aspects. The mouthfeel was okay - it goes down smooth with a touch of carb. Overall it had a pretty average flavor and aftertaste. It doesn't really excite but is kind drinkable in the just want to quench the thirst with demanding a lot of flavor. I find this to be the case with most kristal's so I still prefer the regular hefe's. Ok as a rare change of pace. (3.5, RB, Tie, O)

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,872 ratings.
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