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:
1,871
Reviews:
829
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
233
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Superb carbonation. Cap came off and the foam slowly, effortlesly, moves towards the top of the bottle. Pouring this beer produced a staggering mountain of snow white foam and a krystal clean dull blonde body.

S: Zestfull yeast, clover honey, mellow banana, graham and dried hay.

T: Begins with sweet corn, honey smacks and light green apple. Moves towards attractive grain tastes with more honey flavors. Finishes yeasty with some caramel banana. This beer becomes quite flavorful once it warms and opens up.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. This is smooth with superb carbonation.

D: At first I saw this beer as some stander German weissbier. This was nicely balanced, refreshing yet flavorful. Good stuff.

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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 BeerCon5
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with about an inch of fizzy white head.

Strong scent of banana and some wheat, not much else.

Most notable taste is the bananas, wheat malts, notes of spice.

Very thin and crisp feel; high, prickly carbonation.

Very easy to drink as well as refreshing.

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Photo of scootny
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml bottle. From a Weiss glass. A large pillowy head rises up from a standard pour and settles to a thin but firm covering. A beautifully clear gold brew with active carbonation visible and bits of lacing all the way down.

Smell is big with banana and clove. Juicy melon and ripe pears. A biscuity underpinning adds grainy texture.

Taste is much like the nose with banana and clove first and prominent. Next comes a gentle sourness and wheaty twang. Biscuits and malt. Light hop bittering. More malt and crackers. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium light and lively. Smooth carbonation and while crisp it is almost velvety texture.

Drinkability is almost off the charts, just short of a 5 for me. A great session beer like any good weiss type should be. Just a great beer.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of artoolemomo
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 AmitC
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th and second last beer out of the 5 pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. What a beauty. Pale golden color. Huge, huge head more than 4 fingers thick. White color. Fluffy. Foam like. Stays for 5 minutes or so and then dissipates into a thin disappearing layer. Extremely clear and transparent. Clearer than a crystal. Excellent lacing.

Smell is a little subdued. Wheat, cloves and banana. Just the regular stuff.

Taste is very much the nose, with dominant banana and wheat flavors. Less spicy than hefeweissbier. Less complex.

Mouth feel: Medium light to slightly fuller feel. Effervescent and refreshing. Little tart due to carbonation, which is not seen but felt.

German purity at its best. Lack of yeasts, takes something away from the taste and smell, but for its style, it is near perfect.

Style rating : 4.25-4.5 overall. Personal preference: 3.25.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Kristal Weizen. The only thing disappointing about this brew was the head that faded fairly quickly, however it stays very bubbly throughout the experience. Has a nice dryness to it, a little funky a little belgian like almost. Clings fairly well to the mouth and is easy to drink. It's definitely a nice wheat beer. It's definetly worth a try. Nice stab at the style.

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Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Miami66
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Shandycan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into weissbier glass. It pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick, foamy, snow-white head and extensive lacing. It smells of wheat, yeast, grass, honey, banana, and cloves. The taste is bready with abundant cloves, and a nice touch of banana. There is a slight hop presence with just a hint of citrus and bitterness at the finish. All of the flavors blend flawlessly. This is a light, tangy, and refreshing beer and with a moderate ABV of 5.4%, it is very easy to drink. Overall, this weissbier is a delight to drink.

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

Well, the pour is one that has produced a lot of head. It pours clean and clear, like the label states. Its a nice light orange pour that looks pretty inviting on a warm summer night.

The nose on this beer is fantastic. That big fluffy head packs a wallop! Lots of spicy, clovey smells arise from it along with that familiar banana and bubble gum. Such a unique bunch of smells but together they work and work well.

Lots of taste with this as well, lots of spicey notes come out. The clove and banana is very, very present along with some sweet and tangy tastes. Its also a very dry beer with an aftertaste that is quite refreshing. I do have to say that I wasn't expecting the amount of flavor this one packs. I like it a lot and it works well as a summer beer!

For a "lighter" wheat beer this one still packs a lot of great flavor and is very refreshing!

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Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mmorris15
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

It pours a bright straw yellow, glinting and as clear as a mountain stream, like, well, kristall. Three fingers of pure white wispy head ebb slowly to foamy hillocks. Grins of lacing smile along the inaide of the glass.

The aroma delivers a soft grainy, grassy sweetness, with blueberry and yeasty dough. Banana and clove play off of a peppery noble tang.

Upon sipping, there's a twist of sweet malt and wheat which quickly crisps out to a dry apple tartness, which is buoyed by a tangy taste of yeast. Clove and a sassy pepper note spice up the middle, and a mellow, grassy grain redux fades to a gentle bitter lingering finish. It's a solid, very enjoyable flavor profile that implies history.

Pretty much light bodied, the grain and carbonation combine with a nice glow the product on the palate.

First, I have to say, this is a very pretty colored beer, though a bit mainstream these days. And while what followed was just a bit lesser, that's not a damning thing. It has the crisp wheat thing going on, and the ABV is nothing intimidating, so that means it goes down smooth and easy. So it's summertime, and the weissbier's fine.

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Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existant. Lacing is decent. Banana and clove aroma. Big banana taste. Clove at the end. Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of match1112
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pilsner glass. poured a clear gold color so you could see all the bubbles and had a three finger head that lasted for some time. with the smell i picked up on bananna bread, yeast, and slight wheat and spice. tasted bananna up front, yeast all the way thru with slight spice on the end. mouth feel was bubbly like champaign. overall a good beer and a easy drinker.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This one has a little more zip and tang than the unfiltered version but it's still replete with banana and spice goodness. I think I prefer the style with the yeast, to take the edge off, but this is still a mighty fine drink.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,871 ratings.
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