Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KristallweissbierWeihenstephaner Kristallweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
813
Ratings:
1,830
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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133
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222
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Photo of RandomExile
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: fluffy eggshell head, inches deep, settles to a centimeter or two; per the name , translucent light-gold straw; sudsy short-lasting lacing
S: heady lemon-yeast, fresh; light bubble gum
T: sweet, bready, buttery/creamy (weird in a light-bodied beer, I know, but if weissbier is liquid bread, this would your liquid butter rolls!)
M: light but has more of a medium presence because of the oil/butter feel; dryish
O: The degree of presence in such a clear beer is surprising, but enjoyable. That sense keeps it being a refreshing beer, which most other elements would play into, but it's quite well done.

500mL / Weizen Glass

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Photo of rjimlad
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 joshuadlight
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's just something about wheat beers of any kind that doesn't sit well with me, so take all this with a grain of salt.

This beer looks great, pours with a nice head and beautifully crystal clear. However, the smoky wheat/spicy clove flavor that just turns me off is all too present. I can't get away from it. I'm sure this beer is a perfect example of what it is going for, and I tried to give it adequate rankings, but it just isn't for me.

Even in the summer, I'll take a nice fresh pilsener, or even a bold IPA, but keep the wheat to yourself.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It really is crystal clear golden with lively bubbly character with dominant head. A marvel to behold!

S - Wheatiness is prominent with cirtus. Very much as expected from a wheatbeer.

T - Felt quite light, fruity and buttery. Rather dry on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation and smooth on the palate.

D - One was no problem at all to drink, as econd could easily have followed.

More used to the cloudy wheat beers so this one a little different. Feel that the filtering has removed a little of the character of the beer. However, that aside, this remains a genuinely good example of the wheatbeer style.

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Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with fresh date on back

A- clear and golden with very good carbanation. almost see though like liquid glass

S- very grassy and clean hop smells coming though for me. not much malt if any.

T- super clean with hop notes somewhat presant but more carbanation than anything. could easily knock back a sixer with no problem.

M- very thin and bubbly. great beer for a spicy meal or a hot day. also good for backyard work. nice and refreshing.

O- my first for this style and i enjoyed it alot. will try to seek out others to compare to. a very solid beer i would love to have around all year.

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Photo of chefelf
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This style was recommended to me by a customer at a beer store and I was eager to try it. I selected this brewery since it claims to be the oldest in the world. If they've been making beer for nearly 1,000 years they must be doing something right.

As advertised this was crystal clear with a good amount of tiny champagne-like carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Nice, fluffy white head.

Tastes, not surprisingly, like a very nice hefeweizen. I haven't had any other kristalweizens but I would certainly recommend this one to anyone looking to try one for the first time.

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Photo of madjr80
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with plenty of carbonation. The head of foam was really thick and creamy, but it dropped down to a this lace in about 15 mins. At first I wasn't crazy about the taste, but about 3-4 sips into the beer I changed my tune. It is not like any beer that I typically drink, so I didn't what to expect.Interesting brew, I would buy this again.

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Photo of byrd
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a tremendous head that almost over flowed the glass with only a slight pour. I had to pour this brew extremely slowly down the side of the glass, and even then a great white head formed on top of the brew. The head becomes rocky and eventually dissipates to a perpetual thin lace that is maintained by carbonation that continuously streams from the bottom of the glass. True to its name, this beer is crystal clear with a nice straw color. Malty, wheat aroma is quite noticeable, with only a slight hint of hops. The taste is very clean and crisp with moderate carbonation. The carbonation on the tongue isn’t nearly as strong as the appearance would first indicate. Restrained malty sweetness arrives first with a nice wheat flavor. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness takes on more subdued banana and clove characteristics. There’s a crisp, sharp, tart taste towards mid swallow that passes nicely by. Very slight hops in the end along with the malts making one last appearance. The finish is quite short with no real aftertaste. This is definitely a very drinkable summertime brew.

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Photo of cpn920
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a thick foamy head. It certainly lives up to its name of Kristal...as in crystal clear. Overall I was disappointed in this beer in comparaison to their unfiltered hefeweizen. I prefer the unfiltered qualities as opposed to the filtered. The beer is light, tasty, and refreshing but it is something I would pass up for the unfiltered.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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 gabe23
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - As the name would indicate, this one is crystal clear and has a nice light golden color. The white head is colossal and lasts quite a while, but there isn't much lacing. Tiny bubbles drift constantly to the surface, making this a beautiful beer with a lager-like presentation in the glass.

S - Mild aroma of sweet fruitiness. The estery banana smell is present, but very muted. Perhaps a slight spiciness as well, but it's hard to detect.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavor is mild and sweet. The banana flavor is noticable at the start, and a mild, wheaty bitterness quickly takes over. This fades into a dry finish with a touch of clove and spice.

M - Thin, light, and refreshing with champagne-like carbonation.

D - This is a very drinkable beer, especially for people like myself who aren't big fans of the bold yeast in a Hefeweizen. Definitely a good choice for someone looking to develop a taste for hefes, as you get a touch of the banana/clove goodness, but it doesn't blow you away.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like more of a helles lager or pilsner than a weizen. Crystal clear...or very nearly...and a pretty shade of gold. A beautiful, bountiful, three inches of head sits atop thie beer like a cloud as the carbonation rises from the bottom to meet it.

The smell is, very simply, wheaty but mild with a hint of banana and clove.

The taste is very thin witha mild wheat taqste coming on slowly. Heavy carbonation makes the after taste more like a pilsner or lager. Something sour and citrusy - lemony flavor perhaps - compliments the carbonation and wheat very well.

Mouthfeel is clear and smooth, "crystal clear" as the bottle proclaims. This one washes right down. Great for a summer day.

This wheat is very easy to drink and perhaps the only wheat I could see becoming a session beer for me. That being said, it is very simple so it does not stand out, particularly, against the field of great beers.

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Photo of hobbes2112
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle

This one started good, the pour is a dark straw/light gold with large white head. Smell was wheat, yeast and minor citrus. Taste was subtle citrus, wheat and very slight hops. The mouthfeel really is odd though, to be this is waaay too much body for the taste and aroma that come with it. This was to the point of excessive filling in my book. For such a light beer I want a light body too, or more taste.

I won't likely buy this again.

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Photo of Doiv
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice bright golden colour with a big white head, that quickly disperses and leaves hardly any lacing at all.

Aroma is nice and fruity - peaches, aplles and pineapples to name a few. Spicy and yeasty notes follow - perhaps a little like coriander?

Taste is yeasty, with raisins, bananas, apples, and pineapples, with a bitter aftertaste followed by a lingering fruity spice.

Good mouthfeel, and drinks brilliantly on a hot day.

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Photo of Celt44
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a crystal clear light straw. Nice bubbly head and a slight lacing. Almost champagne-like

Aroma - Spices up front - clove, nutmeg, ginger. Malty towards the end..

Taste - ginger spice, clove. Tart towards the end...a candy-like flavor, sweettarts come to mind.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, again champagne-esque

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light, and refreshing. Very good for the style...

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured crystal straw yelow orange hue with a blast of bubbles rushing up in the center of glass leaving behind a two finger frothy white head. Also left behind a good amount of lace. The aroma, although subtle has the same banana, clove, hay, wheat malt and dough scent as it's fellow hefeweizen. The taste on the other hand is more crisps, sharp, and fizzy upfront. The lighty sweettart wheat malt, clove and dough came through the middle. Ending with a hint of green apple bitter from the hops. Overall, this brew rocks, with all it's tasteful and aroma characters one could drink it all night. Enjoy

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Photo of hyland24
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. This beer as the name states poured a crystal clear gold so much so you could read a book through the glass. The smell was sweet banana now&later. The taste was awesome, pure banana. Such a clean great tasting beer. Light and crisp, a perfect representation of this style. A close tie between this and the Dunkel as my favorite of this style. Great beer and a great brewery. A must try for any Weiss fan.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served the 16oz bottle into my Weizen glass on a hot summer day.

A: I need to start by saying that I got a bad pour from this one. The head was huge because when my friend brought the bottle he probably moved it all over the place. Unfortunate but that's what happened. The body was very wild with bubbles from carbonation all over the place, most likely because the bottle was agitated. Clear golden body.

S: some banana and spices present, a bit hard to tell because of the incident I had with the bottle.

T: I wasn't able to fully enjoy this because of the huge foamy head that overshadowed everything else, but I could feel banana, herbal elements, citrus and some wheat in the palate.

M: light to medium body, clean and fresh feel

O: I'll need to go back to this one and give it another shot to be more fair. From what I could tell, it's a very good beer in its style but I think I still prefer the Tucher Kristall.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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 BeenJammin
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- super clear, straw yellow in color with nice fluffy white head
S- grainy, sweet with a bit of hops
T - Chalk full of flavor for such a light beer. Has a nice clean grainy lager taste
M - clean, crisp, refreshing, light
D - can you say, "lawn mower beer"? I could drink this by the liter.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very pale yellow with a huge pure white head

S-delicious smell of fruit (banana, maybe with a bit of apple/pear)with a slight yeast/spiciness in the background could be a bit stronger though

T-very clean crisp taste of banana clove and apples and a right amount of spicyness to compliment the flavor

M/D-highly carbonated with a very light clean body yet has a hint of a creamy finish overall this beer is highly drinkable and is delicious, crisp, and very refreshing

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Photo of bristol2120
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clean, deep golden, with a substantial head which settled down to a half inch layer of foam. Not much lacing in evidence. Smell is pleasant and restrained. Classic notes of clove and banana are faintly detectable. The aroma also features a malty wheat presence, and grainy/maize notes which are quite good. Taste is subtle, but good, featuring classic weizen aspects. Mouthfeel is decent, if a bit thin. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I've ever had in this style.

It pours crystal clear, super pale yellow. It looks like water with a little beer in it! There's a huge, fluffy, white head that dissipates rather quickly for its size.

I caught a huge whiff of banana as soon as I began pouring. Also, hints of clove, spices & breadiness.

Taste was like hefe flavors...banana, spice & clove, like banana bread. There's a little bit of a floral flavor here too. Finishes crisp & clean, very light & refreshing.

This beer is nicely carbonated, small bubbles feel velvety but keep it crisp & extremely drinkable. This would be an awesome summer beer.

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Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cristal clear pale yellow into the weissbier glass, with a frothy head which diminishes relatively quickly. There seems to be an endless stream of bubbles - interesting to know that a filtered weissbier looks like ginger ale. Mellow hints of clove and banana in the nose. Similar in the taste. The standard banana esters and spices associated with weissbiers but very mellow. Too mellow for my liking. I suppose it is just the style, but it just seems like a dumbed-down hefe. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Technically there's nothing really wrong with this, I'm just not a fan of the style I guess. Think I'll stick to hefes.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance clear golden yellow in color with a huge white head that went down to a thin layer that left a nice lace. Smell bannana clove and and lemon. Taste no bannana in the taste to my suprise hints of orange and lemon zest with firm malt bread and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability with out a doubt an outstanding beer for a summer day buy the pool or at the beach.

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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,830 ratings.
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