Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Kristalweizen
Ranked #1
Ranked #4,037
4.07 | pDev: 9.83%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Notes: 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.
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Photo of warrenc
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with tallcloudy white head. Smells of wheat, banana. Taste of what it looks and smells, a clear wheat. Easy drinking, not as much body as they're usual wheat. Be nice outside on a sunny day activity.

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warrenc from Oregon, May 12, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured violently from pint bottle into Weizen glass.

L; Pours pale yellow and Kristall clear (sorry) with a large tight head that recedes slowly. Carbonation is really active within the first minute, remains producing bubbles but calmed down considerably after that period.

S; Wonderful blend of citrus, bready, and banana notes, can't wait to smell this in my glass on a summer's day.

T; A well-balanced blend of the rounded (not acidy or sour) citrus and banana head the sip, and the finish consist mainly of a surprising bready note. Very refreshing and tasty, but not highly entertaining to my palette. I want more flavor, you know? It's like I get a glimpse of something I love, something I'm familiar with from the hefeweizen, but it just doesn't stick with me here. Meaning that a strong flavor is not present for a long time before it's back to the typical wheaty/malty taste. Maybe this is typical of the style, it's just not right up my alley. Taste is good, just leaves me longing for more.

F; The feel is light and smooth; wonderful as a sesher or refresher, but I've been into stouts and sours recently so this is a bit bland to me. Great for what it is, and I'm not trying to knock it, just giving my two cents to say that it doesn't compare in body to styles I've recently been admiring.

O; Very nice beer for a refreshing time amidst heat and sun, but I'm drinking it in winter months after going on a stout and sour kick. In other words, check in with me halfway through the year to hear me give this beer a five-star review. Lol, another great easy drinker from Weihenstephaner, proßt!

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WeissDavis from Georgia, May 08, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't know this was the #1 beer in this style until I started this review. Wow. I mean, it is a good beer imo, I like the taste and it is not too heavy (important to me) and does not have a strong aftertaste. Overall, it is an above average beer but I am just surprised it is the #1 beer. I confess to not being super knowledgeable able this particular style though. I will drink it again.

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OK_Denise from Oklahoma, May 03, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty amazing. I've been nursing this just shy of an hour and it is still retaining its head. Crisp, dark straw looking body. Effervescent bubbles still flowing. On the nose, Sweet dirty hay/grass and Banana bread. Bubble gum, bananas, earthy finish. Mouthfeel isn't as dry as I anticipated. This is an awesome spring-time beer.

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MagicJeff from Georgia, Apr 15, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 16.9 oz bottle into my weizen glass, this beer pours an extremely clear, light, pale golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface and a white head that's over an inch thick when first poured that settles to a thick surface coating of foam with a thick foam ring lining the inside of the glass, and decent lacing. Aromas of some bready, just slightly zesty malts along with wheat and a bit of clove and banana. A very similar flavor profile here, with some bready, slightly zesty malts followed by some wheat and nice hints of banana and clove that's rounded out with a bit of noble, floral hop bitterness to provide some balance. Has a crisp, yet also smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with crisp aftertaste.


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Photo of RochefortChris
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow in color, medium high clarity with chunks on yeast floating around. Big, fluffy white head that is very persistent.

Banana esters are prominent with hints of clove and bubblegum. Also has a cracker, grainy aroma going on as well. Medium earthy noble hop aroma

Similar to aroma, lots of banana clove and bubblegum up front with a grainy, crackery finish. Noticeable noble hop bitter throughout, well attenuated and dry finish

Medium bodied with medium high carbonation, faint alcohol warmth, lingering dryness in the palate, but not unpleasant

An excellent example of the style, but I can pick up subtle differences between a krystallweissbier and a traditional weissbier, and I prefer the traditional. Objectively speaking, however, this is a well made beer.

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RochefortChris from North Carolina, Feb 28, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle. Clear golden color with an impressive three fingers of fluffy white head. Smells of clove, banana, and wheat. Light feel. Clove and banana flavors with some floral hops. Very smooth. Great beer all around.

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Photo of Anders91
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: yellowish gold, very clear with a big fluffy white head

Smell: Banana, clove, malt, wheat

Taste: crisp, slightly bitter, wheaty, light banana

Feel: prickly at first, smooths out at the end

A pretty good beer, but I prefer the Vitus and Hefeweizens

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Anders91 from California, Jan 28, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hard pour. Very foamy. I didn't expect it to be so lively. Lots of action! Nice clear golden color, eggwhite head.

S: Smells like I'm about to drink it.

T: A very nice beer. The malt is bready and delicious, and the yeast have done alot of work in this brew, as evidenced by notes of banana and clove.

F: Feels like I'll need more than one.

O: Well done.

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Photo of Singlefinpin
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a clear glass beer mug.
Appears Golden clear, nice foamy white head that dropped in about two minutes to zero.
Smells, at first winey, that left quickly. Slightly Malty, floral.
Tastes clean, crisp, very light malt flavor and not enough bitter for my taste.
Mouth feel is light, crisp, dry.
Overall, not that Interesting, but at a cookout you could session this all day long.

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Singlefinpin from North Carolina, Jan 03, 2020
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Krystallweissbier by Weihenstephaner 5.4% ABV 16 IBU

Appearance: pours clear gold, nice head, minimal lacing

Aroma: wheat, banana, cracker

Taste: clove, peppercorn, banana, wheat

Mouthfeel: light bodied, above average carbonation, thin

Aftertaste: banana, mild phenolic

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Photo of deedric
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: lovely golden straw. Lively bubbles.
Ar: lightly yeast, banana, hints of clove
T: follows aroma
F: creamy, sparkly.
O: lovey, first time ever tasting a Krystall Weiss. What a wonderful style.

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deedric from Wisconsin, Oct 03, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle (into glass)
Thick, very white creamy head. Crystal clear medium gold color. Fruity and malty aroma. Really pleasant subtle fruity flavor with tiny hint of allspice & banana. Nice and easy finish.

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Pivopijak from Washington, Sep 07, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a light golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma had light yeast, fruity and wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a light yeast, fruity and wheat flavor
M-A light bodied generously carbonated beer
O-A good Kristallweizen

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VABA from Virginia, Aug 31, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/10/19

A: Pale gold with some yellow tones - crystal clear, as advertised - pours with a large white head, slowly fades to a medium cap, leaves a wall of lacing

S: Like Weihenstephan's Hefe, just dialed down - soft, bready aromas - pale malts and light wheat - yeast and some fruity esters, with some banana - hint of clove - some citrus

T: Light bready malts, pale grains, mild wheat flavors - light banana, some spice, hint of grass - light sweetness overall, mild bitterness - finishes mostly clean with some lingering hefe yeast

M: On the light side of medium, crisp but also with some chewy character from the wheat, medium carbonation

O: Are you old enough to remember Crystal Pepsi?

Apparently this is my first Kristalweizen. It's an interesting concept. A clear hefe? Filtering out the yeasty goodness still leaves a lot of yeasty flavors, but some of the magic is gone. It's probably not fair to compare this to the masterpiece that is Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but life is unfair sometimes.

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angrybabboon from Massachusetts, Jul 11, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-clear, amber bottle pour with a 2 cm foam cap. The aroma is slightly woody. The flavor is wheat with a citrusy presence. There is some mellow beech hop flavor too. The finish is clean. This would be a match for many cuisines.

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Bluecrow from New York, Jun 15, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Lenox wheat beer glass. Very clear medium gold with a huge white head. Smell is spice; clove, nutmeg, and banana. With a thousand years of brewing experience this beer is going to be consistently good. I rated it slightly lower because I think the original non kristall version is better. It does seem like the carbonation is a little low on this batch. Overall, it’s great.

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3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear gold with a very large white head
S: faint spice aroma
T: touch of hops, banana, and very faint black pepper
F: clean, could use some more carbonation, but the word that comes to mind in regards to feel is clean

Refreshing, smooth, and easy to drink. Goes well with sausage like knockwurst.

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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island, Apr 02, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a weissen glass.
Clear golden color with a tall, medium bodied, off white head.
Crisp, wheat smell with a dash of citrus.
Clean taste with some apple, pear, and a little banana and lemon. A round mouthful with a hoppy aftertaste.

A refined "lighter tasting" version of their weissen, this beer satisfies your taste buds without filing you up. An extremely enjoyable beer that pairs well with a variety of foods and tastes great on its own.

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officerbill from New York, Mar 26, 2019
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5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a wonderful beer. it;s a great match with the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. it's just really refreshing with German wheat,citrus notes. and a very yummy sweet hint of banana and other not to over powering sweetness,. goes down real smooth and crisp.

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dxpnthedrunk from New Jersey, Mar 13, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Straw gold colored beer with a frothy two fingered head. Clear and very bubbly.
S- Very phenolic and spicy. Slight earthy undertone. Sweet with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon are present.
T- Bitter hop presence, ripe pear, sweet apple, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg flavors, phenolic banana. Very nice.
F- Fizzy and bubbly mouthfeel. Nice and crisp.
O- A very fine beer. I enjoyed every sip. There isn't a thing I would change about it. Not too much of anything, not too little of anything. Surprisingly light and sessionable. I would buy and drink again.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottled 6/8/18 (7 months ago) poured into a wheat beer glass at fridge temp 5.4% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is mild banana and clove along with a vague wheat sweetness. The taste is semisweet banana with mild clove and bubblegum coming on the finish. Low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. Overall, very good for style. I am not a fan of any traditional wheat beer, but I will say this is pleasant and very well made.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jan 15, 2019
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5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale gold with a fine and fast-settling foam, nose is oddly tangy, faint hints of dry grass, lemon and banana. Far fuller bodied than looks would suggest, smooth and lightly fruity, yet also with dry noble hop bitterness.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Dec 24, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was out on a fruitless mission yesterday ISO Flying Dog’s Last Minute Gift Pack, but to no avail. I was in the Brewers Outlet on Butler Avenue so I decided to patrol the mix-a-six section just to see what I could see. Lo & behold, I spied with my little eye, the last remaining bottle of this beer! Mine, all mine!

From the Bottle: “Since 1040”; “Brewed Under the Purity Law of 1516”; “The World’s Oldest Brewery”; “Crystal-clear”.

I readied the largest glass that I could muster & Pop!ped the cap. I was trying to simply do a gentle C-Line pour, but the 500ml contents began to get away from me pretty quickly. The foam was rising at a higher rate than I was prepared for & I needed to bring the glass upright before I wound up with a messy spill. It created two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head & then seemed to exhale, falling like a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all of whom were anxious for a taste. Nose actually smelled quite pleasant to me! It was very heavy on the clove esters & almost nil on banana, which is just the way that I like it. Bump the banana! If I want banana, I’ll peel & eat one. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was still quite spicy with a pronounced clove quality, but I was getting some banana peeking through. The updated Style Guide says that its flavors will be more subtle than in a standard Hefeweizen, but I found the clove to be more pronounced & the banana to be more reduced, or subtle. Still, this was quite a single-o revelation! I really found myself enjoying this, much more than a standard unfiltered Hefeweizen. Well, that’s entirely true or fair – it depends on its fermentation process: ale temperatures bring out pronounced banana esters (more common) while lager temps result in pronounced clove flavors (less common since it ties up the tanks for a longer period). I prefer the latter, but they are tough to find commercially. Finish was semi-dry to dry, very refreshing, which is the idea behind a Hefeweizen to begin with, but here I found it much more palatable.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Dec 22, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an absolutely translucent slightly hydrated, ehm - yellow. Head is two fingers in height, white in color, and fair in retention. Aroma is a smack of spicy hop immediately followed by soothing banana and potassium. Clove and yeast esters drive this further into the 'quintessential pale German beer' stereotype, but not in a bad way. Floral, citrus hops and toasty, biscuity, doughy, earthy malts and wheat round out the complexities of the nose. In summation - flavorful and sharp. Flavor profile is spicy hops right up front, which linger a long while before fading and banana, clove, and yeast notes land in its wake. Doughy bread, wheat, and barley notes give this a bigger profile, adding on to complexity, but not taking away from the ease of enjoyment. Mouth feel is crisp, and nearing on sharp. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, a very sharp, crisp, refreshing beer with some unique notes. It embodies the stereotypes of so many German beers, but carries it well, making it a refreshing experience. Note the style description states the banana and yeast notes would be more subtle, but in contrast, they really drive the experience throughout this glass.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Dec 02, 2018
Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2017 ratings