Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Style: Kristalweizen

5.4% ABV

16 IBU’s

Calories: 230 kcal/0.5l

Original wort: 12.7% by weight

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Brewer’s Note: “The source of its pearling, effervescent taste is the secret fermentation process which we have developed especially for our crystal wheat beer.  It quenches your thirst like no other beer.  With its elegant appearance, it is the specialty of our brewery.  Goes well with fish, seafood and light dishes.”

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The bottle is quite similar to the Weihenstephaner Original, with the only noticeable difference being that the blue highlights have become green on this label.  The beer still has the awesome sigil for the brewery, and a classy old feeling to it, and is worthy of a place on the shelf as long as it sits besides its Weihenstephaner brothers.

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The beer pours superbly clear, like ginger ale in color, with yellow straw tendencies.  The head is massively smooth and white with tightly packed bubbles.  The body is extremely clear with lots of bubbles running up from the bottom of the glass.  Lacing is slippery, sticky with fat and thick with walls along the sides of the glass like latte foam.  On the nose the beer smells cleanly of wet banana and clove with nice light yeast notes and slight spices from the wheat.

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The beer tastes similarly bananay with clove notes with slight tingly mint in the aftertaste.  The beer begins as clean light wheat malt before opening into heavy banana notes with light clove hints, and slowly closing out into minty lingering.  On the mouth this beer is superbly clean with light bubbling prickles.  The beer turns slightly syrupy as it moves over the tongue with light to medium body, and it leaves the tongue slightly dry and very clean.  Overall, this is a superbly clean weizen beer.  I admittedly have never had a kristalweizen before, but as far as I can tell from style descriptions this beer meets them beautifully, marrying clean mouthfeel with the banana and clove flavors of a hefeweizen.  A great beer with awesome wheat character.

Kristallweiss 5

4.03/5

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