Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Bottling code: 4018

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 10A Weissbier

AROMA: Moderate banana-like yeast esters with a slight lemonpeel background note. Moderate bready/wheaty malt base. Faint bubblegum and clove-like phenolics. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pilsner-like appearance of white gold (2-4 SRM) over a crystal-clear body with a very large, bright white, fluffy foam which retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lightly spicy (clove-like) taste at first, followed by a moderate bready maltiness from the wheat. Finishes with a light banana-like taste with a lemony flavor right at the end. Aftertaste is lightly spicy. No obvious hop flavor and bitterness is very low. Due to the filtration, some of the raw wheaty and yeast character seems to be missing when compared to traditional, unfiltered versions (age of the bottle certainly doesn't help, either). 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; high carbonation. Smooth with a crisp, lager-like finish. Very refreshing. Tempting to session at 5.4% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Enjoyable and to-spec for the most part. Lacking a certain cachet that unfiltered weissbiers seem to have. Also a bit old. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

NOTE: See my 2012 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2012/05/weihenstephaner-kristall-weissbier.html

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