Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour a yeasty-looking, hazy brew of an even straw color. The head it holds is two fingers high, and composed of big white bubbles that slowly disappear. Throughout the session little lacing is produced, despite the head retaining, in part, until the bottom of the glass. There is highly active carbonation throughout, but the liquid is otherwise opaque. The aroma is flush with ripe bananas and esters, cloves and phenols, and sour, citrusy hops that sit quite comfortably behind a heavy wheat aroma. The taste begins with a clash of bitter, drying wheat and sweet bananas. These both remain throughout the middle, with the esters peaking even further, and mixing with warm spices. As the sip trails off there are echoes of the same fruity esters, bitter lemon rind, and a curious smokiness, like that of charred meat. The aftertaste is sweet, but, if left for some time, it begins to veer towards sourness. The beer is medium to full bodied, with a comparable level of carbonation. The brew is somewhat creamy and coats the mouth, leaving it cooled and satiated. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks quite nicely.
Overall, what was best about this brew was its classically Weizenbock aroma. It contains all of the sweet and wheaty characteristics anything in the style should and, while admittedly complex, maintains a delicious simplicity to the flavors. What was curious, if anything, was the huge attention to esters, with the specificity of ripe bananas, which were observable at nearly every turn.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2010 04:11:54 | More by TheBrewo
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3.89/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I had purchased this one evening at Hunger 'n' Thirst when Mughugger was working in the bottle shop. I am listening to Black Sabbath as the accompanying soundtrack for this one.
From the bottle: "WBA 12 [-] World Beer Awards [-] World's Best Wheat Beer Strong"; "The world's oldest brewery [-] Since 1040".
I began the pour, only to be be surprised by its light color. I do not know why I was thinking that it would be dark in color, but I was startled all the same. I got a dense finger of bone-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a Hefeweizen, especially in terms of the banana esters, although I got some clove, but accompanied by a bit of heat. I was ready to sneeze. Mouthfeel was medium. I initially thought to myself "Hefeweizen! Burned again!" since I am not a big fan of the style, but then the heat kicked in and I realized why this was a Winter beer. Bananas + heat = Bananas Foster! Man, I really dug it in Advanced Foods in HomeEc when we did flambe desserts. Hit the lights, get some fire going and serve. In this case, I was getting ready to hit the deck! It was like a rabbit punch. I did not see this coming, despite the label. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to its inherent heat. Phew! Sabbath plays on while I may be played out.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 00:22:52 | More by woodychandler
4.14/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.
Look: Hazy, cloudy rusted wheat yellow body. Rocky white head that pretty much doesn't recede. Lacing is minimal.
Aroma: Boozy right away, then bready, yeasty, and fruity with mostly banana.
Taste: Much like the aroma. The alcohol really comes out early before becoming very grainy with loads of bready notes. Banana throughout.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.
Overall: Excellent taste and aroma, very boozy though.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 20:57:53 | More by JuicesFlowing
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,473 ratings.