Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 10 oz poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very cloudy amber color. The head is a two finger off white shade with one of the most beautiful general textures I've seen in a head before. Shame the lacing is low, though.
S: I half expected bananarama, and that's what I got. What sends it over the top is the complex notes of tangerine, cloves, bubblegum, and light grass intermingling with the banana that turns it into a real aromatic winner.
T: This takes what made Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen so great, and amps it up to 11. Light banana to start, before giving way to some earthy, wheaty notes. I love how it isn't overly sweet (a problem I found in both Ayinger's and Schneider's weizenbocks) The finishing flavor, in particular, is superbly wheat forward. It manages to be balanced, smooth, and complex all at the same time,
M: I only have one problem with the beer - the finish is just too astringent and chalky. The smooth, slick body is excellent right up until then, however. The carbonation, just like the texture, is fantastically controlled up until the midtaste, but is also a little too intrusive on the back end. However, both tighten up quite well after several sips.
O: An excellent beer in general - but not quite as great as the regular hefeweizen. To be fair, that's one of the best beers *ever* in my opinion, so it makes me a little sad that this is merely fantastic, rather than utterly transcendental. But still, the fact that it's gotten to a point where I'm chiding a beer for only being excellent means that...
...should be searched out and consumed immediately.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2012 21:57:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.26/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap @ Library Alehouse.
A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.
N: Estery, cloves, bananas, wheaty, faint bacon.
T: Sweetish malts balanced well with estery fruits, bananas, cloves, with a mild ABV heat and a nice woodyness.
M: Medium body and semi-medium carbonation. Fruity, estery and wheaty finish.
O: Hard to describe how intricate this beer is. Almost a cognac-like thing happening which is probably from a magical combination of the wheat and malts. An interesting "big" weizen. Again, why have I not tried this before. Really liked. Give it a try.
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2014 02:01:52 | More by wethorseblanket
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
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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