Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bottle into fluted pint glass during German hefeweizen and weizen tasting I arranged at home.
Pours with one of the biggest and most annoyingly persistent heads I've ever encountered from a bottled beer (and a weizenbock of all things)! Fades slowly to a delicate eggshell lace. A light amber hue with golden highlights, slightly cloudy with a few floaters. Lighter than expected, but still very pretty.
Nose is amazing but not quite as in your grill as their hefeweizen. Lots of wheat and yeast up front with a subtle baking spice component, some vegetal notes (pleasant), and mild Bavarian malts/hops. Really get that faint banana and clove thing, but on refreshing the nose with a quick smell of the hefe-weissbier and going back to the Vitis shows how subtle the clove and banana really are.
Palate is good, less grip and intensity of flavor than expected. More clove than anything, some banana and fig. Very pleasant but less intense than I was hoping.
Palate is rather light and thin for a weizenbock. But the balance is impressive. Really fine acidity here. Grip is lacking though, but the finish is medium long and enjoyable. Really nice carbonation.
Overall a very good wheat brew, but a little thinnner and lighter than expected from a weizenbock. But this is still a stunner and I plan on stocking up (for $3.50 a bottle!!!) with this and their hefe-weissbier.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2011 19:07:02 | More by cbarrett4
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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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