Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.43/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
In advance of The Mother of all Gatherings at the Brick Store this weekend, I thought I'd charge my palate with ColoradoBobs favorite: V I T U S!
First off, this is really not to the Weizenbock style... but it has freakin' Weihenstephaner on the label and so I'll shut up. This is, as many reviewers have noted, more like an Imperial Hefeweizen... and there is NOTHING wrong with that!
Crack the .5 liter brown bottle and expertly pour into my authentic Vitus goblet, and am wowed immediately by the nose and visuals of this beer... greedy, I charge in for a taste...
Oh this is delicious. The whole experience is a Hefe, bigged up. Darker in color with a fat white head, the banana and spice are much more pronounced and defined. The malt bill is hefty here but the 7.7% is still hidden pretty darn well. No hops to speak of. Vitus is reminding me of a Tripel, actually, with all the clove, pepper, sour green apple and honey notes going off like crackling fireworks in my mouth... all that is missing is the booze heat and Belgian yeast and turn that banana down a notch, you'd have a super good Tripel... shoot, I don't care what this is, it is Seriously Good.
Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full and boasts just a touch of tingly carbonation. Wunnerful.
Gosh, there is so much this beer does right... I want more. This is drinkable and delightful. Bless you, Weihenstephan! Don't change a thing.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2009 00:24:39 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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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