Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by neonbrown82:
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a kickass weizenbock. The only one I've had that even comes close to the deliciousness of Aventinus. It's also the most blonde weizenbock I've ever seen. The beer looks like just an ordinary hefeweizen: golden with a thick haze, plenty of apparent carbonation, and a huge creamy white head with great retention. Lacing sticks pretty well.
The smell is good. Lots of banana esters, not a whole lot of clove and spicy phenols. Hints of bubblegum. Very pleasant soft malt profile. A very light soapy flavor common in many hefes, but not quite as pronounced.
The taste is great. The nose pretty much describes everything here, but everything is brought together in perfect harmony over the palate.
The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a very soft yet crackling carbonation. Great balance. Not too sweet as many hefes can be (much less weizenbocks). No alcohol flavor. At 7.7% ABV, this beer is every bit as drinkable as a 5% hefe. Simply delicious. I would put it up there with Aventinus for sure (words I never thought I'd say in regards to weizenbocks), but then again it's been a while since I had one.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2008 04:56:53 | More by neonbrown82
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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
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
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