Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
I haven’t had the Vitus, but I have had beers from the Weihenstephan portfolio. The pilsner is their most popular and is readily available. I was intrigued to learn that this one has only been around since 2007. I also found it interesting that folks who fast can drink this beer. Heck, if it’s good maybe I will fast and live on Vitus! It has been a while since we drank, so I am excited to get the ball rolling. Let’s dive into the Vitus.
In the Glass: The beer pours golden brown with a thick foamy head. I didn’t really know what to expect here, but I was surprised to see so much head. The beer has a weak lace that quickly drips back into the beer.
Nose: It smells like a good German beer is supposed to. There are a ton of malty notes on the nose, and then it begins to smell rusty and seasoned. I still can’t believe that this beer has only been in production since 2007. The label and the history of this brewery would beg to differ.
Flavor: The beer starts off with those same rustic flavors that I was picking up in the nose, but then the sweetness kicks off. I am left saying, “Holy cow,” when I sit the glass down. I had no idea what this was going to taste like, but am glad to have found what was inside the bottle!
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. Considering how much head there is on this beer, there isn’t a lot going on in the mouth. No bubbles and it isn’t overwhelming as you swallow.
Aftertaste: I wish the aftertaste lasted longer than it does. The beer is so sweet as it slides across your tongue, and is still in there a few seconds later… but quickly fades. The beer is cheap, but with such a big ABV you need to be careful. You never taste the booze in this one.
I have had the pilsner, and while it’s good… it’s not great. This beer is surprisingly incredible. The sweetness, which I am starting to like more and more, just continues to impress from one bottle to the next. I could drink this beer again and again. If you like a tasty sweet beer, grab a bottle of Vitus. Bottoms up, people!
Weihenstephaner Vitus - The bottle says: NA
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2012 04:55:32 | More by rickyleepotts
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4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I enjoyed this brew after a little run around the neighborhood this evening, watching some fishing shows on television. Since I think that Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen is one of the greatest beers ever created, any rating of Weihenstephaner products may be skewed. But I digress. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Pours a magnificent hazy yellow color, the color of hay. Decent soapy head of one finger which sticks around for a minute, leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles race up from the bottom to the top throughout the brew. Packaging is classic, no need to alter. Brewed in accordance with a purity law from 500 years ago. Thats legit.
Smell - Smacks of banana, cloves, spices, bread, and yeast. A little bit of funk to it
Taste - Very rich, banana and sweet spice flavor dominates the palate in what is a magnificent tasting brew.
Mouthfeel - Unlike the beer I drank earlier, which disappointed on mouthfeel, this brew's strong point is its mouthfeel. The carbonation and effervescence are excellent. Perfectly balanced, so drinkable, almost unreal this is a 7.7 ABV beer. The finish on this brew is awesome.
Overall - Just what I expected out of this brewery and this beer: excellence all around the horn. The Germans have this brewing thing down pat, and it is difficult for anyone to compete with them, at least in my opinion. While we Americans do have the IPA market locked up, I firmly believe that if you are looking for an excellent wheat beer, look no further than a German or Belgian brewery.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 02:38:10 | More by TheCondor
4.43/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a tapered glass.
A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.
S- Good whiff of banana and spice. Slightly effervescent.
T- Tons of banana, bubble gum and spice. Wheaty, yeasty, rich. Cannot believe this is 7.7% ABV. Semisweet.
M- Milky texture with a proper amount of carbonation (medium) and a body leaning toward the lighter side.
O- A premium example of the style at a non-premium price of $3.50. What a steal. Asheville's Bier Garden isn't the first place I suggest to have a beer when in town but they sneak in some nice specials here and there and have a very decent selection.
Serving type: on-tap
07-06-2014 17:16:32 | More by Immortale25
4.48/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a two finger foamy pure white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is classic Weizen with spicy wheat up front along with hints of banana, clove, lemon, caramel, yeast, and grass. The taste is bold, spicy, and extremely rich with lots of sweet caramel malt along with hints of banana bread, lemon, clove, pear, apple cider, yeast, and grass. The mouthfeel is really thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and a nice tangy finish. Overall, this is definitely the most flavorful Weizen I've ever had. Having lived in Germany for 13 years and only recently re-visiting Weizens, I'm kicking myself. I've really become a big fan of these beers and will definitely stock up on this gem!
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 16:36:26 | More by beerdrifter
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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