Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 2,482 | Reviews: 988 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct. 19 2013. It has been a while since my last weizenbock, but with winter in full swing, now is as good a time as any for another - especially a weizenbock from what is probably my favourite wheat beer brewer.
Pours a cloudy, golden honey-yellow colour, topped at first with over two fingers of pillowy, puffy white head that recedes over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a dense, foamy 1 cm cap and some sticky lacing on the sides. Highly effervescent. The aroma is positively incredible, with plenty of sweet wheat malts, banana bread and bubble gum, with hints of clove, coriander and vanilla. Complex and enticing - what more can you ask for from a sniff?
To put it bluntly, this tastes like their hefe on steroids - and since I'm a big fan of their hefe, that is A-OK in my books. Atop the backbone of sweet, bready wheat malts I can detect plenty of banana and bubble gum, as well as citrus, pear, clove and pepper notes. The finish is yeasty and spicy, with a long, lingering aftertaste along the same vein. Medium-bodied, with some chewiness - it sort of leaves a coating behind on the palate after each sip, and has a smooth and silky feel in the mouth, with a slight prickle from the carbonation. The alcohol is nearly completely undetectable in the flavour, making this the most drinkable weizenbock I've ever had.
Final Grade: 4.55, an impressive A. Vitus is easily one of this brewery's finest creations, and probably one of the best weizenbocks available anywhere. As much as I love Aventinus, I've got to admit - I kind of like this stuff a bit more. This brew is definitely a bit lighter (in terms of both appearance and taste) and more 'hefe-like', which may or may not be a big part of why I like it. But rather than argue that the oldest brewery in the world isn't following style guidelines, I would rather lie back, sip this slowly, and contemplate how said brewery can make such consistently incredible beer. I guess practice does make perfect? This stuff is absolutely worth a try; no fan of German beer, wheat beer, or beer in general should deny themselves the hedonistic pleasure that is Vitus.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2013 00:10:32 | More by thehyperduck
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
95 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.