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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2310
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Bavarian Wheat Glass.

A: Very bright, looked almost identical to a German Hefeweizen being poured. Maybe just a tad darker.

S: Very much like a hefe as well, but with a definite beefiness of a brew with a bock strength, and a some hints of alcohol as well.

T: A nice strong wheat malt flavor starts the sip that is very hefeweizen like but also a good dose of malt sweetness that is typical in a bock is present as well. A good dose of bitterness from the hops and alcohol hit the palate and just a slight biterness finishes the sip. A lemon note rides all throughout the sip as well.

M: This brew has the somewhat thick feel you would expect from a weizenbock but also the crisp carbonation of a refreshing hefeweizen. Interesting, and actually accompanies the beer very nicely.

D & Notes: Tastes much more like a beefed up a hefeweizen than a strong dunkleweizen, which is usually not what one expects from a weizenbock. That being said, it is a very good brew, and at 7.7% ABV, sneaks up on you in a hurry, as it does have easy drinkability of a wheat beer. I tend to like a weizenbock to be a bit darker and include some caramel flavor, but this is a very good beer and one I could see buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 03:58:26 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Not at all what I was expecting based on prior experience with weizenbocks, this beer looks exactly like Duvel in the tulip: pale gold body up to the middle of the lettering, and an immense, fluffy off-white head perched majestically atop it. It recedes slowly, and I top it off a few times so that the head stretches above the rim of the glass - it's solid enough to go over half an inch over without threatening a spill. Some yeast sediment swirls through the body, eventually lending a bit of haze. It's a beautiful beer, but doesn't look at all like the style it's supposed to be.

S: Maybe it's Duvel-like appearance is making me crazy, but my first impression of the nose is that it seems slightly more Belgian than German - tons of fruity esters (apples and figs), and some decided spice in addition to bready malt. As it warms some more traditional wheat and banana notes arrive, but they're still less apparent than the spicy, Belgian-esque esters. Quite sweet and enjoyable overall, although perhaps a bit too dizzying with the complexity of yeast notes - but that's a good problem to have.

T: Sweet, bready malt starts things off smoothly, followed by bright fruity esters (some pear, as well as the apple and fig from the nose), followed by some alcohol and spice on the finish and, finally, a yeasty aftertaste. Overall, good balance among disparate flavors, but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M: Sticky medium body with a great amount of rich, lively carbonation - and it needs every bubble to help combat cloyingness.

D: Doesn't do much to hide the rather moderate ABV, and the sweetness is a tad overwhelming. Still, I don't expect too much more from a weizenbock.

Notes: This is definitely a delicious and well-made brew (and one that I would recommend to just about anyone), but I can't get over how little it resembles, say, Aventinus. Light body, no noticeable dark fruits, and only sweet breadiness from the malt profile. It reminds me more of Unibroue's Don de Dieu than anything else, and I kind of dig the Belgian attributes (as much as I was surprised by them). As with everything else I've had from Weihenstephan, this is more than worth a shot - just don't expect anything like an Aventinus.


Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:23:06 | More by woosterbill
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a goblet

beer pours a cloudy pale yellow/straw color with big white head

aroma is of wheat, yeast, spice undertone (cloves?) and citrus

taste - wheat, citrus, cloves

mouthfeel - slick, highly carbonated, alcohol is well hidden, medium bodied

Drinkability - this goes down pretty easily

Vitus - great value@ 2.99 for a 16.9oz bottle, a good tasting weizenbock overall

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 01:21:16 | More by keithmurray
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 500mL bottle at The Wine Thief in downtown New Haven CT for $3.50. Code 7349. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Cloudy straw yellow brew gives a velvety smooth white head 3" in height that settles slowly to leave a bit of lace behind. Smell is zesty and a little sour with wheat spices and sharp citrus. Taste and feel is like a concentrated hefeweizen- a bunch of astringent banana peel and warm clove with a pleasant alcohol spice, moderately thick and mostly dry body with a robust and slightly fizzy carbonation. Unmistakably German.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:35:27 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden pour with a large head. Lacy cling to the glass

S: Initially a strong banana nose changing to a citrusy note later on.

T: Initially banana followed by a breadiness and clove spiciness. Sweet throughout however without a lingering aftertaste(dry finish). Got a sense of bubblegum in there as well at some point though not all the way through the bottle.

M: Likely personal preference however would like a little heavier mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable and went perfect with my banh mi pork sandwich.

Good multi bottle drinking beer. Enough flavor to keep you interested without totally overwhelming your palate. Curious to try the Adventinus in comparision

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:25:19 | More by kashmoney
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a golden-orange color, hazy but lets plenty of light through. The head is thick and fluffy and white, made of tiny bubbles.

S - Aroma is of grainy wheat with some bubblegum and a hint of lemon.

T - The taste is a smooth blend of wheat and yeast characteristics. There is mouth-filling wheat and malt along with plenty of bubblegum and banana and even some noble hops flavor. The finish is very sweet.

M - The body is heavy, but the carbonation and a moderate amount of hops bitterness help cut through it. The alcohol is evident. The aftertaste is sweet and a bit cloying.

O - This is a nice wheat beer. It has a big, heavy body that the taste and appearance don't quite match up with. It is the lightest-colored weizenbock I've seen and I would prefer the extra malt that goes along with the darker interpretations.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 22:51:34 | More by Radome
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Nice to see the lesser available offerings from this venerable brewery now available in our fair province.

This beer pours a very hazy, cloudy, pale yellow straw colour, with a tall tower of broad marshmallow white head, which settles at a somewhat agonizingly slow pace, eventually leaving a one-sided spatter of chunky lace 'around' the glass. Very witbier-esque, overall, really.

It smells of sweet, sugary wheat cereal grain, subtle fleshy banana, a much more forward spicy clove, and an everyman earthiness. The taste is more wheaty, grainy malt, a lessened spicy component on account of the slowly waning clove, a slight lemony fruitiness, and other nondescript orchard fruit, mellowed against a swelling yeastiness, and very mild booze warming.

The carbonation is very sedate, the body a lesser medium weight, but still quite smooth and agreeable. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty malt not giving up too much ground, and the aforementioned spice hanging on for life, amongst a very agreeable, subdued alcohol warming.

A weird confluence of Euro styles - in the end, this is really a big-ass witbier or hefeweizen, take your pick, even as the booze laughs off its obvious obfuscation. A wee bit too light for the style, but who am I to argue with centuries to the contrary?

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:29:21 | More by biboergosum
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smells like dark fruits initially and a little eggy, some hoppyness

poutrsed out it looks hazy blonde like a hefeweisen, lokts of yeast in here, smell changes to predominantly yeast, some cinnimon roll and banana bread in the taste suprisinely sweet, had a friend who does not like beer try it and he like it, it is very sweet.
i wish it had more hops to balance off the sweetness, kindoff buttery which is redeeming, but not as complex as i expected

nonetheless is beer is solid and defenately worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 15:15:57 | More by cervezango
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy golden straw color with a stable single finger of head, flavor and aroma of light pears and bananas with a solid yeasty breadiness... gentle sweetness over a medium body and carbonation level, masks the ABV level very well.
Pretty much a textbook example of a Weizenbock!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 17:10:32 | More by WastingFreetime
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer: bright cloudy golden topped by foamy rocky white head. Aroma is sharp: lemons, booze, apple skins. Tastes of banana, vanilla, clove, lemon cookie, and slight booze. Spritzy, medium bodied brew but refreshing and smooth. Gorgeous and tasty, can I ask for anything else?

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:46:33 | More by JRed
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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a large weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head. Fluffy and long-lasting head. Hazy orange color. Nice looking beer.

S- Active yeasts, European dulled hops and citrus notes.

T- Lemons, wheat and bottle-conditioned yeasts.

M- Silky sort of feel. Wet and medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

O- Good beer, no complaints about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:27:22 | More by Murrhey
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On ColoradoBobs' insistence, I picked this one up. Into my weizen glass

A: Light golden yellow with a massive, billowing, white head. Plenty of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Unique. Definite wheat characteristics with plenty of esters - a combination of bubblegum, banana, bread dough, cotton candy. Intriguing stuff

T: Taking a long, hard swig of this, i'm struck by how estery this is. The bubblegum is particularly prominent, as is the banana (it's more akin to banana-flavored yogurt than to the real deal) and the complex sweetness of this. Finishes rather dry

M: Excellent carbonation really brings out all the flavors that this beer has. Great finish to boot

D: I don't think i've had a weizenbock this estery. The Schneider-Brooklyner had the hops to balance them out while this is more "traditional", I guess. However, I have a problem drinking sweeter beers and this is no different. A well-crafted beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:55:06 | More by DefenCorps
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the immortal words of ColoradoBobs:


This head pours bigger than Randy Travis' head, a huge white Mt. Vesuvius Head with beautiful yellow banana highlights and golden grain body. Just beautiful to look at.

Yeasty smell, banana, earthy, citrusy. Wish there was a scratch and sniff sticker of this beer in the Weihenstephaner glass.

Sweet, cloves, banana, good malt backbone, creamy. Kinda like those new gums they have out in the small boxes, all white cubes with sweet fruits mixed in.

Sweet finish. Excellent beer. This brewery does no wrong. Had their Dark Weiss on tap last week, sorry Bobs as much as this is a good beer, the dark weiss beats its ass like a bongo.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 04:49:37 | More by Murchmac
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into nonic style glass.

A: Pretty pale compared to what I expected. Almost no head despite a vigorous pour, no lacing to speak of either.

S: Smells of lemon, clove, mildly of banana. Very appealing and other citrus is present too. This is nice, but not a LOT of aroma without a swirl of the glass.

T: Overly dominated by lemon I cannot imagine someone dumping a piece of lemon in here. Lots of spices (maybe allspice?), lemon zest is super present, some wheaty yeast and banana are in the back, but up front is also a lot of sourness which I feel comes from the lemon zest tastes.

M: A little thin and way overcarbonated for me. Too slick also.

D: I could honestly drink this all night. Would have no problems whatsoever making it the only beer of the night.

I enjoyed it alot, although it is not my favorite beer due to the overwhelming citrus tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:03:07 | More by thirdeye11
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Pours cloudy apricot in color with three fingers of foam that quickly rush to the surface and fill the glass. Takes two pours to fit the entire bottle into the glass.

The aroma is full of a banana yeastiness. Banana really dominates, and it is quite aromatic.

First sip is punctuated with a sharp yeasty bite, followed by a ton of malty body. Wheat malt really shows through.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, almost chewy. Much fuller than I expected. For that reason, it is not quite as quaffable as I'd prefer, but it does expertly hide the 7.7% ABV.

I can't say I've had too many weizenbocks before (Victory Moonglow and Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel are the only two that come to mind), but this beer really is flavorful and full of character. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 03:28:03 | More by FickleBeast
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing LNBA denizen ColoradoBobs extoll the virtues of this brew for so long, when I saw it on the shelf at http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ , I had to give it a try.

Poured into 1/2 liter weizen glass. This was a very happy beer, lots and lots of fluffy white head, a bit rocky on top, that had great retention and no lacing. The beer itself was semi-cloudy/hazy golden yellow. And yes, that head is still hanging in there.

The aroma was very wheat forward, with some nice clove undertones, and a touch of yeast spicyness. The flavors had all the aspects the aroma had and added perhaps some bubblegum and fruit.

The body was nicely full, a bit surprisingly so, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good, I can see why CB stocks up on cases of this brew at a time, and I'll be trying to keep a bottle or 2 around.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I wish I had tried sooner. I will certainly be having it again, and so should you.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 19:36:23 | More by beertunes
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Wheat glass a cloudy bright yellow with a nice two to three finger semi rocky white head.

Nose is lemony, bannany, spicy and a little bit of alcohol.

Really mellow for it's strength yet still medium bodied and full of cloves, lemons bananas and even a little apples. Some hot alcohol hits you up front. Slightly tart wheatiness and nice vibrant carbonation. Definetly getting better as I continue drinking and as it warms up a little.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 01:12:57 | More by cooch69
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to stein.

A: hazy very pale yellow, massive foamy head. slow to disapate.

S: Bananna, spice(clove, cinammon) yeast, malt.

T: Sweet bananna, followed by spice, then sweet comes back again (bubble gum) finishes dry.

M: smooth and creamy, prickly on the tounge, nice dry finish.

O: easy drinking and refreshing, no hint of the 7.7 abv, which could be sneaky. would love to come across it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:31:28 | More by codfeast
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz into Weizen glass.

A - Wow, a huge three finger head immediately formed on top of the pale golden translucent liquid. Head retention was insane, with a foamy small bubble layer that disappated only with plenty of time.

S - A beery lager scent, with a pale malt aroma and some very light yeasty esters, but all in all not wowed by the nose.

T - The flavor definitely improved upon the scent. An initial pale malty taste, that is followed by some light grassy hoppiness, and smoothed over by a yeast quality that adds the perfect compliment of spiciness.

M - A crisp mouthfeel that leaves a bit of dryness afterwards. Booze is noticeable upin first sip, but hides well as the beer warms.

O - A solid offering, a bit lighter than I had anticipated, but the yeastiness seemed to salvage its taste when I was initially concerned upon the less than stellar aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:59:37 | More by Wreckoncile
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell- bananas, healthy dose of alcohol on the nose

appearance- as foggy as can be, enormous head

taste- big banana flavor, hint of citrus and pepper, alcohol pulls through nicely

mouthfeel- nice level of carbonation, fairly slick on the tongue

overall- very solid choice, but be wary. a beer at 7.7% that's this drinkable can be dangerous...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 05:00:19 | More by sethcroisant
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of those beers I happen to pick up (in this case because I am trying to expand my German Beer cred) and get all excited about, and rush to the computer to see if I'm the only one. Clearly not!

This has an out-of-this world head. In any other beer may be off-putting and confusing, but in this beer, the straw yellow contrasted to the creamy white works. I am not getting that big ripe banana aroma that I would have hoped for, in fact, I get a touch of skunkiness and booze. The beer tastes big, but balanced. Huge banana flavor and a unique spiciness, almost hot, but not quite.

Having finished this beer while writing this review, I am excitingly buzzed. I feel like my body reacts to the alcohol in every beer differently, and this one brings me up. Perhaps it is the exaggerated fruitiness that tricks my metabolism into thinking I am eating a banana, but either way, it is great. But beyond that, speak strictly about the brew itself, I love the way I am simultaneously blown-away by the big flavors and comfortably enticed by it's balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:20:10 | More by AlexanderSelby
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a massive, puffy white 4-finger head. Great retention, leaving behind a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Bubblegum yeast backed by banana and subtle clove notes in the background.

Taste - Predominately soft, sugary, light caramel and ripe banana, backed by subtle notes of clove and bubblegum. Finishes sugary with the slightest touch of heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. A touch syrupy. The carbonation is soft, almost velvety as it glides down the throat.

Overall - A solid beer, though a bit rich for me to thoroughly enjoy for much more than a beer. Not one I'd session. Good dessert beer, though I'd more likely opt for their Dunkel in it's stead.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 06:48:56 | More by TheSixthRing
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured to a weizen glass from a 500ml bottle

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with a giant 3-4 for finger head, lots of disturbed yeast cake floating around the glass. Buttery banana and vanilla slam the nose, a nice citrus profile of lemon and orange peel, and hints of spice, clove maybe some ginger. On the tongue, sweet grain, banana- lemon, vanilla bean, clove spice on the finish. Light bodies, massively carbonated, yet very buttery and smooth, sweet sugar open up all the taste buds, starts moist with a fine dry finish. Overall; fine beer, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:15:01 | More by gabedivision
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3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous. Nearly perfect. The beer is a dark straw color, which in the fading evening light darkened as the glass widened. The head is thick and foamy and retains well, but eventually disappears entirely, leaving virtually no lacing.

S - This portends one awesome beer. The nose is phenomenal. You can smell the banana and spice medley that awaits.

T - The thing I liked most about the Hefeweizen and the Pilser are their subtleties. This one takes the delicious flavors of the Hefeweizen and amplifies them just a touch too much for my taste. Still delicious, but too strong. I can also begin to taste the alcohol in this 7.7 percenter.

M - Not great. Nothing really special here, although the up-front mouthfeel is nice.

O - Each category grew weaker as I progressed through the review, which basically mirrored my experience drinking it. Don't get me wrong, this is a tasty beer, and might be better consumed on a crisp fall day, but on this warm summer evening it was a bit much for me. Would absolutely drink again, but would choose the Hefeweizen 10 out of 10 times ahead of this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:48:44 | More by Andrew041180
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 7327

A: This is a weizenbock? Pours a pale straw color with a thick foamy head. Great sustain with flares of lacing that cling close to the surface.

S: Smells much like the hefe - bubblegum, banana, and a strong cloves and spice aroma.

T: Fruity with a strong bubble gum taste and all of the other normal hefe beer flavors. Roudned out by a crisp noble hop bite.

M: Light and heavily carbonated. Clean and dry in the finish. A bit too fizzy.

D: The labeling of this beer is deceiving; its only characteristic that it shares with other weizenbocks is its ABV. This one instead drinks more like a stronger version of their Hefe, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 23:33:02 | More by klewis
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