Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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3.83/5 rDev -10.1%
Found at State Line Liquor. A great example of the style, this draws you in with a sweet wheat honey aroma. Mild chocolate brown with initially a large white head, that quickly dissipitates. Medium mouthfeel, and not very complex. But very drinkable.
07-06-2008 04:47:36 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.
Pours a murky yellow-orange with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lace on this one. Smell is of wheat, spices, bubblegum, and banana. Taste is much the same with strong flavors and the banana coming through especially on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and easy to drink.
02-20-2012 07:20:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a very hazed golden peach with a monstrous head of foam, which very slowly dissipates, leaving behind some very nice lacing. Lots of carbonation rushing to the top, and this continues for some time. The aroma is of a multitude of yeasty esters, the primary ones being--not surprisingly--clove (the most prominent), banana, and bubblegum. The taste is similar, but there is a certain cloying sweetness as well. A bit of the wheat seems to be coming through in the taste, although the mouthfeel is a little thin, so it's not coming through in that regard. Drinkability is quite high, especially given the high abv, which there is no trace of in the taste or mouthfeel.
01-22-2010 01:41:26 | More by Thorpe429
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.
04-26-2010 00:52:12 | More by metter98
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
Foggy lemon with a hint of orange peel. Most weizenbocks are darker than this. The ivory colored cap is pleasing to the eye. It's stiffly rocky and looks even better on subsequent pours. Only a lack of lace hurts the cause.
The nose doesn't differ too much from a well-brewed hefeweizen. It features loads of sweetened banana and clove, with no trace of dark fruit and no hint of alcohol. Even though it isn't what I expected, it's fantastic.
Vitus doesn't taste like a weizenbock at all, but like a hefeweizen for lovers of big beer. Those who can't get enough of the classic Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier, and think the recent trend toward high-ABV flavor bombs is a good thing, will probably like this one as much as I do.
Forget subtle, forget nuanced, forget light. Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of ripe banana studded with chunks of clove and bubblegum and soaked in sugar syrup. A little cocoa-like dark malt would be terrific, but it's hard to argue with the flavor profile as it's currently constructed. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is easily 4.0/5.0.
At the risk of overstating the point, only aficionados of big beer will love the incredibly full, incredibly supple, incredibly lush, sticky-on-the-finish mouthfeel. As always, it wouldn't be anywhere near as good without a perfect amount of carbonation. The bubbles energize and volumize without crossing the line into fizziness.
Brauerei Weihenstephan is not only the oldest brewery in the world, it's also one of the best. Purists may scoff at the idea of an 'Americanized' version of a timeless classic, but there is plenty of room for both. Vitus is amazing beer and is destined to be a multiple bottle purchase whenever I'm lucky enough to run across it.
03-04-2008 16:34:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a big, rocky head that leaves clumps of lace
Smell: Cloves dominate the aroma, with some banana, bubblegum and white pepper
Taste: Crusty bread, spicy clove and pepper tingle the tastebuds at the outset, with characteristic banana flavors developing underneath; after the swallow, the flavors continue to build in a peppery, but fruity direction, and the whole effect is somewhat chalky as well
Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; some warmth from the alcohol
Drinkability: Really enjoy the balanced and complex flavor profile; who knew a weizenbock could be so pale?
08-07-2008 13:21:22 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Bottle: Poured a golden color weizenbock (kinda light of the style) with a huge foamy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana ester with some cloves and fresh fruits. Taste is also dominated by some nice wheat malt note with loads of fruity, banana and cloves ester. The yeast really works wonderfully in this beer. Full body with loads of lees and great carbonation. I wish I had access to quality stuff like that every day.
03-17-2008 20:24:57 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Alright ColoradoBob, your shameless plugs for the beer finally prompted me seeking out, buying, drinking this beer.... and fearing for my safety if I don't give it high marks.
The beer pours with a much lighter-than-expected strong straw hue and ample carbonation that pushes a quarter-inch head that endures the session. Not as much haze as expected from a wheat beer either, in fact the beer is brilliantly clear with the first pour from the bottle.
Strong malt aromas of Pilsner varieties are accompanied by a rich, yet restrained, plethera of fruits and other yeasty character. The wheat is apparent but with in a back-seat sense to the malts. Hints of spicy phenols (clove) and estery (papayas, mangos, apples, and most of all pears) begin to set the tone as the beer warms. Unusual, yet nice to experience a Weizenbock that's taking on Maibock malt sensibilities.
Again, strong pilsner malts take the forefront with a clean bready, malty-sweet pillow. The wheat adds a delicate and varying sweet-bread taste (shortcake) while the yeast play a big part. Yeasty esters of papaya (not quite bananna), pinapple, fuggi apples, pears, peaches and other fruits that can be found in Juicy Fruit bubble guy come into play in a characterful and complex role (second pour now).
Very clean, crisp, and refreshing in the body-- definately makes for a substantial summer beer. Moderately full and expandful to the mouth; like Duvel, the beer seemingly evaporates in the mouth with a cotton-candy whimsy. Powerful malts veer away from cloying and oily, but toward bold creaminess and roundness. Without compromising drinkability, the beer fades nicely into a medium sweet-bready memory and a light spicy, hop-earthy linger on the tongue.
The beer had a definitive resemblence to Maibocks in the malt profile, but with the beautiful balance and complexity of traditional wheat beers. Is this a marriage made in a brewery (you thought I was going to say heaven didn't you?) Why aren't more breweries doing this? Note: the beer darkens as the subsequent pours are taken from the bottle, but the beer never takes on hazy proportions; maybe Kristalweizen-like (filtered).
04-07-2009 02:34:42 | More by BEERchitect
4.75/5 rDev +11.5%
Picked this one up at Dan's recommendation. This is a style to which I love and have had far too few examples of it to go on. When he said this was as awesome as he did I knew I had to get down there and grab me a couple of them. I poured the 500ml bottle into a proper pint glass and proceeded to enjoy this one straight out of the fridge.
Appearance - The pour was wonderful. A bright golden amber transformed the glass with all of its haze and cloudiness. A very nice three inch layer of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently, but never totally fading into a thin layer that lasted the rest of the session. Deep side glass lace as well as some good carbonation could be seen streaking skyward.
Smell - The aroma was full of yeast. Nice banana and clove notes mixed in with some light lemon like citrus tones. Very bright, with a touch of alcohol, but nothing too terribly distracting at all.
Taste - The flavor was just about as good as you can get for the style. Perfect balance of yeast, with the wonderful notes of banana and cloves, some light peppery spices in there as well, but everything being very bright. Good dose of wheat in the middle and a sharp cutoff of lemon like hops in the finish, really drying this one out and making you beg for another sip.
Mouthfeel - This was much lighter then I thought it would be, and that was a good thing. A nice light to medium bodied ale, the carbonation was big enough to really let it shine through very nicely. I was thoroughly impressed by how well this one was put together in all aspects.
Drinkability - As for drinking, you could easily throw this one down as a session ale. I mean be careful as at over 7.5% it will do a number on you, but still, wow, this was really very good. I was shocked by how quickly it disappeared.
Overall one of the best beers I have had, any style, hands down. I would get this one again in a heartbeat, and it really is a steal at 2.99. Definitely try this one out, no way you could be disappointed.
06-12-2008 10:29:05 | More by mikesgroove
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
A: The pour is a hazy golden color with a tint of orange and a creamy white head.
S: A very nice citrus aroma and perhaps a bit of pineapple. Sweet wheat and malt aromas and the great German yeast gives off some bananas, cloves, and apples.
T: The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Good sweetness and yeast contributions and plenty of fruit (banana, apple, and oranges). There is a light bitterness to this one as well.
M: Medium body with a smooth and creamy carbonation. Quite pleasant, indeed.
D: I think I still like their regular Hefeweizen a bit better, but this is still a great beer. I might have to pick up a few more bottles.
07-07-2010 03:37:08 | More by womencantsail
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body capped with a thin, fine, white head.
Smell: Crisp wheat nose with fine notes of banana juice, clove spice, citrus, a small handful of cracker crumbs, and a fourth of a Vanilla Tootsie Roll.
Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malts start, followed by a drop or two of vanilla and a lemony citrus character. Plenty of fresh banana, top shelf bubblegum, and coriander. Even some apple begins the develop. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Lingering tanginess and no more than the faintest hint of alcohol on the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation, yet there's still some creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Recommended. An expertly crafted expression of wheat. It's tasty and really grows on you more and more with every sip. Maybe that UGADawgGuy is onto something...
01-26-2009 20:27:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
This poured out as a hazy golden color. The head is white with a pretty good retention but not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a fruity aroma, along the lines of peach and banana. Really fresh smelling beer. The taste is also fruity (apple), there is some bready yeast flavors and a subtle spice note in the finish. I do get a slight metallic flavor that I'm not digging too much, hoping that fades as it warms up. The mouthfeel is soft, very smooth with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I can see why the score is so high on this one because it really is a great beer. Awesome flavors and really enjoyable.
02-23-2013 04:13:33 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.
07-30-2010 20:27:58 | More by oberon
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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