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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,488 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,488
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 143
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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ixodus

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow straw color with a ridiculous head. It took me a few pours to get this beer going. Strangely no lacing.

S: Primarily banana and clove but there is also some bubblegum in there

T: Similar to the nose with some breadyness added to it. Quite delicious and you would never know it's 7.7% abv. I would definitely consider this beer "Dangerously Drinkable".

M: Smooth and heavily carbonated but not in a bad way.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 05:25:09 | More by ixodus
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square NYC. 500ml into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass. Bottled January 12, 2011.

Pours a golden yellow with some paler straw and darker goldenrod hues throughout. Super high carbonation (as I've found these hefes to typically be) required about a half dozen attempts to get this to settle nicely into the glass; ultimately producing a strong 3 finger fluffy white head, that settles to a chunky head and leaves little lace. Nose is predominantely hefeweizen-like in nature, lots of wheat, banana and spice with a good hint of the alcohol content as well. Taste has a nice deal of wheat coat the tongue interwoven with a soothing alcohol note, some banana notes are in hot pursuit. Some sweet malts and mild spicing work their way into the picture, as well as an interesting pineapple flavour. Sweet and wheaty throughout, with a reasonable alcohol to boot. Lively carbonation. Great drinker and a nice warmer, although I enjoyed this on a warm summer afternoon.

An interesting contrast to another weizenbock like Aventinus, which sits on the other side of the flavour spectrum for the style; demonstrates the great degree of variety to be had within this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 20:05:22 | More by liamt07
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass a very pale hazy straw color, one of the lightest-while-still-hazy beers I've ever seen. Explosive head...just massive white foam that slowly settles down.

Nose is bready and estery clove, citrus, and banana. Reminds me very much of a La Fin Du Monde in that regard.

A sip starts sweet and bready with more of that citrus and light clove, getting a bit more of the spice and alcohol heat through a clean finish. It's delicate yet chewy overall and very smooth.

This is better than most hefs I've tasted - a great warm weather beer and wildly drinkable for the abv which really goes almost unnoticed. Not my preferred style, but a very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:34:28 | More by OldIronLungs
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #2 ranked Weisenbock on BA.

A: Bright orange, but with no translucence whatsoever. I mean, it's almost as if someone put a pack of Alka-Seltzer in a glass of Orange Crush. I summoned up a massive 2,3,4,5 + finger head after a hard pour...lesson learned. Oops...

S: Banana upfront, along with a very citrusy (orange for sure) scent that basically took the place of the usual spicy, coriander-type bomb I usually get with this style.

T: Very fresh, yeasty, and fruity taste. Wonderful filtered water flair on the mid-palate, and the sweet elements didn't linger in any way whatsoever.

M: Carbonation +... and God bless it for that! Almost champagne-like, with rather large, prickly bubble to sooth the palate. Not much lacing... and not much lingering effects from the sugar either. Very tempered in that department.

O: I can't decided which Weihenstephan brew I love more. Needless to say, I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:47:10 | More by Chaney
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vitus, one of the most famous and probably the lighter colored example of the Weizenbock style. It pours a pale golden and very hazy color with a massive fluffy white head that hangs on for a looong time with gorgeous lacing around the glass.
Aroma is yeasty as expected with bready malts, citrus fruit, lemon zest, clove and some banana and bubblegum.
Taste starts off sweet with wheat and sort of burnt malt character followed by huge yeasty notes, again with lemon, clove and banana being the main players.
Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth due to loads of wheat malt. Carbonation is spot on to make this beer go down like water. Since it is so chewy and full it is hard to notice the 7.7 abv.
A great beer for people that need a little more than what a regular hefe can bring to the table. The main difference being the fuller body and the maltier presence in flavor and aroma.
It still maintains the awesome drinkability and thirst quenching ability from its lighter body counterpart, the amazing Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:07:17 | More by paulozanello
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cbingham24

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy golden color, Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast.

S- Banana, wheat, malt, pears

T- Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, alcohol and almost creamy.

M- Thick, crisp, sweet and creamy. Well balanced.

O- One of the best beers I have ever tasted. All the usual tastes of a great hefe with the strength and balance of a great Belgium beer. Down right amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:11:15 | More by cbingham24
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uustal

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, mellow yellow with a two-finger white head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma of spice, clove and banana. Big sweet sticky flavor. Banana, bubblegum, clove, sweet orange and lemon juice. Also sweet bread malt. Really big and sweet. A little bit of spice kicks through, but ends with more excellent sticky sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:24:04 | More by uustal
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from my buddy Apophis666. Thanks Sietse! We have some good weather in Holland so this beer was exact what i needed to cool down a bit.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice. Cloudy yellow fluid with a big head. Some carbonation in the glass.

Smell is soft and inviting. Taste is good, bread, citrus, creamy.

A good weizenbock which can be drunk best when the temperature is higher.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 17:32:30 | More by Brabander
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, almost opaque. Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast, leaves some lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, malt, pears, bread

Taste: Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, some hints of alcohol. Very complex and enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Thick with crisp carbonation, not quite as good as the other Weihenstephaner beers I've tried. Somewhat dry finish, not as dry as a dry red wine, but dryer than average.

Overall: Very good, but a notch below what I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner. Can session well for the abv. Doesn't motivate me too much to try other weizenbocks, but I probably will anyways. I find German styles interesting, and am really trying to get a good feel of what to expect from them.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:05:50 | More by MadCat
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Euro-sized bottle into a stein.

A: Honey Heffe-coloured with a fluffy white head.

S: Banana, cloves and alcohol esters.

T: Very smooth and just delicious. Banana flavour is big here, with lots of fruity and mild funky flavours.

D: The beer is so complex that it demands the drinker to slow down to really soak it in. However, the residual alcohol flavour feels right and there is no off-flavours.

Overall: A great beer and a real hallmark of the style. Full-bodied, complex and tasty; what more could you want. Weihenstephaner has yet to fail me.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 16:11:09 | More by JohnnyChicago
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brewdenver

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Weizenbock and its delicious. Nice appearance with an expected cloudy wit look. White head with minimal lacing and fingers. A pleasant floral hop aroma. Very active on the mouth and tongue. A beer I intend to keep in the fridge on a regular basis when I am in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:13:14 | More by brewdenver
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JMad

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured some of my 16.9 oz bottle into a tall pub glass...

The beer was a lemonade yellow color with a huge 4 inch head that was white and foamy. It smells strongly of lemon, banana, clove and wheat. Very pleasant. The taste is strong on clove and spice along with banana, lemon and wheat. There is a bit of yeast in the aftertaste. The beer is light with a ton of soft, bubbly carbonation, it is just a tad warming but I would have never guessed it to be 7.7%. No flaws in this one, it will go well with my german sausage links I just grilled.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 01:07:51 | More by JMad
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

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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kashmoney

Illinois

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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Hoagie1973

New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy lemon yellow. Huge thick white head even with a slow pour. Good retention and clumpy lacing.

Smells of spicy yeast (mild clove) and fruit, with a little bite from the alcohol.

Bready malt base with a sweet fruitiness (fresh banana, apple, pear). Sweet throughout the sip; could use a little grassy/earthy hop for a bit more balance, but doesn't necessarily need it. Alcohol is well blended and stays in the background.

Smooth, almost creamy, near perfect mouthfeel. High carbonation keeps the sweetness from turning syrupy.

No problems finishing this. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 14:27:10 | More by Hoagie1973
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Brunite

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a golden/orange color. Huge pillowing head that subsides quicker than your average weizen due to the alcohol. Nice haze after full inclusion of all the yeast from the final pour. Not much lacing at all.

Smell- The usual suspects: clove, banana, bubblegum. Also of note is some bready, light toasted malts.

Taste- Taste follows the aroma. Heavy on the grains. Also banana, clove. There is also some tart lemon flavor near the backside and definitely some spicy white pepper on the finish. Less sweetness comes through than with most hefeweizens. Dry at the end. There is more lingering spice than sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and good carbonation, Smooth and creamy despite the higher ABV.

Drinkability/Overall- Goes down smooth and easy. Not as good as the Aventinus but still a dang good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 04:02:25 | More by Brunite
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StJamesGate

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy honey gold with towers of pure white foam that settle to a ring. Multi-faceted nose: wax, banana chips, lemon, cardamon and lavender. Madeleine and lemon ice up front, some Juicy fruit notes in the middle (not too heavy on the banana) and herbal, lemongrassy hops. Slight spice to end, and slow fading creamy wheat smoothness. Soft, round, medium, some chew.

Amazing balance and subtlety. Doesn't taste 5%, never mind almost 8%. One of the best weizens I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:07:33 | More by StJamesGate
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colts9016

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a heff glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that has decent retention. The head is white, foamy, bubbly, and frothy. The color of the beer is a straw color with a yeast haziness. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The head left some lacing on the glass. The clarity is hazy.

Nose: A rich bready aroma, phenols, cloves, citrus, toasty malt, and a floral bouquet. There are notes of wood, alcohol and yeast.

Taste: A very deep bready body flavor, phenols, cloves, citrus, toasty, malt and floral bouquet. The alcohol is a tad overpowering followed by the yeast.

Mouthfeel: A cloying sweetness, carbonated, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. This beer has some serious flavor nice clove and citrus with a good alcohol warming. It is an easy drinking beer that is medium light with a punch.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:53:48 | More by colts9016
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Vitus pours a very surprisingly light golden yellow, with a massive, fluffy white head. It easily fills up more than half the glass, but fades a litle too quickly for my taste. Similarly, lacing left behind is a bit spotty.The nose is extremely powerful, and smells a bit like a hefeweizen on steroids. There's an additional bit of mat sweetness though, to balance out the massive banana and (moreso) clove. The extra malt shows up on my palate as well, as there's an increased vanilla sweetness from having more wheat in the grain bill. There's also a slight warming sensation from alcohol, which is a solid addition to the beer. Still though, this one's a massive clove/banana weiss yeast bomb. The mouthfeel is truly remarkable though. I'm half convinced that Weihenstephan made some kind of deal with the devil to get a body this light on a beer this big/flavorful. Carbonation is almost frantic (without becoming overbearing), and the result is a mouthfeel that is the definition of effervescent. Vitus basically an imperial hefe, as opposed to many weizenbocks incorporating some darker malts, but it's nonetheless world class.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 07:08:14 | More by axeman9182
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schleprock

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice yellow-orange color with a really thick head.

S: Citrusy hops, floral ethers.

T: Hints of banana, clove and wheat similar to a hefeweizen.

M: Great on the palate considering it's a 7.7% abv, truly well done.

D: This is a great weizenbock. I love the flavor and it's very drinkable.

This to me can be a great higher alcohol session beer. It's extremely tastey and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 17:28:39 | More by schleprock
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Got to hand it to them poured a two inch solid head in my glass with a hazy yellow in color beer. Expected darker for the ABV.

S - Wow I got solid banana and lemon with a wheat base. Mild bready malt too, this beer smells great!

T - Smooth and less boozy than most Weizenbock's I ever had. Tastes of solid banana a bit of lemon rind and a balanced wheat base that brings it together.

M - Light to medium surprisingly. Especially for such a big body drinks very well.

D - I would consider getting it again. At a 4 dollar price tag I felt I paid too much but drinking it, fully worth the price. If you can find it cheaper I would say pick it up!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:22:43 | More by DrDemento456
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a murky yellow body with a good two inches of off-white head. Smells like orange, pith, spice, and banana. Banana, pith, citrus, bread, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium to full in body with ample carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very drinkable, pleasant, and complex. An excellent Weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:06:39 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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phishgator

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wiezen glass. Nice tight creamy white head and thin lacing. The color is a bright pale straw, hazy and not a great deal of carbonation. The aroma is a characteristic hefe smell with bananas. The taste is bananas and a thick sweet grainy nectar. There is a little spicy note and the malt leave a cloy aftertaste. A great brew from a traditional bavarian brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 17:27:07 | More by phishgator
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed to be quick when I opened this as it immediately began to foam out of the bottle. This lead to a generous three quarter inch head for the duration of the drink.
Slightly spicy nose almost reminiscent of clove and honey and with a in interesting Duvel quality to it.
Very very pale for a weizenbock, it is hazy cloudy yellow and leaves intensely intricate lacing. Taste of melon and honey grew on me while drinking. A slight sappy juicy element in the mouth as well.

Pretty good but if I was Aventinus I wouldn't be too worried about the competition.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:15:15 | More by Zimbo
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***First try*** Time for a German beer! Hefeweizens is not my favorite style, but I do like beers the are a mixed style with hefeweizen. This is my third Weihenstephaner beer to try.

I poured this into one of my tall hefeweizen glasses and watched as the head formed and grew quickly to 3-4 fingers in height that was frothy and white, like it should be. It is a beautiful cloudy yellow color, like pineapple juice, and it is very bubbly.

It smells...I'm actually having a hard time figuring out how it smells because I'm cooking some chicken and garlic...DOH! It's very sweet and there is a lot of citrus, as is to be suspected. I get banana and clove as well, adding more complexity and spice. I get an essence of lemon as well on the end.

Taste is pretty much identical. It's smooth, but is bubbly and has a little bite to it. There is a lot of banana flavor in it with lemon coming at the end to give it some added bite and tang. The wheat is sort of underlying throughout.

I'd say this is a pretty good beer here. It's more appetizing than a regular hefeweizen to me, but I have to say that I expected it to be a bit different. I'm not sure what I expected it to be, but whatever.

***Second try*** With all of y'all - yes, us Texans will say that - discussing so much non-American beers I felt guilty about not buying a non-American beer in quite awhile! So I went to my local place and decided to buy a foreign beer in a style I've not drank in awhile. I chose Vitus because I didn't remember drinking it. When I got back to my place I checked on Facebook to see if I had tried it...and I had. Damn! But there's nothing wrong with that. You know, if you're hungry, and I am, drinking a wheat beer is a good choice. Want some bread? Drink a wheat beer!

It may take a little work but it's a must that the drinker gets the sediment from the bottom of the bottle into your glass. It's not in there for no reason! If you don't like it then...don't drink it. The head, like every wheat beer, pours very tall, extremely bubbly, and white. Color of the beer is a hazy, if you put in little sediment, to murky, if you put in it all, golden-yellow. Describing wheat beer colors is a little more difficult than describing other styles' colors but wheat beers have a sort of pastel color to them.

It smells very bready with lemony-citrus and banana notes.

Taste brings an unexpected alcohol flavor...but not a bad one. It's hidden under the dominant wheat and the citrus and banana notes keep up the flavor.

This was a good choice for a drink today where it was pretty warm in Texas. Like I've said, wheat beers aren't a favorite of mine so I won't appreciate this as much as someone else who does like weizenbiers (terrible German-English), but I can tell a quality beer and this one is it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 08:30:29 | More by BeardedRiker
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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