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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,482 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,482
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 143
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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Nowhereman529

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a beautiful blonde color with a significant amount of head that hung around for a solid couple of minutes before being reduced to a thin rim of lacing around the top of glass.

Smell was initially very organic, sort of earthy. As the beer warmed it developed a more banana and clove smell that is oh so typical of the style.

Taste does not disappoint. It's quite a wheaty draught with a taste akin to a loaf of fresh bread. The banana again shows up in the flavor with a little spiciness, maybe allspice.

The beer in general has just the right amount of carbonation and thickness. I can't imagine how they could improve in this area.

Overall this is a very drinkable brew. I will definitely purchase this one again without a second thought. It's a well rounded weizenbock with very few flaws.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:23:27 | More by Nowhereman529
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After much talk by Coloradobobs I had to have one for myself.

A- Nice light almost neon yellow color of beer. The head is like a pillow of tick fluffy foam nestled on top of the brew.

S- Light subtle fruit smells are present. I wanna say tropical in fruitiness.

T- At last, I'm thirsty! The taste is a mix between honey nut cheerios and a tropical banana smoothie. There is a nice sweetness to the beer that goes well with sun. The aftertaste is not one that lingers. It is very refreshing.

M- There is a little bit of a bite to the mouth, perhaps it is the 7% abv that is there? This has a light amount of carbination which isn't too overpowering. Too much carbination can make you feel as though you are drinking just foam and not beer.

D- I would say very drinkable. Goes very well with a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:27:10 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy white head, lots of creamy sticy white lacing through out the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bananna and coriander notes, also a nice touch of caramel. The taste is awesome, sweet, malty, yeasty, fruity, with some spiceyness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a true classic, never been disappointed in this brewery's brew's, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 20:21:54 | More by Wasatch
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a much lighter, cloudy gold in color than I was expecting. I was expecting something more along the lines of a Korbinian. This is more like a amped up Hefe. Huge, pillowy head on the pour. Plenty of the banana and clove in the nose and flavor. Some hops show up in the taste to help out. Decent beer, but it's a Hefe!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:41:20 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Overlord

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't drink enough German ales.

Pours a odd and exciting pale, pale, pale yellow with a big white foamy head. Smells like sweet malt, bananas, and cloves, and the flavor is explosive with bananas, crisp citrus, cloves, and spices.

Ridiculously drinkable, with a lively mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 07:53:02 | More by Overlord
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Onslow

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought downtown after the 'beer meeting' ... pours a hazy golden yellow ... big foam, lacing is all of A+ .. very smooth and drinkable .. is there such a thing as a session weizenbock ... decent flavour, not as refined or full as aventinus.. decent and all that sherpa stuff.. gunga guluga...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 13:41:45 | More by Onslow
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blackie

California

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

a: into my Piraat snifter, 1 finger bone white head, nice retention fed by a few small streams of bubbles, the beer is a hazy golden-white in color

s: the nose displays a strong wheat malt base with a candied fruit sweetness, rich and soft yeasts gives genuine banana and other esters, notes of sour apple, a range of dried tropical fruits, glorious papery hops with a touch of lemon balm, clove, very nice with a load of subtle complexity

m: medium-high carbonation and a lighter body, lively and delicate at once

t: spicy wheat malts over a pale barley which gives a light fruity sweetness, doughy yeast and fresh banana, hops taste of various dried citrus herbs like lemongrass and lemon balm, turns a touch tart after the swallow with a spot-on bitterness, cooling, a VERY solid 4 and nearly a 4.5

d: dangerous, abv well integrated and the beer is complex enough to keep things interesting

this is a good beer, but I prefer heavier weizenbocks with darker, more complex fruits

from Grapes & Hops

notes supplemented and some scores altered with a bottle from Farm Fresh in Hampton, VA...09/09/08 (a steal at $2.99)

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 05:16:46 | More by blackie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 04:47:36 | More by Sammy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in a weizen glass. Poured a translucent straw gold. Five inch fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Some strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting, but inconsistently spattered across the walls of the glass. Scents of light wheat up front with bubblegum and clove elements not far behind. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of banana and yeast flavors that come across towards the back. Consistency was light without being watery, and pleasantly effervescent across the tongue before culminating in a mild alcohol astringency at the finish. I haven't had too many weizenbocks, but this went down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 01:20:30 | More by Jwale73
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macster

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow and slightly cloudy color. I had to re-check the label to be sure this was indeed a Weizenbock since I have always found them to be quite darker in color. Pour creates a huge fluffy, pillowy white head with good retention. Some isolated streaks of lacing coat the sides of the glass as it drains.

Nose is greeted with huge, assertive aromas of fresh, hot yeast rolls, lemon zest, ripe banana, spices and malted wheat backed by just a touch of alcohol.

Palate was lively and refreshingly fizzy to style with just a hint of slickiness.

Flavor profile seemed a bit lighter than the aromas but was still excellent. Seemed like an amped up hefeweiss with the 7.7% alcohol mixing in well with the flavors of the wheat, lemon, fresh yeast and various spices.

A very respectable balanced beer with a bit of muscle, but still very crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 03:09:10 | More by macster
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a white heat that leaves some lacing

S - Has some fruity notes of banana with a touch of clove and yeast

T - The Banana taste comes out first then is balanced out by the clove and wheaty malt

M - This beer has a medium body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit to me it was almost like an imperial hefe it has va very good taste making it easy to drink worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 15:05:55 | More by armock
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mynie

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottles being served at the Lava Lounge in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Must be a new arrival in the state since I've never seen it before. Of course, due to our shitty liquor laws you're still going to have trouble finding it unless you are at Lava or John's in Iowa City.

Nice pour. Call me an idiot but I thought that weizebocks were dark and chocolately looking, but this is a really cool shade of electric yellow with a big white head. Minimal haze, too. That's unexpected but still nice, since it really adds to the overall slickness and sheen of the beer.

Smell is awful intense. Like an really hugely ramped up hefe. You don't get the slight chocolate nodes that I'm used to see in weizenbocks but you really don't care. Gigantic banana,

Things stat off with a zip of yeast like you're licking a 9-Volt battery. It might sound strange but it's actually pretty goddamn delicious. This rips round into a intense wheatmalt of white pepper and banana which is balanced perfectly by a lightly spicy, lightly sweet finish and lingering nodes of yeast. Nice.

This brewery can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 03:15:27 | More by mynie
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demitriustown

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9oz bottle: Pours a cloudy golden with a slight orange hue and a nice large head that lingers. Aroma has got the definite wiezen characteristics. A nice orange and lemon citrus spritz, banana, wheat overtones, spiced similar to a hefe. Taste is nicely robust and mouth filling. I was basically expecting a Hefe but this is nicely complex. A nice bite of citrus and wheat really make this a really luscious brew. Overall, Man this stuff is a good wiezen I really like this!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 01:45:24 | More by demitriustown
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SacoDeToro

California

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

Sampled at the Pizza Port RAF.

Poured a brilliant gold with a dense and tall white head.

The aroma of the beer was of melanoidin rich pilsner malt and wheat. There were a good deal of fruity esters as well, but more towards the pear and bubblegum. No banana really.

The flavor of the beer was richly malty, but the lighter side of malty. It was full of sweet pilsner malt and a bready wheatiness. There were some mild fruit flavors mixed in: pear and white grape. The hops were floral and mild.

The mouthfeel was medium and the body surprisingly full. The carbonation was spritzy and there was a pleasant alcoholic warmth in the finish. I've never had a blond weizenbock until this, but I get exactly what the brewers were going for (I think) and they nailed it. Very nice and a departure from more traditional German brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 18:45:34 | More by SacoDeToro
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

500 ml bottle.

Beautiful hazy lemon yellow to golden straw body. Tall, two fingers of thick, pillowy, soft, off-white head. Good lacing. Big fruity esters on the nose. Banana quartet: bananas, bananas soaked in rum, banana bread, Gerber banana baby food. Also some tropical fruit. Yeasty. Wheat bready. Nice.

Yeasty wheat bread twang up front. A hint of noble hop spiciness as well. Tropical fruits and banana sweetness emerge. Rummy alcohol adds some depth. Some bubble gum and clove chime in. Candied banana sweetness peaks near the finish. Lingering yeast and clove. Full-bodied with a thick, proteiny feel. A very good weizenbock that is more in the spirit of an amped up hefeweizen (think Dancing Man Wheat by New Glarus) than a darker, roastier, vinous Aventinus.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:25:19 | More by alexgash
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 10:29:05 | More by mikesgroove
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Tons of pale, foamy clumps of lace left in the wake of a pale, foamy, clumpy head. The body of this beer is beautiful - a hazy, wispy, orange-yellow brew (MUCH lighter than most weizenbocks) with tons of crisp, pinpoint effervescence, boiling up from the bottoms of the glass. Magnificent.

Aroma: Very pungent. Lots of weizen notes and yeast notes - crisp, faintly-sweet wheat malt, the banana and cloves/coriander one-two, a decent orange zest presence, some spicy, floral yeast and malt notes, stronger than usual for the style. On the other hand, it may not be that the hops are more prominent, but instead that the malts and yeast notes are less complex, allowing the hops to come through a little more. I'll assume it's a little of both.

Taste: Not too much difference from the nose here. A very sweet wheat backbone, banana esters mix will with some lighter fruity sweetness (pineapple, perhaps), spicy yeast notes, a mild hop bitterness, and some earthy hop notes. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Much lighter than other Weizenbocks - sort of like a pumped up hefeweizen, really.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but medium-bodied and even-profiled, resulting in a thick, silky texture that works well with the stylistic interpretation - it's a little lighter than most weizenbocks, but so is everything else here. Good call.

Drinkability: Overall, pretty good - alcohol's hidden well and isn't out of this world (7.7%), everything tastes and smells great, and it's very crisp and creamy - good, easygoing summer drink.

is a good drink, but, truth be told, it's not much of a weizenbock. It's more like a slightly-hyped up hefewiezen. Very interesting, though - this brew and the Aventinus mark the borders of the style, and they're both lovely in their own unique ways. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 19:04:45 | More by CrellMoset
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beernut

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up at my local LS. Price is around $2 and change. From what I heard, may be slim pickins by winter. But anyway here is what I thought:

A) A pale golden color, cloudy. Has a froathy white head. Poured nicely into my glass.

S) Full of aroma. Nice citrus floral smell.

T) A floral hop, followed by citrus, almost fruity. It is extremly refreshing on the palate.

M) Very crisp, goes down smooth, almost a taste of banana.

D) I purchase this beer every week, with hot summer days approaching, this beer will quench my thirst.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 02:04:23 | More by beernut
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

Cloudy, lemon-honey color with huge meringue head. Head actually goes pretty quickly for lacing...

Big banana ester and wheat electricity - a little viscous sweetness with a little alcohol.

Clean, thick malt and wheat. Excellent banana ester sweetness with a little coriander mixed in.

Very clean and silky sweet. Nice, deep wheat finish.

Way too drinkable. Despite heavy profile drinks as clean as a regular hefe. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 22:52:48 | More by IBUnit63
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with a massive head of bone white fluff that forms rocky peaks. It has epic retention and leaves delicate blobs of lace in my Aventinus glass.

The aroma is bursting with ripe banana, clove, bubblegum, candy, and yeast. It smells like a Bavarian hefeweiss on steroids.

Flavor is exceptional and filled with banana and tropical fruit, clove and spice, pink bubblegum, faint orange, citrus, and yeast. It almost has a Belgian characteristic due to the big fruit and spice on display. It's simply delicious and a bit different from other examples of this style.

Body is medium, with s velvet soft texture and creamy smooth mouthfeel. THis is a truly sessionable weizenbock. $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 19:54:06 | More by AlexJ
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BMoney575

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-25-08

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a thick, creamy white head. The head leaves ultra thick lacing behind, almost like whipped cream.

Smell is very sweet and almost Belgian, with a hint of light fruitiness.

Taste is much like the smell, light and fruity, with a huge yeast character. Much lighter than I expected.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. The thickness is just right and the carbonation hits all the right places.

Drinkability is very good, though just a little on the sweet side.

Overall, different from other weizenbocks I've had. I was expecting it to be more malt-centric, but it's the yeast that steals the show.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 21:36:35 | More by BMoney575
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Matty1918

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice burnt amber with a thick, tan foamy head. Not much lacing.

Nice araoma...molases, toasted malts.

A very nice tasting Dunkle. Toasted malt flavor is heavy at first then molases with a hint of caramel. The aftertaste almost reminds me of flat cola.

Nice mouthfeel...creamy, a little carbonation.

I'd buy this again. The beers that this brewery produce are very tasty. I've never been dissapointed. I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 20:47:53 | More by Matty1918
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and yellow in color. Fantastic off-white head sat firmly atop this masterpiece. Nice lacing along the side of the glass, for sure. Huge aromas of banas and cloves - standard fare with this yeast strain and I love every bit of it. Flavors of banana with some subtle citrus cutting it, and some spicy pepper/clove action. Alcohol makes itself known as the brew warms to temperature, but not in a bad way. Good finish with just a touch of dryness. I was thinking this one would drink slow, but this is right in my wheel house. I absolutely adore this brew. I could make a session out of this, albeit probably a short one. A fantastic offering.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 18:40:06 | More by goindownsouth
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ommegoose

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two .5L of these for $5.59 at Evanston First Liquors. I figured it was a safe bet considering how good Weihen's hefe is.

Huge fluffy head. A full sheet on top persists for some time. A very murky and dark yellow-orange. I was expecting a much darker appearance, but this is a good looking beer regardless. Not much in the way of lacing though.

Smells like a crisp hefeweizen. Yeasty banana-like aromas. I was expecting a bit more potency of fragrance due to the 7.7% abv. Some malty sweetness is nice.

Quite tasty. The great flavors of their hefeweizen are here, with a mellow malt sweetness. Very juicy. The polar opposite of a dry beer. Favors banana flavors to spicy ones. Clove is somewhat subdued, showing up mainly on the finish. Just a hint of bitterness. Some mild tartness as well, as in lemon zest or sour fruits.

So smooth. Like the other Weihenstephaner brews I've had, this one is really soft and gentle in the mouth. No trace of alcohol here, or going down. Carbonation is fine.

Imperial hefeweizen? This is not really what I was expecting at all, but I'm not disappointed in the slightest. The alcohol is definitely felt before the end of the glass. Two of these will put me in a happy place. I will buy this beer again, but I will probably try a few more weizenbocks first.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 05:02:39 | More by ommegoose
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has been on my WANTS list for about 2 years, and now it's easily available at several locations in the Columbus area. I picked up this bottle for $2.99 at Palmers Beverage.

The beer is way paler than you'd expect, I guess Aventinus set the dark standard in my mind for this style. But Weihenstephaner is the world's oldest brewery so who knows what's appropriate... Anyway all other measurements reveal this as a world class beer. The aroma is hefeweizen squared, twice the banana and all the clove. The flavors are near perfect, absolutely delicious estery fruits riding on a creamy and thick mouthfeel. I drank the entire bottle much quicker than I expected, this is sinister and delicious.

I give this my strongest stamp of approval, this beer is at least as good as Aventinus.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 00:14:34 | More by TurdFurgison
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.