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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,100 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,100
Hads: 3,140
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 214
Gots: 432 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of beerking1
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale gold, with a typical big white rocky head one expects from a Bavarian wheat beer. Nose is traditional weizen, only more so. Lots of banana-like phenols, along with some green apple and clove. Not much in the way of hops, but a faint wheat character. Flavor is much sweeter than a regular weizen, again with lots of banana and some clove. Finish is fruity, with lots of green apple, and some dry, bready wheat character. Little bit full bodied for the flavor.

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Photo of MattyV
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy lemon yellow colour with a big pillowy white head. Average retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet and estery with lots of banana and fruit along with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Taste follows suit with lots of yeast-derived estery flavors: banana, bubble gum, and apple leads into a crisp finish with hints of clove and pepper. Sweet malt profile throughout. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A great beer which drinks very well and struck me much like a suped up hefe, and is a bit dangerous in that regard.

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Photo of kashmoney
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven’t had the Vitus, but I have had beers from the Weihenstephan portfolio. The pilsner is their most popular and is readily available. I was intrigued to learn that this one has only been around since 2007. I also found it interesting that folks who fast can drink this beer. Heck, if it’s good maybe I will fast and live on Vitus! It has been a while since we drank, so I am excited to get the ball rolling. Let’s dive into the Vitus.

In the Glass: The beer pours golden brown with a thick foamy head. I didn’t really know what to expect here, but I was surprised to see so much head. The beer has a weak lace that quickly drips back into the beer.

Nose: It smells like a good German beer is supposed to. There are a ton of malty notes on the nose, and then it begins to smell rusty and seasoned. I still can’t believe that this beer has only been in production since 2007. The label and the history of this brewery would beg to differ.

Flavor: The beer starts off with those same rustic flavors that I was picking up in the nose, but then the sweetness kicks off. I am left saying, “Holy cow,” when I sit the glass down. I had no idea what this was going to taste like, but am glad to have found what was inside the bottle!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. Considering how much head there is on this beer, there isn’t a lot going on in the mouth. No bubbles and it isn’t overwhelming as you swallow.

Aftertaste: I wish the aftertaste lasted longer than it does. The beer is so sweet as it slides across your tongue, and is still in there a few seconds later… but quickly fades. The beer is cheap, but with such a big ABV you need to be careful. You never taste the booze in this one.

I have had the pilsner, and while it’s good… it’s not great. This beer is surprisingly incredible. The sweetness, which I am starting to like more and more, just continues to impress from one bottle to the next. I could drink this beer again and again. If you like a tasty sweet beer, grab a bottle of Vitus. Bottoms up, people!

Weihenstephaner Vitus - The bottle says: NA

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  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?

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of JRed
3.94/5  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?

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden with a big creamy white head. Huge banana aroma. Taste begins with some banana, then some fresh bread flavor, then finishes with a sweet clove. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a very good beer. Quite strong in ABV, but no cloying alcohol taste.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.93/5  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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a puffy, rocky white head. Excellent lacing down the glass. Sugary wheat aroma, lots of banana and bread in this one. Fresh-smelling, nice change from the dank basement you sometimes get with the weizenbock. Bubbly mouthfeel, although it does get syrpuy from time to time. The taste was good, but a little too sweet for me. Solid wheat and banana/yeast ester base. Loved the clove and lemon peel components as well.

Only problem I had was it was a little too sweet. Kind of got a cotton candy-sugar taste after a while, to the point I craved an IPA or something sour to wash this beer down with. At first I wanted to mark this beer down for it in the taste category, but everything that came before it was too good.

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Photo of Pahn
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 2 inch fizzy white head, dissipated quickly and settled into about a millimeter of foam that lasted throughout. Minimal lacing. Pours a translucent but murky pale orange-ish yellow.

Smell: Weak smell requiring pretty aggressive inhalation. Smells like wheat beer and apple.

Taste: Delivers way beyond what's promised by the smell. Strong notes of apple and cantaloupe, with a myriad of berry/melon/fruit juice tastes popping up with each sip. The finish is tangy and sour, almost soapy. Near the end of the bottle, a decently strong banana flavor shines through. The fruit notes are alternately bright and musty, weirdly enough. The tartness gets less aggressive and more balanced as well.

Mouthfeel: Very nice creamy start, then giant carbonation and an extremely dry finish. Not my favorite way for a beer to feel, but not a flaw either.

Drinkability: The alcohol is barely masked, and the carbonation and dryness border on unpleasant. It stays dry (can feel it especially on the top of the tongue) for the duration of the bottle. I think it would be tough to drink too many of these, though I suppose you'd be drunk quickly enough, so perhaps it wouldn't be so tough.

All in all a very good beer, and a great value. Personally, I would probably opt for other weizenbocks or hefeweizens. That said, Vitus has an exceptionally big taste; the flavor goes a lot further than I was expecting. It's less refreshing than it is intriguing.

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Photo of Wreckoncile
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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...

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Photo of cooch69
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen flute.

A nice bock beer. I like what a wheat beer brings to the bock style. But not Aventinus! 4

A – Pours a pale yellow, straw colored, hazy, no sediment in bottle, with a huge white-white mousey head (in a flute). No lacing to speak of, seems unusual with such a big head. 3.5

S – Yeasty, some low spiciness, peppery, a hint of citrus. 3.75

T – Malt with a spicy finish. 4

MF – Medium bodied, semi-dry finish. 4

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a sticky bubbly meniscus of antique white foam on top that last and last. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that supports the head.

S- This beer has nice big dry white bread dough aroma with a club soda hint and lemon notes. There is a green hop finish and a soft fusel alcohol note to the finish.

T- The taste of dry white bread crust gives way to pale malt and some lighter wheat malt notes. There is a light fruity lemon hint followed by a leafy green hop finish with a soft pale malt note.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and a soft alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- The nice dry flavors make this beer smooth and easy to drink with the flavor and aroma really enhancing each other. The lemon notes are very pleasant but get a bit tangy when it warms. Although there are some light alcohol notes it doesn't really taste like a 7.7%ABV beer.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty well carbonated as a soft pour still yields a full three-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light gold color and shows a very lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is distinctly full of clove phenolics, even seeming a bit fruity in its clove character. Wheat like grain notes provide a touch of bread aromatics, some light tartness and some cracker-malt notes. Banana esters mix in with the clove notes, but are definitely noticed as well. There are also some plum like notes as well as a touch of apple aromatics.

Well carbonated, yet still creamy like many a good Hefeweizen; this does have a touch more body than your standard Hefe, but so far if I was presented this blind I would be hard pressed to guess that this is something other than a normal Hefeweizen. The strength of this brew shows up in the esters that are noticeable; this is a bit more fruity than your typical strength Hefe with flavors of plum, Macintosh apples and green raisins. This fruitiness is backed by a spicy, phenolic finish reminiscent of the turpenes particular to cloves. As the beer loses some of its zippy carbonation and warms up just a touch it begins to pick up a lightly concentrated banana note in the middle. This has a light tartness to it than helps to accentuate the various fruit components a bit.

The last pour that has some yeast sediment to it, adds a bit more yeasted tartness to this brew, which is a nice added dimension. I really like this take on the Weizenbock; it really is just a slightly amped up version of a well made Hefeweizen with the increased gravity producing more interesting esters and phenolics.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of klewis
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.