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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,089
Hads: 3,098
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 214
Gots: 415 | 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 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 keithmurray
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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

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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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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of codfeast
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I had purchased this one evening at Hunger 'n' Thirst when Mughugger was working in the bottle shop. I am listening to Black Sabbath as the accompanying soundtrack for this one.

From the bottle: "WBA 12 [-] World Beer Awards [-] World's Best Wheat Beer Strong"; "The world's oldest brewery [-] Since 1040".

I began the pour, only to be be surprised by its light color. I do not know why I was thinking that it would be dark in color, but I was startled all the same. I got a dense finger of bone-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a Hefeweizen, especially in terms of the banana esters, although I got some clove, but accompanied by a bit of heat. I was ready to sneeze. Mouthfeel was medium. I initially thought to myself "Hefeweizen! Burned again!" since I am not a big fan of the style, but then the heat kicked in and I realized why this was a Winter beer. Bananas + heat = Bananas Foster! Man, I really dug it in Advanced Foods in HomeEc when we did flambe desserts. Hit the lights, get some fire going and serve. In this case, I was getting ready to hit the deck! It was like a rabbit punch. I did not see this coming, despite the label. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to its inherent heat. Phew! Sabbath plays on while I may be played out.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Straw-golden, 2-fingered white head, which dissipates slow. Leaves light lacing. Missed the color by a bit fellas.

S - Wheat, bananas, clove and a little bit of hellertau hops and honey.

T - Pretty much the same deal, but without the honey.

M - Good balanced, full-bodied, sweet and dry.

D - Good, but closer to a maibock than a weizenbock. Too light and not enough dark fruit.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glass: Hefeweizen Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, hazy, amber colored beer. A huge billowing, fine, soapy, cream head appeared and lingered for quite some time.

Smell: Ripe bananas, slight tart quality. Maybe some alcohol. A bit metallic.

Taste: Bananas, a bit of a metallic / chalky / sour taste. Almost like the funky nuttiness you get from some coconut waters. Buttery, perhaps?

Mouthfeel: Very full. Syrupy. Sticky afterwards. A bit much for me.

Overall: Decent, but the thick mouthfeel, taste of alcohol, and metallic notes keep it from being great for me.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A very pale and very hazy yellow body with a two finger white head with lasts for a little while.

S: The spicy German yeast character is evident up front. There is a lot of bubblegum aroma in the middle from the wheat.

T: Very interesting taste. There is a little peppery spiciness, subtle lemon flavors, and rich wheat body. Unfortunately, there is a ton of bubblegum in this flavor.

M: The body was a little thin, especially given the ABV but the carbonation was great.

O: It is good for the style but I am not a fan of this style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a pale orange with a swirling display of effervesce, rapid bursts that rose in a dense shower. The head was glass consuming, a foamy pearl white sheen, 3 fingers high that stood is ground quite proudly. Thick foamy patches cover the glass for lace.

S: Musky damp cellar notes, wet whole wheat, ripe whole banana skins, and some yeasty moments of light to moderate intentions.

T: The flavor was sweet and malty, toasty liquid bread upfront, some musky lemon and wheat moves in. A touch of dry spicy cloves, dry bananas and a slight peppery instance on the fade. Toasty sweet grain base, almost octoberfest like, dry wheat mixture, with a sweet finish.

M: creamy with a bubbly carbonation. Toasty sweet on the hold with a light body and playful nature on the tongue.

O: Overall a good flavor, a bit more sweet and toasty then im used to per style. Smooth yeasty nature, not overpowering, but easily manageable. Alcohol is easily hidden by its sweetness. Cleanly brewed as with all their drinks with a smooth refinement.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden color with a large, thick, creamy, soapy, sticky, white head. Pretty good retention with a sticky thin layer of lace. Extremely light color for the style.

S - A lot of wheat aroma with banana, clove, and some bubblegum. Touches of vanilla and pepper and some alcohol.

T - A lot of wheat flavor with some pale malt. A good amount of banana flavor along with plenty of clove and pepper. Some bubblegum and yeasty flavors as well. Some spicy hops later on as well. Some alcohol heat also comes out. Some tangy/tart wheat flavor also comes out a bit.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. A bit of a smooth feel with just a touch of drying finish.

D - Easy to drink with a nice amount of flavor and a good body, but a little spicy and a bit too much alcohol heat to really be all that drinkable.

Notes: Definitely not like other weizenbocks that I have had, seems more like a bigger hefeweizen. Overall not a bad beer, but it wasn't entirely balanced and not what I was expecting. Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a bit better given the track record of this brewery.

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Photo of demitriustown
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a bit of haze. Quite the bevy of foam and lacing. Moderate aroma-mildly spicey and somewhat cloveish. Very crisp and clean flavor wise. A wheaty crispness against and slightly spiced and phenolic bite. Somewhat peppery tinge. Solid mouthfeel. Really a great beer all around. I could do this again and again.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Although it takes up nearly the entire glass when first poured, the white head is light and foamy, lending itself to the effervescent nature of this style. The color is far lighter than I had expected. It is a nice lemon yellow, with the typical wheat beer haze.

Smell: Lemon, bubblegum, and mint make for an interesting, yet not entirely tempting, combo. The possible sugary zest of this bouquet is counterbalanced by the toasty Munich malt typical for the style.

Taste: Lemons are replaced by bananas, while airy notes of mint and bubblegum manage to hang on. The maltiness goes head-to-head with the esters, making for a somewhat strange, yet interesting combination...kind of like a banana sandwich on multigrain bread.

Mouthfeel: The medium mouthfeel is thickened by the wheat and yeast. Carbonation is characteristically medium-high and does a good job making the beer both filling and spritzy.

Overall: A beer which, for me, is swimming in dichotomies. The flavors don't seem to mix all that well, but the toasted malt going up against the esters is both true to style and worth witnessing if you haven't had this type of beer before. A beer that could grow on me. I would certainly like to try it again further down the road.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.