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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,301 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2301
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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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

Michigan

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
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Topped by a white, craggy, and moussy head. Straw gold hue. Visible effervescence. Cloudy. Sticky lacing.

S: A good bready/cake like malt aroma with banana and clove character to boot. Some vanilla - this smells like a standard hefe and not a weizenbock.

T: Nice and bready malt flavor. Good solid clove. Some low hop bitterness at the back end. Some banana. Definitely has a sweet palate.

MF: Medium-full creamy mouthfeel. Some alcohol warming with moderate carbonation.

D,notes: Lacking dark fruit esters in taste and nose. Easy to drink with a good mouthfeel. A good weizen for the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 18:15:20 | More by Nipitato
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy wheat with suggests chocolate with whipped cream on bananas. Sour and citric snap for nice balance.

Pale-medium straw color, bit hazy, wonderful head.

There's a little less creamy wheat than in the nose and a good stiff sour force that plays with hop flavor and bitterness. Light banana with clove. Lighter alcohol. Deeper fruit flavors develop that remind me of grapes or maybe have the essence of strawberries. The creaminess takes on a deeper sweetness and a richer flavor in the vein of cream soda or a vanilla shake - it has that primal tasty character that sucks me in like the Umami of a steak. My tastebuds obsess over it and it becomes all I sense.

I wish it had yeast in the bottle. Other than that it was a pretty well-behaved Weizenbock, laid back and fairly tasty without an exciting wildness.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 23:11:15 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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JBogan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light golden color with plenty of bubble action causing a very large foamy white head which stays around for a while and leaves medium lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smelled of bubblegum and bananas with a hint of citrus.

Tasted of gum and grains with the banana present as well. I also detected a very slight metallic edge to it, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth and with a nice amount of carbonation. Very refreshing, especially on this very warm day here in Vegas.

All in all this was a nice beer which I'll certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 00:28:03 | More by JBogan
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded golden - much lighter than expected for style - huge, foamy white head that becomes rocky. Uneven lacing stick - unfortunately, though, it is quickly vanishing.

The smell is of bubblegum, floral, with peppery spicing and banana (with apple/pear) fruitiness. Grainy notes add to complexity. Different than I expected for the style, but it fits if taken from a different perspective that "fits the style".

The taste is sweet - in a bubblegum way. Malty and grainy with grassy notes. A bit of warming alcohol comes through, but in a very mild for actual abv way. It has a sweet and spicy, crisp finish.

Medium-bodied and very smooth. On spot feel - effervescent carbonation coates the palate, but not nearly in a prickly way. Smooth is an understatement, here.

Gimme more...
A unique brew that is like a HW on steroids, with a smoothness that is incredible, while still keeping the pleasant taste lingering well into the aftertaste. A work of art.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:43:55 | More by jwc215
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Lupe

New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is different from any other Weizenbock I've had - Poured a hazy pale straw color with a fluffy white head. The head slowly settles to a thin cap and leaves some lace behind.

Very aromatic - Like a super hefe! Tons of yeastiness, banana, clove, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is full of ramped up Hefeweizen characteristics. Bready sweetness like damp whole wheat couple with a ton of fruitiness - banana, apple, pear, and even grape juice. Spices are present and mingle well with the fruit. Well balanced but on the malty side. Fruit and yeast add a nice tartness. Mild alcohol come through in the finish.

Medium bodied, creamy, rich, and thick. Very nice mouthfeel that maintains a level of crispness. Very good drinkability for the style, but I couldn't see having more than a pint or two.

Highly recommended - a bit of a different take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 23:55:40 | More by Lupe
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TheBierBand

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 1/2 liter single of this at one of my favorite beer stores: Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. I poured this into my Weihenstaphan Weizen glass to produce a nice 1-1/2" of white foam. This settled down to a thin cap after a while.... I would say GOOD head retention. The foam left sparce lacing on the glass. The beer is hazy and straw colored.

Nos: VERY pronounced. Very nice.... a lot like a heffewiezen... lots of yeast, some spice, some fruit.

Taste: Again, a lot like a heffeweizen. perhaps a bit more astringent. On the sweet side with a breadyness that softens the flavors. Yeasty, bready, fruity.

MF: not as creamy as their Heffewizen.... thinner, but still excellent mouth coating and afteratste.

Drinkability: This is my first Weissen Bock... but this is quite good. I could have these all day long.... a good session beer if you like weizens.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 14:03:00 | More by TheBierBand
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light, hazy yellow-orange color with thick head. Head was way too much but did decipate and left good lacing. Smell was a bit "hefe like" with a touch of alochol. Yeast, fruits, and a bit of tartness to it. Taste is good. Taste is a bit sweet with various fruit tones, one sip I'll notice apple, the next pear, even a sweet grape. A slight alcohol warmth as it goes down. Carbonation is a little high, but good, leaves a relatively crisp taste. Overall a pretty drinkable beer. I probably would have scored it higher but the alcohol is well hidden and that could sneak up on you after a few of these easy drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 02:26:13 | More by bunnyhustle
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

500 ML bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
An aggressive pour resulted in a hazy, cloudy, murky, bright, golden, straw-colored hue with an immense frothy and foamy head that refused to dissipate slowly and left an incredible amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Powerful, assertive aroma bursting with hints of fresh florals, ripe fruits, and citrus...
Taste was loaded with sweet banana essences, including hints of pears, apples, lemons, and oranges...
Creamy, rich, thick, satisfying mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability to match...
Great stuff and an awesome depiction of the style...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:08:56 | More by dsa7783
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berserker256

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very cloudy and hazy yellowish color. I thought it would be darker. Huge expanding foam head. I poured it gently and the foam still gushed rimward. It has heavy clove and light banana and wheat aromas. The clove flavor is heavily evident in the taste as well. A slight sour/bitter aftertaste lingers also. It's a heavy type of beer that goes down like a brick. The 7.7% ABV doesn't really jump out at you. There's no alcohol burn. But it's a thick beer. I thik I'd rather have either a Weizen or a Bock over a Weizenbock in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 18:41:52 | More by berserker256
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into 23oz weizen glass.

Cloudy dull golden hue - a little more pale than I expected - with a three finger frothy off white head that slowly setetles to a one finger head. The carbonation is lively.

Light tart wheat malts, some banana bread, and sharp clove.

The malts are light in this one, with the banana bread repeating, and some fruity yeast flavors. Medium bodied with high carbonation. The finish is the lingering banana flavors.

A classic weizenbock, but also light in color and the flavor was a little tamer than some other weizenbocks I have tried. It's certainly a solid beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 23:49:25 | More by BeerSox
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A yellow, murky beer with a big frothy head that last the entire glass and settles into whipped cream and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell is phenolic, vanilla and bamana. Some exotic fruit and a nice smooth wheat smell.

Taste of a strong Weizen, phenolic yeast with moderate bananas and little clove. Alcohol is not strong. Bitterness is very low. A good solid strong Weizenbock, which should have had a little caramel malt in there, but apparently my thoughts around what a Weizenbock is, are not OK. Still I think a Weizenbock is dark.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 18:16:21 | More by Absumaster
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Had to try this on tap - an extremely cloudy, orangish body arrived with a decent head and it left lacings down the glass as the head died quickly. A burst of citric notes when I smelled it; haven't really smelled a hefe that powerful which is amazing in this case since this isn't even a hefe. Orange, banana, pineapple or pear, along with pepper and I want to say there's clove in there, maybe coriander. First thing that struck me about this beer was how smooth it was while retaining a large citric flavor and packing the spices on the backend. There's no hop bitterness at all, just orange and lemon mostly on the tastebuds with the pepper/clove on the backbite. Also a little sweet on the sides, like they put sugar in or something (bubblegum?). Sitting at the bar with this on tap, I could drink it all night. A little filling, and with the high ABV I didn't persist the issue but a great beer that I will have again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 15:33:23 | More by clayrock81
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PhageLab

Virginia

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

Served (unfortunately) in a standard pint glass.

A - Bronze/golden coloration with a massive head of pillowy froth which rested atop the brew like a floating cloud. Lacing was thick and consistent.

S - Phenols, cloves, yeast, pepper, and other spices. Banana and alcohol shine through at the end of the nose and linger.

T - Wow, like a hefeweizen atomic bomb. If someone were to say Imperial Hefeweizen this would be what I imagined it should taste like. Huge citrusy banana profile with a touch of clove and an obvious abv. Amazing to put it bluntly.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation level, spicy sweet residue left on the palate.

D - Outstanding brew, but it's potency severely limits it's quaffability. A must try for Weihenstephaner fans and weizenbock fans alike.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 15:40:28 | More by PhageLab
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aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9fl oz botle into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color with a massive 3 fingers of pitted white head. Some lacing.

S: Wheat up front as is to be expected. Slight hint of malt in the back. Hints of banana and clove from the yeast are there as well.

T: Really nice example of the style. Perhaps a little on the light side. Wheat and banana dominate. Sweetness in the end.

M: Light body with a ton of carbonation. Perhaps a tad too much.

D: A weizenbock that drinks like a Heff. Interesting and really well done. Would love to sit around a backyard and drink this during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:56:06 | More by aerozeppl
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Avryle

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy bright yellow. large fluffy white head that disipates quickly

S- Strong banana-like esters sweet malts & spice

T- Again, stong banana esters & cloves. Sweet wheat body with some tartness

M- Medium bodied & medium carbonation

D-Pretty easy to drink with only the ABV to watch out for

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:48:22 | More by Avryle
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle properly poured into a 23-ounce Hefeweizen glass at approx. 50 degrees, yields a HUGE white rocky bumpy head over a cloudy light orange body. Pretty beer. Head fades away rapidly, despite ample carbonation.

Intense aroma like a Hefeweizen on steroids. Bubble gum, banana, clove, cracker malt, more banana, pepper and -- get this! -- pepsin (as in the old "Beeman's Gum"!) is very evident. Notes of spearmint! Sour apple. Maybe the most fascinating aroma I've ever experienced in a beer.

Taste is close to the aroma, though the clove and bubble gum are the primary high notes, over a solid cracker malt middle and a notable mint-y back note. As this warms, the pepsin and mint become more apparent. Wow, what a fascinating flavor. This is really right up my alley. Crisp, grassy, yeasty, and weirdly spicy-minty. Unique. Completely unique.

Mouthfeel is not what I anticipated for a Weizen-Bock, but still is ample and round. As mentioned earlier, much more like a Hefeweizen on steroids, and that goes for the mouthfeel. Alcohol is present in the mouthfeel at the finish.

Drinkability is very high, despite the alcohol, because there are just so many flavors here.

This is an utterly unique beer, pushing the limits on the style. I would call this an "Imperial Hefeweizen" rather than a Weizen-Bock, since it has so many of the H-W characters just lifted about 50%.

Overall, an exceptional and weird beer. Not everyone will like this. I do . . . a lot!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:09:07 | More by ColoradoBobs
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

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

Poured a hazy, fairly light orange. I expected it to be darker.

Smell was fruity but mild, with some slight spices and some light, flowery aromas.

Taste was heavy on the citrus flavors, with orange and lemon dominating. Felt and tasted almost like juice, though good carbonation balances it well. Some peel flavors and a bit of clove were there as well.

Overall, I was very pleased with this. It wasn't anything like I expected, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 01:07:37 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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