Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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3.35/5 rDev -21.4%
Pours a hazy gold with towering white head that fades rapidly after the first sip.
Nose shows lots of banana and wheaty bread, some light sweet malt and a bit of pear. More like a hefe than a weizenbock. Light cloves show later on, along with spices reminiscent of nutmeg and coriander.
Flavour are again more like a hefe. Lots of banana and doughy yeast, the only difference is some soft alcohol and a hint of sweet clean malt.
Medium full body, moderately high carbonation. A little to full on.
I was expecting this to be darker, fruitier, maltier, etc.
11-01-2009 22:50:18 | More by CrazyDavros
3.35/5 rDev -21.4%
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...
07-11-2008 13:41:45 | More by Onslow
3.38/5 rDev -20.7%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A - Average yellow color, with lot's of head! Actually spilled some over the top. Stuck around for just a bit, then disappeared. Lot's of bubbly action going on all over the place. Nice looking brew.
S - Not much going on. Lot's of wheat noticeable, and also lot's of dark fruit. A little sour for my "taste". Not a bad smelling beer, just not anything special.
T - Not bad. This is the 1st Weizenbock I've had in quite some time. Could just be I'm not a huge fan of the style. A strong amount of wheat is immediately noticeable, as is the fruit. Upon the aftertaste, the sourness of the dark fruits is tasted. Not a bad tasting beer, just not really my style.
M - Again decent, but nothing outstanding. Not dry, but even with the amount of carbonation seen after the pour, seemed a bit flat and dull once I got about halway through.
O - Not knocking the beer, as it's a good beer, just not really my style. I won't buy in a bottle again, but would like to try it on tap.
05-30-2013 13:53:01 | More by stella77artois
3.38/5 rDev -20.7%
Lemony yellow color with a bit of hazyness in it. Bubbles drifting upwards into the surface.
Smells yeasty and wheaty, and the flavor has a lemon flavor that brings some bitterness, or rather, a light tartness along. Some light alcohol, and some flowery esters.
11-09-2010 05:26:56 | More by ChadQuest
3.41/5 rDev -20%
Pours a bright, yellow, cloudy colour. You can actually see the haze forming distinct patterns in the cloudy ale. Crazy. The smell is nothing to write home about. It's grainy, like an adjunct lager. The taste is a whole different animal, though. The grain flavours are so light, that they are taken over by strong notes of banana, cloves, citrus peel, and spices. Are there spices in this beer? The notes are so strong that I would suspect so. These aren't all what I'm looking for in a weizenbock, typically, but it makes for an excellent all-around brew, no question. I'm used to a dominating banana note and a bite from a weizenbock. This has the banana, but too much orange peel, and it completely lacks any bite, which disappoints me a little. The flavour of this beer is typical of Old World traditional brews. Reminds me of a Belgian abbey ale. Those are good, so I can't rate this particularly poorly. I was really looking for more bite in my weizenbock, though.
11-23-2013 01:46:59 | More by ElCommodoro
Northwest Territories (Canada)
3.43/5 rDev -19.5%
Very familiar with the Weihenstephan hefe beers, so was looking forward to drinking up the family tree.
Pours a bit on the murky side. A rather off putting murky yellow that reminds me, unfortunately, of some sort of infected fluid. Perhaps you think of other things. I think of infected juices. Billowy head that peters out in a few minutes leaving but a lonely bit of foam on the hefe glass.
Not much in the way of smells. A bit tart lemon, a bit yeast, a bit banana, a bit clove, and some boozy smell.
Taste is quite alcoholy. Kind of a cheap vodka feel, taste, and burn to it. It's like a hefeweizen that is neutered. The flavors are simple to the point of boring. There's some fizz, and quite a bit more sour than I expected. This has a touch of tart going on in it. No problems with the sourness of it. But sour seems out of line here.
Mouthfeel is a medium-full with a bit much on the fizz.
The alcohol is far too dominating and the flavor profile extremely muted. Not a bad deal for $2.89 for a 500ml bottle, but probably won't be going back for this one.
08-23-2012 04:47:19 | More by Living816
3.43/5 rDev -19.5%
Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The pour is a nice cloudy yellow with an ample thick white head that hangs around well.
The smell and the taste were overwhelming banana with a little clove and a yeastiness; it reminded me of Franzikaner Weiss in that regard. The biggest issue for me was a lack of balance.
Not my favorite style, and not my favorite beer, but typical of the style.
04-18-2010 14:43:04 | More by JonB1958
3.45/5 rDev -19%
Ginormous gusher. WTF! Like I shook the bottle up before opening it.
Pours a 6 finger head with about 1 finger of beer. Murky pear-colored liquid. Smells clovey, hay, and honey during the pour. To the nose, more of the smae, plus dusty and some lighter fruits (pear, banana cream, strawberry).
Tastes medium-sweet with nice spiciness as a counter-point. Strong carbonation helps keep the sweet from sticking. Clove, nutmeg, and canned pear syrup. Finishes with a sharp sting from the carbonation. Meh drinkability. Light body.
12-08-2010 04:50:41 | More by mentor
3.48/5 rDev -18.3%
A yawning, white tiger told me to buy this in a dream.
A ~ A vigorous pour from a 16.9oz bottle into my Duvel tulip produced a towering, foamy white head over a cloudy, golden honey colored brew. The head quickly compressed to a buttery, solid 1/4" foam with good retention. Tight beads of bubbles rise to the head. Pretty beer ~ I was expecting something a little darker.
S ~ Banana, bubblegum, ripe pears, faint hints of dark fruit & aromatic spice. Lemon rinds. Clove. Not unpleasant, again ~ not what I expected. In the nose this reminds me more of a Hefeweizen. Wheaty.
T ~ Spicy, aromatic clove & allspice. There is a malty, grain (wheat) presence that seems to balance the yeast & the fruity byproduct banana & bubblegum flavors. Nothing bitter, but a little sharp or peppery on the backside.
M/D ~ The mouth is smooth & malty. Nice level of carbonation & a nice spicy finish. A little heat at the back of the throat is a gentle reminder that this is 7.7% ABV. While I'm still confused with the classification & I admittedly have much to learn about beer in general & specific styles ~ I found this more balanced & less perfumey than other Hefeweizens that I've sampled. I had some pre- determined idea of a "BOCK" style beer based on ancient memories of my Grandpa's dark, rich bock beer. This ~ to me, was more of an Imperial Hefeweizen or perhaps a Hefe Hybrid. Still a nice diversion from my regular excursions into the beer universe...AND~ cheap too! Picked up a couple for $2.99 on sale at my local bottle shop.
This beer reminds me of the seasons changing, cool fall evenings, Thanksgiving, Christmas...but worth a try anytime if you can get it. Very approachable & recommended.
09-15-2008 05:57:48 | More by TATTORSO
3.48/5 rDev -18.3%
Hazy yellow, almot green. White, creamy head. Beautiful, even if a bitt too fast to fall down.
At the smell light banana, cloves, maltiness, and light notes of apricot.
Malty taste, with wheat, banana. Full. Again apricot notes.
Resolute body, full.
Well malty aftertaste, with wheat, banana and fruitiness.
A light touch of bitterness and peppery in the end.
01-30-2008 19:48:28 | More by stcules
3.49/5 rDev -18.1%
thanks to cm for the bottle. stored with my stash, i suspect it should have been opened a couple months ago.
good head dies down to thin layer all across the top. minimal straggling of lacing. light golden color, sort of a deeper version of the color of pear flesh, small bit of haze. nose has a nice scent of pears, but there's also something there that makes me think of soap, which is a bit off-putting. tastes of pears and cloves (hint of banana as it warms), and the soapy smell thing isn't apparent on the tongue. feels good, better than i expected . . . i was expecting something thinner, and thought obviously not a stout (my preferred style), it has a good feel. oh, and the soapy smell issue seems to go away a bit as it warms . . . feel free to comment if you have more info on that.
05-17-2013 04:33:53 | More by lighthabit
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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