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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,137
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 432 | FT: 4
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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 Greywulfken
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy straw colored beer with a fat white head in a weizen glass

S: sweet malts and pale fruits, floral and spice elements

T: bread and biscuits with honey, lush pear and banana; clove and spices; juicy maltiness and delicate high points

M: creamy, rich, fuzzy, soft, and smooooth

O: this is an epic beer, full of amazing flavors and with a great mouthfeel - warning: extreme drinkability

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Photo of bambam2517
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass and served at 40F.

A - Translucent and hazy yellow-gold, like hay. Ridiculous amount of bright white head develops, light and creamy. Reduces slowly and leaves a nice trickle of lace down the glass as it is drank.

S - Grassy, bready, picking up the yeast and the hop character in equal amounts. Extremely bright and fresh smelling. Banana esters and brown sugar. A bit of pear ester there as well.

T - A bit of a Belgo influence going on here? Some sweetness, caramel-like, folded in with the banana flavor. Its a bit like bananas foster. Along with that though is a subtle citrus character, along with a nice yeast backbone reminiscent of bread. Excellent!

M - Refreshing, light mid-palate and a remarkably clean finish. Detecting a bit of warmth on the roof of the mouth, but its incredible to me that this is 7.7ABV and is such a smooth finisher.

O - Among the best in my book. I love it, I'd drink it all summer if it were readily available to me. It will be on hand at my place for sure!

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Photo of SebD
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down very slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of wheat, cloves, spices, banana and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice wheat character with a mix of cloves, pepper, banana, yeast and bready notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer of the night from this brewery, and I have a half-liter to make me happy. On to the beer:

Big, dense, whipped, frothy, great looking is the head. The color is great, straw blonde, cloudy. Is this going to be their original weissbier on crack? the aroma is downright addicting as well. Very flavorful, banana, clove, lemon, ginger, cake. Oh science, I want to drink this now!

The taste does not let down. A slight kick of booze is felt. Lots of good stuff...am I baking cookies at grandma's? Clove, banana, some bubblegum flavor, sweet. This tastes like a spice cabinet. Yum! And not too much.

Is there a wheat ale they can't produce well? This is a great way to get summer flavor, but with more meat on its bones for the winter.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up on a recent LCB trip to State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured cold from the 16oz brown bottle into my Weizen glass.

A - A beautifully cloudy sunny-golden amber w/ swirling carbonation. The cap is 4 fingers of snow white w/ a dome for topography and sudsy glistening appearance through the glass w/ plenty of clinging lace. The color is lighter than others I have tasted, but still is very appealing when compared to a Weizen or Dunkel since it is somewhere in between

S - The aroma is tropical w/ mild banana and clove notes w/ mild wheaty odors and hints of hebal spice w/ slightly phenolic esters and earthy yeast.

M - A mildly sweet texture as it is first tasted and swished w/ creamy and spicy feel w/ gentle toast notes. The body is medium full w/ moderately high carbonation. There are tinges of alchol warmth as it finishes.

T - Mild wheat w/ clove spiciness and banana fruitiness from the yeast. The wheat is bready and slightly fruity w/ a nice vanilla creaminess. A subtle golden pllum and pineapple tang w/ a nice bock-type strength is very pleasant and the taste doesn't seem disjointed in any way. A very tasty blend of the two beers. The light toast and alcohol seems to keep this in style and gives a subtle kick to the mild Weizen flavor as it finishes.

D - A great Weizenbock - Very glad to have tasted this. It is as refreshing as it is strong which is the equivalent of drinkable to my taste buds. A great summer drink and makes other Weizenbock's I have tasted seem medicinal and thrown together. I really recommend this beauty.

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Photo of stonesean
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drunk from a "Vitus" glass that a freind gave me (thanks Andreas!) poured from a .5 liter bottle purchased from my local Stuttgart drink market.

Total home run! My favorite example of one of my favorite styles.

Appearance: Cloudy hazy yellow, with a slight hint of orange. Thick copious head that sticks around, and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: The usual weizen scents, bannana, a bit of citrus, and spice. No real indictor of anything but a weizen.

Taste: Fruit everywhere!! Apple in particular but also with an almost winey character that I think must come from the alcohol. Plenty of the other weizen flavors as well. Not so sweet as to be overwhelming though. Finishes nicely dry.

Mouthfeel: A nice smooth almost chewy feel. Carbonation is there, but not too strong.

Drinkability: Dangerous. High alcohol content, but I can drink these over and over again. The price is right here in Germany. (About a dollar per bottle when purchased by the case) I dread how much I'll have to pay for this when I return home to the States....

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Photo of bigrzman
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You generally do not find AWESOME beer in South Korea but I have found it. It is this lovely beer which is called "of life" in Latin.
Bought in a German 500mL bottle.

Appearance: Exceptional head, golden body that is hazy with yeast. the creamy white head lingers and laces the glass.

Smell: Malty grains, citrus, and potency(booze). lemony smell towards the end.

Taste: Citrusy hops, golden grains, malty sweetness, and banana bread. Very potent.

Mouthfeel: fizzy, citric acid, and medium body.

Overall: Wow! Get it when available.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

This one pours a pale golden yellow. Massive white head. Retains pretty well, leaving uneven sheets of lacing.

Smells like a hefe, mostly of clove and banana, with the banana taking the lead. Smells awesome.

Taste follows the nose. Huge banana flavor, with clove spice and bubble gum. There's alcohol in this? Who knew? I sure can't taste it. 7.7% is expertly masked.

Feel is excellent. Full and sticky. The carbonation is nice and tingly, not overdone or fizzy. Love the spice finish on the tongue.

This is amazingly drinkable. This bottle was like $2.99. Are you kidding me? What a steal! I think this jumps Lion Stout as my best beer bargain. Phenomenal beer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer is just simply stunning. No other beer comes close to this. The density of the foam is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Retention and lacing are also amazing. The beer is much lighter than I expected. Its a pretty hazy gold color, adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle makes the beer take on a white characteristic.

Huge bouquet of cloves and esters. This is awesome. A good portion of banana, but not like their hefeweisse. Some lovely fruity stuff comes along with the bananas; kiwi and strawberry.

Lots of banana, this is a yeasty, estery son of a bitch. Clove is very strong as well as a very sweet apple-like flavor. Chalky, earthy yeast is prominent, much like a Belgian strong pale. This isn't a light beer by any stretch, but the flavors are juicy, refreshing and relaxing.

Fluffy carbonation fills the mouth with a softness that is quite nice. The body can stand its own, it is pretty full. Alcohol is noticeable, but only just in the back of your head.

A wonderful creation. After picking up 3 different bottles of Weinhenstephaner recently, and not drinking anything by them for a long time, my love for German styles is rekindled. Why, oh why have American brewers been trying to "Belgianize" their beers? They should be "Germanizing" them. This beer is a case in point. Here's hoping for some "Deutscher Barleywines" in the coming year.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours assertively yelllow, cloudy, with brilliant white head that is nice and pillowy.

Nose is like any other fine example of a hefe-weizen: banana, clove, fresh bready & yeasty aromas. Delightful.

Palate is more malty than a traditional hefe-weizen, with alcohol warmth apparent, but doesn't detract from the flavor. Basically comes across as a "big brother" hefe-weizen.

Very drinkable. Worth seeking.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. batch number 5168. poured into weizen glass. tasted in late march/early april 2009.

very bright and vibrant golden straw color. cloudy with yeast. puffy meringue head slowly recedes to wispy thin layer. an initial ring of lace up top, but then just sparse splotchy lacing afterward. would've been a lower score, but the brightness of the color is really just too appealing!

aroma: fresh banana, clove, hint of citrusy fruit in the back. plus... cherries?! balanced by gentle noble hopping. yeasty bread notes. whiff of phenols.

taste: robust weizen flavors, this is basically a sweeter and more intense version of the original. (a good thing!) maybe a touch more bitterness to balance the stronger flavors.

light to medium body, smooth upfront with some astringency in back. fizzy but not overdone carbonation, which can be quite refreshing and helps give flavor lift.

hmm, i'm torn about whether this is better than the regular weihenstephaner weissbier. i suppose the intensity of the flavors and higher ABV cut down drinkability? bah, what am i saying? i could still drink this all day!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a - poured a four-fingers thick white head into a weizen glass. the head was dense, rocky, billowy and long-lasting that left thick lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright golden color with tons of bubbles.
s - big banana and clove aromas balanced out by wheat.
t - clove, wheat, bananas and other fruits.
m - this is stupendous. medium thickness and velvety smooth with a crisp finish.
o - first time having vitus and i'll be seeking it out again. so drinkable and flavorful. the mouthfeel is as good as it gets.

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Photo of Zonk
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with thick fluffy white head. Fruity and bready and spicy,really amazing complex nose. On the palate lots of clove and possibly nutmeg, great spice to go along with banana bread flavor. Creamy full mouthfeel for a wheat beer. Really exceptional.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 1/2 liter Hofbrau mug

L: Beautiful 3 finger head, hazy golden straw color
S: Clove, bananas
T: More of the same, wheat
F: Great - hardly a hint of the higher ABV
O: A classic at a great price point - always nice to revisit

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Photo of BeerConny
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! It tastes exactly like their hefeweizen except it has more alcohol. You can barely tell the difference since it is well hidden. It definately doesn't drink like it's 7.7%. If more stores carried this i would buy it more often.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Germans have been brewing beer for centuries. This beer optimizes perfection in a glass. Pour it out into a wheat beer glass and enjoy the huge head, the beautiful yellow hue, and that wonderful smell of the beer. All aspects are on point!

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Just a perfect wheat beer! I get yeast, apple/pears, bananas, lemon, and malts. American breweries take note what greatness taste like. It takes hundreds of years to perfect something this good. 7.7% abv and its blended perfectly. All aspects of this beer is perfection. I think a lot of American beers get a couple of things right but they are missing a good head, the smell isn't to die for, or the alcohol isn't blended perfectly at a higher abv %. Respect greatness!

It paired very nicely with waffles spread with butter, fig jelly, maple syrup, and whip cream. An odd combination that worked out well!

When I drink this for some reason it reminds me of drinking Allagash's Tripel Ale. Just so drinkable, delicious, and has me wanting more. If you want an American Beer with this drinkability check that out.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a typical Wiessbier only a little lighter and orange.

S: Clove and banana wheat beer aromas are pleasant. Very inviting to take a sip.

T: Huge flavors....bananas, pears, slight caramel, spices....so complex. A little bit of clove in the back end. Alcohol is there but hidden. Delicious.

M: Medium body - goes down easy.

D: I can drink this all night, But after a few bottles the alcohol kicks in. :0p

This is one of my favorite all time beers. I try to drink it a few times a month.

The craftsmanship and expertise in the style is obvious. This wonderful beer has been excellent for hundreds of years and will be for hundreds more. Take a break from ticking mediocre beers to (re?)discover this masterpiece.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. This brew pours rather light for the style and with just a moderate haze. Not overly cloudy and somewhat golden in color. A inch of dense soapy foam sits atop, offering strong retention and lacing.

Typical Bavarian nose with banana, clove and wheat. A touch more sweetness is noted vs. a standard strength offering and cleaner notes of banana are evident in a light perfume sense. Touch of sour yeast intermingles with bready wheat notes with some agitation after the head settles. Nice.

Malt notes of the nose are evident in the flavor as well. Bready and lightly coarse with a firm spice. Clove and allspice make this a nice wintery version of a Hefeweizen. Slightly sweet yet doesn't have a viscous mouthfeel to it, allowing for a long finish of bread and spice. Sweetness is never cloying however, and does mask the ABV quite well.

Basically a supercharged Hefeweizen, vs a Dunkel such as you find with Aventinus, which offers more complexity in flavor. A different approach and rather well done. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light hazy amber color, yeast left in bottom of bottle. Medium bodied and strong carbonation. Nose is a spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet spices, lemon and yeast. The best weizen bock I've had (at least 10), it beats Schneider Aventinus. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Large frothy white head rises form this hazy dull golden colored beer as it is pored. The head drops to a thin film capping the beer leaving some lacing but nothing impressive.

S- Sweet ripe banana, light hay and clove spice it the nose first. Also a hint of lemon peal, light sweet fruit, vanilla and a sweet flowery aroma.

T- Subtle waves of complex and sweet flavors make this beer what it is. Lots of nice spice blends beautifully with ripe sweet bananas. Some lemon flavors add a little tang in the middle but then sweet bananas take over again. Hints of vanilla and clove present throughout. Ends with a light hop presence that helps balance the sweetness.

M- Medium bodies beer that seems to float on the tongue. Very smooth and juicy with some dryness and hop nip in the end.

Overall this is a very good beer, amazingly drinkable for the ABV almost no alcohol detectable at all. You could drink this on a cold night or in the summer heat. This is an all season beer!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This caught me completely off-guard. I was expecting a dark beer, as per all other weizenbocks that I have had. Pale hazy yellow color. A lot of head, no lacing.

S - Bananas and cloves - especially the cloves. Touch of lemon pith

T - Initially, there is a lemon and banana flavor. Followed shortly by the cloves. Then it becomes a very mild watery taste. The aftertaste is some bready, biscuity notes. Not really any bitterness. This is hard to top.

M - Smooth, thick, very refreshing.

D - Excellent! I could drink this all day!

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Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Weihenstephan glass

A bit disappointing as the color is a golden straw yellow that you can find just about anywhere. Slightly hazy, but not overly so. However, the head is a killer. It's as thick as you want it to be, with brilliant white bubbles creating a frothy, foamy, meringue-like head. Retains forever. Edit...the appearance improves when you get the sediment into the glass.

Very wheaty nose. You can almost smell the tang. Cloves are present and you get the classic bubble gum scent early on. Faint alcohol presence and a bit of lemon or some other kind of citrus.

You can't improve upon the taste. With just a couple sips, this became one of my favorite tasting beers. Malty and yeasty, a bit of citrus, wheaty twang, and somehow, a kick of dark fruits put it over the top, with a splash of pepper in the finish. Exceptional taste.

Medium bodied, the wheat does a number on the palate with it's tangy feel. Lots of spices. Fruity with both sweet fruits and citric fruits. Just a pinch of heat from the alcohol and pepperiness.

Overall, I can't wait to buy more. Weihenstephan has been around for a million years for a reason, they make excellen beer. This was truly amazing.

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Photo of ph001c
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

True to style and it would be hard to tell this from a normal hefeweizen as it hides the alcohol well.

Look: cloudy, warm yellow with sediment at the bottom. Light, thin head that dissipates to little or no lacing

Smell: fresh stone fruit, clean

Taste: begins with apricot, then wheat, only slightly hoppy on finish

Feel: very crisp, bitter but not astrigent, light carbonation

Overall: excellent Weizenbock from an excellent brewery. It lacks the depth of wheat of my favorite hefeweizen (Fransikaner). I paired this with a Peacemaker sandwich (fried, creamed oysters) and it was the perfect accompaniment as the crisp beer cut the heavy flavor and refreshed the palate from the creamy sauce. This works well where you might have a Blanc or Riesling. Pairs well with duck.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cool friuty yeast effect with a backbone of malt and hints of wheat malt. I get a little lemon and citrus but mostly fruity esters.

I was pretty surprised atthe golden color since pretty much every Weizenbock I've ever encountered has been brown. But this is very clear with a nice white head at first that fades to a big rim around my glass and leaves good lacing.

Wow, like their standard Hefe kicked up a few nothes. Lots of spicy estery flavor, lots of tart wheat malt flavor that comes of a little lemony but with WAAAY more sweet malt than their standard offering. Hop balance is good on the bittering but there isn't any hop flavor, as it should for the style it relies on the base malt/wheat malt and yeast for the big flavor! I REALLY like it.

Medium full bodied with a good creamy carbonation level.

I've never run across a German Weizenbock quite like this. I've had U.S. brewed "Imperial Hefes" that are a little like this but not nearly as good. It's basically a Big Ass Hefeweizen suitable as a winter warmer with all the refreshing character of a great Weiss Bier. Now that I know of this bier, I will probably have lots of it.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.