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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,122 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,122
Hads: 3,190
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 225
Gots: 475 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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 bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent golden color with a mountainous, frothy head. Exceptional retention and plenty of stick to the glass.

Brilliant and complex aroma of citrus, mint leaves, fresh flowers, ginger, nutmeg, wheat grains nicely coupled against a spicy, Belgian-like yeast aroma. Very interesting.

Flavor follows the nose for the most part. Smooth wheat malt flavor. Spicy ginger and citrus notes add a nice contrast. Hint of yeast.

Smooth medium body with plenty of wheaty texture on the tongue. Ample carbonation.

As far as wheat beers go, this is one of the best there is!

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Photo of nas5755
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a clear golden straw color with a fluffy head that retained fluff. The nose was loaded with banana and yeast esters, bready with wheat the wheat. Great nose that lead the way to a very complex beer loaded with banana and some clove, bready with a light note of ginger before a dry finish replays all the flavors in reverse order. Really interesting. A medium-plus carbonated beer with a nice mouth-feel. I don't seek this out but purchase a bottle from time to time and am always more than pleased, in fact I wonder why I don't buy bottles more often.

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This beer is amazing. The spice plus the banana character makes this mind-boggling delicious. I think this is moving up into my all-time top ten and every-time I drink one I realize just how awesome it is.

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Photo of photomike
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle semi-aggressively to form a 3.5 finger head. Dies down pretty quickly to almost nothing...a small ring

An overhead view of Pac Man forms in the remaining head, which is awesome because I love Pac Man.

Nose is orange peel, lemon zest, kumquats and clove, all of which comes through when you taste it.

Once it hits your tongue there's more spice than you can detect on the nose; a bit of black pepper comes through. It's not all citrus fruits, either. There is definitely some banana coming through too. Slightly sour and funky. I love this.

The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy. There is a peppery, alcoholic sting on your tongue that I really enjoy.

A fine beer.

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Photo of hero27
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle
7.7% abv

Pours a hazy light gold..strong head of eggshell-colored foam.
A glorious array of spice, citrus fruits, and pale german malts.
Flavor of white pepper, German yeast, banana, orange, chalky wheat, & a hefty dose of sweet malt..very nicely put together, all the flavors compliment each other exceptionally well.
This is endlessly drinkable for a robust weizenbock..

Certainly one of the best weizenbocks out there..a must try in my book.

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Photo of jmalex
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like so many others, ColoradoBobs made me want to try this beer. I managed to find one at Julio's in Westboro, Mass.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an Aventinus glass a hazy, pale straw yellow. Talk about unexpected. A 3-finger white head befitting a wheat beer forms on top and slowly drops to one finger and holds strong.

SMELL: It's yeasty - not a whole lot of banana, but pretty heavy on the clove. A lemony citrus aroma holds strong as well. The wheat smells light and sweet with a crisp tartness. No indication that this is any sort of bock-strength beer.

TASTE: Holy... It's a hefeweizen, but so much more. It definitely tastes bigger, but it's still so light on the palate. There's no sickly sweetness whatsoever, and the whole banana/clove/estery flavors come up just enough to balance. The slightest bit of warming alcohol is there across the palate, but it's wheaty bliss all the way through the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Appropriately medium full, but with a light pillowy feel that you'd expect from a hefeweizen. Carbonation is on the higher side.

DRINKABILITY: How to make a weizenbock more drinkable: make it taste like a hefeweizen. Stunning. You know this beer is bigger than it should be, but it drinks just the same.

This is a home run for sure. Everyone should subscribe to the gospel according to ColoradoBobs and drink one of these now!

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Photo of RuudJH
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

0.5 l bottle Weihenstephaner, old brewing tradition, and these guys really hold it high.
Vitus: saint and martyr of 4th century Christianity.

Great look of golden with a nice fluffy head, slightly hazy, and the carbonation forms a tornado of bubbles in my glass.

Smell and taste is malty, with scent of bread, cloves and citrus, intriguing yeastiness, plus hops and banana on the burp.
Not sweet, but very well balanced with bitter notes.

The drink is very smooth, with a dry finish.

I would say the weihenstephaner have done great. I'm very glad i bought this.
This one is absolutely top. Beer as it should be.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vitus pours with a whole bunch of pillowy white head, and the body is actually very light in oranghish and hazy gold in color.

Aroma qualities are very peppery, banana, and clove in character.

The taste is in the same with the aroma. The detection of higher alcohol content is barely detectable from the original hefeweizen that Weihenstephan puts out. The peppery flavor is very prominent and ends with a slightly sweet banana note.

This is one of the most drinkable Weizenbocks. It's less complex then some, especially Aventinus, which makes this a very sneaky brew. It basically is a Weihenstephaner hefeweizen on roids, and hides its strength very well.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, rich, golden color with a 2.5 finger beautiful white head. Beautiful weizen aroma - hot sourdough bread, banana, clove.

Taste is amazing - perfectly balanced. Banana and clove, bready yeast, pepper and lemon. Hefeweizen's big brother, but deeper and more complex. Amazingly refreshing for all this. Dances on the tongue with phenolic goodness and ample carbonation, finishes peppery and light. Amazingly drinkable, any time. A perfect summer/fall wheat ale.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It comes with a hazy three finger head. The color is dark gold color that is very hazy. Up against a light, it’s a wonderful cloudy wheaty yellow.

The aroma reminds me of a strong hefeweizen. It’s in your face of lemon, wheat, and banana. There’s bready light yeast in there. The aroma really stands out as exceptional.

The taste is really refreshing. There’s a tart lemon flavor at first, there’s big banana bread and clove, then a smooth malt backbone. The first sip tingles your senses with some alcohol as it’s 7.7% ABV for a wheat beer. Later on, the fruit flavor is more of cooked pear than anything very citrusy and fresh. There's even a pink bubble gum flavor in there.

It’s an amped up hefeweizen, with huge similarities. The carbonation makes smooth and give it a medium body. Clean finish. While I would recommend Schneider Weisse Aventinus, this is still exceptional. It’s actually a different animal as it doesn’t have the dark color and roasted malt of Aventinus.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a half liter stein.

Appearance: Unbelievably gorgeous cloudy orange, yellow body. Enormous 4 finger puffy, foamy and pillowy head that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing follows. Absolutley white pillow like head.

Smell: Smells like bananas foster with some nice earthy yeasty backgrounds. Orange peel, lemon zest and honey come to mind.

Taste: Exceptional bananas covered with honey and lemon and orange juice. Fantastic yeastiness. This is the best weizenbock i have had thus far. Great lingering sweetness that isnt over the top. Good amounts of herbed spices that are accented with a subtle grape like sweetness. Near perfect and the 7.7%abv is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation, great weight on the palate. Nice and light, refreshing but at the same time complex and interesting. The beer changes slightly as it warms. Nice citrusy bite on the palate leaves the mouth dry and wanting more Vitus.

Drinkability: Its time to go back to the roots of the style. There are a few american versions of the weizenbock i have tried that dont compare to this at all. Truely this beer is getting me back to where it all started, Germany. Go grab one and enjoy!

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Photo of frozyn
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, hazy golden color with a thick pure-white head that leaves no lacing behind. Smells of banana, wheat, and clove. Flavor starts with a quick clove spiciness before erupting with sweet banana deliciousness. Well carbonated, very smooth, ends with just a touch of dryness that complements the banana sweetness.

Very delicious beer that is incredibly balanced. Refreshing, tasty, satisfying.

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Photo of tone77
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and fruits. Taste is great, banana, other fruit, spices, very complex, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied and delicious in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very high quality beer.

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Photo of TLove
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Cleveland Park liquors, D.C.

The complexity and aptness of Weihenstephaner's weizens never cease to amaze me. The Vitus is without a doubt one of the best of its kind.

My first true Weizenbock in the U.S. Ample, orange-cream body with hazy head and supple head. Full-bodied and wet weizen smell, alcohol barely noticeable. There is a touch of citrus and wheatberries with a touch of piney, almost banana-like taste. Cloudy and residue-laden that is extraordinarily soft. Carbonation is noticeable, but not overdone in the least.

Alcohol not even noticeable. Beer is particularly soft and smooth on the back end with that banana taste again. MMMM, yum!

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Photo of kellyst
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed around a bonfire on a warm November night in Ohio. This beer pours a surprisingly pale and fairly clear yellow with a thick, pillowy head. This was the first time that I've had this beer and was surprised by how pale it was. Aroma is of strong banana, clove, and wheat. This is one of the best smelling beers that I've had, not very surprising for a Weihenstephaner wheat beer. The flavor is similar to an imperialized hefeweizen. Strong banana and very strong clove. Wheat is present but is not as strong as the regular Weihenstephaner hefe. Just a tinge of faint cocoa is noted at the end of the swallow. Simply fantastic. Drinkability is incredibly high for a 7.7 abv beer. It's hard to drink this beer slow it's so good! Highly recommended for hefeweizen lovers.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This is my new favorite german produced beer! I loved the Weihenstephaner Weissbier but this is absolutely amazing! How can they pack that much great beer into one bottle?

Poured into a brandy snifter at 42 degrees this beer is a hazy straw color with a frothy lacing top. This beer actually glows a bit in the light, beautiful! The color is a bit light for the style but gorgious nonetheless.

The aromas are AMAZING! There is a lot of intense banana, citrus - lemon, orange, coriander, passion fruit, and white pepper. Each aroma fills the nose and seems to move through you - this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had!

The taste is lightly acoholic, sweet, fruity, and there is plenty of coriander and banana on the tongue. Lots of tropic fruit esters seem to play with the senses. The yeast of this brewery is sublime - I need to buy some to do a homebrew batch of this beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a weizenbock. There is a viscosity that says, "hey I'm here to party," but it also says, "don't worry I'm not too thick." The alcohol keeps this beer just about the perfect consistency.

Drinkability might be hampered by the fact that you will want to smell this beer for hours but between the flavors and mouthfeel you'll have no problem making 1, 3, or even 5 of these disapear before you can say V.I.T.U.S.!!! Epic!

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

Appearance - This came out looking like a BSPA. The head is full and lively and pure as the driven snow. It showed great retention but wasn't clingy. The body was just a gorgeous orange-yellow, cloudy of course, with a rich sheen. It was much lighter than I expected but beautiful nevertheless.

Smell - The humble but pervasive banana leads things off here with a nice sweetness that isn't rushed but certainly not subtle. The yeast is cloying and shows that great refinement that all Weihenstephaner lovers know. I get maybe a touch of clove but nothing big and really none of the expected bock aromas. But I'm offering no complaints here as this is an amazing bouquet.

Taste - Well Weihenstephaner is known for their yeast strains above all else and man o man is this a terrific yeast flavor. First off this brewer produces the finest tasting yeast on the planet. Here you have that flavor from their weizen line but times two. It is so pure and so explosive like the raw flavor of yeast but refined, smoothed out, and topped off with a dash of sweetness.

The banana is right on track as well. It again is more like their hefe weizen. It's not overly ripe or crazy sugared like a brown banana but more like a green banana without that earthy flavor. The sweets actually are nothing but banana and I really don't find anything else in there which for me is a job well done.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some amazingly light and teasing carbonation that livens up the experience. How they managed to keep the light carbs from their weizen line in this bigger beer is beyond me.

Drinkability - I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I drained this glass. It was more like an uber-hefe than a weizenbock IMO as I got none of the traditional bock characteristics. Since their hefe is one of my all time favorites though and this was that just more of the same I have to give this a gigantic thumbs up.

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

One pint .09 ounce bottle poured into a Block M Michigan Weizen glass. 1507(date or batch #?)

Appearance- Gold/Blonde with a terrific fluffy head. Head hangs around for quite a few minutes.

Aroma- Mostly clove and a banana smell that reminds me of a banana Laffy Taffy.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with a pretty high carbonation that helps the sweetness dance on the tongue.

Taste- Much like the smell, sweet, juicy banana, clove and spiciness with a little apple juice flavor hiding in there. A refreshing ratio of sweet and spicy.

Drinkability- Amazingly drinkable for the abv. I could drink these outside in the sun all day, which is saying a lot for a winter release. This was my second experience, and I'll have a tough time not going back to buy more.

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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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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.