Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,465
Reviews:
1,198
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
612
For Trade:
5
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my Duvel tulip because I don't have a proper weizen glass.

A: Much lighter in color than the Aventinus wheat dopplebock if memory serves me correct. This weizenbock pours a rich, hazy, amber body with lighter, golden edges; two-finger thick, creamy white head that is probably intensified by the shape of the tulip and sticks around for quite a while. Beer looks like a classic Weihenstephaner.

S: Prominent notes are ripe bananas, cloves, and a grainy, musty wheat bread aroma. Overall profile very reminiscent of banana bread - fairly sweet but balanced by the malt backbone.

T: Much like the nose - very prominent, sweet, ripe banana flavors dominate the start, followed by a twang of spiciness from the cloves. There are also faint fruit hints of rind-like citrus and apple. Mid sip, the malts come into play, with a lot of doughy, yeasty bready goodness balancing out the fruity introduction. Finish is crisp and savory, with a grainy malt note lingering on the palate while a slightly peppery flavor peaks overtop of any residual banana sweetness to round out the swallow.

M: Medium bodied with very good carbonation that is crisp on the tongue and leaves a slightly powdery sensation on the palate after swallowing.

D: 7.7% ABV means this beer packs a punch, but it is seemingly tamed at the first sip. However, a hint of peppery alcohol peaks in the finish as the glass warms; by the last few sips of the glass, the alcohol has really made its presence known.

Weihenstephaner does it again with their Weizenbock. I've been impressed with every Weihenstephaner beer I've had the pleasure of trying (Hefe, Dunkel, Korbinian and now the Vitus) and I'm beginning to think that this brewery cannot put a foot wrong. Superb flavor, and quite drinkable, I would definitely recommend you get your hands on a bottle of Vitus.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,465 ratings.
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