Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
1,183
Ratings:
3,408
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
243
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585
For Trade:
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Photo of uturn
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml capped bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada wheat beer glass.

A: The beer poured a cloudy light gold with a massive 5 finger white head on a very slow pour. The foam hung around for a longtime leaving a nice lacing on my glass.

N: The nose was of bananas, cloves, bubblegum and citrus.

T: The taste was of spicy pepper and cloves, banana and coriander as well as wheat bread; this beer was crisp and refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel of a medium body with some nice warmth from the alcohol.

D&O: The drinkability of excellent. This is one of the best Weizenbocks I’ve tasted & will be looking forward to enjoying a few more as we head into the summer months. Prost!

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Photo of MaximalC
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a mountainous, rocky white head. Honestly, the gentlest pour is all you need to make a fluffy head that most beers couldn't produce when poured with the utmost vigor. A solid bouquet of banana and cloves serves as a worthy harbinger of what's to come. Banana bread, clove, and wheat meld together to great effect, and the mouthfeel is exquisite. The bountiful carbonation accentuates the spiciness nicely and serves to temper a fruitiness that could become cloying if left unchecked. One really has to search for a fault, but if I'm being picky, there is a very slight metallic taste in the finish, but it's negligible. This weizenbock is more weizen than bock, and that serves me just fine. It's velvety, delicious, and perfect on a hot summer day. One the finest brews from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Weissbier vase. Served chilled...

A) The beer is a pale gold to deep amber. There was a good two fingers of fluffy head, which dissipated to a dusting.

S) Light malty sweetness. A bit fruity, mostly banana. A hint of clove. Excellent aroma...

T) Quite near the nose. A bit of malty sweetness and some wheat. A pleasant fruit flavor that is a little bit of apple and some banana. My goodness the alcohol so well hidden in this beer, it's hard to believe it's nearly 8% ABV.

M) Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This is just remarkably easy to drink. Very smooth.... Very refreshing.... A very nice clean aftertaste, that has just a little warmth to it.

O) And absolutely delightful beer. I'd probably love it even more during the summer on the patio. This reminded me of New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat, which is fantastic. This might even be a little better. I can't recommend this one enough.

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pint bottle into 12oz glass

A: Beautiful musty yellow-golden color. Extremely good retention on the head leaving behind a half inch of lacing.

S: Bright esters of banana and a bit hoppy. Bready yeast also comes through on the nose as well as grass. The aromas are quite sweet and piercing.

T: Nice light fruit flavor of banana and hops. Malts are not very noticeable, not bad though. Yeasty

M: Big element of carbonation leaves a very cleansing effect upon the palate. Light to medium body

O: Very well put together beer. One of my favorite styles for sure and definitely purchase one in the future. Not to rich like many complex belgians but just the perfect amount of fruit coupled with spot on carbonation. for me, just about perfect. Reminds me of delerium tremens without the richness.

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Photo of derricksmalls
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Careful pour into my Duvel tulip

A)Pours a beautiful golden yellow, straw color with a two finger, white pillowy head that recedes within minutes to a white film that lasts throughout.

S) Bananas, not ripe sweet banana nor unripe tart banana, but somewhere in the middle. Pear is definately present but in the background. A touch of sourness that takes away from the sweetness in a very good way. No stickyness here.

T)Just like the nose, bananas and a hint of pear to cut the sweetness. balance of sweet and tart play nicely here. A bit of spice is evident in the backend to mellow everything out.

M)Perfection. I find that most beers with a touch of sweetness lack some carbonation to dry out the finish. Not happening here. The carbonation hits your tongue taking the sweetness with it leaving you a clean finish of biscuity goodness and a balance of mild sweet and spice with a hint of tart.

O)Another winner from Weihenstephaner... do they make a bad beer? I dare say that I may enjoy it more than their hefe, which is a feat. I can only imagine how refreshing it would be on a hot summer day... hopefully in a few months I will be able to find out. Never had a beer of this style with so much restrained balance as this one. It acts like it wants to go over the top and push further, but stays classy in its refined control. Did I mention its drinkability, yeah... its real drinkable!!!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours quite light for a weizenbock, a nice hazy golden yellow and topped with a rather disapointgly thin half and inch of creamy pure white, though I blame myself for a rather substandard pour so I can't fault the beer all that much. Some mild lacing left behind as well.

S: Lemon and wheaty zestiness coupled with fairly strong bananna and clove overtones. Mild honey and bubble gum with thick and bready malts, very nice. Smells much like a hefe rather than a weizenbock but still very good.

T/MF: Zesty lemon bananna and clove spiceiness, but a huge bananna bread and lemon and oragne peel bready sweetness with a smooth and mild creamy orange slice finish. Mouthfeel is a wonderful balance between creamy and bubbly, alcholo is well hidden in both taste and feel, this beer is so incredibly smooth.

D: I'd say this beer lives up to the recent hype around it, incredibly drinkable, smooth, flavorful and wonderfully balanced for its size, an excellent beer on a hot August day.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. Light lemon yellow pour with a billowing head. Huge banana nose, with notes of yeast and brown bread and biscuit. Very, very nice. Taste is similar with banana and a lot of breadiness. A little bit of spiciness on the back end, more cinnamon than black pepper. Finish is a touch watery, but that is my only knock on this beer. Perhaps I am not terribly familiar with the style and thus lack a baseline for review. Regardless, this beer is fantastic and I am absolutely loving it. For me, more impressive than the highly rated hefeweissbeer. Pick this up, its fantastic....

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a two finger foamy pure white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is classic Weizen with spicy wheat up front along with hints of banana, clove, lemon, caramel, yeast, and grass. The taste is bold, spicy, and extremely rich with lots of sweet caramel malt along with hints of banana bread, lemon, clove, pear, apple cider, yeast, and grass. The mouthfeel is really thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and a nice tangy finish. Overall, this is definitely the most flavorful Weizen I've ever had. Having lived in Germany for 13 years and only recently re-visiting Weizens, I'm kicking myself. I've really become a big fan of these beers and will definitely stock up on this gem!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a hefeweizen with the burnt orange and nice white head.

the smell is similar to a hefeweizen, saison, and a maibock. i like the banana clove-ishness of a hefe but am not a huge fan of the maibock/saison smell. i think it's too much grass and almost onion aroma.

taste is very much like a hefeweizen. reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe but a toasted version of it. delicious, toasted banana bread but not as sweet. the sweetness gets muted, which is actually nice.

this goes down smoothly and is somewhat thick but not syrupy thick. thick as in substantial.

overall - i think i prefer Weihenstephaner Hefe to this but not by much. another beer from Weihenstephan that I love. honestly i was expecting this beer to be a dark brown color so out of the bottle i was surprised. the light color makes me think of spring/summer but the fact that this beer is thick and warming i could enjoy this in the dog days of winter

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Photo of crnipeter
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, BB date reads 15.September 2011 therefore quite a fresh one, into tulip.
Hazy straw-yellow colored body topped by thick, rather low white head that slowly recedes and sticks to the walls. Weizenbock is essentially a Dunkelweizen brewed to the strength of a (Doppel)bock, however, the pale visual appearance of Vitus is reminiscent more of a Hefeweizen than Dunkleweizen. Aroma is Doppelbock-like sweetness with banana esters, clove phenolics and bready malt. A careful sniffing session reveals plum & raisin-like fruitiness that gets more prominent as the beer warms. Very faint alcohol shines through. Flavor is rich sweetness (suggesting the malt hasn't beet fermented thoroughly) with banana, clove and wheat. Hop flavor is virtually absent and the finish is somewhat balanced by light hoppy bitterness and very faint alcohol. The palate is sweet, body medium-full with very smooth creamy texture and moderate carbonation. As stated above, the appearance of Vitus resembles a good Hefeweizen although it is easily distinguished from the later by having a minor head and fuller body. There could be more melanoidin & dark fruit character but it's a very decent beer nevertheless.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from the Copper Vine into a weizen glass.

A- A careful pour still creates a huge head that crowns the glass, about 3-fingers of whipped cream. Golden-yellow body goes hazy with a yeast swirl and shows lots of carbonation. The head sustains at 1/2-finger and leaves thick, fluffy rings on the glass.

S- Bold and sweet. Gummy and bready. Hints of clove and peppery spices. Some banana and citrus. Lemon aroma grows with warmth.

T- Rich and flavorful, like an imperial hefeweizen. Banana bread is my first impression. Hints of lemon in the aftertaste. Spices become more apparent with warmth. It becomes something of a spicy holiday cake or bread. Very appropriate for the winter holidays, and more drinkable than many of the winter warmers or spiced Christmas beers.

M- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep up and make things creamy. A little smooth alcohol warmth.

O- I've read about this one for years and just happened upon it at my local bottle shop. I've definitely been missing out. I'll actively seek this beer again (I should have grabbed another bottle or two). As refreshing as a hefeweizen, but bold and hearty enough to be more enjoyable during the winter months.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Thanks to UGADawgGuy for his efforts to bring this to Georgia.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, with a huge, fluffy head of cotton candy like foam that rises a full inch above the rim of my weizen glass without falling over. Beautiful. Settles to a finger of off-white foam that you could probably use as shaving cream. Clings to the sides in sheets.

Aroma is, whoa, banana! Hello! Like a banana cream pie, sure as shit. Lactose smell is reminscent of a malted milk shake. Clove and nutmeg in there, too.

Taste is of sugar cookie and grainy wheat, followed by a Juicy-Fruit center of banana, pineapple, and bubble gum. Just when you think you are drinking candy, a solid hit of tangy, slightly lemony yeast and spicy hops cleans up the palate. Coriander, clove, and sage in the long, mildly sour finish. Some of that banana lingers as well.

Creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Very slick, despite the active carbonation that holds that cap all the way down. Delicious.

Although good enough to be savored, it goes down as smooth as the spritziest hefeweizen. Alcohol is well hidden, with only the sweet slickness that suggests a high OG.

Remarkable beer that really has no equal that I have had. It would pair nicely with any number of foods, from salad to dessert. Weihenstephan is the bomb!

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Photo of Kremlock
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw opaque with a thick 3-4 finger head that is frothy and bubbly.

S: wheat, peppery, and a nice bubble gum backbone.

T: Definite bock flavours present with maltyness present. Bubble gum of the German wheat beer comes through and compliments well. There is a slight pepper flavour also.

M: Well carbonated, creamy on the palate.

O: This is a great weizenbock. By far one of the best I've had.

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Photo of B4CCHU5
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a lovely visit to the brewery and attached restaurant in Freising after a weekend in Munich. Picked up a case of the Hefeweizen (my favorite hef) and decided on trying 1 or 2 bottles of every other beer the brewery produces. Poured a chilled .5 liter bottle of the Vitus into a Weihenstephaner Vitus glass I purchased.

Look: Hazy caramel with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a faint circle of foam around the edges. Little no lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweet caramel opening with a transition to the classic banana and clove as experienced in Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen. Finishes with dried fruits. I had a dried fig laying around to confirm the similarity in smell.

Taste: The slightly sweet smell translates perfectly to the start of the beer's taste. Big clove in the interim coupled with a hefty wheat and finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

Feel: Medium to full body with only a hint of the 7.7% ABV. Drinks very smooth and refreshing with carbonation on the lower end.

Overall: A fantastic and welcome surprise from the oldest, and one of the finest German breweries!

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Photo of McNealc31
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, fluffy white head floats atop a hazy gold body. Wheat, pepper, and sour citrus in the aroma. Banana is the first flavor that comes through. Although it is a bit on the side of imitation banana candy flavor rather than real banana. After that, black pepper, wheat malt, finishing with bitter orange and coriander. The spices become more pronounced as it warms. Bit of heat from the 7.7% ABV.

This is definitely a beer to enjoy. Loads of flavor, great balance, excellent drinkability

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz bottle into glass. Pours a hazy golden with thick creamy head. Looks fantastic! Thick foamy lacing and good carbonation. Fantastic banana clove hefe aromas. Some nice wheat malt and some slight slight mild hop. Really amazing aromas. Flavor is crisp bright banana wheat with a slight chewy almost chocolatey flavor. Really great flavors. Its just an all around fantastic brew. Well worth the price and just great flavors and drinkability. For under $4 a bottle, you should all ready be drinking one!

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Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white head, with a hazy yellow color. Clove/wheat aroma, essentially smells like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet and wheaty, a little bit of clove and some taste of bubblegum. It hides the high ABV quite well; there is only a slight hint of alcohol. A fantastic beer; something I'd really enjoy on a hot summers day.

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Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger of white head recedes to a thick lace. Much lighter color than I expected - golden straw colored cloudy liquid.
S: Belgian golden notes, raisin, fruit, candied nuts, slight bread, spices like coriander with a slight Hoegaarden edge.
T: Tastes almost like Hoegaarden. Belgiany, not so much dark fruit as green grapes or citrus. Very tasty and different than other Weizenbocks I've had.
M: Dry and tannic. Tangy, almost like a wild ale or a dry red wine.
D: High drinkability. This is a delicious beer that satisfies and entices me for another drink.

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Photo of Jerico
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a pint bottle.

A - light gold with a ton of fluffy head, that dissipates pretty quick but leaves a layer behind.

S - sweet, fruity and vibrant, with bread and banana and little bit of citrus and spice in there.

T/M/D - very smooth and balanced, with a hint of a hoppy bite that really makes this one interesting. The alcohol hides pretty well, but I can tell its there from the warming feeling. I'll be looking for this one again!

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Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, almost opaque. Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast, leaves some lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, malt, pears, bread

Taste: Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, some hints of alcohol. Very complex and enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Thick with crisp carbonation, not quite as good as the other Weihenstephaner beers I've tried. Somewhat dry finish, not as dry as a dry red wine, but dryer than average.

Overall: Very good, but a notch below what I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner. Can session well for the abv. Doesn't motivate me too much to try other weizenbocks, but I probably will anyways. I find German styles interesting, and am really trying to get a good feel of what to expect from them.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a clean white head that starts off thick and goes down to a thin layer. I expected a darker beer than this.

Smell is very bready and typical of a weizen beer.

Taste has a strong banana and a little bite of carbonation on the end. There is a warming alcohol towards the back of the drink. Mouthfeel is a medium creamy. Drinkability is very high. This doesn't seem to have the booziness that other weizenbock's have.

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Photo of bminor7
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 from Savemore in Clifton Park.

A - golden, cloudy. 3/4" white foam.

S - predominantly banana bread. very inviting.

T - wheat, lemon, creamy. plenty of isoamyl acetate. really very good. kept putting this one off because the presentation (bottle) is lame, made me think of coffee/chocolate for some reason.

M - crisp, smooth carbonation.

D - outstanding. delicious and none of the other attributes take anything away from it. could have a 'few' on a nice warm summer evening.

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Photo of zachary80
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 4081. Been in the fridge since purchased.

Vitus pours a hazy, opaque straw/yellow with perfect white head.

Aroma is sweet and estery, cloves, light citrus.

Flavor is strong but not overwhelming. Light banana and grape flavors. Like a stronger hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is good. Higher carbonation than expected.

A refreshing, Delicious beer. I expected it would be darker and heavier from the style description but it is not.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. This beer has received a lot of attention from the Front Range, lets see how it is.

A: Much lighter in color than other weizenbocks that I've had. Dark straw color with a white head, tons of carbonation, loud beer, you can actually hear the bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

S: Banana, cloves, slightly mineral like in flavor, big time wheat presence, smells like a really really strong hefeweizen.

T: Taste follows the nose quite nicely, big time wheat flavors, sweet, huge banana flavor in there, huge on the banana, a pretty strong clove flavor as well, not as huge as the banana though. Slight citrus/lemon flavor from the wheat malt, and a hint of booze too. Really flavorful. I'm impressed so far.

M: Very bubbly in the mouth, medium thickness, for such a high abv beer it is pretty refreshing, slight alcohol heat as well. Foamy really. Goes down easily though.

D: Very easy drinking beer. Considering the alcohol content and the overall hugeness of this beer, it goes down very easily. A little lighter in color than I had expected, but still a nice beer. Very interesting!

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Photo of TheDinger
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Fantastic burnt wheat/orange pour with a monster 3 finger pillow head that hung around a bit. Smell is very fruit forward and floral. Banana, cloves and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is much like the Weih Hefe, but with more power and brunt. Very complex flavors and a great combination of fruits, phenos, malts and wheat. Like a hefe on roids! Feels is somewhat heavy carbonation and dry. Very smooth and coating. Overall- Another great offering and much like the Hefe. New to this style, so don't have a ton to compare it too. I will say, if you like the Hefe, you will like this. Complex and refreshing with a great blend of malts and fruits. A definite must try-

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,408 ratings.
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