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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body capped with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Crisp wheat nose with fine notes of banana juice, clove spice, citrus, a small handful of cracker crumbs, and a fourth of a Vanilla Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malts start, followed by a drop or two of vanilla and a lemony citrus character. Plenty of fresh banana, top shelf bubblegum, and coriander. Even some apple begins the develop. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Lingering tanginess and no more than the faintest hint of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation, yet there's still some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. An expertly crafted expression of wheat. It's tasty and really grows on you more and more with every sip. Maybe that UGADawgGuy is onto something...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/17/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is exactly like a Hefeweizen, light malts, bananas, wheat and spices with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very spicy with strong flavors of bananas and wheat in the background. The hops presence is mild but quite complimentary. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, to me this is simply an amped up version of the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. The brewery calls it a Weizenbock, but regardless of how it's classified, this is an excellent beer overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at Dan's recommendation. This is a style to which I love and have had far too few examples of it to go on. When he said this was as awesome as he did I knew I had to get down there and grab me a couple of them. I poured the 500ml bottle into a proper pint glass and proceeded to enjoy this one straight out of the fridge.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful. A bright golden amber transformed the glass with all of its haze and cloudiness. A very nice three inch layer of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently, but never totally fading into a thin layer that lasted the rest of the session. Deep side glass lace as well as some good carbonation could be seen streaking skyward.

Smell - The aroma was full of yeast. Nice banana and clove notes mixed in with some light lemon like citrus tones. Very bright, with a touch of alcohol, but nothing too terribly distracting at all.

Taste - The flavor was just about as good as you can get for the style. Perfect balance of yeast, with the wonderful notes of banana and cloves, some light peppery spices in there as well, but everything being very bright. Good dose of wheat in the middle and a sharp cutoff of lemon like hops in the finish, really drying this one out and making you beg for another sip.

Mouthfeel - This was much lighter then I thought it would be, and that was a good thing. A nice light to medium bodied ale, the carbonation was big enough to really let it shine through very nicely. I was thoroughly impressed by how well this one was put together in all aspects.

Drinkability - As for drinking, you could easily throw this one down as a session ale. I mean be careful as at over 7.5% it will do a number on you, but still, wow, this was really very good. I was shocked by how quickly it disappeared.

Overall one of the best beers I have had, any style, hands down. I would get this one again in a heartbeat, and it really is a steal at 2.99. Definitely try this one out, no way you could be disappointed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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 womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden color with a tint of orange and a creamy white head.

S: A very nice citrus aroma and perhaps a bit of pineapple. Sweet wheat and malt aromas and the great German yeast gives off some bananas, cloves, and apples.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Good sweetness and yeast contributions and plenty of fruit (banana, apple, and oranges). There is a light bitterness to this one as well.

M: Medium body with a smooth and creamy carbonation. Quite pleasant, indeed.

D: I think I still like their regular Hefeweizen a bit better, but this is still a great beer. I might have to pick up a few more bottles.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date code of 1507

Pours an effervescent & hazed straw/golden color with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Effervesces through out the whole half liter. Average lacing & head retention

S: Bananas, cloves

T: Bananas, lemons, pepper & cloves up front. Slight boozey warmth as this warms, along a touch of honey sweetness, more bananas & cloves, plus some pineapple. Finishes juicy with a bit
of dryness, plus some good juicy fruit flavor

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

Drinks a little slow, due to the heft & a bit too much cloves for my liking. Hefe-freaks should love this. A nice change of pace, I couldn't session on it though

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy light golden yellow in color with some heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some medium yellow + hints of orange highlights. The beer has a five finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to thick film covering the surface of the beer with a medium thick cap towards the center of the glass and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat, banana, clove, and spices with a lighter amounts of yeast and bubble gum.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of banana and clove with moderate flavors of wheat and yeast. Light hints of bubble gum. Minimal amounts of bitterness, almost lightly sweet.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I'm shocked that this beer is 7.7% ABV because it drinks much easier. Very enjoyable and refreshing, a top class weizenbock though not as strong as some others.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Gotta try one of the classic German weuizenbocks, right? It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light banana peel, light lemon zest, light ginger, honey, and a small amount of clove. The taste focuses on the wheat, but allows some lemon zest, honey, clove, banana, and orange rind in there as well. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a pretty enjoyable w-bock, something I could easily see drinking plenty of if put in the proper situation.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a huge white head that lasts for a very long time. Sheets of lacing form around the entire glass.

S: Tons of clove and coriander, very estery, and lots of fruits - pear, apple, and a little bit of tropical fruit as well. A definite wheat aroma Overall, very floral and earthy.

T: Lots of wheat and bready malt mixed with a very nice level of spices (cloves and coriander again). The fruit flavors come out as a slightly tropical banana flavor. The banana is mixed with something else that I can't quite place, but I like it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and easy drinking.

O: Another classic from Weihenstephaner, fantastic beer. Would certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Strong four-finger head. Good, spotty lace on the glass. Very cloudy. The liquid is straw colored.

Okay, something must be wrong. I smell creamed corn. I guess there is light wheat in the background. Very unusual nose, not exactly unappealing, but not expected either.

A smooth bodied beer--heavy body and light carbonation. The flavor is different from any other beer I've ever had and I can't say that I like it. There are elements of bocks and wheat beers as to be expected. There is a soured sweetness that takes some getting used to. The creamed corn remains and detracts from the flavors. Yet, it is a complex offering. Lots of cream flavors.

I can't recommend it, but I know that it is different enough to seek out to try something very different.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with two fingers of white head with decent retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, bananas, some spice and cloves. Very pleasant.

t - Taste is bananas, yeast, and some citrus.

m - High carbonation that stings the tongue, light body. Feels a little like champagne.

d - I liked this weizen a lot. Great smell and taste and the only thing that really hurt it was the high carbonation. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pour is ridiculous it looks like a hazy apricot colored hefe with this billowing head that won't give up, looks great and the label announces that it has been dubbed the WBA 12 World's Best Wheat Beer STRONG. A golden orange glow weizenbock, eh? I'm in the aromatics, hints of sliced fresh apple, baked bread, hints of clove and fruit esters this beer hides the alcohol quite well. Flavor coats the sides of the palate with ample sweetness, sturdy alcohol in the backend, hints of green apple, ripened banana, and spicy clove accents. This beer has some girth to it, definitely a strong alcohol presence the more it warms but it's well woven into a comfortable wheat beer setting. It reminds me a lot of the Glissade Bock Sierra Nevada used to make except this is a stronger wheat version of that style. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying mid way through each sip, even keeled carbonation enough to carry the beer along medium to full but yet comes of drinkable with a slight alcohol burn. Overall, a perfectly good strong wheat beer from Germany, got it in a gift pack for 15.99 with 5 beers and a glass that's value.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and apricot hued with an inch of white head. The aroma brings banana, clove, spice. Like a stronger hefe with more sweetness and alcohol. The flavor offers a heavy dose of sweet bananas, booze, wheat. While this is good, I much prefer the standard Weihenstephaner hefe. Medium bodied with mild warmth in the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I had purchased this one evening at Hunger 'n' Thirst when Mughugger was working in the bottle shop. I am listening to Black Sabbath as the accompanying soundtrack for this one.

From the bottle: "WBA 12 [-] World Beer Awards [-] World's Best Wheat Beer Strong"; "The world's oldest brewery [-] Since 1040".

I began the pour, only to be be surprised by its light color. I do not know why I was thinking that it would be dark in color, but I was startled all the same. I got a dense finger of bone-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a Hefeweizen, especially in terms of the banana esters, although I got some clove, but accompanied by a bit of heat. I was ready to sneeze. Mouthfeel was medium. I initially thought to myself "Hefeweizen! Burned again!" since I am not a big fan of the style, but then the heat kicked in and I realized why this was a Winter beer. Bananas + heat = Bananas Foster! Man, I really dug it in Advanced Foods in HomeEc when we did flambe desserts. Hit the lights, get some fire going and serve. In this case, I was getting ready to hit the deck! It was like a rabbit punch. I did not see this coming, despite the label. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to its inherent heat. Phew! Sabbath plays on while I may be played out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a Weihenstephaner Vitus chalice. Appropriate glassware!

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Huge white head. Beautiful sticky lacing.

Smell - Phenolic, slight bubble gum. Some bright citrus. Wheaty grain.

Taste - Grainy wheat. Orange citrus. Estery yeastiness. Bubble gummy phenolic flavors lingers into the finish and becomes the predominant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable when cold. Becomes a little more sluggish as it warms. Mediu. Carb and a little sticky from the sweetness.

Overall - Delicious. I have no complaints.

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Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded golden - much lighter than expected for style - huge, foamy white head that becomes rocky. Uneven lacing stick - unfortunately, though, it is quickly vanishing.

The smell is of bubblegum, floral, with peppery spicing and banana (with apple/pear) fruitiness. Grainy notes add to complexity. Different than I expected for the style, but it fits if taken from a different perspective that "fits the style".

The taste is sweet - in a bubblegum way. Malty and grainy with grassy notes. A bit of warming alcohol comes through, but in a very mild for actual abv way. It has a sweet and spicy, crisp finish.

Medium-bodied and very smooth. On spot feel - effervescent carbonation coates the palate, but not nearly in a prickly way. Smooth is an understatement, here.

Gimme more...
A unique brew that is like a HW on steroids, with a smoothness that is incredible, while still keeping the pleasant taste lingering well into the aftertaste. A work of art.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A very soapy white head, that disappears on a nice controlled pour very quickly. Body color is a murky yellow but fairly uniform, some nice rising carbonation elevator music, and scattered cola bubbles. Manages a nice thin collar.

Nose seems very banana forward, clean and borderline crisp. Hints of classic wheat like chewiness. Not bad with a drying clove like angle.

Taste feels like a good mix from what is on the nose. A good malt backbone mixes with crisp carbonation that doesn't take away from the palate. Some nice chewy body, a good citrus and banana angle mixes nicely, with a spritzy soda fountain finish.

Overall, pretty nice and pleasant and refreshing. Kind of what you expect from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a Franziskaner weiss glass.

A - One and half fingers of white foam that shows good retention and eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few fingers of lace. Unfiltered peach-colored body, with some small bubbles apparent near the bottom of the glass.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast, cloves, and a bit of spicy estery alcohol. Basically an amped up hefeweizen, that is perhaps a bit more understated than I expected.

T - Taste is big banana, bubblegum malted wheat, light clove, and a bit of other spice character. Just like biting into a hearty loaf of banana bread. Probably should be a 4.25.

M - Slightly gritty, medium bodied, with zesty carbonation that settles down as I worked my way through a half-liter.

D - This was pretty easy and enjoyable to drink, but with the half-liter serving size and the deceptive ABV I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to have too many. The bottle price is a huge steal if you can find it fresh.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Vitus is good...but its not in my favorite lane....there is much clove in the scent and in the taste. The beer poured a slightly hazy golden with big head that is leaving a spotty lace. The mouthfeel is medium in body with big carbonation. Overall its a good beer and I am glad I have tried it....but I would go for the other Weihenstephen offerings before going to this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. The beer pours a vibrant, bubbly gold, with a nice fluffy white head, about 1 inch, that dissipates into a thin film over the course of a minute or two. The aromas blast out from the bottle as you pour. Smells of flowers, coriander, and sweet fruit. The beer has a heavy spice forward flavor, with the coriander (and possibly pepper?) riding on top of a round, sweet malty foundation. Bits of citrus throughout, maybe orange and grapefruit, but hard to pinpoint with the spices. The beer is full and bold in mouth, with a transition to a slightly sour, spicy aftertaste. The citrus notes linger through to the end, also, and make your mouth pucker a bit when added to the sour notes. The finish is a bit dry, and makes you eager for that next mouthful. Good flavors and complex mouthfeel make this a pretty good damn beer in my book.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical Weihenstephaner German mid sized bottle, pours cloudy light apricot, long lasting near white head and leaving ample lacing. Nose glows with hints of soapy sweetness, fruit and cloves. Great old old school brrwery, nice to try a different offering. Easy drinking, yeasty, more coriander and then cloves. Soft, wheaty flowing and smooth mouthfeel. Well worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and cloudy. Forms a super thick white head of medium to large bubbles that falls away quickly allowing me to refill the glass with the remaining beer in the bottle. The breaking head leaves lacing on the glass as it fall. Carbonation is high and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. This beer is lighter than other weizenbocks but it looks great.

Aroma is simple and mild, sweet and slight esters, nothing too big.

Beer is medium bodied, has a nice wheaty flavor and a slight aftertaste that adds to the overall feel of the beer. Carbonation is big in the mouth and does a nice job accenting the sweetness of the beer. Drinkability is high, another wonderful beer by Weihenstephaner. It is truly great. Mouthfeel is good. Its a great beer. Weizenbocks have a tendency to get offensively sweet, this is not the case with this beer. You can taste the esters and there is some underlying sweetness but its not the star, its there to accent the wheat. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/21/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code imprinted on the back label. Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Ultra golden colored pour with a full one inch thick and foamy white head. Lacing was lacking a bit, but still looked nice. Aren't weizenbock's traditionaly darker?

Smell- Wish the aroma was a bit stronger. Nice but could be more pungent. Light clove, light citrus notes and light banana.

Taste- Still questioning weizenbock after the taste, but damn this is tasty. Good amount of banana flavoring with only a slight amount of clove. Added corriander and some other citrus fruits, plus the added bonus of some dark fruits (figs?). Very sweet during intake.

Mouthfeel- Thick and lightly syrupy. Coats the back of your throat going down. About the perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- Thinking a cross between a hefeweizen and a belgian strong pale...with just a touch of weizenbock thrown in. Definite summer brew. If your at the beach and lacking your banana now and laters, grab one of these, it will do the trick.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a .5l at Abe's for $3.25. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a short white head. I get a big hit of banana bread. As it warms earthy hops and orange. This beer actually reminds me of a snappier version of Franziskaner without all the creamy background malt. The aftertaste is a nice pairing of spice and citrus hops, very nice. It's a touch sweeter than a normal hefe from the extra malt and strength and it's really the maibock of German wheat beers for that little extra fruit tang that comes with the strength. Still, for a nearly 8% beer its deceptively drinkable. This beer could get you in trouble.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, maize color on top and a hazy, pale yellow on bottom. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, citrus, clove, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, and slight tart malt. Overall, good aroma, blend, body, but too much effervescence.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,350 ratings.
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