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
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#622
Reviews:
1,227
Ratings:
3,541
pDev:
8.88%
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4.08
 
 
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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, fairly light orange. I expected it to be darker.

Smell was fruity but mild, with some slight spices and some light, flowery aromas.

Taste was heavy on the citrus flavors, with orange and lemon dominating. Felt and tasted almost like juice, though good carbonation balances it well. Some peel flavors and a bit of clove were there as well.

Overall, I was very pleased with this. It wasn't anything like I expected, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of jscondon
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color and eminates the aroma of oranges and cloves. The front of the beer is very crisp and refreshing with strong yeast presence in the middle, finishing with a very nice orange citrus taste. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little thin.

I really like this beer, and this being my second good experience with the weizenbock category I definitely enjoy these beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color weizenbock (kinda light of the style) with a huge foamy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana ester with some cloves and fresh fruits. Taste is also dominated by some nice wheat malt note with loads of fruity, banana and cloves ester. The yeast really works wonderfully in this beer. Full body with loads of lees and great carbonation. I wish I had access to quality stuff like that every day.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle. The beer pours a palt straw color with a 3 finger ivory head over top. This one is exceptionally turbid, with a steady stream of carbonation bubbling up. The color strikes me as unexpected. I was looking to see something a little darker. The aroma is big in banana, clove, and wheat creamyness. There is a zesty lemon tartness as well, but it is lacking the deeper malt notes of melanoidans and dark fruits that I was wanting to find. Don;t get me wrong, this is a very nice smelling beer, but I am not getting weizenbock out of this at all. The flavor brings a light golden raisin fruityness and wheat creamyness. Behind this, a prevalent clove ester and lemon zest character comes through. The banana hits on the finish, carrying it through to the end. This is another magnificent wheat beer from this brewery. Mouthfeel is moderate, creamy, and smooth, with a prevalent moderate carbonation. Overall, this one is very nice. I don't think it is fair to put it against weizenbocks, as it is just not brining me much to think it is under that style. It is a very nice beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy blond in color, with a thick white head that falls to a quarter inch layer that sticks around.
the aroma is rather subdued. you first notice a powdery vanilla banana smell, on closer inspection there is a little bit of clove and a grainy yeasty characteristic.
the taste contains the banana/vanilla, but in the flavor it takes on a creamy quality. the yeast provides a bit of a tang, and underneath lies a sweet orange flavor, and little soft pear. with warmth, i find a grainy sort of caramel complexity weaving in and out of the banana. i find this tastes a little darker than it looks with faint hints of dark fruit (mosty sweet plum) at the periphery. it's a little peppery.
the body has a creamy medium mouthfeel, with soft carbonation.
the drinkability is quite good, especially considering a nearly 8% abv. overall a very good beer that i wil most certainly have again if i can find it. not quite what you'd expect from a weizenbock, more like a beefy hefe, but hey, who's counting?

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty well carbonated as a soft pour still yields a full three-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light gold color and shows a very lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is distinctly full of clove phenolics, even seeming a bit fruity in its clove character. Wheat like grain notes provide a touch of bread aromatics, some light tartness and some cracker-malt notes. Banana esters mix in with the clove notes, but are definitely noticed as well. There are also some plum like notes as well as a touch of apple aromatics.

Well carbonated, yet still creamy like many a good Hefeweizen; this does have a touch more body than your standard Hefe, but so far if I was presented this blind I would be hard pressed to guess that this is something other than a normal Hefeweizen. The strength of this brew shows up in the esters that are noticeable; this is a bit more fruity than your typical strength Hefe with flavors of plum, Macintosh apples and green raisins. This fruitiness is backed by a spicy, phenolic finish reminiscent of the turpenes particular to cloves. As the beer loses some of its zippy carbonation and warms up just a touch it begins to pick up a lightly concentrated banana note in the middle. This has a light tartness to it than helps to accentuate the various fruit components a bit.

The last pour that has some yeast sediment to it, adds a bit more yeasted tartness to this brew, which is a nice added dimension. I really like this take on the Weizenbock; it really is just a slightly amped up version of a well made Hefeweizen with the increased gravity producing more interesting esters and phenolics.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of klewis
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 7327

A: This is a weizenbock? Pours a pale straw color with a thick foamy head. Great sustain with flares of lacing that cling close to the surface.

S: Smells much like the hefe - bubblegum, banana, and a strong cloves and spice aroma.

T: Fruity with a strong bubble gum taste and all of the other normal hefe beer flavors. Roudned out by a crisp noble hop bite.

M: Light and heavily carbonated. Clean and dry in the finish. A bit too fizzy.

D: The labeling of this beer is deceiving; its only characteristic that it shares with other weizenbocks is its ABV. This one instead drinks more like a stronger version of their Hefe, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foggy lemon with a hint of orange peel. Most weizenbocks are darker than this. The ivory colored cap is pleasing to the eye. It's stiffly rocky and looks even better on subsequent pours. Only a lack of lace hurts the cause.

The nose doesn't differ too much from a well-brewed hefeweizen. It features loads of sweetened banana and clove, with no trace of dark fruit and no hint of alcohol. Even though it isn't what I expected, it's fantastic.

Vitus doesn't taste like a weizenbock at all, but like a hefeweizen for lovers of big beer. Those who can't get enough of the classic Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier, and think the recent trend toward high-ABV flavor bombs is a good thing, will probably like this one as much as I do.

Forget subtle, forget nuanced, forget light. Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of ripe banana studded with chunks of clove and bubblegum and soaked in sugar syrup. A little cocoa-like dark malt would be terrific, but it's hard to argue with the flavor profile as it's currently constructed. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is easily 4.0/5.0.

At the risk of overstating the point, only aficionados of big beer will love the incredibly full, incredibly supple, incredibly lush, sticky-on-the-finish mouthfeel. As always, it wouldn't be anywhere near as good without a perfect amount of carbonation. The bubbles energize and volumize without crossing the line into fizziness.

Brauerei Weihenstephan is not only the oldest brewery in the world, it's also one of the best. Purists may scoff at the idea of an 'Americanized' version of a timeless classic, but there is plenty of room for both. Vitus is amazing beer and is destined to be a multiple bottle purchase whenever I'm lucky enough to run across it.

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Photo of Commandogeraldo
2.93/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, I spot so many others giving this a pretty high score, but I have to stick with my guns. I didn't particularly care for this one, and I shall explain why to the best of my ability. I am also allowing for the possibility of a bad bottle, or my palate being somewhat shocked by tasting a chili beer (yes, you read that right) earlier in the evening. Also, I'm not normally a wheat beer fan, so maybe that has something to do with it. All that said, here we go:

Cloudy, hazy orange peel color. Mediocre head retention. Nose is light citrus (lemon or meyer lemon), some coriander (maybe). Also, it reminds me of pancakes for some reason.

I found this one to be not rich enough for my liking. It did not entice me to keep drinking it, and I did not find my fondness for it increasing sip by sip. I thought the mouthfeel was kinda thin, which surprised me, as I quite like Weihenstephaner HefeWeiss. I have a feeling that this one merits a revisit, and possibly then, an edited review, but until that time, these are my thoughts.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick, hazy, golden-yellow. 2" dense white head. Great retention. Full lace.

S - Banana. Bread. Spicy cloves. Lemon citrus.

T - Sharp wheat. Bananas and cloves - with a richness. Like banana bread.

M - Big, ful-bodied mouthfeel. Rich. Carbonation is just right.

D - Damn good drink. Is this what Imperial Hefe's are trying to be? Will drink again soon!

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Photo of montageman
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Deep golden yellow with a huge bone white head that sticks around and leaves lacing that just doesn't go away.

S: Sweet and spicy. Bananas, clove, and lemon are all there. A totally inviting and complex aroma.

T: Very prominent banana and clove flavor up front which then segues into a mildly tart lemon finish.

M: Very rich. Decent carbonation gives this beer tremendous body.

D: Great, great stuff. A prototypical wheat beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall brown 500ml glass bottle. Pry off cap. Neck label shows a saint/monk holding a book feather and rooster. Label has a classical european seal in brown gold and white.
The body is sun golden semi transparent with low carbonation. Multi size bubbled head with a lemon tint. Good retention and lace.
Sweet wheaty smell over a note of lemon and yeast. Abit of almond and mild honey.
Sweet grain flavor and yeast, white bread with lemon. The aftertaste again has yeast and maybe a hint of wheat. I did not expect the yeast to be pronounced in a wheatbock. Overall a sweet lemony flavor.
Full body and some coating. Oddly dry finish but still pleasant.
Very drinkable and an interesting brew.

-Oelergud

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely thick head (3+ inches) that stays and simmers a long time. Caves in in the middle, sitting on top of very bubble-infested hazy, pale gold. Head remains a quarter-inch for the duration. Some lace too. Nice start.

As expected, aroma is big on wheat with a healthy jab of earthy yeast goodness underneath, some tropical fruit under that. Nice straw/hay without the crap macro associations that trait sometimes brings. Pure and clean, and unmistakingly German.

Flavor is extremely bready, leaning toward lighter varieties, along with a slight hint of vitamin-rich yeast, banana, and the kind of pear/peach combo more common to Belgian pales and tripels. Zippy carbonation at the front, but it smooths out a bit over time; actually light and gentle, but it's not obvious right away. Perfectly matches the flavor. Finish is divine, something I can only describe as carbonated banana bread.

This is great. Yeah, the Reinheitsgebot may have done as much harm as good to the potential of Germany's beers, that's totally debatable...but also a moot point with a beer this great.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up at Bargainica in Bellingham.

Pours a cloudy orange/golden, massive white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer, leaves behind a ton of chunky lacing. Very nice to look at! Smell is nice, tons of banana, yeast, wheat, spices, very fruity, some alcohol makes its way in, but quite soft. Taste is different, apples and bananas, some wheat, very yeasty, bread, cane sugar, some alcohol, more apple in the finish with a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Pretty light for a weizenbock but I like it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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 liammaloney
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm writing this in the middle of February, not quite the preferred weather for a beer of this style, but the thought of a weizen of any style gets me in the mood for the warmer weather to come.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a thin but persistent head. I smell sour apples, vanilla, orange, must, and some berry. The head fades quickly, however, and leaves no lace, which is a little disappointing.

The first sip is an eye-opener. It most definitely quenches. The same flavor of sour apple that I noted in the smell is present, along with the expected banana and clove notes. It's also a little dank and musty. What really sticks with me, in the end, is the way it fills my mouth with many flavors, front to back.

The finish is quite short, and exhibits a soothing, lingering warmth, probably due to it's slightly elevated 7%ish ABV. The finish doesn't get sticky, either, which I appreciate.

As soon as I'm done...I want another. Which is perhaps the simplest endorsement one can give.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle, 7.7% ABV. Hazy golden color, a bit lighter than I anticipated. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. White fluffy head, with great retention. Pretty good looking.

Nose is full of banana, some clove, maybe a bit of apple and pear. A bit of a yeasty note as well.

Very slightly tart, with some bready malt characteristics. Lots of clove, apple, pear, some spices, and very little banana. Fair amount of sweetness left over, balanced by some slightly floral notes.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very well done.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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 AChamberlain
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a kick ass beer! Great flavor. Great Drinkability.

I had this on tap at the Gingerman in Austin.

A: Cloudy yellow. White foamy head, which dissipated quickly.

S: Kind of weak aroma, but not bad. Citrus. Spice.

T: Sweet right away. Spicy and almost belgian in a way. I love this beer.

M: Zesty and sparkling. Medium body.

D: High. Easy to drink, but dangerous...

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, hazy gold color with a thick white head that is rather short lasting. Suprising that the foam dissipates so quickly as there are almost violent streams of carbonation erupting continuously upward throughout the experience. Interesting malty nose with hints of banana and tropical fruit plus a buttered popcorn toastiness. Lightly phenolic, not very sweet.

The taste is complex with a toasted grain and wheat maltiness. Light spice in the mix, with a moderate bitterness that helps provide some balance. This is very different to me as I was expecting something more like an Aventinus. The body runs a bit light but there is plenty of bubbly carbonation shining through.

Overall a unique German beer. I'm still not completely sure what to think of it. The malt flavors got a bit cloying toward the end, so perhaps a smaller seving size would be in order (I had full pint). Definitely worth trying...

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a weizen glass, Vitus is a rather pale, slightly hazy gold color, with a moderate head. Ripe fruitiness characterizes the aroma, with a touch of medicinalness. Flavor is quite phenolic, with an underlying fruitiness that isn't quite banana, or any fruit I can identify... perhaps a touch of dry pineapple. Low bitterness and no hop flavor. Malt flavor takes a back seat to the yeast character, reminding me more of some Belgians than a German weizenbock.

Interesting beer, but not one I'll specifically seek out, I think.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep straw-yellow. A quick forming, fizzy head. Tall, but dissipates very quickly.

S: A rather light aroma... sweet malts, notes of clove. Some banana esters that come out more as it warmes a little... quite similar to their hefe, in many ways.

T: Sweet clovers, and almost a touch tart, as well. Banana notes, but more like slightly unripe bananas, if that makes sense.. not so sweet as they can appear in a hefeweizen; there's a little more bitterness in there. All becomes a bit softer on the finish, with a friendly, "German-wheat" aftertaste.

M: Foaming, medium carbonation. Refreshing, and semi-crisp... almost something of a 50/50 crisp and syrupy.

D: Maybe a taaad tinny and sweet, but still quite enjoyable. It remains pretty easy to drink with only the ABV to watch out for a bit.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Bavarian Wheat Glass.

A: Very bright, looked almost identical to a German Hefeweizen being poured. Maybe just a tad darker.

S: Very much like a hefe as well, but with a definite beefiness of a brew with a bock strength, and a some hints of alcohol as well.

T: A nice strong wheat malt flavor starts the sip that is very hefeweizen like but also a good dose of malt sweetness that is typical in a bock is present as well. A good dose of bitterness from the hops and alcohol hit the palate and just a slight biterness finishes the sip. A lemon note rides all throughout the sip as well.

M: This brew has the somewhat thick feel you would expect from a weizenbock but also the crisp carbonation of a refreshing hefeweizen. Interesting, and actually accompanies the beer very nicely.

D & Notes: Tastes much more like a beefed up a hefeweizen than a strong dunkleweizen, which is usually not what one expects from a weizenbock. That being said, it is a very good brew, and at 7.7% ABV, sneaks up on you in a hurry, as it does have easy drinkability of a wheat beer. I tend to like a weizenbock to be a bit darker and include some caramel flavor, but this is a very good beer and one I could see buying again.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this offering from one of my favorite German breweries at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora. Sorry, gang, but I went back and cleaned out their stock today. I poured Vitus into my trusty Weihenstephan hefe glass and was rewarded with a goldenrod-colored brew, strongly carbonated and dominated by a towering pearlescent head. A wonderful thing to behold.

The nose was full of malty, bready goodness and lush fruit notes. Foremost were the aromas of pinepple, apricot, and the usual banana-and-clove notes of a stellar wheat beer. Lesser notes but still adding depth were the yeasty, spicy aromas and a hint of alcohol.

The taste brought to mind an immediate comparison to a Belgian tripel. There was the flavor of tropical fruits - pineapple, and apricots, again - along with the flavor of rock candy right out of the gate. Following quickly were the tastes of banana and clove plus a generous amount of bready malts that evoked thoughts of whole wheat pancakes. At the back end of each savored pull was a mild alcohol glow and modest bittering of hops. The feel was the only real drawback to this beer that I could find; fluffy and full yet with a disconcerting grittiness akin to fine talc.

Okay, this is a seriously drinkable beer. 7.7%ABV be damned. Vitus reaffirms my love for wiezenbocks and Brauerei Weihenstephan as my favorite German brewery. A superlative brew that you should get your grubby hooks on. I gotta find this on-tap somewhere...Proschli!!

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,541 ratings