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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 zoso493
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The legendary hefe's big brother! Let's see how this one stacks up. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very bright yellow-gold color with a massive, foamy four-finger head, which dissipates slowly, but still has above average retention.

Smell: Very nice. Lots of bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. This one has the more pronounced banana scent that you may not find quite as obvious in other weizenbocks.

Taste: Where the hell is the alcohol?! This drinks just like the regular hefeweizen. The first taste you get is some bananas with some sugar on tap, like the Bananas Foster my mom always makes. Other than that, it pretty much just follows the scent with some clove, yeast and other typical weisse flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary, but has a nice amount of carbonation and is light-bodied like a weisse should be.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is otherwordly. I think they actually just bottled the hefeweizen in a Vitus bottle. Despite the 7.7% ABV (which is not too high for the style) this would be a kickass brew to enjoy during the summer months. The alcohol is not even present.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. Such a nice drinking beer with a great banana taste, if that's what you're into in your weissens. I'm seeing now why this brew is so revered on this site. Definitely worth picking up a bottle (or six) next time you see it.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 10/21, from notes.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a towering stark white head. Cloud like formation with great retention and lacing. Expertly crafted appearance, I guess they have some experience making beers?

Smells of banana yeast esters, herbal/clove. Subtle white pepper spiciness. Lemon zest, sourdough bread. Wheat tanginess. So much yeast character, it's incredible.

In the taste, the spiciness is more present. Overall the taste follows the aroma. It's very well balanced with nice sourdough bread malt background.

Moderate carbonation and perfect substance for the flavor profile and style. ABV is well hidden. This is truly a style defining beer.

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Photo of dennarb
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had one of these lovelies at an new German bierhall in Philadelphia called Brauhaus Schmitz. It was a revelation! They have about twenty beers on tap at any one time and about eighteen are German imports. Forget anything you remember about the time you had seven liters at the Hoffbrauhaus in Munich-very sociable and eminently drinkable beer.
Weihenstephaner Vitus comes from a different world. It is one of the finest beers that I have ever had and it didn't come from Belgium.
Served in a foot tall weisenbock glass it was s straw yellow with a clean white inch-tall head that didn't shrink that much until it was half finished. At about 8% alcohol, and with a really complex flavor, it lasted a long time. The initial crisp taste is just the start. The most fun comes as it reaches the back of your mouth. There is an array of malt and spices and a really balanced tang of hops that is just something you close your eyes and savor for a minute before you think about another sip.
This brewery has been around since the Middle Ages, and I can't say what their beer tasted like in the in the eleventh century but they sure have learned a thing or two during the last millennium.
If you see it on tap just order one.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the library alehouse last night, actually I'm pretty sure I got the last glass of it.... score!

A: amazing appearance... it comes in a hennepin eat your heart out teardrop glass (where can I get one!?) and pours a bright golden yellow color. Frothy white head tops off the glass and excellent lacing follows it on its way down.

S: Good aroma, I get clove and some spice, as well as the typical fruit rind and banana. fresh smelling and pungent.

T: very nice, and very balanced. Weizenbock's are becoming my new favorite style of beer. SOOO drinkable and refreshing but without sacrificing potency. Lemon zest, cream and orange peel are stand out flavors... finished with a clove and black pepper spiciness. very good.

M: mouthfilling and long finishing.

D: very high given the alcohol.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow color with a half finger of white head that leaves exceptional lacing as it drains. Nice looking brew. Nose is strong on wheat and malty goodness. Some candy sugar, dried fruit of some sort, and maybe some orangey citrus. Flavor is likewise - huge malty sweetness, citrus (lemon and orange), yeast, wheat. A sort of dirty earthiness to it that hits you in the back of the mouth. Light warming alcohol, especially as it warms. Really a tasty beer. Body is good, appropriate for the style. This is a really excellent brew - might not hit Aventinus levels of deliciousness, but still really nice. Another win for Weihenstephaner.

Wine Specialist/$3.49/16.9 oz

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Photo of mbudner
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A- Has a hazy orange color that seems to glow when held up anywhere near the light. Looks like a slightly darker/more orange version of their Hefeweiss. I have limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but this does not look as dark as the other I have seen. Great fluffy, 3-finger head that dissipates at a medium rate leaving almost no lacing.

S-Smells of sweet sugary malts, cloves, and bubblegum. Also, I get some lemon or orange.

T- I get some banana, bubblegum, slight amount of booze/ester flavors in the finish, but from what I read this is something to be expected in the style (I experienced the same with Aventinus, but Vitus seems to be a markedly different beer even though the two are of the same style.) I'm getting spices other than cloves, but do not have the ability to discern them all...just get a "spiciness."

M- Nice crisp carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Little bit of hear in the throat from the booze requisite in the style.

D- Drinks like a much lower ABV. I could drink this all night. While the flavors are complex, there's nothing too prominent to offend the palate in excessive amounts. The bubblegum makes it very easy drinking.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color, with full frothy head. Good lacing. Banana, clove, black pepper and wheat on the nose. Assertive grainy & wheat tastes with pepper, banana & clove background. Finishes bitter and slightly boozy. Smooth and somewhat creamy, medium bodied. Candy like sweet aftertaste. Delicious beer... would never have guessed what i was given was a Weizenbock.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fizzy rocky white head with minimal lace. Pale yellow very hazy, very nice..

Nose of yeasty banana, bready, floral vanilla, really nice.

Flavor of the wheat malt is just as nice, bready, crisp backbone of slight caramel, very well done. Slight sweetness a the end, just right. No hops needed here although I'm sure they used some.

Good heaviness, well carbonated, it is a very nice beer that is beyond session-able but you could have as many as you want. And I'll be wanting more.

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

I've been trying not to give such high scores to so many beers, but I couldn't help this one - it's just so good!

A - Very cloudy yellow/orange body with a huge fizzy white head that retains incredily well. A good amount of carbonation rushing up through the beer's body. Beautiful lacing on the glass

S - Sweet citrusy aroma with a fresh yeasty body and the smell of muddled wheat. A hint of bergamot in the citrus nose but leans more towards a lemony aroma. Just a touch of estery alcohol with a deep breath through the nice. Spicy notes as well.

T&M - Big yeasty taste with a malt backbone and a slap of citrus. Very crisp from the citrus taste and the accompaniment of near-spritzy carbonation. A bit of the bergamot in there and balanced with spicy notes from the alcohol. Coriander, some white pepper, lemon zest, and bread yeast. Not as much dark malt as expected. Definitely malty but on the lighter side as compared to Aventinus.

D - Goes down so well and is such a nice crisp and refreshing beer. You don't notice the alcohol much until the end when you realize your pint is almost gone. Great flavors throughout and the profile continues to change as it warms. Really fun to explore this beer.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a white foamy 3+ finger head. Smells like bananas, citrus, cloves, and sweet malt. The taste matches the aroma, and has a pleasant light sweetness to it. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, and smooth. This is an nicely drinkable beer.

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Photo of bmoney
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle,

A-Pours a golden Amber with 2 finger foamy white head.

S- Usual smells of banana and clove dominate. Notes of fresh lemon and citrus.

T- The spices are most present up front, with citrus/lemony presence. Finishes with a buttery wheat taste. Alcohol is a little more present here than in the hefe.

M- Smooth, light and crisp mouthfeel, the carbonation is nice.

D- Drinkable weizenbock not as interesting as others, mainly just a stronger ABV Hefe.

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Photo of drpimento
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served a mug with a small to medium head and no lace. Aroma is heavy traditional Bavarian Weizen - pungent, sweet-sour, fruity, malty, und vundrerbar! Color is a hazy light to medium-light amber. Flavor is prominently a pungent malt with lemony citrus character. Hardly any hop. Finish is like regular flav. One of the richest, most full flavored weizens. Perhaps a session.

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Photo of kurp001
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

A fairly gentle pour yields about two fingers of creamy bone white head that demonstrates decent retention. Body is a bright gold and reasonably cloudy.

Smell is faint but features distinct banana, clove, and spice notes.

Taste has a very full banana presence upfront that gradually gives way to a marked spiciness. The banana pulls through a bit more again on the finish, along with mild clove notes.

Mouthfeel is full yet not overwhelming; the ample carbonation keeps things lively.

Amazingly drinkable at 7.7%, I'd definitely be inclined to return to this one.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light hazy lemonade yellow color with a pillowy white foam head. Some moderate lacing.

S- Light citrus aromas of lemon and orange peel with some banana. A bit of clove and spice as well.

T- Crisp banana and clove flavor with a bit of wheat and sweet grain in the finish. A slight hint of green apples and lemon is present with a bit of bubble gum. The banana flavor is quite pronounced throughout.

M- Light/medium bodied with loads of spritzy carbonation.

D- Quite different from other Weizenbocks that I have had. Vitus doesn't really have any of the dark malt, tobacco, raisin, caramel flavor that I would expect but it is very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Finn
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into my weihenstephaner weizen glass a cloudy deep yellow. lighter than what i was expecting. beautiful fine foam sticks to the top.

S: citric banana clove, husky wheat, apple, esters

T: smooth sweet malt blends nicely with banana clove esters, and finishes with a slightly drying boozey character. A nice light caramel flavor comes through after it warms up a bit.

M: medium bodied, very smooth, strong carbonation, like a regular weiss.

D: Excellent drinkability. This is my first time trying this beer, but it's similar to a regular hefe, just a bit more intense malt sweetness (although not dark malts) with higher alcohol. Very good.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with towering white head that fades rapidly after the first sip.
Nose shows lots of banana and wheaty bread, some light sweet malt and a bit of pear. More like a hefe than a weizenbock. Light cloves show later on, along with spices reminiscent of nutmeg and coriander.
Flavour are again more like a hefe. Lots of banana and doughy yeast, the only difference is some soft alcohol and a hint of sweet clean malt.
Medium full body, moderately high carbonation. A little to full on.
I was expecting this to be darker, fruitier, maltier, etc.

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Photo of nickd717
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. Think this was like $3, which is an awesome deal if that was the case, but I could be wrong.

A - Pours a bright clear golden color with a medium white head that dissipates.

S - Aroma is wheat, banana, clove, yeast, and spice.

T - Flavor is very nice and fairly sweet with wheat, banana, clove, sugar, light fruits, and spice. Right on-style and very tasty.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Could definitely imperial session this sucker at 7.7% ABV.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Excellent, like its milder brother Hefe. Cloudy gold, large head with good retention.

Smell - A little less banana and more alcohol than I would have hoped.

Taste - The small flavour difference between this and the Hefe is a little disappointing. This does have a touch more fruit and spice, but barely enough to compensate for the extra alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, somewhat creamy even.

Drinkability - A very significant drop from the Hefe.

Overall - Because of the similarity with its milder brother, I couldn't help but do this review as a comparison. Although this is an excellent beer, I think I will stick with the latter.

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Photo of Destral
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 1 pint, .9 oz bottle of Vitus at Khoury's.

Poured a pale, cloudy, golden color into a Weizen glass. It was much lighter than I expected from my limited knowledge of the style, but I noticed it was lighter in the bottle when buying it. Initial pour resulted in a solid 3 finger head that dissolved after about 5 minutes. A thin foamy layer remained which produced moderate lacing while drinking.

Noticed banana with a bit of honey and a faint citrus smell, perhaps lemon.

This tasted like a heavier, stronger hefeweizen, with a lot of the traditional flavors present. The malt was much more rich though. Hints of banana came through a bit as well and a slight kick of alcohol on the finish.

The Vitus tasted very smooth, almost creamy.

This was simply one of the better beers I've had in a long time. Absolutely delicious! Even with the slightly higher ABV, I could see myself easily drinking these all night if it was more readily available in the area!

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 oz botle poured into a Weizen glass. This beer was really different than I was expecting, much lighter colored and much closer to a hefeweizen in most respects with less of a sweet doppelbock syrup mixed in. Still a very good treat.

A = Hazy golden liquid with fine lines of sediment swirling throughout after a vigorous pour, foamy pale off-white head is large with decent retention but settles a little quicker than in its little brother the Weihenstephaner hefe.

S = Nutmeg spiced grilled banana with honey, strong wheat smells, very assertive and lively. My mouth is really anticipating this one after the smell.

T = The taste is where this beer start to differentiate itself, but it is still very much like the hefe. It has thick sweet flavors with less tartness than I expected from the smell, fewer of the lemon and orange tastes than expected but quickly gives over to a sweet mixture of mandarin orange and warmed banana with a honey glaze. Finishes long and sweet but with a fair amount of nutmeg spiciness.

M = Medium-heavy bodied, nice level of carbonation with a mixture of foaming, good mouthcoating.

D = A very good beer but honestly not what I was expecting. It is not completely dissimilar from other weizenbocks, but it is a different take on the style with much more or the normal hefeweizen traits being preserved. Quite easy to drink though.

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Photo of bobsy
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm working my way through the Weihenstephaner range, and this bottle (picked up in Buffalo) is my 5th different one.

For all the world this looks like a hefeweizen, as a cloudy pastel yellow liquid fills a good portion of the glass, and a fluffy white head takes care of the remainder. Lacing is fantastic as the head slowly dies down to a heavy film which lasts the duration. The aroma is sweet, intense banana, mixing in with ripe tree fruit and spice.

Likewise the flavour has the intensity of a souped-up hefeweizen. Ripe bananas mix with brown sugar to produce a fragrant and sweet sensation on the palate. Cutting this somewhat is a tangy wheat backbone, which transitions into a graint, lightly alcohol inclined finish. Spice lingers on long after the last sip. All of this is nicely compliment by a full and soft mouthfeel with a vigorous carbonation.

As you would expect weihenstephaner do not dissapoint. Vius is a classic weizenbock, and stacks up well with the greats in the style.

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Photo of Celt44
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a cloudy golden glow - like a sunrise over a misty Bavarian vale.

Aroma - Citusy lemons, spices - clove, nutmeg. Hints of plum.

Taste - Lite lemons, banana clove, hints of ginger spice. A touch tart. One of the best I've every tasted in the style..

Moutfeel - full and creamy. Beautiful.

Overall the best beer I've had in quite some time. I'm regretting I only purchased one bottle....back to Wegmans!

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Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Milky, foggy, golden-orange-tan, with a tall stack of everlasting, whipped egg, lacy, white mousse.
It noses of nutty banana bread, drizzled with caramel and vanilla sauces, and sprinkled with cloves and allspice.
A wet blanket of lightly sweet, doughy wheatiness is laid across the mouth. Touches of wheat graininess pop up intermittently throughout the remainder of the sip. The focus shifts towards fruit, and denying the omnipotent banana bread flavors for a sec, muskmelon and golden raisins peek out. Ok, now it time to discuss the banana bread. And its a fucking monolith. Gigantic, spot-on, exact. It is what it is. And it is banana bread. Its a pretty general description of a wheat beer, but here it is in true liquid form. Through the wall of banana bread, some fragments of cashews appears, along with more definite colorings of vanilla, allspice, and clove. These three things gather gumptions as it warms, and help close it with a warm, spicy, sweetened sense of dessert. A tiny grassy hop note completes it, with a dash of cinnamon in the afterglow.
Full bodied with enough CO2 to nearly pass it off as a quaffer given its familar hefeweizen cues. It's not so much a hefe on steroids as one that's simply bred bigger and better.

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Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An inverted pour produces four fingers of mousse-like white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. The crackling head settles slowly and leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - A classic aroma of bubble-gum, banana, and cloves, well blended with an emphasis on the clove. A strong, perfume-like note of spicy wheat is backed by toffee and and a hint of noble hops.

T - Lots of bubble-gum and banana up front with sweet malt and slightly tart wheat. Cloves begin to make themselves known in the middle, balanced by malty toffee. Cloves and banana continue to coat the palate in the finish with toasty malt and surprising alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is quite an interesting beer and it lends perspective to the American wheat wines that have begun to appear in the last few years. There is a lot of intensity to the yeast flavors here that seems to be a byproduct of the relatively high gravity. The intensity of the bubble-gum and clove character isn't over the top, but if it were much stronger it would hurt the beer. There is a lot of malt backing the yeast, and that helps keep it drinkable. The aroma is excellent, but the flavor of intense, almost harsh, yeast is just not as well balanced as I would like it to be. This was a nice beer and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it, but I still prefer the lower gravity German wheats.

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

Bottle dating 5109 which translates to a date of the 5th in the 10th week in the 9th year or 5 Mar., 09. Chilled and poured into a 0.5L Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a hazy yellow gold color with a fluffy 1" thick head that begins to recede slowly. The color surprises as it seems like an ordinary hefeweizen and has little or no "dunkel" appearance. Filled with small streams of bubbles the beer maintains about ½" of the head even when sipping. The sheets of foam leave a ring and some leggy lacing. Eventually the head recedes to a thin layer of foam that leaves sheets of foam and lacing for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma contains banana, clove, honey and wheat all "interwingled" into a fruity whole along with something that reminds me of tart green apple.

Taste: The rich complex flavor is much as predicted from the nose and has some sweet banana, some clove and some bubble gum along with traces of malt and some lightly tart green apple. The flavor is very complex as none of the flavors dominate and the all are taking their turns at showing off.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and silky smooth with loads of fine carbonation that coats the tongue. The finish is reasonably long and begins simultaneously sweet and tart, but then eventually fades into a lightly tart ending.

Drinkability: My first reaction on the pour was one of surprise at the lightness of the color and I wondered if I'd grabbed the wrong bottle. This is very drinkable hefeweizen/weizenbock and even before the beer was half gone I was wishing that I had another one to open this evening. I'll definitely be looking for more of this one.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,349 ratings.
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