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
Reviews:
1,185
Ratings:
3,421
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at State Line Liquor. A great example of the style, this draws you in with a sweet wheat honey aroma. Mild chocolate brown with initially a large white head, that quickly dissipitates. Medium mouthfeel, and not very complex. But very drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lace on this one. Smell is of wheat, spices, bubblegum, and banana. Taste is much the same with strong flavors and the banana coming through especially on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stylistically perfect weizenbock. pours cloudy gold, glowing brightly, with a lasting two or more inches of thick white foam. the nose is slight banana yeast, sturdy wheat malt base, some subtle sugar, and an alcohol kick. the flavor is so balanced, with a mild hop finish that gels with the yeast just right. huge dose of german wheat malt is the perfect backdrop for this drink, and it takes me, like the hefe they make, to somewhere else, Bavaria back in the day or something. its traditional, classy, and strong. actually the alcohol seems higher than necessary, and gives this beer maybe some extra weight, slowing drinkability just a tad. good late winter or early spring drink, perfect with some fresh pretzels, and actually stood up well to salmon on the grill. overall a top notch version of the style, and you absolutely cannot beat the price, under four bucks per bottle!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color. The head is white with a pretty good retention but not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a fruity aroma, along the lines of peach and banana. Really fresh smelling beer. The taste is also fruity (apple), there is some bready yeast flavors and a subtle spice note in the finish. I do get a slight metallic flavor that I'm not digging too much, hoping that fades as it warms up. The mouthfeel is soft, very smooth with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I can see why the score is so high on this one because it really is a great beer. Awesome flavors and really enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.

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

Alright ColoradoBob, your shameless plugs for the beer finally prompted me seeking out, buying, drinking this beer.... and fearing for my safety if I don't give it high marks.

The beer pours with a much lighter-than-expected strong straw hue and ample carbonation that pushes a quarter-inch head that endures the session. Not as much haze as expected from a wheat beer either, in fact the beer is brilliantly clear with the first pour from the bottle.

Strong malt aromas of Pilsner varieties are accompanied by a rich, yet restrained, plethera of fruits and other yeasty character. The wheat is apparent but with in a back-seat sense to the malts. Hints of spicy phenols (clove) and estery (papayas, mangos, apples, and most of all pears) begin to set the tone as the beer warms. Unusual, yet nice to experience a Weizenbock that's taking on Maibock malt sensibilities.

Again, strong pilsner malts take the forefront with a clean bready, malty-sweet pillow. The wheat adds a delicate and varying sweet-bread taste (shortcake) while the yeast play a big part. Yeasty esters of papaya (not quite bananna), pinapple, fuggi apples, pears, peaches and other fruits that can be found in Juicy Fruit bubble guy come into play in a characterful and complex role (second pour now).

Very clean, crisp, and refreshing in the body-- definately makes for a substantial summer beer. Moderately full and expandful to the mouth; like Duvel, the beer seemingly evaporates in the mouth with a cotton-candy whimsy. Powerful malts veer away from cloying and oily, but toward bold creaminess and roundness. Without compromising drinkability, the beer fades nicely into a medium sweet-bready memory and a light spicy, hop-earthy linger on the tongue.

The beer had a definitive resemblence to Maibocks in the malt profile, but with the beautiful balance and complexity of traditional wheat beers. Is this a marriage made in a brewery (you thought I was going to say heaven didn't you?) Why aren't more breweries doing this? Note: the beer darkens as the subsequent pours are taken from the bottle, but the beer never takes on hazy proportions; maybe Kristalweizen-like (filtered).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Nice to see the lesser available offerings from this venerable brewery now available in our fair province.

This beer pours a very hazy, cloudy, pale yellow straw colour, with a tall tower of broad marshmallow white head, which settles at a somewhat agonizingly slow pace, eventually leaving a one-sided spatter of chunky lace 'around' the glass. Very witbier-esque, overall, really.

It smells of sweet, sugary wheat cereal grain, subtle fleshy banana, a much more forward spicy clove, and an everyman earthiness. The taste is more wheaty, grainy malt, a lessened spicy component on account of the slowly waning clove, a slight lemony fruitiness, and other nondescript orchard fruit, mellowed against a swelling yeastiness, and very mild booze warming.

The carbonation is very sedate, the body a lesser medium weight, but still quite smooth and agreeable. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty malt not giving up too much ground, and the aforementioned spice hanging on for life, amongst a very agreeable, subdued alcohol warming.

A weird confluence of Euro styles - in the end, this is really a big-ass witbier or hefeweizen, take your pick, even as the booze laughs off its obvious obfuscation. A wee bit too light for the style, but who am I to argue with centuries to the contrary?

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a big, rocky head that leaves clumps of lace

Smell: Cloves dominate the aroma, with some banana, bubblegum and white pepper

Taste: Crusty bread, spicy clove and pepper tingle the tastebuds at the outset, with characteristic banana flavors developing underneath; after the swallow, the flavors continue to build in a peppery, but fruity direction, and the whole effect is somewhat chalky as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; some warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: Really enjoy the balanced and complex flavor profile; who knew a weizenbock could be so pale?

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a hefeweissbier glass at Ma Che in Roma, Italy. Reviewed from notes. I'd previously had it out of the bottle.

A: A two and a half finger head of slight soft cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Cloudy dark copper colour.

Sm: Heavy orange peel, lemon, cream, and barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange and lemon peel, moderately full barley, and nice cream. Complex enough, but a touch watery. Built alright. Kind of balanced.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't really complement or feel tailored to the flavours of the body.

Dr: Easy drinking, high ABV for the style and a high price (4 euro for a half pint!). Decent quality, but a bit dirty. Perhaps the tap needed cleaning?

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light and hazy orange tone, much like their Hefeweissbier. In fact, despite minor differences, the two are very similar. A creamy head of foam forms, but unfortunately diminshes to a thin ring with no lacing.

Estery, some alcohol in the nose, but masked by clove and wheatiness.

Taste is much like the Hefe again, a bit fuller mouthfeel with stronger alcohol presence. Clove and banana mostly, fairly juicy mouthfeel. Creamy as well, as to be expected from the brewery's other offerings. Not the full-bodied robustness expected of Weizenbocks like Aventinus. It would be great in the spring or summer, but just not the big Weizenbock I was expecting on a cool fall night.

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

Enjoyed on many occasions at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy opaque straw yellow in the glass with a large white head that retains nicely. Fruity, mildly phenolic and bready aroma, this smells just like baking banana bread and ripe lemons. The aroma is wrapped in a leafy hop character that comes out more as the beer warms. On the tongue it's spicy, peppery, bringing to mind pureed banana with white pepper and clove. Moderate bubblegum sweetness leads into a spicy and dry finish. It's surprisingly drinkable and even refreshing for a 7.7% beer, which may be the beer's most impressive attribute. While I prefer Weihenstephan's more subtle and light hefeweizen, this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Some sweetness from the malt, but not as much as I expected. There is a banana like fruit note. Also has a very herbal smell to it.

Taste: Very crisp and bready. Has a mild banana note along with some herbal notes. My first comment was that it tastes like herbal banana bread.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with lots of very smooth carbonation. The finish has a very little dryness to it.

Overall: I am really glad this beer wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice and smooth, an easy drinker.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this one from Liquid Solutions, mainly because ColoradoBobs loves it.

A - Poured out a hazy, orange-yellow color with a huge, foamy, bubbly, off white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, citrus, lemon, clove and hints of banana. Really great aroma. Similar to their hefe.

T - It had a sweet wheat flavor with banana, clove, dried fruits and some caramel malt.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good beer. Doesn't seem to fit the style. It has lots of weizen and very little bock.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazed golden peach with a monstrous head of foam, which very slowly dissipates, leaving behind some very nice lacing. Lots of carbonation rushing to the top, and this continues for some time. The aroma is of a multitude of yeasty esters, the primary ones being--not surprisingly--clove (the most prominent), banana, and bubblegum. The taste is similar, but there is a certain cloying sweetness as well. A bit of the wheat seems to be coming through in the taste, although the mouthfeel is a little thin, so it's not coming through in that regard. Drinkability is quite high, especially given the high abv, which there is no trace of in the taste or mouthfeel.

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades down quick leaving no lace. Color is a very hazy yellow.

aroma: wow, the aroma rocks. It is like a hefe plus more. Banana, cloves, nuts, malts, caramel. Simply awesome. I want to drink this really bad.

Taste: Big malt backbone with the hefe taste up front. Again, bananas, cloves, nuts, and caramel. I am already falling in love with this beer. It is simply amazing. It is more than a hefe and I love hefes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. A lot of carbonation for the light to medium bodied beer. Ends with a sticky hefe type aftertaste.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. It was a lot more complex than I thought it was going to be and was so drinkable. I want to buy more of this but it isn't available in MN. Definitely a great beer!

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottle code of 1291(mid 2011 bottling). This took a while to fully pour haha. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger dense white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, orange, wheat, bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice aroms with good complexity and balance. Taste of big banana, bubblegum, lemon, clove, pepper, orange zest, bread, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Fairly spicy finish; with lingering notes of banana, citrus, pepper, clove, bread, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Incredible flavor balance of maltiness and yeast spiciness; with great complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is extremely smooth. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 7.7%, with pretty much no warming after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic weizenbock style. Insane flavor balance and complexity, and extremely smooth to drink for the level of alcohol. This one is definitely better when it is fresher (previous review was with an ’09 bottle).

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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 oberon
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Despite a gentle pour the head rises up to 2/3 the glass as usual for a Weihenstephaner, and I have to stop pouring and sip the head to keep it from pouring over. It fades semi quickly over the hazy golden wheat colored beer.

N: Golden wheat in the nose, with German malts, a little wheat and yeast, a touch of lager like aroma, marzen style. Toasty malts, a touch of banana and vanilla. Very typical nose for a Weihenstephaner.

T: Very Bavarian taste too, with some creamy wheat, some sweet malts, some banana and a little vanilla, fizzy fluffy malt flavor, a little toasty malt, a touch of citrus and orange peel, hint of bitterness. The only thing that seems to make this different from most Weihenstephaners is the malts are a little darker and stronger, a little sweeter and touch of booze.

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.

F: Slightly sweet on the finish lingering, but sweet malts not syrupy at all. Semi bitter with a little orange peel, lemon zest and citrus. Banana as well with more wheat lingering. A slight lingering alcohol burn actually comes through. Finishes pretty clean and quickly. A little vanilla is really long as well. Again very similar to most Weihenstephaner beers but a little heavier, darker, and boozier this one. This one also finishes slightly sweet rather than dry.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vitus delivers the appearance of a typical Bavarian hefeweizen except that the head is shorter and more compact and creamy. That makes sense though, as it's less carbonated. Still, the retention is good, and it leaves some hole-punched sheets and nice wide-splashes of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma also expresses the usual banana, and a little bit of clove; but there's also an increased maltiness. The wheat is quite clear, whereas in a standard hefe it has to fight its way through the phenolics.

In the mouth it's medium-full with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and there's enough carbonation to lend a gentle bristle to the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma, and the richer malt component is quite robust, and in effect, satiating. It tastes like a standard hefeweizen, but bigger. Quite often weizenbocks will display some added caramelish character, but that's not the case here. It's straightforward wheat malt and yeasty banana and clove. A firm bitterness balances it, and a very subtle spritz of alcohol also helps to dry it.

Quite nice! A classic!

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Nicely labelled. Served within recommended temperature range.

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a slight haze. The massive white head has great retention but leaves limited lacing.

The aroma is yeasty and bready, with a strong but not overwhelming amount of cloves and banana. Hints of lemon and fresh-cut hay.

The flavor, especially from the grains and yeast, is a bit stronger than the aroma, although the qualities are about what I expected after sniffing it. Mildly sweet thanks to some nice tartness from mid-taste on.

Good feel albeit a bit too thin Not fizzy or too lively despite what looks like generous carbonation.

Clearly excellent and particularly refreshing example of style ... but not a favorite style for me. Remarkably well hidden alcohol; drinks like ~ 3% ABV!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Estery, cloves, bananas, wheaty, faint bacon.

T: Sweetish malts balanced well with estery fruits, bananas, cloves, with a mild ABV heat and a nice woodyness.

M: Medium body and semi-medium carbonation. Fruity, estery and wheaty finish.

O: Hard to describe how intricate this beer is. Almost a cognac-like thing happening which is probably from a magical combination of the wheat and malts. An interesting "big" weizen. Again, why have I not tried this before. Really liked. Give it a try.

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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 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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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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