Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.de

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

BEER STATS
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Avg:
4.26
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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light golden color. Sort of corn colored. Nice cloud white head comprised of small bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat. Some more earthy notes like... hmmmm thyme. A little yeasty.

T: Dangeriously light given the high (well sort of) abv. Some wheat notes, almost some belgian notes with a little mustyness which compliments the other flavors. A kiss of alcohol and the end helps provide a little sweetness that fades to a wheaty finish. Flavor is actually a little light I think.

M: Sits with a light/medium body. Bubbles are decently smooth but give way to a little sting. Not bad.

Overall, a great showing from weihenstephaner but not mind blowing. They certainly make the best wheat beers but I actually think their regular wheat beer or the dunkle are comparable to this one. The flavors are a little light for the higher abv but its still worth checking out.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like raw, yellow honey with a bright white cap that descends slowly leaving no lace. Obvious carbonation.

S - Raw banana, clove, yeast, & white pepper. Yum.

T/M - Delcious Weizen! Tastes like its aroma but there's an underlying complexity here that makes this brew a classic. The mouthfeel is dense yet refreshing with the carbonation adding to the enjoyment on this superb spring day in the DC area.

D - The 7.7% ABV pushes it but I'm there - this should be a staple beer in the fridge year 'round. Bravo!

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

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

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

500 mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a perfect cloudy straw. I probably would have given a perfect score for appearance if this was a hefeweizen and not a weizenbock, as this is the lightest weizenbock I have ever seen. Definitely not to style. Nice wheaty and yeasty aroma. It certainly does fit the weizenbock profile in its flavour though. Strong flavours - wheat, yeast, banana. The alcohol feels evident - or that could just be the aftereffects of the Indian dinner. I am liking this significantly better than Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen, but then again, I'm a big fan of this style.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Really hazy, golden, yellow color with a thick 2 inch head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Bubble gum, banana, clove, spices

T: Same as smell, really sweet, a bit spiciness maybe from a mixture of the spices and heat from the alcohol

M: Medium, really lively carbonation

O: Great beer. I love the tastes that the yeast esters give this beer. Smell and taste are excellent.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi translucent golden color. Streaming carbonation throughout.
Hefe type smell slong with hay and spices.
Right away awed by sweetness followed by spices, hay, citrus.
Medium body
Incredibly delicious on a warm day!

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale gold/amber with tiny hints of brownish color. Massive creamy white head, which settle to a half finger thickness and lasts.

Aroma: Banana, bubblegum, clove, and some other spices. Light wheat bread.

Taste: Spicy. Banana and bubblegum. Clove. Light fruitiness and citrus. Slight white pepper and a bit more spices that I cannot name. Nice wheat in the background(and plentiful) and light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy body. Very smooth. Slight dry finish.

Overall: Great beer. Spicy-er than I originally thought, but really enjoy it and the beer as a whole. Definitely gonna get more. I love the lingerings of this beer. Vitus is probably my favorite from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you take Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and turn it up to eleven, you get Vitus. It pours to the requisite large, creamy white head on a hazy, straw-colored body; lacing is fair, mostly bands with some blotches. The aroma is big for a wheat beer: ripe bananas, cloves, wheat and alcohol, with hints of caramel and citrus rind for good measure. The palate follows the nose, plus a nice yeast presence; the alcohol is very well-hidden. The yeast, esters, and wheat are in perfect balance, just like they are in the Hefe Weissbier. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a hint of caramel and wheat; the linger is a subtle wheaty/estery flavor that stays around for a couple of minutes. The mouthfeel is quite big for the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Great wheat beer from a top-notch brewery! (11.2 oz bottle, 350 days after pkg)

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Photo of corey0212
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow, some darker orange highlights, big dense, creamy white head fades very slowly, leaves behind big clumps of lacing on the glass. The bubbles put on a show in the glass. Spicy clove and banana aroma, some lemon. Taste is banana bread, with a big dose of lemony tartness, spicy clove. Creamy mouthfeel, and just a touch of stickiness, but still pretty refreshing. I might not have tried this if it weren't for all the recent chatter about this beer...which is what makes BA great! This one is extremely tasty.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/golden straw color, pours about an inch of head, with moderate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, hops, citrus, bananas, cloves.

Taste: Wheat malt, hops, citrus, bananas, figs and very estery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall: German beers tend to be too sweet/malty for my tastes, but as far as weizenbocks go, this was very drinkable.

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

Appearance: Very cloudy light orangish yellow. Big frothy head that remains.
Smell: Banana bread.
Taste: Fruit, spice, and bread.

Excellent. The look is almost murky. On top of the ultra-cloudy hay colored brew is a huge frothy head that stayed the course. The smell is overwhelmingly banana, and seems just like warm banana bread. The taste is more complex, but harder to put my finger on it. I picked up fruit and bread wrapped in a spiciness. The total package is great. I will get this again.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a golden light colored yellow. A thick about three fingers worth of foamy white head started and slid into the beer after dissipation with some fairly thick lacing roaming here and there.
The smell had some banana esters running into some bready/yeasty notes. Apricots and raisins meld into the aroma.
The taste was full and sweet from the previously mentioned flavors allowing some clove to round in the spicy department. An eloquent sweet and spicy aftertaste yields a powerful sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice cherishing sweetness clinging to my tongue. Carbonation seems to finish nicely on my tongue as it's not too sharp but shows just enough and dissipates evenly to allow the spice to hit just right.
Overall, do you think I like this beer for me? With an emphatic yes, this is the best of the best of its style. Take me through winter, Vitus.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow/straw color with a voluminous, white, frothy head; ample retention and generous wet lacing. The aroma is of clove, straw, wheat, lemon zest, and hints of citric and lactic acid. Some orange rind and hay as well. The flavor is similar with a predominant clove and wheat bastion reinforced by lemon and orange citruses. Some straw, hay, and other light earthen notes comprise the middle. More banana on the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety yet lively with a wet but refreshing finish. A touch of clove and citrus linger. Overall, this is a wonderful beer and a personal favorite. The clove predominance combined with a bit of a “beefier” mouthfeel compared to the hefeweisse makes it a wonderful variation of another excellent Weihenstephaner offering. Well balanced, rich in complexity, and a superb example of the style.

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Photo of montageman
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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 kagent777
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle purchased from Las Vegas last weekend poured into my beer goblet. No freshness code, but I do see that this one is batch 6103.

Appearance: Three finger fluffy white head atop a hazy yellow beer. Exactly what a wheat beer should look like. Great lacing

Smell: Slight noble hop flavor along with the soft malt notes from the wheat. A bit of clove and banana in the scent.

Taste: A thread of clove runs throughout the taste but it does not dominate. The wheat is present along with the hops. The best word to describe all of the flavors is soft.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth beer with big quantities of flavor.

Overall: I think this is the first weizenbock that I have had, but it will not be the last. I really love the German wheat beers.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up, because I wanted to try some great German beers that were out of my standard flavor palate like the IPAs that I am familiar with. This one came in a pint with a really nice looking front and neck label. It boasts a 7.7% ABV and is brewed under purity laws of 1516. This ancient beer definitely has a historical element that increases the experience. I was pleasantly surprised.

Look-Pours a cloudy light golden yellow and a thick head that soon settles into a fine lacing. The head leaves
a silky foam on the glass that is very nice.

Smell-I smell banana bread and associated phenols as well as a spicy bread pudding and vanilla undertones mixed with pear. The taste is similar so I’ll stop here.

Taste-It is spicy clove and banana which is very reminiscent of the Trippel by New Belgium that I have reviewed. Look for that review in order to get a better idea of this one. However, this variety is more of a creamy and cloudy version of the Trippel. This German Weizenbock is perfectly sweetened, well-balanced, not hoppy at all, and the alcohol is subtle. This beer really drinks like a 4.5% brew even though it is 7.7% so be careful and especially because it comes in a pint.

Mouthfeel-It has a creamy and buttery feel that is so rare and enjoyable. The carbonation is miniature in the sense that the bubbles are sub-microscopic leaving a pleasant effervescent tickle on the tongue. The aftertaste is like a sticky coating that is resulting from the phenols and organic compounds in the beer.

Overall-This beer was very surprising, because I expected a typical German brew with monotonic flat bread and yeast with a malt-forward experience. Instead I got a complex and creamy brew with such a dangerously refreshing experience that it is no wonder I haven’t tried it before. Do not underestimate this Weizenboch!

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

500 ml bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC before we could get it here in GA. Poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw like yellow with a slight tint of orange. There is a very tiny bubble white head that is a fills all the space in the glass from the .5l line all the way to the rim. Just the slightest bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: Classic wheat beer aroma including the coriander spice smell. Hints of what seems like orange and possibly lemon peel. Its an interesting aroma.

T: This tastes a lot like a Hefe but with a lot of the flavors cranked up. Big wheat beer flavor with loads of spice character. I think its coriander, but its much more spicy than I would expect so maybe its something else. There are definitely orange and lemon citrus notes. A tasty beer.

M: Its a bit prickly from the spice and carbonation. It is medium in body.

D: The beer disappeared quickly for me. The alcohol is well hidden. However, if you are not a big fan of spice character in beer, this may not be the one for you. Luckily, I love it when it is done right like this one is.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. No identifiable freshness date on the bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head of about two fingers in height. Looks nicely carbonated and features some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is of banana, clove, ground nutmeg, and pepper. Maybe some cinnamon as well and some orange peel thrown in for good measure. Vanilla even?? Really a very complex and interesting nose on this beer.

The taste equals the aromas of this beer in many respects. Banana bread, clove, nutmeg, and a spicy pepper finish are some of the key highlights of the mix of flavors here. Getting some light fruit notes in there, like apricot or dates. Everything meshes so well with this beer--it is a true delight to consume. While the taste is perhaps not as complex as the nose, everything in the taste is done very well and fits together just right. This features a little more sweetness and breadiness from the malts than other wheat beers. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is delightful as this dances across the tongue. This beer is definitely alive and encourages you to let it linger for a bit in order to experience everything. Overall, rather light and refreshing in taste, but with a little extra kick from the alcohol content. This is right up there with their more well-known all-star wheat beer. Perhaps a bit more bold and a little more full bodied. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a weizen glass, at cellar temperature.

A one-finger white head quickly fades to nothing over a very hazy golden-orange ale that I can't really see through.

It smells like banana,cloves, coriander, pears, and estery yeast.

The bananas and pears make a quick impression on my palate. This melds into a rich, almost buttery breadiness, spiced with those spices from the aroma.

I'd describe the body as a hefty medium with pretty spritzy carbonation.

Like a festive white bread infused with spices and fruit. That's what this beer is.

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Photo of nickss
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review in quite some time for me.... but here I am... back on the wagon so to say.

This beer is certainly strange in appearance. I expected a murky light brown, but this is more of a golden hue. Strange for anything classified as a weizenbock to be this light... but oh well. As for the head, it is monstrous in my Ayinger hefe glass. At least 3 fingers, which gradually subsided to about a 1" layer.

The aroma is wonderful... exactly what I've come to expect from Weihenstephan brews. Citrus and lemon zest. Orange rind mingles with banana. Very nice.

So I finally take my first sip. Wow.... very very well done. Big banana flavour throughout. There citrus that was so prominent in the nose is much more subtle. Most likely due to the inherent maltiness that can be contributed to 'bock' portion of this style.

I could use the carbonation toned down a bit on this beauty, but really a small complaint. This beer is fairly large in the mouth, but the drinkability is in no way hindered. I could down plenty of these. A dangerous and delicious brew to be sure.
Highly recommended, if you can find it.

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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 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy distillation of a golden wheat field.

S: Bananas, cloves, yeast.

T: More bananas and spice with alcohol warmth. As is perhaps to be expected from the style, much like a concentrated hefeweizen.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, alcohol warmth.

O: A great occasional indulgence.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven’t had the Vitus, but I have had beers from the Weihenstephan portfolio. The pilsner is their most popular and is readily available. I was intrigued to learn that this one has only been around since 2007. I also found it interesting that folks who fast can drink this beer. Heck, if it’s good maybe I will fast and live on Vitus! It has been a while since we drank, so I am excited to get the ball rolling. Let’s dive into the Vitus.

In the Glass: The beer pours golden brown with a thick foamy head. I didn’t really know what to expect here, but I was surprised to see so much head. The beer has a weak lace that quickly drips back into the beer.

Nose: It smells like a good German beer is supposed to. There are a ton of malty notes on the nose, and then it begins to smell rusty and seasoned. I still can’t believe that this beer has only been in production since 2007. The label and the history of this brewery would beg to differ.

Flavor: The beer starts off with those same rustic flavors that I was picking up in the nose, but then the sweetness kicks off. I am left saying, “Holy cow,” when I sit the glass down. I had no idea what this was going to taste like, but am glad to have found what was inside the bottle!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. Considering how much head there is on this beer, there isn’t a lot going on in the mouth. No bubbles and it isn’t overwhelming as you swallow.

Aftertaste: I wish the aftertaste lasted longer than it does. The beer is so sweet as it slides across your tongue, and is still in there a few seconds later… but quickly fades. The beer is cheap, but with such a big ABV you need to be careful. You never taste the booze in this one.

I have had the pilsner, and while it’s good… it’s not great. This beer is surprisingly incredible. The sweetness, which I am starting to like more and more, just continues to impress from one bottle to the next. I could drink this beer again and again. If you like a tasty sweet beer, grab a bottle of Vitus. Bottoms up, people!

Weihenstephaner Vitus - The bottle says: NA

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright, yellow, cloudy colour. You can actually see the haze forming distinct patterns in the cloudy ale. Crazy. The smell is nothing to write home about. It's grainy, like an adjunct lager. The taste is a whole different animal, though. The grain flavours are so light, that they are taken over by strong notes of banana, cloves, citrus peel, and spices. Are there spices in this beer? The notes are so strong that I would suspect so. These aren't all what I'm looking for in a weizenbock, typically, but it makes for an excellent all-around brew, no question. I'm used to a dominating banana note and a bite from a weizenbock. This has the banana, but too much orange peel, and it completely lacks any bite, which disappoints me a little. The flavour of this beer is typical of Old World traditional brews. Reminds me of a Belgian abbey ale. Those are good, so I can't rate this particularly poorly. I was really looking for more bite in my weizenbock, though.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a weizen glass

Vitus pours a hazy straw yellow. Tons of carbonation. Creamy white head with great retention. Some sticky lacing. Having never had a weizenbock before, I was expecting a darker color. Regardless, this looks very inviting

Fantastic aromas of banana and cloves, bubblegum, crisp wheat, lemon zest, spicy coriander, and honey. All shine through wonderfully. Hefeweizens and witbiers aren't always my cup of tea but this is the standard of aroma they should be held up to

Taste follows the nose to a tee. Big yeasty esters of banana, clove, lemon peel, orange zest. Bubblegum sweetness and honey. The coriander, cloves, twangy wheat, and subtle alcohol presence add a much needed spicy kick that balances this nicely. Finish is of sweet honey that lingers for a moment

Drinks smooth and light but the sweetness is thick if that makes any sense. Very carbonated. Crisp. Somewhat off dry. Very low in bitterness and acidity

Overall superb. Again, being my first weizenbock I'm not sure what the standard is but I greatly enjoyed this. Sweet but not cloying. The ABV makes itself known but is far from overpowering. If anything it makes you take your time and enjoy. This is no doubt too sweet for some but if you like witbiers or hefe/dunkelweizens you will love this

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,395 ratings.
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