PapaSkeetSkeet (1005) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold with thick white head and visibly lively carbonation. Aroma of clove, moderate yeast and spiciness. Flavor is refreshing with yeast, immediate nectary sweetness followed by nice wheat astringency on the sides of the palate. All this is complimented by restrained amounts of clove and banana. I would have thought this was a Hefeweizen given the color and flavor. Alcohol content is really well hidden.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy mustard colored pour with a good sized bubbly white head. Aroma holds notes of rich, dark yeast, banana, cloves and other spices, and a delightfully dense wheat profile. Flavor is very refreshing, with some orange and lemon zest mixing with the aforementioned banana notes. Wheat, spice, and yeast continue at the forefront of the flavor as well. The palate is just as a good German wheat beer should be, with a medium body and a crisp effervescence. Phenomenally sessionable, and damn tasty.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) pale gold large white head. Aroma of banana and clove. Slightly sweet like a bock.
EvilBuddha (69) - SLOVENIA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2011 500 ml, BB date reads 15.September 2011 therefore quite a fresh one, into tulip.
Hazy straw-yellow colored body topped by thick, rather low white head that slowly recedes and sticks to the walls. Weizenbock is essentially a Dunkelweizen brewed to the strength of a (Doppel)bock, however, the pale visual appearance of Vitus is reminiscent more of a Hefeweizen than Dunkleweizen. Aroma is Doppelbock-like sweetness with banana esters, clove phenolics and bready malt. A careful sniffing session reveals plum & raisin-like fruitiness that gets more prominent as the beer warms. Very faint alcohol shines through. Flavor is rich sweetness (suggesting the malt hasn’t beet fermented thoroughly) with banana, clove and wheat. Hop flavor is virtually absent and the finish is somewhat balanced by light hoppy bitterness and very faint alcohol. The palate is sweet, body medium-full with very smooth creamy texture and moderate carbonation. As stated above, the appearance of Vitus resembles a good Hefeweizen although it is easily distinguished from the later by having a minor head and fuller body. There could be more melanoidin & dark fruit character but it’s a very decent beer nevertheless.
esp0r (2533) - NORWAY - JAN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a thick white head. Smells of citrus and malts with a hint of banana. Taste of wheat malts with acid tones of citrus. Good lasting aftertaste with good hops balance.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer. I like this Hefe its got a lot going on and is balanced with sweetness, fruitiness, complexities and finish. Teh aroma is of dough, spices, banana, citrus- peach and apricot, pineapple. Teh appearance is nice dark gold yellow, with a tinge of amber in the light. The taste is complex. I sense, banana bread first, peaches, apricot, ginger, wheat and spices. Even a little pineapple after a swallow. The remnants left on the palate are a treat rather than a drag. I like its medium rich body, small head, crispness, fruitiness, and it is a treat. Try one.
beardfear (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a weizenbock so much as an imperial hefeweizen; a variation of the classic Weihenstephan hefe turned up to 11. Both beers share much in their cloudy straw appearance and the familiar banana and clove nose. The biggest eyebrow-raiser with the Vitus is the assertive spiciness (which work beautifully with the other hefe yeast aromas) and the well-hidden-but-warming alcohol. Seems to transport better than the regular hefe as well, which for us in Australia makes a difference in terms of consistency; I can only hope it stays readily available.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml Btl. Poured into a weizen glass, pours slightly hazy, almost completely opaque golden orange. When the last 1/3 of the bottle was swirled and poured straight on top this beer becomes a masterpiece. Swirling, cloudy, dense orange with a few stray particles floating under a massive frothy dome of puffy white head with droplets of brown yeast residue here and there. Absolutely 5/5 on appearance! Unfortunately, the head dies fast, leaving little lacing, but small alcohol "legs" on the glass as it recedes. Aroma is wonderful and very complex: big spices, clove, wheat, grass, banana, yeast, bread, dough, funk, malt, slight acidity and mild alcohol. Taste is very much the same, smooth and almost creamy upfront with a strong wheatiness throughout - then followed by the banana/clove flavor and at last rounded out by a rather sizable spicy bite on the tail end and into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium; creamy, smooth, and then a little more abrasive and hot (I think mostly via the carbonation or a combination of carbonation, spices and alcohol) at the end. After it warms a little it gets more mellow - although the abrasiveness and heat in the end are reasonable (at 7.7%) and a bit unique - they keep it from getting a higher score from me.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle poured into my Franziskaner Weissbier glass.
A- Body is a uniformly cloudy pale yellow hue. Pours with a massice 3 figner+ foamy white head-which eventually fades to a retains nicely at one finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.
S- This brew pretty much has the nose of a classic German Hefe. Bready yeast is the main character-but a mild amount of clove and banana come through as well-the overall impression of the nose is soft.
T- Clove is the main character upfront with a mild banana and bready yeast backbone. The finish is dry and slightly peppery with a hint of floral hops and a nice smooth bready yeast backbone-and a touch of dry alcohol heat.
M- High tingly carbonation and a lightweight smooth and slightly bready body.
D- This beer is a winner- I can’t believe I didnt try it until now- The overall profile is very similar to this brewery’s hefe weizen-only its the imperial version- the broadness of the weizenbock style never ceases to amaze me-but if there were a classic example-this would be it!
Serving type: bottle
tmoreau (3263) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL. and presented as a 13 oz. serving with a cloudy, orange/gold color, white, silky head foam, and wavy lacing. The aroma was light wheat, smooth malt, spice as clove, banana, a touch of vanilla, and mid-fruit. The flavor was similar with the banana as more of a candy variety, well hidden alcohol, medium bodied, and good carbonation. Flavorful and sessionable, even with the higher abv.