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 (3410) - 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.
gunnarolis (33) - Reykjavík, ICELAND - JAN 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy yellowish, golden colour with frothy head that fell quickly.
Aroma is banana, cloves and yeast/bread.
The beer is very lively on the tounge, well carbonated and you can feel the alcohol a tad.
Still a very refreshing beer, very spicy and very refreshing. Could sneak up on you at 7.7%. Beautifly balanced
Stew41 (1885) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 12, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light in colour for the style, more like a Belgian golden ale. Big fizzy head and quite fizzy body right through the palate. Not particularly intense in terms of flavour, rather quite austere. Cloves and spices are nice. Doesn’t blow me away and I expected better.
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale yellow with think frothy head. Strong carbonation. Aroma of clove/bananas. Full bodied, dry. Long finish,.
Beerman6686 (6009) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a cloudy yellow color with a large white head. Aroma was of lots of spices, mainly clove and some citrusy notes too. Flavor was very spicey and yeasty with notes of orange peel/citrus and aa good bit of banana too. Good offering for the style.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-pours a cloudy straw yellow with a creamy white head leaving a decent lace on the glass.
S-the nose has a fair bit of fruit yeast with some light notes of spice to it. a fair bit of pear, green apple, lemon, hints of banana. there is some light toasted bread with hints of yeasty spice in the back.
T-the taste isn’t quite as full as the nose. the fruitiness is still there, light caramel malt and some toasted bread up front, the banana, pear, and lemon come in behind with just a touch of white peppery spice in the back.
M-good body, medium chewy body with a slick crisp finish and assertive carbonation.
D-this is very tasty, the flavor is slightly watered down compared to the nose but still extremely solid. great flavors working well together with a touch of alcohol in the finish. I like it a lot!
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden amber with a robust white head. Tons of vanilla wheat malt in the nose with huge banana clove notes and a yummy wheaty caramel presence. The flavor holds more sweet wheat malt with bread, caramel, banana, and clove. Medium to full mouthfeel with supple carbonation.