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Brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Weizen Bock
Freising, Germany

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RATINGS: 1858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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3.1
shaynsawchuk (713) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
500 mL bottle. Coriander, cardamom and grapefruit on the nose, grassy and a little buttery. Pours a cloudy pineapple color with an even head and little lacing. Refreshingly bitter with a lingering tart wheaty-banana aftertaste. Light to medium on the palate well carbonated. Not really well versed in wheat bocks, but this is enjoyable enough. Calls for some tropical fruit based desserts.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
16.9 oz bottle. Muddy golden brown with sheets of tiny bubbles mostly sustaining a snowy white head. Nose is dough, caramel, clove and banana with a toasty finish. Zesty carb, almost too sharp; a rest on the tongue reveals a creamy center. Taste is clove bubblegum, anise, allspice and toffee.

3.9
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2012
On draft pour. Haley golden color with picture perfect head. Classic banana and clove esters from the yeast. Very smooth for the alcohol.

3.7
kevinsenn (2310) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2012
500mL bottle from LCBO. Pours cloudy yellow with a massive white head. Aroma of banana, cloves, and some slight citrus notes. Great delicate bubblegum, spice, and banana taste. Surprisingly light and refreshing body, considering the 7.7% ABV. Very tasty.

4
jookos (7160) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2012
@ Ahven. Yellow hazy, good head. Wonderful weizen esters bouquet; banana, cloves, wheat, the works. Soft silky mouthfeel, intense taste. A bit bready finish. Excellent weizenbock. Not too hot or heavy, just a tad thicker weihenstephan.

-- rated with ’lankku’

3.4
kermis (14999) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at The Fiddler. Hazy yellow with big white head. Aroma Of banana, citrus, spice and yeast. Same aspects in flavour with initial sweetness

4.1
JorgeLee (2280) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Tap at the Euston Tap. Middle yellowish brown colour with smallish head. Strong aromas, wheat, spice, bit of alcohol. Taste is complex, great wheat beer fruity spice with a sweet punch from the malt. Long finish. Excellent beer.

3.6
savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Hazy yellow/orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of bubble gum, banana/clove and fruity wheat. Flavor is sweet wheat malt, lightly tart yeast and a faint hop bitterness. Medium body with active carbonation and a smooth, frothy mouth feel. Not one of my favorite styles but this is good and drinkable.

4.4
BlackHaddock (7960) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
One of the worlds great beers and I meet up for the first time, we have somehow missed each other over the years. We come together in Cork, Ireland of all places during Nov 2010: I saw and bought this bottle in ’The Abbot’s Ale House’, and reviewed it in my hotel lounge. Sadly the glass used was a half-pint tumbler, I would have loved the correct glass. The beer poured a lovely lemony yellow, slightly cloudy, almost murky. A pure white head sat on top for both pours, the beer a darker lemon colour on the second pour. The smells were a fantastic mix, yeast, vanilla, sweet banana and semi-sour cooking apples all rolled into one. The taste held all the aroma ingrediants along with some grapefruit citrus hints added. Unusually for this style, a maltiness could also be found in the wonderful amalgamation of flavours. I was at one with the world while drinking this beauty. The 7.7%ABV just sits within the flavours without being noticed, a truely amazing and one-off beer (as ColoradoBobs has been telling me for years).

3.7
tfredvik (2081) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 15, 2012
Yellow, quite cloudy body with an orange tint, supporting a large, creamy, white head that reduces to a fully lasting .5 cm layer rather quickly. Fair lacing. Did I mention that this was a gusher? Very strong sweet fruity and yeasty aroma with firm malty and hoppy notes. The banana is overwhelming, also spices, soap, perfume and hints of vanilla. The taste is initially very sweet indeed, followed by a light acidity and bitterness. Strong sweet flavours of sugary banana, citrus, spices, soap, perfume, also sweet honey and alcohol in the back. The body is surprisingly full (this is my first wizen bock, I was prepared for the usual light hefeweizen body), a smooth and syrupy texture with a very faint dryness in the aftertaste. An intense and highly enjoyable beer, barely on the right side of "not too sweet".
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]


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