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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1836   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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3.9
laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2011
50 cl bottle. Rated on 29.8.2008
Aroma has a bit aged banana, wheat, yeast and hints of alcohol. Flavour has also ripe banana with hints of citrus and spices. Good weizenbock, but still far from Aventinus.

3.9
rougeau13 (3190) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Pale orange-yellow with a small whitish head. Aroma of spices, banana, lemon, wheat and caramel. Strong yeasty and sweet flavor with a bold spiciness and mild bitterness. Medium-full bodied and a little fizzy. Quite enjoyable.

3.8
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sample from a bottle at PIB. Pours cloudy yellow with no head. Aroma of banana, light sourness, yeast, hay and cereal. Flavour of yeast, hay, banana, grass and grain. Medium bodied.

3.8
mcberko (18979) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled from bottle at PIB, pours cloudy golden yellow with a small head. Aroma of banana, clove and wheat. Flavour of banana, clove, sweetness in the malts, with a banana-like finish. Medium-bodied and full flavoured. Delicious.

3.3
sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Pours cloudy pale yellow with a white head. Aroma is wheat, banana and clove. Flavour is wheat, sweet notes, heavy banana and clove.

3.8
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden with a huge persistent white head. Aroma and flavor are banana and bubble gum, some graininess, a fair bit of yeast. To be honest, I don’t see or taste a lot of differences between this and the Weihenstephaner hefeweiss. Maybe this one is spicier, but I don’t get much more malt. The color is not darker. Maybe a bit sweeter, but not really fruitier. I was expecting more bock elements. Lots of carbonation, but not prickly on the tongue. Pretty tasty.

4.2
DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle, right now. Medium hazy, high head the fineness of marshmallow, streaming carbonation like an aspirin’s been chucked in it. Bright, heady aroma awash with banana candy, green cardamom, lemon curd tart and botanical, Belgian-like suggestions. Thick, peppery, banana and reindeer beater-dominated flavour wafting with ground coriander and cardamom-like exoticism despite the reinheitsgewhatsit. A refresher, a summerbier, a beer you could sink by the mass on a balmy Bavarian evening. Or just an evening. Cooled the heat of my midnight turkey Madras just perfectly, so much so I’ve just realised German weizen bocks are the most consistently brilliant and astonishing beers in der Welt.

3.9
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle 50 cl, Alko, Tampere. Pours hazy straw coloured with a great fluffy shortlived head. Aroma is very typical weizen, clove, bananas, lightly citric. Excellent flavor, citric, lots of bananas, sweet, yeast and some smoke. Finishes so fine, well balanced sweet bitter and yeasty. Very good indeed.

3.5
Lanchester (196) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
0.5 L Bottle purchased from Bier-Spezialitäten-Laden in Berlin. Pours a cloudy straw hue with a very thick and lasting white head. Loads of bubbles streaming upwards to the surface. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and some dry spice notes, in the vein of some Belgian wits I’ve had before. Interesting clove-like spice up front in the flavor gives way to a muted banana and wheaty/grainy profile. Extremely effervescent, yet the carbonation is not prickly and really smooths out on the palate. Finishes a little dry but is quite refreshing. Alcohol is well-masked. This brewery was among one of my favorites upon visiting Berlin.

2.9
Benzai (16687) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2011
Again I wonder what it is about the German weizenbeers. Do they perhaps have just one huge brewery and all the other small places we think they also use to make beer, are just label factories? I’m still desperately waiting for a German weissbier that can really make a difference. This one: again plain and simple, nothing bad, nothing good.


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