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Weihenstephaner Vitus (53 of 1001)

August 17, 2011

Rating: 4.25

This is a beer I had been wanting to try for a few months now after trying both the hefeweizen & kristallweizen offerings from Weihenstephaner brewery & enjoying both a fair bit. I had been looking out for the beer but didn’t really expect to find it in many places to be honest so it was a pleasant surprise finding it in Bier Halle in Glasgow, even if at £4.95 a bottle it was a little on the steep side (the entire pub is in general really) but the buy-one get-one free pizza offer made up for this slightly. At 7.7% Vitus is the strongest beer the brewery produces and it was the first weizenbock I had tried, having been first brewed in 2007 it is also the newest beer the brewery has developed. Originally only available during the Lenten month of March, the beer has since been made available year round as a result of its initial popularity. It is a highly rated beer, currently considered the 2nd best weizenbock in the world, ranked behind only Schneider’s Aventinus offering. As my rating will show, I was such a fan of the beer than I managed to track down a bottle in The Cave on Great Western Road, Glasgow although it was £3.50 for a 500ml bottle of the stuff.

Appearance (5/5): Pours a wonderful cloudy yellow colour with tinges of orange in places, it looks like your standard hefeweizen which is to say it looks great. It forms a massive, foamy white head that has excellent retention and lasts throughout the life of the drink after initially reducing in size to about two fingers width.
Aroma (8/10): Smells like a wheat beer should but slightly stronger than I’m used to since this is my first weizenbock. As expected there is a huge banana presence backed up by lots of citrus and cloves. Bread also features and overall this is a nice herbal aroma to this one with very mild hints of alcohol at the back but not the usual grainy variety so the smell doesn’t suffer in any negative way.
Taste (8/10): Mirroring the smell there is a solid banana and clove taste to this one upfront that is perfectly balanced and goes down great. There is an overall sweetness to the drink and the taste is pretty clean with absolutely no trace of the alcohol from the smell, it is hidden extremely well.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and with a smooth, creamy texture that is quite clean & crisp. The finish has a nice dryness to it that keeps you going back for more.

Overall (17/20): An excellent wheat beer and a wonderful introduction to weizenbock as a style of beer, I’ll certainly be trying a few different ones in the months to come so I can see how this one compares, although I imagine it will be able to hold its own with little problems. It has a solid, well balanced flavour and some good banana notes that work well to mask the alcohol making you wonder if this really is a 7.7% ABV. beer at times.

Brewed In: Freising, Germany
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
First Brewed: 2007
Type: Weizenbock
Abv: 7.7%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Republic Bier Halle, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.95

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