Review of Weihenstephaner Vitus

20 Jan
For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Weihenstephaner Vitus produced by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan located in Freising, Germany.

Weihenstephaner needs no introduction, so let’s see if we can find some information about this particular brew on the website,

A light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur. 

Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel.  Prost!

Let’s jump right into this thing shall we?

The Vitus has an ABV of 7.7% and it comes in a 16.9 oz. bottle.

The beer poured a hazy orange color with some burnt yellow highlights around the bottom and edges of the glass.  The crown was white, very smooth, soft and creamy.  It had tremendous size along with an adequate retention time and some very nice looking lacing.

The aroma was outstanding!!!  It smelled just like my wife’s banana pudding!!!  Ripe bananas, vanilla wafers and vanilla cream.  It was nicely bready and yeasty too.  A light pepper and clove spice became more evident as it warmed.  Extraordinarily balanced and harmonized.  Beautiful.

The taste beget more of that ripe banana goodness.  A slight alcohol pinch intermingled with a fresh wheat bread savor.  Hints of yeast and toasted biscuits coalesced with tones of clove.  The vanilla seemed a little more relaxed in the taste than it did in the aroma, but it still maintained a bit of sweetness.  It tasted really nice I thought.  Nothing overly complicated or confusing.  Just right.  

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth, chewy and quite refreshing.  The carbonation was spot on.  It was also very dry with zero alcohol warmth.  The flavor clinged to the palate for a very long time.  Very nice mouthfeel with this one.

In my humble and noviced opinion, this is a great beer.  It’s probably my favorite of the Weihenstephaner line.  Tremendous aroma and flavor.  I like the fact that it was not overdone with spices.  Only subtle hints that compliment the taste rather than dominate.  I thought the aroma was the best characteristic of this brew.  I continued to take deep whiffs until the beer was gone, and even then I still stuck my nose inside the empty glass to catch another waft.  It was that good.  I would love to have another one of these.  It was super easy to drink and could be had at any point during the year in my opinion.  I would have no problem recommending this brew to a fellow craft beer fan.  I don’t normally grade Weizenbocks that high, but I’m going to have to give this beer its due.  If you guys haven’t tried the Vitus yet, pick up a bottle and give it a whirl.  Let me know what you thought of it when you do also.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  I really appreciate all of the support.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.25 out of 5
Grade:  A- 


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