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Weihenstephaner Vitus by Brauerei Weihenstephan
7.70 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2010
Old Review
A big beautiful, half liter bottle sent to me from the great IBUnit63. I have been waiting a long time as one of the founding members of LNBA and being one of the last to finally have this fine brew. Served up in a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass. This one is for the great CB and the LNBAs.

A: Pours a crazy, cloudy, hazy, vibrant yellow that just glows when held to light or not. A somewhat vigorous pour yield a good two fingers of beautiful white foamy head. This head is pillowy like the clouds that ride the rainbows. The head lasts, just refuses to leave you, giving you comfort in hard times. So much damned carbonation activity. Rising quickly at first, then slowing just a bit, but always climbing throughout this beverage. This is what I have been waiting for.

S: So enticing. Got a lot of earthy goodness coming through with grains. Then the banana hits you with nut shot force. Tons of bubble gum come out as well. A touch of citrus on the nose. Sweet sugar lingers somewhere in the background. There is also a touch of floral goodness coming out that I can't quite put my finger on. DAMN!!!

T: I have had these feelings only a few times before and one that comes to memory is when I lost my virginity to a young lady who reminded me of Anna Kournikova while watching "Warriors of Virtue" (it was the lady's pick). This beer is, in fact, a hefe on steroids. So much banana in the forefront. Then the bubble gum. I have never tasted so much bubble gum goodness in a beer before. Its sweet and tasty. The grains are there along with a touch of citrus and earthy goodness, but the banana and bubble gum are so powerful, present, in your face and balance for taste all at the same time. This is friggin amazing.

M: This is a brew that is medium bodied, but on the full side. Has some weight to it. Not pansy at all. She grabs the hair and gives a tug at times. ABV is present and noticable but doesn't take away from the experience at all. Carbonation is the perfect level of high and makes this sweetheart crisp and easy on the palate. Has a somewhat slick feel to it that sticks with you, leaving bubble gum and banana in your mouth for a good while.

D: This is probably my new favorite brew. This is stupid good. I have always been a fan of German styles, and this is amazing. Damn near perfect in every category. This beer is damn tasty and goes down amazingly well and easily. I just want to drink more and I sad that I have ran through this one so fast without a backup. For now, she will be the one that got away but at least I was able to taste every part of her before she left. I long for you Vitus. VITUS!!!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-03-2009 07:07:10

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
500ml Bottle
Binny's Orland

After all the LNBA (ColoradoBobs) talk of Vitus lately I had to pick up a bottle the other day. Vitus fills my mug with a lemon yellow beer and numerous streams of carbonation rushing to the surface. After a swirl and pour the yeast cloud grows throughout the body causing haziness throughout. The bubbly head easily rose to three fingers but fell just as quickly to a thick cap with good lasting power. The head is slick and doesn't do much sticking down the glass.

This beer smells like warm banana bread with a healthy backbone of spices. White pepper and clove are the first two that come to mind and really pop as this beer warms. The yeast used is throwing around all kinds of esters along with the spiciness including mild pineapple and bubblegum. The wheat adds a subtle sour twang but this beer is all about the yeast.

The flavor really jumps out with big notes of ripe banana and the peppery quality of green bananas. Dried somewhat sugary pineapple dives in mid-palate combining with the banana and soon joined by bubblegum and the spiciness noted in the aroma. I'm happy to say the clove is mild and accentuates the flavor instead of detracting. Clove is one of those spices for me that can easily be overpowering. This is an incredibly unique beer that I have yet to find anything along the same lines. Vitus is a tasty beer.

The body on this beer is where it should be. As it hits the tongue it feels a little light but the carbonation quickly kicks in and transforms the body into liquid velvet. The carbonation is lively enough to snap across the tongue while the body works through.

A pint of Vitus just isn't enough in a sitting. It's too bad this beer isn't cheaper and sold in 6-packs, which would be the way to go.

I've passed this beer up over and over again for the last year. I like all that Weihenstephaner does but I just kept passing this one up in favor of American micros. Thanks for talking this up so much ColoradoBobs, hard to tell when I would have tried it had it not been for your constant pimping.

Reviewed: 10/25/08

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Pours a cloudy, yet bright and vivid golden color. Two fingers of finely bubbled white head take shape - very good retention, slowly reducing to an impressive cap, and this is where it remain - due to very active carbonation. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is of wheat, banana, lemon zest, clove, a twang of yeast funk and has a certain doughy appeal to it. Nice sweetmalts to the background. I am totally loving taking this in... a little twist of something new, every time I hold it to the nose.

Wow. This is excellent. Sweet at first -almost candy sugar sweet, but not quite, definite malty sweetness... slightly spicy. I get pepper, some clove, ginger... nice. Fruits come out next - banana, lemon, pineapple, pear. Strong wheat flavor carries throughout, long into the finish, along with some of the stronger fruit (banana) taste, spices and yeast. Slight boozyness to it. Nice balance here.

Moderate in body, smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on, and perhaps, is the shining jewel in this area - truly adds to this beers appeal. Fantastic.

I wish this had showed up early this summer around here, because it would have been in my fridge, CONSTANTLY. As it is, I will be drinking massive quantities of this during the Autumn months, and fondly remembering summers lingering memories...
A truly refreshing, complex yet very straight forward, HIGHLY enjoyable beer. WAY, WAY to easy to drink, and that 7.7% ABV will catch you and slap you around if your not careful... but I don't mind :)
Must Try!
Bobs, you are correct Sir... this is a beer lovers beer!

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-05-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Pours surprisingly yellow. A thick pillow of foam is produced even with a delicate pour, a characteristic of the great wheat beers produced by Weihenstephaner. Great head retention.

Aromas of bananas, wheat, and bread dominate. Hints of spices and noble hops.

Sweet wheat malt upfront followed by bananas, apricots maybe, and white bread. Lots of yeast esters and very fruity.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cleanses the palate, which is produced by the excellent carbonation. Aftertaste is pretty clean, just some hints of yeast and a bit of fruits.

Alcohol is very well hidden. Very easy to drink.

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 02/23/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 8 18 4 8 2008
Color is deep orange/amber, which as KingG noted is not the norm for the style. Almost looks like orange GatorAde. I like the color, but not what I expected from this one. Aroma has citrus (orange peel) from the start, with a hint of malt sweetness and banana-like clove notes. Taste has citrus rind with some malt/wheat sweetness. Not sour, just a touch of bitterness. Feel is solid, with some stickiness and lingering citrus.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by k3n on 02/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 8 18 5 9 2008
500ml bottle served in a Rastal tulip.

A: Clear amber, pours with a rockin 1/2" head that settles down to a thin cap of bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: Malty, caramelly, spicy and fruity (apricots, bananas, peaches).

T/M/D: Wow there's a lot going on here. First hits of caramel malt, followed by bright fruit and spice notes. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with light prickes from the carbonation. Lingering finish continues the malty palate attack. Good stuff!

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 8 17 4 8 0
Served chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Aren't Weizenbocks typically dark? This one isn't. Deep citrus orange colored brew with a soapy yet sturdy white head. Looks like a DIPA (minus the lacing) to be honest.

Smell is good. Funky sweet banana, caramelized wheat, unripe citrus fruit and a hint of clove.

Taste is very good. Banana-flavored donuts (is there such a thing?) Great sweet wheat flavor that's balanced and not overly aggressive. Crafted very well. Sugar-glazed melons in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Delicate and soft on the palate. Slight acidic bite in the finish. Carbonation level is perfect and not overly-done.

Drinkability is very good. Addictive flavor. Killing another bottle of this easy drinker would be a pleasure.

Needless to say, I'm a fan of this brew. Recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

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