899: Weihenstephaner Vitus

Name: Weihenstephaner Vitus
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Freising, Germany
Style: Weizenbock
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.7%
First Brewed: ca. 2007
Price: $3.49

Tasting Notes
Golden in color and cloudy from the yeast that remains in the bottle. On the nose, malt sweetness; on the palate, a cluster of spicy, clovelike notes before a bittersweet, spicy finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I haven’t had the Vitus, but I have had beers from the Weihenstephan portfolio. The pilsner is their most popular and is readily available. I was intrigued to learn that this one has only been around since 2007. I also found it interesting that folks who fast can drink this beer. Heck, if it’s good maybe I will fast and live on Vitus! It has been a while since we drank, so I am excited to get the ball rolling. Let’s dive into the Vitus.

In the Glass: The beer pours golden brown with a thick foamy head. I didn’t really know what to expect here, but I was surprised to see so much head. The beer has a weak lace that quickly drips back into the beer.

Nose: It smells like a good German beer is supposed to. There are a ton of malty notes on the nose, and then it begins to smell rusty and seasoned. I still can’t believe that this beer has only been in production since 2007. The label and the history of this brewery would beg to differ.

Flavor: The beer starts off with those same rustic flavors that I was picking up in the nose, but then the sweetness kicks off. I am left saying, “Holy cow,” when I sit the glass down. I had no idea what this was going to taste like, but am glad to have found what was inside the bottle!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. Considering how much head there is on this beer, there isn’t a lot going on in the mouth. No bubbles and it isn’t overwhelming as you swallow.

Aftertaste: I wish the aftertaste lasted longer than it does. The beer is so sweet as it slides across your tongue, and is still in there a few seconds later… but quickly fades. The beer is cheap, but with such a big ABV you need to be careful. You never taste the booze in this one.

I have had the pilsner, and while it’s good… it’s not great. This beer is surprisingly incredible. The sweetness, which I am starting to like more and more, just continues to impress from one bottle to the next. I could drink this beer again and again. If you like a tasty sweet beer, grab a bottle of Vitus. Bottoms up, people!

Weihenstephaner Vitus – The bottle says: NA

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
It’s been a while since we reviewed a beer.  But tonight, we are ready to start again!  Eek… as I type this, the resort down the street is shooting off really loud fireworks.  We can sort of see them from our patio, through a tree, but still very visible.  Anyway, Happy Independence Day, since it is tomorrow.

Tonight’s beer looks very yellow in the glass.  Not as watery-looking as a domestic, but kind of a rich yellow.  It also had a lot of foamy white head when Ricky poured it out into the glass.  Mine has been sitting long enough now that the head has gone down mostly.  It’s probably safe to take a drink at this point without getting a mouthful of foam.

Taking a sniff of the beer, it smells a little spicy, wet, and a little bit lemony.  Or, maybe I’m just expecting it to smell like lemon because of the color.  At any rate, that’s what I get out of the scent.  Let’s find out how it tastes.

The first thing I taste is carbonation.  Not a lot of carbonation, and it’s definitely not over-the-top or anything.  The second thing that hits me, in the middle, is sour.  That’s not usually a taste I notice towards the middle of drinking a beer, but with this one that’s exactly where it hits you.  The sour sticks around for just a minute, but it’s not as overpowering in the end as it is in the middle.  In fact, I can’t really tell what the flavor is at the end that sticks with you.  It’s mostly just an acidic taste.

The combination of flavors really works, in my opinion.  I’ve come to expect quite a bit out of the beers in this book, so if I like one, I usually give it a middle-of-the-road rating of three, which is no exception this time.  This beer is good, don’t get me wrong, it’s just not amazing.

Rating: 3/5

898 bottles of beer on the wall…

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