Sunday, February 17, 2013

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Greeting everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  The other day, I had a bock beer from a brewery I won't mention the name of, and, to be brutally honest, it was pretty terrible.  Bock is a style I am not terribly familiar with, so I made it a point to go out and find a true bock so I can have a better idea of the style.  At my local Wegmans, I picked up a bottle of Weihenstephaner Vitus, which is classified as a weizenbock.  Let's check it out!

Weihenstephaner Vitus
Weihenstephaner Vitus
7.7% ABV
Brewed under the Purity Law of 1516
1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into the closest glass I had to a weizen glass

Weihenstephaner Vitus, weizenbock
Weihenstephaner Vitus

Weihenstephaner Vitus pours a cloudy gold color with a large, fluffy white head.  There is a non-stop stream of bubbles quickly rising to the surface of the beer to escape.  The aromas in this beer jump right out at me, filling my nose with citrusy fruits, cloves, pepper and the classic wheat and yeast aromas that come from weisse beers.  The nose is incredible on this beer!  There are lots of flavors going on in the tasting department.  Huge citrus flavors, very yeasty.  It is peppery and sweet, with a slight bitter tickle at the end.  The carbonation plays very well with the flavors in this beer.  The carbonation level is probably a bit higher than average.  There is a medium mouthfeel present, and only the slightest presence of alcohol in the back-end of swallowing.  

Close-up of Weihenstephaner Vitus
Close-up of Weihenstephaner Vitus
Overall:  This beer is fantastic.  I'm not sure I could ask anything more of it.  Appetizing aromas and ultra-satisfying flavors.  If this was brewed in America, there are chances they would call this an "Imperial Wheat Beer", but I definitely prefer calling it a weizenbock. 

Have you had Weihenstephaner Vitus?  What did you think?  What are your bock recommendations?  Feel free to use the comments below!

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