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Weihenstephaner Vitus

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Lots of hype comes with Weihenstephaner Vitus, even named the Best Beer in the World in 2011.

A huge, fluffy white head floats atop a hazy gold body. Wheat, pepper, and sour citrus in the aroma. Banana is the first flavor that comes through. Although it is a bit on the side of imitation banana candy flavor rather than real banana. After that, black pepper, wheat malt, finishing with bitter orange and coriander. The spices become more pronounced as it warms. Bit of heat from the 7.7% ABV.

This is definitely a beer to enjoy. Loads of flavor, great balance, excellent drinkability. I wouldn’t call this the best beer in the world, though. I’d even choose another offering from Weihenstephaner, Korbinian, before I would Vitus. But it’s a wonderful beer.

Grade: A

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Brewing as early as the 8th century, and in continuous operation since the 11th century, Weihenstephaner has had a few years to get things right. Doppelbocks, such as Korbinian , were originally brewed to help monks sustain themselves during times of fasting, so of course you would expect these to be especially tasty, and nutritious!

Korbinian pours a deep mahogany with ruby edges. The aroma is caramel and a hint of raisin. The first sip, and you know this is special. Remarkably smooth, full, and creamy, the caramel, dark chocolate, and toffee flavors completely coat the mouth. The hops make a bit of an appearance, but this is, as it should be, a beer that is all about the malt. The 7.4% ABV warms just a bit as it goes down.

Love this beer. Full of delicious flavor, creamy mouthfeel, nicely balanced with the hops. Flawless.

Grade: A

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Weihenstephaner Festbier

Weihenstephaner Festbier

Considering this is, as they say, the “World’s Oldest Brewery”, and it’s a Bavarian beer brewed specifically for the Festbier season, I’m expecting a lot from Weihenstephaner Festbier.

I should point out this is not an Oktoberfest/Marzen. Don’t be mislead.

The color is a pale, clear gold. Thin white head that doesn’t stick around for long. Smooth and easy to drink, but not much in the way of flavor or body. Getting some light grain and some hay and grass. Little bit of hop bitterness at the end.

It’s not bad, and it’s got some character to it, but there isn’t much going on here for me.

Grade: C

 

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