Beer 393/365 – Weihenstephaner Vitus

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Style: Weizenbock

ABV: 7.7%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very light in color for a weizenbock, and much less fruity.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! It was good but not great

Grade: B+

5/2/2011: Yup, totally missed my update on Thursday. I had a week off between jobs, and took a week down in Ocean City to relax a bit. Had my first job today so I obviously didn’t want to update from there. I am back on track now, so updates will be on time!

Onto the beer. So I will be honest and say I have no idea why the weizenbock style varies so much in color. I am used to Aventinus and Victory Moonglow that are a much darker color than Vitus. The nose is kind of boozy, banana, and no sign at all of dark fruits. If I didn’t already know the style I would assume this beer is a hefeweizen. The flavor is similar to the nose, lots of banana some clove, and a sweet bubblegum type flavor. The mouthfeel is THICK! One of the heaviest non-stout beers I have ever had. To sum this up in one line, this beer is like a hefe on steroids. In my opinion this shouldn’t be considered a weizenbock, but regardless it is a good beer.

Picture of the day: Hey birthers, sorry I was kind of busy for the last few months.

Beer 308/386 – Victory Moonglow

Victory Moonglow

Style: Weizenbock

ABV: 8.7%

Purchased at: Had this at Ryan’s house after the Steeler game.

What makes this beer different: Its like Aventinus’ little brother.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes as I just mentioned, it is similar enough to Aventinus, and less expensive.

Grade: A-

9/12/2010: Had this beer at Ryan’s dads house after the Steeler game. We also drank some of his homebrews, which are pretty damn good. He has equipment for all grain, so my next homebrew will probably be made at his house. I plan on trying to make a gingerbread porter for the Christmas months.

Tons and tons of yeast floating around in this beer. Instantly the smell reminds me of Aventinus; fruity, dark malts, even some chocolate. The flavor again, very similar to Aventinus, but a little bit sweeter. Lots of dark fruit, toffee, banana, wheat, a little bit of vanilla as well. I never thought I would say this when I started drinking craft beer, but moonglow is almost a little too sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit full, with average carbonation. Overall as I have mentioned already, I would consider this Aventinus’ little less refined brother.

Picture of the day: Funny and sexually charged photos.

Published in: on September 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 105/365 – Aventinus

Style: Weizenbock

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Plum meets wheat

Will I be drinking this again: Oh yes

Grade: A

2/21/2010: Yet another variation of a style non beer-geek people call “wheat beer.” So for non-beer geek people lets check the definition on BA… A more powerful Dunkel Weizen (of “bock strength”), with a pronounced estery alcohol character, perhaps some spiciness from this, and bolder and more complex malt characters of dark fruits. Hmmm interesting. I would say that is pretty accurate to describe Aventinus.

Aventinus is a lot darker than your typical wheat beer as you can see. Smell is mostly cloves, and a light malt scent. Taste is incredible. Cloves, Plums, and brown sugar. Beer is real complex and has just a tiny sour note that makes you want to keep drinking it. I almost wonder if they used a belgian style yeast in this because at times the mouthfeel felt like a belgian dark when I wasn’t paying attention to what I was drinking. I’m sure the plum flavor adds to that. Aventinus is dangerously drinkable for an 8.2% beer. If I had an endless supply of money this would no doubt be my tailgating beer of choice for steeler games. If you haven’t tried this beer yet, you need to regardless of your favorite style.

Picture of the day: Don’t you just hate golfing sometimes?

Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm  Comments (9)  
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Beer 56 – Goose Island Smoked Dunkelweizenbock

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Style: Weizenbock

Purchased at: Goose Island Clybourn

What makes this beer different: Mmmmm liquid bacon

Will I be drinking this again: It’s pretty rare so probably not (but I would)

Grade: A-

1/03/2010: Drank this one while at the pub in Chicago this past weekend. Very cool little set-up, but the bar was impossible to find even with a navigation. Either way we made it in and I always try to get something you cannot get bottled, and a dunkelweizenbock looked like it fit the bill. Plus I’m not sure I have ever had a beer served in a goblet that I didn’t like.

You know how your house smells like bacon even an hour after you cook it? Well this is what this beer smelled like. Its like liquid BBQ, but it wasn’t over powering. The first few sips were pretty intense smoked pork type flavor, but about halfway down you started to really get a nice caramel aftertaste. Almost like a Honey Baked Ham. For those of you who have never tried a smoked beer like this it might sound nasty, but trust me it was damn good. Especially if you are a meat eater and not a PETA prick. I swear they are the worst group of people ever to form in human history. Anyways in closing, for some reason the mouthfeel of this one almost reminded me of a Belgian, possibly a bit of belgian yeast was thrown in?

Published in: on January 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm  Comments (1)  
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