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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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95
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1,153 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,153
Ratings:
3,306
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
15.29%
 
 
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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Photo of James954
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazey golden yellow with light lace
S: Light banana with honey and bright fruits like pineapple, apricot, citrus
T: Honey and banana with bready malts and some clove and pear ( no alcohol detected even at 7.7%!)
F: Heavy and full mouthfeel and carbonation

Overall: Nearly perfect for what it is.

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Photo of portwood
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell: orange, clove, very fruity & yeasty.
Taste: banana, sweet/sour/bitter/spicy/acidic balance, creamy effervescence
Finish: mid dry, clove, citrus, phenolic
(bottle bb 10/16/16)

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Photo of Strike00
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: light copper, with a head that dissipates quickly
S: smells sweet and yeasty, banana bread smell to it
T: A big bitter sweet taste that lasts. The taste follows the nose with the yeast and banana
F: smooth and dry in the feel

O: Love it. Great beer that is complex on the taste.

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a fairly hazy bright yellow, with a two finger head and lots of foamy lacing. Smell is yeast, light malt, a little banana, straw, a wheaty or grainy aroma, some black pepper and clove. The taste also leads with the yeast, then malt, banana, wheat, straw, a little bread, light lemon. Slight hop bitterness throughout. Very smooth, refreshing, solid body.

A classic, like most of this brewery's beers. The kind of beer you could have every day and not get tired of it. Reasonably priced, too.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Honey colored, nice lacing, quickly dissipating head
S: Typical hefeweizen smell, banana, bubble gum, cloves, coriander, a slight boozy smell too
T: A hefeweizen on steroids, very nice taste with a strong banana clove taste
F: Smooth, slightly heavier than your typical weizenbock
O: A nice beer, smooth, bursting with flavor, a dangerous 7.7%, very enjoyable

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This weizenbock pours a fairly pale yellow color with a somewhat thick, frothy white head that dissipates quickly, but not quite as much so as most German beers. The smell is mostly of wheat with maybe a little banana. The body is light and very crisp and refreshing. The flavors are a mainly a malty bread and wheat. The aftertaste imparts some definite clove / black pepper spice and a little bit of fruitiness also with hints of banana. This is a nice well rounded beer that’s light but imparts some definite flavor punch in the aftertaste. The alcohol is pretty subdued considering it’s 7.7%. It’s definitely well deserving of the praise it gets, but I personally prefer this brewery’s hefes a little more because I think they exhibit more fullness of flavor in the initial taste and because I think this could use little more body. As the this beer warms up a little bit it’s flavor changes noticeably with the banana and malt flavors really coming out a little bit more. I definitely prefer it when this beer is cool rather than cold.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Hazy yellow straw in color, thick white frothy head builds up and stands with good retention before leaving everlasting foamy crown on the surface along with lot of sticky lacing on the glass-side.

Fruity ester pokes through with a ripe banana and citrus notes. Bubblegum, phenolic spice, clove, malt with a scent of sweet banana bread follow up closely. The overall aroma is super well mellow and inviting.

Fruitiness affair in your mouth by the yeast, led by banana and followed by citrus, phenolic spice and clove also find their way to unfold with a moderate pinch through the taste buds. Sweetness sweeps all over the palate by a malty backbone with a bread and biscuit quality. You can get hop at the almost end with a vague hint of bitterness and slight citrus.

Medium body with lively carbonation that yields the feel of smoothness through the mouthfeel and refreshment through the palate, finish is dry.

I have no word to describe how great it is. This beer has evil quaffable quality. It is so tasty and I found myself couldn’t stop sipping more and more. Alcohol is there too but completely concealed under its greatness.

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Photo of erk0607
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Gorgeous amber with very tiny carbonation bubbles and foam that subsides to a visible, white lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: Apricot.peachy fruits, banana and clove not far off from a hefe, yeastyness

T: Malt first, followed by bold spiciness like clove, interesting mix of bitter and sweet.

F: light, easy drinking, beer foams up on your palate

O: Good choice. When someone says "traditional beer" even though the style may not be so, all the flavors are there. No fruit additives, no whiskey barrel aging, no crazy hop profile, just a flavorful wheat beer.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge wheat beer fan, though not averse to it.. that being said this is on of the better ones I've had. Also worth noting I've not had the Weihenstephaner Hefe yet.

L : Golden, Hazy

S: Typical of what a wheat beer smells, quite nice. A subdued fruity/yeast smell.

T: Somewhat sharp , wheaty yeast flavor pretty much spot on to the brewers description. Citrus/Clove/Bananas, not overpowering and quite pleasant. A bit of heat from the alcohol is also notable and also pleasant. The best tasting wheat beer I've had so far for sure.

F: Very crisp, sharp, refreshing. Very drinkable despite its strength.

O: Excellent beer. Not an expert on wheats but this surely up there with the best. Usually i can only handle one or two wheats in a sitting but i could see an evening drinking only this if the mood struck me.

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Photo of Buck89
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright yellow straw color with a foamy white head. To me, the banana dominated the nose, but also nice clove, some fruit, and some bread. Taste is big, featuring orange, apricot, banana, clove, and bready malt. Lively carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big head. Glorious slightly cloudy blonde in the light. Clearly contains wheat and its specialized yeast giving us those fruity, banana aromatics. Taste is close to "Wow" and very refreshing (particularly after riding my bike.)
Once the bubbly recedes, it is a nice calming beverage that balances the fruit with just enough spice to finish.
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", this beer deserves it.
And we deserve it.
I have two sets of notes, and I will have it at least a fourth time before I die... despite the competition.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - light gold color, cloudy with big carbonation
S - very nice - sweet malts and banana
T - very good with the same sweet malt flavor and banana
M - ok
O - very good beer, very flavorful for a lighter bodied beer

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Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy straw yellow color with a thick, well retained one inch head that leaves little lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, banana and a bit of lemon. Taste is quite bready, with some sweetness, banana, lemon, and clove. Finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is quite dry, well carbonated and crisp. Very good beer, easily drinkable.

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Photo of anon
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Having strayed away from delving into the depths of varieties of European ales for some time to due my underdeveloped pallette as a newcomer to the beer scene, its taken some time to get to some of these styles. But as my pallette has developed, I am finding these once alien styles to be something of an art. With such a deep lineage behind these ales and the undying commitment that comes along with it, its hard not to have a deep appreciation for what they stand for.

All of this aside: on to my first review on this style.

This one pours a dark, glowing yellow hue, accompanied by a two finger, off-white head. As this one warmed the aromas grew immensely; the usual suspects of banana and clove stand out strong and are accompanied by a troupe of lemon, grass, straw, malt. Taste is fantastic and rounded well; banana, clove, lemon candy, dark malts, straw, wheat, oats, butterscotch, vanilla, nutmeg, chalk, underripe apricot, a touch of apple and baked bread.

Mouthfeel is quite dry, but is a bit chewy, nearly full bodied, crisp and rounds out well. Looking forward to adventuring even deeper into the world of these ales an excellent stepping stone to add to the journey. Cheers!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Just a small amount of haze with a bright medium yellow gold color and a massively thick and rocky white head. Carbonation is very steady and active, this beer looks great!

S - A slight bit of bread crust, lemon, straw, bright citrus, a little musty.

T - Wheaty/bready, lemon, golden honey malt, some banana, and finishes with faint cloves and bready honey sweetness with a very light touch of grassy bitterness.

M - Big medium body, chewy, velvety carbonation.

O - 'Can't say anything bad about this beer, it's incredibly well done. I think I'll have another one, 'nuff said!

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 2/3rds of 1 pint 0.9 fl oz into a tulip.
Look: A very hazy golden yellow with a thick white head that leaves prominent lacing as it dissipates into a thin foam. Constant and active carbonation can be seen.
Smell: Heavy yeast smell, almost off-putting, probably from imported shipping. Background scents of sweet banana and malt.
Taste: Light but noticeable bitterness followed immediately by banana and sweet malt. Lingering light banana taste.
Feel: Heavy carbonation and warming sensation in chest. Definitely a strong beer.
Overall: A beautiful beer. Sensational, diverse, and complex taste. Definitely a high abv so be cautious.

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Photo of Chris_Mills92
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very nice golden with good head. Cloudy

Aroma: A good bit of banana nut bread with some other mildly fruity flavors

Taste: Bananas! After a few drinks there are more wheat notes pronounced.

Feel: Very smooth but has substance. More thick than watery

Overall: Very smooth, very drinkable. However rather fruity and carbonated. One or two bottles would be great with dinner but not recommended for an evening of drinking unless you are sharing the rest of the bottles.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy light straw with fairly large head. The aroma offers up bright lemon, banana, and peach, as well as strong clove and nutmeg, and and undercurrent of wet hay. The flavor is less bright than the aroma, with the spicy clove, allspice and nutmeg most prominent, followed by underripe peach and apricot, sweet banana, and some grassy yeastiness as well. The mouthfeel is quite full and fizz. Overall this is a very different beer. The flavors are excellently complex, but I cannot say I love the whole. Reminds me of a Tripel, but with none of the balance, tension, and richness that make that style one of a favorite. Good beer, but probably not my style.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice golden pour. Smell of banana hits you up front. A sweet wheat bock that goes down easy. I would have liked a little more bitter to balance out the sweet.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is dry wheat and a bit of caramel.
The taste has a moderate caramel sweetness mixed with a little banana and lemon. Complex and balanced.
The texture is fairly soft.
An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pint bottle into stein. A sick green-yellow with three fingerish head.

Nose of cloves, henbit, old vinegar

Tastes complex. Banana up front, pear, floral, faint clove. Reminiscent of abbey ale.

Mouth is a stirring, dull tart. Very distinct sensation.

Cheers to one of Earth's oldest breweries. A hearty, fascinating experience. For fans of saisons, dunkels, dubbels, and beyond. Weizenbock too, of course.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To style, amazing. Just incredible fruit on this. A real complex beer with the banana, the apricot, the peach the sweet flavors but in a real crafted way. I respect.

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Photo of bound4er
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a hazy straw appearance with a puffy, three finger head. Smells of clove, pepper, grass, faint banana and yeast. Tastes fantastic with clove, bready malt, creamy banana and dried fruit. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with great creaminess that doesn't come across heavy or plodding. I can sum this up quite easily - this is a well crafted, tasty beer.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold – very light for the style – with a creamy tight-knit head and active carbonation. As expected, this beer has excellent head retention

S: Strong phenolic character and very spice forward. Rich, with lots of banana and bready sweetness. Clove, coriander and cinnamon, with a dollop of honey.

T: Bready and sweet with a touch of booze. Lots of sweet baking spices and bananas, dry crackers, prunes, apricots and vanilla. There’s a perceptible wheat character adding to the breadiness. Despite the richness, it never gets cloying and has tremendous drinkability.

F: Medium body with creamy, abundant carbonation, and a very slick mouthfeel. Despite a bit of ethanol in the taste, there is little to no heat on the palate.

Thoughts: It doesn’t get much better than this one. Probably the best representation of the style, from one of the best breweries in the world. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner seems to do no wrong. This beer is no exception. Pours a beautiful bright and cloudy orange with a thick, dense creamy white head. Laces on the light side. Effervescence is Belgian tripel like. Reminiscent of the aroma in their hefeweizen (hello banana and clove), but with a slightly fruiter quality. I get a little apricot and some bartlett pear in the flavor. Mouthfeel is superb; soft, almost fluffy, light and yet retains some of the residual brewing sugars, really just a delicate and superb feel on my palate.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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