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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,133
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 430 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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.
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Reviews by neorunner:
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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Photo of utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a lovely light straw. The color white if wine only hay and with fat head of white foam that falkls slowly enough. The nose is sutlry fruit. The stuff your grandmother is putting in a pie. Apple skin, baked pear, light banana, clove, honey, spice a bit of cinnamon. Oh my stars. The taste is luscious Ripe and succulent fruit.l The apple skin crisp and light, the pear baked and sweet together with the clove. The honey malt The tall and crisp whet malt. That stands in the glass like a strange sentinel. Golden glowing flaky like flakes in the cereal bowl but sweet and soft too. OH! The banana light ans smooth. The mouthfeel is fruity, crisp, creamy . well carbonated and this finishes dry and with so much fruit you cannot stand to believe it’s not under a pie crust.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up, because I wanted to try some great German beers that were out of my standard flavor palate like the IPAs that I am familiar with. This one came in a pint with a really nice looking front and neck label. It boasts a 7.7% ABV and is brewed under purity laws of 1516. This ancient beer definitely has a historical element that increases the experience. I was pleasantly surprised.

Look-Pours a cloudy light golden yellow and a thick head that soon settles into a fine lacing. The head leaves
a silky foam on the glass that is very nice.

Smell-I smell banana bread and associated phenols as well as a spicy bread pudding and vanilla undertones mixed with pear. The taste is similar so I’ll stop here.

Taste-It is spicy clove and banana which is very reminiscent of the Trippel by New Belgium that I have reviewed. Look for that review in order to get a better idea of this one. However, this variety is more of a creamy and cloudy version of the Trippel. This German Weizenbock is perfectly sweetened, well-balanced, not hoppy at all, and the alcohol is subtle. This beer really drinks like a 4.5% brew even though it is 7.7% so be careful and especially because it comes in a pint.

Mouthfeel-It has a creamy and buttery feel that is so rare and enjoyable. The carbonation is miniature in the sense that the bubbles are sub-microscopic leaving a pleasant effervescent tickle on the tongue. The aftertaste is like a sticky coating that is resulting from the phenols and organic compounds in the beer.

Overall-This beer was very surprising, because I expected a typical German brew with monotonic flat bread and yeast with a malt-forward experience. Instead I got a complex and creamy brew with such a dangerously refreshing experience that it is no wonder I haven’t tried it before. Do not underestimate this Weizenboch!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This came out looking like a BSPA. The head is full and lively and pure as the driven snow. It showed great retention but wasn't clingy. The body was just a gorgeous orange-yellow, cloudy of course, with a rich sheen. It was much lighter than I expected but beautiful nevertheless.

Smell - The humble but pervasive banana leads things off here with a nice sweetness that isn't rushed but certainly not subtle. The yeast is cloying and shows that great refinement that all Weihenstephaner lovers know. I get maybe a touch of clove but nothing big and really none of the expected bock aromas. But I'm offering no complaints here as this is an amazing bouquet.

Taste - Well Weihenstephaner is known for their yeast strains above all else and man o man is this a terrific yeast flavor. First off this brewer produces the finest tasting yeast on the planet. Here you have that flavor from their weizen line but times two. It is so pure and so explosive like the raw flavor of yeast but refined, smoothed out, and topped off with a dash of sweetness.

The banana is right on track as well. It again is more like their hefe weizen. It's not overly ripe or crazy sugared like a brown banana but more like a green banana without that earthy flavor. The sweets actually are nothing but banana and I really don't find anything else in there which for me is a job well done.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some amazingly light and teasing carbonation that livens up the experience. How they managed to keep the light carbs from their weizen line in this bigger beer is beyond me.

Drinkability - I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I drained this glass. It was more like an uber-hefe than a weizenbock IMO as I got none of the traditional bock characteristics. Since their hefe is one of my all time favorites though and this was that just more of the same I have to give this a gigantic thumbs up.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Lots of hype, followers and fans of Vitus. Possible cult beer status soon?

Hazed yellow straw color; a massive white head towers over the beer. It's one of those epic heads. Pleasant aroma of green plantains, ripe pears, bread crust and powdered clove. A little chewy and slick in the medium body; crispness digs in deep. Spicy from the alcohol and mild phenols, nutty and bready from the malt, fruity with banana and pear flavors ... lots of flavors thrown at the palate at once, but within the controlled chaos, everything works together. Long, lingering, drying finish of clove, biscuity malt and fading ripe fruit.

A worthy beer and warranted to gain cult status. Not one flavor tries to steamroll another, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Just fine on its own, but begs to be paired with a full-on cheese fondue of Emmental and Jarlsberg, and a crusty baguette.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- This beer pours with a super impressive 3-4 finger thick head, that is super soapy and the retention is among the best that I've ever seen....its super white, and super frothy! The beer itself is very yeast hazed yellow/golden in color....I can see the nutrients! Lacing is excellent as well....super thick clumps of protein laced foam cling to the glass!

S- Intense yeast, floral notes, spices...heavy baking spices such as cloves, nutmeg, orange peel and reduced extracts of banana and some muted cinnamon. Citrus fruits and banana peel, plus heavy grainy aroma from the wheat...dry finish!

T- Banana essence, tons of yeast, bready biscuit flavors and hints of various citrus pulps are the most noted flavors. Mild caramel malt sweetness and spices follow the aromas....this time with all of the aforementioned spices plus coriander blended into the mix! Leafy hop presence on the finish......very typical of the style and hints of booze are noticed but really add to the flavor!

M/O- I can feel the vitamins of the Vitus permeating into my bloodstream....thick body, super smooth carbonation and buttery yeasty texture provide for an all around lovely drink....almost champagne like! I think this is great with a Landjager sausage followed by a lemon raspberry cake for dessert! Highly drinkable but I think the alcohol, while well hidden, would catch up with me very quickly....another well put together beer from this highly respected brewery!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice looking clear gold. The exact hue of the gold is between medium and pale; it actually looks a bit closer to pale but it's too dark to actually be pale.

The smell is very nice and pretty appealing. It strongly resembles a hefeweizen but is a bit too hoppy and fruity. The smell definitely has a nice and present banana note from the yeast when compared to the apricot smell. There is a bit of bitter floral hoppiness that certainly helps emphasize the apricot notes.

The taste is exactly the same as the smell but with stronger wheat notes and weaker banana. The apricot note is still there though.

The feel is pretty good. Medium bodied but with a nice light carbonation that makes very smooth.

Overall, a very good beer and worth getting. This definitely a nice beer that isn't too challenging to the palate but complex enough for the more experienced beer user.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rich, bright palate features plenty of clean banana and clove, intensely spicy phenols, an assertive yeast character, plus elevated malt sweetness and a noticeably bustier alcohol content.

Absolutely one of the best wheat beers I have had in quite some time and the most well-crafted weizenbock I’ve ever tried (second only to Aventinus, perhaps, but that’s. Sure, lots of American breweries are taking a stab at the weizenbock and weizen dopplebock styles, but while they tend to be rich and flavorful, they’re often a bit rough. Vitus, however, gets it right: bright, clean flavors with more sweet malt character without anything being cloying. Just superb, really.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours hazy, amber/straw with plenty of beautiful head that stays till the end

S-bready/yeasty up front gives way to slight clove with some metal/minerality

T-Banana/Clove/black pepper give way to some serious malty complexity and sweetness.

M-Bubbly and light, but with enough body to remind you it's a beer. Love the carbonation.

O-A great, classic beer.Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. A great beer. It doesn't taste the same as Belgian Trappist styles but there are some general qualities in common: Fruity, malty, sweet, tangy, banana and nutmeg flavors. Yet this is an accessible, easy to drink beer, very refreshing. And inexpensive! After having my first ever bottle of it I think it will likely be a staple of my fridge and I'll be trying out some other styles from this brewery.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into some kind of tall glass i got recently. so a pilsner or weizen glass according to this website. i think. best before "07/10/2015", enjoyed on december 2, 2014

a: golden yellow with a blizzard of bubbles streaming to the top. two fingers of white head that is fading away quite quickly. slightly opaque before the yeast is poured in, fully cloudy when it is

s: mmmm, so good. big banana note in the front, wheat, spicy yeast, bubblegum, good bread presence, and a pinch of lemon

t: all of the above flavours. very fruity all around (banana and light citrus fruits) with a really strong and tasty bready malt backbone. hints of bubblegum here and there. mild-to-moderate bitterness on the finish. there's also a touch of alcohol on the back end, but it's mostly masked under the malty tones

m: medium-bodied with lively, fizzy, but not too prickly carbonation

o: a really delicious wheat beer, full of huge fruit and malt flavours

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Weizen bottle poured weizen-style into a hefeweizen glass. Paired with ribeye steak.

L - hazy light golden color. Standard hefeweizen head, nice and fluffy.

S - banana and clove with hints of dried fruit.

T - usual banana with hints of dried fruit and caramel. Bit of a strong finish, like dark fruit

F - soft texture with a clean crisp finish. Kind of syrupy but strong finish also.

O - I was thinking I was going to get something different from the regular hefeweizen, but this beer just has a tad bit difference. It is stronger in taste but you'll feel the ABV in drinking. I'd describe it as a imperial hefeweizen. Try it once you've had the regular hefeweizen.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good Weizen from Germany. Love Weihenstephan!
Tasted in an Original Vitus Glass, Comes so sweet and smooth, nice banana flave with Tropical fruits. Original Weizen Style, sweet and yeasty. To be honest, I can't really "taste" that huge amount of alcohol... Attention: ist a strong beer....and 2 or 3 VITUS be able to, launch you on a fat trip..... KRASS!

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Photo of meecrob
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this Weizenbock in a 500 ml glass bottle for 1.30 € plus 8 cents deposit. Poured it into a Weizenglass. This Weizenbock has an lovely, cloudy golden color and a very thick, white head that lasts almost forever. I smelled some dry bananas, cloves and some spices. This beer tasted so incredibly good. I never felt the 7.7% ABV, they're perfectly hidden. This Weihenstephaner is even better than "normal" Hefeweissbier version. The drinkability was just outstanding. I think I never drank a beer with that much ABV without feeling it! I think I just drank the best Weizenbock ever created by mankind! No doubt, Weihenstephaner Vitus is a true masterpiece!

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Photo of justingreenwood
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect beer.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a golden, straw-colored body that is cloudy. Effervescent. Thick white collar of head with medium-long retention.

Smell - Strong malts, bread and doughy. Light fruity esters of banana, melon. Phenol notes of clove. No hop presence.

Taste - Sweetness from bock-like malts laced with peppery phenol of cloves, vanilla. No hop bitterness, but alcohol helps balance the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light, creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation. Slight warming from alcohol.

Overall - A fantastic example of the weizenbock style, from what may be the grandfather of beer.


Paid less than $3 for a pint-sized bottle at local grocer. At that price, this may be one of the best value-per-quality beers out there.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.

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Photo of cam477
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Germans have been brewing beer for centuries. This beer optimizes perfection in a glass. Pour it out into a wheat beer glass and enjoy the huge head, the beautiful yellow hue, and that wonderful smell of the beer. All aspects are on point!

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Just a perfect wheat beer! I get yeast, apple/pears, bananas, lemon, and malts. American breweries take note what greatness taste like. It takes hundreds of years to perfect something this good. 7.7% abv and its blended perfectly. All aspects of this beer is perfection. I think a lot of American beers get a couple of things right but they are missing a good head, the smell isn't to die for, or the alcohol isn't blended perfectly at a higher abv %. Respect greatness!

It paired very nicely with waffles spread with butter, fig jelly, maple syrup, and whip cream. An odd combination that worked out well!

When I drink this for some reason it reminds me of drinking Allagash's Tripel Ale. Just so drinkable, delicious, and has me wanting more. If you want an American Beer with this drinkability check that out.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow, straw-like color with quite a bit of haziness, completely opaque. Extremely volatile, as expected given the style, producing a huge, creamy white head. The smell is familiar, once again, to this style of beer, but it is executed very cleanly. Bananas, pears, wheat, bread, yeast, clove, spices. It's all there, and it smells great. The taste follows right behind with an initial hint of clove, followed by the sweetness around the edges. Bananas, sweet malt, buttered bread, and faint bubble gum round out the middle section of the sip. Slight alcohol warmth keeps things interesting in the background, holding it all together. It finishes with a heavy does of wheat and bread on the palate, along with some of the initial tastes lingering like banana, pear, and clove. Medium body and a crispy feel among the slight creaminess thanks to the high carbonation.

What Weihenstephaner does is pretty simple, but they execute it extremely well, and that's what makes them so great. Add this beer to their list of great brews. Not only are they delicious, but they are reasonably priced as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look ~ pours a lot lighter than most weizenbocks I've seen, it pours a rich gold. Very opaque. Good head: rises pretty big of a hard pour; white and moussy; falls slowly to a cap that lasts; and, leaves some really nice lacing. All-in-all, it looks more like a hefeweizen than a weizenbock.

smell ~ good smell. I get a zesty yeast profile that has some citrus that comes along with a more the banana-clove smell I'd usually associate with a hefeweizen. I don't really get all that much of the aroma that sets a weizenbock apart: not a whole lot of melanoidin or more complicated spices (vanilla, pepper, etc) here. No real hop aroma, no alcohol.

taste ~ the palate gives me more of what I'd expect from a weizenbock. The grainbill is better: it has a lot of wheat graininess; some vienna and/or munich with it, which gives a bit of melanoidin although it is very light; no real dark fruit flavors. The yeast flavor is pretty much the same citrusy banana-clove blend, I get a bit more spice on the palate though. Bitterness is good for balance, but no real hop taste.

feel ~ good feel. Light body and good carbonation. No real heat or astringency.

Overall, I think this seems a little more like a strong hefeweizen than a true weizenbock. On the website they describe this as a single bock weizen. It really doesn't do what I think a weizenbock should, which is marry a doppelbock and a dunkelweizen. Nonetheless, a great flavor that I really enjoy!!!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.