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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,131
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 429 | 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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Photo of kaseydad
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the gold label on the bottle and a perfect size for one.

Poured into a pilsner glass and I am greeted with a yellow straw pour with a massive head! The head slowly dissolves but a nice tiny layer remains.

Fruity, yeasty, malty goodness. Smells great and entices one to consume.

Smooth and creamy taste. A little spicy on the palate but rounds out with a nice fruity, bready swallow.

Was very excited to try this with all the hype, but unfortunately it just wasn't my style. Glad I tried it, still a great beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange with initially towering white head that mostly recedes.

Smell: Banana, clove and ripe fruit.

Taste: Semi-sweet core of ripe banana, other ripe darker fruits and wheat. The clove is noticeable on the finish, along with lingering fruit and some spiciness.

Feel: Medium to full body that is very creamy and smooth. Finish dries up slightly.

Overall: Nice balanced Weizenbock, but the ripe darker fruits contribute a slight sickly flavor that keeps this from being as first class as I expected.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass a very pale hazy straw color, one of the lightest-while-still-hazy beers I've ever seen. Explosive head...just massive white foam that slowly settles down.

Nose is bready and estery clove, citrus, and banana. Reminds me very much of a La Fin Du Monde in that regard.

A sip starts sweet and bready with more of that citrus and light clove, getting a bit more of the spice and alcohol heat through a clean finish. It's delicate yet chewy overall and very smooth.

This is better than most hefs I've tasted - a great warm weather beer and wildly drinkable for the abv which really goes almost unnoticed. Not my preferred style, but a very tasty brew.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a billowing four fingers of head and thick lacing.

The aroma is heavy on yeast and clove. Not really picking up much of the sweet bubblegum-like smells that I would expect, but this is pretty damn nice.

The flavor is an initial rush of sweet banana cream pie and yeast. In the finish is that bubblegum I was looking for. Although I can't say I'm particularly blown away by this, I also can't find any faults either.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is about what I would expect...goes down easy and has a nice flavor profile to keep me reaching for the glass. I can't say that it really separates itself from the pack though.

Overall this is a fine beer that I would definitely order again at a bar, but probably wouldn't stock my fridge with.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the scent is coming through very fresh and vibrant. It seems as if there are cinnamon, fig, and floral tones maybe a bit of citrus. Quite nice.

Bit of an oiliness on the palette with a slight warming sensation, medium to higher end of carbonation. Beer is rather lively on the palette.

Poured to light gold with white haze in an imperial pint glass, many small carbonation bubbles. Huge pillowish head which is maintaining well and lacing nicely. Really notable in this aspect and one of the best heads I've poured from a travelled bottle.

Fruity and spicy, a cinnamon type flavor is there. Nice, with a bit of warming on the finish although the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

I'd say 2-3 1/2 liters pretty easily but this isn't quite as sessionable as some other weizenbocks I've had (aventinus in particular).

The appearance alone was almost enough for me but it's just not quite there. Excellent fruity and spicy scent but the taste has something I'm not quite there on.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw with a white head; good retention & lacing. I'm surprised this is more of a helles than a dunkle.

S: Big banana aroma, cloves, spice & a little lemon zest. The yeast sediment adds a little earthiness.

T: Banana with hints of lemon & pineapple, slightly bready, grassy and peppery spicing, light on the cloves, alcohol is subtle. The yeast tastes better than their bottled hefeweizen.

M: Moderate body is smooth with crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

It's great, but certainly a little different for the style.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. A cloudy dark hay like color. Aroma is of soft banana. Banana and clove flavors with a light spicy hop character. Just a hint of citrus. Some bready malt pulls through and over all there is little bitterness. Alcohol is tame but there. A hell of a beer, almost like a Hefeweizen on steroids.

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Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy, bright orange beer with a thin but creamy white head. Not as dark as I was expecting, but very appealing.

S- Some banana, mustiness, bread, fruit, and clove.

T- Same as the aroma. Very well balanced and nothing gets to be overbearing. The alcohol is hidden amazingly well.

M- A nice level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very clean on the tail end.

D- An enjoyable beer that drinks very nicely for the ABV. I can't say it is extraordinarily memorable, but it is tasty and smooth.

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Photo of FreightTrain
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy and golden. A beautiful, immaculate white head. Nice lacing.

S- Sweet, cloves, banana, a touch of earthy/herbal

T- Very clean, very malty, but not overbearing. A hint lemony. Delicious.

M- Effervescent. The carbonation scrubs and scrubs, leaving a tingling sensation. Light body.

D- Quite drinkable. Definitely does not taste like 7.7%. Definitely the best in the style I've had, but I prefer the Weihenstephaner Dunkel, Original, or Hef.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass. Poured a translucent straw gold. Five inch fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Some strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting, but inconsistently spattered across the walls of the glass. Scents of light wheat up front with bubblegum and clove elements not far behind. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of banana and yeast flavors that come across towards the back. Consistency was light without being watery, and pleasantly effervescent across the tongue before culminating in a mild alcohol astringency at the finish. I haven't had too many weizenbocks, but this went down very easy.

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: So... ginormous white, fluffy head. No surprise from Weihenstephan. It is basically what they do. Color is a golden yellow with some fogginess (no surprises from the wheat beer) and lots of action from carbonation.

S: Absolutely some rich fruitiness. Some bananas and cloves of course. I do get some estery alcohol spiciness too. The malts are present in a bready way. Very, very lightly sour.

T: I definitely notice a large amount of spiciness from the yeast as well as the alcohol. The alcohol is not hiding in this glass. But that's actually not a problem on this slightly chill February night. Past that it's all the gold standard Weihenstephaner Weizen. Besides some of that rich fruitiness.

M: Great carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel and surprisingly medium body.

O: Wheat beer with a nice alcoholic bite and amped up fruitiness. Tasty and satisfying. Can Weihenstephaner make a beer that I don't adore?

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Photo of mtlasley
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Vitus pours a hazy, golden, light amber. Held to the light, oranges and yellow burst from the haze and almost make it glow. Superior. The head here is a finger and a half high mass of stark white, tiny bubbled foam. The thickness takes it's time dissipating. It makes for an attractive and "classic" beer look. What should I expect from the oldest brewery in the world though?

Smell: Cloves and bananas are the first things I detect. They dominate at first but there's a sweetness here followed by a wheat tang. It's neat, you can actually smell each layer come apart. Underneath everything is a peppery-ness to it all. There's also a faint peach or apricot aroma...quite intoxicating.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Vitus goes down incredibly smooth. There's a weight here though, almost like a "cereal" texture inside it all.

Taste: The first taste that hits has a creamy banana taste and quality. It's light but it lays on the tongue with confidence. As the creaminess fades and the beer moves to the middle of the tongue, there's a peppery-ness and the strong flavor of cloves. Each layer here is very simple and distinct. It's really something of beauty. As the beer finishes, everything smooths out and goes down as if it had never happened. Too drinkable.

Overall: A reasonably price beer that looks, smells, feels and tastes amazing from the oldest brewery in the world. Could a beer lover ask for more? I'd say no. Vitus is an all time favorite and a real showstopper for me. Pick this beer up. You will not be dissappointed.

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Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Definitely looks more Hefe then Weizenbock. Cloudy pale yellow with a 2 finger head thats almost pure white. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty,and fruity. Lot's of banana, orange peel and pear.

T: A real strong wheat presence. Light fruit notes. Banana spice and tartiness. Before a malt sweetness kicks in on the finish.

M: A touch below medium but not light bodied. A nice spritzy carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I love how it drinks like a strong hefe. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel. An extremely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/05/12 On Tap. A truly great beer as long as you're not expecting a hop extravaganza. To me this is a great version of a true Old World style. Forget all the BS drink this stuff. I guess since they have been at it since 725 AD, they have it together.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bière & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : clear golden color, with huge white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and wheaty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet and wheaty flavors, with alcohol presence and low bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Weizenbock.

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Photo of thetomG
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with a massive billowing foamy white head. Minimal lacing left around the glass, but a nice layer of foam remains. Aroma has elements of banana, citrus and bread - its nice, but mild compared to the rather large & potent flavors.

Taste is primarily citrus at first - lemon mostly, then banana and some slightly funky yeasty/bready flavors balance things out. Very similar flavor profile to their Heffe.

Very bubbly and well carbonated, with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Easy to drink, but deceptively strong - the high-ish ABV is hidden well by all of the delicious flavors present.

Will definitely be drinking more of this.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a weizen glass very slowly, as this head was billowing with some serious quickness. Not dark at all, it looks like a standard hefeweizen. I was expecting some more color with a weizenbock. Still a great looking beer, though - carbonation is rising with ferocity here. Yeast addition clouds things up nicely.

S - Big rush of banana candy as I popped the cap. Sticking my nose in the glass, it smells like banana bread, with more banana than bread, actually. Clove is there but takes a back seat to the banana. Smells almost sweet, though I know the beer won't be overly sweet.

T - Bananas soaked in light rum, like a summery rum cake. Alcohol carries some bite - an amped-up hefe.

F - I like the softer feel, the bubbles aren't so coarse.

D - No surprise to me that Weihenstephaner makes a very good, drinkable weizenbock. Good when you want something like a hefe, but a little stronger. Falls somewhere between hefeweizen and wheatwine.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Vitus is very lively as I poured it into the glass. It was a hazy yellow white color with a aggressive 3 finger foam head. It had a tight bubble foam head that was close to egg white. It left some nice wave lacing.

The aroma was crisp and smelled of fruit, primarily of bananas and citrus. The taste was a little bready with that yeast strain making itself noticed. On the back end it left you with a moderate bitterness that mocked the back of the throat. It was well carbonated and you have a fruitiness that won't go away. Primarily the bananas. Overall this was a wonderful beer.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Clear golden liquid with a huge, foamy, white head on top. Some lacing. Looks tasty.

Lots of funky esters and some banana on the nose. A little spicy, possibly some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Malts linger in the background.

Bready and malty with hints of banana and well placed spice. Sweet, chewy, cookie-like malts. Stone fruits with sugar and a bit of alcohol on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy with ample, prickly, carbonation. A touch of heat from the alcohol, but not too much.

Drinkability is quite good. Lots of flavor and a good body. I'm moving through this bottle pretty quickly. You can taste the ABV a little bit, but it doesn't really get in the way. One bottle is about perfect, but I could easily be convinced to have another.

Overall, this beer was a bit of a surprise. I know Weihenstephaner does good things, but I wasn't expecting to like this brew as much as I did. Definitely worth picking up and I think I'm going to check out a few more of their brews after having this one.

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Photo of gory4d
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge white head that lingers, making thick lacing down the glass. The smell is doughy and fruity -- lots of banana, as is to be expected. Taste moves from subtle fruit to sharp yeast snap to big clovey fruit to a hot hop bitterness -- very complex and delicious. It's got a nice smooth, full body to it, very foamy but not too fizzy. It's a quenching drink for being so big a beer. I generally just have one 0.5 L bottle at a time: plenty but not too much.

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Photo of masonacoats
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours beautiful cloudy gold with 2 inch head

S - good bit of clove with hints of banana and malt

T - follows the nose but with quite a bit of sweetness

M - nice and creamy with perfect level of carbonation

O - not what I was expecting but I did enjoy it; but not as much as their dunkelweizen

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Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the library alehouse last night, actually I'm pretty sure I got the last glass of it.... score!

A: amazing appearance... it comes in a hennepin eat your heart out teardrop glass (where can I get one!?) and pours a bright golden yellow color. Frothy white head tops off the glass and excellent lacing follows it on its way down.

S: Good aroma, I get clove and some spice, as well as the typical fruit rind and banana. fresh smelling and pungent.

T: very nice, and very balanced. Weizenbock's are becoming my new favorite style of beer. SOOO drinkable and refreshing but without sacrificing potency. Lemon zest, cream and orange peel are stand out flavors... finished with a clove and black pepper spiciness. very good.

M: mouthfilling and long finishing.

D: very high given the alcohol.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a big honking white head that collapses into a cap that retains and leaves nice lacing.

S: Somewhat spicy clove, and very yeasty and bready. Subtle banana, but not as strong as I'd expected.

T: Very yeasty and fruity. The combination is quite banana bread-esque. There's also distinct apple, and a candy-like sugar beneath the fruit. The clove spiciness is strong and delicious. No hint of alcohol.

M/D: Very dry, which is an excellent compliment to the fruity spiciness. Light with fairly high carbonation. Supremely drinkable. A bit too sweet to be an everyday beer for me, but an excellent occasional treat.

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden straw color with a white head that reduces itself to a thin coating that sticks around and leaves a little clumpy lace here and there. smells of banana and spice like it should, with a touch of yeasty goodness. tastes true to the style. like banana, a hint of clove, some spicy nutmegy peppery stuff and a faint malty and even fainter hoppy finish. a little lighter bodied than expected, but nice creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel. weihenstephaner has never dissapointed me, and i doubt they ever will. always a pleasure.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy straw color with lots of white head. It smelled like lemon and sour yeast with some caramel malt and banana and light cloves. It tasted like lemon and banana and wheat bread and sour yeast, with caramel and cloves. It was somewhat thick with mild carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was very enjoyable! I liked it better than the standard hefe-weissbier by Weihenstephan, since it had a bit more spice and complexity to it. But despite its complexity, it was still super drinkable, with great body and brilliantly hidden alcohol. Quite refreshing and perfect on a summer night.

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