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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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4.25
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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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Reviews: 1,151 | Ratings: 3,302
Photo of PelhamCellar
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, light golden color. Medium head with not much lacing.
Smell was banana and bubblegum with maybe a bit of the apricot and clove that others have noted.
Taste was definitely apricot and banana with a little bit more clove as the beer warmed up. Very little lingering taste.
Overall, a solid beer that hides the alcohol well. For those that like beers with strong fruit flavors, you'll like this a lot. Weizenbocks (esp. Aventinus Tap 6) are sometimes recommended as aging candidates but I definitely don't think aging will change or improve this one. If you have it, drink it now.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you take Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and turn it up to eleven, you get Vitus. It pours to the requisite large, creamy white head on a hazy, straw-colored body; lacing is fair, mostly bands with some blotches. The aroma is big for a wheat beer: ripe bananas, cloves, wheat and alcohol, with hints of caramel and citrus rind for good measure. The palate follows the nose, plus a nice yeast presence; the alcohol is very well-hidden. The yeast, esters, and wheat are in perfect balance, just like they are in the Hefe Weissbier. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a hint of caramel and wheat; the linger is a subtle wheaty/estery flavor that stays around for a couple of minutes. The mouthfeel is quite big for the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Great wheat beer from a top-notch brewery! (11.2 oz bottle, 350 days after pkg)

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

Pours a glowing hazy yellow. The medium thick head is white and foamy, leaving behind no lasting lace. Banana, clove, and citrus fruit notes combine to deliver a tasty aroma. The taste is sublime, with hints of banana, clove, citrus, and a little spicy yeast to round it out. While it feels pleasant and sweet to drink, the spicy yeast keeps the balance from going overly sweet. Mouth feel is full bodied and bold. It does feel mouth coating (in a good way). Overall, this is an exceptional beer. Nothing too fancy about it. Just straight forward great with a few extra flavors as a bonus.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden body, eggshell white velvet creamy head, looks like foamed milk, with no lace. Nose has a lot of clove spice, a bit of caramel. The flavor is similar, the spicy clove all but overpowers the rest of the flavor, which contains some faint warm sweetness and banana and apricot. Finishes dry with a touch of yeast. At least it is full-flavored. Body is great; creamy and full, but not very heavy.
Honestly, I was expecting more. The spicy clove was just too much, barely leaving room for any malty, fruity, ester notes. Look and feel were extraordinary, however. I'm always impressed with what the Germans produce with basic ingredients, but this didn't live up to what I'd dreamed it would be.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle. Look is hazy, light golden, with huge head of white puff. Carbonation remains, but not very visible with the hazy body. Head clings and bubbles move slowly, but surely, leaving a clean glass and no residual lacing. Smell is all bubble gum and spice. Very strong, sweet, with cloves and coriander. The taste was better than expected. I knew it was world class, but after the smell, I was expecting something like a bubble gum-banana-yeast... which isn't usually my favorite. This one balanced, with more spice and dark fruit in the taste, and the sweeter notes mostly just a reminder in the smell as I tipped my glass. Very refreshing, Minimal alcohol taste, slightly drying. Might not be overpowering or have the giant conflict of flavors compared to some of the 'new brews ', but this is a classic, and has stayed affordable and accessible. Just a Nice, Clean, Pure taste, and now I'm going to finish off the rest of the bomber.

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

Pale yellow, good amount of head with medium retention. The aroma to me is like the Weihenstephaner weiss
on steroids. Clove, banana, bubblegum and a bit of malts. The same on the taste, followed by a mild bitterness that lingers. Pretty robust flavors and great mouthfeel, fizzy and bready. Very nice.

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Photo of drmeto
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

L:
-pours a cloudy bright golden with a medium to big,creamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
banana,clove,coriander,white bread,lemon
T:
-Follows the nose plus white peppers and a big sweetness
F:
-medium carbonation (not as spritzy as usual wheat beers)
-light to medium body
-alcohol well hidden
O:
Vitus is basically Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier on steroids.
Crazy drinkable for a Weizenbock too.

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

Light golden with a fairly thick white head with decent retention.

Aroma: wheat and yeast. Huge banana note, probably the biggest ive smelled so far.

Flavor: wow. Perfect carbonation. Very light and easy to drink, no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Banana.

This stuff is fantastic. My new favorite German beer.

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Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy, bright gold hued body; lively carbonation; creamy, one-finger thick white head. Clove and banana aroma; spicy. The flavor picks-up from the aroma; a bit more zestiness backed with a fine grain backbone; fruity with a bitter hop and alcohol aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body; smooth with a crisp and dry finish.

A very tasty and relatively potent weizenbier. It delivers all of the traditional weizenbier esters and yeasty qualities while packing a respectable yet balanced alcohol edge.

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Photo of Ri0
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured 500ml bottle into Weizen glass. Straw gold in color with a fluffy 2.5 finger white cap. Beautiful retention, minimal lacing. A very fruity and yeasty aroma of dried apricots, some lemon, cloves and hints of banana. It has a nice sweet flavor with some banana and bready flavors. Plenty of yeast, clove, and hints of citrus and spice. Full-bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation and creamy. In one word, spectacular.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden honey color with one finger of foamy white head, and some lively visible carbonation. Head lingers for awhile and leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet bready malts, banana, clove, lemon zest, apricots and earthy hops. Also some slight wood smokiness.

T: Bold flavors of banana, clove, sweet bready malts, nutmeg, wheat, coriander, earthy hops and a slight alcohol warmth. Everything you could want in a Weizenbock.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation. Incredibly smooth crisp and clean. There is a slight alcohol warming feel but it goes down very well and the feel adds balance to the overall profile of the beer.

O: An instant classic in my eyes and an absolutely world class example of a Weizenbock. Sadly somehow Weihenstephaner seems to be overlooked in the beer world, but they should not be, there brews are incredibly phenomenal and rate out as some of if not the best of their style. This is a truly special beer and should be sought out by everyone so they can taste and understand the roots of the worlds oldest brewery.

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Photo of Dravin
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a wheat beer glass. Bottled on code of 8315.

Look -- Pours a hazy pale gold with two fingers of creamy white head that settles fairly quickly but that isn't surprising given the ABV of this beer. Despite the head settling fairly quickly it leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Banana, clove, yeast, wheat, with hints of bubblegum and lemon. It's classic hefeweizen on the nose and none of the ABV is coming through for me.

Taste -- Like the nose with some pleasing tartness. The ABV isn't making itself known here, it certainly doesn't taste like a boozy hefeweizen.

Feel -- Moderate-low carbonation and a hefty body give it a nice thick and luxurious mouthfeel that doesn't coat the mouth. It's very nice and a bit drier on the finish than you might expect from a regular hefeweizen but that's not surprising given the higher ABV of a weizenbock compared to your usual hefeweizen.

Overall -- If you ever had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and wished it packed more of a punch this beer is for you. It's extremely close to their hefeweissbier except for that ABV and the consequences of that ABV (for instance, the drier finish). Overall it hides the alcohol very well and it's dangerously drinkable, I could get in trouble with this beer.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a huge, billowy white head that lasts. Smells of bubblegum, light banana, lemon, wheat and dry, powdery yeast. Thick bodied and smooth, with a mouthfeel that approaches syrupy in its weight, but isn't at all sticky. Most of the aroma carries over to the taste, with some clove, and stronger banana in the aftertaste. A classic.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Colour had a golden, hazy good look to it. Nice 2 finger head

S: Yeast, clove, banana and esters....so good

T: Mainly followed the nose, but also added some orange and milky notes. The really impressive aspect was how well the booze was concealed.

M: Minimal carbonation, slightly thick texture, smooth.

O : I love this brew !!....it is so perfect i cant begin to tell ya.

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

Look - Cloudy/murky type light golden color
Smell - Banana, clove, spice, yeast, some funk
Taste - Banana and clove for days! Hints of apple as well as other fruity type esters. Wheat and yeast characters present too.

Overall - A very tasty brew indeed.

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

22 oz poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. 29th week of 2015, so a little over 5 months old.

A - Cloudy gold with a two finger head that moderately retains.

S - Banana, clove, spices, yeast.

T - In line with nose, but dialed back some from a straight hefe, melded with a bock.

M - Carbonation moderately low, smooth mouthfeel.

O - An enjoyable, tasty beverage. Starting to try to balance out IPA and stout madness with the classics. Recommended.

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Photo of tlema1
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: cloudy yellow/orange, with a thick creamy white head
S: hefeweizen yeast
T: incredible, sweet, slight tartness, fruity
F:great carbonation tickles the tongue
O: one of my favorite beers of all time

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Photo of rocketcat
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus has a quite thick feel on taste, but still its easily drinkable and soft. Aftertaste is quite mild. /// Weihenstephaner Vitus oluella on makunsa osalta melko paksu fiilis, mutta silti se on helposti juotava ja pehmeä. Jälkimaku on vähäinen.

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Photo of jw4free
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: big white foamy head. Hazy yellow straw. Nice effervescence. S: banana and other fruity esters. Slight biscuit malt. T: spice like nutmeg and coriander. Slightest hint of sour pear. F: slight tingle and effervescent. O: excellent year round beer.

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Photo of Mr_Bojangles
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy gold with two fingers head. Lots of lacing and carbonation, which fits this style perfectly. Aroma: clove, banana, bread and yeast. Taste: a tad spicy with a bready backbone. Complex flavors of apricots, banana and orange peel. Body: full but lightened by the amount of carbonation. Overall: excellently crafted with lots of complexity. A 7% beer with so much drinkability.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look-color is a cloudy yellow, pours two fingers of white, creamy head that retains well.
Smell-Very pleasant aroma, bananas, apples, orange peel, cloves, and nutmeg.
Taste-Very similar to smell, but the nets are a bit more subdued, you pick up the fruit and spices along with a stronger presence of wheat and alcohol.
Feel-Full/medium body, but the high carbonation and creaminess keep the texture somewhat light overall.
Overall-Very tasty beer, great for when you want to be warmed up but aren't in the mood for the heaviness of a stout or barley wine.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A slightly hazy gold pour produces a 2” tight off-white foam cap.

S: Banana, light dried fruit, a trace of smoke, very faint clove and some light bread.

T: Starts with rich moist sweet bread with dried pitted fruit then a wave of banana rides through with a faint dose of clove. It is a little sweet with a hint of brown sugar and almost no hop presence.

F: Very creamy medium to just above on the body and medium to medium high carbonation.

O: Like spicy banana bread in a glass.

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Photo of zelig
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Banger's in Austin, TX. Pours a cloudy amber with minimal foam. Smell and taste are Just Right, with a rich mouth feel that's not overly heavy.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a cloudy straw color with a long lasting, three finger head that leaves lacing a third the way down the glass. Aroma of fruity yeast, banana, and citrus. Taste follows the nose with yeast, banana, apricot, and spices before a yeasty, slightly sour finish from the esters. Medium-high carbonation and medium body with a yeasty finish that is unexpected.
Really impressed with this one. Hits all the notes of a good wheat with an unexpectedly strong yeast presence. It feels authentic and is something I'll be looking for next winter.

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Photo of talo589
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would rather give a review than a rating as my palate is relatively inconsistent and my experience narrow. Therefore I will review the beer as follows:

Very smooth pour from a bottle sitting on the shelf for how long?
First gradual pour into a small cylindrical half-Koelner-type glass gave little head.
First taste was as crisp as expected judging from the tight pour/energetic fizz.
Crispness gave way to roomy malty flavours. Tasted strong, bitter more full than a Koelsch. Reminiscent of the midwest craft beers of my more frequent experience (Vitus possibly a source of inspiration for said beers).

The overall flavor is that of a wonderful, sturdy beer. The florals and earth tones linger despite the possibly long shelf time. Lacking is the full flavor of a fresh beer, but that is to be expected. Delicious yet boozy, a world-standard beer to be sure.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.