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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,557 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,557
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 150
Gots: 168 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and cloudy. Forms a super thick white head of medium to large bubbles that falls away quickly allowing me to refill the glass with the remaining beer in the bottle. The breaking head leaves lacing on the glass as it fall. Carbonation is high and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. This beer is lighter than other weizenbocks but it looks great.

Aroma is simple and mild, sweet and slight esters, nothing too big.

Beer is medium bodied, has a nice wheaty flavor and a slight aftertaste that adds to the overall feel of the beer. Carbonation is big in the mouth and does a nice job accenting the sweetness of the beer. Drinkability is high, another wonderful beer by Weihenstephaner. It is truly great. Mouthfeel is good. Its a great beer. Weizenbocks have a tendency to get offensively sweet, this is not the case with this beer. You can taste the esters and there is some underlying sweetness but its not the star, its there to accent the wheat. I really enjoy this beer.

02-05-2010 04:57:59 | More by drabmuh
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

A 500ml bottle poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Vitus appears a hazed rich straw yellow color with about three fingers of cloud-like bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are made up of toasted nutty wheat, bananas, a decent amount of caramelized malts, mild milk chocolate notes, banana bread, yeasty, citrus notes. Approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation. Yet another world class offing from Weihenstephanerer.

09-24-2009 04:43:02 | More by ClockworkOrange
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Half liter bottle. The beer pours a palt straw color with a 3 finger ivory head over top. This one is exceptionally turbid, with a steady stream of carbonation bubbling up. The color strikes me as unexpected. I was looking to see something a little darker. The aroma is big in banana, clove, and wheat creamyness. There is a zesty lemon tartness as well, but it is lacking the deeper malt notes of melanoidans and dark fruits that I was wanting to find. Don;t get me wrong, this is a very nice smelling beer, but I am not getting weizenbock out of this at all. The flavor brings a light golden raisin fruityness and wheat creamyness. Behind this, a prevalent clove ester and lemon zest character comes through. The banana hits on the finish, carrying it through to the end. This is another magnificent wheat beer from this brewery. Mouthfeel is moderate, creamy, and smooth, with a prevalent moderate carbonation. Overall, this one is very nice. I don't think it is fair to put it against weizenbocks, as it is just not brining me much to think it is under that style. It is a very nice beer.

03-16-2008 00:47:23 | More by kmpitz2
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a Franziskaner weiss glass.

A - One and half fingers of white foam that shows good retention and eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few fingers of lace. Unfiltered peach-colored body, with some small bubbles apparent near the bottom of the glass.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast, cloves, and a bit of spicy estery alcohol. Basically an amped up hefeweizen, that is perhaps a bit more understated than I expected.

T - Taste is big banana, bubblegum malted wheat, light clove, and a bit of other spice character. Just like biting into a hearty loaf of banana bread. Probably should be a 4.25.

M - Slightly gritty, medium bodied, with zesty carbonation that settles down as I worked my way through a half-liter.

D - This was pretty easy and enjoyable to drink, but with the half-liter serving size and the deceptive ABV I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to have too many. The bottle price is a huge steal if you can find it fresh.

08-15-2010 22:29:46 | More by MasterSki
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: Cloudy gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet, wheaty, spicy, a little boozy.

Taste: Nice sweetness, some fruity pear flavor, dry finish with cloves.

Drinkability: Sweet but not too sweet, goes down pretty quick for a big beer.

Finally saw this beer while down in Iowa, so picked one up. Kind of different than other weizenbocks I've had, maybe a little more straight-forward sweetness and less fruit and clove than others. Maybe it was a little older, but still quite tasty.

09-22-2010 23:34:07 | More by Mdog
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Before I review this beer, I must preface it by saying that I am not a big wheat beer fan. That said, here we go...

Appearance: The beer pours with a huge 3" head after a pretty delicate pour. A minute or so after the pour, the head is at least half of its original height. The beer itself is a mostly clear light golden color with a few bubbles rising...though the head stands anyway. There is tons of lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: Lots of bready wheat aromatics along with some fruity banana and lemons and even a light hint of spiciness. As the beer sits and the head mellows a little bit, you can pick up some more toasty aromas that are a little like bread crusts.

Taste: There is a whole lot of fruitiness to this beer, but it isn't so much that it is undrinkable like some brews. It actually has a balance between the fruit and malt. The beer is well attenuated, but there is some evident creaminess to it that makes the mouthfeel rather lush. As it warms up some, the fruity esters soften up some and let the malt come out. Late after the sip, there is some warming that sets in on the back of the throat and waits for the next sip to relinquish control.

Opinion: I actually like this beer quite a bit...and that surprises me as there are some of the flavors that I find rather objectionable in other light HefeWeizen brews. This beer has enough malt presence and supporting flavors to keep the palate confused enough to be able to focus on any one thing. This is a really complex beer. It doesn't have the dark fruit presence of Aventinus, but is still a good brew in its own right.

08-10-2008 00:17:34 | More by SkeeterHawk
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macpapi

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle.

Vitus pours a light orange, almost yellowish color with a very pillowy, fluffy white head. Very hazy with good lacing.

There is a fresh, crisp, wheaty aroma up front with lots of fruity tones, equal citrus and banana. IT also has ample amounts of clove and spice. Bits of bubble gum sweetness make this smell almost like a hefeweizen on steroids.

The taste is dominated by fresh wheat, complimented by banana, clove, and noted alcohol. Quite a bit of sweetness completes a nice and complex swallow.

Mouthfiel is biting and surprisingly full with pretty high carbonation.

Overall, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. When compared to the likes of Aventinus it reminds me of just how much diversity there can be between quality beers within the weizenbock style.

05-22-2010 23:42:29 | More by macpapi
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Properly cloudy, unassuming golden canary yellow with a frail snowy white head. The aroma overflows with banana and bubblegum, clove, sourdough bread, pear, peach, and bergamot. Unbelievably estery and very enticing. The flavor disguises it's strength all too well, with a bready sweetness and full, round banana fruitiness, a shake of clove, a touch of almond, and a limoncello kick. Very smooth, though it could be fuller. Overall a dangerously drinkable and excellent wheat beer.

05-22-2011 22:42:43 | More by soulgrowl
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Aggressive thick head that shows amazing retention. Cloudy light honey amber color.

Aroma is rather strong and is as expected. Banana, close, yeast. A touch of dough.

Flavor is very interesting. Certainly some clove, banana up front, but then there is an interesting bread flavor. Almost reminds me of a nice fresh loaf of sourdough. There is a lingering banana flavor that mixes with some black pepper... I would not guess this to be north of 7% abv.

Mouth feel is slightly chalky but not too much. There is a thickness to the beer, but not like a thick stout.. Just a bit of texture.

Nicely drinkable. I can't believe I enjoy these beers now. Good stuff.

I essentially tried this because of many BA'ers going nuts over this beer.

I can see why.

03-31-2009 01:21:22 | More by Reagan1984
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Hazy golden with an off-white, one finger head that slowly fades. Thick lacing.

S: Citrus abounds. Bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose with a whoosh of golden sunshine flavor. Light, citrus-y with wheat, clove and bananas. Drinks like a saison.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation. Just a cloud of effervescense.

O: Vitus was voted Best Beer at the World Beer Awards for 2011. Now I taste why. A great session beer. Very affordable at under $4 for a 750 ml. Recommended.

10-15-2012 19:02:28 | More by brewskifan55
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body capped with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Crisp wheat nose with fine notes of banana juice, clove spice, citrus, a small handful of cracker crumbs, and a fourth of a Vanilla Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malts start, followed by a drop or two of vanilla and a lemony citrus character. Plenty of fresh banana, top shelf bubblegum, and coriander. Even some apple begins the develop. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Lingering tanginess and no more than the faintest hint of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation, yet there's still some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. An expertly crafted expression of wheat. It's tasty and really grows on you more and more with every sip. Maybe that UGADawgGuy is onto something...

01-26-2009 20:27:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

500mL bottle, hazy golden colored ale topped with a huge, rocky, white head that holds its retention forever. Malty and sweet aroma with banana, hefeweizen yeast, clove, bubble gum. Bold flavors, bread, banana, clove, hefe yeast, bubble gum, honey, a little nutty. Alcohol is warming at 7.7% abv, some spice on the finish. Huge full body, super creamy and smooth. This is definitely a loaf of bread, but it's so good.

04-27-2013 14:19:01 | More by barnzy78
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy, cloudy rusted wheat yellow body. Rocky white head that pretty much doesn't recede. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Boozy right away, then bready, yeasty, and fruity with mostly banana.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The alcohol really comes out early before becoming very grainy with loads of bready notes. Banana throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Excellent taste and aroma, very boozy though.

07-19-2014 20:57:53 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

In a weizen glass, at cellar temperature.

A one-finger white head quickly fades to nothing over a very hazy golden-orange ale that I can't really see through.

It smells like banana,cloves, coriander, pears, and estery yeast.

The bananas and pears make a quick impression on my palate. This melds into a rich, almost buttery breadiness, spiced with those spices from the aroma.

I'd describe the body as a hefty medium with pretty spritzy carbonation.

Like a festive white bread infused with spices and fruit. That's what this beer is.

06-09-2014 18:00:11 | More by Kuaff
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a hazy golden-yellow colored brew with a one finger thick white head. The head fades slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a mix of wheat and yeast with a light citrus smell, consisting mostly a mix of orange and a lighter lemon smell. With these aromas are notes of coriander and clove as well as some banana smells.

Taste –The taste has many of the flavors that were detected in the nose. It starts out wheaty and bready with a moderate yeasty taste upfront. A sweeter citrus flavor also greets the tongue initially almost entirely orange in nature. The citrus flavor lessens some more toward the middle of the taste while flavors of banana, coriander and clove come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where an almost candy/bubblegum like sweetness joins the flavor as well as a very light alcohol taste, leaving a nice sweet wheat banana bready flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side as well. The chewier body is quite nice for the wheaty flavors while the carbonation is very nice for keeping it drinkable and for accentuating the spice and fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – It is kind of like a souped up hefeweizen or maybe like a hefenweizen-grand cru hybrid. It is great tasting and potent but very drinkable. Rather well done.

01-10-2013 00:48:15 | More by Darkmagus82
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked up a .5l at Abe's for $3.25. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a short white head. I get a big hit of banana bread. As it warms earthy hops and orange. This beer actually reminds me of a snappier version of Franziskaner without all the creamy background malt. The aftertaste is a nice pairing of spice and citrus hops, very nice. It's a touch sweeter than a normal hefe from the extra malt and strength and it's really the maibock of German wheat beers for that little extra fruit tang that comes with the strength. Still, for a nearly 8% beer its deceptively drinkable. This beer could get you in trouble.

01-31-2009 00:43:28 | More by tempest
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves little gobs of lacing.

Smells of big yeast and wheat notes.

Tastes of sharp wheat and some sweetness. Notes of banana are evident as well as clove spice and some bubblegum. Has a citric edge also from the wheat.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

04-11-2010 00:28:05 | More by ocelot2500
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

.5L bottle, 7.7% ABV. Hazy golden color, a bit lighter than I anticipated. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. White fluffy head, with great retention. Pretty good looking.

Nose is full of banana, some clove, maybe a bit of apple and pear. A bit of a yeasty note as well.

Very slightly tart, with some bready malt characteristics. Lots of clove, apple, pear, some spices, and very little banana. Fair amount of sweetness left over, balanced by some slightly floral notes.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very well done.

02-16-2008 20:54:10 | More by Bierguy5
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from bottle into fluted pint glass during German hefeweizen and weizen tasting I arranged at home.

Pours with one of the biggest and most annoyingly persistent heads I've ever encountered from a bottled beer (and a weizenbock of all things)! Fades slowly to a delicate eggshell lace. A light amber hue with golden highlights, slightly cloudy with a few floaters. Lighter than expected, but still very pretty.

Nose is amazing but not quite as in your grill as their hefeweizen. Lots of wheat and yeast up front with a subtle baking spice component, some vegetal notes (pleasant), and mild Bavarian malts/hops. Really get that faint banana and clove thing, but on refreshing the nose with a quick smell of the hefe-weissbier and going back to the Vitis shows how subtle the clove and banana really are.

Palate is good, less grip and intensity of flavor than expected. More clove than anything, some banana and fig. Very pleasant but less intense than I was hoping.

Palate is rather light and thin for a weizenbock. But the balance is impressive. Really fine acidity here. Grip is lacking though, but the finish is medium long and enjoyable. Really nice carbonation.

Overall a very good wheat brew, but a little thinnner and lighter than expected from a weizenbock. But this is still a stunner and I plan on stocking up (for $3.50 a bottle!!!) with this and their hefe-weissbier.

09-03-2011 19:07:02 | More by cbarrett4
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mullenite

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured in to my Erdinger Weisbier glass with a very tall rocky white head that leaves nice lacing going down and has excellent retention. Cloudy pale orange in color.

Smell is mainly wheat, very strong wheat actually. A little bit of banana and bubble gum but mainly wheat.

The first couple of sips were most wheat as well but the bubble gum, banana, and a slight clove appeared after a few sips.

Very clean and crisp mouthfeel, sharp cleansing carbonation. Light to Medium body.

Easily drinkable despite its relatively high ABV. This is an excellent beer.

01-26-2009 12:12:11 | More by mullenite
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

500ml bottle from LifeSource, in Salem. $3.79 Slightly hazy ,deep gold coloured beer with a bubbly half inch thick white head. Very nice strong honey/toffee scent to this, then some phenol’s and laid back spiciness..nice really. Taste is much the same as the aroma but maybe has a bit more fruit in it..again nice. Nice smooth easy mouthfeel..goes down dangerously easy!! Overall a good beer.

12-01-2012 01:22:43 | More by Reidrover
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

poured into a New Belgium Globe.

Appearance: hazy straw yellow with a large white head. Thick lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: yeasty, malty, fruity, banana, touch of clove, and citrus.

Taste: Bananas, melons, mango, pears, white grapes, wheat, bready and slightly spicy yeast. Mild cloves and pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, and super drinkable beer.

Overall: Another solid offering by the worlds oldest brewery. Carbonation is some great and i love the drinkability factor of this german style beer. Another tasty beer.

08-20-2012 03:15:45 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle courtesy of CrellMoset, thanks again!

Pours a bright and cloudy gold color, with a big fluffy head.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, with some light fruit/banana notes.

Taste is sweet, creamy, and with some light spices. Some clove flavors and bananas. Finish is crisp, dry, and a little bit tart. Interesting tasting beer. Kind of reminds me of a cross between and hefeweizen and a Belgian Pale. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is great. Really smooth, full, and soft.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a nice tasty and easy drinking beer. Would be a great go to beer for the Summer. Would be more than happy to sip this one again sometime...

09-28-2008 22:58:07 | More by flexabull
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Vitus pours a hazy straw yellow color with a very large bright white head that had good retention for most of the beer. I expected for this beer to a bit darker. The nose smells of a good hefe with plenty of banana, cloves, and apples and pears. The flavor follows the nose to perfection, but it also adds in some bubblegum, lemons, and the classic wheat flavor comes in very nice as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some gentle alcohol warming on the backend of things. This is very drinkable and drinks like their regular hefe with more alcohol and plenty of flavor.

11-17-2008 00:42:57 | More by TheodorHerzl
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Near identical to Blue Moon. Pours a 3 finger head in a pilsner glass.

S - Apple, nothing spicey.

T - Slightly sweet, apple with slight orange finish.

M - Light, refreshing, springy. Slightly alcoholic, acidic fruit aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable beer, no harshness.

01-29-2011 22:30:03 | More by ZenAgnostic
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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