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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,089
Hads: 3,098
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 214
Gots: 415 | FT: 4
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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 SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours quite hazy and orange golden in color. Large, white head tops the beverage and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Corriander and black pepper and sweet yeast. Lemon peel as well. Large dose of banana.

More corriander and yeast in the flavor. TOns of banana in the flavor. More light fruits as well. Fairly sweet and bready, doughy.

Medium bodied and fairly chewy. Good carbonation and overall a pleasant beer. VEry drinkable; easily drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a cloudy lemon yellow, two fingers of snowy cover on top. Looks attractive and refreshing. The bottom yeasties took some patient bottle-swirling to dislodge, but they kick up the cloudiness even more.

Aroma - doughy yeast, plenty of banana and clove character.

Taste - good flavor to the grain base, on the sweeter side. The banana really comes out with the sugary front taste. The yeast and spice occur more mid-palate and post-swallow. A full flavor and with great flavor balance all around. This is kind of what I would imagine an Imperial Weizen to taste like, though the abv is understated even at 7.7.

Mouthfeel - quite crisp for a weizenbock. Pretty decent body, could use a little more grain and/or abv smoothness/slickness.

Drinkability - this comes across as more weizeny than bocky. The malts are a little too lost in the yeast and spices, but those flavors are so tasty, I don't mind. The alcohol is well-masked and for this style, that's impressive. I look forward to trying this in the upcoming months at a barbecue or two.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw colored beer, with very active carbonation. White cap is fluffy and foamy. The head maintains a thin layer the whole way down. Leaves occasional large patches of lace.

S: Slightly musty, with a generous dose of cloves and hay, plus a hint of banana.

T: Starts out sharp and dry. The taste of raw grains is quite evident. Bitterness provides a well balanced bite of clove and coriander. The tingle of carbonation helps the bitterness along. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering lemon and raw wheat flavors.

M: Medium body is grainy and coarse. Carbonation level is high like it should be, and leaves a tingle on the tongue that lasts long after the beer has left the mouth behind.

D: Kind of like a regular hefe turned up to 11. The extra body lets you know this is a strong beer, yet it drinks lighter than it is. I wished the banana factor was a bit higher, but otherwise this is very nice.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Thanks to UGADawgGuy for his efforts to bring this to Georgia.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, with a huge, fluffy head of cotton candy like foam that rises a full inch above the rim of my weizen glass without falling over. Beautiful. Settles to a finger of off-white foam that you could probably use as shaving cream. Clings to the sides in sheets.

Aroma is, whoa, banana! Hello! Like a banana cream pie, sure as shit. Lactose smell is reminscent of a malted milk shake. Clove and nutmeg in there, too.

Taste is of sugar cookie and grainy wheat, followed by a Juicy-Fruit center of banana, pineapple, and bubble gum. Just when you think you are drinking candy, a solid hit of tangy, slightly lemony yeast and spicy hops cleans up the palate. Coriander, clove, and sage in the long, mildly sour finish. Some of that banana lingers as well.

Creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Very slick, despite the active carbonation that holds that cap all the way down. Delicious.

Although good enough to be savored, it goes down as smooth as the spritziest hefeweizen. Alcohol is well hidden, with only the sweet slickness that suggests a high OG.

Remarkable beer that really has no equal that I have had. It would pair nicely with any number of foods, from salad to dessert. Weihenstephan is the bomb!

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Photo of Jerico
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a pint bottle.

A - light gold with a ton of fluffy head, that dissipates pretty quick but leaves a layer behind.

S - sweet, fruity and vibrant, with bread and banana and little bit of citrus and spice in there.

T/M/D - very smooth and balanced, with a hint of a hoppy bite that really makes this one interesting. The alcohol hides pretty well, but I can tell its there from the warming feeling. I'll be looking for this one again!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a massive foamy white head -- head was gone very quickly.

Huge sweet wheat husk and banana scents.

Sweet, dusty wheat, yeasty goodness, some fruitiness, a little tart dryness, and subtle alcohol. Delicious.

Light on the tongue and palate, but with some good astringent finishing qualities.

Overall, a big winner. Nice and drinkable, even at 7.7%. Try this.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/3/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy-ish/clear-ish yellow colored body, with a big foamy white head. Has a flowery clover smelling aroma. Some banana in the nose too. Taste is banana, flowery fruity, maybe some citrus. Wow, refreshing, and light. Gooood. But like most German beers, this one is probably fresh.

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

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets a lovely aroma of honey, bubblegum, clove and spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose in a very nice way. There is plenty of flavor in this excellent beer, and it has almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. It's slightly sweet, but is not at all cloying or heavy on the palate. The alcohol is very well disguised, and this beer is so drinkable it's ridiculous. I think I drank my glass in about 5 minutes and was still trying to figure out where it went so quickly.

Delicious stuff.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the immortal words of ColoradoBobs:


This head pours bigger than Randy Travis' head, a huge white Mt. Vesuvius Head with beautiful yellow banana highlights and golden grain body. Just beautiful to look at.

Yeasty smell, banana, earthy, citrusy. Wish there was a scratch and sniff sticker of this beer in the Weihenstephaner glass.

Sweet, cloves, banana, good malt backbone, creamy. Kinda like those new gums they have out in the small boxes, all white cubes with sweet fruits mixed in.

Sweet finish. Excellent beer. This brewery does no wrong. Had their Dark Weiss on tap last week, sorry Bobs as much as this is a good beer, the dark weiss beats its ass like a bongo.

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Photo of Bobo77
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Friar Tuck's. Poured into a weizen glass to produce a thick, frothy, and very lumpy head. The body resembled your typical hefeweizen. The smell of bubblegum and cloves permeated the air.

The taste is that of a nuclear powered bananna - clove - bubblegum bomb. So tasty that the alcohol burn is almost entirely missed.
The mouthfeel is rich but not overbearing. Thouroughly enjoyable for me, I would put (St.)Vitus up next to Aventinus any day. Weihenstephaner always seems to produce the highest level of quality.

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Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Layers of banana, vanilla, clove and spice that has a complexity and mouth feel that is uncommon for the style. Intensely sweet, but strongly balanced and flavored. Nose showcases typical weisse notes. Light golden colored with a filmy white head. Stunning wheat ale.

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. Light lemon yellow pour with a billowing head. Huge banana nose, with notes of yeast and brown bread and biscuit. Very, very nice. Taste is similar with banana and a lot of breadiness. A little bit of spiciness on the back end, more cinnamon than black pepper. Finish is a touch watery, but that is my only knock on this beer. Perhaps I am not terribly familiar with the style and thus lack a baseline for review. Regardless, this beer is fantastic and I am absolutely loving it. For me, more impressive than the highly rated hefeweissbeer. Pick this up, its fantastic....

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Photo of photomike
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle semi-aggressively to form a 3.5 finger head. Dies down pretty quickly to almost nothing...a small ring

An overhead view of Pac Man forms in the remaining head, which is awesome because I love Pac Man.

Nose is orange peel, lemon zest, kumquats and clove, all of which comes through when you taste it.

Once it hits your tongue there's more spice than you can detect on the nose; a bit of black pepper comes through. It's not all citrus fruits, either. There is definitely some banana coming through too. Slightly sour and funky. I love this.

The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy. There is a peppery, alcoholic sting on your tongue that I really enjoy.

A fine beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle, with some code on the back label; 17 IBUs. The beer is a pale yellowed-gold, with lots of carbonation that builds up three fingers of bright white head. Vibrant and enticing. The aroma starts grassy, with wheat and banana close behind, and a gentle fruity/spicy component to round things out. Similar flavor, with yeast, a touch of banana, clove spiciness, light bitterness, and some warming alcohol. The flavor really opens up as it warms, and the sweetness increases with the temperature. Light and crisp at the beginning, medium and incredibly smooth by the end, with a lingering spice. This is not necessarily a complex beer, but it is so damn tasty and pretty cheap to boot. A classic in the world of weizenbocks.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As I poured this beer into a glass the fruity smell was strong and the color was a great hazy yellow/tan. I was excited to taste it.

Mmmmm... first sip was yeasty with a slight sour finish. Swishing it around a bit in my mouth brought hints of the alcohol in it. Second sip, it was still good. Alcohol seems a bit more up front with sour finish more obvious.

By the time I finished the glass,all I could taste was the alcohol to start and on the finish, the sour taste was overpowering everything else, hinting of a dish soap flavor.

Since this was a bomber, I gassed and capped the rest. I guess one glass at a time is enough for me. This is the only Weihenstephaner I would have to think twice about buying again.

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Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger of white head recedes to a thick lace. Much lighter color than I expected - golden straw colored cloudy liquid.
S: Belgian golden notes, raisin, fruit, candied nuts, slight bread, spices like coriander with a slight Hoegaarden edge.
T: Tastes almost like Hoegaarden. Belgiany, not so much dark fruit as green grapes or citrus. Very tasty and different than other Weizenbocks I've had.
M: Dry and tannic. Tangy, almost like a wild ale or a dry red wine.
D: High drinkability. This is a delicious beer that satisfies and entices me for another drink.

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Photo of Biggness
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light and cloudy amber with a large head and tons of lacing. The smell is of bananas and malt. The flavor has a very nice malt base to it with a nice and smooth banana flavor coming from the yeast. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy with a nice carbonation level. Incredibly drinkable brew I will purchase this again!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy 3+ finger medium-thick bright white head. Medium to higher levels of carbonation evident that eventually mellows out. Very opaque and the colour is a bright golden poppy or amber yellowish-orange. Colour is very nice. Head is pretty persistent. A thick cap stays the whole way down and leaves some nice lacing. I've seen lots of weizen and this is probably the best looking one I've ever seen. Can't imagine it getting any better than this.

SMELL: Wheat malt, cloves, and a strong scent of bananas and lemon smack you in the face right away. A nice strong and pleasant scent.

TASTE: Wheat malt, clove, and a strong dose of banana and citrus lemon as well. A healthy dose of spicy alcohol underlines everything as well. The aftertaste is similar to the initial taste and is strong and very long lasting. Alcohol lingers in the back until the end too. A very pleasant taste, but I'd like the alcohol to be hidden a little better.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, goes down somewhat rough with a little bite at the very end. Finishes on the sticker side. I'd like it to be a little smoother.

OVERALL: This is good. The ABV is too high to make it a session beer, but it's very enjoyable and quite drinkable as well. This is like their regular hefeweizen on steroids. A pleasure through and through, one I'll definitely pick up again when I see it. I might even age a few to see if the alcohol mellows and it smoothens out over time. That would just make it killer drinkable and send it over the top.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

This one pours a pale golden yellow. Massive white head. Retains pretty well, leaving uneven sheets of lacing.

Smells like a hefe, mostly of clove and banana, with the banana taking the lead. Smells awesome.

Taste follows the nose. Huge banana flavor, with clove spice and bubble gum. There's alcohol in this? Who knew? I sure can't taste it. 7.7% is expertly masked.

Feel is excellent. Full and sticky. The carbonation is nice and tingly, not overdone or fizzy. Love the spice finish on the tongue.

This is amazingly drinkable. This bottle was like $2.99. Are you kidding me? What a steal! I think this jumps Lion Stout as my best beer bargain. Phenomenal beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Root Cellar.

Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate banana, citrus & spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy yeasty banana sweet flavor with a medium sweet and small alcohol finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew more like a Hefe.

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

500ml brown bottle served in a hefe glass. Poured a hazy pale gold. Lots of carbonation, typical for a wheat beer. Thick white head. Plenty of clove in the aroma more than banana. This is the way I prefer it! Medium to light bodied, nice smooth mouthfeel. Spicy flavor from both the yeast and the wheat. Also some fruitiness. Lingering clove flavor in the finish. You can taste that there is strength there, but it is not hot. Plenty of malt. This is a classic weizenbock.

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a large three finger, foamy, bright white head. Great retention and no real lacing.

The aroma is nice. A bit of citrus starts it out, and is accompanied by some tangy wheat. A nice ripe of banana rounds it out.

The taste is quite good. Some banana, cereal, and a slight bit of bitterness. Seems slightly herbal as well at times.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a high level of a clean and crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This beer is well crafted and brings good flavor, which makes it easy to drink. It's simple, light, and refreshing. Well done.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color, nice head.
Aroma is classic Weihenstaphaner, clove and banana with sweet maltyness. Can not compare with anything else. Mouthfeel is slick but with a nice carbonated finish. Taste is a great balance of maltyness with clear hefeweizen flavors. I have to say an imperial Hefeweisen would describe this nicely. Big and bold but not over powering the intent.

Love it, can't imagine it could be done better.

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Photo of CMW
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still one of my favorite breweries...

A - Pours a cloudy gold color with a massive fluffy white head with decent retention. There is some nice soapy white lacing on the side of the glass. Carbonation is barely visible due to the cloudiness.

S - All your typical scents, bananas, clove, and heavy yeast.

T - Yeast is very noticable up front and mixes well with the banana flavors. I find this tastes very similar to their hefe except for the slight alcohol taste in the Vitus.

M - Light and thin but full of flavors. Carbonation is just right.

D - This is extremely drinkable. Not as good as the hefe but very close. I could easily drink a few bombers of these and at 7+% alcohol, I would be a mess.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.