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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,307 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2307
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


Brewed by:
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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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a moderately hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of doughy wheat, banana and yeast, classic Weihenstephaner; these wheat beers small really good. Flavor of semisweet wheat, clove, apple and pear juice, turns drier with a slight tartness and grassy hops before finishing with light wheat and estery fruit juice. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. One of the last of the wheat beers from this brewery I've had the pleasure to drink and certainly one of the best ones. Interesting flavor progression with a pleasant play of lightly sweet versus dry elements. The flavors are well balanced and spicing is deftly done. One of the world's great beers. Sometimes I wish there wouldn't be so many interesting beers to sample so I could drink Weihenstephaner wheat beers all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:12:12 | More by LiquidAmber
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RandomExile

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: translucent but hazy amber/orange, yellow in the light; fluffy off-white head
S: lemon-citrus, faint clove, yeast
T: bready, orange, a little clove
M: medium-bodied, dry, tang of carbonation
O: Well-rounded, with just a hint of alcohol peeking through, which is fairly impressive given the almost 8% abv. It's a beer you'll be tempted drink like a sessionable, but it'll catch up quickly.

500mL / Weizen Glass

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 06:58:05 | More by RandomExile
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow/straw color with a voluminous, white, frothy head; ample retention and generous wet lacing. The aroma is of clove, straw, wheat, lemon zest, and hints of citric and lactic acid. Some orange rind and hay as well. The flavor is similar with a predominant clove and wheat bastion reinforced by lemon and orange citruses. Some straw, hay, and other light earthen notes comprise the middle. More banana on the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety yet lively with a wet but refreshing finish. A touch of clove and citrus linger. Overall, this is a wonderful beer and a personal favorite. The clove predominance combined with a bit of a “beefier” mouthfeel compared to the hefeweisse makes it a wonderful variation of another excellent Weihenstephaner offering. Well balanced, rich in complexity, and a superb example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:34:04 | More by eclipse54
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T100Mark

California

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 16.9 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow/orange color. Hazy. A big head made up of very fine bubbles. That big head never entirely disappears. No lacing to speak of. A unique looking beer.

Smell - Sour. Bananas. Alcohol.

Taste - Sour. Bananas. Bread. Sour. Pineapple. Sour. Spice. Sour.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. Tart.

Overall - This is my first experience with a Weizenbock so I'm not exactly sure what this beer is supposed to taste like. This beer has that Belgian sour taste that I enjoy so much. The malt is also prominent. Other flavors include fruit and spice. What a complex, delicious brew! I guess I like Weizenbocks.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:03:27 | More by T100Mark
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into a weizen glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours a very hazy golden yellow with 3.5 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate to 1/2 a fingers width that remains throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves almost zero lacing.

S: Tons of spice, pepper and clove; fruity phenols, citrus notes and estery yeast.

T: Not as much spice as the nose, but more sweet notes. Dark fruits, clove and peppery spice, citrus.

M/D: Full body, appropriate carbonation, nice mouthfeel and drinkability is good.

O: This is really a great beer, and the price is right too. Definitely something I will be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:54:17 | More by zac16125
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a hazy and cloudy golden-orange color with a big foamy white head that has great retention, eventually leaving behind some lace as it settles

S- earthy and musty yeast gives way to some fruity esters of banana, pear and apple with a hint of bubble gum. Aromas of dried hay and crisp wheat close it out

T- fruity notes continue through on the palate, picking up lots of banana and pear. Light clove flavor mixes with crisp wheat with some earthy tones on a dry finish

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a foamy finish, very drinkable for nearly 8%

O- crisp and refreshing for the summer, heavy enough for colder months. An all around great beer

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 22:28:49 | More by Treyliff
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Jay_Ulreich

Indiana

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a taste for something German, and this is exactly what I had in mind.
A- Bright crystal clear golden color. Lots a carbonation. Fluffy white head.
S- Mmmmm smells like banana bread, pale malts and I can definitely detect German hops. Epitome of what a German beer should smell like, IMO.
T- This beer is sweet, and the hop bitterness is very forward, but it sort of backs off and then the malt shines through, I get earthy floral hops and then they get shy and retreat. Yeast flavor is apparant, and good. I taste some kind of metal, but Im not sure if this bottle is just kind of old or not. Solid though, just what I was craving. Well hidden alcohol.
M- creamy and smooth. A well crafted brew for sure. Its the middle of winter, but I can enjoy something like this all year round. Although I prefer a Marzen or a doppelbock, this sure is hitting the spot right now.
Overall, I love this style and brewery, its definitely nothing mind blowing, or even anything Id probably ever go out f my way to find, but beers like this hold a special place in my heart/palette. Every once in awhile I like to brake away from American hop bombs and go back to a good old fashioned German style anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:45:19 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse...OCCASION: celebrating a week of sickness ... APPEARANCE: thick, snow white head that occupies half the glass; cloudy, faint pale orange body; smooth wispy cloudlike lacing... AROMA: beautiful clove and cinnamon/nutmeg mix with grapefruit and citrus to produce a celebration of scents... PALATE: as drinkable a 7.7% ABV as you'll find; soft, warming sensation at the throat; slightly active overall...TASTE: slightly tart at the lips; a clean, ever-so-subtle malty base; a bit yeasty late; unmistakable wheat, clove and citric kick--a pleasure... OVERALL: as far as gift sets go, this Weihenstephaner is among the best in recent memory--five above-the-standard beers and a handsome weizen glass made the price equitable...formidable but balanced, smooth yet arresting, this beer delivers the malt that sets it apart from its gif-pack brethren...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 05:04:36 | More by dacrza1
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a white-ish pale color with bright white cola-like carbonation which fizzles out immediately. Hazy, with a still surface. No lacing.

S: Straight up banana bread dough, a little spice (clove, cinnamon).

T: Same, a little wheat, with a moderate sweetness which kind of limits the drinkability.

M: High, fizzy carbonation and medium body. Hint of a milky texture. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Decent. Interesting flavors, but not something I can drink more than a small pour of. A bock strength wheat beer is just not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:12:41 | More by pmarlowe
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: golden straw color. Very foggy with a big white bubbly head.

S: bananas, cloves, hay, and lemon.

T: this is a very impressive beer. Banana, cloves, lemon, wet hay, orange peel, butter, fruit bread, raisins, and some sweets. So good.

M: perfectly medium and buttery. It's got a residue-y feel or a straw-y feel to it. It's awesome.

O: this is damn near perfect for a dopplebock. Taste is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 05:37:55 | More by titty_mcbitty
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BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, cloudy yellow color with quickly disappearing white head.
S: Yum! Wheat, banana bread, honeydew melon giving it a distinct sweet smell.
T: Yum! Creamy, sweetness, with hints of banana, melon and wheat.
M: 7.7% but you would never know it. Not a hint of alcohol, and that is a compliment.
O: This is a very good wheat beer, one of my favorite wheat beers of all time!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:22:41 | More by BSK_ONE
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Gator Bev in Gainesvile. Pours hazy yellow with a massive 3 inch fluffy white head on top. Nice sweet wheat malt aroma with banana esters, spicy yeast, some buttery honey. Just right. Light to medium bodied with lots of bubbly carbonation and a clean crisp finish. Flavor is sweet wheat, funky banana spice and yeast, hay. Very crisp with lingering hay and banana on the palate. I have really started to appreciate these nice and easy drinking classic German brews that Weihenstephaner makes. Cheap, too! Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:44:38 | More by BMMillsy
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leonGomez

New York

4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seeing this beer first hand in the glass made me feel a bit uncomfortable because the color caught me off guard. It seemed to have a orange tint to it. Other than that it proved to be an above average brew worth the effort in enjoying. I intended to drink this in a rush but the flavor is asking me to perhaps slow down a bit. Thus the alcohol content is easily felt on the first sip.7.7% as the bottle read.

I recommend this beer because of its different nature. it doesn't posses a heavy body which means you can drink this all night long without getting full.

Get it!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:31:11 | More by leonGomez
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Hazy orangeish yellow color with a one-finger head
S: Bold with wheat, banana bread, clove, yeast... so complex and inviting, I could smell this forever
T: Banana bread, a bit sweet, soft wheat, coriander
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation but fits the style perfectly
O: This is a wonderful beer. For my palate, if the taste were just a bit less sweet (or possibly a touch more bitter to balance the sweetness) it would be almost all 5's. Either way, this bottle cost only $3 and for the price I would challenge anyone to do better

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 23:16:45 | More by ONUMello
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted 1 January 2014. First beer of the new year.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, a lovely color, bright and inviting, and reminiscent of tall grasses in mid-summer.

Smell is an eruption of yeast and wheat. It's like an over-the-top, high-ABV hefeweizen, which is as I think it should be. Big alcohol-soaked banana bread, with a decent dose of delicate spice. This is the epitome of what a yeasty wheat beer should smell like. Wow.

Taste is excellent, but a bit boozier than I'd like it to be. Starts out sweet and fruity, full of banana esters, becomes bready, then drifts to boozy. Dries out nicely, like corn husks.

Feel is top-notch as well. Medium-heavy body, but buoyant and expansive. Carbonation is near-perfect, fuzzy and lasting. Wow again.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It's a touch boozy, but that's understandable. The balance of smells and flavors, the feel, the whole package. Unlike most beers, as I mentally dissect it, I'm even more impressed by it. Weihenstephaner is, in my opinion, the king of wheat beers, and this is a perfect example of why.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:10:26 | More by zeledonia
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Is a hazy golden yellow. Like dark straw with tick white head that dissipates leaving a lace that slides down the glass.

S: Gives off a very apparent aroma of banana bread that must come from the yeast. Absolutely one of the most inviting beers I have ever smelled.

T: Again the banana bread is up front with a bit of a spice on the way down. Very drinkable at 7.7%, I'm having no trouble downing the bottle.

M: Spicy from the carbonation on the tip, but ends up quite velvety and smooth as it finishes. I hate to beat a dead horse here, but so much like drinking fresh banana bread!

O: Just a wonderful weizenbock. The banana esters and velvety mouthfeel make what should be a boozy brew very drinkable. 10/10 will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 11:22:53 | More by xseanprimex
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MilesBBN

Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Similar to the weissbier surprisingly a little more yellow. Nice and hazy, golden, but still translucent.

S- Again, similar to the weissbier, but a more "earthy" smell to be honest.

T- Refreshing, again earthy, very wheaty but lacking the banana notes of its Weihenstephaner relatives.

M- Crisp, clean mouthfeel that doesn't linger around and ruin the exceptional taste at the end.

O- Tasty beer, my first time trying it and I was impressed to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:39:46 | More by MilesBBN
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RaulMondesi

California

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just chillin hard after going a lil too deep on New Years Eve and this Vitus is treating Raul quite nice. Glowing a gorgeous yellowish orange like the Newport Coast when Raul paddles out at 6 AM, this thang is alive. Taste is a bit funky and tart like when my baby mama gives me some after brushing with Colgate.

Yeah, like Raul's dentist recommends, Raul wouldn't mind having a Vitus two times a day.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:18:16 | More by RaulMondesi
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean, light straw golden, with a massive head of white carbonation. Lace is minimal, oddly. Maybe it was my glassware.

Aroma is bubblegum, clove, spices and malt grains. Absolutely perfect -- aromatic and appealing.

Taste is sweet up front, with a definite spicy character. I get honey, wheat, clove, and bubblegum. Complex, flavorful, and very refreshingly session-worthy, despite the relatively high 7.7% ABV!

A delicious brew, and highest marks.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 17:52:13 | More by secondtooth
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a darker beer when I poured into my glass but Vitus is a hazy golden yelloe color.
A bright white head forms on the pour which is quite tall. The dense and stiff head lingers for a good while and actually never really melts away but instead lingers as a dense and thick collar.

The nose is big and bold in the hefeweizen tradition but not much more. Yeasty esters of banana and cloves and a sweet malty aroma are present.

The flavor is big and bold with ripe bananas and cloves. The sweet malts gives a silky feel.
The feel on the palate is light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation enhances the feel.
Very easy to drink . I like that as I approach the end, the beer is still flavorful. Some hefe's tend to wash out or go flat as they warm. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 13:55:49 | More by micromaniac129
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bavarian Lodge

A) Hazy dark orange and yellow with a two finger head lots of lacing.

S) Very wheaty, clove, banana, sour apple, bready,

T) Doughy, clove, gum, wheat, toast malty

M) Thick and chewy.

O) absolutely delicious. I paired it with a knockwurst

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 16:35:13 | More by NewGlarusFan
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erickehoe

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, marked "9343," poured into a hefeweizen serving glass. I'm watching the Maple Leafs and the Penguins play as I review this.

A - Beatiful, hazy straw color with a light, airy white head of about a half inch. Not sure how it could look any nicer.

S - A mix of fresh baked dough, banana, and a buttery yeast. A little peppery, a little "bottle-y."

T - It tastes like it smells. There's a bready, doughy quality at first, and as it goes down a little peppery and "bottle-y." Some cloves. Finishes with some great maltiness, almost overwhelming.

M - Rich, velvety mouthfeel, still providing a little bit of "bite" with the pepper.

Overall I would call this a great Weizenbock, in my little experience with the style. Doesn't get much better than this for a drinkable beer with an above average alcohol content. Truly a testament to the brewing practices of Germany.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:23:42 | More by erickehoe
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Redneckwine

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold bomber into wine glass (classy right?)

Appearance - Tawny, glowing, golden, and hazed over. Ample 2 finger head dissipates into a fizzy, persistent foam cap and color. Not much lacing, could be the wine glass :)

Smell - ...is intense. Fruity, yeasty, banana, spicy, and ends with a touch of malty wheat.

Taste/MF - Fizzy carbonation up front is on point, medium bodied, smooth. Much like the nose, taste is chalk full of fruity, yeasty, citrusy, spicy (ginger/coriander/anise) character up front, then mellows out heading towards the finish line with wheat, a bit of sweetness and lingering spiciness.

Overall - Absolutely delicious. This beer is so flavorful and smooth, it's hard to believe this brew wasn't spiked with a bunch of fruit or spices. One of the best wheat beers I've ever had, and it's not that expensive to boot!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 23:49:38 | More by Redneckwine
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours with a huge, fluffy, white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head dies down releatively quickly to a nice white topping the beer. The beer itself is a lovely golden hay color. The nose is what I would expect from a Weihenstephan beer, very estery, lots of banana, but also with lots of darker (think candied) fruit smells.

The taste is light and wheaty, for a 7.7% alc beer, this is really really well hidden alc, not boozy at all. The beer has a fairly nondescript flavor, its a little bit sweet up front (no hop bitterness at all) and has a quite sweet aftertaste too.

The mouthfeel here is great, very wheaty and full on the palate.

This is a very interesting beer, I think I prefer the straight up Hefeweizen from Weihenstephan better, but this is a tasty example of a style that is hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 14:29:00 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, yellow color with a one-finger frothy white head. Wonderful aroma of citrus, banana, and clove. The taste is right in line with the smell. Strong yeast flavors that really bring out the banana and spice. Medium bodied and the carbonation was spot on. Dry finish. A delicious beer - very similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - that is worth picking up if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:56:57 | More by Jacobob10
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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