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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,100
Hads: 3,140
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 214
Gots: 432 | 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 macpapi
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jeez, I'm lucky to have had the Ayinger weizenbock a few days ago. This one may just have the edge. Bright, cloudy golden pour is beautiful. Thin white head with some grip. Esters and ripe fruit aromas on the nose are pleasing, but the flavor is outstanding. More banana and a solid wheat malt backbone make this one smooth-sipping beverage. Way too easy to drink.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy (fingers visible but blurry on the opposite side of the glass) brilliant golden yellow, and forms a massively fluffy white head that barely collapses even when drunk - I don't know that it ever went below a half-finger in height, with appropriately off-the-chain lacing. Carbonation streams continuously through the beer as tiny bubbles.

Smell: Pure ester heaven. Rich notes of banana and clove swell out of the glass, with hints of coriander, peaches, and lush ripe wheat.

Taste: Coriander citrus opens the flavor profile, and is swiftly joined by banana and spicy clove. A spot of peach flavor enters as it moves along, and bits of white pepper emerge at close to the same time. Underlying it all is a light biscuit-cracker malt, which comes more to the front at the finish, leaving behind a lingering mixture of wheaten malt, banana, and peach after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied yet silky, this is an easy-drinking beer, not unlike the feel of a good hefeweizen.

Overall: Less "imperial dunkelweizen" and more "imperial hefeweizen", this is definitely what one would expect from Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Turbo Edition. I'm quite the fan, though ultimately I give the nod to Tap 6 Aventinus for Best Weizenbock Ever.

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Photo of macster
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow and slightly cloudy color. I had to re-check the label to be sure this was indeed a Weizenbock since I have always found them to be quite darker in color. Pour creates a huge fluffy, pillowy white head with good retention. Some isolated streaks of lacing coat the sides of the glass as it drains.

Nose is greeted with huge, assertive aromas of fresh, hot yeast rolls, lemon zest, ripe banana, spices and malted wheat backed by just a touch of alcohol.

Palate was lively and refreshingly fizzy to style with just a hint of slickiness.

Flavor profile seemed a bit lighter than the aromas but was still excellent. Seemed like an amped up hefeweiss with the 7.7% alcohol mixing in well with the flavors of the wheat, lemon, fresh yeast and various spices.

A very respectable balanced beer with a bit of muscle, but still very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance – A light straw colour, or cloudy gold if you want to put it another way. This beer supporst a good ½ inch head of dense foam that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell – There is obviously the smell of a typical wheat beer in here but there is also the hint of many fruits. Banana is one of the most obvious with some pear and lemon hints thrown in for good measure.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very closely but there are also notes of spicy cinnamon and biscuit with clove. To try to sum it up it tastes rather like a cake or a pie with a lot of fruit in it.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy with medium body and a slightly dry finish. There is no boozy warmth in this beer and I was surprised by that as it is quite strong.

Overall – Very soft on the pallet with sweet nip this wheat beer bagged itself the WBA best wheat beer award in 2012. Drink a bottle and you will see why. Fragrant with a hint of plum this beer is an absolute cracker and although strong at 7.7% it does not feel like a heavy beer at all.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip (tasting from July 08)

Pours an extremely pale, straw yellow, with cloudy haze, looks like a hazy pilsner, big soft billowy egg white head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are floral and rich, but softer than say Aventinus which presents a more plum and fig like character, where as Vitus is deep clove, peppery spice, just ripe banana and tropical fruit character. Some hints of white raisin (sounds absurd but green grapes dry different than red).

The flavor is much the same with a balance of clove and fruit as well as some yeasty bready notes. The carbonation is medium high and while the alcohol is very restrained in aroma and taste its light warmth helps to complement the dry character of the beer and complement the residual sweetness of the wheat..

An outstanding Weizenbock and very much an excellent compare and contrast in its approach to Aventinus.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500mL bottle from BInny's Algonquin.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a good amount of white head.

S: Smells of banana, clove, slight pepper, yeast

T: Very similar to the smell - banana, yeast, clove, slight pepper

M: Very full bodied and highly carbonated

D: Highly drinkable with good flavor and low alcohol taste

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, hazy golden hue with a fluffy, white 3-finger head that persists for a moment, then leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of scents similar to a Hefe or Dunkelwezien, but with much more clove and spices, which take the forefront here over the other wheat malt and banana smells that are present.

T - Taste is rich wheat malts and spicy cloves up front, with some subtle cinnamon notes in there too. As the spices subdue, it finishes off with rich banana, and slightly lingering clove. Alcohol is almost impossible to detect despite the near 8% ABV. Bravo! This is tasty stuff for sure.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and mildy carbonated, creamy wheat beer bliss.

D - Drinkability is way high for the ABV here. Though I think more than a couple of these is asking for trouble, haha.

Overall, this is an excellent Weizenbock and highly worth your time to hunt down if you enjoy wheat beers!

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Photo of karait95
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice looking yellow color with some traces of orange, not transparent at all, not translucent with medium carbonation with a nice head that remains sometime on top of the beer, with compact bubbles that let some traces on the glass.

S: Intense citrus smell with some little alcohol inside but it is well done and according the style, maybe some bananas are presents and also orange beside of the intense wheat malty aroma.

T: Citrus flavor, fruity flavor combined with the wheat malts for a very nice and soft combination, also some alcohol esters are present due to the style

M: The mouth-feel is not very hard it is balanced and well done, a medium last ending not bitter not sweet but with some alcohol can be sensed.

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

A: Straw yellow with a huge white head.

S: Coriander, clove and banana hit the nostrils all at once. Very spicy. Wheat begins to creep in with slight bread, lemon and citrus. Very spicy.

T: An overdose of banana immediately comes through along with wheat. tart citrus in the middle and finish with spice and clove and cinnamon interplaying with all these flavors.

M: Crisp and clean with a quick finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Relaxing. Very refreshing and easy drinking with a deceptive flavors! Delicious. /90

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Photo of ixodus
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow straw color with a ridiculous head. It took me a few pours to get this beer going. Strangely no lacing.

S: Primarily banana and clove but there is also some bubblegum in there

T: Similar to the nose with some breadyness added to it. Quite delicious and you would never know it's 7.7% abv. I would definitely consider this beer "Dangerously Drinkable".

M: Smooth and heavily carbonated but not in a bad way.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky pale gold with a huge white head, very simular to the hefeweizen. Smells of bananas & malt with a hint of alcohol. Taste follows the nose with a bit stronger clove note then the regular hefe. Finishes with a noticeable alcohol note, definitely the least balanced beer I've had from Weihenstephaner, but true to style. Overall, another TRUE World Class Bier from the worlds oldest brewery!

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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 nas5755
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a clear golden straw color with a fluffy head that retained fluff. The nose was loaded with banana and yeast esters, bready with wheat the wheat. Great nose that lead the way to a very complex beer loaded with banana and some clove, bready with a light note of ginger before a dry finish replays all the flavors in reverse order. Really interesting. A medium-plus carbonated beer with a nice mouth-feel. I don't seek this out but purchase a bottle from time to time and am always more than pleased, in fact I wonder why I don't buy bottles more often.

This beer is amazing. The spice plus the banana character makes this mind-boggling delicious. I think this is moving up into my all-time top ten and every-time I drink one I realize just how awesome it is.

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Photo of basica
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden into my Erdinger glass yielding a thick, frothy, milky head, as like most Weihenstephaner. The amount of carbonation was well illustrated by the active bubbling taking place below. I was expecting a Weizenbock to be dark but this one looks more like a less hazy Hefeweizen. (4.5)

S - Primarily banana esters and wheat malts on the nose; slightly phenolic with an unexpected dash of salty spices. (3.5)

T - Upfront notes of banana phenols with light biscuity/bready notes, a good amount of spices in the middle and a strong wheat background; light caramel sweetness throughout, lending this a different touch from the regular Weizens (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture going down creamy easy (4.5)

D - Feels like a lightly caramelized Hefe and perhaps, slightly more phenolic and definitely heavier; you can't go wrong with drinkability on a Weihenstephaner with their world class flavors and feel. However, if I wanted something more refreshing, I will stick with the brewery's Hefe Weissbier (4.5)

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Photo of lighthabit
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cm for the bottle. stored with my stash, i suspect it should have been opened a couple months ago.

good head dies down to thin layer all across the top. minimal straggling of lacing. light golden color, sort of a deeper version of the color of pear flesh, small bit of haze. nose has a nice scent of pears, but there's also something there that makes me think of soap, which is a bit off-putting. tastes of pears and cloves (hint of banana as it warms), and the soapy smell thing isn't apparent on the tongue. feels good, better than i expected . . . i was expecting something thinner, and thought obviously not a stout (my preferred style), it has a good feel. oh, and the soapy smell issue seems to go away a bit as it warms . . . feel free to comment if you have more info on that.

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Photo of northaustin
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a scnifter. pours a thick golden yellow with two fingers of white head. some spotted lacing.

smell is a very powerful combination of wheat and fruity yeast. very pleasing.

for a beer of this abv it tastes surprisingly like most standard hefeweizens. the alchohol is masked well but it just doesnt have any unique flavor characteristics of its own. still not bad though.

mouthfeel: very light. doesnt leave anything too noticeable or overwhelming.

drinkability: very sessionable. could be drank in the sun or inside. easy to drink with a well masked high abv. and affordable. i recommend it to all

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, rich, golden color with a 2.5 finger beautiful white head. Beautiful weizen aroma - hot sourdough bread, banana, clove.

Taste is amazing - perfectly balanced. Banana and clove, bready yeast, pepper and lemon. Hefeweizen's big brother, but deeper and more complex. Amazingly refreshing for all this. Dances on the tongue with phenolic goodness and ample carbonation, finishes peppery and light. Amazingly drinkable, any time. A perfect summer/fall wheat ale.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip
A – 2 finger fizzy white head on a slightly hazy golden yellow brew, decent retention, no lacing 3.5
S – Yeasty, fruity, slight citrus banana and peach notes 3.5
T – Bananas more dominate as it warms, yeast, alcohol, and a light spice with a subtle sour 3.5
M – Above average carbonation but not the annoying mouth feel of highly carbonated beers, relatively light 3.5
O – A light highly drinkable high ABV beer, good but not something I’ll seek out unless I have the need to get drunk on a lawn chair some summer day 3.5

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Photo of MisterE
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle purchased at Ward's Supermarket

A - soft golden honey color with fine foamy head that quickly disappears

S - spiciness and mellow sweetness of banana, wheat, yeast

T - very well balanced - not sweet or bitter - with hints of fruit and spice at first, then comes the malt and the alcohol

M - smooth and without too much carbonation

D - at 7.7 ABV, this is very tasty but not a session beer

One of my favorite wheat beers, Vitus is a triumph of Bavarian art.

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Photo of MattyV
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy lemon yellow colour with a big pillowy white head. Average retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet and estery with lots of banana and fruit along with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Taste follows suit with lots of yeast-derived estery flavors: banana, bubble gum, and apple leads into a crisp finish with hints of clove and pepper. Sweet malt profile throughout. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A great beer which drinks very well and struck me much like a suped up hefe, and is a bit dangerous in that regard.

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Photo of cetherid
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass


A murky lemon color with a huge amount of head. Big white frothy head.


I get a big whiff of banana and wheat. and little bit of clove in there.


like the smell. I was expecting something stronger but this is perfectly balanced. nice fruity flavors (banana) at the beginning and at the end I get the wheat and yeast flavors. not too strong and not too weak.


A beer that has some density to it. almost like its a meal. (a little exaggeration of course). A nice full bodied brew. a large amount of carbonation...feels good on the tongue.


about 2 is tops on this. a great tasting beer, but the combination of it being full bodied at +7% alcohol is going to knock it down a bit in this category.

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

Weihenstephaner Vitus

A = Poured a golden yellow with a thick foam head. The foam head dissapates leaving a thin foam lace on the surfaced.

S = Smelt fine clove and a sweet banana like scent follows through and lingers.

T = Initial banana sweetness that gives way to a spicy pepperness. There is a hint of bitterness somewhere in the sea of pear and apple like sweetness.

M = Lightly carbonated so you can enjoy the expolsion of flavours. Very nice.

D = Very drinkable.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Bavarian Wheat Glass.

A: Very bright, looked almost identical to a German Hefeweizen being poured. Maybe just a tad darker.

S: Very much like a hefe as well, but with a definite beefiness of a brew with a bock strength, and a some hints of alcohol as well.

T: A nice strong wheat malt flavor starts the sip that is very hefeweizen like but also a good dose of malt sweetness that is typical in a bock is present as well. A good dose of bitterness from the hops and alcohol hit the palate and just a slight biterness finishes the sip. A lemon note rides all throughout the sip as well.

M: This brew has the somewhat thick feel you would expect from a weizenbock but also the crisp carbonation of a refreshing hefeweizen. Interesting, and actually accompanies the beer very nicely.

D & Notes: Tastes much more like a beefed up a hefeweizen than a strong dunkleweizen, which is usually not what one expects from a weizenbock. That being said, it is a very good brew, and at 7.7% ABV, sneaks up on you in a hurry, as it does have easy drinkability of a wheat beer. I tend to like a weizenbock to be a bit darker and include some caramel flavor, but this is a very good beer and one I could see buying again.

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

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Sweet,bubblegum, hints of banana, clovey and a bit spicey. Overall an absolutely wonderful aroma.

T- Sort of sweet and fruity upfront, fades to a clovey spiciness. A mild earthy, grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Very dry, light bodied and well carbonated.

D- 7.7% ABV, you'd never know it. I could drink quite a few of these. Excellent!

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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