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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,612 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,612
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 161
Gots: 187 | FT: 6
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

andant, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

DevonTheUsurper, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11millsown113, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct. 19 2013. It has been a while since my last weizenbock, but with winter in full swing, now is as good a time as any for another - especially a weizenbock from what is probably my favourite wheat beer brewer.

Pours a cloudy, golden honey-yellow colour, topped at first with over two fingers of pillowy, puffy white head that recedes over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a dense, foamy 1 cm cap and some sticky lacing on the sides. Highly effervescent. The aroma is positively incredible, with plenty of sweet wheat malts, banana bread and bubble gum, with hints of clove, coriander and vanilla. Complex and enticing - what more can you ask for from a sniff?

To put it bluntly, this tastes like their hefe on steroids - and since I'm a big fan of their hefe, that is A-OK in my books. Atop the backbone of sweet, bready wheat malts I can detect plenty of banana and bubble gum, as well as citrus, pear, clove and pepper notes. The finish is yeasty and spicy, with a long, lingering aftertaste along the same vein. Medium-bodied, with some chewiness - it sort of leaves a coating behind on the palate after each sip, and has a smooth and silky feel in the mouth, with a slight prickle from the carbonation. The alcohol is nearly completely undetectable in the flavour, making this the most drinkable weizenbock I've ever had.

Final Grade: 4.55, an impressive A. Vitus is easily one of this brewery's finest creations, and probably one of the best weizenbocks available anywhere. As much as I love Aventinus, I've got to admit - I kind of like this stuff a bit more. This brew is definitely a bit lighter (in terms of both appearance and taste) and more 'hefe-like', which may or may not be a big part of why I like it. But rather than argue that the oldest brewery in the world isn't following style guidelines, I would rather lie back, sip this slowly, and contemplate how said brewery can make such consistently incredible beer. I guess practice does make perfect? This stuff is absolutely worth a try; no fan of German beer, wheat beer, or beer in general should deny themselves the hedonistic pleasure that is Vitus.

thehyperduck, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

scot959, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of SirLordComic
1.6/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Too spicy, too much yeast and alcohol riding atop a decent body. Where's the Dunkel in this? Cloudy and blonde. I'm not an expert but the definition of a Weizenbock provided by this web site is fitting, so maybe the beer is exactly as it should be, and that's something I can't stand drinking, like a Lambic. At first, I could appreciate that this beer had very unique, defined flavors, but they just don't work for me.

SirLordComic, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Fuzzycuffs, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

whatsgoody, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a brilliant Weizenbock!

500mL bottle poured into two weizens!

Two finger head, moderate carbonation

Straw gold

Smells of bananas!

Tastes of banana, bubblegum, and cloves!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing!

This is an exceptional beer. Buy some tonight.

BierStein711, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Poppellian
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poppellian, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

schopenhauerale, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

PortLargo, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Douberd
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, at home, poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a deep yellow/ close to orange colour beer, with three fingers of white, thick soapy head, with excellent retention. Some activity in the glass. Body is hazy, semi-transparent.
Aroma of citrus fruits, bananas, bubblegum, very complex and pleasant.
Wow, fanastic taste! It follows the nose but much more enhanced and empowered. Wheat, bubblegum and bananas the most noticeable elements, with some clove and pepper noteson the finish.
Medium to thick on the body, with just the perfect carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden.
A fantastic beer, aroma and taste blew me away. Make sure to try it if you find it.

Douberd, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

gshak, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

mattyrubes, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Loogs, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Paulkasykes30, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mdagnew, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

ssimpson89, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bruno1187, Dec 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

ryanb22, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow, much like their hefeweizen with a massive white head with tightly packed creamy bubbles. There is a slight rosy pink tint to the beer, similar to how the hefeweizen looked, which may come from the heavy haze which keeps the other side of the glass obscured from view. Lacing is fat and fluffy, again reminding me of the hefeweizen. Honestly, if I didn’t know better I’d say I was looking their hefeweizen right now, as it and this weizenbok look nearly identical. On the nose, this beer is heavy spicy banana, with more clove than in the hefeweizen, slight hints of bubblegum, and some nice light cream and mint notes. The smell is quite sticky and heavy on the nostrils in contrast with all other Weihenstephaner beers I’ve sampled. The beer tastes wonderfully of banana bread, cloves, and slight bubble gum. The banana flavors are more over ripe than in other wheat beers I’ve sampled. The beer begins with light spicy clove and faint banana before opening into bready banana flavors with slight bubblegum/mint hints and a creamy banana smoothie note. The aftertaste is light with banana. On the mouth this beer feels chewy and creamy, of a medium to thick viscosity, with creamy carbonation on the tongue that really starts to remind me of a banana smoothie. The mouth is left clean, save for a slight creamy ichor of sweet saliva. Overall this is another terrific wheat beer from Weihenstephaner, similar to their hefeweizen but a bit thicker and heavier in the stomach. A classic for sure! Drink this beer.

Maxwell, Dec 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Rau71, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kp29, Dec 24, 2012
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,612 ratings.