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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,099 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,134
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 431 | 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 Wiffler27
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a hefeweizen with the burnt orange and nice white head.

the smell is similar to a hefeweizen, saison, and a maibock. i like the banana clove-ishness of a hefe but am not a huge fan of the maibock/saison smell. i think it's too much grass and almost onion aroma.

taste is very much like a hefeweizen. reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe but a toasted version of it. delicious, toasted banana bread but not as sweet. the sweetness gets muted, which is actually nice.

this goes down smoothly and is somewhat thick but not syrupy thick. thick as in substantial.

overall - i think i prefer Weihenstephaner Hefe to this but not by much. another beer from Weihenstephan that I love. honestly i was expecting this beer to be a dark brown color so out of the bottle i was surprised. the light color makes me think of spring/summer but the fact that this beer is thick and warming i could enjoy this in the dog days of winter

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Take your wheat beer to the next level, have a Virus. Brewed to bock strength this is one tasty beast. Aromas of wheat, dough and grains are followed by typical wheat phenols and esters. No shortage of flavor either, an almost wheaty cake taste paired with clove and bannanas . Flavors mesh well and the alcohol is hidden well. What a great beer.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a deep cloudy yellow, a yellow not seen in other beers. smells deep and full of bananas with a strong wheat characteristic, taste is smooth, long and again full of bananas, the higher ABV is undetectable, a delicious brew, feel is complex, full and complicated. a masterful creation, weihenstephaner continues to amaze. love this stuff. the flavors and complexities showed strongest as the beer warmed slightly which I am finding with most of their offerings.

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Photo of hophead723
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Incredibly cloudy and unfiltered appearance with a fluffy white head. There are drooping arms of lacing that decorate the glass until the very end, although the head dissipates rather quickly to a thin cap.

Smell: Full on yeast derived banana-like aroma that is uncannily reminiscent of a Tripel. It has a surprising burst of coriander, which isn't actually present in the brewing process.

Taste: If I were blindfolded and tried this brew, I would say for certain that it is a Tripel. This is a huge compliment because this is a Weizenbock so it has a lot of flavor packed into each sip regardless of style. I perceive a slight grassy tinge from the hops, which are likely all noble varieties. No bitterness here but they do play a role.

Feel: Very silky smooth but somehow light and crisp. This is a result of the brewing process which coaxes numerous desirable traits from the scarce ingredients.

Overall: Very well executed! This is a true German beer and it tastes almost like a Saison. But to accomplish this without a split fermentation is truly genius, making this beauty a real treat. Cheers!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

A: Golden in color with a light haze. Huge rocky head lasts forever and leaves behind a ton of clumpy lacing.

S: Irish soda bread, plump golden raisins, ripe bananas, pears. Vanilla, pepper, and clove phenols. Yeasty must.

T: Bready and crackery malt base, hint of confectioners sugar, soda bread, golden raisins, soft vanilla. Ripe banana. Pear. Pepper and clove. Mild tang and lemony/orange zest. Just the slightest hint of spicy alcohol. Creamy bananas and pepper on the finish.

M: Full medium body, but airy and fluffy in the mouth. Silky with a mousse-like texture and an effortless smoothness. Expressive carbonation.

O: Wow this is good. I tend to favor the darker side of the weizenbock spectrum, but this could change my mind. It's as complex as they come, and it flaunts effortless grace and balance with a seamless integration of flavors. It's very well crafted and has all the intangibles that make for an outstanding, world-class brew.

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Photo of M_chav
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to admit it, this style is growing on me quickly. Lots of soft banana bread pudding flavors. pours an awesome dirty yellow with nice 1/2 foam. this is really nice.. soft keeps coming to my mind when i think of how to describe this beer.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Really hazy, golden, yellow color with a thick 2 inch head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Bubble gum, banana, clove, spices

T: Same as smell, really sweet, a bit spiciness maybe from a mixture of the spices and heat from the alcohol

M: Medium, really lively carbonation

O: Great beer. I love the tastes that the yeast esters give this beer. Smell and taste are excellent.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weizenbock is not normally in my wheelhouse...but I picked this up on a whim and it was very tasty! Nice light caramel with slight roastiness....great stuff and best of the style I've had to date.

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Photo of Zonk
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with thick fluffy white head. Fruity and bready and spicy,really amazing complex nose. On the palate lots of clove and possibly nutmeg, great spice to go along with banana bread flavor. Creamy full mouthfeel for a wheat beer. Really exceptional.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

L - Golden yellow with a huge fluffy white dense bubbles on the head. It looks a beer commercials are trying to imitate.

S- Fruity, banana clove, bubble gum

T - Bready fruity, with a slight hint of bubble gum

Overall this is a great beer. I can see why its one of the old school styles that is still on the top 250 and for its price point of 4 dollars it cant be beat.

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Photo of jmeyer10
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm new to BA and it's forums. Thank all of you guys for most insightful analyses of great beers. In regard to Weihenstephaner Vitus it is excellent. Also, here in Atlanta it is available in 330 ml bottles sold as 6 packs if you want. Nationally, Total Wine carries it. The brewery makes many other beers but only a few are available.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. A great beer. It doesn't taste the same as Belgian Trappist styles but there are some general qualities in common: Fruity, malty, sweet, tangy, banana and nutmeg flavors. Yet this is an accessible, easy to drink beer, very refreshing. And inexpensive! After having my first ever bottle of it I think it will likely be a staple of my fridge and I'll be trying out some other styles from this brewery.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up, because I wanted to try some great German beers that were out of my standard flavor palate like the IPAs that I am familiar with. This one came in a pint with a really nice looking front and neck label. It boasts a 7.7% ABV and is brewed under purity laws of 1516. This ancient beer definitely has a historical element that increases the experience. I was pleasantly surprised.

Look-Pours a cloudy light golden yellow and a thick head that soon settles into a fine lacing. The head leaves
a silky foam on the glass that is very nice.

Smell-I smell banana bread and associated phenols as well as a spicy bread pudding and vanilla undertones mixed with pear. The taste is similar so I’ll stop here.

Taste-It is spicy clove and banana which is very reminiscent of the Trippel by New Belgium that I have reviewed. Look for that review in order to get a better idea of this one. However, this variety is more of a creamy and cloudy version of the Trippel. This German Weizenbock is perfectly sweetened, well-balanced, not hoppy at all, and the alcohol is subtle. This beer really drinks like a 4.5% brew even though it is 7.7% so be careful and especially because it comes in a pint.

Mouthfeel-It has a creamy and buttery feel that is so rare and enjoyable. The carbonation is miniature in the sense that the bubbles are sub-microscopic leaving a pleasant effervescent tickle on the tongue. The aftertaste is like a sticky coating that is resulting from the phenols and organic compounds in the beer.

Overall-This beer was very surprising, because I expected a typical German brew with monotonic flat bread and yeast with a malt-forward experience. Instead I got a complex and creamy brew with such a dangerously refreshing experience that it is no wonder I haven’t tried it before. Do not underestimate this Weizenboch!

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Photo of TH28
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden and hazy, with a moderate white head that holds nicely. Aroma: Smacks you in the fave with intense banana and bubble gum esters. A hint of alcohol on the nose as well. Taste: Layers of rich bready malt up front, spicy clove and banana in the middle, and some doughy/wheat character on the back end. Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy body and high carbonation. Finish: Very malt forward with lingering banana esters. Overall: Great example of the style with the rich bock maltiness intermingling with the German weizen yeast charter and esters.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale gold color with a white head. Wheat, lemon, yeast, banana and mild tart aroma. Wheat, lemon, banana, clove, yeast, biscuit and mild tart flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Yeast, lemon and banana finish.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle marked 1504 18:05:26 at 52 degrees into a weizen glass
$ 3.49/bottle at Oppermann’s (Saginaw, MI)
Aroma lightly fruity with a hint of smoke
Head enormous but stabilizing at eight cm (aggressive pour), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to five millimeters of creamy layer
Lacing poor – few islands of tiny, nearly microscopic, bubbles,
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor very light and slightly sweet and fruity, lacking any maltiness associated with a bock; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of Hop_God
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light hazy straw yellow

S:cloves,, spices, banana.. some grain

T: Cloves, honey, spice, banana

F: so creamy and smooth. great coating on thepalate.

O: yea i mean this ones is a winner as to be expected. good bread yeast fruit and cream..

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

A-pours hazy, amber/straw with plenty of beautiful head that stays till the end

S-bready/yeasty up front gives way to slight clove with some metal/minerality

T-Banana/Clove/black pepper give way to some serious malty complexity and sweetness.

M-Bubbly and light, but with enough body to remind you it's a beer. Love the carbonation.

O-A great, classic beer.Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw and light orange color that is hazy and cloudy. Big foam head and thick creamy lacing retains. Strong aroma of bananas and alcohol. As the drink warms, I detect more bready malts. Taste consistent with aroma; bannana, bready malt and alcohol. Overall a sweet drink with a semi dry and herbal finish. Creamy and smooth, slow but tingly carbonation, light taste but medium bodied feel. Very drinkable. Good with dessert or after dinner. I was impressed.

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Photo of Knilas
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, poured into a tulip. Big white clumpy head tops beautiful sparkling orangey yellow base. Loads of banana and doughy aromas with a lil tangerine note. Taste is the same as the nose, only amplified. Lacing lasts along the glass and a thin white ring surrounds this tasty brew. Mouthfeel is bubbly and refreshing. Very well made Bock. One of, if not the best you'll find. Well worth the coin!

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Photo of beerboy21
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clove, banana and malt sweetness in the nose, with a bit of alcohol. Phenols, some sweetness in the taste, with a slight alcoholic warmth in the throat - the only indicator of the 7.7 abv..

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Yellow topped by a lumpy, 2 1/2 finger white head. Excellent retention.

S- Banana, Clove, grainy bread, and sweet maltiness.

T- The taste is the aroma on steroids. Intense banana flavour backed by an excellent wheat malt backbone. The cloves come in on the finish to nicely accentuate this brews beautiful taste.

M- Medium-Light Body, Medium-Light Carbonation.

O- If my memory serves me correctly, Weihenstephaner Vitus is my first Weizenbock. I've always been a fan of Bocks but this Weizenbock has really opened my eyes to what diversity the style has to offer. This brew has the drinkability and taste of a fine Hefeweizen with the extra kick that the "bock" portion delivers. A fine beer no matter how you look at it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter. This FINE weizenbock pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with a decent white head of foam that dissipates to a thin pool and moderate ring with light lacing. Nose of bananas, clove, fresh baked bread, and sweet malts. Flavors far exceed the nose with rich light wheat flavors, sweet banana flavors to the sides and rear, and a mild clove note on the back that is seared in by the lively carbonated mouth feel. Rich and creamy, lightly chewy, and a long sweet finish that is lightly dry. Most excellent and a most welcome brew.


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Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen on steroids. Some clove in the smell and the pallet in the taste seems to consist of an entire (subtle) fruitbasket full of bananas, oranges and tangerines. The higher abv takes away the smoothness of the Hefeweizen, but makes it a nice beer for those colder and darker nights. Was still very good mid-June though.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a good sized white foam head, that quickly dissipates, leaving nothing but a very small ring of lacing around the edge. Nothing on the sides.

Banana, coriander and wheat are strong on the nose. Sweet honey. Some tart lemon and a squeeze of orange.

Banana takes over out of the gate, followed by wheat, yeast and spices. A little bit of lemon and a hint of other citrus, hard to place. Bready malts are fairly strong on the back end.

Light bodied. Crisp, but quite sticky on the finish. Leaves a very sweet taste in the mouth, that has a nice lingering citrusy wheat flavor.

Overall, a fantastic beer and a easy drinker at 7.7%. Seems like a very versatile beer, drinkable during summer or winter months. Another excellent entry from Weihenstephaner.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.