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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,538 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,538
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 149
Gots: 163 | FT: 6
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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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Bcaulin

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a a wheaty yellow in color. Nice inch of white head -- dense foam. Not getting a lot of lacing, but the head retains for a pretty good amount of time.

Some banana and clove in those nose, but its not completely dominating. There are some subtleties here and its not a very strong smell.

Taste is just excellent. Very refreshing. No shortage of yeasty banana and clove. Definitely get some refreshing lemon and hops in there though. I'm not of huge fan of big banana flavors, and this one is still excellent.

Drinkability is really quite impressive for the style. At 7.7, you won't want to slam them down too fast, but it wouldn't be too hard. I hear people talking about this one all the time, and now it all makes sense.

04-26-2009 20:13:03 | More by Bcaulin
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Nice golden color, becomes an almost electric-yellow when light passes through it. Lots of white head that laces very well.

S- Not extremely strong, but cloves, banana, some spices from the yeast.

T- Follows the nose well. Bananas, cloves, yeasty spiciness. Very good.

M- Light bodied, smooth, clean finish.

D- Very drinkable, almost sessionable if it weren't for the 7.7%.

All in all very good and enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

04-25-2009 04:29:02 | More by LordAdmNelson
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joepais

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

I found this strange cult following assembled in from of the local beer store waiting for this mysterious brew to appear so I had to try it.

Bottle poured into the proper Weihenstephaner glass produced a finger worth of white head that seems to last. The body of the brew was a hazy straw color yellow.

Aromas of the typical German Weizen yeast are going threw my head Bananas, bubble gum and clove. The flavors are the same but with a touch of pepper in there as well as a slight hop bitter. There is a medium to full feel in my mouth with this brew with ample carbonation.

A great Weizenbock another brew I am sure I will be seeing again this summer. Extremely easy to drink and the almost 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found.

04-19-2009 04:00:58 | More by joepais
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pinotboy007

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8%

A - Looks like raw, yellow honey with a bright white cap that descends slowly leaving no lace. Obvious carbonation.

S - Raw banana, clove, yeast, & white pepper. Yum.

T/M - Delcious Weizen! Tastes like its aroma but there's an underlying complexity here that makes this brew a classic. The mouthfeel is dense yet refreshing with the carbonation adding to the enjoyment on this superb spring day in the DC area.

D - The 7.7% ABV pushes it but I'm there - this should be a staple beer in the fridge year 'round. Bravo!

04-18-2009 20:58:00 | More by pinotboy007
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

500ml bottle into a Lowenbrau mug. First had & reviewed Vitus a few months ago after the incessant posting of the one and only ColoradoBobs, but unfortunately I lost the review before it posted. So...here goes again!

Classic weizenbock appearance with a hazed, golden straw body capped by a well-retained centimeter of spittle-colored head. Torrents of carbonation dispersed throughout. Lemon peel, banana nut bread, clove, wheat, and floral hops all balance superbly with one another in the aroma.

Vitus will not be denied! Great flavor profile, with a slick initial presence of wheat and caramel followed by zesty yeast and hops that drop notes of white pepper, clove, and boozy bubblegum. Finishes with a smooth, yet well-carbonated burst of alcohol and fruity yeastiness; body on the thicker side of medium. I suppose its not surprising how much I enjoyed Vitus; after all, it is a classic.

04-15-2009 00:44:13 | More by wagenvolks
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ChemistBrewer

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Got this one in a bottle from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A: Poured a nice bright golden yellow color with a big white head.

B: Smelled fantastic with Many a fruity ester, slight alcohol and some spice notes.

T: Overwhelming spiceyness dominates. Alcohol is apparent as it should be for the style. Would like to see more balance in regards to the spiceyness vs fruitness but it wasnt bad at all.

M: fantastic mouthfeel just enough to give a good body without being too heavy. Almost perfect.

d: The spiceyness and alcohol make this the only one id want to drink in a setting. Not saying I wouldnt drink it again ever just not twice in a night.

04-14-2009 20:24:34 | More by ChemistBrewer
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mjl21

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottling code of 0408 on back. Comes in at 7.7%.

A-When poured, it looks like cloudy pineapple juice. Has a one finger head that dissolves into a smaller foamy layer that stays the entire time.

S-Spice, particularly clove, is the dominant smell. Also getting strong hints of citrus, banana, and green apples.

T-Lots of clove hit upfront followed a really nice citrus blast in the back. Banana notes make themselves known. There is a really nice bready yeast taste along with wheat. Also am detecting white grapes and green apple. There is a nice tingling on the back of my mouth from the hops.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Getting some of the head on every sip results in a nice creaminess.

D-The 7.7% is extremely well hidden. A great beer that can be consumed year round.

Read about this one in the latest BA Magazine and I came away impressed. It is a great beer at a great price point ($2.99).

04-10-2009 17:07:27 | More by mjl21
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Foxtrot

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

The pour yields a very nice pale lemon yellow with a big two finger head. Head retention was decent with minimal lacing.

Aromas are reminiscent of its Hefeweizen counterpart. Lots of yeast, spices and wheat in the nose with a nice banana punch.

Without a doubt, this is a big beer. Abundance of bubblegum, and banana are present with spices and clove at the onset with a nice semi-tart finish. For a big beer such as this, it hides its alcohol really well. Almost too well.

Mouthfeel was full with ample carbonation to top it all off.

I gotta say that this was a spectacular beer, and went down really well for having a 7.70 abv. and has high drinkability potential.

04-10-2009 08:07:01 | More by Foxtrot
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atpben

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured it into my duvel glass. Hazy orange color with about one inch thick head. Got lots of clove and some banana in the aroma. Again more cloves in the taste, banana, and some pineapple. Extremely smooth to drink with the right amount of maltiness. I love this beer. Highly Recommended

04-09-2009 23:48:38 | More by atpben
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

From a 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle no. 5198. Sampled on April 8, 2009.

When the Monks first began brewing this the German Kingdom was just emerging, Benedict IX was the Pope, Byzantine rule was being overthrown in Serbia, and we weren't far off the Medieval Age. This is the kind of beer that the legendary King Arthur himself might have drank as he was saving England.

A - After I let it sit for a bit I served myself at or about the recommended 50 degree Farenheit. The pour was a cloudy pale yellow with a significant amount of foamy white head.

S - The aroma was of strong yeast, wheat, and spices with a mouthfeel that was sort of chewy.

T - The flavor is of hops, wheat, and yeast...very typical of a good bock beer. It was fabulous for its style.

04-09-2009 00:30:52 | More by puboflyons
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Mitchster

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%

$3.29 for a 16.9 oz bottle. A "weizenbock". 7.7% ABV. Pours out to a cloudy straw golden, forming a decent but quick thinning white head with sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. The aroma is not far removed from unibroue...a potent mixture of apple and pineapple juice with hints of spicy phenol. Mouthfeel is brisk, tart, acidic, and medium bodied with a champagne like spritzyness. Opens with apple juice, followed by hints of pineapple and perhaps mango, then cloves, a slight burnt rubber tang, some bready (but not gluey) yeast, and finishes with some crackery goodness. Not ruddy.

Lighter in flavor and color than what I expected. Not dark malts here, just slightly bigger body. Kinda like if you were to upgrade from a domestic macroswill to an "ICE" beer with the letters XXX on it, this is what you would get in the world of Hefe's. I expected more dark malts and complexity, but for what it is, it's a decent hefe.

04-08-2009 22:16:02 | More by Mitchster
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washburnkid

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a proper .5L weizen glass.

A: Very cloudy light golden and dark yellow colors with an enormous 2-3 fingers of white frothy head. Throughout the session, a small head retains just over the surface of the brew. Some smatterings of lacing on my glass.
S: Huge aromas at the pour. Cloves and other spices, wheat, banana and other fruity esters.
T: The cloves and spices are dominant and oh so enjoyable. There are plenty of other flavors, including dark fruity/berry in moments. The sip ends in some citrus and bitters. Metallic notes are barely present, but the balance of this big brew leaves them in the dust.
M and D: Medium-bodied and incredibly slick. A good dose of carbonation brings out the bold spices. This is an easy beer to drink, and the alcohol hides so well that I got a nice warming sensation afterwards that hit me right after the last sip. I've already recommended this to folks in town. I look forward to enjoying this beer again very soon.

04-08-2009 17:06:46 | More by washburnkid
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured into my .5L Erdinger Weizen glass. It pours a cloudy straw yellow with a large three finger, fluffy white head that dissipates after a few minutes to a thinner version of itself. When held up to the light there is a vortex of yeast swirling towards the bottom. This actually looks really cool. Smell is strong wheat with a kick of clove spice and a hint of hops. There is banana, white grape and green apple also present. The taste is a little tart with a kick of clove. All the fruits are present in the taste as well. Everything blends together nicely and all the flavors help show off the others. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. This feels great on the tongue and all the way down my throat. The carbonation is lively enough that it feels alive while I drink it. The Weizenbock and Hefeweizen are becoming some of my favorite styles and this one seems to be at the top of the list for this category. I could drink this all night and then have some more the next morning. Mmmm...Vitus for breakfast!!!

Big thanks to ColoradoBobs for hyping this every night on LNBA and to Vintage Estate for carrying it. I will definitely be picking up more of this the next time I am out there.

04-07-2009 05:16:49 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Alright ColoradoBob, your shameless plugs for the beer finally prompted me seeking out, buying, drinking this beer.... and fearing for my safety if I don't give it high marks.

The beer pours with a much lighter-than-expected strong straw hue and ample carbonation that pushes a quarter-inch head that endures the session. Not as much haze as expected from a wheat beer either, in fact the beer is brilliantly clear with the first pour from the bottle.

Strong malt aromas of Pilsner varieties are accompanied by a rich, yet restrained, plethera of fruits and other yeasty character. The wheat is apparent but with in a back-seat sense to the malts. Hints of spicy phenols (clove) and estery (papayas, mangos, apples, and most of all pears) begin to set the tone as the beer warms. Unusual, yet nice to experience a Weizenbock that's taking on Maibock malt sensibilities.

Again, strong pilsner malts take the forefront with a clean bready, malty-sweet pillow. The wheat adds a delicate and varying sweet-bread taste (shortcake) while the yeast play a big part. Yeasty esters of papaya (not quite bananna), pinapple, fuggi apples, pears, peaches and other fruits that can be found in Juicy Fruit bubble guy come into play in a characterful and complex role (second pour now).

Very clean, crisp, and refreshing in the body-- definately makes for a substantial summer beer. Moderately full and expandful to the mouth; like Duvel, the beer seemingly evaporates in the mouth with a cotton-candy whimsy. Powerful malts veer away from cloying and oily, but toward bold creaminess and roundness. Without compromising drinkability, the beer fades nicely into a medium sweet-bready memory and a light spicy, hop-earthy linger on the tongue.

The beer had a definitive resemblence to Maibocks in the malt profile, but with the beautiful balance and complexity of traditional wheat beers. Is this a marriage made in a brewery (you thought I was going to say heaven didn't you?) Why aren't more breweries doing this? Note: the beer darkens as the subsequent pours are taken from the bottle, but the beer never takes on hazy proportions; maybe Kristalweizen-like (filtered).

04-07-2009 02:34:42 | More by BEERchitect
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a cloudy yellow golden with a 2-finger white, fizzy head. The head sticks around for a long time. Some lacing.

The smell is apple, alcohol esters, yeast, and cloves. The taste is fruity--apples, pears, peaches & even plums. There are also flavors of cloves and wheat. Mouthfeel is crisp, highly acidic.

This is a very drinkable beer. Refreshing, but it packs quite a wallop at 7.7 percent ABV.

04-07-2009 02:24:28 | More by theghost3
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Picked up a couple bottles of this at Green's along Buford Highway. Took a bottle over to my dad's to celebrate his birthday. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow color with a frothy white head. Spicy, citrusy, clove and banana in the nose. Tastes citrusy, earthy, and spicy. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer. Glad this is readily available now.

04-05-2009 21:39:54 | More by jdubjacket
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance: Pours with a large creamy smooth white head that dissipates over several minutes to a thin layer and is easily aroused by a simple swirl of the glass. It leaves a bit of lacing but not much. The beer is a beautiful cloudy golden yellow color.

Smell: My favorite part- Ripe bananas, clove spice, some light berry, light flowers similar to lilac, and a bit of bubble-gum smell.

Taste: Bananas, white grapes, orange, lemon, spicy clove, and small amount of cinnamon, sweet caramel, and a small hop presence towards the end. As it warms it begins to take on a roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and silky, medium bodied.

Overall: Very drinkable, I could drink this all night till the cows come home. So many flavors to think about and experience. The aroma is absolutely amazing!! This beer is an amazing experience yet very easy to drink.

04-05-2009 05:27:01 | More by natasharai
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

A- Large frothy white head rises form this hazy dull golden colored beer as it is pored. The head drops to a thin film capping the beer leaving some lacing but nothing impressive.

S- Sweet ripe banana, light hay and clove spice it the nose first. Also a hint of lemon peal, light sweet fruit, vanilla and a sweet flowery aroma.

T- Subtle waves of complex and sweet flavors make this beer what it is. Lots of nice spice blends beautifully with ripe sweet bananas. Some lemon flavors add a little tang in the middle but then sweet bananas take over again. Hints of vanilla and clove present throughout. Ends with a light hop presence that helps balance the sweetness.

M- Medium bodies beer that seems to float on the tongue. Very smooth and juicy with some dryness and hop nip in the end.

Overall this is a very good beer, amazingly drinkable for the ABV almost no alcohol detectable at all. You could drink this on a cold night or in the summer heat. This is an all season beer!

04-05-2009 05:02:03 | More by br3wmeister
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from .500mL to pint glass (I know not proper)

A: Pours a beautiful orange with a large head but sadly it dissipates quickly.

S: Strong bananas with strong clove. Notes of wheat and some other citrus.

T: About the same as the smell. The banana comes out a bit more as do some other fruit notes. Still strong spiced clove with a nice wheat balance.

Overall: Mouthfeel was good, well carbonated and medium/light on the tongue. Very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed and need to try more of the style.

04-04-2009 08:12:15 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

poured a hazy "weizen" yellow, with a wispy white head that faded down to a film around the edges, left some pretty good lacing nonetheless
smell was wheat and banana
taste was sweet as hell, wheat and banana dominated
mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly well carbonated
drinkability was smooth and easy drinking and it went down way too well for 7.7%

04-03-2009 06:40:08 | More by sliverX
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thirdeye11

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Presentation: Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into nonic style glass.

A: Pretty pale compared to what I expected. Almost no head despite a vigorous pour, no lacing to speak of either.

S: Smells of lemon, clove, mildly of banana. Very appealing and other citrus is present too. This is nice, but not a LOT of aroma without a swirl of the glass.

T: Overly dominated by lemon I cannot imagine someone dumping a piece of lemon in here. Lots of spices (maybe allspice?), lemon zest is super present, some wheaty yeast and banana are in the back, but up front is also a lot of sourness which I feel comes from the lemon zest tastes.

M: A little thin and way overcarbonated for me. Too slick also.

D: I could honestly drink this all night. Would have no problems whatsoever making it the only beer of the night.

I enjoyed it alot, although it is not my favorite beer due to the overwhelming citrus tastes.

04-03-2009 03:03:07 | More by thirdeye11
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Like so many others, ColoradoBobs made me want to try this beer. I managed to find one at Julio's in Westboro, Mass.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an Aventinus glass a hazy, pale straw yellow. Talk about unexpected. A 3-finger white head befitting a wheat beer forms on top and slowly drops to one finger and holds strong.

SMELL: It's yeasty - not a whole lot of banana, but pretty heavy on the clove. A lemony citrus aroma holds strong as well. The wheat smells light and sweet with a crisp tartness. No indication that this is any sort of bock-strength beer.

TASTE: Holy... It's a hefeweizen, but so much more. It definitely tastes bigger, but it's still so light on the palate. There's no sickly sweetness whatsoever, and the whole banana/clove/estery flavors come up just enough to balance. The slightest bit of warming alcohol is there across the palate, but it's wheaty bliss all the way through the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Appropriately medium full, but with a light pillowy feel that you'd expect from a hefeweizen. Carbonation is on the higher side.

DRINKABILITY: How to make a weizenbock more drinkable: make it taste like a hefeweizen. Stunning. You know this beer is bigger than it should be, but it drinks just the same.

This is a home run for sure. Everyone should subscribe to the gospel according to ColoradoBobs and drink one of these now!

04-02-2009 21:53:36 | More by jmalex
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pwsoldier

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Poured an absolutely clear straw yellow with a huge, rocky head. BUT, the introduction of the sediment from the bottom created a really cool-looking invasion of cloudiness in my Weihenstephaner glass that gradually brought the beer to a cloudy yellow. The transition from clear to cloudy was way too cool to watch. Very impressive. Once the head finally disappears though, this beer looks pretty uninteresting. Virtually no lacing to speak of. If it weren't for that, I would've given it a 5 because of the sediment addition alone.

S - Clove, citrus, and some other spices dominate, with the expected banana aromas poking through in the background. Some earthy yeast and wheat aromas come through as well.

T - Sweet fruit flavors dominate up front with some spice and earthy notes coming through in the finish. Citrus sweetness is balanced nicely by the spices and a mild hop presence.

M - Medium-bodied with a somewhat wet finish. Very smooth and kinda creamy, like a good weizenbock should be.

D - Sweet mother of Zeus, I could drink this stuff all night!!!

04-02-2009 06:01:01 | More by pwsoldier
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

500 ml bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC before we could get it here in GA. Poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw like yellow with a slight tint of orange. There is a very tiny bubble white head that is a fills all the space in the glass from the .5l line all the way to the rim. Just the slightest bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: Classic wheat beer aroma including the coriander spice smell. Hints of what seems like orange and possibly lemon peel. Its an interesting aroma.

T: This tastes a lot like a Hefe but with a lot of the flavors cranked up. Big wheat beer flavor with loads of spice character. I think its coriander, but its much more spicy than I would expect so maybe its something else. There are definitely orange and lemon citrus notes. A tasty beer.

M: Its a bit prickly from the spice and carbonation. It is medium in body.

D: The beer disappeared quickly for me. The alcohol is well hidden. However, if you are not a big fan of spice character in beer, this may not be the one for you. Luckily, I love it when it is done right like this one is.

04-01-2009 02:15:49 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

03-31-2009 23:18:26 | More by SaCkErZ9
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