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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,089
Hads: 3,098
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 213
Gots: 415 | FT: 4
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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 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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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, .9 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on November 15th, 2014
Reviewed on June 9th, 2015
Served in a Weizen Glass

Poured a hazy pale gold body with a slight orange glow. Very big and creamy head. Very little lacing.

Big and fruity with banana and pear taking the spotlight. Nice spiced backbone, clove stood out.

Spiced yeast. Banana bread. Bready malt backbone. Sweet finish with a slight tart finish reminiscent to apple cider. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

A truly impressive beer. A must-try for all enthusiasts!

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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 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 Malt_Man
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 500ml bottle into weizen glass.

L) Pale yellow-orange colour, very hazy, lots of bubbles evident. Huge foamy pure white head. Classic hefe look.

S) I'm surprise how little odour it has. A bit of honey-peach sweetness and a bit of wheat beer sourness and clove-ester.

T) Sweeter than the typical hefe. Other than that, pretty standard stuff. Light hefe flavour, the sweet aftertaste is long-running.

F) A bit denser than the standard hefe, but smooth, refreshing and does not feel anywhere near 7.7% ABV.

O) A very nice weissebier. I just don't think it is worth getting hammered from the 7.7% ABV from what it brings to the enjoyment of a weisse. What I would say though is that I paid a very reasonable price for this so I am happy. As a Weisse fan, my recommendation is to try this once but stick to the Hell and Dunkel weissebiers from this brewery.

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Photo of ph001c
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

True to style and it would be hard to tell this from a normal hefeweizen as it hides the alcohol well.

Look: cloudy, warm yellow with sediment at the bottom. Light, thin head that dissipates to little or no lacing

Smell: fresh stone fruit, clean

Taste: begins with apricot, then wheat, only slightly hoppy on finish

Feel: very crisp, bitter but not astrigent, light carbonation

Overall: excellent Weizenbock from an excellent brewery. It lacks the depth of wheat of my favorite hefeweizen (Fransikaner). I paired this with a Peacemaker sandwich (fried, creamed oysters) and it was the perfect accompaniment as the crisp beer cut the heavy flavor and refreshed the palate from the creamy sauce. This works well where you might have a Blanc or Riesling. Pairs well with duck.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good Weizen from Germany. Love Weihenstephan!
Tasted in an Original Vitus Glass, Comes so sweet and smooth, nice banana flave with Tropical fruits. Original Weizen Style, sweet and yeasty. To be honest, I can't really "taste" that huge amount of alcohol... Attention: ist a strong beer....and 2 or 3 VITUS be able to, launch you on a fat trip..... KRASS!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A full throttle bottle,
good looking beer here, golden body with thick white head that sticks
spicy aroma
flavours that are buttery toffee & cloves
all round an amazing beer

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Photo of B4CCHU5
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a lovely visit to the brewery and attached restaurant in Freising after a weekend in Munich. Picked up a case of the Hefeweizen (my favorite hef) and decided on trying 1 or 2 bottles of every other beer the brewery produces. Poured a chilled .5 liter bottle of the Vitus into a Weihenstephaner Vitus glass I purchased.

Look: Hazy caramel with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a faint circle of foam around the edges. Little no lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweet caramel opening with a transition to the classic banana and clove as experienced in Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen. Finishes with dried fruits. I had a dried fig laying around to confirm the similarity in smell.

Taste: The slightly sweet smell translates perfectly to the start of the beer's taste. Big clove in the interim coupled with a hefty wheat and finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

Feel: Medium to full body with only a hint of the 7.7% ABV. Drinks very smooth and refreshing with carbonation on the lower end.

Overall: A fantastic and welcome surprise from the oldest, and one of the finest German breweries!

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Photo of BeerConny
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! It tastes exactly like their hefeweizen except it has more alcohol. You can barely tell the difference since it is well hidden. It definately doesn't drink like it's 7.7%. If more stores carried this i would buy it more often.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste is, as they say, subjective and this may not be the most beautiful or the best looking beer but the aroma is fantastic and the taste, imho, was/is amazing!

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Photo of Premo88
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheatbeer glass

L: milky yellow with massive fluffy white head of foam, about 2-inches tall with good staying power; no sticking off the head and minimal lacing

S: banana and some slight spices (clove, allspice), a little tart grape/lemon; tartness is definitely there, more lemon than anything else

T: banana and a hint of clove, not overly sweet; peanuts ... just a slight nuttiness; sour grapes; slight hints of alcohol in the taste, but only slight ... a little vodka/rubbing alcohol tingle

F: good carbonation, solid weight

O: very tasty wheat beer that is definitely stronger than the average ... the 7.7% ABV is mostly hidden in the taste, but you can feel it early on; classic wheat beer notes of banana with a little spice in it; the sweetness is very restrained

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Photo of FFreak
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku glass. A beautiful cloudy lemon yellow with a substantial pure white head that lasts. Aroma of melon, lemon, bread, yeast, and hard candy. Taste follows closely to the smell concentrating on the melon and tart citrus, with a sweet finish. Mouth is really nice...medium body, fairly high carbonation, refreshing and pure. Overall, delicious....my fist taste of a weizenbock and I'm sure it won't be my last.

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

Well made, enjoyable Weizenbock. Bought a sechs-er (six) pack while in Germany. Pours a cloudy amber with a nice head. some banana to the nose and mouth - strongly weizen-like. Wow!

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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