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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,301 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2301
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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edwado

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is without a doubt the greatest bargain in the beer world.An absolutely stunningly looking beer and everything else about this beer is perfect.In the summer after a hot day
there is nothing more refreshing on this great Earth of ours that is better to drink than
Vitus.Just fantastic stuff but be careful this beer is much to easy to drink with a high ABV-7.7%.I like this better than Aventinus but obviously you can't go wrong with either one.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:01:50 | More by edwado
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beernut

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up at my local LS. Price is around $2 and change. From what I heard, may be slim pickins by winter. But anyway here is what I thought:

A) A pale golden color, cloudy. Has a froathy white head. Poured nicely into my glass.

S) Full of aroma. Nice citrus floral smell.

T) A floral hop, followed by citrus, almost fruity. It is extremly refreshing on the palate.

M) Very crisp, goes down smooth, almost a taste of banana.

D) I purchase this beer every week, with hot summer days approaching, this beer will quench my thirst.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 02:04:23 | More by beernut
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.

This pours a hazy yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of wheat, clove, sweet malt, and some citrus. Nice.

The taste has a healthy wheat flavour along with some yeastiness, strong notes of banana, mild notes of clove, nice sweet malty tones, and some citrus.

Medium mouthfeel here and very well carbonated, it finishes spicy and with a kick of some lemon citrus.

Very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden and I could sip on this all day!

Head retention turned out to be very good and there's plenty of sticky lacing.

Bottom line: This is a very well crafted Weizenbock and when it comes down to it, I prefer it over the also excellent Aventinus. I wish it was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 18:12:54 | More by Bitterbill
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karst

Missouri

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow to light gold. Very light for a weizenbock. White head tall and dense/rocky but shortened by 7.7 abv as is the lace.Low banana and moderate clove spicy phenolics play with well behaved alcohol presence.
Vitus doesn't taste like a weizenbock at all, but like an imperial hefe weizen. Banana esters emerge with warming but are low
unless my cold is masking them.

Slightly fullish medium mouthfeel. High carbonation.

Unique example of Weizenbock with only most subtle hints of melanoidins.

Ultimately drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 21:03:47 | More by karst
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 05:16:49 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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Celt44

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a cloudy golden glow - like a sunrise over a misty Bavarian vale.

Aroma - Citusy lemons, spices - clove, nutmeg. Hints of plum.

Taste - Lite lemons, banana clove, hints of ginger spice. A touch tart. One of the best I've every tasted in the style..

Moutfeel - full and creamy. Beautiful.

Overall the best beer I've had in quite some time. I'm regretting I only purchased one bottle....back to Wegmans!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 18:31:25 | More by Celt44
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Destral

Nevada

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 1 pint, .9 oz bottle of Vitus at Khoury's.

Appearance:
Poured a pale, cloudy, golden color into a Weizen glass. It was much lighter than I expected from my limited knowledge of the style, but I noticed it was lighter in the bottle when buying it. Initial pour resulted in a solid 3 finger head that dissolved after about 5 minutes. A thin foamy layer remained which produced moderate lacing while drinking.

Smell:
Noticed banana with a bit of honey and a faint citrus smell, perhaps lemon.

Taste:
This tasted like a heavier, stronger hefeweizen, with a lot of the traditional flavors present. The malt was much more rich though. Hints of banana came through a bit as well and a slight kick of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
The Vitus tasted very smooth, almost creamy.

Drinkability:
This was simply one of the better beers I've had in a long time. Absolutely delicious! Even with the slightly higher ABV, I could see myself easily drinking these all night if it was more readily available in the area!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:46:26 | More by Destral
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blackc5

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A somewhat dark, cloudy, golden straw with a tremendous billowing head. Medium retention but little lacing.

S - Deep aromas of wheat, banana and some citrus - orange or lemon zest. A bit of bread comes through on the wheat, and the yeast is readily apparent.

T - An amped up hefe - amazingly fruity and complex with a wonderful balance of wheat, malt and citrus. The peach, banana and pear fruitiness and yeasty spiciness is perfect, especially as it warms a bit. I would recommend drinking at the warmer range of the suggested temperature. Some honey sweetness that does not overpower. Outstanding.

M - Enjoyable medium body with medium+ carbonation. Somewhat crisp finish despite the lingering syrupy feeling on the tongue.

D - Everything their hefeweizen is and more - a wonderful beer all around, and a new favorite. I would buy this by the case if I could.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 05:29:58 | More by blackc5
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with an abundant white head. There is excellent head retention. The smell is of malt and also some banana esters, which are both very inviting. There's some malt breadiness and fruity sweetness in the flavor. There are flavors of banana and citrus. This is very tasty. The alcohol kick is not strong in the taste. The flavors do a great job of covering it up. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fantastic. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 18:07:05 | More by acevenom
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Is a hazy golden yellow. Like dark straw with tick white head that dissipates leaving a lace that slides down the glass.

S: Gives off a very apparent aroma of banana bread that must come from the yeast. Absolutely one of the most inviting beers I have ever smelled.

T: Again the banana bread is up front with a bit of a spice on the way down. Very drinkable at 7.7%, I'm having no trouble downing the bottle.

M: Spicy from the carbonation on the tip, but ends up quite velvety and smooth as it finishes. I hate to beat a dead horse here, but so much like drinking fresh banana bread!

O: Just a wonderful weizenbock. The banana esters and velvety mouthfeel make what should be a boozy brew very drinkable. 10/10 will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 11:22:53 | More by xseanprimex
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle properly poured into a 23-ounce Hefeweizen glass at approx. 50 degrees, yields a HUGE white rocky bumpy head over a cloudy light orange body. Pretty beer. Head fades away rapidly, despite ample carbonation.

Intense aroma like a Hefeweizen on steroids. Bubble gum, banana, clove, cracker malt, more banana, pepper and -- get this! -- pepsin (as in the old "Beeman's Gum"!) is very evident. Notes of spearmint! Sour apple. Maybe the most fascinating aroma I've ever experienced in a beer.

Taste is close to the aroma, though the clove and bubble gum are the primary high notes, over a solid cracker malt middle and a notable mint-y back note. As this warms, the pepsin and mint become more apparent. Wow, what a fascinating flavor. This is really right up my alley. Crisp, grassy, yeasty, and weirdly spicy-minty. Unique. Completely unique.

Mouthfeel is not what I anticipated for a Weizen-Bock, but still is ample and round. As mentioned earlier, much more like a Hefeweizen on steroids, and that goes for the mouthfeel. Alcohol is present in the mouthfeel at the finish.

Drinkability is very high, despite the alcohol, because there are just so many flavors here.

This is an utterly unique beer, pushing the limits on the style. I would call this an "Imperial Hefeweizen" rather than a Weizen-Bock, since it has so many of the H-W characters just lifted about 50%.

Overall, an exceptional and weird beer. Not everyone will like this. I do . . . a lot!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:09:07 | More by ColoradoBobs
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is the one I have been wanting for a while.

Have you ever had the taste for a certain type of beer, but you weren't sure where to find it? Nothing you have had previously was quite the one you were looking for. You had a pretty damn good idea what flavors you were craving, but just couldn't fill the void of taste that you were experiencing. That's been me for about two weeks. Not anymore. I found it!

This gem of a brew pours a nice golden yellow color with just the slightest bit of haze. Big, fluffy white head rises above the lip of the glass. Not much lacing, but that's ok. Lots of bubbles racing to the surface.

The aroma is filled with banana, clove, pepper, and a bit of yeast. Touch of alcohol comes through, also. Wheat and a touch of fig is noticeable, too. Smells yummy. As it warms, the spices become stronger.

The flavor nails it. Dead on for the style, imo, and my cravings. Warming banana spice bread seems to be filling my mouth. Maybe a bit of raisins in there too...just a few though. A little bit of bubblegum comes in for a second, just to sweeten it up a tad. Nice spice character works well with fruitiness. This one is damn tasty.

Smooth body with just a touch of prickleyness (is that even a word?) on the tongue. A little bit warming, but the alcohol isn't really noticed. Extremely drinkable. The extra bottle I bought is now gone. I'll be picking more of this up on my next visit to the store.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:10:09 | More by Imstillthegman
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DovaliHops

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely beautifully cloudy golden-hay color with nice white head. Scent is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Such amazing clove, banana, apple, and peach scents that are crazy bold for how cold this beer is right now. Can't imagine what it's like warm. Taste is just as it smells...I think I just fell in love. Why have I never bought this beer before??? I always pass it up. Needs to have more hype if you ask me. Such amazing fruit flavors...I'm getting green apples, pears, peaches, melon, and white grapes. I also get bold clove flavors with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is very crisp due to the nice carbonation and drinkability is EXTREMELY HIGH! I'm very shocked with this beer right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 07:24:56 | More by DovaliHops
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musicman575

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. One time I drink it and it is like orange juice for breakfast, but beer for an afternoon. Another time I drink it and I am seduced by the exotic clovey spiciness. A beer that obviously knows how to keep her suitors excited.

transparent she is not, but at first sip, all of her mysteries are revealed: the strong wheat malt, the veluptuous mouthfeel, and the sexy spices. She is also quite the dominatrix (7.7% alc.). You'll lose control in no time (and be okay with it).

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 00:35:50 | More by musicman575
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the worlds great beers and I meet up for the first time, we have somehow missed each other over the years. We come together in Cork, Ireland of all places, I saw and bought this bottle in 'The Abbot's Ale House', and reviewed it in my hotel lounge. Sadly the glass used was a half-pint tumbler, I would have loved the correct glass.

The beer poured a lovely lemony yellow, slightly cloudy, almost murky. A pure white head sat on top for both pours, the beer a darker lemon colour on the second pour.

The smells were a fantastic mix, yeast, vanilla, sweet banana and semi-sour cooking apples all rolled into one.

The taste held all the aroma ingrediants along with some grapefruit citrus hints added. Unusually for this style, a maltiness could also be found in the wonderful amalgamation of flavours.

I was at one with the world while drinking this beauty. The 7.7%ABV just sits within the flavours without being noticed, a truely amazing and one-off beer (as ColoradoBobs has been telling me for years).

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 12:09:11 | More by BlackHaddock
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MrVonzipper

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy apricot color with a giant 1-2 finger frothy white head with phenomenal retention and lacing. 

Pale malt and banana peel make up the nose. 

Flavor is just amazing. The epitome of what the style should taste like. Big bright banana flavor and bright fresh wheat. 

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Fresh and crisp with high carbonation. 

The best weizenbock I can possibly imagine.  

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:32:12 | More by MrVonzipper
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droomyster

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely foggy dark gold to light amber colored body, topped by a frumpy white head with excellent retention. Its aromas are very spicy and wheaty. Tons of cloves hit my nose right up front, with subtler nutmeggy notes, and the promise of sweet wheat to come. Taste is delicious beyond delicious, practically want to you close your eyes and purr. Rich flavors, but none of them unruly or overbearing. Taste is almost entirely consistent with the nose except that dark fruit notes, like plumbs or dates, enter the mix (especially on the finish). Body gently unfolds upon touching the tongue, going from lightly tingly to luxuriously creamy and mouth-filling, all within the space of a second. One of the best slow-sippers for reading a book or enjoying a nightcap that I've encountered. Positively delectable.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 05:15:39 | More by droomyster
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BklynJRO

New York

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful golden butterscotch color. A tremendously pure white full head that dissipates gradually. Poured into a snifter, not quite opaque.

S: Rush of bananas, fruity and sour aroma. Maybe even a hint of pineapple and spice.

T: Completely satisfying. Exceptional. Initial taste is sweet and sour. After taste is full of bananas and spice.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Leaves little coating.

This is an excellent Weizenbock, especially for the price. The alcohol content is moderately high for just how delightfully drinkable this beer is. I think it'd be excellent in any season.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 23:12:47 | More by BklynJRO
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass at slightly warmer than refrigerator temperature.

L - Hazy deep gold color with a huge 4-finger thick, creamy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention but not much lacing. Lots of bubbles. Looks great except for the fact that it’s a little light in color for a weizenbock.

S - Tons of banana. Also clove, bubblegum, rich malt, wheat, and yeast aromas. Smells rich but sweet and refreshing at the same time.

T - This beer is outstandingly delicious. Sweet banana, bubblegum, and caramel malt flavors with spicy clove and yeast notes. Also enough bread and wheat notes to make it taste like banana bread. Outstanding.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, tons of mouth-tingling carbonation, rich a creamy mouthfeel, and a refreshingly dry finish. Sweetness, tingling from the carbonation, and dryness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O - I’m not usually a big fan of wheat beers, but this beer makes me want to explore way more of them. It is absolutely fantastic. It smells, tastes, and feels terrific with absolutely no sign of the 7.7% ABV. I can definitely see why this was named the best beer in the world at the 2011 World Beer Awards. Close to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:31:02 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle while shopping at Sam's Quik Shop.

Pour looks like a hefe, honestly. Very cloudy yellow with a thick white frothy, bubbly white head.

It just smells like their Hefe, loads of bubble gum and banana. It smells sweeter, with more of the honey malt coming through, and I like it. So much damn banana....

The taste is just pure banana, honestly. Theres not much other to it. Others get some kind of flavors that take away from the yeast, but this one really just accents the yeast so damn well. The yeast really tastes like banana, and thats all. Theres a bit of spicy clove that really just balances things out totally.

It shouldnt be this drinkable for nearly 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 01:31:52 | More by VncentLIFE
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ChestSplitter

Mississippi

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite German beer.
Just a fantastic example of what they do with wheat beer. Wonderful banana aroma and just the right amout of spices in the taste. A wonderful experience to drink slow and enjoy; unfortunately that can be the hard part.
As above, the best beer from an A+ brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:41:19 | More by ChestSplitter
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Bobheed

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with tons of carbonation. Has a two finger thick, soapy white head. Eventually the beer clears up into a quite clear gold with lots and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom

S: Getting lots of herbal spices and bready notes. Simlar to sourdough bread, also a bit of cloves and earthy types of aromas. Hops slightly detectable

T: Follows the nose well. Tons of huge bready notes with some spice in there as well. Has a bit of sweetness on the backend with some honey notes

M: Thick and creamy and highly carbonated. Excellent.

Overall this was excellent. I'm not too familiar with the Weizenbock style, but this one has got me intrigued. Top notch stuff

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:33:37 | More by Bobheed
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a weizen glass

Vitus pours a hazy straw yellow. Tons of carbonation. Creamy white head with great retention. Some sticky lacing. Having never had a weizenbock before, I was expecting a darker color. Regardless, this looks very inviting

Fantastic aromas of banana and cloves, bubblegum, crisp wheat, lemon zest, spicy coriander, and honey. All shine through wonderfully. Hefeweizens and witbiers aren't always my cup of tea but this is the standard of aroma they should be held up to

Taste follows the nose to a tee. Big yeasty esters of banana, clove, lemon peel, orange zest. Bubblegum sweetness and honey. The coriander, cloves, twangy wheat, and subtle alcohol presence add a much needed spicy kick that balances this nicely. Finish is of sweet honey that lingers for a moment

Drinks smooth and light but the sweetness is thick if that makes any sense. Very carbonated. Crisp. Somewhat off dry. Very low in bitterness and acidity

Overall superb. Again, being my first weizenbock I'm not sure what the standard is but I greatly enjoyed this. Sweet but not cloying. The ABV makes itself known but is far from overpowering. If anything it makes you take your time and enjoy. This is no doubt too sweet for some but if you like witbiers or hefe/dunkelweizens you will love this

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 22:31:24 | More by MistahBeah
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at Dan's recommendation. This is a style to which I love and have had far too few examples of it to go on. When he said this was as awesome as he did I knew I had to get down there and grab me a couple of them. I poured the 500ml bottle into a proper pint glass and proceeded to enjoy this one straight out of the fridge.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful. A bright golden amber transformed the glass with all of its haze and cloudiness. A very nice three inch layer of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently, but never totally fading into a thin layer that lasted the rest of the session. Deep side glass lace as well as some good carbonation could be seen streaking skyward.

Smell - The aroma was full of yeast. Nice banana and clove notes mixed in with some light lemon like citrus tones. Very bright, with a touch of alcohol, but nothing too terribly distracting at all.

Taste - The flavor was just about as good as you can get for the style. Perfect balance of yeast, with the wonderful notes of banana and cloves, some light peppery spices in there as well, but everything being very bright. Good dose of wheat in the middle and a sharp cutoff of lemon like hops in the finish, really drying this one out and making you beg for another sip.

Mouthfeel - This was much lighter then I thought it would be, and that was a good thing. A nice light to medium bodied ale, the carbonation was big enough to really let it shine through very nicely. I was thoroughly impressed by how well this one was put together in all aspects.

Drinkability - As for drinking, you could easily throw this one down as a session ale. I mean be careful as at over 7.5% it will do a number on you, but still, wow, this was really very good. I was shocked by how quickly it disappeared.

Overall one of the best beers I have had, any style, hands down. I would get this one again in a heartbeat, and it really is a steal at 2.99. Definitely try this one out, no way you could be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 10:29:05 | More by mikesgroove
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After months of desperation, I finally drove to South Carolina and picked up several bottles of this stuff -- why can't I get it in Atlanta yet, when other Weihenstephaner beers are easy to obtain? Anyway, I love hefeweizens (Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is my all-time favorite beer), as well as Schneider Aventinus (thus far, the only other true weizenbock I've had). As such, I HAD to try Vitus.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. [EDIT: Half-liter, chalice-type Vitus glasses do exist, and as of December 2010, I own three of them. They're among my favorite glasses in my collection -- seek some out!]

Appearance: Frankly, before I read the reviews here, I expected Vitus to appear darker -- at least the hue of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel. Instead, it's actually about the same color as a regular Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but somehow it's less cloudy. In fact, it looks like a "lighter" beer than your average unfiltered hefeweizen, which is saying something. After a solid weizen pour, I got a nice four-finger head, which receded far more quickly than the head on a standard Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. I got minimal lacing throughout drinking. Interestingly, there is considerably less yeasty sediment in Vitus than in almost any other unfiltered wheat beer I've had. On the whole, I think I prefer the appearance of this brewery's regular hefeweizen to the appearance of Vitus, but Vitus's looks belie its aroma and flavor.

Smell: I've got to give this a 5.0 -- it smells familiar and unique at the same time, and the scent ultimately makes you desperate to taste the beer. As has been echoed in other reviews, Vitus smells like an "imperialized" version of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, which I guess it kind of is. I get a deep, rich series of aromas, starting with sweet banana bread. Yeast is also prominent in the nose, as are cloves and a hint of citrus. Now, unlike some others who have reviewed Vitus, I DON'T pick up a "lemon meringue" scent...instead, the lingering smells are of banana bread, yeast, and finally old-fashioned bubble gum.

Taste: As with other Weihenstephaner offerings, the taste follows the nose. The best way I think I can describe this would be to say that it tastes like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but with a much stronger dose of cloves and easily perceptible alcohol. I taste cloves, yeasty bread, cloves, something faintly citric, cloves, and cloves. That "old-fashioned bubble gum" thing is there, too, but it's difficult to pin down. It seems to come and go at times during each sip.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is about on par with Weihenstephaner's other wheat beers, which is to say that there's quite a bit of it. That, along with the higher ABV and stronger clove flavor, makes for quite a prickly quaff. Honestly, the mouthfeel of this one is more aggressive than I expected; I guess I've just grown accustomed to "regular" hefeweizens. Still, it's cold and refreshing, and the mouthfeel is still superb -- creamier than most hefeweizens, but not as thick as many weizenbocks (particularly dark ones).

Drinkability: The smell is fantastic, and the flavor is great. Even with a relatively aggressive mouthfeel for its style, this is a highly drinkable beer. The ABV does sneak up on you, though, even if the alcohol isn't totally hidden. If you like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, I think you've got to try this one. Just be warned that the mouthfeel and ABV might challenge you a bit as a wheat beer fan. I've found these aspects of Vitus to get better with repeated tastings, though.

I've got to tell you, I still like vintage Schneider Aventinus (and good old Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier) somewhat better than Vitus. I find it a bit confusing that Aventinus and Vitus are both weizenbocks, as they are DRASTICALLY different from each other in nearly every way. I think maybe this should be called an "imperial hefeweizen," while darker, toastier wheat beers with higher ABV (like Aventinus) might be termed "weizenbocks."

***Addendum***
In mid-March of 2009, Vitus finally made it into Georgia, thanks to the help of a devoted group of Vitus Advocates. And this led me to discover that Vitus purchased right here at home looks, smells, tastes, feels, and generally drinks better than Vitus purchased elsewhere. Thank God Vitus is finally here!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 18:50:46 | More by UGADawgGuy
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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