Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,089
Hads: 3,097
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 215
Gots: 413 | FT: 4
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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 titty_mcbitty
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: golden straw color. Very foggy with a big white bubbly head.

S: bananas, cloves, hay, and lemon.

T: this is a very impressive beer. Banana, cloves, lemon, wet hay, orange peel, butter, fruit bread, raisins, and some sweets. So good.

M: perfectly medium and buttery. It's got a residue-y feel or a straw-y feel to it. It's awesome.

O: this is damn near perfect for a dopplebock. Taste is amazing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of mavesba
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, golden color, with a firm, white, two-finger head.

Smell - Sweet, fruity aroma, with defined banana and clove. Definite wheat and yeast balanced in.

Taste - Even more defined banana and clove than the smell. Although you get the yeast in the smell, it is well balanced with other flavors in the taste.

Mouthfeel - A very smooth, almost creamy mouth feel, with bright, but subtle carbonation. Just a slight bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability - I really like this beer. I am a true Hefe lover, but this variant will be on my short list.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tall brown bottle with the Weihenstephaner label. No freshness date but just recently hit the shelves at my local beer store. Pours a hazy golden yellow, thick foamy white head, settles quickly. Great aroma, wheat malts, floral sweetness, ripe banana, yeasty notes that render aromas of bubble gum and clove. Medium to full bodied beer, fluffy, crisp and refreshing. Lots of tingle from the carbonation. Sweet up front, light honey and banana flavors, mild bitterness, some dry spiciness. This beer is delicious, totally refreshing and drinkable. What would you expect when they've been doing this since 1040.


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Photo of sevopie
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden/yellow in color with a mountainous fine white head.

A lot of fruit notes in the tongue, with banana, pears, apples, and clove as well. A hint of spices as well.

Oh man I dig this beer. A lot of the flavors from the nose carry over - especially banana, but there's a candy sweetness to accent it ever so slightly.

Creamy with a light to medium carbonation.

Just like their hefe, this one begs you to drink more with every sip. The only big drawback is that the carbonation is deceptive in that it fills you up without being heavy on the tongue. Another winner from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of montageman
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Deep golden yellow with a huge bone white head that sticks around and leaves lacing that just doesn't go away.

S: Sweet and spicy. Bananas, clove, and lemon are all there. A totally inviting and complex aroma.

T: Very prominent banana and clove flavor up front which then segues into a mildly tart lemon finish.

M: Very rich. Decent carbonation gives this beer tremendous body.

D: Great, great stuff. A prototypical wheat beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.5 - Nice golden yellow color with a big white head on it that sticks just about forever.
S - 4.75 - You can literally smell it from arms length. Banana, vanilla yogurt, orange, white pepper, wheat bread in the background. It's so fresh and good.
T - 4.75 - Banana, wheat, fruity yogurt, bubble gum. This is a pretty ridiculously good beer, esp for the price.
M - 4.5 - Light - medium, alc covered, aftertaste is banana bread.
O - 4.75 - This beer has so much potential to be sickeningly sweet and cloying but it completely avoids that and blends all the flavors of a German bock beer in a way that's so good, you'll never want to touch an American wheat beer again.

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Photo of fropones
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice thick white head that retained pretty well and left a little lacing. The smell was of bananas and cloves, like a hefeweizen but stronger. Taste was again like a strong hefeweizen; some spice and a lot of banana. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All in all very delicious and extremely drinkable for 7.7 abv.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a champagne flute. Thick head that settles to a half-finger head well supported by streams of bubbles. Beer is a straw colored cloudy appearance.

Good yeasty aroma with bananas and hints of some spice, maybe clove? S
Spice becomes more dominant as it warms.

Taste is well-balanced and smooth. The bananas show up in the finish, with a citrusy space in the lead.

Carbonation just right for the beer, which gives it a refreshing mouth feel.

Overall a really great beer I bought a couple of on recommendation of the salesman at the local shop. Really sits well on a slightly warmer winter night where I wasn't in the mood for a stout or porter.

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Photo of horshack7
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Hefeweizen glass is a cloudy golden color. The head is a bright white foamy head that does have good head retention.

Aroma: Clove, banana, yeasty brediness. Atouch of biscuit in the nose and even a little bit buttery. Citrus fruit is well spread through out.

Taste: A good crisp mouthfeel but not to crisp there is a buttery texture to it. Lots of banana, clove, apples, a decetn amount of malty breadiness in the end and a little bit of a dry finish.

Notes: Dam this is tasty. The flavors are very well balanced. Cheers.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a weizen glass

A: pours a very hazy, extremely carbonated, light yellow color towards the bottom and a bit of a deeper golden color towards the top, pours with three fingers of very fine pure white head which is frothy and lingers for a long time, leaves a small bit of lacing
S: very nice peppery and lemon notes with a bready wheat scent on the back end
T: begins peppery then slides into a nice smoothness and cleanness that i really can explain, just smooth with a nice lemony note which really allows it to drink well, just tastes damn good
M: medium carbonation, kinda thick which i hadnt expected although i guess id describe it more as creamy than anything else, leaves the mouth cleanly
O: really great taste, drinks incredibly easily, smooth, just nice all around

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Photo of baseball1976
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last night. What a surprise. I did not read the menu, and wanted something light...this fit the bill, but it had more punch than I expected!

The best part about this beer, was the taste. It tastes like belgian spiced banana... Needless to say, it was great! It is refreshing and light, with a heavy spiced taste and one heck of a kick. I was expecting 5%, and this is a 7.7%!

If you see it, give it a shot.

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Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with hints of dark ripe banana and cloudy golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger frothy white head that slowly fizzles into a thin cap.

Nice spicy clove aroma with a very prominent citrus peel presence. Hints of orange, lemon and grapefruit as well as a very nice ripe banana scent. Smells slightly tart. Awesome!

Extremely well-balance beer that's on the fuller side of medium body. A perfect amalgam of spicy clove, sweet citrus fruit, corriander and ripe banana notes. The spicy cloves are pretty prominent up front followed by a a perfect blend of lemon peel, orange peel, ripe banana and subtle hops. There is also a very nice slight tartness in the dry finish. This is a complex beer that is extremely drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended!

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Photo of cbingham24
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy golden color, Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast.

S- Banana, wheat, malt, pears

T- Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, alcohol and almost creamy.

M- Thick, crisp, sweet and creamy. Well balanced.

O- One of the best beers I have ever tasted. All the usual tastes of a great hefe with the strength and balance of a great Belgium beer. Down right amazing.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with a massive head of bone white fluff that forms rocky peaks. It has epic retention and leaves delicate blobs of lace in my Aventinus glass.

The aroma is bursting with ripe banana, clove, bubblegum, candy, and yeast. It smells like a Bavarian hefeweiss on steroids.

Flavor is exceptional and filled with banana and tropical fruit, clove and spice, pink bubblegum, faint orange, citrus, and yeast. It almost has a Belgian characteristic due to the big fruit and spice on display. It's simply delicious and a bit different from other examples of this style.

Body is medium, with s velvet soft texture and creamy smooth mouthfeel. THis is a truly sessionable weizenbock. $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and yellow in color. Fantastic off-white head sat firmly atop this masterpiece. Nice lacing along the side of the glass, for sure. Huge aromas of banas and cloves - standard fare with this yeast strain and I love every bit of it. Flavors of banana with some subtle citrus cutting it, and some spicy pepper/clove action. Alcohol makes itself known as the brew warms to temperature, but not in a bad way. Good finish with just a touch of dryness. I was thinking this one would drink slow, but this is right in my wheel house. I absolutely adore this brew. I could make a session out of this, albeit probably a short one. A fantastic offering.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bavarian Lodge

A) Hazy dark orange and yellow with a two finger head lots of lacing.

S) Very wheaty, clove, banana, sour apple, bready,

T) Doughy, clove, gum, wheat, toast malty

M) Thick and chewy.

O) absolutely delicious. I paired it with a knockwurst

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Photo of r0nyn
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5 liter hefeweizen glass.

Looks just like its cousin, the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and that's a good thing. Golden yellow, maybe a teeny tiny bit darker than the Hefe, and very pretty to behold. Head is voluminous, receding downward into a half-inch thick cloud of white bubbles. Smell is absolutely amazing. Sweet, but not too sweet, with nuances of banana and citrus at first, then the malty goodness.

Seconds after it hit my tongue, I thought I was drinking a hefeweizen. After a few more moments though, the more assertive flavor of the weizenbock shone through. I could definitely pick out the roasted malts along with a more pronounced citrus kick. The finish isn't as bready or chewy as the Hefe, but it still goes down smooth as silk. I couldn't taste the 7.7% ABV at all, which pleased me, since I'm not such a big fan of tasting alcohol in my beers. There isn't very much carbonation at all, but it still has that big-bodied feeling.

On the whole, another excellent brew from Weihenstephaner. I could easily drink another three or four of these in one sitting, though I'm not sure that's such a good idea since it *is* stronger than the Hefe. Will probably have to do a parallel taste test in the future with the Hefe, just for comparison's sake. And with how tasty both of these beers are, I think that'll have to be pretty soon.

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Photo of natasharai
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance (4.25) : Oh lordy. The head on this is colossal. Towering pillowy white 4-fingered head that is tightly knit and creamy. The body is a mango-pineapple opaque hue and I can barely just see the shadow of my fingers on the other side when held up to the light. It's about a 70-80% opacity. The head stays around quite awhile like a welcome guest.

Aroma (4.5) : GRIN. Cantaloupe, pear, green grape, berry, banana, with a little cinnamon and sugar. Wheat body underneath. Bouquet is medium strength. This is a nectar of grand antiquity if I ever smelled it.

Taste (4.75) : GRIN. GRIN. GRIN. This beer is absolutely fantastic. The melon and pear notes come out immediately and swarm the palate... it is so rich, so thick, so full. It's like fruit cocktail and pear juice. Banana, mango, green grape, and light cinnamon. So estery. So fruity. So...oh yes. Ends only a tad cloying and sour, but that is the only misstep with this beer so far.

Mouthfeel (4.5) : Creamy, thick, marvelous. Ends crisp, tart, and dry like a fresh apple. This is nectar. Again I say!

Overall (4.69) : I bought this 1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle for $2.97 at a local grocery store. I am going back for more. This beer was just out of this world good. A taste from my German heritage and a near perfect beer to boot.

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Photo of TerryW
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Very nice wheat beer.

Cloudy, soft golden yellow with a big head that settles to a substantial cap. minimal spotty lacing.

Great nose. Wheat, fruit, spices, herbs all complimenting one another. This is part of the reason I love well made wheat beers so much.

A nice mouthful. Spritzy, but still soft. Taste is wheat and cloves and citrus fruit. Excellent. Love the spiciness and the breadiness. Doesn't drink like a high alcohol beer. Very easy going and tasty. Flavourful.

Finds like this are why I enjoy the exploration of beer. Worth a try. Enjoy.

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

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big hefe glass, the liquid was a suprising light gold with excellent carbonation. The head was huge and white with good retention and lots of lace.

The smell was great, big loaf of fresh bread and light fruits with beautiful hints of alcohol.

The taste followed, very bready, banana, peach and pair fruit flavors with very nice spice notes of cloves and white pepper.

The mouthfeel was big and full, the carbonation was also very good, quenching and clensing.

The drinkability of this brew is only held back by it's higher alcohol. Truly this is a brew worthy of a Papal Mass by our Bavarian Pope.
Bring on the Batzen. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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

Poured from a 1 Pint, 9 ounce bottle into a Guinness Pint glass. Huge head (3 fingers worth) forms and has pretty good retention. Cloudy amber color of brew.

The aroma provides a strong hint of citrus and banana. The taste is heavy on the banana. More so than even more pronounced than many of the wheat ales that I have sampled recently. The mouth feel is very creamy and full.

This is an amazing world class beer. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys wheat oriented ales with intense banana flavor.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-straw hazy gold with a large white head that seems to never go away
S- full of smell banana, spice, lemon.
T-banana was the main taste, spice followed with the lemon aftertaste
M-smooth creamy foamy bubbles in the mouth feel
O- paid 2.99 for a 22oz bottle. going back to buy the rest. the taste surprised me and I cannot wait to have another

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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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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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