Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Photo of cpn920
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner is my undiputed favorite brewer. Served in my Weihenstephaner hefeweizen glass. Copper color with strong aroma of bananas and cloves. Detected scent of lemon? I could could have several of these if it weren't over 7% abv. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - light gold color, cloudy with big carbonation
S - very nice - sweet malts and banana
T - very good with the same sweet malt flavor and banana
M - ok
O - very good beer, very flavorful for a lighter bodied beer

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Photo of markmiller
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the feel of a Weizen Glass. Poured nice and generous deep into the glass producing a cloud of tight and creamy head. That delicious hazy liquid golden hay color you expect from a wheat beer is revealed.

Typical banana esters and strong yeastiness dominate the nose. A touch of spice, mostly clove. A little bubblegum, too.

This beer's taste follows the nose to a T. Banana and clove and sweetness come pouring through with a lick of that bubblegum and yeast. The tiniest twinge of tart is there, but quickly dissipates.

Mouthfeel is medium, I thought it might have been overpoweringly full, but it balanced nicely on the swallow.

I'm fully impressed by this one. It was delicious and a joy to drink! Be sure to pick this up if you see it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy, cloudy rusted wheat yellow body. Rocky white head that pretty much doesn't recede. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Boozy right away, then bready, yeasty, and fruity with mostly banana.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The alcohol really comes out early before becoming very grainy with loads of bready notes. Banana throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Excellent taste and aroma, very boozy though.

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Photo of pschul4
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed while waiting for MarkIntihar to post for the final of TMTOBA 4.5

A- Pours just like a hefe. Not sure what makes this a weizenbock. Tons of white fluffy head that leaves a little lacing

S- I could smell this as soon as I cracked the bottle. Very strong scent which is nice. Lots of banana and clove with some pale malts in the background

T- Initial taste is that of a great hefe, lots of fruity banana and some clove nots. Odd metalic taste in the back end along with a little alcohol

M- Pretty smooth with a touch of carbonation on the end

O- I saw this recently won "Best Beer in The World" or something to that effect. Not even close but still quite solid for what it is.

Cheers!

Wish me luck!!

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a darker beer, hence the bock part of the name, but this is as pale and light in color as any wheat, weizen, or hefeweizen you will find. It is slightly cloudy, has a nice white thick foamy head that retains and laces a bit. The nose is what you would come to expect with any hefe, plenty of cloves, citrus, rind, florals, and a slight yeasty presence. The nose is very good, and indicative of sweetness to come.

The taste is also quite good. There is a decent efforvescence that spritzes and fizzes a bit on the tongue, and keeps the gulps on the smaller side. It is slightly creamy, and not overly tart. There are plenty of lemon citrus, orange rind, and clove flavors to keep this interesting and quite sweet. This is a bit stronger in ABV than your garden variety hefe. It is still fairly light bodied, but there is an acerbic twinge towards the finish that is not entirely from spice or hop, but also from some ABV. There is a slight white pepper bite to the beer as well. This is a treat for what it is, more a summer type beer, quite light and refreshing. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a weizen glass, at cellar temperature.

A one-finger white head quickly fades to nothing over a very hazy golden-orange ale that I can't really see through.

It smells like banana,cloves, coriander, pears, and estery yeast.

The bananas and pears make a quick impression on my palate. This melds into a rich, almost buttery breadiness, spiced with those spices from the aroma.

I'd describe the body as a hefty medium with pretty spritzy carbonation.

Like a festive white bread infused with spices and fruit. That's what this beer is.

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Photo of elniko
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Euro-bottle into weizen glass.

A: Light hazy golden amber coloring with huge pillowy head. Nice looking brew.

S: Very nice nose, wheat tones along with definite spiciness and banana tones which I would expect. Great smelling brew.

T & M: Nice quite as strong as the Aventinus which I feel is the pinnacle of this style. I found this to have the same qualities of a regular hef which for a Weihenstephaner is just fine with me. Taste had wheat tones along with some fruity textures. Mouthfeel is full.

D: Definite drinkable, I just had a hard time believing that this was a weizenbock.

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Photo of Winter
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vitus pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head. Much lighter in color than most of the weizenbocks I've had in the past. Sweet aroma of banana and spicy clove. There's some wheat in the nose also. Soft mouthfeel that is medium in bodied. The initial flavors reaffirm what was relayed in the nose- that of sweet ripe banana and spicy cloves. There's also a hint of vanilla. Wheat malt backbone. The hefty 7.7% abv makes its presence known toward the back. Wheat flavor lingers into the finish.

Another great offering by Weihenstephaner. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer. Only weizenbock I've had that is not ruby red. It looks like one of those Oktoberfests that are pale. Acts like one too. Nice head not much lacing. Very strong but not detectable. Very strong wheaty and plumby on the nose. Not the typical weizenbock but special in it's ownright. Very fruity, like a belgian, reminds me of delirium tremens. Very good beer.

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Photo of cooncat
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review, and thanks to Adamette for the sample to review.

Poured at 50°F into my SA glass. A medium pour down the middle produces a 3 to 4 inch foamy head which is as white as a big cumulus cloud on a sunny day. The color of the brew is definitely not to style, as it is straw yellow. Weizenbocks should (by BJCP guidelines) be quite a bit darker; like a Dunkelweizen. The turbidity of the brew is spot on though. Some nice lacing is left on the glass, but not as much as I'd expected from the mountainous head.

The nose is very similar to a typical Hefeweizen. Phenols of clove are abundant as should be. There's also a light peppery background in there, as well as banana. Missing are the dark fruit (raisins, dates, plums) aromas I would expect in this style. Nevertheless, quite clean, with no fusel notes at all.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with clove forward spiciness coming to the fore. The light peppery flavor is more dominant (I think) than banana. No fusels, which is good, but there are also no dark fruit flavors either. The bready flavors are in there though.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and carbonation is very good, making for a very refreshing drink. While this tastes like a hefe, its in a class of its own, with everything taking a big step up from the average hefe. Exceedingly drinkable, each sip invites you back for another to revisit the complexity. I only wish that some of the missing flavors and aromas were in there as well .. that would put it close to a near perfect score for me (I've never given a perfect score, so keep that in mind).

One of the oldest breweries, Weihenstephaner has produced a wonderful Weizenbock. It's not 'spot on' for the style, but its so good, unless you're a purist, you won't mind at all. Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje! (or, in this case, Prost!)

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a hazy golden-yellow colored brew with a one finger thick white head. The head fades slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a mix of wheat and yeast with a light citrus smell, consisting mostly a mix of orange and a lighter lemon smell. With these aromas are notes of coriander and clove as well as some banana smells.

Taste –The taste has many of the flavors that were detected in the nose. It starts out wheaty and bready with a moderate yeasty taste upfront. A sweeter citrus flavor also greets the tongue initially almost entirely orange in nature. The citrus flavor lessens some more toward the middle of the taste while flavors of banana, coriander and clove come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where an almost candy/bubblegum like sweetness joins the flavor as well as a very light alcohol taste, leaving a nice sweet wheat banana bready flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side as well. The chewier body is quite nice for the wheaty flavors while the carbonation is very nice for keeping it drinkable and for accentuating the spice and fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – It is kind of like a souped up hefeweizen or maybe like a hefenweizen-grand cru hybrid. It is great tasting and potent but very drinkable. Rather well done.

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Photo of MisterE
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle purchased at Ward's Supermarket

A - soft golden honey color with fine foamy head that quickly disappears

S - spiciness and mellow sweetness of banana, wheat, yeast

T - very well balanced - not sweet or bitter - with hints of fruit and spice at first, then comes the malt and the alcohol

M - smooth and without too much carbonation

D - at 7.7 ABV, this is very tasty but not a session beer

One of my favorite wheat beers, Vitus is a triumph of Bavarian art.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle. The beer pours a palt straw color with a 3 finger ivory head over top. This one is exceptionally turbid, with a steady stream of carbonation bubbling up. The color strikes me as unexpected. I was looking to see something a little darker. The aroma is big in banana, clove, and wheat creamyness. There is a zesty lemon tartness as well, but it is lacking the deeper malt notes of melanoidans and dark fruits that I was wanting to find. Don;t get me wrong, this is a very nice smelling beer, but I am not getting weizenbock out of this at all. The flavor brings a light golden raisin fruityness and wheat creamyness. Behind this, a prevalent clove ester and lemon zest character comes through. The banana hits on the finish, carrying it through to the end. This is another magnificent wheat beer from this brewery. Mouthfeel is moderate, creamy, and smooth, with a prevalent moderate carbonation. Overall, this one is very nice. I don't think it is fair to put it against weizenbocks, as it is just not brining me much to think it is under that style. It is a very nice beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a darker beer, given what I know about the Weizenbock style, but the Vitus pours a pale, unfiltered gold into a smaller tulip glass. Copious head, but it reduces to a neat layer for the rest of the way down. Aroma is of intense bananas-- imagine five times your typical Hefeweizen-- spice, and alcohol.

Taste is nice, definitely some alcohol there, but the fruitiness, carbonation and typical Hefeweizen-like profile-- yeasty phenols and the like-- balance the booze. Luscious, creamy mouthfeel. One of the most drinkable strong beers (7.7%) I've had. Maybe I don't know any better, but the Vitus is essentially like a Hefeweizen cranked up a notch or two. If you want a strong beer that's also refreshing, look no further. The Vitus doesn't strike me as terribly complex and heavy, but that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - light yellow and cloudy. Big fluffy white head of a few fingers that slowly (a few minutes) dissipates leaving some chunky lacing behind. Paler than I would expect; enticing!

S - big yeasty and grainy nose; lots of wheat in there. Surprisingly powerful and earthy. Really lovely nose on this.

T - big flavor that matches the nose very well; very slight bitterness with a hint of sour that permeates the beer until you're walloped with a massive wheat and yeast profile (almost a vegetable quality to it - it's so solid). After the flavors fade a combined bitter/sourness permeates.

M - quite light, but with solid carbonation - super thirst quenching.

D - no hint whatsoever of the relatively large alcohol profile. Easy drinker for sure.

Really solid and delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. This one pours a hazy yellow with tangerine highlights. A large head, still much more subdued than that of the regular hefe, grows from the pour and quickly fades away leaving no lacing to be found.

The smell is nearly identical to the Weihenstephaner hefe I just had before this - banana, clove, orange peel. This one seems to have a breadier nose however. Still fantastic.

Taste is in your face banana and I am in love with it. This just seems like an amped up version of the hefeweizen. Clove, much more banana, more spice and more alcohol make up its profile. I am not picking up on any dark fruits as I was expecting but a great beer nonetheless.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation and nearly undetectable alcohol come together for a dangerously drinkable beer. This is such an amazing beer, especially for the price point. If only the weather was a bit* warmer out I think I'd be enjoying this even more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body capped with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Crisp wheat nose with fine notes of banana juice, clove spice, citrus, a small handful of cracker crumbs, and a fourth of a Vanilla Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malts start, followed by a drop or two of vanilla and a lemony citrus character. Plenty of fresh banana, top shelf bubblegum, and coriander. Even some apple begins the develop. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Lingering tanginess and no more than the faintest hint of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation, yet there's still some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. An expertly crafted expression of wheat. It's tasty and really grows on you more and more with every sip. Maybe that UGADawgGuy is onto something...

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9fl oz botle into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color with a massive 3 fingers of pitted white head. Some lacing.

S: Wheat up front as is to be expected. Slight hint of malt in the back. Hints of banana and clove from the yeast are there as well.

T: Really nice example of the style. Perhaps a little on the light side. Wheat and banana dominate. Sweetness in the end.

M: Light body with a ton of carbonation. Perhaps a tad too much.

D: A weizenbock that drinks like a Heff. Interesting and really well done. Would love to sit around a backyard and drink this during the summer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $3.49
Misc.: Part of the bottle reads “Brewed under the purity law, of 1516.”

Poured a golden yellow color with three fingers of rocky white head. Below average lacing with average retention.

Smelled cloves, banana, lemon, honey, grass, sour fruit and some sweet floral notes. Nice on the nose.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, albeit with a healthy dose of alcohol and some skunky malts. Tasted cloves, banana, yeast, lemon grass, honey, corn and light skunky malts. Big alcohol finish. Sweet or tart as well.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Astringent finish.

Not a surprise, but once again another good Weihenstephaner beer. Just a good weizenbock.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, shaker pint.

Appropriately its hazed banana golden yellow. The head is doing alright for a wheat beer but could step up; loose knit, pure white, and it doesn't quite have the retention we all crave.

The nose has a straight up helping of sweet, fresh banana, other fruit as white grape and pear. It's all sweet soft fruits with no spice or grain. Move along, no phenols here. Some light caramel.

The flavors are quite easy going and light for a Weizenbock. Light banana, caramel, demerara sugar. Finally some grainy wheat, along with a light hop bitterness it exerts some balance.

I have the hardest time articulating mouthfeel. Not much prickle here, moderate body and great balance between sweet and dry. A little chalkiness.

This is balance well for all the banana emphasis, but I'm surprised by the lack of any clove phenols. Doesn't seem too much of a Weizenbock, it's pretty tame.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey/ amber. Creamy white head on top. Average smell for style. Very light. Doesn't reveal to much. Tastes of clove, light malt, some wheatiness with some dark fruitiness. A little alcohol present in this one. Very drinkable. Could definitely get into a few of these a little too quickly. Cleam mouthfeel crisp.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been on my radar for a long time. I was able to score a few bottles from State Line in Elkton.
Appears a hazy, medium gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bubble gum, cloves, banana, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart flavors and mild caramel duking it out between the estery, classic Bavarian yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, and very drinkable for 7.7% abv.

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Photo of Lupe
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is different from any other Weizenbock I've had - Poured a hazy pale straw color with a fluffy white head. The head slowly settles to a thin cap and leaves some lace behind.

Very aromatic - Like a super hefe! Tons of yeastiness, banana, clove, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is full of ramped up Hefeweizen characteristics. Bready sweetness like damp whole wheat couple with a ton of fruitiness - banana, apple, pear, and even grape juice. Spices are present and mingle well with the fruit. Well balanced but on the malty side. Fruit and yeast add a nice tartness. Mild alcohol come through in the finish.

Medium bodied, creamy, rich, and thick. Very nice mouthfeel that maintains a level of crispness. Very good drinkability for the style, but I couldn't see having more than a pint or two.

Highly recommended - a bit of a different take on the style.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.