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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,123
Hads: 3,191
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 225
Gots: 476 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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 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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazed golden peach with a monstrous head of foam, which very slowly dissipates, leaving behind some very nice lacing. Lots of carbonation rushing to the top, and this continues for some time. The aroma is of a multitude of yeasty esters, the primary ones being--not surprisingly--clove (the most prominent), banana, and bubblegum. The taste is similar, but there is a certain cloying sweetness as well. A bit of the wheat seems to be coming through in the taste, although the mouthfeel is a little thin, so it's not coming through in that regard. Drinkability is quite high, especially given the high abv, which there is no trace of in the taste or mouthfeel.

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

A- Hazy bright yellow. large fluffy white head that disipates quickly

S- Strong banana-like esters sweet malts & spice

T- Again, stong banana esters & cloves. Sweet wheat body with some tartness

M- Medium bodied & medium carbonation

D-Pretty easy to drink with only the ABV to watch out for

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

Weihenstephaner beers of every kind are delicious, and are usually an exceptional value, at least in Florida. 16.9 oz bottles seldom cost above $2.99. As John Tortorella once said, "I have never experienced such a value."

A - The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a very nice head & great retention. Visually, this is a textbook example of a wheat beer.

S - Fabulous fruity esters, banana, and clove jump out through the inch of foam that will not die.

T - The taste is great. Banana bread with a slight lactic sourness that quickly cedes to a crisp and clean finish.

M - Never say 'chewy'. Oops. How about creamy?

D - I can't drink this stuff all night, but it is a nice beer for many occasions. So I would say it is quite drinkable.

Overall I prefer Korbinian to all other Weihenstphaner beers, but there is not a bad one in the stable. Certainly recommended.

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

A - Pours a hazy pale golden colour, three fingers of light bubbled head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet bubble gum, citrus, cloves, melon and a touch of bready malt.

T - Solid wheat and cloves dominate, the caramel comes through and a bready malt lingers. Reminiscent of banana bread with the cloves hanging around and finishing with a icing sugar sweetness.

M - Lighter bodied ale, but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - These guys have anything "weizen" nailed. No need to question, you know you'll be satisfied with anything they produce. Have at 'er!

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

Served on tap along with a Hefeweissbier; colors are remarkably similar, mostly golden and hazy. The Vitus has a little grayish tinge to it. In bar light, it's not much different at all.

Awesome, full clove and banana bouquet that leaps out of the glass as strongly as it's cousin. The flavor is strong and pronounced, not very much different from the original weizen.

The alcohol is a little more pronounced, the herbal character more prominent, and the mouthfeel a touch less creamy. Great beer.

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

Pours a hazy saffron color into my Franziskaner weizen glass. Big 3 finger head is pure white, not much lacing. Good retention.
Aroma is lemon meringue, banana oil, flowers, clove, and a hint of copper.
Tastes like an imperialized version of a hefeweizen. Not a lot of dark, chewy, bready malt flavor at all. This beer is focused around banana, lemon, and clove. Also a touch of vanilla. Not bad, but certainly lacking the complexity a darker weizenbock (like Aventinus) would likely provide.
Highly carbonated, but not overly so. Medium body with a sticky banana pith finish. Classic Weihenstephaner drinkability.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden straw with a hint of orange. Finger and a half of white fuzzy head, fading quickly. No lacing to speak of

Nose is big and full of banana, grapefruit, pear, oat and bread. Delightful

Taste is rich and creamy with lots of bready banana, pear, and a spongy malt. Just the softest hint of spice, maybe coriander.

mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, but also quite astringent. Only thing I don't love about this beer.

Love this brewer and their beers. This is just another excellent example from them. Perfect flavors and balance, though I do like their darker bocks a bit more. Incredible beer for the price.

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

Bottle from Root Cellar.

Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate banana, citrus & spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy yeasty banana sweet flavor with a medium sweet and small alcohol finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew more like a Hefe.

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

A - Murky yellow in color. Huge 3 finger white head. The color is a bit off-putting, but right for the style.

S - Citrus, clove, and bread yeast dominate.

T - Tastes of clove and yeast, with some lemony citrus in the back end. Banana esters arrive later on and linger for a while.

M - Light body, lots of carbonation. Dries out in the end.

O - Overall quite good. Very similar to the hefe, but breadier and more intense. Maybe a bit too citrus-forward, but a wonderful beer overall.

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

Poured a light golden color with nice fluffy white head that lasted a while. I was surprised by the lightness of the color. The aroma was very citrusy. The taste was a flavorful balance of bananas, spice, citrus, and wheat. The mouthfeel was very nice. Despite its 7.7% abv this is an extremely drinkable beer that hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look-color is a cloudy yellow, pours two fingers of white, creamy head that retains well.
Smell-Very pleasant aroma, bananas, apples, orange peel, cloves, and nutmeg.
Taste-Very similar to smell, but the nets are a bit more subdued, you pick up the fruit and spices along with a stronger presence of wheat and alcohol.
Feel-Full/medium body, but the high carbonation and creaminess keep the texture somewhat light overall.
Overall-Very tasty beer, great for when you want to be warmed up but aren't in the mood for the heaviness of a stout or barley wine.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clove and some vanilla. Pears and plums. Lots of bready malt. Hops and floral. The aroma is bold overall. Lacking in dark fruits for the style.

Appearance: Yellow in color. Very cloudy. Little retention other than some foam around the edges and a thin layer on top. Tall clean white head.

Taste: Bold yeasty phenols lots of clove, black pepper, and some vanilla. A large dose of fruity esters, a bit darker than the fruits in the aroma. Mild dates, some plum and pear follows. Moderate hops are floral and pine. Alcohol is just a bit solvent-like. As it warms up more residual sugar and wheat shows up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, which stings the tongue and roof of the mouth a bit. Slick and creamy. Mildly warming.

Overall: A bit lacking in the darker flavors that are typical of this style. A good overall beer, lots of flavor. The lighter flavors allow the alcohol to shine through a bit more than normal. The carbonation sting lightens up and the flavors blend more smoothly once the brew warms up a bit.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a massive foamy white head -- head was gone very quickly.

Huge sweet wheat husk and banana scents.

Sweet, dusty wheat, yeasty goodness, some fruitiness, a little tart dryness, and subtle alcohol. Delicious.

Light on the tongue and palate, but with some good astringent finishing qualities.

Overall, a big winner. Nice and drinkable, even at 7.7%. Try this.

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Photo of cetherid
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A.

A murky lemon color with a huge amount of head. Big white frothy head.

S.

I get a big whiff of banana and wheat. and little bit of clove in there.

T.

like the smell. I was expecting something stronger but this is perfectly balanced. nice fruity flavors (banana) at the beginning and at the end I get the wheat and yeast flavors. not too strong and not too weak.

M.

A beer that has some density to it. almost like its a meal. (a little exaggeration of course). A nice full bodied brew. a large amount of carbonation...feels good on the tongue.

D.

about 2 is tops on this. a great tasting beer, but the combination of it being full bodied at +7% alcohol is going to knock it down a bit in this category.

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Photo of M_chav
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to admit it, this style is growing on me quickly. Lots of soft banana bread pudding flavors. pours an awesome dirty yellow with nice 1/2 foam. this is really nice.. soft keeps coming to my mind when i think of how to describe this beer.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a huge, billowy white head that lasts. Smells of bubblegum, light banana, lemon, wheat and dry, powdery yeast. Thick bodied and smooth, with a mouthfeel that approaches syrupy in its weight, but isn't at all sticky. Most of the aroma carries over to the taste, with some clove, and stronger banana in the aftertaste. A classic.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow color with haziness and plenty of visible carbonation.

Aroma- Strong aromas of fruity banana and dry wheat, but really nothing else.

Taste- Up front dry wheat and sharp hit of carbonation snap on the tongue which is furthered by spicy hop flavors as well. Towards the middle the flavors develops into fruitier banana/orange flavors. In the finish the malt and carbonation settle down and become much more softer and sweeter malt, almost a caramel sweetness but very subtle. Definitely a little booze noticeable in the beginning of the beer, which I think the carbonation brings out.

Feel- Very, very carbonated which becomes a bit distracting and annoying. Thw malt towards the end is really soft and lightens up the beer. At nearly 8% this is quite smooth, but there is some very slight alcohol heat that lets reminds one of the strength of the beer.

Overall- This is a really interesting beer, and undoubtedly the most complex German beer I've had (in my minimal experience with German beers). Some of the typical wheat and banana flavors from a hefeweizen, but the malt has more layers to it, starting off dry and switching to softer/sweeter malt flavors. The carbonation settles down as this warms up which adds points for me, and booze pretty much disappears with warmth too. Definitely a beer I'd revisit, but I'd probably prefer the classic weihenstephaner hefe the majority of times over this. (91/100)

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Lots of hype, followers and fans of Vitus. Possible cult beer status soon?

Hazed yellow straw color; a massive white head towers over the beer. It's one of those epic heads. Pleasant aroma of green plantains, ripe pears, bread crust and powdered clove. A little chewy and slick in the medium body; crispness digs in deep. Spicy from the alcohol and mild phenols, nutty and bready from the malt, fruity with banana and pear flavors ... lots of flavors thrown at the palate at once, but within the controlled chaos, everything works together. Long, lingering, drying finish of clove, biscuity malt and fading ripe fruit.

A worthy beer and warranted to gain cult status. Not one flavor tries to steamroll another, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Just fine on its own, but begs to be paired with a full-on cheese fondue of Emmental and Jarlsberg, and a crusty baguette.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,123 ratings.