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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews:
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Ratings:
3,286
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
15.29%
 
 
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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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Reviews: 1,147 | Ratings: 3,286
Photo of MilesBBN
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Similar to the weissbier surprisingly a little more yellow. Nice and hazy, golden, but still translucent.

S- Again, similar to the weissbier, but a more "earthy" smell to be honest.

T- Refreshing, again earthy, very wheaty but lacking the banana notes of its Weihenstephaner relatives.

M- Crisp, clean mouthfeel that doesn't linger around and ruin the exceptional taste at the end.

O- Tasty beer, my first time trying it and I was impressed to say the least.

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

Poured a hazy golden orange with a massive, soapy head that just wouldn't quit. Little lacing. Smelled much like its cousin brews: banana bread and citrus and spice and all that. Taste was crisp, with obvious alcohol essence and warmth throughout. Felt comfortably slick in the mouth. Overall delicious beer, will certainly continue to shuffle between this and other Weihenstephaner brews!

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Photo of Mikecap
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a nice two finger head that fades pretty quickly, not a ton of noticeable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Predominately banana, with some clove and lemon as well. A bit of spice hits the nose as well.

Taste: Banana again, with some grassy notes and citrus fruit. Also get the cloves from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied and very refreshing and smooth with nice creaminess. Drinks very easily.

Overall: A very very good beer here. Not quite as good as their Hefeweissbier but still a definite must try!

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

500mL bottle (code 6040) poured into a weizen glass.

Slightly hazy straw color with a gorgeous, 2-finger bright white head.

Smell of yeast, banana, clove, and rose petals.

Vigorous carbonation - what I've come expect from most good German beers.

Taste is bananas, pepper, clove, and a twist of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I could drink a pitcher of this.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw and light orange color that is hazy and cloudy. Big foam head and thick creamy lacing retains. Strong aroma of bananas and alcohol. As the drink warms, I detect more bready malts. Taste consistent with aroma; bannana, bready malt and alcohol. Overall a sweet drink with a semi dry and herbal finish. Creamy and smooth, slow but tingly carbonation, light taste but medium bodied feel. Very drinkable. Good with dessert or after dinner. I was impressed.

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

A: Bright golden yellow body. Massive white creamy head with billions of tiny bubbles. Great retention before crashing to a hearty skim. Spotty lacing left behind.

S: Light banana, wheat, and clove notes. Other subtle sweet fruits lie in the background. Ever so slight booze notes.

T: Like the nose, this is a bright banana, clove and wheat blast. The notes are definitely stronger here than in the nose though. Again, there are some miscellaneous fruit notes hiding in the background. Most notable is a slight mellow navel orange sweetness. Also some sweet, fresh biscuit maltyness is present.

M: Refreshing, moderate weight body. Clean, crisp finish. Substantial, but not distracting carbonation levels.

D: Overall, a very enjoyable brew. It doesn't quite have the flavor complexity of Aventinus, but that shouldn't stop anyone from picking this brew up and giving it a go.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Attractive cloudy peach colour with a foamy stark-white coloured head.

S: Wheat, apricots, orange, biscuit-like malts, and underlying spices primarily cloves. Very refreshing and natural aromas. Finding it a little difficult to detect the general aroma however.

T: Wheat, orange peel, banana, tart apricots, spices (clove and corriander), pepper, raw cane sugar. Slightly medicinal or mineral-like (in a good way). Fresh tasting with a certain crispness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. Semi-chalky and dry with respectable oily character.

D: Very good stuff. Like tasting the first day of Spring. Refreshing and well balanced. New to this style but enjoyed this very much, and will be seeking out other Weizenbocks.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy lemon yellow. Huge thick white head even with a slow pour. Good retention and clumpy lacing.

Smells of spicy yeast (mild clove) and fruit, with a little bite from the alcohol.

Bready malt base with a sweet fruitiness (fresh banana, apple, pear). Sweet throughout the sip; could use a little grassy/earthy hop for a bit more balance, but doesn't necessarily need it. Alcohol is well blended and stays in the background.

Smooth, almost creamy, near perfect mouthfeel. High carbonation keeps the sweetness from turning syrupy.

No problems finishing this. Good stuff.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to having one of these this week after buying a few Weihenstephan offerings up in Boonton. I'm a big fan of this style and even though this seemed more like a Hefeweizen to me, this was still enjoyable and true to style. Even the alcohol in this came out of nowhere, since I couldn't taste it at all!

This had a great pour to it with a cloudy, dark golden hue and an extremely fluffy head to go along with it. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but it did slide down the edge of my pint glass after every sip. Lots of wheat and booze in the nose but the taste leaned more towards the banana, clove, and bubble gum. The sweetness associated with the latter stuck around for a while, into the aftertaste and coupled with the high amount of carbonation, made for an easy drinking session. There was a decent amount of sediment too which took quite a while to swirl into the liquid.

Of course, this was surprisingly strong but nothing that detracted from the experience of this beer. I do prefer my Weizenbocks on the darker and more fruity side but like anything else from Weihenstephan, this is about as good as it gets for the particular style and a must-try for anyone who likes his or her beer unfiltered.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Hazy golden with an off-white, one finger head that slowly fades. Thick lacing.

S: Citrus abounds. Bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose with a whoosh of golden sunshine flavor. Light, citrus-y with wheat, clove and bananas. Drinks like a saison.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation. Just a cloud of effervescense.

O: Vitus was voted Best Beer at the World Beer Awards for 2011. Now I taste why. A great session beer. Very affordable at under $4 for a 750 ml. Recommended.

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Photo of screamking
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz Bomber poured into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow, with a very thick creamy white head. Has the look of a great wheat ale. Lots of banana, coriander, and bubble gum in the nose. I'm also getting some faint clove. Very nice smelling wheat. Taste is killer, huge flavorful wheat thats just dry enough but not overly so. Clean and crisp, alcohol is a little noticeably but that entirely fine with me. This brewery has it down pat, they've had enough time and time pays off.

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Photo of karait95
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice looking yellow color with some traces of orange, not transparent at all, not translucent with medium carbonation with a nice head that remains sometime on top of the beer, with compact bubbles that let some traces on the glass.

S: Intense citrus smell with some little alcohol inside but it is well done and according the style, maybe some bananas are presents and also orange beside of the intense wheat malty aroma.

T: Citrus flavor, fruity flavor combined with the wheat malts for a very nice and soft combination, also some alcohol esters are present due to the style

M: The mouth-feel is not very hard it is balanced and well done, a medium last ending not bitter not sweet but with some alcohol can be sensed.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed to be quick when I opened this as it immediately began to foam out of the bottle. This lead to a generous three quarter inch head for the duration of the drink.
Slightly spicy nose almost reminiscent of clove and honey and with a in interesting Duvel quality to it.
Very very pale for a weizenbock, it is hazy cloudy yellow and leaves intensely intricate lacing. Taste of melon and honey grew on me while drinking. A slight sappy juicy element in the mouth as well.

Pretty good but if I was Aventinus I wouldn't be too worried about the competition.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this one from Liquid Solutions, mainly because ColoradoBobs loves it.

A - Poured out a hazy, orange-yellow color with a huge, foamy, bubbly, off white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, citrus, lemon, clove and hints of banana. Really great aroma. Similar to their hefe.

T - It had a sweet wheat flavor with banana, clove, dried fruits and some caramel malt.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good beer. Doesn't seem to fit the style. It has lots of weizen and very little bock.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OMG -- oldest brewery in the world (claimed) with the weizen bock, old school beer - love it!! A little sweet on the after taste, low carbonation, but mouth feel is good. This one is sweet and I like the hoppy/spicey/dry types generally. But, this one is so nice with a little kick - not so sweet like many of the Belgian beers. A little cloudy on the appearace - I know it's not a Krystall, but not a great look. Drink it as it should not disappoint.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with two fingers of white head with decent retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, bananas, some spice and cloves. Very pleasant.

t - Taste is bananas, yeast, and some citrus.

m - High carbonation that stings the tongue, light body. Feels a little like champagne.

d - I liked this weizen a lot. Great smell and taste and the only thing that really hurt it was the high carbonation. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of maltlikker
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep cloudy gold with a roiling head that quickly receded leaving virtually no lacing. Lots of bubbles still rising after head is gone.

Deep banana bread aroma with other fruit and a yeasty grain aspect - very intense aroma!

Tongue tingling flavors of bananas, clove, and honeyed grain cleansed by plenty of carbonation. There's a noticeable alcohol note too.

Great, creamy mouthfeel. This a a very well crafted beer, but it's almost too intense to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of ChemistBrewer
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a bottle from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A: Poured a nice bright golden yellow color with a big white head.

B: Smelled fantastic with Many a fruity ester, slight alcohol and some spice notes.

T: Overwhelming spiceyness dominates. Alcohol is apparent as it should be for the style. Would like to see more balance in regards to the spiceyness vs fruitness but it wasnt bad at all.

M: fantastic mouthfeel just enough to give a good body without being too heavy. Almost perfect.

d: The spiceyness and alcohol make this the only one id want to drink in a setting. Not saying I wouldnt drink it again ever just not twice in a night.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .500mL to pint glass (I know not proper)

A: Pours a beautiful orange with a large head but sadly it dissipates quickly.

S: Strong bananas with strong clove. Notes of wheat and some other citrus.

T: About the same as the smell. The banana comes out a bit more as do some other fruit notes. Still strong spiced clove with a nice wheat balance.

Overall: Mouthfeel was good, well carbonated and medium/light on the tongue. Very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed and need to try more of the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.

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Photo of basica
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden into my Erdinger glass yielding a thick, frothy, milky head, as like most Weihenstephaner. The amount of carbonation was well illustrated by the active bubbling taking place below. I was expecting a Weizenbock to be dark but this one looks more like a less hazy Hefeweizen. (4.5)

S - Primarily banana esters and wheat malts on the nose; slightly phenolic with an unexpected dash of salty spices. (3.5)

T - Upfront notes of banana phenols with light biscuity/bready notes, a good amount of spices in the middle and a strong wheat background; light caramel sweetness throughout, lending this a different touch from the regular Weizens (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture going down creamy easy (4.5)

D - Feels like a lightly caramelized Hefe and perhaps, slightly more phenolic and definitely heavier; you can't go wrong with drinkability on a Weihenstephaner with their world class flavors and feel. However, if I wanted something more refreshing, I will stick with the brewery's Hefe Weissbier (4.5)

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange yellow colored beer with a very tall and resilient white head. Very light colored for the style.

The smell is sweet and spicy with mainly clove Weissbier aroma. Wheat malt aroma but could be more complex.

The taste starts off sweet and spicy in the mouth. Strong clove flavor with a cake like malt taste. Little bit of tartness in the finish that tastes to me like a little carbonic acid from the carbonation level. Not real complex like the smell but this is also good and quite fault free.

Talk about mouthfeel this is like cake batter in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer of this type but there is certainly no way that I would fail to finish a bottle of this stuff. Most Weizenbocks have a lot extra flavor levels that this one lacks but they also have some funky aspects too as a trade off, this one doesn't. What this does well is just taste good and please the tongue. Good and a little sweet but I will for sure buy this beer again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy, bright gold hued body; lively carbonation; creamy, one-finger thick white head. Clove and banana aroma; spicy. The flavor picks-up from the aroma; a bit more zestiness backed with a fine grain backbone; fruity with a bitter hop and alcohol aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body; smooth with a crisp and dry finish.

A very tasty and relatively potent weizenbier. It delivers all of the traditional weizenbier esters and yeasty qualities while packing a respectable yet balanced alcohol edge.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy and yellow appearance. Strong head that holds for some time, fades off eventually to form a ring on the glass.

Roasted wheat strong sent, yellow- orange fruit. Taste is fruit forward, apricots and peaches give way to a lingering flavor that is almost banana-like. The grains are there, but the fruit quality is strong. Interesting. The mouthfeel is shockingly creamy, there are stouts with less body. The mouthfeel alone requires you try this.

Definitely not my favorite style so I'm trying to be fair to it. This is clearly a well made beer, and after analyzing it more closely I needed to do the right thing and review to increase my original rating.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

S: Banana, bubblegum, alcohol, wheat, and citrus.

T: Initial flavor is sweet and with a good bit of clove spice and citrus. The bubblegum type fruit flavors kick in and ride with the citrus and spice into the finish. The finish is sweet with a good bit of burn and a very slight hop flavor.

M: Medium to big body. Very smooth feel to it. For being 7.7% it is easy to drink. Very refreshing feel to it with the higher carbonation.

O: A very good representation of the style

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