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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Avg:
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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: 1,146 | Ratings: 3,282
Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with a big frothy head. I was very surprised to see this brew being so pale. I was expecting it to be much darker. Anyhow, great lacing is left behind with each sip.

Smells very fruity, bananas, cloves, yeast, candied sugar, bubblegum, etc. Very pleasant aroma albeit not as pronounced as an Aventinus.

Taste is along the same lines as the aroma. Sweet, fruity, bananas, some clove, yeasty, phenolic, pronounced wheat in the finish along with a spiciness I cant put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich, lots of carbonation, finishes a little dry and crisp.

A pint is good for me. Definitely a good beer. You cant go wrong with Weihenstephaner really. Not on par with Aventinus but definitely up there.

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Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale golden with a medium cast of haze-a bit lighter in color than i expected. Giant, moussy, dense white head with good retention.

Aroma-Ripe bananas, clove spice, and rich bready/toasty character. Some plum character which increases as it warms. Peppery, somewhat floral alcohols. Aroma is a bit bigger than the standard Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but really only in terms of alcohol content-I don't get a ton of melanoidin character that I would expect out of a weizenbock.

Flavor-Bready/toasty character upfront with some banana, plum/raisin character, and a spirtz of clove in the background. Much more toasty malt character here than in the aroma, but still a bit short of what I would look for in a weizenbock. Peppery alcohols grow in the background, drying out the flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium full mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation. Medium low alcohol warmth.

A think this is a fantastic beer, but not necessarily a great weizenbock. There's not quite enough melanoidin development in the aroma and flavor to put it quite in the category, but it's still damn tasty.

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured bright hazy yellow with a bit of orange. Had a big and fluffy white head, slightly sticky leaving minor lacing.

The smell was very strong with a big yeasty hefe smell, banana bread, wheat and citrus all making big appearances.

The flavor is on the sweet side with strong hints of bananas, oranges, and pineapple along with a long and lingering wheat flavor. Some alcohol pokes its way through a touch as well. The yeast is also there along with just a touch of lemony hops.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with lots of carbonation.

Smooth and easy to drink for a beer this big, another winner for Weihenstephan.

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Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear gold color with a nice and foamy head

excellent depth with really good aromas of bananas, lots of various white florals, and some bits of malts

very smooth and really good medium body and feel. Very good depth with flavors of malts, bananas, and citrus flavors with a touch of white florals

this was a real quality weizenbock. Well balanced with real good depth in both the aromas and flavors. The feel was extremely good

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on many occasions at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy opaque straw yellow in the glass with a large white head that retains nicely. Fruity, mildly phenolic and bready aroma, this smells just like baking banana bread and ripe lemons. The aroma is wrapped in a leafy hop character that comes out more as the beer warms. On the tongue it's spicy, peppery, bringing to mind pureed banana with white pepper and clove. Moderate bubblegum sweetness leads into a spicy and dry finish. It's surprisingly drinkable and even refreshing for a 7.7% beer, which may be the beer's most impressive attribute. While I prefer Weihenstephan's more subtle and light hefeweizen, this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 500ml bottle a beclouded golden yellow with an orange tint, the head behemothic in size, and a brilliant creamy white, as it fades slowly, the resultant lace is a fine veil to obscure the glass. Nose has an earthy aroma, spices also present, coriander and cloves come to mind, light and clean. Start has a sweet grain presence, with the top light to medium in feel. Finish as a benign acidity, the earthy, soapy sweetness continues to the dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, but did seem a little thin to me, with the hop presence very subdued, nonetheless, worthy of a sample.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml split courtesy of Bobsy, many thanks!

Pours a hazy straw, touch lighter perhaps than your average weizenbock, leaves some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is pear, apples, banana, light coriander and anise.

This drinks lighter and smoother than your average weizen, perhaps more of a hefe-weizen hybrid? Not holding that against it, drinks quite well. Fruity - banana, pear, apples. Spicy - anise, coriander, perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Quite easy to drink. Heavier on the spice than some but a nice fruitiness to balance it out, a sweet streak through the middle. Nice beer!

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great wheat beer. The look is golden and cloudy. Great head retention. Definate clove wheat beer smell and clove taste done well. And dangerously well hidden ABV. Where this beer stands out is that it is very thick with quite a bit of carbonation. It works very well and the beer is one to be copied. I personally prefer more banana flavor, but (on sale at 7.7%) this is a good one! 1516.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent. It's refreshingly fruity and full of carbonation. I was really expecting something darker. The taste is good as well. It has a crisp, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with some fruity yeast esters. The elevated abv. is hidden quite well in this one. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good tasting beer. It's like nothing I've ever tried. It's a pale weizenbock with little warmth and all the drinkability of a regular hefe; very nice.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of this at Green's along Buford Highway. Took a bottle over to my dad's to celebrate his birthday. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow color with a frothy white head. Spicy, citrusy, clove and banana in the nose. Tastes citrusy, earthy, and spicy. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer. Glad this is readily available now.

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Photo of ejquin
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beatiful lemony orange hue with thick white head.

S: Banana and clove with a splash of citrus and bubble gum with some candy sweetness.

T/M: Mouth is heavier than I thought it would be and not as much carbonation as expected. Creamier mouthfeel. Flavors are along with the nose of banana and clove with a nice candied sweetness throughout. This fades to a crsip bite. Highly drinable and and clean

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 500mL Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy straw color with a HUGE, very thick white head that looks very creamy and dissipates VERY slowly and leaves behind very, very thick lace.

Smell: Very strong fruity esters. Dominant aroma is heavy banana and some lighter hints of yeast. A light aroma of sour alcohol is in the background.

Taste: Begins with bittersweet yeasty and alcoholic flavors that rounds out to a pretty strong banana flavor. Finishes wheaty with more banana and some slight bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with smooth, natural carbonation. Like a typical weizen, the finish begins light, refreshing, and somewhat watery, but then dries out because of the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a very nice beer- basically a stronger version of Weihenstephaner's regulkar hefe as opposed to a beefed-up dunkelweizen. Still a great beer- the stronger alcohol adds a new dimension to an already great beer. I'd have this again, and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to try this on tap - an extremely cloudy, orangish body arrived with a decent head and it left lacings down the glass as the head died quickly. A burst of citric notes when I smelled it; haven't really smelled a hefe that powerful which is amazing in this case since this isn't even a hefe. Orange, banana, pineapple or pear, along with pepper and I want to say there's clove in there, maybe coriander. First thing that struck me about this beer was how smooth it was while retaining a large citric flavor and packing the spices on the backend. There's no hop bitterness at all, just orange and lemon mostly on the tastebuds with the pepper/clove on the backbite. Also a little sweet on the sides, like they put sugar in or something (bubblegum?). Sitting at the bar with this on tap, I could drink it all night. A little filling, and with the high ABV I didn't persist the issue but a great beer that I will have again.

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Photo of bmoney
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle,

A-Pours a golden Amber with 2 finger foamy white head.

S- Usual smells of banana and clove dominate. Notes of fresh lemon and citrus.

T- The spices are most present up front, with citrus/lemony presence. Finishes with a buttery wheat taste. Alcohol is a little more present here than in the hefe.

M- Smooth, light and crisp mouthfeel, the carbonation is nice.

D- Drinkable weizenbock not as interesting as others, mainly just a stronger ABV Hefe.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stylistically perfect weizenbock. pours cloudy gold, glowing brightly, with a lasting two or more inches of thick white foam. the nose is slight banana yeast, sturdy wheat malt base, some subtle sugar, and an alcohol kick. the flavor is so balanced, with a mild hop finish that gels with the yeast just right. huge dose of german wheat malt is the perfect backdrop for this drink, and it takes me, like the hefe they make, to somewhere else, Bavaria back in the day or something. its traditional, classy, and strong. actually the alcohol seems higher than necessary, and gives this beer maybe some extra weight, slowing drinkability just a tad. good late winter or early spring drink, perfect with some fresh pretzels, and actually stood up well to salmon on the grill. overall a top notch version of the style, and you absolutely cannot beat the price, under four bucks per bottle!

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC before we could get it here in GA. Poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw like yellow with a slight tint of orange. There is a very tiny bubble white head that is a fills all the space in the glass from the .5l line all the way to the rim. Just the slightest bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: Classic wheat beer aroma including the coriander spice smell. Hints of what seems like orange and possibly lemon peel. Its an interesting aroma.

T: This tastes a lot like a Hefe but with a lot of the flavors cranked up. Big wheat beer flavor with loads of spice character. I think its coriander, but its much more spicy than I would expect so maybe its something else. There are definitely orange and lemon citrus notes. A tasty beer.

M: Its a bit prickly from the spice and carbonation. It is medium in body.

D: The beer disappeared quickly for me. The alcohol is well hidden. However, if you are not a big fan of spice character in beer, this may not be the one for you. Luckily, I love it when it is done right like this one is.

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Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An inverted pour produces four fingers of mousse-like white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. The crackling head settles slowly and leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - A classic aroma of bubble-gum, banana, and cloves, well blended with an emphasis on the clove. A strong, perfume-like note of spicy wheat is backed by toffee and and a hint of noble hops.

T - Lots of bubble-gum and banana up front with sweet malt and slightly tart wheat. Cloves begin to make themselves known in the middle, balanced by malty toffee. Cloves and banana continue to coat the palate in the finish with toasty malt and surprising alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is quite an interesting beer and it lends perspective to the American wheat wines that have begun to appear in the last few years. There is a lot of intensity to the yeast flavors here that seems to be a byproduct of the relatively high gravity. The intensity of the bubble-gum and clove character isn't over the top, but if it were much stronger it would hurt the beer. There is a lot of malt backing the yeast, and that helps keep it drinkable. The aroma is excellent, but the flavor of intense, almost harsh, yeast is just not as well balanced as I would like it to be. This was a nice beer and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it, but I still prefer the lower gravity German wheats.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the gold label on the bottle and a perfect size for one.

Poured into a pilsner glass and I am greeted with a yellow straw pour with a massive head! The head slowly dissolves but a nice tiny layer remains.

Fruity, yeasty, malty goodness. Smells great and entices one to consume.

Smooth and creamy taste. A little spicy on the palate but rounds out with a nice fruity, bready swallow.

Was very excited to try this with all the hype, but unfortunately it just wasn't my style. Glad I tried it, still a great beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange with initially towering white head that mostly recedes.

Smell: Banana, clove and ripe fruit.

Taste: Semi-sweet core of ripe banana, other ripe darker fruits and wheat. The clove is noticeable on the finish, along with lingering fruit and some spiciness.

Feel: Medium to full body that is very creamy and smooth. Finish dries up slightly.

Overall: Nice balanced Weizenbock, but the ripe darker fruits contribute a slight sickly flavor that keeps this from being as first class as I expected.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass a very pale hazy straw color, one of the lightest-while-still-hazy beers I've ever seen. Explosive head...just massive white foam that slowly settles down.

Nose is bready and estery clove, citrus, and banana. Reminds me very much of a La Fin Du Monde in that regard.

A sip starts sweet and bready with more of that citrus and light clove, getting a bit more of the spice and alcohol heat through a clean finish. It's delicate yet chewy overall and very smooth.

This is better than most hefs I've tasted - a great warm weather beer and wildly drinkable for the abv which really goes almost unnoticed. Not my preferred style, but a very tasty brew.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a billowing four fingers of head and thick lacing.

The aroma is heavy on yeast and clove. Not really picking up much of the sweet bubblegum-like smells that I would expect, but this is pretty damn nice.

The flavor is an initial rush of sweet banana cream pie and yeast. In the finish is that bubblegum I was looking for. Although I can't say I'm particularly blown away by this, I also can't find any faults either.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is about what I would expect...goes down easy and has a nice flavor profile to keep me reaching for the glass. I can't say that it really separates itself from the pack though.

Overall this is a fine beer that I would definitely order again at a bar, but probably wouldn't stock my fridge with.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma
the scent is coming through very fresh and vibrant. It seems as if there are cinnamon, fig, and floral tones maybe a bit of citrus. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel
Bit of an oiliness on the palette with a slight warming sensation, medium to higher end of carbonation. Beer is rather lively on the palette.

Appearance
Poured to light gold with white haze in an imperial pint glass, many small carbonation bubbles. Huge pillowish head which is maintaining well and lacing nicely. Really notable in this aspect and one of the best heads I've poured from a travelled bottle.

Taste
Fruity and spicy, a cinnamon type flavor is there. Nice, with a bit of warming on the finish although the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Drinkability
I'd say 2-3 1/2 liters pretty easily but this isn't quite as sessionable as some other weizenbocks I've had (aventinus in particular).

Overall
The appearance alone was almost enough for me but it's just not quite there. Excellent fruity and spicy scent but the taste has something I'm not quite there on.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw with a white head; good retention & lacing. I'm surprised this is more of a helles than a dunkle.

S: Big banana aroma, cloves, spice & a little lemon zest. The yeast sediment adds a little earthiness.

T: Banana with hints of lemon & pineapple, slightly bready, grassy and peppery spicing, light on the cloves, alcohol is subtle. The yeast tastes better than their bottled hefeweizen.

M: Moderate body is smooth with crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

It's great, but certainly a little different for the style.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. A cloudy dark hay like color. Aroma is of soft banana. Banana and clove flavors with a light spicy hop character. Just a hint of citrus. Some bready malt pulls through and over all there is little bitterness. Alcohol is tame but there. A hell of a beer, almost like a Hefeweizen on steroids.

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Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy, bright orange beer with a thin but creamy white head. Not as dark as I was expecting, but very appealing.

S- Some banana, mustiness, bread, fruit, and clove.

T- Same as the aroma. Very well balanced and nothing gets to be overbearing. The alcohol is hidden amazingly well.

M- A nice level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very clean on the tail end.

D- An enjoyable beer that drinks very nicely for the ABV. I can't say it is extraordinarily memorable, but it is tasty and smooth.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.