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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: 477 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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 Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Excellent, like its milder brother Hefe. Cloudy gold, large head with good retention.

Smell - A little less banana and more alcohol than I would have hoped.

Taste - The small flavour difference between this and the Hefe is a little disappointing. This does have a touch more fruit and spice, but barely enough to compensate for the extra alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, somewhat creamy even.

Drinkability - A very significant drop from the Hefe.

Overall - Because of the similarity with its milder brother, I couldn't help but do this review as a comparison. Although this is an excellent beer, I think I will stick with the latter.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy pale yellow color, healthy head. Smells of banana and hefeweizen. The flavor is nice, cloves, citrus, lemony, very interesting. I don;t know much about German beers or weizenbocks but this was quite good and I'd like another bottle to investigate further.

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Photo of bierguru
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy straw body with hints of brown the beer sports a soapy heaad that stays an inch thick very well

S- fairly strong banana right up front some hints of spice and fruit

T- some mild banana up front followed by the typical some mild spice and hints of chocolate in the back

M - nice mellow body no complaints

O - not the best in this style but a good drink

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distiller in Savannah, GA.

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head that fades to a thin ring. Big aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and honey. Taste follows the nose closely, very banana-forward. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and lowish carbonation. Overall a great beer, high-watermark for the style.

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Photo of bob3701
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ennglish style pint glass. The appearance surprised me very light for this style. Very cloudy pale yellow with a big creamy white head that hangs around for a while before going into a thin film with minimal lacing. Bananna and clove aroma with some breadiness to it too. Sweet taste with bananna and clove with a citrusy finish. This was good to drink but a bit of surprise since its a lot more weizen and not much bock.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light, hazy yellow-orange color with thick head. Head was way too much but did decipate and left good lacing. Smell was a bit "hefe like" with a touch of alochol. Yeast, fruits, and a bit of tartness to it. Taste is good. Taste is a bit sweet with various fruit tones, one sip I'll notice apple, the next pear, even a sweet grape. A slight alcohol warmth as it goes down. Carbonation is a little high, but good, leaves a relatively crisp taste. Overall a pretty drinkable beer. I probably would have scored it higher but the alcohol is well hidden and that could sneak up on you after a few of these easy drinkers.

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Photo of Vixie
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell is very lemony, with a hint of yeast and mown grass.

Taste starts out with citrus, more lemon than anything. Also picking up banana and clove notes. Has maybe just a hint of pepper at the finish.

Smooth as silk feel to this, with the carbonation giving just a little bite on the tongue.

A very nice, very drinkable beer. Goes down smooth and easy, and has a lot of flavor to it. Very much a summer beer, it is light and flavorful.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Looks and smells like a Hefeweizen. Pours a cloudy straw color with a medium size white bubbly head. Not much lacing. Smells exactly like a good hefeweizen: bananas, cloves and bubble gum. The smell is pronounced and nice.

Tastes like a good hefe as well but with an added taste of black pepper. Might appear to be heavier than a hefe, perhaps a touch of alcohol but no warning that this is 7.7 abv.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp and rich. Drinkability is good also. If I had this on tap on a hot day, I would be in trouble. It goes down like a nice summer hefe, but with an extra kick.

I got none of the Weizenbock strength or dark fruit taste. I just rated this one as a good drinking experience, it is probably not a great Weisenbock, but I would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of IPA35
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watch out for the beer fountain!

Pale golden beer, white head. Not much bock in here.
(Poured first half of the bottle.)

Smells of clove, other spices and few banana. Not as fruity as the hefeweizen, more spicey. Some alcohol prehaps?

Yea, overall a rather spicy and more bitter beer than the hefeweizen. Few banana flavours in here that become stronger when it warms. Bready malts, no dark malts in here I think. Some tart notes.

Second half:

More haze.

More yeasty smell, slightly.

More fruitly taste, a little chalky prehaps.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overal a rather good beer, not my favourite style though. I'd rather have the hefeweizen or the korbinian, not some hybrid.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly clear (misty someone called it) apricot color with a small white head.
Smell is malt, yeast, sweet with a light smokiness, citrus (lemon & tangerine), maple.
Taste is malt, spice (clove & pepper), yeast, hops, banana, wheat.
Medium full body for a wheat, slight stickiness, nice effervescence. Good stuff overall.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours so beautiful it brings a tear to my eye...Awesome lemony amber in color, heavily carbonated with a cloudy haze to it, pours a fist-high head of creamy, marshmallowy goodness that persist until you drink it and laces up the entire glass. Probably best-looking pour I've ever seen. The picture above almost doesn't do this justice. Aromas are to be expected - slightly metallic, some citrus fruit along with the peels, nice clove-like or coriander notes in the background. Nothing elite, but perfectly to style. Flavor is where this slightly falls off. Not robust enough all the way through the drink. Upfront, it's excellent - intense wheat blasts into a long, crisp lemon citrus...Finish dies a little and gets a tad thin, and the 7.7% ABV of the brew makes itself apparent here as well, but only a little. This is actually great beer, with only minor flaws, and is super well-priced at $2.69/pint+.9oz. bottle. Really worth keeping in the fridge all the time.

What I like most: The beautiful appearance.

What I Like least: The thinner than expected finish.

Verdict: Excellent and super-well-priced brew. Must find.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Not at all what I was expecting based on prior experience with weizenbocks, this beer looks exactly like Duvel in the tulip: pale gold body up to the middle of the lettering, and an immense, fluffy off-white head perched majestically atop it. It recedes slowly, and I top it off a few times so that the head stretches above the rim of the glass - it's solid enough to go over half an inch over without threatening a spill. Some yeast sediment swirls through the body, eventually lending a bit of haze. It's a beautiful beer, but doesn't look at all like the style it's supposed to be.

S: Maybe it's Duvel-like appearance is making me crazy, but my first impression of the nose is that it seems slightly more Belgian than German - tons of fruity esters (apples and figs), and some decided spice in addition to bready malt. As it warms some more traditional wheat and banana notes arrive, but they're still less apparent than the spicy, Belgian-esque esters. Quite sweet and enjoyable overall, although perhaps a bit too dizzying with the complexity of yeast notes - but that's a good problem to have.

T: Sweet, bready malt starts things off smoothly, followed by bright fruity esters (some pear, as well as the apple and fig from the nose), followed by some alcohol and spice on the finish and, finally, a yeasty aftertaste. Overall, good balance among disparate flavors, but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M: Sticky medium body with a great amount of rich, lively carbonation - and it needs every bubble to help combat cloyingness.

D: Doesn't do much to hide the rather moderate ABV, and the sweetness is a tad overwhelming. Still, I don't expect too much more from a weizenbock.

Notes: This is definitely a delicious and well-made brew (and one that I would recommend to just about anyone), but I can't get over how little it resembles, say, Aventinus. Light body, no noticeable dark fruits, and only sweet breadiness from the malt profile. It reminds me more of Unibroue's Don de Dieu than anything else, and I kind of dig the Belgian attributes (as much as I was surprised by them). As with everything else I've had from Weihenstephan, this is more than worth a shot - just don't expect anything like an Aventinus.


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Photo of abrand
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler glass. From batch #5109.

Pours a hazy golden color with a very thick and frothy head that slowly goes away. Lots of carbonation bubbles up from the base of the glass. Smells of wheat, fruits, and bread. Not overpowering but fairly good smeller. Taste is extremely yeasty with some hints of bananas. Unique but good tasting. Definitely more of a weizen than a bock in both appearance and taste. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall pretty solid beer from the oldest brewery in the world. Would be interested in seeing what other flavors pop out after a year or so of aging.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into tulip.

A: a slightly hazed body. way more blond than I thought this style was supposed to be, but I could be mistaken. head is bright white and BIG. retention is great and spotted plumes of lacing left behind.

S: aroma is similar to a hefeweizen. a lot of coriander, lemon, and yeasty esters. a little bit of grain behind all this fruity smell.

T: starts with some serious sweetness. plenty of spice as well, coriander and mild pepper. some clove flavor in there. body remains mostly sweet and finish remains that way.

M: plenty of bubbly carb. medium body.

D: a good beer, but I really am not sure of the difference between this and a hefe...slightly bigger body, but I am not getting the bock presence I expected to get. regardless, still a good beer, just misleading.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured to a weizen glass from a 500ml bottle

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with a giant 3-4 for finger head, lots of disturbed yeast cake floating around the glass. Buttery banana and vanilla slam the nose, a nice citrus profile of lemon and orange peel, and hints of spice, clove maybe some ginger. On the tongue, sweet grain, banana- lemon, vanilla bean, clove spice on the finish. Light bodies, massively carbonated, yet very buttery and smooth, sweet sugar open up all the taste buds, starts moist with a fine dry finish. Overall; fine beer, easy to drink.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden body, eggshell white velvet creamy head, looks like foamed milk, with no lace. Nose has a lot of clove spice, a bit of caramel. The flavor is similar, the spicy clove all but overpowers the rest of the flavor, which contains some faint warm sweetness and banana and apricot. Finishes dry with a touch of yeast. At least it is full-flavored. Body is great; creamy and full, but not very heavy.
Honestly, I was expecting more. The spicy clove was just too much, barely leaving room for any malty, fruity, ester notes. Look and feel were extraordinary, however. I'm always impressed with what the Germans produce with basic ingredients, but this didn't live up to what I'd dreamed it would be.

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Photo of JBogan
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light golden color with plenty of bubble action causing a very large foamy white head which stays around for a while and leaves medium lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smelled of bubblegum and bananas with a hint of citrus.

Tasted of gum and grains with the banana present as well. I also detected a very slight metallic edge to it, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth and with a nice amount of carbonation. Very refreshing, especially on this very warm day here in Vegas.

All in all this was a nice beer which I'll certainly have again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After looking for this one in NC for over a year with no luck, I turned to wagenvolks for a bottle. 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a murky pale yellow with a very frothy off white head that lasts and leaves slight laving on the glass. Aroma is loads of sweet fruits, banana, and spices. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits and malts with a nice side of spices, nice and complex. The beer is very smooth and crisp with nice carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Weizenbock, very true to style and quite tasty!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From iPhone notes. First of style.

Interesting.... Pours just like a wit or hefe lovely pale straw colour and fine head.

And then a times two factor takeover.

That's twice the intense aromas of the yeast and bananas and twice the flavour hit. Amazingly intense flavours and the overall body of the beer takes it to the next level. The higher alcohol does peek through but does not get in the way.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and quite light

Surprisingly good beer. Like really good...

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Photo of Radome
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a golden-orange color, hazy but lets plenty of light through. The head is thick and fluffy and white, made of tiny bubbles.

S - Aroma is of grainy wheat with some bubblegum and a hint of lemon.

T - The taste is a smooth blend of wheat and yeast characteristics. There is mouth-filling wheat and malt along with plenty of bubblegum and banana and even some noble hops flavor. The finish is very sweet.

M - The body is heavy, but the carbonation and a moderate amount of hops bitterness help cut through it. The alcohol is evident. The aftertaste is sweet and a bit cloying.

O - This is a nice wheat beer. It has a big, heavy body that the taste and appearance don't quite match up with. It is the lightest-colored weizenbock I've seen and I would prefer the extra malt that goes along with the darker interpretations.

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Photo of cervezango
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smells like dark fruits initially and a little eggy, some hoppyness

poutrsed out it looks hazy blonde like a hefeweisen, lokts of yeast in here, smell changes to predominantly yeast, some cinnimon roll and banana bread in the taste suprisinely sweet, had a friend who does not like beer try it and he like it, it is very sweet.
i wish it had more hops to balance off the sweetness, kindoff buttery which is redeeming, but not as complex as i expected

nonetheless is beer is solid and defenately worth the purchase.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy golden straw color with a stable single finger of head, flavor and aroma of light pears and bananas with a solid yeasty breadiness... gentle sweetness over a medium body and carbonation level, masks the ABV level very well.
Pretty much a textbook example of a Weizenbock!

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Photo of beerking1
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale gold, with a typical big white rocky head one expects from a Bavarian wheat beer. Nose is traditional weizen, only more so. Lots of banana-like phenols, along with some green apple and clove. Not much in the way of hops, but a faint wheat character. Flavor is much sweeter than a regular weizen, again with lots of banana and some clove. Finish is fruity, with lots of green apple, and some dry, bready wheat character. Little bit full bodied for the flavor.

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Photo of MattyV
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy lemon yellow colour with a big pillowy white head. Average retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet and estery with lots of banana and fruit along with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Taste follows suit with lots of yeast-derived estery flavors: banana, bubble gum, and apple leads into a crisp finish with hints of clove and pepper. Sweet malt profile throughout. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A great beer which drinks very well and struck me much like a suped up hefe, and is a bit dangerous in that regard.

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Photo of kashmoney
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden pour with a large head. Lacy cling to the glass

S: Initially a strong banana nose changing to a citrusy note later on.

T: Initially banana followed by a breadiness and clove spiciness. Sweet throughout however without a lingering aftertaste(dry finish). Got a sense of bubblegum in there as well at some point though not all the way through the bottle.

M: Likely personal preference however would like a little heavier mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable and went perfect with my banh mi pork sandwich.

Good multi bottle drinking beer. Enough flavor to keep you interested without totally overwhelming your palate. Curious to try the Adventinus in comparision

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