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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Reviews: 1,145 | Ratings: 3,273
Photo of pkeigs
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a tasty wheat beer. Layers of the typical banana but seems to have more of a citrus character to it than most big wheats. Pours with a pillowy white lasting head, nice cloudy appearance. Smells of lots banana, with some citrus hidden in the back end. Citrus, clovey finish, hides the alcohol extremely well. Tasty beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a weizen glass, Vitus is a rather pale, slightly hazy gold color, with a moderate head. Ripe fruitiness characterizes the aroma, with a touch of medicinalness. Flavor is quite phenolic, with an underlying fruitiness that isn't quite banana, or any fruit I can identify... perhaps a touch of dry pineapple. Low bitterness and no hop flavor. Malt flavor takes a back seat to the yeast character, reminding me more of some Belgians than a German weizenbock.

Interesting beer, but not one I'll specifically seek out, I think.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a white heat that leaves some lacing

S - Has some fruity notes of banana with a touch of clove and yeast

T - The Banana taste comes out first then is balanced out by the clove and wheaty malt

M - This beer has a medium body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit to me it was almost like an imperial hefe it has va very good taste making it easy to drink worth trying sometime

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Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange color with Lots of bubbles going up to feed a thick head resulting in a very good retention.
Traditional aroma of banana and cloves, but with hints of liquor and bubble gum.
Spicy and relatively malty flavor with notes of cloves, lemon, toasted malts, wheat and banana. Hints of citrus, honey and bubble gum. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation, 7.7% ABV is well hidden.
It is like a tuned-up Hefeweizen on booze and toasted malts. Very, very good. Let it warm up a bit and welcome to first class.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into Jaspers today to see what's what, and came across Vitus. First time sighting in my area, so I jumped. Only $2.99 for a 0.5l bottle, too.

Popped the cap and got a bit of foamage bubbling out. Yikes! I didn't have a weissbier glass right handy, so I poured Vitus into a Spaten stange. Color is a flat, muted golden, with a thin, fine white head. Carbonation is plentiful in the opaque liquid, hellbent on reaching the surface. The bubbles at the top form about 3/4" of head and slowly ebb back, leaving some lace here and there, but not a whole lot. Aroma is crisp and wheaty, clove and banana shining through. Has the typical weissbier mouthfeel; that being light and airy, dancing across the tongue, with a near-medium body.

Banana hits the palate first off, followed by a smidge of clove. It's a dry bier, with some subtle hints of green apple and pear also being present, and some yeastiness (though there was no sediment in the Flasche). No evidence of anything in the way of chocolate, which I have come to admire in the quintessential weizenbock - Aventinus. That's a hard bier to emulate, for sure. I find this more closely resembles an amped-up hefeweizen, somewhat like Ayingers weizenbock, on the whole. Still, Vitus is a fairly tasty, reasonably priced, solidly made, quite drinkable offering from the good Volk at Weihenstephan.

Prosit!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours quite hazy and orange golden in color. Large, white head tops the beverage and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Corriander and black pepper and sweet yeast. Lemon peel as well. Large dose of banana.

More corriander and yeast in the flavor. TOns of banana in the flavor. More light fruits as well. Fairly sweet and bready, doughy.

Medium bodied and fairly chewy. Good carbonation and overall a pleasant beer. VEry drinkable; easily drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and apricot hued with an inch of white head. The aroma brings banana, clove, spice. Like a stronger hefe with more sweetness and alcohol. The flavor offers a heavy dose of sweet bananas, booze, wheat. While this is good, I much prefer the standard Weihenstephaner hefe. Medium bodied with mild warmth in the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a perfect cloudy straw. I probably would have given a perfect score for appearance if this was a hefeweizen and not a weizenbock, as this is the lightest weizenbock I have ever seen. Definitely not to style. Nice wheaty and yeasty aroma. It certainly does fit the weizenbock profile in its flavour though. Strong flavours - wheat, yeast, banana. The alcohol feels evident - or that could just be the aftereffects of the Indian dinner. I am liking this significantly better than Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen, but then again, I'm a big fan of this style.

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Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw colored beer, with very active carbonation. White cap is fluffy and foamy. The head maintains a thin layer the whole way down. Leaves occasional large patches of lace.

S: Slightly musty, with a generous dose of cloves and hay, plus a hint of banana.

T: Starts out sharp and dry. The taste of raw grains is quite evident. Bitterness provides a well balanced bite of clove and coriander. The tingle of carbonation helps the bitterness along. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering lemon and raw wheat flavors.

M: Medium body is grainy and coarse. Carbonation level is high like it should be, and leaves a tingle on the tongue that lasts long after the beer has left the mouth behind.

D: Kind of like a regular hefe turned up to 11. The extra body lets you know this is a strong beer, yet it drinks lighter than it is. I wished the banana factor was a bit higher, but otherwise this is very nice.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.29 for a 16.9 oz bottle. A "weizenbock". 7.7% ABV. Pours out to a cloudy straw golden, forming a decent but quick thinning white head with sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. The aroma is not far removed from unibroue...a potent mixture of apple and pineapple juice with hints of spicy phenol. Mouthfeel is brisk, tart, acidic, and medium bodied with a champagne like spritzyness. Opens with apple juice, followed by hints of pineapple and perhaps mango, then cloves, a slight burnt rubber tang, some bready (but not gluey) yeast, and finishes with some crackery goodness. Not ruddy.

Lighter in flavor and color than what I expected. Not dark malts here, just slightly bigger body. Kinda like if you were to upgrade from a domestic macroswill to an "ICE" beer with the letters XXX on it, this is what you would get in the world of Hefe's. I expected more dark malts and complexity, but for what it is, it's a decent hefe.

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Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours surprisingly yellow. A thick pillow of foam is produced even with a delicate pour, a characteristic of the great wheat beers produced by Weihenstephaner. Great head retention.

Aromas of bananas, wheat, and bread dominate. Hints of spices and noble hops.

Sweet wheat malt upfront followed by bananas, apricots maybe, and white bread. Lots of yeast esters and very fruity.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cleanses the palate, which is produced by the excellent carbonation. Aftertaste is pretty clean, just some hints of yeast and a bit of fruits.

Alcohol is very well hidden. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy light orangish yellow. Big frothy head that remains.
Smell: Banana bread.
Taste: Fruit, spice, and bread.

Excellent. The look is almost murky. On top of the ultra-cloudy hay colored brew is a huge frothy head that stayed the course. The smell is overwhelmingly banana, and seems just like warm banana bread. The taste is more complex, but harder to put my finger on it. I picked up fruit and bread wrapped in a spiciness. The total package is great. I will get this again.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance – A light straw colour, or cloudy gold if you want to put it another way. This beer supporst a good ½ inch head of dense foam that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell – There is obviously the smell of a typical wheat beer in here but there is also the hint of many fruits. Banana is one of the most obvious with some pear and lemon hints thrown in for good measure.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very closely but there are also notes of spicy cinnamon and biscuit with clove. To try to sum it up it tastes rather like a cake or a pie with a lot of fruit in it.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy with medium body and a slightly dry finish. There is no boozy warmth in this beer and I was surprised by that as it is quite strong.

Overall – Very soft on the pallet with sweet nip this wheat beer bagged itself the WBA best wheat beer award in 2012. Drink a bottle and you will see why. Fragrant with a hint of plum this beer is an absolute cracker and although strong at 7.7% it does not feel like a heavy beer at all.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle no. 5198. Sampled on April 8, 2009.

When the Monks first began brewing this the German Kingdom was just emerging, Benedict IX was the Pope, Byzantine rule was being overthrown in Serbia, and we weren't far off the Medieval Age. This is the kind of beer that the legendary King Arthur himself might have drank as he was saving England.

A - After I let it sit for a bit I served myself at or about the recommended 50 degree Farenheit. The pour was a cloudy pale yellow with a significant amount of foamy white head.

S - The aroma was of strong yeast, wheat, and spices with a mouthfeel that was sort of chewy.

T - The flavor is of hops, wheat, and yeast...very typical of a good bock beer. It was fabulous for its style.

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Photo of Premo88
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheatbeer glass

L: milky yellow with massive fluffy white head of foam, about 2-inches tall with good staying power; no sticking off the head and minimal lacing

S: banana and some slight spices (clove, allspice), a little tart grape/lemon; tartness is definitely there, more lemon than anything else

T: banana and a hint of clove, not overly sweet; peanuts ... just a slight nuttiness; sour grapes; slight hints of alcohol in the taste, but only slight ... a little vodka/rubbing alcohol tingle

F: good carbonation, solid weight

O: very tasty wheat beer that is definitely stronger than the average ... the 7.7% ABV is mostly hidden in the taste, but you can feel it early on; classic wheat beer notes of banana with a little spice in it; the sweetness is very restrained

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle marked 1504 18:05:26 at 52 degrees into a weizen glass
$ 3.49/bottle at Oppermann’s (Saginaw, MI)
Aroma lightly fruity with a hint of smoke
Head enormous but stabilizing at eight cm (aggressive pour), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to five millimeters of creamy layer
Lacing poor – few islands of tiny, nearly microscopic, bubbles,
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor very light and slightly sweet and fruity, lacking any maltiness associated with a bock; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Cloudy whitish gold with 1-2 fingers of white head. Decent retention and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Very phenolic. Clove, coriander, banana peals and wheat bread.

Taste
A lot of banana. Banana bread, banana peal and maybe some plantain. Wheat bread and again a very phenolic yeast. Clove, coriander and touches of black pepper.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, silky, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall
Very balanced and easy drinking. 7.7% abv is well hidden. Definitely worth a try if you're into wheat beers (or even if you're not.)

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

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner glass.
Nice 2 finger fluffy almost soapy looking head with lots of small bubbles with some large ones.
Murky golden yellow body with tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells of tons of banana and cloves a nice "fruitiness" for lack of a better adjective with some grassy straw notes

Tastes of banana and cloves and plums. Great amount of carbonation which was obvious from the constant streams of bubbles noted early.

Smooth at first with the carbonation kicking in at the end with a little bit of a pronounced alcohol a slight sourness.

Overall this is a very nice beer, one I wouldn't necessarily seek out again but wouldn't refuse if offered to me. A classic beer from the world's oldest brewery. I would have to say that their Korbinian is still my favorite, with this one a close second.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml to weizen glass.

Pours a pale orange, more or less clear, not as hazy as I thought it'd be. Huge fluffy white head crackles like Rice Krispies as it dissipates. Head eventually turns to a cap leaving some lacing.

Mostly fruits in the scent - pears, lemons and bananas come to mind. Some spice as well. Seems a little medicinal, boozy.

Taste is much better and more complex than the scent. Banana and citrus, hints of pear and apple mix excellently with sugary wheat, bread and vanilla. Specifically multigrain bread comes to mind. Usual spices like clove are there but seem minimal and more as a backbone to the other flavors. Bubblegum comes out more as it warms.

Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but a very full mouthfeel. There is a touch of booze present. Good balance of flavors, it's nice to see clove take a backseat once in a while.

Very good beer, but seems very filling, and is a little too harsh for a wheat beer in my opinion. Doesn't match the mighty Hefeweissbier, though the flavor is pretty close, I prefer the subtlety and easy drinking of the Hefe.

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