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

500 ml bottle picked up at Bargainica in Bellingham.

Pours a cloudy orange/golden, massive white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer, leaves behind a ton of chunky lacing. Very nice to look at! Smell is nice, tons of banana, yeast, wheat, spices, very fruity, some alcohol makes its way in, but quite soft. Taste is different, apples and bananas, some wheat, very yeasty, bread, cane sugar, some alcohol, more apple in the finish with a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Pretty light for a weizenbock but I like it.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Half litre bottle poured into an oversized Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Colour was orangy golden, hazy. I expected a huge head to form, bit that wasn’t the case,
there was only a moderate amount of foam on top, not much lacing clung to the glass.

S: Yeast, clove, banana and esters.

T: Mainly followed the nose, but also added some orange and milky notes. The really impressive aspect was how well the booze was concealed.

M: Minimal carbonation, slightly thick texture, smooth.

O: Understated but classy, not much more to add.

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

Tall brown 500ml glass bottle. Pry off cap. Neck label shows a saint/monk holding a book feather and rooster. Label has a classical european seal in brown gold and white.
The body is sun golden semi transparent with low carbonation. Multi size bubbled head with a lemon tint. Good retention and lace.
Sweet wheaty smell over a note of lemon and yeast. Abit of almond and mild honey.
Sweet grain flavor and yeast, white bread with lemon. The aftertaste again has yeast and maybe a hint of wheat. I did not expect the yeast to be pronounced in a wheatbock. Overall a sweet lemony flavor.
Full body and some coating. Oddly dry finish but still pleasant.
Very drinkable and an interesting brew.

-Oelergud

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

Been wanting to try this baby for ages. Found a bottle in Yongsan, Seoul.

APPEARANCE: Liveliest head I've ever had on a beer. Can't turn my back for a minute without it spewing out of the bottle.

SMELL: Banana and German yeast.

TASTE: Like the blue labelled Hefeweissbier with an alcoholic kick and more pronounced banana. Mouthfeel is wonderful, as can be expected from a Weihenstephan. Lots of the ethereal German yeastiness in the finish.

OVERALL: I've had a few since my first one and I'm not too crazy about it any more. It's very sound but not brimming with flavour. I think this brewery is a bit overrated on BA.

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

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge head if poured too vigorously. If poured at a decent rate you get usually around a finger or two of white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - A hint of banana in the nose with a nice smell of grain.

T - The biterness is quite present for a weizen but not overwhelming at all, Initial taste is banana and grain which fades out with the moderate bitterness and alcohol. Overall pretty balanced.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty light even though the alcohol is high.

D - Very decent strength on this beer but surprisingly very drinkable. I could probably drink like 2 or 3 bottles but I would be pretty gone then.

I drink mostly heavy beers so this one was pretty nice and balanced to me. If your used to drinking weaker beers it might be pretty robust but still drinkable. If you enjoy the Weihenstephaner Hefeweisen then do youself a favor and try this one this winter.

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

Well made, enjoyable Weizenbock. Bought a sechs-er (six) pack while in Germany. Pours a cloudy amber with a nice head. some banana to the nose and mouth - strongly weizen-like. Wow!

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

Cloudy straw/wheat yellow with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. It had a big fluffy off-white cap and there was some chunky lacing. Lots of fruity banana and clove spice in the aroma, bready, lemon zest, light alcohol, bubblegum. Very much like a hefeweizen in character. Flavour was more of the same, but a little richer in malt, having some caramel character. Also a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, nice texture. Quite enjoyable.

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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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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.