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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,100
Hads: 3,139
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 433 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their 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 Malt_Man
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 500ml bottle into weizen glass.

L) Pale yellow-orange colour, very hazy, lots of bubbles evident. Huge foamy pure white head. Classic hefe look.

S) I'm surprise how little odour it has. A bit of honey-peach sweetness and a bit of wheat beer sourness and clove-ester.

T) Sweeter than the typical hefe. Other than that, pretty standard stuff. Light hefe flavour, the sweet aftertaste is long-running.

F) A bit denser than the standard hefe, but smooth, refreshing and does not feel anywhere near 7.7% ABV.

O) A very nice weissebier. I just don't think it is worth getting hammered from the 7.7% ABV from what it brings to the enjoyment of a weisse. What I would say though is that I paid a very reasonable price for this so I am happy. As a Weisse fan, my recommendation is to try this once but stick to the Hell and Dunkel weissebiers from this brewery.

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Photo of ph001c
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

True to style and it would be hard to tell this from a normal hefeweizen as it hides the alcohol well.

Look: cloudy, warm yellow with sediment at the bottom. Light, thin head that dissipates to little or no lacing

Smell: fresh stone fruit, clean

Taste: begins with apricot, then wheat, only slightly hoppy on finish

Feel: very crisp, bitter but not astrigent, light carbonation

Overall: excellent Weizenbock from an excellent brewery. It lacks the depth of wheat of my favorite hefeweizen (Fransikaner). I paired this with a Peacemaker sandwich (fried, creamed oysters) and it was the perfect accompaniment as the crisp beer cut the heavy flavor and refreshed the palate from the creamy sauce. This works well where you might have a Blanc or Riesling. Pairs well with duck.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good Weizen from Germany. Love Weihenstephan!
Tasted in an Original Vitus Glass, Comes so sweet and smooth, nice banana flave with Tropical fruits. Original Weizen Style, sweet and yeasty. To be honest, I can't really "taste" that huge amount of alcohol... Attention: ist a strong beer....and 2 or 3 VITUS be able to, launch you on a fat trip..... KRASS!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A full throttle bottle,
good looking beer here, golden body with thick white head that sticks
spicy aroma
flavours that are buttery toffee & cloves
all round an amazing beer

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Photo of B4CCHU5
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a lovely visit to the brewery and attached restaurant in Freising after a weekend in Munich. Picked up a case of the Hefeweizen (my favorite hef) and decided on trying 1 or 2 bottles of every other beer the brewery produces. Poured a chilled .5 liter bottle of the Vitus into a Weihenstephaner Vitus glass I purchased.

Look: Hazy caramel with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a faint circle of foam around the edges. Little no lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweet caramel opening with a transition to the classic banana and clove as experienced in Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen. Finishes with dried fruits. I had a dried fig laying around to confirm the similarity in smell.

Taste: The slightly sweet smell translates perfectly to the start of the beer's taste. Big clove in the interim coupled with a hefty wheat and finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

Feel: Medium to full body with only a hint of the 7.7% ABV. Drinks very smooth and refreshing with carbonation on the lower end.

Overall: A fantastic and welcome surprise from the oldest, and one of the finest German breweries!

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Photo of BeerConny
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! It tastes exactly like their hefeweizen except it has more alcohol. You can barely tell the difference since it is well hidden. It definately doesn't drink like it's 7.7%. If more stores carried this i would buy it more often.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste is, as they say, subjective and this may not be the most beautiful or the best looking beer but the aroma is fantastic and the taste, imho, was/is amazing!

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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 FFreak
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku glass. A beautiful cloudy lemon yellow with a substantial pure white head that lasts. Aroma of melon, lemon, bread, yeast, and hard candy. Taste follows closely to the smell concentrating on the melon and tart citrus, with a sweet finish. Mouth is really nice...medium body, fairly high carbonation, refreshing and pure. Overall, delicious....my fist taste of a weizenbock and I'm sure it won't be my last.

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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 badgustav
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - slightly musty, faint, with hints of grass and a slight acidity. I wonder at the age of the beer, may have gone slightly off.
Appearance - medium gold in color with a white, lacy foam. head dissipates slowly, clinging to the glass as it goes.
Flavour - wheaty, robust, with a light spice at the end. there are light grapefruit notes with some bite from the carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium and enjoyable.

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a Weizen glass, and damnit if this wasn't an unbelievably beautiful beer. Poured an excellent golden hue, with a thick and foamy pure white head to it. Carbonation bubbles danced up the length of the glass to the top where the retained for an exceptionally long time. Plenty of lace upon sipping as well.

S: Smells similar to a hef, with plenty of sweet banana like flavor. There is almost a pastry like scent to this. Like a warm sugar cookie or a fruit filled pie. Plenty of spice, and an almost clove/vanilla smell to it as well. Pretty complex even though it seems simplistic at first whiff.

T: The flavor is outstanding. Up front you get hit with the traditional weizen flavors, like banana and wheat. Then it settles into a nice blend of mid-sip spiciness. Definitely some clove and a warm waffle like flavor to it. Finishes with a tingly waffle flavor until finally getting to a nice malt finish.

F: Dry, tingly, sweet but not too sugary. Alcohol is well blended making it an incredibly drinkable beer.

O: Tremendous. It deserves the high marks it gets. It's simple in nature but complex at the same time. The blend of flavor is well executed, it's aesthetically pleasing, and it is just an excellent seasonal beer. Sessionable no doubt. One I will be getting whenever available around the holidays.

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Photo of hankmeister
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had it at the brewery with my lunch. Delicious. Read other's notes if you want nuances, subtle notes, etc. I'm not eloquent enough, or my palate not refined enough. But I know what I like, and I like this a LOT!

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Germans have been brewing beer for centuries. This beer optimizes perfection in a glass. Pour it out into a wheat beer glass and enjoy the huge head, the beautiful yellow hue, and that wonderful smell of the beer. All aspects are on point!

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Just a perfect wheat beer! I get yeast, apple/pears, bananas, lemon, and malts. American breweries take note what greatness taste like. It takes hundreds of years to perfect something this good. 7.7% abv and its blended perfectly. All aspects of this beer is perfection. I think a lot of American beers get a couple of things right but they are missing a good head, the smell isn't to die for, or the alcohol isn't blended perfectly at a higher abv %. Respect greatness!

It paired very nicely with waffles spread with butter, fig jelly, maple syrup, and whip cream. An odd combination that worked out well!

When I drink this for some reason it reminds me of drinking Allagash's Tripel Ale. Just so drinkable, delicious, and has me wanting more. If you want an American Beer with this drinkability check that out.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-beautiful head, didn't retain as long as expected but fairly long, top of the weizen glass has a great golden yellow orange color
- light smell but small hints of banana and yeast
-smooth beer starts with a bread like taste almost banana bread with a pleasant yeast finish
-very pleasant and drinkable, very little bite and little sweetness very good wheat beer.
-amazing beer would prefer something darker but this beer is a great example of this style

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; pale straw in color; 2 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: clove is predominant; banana and a little spiciness in the background;

T: a little bready up front; clove and banana take over by mid-palate and stay to the end; low bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated;

O: color was very light for the style; didn't get any of the dark fruit character I expected;

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Hazy straw color with towering white head bolstered by tiny and big bubbles. Streaks of yeast slowly fall to the bottom. Aroma is green banana, clove, lemon, alcohol, and a little bubblegum. Taste is ripe banana, green apple, and wheat malt sweetness. A touch of clove and pepper spice lead to slight bitterness and moderate alcohol on the finish. Medium body, ultra creamy texture, medium-high carbonation, warming and abrupt finish.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's all the goodness of old Bavaria. This beer is light orange, semi-cloudy. A shock of frothy head and no lacing. The aromas of banana, cloves, fresh Valencia orange slices, coriander, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes like Christmas wrapped around a banana, dipped in excellence. The beer gods have spoken..."DRINK!"

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Poured into the brewery's Weizen glass that game with the gift set, this has got a two finger thick white, finely carbonated head, droopy lacing, and a golden hazy body. Very appealing to the eyes, I must say.

I smell very crisp malts, along with the classic clove, bubblegum, and banana ester characteristics of true made Bavarian brews.

This beer's taste is quite similar and easy going for a "strong" style. This is a nice refreshing taste I could appreciate any time of the year. I detect a bit of apricot in the aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel is lively and crisp. I'm sure using the Weizen glass vs a standard pint glass is a contributing factor, but proper glassware is always ideal and I've been personally guilty in my first few reviews.

Overall, a knockout 4.5 for Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. even though this came as part of a gift set, I will pursue this while its still available during this month.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, citrus and spice. Taste follows the nose with banana, bubblegum, bread and a spice. Mouthfeel is nice for a hefe, with the wheat smoothness and a great effervescence. Overall a great beer, an "imperial " hefeweizen of sorts. Definitely world class and worthy of every award.

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Photo of barryjg
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazed to find it in Lagos, Nigeria....half liter bottle poured into a tulip glass; cloudy amber color with thick 2 finger foam; smells of cloves banana bread and huge weizenbock arroma- improves as it warms; taste is ballanced and HUGE; overall - going back to the store to buy them all-call me greedy, but life is short!

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Photo of breezyday
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a premium, incredible beer with "world best beer" awards. The color is a golden yellow with a slight, even haziness (a tulip beer glass showcases the beauty of the color and pleasant aroma) and light, white frothy head. The smell is lightly banana, pear, clove and warmed bread. The taste is balanced and smooth with a depth of a light pear/banana flavor amidst the wheat malty texture. It is smooth, clean and rich in taste. It is excellent with a heavy breakfast of meat and potatoes, delightful with a hot soup and buttered bread on a winter day and compliments every meat or fish meal I have tried. I highly recommend this beer. It has a taste, quality, consistency and depth of color, taste and smell that is not encountered often in the world. It is a distinct beer. The beer as it warms from the refrigerator releases more subtle flavor and richness of taste. This is a beer for special occasions and a reward for a job well done.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am starting to wonder if they are capable of making a bad beer. A nice representation of the style. Bready malt, honey, hints of banana and clove, and just a touch of nuttiness.

Would revisit.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color with a thick white head and tons of active bubbles feeding ahead that has some serious staying power. Lacing seemed spotty at first but became absolutely coating as the beer warmed a bit. Aromas are big with banana, clove, pear, apple and hints of cinnamon. Taste is fruity and spicy with banana and clove coming through immediately with some lighter notes of pear and tart apple. Mouthfeel starts creamy and carbonated, finishes dry and lets the fruity flavors linger. This is a fantastic example of the style, great drinking beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from the Copper Vine into a weizen glass.

A- A careful pour still creates a huge head that crowns the glass, about 3-fingers of whipped cream. Golden-yellow body goes hazy with a yeast swirl and shows lots of carbonation. The head sustains at 1/2-finger and leaves thick, fluffy rings on the glass.

S- Bold and sweet. Gummy and bready. Hints of clove and peppery spices. Some banana and citrus. Lemon aroma grows with warmth.

T- Rich and flavorful, like an imperial hefeweizen. Banana bread is my first impression. Hints of lemon in the aftertaste. Spices become more apparent with warmth. It becomes something of a spicy holiday cake or bread. Very appropriate for the winter holidays, and more drinkable than many of the winter warmers or spiced Christmas beers.

M- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep up and make things creamy. A little smooth alcohol warmth.

O- I've read about this one for years and just happened upon it at my local bottle shop. I've definitely been missing out. I'll actively seek this beer again (I should have grabbed another bottle or two). As refreshing as a hefeweizen, but bold and hearty enough to be more enjoyable during the winter months.

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