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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,132
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 429 | 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 BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a slight orange tint. Large, stiff, and rocky head that settles slowly to a nice cap, leaving some sticky patches of lace on the way down.

S: Big, bold, and complex. The typical banana and clove are there in a big way, but some other aromas make their entrance, as well. Smells of bubblegum and candied fruit lie beneath the clove/banana aspect.

T&M: Initially sweet with loads of the bubblegum flavor followed by a lightly spicy finish that showcases some almost mint like flavor. It's definitely a big beer--lots of flavor and complexity here. Body is medium-full with a fine carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that lingers.

D: High in ABV, but wonderful in flavor. I could drink a few of these. Yet *another* great beer from Weihenstephan. Then again, they should have everything perfected by now--they've only had almost 1,000 years to work on it.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

L - Golden yellow with a huge fluffy white dense bubbles on the head. It looks a beer commercials are trying to imitate.

S- Fruity, banana clove, bubble gum

T - Bready fruity, with a slight hint of bubble gum

Overall this is a great beer. I can see why its one of the old school styles that is still on the top 250 and for its price point of 4 dollars it cant be beat.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Huge white, fulffy head. Great retention and some nice sticky lacing is left behind. The body is a cloudy yellow with lots of strands of carbonation bubbles moving quickly.

Aroma is of banana and a little bit of clove.

This beer is like a ramped-up hefeweizen, not a weizenbock. It looks, smells, and tastes a lot like a hefe. Banana, sweet and also bitter from the wheat. A fantastic beer.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty damn drinkable, what a great beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt before, but I never paid attention to it because it was always during tastings.

A: Pours a cloudy, milky, golden yellow. The head is BEAUTIFUL: an explosion of foam that fills over half the glass, crackles angrily, and takes forever to fall back into a minor cap that lets me drink the beer without a foam mustache.

S: It's like I just opened a ripe banana. I'm not even sniffing the beer; it's a foot away from me as I'm typing this, and I'm waiting for the prodigious head to settle. But this is a fresh, ripe banana aroma if there ever was one. A touch of bubblegum. Wheat, clove are quite noticeable. Very neat and clean.

T: Lush, sticky flavors of banana syrup, clove, and smatterings of bubblegum. I'm surprised to find some apple and a touch of green, leafy hops in here. The flavor is so clean. I think in this style, I prefer only Aventinus (technically a weizen-eisbock?).

M: Carbonation is good, with large bubbles that spritz the palate instead of foaming it up. Coating, lightly sticky flavor.

D: A fantastic beer; its drinkability belies the relatively high ABV. A pint bottle of this has me feeling it. I can't wait to get more of this throughout the fall.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orangish-brown glow, very bright. Not near as dark as most weizenbocks I have seen. Lumpy off-white head...HUGE. Excellent retention and lacing as well.

S - Jacked up hefeweizen comes to mind. Strong aroma of banana and clove with hints of orange peel and bubble gum as well. A very deep and intense aroma.

T - A light biscuity taste up front quickly overcome by strong tastes of banana, bubble gum, and clove.

M/D - A very full bodied and chewy feel. Great carbonation brings the beer to life. An excellent beer. While not your typical weizenbock, but still damn tasty.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a murky yellow body with a good two inches of off-white head. Smells like orange, pith, spice, and banana. Banana, pith, citrus, bread, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium to full in body with ample carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very drinkable, pleasant, and complex. An excellent Weizenbock.

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Photo of aristeros
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a medium straw, cloudy, with heavy carbonation visible. There's a huge, soapy head with moderate retention. The nose is true to the style and similar to other Weihenstaphaner weizens--cloves, banana, spices, though a stronger sweet malt presence than the regular weizen or the filtered kristalweissbeir.

Sweet malts blended with cloves up front yields to a peppery bite. Moderate to heavy carbonation present, and a must for the style. Simple, yet perfect. The higher ABV allows this weizen to play double duty as a summer evening quencher or something to take the edge off on a cooler, autumn day.

This one's not as sessionable as a regular hefee; the alcohol will catch up to you after a few glasses.

I've had several of these brewery's beers and this is right in line with my expectations as regards their quality

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Photo of babaracas
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an unexpectedly light and relatively clear yellow/amber with an insanely massive pillowy white head. Great retention. Smell: a bit sparse, soft banana and wheat scents, slightly spicy and yeasty, but dominated by a sweet breadyness. Taste: tangy wheat, yeast, banana are most prevalent. Sweet, kind of a banana pudding thing going on here, in a good way. Other flavors buried in there: lemon, dried pineapple, clove, slight grassy + spicy hops. Ever so slight warning of the abv. Soft and creamy... a sessionable weizenbock? Uh oh.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Weizen glass-

A - Rich, golden, and inviting with slight carbonation. Rich white two finger head and deep cloudy body.

S - Fruity and flowery aromas all around.

T - Not quite as light as a hefeweizen--has a more pronounced alcohol flavor but is very balanced. Still get some of that sweet, biscuity, banana type flavor on the back end.

M - Rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Sweet/biscuity flavor lingers on the palate.

O - Outstanding. While I do enjoy a hefeweizen, this style and beer are more up my alley. A bit more bite, but well balanced. A must try.

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

A: Beautiful, cloudy yellow color with quickly disappearing white head.
S: Yum! Wheat, banana bread, honeydew melon giving it a distinct sweet smell.
T: Yum! Creamy, sweetness, with hints of banana, melon and wheat.
M: 7.7% but you would never know it. Not a hint of alcohol, and that is a compliment.
O: This is a very good wheat beer, one of my favorite wheat beers of all time!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just chillin hard after going a lil too deep on New Years Eve and this Vitus is treating Raul quite nice. Glowing a gorgeous yellowish orange like the Newport Coast when Raul paddles out at 6 AM, this thang is alive. Taste is a bit funky and tart like when my baby mama gives me some after brushing with Colgate.

Yeah, like Raul's dentist recommends, Raul wouldn't mind having a Vitus two times a day.

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

From the bottle, poured into a tulip. Big white clumpy head tops beautiful sparkling orangey yellow base. Loads of banana and doughy aromas with a lil tangerine note. Taste is the same as the nose, only amplified. Lacing lasts along the glass and a thin white ring surrounds this tasty brew. Mouthfeel is bubbly and refreshing. Very well made Bock. One of, if not the best you'll find. Well worth the coin!

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

Dark yellow in color with a light amber hue and a heavy haze. Poured with a huge, billowly, white foam that slowly reduced. Grainy wheat, light corriander, fresh pear and banana aromas. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a spicy, tanginess through the middle that smooths at the end. Wheat bread, pear and banana flavors up front with peppery spice through the middle. Bready malt and banana flavors at the end as this finishes dry and crisp. A beer with a ton of character in every category. 

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

Poured from the bottle with an indechipherable date code of "5484". Pour is pure hefeweizen with solid, creamy head and thick lacing. The busy yeast produces great aroma with a bit of fruit. The taste is a more robust hefe, if that means anything. Incredibly complex layers of fruit, and spices. The Weizenbock actually edges out their regular hefe by a nose, in our opinion. How the Germans can do this with such wonderful consistency is a tribute to their mastery of the art.

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Photo of weazal
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S: Thick, bready spices. Feels like you could cut the aroma with a knife, wow. A lot of clove and banana with crisp apple/pear notes supported by some effervescent citrus.

T: Thick, flavorful, rounded experience. Everything in balance and hitting the right notes. The same aroma notes comes in full on at the beginning until the thick, soft body churns it into a lightly sour sweetness. Meanwhile the carbonation is almost providing a spicy experience with how prickles your mouth.

The flavor's are kicked up and pronounced! Maybe not the most intricate, but it's a delight to drink.

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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 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy distillation of a golden wheat field.

S: Bananas, cloves, yeast.

T: More bananas and spice with alcohol warmth. As is perhaps to be expected from the style, much like a concentrated hefeweizen.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, alcohol warmth.

O: A great occasional indulgence.

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

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a huge white head that lasts for a very long time. Sheets of lacing form around the entire glass.

S: Tons of clove and coriander, very estery, and lots of fruits - pear, apple, and a little bit of tropical fruit as well. A definite wheat aroma Overall, very floral and earthy.

T: Lots of wheat and bready malt mixed with a very nice level of spices (cloves and coriander again). The fruit flavors come out as a slightly tropical banana flavor. The banana is mixed with something else that I can't quite place, but I like it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and easy drinking.

O: Another classic from Weihenstephaner, fantastic beer. Would certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that sticks around for a minute or two. Wonderful nose of bananas and citrus. Crisp clean flavor with a hint of bananas and a hint of alcohol at the finish. Creamy mouth feel. With all the great reviews you don't need me to tell you this is an outstanding beer.

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

1 pint .9 oz capped bottle:

The beer poured a cloudy yellow/light golden color with a big white head that was very well retained and settled into a small thin cap.

The aroma of the beer was very much like the Hefe, along with the mainly wheat aroma, it gave off a hint of banana, spices and possibly some citrus fruits. A hint of a bready aroma was also present.

The taste is very good, bordering on excellent. Classic flavor for a German beer. Again, much like the Hefe and the higher elevated ABV is hidden well.

Moderate to light feel, a little grainy, but still smooth, very refreshing and very easy to drink. Overall, I felt that the beer was just like the Hefe, only filtered.

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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 Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this offering from one of my favorite German breweries at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora. Sorry, gang, but I went back and cleaned out their stock today. I poured Vitus into my trusty Weihenstephan hefe glass and was rewarded with a goldenrod-colored brew, strongly carbonated and dominated by a towering pearlescent head. A wonderful thing to behold.

The nose was full of malty, bready goodness and lush fruit notes. Foremost were the aromas of pinepple, apricot, and the usual banana-and-clove notes of a stellar wheat beer. Lesser notes but still adding depth were the yeasty, spicy aromas and a hint of alcohol.

The taste brought to mind an immediate comparison to a Belgian tripel. There was the flavor of tropical fruits - pineapple, and apricots, again - along with the flavor of rock candy right out of the gate. Following quickly were the tastes of banana and clove plus a generous amount of bready malts that evoked thoughts of whole wheat pancakes. At the back end of each savored pull was a mild alcohol glow and modest bittering of hops. The feel was the only real drawback to this beer that I could find; fluffy and full yet with a disconcerting grittiness akin to fine talc.

Okay, this is a seriously drinkable beer. 7.7%ABV be damned. Vitus reaffirms my love for wiezenbocks and Brauerei Weihenstephan as my favorite German brewery. A superlative brew that you should get your grubby hooks on. I gotta find this on-tap somewhere...Proschli!!

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Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BobZ for this one!

Gorgeous. Glowing, hazed honey gold stuffed with steady beading. A creamy two finger head swells to fill the glass, leaving behind thick sheets of white lacing.

Bright, semi-sweet wheat aromas explode from the bottle as soon as it's cracked. Honey, clove, so smooth and mellow... like a bowl of Cheerios.

It takes a similar direction on the palate. Faintly sweet honey with a prickly alcohol flavor... fresh wheat and apple... just delicious and easy to drink. Super refreshing after a long ass day outside.


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

A: A hazy yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

S: Banana, bubblegum, alcohol, wheat, and citrus.

T: Initial flavor is sweet and with a good bit of clove spice and citrus. The bubblegum type fruit flavors kick in and ride with the citrus and spice into the finish. The finish is sweet with a good bit of burn and a very slight hop flavor.

M: Very smooth feel to it. For being 7.7% it is easy to drink. Very refreshing feel to it with the higher carbonation.

O: Lighter than most other Weizenbocks that I've had. I like the absence of the dark fruit, cherry element. Light and refreshing like a Hefeweizen, only much stronger.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, .9 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on November 15th, 2014
Reviewed on June 9th, 2015
Served in a Weizen Glass

Poured a hazy pale gold body with a slight orange glow. Very big and creamy head. Very little lacing.

Big and fruity with banana and pear taking the spotlight. Nice spiced backbone, clove stood out.

Spiced yeast. Banana bread. Bready malt backbone. Sweet finish with a slight tart finish reminiscent to apple cider. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

A truly impressive beer. A must-try for all enthusiasts!

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.