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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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 thehyperduck
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct. 19 2013. It has been a while since my last weizenbock, but with winter in full swing, now is as good a time as any for another - especially a weizenbock from what is probably my favourite wheat beer brewer.

Pours a cloudy, golden honey-yellow colour, topped at first with over two fingers of pillowy, puffy white head that recedes over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a dense, foamy 1 cm cap and some sticky lacing on the sides. Highly effervescent. The aroma is positively incredible, with plenty of sweet wheat malts, banana bread and bubble gum, with hints of clove, coriander and vanilla. Complex and enticing - what more can you ask for from a sniff?

To put it bluntly, this tastes like their hefe on steroids - and since I'm a big fan of their hefe, that is A-OK in my books. Atop the backbone of sweet, bready wheat malts I can detect plenty of banana and bubble gum, as well as citrus, pear, clove and pepper notes. The finish is yeasty and spicy, with a long, lingering aftertaste along the same vein. Medium-bodied, with some chewiness - it sort of leaves a coating behind on the palate after each sip, and has a smooth and silky feel in the mouth, with a slight prickle from the carbonation. The alcohol is nearly completely undetectable in the flavour, making this the most drinkable weizenbock I've ever had.

Final Grade: 4.54, an impressive A. Vitus is easily one of this brewery's finest creations, and probably one of the best weizenbocks available anywhere. As much as I love Aventinus, I've got to admit - I kind of like this stuff a bit more. This brew is definitely a bit lighter (in terms of both appearance and taste) and more 'hefe-like', which may or may not be a big part of why I like it. But rather than argue that the oldest brewery in the world isn't following style guidelines, I would rather lie back, sip this slowly, and contemplate how said brewery can make such consistently incredible beer. I guess practice does make perfect? This stuff is absolutely worth a try; no fan of German beer, wheat beer, or beer in general should deny themselves the hedonistic pleasure that is Vitus.

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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 saintwarrick
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold, clear with a fizzy white head that sits and laces the glass; it's a lot lighter than I would expect. Aroma is amazing; light citrus, bananas, peaches and other fruity esters. Way more distinctive smells than even this brewery's hefe. Taste starts off a lot like a hefeweizen, but is a lot sweeter, honey-like.

This is like a pumped up hefe, rather than most of the weizenbocks I have had. Really smooth, which is surprising for its strength. Another great beer from one of the best in the world.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Game changer. What can I say, Weihenstephaner does it again.. The beer is god damn ridiculous. It's just a wheaty, spicy, clovey masterpiece with a slight hint of banana.. But not enough to gross me out, because I hate bananas. Flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel.. It's a masterpiece. I would drink this literally everyday. It doesn't exactly have the appearance that I prefer (a bit too yellow and clear), but that doesn't matter at all. It's just a wonderful, wonderful beer. Wonderful. This brewery is just genius.

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Photo of chogm54
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, poured into a wheat beer glass. BB date of Jan 2015. I noticed on the label that is won a World Beer Award for best strong wheat beer. Expectations have risen!

A- hazy, orange/gold appearance. Pours a very thick white frothy head that does settle down quickly.

S - wheat and yeast, with noticeable dollops of banana, clove, bubblegum and straw.

T - The best part! Wheat and spices are present , but the real star is the banana taste. It really comes over strong - much more than a typical wheat beer. Not too sweet though, and the wheat/yeast/spices (clove) in the background are welcome. Sweet, spicy aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, slick texture. Alcohol content is well hidden - for all I can tell it could be a <5% ABV

O - Best German wheat beer I've had. The banana strength in the taste made this brew genuinely enjoyable to drink, even if it was alcohol free. Having said that, it is a strong beer in terms of ABV and it goes down to easily. So be careful before gulping this down.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful, hazy orange yellow like a good wit. Perfect head.

Smell: Fruity, clovey, estery delicious.

Taste: Spicy, sweet but perfectly balanced by the zest, the only other weizenbock I've had is Aventinus, still the gold standard, and this is nothing like it. The alcohol is warming and lingers in the finish but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Light airy and still somehow creamy.

Drinkability: This was suprisingly good, I'll have to retry the hefe which did little for me the first time around. Though the Korbinian was also impressive.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle poured into Weissbier glass. Produced a lovely three finger fluffy off-white head that took about 5 minutes to recede. Faded to about a quarter inch that lasted to the end, nice lacing. The color is a cloudy golden-yellow, with lots of carbonation bubbles continually refreshing the foam. The smell is fantastic, with lots of bready yeast prominent, filled in by great banana, bubblegum and clove aromas- one of the best beer aromas out there. The taste was nearly identical to the smell, however the banana flavors really came out. Just the right amount of sweetness too, with a touch of clovey, bubblegummy goodness. The mouthfeel was creamy and kinda chewy almost, with a bit of the prickly carbonation that lets you know you've got something special here. This is such an outstanding beer, and for the price- world class!

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Photo of JArami
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gold like Midas, with an unconquerable fluffy white head that stacks high above my Weihenstephaner glass like a pillar of clouds. The lacing is thick and sheet-like, but falls very quickly.

S: Fruity yeast and sweet bread. Hops don't really stand out, but they usually don't in this and other wheat styles.

T: Pear and clove, or banana, followed by the wheat and malt. Not as cloying as other weissbiers, even from Weihenstephaner. Very refreshing taste, leaves the mouth a little sticky with a light sweet and sour and bready aftertaste.

M: SO smooth. This is what makes weizenbocks the king of the wheat beers. Carbonation is delicate but fulfilling and the alcohol is not detectable, but warms in the stomach.

D: Exceptionally drinkable, even for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like raw, yellow honey with a bright white cap that descends slowly leaving no lace. Obvious carbonation.

S - Raw banana, clove, yeast, & white pepper. Yum.

T/M - Delcious Weizen! Tastes like its aroma but there's an underlying complexity here that makes this brew a classic. The mouthfeel is dense yet refreshing with the carbonation adding to the enjoyment on this superb spring day in the DC area.

D - The 7.7% ABV pushes it but I'm there - this should be a staple beer in the fridge year 'round. Bravo!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes of a goblet enjoyed immensely at Stanton Public in NYC. POURED cloudy golden, decent whit head lingers then fades to film and a ring, and leaves good lacing. SMELLS spicy, corriander, fruity, sweet, delicious. TASTES much like the nose. Yeasty, spicy, a bit fruity and sweet. Wicked smooth and tasty. FEELING characterized by pleasant texture, strong carbonation, thin side of med body. Clean, crisp finish.

Easily sessionable. Doesn't feel or drink anything like as big as it is. Every time I try a beer from this brewery, I become a bigger fan.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a frothy long lasting white head. The aroma is packed with fruity yeast flavors and crisp wheat malts. The taste is sweet yet crisp enough to never even approach cloying. Very light for the ABV. Banana and tropical fruit mingle with lemon and cookie dough and a restrained herbal hoppiness. Extremely vigorous carbonation give this light-bodied brew a champagne feel. The finish is sweet and fruity. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden throughout.

This is a gem of a wiessbier. Complex and full of depth. Impossibly delicious.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a couple fingers worth of fast-fading head and quickly rising carbonation bubbles throughout

S: A bunch of wheat malts and Belgian yeast, which brings forward the usual banana and clove suspects along with other light fruits

T: Follows the nose, with the flavors jumping out more than the nose would have suggested. Very banana, clove, and wheat forward with the alcohol nearly unnoticeable. (at least until it warms up a little). There is NOTHING that could make a strong wheat beer any better. PERFECT

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not nearly as soda-like as the appearance would suggest with the amount of bubbles rising

O: The true alcohol strength of this beer is so amazingly hidden, I would have guessed that it was no more than 5% and it's nearly 8%! Drinks extremely easily and more like a regular hefe than a bock. Absolutely worth trying, especially at the price

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After much talk by Coloradobobs I had to have one for myself.

A- Nice light almost neon yellow color of beer. The head is like a pillow of tick fluffy foam nestled on top of the brew.

S- Light subtle fruit smells are present. I wanna say tropical in fruitiness.

T- At last, I'm thirsty! The taste is a mix between honey nut cheerios and a tropical banana smoothie. There is a nice sweetness to the beer that goes well with sun. The aftertaste is not one that lingers. It is very refreshing.

M- There is a little bit of a bite to the mouth, perhaps it is the 7% abv that is there? This has a light amount of carbination which isn't too overpowering. Too much carbination can make you feel as though you are drinking just foam and not beer.

D- I would say very drinkable. Goes very well with a hot day.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a cloudy golden color with very foamy head. Smells include banana, cloves, cream, and brown sugar. Taste is mostly sweet mixed with a nice blend of spices. Alcohol is hidden very well. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier during the summer at a restaurant, It was really, really good so I figured that I would issue a proper review for this beer. Served in a tall stein mug.

A: Poured a wonderful cloudy golden-orange honey color, with a white colored finger width head that dissipated quickly with small patches of lacing.

S: Very refreshing and aromatic smell, dominated by wheat, picking up citrus hints, like lemon peels, smell some yeast too

T: Delicious, very smooth. Very sweet too, tastes grainy, like wheat or bread, tastes fruity like bananas, has a citrus and spicy tinge at the finish.

O: This is what I remembered from earlier in the year, Its a superior beer and my first from Weihenstephan, left a amazing first impression, I'd like to think of it as more of a summer/warmer weather beer, but even now it's outstanding and I recommend it to everyone.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold – very light for the style – with a creamy tight-knit head and active carbonation. As expected, this beer has excellent head retention

S: Strong phenolic character and very spice forward. Rich, with lots of banana and bready sweetness. Clove, coriander and cinnamon, with a dollop of honey.

T: Bready and sweet with a touch of booze. Lots of sweet baking spices and bananas, dry crackers, prunes, apricots and vanilla. There’s a perceptible wheat character adding to the breadiness. Despite the richness, it never gets cloying and has tremendous drinkability.

F: Medium body with creamy, abundant carbonation, and a very slick mouthfeel. Despite a bit of ethanol in the taste, there is little to no heat on the palate.

Thoughts: It doesn’t get much better than this one. Probably the best representation of the style, from one of the best breweries in the world. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of rjp217
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle, no date...

A - Bright as the sun yellow golden color, frothy white 3 finger head with nice lace retention, exceptional looker

S - Bananas and spice are the dominator throughout

T - More bananas, yeast, spice and some cloves

M - Light body, light feel, medium carbonation, smooth finish

O - Extremely worthy of its ratings and high praise. The ABV flys under the radar and has enough complexity to keep it interesting. Excellent beer!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 550 ml bottle into a weizen glass, golden colored with a huge fluffy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: banana heavy up front, clove, coriander, spice, yeast

T: banana and clove again, yeast, grain, spice, sweeter

M: quite creamy with heavy carbonation, slight alcohol

O: an excellent weizenbock, heavier flavors than the heffe with more of an alcohol presence, the banana flavor is most pronounced

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight on 4/20/14. Had this once before a couple of years back. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy honey in color with about a 2-finger white head that settles to a thin layer on top and sides. Decent amount of lacing is seen with each sip. Lots going on with the aroma as there is wheat, yeast, cloves citrus and even banana. The taste is complex as well with the spices of clove & nutmeg and sweet banana mixing well with the wheat and biscuit (yeast). Perfect carbonation and goes down so easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste either. I guess the oldest brewery (1040 A.D.) has figured out how to make some great brews over the years and nailed it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Label code of 6103.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A nicely funky, fruity, and spicy wheat forward aroma. Big wheat and malt scent with hints of grains, straw, yeast, biscuit, oat, and cracker. Big hints of clove spice and bubblegum. Lively fruit hints of bananas, apple, and citrus orange, apricot, and lemon. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and plum. Some hints of pepper spice and sweet honey as well. The wheat, banana, and spices really shine. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big mix of wheat, fruits, and funky spice with lots of banana esters. Lots of bready wheat and malt upfront with notes of straw, grains, yeast, biscuit, cracker, and oats. Lots of clove and pepper spicing with some good bubblegum esters. Good mix of fruits with notes of banana, apple, and citrus orange, lemon, and slight apricot and pineapple. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of fig, plum, and raisin. Some light honey sweetness rounds it out. A really great classic wheat beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, smooth, and nicely drying on the finish. Alcohol presence is mild.

Overall: A really great classic German Weizenbock. Great balance of bready wheat, spices, and fruit esters. One of the best in the style.

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Photo of electricfields
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Bubbly white head dissipates rather quickly.

S: Bananas and mild sweet citrus. Smells delicious.

T: The taste is that classic banana clove flavor with a strong (but not overwhelming) citric bite to it. Aftertaste is a little bready with a hint of grapefruit or orange. Alcohol is very well disguised, mostly apparent in the finish.

M: The carbonation is good. Pretty much just straight-up perfect. Not carbonated enough to affect the drinkability, and not "flat" enough to affect the flavor. Very well balanced and goes down surprisingly smooth given the 7.7% alcohol content.

D: I'm not much of a wheat beer kinda guy, but I could drink this all night and be pretty damn happy with it. This is a fine beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scootny
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy golden with a large head and bits of lace. Retention is good. A vigorous carbonation that keeps it covered keeps the glass perky.

Smell is very lemony, clove, and wheat malt. A spicy pepper note sits atop banana and a touch of bubblegum . Yummy.

Taste is like the nose. Lemon, wheat malt, and banana. Clove spreads out over the tongue and lays a table for pepper and spice. Granny Smith apples. A touch of bubblegum a hint of sweet alcohol. Finish is mild hops and tart apples with a wheat malt graininess. Feel is medium and effervescent. Light creaminess as well. A refreshing drink that slakes any thirst.

Drinkability is obscene for the abv. It screams session until the alcohol shows up

This stuff drinks a hefe, hits like an imperial hefe. You cloud fool your friends until they realize they're legless.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color, nice head.
Aroma is classic Weihenstaphaner, clove and banana with sweet maltyness. Can not compare with anything else. Mouthfeel is slick but with a nice carbonated finish. Taste is a great balance of maltyness with clear hefeweizen flavors. I have to say an imperial Hefeweisen would describe this nicely. Big and bold but not over powering the intent.

Love it, can't imagine it could be done better.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful bright hazy orange with small white head. Aroma of orange, coriander, and springtime.
Flavor is light hints of vanilla, clementines, and golden delicious apples. All is brought together in a tart just slightly bitter finish which cleanses the pallate for another sip. And you want that next sip. This beer take the Heffe experience and cleans it up into a less wheaty/funky brew. Not that I don't like Heffes, but this is a great brew and style unto itself. And this is an outstanding example!! I want more of these!

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Photo of bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent golden color with a mountainous, frothy head. Exceptional retention and plenty of stick to the glass.

Brilliant and complex aroma of citrus, mint leaves, fresh flowers, ginger, nutmeg, wheat grains nicely coupled against a spicy, Belgian-like yeast aroma. Very interesting.

Flavor follows the nose for the most part. Smooth wheat malt flavor. Spicy ginger and citrus notes add a nice contrast. Hint of yeast.

Smooth medium body with plenty of wheaty texture on the tongue. Ample carbonation.

As far as wheat beers go, this is one of the best there is!

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.