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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,525 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,525
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 147
Gots: 161 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner is a favorite of mine, but I’ve only seen Vitus in one bottle shop. That said, I had to grab it.

Brewed about six months ago (bottle code translates to a filling date of November 29, 2011).

A: Tons of head, and a hazy yellow-brown body with strings of yeast throughout the body. The foam lasts forever, with a ridiculous amount of foamy retention. Abundant lacing, as usual from these guys.

S: Apricot, peach cobbler, orange, and pineapple juice come through with the first wave of creamy wheat, followed by estery alcohol. This nose is absolutely brimming with yeast scents, with honey, banana, clove, coriander, and pepper. Fruits and yeasts come together perfectly – absolutely gorgeous.

T: Wheat textures are everything I expected: lots of banana, Nilla wafers, clove, grains of paradise, coriander, and crisp-as-ever grain. The gang’s all here, and with a new bubblegum, orange, pomegranate, and peach juiciness. It’s lovely, with the yeast underneath coming out as a doughy, herbal profile – thyme and allspice. Finishes with a some clean, lemony hop tartness, a mild, chewy sweet bread, and pepper (alcohol, maybe).

M: Pretty chewy, just as the malts set it up to be. Yeast doughtiness leaves it smooth, full, and drinkably clean. The 16.9 oz. bottle is gone in no time.

O: Although this is pretty much Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier with less phenols and more fruit, it’s really enjoyable. I’ve heard that a really fresh bottle is even better, so I’ll be on the lookout; this time, though, it was delicious.

05-22-2012 03:32:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hay color. Lots o' carbonation. Giant, cascading, bubbly, white head. Settles very slowly, in a root beer float sort of way. Not really anything to speak of in terms of lacing, but head persists throughout, and is continually renewed from the rising effervescence. Nice sediment.

S: Nose is freshly cut grass, wheat, and lemon citrus.

T: Wheat.... That's about it. Very pure and pristine.

M: Light and refreshing body, with only a slightly pungent finish. Nothing much of a lingering aftertaste. Goes down easy and is very natural and pure.

D: Easy drinking. Simple, but greatly executed.

Atmosphere is really good. Great head, and simple but full nose. Flavor is simple, but very well executed. Very pure and true. Overall, this is a great quaff.

03-04-2012 06:07:18 | More by bmwats
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cmq103

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a one pint, .09oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I picked up a few bottle of this, and a few of the Hefeweissbier from The Beer Store in Southampton PA.

Appearance: A not so aggressive cloudy golden pour still got me a huge 2”+ frothy head that stuck around for a few minutes before reducing to a thin off-white ring. No lacing present during this head reduction. Lacing decided to show up and be clingy when I tilted my glass. I was expecting this style to be a bit darker but it reminded me of a classic hefe.

Smell: Banana, lemon, wheat and clove spices catch the nose right away, making way for a yeasty citrus finish. As the beer warms a bit, some of the booziness sneaks through at the end of my inhale. Nice…

Taste: I don’t detect any sourness in the nose but it is present on the tongue right away, followed by a lightly sweet and spicy citrus blend dominating the middle, with hints of banana, bubblegum, clove and dark fruits in the finish. A slightly boozy warmth follows the finishing flavors. Each and every sip brings a smile to my face.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with just the right amount of carbonation to allow all of the flavors to blend perfectly with the creamy texture. The 7.7% ABV is still well hidden. The warmth is present, but certainly not overwhelming.

Overall: A Weizenbock?? I’m not convinced. I consider Schneider Weisse Aventinus a true Weizenbock, which is why it remains one of my favorites of all time. This one reminded me more of a "pumped-up" Hefeweizen than a Weizenbock. Either way, it was pretty darn tasty. I’m glad I have a few more bottles. Weihenstephaner knows how to make some really great beers. Well done!!!

02-15-2012 01:50:56 | More by cmq103
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

The beer pours a hazy yellow, much like their hefeweizen with a massive white head with tightly packed creamy bubbles. There is a slight rosy pink tint to the beer, similar to how the hefeweizen looked, which may come from the heavy haze which keeps the other side of the glass obscured from view. Lacing is fat and fluffy, again reminding me of the hefeweizen. Honestly, if I didn’t know better I’d say I was looking their hefeweizen right now, as it and this weizenbok look nearly identical. On the nose, this beer is heavy spicy banana, with more clove than in the hefeweizen, slight hints of bubblegum, and some nice light cream and mint notes. The smell is quite sticky and heavy on the nostrils in contrast with all other Weihenstephaner beers I’ve sampled. The beer tastes wonderfully of banana bread, cloves, and slight bubble gum. The banana flavors are more over ripe than in other wheat beers I’ve sampled. The beer begins with light spicy clove and faint banana before opening into bready banana flavors with slight bubblegum/mint hints and a creamy banana smoothie note. The aftertaste is light with banana. On the mouth this beer feels chewy and creamy, of a medium to thick viscosity, with creamy carbonation on the tongue that really starts to remind me of a banana smoothie. The mouth is left clean, save for a slight creamy ichor of sweet saliva. Overall this is another terrific wheat beer from Weihenstephaner, similar to their hefeweizen but a bit thicker and heavier in the stomach. A classic for sure! Drink this beer.

12-24-2012 23:13:43 | More by Maxwell
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

Drank from a one pint, 0.9 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a weizen glass

The beer poured a cloudy, yellow ochre color. It appeared more orangey at the top of the glass and more pale straw yellow toward the bottom. Surprisingly light for the style. A two-finger head of fluffy white foam topped the liquid. Sticky streaks of lacing stuck along the glass. The head slowly faded to a long lasting cap of froth.

The nose was very yeasty and phenolic. Powdery and dry with strong lemon and citrus notes. A campfire-like smokiness came through as well. Mild spice notes were also detectable.

The flavor profile was bright, clean and refreshing. Unlike the nose, which had a restrained spice character, the beer was remarkably spicy on the palate. Tons of clove and coriander notes. Some banana. Yeasty, fruity and phenolic. Lots of lemony tartness. Bubblegum came through strong on the finish. Overall, super smooth and easy drinking. At 7.7% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The beer was medium bodied and contained a crisp, bubbly effervescence. Creamy, slick and smooth.

Like most other beers in the Weihenstephaner lineup, Vitus is a solid offering. At a mere $3.49 a bottle, this is one of the best deals going. My only complaint is is that this beer failed to exhibit any of the "bock" characteristics that are typically found in a well executed weizenbock.

09-30-2012 04:29:45 | More by Damian
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kagent777

Utah

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

16.9 oz bottle purchased from Las Vegas last weekend poured into my beer goblet. No freshness code, but I do see that this one is batch 6103.

Appearance: Three finger fluffy white head atop a hazy yellow beer. Exactly what a wheat beer should look like. Great lacing

Smell: Slight noble hop flavor along with the soft malt notes from the wheat. A bit of clove and banana in the scent.

Taste: A thread of clove runs throughout the taste but it does not dominate. The wheat is present along with the hops. The best word to describe all of the flavors is soft.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth beer with big quantities of flavor.

Overall: I think this is the first weizenbock that I have had, but it will not be the last. I really love the German wheat beers.

07-02-2013 03:22:42 | More by kagent777
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

500 ml bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the middle of the glass. Looks awesome.

Smell: Banana, clove, bready wheat, spicy, and yeastiness.

Taste: Same as above with a little booze and bitterness in the taste too. Balance to the banana, clove, and spices with the bready malts, sweetness, and yeast notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, some booze, medium carbonation, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: I haven't had this in a while and I forgot how good it was. Did I mention that all this goodness is only $3.50 or less at most places too. More please.

03-07-2014 08:12:30 | More by Flounder57
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AmitC

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

Third out of five bottles in the gift pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. Pours with a one-to one and half fingers thick white colored head. That stays for a while and dissipates into a thin layer. Pale straw to golden color with a cloudy appearance. Some presence of yeast that contributes to the haze. Looks very much similar to Weihenstephan weissbier only with a thinner head, less retention and more thinner appearance. Decent lacing. Fewer bubbles that come out in a single straight line. I made them dance in the long glass.

Smell: Moderate presence of phenol clove like aroma along with banana esters. Some hints of alcohol but you have to sniff it out. Very much hidden. Little bit of wheat and orange.

Flavor: One of the more striking first sips. Wheat character, banana and clove dominate but not as strongly as in hefeweiss. A good balance between wheat and malts. Somewhat sweet and wheat upfront with more malty taste afterwards. Alcohol is never felt. Slight after taste of orange.

Mouth feel. Medium bodied to slightly full. Low on carbonation. Very easy to drink refreshing beer and a lot more soothing for this alcohol.

Style wise it scores a 4. Personally 3.75 due to its well hidden strength.

11-04-2012 23:21:46 | More by AmitC
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clean, light straw golden, with a massive head of white carbonation. Lace is minimal, oddly. Maybe it was my glassware.

Aroma is bubblegum, clove, spices and malt grains. Absolutely perfect -- aromatic and appealing.

Taste is sweet up front, with a definite spicy character. I get honey, wheat, clove, and bubblegum. Complex, flavorful, and very refreshingly session-worthy, despite the relatively high 7.7% ABV!

A delicious brew, and highest marks.

01-01-2014 17:52:13 | More by secondtooth
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance is a golden yellow with a foamy head.
Aroma is banana bread, bananas foster. Grainy.
Taste is less banana and more bread but still really good. Maybe some spices or clove.
Mouthfeel is crisp with good carbonation.
Great example of the style.

06-28-2014 17:16:25 | More by zookerman182
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. tulip.
pours a hazy yellow with an inch thick head. the smell is very citrusy and malty and hoppy, very refreshing aroma. real saisony taste. lots of lemon grass and citrus. good mix of hops and malts. very nice and drinkable. refreshing summer beer for sure. ABV undectable.

overall a real enjoyable beer that drinks like a saison.

10-13-2012 22:30:17 | More by Axnjxn
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spoony

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

From a 500 ml bottle (code says 3143) into a hefeweizen glass.

A-A normal to timid pour produces a straw-colored murky brew with two fingers of pillowy, long-lasting, white head. There is a good show of carbonation that supports the foam. The brew is essentially the color of a hefeweizen; no darkness to be found.

S-Banana and a huge dose of clove-spice are most noticeable. There is a also a bit of orange rind and doughy sweetness. Alcohol is fruity, estery, and pretty obvious. This smells like an amped hefeweizen.

T-Again...amped up hefe is what comes to mind. There is banana, orange rind, bready dough, and lemon, and a bit less clove than the smell, but this brew has nothing in the way of cocoa or malty dark fruits. The alcohol is warming but integrates nicely into the flavors. Taste is semisweet, and at times, reminds me of a Belgian golden ale because of the alcohol and doughy sweetness.

M-The feel is creamy and smooth, with fine carbonation and a lighter body.

O-I like this beer quite a bit, so my scores are pretty high. However, I question how true to style this thing is because, although this is a delicious beer, it lacks any hint of the typical chocolate or dark malts or dark fruit. Instead, this is essentially an "imperial" hefe, or at least a beefed up hefe with more flavor and alcohol. But damn if it ain't good.

09-14-2013 22:01:42 | More by spoony
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-06-2013 18:09:47 | More by jono0101
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SanFranJake

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-03-2013 01:05:52 | More by SanFranJake
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Krafty34

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-07-2014 11:15:22 | More by Krafty34
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-13-2013 03:14:38 | More by SkiBum22
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-14-2014 06:36:23 | More by FadetoBock
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-06-2013 07:47:54 | More by danthehopslamman
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-19-2014 01:47:39 | More by SD-Alefan
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Twifiter

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-15-2012 19:56:48 | More by Twifiter
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nomoon


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-22-2012 03:58:33 | More by nomoon
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JC333

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-22-2014 01:05:30 | More by JC333
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-25-2013 00:37:17 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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jiffymon

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-11-2013 21:34:53 | More by jiffymon
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-24-2011 01:51:39 | More by mjtiernan
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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