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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,099 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,131
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 mikereaser
2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a cloudy yellow with 1/2 inch of foam

S - spices, clove, lemon and grapefruit, some grainy bready aroma

T - bready wheat with lemon zest and a sort of soapy flavor

M/D - decent carbonation and flavor, sort of a refreshing brew, but there is a soapiness to it that turns me off to this one. I don't think i'll get it again.

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Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Yellow brown translucent body on first pour but later pours revealed a much more cloudy, opaque appearance. 3.5 inch head that dissipated in 3 minutes. I will rate the more opaque look which appeared in the second half of the bottle. 4.5

S Wheat, malt softness, some alcohol to the nose. Really inviting, interesting. 4.5

T A great, smooth Weizenbock with a classic taste. It is thinner than others that I have had but I suspect that this is how a Weizenbock is supposed to taste. Alcohol is well hidden. 4.5

M Moderate with elevated ABV and grains thickness.

D Great!

Notes: This is liquid goodness. Alcohol could really sneak up on the drinker here since it is so well hidden. This is the 5th and final Weihenstephaner beer that I sampled recently. This one did not dissapoint.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Nice to taste the tap version versus the bottle. The tap version just screams banana while the bottle is a bit more subtle and complex. I like both, but this is definitely a bit less integrated than the bottled version. Pours a hazy pale golden with a big head. Smells a bit grainy with a touch of vanilla and lots of banana. Tastes of lots of sweet banana, some more vanilla and soft wheat, all followed by some refreshing lemon notes that cut through the rest og the flavors. Thre is a slight bitterness followed by a sweeter finish near the end. Pretty nice overall.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pretty much perfect; big, creamy, domed off white head over a cloudy golden orange body. If it left some lace it would have been a 5.

Smell - 4.0
Much of the wheat beer complexity is hidden behind the higher level of alcohol. Still very spicy, nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, lemon and baked white bread are all there.

Taste - 4.5
Like a stronger version of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, i.e. very good. Tastes of bready wheat malt, lemon, orange, clove, mixed spice and plenty of warming alcohol. Not quite as nice as its little brother.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is lively and super fine.

Drinkability - 4.0
Too strong to be a session beer, but still an easy drinker.

OVERALL - 4.35
As before mentioned, Vitus is much like a stronger version of Hefe, only with reduced drinkability. Being so similar to one of the best beers in the world can only be a good thing. A great beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vitus pours with a whole bunch of pillowy white head, and the body is actually very light in oranghish and hazy gold in color.

Aroma qualities are very peppery, banana, and clove in character.

The taste is in the same with the aroma. The detection of higher alcohol content is barely detectable from the original hefeweizen that Weihenstephan puts out. The peppery flavor is very prominent and ends with a slightly sweet banana note.

This is one of the most drinkable Weizenbocks. It's less complex then some, especially Aventinus, which makes this a very sneaky brew. It basically is a Weihenstephaner hefeweizen on roids, and hides its strength very well.

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Photo of ajr24
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into weizen glass

A- pours surprisingly light for a weizenbock. Cloudy and golden with a frothy white head. Not interested in leaving any lacing.

S- smells fantastic! Fruity esters galore. Lemon zest, banana and clove come through in class Weihenstephaner fashion.

T- tastes of plum, lemon zest, clove and some slight hints of banana.

M- tickles your tongue with a lively texture.

D- the 7.7% abv is well hidden in this one. I consider this to be very drinkable. Can be enjoyed with sipping and with sloshing. I recommend savoring it though.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500mL bottle from BInny's Algonquin.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a good amount of white head.

S: Smells of banana, clove, slight pepper, yeast

T: Very similar to the smell - banana, yeast, clove, slight pepper

M: Very full bodied and highly carbonated

D: Highly drinkable with good flavor and low alcohol taste

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Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white head, with a hazy yellow color. Clove/wheat aroma, essentially smells like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet and wheaty, a little bit of clove and some taste of bubblegum. It hides the high ABV quite well; there is only a slight hint of alcohol. A fantastic beer; something I'd really enjoy on a hot summers day.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer. Only weizenbock I've had that is not ruby red. It looks like one of those Oktoberfests that are pale. Acts like one too. Nice head not much lacing. Very strong but not detectable. Very strong wheaty and plumby on the nose. Not the typical weizenbock but special in it's ownright. Very fruity, like a belgian, reminds me of delirium tremens. Very good beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Straw-golden, 2-fingered white head, which dissipates slow. Leaves light lacing. Missed the color by a bit fellas.

S - Wheat, bananas, clove and a little bit of hellertau hops and honey.

T - Pretty much the same deal, but without the honey.

M - Good balanced, full-bodied, sweet and dry.

D - Good, but closer to a maibock than a weizenbock. Too light and not enough dark fruit.

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Photo of Cresant
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Aventinus glass. The body was cloudy yellow. The head was crisp white and a cap of foam remained, lacing did not.

Smell was subtle, banana skin and lemons. Light graininess.

Taste was very refreshing. Tart and mildly sweet. Nicely balanced. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was zesty but ends smoothly. Body was medium to full.

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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 gonzo46and2
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice unfiltered cloudy golden yellow with a big white head.

Aroma is wonderfully wheaty with all the correct esters. There was banana, clove, cinnamon, oranges and breads. Just wonderful. My nose didn't want to give my mouth a chance.

Taste was just as nice. Waves of estery flavors until a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and medium to light bodied. Easy drinking.

Fantastic Weizenbock and now one of my favorites of all time.

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Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful and clear straw color, topped by a white head of light foam two inches high. The head dissipates to a thin layer and leaves spots of lace on the glass.

Nose is an intoxicating and sweet perfume of banana, cloves, pear, apple and mild citrus, with a hint of grain and yeast.

Taste is the nose expressed as flavor, a bright flush of fruit and mild spice/citrus, sweet and refreshing with a finish that is moderately dry, but full of sweetness and just a ghost of bitter to balance. Each sip intensifies as the brew warms and my taste sensors acclimate to the profile. This is a delicious brew, the best representative of this style I've yet to try.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, light and drinkable for such a dextrinous body, eased into pleasing the palate by carbonation that borders upon being overly so. It is artistically prepared, and very satisfying.

Drinkability is the best thing about this beer. I could drink this beer till the raccoons sleep, and after.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a beautiful Vitus chalice at the Brick Store Pub. Cloudy yellow peach with a thick frothy fizzy white head. Subtle aromas of green apple, banana and clove. Zesty, fizzy up front with noticeable flavors of lemon, clove, banana. This gets banana bready in the middle, finishing dry. Very subtle and easy to drink. Tastes like a better than average Hefeweizen, even though it's labeled a Weizenbock...

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Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy, bright orange beer with a thin but creamy white head. Not as dark as I was expecting, but very appealing.

S- Some banana, mustiness, bread, fruit, and clove.

T- Same as the aroma. Very well balanced and nothing gets to be overbearing. The alcohol is hidden amazingly well.

M- A nice level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very clean on the tail end.

D- An enjoyable beer that drinks very nicely for the ABV. I can't say it is extraordinarily memorable, but it is tasty and smooth.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw goldenrod color with a great 1.5 inch head that sticks around and laces. Smells like bread, yeast, banana, spices, and European hops. Taste is spicy and light, bready and hints of German hops. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing which contributes to the drinkability.

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Photo of scarlet
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Anthony for allowing me to try this one! Received it in trade yesterday, first one out of this haul that I've cracked into.

A: Very cloudy light amberish color. Starts off with a big fluffy white head that dissipated very quickly, leaving a thin ring which hung out there for a few minutes but was completely gone after the first couple sips. No lacing.

S: Banana and citrus immediately apparent, this beer is all kinds of fruity-smelling without being overly sweet. Some spicy and bready aromas take a backseat but are still evident.

T: Again, banana is apparent immediately. Citrusy flavor comes in toward the middle, with a malty yeasty breadiness bringing up the rear. A little less going on here than I expected, but as I drink I'm beginning to realize that the beauty of this brew is in its simplicity. Deeelicious.

M: Feels more carbonated than it looks, which is a pleasant surprise. Creamy.

D: Sweet mother, I wish I had another several of these. This is definitely one of the easiest-drinking beers I've had in a while. I had to do a double take when I saw that the abv is 7.7%, as this goes down so ridiculously easily I thought it couldn't be much more than 5.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the gold label on the bottle and a perfect size for one.

Poured into a pilsner glass and I am greeted with a yellow straw pour with a massive head! The head slowly dissolves but a nice tiny layer remains.

Fruity, yeasty, malty goodness. Smells great and entices one to consume.

Smooth and creamy taste. A little spicy on the palate but rounds out with a nice fruity, bready swallow.

Was very excited to try this with all the hype, but unfortunately it just wasn't my style. Glad I tried it, still a great beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of jpaltan
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very cloudy, golden yellow. huge head, tons of lacing. strange color for a weizenbock, generally dark colored,but whatever... smell is yeasty and grassy. makes me want to visit a farm. taste is grassy, with banana and cloves. mouthfeel is a slightly chewey, but very well carbonated. alcohol is very well hidden. overall, damn tasty. refreshing like a hefe, but carries an extra punch with it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly light golden color for a weizenbock with a huge, pillowy off-white head that refuses to go anywhere, I can barely fit 3/4 of a 500mL bottle in a traditional half liter weissbier glass.

Nose is filled with the distinctive bavarian wheat beer characteristics like bananas, cloves and bubblegum. Absent from this weizenbock is some chocolate notes. Basically this one smells pretty similar to their Kristalweissbier with maybe a bolder malt and alcohol feel.

Wow...grainy and malty with huge bubblegum and clove flavors. This might be the most refreshing and light-feeling 7.7% beer I have had. Goes down very smooth and easy. Somewhat un-weizenbock, but nonetheless a damn tasty beer. I can always make room in my fridge for a few of these. Fairly good price at less than $3 a pop.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear golden color with a substantial amount of frothy white head. Smell is strong and spicy with banana, clove, grape, and sort of a sweet (poppyseed?) bread note.

Taste contains similar flavors--a wit with muscles, as a pleasant alcohol warmth ends each sip. Body is more full than expected, and the plentiful carbonation and crisp, dry finish made it feel like sipping white wine.

The richness of flavor and mouthfeel make Vitus fairly easy to drink, though after a little more than half of the ~1 pint bottle, I'm feeling the ABV. Nevertheless, my experience makes me eager to try more of it and other weizenbocks.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $3.25. Poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass. Bright yellow color, and a very cloudy body. Huge fluffy ivory white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell was a huge burst of clove. Taste was pretty close to perfect. Intense flavor of banana and bubble gum. At a nice chilled temp, this beer has a wonderfully smooth body to it. The alcohol is a bit noticeable, so I found myself drinking it a bit slower than I expected. But taste urged me to drink more. This is not a beer that I would drink a bunch of in one evening, but enjoying one was quite a treat.

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Photo of thryn
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful slightly cloudy straw color with a ton of fluffy white head. Lacing like mad.

Some banana, orange, and spice in the nose. A bit of booze also.

Yummy! Starts out with sweet citrus and spice, almost peppery. That gives way to a ton of banana. Alcohol is present but not aggressive -- less present on the palate than in the nose, to me.

Body is fairly light and plenty carbonated. Dry finish. Very nice.

If I could find this locally I'd likely drink a fair bit of it. Might be a little too sweet to do in a row.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- cloudy, pale gold. Not as mirky as i would expect, and paler then a standard weizenbock. More of a hefe color. less then impressive head, but more than makes up for it with a plethora of lacing.

smell- Definite senses of lemon citrus, with notes of orange, banana, clove, mild hops

taste- Citrusy and tart.

mouthfeel Very crisp and refreshing. Citrus with prickles of carbonation through and through.

drinkability very refreshing although lacking in lasting flavor. would but this beer again

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