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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class

2,305 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2305
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a hazy golden-yellow colored brew with a one finger thick white head. The head fades slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a mix of wheat and yeast with a light citrus smell, consisting mostly a mix of orange and a lighter lemon smell. With these aromas are notes of coriander and clove as well as some banana smells.

Taste –The taste has many of the flavors that were detected in the nose. It starts out wheaty and bready with a moderate yeasty taste upfront. A sweeter citrus flavor also greets the tongue initially almost entirely orange in nature. The citrus flavor lessens some more toward the middle of the taste while flavors of banana, coriander and clove come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where an almost candy/bubblegum like sweetness joins the flavor as well as a very light alcohol taste, leaving a nice sweet wheat banana bready flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side as well. The chewier body is quite nice for the wheaty flavors while the carbonation is very nice for keeping it drinkable and for accentuating the spice and fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – It is kind of like a souped up hefeweizen or maybe like a hefenweizen-grand cru hybrid. It is great tasting and potent but very drinkable. Rather well done.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 00:48:15 | More by Darkmagus82
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow. Medium head with minimal retention.

S: Lots of banana with wheaty, yeasty notes

T: Banana bubblegum, big time. Mild sweetness builds over the course of the glass. Finishes a bit grainy.

M: High carbonation. Very smooth and cleaner than most wheat beers in my experience.

O: Good beer, but the sweetness really detracts for me as I get further into the glass. By the end, my lips were sticky and I wouldn't have wanted another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 21:07:09 | More by kscaldef
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, NY.

Poured a bright deep straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, spicy wheat and round sweet malts.

The taste was a smooth blend of yeast esters (banana, clove) and full sweet malt. There was a touch of booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a nice chew.

Overall an excellent full flavored weizenbock.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 23:03:06 | More by plaid75
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kraypd

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the local World of Beer

A - Cloudy golden color with a thick white head. The head retention is very good with nice lacing.

S - Nice malt aroma mixed with banana and clove esters. The banana esters seem more subdued than the standard hefeweizen.

T - Taste is outstanding. Banana, clove, mixed with wheat. Hopping in balance with the malt. Very slight alcohol taste at the end but very subtle and well balanced.

M - Nice mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation.

D - An excellent example of this style. I still prefer the standard hefeweizen over this beer but definitely one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 13:54:23 | More by kraypd
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lace on this one. Smell is of wheat, spices, bubblegum, and banana. Taste is much the same with strong flavors and the banana coming through especially on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 07:20:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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baseball1976

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last night. What a surprise. I did not read the menu, and wanted something light...this fit the bill, but it had more punch than I expected!

The best part about this beer, was the taste. It tastes like belgian spiced banana... Needless to say, it was great! It is refreshing and light, with a heavy spiced taste and one heck of a kick. I was expecting 5%, and this is a 7.7%!

If you see it, give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 16:23:29 | More by baseball1976
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jsanford

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distiller in Savannah, GA.

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head that fades to a thin ring. Big aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and honey. Taste follows the nose closely, very banana-forward. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and lowish carbonation. Overall a great beer, high-watermark for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 17:23:09 | More by jsanford
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Definitely looks more Hefe then Weizenbock. Cloudy pale yellow with a 2 finger head thats almost pure white. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty,and fruity. Lot's of banana, orange peel and pear.

T: A real strong wheat presence. Light fruit notes. Banana spice and tartiness. Before a malt sweetness kicks in on the finish.

M: A touch below medium but not light bodied. A nice spritzy carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I love how it drinks like a strong hefe. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel. An extremely enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 20:39:03 | More by BigMike
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phichifiji00

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/golden straw color, pours about an inch of head, with moderate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, hops, citrus, bananas, cloves.

Taste: Wheat malt, hops, citrus, bananas, figs and very estery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall: German beers tend to be too sweet/malty for my tastes, but as far as weizenbocks go, this was very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 02:36:29 | More by phichifiji00
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kojevergas

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a hefeweissbier glass at Ma Che in Roma, Italy. Reviewed from notes. I'd previously had it out of the bottle.

A: A two and a half finger head of slight soft cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Cloudy dark copper colour.

Sm: Heavy orange peel, lemon, cream, and barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange and lemon peel, moderately full barley, and nice cream. Complex enough, but a touch watery. Built alright. Kind of balanced.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't really complement or feel tailored to the flavours of the body.

Dr: Easy drinking, high ABV for the style and a high price (4 euro for a half pint!). Decent quality, but a bit dirty. Perhaps the tap needed cleaning?

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 04:15:09 | More by kojevergas
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Properly cloudy, unassuming golden canary yellow with a frail snowy white head. The aroma overflows with banana and bubblegum, clove, sourdough bread, pear, peach, and bergamot. Unbelievably estery and very enticing. The flavor disguises it's strength all too well, with a bready sweetness and full, round banana fruitiness, a shake of clove, a touch of almond, and a limoncello kick. Very smooth, though it could be fuller. Overall a dangerously drinkable and excellent wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 22:42:43 | More by soulgrowl
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schleprock

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice yellow-orange color with a really thick head.

S: Citrusy hops, floral ethers.

T: Hints of banana, clove and wheat similar to a hefeweizen.

M: Great on the palate considering it's a 7.7% abv, truly well done.

D: This is a great weizenbock. I love the flavor and it's very drinkable.

This to me can be a great higher alcohol session beer. It's extremely tastey and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 17:28:39 | More by schleprock
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, inside a tasting snifter.

Pours a pale tangerine, very hazy. A one-finger head of fluffy white sits atop for a while before finally receding to ring, thick on one side and thin on the other.

Spicy and estery in the nose, with bananas, pears, apples, white pepper, coriander and vanilla. Damn fine.

The taste is akin to sweet pear syrup mulled with a lot of complex spices. Clove, coriander, perhaps raisins. Sweet with a very slightly drying finish. Tastes more like a heavy, sugary tripel than anything else.

Medium prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium body that fizzes up the beer moderately as it moves. No noticeable alcohol amidst the sweetness.

Vitus is very Belgian in character. Sweet, flavorful, drinkable, but maybe a bit out of style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 23:03:46 | More by Phelps
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Half Door for selling this outstanding brew on tap. What a treat!

A- Vitus is a cloudy, straw yellow with a big, bright white head with good retention of copious sticky, foamy lace. One's expectation of a slightly darker color is forgotten upon the first sip.

S- Wonderful, big, seductive Hefe aromas of soft banana esters, spice and clove phenolics, wheat, caramel malt and Juicy Fruit rise up from the glass upon warming. Faint notes of clover honey and vanilla are detectable.

T- The flavor of this beer, to me, is literal perfection. Caramel, spice, animal crackers, over-ripe banana, Juicy Fruit gum, rich honey-puffed wheat cereal. The finish has a pronounced chalky, powdery yeastiness.

The super-charged classic Hefe flavor is wonderfully opulent and concentrated. The lavish quality of the combined flavor, aroma, and body is simply alluring, and I was drawn in to indulge. This is my idea of beer pleasure, right here.

M,D- The mouthfeel presents a rich, palate-caressing medium body from the traditional decoction mash. The sweet, rich finish also reveals a slight, nearly imperceptible touch of volatile ethanol. Ideal CO2 level. Perfectly drinkable.

The Vitus is simply superb.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 14:19:05 | More by WhiteOak
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musicman575

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. One time I drink it and it is like orange juice for breakfast, but beer for an afternoon. Another time I drink it and I am seduced by the exotic clovey spiciness. A beer that obviously knows how to keep her suitors excited.

transparent she is not, but at first sip, all of her mysteries are revealed: the strong wheat malt, the veluptuous mouthfeel, and the sexy spices. She is also quite the dominatrix (7.7% alc.). You'll lose control in no time (and be okay with it).

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 00:35:50 | More by musicman575
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largadeer

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on many occasions at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy opaque straw yellow in the glass with a large white head that retains nicely. Fruity, mildly phenolic and bready aroma, this smells just like baking banana bread and ripe lemons. The aroma is wrapped in a leafy hop character that comes out more as the beer warms. On the tongue it's spicy, peppery, bringing to mind pureed banana with white pepper and clove. Moderate bubblegum sweetness leads into a spicy and dry finish. It's surprisingly drinkable and even refreshing for a 7.7% beer, which may be the beer's most impressive attribute. While I prefer Weihenstephan's more subtle and light hefeweizen, this is very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 20:25:09 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a Franziskaner weiss glass.

A - One and half fingers of white foam that shows good retention and eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few fingers of lace. Unfiltered peach-colored body, with some small bubbles apparent near the bottom of the glass.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast, cloves, and a bit of spicy estery alcohol. Basically an amped up hefeweizen, that is perhaps a bit more understated than I expected.

T - Taste is big banana, bubblegum malted wheat, light clove, and a bit of other spice character. Just like biting into a hearty loaf of banana bread. Probably should be a 4.25.

M - Slightly gritty, medium bodied, with zesty carbonation that settles down as I worked my way through a half-liter.

D - This was pretty easy and enjoyable to drink, but with the half-liter serving size and the deceptive ABV I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to have too many. The bottle price is a huge steal if you can find it fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 22:29:46 | More by MasterSki
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (what, no weizen glass, come on!) at the Brass Rail.

A: The weizenbock, as I am now accustomed to, is a hellesweizenbock, carrying an orange-yellow glow that is muted by its unfiltered presentation. The glow is further muted, by a few shades, from the Weihenstephaner hefeweizen. A rich head, over a finger, sticks around.

S: Clove, banana, bubblegum, what more does a good weizenbier need? In this case, the aromas are taken up a notch, stronger and sweeter. The wheat presence, still mildly tart, has more graininess.

T: Wheat starts the ale off right, rich with ample tartness lingering in the wings. The helles nature of the ale cuts down on the caramel malts and their associated sweetness. As the wheat passes, the yeast comes out swinging. Lemon, banana and clove, all concentrated, are the primary flavors. The wheat follows the spices, finishing them off with a dry tartness. Formidable but very refreshing. It's not a hot afternoon kind of weizen, more like a cooler fall night.

M: The mouthfeel, think hefeweizen, has been supercharged, amped up in all regards. The yeasty esters are the stand-out.

D: Well worth the drive to Campbelltown. I should have taken a growler home with me. The idea of a hellesweizenbock has grown on me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 11:55:26 | More by akorsak
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a pale, hazy straw color. It was served to me with a medium sized fluffy white head that left some lace in its wake.

s: More perfumed and a stronger alcohol presence than other weizenbocks I've tried. The strong banana aroma I was looking for was a bit subdued. Nice overall, but not quite what I hoped for.

t: On the warmer side for an abv of 7.7%. Drier than and more on the floral side rather than big and sweet. Here again that robust banana ester flavor I look for was lacking. Still, this was refreshing with no off flavors.

m: Not as beefy or chewy as other examples of the style I've tried, but it certainly was satisfying.

d: Not bad, but not what I hoped it would be either. Glad to have easy access to other examples of what is rapidly becoming a favorite style of mine.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 21:29:23 | More by DIM
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JonB1958

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The pour is a nice cloudy yellow with an ample thick white head that hangs around well.

The smell and the taste were overwhelming banana with a little clove and a yeastiness; it reminded me of Franzikaner Weiss in that regard. The biggest issue for me was a lack of balance.

Not my favorite style, and not my favorite beer, but typical of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 14:43:04 | More by JonB1958
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augustgarage

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica. Served in a .5L Weihenstephaner wide-mouthed chalice/tulip.

Cloudy peach-tinged amber body with a gorgeous shock-white head and pearling graceful lacing. Excellent retention. A bit brighter in color than I'm used to seeing for the style, but still, simply stunning.

Challah, ample (albeit somewhat subtle) melanoidins, banana, clove, and pepper aromatics.

Immense doughy malts coupled with light grape and banana esters and hints of vanilla. Lovely yeast flavors abound long into the finish which is balanced by a light (lactic?) acidity and a muscular dose of alcohol. Sophisticated with an emphasis on the "weizen" over the "bock" compared to many other examples.

Rich, somewhat effervescent, medium-full bodied with a milk-like creaminess (maybe just a touch slick).

Tried this on a whim while waiting for a new keg of Racer X to come on - very happy I did!

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 17:23:19 | More by augustgarage
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dennarb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had one of these lovelies at an new German bierhall in Philadelphia called Brauhaus Schmitz. It was a revelation! They have about twenty beers on tap at any one time and about eighteen are German imports. Forget anything you remember about the time you had seven liters at the Hoffbrauhaus in Munich-very sociable and eminently drinkable beer.
Weihenstephaner Vitus comes from a different world. It is one of the finest beers that I have ever had and it didn't come from Belgium.
Served in a foot tall weisenbock glass it was s straw yellow with a clean white inch-tall head that didn't shrink that much until it was half finished. At about 8% alcohol, and with a really complex flavor, it lasted a long time. The initial crisp taste is just the start. The most fun comes as it reaches the back of your mouth. There is an array of malt and spices and a really balanced tang of hops that is just something you close your eyes and savor for a minute before you think about another sip.
This brewery has been around since the Middle Ages, and I can't say what their beer tasted like in the in the eleventh century but they sure have learned a thing or two during the last millennium.
If you see it on tap just order one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 03:49:01 | More by dennarb
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flannelman808

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the library alehouse last night, actually I'm pretty sure I got the last glass of it.... score!

A: amazing appearance... it comes in a hennepin eat your heart out teardrop glass (where can I get one!?) and pours a bright golden yellow color. Frothy white head tops off the glass and excellent lacing follows it on its way down.

S: Good aroma, I get clove and some spice, as well as the typical fruit rind and banana. fresh smelling and pungent.

T: very nice, and very balanced. Weizenbock's are becoming my new favorite style of beer. SOOO drinkable and refreshing but without sacrificing potency. Lemon zest, cream and orange peel are stand out flavors... finished with a clove and black pepper spiciness. very good.

M: mouthfilling and long finishing.

D: very high given the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2009 22:00:55 | More by flannelman808
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color, with full frothy head. Good lacing. Banana, clove, black pepper and wheat on the nose. Assertive grainy & wheat tastes with pepper, banana & clove background. Finishes bitter and slightly boozy. Smooth and somewhat creamy, medium bodied. Candy like sweet aftertaste. Delicious beer... would never have guessed what i was given was a Weizenbock.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 19:56:54 | More by rfgetz
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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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