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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,133
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 430 | 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 wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Beautiful brew. Excellent fruity yeasty esters. Banana and pear highlights along with a nice balancing act of nutty, bready, honey sweet malts and clove spice. Fruity, crisp, and refreshing. Finishes with a nice flavorful drying quality.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Aroma is predominantly clove-like with soft banana and a touch of bubblegum and yeasty sourness. Pours a frothy, two-finger head with good retention; body is a cloudy amber. Like the aroma, the clove-like quality takes center stage; there is a slight yeasty twang; sweetness is present but nondescript; alcohol only becomes noticeable in the finish, and even then it is remarkably well integrated. The body is medium-full with substantial carbonation which also provides a nice, crisp bite; alcohol provides a bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall, the impression is one of a mere—albeit delicious—hefeweizen with a greater alcohol content. It really doesn't seem bock-like at all, which is the only aspect that I can find fault with.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pours from the bottle a hazy light gold with a creamy white head sustained by the carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The nose is filled with wheat, banana, cloves and spice (cardamom ?). Creamy wheat and bread predominate the taste, but you get plenty of fruit and spice too. Medium silky mouth. Just a superb beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Weihenstephaner Vitus has a very thick, spongy, white, crackling head, a hazy (which gets even more so, when the bottom contents are swished & poured in), yellow-gold appearance, with strong bubble streams, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is strong and pungent: banana bread, banana pudding, yeast spice, some coriander, and some white wheat bread. Taste is of banana bread, banana pudding, some spice, sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium, and Weihenstephaner Vitus finishes semi-wet, easy drinking, and just a tad hot. Great stuff!


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Photo of utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a lovely light straw. The color white if wine only hay and with fat head of white foam that falkls slowly enough. The nose is sutlry fruit. The stuff your grandmother is putting in a pie. Apple skin, baked pear, light banana, clove, honey, spice a bit of cinnamon. Oh my stars. The taste is luscious Ripe and succulent fruit.l The apple skin crisp and light, the pear baked and sweet together with the clove. The honey malt The tall and crisp whet malt. That stands in the glass like a strange sentinel. Golden glowing flaky like flakes in the cereal bowl but sweet and soft too. OH! The banana light ans smooth. The mouthfeel is fruity, crisp, creamy . well carbonated and this finishes dry and with so much fruit you cannot stand to believe it’s not under a pie crust.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a hazy yellow topped by a three finger dense white head that has excellent retention but not a lot of lacing
S: smells of banannas, cloves and wheat
T: taste is huge banana and pear up front with clove, some nice sweetness, and creamy wheat. swallow is more banana and pear, clove and wheat
M: Light and creamy in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing yet ever so slightly drying finish
O: This beer rocks the house. The flavors are off the charts and the beer is just in your face delicious. My dad absolutely loves this beer and now I see why.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Estery, cloves, bananas, wheaty, faint bacon.

T: Sweetish malts balanced well with estery fruits, bananas, cloves, with a mild ABV heat and a nice woodyness.

M: Medium body and semi-medium carbonation. Fruity, estery and wheaty finish.

O: Hard to describe how intricate this beer is. Almost a cognac-like thing happening which is probably from a magical combination of the wheat and malts. An interesting "big" weizen. Again, why have I not tried this before. Really liked. Give it a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I had purchased this one evening at Hunger 'n' Thirst when Mughugger was working in the bottle shop. I am listening to Black Sabbath as the accompanying soundtrack for this one.

From the bottle: "WBA 12 [-] World Beer Awards [-] World's Best Wheat Beer Strong"; "The world's oldest brewery [-] Since 1040".

I began the pour, only to be be surprised by its light color. I do not know why I was thinking that it would be dark in color, but I was startled all the same. I got a dense finger of bone-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a Hefeweizen, especially in terms of the banana esters, although I got some clove, but accompanied by a bit of heat. I was ready to sneeze. Mouthfeel was medium. I initially thought to myself "Hefeweizen! Burned again!" since I am not a big fan of the style, but then the heat kicked in and I realized why this was a Winter beer. Bananas + heat = Bananas Foster! Man, I really dug it in Advanced Foods in HomeEc when we did flambe desserts. Hit the lights, get some fire going and serve. In this case, I was getting ready to hit the deck! It was like a rabbit punch. I did not see this coming, despite the label. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to its inherent heat. Phew! Sabbath plays on while I may be played out.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy, cloudy rusted wheat yellow body. Rocky white head that pretty much doesn't recede. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Boozy right away, then bready, yeasty, and fruity with mostly banana.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The alcohol really comes out early before becoming very grainy with loads of bready notes. Banana throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Excellent taste and aroma, very boozy though.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is of signature wheat beer opaque gold. Cloudy and hazy. BIG head if poured too fast. This beer is gonna leave a foam mustache for sure

Smells like wheat (duh) banana bread and spices up the ying yang - excellent aromas here

Taste is big malts upfront with a refreshing taste of banana and hefe like spices. Wow- this tastes real fresh when cold. After taste is brief really inviting you to have another big sip of this stuff - now that I think of it, it's a simple brew -

Mouthfeel is easy going and crisp at first - as it warms it does lose a bit of the carbonation that was really shining thru at first. Ima finish this bottle in no time!

Overall I think I've found a beer I can go to in any situation here . It's value is unmatched at 3 bucks a bottle . It may not be fresh but this beer holds up. I'm glad this is easily found in my neck of the woods and what the heck was I waiting for to try this!!

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Photo of TheCondor
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this brew after a little run around the neighborhood this evening, watching some fishing shows on television. Since I think that Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen is one of the greatest beers ever created, any rating of Weihenstephaner products may be skewed. But I digress. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a magnificent hazy yellow color, the color of hay. Decent soapy head of one finger which sticks around for a minute, leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles race up from the bottom to the top throughout the brew. Packaging is classic, no need to alter. Brewed in accordance with a purity law from 500 years ago. Thats legit.

Smell - Smacks of banana, cloves, spices, bread, and yeast. A little bit of funk to it

Taste - Very rich, banana and sweet spice flavor dominates the palate in what is a magnificent tasting brew.

Mouthfeel - Unlike the beer I drank earlier, which disappointed on mouthfeel, this brew's strong point is its mouthfeel. The carbonation and effervescence are excellent. Perfectly balanced, so drinkable, almost unreal this is a 7.7 ABV beer. The finish on this brew is awesome.

Overall - Just what I expected out of this brewery and this beer: excellence all around the horn. The Germans have this brewing thing down pat, and it is difficult for anyone to compete with them, at least in my opinion. While we Americans do have the IPA market locked up, I firmly believe that if you are looking for an excellent wheat beer, look no further than a German or Belgian brewery.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a tapered glass.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good whiff of banana and spice. Slightly effervescent.

T- Tons of banana, bubble gum and spice. Wheaty, yeasty, rich. Cannot believe this is 7.7% ABV. Semisweet.

M- Milky texture with a proper amount of carbonation (medium) and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A premium example of the style at a non-premium price of $3.50. What a steal. Asheville's Bier Garden isn't the first place I suggest to have a beer when in town but they sneak in some nice specials here and there and have a very decent selection.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a two finger foamy pure white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is classic Weizen with spicy wheat up front along with hints of banana, clove, lemon, caramel, yeast, and grass. The taste is bold, spicy, and extremely rich with lots of sweet caramel malt along with hints of banana bread, lemon, clove, pear, apple cider, yeast, and grass. The mouthfeel is really thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and a nice tangy finish. Overall, this is definitely the most flavorful Weizen I've ever had. Having lived in Germany for 13 years and only recently re-visiting Weizens, I'm kicking myself. I've really become a big fan of these beers and will definitely stock up on this gem!

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Photo of zookerman182
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of BREWS4LA
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on Tap with some German Sausage and it was the perfect paring.

Appearance was great..smell very good some banana maybe some cloves. good head nice bready taste but not too much. very refreshing and easy drinking.

I guess when you make a beer for over 1000 years you master your craft.


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Photo of seedyone
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/05/12 On Tap. A truly great beer as long as you're not expecting a hop extravaganza. To me this is a great version of a true Old World style. Forget all the BS drink this stuff. I guess since they have been at it since 725 AD, they have it together.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yet another delicious, sessionable treat from Weinstephaner. Poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Nice hazy yellow-orange color, with tons of head and lacing. Mild signs of carbonation.

S - some citrus and wheat aromas, but mild in comparison to the taste.

T - Orange, banana, some sweetness. A perfect summer beer.

M - Rich, creamy, full, low carbonation, smooth.

O - Extremely satisfying and delicious. So well made.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500-mL bottle served to chalice. Unsure of the bottling date. Drank 6-9-14. Compared this head-to-head with New Glarus' Imperial Weizen.

Hazy, golden yellow, lighter in color than the NG. Was unable to produce much head, and what little there was dissipated quickly, leaving very little lacing. Was surprised, given that this is a wheat beer

The aroma highlights the German yeast. Overripe banana and pear, along with clove. Perhaps very faint apple notes

The taste hews closely to style, with the spice dominating and the wheat providing a solid backbone

Well-carbonated, refreshing, bit less creamy than NG

I love the opponent but this was a close winner, with the more impressive, aggressive, potent aroma carrying the day

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Photo of Kuaff
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a weizen glass, at cellar temperature.

A one-finger white head quickly fades to nothing over a very hazy golden-orange ale that I can't really see through.

It smells like banana,cloves, coriander, pears, and estery yeast.

The bananas and pears make a quick impression on my palate. This melds into a rich, almost buttery breadiness, spiced with those spices from the aroma.

I'd describe the body as a hefty medium with pretty spritzy carbonation.

Like a festive white bread infused with spices and fruit. That's what this beer is.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick creamy white head that holds for an average amount of time. Lots of lacing. Very murky amber/yellow color with active carbonation. Darker yellow at the top and lighter at the bottom, maybe because of the glass.

S - Very wheaty. Some sweet citrus grapefruit notes. Malty.

T - Malty with almost no bitterness. A very slight sweetness. The maltiness comes in the middle followed by a citrus almost sweet taste. The alcohol and carbonation combine to really hit at the beginning of each sip.

M - Pretty thick for a wheat beer.

O - I really like the lack of bitterness in the taste, which is very pleasant. So overall just a nice tasting beer.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque, orange, with head that dissipates over short time
S: cloves
T: banana, cloves, orange peel sourness and fruitiness and herbal (hops) bitterness
M: light and refreshing
O: a great refreshing beer, as a hefe should, and does not feel strong on the sips. very balanced indeed.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy and yellow appearance. Strong head that holds for some time, fades off eventually to form a ring on the glass.

Roasted wheat strong sent, yellow- orange fruit. Taste is fruit forward, apricots and peaches give way to a lingering flavor that is almost banana-like. The grains are there, but the fruit quality is strong. Interesting. The mouthfeel is shockingly creamy, there are stouts with less body. The mouthfeel alone requires you try this.

Definitely not my favorite style so I'm trying to be fair to it. This is clearly a well made beer, and after analyzing it more closely I needed to do the right thing and review to increase my original rating.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a Weihenstephaner Vitus chalice. Appropriate glassware!

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Huge white head. Beautiful sticky lacing.

Smell - Phenolic, slight bubble gum. Some bright citrus. Wheaty grain.

Taste - Grainy wheat. Orange citrus. Estery yeastiness. Bubble gummy phenolic flavors lingers into the finish and becomes the predominant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable when cold. Becomes a little more sluggish as it warms. Mediu. Carb and a little sticky from the sweetness.

Overall - Delicious. I have no complaints.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two-finger foamy white head.

S - Aromas of wheat, yeast, corriander, and cloves.

T - Starts off sweet with flavors of banana, pear, and apple. The sweetness is rounded out by the yeast and some biscuity malt.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding beer. My first experience with a Weizenbock and this did not disappoint. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John656
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy, hazy, golden colour with a fluffy head that slowly comes down. Pours and looks delicious.

S - Banana bread, lemon and yeast. Not an overpowering nose but very pleasant and telling of things to come.

T - Banana, pear, apple and citrus notes are present but don't overpower this very smooth wheat beer. Very little bitterness, with a touch of tartness and spice before a semi-dry finish.

M - Silky smooth texture and full bodied like a wheat beer should be. A moderate level of carbonation is present with almost no hint of booze.

O - An excellent example of a traditional Weizenbock that only Weihenstephaner can pull off. This beer sets the standard for strong wheat beers. It is refreshing and smooth with a combination of flavours that compliment but don't dominate the yeasty wheat base.

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