Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,088
Hads: 3,096
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 215
Gots: 412 | FT: 4
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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 k3n
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a Rastal tulip.

A: Clear amber, pours with a rockin 1/2" head that settles down to a thin cap of bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: Malty, caramelly, spicy and fruity (apricots, bananas, peaches).

T/M/D: Wow there's a lot going on here. First hits of caramel malt, followed by bright fruit and spice notes. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with light prickes from the carbonation. Lingering finish continues the malty palate attack. Good stuff!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Bright gold glass that holds a half finger of soapy white head with fingers of lace.

S) Banana yeast, husky raw wheat.

T) Wheat flavor with a banana flesh, there is a light toasted grain sweetness.

M) Creamy texture with just a little grit from the wheat. Great fluffy carbonation that doesn't get fizzy, slightly slick finish.

D) Yum, more! A sweeter Hefe, makes it a bit more satisfying and meal like. Good stuff, I'll get more while it's fresh!

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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 ejquin
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beatiful lemony orange hue with thick white head.

S: Banana and clove with a splash of citrus and bubble gum with some candy sweetness.

T/M: Mouth is heavier than I thought it would be and not as much carbonation as expected. Creamier mouthfeel. Flavors are along with the nose of banana and clove with a nice candied sweetness throughout. This fades to a crsip bite. Highly drinable and and clean

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

Pours a cloudy yellow with a clean white head that starts off thick and goes down to a thin layer. I expected a darker beer than this.

Smell is very bready and typical of a weizen beer.

Taste has a strong banana and a little bite of carbonation on the end. There is a warming alcohol towards the back of the drink. Mouthfeel is a medium creamy. Drinkability is very high. This doesn't seem to have the booziness that other weizenbock's have.

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Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the wheat beer of the gods. With an incredibly solid lineup of beers, Weinhenstephan is one of my favorite breweries, and Vitus just hammers the point home. I only have four different Weizenbocks under my belt thus far, so I speak more from enthusiasm for a particular beer than appreciation of a well-executed style. I guess that's my disclaimer. At any rate, Vitus is a thick hazy light to medium golden liquid with a silky head of tiny bubbles. The nose is sweet with the spiced wheat banana flavor of good German wheat beer. The flavor is all wonderful wheat. There are notes of banana, clove, bubblegum and some other hard to place fruits and spices. It's quite sweet. The relatively high abv is well-hidden from both tongue and nose. The mouthfeel is luxuriously velvety. The finish is a bit tart and sweet, like a candied lemon rind. Vitus goes down exceptionally smoothly, particularly for the strength. I'm going through this half liter much too quickly. Vitus is a rich, luxurious and complex Doppelbock.

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Photo of KI9A
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Fooled by the dark label, and Weisenbock. Thought maybe it would be a dunkel. Pours a wonderful hazy gold, with giant puffy head, that lingers forever.

S: malty, bananna, clove, citrus.

T: Clove dominates, with a fine bubblegum, bananna finish. Even a slight hop bite.

M: Slightly oily, medium body. Decent amount of carbonation.

D: High ABV keeps this from being a sessionable beer, but, it is well hidden.

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

I was expecting a darker beer, hence the bock part of the name, but this is as pale and light in color as any wheat, weizen, or hefeweizen you will find. It is slightly cloudy, has a nice white thick foamy head that retains and laces a bit. The nose is what you would come to expect with any hefe, plenty of cloves, citrus, rind, florals, and a slight yeasty presence. The nose is very good, and indicative of sweetness to come.

The taste is also quite good. There is a decent efforvescence that spritzes and fizzes a bit on the tongue, and keeps the gulps on the smaller side. It is slightly creamy, and not overly tart. There are plenty of lemon citrus, orange rind, and clove flavors to keep this interesting and quite sweet. This is a bit stronger in ABV than your garden variety hefe. It is still fairly light bodied, but there is an acerbic twinge towards the finish that is not entirely from spice or hop, but also from some ABV. There is a slight white pepper bite to the beer as well. This is a treat for what it is, more a summer type beer, quite light and refreshing. L'Chaim.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weizen glass, which I had forgotten is Weihenstephan branded. Apt.

Unexpectedly light yellow, hazy but pretty clear. Lots carbonation, continued bubble streams contributing to an active white head. Top of the clouds appearance as some parts build up more than others and big bubbles collapse. The lacing is a bit lacking. Not just a cap - a continuous pinky of head.

Sweet banana and clove to the aroma. Sharp wheat. A dusty, yeasty quality with a slight hint of bubblegum. Teensy bit of lemon. Tinge of alcohol spice.

Banana. Spicier taste than the nose might indicate. Slightly spicy, freshly threshed wheat grain. Coriander and a dash of white pepper. Finishes pretty clean, just a hint of yeast dust.

Fairly thick, full-bodied and bready. Solid carbonation keeps things moving right along. Very drinkable, with an ABV that contributes to taste but is nonetheless well - and dangerously - hidden.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed it. Get off my back. :P

Poured into my Erdinger Weiss glass. Half the bottle gets stiff peaks to the rim. Right on par so far. Color is a hazy straw, with just a twinge of orange.

Fumey alcohol push up big notions of bubblegum & pineapple, with the banana really lagging behind. The pungent yeast is a little sourdough-ish, holding back a good bit of the expected clove.

Mild banana flavor in the beginning, with some lesser apple & plain yogurt ideas following. Assertive clove bitterness down the middle, with doughy dry wheat flavors on the finish.

Feel is a bit dusty, but very, very lowly carbonated. It gives it an overall much more "liquid" feel then a spritzy, floater-filled everyday hefeweizen. Doesn't actually mean I like the feel more( which I don't). Alcohol barely comes into question.

How this & Ramstein Winter Wheat are in the same category I have no idea. This is actually pretty similar to their Double Platinum(Ramstein), but minus the big fruity flavors & gorgeous color. An easy substitute in the off season I guess. I guess.

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

A- Hazy and golden. A beautiful, immaculate white head. Nice lacing.

S- Sweet, cloves, banana, a touch of earthy/herbal

T- Very clean, very malty, but not overbearing. A hint lemony. Delicious.

M- Effervescent. The carbonation scrubs and scrubs, leaving a tingling sensation. Light body.

D- Quite drinkable. Definitely does not taste like 7.7%. Definitely the best in the style I've had, but I prefer the Weihenstephaner Dunkel, Original, or Hef.

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

Another bottle courtesy guinnessdoc. You're the man, Josh. Thanks.

Appearance: It pours a hazy light golden color. It's topped with a vanilla color head that's huge. Easily three fingers deep. I dissipated very slowly. Thick sheets of lace lined the glass. It's a nice looking beer. Looks a little lighter than I was expecting given the style.

Smell: The nose is enticing. It's very heavy on spicy clove and banana. Smells a little grainy and earthy. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness is noted. Seems like some of the typical bells and whistles are missing as far as the style goes. As it is, it smells delicious, but could use a little more in terms of depth. That's especially true for the style classification. Still nice though. I'm not complaining too much.

Taste: Alright, style labels be damned. This is excellent beer. Yeah, it doesn't quite seem like a Weizenbock, but it's great beer. It's a little earthy and grainy up front. There's a slightly grassy taste to it. A strong clove flavor kicks in and livens it up a lot. Banana is easily noted and complements the clove flavor extremely well. There's a light citrus lemon flavor that's adds some sweetness to an already sweet and sugary beer. Damn, this is fine tasting beer. No alcohol is noted. Finishes sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It featues a lighter body that's very lush and smooth. Carbonation is vibrant, but it remains very, very smooth. Drinkability is extremely high. It's very tasty and deceptively strong. This drinks like a 5% beer, rather than a near 8% beer. Very impressive.

Vitus is excellent beer. I've got a small gripe with labeling it a Weizenbock, but there's absolutely no denying its quality. I'm hoping we see this beer soon here in Ohio. I've heard it turns up. Until I find, I'd like thank Josh once again for the opportunity. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint

Hazy off yellow very wheat looking with a good 2 or so finger head

Cloves and some spice maybe a earhty hop note in there

Same as the nose really the spice really comes out as it sits a little and it does have a nice smooth almost sweet finish

Very nice medium body goes down very smooth

Its something i could drink quite abit of if i liked it more guess its just not really for me

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Photo of naterock
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dokel. Thick white head, cloudy yellow with decent lacing.

smell is malty with a slight clovey nose, some spices come forth in the nose but not too obvious.

taste is fairly typical for a Weiss. I don't know where the bock part of the weissbock came from. Just decent, nothing to really talk about.

mouth is typical for the style, slightly overcarbonated. Drinks easy but would be better paired for a hot day.

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Photo of skrib09
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a vibrant hazy yellow with an amazing looking white, creamy head.

smells of bananas, maybe some esters.

taste is similar to the smell. a little bite to it. some banana notes in there.

mouthfeel is crispy... alcohol towards the end.

ok drinkability. the alcohol content holds this category back for me.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours cloudy gold with a big white, large bubbled head.

Aroma is banana, bit of citrus zest, hint of clove.

Taste is sweet and fruity - banana and a bit of ripe apple and pear, and a spicy alcohol note that complements the yeast and clove notes on a lingering, slightly syrupy, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a crisp carbonation.

Very nice beer, but unlike any of Weihenstephaner's other beers, this one feels kind of big. Two would be a tough prospect for me.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a .5l at Abe's for $3.25. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a short white head. I get a big hit of banana bread. As it warms earthy hops and orange. This beer actually reminds me of a snappier version of Franziskaner without all the creamy background malt. The aftertaste is a nice pairing of spice and citrus hops, very nice. It's a touch sweeter than a normal hefe from the extra malt and strength and it's really the maibock of German wheat beers for that little extra fruit tang that comes with the strength. Still, for a nearly 8% beer its deceptively drinkable. This beer could get you in trouble.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body capped with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Crisp wheat nose with fine notes of banana juice, clove spice, citrus, a small handful of cracker crumbs, and a fourth of a Vanilla Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malts start, followed by a drop or two of vanilla and a lemony citrus character. Plenty of fresh banana, top shelf bubblegum, and coriander. Even some apple begins the develop. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Lingering tanginess and no more than the faintest hint of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation, yet there's still some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. An expertly crafted expression of wheat. It's tasty and really grows on you more and more with every sip. Maybe that UGADawgGuy is onto something...

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Photo of mullenite
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to my Erdinger Weisbier glass with a very tall rocky white head that leaves nice lacing going down and has excellent retention. Cloudy pale orange in color.

Smell is mainly wheat, very strong wheat actually. A little bit of banana and bubble gum but mainly wheat.

The first couple of sips were most wheat as well but the bubble gum, banana, and a slight clove appeared after a few sips.

Very clean and crisp mouthfeel, sharp cleansing carbonation. Light to Medium body.

Easily drinkable despite its relatively high ABV. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into my Weihenstephan weizbier glass

A - depending on how much light it gets the color varies: little direct light renders a light yellow reminescent of lemonade, while holding it to a lamp shows a nice golden color with a bit orange in the middle of the glass. the head is white and fluffy, a perfect pour, going right to the .5L mark. hundreds of bubbles keep the head up from the bottom in an endless stream.

S - smells wheaty, with a background of some spicy alcohol. it is more of a twang then a burn from the alcohol (like limoncello vs whiskey). the twang can also be described as green apple peels, something concentrated with that type of sour flavour.

T - a superb taste. Weihenstephan never does disappoint. there is a light wheat taste over all, but the beer is not light in any way. there is a slight citrusy bitterness at the back of the mouth on the tonge right before the finish. while it is the finish that sees the beginning of the alcohol presence, and it is the aftertaste which initially has the strongest presence of booze, but then lends itself to a sweet wheat flavour.

MF&D - the beer has a great refreshing crisp taste from the carbonation; while the body is not too heavy, making me want to keep drinking. the only thing that hold it back is I find the bubbles to be a bit much, and they stifle my drinking, making me feel quite bloated untill I belch and continue the process. but who really cares, its beer and I'm a guy.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Weihenstephan Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to MasterSki for the hook-up!

So, after seeing ColoradoBobs hype this one enough, I sought it out. Here we go...

Nice, hazy, banana yellow liquid. Over two fingers of loose white foamy head. Retention is okay and the lacing is alright. The look is good, but the head kind of disappoints.

Floral and yeasty notes hit first. Followed by light hints of tropical fruits. Nice scent of just ripening bananas. Cloves and corriander. Smells are rich and make me salivate.

Nice. Big banana taste. Almost like a good banana puding. Then the spices come into play, along with a touch of nutty flavor. Now it's like some fresh banana bread. Notes of wheat and yeastiness. Light notes of caramel/brown sugar.

Very good and creamy beer, here. The carbonation is a little bit 'sharp', though. Nice, solid medium body. Thick enough to be enjoyable, yet not overpowering.

Truly a very drinkable beer. Great flavor and easy to drink. Also, I know that it's a 7.7% ABV, but I can't detect any alcohol presence, at all. Very well balanced brew, overall.
It lives up to the hype of ColoradoBobs.

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

16.9 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip (tasting from July 08)

Pours an extremely pale, straw yellow, with cloudy haze, looks like a hazy pilsner, big soft billowy egg white head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are floral and rich, but softer than say Aventinus which presents a more plum and fig like character, where as Vitus is deep clove, peppery spice, just ripe banana and tropical fruit character. Some hints of white raisin (sounds absurd but green grapes dry different than red).

The flavor is much the same with a balance of clove and fruit as well as some yeasty bready notes. The carbonation is medium high and while the alcohol is very restrained in aroma and taste its light warmth helps to complement the dry character of the beer and complement the residual sweetness of the wheat..

An outstanding Weizenbock and very much an excellent compare and contrast in its approach to Aventinus.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy pale yellow color, healthy head. Smells of banana and hefeweizen. The flavor is nice, cloves, citrus, lemony, very interesting. I don;t know much about German beers or weizenbocks but this was quite good and I'd like another bottle to investigate further.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw/wheat yellow with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. It had a big fluffy off-white cap and there was some chunky lacing. Lots of fruity banana and clove spice in the aroma, bready, lemon zest, light alcohol, bubblegum. Very much like a hefeweizen in character. Flavour was more of the same, but a little richer in malt, having some caramel character. Also a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, nice texture. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hojaminbag for this and thanks to Coloradobobs for pimping this so relentlessly during the old LNBA threads.

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a light hazy golden with a fluffy 2 inch white head that leaves no lacing. The head also doesn't stick around like most hefe's. The lack of head retention in it really surprised me. The aroma is a banana smack to the face. Huge clove, coriander, and for the very first time, I definitely get big bubble gum notes. The flavor reminds me a lot of fresh made banana bread. Big banana, clove, walnuts, and coriander. And surprisingly, once again, bubble gum. This is really the first time I have ever gotten any type of bubble gum out of a beer. The mouthfeel is a nice medium bodied hefe. This is a just another great beer from a great brewery. This would be perfect for a cool summer night.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.