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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,134
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 214
Gots: 431 | 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 aasher
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my Founders snifter. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange with a one finger bright white head. It looks near identical to their Hefe. It smells of wheat, yeast, coriander, light spices and some orange. I didn't expect that. It's definitely interesting. It tastes of yeast and oranges with a hint of cloves and banana. It's actually pretty similar to the Hefe. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium in body. The only knock is that it can be a little sweet at times. Overall it's another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich yellow hue edging toward straw with a touch of haze. Plenty of apparent effervescence and a thick, pillowy ivory head. Looks good.

Smell: rich, sweet wheaty aroma; quite strong, like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Taste: big malt bomb with the refreshing character of wheat. Nice clove/banana hefeweizen flavors here, but they are really taken to the next level. This manages to be a relatively big beer but refreshing as well. Brauerei Weihenstephan rarely disappoints me. I'm really quite enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: body is slightly heavy; there's a nice carbonation and a thick, rich, almost syrupy consistency. It's almost like carbonated malt-flavored cough syrup; this is right up my alley.

Drinkability: it's tasty and feels good, but it also is really hitting my gut like a bomb. Usually heavy beers don't disable me like this, but this one does. Otherwise, a very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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

What a classic. I have returned to this one again and again over the years. Quite clear, light gold/yellow body, fluffy off-white, yeast-speckled head, good lacing. Malty aroma with clove and other spices, banana, orange and lemon; faint alcohol. Flavor follows suit, typical weizen notes of spice, yeast esters, banana. Sweet, rich malt character, some citrus notes, and again, light booziness and warming. The carbonation is fairly crisp, body is medium, finish is very clean and quenching. Very high drinkability. Just a delicious and complex beer overall.

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Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with hints of dark ripe banana and cloudy golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger frothy white head that slowly fizzles into a thin cap.

Nice spicy clove aroma with a very prominent citrus peel presence. Hints of orange, lemon and grapefruit as well as a very nice ripe banana scent. Smells slightly tart. Awesome!

Extremely well-balance beer that's on the fuller side of medium body. A perfect amalgam of spicy clove, sweet citrus fruit, corriander and ripe banana notes. The spicy cloves are pretty prominent up front followed by a a perfect blend of lemon peel, orange peel, ripe banana and subtle hops. There is also a very nice slight tartness in the dry finish. This is a complex beer that is extremely drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, man this is great; I bought myself a whole case of this Weizenbock (reading the label (in German) makes me wonder if the style Weizen-Doppelbock wouldn't be more appropriate - or perhaps that style would need it's description on BA)...

A: Pours murky pale orange with a really tall white compact lovely head that slowly sets into nice lacings.

S: The smell is overpowering; there's ripe bananas and dark bread (Pumpernickel) - and this is just the smell in the room after pouring; I still havn't smelled the glass... Now, after smelling the glass; sweetness and roasted malts. Citirc notes. Yeast and spices. Fruit-cocktail! Nice sourness.

T: Well, no dissapointment after the apperance and smell - the taste follows... The ripe (almost "over-ripe") bananas from the wheat are very sweet. Then the citric notes is balanced with apples. Bitter hops.

M: Even the aftertaste is remarkable; longer than most Weizens - way longer; sweet and bitter at the same time. Body is so very smooth and refreshing; medium. Rich carbonation, but never offensive or aggresive.

O: I'm back where I started; is this a Weizenbock? If it is; this is probably the best one ever... If the style Weizen-Doppelbock if possible, this would still be a pretty darn fantastic beer. Oh, I almost forgot; I still got 19 50 cl bottles...
If I can keep character and store a couple in my cellar - this beer (most certainly) will evolve into something out of this world...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a pale orange with a swirling display of effervesce, rapid bursts that rose in a dense shower. The head was glass consuming, a foamy pearl white sheen, 3 fingers high that stood is ground quite proudly. Thick foamy patches cover the glass for lace.

S: Musky damp cellar notes, wet whole wheat, ripe whole banana skins, and some yeasty moments of light to moderate intentions.

T: The flavor was sweet and malty, toasty liquid bread upfront, some musky lemon and wheat moves in. A touch of dry spicy cloves, dry bananas and a slight peppery instance on the fade. Toasty sweet grain base, almost octoberfest like, dry wheat mixture, with a sweet finish.

M: creamy with a bubbly carbonation. Toasty sweet on the hold with a light body and playful nature on the tongue.

O: Overall a good flavor, a bit more sweet and toasty then im used to per style. Smooth yeasty nature, not overpowering, but easily manageable. Alcohol is easily hidden by its sweetness. Cleanly brewed as with all their drinks with a smooth refinement.

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Photo of tone77
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and fruits. Taste is great, banana, other fruit, spices, very complex, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied and delicious in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very high quality beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing LNBA denizen ColoradoBobs extoll the virtues of this brew for so long, when I saw it on the shelf at http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ , I had to give it a try.

Poured into 1/2 liter weizen glass. This was a very happy beer, lots and lots of fluffy white head, a bit rocky on top, that had great retention and no lacing. The beer itself was semi-cloudy/hazy golden yellow. And yes, that head is still hanging in there.

The aroma was very wheat forward, with some nice clove undertones, and a touch of yeast spicyness. The flavors had all the aspects the aroma had and added perhaps some bubblegum and fruit.

The body was nicely full, a bit surprisingly so, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good, I can see why CB stocks up on cases of this brew at a time, and I'll be trying to keep a bottle or 2 around.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I wish I had tried sooner. I will certainly be having it again, and so should you.

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

A: Cloudy straw with a white head; good retention & lacing. I'm surprised this is more of a helles than a dunkle.

S: Big banana aroma, cloves, spice & a little lemon zest. The yeast sediment adds a little earthiness.

T: Banana with hints of lemon & pineapple, slightly bready, grassy and peppery spicing, light on the cloves, alcohol is subtle. The yeast tastes better than their bottled hefeweizen.

M: Moderate body is smooth with crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

It's great, but certainly a little different for the style.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat!

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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 puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle no. 5198. Sampled on April 8, 2009.

When the Monks first began brewing this the German Kingdom was just emerging, Benedict IX was the Pope, Byzantine rule was being overthrown in Serbia, and we weren't far off the Medieval Age. This is the kind of beer that the legendary King Arthur himself might have drank as he was saving England.

A - After I let it sit for a bit I served myself at or about the recommended 50 degree Farenheit. The pour was a cloudy pale yellow with a significant amount of foamy white head.

S - The aroma was of strong yeast, wheat, and spices with a mouthfeel that was sort of chewy.

T - The flavor is of hops, wheat, and yeast...very typical of a good bock beer. It was fabulous for its style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.

This pours a hazy yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of wheat, clove, sweet malt, and some citrus. Nice.

The taste has a healthy wheat flavour along with some yeastiness, strong notes of banana, mild notes of clove, nice sweet malty tones, and some citrus.

Medium mouthfeel here and very well carbonated, it finishes spicy and with a kick of some lemon citrus.

Very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden and I could sip on this all day!

Head retention turned out to be very good and there's plenty of sticky lacing.

Bottom line: This is a very well crafted Weizenbock and when it comes down to it, I prefer it over the also excellent Aventinus. I wish it was available locally.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass

A- The pour is beautiful. A hazed golden yellow color with orange hues and a creamy white head that sticks all over the glass.

S- Vitus features a very nice weizen aroma. There is a lot of banana and clove evident in the nose.

T- The taste is sweet with clove and banana flavors. Very nice taste, almost like a beefed up hefeweizen.

M- The mouthfeel is exceptional with very nice body and texture.

D- A solid beer no question and one I would definitely pick up again.

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/2/12

A murky golden yellow with a massive three finger head even after a soft pour, decent retention and partial rings of lace well down the glass, looking good

S some cereal, banana, clove, lemon and pineapple, smells pretty good, like a hefe on steroids

T a little more spice then the smell and just barely noticeable booze

M fairly heavy for the color and quite creamy on the verge of turning to foam but not quite, leaves just a little behind on your gums

O this one would waste you under a hot sun because it went down very fast, quite easy to drink for a bigger beer I liked it a lot

I think I need to research the style because this was not what I was expecting, this reminds me of a double hefe if that makes sense, drink it and you'll understand what I mean

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

500 ml bottle picked up at Bargainica in Bellingham.

Pours a cloudy orange/golden, massive white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer, leaves behind a ton of chunky lacing. Very nice to look at! Smell is nice, tons of banana, yeast, wheat, spices, very fruity, some alcohol makes its way in, but quite soft. Taste is different, apples and bananas, some wheat, very yeasty, bread, cane sugar, some alcohol, more apple in the finish with a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Pretty light for a weizenbock but I like it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that sticks around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like wheat, lemon peel, banana, and cloves. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bubblegum and orange flavors. It's a little sweeter tasting than I was expecting, but that's a good thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Overall, I think it's a pretty good brew. A great deal for just $2.99 a bottle, definitely recommended.

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

500ml Bottle - from the lcbo for around 3$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains/bread. There is also some clove an coriander but the banana seems to be the most prominent flavour. It ends with a spicy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall - A dangerously drinkable beer with a great fruity and spicy flavour. You can taste the quality and the beer is a steal at 3$ a bottle. Worth picking up for sure.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my half liter, hacker-pshorr weisse glass.

Two finger head right after a perfect pour, but recedes to nothing after only a few minutes. Good sunshine wheat color, but a little too clear for a wheat beer and lacking any vibrant bubbling or lacing for that matter. The aroma is classic hefe-weiss. Lots of bananas, sometimes ripe, and plenty of cloves. Plus the warmth of 7.7% abv is noticed a bit in the nose. Sweet, ripe bananas and some tart strawberries start the palate off. Then a few herbal cloves and a little grassy hops with the alcohol cut some of that malty sweetness. Good balance of hot, sweet, and herbal flavors in this beer. Very clean, but a litte palate as well. A little talcy, but very drinkable considering the abv.

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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow hued color. A fantastic thick and fluffy white head with great retention and lacing left behind.

(S)- A nice subtle spiciness combined with the biscuit-like yeast and wheat. Finishes with a balanced deeper raisin and prune like sweetness.

(T)- Similar to how it smelled. A great dynamic combo of dry biscuit-like wheat and a mellow spiced caramel-like sweetness at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Very smooth with a great malt balance that is both dry, but slightly spicy and sweet at the same time.

(O)- Overall, a fantastic Weizenbock. I do not have a ton of experiences in this style, but definitely like what I am seeing in this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Got to hand it to them poured a two inch solid head in my glass with a hazy yellow in color beer. Expected darker for the ABV.

S - Wow I got solid banana and lemon with a wheat base. Mild bready malt too, this beer smells great!

T - Smooth and less boozy than most Weizenbock's I ever had. Tastes of solid banana a bit of lemon rind and a balanced wheat base that brings it together.

M - Light to medium surprisingly. Especially for such a big body drinks very well.

D - I would consider getting it again. At a 4 dollar price tag I felt I paid too much but drinking it, fully worth the price. If you can find it cheaper I would say pick it up!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has been on my WANTS list for about 2 years, and now it's easily available at several locations in the Columbus area. I picked up this bottle for $2.99 at Palmers Beverage.

The beer is way paler than you'd expect, I guess Aventinus set the dark standard in my mind for this style. But Weihenstephaner is the world's oldest brewery so who knows what's appropriate... Anyway all other measurements reveal this as a world class beer. The aroma is hefeweizen squared, twice the banana and all the clove. The flavors are near perfect, absolutely delicious estery fruits riding on a creamy and thick mouthfeel. I drank the entire bottle much quicker than I expected, this is sinister and delicious.

I give this my strongest stamp of approval, this beer is at least as good as Aventinus.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to try this on tap - an extremely cloudy, orangish body arrived with a decent head and it left lacings down the glass as the head died quickly. A burst of citric notes when I smelled it; haven't really smelled a hefe that powerful which is amazing in this case since this isn't even a hefe. Orange, banana, pineapple or pear, along with pepper and I want to say there's clove in there, maybe coriander. First thing that struck me about this beer was how smooth it was while retaining a large citric flavor and packing the spices on the backend. There's no hop bitterness at all, just orange and lemon mostly on the tastebuds with the pepper/clove on the backbite. Also a little sweet on the sides, like they put sugar in or something (bubblegum?). Sitting at the bar with this on tap, I could drink it all night. A little filling, and with the high ABV I didn't persist the issue but a great beer that I will have again.

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Photo of claspada
2.71/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a hefe/Bavarian flute glass.

Looked much more like a hefeweizen than a weizenbock, maybe a dunkel weizen is the appropriate style appearance description for this beer.
The smell was overwhelming banana but not in a good way, def a considerable amount of yeastiness as well.

This is not a Weizenbock and that is the biggest issue for me. It was also out of balance for the style and was just way too wheaty with not evenough malt balance. Not my favorite style, not my favorite beer, and definitely not typical of the style. If you want a Weizenbock, stil to Aventinus, it's perfect, why mess with perfection.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from ShrLSU - much obliged!

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a large-bubbled, two-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells just like the classic Wiehenstephaner - lots of bananas and bubble gum with hints of citrus. As the beer warms there's a very slight hint of alcohol.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bananas and bubble gum with an underlying sweetness. These flavors carry through to the end and linger after the sip is over. Alcohol is noticeable in my nose if I breath just right.

Mouthfeel is foamy yet smooth.

Drinkability is very good. I don't think it's quite as drinkable as the classic as it's a bit sweeter and the alcohol is more noticeable, but it's still very tasty.

Overall this is certainly worth a shot by all who love Weihenstephaner, and thanks again for ShrLSU for sending this along.

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