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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,122
Hads: 3,189
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 224
Gots: 474 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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 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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a sticky bubbly meniscus of antique white foam on top that last and last. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that supports the head.

S- This beer has nice big dry white bread dough aroma with a club soda hint and lemon notes. There is a green hop finish and a soft fusel alcohol note to the finish.

T- The taste of dry white bread crust gives way to pale malt and some lighter wheat malt notes. There is a light fruity lemon hint followed by a leafy green hop finish with a soft pale malt note.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and a soft alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- The nice dry flavors make this beer smooth and easy to drink with the flavor and aroma really enhancing each other. The lemon notes are very pleasant but get a bit tangy when it warms. Although there are some light alcohol notes it doesn't really taste like a 7.7%ABV beer.

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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 kscaldef
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A slightly hazy gold pour produces a 2” tight off-white foam cap.

S: Banana, light dried fruit, a trace of smoke, very faint clove and some light bread.

T: Starts with rich moist sweet bread with dried pitted fruit then a wave of banana rides through with a faint dose of clove. It is a little sweet with a hint of brown sugar and almost no hop presence.

F: Very creamy medium to just above on the body and medium to medium high carbonation.

O: Like spicy banana bread in a glass.

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

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellowish-orange, with a really big 3 inch head, with minimal lacing. Nice visible carbonation, as is standard for the style.

Strong smells of wheat, with weaker smells of banana, cloves and other spices.

The banana is much stronger in the taste- just an incredible explosion of it, along with bubblegum and cloves. Lots of sugary tastes as well. Tastes exactly like a souped-up imperial version of their classic hefe.

Medium to full bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, great carbonation.

Like the original hefe better for its understated subtle complexity, but this one is great too.

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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 barczar
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates.

Peach, orange, coriander, wheat, and yeast form the initial aroma. Lemon and banana become evident, along with confectioners sugar sweetness and floral notes.

Flavor reveals more of the peach character, becoming sharply lemon and orange pith. Wheat weaves throughout, but the finish is fairly bready and a touch earthy. Notes of banana and clove surface late. Lots of great esters, but the malt backbone is substantial.

Body is moderate, with high, prickly carbonation. There's slight alcohol warmth.

So much estery flavoring, but the malt backbone balances excellently. Very refreshing, and hides the high alcohol content well until the warmth settles in. Wheat beers aren't my favorite, but this is delicious.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.