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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 dorianmarley
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky golden with yellow tints. Massively fluffy head and nice lacing.

Nose is a musty sediment, with fresh wood, lemon, pine, and some sour candy.

Taste is candy-like, with sweet lemon, caramel malt, charred wood chips, sweet corn, and a pleasant tartness.

Mouthfeel is an interesting balance between zesty acidity and oil-slickness, with medium, grating carbonation.

Overall, it is a very good-tasting, complex wheat beer with much nuance.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass and served at 40F.

A - Translucent and hazy yellow-gold, like hay. Ridiculous amount of bright white head develops, light and creamy. Reduces slowly and leaves a nice trickle of lace down the glass as it is drank.

S - Grassy, bready, picking up the yeast and the hop character in equal amounts. Extremely bright and fresh smelling. Banana esters and brown sugar. A bit of pear ester there as well.

T - A bit of a Belgo influence going on here? Some sweetness, caramel-like, folded in with the banana flavor. Its a bit like bananas foster. Along with that though is a subtle citrus character, along with a nice yeast backbone reminiscent of bread. Excellent!

M - Refreshing, light mid-palate and a remarkably clean finish. Detecting a bit of warmth on the roof of the mouth, but its incredible to me that this is 7.7ABV and is such a smooth finisher.

O - Among the best in my book. I love it, I'd drink it all summer if it were readily available to me. It will be on hand at my place for sure!

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clove and some vanilla. Pears and plums. Lots of bready malt. Hops and floral. The aroma is bold overall. Lacking in dark fruits for the style.

Appearance: Yellow in color. Very cloudy. Little retention other than some foam around the edges and a thin layer on top. Tall clean white head.

Taste: Bold yeasty phenols lots of clove, black pepper, and some vanilla. A large dose of fruity esters, a bit darker than the fruits in the aroma. Mild dates, some plum and pear follows. Moderate hops are floral and pine. Alcohol is just a bit solvent-like. As it warms up more residual sugar and wheat shows up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, which stings the tongue and roof of the mouth a bit. Slick and creamy. Mildly warming.

Overall: A bit lacking in the darker flavors that are typical of this style. A good overall beer, lots of flavor. The lighter flavors allow the alcohol to shine through a bit more than normal. The carbonation sting lightens up and the flavors blend more smoothly once the brew warms up a bit.

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Photo of treque
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold becoming amber, semi traslucent, medium foam in size, abundant and constant carb, good retention and waste left on the glass

S: the smell is good, citrics, banana, wheat, very nice

T: on the taste the banana is magnificent, the critics and wheat is very well balanced, the end shows sweetbitterness and alcohol presence

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Photo of Bobheed
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with tons of carbonation. Has a two finger thick, soapy white head. Eventually the beer clears up into a quite clear gold with lots and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom

S: Getting lots of herbal spices and bready notes. Simlar to sourdough bread, also a bit of cloves and earthy types of aromas. Hops slightly detectable

T: Follows the nose well. Tons of huge bready notes with some spice in there as well. Has a bit of sweetness on the backend with some honey notes

M: Thick and creamy and highly carbonated. Excellent.

Overall this was excellent. I'm not too familiar with the Weizenbock style, but this one has got me intrigued. Top notch stuff

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Photo of sevopie
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden/yellow in color with a mountainous fine white head.

A lot of fruit notes in the tongue, with banana, pears, apples, and clove as well. A hint of spices as well.

Oh man I dig this beer. A lot of the flavors from the nose carry over - especially banana, but there's a candy sweetness to accent it ever so slightly.

Creamy with a light to medium carbonation.

Just like their hefe, this one begs you to drink more with every sip. The only big drawback is that the carbonation is deceptive in that it fills you up without being heavy on the tongue. Another winner from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of bob3701
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ennglish style pint glass. The appearance surprised me very light for this style. Very cloudy pale yellow with a big creamy white head that hangs around for a while before going into a thin film with minimal lacing. Bananna and clove aroma with some breadiness to it too. Sweet taste with bananna and clove with a citrusy finish. This was good to drink but a bit of surprise since its a lot more weizen and not much bock.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Although it takes up nearly the entire glass when first poured, the white head is light and foamy, lending itself to the effervescent nature of this style. The color is far lighter than I had expected. It is a nice lemon yellow, with the typical wheat beer haze.

Smell: Lemon, bubblegum, and mint make for an interesting, yet not entirely tempting, combo. The possible sugary zest of this bouquet is counterbalanced by the toasty Munich malt typical for the style.

Taste: Lemons are replaced by bananas, while airy notes of mint and bubblegum manage to hang on. The maltiness goes head-to-head with the esters, making for a somewhat strange, yet interesting combination...kind of like a banana sandwich on multigrain bread.

Mouthfeel: The medium mouthfeel is thickened by the wheat and yeast. Carbonation is characteristically medium-high and does a good job making the beer both filling and spritzy.

Overall: A beer which, for me, is swimming in dichotomies. The flavors don't seem to mix all that well, but the toasted malt going up against the esters is both true to style and worth witnessing if you haven't had this type of beer before. A beer that could grow on me. I would certainly like to try it again further down the road.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

Hazy pale yellow-orange with a thick white layer of head gently settling after a brief few minutes.

Smells of buttery banana bread with some yeasty aromas peeking through.

Tastes of the nose, though with a citrusy bite in addition to the wonderful bananas. The only hint of the considerable 7.7%ABV comes on the immediate tail end of the swallow.

Vitus is creamy and smooth and super easy-drinking (which may or may not be the best, but hey!) Superior drinkability to say the least.

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Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a deep creamy golden yellow with a large - rather, extra large head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is of clove, nutmeg, slight fruity banana, and some apple. Hints of sweet bread.

Taste is of strong banana, dark, caramel sweet wheat bread, sugar, clove, nutmeg, coriander, hint of noble hops. Just incredible. Dry finish, with spicy alcohol complementing the dark plum and grape notes. Also some pear, apple, and more banana in the finish.

The flavor of this beer is deeper than the Hubble deep field. The wheat is so thick, with an incredible depth of flavor. This is the beer. The beer. If I had to have one more beer in my life, it would be this one.

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

Vitus, one of the most famous and probably the lighter colored example of the Weizenbock style. It pours a pale golden and very hazy color with a massive fluffy white head that hangs on for a looong time with gorgeous lacing around the glass.
Aroma is yeasty as expected with bready malts, citrus fruit, lemon zest, clove and some banana and bubblegum.
Taste starts off sweet with wheat and sort of burnt malt character followed by huge yeasty notes, again with lemon, clove and banana being the main players.
Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth due to loads of wheat malt. Carbonation is spot on to make this beer go down like water. Since it is so chewy and full it is hard to notice the 7.7 abv.
A great beer for people that need a little more than what a regular hefe can bring to the table. The main difference being the fuller body and the maltier presence in flavor and aroma.
It still maintains the awesome drinkability and thirst quenching ability from its lighter body counterpart, the amazing Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

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

Vitus pours a hazy straw yellow color with a very large bright white head that had good retention for most of the beer. I expected for this beer to a bit darker. The nose smells of a good hefe with plenty of banana, cloves, and apples and pears. The flavor follows the nose to perfection, but it also adds in some bubblegum, lemons, and the classic wheat flavor comes in very nice as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some gentle alcohol warming on the backend of things. This is very drinkable and drinks like their regular hefe with more alcohol and plenty of flavor.

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

Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass a very pale hazy straw color, one of the lightest-while-still-hazy beers I've ever seen. Explosive head...just massive white foam that slowly settles down.

Nose is bready and estery clove, citrus, and banana. Reminds me very much of a La Fin Du Monde in that regard.

A sip starts sweet and bready with more of that citrus and light clove, getting a bit more of the spice and alcohol heat through a clean finish. It's delicate yet chewy overall and very smooth.

This is better than most hefs I've tasted - a great warm weather beer and wildly drinkable for the abv which really goes almost unnoticed. Not my preferred style, but a very tasty brew.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful, creamy beer that hides its abv very well with its spices and fruity wheat tang. I feel as though that this would be a delicious beer to beer drinkers who indulged in wheat beers with a hefeweizen cross. I much prefer their hefeweizen but thus was still pretty good.

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Photo of WhiteOak
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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

Found a bit of paper where I had scribbled this review a few months ago during the cooler weather, but had failed to enter it in!

Served in a Mahrs Brau porcelain mug. Use by date of 20/9/09. Sweet nose of banana, spices and fresh malty goodness. An attractive fluffy white head - the way i like it. A striking rich malt backbone that overpowers the faint wheatiness. High ABV, but this is well masked as is the case with good German bock beers.

Mild alcoholic bitterness in the finish.

A gem.

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Photo of cooch69
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Wheat glass a cloudy bright yellow with a nice two to three finger semi rocky white head.

Nose is lemony, bannany, spicy and a little bit of alcohol.

Really mellow for it's strength yet still medium bodied and full of cloves, lemons bananas and even a little apples. Some hot alcohol hits you up front. Slightly tart wheatiness and nice vibrant carbonation. Definetly getting better as I continue drinking and as it warms up a little.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color, nice head.
Aroma is classic Weihenstaphaner, clove and banana with sweet maltyness. Can not compare with anything else. Mouthfeel is slick but with a nice carbonated finish. Taste is a great balance of maltyness with clear hefeweizen flavors. I have to say an imperial Hefeweisen would describe this nicely. Big and bold but not over powering the intent.

Love it, can't imagine it could be done better.

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

Served in a snifter from a 500 mL bottle. Code on the back was 9321 - Bottled on the 9th or 19th day of the month, 32nd week of the year, 2011 (Aug. 9th, 2011).

A - Body of the beer is cloudy, darker straw-colored, and has yellowish-orange highlights. Yields a full 3 fingers of slightly coarse head. Retention is good, but still dissipates to a thin film after 5 minutes or so. Small amount of lacing.

S - Lots of spicy, fruity character in this beer. Coriander-esque aromas and flowery hops are present. Mild pear and banana notes. Wonderfully aromatic beer.

T - Sweet, mild and ever-so-slightly tangy up front. Spicy, herbal hops become noticeable next. Fruity esters dance around on the back of my tongue and really speak to the wheaty character of this beer. The flavor profile would be nearly perfect except for a very mild metallic flavor. Finish is clean and sweet.

M - Good tingly carbonation. Thin-to-medium body. Mostly dry finish with a bit of residual sugar left over.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: My attempt to pour this beer in the correct way into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass was a success in that I did not spill or break anything, but a failure in that I failed to produce much head. I can only assume from the glimpses of it that I got that it would have been delightful. The body is a rather unique color. Sort of apple ciderish, but a bit more yellow. Fairly transparent at the top, but tending more towards translucent at the bottom, with a little haze. The streams of bubbles were very nice, and reminded me a bit of a lava lamp for some reason.

S: Vanilla, lemon, apple, spices. Lovely, though I'd like it to be a bit stronger.

T: Starts off with some wheaty and lemony tartness, followed soon after by vanilla and faint clove. The tartness comes in again with some apples, then the sweetness, and finally, a tart aftertaste with a bit of clove.

M: Well-carbonated, but it doesn't take away from the flavors.

D: Lovely flavors and lightness make this one easy as pie to swill down. I can't quite give it a five as I think anything fairly complex will slow you down after awhile.

I love Aventinus, but until now, other weizenbocks had been somewhat of a disappointment. This reminded me a good deal of Aventinus, and will certainly be something I buy again.

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Photo of Josievan
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy but bright yellow. I don't think a beer could have a fluffier head.

Smell: Bigtime yeast aroma, much like Weihenstephan's hefeweizen.

Taste: Lots of bready yeast, but enough pale wheat malt to bring things together. Very subtle spicing and just the faintest hint of alcohol. Very similar to their hefeweizen, minus the banana flavor. It's kind of like a hefeweizen on steroids, but not out of control.

Mouthfeel: Clingy and very smooth. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Flavor-wise, one could drink this all night long. But therein lies the conundrum: you won't taste the alcohol until it's already caught up with you.

Notes: This was my first weizenbock, and I'm very pleased. I found it to be very similar to this brewery's hefeweizen, with less banana flavor and a slightly richer flavor and body. The hefeweizen is great, but this takes the concept one step further with excellent results.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into a snifter.

A-Beautiful orange-gold hued body with a massive white head.

S-Strong spice and clove, background is banana and candy.

T-Soft banana with strong spices with additional earth notes. Finishes a bit dry and almost tart, (amazingly similar to the slight bitterness of an unripe banana).

M-Smooth and full. Carbonated but not spritzy.

O-Wonderful weizenbock.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Yellow topped by a lumpy, 2 1/2 finger white head. Excellent retention.

S- Banana, Clove, grainy bread, and sweet maltiness.

T- The taste is the aroma on steroids. Intense banana flavour backed by an excellent wheat malt backbone. The cloves come in on the finish to nicely accentuate this brews beautiful taste.

M- Medium-Light Body, Medium-Light Carbonation.

O- If my memory serves me correctly, Weihenstephaner Vitus is my first Weizenbock. I've always been a fan of Bocks but this Weizenbock has really opened my eyes to what diversity the style has to offer. This brew has the drinkability and taste of a fine Hefeweizen with the extra kick that the "bock" portion delivers. A fine beer no matter how you look at it.

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

Pours from the bottle a clear golden color with a substantial amount of frothy white head. Smell is strong and spicy with banana, clove, grape, and sort of a sweet (poppyseed?) bread note.

Taste contains similar flavors--a wit with muscles, as a pleasant alcohol warmth ends each sip. Body is more full than expected, and the plentiful carbonation and crisp, dry finish made it feel like sipping white wine.

The richness of flavor and mouthfeel make Vitus fairly easy to drink, though after a little more than half of the ~1 pint bottle, I'm feeling the ABV. Nevertheless, my experience makes me eager to try more of it and other weizenbocks.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, .9 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on November 15th, 2014
Reviewed on June 9th, 2015
Served in a Weizen Glass

Poured a hazy pale gold body with a slight orange glow. Very big and creamy head. Very little lacing.

Big and fruity with banana and pear taking the spotlight. Nice spiced backbone, clove stood out.

Spiced yeast. Banana bread. Bready malt backbone. Sweet finish with a slight tart finish reminiscent to apple cider. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

A truly impressive beer. A must-try for all enthusiasts!

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