Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Photo of northaustin
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a scnifter. pours a thick golden yellow with two fingers of white head. some spotted lacing.

smell is a very powerful combination of wheat and fruity yeast. very pleasing.

for a beer of this abv it tastes surprisingly like most standard hefeweizens. the alchohol is masked well but it just doesnt have any unique flavor characteristics of its own. still not bad though.

mouthfeel: very light. doesnt leave anything too noticeable or overwhelming.

drinkability: very sessionable. could be drank in the sun or inside. easy to drink with a well masked high abv. and affordable. i recommend it to all

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, rich, golden color with a 2.5 finger beautiful white head. Beautiful weizen aroma - hot sourdough bread, banana, clove.

Taste is amazing - perfectly balanced. Banana and clove, bready yeast, pepper and lemon. Hefeweizen's big brother, but deeper and more complex. Amazingly refreshing for all this. Dances on the tongue with phenolic goodness and ample carbonation, finishes peppery and light. Amazingly drinkable, any time. A perfect summer/fall wheat ale.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip
A – 2 finger fizzy white head on a slightly hazy golden yellow brew, decent retention, no lacing 3.5
S – Yeasty, fruity, slight citrus banana and peach notes 3.5
T – Bananas more dominate as it warms, yeast, alcohol, and a light spice with a subtle sour 3.5
M – Above average carbonation but not the annoying mouth feel of highly carbonated beers, relatively light 3.5
O – A light highly drinkable high ABV beer, good but not something I’ll seek out unless I have the need to get drunk on a lawn chair some summer day 3.5

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

Half liter bottle purchased at Ward's Supermarket

A - soft golden honey color with fine foamy head that quickly disappears

S - spiciness and mellow sweetness of banana, wheat, yeast

T - very well balanced - not sweet or bitter - with hints of fruit and spice at first, then comes the malt and the alcohol

M - smooth and without too much carbonation

D - at 7.7 ABV, this is very tasty but not a session beer

One of my favorite wheat beers, Vitus is a triumph of Bavarian art.

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Photo of MattyV
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy lemon yellow colour with a big pillowy white head. Average retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet and estery with lots of banana and fruit along with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Taste follows suit with lots of yeast-derived estery flavors: banana, bubble gum, and apple leads into a crisp finish with hints of clove and pepper. Sweet malt profile throughout. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A great beer which drinks very well and struck me much like a suped up hefe, and is a bit dangerous in that regard.

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Photo of cetherid
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A.

A murky lemon color with a huge amount of head. Big white frothy head.

S.

I get a big whiff of banana and wheat. and little bit of clove in there.

T.

like the smell. I was expecting something stronger but this is perfectly balanced. nice fruity flavors (banana) at the beginning and at the end I get the wheat and yeast flavors. not too strong and not too weak.

M.

A beer that has some density to it. almost like its a meal. (a little exaggeration of course). A nice full bodied brew. a large amount of carbonation...feels good on the tongue.

D.

about 2 is tops on this. a great tasting beer, but the combination of it being full bodied at +7% alcohol is going to knock it down a bit in this category.

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

Weihenstephaner Vitus

A = Poured a golden yellow with a thick foam head. The foam head dissapates leaving a thin foam lace on the surfaced.

S = Smelt fine clove and a sweet banana like scent follows through and lingers.

T = Initial banana sweetness that gives way to a spicy pepperness. There is a hint of bitterness somewhere in the sea of pear and apple like sweetness.

M = Lightly carbonated so you can enjoy the expolsion of flavours. Very nice.

D = Very drinkable.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Bavarian Wheat Glass.

A: Very bright, looked almost identical to a German Hefeweizen being poured. Maybe just a tad darker.

S: Very much like a hefe as well, but with a definite beefiness of a brew with a bock strength, and a some hints of alcohol as well.

T: A nice strong wheat malt flavor starts the sip that is very hefeweizen like but also a good dose of malt sweetness that is typical in a bock is present as well. A good dose of bitterness from the hops and alcohol hit the palate and just a slight biterness finishes the sip. A lemon note rides all throughout the sip as well.

M: This brew has the somewhat thick feel you would expect from a weizenbock but also the crisp carbonation of a refreshing hefeweizen. Interesting, and actually accompanies the beer very nicely.

D & Notes: Tastes much more like a beefed up a hefeweizen than a strong dunkleweizen, which is usually not what one expects from a weizenbock. That being said, it is a very good brew, and at 7.7% ABV, sneaks up on you in a hurry, as it does have easy drinkability of a wheat beer. I tend to like a weizenbock to be a bit darker and include some caramel flavor, but this is a very good beer and one I could see buying again.

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Photo of JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Sweet,bubblegum, hints of banana, clovey and a bit spicey. Overall an absolutely wonderful aroma.

T- Sort of sweet and fruity upfront, fades to a clovey spiciness. A mild earthy, grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Very dry, light bodied and well carbonated.

D- 7.7% ABV, you'd never know it. I could drink quite a few of these. Excellent!

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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 Nachojon
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To style, amazing. Just incredible fruit on this. A real complex beer with the banana, the apricot, the peach the sweet flavors but in a real crafted way. I respect.

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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 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 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 ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copious effervescence, cloudy dark straw colour with good white foam

S: all the classic phenols, cloves, banana, citrus and of course yeast

T: at first sip, tastes like a top grade hefeweizen, banana and vanilla flavour with clean finish

M: just the right amount of carbonation to provide some astringency to prevent this fairly sweet beer from becoming cloying -

O: probably one of the best weizenbocks I've ever had (either this is an excellent beer, or I need to drink more of this genre . . . yes.)

Excellent price point for the quality of this beer, Would definitely put this on rotation as a go to Spring/summer beer.

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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 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

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

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

Mouth
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.

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

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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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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.