Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German 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 JosefIsNewToBeer
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark blonde or gold, medium carbonation

Aroma: Ester, fruity, banana

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation on tongue, light to medium body

Taste: sweetness was the first thing touches my palate; banana, fruity; I did not detect much booziness like I did in Schneider Weisse Tap 6; filled 2 sniffers; swirled and pour the rest with the yeast, which added some lingering bitterness (probably shouldn’t have done that; little bit of saltiness from the yeast also?)

Overall: I think it’s a great weizen beer but personally I would choose Schneider Weisse Tap 6 over this one on any occasion. Tap 6 is just far more complex and pleasant than vitus. Can’t wait to try other weihenstephaner beers, cheers!

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LucMcD17
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of batu
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jmilton
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geryeb624
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClintGoodman
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrenc
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy gold with soft off-white head. Smells of citrus, bread, bubble gum. Taste is pineapple, red licorice candy. Malt is soft and a creamy ,lite carbonated mouthful. A wonderfull wheat beer.

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Photo of antonyliu
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle can poured into snifter…

Pours pale straw yellow with lots of activity. It’s cloudy and has a huge white head with tight bubbles.

Smell and Taste:
Some reviewers have said “Juicy Fruit gum” and, YES, it’s there in both smell and taste. I also get coriander spice, sweet pear, and apple. It finishes grainy and slightly medicinal/herbal.

It’s very carbonated and fizzy, to a point where it masks the taste. The body feels light, yet coarse at the same time.

I’m a fan of Weihenstephaner beers. This one is quality, but not my favorite (W. Original is my favorite, so far). This flavor profile leans and ends with too much grain, malt, and spice-funk for me.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Germans have been brewing beer for centuries. This beer optimizes perfection in a glass. Pour it out into a wheat beer glass and enjoy the huge head, the beautiful yellow hue, and that wonderful smell of the beer. All aspects are on point!

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Just a perfect wheat beer! I get yeast, apple/pears (SO MUCH APPLE), bananas, lemon, and malts. This is a strange coincidence but I drank Apple cider after this beer and the Apples from the cider remind me so much of this beer. It was the perfect drink to have afterwards since it proved to me my palette was correct. This beer is Apple predominate. What a fantastic brew.

American breweries take note what greatness taste like. It takes hundreds of years to perfect something this good. 7.7% abv and its blended perfectly. All aspects of this beer is perfection. I think a lot of American beers get a couple of things right but they are missing a good head, the smell isn't to die for, or the alcohol isn't blended perfectly at a higher abv %. Respect greatness!

It paired very nicely with waffles spread with butter, fig jelly, maple syrup, and whip cream. An odd combination that worked out well! I can also imagine this pairing REALLY well with cheese. Sharp cheddar cheese on a cracker with marinated olives seems like a perfect combination.

When I drink this for some reason it reminds me of drinking Allagash's Tripel Ale. Just so drinkable, delicious, and has me wanting more.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color, white head, fruity aroma with notes of banana, apricot and cloves, lightly bitter, medium sweetness, full body, average carbonation.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of eafowler7
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was very surprised to find this beer in a liquor store in Ankara, Turkey. As despite 3 years previously living in Berlin Germany, and travels through Bavaria this one had never previously crossed my radar.
This beer is honestly 'Epic!'; one of most delicious and enthralling beers I have EVER had. Weihenstephaner was already long a favourite brewer of mine, a treat now and again, but this Vitus takes it to a different galaxy. Certainly one of the Top-5 beers I have ever had. If you ever see Vitus for sale, yes, buy some!

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 330mL brown bottle with no freshness dates, served in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Thick, three finger head that stays around for a while but doesn't' leave much lacing. Crisp, hazy yellow color.

Smell: The aroma is sweet with a strong, ripe banana scent, cloves, green raisins, and dried fruit.

Taste: Sweet citrus and spicy cloves up front with alcohol and banana at the end. A well balanced flavor profile; fruity yet spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall: A bit too much alcohol keeps this from being a perfect example of the style. Which is not surprising considering who makes it.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice! Pours hazy and golden with a substantial fluffy white head. Nice aroma of banana and orange, spice and peach. Flavor is well rounded, as is the feel, with fruity, wheat, and spice notes all rolled together in a satisfying bow. Floats over the tongue and into the gullet.

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Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timon
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The prettiest beer I've ever seen in a glass. The only one that even comes close, imho, is their Kristal beer at 7.5%. Looks like 22-24k gold with the occasional bubble coming up and a bit of head for a while. Smell is of blackened banana walnut bread. Taste follows closely but is a bit warmer due to the alcohol. Very, very nice. Another winner from the kings of German beer.

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4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZAP
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma brings notes of overripe or borderline spoiled banana...flavor has a bit of lemon...mild cloves..ripe banana..a bit tart on the finish...

Ample carbonation.....a bit spritzy....a brighter take on a weizenbock lacking the darker color and bready, dark fruit notes of most in this style.

Still enjoyable but I prefer a bit more breadiness and dark fruitness in this style.

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Photo of Wilderness805
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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