Vitus
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #2
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
95
Ranked #855
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
1,329
Ratings:
3,812
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
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Notes: 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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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This must be a "blonde" version of a weizenbock, for I normally encounter darker ones than this. Is this a more authentic Bavarian approach? Hazy golden hue, lush, blooming white head. This is real Bavarian wheat beer, here.

Aroma: Gorgeous! A lot of the citrus-y notes of a typical wizen are here, with more spices. Lemon and wizen yeast notes first, with spices (coriander, clove) thereafter.

Taste: fresh and delicious on the tongue. Zesty, refreshing, and easily consumable. I have to admit that I'm a bit perplexed, for I'm not getting the darker flavors normally found in a weizenbock. Paler malts at play here, I suppose, but then why call it that? Some of those flavors are creeping up, but the don't dominate, just finding their footing on the tongue, and letting the paler malts push it.

The alcohol is popping up just a bit now, we're feeling a little warm now. This golden weizenbock is giving us the hefe weizen flavors, just a shadow of the weizenbock tastes, and the bigger buzz a bock or weizenbock should give. Easier drinking, less complex, yet still delightful. I like it, but might not reach for it over another weizenbock.

Jun 12, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/22/20; drank 6/6/21 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big bright white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Fresh wheat, clove, banana & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Banana & mild caramel flavors up front; faint notes of clove & cream on the finish.

Pleasant, flavorful & easy to drink. I'd have another!

Jun 07, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am sampling a 1 pt .9fl oz bottle at cellar temp and pouring into a weisse beer glass. Another round of bock tasting event. Bottle code is 84 40 15:56:30 Im sure someone knows that that means!

The beer pours a relatively clear and bright gold to straw color with a fizzy bleached white head foaming up about 2 cm even with gentle pour. The foam has faded to a thin edge layer soon after the pour. Several streams of carbonation rise to the surface but do not replenish the foam.
The aroma is heavy with cloves and some banana and a little general spiciness too. Some wheaty twang notes as well. As expected on the nose and appealing too.
First sip reveals a light body with fine and tingly carbonation. texture is smooth and a little thin, but sort of fits for the beer.
Flavor is cloves, banana and wheat with a little bit of lemon and citrus in the background. The cloves are dominant here just as on the nose.
No hint of any booze and not sure of the hop character here. Its very easy drinking and could be trouble at 7.7%. Very nice smooth beer.

Apr 26, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle

Hazy golden color, two fingers fine white head. Full lacing curtains and cap. No sediment.
Clove, citrus, light floral aromas.
Banana, clove, pepper, lemon pith flavors.
Strong hop presence. Stubborn carbonation. Medium bodied. Dry finish. Nice balance. No alcohol heat.
Enjoyable substantial Weizen.

Apr 25, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.7%. Very pale yellow colour, hazy, with a huge white head. Much paler than any other weizenbock I’ve had. Lovely typical sweetish hefeweizen aroma with notes of ripe bananas, cloves and bubblegum. The flavour is sweet and fruity, but still fairly light bodied for its strength. Moderate notes of cloves, very moderate hops. A very different character compared to e.g. Schneider Aventinus, but nice enough to drink.

Apr 24, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a yellow/light orange in color with a tall off-white head with great retention.
S: Smells rich of cloves, wheat, banana, lots of yeast.
T: Taste follows the nose, spicy, bitter finish.
F: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, crisp/bitter finish.
O: Great beer fo it's style.

Apr 24, 2021
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MaltyFlannel from Iowa

3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: hazy tangerine. Poured at 48 degrees F into a tulip. Creamy white head 1.5inch takes a long while to recede.

S: cooked bananas, sweet breads, clove, candied ginger, banana toffee. Awesome balance grain and yeast. Substantial and enticing.

T: prickly, sweet and sour arrival. More tart than I was expecting. Both ripe and green banana, green apple, fresh cloves, grain-sour complex. Long spicy and sour finish

F: medium-full bodied

This is the first Weizenbock I've ever had. My only standard for comparison is a few hefeweizens. The aroma reminds me of a souped up and dialed in hefe. I was expecting the taste to follow suit with those bready and banana-ester characteristics, but it stayed rather sour with those aforementioned notes sticking in the background. I'll be seeking more of this style out to form a broader base for comparison

Apr 24, 2021
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle "8440 14:45:24"
Poured into a krug shows a hazy, lemon flesh yellow body and supports a tall, living, head of white fluffy foam disappating to a cap and edge leaving random leopard hide lacing.

Aromas of fruit and spice esters flow into the full flavored, and almost prickly feel, taste with a sweet malt base.

Overall a fine example of bock beer.

Apr 24, 2021
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TommyG22 from Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass. Fabulous head that lingered for a long time. Fruity aroma. Smoothest beer I have had in a while. The taste is top of it's class. An outstanding beer all around.

Apr 24, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Foggy burnt maize with a tall meringue foam head that slowly settles to a blanket of thick whipped peaks leaving thick cobweb lacing.

This is so unbelievably silky and crushable, it glides right down, exhibiting mild wheat that's lightly toasted with a touch of mild zucchini bread-like spice, eschewing clove phenols, thus more delicate.

It's just so pleasant, and semi-sweet, with a slight semi-bitter herbal quality in the exhale, and a hint of banana skin.

Apr 24, 2021
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet

L: Rather light straw colored pour with the requisite wheat haze, barely off white head lingers briefly before lacing out

S: Wheat, and a faint fruity, almost strawberry scent, very enticing

T: Sharp hefeweisen notes, a bit of hop bitterness, smooth yet a bit warm from the ABV. Not quite a wheat beer with it's funk or smoothness, but not a bock either (no maltiness to speak of), this is a hard one to explain, but it's closer to a strong wheat than anything else. Tasty!

F: Smooth and dry with a touch of heat to remind you this is not your typical wheat beer.

O: Think of this like the older, bigger, meaner brother to the wheat beer family... It looks like a wheat, tastes like a wheat etc etc and you can clearly see the family resemblance... But this is the big brother so be mindful of the 7.7%

Apr 04, 2021
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mmontalto from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

TERRIFIC Weizenbock. My absolute favorite by Weihenstephaner. Amazing look, enticing smell. Very smooth taste- banana, hint of clove, maybe some plum. Great feel and aftertaste. Truly incredible. Doesn't even feel/smell like 7.7%!

Mar 27, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark straw hazy yellow. Nice head that fades quickly but sticks on glass. Smell is bready, wheat, banana, quite sweet. Taste is similar: wheat dough, banana, a bit of hops, overall fairly sweet. The cloves really stand out to me too. The feel is dry and full, and it is very carbonated.
Overall, I can tell this is a really good beer. It’s complex, full bodied, and well developed. It seems to be exactly what the style guidelines describe. Maybe it’s because I’m an American beer drinker, but I can’t seem to enjoy it as much as I should— I’m still not a huge fan of that banana-clove profile. That said, I still recognize it as a great beer, it’s just not for me. I’ll have to spend some more time with the classic German styles for sure.

Mar 16, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden, a little hazy, active, glossy surface.

S: Tangy. The wheat really expresses itself.

T: Big wheat. A touch of clove, not all that much. A good amount of fermentation occurred gracefully.

F: Smooth. Doesn't taste like 7.7%.

O: Worthy. Top shelf beer.

Mar 02, 2021
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle stamped 2460... so like mid-November 2020

Looks slightly hazy yellow with a hint toward orange. Frothy white head fades to a scattered ring.
Smells great, wheat beer esters and phenols, mostly clove but it's not overpowering. Enticing layers of malt and bread dough. Minimal hops, a touch of herbal notes.
Tastes great too, rich doughy malt, clove and banana, fruits, raisin and more.
Feels medium body, exceptionally well-balanced, nice shift from sweetness to dry to finish.

Overall excellent, a top example of the style for good reason!

Feb 21, 2021
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date code: 5350. Tasted 2/15/21. Such a delicious beer! I had only tried Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen and dunkel varieties, and this one may be my favorite from that brewery to date. Despite being a weizenbock, it is reminiscent of a top-notch wheat-based ale. Lots of crisp, spicy smells and flavors to be found. I will definitely be grabbing more of this in the future! Feels like a lighter, brighter offering than their Korbinian Doppelbock, but actually has a slightly higher ABV. An impressive beer all around.

Feb 20, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle

Pours a cloudy yellow golden color, with thick cream colored head. Aroma is bready and a touch of herbal spice. Taste is also dominated by wheat bread, a little bit sweet. Quite pleasant. The weizen yeast is fairly subdued. Good balance. Fuller bodied, smooth.

Feb 20, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste has a nice sweet citrus spice, yeast, wheat, clove and a lingering spice end for just the right amount of time. Medium mouthfeel that does not disappoint. Very well done for this style.

Feb 07, 2021
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Color is a golden straw and slightly hazy. Big pillowy head on the pour, but a thin amount lasts throughout; no lacing.

Smell is awesome. Yeasty and sweet with banana. Clove as well.

Definitely get the clove and spice on the taste. Slight wheat flavor. Finish is somewhat dry and slightly boozy. Mouthfeel is smooth; very easy drinking.

Very enjoyable. The smell is the star of the show here for me, but all around well done.

Feb 02, 2021
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Ocalafox from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma was noticeably yeast forward with a good amount of banana while also showing some spicy notes of cloves. The taste was very banana-y, spicy, and juicy. In the middle, the fruity esters dissipated and the characteristics of the wheat were more noticeable and prominent.

Jan 10, 2021
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robertfyffe from California

4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: cloudy golden color with a small head
Smell: cloves, maybe some banana
Taste: bright with wheats
Feel: soft with a silk feel with some carbonation
Overall: enjoyable beer not heavy

Dec 24, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Cloudy golden color with an inch of white foam. Smells of banana and cloves. Light body and very soft feel. Wheat and apricot with a little spice on the finish. Very nice!

Dec 09, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle fresh from Weihenstephan hill, imported by some jerks in SC. No date

This is a beer consumed on the toilet, Thanksgiving Day 2020. A lot to be thankful for, as always, and I'm choosing this beer to celebrate with. Sadly, it's just okay. Kinda reminds me of a Euro 40 oz'er. Splashes back with plenty of fruity wheat and yeast, clean, not a trace of the 7.7% to be found. It's actually pretty damn good, I undersold this: nice rounded wheat, yeast, and fruit characteristics.. impressive

An average beer done very well

Nov 27, 2020
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy gold with two plump fingers of dirty white head that leaves some scalloped pastry crust lace as it recedes.

Smells absolutely delicious. Freshly peeled banana, pink bubblegum, juicy apricot, some crackery wheat malt, clove and a garden full of flowers.

Tastes of banana chips, honeyed bread crust, apricot jam, spicy cloves, dusted white pepper and some more flowery hops.

Feels soft and silky. Medium bodied with velvety carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. An absolute home run by every possible metric. It's rich, fluffy, soft, light and decadent all at the same time. The work of masters.

Sep 26, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, simply wow...

Full disclosure, I’m a bock fan, but this is truly special. Great hazy look with lacing, strong hop character to the nose, and the taste is a perfect balance of malt, wheat, and the slightest hint of citrus - absolutely superb.

Sep 25, 2020
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