Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#614
Reviews:
1,223
Ratings:
3,528
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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Photo of dirtyharry2489
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy deep straw with moderate effervescence streaming up from the bottom. The pour produces a huge (to the point of being difficult to pour), glowing white, finely bubbled, lasting, foamy head that recedes to a solid, dense surface cap & collar but leaves little lacing. Aroma is fruity yeast notes of banana, clove & a more reserved white fruit & white grape hints with bread & grain highlighting the wheat malt profile. There are faint sour & metallic background hints. I don't pick up the touted citrus. Taste is a nice blend of wheat bread, cloves, banana, pepper, thin honey & a tiny metallic hint. Yes, the orange-like citrus is there also. Aftertaste is shortlived wheat, banana & clove. Alcohol is undetectable in either the mouth or nose. Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, creamy & smooth, lightly dry with a fine carbonation prickle.

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Photo of Iski100
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle. Served in a willi becher glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body, two finger white head, fluffy and effervescent, good retention and spots of lacing. Smell is ripe banana, clove, light wheat, crackers and bread. A bit of mineral as well. Touch of bubblegum perhaps. Flavour is similar, banana, clove, bread, bubblegum, a slight bit of earthy bitterness. Clean and crisp with lots of flavours. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated with a nice sweet banana bread and slight earthiness on the finish. Spicy and full flavoured weizenbock, absolutely delicious.

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Photo of nonc_nu
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goodmanace92
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. When I tried this beer for the first time i can't go back to American beer lol. Even though, I do enjoy some American Craft beers. This beer though has the same exact taste as the Hefeweisse bier. Yet, it is definitely got a lot more alcohol then the Hefeweisse version does. I hope your not afraid of a BOMB of flavors such as clove and banana. The feel of this beer on the palate is smooth yet pretty carbonated. All in all, it is a outstanding bier. If you like German style Wheat biers with a TON of flavor? Then this is definitely the bier for you. So... what are you waiting for? Open a bottle and try it out for your self. You will NOT be disappointed. Prost!

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Photo of SBlobaum
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden, light amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of yeast and banana, with a hint of cloves. Taste follows the nose, with a yeasty, wheaty character accompanied by bready malts, banana and a little citrus, with some spicey notes of cloves and a little pepper and bitterness in the aftertaste. An exceptionally well-balanced beer where yeastiness, spiceyness and fruitiness are in perfect balance. Yes, I copied&pasted my Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier rating here because this is actually very similar to it. They share the same basic make-up, this is just slightly maltier, spicier, a little sweeter and a little less fruity and refreshing. Therefore, it's kind of neither here nor there. The normal Helles is a better Wheat Beer and this isn't quite a typical Bock either.

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Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wg1041
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellence in a bottle. Chilled to 32 degrees. Poured with a slight haze. Moderate to high carbonation. Light golden. Smells of banana bread and light fruit. First taste was of the banana with light fruit flavors. Mild spiciness with an ever so slight sweet finish. Very low hop profile. Overall excellent. Well worth you money. Please...if you’ve never tasted a Vitus...try it. You won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 123321123321
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottvanbelois
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Why didn't I grab this sooner?!?! Delicious! I could drink this every day. I've been so caught up in IPAs, Stouts, & Sours that I kept skipping over this, and it's a shame because this is spectacular! Drink it, it's cheap too.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisG523
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jtee
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 7 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 04/11/2018.

Look: The beer pours a cloudy deep gold with 6cm of dense, creamy-looking, white head that settles into a craggy cap in 4+ minutes. Exceptional lacing and great retention. Very attractive-looking beer.

Smell: Medium-light strength and leaning towards sweet. Delicate. Fruity and phenolic yeast greets you with notes of apricots, sweet orange, banana, and cloves. With its soft, bready-grainy wheat character, the malts provide an exciting interplay between these two ingredients. No apparent ethanol or hop aroma. There's a hint of generic metallic minerality coming through right after the pour. Smells a bit like the bottle which I suppose is expected. Luckily it doesn't stick around for long.

Taste: Follows the nose very well with medium intensity and sweet-ish balance. Yeast-forward with delicious esters featuring notes of apricot, sweet orange, and banana. A phenolic spice reminiscent of cloves steps in midway along with the wheaty malts which all continue to entertain the palate with their tug of war. The finish is of moderate length and intensity with enough spicy yeast character to balance out any malty sweetness. I do notice the same minerality on the palate as I did with the nose.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate-high carbonation. Creamy with pleasant crispness and smooth alcohol warming that seems to kick in quite late. No astringency.

Overall: Weihenstephaner Vitus demonstrates excellent craftsmanship with nice complexity and interplay between the yeast and the malt bill. A balanced brew with fantastic drinkability for almost 8% ABV. Quite wonderful – try it!

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TerryMills
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer, like a sweet cookie with some banana and citrus flavors.. Crushable.

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Photo of daem3384
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,528 ratings
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