Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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Photo of Diameter
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a glorious 500ml into my favorite glass (Hacker-Pshorr twisty deal).

Then, my throat was all "oh, fuck it. stomach, this is for YOU".

Then my stomach was all "Nom nom nom".

So that beer is a goner.

Fuckin' A

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Photo of Samldc
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, which is awesome. Let it warm up a little bit and wow does the flavor and the alcohol come out. Outstanding, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Groenebeor
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 flipper2gv
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot to rtepiak for this brew!!

A: This has to be the palest weizenbock I've seen, yellow in color. Full four fingers of a pure white and quite soapy looking head. Retention and lacing are phenomenal like they were with the original.

S: This is what you'd expect from a weizenbock. The yeast and the wheat are in the front. You get a nice amount of banana bread (banana, molasses, toffee, breadiness, etc...), cloves, pepper, candied orange peel. Subtle strawberries. Complex, strong and inviting. Perfect.

T: As expected from the look of the beer, this has less molasses, brown sugar and general breadiness than most weizenbock, but they are still there. Very fruity with bananas and strawberries mostly. Light grass-like flavor and floral notes. Exceptionally balanced and tasteful.

M: Oh so light and fluffy, nothing beats the mouthfeel of weihenstephaner.

O: Although not my favorite brew I had (but damn close!!), I simply cannot see a fault with this brew. It looks amazing, smells insanely good, taste is awesome and balanced AND extremely easy to drink and the feel is super light and fluffy while not being watery AT ALL.

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Photo of ebeye
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Very similar to the hefeweissbier only stronger and with less of a banana nose. World-class - one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. For 3.99 at the grocery store, this has to be one of the best deals on import beer in the united states.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A -Pours a hazy golden yellow with a incredibly fluffy four-finger snow white head of both small and large bubbles. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Huge banana, bubblegum, and clove aroma. A little fresh baked white bread in there also. Smells heavenly.

T - Holy crap. This beer is amazing. Huge banana and clove phenol taste which literally dances around the palate. Hints of lemon as well. Backbone of extremely clean wheat compliments the fruit esters perfectly. Slightly spicy Bavarian hops carry the finish with a bit of white pepper and add a perfect amount of bitterness to keep the banana from becoming cloying. Flavors are all extremely rich and powerful. This is basically a really good Hefe turned up to 11 like Spinal Taps amps. If there was a way to give this a 6 for taste, I would do so.

M - Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation to keep drinkability high. Everything comes together to compliment the flavor profile. Again, just..."more" than a standard Hefeweizen.

O - Simply put, this is the best beer for the style I have ever had, and might just be the greatest beer I have ever had period. Just so very good. My very first "all 5's" review, as I don't see how this brew could possibly be improved. I encourge beer lovers everywhere to give this a try if haven't already.

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Photo of WhiteOak
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured from bottle to weizen glass.

Look is spectacular. Exactly what you expect from a delicious wheat beer. Golden, almost glowing, honey color with uniform turbidity.

Smell is not strong but that of fruit and honey - perhaps honeydew melon - mild and sweet. Of sweet delicious things.

Taste is where this beer goes over the top. It's so amazing it's hard to describe and every time I drink it there are new things I discover. It's generally sweet but not overly sweet. It follows the smell of honey and fruit but adds in some clove and spice. There is very little bitterness to this beer but just enough sour to balance the sweet. Reading this description (or others) I wouldn't think it's a beer I'd want to drink, but it works.

The mouth feel is light with a zippy amount of carbonation, much like you'd expect from a Hefe.

Overall it's really just a strong Hefe, a bock Hefe... Oddly enough I like it far more than I like Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. It's clove and spice are more subdued and balanced. The alcohol content makes it dangerous because it is so drinkable and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. It goes down as easy as a light Hefe but reminds you of the extra alcohol at the end. Don't let the fruitiness fool you, it's got a kick!

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Photo of Sspiff
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Houblon Chouffe glass (looks like stemmed weizen - pilsner type glass)

Look - Perfect for a beer of this type. Light, hazy straw yellow with a persistent 0.5cm head that nicely coats and laces this particular glass.

S - Strong Bavarian yeast smell. Banana, baking bread, and a bit of cloves. Everything is clearly distinct, yet subtle and not overpowering. Like listening to music on expensive headphones.

T - This is how I want wheat beer to taste. The promises of the nose are all there, but it's followed by the ever subtle burn of an ~8% light beer. It's difficult to describe how distinct each flavor is without drowning out everything else.

F - It couldn't be better. Carbonation initially tickles the mouth, but then subsides and allows the beer to smoothly coat it making you long for more. You think it feels light and not much more than carbonation, but when you really stop to pay attention, you realize it's almost slightly oily and pretty full-bodied.

O - This beer is perfectly balanced and impressively delicate (especially considering the relatively high ABV). I am not usually one for wheat beers, but to me this is a beautiful example of everything I like about them while leaving out everything I don't. If I were to pick a beer for a spring picnic, this is my hands-down winner. For me, the Bavarian bar has been set.

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Photo of meecrob
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this Weizenbock in a 500 ml glass bottle for 1.30 € plus 8 cents deposit. Poured it into a Weizenglass. This Weizenbock has an lovely, cloudy golden color and a very thick, white head that lasts almost forever. I smelled some dry bananas, cloves and some spices. This beer tasted so incredibly good. I never felt the 7.7% ABV, they're perfectly hidden. This Weihenstephaner is even better than "normal" Hefeweissbier version. The drinkability was just outstanding. I think I never drank a beer with that much ABV without feeling it! I think I just drank the best Weizenbock ever created by mankind! No doubt, Weihenstephaner Vitus is a true masterpiece!

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Photo of zelig
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Banger's in Austin, TX. Pours a cloudy amber with minimal foam. Smell and taste are Just Right, with a rich mouth feel that's not overly heavy.

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Photo of wisebier
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draft and bottle (want a keg of it)

A: gold to straw in color with a decent amount of haze.

S: smells like clove, banana, yeast.

T: nice amounts of clove banana from yeast

M: easy to drink, body feels huge but its so smooth with perfect carbonation

O: It is an excellent beer, one of the best. Its smooth not huge over the top clove and banana and I prefer it over normal Hefes because of the higher ABV. Its very similar to their normal hefe but its stronger so its better.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a cloudy yellow with a finger creamy white head. Aromas consist of bubblegum, clove, banana, and biscuity malts. Flavors consist of the same, and the beer is dry. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation with a bit mineral quality.

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Photo of FungusBrewer
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vitus pours a rich, hazy, straw color. Head retention is minimal; the only thing preventing this brew from getting a perfect score. I would prefer a chunkier foam. It tastes like a beefed up version of their hefeweizen. Cloves, Banana, Bread, with a slightly alcoholic tinge. It's awesome seeing this on a shelf so far away. Prost!

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Photo of djbow
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy gold color with a thick soapy head that dissipates slowly in a chilled glass but fairly fast in a room temp. glass.

S - Smells of clove, spice, banana, bread, citrus and yeast. Not a hint of alcohol smell even thought the beer is 7.7 ABV.

T - As its lovely aroma tells you up front, cloves, spice, banana bread, citrus and yeast introduce their selves to your pallet in much the same manner as they do to your nose. This beer drinks like the Big Brother or their Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. More flavor, body and alcohol as a bonus. Sort of reminds me of Gran Crue offerings.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. THis combination allows this beer to go down smooth.

O - I am a Weihenstephaner Vitus fan and always have it on hand and highly recommended this brew. Enjoy!!!

Glass = Tulip Top Pint.

Temp. = 46F.

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Photo of leonGomez
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seeing this beer first hand in the glass made me feel a bit uncomfortable because the color caught me off guard. It seemed to have a orange tint to it. Other than that it proved to be an above average brew worth the effort in enjoying. I intended to drink this in a rush but the flavor is asking me to perhaps slow down a bit. Thus the alcohol content is easily felt on the first sip.7.7% as the bottle read.

I recommend this beer because of its different nature. it doesn't posses a heavy body which means you can drink this all night long without getting full.

Get it!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= This much anticipated beer comes to me form Mikeyv35 as an extra. Thanks Mike! The pour is a nice hazy orange color. I dunno why but I expected something much darker prolly due to the bottle. The beer is super hazy in color and yeilds a nice perfect white head thats about two fingers high and holds perfect retention. There is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass as well.

S= Nice and pungent. Excellent smell coming from this beer. Cloves, banannas, citrus, orange peel. There is an excellent amount of wheatyness to it.

T= ooooh that's good stuff. I can see why this beer is so loved. Really some excellent flavors going on. Hits my tongue sort of citrusy at first. Loads of orange flavors. Then in a very creamy way it sort of mellows out to an excellent mix of bananna clove and wheat. The finist is totally wheaty. It sort of reminds me of a orangcicle or something. Really something special.

M= One of the best mouthfeels I've ever had. The creamiest thing I've tasted in a long time. Feels like ice cream or something.

D= Wow, this beer is world class for sure. One of the most amazing things that has touched my lips in a while. A truely amazing beer. Now I just gotta find a place in MN that sells it.

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Photo of azorie
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a pale yellow color with a nice 2 inch head, that did not last very long.

S: Smells just like a hefe to me, cloves, bananas, citrus hits your nose first. Some sweet malt is detected after it warms to near 50F.

T: tangy clove, ripe bananas, spices like liquorish, light mellow hops, some yeast and sweet malt after taste.

M: medium carb, creamy, medium body.

D: refreshing,easy to drink, the alcohol is well masked. I did drink 2 500ml easy before I reviewed.

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Photo of Louski
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer stole my taste buds when I first tasted it.

A: Pours a gorgeous straw yellow with a fluffy head that's about two fingers wide if you pour it right.

S: Smells sweet and malty with very supple fruitiness

T: Perfect wheat beer flavor. Sweet, crisp and mildly fruity but the combination is done perfectly. You'll want more as soon your lips leave the glass.

M: Perfect on the tongue. Fills the mouth beautifully and leaves the sweetness behind to make you just want more. (Pardon the sexual innuendo but its that good)

O: My favorite beer. Perfectly crafted and can be drunk at any time of year. I've drank it on the beach on the summer and also warmed up with it at Christmas time. I can say I've tasted a significant selection of some of the best beers in the world and this one blows them all away.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky pale gold with a huge white head, very simular to the hefeweizen. Smells of bananas & malt with a hint of alcohol. Taste follows the nose with a bit stronger clove note then the regular hefe. Finishes with a noticeable alcohol note, definitely the least balanced beer I've had from Weihenstephaner, but true to style. Overall, another TRUE World Class Bier from the worlds oldest brewery!

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy, orange fading to yellow with an insane amount of carbonation that twists and moves around like a snow globe. Bright white head that's so creamy it looks like I could sit the cap on top.

S - Traditional banana and clove wrapped in the tangy citric notes of the wheat, but turned up a ton. There are some light grainy notes as well that bring to mind freshly baked bread.

T - The same as the nose, but with every aspect being supported by an intense creaminess. The fruitiness is probably the most prominent aspect, with some apple notes backing up the banana. The intense creaminess works so well because the huge acidic wheat notes cut right through it. To top it off, the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

MF - Intensely creamy with tons of carbonation. It leaves the mouth feeling coated and the throat somewhat dry from the acidic flavor.

D - The best I've ever had for the style, and I think it's easy to say it comes from the fact that Vitus is essentially an 'imperial' hefeweizen and manages to be really refreshing despite the alcohol and intense flavor.

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Photo of cradke
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: poured from bottle into Frozen ceramic mug.

Appearance: Great head. Pours a nice brown with a 3 finger head.

Smell: Fantastic. Clean wheat grains with a small hint of sugar. In my opinion, this beer really benefits from the frozen mug although that might be a mental aspect of the experience.

Taste: Great grains. In my opinion, this is one of the best german beers. It's just so clean and simple. Lots of wheat nots, some earth and figs. A little bit of brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol to add some depth but overall just a fantastic brew.

Mouthfeel: A really nice dose of carbonation. A little more substance and thickness than a traditional hefe which is spot on. The wheat notes really come out when its being moved around.

Overall: This is a truly fantastic example of German simplicity and subtle flavors triumphing over extreme hops or malt. It's truly one to behold. I find that this one really benefits from serving in a frosty mass. The ceramic really syncs with the flavors of the wheat and makes a fantastic symphony.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : Draft at Altstadt Pub in Seattle. Very thin white head, hazy yellow body.

Smell : Big banana and clove esters, some orange, and a little bit of marshmallow.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Alcohol hidden extremely well.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste is, as they say, subjective and this may not be the most beautiful or the best looking beer but the aroma is fantastic and the taste, imho, was/is amazing!

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the champagne of beers.
I enjoy it most when the weather is warm but do drink it year round.
The only thing I don't like about it is if I drink 3 or more of them I get a hangover.
The nose is in heaven breathing in this jewel of a beer. Citrus and clove paradise.
If Vitus were alive today he would be honored to have his name on this great beer surely.
I'll be watching many a MLB game this summer while enjoying a few of these.

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