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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Brewed by:
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 Bobo77
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Friar Tuck's. Poured into a weizen glass to produce a thick, frothy, and very lumpy head. The body resembled your typical hefeweizen. The smell of bubblegum and cloves permeated the air.

The taste is that of a nuclear powered bananna - clove - bubblegum bomb. So tasty that the alcohol burn is almost entirely missed.
The mouthfeel is rich but not overbearing. Thouroughly enjoyable for me, I would put (St.)Vitus up next to Aventinus any day. Weihenstephaner always seems to produce the highest level of quality.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden/straw color with a thick bubbly white head.

S - Smells of banana, clove, bread, and a little bit of funky yeast. Very pleasant.

T - Much like the nose: bananas, cloves, bread, funky yeast, and light citrus flavors. Drinks kind of similar to their hefeweissbier, but it feels like there is a little bit more going on here. There's a bit of spice and tartness in the finish.

M - Thin to medium bodied, good carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed Weihenstephaner's Vitus. It's an extremely well done Weizenbock and another great beer from a fantastic brewery. World class and highly recommended.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! This is truly an impressive beer.

It pours a hazy bright pale yellow that has a two finger creamy head that SLOWLY fades to a thin layer and leaves pretty darn good lacing. Not overly effervecent at all.

The aroma is bright with lemon citrus and bread dough with spicy hops in the back. Very strong wheat aroma as well. And hints of alcohol. Barely some bannana. OH! I get some pinnaple too, that's what it was. Very bright and complex.

The flavor is much like the aroma, with bright lemon citrus and slight spicy hops, just a little bitterness to keep things interesting, it lingers well.

This full bodied weizenbock coats the mouth oh so well. It's very creamy for the style, not overly effervecent at all, which I love.

Very VERY drinkable. Please go get one or two or three.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please don't think that I am biased becuase my brother is a student at Weihenstephan Brewing College but this is truly an exceptional beer.

We'll start with the pour into a .5L glass. Had 3-4 inches of head that was white creamy yet foamy and made me wait 5 minutes before I could get to the beer. This however was a positive as I was forced to smell the aroma again and again...Whoa this must be what heaven smells like. A wonderful mix of cloves, wheat, malt with a spicy cinamon finish. By the way the beer is a dark wheat color.

The taste is much like the smell with spicy cloves, wheat and malt all in perfect harmony. It is medium bodied and very drinkable, although at 7.7% you should limit yourself to a couple of liters or you will be making an ass of yourself like TTU94 in Munich:-)

No real surprise from possibly the top brewery in the world, a Wonderful, wonderful beer, one of the best I've ever had and that's saying a lot.


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Photo of hankmeister
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had it at the brewery with my lunch. Delicious. Read other's notes if you want nuances, subtle notes, etc. I'm not eloquent enough, or my palate not refined enough. But I know what I like, and I like this a LOT!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cloudy yellow/light orange with a beautiful fizzy white head. Nose is solid banana wheat. Taste follows with balls out banana and clovey bubblegum wheat yeast german mouthgasm goodness. Mouthfeel is solid and drinkability is second to none. Hands down one of the best beers and best breweries in the world. Awesome. Thats right ColoradoBobs! AWESOME!

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Photo of ordybill
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and maybe caramel aroma with some spice tossed in.
Appearance- This is a murky gold colored beer with a large white head.
Taste- A well balanced flavor that shows wheat and a great malt flavor. Very good
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.
Overall- An outstanding beer! I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7.7% ABV, "store dark and keep cool 46-52°F) 6102 on back label.

A - This highly carbonated, cloudy golden straw-colored beer pours with a fantastic white head. The clumpy pillows of foam slowly collapse leaving a sad amount of lace on the glass for a German weizen.

S - Vitus has an explosive and classic German aroma rich with dusty yeast esters providing glimpses of banana, clay, white pepper, and clove. Grainy pale crushed malt and husky straw with soft wheat balance out in the background providing an excellent, perfumy and inviting aroma.

T - Grainy pale malt provides an excellent base for soft wheat and plenty of yeast nuances to fill in. Similar to the aroma, Vitus displays a wonderful cornucopia of soft banana and clove, earthy clay and white pepper, and a dry, dusty finish.

M - Plenty of carbonation provides a lively feel throughout Vitus' duration but it doesn't keep the beer from an exceptionally soft and smooth feel going down. Though there aren't any noticeable hops to speak of, the yeast's dryness gives the beer great balance on the finish, lingering with a touch of fruit and spice which beckons for another sip.

O - World-Class from start to finish, Vitus' explosive aroma draws you right in, pressing past the foam for the first sip of the classic yeast-rich German brew. This full-flavored and deceptively light weizenbock goes down all too easily. It looks like I've found one of my new favorite, easy to find, German beers!

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Photo of edwado
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is without a doubt the greatest bargain in the beer world.An absolutely stunningly looking beer and everything else about this beer is perfect.In the summer after a hot day
there is nothing more refreshing on this great Earth of ours that is better to drink than
Vitus.Just fantastic stuff but be careful this beer is much to easy to drink with a high ABV-7.7%.I like this better than Aventinus but obviously you can't go wrong with either one.

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Photo of jmeyer10
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm new to BA and it's forums. Thank all of you guys for most insightful analyses of great beers. In regard to Weihenstephaner Vitus it is excellent. Also, here in Atlanta it is available in 330 ml bottles sold as 6 packs if you want. Nationally, Total Wine carries it. The brewery makes many other beers but only a few are available.

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Photo of olimpia84
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the 16.9oz bottle into my Weizen glass. Like most Weihenstephaner products, the presentation of this beer is amazing with a brown and gold label.

A: intriguing glowing opaque golden/amber color with some carbonation in its body. A beautiful foamy and spongy four finger head that was glowing white decorated the top of my Weizen glass and lasted for quite a bit. Decent ornamental lacing left throughout the glass.

S: a beautiful combination of wheat, banana, fruit salad, sweet malts greet your nose and cordially invite you to try this beer. The aforementioned aromas are very well balanced and just about right in terms of intensity.

T: this beer tastes like a Hefeweizen but with a whole lot more flavor 'packed' in. As soon as you take a sip your palate will feel and enjoy an exuberant combination of wheat (predominant taste), banana, hoppy touches, sweet malts, sweet cereals, caramels, spicy cloves and ends with a slight bitterness that is never offensive and actually adds to the experience. This is the perfect example of how a beer can pack a great number of flavors and balance them in such a way that ends up being an enjoyable experience.

M: very smooth and drinkable, medium body and medium carbonation. The alcohol level is disguised fairly well.

O: this is it ladies and gentleman... Bayerische Weihenstephan has come up with an impeccable formula on how a beer should be made. This beer excels in pretty much every category and makes for an amazing experience. Even better, this beer is fairly accessible so it must be part of your fridge at all times. The excellent combination of flavors/aromas make up for an incredible experience that it's really hard to describe unless you try this beer. Highly recommended and definitely worthy of a 'world class' nomenclature, at least in my opinion!

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Photo of Stunner97
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*was turned on this beer by my bro

Appearance- beautiful golden yellow with a thick foamy billowing head, loads of vibrant carbonation stream rapidly up the glass, you cant get a more beautiful looking beer then this

Smell- bananas, clove, malty, citrus, all kinds stuff going on

Taste- tons of wheat flavors like banana and even citrus up front with a lot of malt sweetness nicely pulled in by nice drying spice and finish, really great flavor and balance

Mouthfeel- light bodied and refreshing, just very crisp

Drinkability/ overall- this beer is so incredible when it comes to drink ability i cant tell you its through the roof, never once do i feel im drinking a 7.7 percent beer, overall this is with out a doubt the best wheat beer I have had to date it has the wheat flavors but the bigger body and dryness I look for and enjoy in a beer, this beer is the proof for the non hard core wheat fan of how delicious these beers can be, i enjoy that doesn't have a lot of caramel that some of this style have, one I could drink all night at any time of the year just great stuff cant say enough from a great brewery

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Photo of beernut
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up at my local LS. Price is around $2 and change. From what I heard, may be slim pickins by winter. But anyway here is what I thought:

A) A pale golden color, cloudy. Has a froathy white head. Poured nicely into my glass.

S) Full of aroma. Nice citrus floral smell.

T) A floral hop, followed by citrus, almost fruity. It is extremly refreshing on the palate.

M) Very crisp, goes down smooth, almost a taste of banana.

D) I purchase this beer every week, with hot summer days approaching, this beer will quench my thirst.

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Photo of currysage1
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After reading all about this brew on ColoradoBobs posts, I had to try it. That white tiger is enough to scare even Siegfried & Roy.

Pours with a huge four finger crackly sounding, cloud like head. Huge valleys and peaks to this one, but not much lacing. Hazy light honey yellow.

Smell is of lemon oil, bitter green apples, slight warming from the booze, nice lager yeast background, light and bright fruits. Good smell in my book.

Taste is also with the lemon oil, light fruits, but more of a grain profile as well, hops are there but don't get in the way of the light flavors probably Hallertau, Taste is slightly on the trappist side but very lightly. I'm trying to taste something but can't get it, I'm gonna have to say, Muscat?

Mouthfeel is great, very refreshing and clean, would be wonderful on a hot day or with a meal.
Drinkability is huge, got to say Bobs you called it on this one, what else you got?

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Photo of gkunkle
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my 100th review and I am proud that it is such a great beer. Weihenstephaner makes so many great beers, everything I have tried from th has been phenomenal and this is no different. I recently tried a few weizenbocks and can now say that this is my favorite. It pours a hazy dark gold color with a tall off white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some lacing in my glass. Smell is mostly wheat, but there also notes of banana and clove. Taste is similar, complex with wheat, bready malt, banana and clove notes and a touch of hops. It is sort of fruity and spicy but the backbone is still the wheat. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy with average carbonation. Drinkability is superb. This beer is everything I love about Hefeweizens, Dunkelweizens and Maibocks rolled into one, balanced perfectly and with just the right mouthfeel. Great beer!

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Photo of acevenom
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with an abundant white head. There is excellent head retention. The smell is of malt and also some banana esters, which are both very inviting. There's some malt breadiness and fruity sweetness in the flavor. There are flavors of banana and citrus. This is very tasty. The alcohol kick is not strong in the taste. The flavors do a great job of covering it up. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fantastic. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy and delicious.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: sweet banana smell, together with the malt.
Feel: medium body. Great aftertaste of maltiness in your mouth. The beer hide the alcohol level quite well.

A great offering to the beer god! Beer like this make you want to live. Would have it anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of Celt44
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a cloudy golden glow - like a sunrise over a misty Bavarian vale.

Aroma - Citusy lemons, spices - clove, nutmeg. Hints of plum.

Taste - Lite lemons, banana clove, hints of ginger spice. A touch tart. One of the best I've every tasted in the style..

Moutfeel - full and creamy. Beautiful.

Overall the best beer I've had in quite some time. I'm regretting I only purchased one bottle....back to Wegmans!

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Photo of karst
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow to light gold. Very light for a weizenbock. White head tall and dense/rocky but shortened by 7.7 abv as is the lace.Low banana and moderate clove spicy phenolics play with well behaved alcohol presence.
Vitus doesn't taste like a weizenbock at all, but like an imperial hefe weizen. Banana esters emerge with warming but are low
unless my cold is masking them.

Slightly fullish medium mouthfeel. High carbonation.

Unique example of Weizenbock with only most subtle hints of melanoidins.

Ultimately drinkable.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my .5L Erdinger Weizen glass. It pours a cloudy straw yellow with a large three finger, fluffy white head that dissipates after a few minutes to a thinner version of itself. When held up to the light there is a vortex of yeast swirling towards the bottom. This actually looks really cool. Smell is strong wheat with a kick of clove spice and a hint of hops. There is banana, white grape and green apple also present. The taste is a little tart with a kick of clove. All the fruits are present in the taste as well. Everything blends together nicely and all the flavors help show off the others. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. This feels great on the tongue and all the way down my throat. The carbonation is lively enough that it feels alive while I drink it. The Weizenbock and Hefeweizen are becoming some of my favorite styles and this one seems to be at the top of the list for this category. I could drink this all night and then have some more the next morning. Mmmm...Vitus for breakfast!!!

Big thanks to ColoradoBobs for hyping this every night on LNBA and to Vintage Estate for carrying it. I will definitely be picking up more of this the next time I am out there.

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Photo of Destral
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 1 pint, .9 oz bottle of Vitus at Khoury's.

Poured a pale, cloudy, golden color into a Weizen glass. It was much lighter than I expected from my limited knowledge of the style, but I noticed it was lighter in the bottle when buying it. Initial pour resulted in a solid 3 finger head that dissolved after about 5 minutes. A thin foamy layer remained which produced moderate lacing while drinking.

Noticed banana with a bit of honey and a faint citrus smell, perhaps lemon.

This tasted like a heavier, stronger hefeweizen, with a lot of the traditional flavors present. The malt was much more rich though. Hints of banana came through a bit as well and a slight kick of alcohol on the finish.

The Vitus tasted very smooth, almost creamy.

This was simply one of the better beers I've had in a long time. Absolutely delicious! Even with the slightly higher ABV, I could see myself easily drinking these all night if it was more readily available in the area!

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Photo of BklynJRO
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful golden butterscotch color. A tremendously pure white full head that dissipates gradually. Poured into a snifter, not quite opaque.

S: Rush of bananas, fruity and sour aroma. Maybe even a hint of pineapple and spice.

T: Completely satisfying. Exceptional. Initial taste is sweet and sour. After taste is full of bananas and spice.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Leaves little coating.

This is an excellent Weizenbock, especially for the price. The alcohol content is moderately high for just how delightfully drinkable this beer is. I think it'd be excellent in any season.

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Is a hazy golden yellow. Like dark straw with tick white head that dissipates leaving a lace that slides down the glass.

S: Gives off a very apparent aroma of banana bread that must come from the yeast. Absolutely one of the most inviting beers I have ever smelled.

T: Again the banana bread is up front with a bit of a spice on the way down. Very drinkable at 7.7%, I'm having no trouble downing the bottle.

M: Spicy from the carbonation on the tip, but ends up quite velvety and smooth as it finishes. I hate to beat a dead horse here, but so much like drinking fresh banana bread!

O: Just a wonderful weizenbock. The banana esters and velvety mouthfeel make what should be a boozy brew very drinkable. 10/10 will drink again.

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Photo of musicman575
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. One time I drink it and it is like orange juice for breakfast, but beer for an afternoon. Another time I drink it and I am seduced by the exotic clovey spiciness. A beer that obviously knows how to keep her suitors excited.

transparent she is not, but at first sip, all of her mysteries are revealed: the strong wheat malt, the veluptuous mouthfeel, and the sexy spices. She is also quite the dominatrix (7.7% alc.). You'll lose control in no time (and be okay with it).

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.

This pours a hazy yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of wheat, clove, sweet malt, and some citrus. Nice.

The taste has a healthy wheat flavour along with some yeastiness, strong notes of banana, mild notes of clove, nice sweet malty tones, and some citrus.

Medium mouthfeel here and very well carbonated, it finishes spicy and with a kick of some lemon citrus.

Very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden and I could sip on this all day!

Head retention turned out to be very good and there's plenty of sticky lacing.

Bottom line: This is a very well crafted Weizenbock and when it comes down to it, I prefer it over the also excellent Aventinus. I wish it was available locally.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,350 ratings.
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