Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
1,183
Ratings:
3,409
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my half liter, hacker-pshorr weisse glass.

Two finger head right after a perfect pour, but recedes to nothing after only a few minutes. Good sunshine wheat color, but a little too clear for a wheat beer and lacking any vibrant bubbling or lacing for that matter. The aroma is classic hefe-weiss. Lots of bananas, sometimes ripe, and plenty of cloves. Plus the warmth of 7.7% abv is noticed a bit in the nose. Sweet, ripe bananas and some tart strawberries start the palate off. Then a few herbal cloves and a little grassy hops with the alcohol cut some of that malty sweetness. Good balance of hot, sweet, and herbal flavors in this beer. Very clean, but a litte palate as well. A little talcy, but very drinkable considering the abv.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle into Perfect Pint glass
5046 date code which i think is about a year old, have been storing since July 2016
L- pale gold, with huge fluffy white head, slowly receding into the glass
S- plenty of banana , green apple, bubble gum
T- starts off tart with green apple and pear, comtinues with bubblegum, and finishes with the banana clovi-ness similar to the Hefe
F- not as smooth as the Hefe, pretty decently carbonated, ever so slight alcohol kiss
Overall this a quite a complex brew, with layered tastes and contrasts, sweet and tart, smooth and rough, definitely happy to have drank this one

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy sunset orange with a white head that creates thin lacing and descent retention.

S - Peppery banana, clove, stone fruit, dense wheat malt, acidic fruit.

T - Hints of apple cider, cinnamon, banana, clove, bubblegum, stone fruit, very clean wheat malts, light pepper, with a kiss of citrus. The pepper comes out more on the finish.

M - Medium body, fluffy feel.

Super tasty German beer. A poetic marriage of flavors with a peppery hint on the finish. Awesome!...This is what I expect out of this brewery every time.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5 L brown bottle into a weizen glass. Neck label has a Middle Ages/ Renaissance dressed man holding a feather in one hand and an open book in the other with a rooster sitting on the book. Interesting. Rest of the label is fancy, brown with shiny gold highlights.

Pours golden, with tons of carbonation that forms a four finger frothy head of white bubbles. The head won't go away and it leaves great lacing.

It smells of yeast, tons of ripe bananas, clove, phenols, and even a very secretive raisin.

Taste just like it smells, this is an imperial hefeweizen. Slight raisin, ripe bananas, pronounced yeast and wheat. Very sweet citrus/lemon at the end. Alcohol detectable as it begins to warm from fridge temp.

The mouthfeel is a little chewy and wet, with decent carb. Warming.

Drinkable, alcohol gets in the way, though. Better for the fall, but I wouldn't really specify winter.

Apparently, the weizenbock style has some interpretation, depending on brewery. Aventinus seems to sway to the bock/doppelbock side, whereas this seems to stay on the weizen side of the style.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow. Big lively white head off the pour, settles to a nice-sized chunk of foam.

Substantial nose. Big wheat malt aromas. Fresh baked banana bread with a real sweetness.

The banana bread comes through again on the tongue. The sweetness from earlier comes across as vanilla, giving an even stronger impression of cakey dough, along with some nice chewy malt. This brew is so rounded and soft that, at times, it almost comes across as a wit.

Not what I was expecting from this one, this is a very easy-going hefe, and the alcohol is well-hidden. Nice wheat.

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a fairly hazy bright yellow, with a two finger head and lots of foamy lacing. Smell is yeast, light malt, a little banana, straw, a wheaty or grainy aroma, some black pepper and clove. The taste also leads with the yeast, then malt, banana, wheat, straw, a little bread, light lemon. Slight hop bitterness throughout. Very smooth, refreshing, solid body.

A classic, like most of this brewery's beers. The kind of beer you could have every day and not get tired of it. Reasonably priced, too.

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Photo of mullenite
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to my Erdinger Weisbier glass with a very tall rocky white head that leaves nice lacing going down and has excellent retention. Cloudy pale orange in color.

Smell is mainly wheat, very strong wheat actually. A little bit of banana and bubble gum but mainly wheat.

The first couple of sips were most wheat as well but the bubble gum, banana, and a slight clove appeared after a few sips.

Very clean and crisp mouthfeel, sharp cleansing carbonation. Light to Medium body.

Easily drinkable despite its relatively high ABV. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of JLeege
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle ~ poured into a weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a dark gold / orangish color lots of active carbonation, a large billowing white head. Pouring in the yeast hazes things up a bit as it slowly disperses. Great head retention and lacing. Beer looks great.

Smell- Clove, banana, bubblegum. Bready, light toasted malts.

Taste- Taste follows the aroma. This deffinitly has much more malt character than their hefe. It has more of a carmel flavor and breadyness. A light peppery spice. All the hefe characteristics are in there, but the yeast and the sweetness is much less pronounced, improving this over their hefe, per my taste. Also picking up a slight apple taste. The finish is clean, not to lingering.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, very smooth. ABVs go undetected. This aspect is very nice.

Overall- Goes down smooth and easy. If you havnt noticed yet, I much prefer this to the hefe, which I find almost cloying. I could easily drink a few of these. Recomended, I have the aventinus up next, we shall see which is better.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a huge head with some excellent retention. Nice cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of banana phenol. Nice wheaty zest underneath. This is what a weizenbock should smell like.

Nice smooth wheat with authentic german yeast. I'm not usually a fan of the style, but the banana phenol isn't over the top as it is in some beers and it seems to be in balance. It's very nice and refreshing and will probably be underrated for not being over the top. This really isn't a weizenbock as much as it is a hefeweizen. I don't detect any dark malts at all. This is a hefeweizen.

This beer is crisp and refreshing and one of the most sessionable weizenbocks that I've ever had. It's a must try.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Aroma is predominantly clove-like with soft banana and a touch of bubblegum and yeasty sourness. Pours a frothy, two-finger head with good retention; body is a cloudy amber. Like the aroma, the clove-like quality takes center stage; there is a slight yeasty twang; sweetness is present but nondescript; alcohol only becomes noticeable in the finish, and even then it is remarkably well integrated. The body is medium-full with substantial carbonation which also provides a nice, crisp bite; alcohol provides a bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall, the impression is one of a mere—albeit delicious—hefeweizen with a greater alcohol content. It really doesn't seem bock-like at all, which is the only aspect that I can find fault with.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into dimpled mug.

Dry cracked spicy wheat with cloves, banana, and bubblegum.
There's a surprising amount of gummy sweetness and fruity esters.

Light golden-- very clear. Looks very highly carbonated, with a nice 2 fingers head of shiny foamy head.

Really pretty nice-- very easy to drink. Pretty light airy body with lots of carbonation.

I'll be honest-- after seeing ColoradoBob mention this a bunch in the forums, I decided I had to try it... And I'm not disappointed! Another great beer from this brewery!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

VITUS

4.5 appearance: cloudy straw. impressive finely bubbled head with decent staying power and lacing.

4.5 smell: bananas! some of the best, slightly overripe bananas ever detected in a beer. and, thanks to my daughter who took a sniff and suggested pineapple, i do smell pineapple in there too! half an upside down cake under a load of bananas.

4 taste: like the smell, but pretty straightforward and not really adding much else. good, but not as complex as i expected from a 7.7% with this bouquet. there is a lso a bit of alcoholic bite, but not that bad, disconnected kind.

3.5-4 mouthfeel: body is medium+, finish is buttery (maybe more in flavor than texture, no actual diacetyl detected), thick, and a little syrupy.

3.5-4 drinkability: very good brew. not the sort of thing i'd want every day, but this should be enjoyed at least several times a year.

on repeated tastings

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky wheat straw, very white small bubbled head reducs to ring. Fine bubbled sheets of lace and cascading bubbles as glass is tilted.

S - Banana, Belgian yeast, spicy undertones.

T - Coriander, other spices, pepper dominate, dry finish.

M - Great carb, good balance.

D - Nice stuff!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/2/12

A murky golden yellow with a massive three finger head even after a soft pour, decent retention and partial rings of lace well down the glass, looking good

S some cereal, banana, clove, lemon and pineapple, smells pretty good, like a hefe on steroids

T a little more spice then the smell and just barely noticeable booze

M fairly heavy for the color and quite creamy on the verge of turning to foam but not quite, leaves just a little behind on your gums

O this one would waste you under a hot sun because it went down very fast, quite easy to drink for a bigger beer I liked it a lot

I think I need to research the style because this was not what I was expecting, this reminds me of a double hefe if that makes sense, drink it and you'll understand what I mean

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Photo of BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a brilliant Weizenbock!

500mL bottle poured into two weizens!

Two finger head, moderate carbonation

Straw gold

Smells of bananas!

Tastes of banana, bubblegum, and cloves!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing!

This is an exceptional beer. Buy some tonight.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. 29th week of 2015, so a little over 5 months old.

A - Cloudy gold with a two finger head that moderately retains.

S - Banana, clove, spices, yeast.

T - In line with nose, but dialed back some from a straight hefe, melded with a bock.

M - Carbonation moderately low, smooth mouthfeel.

O - An enjoyable, tasty beverage. Starting to try to balance out IPA and stout madness with the classics. Recommended.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, becomes an almost electric-yellow when light passes through it. Lots of white head that laces very well.

S- Not extremely strong, but cloves, banana, some spices from the yeast.

T- Follows the nose well. Bananas, cloves, yeasty spiciness. Very good.

M- Light bodied, smooth, clean finish.

D- Very drinkable, almost sessionable if it weren't for the 7.7%.

All in all very good and enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of birchstick
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured golden, hazy yellow with a beautiful head that didn't seem to want to go away.
S - fruity - has banana, clove and a little bit of spice
T - banana and spices with a huge kick of banana and a of hops and bit alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Mf - smooth and full
D - This is a great beer, it is like their hefeweizen amped up a little. It is delicious beer, Weihenstaphaner delivers yet again. However, having more than a couple could make you start feeling a little too good due to the 7.7% alcohol content.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vitus, one of the most famous and probably the lighter colored example of the Weizenbock style. It pours a pale golden and very hazy color with a massive fluffy white head that hangs on for a looong time with gorgeous lacing around the glass.
Aroma is yeasty as expected with bready malts, citrus fruit, lemon zest, clove and some banana and bubblegum.
Taste starts off sweet with wheat and sort of burnt malt character followed by huge yeasty notes, again with lemon, clove and banana being the main players.
Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth due to loads of wheat malt. Carbonation is spot on to make this beer go down like water. Since it is so chewy and full it is hard to notice the 7.7 abv.
A great beer for people that need a little more than what a regular hefe can bring to the table. The main difference being the fuller body and the maltier presence in flavor and aroma.
It still maintains the awesome drinkability and thirst quenching ability from its lighter body counterpart, the amazing Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a quite cloudy medium golden colour with a good two finger fluffy white head. Good carbonation. No lace, minimal retention.

S - Clove is quite strong. Some pretty rich malt and banana. Stewed banana. The richness is such a lovely component when blended with everything else. It's one of those aromas that you can't quite pin down the quality in, you just know it's great. Wheat is present as well.

T - Nice rich malt with a nice clovey element and banana with a gentle hop component. A really interesting flavour component. Wheat, some hop, and a citrus note too. With banana again too.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body and a sweet, wheaty/banana/clove finish.

O/D - A lovely beer. Complexities combined with subleties. Nice stuff. So many flavours.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classic/classy Weihenstephaner label, 16.9oz slimline brown pop-top bottle...0408 stamped on here randomly...is this some kind of freshness date?

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer with a gorgeous white whipped cream head which fades to a thick dense white film with good retention...steady streaming carbonation...this is quite pretty

Smell: Big banana and clove aromas, rich, like banana bread, with big doses of yeasty goodness...this is like a typical Bavarian hefeweizen but a bit bigger/richer

Taste: Sweet banana candy flavors, hints of white pepper and spice, maybe a touch of bubblegum, and a touch of alcohol pushing through as well...this is basically a great German weissbier amped up a notch...quite nice

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, surprisingly so, actually

Drinkability: The abv makes this one a sipper, but 1-2 would be quite nice

Conclusion: This is a damn good specialty beer and was definitely a nice surprise. Will try this again for sure.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and cloudy. Forms a super thick white head of medium to large bubbles that falls away quickly allowing me to refill the glass with the remaining beer in the bottle. The breaking head leaves lacing on the glass as it fall. Carbonation is high and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. This beer is lighter than other weizenbocks but it looks great.

Aroma is simple and mild, sweet and slight esters, nothing too big.

Beer is medium bodied, has a nice wheaty flavor and a slight aftertaste that adds to the overall feel of the beer. Carbonation is big in the mouth and does a nice job accenting the sweetness of the beer. Drinkability is high, another wonderful beer by Weihenstephaner. It is truly great. Mouthfeel is good. Its a great beer. Weizenbocks have a tendency to get offensively sweet, this is not the case with this beer. You can taste the esters and there is some underlying sweetness but its not the star, its there to accent the wheat. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Vitus appears a hazed rich straw yellow color with about three fingers of cloud-like bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are made up of toasted nutty wheat, bananas, a decent amount of caramelized malts, mild milk chocolate notes, banana bread, yeasty, citrus notes. Approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation. Yet another world class offing from Weihenstephanerer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a tall snifter. Cloudy yellow with a velvety head and good lacing. Spicy and sweet smell, fruity. Taste of Apple, pear and lemon. Very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a Franziskaner weiss glass.

A - One and half fingers of white foam that shows good retention and eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few fingers of lace. Unfiltered peach-colored body, with some small bubbles apparent near the bottom of the glass.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast, cloves, and a bit of spicy estery alcohol. Basically an amped up hefeweizen, that is perhaps a bit more understated than I expected.

T - Taste is big banana, bubblegum malted wheat, light clove, and a bit of other spice character. Just like biting into a hearty loaf of banana bread. Probably should be a 4.25.

M - Slightly gritty, medium bodied, with zesty carbonation that settles down as I worked my way through a half-liter.

D - This was pretty easy and enjoyable to drink, but with the half-liter serving size and the deceptive ABV I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to have too many. The bottle price is a huge steal if you can find it fresh.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,409 ratings.
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