Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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
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1,161
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3,336
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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Photo of bigdeuce
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer. Only weizenbock I've had that is not ruby red. It looks like one of those Oktoberfests that are pale. Acts like one too. Nice head not much lacing. Very strong but not detectable. Very strong wheaty and plumby on the nose. Not the typical weizenbock but special in it's ownright. Very fruity, like a belgian, reminds me of delirium tremens. Very good beer.

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Photo of cooncat
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review, and thanks to Adamette for the sample to review.

Poured at 50°F into my SA glass. A medium pour down the middle produces a 3 to 4 inch foamy head which is as white as a big cumulus cloud on a sunny day. The color of the brew is definitely not to style, as it is straw yellow. Weizenbocks should (by BJCP guidelines) be quite a bit darker; like a Dunkelweizen. The turbidity of the brew is spot on though. Some nice lacing is left on the glass, but not as much as I'd expected from the mountainous head.

The nose is very similar to a typical Hefeweizen. Phenols of clove are abundant as should be. There's also a light peppery background in there, as well as banana. Missing are the dark fruit (raisins, dates, plums) aromas I would expect in this style. Nevertheless, quite clean, with no fusel notes at all.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with clove forward spiciness coming to the fore. The light peppery flavor is more dominant (I think) than banana. No fusels, which is good, but there are also no dark fruit flavors either. The bready flavors are in there though.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and carbonation is very good, making for a very refreshing drink. While this tastes like a hefe, its in a class of its own, with everything taking a big step up from the average hefe. Exceedingly drinkable, each sip invites you back for another to revisit the complexity. I only wish that some of the missing flavors and aromas were in there as well .. that would put it close to a near perfect score for me (I've never given a perfect score, so keep that in mind).

One of the oldest breweries, Weihenstephaner has produced a wonderful Weizenbock. It's not 'spot on' for the style, but its so good, unless you're a purist, you won't mind at all. Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje! (or, in this case, Prost!)

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a hazy golden-yellow colored brew with a one finger thick white head. The head fades slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a mix of wheat and yeast with a light citrus smell, consisting mostly a mix of orange and a lighter lemon smell. With these aromas are notes of coriander and clove as well as some banana smells.

Taste –The taste has many of the flavors that were detected in the nose. It starts out wheaty and bready with a moderate yeasty taste upfront. A sweeter citrus flavor also greets the tongue initially almost entirely orange in nature. The citrus flavor lessens some more toward the middle of the taste while flavors of banana, coriander and clove come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where an almost candy/bubblegum like sweetness joins the flavor as well as a very light alcohol taste, leaving a nice sweet wheat banana bready flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side as well. The chewier body is quite nice for the wheaty flavors while the carbonation is very nice for keeping it drinkable and for accentuating the spice and fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – It is kind of like a souped up hefeweizen or maybe like a hefenweizen-grand cru hybrid. It is great tasting and potent but very drinkable. Rather well done.

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Photo of MisterE
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle purchased at Ward's Supermarket

A - soft golden honey color with fine foamy head that quickly disappears

S - spiciness and mellow sweetness of banana, wheat, yeast

T - very well balanced - not sweet or bitter - with hints of fruit and spice at first, then comes the malt and the alcohol

M - smooth and without too much carbonation

D - at 7.7 ABV, this is very tasty but not a session beer

One of my favorite wheat beers, Vitus is a triumph of Bavarian art.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle. The beer pours a palt straw color with a 3 finger ivory head over top. This one is exceptionally turbid, with a steady stream of carbonation bubbling up. The color strikes me as unexpected. I was looking to see something a little darker. The aroma is big in banana, clove, and wheat creamyness. There is a zesty lemon tartness as well, but it is lacking the deeper malt notes of melanoidans and dark fruits that I was wanting to find. Don;t get me wrong, this is a very nice smelling beer, but I am not getting weizenbock out of this at all. The flavor brings a light golden raisin fruityness and wheat creamyness. Behind this, a prevalent clove ester and lemon zest character comes through. The banana hits on the finish, carrying it through to the end. This is another magnificent wheat beer from this brewery. Mouthfeel is moderate, creamy, and smooth, with a prevalent moderate carbonation. Overall, this one is very nice. I don't think it is fair to put it against weizenbocks, as it is just not brining me much to think it is under that style. It is a very nice beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a darker beer, given what I know about the Weizenbock style, but the Vitus pours a pale, unfiltered gold into a smaller tulip glass. Copious head, but it reduces to a neat layer for the rest of the way down. Aroma is of intense bananas-- imagine five times your typical Hefeweizen-- spice, and alcohol.

Taste is nice, definitely some alcohol there, but the fruitiness, carbonation and typical Hefeweizen-like profile-- yeasty phenols and the like-- balance the booze. Luscious, creamy mouthfeel. One of the most drinkable strong beers (7.7%) I've had. Maybe I don't know any better, but the Vitus is essentially like a Hefeweizen cranked up a notch or two. If you want a strong beer that's also refreshing, look no further. The Vitus doesn't strike me as terribly complex and heavy, but that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - light yellow and cloudy. Big fluffy white head of a few fingers that slowly (a few minutes) dissipates leaving some chunky lacing behind. Paler than I would expect; enticing!

S - big yeasty and grainy nose; lots of wheat in there. Surprisingly powerful and earthy. Really lovely nose on this.

T - big flavor that matches the nose very well; very slight bitterness with a hint of sour that permeates the beer until you're walloped with a massive wheat and yeast profile (almost a vegetable quality to it - it's so solid). After the flavors fade a combined bitter/sourness permeates.

M - quite light, but with solid carbonation - super thirst quenching.

D - no hint whatsoever of the relatively large alcohol profile. Easy drinker for sure.

Really solid and delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. This one pours a hazy yellow with tangerine highlights. A large head, still much more subdued than that of the regular hefe, grows from the pour and quickly fades away leaving no lacing to be found.

The smell is nearly identical to the Weihenstephaner hefe I just had before this - banana, clove, orange peel. This one seems to have a breadier nose however. Still fantastic.

Taste is in your face banana and I am in love with it. This just seems like an amped up version of the hefeweizen. Clove, much more banana, more spice and more alcohol make up its profile. I am not picking up on any dark fruits as I was expecting but a great beer nonetheless.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation and nearly undetectable alcohol come together for a dangerously drinkable beer. This is such an amazing beer, especially for the price point. If only the weather was a bit* warmer out I think I'd be enjoying this even more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body capped with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Crisp wheat nose with fine notes of banana juice, clove spice, citrus, a small handful of cracker crumbs, and a fourth of a Vanilla Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malts start, followed by a drop or two of vanilla and a lemony citrus character. Plenty of fresh banana, top shelf bubblegum, and coriander. Even some apple begins the develop. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Lingering tanginess and no more than the faintest hint of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation, yet there's still some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. An expertly crafted expression of wheat. It's tasty and really grows on you more and more with every sip. Maybe that UGADawgGuy is onto something...

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9fl oz botle into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color with a massive 3 fingers of pitted white head. Some lacing.

S: Wheat up front as is to be expected. Slight hint of malt in the back. Hints of banana and clove from the yeast are there as well.

T: Really nice example of the style. Perhaps a little on the light side. Wheat and banana dominate. Sweetness in the end.

M: Light body with a ton of carbonation. Perhaps a tad too much.

D: A weizenbock that drinks like a Heff. Interesting and really well done. Would love to sit around a backyard and drink this during the summer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $3.49
Misc.: Part of the bottle reads “Brewed under the purity law, of 1516.”

Poured a golden yellow color with three fingers of rocky white head. Below average lacing with average retention.

Smelled cloves, banana, lemon, honey, grass, sour fruit and some sweet floral notes. Nice on the nose.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, albeit with a healthy dose of alcohol and some skunky malts. Tasted cloves, banana, yeast, lemon grass, honey, corn and light skunky malts. Big alcohol finish. Sweet or tart as well.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Astringent finish.

Not a surprise, but once again another good Weihenstephaner beer. Just a good weizenbock.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, shaker pint.

Appropriately its hazed banana golden yellow. The head is doing alright for a wheat beer but could step up; loose knit, pure white, and it doesn't quite have the retention we all crave.

The nose has a straight up helping of sweet, fresh banana, other fruit as white grape and pear. It's all sweet soft fruits with no spice or grain. Move along, no phenols here. Some light caramel.

The flavors are quite easy going and light for a Weizenbock. Light banana, caramel, demerara sugar. Finally some grainy wheat, along with a light hop bitterness it exerts some balance.

I have the hardest time articulating mouthfeel. Not much prickle here, moderate body and great balance between sweet and dry. A little chalkiness.

This is balance well for all the banana emphasis, but I'm surprised by the lack of any clove phenols. Doesn't seem too much of a Weizenbock, it's pretty tame.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey/ amber. Creamy white head on top. Average smell for style. Very light. Doesn't reveal to much. Tastes of clove, light malt, some wheatiness with some dark fruitiness. A little alcohol present in this one. Very drinkable. Could definitely get into a few of these a little too quickly. Cleam mouthfeel crisp.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been on my radar for a long time. I was able to score a few bottles from State Line in Elkton.
Appears a hazy, medium gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bubble gum, cloves, banana, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart flavors and mild caramel duking it out between the estery, classic Bavarian yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, and very drinkable for 7.7% abv.

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Photo of Lupe
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is different from any other Weizenbock I've had - Poured a hazy pale straw color with a fluffy white head. The head slowly settles to a thin cap and leaves some lace behind.

Very aromatic - Like a super hefe! Tons of yeastiness, banana, clove, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is full of ramped up Hefeweizen characteristics. Bready sweetness like damp whole wheat couple with a ton of fruitiness - banana, apple, pear, and even grape juice. Spices are present and mingle well with the fruit. Well balanced but on the malty side. Fruit and yeast add a nice tartness. Mild alcohol come through in the finish.

Medium bodied, creamy, rich, and thick. Very nice mouthfeel that maintains a level of crispness. Very good drinkability for the style, but I couldn't see having more than a pint or two.

Highly recommended - a bit of a different take on the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazed golden peach with a monstrous head of foam, which very slowly dissipates, leaving behind some very nice lacing. Lots of carbonation rushing to the top, and this continues for some time. The aroma is of a multitude of yeasty esters, the primary ones being--not surprisingly--clove (the most prominent), banana, and bubblegum. The taste is similar, but there is a certain cloying sweetness as well. A bit of the wheat seems to be coming through in the taste, although the mouthfeel is a little thin, so it's not coming through in that regard. Drinkability is quite high, especially given the high abv, which there is no trace of in the taste or mouthfeel.

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Photo of Avryle
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy bright yellow. large fluffy white head that disipates quickly

S- Strong banana-like esters sweet malts & spice

T- Again, stong banana esters & cloves. Sweet wheat body with some tartness

M- Medium bodied & medium carbonation

D-Pretty easy to drink with only the ABV to watch out for

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner beers of every kind are delicious, and are usually an exceptional value, at least in Florida. 16.9 oz bottles seldom cost above $2.99. As John Tortorella once said, "I have never experienced such a value."

A - The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a very nice head & great retention. Visually, this is a textbook example of a wheat beer.

S - Fabulous fruity esters, banana, and clove jump out through the inch of foam that will not die.

T - The taste is great. Banana bread with a slight lactic sourness that quickly cedes to a crisp and clean finish.

M - Never say 'chewy'. Oops. How about creamy?

D - I can't drink this stuff all night, but it is a nice beer for many occasions. So I would say it is quite drinkable.

Overall I prefer Korbinian to all other Weihenstphaner beers, but there is not a bad one in the stable. Certainly recommended.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy pale golden colour, three fingers of light bubbled head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet bubble gum, citrus, cloves, melon and a touch of bready malt.

T - Solid wheat and cloves dominate, the caramel comes through and a bready malt lingers. Reminiscent of banana bread with the cloves hanging around and finishing with a icing sugar sweetness.

M - Lighter bodied ale, but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - These guys have anything "weizen" nailed. No need to question, you know you'll be satisfied with anything they produce. Have at 'er!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap along with a Hefeweissbier; colors are remarkably similar, mostly golden and hazy. The Vitus has a little grayish tinge to it. In bar light, it's not much different at all.

Awesome, full clove and banana bouquet that leaps out of the glass as strongly as it's cousin. The flavor is strong and pronounced, not very much different from the original weizen.

The alcohol is a little more pronounced, the herbal character more prominent, and the mouthfeel a touch less creamy. Great beer.

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Photo of illidurit
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy saffron color into my Franziskaner weizen glass. Big 3 finger head is pure white, not much lacing. Good retention.
Aroma is lemon meringue, banana oil, flowers, clove, and a hint of copper.
Tastes like an imperialized version of a hefeweizen. Not a lot of dark, chewy, bready malt flavor at all. This beer is focused around banana, lemon, and clove. Also a touch of vanilla. Not bad, but certainly lacking the complexity a darker weizenbock (like Aventinus) would likely provide.
Highly carbonated, but not overly so. Medium body with a sticky banana pith finish. Classic Weihenstephaner drinkability.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden straw with a hint of orange. Finger and a half of white fuzzy head, fading quickly. No lacing to speak of

Nose is big and full of banana, grapefruit, pear, oat and bread. Delightful

Taste is rich and creamy with lots of bready banana, pear, and a spongy malt. Just the softest hint of spice, maybe coriander.

mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, but also quite astringent. Only thing I don't love about this beer.

Love this brewer and their beers. This is just another excellent example from them. Perfect flavors and balance, though I do like their darker bocks a bit more. Incredible beer for the price.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Root Cellar.

Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate banana, citrus & spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy yeasty banana sweet flavor with a medium sweet and small alcohol finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew more like a Hefe.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky yellow in color. Huge 3 finger white head. The color is a bit off-putting, but right for the style.

S - Citrus, clove, and bread yeast dominate.

T - Tastes of clove and yeast, with some lemony citrus in the back end. Banana esters arrive later on and linger for a while.

M - Light body, lots of carbonation. Dries out in the end.

O - Overall quite good. Very similar to the hefe, but breadier and more intense. Maybe a bit too citrus-forward, but a wonderful beer overall.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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