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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
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:
1,171
Ratings:
3,363
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
560
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,171 | Ratings: 3,363
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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Photo of biggmike
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light golden color with nice fluffy white head that lasted a while. I was surprised by the lightness of the color. The aroma was very citrusy. The taste was a flavorful balance of bananas, spice, citrus, and wheat. The mouthfeel was very nice. Despite its 7.7% abv this is an extremely drinkable beer that hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look-color is a cloudy yellow, pours two fingers of white, creamy head that retains well.
Smell-Very pleasant aroma, bananas, apples, orange peel, cloves, and nutmeg.
Taste-Very similar to smell, but the nets are a bit more subdued, you pick up the fruit and spices along with a stronger presence of wheat and alcohol.
Feel-Full/medium body, but the high carbonation and creaminess keep the texture somewhat light overall.
Overall-Very tasty beer, great for when you want to be warmed up but aren't in the mood for the heaviness of a stout or barley wine.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clove and some vanilla. Pears and plums. Lots of bready malt. Hops and floral. The aroma is bold overall. Lacking in dark fruits for the style.

Appearance: Yellow in color. Very cloudy. Little retention other than some foam around the edges and a thin layer on top. Tall clean white head.

Taste: Bold yeasty phenols lots of clove, black pepper, and some vanilla. A large dose of fruity esters, a bit darker than the fruits in the aroma. Mild dates, some plum and pear follows. Moderate hops are floral and pine. Alcohol is just a bit solvent-like. As it warms up more residual sugar and wheat shows up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, which stings the tongue and roof of the mouth a bit. Slick and creamy. Mildly warming.

Overall: A bit lacking in the darker flavors that are typical of this style. A good overall beer, lots of flavor. The lighter flavors allow the alcohol to shine through a bit more than normal. The carbonation sting lightens up and the flavors blend more smoothly once the brew warms up a bit.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a massive foamy white head -- head was gone very quickly.

Huge sweet wheat husk and banana scents.

Sweet, dusty wheat, yeasty goodness, some fruitiness, a little tart dryness, and subtle alcohol. Delicious.

Light on the tongue and palate, but with some good astringent finishing qualities.

Overall, a big winner. Nice and drinkable, even at 7.7%. Try this.

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Photo of cetherid
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A.

A murky lemon color with a huge amount of head. Big white frothy head.

S.

I get a big whiff of banana and wheat. and little bit of clove in there.

T.

like the smell. I was expecting something stronger but this is perfectly balanced. nice fruity flavors (banana) at the beginning and at the end I get the wheat and yeast flavors. not too strong and not too weak.

M.

A beer that has some density to it. almost like its a meal. (a little exaggeration of course). A nice full bodied brew. a large amount of carbonation...feels good on the tongue.

D.

about 2 is tops on this. a great tasting beer, but the combination of it being full bodied at +7% alcohol is going to knock it down a bit in this category.

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Photo of M_chav
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to admit it, this style is growing on me quickly. Lots of soft banana bread pudding flavors. pours an awesome dirty yellow with nice 1/2 foam. this is really nice.. soft keeps coming to my mind when i think of how to describe this beer.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a huge, billowy white head that lasts. Smells of bubblegum, light banana, lemon, wheat and dry, powdery yeast. Thick bodied and smooth, with a mouthfeel that approaches syrupy in its weight, but isn't at all sticky. Most of the aroma carries over to the taste, with some clove, and stronger banana in the aftertaste. A classic.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow color with haziness and plenty of visible carbonation.

Aroma- Strong aromas of fruity banana and dry wheat, but really nothing else.

Taste- Up front dry wheat and sharp hit of carbonation snap on the tongue which is furthered by spicy hop flavors as well. Towards the middle the flavors develops into fruitier banana/orange flavors. In the finish the malt and carbonation settle down and become much more softer and sweeter malt, almost a caramel sweetness but very subtle. Definitely a little booze noticeable in the beginning of the beer, which I think the carbonation brings out.

Feel- Very, very carbonated which becomes a bit distracting and annoying. Thw malt towards the end is really soft and lightens up the beer. At nearly 8% this is quite smooth, but there is some very slight alcohol heat that lets reminds one of the strength of the beer.

Overall- This is a really interesting beer, and undoubtedly the most complex German beer I've had (in my minimal experience with German beers). Some of the typical wheat and banana flavors from a hefeweizen, but the malt has more layers to it, starting off dry and switching to softer/sweeter malt flavors. The carbonation settles down as this warms up which adds points for me, and booze pretty much disappears with warmth too. Definitely a beer I'd revisit, but I'd probably prefer the classic weihenstephaner hefe the majority of times over this. (91/100)

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Lots of hype, followers and fans of Vitus. Possible cult beer status soon?

Hazed yellow straw color; a massive white head towers over the beer. It's one of those epic heads. Pleasant aroma of green plantains, ripe pears, bread crust and powdered clove. A little chewy and slick in the medium body; crispness digs in deep. Spicy from the alcohol and mild phenols, nutty and bready from the malt, fruity with banana and pear flavors ... lots of flavors thrown at the palate at once, but within the controlled chaos, everything works together. Long, lingering, drying finish of clove, biscuity malt and fading ripe fruit.

A worthy beer and warranted to gain cult status. Not one flavor tries to steamroll another, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Just fine on its own, but begs to be paired with a full-on cheese fondue of Emmental and Jarlsberg, and a crusty baguette.

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Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright golden yellow in color, 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: banana and a touch of lemon

Taste: huge dose of banana and a bit of wheat at the end

Mouthfeel: clean, light, high carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Another really clean beer from this brewery. I love the lightness and the banana taste. I will be having this again. The alcohol is barely noticable.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weizenbock is not normally in my wheelhouse...but I picked this up on a whim and it was very tasty! Nice light caramel with slight roastiness....great stuff and best of the style I've had to date.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color weizenbock (kinda light of the style) with a huge foamy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana ester with some cloves and fresh fruits. Taste is also dominated by some nice wheat malt note with loads of fruity, banana and cloves ester. The yeast really works wonderfully in this beer. Full body with loads of lees and great carbonation. I wish I had access to quality stuff like that every day.

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Photo of Spikester
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with any amount of head you want. My first pour was gentle and only yielded about one finger. Next pour was stronger and was 4 fingers. The head has great staying power. The lacings were alright but not as impressive as the head and retention.
Smell is banana and clove. A hint of bubblegum.
Taste is spicy cloves banana with some bubblegum on the back edges of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium with enough carbonation to enhance the flavors.
Overall another winner from this remarkable brewery. Not a style I enjoy as a rule but this example won me over. The alcohol was not prominent but it had an effect for sure.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ONE PINT 0.9 FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - The first thing I notice is that this is the lightest weizenbock that I have seen. It is a hazy yellow with a massive, fluffy white head.

S - I noticed some banana as I poured it. One poured I put my nose to the glass and got some spicy, fruity notes.

T - The taste is spicy, but I don't get any of the fruit. I get a little of the malt.

M - Medium with prickly carbonation.

O - It is an excellent beer. Nothing could beat Aventinus, but this is a quality, cheaper substitute.

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Photo of MilesBBN
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Similar to the weissbier surprisingly a little more yellow. Nice and hazy, golden, but still translucent.

S- Again, similar to the weissbier, but a more "earthy" smell to be honest.

T- Refreshing, again earthy, very wheaty but lacking the banana notes of its Weihenstephaner relatives.

M- Crisp, clean mouthfeel that doesn't linger around and ruin the exceptional taste at the end.

O- Tasty beer, my first time trying it and I was impressed to say the least.

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Photo of AEArider
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange with a massive, soapy head that just wouldn't quit. Little lacing. Smelled much like its cousin brews: banana bread and citrus and spice and all that. Taste was crisp, with obvious alcohol essence and warmth throughout. Felt comfortably slick in the mouth. Overall delicious beer, will certainly continue to shuffle between this and other Weihenstephaner brews!

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Photo of Mikecap
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a nice two finger head that fades pretty quickly, not a ton of noticeable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Predominately banana, with some clove and lemon as well. A bit of spice hits the nose as well.

Taste: Banana again, with some grassy notes and citrus fruit. Also get the cloves from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied and very refreshing and smooth with nice creaminess. Drinks very easily.

Overall: A very very good beer here. Not quite as good as their Hefeweissbier but still a definite must try!

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 6040) poured into a weizen glass.

Slightly hazy straw color with a gorgeous, 2-finger bright white head.

Smell of yeast, banana, clove, and rose petals.

Vigorous carbonation - what I've come expect from most good German beers.

Taste is bananas, pepper, clove, and a twist of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I could drink a pitcher of this.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw and light orange color that is hazy and cloudy. Big foam head and thick creamy lacing retains. Strong aroma of bananas and alcohol. As the drink warms, I detect more bready malts. Taste consistent with aroma; bannana, bready malt and alcohol. Overall a sweet drink with a semi dry and herbal finish. Creamy and smooth, slow but tingly carbonation, light taste but medium bodied feel. Very drinkable. Good with dessert or after dinner. I was impressed.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,363 ratings.
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