Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Ratings: 3,578 |  Reviews: 1,236
Photo of hairnic
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of tourdot
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrodyGaston
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I want to avoid fancy sounding descriptions of aroma and flavor, but I can use "floral" as something I definitely get in the first sip. Light but murky in a small glass - beautiful color for a beer. Lots going on in every sip; nice ABV on the high side but not crazy. It is what I would give someone who doesn't think that they like beer, to change their mind.

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Photo of Monsterbaitor
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Too buzzed to give thorough review, but damn. This is an amazing beer. Bursting with banana and flavor. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SRM 3-4 (hazy gold) with a dense, three-inch, white mousse that condenses to one and a half inches for the duration. Tons of carbonation transforms quickly to a constant stream within a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass. A thick webbing of lace decorates the glass.

Rising bread dough is strong with sweet prunes and flowers. Grains outweigh the overripe banana while a late astringency is unfortunate.

Interestingly, Bananas Foster is perceptible early and quite sweet. Flavor turns to white bread, possibly even sourdough. Overripe bananas return in the quick finish.

The body is full and creamy smooth. Alcohol is controlled, yet present, against a surprisingly modest carbonation. The beer leaves an odd, syrupy coating on the palate.

This is a meal in a glass and would pair well with a cold, mid-winter's evening and creamy Brie.

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Photo of Spechopper1007
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a pint bottle of this today and what a beer (or weizenbock). It pours a decent thick head. The colour is hazy golden straw. The aroma is spices, wheat, fruit, sweet strings of grains and hops. The taste is sweet banana and wheat with a nice smooth finish also I might add a faint citrus/spice kick going down yet not overpwering . Overall an outstanding weizenbock.

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Photo of Sevinup07
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerbecueSauce
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RollDamnTide
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Antg8989
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Banana esters... cloudy. Medium full bodied. Very tasty and for my first official weisenbock rating on beeradvocate and it was enjoyable to say the least.

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Photo of dextr24
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjmj51
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jrosso
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BennyProfane
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lebriarjr
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A hazy orange-gold with a near-infinite quantity of white head. Less than average visible carbonation rising up the beer at a less-than-average speed.
S: Smells like a German Heffeweizen, but perhaps without as much bananas and a bit different maltiness.
T: Tastes pretty similar to the smell. I haven't had a Heffeweizen in a while, but it reminds of one of those. However without as strong of the banana/cloves that you get in a Heffeweizen. There is a breadiness/yeastiness to it, with a tad bit of spice and some orange/citrus notes that emerge as well.
F: Easy drinking, minimal bitterness. Medium-light bodied. Low carbonation intensity.
O: This beer was pretty good. As the ratings indicate, I thought the weakest part of the beer was the taste (not that it is bad, just the weakest aspect imo). And taste is of course the most important aspect of a beer.

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Photo of DodgerLove
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a champagne flute.

Appearance: Nice cloudy honey yellow with a solid light white head. Slightly cloudy, can see my finger through the flute glass. Leaves an incredible amount of lacing, pretty wonderful appearance.

Aroma: A nice yeasty, spiced aroma, with hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Getting strong clove, yeasty/wheat taste. Definitely some fruit through, a little apricot tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, very highly carbonated.

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Photo of foundersasap
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheFlea1
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply amazing. Best beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Maddcheff
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of holzman57
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle. There's a code stamped on the back but damned if I can make heads or tails of it. I started to pour it into a flute but that felt stupid so I put it in a stange.

Pours a mildly cloudy, very pretty, pale golden-yellow with a great big, fluffy white, marshmallow-like crown of glory. The head holds up for three or four minutes leaving behind a few stubborn gobs of lacing.

Smells of rich, damp malt, apple cider, rainy sidewalks and dinner rolls.

The taste is big and round, rich and fruity. Baked apples, honey, pears in syrup, cloves and allspice, stewed prunes and chewy, doughy, yeasty, whole-wheat dinner rolls finishing with dense banana bread and a swirling fog of fruity yeast in the sinuses.

Feel is creamy-smooth, medium-hefty bodied and very well carbonated with a beautiful smooth boozy warmth in the gullet.

A beautiful beer.

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Photo of Pauly81
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ludachris
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's hazy, golden straw hue is lighter than I expected. A thick cap of bright white foam holds firm for an extended period of time.

Deep but delicate Anjou pear and apricot are intertwined with pillowy banana. There's heaps of fresh doughy wheat with a light, acidic twang. Its high alcohol content is largely adulterated by its fruity quality; amplifying its presence. The archetypal note of clove is the underpin.

It's very well rounded with everything packaged neatly together. Dried apricots are layered on top of ripe banana. A healthy dose of pear syrup adds a good sense of density. It's pleasantly sweet throughout. Its edges are made of clove and sticky biscuit. A slight wheat twang pulls through near the finish.

This sits right on medium bodied. A touch sticky and a touch rich but all in all light on its feet and delicate. The sweet and full impression lingers well past the finish.

A clean, rich, and elegant lager with plenty of subtlety. It is so well rounded and smoothed out. The integration of the apricot, banana, and pear esters with the fluffy, dense wheat and biscuit character is perfect.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,578 ratings