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 Malt_Man
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 500ml bottle into weizen glass.

L) Pale yellow-orange colour, very hazy, lots of bubbles evident. Huge foamy pure white head. Classic hefe look.

S) I'm surprise how little odour it has. A bit of honey-peach sweetness and a bit of wheat beer sourness and clove-ester.

T) Sweeter than the typical hefe. Other than that, pretty standard stuff. Light hefe flavour, the sweet aftertaste is long-running.

F) A bit denser than the standard hefe, but smooth, refreshing and does not feel anywhere near 7.7% ABV.

O) A very nice weissebier. I just don't think it is worth getting hammered from the 7.7% ABV from what it brings to the enjoyment of a weisse. What I would say though is that I paid a very reasonable price for this so I am happy. As a Weisse fan, my recommendation is to try this once but stick to the Hell and Dunkel weissebiers from this brewery.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a white-ish pale color with bright white cola-like carbonation which fizzles out immediately. Hazy, with a still surface. No lacing.

S: Straight up banana bread dough, a little spice (clove, cinnamon).

T: Same, a little wheat, with a moderate sweetness which kind of limits the drinkability.

M: High, fizzy carbonation and medium body. Hint of a milky texture. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Decent. Interesting flavors, but not something I can drink more than a small pour of. A bock strength wheat beer is just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a much lighter, cloudy gold in color than I was expecting. I was expecting something more along the lines of a Korbinian. This is more like a amped up Hefe. Huge, pillowy head on the pour. Plenty of the banana and clove in the nose and flavor. Some hops show up in the taste to help out. Decent beer, but it's a Hefe!

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Every beer store around here seems to carry Weihenstephaner, but never Vitus, so I'm glad I got to try it finally.

A - good looking beer, super light, big head on the forced pour. An inch or two of foam recedes slowly. Settles deep yellow and light brown in the glass. Cloudy on the pour, even more opaque in the glass.

S - Sweet, sticky notes on the nose. I have a difficult time discerning the smells here, but there's a distinctive sourness on the end of the nose, fruity, yet viscous. Not altogether pleasant though.

T - I'm not too sure about this. Some of the sweet notes get lost in the acidity. The yeast strain is awfully similar to some American-made Belgian pales I've had, which I'm not a huge fan of. I do get some of the bubblegum that other reviewers described. Wheaty.

M - decent, a little sour and acidic. The alcohol doesn't really play a role here.

O - I'm not a huge fan of Weihenstephaner beers, but I think that it just must be the beer styles, lagers, whatever, that I don't like. Because I can tell that this is exemplary of its style. Flavorful and a full bouquet, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of cassanoj
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. Citrus colored, huge white head, a little bit of lacing.

Definitely smell the wheat in this weizenbock - very prominent. Also, citrus, apples, honey, clove spice and bananas.

For being so soft, Vitus packs a PUNCH! Tastes like bananas, clove, grass or wheat, and bubble gum. In the back is citrus, caramel, honey, apples.

Feels soft and crisp in my mouth. Slightly bitter and bubbly. Sticky. Nice.

Great example of the style though my own tastes would've asked for less banana and bubble gum (not my two favorite things).

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful, creamy beer that hides its abv very well with its spices and fruity wheat tang. I feel as though that this would be a delicious beer to beer drinkers who indulged in wheat beers with a hefeweizen cross. I much prefer their hefeweizen but thus was still pretty good.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/golden straw color, pours about an inch of head, with moderate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, hops, citrus, bananas, cloves.

Taste: Wheat malt, hops, citrus, bananas, figs and very estery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall: German beers tend to be too sweet/malty for my tastes, but as far as weizenbocks go, this was very drinkable.

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Photo of naterock
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dokel. Thick white head, cloudy yellow with decent lacing.

smell is malty with a slight clovey nose, some spices come forth in the nose but not too obvious.

taste is fairly typical for a Weiss. I don't know where the bock part of the weissbock came from. Just decent, nothing to really talk about.

mouth is typical for the style, slightly overcarbonated. Drinks easy but would be better paired for a hot day.

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Photo of rocketcat
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus has a quite thick feel on taste, but still its easily drinkable and soft. Aftertaste is quite mild. /// Weihenstephaner Vitus oluella on makunsa osalta melko paksu fiilis, mutta silti se on helposti juotava ja pehmeä. Jälkimaku on vähäinen.

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Photo of theopholis
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, straw color, with a tight, white, t3 finger head. Okay head retention. No lacing.

Smell - Quite wheaty. Also, some sweet, fruity aroma with just the slightest hints of banana and clove. Very clean and fresh smelling.

Taste - Like the aroma, very wheaty. Just the barest hints of banana and clove and some other indiscernible spice. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth with a nice puckering quality. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good.

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Photo of iso
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Shock. Being a weizenbock I was expecting something much darker, maybe it was the brown bottle, but this isn't of the double bock variety, definitely just single bock strength. I couldn't believe it when the beer poured a lighter color, more in common with a hefeweizen. Still, the cloudy golden appearance looked quite nice and the head was massive.

Smell: Following the look of a hefeweizen it certainly smells like a hefeweizen. The aroma is heavy on the clove.

Taste: Like a hefeweizen on overdrive. Bright fruit flavor with heaps of clove spice.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a surprisingly light body. Works well.

Drinkability: Came for the weizenbock, stayed for the frankenstein hefeweizen. A bold beer, fans of either style should try this.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, hazy gold color with a thick white head that is rather short lasting. Suprising that the foam dissipates so quickly as there are almost violent streams of carbonation erupting continuously upward throughout the experience. Interesting malty nose with hints of banana and tropical fruit plus a buttered popcorn toastiness. Lightly phenolic, not very sweet.

The taste is complex with a toasted grain and wheat maltiness. Light spice in the mix, with a moderate bitterness that helps provide some balance. This is very different to me as I was expecting something more like an Aventinus. The body runs a bit light but there is plenty of bubbly carbonation shining through.

Overall a unique German beer. I'm still not completely sure what to think of it. The malt flavors got a bit cloying toward the end, so perhaps a smaller seving size would be in order (I had full pint). Definitely worth trying...

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.

Poured straw yellow but finished slightly cloudy with yeast sediment. Nice meringue-ish head that fell shortly after. Lacing has been minimal throughout.

Smell was the standard yeasty-wheat I would expect from Weihenstephan. A slight peppery aroma poked around as well.

The wheat malt stood out over any hops but didn't overpower. The residual sweetness was pleasant and any sign of noble hops was absent. The yeasty pepper-ness, almost similar to a Belgian Wit came through on the end, just as in the aroma.

Perfect carbonation with medium body and crisp easy finish.

This is the type of beer you would ask "noch eins bitte!" Perfect anytime of year, session or with food.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Tons of pale, foamy clumps of lace left in the wake of a pale, foamy, clumpy head. The body of this beer is beautiful - a hazy, wispy, orange-yellow brew (MUCH lighter than most weizenbocks) with tons of crisp, pinpoint effervescence, boiling up from the bottoms of the glass. Magnificent.

Aroma: Very pungent. Lots of weizen notes and yeast notes - crisp, faintly-sweet wheat malt, the banana and cloves/coriander one-two, a decent orange zest presence, some spicy, floral yeast and malt notes, stronger than usual for the style. On the other hand, it may not be that the hops are more prominent, but instead that the malts and yeast notes are less complex, allowing the hops to come through a little more. I'll assume it's a little of both.

Taste: Not too much difference from the nose here. A very sweet wheat backbone, banana esters mix will with some lighter fruity sweetness (pineapple, perhaps), spicy yeast notes, a mild hop bitterness, and some earthy hop notes. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Much lighter than other Weizenbocks - sort of like a pumped up hefeweizen, really.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but medium-bodied and even-profiled, resulting in a thick, silky texture that works well with the stylistic interpretation - it's a little lighter than most weizenbocks, but so is everything else here. Good call.

Drinkability: Overall, pretty good - alcohol's hidden well and isn't out of this world (7.7%), everything tastes and smells great, and it's very crisp and creamy - good, easygoing summer drink.

is a good drink, but, truth be told, it's not much of a weizenbock. It's more like a slightly-hyped up hefewiezen. Very interesting, though - this brew and the Aventinus mark the borders of the style, and they're both lovely in their own unique ways. Recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served a mug with a small to medium head and no lace. Aroma is heavy traditional Bavarian Weizen - pungent, sweet-sour, fruity, malty, und vundrerbar! Color is a hazy light to medium-light amber. Flavor is prominently a pungent malt with lemony citrus character. Hardly any hop. Finish is like regular flav. One of the richest, most full flavored weizens. Perhaps a session.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Weizenbock has recently become one of my favorite styles. The fact that this brewery has decided to produce one is awesome. Poured in to a weizen glass a murky orange, with a large white head that dissolved very quickly. Aroma is very clean, with bits of bread, clove and banana. Taste is round and tasty, with more bread and banana coming through. This one seems a little bit light for the style in body, but at the same time the alcohol does not show itself at all. This would make a nice session beer. Maybe not the best Weizenbock I have tasted, but certainly an interesting one.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A yellow, murky beer with a big frothy head that last the entire glass and settles into whipped cream and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell is phenolic, vanilla and bamana. Some exotic fruit and a nice smooth wheat smell.

Taste of a strong Weizen, phenolic yeast with moderate bananas and little clove. Alcohol is not strong. Bitterness is very low. A good solid strong Weizenbock, which should have had a little caramel malt in there, but apparently my thoughts around what a Weizenbock is, are not OK. Still I think a Weizenbock is dark.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: pours a dirty sunshine yellow with a pure white head that lasts for days and leaves a scandalous lacing.

S: smells of wheat, flowers, clove and very light waft of spices

T: very similar to a heff, its flowery and spicy with hits of banana and cloves, finishes very clean with the alcohol sneaking in there.

MF: carbonation makes it very drinkable, not hoppy at all so it goes down smooth and clean.

OA: very good, i like this german style that sticks to the original brewing law. tastes like high class. well played.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Topped by a white, craggy, and moussy head. Straw gold hue. Visible effervescence. Cloudy. Sticky lacing.

S: A good bready/cake like malt aroma with banana and clove character to boot. Some vanilla - this smells like a standard hefe and not a weizenbock.

T: Nice and bready malt flavor. Good solid clove. Some low hop bitterness at the back end. Some banana. Definitely has a sweet palate.

MF: Medium-full creamy mouthfeel. Some alcohol warming with moderate carbonation.

D,notes: Lacking dark fruit esters in taste and nose. Easy to drink with a good mouthfeel. A good weizen for the winter months.

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Photo of Grohnke
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weizenbock style study for BJCP. (BA / BJCP)

Look: Very robust, condensed, moussy long lasting head. Dark straw / light gold. Slight wheat haze (3.5 / 2)

Strong clove, light banana. Light Alcohol. Bread-like malt. No hop. (3 / 7)

Heavy spicy clove, mild fruit (banana and apple). Grainy sweet wheat and bready malt background. Supporting hop bitterness, no hop flavor. Slight tartness on the long, dry finish. Very well balanced. (3.5 / 15)

Medium-full body, with high carbonation. Creamy. Light alcohol warmth ( 5 / 5)

While a very impressive and enjoyable beer, it did miss out on some key aspects of the weizenbock style (In studying, i am reviewing according to BJCP style guidelines). The color was truly light for the style, and the aroma and flavor lacked the bock-like qualities inherent with weizenbocks. It did however have a wonderful balance of spicy clove, fruit, malt and alcohol. It drank more like a double hefe, if such a style exists. It pains me to grade this the way I did, but again, i was adhereing to BJCP guidelines, and have to judge accordingly. It really is a great beer, and thus gets the 9 on the overall, regardless that it falls out of style (subjective component) (4.5 / 9)

( 3.75 / 38)

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look ~ pours a lot lighter than most weizenbocks I've seen, it pours a rich gold. Very opaque. Good head: rises pretty big of a hard pour; white and moussy; falls slowly to a cap that lasts; and, leaves some really nice lacing. All-in-all, it looks more like a hefeweizen than a weizenbock.

smell ~ good smell. I get a zesty yeast profile that has some citrus that comes along with a more the banana-clove smell I'd usually associate with a hefeweizen. I don't really get all that much of the aroma that sets a weizenbock apart: not a whole lot of melanoidin or more complicated spices (vanilla, pepper, etc) here. No real hop aroma, no alcohol.

taste ~ the palate gives me more of what I'd expect from a weizenbock. The grainbill is better: it has a lot of wheat graininess; some vienna and/or munich with it, which gives a bit of melanoidin although it is very light; no real dark fruit flavors. The yeast flavor is pretty much the same citrusy banana-clove blend, I get a bit more spice on the palate though. Bitterness is good for balance, but no real hop taste.

feel ~ good feel. Light body and good carbonation. No real heat or astringency.

Overall, I think this seems a little more like a strong hefeweizen than a true weizenbock. On the website they describe this as a single bock weizen. It really doesn't do what I think a weizenbock should, which is marry a doppelbock and a dunkelweizen. Nonetheless, a great flavor that I really enjoy!!!

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Photo of HuskyHawk
3.75/5  rDev -12%

A: lovely straw yellow, with a gorgeous white foam head
S: spices, clove, cinnamon and some banana, along with a saltine cracker like malt.
T: clove and cinnamon at the forefront. I don't get the fruit so many others do, and my review reflects both that and my general dislike of clove flavors. The malt comes through in a cracker-biscuit way.
M: stellar. 5 stars easily here. Carbonation is high, but the bubbles are tiny. It's amazingly effervescent.
O: a gorgeously crafted beer by all accounts. If you like the spicy flavors, clove in particular, this is a must try. For the style, this is amazing, I just don't care for the style.

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big amount of head, but it wasn't particularly long-lasting.

S: Smelled strongly of wheat, bananas and spices.

T: Bananas, wheat, that bubblegum flavor you find in hefeweizens and spices all on display here. The alcohol is a bit too present for my taste.

M: This one had a surprisingly average amount of carbonation (for a Weihenstephaner), but did have a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, but it's not at the top of my list. As I said, the alcohol is too prevalent in the taste department. Not bad, otherwise.

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Photo of Bauchfuller
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Strong enough to have alcohol as a flavor, nice medium body and baking spices, clean finish, and then a bell ringer heat from the 7.7%

I place it in October on the beer calender, the wheat is a reminder of summer, the spices
and strenght just right for autumn.

Only the cloying bit of sweetness takes away from this beer for me, a very dry version would
be a masterpiece.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours cloudy gold with a big white, large bubbled head.

Aroma is banana, bit of citrus zest, hint of clove.

Taste is sweet and fruity - banana and a bit of ripe apple and pear, and a spicy alcohol note that complements the yeast and clove notes on a lingering, slightly syrupy, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a crisp carbonation.

Very nice beer, but unlike any of Weihenstephaner's other beers, this one feels kind of big. Two would be a tough prospect for me.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,422 ratings.
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