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:
1,183
Ratings:
3,408
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
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Photo of utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a lovely light straw. The color white if wine only hay and with fat head of white foam that falkls slowly enough. The nose is sutlry fruit. The stuff your grandmother is putting in a pie. Apple skin, baked pear, light banana, clove, honey, spice a bit of cinnamon. Oh my stars. The taste is luscious Ripe and succulent fruit.l The apple skin crisp and light, the pear baked and sweet together with the clove. The honey malt The tall and crisp whet malt. That stands in the glass like a strange sentinel. Golden glowing flaky like flakes in the cereal bowl but sweet and soft too. OH! The banana light ans smooth. The mouthfeel is fruity, crisp, creamy . well carbonated and this finishes dry and with so much fruit you cannot stand to believe it’s not under a pie crust.

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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pale golden color with a creamy beige head and excellent lace. Beautifull looking brew, just a little light in my opinion. The nose has wheat malts, citrus fruits some rich candies. The taste is similar, more of a weizen than a bock. Ripe tropical fruits, wheaty grains, spicy yeasts and carmelized sugars. Medium body is well carbonated. Fantastic drinkability. More of an imperial hefeweizen than a weizenbock, but still very good. I am never let down by anything from weihenstephan.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes - Late October 2012.

16.9 oz brown German style bomber bottle. Sleek neck with its reward medal plain as day. Label is one of the classiest thing you'll ever lay your eyes upon. This is true German craft at it's finest. Poured this into a weizen glass I picked up in a weihenstephan gift box. I have since bought the authentic vitus glass since this review.

A - Wow. Very different from other Weizenbock styles I've had. The color is somewhat like its smaller brother with a color of Cloudy yellowish orange. Some fine haze going on here. Fluffy white head sits plumped on top that yanks nearly every inch of stickiness back in place leaving splotches of lace on the walls of the glass.

S - big banana and clove spice. Maybe a small whiff of vanilla and bubblegum sweetness. Delicious aroma.

T - Big flavor of Ripe bananas and clove spiciness. Small Hints of vanilla and nutmeg pairs wonderful with the banana showcase. Bubblegum note blends well with the clove spices. A dry wheat finish with the faintest of alcohol spice.

M - A massive flavored wheat beer. It's unbelievable in the mouth. Super tasty and enjoyable to drink. Its refreshing and a solid change of pace with the weather cooling down. It's like a rich and thicker than normal hefe-weissbier and I approve!

O - I'm assuming that Weihenstephan's Vitus is a weizenbock blending a pale bock or maibock given its color and character. It's really a home run and is another fabulous wheat beer from this brewer. If you enjoy their Hefe-Weissbier than you'll need to pick this up as well. It reminds me of that very hefe jacked up on richness and more of the ingredients I enjoy so much. I'm not sure on the availability, but I was told that it's around in plenty every year when the colder months start rolling in. Just German at its best and simply delicious. Vitus lives up to the label thats equipped around its neck.

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Photo of ejacques
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thin head, nice hazy light orange color.

Smell: Banana and citrus.

Taste: Banana is definitely the dominant flavor and in this case that is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Overall is good. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, great flavor that I could have several of.

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Photo of Josievan
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy but bright yellow. I don't think a beer could have a fluffier head.

Smell: Bigtime yeast aroma, much like Weihenstephan's hefeweizen.

Taste: Lots of bready yeast, but enough pale wheat malt to bring things together. Very subtle spicing and just the faintest hint of alcohol. Very similar to their hefeweizen, minus the banana flavor. It's kind of like a hefeweizen on steroids, but not out of control.

Mouthfeel: Clingy and very smooth. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Flavor-wise, one could drink this all night long. But therein lies the conundrum: you won't taste the alcohol until it's already caught up with you.

Notes: This was my first weizenbock, and I'm very pleased. I found it to be very similar to this brewery's hefeweizen, with less banana flavor and a slightly richer flavor and body. The hefeweizen is great, but this takes the concept one step further with excellent results.

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Photo of Aethien
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05.l bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass.
Looks a cloudy golden yellow with a 3 finger pure white head that disappears very slowly and leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
It smells fruity and spicy with bananas, some cloves and malts.
The taste is much the same with a little sweet and sour nicely balancing each other and while the alcohol is present it is warming and pleasant.
The body is smooth with just the right carbonation. It feels just perfect

In short, this beer is absolute bliss and the only downside to it is that I don't have more.
Definitely my favourite beer this winter and quite possibly my favourite Weihenstephaner beer.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, citrus and spice. Taste follows the nose with banana, bubblegum, bread and a spice. Mouthfeel is nice for a hefe, with the wheat smoothness and a great effervescence. Overall a great beer, an "imperial " hefeweizen of sorts. Definitely world class and worthy of every award.

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Photo of Erish
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 1 pint .9 oz. bottle into a wheat glass. I do see a date code, but it is not obvious if it is within the best by date.

A: cloudy honey gold with lemon-colored highlights, absolutely magnificent head: huge, billowing, and slowly cascading into a lovely cap with good lacing. This is a masterpiece.

S: there is that soapy smell again, but it goes with this style: the clove, bubblegum, and banana typical of the style mixes with a lemony citrus and a floral note.

T: a full-bodied bread-like malt greets you up front, then the clove hits, and mixes with a citrus zing and a white pepper note, the finish is dry, with hints of earthy/floral hops and just a hint of a grassy note at the very end.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, and abundant carbonation make for a lovely palate-cleansing experience.

D: another world-class brew from Weihenstephaner. Awesome.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a tapered glass.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good whiff of banana and spice. Slightly effervescent.

T- Tons of banana, bubble gum and spice. Wheaty, yeasty, rich. Cannot believe this is 7.7% ABV. Semisweet.

M- Milky texture with a proper amount of carbonation (medium) and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A premium example of the style at a non-premium price of $3.50. What a steal. Asheville's Bier Garden isn't the first place I suggest to have a beer when in town but they sneak in some nice specials here and there and have a very decent selection.

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Photo of marcpal
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Had been awaiting my attempt at this beer.

A: Clouldy light orange with non stop bubbles constantly building off of one another. The head stayed for a bit but came down with a filmy top that didnt go anywhere. Even the drip of the film and the lacing looked good. Has that weizen/belgiany enticing inviting look.

N: Spices, banana bread, malty sweetness. A whole lot. The clove began to dominate as it warmed in the nose. Ground coriander from a pumpkin pie lent some flavor oddly enough.

T: Delicious. Absolutely delicious. The yeasty flavors with the extra sting of the spices and malts is just rounded out to near perfection. The alcohol is in no way noticeable, would never have ventured a guess that it would have come in that high. The bubblegum and banana left me wanting a ton more.

M: Thick, full, sticky and coating. No alcohol burn that usually comes right in with the bubblegums of top notch weizenbocks. Fluffy and thick- not sure how some saw as hot but I didnt catch it.

D: Enjoyable to no end, cant wait to get some more of this. Top notch and goes down so easy for something of this style.

This is a tremendous beer. What a brewery they have going over there- time has done them well. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of Moonraker7
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, light yellow color, with nearly an inch of head. This beer looks fantastic!

S: Bananas and spices. Some hints of citrus and yeast.

T: Lots of banana, sweet fruits (grapes, apples, pears). Tastes like a hefeweizen, but with much more intense flavors. Finishes off with some citrus notes.

M: Dry and light with plenty of carbonation. Really smooth, perfect for this style.

D: The balance is alttle strange, as many have said, this tastes like a hefeweizen on crack. I personally find the strong banana and fruit flavors very appealing. This is one of my favorites, and something I buy regularly, it's also pretty affordable.

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Photo of BREWS4LA
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on Tap with some German Sausage and it was the perfect paring.

Appearance was great..smell very good some banana maybe some cloves. good head nice bready taste but not too much. very refreshing and easy drinking.

I guess when you make a beer for over 1000 years you master your craft.

Cheers

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Photo of garymuchow
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gave this one the Reidel beer glass.
Huge white head covers a surprisingly lightly colored yellow cloudy body. Head doesn't last forever and not much lacing, but that could be my glass too, I suppose
That fantastic aroma from Weihenstephaner yeast. Banana and clove. So yummy. Nice wheat base. No hints of the drink being heavier that a hefe in the aroma.
Oh yummy, is that's so good and clean. Just enough bigger than their hefe. Unusual in that it's not very "bock". Most grain is wheat and bread like. A little tartness and citrus flavors.
Smooth and creamy feel.
This one leaves me begging for more. This would be dangerous on a hot day. So easy to drink and offering thirst quenching qualities. Great flavors and well rounded. Deserving of it's top 250 status.

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Photo of harrymel
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled: unk

Initially overflowed the bottle real quick. When poured, the beer is american cheese orange with a solid quilt of fine creamy foam. Smells of clove, butter, wheat, shortbread - nice nose. Flavor is rich with wheat, a touch of nougat, some banana, spices, corn, and a hint of bread. Full bodied with tight, hi carb and an off dry finish. This is a really nice beer, can't understand how I've missed out on this one. Best weizenbock I've had.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a darker beer when I poured into my glass but Vitus is a hazy golden yelloe color.
A bright white head forms on the pour which is quite tall. The dense and stiff head lingers for a good while and actually never really melts away but instead lingers as a dense and thick collar.

The nose is big and bold in the hefeweizen tradition but not much more. Yeasty esters of banana and cloves and a sweet malty aroma are present.

The flavor is big and bold with ripe bananas and cloves. The sweet malts gives a silky feel.
The feel on the palate is light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation enhances the feel.
Very easy to drink . I like that as I approach the end, the beer is still flavorful. Some hefe's tend to wash out or go flat as they warm. A very good beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Weizen glass. I turned the capped bottle upside down several times, then turned it around on a table horizontally a number of times, to mix in the yeast.

In the weizen glass, I poured 2/3 of the beer slowly, then shaking the bottle slightly, I poured the rest in over the top of the glass.

The result: a beautiful 4+ finger head. The color was apricot honey.

There was a strong and luscious apricot, spice and clove aroma from the head. The consistency of the head when tasted is like meringue.

The mouth feel is pleasantly carbonated and finishes well on the back of the tongue.

The taste is intense apricot, clove and spice. Sometimes it is difficult to discern different tastes and aromas because of the intensity and the incredible balance in the beer.

Overall, a brilliant wheat beer- one of the best in the world.

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Photo of smooth_aleing
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 17oz bomber into pint glass.

Just great. Weihenstephaner is becoming a real favorite when I'm in the mood for a good German beer, breaking from my craft American kick. Wonderful hazy amber that pours a thick head. Nose suggests citrus and clove, with some coriander. The taste is exceptional, floral and light, with wonderful carbonation.

Really, not much can be the consistency of Weihenstephaner. They're quality is great, and it's a steal given the price. Well worth a try.

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Photo of mick303
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a large soft dense creamy white head over a pale yellow gold beer that is very cloudy. Retention is great and lacing is very solid. 4

S – a very full aroma of fruity yeasty notes, bright stonefruit, lime, lots of full creaminess from the wheat. Mild spices, a slight bit of earthy mustiness on the yeast, allspice, mixed with cooked apples, but also fresh florals. 4.25

T – big flavour on this! creamy soft fruits, big banana and some cherry, bubblegum, some restrained grainy sweetness and nice florals, bright yeast character, a mild bitter spiciness and bit of earthy cumin and citrus florals, a pleasant fruitiness on the finish. Finishes full and then a tingling dryness. The complexity and balance is pretty amazing. 4.5

M – moderate creamy body, lovely soft feeling, light-moderate carbonation. Lots of creamy fullness, no alcohol presence. Balance is wonderful, just enough bitterness and slickness on the finish, delicate. 4.5

This has so many elements to it and theyre all woven together really nicely, complex spiciness with an earthy element, bold but balanced and tons of intricacies make this a real pleasure. One of the best Ive had in awhile. Enough tartness to counter the creaminess and still has a lot of liveliness to it, and it leaves you wanting more. 4.5

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Photo of wattoclone
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber yellow with substantial head. Aroma is similiar to the hefeweizen but more so. Delicious brew with orange citrus and pear, banana fruitiness. Lighter than the other weizenbocks I have had but still top notch. I consider Vitus the "light version" of the German weizenbocks. I find it particularly good after an aerobic workout. While the draft version is exceptional, in the bottle is also excellent and readily available in the northeast.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange in colour and very cloudy, with a massive crown of pale white foam. Good retention and spotty lace. Big bubblegum and banana aroma also shows doughy, lemony, and clove-like notes. Mildly sweet banana and bubblegum flavours are followed by tangy citrus and spicy clove notes. This really tastes much the same as it smells, and even bigger than it smells. It's like a well-crafted hefeweizen on steroids, and I love it.

Medium-bodied with abundant carbonation, it feels slightly prickly in the mouth. Hefeweizen is one of my favourite styles of beer, possibly even my absolute. This delivers much of what I love about a good weissbier in an amplified fashion. Prost!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 500ml brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. It has a hazy golden yellow color with lots of foamy white head. It settles slowly but leaves no lacee.

Aroma is spicy and citrusy like a witbier.

Flavor is just like a Belgian wit with lots of citrus and spice. Some banana/clove character like a weisen but intensified

Mouthfeel is good but it has a tartness that lingers a little on the finish. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden.

Drinkability is good - in fact, it would be a great refreshing summer beer on a hot day.

Revisited 1/23/2010.

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Photo of Blargimus
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a very hazy, surprisingly light yellowish-tan color. Much lighter than I'd expect from a bock. Lots of head that sticks around. Even a good half hour later, there's still about a half centimeter.

Smell is mostly yeast with a strong malt backbone. Essentially smells like a hefe with three times the maltiness.

Unsurprisingly, that's what it tastes like, too. Yeast, cloves, some banana, and malt malt malt. Not much hops to speak of, but a little more bitterness in the aftertaste than the hefe.

Very creamy and full from the carbonation. Not prickly at all, but full of bubbles.

I actually like this more than the Weihenstephaner Hefe, which I found underwhelming. It's surprisingly drinkable for how malt-heavy it is, and it hides the ABV very well. I'd certainly recommend this as an outstanding weizenbock.

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Photo of Gmann
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dirty murky straw color with a tall dense white head that dissipates into a light cap. I was a little surprised by the straw color, expected brown. The aroma is fantastic, bananas and clove, lemon and a touch of metal. The taste is of banana creame pie, the extra malt presence gives Vitus a smoother taste than their Hefe. There is a nice rustic and earthy flavor to this. The feel is moderate, with soft carbonation, giving the brew a velvety smoothness, finishes sweet but in balance, very nice. Another exceptional brew from Weihenstephan. Great hefe flavors with a nice silky feel.

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Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy lemon color with a very large head that held on for a long time. A weizenbock that looks identical to a hefeweizen instead of being much darker. Just a little lacing is left on my weizen glass. Big, brassy, hefeweizen aromas here. Hints of banana, cloves, and a little granery dust aroma. Flavor is huge wheat beer. Bananas and bubblegum with just a small dose of cloves. If you are a fan of weizens, then this beer is a must for you. A little darker malt may have complimented this beer further, but it is quite sucessful as is. One of the more fuller wheat beers I have had. Carbonation is just a tick low as it seems just a little flat, but otherwise has a nice texture. For some reason this beer does not make it to the Minnesota market. I wish it did.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that sticks around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like wheat, lemon peel, banana, and cloves. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bubblegum and orange flavors. It's a little sweeter tasting than I was expecting, but that's a good thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Overall, I think it's a pretty good brew. A great deal for just $2.99 a bottle, definitely recommended.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,408 ratings.
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