Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 3,483 ratings
Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.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
Ranking:
#603
Reviews:
1,205
Ratings:
3,483
Liked:
3,295
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
8.88%
Alströms:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
620
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,483 |  Reviews: 1,205
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mbudner
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A- Has a hazy orange color that seems to glow when held up anywhere near the light. Looks like a slightly darker/more orange version of their Hefeweiss. I have limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but this does not look as dark as the other I have seen. Great fluffy, 3-finger head that dissipates at a medium rate leaving almost no lacing.

S-Smells of sweet sugary malts, cloves, and bubblegum. Also, I get some lemon or orange.

T- I get some banana, bubblegum, slight amount of booze/ester flavors in the finish, but from what I read this is something to be expected in the style (I experienced the same with Aventinus, but Vitus seems to be a markedly different beer even though the two are of the same style.) I'm getting spices other than cloves, but do not have the ability to discern them all...just get a "spiciness."

M- Nice crisp carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Little bit of hear in the throat from the booze requisite in the style.

D- Drinks like a much lower ABV. I could drink this all night. While the flavors are complex, there's nothing too prominent to offend the palate in excessive amounts. The bubblegum makes it very easy drinking.

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Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my Founders snifter. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange with a one finger bright white head. It looks near identical to their Hefe. It smells of wheat, yeast, coriander, light spices and some orange. I didn't expect that. It's definitely interesting. It tastes of yeast and oranges with a hint of cloves and banana. It's actually pretty similar to the Hefe. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium in body. The only knock is that it can be a little sweet at times. Overall it's another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-25-08

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a thick, creamy white head. The head leaves ultra thick lacing behind, almost like whipped cream.

Smell is very sweet and almost Belgian, with a hint of light fruitiness.

Taste is much like the smell, light and fruity, with a huge yeast character. Much lighter than I expected.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. The thickness is just right and the carbonation hits all the right places.

Drinkability is very good, though just a little on the sweet side.

Overall, different from other weizenbocks I've had. I was expecting it to be more malt-centric, but it's the yeast that steals the show.

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Photo of torwart94
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PelhamCellar
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, light golden color. Medium head with not much lacing.
Smell was banana and bubblegum with maybe a bit of the apricot and clove that others have noted.
Taste was definitely apricot and banana with a little bit more clove as the beer warmed up. Very little lingering taste.
Overall, a solid beer that hides the alcohol well. For those that like beers with strong fruit flavors, you'll like this a lot. Weizenbocks (esp. Aventinus Tap 6) are sometimes recommended as aging candidates but I definitely don't think aging will change or improve this one. If you have it, drink it now.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From decervecitas. In Bavaria glass. Playing Darksiders 2. Reminds a hefe wih a lighter, more refreshing and alcoholic body. Although the taste is pretty good, the sweetness is a bit over the top. Very foamy.

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Photo of Jflynt
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lurkerson
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slim_720
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity, faint citrus, a bit yeasty, wheat, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Spicy, fruity, banana, pear, clove, coriander, a touch of citrus, floral, yeasty, a little wheat twang, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Drinks kinda like an amped up hef. Very nice.

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Photo of Raime
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky burnt orange with a large thick white head. Left no lacing.

S - Clove and bubblegum are the forerunners on this nose. Some creamed corn-ish type scents come through as well. Coriander and floral scents finish out the nose.

T - Bubblegum and goney are the major players as soon as the beer hits your lips. The clove and honey quickly become prevelant and hay also makes a noticable cameo. Wheats tops the cesspool off nicely.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Fits. Nicely.

O - Overall, it was a solid german beer although nothing spectacular. Would make a good summer beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep yellow with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Mostly medium+ clove with lighter hints of banana, melanoidin, and booze.

Flavor: Moderate intensity yeast ester with hints of dark fruit and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body, creamy, and a bit of warming alcohol.

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Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, inside a tasting snifter.

Pours a pale tangerine, very hazy. A one-finger head of fluffy white sits atop for a while before finally receding to ring, thick on one side and thin on the other.

Spicy and estery in the nose, with bananas, pears, apples, white pepper, coriander and vanilla. Damn fine.

The taste is akin to sweet pear syrup mulled with a lot of complex spices. Clove, coriander, perhaps raisins. Sweet with a very slightly drying finish. Tastes more like a heavy, sugary tripel than anything else.

Medium prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium body that fizzes up the beer moderately as it moves. No noticeable alcohol amidst the sweetness.

Vitus is very Belgian in character. Sweet, flavorful, drinkable, but maybe a bit out of style.

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Photo of DBosco
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like hefeweisen beer. This is another offering from Weihenstephaner and is basically stronger.

This pours with a medium head and very cloudy. The head goes away but leaves a small bubbly top. Lace was not very evident. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a tad spicy. Taste is not as complex as the Hefeweisbier which is truly a favorite of mine. The fruit is nice the yeast/bread taste is nice but something is just not quite there. I will enjoy this beer again though as this is better than any American wheat I have tried.

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Photo of Nyskizy
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NelCet
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange with initially towering white head that mostly recedes.

Smell: Banana, clove and ripe fruit.

Taste: Semi-sweet core of ripe banana, other ripe darker fruits and wheat. The clove is noticeable on the finish, along with lingering fruit and some spiciness.

Feel: Medium to full body that is very creamy and smooth. Finish dries up slightly.

Overall: Nice balanced Weizenbock, but the ripe darker fruits contribute a slight sickly flavor that keeps this from being as first class as I expected.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass a very pale hazy straw color, one of the lightest-while-still-hazy beers I've ever seen. Explosive head...just massive white foam that slowly settles down.

Nose is bready and estery clove, citrus, and banana. Reminds me very much of a La Fin Du Monde in that regard.

A sip starts sweet and bready with more of that citrus and light clove, getting a bit more of the spice and alcohol heat through a clean finish. It's delicate yet chewy overall and very smooth.

This is better than most hefs I've tasted - a great warm weather beer and wildly drinkable for the abv which really goes almost unnoticed. Not my preferred style, but a very tasty brew.

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Photo of fx20736
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 3,483 ratings
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