Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
95
world-class
3,435 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
Ratings:
3,435
Reviews:
1,188
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
247
Gots:
596
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,435 |  Reviews: 1,188
Photo of Boca-X
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured from bottle to weizen glass.

Look is spectacular. Exactly what you expect from a delicious wheat beer. Golden, almost glowing, honey color with uniform turbidity.

Smell is not strong but that of fruit and honey - perhaps honeydew melon - mild and sweet. Of sweet delicious things.

Taste is where this beer goes over the top. It's so amazing it's hard to describe and every time I drink it there are new things I discover. It's generally sweet but not overly sweet. It follows the smell of honey and fruit but adds in some clove and spice. There is very little bitterness to this beer but just enough sour to balance the sweet. Reading this description (or others) I wouldn't think it's a beer I'd want to drink, but it works.

The mouth feel is light with a zippy amount of carbonation, much like you'd expect from a Hefe.

Overall it's really just a strong Hefe, a bock Hefe... Oddly enough I like it far more than I like Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. It's clove and spice are more subdued and balanced. The alcohol content makes it dangerous because it is so drinkable and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. It goes down as easy as a light Hefe but reminds you of the extra alcohol at the end. Don't let the fruitiness fool you, it's got a kick!

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Photo of chogm54
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, poured into a wheat beer glass. BB date of Jan 2015. I noticed on the label that is won a World Beer Award for best strong wheat beer. Expectations have risen!

A- hazy, orange/gold appearance. Pours a very thick white frothy head that does settle down quickly.

S - wheat and yeast, with noticeable dollops of banana, clove, bubblegum and straw.

T - The best part! Wheat and spices are present , but the real star is the banana taste. It really comes over strong - much more than a typical wheat beer. Not too sweet though, and the wheat/yeast/spices (clove) in the background are welcome. Sweet, spicy aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, slick texture. Alcohol content is well hidden - for all I can tell it could be a <5% ABV

O - Best German wheat beer I've had. The banana strength in the taste made this brew genuinely enjoyable to drink, even if it was alcohol free. Having said that, it is a strong beer in terms of ABV and it goes down to easily. So be careful before gulping this down.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of aoampm
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a white 1 finger head ,,surprising light in color this weizenbock is
S-white fruit like apples and pears, faint banana wheat clove and cinnamon,faint alcohol
T-follows the nose baked white fruits with ripe banana clove spices with flaky baked pie crust a touch of alcohol
M-smooth creamy nicely carbonated with a dry fruity crisp finish
O-delicious nicely brewed

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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 kaufmaal
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Flippengruven
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Xcaliber
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djsmith1174
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of cjgiant
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (6034):
Pours like a white ale, cloudy and about the most white yellow I've ever seen. The head is fluffy, sustaining, but not much lacing.

Nose is pure classics wheat, with some meadow, very light earth. There's a touch of banana, and a bit of clove, but also a lemon tartness I get in some sniffs.

Taste follows the nose, perhaps a bit more banana I noticed than a few earlier sips. Feel is quite smooth, especially as the beer warms a bit. Carbonation stays strong, letting the beer linger.

Nothing to complain about this beer, unsurprisingly. Solid but unexceptional, but as always, difficult to rate a beer that hits its style on point - is it "average" or "the standard"?

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Beautiful brew. Excellent fruity yeasty esters. Banana and pear highlights along with a nice balancing act of nutty, bready, honey sweet malts and clove spice. Fruity, crisp, and refreshing. Finishes with a nice flavorful drying quality.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,435 ratings.
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