Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BA SCORE
4.28/5
3,491 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:
#601
Reviews:
1,210
Ratings:
3,491
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
251
Gots:
623
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,491 |  Reviews: 1,210
Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15C adapted to light color bock). Bottle 50 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: sweet wheat aromas mixed with vanilla and some faint banana. no hop aromas. some alcohol. APPEARANCE: gold color and hazy. large moussy white head with good retention. TASTE: sweet vanilla flavour, mixed with a strong wheat presence. very low bitterness with a relative dry finish. PALATE: medium body with moderate carbonation. OVERALL: a very interesting variation of the traditional weizen bock style, which uses a dunkelweizen.

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Photo of h4ger
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of StevieDB
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow color with haziness and plenty of visible carbonation.

Aroma- Strong aromas of fruity banana and dry wheat, but really nothing else.

Taste- Up front dry wheat and sharp hit of carbonation snap on the tongue which is furthered by spicy hop flavors as well. Towards the middle the flavors develops into fruitier banana/orange flavors. In the finish the malt and carbonation settle down and become much more softer and sweeter malt, almost a caramel sweetness but very subtle. Definitely a little booze noticeable in the beginning of the beer, which I think the carbonation brings out.

Feel- Very, very carbonated which becomes a bit distracting and annoying. Thw malt towards the end is really soft and lightens up the beer. At nearly 8% this is quite smooth, but there is some very slight alcohol heat that lets reminds one of the strength of the beer.

Overall- This is a really interesting beer, and undoubtedly the most complex German beer I've had (in my minimal experience with German beers). Some of the typical wheat and banana flavors from a hefeweizen, but the malt has more layers to it, starting off dry and switching to softer/sweeter malt flavors. The carbonation settles down as this warms up which adds points for me, and booze pretty much disappears with warmth too. Definitely a beer I'd revisit, but I'd probably prefer the classic weihenstephaner hefe the majority of times over this. (91/100)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JTuomi
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

0.5 l bottle (bb 14.07.15) into a weizen glass. Cloudy gold color, ample white foam, ok retention, leaves a one cm head, minimal lacing. Smell has tart wheat, fresh lemon and sweet banana.

The taste begins with tart grainy wheat and banana from the yeast with a hint of lemon and honey in the background, quite sweet. The end is dry and spicy with clove and pepper, leaving a spicy and lemony aftertaste. No alcoholic taste, very refreshing. Medium-light body, high carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a very flavorful weizen that hides it's strength well, drinkable, refreshing and flavorful. I could easily have had another one if there would have been more in my fridge. Will surely have this one again.

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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.
Appearance - gold, bubbly, a bit foggy. A huge plume, white head. Lacing is almost nonexistent; will try again in a pub or pint glass.
Smell - lemon zest, banana, some orange.
Taste - banana, lemon, honey. A very palatable brew!
Feel - the best part of this beer. Surprisingly creamy. Incredibly easy to drink!
Overall - a beer that should please any palate!

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Passionfruit the color
Forces spice and pleasant banana
The bubbles that are laced
Never to dissipate
The finish never ends

A: Light gold with a little bit of haze. Holy crap that’s a lot of carbonation, a super well-retained head, almost frustratingly so cuz I want to pour more than 4 oz of beer into my pint glass. (3/3)
S: Heaven, I believe, would smell a bit like this. The wheaty spice is omnipresent: a little bit of clove and pepper, with some subtle fruity notes too, like red grape or banana. (10/12)
T: Starts crisp and finishes sweet, but the aftertaste comes in waves: banana, pepper, white bread. (18/20)
M: The bubbles were already mentioned, and they are quite powerful. A medium dryness across the whole tongue on finish. (5/5)
O: More. More. Give me more of this beer. The strength of alcohol is not very perceptible in contrast to the Hefeweissbier by the same brewery, but the strength of spice certainly is. I could really drink this every day. It’s so satisfying. (9/10)
45/50

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4.96/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,491 ratings
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