Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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:
#668
Reviews:
1,241
Ratings:
3,588
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at State Line Liquor. A great example of the style, this draws you in with a sweet wheat honey aroma. Mild chocolate brown with initially a large white head, that quickly dissipitates. Medium mouthfeel, and not very complex. But very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stylistically perfect weizenbock. pours cloudy gold, glowing brightly, with a lasting two or more inches of thick white foam. the nose is slight banana yeast, sturdy wheat malt base, some subtle sugar, and an alcohol kick. the flavor is so balanced, with a mild hop finish that gels with the yeast just right. huge dose of german wheat malt is the perfect backdrop for this drink, and it takes me, like the hefe they make, to somewhere else, Bavaria back in the day or something. its traditional, classy, and strong. actually the alcohol seems higher than necessary, and gives this beer maybe some extra weight, slowing drinkability just a tad. good late winter or early spring drink, perfect with some fresh pretzels, and actually stood up well to salmon on the grill. overall a top notch version of the style, and you absolutely cannot beat the price, under four bucks per bottle!

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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lace on this one. Smell is of wheat, spices, bubblegum, and banana. Taste is much the same with strong flavors and the banana coming through especially on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color. The head is white with a pretty good retention but not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a fruity aroma, along the lines of peach and banana. Really fresh smelling beer. The taste is also fruity (apple), there is some bready yeast flavors and a subtle spice note in the finish. I do get a slight metallic flavor that I'm not digging too much, hoping that fades as it warms up. The mouthfeel is soft, very smooth with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I can see why the score is so high on this one because it really is a great beer. Awesome flavors and really enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Nice to see the lesser available offerings from this venerable brewery now available in our fair province.

This beer pours a very hazy, cloudy, pale yellow straw colour, with a tall tower of broad marshmallow white head, which settles at a somewhat agonizingly slow pace, eventually leaving a one-sided spatter of chunky lace 'around' the glass. Very witbier-esque, overall, really.

It smells of sweet, sugary wheat cereal grain, subtle fleshy banana, a much more forward spicy clove, and an everyman earthiness. The taste is more wheaty, grainy malt, a lessened spicy component on account of the slowly waning clove, a slight lemony fruitiness, and other nondescript orchard fruit, mellowed against a swelling yeastiness, and very mild booze warming.

The carbonation is very sedate, the body a lesser medium weight, but still quite smooth and agreeable. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty malt not giving up too much ground, and the aforementioned spice hanging on for life, amongst a very agreeable, subdued alcohol warming.

A weird confluence of Euro styles - in the end, this is really a big-ass witbier or hefeweizen, take your pick, even as the booze laughs off its obvious obfuscation. A wee bit too light for the style, but who am I to argue with centuries to the contrary?

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright ColoradoBob, your shameless plugs for the beer finally prompted me seeking out, buying, drinking this beer.... and fearing for my safety if I don't give it high marks.

The beer pours with a much lighter-than-expected strong straw hue and ample carbonation that pushes a quarter-inch head that endures the session. Not as much haze as expected from a wheat beer either, in fact the beer is brilliantly clear with the first pour from the bottle.

Strong malt aromas of Pilsner varieties are accompanied by a rich, yet restrained, plethera of fruits and other yeasty character. The wheat is apparent but with in a back-seat sense to the malts. Hints of spicy phenols (clove) and estery (papayas, mangos, apples, and most of all pears) begin to set the tone as the beer warms. Unusual, yet nice to experience a Weizenbock that's taking on Maibock malt sensibilities.

Again, strong pilsner malts take the forefront with a clean bready, malty-sweet pillow. The wheat adds a delicate and varying sweet-bread taste (shortcake) while the yeast play a big part. Yeasty esters of papaya (not quite bananna), pinapple, fuggi apples, pears, peaches and other fruits that can be found in Juicy Fruit bubble guy come into play in a characterful and complex role (second pour now).

Very clean, crisp, and refreshing in the body-- definately makes for a substantial summer beer. Moderately full and expandful to the mouth; like Duvel, the beer seemingly evaporates in the mouth with a cotton-candy whimsy. Powerful malts veer away from cloying and oily, but toward bold creaminess and roundness. Without compromising drinkability, the beer fades nicely into a medium sweet-bready memory and a light spicy, hop-earthy linger on the tongue.

The beer had a definitive resemblence to Maibocks in the malt profile, but with the beautiful balance and complexity of traditional wheat beers. Is this a marriage made in a brewery (you thought I was going to say heaven didn't you?) Why aren't more breweries doing this? Note: the beer darkens as the subsequent pours are taken from the bottle, but the beer never takes on hazy proportions; maybe Kristalweizen-like (filtered).

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2.35/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a hefeweissbier glass at Ma Che in Roma, Italy. Reviewed from notes. I'd previously had it out of the bottle.

A: A two and a half finger head of slight soft cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Cloudy dark copper colour.

Sm: Heavy orange peel, lemon, cream, and barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange and lemon peel, moderately full barley, and nice cream. Complex enough, but a touch watery. Built alright. Kind of balanced.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't really complement or feel tailored to the flavours of the body.

Dr: Easy drinking, high ABV for the style and a high price (4 euro for a half pint!). Decent quality, but a bit dirty. Perhaps the tap needed cleaning?

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Some sweetness from the malt, but not as much as I expected. There is a banana like fruit note. Also has a very herbal smell to it.

Taste: Very crisp and bready. Has a mild banana note along with some herbal notes. My first comment was that it tastes like herbal banana bread.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with lots of very smooth carbonation. The finish has a very little dryness to it.

Overall: I am really glad this beer wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice and smooth, an easy drinker.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light and hazy orange tone, much like their Hefeweissbier. In fact, despite minor differences, the two are very similar. A creamy head of foam forms, but unfortunately diminshes to a thin ring with no lacing.

Estery, some alcohol in the nose, but masked by clove and wheatiness.

Taste is much like the Hefe again, a bit fuller mouthfeel with stronger alcohol presence. Clove and banana mostly, fairly juicy mouthfeel. Creamy as well, as to be expected from the brewery's other offerings. Not the full-bodied robustness expected of Weizenbocks like Aventinus. It would be great in the spring or summer, but just not the big Weizenbock I was expecting on a cool fall night.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottle code of 1291(mid 2011 bottling). This took a while to fully pour haha. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger dense white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, orange, wheat, bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice aroms with good complexity and balance. Taste of big banana, bubblegum, lemon, clove, pepper, orange zest, bread, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Fairly spicy finish; with lingering notes of banana, citrus, pepper, clove, bread, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Incredible flavor balance of maltiness and yeast spiciness; with great complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is extremely smooth. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 7.7%, with pretty much no warming after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic weizenbock style. Insane flavor balance and complexity, and extremely smooth to drink for the level of alcohol. This one is definitely better when it is fresher (previous review was with an ’09 bottle).

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,588 ratings