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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:
1,171
Ratings:
3,364
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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Photo of McNealc31
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, fluffy white head floats atop a hazy gold body. Wheat, pepper, and sour citrus in the aroma. Banana is the first flavor that comes through. Although it is a bit on the side of imitation banana candy flavor rather than real banana. After that, black pepper, wheat malt, finishing with bitter orange and coriander. The spices become more pronounced as it warms. Bit of heat from the 7.7% ABV.

This is definitely a beer to enjoy. Loads of flavor, great balance, excellent drinkability

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy (fingers visible but blurry on the opposite side of the glass) brilliant golden yellow, and forms a massively fluffy white head that barely collapses even when drunk - I don't know that it ever went below a half-finger in height, with appropriately off-the-chain lacing. Carbonation streams continuously through the beer as tiny bubbles.

Smell: Pure ester heaven. Rich notes of banana and clove swell out of the glass, with hints of coriander, peaches, and lush ripe wheat.

Taste: Coriander citrus opens the flavor profile, and is swiftly joined by banana and spicy clove. A spot of peach flavor enters as it moves along, and bits of white pepper emerge at close to the same time. Underlying it all is a light biscuit-cracker malt, which comes more to the front at the finish, leaving behind a lingering mixture of wheaten malt, banana, and peach after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied yet silky, this is an easy-drinking beer, not unlike the feel of a good hefeweizen.

Overall: Less "imperial dunkelweizen" and more "imperial hefeweizen", this is definitely what one would expect from Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Turbo Edition. I'm quite the fan, though ultimately I give the nod to Tap 6 Aventinus for Best Weizenbock Ever.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This weizenbock pours a fairly pale yellow color with a somewhat thick, frothy white head that dissipates quickly, but not quite as much so as most German beers. The smell is mostly of wheat with maybe a little banana. The body is light and very crisp and refreshing. The flavors are a mainly a malty bread and wheat. The aftertaste imparts some definite clove / black pepper spice and a little bit of fruitiness also with hints of banana. This is a nice well rounded beer that’s light but imparts some definite flavor punch in the aftertaste. The alcohol is pretty subdued considering it’s 7.7%. It’s definitely well deserving of the praise it gets, but I personally prefer this brewery’s hefes a little more because I think they exhibit more fullness of flavor in the initial taste and because I think this could use little more body. As the this beer warms up a little bit it’s flavor changes noticeably with the banana and malt flavors really coming out a little bit more. I definitely prefer it when this beer is cool rather than cold.

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Photo of screamking
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz Bomber poured into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow, with a very thick creamy white head. Has the look of a great wheat ale. Lots of banana, coriander, and bubble gum in the nose. I'm also getting some faint clove. Very nice smelling wheat. Taste is killer, huge flavorful wheat thats just dry enough but not overly so. Clean and crisp, alcohol is a little noticeably but that entirely fine with me. This brewery has it down pat, they've had enough time and time pays off.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a typical Wiessbier only a little lighter and orange.

S: Clove and banana wheat beer aromas are pleasant. Very inviting to take a sip.

T: Huge flavors....bananas, pears, slight caramel, spices....so complex. A little bit of clove in the back end. Alcohol is there but hidden. Delicious.

M: Medium body - goes down easy.

D: I can drink this all night, But after a few bottles the alcohol kicks in. :0p

This is one of my favorite all time beers. I try to drink it a few times a month.

The craftsmanship and expertise in the style is obvious. This wonderful beer has been excellent for hundreds of years and will be for hundreds more. Take a break from ticking mediocre beers to (re?)discover this masterpiece.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weizen glass, which I had forgotten is Weihenstephan branded. Apt.

Unexpectedly light yellow, hazy but pretty clear. Lots carbonation, continued bubble streams contributing to an active white head. Top of the clouds appearance as some parts build up more than others and big bubbles collapse. The lacing is a bit lacking. Not just a cap - a continuous pinky of head.

Sweet banana and clove to the aroma. Sharp wheat. A dusty, yeasty quality with a slight hint of bubblegum. Teensy bit of lemon. Tinge of alcohol spice.

Banana. Spicier taste than the nose might indicate. Slightly spicy, freshly threshed wheat grain. Coriander and a dash of white pepper. Finishes pretty clean, just a hint of yeast dust.

Fairly thick, full-bodied and bready. Solid carbonation keeps things moving right along. Very drinkable, with an ABV that contributes to taste but is nonetheless well - and dangerously - hidden.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden with a hint of orange. The head was towering and lingering, like any good Weizen should have.

S: Citrus, orange peel, cranberries. Wheat, cracked pepper.

T: Tart and fruity initially, with a little sweet malt that gives way to rich wheat. Plenty of phenol & spice toward the finish.There was more bitterness lingering afterward than in most Bavarian wheat beers.

M: Crisp, with good carbonation. The only downside was a slight astringent feel late.

O: A very solid Weizen, although not my very favorite. Truly, it was a little too busy with flavors and sensations to be as refreshing as I'd expect from the class.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier during the summer at a restaurant, It was really, really good so I figured that I would issue a proper review for this beer. Served in a tall stein mug.

A: Poured a wonderful cloudy golden-orange honey color, with a white colored finger width head that dissipated quickly with small patches of lacing.

S: Very refreshing and aromatic smell, dominated by wheat, picking up citrus hints, like lemon peels, smell some yeast too

T: Delicious, very smooth. Very sweet too, tastes grainy, like wheat or bread, tastes fruity like bananas, has a citrus and spicy tinge at the finish.

O: This is what I remembered from earlier in the year, Its a superior beer and my first from Weihenstephan, left a amazing first impression, I'd like to think of it as more of a summer/warmer weather beer, but even now it's outstanding and I recommend it to everyone.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Although it takes up nearly the entire glass when first poured, the white head is light and foamy, lending itself to the effervescent nature of this style. The color is far lighter than I had expected. It is a nice lemon yellow, with the typical wheat beer haze.

Smell: Lemon, bubblegum, and mint make for an interesting, yet not entirely tempting, combo. The sugary zest of this bouquet is counterbalanced by the toasty Munich malt typical for the style.

Taste: Lemons are replaced by bananas, while airy notes of mint and bubblegum manage to hang on. The maltiness goes head-to-head with the esters, making for a somewhat strange, yet interesting combination...kind of like a banana sandwich on multigrain bread.

Mouthfeel: The medium mouthfeel is thickened by the wheat and yeast. Carbonation is characteristically medium-high and does a good job making the beer both filling and spritzy.

Overall: A beer which, for me, is swimming in dichotomies. The flavors don't seem to mix all that well, but the toasted malt going up against the esters is both true to style and worth witnessing if you haven't had this type of beer before. A beer that could grow on me. I would certainly like to try it again further down the road.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden straw with a hint of orange. Finger and a half of white fuzzy head, fading quickly. No lacing to speak of

Nose is big and full of banana, grapefruit, pear, oat and bread. Delightful

Taste is rich and creamy with lots of bready banana, pear, and a spongy malt. Just the softest hint of spice, maybe coriander.

mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, but also quite astringent. Only thing I don't love about this beer.

Love this brewer and their beers. This is just another excellent example from them. Perfect flavors and balance, though I do like their darker bocks a bit more. Incredible beer for the price.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .500mL to pint glass (I know not proper)

A: Pours a beautiful orange with a large head but sadly it dissipates quickly.

S: Strong bananas with strong clove. Notes of wheat and some other citrus.

T: About the same as the smell. The banana comes out a bit more as do some other fruit notes. Still strong spiced clove with a nice wheat balance.

Overall: Mouthfeel was good, well carbonated and medium/light on the tongue. Very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed and need to try more of the style.

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Photo of cooncat
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review, and thanks to Adamette for the sample to review.

Poured at 50°F into my SA glass. A medium pour down the middle produces a 3 to 4 inch foamy head which is as white as a big cumulus cloud on a sunny day. The color of the brew is definitely not to style, as it is straw yellow. Weizenbocks should (by BJCP guidelines) be quite a bit darker; like a Dunkelweizen. The turbidity of the brew is spot on though. Some nice lacing is left on the glass, but not as much as I'd expected from the mountainous head.

The nose is very similar to a typical Hefeweizen. Phenols of clove are abundant as should be. There's also a light peppery background in there, as well as banana. Missing are the dark fruit (raisins, dates, plums) aromas I would expect in this style. Nevertheless, quite clean, with no fusel notes at all.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with clove forward spiciness coming to the fore. The light peppery flavor is more dominant (I think) than banana. No fusels, which is good, but there are also no dark fruit flavors either. The bready flavors are in there though.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and carbonation is very good, making for a very refreshing drink. While this tastes like a hefe, its in a class of its own, with everything taking a big step up from the average hefe. Exceedingly drinkable, each sip invites you back for another to revisit the complexity. I only wish that some of the missing flavors and aromas were in there as well .. that would put it close to a near perfect score for me (I've never given a perfect score, so keep that in mind).

One of the oldest breweries, Weihenstephaner has produced a wonderful Weizenbock. It's not 'spot on' for the style, but its so good, unless you're a purist, you won't mind at all. Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje! (or, in this case, Prost!)

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Photo of SaucyA
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Into a Weihenstephan Weizen glass. This is pretty much the perfect example of how a German brew is supposed to look. 3 fingers of towering, taught, frothy foam that's a good half inch out of the glass... crowning a hazy, well-carbonated golden/orange body. The head is slowly starting to subside. No lacing.

S - Basically a hefe on steroids. Bananas, wheat, yeast, clovey... no noted alcohol, no noted malt profile. Just a ramped up hefeweizen. Not bad at all, not really what I think of when I think of weizenbock, is all.

T - Taste mimics the smell, and doubles it. Huge banana vibe, huge clovey vibe. Sweet pink bubblegum, fruit salad... just a wonderful brew. No crazy alcohol bite, nothing remotely off.

M - Creamy, thick, bold, yet has a nice medium-high level of carbonation that keeps it wonderfully drinkable and almost refreshing for such a big ass hefe.

D - This is incredibly drinkable, and another one of those brews that holds an eternal spot in my fridge.

Notes: I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I've been drinking it all summer thanks to the king of Vitus... CBobs.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into my hefe glass a hazy, golden yellow with a nice two to three finger head.
S: Very fragrant. Bananas and bubblegum are what stands out. Some cloves and spices as well.
T: Wow, really well done. The banana and bubble gum are really present here, but the spice blends nicely. It finishes with a taste of wheat and a bite of alcohol.
M: Creamy and oh so smooth. Medium carbonation.
D: The smell, taste and body of this beer make this a true winner to session with. Can't think of one much better for the spring/summer.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice unfiltered cloudy golden yellow with a big white head.

Aroma is wonderfully wheaty with all the correct esters. There was banana, clove, cinnamon, oranges and breads. Just wonderful. My nose didn't want to give my mouth a chance.

Taste was just as nice. Waves of estery flavors until a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and medium to light bodied. Easy drinking.

Fantastic Weizenbock and now one of my favorites of all time.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light golden color. Sort of corn colored. Nice cloud white head comprised of small bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat. Some more earthy notes like... hmmmm thyme. A little yeasty.

T: Dangeriously light given the high (well sort of) abv. Some wheat notes, almost some belgian notes with a little mustyness which compliments the other flavors. A kiss of alcohol and the end helps provide a little sweetness that fades to a wheaty finish. Flavor is actually a little light I think.

M: Sits with a light/medium body. Bubbles are decently smooth but give way to a little sting. Not bad.

Overall, a great showing from weihenstephaner but not mind blowing. They certainly make the best wheat beers but I actually think their regular wheat beer or the dunkle are comparable to this one. The flavors are a little light for the higher abv but its still worth checking out.

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Photo of erk0607
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Gorgeous amber with very tiny carbonation bubbles and foam that subsides to a visible, white lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: Apricot.peachy fruits, banana and clove not far off from a hefe, yeastyness

T: Malt first, followed by bold spiciness like clove, interesting mix of bitter and sweet.

F: light, easy drinking, beer foams up on your palate

O: Good choice. When someone says "traditional beer" even though the style may not be so, all the flavors are there. No fruit additives, no whiskey barrel aging, no crazy hop profile, just a flavorful wheat beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like raw, yellow honey with a bright white cap that descends slowly leaving no lace. Obvious carbonation.

S - Raw banana, clove, yeast, & white pepper. Yum.

T/M - Delcious Weizen! Tastes like its aroma but there's an underlying complexity here that makes this brew a classic. The mouthfeel is dense yet refreshing with the carbonation adding to the enjoyment on this superb spring day in the DC area.

D - The 7.7% ABV pushes it but I'm there - this should be a staple beer in the fridge year 'round. Bravo!

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Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white head, with a hazy yellow color. Clove/wheat aroma, essentially smells like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet and wheaty, a little bit of clove and some taste of bubblegum. It hides the high ABV quite well; there is only a slight hint of alcohol. A fantastic beer; something I'd really enjoy on a hot summers day.

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

500 mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a perfect cloudy straw. I probably would have given a perfect score for appearance if this was a hefeweizen and not a weizenbock, as this is the lightest weizenbock I have ever seen. Definitely not to style. Nice wheaty and yeasty aroma. It certainly does fit the weizenbock profile in its flavour though. Strong flavours - wheat, yeast, banana. The alcohol feels evident - or that could just be the aftereffects of the Indian dinner. I am liking this significantly better than Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen, but then again, I'm a big fan of this style.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Really hazy, golden, yellow color with a thick 2 inch head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Bubble gum, banana, clove, spices

T: Same as smell, really sweet, a bit spiciness maybe from a mixture of the spices and heat from the alcohol

M: Medium, really lively carbonation

O: Great beer. I love the tastes that the yeast esters give this beer. Smell and taste are excellent.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale gold/amber with tiny hints of brownish color. Massive creamy white head, which settle to a half finger thickness and lasts.

Aroma: Banana, bubblegum, clove, and some other spices. Light wheat bread.

Taste: Spicy. Banana and bubblegum. Clove. Light fruitiness and citrus. Slight white pepper and a bit more spices that I cannot name. Nice wheat in the background(and plentiful) and light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy body. Very smooth. Slight dry finish.

Overall: Great beer. Spicy-er than I originally thought, but really enjoy it and the beer as a whole. Definitely gonna get more. I love the lingerings of this beer. Vitus is probably my favorite from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of corey0212
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow, some darker orange highlights, big dense, creamy white head fades very slowly, leaves behind big clumps of lacing on the glass. The bubbles put on a show in the glass. Spicy clove and banana aroma, some lemon. Taste is banana bread, with a big dose of lemony tartness, spicy clove. Creamy mouthfeel, and just a touch of stickiness, but still pretty refreshing. I might not have tried this if it weren't for all the recent chatter about this beer...which is what makes BA great! This one is extremely tasty.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/golden straw color, pours about an inch of head, with moderate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, hops, citrus, bananas, cloves.

Taste: Wheat malt, hops, citrus, bananas, figs and very estery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall: German beers tend to be too sweet/malty for my tastes, but as far as weizenbocks go, this was very drinkable.

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

Appearance: Very cloudy light orangish yellow. Big frothy head that remains.
Smell: Banana bread.
Taste: Fruit, spice, and bread.

Excellent. The look is almost murky. On top of the ultra-cloudy hay colored brew is a huge frothy head that stayed the course. The smell is overwhelmingly banana, and seems just like warm banana bread. The taste is more complex, but harder to put my finger on it. I picked up fruit and bread wrapped in a spiciness. The total package is great. I will get this again.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,364 ratings.
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