Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
95
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3,439 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:
3,439
Reviews:
1,190
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
247
Gots:
597
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,439 |  Reviews: 1,190
Photo of mick303
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a large soft dense creamy white head over a pale yellow gold beer that is very cloudy. Retention is great and lacing is very solid. 4

S – a very full aroma of fruity yeasty notes, bright stonefruit, lime, lots of full creaminess from the wheat. Mild spices, a slight bit of earthy mustiness on the yeast, allspice, mixed with cooked apples, but also fresh florals. 4.25

T – big flavour on this! creamy soft fruits, big banana and some cherry, bubblegum, some restrained grainy sweetness and nice florals, bright yeast character, a mild bitter spiciness and bit of earthy cumin and citrus florals, a pleasant fruitiness on the finish. Finishes full and then a tingling dryness. The complexity and balance is pretty amazing. 4.5

M – moderate creamy body, lovely soft feeling, light-moderate carbonation. Lots of creamy fullness, no alcohol presence. Balance is wonderful, just enough bitterness and slickness on the finish, delicate. 4.5

This has so many elements to it and theyre all woven together really nicely, complex spiciness with an earthy element, bold but balanced and tons of intricacies make this a real pleasure. One of the best Ive had in awhile. Enough tartness to counter the creaminess and still has a lot of liveliness to it, and it leaves you wanting more. 4.5

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy dark gold color, loads of carbonation, rough pour produces a massive fluffy white head.

S- The expected banana and clove, also bready malts, slight grain.

T- More bready, slightly sweet malts. Light spices. Huge wallop of mega-intense banana towards the end. Also a bit of fruity sweetness from the alcohol .

M- Medium bodied, loads of carbonation, has a semi-chewy, palate-coating feel, finishes just slightly on the dry side.

O- A great beer, highly drinkable, will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of WesM63
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Weihenstephan Hefe glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a rocky 3finger white head. Plenty of retention and lacing are present.

S: Smells of yeast, clove, banana and some spices maybe a hint of some pilsner malt.

T: Spot on the nose. Yeast, clove, banana some pilsner malt and spices.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

O: I think I've finally covered all of Weihenstephan's offerings. All of them are spot on for the style, this is no exception. Perfect for this hot Ohio summer night.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of KJ2013
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CPAles
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Well made, enjoyable Weizenbock. Bought a sechs-er (six) pack while in Germany. Pours a cloudy amber with a nice head. some banana to the nose and mouth - strongly weizen-like. Wow!

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Photo of meanmutt
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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

I was expecting a darker beer, hence the bock part of the name, but this is as pale and light in color as any wheat, weizen, or hefeweizen you will find. It is slightly cloudy, has a nice white thick foamy head that retains and laces a bit. The nose is what you would come to expect with any hefe, plenty of cloves, citrus, rind, florals, and a slight yeasty presence. The nose is very good, and indicative of sweetness to come.

The taste is also quite good. There is a decent efforvescence that spritzes and fizzes a bit on the tongue, and keeps the gulps on the smaller side. It is slightly creamy, and not overly tart. There are plenty of lemon citrus, orange rind, and clove flavors to keep this interesting and quite sweet. This is a bit stronger in ABV than your garden variety hefe. It is still fairly light bodied, but there is an acerbic twinge towards the finish that is not entirely from spice or hop, but also from some ABV. There is a slight white pepper bite to the beer as well. This is a treat for what it is, more a summer type beer, quite light and refreshing. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orangish-brown glow, very bright. Not near as dark as most weizenbocks I have seen. Lumpy off-white head...HUGE. Excellent retention and lacing as well.

S - Jacked up hefeweizen comes to mind. Strong aroma of banana and clove with hints of orange peel and bubble gum as well. A very deep and intense aroma.

T - A light biscuity taste up front quickly overcome by strong tastes of banana, bubble gum, and clove.

M/D - A very full bodied and chewy feel. Great carbonation brings the beer to life. An excellent beer. While not your typical weizenbock, but still damn tasty.

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Photo of cgrunin
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful golden yellow, with serious yeast floaties, a full white head that fades to a short layer on top and lacing.

S - Sour lemon and banana yeast notes.

T - Starts with spice, but the middle comes in with fruit and bread. The taste is much like banana bread, with a subtle sour lemon flavor.

M - Crisp, clean, and full.

O - Another strong entry by Weihenstephaner. Delicious taste, full bodied, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prototypical Weizen appearance, the pale body, the large head, and cloudy consistency were unmistakable. The aroma was also classic banana and clove, and was pretty inviting. The taste was a lot spicier than the Hefeweizen this looked like. The clove notes were much more pronounced and there was also some sourness apparent. Very light in the mouth, which is quite typical of wheat based beers, but it was quite a bit lighter than anticipated considering this is a Weizenbock. Probably the easiest to drink near 8% beer I've sampled. Way different than Aventinus or any other examples of this style.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Classy

Poured into hefe glass

A: Golden straw color. Cloudy and hazy

S: Cloves, bananas, pepper and other spices

T: Hmm . . . Good, but more weizen than bock . . .

M: Decent for the style but could be more thick I believe

O: Top of the line Weizenbock. The wheat dominates but the bock end doesn't come through as much I had hoped.

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Photo of Cresant
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Aventinus glass. The body was cloudy yellow. The head was crisp white and a cap of foam remained, lacing did not.

Smell was subtle, banana skin and lemons. Light graininess.

Taste was very refreshing. Tart and mildly sweet. Nicely balanced. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was zesty but ends smoothly. Body was medium to full.

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Photo of tbeq00
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,439 ratings.
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