Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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

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Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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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 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 DarthVorador
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky pale gold with a huge white head, very simular to the hefeweizen. Smells of bananas & malt with a hint of alcohol. Taste follows the nose with a bit stronger clove note then the regular hefe. Finishes with a noticeable alcohol note, definitely the least balanced beer I've had from Weihenstephaner, but true to style. Overall, another TRUE World Class Bier from the worlds oldest brewery!

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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 sokol_1993
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: sweet banana smell, together with the malt.
Feel: medium body. Great aftertaste of maltiness in your mouth. The beer hide the alcohol level quite well.

A great offering to the beer god! Beer like this make you want to live. Would have it anytime, anywhere.

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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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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a golden light colored yellow. A thick about three fingers worth of foamy white head started and slid into the beer after dissipation with some fairly thick lacing roaming here and there.
The smell had some banana esters running into some bready/yeasty notes. Apricots and raisins meld into the aroma.
The taste was full and sweet from the previously mentioned flavors allowing some clove to round in the spicy department. An eloquent sweet and spicy aftertaste yields a powerful sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice cherishing sweetness clinging to my tongue. Carbonation seems to finish nicely on my tongue as it's not too sharp but shows just enough and dissipates evenly to allow the spice to hit just right.
Overall, do you think I like this beer for me? With an emphatic yes, this is the best of the best of its style. Take me through winter, Vitus.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow/straw color with a voluminous, white, frothy head; ample retention and generous wet lacing. The aroma is of clove, straw, wheat, lemon zest, and hints of citric and lactic acid. Some orange rind and hay as well. The flavor is similar with a predominant clove and wheat bastion reinforced by lemon and orange citruses. Some straw, hay, and other light earthen notes comprise the middle. More banana on the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety yet lively with a wet but refreshing finish. A touch of clove and citrus linger. Overall, this is a wonderful beer and a personal favorite. The clove predominance combined with a bit of a “beefier” mouthfeel compared to the hefeweisse makes it a wonderful variation of another excellent Weihenstephaner offering. Well balanced, rich in complexity, and a superb example of the style.

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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 Everydayoff
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Hazy yellow straw in color, thick white frothy head builds up and stands with good retention before leaving everlasting foamy crown on the surface along with lots of sticky lacing on the glass-side.

Fruity ester pokes through with a ripe banana and citrus notes. Bubblegum, phenolic spice, clove, malt with a scent of sweet banana bread follow up closely. The overall aroma is super well mellow and inviting.

Fruitiness affair in your mouth by the yeast, led by banana and followed by citrus, phenolic spice and clove also find their way to unfold with a moderate pinch through the taste buds. Sweetness sweeps all over the palate by a solid malty backbone with a bread and biscuit quality. You can get hop at the almost end with a vague hint of bitterness and slight citrus.

Medium body with lively carbonation that yields a feel of smoothness through the mouthfeel and refreshment through the palate, finish is dry.

I have no word to describe how great it is. This beer has evil quaffable quality. It is so tasty and I found myself couldn’t stop sipping more and more. Alcohol is there too but completely concealed under its greatness.

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Photo of montageman
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Deep golden yellow with a huge bone white head that sticks around and leaves lacing that just doesn't go away.

S: Sweet and spicy. Bananas, clove, and lemon are all there. A totally inviting and complex aroma.

T: Very prominent banana and clove flavor up front which then segues into a mildly tart lemon finish.

M: Very rich. Decent carbonation gives this beer tremendous body.

D: Great, great stuff. A prototypical wheat beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kagent777
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle purchased from Las Vegas last weekend poured into my beer goblet. No freshness code, but I do see that this one is batch 6103.

Appearance: Three finger fluffy white head atop a hazy yellow beer. Exactly what a wheat beer should look like. Great lacing

Smell: Slight noble hop flavor along with the soft malt notes from the wheat. A bit of clove and banana in the scent.

Taste: A thread of clove runs throughout the taste but it does not dominate. The wheat is present along with the hops. The best word to describe all of the flavors is soft.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth beer with big quantities of flavor.

Overall: I think this is the first weizenbock that I have had, but it will not be the last. I really love the German wheat beers.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC before we could get it here in GA. Poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw like yellow with a slight tint of orange. There is a very tiny bubble white head that is a fills all the space in the glass from the .5l line all the way to the rim. Just the slightest bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: Classic wheat beer aroma including the coriander spice smell. Hints of what seems like orange and possibly lemon peel. Its an interesting aroma.

T: This tastes a lot like a Hefe but with a lot of the flavors cranked up. Big wheat beer flavor with loads of spice character. I think its coriander, but its much more spicy than I would expect so maybe its something else. There are definitely orange and lemon citrus notes. A tasty beer.

M: Its a bit prickly from the spice and carbonation. It is medium in body.

D: The beer disappeared quickly for me. The alcohol is well hidden. However, if you are not a big fan of spice character in beer, this may not be the one for you. Luckily, I love it when it is done right like this one is.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a weizen glass, at cellar temperature.

A one-finger white head quickly fades to nothing over a very hazy golden-orange ale that I can't really see through.

It smells like banana,cloves, coriander, pears, and estery yeast.

The bananas and pears make a quick impression on my palate. This melds into a rich, almost buttery breadiness, spiced with those spices from the aroma.

I'd describe the body as a hefty medium with pretty spritzy carbonation.

Like a festive white bread infused with spices and fruit. That's what this beer is.

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Photo of nickss
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review in quite some time for me.... but here I am... back on the wagon so to say.

This beer is certainly strange in appearance. I expected a murky light brown, but this is more of a golden hue. Strange for anything classified as a weizenbock to be this light... but oh well. As for the head, it is monstrous in my Ayinger hefe glass. At least 3 fingers, which gradually subsided to about a 1" layer.

The aroma is wonderful... exactly what I've come to expect from Weihenstephan brews. Citrus and lemon zest. Orange rind mingles with banana. Very nice.

So I finally take my first sip. Wow.... very very well done. Big banana flavour throughout. There citrus that was so prominent in the nose is much more subtle. Most likely due to the inherent maltiness that can be contributed to 'bock' portion of this style.

I could use the carbonation toned down a bit on this beauty, but really a small complaint. This beer is fairly large in the mouth, but the drinkability is in no way hindered. I could down plenty of these. A dangerous and delicious brew to be sure.
Highly recommended, if you can find it.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, fairly light orange. I expected it to be darker.

Smell was fruity but mild, with some slight spices and some light, flowery aromas.

Taste was heavy on the citrus flavors, with orange and lemon dominating. Felt and tasted almost like juice, though good carbonation balances it well. Some peel flavors and a bit of clove were there as well.

Overall, I was very pleased with this. It wasn't anything like I expected, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. No identifiable freshness date on the bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head of about two fingers in height. Looks nicely carbonated and features some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is of banana, clove, ground nutmeg, and pepper. Maybe some cinnamon as well and some orange peel thrown in for good measure. Vanilla even?? Really a very complex and interesting nose on this beer.

The taste equals the aromas of this beer in many respects. Banana bread, clove, nutmeg, and a spicy pepper finish are some of the key highlights of the mix of flavors here. Getting some light fruit notes in there, like apricot or dates. Everything meshes so well with this beer--it is a true delight to consume. While the taste is perhaps not as complex as the nose, everything in the taste is done very well and fits together just right. This features a little more sweetness and breadiness from the malts than other wheat beers. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is delightful as this dances across the tongue. This beer is definitely alive and encourages you to let it linger for a bit in order to experience everything. Overall, rather light and refreshing in taste, but with a little extra kick from the alcohol content. This is right up there with their more well-known all-star wheat beer. Perhaps a bit more bold and a little more full bodied. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy distillation of a golden wheat field.

S: Bananas, cloves, yeast.

T: More bananas and spice with alcohol warmth. As is perhaps to be expected from the style, much like a concentrated hefeweizen.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, alcohol warmth.

O: A great occasional indulgence.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven’t had the Vitus, but I have had beers from the Weihenstephan portfolio. The pilsner is their most popular and is readily available. I was intrigued to learn that this one has only been around since 2007. I also found it interesting that folks who fast can drink this beer. Heck, if it’s good maybe I will fast and live on Vitus! It has been a while since we drank, so I am excited to get the ball rolling. Let’s dive into the Vitus.

In the Glass: The beer pours golden brown with a thick foamy head. I didn’t really know what to expect here, but I was surprised to see so much head. The beer has a weak lace that quickly drips back into the beer.

Nose: It smells like a good German beer is supposed to. There are a ton of malty notes on the nose, and then it begins to smell rusty and seasoned. I still can’t believe that this beer has only been in production since 2007. The label and the history of this brewery would beg to differ.

Flavor: The beer starts off with those same rustic flavors that I was picking up in the nose, but then the sweetness kicks off. I am left saying, “Holy cow,” when I sit the glass down. I had no idea what this was going to taste like, but am glad to have found what was inside the bottle!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. Considering how much head there is on this beer, there isn’t a lot going on in the mouth. No bubbles and it isn’t overwhelming as you swallow.

Aftertaste: I wish the aftertaste lasted longer than it does. The beer is so sweet as it slides across your tongue, and is still in there a few seconds later… but quickly fades. The beer is cheap, but with such a big ABV you need to be careful. You never taste the booze in this one.

I have had the pilsner, and while it’s good… it’s not great. This beer is surprisingly incredible. The sweetness, which I am starting to like more and more, just continues to impress from one bottle to the next. I could drink this beer again and again. If you like a tasty sweet beer, grab a bottle of Vitus. Bottoms up, people!

Weihenstephaner Vitus - The bottle says: NA

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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