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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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4.28/5
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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:
#608
Reviews:
1,218
Ratings:
3,516
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
253
Gots:
633
Trade:
5
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Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, inside a tasting snifter.

Pours a pale tangerine, very hazy. A one-finger head of fluffy white sits atop for a while before finally receding to ring, thick on one side and thin on the other.

Spicy and estery in the nose, with bananas, pears, apples, white pepper, coriander and vanilla. Damn fine.

The taste is akin to sweet pear syrup mulled with a lot of complex spices. Clove, coriander, perhaps raisins. Sweet with a very slightly drying finish. Tastes more like a heavy, sugary tripel than anything else.

Medium prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium body that fizzes up the beer moderately as it moves. No noticeable alcohol amidst the sweetness.

Vitus is very Belgian in character. Sweet, flavorful, drinkable, but maybe a bit out of style.

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Photo of Gregwa
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ColSanders123
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of benloho
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of soju6
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a billowy head that slowly fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit, primarily banana, with spice some fresh grain and bit of citrus.

T: Taste of banana, mild fruit, some sweetness and a nice subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy. very nice balance, not being overly sweet.

O: Easy drinker, good example of the style. Well worth a try.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Yellow brown translucent body on first pour but later pours revealed a much more cloudy, opaque appearance. 3.5 inch head that dissipated in 3 minutes. I will rate the more opaque look which appeared in the second half of the bottle. 4.5

S Wheat, malt softness, some alcohol to the nose. Really inviting, interesting. 4.5

T A great, smooth Weizenbock with a classic taste. It is thinner than others that I have had but I suspect that this is how a Weizenbock is supposed to taste. Alcohol is well hidden. 4.5

M Moderate with elevated ABV and grains thickness.

D Great!

Notes: This is liquid goodness. Alcohol could really sneak up on the drinker here since it is so well hidden. This is the 5th and final Weihenstephaner beer that I sampled recently. This one did not dissapoint.

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Photo of Rick778
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, hazy gold color with a thick white head that is rather short lasting. Suprising that the foam dissipates so quickly as there are almost violent streams of carbonation erupting continuously upward throughout the experience. Interesting malty nose with hints of banana and tropical fruit plus a buttered popcorn toastiness. Lightly phenolic, not very sweet.

The taste is complex with a toasted grain and wheat maltiness. Light spice in the mix, with a moderate bitterness that helps provide some balance. This is very different to me as I was expecting something more like an Aventinus. The body runs a bit light but there is plenty of bubbly carbonation shining through.

Overall a unique German beer. I'm still not completely sure what to think of it. The malt flavors got a bit cloying toward the end, so perhaps a smaller seving size would be in order (I had full pint). Definitely worth trying...

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica. Served in a .5L Weihenstephaner wide-mouthed chalice/tulip.

Cloudy peach-tinged amber body with a gorgeous shock-white head and pearling graceful lacing. Excellent retention. A bit brighter in color than I'm used to seeing for the style, but still, simply stunning.

Challah, ample (albeit somewhat subtle) melanoidins, banana, clove, and pepper aromatics.

Immense doughy malts coupled with light grape and banana esters and hints of vanilla. Lovely yeast flavors abound long into the finish which is balanced by a light (lactic?) acidity and a muscular dose of alcohol. Sophisticated with an emphasis on the "weizen" over the "bock" compared to many other examples.

Rich, somewhat effervescent, medium-full bodied with a milk-like creaminess (maybe just a touch slick).

Tried this on a whim while waiting for a new keg of Racer X to come on - very happy I did!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,516 ratings
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