Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
95
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3,437 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:
3,437
Reviews:
1,189
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
246
Gots:
597
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of jhawth
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a hazy straw with a two-finger head made of fine foam. Visible carbonation. Beautiful to look at.

Aroma: A lot of banana, some clove spiciness, some bready smells. Smells substantial, if that makes any sense.

Taste: Banana is there but less noticeable. Wheaty sweetness gives way to an estery and just ever so slightly alcoholic spiciness. Flavors blend together very smoothly. I can taste the slightly higher alcohol content but it really heightens the other flavors instead of detracting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation. Medium bodied. I definitely prefer wheat beers that have some substance to the more watery examples.

Overall: Really excellent beer. As far as I'm concerned, Weihenstephaner makes the best wheat beers in the world.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent golden color with a mountainous, frothy head. Exceptional retention and plenty of stick to the glass.

Brilliant and complex aroma of citrus, mint leaves, fresh flowers, ginger, nutmeg, wheat grains nicely coupled against a spicy, Belgian-like yeast aroma. Very interesting.

Flavor follows the nose for the most part. Smooth wheat malt flavor. Spicy ginger and citrus notes add a nice contrast. Hint of yeast.

Smooth medium body with plenty of wheaty texture on the tongue. Ample carbonation.

As far as wheat beers go, this is one of the best there is!

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Label code of 6103.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A nicely funky, fruity, and spicy wheat forward aroma. Big wheat and malt scent with hints of grains, straw, yeast, biscuit, oat, and cracker. Big hints of clove spice and bubblegum. Lively fruit hints of bananas, apple, and citrus orange, apricot, and lemon. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and plum. Some hints of pepper spice and sweet honey as well. The wheat, banana, and spices really shine. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big mix of wheat, fruits, and funky spice with lots of banana esters. Lots of bready wheat and malt upfront with notes of straw, grains, yeast, biscuit, cracker, and oats. Lots of clove and pepper spicing with some good bubblegum esters. Good mix of fruits with notes of banana, apple, and citrus orange, lemon, and slight apricot and pineapple. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of fig, plum, and raisin. Some light honey sweetness rounds it out. A really great classic wheat beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, smooth, and nicely drying on the finish. Alcohol presence is mild.

Overall: A really great classic German Weizenbock. Great balance of bready wheat, spices, and fruit esters. One of the best in the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,437 ratings.
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