Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
95
world-class
3,465 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:
3,465
Reviews:
1,198
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
612
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellowish-orange, with a really big 3 inch head, with minimal lacing. Nice visible carbonation, as is standard for the style.

Strong smells of wheat, with weaker smells of banana, cloves and other spices.

The banana is much stronger in the taste- just an incredible explosion of it, along with bubblegum and cloves. Lots of sugary tastes as well. Tastes exactly like a souped-up imperial version of their classic hefe.

Medium to full bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, great carbonation.

Like the original hefe better for its understated subtle complexity, but this one is great too.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It comes with a hazy three finger head. The color is dark gold color that is very hazy. Up against a light, it’s a wonderful cloudy wheaty yellow.

The aroma reminds me of a strong hefeweizen. It’s in your face of lemon, wheat, and banana. There’s bready light yeast in there. The aroma really stands out as exceptional.

The taste is really refreshing. There’s a tart lemon flavor at first, there’s big banana bread and clove, then a smooth malt backbone. The first sip tingles your senses with some alcohol as it’s 7.7% ABV for a wheat beer. Later on, the fruit flavor is more of cooked pear than anything very citrusy and fresh. There's even a pink bubble gum flavor in there.

It’s an amped up hefeweizen, with huge similarities. The carbonation makes smooth and give it a medium body. Clean finish. While I would recommend Schneider Weisse Aventinus, this is still exceptional. It’s actually a different animal as it doesn’t have the dark color and roasted malt of Aventinus.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of garymuchow
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gave this one the Reidel beer glass.
Huge white head covers a surprisingly lightly colored yellow cloudy body. Head doesn't last forever and not much lacing, but that could be my glass too, I suppose
That fantastic aroma from Weihenstephaner yeast. Banana and clove. So yummy. Nice wheat base. No hints of the drink being heavier that a hefe in the aroma.
Oh yummy, is that's so good and clean. Just enough bigger than their hefe. Unusual in that it's not very "bock". Most grain is wheat and bread like. A little tartness and citrus flavors.
Smooth and creamy feel.
This one leaves me begging for more. This would be dangerous on a hot day. So easy to drink and offering thirst quenching qualities. Great flavors and well rounded. Deserving of it's top 250 status.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into tulip.

A: a slightly hazed body. way more blond than I thought this style was supposed to be, but I could be mistaken. head is bright white and BIG. retention is great and spotted plumes of lacing left behind.

S: aroma is similar to a hefeweizen. a lot of coriander, lemon, and yeasty esters. a little bit of grain behind all this fruity smell.

T: starts with some serious sweetness. plenty of spice as well, coriander and mild pepper. some clove flavor in there. body remains mostly sweet and finish remains that way.

M: plenty of bubbly carb. medium body.

D: a good beer, but I really am not sure of the difference between this and a hefe...slightly bigger body, but I am not getting the bock presence I expected to get. regardless, still a good beer, just misleading.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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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%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,465 ratings.
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