Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 3,482 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
Ranking:
#603
Reviews:
1,205
Ratings:
3,482
Liked:
3,294
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
8.88%
Alströms:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
620
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of unclekeith
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 1/2 liter Hofbrau mug

L: Beautiful 3 finger head, hazy golden straw color
S: Clove, bananas
T: More of the same, wheat
F: Great - hardly a hint of the higher ABV
O: A classic at a great price point - always nice to revisit

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $3.49
Misc.: Part of the bottle reads “Brewed under the purity law, of 1516.”

Poured a golden yellow color with three fingers of rocky white head. Below average lacing with average retention.

Smelled cloves, banana, lemon, honey, grass, sour fruit and some sweet floral notes. Nice on the nose.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, albeit with a healthy dose of alcohol and some skunky malts. Tasted cloves, banana, yeast, lemon grass, honey, corn and light skunky malts. Big alcohol finish. Sweet or tart as well.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Astringent finish.

Not a surprise, but once again another good Weihenstephaner beer. Just a good weizenbock.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a champagne flute. Thick head that settles to a half-finger head well supported by streams of bubbles. Beer is a straw colored cloudy appearance.

Good yeasty aroma with bananas and hints of some spice, maybe clove? S
Spice becomes more dominant as it warms.

Taste is well-balanced and smooth. The bananas show up in the finish, with a citrusy space in the lead.

Carbonation just right for the beer, which gives it a refreshing mouth feel.

Overall a really great beer I bought a couple of on recommendation of the salesman at the local shop. Really sits well on a slightly warmer winter night where I wasn't in the mood for a stout or porter.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of wattoclone
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber yellow with substantial head. Aroma is similiar to the hefeweizen but more so. Delicious brew with orange citrus and pear, banana fruitiness. Lighter than the other weizenbocks I have had but still top notch. I consider Vitus the "light version" of the German weizenbocks. I find it particularly good after an aerobic workout. While the draft version is exceptional, in the bottle is also excellent and readily available in the northeast.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jibjib513
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was my first weizenbock and I didn't really know what to expect. I had Wehenstephaner's hefeweizen last night and this is comparable except it was more cloudy in appearance, and you can definitely taste and feel the stronger ABV.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a hazy golden-yellow colored brew with a one finger thick white head. The head fades slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a mix of wheat and yeast with a light citrus smell, consisting mostly a mix of orange and a lighter lemon smell. With these aromas are notes of coriander and clove as well as some banana smells.

Taste –The taste has many of the flavors that were detected in the nose. It starts out wheaty and bready with a moderate yeasty taste upfront. A sweeter citrus flavor also greets the tongue initially almost entirely orange in nature. The citrus flavor lessens some more toward the middle of the taste while flavors of banana, coriander and clove come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where an almost candy/bubblegum like sweetness joins the flavor as well as a very light alcohol taste, leaving a nice sweet wheat banana bready flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side as well. The chewier body is quite nice for the wheaty flavors while the carbonation is very nice for keeping it drinkable and for accentuating the spice and fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – It is kind of like a souped up hefeweizen or maybe like a hefenweizen-grand cru hybrid. It is great tasting and potent but very drinkable. Rather well done.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow hued color. A fantastic thick and fluffy white head with great retention and lacing left behind.

(S)- A nice subtle spiciness combined with the biscuit-like yeast and wheat. Finishes with a balanced deeper raisin and prune like sweetness.

(T)- Similar to how it smelled. A great dynamic combo of dry biscuit-like wheat and a mellow spiced caramel-like sweetness at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Very smooth with a great malt balance that is both dry, but slightly spicy and sweet at the same time.

(O)- Overall, a fantastic Weizenbock. I do not have a ton of experiences in this style, but definitely like what I am seeing in this one.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 3,482 ratings
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