Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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
Ratings:
3,437
Reviews:
1,189
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
246
Gots:
597
For Trade:
5
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes - Late October 2012.

16.9 oz brown German style bomber bottle. Sleek neck with its reward medal plain as day. Label is one of the classiest thing you'll ever lay your eyes upon. This is true German craft at it's finest. Poured this into a weizen glass I picked up in a weihenstephan gift box. I have since bought the authentic vitus glass since this review.

A - Wow. Very different from other Weizenbock styles I've had. The color is somewhat like its smaller brother with a color of Cloudy yellowish orange. Some fine haze going on here. Fluffy white head sits plumped on top that yanks nearly every inch of stickiness back in place leaving splotches of lace on the walls of the glass.

S - big banana and clove spice. Maybe a small whiff of vanilla and bubblegum sweetness. Delicious aroma.

T - Big flavor of Ripe bananas and clove spiciness. Small Hints of vanilla and nutmeg pairs wonderful with the banana showcase. Bubblegum note blends well with the clove spices. A dry wheat finish with the faintest of alcohol spice.

M - A massive flavored wheat beer. It's unbelievable in the mouth. Super tasty and enjoyable to drink. Its refreshing and a solid change of pace with the weather cooling down. It's like a rich and thicker than normal hefe-weissbier and I approve!

O - I'm assuming that Weihenstephan's Vitus is a weizenbock blending a pale bock or maibock given its color and character. It's really a home run and is another fabulous wheat beer from this brewer. If you enjoy their Hefe-Weissbier than you'll need to pick this up as well. It reminds me of that very hefe jacked up on richness and more of the ingredients I enjoy so much. I'm not sure on the availability, but I was told that it's around in plenty every year when the colder months start rolling in. Just German at its best and simply delicious. Vitus lives up to the label thats equipped around its neck.

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Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the blueprint of the classic Hefeweizen clove and banana esters. Such a rich mouthful.

Pours an attractive hazy golden in the Leffe chalice, with rafts of bubbles sliding down the glass. Take a mouthful and you get that great German creamy carbonation. It tastes like it's alive!

Maybe less actual aroma in the glass, but the nose as you exhale is pure spicy bliss. This is why I always try an alleged Weizenbock, in hope of that pleasure. Try this and you'll know what the style is supposed to taste like. A bargain, too, for a couple of bucks.

Bottle from Bottles and Bins in Monterey, Calif. The German beers in bottles seem to travel better than the Belgians, in my opinion. Or maybe stores feel the need to refrigerate the Germans?

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of McNealc31
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, fluffy white head floats atop a hazy gold body. Wheat, pepper, and sour citrus in the aroma. Banana is the first flavor that comes through. Although it is a bit on the side of imitation banana candy flavor rather than real banana. After that, black pepper, wheat malt, finishing with bitter orange and coriander. The spices become more pronounced as it warms. Bit of heat from the 7.7% ABV.

This is definitely a beer to enjoy. Loads of flavor, great balance, excellent drinkability

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a murky golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white rocky head that lasted throughout, reducing slightly to a small cap with excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, light citrus hops and a sweaty yeasty with notes of banana, green apple, citrus (lemon), clove and a touch of honey.

The taste was lightly sweet and very mildly malty with a hint of citrus that lasted throughout, and finished with a spicy yeast taste and had just a bit of banana at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration following the swallow, with a refreshing spicy citrus taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and refreshing brew that had a great spicy banana ending and an awesome drinkability...

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip
A – 2 finger fizzy white head on a slightly hazy golden yellow brew, decent retention, no lacing 3.5
S – Yeasty, fruity, slight citrus banana and peach notes 3.5
T – Bananas more dominate as it warms, yeast, alcohol, and a light spice with a subtle sour 3.5
M – Above average carbonation but not the annoying mouth feel of highly carbonated beers, relatively light 3.5
O – A light highly drinkable high ABV beer, good but not something I’ll seek out unless I have the need to get drunk on a lawn chair some summer day 3.5

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow, straw-like color with quite a bit of haziness, completely opaque. Extremely volatile, as expected given the style, producing a huge, creamy white head. The smell is familiar, once again, to this style of beer, but it is executed very cleanly. Bananas, pears, wheat, bread, yeast, clove, spices. It's all there, and it smells great. The taste follows right behind with an initial hint of clove, followed by the sweetness around the edges. Bananas, sweet malt, buttered bread, and faint bubble gum round out the middle section of the sip. Slight alcohol warmth keeps things interesting in the background, holding it all together. It finishes with a heavy does of wheat and bread on the palate, along with some of the initial tastes lingering like banana, pear, and clove. Medium body and a crispy feel among the slight creaminess thanks to the high carbonation.

What Weihenstephaner does is pretty simple, but they execute it extremely well, and that's what makes them so great. Add this beer to their list of great brews. Not only are they delicious, but they are reasonably priced as well.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a huge white head and good lacing

S-bananas, wheat bread, cloves, slight sweetness

T-nice banana and clove flavors with malt and hints of black pepper and coriander

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-a delicious weizenbock, great flavors and refreshing

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