Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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95
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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:
3,458
Reviews:
1,197
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
247
Gots:
610
For Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of scratch69
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Hazy yellow color with two fingers worth of lingering foamy head. Large amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat malt and banana.

Taste- Strong flavors of banana and clove with notes of wheat. Some spice notes at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall- Delicious. Very drinkable. I really want this one again.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy sunset orange with a white head that creates thin lacing and descent retention.

S - Peppery banana, clove, stone fruit, dense wheat malt, acidic fruit.

T - Hints of apple cider, cinnamon, banana, clove, bubblegum, stone fruit, very clean wheat malts, light pepper, with a kiss of citrus. The pepper comes out more on the finish.

M - Medium body, fluffy feel.

Super tasty German beer. A poetic marriage of flavors with a peppery hint on the finish. Awesome!...This is what I expect out of this brewery every time.

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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light golden color. Sort of corn colored. Nice cloud white head comprised of small bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat. Some more earthy notes like... hmmmm thyme. A little yeasty.

T: Dangeriously light given the high (well sort of) abv. Some wheat notes, almost some belgian notes with a little mustyness which compliments the other flavors. A kiss of alcohol and the end helps provide a little sweetness that fades to a wheaty finish. Flavor is actually a little light I think.

M: Sits with a light/medium body. Bubbles are decently smooth but give way to a little sting. Not bad.

Overall, a great showing from weihenstephaner but not mind blowing. They certainly make the best wheat beers but I actually think their regular wheat beer or the dunkle are comparable to this one. The flavors are a little light for the higher abv but its still worth checking out.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a couple fingers worth of fast-fading head and quickly rising carbonation bubbles throughout

S: A bunch of wheat malts and Belgian yeast, which brings forward the usual banana and clove suspects along with other light fruits

T: Follows the nose, with the flavors jumping out more than the nose would have suggested. Very banana, clove, and wheat forward with the alcohol nearly unnoticeable. (at least until it warms up a little). There is NOTHING that could make a strong wheat beer any better. PERFECT

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not nearly as soda-like as the appearance would suggest with the amount of bubbles rising

O: The true alcohol strength of this beer is so amazingly hidden, I would have guessed that it was no more than 5% and it's nearly 8%! Drinks extremely easily and more like a regular hefe than a bock. Absolutely worth trying, especially at the price

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Photo of Ego
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

battle weizen-bock, ayinger vs. weishenstephaner vitus, phase 2 :Weis weis baby

eyes...
classic weihen regal looking label, goddamn, I hate beers that friggin explode when you pop them, this has been sedentary in my cellar for 2 months, much like ayinger this has a sizzle head, that fizzles within seconds, more golden straw and much hazier than ayinger but the carbonation action is very similar, although the weihen is a little less gurgly. I like the hazy look of this.

nose...
well, being that this exploded all over my desk... it has that weihen musty-wheat tone mixed with the heavy banana tone, there is a slight seltzer odor here as well, it is pretty good.

taste etc...
the carbonation is sparkling, fantastic, absolutely like a soft drink but subdued, amazing mouth feel, this drinks like some sort of complex sprite, there is the wheat tone, the banana tone, the lemon twang, but has a subtle sweet finish totally balanced with the sour notes. delicious! the mouth feel borders on chewy but attains lightness, color me stupid and smack me on the ass how they accomplish this here... wow.

verdict?
solid, great, awesome. Just a fantastic brew, what the hell took me so long to try this? Complex, easy drinking, has some punch... this girl blows you on the first date.

battle weizenbock this evening goes to Weihenstaphener! Ayinger is really really good but Weihen knocks it out of most parks, including yosemite...

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A -Pours a hazy golden yellow with a incredibly fluffy four-finger snow white head of both small and large bubbles. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Huge banana, bubblegum, and clove aroma. A little fresh baked white bread in there also. Smells heavenly.

T - Holy crap. This beer is amazing. Huge banana and clove phenol taste which literally dances around the palate. Hints of lemon as well. Backbone of extremely clean wheat compliments the fruit esters perfectly. Slightly spicy Bavarian hops carry the finish with a bit of white pepper and add a perfect amount of bitterness to keep the banana from becoming cloying. Flavors are all extremely rich and powerful. This is basically a really good Hefe turned up to 11 like Spinal Taps amps. If there was a way to give this a 6 for taste, I would do so.

M - Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation to keep drinkability high. Everything comes together to compliment the flavor profile. Again, just..."more" than a standard Hefeweizen.

O - Simply put, this is the best beer for the style I have ever had, and might just be the greatest beer I have ever had period. Just so very good. My very first "all 5's" review, as I don't see how this brew could possibly be improved. I encourge beer lovers everywhere to give this a try if haven't already.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a one pint, 0.9 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a weizen glass

The beer poured a cloudy, yellow ochre color. It appeared more orangey at the top of the glass and more pale straw yellow toward the bottom. Surprisingly light for the style. A two-finger head of fluffy white foam topped the liquid. Sticky streaks of lacing stuck along the glass. The head slowly faded to a long lasting cap of froth.

The nose was very yeasty and phenolic. Powdery and dry with strong lemon and citrus notes. A campfire-like smokiness came through as well. Mild spice notes were also detectable.

The flavor profile was bright, clean and refreshing. Unlike the nose, which had a restrained spice character, the beer was remarkably spicy on the palate. Tons of clove and coriander notes. Some banana. Yeasty, fruity and phenolic. Lots of lemony tartness. Bubblegum came through strong on the finish. Overall, super smooth and easy drinking. At 7.7% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The beer was medium bodied and contained a crisp, bubbly effervescence. Creamy, slick and smooth.

Like most other beers in the Weihenstephaner lineup, Vitus is a solid offering. At a mere $3.49 a bottle, this is one of the best deals going. My only complaint is is that this beer failed to exhibit any of the "bock" characteristics that are typically found in a well executed weizenbock.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a hazy golden bright yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt banana, bread, fruit, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the right notes that one would expect were going on in this one. This fact made it quite enjoyable and definitely a good start for anyone looking to try something new. All of the flavors and aromas were on-point on this one. This made it quite easy to drink and was enjoyable for all in attendance at the tasting where I sampled it. Definitely worth your time if you have not had it or if you want to try a solid brew in the style.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - A gorgeous wheat and orange hue that exudes vibrant color. Nice finger pale head sits atop. Good retention and lacing.

S - Wheat, banana, clove and some citrus. Really nice on the nose.

T - Lots of fruit going on in this one: banana, apple, citrus and pineapple. Some nice wheat malts and a touch of lemon.

M - Medium body with some nice carbonation that sets off the flavors without being overwhelming. Even on the creamy side!

O - This brewery knows what they are doing. The dunkel hefe, the traditional hefe, Korbinian and now this! Excellence.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,458 ratings.
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