Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BA SCORE
4.28/5
3,491 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:
#604
Reviews:
1,210
Ratings:
3,491
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
251
Gots:
624
Trade:
5
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,491 |  Reviews: 1,210
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MDDMD
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AmitC
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third out of five bottles in the gift pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. Pours with a one-to one and half fingers thick white colored head. That stays for a while and dissipates into a thin layer. Pale straw to golden color with a cloudy appearance. Some presence of yeast that contributes to the haze. Looks very much similar to Weihenstephan weissbier only with a thinner head, less retention and more thinner appearance. Decent lacing. Fewer bubbles that come out in a single straight line. I made them dance in the long glass.

Smell: Moderate presence of phenol clove like aroma along with banana esters. Some hints of alcohol but you have to sniff it out. Very much hidden. Little bit of wheat and orange.

Flavor: One of the more striking first sips. Wheat character, banana and clove dominate but not as strongly as in hefeweiss. A good balance between wheat and malts. Somewhat sweet and wheat upfront with more malty taste afterwards. Alcohol is never felt. Slight after taste of orange.

Mouth feel. Medium bodied to slightly full. Low on carbonation. Very easy to drink refreshing beer and a lot more soothing for this alcohol.

Style wise it scores a 4. Personally 3.75 due to its well hidden strength.

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Cloudy whitish gold with 1-2 fingers of white head. Decent retention and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Very phenolic. Clove, coriander, banana peals and wheat bread.

Taste
A lot of banana. Banana bread, banana peal and maybe some plantain. Wheat bread and again a very phenolic yeast. Clove, coriander and touches of black pepper.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, silky, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall
Very balanced and easy drinking. 7.7% abv is well hidden. Definitely worth a try if you're into wheat beers (or even if you're not.)

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 10 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy amber color. The head is a two finger off white shade with one of the most beautiful general textures I've seen in a head before. Shame the lacing is low, though.

S: I half expected bananarama, and that's what I got. What sends it over the top is the complex notes of tangerine, cloves, bubblegum, and light grass intermingling with the banana that turns it into a real aromatic winner.

T: This takes what made Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen so great, and amps it up to 11. Light banana to start, before giving way to some earthy, wheaty notes. I love how it isn't overly sweet (a problem I found in both Ayinger's and Schneider's weizenbocks) The finishing flavor, in particular, is superbly wheat forward. It manages to be balanced, smooth, and complex all at the same time,

M: I only have one problem with the beer - the finish is just too astringent and chalky. The smooth, slick body is excellent right up until then, however. The carbonation, just like the texture, is fantastically controlled up until the midtaste, but is also a little too intrusive on the back end. However, both tighten up quite well after several sips.

O: An excellent beer in general - but not quite as great as the regular hefeweizen. To be fair, that's one of the best beers *ever* in my opinion, so it makes me a little sad that this is merely fantastic, rather than utterly transcendental. But still, the fact that it's gotten to a point where I'm chiding a beer for only being excellent means that...

VVV

III

TTT

UUU

SSS

!!!

...should be searched out and consumed immediately.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier during the summer at a restaurant, It was really, really good so I figured that I would issue a proper review for this beer. Served in a tall stein mug.

A: Poured a wonderful cloudy golden-orange honey color, with a white colored finger width head that dissipated quickly with small patches of lacing.

S: Very refreshing and aromatic smell, dominated by wheat, picking up citrus hints, like lemon peels, smell some yeast too

T: Delicious, very smooth. Very sweet too, tastes grainy, like wheat or bread, tastes fruity like bananas, has a citrus and spicy tinge at the finish.

O: This is what I remembered from earlier in the year, Its a superior beer and my first from Weihenstephan, left a amazing first impression, I'd like to think of it as more of a summer/warmer weather beer, but even now it's outstanding and I recommend it to everyone.

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3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From iPhone notes. First of style.

Interesting.... Pours just like a wit or hefe lovely pale straw colour and fine head.

And then a times two factor takeover.

That's twice the intense aromas of the yeast and bananas and twice the flavour hit. Amazingly intense flavours and the overall body of the beer takes it to the next level. The higher alcohol does peek through but does not get in the way.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and quite light

Surprisingly good beer. Like really good...

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,491 ratings
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