Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BA SCORE
4.28/5
3,493 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:
1,211
Ratings:
3,493
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
251
Gots:
626
Trade:
5
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Photo of DeMaria
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a large white head. The aroma is full of cloves and bananas with a little bit of toffee thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of strong banana and clove notes, as well as a little bit of pepper. There is a very creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice weizenbock, one of the best I have tried.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of trocketsauced
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of murraymj
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PGVG
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven’t had the Vitus, but I have had beers from the Weihenstephan portfolio. The pilsner is their most popular and is readily available. I was intrigued to learn that this one has only been around since 2007. I also found it interesting that folks who fast can drink this beer. Heck, if it’s good maybe I will fast and live on Vitus! It has been a while since we drank, so I am excited to get the ball rolling. Let’s dive into the Vitus.

In the Glass: The beer pours golden brown with a thick foamy head. I didn’t really know what to expect here, but I was surprised to see so much head. The beer has a weak lace that quickly drips back into the beer.

Nose: It smells like a good German beer is supposed to. There are a ton of malty notes on the nose, and then it begins to smell rusty and seasoned. I still can’t believe that this beer has only been in production since 2007. The label and the history of this brewery would beg to differ.

Flavor: The beer starts off with those same rustic flavors that I was picking up in the nose, but then the sweetness kicks off. I am left saying, “Holy cow,” when I sit the glass down. I had no idea what this was going to taste like, but am glad to have found what was inside the bottle!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. Considering how much head there is on this beer, there isn’t a lot going on in the mouth. No bubbles and it isn’t overwhelming as you swallow.

Aftertaste: I wish the aftertaste lasted longer than it does. The beer is so sweet as it slides across your tongue, and is still in there a few seconds later… but quickly fades. The beer is cheap, but with such a big ABV you need to be careful. You never taste the booze in this one.

I have had the pilsner, and while it’s good… it’s not great. This beer is surprisingly incredible. The sweetness, which I am starting to like more and more, just continues to impress from one bottle to the next. I could drink this beer again and again. If you like a tasty sweet beer, grab a bottle of Vitus. Bottoms up, people!

Weihenstephaner Vitus - The bottle says: NA

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Photo of BlindProphet
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus (Weizenbock)

A longtime favorite of mine, Weihenstephaner’s weizenbock is as well suited for a hot summer afternoon as their classic hefeweizen, unless you plan on spending the whole day sipping on it. Although it hardly tastes stronger than their hefe, the Vitus is no session beer. At 7.7%, a few too many could cut your afternoon short.

Pouring the 500ml bottle into a weizen glass, it takes just a gentle tilt for a foamy white head to form over this hazy, straw colored brew. Take care not pour to this one too quickly. Banana and bubblegum are the first to hit the nose, followed by a hint of clove and a yeast sharpness, which is softened but not completely overpowered by these milder aromas.

As the head would indicate, this is a highly carbonated beer. Medium-full bodied, it froths on the tongue with a fullness that defies the light sweetness of its flavor. Again I immediately taste banana, but the clove is far more present here than on the nose. Alongside these predominant flavors, the breadiness of the malt and the tart, fruitiness of the yeast also stand out, leading into just a slight bitterness for a very smooth finish. The taste of alcohol is conspicuously absent.

All in all, this is a truly excellent beer. Not only is it complex; it’s light and drinkable--a great choice for warm weather and the kind of beer even the most casual beer drinker can appreciate. And did I mention it’s 7.7%? Kick back and grab one, because my only real criticism is that I haven’t got more left.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a mountainous, rocky white head. Honestly, the gentlest pour is all you need to make a fluffy head that most beers couldn't produce when poured with the utmost vigor. A solid bouquet of banana and cloves serves as a worthy harbinger of what's to come. Banana bread, clove, and wheat meld together to great effect, and the mouthfeel is exquisite. The bountiful carbonation accentuates the spiciness nicely and serves to temper a fruitiness that could become cloying if left unchecked. One really has to search for a fault, but if I'm being picky, there is a very slight metallic taste in the finish, but it's negligible. This weizenbock is more weizen than bock, and that serves me just fine. It's velvety, delicious, and perfect on a hot summer day. One the finest brews from an outstanding brewery.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle while shopping at Sam's Quik Shop.

Pour looks like a hefe, honestly. Very cloudy yellow with a thick white frothy, bubbly white head.

It just smells like their Hefe, loads of bubble gum and banana. It smells sweeter, with more of the honey malt coming through, and I like it. So much damn banana....

The taste is just pure banana, honestly. Theres not much other to it. Others get some kind of flavors that take away from the yeast, but this one really just accents the yeast so damn well. The yeast really tastes like banana, and thats all. Theres a bit of spicy clove that really just balances things out totally.

It shouldnt be this drinkable for nearly 8% ABV.

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Photo of bertcat9000
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of tuka
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mojuyt
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Grohnke
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Weizenbock style study for BJCP. (BA / BJCP)

Look: Very robust, condensed, moussy long lasting head. Dark straw / light gold. Slight wheat haze (3.5 / 2)

Strong clove, light banana. Light Alcohol. Bread-like malt. No hop. (3 / 7)

Heavy spicy clove, mild fruit (banana and apple). Grainy sweet wheat and bready malt background. Supporting hop bitterness, no hop flavor. Slight tartness on the long, dry finish. Very well balanced. (3.5 / 15)

Medium-full body, with high carbonation. Creamy. Light alcohol warmth ( 5 / 5)

While a very impressive and enjoyable beer, it did miss out on some key aspects of the weizenbock style (In studying, i am reviewing according to BJCP style guidelines). The color was truly light for the style, and the aroma and flavor lacked the bock-like qualities inherent with weizenbocks. It did however have a wonderful balance of spicy clove, fruit, malt and alcohol. It drank more like a double hefe, if such a style exists. It pains me to grade this the way I did, but again, i was adhereing to BJCP guidelines, and have to judge accordingly. It really is a great beer, and thus gets the 9 on the overall, regardless that it falls out of style (subjective component) (4.5 / 9)

( 3.75 / 38)

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Photo of WesM63
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Weihenstephan Hefe glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a rocky 3finger white head. Plenty of retention and lacing are present.

S: Smells of yeast, clove, banana and some spices maybe a hint of some pilsner malt.

T: Spot on the nose. Yeast, clove, banana some pilsner malt and spices.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

O: I think I've finally covered all of Weihenstephan's offerings. All of them are spot on for the style, this is no exception. Perfect for this hot Ohio summer night.

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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

Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Fantastic burnt wheat/orange pour with a monster 3 finger pillow head that hung around a bit. Smell is very fruit forward and floral. Banana, cloves and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is much like the Weih Hefe, but with more power and brunt. Very complex flavors and a great combination of fruits, phenos, malts and wheat. Like a hefe on roids! Feels is somewhat heavy carbonation and dry. Very smooth and coating. Overall- Another great offering and much like the Hefe. New to this style, so don't have a ton to compare it too. I will say, if you like the Hefe, you will like this. Complex and refreshing with a great blend of malts and fruits. A definite must try-

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Photo of gabedivision
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured to a weizen glass from a 500ml bottle

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with a giant 3-4 for finger head, lots of disturbed yeast cake floating around the glass. Buttery banana and vanilla slam the nose, a nice citrus profile of lemon and orange peel, and hints of spice, clove maybe some ginger. On the tongue, sweet grain, banana- lemon, vanilla bean, clove spice on the finish. Light bodies, massively carbonated, yet very buttery and smooth, sweet sugar open up all the taste buds, starts moist with a fine dry finish. Overall; fine beer, easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Danny1217
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Two finger white head. Excellent retention. Smells very rich. Wheat, banana, clove. Very floral and fruity. Taste is similar. Light fruits, spice, yeast. Like a hefeweizen, but thicker and more powerful. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth finish.

I love this beer.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,493 ratings
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