Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

3,447 Ratings
Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of n2185
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with decent lacing.

S: sweet clove and banana aromas up front with slight citrus notes and a sweet, bready finish.

T: similar to the aroma, cloves and banana flavors hit first. Orangey citrus follows with sweet wheat and bready flavors on the finish.

M: medium-light body, this beer is crisp and very refreshing. Very drinkable.

O: quite a good beer, overall. Flavorful, drinkable, and refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clove and some vanilla. Pears and plums. Lots of bready malt. Hops and floral. The aroma is bold overall. Lacking in dark fruits for the style.

Appearance: Yellow in color. Very cloudy. Little retention other than some foam around the edges and a thin layer on top. Tall clean white head.

Taste: Bold yeasty phenols lots of clove, black pepper, and some vanilla. A large dose of fruity esters, a bit darker than the fruits in the aroma. Mild dates, some plum and pear follows. Moderate hops are floral and pine. Alcohol is just a bit solvent-like. As it warms up more residual sugar and wheat shows up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, which stings the tongue and roof of the mouth a bit. Slick and creamy. Mildly warming.

Overall: A bit lacking in the darker flavors that are typical of this style. A good overall beer, lots of flavor. The lighter flavors allow the alcohol to shine through a bit more than normal. The carbonation sting lightens up and the flavors blend more smoothly once the brew warms up a bit.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of matjack85
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 1 pint 0.9oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $3.29. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/yellow color with a fast rising humongous white head that lasts several minutes. Lacing was decent.

Not much of an aroma. What there was seemed like a crazy mix of herbs, spices, and bananas.

The first thing you get is a creamy banana taste. Then a wheaty/bready flavor kicks in, followed by a lemony twang. Cloves and herbal hops round things out.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very unique tasting beer that hides the 7.7% abv very well. Well worth a try.

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4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with tons of carbonation. Has a two finger thick, soapy white head. Eventually the beer clears up into a quite clear gold with lots and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom

S: Getting lots of herbal spices and bready notes. Simlar to sourdough bread, also a bit of cloves and earthy types of aromas. Hops slightly detectable

T: Follows the nose well. Tons of huge bready notes with some spice in there as well. Has a bit of sweetness on the backend with some honey notes

M: Thick and creamy and highly carbonated. Excellent.

Overall this was excellent. I'm not too familiar with the Weizenbock style, but this one has got me intrigued. Top notch stuff

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Photo of mtlasley
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Vitus pours a hazy, golden, light amber. Held to the light, oranges and yellow burst from the haze and almost make it glow. Superior. The head here is a finger and a half high mass of stark white, tiny bubbled foam. The thickness takes it's time dissipating. It makes for an attractive and "classic" beer look. What should I expect from the oldest brewery in the world though?

Smell: Cloves and bananas are the first things I detect. They dominate at first but there's a sweetness here followed by a wheat tang. It's neat, you can actually smell each layer come apart. Underneath everything is a peppery-ness to it all. There's also a faint peach or apricot aroma...quite intoxicating.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Vitus goes down incredibly smooth. There's a weight here though, almost like a "cereal" texture inside it all.

Taste: The first taste that hits has a creamy banana taste and quality. It's light but it lays on the tongue with confidence. As the creaminess fades and the beer moves to the middle of the tongue, there's a peppery-ness and the strong flavor of cloves. Each layer here is very simple and distinct. It's really something of beauty. As the beer finishes, everything smooths out and goes down as if it had never happened. Too drinkable.

Overall: A reasonably price beer that looks, smells, feels and tastes amazing from the oldest brewery in the world. Could a beer lover ask for more? I'd say no. Vitus is an all time favorite and a real showstopper for me. Pick this beer up. You will not be dissappointed.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange with a massive, soapy head that just wouldn't quit. Little lacing. Smelled much like its cousin brews: banana bread and citrus and spice and all that. Taste was crisp, with obvious alcohol essence and warmth throughout. Felt comfortably slick in the mouth. Overall delicious beer, will certainly continue to shuffle between this and other Weihenstephaner brews!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down very slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of wheat, cloves, spices, banana and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice wheat character with a mix of cloves, pepper, banana, yeast and bready notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel and Schneider Weisse Aventinus.

Poured into my Penn Weizen glass. Nice clarity in a golden yellow body, showing effervescence rising. Good three-fingered head at first, reduced to a thick layer and very little lace. 4.0

More hops in this one. Medicinal and brawny. Alcohol peels through, as well. Esters are rather held in check, but include orange marmalade, coriander, limoncello or lemon yogurt, and a smidge of dried banana chips. 3.5

Musty grains, more dried banana, unripe apple, maybe some pear. Big bready notes with some pleasant malt sweetness. Sweet roll and candied apricots and there's even a saltiness. It all wraps up in a really smooth package brew. 4.0

A little syrupy and weak on the carbonation. Not uber-sticky, but it has some gumminess. The feel is a low-spot for Vitus. 3.0

Vitus is still a prime weizenbock. A paler, breadier example of the style. Definitely showcasing the wheat malts. 4.0

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

Pours hazy gold with a frothy long lasting white head. The aroma is packed with fruity yeast flavors and crisp wheat malts. The taste is sweet yet crisp enough to never even approach cloying. Very light for the ABV. Banana and tropical fruit mingle with lemon and cookie dough and a restrained herbal hoppiness. Extremely vigorous carbonation give this light-bodied brew a champagne feel. The finish is sweet and fruity. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden throughout.

This is a gem of a wiessbier. Complex and full of depth. Impossibly delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from the bottle, the weizenbock registered a golden hue. Its aroma was sweet, bearing notes of banana and wheat. A very appealing scent was recorded. The initial taste was the awesome belgian yeast tang that reminds many of bananas. This flavor alone makes this a great beer, but the taste goes further. Also accompanying the yeast was a mild peppery notes that only served to give the beer a delightfully more complex layer. A hint of honey was even detectable. The sweet notes continued to the finish, at which point the peppery notes became slightly more obvious. The mouthfeel was smooth, being easy on the carbonation. While I like the hefeweiss better, this is still an excellent beer in the price range of almost any drinker.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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