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
Ranking:
#605
Reviews:
1,211
Ratings:
3,493
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Franziskaner weissbier glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy lemon-amber with a couple fingers of bone white head that slowly faded into nothingness.
S: Chalky, doughy, yeast, bready malts, cracked wheat, and a very subtle hint of clove and lemon.
T: I’m getting more citrus and fruit in the mouth than the nose, but for the most part this beer tastes like it smells. Sugary fruits and citrus lead the way with big chalky notes of wheat as well. I get hints of bananas and clovey yeast in the finish, and the aftertaste is sweet and grainy. There’s a light touch of caramel or candied sugar as well.
M: Medium-body, slick and heavy mouthfeel with greasy and soft carbonation. Smooth but heavy.
O: An amazing weizenbock full of fruity and rich flavors. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of wheat beers.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of C20Percent
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow-gold with a big, smooth head of white foam on top. Upon second pour, I get a much hazier gold color with little pieces of sediment. Some decent bubble action in the body. Looks like a Belgian Ale. Look crisp and refreshing. I'm always suspicious of beers that change color throughout the beer-drinking experience -- I prefer beers to show there cards up front. But, this is a unique experience.

S: Sweet. Floral. Fruity. Bananas. Melon. Yeast. Breads. Lots of aroma. Lots of complexity. Maintains a great balance of smells.

T: Sweetness all around. Breads. Yeast. Malts. Lots of fruitiness hitting the mouth in a very professional manner. Great taste. Crisp. Very nice.

M: For me, the beer trips up a bit here. It feels very rough. Astringent even. A medium body with nice carbonation, but man does this beer cut like a knife.

O: A nice brew that maintains a good flavor without falling victim to its abv. And, while I really like the complexity in the aroma and flavor -- man, the feel is very rough. Almost tough to drink. This is good -- but it's far from a go-to for me.

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

16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip, pours a gorgeous golden apricot color with a luscious looking 1 1/2" white bubbly head that eases down to a nice cap that lingers to the finish, spotty sticky lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, wheat, bubblegum, some citrus, spices and banana.

Taste is sweet bread, bubblegum, wheat grain, clove, coriander, pepper with hints of tart citrus, apricot, banana and malt all in the right proportions.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, slightly sugary and chewy.

Overall I want to give it a 4.25 but that is not an option so I am in the 4.5 range as this is so easy drinking, flavors are very pronounced, great balance…a must have! Cheers ~

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of those beers I happen to pick up (in this case because I am trying to expand my German Beer cred) and get all excited about, and rush to the computer to see if I'm the only one. Clearly not!

This has an out-of-this world head. In any other beer may be off-putting and confusing, but in this beer, the straw yellow contrasted to the creamy white works. I am not getting that big ripe banana aroma that I would have hoped for, in fact, I get a touch of skunkiness and booze. The beer tastes big, but balanced. Huge banana flavor and a unique spiciness, almost hot, but not quite.

Having finished this beer while writing this review, I am excitingly buzzed. I feel like my body reacts to the alcohol in every beer differently, and this one brings me up. Perhaps it is the exaggerated fruitiness that tricks my metabolism into thinking I am eating a banana, but either way, it is great. But beyond that, speak strictly about the brew itself, I love the way I am simultaneously blown-away by the big flavors and comfortably enticed by it's balance.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kscaldef
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow. Medium head with minimal retention.

S: Lots of banana with wheaty, yeasty notes

T: Banana bubblegum, big time. Mild sweetness builds over the course of the glass. Finishes a bit grainy.

M: High carbonation. Very smooth and cleaner than most wheat beers in my experience.

O: Good beer, but the sweetness really detracts for me as I get further into the glass. By the end, my lips were sticky and I wouldn't have wanted another.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Weihenstephaner is a favorite of mine, but I’ve only seen Vitus in one bottle shop. That said, I had to grab it.

Brewed about six months ago (bottle code translates to a filling date of November 29, 2011).

A: Tons of head, and a hazy yellow-brown body with strings of yeast throughout the body. The foam lasts forever, with a ridiculous amount of foamy retention. Abundant lacing, as usual from these guys.

S: Apricot, peach cobbler, orange, and pineapple juice come through with the first wave of creamy wheat, followed by estery alcohol. This nose is absolutely brimming with yeast scents, with honey, banana, clove, coriander, and pepper. Fruits and yeasts come together perfectly – absolutely gorgeous.

T: Wheat textures are everything I expected: lots of banana, Nilla wafers, clove, grains of paradise, coriander, and crisp-as-ever grain. The gang’s all here, and with a new bubblegum, orange, pomegranate, and peach juiciness. It’s lovely, with the yeast underneath coming out as a doughy, herbal profile – thyme and allspice. Finishes with a some clean, lemony hop tartness, a mild, chewy sweet bread, and pepper (alcohol, maybe).

M: Pretty chewy, just as the malts set it up to be. Yeast doughtiness leaves it smooth, full, and drinkably clean. The 16.9 oz. bottle is gone in no time.

O: Although this is pretty much Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier with less phenols and more fruit, it’s really enjoyable. I’ve heard that a really fresh bottle is even better, so I’ll be on the lookout; this time, though, it was delicious.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottle code of 1291(mid 2011 bottling). This took a while to fully pour haha. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger dense white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, orange, wheat, bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice aroms with good complexity and balance. Taste of big banana, bubblegum, lemon, clove, pepper, orange zest, bread, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Fairly spicy finish; with lingering notes of banana, citrus, pepper, clove, bread, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Incredible flavor balance of maltiness and yeast spiciness; with great complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is extremely smooth. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 7.7%, with pretty much no warming after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic weizenbock style. Insane flavor balance and complexity, and extremely smooth to drink for the level of alcohol. This one is definitely better when it is fresher (previous review was with an ’09 bottle).

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer color is yellow with some orange notes in there. Veiled. The head is quite dense. The aroma is fruity with some bananas. The aroma intensity is medium to strong. I like the aroma. Smell refreshing.

On the taste, it is similar to the aroma. Not very bitter. Medium body. Quite effervescent. Refreshing. And a warmer due to the high ABV.

A quite interesting beer. Tasty and refreshing while being a sipper... I like this one.

Received this beer from Liam in a recent trade. Thanks BAmate.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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