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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Photo of Redteketed
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(T 12-07 BB 08-08)

Enormous rocky white head, far over the edge of original glass, pale golden color.
No doubt a wheat beer, with citrus and apple flavors, I think Golden delicious.
Sweet, mild bitter base, overwhelmed with wheat and some citrus and sweet pallets.
medium mouth feel, short wheaty aftertaste.
Good beer, drinks easy, but an ABV of 7.7 will send the man with the 'sledge'hammer soon. So I would not take more than two a night.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed pils glass it is a hard to manage brew. The carbonation is incredibly explosive and the head continues to grow long after the pour. Ivory white head sits atop a yellow brew with jaccuzzi like champagne level bubbles.

Smells and tastes very similar to their Kristalweizen. In a blind tasting I'd probably have guessed this was a hefe or a kristal. Bananna type fruitiness with just a touch of nuts in the background. More so in the aftertaste. A bit hot for such a light offering and not one of my favorites from these incredible brewers.

Notes: I love this brewery and even though this was not one of my favorites it was still an above average brew.

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Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like hefeweisen beer. This is another offering from Weihenstephaner and is basically stronger.

This pours with a medium head and very cloudy. The head goes away but leaves a small bubbly top. Lace was not very evident. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a tad spicy. Taste is not as complex as the Hefeweisbier which is truly a favorite of mine. The fruit is nice the yeast/bread taste is nice but something is just not quite there. I will enjoy this beer again though as this is better than any American wheat I have tried.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent find. I'm a big fan of Weihenstephan hefe, and this is basically the same thing, except on steroids.

Appearance is a cloudy, yellow-gold with a thin head. Smell is muted compared to a standard hefe, but bananas and cloves can still be detected. Taste has enhanced tanginess of the hefe, other flavors somewhat muted. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and not completely satisfying. Drinkability is good for a beer of this abv. All and all, not my favorite offering from Weihenstephan, but still very good.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big hefe glass, the liquid was a suprising light gold with excellent carbonation. The head was huge and white with good retention and lots of lace.

The smell was great, big loaf of fresh bread and light fruits with beautiful hints of alcohol.

The taste followed, very bready, banana, peach and pair fruit flavors with very nice spice notes of cloves and white pepper.

The mouthfeel was big and full, the carbonation was also very good, quenching and clensing.

The drinkability of this brew is only held back by it's higher alcohol. Truly this is a brew worthy of a Papal Mass by our Bavarian Pope.
Bring on the Batzen. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of tonistruth
2.82/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- a bubbly golden straw colored brew sits under a 1 finger white head that holds decently

S- heavy banana aromas, with wheat as well...as brew warms a minty alcoholic scent arises

T- banana flavors dominate up front until a strong tide of wheat comes through and finishes somewhat spicy, alcohol creeps around the after, and brew warms alcohol takes quite a role on the finish

M- coarse and dry, alcohol can be harsh

D- i like my brews with the alcohol at a tamer state, quite filling and definitely not sessionable, complex brew but i just couldn't enjoy it

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/21/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code imprinted on the back label. Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Ultra golden colored pour with a full one inch thick and foamy white head. Lacing was lacking a bit, but still looked nice. Aren't weizenbock's traditionaly darker?

Smell- Wish the aroma was a bit stronger. Nice but could be more pungent. Light clove, light citrus notes and light banana.

Taste- Still questioning weizenbock after the taste, but damn this is tasty. Good amount of banana flavoring with only a slight amount of clove. Added corriander and some other citrus fruits, plus the added bonus of some dark fruits (figs?). Very sweet during intake.

Mouthfeel- Thick and lightly syrupy. Coats the back of your throat going down. About the perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- Thinking a cross between a hefeweizen and a belgian strong pale...with just a touch of weizenbock thrown in. Definite summer brew. If your at the beach and lacking your banana now and laters, grab one of these, it will do the trick.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Weizenbock has recently become one of my favorite styles. The fact that this brewery has decided to produce one is awesome. Poured in to a weizen glass a murky orange, with a large white head that dissolved very quickly. Aroma is very clean, with bits of bread, clove and banana. Taste is round and tasty, with more bread and banana coming through. This one seems a little bit light for the style in body, but at the same time the alcohol does not show itself at all. This would make a nice session beer. Maybe not the best Weizenbock I have tasted, but certainly an interesting one.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. The head is a couple fingers of creamy white that takes its time to fade and laces spots. Smells spicy, banana, pepper, coriander and clove. Taste begins with sweet malt followed by the wheat and spice. Medium in the mouth and a delightful twist on a wheat beer. So drinkable that it would be a delight to session.

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Photo of genog
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yet bright orangish color with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of citrus and some spices like coriander, and with a little trace of honey. Sweet taste with no hint of a bitter finish. Refreshing carbonation as well in the mouth feel. Very light and fluffy.

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Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours surprisingly yellow. A thick pillow of foam is produced even with a delicate pour, a characteristic of the great wheat beers produced by Weihenstephaner. Great head retention.

Aromas of bananas, wheat, and bread dominate. Hints of spices and noble hops.

Sweet wheat malt upfront followed by bananas, apricots maybe, and white bread. Lots of yeast esters and very fruity.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and cleanses the palate, which is produced by the excellent carbonation. Aftertaste is pretty clean, just some hints of yeast and a bit of fruits.

Alcohol is very well hidden. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge head if poured too vigorously. If poured at a decent rate you get usually around a finger or two of white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - A hint of banana in the nose with a nice smell of grain.

T - The biterness is quite present for a weizen but not overwhelming at all, Initial taste is banana and grain which fades out with the moderate bitterness and alcohol. Overall pretty balanced.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty light even though the alcohol is high.

D - Very decent strength on this beer but surprisingly very drinkable. I could probably drink like 2 or 3 bottles but I would be pretty gone then.

I drink mostly heavy beers so this one was pretty nice and balanced to me. If your used to drinking weaker beers it might be pretty robust but still drinkable. If you enjoy the Weihenstephaner Hefeweisen then do youself a favor and try this one this winter.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - cloudy golden color with a large head that is well retained

S - banana & clove yeast aroma with sweet malt behind it

T - smooth, sweet malt with a nice clove and banana character, the finish is slightly hoppy and finishes somewhat dry

M - medium smooth body with moderately high carbonation

D - This is very similar to the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen but 'turned up to 11'. It's quite wonderful and a great desert beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 500ml bottle a beclouded golden yellow with an orange tint, the head behemothic in size, and a brilliant creamy white, as it fades slowly, the resultant lace is a fine veil to obscure the glass. Nose has an earthy aroma, spices also present, coriander and cloves come to mind, light and clean. Start has a sweet grain presence, with the top light to medium in feel. Finish as a benign acidity, the earthy, soapy sweetness continues to the dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, but did seem a little thin to me, with the hop presence very subdued, nonetheless, worthy of a sample.

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Photo of ralree
2.54/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light honey yellow, white head of 3 fingers, low dissipation, great retention and great lacing.

S: Fruity banana and grain. Alcohol is very strong-smelling. Not very exciting.

T: Very sweet and fruity with quite a bit of unmasked alcohol in the first flavors, followed up by a grainy and even more alcoholic aftertaste. It's not that great. Alcohol burns the nose after swallowing.

M: Light-bodied, non-astringent, but a little watery.

D: I don't think I will be finishing this one. It's drinkable, but the strong alcoholic flavor in the taste after the swallow kills my appetite.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was cloudy and pale. It had a nice big head. The taste was strange though. Kinda fruity like bananas
with a really bad aftertaste I thought. The beer tasted old or out of date to me me which makes me have to say NO, I will not try again.

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

Appearance: Thin head, nice hazy light orange color.

Smell: Banana and citrus.

Taste: Banana is definitely the dominant flavor and in this case that is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Overall is good. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, great flavor that I could have several of.

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

Served chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Aren't Weizenbocks typically dark? This one isn't. Deep citrus orange colored brew with a soapy yet sturdy white head. Looks like a DIPA (minus the lacing) to be honest.

Smell is good. Funky sweet banana, caramelized wheat, unripe citrus fruit and a hint of clove.

Taste is very good. Banana-flavored donuts (is there such a thing?) Great sweet wheat flavor that's balanced and not overly aggressive. Crafted very well. Sugar-glazed melons in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Delicate and soft on the palate. Slight acidic bite in the finish. Carbonation level is perfect and not overly-done.

Drinkability is very good. Addictive flavor. Killing another bottle of this easy drinker would be a pleasure.

Needless to say, I'm a fan of this brew. Recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light and hazy orange tone, much like their Hefeweissbier. In fact, despite minor differences, the two are very similar. A creamy head of foam forms, but unfortunately diminshes to a thin ring with no lacing.

Estery, some alcohol in the nose, but masked by clove and wheatiness.

Taste is much like the Hefe again, a bit fuller mouthfeel with stronger alcohol presence. Clove and banana mostly, fairly juicy mouthfeel. Creamy as well, as to be expected from the brewery's other offerings. Not the full-bodied robustness expected of Weizenbocks like Aventinus. It would be great in the spring or summer, but just not the big Weizenbock I was expecting on a cool fall night.

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Photo of phisig137
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy, very cloudy 18 karat gold color. 2 finger head with good retention, but disappointing lace.

S- massive yeast esters dominate the nose. Primarily clove, but a good amount of banana is present as well. Strong dusty raw wheat brings up the rear. I love an aroma this full.

F- Again, dominated by a beautiful yeast strain, that just forces its esters on you. Banana is a bit more prevalent here, but clove is still playing a major role. Wheat is fairly tart and rounds out the rear with barely even a hint of hops. Big, bold, and beautiful.

M- Creamy, low carbonation, and silky smooth.

D- pretty damn good. Hides the 7.7% quite well, until it starts to warm your belly toward the bottom of the glass.

Overall, a damn fine beer, although slightly misleading. I picked up the bottle thinking this may be a Weihenstephaner version of Aventinus. I was wrong. This seems to be much more akin to being an "Imperial Hefe". Perhaps the traditional German breweries are starting to take cues from us Americans? Either way, I don't care. It's a delicious beer, that is very well made, and one that I look forward to having again in the near future.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy gold yellow color with large head that settles to a few fingers-thickness, very nice lacing. doesn't look like other weizenbocks i've had
s: banana and clove aromas dominate along with some belgian yeasts
t: definitelys banana and clove flavors along with very belgian yeast and coriander taste, and nice mix of crispness and alcohol warmth at the end
m: creamy body, good carbonation, very enjoyable
d: this was an oddity -- tasted more like an excellent tripel than a weizenbock, but had many characteristics of the latter. bottom line - an excellent brew that i've rarely seen & worth looking for

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Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a perfect cloudy straw. I probably would have given a perfect score for appearance if this was a hefeweizen and not a weizenbock, as this is the lightest weizenbock I have ever seen. Definitely not to style. Nice wheaty and yeasty aroma. It certainly does fit the weizenbock profile in its flavour though. Strong flavours - wheat, yeast, banana. The alcohol feels evident - or that could just be the aftereffects of the Indian dinner. I am liking this significantly better than Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen, but then again, I'm a big fan of this style.

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

The rich, bright palate features plenty of clean banana and clove, intensely spicy phenols, an assertive yeast character, plus elevated malt sweetness and a noticeably bustier alcohol content.

Absolutely one of the best wheat beers I have had in quite some time and the most well-crafted weizenbock I’ve ever tried (second only to Aventinus, perhaps, but that’s. Sure, lots of American breweries are taking a stab at the weizenbock and weizen dopplebock styles, but while they tend to be rich and flavorful, they’re often a bit rough. Vitus, however, gets it right: bright, clean flavors with more sweet malt character without anything being cloying. Just superb, really.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of Terp96
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color. One finger thick head, most of which stays around throughout the beer.

Smell is bananas, clove, banana bread. Absolutely no hop presence.

Taste is exceptional. Spicy. Again, banana bread but without any sweetness. Slight alcohol presence but warming.

Mouthfeel is good. A little thinner than most weizenbocks I have had but well balanced.

Very drinkable for a weizenbock. The alcohol is present but not overbearing. The sweetness doesn't get to you either. Well done.

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

Cloudy golden color. Creamy, large white head with good retention.

Aroma shows bubblegum with a hint of clove - classic hefeweizen aromas. No hop.

Flavors match the aroma - fruity and sweet, but not cloying. No distinct bitterness, but finishes clean with just a slight lingering sweetness.

Med-full body, medium carbonation. Very gentle on the tongue - no astringency and minimal alcohol warming.

A clean, full-bodied hefeweizen. Stays true to wheat beer character in a stronger, yet still easy to drink version. A very nice beer!

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,505 ratings
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