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:
#646
Reviews:
1,232
Ratings:
3,560
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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256
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Ratings: 3,560 |  Reviews: 1,232
Photo of ChrisG523
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jtee
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 7 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 04/11/2018.

Look: The beer pours a cloudy deep gold with 6cm of dense, creamy-looking, white head that settles into a craggy cap in 4+ minutes. Exceptional lacing and great retention. Very attractive-looking beer.

Smell: Medium-light strength and leaning towards sweet. Delicate. Fruity and phenolic yeast greets you with notes of apricots, sweet orange, banana, and cloves. With its soft, bready-grainy wheat character, the malts provide an exciting interplay between these two ingredients. No apparent ethanol or hop aroma. There's a hint of generic metallic minerality coming through right after the pour. Smells a bit like the bottle which I suppose is expected. Luckily it doesn't stick around for long.

Taste: Follows the nose very well with medium intensity and sweet-ish balance. Yeast-forward with delicious esters featuring notes of apricot, sweet orange, and banana. A phenolic spice reminiscent of cloves steps in midway along with the wheaty malts which all continue to entertain the palate with their tug of war. The finish is of moderate length and intensity with enough spicy yeast character to balance out any malty sweetness. I do notice the same minerality on the palate as I did with the nose.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate-high carbonation. Creamy with pleasant crispness and smooth alcohol warming that seems to kick in quite late. No astringency.

Overall: Weihenstephaner Vitus demonstrates excellent craftsmanship with nice complexity and interplay between the yeast and the malt bill. A balanced brew with fantastic drinkability for almost 8% ABV. Quite wonderful – try it!

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TerryMills
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer, like a sweet cookie with some banana and citrus flavors.. Crushable.

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Photo of daem3384
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Lockster
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely outstanding beer!!!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw appearance with significant white head that slowly disipates. Nice citrus aroma. Taste is a very pleasant citrus with a slight sweet accent. Very nice overall

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendanjames
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy blond, with 1 finger of head and lots of lacing

S - Bananas, belgian candy yeast. Big aroma.

T - Light up front, and then sweet and almost belgian like. Very tasty!

F - Medium body and well carbonated. Smooth and well balanced

O - Who knew Germany had such an amazing, almost belgian style beer? I do know. Damn good.

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 32 oz growler.

A: Straw yellow with 1-2 finger white head. Nice retention and leaving moderate lacing.

S: Clove, banana, dried apricots, and a spicy note that reads like pink peppercorns.

T: Sweet bready malts mixed with clove, banana, apricot, and mango. A little apple and pear. Fruitiness up front and subtle spices lingering in the back.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft, creamy texture. Drinks like a Hefe.

O: This is a style that I don’t have a ton of experience with, but it is a winner in my book.

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Photo of muchos
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle from Wegmans for $3.99, tax included.
Poured into a Duvel glass.
Date code 9107
L. Hazy yellow-orange, foamy fluffy slightly off-white head which lasted a long time to bubbly patches.
S. Bananas, bubblegum, clove, a bakery. Lovely aroma.
T. Bready sweet malts up front to banana bubblegum, then some spiciness, then more sweetness but with a bit of citrus in there. As it warms up I taste more apples and apricots. Clove, bubblegum, banana in the aftertaste. This is very good.
F. Full side of medium body, soft, well carbonated, a bit of alcohol warming way in the end.
O. Great yeasty wheat beer. Very satisfying despite lacking the dark roasted flavors that I kind of expected. Cheers ! !

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Photo of Schlot
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a weizenbock fan overall, but this is very very good. A nice smooth finish, without the alcohol kick the Schneider Aventius has.

Paired up with a chicken schnitzel and potato salad.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of mrovelli
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into glass. Date coded to March, 2016.
Pale yellow body, cloudy to clear. Two finger creamy white head settles to thick cap. Good coverage of lacing.
Aroma of orange, cloves, with hints of banana and apricot.
Slightly sweet taste of apricot, cloves, banana, and spice. No bitterness.
Very smooth and easy drinking, alcohol is hidden.
Very well balanced Weizenbock. Recommended, but look for fresher bottling dates.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan make great wheat beers including this one.

Look: cloudy dark yellow orange with two-three-inch fluffy white head

Aroma: wheat, yeast, banana

Taste: It is wheat, yeast, banana bread, mango, cloves, a tad citrus, some pepper, stronger and more flavorful than their Hefeweizen, but like that one perfectly composed.

Feel: light to medium body

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Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottled December 2016 poured into a. 5L weizen glass at fridge temp 7.7% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with thick, clingy off white head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is banana and clove in a big way. The taste is semisweet banana bread giving way to a clovey dryish finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, creamy but dry in the finish. The bitterness in the finish offsets the sweetness from the wheat malt perfectly. Overall, good & possibly world class in its style. I was hoping for more bock than weizen, but will score to style (as I understand it).

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Photo of WillNJ
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

goes down so easy and so tasty, never would think it's 7.7 abv. be careful, very drinkable.

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Photo of dandy14
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AFunHobby
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wondrous mouthful that is thick and mildly sweet. The taste is a wheat beer with great character.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,560 ratings