Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Photo of OKbrew89
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a cloudy straw color with a long lasting, three finger head that leaves lacing a third the way down the glass. Aroma of fruity yeast, banana, and citrus. Taste follows the nose with yeast, banana, apricot, and spices before a yeasty, slightly sour finish from the esters. Medium-high carbonation and medium body with a yeasty finish that is unexpected.
Really impressed with this one. Hits all the notes of a good wheat with an unexpectedly strong yeast presence. It feels authentic and is something I'll be looking for next winter.

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Photo of talo589
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would rather give a review than a rating as my palate is relatively inconsistent and my experience narrow. Therefore I will review the beer as follows:

Very smooth pour from a bottle sitting on the shelf for how long?
First gradual pour into a small cylindrical half-Koelner-type glass gave little head.
First taste was as crisp as expected judging from the tight pour/energetic fizz.
Crispness gave way to roomy malty flavours. Tasted strong, bitter more full than a Koelsch. Reminiscent of the midwest craft beers of my more frequent experience (Vitus possibly a source of inspiration for said beers).

The overall flavor is that of a wonderful, sturdy beer. The florals and earth tones linger despite the possibly long shelf time. Lacking is the full flavor of a fresh beer, but that is to be expected. Delicious yet boozy, a world-standard beer to be sure.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a golden light colored yellow. A thick about three fingers worth of foamy white head started and slid into the beer after dissipation with some fairly thick lacing roaming here and there.
The smell had some banana esters running into some bready/yeasty notes. Apricots and raisins meld into the aroma.
The taste was full and sweet from the previously mentioned flavors allowing some clove to round in the spicy department. An eloquent sweet and spicy aftertaste yields a powerful sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice cherishing sweetness clinging to my tongue. Carbonation seems to finish nicely on my tongue as it's not too sharp but shows just enough and dissipates evenly to allow the spice to hit just right.
Overall, do you think I like this beer for me? With an emphatic yes, this is the best of the best of its style. Take me through winter, Vitus.

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

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice looking clear gold. The exact hue of the gold is between medium and pale; it actually looks a bit closer to pale but it's too dark to actually be pale.

The smell is very nice and pretty appealing. It strongly resembles a hefeweizen but is a bit too hoppy and fruity. The smell definitely has a nice and present banana note from the yeast when compared to the apricot smell. There is a bit of bitter floral hoppiness that certainly helps emphasize the apricot notes.

The taste is exactly the same as the smell but with stronger wheat notes and weaker banana. The apricot note is still there though.

The feel is pretty good. Medium bodied but with a nice light carbonation that makes very smooth.

Overall, a very good beer and worth getting. This definitely a nice beer that isn't too challenging to the palate but complex enough for the more experienced beer user.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- This beer pours with a super impressive 3-4 finger thick head, that is super soapy and the retention is among the best that I've ever seen....its super white, and super frothy! The beer itself is very yeast hazed yellow/golden in color....I can see the nutrients! Lacing is excellent as well....super thick clumps of protein laced foam cling to the glass!

S- Intense yeast, floral notes, spices...heavy baking spices such as cloves, nutmeg, orange peel and reduced extracts of banana and some muted cinnamon. Citrus fruits and banana peel, plus heavy grainy aroma from the wheat...dry finish!

T- Banana essence, tons of yeast, bready biscuit flavors and hints of various citrus pulps are the most noted flavors. Mild caramel malt sweetness and spices follow the aromas....this time with all of the aforementioned spices plus coriander blended into the mix! Leafy hop presence on the finish......very typical of the style and hints of booze are noticed but really add to the flavor!

M/O- I can feel the vitamins of the Vitus permeating into my bloodstream....thick body, super smooth carbonation and buttery yeasty texture provide for an all around lovely drink....almost champagne like! I think this is great with a Landjager sausage followed by a lemon raspberry cake for dessert! Highly drinkable but I think the alcohol, while well hidden, would catch up with me very quickly....another well put together beer from this highly respected brewery!

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Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Nice medium gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice citrus scent. Light coriander.

T- Slight lemon. Coriander and a touch of clove. Yeasty good. Has a banana hint way at the end. Complex brew and a super example of it. Has many layers

M- Creamy but has a bite at the very end.

O- Nice brew. Will buy more for later as it is a refreshing yet complex brew. Will buy for sure IF I ever see it on tap

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very with........ Eggplant parmesan. Slice the eggplants nearly 3/4" thick, salt, pepper, egg dip, flour dredge, fry quickly then assemble in a standard parm way!


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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Weizen bottle poured weizen-style into a hefeweizen glass. Paired with ribeye steak.

L - hazy light golden color. Standard hefeweizen head, nice and fluffy.

S - banana and clove with hints of dried fruit.

T - usual banana with hints of dried fruit and caramel. Bit of a strong finish, like dark fruit

F - soft texture with a clean crisp finish. Kind of syrupy but strong finish also.

O - I was thinking I was going to get something different from the regular hefeweizen, but this beer just has a tad bit difference. It is stronger in taste but you'll feel the ABV in drinking. I'd describe it as a imperial hefeweizen. Try it once you've had the regular hefeweizen.

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Photo of wisebier
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draft and bottle (want a keg of it)

A: gold to straw in color with a decent amount of haze.

S: smells like clove, banana, yeast.

T: nice amounts of clove banana from yeast

M: easy to drink, body feels huge but its so smooth with perfect carbonation

O: It is an excellent beer, one of the best. Its smooth not huge over the top clove and banana and I prefer it over normal Hefes because of the higher ABV. Its very similar to their normal hefe but its stronger so its better.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a semi-hazy golden color with a huge thick white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some thin spider web lacing all around the glass.
The smell started off with sweet banana maltiness with sweet bread and spicy clove to envelop my nose and drastically bring it to its knees. Holy complexity, Batman, and I usually hate the word complex/ity!
The taste replicates the smell nicely providing an ample amount of the wheat to give a slight grainy setting. But its a good grainy. There's a lingering sweet bready to spiciness entrancing in the aftertaste and coming across in the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a superb sessionably sweet feel all across my tongue.
Overall, holy damn, out to wazoo and back. If this isn't a weizenbock, then I'm Mickey Mouse! Top favorite of mine!

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Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew is a hazy, golden straw color with a firm white head. The aroma is malty, with a serious wheat and bread scent. Both spicy and sweet, the beer is very drinkable and has a big, soft mouthfeel. The spice in the aroma grows over time, and the beer es exceptionally engaging. Great wheat beer!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: gold to dirty straw in color with a decent amount of haze. Nice fluffy looking head but with a uniform decent into the glass

S: smells like clove, banana, yeasty and lots of bready

T: nice amounts of clove banana a little bit of walnut without the bitterness not as strong belgian yeast as I would have thought not terribly sweet which is nice the breadiness is very pleasant and almost chewy.

M: dry and crisp very easy to drink, body feels huge but its so smooth with just touches of carbonation

O: It is an excellent beer worth drinking anytime you see it. Its smooth not huge over the top clove and banana more laid back highly drinkable.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color with a good amount of activity. Thick frothy white 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with average legs.

Aroma of pleasant wheathy sweet bread. Flavors of belgian yeasty caramel, vinous estery fruits, sweet malts, banana, floral and herbal spices. Thick sugary fruitiness with minimal sharpness.

Smooth full thick body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Medium strength to strong finish, ending with some powerful citrus yeasty spices, and faint smoky clove.

Overall an excellent quality craft offering great flavors, and a warming and refreshing feel. Although not very well intensified being highly spicy but it does calm down over time. Faint diacetyl feel.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful, creamy beer that hides its abv very well with its spices and fruity wheat tang. I feel as though that this would be a delicious beer to beer drinkers who indulged in wheat beers with a hefeweizen cross. I much prefer their hefeweizen but thus was still pretty good.

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Photo of frozyn
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, hazy golden color with a thick pure-white head that leaves no lacing behind. Smells of banana, wheat, and clove. Flavor starts with a quick clove spiciness before erupting with sweet banana deliciousness. Well carbonated, very smooth, ends with just a touch of dryness that complements the banana sweetness.

Very delicious beer that is incredibly balanced. Refreshing, tasty, satisfying.

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Photo of meecrob
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this Weizenbock in a 500 ml glass bottle for 1.30 € plus 8 cents deposit. Poured it into a Weizenglass. This Weizenbock has an lovely, cloudy golden color and a very thick, white head that lasts almost forever. I smelled some dry bananas, cloves and some spices. This beer tasted so incredibly good. I never felt the 7.7% ABV, they're perfectly hidden. This Weihenstephaner is even better than "normal" Hefeweissbier version. The drinkability was just outstanding. I think I never drank a beer with that much ABV without feeling it! I think I just drank the best Weizenbock ever created by mankind! No doubt, Weihenstephaner Vitus is a true masterpiece!

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into - what else? - a Weizen glass.

L: Pours a classically cloudy pale-yellow. A full, frothy head lingers for a few minutes before settling into a dense little cap. Sticky webs of lacing trail down the sides of the glass.

S: Very Hefe. Immediate banana and clove, with some spice in the mix. Classic wheat scents, pretty sweet.

T: It initially strikes me as very similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. The taste follows the scent with classic banana and clove. The esters from WSHWB return with a vengeance here, combining with the wheat and banana to create Weihenstephan's unique taste. Alcohol is very present, but is balanced pretty well.

M: Medium body with little astringency. Decent carbonation. Sensations linger on the palate. Not a clean finish. Not a bad thing.

O: Very good if you want a Hefeweizen, but crave more alcohol. The Vitus has most of what makes the Hefe good while adding that extra kick. Still, with this particular flavor profile the Weizenbock style doesn't quite reach the heights of WSHWB. That said, there's no denying this is a pretty fantastic brew.

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Photo of Tele
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 9.2.15

A: 4.5 Pours a hazy, apricot-gold with a uniform, fluffy, off-white head. Looks to be a lively beer with the large head lasting a few minutes.

S: 4.25 Smell is really nice and very wheat forward. Reminds me a lot of the hefeweissbier with lots of spice and esters. This is a bit stronger on the spice with tangerine and lemon mixed in.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, the flavors are very wheat and ester forward. The citrus elements drop off somewhat, but the spice is there in a very nice way. German yeast mixes in with the Belgian-like ester qualities while still bringing its own unique flavors. Finish is slightly dry and not at all bitter.

M: 4.75 This beer is so drinkable and refreshing. The body is great, as is the carbonation, and the dry finish is so nice.

O: 4.25 This beer is pretty similar to their hefeweissbier, but also adds its own distinct qualities. I think both are great and very balanced in both aroma and flavor, but I think I prefer this one on drinkability alone.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi translucent golden color. Streaming carbonation throughout.
Hefe type smell slong with hay and spices.
Right away awed by sweetness followed by spices, hay, citrus.
Medium body
Incredibly delicious on a warm day!

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Photo of Diameter
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a glorious 500ml into my favorite glass (Hacker-Pshorr twisty deal).

Then, my throat was all "oh, fuck it. stomach, this is for YOU".

Then my stomach was all "Nom nom nom".

So that beer is a goner.

Fuckin' A

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Photo of Samldc
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, which is awesome. Let it warm up a little bit and wow does the flavor and the alcohol come out. Outstanding, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass

A: Hazy, bright orange color, two fingers of wispy white head.
S: Spices, pepper, hay, wheat, cloves, orange, banana, pears, vanilla, breadyness in the background
T: Sweetness upfront, spices, bananas, cloves, dry wheat in the finish
M: Full body with a surprisingly light mouthfeel, big carbonation scrubs the palate towards the end, dry finish. Drinks like a 5% beer, not like a near 8% beer.
O: Classic german beer, lots of flavor and well crafted. It tastes a lot like a good hefe mixed with a tripel

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a hefeweizen with the burnt orange and nice white head.

the smell is similar to a hefeweizen, saison, and a maibock. i like the banana clove-ishness of a hefe but am not a huge fan of the maibock/saison smell. i think it's too much grass and almost onion aroma.

taste is very much like a hefeweizen. reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe but a toasted version of it. delicious, toasted banana bread but not as sweet. the sweetness gets muted, which is actually nice.

this goes down smoothly and is somewhat thick but not syrupy thick. thick as in substantial.

overall - i think i prefer Weihenstephaner Hefe to this but not by much. another beer from Weihenstephan that I love. honestly i was expecting this beer to be a dark brown color so out of the bottle i was surprised. the light color makes me think of spring/summer but the fact that this beer is thick and warming i could enjoy this in the dog days of winter

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Photo of SCproUA
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer liked, pleasant aroma, very easy to drink in hot weather quiet summer evening in the presence of beautiful ladies of the easily accessible ancient proffesii

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Take your wheat beer to the next level, have a Virus. Brewed to bock strength this is one tasty beast. Aromas of wheat, dough and grains are followed by typical wheat phenols and esters. No shortage of flavor either, an almost wheaty cake taste paired with clove and bannanas . Flavors mesh well and the alcohol is hidden well. What a great beer.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep cloudy yellow, a yellow not seen in other beers. smells deep and full of bananas with a strong wheat characteristic, taste is smooth, long and again full of bananas, the higher ABV is undetectable, a delicious brew, feel is complex, full and complicated. a masterful creation, weihenstephaner continues to amaze. love this stuff. the flavors and complexities showed strongest as the beer warmed slightly which I am finding with most of their offerings.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,392 ratings.
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