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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
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Avg:
4.26
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Photo of darklordlager
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The BA forum famous Weihenstephaner VITUS! Picked up last weekend at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma in Milwaukee.

"Brewed under the purity law of 1516 7.7%"

Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a dark lemon color, with a strawberry hue. Much lighter than expected, as I was thinking something along the lines of Aventinus which is substantially darker.Beautiful slightly off white color head, fine bubbles that provide some stickage.

Smell is of bubblegum, cloves, BIG banana, not unlike a mild potpourri.

Tastes kind of like a banana smoothie! Very creamy and smoooth mouthfeel. Sweet Bananas are immediately evident followed by clove and other generic spice. Starts to open up quite a bit more as it warms.

Drinkability- Kind of heavy to have more than one of these pint bottles of, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Maybe it's because I haven't been that into wheats lately, or my expectations were put up a bit too high--didn't quite match my expectations, yet still a great brew!

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Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with hints of dark ripe banana and cloudy golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger frothy white head that slowly fizzles into a thin cap.

Nice spicy clove aroma with a very prominent citrus peel presence. Hints of orange, lemon and grapefruit as well as a very nice ripe banana scent. Smells slightly tart. Awesome!

Extremely well-balance beer that's on the fuller side of medium body. A perfect amalgam of spicy clove, sweet citrus fruit, corriander and ripe banana notes. The spicy cloves are pretty prominent up front followed by a a perfect blend of lemon peel, orange peel, ripe banana and subtle hops. There is also a very nice slight tartness in the dry finish. This is a complex beer that is extremely drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This caught me completely off-guard. I was expecting a dark beer, as per all other weizenbocks that I have had. Pale hazy yellow color. A lot of head, no lacing.

S - Bananas and cloves - especially the cloves. Touch of lemon pith

T - Initially, there is a lemon and banana flavor. Followed shortly by the cloves. Then it becomes a very mild watery taste. The aftertaste is some bready, biscuity notes. Not really any bitterness. This is hard to top.

M - Smooth, thick, very refreshing.

D - Excellent! I could drink this all day!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Vitus appears a hazed rich straw yellow color with about three fingers of cloud-like bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are made up of toasted nutty wheat, bananas, a decent amount of caramelized malts, mild milk chocolate notes, banana bread, yeasty, citrus notes. Approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation. Yet another world class offing from Weihenstephanerer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz into oversized pint glass.

Massive, 5+F frothy white head atop of an opaque deep yellow body - like dropping a couple ounces of tea into a lemonade. Head fades to steady film, w/just a touch of lacing.

Smell is really rich - overripened bananas, clove, and a dash of pepper.

Flavor was a little lighter, but reminded me of thick, wheaty banana bread with nuts. Little bit of spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy - on par with an english stout up front, but then finishing with some of the bite a hefeweizen would bring. Nice carbonation level.

Most definitely an easy drinker at 7.7. Enjoyed it thoroughly (and too quickly!), and will be picking up more in the future.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. This brew pours rather light for the style and with just a moderate haze. Not overly cloudy and somewhat golden in color. A inch of dense soapy foam sits atop, offering strong retention and lacing.

Typical Bavarian nose with banana, clove and wheat. A touch more sweetness is noted vs. a standard strength offering and cleaner notes of banana are evident in a light perfume sense. Touch of sour yeast intermingles with bready wheat notes with some agitation after the head settles. Nice.

Malt notes of the nose are evident in the flavor as well. Bready and lightly coarse with a firm spice. Clove and allspice make this a nice wintery version of a Hefeweizen. Slightly sweet yet doesn't have a viscous mouthfeel to it, allowing for a long finish of bread and spice. Sweetness is never cloying however, and does mask the ABV quite well.

Basically a supercharged Hefeweizen, vs a Dunkel such as you find with Aventinus, which offers more complexity in flavor. A different approach and rather well done. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of northaustin
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a scnifter. pours a thick golden yellow with two fingers of white head. some spotted lacing.

smell is a very powerful combination of wheat and fruity yeast. very pleasing.

for a beer of this abv it tastes surprisingly like most standard hefeweizens. the alchohol is masked well but it just doesnt have any unique flavor characteristics of its own. still not bad though.

mouthfeel: very light. doesnt leave anything too noticeable or overwhelming.

drinkability: very sessionable. could be drank in the sun or inside. easy to drink with a well masked high abv. and affordable. i recommend it to all

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Photo of r0nyn
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5 liter hefeweizen glass.

Looks just like its cousin, the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and that's a good thing. Golden yellow, maybe a teeny tiny bit darker than the Hefe, and very pretty to behold. Head is voluminous, receding downward into a half-inch thick cloud of white bubbles. Smell is absolutely amazing. Sweet, but not too sweet, with nuances of banana and citrus at first, then the malty goodness.

Seconds after it hit my tongue, I thought I was drinking a hefeweizen. After a few more moments though, the more assertive flavor of the weizenbock shone through. I could definitely pick out the roasted malts along with a more pronounced citrus kick. The finish isn't as bready or chewy as the Hefe, but it still goes down smooth as silk. I couldn't taste the 7.7% ABV at all, which pleased me, since I'm not such a big fan of tasting alcohol in my beers. There isn't very much carbonation at all, but it still has that big-bodied feeling.

On the whole, another excellent brew from Weihenstephaner. I could easily drink another three or four of these in one sitting, though I'm not sure that's such a good idea since it *is* stronger than the Hefe. Will probably have to do a parallel taste test in the future with the Hefe, just for comparison's sake. And with how tasty both of these beers are, I think that'll have to be pretty soon.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This is my new favorite german produced beer! I loved the Weihenstephaner Weissbier but this is absolutely amazing! How can they pack that much great beer into one bottle?

Poured into a brandy snifter at 42 degrees this beer is a hazy straw color with a frothy lacing top. This beer actually glows a bit in the light, beautiful! The color is a bit light for the style but gorgious nonetheless.

The aromas are AMAZING! There is a lot of intense banana, citrus - lemon, orange, coriander, passion fruit, and white pepper. Each aroma fills the nose and seems to move through you - this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had!

The taste is lightly acoholic, sweet, fruity, and there is plenty of coriander and banana on the tongue. Lots of tropic fruit esters seem to play with the senses. The yeast of this brewery is sublime - I need to buy some to do a homebrew batch of this beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a weizenbock. There is a viscosity that says, "hey I'm here to party," but it also says, "don't worry I'm not too thick." The alcohol keeps this beer just about the perfect consistency.

Drinkability might be hampered by the fact that you will want to smell this beer for hours but between the flavors and mouthfeel you'll have no problem making 1, 3, or even 5 of these disapear before you can say V.I.T.U.S.!!! Epic!

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

Appearance: Yellow-orange body, very thick white foamy head. Hazy, with some effervescence. Lighter than expected.

Smell: Strong yeasty citrus up-front. Some hints of malt and grains buried beneath.

Taste: This is fascinating. At first this tastes like a standard hefe, with a citrus yeastiness and a sweet aftertaste, but very quickly the beer changes character, leaving a maltier and roastier aftertaste. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, some chewiness due to yeast, about as expected.

Drinkability: Quite enjoyable. Weihenstephaner's clearly been doing this a while...

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Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a wiezen glass. Label is typical of Weihenstephaner, classic and simple. No freshness date, but 7327 is printed on the back label. I picked this up a few months ago in Indiana.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 6 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a puffy and uneven 2 finger coating of foam. Some spotty lacing. The beer itself is a hazy, pale yellow with hints of orange. A well compacted ring of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat twang, slight sourness. Some honey notes.

Taste: Sweetness upfront, sticks around well into the sip. Mild orange Crush like flavors in the finish. Overall, slightly acidic feel.

Mouthfeel: Significant carbonation bite typical of German wheat beers. Body is good.

Drinkability: This one certainly hides the ABV well. I honestly think that if someone were to present this to me as a standard hefeweizen, I wouldn't know the difference.

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Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Strong four-finger head. Good, spotty lace on the glass. Very cloudy. The liquid is straw colored.

Okay, something must be wrong. I smell creamed corn. I guess there is light wheat in the background. Very unusual nose, not exactly unappealing, but not expected either.

A smooth bodied beer--heavy body and light carbonation. The flavor is different from any other beer I've ever had and I can't say that I like it. There are elements of bocks and wheat beers as to be expected. There is a soured sweetness that takes some getting used to. The creamed corn remains and detracts from the flavors. Yet, it is a complex offering. Lots of cream flavors.

I can't recommend it, but I know that it is different enough to seek out to try something very different.

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

Drank very similarly to their hefeweissbier. A pale golden color in the glass with a voluminous white head that evolved into a nice thin head that clung to the sides of the glass. The aroma and flavor was very similar to a tradition hefe, with perhaps a more pronounced citrus quality and a drier finish. It's full bodied yet light on the tongue due to it's high carbonation. I found it highly drinkable in spite of it's higher ABV which was really well managed.

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

Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades down quick leaving no lace. Color is a very hazy yellow.

aroma: wow, the aroma rocks. It is like a hefe plus more. Banana, cloves, nuts, malts, caramel. Simply awesome. I want to drink this really bad.

Taste: Big malt backbone with the hefe taste up front. Again, bananas, cloves, nuts, and caramel. I am already falling in love with this beer. It is simply amazing. It is more than a hefe and I love hefes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. A lot of carbonation for the light to medium bodied beer. Ends with a sticky hefe type aftertaste.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. It was a lot more complex than I thought it was going to be and was so drinkable. I want to buy more of this but it isn't available in MN. Definitely a great beer!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy translucent, bright custard yellow. Looks like it's glowing. Large white head with great retention and drippy foam lace.

Aroma is of banana phenols and clove. Extremely sugary, Vitus tastes like a banana lemon creamsicle with raisiny cloves and toffee. Whereas I would equate most weizenbocks with fall this one has more of a lighter, summer flair.

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Photo of fropones
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice thick white head that retained pretty well and left a little lacing. The smell was of bananas and cloves, like a hefeweizen but stronger. Taste was again like a strong hefeweizen; some spice and a lot of banana. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All in all very delicious and extremely drinkable for 7.7 abv.

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Photo of shanecb
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice white head, with good retention. Good lacing in the glass. Color is a pleasant, hazy yellow. Looks really appealing.

S - Powerful clove and banana smell. Also has a very subtle yeast aroma.

T - Good spicy, fruity character to it. The spice flavor is dominant, with a little banana flavor underneath. A little wheaty characteristic.

M - Okay. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Feels quite creamy, actually.

D - Wonderfully drinkable. Smooth, good flavor with a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of BobZ
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great Weissbeer from Weihenstephaner.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow, with a rich foamy head. Poured into a .5L Weissbeer glass.

Smell: Amped up version of the classic Hefe Weissbeer. All the banana and the clove you would expect.

Taste: Again, everything I like about the Hefe taken up a level. Full rich flavors that make the Hefe the class of the sytle, some warmth during the finish. The 7.7% ABV is very well masked.

Mouth: Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good, the ABV might catch up with you quickly; however, I find this more drinkable than the Aventinus (which I love).

This is now become my favorite Weissbeer overall, great flavors, very smooth beer.

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Photo of JRhode
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle split with jessethehutt. $3.99 seemed like a solid price.

Light glowing golden color. Head quickly dissipates after aggressive pour. No lacing.

Smell is banana candy and clove. Smells like an imperial Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier.

Taste also reminds me of an amped up Weihenstephan Hefeweiss. Strong banana/wheat flavor with some spiciness to it.

Full bodied, mouthcoating. Esters wrap around the tongue.

Highly drinkable, similar to Hefeweissbier. Wouldn't be able to guess the nearly 8% abv.

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Photo of tzieser
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 500ml bottle....weihenstephaner always makes good stuff, so I figured the weizenbock would be a good choice. I'm happy to report it certainly was a great choice

Poured a dark hazy color with a decent head. Looks similar to a dunkel.

That unique german yeast and wheat that's present in all good hefeweizen is the dominating scent here, and boy do I love it. I'm also getting some subtle smells of spices (cloves? peppercorn?). Great stuff

Tastes very very good. The aforementioned wheat hits first, harder than expected, but I'm glad about that. The malted wheat is so complex, smooth and
delicious its difficult to describe without giving it full justice. You simply must try it to grasp its complexity. The yeast is also a dominating flavor. Simply the best.

Mouthfeel is more carbonated than I thought, but I'm glad its like this.

I could drink tons of these

Overall-a must have. Would make for an excellent fall beer, or in my case, a night beer for the middle of august. I'm glad I got this

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Photo of realmpel
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a strong version of the regular hefe, and just a shade darker in color. It's higher ABV, too. I can feel it. And it feels good.

Bananas and cloves are there in spades. Head is foamy and quick. It's a spunky carbonation which transports the flavor and aroma nicely.

All the brews from this brewery are awesome. Try this one when you want a big hefe.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classic/classy Weihenstephaner label, 16.9oz slimline brown pop-top bottle...0408 stamped on here randomly...is this some kind of freshness date?

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer with a gorgeous white whipped cream head which fades to a thick dense white film with good retention...steady streaming carbonation...this is quite pretty

Smell: Big banana and clove aromas, rich, like banana bread, with big doses of yeasty goodness...this is like a typical Bavarian hefeweizen but a bit bigger/richer

Taste: Sweet banana candy flavors, hints of white pepper and spice, maybe a touch of bubblegum, and a touch of alcohol pushing through as well...this is basically a great German weissbier amped up a notch...quite nice

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, surprisingly so, actually

Drinkability: The abv makes this one a sipper, but 1-2 would be quite nice

Conclusion: This is a damn good specialty beer and was definitely a nice surprise. Will try this again for sure.

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

Vitus delivers the appearance of a typical Bavarian hefeweizen except that the head is shorter and more compact and creamy. That makes sense though, as it's less carbonated. Still, the retention is good, and it leaves some hole-punched sheets and nice wide-splashes of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma also expresses the usual banana, and a little bit of clove; but there's also an increased maltiness. The wheat is quite clear, whereas in a standard hefe it has to fight its way through the phenolics.

In the mouth it's medium-full with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and there's enough carbonation to lend a gentle bristle to the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma, and the richer malt component is quite robust, and in effect, satiating. It tastes like a standard hefeweizen, but bigger. Quite often weizenbocks will display some added caramelish character, but that's not the case here. It's straightforward wheat malt and yeasty banana and clove. A firm bitterness balances it, and a very subtle spritz of alcohol also helps to dry it.

Quite nice! A classic!

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

BB 04.02.10

Pours inch & a half white pillowy head. Slight haze, pale gold.
Generous creamy/wheaty aromas, and robust banana/clove characteristics.
Richly flavoured, like sweet hefe, hint of toffee, but also wit-like in part. Touch of sherbety tang, and a spicy, pepper bite.
Quite a distinct mouthfeel. Tart, peppery, alcohol heat.
A delicious beer; probably good for two in a row, no more than three.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky wheat straw, very white small bubbled head reducs to ring. Fine bubbled sheets of lace and cascading bubbles as glass is tilted.

S - Banana, Belgian yeast, spicy undertones.

T - Coriander, other spices, pepper dominate, dry finish.

M - Great carb, good balance.

D - Nice stuff!

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,363 ratings.
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