Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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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1,161
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Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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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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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a bit of haze. Quite the bevy of foam and lacing. Moderate aroma-mildly spicey and somewhat cloveish. Very crisp and clean flavor wise. A wheaty crispness against and slightly spiced and phenolic bite. Somewhat peppery tinge. Solid mouthfeel. Really a great beer all around. I could do this again and again.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Very nice clarity with streams of carbonated bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Produced a three fingers width of white head. Lasted until about midway through consumption.

S- Lots of cloves accompanied by banana-like aromas. Provides a mellowed, fruit sweetness. Also detectable is a bit of spice.

T- Much like the aroma. Perfect amount of cloves and spices provide a wonderful contrast between the banana and peppery flavors. Some wheat and citrus is noticeable in the background. The taste finishes with some sweetness.

M- Light bodied. Well carbonated. Clean, crisp and leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel on the palate.

D- Insanely drinkable. The light mouthfeel paired with the light alcohol appearance can make this seem like a session brew.

Overall, a very solid weizenbock. Recommended.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy straw color with lots of white head. It smelled like lemon and sour yeast with some caramel malt and banana and light cloves. It tasted like lemon and banana and wheat bread and sour yeast, with caramel and cloves. It was somewhat thick with mild carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was very enjoyable! I liked it better than the standard hefe-weissbier by Weihenstephan, since it had a bit more spice and complexity to it. But despite its complexity, it was still super drinkable, with great body and brilliantly hidden alcohol. Quite refreshing and perfect on a summer night.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O....K... My understanding of 'weizenbock' just took a light beating. Pours a pale golden colour with haze, strong carbonation and decent head, retaining well. Leaves some very sticky, but thin, lace behind. Looks different to what I expected - well, lighter. Apart from that looks very nice.

Smells very banana and clovey... Lots of sweet and spice on it. Slight plum character as well, hint of vanilla and toffee. Smell is nice, complex and sweet. Like a sweeter version of the hefeweizen.

Taste is interesting, with a distinct spice coming through from the start, big flavour of clove with cinnamon as well. Has a tasty 'banilla' character as well with a light, quite tropical fruit sweetness, blended with a hint of a young red wine astringency. Slight tart melon character on the back, and a delicious peppery bitterness just on the very back palate, with a pleasant but slightly astringent hoppy phenol just clipping off the finish. Actually, has a lot of phenolic character throughout, thanks mainly to the particular sweet and spicy balance.

Mouthfeel is deliciously sticky, with a lot of foam from the haze adding texture to the palate. This is another excellent - although very different - weizenbock. Rich, challenging flavours, with an excellent balance achieved through, basically, a lot of everything. Lots of malt and funk-ay yeast, with some nice German hopping. Definitely an interesting drop, keeps you focused from start to finish.

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

Weihenstephaner Vitus
16.9 oz brown bottle
Served in an authentic Weizenbock glass

Pop goes the bottle cap and I pour this brew in a sweet weizen glass and the head is awesome. Hazy mustard yellow in appearance and interesting looking overall.

Whiffs of funky yeast and dark fruit sweetness.

Explosive and fruitful flavors right from the start - very sugary as well. There is something medicinal in the taste. An obvious banana and brown sugar profile takes over with a citric acid twang. There is also a spicy clove quality about this beer too.

I really dig Weizenbocks and this beer just might be one of the best ones I've had yet. The 7.7% ABV is so well hidden, its not even funny. Complex flavors with a medium body mouthfeel and drinkable, especially on this warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured - 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy cloudy yellow with 1 finger of active white foam.

Smell is bready, like wheat. Minor citrus.

Taste is thick hearty wheat. Chewy. Clean, with a crisp tart finish. Delicious.

Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel. A pleasing taste lingers long after the finish.

This is a great beer. Very drinkable. A hearty weizen with some kick.

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Photo of TLove
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Cleveland Park liquors, D.C.

The complexity and aptness of Weihenstephaner's weizens never cease to amaze me. The Vitus is without a doubt one of the best of its kind.

My first true Weizenbock in the U.S. Ample, orange-cream body with hazy head and supple head. Full-bodied and wet weizen smell, alcohol barely noticeable. There is a touch of citrus and wheatberries with a touch of piney, almost banana-like taste. Cloudy and residue-laden that is extraordinarily soft. Carbonation is noticeable, but not overdone in the least.

Alcohol not even noticeable. Beer is particularly soft and smooth on the back end with that banana taste again. MMMM, yum!

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Photo of azorie
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a pale yellow color with a nice 2 inch head, that did not last very long.

S: Smells just like a hefe to me, cloves, bananas, citrus hits your nose first. Some sweet malt is detected after it warms to near 50F.

T: tangy clove, ripe bananas, spices like liquorish, light mellow hops, some yeast and sweet malt after taste.

M: medium carb, creamy, medium body.

D: refreshing,easy to drink, the alcohol is well masked. I did drink 2 500ml easy before I reviewed.

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Photo of KenOnBass
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely great appearance. Drank this beer at a beer hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This is exactly what you would expect from a beer garden. Great head, good lacing, and looked awesome in the glass. There is slightly a hint of banana. This is a smooth, full beer. It's as full for a light beer that you can get.

The looks fully complement, but don't overshadow this great tasting uniqueness.

It's everything you'd expect to enjoy from going to a local German beer garden on a hot Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color and is opaque, with a 1 finger head that dissipates within a minute. Leaves no lacing behind whatsoever. Smells good, fruity, spicy, lemon, very much like the Weeihen Heffeweiss. Tastes just like the Heffeweis but maybe a bit more citrus/fruity, somehow more alcohol that is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is light to medium and very smooth with good carbonation, goes down well. Very tasty and smooth makes for great drinkability, I feel like I could drink many of these in one session, good stuff.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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