Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

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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.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a proper .5L weizen glass.

A: Very cloudy light golden and dark yellow colors with an enormous 2-3 fingers of white frothy head. Throughout the session, a small head retains just over the surface of the brew. Some smatterings of lacing on my glass.
S: Huge aromas at the pour. Cloves and other spices, wheat, banana and other fruity esters.
T: The cloves and spices are dominant and oh so enjoyable. There are plenty of other flavors, including dark fruity/berry in moments. The sip ends in some citrus and bitters. Metallic notes are barely present, but the balance of this big brew leaves them in the dust.
M and D: Medium-bodied and incredibly slick. A good dose of carbonation brings out the bold spices. This is an easy beer to drink, and the alcohol hides so well that I got a nice warming sensation afterwards that hit me right after the last sip. I've already recommended this to folks in town. I look forward to enjoying this beer again very soon.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle while shopping at Sam's Quik Shop.

Pour looks like a hefe, honestly. Very cloudy yellow with a thick white frothy, bubbly white head.

It just smells like their Hefe, loads of bubble gum and banana. It smells sweeter, with more of the honey malt coming through, and I like it. So much damn banana....

The taste is just pure banana, honestly. Theres not much other to it. Others get some kind of flavors that take away from the yeast, but this one really just accents the yeast so damn well. The yeast really tastes like banana, and thats all. Theres a bit of spicy clove that really just balances things out totally.

It shouldnt be this drinkable for nearly 8% ABV.

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Photo of That_One_Guy
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

I honestly don't know what it is about this beer but it is damn near perfect in my book. It has a crispy fruity mouth taste, and it just gets more complex. The mouth feels is bubbly and playful. I hope that makes sense. It's a complex beer that drinks easy, a feat that for me is hard to find.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass at slightly warmer than refrigerator temperature.

L - Hazy deep gold color with a huge 4-finger thick, creamy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention but not much lacing. Lots of bubbles. Looks great except for the fact that it’s a little light in color for a weizenbock.

S - Tons of banana. Also clove, bubblegum, rich malt, wheat, and yeast aromas. Smells rich but sweet and refreshing at the same time.

T - This beer is outstandingly delicious. Sweet banana, bubblegum, and caramel malt flavors with spicy clove and yeast notes. Also enough bread and wheat notes to make it taste like banana bread. Outstanding.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, tons of mouth-tingling carbonation, rich a creamy mouthfeel, and a refreshingly dry finish. Sweetness, tingling from the carbonation, and dryness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O - I’m not usually a big fan of wheat beers, but this beer makes me want to explore way more of them. It is absolutely fantastic. It smells, tastes, and feels terrific with absolutely no sign of the 7.7% ABV. I can definitely see why this was named the best beer in the world at the 2011 World Beer Awards. Close to perfection.

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Photo of godlessape
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a gorgeous hazy gold, topped with a creamy white cloud of a head.

This brew is an aromatic three ring circus orgy with all the banana, cloves, honey, cinnamon toast, yeasty wheat bread mixed about with your grandparents hard candy dish.

This reminds me of a pale ale with all the fruitiness, along with all the spicy intricacy of a really expensive Belgian. Everything the nose picked up is here, along with an earthy tobacco barn kind of rawness. We also have a subtle but right on the mark hop sizzle at the very end.

The mouthfeel couldn't be better. Medium to light bodied and refreshing. It glides down the throat like a melted banana split smothered in whip cream.

Overall, Das Bier ist gut.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer looks really nice. Light in color, interesting and unique very yellow color. Very foamy, head seem to hold up great.

Smells delicious. Notes of citrousy fruits, and malted wheat. Some really nice fruity yeasty esters going on.

Smooth wheat beer. All Weihenstephaner's beer have a very similar, very impressive mouthfeel. Smooth, but very full-bodied and satisfying.

I could have one, or drink this beer all night, either way I'm a happy camper.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into standard pint.

A. Pours a light honey gold color, closer to pale straw than anything. Huuuge head explodes from a careful pour, roughly four fingers. Had to pour some off and reload. What remains gives me a two finger, eggshell white head. Very good lacing.

S. Awesomely spectacular. Yeast heavy, which gives it all a charming biscuit quality. Also a lot of fruit, banana, clove, apple, pear, and grape. Truly outstanding and a perfectly incorporated bouquet.

T. Follows the nose with waves of banana, pineapple, citrus, pear, apple, and some bready malt.

M. Perfectly creamy, fruity, balanced. I just love how this resolves into banana cream pudding. So well integrated.

O. An outstanding beer. I haven't read enough about this style, and if I didn't know this was a Weizenbock, I would guess it was a Hefe. Either way, it's remarkable, and well worth the positive press I have seen for it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, straw hue body with a think, white head that withers away to a pencil-thick crown. Light carbonation is visible only if hunting for it.

Of decidingly Belgian quality. A beautiful foray of earthy spices and banana are prominant. Wheat, clove, and yeasty notes are also evident. Simply fantastic!

Sweet and spicy. Bubblegum, banana, and a bit of honey and molasses make up the sweetness while clove and corriander spice up the party. Bitterness is uneventful.

Way more carbonation than visually led to believe. Medium body. Lip-smacking dry finish. Alcohol is noticable, but not nearly enough to fault the experience.

This is an incredible beer I couldn't get enough of it! I wanted more, more, more! A slow sipper as it might be a bit sweet for some, but otherwise beautifully balanced and full of character. Do yourself a favor... Get one. Or ten.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: golden straw color. Very foggy with a big white bubbly head.

S: bananas, cloves, hay, and lemon.

T: this is a very impressive beer. Banana, cloves, lemon, wet hay, orange peel, butter, fruit bread, raisins, and some sweets. So good.

M: perfectly medium and buttery. It's got a residue-y feel or a straw-y feel to it. It's awesome.

O: this is damn near perfect for a dopplebock. Taste is amazing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at Dan's recommendation. This is a style to which I love and have had far too few examples of it to go on. When he said this was as awesome as he did I knew I had to get down there and grab me a couple of them. I poured the 500ml bottle into a proper pint glass and proceeded to enjoy this one straight out of the fridge.

Appearance - The pour was wonderful. A bright golden amber transformed the glass with all of its haze and cloudiness. A very nice three inch layer of white foam then came up over the top and settled down gently, but never totally fading into a thin layer that lasted the rest of the session. Deep side glass lace as well as some good carbonation could be seen streaking skyward.

Smell - The aroma was full of yeast. Nice banana and clove notes mixed in with some light lemon like citrus tones. Very bright, with a touch of alcohol, but nothing too terribly distracting at all.

Taste - The flavor was just about as good as you can get for the style. Perfect balance of yeast, with the wonderful notes of banana and cloves, some light peppery spices in there as well, but everything being very bright. Good dose of wheat in the middle and a sharp cutoff of lemon like hops in the finish, really drying this one out and making you beg for another sip.

Mouthfeel - This was much lighter then I thought it would be, and that was a good thing. A nice light to medium bodied ale, the carbonation was big enough to really let it shine through very nicely. I was thoroughly impressed by how well this one was put together in all aspects.

Drinkability - As for drinking, you could easily throw this one down as a session ale. I mean be careful as at over 7.5% it will do a number on you, but still, wow, this was really very good. I was shocked by how quickly it disappeared.

Overall one of the best beers I have had, any style, hands down. I would get this one again in a heartbeat, and it really is a steal at 2.99. Definitely try this one out, no way you could be disappointed.

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Photo of mavesba
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, golden color, with a firm, white, two-finger head.

Smell - Sweet, fruity aroma, with defined banana and clove. Definite wheat and yeast balanced in.

Taste - Even more defined banana and clove than the smell. Although you get the yeast in the smell, it is well balanced with other flavors in the taste.

Mouthfeel - A very smooth, almost creamy mouth feel, with bright, but subtle carbonation. Just a slight bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability - I really like this beer. I am a true Hefe lover, but this variant will be on my short list.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tall brown bottle with the Weihenstephaner label. No freshness date but just recently hit the shelves at my local beer store. Pours a hazy golden yellow, thick foamy white head, settles quickly. Great aroma, wheat malts, floral sweetness, ripe banana, yeasty notes that render aromas of bubble gum and clove. Medium to full bodied beer, fluffy, crisp and refreshing. Lots of tingle from the carbonation. Sweet up front, light honey and banana flavors, mild bitterness, some dry spiciness. This beer is delicious, totally refreshing and drinkable. What would you expect when they've been doing this since 1040.


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Photo of sevopie
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden/yellow in color with a mountainous fine white head.

A lot of fruit notes in the tongue, with banana, pears, apples, and clove as well. A hint of spices as well.

Oh man I dig this beer. A lot of the flavors from the nose carry over - especially banana, but there's a candy sweetness to accent it ever so slightly.

Creamy with a light to medium carbonation.

Just like their hefe, this one begs you to drink more with every sip. The only big drawback is that the carbonation is deceptive in that it fills you up without being heavy on the tongue. Another winner from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of montageman
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Deep golden yellow with a huge bone white head that sticks around and leaves lacing that just doesn't go away.

S: Sweet and spicy. Bananas, clove, and lemon are all there. A totally inviting and complex aroma.

T: Very prominent banana and clove flavor up front which then segues into a mildly tart lemon finish.

M: Very rich. Decent carbonation gives this beer tremendous body.

D: Great, great stuff. A prototypical wheat beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.5 - Nice golden yellow color with a big white head on it that sticks just about forever.
S - 4.75 - You can literally smell it from arms length. Banana, vanilla yogurt, orange, white pepper, wheat bread in the background. It's so fresh and good.
T - 4.75 - Banana, wheat, fruity yogurt, bubble gum. This is a pretty ridiculously good beer, esp for the price.
M - 4.5 - Light - medium, alc covered, aftertaste is banana bread.
O - 4.75 - This beer has so much potential to be sickeningly sweet and cloying but it completely avoids that and blends all the flavors of a German bock beer in a way that's so good, you'll never want to touch an American wheat beer again.

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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 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 Labeorphile
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a champagne flute. Thick head that settles to a half-finger head well supported by streams of bubbles. Beer is a straw colored cloudy appearance.

Good yeasty aroma with bananas and hints of some spice, maybe clove? S
Spice becomes more dominant as it warms.

Taste is well-balanced and smooth. The bananas show up in the finish, with a citrusy space in the lead.

Carbonation just right for the beer, which gives it a refreshing mouth feel.

Overall a really great beer I bought a couple of on recommendation of the salesman at the local shop. Really sits well on a slightly warmer winter night where I wasn't in the mood for a stout or porter.

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Photo of horshack7
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Hefeweizen glass is a cloudy golden color. The head is a bright white foamy head that does have good head retention.

Aroma: Clove, banana, yeasty brediness. Atouch of biscuit in the nose and even a little bit buttery. Citrus fruit is well spread through out.

Taste: A good crisp mouthfeel but not to crisp there is a buttery texture to it. Lots of banana, clove, apples, a decetn amount of malty breadiness in the end and a little bit of a dry finish.

Notes: Dam this is tasty. The flavors are very well balanced. Cheers.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a weizen glass

A: pours a very hazy, extremely carbonated, light yellow color towards the bottom and a bit of a deeper golden color towards the top, pours with three fingers of very fine pure white head which is frothy and lingers for a long time, leaves a small bit of lacing
S: very nice peppery and lemon notes with a bready wheat scent on the back end
T: begins peppery then slides into a nice smoothness and cleanness that i really can explain, just smooth with a nice lemony note which really allows it to drink well, just tastes damn good
M: medium carbonation, kinda thick which i hadnt expected although i guess id describe it more as creamy than anything else, leaves the mouth cleanly
O: really great taste, drinks incredibly easily, smooth, just nice all around

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Photo of baseball1976
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last night. What a surprise. I did not read the menu, and wanted something light...this fit the bill, but it had more punch than I expected!

The best part about this beer, was the taste. It tastes like belgian spiced banana... Needless to say, it was great! It is refreshing and light, with a heavy spiced taste and one heck of a kick. I was expecting 5%, and this is a 7.7%!

If you see it, give it a shot.

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Photo of mkh012
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally reviewing an absolute classic and a favorite of mine. Definitely overdue.

Poured aggressively into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. A towering white head atop a cloudy yellow-orange body. Beautiful once it settles.

The nose, especially at first when the head is billowing, is absolutely magical. Banana bread, bubblegum, and grainy sweetness. A touch of grass.

The taste follows. Think Weihenstephaner Hefe on steroids. Smooth orange, lemon, biscuit, and lightly bitter clove.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium. Perfect for a wheat beer.

Overall, world-class, easily. I still prefer the Hefe by a hair.

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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 cbingham24
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy golden color, Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast.

S- Banana, wheat, malt, pears

T- Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, alcohol and almost creamy.

M- Thick, crisp, sweet and creamy. Well balanced.

O- One of the best beers I have ever tasted. All the usual tastes of a great hefe with the strength and balance of a great Belgium beer. Down right amazing.

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

Cloudy yellow with a massive head of bone white fluff that forms rocky peaks. It has epic retention and leaves delicate blobs of lace in my Aventinus glass.

The aroma is bursting with ripe banana, clove, bubblegum, candy, and yeast. It smells like a Bavarian hefeweiss on steroids.

Flavor is exceptional and filled with banana and tropical fruit, clove and spice, pink bubblegum, faint orange, citrus, and yeast. It almost has a Belgian characteristic due to the big fruit and spice on display. It's simply delicious and a bit different from other examples of this style.

Body is medium, with s velvet soft texture and creamy smooth mouthfeel. THis is a truly sessionable weizenbock. $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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