Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
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
Reviews:
1,186
Ratings:
3,431
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
246
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593
For Trade:
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Photo of ocelot2500
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves little gobs of lacing.

Smells of big yeast and wheat notes.

Tastes of sharp wheat and some sweetness. Notes of banana are evident as well as clove spice and some bubblegum. Has a citric edge also from the wheat.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle, 7.7% ABV. Hazy golden color, a bit lighter than I anticipated. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. White fluffy head, with great retention. Pretty good looking.

Nose is full of banana, some clove, maybe a bit of apple and pear. A bit of a yeasty note as well.

Very slightly tart, with some bready malt characteristics. Lots of clove, apple, pear, some spices, and very little banana. Fair amount of sweetness left over, balanced by some slightly floral notes.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very well done.

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

Found a bit of paper where I had scribbled this review a few months ago during the cooler weather, but had failed to enter it in!

Served in a Mahrs Brau porcelain mug. Use by date of 20/9/09. Sweet nose of banana, spices and fresh malty goodness. An attractive fluffy white head - the way i like it. A striking rich malt backbone that overpowers the faint wheatiness. High ABV, but this is well masked as is the case with good German bock beers.

Mild alcoholic bitterness in the finish.

A gem.

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Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a white 1 finger head ,,surprising light in color this weizenbock is
S-white fruit like apples and pears, faint banana wheat clove and cinnamon,faint alcohol
T-follows the nose baked white fruits with ripe banana clove spices with flaky baked pie crust a touch of alcohol
M-smooth creamy nicely carbonated with a dry fruity crisp finish
O-delicious nicely brewed

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

Bottle; code on back is 5198

Pours a cloudy pale golden into my weizen glass with a massive surging four finger off white head. Had to stop pouring and wait.

Scent is banana, funky yeast, sour wheat, spice (pepper and cloves) and alcohol esters.

Taste is soft and smooth. Bananas, yeast and wheat. Creamy light sourness. Peppery spice; cloves. Coriander? The slightest hint of alcohol spice and warming. A hint of pineapple.

Mouth is creamy and silky.

Drinkability is excellent and abv is nearly unnoticeable.

This is a fantastic beer.

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

poured into a New Belgium Globe.

Appearance: hazy straw yellow with a large white head. Thick lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: yeasty, malty, fruity, banana, touch of clove, and citrus.

Taste: Bananas, melons, mango, pears, white grapes, wheat, bready and slightly spicy yeast. Mild cloves and pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, and super drinkable beer.

Overall: Another solid offering by the worlds oldest brewery. Carbonation is some great and i love the drinkability factor of this german style beer. Another tasty beer.

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

Bottle courtesy of CrellMoset, thanks again!

Pours a bright and cloudy gold color, with a big fluffy head.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, with some light fruit/banana notes.

Taste is sweet, creamy, and with some light spices. Some clove flavors and bananas. Finish is crisp, dry, and a little bit tart. Interesting tasting beer. Kind of reminds me of a cross between and hefeweizen and a Belgian Pale. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is great. Really smooth, full, and soft.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a nice tasty and easy drinking beer. Would be a great go to beer for the Summer. Would be more than happy to sip this one again sometime...

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

A - Near identical to Blue Moon. Pours a 3 finger head in a pilsner glass.

S - Apple, nothing spicey.

T - Slightly sweet, apple with slight orange finish.

M - Light, refreshing, springy. Slightly alcoholic, acidic fruit aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable beer, no harshness.

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Photo of jscondon
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color and eminates the aroma of oranges and cloves. The front of the beer is very crisp and refreshing with strong yeast presence in the middle, finishing with a very nice orange citrus taste. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little thin.

I really like this beer, and this being my second good experience with the weizenbock category I definitely enjoy these beers.

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

A: Cloudy golden with a hint of orange. The head was towering and lingering, like any good Weizen should have.

S: Citrus, orange peel, cranberries. Wheat, cracked pepper.

T: Tart and fruity initially, with a little sweet malt that gives way to rich wheat. Plenty of phenol & spice toward the finish.There was more bitterness lingering afterward than in most Bavarian wheat beers.

M: Crisp, with good carbonation. The only downside was a slight astringent feel late.

O: A very solid Weizen, although not my very favorite. Truly, it was a little too busy with flavors and sensations to be as refreshing as I'd expect from the class.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours lighter than I expected. I realise it's a weizenbock, but with visions of Aventinus dancing in my head, I was struck by how pale this is. Golden, properly wheat-esque; I shouldn't be surprised at all.

Your regular wheat beer banana and clove smells, with a pleasant yoghurt note and apricots, maybe even peaches with the skin still on. Very sweet.

More banana in the taste - liquid banana bread. Cloves, underlying rummy alchohol thing which complements everything really well - slight boozy burn which you can occasionally feel in your sinuses, even though it's not quite 8%. Peppery spice and noticeable but not overt hop bitterness in the finish. Probably not quite enough to cut through the sweetness, but whatever. Real tasty.

Realatively creamy mouthfeel, some champagne characteristics from a combination of the carbonation and the vague dry white wine notes in the finish.

Too sweet to drink too much of, and too heavy to drink after mowing the lawn (or is it..?) - this beer, I think, is a fine example of just plain great craftsmanship, and what you choose to or choose not to match it with is up to you. I still have half a bottle, and I'm definitely going to enjoy it, as is.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured in a pilsner for lack of a better glass option.

Pours a hazy/milky golden carbonation with a huge white head.

Smell is buttery, fruity, and malty. Bananas and spice are present.

Taste is bright and sweet, but not too sweet. It is balanced by some spicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is light, light like a feather. Not thin, just wonderfully light. This is what a light beer should be.

Wonderfully drinkable 7.7 abv beer. I had been wondering what the buzz surrounding this beer, and now I know.

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

A: A hazy gold pour with a huge bubbly white head. Retention is pretty decent and there are nice streaks of lacing.

S: Lemons, bananas, bubblegum and pear. Lots of wheaty bread.

T: Refreshing combination of lemons, oranges, pear and banana with again, a strong wheat bread base. Some cloves.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied.

O: A pretty simple beer but a great balance and drinkability to it. Refreshing, fruity and wheaty.

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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 Bcaulin
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a wheaty yellow in color. Nice inch of white head -- dense foam. Not getting a lot of lacing, but the head retains for a pretty good amount of time.

Some banana and clove in those nose, but its not completely dominating. There are some subtleties here and its not a very strong smell.

Taste is just excellent. Very refreshing. No shortage of yeasty banana and clove. Definitely get some refreshing lemon and hops in there though. I'm not of huge fan of big banana flavors, and this one is still excellent.

Drinkability is really quite impressive for the style. At 7.7, you won't want to slam them down too fast, but it wouldn't be too hard. I hear people talking about this one all the time, and now it all makes sense.

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

Pours a cloudy yet bright orangish color with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of citrus and some spices like coriander, and with a little trace of honey. Sweet taste with no hint of a bitter finish. Refreshing carbonation as well in the mouth feel. Very light and fluffy.

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Vitus glass.
Seems a fitting choice for my 500th review!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy glowing yellow-orange color with a big fluffy white head that has great retention.

Smell: Nice aroma of banana, clove, and some hints of wheat. There's a bit more slightly sweet malt undertones too.

Taste: Banana and clove flavors up front, with some hints of apple and pear. Some slightly bready hints come in later, and the finish and aftertaste are doppelbock-like, with some heavier, sweet malts, hints of alcohol, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth, with moderate carbonation. A bit lighter than I anticipated.

Drinkability: Good taste and isn't too strong in the alcohol department.

Lighter than Aventinus and not quite as good, but still a really enjoyable weizenbock! More on the hefeweizen side. They've got this for a good price down the street now, so you can bet that I've already stocked up.

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

Appearance: Cloudy gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet, wheaty, spicy, a little boozy.

Taste: Nice sweetness, some fruity pear flavor, dry finish with cloves.

Drinkability: Sweet but not too sweet, goes down pretty quick for a big beer.

Finally saw this beer while down in Iowa, so picked one up. Kind of different than other weizenbocks I've had, maybe a little more straight-forward sweetness and less fruit and clove than others. Maybe it was a little older, but still quite tasty.

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Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into my Weihenstephan weizbier glass

A - depending on how much light it gets the color varies: little direct light renders a light yellow reminescent of lemonade, while holding it to a lamp shows a nice golden color with a bit orange in the middle of the glass. the head is white and fluffy, a perfect pour, going right to the .5L mark. hundreds of bubbles keep the head up from the bottom in an endless stream.

S - smells wheaty, with a background of some spicy alcohol. it is more of a twang then a burn from the alcohol (like limoncello vs whiskey). the twang can also be described as green apple peels, something concentrated with that type of sour flavour.

T - a superb taste. Weihenstephan never does disappoint. there is a light wheat taste over all, but the beer is not light in any way. there is a slight citrusy bitterness at the back of the mouth on the tonge right before the finish. while it is the finish that sees the beginning of the alcohol presence, and it is the aftertaste which initially has the strongest presence of booze, but then lends itself to a sweet wheat flavour.

MF&D - the beer has a great refreshing crisp taste from the carbonation; while the body is not too heavy, making me want to keep drinking. the only thing that hold it back is I find the bubbles to be a bit much, and they stifle my drinking, making me feel quite bloated untill I belch and continue the process. but who really cares, its beer and I'm a guy.

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Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen on steroids. Some clove in the smell and the pallet in the taste seems to consist of an entire (subtle) fruitbasket full of bananas, oranges and tangerines. The higher abv takes away the smoothness of the Hefeweizen, but makes it a nice beer for those colder and darker nights. Was still very good mid-June though.

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

Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle.

Vitus pours a light orange, almost yellowish color with a very pillowy, fluffy white head. Very hazy with good lacing.

There is a fresh, crisp, wheaty aroma up front with lots of fruity tones, equal citrus and banana. IT also has ample amounts of clove and spice. Bits of bubble gum sweetness make this smell almost like a hefeweizen on steroids.

The taste is dominated by fresh wheat, complimented by banana, clove, and noted alcohol. Quite a bit of sweetness completes a nice and complex swallow.

Mouthfiel is biting and surprisingly full with pretty high carbonation.

Overall, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. When compared to the likes of Aventinus it reminds me of just how much diversity there can be between quality beers within the weizenbock style.

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

Properly cloudy, unassuming golden canary yellow with a frail snowy white head. The aroma overflows with banana and bubblegum, clove, sourdough bread, pear, peach, and bergamot. Unbelievably estery and very enticing. The flavor disguises it's strength all too well, with a bready sweetness and full, round banana fruitiness, a shake of clove, a touch of almond, and a limoncello kick. Very smooth, though it could be fuller. Overall a dangerously drinkable and excellent wheat beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prototypical Weizen appearance, the pale body, the large head, and cloudy consistency were unmistakable. The aroma was also classic banana and clove, and was pretty inviting. The taste was a lot spicier than the Hefeweizen this looked like. The clove notes were much more pronounced and there was also some sourness apparent. Very light in the mouth, which is quite typical of wheat based beers, but it was quite a bit lighter than anticipated considering this is a Weizenbock. Probably the easiest to drink near 8% beer I've sampled. Way different than Aventinus or any other examples of this style.

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Photo of opieo
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit sweet. A smooth hefe. Strong banana and spice but nothing stands above the others. I would drink this regularly if drinking hefes. A really good hefe.

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Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

weiz glass. straw yellow, lighter color than expected. any other of this style have been more of a brown color. hazy and white head. aroma is mostly all farm. very earthy, and some spice presence. so damn refreshing, big spice bite and the banana underneath

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,431 ratings.
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