Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

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
Reviews:
1,162
Ratings:
3,342
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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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 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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Photo of phisig137
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy, very cloudy 18 karat gold color. 2 finger head with good retention, but disappointing lace.

S- massive yeast esters dominate the nose. Primarily clove, but a good amount of banana is present as well. Strong dusty raw wheat brings up the rear. I love an aroma this full.

F- Again, dominated by a beautiful yeast strain, that just forces its esters on you. Banana is a bit more prevalent here, but clove is still playing a major role. Wheat is fairly tart and rounds out the rear with barely even a hint of hops. Big, bold, and beautiful.

M- Creamy, low carbonation, and silky smooth.

D- pretty damn good. Hides the 7.7% quite well, until it starts to warm your belly toward the bottom of the glass.

Overall, a damn fine beer, although slightly misleading. I picked up the bottle thinking this may be a Weihenstephaner version of Aventinus. I was wrong. This seems to be much more akin to being an "Imperial Hefe". Perhaps the traditional German breweries are starting to take cues from us Americans? Either way, I don't care. It's a delicious beer, that is very well made, and one that I look forward to having again in the near future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my half liter, hacker-pshorr weisse glass.

Two finger head right after a perfect pour, but recedes to nothing after only a few minutes. Good sunshine wheat color, but a little too clear for a wheat beer and lacking any vibrant bubbling or lacing for that matter. The aroma is classic hefe-weiss. Lots of bananas, sometimes ripe, and plenty of cloves. Plus the warmth of 7.7% abv is noticed a bit in the nose. Sweet, ripe bananas and some tart strawberries start the palate off. Then a few herbal cloves and a little grassy hops with the alcohol cut some of that malty sweetness. Good balance of hot, sweet, and herbal flavors in this beer. Very clean, but a litte palate as well. A little talcy, but very drinkable considering the abv.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy sunset orange with a white head that creates thin lacing and descent retention.

S - Peppery banana, clove, stone fruit, dense wheat malt, acidic fruit.

T - Hints of apple cider, cinnamon, banana, clove, bubblegum, stone fruit, very clean wheat malts, light pepper, with a kiss of citrus. The pepper comes out more on the finish.

M - Medium body, fluffy feel.

Super tasty German beer. A poetic marriage of flavors with a peppery hint on the finish. Awesome!...This is what I expect out of this brewery every time.

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

Poured from a .5 L brown bottle into a weizen glass. Neck label has a Middle Ages/ Renaissance dressed man holding a feather in one hand and an open book in the other with a rooster sitting on the book. Interesting. Rest of the label is fancy, brown with shiny gold highlights.

Pours golden, with tons of carbonation that forms a four finger frothy head of white bubbles. The head won't go away and it leaves great lacing.

It smells of yeast, tons of ripe bananas, clove, phenols, and even a very secretive raisin.

Taste just like it smells, this is an imperial hefeweizen. Slight raisin, ripe bananas, pronounced yeast and wheat. Very sweet citrus/lemon at the end. Alcohol detectable as it begins to warm from fridge temp.

The mouthfeel is a little chewy and wet, with decent carb. Warming.

Drinkable, alcohol gets in the way, though. Better for the fall, but I wouldn't really specify winter.

Apparently, the weizenbock style has some interpretation, depending on brewery. Aventinus seems to sway to the bock/doppelbock side, whereas this seems to stay on the weizen side of the style.

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

Pours a murky yellow. Big lively white head off the pour, settles to a nice-sized chunk of foam.

Substantial nose. Big wheat malt aromas. Fresh baked banana bread with a real sweetness.

The banana bread comes through again on the tongue. The sweetness from earlier comes across as vanilla, giving an even stronger impression of cakey dough, along with some nice chewy malt. This brew is so rounded and soft that, at times, it almost comes across as a wit.

Not what I was expecting from this one, this is a very easy-going hefe, and the alcohol is well-hidden. Nice wheat.

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a fairly hazy bright yellow, with a two finger head and lots of foamy lacing. Smell is yeast, light malt, a little banana, straw, a wheaty or grainy aroma, some black pepper and clove. The taste also leads with the yeast, then malt, banana, wheat, straw, a little bread, light lemon. Slight hop bitterness throughout. Very smooth, refreshing, solid body.

A classic, like most of this brewery's beers. The kind of beer you could have every day and not get tired of it. Reasonably priced, too.

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

Poured in to my Erdinger Weisbier glass with a very tall rocky white head that leaves nice lacing going down and has excellent retention. Cloudy pale orange in color.

Smell is mainly wheat, very strong wheat actually. A little bit of banana and bubble gum but mainly wheat.

The first couple of sips were most wheat as well but the bubble gum, banana, and a slight clove appeared after a few sips.

Very clean and crisp mouthfeel, sharp cleansing carbonation. Light to Medium body.

Easily drinkable despite its relatively high ABV. This is an excellent beer.

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

16.9 oz bottle ~ poured into a weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a dark gold / orangish color lots of active carbonation, a large billowing white head. Pouring in the yeast hazes things up a bit as it slowly disperses. Great head retention and lacing. Beer looks great.

Smell- Clove, banana, bubblegum. Bready, light toasted malts.

Taste- Taste follows the aroma. This deffinitly has much more malt character than their hefe. It has more of a carmel flavor and breadyness. A light peppery spice. All the hefe characteristics are in there, but the yeast and the sweetness is much less pronounced, improving this over their hefe, per my taste. Also picking up a slight apple taste. The finish is clean, not to lingering.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, very smooth. ABVs go undetected. This aspect is very nice.

Overall- Goes down smooth and easy. If you havnt noticed yet, I much prefer this to the hefe, which I find almost cloying. I could easily drink a few of these. Recomended, I have the aventinus up next, we shall see which is better.

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

This beer pours a huge head with some excellent retention. Nice cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of banana phenol. Nice wheaty zest underneath. This is what a weizenbock should smell like.

Nice smooth wheat with authentic german yeast. I'm not usually a fan of the style, but the banana phenol isn't over the top as it is in some beers and it seems to be in balance. It's very nice and refreshing and will probably be underrated for not being over the top. This really isn't a weizenbock as much as it is a hefeweizen. I don't detect any dark malts at all. This is a hefeweizen.

This beer is crisp and refreshing and one of the most sessionable weizenbocks that I've ever had. It's a must try.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very hazy golden color, two finger white head, anazing lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet, banana, wheat.

T: Sweet, banana, sour. Excellent!

F: This is the smoothest weissbier I have ever tasted. Amazing.

O: Easily the best weissbier I have tried. Superb.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Aroma is predominantly clove-like with soft banana and a touch of bubblegum and yeasty sourness. Pours a frothy, two-finger head with good retention; body is a cloudy amber. Like the aroma, the clove-like quality takes center stage; there is a slight yeasty twang; sweetness is present but nondescript; alcohol only becomes noticeable in the finish, and even then it is remarkably well integrated. The body is medium-full with substantial carbonation which also provides a nice, crisp bite; alcohol provides a bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall, the impression is one of a mere—albeit delicious—hefeweizen with a greater alcohol content. It really doesn't seem bock-like at all, which is the only aspect that I can find fault with.

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

Bottle into dimpled mug.

Dry cracked spicy wheat with cloves, banana, and bubblegum.
There's a surprising amount of gummy sweetness and fruity esters.

Light golden-- very clear. Looks very highly carbonated, with a nice 2 fingers head of shiny foamy head.

Really pretty nice-- very easy to drink. Pretty light airy body with lots of carbonation.

I'll be honest-- after seeing ColoradoBob mention this a bunch in the forums, I decided I had to try it... And I'm not disappointed! Another great beer from this brewery!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

VITUS

4.5 appearance: cloudy straw. impressive finely bubbled head with decent staying power and lacing.

4.5 smell: bananas! some of the best, slightly overripe bananas ever detected in a beer. and, thanks to my daughter who took a sniff and suggested pineapple, i do smell pineapple in there too! half an upside down cake under a load of bananas.

4 taste: like the smell, but pretty straightforward and not really adding much else. good, but not as complex as i expected from a 7.7% with this bouquet. there is a lso a bit of alcoholic bite, but not that bad, disconnected kind.

3.5-4 mouthfeel: body is medium+, finish is buttery (maybe more in flavor than texture, no actual diacetyl detected), thick, and a little syrupy.

3.5-4 drinkability: very good brew. not the sort of thing i'd want every day, but this should be enjoyed at least several times a year.

on repeated tastings

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/2/12

A murky golden yellow with a massive three finger head even after a soft pour, decent retention and partial rings of lace well down the glass, looking good

S some cereal, banana, clove, lemon and pineapple, smells pretty good, like a hefe on steroids

T a little more spice then the smell and just barely noticeable booze

M fairly heavy for the color and quite creamy on the verge of turning to foam but not quite, leaves just a little behind on your gums

O this one would waste you under a hot sun because it went down very fast, quite easy to drink for a bigger beer I liked it a lot

I think I need to research the style because this was not what I was expecting, this reminds me of a double hefe if that makes sense, drink it and you'll understand what I mean

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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