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
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1,161
Ratings:
3,336
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. 29th week of 2015, so a little over 5 months old.

A - Cloudy gold with a two finger head that moderately retains.

S - Banana, clove, spices, yeast.

T - In line with nose, but dialed back some from a straight hefe, melded with a bock.

M - Carbonation moderately low, smooth mouthfeel.

O - An enjoyable, tasty beverage. Starting to try to balance out IPA and stout madness with the classics. Recommended.

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

A- Nice golden color, becomes an almost electric-yellow when light passes through it. Lots of white head that laces very well.

S- Not extremely strong, but cloves, banana, some spices from the yeast.

T- Follows the nose well. Bananas, cloves, yeasty spiciness. Very good.

M- Light bodied, smooth, clean finish.

D- Very drinkable, almost sessionable if it weren't for the 7.7%.

All in all very good and enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

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

A - Poured golden, hazy yellow with a beautiful head that didn't seem to want to go away.
S - fruity - has banana, clove and a little bit of spice
T - banana and spices with a huge kick of banana and a of hops and bit alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Mf - smooth and full
D - This is a great beer, it is like their hefeweizen amped up a little. It is delicious beer, Weihenstaphaner delivers yet again. However, having more than a couple could make you start feeling a little too good due to the 7.7% alcohol content.

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

Vitus, one of the most famous and probably the lighter colored example of the Weizenbock style. It pours a pale golden and very hazy color with a massive fluffy white head that hangs on for a looong time with gorgeous lacing around the glass.
Aroma is yeasty as expected with bready malts, citrus fruit, lemon zest, clove and some banana and bubblegum.
Taste starts off sweet with wheat and sort of burnt malt character followed by huge yeasty notes, again with lemon, clove and banana being the main players.
Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth due to loads of wheat malt. Carbonation is spot on to make this beer go down like water. Since it is so chewy and full it is hard to notice the 7.7 abv.
A great beer for people that need a little more than what a regular hefe can bring to the table. The main difference being the fuller body and the maltier presence in flavor and aroma.
It still maintains the awesome drinkability and thirst quenching ability from its lighter body counterpart, the amazing Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a quite cloudy medium golden colour with a good two finger fluffy white head. Good carbonation. No lace, minimal retention.

S - Clove is quite strong. Some pretty rich malt and banana. Stewed banana. The richness is such a lovely component when blended with everything else. It's one of those aromas that you can't quite pin down the quality in, you just know it's great. Wheat is present as well.

T - Nice rich malt with a nice clovey element and banana with a gentle hop component. A really interesting flavour component. Wheat, some hop, and a citrus note too. With banana again too.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body and a sweet, wheaty/banana/clove finish.

O/D - A lovely beer. Complexities combined with subleties. Nice stuff. So many flavours.

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

Poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and cloudy. Forms a super thick white head of medium to large bubbles that falls away quickly allowing me to refill the glass with the remaining beer in the bottle. The breaking head leaves lacing on the glass as it fall. Carbonation is high and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. This beer is lighter than other weizenbocks but it looks great.

Aroma is simple and mild, sweet and slight esters, nothing too big.

Beer is medium bodied, has a nice wheaty flavor and a slight aftertaste that adds to the overall feel of the beer. Carbonation is big in the mouth and does a nice job accenting the sweetness of the beer. Drinkability is high, another wonderful beer by Weihenstephaner. It is truly great. Mouthfeel is good. Its a great beer. Weizenbocks have a tendency to get offensively sweet, this is not the case with this beer. You can taste the esters and there is some underlying sweetness but its not the star, its there to accent the wheat. I really enjoy this beer.

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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 puck1225
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a tall snifter. Cloudy yellow with a velvety head and good lacing. Spicy and sweet smell, fruity. Taste of Apple, pear and lemon. Very enjoyable beer!

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

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a Franziskaner weiss glass.

A - One and half fingers of white foam that shows good retention and eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few fingers of lace. Unfiltered peach-colored body, with some small bubbles apparent near the bottom of the glass.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast, cloves, and a bit of spicy estery alcohol. Basically an amped up hefeweizen, that is perhaps a bit more understated than I expected.

T - Taste is big banana, bubblegum malted wheat, light clove, and a bit of other spice character. Just like biting into a hearty loaf of banana bread. Probably should be a 4.25.

M - Slightly gritty, medium bodied, with zesty carbonation that settles down as I worked my way through a half-liter.

D - This was pretty easy and enjoyable to drink, but with the half-liter serving size and the deceptive ABV I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to have too many. The bottle price is a huge steal if you can find it fresh.

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

Before I review this beer, I must preface it by saying that I am not a big wheat beer fan. That said, here we go...

Appearance: The beer pours with a huge 3" head after a pretty delicate pour. A minute or so after the pour, the head is at least half of its original height. The beer itself is a mostly clear light golden color with a few bubbles rising...though the head stands anyway. There is tons of lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: Lots of bready wheat aromatics along with some fruity banana and lemons and even a light hint of spiciness. As the beer sits and the head mellows a little bit, you can pick up some more toasty aromas that are a little like bread crusts.

Taste: There is a whole lot of fruitiness to this beer, but it isn't so much that it is undrinkable like some brews. It actually has a balance between the fruit and malt. The beer is well attenuated, but there is some evident creaminess to it that makes the mouthfeel rather lush. As it warms up some, the fruity esters soften up some and let the malt come out. Late after the sip, there is some warming that sets in on the back of the throat and waits for the next sip to relinquish control.

Opinion: I actually like this beer quite a bit...and that surprises me as there are some of the flavors that I find rather objectionable in other light HefeWeizen brews. This beer has enough malt presence and supporting flavors to keep the palate confused enough to be able to focus on any one thing. This is a really complex beer. It doesn't have the dark fruit presence of Aventinus, but is still a good brew in its own right.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive thick head that shows amazing retention. Cloudy light honey amber color.

Aroma is rather strong and is as expected. Banana, close, yeast. A touch of dough.

Flavor is very interesting. Certainly some clove, banana up front, but then there is an interesting bread flavor. Almost reminds me of a nice fresh loaf of sourdough. There is a lingering banana flavor that mixes with some black pepper... I would not guess this to be north of 7% abv.

Mouth feel is slightly chalky but not too much. There is a thickness to the beer, but not like a thick stout.. Just a bit of texture.

Nicely drinkable. I can't believe I enjoy these beers now. Good stuff.

I essentially tried this because of many BA'ers going nuts over this beer.

I can see why.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, hazy golden colored ale topped with a huge, rocky, white head that holds its retention forever. Malty and sweet aroma with banana, hefeweizen yeast, clove, bubble gum. Bold flavors, bread, banana, clove, hefe yeast, bubble gum, honey, a little nutty. Alcohol is warming at 7.7% abv, some spice on the finish. Huge full body, super creamy and smooth. This is definitely a loaf of bread, but it's so good.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: One pint in bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: It has a hazy orange hue and a huge fluffy white head that takes time to settle down. It does leave some streaky lacing, and it turns gold when held to the light.

S: This beer has a wonderful aroma. Citrus, spice (clove), bread, and peaches.

T: Banana, clove, bread, and some nutty flavors dominate. There is ample spice and crispness in a relatively dry finish with a hint of alcohol left in the back of the throat.

M: Medium body and dry.

D: It would be hard to know that this beer is 7.7 percent alcohol. Since it has a dry finish, the beer is refreshing as well.

Overall: This is a great beer. I am a huge fan of Weihenstephaner, and a huge fan of weis beers, and this beer confirms why. It has a wonderful aroma, flavors that are balanced and elegant, and a nice crisp, dryer finish. Though there is a tinge of alcohol on the finish, it is hard to believe the 7.7 percent alcohol labeled on the bottle. Once again, an amazing beer by Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Frothy with a huge foamy head; dissipates slowly; yellow/orange hue; lacing is sub-par

S: Grainy with banana clove presence; alcohol is prevalent, stinging the back of the nostrils; subtle citrus as well

T: Alcohol comes off fairly strong; very grainy with a subtle banana (almost like banana bread) and clove presence

F: Decent mouth feel; though a touch thin

D: Pretty drinkable despite the high alcohol percentage

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Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three full fingers worth of audibly fizzy crisp tightly compact perfectly uniform bone whit colored head... Turns a bit rocky on the top and small large carbonation bubbles emerge as this one settles a bit... Excellent retention... The color is a slightly murky hazed deep rich amber... A light bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... A big rich nose dominated by wheat, yeast, honey and candied sugars... There is a potent fruitiness about in the form of pear and apple... There's also a subtle musky funkiness that lingers in the nose as well... A big rich flavor profile that is identical to the aroma with perhaps a slight addition of some overly ripened banana... There's also a subtle touch of booziness on the finish... Medium bodied... Prickly carbonation... Slightly chewy... Good balance... A very enjoyable beer all the way around regardless of the style... Perfect in any season and for any occasion... Just a rock solid example of world class brewing craftsmanship...

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Photo of cpn920
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner is my undiputed favorite brewer. Served in my Weihenstephaner hefeweizen glass. Copper color with strong aroma of bananas and cloves. Detected scent of lemon? I could could have several of these if it weren't over 7% abv. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - light gold color, cloudy with big carbonation
S - very nice - sweet malts and banana
T - very good with the same sweet malt flavor and banana
M - ok
O - very good beer, very flavorful for a lighter bodied beer

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Photo of markmiller
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the feel of a Weizen Glass. Poured nice and generous deep into the glass producing a cloud of tight and creamy head. That delicious hazy liquid golden hay color you expect from a wheat beer is revealed.

Typical banana esters and strong yeastiness dominate the nose. A touch of spice, mostly clove. A little bubblegum, too.

This beer's taste follows the nose to a T. Banana and clove and sweetness come pouring through with a lick of that bubblegum and yeast. The tiniest twinge of tart is there, but quickly dissipates.

Mouthfeel is medium, I thought it might have been overpoweringly full, but it balanced nicely on the swallow.

I'm fully impressed by this one. It was delicious and a joy to drink! Be sure to pick this up if you see it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy, cloudy rusted wheat yellow body. Rocky white head that pretty much doesn't recede. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Boozy right away, then bready, yeasty, and fruity with mostly banana.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The alcohol really comes out early before becoming very grainy with loads of bready notes. Banana throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Excellent taste and aroma, very boozy though.

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Photo of pschul4
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed while waiting for MarkIntihar to post for the final of TMTOBA 4.5

A- Pours just like a hefe. Not sure what makes this a weizenbock. Tons of white fluffy head that leaves a little lacing

S- I could smell this as soon as I cracked the bottle. Very strong scent which is nice. Lots of banana and clove with some pale malts in the background

T- Initial taste is that of a great hefe, lots of fruity banana and some clove nots. Odd metalic taste in the back end along with a little alcohol

M- Pretty smooth with a touch of carbonation on the end

O- I saw this recently won "Best Beer in The World" or something to that effect. Not even close but still quite solid for what it is.

Cheers!

Wish me luck!!

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a darker beer, hence the bock part of the name, but this is as pale and light in color as any wheat, weizen, or hefeweizen you will find. It is slightly cloudy, has a nice white thick foamy head that retains and laces a bit. The nose is what you would come to expect with any hefe, plenty of cloves, citrus, rind, florals, and a slight yeasty presence. The nose is very good, and indicative of sweetness to come.

The taste is also quite good. There is a decent efforvescence that spritzes and fizzes a bit on the tongue, and keeps the gulps on the smaller side. It is slightly creamy, and not overly tart. There are plenty of lemon citrus, orange rind, and clove flavors to keep this interesting and quite sweet. This is a bit stronger in ABV than your garden variety hefe. It is still fairly light bodied, but there is an acerbic twinge towards the finish that is not entirely from spice or hop, but also from some ABV. There is a slight white pepper bite to the beer as well. This is a treat for what it is, more a summer type beer, quite light and refreshing. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a weizen glass, at cellar temperature.

A one-finger white head quickly fades to nothing over a very hazy golden-orange ale that I can't really see through.

It smells like banana,cloves, coriander, pears, and estery yeast.

The bananas and pears make a quick impression on my palate. This melds into a rich, almost buttery breadiness, spiced with those spices from the aroma.

I'd describe the body as a hefty medium with pretty spritzy carbonation.

Like a festive white bread infused with spices and fruit. That's what this beer is.

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Photo of elniko
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Euro-bottle into weizen glass.

A: Light hazy golden amber coloring with huge pillowy head. Nice looking brew.

S: Very nice nose, wheat tones along with definite spiciness and banana tones which I would expect. Great smelling brew.

T & M: Nice quite as strong as the Aventinus which I feel is the pinnacle of this style. I found this to have the same qualities of a regular hef which for a Weihenstephaner is just fine with me. Taste had wheat tones along with some fruity textures. Mouthfeel is full.

D: Definite drinkable, I just had a hard time believing that this was a weizenbock.

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Photo of Winter
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vitus pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head. Much lighter in color than most of the weizenbocks I've had in the past. Sweet aroma of banana and spicy clove. There's some wheat in the nose also. Soft mouthfeel that is medium in bodied. The initial flavors reaffirm what was relayed in the nose- that of sweet ripe banana and spicy cloves. There's also a hint of vanilla. Wheat malt backbone. The hefty 7.7% abv makes its presence known toward the back. Wheat flavor lingers into the finish.

Another great offering by Weihenstephaner. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.
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