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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,167 | Ratings: 3,350
Photo of brewskifan55
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Hazy golden with an off-white, one finger head that slowly fades. Thick lacing.

S: Citrus abounds. Bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose with a whoosh of golden sunshine flavor. Light, citrus-y with wheat, clove and bananas. Drinks like a saison.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation. Just a cloud of effervescense.

O: Vitus was voted Best Beer at the World Beer Awards for 2011. Now I taste why. A great session beer. Very affordable at under $4 for a 750 ml. Recommended.

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Photo of screamking
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz Bomber poured into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow, with a very thick creamy white head. Has the look of a great wheat ale. Lots of banana, coriander, and bubble gum in the nose. I'm also getting some faint clove. Very nice smelling wheat. Taste is killer, huge flavorful wheat thats just dry enough but not overly so. Clean and crisp, alcohol is a little noticeably but that entirely fine with me. This brewery has it down pat, they've had enough time and time pays off.

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Photo of karait95
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice looking yellow color with some traces of orange, not transparent at all, not translucent with medium carbonation with a nice head that remains sometime on top of the beer, with compact bubbles that let some traces on the glass.

S: Intense citrus smell with some little alcohol inside but it is well done and according the style, maybe some bananas are presents and also orange beside of the intense wheat malty aroma.

T: Citrus flavor, fruity flavor combined with the wheat malts for a very nice and soft combination, also some alcohol esters are present due to the style

M: The mouth-feel is not very hard it is balanced and well done, a medium last ending not bitter not sweet but with some alcohol can be sensed.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed to be quick when I opened this as it immediately began to foam out of the bottle. This lead to a generous three quarter inch head for the duration of the drink.
Slightly spicy nose almost reminiscent of clove and honey and with a in interesting Duvel quality to it.
Very very pale for a weizenbock, it is hazy cloudy yellow and leaves intensely intricate lacing. Taste of melon and honey grew on me while drinking. A slight sappy juicy element in the mouth as well.

Pretty good but if I was Aventinus I wouldn't be too worried about the competition.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this one from Liquid Solutions, mainly because ColoradoBobs loves it.

A - Poured out a hazy, orange-yellow color with a huge, foamy, bubbly, off white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, citrus, lemon, clove and hints of banana. Really great aroma. Similar to their hefe.

T - It had a sweet wheat flavor with banana, clove, dried fruits and some caramel malt.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good beer. Doesn't seem to fit the style. It has lots of weizen and very little bock.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OMG -- oldest brewery in the world (claimed) with the weizen bock, old school beer - love it!! A little sweet on the after taste, low carbonation, but mouth feel is good. This one is sweet and I like the hoppy/spicey/dry types generally. But, this one is so nice with a little kick - not so sweet like many of the Belgian beers. A little cloudy on the appearace - I know it's not a Krystall, but not a great look. Drink it as it should not disappoint.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with two fingers of white head with decent retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, bananas, some spice and cloves. Very pleasant.

t - Taste is bananas, yeast, and some citrus.

m - High carbonation that stings the tongue, light body. Feels a little like champagne.

d - I liked this weizen a lot. Great smell and taste and the only thing that really hurt it was the high carbonation. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of maltlikker
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep cloudy gold with a roiling head that quickly receded leaving virtually no lacing. Lots of bubbles still rising after head is gone.

Deep banana bread aroma with other fruit and a yeasty grain aspect - very intense aroma!

Tongue tingling flavors of bananas, clove, and honeyed grain cleansed by plenty of carbonation. There's a noticeable alcohol note too.

Great, creamy mouthfeel. This a a very well crafted beer, but it's almost too intense to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of ChemistBrewer
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a bottle from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A: Poured a nice bright golden yellow color with a big white head.

B: Smelled fantastic with Many a fruity ester, slight alcohol and some spice notes.

T: Overwhelming spiceyness dominates. Alcohol is apparent as it should be for the style. Would like to see more balance in regards to the spiceyness vs fruitness but it wasnt bad at all.

M: fantastic mouthfeel just enough to give a good body without being too heavy. Almost perfect.

d: The spiceyness and alcohol make this the only one id want to drink in a setting. Not saying I wouldnt drink it again ever just not twice in a night.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .500mL to pint glass (I know not proper)

A: Pours a beautiful orange with a large head but sadly it dissipates quickly.

S: Strong bananas with strong clove. Notes of wheat and some other citrus.

T: About the same as the smell. The banana comes out a bit more as do some other fruit notes. Still strong spiced clove with a nice wheat balance.

Overall: Mouthfeel was good, well carbonated and medium/light on the tongue. Very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed and need to try more of the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.

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Photo of basica
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden into my Erdinger glass yielding a thick, frothy, milky head, as like most Weihenstephaner. The amount of carbonation was well illustrated by the active bubbling taking place below. I was expecting a Weizenbock to be dark but this one looks more like a less hazy Hefeweizen. (4.5)

S - Primarily banana esters and wheat malts on the nose; slightly phenolic with an unexpected dash of salty spices. (3.5)

T - Upfront notes of banana phenols with light biscuity/bready notes, a good amount of spices in the middle and a strong wheat background; light caramel sweetness throughout, lending this a different touch from the regular Weizens (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture going down creamy easy (4.5)

D - Feels like a lightly caramelized Hefe and perhaps, slightly more phenolic and definitely heavier; you can't go wrong with drinkability on a Weihenstephaner with their world class flavors and feel. However, if I wanted something more refreshing, I will stick with the brewery's Hefe Weissbier (4.5)

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange yellow colored beer with a very tall and resilient white head. Very light colored for the style.

The smell is sweet and spicy with mainly clove Weissbier aroma. Wheat malt aroma but could be more complex.

The taste starts off sweet and spicy in the mouth. Strong clove flavor with a cake like malt taste. Little bit of tartness in the finish that tastes to me like a little carbonic acid from the carbonation level. Not real complex like the smell but this is also good and quite fault free.

Talk about mouthfeel this is like cake batter in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer of this type but there is certainly no way that I would fail to finish a bottle of this stuff. Most Weizenbocks have a lot extra flavor levels that this one lacks but they also have some funky aspects too as a trade off, this one doesn't. What this does well is just taste good and please the tongue. Good and a little sweet but I will for sure buy this beer again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy, bright gold hued body; lively carbonation; creamy, one-finger thick white head. Clove and banana aroma; spicy. The flavor picks-up from the aroma; a bit more zestiness backed with a fine grain backbone; fruity with a bitter hop and alcohol aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body; smooth with a crisp and dry finish.

A very tasty and relatively potent weizenbier. It delivers all of the traditional weizenbier esters and yeasty qualities while packing a respectable yet balanced alcohol edge.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy and yellow appearance. Strong head that holds for some time, fades off eventually to form a ring on the glass.

Roasted wheat strong sent, yellow- orange fruit. Taste is fruit forward, apricots and peaches give way to a lingering flavor that is almost banana-like. The grains are there, but the fruit quality is strong. Interesting. The mouthfeel is shockingly creamy, there are stouts with less body. The mouthfeel alone requires you try this.

Definitely not my favorite style so I'm trying to be fair to it. This is clearly a well made beer, and after analyzing it more closely I needed to do the right thing and review to increase my original rating.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

S: Banana, bubblegum, alcohol, wheat, and citrus.

T: Initial flavor is sweet and with a good bit of clove spice and citrus. The bubblegum type fruit flavors kick in and ride with the citrus and spice into the finish. The finish is sweet with a good bit of burn and a very slight hop flavor.

M: Medium to big body. Very smooth feel to it. For being 7.7% it is easy to drink. Very refreshing feel to it with the higher carbonation.

O: A very good representation of the style

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Photo of colts9016
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a heff glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that has decent retention. The head is white, foamy, bubbly, and frothy. The color of the beer is a straw color with a yeast haziness. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The head left some lacing on the glass. The clarity is hazy.

Nose: A rich bready aroma, phenols, cloves, citrus, toasty malt, and a floral bouquet. There are notes of wood, alcohol and yeast.

Taste: A very deep bready body flavor, phenols, cloves, citrus, toasty, malt and floral bouquet. The alcohol is a tad overpowering followed by the yeast.

Mouthfeel: A cloying sweetness, carbonated, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. This beer has some serious flavor nice clove and citrus with a good alcohol warming. It is an easy drinking beer that is medium light with a punch.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with a big frothy head. I was very surprised to see this brew being so pale. I was expecting it to be much darker. Anyhow, great lacing is left behind with each sip.

Smells very fruity, bananas, cloves, yeast, candied sugar, bubblegum, etc. Very pleasant aroma albeit not as pronounced as an Aventinus.

Taste is along the same lines as the aroma. Sweet, fruity, bananas, some clove, yeasty, phenolic, pronounced wheat in the finish along with a spiciness I cant put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich, lots of carbonation, finishes a little dry and crisp.

A pint is good for me. Definitely a good beer. You cant go wrong with Weihenstephaner really. Not on par with Aventinus but definitely up there.

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Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale golden with a medium cast of haze-a bit lighter in color than i expected. Giant, moussy, dense white head with good retention.

Aroma-Ripe bananas, clove spice, and rich bready/toasty character. Some plum character which increases as it warms. Peppery, somewhat floral alcohols. Aroma is a bit bigger than the standard Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but really only in terms of alcohol content-I don't get a ton of melanoidin character that I would expect out of a weizenbock.

Flavor-Bready/toasty character upfront with some banana, plum/raisin character, and a spirtz of clove in the background. Much more toasty malt character here than in the aroma, but still a bit short of what I would look for in a weizenbock. Peppery alcohols grow in the background, drying out the flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium full mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation. Medium low alcohol warmth.

A think this is a fantastic beer, but not necessarily a great weizenbock. There's not quite enough melanoidin development in the aroma and flavor to put it quite in the category, but it's still damn tasty.

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured bright hazy yellow with a bit of orange. Had a big and fluffy white head, slightly sticky leaving minor lacing.

The smell was very strong with a big yeasty hefe smell, banana bread, wheat and citrus all making big appearances.

The flavor is on the sweet side with strong hints of bananas, oranges, and pineapple along with a long and lingering wheat flavor. Some alcohol pokes its way through a touch as well. The yeast is also there along with just a touch of lemony hops.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with lots of carbonation.

Smooth and easy to drink for a beer this big, another winner for Weihenstephan.

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Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear gold color with a nice and foamy head

excellent depth with really good aromas of bananas, lots of various white florals, and some bits of malts

very smooth and really good medium body and feel. Very good depth with flavors of malts, bananas, and citrus flavors with a touch of white florals

this was a real quality weizenbock. Well balanced with real good depth in both the aromas and flavors. The feel was extremely good

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on many occasions at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy opaque straw yellow in the glass with a large white head that retains nicely. Fruity, mildly phenolic and bready aroma, this smells just like baking banana bread and ripe lemons. The aroma is wrapped in a leafy hop character that comes out more as the beer warms. On the tongue it's spicy, peppery, bringing to mind pureed banana with white pepper and clove. Moderate bubblegum sweetness leads into a spicy and dry finish. It's surprisingly drinkable and even refreshing for a 7.7% beer, which may be the beer's most impressive attribute. While I prefer Weihenstephan's more subtle and light hefeweizen, this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 500ml bottle a beclouded golden yellow with an orange tint, the head behemothic in size, and a brilliant creamy white, as it fades slowly, the resultant lace is a fine veil to obscure the glass. Nose has an earthy aroma, spices also present, coriander and cloves come to mind, light and clean. Start has a sweet grain presence, with the top light to medium in feel. Finish as a benign acidity, the earthy, soapy sweetness continues to the dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, but did seem a little thin to me, with the hop presence very subdued, nonetheless, worthy of a sample.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml split courtesy of Bobsy, many thanks!

Pours a hazy straw, touch lighter perhaps than your average weizenbock, leaves some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is pear, apples, banana, light coriander and anise.

This drinks lighter and smoother than your average weizen, perhaps more of a hefe-weizen hybrid? Not holding that against it, drinks quite well. Fruity - banana, pear, apples. Spicy - anise, coriander, perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Quite easy to drink. Heavier on the spice than some but a nice fruitiness to balance it out, a sweet streak through the middle. Nice beer!

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great wheat beer. The look is golden and cloudy. Great head retention. Definate clove wheat beer smell and clove taste done well. And dangerously well hidden ABV. Where this beer stands out is that it is very thick with quite a bit of carbonation. It works very well and the beer is one to be copied. I personally prefer more banana flavor, but (on sale at 7.7%) this is a good one! 1516.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,350 ratings.
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