Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Photo of JoelG21
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overall, a very middling beer. Nothing particular I would recommend about it other than its almost 8% ABV and a low price.

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Photo of Onslow
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought downtown after the 'beer meeting' ... pours a hazy golden yellow ... big foam, lacing is all of A+ .. very smooth and drinkable .. is there such a thing as a session weizenbock ... decent flavour, not as refined or full as aventinus.. decent and all that sherpa stuff.. gunga guluga...

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Photo of RMentair
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm afraid this is just not my style...

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lemony yellow color with a bit of hazyness in it. Bubbles drifting upwards into the surface.
Smells yeasty and wheaty, and the flavor has a lemon flavor that brings some bitterness, or rather, a light tartness along. Some light alcohol, and some flowery esters.


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Photo of nuebs
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Living816
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very familiar with the Weihenstephan hefe beers, so was looking forward to drinking up the family tree.

Pours a bit on the murky side. A rather off putting murky yellow that reminds me, unfortunately, of some sort of infected fluid. Perhaps you think of other things. I think of infected juices. Billowy head that peters out in a few minutes leaving but a lonely bit of foam on the hefe glass.

Not much in the way of smells. A bit tart lemon, a bit yeast, a bit banana, a bit clove, and some boozy smell.

Taste is quite alcoholy. Kind of a cheap vodka feel, taste, and burn to it. It's like a hefeweizen that is neutered. The flavors are simple to the point of boring. There's some fizz, and quite a bit more sour than I expected. This has a touch of tart going on in it. No problems with the sourness of it. But sour seems out of line here.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full with a bit much on the fizz.

The alcohol is far too dominating and the flavor profile extremely muted. Not a bad deal for $2.89 for a 500ml bottle, but probably won't be going back for this one.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonB1958
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The pour is a nice cloudy yellow with an ample thick white head that hangs around well.

The smell and the taste were overwhelming banana with a little clove and a yeastiness; it reminded me of Franzikaner Weiss in that regard. The biggest issue for me was a lack of balance.

Not my favorite style, and not my favorite beer, but typical of the style.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lighthabit
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cm for the bottle. stored with my stash, i suspect it should have been opened a couple months ago.

good head dies down to thin layer all across the top. minimal straggling of lacing. light golden color, sort of a deeper version of the color of pear flesh, small bit of haze. nose has a nice scent of pears, but there's also something there that makes me think of soap, which is a bit off-putting. tastes of pears and cloves (hint of banana as it warms), and the soapy smell thing isn't apparent on the tongue. feels good, better than i expected . . . i was expecting something thinner, and thought obviously not a stout (my preferred style), it has a good feel. oh, and the soapy smell issue seems to go away a bit as it warms . . . feel free to comment if you have more info on that.

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Photo of mentor
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ginormous gusher. WTF! Like I shook the bottle up before opening it.

Pours a 6 finger head with about 1 finger of beer. Murky pear-colored liquid. Smells clovey, hay, and honey during the pour. To the nose, more of the smae, plus dusty and some lighter fruits (pear, banana cream, strawberry).

Tastes medium-sweet with nice spiciness as a counter-point. Strong carbonation helps keep the sweet from sticking. Clove, nutmeg, and canned pear syrup. Finishes with a sharp sting from the carbonation. Meh drinkability. Light body.

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Photo of DodgerLove
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a champagne flute.

Appearance: Nice cloudy honey yellow with a solid light white head. Slightly cloudy, can see my finger through the flute glass. Leaves an incredible amount of lacing, pretty wonderful appearance.

Aroma: A nice yeasty, spiced aroma, with hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Getting strong clove, yeasty/wheat taste. Definitely some fruit through, a little apricot tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, very highly carbonated.

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Photo of stcules
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow, almot green. White, creamy head. Beautiful, even if a bitt too fast to fall down.
At the smell light banana, cloves, maltiness, and light notes of apricot.
Malty taste, with wheat, banana. Full. Again apricot notes.
Resolute body, full.
Well malty aftertaste, with wheat, banana and fruitiness.
A light touch of bitterness and peppery in the end.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent find. I'm a big fan of Weihenstephan hefe, and this is basically the same thing, except on steroids.

Appearance is a cloudy, yellow-gold with a thin head. Smell is muted compared to a standard hefe, but bananas and cloves can still be detected. Taste has enhanced tanginess of the hefe, other flavors somewhat muted. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and not completely satisfying. Drinkability is good for a beer of this abv. All and all, not my favorite offering from Weihenstephan, but still very good.

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3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A yawning, white tiger told me to buy this in a dream.

A ~ A vigorous pour from a 16.9oz bottle into my Duvel tulip produced a towering, foamy white head over a cloudy, golden honey colored brew. The head quickly compressed to a buttery, solid 1/4" foam with good retention. Tight beads of bubbles rise to the head. Pretty beer ~ I was expecting something a little darker.

S ~ Banana, bubblegum, ripe pears, faint hints of dark fruit & aromatic spice. Lemon rinds. Clove. Not unpleasant, again ~ not what I expected. In the nose this reminds me more of a Hefeweizen. Wheaty.

T ~ Spicy, aromatic clove & allspice. There is a malty, grain (wheat) presence that seems to balance the yeast & the fruity byproduct banana & bubblegum flavors. Nothing bitter, but a little sharp or peppery on the backside.

M/D ~ The mouth is smooth & malty. Nice level of carbonation & a nice spicy finish. A little heat at the back of the throat is a gentle reminder that this is 7.7% ABV. While I'm still confused with the classification & I admittedly have much to learn about beer in general & specific styles ~ I found this more balanced & less perfumey than other Hefeweizens that I've sampled. I had some pre- determined idea of a "BOCK" style beer based on ancient memories of my Grandpa's dark, rich bock beer. This ~ to me, was more of an Imperial Hefeweizen or perhaps a Hefe Hybrid. Still a nice diversion from my regular excursions into the beer universe...AND~ cheap too! Picked up a couple for $2.99 on sale at my local bottle shop.
This beer reminds me of the seasons changing, cool fall evenings, Thanksgiving, Christmas...but worth a try anytime if you can get it. Very approachable & recommended.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of psuscott1
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip
A – 2 finger fizzy white head on a slightly hazy golden yellow brew, decent retention, no lacing 3.5
S – Yeasty, fruity, slight citrus banana and peach notes 3.5
T – Bananas more dominate as it warms, yeast, alcohol, and a light spice with a subtle sour 3.5
M – Above average carbonation but not the annoying mouth feel of highly carbonated beers, relatively light 3.5
O – A light highly drinkable high ABV beer, good but not something I’ll seek out unless I have the need to get drunk on a lawn chair some summer day 3.5

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Absolutego
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Anatole
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,560 ratings