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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Photo of Takahiro
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque, orange, with head that dissipates over short time
S: cloves
T: banana, cloves, orange peel sourness and fruitiness and herbal (hops) bitterness
M: light and refreshing
O: a great refreshing beer, as a hefe should, and does not feel strong on the sips. very balanced indeed.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus is a weizenbock with a fairly overpowering banana flavour. I didn't love it.

A: Cloudy yellow orange colour and a big 1 cm head that lasts very well. 5

S: Wheaty tang along with yeast and maybe a hint of banana. 4

T: Wheaty with some banana esters and breadiness. There is a slight acid sourness. Too much banana for my liking. 3.5

M: Foamy but a little acidic. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of matjack85
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 1 pint 0.9oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $3.29. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/yellow color with a fast rising humongous white head that lasts several minutes. Lacing was decent.

Not much of an aroma. What there was seemed like a crazy mix of herbs, spices, and bananas.

The first thing you get is a creamy banana taste. Then a wheaty/bready flavor kicks in, followed by a lemony twang. Cloves and herbal hops round things out.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very unique tasting beer that hides the 7.7% abv very well. Well worth a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light and hazy orange tone, much like their Hefeweissbier. In fact, despite minor differences, the two are very similar. A creamy head of foam forms, but unfortunately diminshes to a thin ring with no lacing.

Estery, some alcohol in the nose, but masked by clove and wheatiness.

Taste is much like the Hefe again, a bit fuller mouthfeel with stronger alcohol presence. Clove and banana mostly, fairly juicy mouthfeel. Creamy as well, as to be expected from the brewery's other offerings. Not the full-bodied robustness expected of Weizenbocks like Aventinus. It would be great in the spring or summer, but just not the big Weizenbock I was expecting on a cool fall night.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a taste for something German, and this is exactly what I had in mind.
A- Bright crystal clear golden color. Lots a carbonation. Fluffy white head.
S- Mmmmm smells like banana bread, pale malts and I can definitely detect German hops. Epitome of what a German beer should smell like, IMO.
T- This beer is sweet, and the hop bitterness is very forward, but it sort of backs off and then the malt shines through, I get earthy floral hops and then they get shy and retreat. Yeast flavor is apparant, and good. I taste some kind of metal, but Im not sure if this bottle is just kind of old or not. Solid though, just what I was craving. Well hidden alcohol.
M- creamy and smooth. A well crafted brew for sure. Its the middle of winter, but I can enjoy something like this all year round. Although I prefer a Marzen or a doppelbock, this sure is hitting the spot right now.
Overall, I love this style and brewery, its definitely nothing mind blowing, or even anything Id probably ever go out f my way to find, but beers like this hold a special place in my heart/palette. Every once in awhile I like to brake away from American hop bombs and go back to a good old fashioned German style anything.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours with a huge, fluffy, white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head dies down releatively quickly to a nice white topping the beer. The beer itself is a lovely golden hay color. The nose is what I would expect from a Weihenstephan beer, very estery, lots of banana, but also with lots of darker (think candied) fruit smells.

The taste is light and wheaty, for a 7.7% alc beer, this is really really well hidden alc, not boozy at all. The beer has a fairly nondescript flavor, its a little bit sweet up front (no hop bitterness at all) and has a quite sweet aftertaste too.

The mouthfeel here is great, very wheaty and full on the palate.

This is a very interesting beer, I think I prefer the straight up Hefeweizen from Weihenstephan better, but this is a tasty example of a style that is hard to find.

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Photo of botham
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a flute. pours a pale yellowish straw color with a sizable, tight white head that leaves no lacings and takes a few minutes to subside.

aroma is of light wheat malt, with notes of citrusy hops and lightly bready malt. more of a hefeweizen in the nose than a weizenbock.

taste follows the aroma, with a more pronounced malt backbone, but still a presistant citrus quality that does not make it to the finish, leaving the palate with a mildly crisp character and light wheat malt notes.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a acidity from the citrus notes and a mildly bland character from the wheat malt.

drinkability is good, this is just not what one would come to expect from a weizenbock. for what it is, it is a well proportioned and nicely crafted brew, it is just not malty enough for a bock.

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Photo of northaustin
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a scnifter. pours a thick golden yellow with two fingers of white head. some spotted lacing.

smell is a very powerful combination of wheat and fruity yeast. very pleasing.

for a beer of this abv it tastes surprisingly like most standard hefeweizens. the alchohol is masked well but it just doesnt have any unique flavor characteristics of its own. still not bad though.

mouthfeel: very light. doesnt leave anything too noticeable or overwhelming.

drinkability: very sessionable. could be drank in the sun or inside. easy to drink with a well masked high abv. and affordable. i recommend it to all

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Photo of nasty15108
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weiss glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with slight orange hues. The pour produced a gigantic head of cloudy white foam and non-stop streams of bubbles, trying to make there way to the top of the glass.

S - The smell was very malty/yeasty. Definite hints of spice (clove?), and banana laffy taffe candy. Slightly musty.

T - Spicy and slightly sweet up front. Finishes off slightly dry with a bit of alcoholic warmth. Paired very well with a nice hunk of Jarlesberg cheese.

MF&D - Good overall mouth feel, much like a good weiss beer, but be careful, at 7.7% ABV this one could sneak up on you.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a murky golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white rocky head that lasted throughout, reducing slightly to a small cap with excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, light citrus hops and a sweaty yeasty with notes of banana, green apple, citrus (lemon), clove and a touch of honey.

The taste was lightly sweet and very mildly malty with a hint of citrus that lasted throughout, and finished with a spicy yeast taste and had just a bit of banana at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration following the swallow, with a refreshing spicy citrus taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and refreshing brew that had a great spicy banana ending and an awesome drinkability...


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Photo of thecheapies
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel and Schneider Weisse Aventinus.

Poured into my Penn Weizen glass. Nice clarity in a golden yellow body, showing effervescence rising. Good three-fingered head at first, reduced to a thick layer and very little lace. 4.0

More hops in this one. Medicinal and brawny. Alcohol peels through, as well. Esters are rather held in check, but include orange marmalade, coriander, limoncello or lemon yogurt, and a smidge of dried banana chips. 3.5

Musty grains, more dried banana, unripe apple, maybe some pear. Big bready notes with some pleasant malt sweetness. Sweet roll and candied apricots and there's even a saltiness. It all wraps up in a really smooth package brew. 4.0

A little syrupy and weak on the carbonation. Not uber-sticky, but it has some gumminess. The feel is a low-spot for Vitus. 3.0

Vitus is still a prime weizenbock. A paler, breadier example of the style. Definitely showcasing the wheat malts. 4.0

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Photo of DogFood11
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed pils glass it is a hard to manage brew. The carbonation is incredibly explosive and the head continues to grow long after the pour. Ivory white head sits atop a yellow brew with jaccuzzi like champagne level bubbles.

Smells and tastes very similar to their Kristalweizen. In a blind tasting I'd probably have guessed this was a hefe or a kristal. Bananna type fruitiness with just a touch of nuts in the background. More so in the aftertaste. A bit hot for such a light offering and not one of my favorites from these incredible brewers.

Notes: I love this brewery and even though this was not one of my favorites it was still an above average brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a thick, if not too persistent, fluffy white head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and a little lemony with malty and rubbery hints. Refreshing flavor is crisp, malty, yeasty and lemony with a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is strongly tingly, yet it slides smoothly down the pipes. It leaves a nice tingle on the tongue and inside the lips.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle served into a weissbier glass

Pours out all foam at first, generating a full four fingers of head that takes on the pale shade of banana flesh. The body is substantially lighter in color than other weizenbocks I've had; VITUS sits in the glass a lemon yellow with a nice balance of translucency and haze. The head eventually settles down into a fluffy two fingers with a decided creaminess at its center.

Tangy wheat is the dominant aroma as one might expect. There's a bit of brewing spice and a slight vegetal quality that smells like a squash or a gourd of some sort. There is a trace of nutmeg and rubbing alcohol (though this is by no means a beer flush with alcohol heat, its more the astringency of rubbing alcohol that I pick up). This is good but it isn't really what I'd call complex.

The squash flavor from the nose manifests itself in a hefe-like banana taste. There are fleeting traces of creme fraiche but mostly this is a sweet beer. Candy corn and zippy, lemony wheat along with a tiny bit of alcohol. Again, this isn't complex in comparison to superior weizenbocks such as Aventinus.

This feels lighter in the mouth than it really is, only upon swallow do you get a sense of the medium-bodied nature of VITUS. There is plenty of carbonation to this beer but it never really feels too prickly on your tongue. A sharper mouthfeel might have been an improvement. For what it is, VITUS is certainly drinkable. You won't want more than one bottle and the one bottle you do want has a tendency to go as quickly as a lot of hefewiezens do.

This is a fine, fine beer. It suffers in my mental perception for not being a worthy opponent to Aventinus but ignoring that very different weizenbock will allow you to enjoy what VITUS brings to the table.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/3/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy-ish/clear-ish yellow colored body, with a big foamy white head. Has a flowery clover smelling aroma. Some banana in the nose too. Taste is banana, flowery fruity, maybe some citrus. Wow, refreshing, and light. Gooood. But like most German beers, this one is probably fresh.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for the awesome selection at the store.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a gradient golden ranging from pale golden to light golden. A fair amount of head that faded relatively quickly leaving no lacing on the glass, and just a thin layer on top. Good, but not great.

S: I smell almost nothing but banana. Just the ever-so-slightest hint of spice. Definitely leaves something to be desired.

T: Tastes a little stale, honestly. Banana and cloves abound, but I pick up a nice, hefty malt background present too. Very good.

M: Well crafted mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, but everything else runs smoothly. Nice somewhat slick residue left behind. Crisp, without being overly dry. I like it.

D: This is easy on the palate. Crisp, smooth, refreshing, tasty. I could easily drink some more of these.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-I guess the label made me think this was going to be a dark beer. This is a rather bright, albeit cloudy hay color. Big, bubbly and frothy head. Coats of lacing.

S-Very spicy. Intense, nearly hot, clove aroma. Intricate yeastiness. Peppery. Hints of bubblegum and banana but mostly spicy and voraciously yeasty.

T-The flavor is more amiable. Its far sweeter, too. I get some sweet banana or even tapioca pudding with some boozy heat. Cloves are dialed back a bit. A tangy wheatiness finishes every sip. Light apples and pears. Complex and as the beer warms it slowly shape shifts.

M-The booze pops up but its no surprise. Smooth bubbles. Sweet middle but it finishes rather dry.

O/D-A neat beer. I had no idea what Vitus had in store for me. I found it to be pretty unique. Like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale or even a Tripel but I find the wheat base to balance and smooth out the flavors. Well worth a try at less than $3 a bottle.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow. Medium head with minimal retention.

S: Lots of banana with wheaty, yeasty notes

T: Banana bubblegum, big time. Mild sweetness builds over the course of the glass. Finishes a bit grainy.

M: High carbonation. Very smooth and cleaner than most wheat beers in my experience.

O: Good beer, but the sweetness really detracts for me as I get further into the glass. By the end, my lips were sticky and I wouldn't have wanted another.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Nicely labelled. Served within recommended temperature range.

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a slight haze. The massive white head has great retention but leaves limited lacing.

The aroma is yeasty and bready, with a strong but not overwhelming amount of cloves and banana. Hints of lemon and fresh-cut hay.

The flavor, especially from the grains and yeast, is a bit stronger than the aroma, although the qualities are about what I expected after sniffing it. Mildly sweet thanks to some nice tartness from mid-taste on.

Good feel albeit a bit too thin Not fizzy or too lively despite what looks like generous carbonation.

Clearly excellent and particularly refreshing example of style ... but not a favorite style for me. Remarkably well hidden alcohol; drinks like ~ 3% ABV!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Vitus is good...but its not in my favorite lane....there is much clove in the scent and in the taste. The beer poured a slightly hazy golden with big head that is leaving a spotty lace. The mouthfeel is medium in body with big carbonation. Overall its a good beer and I am glad I have tried it....but I would go for the other Weihenstephen offerings before going to this one.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large wheatbeer glass. Pours a cloudy, pale orange-yellow (far too light for the style) with a massive well-sustained head. The nose is bright and fruity with notes of oranges, bananas, and cloves.

Nice medium-bodied flavor with semi-sweet, fruity notes and a lightly dry finish. The taste follows the nose very well. There is a slight bready graininess up front that is nicely accompanied by orange and banana notes. At mid-palate, the flavor turns slightly tart and acidic leading up to a pleasant finish. Mouthfeel is medium-firm and suits the flavor nicely. Unfortunately, I don't get many complex malt notes. Whatever melanoidins there are seem to be constrained to mid-palate and are otherwise buried under a sea of spicy phenols.

At the risk of sounding completely ignorant, I have to profess my surprise that this is considered such a highly-rated weizenbock. It's more like a hefeweiss. Don't misunderstand me. It tastes great, but if I must consider it a weizenbock, then I am confident in saying that it doesn't hold a candle to Aventinus Tap 6. In my opintion, the lack of a substantial malt character hurts this beer.

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Photo of runningjoke
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass.
Abundant head formed by tight bubbles drops to a tight cap over a hazy yellow-orange color.
Smells at first of lemon grass and yeast. A much deeper smell brings in a cidery banana smell with maybe spiced rum.
The taste starts with the sweet banana flavor the lemon grass, spice and yeast take a back seat. The flavors hit all parts of the tongue at once and disappear quickly leaving just a hint of alcohol fuming.
The carbonation pricks the mouth and doesn't foster a deep appreciation on each pull. It is a little thin.
Dangerously poundable beer that drinks really fast.

Not really my thing, but trying to judge it for what it is, I think this is a good example what the Germans do well.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy wheat with suggests chocolate with whipped cream on bananas. Sour and citric snap for nice balance.

Pale-medium straw color, bit hazy, wonderful head.

There's a little less creamy wheat than in the nose and a good stiff sour force that plays with hop flavor and bitterness. Light banana with clove. Lighter alcohol. Deeper fruit flavors develop that remind me of grapes or maybe have the essence of strawberries. The creaminess takes on a deeper sweetness and a richer flavor in the vein of cream soda or a vanilla shake - it has that primal tasty character that sucks me in like the Umami of a steak. My tastebuds obsess over it and it becomes all I sense.

I wish it had yeast in the bottle. Other than that it was a pretty well-behaved Weizenbock, laid back and fairly tasty without an exciting wildness.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 500ml bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner branded hefe-weizen glass.

Pours with a grand 3-4 finger head that seems to appear as though it will turn into a solid fluffy mass that will never die away. Color is a striking bronze tending towards gold with a seemingly endless stream of effervescent bubbles rising to the top.

Aroma is classic German, classic Weize. As with other Weihenstephaner offerings, this has that steamy hot doughy 'just baked' aroma blended with over-ripened banana skins and sweetened clove.

Once again the taste is perfectly in line with other weize brews from Weihenstephaner. Wheat, malt and molasses sweetness are very big up front whilst mild summer fruit and citrus peel are available in the lingering after taste. The higher alcohol content is evident towards the very tail end of each mouthful.

In the mouth this one is full, however not as big as one may expect. I was expecting a chewy complexity to this one, rather it faded away effortlessly. Definitely effervescent and taste complexity adds to the process.

If you like other Weihenstephaner wheat beers then you will already by familiar with the aromas and taste complexities that this offers, however Vitus is able to provide a little something extra to the equation.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought three wheat beers this afternoon.This W.Vitus and Ayinger Weizenbock,and Bells Winter White Ale these beers taste very similar.

Vitus pours a hazy golden color,also starts out with a nice head.The taste has cloves and banana flavor with a small hint of lemon.THis is a beer I could enjoy all evening, as far as drinkiability.I also like the design of the labels on the bottles too.Hey I can dig it.Great beer for any time of the year.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,382 ratings.
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