Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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:
1,185
Ratings:
3,421
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
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Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a kickass weizenbock. The only one I've had that even comes close to the deliciousness of Aventinus. It's also the most blonde weizenbock I've ever seen. The beer looks like just an ordinary hefeweizen: golden with a thick haze, plenty of apparent carbonation, and a huge creamy white head with great retention. Lacing sticks pretty well.

The smell is good. Lots of banana esters, not a whole lot of clove and spicy phenols. Hints of bubblegum. Very pleasant soft malt profile. A very light soapy flavor common in many hefes, but not quite as pronounced.

The taste is great. The nose pretty much describes everything here, but everything is brought together in perfect harmony over the palate.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a very soft yet crackling carbonation. Great balance. Not too sweet as many hefes can be (much less weizenbocks). No alcohol flavor. At 7.7% ABV, this beer is every bit as drinkable as a 5% hefe. Simply delicious. I would put it up there with Aventinus for sure (words I never thought I'd say in regards to weizenbocks), but then again it's been a while since I had one.

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Photo of Strix
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a slight haze, super duper fluffy head.

Clove, banana, and grains in the smell.

Mellow flavors, banana and clove, with a yeasty note, bubblegum, and black pepper. Light and crisp, flavors blend nicely.

Silky smooth, then fizzy.

Yum. Extremely drinkable. Less dark than some weizenbocks I've had. Light and crisp and really really well done. I guess when you've been brewing since the year 1040, you figure a few things out.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/21/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code imprinted on the back label. Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Ultra golden colored pour with a full one inch thick and foamy white head. Lacing was lacking a bit, but still looked nice. Aren't weizenbock's traditionaly darker?

Smell- Wish the aroma was a bit stronger. Nice but could be more pungent. Light clove, light citrus notes and light banana.

Taste- Still questioning weizenbock after the taste, but damn this is tasty. Good amount of banana flavoring with only a slight amount of clove. Added corriander and some other citrus fruits, plus the added bonus of some dark fruits (figs?). Very sweet during intake.

Mouthfeel- Thick and lightly syrupy. Coats the back of your throat going down. About the perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- Thinking a cross between a hefeweizen and a belgian strong pale...with just a touch of weizenbock thrown in. Definite summer brew. If your at the beach and lacking your banana now and laters, grab one of these, it will do the trick.

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Photo of KenOnBass
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely great appearance. Drank this beer at a beer hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This is exactly what you would expect from a beer garden. Great head, good lacing, and looked awesome in the glass. There is slightly a hint of banana. This is a smooth, full beer. It's as full for a light beer that you can get.

The looks fully complement, but don't overshadow this great tasting uniqueness.

It's everything you'd expect to enjoy from going to a local German beer garden on a hot Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recommended highly by ColoradoBobs, so i finally grabbed some.

A: gorgeous, the perfect white head is some of the best i have ever seen, done, its thick sticky white on top of a straw to amber beer

S: very herbal and floral maybe some fruit sweetness.

T: i almost gave this a 4 simply because its very herbal spicy floral like the aroma portends this is not my fav taste, but it is extremely good just the same

this beer has become a LNBA staple and i have been meaning to try it. it comes off very spicy or herbaly if you want to call it whatever. its very good and mellows as it warms

enjoy it, try it, or CB will find you

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle kept in fridge. Bottle date code 9481, not sure what it means. Poured into a Weizen Glass.

A- Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with HUGE 4 finger thick foamy white head that sticks around a long time. Wow, looks great in the glass.

S- Lots of banana and clove on the nose. Yeasty and quite bready.

T- Follows nose well, nice smooth wheat taste, some tropical fruit punch fruitiness flavors. Plenty of sweet malty goodness. And a pleasant not over bearing spice profile.

M- Nice medium body, carbonation is spot on.

O- Weihenstephaner continues to impress.

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Photo of damienblack
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it is, the man, the myth, the legend, VVV III TTT UUU SSS!

Pours a lovely shade of gold, cloudy and inviting, as a constant stream of bubbles work their way up the glass. Gold like pineapple juice crossed with a small part honey for color depth. Huge frothy head like merengue on top of a lemon pie,, looks like it could support a dollar coin. After setting a couple of minutes, forms a nipple, with a volcano plateau in the middle, a valley around it a bubbly lacing hanging around the outside of the glass. This is how a beer should look (the whole thing, not just the nipple part.) Smells like a sweet honey wheat, backed up by lemon and citrus, with just an invitation of a sharp spice.

Tastes strongly of wheat crossed with citrus fruit. Not a bubblegum sweetness, not a cloying sweetness. Fruit taste hints at lemon, I can't put my finger on exactly what other fruit. Someone else said pineapple and that sounds good to me, but a zesty pineapple. Little bit of a spice kick to go with it, but just a dash, keeping the citrus fruit taste from being too sweet. No hop profile that I can make out, there's basically no bitterness here. The beer feels live in my mouth thanks to nice healthy carbonation, but it's not so sweet that it sticks in my mouth and throat which in this case because of the sweetness would make me want to not have more. But I want more, I most definitely do. This is dangerously drinkable, goes down easy with a crisp, refreshing fruit profile.

I don't want to give out perfect 5s where I have 4.5s, because I don't like giving out perfect marks unless something is like the greatest ever, but this is trying my resolve. I guess one drawback is that i'd like to see it a bit maltier to give it a little more backbone, but that is forgiveable. ColoradoBob gets great thanks for mentioning this in every post ever, but the patron saint of Vitus has it right here. This is a must-try brew!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy golden yellow color with a creamy white head that left waves of lacing. Carbonation bubbles were constantly rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - yeasty with a lemon zest aroma.

T - delicious blend of flavors, yeasty wheat beer and lemony citrus taste.

F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - it's easy to drink this tasty brew.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Bright gold glass that holds a half finger of soapy white head with fingers of lace.

S) Banana yeast, husky raw wheat.

T) Wheat flavor with a banana flesh, there is a light toasted grain sweetness.

M) Creamy texture with just a little grit from the wheat. Great fluffy carbonation that doesn't get fizzy, slightly slick finish.

D) Yum, more! A sweeter Hefe, makes it a bit more satisfying and meal like. Good stuff, I'll get more while it's fresh!

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a cloudy, straw-yellow appearance with a dense, white head. Leaves a bit of lacing behind as I drink.

Smell is very hefe-like. Bready, yeasty, grainy, cloves, spices, banana. Possibly a hint of alcohol.

Taste is reminiscent of a hefeweizen: spice, fruit, clovey, very flavorful. There is an additional alcohol kick, but never becomes overwhelming. Soft carbonation makes for a wonderfully velvety mouthfeel; keeps me wanting another sip. Full of spicy, fruity flavor, but never becomes cloying. Absolutely delicious and drinkable.

Wheat beers are not necessarily my favorite style, but this weizenbock really stands out. A real treat! This brewery never ceases to amaze me.

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Photo of bound4er
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a hazy straw appearance with a puffy, three finger head. Smells of clove, pepper, grass, faint banana and yeast. Tastes fantastic with clove, bready malt, creamy banana and dried fruit. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with great creaminess that doesn't come across heavy or plodding. I can sum this up quite easily - this is a well crafted, tasty beer.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale gold/amber with tiny hints of brownish color. Massive creamy white head, which settle to a half finger thickness and lasts.

Aroma: Banana, bubblegum, clove, and some other spices. Light wheat bread.

Taste: Spicy. Banana and bubblegum. Clove. Light fruitiness and citrus. Slight white pepper and a bit more spices that I cannot name. Nice wheat in the background(and plentiful) and light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy body. Very smooth. Slight dry finish.

Overall: Great beer. Spicy-er than I originally thought, but really enjoy it and the beer as a whole. Definitely gonna get more. I love the lingerings of this beer. Vitus is probably my favorite from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a beautiful blonde color with a significant amount of head that hung around for a solid couple of minutes before being reduced to a thin rim of lacing around the top of glass.

Smell was initially very organic, sort of earthy. As the beer warmed it developed a more banana and clove smell that is oh so typical of the style.

Taste does not disappoint. It's quite a wheaty draught with a taste akin to a loaf of fresh bread. The banana again shows up in the flavor with a little spiciness, maybe allspice.

The beer in general has just the right amount of carbonation and thickness. I can't imagine how they could improve in this area.

Overall this is a very drinkable brew. I will definitely purchase this one again without a second thought. It's a well rounded weizenbock with very few flaws.

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Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with almost 3 fingers of frothy white head, slightly below average retention.

Smell. Lemons and funky yeast, some light wheaty malt, and just a bit of clove, grass and banana.

Taste. Green apples and lemons, light banana and clove, lightly sweet wheat, and a touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, soft medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Really great stuff. Perfect for this hot summer day.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

0.5 l bottle (bb 14.07.15) into a weizen glass. Cloudy gold color, ample white foam, ok retention, leaves a one cm head, minimal lacing. Smell has tart wheat, fresh lemon and sweet banana.

The taste begins with tart grainy wheat and banana from the yeast with a hint of lemon and honey in the background, quite sweet. The end is dry and spicy with clove and pepper, leaving a spicy and lemony aftertaste. No alcoholic taste, very refreshing. Medium-light body, high carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a very flavorful weizen that hides it's strength well, drinkable, refreshing and flavorful. I could easily have had another one if there would have been more in my fridge. Will surely have this one again.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive four finger sudsy head that leaves no lacing.

S- Strong aroma of banana, clove, yeast, pear, bubblegum, wheat, nuttiness, and spice. Complex and aromatic.

T- Banana, clove, pear, lots of spice, and the alcohol was surprisingly prominent, some warming.

M- Pretty high carbonation, crisp, finishes dry, drinks smooth

O- First weizenbock I have ever had. Reminded me a lot of a hefeweizen with more alcohol and spice.

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Photo of YankChef
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a brooklyn tall stemmed glass

appearance: golden hazy with orange hues and a foamy looking rich white head that clings to the top of the beer with nice lacing

Aroma: Wheat and honey are the two that stand out the most with some subtle orange peel and maybe even a little banana.

Taste: Very much like a hefeweizen, slightly more full bodied and rich with lots of delicious malt and just enough hops to make it balanced and let the malty wheat goodness shine through.

Overall: This beer is delicious and a pleasure to drink, perfect for a summertime beer if you want the refreshing quality of a hefe with a little more to it. Great beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford.

Pours a lovely, long hazed golden yellow colour, a heller weizenbock indeed. Head is a frothy, slightly creamy white, but surprisingly lacks some persistence. Body is quite light, but it holds very fine carbonation when tilted. Looks good overall.

Nose is very potent, and full of phenolics and esters. Big banana and bubblegum, with a pungent pear character coming through strongly as well. Some pepper, but not a huge amount of spice: very minimal clove, for example. There's also a slight vegetative, or herbal character to it, it reminds me a little of lavender: it's not a character I believe I've smelled in a wheat beer before, but it goes nicely. Overall, it's really big, and very flavoursome.

Taste is also good, and surprisingly smooth and creamy. More of those pear characters, which become a bit more like pear skin towards the back as they meld with a little booziness. Clean phenols through the centre of the palate and a slight bite of heat on the back, moderated solvent and a suggestion of earth. Despite all of this, it's quite smooth, and maintaining the illusion of sweetness without being too thick or chewy. It's quite a masterfully done thing.

Overall, yes: this is excellent stuff, a timely reminder of how good Weihenstephaner are. I love experimentation, and crazy craft formulations, but we should always remember the more traditional extreme beers. This is a fine example of how to make something big and exciting, but also keep everything in balance. Love it.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden hue, a little darker than a hefe. Nice white head. It doesn't dissipate completely but it does settle. The aromatics proliferate in banana candy form. Like literal banana candy, not candies made from bananas. It's mostly banana and wheat. I don't get as much clove, not that I'm complaining. The banana is a little tangy. There's a little bit of bitterness on the finish to cut it, with more estery bananas. Vitus is amazing.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in its own weizen glass. Re-reviewed at the Wiehenstephan monastery @ Freining, Munich area, 28th of September, 2012.

A: Pours a huge fluffy bubbled aired white head is formed when poured. Good retention and some lacings formed and left in the glass. Cloudy pale orange color

S: Smells pretty good. Wheat, cereals, bread and yeasts. Smells like a hefeweizen with the difference that it's even sweeter. Banana-clove is there and also caramel and honey in the end

T: Follows the nose: wheat, bread, caramel malts, yeasts. Some banana esters. Very light bitterness

M: Medium and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. A bit sweet with light bitterness. Very pleasant and drinkable

O: Great Weihenstephaner specimen. Refreshing and delicious

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - fully hazy straw golden, tower of white head retained outstandingly
S - sour citrus and funky yeasty esters, light buttery grains, all pleasing aromas
T - strong yeasty esters with banana and sour citrus, solid clove spice note, and grainy malt background
M - light body with plenty of creamy carbonation, a light yet full feel going down
O - just an outstanding brew from top to bottom, and a perfect way to kick off a day of Oktoberfest celebrating

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Photo of n2185
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with decent lacing.

S: sweet clove and banana aromas up front with slight citrus notes and a sweet, bready finish.

T: similar to the aroma, cloves and banana flavors hit first. Orangey citrus follows with sweet wheat and bready flavors on the finish.

M: medium-light body, this beer is crisp and very refreshing. Very drinkable.

O: quite a good beer, overall. Flavorful, drinkable, and refreshing.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rich, bright palate features plenty of clean banana and clove, intensely spicy phenols, an assertive yeast character, plus elevated malt sweetness and a noticeably bustier alcohol content.

Absolutely one of the best wheat beers I have had in quite some time and the most well-crafted weizenbock I’ve ever tried (second only to Aventinus, perhaps, but that’s. Sure, lots of American breweries are taking a stab at the weizenbock and weizen dopplebock styles, but while they tend to be rich and flavorful, they’re often a bit rough. Vitus, however, gets it right: bright, clean flavors with more sweet malt character without anything being cloying. Just superb, really.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of riored4v
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/29/10

Poured into a tulip. Straw colored body. Poured 2 finger, fluffy white head. Good carbonation.

Smell was of ripe bananas and hints of cloves along with fruity esters. Mildy sweet smelling.

The flavor reflects the aroma pretty well. Banana flvors, slight cloves and spices. Mild sweetness. Yeast and belgian-like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with high carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability was good. Little signs of aby but has a great flavor.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, bottle code of 1291(mid 2011 bottling). This took a while to fully pour haha. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger dense white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, orange, wheat, bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice aroms with good complexity and balance. Taste of big banana, bubblegum, lemon, clove, pepper, orange zest, bread, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Fairly spicy finish; with lingering notes of banana, citrus, pepper, clove, bread, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Incredible flavor balance of maltiness and yeast spiciness; with great complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is extremely smooth. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 7.7%, with pretty much no warming after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic weizenbock style. Insane flavor balance and complexity, and extremely smooth to drink for the level of alcohol. This one is definitely better when it is fresher (previous review was with an ’09 bottle).

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,421 ratings.
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