Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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

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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 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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Photo of jibjib513
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was my first weizenbock and I didn't really know what to expect. I had Wehenstephaner's hefeweizen last night and this is comparable except it was more cloudy in appearance, and you can definitely taste and feel the stronger ABV.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, yellow color with a one-finger frothy white head. Wonderful aroma of citrus, banana, and clove. The taste is right in line with the smell. Strong yeast flavors that really bring out the banana and spice. Medium bodied and the carbonation was spot on. Dry finish. A delicious beer - very similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - that is worth picking up if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a lovely light straw. The color white if wine only hay and with fat head of white foam that falkls slowly enough. The nose is sutlry fruit. The stuff your grandmother is putting in a pie. Apple skin, baked pear, light banana, clove, honey, spice a bit of cinnamon. Oh my stars. The taste is luscious Ripe and succulent fruit.l The apple skin crisp and light, the pear baked and sweet together with the clove. The honey malt The tall and crisp whet malt. That stands in the glass like a strange sentinel. Golden glowing flaky like flakes in the cereal bowl but sweet and soft too. OH! The banana light ans smooth. The mouthfeel is fruity, crisp, creamy . well carbonated and this finishes dry and with so much fruit you cannot stand to believe it’s not under a pie crust.

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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pale golden color with a creamy beige head and excellent lace. Beautifull looking brew, just a little light in my opinion. The nose has wheat malts, citrus fruits some rich candies. The taste is similar, more of a weizen than a bock. Ripe tropical fruits, wheaty grains, spicy yeasts and carmelized sugars. Medium body is well carbonated. Fantastic drinkability. More of an imperial hefeweizen than a weizenbock, but still very good. I am never let down by anything from weihenstephan.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes - Late October 2012.

16.9 oz brown German style bomber bottle. Sleek neck with its reward medal plain as day. Label is one of the classiest thing you'll ever lay your eyes upon. This is true German craft at it's finest. Poured this into a weizen glass I picked up in a weihenstephan gift box. I have since bought the authentic vitus glass since this review.

A - Wow. Very different from other Weizenbock styles I've had. The color is somewhat like its smaller brother with a color of Cloudy yellowish orange. Some fine haze going on here. Fluffy white head sits plumped on top that yanks nearly every inch of stickiness back in place leaving splotches of lace on the walls of the glass.

S - big banana and clove spice. Maybe a small whiff of vanilla and bubblegum sweetness. Delicious aroma.

T - Big flavor of Ripe bananas and clove spiciness. Small Hints of vanilla and nutmeg pairs wonderful with the banana showcase. Bubblegum note blends well with the clove spices. A dry wheat finish with the faintest of alcohol spice.

M - A massive flavored wheat beer. It's unbelievable in the mouth. Super tasty and enjoyable to drink. Its refreshing and a solid change of pace with the weather cooling down. It's like a rich and thicker than normal hefe-weissbier and I approve!

O - I'm assuming that Weihenstephan's Vitus is a weizenbock blending a pale bock or maibock given its color and character. It's really a home run and is another fabulous wheat beer from this brewer. If you enjoy their Hefe-Weissbier than you'll need to pick this up as well. It reminds me of that very hefe jacked up on richness and more of the ingredients I enjoy so much. I'm not sure on the availability, but I was told that it's around in plenty every year when the colder months start rolling in. Just German at its best and simply delicious. Vitus lives up to the label thats equipped around its neck.

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

Appearance: Thin head, nice hazy light orange color.

Smell: Banana and citrus.

Taste: Banana is definitely the dominant flavor and in this case that is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Overall is good. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, great flavor that I could have several of.

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

Appearance: Cloudy but bright yellow. I don't think a beer could have a fluffier head.

Smell: Bigtime yeast aroma, much like Weihenstephan's hefeweizen.

Taste: Lots of bready yeast, but enough pale wheat malt to bring things together. Very subtle spicing and just the faintest hint of alcohol. Very similar to their hefeweizen, minus the banana flavor. It's kind of like a hefeweizen on steroids, but not out of control.

Mouthfeel: Clingy and very smooth. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Flavor-wise, one could drink this all night long. But therein lies the conundrum: you won't taste the alcohol until it's already caught up with you.

Notes: This was my first weizenbock, and I'm very pleased. I found it to be very similar to this brewery's hefeweizen, with less banana flavor and a slightly richer flavor and body. The hefeweizen is great, but this takes the concept one step further with excellent results.

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

05.l bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass.
Looks a cloudy golden yellow with a 3 finger pure white head that disappears very slowly and leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
It smells fruity and spicy with bananas, some cloves and malts.
The taste is much the same with a little sweet and sour nicely balancing each other and while the alcohol is present it is warming and pleasant.
The body is smooth with just the right carbonation. It feels just perfect

In short, this beer is absolute bliss and the only downside to it is that I don't have more.
Definitely my favourite beer this winter and quite possibly my favourite Weihenstephaner beer.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, citrus and spice. Taste follows the nose with banana, bubblegum, bread and a spice. Mouthfeel is nice for a hefe, with the wheat smoothness and a great effervescence. Overall a great beer, an "imperial " hefeweizen of sorts. Definitely world class and worthy of every award.

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Photo of Erish
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 1 pint .9 oz. bottle into a wheat glass. I do see a date code, but it is not obvious if it is within the best by date.

A: cloudy honey gold with lemon-colored highlights, absolutely magnificent head: huge, billowing, and slowly cascading into a lovely cap with good lacing. This is a masterpiece.

S: there is that soapy smell again, but it goes with this style: the clove, bubblegum, and banana typical of the style mixes with a lemony citrus and a floral note.

T: a full-bodied bread-like malt greets you up front, then the clove hits, and mixes with a citrus zing and a white pepper note, the finish is dry, with hints of earthy/floral hops and just a hint of a grassy note at the very end.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, and abundant carbonation make for a lovely palate-cleansing experience.

D: another world-class brew from Weihenstephaner. Awesome.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a tapered glass.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good whiff of banana and spice. Slightly effervescent.

T- Tons of banana, bubble gum and spice. Wheaty, yeasty, rich. Cannot believe this is 7.7% ABV. Semisweet.

M- Milky texture with a proper amount of carbonation (medium) and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A premium example of the style at a non-premium price of $3.50. What a steal. Asheville's Bier Garden isn't the first place I suggest to have a beer when in town but they sneak in some nice specials here and there and have a very decent selection.

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Photo of marcpal
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Had been awaiting my attempt at this beer.

A: Clouldy light orange with non stop bubbles constantly building off of one another. The head stayed for a bit but came down with a filmy top that didnt go anywhere. Even the drip of the film and the lacing looked good. Has that weizen/belgiany enticing inviting look.

N: Spices, banana bread, malty sweetness. A whole lot. The clove began to dominate as it warmed in the nose. Ground coriander from a pumpkin pie lent some flavor oddly enough.

T: Delicious. Absolutely delicious. The yeasty flavors with the extra sting of the spices and malts is just rounded out to near perfection. The alcohol is in no way noticeable, would never have ventured a guess that it would have come in that high. The bubblegum and banana left me wanting a ton more.

M: Thick, full, sticky and coating. No alcohol burn that usually comes right in with the bubblegums of top notch weizenbocks. Fluffy and thick- not sure how some saw as hot but I didnt catch it.

D: Enjoyable to no end, cant wait to get some more of this. Top notch and goes down so easy for something of this style.

This is a tremendous beer. What a brewery they have going over there- time has done them well. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of Moonraker7
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, light yellow color, with nearly an inch of head. This beer looks fantastic!

S: Bananas and spices. Some hints of citrus and yeast.

T: Lots of banana, sweet fruits (grapes, apples, pears). Tastes like a hefeweizen, but with much more intense flavors. Finishes off with some citrus notes.

M: Dry and light with plenty of carbonation. Really smooth, perfect for this style.

D: The balance is alttle strange, as many have said, this tastes like a hefeweizen on crack. I personally find the strong banana and fruit flavors very appealing. This is one of my favorites, and something I buy regularly, it's also pretty affordable.

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Photo of BREWS4LA
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on Tap with some German Sausage and it was the perfect paring.

Appearance was great..smell very good some banana maybe some cloves. good head nice bready taste but not too much. very refreshing and easy drinking.

I guess when you make a beer for over 1000 years you master your craft.

Cheers

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Photo of garymuchow
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gave this one the Reidel beer glass.
Huge white head covers a surprisingly lightly colored yellow cloudy body. Head doesn't last forever and not much lacing, but that could be my glass too, I suppose
That fantastic aroma from Weihenstephaner yeast. Banana and clove. So yummy. Nice wheat base. No hints of the drink being heavier that a hefe in the aroma.
Oh yummy, is that's so good and clean. Just enough bigger than their hefe. Unusual in that it's not very "bock". Most grain is wheat and bread like. A little tartness and citrus flavors.
Smooth and creamy feel.
This one leaves me begging for more. This would be dangerous on a hot day. So easy to drink and offering thirst quenching qualities. Great flavors and well rounded. Deserving of it's top 250 status.

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Photo of harrymel
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled: unk

Initially overflowed the bottle real quick. When poured, the beer is american cheese orange with a solid quilt of fine creamy foam. Smells of clove, butter, wheat, shortbread - nice nose. Flavor is rich with wheat, a touch of nougat, some banana, spices, corn, and a hint of bread. Full bodied with tight, hi carb and an off dry finish. This is a really nice beer, can't understand how I've missed out on this one. Best weizenbock I've had.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a darker beer when I poured into my glass but Vitus is a hazy golden yelloe color.
A bright white head forms on the pour which is quite tall. The dense and stiff head lingers for a good while and actually never really melts away but instead lingers as a dense and thick collar.

The nose is big and bold in the hefeweizen tradition but not much more. Yeasty esters of banana and cloves and a sweet malty aroma are present.

The flavor is big and bold with ripe bananas and cloves. The sweet malts gives a silky feel.
The feel on the palate is light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation enhances the feel.
Very easy to drink . I like that as I approach the end, the beer is still flavorful. Some hefe's tend to wash out or go flat as they warm. A very good beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Weizen glass. I turned the capped bottle upside down several times, then turned it around on a table horizontally a number of times, to mix in the yeast.

In the weizen glass, I poured 2/3 of the beer slowly, then shaking the bottle slightly, I poured the rest in over the top of the glass.

The result: a beautiful 4+ finger head. The color was apricot honey.

There was a strong and luscious apricot, spice and clove aroma from the head. The consistency of the head when tasted is like meringue.

The mouth feel is pleasantly carbonated and finishes well on the back of the tongue.

The taste is intense apricot, clove and spice. Sometimes it is difficult to discern different tastes and aromas because of the intensity and the incredible balance in the beer.

Overall, a brilliant wheat beer- one of the best in the world.

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