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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,161
Ratings:
3,338
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
234
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540
For Trade:
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Photo of smooth_aleing
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 17oz bomber into pint glass.

Just great. Weihenstephaner is becoming a real favorite when I'm in the mood for a good German beer, breaking from my craft American kick. Wonderful hazy amber that pours a thick head. Nose suggests citrus and clove, with some coriander. The taste is exceptional, floral and light, with wonderful carbonation.

Really, not much can be the consistency of Weihenstephaner. They're quality is great, and it's a steal given the price. Well worth a try.

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Photo of mick303
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a large soft dense creamy white head over a pale yellow gold beer that is very cloudy. Retention is great and lacing is very solid. 4

S – a very full aroma of fruity yeasty notes, bright stonefruit, lime, lots of full creaminess from the wheat. Mild spices, a slight bit of earthy mustiness on the yeast, allspice, mixed with cooked apples, but also fresh florals. 4.25

T – big flavour on this! creamy soft fruits, big banana and some cherry, bubblegum, some restrained grainy sweetness and nice florals, bright yeast character, a mild bitter spiciness and bit of earthy cumin and citrus florals, a pleasant fruitiness on the finish. Finishes full and then a tingling dryness. The complexity and balance is pretty amazing. 4.5

M – moderate creamy body, lovely soft feeling, light-moderate carbonation. Lots of creamy fullness, no alcohol presence. Balance is wonderful, just enough bitterness and slickness on the finish, delicate. 4.5

This has so many elements to it and theyre all woven together really nicely, complex spiciness with an earthy element, bold but balanced and tons of intricacies make this a real pleasure. One of the best Ive had in awhile. Enough tartness to counter the creaminess and still has a lot of liveliness to it, and it leaves you wanting more. 4.5

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Photo of wattoclone
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber yellow with substantial head. Aroma is similiar to the hefeweizen but more so. Delicious brew with orange citrus and pear, banana fruitiness. Lighter than the other weizenbocks I have had but still top notch. I consider Vitus the "light version" of the German weizenbocks. I find it particularly good after an aerobic workout. While the draft version is exceptional, in the bottle is also excellent and readily available in the northeast.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange in colour and very cloudy, with a massive crown of pale white foam. Good retention and spotty lace. Big bubblegum and banana aroma also shows doughy, lemony, and clove-like notes. Mildly sweet banana and bubblegum flavours are followed by tangy citrus and spicy clove notes. This really tastes much the same as it smells, and even bigger than it smells. It's like a well-crafted hefeweizen on steroids, and I love it.

Medium-bodied with abundant carbonation, it feels slightly prickly in the mouth. Hefeweizen is one of my favourite styles of beer, possibly even my absolute. This delivers much of what I love about a good weissbier in an amplified fashion. Prost!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 500ml brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. It has a hazy golden yellow color with lots of foamy white head. It settles slowly but leaves no lacee.

Aroma is spicy and citrusy like a witbier.

Flavor is just like a Belgian wit with lots of citrus and spice. Some banana/clove character like a weisen but intensified

Mouthfeel is good but it has a tartness that lingers a little on the finish. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden.

Drinkability is good - in fact, it would be a great refreshing summer beer on a hot day.

Revisited 1/23/2010.

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Photo of Blargimus
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a very hazy, surprisingly light yellowish-tan color. Much lighter than I'd expect from a bock. Lots of head that sticks around. Even a good half hour later, there's still about a half centimeter.

Smell is mostly yeast with a strong malt backbone. Essentially smells like a hefe with three times the maltiness.

Unsurprisingly, that's what it tastes like, too. Yeast, cloves, some banana, and malt malt malt. Not much hops to speak of, but a little more bitterness in the aftertaste than the hefe.

Very creamy and full from the carbonation. Not prickly at all, but full of bubbles.

I actually like this more than the Weihenstephaner Hefe, which I found underwhelming. It's surprisingly drinkable for how malt-heavy it is, and it hides the ABV very well. I'd certainly recommend this as an outstanding weizenbock.

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Photo of Gmann
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dirty murky straw color with a tall dense white head that dissipates into a light cap. I was a little surprised by the straw color, expected brown. The aroma is fantastic, bananas and clove, lemon and a touch of metal. The taste is of banana creame pie, the extra malt presence gives Vitus a smoother taste than their Hefe. There is a nice rustic and earthy flavor to this. The feel is moderate, with soft carbonation, giving the brew a velvety smoothness, finishes sweet but in balance, very nice. Another exceptional brew from Weihenstephan. Great hefe flavors with a nice silky feel.

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Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy lemon color with a very large head that held on for a long time. A weizenbock that looks identical to a hefeweizen instead of being much darker. Just a little lacing is left on my weizen glass. Big, brassy, hefeweizen aromas here. Hints of banana, cloves, and a little granery dust aroma. Flavor is huge wheat beer. Bananas and bubblegum with just a small dose of cloves. If you are a fan of weizens, then this beer is a must for you. A little darker malt may have complimented this beer further, but it is quite sucessful as is. One of the more fuller wheat beers I have had. Carbonation is just a tick low as it seems just a little flat, but otherwise has a nice texture. For some reason this beer does not make it to the Minnesota market. I wish it did.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that sticks around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like wheat, lemon peel, banana, and cloves. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bubblegum and orange flavors. It's a little sweeter tasting than I was expecting, but that's a good thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Overall, I think it's a pretty good brew. A great deal for just $2.99 a bottle, definitely recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a moderately hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of doughy wheat, banana and yeast, classic Weihenstephaner; these wheat beers small really good. Flavor of semisweet wheat, clove, apple and pear juice, turns drier with a slight tartness and grassy hops before finishing with light wheat and estery fruit juice. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. One of the last of the wheat beers from this brewery I've had the pleasure to drink and certainly one of the best ones. Interesting flavor progression with a pleasant play of lightly sweet versus dry elements. The flavors are well balanced and spicing is deftly done. One of the world's great beers. Sometimes I wish there wouldn't be so many interesting beers to sample so I could drink Weihenstephaner wheat beers all the time.

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Photo of runner72
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving out of a bottle

A - very large, white head. doesn't adhear to the glass. cloudy, blonde color

S - vanilla, banana and cloves. very nice smell

T - cloves, banana and vanilla. very smooth with some carbonation

M - smooth, malty feel

D - very drinkable.

Overall excellent beer.

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Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden with a 2 finger white head that dies down to a nice light covering (eventually).

S: Very yeasty and fresh. So far so good!

T: I'm digging this. Lots of yeast characteristic that matches perfectly with a crisp wheat flavor. Notes of grass and other similar flavors are present. Somewhat spicy too. I just love the yeast character here! Beautiful.

M: Crisp, but with a medium body that is flavorful and not watery. Nice.

D: Excellent! This is a perfect beer for sitting out in the sun and eating German pretzels with.

Highly recommended. Something about this beer just clicked with me. Loving the yeast bite on it!

Edit: Why, oh why, can't an American brewer make something like this? Crisp, refreshing, full of wheat and yeast flavor - all while being dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly light golden color for a weizenbock with a huge, pillowy off-white head that refuses to go anywhere, I can barely fit 3/4 of a 500mL bottle in a traditional half liter weissbier glass.

Nose is filled with the distinctive bavarian wheat beer characteristics like bananas, cloves and bubblegum. Absent from this weizenbock is some chocolate notes. Basically this one smells pretty similar to their Kristalweissbier with maybe a bolder malt and alcohol feel.

Wow...grainy and malty with huge bubblegum and clove flavors. This might be the most refreshing and light-feeling 7.7% beer I have had. Goes down very smooth and easy. Somewhat un-weizenbock, but nonetheless a damn tasty beer. I can always make room in my fridge for a few of these. Fairly good price at less than $3 a pop.

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Photo of adam42381
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a 4 finger frothy white head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Lemon, wheat, clove, banana and spices. Very strong aroma.

Taste: Clove and banana up front followed by bread and spices in the middle and ending with a light hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is semi-dry with hints of banana.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A little slick feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is well masked so you could knock back a couple pints without much trouble.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Another fine offering from the world's oldest brewery.

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Photo of vkv822
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.
shared with my dad, and on St. Vitus day nonetheless!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head.

The aroma is of of weizen yeasts, along with clove and fruits.

The taste is quite fruity, with a lot of pear and some banana. Finishes with some light clove and yeast notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty standard from what I've experienced in other -weizen beers, with a thin to medium body and fairly active carbonation.

A very nice Weizenbock, stays fairly light and fruity.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into my half liter Weihenstephan weizen glass. It's a very attractive brew. The color is a cloudy gold with a minor orange tint; it looks like lemonade with a little orange juice mixed in. A lot of white, dense foam developed and dissipated very slowly to leave a billowy lacing. I was expecting this to look more like a dunkelweizen for some reason.

Smell: Dominated by the classic hefeweizen clove spice, and a nip of pepper adds to the kick. There is also overly ripe banana and Granny Smith apple at play to make for a very fresh and invigorating aroma.

Taste: Heavenly. The flavors pass by almost single file. First in line is the clove spice that is complimented by a dash of pepper; then comes fruity bubble gum; overly ripe banana, lemon zest, and apple come next; and after the sip has been swallowed, a slightly hoppy aftertaste follows. Overall the taste is pretty tart, but I have no problem with that. The alcohol remained hidden.

Drinkability: High quality. This is superb beer, and it proudly showcases the craftsmanship of its brewers. Vitus is a testament to Weihenstephan's longevity in the beer world.

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Photo of kkipple
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In advance of The Mother of all Gatherings at the Brick Store this weekend, I thought I'd charge my palate with ColoradoBobs favorite: V I T U S!

First off, this is really not to the Weizenbock style... but it has freakin' Weihenstephaner on the label and so I'll shut up. This is, as many reviewers have noted, more like an Imperial Hefeweizen... and there is NOTHING wrong with that!

Crack the .5 liter brown bottle and expertly pour into my authentic Vitus goblet, and am wowed immediately by the nose and visuals of this beer... greedy, I charge in for a taste...

Oh this is delicious. The whole experience is a Hefe, bigged up. Darker in color with a fat white head, the banana and spice are much more pronounced and defined. The malt bill is hefty here but the 7.7% is still hidden pretty darn well. No hops to speak of. Vitus is reminding me of a Tripel, actually, with all the clove, pepper, sour green apple and honey notes going off like crackling fireworks in my mouth... all that is missing is the booze heat and Belgian yeast and turn that banana down a notch, you'd have a super good Tripel... shoot, I don't care what this is, it is Seriously Good.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full and boasts just a touch of tingly carbonation. Wunnerful.

Gosh, there is so much this beer does right... I want more. This is drinkable and delightful. Bless you, Weihenstephan! Don't change a thing.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy, murky, golden honey yellow. A three finger fluffy white head with little clouds of lacing sit upon my Bruery tulip. Really nice carbonation.

S- Banana's, coriander, orange peel, marmalade, lemon zest, basil, thyme, and notes of spicy black pepper. Wheaty and slighty sweet and fruity. Hints of clove and allspice.

T- Thick and full of wheat. Lots of banana, orange peel, basil, black pepper, and cotton candy. Has hints of movie theatre popcorn, thyme and sage. Some honey, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and citrus. I'm really diggin' this!

M- Crisp, thick, chewy, and full of sweet lemony wheat. Carbonation bounces off the tongue and roof of the mouth.

O- TOP NOTCH! Not really sure it gets much better than this in this style! An awesome blend of smell, taste and feel!

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Photo of obrendano
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yet another solid one from a great brewery

A - hazy golden orange, thick head surges forth, but dissipates somewhat quickly

S - standard wheat and fruit, spicy must, pretty damn inviting

T - burst of wheat malt and light citrus followed by an incredible taste of toasted peanut butter and banana sandwich and smooth clove flavor, a slight hint of alcohol, but very passing

M - silky and bubbly

D - a great way to settle the tastebuds down a couple hours after eating some pot roast and spicy baked beans. do yourself a favor and let it warm a little

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - cloudy golden color with a large head that is well retained

S - banana & clove yeast aroma with sweet malt behind it

T - smooth, sweet malt with a nice clove and banana character, the finish is slightly hoppy and finishes somewhat dry

M - medium smooth body with moderately high carbonation

D - This is very similar to the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen but 'turned up to 11'. It's quite wonderful and a great desert beer.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light hazy straw yellow

S:cloves,, spices, banana.. some grain

T: Cloves, honey, spice, banana

F: so creamy and smooth. great coating on thepalate.

O: yea i mean this ones is a winner as to be expected. good bread yeast fruit and cream..

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Photo of Drew966
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus pours a hazy yellow with a thick white head from a brown half liter bottle. Banana, bubblegum and clove are all present in the aroma. Lots of banana and bubblegum in the taste. A touch of clove too. Honey and wheat are also present. Excellent, I was a bit surprised by the color, but it's really nice.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that didn't leave much on the way of lace, but retained decently. The body is a hazy yellow that boasts solid steady carbonation.

Smell: A strong banana presence backed by cloves, peaches and ample whole wheat bread scent. Good, even while cold and warming only helps bring out the scent. A little bit more impact and we have a perfect score.

Taste: There is a lot of wheat malt here, but strangely enough it is incredibly sweet and mild as it starts with a sweet banana, peach and orange taste and shifts to the more potent clove, zest and slight apple touches, ending with a fine brush of mild earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning is exceptional, the carbonation help out the entire beer, the head was frothy but didn't overstay it's welcome, the aftertaste is a next blend of the beer's flavour and it masks it's high alcohol content perfectly.

Drinkability: It's a little bit on the sweeter side, probably because of the high amounts of malt, which are to be expected. That being said, at 7,7, this stuff is dangerous and is like drinking liquid candy as it is far lighter and easy drinking then you would think.

Final Thoughts: It's Weishenstephaner, if you haven't accepted the fact they are the undisputed kings of wheat beer, you are living under a rock. Another solid offering by them, and well worth trying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mr_Bojangles
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy gold with two fingers head. Lots of lacing and carbonation, which fits this style perfectly. Aroma: clove, banana, bread and yeast. Taste: a tad spicy with a bready backbone. Complex flavors of apricots, banana and orange peel. Body: full but lightened by the amount of carbonation. Overall: excellently crafted with lots of complexity. A 7% beer with so much drinkability.

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Photo of jtwhicker
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer and abides by being one of the world's greatest beers (still not the best, though it attained some sort of title awhile back).

This is an absolutely awesome beer for the Spring/Summer months and could be a substitute for Leffe or Duvel-types in my opinion. Good Stuff!

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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