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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
Ranking:
#608
Reviews:
1,216
Ratings:
3,505
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Appearance – A light straw colour, or cloudy gold if you want to put it another way. This beer supporst a good ½ inch head of dense foam that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell – There is obviously the smell of a typical wheat beer in here but there is also the hint of many fruits. Banana is one of the most obvious with some pear and lemon hints thrown in for good measure.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very closely but there are also notes of spicy cinnamon and biscuit with clove. To try to sum it up it tastes rather like a cake or a pie with a lot of fruit in it.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy with medium body and a slightly dry finish. There is no boozy warmth in this beer and I was surprised by that as it is quite strong.

Overall – Very soft on the pallet with sweet nip this wheat beer bagged itself the WBA best wheat beer award in 2012. Drink a bottle and you will see why. Fragrant with a hint of plum this beer is an absolute cracker and although strong at 7.7% it does not feel like a heavy beer at all.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A- Has a hazy orange color that seems to glow when held up anywhere near the light. Looks like a slightly darker/more orange version of their Hefeweiss. I have limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but this does not look as dark as the other I have seen. Great fluffy, 3-finger head that dissipates at a medium rate leaving almost no lacing.

S-Smells of sweet sugary malts, cloves, and bubblegum. Also, I get some lemon or orange.

T- I get some banana, bubblegum, slight amount of booze/ester flavors in the finish, but from what I read this is something to be expected in the style (I experienced the same with Aventinus, but Vitus seems to be a markedly different beer even though the two are of the same style.) I'm getting spices other than cloves, but do not have the ability to discern them all...just get a "spiciness."

M- Nice crisp carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Little bit of hear in the throat from the booze requisite in the style.

D- Drinks like a much lower ABV. I could drink this all night. While the flavors are complex, there's nothing too prominent to offend the palate in excessive amounts. The bubblegum makes it very easy drinking.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my Founders snifter. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange with a one finger bright white head. It looks near identical to their Hefe. It smells of wheat, yeast, coriander, light spices and some orange. I didn't expect that. It's definitely interesting. It tastes of yeast and oranges with a hint of cloves and banana. It's actually pretty similar to the Hefe. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium in body. The only knock is that it can be a little sweet at times. Overall it's another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-25-08

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a thick, creamy white head. The head leaves ultra thick lacing behind, almost like whipped cream.

Smell is very sweet and almost Belgian, with a hint of light fruitiness.

Taste is much like the smell, light and fruity, with a huge yeast character. Much lighter than I expected.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. The thickness is just right and the carbonation hits all the right places.

Drinkability is very good, though just a little on the sweet side.

Overall, different from other weizenbocks I've had. I was expecting it to be more malt-centric, but it's the yeast that steals the show.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, light golden color. Medium head with not much lacing.
Smell was banana and bubblegum with maybe a bit of the apricot and clove that others have noted.
Taste was definitely apricot and banana with a little bit more clove as the beer warmed up. Very little lingering taste.
Overall, a solid beer that hides the alcohol well. For those that like beers with strong fruit flavors, you'll like this a lot. Weizenbocks (esp. Aventinus Tap 6) are sometimes recommended as aging candidates but I definitely don't think aging will change or improve this one. If you have it, drink it now.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From decervecitas. In Bavaria glass. Playing Darksiders 2. Reminds a hefe wih a lighter, more refreshing and alcoholic body. Although the taste is pretty good, the sweetness is a bit over the top. Very foamy.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity, faint citrus, a bit yeasty, wheat, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Spicy, fruity, banana, pear, clove, coriander, a touch of citrus, floral, yeasty, a little wheat twang, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Drinks kinda like an amped up hef. Very nice.

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Photo of Raime
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky burnt orange with a large thick white head. Left no lacing.

S - Clove and bubblegum are the forerunners on this nose. Some creamed corn-ish type scents come through as well. Coriander and floral scents finish out the nose.

T - Bubblegum and goney are the major players as soon as the beer hits your lips. The clove and honey quickly become prevelant and hay also makes a noticable cameo. Wheats tops the cesspool off nicely.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Fits. Nicely.

O - Overall, it was a solid german beer although nothing spectacular. Would make a good summer beer. I'd have it again.

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep yellow with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Mostly medium+ clove with lighter hints of banana, melanoidin, and booze.

Flavor: Moderate intensity yeast ester with hints of dark fruit and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body, creamy, and a bit of warming alcohol.

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, inside a tasting snifter.

Pours a pale tangerine, very hazy. A one-finger head of fluffy white sits atop for a while before finally receding to ring, thick on one side and thin on the other.

Spicy and estery in the nose, with bananas, pears, apples, white pepper, coriander and vanilla. Damn fine.

The taste is akin to sweet pear syrup mulled with a lot of complex spices. Clove, coriander, perhaps raisins. Sweet with a very slightly drying finish. Tastes more like a heavy, sugary tripel than anything else.

Medium prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium body that fizzes up the beer moderately as it moves. No noticeable alcohol amidst the sweetness.

Vitus is very Belgian in character. Sweet, flavorful, drinkable, but maybe a bit out of style.

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,505 ratings
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