Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
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
Ratings:
3,437
Reviews:
1,189
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
247
Gots:
597
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,437 |  Reviews: 1,189
Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of Jflynt
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lurkerson
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slim_720
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -5.6%
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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Photo of jcflorian
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of DBosco
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like hefeweisen beer. This is another offering from Weihenstephaner and is basically stronger.

This pours with a medium head and very cloudy. The head goes away but leaves a small bubbly top. Lace was not very evident. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a tad spicy. Taste is not as complex as the Hefeweisbier which is truly a favorite of mine. The fruit is nice the yeast/bread taste is nice but something is just not quite there. I will enjoy this beer again though as this is better than any American wheat I have tried.

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Photo of Nyskizy
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange with initially towering white head that mostly recedes.

Smell: Banana, clove and ripe fruit.

Taste: Semi-sweet core of ripe banana, other ripe darker fruits and wheat. The clove is noticeable on the finish, along with lingering fruit and some spiciness.

Feel: Medium to full body that is very creamy and smooth. Finish dries up slightly.

Overall: Nice balanced Weizenbock, but the ripe darker fruits contribute a slight sickly flavor that keeps this from being as first class as I expected.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass a very pale hazy straw color, one of the lightest-while-still-hazy beers I've ever seen. Explosive head...just massive white foam that slowly settles down.

Nose is bready and estery clove, citrus, and banana. Reminds me very much of a La Fin Du Monde in that regard.

A sip starts sweet and bready with more of that citrus and light clove, getting a bit more of the spice and alcohol heat through a clean finish. It's delicate yet chewy overall and very smooth.

This is better than most hefs I've tasted - a great warm weather beer and wildly drinkable for the abv which really goes almost unnoticed. Not my preferred style, but a very tasty brew.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a billowing four fingers of head and thick lacing.

The aroma is heavy on yeast and clove. Not really picking up much of the sweet bubblegum-like smells that I would expect, but this is pretty damn nice.

The flavor is an initial rush of sweet banana cream pie and yeast. In the finish is that bubblegum I was looking for. Although I can't say I'm particularly blown away by this, I also can't find any faults either.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is about what I would expect...goes down easy and has a nice flavor profile to keep me reaching for the glass. I can't say that it really separates itself from the pack though.

Overall this is a fine beer that I would definitely order again at a bar, but probably wouldn't stock my fridge with.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma
the scent is coming through very fresh and vibrant. It seems as if there are cinnamon, fig, and floral tones maybe a bit of citrus. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel
Bit of an oiliness on the palette with a slight warming sensation, medium to higher end of carbonation. Beer is rather lively on the palette.

Appearance
Poured to light gold with white haze in an imperial pint glass, many small carbonation bubbles. Huge pillowish head which is maintaining well and lacing nicely. Really notable in this aspect and one of the best heads I've poured from a travelled bottle.

Taste
Fruity and spicy, a cinnamon type flavor is there. Nice, with a bit of warming on the finish although the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Drinkability
I'd say 2-3 1/2 liters pretty easily but this isn't quite as sessionable as some other weizenbocks I've had (aventinus in particular).

Overall
The appearance alone was almost enough for me but it's just not quite there. Excellent fruity and spicy scent but the taste has something I'm not quite there on.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw with a white head; good retention & lacing. I'm surprised this is more of a helles than a dunkle.

S: Big banana aroma, cloves, spice & a little lemon zest. The yeast sediment adds a little earthiness.

T: Banana with hints of lemon & pineapple, slightly bready, grassy and peppery spicing, light on the cloves, alcohol is subtle. The yeast tastes better than their bottled hefeweizen.

M: Moderate body is smooth with crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

It's great, but certainly a little different for the style.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. A cloudy dark hay like color. Aroma is of soft banana. Banana and clove flavors with a light spicy hop character. Just a hint of citrus. Some bready malt pulls through and over all there is little bitterness. Alcohol is tame but there. A hell of a beer, almost like a Hefeweizen on steroids.

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Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gordavidson
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy, bright orange beer with a thin but creamy white head. Not as dark as I was expecting, but very appealing.

S- Some banana, mustiness, bread, fruit, and clove.

T- Same as the aroma. Very well balanced and nothing gets to be overbearing. The alcohol is hidden amazingly well.

M- A nice level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very clean on the tail end.

D- An enjoyable beer that drinks very nicely for the ABV. I can't say it is extraordinarily memorable, but it is tasty and smooth.

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Photo of FreightTrain
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy and golden. A beautiful, immaculate white head. Nice lacing.

S- Sweet, cloves, banana, a touch of earthy/herbal

T- Very clean, very malty, but not overbearing. A hint lemony. Delicious.

M- Effervescent. The carbonation scrubs and scrubs, leaving a tingling sensation. Light body.

D- Quite drinkable. Definitely does not taste like 7.7%. Definitely the best in the style I've had, but I prefer the Weihenstephaner Dunkel, Original, or Hef.

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Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass. Poured a translucent straw gold. Five inch fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Some strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting, but inconsistently spattered across the walls of the glass. Scents of light wheat up front with bubblegum and clove elements not far behind. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of banana and yeast flavors that come across towards the back. Consistency was light without being watery, and pleasantly effervescent across the tongue before culminating in a mild alcohol astringency at the finish. I haven't had too many weizenbocks, but this went down very easy.

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: So... ginormous white, fluffy head. No surprise from Weihenstephan. It is basically what they do. Color is a golden yellow with some fogginess (no surprises from the wheat beer) and lots of action from carbonation.

S: Absolutely some rich fruitiness. Some bananas and cloves of course. I do get some estery alcohol spiciness too. The malts are present in a bready way. Very, very lightly sour.

T: I definitely notice a large amount of spiciness from the yeast as well as the alcohol. The alcohol is not hiding in this glass. But that's actually not a problem on this slightly chill February night. Past that it's all the gold standard Weihenstephaner Weizen. Besides some of that rich fruitiness.

M: Great carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel and surprisingly medium body.

O: Wheat beer with a nice alcoholic bite and amped up fruitiness. Tasty and satisfying. Can Weihenstephaner make a beer that I don't adore?

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,437 ratings.
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