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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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:
1,171
Ratings:
3,363
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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Photo of Wiffler27
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a hefeweizen with the burnt orange and nice white head.

the smell is similar to a hefeweizen, saison, and a maibock. i like the banana clove-ishness of a hefe but am not a huge fan of the maibock/saison smell. i think it's too much grass and almost onion aroma.

taste is very much like a hefeweizen. reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe but a toasted version of it. delicious, toasted banana bread but not as sweet. the sweetness gets muted, which is actually nice.

this goes down smoothly and is somewhat thick but not syrupy thick. thick as in substantial.

overall - i think i prefer Weihenstephaner Hefe to this but not by much. another beer from Weihenstephan that I love. honestly i was expecting this beer to be a dark brown color so out of the bottle i was surprised. the light color makes me think of spring/summer but the fact that this beer is thick and warming i could enjoy this in the dog days of winter

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Photo of crnipeter
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, BB date reads 15.September 2011 therefore quite a fresh one, into tulip.
Hazy straw-yellow colored body topped by thick, rather low white head that slowly recedes and sticks to the walls. Weizenbock is essentially a Dunkelweizen brewed to the strength of a (Doppel)bock, however, the pale visual appearance of Vitus is reminiscent more of a Hefeweizen than Dunkleweizen. Aroma is Doppelbock-like sweetness with banana esters, clove phenolics and bready malt. A careful sniffing session reveals plum & raisin-like fruitiness that gets more prominent as the beer warms. Very faint alcohol shines through. Flavor is rich sweetness (suggesting the malt hasn't beet fermented thoroughly) with banana, clove and wheat. Hop flavor is virtually absent and the finish is somewhat balanced by light hoppy bitterness and very faint alcohol. The palate is sweet, body medium-full with very smooth creamy texture and moderate carbonation. As stated above, the appearance of Vitus resembles a good Hefeweizen although it is easily distinguished from the later by having a minor head and fuller body. There could be more melanoidin & dark fruit character but it's a very decent beer nevertheless.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from the Copper Vine into a weizen glass.

A- A careful pour still creates a huge head that crowns the glass, about 3-fingers of whipped cream. Golden-yellow body goes hazy with a yeast swirl and shows lots of carbonation. The head sustains at 1/2-finger and leaves thick, fluffy rings on the glass.

S- Bold and sweet. Gummy and bready. Hints of clove and peppery spices. Some banana and citrus. Lemon aroma grows with warmth.

T- Rich and flavorful, like an imperial hefeweizen. Banana bread is my first impression. Hints of lemon in the aftertaste. Spices become more apparent with warmth. It becomes something of a spicy holiday cake or bread. Very appropriate for the winter holidays, and more drinkable than many of the winter warmers or spiced Christmas beers.

M- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep up and make things creamy. A little smooth alcohol warmth.

O- I've read about this one for years and just happened upon it at my local bottle shop. I've definitely been missing out. I'll actively seek this beer again (I should have grabbed another bottle or two). As refreshing as a hefeweizen, but bold and hearty enough to be more enjoyable during the winter months.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Thanks to UGADawgGuy for his efforts to bring this to Georgia.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, with a huge, fluffy head of cotton candy like foam that rises a full inch above the rim of my weizen glass without falling over. Beautiful. Settles to a finger of off-white foam that you could probably use as shaving cream. Clings to the sides in sheets.

Aroma is, whoa, banana! Hello! Like a banana cream pie, sure as shit. Lactose smell is reminscent of a malted milk shake. Clove and nutmeg in there, too.

Taste is of sugar cookie and grainy wheat, followed by a Juicy-Fruit center of banana, pineapple, and bubble gum. Just when you think you are drinking candy, a solid hit of tangy, slightly lemony yeast and spicy hops cleans up the palate. Coriander, clove, and sage in the long, mildly sour finish. Some of that banana lingers as well.

Creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Very slick, despite the active carbonation that holds that cap all the way down. Delicious.

Although good enough to be savored, it goes down as smooth as the spritziest hefeweizen. Alcohol is well hidden, with only the sweet slickness that suggests a high OG.

Remarkable beer that really has no equal that I have had. It would pair nicely with any number of foods, from salad to dessert. Weihenstephan is the bomb!

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Photo of Kremlock
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw opaque with a thick 3-4 finger head that is frothy and bubbly.

S: wheat, peppery, and a nice bubble gum backbone.

T: Definite bock flavours present with maltyness present. Bubble gum of the German wheat beer comes through and compliments well. There is a slight pepper flavour also.

M: Well carbonated, creamy on the palate.

O: This is a great weizenbock. By far one of the best I've had.

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Photo of B4CCHU5
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a lovely visit to the brewery and attached restaurant in Freising after a weekend in Munich. Picked up a case of the Hefeweizen (my favorite hef) and decided on trying 1 or 2 bottles of every other beer the brewery produces. Poured a chilled .5 liter bottle of the Vitus into a Weihenstephaner Vitus glass I purchased.

Look: Hazy caramel with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a faint circle of foam around the edges. Little no lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweet caramel opening with a transition to the classic banana and clove as experienced in Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen. Finishes with dried fruits. I had a dried fig laying around to confirm the similarity in smell.

Taste: The slightly sweet smell translates perfectly to the start of the beer's taste. Big clove in the interim coupled with a hefty wheat and finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

Feel: Medium to full body with only a hint of the 7.7% ABV. Drinks very smooth and refreshing with carbonation on the lower end.

Overall: A fantastic and welcome surprise from the oldest, and one of the finest German breweries!

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Photo of McNealc31
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, fluffy white head floats atop a hazy gold body. Wheat, pepper, and sour citrus in the aroma. Banana is the first flavor that comes through. Although it is a bit on the side of imitation banana candy flavor rather than real banana. After that, black pepper, wheat malt, finishing with bitter orange and coriander. The spices become more pronounced as it warms. Bit of heat from the 7.7% ABV.

This is definitely a beer to enjoy. Loads of flavor, great balance, excellent drinkability

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz bottle into glass. Pours a hazy golden with thick creamy head. Looks fantastic! Thick foamy lacing and good carbonation. Fantastic banana clove hefe aromas. Some nice wheat malt and some slight slight mild hop. Really amazing aromas. Flavor is crisp bright banana wheat with a slight chewy almost chocolatey flavor. Really great flavors. Its just an all around fantastic brew. Well worth the price and just great flavors and drinkability. For under $4 a bottle, you should all ready be drinking one!

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Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white head, with a hazy yellow color. Clove/wheat aroma, essentially smells like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet and wheaty, a little bit of clove and some taste of bubblegum. It hides the high ABV quite well; there is only a slight hint of alcohol. A fantastic beer; something I'd really enjoy on a hot summers day.

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Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger of white head recedes to a thick lace. Much lighter color than I expected - golden straw colored cloudy liquid.
S: Belgian golden notes, raisin, fruit, candied nuts, slight bread, spices like coriander with a slight Hoegaarden edge.
T: Tastes almost like Hoegaarden. Belgiany, not so much dark fruit as green grapes or citrus. Very tasty and different than other Weizenbocks I've had.
M: Dry and tannic. Tangy, almost like a wild ale or a dry red wine.
D: High drinkability. This is a delicious beer that satisfies and entices me for another drink.

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Photo of Jerico
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a pint bottle.

A - light gold with a ton of fluffy head, that dissipates pretty quick but leaves a layer behind.

S - sweet, fruity and vibrant, with bread and banana and little bit of citrus and spice in there.

T/M/D - very smooth and balanced, with a hint of a hoppy bite that really makes this one interesting. The alcohol hides pretty well, but I can tell its there from the warming feeling. I'll be looking for this one again!

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Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, almost opaque. Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast, leaves some lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, malt, pears, bread

Taste: Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, some hints of alcohol. Very complex and enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Thick with crisp carbonation, not quite as good as the other Weihenstephaner beers I've tried. Somewhat dry finish, not as dry as a dry red wine, but dryer than average.

Overall: Very good, but a notch below what I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner. Can session well for the abv. Doesn't motivate me too much to try other weizenbocks, but I probably will anyways. I find German styles interesting, and am really trying to get a good feel of what to expect from them.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a clean white head that starts off thick and goes down to a thin layer. I expected a darker beer than this.

Smell is very bready and typical of a weizen beer.

Taste has a strong banana and a little bite of carbonation on the end. There is a warming alcohol towards the back of the drink. Mouthfeel is a medium creamy. Drinkability is very high. This doesn't seem to have the booziness that other weizenbock's have.

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Photo of bminor7
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 from Savemore in Clifton Park.

A - golden, cloudy. 3/4" white foam.

S - predominantly banana bread. very inviting.

T - wheat, lemon, creamy. plenty of isoamyl acetate. really very good. kept putting this one off because the presentation (bottle) is lame, made me think of coffee/chocolate for some reason.

M - crisp, smooth carbonation.

D - outstanding. delicious and none of the other attributes take anything away from it. could have a 'few' on a nice warm summer evening.

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Photo of zachary80
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 4081. Been in the fridge since purchased.

Vitus pours a hazy, opaque straw/yellow with perfect white head.

Aroma is sweet and estery, cloves, light citrus.

Flavor is strong but not overwhelming. Light banana and grape flavors. Like a stronger hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is good. Higher carbonation than expected.

A refreshing, Delicious beer. I expected it would be darker and heavier from the style description but it is not.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. This beer has received a lot of attention from the Front Range, lets see how it is.

A: Much lighter in color than other weizenbocks that I've had. Dark straw color with a white head, tons of carbonation, loud beer, you can actually hear the bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

S: Banana, cloves, slightly mineral like in flavor, big time wheat presence, smells like a really really strong hefeweizen.

T: Taste follows the nose quite nicely, big time wheat flavors, sweet, huge banana flavor in there, huge on the banana, a pretty strong clove flavor as well, not as huge as the banana though. Slight citrus/lemon flavor from the wheat malt, and a hint of booze too. Really flavorful. I'm impressed so far.

M: Very bubbly in the mouth, medium thickness, for such a high abv beer it is pretty refreshing, slight alcohol heat as well. Foamy really. Goes down easily though.

D: Very easy drinking beer. Considering the alcohol content and the overall hugeness of this beer, it goes down very easily. A little lighter in color than I had expected, but still a nice beer. Very interesting!

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Photo of TheDinger
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Fantastic burnt wheat/orange pour with a monster 3 finger pillow head that hung around a bit. Smell is very fruit forward and floral. Banana, cloves and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is much like the Weih Hefe, but with more power and brunt. Very complex flavors and a great combination of fruits, phenos, malts and wheat. Like a hefe on roids! Feels is somewhat heavy carbonation and dry. Very smooth and coating. Overall- Another great offering and much like the Hefe. New to this style, so don't have a ton to compare it too. I will say, if you like the Hefe, you will like this. Complex and refreshing with a great blend of malts and fruits. A definite must try-

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Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into shaker.

A- Hazy yellow straw pour with a three finger chunky white head. Lacing is great.

S- Grass, bubblegum, lemon and bananas.

T- Banana and bubblegum, lemon and sour dough bread.

M- Thin bodied, lively carbonation and quite refreshing.

O- I really don't think this brewer can do anything wrong. Everything I've enjoyed from them has been nothing short of spectacular. This is no exception.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazey straw yellow with a sticky white head and heavy lacing.

S: Banana, Wheat, orange citrus, bready yeast and pepper with clove aroma.

T: Wow, what a full palate of flavors for such a light bodied beer. Wheat malt flavors are strong along with a white pepper bananas and clove from the yeast. Finish of this is dry and crisp, leaving me wanting for more. Banana esters are strong in the finish as well.

M: Light in body with a little stickiness. High carbonation, slightly dry.

O: This is a classic Weizenbock, no doubt about it a great weizenbock that has stood the test of time. I will absolutely revisit this at another time when I am in the mood for it.

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Photo of JRhode
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle split with jessethehutt. $3.99 seemed like a solid price.

Light glowing golden color. Head quickly dissipates after aggressive pour. No lacing.

Smell is banana candy and clove. Smells like an imperial Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier.

Taste also reminds me of an amped up Weihenstephan Hefeweiss. Strong banana/wheat flavor with some spiciness to it.

Full bodied, mouthcoating. Esters wrap around the tongue.

Highly drinkable, similar to Hefeweissbier. Wouldn't be able to guess the nearly 8% abv.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright yellow gold color to the beer. Huge head filled over two inches with pillow-like white bubbles. Slow rising microscopic bubbles in abundance. Minimal lacing.

Fruity aromas have a banana backbone mixed with cherries and pineapples. A strong scent of yeast is heavy with the other aromas in the nose. A light spice to the finish hints of peppercorns.

The taste on the tongue are great. Ranging from a sweetness of malts and fruity sugars to a spicy note that starts light but emboldens itself on the tongue. Low bitterness is just right to keep this from being cloying.

Just a bit watery on the tongue. Beer clings and struggle to show all its flavors on all mouth surfaces. Carbonation burst is pleasant without overwhelming.

A fantastic brew. This one should be enjoyed best by itself to appreciate the complexity. Beware the alcohol content, as it sneaks up without a hint of it's presence. Well worth trying for any beer lover out there.

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Photo of Kelp
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice bright yellow color almost golden.Wow lots of white foamy head that dissipated slowly. Very slight lacing left behind.

Bananas, citrus, and spice the usual smells of a good hefe.

This thing was good bananas, bananas, and more bananas. Yeasty and wheaty follow with a hint of citrus left behind on the tongue. Actually one of the nicest aftertastes I have ever had.

Smooth, creamy a medium body to it a bit too much carbonation for the type for my tastes.

This is ridiculously drinkable. I could have multiple more. The alcohol is well hidden, hard to believe it is 7+%. This is just a great beer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Layers of banana, vanilla, clove and spice that has a complexity and mouth feel that is uncommon for the style. Intensely sweet, but strongly balanced and flavored. Nose showcases typical weisse notes. Light golden colored with a filmy white head. Stunning wheat ale.

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Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Yellow brown translucent body on first pour but later pours revealed a much more cloudy, opaque appearance. 3.5 inch head that dissipated in 3 minutes. I will rate the more opaque look which appeared in the second half of the bottle. 4.5

S Wheat, malt softness, some alcohol to the nose. Really inviting, interesting. 4.5

T A great, smooth Weizenbock with a classic taste. It is thinner than others that I have had but I suspect that this is how a Weizenbock is supposed to taste. Alcohol is well hidden. 4.5

M Moderate with elevated ABV and grains thickness.

D Great!

Notes: This is liquid goodness. Alcohol could really sneak up on the drinker here since it is so well hidden. This is the 5th and final Weihenstephaner beer that I sampled recently. This one did not dissapoint.

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Photo of CMW
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still one of my favorite breweries...

A - Pours a cloudy gold color with a massive fluffy white head with decent retention. There is some nice soapy white lacing on the side of the glass. Carbonation is barely visible due to the cloudiness.

S - All your typical scents, bananas, clove, and heavy yeast.

T - Yeast is very noticable up front and mixes well with the banana flavors. I find this tastes very similar to their hefe except for the slight alcohol taste in the Vitus.

M - Light and thin but full of flavors. Carbonation is just right.

D - This is extremely drinkable. Not as good as the hefe but very close. I could easily drink a few bombers of these and at 7+% alcohol, I would be a mess.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,363 ratings.
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