Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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95
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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
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:
1,180
Ratings:
3,395
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
242
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577
For Trade:
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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that bubbles down slowly to a rocky collar fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

There is plenty of sweetness in the aroma with bananas and honey dominating. Hints of clove as well and this one smells much like a good hefe.

The taste delivers on the expectations of the aroma and really does taste like an amped up hefe. Big wheat flavor up front, featuring bananas but with an earthy honey sweetness mixed in. The finish is spicy.

This is a full bodied wheat beer and extremely smooth and creamy.

Super drinkable, very tasty and, overall, just a well-crafted wheat beer. One of the better wheat beers I've ever had actually.

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Photo of trbergman
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

0.5L bottle poured into Hennepin flute.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with three fingers of fluffy white head. Head reduces to about one finger over time.

Smell - fairly standard wheat beer aroma of yeast, banana, and clove.

Taste - Wow. My expectations were high after all the hype I've heard on BA, but I haven't been disappointed. Everything good about Weihenstephan's Hefe Weizen is kicked up a notch, with the addition of a slightly boozy element. Banana, cloves, peppercorns, and a touch of sweetness -- but not cloying. There's a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but for the most part the hops are understated.

Mouthfeel - Rich and full -- solid.

Drinkability - It's a great beer, a pleasure to drink from start to finish, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one.

EDIT 08-12-10:
Bottle code 3018, or Jan 3, 2008

Delicious, floral, fruity, honey. Bumping the taste score by a half point.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields a very nice pale lemon yellow with a big two finger head. Head retention was decent with minimal lacing.

Aromas are reminiscent of its Hefeweizen counterpart. Lots of yeast, spices and wheat in the nose with a nice banana punch.

Without a doubt, this is a big beer. Abundance of bubblegum, and banana are present with spices and clove at the onset with a nice semi-tart finish. For a big beer such as this, it hides its alcohol really well. Almost too well.

Mouthfeel was full with ample carbonation to top it all off.

I gotta say that this was a spectacular beer, and went down really well for having a 7.70 abv. and has high drinkability potential.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Weizenbock and its delicious. Nice appearance with an expected cloudy wit look. White head with minimal lacing and fingers. A pleasant floral hop aroma. Very active on the mouth and tongue. A beer I intend to keep in the fridge on a regular basis when I am in the mood.

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy, wheaty, golden brew. beautiful head which dissipates very quickly. nice carbo bubbles rising to the surface.
smell is fruity, kind of like a belgium golden ale smell.
taste is also fruity, with some malts and balanced hops taste and a little alcohol taste.
had this many times in the past, one of my 'preferred' brews. first time to review it. like the rest of the brewery's offerings, very nice drinkability, although it tries to be a little different from the 'regular' commercial offerings. wish i were a little more coherent to give this a more deserving review.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foggy lemon with a hint of orange peel. Most weizenbocks are darker than this. The ivory colored cap is pleasing to the eye. It's stiffly rocky and looks even better on subsequent pours. Only a lack of lace hurts the cause.

The nose doesn't differ too much from a well-brewed hefeweizen. It features loads of sweetened banana and clove, with no trace of dark fruit and no hint of alcohol. Even though it isn't what I expected, it's fantastic.

Vitus doesn't taste like a weizenbock at all, but like a hefeweizen for lovers of big beer. Those who can't get enough of the classic Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier, and think the recent trend toward high-ABV flavor bombs is a good thing, will probably like this one as much as I do.

Forget subtle, forget nuanced, forget light. Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of ripe banana studded with chunks of clove and bubblegum and soaked in sugar syrup. A little cocoa-like dark malt would be terrific, but it's hard to argue with the flavor profile as it's currently constructed. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is easily 4.0/5.0.

At the risk of overstating the point, only aficionados of big beer will love the incredibly full, incredibly supple, incredibly lush, sticky-on-the-finish mouthfeel. As always, it wouldn't be anywhere near as good without a perfect amount of carbonation. The bubbles energize and volumize without crossing the line into fizziness.

Brauerei Weihenstephan is not only the oldest brewery in the world, it's also one of the best. Purists may scoff at the idea of an 'Americanized' version of a timeless classic, but there is plenty of room for both. Vitus is amazing beer and is destined to be a multiple bottle purchase whenever I'm lucky enough to run across it.

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Photo of JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Sweet,bubblegum, hints of banana, clovey and a bit spicey. Overall an absolutely wonderful aroma.

T- Sort of sweet and fruity upfront, fades to a clovey spiciness. A mild earthy, grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Very dry, light bodied and well carbonated.

D- 7.7% ABV, you'd never know it. I could drink quite a few of these. Excellent!

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a golden, straw-colored body that is cloudy. Effervescent. Thick white collar of head with medium-long retention.

Smell - Strong malts, bread and doughy. Light fruity esters of banana, melon. Phenol notes of clove. No hop presence.

Taste - Sweetness from bock-like malts laced with peppery phenol of cloves, vanilla. No hop bitterness, but alcohol helps balance the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light, creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation. Slight warming from alcohol.

Overall - A fantastic example of the weizenbock style, from what may be the grandfather of beer.

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Paid less than $3 for a pint-sized bottle at local grocer. At that price, this may be one of the best value-per-quality beers out there.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a slight orange tint. Large, stiff, and rocky head that settles slowly to a nice cap, leaving some sticky patches of lace on the way down.

S: Big, bold, and complex. The typical banana and clove are there in a big way, but some other aromas make their entrance, as well. Smells of bubblegum and candied fruit lie beneath the clove/banana aspect.

T&M: Initially sweet with loads of the bubblegum flavor followed by a lightly spicy finish that showcases some almost mint like flavor. It's definitely a big beer--lots of flavor and complexity here. Body is medium-full with a fine carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that lingers.

D: High in ABV, but wonderful in flavor. I could drink a few of these. Yet *another* great beer from Weihenstephan. Then again, they should have everything perfected by now--they've only had almost 1,000 years to work on it.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

L - Golden yellow with a huge fluffy white dense bubbles on the head. It looks a beer commercials are trying to imitate.

S- Fruity, banana clove, bubble gum

T - Bready fruity, with a slight hint of bubble gum

Overall this is a great beer. I can see why its one of the old school styles that is still on the top 250 and for its price point of 4 dollars it cant be beat.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Huge white, fulffy head. Great retention and some nice sticky lacing is left behind. The body is a cloudy yellow with lots of strands of carbonation bubbles moving quickly.

Aroma is of banana and a little bit of clove.

This beer is like a ramped-up hefeweizen, not a weizenbock. It looks, smells, and tastes a lot like a hefe. Banana, sweet and also bitter from the wheat. A fantastic beer.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty damn drinkable, what a great beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt before, but I never paid attention to it because it was always during tastings.

A: Pours a cloudy, milky, golden yellow. The head is BEAUTIFUL: an explosion of foam that fills over half the glass, crackles angrily, and takes forever to fall back into a minor cap that lets me drink the beer without a foam mustache.

S: It's like I just opened a ripe banana. I'm not even sniffing the beer; it's a foot away from me as I'm typing this, and I'm waiting for the prodigious head to settle. But this is a fresh, ripe banana aroma if there ever was one. A touch of bubblegum. Wheat, clove are quite noticeable. Very neat and clean.

T: Lush, sticky flavors of banana syrup, clove, and smatterings of bubblegum. I'm surprised to find some apple and a touch of green, leafy hops in here. The flavor is so clean. I think in this style, I prefer only Aventinus (technically a weizen-eisbock?).

M: Carbonation is good, with large bubbles that spritz the palate instead of foaming it up. Coating, lightly sticky flavor.

D: A fantastic beer; its drinkability belies the relatively high ABV. A pint bottle of this has me feeling it. I can't wait to get more of this throughout the fall.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orangish-brown glow, very bright. Not near as dark as most weizenbocks I have seen. Lumpy off-white head...HUGE. Excellent retention and lacing as well.

S - Jacked up hefeweizen comes to mind. Strong aroma of banana and clove with hints of orange peel and bubble gum as well. A very deep and intense aroma.

T - A light biscuity taste up front quickly overcome by strong tastes of banana, bubble gum, and clove.

M/D - A very full bodied and chewy feel. Great carbonation brings the beer to life. An excellent beer. While not your typical weizenbock, but still damn tasty.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a murky yellow body with a good two inches of off-white head. Smells like orange, pith, spice, and banana. Banana, pith, citrus, bread, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium to full in body with ample carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very drinkable, pleasant, and complex. An excellent Weizenbock.

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Photo of aristeros
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a medium straw, cloudy, with heavy carbonation visible. There's a huge, soapy head with moderate retention. The nose is true to the style and similar to other Weihenstaphaner weizens--cloves, banana, spices, though a stronger sweet malt presence than the regular weizen or the filtered kristalweissbeir.

Sweet malts blended with cloves up front yields to a peppery bite. Moderate to heavy carbonation present, and a must for the style. Simple, yet perfect. The higher ABV allows this weizen to play double duty as a summer evening quencher or something to take the edge off on a cooler, autumn day.

This one's not as sessionable as a regular hefee; the alcohol will catch up to you after a few glasses.

I've had several of these brewery's beers and this is right in line with my expectations as regards their quality

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Photo of babaracas
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an unexpectedly light and relatively clear yellow/amber with an insanely massive pillowy white head. Great retention. Smell: a bit sparse, soft banana and wheat scents, slightly spicy and yeasty, but dominated by a sweet breadyness. Taste: tangy wheat, yeast, banana are most prevalent. Sweet, kind of a banana pudding thing going on here, in a good way. Other flavors buried in there: lemon, dried pineapple, clove, slight grassy + spicy hops. Ever so slight warning of the abv. Soft and creamy... a sessionable weizenbock? Uh oh.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Weizen glass-

A - Rich, golden, and inviting with slight carbonation. Rich white two finger head and deep cloudy body.

S - Fruity and flowery aromas all around.

T - Not quite as light as a hefeweizen--has a more pronounced alcohol flavor but is very balanced. Still get some of that sweet, biscuity, banana type flavor on the back end.

M - Rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Sweet/biscuity flavor lingers on the palate.

O - Outstanding. While I do enjoy a hefeweizen, this style and beer are more up my alley. A bit more bite, but well balanced. A must try.

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Photo of BSK_ONE
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, cloudy yellow color with quickly disappearing white head.
S: Yum! Wheat, banana bread, honeydew melon giving it a distinct sweet smell.
T: Yum! Creamy, sweetness, with hints of banana, melon and wheat.
M: 7.7% but you would never know it. Not a hint of alcohol, and that is a compliment.
O: This is a very good wheat beer, one of my favorite wheat beers of all time!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just chillin hard after going a lil too deep on New Years Eve and this Vitus is treating Raul quite nice. Glowing a gorgeous yellowish orange like the Newport Coast when Raul paddles out at 6 AM, this thang is alive. Taste is a bit funky and tart like when my baby mama gives me some after brushing with Colgate.

Yeah, like Raul's dentist recommends, Raul wouldn't mind having a Vitus two times a day.

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Photo of Knilas
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, poured into a tulip. Big white clumpy head tops beautiful sparkling orangey yellow base. Loads of banana and doughy aromas with a lil tangerine note. Taste is the same as the nose, only amplified. Lacing lasts along the glass and a thin white ring surrounds this tasty brew. Mouthfeel is bubbly and refreshing. Very well made Bock. One of, if not the best you'll find. Well worth the coin!

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Photo of matcris
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A hazy lemon-gold. Two fingers of pillowy white head that leaves a nice thick ring on top of the beer. Moderate carbonation rising. Leaves some sliding lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Big banana bread, clove, grassy, dried light fruit. Has that familiar wheat quality and a little peppery spice.
TASTE: Nice little bit of sourdough banana bread, dried light fruit, cloves, nice peppery quality through the whole sip.
FEEL: Nice full body, full carbonation, soft wheat characteristic.
OVERALL: Great brew. Full flavor, great level of carbonation, no alcohol taste.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden with a fairly thick white head with decent retention.

Aroma: wheat and yeast. Huge banana note, probably the biggest ive smelled so far.

Flavor: wow. Perfect carbonation. Very light and easy to drink, no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Banana.

This stuff is fantastic. My new favorite German beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow in color with a light amber hue and a heavy haze. Poured with a huge, billowly, white foam that slowly reduced. Grainy wheat, light corriander, fresh pear and banana aromas. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a spicy, tanginess through the middle that smooths at the end. Wheat bread, pear and banana flavors up front with peppery spice through the middle. Bready malt and banana flavors at the end as this finishes dry and crisp. A beer with a ton of character in every category. 

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle with an indechipherable date code of "5484". Pour is pure hefeweizen with solid, creamy head and thick lacing. The busy yeast produces great aroma with a bit of fruit. The taste is a more robust hefe, if that means anything. Incredibly complex layers of fruit, and spices. The Weizenbock actually edges out their regular hefe by a nose, in our opinion. How the Germans can do this with such wonderful consistency is a tribute to their mastery of the art.

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Photo of weazal
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S: Thick, bready spices. Feels like you could cut the aroma with a knife, wow. A lot of clove and banana with crisp apple/pear notes supported by some effervescent citrus.

T: Thick, flavorful, rounded experience. Everything in balance and hitting the right notes. The same aroma notes comes in full on at the beginning until the thick, soft body churns it into a lightly sour sweetness. Meanwhile the carbonation is almost providing a spicy experience with how prickles your mouth.

The flavor's are kicked up and pronounced! Maybe not the most intricate, but it's a delight to drink.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,395 ratings.
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