Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

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
Gots:
540
For Trade:
5
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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 MACrist
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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Photo of HopBomb515
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color with a thick white head and tons of active bubbles feeding ahead that has some serious staying power. Lacing seemed spotty at first but became absolutely coating as the beer warmed a bit. Aromas are big with banana, clove, pear, apple and hints of cinnamon. Taste is fruity and spicy with banana and clove coming through immediately with some lighter notes of pear and tart apple. Mouthfeel starts creamy and carbonated, finishes dry and lets the fruity flavors linger. This is a fantastic example of the style, great drinking beer.

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

Bottle (6034):
Pours like a white ale, cloudy and about the most white yellow I've ever seen. The head is fluffy, sustaining, but not much lacing.

Nose is pure classics wheat, with some meadow, very light earth. There's a touch of banana, and a bit of clove, but also a lemon tartness I get in some sniffs.

Taste follows the nose, perhaps a bit more banana I noticed than a few earlier sips. Feel is quite smooth, especially as the beer warms a bit. Carbonation stays strong, letting the beer linger.

Nothing to complain about this beer, unsurprisingly. Solid but unexceptional, but as always, difficult to rate a beer that hits its style on point - is it "average" or "the standard"?

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Photo of erk0607
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Gorgeous amber with very tiny carbonation bubbles and foam that subsides to a visible, white lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: Apricot.peachy fruits, banana and clove not far off from a hefe, yeastyness

T: Malt first, followed by bold spiciness like clove, interesting mix of bitter and sweet.

F: light, easy drinking, beer foams up on your palate

O: Good choice. When someone says "traditional beer" even though the style may not be so, all the flavors are there. No fruit additives, no whiskey barrel aging, no crazy hop profile, just a flavorful wheat beer.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far my favourite weizenbock. Delightful aroma of bananas, white bread, yeast, baked pears and apples. Sweet and spicy taste following the same notes, extremely well balanced.

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Photo of 01001111
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy distillation of a golden wheat field.

S: Bananas, cloves, yeast.

T: More bananas and spice with alcohol warmth. As is perhaps to be expected from the style, much like a concentrated hefeweizen.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, alcohol warmth.

O: A great occasional indulgence.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a huge white head that lasts for a very long time. Sheets of lacing form around the entire glass.

S: Tons of clove and coriander, very estery, and lots of fruits - pear, apple, and a little bit of tropical fruit as well. A definite wheat aroma Overall, very floral and earthy.

T: Lots of wheat and bready malt mixed with a very nice level of spices (cloves and coriander again). The fruit flavors come out as a slightly tropical banana flavor. The banana is mixed with something else that I can't quite place, but I like it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and easy drinking.

O: Another classic from Weihenstephaner, fantastic beer. Would certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that sticks around for a minute or two. Wonderful nose of bananas and citrus. Crisp clean flavor with a hint of bananas and a hint of alcohol at the finish. Creamy mouth feel. With all the great reviews you don't need me to tell you this is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz capped bottle:

The beer poured a cloudy yellow/light golden color with a big white head that was very well retained and settled into a small thin cap.

The aroma of the beer was very much like the Hefe, along with the mainly wheat aroma, it gave off a hint of banana, spices and possibly some citrus fruits. A hint of a bready aroma was also present.

The taste is very good, bordering on excellent. Classic flavor for a German beer. Again, much like the Hefe and the higher elevated ABV is hidden well.

Moderate to light feel, a little grainy, but still smooth, very refreshing and very easy to drink. Overall, I felt that the beer was just like the Hefe, only filtered.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Poured into the brewery's Weizen glass that game with the gift set, this has got a two finger thick white, finely carbonated head, droopy lacing, and a golden hazy body. Very appealing to the eyes, I must say.

I smell very crisp malts, along with the classic clove, bubblegum, and banana ester characteristics of true made Bavarian brews.

This beer's taste is quite similar and easy going for a "strong" style. This is a nice refreshing taste I could appreciate any time of the year. I detect a bit of apricot in the aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel is lively and crisp. I'm sure using the Weizen glass vs a standard pint glass is a contributing factor, but proper glassware is always ideal and I've been personally guilty in my first few reviews.

Overall, a knockout 4.5 for Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. even though this came as part of a gift set, I will pursue this while its still available during this month.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this offering from one of my favorite German breweries at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora. Sorry, gang, but I went back and cleaned out their stock today. I poured Vitus into my trusty Weihenstephan hefe glass and was rewarded with a goldenrod-colored brew, strongly carbonated and dominated by a towering pearlescent head. A wonderful thing to behold.

The nose was full of malty, bready goodness and lush fruit notes. Foremost were the aromas of pinepple, apricot, and the usual banana-and-clove notes of a stellar wheat beer. Lesser notes but still adding depth were the yeasty, spicy aromas and a hint of alcohol.

The taste brought to mind an immediate comparison to a Belgian tripel. There was the flavor of tropical fruits - pineapple, and apricots, again - along with the flavor of rock candy right out of the gate. Following quickly were the tastes of banana and clove plus a generous amount of bready malts that evoked thoughts of whole wheat pancakes. At the back end of each savored pull was a mild alcohol glow and modest bittering of hops. The feel was the only real drawback to this beer that I could find; fluffy and full yet with a disconcerting grittiness akin to fine talc.

Okay, this is a seriously drinkable beer. 7.7%ABV be damned. Vitus reaffirms my love for wiezenbocks and Brauerei Weihenstephan as my favorite German brewery. A superlative brew that you should get your grubby hooks on. I gotta find this on-tap somewhere...Proschli!!

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Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BobZ for this one!

Gorgeous. Glowing, hazed honey gold stuffed with steady beading. A creamy two finger head swells to fill the glass, leaving behind thick sheets of white lacing.

Bright, semi-sweet wheat aromas explode from the bottle as soon as it's cracked. Honey, clove, so smooth and mellow... like a bowl of Cheerios.

It takes a similar direction on the palate. Faintly sweet honey with a prickly alcohol flavor... fresh wheat and apple... just delicious and easy to drink. Super refreshing after a long ass day outside.

VVV III TTT UUU SSS !!!

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Photo of Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

S: Banana, bubblegum, alcohol, wheat, and citrus.

T: Initial flavor is sweet and with a good bit of clove spice and citrus. The bubblegum type fruit flavors kick in and ride with the citrus and spice into the finish. The finish is sweet with a good bit of burn and a very slight hop flavor.

M: Very smooth feel to it. For being 7.7% it is easy to drink. Very refreshing feel to it with the higher carbonation.

O: Lighter than most other Weizenbocks that I've had. I like the absence of the dark fruit, cherry element. Light and refreshing like a Hefeweizen, only much stronger.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, .9 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on November 15th, 2014
Reviewed on June 9th, 2015
Served in a Weizen Glass

Eyes
Poured a hazy pale gold body with a slight orange glow. Very big and creamy head. Very little lacing.

Nose
Big and fruity with banana and pear taking the spotlight. Nice spiced backbone, clove stood out.

Mouth
Spiced yeast. Banana bread. Bready malt backbone. Sweet finish with a slight tart finish reminiscent to apple cider. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Notes
A truly impressive beer. A must-try for all enthusiasts!

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Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dating 5109 which translates to a date of the 5th in the 10th week in the 9th year or 5 Mar., 09. Chilled and poured into a 0.5L Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a hazy yellow gold color with a fluffy 1" thick head that begins to recede slowly. The color surprises as it seems like an ordinary hefeweizen and has little or no "dunkel" appearance. Filled with small streams of bubbles the beer maintains about ½" of the head even when sipping. The sheets of foam leave a ring and some leggy lacing. Eventually the head recedes to a thin layer of foam that leaves sheets of foam and lacing for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma contains banana, clove, honey and wheat all "interwingled" into a fruity whole along with something that reminds me of tart green apple.

Taste: The rich complex flavor is much as predicted from the nose and has some sweet banana, some clove and some bubble gum along with traces of malt and some lightly tart green apple. The flavor is very complex as none of the flavors dominate and the all are taking their turns at showing off.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and silky smooth with loads of fine carbonation that coats the tongue. The finish is reasonably long and begins simultaneously sweet and tart, but then eventually fades into a lightly tart ending.

Drinkability: My first reaction on the pour was one of surprise at the lightness of the color and I wondered if I'd grabbed the wrong bottle. This is very drinkable hefeweizen/weizenbock and even before the beer was half gone I was wishing that I had another one to open this evening. I'll definitely be looking for more of this one.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been trying not to give such high scores to so many beers, but I couldn't help this one - it's just so good!

A - Very cloudy yellow/orange body with a huge fizzy white head that retains incredily well. A good amount of carbonation rushing up through the beer's body. Beautiful lacing on the glass

S - Sweet citrusy aroma with a fresh yeasty body and the smell of muddled wheat. A hint of bergamot in the citrus nose but leans more towards a lemony aroma. Just a touch of estery alcohol with a deep breath through the nice. Spicy notes as well.

T&M - Big yeasty taste with a malt backbone and a slap of citrus. Very crisp from the citrus taste and the accompaniment of near-spritzy carbonation. A bit of the bergamot in there and balanced with spicy notes from the alcohol. Coriander, some white pepper, lemon zest, and bread yeast. Not as much dark malt as expected. Definitely malty but on the lighter side as compared to Aventinus.

D - Goes down so well and is such a nice crisp and refreshing beer. You don't notice the alcohol much until the end when you realize your pint is almost gone. Great flavors throughout and the profile continues to change as it warms. Really fun to explore this beer.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.
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