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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:
#607
Reviews:
1,216
Ratings:
3,504
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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252
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Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Clear golden liquid with a huge, foamy, white head on top. Some lacing. Looks tasty.

Lots of funky esters and some banana on the nose. A little spicy, possibly some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Malts linger in the background.

Bready and malty with hints of banana and well placed spice. Sweet, chewy, cookie-like malts. Stone fruits with sugar and a bit of alcohol on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy with ample, prickly, carbonation. A touch of heat from the alcohol, but not too much.

Drinkability is quite good. Lots of flavor and a good body. I'm moving through this bottle pretty quickly. You can taste the ABV a little bit, but it doesn't really get in the way. One bottle is about perfect, but I could easily be convinced to have another.

Overall, this beer was a bit of a surprise. I know Weihenstephaner does good things, but I wasn't expecting to like this brew as much as I did. Definitely worth picking up and I think I'm going to check out a few more of their brews after having this one.

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Photo of gory4d
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge white head that lingers, making thick lacing down the glass. The smell is doughy and fruity -- lots of banana, as is to be expected. Taste moves from subtle fruit to sharp yeast snap to big clovey fruit to a hot hop bitterness -- very complex and delicious. It's got a nice smooth, full body to it, very foamy but not too fizzy. It's a quenching drink for being so big a beer. I generally just have one 0.5 L bottle at a time: plenty but not too much.

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Photo of masonacoats
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours beautiful cloudy gold with 2 inch head

S - good bit of clove with hints of banana and malt

T - follows the nose but with quite a bit of sweetness

M - nice and creamy with perfect level of carbonation

O - not what I was expecting but I did enjoy it; but not as much as their dunkelweizen

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Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the library alehouse last night, actually I'm pretty sure I got the last glass of it.... score!

A: amazing appearance... it comes in a hennepin eat your heart out teardrop glass (where can I get one!?) and pours a bright golden yellow color. Frothy white head tops off the glass and excellent lacing follows it on its way down.

S: Good aroma, I get clove and some spice, as well as the typical fruit rind and banana. fresh smelling and pungent.

T: very nice, and very balanced. Weizenbock's are becoming my new favorite style of beer. SOOO drinkable and refreshing but without sacrificing potency. Lemon zest, cream and orange peel are stand out flavors... finished with a clove and black pepper spiciness. very good.

M: mouthfilling and long finishing.

D: very high given the alcohol.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a big honking white head that collapses into a cap that retains and leaves nice lacing.

S: Somewhat spicy clove, and very yeasty and bready. Subtle banana, but not as strong as I'd expected.

T: Very yeasty and fruity. The combination is quite banana bread-esque. There's also distinct apple, and a candy-like sugar beneath the fruit. The clove spiciness is strong and delicious. No hint of alcohol.

M/D: Very dry, which is an excellent compliment to the fruity spiciness. Light with fairly high carbonation. Supremely drinkable. A bit too sweet to be an everyday beer for me, but an excellent occasional treat.

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden straw color with a white head that reduces itself to a thin coating that sticks around and leaves a little clumpy lace here and there. smells of banana and spice like it should, with a touch of yeasty goodness. tastes true to the style. like banana, a hint of clove, some spicy nutmegy peppery stuff and a faint malty and even fainter hoppy finish. a little lighter bodied than expected, but nice creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel. weihenstephaner has never dissapointed me, and i doubt they ever will. always a pleasure.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy straw color with lots of white head. It smelled like lemon and sour yeast with some caramel malt and banana and light cloves. It tasted like lemon and banana and wheat bread and sour yeast, with caramel and cloves. It was somewhat thick with mild carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was very enjoyable! I liked it better than the standard hefe-weissbier by Weihenstephan, since it had a bit more spice and complexity to it. But despite its complexity, it was still super drinkable, with great body and brilliantly hidden alcohol. Quite refreshing and perfect on a summer night.

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light golden color. Sort of corn colored. Nice cloud white head comprised of small bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat. Some more earthy notes like... hmmmm thyme. A little yeasty.

T: Dangeriously light given the high (well sort of) abv. Some wheat notes, almost some belgian notes with a little mustyness which compliments the other flavors. A kiss of alcohol and the end helps provide a little sweetness that fades to a wheaty finish. Flavor is actually a little light I think.

M: Sits with a light/medium body. Bubbles are decently smooth but give way to a little sting. Not bad.

Overall, a great showing from weihenstephaner but not mind blowing. They certainly make the best wheat beers but I actually think their regular wheat beer or the dunkle are comparable to this one. The flavors are a little light for the higher abv but its still worth checking out.

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Photo of Jm37000
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Rdc67
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gddgb
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of ahalset
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of kaseydad
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the gold label on the bottle and a perfect size for one.

Poured into a pilsner glass and I am greeted with a yellow straw pour with a massive head! The head slowly dissolves but a nice tiny layer remains.

Fruity, yeasty, malty goodness. Smells great and entices one to consume.

Smooth and creamy taste. A little spicy on the palate but rounds out with a nice fruity, bready swallow.

Was very excited to try this with all the hype, but unfortunately it just wasn't my style. Glad I tried it, still a great beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of odement
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with a big frothy head. I was very surprised to see this brew being so pale. I was expecting it to be much darker. Anyhow, great lacing is left behind with each sip.

Smells very fruity, bananas, cloves, yeast, candied sugar, bubblegum, etc. Very pleasant aroma albeit not as pronounced as an Aventinus.

Taste is along the same lines as the aroma. Sweet, fruity, bananas, some clove, yeasty, phenolic, pronounced wheat in the finish along with a spiciness I cant put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich, lots of carbonation, finishes a little dry and crisp.

A pint is good for me. Definitely a good beer. You cant go wrong with Weihenstephaner really. Not on par with Aventinus but definitely up there.

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Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale golden with a medium cast of haze-a bit lighter in color than i expected. Giant, moussy, dense white head with good retention.

Aroma-Ripe bananas, clove spice, and rich bready/toasty character. Some plum character which increases as it warms. Peppery, somewhat floral alcohols. Aroma is a bit bigger than the standard Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but really only in terms of alcohol content-I don't get a ton of melanoidin character that I would expect out of a weizenbock.

Flavor-Bready/toasty character upfront with some banana, plum/raisin character, and a spirtz of clove in the background. Much more toasty malt character here than in the aroma, but still a bit short of what I would look for in a weizenbock. Peppery alcohols grow in the background, drying out the flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium full mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation. Medium low alcohol warmth.

A think this is a fantastic beer, but not necessarily a great weizenbock. There's not quite enough melanoidin development in the aroma and flavor to put it quite in the category, but it's still damn tasty.

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured bright hazy yellow with a bit of orange. Had a big and fluffy white head, slightly sticky leaving minor lacing.

The smell was very strong with a big yeasty hefe smell, banana bread, wheat and citrus all making big appearances.

The flavor is on the sweet side with strong hints of bananas, oranges, and pineapple along with a long and lingering wheat flavor. Some alcohol pokes its way through a touch as well. The yeast is also there along with just a touch of lemony hops.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with lots of carbonation.

Smooth and easy to drink for a beer this big, another winner for Weihenstephan.

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Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear gold color with a nice and foamy head

excellent depth with really good aromas of bananas, lots of various white florals, and some bits of malts

very smooth and really good medium body and feel. Very good depth with flavors of malts, bananas, and citrus flavors with a touch of white florals

this was a real quality weizenbock. Well balanced with real good depth in both the aromas and flavors. The feel was extremely good

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on many occasions at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy opaque straw yellow in the glass with a large white head that retains nicely. Fruity, mildly phenolic and bready aroma, this smells just like baking banana bread and ripe lemons. The aroma is wrapped in a leafy hop character that comes out more as the beer warms. On the tongue it's spicy, peppery, bringing to mind pureed banana with white pepper and clove. Moderate bubblegum sweetness leads into a spicy and dry finish. It's surprisingly drinkable and even refreshing for a 7.7% beer, which may be the beer's most impressive attribute. While I prefer Weihenstephan's more subtle and light hefeweizen, this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 500ml bottle a beclouded golden yellow with an orange tint, the head behemothic in size, and a brilliant creamy white, as it fades slowly, the resultant lace is a fine veil to obscure the glass. Nose has an earthy aroma, spices also present, coriander and cloves come to mind, light and clean. Start has a sweet grain presence, with the top light to medium in feel. Finish as a benign acidity, the earthy, soapy sweetness continues to the dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, but did seem a little thin to me, with the hop presence very subdued, nonetheless, worthy of a sample.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml split courtesy of Bobsy, many thanks!

Pours a hazy straw, touch lighter perhaps than your average weizenbock, leaves some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is pear, apples, banana, light coriander and anise.

This drinks lighter and smoother than your average weizen, perhaps more of a hefe-weizen hybrid? Not holding that against it, drinks quite well. Fruity - banana, pear, apples. Spicy - anise, coriander, perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Quite easy to drink. Heavier on the spice than some but a nice fruitiness to balance it out, a sweet streak through the middle. Nice beer!

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great wheat beer. The look is golden and cloudy. Great head retention. Definate clove wheat beer smell and clove taste done well. And dangerously well hidden ABV. Where this beer stands out is that it is very thick with quite a bit of carbonation. It works very well and the beer is one to be copied. I personally prefer more banana flavor, but (on sale at 7.7%) this is a good one! 1516.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,504 ratings
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