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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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Photo of RickyS
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow, good amount of head with medium retention. The aroma to me is like the Weihenstephaner weiss
on steroids. Clove, banana, bubblegum and a bit of malts. The same on the taste, followed by a mild bitterness that lingers. Pretty robust flavors and great mouthfeel, fizzy and bready. Very nice.

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Photo of drmeto
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

-pours a cloudy bright golden with a medium to big,creamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
banana,clove,coriander,white bread,lemon
-Follows the nose plus white peppers and a big sweetness
-medium carbonation (not as spritzy as usual wheat beers)
-light to medium body
-alcohol well hidden
Vitus is basically Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier on steroids.
Crazy drinkable for a Weizenbock too.

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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 beergoot
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy, bright gold hued body; lively carbonation; creamy, one-finger thick white head. Clove and banana aroma; spicy. The flavor picks-up from the aroma; a bit more zestiness backed with a fine grain backbone; fruity with a bitter hop and alcohol aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body; smooth with a crisp and dry finish.

A very tasty and relatively potent weizenbier. It delivers all of the traditional weizenbier esters and yeasty qualities while packing a respectable yet balanced alcohol edge.

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Photo of Ri0
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured 500ml bottle into Weizen glass. Straw gold in color with a fluffy 2.5 finger white cap. Beautiful retention, minimal lacing. A very fruity and yeasty aroma of dried apricots, some lemon, cloves and hints of banana. It has a nice sweet flavor with some banana and bready flavors. Plenty of yeast, clove, and hints of citrus and spice. Full-bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation and creamy. In one word, spectacular.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden honey color with one finger of foamy white head, and some lively visible carbonation. Head lingers for awhile and leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet bready malts, banana, clove, lemon zest, apricots and earthy hops. Also some slight wood smokiness.

T: Bold flavors of banana, clove, sweet bready malts, nutmeg, wheat, coriander, earthy hops and a slight alcohol warmth. Everything you could want in a Weizenbock.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation. Incredibly smooth crisp and clean. There is a slight alcohol warming feel but it goes down very well and the feel adds balance to the overall profile of the beer.

O: An instant classic in my eyes and an absolutely world class example of a Weizenbock. Sadly somehow Weihenstephaner seems to be overlooked in the beer world, but they should not be, there brews are incredibly phenomenal and rate out as some of if not the best of their style. This is a truly special beer and should be sought out by everyone so they can taste and understand the roots of the worlds oldest brewery.

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Photo of Dravin
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a wheat beer glass. Bottled on code of 8315.

Look -- Pours a hazy pale gold with two fingers of creamy white head that settles fairly quickly but that isn't surprising given the ABV of this beer. Despite the head settling fairly quickly it leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Banana, clove, yeast, wheat, with hints of bubblegum and lemon. It's classic hefeweizen on the nose and none of the ABV is coming through for me.

Taste -- Like the nose with some pleasing tartness. The ABV isn't making itself known here, it certainly doesn't taste like a boozy hefeweizen.

Feel -- Moderate-low carbonation and a hefty body give it a nice thick and luxurious mouthfeel that doesn't coat the mouth. It's very nice and a bit drier on the finish than you might expect from a regular hefeweizen but that's not surprising given the higher ABV of a weizenbock compared to your usual hefeweizen.

Overall -- If you ever had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and wished it packed more of a punch this beer is for you. It's extremely close to their hefeweissbier except for that ABV and the consequences of that ABV (for instance, the drier finish). Overall it hides the alcohol very well and it's dangerously drinkable, I could get in trouble with this beer.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a huge, billowy white head that lasts. Smells of bubblegum, light banana, lemon, wheat and dry, powdery yeast. Thick bodied and smooth, with a mouthfeel that approaches syrupy in its weight, but isn't at all sticky. Most of the aroma carries over to the taste, with some clove, and stronger banana in the aftertaste. A classic.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Colour had a golden, hazy good look to it. Nice 2 finger head

S: Yeast, clove, banana and esters....so good

T: Mainly followed the nose, but also added some orange and milky notes. The really impressive aspect was how well the booze was concealed.

M: Minimal carbonation, slightly thick texture, smooth.

O : I love this brew !!....it is so perfect i cant begin to tell ya.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Cloudy/murky type light golden color
Smell - Banana, clove, spice, yeast, some funk
Taste - Banana and clove for days! Hints of apple as well as other fruity type esters. Wheat and yeast characters present too.

Overall - A very tasty brew indeed.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. 29th week of 2015, so a little over 5 months old.

A - Cloudy gold with a two finger head that moderately retains.

S - Banana, clove, spices, yeast.

T - In line with nose, but dialed back some from a straight hefe, melded with a bock.

M - Carbonation moderately low, smooth mouthfeel.

O - An enjoyable, tasty beverage. Starting to try to balance out IPA and stout madness with the classics. Recommended.

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Photo of tlema1
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: cloudy yellow/orange, with a thick creamy white head
S: hefeweizen yeast
T: incredible, sweet, slight tartness, fruity
F:great carbonation tickles the tongue
O: one of my favorite beers of all time

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Photo of rocketcat
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus has a quite thick feel on taste, but still its easily drinkable and soft. Aftertaste is quite mild. /// Weihenstephaner Vitus oluella on makunsa osalta melko paksu fiilis, mutta silti se on helposti juotava ja pehmeä. Jälkimaku on vähäinen.

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Photo of jw4free
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: big white foamy head. Hazy yellow straw. Nice effervescence. S: banana and other fruity esters. Slight biscuit malt. T: spice like nutmeg and coriander. Slightest hint of sour pear. F: slight tingle and effervescent. O: excellent year round beer.

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Photo of Mr_Bojangles
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy gold with two fingers head. Lots of lacing and carbonation, which fits this style perfectly. Aroma: clove, banana, bread and yeast. Taste: a tad spicy with a bready backbone. Complex flavors of apricots, banana and orange peel. Body: full but lightened by the amount of carbonation. Overall: excellently crafted with lots of complexity. A 7% beer with so much drinkability.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look-color is a cloudy yellow, pours two fingers of white, creamy head that retains well.
Smell-Very pleasant aroma, bananas, apples, orange peel, cloves, and nutmeg.
Taste-Very similar to smell, but the nets are a bit more subdued, you pick up the fruit and spices along with a stronger presence of wheat and alcohol.
Feel-Full/medium body, but the high carbonation and creaminess keep the texture somewhat light overall.
Overall-Very tasty beer, great for when you want to be warmed up but aren't in the mood for the heaviness of a stout or barley wine.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A slightly hazy gold pour produces a 2” tight off-white foam cap.

S: Banana, light dried fruit, a trace of smoke, very faint clove and some light bread.

T: Starts with rich moist sweet bread with dried pitted fruit then a wave of banana rides through with a faint dose of clove. It is a little sweet with a hint of brown sugar and almost no hop presence.

F: Very creamy medium to just above on the body and medium to medium high carbonation.

O: Like spicy banana bread in a glass.

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Photo of zelig
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Banger's in Austin, TX. Pours a cloudy amber with minimal foam. Smell and taste are Just Right, with a rich mouth feel that's not overly heavy.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a cloudy straw color with a long lasting, three finger head that leaves lacing a third the way down the glass. Aroma of fruity yeast, banana, and citrus. Taste follows the nose with yeast, banana, apricot, and spices before a yeasty, slightly sour finish from the esters. Medium-high carbonation and medium body with a yeasty finish that is unexpected.
Really impressed with this one. Hits all the notes of a good wheat with an unexpectedly strong yeast presence. It feels authentic and is something I'll be looking for next winter.

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Photo of talo589
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would rather give a review than a rating as my palate is relatively inconsistent and my experience narrow. Therefore I will review the beer as follows:

Very smooth pour from a bottle sitting on the shelf for how long?
First gradual pour into a small cylindrical half-Koelner-type glass gave little head.
First taste was as crisp as expected judging from the tight pour/energetic fizz.
Crispness gave way to roomy malty flavours. Tasted strong, bitter more full than a Koelsch. Reminiscent of the midwest craft beers of my more frequent experience (Vitus possibly a source of inspiration for said beers).

The overall flavor is that of a wonderful, sturdy beer. The florals and earth tones linger despite the possibly long shelf time. Lacking is the full flavor of a fresh beer, but that is to be expected. Delicious yet boozy, a world-standard beer to be sure.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a golden light colored yellow. A thick about three fingers worth of foamy white head started and slid into the beer after dissipation with some fairly thick lacing roaming here and there.
The smell had some banana esters running into some bready/yeasty notes. Apricots and raisins meld into the aroma.
The taste was full and sweet from the previously mentioned flavors allowing some clove to round in the spicy department. An eloquent sweet and spicy aftertaste yields a powerful sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice cherishing sweetness clinging to my tongue. Carbonation seems to finish nicely on my tongue as it's not too sharp but shows just enough and dissipates evenly to allow the spice to hit just right.
Overall, do you think I like this beer for me? With an emphatic yes, this is the best of the best of its style. Take me through winter, Vitus.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice looking clear gold. The exact hue of the gold is between medium and pale; it actually looks a bit closer to pale but it's too dark to actually be pale.

The smell is very nice and pretty appealing. It strongly resembles a hefeweizen but is a bit too hoppy and fruity. The smell definitely has a nice and present banana note from the yeast when compared to the apricot smell. There is a bit of bitter floral hoppiness that certainly helps emphasize the apricot notes.

The taste is exactly the same as the smell but with stronger wheat notes and weaker banana. The apricot note is still there though.

The feel is pretty good. Medium bodied but with a nice light carbonation that makes very smooth.

Overall, a very good beer and worth getting. This definitely a nice beer that isn't too challenging to the palate but complex enough for the more experienced beer user.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- This beer pours with a super impressive 3-4 finger thick head, that is super soapy and the retention is among the best that I've ever seen....its super white, and super frothy! The beer itself is very yeast hazed yellow/golden in color....I can see the nutrients! Lacing is excellent as well....super thick clumps of protein laced foam cling to the glass!

S- Intense yeast, floral notes, spices...heavy baking spices such as cloves, nutmeg, orange peel and reduced extracts of banana and some muted cinnamon. Citrus fruits and banana peel, plus heavy grainy aroma from the wheat...dry finish!

T- Banana essence, tons of yeast, bready biscuit flavors and hints of various citrus pulps are the most noted flavors. Mild caramel malt sweetness and spices follow the aromas....this time with all of the aforementioned spices plus coriander blended into the mix! Leafy hop presence on the finish......very typical of the style and hints of booze are noticed but really add to the flavor!

M/O- I can feel the vitamins of the Vitus permeating into my bloodstream....thick body, super smooth carbonation and buttery yeasty texture provide for an all around lovely drink....almost champagne like! I think this is great with a Landjager sausage followed by a lemon raspberry cake for dessert! Highly drinkable but I think the alcohol, while well hidden, would catch up with me very quickly....another well put together beer from this highly respected brewery!

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Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Nice medium gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice citrus scent. Light coriander.

T- Slight lemon. Coriander and a touch of clove. Yeasty good. Has a banana hint way at the end. Complex brew and a super example of it. Has many layers

M- Creamy but has a bite at the very end.

O- Nice brew. Will buy more for later as it is a refreshing yet complex brew. Will buy for sure IF I ever see it on tap

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very with........ Eggplant parmesan. Slice the eggplants nearly 3/4" thick, salt, pepper, egg dip, flour dredge, fry quickly then assemble in a standard parm way!


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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Weizen bottle poured weizen-style into a hefeweizen glass. Paired with ribeye steak.

L - hazy light golden color. Standard hefeweizen head, nice and fluffy.

S - banana and clove with hints of dried fruit.

T - usual banana with hints of dried fruit and caramel. Bit of a strong finish, like dark fruit

F - soft texture with a clean crisp finish. Kind of syrupy but strong finish also.

O - I was thinking I was going to get something different from the regular hefeweizen, but this beer just has a tad bit difference. It is stronger in taste but you'll feel the ABV in drinking. I'd describe it as a imperial hefeweizen. Try it once you've had the regular hefeweizen.

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