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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Ratings: 3,504 |  Reviews: 1,216
Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Fairly turbid, juicy-looking orange body with a dense, three-finger white head produced with gentle pour. Good retention and lacing.
S -- Lemon, wheat, cloves, fruity yeast esters
T -- Wheat, jasmine, banana, gentle malty sweetness, and a fruity tartness on the finish
F -- Light mouthfeel. Highly effervescent. Refreshing and bright.
O -- Nice spice profile


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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy yellow/orange and initially leaves a big three inch white foamy head in my weizen glass. The head does eventually die after five minutes. The very hazy yellow/orange body does show some light slowly moving carbonation. The smell has the clove up front with the esters powerfully backing it up. Some lemon comes out as well. As the beer warms, it gets a bit more peppery. The taste is sweet yet peppery at different times. It comes across pretty smooth in the taste. The palate is about a medium and initially sharp cutting my tongue like a knife. Fortunately, as the beer warms, it smoothes out a bit. This is not exactly a sessionable beer, a one and done bomber, though the alcohol isn’t tasted, it gently gets felt after a good hour. There is a slight sticky aftertaste and finish. Overall, this is good for its style and good for me.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bubble gum, bubble gum in a dish...
What an awesome beer, to say the least. Weihenstephaner is amazing, ans this on is perched at the top with the rest.

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Photo of Maciel6578
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tomsquarey
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TR_Severance
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of Vitus at a nearby BevMo. Always been meaning to try this, and finally picked it up. Glad I did.

Now to the review:

Hazy straw yellow with bubbles surging up from the bottom of the glass the entire session. Pillow-y, bleach white head that retains all around the glass.

Smells like Mom's Sunday baked ham: clove, with hints of light citrus.

Very smooth. All around plenty of tiny, dense bubbles.

Wow. There is so much flavor. It's almost overwhelming how much there is. You don't get that from the smell alone.
Sweet cloves, some banana, some yeast, faint lemon. Very malty. It's like biting a piece of spiced banana bread. The bomber says 7,7%, but there's no alcohol taste or burn.

Honestly, I don't know if I could drink many of these. It's surprisingly sweet. I prefer Weihenstephaner's Hefeweisen, as it's not as aggressive, but this is like the edgier teenage version of that: more extreme...plus all the cool kids call it "Vitus."

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Photo of Curtis
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer ! Pours a hazy faded lemon yellow, not chunky, just not even the least bit clear. Expected sediment -absolutely none to bee seen. Yeasty, fruity smell, but not sour, clear banana and clover. Nice tight lacy head that dissipates leaving a nice ring. Mouth feel is smooth, good carbonation, no after bite at all. Flavors are yeasty, wheat, no sour tones, some banana, some citrus (no grapefruit thankfully - I HATE grapefruit !) almost no hops. Expected it to be sour but it was not in the least. Finish is smooth. I love this beer ! Very drinkable. Wish I had bought more (got it out of state and not likely they will ever have it here )

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Photo of Marvicsin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sup3r_s4m
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a creamy, four-finger head and a hazy, straw yellow body, surprisingly strong head retention
S: banana and clove (heavy on the phenols) and baking spices very pleasant (smells like a fresh Aventinus Eisbock), I even thought I caught some subtle notes of either tobacco or mint
T: incredibly rich and sweet, with an edge of tartness (subtle), and again with the baking spices, it's baffling to me how similar this is to darker weizenbocks, given it's color, definite notes of citrus, but they marry with the baking spices in an odd way that makes them hard to pin down at first.
M: full bodied and minimally dry
O: an excellent and idiosyncratic (to me) offering from the world's oldest brewery. Their work befuddles the notion that german beers lack complexity, this and the Schneider Weisse beers have done this for me, marvelous stuff!

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Photo of jnorris404
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ABabbidge
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Straw color with a slowly dissipating fluffy white head.

S: Citrus and clove. Some bready malt.

T: Citrus immediately stands out. An almost lemon-like sourness to it. Of course banana and clove are in there as well. Some light malt presence. A lot going on.

F: Smooth with a moderate body and carbonation. Fruity and refreshing.

O: I have had plenty of wheat beers before, but never one quite like this. I was very surprised at how fruity it is. So many flavors jumped out at me, but they worked together well. Fantastic beer.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: bright gold color, opaque (50%), healthy white head that lasts.

AROMA: wheat, orange, lemon, touch of paste.

TASTE: grains, wheat, vegetable, pretty tasty but a slight funkiness in the finish.

FEEL: light, but sturdy beer. Excellent carbonation. A touch sticky at the end.


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

Photo of andrewh995
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly hazy yellow color with a white head. Smells of pronounced banana, clove, and spice. Taste follow the nose exactly with some citrus. Medium body with medium carbonation. This is probably the best Weihenstephaner beer I've had yet.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow with thick foam and mild lacing. Smells of banana, citrus, and floral notes. Taste is exceptional, full on banana, clove, zing of citrus, wheat notes. This is an great beer, tons of distinctive flavors and a great summer beer. Big fan of this one, tons of flavors and complex tastes. Medium feel.

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Photo of drone
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lr300
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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