Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

3,458 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a darker beer, hence the bock part of the name, but this is as pale and light in color as any wheat, weizen, or hefeweizen you will find. It is slightly cloudy, has a nice white thick foamy head that retains and laces a bit. The nose is what you would come to expect with any hefe, plenty of cloves, citrus, rind, florals, and a slight yeasty presence. The nose is very good, and indicative of sweetness to come.

The taste is also quite good. There is a decent efforvescence that spritzes and fizzes a bit on the tongue, and keeps the gulps on the smaller side. It is slightly creamy, and not overly tart. There are plenty of lemon citrus, orange rind, and clove flavors to keep this interesting and quite sweet. This is a bit stronger in ABV than your garden variety hefe. It is still fairly light bodied, but there is an acerbic twinge towards the finish that is not entirely from spice or hop, but also from some ABV. There is a slight white pepper bite to the beer as well. This is a treat for what it is, more a summer type beer, quite light and refreshing. L'Chaim.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in weisen glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazy gold. Comes off transparent but slight and I do mean slight cloudiness at the edge of the white head. Head alone rises to almost three fingers length off a gentle pour.

Smell: Awkwardly yeasty. But light.

Taste: Complex, a lot to do with the yeast, slight banana and comes off very full.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth dude. It is borderline perfect with a sticking after-taste.

Overall: Well balanced beer that should not be taken for granted, doesn't cost much and gives you a lot. Drink with pride, Salud!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Aventinus glass. The body was cloudy yellow. The head was crisp white and a cap of foam remained, lacing did not.

Smell was subtle, banana skin and lemons. Light graininess.

Taste was very refreshing. Tart and mildly sweet. Nicely balanced. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was zesty but ends smoothly. Body was medium to full.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy sunset orange with a white head that creates thin lacing and descent retention.

S - Peppery banana, clove, stone fruit, dense wheat malt, acidic fruit.

T - Hints of apple cider, cinnamon, banana, clove, bubblegum, stone fruit, very clean wheat malts, light pepper, with a kiss of citrus. The pepper comes out more on the finish.

M - Medium body, fluffy feel.

Super tasty German beer. A poetic marriage of flavors with a peppery hint on the finish. Awesome!...This is what I expect out of this brewery every time.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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4.6/5  rDev +8%

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4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste is, as they say, subjective and this may not be the most beautiful or the best looking beer but the aroma is fantastic and the taste, imho, was/is amazing!

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a massive white head of foam rising to the top of the glass. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a nice cap that stick around for the duration.

Big banana and spice aromas dominate the nose. There is a touch of wheat and some yeasty notes as well. It's pretty simple and straightforward yet done exceptionally well.

The taste follows along with the nose. Banana, clove and some other spice are up front and the dominant flavors and are back nicely by some yeast and more wheat notes.

Light body with soft carbonation. Crisp, yet smooth at the same time. The mouthfeel embodies the word creamy. Really exceptional.

This beer is truly outstanding. It is clean and simple and leaves no room for error. The fact that it's perfect is what makes it so exceptional.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from my buddy Apophis666. Thanks Sietse! We have some good weather in Holland so this beer was exact what i needed to cool down a bit.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice. Cloudy yellow fluid with a big head. Some carbonation in the glass.

Smell is soft and inviting. Taste is good, bread, citrus, creamy.

A good weizenbock which can be drunk best when the temperature is higher.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a weizen glass, hazy yellow,/gold with very big head, no lacing. Lots of banana, clove on the nose. Lots of very ripe banana with enough clove for moderation. It has a sweet, lingering finish. This is an easy drinker, a damn fine beer, my new go to wheat beer.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,458 ratings.
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