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Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
1,171
Ratings:
3,363
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
560
For Trade:
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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle into a Weihenstephaner pint glass.

A: Caramel-butterscotch in color with a huge frothy head, white and bubbly. A swarm of little bubbles scramble to reach the surface in a cloudy, misty, dark beer...looks good to me.

S: Bananas and a light, malty yeast highlight the smell with notes of grape skins and almond butter. Lightly plastic undertones take away points here.

T: Burp gives you plenty of bananas and cream with red apples, yeasty sourdough and a lemon bite that lingers in the finish.

D: I could have 2 or 3...or 4.

Value: GREAT. Far better than beers way more expensive in the style.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a kick ass beer! Great flavor. Great Drinkability.

I had this on tap at the Gingerman in Austin.

A: Cloudy yellow. White foamy head, which dissipated quickly.

S: Kind of weak aroma, but not bad. Citrus. Spice.

T: Sweet right away. Spicy and almost belgian in a way. I love this beer.

M: Zesty and sparkling. Medium body.

D: High. Easy to drink, but dangerous...

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

From my tasting notes: It poured a cloudy golden color with a nice full creamy head and plenty of citrus on the nose. The taste had the signature German wheat beer tastes of banana, sweet candy, and a bit of citrus. The Vitus had a very creamy mouthfeel that spoke to its craftsmanship and elegantly balanced tasting experience. This was a great weizenbock and one that surprised me a bit as I didn't know what to expect. The Vitus is a beer to look for and one that will pleasantly surprise any beer lover.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw opaque with a thick 3-4 finger head that is frothy and bubbly.

S: wheat, peppery, and a nice bubble gum backbone.

T: Definite bock flavours present with maltyness present. Bubble gum of the German wheat beer comes through and compliments well. There is a slight pepper flavour also.

M: Well carbonated, creamy on the palate.

O: This is a great weizenbock. By far one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try this for a long time and today I finally picked up a bottle. I was expecting a great beer and my expectations were met and exceeded.

Pours hazy gold color with a clean white head that hangs around for a long time and leaves lacing on the glass.

Smells-Bananas and clove.

Tastes-Similar to the smell. Fantastic balance of sweetness and spice. Banana/bubblegum tastes up front. Some floral notes but this is for the most part a sweet beer.

Mouthfeel-Decent carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall- Another phenomenal beer from one of my favorite breweries. Must try.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky golden with yellow tints. Massively fluffy head and nice lacing.

Nose is a musty sediment, with fresh wood, lemon, pine, and some sour candy.

Taste is candy-like, with sweet lemon, caramel malt, charred wood chips, sweet corn, and a pleasant tartness.

Mouthfeel is an interesting balance between zesty acidity and oil-slickness, with medium, grating carbonation.

Overall, it is a very good-tasting, complex wheat beer with much nuance.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you take Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and turn it up to eleven, you get Vitus. It pours to the requisite large, creamy white head on a hazy, straw-colored body; lacing is fair, mostly bands with some blotches. The aroma is big for a wheat beer: ripe bananas, cloves, wheat and alcohol, with hints of caramel and citrus rind for good measure. The palate follows the nose, plus a nice yeast presence; the alcohol is very well-hidden. The yeast, esters, and wheat are in perfect balance, just like they are in the Hefe Weissbier. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a hint of caramel and wheat; the linger is a subtle wheaty/estery flavor that stays around for a couple of minutes. The mouthfeel is quite big for the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Great wheat beer from a top-notch brewery! (11.2 oz bottle, 350 days after pkg)

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance – A light straw colour, or cloudy gold if you want to put it another way. This beer supporst a good ½ inch head of dense foam that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell – There is obviously the smell of a typical wheat beer in here but there is also the hint of many fruits. Banana is one of the most obvious with some pear and lemon hints thrown in for good measure.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very closely but there are also notes of spicy cinnamon and biscuit with clove. To try to sum it up it tastes rather like a cake or a pie with a lot of fruit in it.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy with medium body and a slightly dry finish. There is no boozy warmth in this beer and I was surprised by that as it is quite strong.

Overall – Very soft on the pallet with sweet nip this wheat beer bagged itself the WBA best wheat beer award in 2012. Drink a bottle and you will see why. Fragrant with a hint of plum this beer is an absolute cracker and although strong at 7.7% it does not feel like a heavy beer at all.

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Photo of macster
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow and slightly cloudy color. I had to re-check the label to be sure this was indeed a Weizenbock since I have always found them to be quite darker in color. Pour creates a huge fluffy, pillowy white head with good retention. Some isolated streaks of lacing coat the sides of the glass as it drains.

Nose is greeted with huge, assertive aromas of fresh, hot yeast rolls, lemon zest, ripe banana, spices and malted wheat backed by just a touch of alcohol.

Palate was lively and refreshingly fizzy to style with just a hint of slickiness.

Flavor profile seemed a bit lighter than the aromas but was still excellent. Seemed like an amped up hefeweiss with the 7.7% alcohol mixing in well with the flavors of the wheat, lemon, fresh yeast and various spices.

A very respectable balanced beer with a bit of muscle, but still very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copious effervescence, cloudy dark straw colour with good white foam

S: all the classic phenols, cloves, banana, citrus and of course yeast

T: at first sip, tastes like a top grade hefeweizen, banana and vanilla flavour with clean finish

M: just the right amount of carbonation to provide some astringency to prevent this fairly sweet beer from becoming cloying -

O: probably one of the best weizenbocks I've ever had (either this is an excellent beer, or I need to drink more of this genre . . . yes.)

Excellent price point for the quality of this beer, Would definitely put this on rotation as a go to Spring/summer beer.

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

16.9 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip (tasting from July 08)

Pours an extremely pale, straw yellow, with cloudy haze, looks like a hazy pilsner, big soft billowy egg white head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are floral and rich, but softer than say Aventinus which presents a more plum and fig like character, where as Vitus is deep clove, peppery spice, just ripe banana and tropical fruit character. Some hints of white raisin (sounds absurd but green grapes dry different than red).

The flavor is much the same with a balance of clove and fruit as well as some yeasty bready notes. The carbonation is medium high and while the alcohol is very restrained in aroma and taste its light warmth helps to complement the dry character of the beer and complement the residual sweetness of the wheat..

An outstanding Weizenbock and very much an excellent compare and contrast in its approach to Aventinus.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500mL bottle from BInny's Algonquin.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a good amount of white head.

S: Smells of banana, clove, slight pepper, yeast

T: Very similar to the smell - banana, yeast, clove, slight pepper

M: Very full bodied and highly carbonated

D: Highly drinkable with good flavor and low alcohol taste

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, hazy golden hue with a fluffy, white 3-finger head that persists for a moment, then leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of scents similar to a Hefe or Dunkelwezien, but with much more clove and spices, which take the forefront here over the other wheat malt and banana smells that are present.

T - Taste is rich wheat malts and spicy cloves up front, with some subtle cinnamon notes in there too. As the spices subdue, it finishes off with rich banana, and slightly lingering clove. Alcohol is almost impossible to detect despite the near 8% ABV. Bravo! This is tasty stuff for sure.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and mildy carbonated, creamy wheat beer bliss.

D - Drinkability is way high for the ABV here. Though I think more than a couple of these is asking for trouble, haha.

Overall, this is an excellent Weizenbock and highly worth your time to hunt down if you enjoy wheat beers!

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Photo of karait95
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice looking yellow color with some traces of orange, not transparent at all, not translucent with medium carbonation with a nice head that remains sometime on top of the beer, with compact bubbles that let some traces on the glass.

S: Intense citrus smell with some little alcohol inside but it is well done and according the style, maybe some bananas are presents and also orange beside of the intense wheat malty aroma.

T: Citrus flavor, fruity flavor combined with the wheat malts for a very nice and soft combination, also some alcohol esters are present due to the style

M: The mouth-feel is not very hard it is balanced and well done, a medium last ending not bitter not sweet but with some alcohol can be sensed.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi translucent golden color. Streaming carbonation throughout.
Hefe type smell slong with hay and spices.
Right away awed by sweetness followed by spices, hay, citrus.
Medium body
Incredibly delicious on a warm day!

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Photo of schwemjw
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with a huge white head.

S: Coriander, clove and banana hit the nostrils all at once. Very spicy. Wheat begins to creep in with slight bread, lemon and citrus. Very spicy.

T: An overdose of banana immediately comes through along with wheat. tart citrus in the middle and finish with spice and clove and cinnamon interplaying with all these flavors.

M: Crisp and clean with a quick finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Relaxing. Very refreshing and easy drinking with a deceptive flavors! Delicious. /90

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Photo of lighthabit
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cm for the bottle. stored with my stash, i suspect it should have been opened a couple months ago.

good head dies down to thin layer all across the top. minimal straggling of lacing. light golden color, sort of a deeper version of the color of pear flesh, small bit of haze. nose has a nice scent of pears, but there's also something there that makes me think of soap, which is a bit off-putting. tastes of pears and cloves (hint of banana as it warms), and the soapy smell thing isn't apparent on the tongue. feels good, better than i expected . . . i was expecting something thinner, and thought obviously not a stout (my preferred style), it has a good feel. oh, and the soapy smell issue seems to go away a bit as it warms . . . feel free to comment if you have more info on that.

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

A: Pours a yellow straw color with a ridiculous head. It took me a few pours to get this beer going. Strangely no lacing.

S: Primarily banana and clove but there is also some bubblegum in there

T: Similar to the nose with some breadyness added to it. Quite delicious and you would never know it's 7.7% abv. I would definitely consider this beer "Dangerously Drinkable".

M: Smooth and heavily carbonated but not in a bad way.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - yellow thick body with thumb size white head that doesn't last long
S - banana, buscuit, yeast citrusy
T - same as the smell.
F - light coat of the mouth. Very low carbonation, really smooth
O - this is a really good beer. Defiantly one of my favorites. Super smooth beer with a lot of flavor. The more I drink of this the more I like it. I have to keep increasing my ratings on this beer.

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Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy straw yellow color with a thick, well retained one inch head that leaves little lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, banana and a bit of lemon. Taste is quite bready, with some sweetness, banana, lemon, and clove. Finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is quite dry, well carbonated and crisp. Very good beer, easily drinkable.

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Photo of Biggness
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light and cloudy amber with a large head and tons of lacing. The smell is of bananas and malt. The flavor has a very nice malt base to it with a nice and smooth banana flavor coming from the yeast. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy with a nice carbonation level. Incredibly drinkable brew I will purchase this again!

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Photo of nas5755
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a clear golden straw color with a fluffy head that retained fluff. The nose was loaded with banana and yeast esters, bready with wheat the wheat. Great nose that lead the way to a very complex beer loaded with banana and some clove, bready with a light note of ginger before a dry finish replays all the flavors in reverse order. Really interesting. A medium-plus carbonated beer with a nice mouth-feel. I don't seek this out but purchase a bottle from time to time and am always more than pleased, in fact I wonder why I don't buy bottles more often.

Edit/review
This beer is amazing. The spice plus the banana character makes this mind-boggling delicious. I think this is moving up into my all-time top ten and every-time I drink one I realize just how awesome it is.

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Photo of basica
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden into my Erdinger glass yielding a thick, frothy, milky head, as like most Weihenstephaner. The amount of carbonation was well illustrated by the active bubbling taking place below. I was expecting a Weizenbock to be dark but this one looks more like a less hazy Hefeweizen. (4.5)

S - Primarily banana esters and wheat malts on the nose; slightly phenolic with an unexpected dash of salty spices. (3.5)

T - Upfront notes of banana phenols with light biscuity/bready notes, a good amount of spices in the middle and a strong wheat background; light caramel sweetness throughout, lending this a different touch from the regular Weizens (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture going down creamy easy (4.5)

D - Feels like a lightly caramelized Hefe and perhaps, slightly more phenolic and definitely heavier; you can't go wrong with drinkability on a Weihenstephaner with their world class flavors and feel. However, if I wanted something more refreshing, I will stick with the brewery's Hefe Weissbier (4.5)

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