Brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Weizen Bock
Freising, Germany


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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (191) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
The 500 mL bottle yields a hazy amber beer with an enormous, bright white, long-lasting head. This Weizen has a bountiful citrus-floral aroma and the advertised full-bodied backbone. Palate entry is mildly sweet, with the expected citrus-floral notes, and the addition of some clove and banana zest prior to a long, well balanced finish. I was surprised by the fairly tame carbonation level and the well-disguised 7% ABV. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2010
bottle pours hazy yellow/orange with a tall white head. Aroma is beautiful, floral, spicy yeast, wheat, cereal malts, orange peel. Flavor is rich sweet wheat, clove, banana, bubblegum, bazooka Joe all over the place. Really a great beer, refreshing, flavorful, and overall awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1763) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2010
From bottle. Nose is spice and tropical fruit; esters evident. Pours a hazy gold with a head that just will NOT go down. Definite wheat beer elements on the palate, but theres a bockesque roasty note that counters nicely. Palate could be a little crisper. Good, but I still like Korbinian better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5369) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2010
500ml bottle in a Weizen glass. Pours opaque golden with a lingering, white head. Aroma of the spiciness of the wheat and some light malts. Flavor sort of bland, with a little alcohol in the finish. A decent beer, but not the best offering from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
500 ml bottle
I wasnt sure how this would work out but at $2.99 I was willing to roll the dice. If it had turned out to be subpar theres no shame in pouring the rest down the drain. As it turns out I finished all but the very bottom of the bottle. I should get around to trying more of these affordable German beers to stretch the budget. They might not be the greatest beers but the combination of price and quality is hard to beat.

Aroma / Appearance - Exceptionally foamy the pour took a long time to settle down. When it did I was left with a rosy golden body that was the color of the midday sun. Lemon icing, white bread, and basic hops are pretty plain but not awful. It did however exceed my expectations.

Flavor / Palate - Honey, graham crackers, and a trace of dried ham were not exactly the combination I was prepared for. Somehow though it all came together into something that was more than the sum of its parts. While I wasnt exactly rushing to refill my glass I drank more than I thought I would. Given the price point and other factors it gets high all around marks. Eventually I may get around to trying more but I doubt it will be soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
westincosta (30) - Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL - OCT 16, 2010
For the eyes: orange-yellow colour; the head is huge; white; creamy and mostly diminishing; good lacing; hazy body. For the nose: carachteristic sweetness of a weizen; banana; pineapple and cinnamon notes. For the mouth: medium body; oily texture; lively carbonation; smooth, milky feeling. For me: very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (5576) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle @ Henriks, Bergen. Hazy, almost milky straw yellow body with a classic, big weizen top. Aroma is the usual suspects: banana, clove, sweet bread and hints of citrus peel. Taste is less bready than the regular Weihenstephaner, and slightly more intense. Body is bolder and sweeter as well. Some yeasty tones reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Ale, almost. Very filling; drinking this is like a small meal. The Vitus is a bit different, but equally well-crafted and almost as enjoyable as their regular hefeweizen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Pours a bright, hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that bubbles down slowly to a rocky collar fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom. There is plenty of sweetness in the aroma with bananas and honey dominating. Hints of clove as well and this one smells much like a good hefe. The taste delivers on the expectations of the aroma and really does taste like an amped up hefe. Big wheat flavor up front, featuring bananas but with an earthy honey sweetness mixed in. The finish is spicy. This is a full bodied wheat beer and extremely smooth and creamy. Super drinkable, very tasty and, overall, just a well-crafted wheat beer. One of the better wheat beers Ive ever had actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2010
draught at the Local Taphouse Oktoberfest. pours golden yellow in colour. plenty of cinnamon and grassy hops to cover the banana/clove nausea. 7.7% was quite well hidden i thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6691) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2010
500 ml bottle, I thought Weizen Bocks where dark in color?? NOT this one! Very pale yellow color, hazy, with a huge white head. Typical sweetish hefeweizen aroma with notes of ripe bananas, cloves, yeast and bubblegum. Does Weihenstephaner use the same strand of yeast in all there brews?? They all smell exactly the same with the same after tones. The flavor is sweet and fruity, but still fairly light bodied for its strength. Moderate notes of cloves, very moderate hops. Very drinkable. Very tasty. I have only good things to say about this brewer.

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