Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,061
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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Photo of jmeyer10
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm new to BA and it's forums. Thank all of you guys for most insightful analyses of great beers. In regard to Weihenstephaner Vitus it is excellent. Also, here in Atlanta it is available in 330 ml bottles sold as 6 packs if you want. Nationally, Total Wine carries it. The brewery makes many other beers but only a few are available. (334 characters)

Photo of alexanderplatz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. A great beer. It doesn't taste the same as Belgian Trappist styles but there are some general qualities in common: Fruity, malty, sweet, tangy, banana and nutmeg flavors. Yet this is an accessible, easy to drink beer, very refreshing. And inexpensive! After having my first ever bottle of it I think it will likely be a staple of my fridge and I'll be trying out some other styles from this brewery. (404 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up, because I wanted to try some great German beers that were out of my standard flavor palate like the IPAs that I am familiar with. This one came in a pint with a really nice looking front and neck label. It boasts a 7.7% ABV and is brewed under purity laws of 1516. This ancient beer definitely has a historical element that increases the experience. I was pleasantly surprised.

Look-Pours a cloudy light golden yellow and a thick head that soon settles into a fine lacing. The head leaves
a silky foam on the glass that is very nice.

Smell-I smell banana bread and associated phenols as well as a spicy bread pudding and vanilla undertones mixed with pear. The taste is similar so I’ll stop here.

Taste-It is spicy clove and banana which is very reminiscent of the Trippel by New Belgium that I have reviewed. Look for that review in order to get a better idea of this one. However, this variety is more of a creamy and cloudy version of the Trippel. This German Weizenbock is perfectly sweetened, well-balanced, not hoppy at all, and the alcohol is subtle. This beer really drinks like a 4.5% brew even though it is 7.7% so be careful and especially because it comes in a pint.

Mouthfeel-It has a creamy and buttery feel that is so rare and enjoyable. The carbonation is miniature in the sense that the bubbles are sub-microscopic leaving a pleasant effervescent tickle on the tongue. The aftertaste is like a sticky coating that is resulting from the phenols and organic compounds in the beer.

Overall-This beer was very surprising, because I expected a typical German brew with monotonic flat bread and yeast with a malt-forward experience. Instead I got a complex and creamy brew with such a dangerously refreshing experience that it is no wonder I haven’t tried it before. Do not underestimate this Weizenboch! (1,848 characters)

Photo of TH28
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden and hazy, with a moderate white head that holds nicely. Aroma: Smacks you in the fave with intense banana and bubble gum esters. A hint of alcohol on the nose as well. Taste: Layers of rich bready malt up front, spicy clove and banana in the middle, and some doughy/wheat character on the back end. Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy body and high carbonation. Finish: Very malt forward with lingering banana esters. Overall: Great example of the style with the rich bock maltiness intermingling with the German weizen yeast charter and esters. (559 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale gold color with a white head. Wheat, lemon, yeast, banana and mild tart aroma. Wheat, lemon, banana, clove, yeast, biscuit and mild tart flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Yeast, lemon and banana finish. (238 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle marked 1504 18:05:26 at 52 degrees into a weizen glass
$ 3.49/bottle at Oppermann’s (Saginaw, MI)
Aroma lightly fruity with a hint of smoke
Head enormous but stabilizing at eight cm (aggressive pour), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to five millimeters of creamy layer
Lacing poor – few islands of tiny, nearly microscopic, bubbles,
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor very light and slightly sweet and fruity, lacking any maltiness associated with a bock; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25 (611 characters)

Photo of Naked_Batman
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours hazy, amber/straw with plenty of beautiful head that stays till the end

S-bready/yeasty up front gives way to slight clove with some metal/minerality

T-Banana/Clove/black pepper give way to some serious malty complexity and sweetness.

M-Bubbly and light, but with enough body to remind you it's a beer. Love the carbonation.

O-A great, classic beer.Would definitely drink again. (393 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw and light orange color that is hazy and cloudy. Big foam head and thick creamy lacing retains. Strong aroma of bananas and alcohol. As the drink warms, I detect more bready malts. Taste consistent with aroma; bannana, bready malt and alcohol. Overall a sweet drink with a semi dry and herbal finish. Creamy and smooth, slow but tingly carbonation, light taste but medium bodied feel. Very drinkable. Good with dessert or after dinner. I was impressed. (465 characters)

Photo of Knilas
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, poured into a tulip. Big white clumpy head tops beautiful sparkling orangey yellow base. Loads of banana and doughy aromas with a lil tangerine note. Taste is the same as the nose, only amplified. Lacing lasts along the glass and a thin white ring surrounds this tasty brew. Mouthfeel is bubbly and refreshing. Very well made Bock. One of, if not the best you'll find. Well worth the coin! (414 characters)

Photo of beerboy21
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clove, banana and malt sweetness in the nose, with a bit of alcohol. Phenols, some sweetness in the taste, with a slight alcoholic warmth in the throat - the only indicator of the 7.7 abv.. (190 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Yellow topped by a lumpy, 2 1/2 finger white head. Excellent retention.

S- Banana, Clove, grainy bread, and sweet maltiness.

T- The taste is the aroma on steroids. Intense banana flavour backed by an excellent wheat malt backbone. The cloves come in on the finish to nicely accentuate this brews beautiful taste.

M- Medium-Light Body, Medium-Light Carbonation.

O- If my memory serves me correctly, Weihenstephaner Vitus is my first Weizenbock. I've always been a fan of Bocks but this Weizenbock has really opened my eyes to what diversity the style has to offer. This brew has the drinkability and taste of a fine Hefeweizen with the extra kick that the "bock" portion delivers. A fine beer no matter how you look at it. (770 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter. This FINE weizenbock pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with a decent white head of foam that dissipates to a thin pool and moderate ring with light lacing. Nose of bananas, clove, fresh baked bread, and sweet malts. Flavors far exceed the nose with rich light wheat flavors, sweet banana flavors to the sides and rear, and a mild clove note on the back that is seared in by the lively carbonated mouth feel. Rich and creamy, lightly chewy, and a long sweet finish that is lightly dry. Most excellent and a most welcome brew.

Cheers (571 characters)

Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen on steroids. Some clove in the smell and the pallet in the taste seems to consist of an entire (subtle) fruitbasket full of bananas, oranges and tangerines. The higher abv takes away the smoothness of the Hefeweizen, but makes it a nice beer for those colder and darker nights. Was still very good mid-June though. (355 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a good sized white foam head, that quickly dissipates, leaving nothing but a very small ring of lacing around the edge. Nothing on the sides.

Banana, coriander and wheat are strong on the nose. Sweet honey. Some tart lemon and a squeeze of orange.

Banana takes over out of the gate, followed by wheat, yeast and spices. A little bit of lemon and a hint of other citrus, hard to place. Bready malts are fairly strong on the back end.

Light bodied. Crisp, but quite sticky on the finish. Leaves a very sweet taste in the mouth, that has a nice lingering citrusy wheat flavor.

Overall, a fantastic beer and a easy drinker at 7.7%. Seems like a very versatile beer, drinkable during summer or winter months. Another excellent entry from Weihenstephaner. (793 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (576 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jeez, I'm lucky to have had the Ayinger weizenbock a few days ago. This one may just have the edge. Bright, cloudy golden pour is beautiful. Thin white head with some grip. Esters and ripe fruit aromas on the nose are pleasing, but the flavor is outstanding. More banana and a solid wheat malt backbone make this one smooth-sipping beverage. Way too easy to drink. (364 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy (fingers visible but blurry on the opposite side of the glass) brilliant golden yellow, and forms a massively fluffy white head that barely collapses even when drunk - I don't know that it ever went below a half-finger in height, with appropriately off-the-chain lacing. Carbonation streams continuously through the beer as tiny bubbles.

Smell: Pure ester heaven. Rich notes of banana and clove swell out of the glass, with hints of coriander, peaches, and lush ripe wheat.

Taste: Coriander citrus opens the flavor profile, and is swiftly joined by banana and spicy clove. A spot of peach flavor enters as it moves along, and bits of white pepper emerge at close to the same time. Underlying it all is a light biscuit-cracker malt, which comes more to the front at the finish, leaving behind a lingering mixture of wheaten malt, banana, and peach after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied yet silky, this is an easy-drinking beer, not unlike the feel of a good hefeweizen.

Overall: Less "imperial dunkelweizen" and more "imperial hefeweizen", this is definitely what one would expect from Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Turbo Edition. I'm quite the fan, though ultimately I give the nod to Tap 6 Aventinus for Best Weizenbock Ever. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 500ml bottle into weizen glass.

L) Pale yellow-orange colour, very hazy, lots of bubbles evident. Huge foamy pure white head. Classic hefe look.

S) I'm surprise how little odour it has. A bit of honey-peach sweetness and a bit of wheat beer sourness and clove-ester.

T) Sweeter than the typical hefe. Other than that, pretty standard stuff. Light hefe flavour, the sweet aftertaste is long-running.

F) A bit denser than the standard hefe, but smooth, refreshing and does not feel anywhere near 7.7% ABV.

O) A very nice weissebier. I just don't think it is worth getting hammered from the 7.7% ABV from what it brings to the enjoyment of a weisse. What I would say though is that I paid a very reasonable price for this so I am happy. As a Weisse fan, my recommendation is to try this once but stick to the Hell and Dunkel weissebiers from this brewery. (884 characters)

Photo of ph001c
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

True to style and it would be hard to tell this from a normal hefeweizen as it hides the alcohol well.

Look: cloudy, warm yellow with sediment at the bottom. Light, thin head that dissipates to little or no lacing

Smell: fresh stone fruit, clean

Taste: begins with apricot, then wheat, only slightly hoppy on finish

Feel: very crisp, bitter but not astrigent, light carbonation

Overall: excellent Weizenbock from an excellent brewery. It lacks the depth of wheat of my favorite hefeweizen (Fransikaner). I paired this with a Peacemaker sandwich (fried, creamed oysters) and it was the perfect accompaniment as the crisp beer cut the heavy flavor and refreshed the palate from the creamy sauce. This works well where you might have a Blanc or Riesling. Pairs well with duck. (782 characters)

Photo of Schoeni
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good Weizen from Germany. Love Weihenstephan!
Tasted in an Original Vitus Glass, Comes so sweet and smooth, nice banana flave with Tropical fruits. Original Weizen Style, sweet and yeasty. To be honest, I can't really "taste" that huge amount of alcohol... Attention: ist a strong beer....and 2 or 3 VITUS be able to, launch you on a fat trip..... KRASS! (359 characters)

Photo of B4CCHU5
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a lovely visit to the brewery and attached restaurant in Freising after a weekend in Munich. Picked up a case of the Hefeweizen (my favorite hef) and decided on trying 1 or 2 bottles of every other beer the brewery produces. Poured a chilled .5 liter bottle of the Vitus into a Weihenstephaner Vitus glass I purchased.

Look: Hazy caramel with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a faint circle of foam around the edges. Little no lacing.

Smell: Lightly sweet caramel opening with a transition to the classic banana and clove as experienced in Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen. Finishes with dried fruits. I had a dried fig laying around to confirm the similarity in smell.

Taste: The slightly sweet smell translates perfectly to the start of the beer's taste. Big clove in the interim coupled with a hefty wheat and finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

Feel: Medium to full body with only a hint of the 7.7% ABV. Drinks very smooth and refreshing with carbonation on the lower end.

Overall: A fantastic and welcome surprise from the oldest, and one of the finest German breweries! (1,117 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! It tastes exactly like their hefeweizen except it has more alcohol. You can barely tell the difference since it is well hidden. It definately doesn't drink like it's 7.7%. If more stores carried this i would buy it more often. (236 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.91/5  rDev +15.8%
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! (161 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheatbeer glass

L: milky yellow with massive fluffy white head of foam, about 2-inches tall with good staying power; no sticking off the head and minimal lacing

S: banana and some slight spices (clove, allspice), a little tart grape/lemon; tartness is definitely there, more lemon than anything else

T: banana and a hint of clove, not overly sweet; peanuts ... just a slight nuttiness; sour grapes; slight hints of alcohol in the taste, but only slight ... a little vodka/rubbing alcohol tingle

F: good carbonation, solid weight

O: very tasty wheat beer that is definitely stronger than the average ... the 7.7% ABV is mostly hidden in the taste, but you can feel it early on; classic wheat beer notes of banana with a little spice in it; the sweetness is very restrained (809 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku glass. A beautiful cloudy lemon yellow with a substantial pure white head that lasts. Aroma of melon, lemon, bread, yeast, and hard candy. Taste follows closely to the smell concentrating on the melon and tart citrus, with a sweet finish. Mouth is really nice...medium body, fairly high carbonation, refreshing and pure. Overall, delicious....my fist taste of a weizenbock and I'm sure it won't be my last. (428 characters)

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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