Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 201
Gots: 354 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Pours a lovely light straw. The color white if wine only hay and with fat head of white foam that falkls slowly enough. The nose is sutlry fruit. The stuff your grandmother is putting in a pie. Apple skin, baked pear, light banana, clove, honey, spice a bit of cinnamon. Oh my stars. The taste is luscious Ripe and succulent fruit.l The apple skin crisp and light, the pear baked and sweet together with the clove. The honey malt The tall and crisp whet malt. That stands in the glass like a strange sentinel. Golden glowing flaky like flakes in the cereal bowl but sweet and soft too. OH! The banana light ans smooth. The mouthfeel is fruity, crisp, creamy . well carbonated and this finishes dry and with so much fruit you cannot stand to believe it’s not under a pie crust.

Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This came out looking like a BSPA. The head is full and lively and pure as the driven snow. It showed great retention but wasn't clingy. The body was just a gorgeous orange-yellow, cloudy of course, with a rich sheen. It was much lighter than I expected but beautiful nevertheless.

Smell - The humble but pervasive banana leads things off here with a nice sweetness that isn't rushed but certainly not subtle. The yeast is cloying and shows that great refinement that all Weihenstephaner lovers know. I get maybe a touch of clove but nothing big and really none of the expected bock aromas. But I'm offering no complaints here as this is an amazing bouquet.

Taste - Well Weihenstephaner is known for their yeast strains above all else and man o man is this a terrific yeast flavor. First off this brewer produces the finest tasting yeast on the planet. Here you have that flavor from their weizen line but times two. It is so pure and so explosive like the raw flavor of yeast but refined, smoothed out, and topped off with a dash of sweetness.

The banana is right on track as well. It again is more like their hefe weizen. It's not overly ripe or crazy sugared like a brown banana but more like a green banana without that earthy flavor. The sweets actually are nothing but banana and I really don't find anything else in there which for me is a job well done.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some amazingly light and teasing carbonation that livens up the experience. How they managed to keep the light carbs from their weizen line in this bigger beer is beyond me.

Drinkability - I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I drained this glass. It was more like an uber-hefe than a weizenbock IMO as I got none of the traditional bock characteristics. Since their hefe is one of my all time favorites though and this was that just more of the same I have to give this a gigantic thumbs up.

Photo of kevinlater
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into some kind of tall glass i got recently. so a pilsner or weizen glass according to this website. i think. best before "07/10/2015", enjoyed on december 2, 2014

a: golden yellow with a blizzard of bubbles streaming to the top. two fingers of white head that is fading away quite quickly. slightly opaque before the yeast is poured in, fully cloudy when it is

s: mmmm, so good. big banana note in the front, wheat, spicy yeast, bubblegum, good bread presence, and a pinch of lemon

t: all of the above flavours. very fruity all around (banana and light citrus fruits) with a really strong and tasty bready malt backbone. hints of bubblegum here and there. mild-to-moderate bitterness on the finish. there's also a touch of alcohol on the back end, but it's mostly masked under the malty tones

m: medium-bodied with lively, fizzy, but not too prickly carbonation

o: a really delicious wheat beer, full of huge fruit and malt flavours

Photo of Schoeni
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Photo of justingreenwood
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect beer.

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a golden, straw-colored body that is cloudy. Effervescent. Thick white collar of head with medium-long retention.

Smell - Strong malts, bread and doughy. Light fruity esters of banana, melon. Phenol notes of clove. No hop presence.

Taste - Sweetness from bock-like malts laced with peppery phenol of cloves, vanilla. No hop bitterness, but alcohol helps balance the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light, creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation. Slight warming from alcohol.

Overall - A fantastic example of the weizenbock style, from what may be the grandfather of beer.

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Paid less than $3 for a pint-sized bottle at local grocer. At that price, this may be one of the best value-per-quality beers out there.

Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Germans have been brewing beer for centuries. This beer optimizes perfection in a glass. Pour it out into a wheat beer glass and enjoy the huge head, the beautiful yellow hue, and that wonderful smell of the beer. All aspects are on point!

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Just a perfect wheat beer! I get yeast, apple/pears, bananas, lemon, and malts. American breweries take note what greatness taste like. It takes hundreds of years to perfect something this good. 7.7% abv and its blended perfectly. All aspects of this beer is perfection. I think a lot of American beers get a couple of things right but they are missing a good head, the smell isn't to die for, or the alcohol isn't blended perfectly at a higher abv %. Respect greatness!

It paired very nicely with waffles spread with butter, fig jelly, maple syrup, and whip cream. An odd combination that worked out well!

When I drink this for some reason it reminds me of drinking Allagash's Tripel Ale. Just so drinkable, delicious, and has me wanting more. If you want an American Beer with this drinkability check that out.

Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow, straw-like color with quite a bit of haziness, completely opaque. Extremely volatile, as expected given the style, producing a huge, creamy white head. The smell is familiar, once again, to this style of beer, but it is executed very cleanly. Bananas, pears, wheat, bread, yeast, clove, spices. It's all there, and it smells great. The taste follows right behind with an initial hint of clove, followed by the sweetness around the edges. Bananas, sweet malt, buttered bread, and faint bubble gum round out the middle section of the sip. Slight alcohol warmth keeps things interesting in the background, holding it all together. It finishes with a heavy does of wheat and bread on the palate, along with some of the initial tastes lingering like banana, pear, and clove. Medium body and a crispy feel among the slight creaminess thanks to the high carbonation.

What Weihenstephaner does is pretty simple, but they execute it extremely well, and that's what makes them so great. Add this beer to their list of great brews. Not only are they delicious, but they are reasonably priced as well.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look ~ pours a lot lighter than most weizenbocks I've seen, it pours a rich gold. Very opaque. Good head: rises pretty big of a hard pour; white and moussy; falls slowly to a cap that lasts; and, leaves some really nice lacing. All-in-all, it looks more like a hefeweizen than a weizenbock.

smell ~ good smell. I get a zesty yeast profile that has some citrus that comes along with a more the banana-clove smell I'd usually associate with a hefeweizen. I don't really get all that much of the aroma that sets a weizenbock apart: not a whole lot of melanoidin or more complicated spices (vanilla, pepper, etc) here. No real hop aroma, no alcohol.

taste ~ the palate gives me more of what I'd expect from a weizenbock. The grainbill is better: it has a lot of wheat graininess; some vienna and/or munich with it, which gives a bit of melanoidin although it is very light; no real dark fruit flavors. The yeast flavor is pretty much the same citrusy banana-clove blend, I get a bit more spice on the palate though. Bitterness is good for balance, but no real hop taste.

feel ~ good feel. Light body and good carbonation. No real heat or astringency.

Overall, I think this seems a little more like a strong hefeweizen than a true weizenbock. On the website they describe this as a single bock weizen. It really doesn't do what I think a weizenbock should, which is marry a doppelbock and a dunkelweizen. Nonetheless, a great flavor that I really enjoy!!!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Lots of hype, followers and fans of Vitus. Possible cult beer status soon?

Hazed yellow straw color; a massive white head towers over the beer. It's one of those epic heads. Pleasant aroma of green plantains, ripe pears, bread crust and powdered clove. A little chewy and slick in the medium body; crispness digs in deep. Spicy from the alcohol and mild phenols, nutty and bready from the malt, fruity with banana and pear flavors ... lots of flavors thrown at the palate at once, but within the controlled chaos, everything works together. Long, lingering, drying finish of clove, biscuity malt and fading ripe fruit.

A worthy beer and warranted to gain cult status. Not one flavor tries to steamroll another, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Just fine on its own, but begs to be paired with a full-on cheese fondue of Emmental and Jarlsberg, and a crusty baguette.

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy blond/straw color with massive, >4 finger head.

S - Smells mostly of bread and banana, with some clove mixed in. Simple but very inviting.

T - Taste is more banana and bread, with faint cloves. Clean and delicious. No noticeable alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with perfect carbonation.

O - This is a straightforward and excellent brew from Weihenstephan. Will definitely have this again.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a typical Wiessbier only a little lighter and orange.

S: Clove and banana wheat beer aromas are pleasant. Very inviting to take a sip.

T: Huge flavors....bananas, pears, slight caramel, spices....so complex. A little bit of clove in the back end. Alcohol is there but hidden. Delicious.

M: Medium body - goes down easy.

D: I can drink this all night, But after a few bottles the alcohol kicks in. :0p

This is one of my favorite all time beers. I try to drink it a few times a month.

The craftsmanship and expertise in the style is obvious. This wonderful beer has been excellent for hundreds of years and will be for hundreds more. Take a break from ticking mediocre beers to (re?)discover this masterpiece.

Photo of generallee
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml. or 1 pint .9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It had a golden color, which was lighter than I had expected and a hazy unfiltered body. The head is just off white in color and builds up tall and thick then very slowly fades making slick patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma had sweet malty wheat notes with yeast and estery fruitiness.

Taste/Mouth feel: There are estery flavor notes of banana, apple, golden raison and bubble gum within a mildly sweet and tangy wheat malt. Also there are hints of clove and some mild spicy hops for balance. It has a solid medium body with a palate that is smooth and a touch slick with pleasing carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!!

Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with a big frothy head. I was very surprised to see this brew being so pale. I was expecting it to be much darker. Anyhow, great lacing is left behind with each sip.

Smells very fruity, bananas, cloves, yeast, candied sugar, bubblegum, etc. Very pleasant aroma albeit not as pronounced as an Aventinus.

Taste is along the same lines as the aroma. Sweet, fruity, bananas, some clove, yeasty, phenolic, pronounced wheat in the finish along with a spiciness I cant put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich, lots of carbonation, finishes a little dry and crisp.

A pint is good for me. Definitely a good beer. You cant go wrong with Weihenstephaner really. Not on par with Aventinus but definitely up there.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical Weihenstephaner German mid sized bottle, pours cloudy light apricot, long lasting near white head and leaving ample lacing. Nose glows with hints of soapy sweetness, fruit and cloves. Great old old school brrwery, nice to try a different offering. Easy drinking, yeasty, more coriander and then cloves. Soft, wheaty flowing and smooth mouthfeel. Well worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright golden yellow in color, 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: banana and a touch of lemon

Taste: huge dose of banana and a bit of wheat at the end

Mouthfeel: clean, light, high carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Another really clean beer from this brewery. I love the lightness and the banana taste. I will be having this again. The alcohol is barely noticable.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a large white head. The aroma is full of cloves and bananas with a little bit of toffee thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of strong banana and clove notes, as well as a little bit of pepper. There is a very creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice weizenbock, one of the best I have tried.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from the LCBO. Almost passed over this until I saw it was a new release. It is practically summer weather outside, so a perfect day for a wheat beer on the patio!

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Light hazy orange in colour, with a billowing head that descends softly into a thick pile. Lots of lacing and great retention. Terrific looking brew.

Nose is wheat malt, honey, floral hops, a bit of spice, very pleasant - no trace of alcohol to speak of!

Very flavorful brew. Wheat grain, honey, lemon, floral hops, a touch of bubblegum and only the slightest hint of any alcohol. A real pleasure to drink. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, slightly dry to the finish.

It is remarkable how light this brew feels despite having such bold flavors and higher ABV. If it weren't for the strength of this brew, this would be one I would enjoy again and again on the patio. Still, a terrific brew and one of the best of the style.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange with initially towering white head that mostly recedes.

Smell: Banana, clove and ripe fruit.

Taste: Semi-sweet core of ripe banana, other ripe darker fruits and wheat. The clove is noticeable on the finish, along with lingering fruit and some spiciness.

Feel: Medium to full body that is very creamy and smooth. Finish dries up slightly.

Overall: Nice balanced Weizenbock, but the ripe darker fruits contribute a slight sickly flavor that keeps this from being as first class as I expected.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful, hazy orange yellow like a good wit. Perfect head.

Smell: Fruity, clovey, estery delicious.

Taste: Spicy, sweet but perfectly balanced by the zest, the only other weizenbock I've had is Aventinus, still the gold standard, and this is nothing like it. The alcohol is warming and lingers in the finish but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Light airy and still somehow creamy.

Drinkability: This was suprisingly good, I'll have to retry the hefe which did little for me the first time around. Though the Korbinian was also impressive.

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a puffy, rocky white head. Excellent lacing down the glass. Sugary wheat aroma, lots of banana and bread in this one. Fresh-smelling, nice change from the dank basement you sometimes get with the weizenbock. Bubbly mouthfeel, although it does get syrpuy from time to time. The taste was good, but a little too sweet for me. Solid wheat and banana/yeast ester base. Loved the clove and lemon peel components as well.

Only problem I had was it was a little too sweet. Kind of got a cotton candy-sugar taste after a while, to the point I craved an IPA or something sour to wash this beer down with. At first I wanted to mark this beer down for it in the taste category, but everything that came before it was too good.

Photo of wattoclone
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber yellow with substantial head. Aroma is similiar to the hefeweizen but more so. Delicious brew with orange citrus and pear, banana fruitiness. Lighter than the other weizenbocks I have had but still top notch. I consider Vitus the "light version" of the German weizenbocks. I find it particularly good after an aerobic workout. While the draft version is exceptional, in the bottle is also excellent and readily available in the northeast.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden hued with great clarity. A tightly knit inch thick head of white foam. Brussels lacing. Seriously enticing aroma of banana and sourdough bread. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry. The front of the palate is sourdough bread and is quickly followed by the banana flavor that fades back to a more subtle sourdough bread fade.

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Label code of 6103.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A nicely funky, fruity, and spicy wheat forward aroma. Big wheat and malt scent with hints of grains, straw, yeast, biscuit, oat, and cracker. Big hints of clove spice and bubblegum. Lively fruit hints of bananas, apple, and citrus orange, apricot, and lemon. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and plum. Some hints of pepper spice and sweet honey as well. The wheat, banana, and spices really shine. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big mix of wheat, fruits, and funky spice with lots of banana esters. Lots of bready wheat and malt upfront with notes of straw, grains, yeast, biscuit, cracker, and oats. Lots of clove and pepper spicing with some good bubblegum esters. Good mix of fruits with notes of banana, apple, and citrus orange, lemon, and slight apricot and pineapple. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of fig, plum, and raisin. Some light honey sweetness rounds it out. A really great classic wheat beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, smooth, and nicely drying on the finish. Alcohol presence is mild.

Overall: A really great classic German Weizenbock. Great balance of bready wheat, spices, and fruit esters. One of the best in the style.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,955 ratings.