Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
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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 acelin
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a deep creamy golden yellow with a large - rather, extra large head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is of clove, nutmeg, slight fruity banana, and some apple. Hints of sweet bread.

Taste is of strong banana, dark, caramel sweet wheat bread, sugar, clove, nutmeg, coriander, hint of noble hops. Just incredible. Dry finish, with spicy alcohol complementing the dark plum and grape notes. Also some pear, apple, and more banana in the finish.

The flavor of this beer is deeper than the Hubble deep field. The wheat is so thick, with an incredible depth of flavor. This is the beer. The beer. If I had to have one more beer in my life, it would be this one. (729 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot to rtepiak for this brew!!

A: This has to be the palest weizenbock I've seen, yellow in color. Full four fingers of a pure white and quite soapy looking head. Retention and lacing are phenomenal like they were with the original.

S: This is what you'd expect from a weizenbock. The yeast and the wheat are in the front. You get a nice amount of banana bread (banana, molasses, toffee, breadiness, etc...), cloves, pepper, candied orange peel. Subtle strawberries. Complex, strong and inviting. Perfect.

T: As expected from the look of the beer, this has less molasses, brown sugar and general breadiness than most weizenbock, but they are still there. Very fruity with bananas and strawberries mostly. Light grass-like flavor and floral notes. Exceptionally balanced and tasteful.

M: Oh so light and fluffy, nothing beats the mouthfeel of weihenstephaner.

O: Although not my favorite brew I had (but damn close!!), I simply cannot see a fault with this brew. It looks amazing, smells insanely good, taste is awesome and balanced AND extremely easy to drink and the feel is super light and fluffy while not being watery AT ALL. (1,143 characters)

Photo of ebeye
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Very similar to the hefeweissbier only stronger and with less of a banana nose. World-class - one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. For 3.99 at the grocery store, this has to be one of the best deals on import beer in the united states. (254 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A -Pours a hazy golden yellow with a incredibly fluffy four-finger snow white head of both small and large bubbles. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Huge banana, bubblegum, and clove aroma. A little fresh baked white bread in there also. Smells heavenly.

T - Holy crap. This beer is amazing. Huge banana and clove phenol taste which literally dances around the palate. Hints of lemon as well. Backbone of extremely clean wheat compliments the fruit esters perfectly. Slightly spicy Bavarian hops carry the finish with a bit of white pepper and add a perfect amount of bitterness to keep the banana from becoming cloying. Flavors are all extremely rich and powerful. This is basically a really good Hefe turned up to 11 like Spinal Taps amps. If there was a way to give this a 6 for taste, I would do so.

M - Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation to keep drinkability high. Everything comes together to compliment the flavor profile. Again, just..."more" than a standard Hefeweizen.

O - Simply put, this is the best beer for the style I have ever had, and might just be the greatest beer I have ever had period. Just so very good. My very first "all 5's" review, as I don't see how this brew could possibly be improved. I encourge beer lovers everywhere to give this a try if haven't already. (1,342 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Half Door for selling this outstanding brew on tap. What a treat!

A- Vitus is a cloudy, straw yellow with a big, bright white head with good retention of copious sticky, foamy lace. One's expectation of a slightly darker color is forgotten upon the first sip.

S- Wonderful, big, seductive Hefe aromas of soft banana esters, spice and clove phenolics, wheat, caramel malt and Juicy Fruit rise up from the glass upon warming. Faint notes of clover honey and vanilla are detectable.

T- The flavor of this beer, to me, is literal perfection. Caramel, spice, animal crackers, over-ripe banana, Juicy Fruit gum, rich honey-puffed wheat cereal. The finish has a pronounced chalky, powdery yeastiness.

The super-charged classic Hefe flavor is wonderfully opulent and concentrated. The lavish quality of the combined flavor, aroma, and body is simply alluring, and I was drawn in to indulge. This is my idea of beer pleasure, right here.

M,D- The mouthfeel presents a rich, palate-caressing medium body from the traditional decoction mash. The sweet, rich finish also reveals a slight, nearly imperceptible touch of volatile ethanol. Ideal CO2 level. Perfectly drinkable.

The Vitus is simply superb. (1,207 characters)

Photo of MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured from bottle to weizen glass.

Look is spectacular. Exactly what you expect from a delicious wheat beer. Golden, almost glowing, honey color with uniform turbidity.

Smell is not strong but that of fruit and honey - perhaps honeydew melon - mild and sweet. Of sweet delicious things.

Taste is where this beer goes over the top. It's so amazing it's hard to describe and every time I drink it there are new things I discover. It's generally sweet but not overly sweet. It follows the smell of honey and fruit but adds in some clove and spice. There is very little bitterness to this beer but just enough sour to balance the sweet. Reading this description (or others) I wouldn't think it's a beer I'd want to drink, but it works.

The mouth feel is light with a zippy amount of carbonation, much like you'd expect from a Hefe.

Overall it's really just a strong Hefe, a bock Hefe... Oddly enough I like it far more than I like Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. It's clove and spice are more subdued and balanced. The alcohol content makes it dangerous because it is so drinkable and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. It goes down as easy as a light Hefe but reminds you of the extra alcohol at the end. Don't let the fruitiness fool you, it's got a kick! (1,272 characters)

Photo of Sspiff
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Houblon Chouffe glass (looks like stemmed weizen - pilsner type glass)

Look - Perfect for a beer of this type. Light, hazy straw yellow with a persistent 0.5cm head that nicely coats and laces this particular glass.

S - Strong Bavarian yeast smell. Banana, baking bread, and a bit of cloves. Everything is clearly distinct, yet subtle and not overpowering. Like listening to music on expensive headphones.

T - This is how I want wheat beer to taste. The promises of the nose are all there, but it's followed by the ever subtle burn of an ~8% light beer. It's difficult to describe how distinct each flavor is without drowning out everything else.

F - It couldn't be better. Carbonation initially tickles the mouth, but then subsides and allows the beer to smoothly coat it making you long for more. You think it feels light and not much more than carbonation, but when you really stop to pay attention, you realize it's almost slightly oily and pretty full-bodied.

O - This beer is perfectly balanced and impressively delicate (especially considering the relatively high ABV). I am not usually one for wheat beers, but to me this is a beautiful example of everything I like about them while leaving out everything I don't. If I were to pick a beer for a spring picnic, this is my hands-down winner. For me, the Bavarian bar has been set. (1,356 characters)

Photo of FungusBrewer
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vitus pours a rich, hazy, straw color. Head retention is minimal; the only thing preventing this brew from getting a perfect score. I would prefer a chunkier foam. It tastes like a beefed up version of their hefeweizen. Cloves, Banana, Bread, with a slightly alcoholic tinge. It's awesome seeing this on a shelf so far away. Prost! (331 characters)

Photo of djbow
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy gold color with a thick soapy head that dissipates slowly in a chilled glass but fairly fast in a room temp. glass.

S - Smells of clove, spice, banana, bread, citrus and yeast. Not a hint of alcohol smell even thought the beer is 7.7 ABV.

T - As its lovely aroma tells you up front, cloves, spice, banana bread, citrus and yeast introduce their selves to your pallet in much the same manner as they do to your nose. This beer drinks like the Big Brother or their Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. More flavor, body and alcohol as a bonus. Sort of reminds me of Gran Crue offerings.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. THis combination allows this beer to go down smooth.

O - I am a Weihenstephaner Vitus fan and always have it on hand and highly recommended this brew. Enjoy!!!

Glass = Tulip Top Pint.

Temp. = 46F. (829 characters)

Photo of leonGomez
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seeing this beer first hand in the glass made me feel a bit uncomfortable because the color caught me off guard. It seemed to have a orange tint to it. Other than that it proved to be an above average brew worth the effort in enjoying. I intended to drink this in a rush but the flavor is asking me to perhaps slow down a bit. Thus the alcohol content is easily felt on the first sip.7.7% as the bottle read.

I recommend this beer because of its different nature. it doesn't posses a heavy body which means you can drink this all night long without getting full.

Get it! (572 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= This much anticipated beer comes to me form Mikeyv35 as an extra. Thanks Mike! The pour is a nice hazy orange color. I dunno why but I expected something much darker prolly due to the bottle. The beer is super hazy in color and yeilds a nice perfect white head thats about two fingers high and holds perfect retention. There is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass as well.

S= Nice and pungent. Excellent smell coming from this beer. Cloves, banannas, citrus, orange peel. There is an excellent amount of wheatyness to it.

T= ooooh that's good stuff. I can see why this beer is so loved. Really some excellent flavors going on. Hits my tongue sort of citrusy at first. Loads of orange flavors. Then in a very creamy way it sort of mellows out to an excellent mix of bananna clove and wheat. The finist is totally wheaty. It sort of reminds me of a orangcicle or something. Really something special.

M= One of the best mouthfeels I've ever had. The creamiest thing I've tasted in a long time. Feels like ice cream or something.

D= Wow, this beer is world class for sure. One of the most amazing things that has touched my lips in a while. A truely amazing beer. Now I just gotta find a place in MN that sells it. (1,226 characters)

Photo of azorie
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a pale yellow color with a nice 2 inch head, that did not last very long.

S: Smells just like a hefe to me, cloves, bananas, citrus hits your nose first. Some sweet malt is detected after it warms to near 50F.

T: tangy clove, ripe bananas, spices like liquorish, light mellow hops, some yeast and sweet malt after taste.

M: medium carb, creamy, medium body.

D: refreshing,easy to drink, the alcohol is well masked. I did drink 2 500ml easy before I reviewed. (472 characters)

Photo of Louski
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer stole my taste buds when I first tasted it.

A: Pours a gorgeous straw yellow with a fluffy head that's about two fingers wide if you pour it right.

S: Smells sweet and malty with very supple fruitiness

T: Perfect wheat beer flavor. Sweet, crisp and mildly fruity but the combination is done perfectly. You'll want more as soon your lips leave the glass.

M: Perfect on the tongue. Fills the mouth beautifully and leaves the sweetness behind to make you just want more. (Pardon the sexual innuendo but its that good)

O: My favorite beer. Perfectly crafted and can be drunk at any time of year. I've drank it on the beach on the summer and also warmed up with it at Christmas time. I can say I've tasted a significant selection of some of the best beers in the world and this one blows them all away. (813 characters)

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy, orange fading to yellow with an insane amount of carbonation that twists and moves around like a snow globe. Bright white head that's so creamy it looks like I could sit the cap on top.

S - Traditional banana and clove wrapped in the tangy citric notes of the wheat, but turned up a ton. There are some light grainy notes as well that bring to mind freshly baked bread.

T - The same as the nose, but with every aspect being supported by an intense creaminess. The fruitiness is probably the most prominent aspect, with some apple notes backing up the banana. The intense creaminess works so well because the huge acidic wheat notes cut right through it. To top it off, the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

MF - Intensely creamy with tons of carbonation. It leaves the mouth feeling coated and the throat somewhat dry from the acidic flavor.

D - The best I've ever had for the style, and I think it's easy to say it comes from the fact that Vitus is essentially an 'imperial' hefeweizen and manages to be really refreshing despite the alcohol and intense flavor. (1,078 characters)

Photo of cradke
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: poured from bottle into Frozen ceramic mug.

Appearance: Great head. Pours a nice brown with a 3 finger head.

Smell: Fantastic. Clean wheat grains with a small hint of sugar. In my opinion, this beer really benefits from the frozen mug although that might be a mental aspect of the experience.

Taste: Great grains. In my opinion, this is one of the best german beers. It's just so clean and simple. Lots of wheat nots, some earth and figs. A little bit of brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol to add some depth but overall just a fantastic brew.

Mouthfeel: A really nice dose of carbonation. A little more substance and thickness than a traditional hefe which is spot on. The wheat notes really come out when its being moved around.

Overall: This is a truly fantastic example of German simplicity and subtle flavors triumphing over extreme hops or malt. It's truly one to behold. I find that this one really benefits from serving in a frosty mass. The ceramic really syncs with the flavors of the wheat and makes a fantastic symphony. (1,055 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 71CrazyOtto
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the champagne of beers.
I enjoy it most when the weather is warm but do drink it year round.
The only thing I don't like about it is if I drink 3 or more of them I get a hangover.
The nose is in heaven breathing in this jewel of a beer. Citrus and clove paradise.
If Vitus were alive today he would be honored to have his name on this great beer surely.
I'll be watching many a MLB game this summer while enjoying a few of these. (438 characters)

Photo of Bobo77
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Friar Tuck's. Poured into a weizen glass to produce a thick, frothy, and very lumpy head. The body resembled your typical hefeweizen. The smell of bubblegum and cloves permeated the air.

The taste is that of a nuclear powered bananna - clove - bubblegum bomb. So tasty that the alcohol burn is almost entirely missed.
The mouthfeel is rich but not overbearing. Thouroughly enjoyable for me, I would put (St.)Vitus up next to Aventinus any day. Weihenstephaner always seems to produce the highest level of quality. (538 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden/straw color with a thick bubbly white head.

S - Smells of banana, clove, bread, and a little bit of funky yeast. Very pleasant.

T - Much like the nose: bananas, cloves, bread, funky yeast, and light citrus flavors. Drinks kind of similar to their hefeweissbier, but it feels like there is a little bit more going on here. There's a bit of spice and tartness in the finish.

M - Thin to medium bodied, good carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed Weihenstephaner's Vitus. It's an extremely well done Weizenbock and another great beer from a fantastic brewery. World class and highly recommended. (643 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! This is truly an impressive beer.

It pours a hazy bright pale yellow that has a two finger creamy head that SLOWLY fades to a thin layer and leaves pretty darn good lacing. Not overly effervecent at all.

The aroma is bright with lemon citrus and bread dough with spicy hops in the back. Very strong wheat aroma as well. And hints of alcohol. Barely some bannana. OH! I get some pinnaple too, that's what it was. Very bright and complex.

The flavor is much like the aroma, with bright lemon citrus and slight spicy hops, just a little bitterness to keep things interesting, it lingers well.

This full bodied weizenbock coats the mouth oh so well. It's very creamy for the style, not overly effervecent at all, which I love.

Very VERY drinkable. Please go get one or two or three. (795 characters)

Photo of HotterThanHell
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please don't think that I am biased becuase my brother is a student at Weihenstephan Brewing College but this is truly an exceptional beer.

We'll start with the pour into a .5L glass. Had 3-4 inches of head that was white creamy yet foamy and made me wait 5 minutes before I could get to the beer. This however was a positive as I was forced to smell the aroma again and again...Whoa this must be what heaven smells like. A wonderful mix of cloves, wheat, malt with a spicy cinamon finish. By the way the beer is a dark wheat color.

The taste is much like the smell with spicy cloves, wheat and malt all in perfect harmony. It is medium bodied and very drinkable, although at 7.7% you should limit yourself to a couple of liters or you will be making an ass of yourself like TTU94 in Munich:-)

No real surprise from possibly the top brewery in the world, a Wonderful, wonderful beer, one of the best I've ever had and that's saying a lot.

Prosit! (950 characters)

Photo of hankmeister
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had it at the brewery with my lunch. Delicious. Read other's notes if you want nuances, subtle notes, etc. I'm not eloquent enough, or my palate not refined enough. But I know what I like, and I like this a LOT! (211 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cloudy yellow/light orange with a beautiful fizzy white head. Nose is solid banana wheat. Taste follows with balls out banana and clovey bubblegum wheat yeast german mouthgasm goodness. Mouthfeel is solid and drinkability is second to none. Hands down one of the best beers and best breweries in the world. Awesome. Thats right ColoradoBobs! AWESOME! (363 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and maybe caramel aroma with some spice tossed in.
Appearance- This is a murky gold colored beer with a large white head.
Taste- A well balanced flavor that shows wheat and a great malt flavor. Very good
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.
Overall- An outstanding beer! I could drink this all the time. (417 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7.7% ABV, "store dark and keep cool 46-52°F) 6102 on back label.

A - This highly carbonated, cloudy golden straw-colored beer pours with a fantastic white head. The clumpy pillows of foam slowly collapse leaving a sad amount of lace on the glass for a German weizen.

S - Vitus has an explosive and classic German aroma rich with dusty yeast esters providing glimpses of banana, clay, white pepper, and clove. Grainy pale crushed malt and husky straw with soft wheat balance out in the background providing an excellent, perfumy and inviting aroma.

T - Grainy pale malt provides an excellent base for soft wheat and plenty of yeast nuances to fill in. Similar to the aroma, Vitus displays a wonderful cornucopia of soft banana and clove, earthy clay and white pepper, and a dry, dusty finish.

M - Plenty of carbonation provides a lively feel throughout Vitus' duration but it doesn't keep the beer from an exceptionally soft and smooth feel going down. Though there aren't any noticeable hops to speak of, the yeast's dryness gives the beer great balance on the finish, lingering with a touch of fruit and spice which beckons for another sip.

O - World-Class from start to finish, Vitus' explosive aroma draws you right in, pressing past the foam for the first sip of the classic yeast-rich German brew. This full-flavored and deceptively light weizenbock goes down all too easily. It looks like I've found one of my new favorite, easy to find, German beers! (1,505 characters)

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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