Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 1,070
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
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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 bminor7
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 from Savemore in Clifton Park.

A - golden, cloudy. 3/4" white foam.

S - predominantly banana bread. very inviting.

T - wheat, lemon, creamy. plenty of isoamyl acetate. really very good. kept putting this one off because the presentation (bottle) is lame, made me think of coffee/chocolate for some reason.

M - crisp, smooth carbonation.

D - outstanding. delicious and none of the other attributes take anything away from it. could have a 'few' on a nice warm summer evening.

Photo of zachary80
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 4081. Been in the fridge since purchased.

Vitus pours a hazy, opaque straw/yellow with perfect white head.

Aroma is sweet and estery, cloves, light citrus.

Flavor is strong but not overwhelming. Light banana and grape flavors. Like a stronger hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is good. Higher carbonation than expected.

A refreshing, Delicious beer. I expected it would be darker and heavier from the style description but it is not.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. This beer has received a lot of attention from the Front Range, lets see how it is.

A: Much lighter in color than other weizenbocks that I've had. Dark straw color with a white head, tons of carbonation, loud beer, you can actually hear the bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

S: Banana, cloves, slightly mineral like in flavor, big time wheat presence, smells like a really really strong hefeweizen.

T: Taste follows the nose quite nicely, big time wheat flavors, sweet, huge banana flavor in there, huge on the banana, a pretty strong clove flavor as well, not as huge as the banana though. Slight citrus/lemon flavor from the wheat malt, and a hint of booze too. Really flavorful. I'm impressed so far.

M: Very bubbly in the mouth, medium thickness, for such a high abv beer it is pretty refreshing, slight alcohol heat as well. Foamy really. Goes down easily though.

D: Very easy drinking beer. Considering the alcohol content and the overall hugeness of this beer, it goes down very easily. A little lighter in color than I had expected, but still a nice beer. Very interesting!

Photo of TheDinger
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Fantastic burnt wheat/orange pour with a monster 3 finger pillow head that hung around a bit. Smell is very fruit forward and floral. Banana, cloves and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is much like the Weih Hefe, but with more power and brunt. Very complex flavors and a great combination of fruits, phenos, malts and wheat. Like a hefe on roids! Feels is somewhat heavy carbonation and dry. Very smooth and coating. Overall- Another great offering and much like the Hefe. New to this style, so don't have a ton to compare it too. I will say, if you like the Hefe, you will like this. Complex and refreshing with a great blend of malts and fruits. A definite must try-

Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into shaker.

A- Hazy yellow straw pour with a three finger chunky white head. Lacing is great.

S- Grass, bubblegum, lemon and bananas.

T- Banana and bubblegum, lemon and sour dough bread.

M- Thin bodied, lively carbonation and quite refreshing.

O- I really don't think this brewer can do anything wrong. Everything I've enjoyed from them has been nothing short of spectacular. This is no exception.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazey straw yellow with a sticky white head and heavy lacing.

S: Banana, Wheat, orange citrus, bready yeast and pepper with clove aroma.

T: Wow, what a full palate of flavors for such a light bodied beer. Wheat malt flavors are strong along with a white pepper bananas and clove from the yeast. Finish of this is dry and crisp, leaving me wanting for more. Banana esters are strong in the finish as well.

M: Light in body with a little stickiness. High carbonation, slightly dry.

O: This is a classic Weizenbock, no doubt about it a great weizenbock that has stood the test of time. I will absolutely revisit this at another time when I am in the mood for it.

Photo of JRhode
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle split with jessethehutt. $3.99 seemed like a solid price.

Light glowing golden color. Head quickly dissipates after aggressive pour. No lacing.

Smell is banana candy and clove. Smells like an imperial Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier.

Taste also reminds me of an amped up Weihenstephan Hefeweiss. Strong banana/wheat flavor with some spiciness to it.

Full bodied, mouthcoating. Esters wrap around the tongue.

Highly drinkable, similar to Hefeweissbier. Wouldn't be able to guess the nearly 8% abv.

Photo of RedChrome
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright yellow gold color to the beer. Huge head filled over two inches with pillow-like white bubbles. Slow rising microscopic bubbles in abundance. Minimal lacing.

Fruity aromas have a banana backbone mixed with cherries and pineapples. A strong scent of yeast is heavy with the other aromas in the nose. A light spice to the finish hints of peppercorns.

The taste on the tongue are great. Ranging from a sweetness of malts and fruity sugars to a spicy note that starts light but emboldens itself on the tongue. Low bitterness is just right to keep this from being cloying.

Just a bit watery on the tongue. Beer clings and struggle to show all its flavors on all mouth surfaces. Carbonation burst is pleasant without overwhelming.

A fantastic brew. This one should be enjoyed best by itself to appreciate the complexity. Beware the alcohol content, as it sneaks up without a hint of it's presence. Well worth trying for any beer lover out there.

Photo of Kelp
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice bright yellow color almost golden.Wow lots of white foamy head that dissipated slowly. Very slight lacing left behind.

Bananas, citrus, and spice the usual smells of a good hefe.

This thing was good bananas, bananas, and more bananas. Yeasty and wheaty follow with a hint of citrus left behind on the tongue. Actually one of the nicest aftertastes I have ever had.

Smooth, creamy a medium body to it a bit too much carbonation for the type for my tastes.

This is ridiculously drinkable. I could have multiple more. The alcohol is well hidden, hard to believe it is 7+%. This is just a great beer.

Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Layers of banana, vanilla, clove and spice that has a complexity and mouth feel that is uncommon for the style. Intensely sweet, but strongly balanced and flavored. Nose showcases typical weisse notes. Light golden colored with a filmy white head. Stunning wheat ale.

Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Yellow brown translucent body on first pour but later pours revealed a much more cloudy, opaque appearance. 3.5 inch head that dissipated in 3 minutes. I will rate the more opaque look which appeared in the second half of the bottle. 4.5

S Wheat, malt softness, some alcohol to the nose. Really inviting, interesting. 4.5

T A great, smooth Weizenbock with a classic taste. It is thinner than others that I have had but I suspect that this is how a Weizenbock is supposed to taste. Alcohol is well hidden. 4.5

M Moderate with elevated ABV and grains thickness.

D Great!

Notes: This is liquid goodness. Alcohol could really sneak up on the drinker here since it is so well hidden. This is the 5th and final Weihenstephaner beer that I sampled recently. This one did not dissapoint.

Photo of CMW
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still one of my favorite breweries...

A - Pours a cloudy gold color with a massive fluffy white head with decent retention. There is some nice soapy white lacing on the side of the glass. Carbonation is barely visible due to the cloudiness.

S - All your typical scents, bananas, clove, and heavy yeast.

T - Yeast is very noticable up front and mixes well with the banana flavors. I find this tastes very similar to their hefe except for the slight alcohol taste in the Vitus.

M - Light and thin but full of flavors. Carbonation is just right.

D - This is extremely drinkable. Not as good as the hefe but very close. I could easily drink a few bombers of these and at 7+% alcohol, I would be a mess.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into wheat beer glass

Hazy golden color. Beautiful, full thick white three finger foamy cap.

Clean, crisp, fresh smell of Banana's with a hint of cloves, caramel and a whiff of lemon. Light to medium mouthfeel

Smooth. Delicious with a small hint of alcohol on the finish. No bitter aftertaste. clean and refershing. Sweet with banana and slight clove taste. Definite repeat , delicious beer.

Back up the trucks and stock up the fridge. Great classic beer. A favorite. Savor it and enjoy. They had a 500 year head start on Rheinheitsgebot , imagine what they can produce in the next millennium?

Photo of Knapp85
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color. The head is white with a pretty good retention but not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a fruity aroma, along the lines of peach and banana. Really fresh smelling beer. The taste is also fruity (apple), there is some bready yeast flavors and a subtle spice note in the finish. I do get a slight metallic flavor that I'm not digging too much, hoping that fades as it warms up. The mouthfeel is soft, very smooth with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I can see why the score is so high on this one because it really is a great beer. Awesome flavors and really enjoyable.

Photo of axeman9182
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Vitus pours a very surprisingly light golden yellow, with a massive, fluffy white head. It easily fills up more than half the glass, but fades a litle too quickly for my taste. Similarly, lacing left behind is a bit spotty.The nose is extremely powerful, and smells a bit like a hefeweizen on steroids. There's an additional bit of mat sweetness though, to balance out the massive banana and (moreso) clove. The extra malt shows up on my palate as well, as there's an increased vanilla sweetness from having more wheat in the grain bill. There's also a slight warming sensation from alcohol, which is a solid addition to the beer. Still though, this one's a massive clove/banana weiss yeast bomb. The mouthfeel is truly remarkable though. I'm half convinced that Weihenstephan made some kind of deal with the devil to get a body this light on a beer this big/flavorful. Carbonation is almost frantic (without becoming overbearing), and the result is a mouthfeel that is the definition of effervescent. Vitus basically an imperial hefe, as opposed to many weizenbocks incorporating some darker malts, but it's nonetheless world class.

Photo of 05Harley
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 2021

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $2.99/bomber

The appearance is a hazy golden color with a massive 2 inch creamy white head. The retention is average with little sign of lacing. The beer is clean with no sediment visible.

Aroma is sweet and pleasent with a strong scent of banana and spices followed by pears, bread, grassiness and a touch of bubble gum.

The taste is similiar to the nose with banana and mild spices, clove, apple and wheat. quite refreshing and appropriate for an 80 degree day like today.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a lite body and a perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is barely noticeable and well hidden for 7.7%. Finishes dry due to the spicey hops.

This example is highly drinkable and my favorite wheat beer to date. A pleasure to have this time of year and one I'll be enjoying many times over this summer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vitus delivers the appearance of a typical Bavarian hefeweizen except that the head is shorter and more compact and creamy. That makes sense though, as it's less carbonated. Still, the retention is good, and it leaves some hole-punched sheets and nice wide-splashes of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma also expresses the usual banana, and a little bit of clove; but there's also an increased maltiness. The wheat is quite clear, whereas in a standard hefe it has to fight its way through the phenolics.

In the mouth it's medium-full with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and there's enough carbonation to lend a gentle bristle to the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma, and the richer malt component is quite robust, and in effect, satiating. It tastes like a standard hefeweizen, but bigger. Quite often weizenbocks will display some added caramelish character, but that's not the case here. It's straightforward wheat malt and yeasty banana and clove. A firm bitterness balances it, and a very subtle spritz of alcohol also helps to dry it.

Quite nice! A classic!

Photo of Sharkophile
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been dying to try this for a while... here it goes:

A: Poured into a goblet. Looks surprisingly light, maybe a slightly darker version of their hefeweizen. Head retention is lower, bubbles move slower due to the thicker body.

S: Smells like a hefe on steroids, with banana and clove, but also other fruits and spices, and a nice whiff of alcohol.

T: Has the typical banana flavors, but also a pear-like taste and herbal honey flavor. Very spicy with clove, allspice and alcoholic spiciness. Very complex.

M: Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very heavy. Excellent.

O: Very very good stuff. Spicy and sweet and complex and would pair well with alot of foods, I would imagine.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5l bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Iain for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, bright-golden color. Two-finger, meringue-like head that retains for ages. Very active carbonation.

S: Wonderful aromas of banana, clove, and a tangy lemony-orange citrus quality.

T: Incredible flavors of banana, clove, nuts, and a slightly funky, tart, and tangy citrus hop profile. Lightly sweet, tart, and spicy at the finish.

M: Prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation but that doesn't hide the fact that this is rather thick and full. I wasn't expecting the mouthfeel with this to feel so rich.

D: So drinkable, it's scary. This may be due to my limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but I wasn't expecting a beer anything near this when I first sipped it. This beer is incredible! This definitely needs to come to the states.

Photo of Andonato
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden straw color with a little haziness.
Pristine white head is lush but dissipates quickly. My girlfriend commented on how beautiful it looked. I agree
The aromas of banana, clove, citrus, wheat, and earth jump out of the glass.
Much of the aromas translate to the palate as well. Candied bananas, honey, wheat, earth, and baking spices are pronounced and lovely.
Incredibly smooth with light carbonation makes this a very easy drinker at 8%
Very highly recommended if you want a classic Weizenbock. It has been a while since I had a good German beer, can't imagine a much better way to get back into the lovely brews of the Rhineland than with this Vitus Weizenbock. Very pleased

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets a lovely aroma of honey, bubblegum, clove and spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose in a very nice way. There is plenty of flavor in this excellent beer, and it has almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. It's slightly sweet, but is not at all cloying or heavy on the palate. The alcohol is very well disguised, and this beer is so drinkable it's ridiculous. I think I drank my glass in about 5 minutes and was still trying to figure out where it went so quickly.

Delicious stuff.

Photo of acrawf6
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark golden straw with a small haze and a bubbly white head that drops to a thin ring around the beer.

Smell. Smells rather sweet with a small honey and some turbinado sugar characteristic to it. A considerable amount of clove comes out nicely a little bit of spice jumps out, like allspice.

Taste. I really like the sweetness of this beer. Cloves dominate the flavor. I also get a little bit of a vanilla flavor to it, something i have not picked up other times i have had this beer. Aftertaste stays rather sweet, and gets a little fruity.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a good medium level, with a little bit of chewiness to it despite its high carbonation. As it warms and the carbonation drops a little, it still has a nice body that turns a bit creamy.

Overall, an excellent beer. I love this style and wish they had more available out there. The one's i've had had always reminded me of a hefe combined with a belgian. this one reminds me of between a hefe and a tripel. Great flavor and easy drinking (even at 7.7%), how can you go wrong?

Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Franziskaner weissbier glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy lemon-amber with a couple fingers of bone white head that slowly faded into nothingness.
S: Chalky, doughy, yeast, bready malts, cracked wheat, and a very subtle hint of clove and lemon.
T: I’m getting more citrus and fruit in the mouth than the nose, but for the most part this beer tastes like it smells. Sugary fruits and citrus lead the way with big chalky notes of wheat as well. I get hints of bananas and clovey yeast in the finish, and the aftertaste is sweet and grainy. There’s a light touch of caramel or candied sugar as well.
M: Medium-body, slick and heavy mouthfeel with greasy and soft carbonation. Smooth but heavy.
O: An amazing weizenbock full of fruity and rich flavors. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of wheat beers.

Photo of Domingo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew at the Weihenstephan biergarten itself. They don't have it on any of the menus, but they had a couple of posters for it.
It looks a little darker on the posters as I thought they poured me the wrong beer at first.
It's a golden yellow straw color, but it has the obvious weiss cloudiness. I've only had a few Weizenbocks, but this one's the lightest by far.
Smell is like an amped up hefeweizen. Bananas, cloves, and a little bit of a nice creaminess that isn't there in the normal weiss.
That creaminess carries over in the flavor, too. It's really rich, but it's not as "in your face" as something like Aventinus. You can taste a little bit of additional alcohol, but not too much. Pretty impressive.
It's thickness and drinkability are very much like a normal weiss, too.

I really liked this one. It's certainly subdued for a weizenbock, but that can be a good thing. We were drinking this brew with a helles and I don't think it was any less drinkable than a brew that was 2-3% lower in ABV.
Reminds me of their normal hefe-weizen, but with the flavor kicked up a notch. Still, the drinkability holds up remarkably well. It's not going to blow anyone away with any unique flavors, but it's a new take on a brew that's already possibly the finest hefe.

EDIT: Now that his is sold over here in the US, I've been buying and and continuing to enjoy it. One note I keep getting (and enjoying) is a vanilla character. As this one warms, that comes out more and more. Yummy stuff!

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 I've ever had actually.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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