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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,697 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,697
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 212 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

Kevinpitts, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9fl oz botle into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color with a massive 3 fingers of pitted white head. Some lacing.

S: Wheat up front as is to be expected. Slight hint of malt in the back. Hints of banana and clove from the yeast are there as well.

T: Really nice example of the style. Perhaps a little on the light side. Wheat and banana dominate. Sweetness in the end.

M: Light body with a ton of carbonation. Perhaps a tad too much.

D: A weizenbock that drinks like a Heff. Interesting and really well done. Would love to sit around a backyard and drink this during the summer.

aerozeppl, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Root Cellar.

Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate banana, citrus & spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy yeasty banana sweet flavor with a medium sweet and small alcohol finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable brew more like a Hefe.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a darker beer, given what I know about the Weizenbock style, but the Vitus pours a pale, unfiltered gold into a smaller tulip glass. Copious head, but it reduces to a neat layer for the rest of the way down. Aroma is of intense bananas-- imagine five times your typical Hefeweizen-- spice, and alcohol.

Taste is nice, definitely some alcohol there, but the fruitiness, carbonation and typical Hefeweizen-like profile-- yeasty phenols and the like-- balance the booze. Luscious, creamy mouthfeel. One of the most drinkable strong beers (7.7%) I've had. Maybe I don't know any better, but the Vitus is essentially like a Hefeweizen cranked up a notch or two. If you want a strong beer that's also refreshing, look no further. The Vitus doesn't strike me as terribly complex and heavy, but that's not a bad thing.

dasenebler, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of DoktorZee
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - light yellow and cloudy. Big fluffy white head of a few fingers that slowly (a few minutes) dissipates leaving some chunky lacing behind. Paler than I would expect; enticing!

S - big yeasty and grainy nose; lots of wheat in there. Surprisingly powerful and earthy. Really lovely nose on this.

T - big flavor that matches the nose very well; very slight bitterness with a hint of sour that permeates the beer until you're walloped with a massive wheat and yeast profile (almost a vegetable quality to it - it's so solid). After the flavors fade a combined bitter/sourness permeates.

M - quite light, but with solid carbonation - super thirst quenching.

D - no hint whatsoever of the relatively large alcohol profile. Easy drinker for sure.

Really solid and delicious. Highly recommended.

DoktorZee, Oct 26, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. This one pours a hazy yellow with tangerine highlights. A large head, still much more subdued than that of the regular hefe, grows from the pour and quickly fades away leaving no lacing to be found.

The smell is nearly identical to the Weihenstephaner hefe I just had before this - banana, clove, orange peel. This one seems to have a breadier nose however. Still fantastic.

Taste is in your face banana and I am in love with it. This just seems like an amped up version of the hefeweizen. Clove, much more banana, more spice and more alcohol make up its profile. I am not picking up on any dark fruits as I was expecting but a great beer nonetheless.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation and nearly undetectable alcohol come together for a dangerously drinkable beer. This is such an amazing beer, especially for the price point. If only the weather was a bit* warmer out I think I'd be enjoying this even more.

mjn5036, Feb 23, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky yellow in color. Huge 3 finger white head. The color is a bit off-putting, but right for the style.

S - Citrus, clove, and bread yeast dominate.

T - Tastes of clove and yeast, with some lemony citrus in the back end. Banana esters arrive later on and linger for a while.

M - Light body, lots of carbonation. Dries out in the end.

O - Overall quite good. Very similar to the hefe, but breadier and more intense. Maybe a bit too citrus-forward, but a wonderful beer overall.

greenmonstah, Aug 09, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light golden color with nice fluffy white head that lasted a while. I was surprised by the lightness of the color. The aroma was very citrusy. The taste was a flavorful balance of bananas, spice, citrus, and wheat. The mouthfeel was very nice. Despite its 7.7% abv this is an extremely drinkable beer that hides its alcohol well.

biggmike, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Franziskaner, Apr 19, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%

Hopperstreet, Sep 01, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from ShrLSU - much obliged!

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a large-bubbled, two-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells just like the classic Wiehenstephaner - lots of bananas and bubble gum with hints of citrus. As the beer warms there's a very slight hint of alcohol.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bananas and bubble gum with an underlying sweetness. These flavors carry through to the end and linger after the sip is over. Alcohol is noticeable in my nose if I breath just right.

Mouthfeel is foamy yet smooth.

Drinkability is very good. I don't think it's quite as drinkable as the classic as it's a bit sweeter and the alcohol is more noticeable, but it's still very tasty.

Overall this is certainly worth a shot by all who love Weihenstephaner, and thanks again for ShrLSU for sending this along.

glid02, Jan 08, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow. Big lively white head off the pour, settles to a nice-sized chunk of foam.

Substantial nose. Big wheat malt aromas. Fresh baked banana bread with a real sweetness.

The banana bread comes through again on the tongue. The sweetness from earlier comes across as vanilla, giving an even stronger impression of cakey dough, along with some nice chewy malt. This brew is so rounded and soft that, at times, it almost comes across as a wit.

Not what I was expecting from this one, this is a very easy-going hefe, and the alcohol is well-hidden. Nice wheat.

CanuckRover, Mar 04, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

pirates21, Oct 05, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bit of paper where I had scribbled this review a few months ago during the cooler weather, but had failed to enter it in!

Served in a Mahrs Brau porcelain mug. Use by date of 20/9/09. Sweet nose of banana, spices and fresh malty goodness. An attractive fluffy white head - the way i like it. A striking rich malt backbone that overpowers the faint wheatiness. High ABV, but this is well masked as is the case with good German bock beers.

Mild alcoholic bitterness in the finish.

A gem.

foles, Nov 01, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle ~ poured into a weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a dark gold / orangish color lots of active carbonation, a large billowing white head. Pouring in the yeast hazes things up a bit as it slowly disperses. Great head retention and lacing. Beer looks great.

Smell- Clove, banana, bubblegum. Bready, light toasted malts.

Taste- Taste follows the aroma. This deffinitly has much more malt character than their hefe. It has more of a carmel flavor and breadyness. A light peppery spice. All the hefe characteristics are in there, but the yeast and the sweetness is much less pronounced, improving this over their hefe, per my taste. Also picking up a slight apple taste. The finish is clean, not to lingering.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, very smooth. ABVs go undetected. This aspect is very nice.

Overall- Goes down smooth and easy. If you havnt noticed yet, I much prefer this to the hefe, which I find almost cloying. I could easily drink a few of these. Recomended, I have the aventinus up next, we shall see which is better.

JLeege, Jan 25, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a huge head with some excellent retention. Nice cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of banana phenol. Nice wheaty zest underneath. This is what a weizenbock should smell like.

Nice smooth wheat with authentic german yeast. I'm not usually a fan of the style, but the banana phenol isn't over the top as it is in some beers and it seems to be in balance. It's very nice and refreshing and will probably be underrated for not being over the top. This really isn't a weizenbock as much as it is a hefeweizen. I don't detect any dark malts at all. This is a hefeweizen.

This beer is crisp and refreshing and one of the most sessionable weizenbocks that I've ever had. It's a must try.

jasonjlewis, Oct 01, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Aroma is predominantly clove-like with soft banana and a touch of bubblegum and yeasty sourness. Pours a frothy, two-finger head with good retention; body is a cloudy amber. Like the aroma, the clove-like quality takes center stage; there is a slight yeasty twang; sweetness is present but nondescript; alcohol only becomes noticeable in the finish, and even then it is remarkably well integrated. The body is medium-full with substantial carbonation which also provides a nice, crisp bite; alcohol provides a bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall, the impression is one of a mere—albeit delicious—hefeweizen with a greater alcohol content. It really doesn't seem bock-like at all, which is the only aspect that I can find fault with.

fipoceilz7, Sep 02, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle; code on back is 5198

Pours a cloudy pale golden into my weizen glass with a massive surging four finger off white head. Had to stop pouring and wait.

Scent is banana, funky yeast, sour wheat, spice (pepper and cloves) and alcohol esters.

Taste is soft and smooth. Bananas, yeast and wheat. Creamy light sourness. Peppery spice; cloves. Coriander? The slightest hint of alcohol spice and warming. A hint of pineapple.

Mouth is creamy and silky.

Drinkability is excellent and abv is nearly unnoticeable.

This is a fantastic beer.

sethmeister, Nov 08, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into dimpled mug.

Dry cracked spicy wheat with cloves, banana, and bubblegum.
There's a surprising amount of gummy sweetness and fruity esters.

Light golden-- very clear. Looks very highly carbonated, with a nice 2 fingers head of shiny foamy head.

Really pretty nice-- very easy to drink. Pretty light airy body with lots of carbonation.

I'll be honest-- after seeing ColoradoBob mention this a bunch in the forums, I decided I had to try it... And I'm not disappointed! Another great beer from this brewery!

AleWatcher, Feb 26, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden with a hint of orange. The head was towering and lingering, like any good Weizen should have.

S: Citrus, orange peel, cranberries. Wheat, cracked pepper.

T: Tart and fruity initially, with a little sweet malt that gives way to rich wheat. Plenty of phenol & spice toward the finish.There was more bitterness lingering afterward than in most Bavarian wheat beers.

M: Crisp, with good carbonation. The only downside was a slight astringent feel late.

O: A very solid Weizen, although not my very favorite. Truly, it was a little too busy with flavors and sensations to be as refreshing as I'd expect from the class.

TappaKeggaBrew, Mar 13, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky wheat straw, very white small bubbled head reducs to ring. Fine bubbled sheets of lace and cascading bubbles as glass is tilted.

S - Banana, Belgian yeast, spicy undertones.

T - Coriander, other spices, pepper dominate, dry finish.

M - Great carb, good balance.

D - Nice stuff!

srandycarter, Aug 03, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/2/12

A murky golden yellow with a massive three finger head even after a soft pour, decent retention and partial rings of lace well down the glass, looking good

S some cereal, banana, clove, lemon and pineapple, smells pretty good, like a hefe on steroids

T a little more spice then the smell and just barely noticeable booze

M fairly heavy for the color and quite creamy on the verge of turning to foam but not quite, leaves just a little behind on your gums

O this one would waste you under a hot sun because it went down very fast, quite easy to drink for a bigger beer I liked it a lot

I think I need to research the style because this was not what I was expecting, this reminds me of a double hefe if that makes sense, drink it and you'll understand what I mean

wordemupg, Feb 16, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy, very cloudy 18 karat gold color. 2 finger head with good retention, but disappointing lace.

S- massive yeast esters dominate the nose. Primarily clove, but a good amount of banana is present as well. Strong dusty raw wheat brings up the rear. I love an aroma this full.

F- Again, dominated by a beautiful yeast strain, that just forces its esters on you. Banana is a bit more prevalent here, but clove is still playing a major role. Wheat is fairly tart and rounds out the rear with barely even a hint of hops. Big, bold, and beautiful.

M- Creamy, low carbonation, and silky smooth.

D- pretty damn good. Hides the 7.7% quite well, until it starts to warm your belly toward the bottom of the glass.

Overall, a damn fine beer, although slightly misleading. I picked up the bottle thinking this may be a Weihenstephaner version of Aventinus. I was wrong. This seems to be much more akin to being an "Imperial Hefe". Perhaps the traditional German breweries are starting to take cues from us Americans? Either way, I don't care. It's a delicious beer, that is very well made, and one that I look forward to having again in the near future.

phisig137, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a brilliant Weizenbock!

500mL bottle poured into two weizens!

Two finger head, moderate carbonation

Straw gold

Smells of bananas!

Tastes of banana, bubblegum, and cloves!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing!

This is an exceptional beer. Buy some tonight.

BierStein711, Jan 05, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, becomes an almost electric-yellow when light passes through it. Lots of white head that laces very well.

S- Not extremely strong, but cloves, banana, some spices from the yeast.

T- Follows the nose well. Bananas, cloves, yeasty spiciness. Very good.

M- Light bodied, smooth, clean finish.

D- Very drinkable, almost sessionable if it weren't for the 7.7%.

All in all very good and enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

LordAdmNelson, Apr 25, 2009
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,697 ratings.