Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,062
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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 Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

S: Banana, bubblegum, alcohol, wheat, and citrus.

T: Initial flavor is sweet and with a good bit of clove spice and citrus. The bubblegum type fruit flavors kick in and ride with the citrus and spice into the finish. The finish is sweet with a good bit of burn and a very slight hop flavor.

M: Very smooth feel to it. For being 7.7% it is easy to drink. Very refreshing feel to it with the higher carbonation.

O: Lighter than most other Weizenbocks that I've had. I like the absence of the dark fruit, cherry element. Light and refreshing like a Hefeweizen, only much stronger. (678 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 drtth
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dating 5109 which translates to a date of the 5th in the 10th week in the 9th year or 5 Mar., 09. Chilled and poured into a 0.5L Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a hazy yellow gold color with a fluffy 1" thick head that begins to recede slowly. The color surprises as it seems like an ordinary hefeweizen and has little or no "dunkel" appearance. Filled with small streams of bubbles the beer maintains about ½" of the head even when sipping. The sheets of foam leave a ring and some leggy lacing. Eventually the head recedes to a thin layer of foam that leaves sheets of foam and lacing for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma contains banana, clove, honey and wheat all "interwingled" into a fruity whole along with something that reminds me of tart green apple.

Taste: The rich complex flavor is much as predicted from the nose and has some sweet banana, some clove and some bubble gum along with traces of malt and some lightly tart green apple. The flavor is very complex as none of the flavors dominate and the all are taking their turns at showing off.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and silky smooth with loads of fine carbonation that coats the tongue. The finish is reasonably long and begins simultaneously sweet and tart, but then eventually fades into a lightly tart ending.

Drinkability: My first reaction on the pour was one of surprise at the lightness of the color and I wondered if I'd grabbed the wrong bottle. This is very drinkable hefeweizen/weizenbock and even before the beer was half gone I was wishing that I had another one to open this evening. I'll definitely be looking for more of this one. (1,719 characters)

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

I've been trying not to give such high scores to so many beers, but I couldn't help this one - it's just so good!

A - Very cloudy yellow/orange body with a huge fizzy white head that retains incredily well. A good amount of carbonation rushing up through the beer's body. Beautiful lacing on the glass

S - Sweet citrusy aroma with a fresh yeasty body and the smell of muddled wheat. A hint of bergamot in the citrus nose but leans more towards a lemony aroma. Just a touch of estery alcohol with a deep breath through the nice. Spicy notes as well.

T&M - Big yeasty taste with a malt backbone and a slap of citrus. Very crisp from the citrus taste and the accompaniment of near-spritzy carbonation. A bit of the bergamot in there and balanced with spicy notes from the alcohol. Coriander, some white pepper, lemon zest, and bread yeast. Not as much dark malt as expected. Definitely malty but on the lighter side as compared to Aventinus.

D - Goes down so well and is such a nice crisp and refreshing beer. You don't notice the alcohol much until the end when you realize your pint is almost gone. Great flavors throughout and the profile continues to change as it warms. Really fun to explore this beer. (1,208 characters)

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

I poured some of my 16.9 oz bottle into a tall pub glass...

The beer was a lemonade yellow color with a huge 4 inch head that was white and foamy. It smells strongly of lemon, banana, clove and wheat. Very pleasant. The taste is strong on clove and spice along with banana, lemon and wheat. There is a bit of yeast in the aftertaste. The beer is light with a ton of soft, bubbly carbonation, it is just a tad warming but I would have never guessed it to be 7.7%. No flaws in this one, it will go well with my german sausage links I just grilled. (546 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Two finger white head. Excellent retention. Smells very rich. Wheat, banana, clove. Very floral and fruity. Taste is similar. Light fruits, spice, yeast. Like a hefeweizen, but thicker and more powerful. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth finish.

I love this beer. (302 characters)

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

500ml into a snifter.

A-Beautiful orange-gold hued body with a massive white head.

S-Strong spice and clove, background is banana and candy.

T-Soft banana with strong spices with additional earth notes. Finishes a bit dry and almost tart, (amazingly similar to the slight bitterness of an unripe banana).

M-Smooth and full. Carbonated but not spritzy.

O-Wonderful weizenbock. (381 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my Duvel tulip because I don't have a proper weizen glass.

A: Much lighter in color than the Aventinus wheat dopplebock if memory serves me correct. This weizenbock pours a rich, hazy, amber body with lighter, golden edges; two-finger thick, creamy white head that is probably intensified by the shape of the tulip and sticks around for quite a while. Beer looks like a classic Weihenstephaner.

S: Prominent notes are ripe bananas, cloves, and a grainy, musty wheat bread aroma. Overall profile very reminiscent of banana bread - fairly sweet but balanced by the malt backbone.

T: Much like the nose - very prominent, sweet, ripe banana flavors dominate the start, followed by a twang of spiciness from the cloves. There are also faint fruit hints of rind-like citrus and apple. Mid sip, the malts come into play, with a lot of doughy, yeasty bready goodness balancing out the fruity introduction. Finish is crisp and savory, with a grainy malt note lingering on the palate while a slightly peppery flavor peaks overtop of any residual banana sweetness to round out the swallow.

M: Medium bodied with very good carbonation that is crisp on the tongue and leaves a slightly powdery sensation on the palate after swallowing.

D: 7.7% ABV means this beer packs a punch, but it is seemingly tamed at the first sip. However, a hint of peppery alcohol peaks in the finish as the glass warms; by the last few sips of the glass, the alcohol has really made its presence known.

Weihenstephaner does it again with their Weizenbock. I've been impressed with every Weihenstephaner beer I've had the pleasure of trying (Hefe, Dunkel, Korbinian and now the Vitus) and I'm beginning to think that this brewery cannot put a foot wrong. Superb flavor, and quite drinkable, I would definitely recommend you get your hands on a bottle of Vitus. (1,864 characters)

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

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy white head, lots of creamy sticy white lacing through out the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bananna and coriander notes, also a nice touch of caramel. The taste is awesome, sweet, malty, yeasty, fruity, with some spiceyness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a true classic, never been disappointed in this brewery's brew's, highly recommended. (516 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 spointon
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this weizenbock from a 16.9oz brown bottle into my tall Erdinger glass.

A= This beer is a sight to behold for sure. I poured it at just below cellar temperature and the head was amazing - 3" of snow white foam on top of a cloudy, pale gold beer. Huge amounts of carbonation release present.

S= I was really surprised that the aromas of this beer reminded me of Belgian yeasts rather than the usual German weiss. Instead of overpowering banana and clove, I found those aromas muted along side chalky, funky yeast and green apples and pears.

T= This beer tastes like an amped up, German version of a Belgian Wit (and I mean that as a compliment). I tasted much the same as I found in the aroma - banana, clove, green orchard fruits, and yeast. Very little hop presence. Alcohol was not a factor despite the ABV. Slightly tart/dry finish.

MF= Despite the huge carbonation level, this beer had a soft mouthfeel. Coated my tongue with pleasant tartness making me want more.

D= Wow, this was a damn good beer, easily the best German weiss bier I have ever had. I can see myself drinking a bunch more of these! (1,120 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A classic Weizenbock that shows real depth and real class in the mouthfeel and use of hefe notes and the deeper darker aspects of the bock. I can't really find much to fault in this beer for the style as it is redolent of bananas and dark fruit with a luscious mouthfeel that really makes you want the beer never to end. (320 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Beautiful brew. Excellent fruity yeasty esters. Banana and pear highlights along with a nice balancing act of nutty, bready, honey sweet malts and clove spice. Fruity, crisp, and refreshing. Finishes with a nice flavorful drying quality. (238 characters)

Photo of Reegze79
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A superb wheat beer. Pours a hazy straw color with creamy head and the nose is the classic lemon and banana. The taste is unique and surprising; starts creamy sweet and finishes even sweeter. Not over the top but enough to let you know that has a bock influence and separates itself from the classic wheat beer they brew. Body is on the light side. Reminds me of the rock-candy like taste you get in a Belgian dubbel. (417 characters)

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

500ml bottle poured into a tall weihenstephan wheat beer glass.

A- Pours a cloudy gold, with about 2 fingers of fluffy head that subsides very slowly leaving nice lacing. looks very good.

S- wow. a whole bunch of fruit and spice. straight up theres the typical weizen banana, apricot and touch of citrus. followed by a whole bunch of spice, a touch of cinnamon but mainly clove. very nice and very aromatic.

T- similar flavours to the nose. fruit, predominantly banana, a touch of yeastiness than a whole bunch of spice, again reminding my mainly of clove. the 7.7 per cent alcohol blends in perfectly. again very nice.

M- very nice and quite spritzy. light to mid bodied. remains a highly drinkable beer for the ABV. excellent on a warmer day. leaves the mouth dry, and that lasts for a while. very good again.

O- very very very nice beer. could while away a very happy summer afternoon sipping on these. terrific aroma, with a taste to match. looks and feels good. just an allround good beer. (1,003 characters)

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

500 ml bottle.

Beautiful hazy lemon yellow to golden straw body. Tall, two fingers of thick, pillowy, soft, off-white head. Good lacing. Big fruity esters on the nose. Banana quartet: bananas, bananas soaked in rum, banana bread, Gerber banana baby food. Also some tropical fruit. Yeasty. Wheat bready. Nice.

Yeasty wheat bread twang up front. A hint of noble hop spiciness as well. Tropical fruits and banana sweetness emerge. Rummy alcohol adds some depth. Some bubble gum and clove chime in. Candied banana sweetness peaks near the finish. Lingering yeast and clove. Full-bodied with a thick, proteiny feel. A very good weizenbock that is more in the spirit of an amped up hefeweizen (think Dancing Man Wheat by New Glarus) than a darker, roastier, vinous Aventinus. (772 characters)

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow/golden tan, monster 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Wheat, yeast, banana, lemon, some sweet fruits like orange, peach and grapefruit. Added spices and sugars are present along with a slight bready/saision aroma.

Taste - Nice sweet yeasty kick with lots of fruits, banana and lemon. A nice sugar/spice mix adds some sweetness. Plenty of wheat mixed in with the fruits. There is a underlying warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice and refreshing and easy on mouth. Tounge gets the yeast, wheat and fruits, were the tounge gets more sugars and spices. Finish is light, fruity and smooth.

Overall - As usual with this brewery, fantastic, a pleasure to drink and easy to enjoy. One of the best weizenbocks out there. Try this one, world class beer. (822 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Passionfruit the color
Forces spice and pleasant banana
The bubbles that are laced
Never to dissipate
The finish never ends

A: Light gold with a little bit of haze. Holy crap that’s a lot of carbonation, a super well-retained head, almost frustratingly so cuz I want to pour more than 4 oz of beer into my pint glass. (3/3)
S: Heaven, I believe, would smell a bit like this. The wheaty spice is omnipresent: a little bit of clove and pepper, with some subtle fruity notes too, like red grape or banana. (10/12)
T: Starts crisp and finishes sweet, but the aftertaste comes in waves: banana, pepper, white bread. (18/20)
M: The bubbles were already mentioned, and they are quite powerful. A medium dryness across the whole tongue on finish. (5/5)
O: More. More. Give me more of this beer. The strength of alcohol is not very perceptible in contrast to the Hefeweissbier by the same brewery, but the strength of spice certainly is. I could really drink this every day. It’s so satisfying. (9/10)
45/50 (1,016 characters)

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

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with visible carbonation and a huge, pillowy head of creamy and dense white foam. Loads of retention, slowly settling to a heavy cap and leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Wheat malt with notable but attenuated sweetness mixed with loads of fruity and spicy esters. Plenty of banana with hints of citrus and apple, notes of clove and bubblegum, loads of bready (and very slightly musty) yeast, and mild grassy hops.

T: Rich wheat and barley malts lead off into a hell of a melange. Notes of banana, cloves, honey, citrus (mainly lemon), pears, bubblegum, nutmeg, and slightly tangy, bready yeast throughout. Toasted grain, floral hops, and a nutty note from the yeast come through in the finish. The alcohol is undetectable.

M: Medium-bodied with typical Weizen carbonation, lively and a bit gassy but smooth with a slightly chewy feel. Despite the rich palate, the finish is dry and clean. This, along with the perfectly hidden ABV, makes it surprisingly drinkable (if no less potent).

T: Archetypal Weizenbock that showcases complex flavours without sacrificing much of the eminently refreshing, easy-drinking character of a plain Weizen. Worth seeking out. (1,189 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a very nice cloudy yellow with a very thick white head.

S: I get a lot of sweet fruity scents, almost like candy.

T: The beer sort of reminds me of bubble gum at firsts and has a very tripel style taste. Just a very sweet beer, has some peach, apple and melon type tastes.

M: The beer is beyond smooth. It almost drinks like water and I cant think of a beer that has a better feel that this.

O: One of the greatest beers I have ever had. It is easy to drink and tastes amazing. (498 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/17/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is exactly like a Hefeweizen, light malts, bananas, wheat and spices with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very spicy with strong flavors of bananas and wheat in the background. The hops presence is mild but quite complimentary. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, to me this is simply an amped up version of the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. The brewery calls it a Weizenbock, but regardless of how it's classified, this is an excellent beer overall. (876 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded golden - much lighter than expected for style - huge, foamy white head that becomes rocky. Uneven lacing stick - unfortunately, though, it is quickly vanishing.

The smell is of bubblegum, floral, with peppery spicing and banana (with apple/pear) fruitiness. Grainy notes add to complexity. Different than I expected for the style, but it fits if taken from a different perspective that "fits the style".

The taste is sweet - in a bubblegum way. Malty and grainy with grassy notes. A bit of warming alcohol comes through, but in a very mild for actual abv way. It has a sweet and spicy, crisp finish.

Medium-bodied and very smooth. On spot feel - effervescent carbonation coates the palate, but not nearly in a prickly way. Smooth is an understatement, here.

Gimme more...
A unique brew that is like a HW on steroids, with a smoothness that is incredible, while still keeping the pleasant taste lingering well into the aftertaste. A work of art. (962 characters)

Photo of zoso493
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The legendary hefe's big brother! Let's see how this one stacks up. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very bright yellow-gold color with a massive, foamy four-finger head, which dissipates slowly, but still has above average retention.

Smell: Very nice. Lots of bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. This one has the more pronounced banana scent that you may not find quite as obvious in other weizenbocks.

Taste: Where the hell is the alcohol?! This drinks just like the regular hefeweizen. The first taste you get is some bananas with some sugar on tap, like the Bananas Foster my mom always makes. Other than that, it pretty much just follows the scent with some clove, yeast and other typical weisse flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary, but has a nice amount of carbonation and is light-bodied like a weisse should be.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is otherwordly. I think they actually just bottled the hefeweizen in a Vitus bottle. Despite the 7.7% ABV (which is not too high for the style) this would be a kickass brew to enjoy during the summer months. The alcohol is not even present.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. Such a nice drinking beer with a great banana taste, if that's what you're into in your weissens. I'm seeing now why this brew is so revered on this site. Definitely worth picking up a bottle (or six) next time you see it. (1,428 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite brews.

A king-sized, off-white head tops out above the rim of a Weizen glass. Color is light brown with yellow hues at the light.

A fusion of spices (clove, nutmeg), banana, lemon peel, and vanilla cake to the nose.

Taste is powerful with bold spicy and fruity notes that mix to form a completely unique flavor profile.

A complex beer of the old guard that doesn't have to punch you in the mouth to get its point across. (455 characters)

Photo of unclejimbay
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus
Brauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Weizenbock
ABV: 7.70 %, 500ml bottle to wheat glass

Appearance is a golden honey color, semi cloudy, excellent fluffy head & retention.
Smell is bold banana/fruity aromas on a light wheat malt base, with a dash of the booze from the abv.
Tastes as it smells. A nice description would be an "Imperial Hefeweizen" with a dash of abv/booze from the same brewer. A lighter style Weizenbock, more banana/fruit, no noticeable dark wheat/caramel/toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium thin body, medium++ carbonation, less "creamy" mouthfeel than most wheat beers & hefeweizens.
Drinkability is high for a lighter Weizenbock example, more of an Imperial Hefeweizen than a true Weizenbock, but still very nice.

Nice to drink on a weizenbock starter brew day :) for inspiration...less sediment than expected, may not be the best candidate for a yeast harvest, I would use Sierra Kellerweis before Vituss... (940 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.