1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,306 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2306
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,306 | Reviews: 966 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into a weizen glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours a very hazy golden yellow with 3.5 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate to 1/2 a fingers width that remains throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves almost zero lacing.

S: Tons of spice, pepper and clove; fruity phenols, citrus notes and estery yeast.

T: Not as much spice as the nose, but more sweet notes. Dark fruits, clove and peppery spice, citrus.

M/D: Full body, appropriate carbonation, nice mouthfeel and drinkability is good.

O: This is really a great beer, and the price is right too. Definitely something I will be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:54:17 | More by zac16125
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a hazy and cloudy golden-orange color with a big foamy white head that has great retention, eventually leaving behind some lace as it settles

S- earthy and musty yeast gives way to some fruity esters of banana, pear and apple with a hint of bubble gum. Aromas of dried hay and crisp wheat close it out

T- fruity notes continue through on the palate, picking up lots of banana and pear. Light clove flavor mixes with crisp wheat with some earthy tones on a dry finish

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation leads to a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a foamy finish, very drinkable for nearly 8%

O- crisp and refreshing for the summer, heavy enough for colder months. An all around great beer

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 22:28:49 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Jay_Ulreich


3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a taste for something German, and this is exactly what I had in mind.
A- Bright crystal clear golden color. Lots a carbonation. Fluffy white head.
S- Mmmmm smells like banana bread, pale malts and I can definitely detect German hops. Epitome of what a German beer should smell like, IMO.
T- This beer is sweet, and the hop bitterness is very forward, but it sort of backs off and then the malt shines through, I get earthy floral hops and then they get shy and retreat. Yeast flavor is apparant, and good. I taste some kind of metal, but Im not sure if this bottle is just kind of old or not. Solid though, just what I was craving. Well hidden alcohol.
M- creamy and smooth. A well crafted brew for sure. Its the middle of winter, but I can enjoy something like this all year round. Although I prefer a Marzen or a doppelbock, this sure is hitting the spot right now.
Overall, I love this style and brewery, its definitely nothing mind blowing, or even anything Id probably ever go out f my way to find, but beers like this hold a special place in my heart/palette. Every once in awhile I like to brake away from American hop bombs and go back to a good old fashioned German style anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:45:19 | More by Jay_Ulreich
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse...OCCASION: celebrating a week of sickness ... APPEARANCE: thick, snow white head that occupies half the glass; cloudy, faint pale orange body; smooth wispy cloudlike lacing... AROMA: beautiful clove and cinnamon/nutmeg mix with grapefruit and citrus to produce a celebration of scents... PALATE: as drinkable a 7.7% ABV as you'll find; soft, warming sensation at the throat; slightly active overall...TASTE: slightly tart at the lips; a clean, ever-so-subtle malty base; a bit yeasty late; unmistakable wheat, clove and citric kick--a pleasure... OVERALL: as far as gift sets go, this Weihenstephaner is among the best in recent memory--five above-the-standard beers and a handsome weizen glass made the price equitable...formidable but balanced, smooth yet arresting, this beer delivers the malt that sets it apart from its gif-pack brethren...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 05:04:36 | More by dacrza1
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a white-ish pale color with bright white cola-like carbonation which fizzles out immediately. Hazy, with a still surface. No lacing.

S: Straight up banana bread dough, a little spice (clove, cinnamon).

T: Same, a little wheat, with a moderate sweetness which kind of limits the drinkability.

M: High, fizzy carbonation and medium body. Hint of a milky texture. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Decent. Interesting flavors, but not something I can drink more than a small pour of. A bock strength wheat beer is just not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:12:41 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of titty_mcbitty


4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: golden straw color. Very foggy with a big white bubbly head.

S: bananas, cloves, hay, and lemon.

T: this is a very impressive beer. Banana, cloves, lemon, wet hay, orange peel, butter, fruit bread, raisins, and some sweets. So good.

M: perfectly medium and buttery. It's got a residue-y feel or a straw-y feel to it. It's awesome.

O: this is damn near perfect for a dopplebock. Taste is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 05:37:55 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, cloudy yellow color with quickly disappearing white head.
S: Yum! Wheat, banana bread, honeydew melon giving it a distinct sweet smell.
T: Yum! Creamy, sweetness, with hints of banana, melon and wheat.
M: 7.7% but you would never know it. Not a hint of alcohol, and that is a compliment.
O: This is a very good wheat beer, one of my favorite wheat beers of all time!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:22:41 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of BMMillsy


4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Gator Bev in Gainesvile. Pours hazy yellow with a massive 3 inch fluffy white head on top. Nice sweet wheat malt aroma with banana esters, spicy yeast, some buttery honey. Just right. Light to medium bodied with lots of bubbly carbonation and a clean crisp finish. Flavor is sweet wheat, funky banana spice and yeast, hay. Very crisp with lingering hay and banana on the palate. I have really started to appreciate these nice and easy drinking classic German brews that Weihenstephaner makes. Cheap, too! Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:44:38 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of leonGomez

New York

4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:31:11 | More by leonGomez
Photo of ONUMello


4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Hazy orangeish yellow color with a one-finger head
S: Bold with wheat, banana bread, clove, yeast... so complex and inviting, I could smell this forever
T: Banana bread, a bit sweet, soft wheat, coriander
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation but fits the style perfectly
O: This is a wonderful beer. For my palate, if the taste were just a bit less sweet (or possibly a touch more bitter to balance the sweetness) it would be almost all 5's. Either way, this bottle cost only $3 and for the price I would challenge anyone to do better

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 23:16:45 | More by ONUMello
Photo of zeledonia


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted 1 January 2014. First beer of the new year.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, a lovely color, bright and inviting, and reminiscent of tall grasses in mid-summer.

Smell is an eruption of yeast and wheat. It's like an over-the-top, high-ABV hefeweizen, which is as I think it should be. Big alcohol-soaked banana bread, with a decent dose of delicate spice. This is the epitome of what a yeasty wheat beer should smell like. Wow.

Taste is excellent, but a bit boozier than I'd like it to be. Starts out sweet and fruity, full of banana esters, becomes bready, then drifts to boozy. Dries out nicely, like corn husks.

Feel is top-notch as well. Medium-heavy body, but buoyant and expansive. Carbonation is near-perfect, fuzzy and lasting. Wow again.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It's a touch boozy, but that's understandable. The balance of smells and flavors, the feel, the whole package. Unlike most beers, as I mentally dissect it, I'm even more impressed by it. Weihenstephaner is, in my opinion, the king of wheat beers, and this is a perfect example of why.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:10:26 | More by zeledonia
Photo of xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Is a hazy golden yellow. Like dark straw with tick white head that dissipates leaving a lace that slides down the glass.

S: Gives off a very apparent aroma of banana bread that must come from the yeast. Absolutely one of the most inviting beers I have ever smelled.

T: Again the banana bread is up front with a bit of a spice on the way down. Very drinkable at 7.7%, I'm having no trouble downing the bottle.

M: Spicy from the carbonation on the tip, but ends up quite velvety and smooth as it finishes. I hate to beat a dead horse here, but so much like drinking fresh banana bread!

O: Just a wonderful weizenbock. The banana esters and velvety mouthfeel make what should be a boozy brew very drinkable. 10/10 will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 11:22:53 | More by xseanprimex
Photo of MilesBBN


4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Similar to the weissbier surprisingly a little more yellow. Nice and hazy, golden, but still translucent.

S- Again, similar to the weissbier, but a more "earthy" smell to be honest.

T- Refreshing, again earthy, very wheaty but lacking the banana notes of its Weihenstephaner relatives.

M- Crisp, clean mouthfeel that doesn't linger around and ruin the exceptional taste at the end.

O- Tasty beer, my first time trying it and I was impressed to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:39:46 | More by MilesBBN
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just chillin hard after going a lil too deep on New Years Eve and this Vitus is treating Raul quite nice. Glowing a gorgeous yellowish orange like the Newport Coast when Raul paddles out at 6 AM, this thang is alive. Taste is a bit funky and tart like when my baby mama gives me some after brushing with Colgate.

Yeah, like Raul's dentist recommends, Raul wouldn't mind having a Vitus two times a day.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:18:16 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of secondtooth


4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean, light straw golden, with a massive head of white carbonation. Lace is minimal, oddly. Maybe it was my glassware.

Aroma is bubblegum, clove, spices and malt grains. Absolutely perfect -- aromatic and appealing.

Taste is sweet up front, with a definite spicy character. I get honey, wheat, clove, and bubblegum. Complex, flavorful, and very refreshingly session-worthy, despite the relatively high 7.7% ABV!

A delicious brew, and highest marks.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 17:52:13 | More by secondtooth
Photo of micromaniac129


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a darker beer when I poured into my glass but Vitus is a hazy golden yelloe color.
A bright white head forms on the pour which is quite tall. The dense and stiff head lingers for a good while and actually never really melts away but instead lingers as a dense and thick collar.

The nose is big and bold in the hefeweizen tradition but not much more. Yeasty esters of banana and cloves and a sweet malty aroma are present.

The flavor is big and bold with ripe bananas and cloves. The sweet malts gives a silky feel.
The feel on the palate is light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation enhances the feel.
Very easy to drink . I like that as I approach the end, the beer is still flavorful. Some hefe's tend to wash out or go flat as they warm. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 13:55:49 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of NewGlarusFan


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bavarian Lodge

A) Hazy dark orange and yellow with a two finger head lots of lacing.

S) Very wheaty, clove, banana, sour apple, bready,

T) Doughy, clove, gum, wheat, toast malty

M) Thick and chewy.

O) absolutely delicious. I paired it with a knockwurst

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 16:35:13 | More by NewGlarusFan
Photo of erickehoe


3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, marked "9343," poured into a hefeweizen serving glass. I'm watching the Maple Leafs and the Penguins play as I review this.

A - Beatiful, hazy straw color with a light, airy white head of about a half inch. Not sure how it could look any nicer.

S - A mix of fresh baked dough, banana, and a buttery yeast. A little peppery, a little "bottle-y."

T - It tastes like it smells. There's a bready, doughy quality at first, and as it goes down a little peppery and "bottle-y." Some cloves. Finishes with some great maltiness, almost overwhelming.

M - Rich, velvety mouthfeel, still providing a little bit of "bite" with the pepper.

Overall I would call this a great Weizenbock, in my little experience with the style. Doesn't get much better than this for a drinkable beer with an above average alcohol content. Truly a testament to the brewing practices of Germany.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:23:42 | More by erickehoe
Photo of Redneckwine


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold bomber into wine glass (classy right?)

Appearance - Tawny, glowing, golden, and hazed over. Ample 2 finger head dissipates into a fizzy, persistent foam cap and color. Not much lacing, could be the wine glass :)

Smell - ...is intense. Fruity, yeasty, banana, spicy, and ends with a touch of malty wheat.

Taste/MF - Fizzy carbonation up front is on point, medium bodied, smooth. Much like the nose, taste is chalk full of fruity, yeasty, citrusy, spicy (ginger/coriander/anise) character up front, then mellows out heading towards the finish line with wheat, a bit of sweetness and lingering spiciness.

Overall - Absolutely delicious. This beer is so flavorful and smooth, it's hard to believe this brew wasn't spiked with a bunch of fruit or spices. One of the best wheat beers I've ever had, and it's not that expensive to boot!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 23:49:38 | More by Redneckwine
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours with a huge, fluffy, white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head dies down releatively quickly to a nice white topping the beer. The beer itself is a lovely golden hay color. The nose is what I would expect from a Weihenstephan beer, very estery, lots of banana, but also with lots of darker (think candied) fruit smells.

The taste is light and wheaty, for a 7.7% alc beer, this is really really well hidden alc, not boozy at all. The beer has a fairly nondescript flavor, its a little bit sweet up front (no hop bitterness at all) and has a quite sweet aftertaste too.

The mouthfeel here is great, very wheaty and full on the palate.

This is a very interesting beer, I think I prefer the straight up Hefeweizen from Weihenstephan better, but this is a tasty example of a style that is hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 14:29:00 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, yellow color with a one-finger frothy white head. Wonderful aroma of citrus, banana, and clove. The taste is right in line with the smell. Strong yeast flavors that really bring out the banana and spice. Medium bodied and the carbonation was spot on. Dry finish. A delicious beer - very similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - that is worth picking up if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:56:57 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright, yellow, cloudy colour. You can actually see the haze forming distinct patterns in the cloudy ale. Crazy. The smell is nothing to write home about. It's grainy, like an adjunct lager. The taste is a whole different animal, though. The grain flavours are so light, that they are taken over by strong notes of banana, cloves, citrus peel, and spices. Are there spices in this beer? The notes are so strong that I would suspect so. These aren't all what I'm looking for in a weizenbock, typically, but it makes for an excellent all-around brew, no question. I'm used to a dominating banana note and a bite from a weizenbock. This has the banana, but too much orange peel, and it completely lacks any bite, which disappoints me a little. The flavour of this beer is typical of Old World traditional brews. Reminds me of a Belgian abbey ale. Those are good, so I can't rate this particularly poorly. I was really looking for more bite in my weizenbock, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:46:59 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of fourstringer


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a 20 oz flared pilsner glass. Moderately gentle hand. No definitive date on the bottle, but 11 03 13 is the relief on the bottom rim. Label features some guy with an aura, holding a cock and a quill.

A: Wonderfully cloudy with a deep golden, orange-yellow. Very nice body on this one. 2-3 fingers of clean white head. Average retention with light lacing.

S: Bold banana and fruit esters. Tropical fruit and apple. Yeast. Spice. Light coriander. Slight soap arises as it warms, which detracts a bit, but quite good overall.

T: Crisp, light sweetness up front rolling into a full, semi-dry, slightly bitter finish. Banana. Yeast. Coriander. Citrus. Flavors are quite married to the scents. Slight alcohol presence and wheat tang lingers on the palate. Very nice level of sweetness that never becomes cloying or dominating.

M: High carbonation with an effervescent bite. Spicy and prickly on the tongue, which is fairly fitting for the style; but, does affect drinkability somewhat.

O: Excellent weizenbock that features quality hefeweizen characters prominently. I wish I had a Weihenstephaner hefe on hand to compare, as I believe they have similar characteristics. The pint+ was gone in a flash. Sehr gut.


Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 00:15:22 | More by fourstringer
Photo of lenbert


4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 Pint, 9 ounce bottle into a Guinness Pint glass. Huge head (3 fingers worth) forms and has pretty good retention. Cloudy amber color of brew.

The aroma provides a strong hint of citrus and banana. The taste is heavy on the banana. More so than even more pronounced than many of the wheat ales that I have sampled recently. The mouth feel is very creamy and full.

This is an amazing world class beer. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys wheat oriented ales with intense banana flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:56:54 | More by lenbert
Photo of Murrhey


3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a large weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head. Fluffy and long-lasting head. Hazy orange color. Nice looking beer.

S- Active yeasts, European dulled hops and citrus notes.

T- Lemons, wheat and bottle-conditioned yeasts.

M- Silky sort of feel. Wet and medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

O- Good beer, no complaints about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:27:22 | More by Murrhey
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,306 ratings.