Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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3.88/5 rDev -8.9%
Served in a tumbler.
Gotta try one of the classic German weuizenbocks, right? It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light banana peel, light lemon zest, light ginger, honey, and a small amount of clove. The taste focuses on the wheat, but allows some lemon zest, honey, clove, banana, and orange rind in there as well. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a pretty enjoyable w-bock, something I could easily see drinking plenty of if put in the proper situation.
11-13-2011 23:48:26 | More by TMoney2591
3.75/5 rDev -12%
Poured a light and hazy orange tone, much like their Hefeweissbier. In fact, despite minor differences, the two are very similar. A creamy head of foam forms, but unfortunately diminshes to a thin ring with no lacing.
Estery, some alcohol in the nose, but masked by clove and wheatiness.
Taste is much like the Hefe again, a bit fuller mouthfeel with stronger alcohol presence. Clove and banana mostly, fairly juicy mouthfeel. Creamy as well, as to be expected from the brewery's other offerings. Not the full-bodied robustness expected of Weizenbocks like Aventinus. It would be great in the spring or summer, but just not the big Weizenbock I was expecting on a cool fall night.
11-12-2007 02:21:10 | More by emerge077
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
Ordered this one from Liquid Solutions, mainly because ColoradoBobs loves it.
A - Poured out a hazy, orange-yellow color with a huge, foamy, bubbly, off white head. No lacing.
S - It smelled of wheat, citrus, lemon, clove and hints of banana. Really great aroma. Similar to their hefe.
T - It had a sweet wheat flavor with banana, clove, dried fruits and some caramel malt.
M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a very good beer. Doesn't seem to fit the style. It has lots of weizen and very little bock.
12-07-2008 01:49:04 | More by zeff80
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
Enjoyed on many occasions at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy opaque straw yellow in the glass with a large white head that retains nicely. Fruity, mildly phenolic and bready aroma, this smells just like baking banana bread and ripe lemons. The aroma is wrapped in a leafy hop character that comes out more as the beer warms. On the tongue it's spicy, peppery, bringing to mind pureed banana with white pepper and clove. Moderate bubblegum sweetness leads into a spicy and dry finish. It's surprisingly drinkable and even refreshing for a 7.7% beer, which may be the beer's most impressive attribute. While I prefer Weihenstephan's more subtle and light hefeweizen, this is very enjoyable.
08-17-2010 20:25:09 | More by largadeer
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
500ml bottle. Nice to see the lesser available offerings from this venerable brewery now available in our fair province.
This beer pours a very hazy, cloudy, pale yellow straw colour, with a tall tower of broad marshmallow white head, which settles at a somewhat agonizingly slow pace, eventually leaving a one-sided spatter of chunky lace 'around' the glass. Very witbier-esque, overall, really.
It smells of sweet, sugary wheat cereal grain, subtle fleshy banana, a much more forward spicy clove, and an everyman earthiness. The taste is more wheaty, grainy malt, a lessened spicy component on account of the slowly waning clove, a slight lemony fruitiness, and other nondescript orchard fruit, mellowed against a swelling yeastiness, and very mild booze warming.
The carbonation is very sedate, the body a lesser medium weight, but still quite smooth and agreeable. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty malt not giving up too much ground, and the aforementioned spice hanging on for life, amongst a very agreeable, subdued alcohol warming.
A weird confluence of Euro styles - in the end, this is really a big-ass witbier or hefeweizen, take your pick, even as the booze laughs off its obvious obfuscation. A wee bit too light for the style, but who am I to argue with centuries to the contrary?
02-19-2012 03:29:21 | More by biboergosum
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
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!
08-16-2009 00:17:53 | More by NeroFiddled
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-18-2008 20:33:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
A - An inverted pour produces four fingers of mousse-like white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. The crackling head settles slowly and leaves rings of lace on the glass.
S - A classic aroma of bubble-gum, banana, and cloves, well blended with an emphasis on the clove. A strong, perfume-like note of spicy wheat is backed by toffee and and a hint of noble hops.
T - Lots of bubble-gum and banana up front with sweet malt and slightly tart wheat. Cloves begin to make themselves known in the middle, balanced by malty toffee. Cloves and banana continue to coat the palate in the finish with toasty malt and surprising alcoholic warmth.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - This is quite an interesting beer and it lends perspective to the American wheat wines that have begun to appear in the last few years. There is a lot of intensity to the yeast flavors here that seems to be a byproduct of the relatively high gravity. The intensity of the bubble-gum and clove character isn't over the top, but if it were much stronger it would hurt the beer. There is a lot of malt backing the yeast, and that helps keep it drinkable. The aroma is excellent, but the flavor of intense, almost harsh, yeast is just not as well balanced as I would like it to be. This was a nice beer and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it, but I still prefer the lower gravity German wheats.
10-18-2009 02:31:53 | More by nickfl
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
This pour is ridiculous it looks like a hazy apricot colored hefe with this billowing head that won't give up, looks great and the label announces that it has been dubbed the WBA 12 World's Best Wheat Beer STRONG. A golden orange glow weizenbock, eh? I'm in the aromatics, hints of sliced fresh apple, baked bread, hints of clove and fruit esters this beer hides the alcohol quite well. Flavor coats the sides of the palate with ample sweetness, sturdy alcohol in the backend, hints of green apple, ripened banana, and spicy clove accents. This beer has some girth to it, definitely a strong alcohol presence the more it warms but it's well woven into a comfortable wheat beer setting. It reminds me a lot of the Glissade Bock Sierra Nevada used to make except this is a stronger wheat version of that style. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying mid way through each sip, even keeled carbonation enough to carry the beer along medium to full but yet comes of drinkable with a slight alcohol burn. Overall, a perfectly good strong wheat beer from Germany, got it in a gift pack for 15.99 with 5 beers and a glass that's value.
10-07-2013 22:10:59 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
Date code of 1507
Pours an effervescent & hazed straw/golden color with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Effervesces through out the whole half liter. Average lacing & head retention
S: Bananas, cloves
T: Bananas, lemons, pepper & cloves up front. Slight boozey warmth as this warms, along a touch of honey sweetness, more bananas & cloves, plus some pineapple. Finishes juicy with a bit
of dryness, plus some good juicy fruit flavor
MF: Chewy with low carbonation
Drinks a little slow, due to the heft & a bit too much cloves for my liking. Hefe-freaks should love this. A nice change of pace, I couldn't session on it though
02-01-2008 05:15:24 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a Franziskaner weiss glass.
A - One and half fingers of white foam that shows good retention and eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few fingers of lace. Unfiltered peach-colored body, with some small bubbles apparent near the bottom of the glass.
S - Banana, wheat, yeast, cloves, and a bit of spicy estery alcohol. Basically an amped up hefeweizen, that is perhaps a bit more understated than I expected.
T - Taste is big banana, bubblegum malted wheat, light clove, and a bit of other spice character. Just like biting into a hearty loaf of banana bread. Probably should be a 4.25.
M - Slightly gritty, medium bodied, with zesty carbonation that settles down as I worked my way through a half-liter.
D - This was pretty easy and enjoyable to drink, but with the half-liter serving size and the deceptive ABV I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to have too many. The bottle price is a huge steal if you can find it fresh.
08-15-2010 22:29:46 | More by MasterSki
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and cloudy. Forms a super thick white head of medium to large bubbles that falls away quickly allowing me to refill the glass with the remaining beer in the bottle. The breaking head leaves lacing on the glass as it fall. Carbonation is high and made up of medium bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. This beer is lighter than other weizenbocks but it looks great.
Aroma is simple and mild, sweet and slight esters, nothing too big.
Beer is medium bodied, has a nice wheaty flavor and a slight aftertaste that adds to the overall feel of the beer. Carbonation is big in the mouth and does a nice job accenting the sweetness of the beer. Drinkability is high, another wonderful beer by Weihenstephaner. It is truly great. Mouthfeel is good. Its a great beer. Weizenbocks have a tendency to get offensively sweet, this is not the case with this beer. You can taste the esters and there is some underlying sweetness but its not the star, its there to accent the wheat. I really enjoy this beer.
02-05-2010 04:57:59 | More by drabmuh
4.6/5 rDev +8%
I picked this up on a recent LCB trip to State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured cold from the 16oz brown bottle into my Weizen glass.
A - A beautifully cloudy sunny-golden amber w/ swirling carbonation. The cap is 4 fingers of snow white w/ a dome for topography and sudsy glistening appearance through the glass w/ plenty of clinging lace. The color is lighter than others I have tasted, but still is very appealing when compared to a Weizen or Dunkel since it is somewhere in between
S - The aroma is tropical w/ mild banana and clove notes w/ mild wheaty odors and hints of hebal spice w/ slightly phenolic esters and earthy yeast.
M - A mildly sweet texture as it is first tasted and swished w/ creamy and spicy feel w/ gentle toast notes. The body is medium full w/ moderately high carbonation. There are tinges of alchol warmth as it finishes.
T - Mild wheat w/ clove spiciness and banana fruitiness from the yeast. The wheat is bready and slightly fruity w/ a nice vanilla creaminess. A subtle golden pllum and pineapple tang w/ a nice bock-type strength is very pleasant and the taste doesn't seem disjointed in any way. A very tasty blend of the two beers. The light toast and alcohol seems to keep this in style and gives a subtle kick to the mild Weizen flavor as it finishes.
D - A great Weizenbock - Very glad to have tasted this. It is as refreshing as it is strong which is the equivalent of drinkable to my taste buds. A great summer drink and makes other Weizenbock's I have tasted seem medicinal and thrown together. I really recommend this beauty.
07-23-2008 12:52:36 | More by Slatetank
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Despite a gentle pour the head rises up to 2/3 the glass as usual for a Weihenstephaner, and I have to stop pouring and sip the head to keep it from pouring over. It fades semi quickly over the hazy golden wheat colored beer.
N: Golden wheat in the nose, with German malts, a little wheat and yeast, a touch of lager like aroma, marzen style. Toasty malts, a touch of banana and vanilla. Very typical nose for a Weihenstephaner.
T: Very Bavarian taste too, with some creamy wheat, some sweet malts, some banana and a little vanilla, fizzy fluffy malt flavor, a little toasty malt, a touch of citrus and orange peel, hint of bitterness. The only thing that seems to make this different from most Weihenstephaners is the malts are a little darker and stronger, a little sweeter and touch of booze.
M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.
F: Slightly sweet on the finish lingering, but sweet malts not syrupy at all. Semi bitter with a little orange peel, lemon zest and citrus. Banana as well with more wheat lingering. A slight lingering alcohol burn actually comes through. Finishes pretty clean and quickly. A little vanilla is really long as well. Again very similar to most Weihenstephaner beers but a little heavier, darker, and boozier this one. This one also finishes slightly sweet rather than dry.
05-15-2010 02:11:08 | More by jlindros
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
stylistically perfect weizenbock. pours cloudy gold, glowing brightly, with a lasting two or more inches of thick white foam. the nose is slight banana yeast, sturdy wheat malt base, some subtle sugar, and an alcohol kick. the flavor is so balanced, with a mild hop finish that gels with the yeast just right. huge dose of german wheat malt is the perfect backdrop for this drink, and it takes me, like the hefe they make, to somewhere else, Bavaria back in the day or something. its traditional, classy, and strong. actually the alcohol seems higher than necessary, and gives this beer maybe some extra weight, slowing drinkability just a tad. good late winter or early spring drink, perfect with some fresh pretzels, and actually stood up well to salmon on the grill. overall a top notch version of the style, and you absolutely cannot beat the price, under four bucks per bottle!
02-08-2013 20:02:33 | More by StonedTrippin
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent. It's refreshingly fruity and full of carbonation. I was really expecting something darker. The taste is good as well. It has a crisp, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with some fruity yeast esters. The elevated abv. is hidden quite well in this one. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good tasting beer. It's like nothing I've ever tried. It's a pale weizenbock with little warmth and all the drinkability of a regular hefe; very nice.
01-26-2008 22:18:06 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of white head that fades to just a layer.
Smell: Some sweetness from the malt, but not as much as I expected. There is a banana like fruit note. Also has a very herbal smell to it.
Taste: Very crisp and bready. Has a mild banana note along with some herbal notes. My first comment was that it tastes like herbal banana bread.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with lots of very smooth carbonation. The finish has a very little dryness to it.
Overall: I am really glad this beer wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice and smooth, an easy drinker.
07-26-2011 02:07:02 | More by oline73
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
The beer pours a hazy straw color with a large white head. The aroma is full of cloves and bananas with a little bit of toffee thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of strong banana and clove notes, as well as a little bit of pepper. There is a very creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice weizenbock, one of the best I have tried.
07-12-2012 02:33:07 | More by Mora2000
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
This is the blueprint of the classic Hefeweizen clove and banana esters. Such a rich mouthful.
Pours an attractive hazy golden in the Leffe chalice, with rafts of bubbles sliding down the glass. Take a mouthful and you get that great German creamy carbonation. It tastes like it's alive!
Maybe less actual aroma in the glass, but the nose as you exhale is pure spicy bliss. This is why I always try an alleged Weizenbock, in hope of that pleasure. Try this and you'll know what the style is supposed to taste like. A bargain, too, for a couple of bucks.
Bottle from Bottles and Bins in Monterey, Calif. The German beers in bottles seem to travel better than the Belgians, in my opinion. Or maybe stores feel the need to refrigerate the Germans?
11-26-2012 04:58:08 | More by mactrail
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.
a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with two fingers of white head with decent retention. Light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of yeast, bananas, some spice and cloves. Very pleasant.
t - Taste is bananas, yeast, and some citrus.
m - High carbonation that stings the tongue, light body. Feels a little like champagne.
d - I liked this weizen a lot. Great smell and taste and the only thing that really hurt it was the high carbonation. Would definitely have again.
04-20-2010 21:45:03 | More by mdfb79
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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