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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,855 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,855
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 183
Gots: 294 | FT: 5
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Ratings: 2,855 | Reviews: 1,045
Photo of joepais
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this strange cult following assembled in from of the local beer store waiting for this mysterious brew to appear so I had to try it.

Bottle poured into the proper Weihenstephaner glass produced a finger worth of white head that seems to last. The body of the brew was a hazy straw color yellow.

Aromas of the typical German Weizen yeast are going threw my head Bananas, bubble gum and clove. The flavors are the same but with a touch of pepper in there as well as a slight hop bitter. There is a medium to full feel in my mouth with this brew with ample carbonation.

A great Weizenbock another brew I am sure I will be seeing again this summer. Extremely easy to drink and the almost 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Photo of scotorum
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Label code is 002853 and that makes no sense according to BeerList's explanation, unless it's May 28th 2013. But the middle two numbers are supposed to be the number of weeks since the beginning of the year, so 85 does not work.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel pint tulip.

a: Translucent gold, tall inch plus high white head receded to heavy surface foam and lacing.

s:Mild citrus followed by a penetrating sharp yeast(?) aroma rather like photographic developing fluid.

t: Mild banana with quite a bit of bitterness to it. Very different, more like a Belgian than German style.

m; Lots of body,

o: Haven't had much experience with Weizenbocks, but this was a lot like a Belgian Farmhouse/Saison. The persistently powerful chemical-like odor while drinking detracted from the experience, although near the end it disappeared.

Disappointing, since this is rated so highly. Perhaps I got a bad bottle.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz capped bottle:

The beer poured a cloudy yellow/light golden color with a big white head that was very well retained and settled into a small thin cap.

The aroma of the beer was very much like the Hefe, along with the mainly wheat aroma, it gave off a hint of banana, spices and possibly some citrus fruits. A hint of a bready aroma was also present.

The taste is very good, bordering on excellent. Classic flavor for a German beer. Again, much like the Hefe and the higher elevated ABV is hidden well.

Moderate to light feel, a little grainy, but still smooth, very refreshing and very easy to drink. Overall, I felt that the beer was just like the Hefe, only filtered.

Photo of Wobbly
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%

Very challenging beer, like many of this style. Still, a rewarding one. I would only put Schneider's Aventinus above Vitus for this style. Surprisingly long shelf life, so don't worry too much about the best by date.

Photo of sommersb
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 04-15-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Pours a cloudy straw color, with lots of bubbles seen streaming from the bottom of my glass. Head is creamy and huge, maybe 6+ fingers high, with excellent lacing and retention.

Aromas consist of bananas and other fruity notes (maybe a little citrus), cloves and other spices, plus earthy yeast and hop smells.

Taste is zesty and fruity, with a mix of spices. The malted wheat gives it sweetness and a lightness of body. Very little in the way of bitterness. Carbonation is high. Finish is zesty and fruity.

Overall a very refreshing weizen beer at bock strength - perfect for the spring and summer warmer temps!

Photo of dsshuck
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of adam42381
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a 4 finger frothy white head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Lemon, wheat, clove, banana and spices. Very strong aroma.

Taste: Clove and banana up front followed by bread and spices in the middle and ending with a light hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is semi-dry with hints of banana.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A little slick feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is well masked so you could knock back a couple pints without much trouble.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Another fine offering from the world's oldest brewery.

Photo of ATPete
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Vitus pours an intriguing bright, hazy yellow color with a huge sticky white head. The nose is big with mellow wheat, banana notes, a subtle woodyness, cloves and other spices. A smooth wheat texture is the first thing i noticed, no graininess just a velvety smooth body. The banana and cloves carry over from the nose and produce the balance of its taste. A semi-sweet banana/apricot/peach after taste lingers and there is not sign of the 7.7% abv. Lightly carbonated, hidden strength, just enough complexity, this one is a knock out.

Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of HamGlade10
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of leroybrown10
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dasenebler
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Giggy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mscudder
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - A gorgeous wheat and orange hue that exudes vibrant color. Nice finger pale head sits atop. Good retention and lacing.

S - Wheat, banana, clove and some citrus. Really nice on the nose.

T - Lots of fruit going on in this one: banana, apple, citrus and pineapple. Some nice wheat malts and a touch of lemon.

M - Medium body with some nice carbonation that sets off the flavors without being overwhelming. Even on the creamy side!

O - This brewery knows what they are doing. The dunkel hefe, the traditional hefe, Korbinian and now this! Excellence.

Photo of GPHarris
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a - poured a four-fingers thick white head into a weizen glass. the head was dense, rocky, billowy and long-lasting that left thick lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright golden color with tons of bubbles.
s - big banana and clove aromas balanced out by wheat.
t - clove, wheat, bananas and other fruits.
m - this is stupendous. medium thickness and velvety smooth with a crisp finish.
o - first time having vitus and i'll be seeking it out again. so drinkable and flavorful. the mouthfeel is as good as it gets.

Photo of TubaDan
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Frothy with a huge foamy head; dissipates slowly; yellow/orange hue; lacing is sub-par

S: Grainy with banana clove presence; alcohol is prevalent, stinging the back of the nostrils; subtle citrus as well

T: Alcohol comes off fairly strong; very grainy with a subtle banana (almost like banana bread) and clove presence

F: Decent mouth feel; though a touch thin

D: Pretty drinkable despite the high alcohol percentage

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large wheatbeer glass. Pours a cloudy, pale orange-yellow (far too light for the style) with a massive well-sustained head. The nose is bright and fruity with notes of oranges, bananas, and cloves.

Nice medium-bodied flavor with semi-sweet, fruity notes and a lightly dry finish. The taste follows the nose very well. There is a slight bready graininess up front that is nicely accompanied by orange and banana notes. At mid-palate, the flavor turns slightly tart and acidic leading up to a pleasant finish. Mouthfeel is medium-firm and suits the flavor nicely. Unfortunately, I don't get many complex malt notes. Whatever melanoidins there are seem to be constrained to mid-palate and are otherwise buried under a sea of spicy phenols.

At the risk of sounding completely ignorant, I have to profess my surprise that this is considered such a highly-rated weizenbock. It's more like a hefeweiss. Don't misunderstand me. It tastes great, but if I must consider it a weizenbock, then I am confident in saying that it doesn't hold a candle to Aventinus Tap 6. In my opintion, the lack of a substantial malt character hurts this beer.

Photo of Archemedies
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,855 ratings.