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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,584 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,584
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 156
Gots: 178 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Nichols33, May 04, 2014
Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

A: Definitely looks more Hefe then Weizenbock. Cloudy pale yellow with a 2 finger head thats almost pure white. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty,and fruity. Lot's of banana, orange peel and pear.

T: A real strong wheat presence. Light fruit notes. Banana spice and tartiness. Before a malt sweetness kicks in on the finish.

M: A touch below medium but not light bodied. A nice spritzy carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I love how it drinks like a strong hefe. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel. An extremely enjoyable beer.

BigMike, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -29.7%

jk3, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of klewis
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

Batch 7327

A: This is a weizenbock? Pours a pale straw color with a thick foamy head. Great sustain with flares of lacing that cling close to the surface.

S: Smells much like the hefe - bubblegum, banana, and a strong cloves and spice aroma.

T: Fruity with a strong bubble gum taste and all of the other normal hefe beer flavors. Roudned out by a crisp noble hop bite.

M: Light and heavily carbonated. Clean and dry in the finish. A bit too fizzy.

D: The labeling of this beer is deceiving; its only characteristic that it shares with other weizenbocks is its ABV. This one instead drinks more like a stronger version of their Hefe, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

klewis, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev -6.3%

JakeDebus, May 10, 2013
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a 3" head which very slowly settled to 1" and held. Very hazy tan in color with tons of tiny effervescent bubbles. Flavor was quite complex with sweet malt and spices and fruits ranging from citrus to banana. And a far longer than average finish. Frankly in look and flavor it reminded me of a Bier de Gaard or even some Belgian beers.

Note after about an hour the remainder in the glass was a little limp and lifeless. Still, A-.

MoreThanWine, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

Weihenstephaner Vitus is a weizenbock with a fairly overpowering banana flavour. I didn't love it.

A: Cloudy yellow orange colour and a big 1 cm head that lasts very well. 5

S: Wheaty tang along with yeast and maybe a hint of banana. 4

T: Wheaty with some banana esters and breadiness. There is a slight acid sourness. Too much banana for my liking. 3.5

M: Foamy but a little acidic. 4

O: 3.5

vandemonian, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Poured into a weizen glass very slowly, as this head was billowing with some serious quickness. Not dark at all, it looks like a standard hefeweizen. I was expecting some more color with a weizenbock. Still a great looking beer, though - carbonation is rising with ferocity here. Yeast addition clouds things up nicely.

S - Big rush of banana candy as I popped the cap. Sticking my nose in the glass, it smells like banana bread, with more banana than bread, actually. Clove is there but takes a back seat to the banana. Smells almost sweet, though I know the beer won't be overly sweet.

T - Bananas soaked in light rum, like a summery rum cake. Alcohol carries some bite - an amped-up hefe.

F - I like the softer feel, the bubbles aren't so coarse.

D - No surprise to me that Weihenstephaner makes a very good, drinkable weizenbock. Good when you want something like a hefe, but a little stronger. Falls somewhere between hefeweizen and wheatwine.

Patrick999, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

comfortablynirm, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color. It has a nice 3-finger slightly off-white head on it. The head has great retention and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S - There is a nice big banana and lemon smell right off the bat. There are also scents of wheat, clove, barley, honey, and some spiciness to it.

T - There is a nice barley and wheat background with good flavors of banana, clove, and citrus over it. There is also a nice mild hop presence. This also has a bit of a spicy bite to it. The finish leaves some lingering spiciness in the mouth.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth and creamy feel to it. It is very refreshing, and each drink leaves you wanting another.

O - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy and the flavor is great. I Could easily drink these all night long. Overall, I think it is a very nice weizenbock and it is the perfect beer to have on a hot day. I recommend trying this, and I will definitely be buying some more.

JizackFH, Jun 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to Hojaminbag for this and thanks to Coloradobobs for pimping this so relentlessly during the old LNBA threads.

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a light hazy golden with a fluffy 2 inch white head that leaves no lacing. The head also doesn't stick around like most hefe's. The lack of head retention in it really surprised me. The aroma is a banana smack to the face. Huge clove, coriander, and for the very first time, I definitely get big bubble gum notes. The flavor reminds me a lot of fresh made banana bread. Big banana, clove, walnuts, and coriander. And surprisingly, once again, bubble gum. This is really the first time I have ever gotten any type of bubble gum out of a beer. The mouthfeel is a nice medium bodied hefe. This is a just another great beer from a great brewery. This would be perfect for a cool summer night.

hwwty4, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev -6.3%

stevec32, Jan 22, 2013
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.

Wobbly, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Strix
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Pale yellow with a slight haze, super duper fluffy head.

Clove, banana, and grains in the smell.

Mellow flavors, banana and clove, with a yeasty note, bubblegum, and black pepper. Light and crisp, flavors blend nicely.

Silky smooth, then fizzy.

Yum. Extremely drinkable. Less dark than some weizenbocks I've had. Light and crisp and really really well done. I guess when you've been brewing since the year 1040, you figure a few things out.

Strix, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass, as I don't have a weizen glass with me.

Look - light golden in color, clear, with great carbonation and about three fingers' worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very interesting smell. It has the typical malty aroma of a Bavarian beer, but with that wheat smell to it too.

Taste - wonderfully crisp wheat taste mixed with an ever so slight muskiness. The taste seems to match exactly what it is, which is a refreshing change.

Mouthfeel - a little more on the watery side, but still has good texture.

Overall - very good brew overall. Good taste, and good qualities.

Nerudamann, Dec 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Weizenbock has recently become one of my favorite styles. The fact that this brewery has decided to produce one is awesome. Poured in to a weizen glass a murky orange, with a large white head that dissolved very quickly. Aroma is very clean, with bits of bread, clove and banana. Taste is round and tasty, with more bread and banana coming through. This one seems a little bit light for the style in body, but at the same time the alcohol does not show itself at all. This would make a nice session beer. Maybe not the best Weizenbock I have tasted, but certainly an interesting one.

jamie2dope, Dec 17, 2007
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Unchi, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.5/5  rDev -18%

16.9 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Bargain of a beer at $2.99

A - Dark yellow/light amber body. Quite hazy with rising carbonation. Massive fluffy bone white head forms and settles down to a permanent finger high cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Mostly ripe bananas. Some light spice and tart peach juice. Some standard yeast spice, but the aroma is rather one layered. No malts or wheat present.

T - Similar to the nose. Ripe bananas, a nice peach/pineapple sweetness, and a touch of yeast spice. Barely a hint of biscuity malt. Finishes somewhat cloying and coating with some alcohol present. Light to medium mouth feel with a pleasnt level of carbonation.

O - A solid yet plain beer. Not as vibrant or excellent as their hefe, Still very delicious with a fantastic banana and peach presence.

davey101, Sep 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

GennyCreamAle, Jan 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

RDW, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

salthemonster, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

WritersBlock, Sep 12, 2012
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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