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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,781
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 182
Gots: 255 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2013. Picked up cheap from Booths (sell-off of short-dated stock). Been meaning to grab this one for a while - I've heard good things about it.

Poured into a tulip pint glass (closest thing I've got to a weissbier glass). Swirled slightly while pouring to suspend the yeast. A hazy golden hue with ultra-fine sediment and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with hints of banana, clove, pear, wheat, mild bubblegum, faint peach, earthiness and a twinge of coriander. A whisper of warming alcohol in the background. Superbly rounded - it smells fantastic.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a dry, earthy finish. Notes of banana, clove, pear, mild spice, wheat, bubblegum, dry yeast, subtle grainy malt and faint stewed leaves. Slightly sweet yet well attenuated, with a hint of warming booze in the background. A delicate earthiness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and lovely body that borders on unctuous. Aftertaste of banana, clove, fruity yeast esters, wheat and earthiness.

Top-notch - an exemplary demonstration of the brewer's art. Looks great, with a fantastic aroma/flavour that is true to style. Yeast esters dominate, yet blend perfectly with the malt and wheat characteristics. Smooth, velvety body. A true classic - it's easy to see why it is held in high esteem. I don't often score beers so highly, but this world-class brew deserves the praise. Add this to your must-try list.

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

A: hazy straw colored beer with a fat white head in a weizen glass

S: sweet malts and pale fruits, floral and spice elements

T: bread and biscuits with honey, lush pear and banana; clove and spices; juicy maltiness and delicate high points

M: creamy, rich, fuzzy, soft, and smooooth

O: this is an epic beer, full of amazing flavors and with a great mouthfeel - warning: extreme drinkability

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of bambam2517
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass and served at 40F.

A - Translucent and hazy yellow-gold, like hay. Ridiculous amount of bright white head develops, light and creamy. Reduces slowly and leaves a nice trickle of lace down the glass as it is drank.

S - Grassy, bready, picking up the yeast and the hop character in equal amounts. Extremely bright and fresh smelling. Banana esters and brown sugar. A bit of pear ester there as well.

T - A bit of a Belgo influence going on here? Some sweetness, caramel-like, folded in with the banana flavor. Its a bit like bananas foster. Along with that though is a subtle citrus character, along with a nice yeast backbone reminiscent of bread. Excellent!

M - Refreshing, light mid-palate and a remarkably clean finish. Detecting a bit of warmth on the roof of the mouth, but its incredible to me that this is 7.7ABV and is such a smooth finisher.

O - Among the best in my book. I love it, I'd drink it all summer if it were readily available to me. It will be on hand at my place for sure!

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of alex_hart
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: A hazy, straw yellow with a 1 finger fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation visible.

smell: sweet, wheaty, bready, yeast, and a little bit of spice. very pleasant.

taste: follows much of the nose but the wheat, yeast, and bready sweetness really shine through. it reminds me almost like a lighter, softer belgian pale ale.

mouthfeel: good carbonation across the tongue with a slight lingering in the mouth. still pleasant.

overall: this is one of my favorite brews to date, and at the price point it is a MUST try if you have yet to experience it. easy drinker for both BAs and those who have not yet come over from the dark side of the force. cheers!

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dheacck11
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden straw with a hint of orange. Finger and a half of white fuzzy head, fading quickly. No lacing to speak of

Nose is big and full of banana, grapefruit, pear, oat and bread. Delightful

Taste is rich and creamy with lots of bready banana, pear, and a spongy malt. Just the softest hint of spice, maybe coriander.

mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, but also quite astringent. Only thing I don't love about this beer.

Love this brewer and their beers. This is just another excellent example from them. Perfect flavors and balance, though I do like their darker bocks a bit more. Incredible beer for the price.

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4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy light golden yellow in color with some heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some medium yellow + hints of orange highlights. The beer has a five finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to thick film covering the surface of the beer with a medium thick cap towards the center of the glass and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat, banana, clove, and spices with a lighter amounts of yeast and bubble gum.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of banana and clove with moderate flavors of wheat and yeast. Light hints of bubble gum. Minimal amounts of bitterness, almost lightly sweet.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I'm shocked that this beer is 7.7% ABV because it drinks much easier. Very enjoyable and refreshing, a top class weizenbock though not as strong as some others.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford.

Pours a lovely, long hazed golden yellow colour, a heller weizenbock indeed. Head is a frothy, slightly creamy white, but surprisingly lacks some persistence. Body is quite light, but it holds very fine carbonation when tilted. Looks good overall.

Nose is very potent, and full of phenolics and esters. Big banana and bubblegum, with a pungent pear character coming through strongly as well. Some pepper, but not a huge amount of spice: very minimal clove, for example. There's also a slight vegetative, or herbal character to it, it reminds me a little of lavender: it's not a character I believe I've smelled in a wheat beer before, but it goes nicely. Overall, it's really big, and very flavoursome.

Taste is also good, and surprisingly smooth and creamy. More of those pear characters, which become a bit more like pear skin towards the back as they meld with a little booziness. Clean phenols through the centre of the palate and a slight bite of heat on the back, moderated solvent and a suggestion of earth. Despite all of this, it's quite smooth, and maintaining the illusion of sweetness without being too thick or chewy. It's quite a masterfully done thing.

Overall, yes: this is excellent stuff, a timely reminder of how good Weihenstephaner are. I love experimentation, and crazy craft formulations, but we should always remember the more traditional extreme beers. This is a fine example of how to make something big and exciting, but also keep everything in balance. Love it.

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky burnt orange with a large thick white head. Left no lacing.

S - Clove and bubblegum are the forerunners on this nose. Some creamed corn-ish type scents come through as well. Coriander and floral scents finish out the nose.

T - Bubblegum and goney are the major players as soon as the beer hits your lips. The clove and honey quickly become prevelant and hay also makes a noticable cameo. Wheats tops the cesspool off nicely.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Fits. Nicely.

O - Overall, it was a solid german beer although nothing spectacular. Would make a good summer beer. I'd have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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