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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,695 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,695
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 172
Gots: 211 | 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 Stocean1
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a three finger pillowy white head upon a honey hued cloudy body, huge retention with fine sticky lacing - I can not think of a way to improve it, hence the 5

Sweet banana, cloves, bubblegum floral hops, rising bread in the oven.

Taste follows the nose, it is a hefe fed clenbuterol

Medium bodied with some carbonation, smooth and sumptuoush and oh so drinkable - dangerous given there is no hint of booze in this one

World class.

Stocean1, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev -6.3%

StoicBeast, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weihenstephaner's Vitus a couple weeks ago for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try more beers from this brewery since they made such a goof first impression for me with Korbinian, so I decided to give their Weizenbock a try, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from 500ml brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label is a little plain and has a vintage look to it, it doesn't look as good Korbinian did. It poured a hazy straw yellow color with a big four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and a little spotty lacing. The color was a lot lighter then I was expecting but it still looks good and it had plenty of head, it's a good looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off very fruity and floral, with some bananas, orange peel, lemon peel and some bubble gum showing up first then after that I get a pretty floral aroma that may be from the hops. Next I get some wheat and bread aromas followed by a good amount of yeasty spices, mainly clove and white pepper. This beer smelled like a Heffeweizen on sterioids, its pretty complex, but it didn't have that rich aroma that I like about Weizenbock's.

T- The taste seems to have as much going on as the aroma did. It starts off with some malty wheat flavors which is quickly followed by lots of bananas, orange peel, and bubble gum. Next comes the spicy yeast that has more peppery flavors then clove flavors and is followed by a light floral taste. The alcohol was hidden well, and it had a low amount of bitterness on the finish with a Heffeweizen like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, I find the flavor to be much more similar to an imperial version of a Heffeweizen then it is to the other Weizenbock's I have had, it's still good though.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, on the full side of being light bodied, and it had a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, it was a good fit.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good Weizenbock, but it was much more different then all the other ones I have had, I haven't tried much of the style but all the ones I have had prior to this one were much darker and had some roast to it to go with those banana and spicy yeast flavors, so I am little confused by this beer, but this brewery is one of the oldest so it could be that this is what a true Weizenbock is like and the all the american ones I had have took the non traditional road, I am going to have to try more German Weizenbocks to figure this puzzle out. This beer had great drinkability, it went down very smooth and held my attention, I will for sure be drinking this in the summer. What I liked most about this beer was how complex the flavors were and how good it looked. There was nothing that I didn't like about this beer, it was what it was. I would for sure buy this beer again especially in the summer, and I recommend this to any Wheat beer lover. I liked this beer even though it wasn't what I was expected. Weihenstephaner comes through with a solid beer, but I think I prefer the darker ones instead, either way it was solid and I enjoyed drinking it.

StoutHunter, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

WeissBoy, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.3%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy apricot color with a giant 1-2 finger frothy white head with phenomenal retention and lacing. 

Pale malt and banana peel make up the nose. 

Flavor is just amazing. The epitome of what the style should taste like. Big bright banana flavor and bright fresh wheat. 

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Fresh and crisp with high carbonation. 

The best weizenbock I can possibly imagine.  

MrVonzipper, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Feb 16, 2013

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a large white head. Head is very solid looking. Retention is very good, fair bit of lacing.

Smell is full of banana and bubblegum. Very floral and fruity. Some spicy notes as well. Really a great smell.

Taste is also very good, and similar to the nose. Banana, bubblegum, peppery spice, wheat. Taste is really quite similar to the regular hefeweizen, just a little bigger.

True to style, the beer is highly carbonated, though the bubbles are fairly small. Despite the bubbles, it is quite a creamy beer.

Overall, a very very good beer. Overall score reflects that I was somewhere in between 4 and 4.5 taste wise. Good stuff!

jrenihan, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazey straw yellow with a sticky white head and heavy lacing.

S: Banana, Wheat, orange citrus, bready yeast and pepper with clove aroma.

T: Wow, what a full palate of flavors for such a light bodied beer. Wheat malt flavors are strong along with a white pepper bananas and clove from the yeast. Finish of this is dry and crisp, leaving me wanting for more. Banana esters are strong in the finish as well.

M: Light in body with a little stickiness. High carbonation, slightly dry.

O: This is a classic Weizenbock, no doubt about it a great weizenbock that has stood the test of time. I will absolutely revisit this at another time when I am in the mood for it.

alpinebryant, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

thegerm87, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a weizen glass

A: pours a very hazy, extremely carbonated, light yellow color towards the bottom and a bit of a deeper golden color towards the top, pours with three fingers of very fine pure white head which is frothy and lingers for a long time, leaves a small bit of lacing
S: very nice peppery and lemon notes with a bready wheat scent on the back end
T: begins peppery then slides into a nice smoothness and cleanness that i really can explain, just smooth with a nice lemony note which really allows it to drink well, just tastes damn good
M: medium carbonation, kinda thick which i hadnt expected although i guess id describe it more as creamy than anything else, leaves the mouth cleanly
O: really great taste, drinks incredibly easily, smooth, just nice all around

BigPlay1824, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy gold pour with a huge bubbly white head. Retention is pretty decent and there are nice streaks of lacing.

S: Lemons, bananas, bubblegum and pear. Lots of wheaty bread.

T: Refreshing combination of lemons, oranges, pear and banana with again, a strong wheat bread base. Some cloves.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied.

O: A pretty simple beer but a great balance and drinkability to it. Refreshing, fruity and wheaty.

Dope, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

brewbaker, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Beefytits4, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass producing a cloudy golden color reminiscent of a regular hefeweissbier. Bright white two finger head and tons of bubbles racie through this thing.

There is a sweetness about the smell. Lovely fruit pops out with banana and maybe a pear. Bread. Slight bubblegum.

The alcohol is detectable. You get a lot of the same flavors in the taste that are apparent in the nose with the fruit and bubblegum. Spice.

Smooth, creamy ,and medium bodied.

I guess I was expecting something more like Aventinus in regards to a weizenbock. Pretty much a delicious hefe on roids.

MattSweatshirt, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from the lcbo for around 3$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains/bread. There is also some clove an coriander but the banana seems to be the most prominent flavour. It ends with a spicy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall - A dangerously drinkable beer with a great fruity and spicy flavour. You can taste the quality and the beer is a steal at 3$ a bottle. Worth picking up for sure.

spinrsx, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev -6.3%

heebes, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Whiskeyjack
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Whiskeyjack, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden yellow colour, two fingers of white fluffy head, thick lace all the way down the glass. Smell is packed with wheat and banana, spicy notes, clove, corriander, bready malt, sweet caramel notes come and go, faint alcohol deep down. Taste has lots of bready malts, wheat, banana, cloves and other spice, some tropical fruit especially in the finish, some sweet toffee/caramel flavours, more banana in finish and aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, creamy and full bodied, great feel overall. Incredible stuff, ABV nowhere to be found, incredibly drinkable and something I will buy much more of.

peensteen, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Attractive cloudy peach colour with a foamy stark-white coloured head.

S: Wheat, apricots, orange, biscuit-like malts, and underlying spices primarily cloves. Very refreshing and natural aromas. Finding it a little difficult to detect the general aroma however.

T: Wheat, orange peel, banana, tart apricots, spices (clove and corriander), pepper, raw cane sugar. Slightly medicinal or mineral-like (in a good way). Fresh tasting with a certain crispness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. Semi-chalky and dry with respectable oily character.

D: Very good stuff. Like tasting the first day of Spring. Refreshing and well balanced. New to this style but enjoyed this very much, and will be seeking out other Weizenbocks.

Digimaika2, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a huge white head that lasts for a very long time. Sheets of lacing form around the entire glass.

S: Tons of clove and coriander, very estery, and lots of fruits - pear, apple, and a little bit of tropical fruit as well. A definite wheat aroma Overall, very floral and earthy.

T: Lots of wheat and bready malt mixed with a very nice level of spices (cloves and coriander again). The fruit flavors come out as a slightly tropical banana flavor. The banana is mixed with something else that I can't quite place, but I like it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and easy drinking.

O: Another classic from Weihenstephaner, fantastic beer. Would certainly drink this one again.

mdaschaf, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

RedAleMan, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bmwats
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hay color. Lots o' carbonation. Giant, cascading, bubbly, white head. Settles very slowly, in a root beer float sort of way. Not really anything to speak of in terms of lacing, but head persists throughout, and is continually renewed from the rising effervescence. Nice sediment.

S: Nose is freshly cut grass, wheat, and lemon citrus.

T: Wheat.... That's about it. Very pure and pristine.

M: Light and refreshing body, with only a slightly pungent finish. Nothing much of a lingering aftertaste. Goes down easy and is very natural and pure.

D: Easy drinking. Simple, but greatly executed.

Atmosphere is really good. Great head, and simple but full nose. Flavor is simple, but very well executed. Very pure and true. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of MattyV
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy lemon yellow colour with a big pillowy white head. Average retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet and estery with lots of banana and fruit along with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Taste follows suit with lots of yeast-derived estery flavors: banana, bubble gum, and apple leads into a crisp finish with hints of clove and pepper. Sweet malt profile throughout. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A great beer which drinks very well and struck me much like a suped up hefe, and is a bit dangerous in that regard.

MattyV, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy pale golden colour, three fingers of light bubbled head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet bubble gum, citrus, cloves, melon and a touch of bready malt.

T - Solid wheat and cloves dominate, the caramel comes through and a bready malt lingers. Reminiscent of banana bread with the cloves hanging around and finishing with a icing sugar sweetness.

M - Lighter bodied ale, but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - These guys have anything "weizen" nailed. No need to question, you know you'll be satisfied with anything they produce. Have at 'er!

andrenaline, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow. Big lively white head off the pour, settles to a nice-sized chunk of foam.

Substantial nose. Big wheat malt aromas. Fresh baked banana bread with a real sweetness.

The banana bread comes through again on the tongue. The sweetness from earlier comes across as vanilla, giving an even stronger impression of cakey dough, along with some nice chewy malt. This brew is so rounded and soft that, at times, it almost comes across as a wit.

Not what I was expecting from this one, this is a very easy-going hefe, and the alcohol is well-hidden. Nice wheat.

CanuckRover, Mar 04, 2012
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,695 ratings.