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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,647 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,647
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 165
Gots: 192 | 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 WorldWideStout
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: My attempt to pour this beer in the correct way into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass was a success in that I did not spill or break anything, but a failure in that I failed to produce much head. I can only assume from the glimpses of it that I got that it would have been delightful. The body is a rather unique color. Sort of apple ciderish, but a bit more yellow. Fairly transparent at the top, but tending more towards translucent at the bottom, with a little haze. The streams of bubbles were very nice, and reminded me a bit of a lava lamp for some reason.

S: Vanilla, lemon, apple, spices. Lovely, though I'd like it to be a bit stronger.

T: Starts off with some wheaty and lemony tartness, followed soon after by vanilla and faint clove. The tartness comes in again with some apples, then the sweetness, and finally, a tart aftertaste with a bit of clove.

M: Well-carbonated, but it doesn't take away from the flavors.

D: Lovely flavors and lightness make this one easy as pie to swill down. I can't quite give it a five as I think anything fairly complex will slow you down after awhile.

I love Aventinus, but until now, other weizenbocks had been somewhat of a disappointment. This reminded me a good deal of Aventinus, and will certainly be something I buy again.

WorldWideStout, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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

dbossman, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Clear golden liquid with a huge, foamy, white head on top. Some lacing. Looks tasty.

Lots of funky esters and some banana on the nose. A little spicy, possibly some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Malts linger in the background.

Bready and malty with hints of banana and well placed spice. Sweet, chewy, cookie-like malts. Stone fruits with sugar and a bit of alcohol on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy with ample, prickly, carbonation. A touch of heat from the alcohol, but not too much.

Drinkability is quite good. Lots of flavor and a good body. I'm moving through this bottle pretty quickly. You can taste the ABV a little bit, but it doesn't really get in the way. One bottle is about perfect, but I could easily be convinced to have another.

Overall, this beer was a bit of a surprise. I know Weihenstephaner does good things, but I wasn't expecting to like this brew as much as I did. Definitely worth picking up and I think I'm going to check out a few more of their brews after having this one.

sisuspeed, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a mostly hazy straw with a huge white head that dissipates slowly and laces well.

smells of banana bread. lots of yeast aromas of banana and clove, but with plenty of white and wheat bread maltiness as well. some lemons and tropical fruits as well.

taste follows the nose closely. sweet malts come first with a touch of banana and clove with some creamy vanilla and a hint of lemon. Nothing overpowers in this one, but everything is pretty well represented. a bit of booze is left in the throat after the swallow.

bottle-conditioning leads to a creamy yet bubbly body that enhances the flavors well.

a tad bit boozy, but its not a harshness that hinders too much, but rather adds to the complexity. the sweet vanilla and bready flavors balance out the spicy yeast characteristics nicely. a wonderful brew that helps to define what I love about beer.

silentjay, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of nano
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured in a half litter weizen glass

A: this is my second weizenbock that i tried and in comparation with aventinuz weizenbook this is in appearance much lighter, so i lprefere the aventinus appearance. one inch head

S: bananna, very deep a lot of yeast and german malts, a lot of fruit

T: bananna, yeast and fruitiness, and strong clovee

M: full body with a good carbonation

D: i could take 2 or 3 of this one

nano, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of tone77
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and fruits. Taste is great, banana, other fruit, spices, very complex, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied and delicious in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very high quality beer.

tone77, May 23, 2010
Photo of macpapi
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle.

Vitus pours a light orange, almost yellowish color with a very pillowy, fluffy white head. Very hazy with good lacing.

There is a fresh, crisp, wheaty aroma up front with lots of fruity tones, equal citrus and banana. IT also has ample amounts of clove and spice. Bits of bubble gum sweetness make this smell almost like a hefeweizen on steroids.

The taste is dominated by fresh wheat, complimented by banana, clove, and noted alcohol. Quite a bit of sweetness completes a nice and complex swallow.

Mouthfiel is biting and surprisingly full with pretty high carbonation.

Overall, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. When compared to the likes of Aventinus it reminds me of just how much diversity there can be between quality beers within the weizenbock style.

macpapi, May 23, 2010
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 500ml bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner branded hefe-weizen glass.

Pours with a grand 3-4 finger head that seems to appear as though it will turn into a solid fluffy mass that will never die away. Color is a striking bronze tending towards gold with a seemingly endless stream of effervescent bubbles rising to the top.

Aroma is classic German, classic Weize. As with other Weihenstephaner offerings, this has that steamy hot doughy 'just baked' aroma blended with over-ripened banana skins and sweetened clove.

Once again the taste is perfectly in line with other weize brews from Weihenstephaner. Wheat, malt and molasses sweetness are very big up front whilst mild summer fruit and citrus peel are available in the lingering after taste. The higher alcohol content is evident towards the very tail end of each mouthful.

In the mouth this one is full, however not as big as one may expect. I was expecting a chewy complexity to this one, rather it faded away effortlessly. Definitely effervescent and taste complexity adds to the process.

If you like other Weihenstephaner wheat beers then you will already by familiar with the aromas and taste complexities that this offers, however Vitus is able to provide a little something extra to the equation.

Highly recommended.

SleepyMonk, May 15, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jlindros, May 15, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (what, no weizen glass, come on!) at the Brass Rail.

A: The weizenbock, as I am now accustomed to, is a hellesweizenbock, carrying an orange-yellow glow that is muted by its unfiltered presentation. The glow is further muted, by a few shades, from the Weihenstephaner hefeweizen. A rich head, over a finger, sticks around.

S: Clove, banana, bubblegum, what more does a good weizenbier need? In this case, the aromas are taken up a notch, stronger and sweeter. The wheat presence, still mildly tart, has more graininess.

T: Wheat starts the ale off right, rich with ample tartness lingering in the wings. The helles nature of the ale cuts down on the caramel malts and their associated sweetness. As the wheat passes, the yeast comes out swinging. Lemon, banana and clove, all concentrated, are the primary flavors. The wheat follows the spices, finishing them off with a dry tartness. Formidable but very refreshing. It's not a hot afternoon kind of weizen, more like a cooler fall night.

M: The mouthfeel, think hefeweizen, has been supercharged, amped up in all regards. The yeasty esters are the stand-out.

D: Well worth the drive to Campbelltown. I should have taken a growler home with me. The idea of a hellesweizenbock has grown on me.

akorsak, May 14, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, gold body with a tall, white, fluffy head.

S- Bready malt with a wheat twang; notes of lemon, coriander and clove.

T- Strong wheat foundation leading into a fruity profile then notes of banana and lemon ending in notes of coriander, a warming alcohol and a strong note of clove.

M- Medium body with a light carbonation only coming in toward the finish.

D- Reminds me of a really good, German weizen with some stronger notes of clove and a bigger alcohol presence.

TommyW, May 14, 2010
Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Pale gold, one finger of white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Good staying power to the head.

Citric aroma with a heavy dose of cloves. Lemon-lime and just a hint of banana.

Tastes of sweet banana right up front with plenty of lemon-lime citrus to follow. The finish returns to banana sweetness. Clove lingers, but much more subtly than in the aroma.

Fairly light bodied with steady carbonation. Fairly nice mouthfeel.

Too drinkable for its strength. This is a good brew that went down rapidly.

elricorico, May 09, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A half-liter brown Euro-style glass bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Bright yellow and sunny in appearance, quite cloudy and with a solid two fingers of rocky white foam that fades away at a notch faster than a snail's pace to leave behind thick blotchy rings of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose is distinctly Weißbier yet distinctly Weizenbock; an amalgamation of the two that blends well both the powerfully fruity banana and spicy clove notes of a bright Hefeweizen and the drier, spicier, and more pungent aromas of a Weizenbock. Powerfully enticing.

Full-bodied yet light and effervescent in mouthfeel, the flavors follow the nose and appearance well, deceiving with a bright Hefeweizen-like refreshing quality but with flavors more strong and hop-accented, leaving quite the same impression as the more traditional dark version of the Weizenbock style but without the same rich malty character. The finish is dry and tinged with spice, citrusy hops and a mild fruitiness but with a pronounced dryness that screams for another quaff.

Quite the Weizenbock, Weihenstephaner's Helles version of the style is much more refreshing than more traditional examples and is extremely well-balanced, never too strong in any region except for the flavor front, in which such a balance between taste and drinkability is a powerful virtue. Perhaps one of the greatest Weizenbocks around, Brauerei Weihenstephan never ceases to produce solid, well-crafted and tasty beers while remaining in strict (well, perhaps not so strict -- we are talking about wheat beer, after all) accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. Vitus is flat-out amazing, and well worth all its praise.

superdedooperboy, May 07, 2010
Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a pale, hazy straw color. It was served to me with a medium sized fluffy white head that left some lace in its wake.

s: More perfumed and a stronger alcohol presence than other weizenbocks I've tried. The strong banana aroma I was looking for was a bit subdued. Nice overall, but not quite what I hoped for.

t: On the warmer side for an abv of 7.7%. Drier than and more on the floral side rather than big and sweet. Here again that robust banana ester flavor I look for was lacking. Still, this was refreshing with no off flavors.

m: Not as beefy or chewy as other examples of the style I've tried, but it certainly was satisfying.

d: Not bad, but not what I hoped it would be either. Glad to have easy access to other examples of what is rapidly becoming a favorite style of mine.

DIM, May 06, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle into a Weihenstephaner pint glass.

A: Caramel-butterscotch in color with a huge frothy head, white and bubbly. A swarm of little bubbles scramble to reach the surface in a cloudy, misty, dark beer...looks good to me.

S: Bananas and a light, malty yeast highlight the smell with notes of grape skins and almond butter. Lightly plastic undertones take away points here.

T: Burp gives you plenty of bananas and cream with red apples, yeasty sourdough and a lemon bite that lingers in the finish.

D: I could have 2 or 3...or 4.

Value: GREAT. Far better than beers way more expensive in the style.

WeezyBoPeep, May 06, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light hazy amber color, yeast left in bottom of bottle. Medium bodied and strong carbonation. Nose is a spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet spices, lemon and yeast. The best weizen bock I've had (at least 10), it beats Schneider Aventinus. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into my hefe glass a hazy, golden yellow with a nice two to three finger head.
S: Very fragrant. Bananas and bubblegum are what stands out. Some cloves and spices as well.
T: Wow, really well done. The banana and bubble gum are really present here, but the spice blends nicely. It finishes with a taste of wheat and a bite of alcohol.
M: Creamy and oh so smooth. Medium carbonation.
D: The smell, taste and body of this beer make this a true winner to session with. Can't think of one much better for the spring/summer.

Infamous7100, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.

metter98, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of JonB1958
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The pour is a nice cloudy yellow with an ample thick white head that hangs around well.

The smell and the taste were overwhelming banana with a little clove and a yeastiness; it reminded me of Franzikaner Weiss in that regard. The biggest issue for me was a lack of balance.

Not my favorite style, and not my favorite beer, but typical of the style.

JonB1958, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= This much anticipated beer comes to me form Mikeyv35 as an extra. Thanks Mike! The pour is a nice hazy orange color. I dunno why but I expected something much darker prolly due to the bottle. The beer is super hazy in color and yeilds a nice perfect white head thats about two fingers high and holds perfect retention. There is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass as well.

S= Nice and pungent. Excellent smell coming from this beer. Cloves, banannas, citrus, orange peel. There is an excellent amount of wheatyness to it.

T= ooooh that's good stuff. I can see why this beer is so loved. Really some excellent flavors going on. Hits my tongue sort of citrusy at first. Loads of orange flavors. Then in a very creamy way it sort of mellows out to an excellent mix of bananna clove and wheat. The finist is totally wheaty. It sort of reminds me of a orangcicle or something. Really something special.

M= One of the best mouthfeels I've ever had. The creamiest thing I've tasted in a long time. Feels like ice cream or something.

D= Wow, this beer is world class for sure. One of the most amazing things that has touched my lips in a while. A truely amazing beer. Now I just gotta find a place in MN that sells it.

jjanega08, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of runner72
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving out of a bottle

A - very large, white head. doesn't adhear to the glass. cloudy, blonde color

S - vanilla, banana and cloves. very nice smell

T - cloves, banana and vanilla. very smooth with some carbonation

M - smooth, malty feel

D - very drinkable.

Overall excellent beer.

runner72, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a goblet

beer pours a cloudy pale yellow/straw color with big white head

aroma is of wheat, yeast, spice undertone (cloves?) and citrus

taste - wheat, citrus, cloves

mouthfeel - slick, highly carbonated, alcohol is well hidden, medium bodied

Drinkability - this goes down pretty easily

Vitus - great value@ 2.99 for a 16.9oz bottle, a good tasting weizenbock overall

keithmurray, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a billowing four fingers of head and thick lacing.

The aroma is heavy on yeast and clove. Not really picking up much of the sweet bubblegum-like smells that I would expect, but this is pretty damn nice.

The flavor is an initial rush of sweet banana cream pie and yeast. In the finish is that bubblegum I was looking for. Although I can't say I'm particularly blown away by this, I also can't find any faults either.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is about what I would expect...goes down easy and has a nice flavor profile to keep me reaching for the glass. I can't say that it really separates itself from the pack though.

Overall this is a fine beer that I would definitely order again at a bar, but probably wouldn't stock my fridge with.

alcstradamus, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice cloudy straw color and a head that is fluffy and not quick to reside.
Smells of the usual, but with a more pungent aroma than most. Has the slight citrus smell but mostly the peppery wheat smell.
Tastes really great, has the bock sweetness that is not really too noticeable by itself, but blends well with the hefeweizen taste.
Easy to drink and carbonation level is smooth and creamy.

Similar to Ayinger Weizen-Bock.

Spineypanda, Apr 15, 2010
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,647 ratings.