Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
A - An inverted pour produces four fingers of mousse-like white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. The crackling head settles slowly and leaves rings of lace on the glass.
S - A classic aroma of bubble-gum, banana, and cloves, well blended with an emphasis on the clove. A strong, perfume-like note of spicy wheat is backed by toffee and and a hint of noble hops.
T - Lots of bubble-gum and banana up front with sweet malt and slightly tart wheat. Cloves begin to make themselves known in the middle, balanced by malty toffee. Cloves and banana continue to coat the palate in the finish with toasty malt and surprising alcoholic warmth.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - This is quite an interesting beer and it lends perspective to the American wheat wines that have begun to appear in the last few years. There is a lot of intensity to the yeast flavors here that seems to be a byproduct of the relatively high gravity. The intensity of the bubble-gum and clove character isn't over the top, but if it were much stronger it would hurt the beer. There is a lot of malt backing the yeast, and that helps keep it drinkable. The aroma is excellent, but the flavor of intense, almost harsh, yeast is just not as well balanced as I would like it to be. This was a nice beer and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it, but I still prefer the lower gravity German wheats.
10-18-2009 02:31:53 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
Bottle dating 5109 which translates to a date of the 5th in the 10th week in the 9th year or 5 Mar., 09. Chilled and poured into a 0.5L Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: The beer pours out a hazy yellow gold color with a fluffy 1" thick head that begins to recede slowly. The color surprises as it seems like an ordinary hefeweizen and has little or no "dunkel" appearance. Filled with small streams of bubbles the beer maintains about ½" of the head even when sipping. The sheets of foam leave a ring and some leggy lacing. Eventually the head recedes to a thin layer of foam that leaves sheets of foam and lacing for most of the beer.
Smell: The aroma contains banana, clove, honey and wheat all "interwingled" into a fruity whole along with something that reminds me of tart green apple.
Taste: The rich complex flavor is much as predicted from the nose and has some sweet banana, some clove and some bubble gum along with traces of malt and some lightly tart green apple. The flavor is very complex as none of the flavors dominate and the all are taking their turns at showing off.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and silky smooth with loads of fine carbonation that coats the tongue. The finish is reasonably long and begins simultaneously sweet and tart, but then eventually fades into a lightly tart ending.
Drinkability: My first reaction on the pour was one of surprise at the lightness of the color and I wondered if I'd grabbed the wrong bottle. This is very drinkable hefeweizen/weizenbock and even before the beer was half gone I was wishing that I had another one to open this evening. I'll definitely be looking for more of this one.
10-18-2009 01:31:36 | More by drtth
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
500ml split courtesy of Bobsy, many thanks!
Pours a hazy straw, touch lighter perhaps than your average weizenbock, leaves some light lacing down the glass.
Nose is pear, apples, banana, light coriander and anise.
This drinks lighter and smoother than your average weizen, perhaps more of a hefe-weizen hybrid? Not holding that against it, drinks quite well. Fruity - banana, pear, apples. Spicy - anise, coriander, perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Prickly carbonation and a dry finish.
Quite easy to drink. Heavier on the spice than some but a nice fruitiness to balance it out, a sweet streak through the middle. Nice beer!
10-17-2009 20:05:28 | More by ritzkiss
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
S: Thick, bready spices. Feels like you could cut the aroma with a knife, wow. A lot of clove and banana with crisp apple/pear notes supported by some effervescent citrus.
T: Thick, flavorful, rounded experience. Everything in balance and hitting the right notes. The same aroma notes comes in full on at the beginning until the thick, soft body churns it into a lightly sour sweetness. Meanwhile the carbonation is almost providing a spicy experience with how prickles your mouth.
The flavor's are kicked up and pronounced! Maybe not the most intricate, but it's a delight to drink.
10-16-2009 05:50:29 | More by weazal
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
A :The unfiltered wheat are obvious in the appearance, looks the way it should, like a Hefeweizen or Witbier. Cloudy light orange with a quickly dissipating head which leaves very slight lacing that merely manages to cling to the glass.
S: The smell doesn't reveal a whole lot, but it's got lots and lots of zest, along with some very prominent banana and other sweet fruits and malts.
T: Fantastic wheat taste, very full bodied and sweet. The dominant flavor is banana and zestiness along with other sweet fruits and possibly some coriander in the mix, not big on hops at all. Beautiful balance.
M: The mouthfeel is heavy, almost syruppy. Very full bodied...like a banana milkshake, but of course, this is a beer.
D: Drinkability is fantastic, there is nothing harsh or offensive about this beer whatsoever, I'm sure even a non beer drinker could drink this one. The alcohol content is well hidden for it's gravity, but certainly there. Great beer and very reccommended!
10-05-2009 12:24:37 | More by BeelzeBrew
3.65/5 rDev -14.3%
it is a foggy dull yellow with about a fingers width of head that dissapates to nothing.
the smell is light but sweet. abit of a lemon scent to it.
the taste is also sweet with a high citric acid taste and a light hoppiness.
medium body with higher than normal carbonation but not harsh.
pretty high alcohol limits this beers drinkability along with the acidity, but still a good beer
10-05-2009 12:20:55 | More by joozyboozy
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
Hazy pale yellow. Someone else said lemon color, that is accurate. BIG. ARSE. FOAMY. HEAD.
I was at a hotel drinking this and there was only a tall water glass to pour it into.. didn't really do the head justice.
the only other weizenbock I have had before this was Victory Moonglow which was fairly dark and sediment-y, much like a Belgian dark ale. This looks more like a regular hefe, which surprised me.
Lovely fresh scent. Some of the expected banana n clove but also another nice fruity aroma going on I couldn't pin down. Great nose.
Real tasty. I'm not sure if I would say weizenbock if I tasted this blind except for maybe a hint of alcohol and sticky sweetness on the tail end of the finish. The alcohol hint amplifies the expected clove/spice flavors typical to hefes. Very fresh tasting. The body to this is wonderful. The body is medium/heavy because of the 8pct ABV but the lightness and freshness of the flavors makes it feel so much lighter.. almost sessionable : )
Nice mouthfeel, somewhere in between crisp and creamy. I keep wanting some more. EDIT-Now that I've gotten more yeast into my glass the mouthfeel is quite smooth
Very drinkable in taste, I keep wanting to take another sip. The only thing that would hold me back from that is that by the end of this pint-bottle I am feeling a little "full". But this beer feels so crisp and fresh for a bock strength beer. Great stuff
09-27-2009 06:19:27 | More by nms1987
3.6/5 rDev -15.5%
The BA forum famous Weihenstephaner VITUS! Picked up last weekend at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma in Milwaukee.
"Brewed under the purity law of 1516 7.7%"
Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a dark lemon color, with a strawberry hue. Much lighter than expected, as I was thinking something along the lines of Aventinus which is substantially darker.Beautiful slightly off white color head, fine bubbles that provide some stickage.
Smell is of bubblegum, cloves, BIG banana, not unlike a mild potpourri.
Tastes kind of like a banana smoothie! Very creamy and smoooth mouthfeel. Sweet Bananas are immediately evident followed by clove and other generic spice. Starts to open up quite a bit more as it warms.
Drinkability- Kind of heavy to have more than one of these pint bottles of, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Maybe it's because I haven't been that into wheats lately, or my expectations were put up a bit too high--didn't quite match my expectations, yet still a great brew!
09-27-2009 03:41:57 | More by darklordlager
4.72/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a hazy golden orange with hints of dark ripe banana and cloudy golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger frothy white head that slowly fizzles into a thin cap.
Nice spicy clove aroma with a very prominent citrus peel presence. Hints of orange, lemon and grapefruit as well as a very nice ripe banana scent. Smells slightly tart. Awesome!
Extremely well-balance beer that's on the fuller side of medium body. A perfect amalgam of spicy clove, sweet citrus fruit, corriander and ripe banana notes. The spicy cloves are pretty prominent up front followed by a a perfect blend of lemon peel, orange peel, ripe banana and subtle hops. There is also a very nice slight tartness in the dry finish. This is a complex beer that is extremely drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended!
09-25-2009 07:39:16 | More by corby112
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
A - This caught me completely off-guard. I was expecting a dark beer, as per all other weizenbocks that I have had. Pale hazy yellow color. A lot of head, no lacing.
S - Bananas and cloves - especially the cloves. Touch of lemon pith
T - Initially, there is a lemon and banana flavor. Followed shortly by the cloves. Then it becomes a very mild watery taste. The aftertaste is some bready, biscuity notes. Not really any bitterness. This is hard to top.
M - Smooth, thick, very refreshing.
D - Excellent! I could drink this all day!
09-25-2009 06:11:26 | More by mrasskicktastic
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
A 500ml bottle poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Vitus appears a hazed rich straw yellow color with about three fingers of cloud-like bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are made up of toasted nutty wheat, bananas, a decent amount of caramelized malts, mild milk chocolate notes, banana bread, yeasty, citrus notes. Approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation. Yet another world class offing from Weihenstephanerer.
09-24-2009 04:43:02 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
16.9oz into oversized pint glass.
Massive, 5+F frothy white head atop of an opaque deep yellow body - like dropping a couple ounces of tea into a lemonade. Head fades to steady film, w/just a touch of lacing.
Smell is really rich - overripened bananas, clove, and a dash of pepper.
Flavor was a little lighter, but reminded me of thick, wheaty banana bread with nuts. Little bit of spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel was creamy - on par with an english stout up front, but then finishing with some of the bite a hefeweizen would bring. Nice carbonation level.
Most definitely an easy drinker at 7.7. Enjoyed it thoroughly (and too quickly!), and will be picking up more in the future.
09-23-2009 01:13:44 | More by BeerImmediately
4.6/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. This brew pours rather light for the style and with just a moderate haze. Not overly cloudy and somewhat golden in color. A inch of dense soapy foam sits atop, offering strong retention and lacing.
Typical Bavarian nose with banana, clove and wheat. A touch more sweetness is noted vs. a standard strength offering and cleaner notes of banana are evident in a light perfume sense. Touch of sour yeast intermingles with bready wheat notes with some agitation after the head settles. Nice.
Malt notes of the nose are evident in the flavor as well. Bready and lightly coarse with a firm spice. Clove and allspice make this a nice wintery version of a Hefeweizen. Slightly sweet yet doesn't have a viscous mouthfeel to it, allowing for a long finish of bread and spice. Sweetness is never cloying however, and does mask the ABV quite well.
Basically a supercharged Hefeweizen, vs a Dunkel such as you find with Aventinus, which offers more complexity in flavor. A different approach and rather well done. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.
09-21-2009 22:53:33 | More by HalfFull
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
poured into a scnifter. pours a thick golden yellow with two fingers of white head. some spotted lacing.
smell is a very powerful combination of wheat and fruity yeast. very pleasing.
for a beer of this abv it tastes surprisingly like most standard hefeweizens. the alchohol is masked well but it just doesnt have any unique flavor characteristics of its own. still not bad though.
mouthfeel: very light. doesnt leave anything too noticeable or overwhelming.
drinkability: very sessionable. could be drank in the sun or inside. easy to drink with a well masked high abv. and affordable. i recommend it to all
09-18-2009 07:10:19 | More by northaustin
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured from a bottle into a 0.5 liter hefeweizen glass.
Looks just like its cousin, the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and that's a good thing. Golden yellow, maybe a teeny tiny bit darker than the Hefe, and very pretty to behold. Head is voluminous, receding downward into a half-inch thick cloud of white bubbles. Smell is absolutely amazing. Sweet, but not too sweet, with nuances of banana and citrus at first, then the malty goodness.
Seconds after it hit my tongue, I thought I was drinking a hefeweizen. After a few more moments though, the more assertive flavor of the weizenbock shone through. I could definitely pick out the roasted malts along with a more pronounced citrus kick. The finish isn't as bready or chewy as the Hefe, but it still goes down smooth as silk. I couldn't taste the 7.7% ABV at all, which pleased me, since I'm not such a big fan of tasting alcohol in my beers. There isn't very much carbonation at all, but it still has that big-bodied feeling.
On the whole, another excellent brew from Weihenstephaner. I could easily drink another three or four of these in one sitting, though I'm not sure that's such a good idea since it *is* stronger than the Hefe. Will probably have to do a parallel taste test in the future with the Hefe, just for comparison's sake. And with how tasty both of these beers are, I think that'll have to be pretty soon.
09-13-2009 04:24:18 | More by r0nyn
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
WOW! This is my new favorite german produced beer! I loved the Weihenstephaner Weissbier but this is absolutely amazing! How can they pack that much great beer into one bottle?
Poured into a brandy snifter at 42 degrees this beer is a hazy straw color with a frothy lacing top. This beer actually glows a bit in the light, beautiful! The color is a bit light for the style but gorgious nonetheless.
The aromas are AMAZING! There is a lot of intense banana, citrus - lemon, orange, coriander, passion fruit, and white pepper. Each aroma fills the nose and seems to move through you - this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had!
The taste is lightly acoholic, sweet, fruity, and there is plenty of coriander and banana on the tongue. Lots of tropic fruit esters seem to play with the senses. The yeast of this brewery is sublime - I need to buy some to do a homebrew batch of this beer.
The mouthfeel is perfect for a weizenbock. There is a viscosity that says, "hey I'm here to party," but it also says, "don't worry I'm not too thick." The alcohol keeps this beer just about the perfect consistency.
Drinkability might be hampered by the fact that you will want to smell this beer for hours but between the flavors and mouthfeel you'll have no problem making 1, 3, or even 5 of these disapear before you can say V.I.T.U.S.!!! Epic!
09-12-2009 03:21:16 | More by PerzentRizen
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance: Yellow-orange body, very thick white foamy head. Hazy, with some effervescence. Lighter than expected.
Smell: Strong yeasty citrus up-front. Some hints of malt and grains buried beneath.
Taste: This is fascinating. At first this tastes like a standard hefe, with a citrus yeastiness and a sweet aftertaste, but very quickly the beer changes character, leaving a maltier and roastier aftertaste. Delicious.
Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, some chewiness due to yeast, about as expected.
Drinkability: Quite enjoyable. Weihenstephaner's clearly been doing this a while...
09-10-2009 02:54:07 | More by danielharper
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a wiezen glass. Label is typical of Weihenstephaner, classic and simple. No freshness date, but 7327 is printed on the back label. I picked this up a few months ago in Indiana.
Appearance: Pours with a massive 6 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a puffy and uneven 2 finger coating of foam. Some spotty lacing. The beer itself is a hazy, pale yellow with hints of orange. A well compacted ring of sediment remains in the bottle.
Smell: Wheat twang, slight sourness. Some honey notes.
Taste: Sweetness upfront, sticks around well into the sip. Mild orange Crush like flavors in the finish. Overall, slightly acidic feel.
Mouthfeel: Significant carbonation bite typical of German wheat beers. Body is good.
Drinkability: This one certainly hides the ABV well. I honestly think that if someone were to present this to me as a standard hefeweizen, I wouldn't know the difference.
09-08-2009 22:47:08 | More by beveritt
3.18/5 rDev -25.4%
Strong four-finger head. Good, spotty lace on the glass. Very cloudy. The liquid is straw colored.
Okay, something must be wrong. I smell creamed corn. I guess there is light wheat in the background. Very unusual nose, not exactly unappealing, but not expected either.
A smooth bodied beer--heavy body and light carbonation. The flavor is different from any other beer I've ever had and I can't say that I like it. There are elements of bocks and wheat beers as to be expected. There is a soured sweetness that takes some getting used to. The creamed corn remains and detracts from the flavors. Yet, it is a complex offering. Lots of cream flavors.
I can't recommend it, but I know that it is different enough to seek out to try something very different.
09-03-2009 23:38:44 | More by smcolw
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
Drank very similarly to their hefeweissbier. A pale golden color in the glass with a voluminous white head that evolved into a nice thin head that clung to the sides of the glass. The aroma and flavor was very similar to a tradition hefe, with perhaps a more pronounced citrus quality and a drier finish. It's full bodied yet light on the tongue due to it's high carbonation. I found it highly drinkable in spite of it's higher ABV which was really well managed.
09-02-2009 03:21:25 | More by apbarwood
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.31/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades down quick leaving no lace. Color is a very hazy yellow.
aroma: wow, the aroma rocks. It is like a hefe plus more. Banana, cloves, nuts, malts, caramel. Simply awesome. I want to drink this really bad.
Taste: Big malt backbone with the hefe taste up front. Again, bananas, cloves, nuts, and caramel. I am already falling in love with this beer. It is simply amazing. It is more than a hefe and I love hefes.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. A lot of carbonation for the light to medium bodied beer. Ends with a sticky hefe type aftertaste.
Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. It was a lot more complex than I thought it was going to be and was so drinkable. I want to buy more of this but it isn't available in MN. Definitely a great beer!
08-31-2009 00:49:37 | More by mothman
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
Cloudy translucent, bright custard yellow. Looks like it's glowing. Large white head with great retention and drippy foam lace.
Aroma is of banana phenols and clove. Extremely sugary, Vitus tastes like a banana lemon creamsicle with raisiny cloves and toffee. Whereas I would equate most weizenbocks with fall this one has more of a lighter, summer flair.
08-30-2009 10:35:50 | More by donkeyrunner
4.72/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice thick white head that retained pretty well and left a little lacing. The smell was of bananas and cloves, like a hefeweizen but stronger. Taste was again like a strong hefeweizen; some spice and a lot of banana. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All in all very delicious and extremely drinkable for 7.7 abv.
08-28-2009 03:44:16 | More by fropones
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
A - Nice white head, with good retention. Good lacing in the glass. Color is a pleasant, hazy yellow. Looks really appealing.
S - Powerful clove and banana smell. Also has a very subtle yeast aroma.
T - Good spicy, fruity character to it. The spice flavor is dominant, with a little banana flavor underneath. A little wheaty characteristic.
M - Okay. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Feels quite creamy, actually.
D - Wonderfully drinkable. Smooth, good flavor with a good mouthfeel.
08-24-2009 23:18:54 | More by shanecb
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
Another great Weissbeer from Weihenstephaner.
Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow, with a rich foamy head. Poured into a .5L Weissbeer glass.
Smell: Amped up version of the classic Hefe Weissbeer. All the banana and the clove you would expect.
Taste: Again, everything I like about the Hefe taken up a level. Full rich flavors that make the Hefe the class of the sytle, some warmth during the finish. The 7.7% ABV is very well masked.
Mouth: Smooth, good carbonation.
Drinkability: Very good, the ABV might catch up with you quickly; however, I find this more drinkable than the Aventinus (which I love).
This is now become my favorite Weissbeer overall, great flavors, very smooth beer.
08-24-2009 18:24:52 | More by BobZ
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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