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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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Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Photo of Strix
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of doughanson78
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow. Nice and hazy. Huge cloudy, three finger head. Fluffier than any I've seen. Stays forever. Not much lacing, you would expect a lot with that head.

S: Not the biggest aroma. Cloves, but not dominating the nose. Incense (weird for sure), just like the sticks you buy and burn in your house. Light banana and lemon. Wheat, light spiciness, and the faintest hint of cinnamon.

T: Wheat and spiciness (peppery). For the first time in a wheat style beer cloves don't dominate. Light banana and lemon. Very light caramel. Hint of cinnamon. Maybe a touch of bubblegum (still don't understand this one)? Light touch of cloves in the end. Complex.

M: Full bodied. Rich and creamy. Well carbonated. Leaves your mouth a bit spicy. Warming on the way down.

O: A great beer by the one's who have a little practice brewing. Like the spicy off shoot from typical wheat beers. Maybe in all weizenbock's? Different. Good. Easily drinkable. Little sneaky (7.7). A must try? Every beer is a must try, but you could still survive still if you missed this one.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. The head is white, thick and sticks around for a good amount of time. No lacing

S - Wow. Kind of reminds me of Chorizo De San Manuel upfront. This is the first thing that comes to mind. Weird. If I break it down I cloves, banana rind, and uncooked grains. When stirred up in the tulip it becomes more creamy smelling. There is condensed milk in the nose when swirled in a tulip maybe even buttered bread. In the taste you get wheat, alcoholic yeast flavors, hay, bananas and sugar. Very complex. Mouth feel is smooth and flowing. Decent carbonation and a silky finish. Fantastic beer. If this beer wasn't so high in alcohol I could drink this all night. Hell...next paycheck I'm going to load up because i know my local venue hasn't much more to offer.

Photo of uturn
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml capped bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada wheat beer glass.

A: The beer poured a cloudy light gold with a massive 5 finger white head on a very slow pour. The foam hung around for a longtime leaving a nice lacing on my glass.

N: The nose was of bananas, cloves, bubblegum and citrus.

T: The taste was of spicy pepper and cloves, banana and coriander as well as wheat bread; this beer was crisp and refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel of a medium body with some nice warmth from the alcohol.

D&O: The drinkability of excellent. This is one of the best Weizenbocks I’ve tasted & will be looking forward to enjoying a few more as we head into the summer months. Prost!

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appears basically the same colour of the normal Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, with good head retention.

Fairly malty smell and a balanced malty taste, along with the same fizziness I have come to associate with the Hefeweizen. Very well balanced between the spicy/herbal nature of the Hefeweizen and the malts added, reducing the overall power of the spices, and balancing out the beer overall. Alcohol dominates though, making it harder to drink alot of.

A very good brew overall, one which I would definitely buy again.

Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great wheat beer. The look is golden and cloudy. Great head retention. Definate clove wheat beer smell and clove taste done well. And dangerously well hidden ABV. Where this beer stands out is that it is very thick with quite a bit of carbonation. It works very well and the beer is one to be copied. I personally prefer more banana flavor, but (on sale at 7.7%) this is a good one! 1516.

Photo of shambeano
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a tall weihenstephan wheat beer glass.

A- Pours a cloudy gold, with about 2 fingers of fluffy head that subsides very slowly leaving nice lacing. looks very good.

S- wow. a whole bunch of fruit and spice. straight up theres the typical weizen banana, apricot and touch of citrus. followed by a whole bunch of spice, a touch of cinnamon but mainly clove. very nice and very aromatic.

T- similar flavours to the nose. fruit, predominantly banana, a touch of yeastiness than a whole bunch of spice, again reminding my mainly of clove. the 7.7 per cent alcohol blends in perfectly. again very nice.

M- very nice and quite spritzy. light to mid bodied. remains a highly drinkable beer for the ABV. excellent on a warmer day. leaves the mouth dry, and that lasts for a while. very good again.

O- very very very nice beer. could while away a very happy summer afternoon sipping on these. terrific aroma, with a taste to match. looks and feels good. just an allround good beer.

Photo of 05Harley
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 2021

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $2.99/bomber

The appearance is a hazy golden color with a massive 2 inch creamy white head. The retention is average with little sign of lacing. The beer is clean with no sediment visible.

Aroma is sweet and pleasent with a strong scent of banana and spices followed by pears, bread, grassiness and a touch of bubble gum.

The taste is similiar to the nose with banana and mild spices, clove, apple and wheat. quite refreshing and appropriate for an 80 degree day like today.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a lite body and a perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is barely noticeable and well hidden for 7.7%. Finishes dry due to the spicey hops.

This example is highly drinkable and my favorite wheat beer to date. A pleasure to have this time of year and one I'll be enjoying many times over this summer.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in its own weizen glass. Re-reviewed at the Wiehenstephan monastery @ Freining, Munich area, 28th of September, 2012.

A: Pours a huge fluffy bubbled aired white head is formed when poured. Good retention and some lacings formed and left in the glass. Cloudy pale orange color

S: Smells pretty good. Wheat, cereals, bread and yeasts. Smells like a hefeweizen with the difference that it's even sweeter. Banana-clove is there and also caramel and honey in the end

T: Follows the nose: wheat, bread, caramel malts, yeasts. Some banana esters. Very light bitterness

M: Medium and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. A bit sweet with light bitterness. Very pleasant and drinkable

O: Great Weihenstephaner specimen. Refreshing and delicious

Photo of vkv822
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.
shared with my dad, and on St. Vitus day nonetheless!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head.

The aroma is of of weizen yeasts, along with clove and fruits.

The taste is quite fruity, with a lot of pear and some banana. Finishes with some light clove and yeast notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty standard from what I've experienced in other -weizen beers, with a thin to medium body and fairly active carbonation.

A very nice Weizenbock, stays fairly light and fruity.

Photo of flipper2gv
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot to rtepiak for this brew!!

A: This has to be the palest weizenbock I've seen, yellow in color. Full four fingers of a pure white and quite soapy looking head. Retention and lacing are phenomenal like they were with the original.

S: This is what you'd expect from a weizenbock. The yeast and the wheat are in the front. You get a nice amount of banana bread (banana, molasses, toffee, breadiness, etc...), cloves, pepper, candied orange peel. Subtle strawberries. Complex, strong and inviting. Perfect.

T: As expected from the look of the beer, this has less molasses, brown sugar and general breadiness than most weizenbock, but they are still there. Very fruity with bananas and strawberries mostly. Light grass-like flavor and floral notes. Exceptionally balanced and tasteful.

M: Oh so light and fluffy, nothing beats the mouthfeel of weihenstephaner.

O: Although not my favorite brew I had (but damn close!!), I simply cannot see a fault with this brew. It looks amazing, smells insanely good, taste is awesome and balanced AND extremely easy to drink and the feel is super light and fluffy while not being watery AT ALL.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma
the scent is coming through very fresh and vibrant. It seems as if there are cinnamon, fig, and floral tones maybe a bit of citrus. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel
Bit of an oiliness on the palette with a slight warming sensation, medium to higher end of carbonation. Beer is rather lively on the palette.

Appearance
Poured to light gold with white haze in an imperial pint glass, many small carbonation bubbles. Huge pillowish head which is maintaining well and lacing nicely. Really notable in this aspect and one of the best heads I've poured from a travelled bottle.

Taste
Fruity and spicy, a cinnamon type flavor is there. Nice, with a bit of warming on the finish although the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Drinkability
I'd say 2-3 1/2 liters pretty easily but this isn't quite as sessionable as some other weizenbocks I've had (aventinus in particular).

Overall
The appearance alone was almost enough for me but it's just not quite there. Excellent fruity and spicy scent but the taste has something I'm not quite there on.

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. No identifiable freshness date on the bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head of about two fingers in height. Looks nicely carbonated and features some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is of banana, clove, ground nutmeg, and pepper. Maybe some cinnamon as well and some orange peel thrown in for good measure. Vanilla even?? Really a very complex and interesting nose on this beer.

The taste equals the aromas of this beer in many respects. Banana bread, clove, nutmeg, and a spicy pepper finish are some of the key highlights of the mix of flavors here. Getting some light fruit notes in there, like apricot or dates. Everything meshes so well with this beer--it is a true delight to consume. While the taste is perhaps not as complex as the nose, everything in the taste is done very well and fits together just right. This features a little more sweetness and breadiness from the malts than other wheat beers. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is delightful as this dances across the tongue. This beer is definitely alive and encourages you to let it linger for a bit in order to experience everything. Overall, rather light and refreshing in taste, but with a little extra kick from the alcohol content. This is right up there with their more well-known all-star wheat beer. Perhaps a bit more bold and a little more full bodied. Highly recommended.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive four finger sudsy head that leaves no lacing.

S- Strong aroma of banana, clove, yeast, pear, bubblegum, wheat, nuttiness, and spice. Complex and aromatic.

T- Banana, clove, pear, lots of spice, and the alcohol was surprisingly prominent, some warming.

M- Pretty high carbonation, crisp, finishes dry, drinks smooth

O- First weizenbock I have ever had. Reminded me a lot of a hefeweizen with more alcohol and spice.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy dark gold color, loads of carbonation, rough pour produces a massive fluffy white head.

S- The expected banana and clove, also bready malts, slight grain.

T- More bready, slightly sweet malts. Light spices. Huge wallop of mega-intense banana towards the end. Also a bit of fruity sweetness from the alcohol .

M- Medium bodied, loads of carbonation, has a semi-chewy, palate-coating feel, finishes just slightly on the dry side.

O- A great beer, highly drinkable, will definitely pick this up again.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #100

Poured from a bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a hazy pale orange with one finger of off-white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Pears, bananas and sweet oranges, very good.

T: Follows the smell, all the fruit flavors well mixed, deep and smooth. Finishes with gentle spices. Overall, drinking a little like a tripel due to the citrus notes holding their own. A little bubblegum as well. After the first few sips, the pepper starts to appear before the finish, but stays in good balance with the fruit flavors. Alcohol shades the peppery spice only at the end of the glass, and even then is subtle.

M: Light and slightly crisp, almost foamy at times. A very refreshing feel.

O: I enjoyed this very much. It is refined and elegant while delivering lots of flavor. Will gladly buy this again.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Properly cloudy, unassuming golden canary yellow with a frail snowy white head. The aroma overflows with banana and bubblegum, clove, sourdough bread, pear, peach, and bergamot. Unbelievably estery and very enticing. The flavor disguises it's strength all too well, with a bready sweetness and full, round banana fruitiness, a shake of clove, a touch of almond, and a limoncello kick. Very smooth, though it could be fuller. Overall a dangerously drinkable and excellent wheat beer.

Photo of ixodus
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow straw color with a ridiculous head. It took me a few pours to get this beer going. Strangely no lacing.

S: Primarily banana and clove but there is also some bubblegum in there

T: Similar to the nose with some breadyness added to it. Quite delicious and you would never know it's 7.7% abv. I would definitely consider this beer "Dangerously Drinkable".

M: Smooth and heavily carbonated but not in a bad way.

Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square NYC. 500ml into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass. Bottled January 12, 2011.

Pours a golden yellow with some paler straw and darker goldenrod hues throughout. Super high carbonation (as I've found these hefes to typically be) required about a half dozen attempts to get this to settle nicely into the glass; ultimately producing a strong 3 finger fluffy white head, that settles to a chunky head and leaves little lace. Nose is predominantely hefeweizen-like in nature, lots of wheat, banana and spice with a good hint of the alcohol content as well. Taste has a nice deal of wheat coat the tongue interwoven with a soothing alcohol note, some banana notes are in hot pursuit. Some sweet malts and mild spicing work their way into the picture, as well as an interesting pineapple flavour. Sweet and wheaty throughout, with a reasonable alcohol to boot. Lively carbonation. Great drinker and a nice warmer, although I enjoyed this on a warm summer afternoon.

An interesting contrast to another weizenbock like Aventinus, which sits on the other side of the flavour spectrum for the style; demonstrates the great degree of variety to be had within this style.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass a very pale hazy straw color, one of the lightest-while-still-hazy beers I've ever seen. Explosive head...just massive white foam that slowly settles down.

Nose is bready and estery clove, citrus, and banana. Reminds me very much of a La Fin Du Monde in that regard.

A sip starts sweet and bready with more of that citrus and light clove, getting a bit more of the spice and alcohol heat through a clean finish. It's delicate yet chewy overall and very smooth.

This is better than most hefs I've tasted - a great warm weather beer and wildly drinkable for the abv which really goes almost unnoticed. Not my preferred style, but a very tasty brew.

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #2 ranked Weisenbock on BA.

A: Bright orange, but with no translucence whatsoever. I mean, it's almost as if someone put a pack of Alka-Seltzer in a glass of Orange Crush. I summoned up a massive 2,3,4,5 + finger head after a hard pour...lesson learned. Oops...

S: Banana upfront, along with a very citrusy (orange for sure) scent that basically took the place of the usual spicy, coriander-type bomb I usually get with this style.

T: Very fresh, yeasty, and fruity taste. Wonderful filtered water flair on the mid-palate, and the sweet elements didn't linger in any way whatsoever.

M: Carbonation +... and God bless it for that! Almost champagne-like, with rather large, prickly bubble to sooth the palate. Not much lacing... and not much lingering effects from the sugar either. Very tempered in that department.

O: I can't decided which Weihenstephan brew I love more. Needless to say, I'm a fan.

Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vitus, one of the most famous and probably the lighter colored example of the Weizenbock style. It pours a pale golden and very hazy color with a massive fluffy white head that hangs on for a looong time with gorgeous lacing around the glass.
Aroma is yeasty as expected with bready malts, citrus fruit, lemon zest, clove and some banana and bubblegum.
Taste starts off sweet with wheat and sort of burnt malt character followed by huge yeasty notes, again with lemon, clove and banana being the main players.
Mouthfeel is very silky and smooth due to loads of wheat malt. Carbonation is spot on to make this beer go down like water. Since it is so chewy and full it is hard to notice the 7.7 abv.
A great beer for people that need a little more than what a regular hefe can bring to the table. The main difference being the fuller body and the maltier presence in flavor and aroma.
It still maintains the awesome drinkability and thirst quenching ability from its lighter body counterpart, the amazing Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

Photo of cbingham24
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy golden color, Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast.

S- Banana, wheat, malt, pears

T- Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, alcohol and almost creamy.

M- Thick, crisp, sweet and creamy. Well balanced.

O- One of the best beers I have ever tasted. All the usual tastes of a great hefe with the strength and balance of a great Belgium beer. Down right amazing.

Photo of uustal
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, mellow yellow with a two-finger white head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma of spice, clove and banana. Big sweet sticky flavor. Banana, bubblegum, clove, sweet orange and lemon juice. Also sweet bread malt. Really big and sweet. A little bit of spice kicks through, but ends with more excellent sticky sweetness.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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