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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,818
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 181
Gots: 280 | 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 pkeigs
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a tasty wheat beer. Layers of the typical banana but seems to have more of a citrus character to it than most big wheats. Pours with a pillowy white lasting head, nice cloudy appearance. Smells of lots banana, with some citrus hidden in the back end. Citrus, clovey finish, hides the alcohol extremely well. Tasty beer.

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

A - Pours a hazy blond/straw color with massive, >4 finger head.

S - Smells mostly of bread and banana, with some clove mixed in. Simple but very inviting.

T - Taste is more banana and bread, with faint cloves. Clean and delicious. No noticeable alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with perfect carbonation.

O - This is a straightforward and excellent brew from Weihenstephan. Will definitely have this again.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a typical Wiessbier only a little lighter and orange.

S: Clove and banana wheat beer aromas are pleasant. Very inviting to take a sip.

T: Huge flavors....bananas, pears, slight caramel, spices....so complex. A little bit of clove in the back end. Alcohol is there but hidden. Delicious.

M: Medium body - goes down easy.

D: I can drink this all night, But after a few bottles the alcohol kicks in. :0p

This is one of my favorite all time beers. I try to drink it a few times a month.

The craftsmanship and expertise in the style is obvious. This wonderful beer has been excellent for hundreds of years and will be for hundreds more. Take a break from ticking mediocre beers to (re?)discover this masterpiece.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, banana, a small dry banana. In the the taste, bananas for sure and a hint of dry alcohol. A small alcohol like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana and alcohol like aftertaste. Light in color and a bit boozy, but nice.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Some sweetness from the malt, but not as much as I expected. There is a banana like fruit note. Also has a very herbal smell to it.

Taste: Very crisp and bready. Has a mild banana note along with some herbal notes. My first comment was that it tastes like herbal banana bread.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with lots of very smooth carbonation. The finish has a very little dryness to it.

Overall: I am really glad this beer wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice and smooth, an easy drinker.

Photo of karait95
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice looking yellow color with some traces of orange, not transparent at all, not translucent with medium carbonation with a nice head that remains sometime on top of the beer, with compact bubbles that let some traces on the glass.

S: Intense citrus smell with some little alcohol inside but it is well done and according the style, maybe some bananas are presents and also orange beside of the intense wheat malty aroma.

T: Citrus flavor, fruity flavor combined with the wheat malts for a very nice and soft combination, also some alcohol esters are present due to the style

M: The mouth-feel is not very hard it is balanced and well done, a medium last ending not bitter not sweet but with some alcohol can be sensed.

Photo of bierguru
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy straw body with hints of brown the beer sports a soapy heaad that stays an inch thick very well

S- fairly strong banana right up front some hints of spice and fruit

T- some mild banana up front followed by the typical some mild spice and hints of chocolate in the back

M - nice mellow body no complaints

O - not the best in this style but a good drink

Photo of codfeast
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to stein.

A: hazy very pale yellow, massive foamy head. slow to disapate.

S: Bananna, spice(clove, cinammon) yeast, malt.

T: Sweet bananna, followed by spice, then sweet comes back again (bubble gum) finishes dry.

M: smooth and creamy, prickly on the tounge, nice dry finish.

O: easy drinking and refreshing, no hint of the 7.7 abv, which could be sneaky. would love to come across it on tap.

Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 6040) poured into a weizen glass.

Slightly hazy straw color with a gorgeous, 2-finger bright white head.

Smell of yeast, banana, clove, and rose petals.

Vigorous carbonation - what I've come expect from most good German beers.

Taste is bananas, pepper, clove, and a twist of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I could drink a pitcher of this.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice cloudy Golden Honeycomb colour, with a large White head that retains till the end.

S - Small cloves a nd some burnt woody sugars that are almost spicey. Interesting.

T - Plety of spice up front and some big wheat flavours too. The clove is there in the background. The balance is superb and it has that imperial wit flavour. Earthy

M - Full body and medium carbonation. very smooth.

O - My favourite brew from this brewery. Just as good shaded as the Hopfen Weisse in this style.

Photo of daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been meaning to try the Vitus for some time and finally found it at Bullseye in Smithtown. Poured into my new Ithaca tapered pint. Long lasting creamy white head and handsome translucent straw color score early points on appearance. The nose is more reserved, with an ester laden banana clove melange.

The flavors are a rich but mellow weizen with the standard banana and clove along with a malty, chunky body enriched with a 7.7 % booze blast which stays mostly in the shadows. Mouthfeel is refreshing and modestly carbonated.

For what this is, I find it pretty exceptional. It's a rigid style but this is satisfying yet sophisticated. It was also reasonably inexpensive. Weihenstephan puts another one in the back of the net.

Photo of doktorhops
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found Vitus in a boutique bottle-shop (on sale!). I've been looking forward to this since I tasted (and quite enjoyed I might add) all the other Weihenstephaner brews... here goes.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Looks like a typical Wiessbier, only a little more blonde: light hazy orange body with a creamy and dense white head.

S: Clove and banana wheat beer aromas make a stable and pleasant base, with a hint of caramelised pears. I get the impression of a very inviting Wiessbier with perhaps a dry crisp bite in the aftertaste... time to dig in.

T: Nice! Big flavours here: sweet toffee with bananas and aforementioned pears add the crispness. A bit sticky and sugary but I wouldn't have expected less with the ABV. It has enough to make it unique to its brothers (the Hefe and Dunkel), which makes it even more appealing in my books. The clove aroma leaves a lasting overall taste impression. Not as dry as expected. Could easily drink a six pack of these.

M: Creamy and chewy medium bodied brew which ties it all together very well. The head leaves a pleasing foam lacing as the delicious contents of the glass are drunken.

D: Here's the highest praise I can give to a beer; I wish I had bought more of these. At its regular price point its a great beer, on sale its a steal. The only thing that holds it back from being for everyone is the sweetness can be a little cloying, not for me though, I love it. Vitus has secured a place in my top 10. Prost!

Food match: Paired with grilled meats (like a giant leg of pork) it would be akin to paradise (sorry vegetarian brethren). Sided with fried potato, onion and bacon (another German classic), and even a side of Sauerkraut would go well.

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.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,818 ratings.