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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,584
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 156
Gots: 178 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 robbyc1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Nice fizzy rocky white head with minimal lace. Pale yellow very hazy, very nice..

Nose of yeasty banana, bready, floral vanilla, really nice.

Flavor of the wheat malt is just as nice, bready, crisp backbone of slight caramel, very well done. Slight sweetness a the end, just right. No hops needed here although I'm sure they used some.

Good heaviness, well carbonated, it is a very nice beer that is beyond session-able but you could have as many as you want. And I'll be wanting more.

robbyc1, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I've been trying not to give such high scores to so many beers, but I couldn't help this one - it's just so good!

A - Very cloudy yellow/orange body with a huge fizzy white head that retains incredily well. A good amount of carbonation rushing up through the beer's body. Beautiful lacing on the glass

S - Sweet citrusy aroma with a fresh yeasty body and the smell of muddled wheat. A hint of bergamot in the citrus nose but leans more towards a lemony aroma. Just a touch of estery alcohol with a deep breath through the nice. Spicy notes as well.

T&M - Big yeasty taste with a malt backbone and a slap of citrus. Very crisp from the citrus taste and the accompaniment of near-spritzy carbonation. A bit of the bergamot in there and balanced with spicy notes from the alcohol. Coriander, some white pepper, lemon zest, and bread yeast. Not as much dark malt as expected. Definitely malty but on the lighter side as compared to Aventinus.

D - Goes down so well and is such a nice crisp and refreshing beer. You don't notice the alcohol much until the end when you realize your pint is almost gone. Great flavors throughout and the profile continues to change as it warms. Really fun to explore this beer.

MrIncognito, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a cloudy gold color with a white foamy 3+ finger head. Smells like bananas, citrus, cloves, and sweet malt. The taste matches the aroma, and has a pleasant light sweetness to it. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, and smooth. This is an nicely drinkable beer.

hardy008, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of bmoney
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

16.9oz bottle,

A-Pours a golden Amber with 2 finger foamy white head.

S- Usual smells of banana and clove dominate. Notes of fresh lemon and citrus.

T- The spices are most present up front, with citrus/lemony presence. Finishes with a buttery wheat taste. Alcohol is a little more present here than in the hefe.

M- Smooth, light and crisp mouthfeel, the carbonation is nice.

D- Drinkable weizenbock not as interesting as others, mainly just a stronger ABV Hefe.

bmoney, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

served a mug with a small to medium head and no lace. Aroma is heavy traditional Bavarian Weizen - pungent, sweet-sour, fruity, malty, und vundrerbar! Color is a hazy light to medium-light amber. Flavor is prominently a pungent malt with lemony citrus character. Hardly any hop. Finish is like regular flav. One of the richest, most full flavored weizens. Perhaps a session.

drpimento, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of kurp001
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

16.9 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

A fairly gentle pour yields about two fingers of creamy bone white head that demonstrates decent retention. Body is a bright gold and reasonably cloudy.

Smell is faint but features distinct banana, clove, and spice notes.

Taste has a very full banana presence upfront that gradually gives way to a marked spiciness. The banana pulls through a bit more again on the finish, along with mild clove notes.

Mouthfeel is full yet not overwhelming; the ample carbonation keeps things lively.

Amazingly drinkable at 7.7%, I'd definitely be inclined to return to this one.

kurp001, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

A- Pours a light hazy lemonade yellow color with a pillowy white foam head. Some moderate lacing.

S- Light citrus aromas of lemon and orange peel with some banana. A bit of clove and spice as well.

T- Crisp banana and clove flavor with a bit of wheat and sweet grain in the finish. A slight hint of green apples and lemon is present with a bit of bubble gum. The banana flavor is quite pronounced throughout.

M- Light/medium bodied with loads of spritzy carbonation.

D- Quite different from other Weizenbocks that I have had. Vitus doesn't really have any of the dark malt, tobacco, raisin, caramel flavor that I would expect but it is very enjoyable nonetheless.

projectflam86, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Finn
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A: poured into my weihenstephaner weizen glass a cloudy deep yellow. lighter than what i was expecting. beautiful fine foam sticks to the top.

S: citric banana clove, husky wheat, apple, esters

T: smooth sweet malt blends nicely with banana clove esters, and finishes with a slightly drying boozey character. A nice light caramel flavor comes through after it warms up a bit.

M: medium bodied, very smooth, strong carbonation, like a regular weiss.

D: Excellent drinkability. This is my first time trying this beer, but it's similar to a regular hefe, just a bit more intense malt sweetness (although not dark malts) with higher alcohol. Very good.

Finn, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%

Pours a hazy gold with towering white head that fades rapidly after the first sip.
Nose shows lots of banana and wheaty bread, some light sweet malt and a bit of pear. More like a hefe than a weizenbock. Light cloves show later on, along with spices reminiscent of nutmeg and coriander.
Flavour are again more like a hefe. Lots of banana and doughy yeast, the only difference is some soft alcohol and a hint of sweet clean malt.
Medium full body, moderately high carbonation. A little to full on.
I was expecting this to be darker, fruitier, maltier, etc.

CrazyDavros, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. Think this was like $3, which is an awesome deal if that was the case, but I could be wrong.

A - Pours a bright clear golden color with a medium white head that dissipates.

S - Aroma is wheat, banana, clove, yeast, and spice.

T - Flavor is very nice and fairly sweet with wheat, banana, clove, sugar, light fruits, and spice. Right on-style and very tasty.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Could definitely imperial session this sucker at 7.7% ABV.

nickd717, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

Appearance - Excellent, like its milder brother Hefe. Cloudy gold, large head with good retention.

Smell - A little less banana and more alcohol than I would have hoped.

Taste - The small flavour difference between this and the Hefe is a little disappointing. This does have a touch more fruit and spice, but barely enough to compensate for the extra alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, somewhat creamy even.

Drinkability - A very significant drop from the Hefe.

Overall - Because of the similarity with its milder brother, I couldn't help but do this review as a comparison. Although this is an excellent beer, I think I will stick with the latter.

Cs1987, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Destral
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

I picked up a 1 pint, .9 oz bottle of Vitus at Khoury's.

Poured a pale, cloudy, golden color into a Weizen glass. It was much lighter than I expected from my limited knowledge of the style, but I noticed it was lighter in the bottle when buying it. Initial pour resulted in a solid 3 finger head that dissolved after about 5 minutes. A thin foamy layer remained which produced moderate lacing while drinking.

Noticed banana with a bit of honey and a faint citrus smell, perhaps lemon.

This tasted like a heavier, stronger hefeweizen, with a lot of the traditional flavors present. The malt was much more rich though. Hints of banana came through a bit as well and a slight kick of alcohol on the finish.

The Vitus tasted very smooth, almost creamy.

This was simply one of the better beers I've had in a long time. Absolutely delicious! Even with the slightly higher ABV, I could see myself easily drinking these all night if it was more readily available in the area!

Destral, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

1 pint, 0.9 oz botle poured into a Weizen glass. This beer was really different than I was expecting, much lighter colored and much closer to a hefeweizen in most respects with less of a sweet doppelbock syrup mixed in. Still a very good treat.

A = Hazy golden liquid with fine lines of sediment swirling throughout after a vigorous pour, foamy pale off-white head is large with decent retention but settles a little quicker than in its little brother the Weihenstephaner hefe.

S = Nutmeg spiced grilled banana with honey, strong wheat smells, very assertive and lively. My mouth is really anticipating this one after the smell.

T = The taste is where this beer start to differentiate itself, but it is still very much like the hefe. It has thick sweet flavors with less tartness than I expected from the smell, fewer of the lemon and orange tastes than expected but quickly gives over to a sweet mixture of mandarin orange and warmed banana with a honey glaze. Finishes long and sweet but with a fair amount of nutmeg spiciness.

M = Medium-heavy bodied, nice level of carbonation with a mixture of foaming, good mouthcoating.

D = A very good beer but honestly not what I was expecting. It is not completely dissimilar from other weizenbocks, but it is a different take on the style with much more or the normal hefeweizen traits being preserved. Quite easy to drink though.

Traquairlover, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

I'm working my way through the Weihenstephaner range, and this bottle (picked up in Buffalo) is my 5th different one.

For all the world this looks like a hefeweizen, as a cloudy pastel yellow liquid fills a good portion of the glass, and a fluffy white head takes care of the remainder. Lacing is fantastic as the head slowly dies down to a heavy film which lasts the duration. The aroma is sweet, intense banana, mixing in with ripe tree fruit and spice.

Likewise the flavour has the intensity of a souped-up hefeweizen. Ripe bananas mix with brown sugar to produce a fragrant and sweet sensation on the palate. Cutting this somewhat is a tangy wheat backbone, which transitions into a graint, lightly alcohol inclined finish. Spice lingers on long after the last sip. All of this is nicely compliment by a full and soft mouthfeel with a vigorous carbonation.

As you would expect weihenstephaner do not dissapoint. Vius is a classic weizenbock, and stacks up well with the greats in the style.

bobsy, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Celt44
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance - a cloudy golden glow - like a sunrise over a misty Bavarian vale.

Aroma - Citusy lemons, spices - clove, nutmeg. Hints of plum.

Taste - Lite lemons, banana clove, hints of ginger spice. A touch tart. One of the best I've every tasted in the style..

Moutfeel - full and creamy. Beautiful.

Overall the best beer I've had in quite some time. I'm regretting I only purchased one bottle....back to Wegmans!

Celt44, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Milky, foggy, golden-orange-tan, with a tall stack of everlasting, whipped egg, lacy, white mousse.
It noses of nutty banana bread, drizzled with caramel and vanilla sauces, and sprinkled with cloves and allspice.
A wet blanket of lightly sweet, doughy wheatiness is laid across the mouth. Touches of wheat graininess pop up intermittently throughout the remainder of the sip. The focus shifts towards fruit, and denying the omnipotent banana bread flavors for a sec, muskmelon and golden raisins peek out. Ok, now it time to discuss the banana bread. And its a fucking monolith. Gigantic, spot-on, exact. It is what it is. And it is banana bread. Its a pretty general description of a wheat beer, but here it is in true liquid form. Through the wall of banana bread, some fragments of cashews appears, along with more definite colorings of vanilla, allspice, and clove. These three things gather gumptions as it warms, and help close it with a warm, spicy, sweetened sense of dessert. A tiny grassy hop note completes it, with a dash of cinnamon in the afterglow.
Full bodied with enough CO2 to nearly pass it off as a quaffer given its familar hefeweizen cues. It's not so much a hefe on steroids as one that's simply bred bigger and better.

cokes, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

nickfl, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

drtth, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

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!

ritzkiss, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of weazal
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

weazal, Oct 16, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

BeelzeBrew, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of joozyboozy
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

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

joozyboozy, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of nms1987
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

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

nms1987, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

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!

darklordlager, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

corby112, Sep 25, 2009
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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