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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class

2,852 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,852
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 183
Gots: 294 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
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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Ratings: 2,852 | Reviews: 1,044
Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

A: Definitely looks more Hefe then Weizenbock. Cloudy pale yellow with a 2 finger head thats almost pure white. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty,and fruity. Lot's of banana, orange peel and pear.

T: A real strong wheat presence. Light fruit notes. Banana spice and tartiness. Before a malt sweetness kicks in on the finish.

M: A touch below medium but not light bodied. A nice spritzy carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I love how it drinks like a strong hefe. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel. An extremely enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Xarth
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Gotta try one of the classic German weuizenbocks, right? It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light banana peel, light lemon zest, light ginger, honey, and a small amount of clove. The taste focuses on the wheat, but allows some lemon zest, honey, clove, banana, and orange rind in there as well. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a pretty enjoyable w-bock, something I could easily see drinking plenty of if put in the proper situation.

Photo of gtermi
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a very nice cloudy yellow with a very thick white head.

S: I get a lot of sweet fruity scents, almost like candy.

T: The beer sort of reminds me of bubble gum at firsts and has a very tripel style taste. Just a very sweet beer, has some peach, apple and melon type tastes.

M: The beer is beyond smooth. It almost drinks like water and I cant think of a beer that has a better feel that this.

O: One of the greatest beers I have ever had. It is easy to drink and tastes amazing.

Photo of IPA35
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watch out for the beer fountain!

Pale golden beer, white head. Not much bock in here.
(Poured first half of the bottle.)

Smells of clove, other spices and few banana. Not as fruity as the hefeweizen, more spicey. Some alcohol prehaps?

Yea, overall a rather spicy and more bitter beer than the hefeweizen. Few banana flavours in here that become stronger when it warms. Bready malts, no dark malts in here I think. Some tart notes.

Second half:

More haze.

More yeasty smell, slightly.

More fruitly taste, a little chalky prehaps.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overal a rather good beer, not my favourite style though. I'd rather have the hefeweizen or the korbinian, not some hybrid.

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

500ml into a snifter.

A-Beautiful orange-gold hued body with a massive white head.

S-Strong spice and clove, background is banana and candy.

T-Soft banana with strong spices with additional earth notes. Finishes a bit dry and almost tart, (amazingly similar to the slight bitterness of an unripe banana).

M-Smooth and full. Carbonated but not spritzy.

O-Wonderful weizenbock.

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

A: deep gold becoming amber, semi traslucent, medium foam in size, abundant and constant carb, good retention and waste left on the glass

S: the smell is good, citrics, banana, wheat, very nice

T: on the taste the banana is magnificent, the critics and wheat is very well balanced, the end shows sweetbitterness and alcohol presence

Photo of dansmcd
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Towering soapy white head caps the golden body, lighter in colour than their hefe. Lacing looks good for a few seconds but doesnt stick for long.

S - All banana, wheat and clove. I just love these aromas. Yeasty too.

T - Follows the nose with the typical banana, wheat and clove flavours. Some caramel like malt sweetness and some warmth from the alcohol. Just delicious.

M - Thinner and less chewy than their glorious hefe. High carbonation. Clean mouthfeel.

O - Another beautifully crafted and full flavoured gem from Weihenstephan. A must try for any beer lover.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - light yellow and cloudy. Big fluffy white head of a few fingers that slowly (a few minutes) dissipates leaving some chunky lacing behind. Paler than I would expect; enticing!

S - big yeasty and grainy nose; lots of wheat in there. Surprisingly powerful and earthy. Really lovely nose on this.

T - big flavor that matches the nose very well; very slight bitterness with a hint of sour that permeates the beer until you're walloped with a massive wheat and yeast profile (almost a vegetable quality to it - it's so solid). After the flavors fade a combined bitter/sourness permeates.

M - quite light, but with solid carbonation - super thirst quenching.

D - no hint whatsoever of the relatively large alcohol profile. Easy drinker for sure.

Really solid and delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a pale orange with a swirling display of effervesce, rapid bursts that rose in a dense shower. The head was glass consuming, a foamy pearl white sheen, 3 fingers high that stood is ground quite proudly. Thick foamy patches cover the glass for lace.

S: Musky damp cellar notes, wet whole wheat, ripe whole banana skins, and some yeasty moments of light to moderate intentions.

T: The flavor was sweet and malty, toasty liquid bread upfront, some musky lemon and wheat moves in. A touch of dry spicy cloves, dry bananas and a slight peppery instance on the fade. Toasty sweet grain base, almost octoberfest like, dry wheat mixture, with a sweet finish.

M: creamy with a bubbly carbonation. Toasty sweet on the hold with a light body and playful nature on the tongue.

O: Overall a good flavor, a bit more sweet and toasty then im used to per style. Smooth yeasty nature, not overpowering, but easily manageable. Alcohol is easily hidden by its sweetness. Cleanly brewed as with all their drinks with a smooth refinement.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a two-finger white head, but doesn't come with a lot of lacing.

S: Prominent wheat, coriander and cloves notes with a hint of banana esters in the background.

T: Great balance of wheat an coriander up front, with banana notes to balance on the finish. Very nice overall, and basically reminds me of a stronger version of Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Nothing too exciting, but appropriate for the style.

D: As far as I can tell, this one is a bit more rare than some other Weihenstephan brews, but one that's definitely worth trying if you have access.

Photo of Radome
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a golden-orange color, hazy but lets plenty of light through. The head is thick and fluffy and white, made of tiny bubbles.

S - Aroma is of grainy wheat with some bubblegum and a hint of lemon.

T - The taste is a smooth blend of wheat and yeast characteristics. There is mouth-filling wheat and malt along with plenty of bubblegum and banana and even some noble hops flavor. The finish is very sweet.

M - The body is heavy, but the carbonation and a moderate amount of hops bitterness help cut through it. The alcohol is evident. The aftertaste is sweet and a bit cloying.

O - This is a nice wheat beer. It has a big, heavy body that the taste and appearance don't quite match up with. It is the lightest-colored weizenbock I've seen and I would prefer the extra malt that goes along with the darker interpretations.

Photo of olimpia84
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the 16.9oz bottle into my Weizen glass. Like most Weihenstephaner products, the presentation of this beer is amazing with a brown and gold label.

A: intriguing glowing opaque golden/amber color with some carbonation in its body. A beautiful foamy and spongy four finger head that was glowing white decorated the top of my Weizen glass and lasted for quite a bit. Decent ornamental lacing left throughout the glass.

S: a beautiful combination of wheat, banana, fruit salad, sweet malts greet your nose and cordially invite you to try this beer. The aforementioned aromas are very well balanced and just about right in terms of intensity.

T: this beer tastes like a Hefeweizen but with a whole lot more flavor 'packed' in. As soon as you take a sip your palate will feel and enjoy an exuberant combination of wheat (predominant taste), banana, hoppy touches, sweet malts, sweet cereals, caramels, spicy cloves and ends with a slight bitterness that is never offensive and actually adds to the experience. This is the perfect example of how a beer can pack a great number of flavors and balance them in such a way that ends up being an enjoyable experience.

M: very smooth and drinkable, medium body and medium carbonation. The alcohol level is disguised fairly well.

O: this is it ladies and gentleman... Bayerische Weihenstephan has come up with an impeccable formula on how a beer should be made. This beer excels in pretty much every category and makes for an amazing experience. Even better, this beer is fairly accessible so it must be part of your fridge at all times. The excellent combination of flavors/aromas make up for an incredible experience that it's really hard to describe unless you try this beer. Highly recommended and definitely worthy of a 'world class' nomenclature, at least in my opinion!

Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus is a weizenbock with a fairly overpowering banana flavour. I didn't love it.

A: Cloudy yellow orange colour and a big 1 cm head that lasts very well. 5

S: Wheaty tang along with yeast and maybe a hint of banana. 4

T: Wheaty with some banana esters and breadiness. There is a slight acid sourness. Too much banana for my liking. 3.5

M: Foamy but a little acidic. 4

O: 3.5

Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/golden straw color, pours about an inch of head, with moderate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, hops, citrus, bananas, cloves.

Taste: Wheat malt, hops, citrus, bananas, figs and very estery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall: German beers tend to be too sweet/malty for my tastes, but as far as weizenbocks go, this was very drinkable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
The head on this beer is just simply stunning. No other beer comes close to this. The density of the foam is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Retention and lacing are also amazing. The beer is much lighter than I expected. Its a pretty hazy gold color, adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle makes the beer take on a white characteristic.

Aroma
Huge bouquet of cloves and esters. This is awesome. A good portion of banana, but not like their hefeweisse. Some lovely fruity stuff comes along with the bananas; kiwi and strawberry.

Taste
Lots of banana, this is a yeasty, estery son of a bitch. Clove is very strong as well as a very sweet apple-like flavor. Chalky, earthy yeast is prominent, much like a Belgian strong pale. This isn't a light beer by any stretch, but the flavors are juicy, refreshing and relaxing.

Mouthfeel
Fluffy carbonation fills the mouth with a softness that is quite nice. The body can stand its own, it is pretty full. Alcohol is noticeable, but only just in the back of your head.

Overall
A wonderful creation. After picking up 3 different bottles of Weinhenstephaner recently, and not drinking anything by them for a long time, my love for German styles is rekindled. Why, oh why have American brewers been trying to "Belgianize" their beers? They should be "Germanizing" them. This beer is a case in point. Here's hoping for some "Deutscher Barleywines" in the coming year.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.