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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,695 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,695
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 172
Gots: 211 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 AdamBear
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy pale gold, white head

S-smells like bananas? i wasn't expecting that but thats definitely what it smells like!

T-it tastes like bananas too! even the after-taste! wow this is quite refreshing and surprisingly good!

M-great, medium carbonation, creamy finish

D-very drinkable, i could drink a lot of these in a sitting with a smile on my face. the taste stays, its wonderful!

AdamBear, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice looking beer this is, pours a cloudy orange yellow apricot hue into a duvel tulip. Massive fine pillowy head  with resilient retention.

Smell is nutty yeasty and wheaty. banana and peanut butter are also here, as is a notable clove presence.

Banana, phenols, light spicy hops, clove with a peanut buttery finish.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation throughout. Slightly silky as well.

Drinkability what do you mean this is 7.7% no alcohol is present whatsoever it's a bit too carbonated for me but I could easily down many of these. Well worth the 3$ price tag, hell I'd pay 7$ for one and it'd still be worth it

STEG, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After looking for this one in NC for over a year with no luck, I turned to wagenvolks for a bottle. 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a murky pale yellow with a very frothy off white head that lasts and leaves slight laving on the glass. Aroma is loads of sweet fruits, banana, and spices. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits and malts with a nice side of spices, nice and complex. The beer is very smooth and crisp with nice carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Weizenbock, very true to style and quite tasty!

atsprings, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, hazy golden hue with a fluffy, white 3-finger head that persists for a moment, then leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of scents similar to a Hefe or Dunkelwezien, but with much more clove and spices, which take the forefront here over the other wheat malt and banana smells that are present.

T - Taste is rich wheat malts and spicy cloves up front, with some subtle cinnamon notes in there too. As the spices subdue, it finishes off with rich banana, and slightly lingering clove. Alcohol is almost impossible to detect despite the near 8% ABV. Bravo! This is tasty stuff for sure.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and mildy carbonated, creamy wheat beer bliss.

D - Drinkability is way high for the ABV here. Though I think more than a couple of these is asking for trouble, haha.

Overall, this is an excellent Weizenbock and highly worth your time to hunt down if you enjoy wheat beers!

Flightoficarus, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely foggy dark gold to light amber colored body, topped by a frumpy white head with excellent retention. Its aromas are very spicy and wheaty. Tons of cloves hit my nose right up front, with subtler nutmeggy notes, and the promise of sweet wheat to come. Taste is delicious beyond delicious, practically want to you close your eyes and purr. Rich flavors, but none of them unruly or overbearing. Taste is almost entirely consistent with the nose except that dark fruit notes, like plumbs or dates, enter the mix (especially on the finish). Body gently unfolds upon touching the tongue, going from lightly tingly to luxuriously creamy and mouth-filling, all within the space of a second. One of the best slow-sippers for reading a book or enjoying a nightcap that I've encountered. Positively delectable.

droomyster, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden color with a large, thick, creamy, soapy, sticky, white head. Pretty good retention with a sticky thin layer of lace. Extremely light color for the style.

S - A lot of wheat aroma with banana, clove, and some bubblegum. Touches of vanilla and pepper and some alcohol.

T - A lot of wheat flavor with some pale malt. A good amount of banana flavor along with plenty of clove and pepper. Some bubblegum and yeasty flavors as well. Some spicy hops later on as well. Some alcohol heat also comes out. Some tangy/tart wheat flavor also comes out a bit.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. A bit of a smooth feel with just a touch of drying finish.

D - Easy to drink with a nice amount of flavor and a good body, but a little spicy and a bit too much alcohol heat to really be all that drinkable.

Notes: Definitely not like other weizenbocks that I have had, seems more like a bigger hefeweizen. Overall not a bad beer, but it wasn't entirely balanced and not what I was expecting. Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a bit better given the track record of this brewery.

FreshHawk, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of cetherid
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A.

A murky lemon color with a huge amount of head. Big white frothy head.

S.

I get a big whiff of banana and wheat. and little bit of clove in there.

T.

like the smell. I was expecting something stronger but this is perfectly balanced. nice fruity flavors (banana) at the beginning and at the end I get the wheat and yeast flavors. not too strong and not too weak.

M.

A beer that has some density to it. almost like its a meal. (a little exaggeration of course). A nice full bodied brew. a large amount of carbonation...feels good on the tongue.

D.

about 2 is tops on this. a great tasting beer, but the combination of it being full bodied at +7% alcohol is going to knock it down a bit in this category.

cetherid, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of RedChrome
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright yellow gold color to the beer. Huge head filled over two inches with pillow-like white bubbles. Slow rising microscopic bubbles in abundance. Minimal lacing.

Fruity aromas have a banana backbone mixed with cherries and pineapples. A strong scent of yeast is heavy with the other aromas in the nose. A light spice to the finish hints of peppercorns.

The taste on the tongue are great. Ranging from a sweetness of malts and fruity sugars to a spicy note that starts light but emboldens itself on the tongue. Low bitterness is just right to keep this from being cloying.

Just a bit watery on the tongue. Beer clings and struggle to show all its flavors on all mouth surfaces. Carbonation burst is pleasant without overwhelming.

A fantastic brew. This one should be enjoyed best by itself to appreciate the complexity. Beware the alcohol content, as it sneaks up without a hint of it's presence. Well worth trying for any beer lover out there.

RedChrome, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my Aventinus glass, my on half liter weizen glass.

A: pours cloudy bright yellow with a foamy white two finger head which slowly fell to a thin layer, not much lacing.
S: smells more like a hef, with the banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.
T/M: within style its nothing like Aventinus. Its more like a hef in flavor as well. although lighter in the clove and banana. wheat malt provides a light sweetness. this is light in the mouth and lightly dry.
D: so far to put this the easy way i have not found a Weihenstephaner beer i don't like. this was a very easy half liter.

rootbeerman, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 500mL Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy straw color with a HUGE, very thick white head that looks very creamy and dissipates VERY slowly and leaves behind very, very thick lace.

Smell: Very strong fruity esters. Dominant aroma is heavy banana and some lighter hints of yeast. A light aroma of sour alcohol is in the background.

Taste: Begins with bittersweet yeasty and alcoholic flavors that rounds out to a pretty strong banana flavor. Finishes wheaty with more banana and some slight bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with smooth, natural carbonation. Like a typical weizen, the finish begins light, refreshing, and somewhat watery, but then dries out because of the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a very nice beer- basically a stronger version of Weihenstephaner's regulkar hefe as opposed to a beefed-up dunkelweizen. Still a great beer- the stronger alcohol adds a new dimension to an already great beer. I'd have this again, and would definitely recommend it.

Mosstrooper, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with just over a finger's worth of head. Smells of banana and light clove. The taste is sweet and crisp wheat. Flavors of bread, bananas and mild pepper intertwine. On the heavier side of carbonation while maintaining a light body. He alcohol remains undetected. Refreshing would be an understatement.

Overall, I really dig this beer. I expected it to sit a lot heavier than it did.

nerdrocker101, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on many occasions at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy opaque straw yellow in the glass with a large white head that retains nicely. Fruity, mildly phenolic and bready aroma, this smells just like baking banana bread and ripe lemons. The aroma is wrapped in a leafy hop character that comes out more as the beer warms. On the tongue it's spicy, peppery, bringing to mind pureed banana with white pepper and clove. Moderate bubblegum sweetness leads into a spicy and dry finish. It's surprisingly drinkable and even refreshing for a 7.7% beer, which may be the beer's most impressive attribute. While I prefer Weihenstephan's more subtle and light hefeweizen, this is very enjoyable.

largadeer, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in a Franziskaner weiss glass.

A - One and half fingers of white foam that shows good retention and eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few fingers of lace. Unfiltered peach-colored body, with some small bubbles apparent near the bottom of the glass.

S - Banana, wheat, yeast, cloves, and a bit of spicy estery alcohol. Basically an amped up hefeweizen, that is perhaps a bit more understated than I expected.

T - Taste is big banana, bubblegum malted wheat, light clove, and a bit of other spice character. Just like biting into a hearty loaf of banana bread. Probably should be a 4.25.

M - Slightly gritty, medium bodied, with zesty carbonation that settles down as I worked my way through a half-liter.

D - This was pretty easy and enjoyable to drink, but with the half-liter serving size and the deceptive ABV I'm not sure it'd be a good idea to have too many. The bottle price is a huge steal if you can find it fresh.

MasterSki, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer looks really nice. Light in color, interesting and unique very yellow color. Very foamy, head seem to hold up great.

Smells delicious. Notes of citrousy fruits, and malted wheat. Some really nice fruity yeasty esters going on.

Smooth wheat beer. All Weihenstephaner's beer have a very similar, very impressive mouthfeel. Smooth, but very full-bodied and satisfying.

I could have one, or drink this beer all night, either way I'm a happy camper.

mlazzaro, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Euro-bomber purchased at J.B.'s in Spokane for $3.59. No obvious freshness/expiration date to be seen, though the back label is stamped "1507." Those crafty Krauts have created their own dating system.

Poured an astonishingly pale straw color, with a big, creamy yet fizzy bone-white head. No lace to speak of. When it comes to weizenbocks, I'm more used to the interpretation one associates with, say, Aventinus, so the looks of this was...unsettling. Before it warmed up a little, I was worrying that I might have somehow purchased a bland Eurolager.

Banana-ish cloves are the primary scent here. Way in the back is an earthy grain scent. Not bad, but there's not nearly as much going on here as I expected.

The taste is more interesting than the smell, but it's not exactly a worldbeater. This can be described as mildly fruity tasting. You know how when beers have gotten old and/or mistreated, and they have that off flavor that's like applejuice gone wild? Imagine that, but tamed down to a degree where it's actually balanced tasting. There's also a honey-like sweetness that balances the apple flavor well. Hops are conspicuous by their apparent absence.

Relatively light-bodied, with a somewht watery yet slick mouthfeel, if that makes any sense.

Insanely drinkable for a relatively high abv beer. I can see having a few of these in a bar would be a bad idea. Sitting at home I could probably have severa l in a sitting and seem fine, then pay the cost the next day. However, I just don't find this to be that compelling of a beer. Too bad, as I'd heard a lot about it and was rather jazzed to discover it around here.

woemad, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.

oberon, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.65/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a hefe/Bavarian flute glass.

Looked much more like a hefeweizen than a weizenbock, maybe a dunkel weizen is the appropriate style appearance description for this beer.
The smell was overwhelming banana but not in a good way, def a considerable amount of yeastiness as well.

This is not a Weizenbock and that is the biggest issue for me. It was also out of balance for the style and was just way too wheaty with not evenough malt balance. Not my favorite style, not my favorite beer, and definitely not typical of the style. If you want a Weizenbock, stil to Aventinus, it's perfect, why mess with perfection.

claspada, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of theopholis
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, straw color, with a tight, white, t3 finger head. Okay head retention. No lacing.

Smell - Quite wheaty. Also, some sweet, fruity aroma with just the slightest hints of banana and clove. Very clean and fresh smelling.

Taste - Like the aroma, very wheaty. Just the barest hints of banana and clove and some other indiscernible spice. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth with a nice puckering quality. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good.

theopholis, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Vitus glass.
Seems a fitting choice for my 500th review!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy glowing yellow-orange color with a big fluffy white head that has great retention.

Smell: Nice aroma of banana, clove, and some hints of wheat. There's a bit more slightly sweet malt undertones too.

Taste: Banana and clove flavors up front, with some hints of apple and pear. Some slightly bready hints come in later, and the finish and aftertaste are doppelbock-like, with some heavier, sweet malts, hints of alcohol, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth, with moderate carbonation. A bit lighter than I anticipated.

Drinkability: Good taste and isn't too strong in the alcohol department.

Lighter than Aventinus and not quite as good, but still a really enjoyable weizenbock! More on the hefeweizen side. They've got this for a good price down the street now, so you can bet that I've already stocked up.

mithrascruor, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of mavesba
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, golden color, with a firm, white, two-finger head.

Smell - Sweet, fruity aroma, with defined banana and clove. Definite wheat and yeast balanced in.

Taste - Even more defined banana and clove than the smell. Although you get the yeast in the smell, it is well balanced with other flavors in the taste.

Mouthfeel - A very smooth, almost creamy mouth feel, with bright, but subtle carbonation. Just a slight bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability - I really like this beer. I am a true Hefe lover, but this variant will be on my short list.

mavesba, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden color with a tint of orange and a creamy white head.

S: A very nice citrus aroma and perhaps a bit of pineapple. Sweet wheat and malt aromas and the great German yeast gives off some bananas, cloves, and apples.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Good sweetness and yeast contributions and plenty of fruit (banana, apple, and oranges). There is a light bitterness to this one as well.

M: Medium body with a smooth and creamy carbonation. Quite pleasant, indeed.

D: I think I still like their regular Hefeweizen a bit better, but this is still a great beer. I might have to pick up a few more bottles.

womencantsail, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a huge white frothy head that is slightly more dense than I expected. The head dies down rather quickly leaving only a thin ring around the top of the beer, and leaves no real lacing to speak of.

The aroma is very similar to thier hefeweizen nice wheat malt backbone with lots of banana and cloves. Very nice big aroma

The flavor is very much like a bigger version of thier hefeweizen. Lots and lots of banana and cloves, I do get alot more alcohol in this one. Really it is a terrific beer. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Nice creamy mouthfeel with just a slight alcohol presence. Quite drinkable.

CBlack85, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5 L brown bottle into a weizen glass. Neck label has a Middle Ages/ Renaissance dressed man holding a feather in one hand and an open book in the other with a rooster sitting on the book. Interesting. Rest of the label is fancy, brown with shiny gold highlights.

Pours golden, with tons of carbonation that forms a four finger frothy head of white bubbles. The head won't go away and it leaves great lacing.

It smells of yeast, tons of ripe bananas, clove, phenols, and even a very secretive raisin.

Taste just like it smells, this is an imperial hefeweizen. Slight raisin, ripe bananas, pronounced yeast and wheat. Very sweet citrus/lemon at the end. Alcohol detectable as it begins to warm from fridge temp.

The mouthfeel is a little chewy and wet, with decent carb. Warming.

Drinkable, alcohol gets in the way, though. Better for the fall, but I wouldn't really specify winter.

Apparently, the weizenbock style has some interpretation, depending on brewery. Aventinus seems to sway to the bock/doppelbock side, whereas this seems to stay on the weizen side of the style.

BranfordBound, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of WorldWideStout
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: My attempt to pour this beer in the correct way into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass was a success in that I did not spill or break anything, but a failure in that I failed to produce much head. I can only assume from the glimpses of it that I got that it would have been delightful. The body is a rather unique color. Sort of apple ciderish, but a bit more yellow. Fairly transparent at the top, but tending more towards translucent at the bottom, with a little haze. The streams of bubbles were very nice, and reminded me a bit of a lava lamp for some reason.

S: Vanilla, lemon, apple, spices. Lovely, though I'd like it to be a bit stronger.

T: Starts off with some wheaty and lemony tartness, followed soon after by vanilla and faint clove. The tartness comes in again with some apples, then the sweetness, and finally, a tart aftertaste with a bit of clove.

M: Well-carbonated, but it doesn't take away from the flavors.

D: Lovely flavors and lightness make this one easy as pie to swill down. I can't quite give it a five as I think anything fairly complex will slow you down after awhile.

I love Aventinus, but until now, other weizenbocks had been somewhat of a disappointment. This reminded me a good deal of Aventinus, and will certainly be something I buy again.

WorldWideStout, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Frothy with a huge foamy head; dissipates slowly; yellow/orange hue; lacing is sub-par

S: Grainy with banana clove presence; alcohol is prevalent, stinging the back of the nostrils; subtle citrus as well

T: Alcohol comes off fairly strong; very grainy with a subtle banana (almost like banana bread) and clove presence

F: Decent mouth feel; though a touch thin

D: Pretty drinkable despite the high alcohol percentage

dbossman, Jun 09, 2010
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,695 ratings.