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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,649 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,649
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 167
Gots: 192 | 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 augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica. Served in a .5L Weihenstephaner wide-mouthed chalice/tulip.

Cloudy peach-tinged amber body with a gorgeous shock-white head and pearling graceful lacing. Excellent retention. A bit brighter in color than I'm used to seeing for the style, but still, simply stunning.

Challah, ample (albeit somewhat subtle) melanoidins, banana, clove, and pepper aromatics.

Immense doughy malts coupled with light grape and banana esters and hints of vanilla. Lovely yeast flavors abound long into the finish which is balanced by a light (lactic?) acidity and a muscular dose of alcohol. Sophisticated with an emphasis on the "weizen" over the "bock" compared to many other examples.

Rich, somewhat effervescent, medium-full bodied with a milk-like creaminess (maybe just a touch slick).

Tried this on a whim while waiting for a new keg of Racer X to come on - very happy I did!

augustgarage, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- hazy pale golden, looks just like a hefe. big creamy white head is full of wheat proteins and has excellent staying power. foam is very noisy and active and it bubbles like cheese under the broiler. tons of wavy lace as well. as the foam settles it maintains the shape of a baseball sized hemisphere in the center of my weizen glass.

S- estery vapors, yeast, clove, banana. a bit of sweetness and some white bread, apple and pear skin. very simple and very nice.

T- wheaty, bready, and very very yeasty, somewhat tart and fruity with extremely well hidden alcohol. this could easily pass for a hefeweizen under 5% abv. clove, banana, apple, pear, white grape, sweet basil, and very mild grassy hop flavor. alcohol dryness and some floral esters and a touch of alcohol bitterness become evident in the spicy, almost lemony finish.

MF- plush and creamy, this beer feels so much bigger than it looks while still possessing crisp, refreshing, drinkable qualities. could be the most refreshing 'almost big' beer i've ever tasted. powdery yeast feel and vigorous little carbonations balance each other superbly, allowing the yeast sensation to remain on the palate only momentarily before zipping it away leaving only slick wheat proteins and a delightful dryness behind.

D- there's no way a beer this size should be so easy to drink. it drinks like it's lil brother. it drinks like a soda. the well hidden alcohol and enjoyable dryness are partly to blame. the other finger is pointed at masterful craftsmanship. as far as i can remember, i haven't had a weizenbock this light, but i prefer this version to all others. it has the look, taste, and aroma that i love from a hefeweizen but with a soft chubby body and a real alcohol kick. a case in the basement would not be out of the question. in fact, it's a damn good idea.

hustlesworth, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes. Consumed on 12/19 when the server was down.

A-Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a white, two-finger head.

S-Smells of banana and cloves, and that typical spicy Hefe yeast with some wheat notes.

T-Follows the nose with banana and cloves, the spicy yeast, and wheat notes. I don't taste any alcohol. This tastes really close to a Hefeweizen for me, I'm not really discerning any difference.

M-The mouthfeel is not my thing, but it's appropriate for style. It's effervescent and tingling on the tongue with a thin body.

D-This goes down easy considering ABV, but it's really not my kind of thing. This is my first weizenbock and I'm open to trying others, but probably not this one again.

samie85, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Sweet,bubblegum, hints of banana, clovey and a bit spicey. Overall an absolutely wonderful aroma.

T- Sort of sweet and fruity upfront, fades to a clovey spiciness. A mild earthy, grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Very dry, light bodied and well carbonated.

D- 7.7% ABV, you'd never know it. I could drink quite a few of these. Excellent!

JayNH, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a paler weizenbock with look and odor of a estery helles. bright yellow tinted orange with some cloudiness. fantastic head of lace. nose heavy of floral fruit... mild of citrus and mint. taste is bright and crisp. not thick or dense. body lacks luster even though the beer goes down wonderfully. palate of rosewater, marzapan, banana, peppermint and lemon pulp. quite wonderfully broad. quite soapy.

june '10 had it again and it was a house favorite. first time i've had a beer that has a very definitive lavender taste to it. no hints about it. great body. great great esters in palate and nose. goes down frightfully easy.

rtepiak, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Pahn
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 2 inch fizzy white head, dissipated quickly and settled into about a millimeter of foam that lasted throughout. Minimal lacing. Pours a translucent but murky pale orange-ish yellow.

Smell: Weak smell requiring pretty aggressive inhalation. Smells like wheat beer and apple.

Taste: Delivers way beyond what's promised by the smell. Strong notes of apple and cantaloupe, with a myriad of berry/melon/fruit juice tastes popping up with each sip. The finish is tangy and sour, almost soapy. Near the end of the bottle, a decently strong banana flavor shines through. The fruit notes are alternately bright and musty, weirdly enough. The tartness gets less aggressive and more balanced as well.

Mouthfeel: Very nice creamy start, then giant carbonation and an extremely dry finish. Not my favorite way for a beer to feel, but not a flaw either.

Drinkability: The alcohol is barely masked, and the carbonation and dryness border on unpleasant. It stays dry (can feel it especially on the top of the tongue) for the duration of the bottle. I think it would be tough to drink too many of these, though I suppose you'd be drunk quickly enough, so perhaps it wouldn't be so tough.

All in all a very good beer, and a great value. Personally, I would probably opt for other weizenbocks or hefeweizens. That said, Vitus has an exceptionally big taste; the flavor goes a lot further than I was expecting. It's less refreshing than it is intriguing.

Pahn, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Dspohn
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer...

Very pale for the style but bubbly and rich, I like it.

I'm going to combine smell and taste here; It is sublime. All the banana and clove spice mixed with sweetness. The style truly doesn't get better than this. Others may argue for Aventinus or some other such brew but Vitus rules supreme.

Drinkability and Mouthfeel?! Insanely smooth, alcohol has the perfect amount of masking.

Dspohn, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of jmaur345
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer an hour ago along with a bottle of Korbinian to enjoy as well as compare. Served at around 45 degrees, and poured from 500ml bottle in a weizen glass.

A- A lovely cloudy golden color, nice three fingers of head that sticks around for awhile but then runs away, I was sad that it didn't last longer, after some gentle twirls it will reform.

S- Chalky yeasty smell with lemony citrus in the background.

T- Simply put, it is exceptional. chalky yeast flavor, citrus notes, also some banana flavors. No taste of alcohol dispite the high gravity.

M- Leaves you mouth singing! Sweet aftertaste of banana bread. The taste lingers in your mouth for a few seconds and then cleanly departs.

D- Excellent, possibly the best of it's type that I've had, this brewery knows what they're doing. It can sneak up on you though since the alcohol is no where to be found despite the 7.7%. An overall amazing brew.

jmaur345, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The legendary hefe's big brother! Let's see how this one stacks up. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very bright yellow-gold color with a massive, foamy four-finger head, which dissipates slowly, but still has above average retention.

Smell: Very nice. Lots of bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. This one has the more pronounced banana scent that you may not find quite as obvious in other weizenbocks.

Taste: Where the hell is the alcohol?! This drinks just like the regular hefeweizen. The first taste you get is some bananas with some sugar on tap, like the Bananas Foster my mom always makes. Other than that, it pretty much just follows the scent with some clove, yeast and other typical weisse flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary, but has a nice amount of carbonation and is light-bodied like a weisse should be.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is otherwordly. I think they actually just bottled the hefeweizen in a Vitus bottle. Despite the 7.7% ABV (which is not too high for the style) this would be a kickass brew to enjoy during the summer months. The alcohol is not even present.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. Such a nice drinking beer with a great banana taste, if that's what you're into in your weissens. I'm seeing now why this brew is so revered on this site. Definitely worth picking up a bottle (or six) next time you see it.

zoso493, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 10/21, from notes.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a towering stark white head. Cloud like formation with great retention and lacing. Expertly crafted appearance, I guess they have some experience making beers?

Smells of banana yeast esters, herbal/clove. Subtle white pepper spiciness. Lemon zest, sourdough bread. Wheat tanginess. So much yeast character, it's incredible.

In the taste, the spiciness is more present. Overall the taste follows the aroma. It's very well balanced with nice sourdough bread malt background.

Moderate carbonation and perfect substance for the flavor profile and style. ABV is well hidden. This is truly a style defining beer.

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of dennarb
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had one of these lovelies at an new German bierhall in Philadelphia called Brauhaus Schmitz. It was a revelation! They have about twenty beers on tap at any one time and about eighteen are German imports. Forget anything you remember about the time you had seven liters at the Hoffbrauhaus in Munich-very sociable and eminently drinkable beer.
Weihenstephaner Vitus comes from a different world. It is one of the finest beers that I have ever had and it didn't come from Belgium.
Served in a foot tall weisenbock glass it was s straw yellow with a clean white inch-tall head that didn't shrink that much until it was half finished. At about 8% alcohol, and with a really complex flavor, it lasted a long time. The initial crisp taste is just the start. The most fun comes as it reaches the back of your mouth. There is an array of malt and spices and a really balanced tang of hops that is just something you close your eyes and savor for a minute before you think about another sip.
This brewery has been around since the Middle Ages, and I can't say what their beer tasted like in the in the eleventh century but they sure have learned a thing or two during the last millennium.
If you see it on tap just order one.

dennarb, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the library alehouse last night, actually I'm pretty sure I got the last glass of it.... score!

A: amazing appearance... it comes in a hennepin eat your heart out teardrop glass (where can I get one!?) and pours a bright golden yellow color. Frothy white head tops off the glass and excellent lacing follows it on its way down.

S: Good aroma, I get clove and some spice, as well as the typical fruit rind and banana. fresh smelling and pungent.

T: very nice, and very balanced. Weizenbock's are becoming my new favorite style of beer. SOOO drinkable and refreshing but without sacrificing potency. Lemon zest, cream and orange peel are stand out flavors... finished with a clove and black pepper spiciness. very good.

M: mouthfilling and long finishing.

D: very high given the alcohol.

flannelman808, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow color with a half finger of white head that leaves exceptional lacing as it drains. Nice looking brew. Nose is strong on wheat and malty goodness. Some candy sugar, dried fruit of some sort, and maybe some orangey citrus. Flavor is likewise - huge malty sweetness, citrus (lemon and orange), yeast, wheat. A sort of dirty earthiness to it that hits you in the back of the mouth. Light warming alcohol, especially as it warms. Really a tasty beer. Body is good, appropriate for the style. This is a really excellent brew - might not hit Aventinus levels of deliciousness, but still really nice. Another win for Weihenstephaner.

Wine Specialist/$3.49/16.9 oz

soupyman10, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of mbudner
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A- Has a hazy orange color that seems to glow when held up anywhere near the light. Looks like a slightly darker/more orange version of their Hefeweiss. I have limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but this does not look as dark as the other I have seen. Great fluffy, 3-finger head that dissipates at a medium rate leaving almost no lacing.

S-Smells of sweet sugary malts, cloves, and bubblegum. Also, I get some lemon or orange.

T- I get some banana, bubblegum, slight amount of booze/ester flavors in the finish, but from what I read this is something to be expected in the style (I experienced the same with Aventinus, but Vitus seems to be a markedly different beer even though the two are of the same style.) I'm getting spices other than cloves, but do not have the ability to discern them all...just get a "spiciness."

M- Nice crisp carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Little bit of hear in the throat from the booze requisite in the style.

D- Drinks like a much lower ABV. I could drink this all night. While the flavors are complex, there's nothing too prominent to offend the palate in excessive amounts. The bubblegum makes it very easy drinking.

mbudner, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color, with full frothy head. Good lacing. Banana, clove, black pepper and wheat on the nose. Assertive grainy & wheat tastes with pepper, banana & clove background. Finishes bitter and slightly boozy. Smooth and somewhat creamy, medium bodied. Candy like sweet aftertaste. Delicious beer... would never have guessed what i was given was a Weizenbock.

rfgetz, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,649 ratings.