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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,734 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,734
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 222 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Poured into a hefe glass. Clear golden liquid with a huge, foamy, white head on top. Some lacing. Looks tasty.

Lots of funky esters and some banana on the nose. A little spicy, possibly some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Malts linger in the background.

Bready and malty with hints of banana and well placed spice. Sweet, chewy, cookie-like malts. Stone fruits with sugar and a bit of alcohol on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy with ample, prickly, carbonation. A touch of heat from the alcohol, but not too much.

Drinkability is quite good. Lots of flavor and a good body. I'm moving through this bottle pretty quickly. You can taste the ABV a little bit, but it doesn't really get in the way. One bottle is about perfect, but I could easily be convinced to have another.

Overall, this beer was a bit of a surprise. I know Weihenstephaner does good things, but I wasn't expecting to like this brew as much as I did. Definitely worth picking up and I think I'm going to check out a few more of their brews after having this one.

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

pours a mostly hazy straw with a huge white head that dissipates slowly and laces well.

smells of banana bread. lots of yeast aromas of banana and clove, but with plenty of white and wheat bread maltiness as well. some lemons and tropical fruits as well.

taste follows the nose closely. sweet malts come first with a touch of banana and clove with some creamy vanilla and a hint of lemon. Nothing overpowers in this one, but everything is pretty well represented. a bit of booze is left in the throat after the swallow.

bottle-conditioning leads to a creamy yet bubbly body that enhances the flavors well.

a tad bit boozy, but its not a harshness that hinders too much, but rather adds to the complexity. the sweet vanilla and bready flavors balance out the spicy yeast characteristics nicely. a wonderful brew that helps to define what I love about beer.

Photo of nano
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured in a half litter weizen glass

A: this is my second weizenbock that i tried and in comparation with aventinuz weizenbook this is in appearance much lighter, so i lprefere the aventinus appearance. one inch head

S: bananna, very deep a lot of yeast and german malts, a lot of fruit

T: bananna, yeast and fruitiness, and strong clovee

M: full body with a good carbonation

D: i could take 2 or 3 of this one

Photo of tone77
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and fruits. Taste is great, banana, other fruit, spices, very complex, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied and delicious in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very high quality beer.

Photo of macpapi
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle.

Vitus pours a light orange, almost yellowish color with a very pillowy, fluffy white head. Very hazy with good lacing.

There is a fresh, crisp, wheaty aroma up front with lots of fruity tones, equal citrus and banana. IT also has ample amounts of clove and spice. Bits of bubble gum sweetness make this smell almost like a hefeweizen on steroids.

The taste is dominated by fresh wheat, complimented by banana, clove, and noted alcohol. Quite a bit of sweetness completes a nice and complex swallow.

Mouthfiel is biting and surprisingly full with pretty high carbonation.

Overall, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. When compared to the likes of Aventinus it reminds me of just how much diversity there can be between quality beers within the weizenbock style.

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

Chilled 500ml bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner branded hefe-weizen glass.

Pours with a grand 3-4 finger head that seems to appear as though it will turn into a solid fluffy mass that will never die away. Color is a striking bronze tending towards gold with a seemingly endless stream of effervescent bubbles rising to the top.

Aroma is classic German, classic Weize. As with other Weihenstephaner offerings, this has that steamy hot doughy 'just baked' aroma blended with over-ripened banana skins and sweetened clove.

Once again the taste is perfectly in line with other weize brews from Weihenstephaner. Wheat, malt and molasses sweetness are very big up front whilst mild summer fruit and citrus peel are available in the lingering after taste. The higher alcohol content is evident towards the very tail end of each mouthful.

In the mouth this one is full, however not as big as one may expect. I was expecting a chewy complexity to this one, rather it faded away effortlessly. Definitely effervescent and taste complexity adds to the process.

If you like other Weihenstephaner wheat beers then you will already by familiar with the aromas and taste complexities that this offers, however Vitus is able to provide a little something extra to the equation.

Highly recommended.

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Despite a gentle pour the head rises up to 2/3 the glass as usual for a Weihenstephaner, and I have to stop pouring and sip the head to keep it from pouring over. It fades semi quickly over the hazy golden wheat colored beer.

N: Golden wheat in the nose, with German malts, a little wheat and yeast, a touch of lager like aroma, marzen style. Toasty malts, a touch of banana and vanilla. Very typical nose for a Weihenstephaner.

T: Very Bavarian taste too, with some creamy wheat, some sweet malts, some banana and a little vanilla, fizzy fluffy malt flavor, a little toasty malt, a touch of citrus and orange peel, hint of bitterness. The only thing that seems to make this different from most Weihenstephaners is the malts are a little darker and stronger, a little sweeter and touch of booze.

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.

F: Slightly sweet on the finish lingering, but sweet malts not syrupy at all. Semi bitter with a little orange peel, lemon zest and citrus. Banana as well with more wheat lingering. A slight lingering alcohol burn actually comes through. Finishes pretty clean and quickly. A little vanilla is really long as well. Again very similar to most Weihenstephaner beers but a little heavier, darker, and boozier this one. This one also finishes slightly sweet rather than dry.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (what, no weizen glass, come on!) at the Brass Rail.

A: The weizenbock, as I am now accustomed to, is a hellesweizenbock, carrying an orange-yellow glow that is muted by its unfiltered presentation. The glow is further muted, by a few shades, from the Weihenstephaner hefeweizen. A rich head, over a finger, sticks around.

S: Clove, banana, bubblegum, what more does a good weizenbier need? In this case, the aromas are taken up a notch, stronger and sweeter. The wheat presence, still mildly tart, has more graininess.

T: Wheat starts the ale off right, rich with ample tartness lingering in the wings. The helles nature of the ale cuts down on the caramel malts and their associated sweetness. As the wheat passes, the yeast comes out swinging. Lemon, banana and clove, all concentrated, are the primary flavors. The wheat follows the spices, finishing them off with a dry tartness. Formidable but very refreshing. It's not a hot afternoon kind of weizen, more like a cooler fall night.

M: The mouthfeel, think hefeweizen, has been supercharged, amped up in all regards. The yeasty esters are the stand-out.

D: Well worth the drive to Campbelltown. I should have taken a growler home with me. The idea of a hellesweizenbock has grown on me.

Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, gold body with a tall, white, fluffy head.

S- Bready malt with a wheat twang; notes of lemon, coriander and clove.

T- Strong wheat foundation leading into a fruity profile then notes of banana and lemon ending in notes of coriander, a warming alcohol and a strong note of clove.

M- Medium body with a light carbonation only coming in toward the finish.

D- Reminds me of a really good, German weizen with some stronger notes of clove and a bigger alcohol presence.

Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Pale gold, one finger of white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Good staying power to the head.

Citric aroma with a heavy dose of cloves. Lemon-lime and just a hint of banana.

Tastes of sweet banana right up front with plenty of lemon-lime citrus to follow. The finish returns to banana sweetness. Clove lingers, but much more subtly than in the aroma.

Fairly light bodied with steady carbonation. Fairly nice mouthfeel.

Too drinkable for its strength. This is a good brew that went down rapidly.

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

A half-liter brown Euro-style glass bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Bright yellow and sunny in appearance, quite cloudy and with a solid two fingers of rocky white foam that fades away at a notch faster than a snail's pace to leave behind thick blotchy rings of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose is distinctly Weißbier yet distinctly Weizenbock; an amalgamation of the two that blends well both the powerfully fruity banana and spicy clove notes of a bright Hefeweizen and the drier, spicier, and more pungent aromas of a Weizenbock. Powerfully enticing.

Full-bodied yet light and effervescent in mouthfeel, the flavors follow the nose and appearance well, deceiving with a bright Hefeweizen-like refreshing quality but with flavors more strong and hop-accented, leaving quite the same impression as the more traditional dark version of the Weizenbock style but without the same rich malty character. The finish is dry and tinged with spice, citrusy hops and a mild fruitiness but with a pronounced dryness that screams for another quaff.

Quite the Weizenbock, Weihenstephaner's Helles version of the style is much more refreshing than more traditional examples and is extremely well-balanced, never too strong in any region except for the flavor front, in which such a balance between taste and drinkability is a powerful virtue. Perhaps one of the greatest Weizenbocks around, Brauerei Weihenstephan never ceases to produce solid, well-crafted and tasty beers while remaining in strict (well, perhaps not so strict -- we are talking about wheat beer, after all) accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. Vitus is flat-out amazing, and well worth all its praise.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,734 ratings.