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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,862
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
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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: 2,862 | Reviews: 1,048
Photo of bierguru
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy straw body with hints of brown the beer sports a soapy heaad that stays an inch thick very well

S- fairly strong banana right up front some hints of spice and fruit

T- some mild banana up front followed by the typical some mild spice and hints of chocolate in the back

M - nice mellow body no complaints

O - not the best in this style but a good drink

Photo of codfeast
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to stein.

A: hazy very pale yellow, massive foamy head. slow to disapate.

S: Bananna, spice(clove, cinammon) yeast, malt.

T: Sweet bananna, followed by spice, then sweet comes back again (bubble gum) finishes dry.

M: smooth and creamy, prickly on the tounge, nice dry finish.

O: easy drinking and refreshing, no hint of the 7.7 abv, which could be sneaky. would love to come across it on tap.

Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 6040) poured into a weizen glass.

Slightly hazy straw color with a gorgeous, 2-finger bright white head.

Smell of yeast, banana, clove, and rose petals.

Vigorous carbonation - what I've come expect from most good German beers.

Taste is bananas, pepper, clove, and a twist of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I could drink a pitcher of this.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice cloudy Golden Honeycomb colour, with a large White head that retains till the end.

S - Small cloves a nd some burnt woody sugars that are almost spicey. Interesting.

T - Plety of spice up front and some big wheat flavours too. The clove is there in the background. The balance is superb and it has that imperial wit flavour. Earthy

M - Full body and medium carbonation. very smooth.

O - My favourite brew from this brewery. Just as good shaded as the Hopfen Weisse in this style.

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

I have been meaning to try the Vitus for some time and finally found it at Bullseye in Smithtown. Poured into my new Ithaca tapered pint. Long lasting creamy white head and handsome translucent straw color score early points on appearance. The nose is more reserved, with an ester laden banana clove melange.

The flavors are a rich but mellow weizen with the standard banana and clove along with a malty, chunky body enriched with a 7.7 % booze blast which stays mostly in the shadows. Mouthfeel is refreshing and modestly carbonated.

For what this is, I find it pretty exceptional. It's a rigid style but this is satisfying yet sophisticated. It was also reasonably inexpensive. Weihenstephan puts another one in the back of the net.

Photo of doktorhops
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found Vitus in a boutique bottle-shop (on sale!). I've been looking forward to this since I tasted (and quite enjoyed I might add) all the other Weihenstephaner brews... here goes.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Looks like a typical Wiessbier, only a little more blonde: light hazy orange body with a creamy and dense white head.

S: Clove and banana wheat beer aromas make a stable and pleasant base, with a hint of caramelised pears. I get the impression of a very inviting Wiessbier with perhaps a dry crisp bite in the aftertaste... time to dig in.

T: Nice! Big flavours here: sweet toffee with bananas and aforementioned pears add the crispness. A bit sticky and sugary but I wouldn't have expected less with the ABV. It has enough to make it unique to its brothers (the Hefe and Dunkel), which makes it even more appealing in my books. The clove aroma leaves a lasting overall taste impression. Not as dry as expected. Could easily drink a six pack of these.

M: Creamy and chewy medium bodied brew which ties it all together very well. The head leaves a pleasing foam lacing as the delicious contents of the glass are drunken.

D: Here's the highest praise I can give to a beer; I wish I had bought more of these. At its regular price point its a great beer, on sale its a steal. The only thing that holds it back from being for everyone is the sweetness can be a little cloying, not for me though, I love it. Vitus has secured a place in my top 10. Prost!

Food match: Paired with grilled meats (like a giant leg of pork) it would be akin to paradise (sorry vegetarian brethren). Sided with fried potato, onion and bacon (another German classic), and even a side of Sauerkraut would go well.

Photo of Strix
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a slight haze, super duper fluffy head.

Clove, banana, and grains in the smell.

Mellow flavors, banana and clove, with a yeasty note, bubblegum, and black pepper. Light and crisp, flavors blend nicely.

Silky smooth, then fizzy.

Yum. Extremely drinkable. Less dark than some weizenbocks I've had. Light and crisp and really really well done. I guess when you've been brewing since the year 1040, you figure a few things out.

Photo of doughanson78
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow. Nice and hazy. Huge cloudy, three finger head. Fluffier than any I've seen. Stays forever. Not much lacing, you would expect a lot with that head.

S: Not the biggest aroma. Cloves, but not dominating the nose. Incense (weird for sure), just like the sticks you buy and burn in your house. Light banana and lemon. Wheat, light spiciness, and the faintest hint of cinnamon.

T: Wheat and spiciness (peppery). For the first time in a wheat style beer cloves don't dominate. Light banana and lemon. Very light caramel. Hint of cinnamon. Maybe a touch of bubblegum (still don't understand this one)? Light touch of cloves in the end. Complex.

M: Full bodied. Rich and creamy. Well carbonated. Leaves your mouth a bit spicy. Warming on the way down.

O: A great beer by the one's who have a little practice brewing. Like the spicy off shoot from typical wheat beers. Maybe in all weizenbock's? Different. Good. Easily drinkable. Little sneaky (7.7). A must try? Every beer is a must try, but you could still survive still if you missed this one.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. The head is white, thick and sticks around for a good amount of time. No lacing

S - Wow. Kind of reminds me of Chorizo De San Manuel upfront. This is the first thing that comes to mind. Weird. If I break it down I cloves, banana rind, and uncooked grains. When stirred up in the tulip it becomes more creamy smelling. There is condensed milk in the nose when swirled in a tulip maybe even buttered bread. In the taste you get wheat, alcoholic yeast flavors, hay, bananas and sugar. Very complex. Mouth feel is smooth and flowing. Decent carbonation and a silky finish. Fantastic beer. If this beer wasn't so high in alcohol I could drink this all night. Hell...next paycheck I'm going to load up because i know my local venue hasn't much more to offer.

Photo of uturn
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml capped bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada wheat beer glass.

A: The beer poured a cloudy light gold with a massive 5 finger white head on a very slow pour. The foam hung around for a longtime leaving a nice lacing on my glass.

N: The nose was of bananas, cloves, bubblegum and citrus.

T: The taste was of spicy pepper and cloves, banana and coriander as well as wheat bread; this beer was crisp and refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel of a medium body with some nice warmth from the alcohol.

D&O: The drinkability of excellent. This is one of the best Weizenbocks I’ve tasted & will be looking forward to enjoying a few more as we head into the summer months. Prost!

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appears basically the same colour of the normal Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, with good head retention.

Fairly malty smell and a balanced malty taste, along with the same fizziness I have come to associate with the Hefeweizen. Very well balanced between the spicy/herbal nature of the Hefeweizen and the malts added, reducing the overall power of the spices, and balancing out the beer overall. Alcohol dominates though, making it harder to drink alot of.

A very good brew overall, one which I would definitely buy again.

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

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color. It has a nice 3-finger slightly off-white head on it. The head has great retention and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S - There is a nice big banana and lemon smell right off the bat. There are also scents of wheat, clove, barley, honey, and some spiciness to it.

T - There is a nice barley and wheat background with good flavors of banana, clove, and citrus over it. There is also a nice mild hop presence. This also has a bit of a spicy bite to it. The finish leaves some lingering spiciness in the mouth.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth and creamy feel to it. It is very refreshing, and each drink leaves you wanting another.

O - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy and the flavor is great. I Could easily drink these all night long. Overall, I think it is a very nice weizenbock and it is the perfect beer to have on a hot day. I recommend trying this, and I will definitely be buying some more.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great wheat beer. The look is golden and cloudy. Great head retention. Definate clove wheat beer smell and clove taste done well. And dangerously well hidden ABV. Where this beer stands out is that it is very thick with quite a bit of carbonation. It works very well and the beer is one to be copied. I personally prefer more banana flavor, but (on sale at 7.7%) this is a good one! 1516.

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

500ml bottle poured into a tall weihenstephan wheat beer glass.

A- Pours a cloudy gold, with about 2 fingers of fluffy head that subsides very slowly leaving nice lacing. looks very good.

S- wow. a whole bunch of fruit and spice. straight up theres the typical weizen banana, apricot and touch of citrus. followed by a whole bunch of spice, a touch of cinnamon but mainly clove. very nice and very aromatic.

T- similar flavours to the nose. fruit, predominantly banana, a touch of yeastiness than a whole bunch of spice, again reminding my mainly of clove. the 7.7 per cent alcohol blends in perfectly. again very nice.

M- very nice and quite spritzy. light to mid bodied. remains a highly drinkable beer for the ABV. excellent on a warmer day. leaves the mouth dry, and that lasts for a while. very good again.

O- very very very nice beer. could while away a very happy summer afternoon sipping on these. terrific aroma, with a taste to match. looks and feels good. just an allround good beer.

Photo of 05Harley
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 2021

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $2.99/bomber

The appearance is a hazy golden color with a massive 2 inch creamy white head. The retention is average with little sign of lacing. The beer is clean with no sediment visible.

Aroma is sweet and pleasent with a strong scent of banana and spices followed by pears, bread, grassiness and a touch of bubble gum.

The taste is similiar to the nose with banana and mild spices, clove, apple and wheat. quite refreshing and appropriate for an 80 degree day like today.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a lite body and a perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is barely noticeable and well hidden for 7.7%. Finishes dry due to the spicey hops.

This example is highly drinkable and my favorite wheat beer to date. A pleasure to have this time of year and one I'll be enjoying many times over this summer.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in its own weizen glass. Re-reviewed at the Wiehenstephan monastery @ Freining, Munich area, 28th of September, 2012.

A: Pours a huge fluffy bubbled aired white head is formed when poured. Good retention and some lacings formed and left in the glass. Cloudy pale orange color

S: Smells pretty good. Wheat, cereals, bread and yeasts. Smells like a hefeweizen with the difference that it's even sweeter. Banana-clove is there and also caramel and honey in the end

T: Follows the nose: wheat, bread, caramel malts, yeasts. Some banana esters. Very light bitterness

M: Medium and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. A bit sweet with light bitterness. Very pleasant and drinkable

O: Great Weihenstephaner specimen. Refreshing and delicious

Photo of vkv822
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into weizen glass.
shared with my dad, and on St. Vitus day nonetheless!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head.

The aroma is of of weizen yeasts, along with clove and fruits.

The taste is quite fruity, with a lot of pear and some banana. Finishes with some light clove and yeast notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty standard from what I've experienced in other -weizen beers, with a thin to medium body and fairly active carbonation.

A very nice Weizenbock, stays fairly light and fruity.

Photo of flipper2gv
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot to rtepiak for this brew!!

A: This has to be the palest weizenbock I've seen, yellow in color. Full four fingers of a pure white and quite soapy looking head. Retention and lacing are phenomenal like they were with the original.

S: This is what you'd expect from a weizenbock. The yeast and the wheat are in the front. You get a nice amount of banana bread (banana, molasses, toffee, breadiness, etc...), cloves, pepper, candied orange peel. Subtle strawberries. Complex, strong and inviting. Perfect.

T: As expected from the look of the beer, this has less molasses, brown sugar and general breadiness than most weizenbock, but they are still there. Very fruity with bananas and strawberries mostly. Light grass-like flavor and floral notes. Exceptionally balanced and tasteful.

M: Oh so light and fluffy, nothing beats the mouthfeel of weihenstephaner.

O: Although not my favorite brew I had (but damn close!!), I simply cannot see a fault with this brew. It looks amazing, smells insanely good, taste is awesome and balanced AND extremely easy to drink and the feel is super light and fluffy while not being watery AT ALL.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma
the scent is coming through very fresh and vibrant. It seems as if there are cinnamon, fig, and floral tones maybe a bit of citrus. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel
Bit of an oiliness on the palette with a slight warming sensation, medium to higher end of carbonation. Beer is rather lively on the palette.

Appearance
Poured to light gold with white haze in an imperial pint glass, many small carbonation bubbles. Huge pillowish head which is maintaining well and lacing nicely. Really notable in this aspect and one of the best heads I've poured from a travelled bottle.

Taste
Fruity and spicy, a cinnamon type flavor is there. Nice, with a bit of warming on the finish although the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Drinkability
I'd say 2-3 1/2 liters pretty easily but this isn't quite as sessionable as some other weizenbocks I've had (aventinus in particular).

Overall
The appearance alone was almost enough for me but it's just not quite there. Excellent fruity and spicy scent but the taste has something I'm not quite there on.

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. No identifiable freshness date on the bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head of about two fingers in height. Looks nicely carbonated and features some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is of banana, clove, ground nutmeg, and pepper. Maybe some cinnamon as well and some orange peel thrown in for good measure. Vanilla even?? Really a very complex and interesting nose on this beer.

The taste equals the aromas of this beer in many respects. Banana bread, clove, nutmeg, and a spicy pepper finish are some of the key highlights of the mix of flavors here. Getting some light fruit notes in there, like apricot or dates. Everything meshes so well with this beer--it is a true delight to consume. While the taste is perhaps not as complex as the nose, everything in the taste is done very well and fits together just right. This features a little more sweetness and breadiness from the malts than other wheat beers. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is delightful as this dances across the tongue. This beer is definitely alive and encourages you to let it linger for a bit in order to experience everything. Overall, rather light and refreshing in taste, but with a little extra kick from the alcohol content. This is right up there with their more well-known all-star wheat beer. Perhaps a bit more bold and a little more full bodied. Highly recommended.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive four finger sudsy head that leaves no lacing.

S- Strong aroma of banana, clove, yeast, pear, bubblegum, wheat, nuttiness, and spice. Complex and aromatic.

T- Banana, clove, pear, lots of spice, and the alcohol was surprisingly prominent, some warming.

M- Pretty high carbonation, crisp, finishes dry, drinks smooth

O- First weizenbock I have ever had. Reminded me a lot of a hefeweizen with more alcohol and spice.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy dark gold color, loads of carbonation, rough pour produces a massive fluffy white head.

S- The expected banana and clove, also bready malts, slight grain.

T- More bready, slightly sweet malts. Light spices. Huge wallop of mega-intense banana towards the end. Also a bit of fruity sweetness from the alcohol .

M- Medium bodied, loads of carbonation, has a semi-chewy, palate-coating feel, finishes just slightly on the dry side.

O- A great beer, highly drinkable, will definitely pick this up again.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #100

Poured from a bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a hazy pale orange with one finger of off-white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Pears, bananas and sweet oranges, very good.

T: Follows the smell, all the fruit flavors well mixed, deep and smooth. Finishes with gentle spices. Overall, drinking a little like a tripel due to the citrus notes holding their own. A little bubblegum as well. After the first few sips, the pepper starts to appear before the finish, but stays in good balance with the fruit flavors. Alcohol shades the peppery spice only at the end of the glass, and even then is subtle.

M: Light and slightly crisp, almost foamy at times. A very refreshing feel.

O: I enjoyed this very much. It is refined and elegant while delivering lots of flavor. Will gladly buy this again.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Properly cloudy, unassuming golden canary yellow with a frail snowy white head. The aroma overflows with banana and bubblegum, clove, sourdough bread, pear, peach, and bergamot. Unbelievably estery and very enticing. The flavor disguises it's strength all too well, with a bready sweetness and full, round banana fruitiness, a shake of clove, a touch of almond, and a limoncello kick. Very smooth, though it could be fuller. Overall a dangerously drinkable and excellent wheat beer.

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

A: Pours a yellow straw color with a ridiculous head. It took me a few pours to get this beer going. Strangely no lacing.

S: Primarily banana and clove but there is also some bubblegum in there

T: Similar to the nose with some breadyness added to it. Quite delicious and you would never know it's 7.7% abv. I would definitely consider this beer "Dangerously Drinkable".

M: Smooth and heavily carbonated but not in a bad way.

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