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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,735
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 223 | 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 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.

Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a pale, hazy straw color. It was served to me with a medium sized fluffy white head that left some lace in its wake.

s: More perfumed and a stronger alcohol presence than other weizenbocks I've tried. The strong banana aroma I was looking for was a bit subdued. Nice overall, but not quite what I hoped for.

t: On the warmer side for an abv of 7.7%. Drier than and more on the floral side rather than big and sweet. Here again that robust banana ester flavor I look for was lacking. Still, this was refreshing with no off flavors.

m: Not as beefy or chewy as other examples of the style I've tried, but it certainly was satisfying.

d: Not bad, but not what I hoped it would be either. Glad to have easy access to other examples of what is rapidly becoming a favorite style of mine.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle into a Weihenstephaner pint glass.

A: Caramel-butterscotch in color with a huge frothy head, white and bubbly. A swarm of little bubbles scramble to reach the surface in a cloudy, misty, dark beer...looks good to me.

S: Bananas and a light, malty yeast highlight the smell with notes of grape skins and almond butter. Lightly plastic undertones take away points here.

T: Burp gives you plenty of bananas and cream with red apples, yeasty sourdough and a lemon bite that lingers in the finish.

D: I could have 2 or 3...or 4.

Value: GREAT. Far better than beers way more expensive in the style.

Photo of jdhilt
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light hazy amber color, yeast left in bottom of bottle. Medium bodied and strong carbonation. Nose is a spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet spices, lemon and yeast. The best weizen bock I've had (at least 10), it beats Schneider Aventinus. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into my hefe glass a hazy, golden yellow with a nice two to three finger head.
S: Very fragrant. Bananas and bubblegum are what stands out. Some cloves and spices as well.
T: Wow, really well done. The banana and bubble gum are really present here, but the spice blends nicely. It finishes with a taste of wheat and a bite of alcohol.
M: Creamy and oh so smooth. Medium carbonation.
D: The smell, taste and body of this beer make this a true winner to session with. Can't think of one much better for the spring/summer.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with two fingers of white head with decent retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, bananas, some spice and cloves. Very pleasant.

t - Taste is bananas, yeast, and some citrus.

m - High carbonation that stings the tongue, light body. Feels a little like champagne.

d - I liked this weizen a lot. Great smell and taste and the only thing that really hurt it was the high carbonation. Would definitely have again.

Photo of JonB1958
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The pour is a nice cloudy yellow with an ample thick white head that hangs around well.

The smell and the taste were overwhelming banana with a little clove and a yeastiness; it reminded me of Franzikaner Weiss in that regard. The biggest issue for me was a lack of balance.

Not my favorite style, and not my favorite beer, but typical of the style.

Photo of jjanega08
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= This much anticipated beer comes to me form Mikeyv35 as an extra. Thanks Mike! The pour is a nice hazy orange color. I dunno why but I expected something much darker prolly due to the bottle. The beer is super hazy in color and yeilds a nice perfect white head thats about two fingers high and holds perfect retention. There is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass as well.

S= Nice and pungent. Excellent smell coming from this beer. Cloves, banannas, citrus, orange peel. There is an excellent amount of wheatyness to it.

T= ooooh that's good stuff. I can see why this beer is so loved. Really some excellent flavors going on. Hits my tongue sort of citrusy at first. Loads of orange flavors. Then in a very creamy way it sort of mellows out to an excellent mix of bananna clove and wheat. The finist is totally wheaty. It sort of reminds me of a orangcicle or something. Really something special.

M= One of the best mouthfeels I've ever had. The creamiest thing I've tasted in a long time. Feels like ice cream or something.

D= Wow, this beer is world class for sure. One of the most amazing things that has touched my lips in a while. A truely amazing beer. Now I just gotta find a place in MN that sells it.

Photo of runner72
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving out of a bottle

A - very large, white head. doesn't adhear to the glass. cloudy, blonde color

S - vanilla, banana and cloves. very nice smell

T - cloves, banana and vanilla. very smooth with some carbonation

M - smooth, malty feel

D - very drinkable.

Overall excellent beer.

Photo of keithmurray
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a goblet

beer pours a cloudy pale yellow/straw color with big white head

aroma is of wheat, yeast, spice undertone (cloves?) and citrus

taste - wheat, citrus, cloves

mouthfeel - slick, highly carbonated, alcohol is well hidden, medium bodied

Drinkability - this goes down pretty easily

Vitus - great value@ 2.99 for a 16.9oz bottle, a good tasting weizenbock overall

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

Pours a murky yellow with a billowing four fingers of head and thick lacing.

The aroma is heavy on yeast and clove. Not really picking up much of the sweet bubblegum-like smells that I would expect, but this is pretty damn nice.

The flavor is an initial rush of sweet banana cream pie and yeast. In the finish is that bubblegum I was looking for. Although I can't say I'm particularly blown away by this, I also can't find any faults either.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is about what I would expect...goes down easy and has a nice flavor profile to keep me reaching for the glass. I can't say that it really separates itself from the pack though.

Overall this is a fine beer that I would definitely order again at a bar, but probably wouldn't stock my fridge with.

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

Has a nice cloudy straw color and a head that is fluffy and not quick to reside.
Smells of the usual, but with a more pungent aroma than most. Has the slight citrus smell but mostly the peppery wheat smell.
Tastes really great, has the bock sweetness that is not really too noticeable by itself, but blends well with the hefeweizen taste.
Easy to drink and carbonation level is smooth and creamy.

Similar to Ayinger Weizen-Bock.

Photo of maltlikker
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep cloudy gold with a roiling head that quickly receded leaving virtually no lacing. Lots of bubbles still rising after head is gone.

Deep banana bread aroma with other fruit and a yeasty grain aspect - very intense aroma!

Tongue tingling flavors of bananas, clove, and honeyed grain cleansed by plenty of carbonation. There's a noticeable alcohol note too.

Great, creamy mouthfeel. This a a very well crafted beer, but it's almost too intense to enjoy more than one.

Photo of beertunes
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing LNBA denizen ColoradoBobs extoll the virtues of this brew for so long, when I saw it on the shelf at http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ , I had to give it a try.

Poured into 1/2 liter weizen glass. This was a very happy beer, lots and lots of fluffy white head, a bit rocky on top, that had great retention and no lacing. The beer itself was semi-cloudy/hazy golden yellow. And yes, that head is still hanging in there.

The aroma was very wheat forward, with some nice clove undertones, and a touch of yeast spicyness. The flavors had all the aspects the aroma had and added perhaps some bubblegum and fruit.

The body was nicely full, a bit surprisingly so, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good, I can see why CB stocks up on cases of this brew at a time, and I'll be trying to keep a bottle or 2 around.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I wish I had tried sooner. I will certainly be having it again, and so should you.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves little gobs of lacing.

Smells of big yeast and wheat notes.

Tastes of sharp wheat and some sweetness. Notes of banana are evident as well as clove spice and some bubblegum. Has a citric edge also from the wheat.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

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

Has a opaque light honey color with an initially thick bubbly and foamy white head. Aroma was pretty strong in sweet grain and malts. Taste was a mix of spice, cloves, some banana bread, and alcohol. Great carbonation and thickness. I could drink these anytime.

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

A - A light colored weizenbock? Surprising yet interesting. Pours a cloudy golden. Big, frothy, white head. Some nice lacing too. Carbonation bubbles seem to go on forever. Quite a beauty in my weizen glass.

S - Smells very fruity. Slightly lemonish.

T - Fruity and a little sweet. Spice notes are definitely there. Some banana notes too. Finishes with some alcoholic bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied and very smooth. Feels wonderful on the tongue.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is the kind of beer I would love to have with brunch on a nice spring morning.

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

Beautiful hazy, deep yellow orange color. 1 inch head.

Smells like a sweet weißbier, slightly soapy. Fruity and inviting.

Sweet, hefeweizen like, but with more flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as heavy as I remember it being, but it's certainly heavier than a weißbier. You don't notice the amount of alcohol in it at all.

Smooth with tingly bubbles.

I love this beer. It's one of my favorite German beers. It drives me crazy that I only know 3 places in Berlin to buy it, and two of them are bars. It's probably not the best beer if you want to drink a lot in one night, as it's slightly heavy, but in terms of Germany's "exotic" beers, i find this one the best.

Photo of MisterE
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle purchased at Ward's Supermarket

A - soft golden honey color with fine foamy head that quickly disappears

S - spiciness and mellow sweetness of banana, wheat, yeast

T - very well balanced - not sweet or bitter - with hints of fruit and spice at first, then comes the malt and the alcohol

M - smooth and without too much carbonation

D - at 7.7 ABV, this is very tasty but not a session beer

One of my favorite wheat beers, Vitus is a triumph of Bavarian art.

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

A-a cloudy orange with about an inch of white foamy head

S-smells of sweet banana, yeast, malts, citrus fruit

T-tastes of a yeasty sweet wheat maltiness with citrus spice, a little bitter hops balances it out

M-good carbonation, very smooth, full body with a sweet syrupy aftertaste

D-very refreshing after a hot day, even with a higher ABV this is a very drinkable beer and one I would gladly drink again

Photo of cgmees
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Produced a foamy 2-3 inch head with a white cloudy look. Foam was very tight, but rapidly broke down to a 1/2 inch head with large bubbles. Finished in a thin scum of bubbles on the top after 5 minutes. Cloudy orange color.

Smell: Nice wheaty aroma, with a bit of cloves and citrus.

Taste: nice malty flavor with balance of banana, cloves and wheaty flavors. Nicely big in taste, but refreshing and enjoyable.

Mouth feel: Medium full with a pleasant carbonation texture. Each sip is enjoyable and repeats with no loss of texture. Smooth and drinkable.

Wonderful Weizenbock with pleasant and is very drinkable.

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

0.5 l bottle Weihenstephaner, old brewing tradition, and these guys really hold it high.
Vitus: saint and martyr of 4th century Christianity.

Great look of golden with a nice fluffy head, slightly hazy, and the carbonation forms a tornado of bubbles in my glass.

Smell and taste is malty, with scent of bread, cloves and citrus, intriguing yeastiness, plus hops and banana on the burp.
Not sweet, but very well balanced with bitter notes.

The drink is very smooth, with a dry finish.

I would say the weihenstephaner have done great. I'm very glad i bought this.
This one is absolutely top. Beer as it should be.

Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich yellow hue edging toward straw with a touch of haze. Plenty of apparent effervescence and a thick, pillowy ivory head. Looks good.

Smell: rich, sweet wheaty aroma; quite strong, like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Taste: big malt bomb with the refreshing character of wheat. Nice clove/banana hefeweizen flavors here, but they are really taken to the next level. This manages to be a relatively big beer but refreshing as well. Brauerei Weihenstephan rarely disappoints me. I'm really quite enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: body is slightly heavy; there's a nice carbonation and a thick, rich, almost syrupy consistency. It's almost like carbonated malt-flavored cough syrup; this is right up my alley.

Drinkability: it's tasty and feels good, but it also is really hitting my gut like a bomb. Usually heavy beers don't disable me like this, but this one does. Otherwise, a very nice beer indeed.

Photo of cooncat
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review, and thanks to Adamette for the sample to review.

Poured at 50°F into my SA glass. A medium pour down the middle produces a 3 to 4 inch foamy head which is as white as a big cumulus cloud on a sunny day. The color of the brew is definitely not to style, as it is straw yellow. Weizenbocks should (by BJCP guidelines) be quite a bit darker; like a Dunkelweizen. The turbidity of the brew is spot on though. Some nice lacing is left on the glass, but not as much as I'd expected from the mountainous head.

The nose is very similar to a typical Hefeweizen. Phenols of clove are abundant as should be. There's also a light peppery background in there, as well as banana. Missing are the dark fruit (raisins, dates, plums) aromas I would expect in this style. Nevertheless, quite clean, with no fusel notes at all.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with clove forward spiciness coming to the fore. The light peppery flavor is more dominant (I think) than banana. No fusels, which is good, but there are also no dark fruit flavors either. The bready flavors are in there though.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and carbonation is very good, making for a very refreshing drink. While this tastes like a hefe, its in a class of its own, with everything taking a big step up from the average hefe. Exceedingly drinkable, each sip invites you back for another to revisit the complexity. I only wish that some of the missing flavors and aromas were in there as well .. that would put it close to a near perfect score for me (I've never given a perfect score, so keep that in mind).

One of the oldest breweries, Weihenstephaner has produced a wonderful Weizenbock. It's not 'spot on' for the style, but its so good, unless you're a purist, you won't mind at all. Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje! (or, in this case, Prost!)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,735 ratings.