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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 1,029
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 182
Gots: 252 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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

For some reason going into this beer I thought a weizenbock was gonna look like a hazy doppelbock, boy could I be more wrong. Golden yellow/orange with a generous egg shell hefe head. Looks like a hefe but much stronger smelling. Tons of banana and pear. Much the same with taste with yeasts and some spiciness from the alcohol. Lucious creamy mouthfeel, very solid and drinkable. My first weizenbock and an enjoyable experience, just like a hefe only stronger in all aspects.

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

Surprised by the light color of this; it's a hazy, hay yellow, and develops a substantial, fluffy head. Smells fantastic, with something pretty sharp in there, almost sour-like. Taste is like a snowballing hefe in that it seems to build in shape and momentum as it goes down. It's got a big kick, yet ends pretty light, thanks to the high carbonation. It has a wonderful effect, where the snap of yeast combines with the bubbles to give an attention-grabbing finish. There's really not a tremendous amount of flavor on the front, but it really picks up mid-way on. The body is boisterously fluffy, reminding me of Belgian strong pale. There's a slightly sweet aftertaste, as well as some fruit notes, possibly pear or apple. This is an amped up hefe if I'm not mistaken, and it's likely my first. Somehow I doubt I will drink another one that surpasses or even rivals this one.

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

Appearance: Cloudy gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet, wheaty, spicy, a little boozy.

Taste: Nice sweetness, some fruity pear flavor, dry finish with cloves.

Drinkability: Sweet but not too sweet, goes down pretty quick for a big beer.

Finally saw this beer while down in Iowa, so picked one up. Kind of different than other weizenbocks I've had, maybe a little more straight-forward sweetness and less fruit and clove than others. Maybe it was a little older, but still quite tasty.

Photo of blivingston1985
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey/ amber. Creamy white head on top. Average smell for style. Very light. Doesn't reveal to much. Tastes of clove, light malt, some wheatiness with some dark fruitiness. A little alcohol present in this one. Very drinkable. Could definitely get into a few of these a little too quickly. Cleam mouthfeel crisp.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus | 500 ml. | 7.7% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Weizenbock
Glass: Duvel tulip

Presentation:
Great bottle art.

Appearance:
Hazed, glowing, straw-colored concoction. The massive, wintery head and abundance of fine lace warms the cockles of my heart.

Aroma:
Big banana/plantain aroma, peppered with clove, on bready background.

Taste:
Nutty, lightly toasted bread, spicy alcohol, fruity banana and asian pear. Finish is equal parts biscuity and bittersweet fruits. Long after, I'm left with a warm banana flavor in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel:
Sticky, chewy, slick, prickly, sharp. Good carbonation.

Harmony:
You're doused in flavor towards the end of the sip, though the beginning is a bit lackluster. I actually found the taste to be the least endearing aspect. I was blown away by the nose. It works cohesively, though I sense a strong and unfavorable imbalance of flavor towards the end of the sip. The Bros. are absolutely right: This is fine on its own but would go oh so well with some fine bread and cheese (I'd call for some aged gouda or edam).

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, unique, good balance of flavors.

Served: September 20, 2010

Price = $3.50

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Lots of hype, followers and fans of Vitus. Possible cult beer status soon?

Hazed yellow straw color; a massive white head towers over the beer. It's one of those epic heads. Pleasant aroma of green plantains, ripe pears, bread crust and powdered clove. A little chewy and slick in the medium body; crispness digs in deep. Spicy from the alcohol and mild phenols, nutty and bready from the malt, fruity with banana and pear flavors ... lots of flavors thrown at the palate at once, but within the controlled chaos, everything works together. Long, lingering, drying finish of clove, biscuity malt and fading ripe fruit.

A worthy beer and warranted to gain cult status. Not one flavor tries to steamroll another, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Just fine on its own, but begs to be paired with a full-on cheese fondue of Emmental and Jarlsberg, and a crusty baguette.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into my half liter Weihenstephan weizen glass. It's a very attractive brew. The color is a cloudy gold with a minor orange tint; it looks like lemonade with a little orange juice mixed in. A lot of white, dense foam developed and dissipated very slowly to leave a billowy lacing. I was expecting this to look more like a dunkelweizen for some reason.

Smell: Dominated by the classic hefeweizen clove spice, and a nip of pepper adds to the kick. There is also overly ripe banana and Granny Smith apple at play to make for a very fresh and invigorating aroma.

Taste: Heavenly. The flavors pass by almost single file. First in line is the clove spice that is complimented by a dash of pepper; then comes fruity bubble gum; overly ripe banana, lemon zest, and apple come next; and after the sip has been swallowed, a slightly hoppy aftertaste follows. Overall the taste is pretty tart, but I have no problem with that. The alcohol remained hidden.

Drinkability: High quality. This is superb beer, and it proudly showcases the craftsmanship of its brewers. Vitus is a testament to Weihenstephan's longevity in the beer world.

Photo of AdamBear
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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

Photo of atsprings
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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!

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of droomyster
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of cetherid
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of nerdrocker101
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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
4.74/5  rDev +11%
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
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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
2.71/5  rDev -36.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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