Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
Half-liter bottle, with some code on the back label; 17 IBUs. The beer is a pale yellowed-gold, with lots of carbonation that builds up three fingers of bright white head. Vibrant and enticing. The aroma starts grassy, with wheat and banana close behind, and a gentle fruity/spicy component to round things out. Similar flavor, with yeast, a touch of banana, clove spiciness, light bitterness, and some warming alcohol. The flavor really opens up as it warms, and the sweetness increases with the temperature. Light and crisp at the beginning, medium and incredibly smooth by the end, with a lingering spice. This is not necessarily a complex beer, but it is so damn tasty and pretty cheap to boot. A classic in the world of weizenbocks.
03-09-2009 23:22:14 | More by mmmbeer
2.98/5 rDev -30%
As I poured this beer into a glass the fruity smell was strong and the color was a great hazy yellow/tan. I was excited to taste it.
Mmmmm... first sip was yeasty with a slight sour finish. Swishing it around a bit in my mouth brought hints of the alcohol in it. Second sip, it was still good. Alcohol seems a bit more up front with sour finish more obvious.
By the time I finished the glass,all I could taste was the alcohol to start and on the finish, the sour taste was overpowering everything else, hinting of a dish soap flavor.
Since this was a bomber, I gassed and capped the rest. I guess one glass at a time is enough for me. This is the only Weihenstephaner I would have to think twice about buying again.
03-05-2009 14:05:51 | More by nightcrawler
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
A: 1.5 finger of white head recedes to a thick lace. Much lighter color than I expected - golden straw colored cloudy liquid.
S: Belgian golden notes, raisin, fruit, candied nuts, slight bread, spices like coriander with a slight Hoegaarden edge.
T: Tastes almost like Hoegaarden. Belgiany, not so much dark fruit as green grapes or citrus. Very tasty and different than other Weizenbocks I've had.
M: Dry and tannic. Tangy, almost like a wild ale or a dry red wine.
D: High drinkability. This is a delicious beer that satisfies and entices me for another drink.
03-04-2009 19:49:05 | More by dfillius
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
This beer pours a light and cloudy amber with a large head and tons of lacing. The smell is of bananas and malt. The flavor has a very nice malt base to it with a nice and smooth banana flavor coming from the yeast. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy with a nice carbonation level. Incredibly drinkable brew I will purchase this again!
03-03-2009 19:49:51 | More by Biggness
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.
From a bottle into a weizen glass.
APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy 3+ finger medium-thick bright white head. Medium to higher levels of carbonation evident that eventually mellows out. Very opaque and the colour is a bright golden poppy or amber yellowish-orange. Colour is very nice. Head is pretty persistent. A thick cap stays the whole way down and leaves some nice lacing. I've seen lots of weizen and this is probably the best looking one I've ever seen. Can't imagine it getting any better than this.
SMELL: Wheat malt, cloves, and a strong scent of bananas and lemon smack you in the face right away. A nice strong and pleasant scent.
TASTE: Wheat malt, clove, and a strong dose of banana and citrus lemon as well. A healthy dose of spicy alcohol underlines everything as well. The aftertaste is similar to the initial taste and is strong and very long lasting. Alcohol lingers in the back until the end too. A very pleasant taste, but I'd like the alcohol to be hidden a little better.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, goes down somewhat rough with a little bite at the very end. Finishes on the sticker side. I'd like it to be a little smoother.
OVERALL: This is good. The ABV is too high to make it a session beer, but it's very enjoyable and quite drinkable as well. This is like their regular hefeweizen on steroids. A pleasure through and through, one I'll definitely pick up again when I see it. I might even age a few to see if the alcohol mellows and it smoothens out over time. That would just make it killer drinkable and send it over the top.
03-01-2009 12:19:00 | More by Jeffo
4.6/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.
This one pours a pale golden yellow. Massive white head. Retains pretty well, leaving uneven sheets of lacing.
Smells like a hefe, mostly of clove and banana, with the banana taking the lead. Smells awesome.
Taste follows the nose. Huge banana flavor, with clove spice and bubble gum. There's alcohol in this? Who knew? I sure can't taste it. 7.7% is expertly masked.
Feel is excellent. Full and sticky. The carbonation is nice and tingly, not overdone or fizzy. Love the spice finish on the tongue.
This is amazingly drinkable. This bottle was like $2.99. Are you kidding me? What a steal! I think this jumps Lion Stout as my best beer bargain. Phenomenal beer.
02-26-2009 06:49:22 | More by Gyle41386
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle from Root Cellar.
Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate banana, citrus & spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy yeasty banana sweet flavor with a medium sweet and small alcohol finish of moderate duration.
Solid drinkable brew more like a Hefe.
02-21-2009 22:58:48 | More by tmoneyba
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
500ml brown bottle served in a hefe glass. Poured a hazy pale gold. Lots of carbonation, typical for a wheat beer. Thick white head. Plenty of clove in the aroma more than banana. This is the way I prefer it! Medium to light bodied, nice smooth mouthfeel. Spicy flavor from both the yeast and the wheat. Also some fruitiness. Lingering clove flavor in the finish. You can taste that there is strength there, but it is not hot. Plenty of malt. This is a classic weizenbock.
02-21-2009 04:32:46 | More by homebrewhawk
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a large three finger, foamy, bright white head. Great retention and no real lacing.
The aroma is nice. A bit of citrus starts it out, and is accompanied by some tangy wheat. A nice ripe of banana rounds it out.
The taste is quite good. Some banana, cereal, and a slight bit of bitterness. Seems slightly herbal as well at times.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a high level of a clean and crisp carbonation.
Drinkability is high. This beer is well crafted and brings good flavor, which makes it easy to drink. It's simple, light, and refreshing. Well done.
02-20-2009 03:25:17 | More by Goliath
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a hazy straw color, nice head.
Aroma is classic Weihenstaphaner, clove and banana with sweet maltyness. Can not compare with anything else. Mouthfeel is slick but with a nice carbonated finish. Taste is a great balance of maltyness with clear hefeweizen flavors. I have to say an imperial Hefeweisen would describe this nicely. Big and bold but not over powering the intent.
Love it, can't imagine it could be done better.
02-18-2009 06:58:02 | More by kgotcher
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Still one of my favorite breweries...
A - Pours a cloudy gold color with a massive fluffy white head with decent retention. There is some nice soapy white lacing on the side of the glass. Carbonation is barely visible due to the cloudiness.
S - All your typical scents, bananas, clove, and heavy yeast.
T - Yeast is very noticable up front and mixes well with the banana flavors. I find this tastes very similar to their hefe except for the slight alcohol taste in the Vitus.
M - Light and thin but full of flavors. Carbonation is just right.
D - This is extremely drinkable. Not as good as the hefe but very close. I could easily drink a few bombers of these and at 7+% alcohol, I would be a mess.
02-18-2009 00:11:20 | More by CMW
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
From notes of a goblet enjoyed immensely at Stanton Public in NYC. POURED cloudy golden, decent whit head lingers then fades to film and a ring, and leaves good lacing. SMELLS spicy, corriander, fruity, sweet, delicious. TASTES much like the nose. Yeasty, spicy, a bit fruity and sweet. Wicked smooth and tasty. FEELING characterized by pleasant texture, strong carbonation, thin side of med body. Clean, crisp finish.
Easily sessionable. Doesn't feel or drink anything like as big as it is. Every time I try a beer from this brewery, I become a bigger fan.
02-17-2009 08:11:37 | More by sprucetip
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
500ml bottle served in a Rastal tulip.
A: Clear amber, pours with a rockin 1/2" head that settles down to a thin cap of bubbles. Not much lacing.
S: Malty, caramelly, spicy and fruity (apricots, bananas, peaches).
T/M/D: Wow there's a lot going on here. First hits of caramel malt, followed by bright fruit and spice notes. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with light prickes from the carbonation. Lingering finish continues the malty palate attack. Good stuff!
02-15-2009 04:35:51 | More by k3n
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
A) Bright gold glass that holds a half finger of soapy white head with fingers of lace.
S) Banana yeast, husky raw wheat.
T) Wheat flavor with a banana flesh, there is a light toasted grain sweetness.
M) Creamy texture with just a little grit from the wheat. Great fluffy carbonation that doesn't get fizzy, slightly slick finish.
D) Yum, more! A sweeter Hefe, makes it a bit more satisfying and meal like. Good stuff, I'll get more while it's fresh!
02-13-2009 23:37:04 | More by HardTarget
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
A cloudy golden with a large head and bits of lace. Retention is good. A vigorous carbonation that keeps it covered keeps the glass perky.
Smell is very lemony, clove, and wheat malt. A spicy pepper note sits atop banana and a touch of bubblegum . Yummy.
Taste is like the nose. Lemon, wheat malt, and banana. Clove spreads out over the tongue and lays a table for pepper and spice. Granny Smith apples. A touch of bubblegum a hint of sweet alcohol. Finish is mild hops and tart apples with a wheat malt graininess. Feel is medium and effervescent. Light creaminess as well. A refreshing drink that slakes any thirst.
Drinkability is obscene for the abv. It screams session until the alcohol shows up
This stuff drinks a hefe, hits like an imperial hefe. You cloud fool your friends until they realize they're legless.
02-13-2009 02:58:22 | More by scootny
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Beatiful lemony orange hue with thick white head.
S: Banana and clove with a splash of citrus and bubble gum with some candy sweetness.
T/M: Mouth is heavier than I thought it would be and not as much carbonation as expected. Creamier mouthfeel. Flavors are along with the nose of banana and clove with a nice candied sweetness throughout. This fades to a crsip bite. Highly drinable and and clean
02-11-2009 01:39:31 | More by ejquin
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a cloudy yellow with a clean white head that starts off thick and goes down to a thin layer. I expected a darker beer than this.
Smell is very bready and typical of a weizen beer.
Taste has a strong banana and a little bite of carbonation on the end. There is a warming alcohol towards the back of the drink. Mouthfeel is a medium creamy. Drinkability is very high. This doesn't seem to have the booziness that other weizenbock's have.
02-10-2009 01:52:04 | More by brewintheLou
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
This is the wheat beer of the gods. With an incredibly solid lineup of beers, Weinhenstephan is one of my favorite breweries, and Vitus just hammers the point home. I only have four different Weizenbocks under my belt thus far, so I speak more from enthusiasm for a particular beer than appreciation of a well-executed style. I guess that's my disclaimer. At any rate, Vitus is a thick hazy light to medium golden liquid with a silky head of tiny bubbles. The nose is sweet with the spiced wheat banana flavor of good German wheat beer. The flavor is all wonderful wheat. There are notes of banana, clove, bubblegum and some other hard to place fruits and spices. It's quite sweet. The relatively high abv is well-hidden from both tongue and nose. The mouthfeel is luxuriously velvety. The finish is a bit tart and sweet, like a candied lemon rind. Vitus goes down exceptionally smoothly, particularly for the strength. I'm going through this half liter much too quickly. Vitus is a rich, luxurious and complex Doppelbock.
02-09-2009 03:40:31 | More by popery
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Fooled by the dark label, and Weisenbock. Thought maybe it would be a dunkel. Pours a wonderful hazy gold, with giant puffy head, that lingers forever.
S: malty, bananna, clove, citrus.
T: Clove dominates, with a fine bubblegum, bananna finish. Even a slight hop bite.
M: Slightly oily, medium body. Decent amount of carbonation.
D: High ABV keeps this from being a sessionable beer, but, it is well hidden.
02-09-2009 02:01:40 | More by KI9A
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
I was expecting a darker beer, hence the bock part of the name, but this is as pale and light in color as any wheat, weizen, or hefeweizen you will find. It is slightly cloudy, has a nice white thick foamy head that retains and laces a bit. The nose is what you would come to expect with any hefe, plenty of cloves, citrus, rind, florals, and a slight yeasty presence. The nose is very good, and indicative of sweetness to come.
The taste is also quite good. There is a decent efforvescence that spritzes and fizzes a bit on the tongue, and keeps the gulps on the smaller side. It is slightly creamy, and not overly tart. There are plenty of lemon citrus, orange rind, and clove flavors to keep this interesting and quite sweet. This is a bit stronger in ABV than your garden variety hefe. It is still fairly light bodied, but there is an acerbic twinge towards the finish that is not entirely from spice or hop, but also from some ABV. There is a slight white pepper bite to the beer as well. This is a treat for what it is, more a summer type beer, quite light and refreshing. L'Chaim.
02-08-2009 23:16:38 | More by albern
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into my Weizen glass, which I had forgotten is Weihenstephan branded. Apt.
Unexpectedly light yellow, hazy but pretty clear. Lots carbonation, continued bubble streams contributing to an active white head. Top of the clouds appearance as some parts build up more than others and big bubbles collapse. The lacing is a bit lacking. Not just a cap - a continuous pinky of head.
Sweet banana and clove to the aroma. Sharp wheat. A dusty, yeasty quality with a slight hint of bubblegum. Teensy bit of lemon. Tinge of alcohol spice.
Banana. Spicier taste than the nose might indicate. Slightly spicy, freshly threshed wheat grain. Coriander and a dash of white pepper. Finishes pretty clean, just a hint of yeast dust.
Fairly thick, full-bodied and bready. Solid carbonation keeps things moving right along. Very drinkable, with an ABV that contributes to taste but is nonetheless well - and dangerously - hidden.
02-07-2009 06:45:50 | More by TheMistler
3.6/5 rDev -15.5%
I reviewed it. Get off my back. :P
Poured into my Erdinger Weiss glass. Half the bottle gets stiff peaks to the rim. Right on par so far. Color is a hazy straw, with just a twinge of orange.
Fumey alcohol push up big notions of bubblegum & pineapple, with the banana really lagging behind. The pungent yeast is a little sourdough-ish, holding back a good bit of the expected clove.
Mild banana flavor in the beginning, with some lesser apple & plain yogurt ideas following. Assertive clove bitterness down the middle, with doughy dry wheat flavors on the finish.
Feel is a bit dusty, but very, very lowly carbonated. It gives it an overall much more "liquid" feel then a spritzy, floater-filled everyday hefeweizen. Doesn't actually mean I like the feel more( which I don't). Alcohol barely comes into question.
How this & Ramstein Winter Wheat are in the same category I have no idea. This is actually pretty similar to their Double Platinum(Ramstein), but minus the big fruity flavors & gorgeous color. An easy substitute in the off season I guess. I guess.
02-06-2009 05:03:58 | More by PEBKAC
4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
A- Hazy and golden. A beautiful, immaculate white head. Nice lacing.
S- Sweet, cloves, banana, a touch of earthy/herbal
T- Very clean, very malty, but not overbearing. A hint lemony. Delicious.
M- Effervescent. The carbonation scrubs and scrubs, leaving a tingling sensation. Light body.
D- Quite drinkable. Definitely does not taste like 7.7%. Definitely the best in the style I've had, but I prefer the Weihenstephaner Dunkel, Original, or Hef.
02-06-2009 04:29:16 | More by FreightTrain
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Another bottle courtesy guinnessdoc. You're the man, Josh. Thanks.
Appearance: It pours a hazy light golden color. It's topped with a vanilla color head that's huge. Easily three fingers deep. I dissipated very slowly. Thick sheets of lace lined the glass. It's a nice looking beer. Looks a little lighter than I was expecting given the style.
Smell: The nose is enticing. It's very heavy on spicy clove and banana. Smells a little grainy and earthy. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness is noted. Seems like some of the typical bells and whistles are missing as far as the style goes. As it is, it smells delicious, but could use a little more in terms of depth. That's especially true for the style classification. Still nice though. I'm not complaining too much.
Taste: Alright, style labels be damned. This is excellent beer. Yeah, it doesn't quite seem like a Weizenbock, but it's great beer. It's a little earthy and grainy up front. There's a slightly grassy taste to it. A strong clove flavor kicks in and livens it up a lot. Banana is easily noted and complements the clove flavor extremely well. There's a light citrus lemon flavor that's adds some sweetness to an already sweet and sugary beer. Damn, this is fine tasting beer. No alcohol is noted. Finishes sweet and spicy.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It featues a lighter body that's very lush and smooth. Carbonation is vibrant, but it remains very, very smooth. Drinkability is extremely high. It's very tasty and deceptively strong. This drinks like a 5% beer, rather than a near 8% beer. Very impressive.
Vitus is excellent beer. I've got a small gripe with labeling it a Weizenbock, but there's absolutely no denying its quality. I'm hoping we see this beer soon here in Ohio. I've heard it turns up. Until I find, I'd like thank Josh once again for the opportunity. I really enjoyed this.
02-03-2009 03:15:01 | More by prototypic
3.55/5 rDev -16.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint
Hazy off yellow very wheat looking with a good 2 or so finger head
Cloves and some spice maybe a earhty hop note in there
Same as the nose really the spice really comes out as it sits a little and it does have a nice smooth almost sweet finish
Very nice medium body goes down very smooth
Its something i could drink quite abit of if i liked it more guess its just not really for me
02-02-2009 22:41:44 | More by SpecialK088
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,525 ratings.