Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
The pour yields a very nice pale lemon yellow with a big two finger head. Head retention was decent with minimal lacing.
Aromas are reminiscent of its Hefeweizen counterpart. Lots of yeast, spices and wheat in the nose with a nice banana punch.
Without a doubt, this is a big beer. Abundance of bubblegum, and banana are present with spices and clove at the onset with a nice semi-tart finish. For a big beer such as this, it hides its alcohol really well. Almost too well.
Mouthfeel was full with ample carbonation to top it all off.
I gotta say that this was a spectacular beer, and went down really well for having a 7.70 abv. and has high drinkability potential.
04-10-2009 08:07:01 | More by Foxtrot
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured it into my duvel glass. Hazy orange color with about one inch thick head. Got lots of clove and some banana in the aroma. Again more cloves in the taste, banana, and some pineapple. Extremely smooth to drink with the right amount of maltiness. I love this beer. Highly Recommended
04-09-2009 23:48:38 | More by atpben
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
From a 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle no. 5198. Sampled on April 8, 2009.
When the Monks first began brewing this the German Kingdom was just emerging, Benedict IX was the Pope, Byzantine rule was being overthrown in Serbia, and we weren't far off the Medieval Age. This is the kind of beer that the legendary King Arthur himself might have drank as he was saving England.
A - After I let it sit for a bit I served myself at or about the recommended 50 degree Farenheit. The pour was a cloudy pale yellow with a significant amount of foamy white head.
S - The aroma was of strong yeast, wheat, and spices with a mouthfeel that was sort of chewy.
T - The flavor is of hops, wheat, and yeast...very typical of a good bock beer. It was fabulous for its style.
04-09-2009 00:30:52 | More by puboflyons
4/5 rDev -6.1%
$3.29 for a 16.9 oz bottle. A "weizenbock". 7.7% ABV. Pours out to a cloudy straw golden, forming a decent but quick thinning white head with sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. The aroma is not far removed from unibroue...a potent mixture of apple and pineapple juice with hints of spicy phenol. Mouthfeel is brisk, tart, acidic, and medium bodied with a champagne like spritzyness. Opens with apple juice, followed by hints of pineapple and perhaps mango, then cloves, a slight burnt rubber tang, some bready (but not gluey) yeast, and finishes with some crackery goodness. Not ruddy.
Lighter in flavor and color than what I expected. Not dark malts here, just slightly bigger body. Kinda like if you were to upgrade from a domestic macroswill to an "ICE" beer with the letters XXX on it, this is what you would get in the world of Hefe's. I expected more dark malts and complexity, but for what it is, it's a decent hefe.
04-08-2009 22:16:02 | More by Mitchster
4.72/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured into a proper .5L weizen glass.
A: Very cloudy light golden and dark yellow colors with an enormous 2-3 fingers of white frothy head. Throughout the session, a small head retains just over the surface of the brew. Some smatterings of lacing on my glass.
S: Huge aromas at the pour. Cloves and other spices, wheat, banana and other fruity esters.
T: The cloves and spices are dominant and oh so enjoyable. There are plenty of other flavors, including dark fruity/berry in moments. The sip ends in some citrus and bitters. Metallic notes are barely present, but the balance of this big brew leaves them in the dust.
M and D: Medium-bodied and incredibly slick. A good dose of carbonation brings out the bold spices. This is an easy beer to drink, and the alcohol hides so well that I got a nice warming sensation afterwards that hit me right after the last sip. I've already recommended this to folks in town. I look forward to enjoying this beer again very soon.
04-08-2009 17:06:46 | More by washburnkid
4.83/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured into my .5L Erdinger Weizen glass. It pours a cloudy straw yellow with a large three finger, fluffy white head that dissipates after a few minutes to a thinner version of itself. When held up to the light there is a vortex of yeast swirling towards the bottom. This actually looks really cool. Smell is strong wheat with a kick of clove spice and a hint of hops. There is banana, white grape and green apple also present. The taste is a little tart with a kick of clove. All the fruits are present in the taste as well. Everything blends together nicely and all the flavors help show off the others. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. This feels great on the tongue and all the way down my throat. The carbonation is lively enough that it feels alive while I drink it. The Weizenbock and Hefeweizen are becoming some of my favorite styles and this one seems to be at the top of the list for this category. I could drink this all night and then have some more the next morning. Mmmm...Vitus for breakfast!!!
Big thanks to ColoradoBobs for hyping this every night on LNBA and to Vintage Estate for carrying it. I will definitely be picking up more of this the next time I am out there.
04-07-2009 05:16:49 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Alright ColoradoBob, your shameless plugs for the beer finally prompted me seeking out, buying, drinking this beer.... and fearing for my safety if I don't give it high marks.
The beer pours with a much lighter-than-expected strong straw hue and ample carbonation that pushes a quarter-inch head that endures the session. Not as much haze as expected from a wheat beer either, in fact the beer is brilliantly clear with the first pour from the bottle.
Strong malt aromas of Pilsner varieties are accompanied by a rich, yet restrained, plethera of fruits and other yeasty character. The wheat is apparent but with in a back-seat sense to the malts. Hints of spicy phenols (clove) and estery (papayas, mangos, apples, and most of all pears) begin to set the tone as the beer warms. Unusual, yet nice to experience a Weizenbock that's taking on Maibock malt sensibilities.
Again, strong pilsner malts take the forefront with a clean bready, malty-sweet pillow. The wheat adds a delicate and varying sweet-bread taste (shortcake) while the yeast play a big part. Yeasty esters of papaya (not quite bananna), pinapple, fuggi apples, pears, peaches and other fruits that can be found in Juicy Fruit bubble guy come into play in a characterful and complex role (second pour now).
Very clean, crisp, and refreshing in the body-- definately makes for a substantial summer beer. Moderately full and expandful to the mouth; like Duvel, the beer seemingly evaporates in the mouth with a cotton-candy whimsy. Powerful malts veer away from cloying and oily, but toward bold creaminess and roundness. Without compromising drinkability, the beer fades nicely into a medium sweet-bready memory and a light spicy, hop-earthy linger on the tongue.
The beer had a definitive resemblence to Maibocks in the malt profile, but with the beautiful balance and complexity of traditional wheat beers. Is this a marriage made in a brewery (you thought I was going to say heaven didn't you?) Why aren't more breweries doing this? Note: the beer darkens as the subsequent pours are taken from the bottle, but the beer never takes on hazy proportions; maybe Kristalweizen-like (filtered).
04-07-2009 02:34:42 | More by BEERchitect
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a cloudy yellow golden with a 2-finger white, fizzy head. The head sticks around for a long time. Some lacing.
The smell is apple, alcohol esters, yeast, and cloves. The taste is fruity--apples, pears, peaches & even plums. There are also flavors of cloves and wheat. Mouthfeel is crisp, highly acidic.
This is a very drinkable beer. Refreshing, but it packs quite a wallop at 7.7 percent ABV.
04-07-2009 02:24:28 | More by theghost3
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
Picked up a couple bottles of this at Green's along Buford Highway. Took a bottle over to my dad's to celebrate his birthday. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow color with a frothy white head. Spicy, citrusy, clove and banana in the nose. Tastes citrusy, earthy, and spicy. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer. Glad this is readily available now.
04-05-2009 21:39:54 | More by jdubjacket
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
Appearance: Pours with a large creamy smooth white head that dissipates over several minutes to a thin layer and is easily aroused by a simple swirl of the glass. It leaves a bit of lacing but not much. The beer is a beautiful cloudy golden yellow color.
Smell: My favorite part- Ripe bananas, clove spice, some light berry, light flowers similar to lilac, and a bit of bubble-gum smell.
Taste: Bananas, white grapes, orange, lemon, spicy clove, and small amount of cinnamon, sweet caramel, and a small hop presence towards the end. As it warms it begins to take on a roasted flavor.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and silky, medium bodied.
Overall: Very drinkable, I could drink this all night till the cows come home. So many flavors to think about and experience. The aroma is absolutely amazing!! This beer is an amazing experience yet very easy to drink.
04-05-2009 05:27:01 | More by natasharai
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
A- Large frothy white head rises form this hazy dull golden colored beer as it is pored. The head drops to a thin film capping the beer leaving some lacing but nothing impressive.
S- Sweet ripe banana, light hay and clove spice it the nose first. Also a hint of lemon peal, light sweet fruit, vanilla and a sweet flowery aroma.
T- Subtle waves of complex and sweet flavors make this beer what it is. Lots of nice spice blends beautifully with ripe sweet bananas. Some lemon flavors add a little tang in the middle but then sweet bananas take over again. Hints of vanilla and clove present throughout. Ends with a light hop presence that helps balance the sweetness.
M- Medium bodies beer that seems to float on the tongue. Very smooth and juicy with some dryness and hop nip in the end.
Overall this is a very good beer, amazingly drinkable for the ABV almost no alcohol detectable at all. You could drink this on a cold night or in the summer heat. This is an all season beer!
04-05-2009 05:02:03 | More by br3wmeister
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured from .500mL to pint glass (I know not proper)
A: Pours a beautiful orange with a large head but sadly it dissipates quickly.
S: Strong bananas with strong clove. Notes of wheat and some other citrus.
T: About the same as the smell. The banana comes out a bit more as do some other fruit notes. Still strong spiced clove with a nice wheat balance.
Overall: Mouthfeel was good, well carbonated and medium/light on the tongue. Very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed and need to try more of the style.
04-04-2009 08:12:15 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
poured a hazy "weizen" yellow, with a wispy white head that faded down to a film around the edges, left some pretty good lacing nonetheless
smell was wheat and banana
taste was sweet as hell, wheat and banana dominated
mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly well carbonated
drinkability was smooth and easy drinking and it went down way too well for 7.7%
04-03-2009 06:40:08 | More by sliverX
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
Presentation: Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into nonic style glass.
A: Pretty pale compared to what I expected. Almost no head despite a vigorous pour, no lacing to speak of either.
S: Smells of lemon, clove, mildly of banana. Very appealing and other citrus is present too. This is nice, but not a LOT of aroma without a swirl of the glass.
T: Overly dominated by lemon I cannot imagine someone dumping a piece of lemon in here. Lots of spices (maybe allspice?), lemon zest is super present, some wheaty yeast and banana are in the back, but up front is also a lot of sourness which I feel comes from the lemon zest tastes.
M: A little thin and way overcarbonated for me. Too slick also.
D: I could honestly drink this all night. Would have no problems whatsoever making it the only beer of the night.
I enjoyed it alot, although it is not my favorite beer due to the overwhelming citrus tastes.
04-03-2009 03:03:07 | More by thirdeye11
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
Like so many others, ColoradoBobs made me want to try this beer. I managed to find one at Julio's in Westboro, Mass.
APPEARANCE: Pours into an Aventinus glass a hazy, pale straw yellow. Talk about unexpected. A 3-finger white head befitting a wheat beer forms on top and slowly drops to one finger and holds strong.
SMELL: It's yeasty - not a whole lot of banana, but pretty heavy on the clove. A lemony citrus aroma holds strong as well. The wheat smells light and sweet with a crisp tartness. No indication that this is any sort of bock-strength beer.
TASTE: Holy... It's a hefeweizen, but so much more. It definitely tastes bigger, but it's still so light on the palate. There's no sickly sweetness whatsoever, and the whole banana/clove/estery flavors come up just enough to balance. The slightest bit of warming alcohol is there across the palate, but it's wheaty bliss all the way through the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Appropriately medium full, but with a light pillowy feel that you'd expect from a hefeweizen. Carbonation is on the higher side.
DRINKABILITY: How to make a weizenbock more drinkable: make it taste like a hefeweizen. Stunning. You know this beer is bigger than it should be, but it drinks just the same.
This is a home run for sure. Everyone should subscribe to the gospel according to ColoradoBobs and drink one of these now!
04-02-2009 21:53:36 | More by jmalex
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Poured an absolutely clear straw yellow with a huge, rocky head. BUT, the introduction of the sediment from the bottom created a really cool-looking invasion of cloudiness in my Weihenstephaner glass that gradually brought the beer to a cloudy yellow. The transition from clear to cloudy was way too cool to watch. Very impressive. Once the head finally disappears though, this beer looks pretty uninteresting. Virtually no lacing to speak of. If it weren't for that, I would've given it a 5 because of the sediment addition alone.
S - Clove, citrus, and some other spices dominate, with the expected banana aromas poking through in the background. Some earthy yeast and wheat aromas come through as well.
T - Sweet fruit flavors dominate up front with some spice and earthy notes coming through in the finish. Citrus sweetness is balanced nicely by the spices and a mild hop presence.
M - Medium-bodied with a somewhat wet finish. Very smooth and kinda creamy, like a good weizenbock should be.
D - Sweet mother of Zeus, I could drink this stuff all night!!!
04-02-2009 06:01:01 | More by pwsoldier
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
500 ml bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC before we could get it here in GA. Poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.
A: Pours a cloudy straw like yellow with a slight tint of orange. There is a very tiny bubble white head that is a fills all the space in the glass from the .5l line all the way to the rim. Just the slightest bit of lacing as the head recedes.
S: Classic wheat beer aroma including the coriander spice smell. Hints of what seems like orange and possibly lemon peel. Its an interesting aroma.
T: This tastes a lot like a Hefe but with a lot of the flavors cranked up. Big wheat beer flavor with loads of spice character. I think its coriander, but its much more spicy than I would expect so maybe its something else. There are definitely orange and lemon citrus notes. A tasty beer.
M: Its a bit prickly from the spice and carbonation. It is medium in body.
D: The beer disappeared quickly for me. The alcohol is well hidden. However, if you are not a big fan of spice character in beer, this may not be the one for you. Luckily, I love it when it is done right like this one is.
04-01-2009 02:15:49 | More by GatorBeerNerd
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours quite hazy and orange golden in color. Large, white head tops the beverage and leaves copious amounts of lacing.
Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Corriander and black pepper and sweet yeast. Lemon peel as well. Large dose of banana.
More corriander and yeast in the flavor. TOns of banana in the flavor. More light fruits as well. Fairly sweet and bready, doughy.
Medium bodied and fairly chewy. Good carbonation and overall a pleasant beer. VEry drinkable; easily drinkable. I enjoyed this one.
03-31-2009 23:18:26 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance - pours a cloudy lemon yellow, two fingers of snowy cover on top. Looks attractive and refreshing. The bottom yeasties took some patient bottle-swirling to dislodge, but they kick up the cloudiness even more.
Aroma - doughy yeast, plenty of banana and clove character.
Taste - good flavor to the grain base, on the sweeter side. The banana really comes out with the sugary front taste. The yeast and spice occur more mid-palate and post-swallow. A full flavor and with great flavor balance all around. This is kind of what I would imagine an Imperial Weizen to taste like, though the abv is understated even at 7.7.
Mouthfeel - quite crisp for a weizenbock. Pretty decent body, could use a little more grain and/or abv smoothness/slickness.
Drinkability - this comes across as more weizeny than bocky. The malts are a little too lost in the yeast and spices, but those flavors are so tasty, I don't mind. The alcohol is well-masked and for this style, that's impressive. I look forward to trying this in the upcoming months at a barbecue or two.
03-31-2009 04:30:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Aggressive thick head that shows amazing retention. Cloudy light honey amber color.
Aroma is rather strong and is as expected. Banana, close, yeast. A touch of dough.
Flavor is very interesting. Certainly some clove, banana up front, but then there is an interesting bread flavor. Almost reminds me of a nice fresh loaf of sourdough. There is a lingering banana flavor that mixes with some black pepper... I would not guess this to be north of 7% abv.
Mouth feel is slightly chalky but not too much. There is a thickness to the beer, but not like a thick stout.. Just a bit of texture.
Nicely drinkable. I can't believe I enjoy these beers now. Good stuff.
I essentially tried this because of many BA'ers going nuts over this beer.
I can see why.
03-31-2009 01:21:22 | More by Reagan1984
4/5 rDev -6.1%
A: Cloudy straw colored beer, with very active carbonation. White cap is fluffy and foamy. The head maintains a thin layer the whole way down. Leaves occasional large patches of lace.
S: Slightly musty, with a generous dose of cloves and hay, plus a hint of banana.
T: Starts out sharp and dry. The taste of raw grains is quite evident. Bitterness provides a well balanced bite of clove and coriander. The tingle of carbonation helps the bitterness along. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering lemon and raw wheat flavors.
M: Medium body is grainy and coarse. Carbonation level is high like it should be, and leaves a tingle on the tongue that lasts long after the beer has left the mouth behind.
D: Kind of like a regular hefe turned up to 11. The extra body lets you know this is a strong beer, yet it drinks lighter than it is. I wished the banana factor was a bit higher, but otherwise this is very nice.
03-30-2009 00:18:35 | More by Rayek
4.43/5 rDev +4%
500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Thanks to UGADawgGuy for his efforts to bring this to Georgia.
Pours a hazy orange-gold, with a huge, fluffy head of cotton candy like foam that rises a full inch above the rim of my weizen glass without falling over. Beautiful. Settles to a finger of off-white foam that you could probably use as shaving cream. Clings to the sides in sheets.
Aroma is, whoa, banana! Hello! Like a banana cream pie, sure as shit. Lactose smell is reminscent of a malted milk shake. Clove and nutmeg in there, too.
Taste is of sugar cookie and grainy wheat, followed by a Juicy-Fruit center of banana, pineapple, and bubble gum. Just when you think you are drinking candy, a solid hit of tangy, slightly lemony yeast and spicy hops cleans up the palate. Coriander, clove, and sage in the long, mildly sour finish. Some of that banana lingers as well.
Creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Very slick, despite the active carbonation that holds that cap all the way down. Delicious.
Although good enough to be savored, it goes down as smooth as the spritziest hefeweizen. Alcohol is well hidden, with only the sweet slickness that suggests a high OG.
Remarkable beer that really has no equal that I have had. It would pair nicely with any number of foods, from salad to dessert. Weihenstephan is the bomb!
03-29-2009 02:11:48 | More by firkinhophead
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured into a goblet from a pint bottle.
A - light gold with a ton of fluffy head, that dissipates pretty quick but leaves a layer behind.
S - sweet, fruity and vibrant, with bread and banana and little bit of citrus and spice in there.
T/M/D - very smooth and balanced, with a hint of a hoppy bite that really makes this one interesting. The alcohol hides pretty well, but I can tell its there from the warming feeling. I'll be looking for this one again!
03-28-2009 22:19:10 | More by Jerico
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a hazy yellow with a massive foamy white head -- head was gone very quickly.
Huge sweet wheat husk and banana scents.
Sweet, dusty wheat, yeasty goodness, some fruitiness, a little tart dryness, and subtle alcohol. Delicious.
Light on the tongue and palate, but with some good astringent finishing qualities.
Overall, a big winner. Nice and drinkable, even at 7.7%. Try this.
03-28-2009 14:14:25 | More by OtherShoe2
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
Reviewed 9/3/2008 (bottle):
Pours a cloudy-ish/clear-ish yellow colored body, with a big foamy white head. Has a flowery clover smelling aroma. Some banana in the nose too. Taste is banana, flowery fruity, maybe some citrus. Wow, refreshing, and light. Gooood. But like most German beers, this one is probably fresh.
03-22-2009 15:05:08 | More by jujubeast6000
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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