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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,861
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 184
Gots: 298 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of obrendano
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yet another solid one from a great brewery

A - hazy golden orange, thick head surges forth, but dissipates somewhat quickly

S - standard wheat and fruit, spicy must, pretty damn inviting

T - burst of wheat malt and light citrus followed by an incredible taste of toasted peanut butter and banana sandwich and smooth clove flavor, a slight hint of alcohol, but very passing

M - silky and bubbly

D - a great way to settle the tastebuds down a couple hours after eating some pot roast and spicy baked beans. do yourself a favor and let it warm a little

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

Weihenstephaner Vitus, you have yet to fail me.

16.9 fl oz poured into a Weihenstephaner pilsener glass.

Initial offering is somewhat extravagant, the head is overflowing with joy. (You can tell this beer was made with love!)

I have nothing but good things to say about the scent of this ale, it's wheaty, hefeweissey, pleasant, subtle, and engaging.

The nose consists of dominant wheat, clove, and sugary banana notes, contrasted by the rediculous amounts of malts with the follow-through.

Taste, is what made me a believer - that all weizenbocks aren't created equally.

Mouthfeel is light, you'd swear you were drinking Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier, which is their lighter rendition of this masterpiece.

Sessionable? No... I do advise polishing off (2) Weihenstephaner Vitus' with a nice Kielbasa, or Knish dinner ensemble.

Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my Founders snifter. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange with a one finger bright white head. It looks near identical to their Hefe. It smells of wheat, yeast, coriander, light spices and some orange. I didn't expect that. It's definitely interesting. It tastes of yeast and oranges with a hint of cloves and banana. It's actually pretty similar to the Hefe. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium in body. The only knock is that it can be a little sweet at times. Overall it's another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was a light hazy yellow with loads of foam and some lace of the side of the glass. The smell was of yeast, banana's and a hint of all-spice. The flavor was the same as the aroma. Beauitfully balanced of fruit and spices along with the yeasty bread flavor. Sort of creamy with a sweet/bitter balance that is so pleasant that just thinking about the next sip makes your mouth water!!! What a pleasant surprise.

Photo of khumbard
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a $2.99 500 mL bottle...

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with an inch of fluffy foam. Looks great. Smell is fruity, bananas stand out the most, some citrus and spice. Taste is fruity, a little bit sweet, but in good balance. Finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but carbonation is spot on. Drinkability is through the roof, this is a dangerous beer if you have a bunch in the fridge on a hot day. This is probably my favorite beer to drink while outside grilling for some reason. Just something about it. Great brewery, great beer, great price.

Photo of nas5755
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a clear golden straw color with a fluffy head that retained fluff. The nose was loaded with banana and yeast esters, bready with wheat the wheat. Great nose that lead the way to a very complex beer loaded with banana and some clove, bready with a light note of ginger before a dry finish replays all the flavors in reverse order. Really interesting. A medium-plus carbonated beer with a nice mouth-feel. I don't seek this out but purchase a bottle from time to time and am always more than pleased, in fact I wonder why I don't buy bottles more often.

Edit/review
This beer is amazing. The spice plus the banana character makes this mind-boggling delicious. I think this is moving up into my all-time top ten and every-time I drink one I realize just how awesome it is.

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

I poured from a bomber into a weizen glass, hazy yellow,/gold with very big head, no lacing. Lots of banana, clove on the nose. Lots of very ripe banana with enough clove for moderation. It has a sweet, lingering finish. This is an easy drinker, a damn fine beer, my new go to wheat beer.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tall brown bottle with the Weihenstephaner label. No freshness date but just recently hit the shelves at my local beer store. Pours a hazy golden yellow, thick foamy white head, settles quickly. Great aroma, wheat malts, floral sweetness, ripe banana, yeasty notes that render aromas of bubble gum and clove. Medium to full bodied beer, fluffy, crisp and refreshing. Lots of tingle from the carbonation. Sweet up front, light honey and banana flavors, mild bitterness, some dry spiciness. This beer is delicious, totally refreshing and drinkable. What would you expect when they've been doing this since 1040.

Cheers!

Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, inside a tasting snifter.

Pours a pale tangerine, very hazy. A one-finger head of fluffy white sits atop for a while before finally receding to ring, thick on one side and thin on the other.

Spicy and estery in the nose, with bananas, pears, apples, white pepper, coriander and vanilla. Damn fine.

The taste is akin to sweet pear syrup mulled with a lot of complex spices. Clove, coriander, perhaps raisins. Sweet with a very slightly drying finish. Tastes more like a heavy, sugary tripel than anything else.

Medium prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium body that fizzes up the beer moderately as it moves. No noticeable alcohol amidst the sweetness.

Vitus is very Belgian in character. Sweet, flavorful, drinkable, but maybe a bit out of style.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful bright hazy orange with small white head. Aroma of orange, coriander, and springtime.
Flavor is light hints of vanilla, clementines, and golden delicious apples. All is brought together in a tart just slightly bitter finish which cleanses the pallate for another sip. And you want that next sip. This beer take the Heffe experience and cleans it up into a less wheaty/funky brew. Not that I don't like Heffes, but this is a great brew and style unto itself. And this is an outstanding example!! I want more of these!

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

A - Near identical to Blue Moon. Pours a 3 finger head in a pilsner glass.

S - Apple, nothing spicey.

T - Slightly sweet, apple with slight orange finish.

M - Light, refreshing, springy. Slightly alcoholic, acidic fruit aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable beer, no harshness.

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

Poured from a bottle. The beer pours a vibrant, bubbly gold, with a nice fluffy white head, about 1 inch, that dissipates into a thin film over the course of a minute or two. The aromas blast out from the bottle as you pour. Smells of flowers, coriander, and sweet fruit. The beer has a heavy spice forward flavor, with the coriander (and possibly pepper?) riding on top of a round, sweet malty foundation. Bits of citrus throughout, maybe orange and grapefruit, but hard to pinpoint with the spices. The beer is full and bold in mouth, with a transition to a slightly sour, spicy aftertaste. The citrus notes linger through to the end, also, and make your mouth pucker a bit when added to the sour notes. The finish is a bit dry, and makes you eager for that next mouthful. Good flavors and complex mouthfeel make this a pretty good damn beer in my book.

Photo of crnipeter
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, BB date reads 15.September 2011 therefore quite a fresh one, into tulip.
Hazy straw-yellow colored body topped by thick, rather low white head that slowly recedes and sticks to the walls. Weizenbock is essentially a Dunkelweizen brewed to the strength of a (Doppel)bock, however, the pale visual appearance of Vitus is reminiscent more of a Hefeweizen than Dunkleweizen. Aroma is Doppelbock-like sweetness with banana esters, clove phenolics and bready malt. A careful sniffing session reveals plum & raisin-like fruitiness that gets more prominent as the beer warms. Very faint alcohol shines through. Flavor is rich sweetness (suggesting the malt hasn't beet fermented thoroughly) with banana, clove and wheat. Hop flavor is virtually absent and the finish is somewhat balanced by light hoppy bitterness and very faint alcohol. The palate is sweet, body medium-full with very smooth creamy texture and moderate carbonation. As stated above, the appearance of Vitus resembles a good Hefeweizen although it is easily distinguished from the later by having a minor head and fuller body. There could be more melanoidin & dark fruit character but it's a very decent beer nevertheless.

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

16.9 oz bottle ~ poured into a weizen glass

Appearance- Pours a dark gold / orangish color lots of active carbonation, a large billowing white head. Pouring in the yeast hazes things up a bit as it slowly disperses. Great head retention and lacing. Beer looks great.

Smell- Clove, banana, bubblegum. Bready, light toasted malts.

Taste- Taste follows the aroma. This deffinitly has much more malt character than their hefe. It has more of a carmel flavor and breadyness. A light peppery spice. All the hefe characteristics are in there, but the yeast and the sweetness is much less pronounced, improving this over their hefe, per my taste. Also picking up a slight apple taste. The finish is clean, not to lingering.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, very smooth. ABVs go undetected. This aspect is very nice.

Overall- Goes down smooth and easy. If you havnt noticed yet, I much prefer this to the hefe, which I find almost cloying. I could easily drink a few of these. Recomended, I have the aventinus up next, we shall see which is better.

Photo of gkunkle
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my 100th review and I am proud that it is such a great beer. Weihenstephaner makes so many great beers, everything I have tried from th has been phenomenal and this is no different. I recently tried a few weizenbocks and can now say that this is my favorite. It pours a hazy dark gold color with a tall off white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some lacing in my glass. Smell is mostly wheat, but there also notes of banana and clove. Taste is similar, complex with wheat, bready malt, banana and clove notes and a touch of hops. It is sort of fruity and spicy but the backbone is still the wheat. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy with average carbonation. Drinkability is superb. This beer is everything I love about Hefeweizens, Dunkelweizens and Maibocks rolled into one, balanced perfectly and with just the right mouthfeel. Great beer!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into my Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

A- Body is a uniformly cloudy pale yellow hue. Pours with a massice 3 figner+ foamy white head-which eventually fades to a retains nicely at one finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S- This brew pretty much has the nose of a classic German Hefe. Bready yeast is the main character-but a mild amount of clove and banana come through as well-the overall impression of the nose is soft.

T- Clove is the main character upfront with a mild banana and bready yeast backbone. The finish is dry and slightly peppery with a hint of floral hops and a nice smooth bready yeast backbone-and a touch of dry alcohol heat.

M- High tingly carbonation and a lightweight smooth and slightly bready body.

D- This beer is a winner- I can't believe I didnt try it until now- The overall profile is very similar to this brewery's hefe weizen-only its the imperial version- the broadness of the weizenbock style never ceases to amaze me-but if there were a classic example-this would be it!

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Mildly,murky golden/peach with a 1 1/2 inch pristine white crown.Great retention and slight but uniform rings of sticky lacing.

S-Undeniably Weihenstephaner.Slightly medicinal clove,sweet caramelized banana and bread dough.

T-Clove,caramelized banana,Juicy Fruit gum and raw sugar.

M-Great carbonation.Light and lively with a silky finish.

D-No way this is 7.7% ABV.Extremely sessionable.

Photo of grover37
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle from State Line Liquors for about tree fitty. Poured into a maibock glass (squat version of a weizen glass).

Appearance (4): Super cloudy and bright yellowish orange. Streamers of carbonation last forever. Several fingers of head reduces to a thick half finger layer of light cream tiny bubbles. Very little lacing.

Aroma (4.5): Super strong clove aroma and over-ripe banana. A faint boozy smell but not much. Bready yeast smells and faint floral hops. The light hops mingle with a slightly sweet spiciness.

Taste (4.5): Orange, fruity flavors up front. Strong banana and some sweetness in the middle. The bready, yeasty flavor lingers along with the floral hops. Not much apparent alcohol.

Mouthfeel (4): Fairly effervescent and light to medium bodied despite the sweetness. A bit dry in the finish.

Drinkability (3.5): Very tasty but the flavors are strong and there is a bit of booziness that lingers in the mouth although never that discernible in the taste. I could put these down quickly but would be feeling it just as quickly.

Photo of basica
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden into my Erdinger glass yielding a thick, frothy, milky head, as like most Weihenstephaner. The amount of carbonation was well illustrated by the active bubbling taking place below. I was expecting a Weizenbock to be dark but this one looks more like a less hazy Hefeweizen. (4.5)

S - Primarily banana esters and wheat malts on the nose; slightly phenolic with an unexpected dash of salty spices. (3.5)

T - Upfront notes of banana phenols with light biscuity/bready notes, a good amount of spices in the middle and a strong wheat background; light caramel sweetness throughout, lending this a different touch from the regular Weizens (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture going down creamy easy (4.5)

D - Feels like a lightly caramelized Hefe and perhaps, slightly more phenolic and definitely heavier; you can't go wrong with drinkability on a Weihenstephaner with their world class flavors and feel. However, if I wanted something more refreshing, I will stick with the brewery's Hefe Weissbier (4.5)

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

Cloudy lemon color with a very large head that held on for a long time. A weizenbock that looks identical to a hefeweizen instead of being much darker. Just a little lacing is left on my weizen glass. Big, brassy, hefeweizen aromas here. Hints of banana, cloves, and a little granery dust aroma. Flavor is huge wheat beer. Bananas and bubblegum with just a small dose of cloves. If you are a fan of weizens, then this beer is a must for you. A little darker malt may have complimented this beer further, but it is quite sucessful as is. One of the more fuller wheat beers I have had. Carbonation is just a tick low as it seems just a little flat, but otherwise has a nice texture. For some reason this beer does not make it to the Minnesota market. I wish it did.

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

16.9oz bottle, shaker pint.

Appropriately its hazed banana golden yellow. The head is doing alright for a wheat beer but could step up; loose knit, pure white, and it doesn't quite have the retention we all crave.

The nose has a straight up helping of sweet, fresh banana, other fruit as white grape and pear. It's all sweet soft fruits with no spice or grain. Move along, no phenols here. Some light caramel.

The flavors are quite easy going and light for a Weizenbock. Light banana, caramel, demerara sugar. Finally some grainy wheat, along with a light hop bitterness it exerts some balance.

I have the hardest time articulating mouthfeel. Not much prickle here, moderate body and great balance between sweet and dry. A little chalkiness.

This is balance well for all the banana emphasis, but I'm surprised by the lack of any clove phenols. Doesn't seem too much of a Weizenbock, it's pretty tame.

Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very hazy, dirty yellow maze color, seems to glow when the light hits it. A solid inch to 2 inch head. Very rocky head, long lasting, and generous lacing. One of the best looking beers I have seen.

S- This one smells overwhelmingly like banana cloves, can smell the wheat, a bready and earth smell is present, and a lingering smell of alcohol. Very complex.

T- Banana tartness is there right away, along with a bready, chewy malt, and wheat are present throughout.

M-This one is very smooth in feel, the chewiness of the malt and the wheat makes the feel even more complex and has some weight. This one just rolls across the palate and is almost sexy in how it makes the palate feel.

D- Is great, but it is so rich in flavor that there is no way this one could be a session beer.

Notes: This one is worth picking up and can usually be found for a great value. Complex in every aspect, yet simple enough for even the most inexperience beer drinker to enjoy.

Photo of nicnut45
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- hazy dark straw color. A bit of an off white head. Tight and beady.

S-this is liquid Banana nut bread. Abit of a gumball presence as well.

T-This tastes just like Grandmas banana nut bread in liquid form. Nice doughy tastes. A bit of an alcoholic tartness that seems to dry it out a bit. A bit of fruitiness that reminds me of a tripel.

Drink- Im going to keep this in the rotation. Cant believe i've never tried this before as I just picked it up on a whim.

Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a yeasty-looking, hazy brew of an even straw color. The head it holds is two fingers high, and composed of big white bubbles that slowly disappear. Throughout the session little lacing is produced, despite the head retaining, in part, until the bottom of the glass. There is highly active carbonation throughout, but the liquid is otherwise opaque. The aroma is flush with ripe bananas and esters, cloves and phenols, and sour, citrusy hops that sit quite comfortably behind a heavy wheat aroma. The taste begins with a clash of bitter, drying wheat and sweet bananas. These both remain throughout the middle, with the esters peaking even further, and mixing with warm spices. As the sip trails off there are echoes of the same fruity esters, bitter lemon rind, and a curious smokiness, like that of charred meat. The aftertaste is sweet, but, if left for some time, it begins to veer towards sourness. The beer is medium to full bodied, with a comparable level of carbonation. The brew is somewhat creamy and coats the mouth, leaving it cooled and satiated. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks quite nicely.

Overall, what was best about this brew was its classically Weizenbock aroma. It contains all of the sweet and wheaty characteristics anything in the style should and, while admittedly complex, maintains a delicious simplicity to the flavors. What was curious, if anything, was the huge attention to esters, with the specificity of ripe bananas, which were observable at nearly every turn.

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

Thank you Half Door for selling this outstanding brew on tap. What a treat!

A- Vitus is a cloudy, straw yellow with a big, bright white head with good retention of copious sticky, foamy lace. One's expectation of a slightly darker color is forgotten upon the first sip.

S- Wonderful, big, seductive Hefe aromas of soft banana esters, spice and clove phenolics, wheat, caramel malt and Juicy Fruit rise up from the glass upon warming. Faint notes of clover honey and vanilla are detectable.

T- The flavor of this beer, to me, is literal perfection. Caramel, spice, animal crackers, over-ripe banana, Juicy Fruit gum, rich honey-puffed wheat cereal. The finish has a pronounced chalky, powdery yeastiness.

The super-charged classic Hefe flavor is wonderfully opulent and concentrated. The lavish quality of the combined flavor, aroma, and body is simply alluring, and I was drawn in to indulge. This is my idea of beer pleasure, right here.

M,D- The mouthfeel presents a rich, palate-caressing medium body from the traditional decoction mash. The sweet, rich finish also reveals a slight, nearly imperceptible touch of volatile ethanol. Ideal CO2 level. Perfectly drinkable.

The Vitus is simply superb.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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