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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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95
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2,817 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,817
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 181
Gots: 279 | FT: 6
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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 BeerNinja007
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 500mL bottle at The Wine Thief in downtown New Haven CT for $3.50. Code 7349. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Cloudy straw yellow brew gives a velvety smooth white head 3" in height that settles slowly to leave a bit of lace behind. Smell is zesty and a little sour with wheat spices and sharp citrus. Taste and feel is like a concentrated hefeweizen- a bunch of astringent banana peel and warm clove with a pleasant alcohol spice, moderately thick and mostly dry body with a robust and slightly fizzy carbonation. Unmistakably German.

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml to weizen glass.

Pours a pale orange, more or less clear, not as hazy as I thought it'd be. Huge fluffy white head crackles like Rice Krispies as it dissipates. Head eventually turns to a cap leaving some lacing.

Mostly fruits in the scent - pears, lemons and bananas come to mind. Some spice as well. Seems a little medicinal, boozy.

Taste is much better and more complex than the scent. Banana and citrus, hints of pear and apple mix excellently with sugary wheat, bread and vanilla. Specifically multigrain bread comes to mind. Usual spices like clove are there but seem minimal and more as a backbone to the other flavors. Bubblegum comes out more as it warms.

Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but a very full mouthfeel. There is a touch of booze present. Good balance of flavors, it's nice to see clove take a backseat once in a while.

Very good beer, but seems very filling, and is a little too harsh for a wheat beer in my opinion. Doesn't match the mighty Hefeweissbier, though the flavor is pretty close, I prefer the subtlety and easy drinking of the Hefe.

Photo of blackc5
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A somewhat dark, cloudy, golden straw with a tremendous billowing head. Medium retention but little lacing.

S - Deep aromas of wheat, banana and some citrus - orange or lemon zest. A bit of bread comes through on the wheat, and the yeast is readily apparent.

T - An amped up hefe - amazingly fruity and complex with a wonderful balance of wheat, malt and citrus. The peach, banana and pear fruitiness and yeasty spiciness is perfect, especially as it warms a bit. I would recommend drinking at the warmer range of the suggested temperature. Some honey sweetness that does not overpower. Outstanding.

M - Enjoyable medium body with medium+ carbonation. Somewhat crisp finish despite the lingering syrupy feeling on the tongue.

D - Everything their hefeweizen is and more - a wonderful beer all around, and a new favorite. I would buy this by the case if I could.

Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This came out looking like a BSPA. The head is full and lively and pure as the driven snow. It showed great retention but wasn't clingy. The body was just a gorgeous orange-yellow, cloudy of course, with a rich sheen. It was much lighter than I expected but beautiful nevertheless.

Smell - The humble but pervasive banana leads things off here with a nice sweetness that isn't rushed but certainly not subtle. The yeast is cloying and shows that great refinement that all Weihenstephaner lovers know. I get maybe a touch of clove but nothing big and really none of the expected bock aromas. But I'm offering no complaints here as this is an amazing bouquet.

Taste - Well Weihenstephaner is known for their yeast strains above all else and man o man is this a terrific yeast flavor. First off this brewer produces the finest tasting yeast on the planet. Here you have that flavor from their weizen line but times two. It is so pure and so explosive like the raw flavor of yeast but refined, smoothed out, and topped off with a dash of sweetness.

The banana is right on track as well. It again is more like their hefe weizen. It's not overly ripe or crazy sugared like a brown banana but more like a green banana without that earthy flavor. The sweets actually are nothing but banana and I really don't find anything else in there which for me is a job well done.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some amazingly light and teasing carbonation that livens up the experience. How they managed to keep the light carbs from their weizen line in this bigger beer is beyond me.

Drinkability - I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I drained this glass. It was more like an uber-hefe than a weizenbock IMO as I got none of the traditional bock characteristics. Since their hefe is one of my all time favorites though and this was that just more of the same I have to give this a gigantic thumbs up.

Photo of aristeros
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a medium straw, cloudy, with heavy carbonation visible. There's a huge, soapy head with moderate retention. The nose is true to the style and similar to other Weihenstaphaner weizens--cloves, banana, spices, though a stronger sweet malt presence than the regular weizen or the filtered kristalweissbeir.

Sweet malts blended with cloves up front yields to a peppery bite. Moderate to heavy carbonation present, and a must for the style. Simple, yet perfect. The higher ABV allows this weizen to play double duty as a summer evening quencher or something to take the edge off on a cooler, autumn day.

This one's not as sessionable as a regular hefee; the alcohol will catch up to you after a few glasses.

I've had several of these brewery's beers and this is right in line with my expectations as regards their quality

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that bubbles down slowly to a rocky collar fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

There is plenty of sweetness in the aroma with bananas and honey dominating. Hints of clove as well and this one smells much like a good hefe.

The taste delivers on the expectations of the aroma and really does taste like an amped up hefe. Big wheat flavor up front, featuring bananas but with an earthy honey sweetness mixed in. The finish is spicy.

This is a full bodied wheat beer and extremely smooth and creamy.

Super drinkable, very tasty and, overall, just a well-crafted wheat beer. One of the better wheat beers I've ever had actually.

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

A-Pours a hazy light orange with a few fingers of fluffy, of white head. Looks lovely and inviting. Not much lacing.

S-Clove, banana, spice, zested oranges and lemons, wheat.

T/M-Big spicy notes. Huge clove flavors, with a peppery bite on the back end. A simple, elegant beer. The body is smooth and lush, with moderate carbonation. The finish lingers, with slick wheat flavors playing nicely against light tropical fruit sweetness.

D-Another genre-defining beer from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, with an enormous four-finger head that sticks all over the glass. Decent retention; it takes a few minutes to be able to get into the actual drinking.

S - Huge banana notes dominating the nose, with a bit of clove and spice. Yeastiness and almost a hint of funk, although that last part is probably my imagination. I walked out of the room for a minute and walked back in and could immediately smell it.

T - Almost as good as the nose, with the same banana and clove, but with a little alcohol bite. Yeastiness and breadiness round things out, with a biscuit quality that I get from most other Weihenstephan beers. No real heat to speak of. Delicious.

M - Maybe a little too aggressive on the carbonation which makes it feel a little harsh, but otherwise a very nice feeling beer. Medium bodied.

D - Somewhat high abv and the harsh carbonation bring it down a little, but it's definitely something I'd have again, more than once.

O - Another great beer from Weihenstephan, almost on par with their best (the hefe). Factor in the price and it's certainly something to seek out.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. A cloudy dark hay like color. Aroma is of soft banana. Banana and clove flavors with a light spicy hop character. Just a hint of citrus. Some bready malt pulls through and over all there is little bitterness. Alcohol is tame but there. A hell of a beer, almost like a Hefeweizen on steroids.

Photo of musicman575
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. One time I drink it and it is like orange juice for breakfast, but beer for an afternoon. Another time I drink it and I am seduced by the exotic clovey spiciness. A beer that obviously knows how to keep her suitors excited.

transparent she is not, but at first sip, all of her mysteries are revealed: the strong wheat malt, the veluptuous mouthfeel, and the sexy spices. She is also quite the dominatrix (7.7% alc.). You'll lose control in no time (and be okay with it).

Photo of Snamnoum
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - extremely cloudy tan/orange color with an absolutely massive head. Probably the biggest frothiest head I have ever seen excluding Orval. Ridiculous retention and tons of sticky lace.

Smell - simply beautiful, god I love that smell! Fresh baked bread, cloves, over ripe bananas, light phenols, and alcohol

Taste - silky smooth delicious head. Just like it smells, an onslaught of crusty french bread fresh out of the oven, amazingly doughy yeast, sweet biscuity malt, dried fruit, raisins, apricots, and just the slightest touch of alcohol at the finish. Well deserving of a five IMO.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy chewy feel

Drinkability - I am a slut for this beer. I could drink this forever and probably die of alcohol poisoning in the process because the alcohol is hidden so well. Well worth the hype.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely beautifully cloudy golden-hay color with nice white head. Scent is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Such amazing clove, banana, apple, and peach scents that are crazy bold for how cold this beer is right now. Can't imagine what it's like warm. Taste is just as it smells...I think I just fell in love. Why have I never bought this beer before??? I always pass it up. Needs to have more hype if you ask me. Such amazing fruit flavors...I'm getting green apples, pears, peaches, melon, and white grapes. I also get bold clove flavors with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is very crisp due to the nice carbonation and drinkability is EXTREMELY HIGH! I'm very shocked with this beer right now.

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

Hazy yellow color with a massive billowing foamy white head. Minimal lacing left around the glass, but a nice layer of foam remains. Aroma has elements of banana, citrus and bread - its nice, but mild compared to the rather large & potent flavors.

Taste is primarily citrus at first - lemon mostly, then banana and some slightly funky yeasty/bready flavors balance things out. Very similar flavor profile to their Heffe.

Very bubbly and well carbonated, with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Easy to drink, but deceptively strong - the high-ish ABV is hidden well by all of the delicious flavors present.

Will definitely be drinking more of this.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt before, but I never paid attention to it because it was always during tastings.

A: Pours a cloudy, milky, golden yellow. The head is BEAUTIFUL: an explosion of foam that fills over half the glass, crackles angrily, and takes forever to fall back into a minor cap that lets me drink the beer without a foam mustache.

S: It's like I just opened a ripe banana. I'm not even sniffing the beer; it's a foot away from me as I'm typing this, and I'm waiting for the prodigious head to settle. But this is a fresh, ripe banana aroma if there ever was one. A touch of bubblegum. Wheat, clove are quite noticeable. Very neat and clean.

T: Lush, sticky flavors of banana syrup, clove, and smatterings of bubblegum. I'm surprised to find some apple and a touch of green, leafy hops in here. The flavor is so clean. I think in this style, I prefer only Aventinus (technically a weizen-eisbock?).

M: Carbonation is good, with large bubbles that spritz the palate instead of foaming it up. Coating, lightly sticky flavor.

D: A fantastic beer; its drinkability belies the relatively high ABV. A pint bottle of this has me feeling it. I can't wait to get more of this throughout the fall.

Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is foggy amber almost brass colored, an off-white head that leaves little lacing but good curtains.

The beer has lots of fruity aromas, tropical fruits as well as citric and apples, but also spices like clove, cumin and ginger.

The taste is sweet, bananas, mango, spicy like in the smell. Nearly a liqueur feeling.

Medium carbonation, soft and a very complex body.

A truly well-balanced and well done beer. A bit too hefty in ABV for drinking in large proportions. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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!

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,817 ratings.