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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,734 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,734
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 222 | FT: 6
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Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
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Photo of Bisho
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very light cloudy pale yellow/orange hue for a Weizenbock. More like a Hefeweizen to me. Huge head as it pours which takes only a few minutes to dissipate.

Smell of bananas, bananas and you guessed it... banana bread! Also some orange, yeast and clove.

Taste is sensational. The spice and yeast take a back seat to the initial hit of banana and citrus flavours. You really only notice the alcohol as the spice kicks in at the finish.

Super creamy mouthfeel that gets creamier as the beer warms. Close to the best mouthfeel around.

I could drink this thirst quenching beer all day and night. This is quite possibly the best Hefe-Weiznebock beer in the world today!
I really don't think Weinstephan can produce a bad beer? Although completely different, it's up there with Korbinian as my fav from them.

CHEERS!

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

I wasn't sure if weizenbocks were filtered or not. Before pouring the last bit I admired the color as being somewhere between straw and gold. After a swirl and a pour of the final bit I happily admired the curling cloud that is characteristic of the falling yeast and proteins from a weissbier pour. There was a frothy-but-not-lacy persistent white head which gave off a lovely wheat aroma. The taste was wheaty, fresh-tasting, and thirst-quenching. It has medium carbonation, and overall is very re-vitalizing. Maybe it should be called 'Vivificus' instead of 'Vitus.' ; )

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

Hazy pale yellow-orange with a thick white layer of head gently settling after a brief few minutes.

Smells of buttery banana bread with some yeasty aromas peeking through.

Tastes of the nose, though with a citrusy bite in addition to the wonderful bananas. The only hint of the considerable 7.7%ABV comes on the immediate tail end of the swallow.

Vitus is creamy and smooth and super easy-drinking (which may or may not be the best, but hey!) Superior drinkability to say the least.

Photo of runningjoke
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass.
Abundant head formed by tight bubbles drops to a tight cap over a hazy yellow-orange color.
Smells at first of lemon grass and yeast. A much deeper smell brings in a cidery banana smell with maybe spiced rum.
The taste starts with the sweet banana flavor the lemon grass, spice and yeast take a back seat. The flavors hit all parts of the tongue at once and disappear quickly leaving just a hint of alcohol fuming.
The carbonation pricks the mouth and doesn't foster a deep appreciation on each pull. It is a little thin.
Dangerously poundable beer that drinks really fast.

Not really my thing, but trying to judge it for what it is, I think this is a good example what the Germans do well.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy, orange fading to yellow with an insane amount of carbonation that twists and moves around like a snow globe. Bright white head that's so creamy it looks like I could sit the cap on top.

S - Traditional banana and clove wrapped in the tangy citric notes of the wheat, but turned up a ton. There are some light grainy notes as well that bring to mind freshly baked bread.

T - The same as the nose, but with every aspect being supported by an intense creaminess. The fruitiness is probably the most prominent aspect, with some apple notes backing up the banana. The intense creaminess works so well because the huge acidic wheat notes cut right through it. To top it off, the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

MF - Intensely creamy with tons of carbonation. It leaves the mouth feeling coated and the throat somewhat dry from the acidic flavor.

D - The best I've ever had for the style, and I think it's easy to say it comes from the fact that Vitus is essentially an 'imperial' hefeweizen and manages to be really refreshing despite the alcohol and intense flavor.

Photo of cassanoj
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. Citrus colored, huge white head, a little bit of lacing.

Definitely smell the wheat in this weizenbock - very prominent. Also, citrus, apples, honey, clove spice and bananas.

For being so soft, Vitus packs a PUNCH! Tastes like bananas, clove, grass or wheat, and bubble gum. In the back is citrus, caramel, honey, apples.

Feels soft and crisp in my mouth. Slightly bitter and bubbly. Sticky. Nice.

Great example of the style though my own tastes would've asked for less banana and bubble gum (not my two favorite things).

Photo of Augustiner719
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a half liter stein.

Appearance: Unbelievably gorgeous cloudy orange, yellow body. Enormous 4 finger puffy, foamy and pillowy head that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing follows. Absolutley white pillow like head.

Smell: Smells like bananas foster with some nice earthy yeasty backgrounds. Orange peel, lemon zest and honey come to mind.

Taste: Exceptional bananas covered with honey and lemon and orange juice. Fantastic yeastiness. This is the best weizenbock i have had thus far. Great lingering sweetness that isnt over the top. Good amounts of herbed spices that are accented with a subtle grape like sweetness. Near perfect and the 7.7%abv is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation, great weight on the palate. Nice and light, refreshing but at the same time complex and interesting. The beer changes slightly as it warms. Nice citrusy bite on the palate leaves the mouth dry and wanting more Vitus.

Drinkability: Its time to go back to the roots of the style. There are a few american versions of the weizenbock i have tried that dont compare to this at all. Truely this beer is getting me back to where it all started, Germany. Go grab one and enjoy!

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a big honking white head that collapses into a cap that retains and leaves nice lacing.

S: Somewhat spicy clove, and very yeasty and bready. Subtle banana, but not as strong as I'd expected.

T: Very yeasty and fruity. The combination is quite banana bread-esque. There's also distinct apple, and a candy-like sugar beneath the fruit. The clove spiciness is strong and delicious. No hint of alcohol.

M/D: Very dry, which is an excellent compliment to the fruity spiciness. Light with fairly high carbonation. Supremely drinkable. A bit too sweet to be an everyday beer for me, but an excellent occasional treat.

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

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler glass. From batch #5109.

Pours a hazy golden color with a very thick and frothy head that slowly goes away. Lots of carbonation bubbles up from the base of the glass. Smells of wheat, fruits, and bread. Not overpowering but fairly good smeller. Taste is extremely yeasty with some hints of bananas. Unique but good tasting. Definitely more of a weizen than a bock in both appearance and taste. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall pretty solid beer from the oldest brewery in the world. Would be interested in seeing what other flavors pop out after a year or so of aging.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner beers of every kind are delicious, and are usually an exceptional value, at least in Florida. 16.9 oz bottles seldom cost above $2.99. As John Tortorella once said, "I have never experienced such a value."

A - The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a very nice head & great retention. Visually, this is a textbook example of a wheat beer.

S - Fabulous fruity esters, banana, and clove jump out through the inch of foam that will not die.

T - The taste is great. Banana bread with a slight lactic sourness that quickly cedes to a crisp and clean finish.

M - Never say 'chewy'. Oops. How about creamy?

D - I can't drink this stuff all night, but it is a nice beer for many occasions. So I would say it is quite drinkable.

Overall I prefer Korbinian to all other Weihenstphaner beers, but there is not a bad one in the stable. Certainly recommended.

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

On-tap at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica. Served in a .5L Weihenstephaner wide-mouthed chalice/tulip.

Cloudy peach-tinged amber body with a gorgeous shock-white head and pearling graceful lacing. Excellent retention. A bit brighter in color than I'm used to seeing for the style, but still, simply stunning.

Challah, ample (albeit somewhat subtle) melanoidins, banana, clove, and pepper aromatics.

Immense doughy malts coupled with light grape and banana esters and hints of vanilla. Lovely yeast flavors abound long into the finish which is balanced by a light (lactic?) acidity and a muscular dose of alcohol. Sophisticated with an emphasis on the "weizen" over the "bock" compared to many other examples.

Rich, somewhat effervescent, medium-full bodied with a milk-like creaminess (maybe just a touch slick).

Tried this on a whim while waiting for a new keg of Racer X to come on - very happy I did!

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

A- hazy pale golden, looks just like a hefe. big creamy white head is full of wheat proteins and has excellent staying power. foam is very noisy and active and it bubbles like cheese under the broiler. tons of wavy lace as well. as the foam settles it maintains the shape of a baseball sized hemisphere in the center of my weizen glass.

S- estery vapors, yeast, clove, banana. a bit of sweetness and some white bread, apple and pear skin. very simple and very nice.

T- wheaty, bready, and very very yeasty, somewhat tart and fruity with extremely well hidden alcohol. this could easily pass for a hefeweizen under 5% abv. clove, banana, apple, pear, white grape, sweet basil, and very mild grassy hop flavor. alcohol dryness and some floral esters and a touch of alcohol bitterness become evident in the spicy, almost lemony finish.

MF- plush and creamy, this beer feels so much bigger than it looks while still possessing crisp, refreshing, drinkable qualities. could be the most refreshing 'almost big' beer i've ever tasted. powdery yeast feel and vigorous little carbonations balance each other superbly, allowing the yeast sensation to remain on the palate only momentarily before zipping it away leaving only slick wheat proteins and a delightful dryness behind.

D- there's no way a beer this size should be so easy to drink. it drinks like it's lil brother. it drinks like a soda. the well hidden alcohol and enjoyable dryness are partly to blame. the other finger is pointed at masterful craftsmanship. as far as i can remember, i haven't had a weizenbock this light, but i prefer this version to all others. it has the look, taste, and aroma that i love from a hefeweizen but with a soft chubby body and a real alcohol kick. a case in the basement would not be out of the question. in fact, it's a damn good idea.

Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes. Consumed on 12/19 when the server was down.

A-Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a white, two-finger head.

S-Smells of banana and cloves, and that typical spicy Hefe yeast with some wheat notes.

T-Follows the nose with banana and cloves, the spicy yeast, and wheat notes. I don't taste any alcohol. This tastes really close to a Hefeweizen for me, I'm not really discerning any difference.

M-The mouthfeel is not my thing, but it's appropriate for style. It's effervescent and tingling on the tongue with a thin body.

D-This goes down easy considering ABV, but it's really not my kind of thing. This is my first weizenbock and I'm open to trying others, but probably not this one again.

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

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Sweet,bubblegum, hints of banana, clovey and a bit spicey. Overall an absolutely wonderful aroma.

T- Sort of sweet and fruity upfront, fades to a clovey spiciness. A mild earthy, grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Very dry, light bodied and well carbonated.

D- 7.7% ABV, you'd never know it. I could drink quite a few of these. Excellent!

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

a paler weizenbock with look and odor of a estery helles. bright yellow tinted orange with some cloudiness. fantastic head of lace. nose heavy of floral fruit... mild of citrus and mint. taste is bright and crisp. not thick or dense. body lacks luster even though the beer goes down wonderfully. palate of rosewater, marzapan, banana, peppermint and lemon pulp. quite wonderfully broad. quite soapy.

june '10 had it again and it was a house favorite. first time i've had a beer that has a very definitive lavender taste to it. no hints about it. great body. great great esters in palate and nose. goes down frightfully easy.

Photo of Pahn
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 2 inch fizzy white head, dissipated quickly and settled into about a millimeter of foam that lasted throughout. Minimal lacing. Pours a translucent but murky pale orange-ish yellow.

Smell: Weak smell requiring pretty aggressive inhalation. Smells like wheat beer and apple.

Taste: Delivers way beyond what's promised by the smell. Strong notes of apple and cantaloupe, with a myriad of berry/melon/fruit juice tastes popping up with each sip. The finish is tangy and sour, almost soapy. Near the end of the bottle, a decently strong banana flavor shines through. The fruit notes are alternately bright and musty, weirdly enough. The tartness gets less aggressive and more balanced as well.

Mouthfeel: Very nice creamy start, then giant carbonation and an extremely dry finish. Not my favorite way for a beer to feel, but not a flaw either.

Drinkability: The alcohol is barely masked, and the carbonation and dryness border on unpleasant. It stays dry (can feel it especially on the top of the tongue) for the duration of the bottle. I think it would be tough to drink too many of these, though I suppose you'd be drunk quickly enough, so perhaps it wouldn't be so tough.

All in all a very good beer, and a great value. Personally, I would probably opt for other weizenbocks or hefeweizens. That said, Vitus has an exceptionally big taste; the flavor goes a lot further than I was expecting. It's less refreshing than it is intriguing.

Photo of Dspohn
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer...

Very pale for the style but bubbly and rich, I like it.

I'm going to combine smell and taste here; It is sublime. All the banana and clove spice mixed with sweetness. The style truly doesn't get better than this. Others may argue for Aventinus or some other such brew but Vitus rules supreme.

Drinkability and Mouthfeel?! Insanely smooth, alcohol has the perfect amount of masking.

Photo of jmaur345
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer an hour ago along with a bottle of Korbinian to enjoy as well as compare. Served at around 45 degrees, and poured from 500ml bottle in a weizen glass.

A- A lovely cloudy golden color, nice three fingers of head that sticks around for awhile but then runs away, I was sad that it didn't last longer, after some gentle twirls it will reform.

S- Chalky yeasty smell with lemony citrus in the background.

T- Simply put, it is exceptional. chalky yeast flavor, citrus notes, also some banana flavors. No taste of alcohol dispite the high gravity.

M- Leaves you mouth singing! Sweet aftertaste of banana bread. The taste lingers in your mouth for a few seconds and then cleanly departs.

D- Excellent, possibly the best of it's type that I've had, this brewery knows what they're doing. It can sneak up on you though since the alcohol is no where to be found despite the 7.7%. An overall amazing brew.

Photo of zoso493
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The legendary hefe's big brother! Let's see how this one stacks up. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very bright yellow-gold color with a massive, foamy four-finger head, which dissipates slowly, but still has above average retention.

Smell: Very nice. Lots of bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. This one has the more pronounced banana scent that you may not find quite as obvious in other weizenbocks.

Taste: Where the hell is the alcohol?! This drinks just like the regular hefeweizen. The first taste you get is some bananas with some sugar on tap, like the Bananas Foster my mom always makes. Other than that, it pretty much just follows the scent with some clove, yeast and other typical weisse flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary, but has a nice amount of carbonation and is light-bodied like a weisse should be.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is otherwordly. I think they actually just bottled the hefeweizen in a Vitus bottle. Despite the 7.7% ABV (which is not too high for the style) this would be a kickass brew to enjoy during the summer months. The alcohol is not even present.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. Such a nice drinking beer with a great banana taste, if that's what you're into in your weissens. I'm seeing now why this brew is so revered on this site. Definitely worth picking up a bottle (or six) next time you see it.

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

Had this on 10/21, from notes.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a towering stark white head. Cloud like formation with great retention and lacing. Expertly crafted appearance, I guess they have some experience making beers?

Smells of banana yeast esters, herbal/clove. Subtle white pepper spiciness. Lemon zest, sourdough bread. Wheat tanginess. So much yeast character, it's incredible.

In the taste, the spiciness is more present. Overall the taste follows the aroma. It's very well balanced with nice sourdough bread malt background.

Moderate carbonation and perfect substance for the flavor profile and style. ABV is well hidden. This is truly a style defining beer.

Photo of dennarb
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had one of these lovelies at an new German bierhall in Philadelphia called Brauhaus Schmitz. It was a revelation! They have about twenty beers on tap at any one time and about eighteen are German imports. Forget anything you remember about the time you had seven liters at the Hoffbrauhaus in Munich-very sociable and eminently drinkable beer.
Weihenstephaner Vitus comes from a different world. It is one of the finest beers that I have ever had and it didn't come from Belgium.
Served in a foot tall weisenbock glass it was s straw yellow with a clean white inch-tall head that didn't shrink that much until it was half finished. At about 8% alcohol, and with a really complex flavor, it lasted a long time. The initial crisp taste is just the start. The most fun comes as it reaches the back of your mouth. There is an array of malt and spices and a really balanced tang of hops that is just something you close your eyes and savor for a minute before you think about another sip.
This brewery has been around since the Middle Ages, and I can't say what their beer tasted like in the in the eleventh century but they sure have learned a thing or two during the last millennium.
If you see it on tap just order one.

Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the library alehouse last night, actually I'm pretty sure I got the last glass of it.... score!

A: amazing appearance... it comes in a hennepin eat your heart out teardrop glass (where can I get one!?) and pours a bright golden yellow color. Frothy white head tops off the glass and excellent lacing follows it on its way down.

S: Good aroma, I get clove and some spice, as well as the typical fruit rind and banana. fresh smelling and pungent.

T: very nice, and very balanced. Weizenbock's are becoming my new favorite style of beer. SOOO drinkable and refreshing but without sacrificing potency. Lemon zest, cream and orange peel are stand out flavors... finished with a clove and black pepper spiciness. very good.

M: mouthfilling and long finishing.

D: very high given the alcohol.

Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow color with a half finger of white head that leaves exceptional lacing as it drains. Nice looking brew. Nose is strong on wheat and malty goodness. Some candy sugar, dried fruit of some sort, and maybe some orangey citrus. Flavor is likewise - huge malty sweetness, citrus (lemon and orange), yeast, wheat. A sort of dirty earthiness to it that hits you in the back of the mouth. Light warming alcohol, especially as it warms. Really a tasty beer. Body is good, appropriate for the style. This is a really excellent brew - might not hit Aventinus levels of deliciousness, but still really nice. Another win for Weihenstephaner.

Wine Specialist/$3.49/16.9 oz

Photo of mbudner
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A- Has a hazy orange color that seems to glow when held up anywhere near the light. Looks like a slightly darker/more orange version of their Hefeweiss. I have limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but this does not look as dark as the other I have seen. Great fluffy, 3-finger head that dissipates at a medium rate leaving almost no lacing.

S-Smells of sweet sugary malts, cloves, and bubblegum. Also, I get some lemon or orange.

T- I get some banana, bubblegum, slight amount of booze/ester flavors in the finish, but from what I read this is something to be expected in the style (I experienced the same with Aventinus, but Vitus seems to be a markedly different beer even though the two are of the same style.) I'm getting spices other than cloves, but do not have the ability to discern them all...just get a "spiciness."

M- Nice crisp carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Little bit of hear in the throat from the booze requisite in the style.

D- Drinks like a much lower ABV. I could drink this all night. While the flavors are complex, there's nothing too prominent to offend the palate in excessive amounts. The bubblegum makes it very easy drinking.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color, with full frothy head. Good lacing. Banana, clove, black pepper and wheat on the nose. Assertive grainy & wheat tastes with pepper, banana & clove background. Finishes bitter and slightly boozy. Smooth and somewhat creamy, medium bodied. Candy like sweet aftertaste. Delicious beer... would never have guessed what i was given was a Weizenbock.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,734 ratings.