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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,583 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,583
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 154
Gots: 178 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
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 popery
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.

popery, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of KI9A
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.

KI9A, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of albern
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.

albern, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
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.

TheMistler, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
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.

PEBKAC, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of FreightTrain
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.

FreightTrain, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of prototypic
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.

prototypic, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
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

SpecialK088, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of naterock
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured into a Dokel. Thick white head, cloudy yellow with decent lacing.

smell is malty with a slight clovey nose, some spices come forth in the nose but not too obvious.

taste is fairly typical for a Weiss. I don't know where the bock part of the weissbock came from. Just decent, nothing to really talk about.

mouth is typical for the style, slightly overcarbonated. Drinks easy but would be better paired for a hot day.

naterock, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of skrib09
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

pours out a vibrant hazy yellow with an amazing looking white, creamy head.

smells of bananas, maybe some esters.

taste is similar to the smell. a little bite to it. some banana notes in there.

mouthfeel is crispy... alcohol towards the end.

ok drinkability. the alcohol content holds this category back for me.

skrib09, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours cloudy gold with a big white, large bubbled head.

Aroma is banana, bit of citrus zest, hint of clove.

Taste is sweet and fruity - banana and a bit of ripe apple and pear, and a spicy alcohol note that complements the yeast and clove notes on a lingering, slightly syrupy, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a crisp carbonation.

Very nice beer, but unlike any of Weihenstephaner's other beers, this one feels kind of big. Two would be a tough prospect for me.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked up a .5l at Abe's for $3.25. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a short white head. I get a big hit of banana bread. As it warms earthy hops and orange. This beer actually reminds me of a snappier version of Franziskaner without all the creamy background malt. The aftertaste is a nice pairing of spice and citrus hops, very nice. It's a touch sweeter than a normal hefe from the extra malt and strength and it's really the maibock of German wheat beers for that little extra fruit tang that comes with the strength. Still, for a nearly 8% beer its deceptively drinkable. This beer could get you in trouble.

tempest, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold body capped with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Crisp wheat nose with fine notes of banana juice, clove spice, citrus, a small handful of cracker crumbs, and a fourth of a Vanilla Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malts start, followed by a drop or two of vanilla and a lemony citrus character. Plenty of fresh banana, top shelf bubblegum, and coriander. Even some apple begins the develop. Light spicy hops and bitterness. Lingering tanginess and no more than the faintest hint of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation, yet there's still some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. An expertly crafted expression of wheat. It's tasty and really grows on you more and more with every sip. Maybe that UGADawgGuy is onto something...

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of mullenite
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured in to my Erdinger Weisbier glass with a very tall rocky white head that leaves nice lacing going down and has excellent retention. Cloudy pale orange in color.

Smell is mainly wheat, very strong wheat actually. A little bit of banana and bubble gum but mainly wheat.

The first couple of sips were most wheat as well but the bubble gum, banana, and a slight clove appeared after a few sips.

Very clean and crisp mouthfeel, sharp cleansing carbonation. Light to Medium body.

Easily drinkable despite its relatively high ABV. This is an excellent beer.

mullenite, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

bottle poured into my Weihenstephan weizbier glass

A - depending on how much light it gets the color varies: little direct light renders a light yellow reminescent of lemonade, while holding it to a lamp shows a nice golden color with a bit orange in the middle of the glass. the head is white and fluffy, a perfect pour, going right to the .5L mark. hundreds of bubbles keep the head up from the bottom in an endless stream.

S - smells wheaty, with a background of some spicy alcohol. it is more of a twang then a burn from the alcohol (like limoncello vs whiskey). the twang can also be described as green apple peels, something concentrated with that type of sour flavour.

T - a superb taste. Weihenstephan never does disappoint. there is a light wheat taste over all, but the beer is not light in any way. there is a slight citrusy bitterness at the back of the mouth on the tonge right before the finish. while it is the finish that sees the beginning of the alcohol presence, and it is the aftertaste which initially has the strongest presence of booze, but then lends itself to a sweet wheat flavour.

MF&D - the beer has a great refreshing crisp taste from the carbonation; while the body is not too heavy, making me want to keep drinking. the only thing that hold it back is I find the bubbles to be a bit much, and they stifle my drinking, making me feel quite bloated untill I belch and continue the process. but who really cares, its beer and I'm a guy.

erz316, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

GLASS: Weihenstephan Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to MasterSki for the hook-up!

So, after seeing ColoradoBobs hype this one enough, I sought it out. Here we go...

Nice, hazy, banana yellow liquid. Over two fingers of loose white foamy head. Retention is okay and the lacing is alright. The look is good, but the head kind of disappoints.

Floral and yeasty notes hit first. Followed by light hints of tropical fruits. Nice scent of just ripening bananas. Cloves and corriander. Smells are rich and make me salivate.

Nice. Big banana taste. Almost like a good banana puding. Then the spices come into play, along with a touch of nutty flavor. Now it's like some fresh banana bread. Notes of wheat and yeastiness. Light notes of caramel/brown sugar.

Very good and creamy beer, here. The carbonation is a little bit 'sharp', though. Nice, solid medium body. Thick enough to be enjoyable, yet not overpowering.

Truly a very drinkable beer. Great flavor and easy to drink. Also, I know that it's a 7.7% ABV, but I can't detect any alcohol presence, at all. Very well balanced brew, overall.
It lives up to the hype of ColoradoBobs.

coldmeat23, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

16.9 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip (tasting from July 08)

Pours an extremely pale, straw yellow, with cloudy haze, looks like a hazy pilsner, big soft billowy egg white head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are floral and rich, but softer than say Aventinus which presents a more plum and fig like character, where as Vitus is deep clove, peppery spice, just ripe banana and tropical fruit character. Some hints of white raisin (sounds absurd but green grapes dry different than red).

The flavor is much the same with a balance of clove and fruit as well as some yeasty bready notes. The carbonation is medium high and while the alcohol is very restrained in aroma and taste its light warmth helps to complement the dry character of the beer and complement the residual sweetness of the wheat..

An outstanding Weizenbock and very much an excellent compare and contrast in its approach to Aventinus.

PBoegel, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nice cloudy pale yellow color, healthy head. Smells of banana and hefeweizen. The flavor is nice, cloves, citrus, lemony, very interesting. I don;t know much about German beers or weizenbocks but this was quite good and I'd like another bottle to investigate further.

ArrogantB, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Cloudy straw/wheat yellow with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. It had a big fluffy off-white cap and there was some chunky lacing. Lots of fruity banana and clove spice in the aroma, bready, lemon zest, light alcohol, bubblegum. Very much like a hefeweizen in character. Flavour was more of the same, but a little richer in malt, having some caramel character. Also a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, nice texture. Quite enjoyable.

DrJay, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to Hojaminbag for this and thanks to Coloradobobs for pimping this so relentlessly during the old LNBA threads.

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a light hazy golden with a fluffy 2 inch white head that leaves no lacing. The head also doesn't stick around like most hefe's. The lack of head retention in it really surprised me. The aroma is a banana smack to the face. Huge clove, coriander, and for the very first time, I definitely get big bubble gum notes. The flavor reminds me a lot of fresh made banana bread. Big banana, clove, walnuts, and coriander. And surprisingly, once again, bubble gum. This is really the first time I have ever gotten any type of bubble gum out of a beer. The mouthfeel is a nice medium bodied hefe. This is a just another great beer from a great brewery. This would be perfect for a cool summer night.

hwwty4, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon-yellow with a massive dollup of white head.

Aroma of banana, bubblegum, cloves, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast.

Tastes of banana pudding, cloves, yeast, lemon zest, pineapple, wheat, and a touch of sweet and sour. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied, chewy and a bit dry, and sharply carbonated.

A beautiful beer, though I wish I had found it in the summer. I think I would have enjoyed it even more. Very drinkable and well made.

Monkeyknife, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +4%

In advance of The Mother of all Gatherings at the Brick Store this weekend, I thought I'd charge my palate with ColoradoBobs favorite: V I T U S!

First off, this is really not to the Weizenbock style... but it has freakin' Weihenstephaner on the label and so I'll shut up. This is, as many reviewers have noted, more like an Imperial Hefeweizen... and there is NOTHING wrong with that!

Crack the .5 liter brown bottle and expertly pour into my authentic Vitus goblet, and am wowed immediately by the nose and visuals of this beer... greedy, I charge in for a taste...

Oh this is delicious. The whole experience is a Hefe, bigged up. Darker in color with a fat white head, the banana and spice are much more pronounced and defined. The malt bill is hefty here but the 7.7% is still hidden pretty darn well. No hops to speak of. Vitus is reminding me of a Tripel, actually, with all the clove, pepper, sour green apple and honey notes going off like crackling fireworks in my mouth... all that is missing is the booze heat and Belgian yeast and turn that banana down a notch, you'd have a super good Tripel... shoot, I don't care what this is, it is Seriously Good.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full and boasts just a touch of tingly carbonation. Wunnerful.

Gosh, there is so much this beer does right... I want more. This is drinkable and delightful. Bless you, Weihenstephan! Don't change a thing.

kkipple, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Got this in a trade from ShrLSU - much obliged!

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a large-bubbled, two-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells just like the classic Wiehenstephaner - lots of bananas and bubble gum with hints of citrus. As the beer warms there's a very slight hint of alcohol.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bananas and bubble gum with an underlying sweetness. These flavors carry through to the end and linger after the sip is over. Alcohol is noticeable in my nose if I breath just right.

Mouthfeel is foamy yet smooth.

Drinkability is very good. I don't think it's quite as drinkable as the classic as it's a bit sweeter and the alcohol is more noticeable, but it's still very tasty.

Overall this is certainly worth a shot by all who love Weihenstephaner, and thanks again for ShrLSU for sending this along.

glid02, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a long lasting head and decent lacing..very inviting. Smell is grassy, wheaty with phenol and malt undertones. Taste is surprising rich...malt complexity, slightly fruity, grassy, pleasant alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, blending into a dry finish. Drinkability is excellent based upon above qualities.

edchicma, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours an unexpectedly light and relatively clear yellow/amber with an insanely massive pillowy white head. Great retention. Smell: a bit sparse, soft banana and wheat scents, slightly spicy and yeasty, but dominated by a sweet breadyness. Taste: tangy wheat, yeast, banana are most prevalent. Sweet, kind of a banana pudding thing going on here, in a good way. Other flavors buried in there: lemon, dried pineapple, clove, slight grassy + spicy hops. Ever so slight warning of the abv. Soft and creamy... a sessionable weizenbock? Uh oh.

babaracas, Jan 06, 2009
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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