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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,862
Reviews: 1,048
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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Ratings: 2,862 | Reviews: 1,048
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!

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

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, hazy golden hue with a fluffy, white 3-finger head that persists for a moment, then leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of scents similar to a Hefe or Dunkelwezien, but with much more clove and spices, which take the forefront here over the other wheat malt and banana smells that are present.

T - Taste is rich wheat malts and spicy cloves up front, with some subtle cinnamon notes in there too. As the spices subdue, it finishes off with rich banana, and slightly lingering clove. Alcohol is almost impossible to detect despite the near 8% ABV. Bravo! This is tasty stuff for sure.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and mildy carbonated, creamy wheat beer bliss.

D - Drinkability is way high for the ABV here. Though I think more than a couple of these is asking for trouble, haha.

Overall, this is an excellent Weizenbock and highly worth your time to hunt down if you enjoy wheat beers!

Photo of droomyster
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely foggy dark gold to light amber colored body, topped by a frumpy white head with excellent retention. Its aromas are very spicy and wheaty. Tons of cloves hit my nose right up front, with subtler nutmeggy notes, and the promise of sweet wheat to come. Taste is delicious beyond delicious, practically want to you close your eyes and purr. Rich flavors, but none of them unruly or overbearing. Taste is almost entirely consistent with the nose except that dark fruit notes, like plumbs or dates, enter the mix (especially on the finish). Body gently unfolds upon touching the tongue, going from lightly tingly to luxuriously creamy and mouth-filling, all within the space of a second. One of the best slow-sippers for reading a book or enjoying a nightcap that I've encountered. Positively delectable.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden color with a large, thick, creamy, soapy, sticky, white head. Pretty good retention with a sticky thin layer of lace. Extremely light color for the style.

S - A lot of wheat aroma with banana, clove, and some bubblegum. Touches of vanilla and pepper and some alcohol.

T - A lot of wheat flavor with some pale malt. A good amount of banana flavor along with plenty of clove and pepper. Some bubblegum and yeasty flavors as well. Some spicy hops later on as well. Some alcohol heat also comes out. Some tangy/tart wheat flavor also comes out a bit.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. A bit of a smooth feel with just a touch of drying finish.

D - Easy to drink with a nice amount of flavor and a good body, but a little spicy and a bit too much alcohol heat to really be all that drinkable.

Notes: Definitely not like other weizenbocks that I have had, seems more like a bigger hefeweizen. Overall not a bad beer, but it wasn't entirely balanced and not what I was expecting. Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a bit better given the track record of this brewery.

Photo of cetherid
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A.

A murky lemon color with a huge amount of head. Big white frothy head.

S.

I get a big whiff of banana and wheat. and little bit of clove in there.

T.

like the smell. I was expecting something stronger but this is perfectly balanced. nice fruity flavors (banana) at the beginning and at the end I get the wheat and yeast flavors. not too strong and not too weak.

M.

A beer that has some density to it. almost like its a meal. (a little exaggeration of course). A nice full bodied brew. a large amount of carbonation...feels good on the tongue.

D.

about 2 is tops on this. a great tasting beer, but the combination of it being full bodied at +7% alcohol is going to knock it down a bit in this category.

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

Hazy bright yellow gold color to the beer. Huge head filled over two inches with pillow-like white bubbles. Slow rising microscopic bubbles in abundance. Minimal lacing.

Fruity aromas have a banana backbone mixed with cherries and pineapples. A strong scent of yeast is heavy with the other aromas in the nose. A light spice to the finish hints of peppercorns.

The taste on the tongue are great. Ranging from a sweetness of malts and fruity sugars to a spicy note that starts light but emboldens itself on the tongue. Low bitterness is just right to keep this from being cloying.

Just a bit watery on the tongue. Beer clings and struggle to show all its flavors on all mouth surfaces. Carbonation burst is pleasant without overwhelming.

A fantastic brew. This one should be enjoyed best by itself to appreciate the complexity. Beware the alcohol content, as it sneaks up without a hint of it's presence. Well worth trying for any beer lover out there.

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