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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,822
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 180
Gots: 283 | FT: 6
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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 maltlikker
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep cloudy gold with a roiling head that quickly receded leaving virtually no lacing. Lots of bubbles still rising after head is gone.

Deep banana bread aroma with other fruit and a yeasty grain aspect - very intense aroma!

Tongue tingling flavors of bananas, clove, and honeyed grain cleansed by plenty of carbonation. There's a noticeable alcohol note too.

Great, creamy mouthfeel. This a a very well crafted beer, but it's almost too intense to enjoy more than one.

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing LNBA denizen ColoradoBobs extoll the virtues of this brew for so long, when I saw it on the shelf at http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ , I had to give it a try.

Poured into 1/2 liter weizen glass. This was a very happy beer, lots and lots of fluffy white head, a bit rocky on top, that had great retention and no lacing. The beer itself was semi-cloudy/hazy golden yellow. And yes, that head is still hanging in there.

The aroma was very wheat forward, with some nice clove undertones, and a touch of yeast spicyness. The flavors had all the aspects the aroma had and added perhaps some bubblegum and fruit.

The body was nicely full, a bit surprisingly so, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good, I can see why CB stocks up on cases of this brew at a time, and I'll be trying to keep a bottle or 2 around.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I wish I had tried sooner. I will certainly be having it again, and so should you.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves little gobs of lacing.

Smells of big yeast and wheat notes.

Tastes of sharp wheat and some sweetness. Notes of banana are evident as well as clove spice and some bubblegum. Has a citric edge also from the wheat.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Photo of Evocatus
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a opaque light honey color with an initially thick bubbly and foamy white head. Aroma was pretty strong in sweet grain and malts. Taste was a mix of spice, cloves, some banana bread, and alcohol. Great carbonation and thickness. I could drink these anytime.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A light colored weizenbock? Surprising yet interesting. Pours a cloudy golden. Big, frothy, white head. Some nice lacing too. Carbonation bubbles seem to go on forever. Quite a beauty in my weizen glass.

S - Smells very fruity. Slightly lemonish.

T - Fruity and a little sweet. Spice notes are definitely there. Some banana notes too. Finishes with some alcoholic bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied and very smooth. Feels wonderful on the tongue.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is the kind of beer I would love to have with brunch on a nice spring morning.

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

Beautiful hazy, deep yellow orange color. 1 inch head.

Smells like a sweet weißbier, slightly soapy. Fruity and inviting.

Sweet, hefeweizen like, but with more flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as heavy as I remember it being, but it's certainly heavier than a weißbier. You don't notice the amount of alcohol in it at all.

Smooth with tingly bubbles.

I love this beer. It's one of my favorite German beers. It drives me crazy that I only know 3 places in Berlin to buy it, and two of them are bars. It's probably not the best beer if you want to drink a lot in one night, as it's slightly heavy, but in terms of Germany's "exotic" beers, i find this one the best.

Photo of MisterE
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle purchased at Ward's Supermarket

A - soft golden honey color with fine foamy head that quickly disappears

S - spiciness and mellow sweetness of banana, wheat, yeast

T - very well balanced - not sweet or bitter - with hints of fruit and spice at first, then comes the malt and the alcohol

M - smooth and without too much carbonation

D - at 7.7 ABV, this is very tasty but not a session beer

One of my favorite wheat beers, Vitus is a triumph of Bavarian art.

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

A-a cloudy orange with about an inch of white foamy head

S-smells of sweet banana, yeast, malts, citrus fruit

T-tastes of a yeasty sweet wheat maltiness with citrus spice, a little bitter hops balances it out

M-good carbonation, very smooth, full body with a sweet syrupy aftertaste

D-very refreshing after a hot day, even with a higher ABV this is a very drinkable beer and one I would gladly drink again

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

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Produced a foamy 2-3 inch head with a white cloudy look. Foam was very tight, but rapidly broke down to a 1/2 inch head with large bubbles. Finished in a thin scum of bubbles on the top after 5 minutes. Cloudy orange color.

Smell: Nice wheaty aroma, with a bit of cloves and citrus.

Taste: nice malty flavor with balance of banana, cloves and wheaty flavors. Nicely big in taste, but refreshing and enjoyable.

Mouth feel: Medium full with a pleasant carbonation texture. Each sip is enjoyable and repeats with no loss of texture. Smooth and drinkable.

Wonderful Weizenbock with pleasant and is very drinkable.

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

0.5 l bottle Weihenstephaner, old brewing tradition, and these guys really hold it high.
Vitus: saint and martyr of 4th century Christianity.

Great look of golden with a nice fluffy head, slightly hazy, and the carbonation forms a tornado of bubbles in my glass.

Smell and taste is malty, with scent of bread, cloves and citrus, intriguing yeastiness, plus hops and banana on the burp.
Not sweet, but very well balanced with bitter notes.

The drink is very smooth, with a dry finish.

I would say the weihenstephaner have done great. I'm very glad i bought this.
This one is absolutely top. Beer as it should be.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich yellow hue edging toward straw with a touch of haze. Plenty of apparent effervescence and a thick, pillowy ivory head. Looks good.

Smell: rich, sweet wheaty aroma; quite strong, like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Taste: big malt bomb with the refreshing character of wheat. Nice clove/banana hefeweizen flavors here, but they are really taken to the next level. This manages to be a relatively big beer but refreshing as well. Brauerei Weihenstephan rarely disappoints me. I'm really quite enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: body is slightly heavy; there's a nice carbonation and a thick, rich, almost syrupy consistency. It's almost like carbonated malt-flavored cough syrup; this is right up my alley.

Drinkability: it's tasty and feels good, but it also is really hitting my gut like a bomb. Usually heavy beers don't disable me like this, but this one does. Otherwise, a very nice beer indeed.

Photo of cooncat
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review, and thanks to Adamette for the sample to review.

Poured at 50°F into my SA glass. A medium pour down the middle produces a 3 to 4 inch foamy head which is as white as a big cumulus cloud on a sunny day. The color of the brew is definitely not to style, as it is straw yellow. Weizenbocks should (by BJCP guidelines) be quite a bit darker; like a Dunkelweizen. The turbidity of the brew is spot on though. Some nice lacing is left on the glass, but not as much as I'd expected from the mountainous head.

The nose is very similar to a typical Hefeweizen. Phenols of clove are abundant as should be. There's also a light peppery background in there, as well as banana. Missing are the dark fruit (raisins, dates, plums) aromas I would expect in this style. Nevertheless, quite clean, with no fusel notes at all.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with clove forward spiciness coming to the fore. The light peppery flavor is more dominant (I think) than banana. No fusels, which is good, but there are also no dark fruit flavors either. The bready flavors are in there though.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and carbonation is very good, making for a very refreshing drink. While this tastes like a hefe, its in a class of its own, with everything taking a big step up from the average hefe. Exceedingly drinkable, each sip invites you back for another to revisit the complexity. I only wish that some of the missing flavors and aromas were in there as well .. that would put it close to a near perfect score for me (I've never given a perfect score, so keep that in mind).

One of the oldest breweries, Weihenstephaner has produced a wonderful Weizenbock. It's not 'spot on' for the style, but its so good, unless you're a purist, you won't mind at all. Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje! (or, in this case, Prost!)

Photo of woosterbill
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Not at all what I was expecting based on prior experience with weizenbocks, this beer looks exactly like Duvel in the tulip: pale gold body up to the middle of the lettering, and an immense, fluffy off-white head perched majestically atop it. It recedes slowly, and I top it off a few times so that the head stretches above the rim of the glass - it's solid enough to go over half an inch over without threatening a spill. Some yeast sediment swirls through the body, eventually lending a bit of haze. It's a beautiful beer, but doesn't look at all like the style it's supposed to be.

S: Maybe it's Duvel-like appearance is making me crazy, but my first impression of the nose is that it seems slightly more Belgian than German - tons of fruity esters (apples and figs), and some decided spice in addition to bready malt. As it warms some more traditional wheat and banana notes arrive, but they're still less apparent than the spicy, Belgian-esque esters. Quite sweet and enjoyable overall, although perhaps a bit too dizzying with the complexity of yeast notes - but that's a good problem to have.

T: Sweet, bready malt starts things off smoothly, followed by bright fruity esters (some pear, as well as the apple and fig from the nose), followed by some alcohol and spice on the finish and, finally, a yeasty aftertaste. Overall, good balance among disparate flavors, but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M: Sticky medium body with a great amount of rich, lively carbonation - and it needs every bubble to help combat cloyingness.

D: Doesn't do much to hide the rather moderate ABV, and the sweetness is a tad overwhelming. Still, I don't expect too much more from a weizenbock.

Notes: This is definitely a delicious and well-made brew (and one that I would recommend to just about anyone), but I can't get over how little it resembles, say, Aventinus. Light body, no noticeable dark fruits, and only sweet breadiness from the malt profile. It reminds me more of Unibroue's Don de Dieu than anything else, and I kind of dig the Belgian attributes (as much as I was surprised by them). As with everything else I've had from Weihenstephan, this is more than worth a shot - just don't expect anything like an Aventinus.


Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a cloudy straw yellow with a creamy white head leaving a decent lace on the glass.

S-the nose has a fair bit of fruit yeast with some light notes of spice to it. a fair bit of pear, green apple, lemon, hints of banana. there is some light toasted bread with hints of yeasty spice in the back.

T-the taste isn't quite as full as the nose. the fruitiness is still there, light caramel malt and some toasted bread up front, the banana, pear, and lemon come in behind with just a touch of white peppery spice in the back.

M-good body, medium chewy body with a slick crisp finish and assertive carbonation.

D-this is very tasty, the flavor is slightly watered down compared to the nose but still extremely solid. great flavors working well together with a touch of alcohol in the finish. I like it a lot!

Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle served into a weissbier glass

Pours out all foam at first, generating a full four fingers of head that takes on the pale shade of banana flesh. The body is substantially lighter in color than other weizenbocks I've had; VITUS sits in the glass a lemon yellow with a nice balance of translucency and haze. The head eventually settles down into a fluffy two fingers with a decided creaminess at its center.

Tangy wheat is the dominant aroma as one might expect. There's a bit of brewing spice and a slight vegetal quality that smells like a squash or a gourd of some sort. There is a trace of nutmeg and rubbing alcohol (though this is by no means a beer flush with alcohol heat, its more the astringency of rubbing alcohol that I pick up). This is good but it isn't really what I'd call complex.

The squash flavor from the nose manifests itself in a hefe-like banana taste. There are fleeting traces of creme fraiche but mostly this is a sweet beer. Candy corn and zippy, lemony wheat along with a tiny bit of alcohol. Again, this isn't complex in comparison to superior weizenbocks such as Aventinus.

This feels lighter in the mouth than it really is, only upon swallow do you get a sense of the medium-bodied nature of VITUS. There is plenty of carbonation to this beer but it never really feels too prickly on your tongue. A sharper mouthfeel might have been an improvement. For what it is, VITUS is certainly drinkable. You won't want more than one bottle and the one bottle you do want has a tendency to go as quickly as a lot of hefewiezens do.

This is a fine, fine beer. It suffers in my mental perception for not being a worthy opponent to Aventinus but ignoring that very different weizenbock will allow you to enjoy what VITUS brings to the table.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Pours cloudy apricot in color with three fingers of foam that quickly rush to the surface and fill the glass. Takes two pours to fit the entire bottle into the glass.

The aroma is full of a banana yeastiness. Banana really dominates, and it is quite aromatic.

First sip is punctuated with a sharp yeasty bite, followed by a ton of malty body. Wheat malt really shows through.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, almost chewy. Much fuller than I expected. For that reason, it is not quite as quaffable as I'd prefer, but it does expertly hide the 7.7% ABV.

I can't say I've had too many weizenbocks before (Victory Moonglow and Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel are the only two that come to mind), but this beer really is flavorful and full of character. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the style.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for the awesome selection at the store.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a gradient golden ranging from pale golden to light golden. A fair amount of head that faded relatively quickly leaving no lacing on the glass, and just a thin layer on top. Good, but not great.

S: I smell almost nothing but banana. Just the ever-so-slightest hint of spice. Definitely leaves something to be desired.

T: Tastes a little stale, honestly. Banana and cloves abound, but I pick up a nice, hefty malt background present too. Very good.

M: Well crafted mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, but everything else runs smoothly. Nice somewhat slick residue left behind. Crisp, without being overly dry. I like it.

D: This is easy on the palate. Crisp, smooth, refreshing, tasty. I could easily drink some more of these.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus
Brauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Weizenbock
ABV: 7.70 %, 500ml bottle to wheat glass

Appearance is a golden honey color, semi cloudy, excellent fluffy head & retention.
Smell is bold banana/fruity aromas on a light wheat malt base, with a dash of the booze from the abv.
Tastes as it smells. A nice description would be an "Imperial Hefeweizen" with a dash of abv/booze from the same brewer. A lighter style Weizenbock, more banana/fruit, no noticeable dark wheat/caramel/toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium thin body, medium++ carbonation, less "creamy" mouthfeel than most wheat beers & hefeweizens.
Drinkability is high for a lighter Weizenbock example, more of an Imperial Hefeweizen than a true Weizenbock, but still very nice.

Nice to drink on a weizenbock starter brew day :) for inspiration...less sediment than expected, may not be the best candidate for a yeast harvest, I would use Sierra Kellerweis before Vituss...

Photo of SilentSabre
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Absolutely terrific. Poured up a pale yellow colour with a bit of cloudiness; almost white around the edges when held up to a lamp. Head is loosely-knit white suds that fade away after a few moments leaving only a blanket of frost. Smell is an explosion of spice with a bit of an earthy mustiness. Very nice. Taste, too, is big spice with a bit of bitterness towards the finish. This drinks a little bit below the advertised 7,7% and has a moderately carbonated mouthfeel. A very, very solidly crafted Weizenbock and a well-built beer in its own right. Impressive.

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, maize color on top and a hazy, pale yellow on bottom. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, citrus, clove, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, and slight tart malt. Overall, good aroma, blend, body, but too much effervescence.

Photo of Wegbier
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a- a typical helles color, dirty blond haze with a consistent but light creamy white head, nearly no lacing at all.

s- big banana(as i would expect from Weinstephaner) with lots of wheaty lemon and soft clove

t- spice, banana, lemon, wheat. bold. coriander like.
now with yeast and so much banana cream, so much

m- most enjoyable part of this beer, it is so smooth and creamy like a lightly carbonated milk, very enjoyable. so milky. nice medium fulll body

d- yes

meant to get a dunkles but this is nice to have a around especially at 7,7abv

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

0.5L bottle poured into a weizen glass

Pours an extremely hazy golden orange with a huge, fluffy paper white cap that took its time settling to a thin layer. Streams of bubbles move vigorously to the top. Some mild lacing.

Aroma is of clove, chalk and banana with just a hint of lemon rind. Doughy yeast reminiscent of undercooked bread.

Fresh wheat up front allow the banana and spiciness from the clove some room to play. Lemony citrus dominates the middle before giving way to warming in the finish. Malt heavy with just a little bit of citrus hops peeking through.

Smooth, creamy body. Luscious with a medium body. A chalky like presence that is throwing me off a little bit.

Pleasantly drinkable with a full flavor profile. Too easy to drink for the 7.7% the bottle boasts.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a thick, if not too persistent, fluffy white head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and a little lemony with malty and rubbery hints. Refreshing flavor is crisp, malty, yeasty and lemony with a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is strongly tingly, yet it slides smoothly down the pipes. It leaves a nice tingle on the tongue and inside the lips.

Photo of bob3701
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ennglish style pint glass. The appearance surprised me very light for this style. Very cloudy pale yellow with a big creamy white head that hangs around for a while before going into a thin film with minimal lacing. Bananna and clove aroma with some breadiness to it too. Sweet taste with bananna and clove with a citrusy finish. This was good to drink but a bit of surprise since its a lot more weizen and not much bock.

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

25 oz to imperial pint
No freshness date

A: LOTS of carbonation and a semi-vigourous pour elicited a 4-finger white head. Hazy straw which was a complete surprise as a pale Weizmann was new to me. No lace

S: Wheat and bread malt notes with coriander, apple and pear sweetness on the nose.

T: A nice grassy hop finish with some warming from the alcohol. The middle is full of a citric caramel but wheat dominated the flavor. Some coriander and banana flavors were apparent as well.

M: Creamy with small bubble carbonation and slick on the finish from the wheat and hop.

D: Smooth and light for a weizenbock and a moderate ABV.

Overall this was a surprise. Not only for the deviation from style color but the taste and aromas as well. The complex blend of wheat sweetness and maltiness characteristic of a weizenbock but keeping it light was exquisite. Great for a fall day in the Midwest!

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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