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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
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2,644 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,644
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 165
Gots: 192 | 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 sliverX
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a hazy "weizen" yellow, with a wispy white head that faded down to a film around the edges, left some pretty good lacing nonetheless
smell was wheat and banana
taste was sweet as hell, wheat and banana dominated
mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly well carbonated
drinkability was smooth and easy drinking and it went down way too well for 7.7%

sliverX, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into nonic style glass.

A: Pretty pale compared to what I expected. Almost no head despite a vigorous pour, no lacing to speak of either.

S: Smells of lemon, clove, mildly of banana. Very appealing and other citrus is present too. This is nice, but not a LOT of aroma without a swirl of the glass.

T: Overly dominated by lemon I cannot imagine someone dumping a piece of lemon in here. Lots of spices (maybe allspice?), lemon zest is super present, some wheaty yeast and banana are in the back, but up front is also a lot of sourness which I feel comes from the lemon zest tastes.

M: A little thin and way overcarbonated for me. Too slick also.

D: I could honestly drink this all night. Would have no problems whatsoever making it the only beer of the night.

I enjoyed it alot, although it is not my favorite beer due to the overwhelming citrus tastes.

thirdeye11, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like so many others, ColoradoBobs made me want to try this beer. I managed to find one at Julio's in Westboro, Mass.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an Aventinus glass a hazy, pale straw yellow. Talk about unexpected. A 3-finger white head befitting a wheat beer forms on top and slowly drops to one finger and holds strong.

SMELL: It's yeasty - not a whole lot of banana, but pretty heavy on the clove. A lemony citrus aroma holds strong as well. The wheat smells light and sweet with a crisp tartness. No indication that this is any sort of bock-strength beer.

TASTE: Holy... It's a hefeweizen, but so much more. It definitely tastes bigger, but it's still so light on the palate. There's no sickly sweetness whatsoever, and the whole banana/clove/estery flavors come up just enough to balance. The slightest bit of warming alcohol is there across the palate, but it's wheaty bliss all the way through the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Appropriately medium full, but with a light pillowy feel that you'd expect from a hefeweizen. Carbonation is on the higher side.

DRINKABILITY: How to make a weizenbock more drinkable: make it taste like a hefeweizen. Stunning. You know this beer is bigger than it should be, but it drinks just the same.

This is a home run for sure. Everyone should subscribe to the gospel according to ColoradoBobs and drink one of these now!

jmalex, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of pwsoldier
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an absolutely clear straw yellow with a huge, rocky head. BUT, the introduction of the sediment from the bottom created a really cool-looking invasion of cloudiness in my Weihenstephaner glass that gradually brought the beer to a cloudy yellow. The transition from clear to cloudy was way too cool to watch. Very impressive. Once the head finally disappears though, this beer looks pretty uninteresting. Virtually no lacing to speak of. If it weren't for that, I would've given it a 5 because of the sediment addition alone.

S - Clove, citrus, and some other spices dominate, with the expected banana aromas poking through in the background. Some earthy yeast and wheat aromas come through as well.

T - Sweet fruit flavors dominate up front with some spice and earthy notes coming through in the finish. Citrus sweetness is balanced nicely by the spices and a mild hop presence.

M - Medium-bodied with a somewhat wet finish. Very smooth and kinda creamy, like a good weizenbock should be.

D - Sweet mother of Zeus, I could drink this stuff all night!!!

pwsoldier, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC before we could get it here in GA. Poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw like yellow with a slight tint of orange. There is a very tiny bubble white head that is a fills all the space in the glass from the .5l line all the way to the rim. Just the slightest bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: Classic wheat beer aroma including the coriander spice smell. Hints of what seems like orange and possibly lemon peel. Its an interesting aroma.

T: This tastes a lot like a Hefe but with a lot of the flavors cranked up. Big wheat beer flavor with loads of spice character. I think its coriander, but its much more spicy than I would expect so maybe its something else. There are definitely orange and lemon citrus notes. A tasty beer.

M: Its a bit prickly from the spice and carbonation. It is medium in body.

D: The beer disappeared quickly for me. The alcohol is well hidden. However, if you are not a big fan of spice character in beer, this may not be the one for you. Luckily, I love it when it is done right like this one is.

GatorBeerNerd, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours quite hazy and orange golden in color. Large, white head tops the beverage and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Corriander and black pepper and sweet yeast. Lemon peel as well. Large dose of banana.

More corriander and yeast in the flavor. TOns of banana in the flavor. More light fruits as well. Fairly sweet and bready, doughy.

Medium bodied and fairly chewy. Good carbonation and overall a pleasant beer. VEry drinkable; easily drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a cloudy lemon yellow, two fingers of snowy cover on top. Looks attractive and refreshing. The bottom yeasties took some patient bottle-swirling to dislodge, but they kick up the cloudiness even more.

Aroma - doughy yeast, plenty of banana and clove character.

Taste - good flavor to the grain base, on the sweeter side. The banana really comes out with the sugary front taste. The yeast and spice occur more mid-palate and post-swallow. A full flavor and with great flavor balance all around. This is kind of what I would imagine an Imperial Weizen to taste like, though the abv is understated even at 7.7.

Mouthfeel - quite crisp for a weizenbock. Pretty decent body, could use a little more grain and/or abv smoothness/slickness.

Drinkability - this comes across as more weizeny than bocky. The malts are a little too lost in the yeast and spices, but those flavors are so tasty, I don't mind. The alcohol is well-masked and for this style, that's impressive. I look forward to trying this in the upcoming months at a barbecue or two.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive thick head that shows amazing retention. Cloudy light honey amber color.

Aroma is rather strong and is as expected. Banana, close, yeast. A touch of dough.

Flavor is very interesting. Certainly some clove, banana up front, but then there is an interesting bread flavor. Almost reminds me of a nice fresh loaf of sourdough. There is a lingering banana flavor that mixes with some black pepper... I would not guess this to be north of 7% abv.

Mouth feel is slightly chalky but not too much. There is a thickness to the beer, but not like a thick stout.. Just a bit of texture.

Nicely drinkable. I can't believe I enjoy these beers now. Good stuff.

I essentially tried this because of many BA'ers going nuts over this beer.

I can see why.

Reagan1984, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw colored beer, with very active carbonation. White cap is fluffy and foamy. The head maintains a thin layer the whole way down. Leaves occasional large patches of lace.

S: Slightly musty, with a generous dose of cloves and hay, plus a hint of banana.

T: Starts out sharp and dry. The taste of raw grains is quite evident. Bitterness provides a well balanced bite of clove and coriander. The tingle of carbonation helps the bitterness along. Finishes tart and dry, with lingering lemon and raw wheat flavors.

M: Medium body is grainy and coarse. Carbonation level is high like it should be, and leaves a tingle on the tongue that lasts long after the beer has left the mouth behind.

D: Kind of like a regular hefe turned up to 11. The extra body lets you know this is a strong beer, yet it drinks lighter than it is. I wished the banana factor was a bit higher, but otherwise this is very nice.

Rayek, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Thanks to UGADawgGuy for his efforts to bring this to Georgia.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, with a huge, fluffy head of cotton candy like foam that rises a full inch above the rim of my weizen glass without falling over. Beautiful. Settles to a finger of off-white foam that you could probably use as shaving cream. Clings to the sides in sheets.

Aroma is, whoa, banana! Hello! Like a banana cream pie, sure as shit. Lactose smell is reminscent of a malted milk shake. Clove and nutmeg in there, too.

Taste is of sugar cookie and grainy wheat, followed by a Juicy-Fruit center of banana, pineapple, and bubble gum. Just when you think you are drinking candy, a solid hit of tangy, slightly lemony yeast and spicy hops cleans up the palate. Coriander, clove, and sage in the long, mildly sour finish. Some of that banana lingers as well.

Creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Very slick, despite the active carbonation that holds that cap all the way down. Delicious.

Although good enough to be savored, it goes down as smooth as the spritziest hefeweizen. Alcohol is well hidden, with only the sweet slickness that suggests a high OG.

Remarkable beer that really has no equal that I have had. It would pair nicely with any number of foods, from salad to dessert. Weihenstephan is the bomb!

firkinhophead, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Jerico
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a pint bottle.

A - light gold with a ton of fluffy head, that dissipates pretty quick but leaves a layer behind.

S - sweet, fruity and vibrant, with bread and banana and little bit of citrus and spice in there.

T/M/D - very smooth and balanced, with a hint of a hoppy bite that really makes this one interesting. The alcohol hides pretty well, but I can tell its there from the warming feeling. I'll be looking for this one again!

Jerico, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a massive foamy white head -- head was gone very quickly.

Huge sweet wheat husk and banana scents.

Sweet, dusty wheat, yeasty goodness, some fruitiness, a little tart dryness, and subtle alcohol. Delicious.

Light on the tongue and palate, but with some good astringent finishing qualities.

Overall, a big winner. Nice and drinkable, even at 7.7%. Try this.

OtherShoe2, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/3/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy-ish/clear-ish yellow colored body, with a big foamy white head. Has a flowery clover smelling aroma. Some banana in the nose too. Taste is banana, flowery fruity, maybe some citrus. Wow, refreshing, and light. Gooood. But like most German beers, this one is probably fresh.

jujubeast6000, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets a lovely aroma of honey, bubblegum, clove and spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose in a very nice way. There is plenty of flavor in this excellent beer, and it has almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. It's slightly sweet, but is not at all cloying or heavy on the palate. The alcohol is very well disguised, and this beer is so drinkable it's ridiculous. I think I drank my glass in about 5 minutes and was still trying to figure out where it went so quickly.

Delicious stuff.

John_M, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the immortal words of ColoradoBobs:

VVV
III
TTT
UUU
SSS
!!!!

This head pours bigger than Randy Travis' head, a huge white Mt. Vesuvius Head with beautiful yellow banana highlights and golden grain body. Just beautiful to look at.

Yeasty smell, banana, earthy, citrusy. Wish there was a scratch and sniff sticker of this beer in the Weihenstephaner glass.

Sweet, cloves, banana, good malt backbone, creamy. Kinda like those new gums they have out in the small boxes, all white cubes with sweet fruits mixed in.

Sweet finish. Excellent beer. This brewery does no wrong. Had their Dark Weiss on tap last week, sorry Bobs as much as this is a good beer, the dark weiss beats its ass like a bongo.

Murchmac, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Bobo77
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Friar Tuck's. Poured into a weizen glass to produce a thick, frothy, and very lumpy head. The body resembled your typical hefeweizen. The smell of bubblegum and cloves permeated the air.

The taste is that of a nuclear powered bananna - clove - bubblegum bomb. So tasty that the alcohol burn is almost entirely missed.
The mouthfeel is rich but not overbearing. Thouroughly enjoyable for me, I would put (St.)Vitus up next to Aventinus any day. Weihenstephaner always seems to produce the highest level of quality.

Bobo77, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Layers of banana, vanilla, clove and spice that has a complexity and mouth feel that is uncommon for the style. Intensely sweet, but strongly balanced and flavored. Nose showcases typical weisse notes. Light golden colored with a filmy white head. Stunning wheat ale.

Crosling, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. Light lemon yellow pour with a billowing head. Huge banana nose, with notes of yeast and brown bread and biscuit. Very, very nice. Taste is similar with banana and a lot of breadiness. A little bit of spiciness on the back end, more cinnamon than black pepper. Finish is a touch watery, but that is my only knock on this beer. Perhaps I am not terribly familiar with the style and thus lack a baseline for review. Regardless, this beer is fantastic and I am absolutely loving it. For me, more impressive than the highly rated hefeweissbeer. Pick this up, its fantastic....

yeastsipper, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle semi-aggressively to form a 3.5 finger head. Dies down pretty quickly to almost nothing...a small ring

An overhead view of Pac Man forms in the remaining head, which is awesome because I love Pac Man.

Nose is orange peel, lemon zest, kumquats and clove, all of which comes through when you taste it.

Once it hits your tongue there's more spice than you can detect on the nose; a bit of black pepper comes through. It's not all citrus fruits, either. There is definitely some banana coming through too. Slightly sour and funky. I love this.

The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy. There is a peppery, alcoholic sting on your tongue that I really enjoy.

A fine beer.

photomike, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of mmmbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle, with some code on the back label; 17 IBUs. The beer is a pale yellowed-gold, with lots of carbonation that builds up three fingers of bright white head. Vibrant and enticing. The aroma starts grassy, with wheat and banana close behind, and a gentle fruity/spicy component to round things out. Similar flavor, with yeast, a touch of banana, clove spiciness, light bitterness, and some warming alcohol. The flavor really opens up as it warms, and the sweetness increases with the temperature. Light and crisp at the beginning, medium and incredibly smooth by the end, with a lingering spice. This is not necessarily a complex beer, but it is so damn tasty and pretty cheap to boot. A classic in the world of weizenbocks.

mmmbeer, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of nightcrawler
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As I poured this beer into a glass the fruity smell was strong and the color was a great hazy yellow/tan. I was excited to taste it.

Mmmmm... first sip was yeasty with a slight sour finish. Swishing it around a bit in my mouth brought hints of the alcohol in it. Second sip, it was still good. Alcohol seems a bit more up front with sour finish more obvious.

By the time I finished the glass,all I could taste was the alcohol to start and on the finish, the sour taste was overpowering everything else, hinting of a dish soap flavor.

Since this was a bomber, I gassed and capped the rest. I guess one glass at a time is enough for me. This is the only Weihenstephaner I would have to think twice about buying again.

nightcrawler, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger of white head recedes to a thick lace. Much lighter color than I expected - golden straw colored cloudy liquid.
S: Belgian golden notes, raisin, fruit, candied nuts, slight bread, spices like coriander with a slight Hoegaarden edge.
T: Tastes almost like Hoegaarden. Belgiany, not so much dark fruit as green grapes or citrus. Very tasty and different than other Weizenbocks I've had.
M: Dry and tannic. Tangy, almost like a wild ale or a dry red wine.
D: High drinkability. This is a delicious beer that satisfies and entices me for another drink.

dfillius, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Biggness
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light and cloudy amber with a large head and tons of lacing. The smell is of bananas and malt. The flavor has a very nice malt base to it with a nice and smooth banana flavor coming from the yeast. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy with a nice carbonation level. Incredibly drinkable brew I will purchase this again!

Biggness, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy 3+ finger medium-thick bright white head. Medium to higher levels of carbonation evident that eventually mellows out. Very opaque and the colour is a bright golden poppy or amber yellowish-orange. Colour is very nice. Head is pretty persistent. A thick cap stays the whole way down and leaves some nice lacing. I've seen lots of weizen and this is probably the best looking one I've ever seen. Can't imagine it getting any better than this.

SMELL: Wheat malt, cloves, and a strong scent of bananas and lemon smack you in the face right away. A nice strong and pleasant scent.

TASTE: Wheat malt, clove, and a strong dose of banana and citrus lemon as well. A healthy dose of spicy alcohol underlines everything as well. The aftertaste is similar to the initial taste and is strong and very long lasting. Alcohol lingers in the back until the end too. A very pleasant taste, but I'd like the alcohol to be hidden a little better.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, goes down somewhat rough with a little bite at the very end. Finishes on the sticker side. I'd like it to be a little smoother.

OVERALL: This is good. The ABV is too high to make it a session beer, but it's very enjoyable and quite drinkable as well. This is like their regular hefeweizen on steroids. A pleasure through and through, one I'll definitely pick up again when I see it. I might even age a few to see if the alcohol mellows and it smoothens out over time. That would just make it killer drinkable and send it over the top.

Jeffo, Mar 01, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

This one pours a pale golden yellow. Massive white head. Retains pretty well, leaving uneven sheets of lacing.

Smells like a hefe, mostly of clove and banana, with the banana taking the lead. Smells awesome.

Taste follows the nose. Huge banana flavor, with clove spice and bubble gum. There's alcohol in this? Who knew? I sure can't taste it. 7.7% is expertly masked.

Feel is excellent. Full and sticky. The carbonation is nice and tingly, not overdone or fizzy. Love the spice finish on the tongue.

This is amazingly drinkable. This bottle was like $2.99. Are you kidding me? What a steal! I think this jumps Lion Stout as my best beer bargain. Phenomenal beer.

Gyle41386, Feb 26, 2009
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,644 ratings.