Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.8/5 rDev +12.7%
Wow. This is the one I have been wanting for a while.
Have you ever had the taste for a certain type of beer, but you weren't sure where to find it? Nothing you have had previously was quite the one you were looking for. You had a pretty damn good idea what flavors you were craving, but just couldn't fill the void of taste that you were experiencing. That's been me for about two weeks. Not anymore. I found it!
This gem of a brew pours a nice golden yellow color with just the slightest bit of haze. Big, fluffy white head rises above the lip of the glass. Not much lacing, but that's ok. Lots of bubbles racing to the surface.
The aroma is filled with banana, clove, pepper, and a bit of yeast. Touch of alcohol comes through, also. Wheat and a touch of fig is noticeable, too. Smells yummy. As it warms, the spices become stronger.
The flavor nails it. Dead on for the style, imo, and my cravings. Warming banana spice bread seems to be filling my mouth. Maybe a bit of raisins in there too...just a few though. A little bit of bubblegum comes in for a second, just to sweeten it up a tad. Nice spice character works well with fruitiness. This one is damn tasty.
Smooth body with just a touch of prickleyness (is that even a word?) on the tongue. A little bit warming, but the alcohol isn't really noticed. Extremely drinkable. The extra bottle I bought is now gone. I'll be picking more of this up on my next visit to the store.
10-29-2008 00:10:09 | More by Imstillthegman
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Served on tap along with a Hefeweissbier; colors are remarkably similar, mostly golden and hazy. The Vitus has a little grayish tinge to it. In bar light, it's not much different at all.
Awesome, full clove and banana bouquet that leaps out of the glass as strongly as it's cousin. The flavor is strong and pronounced, not very much different from the original weizen.
The alcohol is a little more pronounced, the herbal character more prominent, and the mouthfeel a touch less creamy. Great beer.
10-26-2008 22:06:29 | More by BretSikkink
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
After all the LNBA (ColoradoBobs) talk of Vitus lately I had to pick up a bottle the other day. Vitus fills my mug with a lemon yellow beer and numerous streams of carbonation rushing to the surface. After a swirl and pour the yeast cloud grows throughout the body causing haziness throughout. The bubbly head easily rose to three fingers but fell just as quickly to a thick cap with good lasting power. The head is slick and doesn't do much sticking down the glass.
This beer smells like warm banana bread with a healthy backbone of spices. White pepper and clove are the first two that come to mind and really pop as this beer warms. The yeast used is throwing around all kinds of esters along with the spiciness including mild pineapple and bubblegum. The wheat adds a subtle sour twang but this beer is all about the yeast.
The flavor really jumps out with big notes of ripe banana and the peppery quality of green bananas. Dried somewhat sugary pineapple dives in mid-palate combining with the banana and soon joined by bubblegum and the spiciness noted in the aroma. I'm happy to say the clove is mild and accentuates the flavor instead of detracting. Clove is one of those spices for me that can easily be overpowering. This is an incredibly unique beer that I have yet to find anything along the same lines. Vitus is a tasty beer.
The body on this beer is where it should be. As it hits the tongue it feels a little light but the carbonation quickly kicks in and transforms the body into liquid velvet. The carbonation is lively enough to snap across the tongue while the body works through.
A pint of Vitus just isn't enough in a sitting. It's too bad this beer isn't cheaper and sold in 6-packs, which would be the way to go.
I've passed this beer up over and over again for the last year. I like all that Weihenstephaner does but I just kept passing this one up in favor of American micros. Thanks for talking this up so much ColoradoBobs, hard to tell when I would have tried it had it not been for your constant pimping.
10-25-2008 21:49:10 | More by joe1510
4.85/5 rDev +13.8%
After reading all about this brew on ColoradoBobs posts, I had to try it. That white tiger is enough to scare even Siegfried & Roy.
Pours with a huge four finger crackly sounding, cloud like head. Huge valleys and peaks to this one, but not much lacing. Hazy light honey yellow.
Smell is of lemon oil, bitter green apples, slight warming from the booze, nice lager yeast background, light and bright fruits. Good smell in my book.
Taste is also with the lemon oil, light fruits, but more of a grain profile as well, hops are there but don't get in the way of the light flavors probably Hallertau, Taste is slightly on the trappist side but very lightly. I'm trying to taste something but can't get it, I'm gonna have to say, Muscat?
Mouthfeel is great, very refreshing and clean, would be wonderful on a hot day or with a meal.
Drinkability is huge, got to say Bobs you called it on this one, what else you got?
10-25-2008 07:28:51 | More by currysage1
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
This beer was tasted from the 500mL bottle in an oversized wine goblet.
I am quite surprised pouring this beer that it comes out quite pale and cloudy. This seems to be more along the lines of the color of a hefeweizen and not the dark amber that I was expecting. A fluffy white head erupts that provides a good amount of staying power and laces nicely.
The aroma is up front with banana and cloves. Its actually amazing how spicy the yeast comes across.
The taste comes in a lot sweeter than the smell suggested. Lots of banana and spicey clove. A bit of caramel character, but overall this beer just comes across as a huge hefe with tons of character.
THe mouthfeel is where the beer really separates from a hefe. It is quite full bodied but still has the lively carbonation.
Overall, this is quite tasty. Its a bit different than a traditional weizenbock. Its quite tasty and fairly easy to drink. Still it has tons of character and satisfies nicely.
10-24-2008 02:11:57 | More by MSchae1017
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy, very pale golden color with thick, soapy head which dissipates into a thin layer which laces the glass well.
Smells bright with lemon & yeast.
High yeast character blends with lemon & banana fruit flavors and a slight hop note. A bit of spice (clove/pepper) to the flavor as well.
Creamy yet dry in the mouth. Leaves a very dry, champagne-like finish similar to what I've had with a Belgian tripel.
My first weisenbock, I'm enjoying the new flavors of which I haven't found in other German styles. Nothing to compare it to s till leaves me feeling this is another "best" from Weihenstephaner.
10-18-2008 11:44:58 | More by Natural510
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a dirty murky straw color with a tall dense white head that dissipates into a light cap. I was a little surprised by the straw color, expected brown. The aroma is fantastic, bananas and clove, lemon and a touch of metal. The taste is of banana creame pie, the extra malt presence gives Vitus a smoother taste than their Hefe. There is a nice rustic and earthy flavor to this. The feel is moderate, with soft carbonation, giving the brew a velvety smoothness, finishes sweet but in balance, very nice. Another exceptional brew from Weihenstephan. Great hefe flavors with a nice silky feel.
10-15-2008 01:35:31 | More by Gmann
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
4.5 appearance: cloudy straw. impressive finely bubbled head with decent staying power and lacing.
4.5 smell: bananas! some of the best, slightly overripe bananas ever detected in a beer. and, thanks to my daughter who took a sniff and suggested pineapple, i do smell pineapple in there too! half an upside down cake under a load of bananas.
4 taste: like the smell, but pretty straightforward and not really adding much else. good, but not as complex as i expected from a 7.7% with this bouquet. there is a lso a bit of alcoholic bite, but not the bad, disconnected kind.
3.5-4 mouthfeel: body is medium+, finish is buttery (maybe more in flavor than texture, no actual diacetyl detected), thick, and a little syrupy.
3.5-4 drinkability: very good brew. not the sort of thing i'd want every day, but this should be enjoyed at least several times a year.
10-14-2008 01:02:28 | More by brewmudgeon
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
Cool friuty yeast effect with a backbone of malt and hints of wheat malt. I get a little lemon and citrus but mostly fruity esters.
I was pretty surprised atthe golden color since pretty much every Weizenbock I've ever encountered has been brown. But this is very clear with a nice white head at first that fades to a big rim around my glass and leaves good lacing.
Wow, like their standard Hefe kicked up a few nothes. Lots of spicy estery flavor, lots of tart wheat malt flavor that comes of a little lemony but with WAAAY more sweet malt than their standard offering. Hop balance is good on the bittering but there isn't any hop flavor, as it should for the style it relies on the base malt/wheat malt and yeast for the big flavor! I REALLY like it.
Medium full bodied with a good creamy carbonation level.
I've never run across a German Weizenbock quite like this. I've had U.S. brewed "Imperial Hefes" that are a little like this but not nearly as good. It's basically a Big Ass Hefeweizen suitable as a winter warmer with all the refreshing character of a great Weiss Bier. Now that I know of this bier, I will probably have lots of it.
10-14-2008 00:46:37 | More by czechsaaz
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
A- Pours a beautiful totally cloudy light orange color. The head is 2 fingers in height, fluffy and has nice retention
S- Very nice banana, clove, a touch of dark fruit, nice spice, light white pepper, and a balanced hopiness.
T- Starts out with a nice citrus of orange and banana, some light clove, a touch of graham, some white pepper. Finishes with some melon and clean wheatiness.
M- Carbonation is light-med but works great for the style.
D- This is very drinkable, especially at 7.7%. The alcohol is well hidden. I would rank this as second place for weizenbocks in my book.
10-13-2008 03:53:56 | More by Greggy
4.83/5 rDev +13.4%
I bought this at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.
This pours a hazy yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.
The smell has notes of wheat, clove, sweet malt, and some citrus. Nice.
The taste has a healthy wheat flavour along with some yeastiness, strong notes of banana, mild notes of clove, nice sweet malty tones, and some citrus.
Medium mouthfeel here and very well carbonated, it finishes spicy and with a kick of some lemon citrus.
Very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden and I could sip on this all day!
Head retention turned out to be very good and there's plenty of sticky lacing.
Bottom line: This is a very well crafted Weizenbock and when it comes down to it, I prefer it over the also excellent Aventinus. I wish it was available locally.
10-12-2008 18:12:54 | More by Bitterbill
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
A Huge white, fulffy head. Great retention and some nice sticky lacing is left behind. The body is a cloudy yellow with lots of strands of carbonation bubbles moving quickly.
Aroma is of banana and a little bit of clove.
This beer is like a ramped-up hefeweizen, not a weizenbock. It looks, smells, and tastes a lot like a hefe. Banana, sweet and also bitter from the wheat. A fantastic beer.
Pretty damn drinkable, what a great beer.
10-11-2008 14:54:10 | More by Hojaminbag
4.75/5 rDev +11.5%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml. or 1 pint .9oz bottle into a weizen glass.
Appearance: It had a golden color, which was lighter than I had expected and a hazy unfiltered body. The head is just off white in color and builds up tall and thick then very slowly fades making slick patchy lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma had sweet malty wheat notes with yeast and estery fruitiness.
Taste/Mouth feel: There are estery flavor notes of banana, apple, golden raison and bubble gum within a mildly sweet and tangy wheat malt. Also there are hints of clove and some mild spicy hops for balance. It has a solid medium body with a palate that is smooth and a touch slick with pleasing carbonation.
10-09-2008 21:43:07 | More by generallee
4.43/5 rDev +4%
Pours from a 500ml brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. It has a hazy golden yellow color with lots of foamy white head. It settles slowly but leaves no lacee.
Aroma is spicy and citrusy like a witbier.
Flavor is just like a Belgian wit with lots of citrus and spice. Some banana/clove character like a weisen but intensified
Mouthfeel is good but it has a tartness that lingers a little on the finish. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden.
Drinkability is good - in fact, it would be a great refreshing summer beer on a hot day.
10-07-2008 02:17:48 | More by GilGarp
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
Ok. I spent five minutes in the beginning trying to figure out how in the world the BJCP guidelines for weizenbock can begin with "Dark amber to dark ruby brown in color. A very thick,
moussy, long-lasting light tan head is characteristic." And yet I'm pouring into my glass a strawy-yellow/orange beer with not much of very white head. So eventually the decision is... F the BJCP. Weihenstephaner knows far more about weizenbock than that silly organization does. And I'm not getting certified. ever. just decided.
The aroma is bubblegum, banana, honey, clove, sweet wheat malt syrup, light alcohol. Candied pineapple? interesting.
Flavor is a light white pepper and most of the same notes from the nose, along with a lemony/orange citrus character and some lingering alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy with very high carbonation that lends a spiciness, and a good bit of warming alcohol in the finish.
I could drink a whole lot of this, and probably will. Thanks ColoradoBobs, for making me have this beer.
10-07-2008 01:54:17 | More by khiasmus
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a murky, rich, golden color with a 2.5 finger beautiful white head. Beautiful weizen aroma - hot sourdough bread, banana, clove.
Taste is amazing - perfectly balanced. Banana and clove, bready yeast, pepper and lemon. Hefeweizen's big brother, but deeper and more complex. Amazingly refreshing for all this. Dances on the tongue with phenolic goodness and ample carbonation, finishes peppery and light. Amazingly drinkable, any time. A perfect summer/fall wheat ale.
10-05-2008 21:23:58 | More by kosmoraios
3.8/5 rDev -10.8%
16.9oz bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass
A- The pour is beautiful. A hazed golden yellow color with orange hues and a creamy white head that sticks all over the glass.
S- Vitus features a very nice weizen aroma. There is a lot of banana and clove evident in the nose.
T- The taste is sweet with clove and banana flavors. Very nice taste, almost like a beefed up hefeweizen.
M- The mouthfeel is exceptional with very nice body and texture.
D- A solid beer no question and one I would definitely pick up again.
10-04-2008 23:04:23 | More by cjgator3
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
16.9 oz bottle served in a weisse glass.
L - cloudy golden yellow color with a creamy white head that left waves of lacing. Carbonation bubbles were constantly rising from the bottom of the glass.
S - yeasty with a lemon zest aroma.
T - delicious blend of flavors, yeasty wheat beer and lemony citrus taste.
F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.
D - it's easy to drink this tasty brew.
10-02-2008 22:07:54 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
Appearance: Poured a cloudy orange with a foamy white head. Was expecting something darker than this, since its a weizenbock. Looks pretty close to a regular hefeweizen to me. Still, that isn't bad, since I like how those look anyways.
Aroma: Wheat, bananas, cloves. There is also a good scent of spices in it.
Taste: The wheat and spices come through here. Banana is also there, but is a little less noticeable than the spices. What differentiates this from a regular hefe is the spices. I barely taste any alcohol, which is surprising, considering the 7.7% ABV.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and smooth. The spices add to the crispness of it, and the entire drink goes down really well. Not too heavy either.
Drinkability: Really good for this..its refreshing, and light (on taste only). Alcohol level is a bit of a surprise, but I could have a couple of these with no worries.
10-02-2008 05:31:55 | More by kshankar
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
had to try this one due to the hype its recieved as of late...
A-- a beautiful cloudy golden with hints of orange at certain angels...quickly dissappearing head leaves a white ring around the glass...
S--smell of alcohol is noticed at first followed by fruits...bannana pineapple?
T-- alcohol is not very noticeable as in the smell...what a great flavor...hard to put my finger on everything but i swear i taste bannana and pineapple, and definete bubblegum...very interesting and delicious...bubblegum flavor not to sweet...perfect...
M-- lively carbonation fizzes and moves flavor around tounge...finishes crisp and clean with some bannana lingering on palate..
D-- very easy drinking and actually FUN to drink due to its complex flavor profile...each sip has new tastes...at almost 8% you should go slow cuz this baby can sneak up on ya...
overall i really liked tihs beer and reccomend it to anyone who likes wheat or even ones who think they dont like wheat beers....this could change your mind...my only regret about this beer is that i didnt buy a bunch of them...need to go back and get more really soon..
10-01-2008 17:21:35 | More by stuckonhops
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
This beer pours a huge head with some excellent retention. Nice cloudy yellow color.
Smell is of banana phenol. Nice wheaty zest underneath. This is what a weizenbock should smell like.
Nice smooth wheat with authentic german yeast. I'm not usually a fan of the style, but the banana phenol isn't over the top as it is in some beers and it seems to be in balance. It's very nice and refreshing and will probably be underrated for not being over the top. This really isn't a weizenbock as much as it is a hefeweizen. I don't detect any dark malts at all. This is a hefeweizen.
This beer is crisp and refreshing and one of the most sessionable weizenbocks that I've ever had. It's a must try.
10-01-2008 01:41:05 | More by jasonjlewis
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
A- pale golden body with ample sticky foamy head and a steady stream of fast moving bubbles.
S- very yeasty. lots of banana, bubblegum, cloves, coriander. smells like a strong hefe. maybe some orange in here too
T- very much like it smells. very spicy and yeasty. like a big bad wheat.
M- crisp, clean, light, and refreshing. very nice.
D- easy to finish, id like another. the alcohol is well hidden. this one could sneak up on you before you know it. too bad its not served at ball parks, this one would be great sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley.
09-30-2008 01:41:08 | More by jwinship83
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
a: Cloudy gold, fluffy white head.
s: Clove, nutmeg, earthy notes.
t: Similar to the aroma. Clove and nutmeg plus some honey and grain notes. Dry finish.
m: Light and smooth with a crisp bite.
d: Good and very easy drinking beer. Shocked to see how high the abv was. Similar to their hefe, but with more spice and much more booze (though you won't notice it).
09-30-2008 00:46:05 | More by BradLikesBrew
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
16.9 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy yellow, looks a lot like a regular hefeweizen, the lightest weissebock I've ever seen. Good white head with good retention.
S: Smell is great. Strong scent of banana bread mixed with a hint of bitter orange and spice.
T: Great bready malt flavour with a strong yeast presence. Mainly banana and orange peel, finishes strong with clove and cinnamon. Definite bubblegum esters in the aftertaste.
M: Full body, a lot of carbonation, spritzy, but has a good heft, medium viscosity.
D: Fantastic beer, only $2.99, but difficult to find in my area. I will definitely pick up another bottle when I see it.
09-29-2008 02:48:56 | More by Halcyondays
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
Bottle courtesy of CrellMoset, thanks again!
Pours a bright and cloudy gold color, with a big fluffy head.
Aromas are spicy, yeast like, with some light fruit/banana notes.
Taste is sweet, creamy, and with some light spices. Some clove flavors and bananas. Finish is crisp, dry, and a little bit tart. Interesting tasting beer. Kind of reminds me of a cross between and hefeweizen and a Belgian Pale. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel is great. Really smooth, full, and soft.
Drinkability is excellent. This is a nice tasty and easy drinking beer. Would be a great go to beer for the Summer. Would be more than happy to sip this one again sometime...
09-28-2008 22:58:07 | More by flexabull
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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