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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,538 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,538
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 149
Gots: 163 | 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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kosmoraios

Washington

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
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cjgator3

Florida

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
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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
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kshankar

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
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stuckonhops

Pennsylvania

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
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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
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jwinship83

Illinois

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
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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
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Halcyondays

California

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
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flexabull

California

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
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a nice 2" head. Some moderate lacing appears.

Smell: banana, clove, wheat, and a general spiciness is easy to detect.

Taste: big bold flavors here. Nice grainy malt base with some wheat, pepper, cloves, banana, and a nice bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, and a little smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: this may be my newest favorite beer with this brewery. Alcohol will catch up to you, but a few of these can easily be slowly consumed. Must try this one.

09-26-2008 13:39:18 | More by Gavage
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trbergman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

0.5L bottle poured into Hennepin flute.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with three fingers of fluffy white head. Head reduces to about one finger over time.

Smell - fairly standard wheat beer aroma of yeast, banana, and clove.

Taste - Wow. My expectations were high after all the hype I've heard on BA, but I haven't been disappointed. Everything good about Weihenstephan's Hefe Weizen is kicked up a notch, with the addition of a slightly boozy element. Banana, cloves, peppercorns, and a touch of sweetness -- but not cloying. There's a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but for the most part the hops are understated.

Mouthfeel - Rich and full -- solid.

Drinkability - It's a great beer, a pleasure to drink from start to finish, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one.

EDIT 08-12-10:
Bottle code 3018, or Jan 3, 2008

Delicious, floral, fruity, honey. Bumping the taste score by a half point.

09-25-2008 01:45:52 | More by trbergman
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bashiba

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured bright hazy yellow with a bit of orange. Had a big and fluffy white head, slightly sticky leaving minor lacing.

The smell was very strong with a big yeasty hefe smell, banana bread, wheat and citrus all making big appearances.

The flavor is on the sweet side with strong hints of bananas, oranges, and pineapple along with a long and lingering wheat flavor. Some alcohol pokes its way through a touch as well. The yeast is also there along with just a touch of lemony hops.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with lots of carbonation.

Smooth and easy to drink for a beer this big, another winner for Weihenstephan.

09-20-2008 23:30:22 | More by bashiba
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rye726

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A pale golden color with a creamy beige head and excellent lace. Beautifull looking brew, just a little light in my opinion. The nose has wheat malts, citrus fruits some rich candies. The taste is similar, more of a weizen than a bock. Ripe tropical fruits, wheaty grains, spicy yeasts and carmelized sugars. Medium body is well carbonated. Fantastic drinkability. More of an imperial hefeweizen than a weizenbock, but still very good. I am never let down by anything from weihenstephan.

09-19-2008 01:08:01 | More by rye726
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Atlas1

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.1%

I have always enjoyed the beers from Weihenstephaner that I've had in the past. Their berliner weisse is delicious. So let's stick with the wheats and give the Weizenbock a go.

Pours an almost viscous cloudy lemon color with a pretty white tuft of foam on top. The head recedes fairly fast but leaves a healthy ring of lace. A steady stream of carbonation keeps it afloat for the duration as well. The nose is big malty banana mixed in with some lemon, starfruit, and sweet saltwater taffy. Faint pepper. Light in character, but dense like a weizenbock should be. Still, I get none of the typical weizenbock notes of strong spice or dark fruit. This one is much more citrusy in nature. But it's certainly not a bad scent. Taste is rich and malty up front, with an initial tang. That mellows out a bit to a banana smoothie taste, and ends again with a strong lemon pinch in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is bubbly but creamy at the same time.

Man, I'm torn between giving this a really good review because I thoroughly enjoy the beer, or giving it a marginal review because I don't think it represents the style very well. Oh my, what a conundrum. Screw it, it's a good beer, even if it's not the best weizenbock. It's a bit boozy in the end, but a totally drinkable brew here. Give me more Vitus!

09-16-2008 00:23:09 | More by Atlas1
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TATTORSO

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%

A yawning, white tiger told me to buy this in a dream.

A ~ A vigorous pour from a 16.9oz bottle into my Duvel tulip produced a towering, foamy white head over a cloudy, golden honey colored brew. The head quickly compressed to a buttery, solid 1/4" foam with good retention. Tight beads of bubbles rise to the head. Pretty beer ~ I was expecting something a little darker.

S ~ Banana, bubblegum, ripe pears, faint hints of dark fruit & aromatic spice. Lemon rinds. Clove. Not unpleasant, again ~ not what I expected. In the nose this reminds me more of a Hefeweizen. Wheaty.

T ~ Spicy, aromatic clove & allspice. There is a malty, grain (wheat) presence that seems to balance the yeast & the fruity byproduct banana & bubblegum flavors. Nothing bitter, but a little sharp or peppery on the backside.

M/D ~ The mouth is smooth & malty. Nice level of carbonation & a nice spicy finish. A little heat at the back of the throat is a gentle reminder that this is 7.7% ABV. While I'm still confused with the classification & I admittedly have much to learn about beer in general & specific styles ~ I found this more balanced & less perfumey than other Hefeweizens that I've sampled. I had some pre- determined idea of a "BOCK" style beer based on ancient memories of my Grandpa's dark, rich bock beer. This ~ to me, was more of an Imperial Hefeweizen or perhaps a Hefe Hybrid. Still a nice diversion from my regular excursions into the beer universe...AND~ cheap too! Picked up a couple for $2.99 on sale at my local bottle shop.
This beer reminds me of the seasons changing, cool fall evenings, Thanksgiving, Christmas...but worth a try anytime if you can get it. Very approachable & recommended.

09-15-2008 05:57:48 | More by TATTORSO
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elniko

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from Euro-bottle into weizen glass.

A: Light hazy golden amber coloring with huge pillowy head. Nice looking brew.

S: Very nice nose, wheat tones along with definite spiciness and banana tones which I would expect. Great smelling brew.

T & M: Nice quite as strong as the Aventinus which I feel is the pinnacle of this style. I found this to have the same qualities of a regular hef which for a Weihenstephaner is just fine with me. Taste had wheat tones along with some fruity textures. Mouthfeel is full.

D: Definite drinkable, I just had a hard time believing that this was a weizenbock.

09-14-2008 22:05:59 | More by elniko
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a thick pillowy white head.

Aroma is yeasty, peppery and spicy. Sweet with banana and light fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet pale malt, and generous clove. Very tasty light fruitiness consisting of banana, pineapple, apple, and zesty lemon. Surprisingly wheaty and grainy. Finish has a peppery spice bite with plenty of coriander, clove, and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth.

Very drinkable and tasty brew. However, I don't get the complex dark fruit aspect I had expected from a weizenbock, and the yeasty character was unexpectedly strong. Instead, I would call this an 'uber-hefe' as this is in my opinion a truly wonderful hefe.

09-13-2008 21:02:02 | More by Blakaeris
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured into a Weizen glass, which it filled with a giant, gratifying, puffy head that took its time dissipating. Unfiltered, so it's cloudy in the glass but still quite bright in color. The aroma is not a typical wheat-beer aroma; although there's plenty of banana and clove, a strong whiff of citrus is there along with a bit of what my wife described as "can." Tin, perhaps. The taste is what you would expect from a wheat beer, but the alcohol is high enough to add more spice and some bitterness that a weizen with a lower ABV lacks. While tasty, the Vitus is a bit too boozy a wheat beer for my liking. Worth a try, nonetheless.

09-13-2008 01:06:15 | More by gfreed
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dasenebler

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

I was expecting a darker beer, given what I know about the Weizenbock style, but the Vitus pours a pale, unfiltered gold into a smaller tulip glass. Copious head, but it reduces to a neat layer for the rest of the way down. Aroma is of intense bananas-- imagine five times your typical Hefeweizen-- spice, and alcohol.

Taste is nice, definitely some alcohol there, but the fruitiness, carbonation and typical Hefeweizen-like profile-- yeasty phenols and the like-- balance the booze. Luscious, creamy mouthfeel. One of the most drinkable strong beers (7.7%) I've had. Maybe I don't know any better, but the Vitus is essentially like a Hefeweizen cranked up a notch or two. If you want a strong beer that's also refreshing, look no further. The Vitus doesn't strike me as terribly complex and heavy, but that's not a bad thing.

09-12-2008 19:31:51 | More by dasenebler
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gory4d

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge white head that lingers, making thick lacing down the glass. The smell is doughy and fruity -- lots of banana, as is to be expected. Taste moves from subtle fruit to sharp yeast snap to big clovey fruit to a hot hop bitterness -- very complex and delicious. It's got a nice smooth, full body to it, very foamy but not too fizzy. It's a quenching drink for being so big a beer. I generally just have one 0.5 L bottle at a time: plenty but not too much.

09-07-2008 23:55:39 | More by gory4d
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birchstick

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Poured golden, hazy yellow with a beautiful head that didn't seem to want to go away.
S - fruity - has banana, clove and a little bit of spice
T - banana and spices with a huge kick of banana and a of hops and bit alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Mf - smooth and full
D - This is a great beer, it is like their hefeweizen amped up a little. It is delicious beer, Weihenstaphaner delivers yet again. However, having more than a couple could make you start feeling a little too good due to the 7.7% alcohol content.

09-05-2008 01:33:16 | More by birchstick
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Orangish-brown glow, very bright. Not near as dark as most weizenbocks I have seen. Lumpy off-white head...HUGE. Excellent retention and lacing as well.

S - Jacked up hefeweizen comes to mind. Strong aroma of banana and clove with hints of orange peel and bubble gum as well. A very deep and intense aroma.

T - A light biscuity taste up front quickly overcome by strong tastes of banana, bubble gum, and clove.

M/D - A very full bodied and chewy feel. Great carbonation brings the beer to life. An excellent beer. While not your typical weizenbock, but still damn tasty.

09-04-2008 19:37:00 | More by ckeegan04
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julian

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into a Widmer Hefeweizen glass.

A: cloudy yellow color with hints of orange near the top. Lots of bubbles scurrying to the surface creating a thick and plentiful snowy layer of thick white head.

S: An array of spices tickle the nose, with fruity esters bouncing around wetting the palate. The scent reminds me of a traditional Hefe or Wit with the banana esters prevalent. Surprising considering this is a German beer, not Belgian.

T&M: Taste is similar to the scent, lots of banana bread flavors, slight citrus punch. Somewhat sweet aftertaste that has the properties of sweet molasses. Very crisp and refreshing. Goes down smooth, with exceptional taste that lingers and sweetens near the end.

D: Great taste and aroma. This is definitely a great beer and one of the first and only beers I've had in this style. I will definitely be exploring this style further. I still can't believe this is German and not Belgian as the properties are very similar. It still has that malty Bock feel to it though so connoisseurs could still identify this accurately...but it'd be a tough call. This is like a fusion of a German Hefe and a Belgian Wit with the ABV of a Bock. Awesomeness.

09-03-2008 02:52:30 | More by julian
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spointon

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I poured this weizenbock from a 16.9oz brown bottle into my tall Erdinger glass.

A= This beer is a sight to behold for sure. I poured it at just below cellar temperature and the head was amazing - 3" of snow white foam on top of a cloudy, pale gold beer. Huge amounts of carbonation release present.

S= I was really surprised that the aromas of this beer reminded me of Belgian yeasts rather than the usual German weiss. Instead of overpowering banana and clove, I found those aromas muted along side chalky, funky yeast and green apples and pears.

T= This beer tastes like an amped up, German version of a Belgian Wit (and I mean that as a compliment). I tasted much the same as I found in the aroma - banana, clove, green orchard fruits, and yeast. Very little hop presence. Alcohol was not a factor despite the ABV. Slightly tart/dry finish.

MF= Despite the huge carbonation level, this beer had a soft mouthfeel. Coated my tongue with pleasant tartness making me want more.

D= Wow, this was a damn good beer, easily the best German weiss bier I have ever had. I can see myself drinking a bunch more of these!

09-02-2008 20:01:27 | More by spointon
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,538 ratings.