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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,647 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,647
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 Gmann
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Gmann, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

VITUS

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.

brewmudgeon, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

czechsaaz, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Greggy, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Bitterbill, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty damn drinkable, what a great beer.

Hojaminbag, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Notes: Outstanding!!!

generallee, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Revisited 1/23/2010.

GilGarp, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

khiasmus, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kosmoraios, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

cjgator3, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kshankar, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of stuckonhops
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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..

stuckonhops, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jasonjlewis, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jwinship83, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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).

BradLikesBrew, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

flexabull, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gavage, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of trbergman
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

trbergman, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

bashiba, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

rye726, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Atlas1, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of TATTORSO
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

TATTORSO, Sep 15, 2008
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,647 ratings.