Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,061
Hads: 3,009
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 205
Gots: 367 | FT: 4
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 badgustav
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - slightly musty, faint, with hints of grass and a slight acidity. I wonder at the age of the beer, may have gone slightly off.
Appearance - medium gold in color with a white, lacy foam. head dissipates slowly, clinging to the glass as it goes.
Flavour - wheaty, robust, with a light spice at the end. there are light grapefruit notes with some bite from the carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium and enjoyable. (412 characters)

Photo of Jaysauras
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a Weizen glass, and damnit if this wasn't an unbelievably beautiful beer. Poured an excellent golden hue, with a thick and foamy pure white head to it. Carbonation bubbles danced up the length of the glass to the top where the retained for an exceptionally long time. Plenty of lace upon sipping as well.

S: Smells similar to a hef, with plenty of sweet banana like flavor. There is almost a pastry like scent to this. Like a warm sugar cookie or a fruit filled pie. Plenty of spice, and an almost clove/vanilla smell to it as well. Pretty complex even though it seems simplistic at first whiff.

T: The flavor is outstanding. Up front you get hit with the traditional weizen flavors, like banana and wheat. Then it settles into a nice blend of mid-sip spiciness. Definitely some clove and a warm waffle like flavor to it. Finishes with a tingly waffle flavor until finally getting to a nice malt finish.

F: Dry, tingly, sweet but not too sugary. Alcohol is well blended making it an incredibly drinkable beer.

O: Tremendous. It deserves the high marks it gets. It's simple in nature but complex at the same time. The blend of flavor is well executed, it's aesthetically pleasing, and it is just an excellent seasonal beer. Sessionable no doubt. One I will be getting whenever available around the holidays. (1,326 characters)

Photo of hankmeister
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had it at the brewery with my lunch. Delicious. Read other's notes if you want nuances, subtle notes, etc. I'm not eloquent enough, or my palate not refined enough. But I know what I like, and I like this a LOT! (211 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Germans have been brewing beer for centuries. This beer optimizes perfection in a glass. Pour it out into a wheat beer glass and enjoy the huge head, the beautiful yellow hue, and that wonderful smell of the beer. All aspects are on point!

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Just a perfect wheat beer! I get yeast, apple/pears, bananas, lemon, and malts. American breweries take note what greatness taste like. It takes hundreds of years to perfect something this good. 7.7% abv and its blended perfectly. All aspects of this beer is perfection. I think a lot of American beers get a couple of things right but they are missing a good head, the smell isn't to die for, or the alcohol isn't blended perfectly at a higher abv %. Respect greatness!

It paired very nicely with waffles spread with butter, fig jelly, maple syrup, and whip cream. An odd combination that worked out well!

When I drink this for some reason it reminds me of drinking Allagash's Tripel Ale. Just so drinkable, delicious, and has me wanting more. If you want an American Beer with this drinkability check that out. (1,097 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-beautiful head, didn't retain as long as expected but fairly long, top of the weizen glass has a great golden yellow orange color
- light smell but small hints of banana and yeast
-smooth beer starts with a bread like taste almost banana bread with a pleasant yeast finish
-very pleasant and drinkable, very little bite and little sweetness very good wheat beer.
-amazing beer would prefer something darker but this beer is a great example of this style (454 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; pale straw in color; 2 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: clove is predominant; banana and a little spiciness in the background;

T: a little bready up front; clove and banana take over by mid-palate and stay to the end; low bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated;

O: color was very light for the style; didn't get any of the dark fruit character I expected; (445 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Hazy straw color with towering white head bolstered by tiny and big bubbles. Streaks of yeast slowly fall to the bottom. Aroma is green banana, clove, lemon, alcohol, and a little bubblegum. Taste is ripe banana, green apple, and wheat malt sweetness. A touch of clove and pepper spice lead to slight bitterness and moderate alcohol on the finish. Medium body, ultra creamy texture, medium-high carbonation, warming and abrupt finish. (475 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's all the goodness of old Bavaria. This beer is light orange, semi-cloudy. A shock of frothy head and no lacing. The aromas of banana, cloves, fresh Valencia orange slices, coriander, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes like Christmas wrapped around a banana, dipped in excellence. The beer gods have spoken..."DRINK!" (322 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Poured into the brewery's Weizen glass that game with the gift set, this has got a two finger thick white, finely carbonated head, droopy lacing, and a golden hazy body. Very appealing to the eyes, I must say.

I smell very crisp malts, along with the classic clove, bubblegum, and banana ester characteristics of true made Bavarian brews.

This beer's taste is quite similar and easy going for a "strong" style. This is a nice refreshing taste I could appreciate any time of the year. I detect a bit of apricot in the aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel is lively and crisp. I'm sure using the Weizen glass vs a standard pint glass is a contributing factor, but proper glassware is always ideal and I've been personally guilty in my first few reviews.

Overall, a knockout 4.5 for Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. even though this came as part of a gift set, I will pursue this while its still available during this month. (1,037 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, citrus and spice. Taste follows the nose with banana, bubblegum, bread and a spice. Mouthfeel is nice for a hefe, with the wheat smoothness and a great effervescence. Overall a great beer, an "imperial " hefeweizen of sorts. Definitely world class and worthy of every award. (368 characters)

Photo of barryjg
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazed to find it in Lagos, Nigeria....half liter bottle poured into a tulip glass; cloudy amber color with thick 2 finger foam; smells of cloves banana bread and huge weizenbock arroma- improves as it warms; taste is ballanced and HUGE; overall - going back to the store to buy them all-call me greedy, but life is short! (324 characters)

Photo of breezyday
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a premium, incredible beer with "world best beer" awards. The color is a golden yellow with a slight, even haziness (a tulip beer glass showcases the beauty of the color and pleasant aroma) and light, white frothy head. The smell is lightly banana, pear, clove and warmed bread. The taste is balanced and smooth with a depth of a light pear/banana flavor amidst the wheat malty texture. It is smooth, clean and rich in taste. It is excellent with a heavy breakfast of meat and potatoes, delightful with a hot soup and buttered bread on a winter day and compliments every meat or fish meal I have tried. I highly recommend this beer. It has a taste, quality, consistency and depth of color, taste and smell that is not encountered often in the world. It is a distinct beer. The beer as it warms from the refrigerator releases more subtle flavor and richness of taste. This is a beer for special occasions and a reward for a job well done. (955 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color with a thick white head and tons of active bubbles feeding ahead that has some serious staying power. Lacing seemed spotty at first but became absolutely coating as the beer warmed a bit. Aromas are big with banana, clove, pear, apple and hints of cinnamon. Taste is fruity and spicy with banana and clove coming through immediately with some lighter notes of pear and tart apple. Mouthfeel starts creamy and carbonated, finishes dry and lets the fruity flavors linger. This is a fantastic example of the style, great drinking beer. (560 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from the Copper Vine into a weizen glass.

A- A careful pour still creates a huge head that crowns the glass, about 3-fingers of whipped cream. Golden-yellow body goes hazy with a yeast swirl and shows lots of carbonation. The head sustains at 1/2-finger and leaves thick, fluffy rings on the glass.

S- Bold and sweet. Gummy and bready. Hints of clove and peppery spices. Some banana and citrus. Lemon aroma grows with warmth.

T- Rich and flavorful, like an imperial hefeweizen. Banana bread is my first impression. Hints of lemon in the aftertaste. Spices become more apparent with warmth. It becomes something of a spicy holiday cake or bread. Very appropriate for the winter holidays, and more drinkable than many of the winter warmers or spiced Christmas beers.

M- Full bodied with enough carbonation to keep up and make things creamy. A little smooth alcohol warmth.

O- I've read about this one for years and just happened upon it at my local bottle shop. I've definitely been missing out. I'll actively seek this beer again (I should have grabbed another bottle or two). As refreshing as a hefeweizen, but bold and hearty enough to be more enjoyable during the winter months. (1,214 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle poured into Weissbier glass. Produced a lovely three finger fluffy off-white head that took about 5 minutes to recede. Faded to about a quarter inch that lasted to the end, nice lacing. The color is a cloudy golden-yellow, with lots of carbonation bubbles continually refreshing the foam. The smell is fantastic, with lots of bready yeast prominent, filled in by great banana, bubblegum and clove aromas- one of the best beer aromas out there. The taste was nearly identical to the smell, however the banana flavors really came out. Just the right amount of sweetness too, with a touch of clovey, bubblegummy goodness. The mouthfeel was creamy and kinda chewy almost, with a bit of the prickly carbonation that lets you know you've got something special here. This is such an outstanding beer, and for the price- world class! (841 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three full fingers worth of audibly fizzy crisp tightly compact perfectly uniform bone whit colored head... Turns a bit rocky on the top and small large carbonation bubbles emerge as this one settles a bit... Excellent retention... The color is a slightly murky hazed deep rich amber... A light bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... A big rich nose dominated by wheat, yeast, honey and candied sugars... There is a potent fruitiness about in the form of pear and apple... There's also a subtle musky funkiness that lingers in the nose as well... A big rich flavor profile that is identical to the aroma with perhaps a slight addition of some overly ripened banana... There's also a subtle touch of booziness on the finish... Medium bodied... Prickly carbonation... Slightly chewy... Good balance... A very enjoyable beer all the way around regardless of the style... Perfect in any season and for any occasion... Just a rock solid example of world class brewing craftsmanship... (1,008 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into some kind of tall glass i got recently. so a pilsner or weizen glass according to this website. i think. best before "07/10/2015", enjoyed on december 2, 2014

a: golden yellow with a blizzard of bubbles streaming to the top. two fingers of white head that is fading away quite quickly. slightly opaque before the yeast is poured in, fully cloudy when it is

s: mmmm, so good. big banana note in the front, wheat, spicy yeast, bubblegum, good bread presence, and a pinch of lemon

t: all of the above flavours. very fruity all around (banana and light citrus fruits) with a really strong and tasty bready malt backbone. hints of bubblegum here and there. mild-to-moderate bitterness on the finish. there's also a touch of alcohol on the back end, but it's mostly masked under the malty tones

m: medium-bodied with lively, fizzy, but not too prickly carbonation

o: a really delicious wheat beer, full of huge fruit and malt flavours (961 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner hefe glass. Code 6234 on the label translates to June 6, 2014

Weihenstephaner Vitus changed the color of my weizen glass to a cloudy gold hue with a creamy white 2-finger head sitting on top. The head had great staying power. Carbonation bubbles rushed to the top of the glass. The classic aroma of banana, bubblegum and pepper/cloves dominate. The taste matches the nose with also yeast and malt noted. Mouth feel is creamy with active fizzy carbonation and a light warming from the alcohol at the back of the palate.

Vitus is another winner from the world's oldest brewery - I could drink this ale all day! (668 characters)

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a golden, straw-colored body that is cloudy. Effervescent. Thick white collar of head with medium-long retention.

Smell - Strong malts, bread and doughy. Light fruity esters of banana, melon. Phenol notes of clove. No hop presence.

Taste - Sweetness from bock-like malts laced with peppery phenol of cloves, vanilla. No hop bitterness, but alcohol helps balance the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light, creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation. Slight warming from alcohol.

Overall - A fantastic example of the weizenbock style, from what may be the grandfather of beer.

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Paid less than $3 for a pint-sized bottle at local grocer. At that price, this may be one of the best value-per-quality beers out there. (739 characters)

Photo of That_One_Guy
4.75/5  rDev +12%

I honestly don't know what it is about this beer but it is damn near perfect in my book. It has a crispy fruity mouth taste, and it just gets more complex. The mouth feels is bubbly and playful. I hope that makes sense. It's a complex beer that drinks easy, a feat that for me is hard to find. (293 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that sticks around for a minute or two. Wonderful nose of bananas and citrus. Crisp clean flavor with a hint of bananas and a hint of alcohol at the finish. Creamy mouth feel. With all the great reviews you don't need me to tell you this is an outstanding beer. (314 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes, smells and looks like a buff Heifewiezen. Cloudy gold with a minimal and quickly disappearing head. The smell is banana, clove lemon and bubblegum, but tempered by a stron malt backbone. This one is pretty smooth for the ABV. Quite a tasty treat. (259 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Half litre bottle poured into an oversized Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Colour was orangy golden, hazy. I expected a huge head to form, bit that wasn’t the case,
there was only a moderate amount of foam on top, not much lacing clung to the glass.

S: Yeast, clove, banana and esters.

T: Mainly followed the nose, but also added some orange and milky notes. The really impressive aspect was how well the booze was concealed.

M: Minimal carbonation, slightly thick texture, smooth.

O: Understated but classy, not much more to add. (536 characters)

Photo of Bauchfuller
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Strong enough to have alcohol as a flavor, nice medium body and baking spices, clean finish, and then a bell ringer heat from the 7.7%

I place it in October on the beer calender, the wheat is a reminder of summer, the spices
and strenght just right for autumn.

Only the cloying bit of sweetness takes away from this beer for me, a very dry version would
be a masterpiece. (376 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and maybe caramel aroma with some spice tossed in.
Appearance- This is a murky gold colored beer with a large white head.
Taste- A well balanced flavor that shows wheat and a great malt flavor. Very good
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.
Overall- An outstanding beer! I could drink this all the time. (417 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.