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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,644 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,644
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 165
Gots: 192 | FT: 6
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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 brentk56
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a big, rocky head that leaves clumps of lace

Smell: Cloves dominate the aroma, with some banana, bubblegum and white pepper

Taste: Crusty bread, spicy clove and pepper tingle the tastebuds at the outset, with characteristic banana flavors developing underneath; after the swallow, the flavors continue to build in a peppery, but fruity direction, and the whole effect is somewhat chalky as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; some warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: Really enjoy the balanced and complex flavor profile; who knew a weizenbock could be so pale?

brentk56, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful, hazy orange yellow like a good wit. Perfect head.

Smell: Fruity, clovey, estery delicious.

Taste: Spicy, sweet but perfectly balanced by the zest, the only other weizenbock I've had is Aventinus, still the gold standard, and this is nothing like it. The alcohol is warming and lingers in the finish but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Light airy and still somehow creamy.

Drinkability: This was suprisingly good, I'll have to retry the hefe which did little for me the first time around. Though the Korbinian was also impressive.

Stonebreaker, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a light hazy straw, forming a thick off-white head. Light spots of lace along the glass.

S - Strong delicious aroma of banana bread!!

T - Thick wheat up front, along with a great amount of banana and clove, and ending with a slight hint of alcohol.

M - Slightly thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation and very smooth finish.

D - Full delicious flavor with a slightly high alcohol level. Maybe not a session ale, but nonetheless a beer style that cant be passed up. This is the first weizenbock that I've experienced, and I must say it has opened a new door to me in the world of wheat beers. I love it!!!!

beeragent, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a sticky bubbly meniscus of antique white foam on top that last and last. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that supports the head.

S- This beer has nice big dry white bread dough aroma with a club soda hint and lemon notes. There is a green hop finish and a soft fusel alcohol note to the finish.

T- The taste of dry white bread crust gives way to pale malt and some lighter wheat malt notes. There is a light fruity lemon hint followed by a leafy green hop finish with a soft pale malt note.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and a soft alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- The nice dry flavors make this beer smooth and easy to drink with the flavor and aroma really enhancing each other. The lemon notes are very pleasant but get a bit tangy when it warms. Although there are some light alcohol notes it doesn't really taste like a 7.7%ABV beer.

rhoadsrage, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Vitus pours an intriguing bright, hazy yellow color with a huge sticky white head. The nose is big with mellow wheat, banana notes, a subtle woodyness, cloves and other spices. A smooth wheat texture is the first thing i noticed, no graininess just a velvety smooth body. The banana and cloves carry over from the nose and produce the balance of its taste. A semi-sweet banana/apricot/peach after taste lingers and there is not sign of the 7.7% abv. Lightly carbonated, hidden strength, just enough complexity, this one is a knock out.

ATPete, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard good things and I've always enjoyed the style. On to the review...

This Weizenbock pours out a very hazy straw color. Large egg shell colored head that settles to a quarter inch. No lacing.

Smells of lemon, grass, and spice. The alcohol content is well hidden. The spice character is strong and a large part, but remains in check due to a proper balance among the different spices. I pickup clove, cardamom, and allspice. All the while there is an underlying current of sweet plums.

Each sip evolves as if watching an explosion in slow motion. There is an initial burst of wheat and yeast. From this point the hops attempt to move forward hand in hand with the citrus lemon note, but is subdued by dark fruits, and spice. Eventually the hops return paired with the spices and alcohol to create a long lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel attempts to combine the unique sensation produced by a proper amount of carbonation and wheat, but doesn't come off just right. Highly drinkable beer that may be better suited to a cool autumn afternoon than a blazing summer day, but I would gladly enjoy this offering during any climate.

Jmamay22, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a brooklyn tall stemmed glass

appearance: golden hazy with orange hues and a foamy looking rich white head that clings to the top of the beer with nice lacing

Aroma: Wheat and honey are the two that stand out the most with some subtle orange peel and maybe even a little banana.

Taste: Very much like a hefeweizen, slightly more full bodied and rich with lots of delicious malt and just enough hops to make it balanced and let the malty wheat goodness shine through.

Overall: This beer is delicious and a pleasure to drink, perfect for a summertime beer if you want the refreshing quality of a hefe with a little more to it. Great beer.

YankChef, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Looks and smells like a Hefeweizen. Pours a cloudy straw color with a medium size white bubbly head. Not much lacing. Smells exactly like a good hefeweizen: bananas, cloves and bubble gum. The smell is pronounced and nice.

Tastes like a good hefe as well but with an added taste of black pepper. Might appear to be heavier than a hefe, perhaps a touch of alcohol but no warning that this is 7.7 abv.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp and rich. Drinkability is good also. If I had this on tap on a hot day, I would be in trouble. It goes down like a nice summer hefe, but with an extra kick.

I got none of the Weizenbock strength or dark fruit taste. I just rated this one as a good drinking experience, it is probably not a great Weisenbock, but I would certainly drink it again.

JayQue, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Pillowing white head forms and leaves some nice patchy lace.
S: Lots of doughy yeast. Very fruity, banana, apple, peach, and other citrus fruits with some clove. Some dark fruits as well: figs and plumbs. Wonderful.
T: Follows the nose. Pretty sweet with lots of banana and cloves. Reminds me of a hefe. Some doughy and biscuit flavors. Not as much dark fruits as I found in the nose though.
M/D: At first, a crisp snap of carbonation on the tongue. As it lingers, the beer becomes more smooth and creamy. The alcohol is present and makes this a little hard for me to drink. A sipping beer. I don't thing I want more than a bottle of this.

My first Weizenbock. To me, it seems like a hefe with a bunch of alcohol. Overall, a good beer from a a great German brewery.

champ103, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold, clear with a fizzy white head that sits and laces the glass; it's a lot lighter than I would expect. Aroma is amazing; light citrus, bananas, peaches and other fruity esters. Way more distinctive smells than even this brewery's hefe. Taste starts off a lot like a hefeweizen, but is a lot sweeter, honey-like.

This is like a pumped up hefe, rather than most of the weizenbocks I have had. Really smooth, which is surprising for its strength. Another great beer from one of the best in the world.

saintwarrick, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up on a recent LCB trip to State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured cold from the 16oz brown bottle into my Weizen glass.

A - A beautifully cloudy sunny-golden amber w/ swirling carbonation. The cap is 4 fingers of snow white w/ a dome for topography and sudsy glistening appearance through the glass w/ plenty of clinging lace. The color is lighter than others I have tasted, but still is very appealing when compared to a Weizen or Dunkel since it is somewhere in between

S - The aroma is tropical w/ mild banana and clove notes w/ mild wheaty odors and hints of hebal spice w/ slightly phenolic esters and earthy yeast.

M - A mildly sweet texture as it is first tasted and swished w/ creamy and spicy feel w/ gentle toast notes. The body is medium full w/ moderately high carbonation. There are tinges of alchol warmth as it finishes.

T - Mild wheat w/ clove spiciness and banana fruitiness from the yeast. The wheat is bready and slightly fruity w/ a nice vanilla creaminess. A subtle golden pllum and pineapple tang w/ a nice bock-type strength is very pleasant and the taste doesn't seem disjointed in any way. A very tasty blend of the two beers. The light toast and alcohol seems to keep this in style and gives a subtle kick to the mild Weizen flavor as it finishes.

D - A great Weizenbock - Very glad to have tasted this. It is as refreshing as it is strong which is the equivalent of drinkable to my taste buds. A great summer drink and makes other Weizenbock's I have tasted seem medicinal and thrown together. I really recommend this beauty.

Slatetank, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Reino
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One pint .09 ounce bottle poured into a Block M Michigan Weizen glass. 1507(date or batch #?)

Appearance- Gold/Blonde with a terrific fluffy head. Head hangs around for quite a few minutes.

Aroma- Mostly clove and a banana smell that reminds me of a banana Laffy Taffy.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with a pretty high carbonation that helps the sweetness dance on the tongue.

Taste- Much like the smell, sweet, juicy banana, clove and spiciness with a little apple juice flavor hiding in there. A refreshing ratio of sweet and spicy.

Drinkability- Amazingly drinkable for the abv. I could drink these outside in the sun all day, which is saying a lot for a winter release. This was my second experience, and I'll have a tough time not going back to buy more.

Reino, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Nowhereman529
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a beautiful blonde color with a significant amount of head that hung around for a solid couple of minutes before being reduced to a thin rim of lacing around the top of glass.

Smell was initially very organic, sort of earthy. As the beer warmed it developed a more banana and clove smell that is oh so typical of the style.

Taste does not disappoint. It's quite a wheaty draught with a taste akin to a loaf of fresh bread. The banana again shows up in the flavor with a little spiciness, maybe allspice.

The beer in general has just the right amount of carbonation and thickness. I can't imagine how they could improve in this area.

Overall this is a very drinkable brew. I will definitely purchase this one again without a second thought. It's a well rounded weizenbock with very few flaws.

Nowhereman529, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After much talk by Coloradobobs I had to have one for myself.

A- Nice light almost neon yellow color of beer. The head is like a pillow of tick fluffy foam nestled on top of the brew.

S- Light subtle fruit smells are present. I wanna say tropical in fruitiness.

T- At last, I'm thirsty! The taste is a mix between honey nut cheerios and a tropical banana smoothie. There is a nice sweetness to the beer that goes well with sun. The aftertaste is not one that lingers. It is very refreshing.

M- There is a little bit of a bite to the mouth, perhaps it is the 7% abv that is there? This has a light amount of carbination which isn't too overpowering. Too much carbination can make you feel as though you are drinking just foam and not beer.

D- I would say very drinkable. Goes very well with a hot day.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy white head, lots of creamy sticy white lacing through out the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bananna and coriander notes, also a nice touch of caramel. The taste is awesome, sweet, malty, yeasty, fruity, with some spiceyness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a true classic, never been disappointed in this brewery's brew's, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a much lighter, cloudy gold in color than I was expecting. I was expecting something more along the lines of a Korbinian. This is more like a amped up Hefe. Huge, pillowy head on the pour. Plenty of the banana and clove in the nose and flavor. Some hops show up in the taste to help out. Decent beer, but it's a Hefe!

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't drink enough German ales.

Pours a odd and exciting pale, pale, pale yellow with a big white foamy head. Smells like sweet malt, bananas, and cloves, and the flavor is explosive with bananas, crisp citrus, cloves, and spices.

Ridiculously drinkable, with a lively mouthfeel.

Overlord, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought downtown after the 'beer meeting' ... pours a hazy golden yellow ... big foam, lacing is all of A+ .. very smooth and drinkable .. is there such a thing as a session weizenbock ... decent flavour, not as refined or full as aventinus.. decent and all that sherpa stuff.. gunga guluga...

Onslow, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: into my Piraat snifter, 1 finger bone white head, nice retention fed by a few small streams of bubbles, the beer is a hazy golden-white in color

s: the nose displays a strong wheat malt base with a candied fruit sweetness, rich and soft yeasts gives genuine banana and other esters, notes of sour apple, a range of dried tropical fruits, glorious papery hops with a touch of lemon balm, clove, very nice with a load of subtle complexity

m: medium-high carbonation and a lighter body, lively and delicate at once

t: spicy wheat malts over a pale barley which gives a light fruity sweetness, doughy yeast and fresh banana, hops taste of various dried citrus herbs like lemongrass and lemon balm, turns a touch tart after the swallow with a spot-on bitterness, cooling, a VERY solid 4 and nearly a 4.5

d: dangerous, abv well integrated and the beer is complex enough to keep things interesting

this is a good beer, but I prefer heavier weizenbocks with darker, more complex fruits

from Grapes & Hops

notes supplemented and some scores altered with a bottle from Farm Fresh in Hampton, VA...09/09/08 (a steal at $2.99)

blackie, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at State Line Liquor. A great example of the style, this draws you in with a sweet wheat honey aroma. Mild chocolate brown with initially a large white head, that quickly dissipitates. Medium mouthfeel, and not very complex. But very drinkable.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass. Poured a translucent straw gold. Five inch fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Some strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting, but inconsistently spattered across the walls of the glass. Scents of light wheat up front with bubblegum and clove elements not far behind. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of banana and yeast flavors that come across towards the back. Consistency was light without being watery, and pleasantly effervescent across the tongue before culminating in a mild alcohol astringency at the finish. I haven't had too many weizenbocks, but this went down very easy.

Jwale73, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of macster
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow and slightly cloudy color. I had to re-check the label to be sure this was indeed a Weizenbock since I have always found them to be quite darker in color. Pour creates a huge fluffy, pillowy white head with good retention. Some isolated streaks of lacing coat the sides of the glass as it drains.

Nose is greeted with huge, assertive aromas of fresh, hot yeast rolls, lemon zest, ripe banana, spices and malted wheat backed by just a touch of alcohol.

Palate was lively and refreshingly fizzy to style with just a hint of slickiness.

Flavor profile seemed a bit lighter than the aromas but was still excellent. Seemed like an amped up hefeweiss with the 7.7% alcohol mixing in well with the flavors of the wheat, lemon, fresh yeast and various spices.

A very respectable balanced beer with a bit of muscle, but still very crisp and refreshing.

macster, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a white heat that leaves some lacing

S - Has some fruity notes of banana with a touch of clove and yeast

T - The Banana taste comes out first then is balanced out by the clove and wheaty malt

M - This beer has a medium body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit to me it was almost like an imperial hefe it has va very good taste making it easy to drink worth trying sometime

armock, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottles being served at the Lava Lounge in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Must be a new arrival in the state since I've never seen it before. Of course, due to our shitty liquor laws you're still going to have trouble finding it unless you are at Lava or John's in Iowa City.

Nice pour. Call me an idiot but I thought that weizebocks were dark and chocolately looking, but this is a really cool shade of electric yellow with a big white head. Minimal haze, too. That's unexpected but still nice, since it really adds to the overall slickness and sheen of the beer.

Smell is awful intense. Like an really hugely ramped up hefe. You don't get the slight chocolate nodes that I'm used to see in weizenbocks but you really don't care. Gigantic banana,

Things stat off with a zip of yeast like you're licking a 9-Volt battery. It might sound strange but it's actually pretty goddamn delicious. This rips round into a intense wheatmalt of white pepper and banana which is balanced perfectly by a lightly spicy, lightly sweet finish and lingering nodes of yeast. Nice.

This brewery can do no wrong.

mynie, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9oz bottle: Pours a cloudy golden with a slight orange hue and a nice large head that lingers. Aroma has got the definite wiezen characteristics. A nice orange and lemon citrus spritz, banana, wheat overtones, spiced similar to a hefe. Taste is nicely robust and mouth filling. I was basically expecting a Hefe but this is nicely complex. A nice bite of citrus and wheat really make this a really luscious brew. Overall, Man this stuff is a good wiezen I really like this!

demitriustown, Jun 20, 2008
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,644 ratings.