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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
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1,083 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,083
Hads: 3,059
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 211
Gots: 393 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful golden yellow, with serious yeast floaties, a full white head that fades to a short layer on top and lacing.

S - Sour lemon and banana yeast notes.

T - Starts with spice, but the middle comes in with fruit and bread. The taste is much like banana bread, with a subtle sour lemon flavor.

M - Crisp, clean, and full.

O - Another strong entry by Weihenstephaner. Delicious taste, full bodied, and quite drinkable. (430 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance (4.25) : Oh lordy. The head on this is colossal. Towering pillowy white 4-fingered head that is tightly knit and creamy. The body is a mango-pineapple opaque hue and I can barely just see the shadow of my fingers on the other side when held up to the light. It's about a 70-80% opacity. The head stays around quite awhile like a welcome guest.

Aroma (4.5) : GRIN. Cantaloupe, pear, green grape, berry, banana, with a little cinnamon and sugar. Wheat body underneath. Bouquet is medium strength. This is a nectar of grand antiquity if I ever smelled it.

Taste (4.75) : GRIN. GRIN. GRIN. This beer is absolutely fantastic. The melon and pear notes come out immediately and swarm the palate... it is so rich, so thick, so full. It's like fruit cocktail and pear juice. Banana, mango, green grape, and light cinnamon. So estery. So fruity. So...oh yes. Ends only a tad cloying and sour, but that is the only misstep with this beer so far.

Mouthfeel (4.5) : Creamy, thick, marvelous. Ends crisp, tart, and dry like a fresh apple. This is nectar. Again I say!

Overall (4.69) : I bought this 1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle for $2.97 at a local grocery store. I am going back for more. This beer was just out of this world good. A taste from my German heritage and a near perfect beer to boot. (1,295 characters)

Photo of Reegze79
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A superb wheat beer. Pours a hazy straw color with creamy head and the nose is the classic lemon and banana. The taste is unique and surprising; starts creamy sweet and finishes even sweeter. Not over the top but enough to let you know that has a bock influence and separates itself from the classic wheat beer they brew. Body is on the light side. Reminds me of the rock-candy like taste you get in a Belgian dubbel. (417 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance – A light straw colour, or cloudy gold if you want to put it another way. This beer supporst a good ½ inch head of dense foam that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell – There is obviously the smell of a typical wheat beer in here but there is also the hint of many fruits. Banana is one of the most obvious with some pear and lemon hints thrown in for good measure.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very closely but there are also notes of spicy cinnamon and biscuit with clove. To try to sum it up it tastes rather like a cake or a pie with a lot of fruit in it.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy with medium body and a slightly dry finish. There is no boozy warmth in this beer and I was surprised by that as it is quite strong.

Overall – Very soft on the pallet with sweet nip this wheat beer bagged itself the WBA best wheat beer award in 2012. Drink a bottle and you will see why. Fragrant with a hint of plum this beer is an absolute cracker and although strong at 7.7% it does not feel like a heavy beer at all. (1,046 characters)

Photo of ebeye
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Very similar to the hefeweissbier only stronger and with less of a banana nose. World-class - one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. For 3.99 at the grocery store, this has to be one of the best deals on import beer in the united states. (254 characters)

Photo of MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured from bottle to weizen glass.

Look is spectacular. Exactly what you expect from a delicious wheat beer. Golden, almost glowing, honey color with uniform turbidity.

Smell is not strong but that of fruit and honey - perhaps honeydew melon - mild and sweet. Of sweet delicious things.

Taste is where this beer goes over the top. It's so amazing it's hard to describe and every time I drink it there are new things I discover. It's generally sweet but not overly sweet. It follows the smell of honey and fruit but adds in some clove and spice. There is very little bitterness to this beer but just enough sour to balance the sweet. Reading this description (or others) I wouldn't think it's a beer I'd want to drink, but it works.

The mouth feel is light with a zippy amount of carbonation, much like you'd expect from a Hefe.

Overall it's really just a strong Hefe, a bock Hefe... Oddly enough I like it far more than I like Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. It's clove and spice are more subdued and balanced. The alcohol content makes it dangerous because it is so drinkable and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. It goes down as easy as a light Hefe but reminds you of the extra alcohol at the end. Don't let the fruitiness fool you, it's got a kick! (1,272 characters)

Photo of chogm54
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, poured into a wheat beer glass. BB date of Jan 2015. I noticed on the label that is won a World Beer Award for best strong wheat beer. Expectations have risen!

A- hazy, orange/gold appearance. Pours a very thick white frothy head that does settle down quickly.

S - wheat and yeast, with noticeable dollops of banana, clove, bubblegum and straw.

T - The best part! Wheat and spices are present , but the real star is the banana taste. It really comes over strong - much more than a typical wheat beer. Not too sweet though, and the wheat/yeast/spices (clove) in the background are welcome. Sweet, spicy aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, slick texture. Alcohol content is well hidden - for all I can tell it could be a <5% ABV

O - Best German wheat beer I've had. The banana strength in the taste made this brew genuinely enjoyable to drink, even if it was alcohol free. Having said that, it is a strong beer in terms of ABV and it goes down to easily. So be careful before gulping this down. (1,031 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a white 1 finger head ,,surprising light in color this weizenbock is
S-white fruit like apples and pears, faint banana wheat clove and cinnamon,faint alcohol
T-follows the nose baked white fruits with ripe banana clove spices with flaky baked pie crust a touch of alcohol
M-smooth creamy nicely carbonated with a dry fruity crisp finish
O-delicious nicely brewed (405 characters)

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

A: lovely straw yellow, with a gorgeous white foam head
S: spices, clove, cinnamon and some banana, along with a saltine cracker like malt.
T: clove and cinnamon at the forefront. I don't get the fruit so many others do, and my review reflects both that and my general dislike of clove flavors. The malt comes through in a cracker-biscuit way.
M: stellar. 5 stars easily here. Carbonation is high, but the bubbles are tiny. It's amazingly effervescent.
O: a gorgeously crafted beer by all accounts. If you like the spicy flavors, clove in particular, this is a must try. For the style, this is amazing, I just don't care for the style. (643 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle (6034):
Pours like a white ale, cloudy and about the most white yellow I've ever seen. The head is fluffy, sustaining, but not much lacing.

Nose is pure classics wheat, with some meadow, very light earth. There's a touch of banana, and a bit of clove, but also a lemon tartness I get in some sniffs.

Taste follows the nose, perhaps a bit more banana I noticed than a few earlier sips. Feel is quite smooth, especially as the beer warms a bit. Carbonation stays strong, letting the beer linger.

Nothing to complain about this beer, unsurprisingly. Solid but unexceptional, but as always, difficult to rate a beer that hits its style on point - is it "average" or "the standard"? (692 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Beautiful brew. Excellent fruity yeasty esters. Banana and pear highlights along with a nice balancing act of nutty, bready, honey sweet malts and clove spice. Fruity, crisp, and refreshing. Finishes with a nice flavorful drying quality. (238 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Aroma is predominantly clove-like with soft banana and a touch of bubblegum and yeasty sourness. Pours a frothy, two-finger head with good retention; body is a cloudy amber. Like the aroma, the clove-like quality takes center stage; there is a slight yeasty twang; sweetness is present but nondescript; alcohol only becomes noticeable in the finish, and even then it is remarkably well integrated. The body is medium-full with substantial carbonation which also provides a nice, crisp bite; alcohol provides a bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall, the impression is one of a mere—albeit delicious—hefeweizen with a greater alcohol content. It really doesn't seem bock-like at all, which is the only aspect that I can find fault with. (741 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours from the bottle a hazy light gold with a creamy white head sustained by the carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The nose is filled with wheat, banana, cloves and spice (cardamom ?). Creamy wheat and bread predominate the taste, but you get plenty of fruit and spice too. Medium silky mouth. Just a superb beer. (331 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Weihenstephaner Vitus has a very thick, spongy, white, crackling head, a hazy (which gets even more so, when the bottom contents are swished & poured in), yellow-gold appearance, with strong bubble streams, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is strong and pungent: banana bread, banana pudding, yeast spice, some coriander, and some white wheat bread. Taste is of banana bread, banana pudding, some spice, sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium, and Weihenstephaner Vitus finishes semi-wet, easy drinking, and just a tad hot. Great stuff!

RJT (572 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a lovely light straw. The color white if wine only hay and with fat head of white foam that falkls slowly enough. The nose is sutlry fruit. The stuff your grandmother is putting in a pie. Apple skin, baked pear, light banana, clove, honey, spice a bit of cinnamon. Oh my stars. The taste is luscious Ripe and succulent fruit.l The apple skin crisp and light, the pear baked and sweet together with the clove. The honey malt The tall and crisp whet malt. That stands in the glass like a strange sentinel. Golden glowing flaky like flakes in the cereal bowl but sweet and soft too. OH! The banana light ans smooth. The mouthfeel is fruity, crisp, creamy . well carbonated and this finishes dry and with so much fruit you cannot stand to believe it’s not under a pie crust. (779 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +12%

A: poured into a weizen glass to a hazy yellow topped by a three finger dense white head that has excellent retention but not a lot of lacing
S: smells of banannas, cloves and wheat
T: taste is huge banana and pear up front with clove, some nice sweetness, and creamy wheat. swallow is more banana and pear, clove and wheat
M: Light and creamy in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing yet ever so slightly drying finish
O: This beer rocks the house. The flavors are off the charts and the beer is just in your face delicious. My dad absolutely loves this beer and now I see why. (613 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Estery, cloves, bananas, wheaty, faint bacon.

T: Sweetish malts balanced well with estery fruits, bananas, cloves, with a mild ABV heat and a nice woodyness.

M: Medium body and semi-medium carbonation. Fruity, estery and wheaty finish.

O: Hard to describe how intricate this beer is. Almost a cognac-like thing happening which is probably from a magical combination of the wheat and malts. An interesting "big" weizen. Again, why have I not tried this before. Really liked. Give it a try. (646 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I had purchased this one evening at Hunger 'n' Thirst when Mughugger was working in the bottle shop. I am listening to Black Sabbath as the accompanying soundtrack for this one.

From the bottle: "WBA 12 [-] World Beer Awards [-] World's Best Wheat Beer Strong"; "The world's oldest brewery [-] Since 1040".

I began the pour, only to be be surprised by its light color. I do not know why I was thinking that it would be dark in color, but I was startled all the same. I got a dense finger of bone-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a Hefeweizen, especially in terms of the banana esters, although I got some clove, but accompanied by a bit of heat. I was ready to sneeze. Mouthfeel was medium. I initially thought to myself "Hefeweizen! Burned again!" since I am not a big fan of the style, but then the heat kicked in and I realized why this was a Winter beer. Bananas + heat = Bananas Foster! Man, I really dug it in Advanced Foods in HomeEc when we did flambe desserts. Hit the lights, get some fire going and serve. In this case, I was getting ready to hit the deck! It was like a rabbit punch. I did not see this coming, despite the label. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to its inherent heat. Phew! Sabbath plays on while I may be played out. (1,433 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy, cloudy rusted wheat yellow body. Rocky white head that pretty much doesn't recede. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Boozy right away, then bready, yeasty, and fruity with mostly banana.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The alcohol really comes out early before becoming very grainy with loads of bready notes. Banana throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Excellent taste and aroma, very boozy though. (455 characters)

Photo of Modernrickk
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is of signature wheat beer opaque gold. Cloudy and hazy. BIG head if poured too fast. This beer is gonna leave a foam mustache for sure

Smells like wheat (duh) banana bread and spices up the ying yang - excellent aromas here

Taste is big malts upfront with a refreshing taste of banana and hefe like spices. Wow- this tastes real fresh when cold. After taste is brief really inviting you to have another big sip of this stuff - now that I think of it, it's a simple brew -

Mouthfeel is easy going and crisp at first - as it warms it does lose a bit of the carbonation that was really shining thru at first. Ima finish this bottle in no time!

Overall I think I've found a beer I can go to in any situation here . It's value is unmatched at 3 bucks a bottle . It may not be fresh but this beer holds up. I'm glad this is easily found in my neck of the woods and what the heck was I waiting for to try this!! (923 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this brew after a little run around the neighborhood this evening, watching some fishing shows on television. Since I think that Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen is one of the greatest beers ever created, any rating of Weihenstephaner products may be skewed. But I digress. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a magnificent hazy yellow color, the color of hay. Decent soapy head of one finger which sticks around for a minute, leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles race up from the bottom to the top throughout the brew. Packaging is classic, no need to alter. Brewed in accordance with a purity law from 500 years ago. Thats legit.

Smell - Smacks of banana, cloves, spices, bread, and yeast. A little bit of funk to it

Taste - Very rich, banana and sweet spice flavor dominates the palate in what is a magnificent tasting brew.

Mouthfeel - Unlike the beer I drank earlier, which disappointed on mouthfeel, this brew's strong point is its mouthfeel. The carbonation and effervescence are excellent. Perfectly balanced, so drinkable, almost unreal this is a 7.7 ABV beer. The finish on this brew is awesome.

Overall - Just what I expected out of this brewery and this beer: excellence all around the horn. The Germans have this brewing thing down pat, and it is difficult for anyone to compete with them, at least in my opinion. While we Americans do have the IPA market locked up, I firmly believe that if you are looking for an excellent wheat beer, look no further than a German or Belgian brewery. (1,551 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a tapered glass.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good whiff of banana and spice. Slightly effervescent.

T- Tons of banana, bubble gum and spice. Wheaty, yeasty, rich. Cannot believe this is 7.7% ABV. Semisweet.

M- Milky texture with a proper amount of carbonation (medium) and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A premium example of the style at a non-premium price of $3.50. What a steal. Asheville's Bier Garden isn't the first place I suggest to have a beer when in town but they sneak in some nice specials here and there and have a very decent selection. (819 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a two finger foamy pure white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is classic Weizen with spicy wheat up front along with hints of banana, clove, lemon, caramel, yeast, and grass. The taste is bold, spicy, and extremely rich with lots of sweet caramel malt along with hints of banana bread, lemon, clove, pear, apple cider, yeast, and grass. The mouthfeel is really thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and a nice tangy finish. Overall, this is definitely the most flavorful Weizen I've ever had. Having lived in Germany for 13 years and only recently re-visiting Weizens, I'm kicking myself. I've really become a big fan of these beers and will definitely stock up on this gem! (810 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow with a foamy head.
Aroma is banana bread, bananas foster. Grainy.
Taste is less banana and more bread but still really good. Maybe some spices or clove.
Mouthfeel is crisp with good carbonation.
Great example of the style. (252 characters)

Photo of BREWS4LA
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on Tap with some German Sausage and it was the perfect paring.

Appearance was great..smell very good some banana maybe some cloves. good head nice bready taste but not too much. very refreshing and easy drinking.

I guess when you make a beer for over 1000 years you master your craft.

Cheers (305 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.