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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,079
Hads: 3,051
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 211
Gots: 389 | 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 masonacoats
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours beautiful cloudy gold with 2 inch head

S - good bit of clove with hints of banana and malt

T - follows the nose but with quite a bit of sweetness

M - nice and creamy with perfect level of carbonation

O - not what I was expecting but I did enjoy it; but not as much as their dunkelweizen (300 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the library alehouse last night, actually I'm pretty sure I got the last glass of it.... score!

A: amazing appearance... it comes in a hennepin eat your heart out teardrop glass (where can I get one!?) and pours a bright golden yellow color. Frothy white head tops off the glass and excellent lacing follows it on its way down.

S: Good aroma, I get clove and some spice, as well as the typical fruit rind and banana. fresh smelling and pungent.

T: very nice, and very balanced. Weizenbock's are becoming my new favorite style of beer. SOOO drinkable and refreshing but without sacrificing potency. Lemon zest, cream and orange peel are stand out flavors... finished with a clove and black pepper spiciness. very good.

M: mouthfilling and long finishing.

D: very high given the alcohol. (813 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a big honking white head that collapses into a cap that retains and leaves nice lacing.

S: Somewhat spicy clove, and very yeasty and bready. Subtle banana, but not as strong as I'd expected.

T: Very yeasty and fruity. The combination is quite banana bread-esque. There's also distinct apple, and a candy-like sugar beneath the fruit. The clove spiciness is strong and delicious. No hint of alcohol.

M/D: Very dry, which is an excellent compliment to the fruity spiciness. Light with fairly high carbonation. Supremely drinkable. A bit too sweet to be an everyday beer for me, but an excellent occasional treat. (651 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden straw color with a white head that reduces itself to a thin coating that sticks around and leaves a little clumpy lace here and there. smells of banana and spice like it should, with a touch of yeasty goodness. tastes true to the style. like banana, a hint of clove, some spicy nutmegy peppery stuff and a faint malty and even fainter hoppy finish. a little lighter bodied than expected, but nice creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel. weihenstephaner has never dissapointed me, and i doubt they ever will. always a pleasure. (533 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy straw color with lots of white head. It smelled like lemon and sour yeast with some caramel malt and banana and light cloves. It tasted like lemon and banana and wheat bread and sour yeast, with caramel and cloves. It was somewhat thick with mild carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was very enjoyable! I liked it better than the standard hefe-weissbier by Weihenstephan, since it had a bit more spice and complexity to it. But despite its complexity, it was still super drinkable, with great body and brilliantly hidden alcohol. Quite refreshing and perfect on a summer night. (613 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light golden color. Sort of corn colored. Nice cloud white head comprised of small bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat. Some more earthy notes like... hmmmm thyme. A little yeasty.

T: Dangeriously light given the high (well sort of) abv. Some wheat notes, almost some belgian notes with a little mustyness which compliments the other flavors. A kiss of alcohol and the end helps provide a little sweetness that fades to a wheaty finish. Flavor is actually a little light I think.

M: Sits with a light/medium body. Bubbles are decently smooth but give way to a little sting. Not bad.

Overall, a great showing from weihenstephaner but not mind blowing. They certainly make the best wheat beers but I actually think their regular wheat beer or the dunkle are comparable to this one. The flavors are a little light for the higher abv but its still worth checking out. (865 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky burnt orange with a large thick white head. Left no lacing.

S - Clove and bubblegum are the forerunners on this nose. Some creamed corn-ish type scents come through as well. Coriander and floral scents finish out the nose.

T - Bubblegum and goney are the major players as soon as the beer hits your lips. The clove and honey quickly become prevelant and hay also makes a noticable cameo. Wheats tops the cesspool off nicely.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Fits. Nicely.

O - Overall, it was a solid german beer although nothing spectacular. Would make a good summer beer. I'd have it again. (622 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep yellow with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Mostly medium+ clove with lighter hints of banana, melanoidin, and booze.

Flavor: Moderate intensity yeast ester with hints of dark fruit and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body, creamy, and a bit of warming alcohol. (301 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, inside a tasting snifter.

Pours a pale tangerine, very hazy. A one-finger head of fluffy white sits atop for a while before finally receding to ring, thick on one side and thin on the other.

Spicy and estery in the nose, with bananas, pears, apples, white pepper, coriander and vanilla. Damn fine.

The taste is akin to sweet pear syrup mulled with a lot of complex spices. Clove, coriander, perhaps raisins. Sweet with a very slightly drying finish. Tastes more like a heavy, sugary tripel than anything else.

Medium prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium body that fizzes up the beer moderately as it moves. No noticeable alcohol amidst the sweetness.

Vitus is very Belgian in character. Sweet, flavorful, drinkable, but maybe a bit out of style. (784 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like hefeweisen beer. This is another offering from Weihenstephaner and is basically stronger.

This pours with a medium head and very cloudy. The head goes away but leaves a small bubbly top. Lace was not very evident. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a tad spicy. Taste is not as complex as the Hefeweisbier which is truly a favorite of mine. The fruit is nice the yeast/bread taste is nice but something is just not quite there. I will enjoy this beer again though as this is better than any American wheat I have tried. (519 characters)

Photo of mbudner
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A- Has a hazy orange color that seems to glow when held up anywhere near the light. Looks like a slightly darker/more orange version of their Hefeweiss. I have limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but this does not look as dark as the other I have seen. Great fluffy, 3-finger head that dissipates at a medium rate leaving almost no lacing.

S-Smells of sweet sugary malts, cloves, and bubblegum. Also, I get some lemon or orange.

T- I get some banana, bubblegum, slight amount of booze/ester flavors in the finish, but from what I read this is something to be expected in the style (I experienced the same with Aventinus, but Vitus seems to be a markedly different beer even though the two are of the same style.) I'm getting spices other than cloves, but do not have the ability to discern them all...just get a "spiciness."

M- Nice crisp carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Little bit of hear in the throat from the booze requisite in the style.

D- Drinks like a much lower ABV. I could drink this all night. While the flavors are complex, there's nothing too prominent to offend the palate in excessive amounts. The bubblegum makes it very easy drinking. (1,201 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my Founders snifter. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange with a one finger bright white head. It looks near identical to their Hefe. It smells of wheat, yeast, coriander, light spices and some orange. I didn't expect that. It's definitely interesting. It tastes of yeast and oranges with a hint of cloves and banana. It's actually pretty similar to the Hefe. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium in body. The only knock is that it can be a little sweet at times. Overall it's another good beer from Weihenstephaner. (564 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-25-08

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a thick, creamy white head. The head leaves ultra thick lacing behind, almost like whipped cream.

Smell is very sweet and almost Belgian, with a hint of light fruitiness.

Taste is much like the smell, light and fruity, with a huge yeast character. Much lighter than I expected.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. The thickness is just right and the carbonation hits all the right places.

Drinkability is very good, though just a little on the sweet side.

Overall, different from other weizenbocks I've had. I was expecting it to be more malt-centric, but it's the yeast that steals the show. (666 characters)

Photo of mully
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light gold/ straw color -- looks a little like a macro lager with a thick white head.

lemon and wheat nice citrus aroma and distince wheat yeast scents a little honey sweetness as well

Bananas pineapples and booze step to the front. citrus comes in a little later. Booze is not overwhelmeing but present in the first sip or two. Honey malt sweetness is welcome and not over powering or cloying.

Very smooth feel, good carbonation keeps the sweetness from sticking to your mouth, maintaining a fine balance.

This is a drinkable beer, better suited to a cool evening opposed to this witner night, the abv settels inwell in either case though. (645 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a wiezen glass. Label is typical of Weihenstephaner, classic and simple. No freshness date, but 7327 is printed on the back label. I picked this up a few months ago in Indiana.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 6 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a puffy and uneven 2 finger coating of foam. Some spotty lacing. The beer itself is a hazy, pale yellow with hints of orange. A well compacted ring of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat twang, slight sourness. Some honey notes.

Taste: Sweetness upfront, sticks around well into the sip. Mild orange Crush like flavors in the finish. Overall, slightly acidic feel.

Mouthfeel: Significant carbonation bite typical of German wheat beers. Body is good.

Drinkability: This one certainly hides the ABV well. I honestly think that if someone were to present this to me as a standard hefeweizen, I wouldn't know the difference. (973 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a hazy golden bright yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt banana, bread, fruit, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the right notes that one would expect were going on in this one. This fact made it quite enjoyable and definitely a good start for anyone looking to try something new. All of the flavors and aromas were on-point on this one. This made it quite easy to drink and was enjoyable for all in attendance at the tasting where I sampled it. Definitely worth your time if you have not had it or if you want to try a solid brew in the style. (855 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copious effervescence, cloudy dark straw colour with good white foam

S: all the classic phenols, cloves, banana, citrus and of course yeast

T: at first sip, tastes like a top grade hefeweizen, banana and vanilla flavour with clean finish

M: just the right amount of carbonation to provide some astringency to prevent this fairly sweet beer from becoming cloying -

O: probably one of the best weizenbocks I've ever had (either this is an excellent beer, or I need to drink more of this genre . . . yes.)

Excellent price point for the quality of this beer, Would definitely put this on rotation as a go to Spring/summer beer. (633 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden/straw-colored, really big, fluffy head that lasts the whole way. No lacing, really.

Smells of banana, clove and decent citrus. A strong "weizen"-type yeasty aroma.

Taste is full of the flavors in the nose as well as some malty sweetness. Pretty smooth and fruity in flavor. Good for the style.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and makes you realize this is a sturdy beer, not a light, crisp summer wheat.

Overall this is really good for the style. I like the smoothness of the yeasty flavors. (508 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. The head is a couple fingers of creamy white that takes its time to fade and laces spots. Smells spicy, banana, pepper, coriander and clove. Taste begins with sweet malt followed by the wheat and spice. Medium in the mouth and a delightful twist on a wheat beer. So drinkable that it would be a delight to session. (361 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, NY.

Poured a bright deep straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, spicy wheat and round sweet malts.

The taste was a smooth blend of yeast esters (banana, clove) and full sweet malt. There was a touch of booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a nice chew.

Overall an excellent full flavored weizenbock. (472 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with a huge white head.

S: Coriander, clove and banana hit the nostrils all at once. Very spicy. Wheat begins to creep in with slight bread, lemon and citrus. Very spicy.

T: An overdose of banana immediately comes through along with wheat. tart citrus in the middle and finish with spice and clove and cinnamon interplaying with all these flavors.

M: Crisp and clean with a quick finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Relaxing. Very refreshing and easy drinking with a deceptive flavors! Delicious. /90 (519 characters)

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Some sweetness from the malt, but not as much as I expected. There is a banana like fruit note. Also has a very herbal smell to it.

Taste: Very crisp and bready. Has a mild banana note along with some herbal notes. My first comment was that it tastes like herbal banana bread.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with lots of very smooth carbonation. The finish has a very little dryness to it.

Overall: I am really glad this beer wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice and smooth, an easy drinker. (682 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weihenstephaner's Vitus a couple weeks ago for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try more beers from this brewery since they made such a goof first impression for me with Korbinian, so I decided to give their Weizenbock a try, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from 500ml brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label is a little plain and has a vintage look to it, it doesn't look as good Korbinian did. It poured a hazy straw yellow color with a big four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and a little spotty lacing. The color was a lot lighter then I was expecting but it still looks good and it had plenty of head, it's a good looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off very fruity and floral, with some bananas, orange peel, lemon peel and some bubble gum showing up first then after that I get a pretty floral aroma that may be from the hops. Next I get some wheat and bread aromas followed by a good amount of yeasty spices, mainly clove and white pepper. This beer smelled like a Heffeweizen on sterioids, its pretty complex, but it didn't have that rich aroma that I like about Weizenbock's.

T- The taste seems to have as much going on as the aroma did. It starts off with some malty wheat flavors which is quickly followed by lots of bananas, orange peel, and bubble gum. Next comes the spicy yeast that has more peppery flavors then clove flavors and is followed by a light floral taste. The alcohol was hidden well, and it had a low amount of bitterness on the finish with a Heffeweizen like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, I find the flavor to be much more similar to an imperial version of a Heffeweizen then it is to the other Weizenbock's I have had, it's still good though.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, on the full side of being light bodied, and it had a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, it was a good fit.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good Weizenbock, but it was much more different then all the other ones I have had, I haven't tried much of the style but all the ones I have had prior to this one were much darker and had some roast to it to go with those banana and spicy yeast flavors, so I am little confused by this beer, but this brewery is one of the oldest so it could be that this is what a true Weizenbock is like and the all the american ones I had have took the non traditional road, I am going to have to try more German Weizenbocks to figure this puzzle out. This beer had great drinkability, it went down very smooth and held my attention, I will for sure be drinking this in the summer. What I liked most about this beer was how complex the flavors were and how good it looked. There was nothing that I didn't like about this beer, it was what it was. I would for sure buy this beer again especially in the summer, and I recommend this to any Wheat beer lover. I liked this beer even though it wasn't what I was expected. Weihenstephaner comes through with a solid beer, but I think I prefer the darker ones instead, either way it was solid and I enjoyed drinking it. (3,187 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from the lcbo for around 3$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains/bread. There is also some clove an coriander but the banana seems to be the most prominent flavour. It ends with a spicy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall - A dangerously drinkable beer with a great fruity and spicy flavour. You can taste the quality and the beer is a steal at 3$ a bottle. Worth picking up for sure. (737 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus @ 7.7% , a Weizenbock served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $5.30

A-pour is a light hazy gold with a off white head that has a tight fine lace leaving a solid film along the weizen glass

S-banana , wheat , some hints of citrus in the background

T-sweet tasting , very complex

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body , easy drinking beer even with the 7.7% ABV

Ov-a classic beer from the worlds oldest brewery , yes I'd buy again

sampled alongside 2 other Weihenstephan beers (Hefeweissbier & Hefeweissbier Dunkel)

prost LampertLand (562 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.