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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 140
Gots: 121 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer and abides by being one of the world's greatest beers (still not the best, though it attained some sort of title awhile back).

This is an absolutely awesome beer for the Spring/Summer months and could be a substitute for Leffe or Duvel-types in my opinion. Good Stuff!

Serving type: growler

04-19-2012 01:59:21 | More by jtwhicker
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Wouldya look at the name of this brewery? What a mouthful! But would the ‘Vitus?’ be a mouthful I approved of? Well… to find out I poured this Weizenbock out of a bottle into my glass where it quickly formed a billowing head of slightly yellow-tinted foam. The liquid itself was a cloudy, golden, wheat color with lots of rising carbonation. The retention of the head proved to be quite good and it left sliding bands of lacing. The aroma was of sweet malt and some doughy malt, fruity esters, cloves, coriander, honey and a little pepper. The flavors were pleasantly complex yet inviting and very agreeable. I tasted the sweet malt and wheat first with notes of shortbread cookie dough (sorta sweet, buttery and vanilla-ish) followed by the aforementioned spices. The honey and fruity esters appeared in the middle along with some honeysuckle and floral hops. The pepper note combined with the hops towards the end giving it a spicy, spirited finish. I was also totally amazed at how easy it was to drink this beer. 7.7%? Are you sure? The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation on the feisty side. I really enjoyed this beer and think it’s a bargain for the quality it delivers, not to mention the efficacy of its impact…

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 22:49:09 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of ejacques


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thin head, nice hazy light orange color.

Smell: Banana and citrus.

Taste: Banana is definitely the dominant flavor and in this case that is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Overall is good. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, great flavor that I could have several of.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 23:53:30 | More by ejacques
Photo of phishgator


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wiezen glass. Nice tight creamy white head and thin lacing. The color is a bright pale straw, hazy and not a great deal of carbonation. The aroma is a characteristic hefe smell with bananas. The taste is bananas and a thick sweet grainy nectar. There is a little spicy note and the malt leave a cloy aftertaste. A great brew from a traditional bavarian brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 17:27:07 | More by phishgator
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a large soft dense creamy white head over a pale yellow gold beer that is very cloudy. Retention is great and lacing is very solid. 4

S – a very full aroma of fruity yeasty notes, bright stonefruit, lime, lots of full creaminess from the wheat. Mild spices, a slight bit of earthy mustiness on the yeast, allspice, mixed with cooked apples, but also fresh florals. 4.25

T – big flavour on this! creamy soft fruits, big banana and some cherry, bubblegum, some restrained grainy sweetness and nice florals, bright yeast character, a mild bitter spiciness and bit of earthy cumin and citrus florals, a pleasant fruitiness on the finish. Finishes full and then a tingling dryness. The complexity and balance is pretty amazing. 4.5

M – moderate creamy body, lovely soft feeling, light-moderate carbonation. Lots of creamy fullness, no alcohol presence. Balance is wonderful, just enough bitterness and slickness on the finish, delicate. 4.5

This has so many elements to it and theyre all woven together really nicely, complex spiciness with an earthy element, bold but balanced and tons of intricacies make this a real pleasure. One of the best Ive had in awhile. Enough tartness to counter the creaminess and still has a lot of liveliness to it, and it leaves you wanting more. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:26:47 | More by mick303
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05.l bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass.
Looks a cloudy golden yellow with a 3 finger pure white head that disappears very slowly and leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
It smells fruity and spicy with bananas, some cloves and malts.
The taste is much the same with a little sweet and sour nicely balancing each other and while the alcohol is present it is warming and pleasant.
The body is smooth with just the right carbonation. It feels just perfect

In short, this beer is absolute bliss and the only downside to it is that I don't have more.
Definitely my favourite beer this winter and quite possibly my favourite Weihenstephaner beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 19:32:18 | More by Aethien
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Alberta (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - fully hazy straw golden, tower of white head retained outstandingly
S - sour citrus and funky yeasty esters, light buttery grains, all pleasing aromas
T - strong yeasty esters with banana and sour citrus, solid clove spice note, and grainy malt background
M - light body with plenty of creamy carbonation, a light yet full feel going down
O - just an outstanding brew from top to bottom, and a perfect way to kick off a day of Oktoberfest celebrating

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 21:17:09 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2014 22:54:52 | More by BREWS4LA
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled: unk

Initially overflowed the bottle real quick. When poured, the beer is american cheese orange with a solid quilt of fine creamy foam. Smells of clove, butter, wheat, shortbread - nice nose. Flavor is rich with wheat, a touch of nougat, some banana, spices, corn, and a hint of bread. Full bodied with tight, hi carb and an off dry finish. This is a really nice beer, can't understand how I've missed out on this one. Best weizenbock I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 05:36:33 | More by harrymel
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was my first weizenbock and I didn't really know what to expect. I had Wehenstephaner's hefeweizen last night and this is comparable except it was more cloudy in appearance, and you can definitely taste and feel the stronger ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:33:57 | More by jibjib513
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Weizen glass. I turned the capped bottle upside down several times, then turned it around on a table horizontally a number of times, to mix in the yeast.

In the weizen glass, I poured 2/3 of the beer slowly, then shaking the bottle slightly, I poured the rest in over the top of the glass.

The result: a beautiful 4+ finger head. The color was apricot honey.

There was a strong and luscious apricot, spice and clove aroma from the head. The consistency of the head when tasted is like meringue.

The mouth feel is pleasantly carbonated and finishes well on the back of the tongue.

The taste is intense apricot, clove and spice. Sometimes it is difficult to discern different tastes and aromas because of the intensity and the incredible balance in the beer.

Overall, a brilliant wheat beer- one of the best in the world.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:01:55 | More by brureview
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes - Late October 2012.

16.9 oz brown German style bomber bottle. Sleek neck with its reward medal plain as day. Label is one of the classiest thing you'll ever lay your eyes upon. This is true German craft at it's finest. Poured this into a weizen glass I picked up in a weihenstephan gift box. I have since bought the authentic vitus glass since this review.

A - Wow. Very different from other Weizenbock styles I've had. The color is somewhat like its smaller brother with a color of Cloudy yellowish orange. Some fine haze going on here. Fluffy white head sits plumped on top that yanks nearly every inch of stickiness back in place leaving splotches of lace on the walls of the glass.

S - big banana and clove spice. Maybe a small whiff of vanilla and bubblegum sweetness. Delicious aroma.

T - Big flavor of Ripe bananas and clove spiciness. Small Hints of vanilla and nutmeg pairs wonderful with the banana showcase. Bubblegum note blends well with the clove spices. A dry wheat finish with the faintest of alcohol spice.

M - A massive flavored wheat beer. It's unbelievable in the mouth. Super tasty and enjoyable to drink. Its refreshing and a solid change of pace with the weather cooling down. It's like a rich and thicker than normal hefe-weissbier and I approve!

O - I'm assuming that Weihenstephan's Vitus is a weizenbock blending a pale bock or maibock given its color and character. It's really a home run and is another fabulous wheat beer from this brewer. If you enjoy their Hefe-Weissbier than you'll need to pick this up as well. It reminds me of that very hefe jacked up on richness and more of the ingredients I enjoy so much. I'm not sure on the availability, but I was told that it's around in plenty every year when the colder months start rolling in. Just German at its best and simply delicious. Vitus lives up to the label thats equipped around its neck.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 15:28:04 | More by BradtheGreat7
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 01:35:31 | More by Gmann
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer...

Very pale for the style but bubbly and rich, I like it.

I'm going to combine smell and taste here; It is sublime. All the banana and clove spice mixed with sweetness. The style truly doesn't get better than this. Others may argue for Aventinus or some other such brew but Vitus rules supreme.

Drinkability and Mouthfeel?! Insanely smooth, alcohol has the perfect amount of masking.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:26:55 | More by Dspohn
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice cloudy Golden Honeycomb colour, with a large White head that retains till the end.

S - Small cloves a nd some burnt woody sugars that are almost spicey. Interesting.

T - Plety of spice up front and some big wheat flavours too. The clove is there in the background. The balance is superb and it has that imperial wit flavour. Earthy

M - Full body and medium carbonation. very smooth.

O - My favourite brew from this brewery. Just as good shaded as the Hopfen Weisse in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 12:55:39 | More by eric5bellies
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a kickass weizenbock. The only one I've had that even comes close to the deliciousness of Aventinus. It's also the most blonde weizenbock I've ever seen. The beer looks like just an ordinary hefeweizen: golden with a thick haze, plenty of apparent carbonation, and a huge creamy white head with great retention. Lacing sticks pretty well.

The smell is good. Lots of banana esters, not a whole lot of clove and spicy phenols. Hints of bubblegum. Very pleasant soft malt profile. A very light soapy flavor common in many hefes, but not quite as pronounced.

The taste is great. The nose pretty much describes everything here, but everything is brought together in perfect harmony over the palate.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a very soft yet crackling carbonation. Great balance. Not too sweet as many hefes can be (much less weizenbocks). No alcohol flavor. At 7.7% ABV, this beer is every bit as drinkable as a 5% hefe. Simply delicious. I would put it up there with Aventinus for sure (words I never thought I'd say in regards to weizenbocks), but then again it's been a while since I had one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 04:56:53 | More by neonbrown82
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/29/10

Poured into a tulip. Straw colored body. Poured 2 finger, fluffy white head. Good carbonation.

Smell was of ripe bananas and hints of cloves along with fruity esters. Mildy sweet smelling.

The flavor reflects the aroma pretty well. Banana flvors, slight cloves and spices. Mild sweetness. Yeast and belgian-like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with high carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability was good. Little signs of aby but has a great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:31:06 | More by riored4v
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a slight haze, super duper fluffy head.

Clove, banana, and grains in the smell.

Mellow flavors, banana and clove, with a yeasty note, bubblegum, and black pepper. Light and crisp, flavors blend nicely.

Silky smooth, then fizzy.

Yum. Extremely drinkable. Less dark than some weizenbocks I've had. Light and crisp and really really well done. I guess when you've been brewing since the year 1040, you figure a few things out.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 04:42:47 | More by Strix
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, yellow color with a one-finger frothy white head. Wonderful aroma of citrus, banana, and clove. The taste is right in line with the smell. Strong yeast flavors that really bring out the banana and spice. Medium bodied and the carbonation was spot on. Dry finish. A delicious beer - very similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - that is worth picking up if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:56:57 | More by Jacobob10
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 05:59:14 | More by YankChef
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely great appearance. Drank this beer at a beer hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This is exactly what you would expect from a beer garden. Great head, good lacing, and looked awesome in the glass. There is slightly a hint of banana. This is a smooth, full beer. It's as full for a light beer that you can get.

The looks fully complement, but don't overshadow this great tasting uniqueness.

It's everything you'd expect to enjoy from going to a local German beer garden on a hot Sunday afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 03:02:56 | More by KenOnBass
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle kept in fridge. Bottle date code 9481, not sure what it means. Poured into a Weizen Glass.

A- Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with HUGE 4 finger thick foamy white head that sticks around a long time. Wow, looks great in the glass.

S- Lots of banana and clove on the nose. Yeasty and quite bready.

T- Follows nose well, nice smooth wheat taste, some tropical fruit punch fruitiness flavors. Plenty of sweet malty goodness. And a pleasant not over bearing spice profile.

M- Nice medium body, carbonation is spot on.

O- Weihenstephaner continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 09:58:59 | More by rfbenavi80
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it is, the man, the myth, the legend, VVV III TTT UUU SSS!

Pours a lovely shade of gold, cloudy and inviting, as a constant stream of bubbles work their way up the glass. Gold like pineapple juice crossed with a small part honey for color depth. Huge frothy head like merengue on top of a lemon pie,, looks like it could support a dollar coin. After setting a couple of minutes, forms a nipple, with a volcano plateau in the middle, a valley around it a bubbly lacing hanging around the outside of the glass. This is how a beer should look (the whole thing, not just the nipple part.) Smells like a sweet honey wheat, backed up by lemon and citrus, with just an invitation of a sharp spice.

Tastes strongly of wheat crossed with citrus fruit. Not a bubblegum sweetness, not a cloying sweetness. Fruit taste hints at lemon, I can't put my finger on exactly what other fruit. Someone else said pineapple and that sounds good to me, but a zesty pineapple. Little bit of a spice kick to go with it, but just a dash, keeping the citrus fruit taste from being too sweet. No hop profile that I can make out, there's basically no bitterness here. The beer feels live in my mouth thanks to nice healthy carbonation, but it's not so sweet that it sticks in my mouth and throat which in this case because of the sweetness would make me want to not have more. But I want more, I most definitely do. This is dangerously drinkable, goes down easy with a crisp, refreshing fruit profile.

I don't want to give out perfect 5s where I have 4.5s, because I don't like giving out perfect marks unless something is like the greatest ever, but this is trying my resolve. I guess one drawback is that i'd like to see it a bit maltier to give it a little more backbone, but that is forgiveable. ColoradoBob gets great thanks for mentioning this in every post ever, but the patron saint of Vitus has it right here. This is a must-try brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 08:00:33 | More by damienblack
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 22:07:54 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Bright gold glass that holds a half finger of soapy white head with fingers of lace.

S) Banana yeast, husky raw wheat.

T) Wheat flavor with a banana flesh, there is a light toasted grain sweetness.

M) Creamy texture with just a little grit from the wheat. Great fluffy carbonation that doesn't get fizzy, slightly slick finish.

D) Yum, more! A sweeter Hefe, makes it a bit more satisfying and meal like. Good stuff, I'll get more while it's fresh!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 23:37:04 | More by HardTarget
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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