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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 1,029
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 182
Gots: 252 | FT: 6
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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 acrawf6
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark golden straw with a small haze and a bubbly white head that drops to a thin ring around the beer.

Smell. Smells rather sweet with a small honey and some turbinado sugar characteristic to it. A considerable amount of clove comes out nicely a little bit of spice jumps out, like allspice.

Taste. I really like the sweetness of this beer. Cloves dominate the flavor. I also get a little bit of a vanilla flavor to it, something i have not picked up other times i have had this beer. Aftertaste stays rather sweet, and gets a little fruity.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a good medium level, with a little bit of chewiness to it despite its high carbonation. As it warms and the carbonation drops a little, it still has a nice body that turns a bit creamy.

Overall, an excellent beer. I love this style and wish they had more available out there. The one's i've had had always reminded me of a hefe combined with a belgian. this one reminds me of between a hefe and a tripel. Great flavor and easy drinking (even at 7.7%), how can you go wrong?

Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Franziskaner weissbier glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy lemon-amber with a couple fingers of bone white head that slowly faded into nothingness.
S: Chalky, doughy, yeast, bready malts, cracked wheat, and a very subtle hint of clove and lemon.
T: I’m getting more citrus and fruit in the mouth than the nose, but for the most part this beer tastes like it smells. Sugary fruits and citrus lead the way with big chalky notes of wheat as well. I get hints of bananas and clovey yeast in the finish, and the aftertaste is sweet and grainy. There’s a light touch of caramel or candied sugar as well.
M: Medium-body, slick and heavy mouthfeel with greasy and soft carbonation. Smooth but heavy.
O: An amazing weizenbock full of fruity and rich flavors. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of wheat beers.

Photo of Domingo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew at the Weihenstephan biergarten itself. They don't have it on any of the menus, but they had a couple of posters for it.
It looks a little darker on the posters as I thought they poured me the wrong beer at first.
It's a golden yellow straw color, but it has the obvious weiss cloudiness. I've only had a few Weizenbocks, but this one's the lightest by far.
Smell is like an amped up hefeweizen. Bananas, cloves, and a little bit of a nice creaminess that isn't there in the normal weiss.
That creaminess carries over in the flavor, too. It's really rich, but it's not as "in your face" as something like Aventinus. You can taste a little bit of additional alcohol, but not too much. Pretty impressive.
It's thickness and drinkability are very much like a normal weiss, too.

I really liked this one. It's certainly subdued for a weizenbock, but that can be a good thing. We were drinking this brew with a helles and I don't think it was any less drinkable than a brew that was 2-3% lower in ABV.
Reminds me of their normal hefe-weizen, but with the flavor kicked up a notch. Still, the drinkability holds up remarkably well. It's not going to blow anyone away with any unique flavors, but it's a new take on a brew that's already possibly the finest hefe.

EDIT: Now that his is sold over here in the US, I've been buying and and continuing to enjoy it. One note I keep getting (and enjoying) is a vanilla character. As this one warms, that comes out more and more. Yummy stuff!

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that bubbles down slowly to a rocky collar fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

There is plenty of sweetness in the aroma with bananas and honey dominating. Hints of clove as well and this one smells much like a good hefe.

The taste delivers on the expectations of the aroma and really does taste like an amped up hefe. Big wheat flavor up front, featuring bananas but with an earthy honey sweetness mixed in. The finish is spicy.

This is a full bodied wheat beer and extremely smooth and creamy.

Super drinkable, very tasty and, overall, just a well-crafted wheat beer. One of the better wheat beers I've ever had actually.

Photo of trbergman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

0.5L bottle poured into Hennepin flute.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with three fingers of fluffy white head. Head reduces to about one finger over time.

Smell - fairly standard wheat beer aroma of yeast, banana, and clove.

Taste - Wow. My expectations were high after all the hype I've heard on BA, but I haven't been disappointed. Everything good about Weihenstephan's Hefe Weizen is kicked up a notch, with the addition of a slightly boozy element. Banana, cloves, peppercorns, and a touch of sweetness -- but not cloying. There's a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but for the most part the hops are understated.

Mouthfeel - Rich and full -- solid.

Drinkability - It's a great beer, a pleasure to drink from start to finish, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one.

EDIT 08-12-10:
Bottle code 3018, or Jan 3, 2008

Delicious, floral, fruity, honey. Bumping the taste score by a half point.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields a very nice pale lemon yellow with a big two finger head. Head retention was decent with minimal lacing.

Aromas are reminiscent of its Hefeweizen counterpart. Lots of yeast, spices and wheat in the nose with a nice banana punch.

Without a doubt, this is a big beer. Abundance of bubblegum, and banana are present with spices and clove at the onset with a nice semi-tart finish. For a big beer such as this, it hides its alcohol really well. Almost too well.

Mouthfeel was full with ample carbonation to top it all off.

I gotta say that this was a spectacular beer, and went down really well for having a 7.70 abv. and has high drinkability potential.

Photo of brewdenver
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Weizenbock and its delicious. Nice appearance with an expected cloudy wit look. White head with minimal lacing and fingers. A pleasant floral hop aroma. Very active on the mouth and tongue. A beer I intend to keep in the fridge on a regular basis when I am in the mood.

Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy, wheaty, golden brew. beautiful head which dissipates very quickly. nice carbo bubbles rising to the surface.
smell is fruity, kind of like a belgium golden ale smell.
taste is also fruity, with some malts and balanced hops taste and a little alcohol taste.
had this many times in the past, one of my 'preferred' brews. first time to review it. like the rest of the brewery's offerings, very nice drinkability, although it tries to be a little different from the 'regular' commercial offerings. wish i were a little more coherent to give this a more deserving review.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foggy lemon with a hint of orange peel. Most weizenbocks are darker than this. The ivory colored cap is pleasing to the eye. It's stiffly rocky and looks even better on subsequent pours. Only a lack of lace hurts the cause.

The nose doesn't differ too much from a well-brewed hefeweizen. It features loads of sweetened banana and clove, with no trace of dark fruit and no hint of alcohol. Even though it isn't what I expected, it's fantastic.

Vitus doesn't taste like a weizenbock at all, but like a hefeweizen for lovers of big beer. Those who can't get enough of the classic Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier, and think the recent trend toward high-ABV flavor bombs is a good thing, will probably like this one as much as I do.

Forget subtle, forget nuanced, forget light. Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of ripe banana studded with chunks of clove and bubblegum and soaked in sugar syrup. A little cocoa-like dark malt would be terrific, but it's hard to argue with the flavor profile as it's currently constructed. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is easily 4.0/5.0.

At the risk of overstating the point, only aficionados of big beer will love the incredibly full, incredibly supple, incredibly lush, sticky-on-the-finish mouthfeel. As always, it wouldn't be anywhere near as good without a perfect amount of carbonation. The bubbles energize and volumize without crossing the line into fizziness.

Brauerei Weihenstephan is not only the oldest brewery in the world, it's also one of the best. Purists may scoff at the idea of an 'Americanized' version of a timeless classic, but there is plenty of room for both. Vitus is amazing beer and is destined to be a multiple bottle purchase whenever I'm lucky enough to run across it.

Photo of JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Sweet,bubblegum, hints of banana, clovey and a bit spicey. Overall an absolutely wonderful aroma.

T- Sort of sweet and fruity upfront, fades to a clovey spiciness. A mild earthy, grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Very dry, light bodied and well carbonated.

D- 7.7% ABV, you'd never know it. I could drink quite a few of these. Excellent!

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a slight orange tint. Large, stiff, and rocky head that settles slowly to a nice cap, leaving some sticky patches of lace on the way down.

S: Big, bold, and complex. The typical banana and clove are there in a big way, but some other aromas make their entrance, as well. Smells of bubblegum and candied fruit lie beneath the clove/banana aspect.

T&M: Initially sweet with loads of the bubblegum flavor followed by a lightly spicy finish that showcases some almost mint like flavor. It's definitely a big beer--lots of flavor and complexity here. Body is medium-full with a fine carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that lingers.

D: High in ABV, but wonderful in flavor. I could drink a few of these. Yet *another* great beer from Weihenstephan. Then again, they should have everything perfected by now--they've only had almost 1,000 years to work on it.

Photo of Eman17
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color. The head is white with a pretty good retention but not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer has a fruity aroma, along the lines of peach and banana. Really fresh smelling beer. The taste is also fruity (apple), there is some bready yeast flavors and a subtle spice note in the finish. I do get a slight metallic flavor that I'm not digging too much, hoping that fades as it warms up. The mouthfeel is soft, very smooth with a decent carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I can see why the score is so high on this one because it really is a great beer. Awesome flavors and really enjoyable.

Photo of axeman9182
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Vitus pours a very surprisingly light golden yellow, with a massive, fluffy white head. It easily fills up more than half the glass, but fades a litle too quickly for my taste. Similarly, lacing left behind is a bit spotty.The nose is extremely powerful, and smells a bit like a hefeweizen on steroids. There's an additional bit of mat sweetness though, to balance out the massive banana and (moreso) clove. The extra malt shows up on my palate as well, as there's an increased vanilla sweetness from having more wheat in the grain bill. There's also a slight warming sensation from alcohol, which is a solid addition to the beer. Still though, this one's a massive clove/banana weiss yeast bomb. The mouthfeel is truly remarkable though. I'm half convinced that Weihenstephan made some kind of deal with the devil to get a body this light on a beer this big/flavorful. Carbonation is almost frantic (without becoming overbearing), and the result is a mouthfeel that is the definition of effervescent. Vitus basically an imperial hefe, as opposed to many weizenbocks incorporating some darker malts, but it's nonetheless world class.

Photo of aoampm
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McNealc31
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, fluffy white head floats atop a hazy gold body. Wheat, pepper, and sour citrus in the aroma. Banana is the first flavor that comes through. Although it is a bit on the side of imitation banana candy flavor rather than real banana. After that, black pepper, wheat malt, finishing with bitter orange and coriander. The spices become more pronounced as it warms. Bit of heat from the 7.7% ABV.

This is definitely a beer to enjoy. Loads of flavor, great balance, excellent drinkability

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz bottle into glass. Pours a hazy golden with thick creamy head. Looks fantastic! Thick foamy lacing and good carbonation. Fantastic banana clove hefe aromas. Some nice wheat malt and some slight slight mild hop. Really amazing aromas. Flavor is crisp bright banana wheat with a slight chewy almost chocolatey flavor. Really great flavors. Its just an all around fantastic brew. Well worth the price and just great flavors and drinkability. For under $4 a bottle, you should all ready be drinking one!

Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white head, with a hazy yellow color. Clove/wheat aroma, essentially smells like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet and wheaty, a little bit of clove and some taste of bubblegum. It hides the high ABV quite well; there is only a slight hint of alcohol. A fantastic beer; something I'd really enjoy on a hot summers day.

Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger of white head recedes to a thick lace. Much lighter color than I expected - golden straw colored cloudy liquid.
S: Belgian golden notes, raisin, fruit, candied nuts, slight bread, spices like coriander with a slight Hoegaarden edge.
T: Tastes almost like Hoegaarden. Belgiany, not so much dark fruit as green grapes or citrus. Very tasty and different than other Weizenbocks I've had.
M: Dry and tannic. Tangy, almost like a wild ale or a dry red wine.
D: High drinkability. This is a delicious beer that satisfies and entices me for another drink.

Photo of Jerico
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a pint bottle.

A - light gold with a ton of fluffy head, that dissipates pretty quick but leaves a layer behind.

S - sweet, fruity and vibrant, with bread and banana and little bit of citrus and spice in there.

T/M/D - very smooth and balanced, with a hint of a hoppy bite that really makes this one interesting. The alcohol hides pretty well, but I can tell its there from the warming feeling. I'll be looking for this one again!

Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, almost opaque. Good head that doesn't dissipate too fast, leaves some lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, malt, pears, bread

Taste: Banana, spice, clove, wheat, malt, pears, bread, some hints of alcohol. Very complex and enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Thick with crisp carbonation, not quite as good as the other Weihenstephaner beers I've tried. Somewhat dry finish, not as dry as a dry red wine, but dryer than average.

Overall: Very good, but a notch below what I have come to expect from Weihenstephaner. Can session well for the abv. Doesn't motivate me too much to try other weizenbocks, but I probably will anyways. I find German styles interesting, and am really trying to get a good feel of what to expect from them.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a clean white head that starts off thick and goes down to a thin layer. I expected a darker beer than this.

Smell is very bready and typical of a weizen beer.

Taste has a strong banana and a little bite of carbonation on the end. There is a warming alcohol towards the back of the drink. Mouthfeel is a medium creamy. Drinkability is very high. This doesn't seem to have the booziness that other weizenbock's have.

Photo of bminor7
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 from Savemore in Clifton Park.

A - golden, cloudy. 3/4" white foam.

S - predominantly banana bread. very inviting.

T - wheat, lemon, creamy. plenty of isoamyl acetate. really very good. kept putting this one off because the presentation (bottle) is lame, made me think of coffee/chocolate for some reason.

M - crisp, smooth carbonation.

D - outstanding. delicious and none of the other attributes take anything away from it. could have a 'few' on a nice warm summer evening.

Photo of zachary80
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 4081. Been in the fridge since purchased.

Vitus pours a hazy, opaque straw/yellow with perfect white head.

Aroma is sweet and estery, cloves, light citrus.

Flavor is strong but not overwhelming. Light banana and grape flavors. Like a stronger hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is good. Higher carbonation than expected.

A refreshing, Delicious beer. I expected it would be darker and heavier from the style description but it is not.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,778 ratings.