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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,470 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 142
Gots: 138 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Body was straw lemon, with some very nice head retention.

Smell: Nose was full of spice and citrus you'd expect.

Taste of spiced banana.

Very smooth and light and refreshing.

One I'll definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 19:27:06 | More by bigkahunas4
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice 1.5 inch head that created no lacing but had a nice thin head for the whole beer. The color is a yellow-green, cloudy consistency.

The smell is very malty with a mixture of pumpkin spice, and cloves.

The taste is really robust and unique. No hop flavor but the bananas, cloves, and pumpkin spice are fantastic. Those flavors are followed by a grape-based sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated with a dry, gritty finish - but it is all good! The flavor really sticks on the tongue and lingers well.

Overall I really like this beer. Has a nice combination of scents and flavors and the mouthfeel is really unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:15:07 | More by PhantasIPA
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dansmcd

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Towering soapy white head caps the golden body, lighter in colour than their hefe. Lacing looks good for a few seconds but doesnt stick for long.

S - All banana, wheat and clove. I just love these aromas. Yeasty too.

T - Follows the nose with the typical banana, wheat and clove flavours. Some caramel like malt sweetness and some warmth from the alcohol. Just delicious.

M - Thinner and less chewy than their glorious hefe. High carbonation. Clean mouthfeel.

O - Another beautifully crafted and full flavoured gem from Weihenstephan. A must try for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:24:13 | More by dansmcd
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rye726

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pale golden color with a creamy beige head and excellent lace. Beautifull looking brew, just a little light in my opinion. The nose has wheat malts, citrus fruits some rich candies. The taste is similar, more of a weizen than a bock. Ripe tropical fruits, wheaty grains, spicy yeasts and carmelized sugars. Medium body is well carbonated. Fantastic drinkability. More of an imperial hefeweizen than a weizenbock, but still very good. I am never let down by anything from weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 01:08:01 | More by rye726
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ryantho00

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In terms of drinkability, this is superb. I get a beautiful array of flavors in the nose. I get some, honey, yeast, spice, slight hops, toasted grain, sweet malt, pineapple and passion fruit, some marshmallow and sweet candy undertone.

This drinks so smoothly, I get wheat, fresh hops and tropical citrus, a nice dose of spiciness and blended sweetness from grain and bread, malt, an almost maple syrup or molasses, and this great cotton candy finish that is sweet yet dry. Wonderful aftertaste, nice esters and sweetness. I thought at the beginning sip this would be like a triple or very belgium-esque, but is was surpisingly well balanced and superbly balanced. Great mix of flavors, alcohol is almost non-existent in the taste.

Great brew,

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 23:28:59 | More by ryantho00
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SacoDeToro

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Pizza Port RAF.

Poured a brilliant gold with a dense and tall white head.

The aroma of the beer was of melanoidin rich pilsner malt and wheat. There were a good deal of fruity esters as well, but more towards the pear and bubblegum. No banana really.

The flavor of the beer was richly malty, but the lighter side of malty. It was full of sweet pilsner malt and a bready wheatiness. There were some mild fruit flavors mixed in: pear and white grape. The hops were floral and mild.

The mouthfeel was medium and the body surprisingly full. The carbonation was spritzy and there was a pleasant alcoholic warmth in the finish. I've never had a blond weizenbock until this, but I get exactly what the brewers were going for (I think) and they nailed it. Very nice and a departure from more traditional German brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 18:45:34 | More by SacoDeToro
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #2 ranked Weisenbock on BA.

A: Bright orange, but with no translucence whatsoever. I mean, it's almost as if someone put a pack of Alka-Seltzer in a glass of Orange Crush. I summoned up a massive 2,3,4,5 + finger head after a hard pour...lesson learned. Oops...

S: Banana upfront, along with a very citrusy (orange for sure) scent that basically took the place of the usual spicy, coriander-type bomb I usually get with this style.

T: Very fresh, yeasty, and fruity taste. Wonderful filtered water flair on the mid-palate, and the sweet elements didn't linger in any way whatsoever.

M: Carbonation +... and God bless it for that! Almost champagne-like, with rather large, prickly bubble to sooth the palate. Not much lacing... and not much lingering effects from the sugar either. Very tempered in that department.

O: I can't decided which Weihenstephan brew I love more. Needless to say, I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:47:10 | More by Chaney
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" foamy white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Yeast and sweet wheat.

T: Bready, yeasty, somewhat bitter, floral and grassy hops with a semi-sweet almost lemon citrus finish. Nice and refreshing.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: An extremely drinkable beer, the 7.7% ABV is sneaky considering how light and refreshing it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 21:32:40 | More by DaftCaskBC
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mjl21

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottling code of 0408 on back. Comes in at 7.7%.

A-When poured, it looks like cloudy pineapple juice. Has a one finger head that dissolves into a smaller foamy layer that stays the entire time.

S-Spice, particularly clove, is the dominant smell. Also getting strong hints of citrus, banana, and green apples.

T-Lots of clove hit upfront followed a really nice citrus blast in the back. Banana notes make themselves known. There is a really nice bready yeast taste along with wheat. Also am detecting white grapes and green apple. There is a nice tingling on the back of my mouth from the hops.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Getting some of the head on every sip results in a nice creaminess.

D-The 7.7% is extremely well hidden. A great beer that can be consumed year round.

Read about this one in the latest BA Magazine and I came away impressed. It is a great beer at a great price point ($2.99).

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 17:07:27 | More by mjl21
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Julians in Providence RI into a snifter.
Cloudy yellow orange in appearance with a suspended murk. Nice fluffu head that sticks around for a while.
Smells of clove, spice, fruit sweetness.
Tastes of banana, clove right off the bat. Followed by malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light/ Medium. Lively carbonated though very smooth at the same time.
Wonderfully drinkable beer. Hard to believe that it's 7.7%! So happy to try on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2008 02:24:08 | More by ThirstyBird
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted from the 500mL bottle in an oversized wine goblet.

I am quite surprised pouring this beer that it comes out quite pale and cloudy. This seems to be more along the lines of the color of a hefeweizen and not the dark amber that I was expecting. A fluffy white head erupts that provides a good amount of staying power and laces nicely.

The aroma is up front with banana and cloves. Its actually amazing how spicy the yeast comes across.

The taste comes in a lot sweeter than the smell suggested. Lots of banana and spicey clove. A bit of caramel character, but overall this beer just comes across as a huge hefe with tons of character.

THe mouthfeel is where the beer really separates from a hefe. It is quite full bodied but still has the lively carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty. Its a bit different than a traditional weizenbock. Its quite tasty and fairly easy to drink. Still it has tons of character and satisfies nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 02:11:57 | More by MSchae1017
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pwsoldier

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an absolutely clear straw yellow with a huge, rocky head. BUT, the introduction of the sediment from the bottom created a really cool-looking invasion of cloudiness in my Weihenstephaner glass that gradually brought the beer to a cloudy yellow. The transition from clear to cloudy was way too cool to watch. Very impressive. Once the head finally disappears though, this beer looks pretty uninteresting. Virtually no lacing to speak of. If it weren't for that, I would've given it a 5 because of the sediment addition alone.

S - Clove, citrus, and some other spices dominate, with the expected banana aromas poking through in the background. Some earthy yeast and wheat aromas come through as well.

T - Sweet fruit flavors dominate up front with some spice and earthy notes coming through in the finish. Citrus sweetness is balanced nicely by the spices and a mild hop presence.

M - Medium-bodied with a somewhat wet finish. Very smooth and kinda creamy, like a good weizenbock should be.

D - Sweet mother of Zeus, I could drink this stuff all night!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 06:01:01 | More by pwsoldier
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500mL bottle from BInny's Algonquin.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a good amount of white head.

S: Smells of banana, clove, slight pepper, yeast

T: Very similar to the smell - banana, yeast, clove, slight pepper

M: Very full bodied and highly carbonated

D: Highly drinkable with good flavor and low alcohol taste

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:27:58 | More by dukedevil0
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brendan13

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 500ml bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass a cloudy dark straw colour with about an inch of dense white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Smell is banana & clove spice with an obvious wheatiness & some light alcohol hints.
T - A fairly sweet banana cake taste. The clove spice that is to be expected.
M - A very smooth bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.
Banana cake taste lingers - Yummy!
D - Almost too drinkable. Probably the most drinkable 7%+ beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 10:50:06 | More by brendan13
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brurevu

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: It poured a cloudy golden color with a nice full creamy head and plenty of citrus on the nose. The taste had the signature German wheat beer tastes of banana, sweet candy, and a bit of citrus. The Vitus had a very creamy mouthfeel that spoke to its craftsmanship and elegantly balanced tasting experience. This was a great weizenbock and one that surprised me a bit as I didn't know what to expect. The Vitus is a beer to look for and one that will pleasantly surprise any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:57:51 | More by brurevu
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two-finger foamy white head.

S - Aromas of wheat, yeast, corriander, and cloves.

T - Starts off sweet with flavors of banana, pear, and apple. The sweetness is rounded out by the yeast and some biscuity malt.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding beer. My first experience with a Weizenbock and this did not disappoint. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 02:18:07 | More by TreyIsWilson
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sfprint

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy, deep yellow orange color. 1 inch head.

Smells like a sweet weißbier, slightly soapy. Fruity and inviting.

Sweet, hefeweizen like, but with more flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as heavy as I remember it being, but it's certainly heavier than a weißbier. You don't notice the amount of alcohol in it at all.

Smooth with tingly bubbles.

I love this beer. It's one of my favorite German beers. It drives me crazy that I only know 3 places in Berlin to buy it, and two of them are bars. It's probably not the best beer if you want to drink a lot in one night, as it's slightly heavy, but in terms of Germany's "exotic" beers, i find this one the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 22:38:06 | More by sfprint
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a long lasting head and decent lacing..very inviting. Smell is grassy, wheaty with phenol and malt undertones. Taste is surprising rich...malt complexity, slightly fruity, grassy, pleasant alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, blending into a dry finish. Drinkability is excellent based upon above qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 01:01:42 | More by edchicma
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Euro-sized bottle into a stein.

A: Honey Heffe-coloured with a fluffy white head.

S: Banana, cloves and alcohol esters.

T: Very smooth and just delicious. Banana flavour is big here, with lots of fruity and mild funky flavours.

D: The beer is so complex that it demands the drinker to slow down to really soak it in. However, the residual alcohol flavour feels right and there is no off-flavours.

Overall: A great beer and a real hallmark of the style. Full-bodied, complex and tasty; what more could you want. Weihenstephaner has yet to fail me.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 16:11:09 | More by JohnnyChicago
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A half-liter brown Euro-style glass bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Bright yellow and sunny in appearance, quite cloudy and with a solid two fingers of rocky white foam that fades away at a notch faster than a snail's pace to leave behind thick blotchy rings of lace on the walls of the glass.

The nose is distinctly Weißbier yet distinctly Weizenbock; an amalgamation of the two that blends well both the powerfully fruity banana and spicy clove notes of a bright Hefeweizen and the drier, spicier, and more pungent aromas of a Weizenbock. Powerfully enticing.

Full-bodied yet light and effervescent in mouthfeel, the flavors follow the nose and appearance well, deceiving with a bright Hefeweizen-like refreshing quality but with flavors more strong and hop-accented, leaving quite the same impression as the more traditional dark version of the Weizenbock style but without the same rich malty character. The finish is dry and tinged with spice, citrusy hops and a mild fruitiness but with a pronounced dryness that screams for another quaff.

Quite the Weizenbock, Weihenstephaner's Helles version of the style is much more refreshing than more traditional examples and is extremely well-balanced, never too strong in any region except for the flavor front, in which such a balance between taste and drinkability is a powerful virtue. Perhaps one of the greatest Weizenbocks around, Brauerei Weihenstephan never ceases to produce solid, well-crafted and tasty beers while remaining in strict (well, perhaps not so strict -- we are talking about wheat beer, after all) accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. Vitus is flat-out amazing, and well worth all its praise.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 03:40:03 | More by superdedooperboy
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been meaning to try the Vitus for some time and finally found it at Bullseye in Smithtown. Poured into my new Ithaca tapered pint. Long lasting creamy white head and handsome translucent straw color score early points on appearance. The nose is more reserved, with an ester laden banana clove melange.

The flavors are a rich but mellow weizen with the standard banana and clove along with a malty, chunky body enriched with a 7.7 % booze blast which stays mostly in the shadows. Mouthfeel is refreshing and modestly carbonated.

For what this is, I find it pretty exceptional. It's a rigid style but this is satisfying yet sophisticated. It was also reasonably inexpensive. Weihenstephan puts another one in the back of the net.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 05:56:13 | More by daliandragon
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow color with a half finger of white head that leaves exceptional lacing as it drains. Nice looking brew. Nose is strong on wheat and malty goodness. Some candy sugar, dried fruit of some sort, and maybe some orangey citrus. Flavor is likewise - huge malty sweetness, citrus (lemon and orange), yeast, wheat. A sort of dirty earthiness to it that hits you in the back of the mouth. Light warming alcohol, especially as it warms. Really a tasty beer. Body is good, appropriate for the style. This is a really excellent brew - might not hit Aventinus levels of deliciousness, but still really nice. Another win for Weihenstephaner.

Wine Specialist/$3.49/16.9 oz

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 20:04:00 | More by soupyman10
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schleprock

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice yellow-orange color with a really thick head.

S: Citrusy hops, floral ethers.

T: Hints of banana, clove and wheat similar to a hefeweizen.

M: Great on the palate considering it's a 7.7% abv, truly well done.

D: This is a great weizenbock. I love the flavor and it's very drinkable.

This to me can be a great higher alcohol session beer. It's extremely tastey and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 17:28:39 | More by schleprock
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4balance


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip, pours a gorgeous golden apricot color with a luscious looking 1 1/2" white bubbly head that eases down to a nice cap that lingers to the finish, spotty sticky lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, wheat, bubblegum, some citrus, spices and banana.

Taste is sweet bread, bubblegum, wheat grain, clove, coriander, pepper with hints of tart citrus, apricot, banana and malt all in the right proportions.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, slightly sugary and chewy.

Overall I want to give it a 4.25 but that is not an option so I am in the 4.5 range as this is so easy drinking, flavors are very pronounced, great balance…a must have! Cheers ~

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 01:02:15 | More by 4balance
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cellar-temperature bomber of the elixir, secured in a daring cross-border raid of a hapless Harris-Teeter in southern Virginia, poured into a weizen glass yields a bright golden body with a bit of haze and butter-yellow highlights. A huge cap of soft ivory foam rests atop the drink, going nowhere fast, stooping only to leave gobs of abstract lacing stuck on the glass.

The smell of the drink is a heavenly nectar of banana and nutty brown bread, laced with spices and a rich beery note of aromatic alcohol laced with cocoa.

The taste is wheaty and tangy, with a big ripe note of banana, a twist of lime, drizzled with dark chocolate and thin caramel. I swear I can almost feel the powdery fibers of a cocoa-covered banana as I chew on this remarkable drink. A big long-tongued white tiger mentioned something in his review of this brew as 'minty' and like the Beeman's gum 'pepsin'... yeah, I get it!

Succulent feel with a powdery linger that whispers again and again, "Cocoa-covered-bananas are gooood!" Superb drinkability. Another winner from a brewery that only brews winners.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:51:08 | More by cvstrickland
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.