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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,819
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 181
Gots: 281 | FT: 6
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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 weazal
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S: Thick, bready spices. Feels like you could cut the aroma with a knife, wow. A lot of clove and banana with crisp apple/pear notes supported by some effervescent citrus.

T: Thick, flavorful, rounded experience. Everything in balance and hitting the right notes. The same aroma notes comes in full on at the beginning until the thick, soft body churns it into a lightly sour sweetness. Meanwhile the carbonation is almost providing a spicy experience with how prickles your mouth.

The flavor's are kicked up and pronounced! Maybe not the most intricate, but it's a delight to drink.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw color with a thick white head and tons of active bubbles feeding ahead that has some serious staying power. Lacing seemed spotty at first but became absolutely coating as the beer warmed a bit. Aromas are big with banana, clove, pear, apple and hints of cinnamon. Taste is fruity and spicy with banana and clove coming through immediately with some lighter notes of pear and tart apple. Mouthfeel starts creamy and carbonated, finishes dry and lets the fruity flavors linger. This is a fantastic example of the style, great drinking beer.

Photo of lovethebelgians
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CurtisD
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Huge white, fulffy head. Great retention and some nice sticky lacing is left behind. The body is a cloudy yellow with lots of strands of carbonation bubbles moving quickly.

Aroma is of banana and a little bit of clove.

This beer is like a ramped-up hefeweizen, not a weizenbock. It looks, smells, and tastes a lot like a hefe. Banana, sweet and also bitter from the wheat. A fantastic beer.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty damn drinkable, what a great beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt before, but I never paid attention to it because it was always during tastings.

A: Pours a cloudy, milky, golden yellow. The head is BEAUTIFUL: an explosion of foam that fills over half the glass, crackles angrily, and takes forever to fall back into a minor cap that lets me drink the beer without a foam mustache.

S: It's like I just opened a ripe banana. I'm not even sniffing the beer; it's a foot away from me as I'm typing this, and I'm waiting for the prodigious head to settle. But this is a fresh, ripe banana aroma if there ever was one. A touch of bubblegum. Wheat, clove are quite noticeable. Very neat and clean.

T: Lush, sticky flavors of banana syrup, clove, and smatterings of bubblegum. I'm surprised to find some apple and a touch of green, leafy hops in here. The flavor is so clean. I think in this style, I prefer only Aventinus (technically a weizen-eisbock?).

M: Carbonation is good, with large bubbles that spritz the palate instead of foaming it up. Coating, lightly sticky flavor.

D: A fantastic beer; its drinkability belies the relatively high ABV. A pint bottle of this has me feeling it. I can't wait to get more of this throughout the fall.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orangish-brown glow, very bright. Not near as dark as most weizenbocks I have seen. Lumpy off-white head...HUGE. Excellent retention and lacing as well.

S - Jacked up hefeweizen comes to mind. Strong aroma of banana and clove with hints of orange peel and bubble gum as well. A very deep and intense aroma.

T - A light biscuity taste up front quickly overcome by strong tastes of banana, bubble gum, and clove.

M/D - A very full bodied and chewy feel. Great carbonation brings the beer to life. An excellent beer. While not your typical weizenbock, but still damn tasty.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a murky yellow body with a good two inches of off-white head. Smells like orange, pith, spice, and banana. Banana, pith, citrus, bread, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium to full in body with ample carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very drinkable, pleasant, and complex. An excellent Weizenbock.

Photo of aristeros
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a medium straw, cloudy, with heavy carbonation visible. There's a huge, soapy head with moderate retention. The nose is true to the style and similar to other Weihenstaphaner weizens--cloves, banana, spices, though a stronger sweet malt presence than the regular weizen or the filtered kristalweissbeir.

Sweet malts blended with cloves up front yields to a peppery bite. Moderate to heavy carbonation present, and a must for the style. Simple, yet perfect. The higher ABV allows this weizen to play double duty as a summer evening quencher or something to take the edge off on a cooler, autumn day.

This one's not as sessionable as a regular hefee; the alcohol will catch up to you after a few glasses.

I've had several of these brewery's beers and this is right in line with my expectations as regards their quality

Photo of babaracas
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an unexpectedly light and relatively clear yellow/amber with an insanely massive pillowy white head. Great retention. Smell: a bit sparse, soft banana and wheat scents, slightly spicy and yeasty, but dominated by a sweet breadyness. Taste: tangy wheat, yeast, banana are most prevalent. Sweet, kind of a banana pudding thing going on here, in a good way. Other flavors buried in there: lemon, dried pineapple, clove, slight grassy + spicy hops. Ever so slight warning of the abv. Soft and creamy... a sessionable weizenbock? Uh oh.

Photo of 05Harley
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 2021

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $2.99/bomber

The appearance is a hazy golden color with a massive 2 inch creamy white head. The retention is average with little sign of lacing. The beer is clean with no sediment visible.

Aroma is sweet and pleasent with a strong scent of banana and spices followed by pears, bread, grassiness and a touch of bubble gum.

The taste is similiar to the nose with banana and mild spices, clove, apple and wheat. quite refreshing and appropriate for an 80 degree day like today.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a lite body and a perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is barely noticeable and well hidden for 7.7%. Finishes dry due to the spicey hops.

This example is highly drinkable and my favorite wheat beer to date. A pleasure to have this time of year and one I'll be enjoying many times over this summer.

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

Vitus delivers the appearance of a typical Bavarian hefeweizen except that the head is shorter and more compact and creamy. That makes sense though, as it's less carbonated. Still, the retention is good, and it leaves some hole-punched sheets and nice wide-splashes of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma also expresses the usual banana, and a little bit of clove; but there's also an increased maltiness. The wheat is quite clear, whereas in a standard hefe it has to fight its way through the phenolics.

In the mouth it's medium-full with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and there's enough carbonation to lend a gentle bristle to the tongue.

The flavor follows the aroma, and the richer malt component is quite robust, and in effect, satiating. It tastes like a standard hefeweizen, but bigger. Quite often weizenbocks will display some added caramelish character, but that's not the case here. It's straightforward wheat malt and yeasty banana and clove. A firm bitterness balances it, and a very subtle spritz of alcohol also helps to dry it.

Quite nice! A classic!

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

Been dying to try this for a while... here it goes:

A: Poured into a goblet. Looks surprisingly light, maybe a slightly darker version of their hefeweizen. Head retention is lower, bubbles move slower due to the thicker body.

S: Smells like a hefe on steroids, with banana and clove, but also other fruits and spices, and a nice whiff of alcohol.

T: Has the typical banana flavors, but also a pear-like taste and herbal honey flavor. Very spicy with clove, allspice and alcoholic spiciness. Very complex.

M: Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very heavy. Excellent.

O: Very very good stuff. Spicy and sweet and complex and would pair well with alot of foods, I would imagine.

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

Poured from a .5l bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Iain for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, bright-golden color. Two-finger, meringue-like head that retains for ages. Very active carbonation.

S: Wonderful aromas of banana, clove, and a tangy lemony-orange citrus quality.

T: Incredible flavors of banana, clove, nuts, and a slightly funky, tart, and tangy citrus hop profile. Lightly sweet, tart, and spicy at the finish.

M: Prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation but that doesn't hide the fact that this is rather thick and full. I wasn't expecting the mouthfeel with this to feel so rich.

D: So drinkable, it's scary. This may be due to my limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but I wasn't expecting a beer anything near this when I first sipped it. This beer is incredible! This definitely needs to come to the states.

Photo of Andonato
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden straw color with a little haziness.
Pristine white head is lush but dissipates quickly. My girlfriend commented on how beautiful it looked. I agree
The aromas of banana, clove, citrus, wheat, and earth jump out of the glass.
Much of the aromas translate to the palate as well. Candied bananas, honey, wheat, earth, and baking spices are pronounced and lovely.
Incredibly smooth with light carbonation makes this a very easy drinker at 8%
Very highly recommended if you want a classic Weizenbock. It has been a while since I had a good German beer, can't imagine a much better way to get back into the lovely brews of the Rhineland than with this Vitus Weizenbock. Very pleased

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

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets a lovely aroma of honey, bubblegum, clove and spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose in a very nice way. There is plenty of flavor in this excellent beer, and it has almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. It's slightly sweet, but is not at all cloying or heavy on the palate. The alcohol is very well disguised, and this beer is so drinkable it's ridiculous. I think I drank my glass in about 5 minutes and was still trying to figure out where it went so quickly.

Delicious stuff.

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.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,819 ratings.