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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,081
Hads: 3,056
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 211
Gots: 391 | 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 keithmurray
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a goblet

beer pours a cloudy pale yellow/straw color with big white head

aroma is of wheat, yeast, spice undertone (cloves?) and citrus

taste - wheat, citrus, cloves

mouthfeel - slick, highly carbonated, alcohol is well hidden, medium bodied

Drinkability - this goes down pretty easily

Vitus - great value@ 2.99 for a 16.9oz bottle, a good tasting weizenbock overall (391 characters)

Photo of cooch69
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Wheat glass a cloudy bright yellow with a nice two to three finger semi rocky white head.

Nose is lemony, bannany, spicy and a little bit of alcohol.

Really mellow for it's strength yet still medium bodied and full of cloves, lemons bananas and even a little apples. Some hot alcohol hits you up front. Slightly tart wheatiness and nice vibrant carbonation. Definetly getting better as I continue drinking and as it warms up a little. (450 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen flute.

A nice bock beer. I like what a wheat beer brings to the bock style. But not Aventinus! 4

A – Pours a pale yellow, straw colored, hazy, no sediment in bottle, with a huge white-white mousey head (in a flute). No lacing to speak of, seems unusual with such a big head. 3.5

S – Yeasty, some low spiciness, peppery, a hint of citrus. 3.75

T – Malt with a spicy finish. 4

MF – Medium bodied, semi-dry finish. 4 (447 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a sticky bubbly meniscus of antique white foam on top that last and last. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that supports the head.

S- This beer has nice big dry white bread dough aroma with a club soda hint and lemon notes. There is a green hop finish and a soft fusel alcohol note to the finish.

T- The taste of dry white bread crust gives way to pale malt and some lighter wheat malt notes. There is a light fruity lemon hint followed by a leafy green hop finish with a soft pale malt note.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and a soft alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- The nice dry flavors make this beer smooth and easy to drink with the flavor and aroma really enhancing each other. The lemon notes are very pleasant but get a bit tangy when it warms. Although there are some light alcohol notes it doesn't really taste like a 7.7%ABV beer. (1,001 characters)

Photo of thirdeye11
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into nonic style glass.

A: Pretty pale compared to what I expected. Almost no head despite a vigorous pour, no lacing to speak of either.

S: Smells of lemon, clove, mildly of banana. Very appealing and other citrus is present too. This is nice, but not a LOT of aroma without a swirl of the glass.

T: Overly dominated by lemon I cannot imagine someone dumping a piece of lemon in here. Lots of spices (maybe allspice?), lemon zest is super present, some wheaty yeast and banana are in the back, but up front is also a lot of sourness which I feel comes from the lemon zest tastes.

M: A little thin and way overcarbonated for me. Too slick also.

D: I could honestly drink this all night. Would have no problems whatsoever making it the only beer of the night.

I enjoyed it alot, although it is not my favorite beer due to the overwhelming citrus tastes. (900 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty well carbonated as a soft pour still yields a full three-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light gold color and shows a very lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is distinctly full of clove phenolics, even seeming a bit fruity in its clove character. Wheat like grain notes provide a touch of bread aromatics, some light tartness and some cracker-malt notes. Banana esters mix in with the clove notes, but are definitely noticed as well. There are also some plum like notes as well as a touch of apple aromatics.

Well carbonated, yet still creamy like many a good Hefeweizen; this does have a touch more body than your standard Hefe, but so far if I was presented this blind I would be hard pressed to guess that this is something other than a normal Hefeweizen. The strength of this brew shows up in the esters that are noticeable; this is a bit more fruity than your typical strength Hefe with flavors of plum, Macintosh apples and green raisins. This fruitiness is backed by a spicy, phenolic finish reminiscent of the turpenes particular to cloves. As the beer loses some of its zippy carbonation and warms up just a touch it begins to pick up a lightly concentrated banana note in the middle. This has a light tartness to it than helps to accentuate the various fruit components a bit.

The last pour that has some yeast sediment to it, adds a bit more yeasted tartness to this brew, which is a nice added dimension. I really like this take on the Weizenbock; it really is just a slightly amped up version of a well made Hefeweizen with the increased gravity producing more interesting esters and phenolics.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,722 characters)

Photo of klewis
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 7327

A: This is a weizenbock? Pours a pale straw color with a thick foamy head. Great sustain with flares of lacing that cling close to the surface.

S: Smells much like the hefe - bubblegum, banana, and a strong cloves and spice aroma.

T: Fruity with a strong bubble gum taste and all of the other normal hefe beer flavors. Roudned out by a crisp noble hop bite.

M: Light and heavily carbonated. Clean and dry in the finish. A bit too fizzy.

D: The labeling of this beer is deceiving; its only characteristic that it shares with other weizenbocks is its ABV. This one instead drinks more like a stronger version of their Hefe, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. (674 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing LNBA denizen ColoradoBobs extoll the virtues of this brew for so long, when I saw it on the shelf at http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ , I had to give it a try.

Poured into 1/2 liter weizen glass. This was a very happy beer, lots and lots of fluffy white head, a bit rocky on top, that had great retention and no lacing. The beer itself was semi-cloudy/hazy golden yellow. And yes, that head is still hanging in there.

The aroma was very wheat forward, with some nice clove undertones, and a touch of yeast spicyness. The flavors had all the aspects the aroma had and added perhaps some bubblegum and fruit.

The body was nicely full, a bit surprisingly so, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good, I can see why CB stocks up on cases of this brew at a time, and I'll be trying to keep a bottle or 2 around.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I wish I had tried sooner. I will certainly be having it again, and so should you. (962 characters)

Photo of codfeast
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to stein.

A: hazy very pale yellow, massive foamy head. slow to disapate.

S: Bananna, spice(clove, cinammon) yeast, malt.

T: Sweet bananna, followed by spice, then sweet comes back again (bubble gum) finishes dry.

M: smooth and creamy, prickly on the tounge, nice dry finish.

O: easy drinking and refreshing, no hint of the 7.7 abv, which could be sneaky. would love to come across it on tap. (404 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I had purchased this one evening at Hunger 'n' Thirst when Mughugger was working in the bottle shop. I am listening to Black Sabbath as the accompanying soundtrack for this one.

From the bottle: "WBA 12 [-] World Beer Awards [-] World's Best Wheat Beer Strong"; "The world's oldest brewery [-] Since 1040".

I began the pour, only to be be surprised by its light color. I do not know why I was thinking that it would be dark in color, but I was startled all the same. I got a dense finger of bone-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a Hefeweizen, especially in terms of the banana esters, although I got some clove, but accompanied by a bit of heat. I was ready to sneeze. Mouthfeel was medium. I initially thought to myself "Hefeweizen! Burned again!" since I am not a big fan of the style, but then the heat kicked in and I realized why this was a Winter beer. Bananas + heat = Bananas Foster! Man, I really dug it in Advanced Foods in HomeEc when we did flambe desserts. Hit the lights, get some fire going and serve. In this case, I was getting ready to hit the deck! It was like a rabbit punch. I did not see this coming, despite the label. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to its inherent heat. Phew! Sabbath plays on while I may be played out. (1,433 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Straw-golden, 2-fingered white head, which dissipates slow. Leaves light lacing. Missed the color by a bit fellas.

S - Wheat, bananas, clove and a little bit of hellertau hops and honey.

T - Pretty much the same deal, but without the honey.

M - Good balanced, full-bodied, sweet and dry.

D - Good, but closer to a maibock than a weizenbock. Too light and not enough dark fruit. (421 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glass: Hefeweizen Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, hazy, amber colored beer. A huge billowing, fine, soapy, cream head appeared and lingered for quite some time.

Smell: Ripe bananas, slight tart quality. Maybe some alcohol. A bit metallic.

Taste: Bananas, a bit of a metallic / chalky / sour taste. Almost like the funky nuttiness you get from some coconut waters. Buttery, perhaps?

Mouthfeel: Very full. Syrupy. Sticky afterwards. A bit much for me.

Overall: Decent, but the thick mouthfeel, taste of alcohol, and metallic notes keep it from being great for me. (564 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A very pale and very hazy yellow body with a two finger white head with lasts for a little while.

S: The spicy German yeast character is evident up front. There is a lot of bubblegum aroma in the middle from the wheat.

T: Very interesting taste. There is a little peppery spiciness, subtle lemon flavors, and rich wheat body. Unfortunately, there is a ton of bubblegum in this flavor.

M: The body was a little thin, especially given the ABV but the carbonation was great.

O: It is good for the style but I am not a fan of this style. (540 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a pale orange with a swirling display of effervesce, rapid bursts that rose in a dense shower. The head was glass consuming, a foamy pearl white sheen, 3 fingers high that stood is ground quite proudly. Thick foamy patches cover the glass for lace.

S: Musky damp cellar notes, wet whole wheat, ripe whole banana skins, and some yeasty moments of light to moderate intentions.

T: The flavor was sweet and malty, toasty liquid bread upfront, some musky lemon and wheat moves in. A touch of dry spicy cloves, dry bananas and a slight peppery instance on the fade. Toasty sweet grain base, almost octoberfest like, dry wheat mixture, with a sweet finish.

M: creamy with a bubbly carbonation. Toasty sweet on the hold with a light body and playful nature on the tongue.

O: Overall a good flavor, a bit more sweet and toasty then im used to per style. Smooth yeasty nature, not overpowering, but easily manageable. Alcohol is easily hidden by its sweetness. Cleanly brewed as with all their drinks with a smooth refinement. (1,035 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden color with a large, thick, creamy, soapy, sticky, white head. Pretty good retention with a sticky thin layer of lace. Extremely light color for the style.

S - A lot of wheat aroma with banana, clove, and some bubblegum. Touches of vanilla and pepper and some alcohol.

T - A lot of wheat flavor with some pale malt. A good amount of banana flavor along with plenty of clove and pepper. Some bubblegum and yeasty flavors as well. Some spicy hops later on as well. Some alcohol heat also comes out. Some tangy/tart wheat flavor also comes out a bit.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. A bit of a smooth feel with just a touch of drying finish.

D - Easy to drink with a nice amount of flavor and a good body, but a little spicy and a bit too much alcohol heat to really be all that drinkable.

Notes: Definitely not like other weizenbocks that I have had, seems more like a bigger hefeweizen. Overall not a bad beer, but it wasn't entirely balanced and not what I was expecting. Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a bit better given the track record of this brewery. (1,101 characters)

Photo of demitriustown
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9oz bottle: Pours a cloudy golden with a slight orange hue and a nice large head that lingers. Aroma has got the definite wiezen characteristics. A nice orange and lemon citrus spritz, banana, wheat overtones, spiced similar to a hefe. Taste is nicely robust and mouth filling. I was basically expecting a Hefe but this is nicely complex. A nice bite of citrus and wheat really make this a really luscious brew. Overall, Man this stuff is a good wiezen I really like this! (481 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a bit of haze. Quite the bevy of foam and lacing. Moderate aroma-mildly spicey and somewhat cloveish. Very crisp and clean flavor wise. A wheaty crispness against and slightly spiced and phenolic bite. Somewhat peppery tinge. Solid mouthfeel. Really a great beer all around. I could do this again and again. (330 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Although it takes up nearly the entire glass when first poured, the white head is light and foamy, lending itself to the effervescent nature of this style. The color is far lighter than I had expected. It is a nice lemon yellow, with the typical wheat beer haze.

Smell: Lemon, bubblegum, and mint make for an interesting, yet not entirely tempting, combo. The possible sugary zest of this bouquet is counterbalanced by the toasty Munich malt typical for the style.

Taste: Lemons are replaced by bananas, while airy notes of mint and bubblegum manage to hang on. The maltiness goes head-to-head with the esters, making for a somewhat strange, yet interesting combination...kind of like a banana sandwich on multigrain bread.

Mouthfeel: The medium mouthfeel is thickened by the wheat and yeast. Carbonation is characteristically medium-high and does a good job making the beer both filling and spritzy.

Overall: A beer which, for me, is swimming in dichotomies. The flavors don't seem to mix all that well, but the toasted malt going up against the esters is both true to style and worth witnessing if you haven't had this type of beer before. A beer that could grow on me. I would certainly like to try it again further down the road. (1,252 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw yellow with a full one inch white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves strands of lace.

Smell is of grains (wheat and barley), lemon zest, earthy yeast and faint banana accents.

Taste, like the smell, is grainy with a more dominant banana presence than in the nose and some citrus notes on the back end.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a tasty wheat beer with hints of banana flavor. I was a little disappointed with the musty, dirt-like aroma. The 7.7 ABV sneaks up on you. (543 characters)

Photo of badgustav
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - slightly musty, faint, with hints of grass and a slight acidity. I wonder at the age of the beer, may have gone slightly off.
Appearance - medium gold in color with a white, lacy foam. head dissipates slowly, clinging to the glass as it goes.
Flavour - wheaty, robust, with a light spice at the end. there are light grapefruit notes with some bite from the carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium and enjoyable. (412 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at State Line Liquor. A great example of the style, this draws you in with a sweet wheat honey aroma. Mild chocolate brown with initially a large white head, that quickly dissipitates. Medium mouthfeel, and not very complex. But very drinkable. (250 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***First try*** Time for a German beer! Hefeweizens is not my favorite style, but I do like beers the are a mixed style with hefeweizen. This is my third Weihenstephaner beer to try.

I poured this into one of my tall hefeweizen glasses and watched as the head formed and grew quickly to 3-4 fingers in height that was frothy and white, like it should be. It is a beautiful cloudy yellow color, like pineapple juice, and it is very bubbly.

It smells...I'm actually having a hard time figuring out how it smells because I'm cooking some chicken and garlic...DOH! It's very sweet and there is a lot of citrus, as is to be suspected. I get banana and clove as well, adding more complexity and spice. I get an essence of lemon as well on the end.

Taste is pretty much identical. It's smooth, but is bubbly and has a little bite to it. There is a lot of banana flavor in it with lemon coming at the end to give it some added bite and tang. The wheat is sort of underlying throughout.

I'd say this is a pretty good beer here. It's more appetizing than a regular hefeweizen to me, but I have to say that I expected it to be a bit different. I'm not sure what I expected it to be, but whatever.

***Second try*** With all of y'all - yes, us Texans will say that - discussing so much non-American beers I felt guilty about not buying a non-American beer in quite awhile! So I went to my local place and decided to buy a foreign beer in a style I've not drank in awhile. I chose Vitus because I didn't remember drinking it. When I got back to my place I checked on Facebook to see if I had tried it...and I had. Damn! But there's nothing wrong with that. You know, if you're hungry, and I am, drinking a wheat beer is a good choice. Want some bread? Drink a wheat beer!

It may take a little work but it's a must that the drinker gets the sediment from the bottom of the bottle into your glass. It's not in there for no reason! If you don't like it then...don't drink it. The head, like every wheat beer, pours very tall, extremely bubbly, and white. Color of the beer is a hazy, if you put in little sediment, to murky, if you put in it all, golden-yellow. Describing wheat beer colors is a little more difficult than describing other styles' colors but wheat beers have a sort of pastel color to them.

It smells very bready with lemony-citrus and banana notes.

Taste brings an unexpected alcohol flavor...but not a bad one. It's hidden under the dominant wheat and the citrus and banana notes keep up the flavor.

This was a good choice for a drink today where it was pretty warm in Texas. Like I've said, wheat beers aren't a favorite of mine so I won't appreciate this as much as someone else who does like weizenbiers (terrible German-English), but I can tell a quality beer and this one is it. (2,797 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass

A- The pour is beautiful. A hazed golden yellow color with orange hues and a creamy white head that sticks all over the glass.

S- Vitus features a very nice weizen aroma. There is a lot of banana and clove evident in the nose.

T- The taste is sweet with clove and banana flavors. Very nice taste, almost like a beefed up hefeweizen.

M- The mouthfeel is exceptional with very nice body and texture.

D- A solid beer no question and one I would definitely pick up again. (522 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A very soapy white head, that disappears on a nice controlled pour very quickly. Body color is a murky yellow but fairly uniform, some nice rising carbonation elevator music, and scattered cola bubbles. Manages a nice thin collar.

Nose seems very banana forward, clean and borderline crisp. Hints of classic wheat like chewiness. Not bad with a drying clove like angle.

Taste feels like a good mix from what is on the nose. A good malt backbone mixes with crisp carbonation that doesn't take away from the palate. Some nice chewy body, a good citrus and banana angle mixes nicely, with a spritzy soda fountain finish.

Overall, pretty nice and pleasant and refreshing. Kind of what you expect from Weihenstephan. (762 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Gotta try one of the classic German weuizenbocks, right? It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light banana peel, light lemon zest, light ginger, honey, and a small amount of clove. The taste focuses on the wheat, but allows some lemon zest, honey, clove, banana, and orange rind in there as well. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a pretty enjoyable w-bock, something I could easily see drinking plenty of if put in the proper situation. (568 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.