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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,692 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,692
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 172
Gots: 211 | 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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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!

Jerico, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of crnipeter
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml, BB date reads 15.September 2011 therefore quite a fresh one, into tulip.
Hazy straw-yellow colored body topped by thick, rather low white head that slowly recedes and sticks to the walls. Weizenbock is essentially a Dunkelweizen brewed to the strength of a (Doppel)bock, however, the pale visual appearance of Vitus is reminiscent more of a Hefeweizen than Dunkleweizen. Aroma is Doppelbock-like sweetness with banana esters, clove phenolics and bready malt. A careful sniffing session reveals plum & raisin-like fruitiness that gets more prominent as the beer warms. Very faint alcohol shines through. Flavor is rich sweetness (suggesting the malt hasn't beet fermented thoroughly) with banana, clove and wheat. Hop flavor is virtually absent and the finish is somewhat balanced by light hoppy bitterness and very faint alcohol. The palate is sweet, body medium-full with very smooth creamy texture and moderate carbonation. As stated above, the appearance of Vitus resembles a good Hefeweizen although it is easily distinguished from the later by having a minor head and fuller body. There could be more melanoidin & dark fruit character but it's a very decent beer nevertheless.

crnipeter, Jan 26, 2011
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.

MadCat, Mar 22, 2011
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.

zachary80, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/21/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code imprinted on the back label. Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Ultra golden colored pour with a full one inch thick and foamy white head. Lacing was lacking a bit, but still looked nice. Aren't weizenbock's traditionaly darker?

Smell- Wish the aroma was a bit stronger. Nice but could be more pungent. Light clove, light citrus notes and light banana.

Taste- Still questioning weizenbock after the taste, but damn this is tasty. Good amount of banana flavoring with only a slight amount of clove. Added corriander and some other citrus fruits, plus the added bonus of some dark fruits (figs?). Very sweet during intake.

Mouthfeel- Thick and lightly syrupy. Coats the back of your throat going down. About the perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- Thinking a cross between a hefeweizen and a belgian strong pale...with just a touch of weizenbock thrown in. Definite summer brew. If your at the beach and lacking your banana now and laters, grab one of these, it will do the trick.

GClarkage, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of JEdmund
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised by the light color of this; it's a hazy, hay yellow, and develops a substantial, fluffy head. Smells fantastic, with something pretty sharp in there, almost sour-like. Taste is like a snowballing hefe in that it seems to build in shape and momentum as it goes down. It's got a big kick, yet ends pretty light, thanks to the high carbonation. It has a wonderful effect, where the snap of yeast combines with the bubbles to give an attention-grabbing finish. There's really not a tremendous amount of flavor on the front, but it really picks up mid-way on. The body is boisterously fluffy, reminding me of Belgian strong pale. There's a slightly sweet aftertaste, as well as some fruit notes, possibly pear or apple. This is an amped up hefe if I'm not mistaken, and it's likely my first. Somehow I doubt I will drink another one that surpasses or even rivals this one.

JEdmund, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of TheDinger
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Weizen glass. Fantastic burnt wheat/orange pour with a monster 3 finger pillow head that hung around a bit. Smell is very fruit forward and floral. Banana, cloves and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is much like the Weih Hefe, but with more power and brunt. Very complex flavors and a great combination of fruits, phenos, malts and wheat. Like a hefe on roids! Feels is somewhat heavy carbonation and dry. Very smooth and coating. Overall- Another great offering and much like the Hefe. New to this style, so don't have a ton to compare it too. I will say, if you like the Hefe, you will like this. Complex and refreshing with a great blend of malts and fruits. A definite must try-

TheDinger, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into shaker.

A- Hazy yellow straw pour with a three finger chunky white head. Lacing is great.

S- Grass, bubblegum, lemon and bananas.

T- Banana and bubblegum, lemon and sour dough bread.

M- Thin bodied, lively carbonation and quite refreshing.

O- I really don't think this brewer can do anything wrong. Everything I've enjoyed from them has been nothing short of spectacular. This is no exception.

korguy123, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazey straw yellow with a sticky white head and heavy lacing.

S: Banana, Wheat, orange citrus, bready yeast and pepper with clove aroma.

T: Wow, what a full palate of flavors for such a light bodied beer. Wheat malt flavors are strong along with a white pepper bananas and clove from the yeast. Finish of this is dry and crisp, leaving me wanting for more. Banana esters are strong in the finish as well.

M: Light in body with a little stickiness. High carbonation, slightly dry.

O: This is a classic Weizenbock, no doubt about it a great weizenbock that has stood the test of time. I will absolutely revisit this at another time when I am in the mood for it.

alpinebryant, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of RedChrome
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright yellow gold color to the beer. Huge head filled over two inches with pillow-like white bubbles. Slow rising microscopic bubbles in abundance. Minimal lacing.

Fruity aromas have a banana backbone mixed with cherries and pineapples. A strong scent of yeast is heavy with the other aromas in the nose. A light spice to the finish hints of peppercorns.

The taste on the tongue are great. Ranging from a sweetness of malts and fruity sugars to a spicy note that starts light but emboldens itself on the tongue. Low bitterness is just right to keep this from being cloying.

Just a bit watery on the tongue. Beer clings and struggle to show all its flavors on all mouth surfaces. Carbonation burst is pleasant without overwhelming.

A fantastic brew. This one should be enjoyed best by itself to appreciate the complexity. Beware the alcohol content, as it sneaks up without a hint of it's presence. Well worth trying for any beer lover out there.

RedChrome, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Kremlock
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw opaque with a thick 3-4 finger head that is frothy and bubbly.

S: wheat, peppery, and a nice bubble gum backbone.

T: Definite bock flavours present with maltyness present. Bubble gum of the German wheat beer comes through and compliments well. There is a slight pepper flavour also.

M: Well carbonated, creamy on the palate.

O: This is a great weizenbock. By far one of the best I've had.

Kremlock, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of uturn
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml capped bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada wheat beer glass.

A: The beer poured a cloudy light gold with a massive 5 finger white head on a very slow pour. The foam hung around for a longtime leaving a nice lacing on my glass.

N: The nose was of bananas, cloves, bubblegum and citrus.

T: The taste was of spicy pepper and cloves, banana and coriander as well as wheat bread; this beer was crisp and refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel of a medium body with some nice warmth from the alcohol.

D&O: The drinkability of excellent. This is one of the best Weizenbocks I’ve tasted & will be looking forward to enjoying a few more as we head into the summer months. Prost!

uturn, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice bright yellow color almost golden.Wow lots of white foamy head that dissipated slowly. Very slight lacing left behind.

Bananas, citrus, and spice the usual smells of a good hefe.

This thing was good bananas, bananas, and more bananas. Yeasty and wheaty follow with a hint of citrus left behind on the tongue. Actually one of the nicest aftertastes I have ever had.

Smooth, creamy a medium body to it a bit too much carbonation for the type for my tastes.

This is ridiculously drinkable. I could have multiple more. The alcohol is well hidden, hard to believe it is 7+%. This is just a great beer.

Kelp, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Knapp85, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of MaximalC
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a mountainous, rocky white head. Honestly, the gentlest pour is all you need to make a fluffy head that most beers couldn't produce when poured with the utmost vigor. A solid bouquet of banana and cloves serves as a worthy harbinger of what's to come. Banana bread, clove, and wheat meld together to great effect, and the mouthfeel is exquisite. The bountiful carbonation accentuates the spiciness nicely and serves to temper a fruitiness that could become cloying if left unchecked. One really has to search for a fault, but if I'm being picky, there is a very slight metallic taste in the finish, but it's negligible. This weizenbock is more weizen than bock, and that serves me just fine. It's velvety, delicious, and perfect on a hot summer day. One the finest brews from an outstanding brewery.

MaximalC, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Layers of banana, vanilla, clove and spice that has a complexity and mouth feel that is uncommon for the style. Intensely sweet, but strongly balanced and flavored. Nose showcases typical weisse notes. Light golden colored with a filmy white head. Stunning wheat ale.

Crosling, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of derricksmalls
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Careful pour into my Duvel tulip

A)Pours a beautiful golden yellow, straw color with a two finger, white pillowy head that recedes within minutes to a white film that lasts throughout.

S) Bananas, not ripe sweet banana nor unripe tart banana, but somewhere in the middle. Pear is definately present but in the background. A touch of sourness that takes away from the sweetness in a very good way. No stickyness here.

T)Just like the nose, bananas and a hint of pear to cut the sweetness. balance of sweet and tart play nicely here. A bit of spice is evident in the backend to mellow everything out.

M)Perfection. I find that most beers with a touch of sweetness lack some carbonation to dry out the finish. Not happening here. The carbonation hits your tongue taking the sweetness with it leaving you a clean finish of biscuity goodness and a balance of mild sweet and spice with a hint of tart.

O)Another winner from Weihenstephaner... do they make a bad beer? I dare say that I may enjoy it more than their hefe, which is a feat. I can only imagine how refreshing it would be on a hot summer day... hopefully in a few months I will be able to find out. Never had a beer of this style with so much restrained balance as this one. It acts like it wants to go over the top and push further, but stays classy in its refined control. Did I mention its drinkability, yeah... its real drinkable!!!

derricksmalls, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Yellow brown translucent body on first pour but later pours revealed a much more cloudy, opaque appearance. 3.5 inch head that dissipated in 3 minutes. I will rate the more opaque look which appeared in the second half of the bottle. 4.5

S Wheat, malt softness, some alcohol to the nose. Really inviting, interesting. 4.5

T A great, smooth Weizenbock with a classic taste. It is thinner than others that I have had but I suspect that this is how a Weizenbock is supposed to taste. Alcohol is well hidden. 4.5

M Moderate with elevated ABV and grains thickness.

D Great!

Notes: This is liquid goodness. Alcohol could really sneak up on the drinker here since it is so well hidden. This is the 5th and final Weihenstephaner beer that I sampled recently. This one did not dissapoint.

adamette, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of aoampm
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

aoampm, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of CMW
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still one of my favorite breweries...

A - Pours a cloudy gold color with a massive fluffy white head with decent retention. There is some nice soapy white lacing on the side of the glass. Carbonation is barely visible due to the cloudiness.

S - All your typical scents, bananas, clove, and heavy yeast.

T - Yeast is very noticable up front and mixes well with the banana flavors. I find this tastes very similar to their hefe except for the slight alcohol taste in the Vitus.

M - Light and thin but full of flavors. Carbonation is just right.

D - This is extremely drinkable. Not as good as the hefe but very close. I could easily drink a few bombers of these and at 7+% alcohol, I would be a mess.

CMW, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of maxwell_dietz
4.44/5  rDev +4%

maxwell_dietz, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Weissbier vase. Served chilled...

A) The beer is a pale gold to deep amber. There was a good two fingers of fluffy head, which dissipated to a dusting.

S) Light malty sweetness. A bit fruity, mostly banana. A hint of clove. Excellent aroma...

T) Quite near the nose. A bit of malty sweetness and some wheat. A pleasant fruit flavor that is a little bit of apple and some banana. My goodness the alcohol so well hidden in this beer, it's hard to believe it's nearly 8% ABV.

M) Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This is just remarkably easy to drink. Very smooth.... Very refreshing.... A very nice clean aftertaste, that has just a little warmth to it.

O) And absolutely delightful beer. I'd probably love it even more during the summer on the patio. This reminded me of New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat, which is fantastic. This might even be a little better. I can't recommend this one enough.

RoamingGnome, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pint bottle into 12oz glass

A: Beautiful musty yellow-golden color. Extremely good retention on the head leaving behind a half inch of lacing.

S: Bright esters of banana and a bit hoppy. Bready yeast also comes through on the nose as well as grass. The aromas are quite sweet and piercing.

T: Nice light fruit flavor of banana and hops. Malts are not very noticeable, not bad though. Yeasty

M: Big element of carbonation leaves a very cleansing effect upon the palate. Light to medium body

O: Very well put together beer. One of my favorite styles for sure and definitely purchase one in the future. Not to rich like many complex belgians but just the perfect amount of fruit coupled with spot on carbonation. for me, just about perfect. Reminds me of delerium tremens without the richness.

mtboozeaddict41, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of wattoclone
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber yellow with substantial head. Aroma is similiar to the hefeweizen but more so. Delicious brew with orange citrus and pear, banana fruitiness. Lighter than the other weizenbocks I have had but still top notch. I consider Vitus the "light version" of the German weizenbocks. I find it particularly good after an aerobic workout. While the draft version is exceptional, in the bottle is also excellent and readily available in the northeast.

wattoclone, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange in colour and very cloudy, with a massive crown of pale white foam. Good retention and spotty lace. Big bubblegum and banana aroma also shows doughy, lemony, and clove-like notes. Mildly sweet banana and bubblegum flavours are followed by tangy citrus and spicy clove notes. This really tastes much the same as it smells, and even bigger than it smells. It's like a well-crafted hefeweizen on steroids, and I love it.

Medium-bodied with abundant carbonation, it feels slightly prickly in the mouth. Hefeweizen is one of my favourite styles of beer, possibly even my absolute. This delivers much of what I love about a good weissbier in an amplified fashion. Prost!

mintjellie, Jun 03, 2012
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,692 ratings.