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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,526 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,526
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 149
Gots: 163 | FT: 6
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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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Mongrel

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a hazy straw color with a couple fingers of nice dense white head. Not much lacing, but an otherwise attractive and true to style appearance.

Smells sweet, musty and yeasty, with banana and grass.

Tastes clean and bright, with smooth banana, lemon, lime, green apple and peppery spice. Well tempered sweetness comes in the form of light toffee and vanilla. I'm not usually a fan of traditional weizens because I don't like banana. But with this beer there are so many other intriguing elements that I can't help but enjoy. I never thought this level of flavor could come from a pale, non-hoppy lager.

Soft, smooth, creamy, sort of slick mouthfeel. Long, semi-dry finish. Really nice and full, but goes down easy. Too easy.

Overall, just an extremely well executed beer from top to bottom. Not really a hint of the big ABV, except for slight slickness on the palate, but I actually enjoy that element of the mouthfeel.

03-11-2014 23:37:13 | More by Mongrel
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warnerry

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Pours a hazy blond/straw color with massive, >4 finger head.

S - Smells mostly of bread and banana, with some clove mixed in. Simple but very inviting.

T - Taste is more banana and bread, with faint cloves. Clean and delicious. No noticeable alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with perfect carbonation.

O - This is a straightforward and excellent brew from Weihenstephan. Will definitely have this again.

07-31-2011 04:29:29 | More by warnerry
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Single bottle from the LCBO. Almost passed over this until I saw it was a new release. It is practically summer weather outside, so a perfect day for a wheat beer on the patio!

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Light hazy orange in colour, with a billowing head that descends softly into a thick pile. Lots of lacing and great retention. Terrific looking brew.

Nose is wheat malt, honey, floral hops, a bit of spice, very pleasant - no trace of alcohol to speak of!

Very flavorful brew. Wheat grain, honey, lemon, floral hops, a touch of bubblegum and only the slightest hint of any alcohol. A real pleasure to drink. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, slightly dry to the finish.

It is remarkable how light this brew feels despite having such bold flavors and higher ABV. If it weren't for the strength of this brew, this would be one I would enjoy again and again on the patio. Still, a terrific brew and one of the best of the style.

03-18-2012 21:09:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours an extremely thick head (3+ inches) that stays and simmers a long time. Caves in in the middle, sitting on top of very bubble-infested hazy, pale gold. Head remains a quarter-inch for the duration. Some lace too. Nice start.

As expected, aroma is big on wheat with a healthy jab of earthy yeast goodness underneath, some tropical fruit under that. Nice straw/hay without the crap macro associations that trait sometimes brings. Pure and clean, and unmistakingly German.

Flavor is extremely bready, leaning toward lighter varieties, along with a slight hint of vitamin-rich yeast, banana, and the kind of pear/peach combo more common to Belgian pales and tripels. Zippy carbonation at the front, but it smooths out a bit over time; actually light and gentle, but it's not obvious right away. Perfectly matches the flavor. Finish is divine, something I can only describe as carbonated banana bread.

This is great. Yeah, the Reinheitsgebot may have done as much harm as good to the potential of Germany's beers, that's totally debatable...but also a moot point with a beer this great.

02-21-2008 23:56:58 | More by Metalmonk
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prototypic

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Another bottle courtesy guinnessdoc. You're the man, Josh. Thanks.

Appearance: It pours a hazy light golden color. It's topped with a vanilla color head that's huge. Easily three fingers deep. I dissipated very slowly. Thick sheets of lace lined the glass. It's a nice looking beer. Looks a little lighter than I was expecting given the style.

Smell: The nose is enticing. It's very heavy on spicy clove and banana. Smells a little grainy and earthy. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness is noted. Seems like some of the typical bells and whistles are missing as far as the style goes. As it is, it smells delicious, but could use a little more in terms of depth. That's especially true for the style classification. Still nice though. I'm not complaining too much.

Taste: Alright, style labels be damned. This is excellent beer. Yeah, it doesn't quite seem like a Weizenbock, but it's great beer. It's a little earthy and grainy up front. There's a slightly grassy taste to it. A strong clove flavor kicks in and livens it up a lot. Banana is easily noted and complements the clove flavor extremely well. There's a light citrus lemon flavor that's adds some sweetness to an already sweet and sugary beer. Damn, this is fine tasting beer. No alcohol is noted. Finishes sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It featues a lighter body that's very lush and smooth. Carbonation is vibrant, but it remains very, very smooth. Drinkability is extremely high. It's very tasty and deceptively strong. This drinks like a 5% beer, rather than a near 8% beer. Very impressive.

Vitus is excellent beer. I've got a small gripe with labeling it a Weizenbock, but there's absolutely no denying its quality. I'm hoping we see this beer soon here in Ohio. I've heard it turns up. Until I find, I'd like thank Josh once again for the opportunity. I really enjoyed this.

02-03-2009 03:15:01 | More by prototypic
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with almost 3 fingers of frothy white head, slightly below average retention.

Smell. Lemons and funky yeast, some light wheaty malt, and just a bit of clove, grass and banana.

Taste. Green apples and lemons, light banana and clove, lightly sweet wheat, and a touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, soft medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Really great stuff. Perfect for this hot summer day.

07-10-2013 01:31:44 | More by Rutager
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BeelzeBrew

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A :The unfiltered wheat are obvious in the appearance, looks the way it should, like a Hefeweizen or Witbier. Cloudy light orange with a quickly dissipating head which leaves very slight lacing that merely manages to cling to the glass.

S: The smell doesn't reveal a whole lot, but it's got lots and lots of zest, along with some very prominent banana and other sweet fruits and malts.

T: Fantastic wheat taste, very full bodied and sweet. The dominant flavor is banana and zestiness along with other sweet fruits and possibly some coriander in the mix, not big on hops at all. Beautiful balance.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy, almost syruppy. Very full bodied...like a banana milkshake, but of course, this is a beer.

D: Drinkability is fantastic, there is nothing harsh or offensive about this beer whatsoever, I'm sure even a non beer drinker could drink this one. The alcohol content is well hidden for it's gravity, but certainly there. Great beer and very reccommended!

10-05-2009 12:24:37 | More by BeelzeBrew
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square NYC. 500ml into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass. Bottled January 12, 2011.

Pours a golden yellow with some paler straw and darker goldenrod hues throughout. Super high carbonation (as I've found these hefes to typically be) required about a half dozen attempts to get this to settle nicely into the glass; ultimately producing a strong 3 finger fluffy white head, that settles to a chunky head and leaves little lace. Nose is predominantely hefeweizen-like in nature, lots of wheat, banana and spice with a good hint of the alcohol content as well. Taste has a nice deal of wheat coat the tongue interwoven with a soothing alcohol note, some banana notes are in hot pursuit. Some sweet malts and mild spicing work their way into the picture, as well as an interesting pineapple flavour. Sweet and wheaty throughout, with a reasonable alcohol to boot. Lively carbonation. Great drinker and a nice warmer, although I enjoyed this on a warm summer afternoon.

An interesting contrast to another weizenbock like Aventinus, which sits on the other side of the flavour spectrum for the style; demonstrates the great degree of variety to be had within this style.

05-13-2011 20:05:22 | More by liamt07
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realmpel

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Kind of a strong version of the regular hefe, and just a shade darker in color. It's higher ABV, too. I can feel it. And it feels good.

Bananas and cloves are there in spades. Head is foamy and quick. It's a spunky carbonation which transports the flavor and aroma nicely.

All the brews from this brewery are awesome. Try this one when you want a big hefe.

08-19-2009 03:33:28 | More by realmpel
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DaveHS

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A-Pours a hazy light orange with a few fingers of fluffy, of white head. Looks lovely and inviting. Not much lacing.

S-Clove, banana, spice, zested oranges and lemons, wheat.

T/M-Big spicy notes. Huge clove flavors, with a peppery bite on the back end. A simple, elegant beer. The body is smooth and lush, with moderate carbonation. The finish lingers, with slick wheat flavors playing nicely against light tropical fruit sweetness.

D-Another genre-defining beer from Weihenstephaner.

10-10-2010 23:55:30 | More by DaveHS
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kurp001

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

16.9 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

A fairly gentle pour yields about two fingers of creamy bone white head that demonstrates decent retention. Body is a bright gold and reasonably cloudy.

Smell is faint but features distinct banana, clove, and spice notes.

Taste has a very full banana presence upfront that gradually gives way to a marked spiciness. The banana pulls through a bit more again on the finish, along with mild clove notes.

Mouthfeel is full yet not overwhelming; the ample carbonation keeps things lively.

Amazingly drinkable at 7.7%, I'd definitely be inclined to return to this one.

11-02-2009 21:08:45 | More by kurp001
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Redneckwine

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from cold bomber into wine glass (classy right?)

Appearance - Tawny, glowing, golden, and hazed over. Ample 2 finger head dissipates into a fizzy, persistent foam cap and color. Not much lacing, could be the wine glass :)

Smell - ...is intense. Fruity, yeasty, banana, spicy, and ends with a touch of malty wheat.

Taste/MF - Fizzy carbonation up front is on point, medium bodied, smooth. Much like the nose, taste is chalk full of fruity, yeasty, citrusy, spicy (ginger/coriander/anise) character up front, then mellows out heading towards the finish line with wheat, a bit of sweetness and lingering spiciness.

Overall - Absolutely delicious. This beer is so flavorful and smooth, it's hard to believe this brew wasn't spiked with a bunch of fruit or spices. One of the best wheat beers I've ever had, and it's not that expensive to boot!

12-11-2013 23:49:38 | More by Redneckwine
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Steamer

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Hazy yellow color on the edges deepens to a light gold in the middle. A white, pillowy head.

S - Fruity esters with a hint of clove.

T - Strong malty flavor hits the palate then subsides leaving a sweet aftertaste in the mouth.

M - High carbonation results in a small residual explosion in the mouth giving it a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very nice and refreshing; more full bodied than other wheat beers I've had. A pleasant surprise.

02-03-2013 22:37:19 | More by Steamer
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance - pours a cloudy lemon yellow, two fingers of snowy cover on top. Looks attractive and refreshing. The bottom yeasties took some patient bottle-swirling to dislodge, but they kick up the cloudiness even more.

Aroma - doughy yeast, plenty of banana and clove character.

Taste - good flavor to the grain base, on the sweeter side. The banana really comes out with the sugary front taste. The yeast and spice occur more mid-palate and post-swallow. A full flavor and with great flavor balance all around. This is kind of what I would imagine an Imperial Weizen to taste like, though the abv is understated even at 7.7.

Mouthfeel - quite crisp for a weizenbock. Pretty decent body, could use a little more grain and/or abv smoothness/slickness.

Drinkability - this comes across as more weizeny than bocky. The malts are a little too lost in the yeast and spices, but those flavors are so tasty, I don't mind. The alcohol is well-masked and for this style, that's impressive. I look forward to trying this in the upcoming months at a barbecue or two.

03-31-2009 04:30:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

What a classic. I have returned to this one again and again over the years. Quite clear, light gold/yellow body, fluffy off-white, yeast-speckled head, good lacing. Malty aroma with clove and other spices, banana, orange and lemon; faint alcohol. Flavor follows suit, typical weizen notes of spice, yeast esters, banana. Sweet, rich malt character, some citrus notes, and again, light booziness and warming. The carbonation is fairly crisp, body is medium, finish is very clean and quenching. Very high drinkability. Just a delicious and complex beer overall.

03-14-2012 05:04:16 | More by tobelerone
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k3n

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

500ml bottle served in a Rastal tulip.

A: Clear amber, pours with a rockin 1/2" head that settles down to a thin cap of bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: Malty, caramelly, spicy and fruity (apricots, bananas, peaches).

T/M/D: Wow there's a lot going on here. First hits of caramel malt, followed by bright fruit and spice notes. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with light prickes from the carbonation. Lingering finish continues the malty palate attack. Good stuff!

02-15-2009 04:35:51 | More by k3n
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Alright ColoradoBob, your shameless plugs for the beer finally prompted me seeking out, buying, drinking this beer.... and fearing for my safety if I don't give it high marks.

The beer pours with a much lighter-than-expected strong straw hue and ample carbonation that pushes a quarter-inch head that endures the session. Not as much haze as expected from a wheat beer either, in fact the beer is brilliantly clear with the first pour from the bottle.

Strong malt aromas of Pilsner varieties are accompanied by a rich, yet restrained, plethera of fruits and other yeasty character. The wheat is apparent but with in a back-seat sense to the malts. Hints of spicy phenols (clove) and estery (papayas, mangos, apples, and most of all pears) begin to set the tone as the beer warms. Unusual, yet nice to experience a Weizenbock that's taking on Maibock malt sensibilities.

Again, strong pilsner malts take the forefront with a clean bready, malty-sweet pillow. The wheat adds a delicate and varying sweet-bread taste (shortcake) while the yeast play a big part. Yeasty esters of papaya (not quite bananna), pinapple, fuggi apples, pears, peaches and other fruits that can be found in Juicy Fruit bubble guy come into play in a characterful and complex role (second pour now).

Very clean, crisp, and refreshing in the body-- definately makes for a substantial summer beer. Moderately full and expandful to the mouth; like Duvel, the beer seemingly evaporates in the mouth with a cotton-candy whimsy. Powerful malts veer away from cloying and oily, but toward bold creaminess and roundness. Without compromising drinkability, the beer fades nicely into a medium sweet-bready memory and a light spicy, hop-earthy linger on the tongue.

The beer had a definitive resemblence to Maibocks in the malt profile, but with the beautiful balance and complexity of traditional wheat beers. Is this a marriage made in a brewery (you thought I was going to say heaven didn't you?) Why aren't more breweries doing this? Note: the beer darkens as the subsequent pours are taken from the bottle, but the beer never takes on hazy proportions; maybe Kristalweizen-like (filtered).

04-07-2009 02:34:42 | More by BEERchitect
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mactrail

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

This is the blueprint of the classic Hefeweizen clove and banana esters. Such a rich mouthful.

Pours an attractive hazy golden in the Leffe chalice, with rafts of bubbles sliding down the glass. Take a mouthful and you get that great German creamy carbonation. It tastes like it's alive!

Maybe less actual aroma in the glass, but the nose as you exhale is pure spicy bliss. This is why I always try an alleged Weizenbock, in hope of that pleasure. Try this and you'll know what the style is supposed to taste like. A bargain, too, for a couple of bucks.

Bottle from Bottles and Bins in Monterey, Calif. The German beers in bottles seem to travel better than the Belgians, in my opinion. Or maybe stores feel the need to refrigerate the Germans?

11-26-2012 04:58:08 | More by mactrail
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joepais

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

I found this strange cult following assembled in from of the local beer store waiting for this mysterious brew to appear so I had to try it.

Bottle poured into the proper Weihenstephaner glass produced a finger worth of white head that seems to last. The body of the brew was a hazy straw color yellow.

Aromas of the typical German Weizen yeast are going threw my head Bananas, bubble gum and clove. The flavors are the same but with a touch of pepper in there as well as a slight hop bitter. There is a medium to full feel in my mouth with this brew with ample carbonation.

A great Weizenbock another brew I am sure I will be seeing again this summer. Extremely easy to drink and the almost 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found.

04-19-2009 04:00:58 | More by joepais
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angusdegraosta

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a lovely orange-hued wheat gold. Very good head and carbonation. It has the wheat beer aroma you'd expect, but the alcohol intensifies it. The higher ABV also contributes to the crisp spiciness. Vitus is delicious. I've had Weihenstephaner Hefe a few times already and have yet to review it, though it is a must-try classic. You can tell Vitus is made by the same craftsmen, but the flavor explosion is just a step above, especially good for special occasions. Weihenstephaner is easily one of my favorite breweries - the lager and wheat exceptionally good and sessionable, and the Vitus and Korbinian outstanding for showing how simple ingredients can turn into a thing of pure magic.

12-31-2011 04:54:19 | More by angusdegraosta
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

500ml bottle

Vitus pours an intriguing bright, hazy yellow color with a huge sticky white head. The nose is big with mellow wheat, banana notes, a subtle woodyness, cloves and other spices. A smooth wheat texture is the first thing i noticed, no graininess just a velvety smooth body. The banana and cloves carry over from the nose and produce the balance of its taste. A semi-sweet banana/apricot/peach after taste lingers and there is not sign of the 7.7% abv. Lightly carbonated, hidden strength, just enough complexity, this one is a knock out.

07-27-2008 18:08:57 | More by ATPete
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lace on this one. Smell is of wheat, spices, bubblegum, and banana. Taste is much the same with strong flavors and the banana coming through especially on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and easy to drink.

02-20-2012 07:20:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BlindProphet

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Weihenstephaner Vitus (Weizenbock)

A longtime favorite of mine, Weihenstephaner’s weizenbock is as well suited for a hot summer afternoon as their classic hefeweizen, unless you plan on spending the whole day sipping on it. Although it hardly tastes stronger than their hefe, the Vitus is no session beer. At 7.7%, a few too many could cut your afternoon short.

Pouring the 500ml bottle into a weizen glass, it takes just a gentle tilt for a foamy white head to form over this hazy, straw colored brew. Take care not pour to this one too quickly. Banana and bubblegum are the first to hit the nose, followed by a hint of clove and a yeast sharpness, which is softened but not completely overpowered by these milder aromas.

As the head would indicate, this is a highly carbonated beer. Medium-full bodied, it froths on the tongue with a fullness that defies the light sweetness of its flavor. Again I immediately taste banana, but the clove is far more present here than on the nose. Alongside these predominant flavors, the breadiness of the malt and the tart, fruitiness of the yeast also stand out, leading into just a slight bitterness for a very smooth finish. The taste of alcohol is conspicuously absent.

All in all, this is a truly excellent beer. Not only is it complex; it’s light and drinkable--a great choice for warm weather and the kind of beer even the most casual beer drinker can appreciate. And did I mention it’s 7.7%? Kick back and grab one, because my only real criticism is that I haven’t got more left.

07-03-2012 16:14:41 | More by BlindProphet
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Tasted On: 04-15-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Pours a cloudy straw color, with lots of bubbles seen streaming from the bottom of my glass. Head is creamy and huge, maybe 6+ fingers high, with excellent lacing and retention.

Aromas consist of bananas and other fruity notes (maybe a little citrus), cloves and other spices, plus earthy yeast and hop smells.

Taste is zesty and fruity, with a mix of spices. The malted wheat gives it sweetness and a lightness of body. Very little in the way of bitterness. Carbonation is high. Finish is zesty and fruity.

Overall a very refreshing weizen beer at bock strength - perfect for the spring and summer warmer temps!

04-16-2012 04:33:06 | More by sommersb
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BeerNutta

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Weihenstephaner Vitus

A = Poured a golden yellow with a thick foam head. The foam head dissapates leaving a thin foam lace on the surfaced.

S = Smelt fine clove and a sweet banana like scent follows through and lingers.

T = Initial banana sweetness that gives way to a spicy pepperness. There is a hint of bitterness somewhere in the sea of pear and apple like sweetness.

M = Lightly carbonated so you can enjoy the expolsion of flavours. Very nice.

D = Very drinkable.

05-18-2007 13:03:41 | More by BeerNutta
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