Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,741
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 228 | 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 Arbitrator
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 JRhode
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle split with jessethehutt. $3.99 seemed like a solid price.

Light glowing golden color. Head quickly dissipates after aggressive pour. No lacing.

Smell is banana candy and clove. Smells like an imperial Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier.

Taste also reminds me of an amped up Weihenstephan Hefeweiss. Strong banana/wheat flavor with some spiciness to it.

Full bodied, mouthcoating. Esters wrap around the tongue.

Highly drinkable, similar to Hefeweissbier. Wouldn't be able to guess the nearly 8% abv.

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 axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Vitus pours a very surprisingly light golden yellow, with a massive, fluffy white head. It easily fills up more than half the glass, but fades a litle too quickly for my taste. Similarly, lacing left behind is a bit spotty.The nose is extremely powerful, and smells a bit like a hefeweizen on steroids. There's an additional bit of mat sweetness though, to balance out the massive banana and (moreso) clove. The extra malt shows up on my palate as well, as there's an increased vanilla sweetness from having more wheat in the grain bill. There's also a slight warming sensation from alcohol, which is a solid addition to the beer. Still though, this one's a massive clove/banana weiss yeast bomb. The mouthfeel is truly remarkable though. I'm half convinced that Weihenstephan made some kind of deal with the devil to get a body this light on a beer this big/flavorful. Carbonation is almost frantic (without becoming overbearing), and the result is a mouthfeel that is the definition of effervescent. Vitus basically an imperial hefe, as opposed to many weizenbocks incorporating some darker malts, but it's nonetheless world class.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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.

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

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Sweet,bubblegum, hints of banana, clovey and a bit spicey. Overall an absolutely wonderful aroma.

T- Sort of sweet and fruity upfront, fades to a clovey spiciness. A mild earthy, grassy hop note in the finish.

M- Very dry, light bodied and well carbonated.

D- 7.7% ABV, you'd never know it. I could drink quite a few of these. Excellent!

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

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a slight orange tint. Large, stiff, and rocky head that settles slowly to a nice cap, leaving some sticky patches of lace on the way down.

S: Big, bold, and complex. The typical banana and clove are there in a big way, but some other aromas make their entrance, as well. Smells of bubblegum and candied fruit lie beneath the clove/banana aspect.

T&M: Initially sweet with loads of the bubblegum flavor followed by a lightly spicy finish that showcases some almost mint like flavor. It's definitely a big beer--lots of flavor and complexity here. Body is medium-full with a fine carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that lingers.

D: High in ABV, but wonderful in flavor. I could drink a few of these. Yet *another* great beer from Weihenstephan. Then again, they should have everything perfected by now--they've only had almost 1,000 years to work on it.

Photo of aristeros
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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 bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours quite light for a weizenbock, a nice hazy golden yellow and topped with a rather disapointgly thin half and inch of creamy pure white, though I blame myself for a rather substandard pour so I can't fault the beer all that much. Some mild lacing left behind as well.

S: Lemon and wheaty zestiness coupled with fairly strong bananna and clove overtones. Mild honey and bubble gum with thick and bready malts, very nice. Smells much like a hefe rather than a weizenbock but still very good.

T/MF: Zesty lemon bananna and clove spiceiness, but a huge bananna bread and lemon and oragne peel bready sweetness with a smooth and mild creamy orange slice finish. Mouthfeel is a wonderful balance between creamy and bubbly, alcholo is well hidden in both taste and feel, this beer is so incredibly smooth.

D: I'd say this beer lives up to the recent hype around it, incredibly drinkable, smooth, flavorful and wonderfully balanced for its size, an excellent beer on a hot August day.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz bottle into glass. Pours a hazy golden with thick creamy head. Looks fantastic! Thick foamy lacing and good carbonation. Fantastic banana clove hefe aromas. Some nice wheat malt and some slight slight mild hop. Really amazing aromas. Flavor is crisp bright banana wheat with a slight chewy almost chocolatey flavor. Really great flavors. Its just an all around fantastic brew. Well worth the price and just great flavors and drinkability. For under $4 a bottle, you should all ready be drinking one!

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

Hazy pale yellow-orange with a thick white layer of head gently settling after a brief few minutes.

Smells of buttery banana bread with some yeasty aromas peeking through.

Tastes of the nose, though with a citrusy bite in addition to the wonderful bananas. The only hint of the considerable 7.7%ABV comes on the immediate tail end of the swallow.

Vitus is creamy and smooth and super easy-drinking (which may or may not be the best, but hey!) Superior drinkability to say the least.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rich, bright palate features plenty of clean banana and clove, intensely spicy phenols, an assertive yeast character, plus elevated malt sweetness and a noticeably bustier alcohol content.

Absolutely one of the best wheat beers I have had in quite some time and the most well-crafted weizenbock I’ve ever tried (second only to Aventinus, perhaps, but that’s. Sure, lots of American breweries are taking a stab at the weizenbock and weizen dopplebock styles, but while they tend to be rich and flavorful, they’re often a bit rough. Vitus, however, gets it right: bright, clean flavors with more sweet malt character without anything being cloying. Just superb, really.

Highly recommended…

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Mildly,murky golden/peach with a 1 1/2 inch pristine white crown.Great retention and slight but uniform rings of sticky lacing.

S-Undeniably Weihenstephaner.Slightly medicinal clove,sweet caramelized banana and bread dough.

T-Clove,caramelized banana,Juicy Fruit gum and raw sugar.

M-Great carbonation.Light and lively with a silky finish.

D-No way this is 7.7% ABV.Extremely sessionable.

Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white head, with a hazy yellow color. Clove/wheat aroma, essentially smells like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet and wheaty, a little bit of clove and some taste of bubblegum. It hides the high ABV quite well; there is only a slight hint of alcohol. A fantastic beer; something I'd really enjoy on a hot summers day.

Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger of white head recedes to a thick lace. Much lighter color than I expected - golden straw colored cloudy liquid.
S: Belgian golden notes, raisin, fruit, candied nuts, slight bread, spices like coriander with a slight Hoegaarden edge.
T: Tastes almost like Hoegaarden. Belgiany, not so much dark fruit as green grapes or citrus. Very tasty and different than other Weizenbocks I've had.
M: Dry and tannic. Tangy, almost like a wild ale or a dry red wine.
D: High drinkability. This is a delicious beer that satisfies and entices me for another drink.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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