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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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95
world-class

2,694 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,694
Reviews: 1,018
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 screamking
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz Bomber poured into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow, with a very thick creamy white head. Has the look of a great wheat ale. Lots of banana, coriander, and bubble gum in the nose. I'm also getting some faint clove. Very nice smelling wheat. Taste is killer, huge flavorful wheat thats just dry enough but not overly so. Clean and crisp, alcohol is a little noticeably but that entirely fine with me. This brewery has it down pat, they've had enough time and time pays off.

screamking, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ONE PINT 0.9 FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - The first thing I notice is that this is the lightest weizenbock that I have seen. It is a hazy yellow with a massive, fluffy white head.

S - I noticed some banana as I poured it. One poured I put my nose to the glass and got some spicy, fruity notes.

T - The taste is spicy, but I don't get any of the fruit. I get a little of the malt.

M - Medium with prickly carbonation.

O - It is an excellent beer. Nothing could beat Aventinus, but this is a quality, cheaper substitute.

buschbeer, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of SometimesIfart
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky burnt orange with a large thick white head. Left no lacing.

S - Clove and bubblegum are the forerunners on this nose. Some creamed corn-ish type scents come through as well. Coriander and floral scents finish out the nose.

T - Bubblegum and goney are the major players as soon as the beer hits your lips. The clove and honey quickly become prevelant and hay also makes a noticable cameo. Wheats tops the cesspool off nicely.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Fits. Nicely.

O - Overall, it was a solid german beer although nothing spectacular. Would make a good summer beer. I'd have it again.

SometimesIfart, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Mikecap
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a nice two finger head that fades pretty quickly, not a ton of noticeable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Predominately banana, with some clove and lemon as well. A bit of spice hits the nose as well.

Taste: Banana again, with some grassy notes and citrus fruit. Also get the cloves from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied and very refreshing and smooth with nice creaminess. Drinks very easily.

Overall: A very very good beer here. Not quite as good as their Hefeweissbier but still a definite must try!

Mikecap, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to believe that this beer cant be found around here where I live.First thing I noticed after pouring into a Aventinus glass is how light it is compared to others of the style,almost peach-like in color with a great creamy top.Aromas of mild clove and banana,a tinge of honey sweetness as well,no alcohol trace to be found.A vey creamy feel really is nice,almost airy in nature.Flavors of chocolate dipped bananas and clove,a lightly toast wheat malt flavor comes in the finish.This is traditional and not in your face,I like them in your face usually, but this is really a great brew.

oberon, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Lots of hype, followers and fans of Vitus. Possible cult beer status soon?

Hazed yellow straw color; a massive white head towers over the beer. It's one of those epic heads. Pleasant aroma of green plantains, ripe pears, bread crust and powdered clove. A little chewy and slick in the medium body; crispness digs in deep. Spicy from the alcohol and mild phenols, nutty and bready from the malt, fruity with banana and pear flavors ... lots of flavors thrown at the palate at once, but within the controlled chaos, everything works together. Long, lingering, drying finish of clove, biscuity malt and fading ripe fruit.

A worthy beer and warranted to gain cult status. Not one flavor tries to steamroll another, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Just fine on its own, but begs to be paired with a full-on cheese fondue of Emmental and Jarlsberg, and a crusty baguette.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of basica
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden into my Erdinger glass yielding a thick, frothy, milky head, as like most Weihenstephaner. The amount of carbonation was well illustrated by the active bubbling taking place below. I was expecting a Weizenbock to be dark but this one looks more like a less hazy Hefeweizen. (4.5)

S - Primarily banana esters and wheat malts on the nose; slightly phenolic with an unexpected dash of salty spices. (3.5)

T - Upfront notes of banana phenols with light biscuity/bready notes, a good amount of spices in the middle and a strong wheat background; light caramel sweetness throughout, lending this a different touch from the regular Weizens (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture going down creamy easy (4.5)

D - Feels like a lightly caramelized Hefe and perhaps, slightly more phenolic and definitely heavier; you can't go wrong with drinkability on a Weihenstephaner with their world class flavors and feel. However, if I wanted something more refreshing, I will stick with the brewery's Hefe Weissbier (4.5)

basica, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color weizenbock (kinda light of the style) with a huge foamy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana ester with some cloves and fresh fruits. Taste is also dominated by some nice wheat malt note with loads of fruity, banana and cloves ester. The yeast really works wonderfully in this beer. Full body with loads of lees and great carbonation. I wish I had access to quality stuff like that every day.

Phyl21ca, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with any amount of head you want. My first pour was gentle and only yielded about one finger. Next pour was stronger and was 4 fingers. The head has great staying power. The lacings were alright but not as impressive as the head and retention.
Smell is banana and clove. A hint of bubblegum.
Taste is spicy cloves banana with some bubblegum on the back edges of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium with enough carbonation to enhance the flavors.
Overall another winner from this remarkable brewery. Not a style I enjoy as a rule but this example won me over. The alcohol was not prominent but it had an effect for sure.

Spikester, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light yellow into a weizen glass with a big white, foamy head. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are distinct aromas of bananas, bubble gum, clove, spices and yeast.
T: The flavors are very similar to the hefeweizen, but seem to be more concentrated.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, although not as strong compared to other weizenbocks.
D: The alcohol is very well masked and it's extremely easy to drink.

metter98, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Lupe
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is different from any other Weizenbock I've had - Poured a hazy pale straw color with a fluffy white head. The head slowly settles to a thin cap and leaves some lace behind.

Very aromatic - Like a super hefe! Tons of yeastiness, banana, clove, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is full of ramped up Hefeweizen characteristics. Bready sweetness like damp whole wheat couple with a ton of fruitiness - banana, apple, pear, and even grape juice. Spices are present and mingle well with the fruit. Well balanced but on the malty side. Fruit and yeast add a nice tartness. Mild alcohol come through in the finish.

Medium bodied, creamy, rich, and thick. Very nice mouthfeel that maintains a level of crispness. Very good drinkability for the style, but I couldn't see having more than a pint or two.

Highly recommended - a bit of a different take on the style.

Lupe, May 14, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange yellow colored beer with a very tall and resilient white head. Very light colored for the style.

The smell is sweet and spicy with mainly clove Weissbier aroma. Wheat malt aroma but could be more complex.

The taste starts off sweet and spicy in the mouth. Strong clove flavor with a cake like malt taste. Little bit of tartness in the finish that tastes to me like a little carbonic acid from the carbonation level. Not real complex like the smell but this is also good and quite fault free.

Talk about mouthfeel this is like cake batter in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer of this type but there is certainly no way that I would fail to finish a bottle of this stuff. Most Weizenbocks have a lot extra flavor levels that this one lacks but they also have some funky aspects too as a trade off, this one doesn't. What this does well is just taste good and please the tongue. Good and a little sweet but I will for sure buy this beer again.

Zorro, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of AEArider
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange with a massive, soapy head that just wouldn't quit. Little lacing. Smelled much like its cousin brews: banana bread and citrus and spice and all that. Taste was crisp, with obvious alcohol essence and warmth throughout. Felt comfortably slick in the mouth. Overall delicious beer, will certainly continue to shuffle between this and other Weihenstephaner brews!

AEArider, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazed golden peach with a monstrous head of foam, which very slowly dissipates, leaving behind some very nice lacing. Lots of carbonation rushing to the top, and this continues for some time. The aroma is of a multitude of yeasty esters, the primary ones being--not surprisingly--clove (the most prominent), banana, and bubblegum. The taste is similar, but there is a certain cloying sweetness as well. A bit of the wheat seems to be coming through in the taste, although the mouthfeel is a little thin, so it's not coming through in that regard. Drinkability is quite high, especially given the high abv, which there is no trace of in the taste or mouthfeel.

Thorpe429, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner beers of every kind are delicious, and are usually an exceptional value, at least in Florida. 16.9 oz bottles seldom cost above $2.99. As John Tortorella once said, "I have never experienced such a value."

A - The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a very nice head & great retention. Visually, this is a textbook example of a wheat beer.

S - Fabulous fruity esters, banana, and clove jump out through the inch of foam that will not die.

T - The taste is great. Banana bread with a slight lactic sourness that quickly cedes to a crisp and clean finish.

M - Never say 'chewy'. Oops. How about creamy?

D - I can't drink this stuff all night, but it is a nice beer for many occasions. So I would say it is quite drinkable.

Overall I prefer Korbinian to all other Weihenstphaner beers, but there is not a bad one in the stable. Certainly recommended.

ktrillionaire, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 6040) poured into a weizen glass.

Slightly hazy straw color with a gorgeous, 2-finger bright white head.

Smell of yeast, banana, clove, and rose petals.

Vigorous carbonation - what I've come expect from most good German beers.

Taste is bananas, pepper, clove, and a twist of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I could drink a pitcher of this.

draheim, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap along with a Hefeweissbier; colors are remarkably similar, mostly golden and hazy. The Vitus has a little grayish tinge to it. In bar light, it's not much different at all.

Awesome, full clove and banana bouquet that leaps out of the glass as strongly as it's cousin. The flavor is strong and pronounced, not very much different from the original weizen.

The alcohol is a little more pronounced, the herbal character more prominent, and the mouthfeel a touch less creamy. Great beer.

BretSikkink, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden yellow body. Massive white creamy head with billions of tiny bubbles. Great retention before crashing to a hearty skim. Spotty lacing left behind.

S: Light banana, wheat, and clove notes. Other subtle sweet fruits lie in the background. Ever so slight booze notes.

T: Like the nose, this is a bright banana, clove and wheat blast. The notes are definitely stronger here than in the nose though. Again, there are some miscellaneous fruit notes hiding in the background. Most notable is a slight mellow navel orange sweetness. Also some sweet, fresh biscuit maltyness is present.

M: Refreshing, moderate weight body. Clean, crisp finish. Substantial, but not distracting carbonation levels.

D: Overall, a very enjoyable brew. It doesn't quite have the flavor complexity of Aventinus, but that shouldn't stop anyone from picking this brew up and giving it a go.

callmemickey, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of soulfly1492
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clove and some vanilla. Pears and plums. Lots of bready malt. Hops and floral. The aroma is bold overall. Lacking in dark fruits for the style.

Appearance: Yellow in color. Very cloudy. Little retention other than some foam around the edges and a thin layer on top. Tall clean white head.

Taste: Bold yeasty phenols lots of clove, black pepper, and some vanilla. A large dose of fruity esters, a bit darker than the fruits in the aroma. Mild dates, some plum and pear follows. Moderate hops are floral and pine. Alcohol is just a bit solvent-like. As it warms up more residual sugar and wheat shows up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, which stings the tongue and roof of the mouth a bit. Slick and creamy. Mildly warming.

Overall: A bit lacking in the darker flavors that are typical of this style. A good overall beer, lots of flavor. The lighter flavors allow the alcohol to shine through a bit more than normal. The carbonation sting lightens up and the flavors blend more smoothly once the brew warms up a bit.

soulfly1492, May 01, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Vitus pours a hazy, golden, light amber. Held to the light, oranges and yellow burst from the haze and almost make it glow. Superior. The head here is a finger and a half high mass of stark white, tiny bubbled foam. The thickness takes it's time dissipating. It makes for an attractive and "classic" beer look. What should I expect from the oldest brewery in the world though?

Smell: Cloves and bananas are the first things I detect. They dominate at first but there's a sweetness here followed by a wheat tang. It's neat, you can actually smell each layer come apart. Underneath everything is a peppery-ness to it all. There's also a faint peach or apricot aroma...quite intoxicating.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Vitus goes down incredibly smooth. There's a weight here though, almost like a "cereal" texture inside it all.

Taste: The first taste that hits has a creamy banana taste and quality. It's light but it lays on the tongue with confidence. As the creaminess fades and the beer moves to the middle of the tongue, there's a peppery-ness and the strong flavor of cloves. Each layer here is very simple and distinct. It's really something of beauty. As the beer finishes, everything smooths out and goes down as if it had never happened. Too drinkable.

Overall: A reasonably price beer that looks, smells, feels and tastes amazing from the oldest brewery in the world. Could a beer lover ask for more? I'd say no. Vitus is an all time favorite and a real showstopper for me. Pick this beer up. You will not be dissappointed.

mtlasley, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of sim0n17
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OMG -- oldest brewery in the world (claimed) with the weizen bock, old school beer - love it!! A little sweet on the after taste, low carbonation, but mouth feel is good. This one is sweet and I like the hoppy/spicey/dry types generally. But, this one is so nice with a little kick - not so sweet like many of the Belgian beers. A little cloudy on the appearace - I know it's not a Krystall, but not a great look. Drink it as it should not disappoint.

sim0n17, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a massive foamy white head -- head was gone very quickly.

Huge sweet wheat husk and banana scents.

Sweet, dusty wheat, yeasty goodness, some fruitiness, a little tart dryness, and subtle alcohol. Delicious.

Light on the tongue and palate, but with some good astringent finishing qualities.

Overall, a big winner. Nice and drinkable, even at 7.7%. Try this.

OtherShoe2, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy lemon yellow. Huge thick white head even with a slow pour. Good retention and clumpy lacing.

Smells of spicy yeast (mild clove) and fruit, with a little bite from the alcohol.

Bready malt base with a sweet fruitiness (fresh banana, apple, pear). Sweet throughout the sip; could use a little grassy/earthy hop for a bit more balance, but doesn't necessarily need it. Alcohol is well blended and stays in the background.

Smooth, almost creamy, near perfect mouthfeel. High carbonation keeps the sweetness from turning syrupy.

No problems finishing this. Good stuff.

Hoagie1973, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of bmoney
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle,

A-Pours a golden Amber with 2 finger foamy white head.

S- Usual smells of banana and clove dominate. Notes of fresh lemon and citrus.

T- The spices are most present up front, with citrus/lemony presence. Finishes with a buttery wheat taste. Alcohol is a little more present here than in the hefe.

M- Smooth, light and crisp mouthfeel, the carbonation is nice.

D- Drinkable weizenbock not as interesting as others, mainly just a stronger ABV Hefe.

bmoney, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to having one of these this week after buying a few Weihenstephan offerings up in Boonton. I'm a big fan of this style and even though this seemed more like a Hefeweizen to me, this was still enjoyable and true to style. Even the alcohol in this came out of nowhere, since I couldn't taste it at all!

This had a great pour to it with a cloudy, dark golden hue and an extremely fluffy head to go along with it. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but it did slide down the edge of my pint glass after every sip. Lots of wheat and booze in the nose but the taste leaned more towards the banana, clove, and bubble gum. The sweetness associated with the latter stuck around for a while, into the aftertaste and coupled with the high amount of carbonation, made for an easy drinking session. There was a decent amount of sediment too which took quite a while to swirl into the liquid.

Of course, this was surprisingly strong but nothing that detracted from the experience of this beer. I do prefer my Weizenbocks on the darker and more fruity side but like anything else from Weihenstephan, this is about as good as it gets for the particular style and a must-try for anyone who likes his or her beer unfiltered.

JerzDevl2000, Jun 13, 2012
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,694 ratings.