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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,314 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2314
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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hero27

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle
7.7% abv

Pours a hazy light gold..strong head of eggshell-colored foam.
A glorious array of spice, citrus fruits, and pale german malts.
Flavor of white pepper, German yeast, banana, orange, chalky wheat, & a hefty dose of sweet malt..very nicely put together, all the flavors compliment each other exceptionally well.
This is endlessly drinkable for a robust weizenbock..

Certainly one of the best weizenbocks out there..a must try in my book.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 16:49:25 | More by hero27
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DoubleJ

California

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer of the night from this brewery, and I have a half-liter to make me happy. On to the beer:

Big, dense, whipped, frothy, great looking is the head. The color is great, straw blonde, cloudy. Is this going to be their original weissbier on crack? the aroma is downright addicting as well. Very flavorful, banana, clove, lemon, ginger, cake. Oh science, I want to drink this now!

The taste does not let down. A slight kick of booze is felt. Lots of good stuff...am I baking cookies at grandma's? Clove, banana, some bubblegum flavor, sweet. This tastes like a spice cabinet. Yum! And not too much.

Is there a wheat ale they can't produce well? This is a great way to get summer flavor, but with more meat on its bones for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 04:36:26 | More by DoubleJ
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scootny

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy golden with a large head and bits of lace. Retention is good. A vigorous carbonation that keeps it covered keeps the glass perky.

Smell is very lemony, clove, and wheat malt. A spicy pepper note sits atop banana and a touch of bubblegum . Yummy.

Taste is like the nose. Lemon, wheat malt, and banana. Clove spreads out over the tongue and lays a table for pepper and spice. Granny Smith apples. A touch of bubblegum a hint of sweet alcohol. Finish is mild hops and tart apples with a wheat malt graininess. Feel is medium and effervescent. Light creaminess as well. A refreshing drink that slakes any thirst.

Drinkability is obscene for the abv. It screams session until the alcohol shows up

This stuff drinks a hefe, hits like an imperial hefe. You cloud fool your friends until they realize they're legless.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 02:58:22 | More by scootny
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electricfields

Idaho

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Bubbly white head dissipates rather quickly.

S: Bananas and mild sweet citrus. Smells delicious.

T: The taste is that classic banana clove flavor with a strong (but not overwhelming) citric bite to it. Aftertaste is a little bready with a hint of grapefruit or orange. Alcohol is very well disguised, mostly apparent in the finish.

M: The carbonation is good. Pretty much just straight-up perfect. Not carbonated enough to affect the drinkability, and not "flat" enough to affect the flavor. Very well balanced and goes down surprisingly smooth given the 7.7% alcohol content.

D: I'm not much of a wheat beer kinda guy, but I could drink this all night and be pretty damn happy with it. This is a fine beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:14:04 | More by electricfields
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This is my new favorite german produced beer! I loved the Weihenstephaner Weissbier but this is absolutely amazing! How can they pack that much great beer into one bottle?

Poured into a brandy snifter at 42 degrees this beer is a hazy straw color with a frothy lacing top. This beer actually glows a bit in the light, beautiful! The color is a bit light for the style but gorgious nonetheless.

The aromas are AMAZING! There is a lot of intense banana, citrus - lemon, orange, coriander, passion fruit, and white pepper. Each aroma fills the nose and seems to move through you - this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had!

The taste is lightly acoholic, sweet, fruity, and there is plenty of coriander and banana on the tongue. Lots of tropic fruit esters seem to play with the senses. The yeast of this brewery is sublime - I need to buy some to do a homebrew batch of this beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a weizenbock. There is a viscosity that says, "hey I'm here to party," but it also says, "don't worry I'm not too thick." The alcohol keeps this beer just about the perfect consistency.

Drinkability might be hampered by the fact that you will want to smell this beer for hours but between the flavors and mouthfeel you'll have no problem making 1, 3, or even 5 of these disapear before you can say V.I.T.U.S.!!! Epic!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 03:21:16 | More by PerzentRizen
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Augustiner719

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a half liter stein.

Appearance: Unbelievably gorgeous cloudy orange, yellow body. Enormous 4 finger puffy, foamy and pillowy head that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing follows. Absolutley white pillow like head.

Smell: Smells like bananas foster with some nice earthy yeasty backgrounds. Orange peel, lemon zest and honey come to mind.

Taste: Exceptional bananas covered with honey and lemon and orange juice. Fantastic yeastiness. This is the best weizenbock i have had thus far. Great lingering sweetness that isnt over the top. Good amounts of herbed spices that are accented with a subtle grape like sweetness. Near perfect and the 7.7%abv is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation, great weight on the palate. Nice and light, refreshing but at the same time complex and interesting. The beer changes slightly as it warms. Nice citrusy bite on the palate leaves the mouth dry and wanting more Vitus.

Drinkability: Its time to go back to the roots of the style. There are a few american versions of the weizenbock i have tried that dont compare to this at all. Truely this beer is getting me back to where it all started, Germany. Go grab one and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 03:00:40 | More by Augustiner719
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

0.5 l bottle Weihenstephaner, old brewing tradition, and these guys really hold it high.
Vitus: saint and martyr of 4th century Christianity.

Great look of golden with a nice fluffy head, slightly hazy, and the carbonation forms a tornado of bubbles in my glass.

Smell and taste is malty, with scent of bread, cloves and citrus, intriguing yeastiness, plus hops and banana on the burp.
Not sweet, but very well balanced with bitter notes.

The drink is very smooth, with a dry finish.

I would say the weihenstephaner have done great. I'm very glad i bought this.
This one is absolutely top. Beer as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 14:39:05 | More by RuudJH
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and fruits. Taste is great, banana, other fruit, spices, very complex, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied and delicious in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 14:35:12 | More by tone77
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kellyst

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed around a bonfire on a warm November night in Ohio. This beer pours a surprisingly pale and fairly clear yellow with a thick, pillowy head. This was the first time that I've had this beer and was surprised by how pale it was. Aroma is of strong banana, clove, and wheat. This is one of the best smelling beers that I've had, not very surprising for a Weihenstephaner wheat beer. The flavor is similar to an imperialized hefeweizen. Strong banana and very strong clove. Wheat is present but is not as strong as the regular Weihenstephaner hefe. Just a tinge of faint cocoa is noted at the end of the swallow. Simply fantastic. Drinkability is incredibly high for a 7.7 abv beer. It's hard to drink this beer slow it's so good! Highly recommended for hefeweizen lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 14:41:12 | More by kellyst
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful bright hazy orange with small white head. Aroma of orange, coriander, and springtime.
Flavor is light hints of vanilla, clementines, and golden delicious apples. All is brought together in a tart just slightly bitter finish which cleanses the pallate for another sip. And you want that next sip. This beer take the Heffe experience and cleans it up into a less wheaty/funky brew. Not that I don't like Heffes, but this is a great brew and style unto itself. And this is an outstanding example!! I want more of these!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:30:23 | More by Liverpool08
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a clear golden straw color with a fluffy head that retained fluff. The nose was loaded with banana and yeast esters, bready with wheat the wheat. Great nose that lead the way to a very complex beer loaded with banana and some clove, bready with a light note of ginger before a dry finish replays all the flavors in reverse order. Really interesting. A medium-plus carbonated beer with a nice mouth-feel. I don't seek this out but purchase a bottle from time to time and am always more than pleased, in fact I wonder why I don't buy bottles more often.

Edit/review
This beer is amazing. The spice plus the banana character makes this mind-boggling delicious. I think this is moving up into my all-time top ten and every-time I drink one I realize just how awesome it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 23:04:39 | More by nas5755
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
The head on this beer is just simply stunning. No other beer comes close to this. The density of the foam is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Retention and lacing are also amazing. The beer is much lighter than I expected. Its a pretty hazy gold color, adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle makes the beer take on a white characteristic.

Aroma
Huge bouquet of cloves and esters. This is awesome. A good portion of banana, but not like their hefeweisse. Some lovely fruity stuff comes along with the bananas; kiwi and strawberry.

Taste
Lots of banana, this is a yeasty, estery son of a bitch. Clove is very strong as well as a very sweet apple-like flavor. Chalky, earthy yeast is prominent, much like a Belgian strong pale. This isn't a light beer by any stretch, but the flavors are juicy, refreshing and relaxing.

Mouthfeel
Fluffy carbonation fills the mouth with a softness that is quite nice. The body can stand its own, it is pretty full. Alcohol is noticeable, but only just in the back of your head.

Overall
A wonderful creation. After picking up 3 different bottles of Weinhenstephaner recently, and not drinking anything by them for a long time, my love for German styles is rekindled. Why, oh why have American brewers been trying to "Belgianize" their beers? They should be "Germanizing" them. This beer is a case in point. Here's hoping for some "Deutscher Barleywines" in the coming year.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 22:44:05 | More by MbpBugeye
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bigrzman

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You generally do not find AWESOME beer in South Korea but I have found it. It is this lovely beer which is called "of life" in Latin.
Bought in a German 500mL bottle.

Appearance: Exceptional head, golden body that is hazy with yeast. the creamy white head lingers and laces the glass.

Smell: Malty grains, citrus, and potency(booze). lemony smell towards the end.

Taste: Citrusy hops, golden grains, malty sweetness, and banana bread. Very potent.

Mouthfeel: fizzy, citric acid, and medium body.

Overall: Wow! Get it when available.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 10:42:25 | More by bigrzman
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Label code of 6103.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A nicely funky, fruity, and spicy wheat forward aroma. Big wheat and malt scent with hints of grains, straw, yeast, biscuit, oat, and cracker. Big hints of clove spice and bubblegum. Lively fruit hints of bananas, apple, and citrus orange, apricot, and lemon. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and plum. Some hints of pepper spice and sweet honey as well. The wheat, banana, and spices really shine. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big mix of wheat, fruits, and funky spice with lots of banana esters. Lots of bready wheat and malt upfront with notes of straw, grains, yeast, biscuit, cracker, and oats. Lots of clove and pepper spicing with some good bubblegum esters. Good mix of fruits with notes of banana, apple, and citrus orange, lemon, and slight apricot and pineapple. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of fig, plum, and raisin. Some light honey sweetness rounds it out. A really great classic wheat beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, smooth, and nicely drying on the finish. Alcohol presence is mild.

Overall: A really great classic German Weizenbock. Great balance of bready wheat, spices, and fruit esters. One of the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 06:49:06 | More by MattyG85
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle, no date...

A - Bright as the sun yellow golden color, frothy white 3 finger head with nice lace retention, exceptional looker

S - Bananas and spice are the dominator throughout

T - More bananas, yeast, spice and some cloves

M - Light body, light feel, medium carbonation, smooth finish

O - Extremely worthy of its ratings and high praise. The ABV flys under the radar and has enough complexity to keep it interesting. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:42:48 | More by rjp217
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After much talk by Coloradobobs I had to have one for myself.

A- Nice light almost neon yellow color of beer. The head is like a pillow of tick fluffy foam nestled on top of the brew.

S- Light subtle fruit smells are present. I wanna say tropical in fruitiness.

T- At last, I'm thirsty! The taste is a mix between honey nut cheerios and a tropical banana smoothie. There is a nice sweetness to the beer that goes well with sun. The aftertaste is not one that lingers. It is very refreshing.

M- There is a little bit of a bite to the mouth, perhaps it is the 7% abv that is there? This has a light amount of carbination which isn't too overpowering. Too much carbination can make you feel as though you are drinking just foam and not beer.

D- I would say very drinkable. Goes very well with a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:27:10 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Reino

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One pint .09 ounce bottle poured into a Block M Michigan Weizen glass. 1507(date or batch #?)

Appearance- Gold/Blonde with a terrific fluffy head. Head hangs around for quite a few minutes.

Aroma- Mostly clove and a banana smell that reminds me of a banana Laffy Taffy.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with a pretty high carbonation that helps the sweetness dance on the tongue.

Taste- Much like the smell, sweet, juicy banana, clove and spiciness with a little apple juice flavor hiding in there. A refreshing ratio of sweet and spicy.

Drinkability- Amazingly drinkable for the abv. I could drink these outside in the sun all day, which is saying a lot for a winter release. This was my second experience, and I'll have a tough time not going back to buy more.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 01:49:25 | More by Reino
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up on a recent LCB trip to State Line Liquors in Elkton MD. Poured cold from the 16oz brown bottle into my Weizen glass.

A - A beautifully cloudy sunny-golden amber w/ swirling carbonation. The cap is 4 fingers of snow white w/ a dome for topography and sudsy glistening appearance through the glass w/ plenty of clinging lace. The color is lighter than others I have tasted, but still is very appealing when compared to a Weizen or Dunkel since it is somewhere in between

S - The aroma is tropical w/ mild banana and clove notes w/ mild wheaty odors and hints of hebal spice w/ slightly phenolic esters and earthy yeast.

M - A mildly sweet texture as it is first tasted and swished w/ creamy and spicy feel w/ gentle toast notes. The body is medium full w/ moderately high carbonation. There are tinges of alchol warmth as it finishes.

T - Mild wheat w/ clove spiciness and banana fruitiness from the yeast. The wheat is bready and slightly fruity w/ a nice vanilla creaminess. A subtle golden pllum and pineapple tang w/ a nice bock-type strength is very pleasant and the taste doesn't seem disjointed in any way. A very tasty blend of the two beers. The light toast and alcohol seems to keep this in style and gives a subtle kick to the mild Weizen flavor as it finishes.

D - A great Weizenbock - Very glad to have tasted this. It is as refreshing as it is strong which is the equivalent of drinkable to my taste buds. A great summer drink and makes other Weizenbock's I have tasted seem medicinal and thrown together. I really recommend this beauty.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 12:52:36 | More by Slatetank
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours assertively yelllow, cloudy, with brilliant white head that is nice and pillowy.

Nose is like any other fine example of a hefe-weizen: banana, clove, fresh bready & yeasty aromas. Delightful.

Palate is more malty than a traditional hefe-weizen, with alcohol warmth apparent, but doesn't detract from the flavor. Basically comes across as a "big brother" hefe-weizen.

Very drinkable. Worth seeking.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 06:10:51 | More by yemenmocha
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

This one pours a pale golden yellow. Massive white head. Retains pretty well, leaving uneven sheets of lacing.

Smells like a hefe, mostly of clove and banana, with the banana taking the lead. Smells awesome.

Taste follows the nose. Huge banana flavor, with clove spice and bubble gum. There's alcohol in this? Who knew? I sure can't taste it. 7.7% is expertly masked.

Feel is excellent. Full and sticky. The carbonation is nice and tingly, not overdone or fizzy. Love the spice finish on the tongue.

This is amazingly drinkable. This bottle was like $2.99. Are you kidding me? What a steal! I think this jumps Lion Stout as my best beer bargain. Phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 06:49:22 | More by Gyle41386
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photomike

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle semi-aggressively to form a 3.5 finger head. Dies down pretty quickly to almost nothing...a small ring

An overhead view of Pac Man forms in the remaining head, which is awesome because I love Pac Man.

Nose is orange peel, lemon zest, kumquats and clove, all of which comes through when you taste it.

Once it hits your tongue there's more spice than you can detect on the nose; a bit of black pepper comes through. It's not all citrus fruits, either. There is definitely some banana coming through too. Slightly sour and funky. I love this.

The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy. There is a peppery, alcoholic sting on your tongue that I really enjoy.

A fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:01:27 | More by photomike
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pinotboy007

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like raw, yellow honey with a bright white cap that descends slowly leaving no lace. Obvious carbonation.

S - Raw banana, clove, yeast, & white pepper. Yum.

T/M - Delcious Weizen! Tastes like its aroma but there's an underlying complexity here that makes this brew a classic. The mouthfeel is dense yet refreshing with the carbonation adding to the enjoyment on this superb spring day in the DC area.

D - The 7.7% ABV pushes it but I'm there - this should be a staple beer in the fridge year 'round. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 20:58:00 | More by pinotboy007
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. batch number 5168. poured into weizen glass. tasted in late march/early april 2009.

very bright and vibrant golden straw color. cloudy with yeast. puffy meringue head slowly recedes to wispy thin layer. an initial ring of lace up top, but then just sparse splotchy lacing afterward. would've been a lower score, but the brightness of the color is really just too appealing!

aroma: fresh banana, clove, hint of citrusy fruit in the back. plus... cherries?! balanced by gentle noble hopping. yeasty bread notes. whiff of phenols.

taste: robust weizen flavors, this is basically a sweeter and more intense version of the original. (a good thing!) maybe a touch more bitterness to balance the stronger flavors.

light to medium body, smooth upfront with some astringency in back. fizzy but not overdone carbonation, which can be quite refreshing and helps give flavor lift.

hmm, i'm torn about whether this is better than the regular weihenstephaner weissbier. i suppose the intensity of the flavors and higher ABV cut down drinkability? bah, what am i saying? i could still drink this all day!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 08:28:17 | More by tai4ji2x
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HalfFull

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. This brew pours rather light for the style and with just a moderate haze. Not overly cloudy and somewhat golden in color. A inch of dense soapy foam sits atop, offering strong retention and lacing.

Typical Bavarian nose with banana, clove and wheat. A touch more sweetness is noted vs. a standard strength offering and cleaner notes of banana are evident in a light perfume sense. Touch of sour yeast intermingles with bready wheat notes with some agitation after the head settles. Nice.

Malt notes of the nose are evident in the flavor as well. Bready and lightly coarse with a firm spice. Clove and allspice make this a nice wintery version of a Hefeweizen. Slightly sweet yet doesn't have a viscous mouthfeel to it, allowing for a long finish of bread and spice. Sweetness is never cloying however, and does mask the ABV quite well.

Basically a supercharged Hefeweizen, vs a Dunkel such as you find with Aventinus, which offers more complexity in flavor. A different approach and rather well done. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 22:53:33 | More by HalfFull
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This came out looking like a BSPA. The head is full and lively and pure as the driven snow. It showed great retention but wasn't clingy. The body was just a gorgeous orange-yellow, cloudy of course, with a rich sheen. It was much lighter than I expected but beautiful nevertheless.

Smell - The humble but pervasive banana leads things off here with a nice sweetness that isn't rushed but certainly not subtle. The yeast is cloying and shows that great refinement that all Weihenstephaner lovers know. I get maybe a touch of clove but nothing big and really none of the expected bock aromas. But I'm offering no complaints here as this is an amazing bouquet.

Taste - Well Weihenstephaner is known for their yeast strains above all else and man o man is this a terrific yeast flavor. First off this brewer produces the finest tasting yeast on the planet. Here you have that flavor from their weizen line but times two. It is so pure and so explosive like the raw flavor of yeast but refined, smoothed out, and topped off with a dash of sweetness.

The banana is right on track as well. It again is more like their hefe weizen. It's not overly ripe or crazy sugared like a brown banana but more like a green banana without that earthy flavor. The sweets actually are nothing but banana and I really don't find anything else in there which for me is a job well done.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some amazingly light and teasing carbonation that livens up the experience. How they managed to keep the light carbs from their weizen line in this bigger beer is beyond me.

Drinkability - I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I drained this glass. It was more like an uber-hefe than a weizenbock IMO as I got none of the traditional bock characteristics. Since their hefe is one of my all time favorites though and this was that just more of the same I have to give this a gigantic thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:09:25 | More by RoyalT
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,314 ratings.