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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,739 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,739
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 225 | 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 birchstick
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured golden, hazy yellow with a beautiful head that didn't seem to want to go away.
S - fruity - has banana, clove and a little bit of spice
T - banana and spices with a huge kick of banana and a of hops and bit alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Mf - smooth and full
D - This is a great beer, it is like their hefeweizen amped up a little. It is delicious beer, Weihenstaphaner delivers yet again. However, having more than a couple could make you start feeling a little too good due to the 7.7% alcohol content.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classic/classy Weihenstephaner label, 16.9oz slimline brown pop-top bottle...0408 stamped on here randomly...is this some kind of freshness date?

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer with a gorgeous white whipped cream head which fades to a thick dense white film with good retention...steady streaming carbonation...this is quite pretty

Smell: Big banana and clove aromas, rich, like banana bread, with big doses of yeasty goodness...this is like a typical Bavarian hefeweizen but a bit bigger/richer

Taste: Sweet banana candy flavors, hints of white pepper and spice, maybe a touch of bubblegum, and a touch of alcohol pushing through as well...this is basically a great German weissbier amped up a notch...quite nice

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, surprisingly so, actually

Drinkability: The abv makes this one a sipper, but 1-2 would be quite nice

Conclusion: This is a damn good specialty beer and was definitely a nice surprise. Will try this again for sure.

Photo of MisterE
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle purchased at Ward's Supermarket

A - soft golden honey color with fine foamy head that quickly disappears

S - spiciness and mellow sweetness of banana, wheat, yeast

T - very well balanced - not sweet or bitter - with hints of fruit and spice at first, then comes the malt and the alcohol

M - smooth and without too much carbonation

D - at 7.7 ABV, this is very tasty but not a session beer

One of my favorite wheat beers, Vitus is a triumph of Bavarian art.

Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into my Weihenstephan weizbier glass

A - depending on how much light it gets the color varies: little direct light renders a light yellow reminescent of lemonade, while holding it to a lamp shows a nice golden color with a bit orange in the middle of the glass. the head is white and fluffy, a perfect pour, going right to the .5L mark. hundreds of bubbles keep the head up from the bottom in an endless stream.

S - smells wheaty, with a background of some spicy alcohol. it is more of a twang then a burn from the alcohol (like limoncello vs whiskey). the twang can also be described as green apple peels, something concentrated with that type of sour flavour.

T - a superb taste. Weihenstephan never does disappoint. there is a light wheat taste over all, but the beer is not light in any way. there is a slight citrusy bitterness at the back of the mouth on the tonge right before the finish. while it is the finish that sees the beginning of the alcohol presence, and it is the aftertaste which initially has the strongest presence of booze, but then lends itself to a sweet wheat flavour.

MF&D - the beer has a great refreshing crisp taste from the carbonation; while the body is not too heavy, making me want to keep drinking. the only thing that hold it back is I find the bubbles to be a bit much, and they stifle my drinking, making me feel quite bloated untill I belch and continue the process. but who really cares, its beer and I'm a guy.

Photo of DrkLgr
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheBierBand
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 1/2 liter single of this at one of my favorite beer stores: Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. I poured this into my Weihenstaphan Weizen glass to produce a nice 1-1/2" of white foam. This settled down to a thin cap after a while.... I would say GOOD head retention. The foam left sparce lacing on the glass. The beer is hazy and straw colored.

Nos: VERY pronounced. Very nice.... a lot like a heffewiezen... lots of yeast, some spice, some fruit.

Taste: Again, a lot like a heffeweizen. perhaps a bit more astringent. On the sweet side with a breadyness that softens the flavors. Yeasty, bready, fruity.

MF: not as creamy as their Heffewizen.... thinner, but still excellent mouth coating and afteratste.

Drinkability: This is my first Weissen Bock... but this is quite good. I could have these all day long.... a good session beer if you like weizens.

Photo of skrib09
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a vibrant hazy yellow with an amazing looking white, creamy head.

smells of bananas, maybe some esters.

taste is similar to the smell. a little bite to it. some banana notes in there.

mouthfeel is crispy... alcohol towards the end.

ok drinkability. the alcohol content holds this category back for me.

Photo of gatornation
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a white 1 finger head ,,surprising light in color this weizenbock is
S-white fruit like apples and pears, faint banana wheat clove and cinnamon,faint alcohol
T-follows the nose baked white fruits with ripe banana clove spices with flaky baked pie crust a touch of alcohol
M-smooth creamy nicely carbonated with a dry fruity crisp finish
O-delicious nicely brewed

Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy light golden yellow in color with some heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some medium yellow + hints of orange highlights. The beer has a five finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to thick film covering the surface of the beer with a medium thick cap towards the center of the glass and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat, banana, clove, and spices with a lighter amounts of yeast and bubble gum.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of banana and clove with moderate flavors of wheat and yeast. Light hints of bubble gum. Minimal amounts of bitterness, almost lightly sweet.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I'm shocked that this beer is 7.7% ABV because it drinks much easier. Very enjoyable and refreshing, a top class weizenbock though not as strong as some others.

Photo of edzo22
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow, straw-like color with quite a bit of haziness, completely opaque. Extremely volatile, as expected given the style, producing a huge, creamy white head. The smell is familiar, once again, to this style of beer, but it is executed very cleanly. Bananas, pears, wheat, bread, yeast, clove, spices. It's all there, and it smells great. The taste follows right behind with an initial hint of clove, followed by the sweetness around the edges. Bananas, sweet malt, buttered bread, and faint bubble gum round out the middle section of the sip. Slight alcohol warmth keeps things interesting in the background, holding it all together. It finishes with a heavy does of wheat and bread on the palate, along with some of the initial tastes lingering like banana, pear, and clove. Medium body and a crispy feel among the slight creaminess thanks to the high carbonation.

What Weihenstephaner does is pretty simple, but they execute it extremely well, and that's what makes them so great. Add this beer to their list of great brews. Not only are they delicious, but they are reasonably priced as well.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical Weihenstephaner German mid sized bottle, pours cloudy light apricot, long lasting near white head and leaving ample lacing. Nose glows with hints of soapy sweetness, fruit and cloves. Great old old school brrwery, nice to try a different offering. Easy drinking, yeasty, more coriander and then cloves. Soft, wheaty flowing and smooth mouthfeel. Well worth a try.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pour is ridiculous it looks like a hazy apricot colored hefe with this billowing head that won't give up, looks great and the label announces that it has been dubbed the WBA 12 World's Best Wheat Beer STRONG. A golden orange glow weizenbock, eh? I'm in the aromatics, hints of sliced fresh apple, baked bread, hints of clove and fruit esters this beer hides the alcohol quite well. Flavor coats the sides of the palate with ample sweetness, sturdy alcohol in the backend, hints of green apple, ripened banana, and spicy clove accents. This beer has some girth to it, definitely a strong alcohol presence the more it warms but it's well woven into a comfortable wheat beer setting. It reminds me a lot of the Glissade Bock Sierra Nevada used to make except this is a stronger wheat version of that style. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying mid way through each sip, even keeled carbonation enough to carry the beer along medium to full but yet comes of drinkable with a slight alcohol burn. Overall, a perfectly good strong wheat beer from Germany, got it in a gift pack for 15.99 with 5 beers and a glass that's value.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a Weihenstephaner Vitus chalice. Appropriate glassware!

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Huge white head. Beautiful sticky lacing.

Smell - Phenolic, slight bubble gum. Some bright citrus. Wheaty grain.

Taste - Grainy wheat. Orange citrus. Estery yeastiness. Bubble gummy phenolic flavors lingers into the finish and becomes the predominant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable when cold. Becomes a little more sluggish as it warms. Mediu. Carb and a little sticky from the sweetness.

Overall - Delicious. I have no complaints.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date code of 1507

Pours an effervescent & hazed straw/golden color with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Effervesces through out the whole half liter. Average lacing & head retention

S: Bananas, cloves

T: Bananas, lemons, pepper & cloves up front. Slight boozey warmth as this warms, along a touch of honey sweetness, more bananas & cloves, plus some pineapple. Finishes juicy with a bit
of dryness, plus some good juicy fruit flavor

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

Drinks a little slow, due to the heft & a bit too much cloves for my liking. Hefe-freaks should love this. A nice change of pace, I couldn't session on it though

Photo of nms1987
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow. Someone else said lemon color, that is accurate. BIG. ARSE. FOAMY. HEAD.
I was at a hotel drinking this and there was only a tall water glass to pour it into.. didn't really do the head justice.
the only other weizenbock I have had before this was Victory Moonglow which was fairly dark and sediment-y, much like a Belgian dark ale. This looks more like a regular hefe, which surprised me.

Lovely fresh scent. Some of the expected banana n clove but also another nice fruity aroma going on I couldn't pin down. Great nose.

Real tasty. I'm not sure if I would say weizenbock if I tasted this blind except for maybe a hint of alcohol and sticky sweetness on the tail end of the finish. The alcohol hint amplifies the expected clove/spice flavors typical to hefes. Very fresh tasting. The body to this is wonderful. The body is medium/heavy because of the 8pct ABV but the lightness and freshness of the flavors makes it feel so much lighter.. almost sessionable : )

Nice mouthfeel, somewhere in between crisp and creamy. I keep wanting some more. EDIT-Now that I've gotten more yeast into my glass the mouthfeel is quite smooth

Very drinkable in taste, I keep wanting to take another sip. The only thing that would hold me back from that is that by the end of this pint-bottle I am feeling a little "full". But this beer feels so crisp and fresh for a bock strength beer. Great stuff

Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Pale gold, one finger of white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Good staying power to the head.

Citric aroma with a heavy dose of cloves. Lemon-lime and just a hint of banana.

Tastes of sweet banana right up front with plenty of lemon-lime citrus to follow. The finish returns to banana sweetness. Clove lingers, but much more subtly than in the aroma.

Fairly light bodied with steady carbonation. Fairly nice mouthfeel.

Too drinkable for its strength. This is a good brew that went down rapidly.

Photo of mscudder
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - A gorgeous wheat and orange hue that exudes vibrant color. Nice finger pale head sits atop. Good retention and lacing.

S - Wheat, banana, clove and some citrus. Really nice on the nose.

T - Lots of fruit going on in this one: banana, apple, citrus and pineapple. Some nice wheat malts and a touch of lemon.

M - Medium body with some nice carbonation that sets off the flavors without being overwhelming. Even on the creamy side!

O - This brewery knows what they are doing. The dunkel hefe, the traditional hefe, Korbinian and now this! Excellence.

Photo of jsh420
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy golden yellowish orange with a 1 finger head that fades rather quickly

smells very doughy bananna and spicey - i can pick up this is a higher abv beer

taste is rich and smooth with a bananna esters and some spice that is used in lots of xmas deserts i just can not think of it right now but i love it

mouthfeel is towards the heavier side but nice and creamy and plenty of carbonation that tickles your mouth

drinkability is a little lower then your avg hefe due to the heavy body

overall this one tasty beverage and another solid brew by weihenstephaner

Photo of PBoegel
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip (tasting from July 08)

Pours an extremely pale, straw yellow, with cloudy haze, looks like a hazy pilsner, big soft billowy egg white head. Very effervescent.

Aromas are floral and rich, but softer than say Aventinus which presents a more plum and fig like character, where as Vitus is deep clove, peppery spice, just ripe banana and tropical fruit character. Some hints of white raisin (sounds absurd but green grapes dry different than red).

The flavor is much the same with a balance of clove and fruit as well as some yeasty bready notes. The carbonation is medium high and while the alcohol is very restrained in aroma and taste its light warmth helps to complement the dry character of the beer and complement the residual sweetness of the wheat..

An outstanding Weizenbock and very much an excellent compare and contrast in its approach to Aventinus.

Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow hued color. A fantastic thick and fluffy white head with great retention and lacing left behind.

(S)- A nice subtle spiciness combined with the biscuit-like yeast and wheat. Finishes with a balanced deeper raisin and prune like sweetness.

(T)- Similar to how it smelled. A great dynamic combo of dry biscuit-like wheat and a mellow spiced caramel-like sweetness at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Very smooth with a great malt balance that is both dry, but slightly spicy and sweet at the same time.

(O)- Overall, a fantastic Weizenbock. I do not have a ton of experiences in this style, but definitely like what I am seeing in this one.

Photo of kraypd
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the local World of Beer

A - Cloudy golden color with a thick white head. The head retention is very good with nice lacing.

S - Nice malt aroma mixed with banana and clove esters. The banana esters seem more subdued than the standard hefeweizen.

T - Taste is outstanding. Banana, clove, mixed with wheat. Hopping in balance with the malt. Very slight alcohol taste at the end but very subtle and well balanced.

M - Nice mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation.

D - An excellent example of this style. I still prefer the standard hefeweizen over this beer but definitely one to try.

Photo of jscondon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color and eminates the aroma of oranges and cloves. The front of the beer is very crisp and refreshing with strong yeast presence in the middle, finishing with a very nice orange citrus taste. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little thin.

I really like this beer, and this being my second good experience with the weizenbock category I definitely enjoy these beers.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my Aventinus glass, my on half liter weizen glass.

A: pours cloudy bright yellow with a foamy white two finger head which slowly fell to a thin layer, not much lacing.
S: smells more like a hef, with the banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.
T/M: within style its nothing like Aventinus. Its more like a hef in flavor as well. although lighter in the clove and banana. wheat malt provides a light sweetness. this is light in the mouth and lightly dry.
D: so far to put this the easy way i have not found a Weihenstephaner beer i don't like. this was a very easy half liter.

Photo of khumbard
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a $2.99 500 mL bottle...

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with an inch of fluffy foam. Looks great. Smell is fruity, bananas stand out the most, some citrus and spice. Taste is fruity, a little bit sweet, but in good balance. Finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but carbonation is spot on. Drinkability is through the roof, this is a dangerous beer if you have a bunch in the fridge on a hot day. This is probably my favorite beer to drink while outside grilling for some reason. Just something about it. Great brewery, great beer, great price.

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