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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 1,029
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 182
Gots: 251 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 GOBLIN
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Vitus


Poured into hefe glass

A: Golden straw color. Cloudy and hazy

S: Cloves, bananas, pepper and other spices

T: Hmm . . . Good, but more weizen than bock . . .

M: Decent for the style but could be more thick I believe

O: Top of the line Weizenbock. The wheat dominates but the bock end doesn't come through as much I had hoped.

Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into a weizen glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours a very hazy golden yellow with 3.5 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate to 1/2 a fingers width that remains throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves almost zero lacing.

S: Tons of spice, pepper and clove; fruity phenols, citrus notes and estery yeast.

T: Not as much spice as the nose, but more sweet notes. Dark fruits, clove and peppery spice, citrus.

M/D: Full body, appropriate carbonation, nice mouthfeel and drinkability is good.

O: This is really a great beer, and the price is right too. Definitely something I will be drinking again.

Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates.

Peach, orange, coriander, wheat, and yeast form the initial aroma. Lemon and banana become evident, along with confectioners sugar sweetness and floral notes.

Flavor reveals more of the peach character, becoming sharply lemon and orange pith. Wheat weaves throughout, but the finish is fairly bready and a touch earthy. Notes of banana and clove surface late. Lots of great esters, but the malt backbone is substantial.

Body is moderate, with high, prickly carbonation. There's slight alcohol warmth.

So much estery flavoring, but the malt backbone balances excellently. Very refreshing, and hides the high alcohol content well until the warmth settles in. Wheat beers aren't my favorite, but this is delicious.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color with two fingers of thick foam on top. Good retention and decent lacing.

S: Banana, wheat, and clove dominate this beer. A touch of citrus in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma, but much more complex. Banana is quite strong along with a nice caramel sweetness to create a moderately sweet beer. Clove and nutmeg help from this beer ever getting too sweet, though. The spices and sweetness play very well off each other to create a very balanced beer.

M: On the thick side with strong carbonation.

O: A very enjoyable beer. Balanced and complex. I really enjoy this.

Photo of T100Mark
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 16.9 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow/orange color. Hazy. A big head made up of very fine bubbles. That big head never entirely disappears. No lacing to speak of. A unique looking beer.

Smell - Sour. Bananas. Alcohol.

Taste - Sour. Bananas. Bread. Sour. Pineapple. Sour. Spice. Sour.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. Tart.

Overall - This is my first experience with a Weizenbock so I'm not exactly sure what this beer is supposed to taste like. This beer has that Belgian sour taste that I enjoy so much. The malt is also prominent. Other flavors include fruit and spice. What a complex, delicious brew! I guess I like Weizenbocks.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- The pour on this gives a massive head as is the norm for a Weihenstephaner beer. Four fingers of fluffy, pale white head and below is a a golden liquid with a cloudy look and robust carbonation.

S- Strong banana aroma like most of this brewery's beers, but it seems much less clove and spice aroma. The yeast aroma is vibrant and there is some bread and nuttiness present.

T- I get some fruitiness reminiscent of plum here, then banana, sweet malt, hints of honey, and a floral taste. I like, I like.

M- Sweet, light to medium body, yeasty and airy. This is a great drink for being so light and easy to drink, yet abundant in flavors.

Yet another great beer from these guys, I love the variety of flavors and aromas that it presents.

Photo of MarsMoose
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I wasn't sure if weizenbocks were filtered or not. Before pouring the last bit I admired the color as being somewhere between straw and gold. After a swirl and a pour of the final bit I happily admired the curling cloud that is characteristic of the falling yeast and proteins from a weissbier pour. There was a frothy-but-not-lacy persistent white head which gave off a lovely wheat aroma. The taste was wheaty, fresh-tasting, and thirst-quenching. It has medium carbonation, and overall is very re-vitalizing. Maybe it should be called 'Vivificus' instead of 'Vitus.' ; )

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing about all of the comparisons to Aventinus, I had to give this one a shot.

A- Huh? What? Expected a much darker brew here. This one poured a very cloudy and hazy golden color with some copper tints. Nice off white head, no lace.

S- Straight up banana. This was one fruity smelling beer. Very nice clove and spice scent but overly banana and bubble gum.

T- Yes! This is why I love weizens. Tropical fruits abound with a really nice spice kick. Allspice, pineapple, banana, sugars...Not much pepper or bitnerness here. Very tasty and surprisingly complex.

M- Lots of carbonation going on here. Medium bodied. Slick. Refreshing.

D- Not as good as I had expected, but still, this was awesome. For 2.99 you cannot go wrong.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (what, no weizen glass, come on!) at the Brass Rail.

A: The weizenbock, as I am now accustomed to, is a hellesweizenbock, carrying an orange-yellow glow that is muted by its unfiltered presentation. The glow is further muted, by a few shades, from the Weihenstephaner hefeweizen. A rich head, over a finger, sticks around.

S: Clove, banana, bubblegum, what more does a good weizenbier need? In this case, the aromas are taken up a notch, stronger and sweeter. The wheat presence, still mildly tart, has more graininess.

T: Wheat starts the ale off right, rich with ample tartness lingering in the wings. The helles nature of the ale cuts down on the caramel malts and their associated sweetness. As the wheat passes, the yeast comes out swinging. Lemon, banana and clove, all concentrated, are the primary flavors. The wheat follows the spices, finishing them off with a dry tartness. Formidable but very refreshing. It's not a hot afternoon kind of weizen, more like a cooler fall night.

M: The mouthfeel, think hefeweizen, has been supercharged, amped up in all regards. The yeasty esters are the stand-out.

D: Well worth the drive to Campbelltown. I should have taken a growler home with me. The idea of a hellesweizenbock has grown on me.

Photo of cgmees
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Produced a foamy 2-3 inch head with a white cloudy look. Foam was very tight, but rapidly broke down to a 1/2 inch head with large bubbles. Finished in a thin scum of bubbles on the top after 5 minutes. Cloudy orange color.

Smell: Nice wheaty aroma, with a bit of cloves and citrus.

Taste: nice malty flavor with balance of banana, cloves and wheaty flavors. Nicely big in taste, but refreshing and enjoyable.

Mouth feel: Medium full with a pleasant carbonation texture. Each sip is enjoyable and repeats with no loss of texture. Smooth and drinkable.

Wonderful Weizenbock with pleasant and is very drinkable.

Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep straw-yellow. A quick forming, fizzy head. Tall, but dissipates very quickly.

S: A rather light aroma... sweet malts, notes of clove. Some banana esters that come out more as it warmes a little... quite similar to their hefe, in many ways.

T: Sweet clovers, and almost a touch tart, as well. Banana notes, but more like slightly unripe bananas, if that makes sense.. not so sweet as they can appear in a hefeweizen; there's a little more bitterness in there. All becomes a bit softer on the finish, with a friendly, "German-wheat" aftertaste.

M: Foaming, medium carbonation. Refreshing, and semi-crisp... almost something of a 50/50 crisp and syrupy.

D: Maybe a taaad tinny and sweet, but still quite enjoyable. It remains pretty easy to drink with only the ABV to watch out for a bit.

Photo of Bratec
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Modernrickk
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is of signature wheat beer opaque gold. Cloudy and hazy. BIG head if poured too fast. This beer is gonna leave a foam mustache for sure

Smells like wheat (duh) banana bread and spices up the ying yang - excellent aromas here

Taste is big malts upfront with a refreshing taste of banana and hefe like spices. Wow- this tastes real fresh when cold. After taste is brief really inviting you to have another big sip of this stuff - now that I think of it, it's a simple brew -

Mouthfeel is easy going and crisp at first - as it warms it does lose a bit of the carbonation that was really shining thru at first. Ima finish this bottle in no time!

Overall I think I've found a beer I can go to in any situation here . It's value is unmatched at 3 bucks a bottle . It may not be fresh but this beer holds up. I'm glad this is easily found in my neck of the woods and what the heck was I waiting for to try this!!

Photo of SuperStorm
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Staats Brewery (Weihenstephaner) never ceases to amaze me on how many flavors of beers they truly are capable of. The 'Vitus' is an interesting beer.
It starts out with a slight bite, almost a barley wine bite and then quickly lets the flavors come out. Citrus filled at first blush, then sets in with a buttery, biscuit filled taste. The color is simply beautiful. A dark honey appearance that you cannot see through, with a light powdery foam head that settles but laces little and has no glass cling. Although my favorite beer from Weihenstephaner is the traditional Hefe weissbeir, the Vitus is a close second. Try it! Then enjoy it. It is an accumulated taste for the senses indeed.

Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is foggy amber almost brass colored, an off-white head that leaves little lacing but good curtains.

The beer has lots of fruity aromas, tropical fruits as well as citric and apples, but also spices like clove, cumin and ginger.

The taste is sweet, bananas, mango, spicy like in the smell. Nearly a liqueur feeling.

Medium carbonation, soft and a very complex body.

A truly well-balanced and well done beer. A bit too hefty in ABV for drinking in large proportions. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Photo of shanecb
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice white head, with good retention. Good lacing in the glass. Color is a pleasant, hazy yellow. Looks really appealing.

S - Powerful clove and banana smell. Also has a very subtle yeast aroma.

T - Good spicy, fruity character to it. The spice flavor is dominant, with a little banana flavor underneath. A little wheaty characteristic.

M - Okay. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Feels quite creamy, actually.

D - Wonderfully drinkable. Smooth, good flavor with a good mouthfeel.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color, with full frothy head. Good lacing. Banana, clove, black pepper and wheat on the nose. Assertive grainy & wheat tastes with pepper, banana & clove background. Finishes bitter and slightly boozy. Smooth and somewhat creamy, medium bodied. Candy like sweet aftertaste. Delicious beer... would never have guessed what i was given was a Weizenbock.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. The beer pours a vibrant, bubbly gold, with a nice fluffy white head, about 1 inch, that dissipates into a thin film over the course of a minute or two. The aromas blast out from the bottle as you pour. Smells of flowers, coriander, and sweet fruit. The beer has a heavy spice forward flavor, with the coriander (and possibly pepper?) riding on top of a round, sweet malty foundation. Bits of citrus throughout, maybe orange and grapefruit, but hard to pinpoint with the spices. The beer is full and bold in mouth, with a transition to a slightly sour, spicy aftertaste. The citrus notes linger through to the end, also, and make your mouth pucker a bit when added to the sour notes. The finish is a bit dry, and makes you eager for that next mouthful. Good flavors and complex mouthfeel make this a pretty good damn beer in my book.

Photo of beeragent
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a light hazy straw, forming a thick off-white head. Light spots of lace along the glass.

S - Strong delicious aroma of banana bread!!

T - Thick wheat up front, along with a great amount of banana and clove, and ending with a slight hint of alcohol.

M - Slightly thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation and very smooth finish.

D - Full delicious flavor with a slightly high alcohol level. Maybe not a session ale, but nonetheless a beer style that cant be passed up. This is the first weizenbock that I've experienced, and I must say it has opened a new door to me in the world of wheat beers. I love it!!!!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: Cloudy gold, fluffy white head.

s: Clove, nutmeg, earthy notes.

t: Similar to the aroma. Clove and nutmeg plus some honey and grain notes. Dry finish.

m: Light and smooth with a crisp bite.

d: Good and very easy drinking beer. Shocked to see how high the abv was. Similar to their hefe, but with more spice and much more booze (though you won't notice it).

Photo of Rootscipio
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bcaulin
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a wheaty yellow in color. Nice inch of white head -- dense foam. Not getting a lot of lacing, but the head retains for a pretty good amount of time.

Some banana and clove in those nose, but its not completely dominating. There are some subtleties here and its not a very strong smell.

Taste is just excellent. Very refreshing. No shortage of yeasty banana and clove. Definitely get some refreshing lemon and hops in there though. I'm not of huge fan of big banana flavors, and this one is still excellent.

Drinkability is really quite impressive for the style. At 7.7, you won't want to slam them down too fast, but it wouldn't be too hard. I hear people talking about this one all the time, and now it all makes sense.

Photo of TheMistler
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weizen glass, which I had forgotten is Weihenstephan branded. Apt.

Unexpectedly light yellow, hazy but pretty clear. Lots carbonation, continued bubble streams contributing to an active white head. Top of the clouds appearance as some parts build up more than others and big bubbles collapse. The lacing is a bit lacking. Not just a cap - a continuous pinky of head.

Sweet banana and clove to the aroma. Sharp wheat. A dusty, yeasty quality with a slight hint of bubblegum. Teensy bit of lemon. Tinge of alcohol spice.

Banana. Spicier taste than the nose might indicate. Slightly spicy, freshly threshed wheat grain. Coriander and a dash of white pepper. Finishes pretty clean, just a hint of yeast dust.

Fairly thick, full-bodied and bready. Solid carbonation keeps things moving right along. Very drinkable, with an ABV that contributes to taste but is nonetheless well - and dangerously - hidden.

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy 3+ finger medium-thick bright white head. Medium to higher levels of carbonation evident that eventually mellows out. Very opaque and the colour is a bright golden poppy or amber yellowish-orange. Colour is very nice. Head is pretty persistent. A thick cap stays the whole way down and leaves some nice lacing. I've seen lots of weizen and this is probably the best looking one I've ever seen. Can't imagine it getting any better than this.

SMELL: Wheat malt, cloves, and a strong scent of bananas and lemon smack you in the face right away. A nice strong and pleasant scent.

TASTE: Wheat malt, clove, and a strong dose of banana and citrus lemon as well. A healthy dose of spicy alcohol underlines everything as well. The aftertaste is similar to the initial taste and is strong and very long lasting. Alcohol lingers in the back until the end too. A very pleasant taste, but I'd like the alcohol to be hidden a little better.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, goes down somewhat rough with a little bite at the very end. Finishes on the sticker side. I'd like it to be a little smoother.

OVERALL: This is good. The ABV is too high to make it a session beer, but it's very enjoyable and quite drinkable as well. This is like their regular hefeweizen on steroids. A pleasure through and through, one I'll definitely pick up again when I see it. I might even age a few to see if the alcohol mellows and it smoothens out over time. That would just make it killer drinkable and send it over the top.

Photo of Bshaw22
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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