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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,735
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 223 | FT: 6
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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 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 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%

Photo of nerdrocker101
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with just over a finger's worth of head. Smells of banana and light clove. The taste is sweet and crisp wheat. Flavors of bread, bananas and mild pepper intertwine. On the heavier side of carbonation while maintaining a light body. He alcohol remains undetected. Refreshing would be an understatement.

Overall, I really dig this beer. I expected it to sit a lot heavier than it did.

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

I'm writing this in the middle of February, not quite the preferred weather for a beer of this style, but the thought of a weizen of any style gets me in the mood for the warmer weather to come.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a thin but persistent head. I smell sour apples, vanilla, orange, must, and some berry. The head fades quickly, however, and leaves no lace, which is a little disappointing.

The first sip is an eye-opener. It most definitely quenches. The same flavor of sour apple that I noted in the smell is present, along with the expected banana and clove notes. It's also a little dank and musty. What really sticks with me, in the end, is the way it fills my mouth with many flavors, front to back.

The finish is quite short, and exhibits a soothing, lingering warmth, probably due to it's slightly elevated 7%ish ABV. The finish doesn't get sticky, either, which I appreciate.

As soon as I'm done...I want another. Which is perhaps the simplest endorsement one can give.

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass producing a cloudy golden color reminiscent of a regular hefeweissbier. Bright white two finger head and tons of bubbles racie through this thing.

There is a sweetness about the smell. Lovely fruit pops out with banana and maybe a pear. Bread. Slight bubblegum.

The alcohol is detectable. You get a lot of the same flavors in the taste that are apparent in the nose with the fruit and bubblegum. Spice.

Smooth, creamy ,and medium bodied.

I guess I was expecting something more like Aventinus in regards to a weizenbock. Pretty much a delicious hefe on roids.

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

Cloudy yellow with tinges of orange. Forms a massive, foamy white head that has excellent retention.

Large banana presence with lots of citrus and cloves. Bread also features and overall this is a nice herbal aroma. Some minor hints of alcohol too.

Solid banana & clove taste to this one upfront that is perfectly balanced.Good overall sweetness & the taste is clean with no trace of alcohol.

Medium bodied & with a smooth, creamy texture that is quite clean & crisp. Nice dryness to the finish.

An excellent wheat beer, it has a solid, well balanced flavour and some good banana notes that work well to mask the high abv.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my half liter, hacker-pshorr weisse glass.

Two finger head right after a perfect pour, but recedes to nothing after only a few minutes. Good sunshine wheat color, but a little too clear for a wheat beer and lacking any vibrant bubbling or lacing for that matter. The aroma is classic hefe-weiss. Lots of bananas, sometimes ripe, and plenty of cloves. Plus the warmth of 7.7% abv is noticed a bit in the nose. Sweet, ripe bananas and some tart strawberries start the palate off. Then a few herbal cloves and a little grassy hops with the alcohol cut some of that malty sweetness. Good balance of hot, sweet, and herbal flavors in this beer. Very clean, but a litte palate as well. A little talcy, but very drinkable considering the abv.

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

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow and slightly cloudy color. I had to re-check the label to be sure this was indeed a Weizenbock since I have always found them to be quite darker in color. Pour creates a huge fluffy, pillowy white head with good retention. Some isolated streaks of lacing coat the sides of the glass as it drains.

Nose is greeted with huge, assertive aromas of fresh, hot yeast rolls, lemon zest, ripe banana, spices and malted wheat backed by just a touch of alcohol.

Palate was lively and refreshingly fizzy to style with just a hint of slickiness.

Flavor profile seemed a bit lighter than the aromas but was still excellent. Seemed like an amped up hefeweiss with the 7.7% alcohol mixing in well with the flavors of the wheat, lemon, fresh yeast and various spices.

A very respectable balanced beer with a bit of muscle, but still very crisp and refreshing.

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

A beautiful slightly cloudy straw color with a ton of fluffy white head. Lacing like mad.

Some banana, orange, and spice in the nose. A bit of booze also.

Yummy! Starts out with sweet citrus and spice, almost peppery. That gives way to a ton of banana. Alcohol is present but not aggressive -- less present on the palate than in the nose, to me.

Body is fairly light and plenty carbonated. Dry finish. Very nice.

If I could find this locally I'd likely drink a fair bit of it. Might be a little too sweet to do in a row.

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. No identifiable freshness date on the bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head of about two fingers in height. Looks nicely carbonated and features some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is of banana, clove, ground nutmeg, and pepper. Maybe some cinnamon as well and some orange peel thrown in for good measure. Vanilla even?? Really a very complex and interesting nose on this beer.

The taste equals the aromas of this beer in many respects. Banana bread, clove, nutmeg, and a spicy pepper finish are some of the key highlights of the mix of flavors here. Getting some light fruit notes in there, like apricot or dates. Everything meshes so well with this beer--it is a true delight to consume. While the taste is perhaps not as complex as the nose, everything in the taste is done very well and fits together just right. This features a little more sweetness and breadiness from the malts than other wheat beers. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is delightful as this dances across the tongue. This beer is definitely alive and encourages you to let it linger for a bit in order to experience everything. Overall, rather light and refreshing in taste, but with a little extra kick from the alcohol content. This is right up there with their more well-known all-star wheat beer. Perhaps a bit more bold and a little more full bodied. Highly recommended.

Photo of nataku00
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, lightly swirled and poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with three plus fingers of fluffy bright white head. The pillowy head dissipates after a few minutes with some light lacing. Good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Classic aromas of clove, banana, bubble gum, lemon peel, biscuit malts.

Taste follows the nose, nice yeast spiciness with clove and white pepper with fruity ester banana and bubble gum flavors. A touch of lemon with plenty of biscuit malt sweetness to round it out. Finishes clean with some light banana and clove flavors barely lingering on the tongue.

Light body with ample crisp carbonation that refreshes the tongue with each sip.

Photo of Raven3464
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It pours a beautiful golden body with a big three finger head. Retention and lacing appear average.

Smell: Wheat, spicy glove and banana notes are noticed right away. Sweet malts and corn can be detected as the beer warms.

Taste: It essentially follows the nose. Clove and wheat flavors hit the tongue first followed by touches of banana and lemon s as the beer goes down the throat. A dark fruit sweetness, perhaps plum, is noticeable near the end of the flavor cycle. The aftertaste is spicy. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a good blend of carbonation and dryness, highly refreshing and drinkable for a beer with such a bold ABV.

Overall: Weihenstephan has yet again produced a well balanced brew. There may be one or two better weizenbocks out there but this is still a world class beer.

Photo of mmmbirra
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Standard wheat beer appearance, though a little less hazy that most. Big fluffy white head.

Lots of spice, lots of clove on the nose. Perhaps a touch of acidity.
Vitus is crisp and refreshing, and unexpectedly dry for such a strong weissbier. The slight acidity comes through here too, and makes it even more refreshing.
Doesn't have the flavor profile of a 'big beer,' but is absolutely wonderful in it's dryness and crispness. The spice, the acidity, and the lack of residual sugar are a great combination. Dangerously drinkable at 7.7% abv.
A pale weizenbock that I find myself comparing to Gutmann Weizenbock, but Gutmann's version is far sweeter and heavier, which puts it one step below Vitus.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,735 ratings.