Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
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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 Schoeni
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good Weizen from Germany. Love Weihenstephan!
Tasted in an Original Vitus Glass, Comes so sweet and smooth, nice banana flave with Tropical fruits. Original Weizen Style, sweet and yeasty. To be honest, I can't really "taste" that huge amount of alcohol... Attention: ist a strong beer....and 2 or 3 VITUS be able to, launch you on a fat trip..... KRASS! (359 characters)

Photo of atpben
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured it into my duvel glass. Hazy orange color with about one inch thick head. Got lots of clove and some banana in the aroma. Again more cloves in the taste, banana, and some pineapple. Extremely smooth to drink with the right amount of maltiness. I love this beer. Highly Recommended (287 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottles being served at the Lava Lounge in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Must be a new arrival in the state since I've never seen it before. Of course, due to our shitty liquor laws you're still going to have trouble finding it unless you are at Lava or John's in Iowa City.

Nice pour. Call me an idiot but I thought that weizebocks were dark and chocolately looking, but this is a really cool shade of electric yellow with a big white head. Minimal haze, too. That's unexpected but still nice, since it really adds to the overall slickness and sheen of the beer.

Smell is awful intense. Like an really hugely ramped up hefe. You don't get the slight chocolate nodes that I'm used to see in weizenbocks but you really don't care. Gigantic banana,

Things stat off with a zip of yeast like you're licking a 9-Volt battery. It might sound strange but it's actually pretty goddamn delicious. This rips round into a intense wheatmalt of white pepper and banana which is balanced perfectly by a lightly spicy, lightly sweet finish and lingering nodes of yeast. Nice.

This brewery can do no wrong. (1,085 characters)

Photo of breezyday
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a premium, incredible beer with "world best beer" awards. The color is a golden yellow with a slight, even haziness (a tulip beer glass showcases the beauty of the color and pleasant aroma) and light, white frothy head. The smell is lightly banana, pear, clove and warmed bread. The taste is balanced and smooth with a depth of a light pear/banana flavor amidst the wheat malty texture. It is smooth, clean and rich in taste. It is excellent with a heavy breakfast of meat and potatoes, delightful with a hot soup and buttered bread on a winter day and compliments every meat or fish meal I have tried. I highly recommend this beer. It has a taste, quality, consistency and depth of color, taste and smell that is not encountered often in the world. It is a distinct beer. The beer as it warms from the refrigerator releases more subtle flavor and richness of taste. This is a beer for special occasions and a reward for a job well done. (955 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted 1 January 2014. First beer of the new year.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, a lovely color, bright and inviting, and reminiscent of tall grasses in mid-summer.

Smell is an eruption of yeast and wheat. It's like an over-the-top, high-ABV hefeweizen, which is as I think it should be. Big alcohol-soaked banana bread, with a decent dose of delicate spice. This is the epitome of what a yeasty wheat beer should smell like. Wow.

Taste is excellent, but a bit boozier than I'd like it to be. Starts out sweet and fruity, full of banana esters, becomes bready, then drifts to boozy. Dries out nicely, like corn husks.

Feel is top-notch as well. Medium-heavy body, but buoyant and expansive. Carbonation is near-perfect, fuzzy and lasting. Wow again.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It's a touch boozy, but that's understandable. The balance of smells and flavors, the feel, the whole package. Unlike most beers, as I mentally dissect it, I'm even more impressed by it. Weihenstephaner is, in my opinion, the king of wheat beers, and this is a perfect example of why. (1,082 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Weihenstephan Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to MasterSki for the hook-up!

So, after seeing ColoradoBobs hype this one enough, I sought it out. Here we go...

Nice, hazy, banana yellow liquid. Over two fingers of loose white foamy head. Retention is okay and the lacing is alright. The look is good, but the head kind of disappoints.

Floral and yeasty notes hit first. Followed by light hints of tropical fruits. Nice scent of just ripening bananas. Cloves and corriander. Smells are rich and make me salivate.

Nice. Big banana taste. Almost like a good banana puding. Then the spices come into play, along with a touch of nutty flavor. Now it's like some fresh banana bread. Notes of wheat and yeastiness. Light notes of caramel/brown sugar.

Very good and creamy beer, here. The carbonation is a little bit 'sharp', though. Nice, solid medium body. Thick enough to be enjoyable, yet not overpowering.

Truly a very drinkable beer. Great flavor and easy to drink. Also, I know that it's a 7.7% ABV, but I can't detect any alcohol presence, at all. Very well balanced brew, overall.
It lives up to the hype of ColoradoBobs. (1,157 characters)

Photo of nicnut45
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- hazy dark straw color. A bit of an off white head. Tight and beady.

S-this is liquid Banana nut bread. Abit of a gumball presence as well.

T-This tastes just like Grandmas banana nut bread in liquid form. Nice doughy tastes. A bit of an alcoholic tartness that seems to dry it out a bit. A bit of fruitiness that reminds me of a tripel.

Drink- Im going to keep this in the rotation. Cant believe i've never tried this before as I just picked it up on a whim. (464 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into my hefe glass a hazy, golden yellow with a nice two to three finger head.
S: Very fragrant. Bananas and bubblegum are what stands out. Some cloves and spices as well.
T: Wow, really well done. The banana and bubble gum are really present here, but the spice blends nicely. It finishes with a taste of wheat and a bite of alcohol.
M: Creamy and oh so smooth. Medium carbonation.
D: The smell, taste and body of this beer make this a true winner to session with. Can't think of one much better for the spring/summer. (528 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured - 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy cloudy yellow with 1 finger of active white foam.

Smell is bready, like wheat. Minor citrus.

Taste is thick hearty wheat. Chewy. Clean, with a crisp tart finish. Delicious.

Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel. A pleasing taste lingers long after the finish.

This is a great beer. Very drinkable. A hearty weizen with some kick. (389 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- hazy pale golden, looks just like a hefe. big creamy white head is full of wheat proteins and has excellent staying power. foam is very noisy and active and it bubbles like cheese under the broiler. tons of wavy lace as well. as the foam settles it maintains the shape of a baseball sized hemisphere in the center of my weizen glass.

S- estery vapors, yeast, clove, banana. a bit of sweetness and some white bread, apple and pear skin. very simple and very nice.

T- wheaty, bready, and very very yeasty, somewhat tart and fruity with extremely well hidden alcohol. this could easily pass for a hefeweizen under 5% abv. clove, banana, apple, pear, white grape, sweet basil, and very mild grassy hop flavor. alcohol dryness and some floral esters and a touch of alcohol bitterness become evident in the spicy, almost lemony finish.

MF- plush and creamy, this beer feels so much bigger than it looks while still possessing crisp, refreshing, drinkable qualities. could be the most refreshing 'almost big' beer i've ever tasted. powdery yeast feel and vigorous little carbonations balance each other superbly, allowing the yeast sensation to remain on the palate only momentarily before zipping it away leaving only slick wheat proteins and a delightful dryness behind.

D- there's no way a beer this size should be so easy to drink. it drinks like it's lil brother. it drinks like a soda. the well hidden alcohol and enjoyable dryness are partly to blame. the other finger is pointed at masterful craftsmanship. as far as i can remember, i haven't had a weizenbock this light, but i prefer this version to all others. it has the look, taste, and aroma that i love from a hefeweizen but with a soft chubby body and a real alcohol kick. a case in the basement would not be out of the question. in fact, it's a damn good idea. (1,828 characters)

Photo of Luiz0930
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

In my opinion Weihenstephaner makes some of the best wheat beers of the world. You are looking at a high ABV on this, however you do not taste it (unless warm). Tastes like banas,oranges, citrus but well designed wheat Bock. Refreshing, tasteful and if the right glass is used, and it is well poured a great experience. overall an interesting beer. (348 characters)

Photo of Schmittymack
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you "Reverend ColoradoBobs" for prasing this brew; I FINALLY tried it. Poured into a Pils glass; head was quite nice and stayed even after sitting awhile. Picked up a very nice citrusy smell and after two sips, was able to pick up banana and clove. The alcohol is quite disguised; I could get into MAJOR trouble with this one as you don't realize it's as potent as it is. If not for the alcohol content, I'd call this a sessionable brew. I could still find myself quaffing two or three in a sitting at home, though!! GREAT brew! (534 characters)

Photo of Snamnoum
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - extremely cloudy tan/orange color with an absolutely massive head. Probably the biggest frothiest head I have ever seen excluding Orval. Ridiculous retention and tons of sticky lace.

Smell - simply beautiful, god I love that smell! Fresh baked bread, cloves, over ripe bananas, light phenols, and alcohol

Taste - silky smooth delicious head. Just like it smells, an onslaught of crusty french bread fresh out of the oven, amazingly doughy yeast, sweet biscuity malt, dried fruit, raisins, apricots, and just the slightest touch of alcohol at the finish. Well deserving of a five IMO.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy chewy feel

Drinkability - I am a slut for this beer. I could drink this forever and probably die of alcohol poisoning in the process because the alcohol is hidden so well. Well worth the hype. (851 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a huge white frothy head that is slightly more dense than I expected. The head dies down rather quickly leaving only a thin ring around the top of the beer, and leaves no real lacing to speak of.

The aroma is very similar to thier hefeweizen nice wheat malt backbone with lots of banana and cloves. Very nice big aroma

The flavor is very much like a bigger version of thier hefeweizen. Lots and lots of banana and cloves, I do get alot more alcohol in this one. Really it is a terrific beer. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Nice creamy mouthfeel with just a slight alcohol presence. Quite drinkable. (695 characters)

Photo of RickSawyer
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a big pillowy white head that falls to a nice cap. Smell is full of big sweet banana notes, sweetness all over this puppy. Banana definitely dominates but I can get some powdered sugar, angel food cake etc... Tastes awesome. The banana pairs with vanilla notes, slight wheat sourness and spice. As unappealing as this will sound to some, reminds me of a banana smoothie or pudding. The mouthfeel, while thick, remains plenty approachable to throw this one down quickly! Highly drinkable. Wow. (531 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was a light hazy yellow with loads of foam and some lace of the side of the glass. The smell was of yeast, banana's and a hint of all-spice. The flavor was the same as the aroma. Beauitfully balanced of fruit and spices along with the yeasty bread flavor. Sort of creamy with a sweet/bitter balance that is so pleasant that just thinking about the next sip makes your mouth water!!! What a pleasant surprise. (430 characters)

Photo of jmaur345
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer an hour ago along with a bottle of Korbinian to enjoy as well as compare. Served at around 45 degrees, and poured from 500ml bottle in a weizen glass.

A- A lovely cloudy golden color, nice three fingers of head that sticks around for awhile but then runs away, I was sad that it didn't last longer, after some gentle twirls it will reform.

S- Chalky yeasty smell with lemony citrus in the background.

T- Simply put, it is exceptional. chalky yeast flavor, citrus notes, also some banana flavors. No taste of alcohol dispite the high gravity.

M- Leaves you mouth singing! Sweet aftertaste of banana bread. The taste lingers in your mouth for a few seconds and then cleanly departs.

D- Excellent, possibly the best of it's type that I've had, this brewery knows what they're doing. It can sneak up on you though since the alcohol is no where to be found despite the 7.7%. An overall amazing brew. (923 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big hefe glass, the liquid was a suprising light gold with excellent carbonation. The head was huge and white with good retention and lots of lace.

The smell was great, big loaf of fresh bread and light fruits with beautiful hints of alcohol.

The taste followed, very bready, banana, peach and pair fruit flavors with very nice spice notes of cloves and white pepper.

The mouthfeel was big and full, the carbonation was also very good, quenching and clensing.

The drinkability of this brew is only held back by it's higher alcohol. Truly this is a brew worthy of a Papal Mass by our Bavarian Pope.
Bring on the Batzen. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK (678 characters)

Photo of lenbert
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 Pint, 9 ounce bottle into a Guinness Pint glass. Huge head (3 fingers worth) forms and has pretty good retention. Cloudy amber color of brew.

The aroma provides a strong hint of citrus and banana. The taste is heavy on the banana. More so than even more pronounced than many of the wheat ales that I have sampled recently. The mouth feel is very creamy and full.

This is an amazing world class beer. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys wheat oriented ales with intense banana flavor. (512 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-straw hazy gold with a large white head that seems to never go away
S- full of smell banana, spice, lemon.
T-banana was the main taste, spice followed with the lemon aftertaste
M-smooth creamy foamy bubbles in the mouth feel
O- paid 2.99 for a 22oz bottle. going back to buy the rest. the taste surprised me and I cannot wait to have another (343 characters)

Photo of Naked_Batman
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours hazy, amber/straw with plenty of beautiful head that stays till the end

S-bready/yeasty up front gives way to slight clove with some metal/minerality

T-Banana/Clove/black pepper give way to some serious malty complexity and sweetness.

M-Bubbly and light, but with enough body to remind you it's a beer. Love the carbonation.

O-A great, classic beer.Would definitely drink again. (393 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: golden pale yellow with 2 finger white head

smell: coriander, wheat, cloves, citrus, lemon, dark fruits

taste: Amazingly balanced and refreshing, getting lot's of coriander and citrus notes, tastes a lot similar to the hefeweizen, just not as much banana.

mouthfeel: highly carbonated, medium bodied

overall: Weihenstepehaner is one of the worlds gerat breweries, never had a bad beer from them. This is basically a stronger version of their Hefe , absolutely phenomenal. (506 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy (fingers visible but blurry on the opposite side of the glass) brilliant golden yellow, and forms a massively fluffy white head that barely collapses even when drunk - I don't know that it ever went below a half-finger in height, with appropriately off-the-chain lacing. Carbonation streams continuously through the beer as tiny bubbles.

Smell: Pure ester heaven. Rich notes of banana and clove swell out of the glass, with hints of coriander, peaches, and lush ripe wheat.

Taste: Coriander citrus opens the flavor profile, and is swiftly joined by banana and spicy clove. A spot of peach flavor enters as it moves along, and bits of white pepper emerge at close to the same time. Underlying it all is a light biscuit-cracker malt, which comes more to the front at the finish, leaving behind a lingering mixture of wheaten malt, banana, and peach after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied yet silky, this is an easy-drinking beer, not unlike the feel of a good hefeweizen.

Overall: Less "imperial dunkelweizen" and more "imperial hefeweizen", this is definitely what one would expect from Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Turbo Edition. I'm quite the fan, though ultimately I give the nod to Tap 6 Aventinus for Best Weizenbock Ever. (1,332 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big beautiful, half liter bottle sent to me from the great IBUnit63. I have been waiting a long time as one of the founding members of LNBA and being one of the last to finally have this fine brew. Served up in a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass. This one is for the great CB and the LNBAs.

A: Pours a crazy, cloudy, hazy, vibrant yellow that just glows when held to light or not. A somewhat vigorous pour yield a good two fingers of beautiful white foamy head. This head is pillowy like the clouds that ride the rainbows. The head lasts, just refuses to leave you, giving you comfort in hard times. So much damned carbonation activity. Rising quickly at first, then slowing just a bit, but always climbing throughout this beverage. This is what I have been waiting for.

S: So enticing. Got a lot of earthy goodness coming through with grains. Then the banana hits you with nut shot force. Tons of bubble gum come out as well. A touch of citrus on the nose. Sweet sugar lingers somewhere in the background. There is also a touch of floral goodness coming out that I can't quite put my finger on. DAMN!!!

T: I have had these feelings only a few times before and one that comes to memory is when I lost my virginity to a young lady who reminded me of Anna Kournikova while watching "Warriors of Virtue" (it was the lady's pick). This beer is, in fact, a hefe on steroids. So much banana in the forefront. Then the bubble gum. I have never tasted so much bubble gum goodness in a beer before. Its sweet and tasty. The grains are there along with a touch of citrus and earthy goodness, but the banana and bubble gum are so powerful, present, in your face and balance for taste all at the same time. This is friggin amazing.

M: This is a brew that is medium bodied, but on the full side. Has some weight to it. Not pansy at all. She grabs the hair and gives a tug at times. ABV is present and noticable but doesn't take away from the experience at all. Carbonation is the perfect level of high and makes this sweetheart crisp and easy on the palate. Has a somewhat slick feel to it that sticks with you, leaving bubble gum and banana in your mouth for a good while.

D: This is probably my new favorite brew. This is stupid good. I have always been a fan of German styles, and this is amazing. Damn near perfect in every category. This beer is damn tasty and goes down amazingly well and easily. I just want to drink more and I sad that I have ran through this one so fast without a backup. For now, she will be the one that got away but at least I was able to taste every part of her before she left. I long for you Vitus. VITUS!!! (2,631 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5 liter hefeweizen glass.

Looks just like its cousin, the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and that's a good thing. Golden yellow, maybe a teeny tiny bit darker than the Hefe, and very pretty to behold. Head is voluminous, receding downward into a half-inch thick cloud of white bubbles. Smell is absolutely amazing. Sweet, but not too sweet, with nuances of banana and citrus at first, then the malty goodness.

Seconds after it hit my tongue, I thought I was drinking a hefeweizen. After a few more moments though, the more assertive flavor of the weizenbock shone through. I could definitely pick out the roasted malts along with a more pronounced citrus kick. The finish isn't as bready or chewy as the Hefe, but it still goes down smooth as silk. I couldn't taste the 7.7% ABV at all, which pleased me, since I'm not such a big fan of tasting alcohol in my beers. There isn't very much carbonation at all, but it still has that big-bodied feeling.

On the whole, another excellent brew from Weihenstephaner. I could easily drink another three or four of these in one sitting, though I'm not sure that's such a good idea since it *is* stronger than the Hefe. Will probably have to do a parallel taste test in the future with the Hefe, just for comparison's sake. And with how tasty both of these beers are, I think that'll have to be pretty soon. (1,380 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.