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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,820
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 180
Gots: 282 | FT: 6
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 gr0g
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy, light-golden in color. Almost three fingers of foam with very good head retention and some nice lacing. Aroma is quite estery, led by banana and clove. Grainy wheat cracker note and bit of gumball round it out.

The flavor profile can be likened to a "super-hefeweizen." Estery, yeast-forward flavor with a much bigger malt profile than the usually semi-dry hefe. Light bitterness, becoming more balanced on the finish. Sudsy, full texture cleans the palate nicely. Banana and clove work nicely together with a honeyed malt sweetness.

Vitus is a very nice, paler take on the usually darker wheat bock. Imagine a more flavorful version of Weihenstephaner's top-notch hefeweizen, and you've got Vitus.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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 GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Classy

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 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 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 cgmees
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 cbarrett4
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into fluted pint glass during German hefeweizen and weizen tasting I arranged at home.

Pours with one of the biggest and most annoyingly persistent heads I've ever encountered from a bottled beer (and a weizenbock of all things)! Fades slowly to a delicate eggshell lace. A light amber hue with golden highlights, slightly cloudy with a few floaters. Lighter than expected, but still very pretty.

Nose is amazing but not quite as in your grill as their hefeweizen. Lots of wheat and yeast up front with a subtle baking spice component, some vegetal notes (pleasant), and mild Bavarian malts/hops. Really get that faint banana and clove thing, but on refreshing the nose with a quick smell of the hefe-weissbier and going back to the Vitis shows how subtle the clove and banana really are.

Palate is good, less grip and intensity of flavor than expected. More clove than anything, some banana and fig. Very pleasant but less intense than I was hoping.

Palate is rather light and thin for a weizenbock. But the balance is impressive. Really fine acidity here. Grip is lacking though, but the finish is medium long and enjoyable. Really nice carbonation.

Overall a very good wheat brew, but a little thinnner and lighter than expected from a weizenbock. But this is still a stunner and I plan on stocking up (for $3.50 a bottle!!!) with this and their hefe-weissbier.

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 shanecb
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 zac16125
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 bmwats
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hay color. Lots o' carbonation. Giant, cascading, bubbly, white head. Settles very slowly, in a root beer float sort of way. Not really anything to speak of in terms of lacing, but head persists throughout, and is continually renewed from the rising effervescence. Nice sediment.

S: Nose is freshly cut grass, wheat, and lemon citrus.

T: Wheat.... That's about it. Very pure and pristine.

M: Light and refreshing body, with only a slightly pungent finish. Nothing much of a lingering aftertaste. Goes down easy and is very natural and pure.

D: Easy drinking. Simple, but greatly executed.

Atmosphere is really good. Great head, and simple but full nose. Flavor is simple, but very well executed. Very pure and true. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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 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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a cloudy straw yellow with a creamy white head leaving a decent lace on the glass.

S-the nose has a fair bit of fruit yeast with some light notes of spice to it. a fair bit of pear, green apple, lemon, hints of banana. there is some light toasted bread with hints of yeasty spice in the back.

T-the taste isn't quite as full as the nose. the fruitiness is still there, light caramel malt and some toasted bread up front, the banana, pear, and lemon come in behind with just a touch of white peppery spice in the back.

M-good body, medium chewy body with a slick crisp finish and assertive carbonation.

D-this is very tasty, the flavor is slightly watered down compared to the nose but still extremely solid. great flavors working well together with a touch of alcohol in the finish. I like it a lot!

Photo of Matty1918
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice burnt amber with a thick, tan foamy head. Not much lacing.

Nice araoma...molases, toasted malts.

A very nice tasting Dunkle. Toasted malt flavor is heavy at first then molases with a hint of caramel. The aftertaste almost reminds me of flat cola.

Nice mouthfeel...creamy, a little carbonation.

I'd buy this again. The beers that this brewery produce are very tasty. I've never been dissapointed. I'd buy this again.

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

I got this beer from my buddy Apophis666. Thanks Sietse! We have some good weather in Holland so this beer was exact what i needed to cool down a bit.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice. Cloudy yellow fluid with a big head. Some carbonation in the glass.

Smell is soft and inviting. Taste is good, bread, citrus, creamy.

A good weizenbock which can be drunk best when the temperature is higher.

Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow/straw color with a voluminous, white, frothy head; ample retention and generous wet lacing. The aroma is of clove, straw, wheat, lemon zest, and hints of citric and lactic acid. Some orange rind and hay as well. The flavor is similar with a predominant clove and wheat bastion reinforced by lemon and orange citruses. Some straw, hay, and other light earthen notes comprise the middle. More banana on the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety yet lively with a wet but refreshing finish. A touch of clove and citrus linger. Overall, this is a wonderful beer and a personal favorite. The clove predominance combined with a bit of a “beefier” mouthfeel compared to the hefeweisse makes it a wonderful variation of another excellent Weihenstephaner offering. Well balanced, rich in complexity, and a superb example of the style.

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

500 ml bottle poured into my Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

A- Body is a uniformly cloudy pale yellow hue. Pours with a massice 3 figner+ foamy white head-which eventually fades to a retains nicely at one finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S- This brew pretty much has the nose of a classic German Hefe. Bready yeast is the main character-but a mild amount of clove and banana come through as well-the overall impression of the nose is soft.

T- Clove is the main character upfront with a mild banana and bready yeast backbone. The finish is dry and slightly peppery with a hint of floral hops and a nice smooth bready yeast backbone-and a touch of dry alcohol heat.

M- High tingly carbonation and a lightweight smooth and slightly bready body.

D- This beer is a winner- I can't believe I didnt try it until now- The overall profile is very similar to this brewery's hefe weizen-only its the imperial version- the broadness of the weizenbock style never ceases to amaze me-but if there were a classic example-this would be it!

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

Bottle@home, shared with my old man.

A: Golden yellow with a generous, firm white head. Looks very inviting!

S: Wheat, Yeast, Spices, Banana marshmallow, Hay.

T: Wheat, Fruit, Citric notes, Yeast, Spices, Cloves.

M: Refreshing wth a acidic touch and plenty of carbonation with a solid malt backbone.

Wow, this tastes like a Wiehenstephaner Hefe with lots more body. Very drinkable and tasty. Recommended!

Photo of rhinos00
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Very nice clarity with streams of carbonated bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Produced a three fingers width of white head. Lasted until about midway through consumption.

S- Lots of cloves accompanied by banana-like aromas. Provides a mellowed, fruit sweetness. Also detectable is a bit of spice.

T- Much like the aroma. Perfect amount of cloves and spices provide a wonderful contrast between the banana and peppery flavors. Some wheat and citrus is noticeable in the background. The taste finishes with some sweetness.

M- Light bodied. Well carbonated. Clean, crisp and leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel on the palate.

D- Insanely drinkable. The light mouthfeel paired with the light alcohol appearance can make this seem like a session brew.

Overall, a very solid weizenbock. Recommended.

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,820 ratings.