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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,083
Hads: 3,059
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 211
Gots: 393 | FT: 4
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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 GPHarris
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a - poured a four-fingers thick white head into a weizen glass. the head was dense, rocky, billowy and long-lasting that left thick lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright golden color with tons of bubbles.
s - big banana and clove aromas balanced out by wheat.
t - clove, wheat, bananas and other fruits.
m - this is stupendous. medium thickness and velvety smooth with a crisp finish.
o - first time having vitus and i'll be seeking it out again. so drinkable and flavorful. the mouthfeel is as good as it gets. (527 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this a few times and am a big fan, wanted to do a full review to see how the score holds up. Outstanding looking beer, although not quite to the level of Hefe or Dunkel. Pretty much the same with the smell and taste, very similar but not quite the same, but still very high quality. Overall this is a beer I like very much but have a hard time taking it over the Hefe or Dunkel. (382 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with thick fluffy white head. Fruity and bready and spicy,really amazing complex nose. On the palate lots of clove and possibly nutmeg, great spice to go along with banana bread flavor. Creamy full mouthfeel for a wheat beer. Really exceptional. (276 characters)

Photo of unclekeith
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 1/2 liter Hofbrau mug

L: Beautiful 3 finger head, hazy golden straw color
S: Clove, bananas
T: More of the same, wheat
F: Great - hardly a hint of the higher ABV
O: A classic at a great price point - always nice to revisit (235 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! It tastes exactly like their hefeweizen except it has more alcohol. You can barely tell the difference since it is well hidden. It definately doesn't drink like it's 7.7%. If more stores carried this i would buy it more often. (236 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Germans have been brewing beer for centuries. This beer optimizes perfection in a glass. Pour it out into a wheat beer glass and enjoy the huge head, the beautiful yellow hue, and that wonderful smell of the beer. All aspects are on point!

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Just a perfect wheat beer! I get yeast, apple/pears, bananas, lemon, and malts. American breweries take note what greatness taste like. It takes hundreds of years to perfect something this good. 7.7% abv and its blended perfectly. All aspects of this beer is perfection. I think a lot of American beers get a couple of things right but they are missing a good head, the smell isn't to die for, or the alcohol isn't blended perfectly at a higher abv %. Respect greatness!

It paired very nicely with waffles spread with butter, fig jelly, maple syrup, and whip cream. An odd combination that worked out well!

When I drink this for some reason it reminds me of drinking Allagash's Tripel Ale. Just so drinkable, delicious, and has me wanting more. If you want an American Beer with this drinkability check that out. (1,097 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a typical Wiessbier only a little lighter and orange.

S: Clove and banana wheat beer aromas are pleasant. Very inviting to take a sip.

T: Huge flavors....bananas, pears, slight caramel, spices....so complex. A little bit of clove in the back end. Alcohol is there but hidden. Delicious.

M: Medium body - goes down easy.

D: I can drink this all night, But after a few bottles the alcohol kicks in. :0p

This is one of my favorite all time beers. I try to drink it a few times a month.

The craftsmanship and expertise in the style is obvious. This wonderful beer has been excellent for hundreds of years and will be for hundreds more. Take a break from ticking mediocre beers to (re?)discover this masterpiece. (727 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. This brew pours rather light for the style and with just a moderate haze. Not overly cloudy and somewhat golden in color. A inch of dense soapy foam sits atop, offering strong retention and lacing.

Typical Bavarian nose with banana, clove and wheat. A touch more sweetness is noted vs. a standard strength offering and cleaner notes of banana are evident in a light perfume sense. Touch of sour yeast intermingles with bready wheat notes with some agitation after the head settles. Nice.

Malt notes of the nose are evident in the flavor as well. Bready and lightly coarse with a firm spice. Clove and allspice make this a nice wintery version of a Hefeweizen. Slightly sweet yet doesn't have a viscous mouthfeel to it, allowing for a long finish of bread and spice. Sweetness is never cloying however, and does mask the ABV quite well.

Basically a supercharged Hefeweizen, vs a Dunkel such as you find with Aventinus, which offers more complexity in flavor. A different approach and rather well done. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. (1,090 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light hazy amber color, yeast left in bottom of bottle. Medium bodied and strong carbonation. Nose is a spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet spices, lemon and yeast. The best weizen bock I've had (at least 10), it beats Schneider Aventinus. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (356 characters)

Photo of br3wmeister
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Large frothy white head rises form this hazy dull golden colored beer as it is pored. The head drops to a thin film capping the beer leaving some lacing but nothing impressive.

S- Sweet ripe banana, light hay and clove spice it the nose first. Also a hint of lemon peal, light sweet fruit, vanilla and a sweet flowery aroma.

T- Subtle waves of complex and sweet flavors make this beer what it is. Lots of nice spice blends beautifully with ripe sweet bananas. Some lemon flavors add a little tang in the middle but then sweet bananas take over again. Hints of vanilla and clove present throughout. Ends with a light hop presence that helps balance the sweetness.

M- Medium bodies beer that seems to float on the tongue. Very smooth and juicy with some dryness and hop nip in the end.

Overall this is a very good beer, amazingly drinkable for the ABV almost no alcohol detectable at all. You could drink this on a cold night or in the summer heat. This is an all season beer! (985 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has been on my WANTS list for about 2 years, and now it's easily available at several locations in the Columbus area. I picked up this bottle for $2.99 at Palmers Beverage.

The beer is way paler than you'd expect, I guess Aventinus set the dark standard in my mind for this style. But Weihenstephaner is the world's oldest brewery so who knows what's appropriate... Anyway all other measurements reveal this as a world class beer. The aroma is hefeweizen squared, twice the banana and all the clove. The flavors are near perfect, absolutely delicious estery fruits riding on a creamy and thick mouthfeel. I drank the entire bottle much quicker than I expected, this is sinister and delicious.

I give this my strongest stamp of approval, this beer is at least as good as Aventinus. (793 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This caught me completely off-guard. I was expecting a dark beer, as per all other weizenbocks that I have had. Pale hazy yellow color. A lot of head, no lacing.

S - Bananas and cloves - especially the cloves. Touch of lemon pith

T - Initially, there is a lemon and banana flavor. Followed shortly by the cloves. Then it becomes a very mild watery taste. The aftertaste is some bready, biscuity notes. Not really any bitterness. This is hard to top.

M - Smooth, thick, very refreshing.

D - Excellent! I could drink this all day! (537 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Weihenstephan glass

A bit disappointing as the color is a golden straw yellow that you can find just about anywhere. Slightly hazy, but not overly so. However, the head is a killer. It's as thick as you want it to be, with brilliant white bubbles creating a frothy, foamy, meringue-like head. Retains forever. Edit...the appearance improves when you get the sediment into the glass.

Very wheaty nose. You can almost smell the tang. Cloves are present and you get the classic bubble gum scent early on. Faint alcohol presence and a bit of lemon or some other kind of citrus.

You can't improve upon the taste. With just a couple sips, this became one of my favorite tasting beers. Malty and yeasty, a bit of citrus, wheaty twang, and somehow, a kick of dark fruits put it over the top, with a splash of pepper in the finish. Exceptional taste.

Medium bodied, the wheat does a number on the palate with it's tangy feel. Lots of spices. Fruity with both sweet fruits and citric fruits. Just a pinch of heat from the alcohol and pepperiness.

Overall, I can't wait to buy more. Weihenstephan has been around for a million years for a reason, they make excellen beer. This was truly amazing. (1,226 characters)

Photo of ph001c
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

True to style and it would be hard to tell this from a normal hefeweizen as it hides the alcohol well.

Look: cloudy, warm yellow with sediment at the bottom. Light, thin head that dissipates to little or no lacing

Smell: fresh stone fruit, clean

Taste: begins with apricot, then wheat, only slightly hoppy on finish

Feel: very crisp, bitter but not astrigent, light carbonation

Overall: excellent Weizenbock from an excellent brewery. It lacks the depth of wheat of my favorite hefeweizen (Fransikaner). I paired this with a Peacemaker sandwich (fried, creamed oysters) and it was the perfect accompaniment as the crisp beer cut the heavy flavor and refreshed the palate from the creamy sauce. This works well where you might have a Blanc or Riesling. Pairs well with duck. (782 characters)

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

Cool friuty yeast effect with a backbone of malt and hints of wheat malt. I get a little lemon and citrus but mostly fruity esters.

I was pretty surprised atthe golden color since pretty much every Weizenbock I've ever encountered has been brown. But this is very clear with a nice white head at first that fades to a big rim around my glass and leaves good lacing.

Wow, like their standard Hefe kicked up a few nothes. Lots of spicy estery flavor, lots of tart wheat malt flavor that comes of a little lemony but with WAAAY more sweet malt than their standard offering. Hop balance is good on the bittering but there isn't any hop flavor, as it should for the style it relies on the base malt/wheat malt and yeast for the big flavor! I REALLY like it.

Medium full bodied with a good creamy carbonation level.

I've never run across a German Weizenbock quite like this. I've had U.S. brewed "Imperial Hefes" that are a little like this but not nearly as good. It's basically a Big Ass Hefeweizen suitable as a winter warmer with all the refreshing character of a great Weiss Bier. Now that I know of this bier, I will probably have lots of it. (1,147 characters)

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)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.