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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,862
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
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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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Ratings: 2,862 | Reviews: 1,048
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Reidrover
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from LifeSource, in Salem. $3.79 Slightly hazy ,deep gold coloured beer with a bubbly half inch thick white head. Very nice strong honey/toffee scent to this, then some phenol’s and laid back spiciness..nice really. Taste is much the same as the aroma but maybe has a bit more fruit in it..again nice. Nice smooth easy mouthfeel..goes down dangerously easy!! Overall a good beer.

Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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 rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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 dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy light golden yellow in color with some heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some medium yellow + hints of orange highlights. The beer has a five finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to thick film covering the surface of the beer with a medium thick cap towards the center of the glass and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat, banana, clove, and spices with a lighter amounts of yeast and bubble gum.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of banana and clove with moderate flavors of wheat and yeast. Light hints of bubble gum. Minimal amounts of bitterness, almost lightly sweet.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I'm shocked that this beer is 7.7% ABV because it drinks much easier. Very enjoyable and refreshing, a top class weizenbock though not as strong as some others.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vitus pours a hazy straw yellow color with a very large bright white head that had good retention for most of the beer. I expected for this beer to a bit darker. The nose smells of a good hefe with plenty of banana, cloves, and apples and pears. The flavor follows the nose to perfection, but it also adds in some bubblegum, lemons, and the classic wheat flavor comes in very nice as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some gentle alcohol warming on the backend of things. This is very drinkable and drinks like their regular hefe with more alcohol and plenty of flavor.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. The head is white, thick and sticks around for a good amount of time. No lacing

S - Wow. Kind of reminds me of Chorizo De San Manuel upfront. This is the first thing that comes to mind. Weird. If I break it down I cloves, banana rind, and uncooked grains. When stirred up in the tulip it becomes more creamy smelling. There is condensed milk in the nose when swirled in a tulip maybe even buttered bread. In the taste you get wheat, alcoholic yeast flavors, hay, bananas and sugar. Very complex. Mouth feel is smooth and flowing. Decent carbonation and a silky finish. Fantastic beer. If this beer wasn't so high in alcohol I could drink this all night. Hell...next paycheck I'm going to load up because i know my local venue hasn't much more to offer.

Photo of rundocrun
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from a 500 mL bottle. Code on the back was 9321 - Bottled on the 9th or 19th day of the month, 32nd week of the year, 2011 (Aug. 9th, 2011).

A - Body of the beer is cloudy, darker straw-colored, and has yellowish-orange highlights. Yields a full 3 fingers of slightly coarse head. Retention is good, but still dissipates to a thin film after 5 minutes or so. Small amount of lacing.

S - Lots of spicy, fruity character in this beer. Coriander-esque aromas and flowery hops are present. Mild pear and banana notes. Wonderfully aromatic beer.

T - Sweet, mild and ever-so-slightly tangy up front. Spicy, herbal hops become noticeable next. Fruity esters dance around on the back of my tongue and really speak to the wheaty character of this beer. The flavor profile would be nearly perfect except for a very mild metallic flavor. Finish is clean and sweet.

M - Good tingly carbonation. Thin-to-medium body. Mostly dry finish with a bit of residual sugar left over.

Photo of TheMistler
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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