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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
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2,588 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,588
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 156
Gots: 177 | FT: 6
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Germany

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 bonkers
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a weizen glass, hazy yellow,/gold with very big head, no lacing. Lots of banana, clove on the nose. Lots of very ripe banana with enough clove for moderation. It has a sweet, lingering finish. This is an easy drinker, a damn fine beer, my new go to wheat beer.

bonkers, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of BostonBrewins
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A light colored weizenbock? Surprising yet interesting. Pours a cloudy golden. Big, frothy, white head. Some nice lacing too. Carbonation bubbles seem to go on forever. Quite a beauty in my weizen glass.

S - Smells very fruity. Slightly lemonish.

T - Fruity and a little sweet. Spice notes are definitely there. Some banana notes too. Finishes with some alcoholic bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied and very smooth. Feels wonderful on the tongue.

D - Excellent drinkability. This is the kind of beer I would love to have with brunch on a nice spring morning.

BostonBrewins, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of ixodus
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow straw color with a ridiculous head. It took me a few pours to get this beer going. Strangely no lacing.

S: Primarily banana and clove but there is also some bubblegum in there

T: Similar to the nose with some breadyness added to it. Quite delicious and you would never know it's 7.7% abv. I would definitely consider this beer "Dangerously Drinkable".

M: Smooth and heavily carbonated but not in a bad way.

ixodus, May 16, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-12-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Cloudy straw with a 1-finger white head and decent lace.

S - Banana, clove, bread, yeast. Pretty strong and nice.

T - Starts bready, morphs through banana, bread, pear, clove, touch of lemon, light alcohol and finishes a bit tart and peppery. Very tasty.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, bubbly and

O - This is a first-rate Weizenbock. A lot going on in the flavors from start to finish and still well-balanced.

Tucquan, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus | 500 ml. | 7.7% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Weizenbock
Glass: Duvel tulip

Presentation:
Great bottle art.

Appearance:
Hazed, glowing, straw-colored concoction. The massive, wintery head and abundance of fine lace warms the cockles of my heart.

Aroma:
Big banana/plantain aroma, peppered with clove, on bready background.

Taste:
Nutty, lightly toasted bread, spicy alcohol, fruity banana and asian pear. Finish is equal parts biscuity and bittersweet fruits. Long after, I'm left with a warm banana flavor in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel:
Sticky, chewy, slick, prickly, sharp. Good carbonation.

Harmony:
You're doused in flavor towards the end of the sip, though the beginning is a bit lackluster. I actually found the taste to be the least endearing aspect. I was blown away by the nose. It works cohesively, though I sense a strong and unfavorable imbalance of flavor towards the end of the sip. The Bros. are absolutely right: This is fine on its own but would go oh so well with some fine bread and cheese (I'd call for some aged gouda or edam).

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, unique, good balance of flavors.

Served: September 20, 2010

Price = $3.50

BeerNemesis, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, gold body with a tall, white, fluffy head.

S- Bready malt with a wheat twang; notes of lemon, coriander and clove.

T- Strong wheat foundation leading into a fruity profile then notes of banana and lemon ending in notes of coriander, a warming alcohol and a strong note of clove.

M- Medium body with a light carbonation only coming in toward the finish.

D- Reminds me of a really good, German weizen with some stronger notes of clove and a bigger alcohol presence.

TommyW, May 14, 2010
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy orange with a foamy white head. Was expecting something darker than this, since its a weizenbock. Looks pretty close to a regular hefeweizen to me. Still, that isn't bad, since I like how those look anyways.

Aroma: Wheat, bananas, cloves. There is also a good scent of spices in it.

Taste: The wheat and spices come through here. Banana is also there, but is a little less noticeable than the spices. What differentiates this from a regular hefe is the spices. I barely taste any alcohol, which is surprising, considering the 7.7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and smooth. The spices add to the crispness of it, and the entire drink goes down really well. Not too heavy either.

Drinkability: Really good for this..its refreshing, and light (on taste only). Alcohol level is a bit of a surprise, but I could have a couple of these with no worries.

kshankar, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

baggio, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" head which very slowly settled to 1" and held. Very hazy tan in color with tons of tiny effervescent bubbles. Flavor was quite complex with sweet malt and spices and fruits ranging from citrus to banana. And a far longer than average finish. Frankly in look and flavor it reminded me of a Bier de Gaard or even some Belgian beers.

Note after about an hour the remainder in the glass was a little limp and lifeless. Still, A-.

MoreThanWine, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color. It has a nice 3-finger slightly off-white head on it. The head has great retention and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S - There is a nice big banana and lemon smell right off the bat. There are also scents of wheat, clove, barley, honey, and some spiciness to it.

T - There is a nice barley and wheat background with good flavors of banana, clove, and citrus over it. There is also a nice mild hop presence. This also has a bit of a spicy bite to it. The finish leaves some lingering spiciness in the mouth.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth and creamy feel to it. It is very refreshing, and each drink leaves you wanting another.

O - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy and the flavor is great. I Could easily drink these all night long. Overall, I think it is a very nice weizenbock and it is the perfect beer to have on a hot day. I recommend trying this, and I will definitely be buying some more.

JizackFH, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a large white head. The aroma is full of cloves and bananas with a little bit of toffee thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of strong banana and clove notes, as well as a little bit of pepper. There is a very creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice weizenbock, one of the best I have tried.

Mora2000, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Doomblivion
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour, my favorite shade of gold. Mouthfeel is delightfully lacking in tartness like most weizenbock's. The taste was better than I'd expected; not too sweet, with a richness that comes out over time (Definitely one to savor). So far I would say this is the most impressive of Weihenstephaner brew's.

Doomblivion, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of ZorPrime
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer color is yellow with some orange notes in there. Veiled. The head is quite dense. The aroma is fruity with some bananas. The aroma intensity is medium to strong. I like the aroma. Smell refreshing.

On the taste, it is similar to the aroma. Not very bitter. Medium body. Quite effervescent. Refreshing. And a warmer due to the high ABV.

A quite interesting beer. Tasty and refreshing while being a sipper... I like this one.

Received this beer from Liam in a recent trade. Thanks BAmate.

ZorPrime, May 20, 2012
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellowish-orange, with a really big 3 inch head, with minimal lacing. Nice visible carbonation, as is standard for the style.

Strong smells of wheat, with weaker smells of banana, cloves and other spices.

The banana is much stronger in the taste- just an incredible explosion of it, along with bubblegum and cloves. Lots of sugary tastes as well. Tastes exactly like a souped-up imperial version of their classic hefe.

Medium to full bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, great carbonation.

Like the original hefe better for its understated subtle complexity, but this one is great too.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yet another delicious, sessionable treat from Weinstephaner. Poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Nice hazy yellow-orange color, with tons of head and lacing. Mild signs of carbonation.

S - some citrus and wheat aromas, but mild in comparison to the taste.

T - Orange, banana, some sweetness. A perfect summer beer.

M - Rich, creamy, full, low carbonation, smooth.

O - Extremely satisfying and delicious. So well made.

Beer-A-Lot, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of TheCondor
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this brew after a little run around the neighborhood this evening, watching some fishing shows on television. Since I think that Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen is one of the greatest beers ever created, any rating of Weihenstephaner products may be skewed. But I digress. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a magnificent hazy yellow color, the color of hay. Decent soapy head of one finger which sticks around for a minute, leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles race up from the bottom to the top throughout the brew. Packaging is classic, no need to alter. Brewed in accordance with a purity law from 500 years ago. Thats legit.

Smell - Smacks of banana, cloves, spices, bread, and yeast. A little bit of funk to it

Taste - Very rich, banana and sweet spice flavor dominates the palate in what is a magnificent tasting brew.

Mouthfeel - Unlike the beer I drank earlier, which disappointed on mouthfeel, this brew's strong point is its mouthfeel. The carbonation and effervescence are excellent. Perfectly balanced, so drinkable, almost unreal this is a 7.7 ABV beer. The finish on this brew is awesome.

Overall - Just what I expected out of this brewery and this beer: excellence all around the horn. The Germans have this brewing thing down pat, and it is difficult for anyone to compete with them, at least in my opinion. While we Americans do have the IPA market locked up, I firmly believe that if you are looking for an excellent wheat beer, look no further than a German or Belgian brewery.

TheCondor, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner is a favorite of mine, but I’ve only seen Vitus in one bottle shop. That said, I had to grab it.

Brewed about six months ago (bottle code translates to a filling date of November 29, 2011).

A: Tons of head, and a hazy yellow-brown body with strings of yeast throughout the body. The foam lasts forever, with a ridiculous amount of foamy retention. Abundant lacing, as usual from these guys.

S: Apricot, peach cobbler, orange, and pineapple juice come through with the first wave of creamy wheat, followed by estery alcohol. This nose is absolutely brimming with yeast scents, with honey, banana, clove, coriander, and pepper. Fruits and yeasts come together perfectly – absolutely gorgeous.

T: Wheat textures are everything I expected: lots of banana, Nilla wafers, clove, grains of paradise, coriander, and crisp-as-ever grain. The gang’s all here, and with a new bubblegum, orange, pomegranate, and peach juiciness. It’s lovely, with the yeast underneath coming out as a doughy, herbal profile – thyme and allspice. Finishes with a some clean, lemony hop tartness, a mild, chewy sweet bread, and pepper (alcohol, maybe).

M: Pretty chewy, just as the malts set it up to be. Yeast doughtiness leaves it smooth, full, and drinkably clean. The 16.9 oz. bottle is gone in no time.

O: Although this is pretty much Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier with less phenols and more fruit, it’s really enjoyable. I’ve heard that a really fresh bottle is even better, so I’ll be on the lookout; this time, though, it was delicious.

BarryMFBurton, May 22, 2012
Photo of bmwats
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

bmwats, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of cmq103
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a one pint, .09oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I picked up a few bottle of this, and a few of the Hefeweissbier from The Beer Store in Southampton PA.

Appearance: A not so aggressive cloudy golden pour still got me a huge 2”+ frothy head that stuck around for a few minutes before reducing to a thin off-white ring. No lacing present during this head reduction. Lacing decided to show up and be clingy when I tilted my glass. I was expecting this style to be a bit darker but it reminded me of a classic hefe.

Smell: Banana, lemon, wheat and clove spices catch the nose right away, making way for a yeasty citrus finish. As the beer warms a bit, some of the booziness sneaks through at the end of my inhale. Nice…

Taste: I don’t detect any sourness in the nose but it is present on the tongue right away, followed by a lightly sweet and spicy citrus blend dominating the middle, with hints of banana, bubblegum, clove and dark fruits in the finish. A slightly boozy warmth follows the finishing flavors. Each and every sip brings a smile to my face.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with just the right amount of carbonation to allow all of the flavors to blend perfectly with the creamy texture. The 7.7% ABV is still well hidden. The warmth is present, but certainly not overwhelming.

Overall: A Weizenbock?? I’m not convinced. I consider Schneider Weisse Aventinus a true Weizenbock, which is why it remains one of my favorites of all time. This one reminded me more of a "pumped-up" Hefeweizen than a Weizenbock. Either way, it was pretty darn tasty. I’m glad I have a few more bottles. Weihenstephaner knows how to make some really great beers. Well done!!!

cmq103, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow, much like their hefeweizen with a massive white head with tightly packed creamy bubbles. There is a slight rosy pink tint to the beer, similar to how the hefeweizen looked, which may come from the heavy haze which keeps the other side of the glass obscured from view. Lacing is fat and fluffy, again reminding me of the hefeweizen. Honestly, if I didn’t know better I’d say I was looking their hefeweizen right now, as it and this weizenbok look nearly identical. On the nose, this beer is heavy spicy banana, with more clove than in the hefeweizen, slight hints of bubblegum, and some nice light cream and mint notes. The smell is quite sticky and heavy on the nostrils in contrast with all other Weihenstephaner beers I’ve sampled. The beer tastes wonderfully of banana bread, cloves, and slight bubble gum. The banana flavors are more over ripe than in other wheat beers I’ve sampled. The beer begins with light spicy clove and faint banana before opening into bready banana flavors with slight bubblegum/mint hints and a creamy banana smoothie note. The aftertaste is light with banana. On the mouth this beer feels chewy and creamy, of a medium to thick viscosity, with creamy carbonation on the tongue that really starts to remind me of a banana smoothie. The mouth is left clean, save for a slight creamy ichor of sweet saliva. Overall this is another terrific wheat beer from Weihenstephaner, similar to their hefeweizen but a bit thicker and heavier in the stomach. A classic for sure! Drink this beer.

Maxwell, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a one pint, 0.9 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a weizen glass

The beer poured a cloudy, yellow ochre color. It appeared more orangey at the top of the glass and more pale straw yellow toward the bottom. Surprisingly light for the style. A two-finger head of fluffy white foam topped the liquid. Sticky streaks of lacing stuck along the glass. The head slowly faded to a long lasting cap of froth.

The nose was very yeasty and phenolic. Powdery and dry with strong lemon and citrus notes. A campfire-like smokiness came through as well. Mild spice notes were also detectable.

The flavor profile was bright, clean and refreshing. Unlike the nose, which had a restrained spice character, the beer was remarkably spicy on the palate. Tons of clove and coriander notes. Some banana. Yeasty, fruity and phenolic. Lots of lemony tartness. Bubblegum came through strong on the finish. Overall, super smooth and easy drinking. At 7.7% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The beer was medium bodied and contained a crisp, bubbly effervescence. Creamy, slick and smooth.

Like most other beers in the Weihenstephaner lineup, Vitus is a solid offering. At a mere $3.49 a bottle, this is one of the best deals going. My only complaint is is that this beer failed to exhibit any of the "bock" characteristics that are typically found in a well executed weizenbock.

Damian, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of kagent777
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle purchased from Las Vegas last weekend poured into my beer goblet. No freshness code, but I do see that this one is batch 6103.

Appearance: Three finger fluffy white head atop a hazy yellow beer. Exactly what a wheat beer should look like. Great lacing

Smell: Slight noble hop flavor along with the soft malt notes from the wheat. A bit of clove and banana in the scent.

Taste: A thread of clove runs throughout the taste but it does not dominate. The wheat is present along with the hops. The best word to describe all of the flavors is soft.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth beer with big quantities of flavor.

Overall: I think this is the first weizenbock that I have had, but it will not be the last. I really love the German wheat beers.

kagent777, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the middle of the glass. Looks awesome.

Smell: Banana, clove, bready wheat, spicy, and yeastiness.

Taste: Same as above with a little booze and bitterness in the taste too. Balance to the banana, clove, and spices with the bready malts, sweetness, and yeast notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, some booze, medium carbonation, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: I haven't had this in a while and I forgot how good it was. Did I mention that all this goodness is only $3.50 or less at most places too. More please.

Flounder57, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of AmitC
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third out of five bottles in the gift pack.

Poured into the traditional weissbier glass. Pours with a one-to one and half fingers thick white colored head. That stays for a while and dissipates into a thin layer. Pale straw to golden color with a cloudy appearance. Some presence of yeast that contributes to the haze. Looks very much similar to Weihenstephan weissbier only with a thinner head, less retention and more thinner appearance. Decent lacing. Fewer bubbles that come out in a single straight line. I made them dance in the long glass.

Smell: Moderate presence of phenol clove like aroma along with banana esters. Some hints of alcohol but you have to sniff it out. Very much hidden. Little bit of wheat and orange.

Flavor: One of the more striking first sips. Wheat character, banana and clove dominate but not as strongly as in hefeweiss. A good balance between wheat and malts. Somewhat sweet and wheat upfront with more malty taste afterwards. Alcohol is never felt. Slight after taste of orange.

Mouth feel. Medium bodied to slightly full. Low on carbonation. Very easy to drink refreshing beer and a lot more soothing for this alcohol.

Style wise it scores a 4. Personally 3.75 due to its well hidden strength.

AmitC, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean, light straw golden, with a massive head of white carbonation. Lace is minimal, oddly. Maybe it was my glassware.

Aroma is bubblegum, clove, spices and malt grains. Absolutely perfect -- aromatic and appealing.

Taste is sweet up front, with a definite spicy character. I get honey, wheat, clove, and bubblegum. Complex, flavorful, and very refreshingly session-worthy, despite the relatively high 7.7% ABV!

A delicious brew, and highest marks.

secondtooth, Jan 01, 2014
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,588 ratings.