1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,302 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2302
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,302 | Reviews: 966 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of brurevu


4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: It poured a cloudy golden color with a nice full creamy head and plenty of citrus on the nose. The taste had the signature German wheat beer tastes of banana, sweet candy, and a bit of citrus. The Vitus had a very creamy mouthfeel that spoke to its craftsmanship and elegantly balanced tasting experience. This was a great weizenbock and one that surprised me a bit as I didn't know what to expect. The Vitus is a beer to look for and one that will pleasantly surprise any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:57:51 | More by brurevu
Photo of nataku00


4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, lightly swirled and poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with three plus fingers of fluffy bright white head. The pillowy head dissipates after a few minutes with some light lacing. Good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Classic aromas of clove, banana, bubble gum, lemon peel, biscuit malts.

Taste follows the nose, nice yeast spiciness with clove and white pepper with fruity ester banana and bubble gum flavors. A touch of lemon with plenty of biscuit malt sweetness to round it out. Finishes clean with some light banana and clove flavors barely lingering on the tongue.

Light body with ample crisp carbonation that refreshes the tongue with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:58:07 | More by nataku00
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A classic Weizenbock that shows real depth and real class in the mouthfeel and use of hefe notes and the deeper darker aspects of the bock. I can't really find much to fault in this beer for the style as it is redolent of bananas and dark fruit with a luscious mouthfeel that really makes you want the beer never to end.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 02:20:02 | More by canucklehead
Photo of mitch3114

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from chilled bottle into weizen glass

A- Really fluffy billowy head with lots of big and little soapy bubbles effervescing and crackling. The head slooowly fell down and gave way to a nice golden hazy beer. It was a little lighter than I expected, but it's not a dunkel.

S- Smells strong, but, the smell is not really alcohol. It just smells like a nice strong, hardy German beer. Tart, fruit, yeast, banana bread, pair, a hint of cinnamon and warm apples.

T- Much like the smell, nice yeasty flavors, a little spice, some coriander?

M- Nice, thick, chewy, full bodied beer.

O- A nice representation of the style. It's full bodied and has some kick behind it. It has a nice complexity to it while not going over the top, as it is in my opinion that some of these weizenbocks are a bit too intense with the flavors. The beer is well balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Also, it is a great deal for an import with a higher ABV at only around $3-$4 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:46:23 | More by mitch3114
Photo of mpedara429


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a very cloudy golden color. Two fingers of off white head. Solid retention but not too much lacing.

S: Mostly notes of banana and clove.

T: All of the qualities of the nose with a subtle lemony hop background flavor.

M: Medium, creamy body with a champagne-like carbonation.

O: I was thoroughly pleased with this one. It was a bit on the sweet side, but a great beer through and through. Solid in every category.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 22:41:25 | More by mpedara429
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.
Appearance - gold, bubbly, a bit foggy. A huge plume, white head. Lacing is almost nonexistent.
Smell - lemon zest, banana, some orange.
Taste - banana, lemon, honey. A very palatable brew!
Feel - the best part of this beer. Surprisingly creamy. Incredibly easy to drink!
Overall - a beer that should please any palate!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:05:39 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of a0lbudman


4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:54:27 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a large soft dense creamy white head over a pale yellow gold beer that is very cloudy. Retention is great and lacing is very solid. 4

S – a very full aroma of fruity yeasty notes, bright stonefruit, lime, lots of full creaminess from the wheat. Mild spices, a slight bit of earthy mustiness on the yeast, allspice, mixed with cooked apples, but also fresh florals. 4.25

T – big flavour on this! creamy soft fruits, big banana and some cherry, bubblegum, some restrained grainy sweetness and nice florals, bright yeast character, a mild bitter spiciness and bit of earthy cumin and citrus florals, a pleasant fruitiness on the finish. Finishes full and then a tingling dryness. The complexity and balance is pretty amazing. 4.5

M – moderate creamy body, lovely soft feeling, light-moderate carbonation. Lots of creamy fullness, no alcohol presence. Balance is wonderful, just enough bitterness and slickness on the finish, delicate. 4.5

This has so many elements to it and theyre all woven together really nicely, complex spiciness with an earthy element, bold but balanced and tons of intricacies make this a real pleasure. One of the best Ive had in awhile. Enough tartness to counter the creaminess and still has a lot of liveliness to it, and it leaves you wanting more. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:26:47 | More by mick303
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 22:10:59 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from the LCBO for $3.25 CDN. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Nice Hazy, light golden color, but less hazy than the hefeweizen variety. 2.5 fingers of creamy white head slowly recede leaving soft pillows of cream on top of the beer. The wispy soap head will remain for the entire glass.

Smell - Strong clove, banana, spiciness. Some orange and faint bubblegum is present. Smells quits similar to the hefeweizen, just with a stronger clove scent and jacked up spicy notes. Some mild malts also detectable.

Taste - Similar to the smell, but with an added sweetness this is very surprising and seems to come from left field. Full of flavor in an amalgamation of clove, bananas, some coriander and maybe a touch of orange peel.

Mouthfeel - While I believe this beer is stellar across the board, I think the mouthfeel on this is the true star. Incredibly creamy rich and smooth, yet extraordinarily light. Akin to an exquisitely refined pastry that is decadent beyond all belief yet is so light that you barely notice it. Slightly dry finish caps this delight off. Booze is imperceptible.

Overall - Probably my second favorite weizenbock, but if you're looking for a nightcap that is very refined and light, look no further than Vitus, made by German brewing royalty.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:47:22 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of MistahBeah


4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a weizen glass

Vitus pours a hazy straw yellow. Tons of carbonation. Creamy white head with great retention. Some sticky lacing. Having never had a weizenbock before, I was expecting a darker color. Regardless, this looks very inviting

Fantastic aromas of banana and cloves, bubblegum, crisp wheat, lemon zest, spicy coriander, and honey. All shine through wonderfully. Hefeweizens and witbiers aren't always my cup of tea but this is the standard of aroma they should be held up to

Taste follows the nose to a tee. Big yeasty esters of banana, clove, lemon peel, orange zest. Bubblegum sweetness and honey. The coriander, cloves, twangy wheat, and subtle alcohol presence add a much needed spicy kick that balances this nicely. Finish is of sweet honey that lingers for a moment

Drinks smooth and light but the sweetness is thick if that makes any sense. Very carbonated. Crisp. Somewhat off dry. Very low in bitterness and acidity

Overall superb. Again, being my first weizenbock I'm not sure what the standard is but I greatly enjoyed this. Sweet but not cloying. The ABV makes itself known but is far from overpowering. If anything it makes you take your time and enjoy. This is no doubt too sweet for some but if you like witbiers or hefe/dunkelweizens you will love this

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 22:31:24 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of alphagnome


4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, straw hue body with a think, white head that withers away to a pencil-thick crown. Light carbonation is visible only if hunting for it.

Of decidingly Belgian quality. A beautiful foray of earthy spices and banana are prominant. Wheat, clove, and yeasty notes are also evident. Simply fantastic!

Sweet and spicy. Bubblegum, banana, and a bit of honey and molasses make up the sweetness while clove and corriander spice up the party. Bitterness is uneventful.

Way more carbonation than visually led to believe. Medium body. Lip-smacking dry finish. Alcohol is noticable, but not nearly enough to fault the experience.

This is an incredible beer I couldn't get enough of it! I wanted more, more, more! A slow sipper as it might be a bit sweet for some, but otherwise beautifully balanced and full of character. Do yourself a favor... Get one. Or ten.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 01:26:21 | More by alphagnome
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - fully hazy straw golden, tower of white head retained outstandingly
S - sour citrus and funky yeasty esters, light buttery grains, all pleasing aromas
T - strong yeasty esters with banana and sour citrus, solid clove spice note, and grainy malt background
M - light body with plenty of creamy carbonation, a light yet full feel going down
O - just an outstanding brew from top to bottom, and a perfect way to kick off a day of Oktoberfest celebrating

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 21:17:09 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a16 oz. Bottle into a goblet borrowed from a Holiday Inn kitchen in Albany NY. Consumed on 8/27/13.

A - Small white head that dies down to just a fizzy film rather quickly. Lots of small, champagne like carbonation. The color of the beer is a very attractive translucent, wild orange, golden rod.

S - I got a very funky, tart aroma right away that was a pleasant surprise. Then came all of the scrumptious and familiar German wheat beer aromas. The banana and spicy clove esters were present and enjoyable. Then I noticed something a bit less familiar. I noticed a similarity in the sweet grains, citrusy notes and spicy clove aromas to the glaze and spices used on a Christmas ham. Strange? Yes, but also very appealing and nostalgic.

T - The taste certainly matches the flavors and robustness of the smell, and adds sneaky alcohol flavors and warmth while still maintaining an incredible smoothness.

M - Soft tingly carbonation. Mid to full mouthfeel, which I assume is normal for the style. The finish is very warm and dry.

O - I've been looking forward to this German classic, and it did not disappoint. It was a joy to drink, and at about $3.50 a bottle I have a feeling I'll be drinking it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:27:24 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:14:46 | More by gr0g
Photo of zrbeer1579


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale gold/amber with tiny hints of brownish color. Massive creamy white head, which settle to a half finger thickness and lasts.

Aroma: Banana, bubblegum, clove, and some other spices. Light wheat bread.

Taste: Spicy. Banana and bubblegum. Clove. Light fruitiness and citrus. Slight white pepper and a bit more spices that I cannot name. Nice wheat in the background(and plentiful) and light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy body. Very smooth. Slight dry finish.

Overall: Great beer. Spicy-er than I originally thought, but really enjoy it and the beer as a whole. Definitely gonna get more. I love the lingerings of this beer. Vitus is probably my favorite from Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:47:24 | More by zrbeer1579
Photo of spoony


4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle (code says 3143) into a hefeweizen glass.

A-A normal to timid pour produces a straw-colored murky brew with two fingers of pillowy, long-lasting, white head. There is a good show of carbonation that supports the foam. The brew is essentially the color of a hefeweizen; no darkness to be found.

S-Banana and a huge dose of clove-spice are most noticeable. There is a also a bit of orange rind and doughy sweetness. Alcohol is fruity, estery, and pretty obvious. This smells like an amped hefeweizen.

T-Again...amped up hefe is what comes to mind. There is banana, orange rind, bready dough, and lemon, and a bit less clove than the smell, but this brew has nothing in the way of cocoa or malty dark fruits. The alcohol is warming but integrates nicely into the flavors. Taste is semisweet, and at times, reminds me of a Belgian golden ale because of the alcohol and doughy sweetness.

M-The feel is creamy and smooth, with fine carbonation and a lighter body.

O-I like this beer quite a bit, so my scores are pretty high. However, I question how true to style this thing is because, although this is a delicious beer, it lacks any hint of the typical chocolate or dark malts or dark fruit. Instead, this is essentially an "imperial" hefe, or at least a beefed up hefe with more flavor and alcohol. But damn if it ain't good.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:01:42 | More by spoony
Photo of WunderLlama


4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into wheat beer glass

Hazy golden color. Beautiful, full thick white three finger foamy cap.

Clean, crisp, fresh smell of Banana's with a hint of cloves, caramel and a whiff of lemon. Light to medium mouthfeel

Delicious with a small hint of alcohol on the finish. No bitter aftertaste. clean and refershing. Sweet with banana and slight clove taste. Definite repeat , delicious beer.

Back up the trucks and stock up the fridge. Great classic beer. A favorite. Savor it and enjoy. They had a 500 year head start on Rheinheitsgebot , imagine what they can produce in the next millennium?

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 03:40:58 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of ChestSplitter


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite German beer.
Just a fantastic example of what they do with wheat beer. Wonderful banana aroma and just the right amout of spices in the taste. A wonderful experience to drink slow and enjoy; unfortunately that can be the hard part.
As above, the best beer from an A+ brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:41:19 | More by ChestSplitter
Photo of dwagner003


4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Game changer. What can I say, Weihenstephaner does it again.. The beer is god damn ridiculous. It's just a wheaty, spicy, clovey masterpiece with a slight hint of banana.. But not enough to gross me out, because I hate bananas. Flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel.. It's a masterpiece. I would drink this literally everyday. It doesn't exactly have the appearance that I prefer (a bit too yellow and clear), but that doesn't matter at all. It's just a wonderful, wonderful beer. Wonderful. This brewery is just genius.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:34:15 | More by dwagner003
Photo of scotorum


3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Label code is 002853 and that makes no sense according to BeerList's explanation, unless it's May 28th 2013. But the middle two numbers are supposed to be the number of weeks since the beginning of the year, so 85 does not work.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel pint tulip.

a: Translucent gold, tall inch plus high white head receded to heavy surface foam and lacing.

s:Mild citrus followed by a penetrating sharp yeast(?) aroma rather like photographic developing fluid.

t: Mild banana with quite a bit of bitterness to it. Very different, more like a Belgian than German style.

m; Lots of body,

o: Haven't had much experience with Weizenbocks, but this was a lot like a Belgian Farmhouse/Saison. The persistently powerful chemical-like odor while drinking detracted from the experience, although near the end it disappeared.

Disappointing, since this is rated so highly. Perhaps I got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:17:34 | More by scotorum
Photo of FLima


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange color with Lots of bubbles going up to feed a thick head resulting in a very good retention.
Traditional aroma of banana and cloves, but with hints of liquor and bubble gum.
Spicy and relatively malty flavor with notes of cloves, lemon, toasted malts, wheat and banana. Hints of citrus, honey and bubble gum. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation, 7.7% ABV is well hidden.
It is like a tuned-up Hefeweizen on booze and toasted malts. Very, very good. Let it warm up a bit and welcome to first class.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 16:24:35 | More by FLima
Photo of JamesShoemaker


3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Every beer store around here seems to carry Weihenstephaner, but never Vitus, so I'm glad I got to try it finally.

A - good looking beer, super light, big head on the forced pour. An inch or two of foam recedes slowly. Settles deep yellow and light brown in the glass. Cloudy on the pour, even more opaque in the glass.

S - Sweet, sticky notes on the nose. I have a difficult time discerning the smells here, but there's a distinctive sourness on the end of the nose, fruity, yet viscous. Not altogether pleasant though.

T - I'm not too sure about this. Some of the sweet notes get lost in the acidity. The yeast strain is awfully similar to some American-made Belgian pales I've had, which I'm not a huge fan of. I do get some of the bubblegum that other reviewers described. Wheaty.

M - decent, a little sour and acidic. The alcohol doesn't really play a role here.

O - I'm not a huge fan of Weihenstephaner beers, but I think that it just must be the beer styles, lagers, whatever, that I don't like. Because I can tell that this is exemplary of its style. Flavorful and a full bouquet, but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:51:51 | More by JamesShoemaker
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

S: Banana, bubblegum, alcohol, wheat, and citrus.

T: Initial flavor is sweet and with a good bit of clove spice and citrus. The bubblegum type fruit flavors kick in and ride with the citrus and spice into the finish. The finish is sweet with a good bit of burn and a very slight hop flavor.

M: Medium to big body. Very smooth feel to it. For being 7.7% it is easy to drink. Very refreshing feel to it with the higher carbonation.

O: A very good representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:39:10 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Mikecap


4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a nice two finger head that fades pretty quickly, not a ton of noticeable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Predominately banana, with some clove and lemon as well. A bit of spice hits the nose as well.

Taste: Banana again, with some grassy notes and citrus fruit. Also get the cloves from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied and very refreshing and smooth with nice creaminess. Drinks very easily.

Overall: A very very good beer here. Not quite as good as their Hefeweissbier but still a definite must try!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:07:22 | More by Mikecap
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,302 ratings.