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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 3,051
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 4.72%
Wants: 209
Gots: 389 | 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 Riccymon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear golden color with a substantial amount of frothy white head. Smell is strong and spicy with banana, clove, grape, and sort of a sweet (poppyseed?) bread note.

Taste contains similar flavors--a wit with muscles, as a pleasant alcohol warmth ends each sip. Body is more full than expected, and the plentiful carbonation and crisp, dry finish made it feel like sipping white wine.

The richness of flavor and mouthfeel make Vitus fairly easy to drink, though after a little more than half of the ~1 pint bottle, I'm feeling the ABV. Nevertheless, my experience makes me eager to try more of it and other weizenbocks. (646 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $3.25. Poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass. Bright yellow color, and a very cloudy body. Huge fluffy ivory white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell was a huge burst of clove. Taste was pretty close to perfect. Intense flavor of banana and bubble gum. At a nice chilled temp, this beer has a wonderfully smooth body to it. The alcohol is a bit noticeable, so I found myself drinking it a bit slower than I expected. But taste urged me to drink more. This is not a beer that I would drink a bunch of in one evening, but enjoying one was quite a treat. (580 characters)

Photo of thryn
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful slightly cloudy straw color with a ton of fluffy white head. Lacing like mad.

Some banana, orange, and spice in the nose. A bit of booze also.

Yummy! Starts out with sweet citrus and spice, almost peppery. That gives way to a ton of banana. Alcohol is present but not aggressive -- less present on the palate than in the nose, to me.

Body is fairly light and plenty carbonated. Dry finish. Very nice.

If I could find this locally I'd likely drink a fair bit of it. Might be a little too sweet to do in a row. (524 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- cloudy, pale gold. Not as mirky as i would expect, and paler then a standard weizenbock. More of a hefe color. less then impressive head, but more than makes up for it with a plethora of lacing.

smell- Definite senses of lemon citrus, with notes of orange, banana, clove, mild hops

taste- Citrusy and tart.

mouthfeel Very crisp and refreshing. Citrus with prickles of carbonation through and through.

drinkability very refreshing although lacking in lasting flavor. would but this beer again (510 characters)

Photo of sevopie
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden/yellow in color with a mountainous fine white head.

A lot of fruit notes in the tongue, with banana, pears, apples, and clove as well. A hint of spices as well.

Oh man I dig this beer. A lot of the flavors from the nose carry over - especially banana, but there's a candy sweetness to accent it ever so slightly.

Creamy with a light to medium carbonation.

Just like their hefe, this one begs you to drink more with every sip. The only big drawback is that the carbonation is deceptive in that it fills you up without being heavy on the tongue. Another winner from Weihenstephan. (596 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. This beer has received a lot of attention from the Front Range, lets see how it is.

A: Much lighter in color than other weizenbocks that I've had. Dark straw color with a white head, tons of carbonation, loud beer, you can actually hear the bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

S: Banana, cloves, slightly mineral like in flavor, big time wheat presence, smells like a really really strong hefeweizen.

T: Taste follows the nose quite nicely, big time wheat flavors, sweet, huge banana flavor in there, huge on the banana, a pretty strong clove flavor as well, not as huge as the banana though. Slight citrus/lemon flavor from the wheat malt, and a hint of booze too. Really flavorful. I'm impressed so far.

M: Very bubbly in the mouth, medium thickness, for such a high abv beer it is pretty refreshing, slight alcohol heat as well. Foamy really. Goes down easily though.

D: Very easy drinking beer. Considering the alcohol content and the overall hugeness of this beer, it goes down very easily. A little lighter in color than I had expected, but still a nice beer. Very interesting! (1,130 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. batch number 5168. poured into weizen glass. tasted in late march/early april 2009.

very bright and vibrant golden straw color. cloudy with yeast. puffy meringue head slowly recedes to wispy thin layer. an initial ring of lace up top, but then just sparse splotchy lacing afterward. would've been a lower score, but the brightness of the color is really just too appealing!

aroma: fresh banana, clove, hint of citrusy fruit in the back. plus... cherries?! balanced by gentle noble hopping. yeasty bread notes. whiff of phenols.

taste: robust weizen flavors, this is basically a sweeter and more intense version of the original. (a good thing!) maybe a touch more bitterness to balance the stronger flavors.

light to medium body, smooth upfront with some astringency in back. fizzy but not overdone carbonation, which can be quite refreshing and helps give flavor lift.

hmm, i'm torn about whether this is better than the regular weihenstephaner weissbier. i suppose the intensity of the flavors and higher ABV cut down drinkability? bah, what am i saying? i could still drink this all day! (1,108 characters)

Photo of Schmittymack
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you "Reverend ColoradoBobs" for prasing this brew; I FINALLY tried it. Poured into a Pils glass; head was quite nice and stayed even after sitting awhile. Picked up a very nice citrusy smell and after two sips, was able to pick up banana and clove. The alcohol is quite disguised; I could get into MAJOR trouble with this one as you don't realize it's as potent as it is. If not for the alcohol content, I'd call this a sessionable brew. I could still find myself quaffing two or three in a sitting at home, though!! GREAT brew! (534 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange glow. It poured with a huge frothy white head. It has strong aroma of banana and cloves which I expected along with some yeast. It has a spicy flavor which I very much enjoy. Some flavors I picked up on were banana, a slight mango, clove and I think I'm getting some ginger in there as well. Its a light bodied effervescent beer. Overall its extremely approachable for its higher alcohol. (478 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prototypical Weizen appearance, the pale body, the large head, and cloudy consistency were unmistakable. The aroma was also classic banana and clove, and was pretty inviting. The taste was a lot spicier than the Hefeweizen this looked like. The clove notes were much more pronounced and there was also some sourness apparent. Very light in the mouth, which is quite typical of wheat based beers, but it was quite a bit lighter than anticipated considering this is a Weizenbock. Probably the easiest to drink near 8% beer I've sampled. Way different than Aventinus or any other examples of this style. (600 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my Duvel tulip because I don't have a proper weizen glass.

A: Much lighter in color than the Aventinus wheat dopplebock if memory serves me correct. This weizenbock pours a rich, hazy, amber body with lighter, golden edges; two-finger thick, creamy white head that is probably intensified by the shape of the tulip and sticks around for quite a while. Beer looks like a classic Weihenstephaner.

S: Prominent notes are ripe bananas, cloves, and a grainy, musty wheat bread aroma. Overall profile very reminiscent of banana bread - fairly sweet but balanced by the malt backbone.

T: Much like the nose - very prominent, sweet, ripe banana flavors dominate the start, followed by a twang of spiciness from the cloves. There are also faint fruit hints of rind-like citrus and apple. Mid sip, the malts come into play, with a lot of doughy, yeasty bready goodness balancing out the fruity introduction. Finish is crisp and savory, with a grainy malt note lingering on the palate while a slightly peppery flavor peaks overtop of any residual banana sweetness to round out the swallow.

M: Medium bodied with very good carbonation that is crisp on the tongue and leaves a slightly powdery sensation on the palate after swallowing.

D: 7.7% ABV means this beer packs a punch, but it is seemingly tamed at the first sip. However, a hint of peppery alcohol peaks in the finish as the glass warms; by the last few sips of the glass, the alcohol has really made its presence known.

Weihenstephaner does it again with their Weizenbock. I've been impressed with every Weihenstephaner beer I've had the pleasure of trying (Hefe, Dunkel, Korbinian and now the Vitus) and I'm beginning to think that this brewery cannot put a foot wrong. Superb flavor, and quite drinkable, I would definitely recommend you get your hands on a bottle of Vitus. (1,864 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours lighter than I expected. I realise it's a weizenbock, but with visions of Aventinus dancing in my head, I was struck by how pale this is. Golden, properly wheat-esque; I shouldn't be surprised at all.

Your regular wheat beer banana and clove smells, with a pleasant yoghurt note and apricots, maybe even peaches with the skin still on. Very sweet.

More banana in the taste - liquid banana bread. Cloves, underlying rummy alchohol thing which complements everything really well - slight boozy burn which you can occasionally feel in your sinuses, even though it's not quite 8%. Peppery spice and noticeable but not overt hop bitterness in the finish. Probably not quite enough to cut through the sweetness, but whatever. Real tasty.

Realatively creamy mouthfeel, some champagne characteristics from a combination of the carbonation and the vague dry white wine notes in the finish.

Too sweet to drink too much of, and too heavy to drink after mowing the lawn (or is it..?) - this beer, I think, is a fine example of just plain great craftsmanship, and what you choose to or choose not to match it with is up to you. I still have half a bottle, and I'm definitely going to enjoy it, as is. (1,201 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy golden yellowish orange with a 1 finger head that fades rather quickly

smells very doughy bananna and spicey - i can pick up this is a higher abv beer

taste is rich and smooth with a bananna esters and some spice that is used in lots of xmas deserts i just can not think of it right now but i love it

mouthfeel is towards the heavier side but nice and creamy and plenty of carbonation that tickles your mouth

drinkability is a little lower then your avg hefe due to the heavy body

overall this one tasty beverage and another solid brew by weihenstephaner (574 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a weizen glass very slowly, as this head was billowing with some serious quickness. Not dark at all, it looks like a standard hefeweizen. I was expecting some more color with a weizenbock. Still a great looking beer, though - carbonation is rising with ferocity here. Yeast addition clouds things up nicely.

S - Big rush of banana candy as I popped the cap. Sticking my nose in the glass, it smells like banana bread, with more banana than bread, actually. Clove is there but takes a back seat to the banana. Smells almost sweet, though I know the beer won't be overly sweet.

T - Bananas soaked in light rum, like a summery rum cake. Alcohol carries some bite - an amped-up hefe.

F - I like the softer feel, the bubbles aren't so coarse.

D - No surprise to me that Weihenstephaner makes a very good, drinkable weizenbock. Good when you want something like a hefe, but a little stronger. Falls somewhere between hefeweizen and wheatwine. (960 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoggy lemon peel yellow with a dizzying flurry of acrobatic bubbles. Vitus' head looked so enduring that its quick departure has left me pondering the disappearance. Even with the filmy haze smeared over its complexion the beer remains clear. Most Weizenbocks are quite dark but not this example; it is glamorously resplendent (especially against the light).

The aroma lets on that this is more than your average weisse beer - and bock for that matter. The phenols are intensely strong, disclosing a hint of clove but mostly just an array of intensely potent alcohol-based aromatics. The base scent is very bready with a heaping spread of banana puree. It's sort of like booze-soaked banana bread... only far more appealing than that sounds.

As far as flavour, the Vitus isn't too overwhelming. It sure is pleasant though. Once again, this trio of banana-like esters, heating phenols and fresh-baked bread disperse unto the palate. Other fruits, pear and apple, start to show. The generous inclusion of wheat keeps it medium bodied and as result, the drink is curiously refreshing for a beer of its strength.

There's a surprising amount of sweetness that survives the onslaught of grainy wheat, fruity esters and alcoholic phenols. The beer certainly rounds the bases in regards to mouthfeel, any given sip generates some combination of the above tastes and textures. Surprisingly, at no point does the alcohol ever become scathing or even distracting.

There's a saying around the parts where this beer is brewed: "perfect, sound, sweet - pure barley and wheat". If that isn't a dead-ringer for the Weihenstephaner Vitus I don't know what is. I've loved every one of this brewery's beers - even trying them all on this side of the pond. If Weihenstephaner is really the world's oldest brewery, then we've kept the right one around! (1,839 characters)

Photo of Bcaulin
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a wheaty yellow in color. Nice inch of white head -- dense foam. Not getting a lot of lacing, but the head retains for a pretty good amount of time.

Some banana and clove in those nose, but its not completely dominating. There are some subtleties here and its not a very strong smell.

Taste is just excellent. Very refreshing. No shortage of yeasty banana and clove. Definitely get some refreshing lemon and hops in there though. I'm not of huge fan of big banana flavors, and this one is still excellent.

Drinkability is really quite impressive for the style. At 7.7, you won't want to slam them down too fast, but it wouldn't be too hard. I hear people talking about this one all the time, and now it all makes sense. (730 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, becomes an almost electric-yellow when light passes through it. Lots of white head that laces very well.

S- Not extremely strong, but cloves, banana, some spices from the yeast.

T- Follows the nose well. Bananas, cloves, yeasty spiciness. Very good.

M- Light bodied, smooth, clean finish.

D- Very drinkable, almost sessionable if it weren't for the 7.7%.

All in all very good and enjoyable. Worth seeking out. (437 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this strange cult following assembled in from of the local beer store waiting for this mysterious brew to appear so I had to try it.

Bottle poured into the proper Weihenstephaner glass produced a finger worth of white head that seems to last. The body of the brew was a hazy straw color yellow.

Aromas of the typical German Weizen yeast are going threw my head Bananas, bubble gum and clove. The flavors are the same but with a touch of pepper in there as well as a slight hop bitter. There is a medium to full feel in my mouth with this brew with ample carbonation.

A great Weizenbock another brew I am sure I will be seeing again this summer. Extremely easy to drink and the almost 8% alcohol is nowhere to be found. (730 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like raw, yellow honey with a bright white cap that descends slowly leaving no lace. Obvious carbonation.

S - Raw banana, clove, yeast, & white pepper. Yum.

T/M - Delcious Weizen! Tastes like its aroma but there's an underlying complexity here that makes this brew a classic. The mouthfeel is dense yet refreshing with the carbonation adding to the enjoyment on this superb spring day in the DC area.

D - The 7.7% ABV pushes it but I'm there - this should be a staple beer in the fridge year 'round. Bravo! (519 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Lowenbrau mug. First had & reviewed Vitus a few months ago after the incessant posting of the one and only ColoradoBobs, but unfortunately I lost the review before it posted. So...here goes again!

Classic weizenbock appearance with a hazed, golden straw body capped by a well-retained centimeter of spittle-colored head. Torrents of carbonation dispersed throughout. Lemon peel, banana nut bread, clove, wheat, and floral hops all balance superbly with one another in the aroma.

Vitus will not be denied! Great flavor profile, with a slick initial presence of wheat and caramel followed by zesty yeast and hops that drop notes of white pepper, clove, and boozy bubblegum. Finishes with a smooth, yet well-carbonated burst of alcohol and fruity yeastiness; body on the thicker side of medium. I suppose its not surprising how much I enjoyed Vitus; after all, it is a classic. (896 characters)

Photo of ChemistBrewer
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a bottle from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A: Poured a nice bright golden yellow color with a big white head.

B: Smelled fantastic with Many a fruity ester, slight alcohol and some spice notes.

T: Overwhelming spiceyness dominates. Alcohol is apparent as it should be for the style. Would like to see more balance in regards to the spiceyness vs fruitness but it wasnt bad at all.

M: fantastic mouthfeel just enough to give a good body without being too heavy. Almost perfect.

d: The spiceyness and alcohol make this the only one id want to drink in a setting. Not saying I wouldnt drink it again ever just not twice in a night. (649 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottling code of 0408 on back. Comes in at 7.7%.

A-When poured, it looks like cloudy pineapple juice. Has a one finger head that dissolves into a smaller foamy layer that stays the entire time.

S-Spice, particularly clove, is the dominant smell. Also getting strong hints of citrus, banana, and green apples.

T-Lots of clove hit upfront followed a really nice citrus blast in the back. Banana notes make themselves known. There is a really nice bready yeast taste along with wheat. Also am detecting white grapes and green apple. There is a nice tingling on the back of my mouth from the hops.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Getting some of the head on every sip results in a nice creaminess.

D-The 7.7% is extremely well hidden. A great beer that can be consumed year round.

Read about this one in the latest BA Magazine and I came away impressed. It is a great beer at a great price point ($2.99). (960 characters)

Photo of Foxtrot
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields a very nice pale lemon yellow with a big two finger head. Head retention was decent with minimal lacing.

Aromas are reminiscent of its Hefeweizen counterpart. Lots of yeast, spices and wheat in the nose with a nice banana punch.

Without a doubt, this is a big beer. Abundance of bubblegum, and banana are present with spices and clove at the onset with a nice semi-tart finish. For a big beer such as this, it hides its alcohol really well. Almost too well.

Mouthfeel was full with ample carbonation to top it all off.

I gotta say that this was a spectacular beer, and went down really well for having a 7.70 abv. and has high drinkability potential. (673 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 puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle no. 5198. Sampled on April 8, 2009.

When the Monks first began brewing this the German Kingdom was just emerging, Benedict IX was the Pope, Byzantine rule was being overthrown in Serbia, and we weren't far off the Medieval Age. This is the kind of beer that the legendary King Arthur himself might have drank as he was saving England.

A - After I let it sit for a bit I served myself at or about the recommended 50 degree Farenheit. The pour was a cloudy pale yellow with a significant amount of foamy white head.

S - The aroma was of strong yeast, wheat, and spices with a mouthfeel that was sort of chewy.

T - The flavor is of hops, wheat, and yeast...very typical of a good bock beer. It was fabulous for its style. (755 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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