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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,083
Hads: 3,059
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 212
Gots: 393 | FT: 4
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Reviews: 1,083 | Hads: 3,059
Photo of seedyone
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/05/12 On Tap. A truly great beer as long as you're not expecting a hop extravaganza. To me this is a great version of a true Old World style. Forget all the BS drink this stuff. I guess since they have been at it since 725 AD, they have it together. (252 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500-mL bottle served to chalice. Unsure of the bottling date. Drank 6-9-14. Compared this head-to-head with New Glarus' Imperial Weizen.

Hazy, golden yellow, lighter in color than the NG. Was unable to produce much head, and what little there was dissipated quickly, leaving very little lacing. Was surprised, given that this is a wheat beer

The aroma highlights the German yeast. Overripe banana and pear, along with clove. Perhaps very faint apple notes

The taste hews closely to style, with the spice dominating and the wheat providing a solid backbone

Well-carbonated, refreshing, bit less creamy than NG

I love the opponent but this was a close winner, with the more impressive, aggressive, potent aroma carrying the day (730 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a weizen glass, at cellar temperature.

A one-finger white head quickly fades to nothing over a very hazy golden-orange ale that I can't really see through.

It smells like banana,cloves, coriander, pears, and estery yeast.

The bananas and pears make a quick impression on my palate. This melds into a rich, almost buttery breadiness, spiced with those spices from the aroma.

I'd describe the body as a hefty medium with pretty spritzy carbonation.

Like a festive white bread infused with spices and fruit. That's what this beer is. (538 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick creamy white head that holds for an average amount of time. Lots of lacing. Very murky amber/yellow color with active carbonation. Darker yellow at the top and lighter at the bottom, maybe because of the glass.

S - Very wheaty. Some sweet citrus grapefruit notes. Malty.

T - Malty with almost no bitterness. A very slight sweetness. The maltiness comes in the middle followed by a citrus almost sweet taste. The alcohol and carbonation combine to really hit at the beginning of each sip.

M - Pretty thick for a wheat beer.

O - I really like the lack of bitterness in the taste, which is very pleasant. So overall just a nice tasting beer. (654 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque, orange, with head that dissipates over short time
S: cloves
T: banana, cloves, orange peel sourness and fruitiness and herbal (hops) bitterness
M: light and refreshing
O: a great refreshing beer, as a hefe should, and does not feel strong on the sips. very balanced indeed. (284 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy and yellow appearance. Strong head that holds for some time, fades off eventually to form a ring on the glass.

Roasted wheat strong sent, yellow- orange fruit. Taste is fruit forward, apricots and peaches give way to a lingering flavor that is almost banana-like. The grains are there, but the fruit quality is strong. Interesting. The mouthfeel is shockingly creamy, there are stouts with less body. The mouthfeel alone requires you try this.

Definitely not my favorite style so I'm trying to be fair to it. This is clearly a well made beer, and after analyzing it more closely I needed to do the right thing and review to increase my original rating. (662 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two-finger foamy white head.

S - Aromas of wheat, yeast, corriander, and cloves.

T - Starts off sweet with flavors of banana, pear, and apple. The sweetness is rounded out by the yeast and some biscuity malt.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding beer. My first experience with a Weizenbock and this did not disappoint. Highly recommended. (447 characters)

Photo of John656
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy, hazy, golden colour with a fluffy head that slowly comes down. Pours and looks delicious.

S - Banana bread, lemon and yeast. Not an overpowering nose but very pleasant and telling of things to come.

T - Banana, pear, apple and citrus notes are present but don't overpower this very smooth wheat beer. Very little bitterness, with a touch of tartness and spice before a semi-dry finish.

M - Silky smooth texture and full bodied like a wheat beer should be. A moderate level of carbonation is present with almost no hint of booze.

O - An excellent example of a traditional Weizenbock that only Weihenstephaner can pull off. This beer sets the standard for strong wheat beers. It is refreshing and smooth with a combination of flavours that compliment but don't dominate the yeasty wheat base. (807 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow in color with a light amber hue and a heavy haze. Poured with a huge, billowly, white foam that slowly reduced. Grainy wheat, light corriander, fresh pear and banana aromas. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a spicy, tanginess through the middle that smooths at the end. Wheat bread, pear and banana flavors up front with peppery spice through the middle. Bready malt and banana flavors at the end as this finishes dry and crisp. A beer with a ton of character in every category.  (501 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight on 4/20/14. Had this once before a couple of years back. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy honey in color with about a 2-finger white head that settles to a thin layer on top and sides. Decent amount of lacing is seen with each sip. Lots going on with the aroma as there is wheat, yeast, cloves citrus and even banana. The taste is complex as well with the spices of clove & nutmeg and sweet banana mixing well with the wheat and biscuit (yeast). Perfect carbonation and goes down so easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste either. I guess the oldest brewery (1040 A.D.) has figured out how to make some great brews over the years and nailed it. (775 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden hued with great clarity. A tightly knit inch thick head of white foam. Brussels lacing. Seriously enticing aroma of banana and sourdough bread. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry. The front of the palate is sourdough bread and is quickly followed by the banana flavor that fades back to a more subtle sourdough bread fade. (344 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copious effervescence, cloudy dark straw colour with good white foam

S: all the classic phenols, cloves, banana, citrus and of course yeast

T: at first sip, tastes like a top grade hefeweizen, banana and vanilla flavour with clean finish

M: just the right amount of carbonation to provide some astringency to prevent this fairly sweet beer from becoming cloying -

O: probably one of the best weizenbocks I've ever had (either this is an excellent beer, or I need to drink more of this genre . . . yes.)

Excellent price point for the quality of this beer, Would definitely put this on rotation as a go to Spring/summer beer. (633 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.5 - Nice golden yellow color with a big white head on it that sticks just about forever.
S - 4.75 - You can literally smell it from arms length. Banana, vanilla yogurt, orange, white pepper, wheat bread in the background. It's so fresh and good.
T - 4.75 - Banana, wheat, fruity yogurt, bubble gum. This is a pretty ridiculously good beer, esp for the price.
M - 4.5 - Light - medium, alc covered, aftertaste is banana bread.
O - 4.75 - This beer has so much potential to be sickeningly sweet and cloying but it completely avoids that and blends all the flavors of a German bock beer in a way that's so good, you'll never want to touch an American wheat beer again. (675 characters)

Photo of tbraun1
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Weizen glass-

A - Rich, golden, and inviting with slight carbonation. Rich white two finger head and deep cloudy body.

S - Fruity and flowery aromas all around.

T - Not quite as light as a hefeweizen--has a more pronounced alcohol flavor but is very balanced. Still get some of that sweet, biscuity, banana type flavor on the back end.

M - Rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Sweet/biscuity flavor lingers on the palate.

O - Outstanding. While I do enjoy a hefeweizen, this style and beer are more up my alley. A bit more bite, but well balanced. A must try. (583 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite brews.

A king-sized, off-white head tops out above the rim of a Weizen glass. Color is light brown with yellow hues at the light.

A fusion of spices (clove, nutmeg), banana, lemon peel, and vanilla cake to the nose.

Taste is powerful with bold spicy and fruity notes that mix to form a completely unique flavor profile.

A complex beer of the old guard that doesn't have to punch you in the mouth to get its point across. (455 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw yellow with a full one inch white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves strands of lace.

Smell is of grains (wheat and barley), lemon zest, earthy yeast and faint banana accents.

Taste, like the smell, is grainy with a more dominant banana presence than in the nose and some citrus notes on the back end.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a tasty wheat beer with hints of banana flavor. I was a little disappointed with the musty, dirt-like aroma. The 7.7 ABV sneaks up on you. (543 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle, into pint
Served: 29 March 2014

Appearance: Hazy, somewhat pale yellow with a froathy white head. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom to build the head.

Smell: Smells softly of banana, like a typical hefeweizen. Some sweetness also evident. Can't smell the alcohol.

Taste: Tastes much like the standard hefeweizen, but with a bit deeper flavor. The banana flavor is slightly rounder and more assertive. This beer is sweeter than the regular hefeweizen, though not by much. The beer finishes very dry, however, likely due to the higher alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Nearly identical to the hefeweizen- soft and creamy with just enough spritzy refreshment coming from the carbonation.

Overall: A fantastic weizenbock. Again, this one is like a boozed-up version of the normal hefeweizen, but remains incredibly balanced. It tastes and drinks much like Weihenstephaner's normal hefeweizen, but you can definitely feel the difference. A fantastic, world class brew, and one that I highly recommend for wheat beer lovers. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen flute.

A nice bock beer. I like what a wheat beer brings to the bock style. But not Aventinus! 4

A – Pours a pale yellow, straw colored, hazy, no sediment in bottle, with a huge white-white mousey head (in a flute). No lacing to speak of, seems unusual with such a big head. 3.5

S – Yeasty, some low spiciness, peppery, a hint of citrus. 3.75

T – Malt with a spicy finish. 4

MF – Medium bodied, semi-dry finish. 4 (447 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big fluffy snow-white head, thick and hazy golden body. Solid head retention. Active and lively. Color is a little sickly pale yellow around the edges.

Huge banana nose, sweet, yeast and wheat. Classic weizen aroma, and very clean and pure.

Flavor follows the nose in all respects. Extremely clean and smooth flavor, with big banana notes. Not a whole lot else: a mouth full of wheat and yeast.

Fairly thick (medium-ish) body, lively, with noticeable sting. Very drinkable.

This is an outstanding Weizenbock, and for a Weizen, it's a big, big bier, clocking in at 7.7%. It drinks perfectly clean and tasty. Definitely one of the best German wheat beers I've ever had. Consider it a must-try if you're a fan of the style. (724 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Vitus is good...but its not in my favorite lane....there is much clove in the scent and in the taste. The beer poured a slightly hazy golden with big head that is leaving a spotty lace. The mouthfeel is medium in body with big carbonation. Overall its a good beer and I am glad I have tried it....but I would go for the other Weihenstephen offerings before going to this one. (379 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed golden color with a tight foamy head that takes it's time to settle down. Nice lacing as you drink it down.
S: Bready, tart apricot, ripe banana, wheat and toasted malt add layers of aromas down. Some meaty aroma come up from the depths and then the yeast takes over with it's robust character and classic doughy, estery profile.
T: Bread dough, fresh toasted grains, husky almost meaty wheat flavors are prevalent. Then the yeast chimes in with some banana and apricot esters and the hops give a nice floral and spicy balance. Alcohol is hidden well and all flavors keep in good clean balance.
M: Medium body with light, crisp carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is where it should be, mellow.
O: Awesome example of the style with such a smooth balance but noticeable strength. You get transported to old world Germany with this beer. Must try this beer if you like a flavorful wheat beer! (928 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a couple fingers of nice dense white head. Not much lacing, but an otherwise attractive and true to style appearance.

Smells sweet, musty and yeasty, with banana and grass.

Tastes clean and bright, with smooth banana, lemon, lime, green apple and peppery spice. Well tempered sweetness comes in the form of light toffee and vanilla. I'm not usually a fan of traditional weizens because I don't like banana. But with this beer there are so many other intriguing elements that I can't help but enjoy. I never thought this level of flavor could come from a pale, non-hoppy lager.

Soft, smooth, creamy, sort of slick mouthfeel. Long, semi-dry finish. Really nice and full, but goes down easy. Too easy.

Overall, just an extremely well executed beer from top to bottom. Not really a hint of the big ABV, except for slight slickness on the palate, but I actually enjoy that element of the mouthfeel. (927 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Vitus


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. (361 characters)

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