Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 1,070
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 200
Gots: 356 | FT: 4
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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 BeerWithMike
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of ISmith87
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of tbraun1
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Beric
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of Mongrel
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of rjp217
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle, no date...

A - Bright as the sun yellow golden color, frothy white 3 finger head with nice lace retention, exceptional looker

S - Bananas and spice are the dominator throughout

T - More bananas, yeast, spice and some cloves

M - Light body, light feel, medium carbonation, smooth finish

O - Extremely worthy of its ratings and high praise. The ABV flys under the radar and has enough complexity to keep it interesting. Excellent beer!

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- The pour on this gives a massive head as is the norm for a Weihenstephaner beer. Four fingers of fluffy, pale white head and below is a a golden liquid with a cloudy look and robust carbonation.

S- Strong banana aroma like most of this brewery's beers, but it seems much less clove and spice aroma. The yeast aroma is vibrant and there is some bread and nuttiness present.

T- I get some fruitiness reminiscent of plum here, then banana, sweet malt, hints of honey, and a floral taste. I like, I like.

M- Sweet, light to medium body, yeasty and airy. This is a great drink for being so light and easy to drink, yet abundant in flavors.

Yet another great beer from these guys, I love the variety of flavors and aromas that it presents.

Photo of ahommell
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Chimay Chalice.

A: Hazy straw yellow. Similar to dark mustard in the middle.

S: Plenty of yeast. Overpowered by banana. Cloves round out the mix.

T: Banana greets you first. Yeasty biscuit second. Light malt with citrus.

M: WOW! Carbonation is on point. Great combination of taste and feel. Full marks.

O: Watch out. No hint of alcohol. Hidden behind banana and citrus flavors. This is a boozy spring drink for me. I think it is perfect for March/April.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour 16.9 oz bottle with code 8413 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a hazy orange golden. Pillowy white two finger head. Great retention. Ok lacing.

S-Wonderful aromas of banana, yeast, coriander, & clove.

T-Awesome taste of biscuit malty base, citrus, & yeasty funk.

M-Great mouthfeel that has a medium bodied. Slightly slick. Soft carbonation. Citrus finish.

O-A boozy complex wheat beer. Very enjoyable, I could drink this all day long in the summer.

Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden with a big creamy white head. Huge banana aroma. Taste begins with some banana, then some fresh bread flavor, then finishes with a sweet clove. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a very good beer. Quite strong in ABV, but no cloying alcohol taste.

Photo of SuperStorm
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Staats Brewery (Weihenstephaner) never ceases to amaze me on how many flavors of beers they truly are capable of. The 'Vitus' is an interesting beer.
It starts out with a slight bite, almost a barley wine bite and then quickly lets the flavors come out. Citrus filled at first blush, then sets in with a buttery, biscuit filled taste. The color is simply beautiful. A dark honey appearance that you cannot see through, with a light powdery foam head that settles but laces little and has no glass cling. Although my favorite beer from Weihenstephaner is the traditional Hefe weissbeir, the Vitus is a close second. Try it! Then enjoy it. It is an accumulated taste for the senses indeed.

Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

weiz glass. straw yellow, lighter color than expected. any other of this style have been more of a brown color. hazy and white head. aroma is mostly all farm. very earthy, and some spice presence. so damn refreshing, big spice bite and the banana underneath

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy light orangish yellow. Big frothy head that remains.
Smell: Banana bread.
Taste: Fruit, spice, and bread.

Excellent. The look is almost murky. On top of the ultra-cloudy hay colored brew is a huge frothy head that stayed the course. The smell is overwhelmingly banana, and seems just like warm banana bread. The taste is more complex, but harder to put my finger on it. I picked up fruit and bread wrapped in a spiciness. The total package is great. I will get this again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a moderately hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of doughy wheat, banana and yeast, classic Weihenstephaner; these wheat beers small really good. Flavor of semisweet wheat, clove, apple and pear juice, turns drier with a slight tartness and grassy hops before finishing with light wheat and estery fruit juice. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. One of the last of the wheat beers from this brewery I've had the pleasure to drink and certainly one of the best ones. Interesting flavor progression with a pleasant play of lightly sweet versus dry elements. The flavors are well balanced and spicing is deftly done. One of the world's great beers. Sometimes I wish there wouldn't be so many interesting beers to sample so I could drink Weihenstephaner wheat beers all the time.

Photo of RandomExile
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: translucent but hazy amber/orange, yellow in the light; fluffy off-white head
S: lemon-citrus, faint clove, yeast
T: bready, orange, a little clove
M: medium-bodied, dry, tang of carbonation
O: Well-rounded, with just a hint of alcohol peeking through, which is fairly impressive given the almost 8% abv. It's a beer you'll be tempted drink like a sessionable, but it'll catch up quickly.

500mL / Weizen Glass

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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