Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
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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 smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A very soapy white head, that disappears on a nice controlled pour very quickly. Body color is a murky yellow but fairly uniform, some nice rising carbonation elevator music, and scattered cola bubbles. Manages a nice thin collar.

Nose seems very banana forward, clean and borderline crisp. Hints of classic wheat like chewiness. Not bad with a drying clove like angle.

Taste feels like a good mix from what is on the nose. A good malt backbone mixes with crisp carbonation that doesn't take away from the palate. Some nice chewy body, a good citrus and banana angle mixes nicely, with a spritzy soda fountain finish.

Overall, pretty nice and pleasant and refreshing. Kind of what you expect from Weihenstephan. (762 characters)

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. A cloudy dark hay like color. Aroma is of soft banana. Banana and clove flavors with a light spicy hop character. Just a hint of citrus. Some bready malt pulls through and over all there is little bitterness. Alcohol is tame but there. A hell of a beer, almost like a Hefeweizen on steroids. (341 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer of the night from this brewery, and I have a half-liter to make me happy. On to the beer:

Big, dense, whipped, frothy, great looking is the head. The color is great, straw blonde, cloudy. Is this going to be their original weissbier on crack? the aroma is downright addicting as well. Very flavorful, banana, clove, lemon, ginger, cake. Oh science, I want to drink this now!

The taste does not let down. A slight kick of booze is felt. Lots of good stuff...am I baking cookies at grandma's? Clove, banana, some bubblegum flavor, sweet. This tastes like a spice cabinet. Yum! And not too much.

Is there a wheat ale they can't produce well? This is a great way to get summer flavor, but with more meat on its bones for the winter. (748 characters)

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

Picked up a .5l at Abe's for $3.25. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a short white head. I get a big hit of banana bread. As it warms earthy hops and orange. This beer actually reminds me of a snappier version of Franziskaner without all the creamy background malt. The aftertaste is a nice pairing of spice and citrus hops, very nice. It's a touch sweeter than a normal hefe from the extra malt and strength and it's really the maibock of German wheat beers for that little extra fruit tang that comes with the strength. Still, for a nearly 8% beer its deceptively drinkable. This beer could get you in trouble. (610 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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Nice to taste the tap version versus the bottle. The tap version just screams banana while the bottle is a bit more subtle and complex. I like both, but this is definitely a bit less integrated than the bottled version. Pours a hazy pale golden with a big head. Smells a bit grainy with a touch of vanilla and lots of banana. Tastes of lots of sweet banana, some more vanilla and soft wheat, all followed by some refreshing lemon notes that cut through the rest og the flavors. Thre is a slight bitterness followed by a sweeter finish near the end. Pretty nice overall. (609 characters)

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

A nice bright yellow color almost golden.Wow lots of white foamy head that dissipated slowly. Very slight lacing left behind.

Bananas, citrus, and spice the usual smells of a good hefe.

This thing was good bananas, bananas, and more bananas. Yeasty and wheaty follow with a hint of citrus left behind on the tongue. Actually one of the nicest aftertastes I have ever had.

Smooth, creamy a medium body to it a bit too much carbonation for the type for my tastes.

This is ridiculously drinkable. I could have multiple more. The alcohol is well hidden, hard to believe it is 7+%. This is just a great beer. (607 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with hints of dark ripe banana and cloudy golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger frothy white head that slowly fizzles into a thin cap.

Nice spicy clove aroma with a very prominent citrus peel presence. Hints of orange, lemon and grapefruit as well as a very nice ripe banana scent. Smells slightly tart. Awesome!

Extremely well-balance beer that's on the fuller side of medium body. A perfect amalgam of spicy clove, sweet citrus fruit, corriander and ripe banana notes. The spicy cloves are pretty prominent up front followed by a a perfect blend of lemon peel, orange peel, ripe banana and subtle hops. There is also a very nice slight tartness in the dry finish. This is a complex beer that is extremely drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended! (805 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been on my radar for a long time. I was able to score a few bottles from State Line in Elkton.
Appears a hazy, medium gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bubble gum, cloves, banana, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart flavors and mild caramel duking it out between the estery, classic Bavarian yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, and very drinkable for 7.7% abv. (517 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford.

Pours a lovely, long hazed golden yellow colour, a heller weizenbock indeed. Head is a frothy, slightly creamy white, but surprisingly lacks some persistence. Body is quite light, but it holds very fine carbonation when tilted. Looks good overall.

Nose is very potent, and full of phenolics and esters. Big banana and bubblegum, with a pungent pear character coming through strongly as well. Some pepper, but not a huge amount of spice: very minimal clove, for example. There's also a slight vegetative, or herbal character to it, it reminds me a little of lavender: it's not a character I believe I've smelled in a wheat beer before, but it goes nicely. Overall, it's really big, and very flavoursome.

Taste is also good, and surprisingly smooth and creamy. More of those pear characters, which become a bit more like pear skin towards the back as they meld with a little booziness. Clean phenols through the centre of the palate and a slight bite of heat on the back, moderated solvent and a suggestion of earth. Despite all of this, it's quite smooth, and maintaining the illusion of sweetness without being too thick or chewy. It's quite a masterfully done thing.

Overall, yes: this is excellent stuff, a timely reminder of how good Weihenstephaner are. I love experimentation, and crazy craft formulations, but we should always remember the more traditional extreme beers. This is a fine example of how to make something big and exciting, but also keep everything in balance. Love it. (1,554 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange yellow colored beer with a very tall and resilient white head. Very light colored for the style.

The smell is sweet and spicy with mainly clove Weissbier aroma. Wheat malt aroma but could be more complex.

The taste starts off sweet and spicy in the mouth. Strong clove flavor with a cake like malt taste. Little bit of tartness in the finish that tastes to me like a little carbonic acid from the carbonation level. Not real complex like the smell but this is also good and quite fault free.

Talk about mouthfeel this is like cake batter in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer of this type but there is certainly no way that I would fail to finish a bottle of this stuff. Most Weizenbocks have a lot extra flavor levels that this one lacks but they also have some funky aspects too as a trade off, this one doesn't. What this does well is just taste good and please the tongue. Good and a little sweet but I will for sure buy this beer again. (961 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
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 (580 characters)

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

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets a lovely aroma of honey, bubblegum, clove and spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose in a very nice way. There is plenty of flavor in this excellent beer, and it has almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. It's slightly sweet, but is not at all cloying or heavy on the palate. The alcohol is very well disguised, and this beer is so drinkable it's ridiculous. I think I drank my glass in about 5 minutes and was still trying to figure out where it went so quickly.

Delicious stuff. (623 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. The beer pours a vibrant, bubbly gold, with a nice fluffy white head, about 1 inch, that dissipates into a thin film over the course of a minute or two. The aromas blast out from the bottle as you pour. Smells of flowers, coriander, and sweet fruit. The beer has a heavy spice forward flavor, with the coriander (and possibly pepper?) riding on top of a round, sweet malty foundation. Bits of citrus throughout, maybe orange and grapefruit, but hard to pinpoint with the spices. The beer is full and bold in mouth, with a transition to a slightly sour, spicy aftertaste. The citrus notes linger through to the end, also, and make your mouth pucker a bit when added to the sour notes. The finish is a bit dry, and makes you eager for that next mouthful. Good flavors and complex mouthfeel make this a pretty good damn beer in my book. (855 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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a sticky bubbly meniscus of antique white foam on top that last and last. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that supports the head.

S- This beer has nice big dry white bread dough aroma with a club soda hint and lemon notes. There is a green hop finish and a soft fusel alcohol note to the finish.

T- The taste of dry white bread crust gives way to pale malt and some lighter wheat malt notes. There is a light fruity lemon hint followed by a leafy green hop finish with a soft pale malt note.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and a soft alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- The nice dry flavors make this beer smooth and easy to drink with the flavor and aroma really enhancing each other. The lemon notes are very pleasant but get a bit tangy when it warms. Although there are some light alcohol notes it doesn't really taste like a 7.7%ABV beer. (1,001 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light hazy amber color, yeast left in bottom of bottle. Medium bodied and strong carbonation. Nose is a spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet spices, lemon and yeast. The best weizen bock I've had (at least 10), it beats Schneider Aventinus. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (356 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (what, no weizen glass, come on!) at the Brass Rail.

A: The weizenbock, as I am now accustomed to, is a hellesweizenbock, carrying an orange-yellow glow that is muted by its unfiltered presentation. The glow is further muted, by a few shades, from the Weihenstephaner hefeweizen. A rich head, over a finger, sticks around.

S: Clove, banana, bubblegum, what more does a good weizenbier need? In this case, the aromas are taken up a notch, stronger and sweeter. The wheat presence, still mildly tart, has more graininess.

T: Wheat starts the ale off right, rich with ample tartness lingering in the wings. The helles nature of the ale cuts down on the caramel malts and their associated sweetness. As the wheat passes, the yeast comes out swinging. Lemon, banana and clove, all concentrated, are the primary flavors. The wheat follows the spices, finishing them off with a dry tartness. Formidable but very refreshing. It's not a hot afternoon kind of weizen, more like a cooler fall night.

M: The mouthfeel, think hefeweizen, has been supercharged, amped up in all regards. The yeasty esters are the stand-out.

D: Well worth the drive to Campbelltown. I should have taken a growler home with me. The idea of a hellesweizenbock has grown on me. (1,295 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, NY.

Poured a bright deep straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, spicy wheat and round sweet malts.

The taste was a smooth blend of yeast esters (banana, clove) and full sweet malt. There was a touch of booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a nice chew.

Overall an excellent full flavored weizenbock. (472 characters)

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

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy white head, lots of creamy sticy white lacing through out the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bananna and coriander notes, also a nice touch of caramel. The taste is awesome, sweet, malty, yeasty, fruity, with some spiceyness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a true classic, never been disappointed in this brewery's brew's, highly recommended. (516 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow. Medium head with minimal retention.

S: Lots of banana with wheaty, yeasty notes

T: Banana bubblegum, big time. Mild sweetness builds over the course of the glass. Finishes a bit grainy.

M: High carbonation. Very smooth and cleaner than most wheat beers in my experience.

O: Good beer, but the sweetness really detracts for me as I get further into the glass. By the end, my lips were sticky and I wouldn't have wanted another. (448 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. tulip.
pours a hazy yellow with an inch thick head. the smell is very citrusy and malty and hoppy, very refreshing aroma. real saisony taste. lots of lemon grass and citrus. good mix of hops and malts. very nice and drinkable. refreshing summer beer for sure. ABV undectable.

overall a real enjoyable beer that drinks like a saison. (371 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square NYC. 500ml into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass. Bottled January 12, 2011.

Pours a golden yellow with some paler straw and darker goldenrod hues throughout. Super high carbonation (as I've found these hefes to typically be) required about a half dozen attempts to get this to settle nicely into the glass; ultimately producing a strong 3 finger fluffy white head, that settles to a chunky head and leaves little lace. Nose is predominantely hefeweizen-like in nature, lots of wheat, banana and spice with a good hint of the alcohol content as well. Taste has a nice deal of wheat coat the tongue interwoven with a soothing alcohol note, some banana notes are in hot pursuit. Some sweet malts and mild spicing work their way into the picture, as well as an interesting pineapple flavour. Sweet and wheaty throughout, with a reasonable alcohol to boot. Lively carbonation. Great drinker and a nice warmer, although I enjoyed this on a warm summer afternoon.

An interesting contrast to another weizenbock like Aventinus, which sits on the other side of the flavour spectrum for the style; demonstrates the great degree of variety to be had within this style. (1,197 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up last weekend at Belmont Station... I've been wanting to try this for a while since ColoradoBob began pimping it a while back... here we go... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Nice 3 finger head... pillowy.. not alot of lace.. but I'm not complaining.. the brew is glowing straw... pretty.

aroma is like a banana smoothy... clove is fairly present ... but the esters outweigh the phenols significantly.. maybe some bubblegum as it warms... smells fairly thick.

this is thick... again... like a banana milkshake.. very smooth and soft palate.. pale malt sweetness without a caramel in sight... very nice... finish is long and grainy.. with a trailing banana essence... yummy.

Drinkability is my only complaint.. and that really isn't a complaint.. I would just have problem with more than one bottle... I would be too full to think about another.

I wish we still had access to Weihenstephaner in Boise.. the source dried up probably about 4 years ago... I have forgotten how much I appreciate their beers... this is a classic.

3.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/3.5 (1,064 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)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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