Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,059
Hads: 3,006
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
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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 zoso493
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The legendary hefe's big brother! Let's see how this one stacks up. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very bright yellow-gold color with a massive, foamy four-finger head, which dissipates slowly, but still has above average retention.

Smell: Very nice. Lots of bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. This one has the more pronounced banana scent that you may not find quite as obvious in other weizenbocks.

Taste: Where the hell is the alcohol?! This drinks just like the regular hefeweizen. The first taste you get is some bananas with some sugar on tap, like the Bananas Foster my mom always makes. Other than that, it pretty much just follows the scent with some clove, yeast and other typical weisse flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary, but has a nice amount of carbonation and is light-bodied like a weisse should be.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is otherwordly. I think they actually just bottled the hefeweizen in a Vitus bottle. Despite the 7.7% ABV (which is not too high for the style) this would be a kickass brew to enjoy during the summer months. The alcohol is not even present.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. Such a nice drinking beer with a great banana taste, if that's what you're into in your weissens. I'm seeing now why this brew is so revered on this site. Definitely worth picking up a bottle (or six) next time you see it. (1,428 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 2021

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $2.99/bomber

The appearance is a hazy golden color with a massive 2 inch creamy white head. The retention is average with little sign of lacing. The beer is clean with no sediment visible.

Aroma is sweet and pleasent with a strong scent of banana and spices followed by pears, bread, grassiness and a touch of bubble gum.

The taste is similiar to the nose with banana and mild spices, clove, apple and wheat. quite refreshing and appropriate for an 80 degree day like today.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a lite body and a perfect amount of carbonation. The alcohol is barely noticeable and well hidden for 7.7%. Finishes dry due to the spicey hops.

This example is highly drinkable and my favorite wheat beer to date. A pleasure to have this time of year and one I'll be enjoying many times over this summer. (900 characters)

Photo of jibjib513
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was my first weizenbock and I didn't really know what to expect. I had Wehenstephaner's hefeweizen last night and this is comparable except it was more cloudy in appearance, and you can definitely taste and feel the stronger ABV. (234 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Although it takes up nearly the entire glass when first poured, the white head is light and foamy, lending itself to the effervescent nature of this style. The color is far lighter than I had expected. It is a nice lemon yellow, with the typical wheat beer haze.

Smell: Lemon, bubblegum, and mint make for an interesting, yet not entirely tempting, combo. The possible sugary zest of this bouquet is counterbalanced by the toasty Munich malt typical for the style.

Taste: Lemons are replaced by bananas, while airy notes of mint and bubblegum manage to hang on. The maltiness goes head-to-head with the esters, making for a somewhat strange, yet interesting combination...kind of like a banana sandwich on multigrain bread.

Mouthfeel: The medium mouthfeel is thickened by the wheat and yeast. Carbonation is characteristically medium-high and does a good job making the beer both filling and spritzy.

Overall: A beer which, for me, is swimming in dichotomies. The flavors don't seem to mix all that well, but the toasted malt going up against the esters is both true to style and worth witnessing if you haven't had this type of beer before. A beer that could grow on me. I would certainly like to try it again further down the road. (1,252 characters)

Photo of IPA35
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watch out for the beer fountain!

Pale golden beer, white head. Not much bock in here.
(Poured first half of the bottle.)

Smells of clove, other spices and few banana. Not as fruity as the hefeweizen, more spicey. Some alcohol prehaps?

Yea, overall a rather spicy and more bitter beer than the hefeweizen. Few banana flavours in here that become stronger when it warms. Bready malts, no dark malts in here I think. Some tart notes.

Second half:

More haze.

More yeasty smell, slightly.

More fruitly taste, a little chalky prehaps.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overal a rather good beer, not my favourite style though. I'd rather have the hefeweizen or the korbinian, not some hybrid. (707 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
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.

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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. (911 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a two-finger white head, but doesn't come with a lot of lacing.

S: Prominent wheat, coriander and cloves notes with a hint of banana esters in the background.

T: Great balance of wheat an coriander up front, with banana notes to balance on the finish. Very nice overall, and basically reminds me of a stronger version of Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Nothing too exciting, but appropriate for the style.

D: As far as I can tell, this one is a bit more rare than some other Weihenstephan brews, but one that's definitely worth trying if you have access. (678 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Excellent, like its milder brother Hefe. Cloudy gold, large head with good retention.

Smell - A little less banana and more alcohol than I would have hoped.

Taste - The small flavour difference between this and the Hefe is a little disappointing. This does have a touch more fruit and spice, but barely enough to compensate for the extra alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, somewhat creamy even.

Drinkability - A very significant drop from the Hefe.

Overall - Because of the similarity with its milder brother, I couldn't help but do this review as a comparison. Although this is an excellent beer, I think I will stick with the latter. (653 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, .9 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on November 15th, 2014
Reviewed on June 9th, 2015
Served in a Weizen Glass

Eyes
Poured a hazy pale gold body with a slight orange glow. Very big and creamy head. Very little lacing.

Nose
Big and fruity with banana and pear taking the spotlight. Nice spiced backbone, clove stood out.

Mouth
Spiced yeast. Banana bread. Bready malt backbone. Sweet finish with a slight tart finish reminiscent to apple cider. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Notes
A truly impressive beer. A must-try for all enthusiasts! (576 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: golden pale yellow with 2 finger white head

smell: coriander, wheat, cloves, citrus, lemon, dark fruits

taste: Amazingly balanced and refreshing, getting lot's of coriander and citrus notes, tastes a lot similar to the hefeweizen, just not as much banana.

mouthfeel: highly carbonated, medium bodied

overall: Weihenstepehaner is one of the worlds gerat breweries, never had a bad beer from them. This is basically a stronger version of their Hefe , absolutely phenomenal. (506 characters)

Photo of currysage1
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After reading all about this brew on ColoradoBobs posts, I had to try it. That white tiger is enough to scare even Siegfried & Roy.

Pours with a huge four finger crackly sounding, cloud like head. Huge valleys and peaks to this one, but not much lacing. Hazy light honey yellow.

Smell is of lemon oil, bitter green apples, slight warming from the booze, nice lager yeast background, light and bright fruits. Good smell in my book.

Taste is also with the lemon oil, light fruits, but more of a grain profile as well, hops are there but don't get in the way of the light flavors probably Hallertau, Taste is slightly on the trappist side but very lightly. I'm trying to taste something but can't get it, I'm gonna have to say, Muscat?

Mouthfeel is great, very refreshing and clean, would be wonderful on a hot day or with a meal.
Drinkability is huge, got to say Bobs you called it on this one, what else you got? (915 characters)

Photo of natasharai
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours with a large creamy smooth white head that dissipates over several minutes to a thin layer and is easily aroused by a simple swirl of the glass. It leaves a bit of lacing but not much. The beer is a beautiful cloudy golden yellow color.

Smell: My favorite part- Ripe bananas, clove spice, some light berry, light flowers similar to lilac, and a bit of bubble-gum smell.

Taste: Bananas, white grapes, orange, lemon, spicy clove, and small amount of cinnamon, sweet caramel, and a small hop presence towards the end. As it warms it begins to take on a roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and silky, medium bodied.

Overall: Very drinkable, I could drink this all night till the cows come home. So many flavors to think about and experience. The aroma is absolutely amazing!! This beer is an amazing experience yet very easy to drink. (859 characters)

Photo of aristeros
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a medium straw, cloudy, with heavy carbonation visible. There's a huge, soapy head with moderate retention. The nose is true to the style and similar to other Weihenstaphaner weizens--cloves, banana, spices, though a stronger sweet malt presence than the regular weizen or the filtered kristalweissbeir.

Sweet malts blended with cloves up front yields to a peppery bite. Moderate to heavy carbonation present, and a must for the style. Simple, yet perfect. The higher ABV allows this weizen to play double duty as a summer evening quencher or something to take the edge off on a cooler, autumn day.

This one's not as sessionable as a regular hefee; the alcohol will catch up to you after a few glasses.

I've had several of these brewery's beers and this is right in line with my expectations as regards their quality (854 characters)

Photo of derricksmalls
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Careful pour into my Duvel tulip

A)Pours a beautiful golden yellow, straw color with a two finger, white pillowy head that recedes within minutes to a white film that lasts throughout.

S) Bananas, not ripe sweet banana nor unripe tart banana, but somewhere in the middle. Pear is definately present but in the background. A touch of sourness that takes away from the sweetness in a very good way. No stickyness here.

T)Just like the nose, bananas and a hint of pear to cut the sweetness. balance of sweet and tart play nicely here. A bit of spice is evident in the backend to mellow everything out.

M)Perfection. I find that most beers with a touch of sweetness lack some carbonation to dry out the finish. Not happening here. The carbonation hits your tongue taking the sweetness with it leaving you a clean finish of biscuity goodness and a balance of mild sweet and spice with a hint of tart.

O)Another winner from Weihenstephaner... do they make a bad beer? I dare say that I may enjoy it more than their hefe, which is a feat. I can only imagine how refreshing it would be on a hot summer day... hopefully in a few months I will be able to find out. Never had a beer of this style with so much restrained balance as this one. It acts like it wants to go over the top and push further, but stays classy in its refined control. Did I mention its drinkability, yeah... its real drinkable!!! (1,397 characters)

Photo of smooth_aleing
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 17oz bomber into pint glass.

Just great. Weihenstephaner is becoming a real favorite when I'm in the mood for a good German beer, breaking from my craft American kick. Wonderful hazy amber that pours a thick head. Nose suggests citrus and clove, with some coriander. The taste is exceptional, floral and light, with wonderful carbonation.

Really, not much can be the consistency of Weihenstephaner. They're quality is great, and it's a steal given the price. Well worth a try. (490 characters)

Photo of blackc5
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A somewhat dark, cloudy, golden straw with a tremendous billowing head. Medium retention but little lacing.

S - Deep aromas of wheat, banana and some citrus - orange or lemon zest. A bit of bread comes through on the wheat, and the yeast is readily apparent.

T - An amped up hefe - amazingly fruity and complex with a wonderful balance of wheat, malt and citrus. The peach, banana and pear fruitiness and yeasty spiciness is perfect, especially as it warms a bit. I would recommend drinking at the warmer range of the suggested temperature. Some honey sweetness that does not overpower. Outstanding.

M - Enjoyable medium body with medium+ carbonation. Somewhat crisp finish despite the lingering syrupy feeling on the tongue.

D - Everything their hefeweizen is and more - a wonderful beer all around, and a new favorite. I would buy this by the case if I could. (869 characters)

Photo of mtlasley
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Vitus pours a hazy, golden, light amber. Held to the light, oranges and yellow burst from the haze and almost make it glow. Superior. The head here is a finger and a half high mass of stark white, tiny bubbled foam. The thickness takes it's time dissipating. It makes for an attractive and "classic" beer look. What should I expect from the oldest brewery in the world though?

Smell: Cloves and bananas are the first things I detect. They dominate at first but there's a sweetness here followed by a wheat tang. It's neat, you can actually smell each layer come apart. Underneath everything is a peppery-ness to it all. There's also a faint peach or apricot aroma...quite intoxicating.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Vitus goes down incredibly smooth. There's a weight here though, almost like a "cereal" texture inside it all.

Taste: The first taste that hits has a creamy banana taste and quality. It's light but it lays on the tongue with confidence. As the creaminess fades and the beer moves to the middle of the tongue, there's a peppery-ness and the strong flavor of cloves. Each layer here is very simple and distinct. It's really something of beauty. As the beer finishes, everything smooths out and goes down as if it had never happened. Too drinkable.

Overall: A reasonably price beer that looks, smells, feels and tastes amazing from the oldest brewery in the world. Could a beer lover ask for more? I'd say no. Vitus is an all time favorite and a real showstopper for me. Pick this beer up. You will not be dissappointed. (1,546 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 titty_mcbitty
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: golden straw color. Very foggy with a big white bubbly head.

S: bananas, cloves, hay, and lemon.

T: this is a very impressive beer. Banana, cloves, lemon, wet hay, orange peel, butter, fruit bread, raisins, and some sweets. So good.

M: perfectly medium and buttery. It's got a residue-y feel or a straw-y feel to it. It's awesome.

O: this is damn near perfect for a dopplebock. Taste is amazing. (414 characters)

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

Pours a very light straw goldenrod color with a great 1.5 inch head that sticks around and laces. Smells like bread, yeast, banana, spices, and European hops. Taste is spicy and light, bready and hints of German hops. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing which contributes to the drinkability. (290 characters)

Photo of YankChef
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a brooklyn tall stemmed glass

appearance: golden hazy with orange hues and a foamy looking rich white head that clings to the top of the beer with nice lacing

Aroma: Wheat and honey are the two that stand out the most with some subtle orange peel and maybe even a little banana.

Taste: Very much like a hefeweizen, slightly more full bodied and rich with lots of delicious malt and just enough hops to make it balanced and let the malty wheat goodness shine through.

Overall: This beer is delicious and a pleasure to drink, perfect for a summertime beer if you want the refreshing quality of a hefe with a little more to it. Great beer. (668 characters)

Photo of skrib09
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a vibrant hazy yellow with an amazing looking white, creamy head.

smells of bananas, maybe some esters.

taste is similar to the smell. a little bite to it. some banana notes in there.

mouthfeel is crispy... alcohol towards the end.

ok drinkability. the alcohol content holds this category back for me. (315 characters)

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

Poured a pale straw yellow with a nice thick white head that retained pretty well and left a little lacing. The smell was of bananas and cloves, like a hefeweizen but stronger. Taste was again like a strong hefeweizen; some spice and a lot of banana. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All in all very delicious and extremely drinkable for 7.7 abv. (360 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for the awesome selection at the store.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a gradient golden ranging from pale golden to light golden. A fair amount of head that faded relatively quickly leaving no lacing on the glass, and just a thin layer on top. Good, but not great.

S: I smell almost nothing but banana. Just the ever-so-slightest hint of spice. Definitely leaves something to be desired.

T: Tastes a little stale, honestly. Banana and cloves abound, but I pick up a nice, hefty malt background present too. Very good.

M: Well crafted mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, but everything else runs smoothly. Nice somewhat slick residue left behind. Crisp, without being overly dry. I like it.

D: This is easy on the palate. Crisp, smooth, refreshing, tasty. I could easily drink some more of these. (818 characters)

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.