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Weihenstephaner Vitus - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,699 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,699
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 173
Gots: 213 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-02-2007)
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Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vitus pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head. Much lighter in color than most of the weizenbocks I've had in the past. Sweet aroma of banana and spicy clove. There's some wheat in the nose also. Soft mouthfeel that is medium in bodied. The initial flavors reaffirm what was relayed in the nose- that of sweet ripe banana and spicy cloves. There's also a hint of vanilla. Wheat malt backbone. The hefty 7.7% abv makes its presence known toward the back. Wheat flavor lingers into the finish.

Another great offering by Weihenstephaner. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

Winter, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a large weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head. Fluffy and long-lasting head. Hazy orange color. Nice looking beer.

S- Active yeasts, European dulled hops and citrus notes.

T- Lemons, wheat and bottle-conditioned yeasts.

M- Silky sort of feel. Wet and medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

O- Good beer, no complaints about it.

Murrhey, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of kushlash23
4/5  rDev -6.3%

kushlash23, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into shaker.

A- Hazy yellow straw pour with a three finger chunky white head. Lacing is great.

S- Grass, bubblegum, lemon and bananas.

T- Banana and bubblegum, lemon and sour dough bread.

M- Thin bodied, lively carbonation and quite refreshing.

O- I really don't think this brewer can do anything wrong. Everything I've enjoyed from them has been nothing short of spectacular. This is no exception.

korguy123, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of ZachKelly
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ZachKelly, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In advance of The Mother of all Gatherings at the Brick Store this weekend, I thought I'd charge my palate with ColoradoBobs favorite: V I T U S!

First off, this is really not to the Weizenbock style... but it has freakin' Weihenstephaner on the label and so I'll shut up. This is, as many reviewers have noted, more like an Imperial Hefeweizen... and there is NOTHING wrong with that!

Crack the .5 liter brown bottle and expertly pour into my authentic Vitus goblet, and am wowed immediately by the nose and visuals of this beer... greedy, I charge in for a taste...

Oh this is delicious. The whole experience is a Hefe, bigged up. Darker in color with a fat white head, the banana and spice are much more pronounced and defined. The malt bill is hefty here but the 7.7% is still hidden pretty darn well. No hops to speak of. Vitus is reminding me of a Tripel, actually, with all the clove, pepper, sour green apple and honey notes going off like crackling fireworks in my mouth... all that is missing is the booze heat and Belgian yeast and turn that banana down a notch, you'd have a super good Tripel... shoot, I don't care what this is, it is Seriously Good.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full and boasts just a touch of tingly carbonation. Wunnerful.

Gosh, there is so much this beer does right... I want more. This is drinkable and delightful. Bless you, Weihenstephan! Don't change a thing.

kkipple, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a billowing four fingers of head and thick lacing.

The aroma is heavy on yeast and clove. Not really picking up much of the sweet bubblegum-like smells that I would expect, but this is pretty damn nice.

The flavor is an initial rush of sweet banana cream pie and yeast. In the finish is that bubblegum I was looking for. Although I can't say I'm particularly blown away by this, I also can't find any faults either.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is about what I would expect...goes down easy and has a nice flavor profile to keep me reaching for the glass. I can't say that it really separates itself from the pack though.

Overall this is a fine beer that I would definitely order again at a bar, but probably wouldn't stock my fridge with.

alcstradamus, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ItsBeer4Me, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of jroberts8811
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

jroberts8811, May 14, 2013
Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Pale gold, one finger of white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Good staying power to the head.

Citric aroma with a heavy dose of cloves. Lemon-lime and just a hint of banana.

Tastes of sweet banana right up front with plenty of lemon-lime citrus to follow. The finish returns to banana sweetness. Clove lingers, but much more subtly than in the aroma.

Fairly light bodied with steady carbonation. Fairly nice mouthfeel.

Too drinkable for its strength. This is a good brew that went down rapidly.

elricorico, May 09, 2010
Photo of Celtics76
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Celtics76, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of MisterClean
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting.

A - Straw-golden, 2-fingered white head, which dissipates slow. Leaves light lacing. Missed the color by a bit fellas.

S - Wheat, bananas, clove and a little bit of hellertau hops and honey.

T - Pretty much the same deal, but without the honey.

M - Good balanced, full-bodied, sweet and dry.

D - Good, but closer to a maibock than a weizenbock. Too light and not enough dark fruit.

MisterClean, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classic/classy Weihenstephaner label, 16.9oz slimline brown pop-top bottle...0408 stamped on here randomly...is this some kind of freshness date?

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer with a gorgeous white whipped cream head which fades to a thick dense white film with good retention...steady streaming carbonation...this is quite pretty

Smell: Big banana and clove aromas, rich, like banana bread, with big doses of yeasty goodness...this is like a typical Bavarian hefeweizen but a bit bigger/richer

Taste: Sweet banana candy flavors, hints of white pepper and spice, maybe a touch of bubblegum, and a touch of alcohol pushing through as well...this is basically a great German weissbier amped up a notch...quite nice

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, surprisingly so, actually

Drinkability: The abv makes this one a sipper, but 1-2 would be quite nice

Conclusion: This is a damn good specialty beer and was definitely a nice surprise. Will try this again for sure.

BedetheVenerable, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in weisen glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazy gold. Comes off transparent but slight and I do mean slight cloudiness at the edge of the white head. Head alone rises to almost three fingers length off a gentle pour.

Smell: Awkwardly yeasty. But light.

Taste: Complex, a lot to do with the yeast, slight banana and comes off very full.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth dude. It is borderline perfect with a sticking after-taste.

Overall: Well balanced beer that should not be taken for granted, doesn't cost much and gives you a lot. Drink with pride, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, May 10, 2012
Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Definitely looks more Hefe then Weizenbock. Cloudy pale yellow with a 2 finger head thats almost pure white. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Bready, yeasty,and fruity. Lot's of banana, orange peel and pear.

T: A real strong wheat presence. Light fruit notes. Banana spice and tartiness. Before a malt sweetness kicks in on the finish.

M: A touch below medium but not light bodied. A nice spritzy carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I love how it drinks like a strong hefe. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel. An extremely enjoyable beer.

BigMike, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle served into a weissbier glass

Pours out all foam at first, generating a full four fingers of head that takes on the pale shade of banana flesh. The body is substantially lighter in color than other weizenbocks I've had; VITUS sits in the glass a lemon yellow with a nice balance of translucency and haze. The head eventually settles down into a fluffy two fingers with a decided creaminess at its center.

Tangy wheat is the dominant aroma as one might expect. There's a bit of brewing spice and a slight vegetal quality that smells like a squash or a gourd of some sort. There is a trace of nutmeg and rubbing alcohol (though this is by no means a beer flush with alcohol heat, its more the astringency of rubbing alcohol that I pick up). This is good but it isn't really what I'd call complex.

The squash flavor from the nose manifests itself in a hefe-like banana taste. There are fleeting traces of creme fraiche but mostly this is a sweet beer. Candy corn and zippy, lemony wheat along with a tiny bit of alcohol. Again, this isn't complex in comparison to superior weizenbocks such as Aventinus.

This feels lighter in the mouth than it really is, only upon swallow do you get a sense of the medium-bodied nature of VITUS. There is plenty of carbonation to this beer but it never really feels too prickly on your tongue. A sharper mouthfeel might have been an improvement. For what it is, VITUS is certainly drinkable. You won't want more than one bottle and the one bottle you do want has a tendency to go as quickly as a lot of hefewiezens do.

This is a fine, fine beer. It suffers in my mental perception for not being a worthy opponent to Aventinus but ignoring that very different weizenbock will allow you to enjoy what VITUS brings to the table.

Reaper16, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

BJasny, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of sleazo
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_The pour started out innocently enough but quickly realizing the giant head forming I slowed the liquid extraction to a trickle. The resulting beer was hazy straw yellow with a huge four finger head cresting over the top of my weizen glass like a muffin top. Lingering, the head retained its shape and magnificent shape throughout.

S_A huge waft of bananas reaches out, as cloves, bubblegum, straw and a hint of grassy hops mingle in.

T_Initially slightly sweet with bubblegum coming to the forefront more than the aforementioned bananas. This is followed up by a light herbal bitterness and a kiss of alcohol. After the smell I expected a stronger tasting beer but it is actually on the milder side. The fruity yeast remains the main force throughout with minor hints of wheaty twang showing up as well.

M_Mildly thick with a perfect weizen carbonation

D_Very drinkable with no trace of the alcohol. Dangerously drinkable, I am surprised it has taken me this long to try this offering from a brewery I discovered a long time ago.

sleazo, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of stevoj
5/5  rDev +17.1%

stevoj, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a wiezen glass. Label is typical of Weihenstephaner, classic and simple. No freshness date, but 7327 is printed on the back label. I picked this up a few months ago in Indiana.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 6 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a puffy and uneven 2 finger coating of foam. Some spotty lacing. The beer itself is a hazy, pale yellow with hints of orange. A well compacted ring of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat twang, slight sourness. Some honey notes.

Taste: Sweetness upfront, sticks around well into the sip. Mild orange Crush like flavors in the finish. Overall, slightly acidic feel.

Mouthfeel: Significant carbonation bite typical of German wheat beers. Body is good.

Drinkability: This one certainly hides the ABV well. I honestly think that if someone were to present this to me as a standard hefeweizen, I wouldn't know the difference.

beveritt, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

e30todamax, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle while shopping at Sam's Quik Shop.

Pour looks like a hefe, honestly. Very cloudy yellow with a thick white frothy, bubbly white head.

It just smells like their Hefe, loads of bubble gum and banana. It smells sweeter, with more of the honey malt coming through, and I like it. So much damn banana....

The taste is just pure banana, honestly. Theres not much other to it. Others get some kind of flavors that take away from the yeast, but this one really just accents the yeast so damn well. The yeast really tastes like banana, and thats all. Theres a bit of spicy clove that really just balances things out totally.

It shouldnt be this drinkable for nearly 8% ABV.

VncentLIFE, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of wiltznucs
4/5  rDev -6.3%

wiltznucs, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy wheat with suggests chocolate with whipped cream on bananas. Sour and citric snap for nice balance.

Pale-medium straw color, bit hazy, wonderful head.

There's a little less creamy wheat than in the nose and a good stiff sour force that plays with hop flavor and bitterness. Light banana with clove. Lighter alcohol. Deeper fruit flavors develop that remind me of grapes or maybe have the essence of strawberries. The creaminess takes on a deeper sweetness and a richer flavor in the vein of cream soda or a vanilla shake - it has that primal tasty character that sucks me in like the Umami of a steak. My tastebuds obsess over it and it becomes all I sense.

I wish it had yeast in the bottle. Other than that it was a pretty well-behaved Weizenbock, laid back and fairly tasty without an exciting wildness.

MrHungryMonkey, May 21, 2008
Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BobZ for this one!

Gorgeous. Glowing, hazed honey gold stuffed with steady beading. A creamy two finger head swells to fill the glass, leaving behind thick sheets of white lacing.

Bright, semi-sweet wheat aromas explode from the bottle as soon as it's cracked. Honey, clove, so smooth and mellow... like a bowl of Cheerios.

It takes a similar direction on the palate. Faintly sweet honey with a prickly alcohol flavor... fresh wheat and apple... just delicious and easy to drink. Super refreshing after a long ass day outside.

VVV III TTT UUU SSS !!!

yamar68, May 17, 2013
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,699 ratings.