Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BA SCORE
4.28/5
Outstanding
3,504 Ratings
Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#609
Reviews:
1,216
Ratings:
3,504
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
628
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 3,504 |  Reviews: 1,216
Photo of daem3384
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lockster
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely outstanding beer!!!

30 characters

Photo of Radcpa
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw appearance with significant white head that slowly disipates. Nice citrus aroma. Taste is a very pleasant citrus with a slight sweet accent. Very nice overall

 174 characters

Photo of Bogdawg
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendanjames
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy blond, with 1 finger of head and lots of lacing

S - Bananas, belgian candy yeast. Big aroma.

T - Light up front, and then sweet and almost belgian like. Very tasty!

F - Medium body and well carbonated. Smooth and well balanced

O - Who knew Germany had such an amazing, almost belgian style beer? I do know. Damn good.

 334 characters

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 32 oz growler.

A: Straw yellow with 1-2 finger white head. Nice retention and leaving moderate lacing.

S: Clove, banana, dried apricots, and a spicy note that reads like pink peppercorns.

T: Sweet bready malts mixed with clove, banana, apricot, and mango. A little apple and pear. Fruitiness up front and subtle spices lingering in the back.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft, creamy texture. Drinks like a Hefe.

O: This is a style that I don’t have a ton of experience with, but it is a winner in my book.

 549 characters

Photo of muchos
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle from Wegmans for $3.99, tax included.
Poured into a Duvel glass.
Date code 9107
L. Hazy yellow-orange, foamy fluffy slightly off-white head which lasted a long time to bubbly patches.
S. Bananas, bubblegum, clove, a bakery. Lovely aroma.
T. Bready sweet malts up front to banana bubblegum, then some spiciness, then more sweetness but with a bit of citrus in there. As it warms up I taste more apples and apricots. Clove, bubblegum, banana in the aftertaste. This is very good.
F. Full side of medium body, soft, well carbonated, a bit of alcohol warming way in the end.
O. Great yeasty wheat beer. Very satisfying despite lacking the dark roasted flavors that I kind of expected. Cheers ! !

 714 characters

Photo of Schlot
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a weizenbock fan overall, but this is very very good. A nice smooth finish, without the alcohol kick the Schneider Aventius has.

Paired up with a chicken schnitzel and potato salad.

Highly recommended!

 208 characters

Photo of mrovelli
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into glass. Date coded to March, 2016.
Pale yellow body, cloudy to clear. Two finger creamy white head settles to thick cap. Good coverage of lacing.
Aroma of orange, cloves, with hints of banana and apricot.
Slightly sweet taste of apricot, cloves, banana, and spice. No bitterness.
Very smooth and easy drinking, alcohol is hidden.
Very well balanced Weizenbock. Recommended, but look for fresher bottling dates.

 441 characters

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan make great wheat beers including this one.

Look: cloudy dark yellow orange with two-three-inch fluffy white head

Aroma: wheat, yeast, banana

Taste: It is wheat, yeast, banana bread, mango, cloves, a tad citrus, some pepper, stronger and more flavorful than their Hefeweizen, but like that one perfectly composed.

Feel: light to medium body

 383 characters

Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottled December 2016 poured into a. 5L weizen glass at fridge temp 7.7% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with thick, clingy off white head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is banana and clove in a big way. The taste is semisweet banana bread giving way to a clovey dryish finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, creamy but dry in the finish. The bitterness in the finish offsets the sweetness from the wheat malt perfectly. Overall, good & possibly world class in its style. I was hoping for more bock than weizen, but will score to style (as I understand it).

 613 characters

Photo of WillNJ
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

goes down so easy and so tasty, never would think it's 7.7 abv. be careful, very drinkable.

92 characters

Photo of dandy14
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AFunHobby
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wondrous mouthful that is thick and mildly sweet. The taste is a wheat beer with great character.

100 characters

Photo of Edani95
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always a sensation to taste and review a spectacular 4+ beer, that rivals great Belgians.
a) Pours a straw hazed, foggy body with ample carbonation that generates a persistent head and lace.
s) Pilsner, wheat, fruit, apricot aromas with plenty of yeast and just the right touch of ripe banana. Evolves as it warms,
t) Pilsner upfront with bready, malt, sweet core where wheat adds a bakery with sugar dust appeal, along with lots of frostings on the yeasty donuts: Banana, apricot, mango, papaya, pinapple, apples, pears, peaches. Resolves in a quite hoppy zing.
f) Clean, crisp, refreshing, where the essence like a great Beligian offers a yeasty, round, creaminess.
o) Found the 17 oz bottle for < $4 - quite a bargain. Would keep around to turn on my friends. Try 24.

 774 characters

Photo of mmoriarty
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strohm
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NelCet
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MilaMila
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,504 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.