Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Weizenbock
Ranked #2
Ranked #780
4.3 | pDev: 9.07%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Notes: 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.
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Photo of TheBricenator
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque burnt orange with a huge, white, pillowy head that recedes to a 1.5-2-finger puff leaving good lacing
Aroma: Wheat, clove, banana, freshly baked bread, slight hint of citrus, a little bubblegum
Taste: Bready, wheat, clove and banana dominate but mingle with other flavors like hay and light citrus. Slightly sweet, soft finish with no detection of alcohol heat
Mouthfeel: Thick but not chewy and somewhat creamy/silky – what I love and expect from a Weizenbock
Overall: My oldest and first true love of a Weihenstephaner beer and the one that got me hooked on the Weizenbock style. A killer representation of the style and my personal gold standard of which to compare all others

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

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy pale gold color with exceptional head retention on the pour with a good soapy white head and carbonation. The nose is strong in sweet fruit and delicate vanilla esque sweetness. The taste is almost like white chocolate covered bananas with amazing darker malt character and balance, finishing with a citrus like snap and unique spices I always find myself chasing after. The mouthfeel is good and wet finishing with a tinge of a dry snap at the end. In one word: decadent.

This is one of my favorite beers (if I can find it!), and it is no surprise. It is just an outstanding beer that I would love to share with anyone if given the chance, no doubt about it.

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Photo of just1cho
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle at 45F*

Looked a nice looking hazy pale yellow, probably due to the yeast, and showed a finger thick white colored head with a really good head retention on it. Although it was surprisingly light in color for the style, it was satisfying to look at--no complaints here.

The aroma was noticeably yeast forward with a good amount of banana while also showing some spicy notes of cloves and sassafras. But it also showed a fair amount of the hop aroma in the form of some fruity esters like apricots and a light notes of oranges.

The taste follows the nose. Upfront, the taste was very banana-y, spicy, and juicy. In the middle, the fruity esters dissipated and the characteristics of the wheat were more noticeable and prominent. These flavors quickly faded into a slight banana aftertaste with absolutely no bitterness.

Full bodied, dry, and smooth, this beer was satisfying to drink and went down super easy. Coupled with a medium to high carbonation, the feel was very satisfying but eventually it became a bit too heavy or sticky feeling for my personal tastes.

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Photo of milkshakebeersucks
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gauzy, yellow/gold appearance with a small white head and a fair amount of lacing. Wheat and yeasty esters prominent in the aroma. Flavors incorporate the wheat, spices and some soft fruit. Smooth, lush, slightly sweet aftertaste. Full-to-medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel leading to a long lasting finish.

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Photo of faraday326
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautiful. Hazy but deepish yellow, lovely head. It's actually quite aromatic right after the pour. Smells of spices and hints of banana. I don't really get too much citrus/fruity. The taste is just great. It nails the style. It hits you with a strong, full bodied yeasty/wheat flavor and finishes with hints of floral, banana, and spices (like cloves or coriander).

There is not much to complain about it. It lives up to the score.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hazy dull orange color with a thick bright white head. The aroma was yeasty and sweet, bananas with a spicy element to it. Tasting it you get a rush of sweet malt and bread mixed with banana followed by cloves and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied very creamy and smooth. Overall it’s a great beer. Well crafted and quite tasty.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 16.9 oz bottle $4.49 Tamuras
Smell of bananas, spices
Hazy, golden-orange clor
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of bananas, oranges, spices, a little alcohol aftertaste
Overall a really good beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of -steve-
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw yellow colour with copious head. Not sure why but somehow I pictured this as a dark beer. Now I know. Abundant ripe banana esters coming off this one. Slight metallic notes with spicy yeast tones on the nose. Tastes of pepper and clove. Very nice!

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Photo of Hooded
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 3/7/2020.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is hazy yellow with a rocky white 2 finger head. The retention is slightly above normal leaving a cap. 4.00
The aroma is medium in strength and smells of banana bread, and malt. 4.25
The taste is medium-high in strength with flavors of fruit, pungent banana bread, cloves, and very sweet malt. 4.75
The mouth feel is medium in thickness, juicy, creamy, and has low carbonation and a satisfying low level astringency in the finish. 4.5
Overall, it's masterfully crafted, decadent, and delicious. It was enough to give me moderate beer euphoria. 4.75

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

Wow. Just wow. An excellent example of a Weizenbock. Apparently, there is one out there that is “better” than this one, but I can’t imagine how. Barely hazy light amber in color with a mild citrus aroma. An initially sharp taste fades to a mellow bitterness, which makes for an all season beer. Best pairing - Pork.

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Photo of Rlhj
2.84/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Most certainly not what I expected from this style. Fruity is far too much in the forefront. Don't think this is a fair representative of a true bock.

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Photo of KooVee
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Bb in 11.5 months, so presumably very fresh.

Hazy tuscany yellow colour, bright white foam that recedes only very slowly and unevenly, leaving less lace than I expected.

Nose is cloves and lemon, the latter with a whiff of grapefruit. Mixed with sweetness and a bit of bread.

Taste is more subdued. A nice bitterness balances the smooth ample-bodied sweetness. Fine-grained fizz carries the spice and fruit, with the citrus fading out before the long phenolic tail. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden for the strength.

Subtlety is the key here. In casual sampling, or once your palate is tired, or with strong-tasting food, this might be mistaken for a smooth run of the mill hefe, but if appreciated, the understated balance is an exquisite study in harmony.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: slightly murky golden/light amber color with fainter yellow notes towards the bottom of the glass and some lighter brown towards the top. large, rocky and solid 2-3 finger vibrant white head

s: huge banana, wheat, clove, cardamom, green apple, sweet berries. ripe pears, a touch of funk, bubblegum, dark wheat, and massive fresh dough backbone. fantastic aroma

t: tons of wheat and banana upfront. green apples and pears behind that. major fruity esthers in here. sweet grass, clove, cardamom, and some pepper as well. a touch of caramel and toasted wheat follow. the close is sweet banana, pears, and more wheat

m: medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

o: absolutely awesome beer. great example of the style, nothing to complain about!

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Photo of crazyspicychef
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I should have reviewed this while drinking but hey, it was Xmas!
A beautiful gold body with a substantial amount of tiny bubble carbonation.
It almost looks like it was poured in one of those laser engraved Sam Adams Glasses with the (I forget the term) carbonation points in the bottom.
Champagne like bubbles.
Reminded me more of a beefed up Saison, but still delicious. Not what I expected in a Weizenbock.
Smells of grains, grass, coriander maybe?
Whatever, it was very good with charcuterie.

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Photo of Anders91
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: wonderful golden hue with plenty of head

Smell: wheat, yeast, and strong banana

Taste: very smooth crisp wheaty flavor, with plenty of banana and yeast

Feel: crisp, smooth, and a little bit of texture from the wheat.

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Photo of MNAle
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tall white thick head with very good retention, forming uneven hills and valleys as it drops, leaving little lacing. Color is a hazy pale amber. Nice look, but quite different from the Schneider.

Aroma is hefeweizen banana with a side of apple.

Taste is fruit and spice. The banana is here, but less dominant than in the aroma, with the other fruit flavors are mixing in more strongly, and the spice is there all the way through. I describe the aroma as containing apple, but in the taste it is more indistinct mix of fall fruits.

Body is substantial, to the thick side, leaving a nice after-effect: a not quite sticky but a pleasant coating.

Overall, an excellent wheat beer, with an interesting mix of flavors that is a joy to drink.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep orangey-gold, with 3 fingers of off-white head, that leaves a good 2" of lacing strewn around the glass.

Smell is like that of a hefe , or a Belgian saison : estery banana bread, overripe pear, wet bread dough, and a little bubblegum and apple pie filling.

Taste is spicy coriander/clove mix, (very) ripe banana, fresh white bread, a slight floral element, and brief hints of candied orange peel. Tounge-bracing moderate bitterness kicks in mid-taste, and lingers well-past finish.

Feel is light-medium, very slightly oily at first, then an (almost) all-consuming very, very fine carbonation tingle/burn takes over, creating an almost-dry finish. I say "almost-dry", because it comes across as dry icing on a lightly jammy item, rather than flat-out "dry" .

Overall, a joy to drink*, and definitely worth a try! :)

*[Edit] : So distractingly good, I (just about) ruined the pizza I had in the oven! :P

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Photo of GJH1959
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Although a Bock, it is more reminiscent of a weizen with its hazy gold color and its clove and banana taste. Either way you cannot go wrong with this one.

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Photo of 305STIguy
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Amazing how they can continuously brew for over 900 years.
This beer tastes batter as it warms up after being in the refrigerator. Glad I found this one. Top notch.

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Photo of Pooze
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. it’s like the best Hefeweizen you ever had on steroids! Smooth maltiness with banana finish is very easy drinking. The 7.7 ABV is particularly high for a weissen beer but provides a very satisfying warmth and appeal. Might even sway the staunch IPA drinker towards German beer!

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Photo of Gripnrip207
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nearly a perfect beer. Recommended by the herdsmen of a farm I had worked at one summer. He had been stationed in a base near my father in Germany ~1980. Had recommended it as a beer for my father and I to try. Thankfully, is now a regular in my rotation. Beautiful copper color, attractively hazy, with a pillowy white head. Smells heavily of pilsner malt, with a pungent banana and clove aroma. Up front, this is an incredibly clean and crisp beer, with a poignant banana and clove after taste. Masterfully crafted. Rides the gradient perfectly between being a heavy and satisfying beer, while being incredibly drinkable. Would almost say session-able, if the beer did not pack a hefty 7.7%abv. Coming from the oldest, still operating brewery, this beer is a must try by anyone. A crowd pleaser and a near perfect example of a weizenbock.

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Photo of Vyacheslav
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer in the tradition of Weihenstephaner, very easy to drink once adjusted to the taste, which is uniquely and interestingly musky but balanced so smoothly that there is absolutely no aftertaste in the mouth but only a very pleasant rich feeling in the belly, like molded or organically rich honey but in a good way, like a proper winter beer also very refreshing, cool. Maybe lacking just a little bit in depth compared to the original. Looks a little plain too.

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Photo of awayne56
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. If you like hefeweizens you will love Vitus! Poured into frozen pint mug - golden color, foamy head. Carbonation just right to give it a bright, bubbly taste. From a flavor standpoint, banana dominated, which I like but I would like the cloves/orange to come through a little more. Regardless, it is delicious and I highly recommend it! I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of octortus
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml Bottle. ABV 7.7%.
Appearance: Moderately veiled straw, One finger of creamy off-white head, Fair retention, Under moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Wheat, Banana, Apple, Funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Feels light, Slight alcohol warmth.
Flavour: Caramel, Light raisin, Apple.

Review: 78

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Photo of drinker400
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am new to the beer world but this was recommended by a friend. I poured this up in a wine glass with a tight mouth and got a great sweet whiff of this beer. Its aroma is sweet and tart and citrusy. Really pleasant smelling and looking, with a nice dark orange color that is bright and shadowy at the same time. This beer is super easy to drink, and I annihilated half a pint of this without realizing how heavy it is. It is definitely a HEARTY beer. It tastes like a tangy wheat beer with a sweet orange-y flavor. It's basically a tangier bulkier hoegaarden. Really amazing beer considering the value if you know where to look. Even at higher prices its worth it to try something really notable from one of the oldest breweries ever. This beer is definitely a great experience.

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Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 3735 ratings