Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

1,175 Reviews
Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,175 | Ratings: 3,381
Photo of laketang
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours out medium straw color
white foamy head
nice lacing as beer recedes
aroma's of clove, and banana and spice.
sweet malty notes
the clove for me is just right
medium mouthfeel
clean finish.

 194 characters

Photo of Gregaroo
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-30-16 - Pint bottle poured into my Braustuberl mug. Slightly cloudy with Straw color and super frothy white head. Refreshing aroma with refreshing mouthfeel as well. Not-quite-lemony taste. Very good one. Low on the hops.

 224 characters

Photo of opieo
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit sweet. A smooth hefe. Strong banana and spice but nothing stands above the others. I would drink this regularly if drinking hefes. A really good hefe.

 156 characters

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another very good beer from Weihenstephan. Smell is mostly banana, but also malty. Taste is more spicy than their hefe weizen, with a malty component to it. Feel is very good, not over carbonated but a little sticky. Finish is smooth. Overall a very enjoyable weizenbock that I purchase from time to time.

 310 characters

Photo of FBarber
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy opaque golden color. Thick pillowy white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of velvety white foam.

Smell is banana, clove, pepper, honey, and a touch citrus.

Taste has notes of banana, clove and honey. Solid honey wheat malt backbone. Bubblegum and slight hoppy bitterness on the finish. Slight lingering honey sweetness aftertaste.

Feel is very smooth and creamy. Heavy mouthfeel yet extremely drinkable. Mild carbonation.

Overall a lovely weizenbock. One of the best out there.

 511 characters

Photo of Jsteez
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It poured a creamy 1 finger off white head; a golden, somewhat hazy, dull yellow color. Once the dregs were added from the bottle it became somewhat murky. It smelled lightly syrupy and spicy. Perhaps some pear and fresh peaches, too. The taste was fantastic! It had a nice spiced banana flavor; some pear and some other light fresh fruit that I had a difficult time identifying. The backend was slightly spiced with bubblegum and a very light coriander; maybe some pineapple in there as well; a little alcohol flavor in the aftertaste, but not overpowering at all. In fact it balanced the flavors out nicely. The mouthfeel was crisp and perfectly carbonated; a lighter bodied brew. A nice spring/summer beer.

 709 characters

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead for $3.79. Bottle code 9036 11:08:09.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head on the initial pour.

Nose is bubblegum and bananas, very nice.

Taste is bananas and cloves forward over a nice wheat malt base.

Mouthfeel is near perfection. Light and so delightfully smooth. It makes the beer great!

Overall a very nice beer that is a bargain at the price point!

 417 characters

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle purchased at local getränkemarkt with no bottles on or best by date. Pits hazy yellow orange with solid tight bubbled dense white head; super strong scent banana, clove, light sourness (green apple?) - solid fragrance; tastes of strong babana with some wheat biscuit and light sourness - disappointing relative to the aroma; mouthfeel is medium body with mild syrupiness/cloy and imp overly aggressive carbonation; the beer is fine but the sour note at the back of the taste overwhelms the somewhat watery wheat flavors.

 536 characters

Photo of OlaB
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Gives of a hazy deep yellow color. Nice creamy top of head when I pour in the glass. Nice sticky lacings on the glass.

S: banana ripes,citrus, cloves, peppercorn and honey.

T&F: a great creamy mouthfeel is my first impression. Fruity with the flavour of banana and citrus with the sugary taste from the sweet yeast, the spices gets noticeable in the middle with cloves, peppers and other spices. Finish of dry with a sightly bitterness in the aftertaste . Alcohol content is so well hidden in the flavour

O: what else is it to say. This is a delicious and an amazing beer. Enjoyed it to the last drop. I sure would not miss one of those again

 660 characters

Photo of aleigator
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yields a hazed yellow-amber color with a creamy white head, which falls down to a fluffy lacing atop the surface.

Smells juicy of lusciously ripe bananas, sugared cereals and a soft spice pillow. Clove and wooden vanilla among white peppers build the yeast soothed spice profile in this.

Mouthfeel is velvet and soft, although the carbonation is at a medium level with a refreshing, vivid finish.

Tastes of ripe bananas, fresh cut grass, dried orange zest and spicy, soft yeast. Its spiciness is quite profound, while maintaining well entangled into the soothing yeast, calming peppers, clove and allspice. Finishes with moderate spices, white bread rind and toffee, pretty light once the spices recede.

Sweet and refreshing at the same time, very pleasant to drink due to the astonishing balance, I kinda miss some additional depth, justifying the higher abv on this.

 873 characters

Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky pale straw color, good amount of head & carbonation. I got lots of ripe banana on the nose - smells like banana bread, essentially - along with some slightly robust esthers & clove. Very fruity on the tongue - primarily banana again but with some candied dates and dark fruit (the esthers again). Definitely lighter for a bock beer, which threw me a tad at first, but overall good. I'm not too much of a spice / esthers guy so it had a ceiling for me.

 457 characters

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Spicy, fruity, faint citrus, a bit yeasty, wheat, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Spicy, fruity, banana, pear, clove, coriander, a touch of citrus, floral, yeasty, a little wheat twang, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Drinks kinda like an amped up hef. Very nice.

 451 characters

Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - yellow thick body with thumb size white head that doesn't last long
S - banana, buscuit, yeast citrusy
T - same as the smell.
F - light coat of the mouth. Very low carbonation, really smooth
O - this is a really good beer. Defiantly one of my favorites. Super smooth beer with a lot of flavor. The more I drink of this the more I like it. I have to keep increasing my ratings on this beer.

 393 characters

Photo of PA-hunter
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16.9oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.7% abv

Appearance- Pours a glowingly bright goldenrod yellow with a massive finely bubbled foam head. Very slow to dissipate. Hazy, turbid, and cloudy in terms of clarity.

Smell- Wheat, lemon, apricot.

Taste- Flavorful wheat malt with a fine grainy flavor. Becomes more citric, with sharp notes of lemon, and some duller, lighter apricot flavors intertwined. Has the banana flavor as well which blends well with the strong wheat malt base. Finishes semi dry, slightly bitter and a clove like finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- This beer is insanely drinkable. It is so hard to believe it is 7.7%. One of the smoothest 7%+ beer if not the smoothest. Quite complex yet satisfying. Truly outstanding. A must try.

 791 characters

Photo of puck1225
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a tall snifter. Cloudy yellow with a velvety head and good lacing. Spicy and sweet smell, fruity. Taste of Apple, pear and lemon. Very enjoyable beer!

 173 characters

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a two finger cream colored head. Good retention, poor lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aromas of malted wheat, banana, honey, clove, bubblegum, tangerine and mild vanilla.

Taste: Exceptionally rich. Flavors of creamy malted wheat and oats thats slightly tart, amongst notes of mild cinnamon, clove, banana and bubblegum coming from the bavarian yeast. Finishes bittersweet with a mild bitter tropical fruit pith taste among more notes of pie crust, spice and creamy grains.

Feel: Dry upfront and quite yeasty. Alcohol is not detectable. Medium body, mildly carbonated.

Overall: Another gem from Weihenstephaner brewery.

 658 characters

Photo of rex_4539
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very hazy golden color, two finger white head, anazing lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet, banana, wheat.

T: Sweet, banana, sour. Excellent!

F: This is the smoothest weissbier I have ever tasted. Amazing.

O: Easily the best weissbier I have tried. Superb.

 265 characters

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a cloudy yellow with a finger creamy white head. Aromas consist of bubblegum, clove, banana, and biscuity malts. Flavors consist of the same, and the beer is dry. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation with a bit mineral quality.

 287 characters

Photo of BB1313
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden; fluffy creamy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are full of sweet yeast. Lots of fresh banana and bubblegum. Some German hop notes in the mix as well. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Banana and bubblegum lead the way with cloves too. Citrus notes are in the mix. Subtle hop bitterness. Slightly earthy. Malts are there giving it a touch of sweetness. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, creamy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a classic brew. It's very refreshing and fun to drink. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Recommended.

 764 characters

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : Draft at Altstadt Pub in Seattle. Very thin white head, hazy yellow body.

Smell : Big banana and clove esters, some orange, and a little bit of marshmallow.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Alcohol hidden extremely well.

 266 characters

Photo of TripleSun
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a small bottle of this and wish I had gotten another. It is that good.

I'm not the most well-educated on German beers but was everything I love from Weihenstenhaner and more.

L - Blonde with thick head
S - Banana/wheat dominate the smell
T - As above the banana and wheat make the beer. Alcohol is not as apparent and just follows along
F - Very nice carbonation and kind of light-bodied.

Overall I will continue to expand my German beer drinking history because of this company.

 486 characters

Photo of James954
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazey golden yellow with light lace
S: Light banana with honey and bright fruits like pineapple, apricot, citrus
T: Honey and banana with bready malts and some clove and pear ( no alcohol detected even at 7.7%!)
F: Heavy and full mouthfeel and carbonation

Overall: Nearly perfect for what it is.

 299 characters

Photo of portwood
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell: orange, clove, very fruity & yeasty.
Taste: banana, sweet/sour/bitter/spicy/acidic balance, creamy effervescence
Finish: mid dry, clove, citrus, phenolic
(bottle bb 10/16/16)

 181 characters

Photo of Strike00
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: light copper, with a head that dissipates quickly
S: smells sweet and yeasty, banana bread smell to it
T: A big bitter sweet taste that lasts. The taste follows the nose with the yeast and banana
F: smooth and dry in the feel

O: Love it. Great beer that is complex on the taste.

 284 characters

Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a fairly hazy bright yellow, with a two finger head and lots of foamy lacing. Smell is yeast, light malt, a little banana, straw, a wheaty or grainy aroma, some black pepper and clove. The taste also leads with the yeast, then malt, banana, wheat, straw, a little bread, light lemon. Slight hop bitterness throughout. Very smooth, refreshing, solid body.

A classic, like most of this brewery's beers. The kind of beer you could have every day and not get tired of it. Reasonably priced, too.

 538 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,381 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.