Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
1,161 Reviews
Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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
Reviews:
1,161
Ratings:
3,338
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
540
For Trade:
5
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,161 | Ratings: 3,338
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a bit of haze. Quite the bevy of foam and lacing. Moderate aroma-mildly spicey and somewhat cloveish. Very crisp and clean flavor wise. A wheaty crispness against and slightly spiced and phenolic bite. Somewhat peppery tinge. Solid mouthfeel. Really a great beer all around. I could do this again and again.

 330 characters

Photo of rhinos00
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Very nice clarity with streams of carbonated bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Produced a three fingers width of white head. Lasted until about midway through consumption.

S- Lots of cloves accompanied by banana-like aromas. Provides a mellowed, fruit sweetness. Also detectable is a bit of spice.

T- Much like the aroma. Perfect amount of cloves and spices provide a wonderful contrast between the banana and peppery flavors. Some wheat and citrus is noticeable in the background. The taste finishes with some sweetness.

M- Light bodied. Well carbonated. Clean, crisp and leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel on the palate.

D- Insanely drinkable. The light mouthfeel paired with the light alcohol appearance can make this seem like a session brew.

Overall, a very solid weizenbock. Recommended.

 875 characters

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy straw color with lots of white head. It smelled like lemon and sour yeast with some caramel malt and banana and light cloves. It tasted like lemon and banana and wheat bread and sour yeast, with caramel and cloves. It was somewhat thick with mild carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was very enjoyable! I liked it better than the standard hefe-weissbier by Weihenstephan, since it had a bit more spice and complexity to it. But despite its complexity, it was still super drinkable, with great body and brilliantly hidden alcohol. Quite refreshing and perfect on a summer night.

 613 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O....K... My understanding of 'weizenbock' just took a light beating. Pours a pale golden colour with haze, strong carbonation and decent head, retaining well. Leaves some very sticky, but thin, lace behind. Looks different to what I expected - well, lighter. Apart from that looks very nice.

Smells very banana and clovey... Lots of sweet and spice on it. Slight plum character as well, hint of vanilla and toffee. Smell is nice, complex and sweet. Like a sweeter version of the hefeweizen.

Taste is interesting, with a distinct spice coming through from the start, big flavour of clove with cinnamon as well. Has a tasty 'banilla' character as well with a light, quite tropical fruit sweetness, blended with a hint of a young red wine astringency. Slight tart melon character on the back, and a delicious peppery bitterness just on the very back palate, with a pleasant but slightly astringent hoppy phenol just clipping off the finish. Actually, has a lot of phenolic character throughout, thanks mainly to the particular sweet and spicy balance.

Mouthfeel is deliciously sticky, with a lot of foam from the haze adding texture to the palate. This is another excellent - although very different - weizenbock. Rich, challenging flavours, with an excellent balance achieved through, basically, a lot of everything. Lots of malt and funk-ay yeast, with some nice German hopping. Definitely an interesting drop, keeps you focused from start to finish.

 1,453 characters

Photo of Hibernator
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus
16.9 oz brown bottle
Served in an authentic Weizenbock glass

Pop goes the bottle cap and I pour this brew in a sweet weizen glass and the head is awesome. Hazy mustard yellow in appearance and interesting looking overall.

Whiffs of funky yeast and dark fruit sweetness.

Explosive and fruitful flavors right from the start - very sugary as well. There is something medicinal in the taste. An obvious banana and brown sugar profile takes over with a citric acid twang. There is also a spicy clove quality about this beer too.

I really dig Weizenbocks and this beer just might be one of the best ones I've had yet. The 7.7% ABV is so well hidden, its not even funny. Complex flavors with a medium body mouthfeel and drinkable, especially on this warm summer afternoon.

 795 characters

Photo of KTCamm
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured - 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy cloudy yellow with 1 finger of active white foam.

Smell is bready, like wheat. Minor citrus.

Taste is thick hearty wheat. Chewy. Clean, with a crisp tart finish. Delicious.

Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel. A pleasing taste lingers long after the finish.

This is a great beer. Very drinkable. A hearty weizen with some kick.

 389 characters

Photo of TLove
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Cleveland Park liquors, D.C.

The complexity and aptness of Weihenstephaner's weizens never cease to amaze me. The Vitus is without a doubt one of the best of its kind.

My first true Weizenbock in the U.S. Ample, orange-cream body with hazy head and supple head. Full-bodied and wet weizen smell, alcohol barely noticeable. There is a touch of citrus and wheatberries with a touch of piney, almost banana-like taste. Cloudy and residue-laden that is extraordinarily soft. Carbonation is noticeable, but not overdone in the least.

Alcohol not even noticeable. Beer is particularly soft and smooth on the back end with that banana taste again. MMMM, yum!

 667 characters

Photo of azorie
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a pale yellow color with a nice 2 inch head, that did not last very long.

S: Smells just like a hefe to me, cloves, bananas, citrus hits your nose first. Some sweet malt is detected after it warms to near 50F.

T: tangy clove, ripe bananas, spices like liquorish, light mellow hops, some yeast and sweet malt after taste.

M: medium carb, creamy, medium body.

D: refreshing,easy to drink, the alcohol is well masked. I did drink 2 500ml easy before I reviewed.

 472 characters

Photo of KenOnBass
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely great appearance. Drank this beer at a beer hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This is exactly what you would expect from a beer garden. Great head, good lacing, and looked awesome in the glass. There is slightly a hint of banana. This is a smooth, full beer. It's as full for a light beer that you can get.

The looks fully complement, but don't overshadow this great tasting uniqueness.

It's everything you'd expect to enjoy from going to a local German beer garden on a hot Sunday afternoon.

 507 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color and is opaque, with a 1 finger head that dissipates within a minute. Leaves no lacing behind whatsoever. Smells good, fruity, spicy, lemon, very much like the Weeihen Heffeweiss. Tastes just like the Heffeweis but maybe a bit more citrus/fruity, somehow more alcohol that is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is light to medium and very smooth with good carbonation, goes down well. Very tasty and smooth makes for great drinkability, I feel like I could drink many of these in one session, good stuff.

 531 characters

Photo of halfP1NT
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a cloudy, straw-yellow appearance with a dense, white head. Leaves a bit of lacing behind as I drink.

Smell is very hefe-like. Bready, yeasty, grainy, cloves, spices, banana. Possibly a hint of alcohol.

Taste is reminiscent of a hefeweizen: spice, fruit, clovey, very flavorful. There is an additional alcohol kick, but never becomes overwhelming. Soft carbonation makes for a wonderfully velvety mouthfeel; keeps me wanting another sip. Full of spicy, fruity flavor, but never becomes cloying. Absolutely delicious and drinkable.

Wheat beers are not necessarily my favorite style, but this weizenbock really stands out. A real treat! This brewery never ceases to amaze me.

 690 characters

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz capped bottle:

The beer poured a cloudy yellow/light golden color with a big white head that was very well retained and settled into a small thin cap.

The aroma of the beer was very much like the Hefe, along with the mainly wheat aroma, it gave off a hint of banana, spices and possibly some citrus fruits. A hint of a bready aroma was also present.

The taste is very good, bordering on excellent. Classic flavor for a German beer. Again, much like the Hefe and the higher elevated ABV is hidden well.

Moderate to light feel, a little grainy, but still smooth, very refreshing and very easy to drink. Overall, I felt that the beer was just like the Hefe, only filtered.

 687 characters

Photo of mikereaser
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a cloudy yellow with 1/2 inch of foam

S - spices, clove, lemon and grapefruit, some grainy bready aroma

T - bready wheat with lemon zest and a sort of soapy flavor

M/D - decent carbonation and flavor, sort of a refreshing brew, but there is a soapiness to it that turns me off to this one. I don't think i'll get it again.

 335 characters

Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Yellow brown translucent body on first pour but later pours revealed a much more cloudy, opaque appearance. 3.5 inch head that dissipated in 3 minutes. I will rate the more opaque look which appeared in the second half of the bottle. 4.5

S Wheat, malt softness, some alcohol to the nose. Really inviting, interesting. 4.5

T A great, smooth Weizenbock with a classic taste. It is thinner than others that I have had but I suspect that this is how a Weizenbock is supposed to taste. Alcohol is well hidden. 4.5

M Moderate with elevated ABV and grains thickness.

D Great!

Notes: This is liquid goodness. Alcohol could really sneak up on the drinker here since it is so well hidden. This is the 5th and final Weihenstephaner beer that I sampled recently. This one did not dissapoint.

 923 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Nice to taste the tap version versus the bottle. The tap version just screams banana while the bottle is a bit more subtle and complex. I like both, but this is definitely a bit less integrated than the bottled version. Pours a hazy pale golden with a big head. Smells a bit grainy with a touch of vanilla and lots of banana. Tastes of lots of sweet banana, some more vanilla and soft wheat, all followed by some refreshing lemon notes that cut through the rest og the flavors. Thre is a slight bitterness followed by a sweeter finish near the end. Pretty nice overall.

 609 characters

Photo of LittleCreature
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pretty much perfect; big, creamy, domed off white head over a cloudy golden orange body. If it left some lace it would have been a 5.

Smell - 4.0
Much of the wheat beer complexity is hidden behind the higher level of alcohol. Still very spicy, nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, lemon and baked white bread are all there.

Taste - 4.5
Like a stronger version of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, i.e. very good. Tastes of bready wheat malt, lemon, orange, clove, mixed spice and plenty of warming alcohol. Not quite as nice as its little brother.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is lively and super fine.

Drinkability - 4.0
Too strong to be a session beer, but still an easy drinker.

OVERALL - 4.35
As before mentioned, Vitus is much like a stronger version of Hefe, only with reduced drinkability. Being so similar to one of the best beers in the world can only be a good thing. A great beer.

 923 characters

Photo of TheSarge
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vitus pours with a whole bunch of pillowy white head, and the body is actually very light in oranghish and hazy gold in color.

Aroma qualities are very peppery, banana, and clove in character.

The taste is in the same with the aroma. The detection of higher alcohol content is barely detectable from the original hefeweizen that Weihenstephan puts out. The peppery flavor is very prominent and ends with a slightly sweet banana note.

This is one of the most drinkable Weizenbocks. It's less complex then some, especially Aventinus, which makes this a very sneaky brew. It basically is a Weihenstephaner hefeweizen on roids, and hides its strength very well.

 660 characters

Photo of ajr24
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into weizen glass

A- pours surprisingly light for a weizenbock. Cloudy and golden with a frothy white head. Not interested in leaving any lacing.

S- smells fantastic! Fruity esters galore. Lemon zest, banana and clove come through in class Weihenstephaner fashion.

T- tastes of plum, lemon zest, clove and some slight hints of banana.

M- tickles your tongue with a lively texture.

D- the 7.7% abv is well hidden in this one. I consider this to be very drinkable. Can be enjoyed with sipping and with sloshing. I recommend savoring it though.

 569 characters

Photo of dukedevil0
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500mL bottle from BInny's Algonquin.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a good amount of white head.

S: Smells of banana, clove, slight pepper, yeast

T: Very similar to the smell - banana, yeast, clove, slight pepper

M: Very full bodied and highly carbonated

D: Highly drinkable with good flavor and low alcohol taste

 332 characters

Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy white head, with a hazy yellow color. Clove/wheat aroma, essentially smells like a hefeweizen. Taste is sweet and wheaty, a little bit of clove and some taste of bubblegum. It hides the high ABV quite well; there is only a slight hint of alcohol. A fantastic beer; something I'd really enjoy on a hot summers day.

 324 characters

Photo of bigdeuce
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer. Only weizenbock I've had that is not ruby red. It looks like one of those Oktoberfests that are pale. Acts like one too. Nice head not much lacing. Very strong but not detectable. Very strong wheaty and plumby on the nose. Not the typical weizenbock but special in it's ownright. Very fruity, like a belgian, reminds me of delirium tremens. Very good beer.

 385 characters

Photo of MisterClean
3.89/5  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.

 421 characters

Photo of Cresant
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Aventinus glass. The body was cloudy yellow. The head was crisp white and a cap of foam remained, lacing did not.

Smell was subtle, banana skin and lemons. Light graininess.

Taste was very refreshing. Tart and mildly sweet. Nicely balanced. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was zesty but ends smoothly. Body was medium to full.

 365 characters

Photo of electricfields
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Bubbly white head dissipates rather quickly.

S: Bananas and mild sweet citrus. Smells delicious.

T: The taste is that classic banana clove flavor with a strong (but not overwhelming) citric bite to it. Aftertaste is a little bready with a hint of grapefruit or orange. Alcohol is very well disguised, mostly apparent in the finish.

M: The carbonation is good. Pretty much just straight-up perfect. Not carbonated enough to affect the drinkability, and not "flat" enough to affect the flavor. Very well balanced and goes down surprisingly smooth given the 7.7% alcohol content.

D: I'm not much of a wheat beer kinda guy, but I could drink this all night and be pretty damn happy with it. This is a fine beer. Highly recommended.

 763 characters

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice unfiltered cloudy golden yellow with a big white head.

Aroma is wonderfully wheaty with all the correct esters. There was banana, clove, cinnamon, oranges and breads. Just wonderful. My nose didn't want to give my mouth a chance.

Taste was just as nice. Waves of estery flavors until a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and medium to light bodied. Easy drinking.

Fantastic Weizenbock and now one of my favorites of all time.

 456 characters

Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 1,161 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.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe