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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,274 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 168
Gots: 211 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Ratings: 2,274 | Reviews: 1,109
Photo of Catalina
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't found a better beer - smooth, creamy, caramel-ly, scrumptious. If it gets any better, I want to know!

Photo of doktorhops
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Schneider Weisse beer review has been a long time coming, and this is none other than their Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, Eisbock being based on the Lager style of Bock, which is German for ‘billy goat’ [go on, look it up, I dare ya]. ‘Eis’ is German for ‘ice’ and this style is made by freezing the Doppelbock barrel and scraping off the ice - meaning the alcohol content is higher than it would have normally been (as a side note: this is similar to the technique used by BrewDog to create their monster 40%+ ABV brews). Anyway back to Schneider Weisse - I once mentioned casually that I thought their Tap 7 Hefeweizen was as good as Weihenstephaner... well I finally got my hands on a bottle of Tap 7 [review forthcoming].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Bronze-copper cloudy body with a nice half centimetre beige head that I’m amazed is there in the first place (12% ABV beers don’t normally retain any head). I’m giving an extra point for that. 9/10.

S: Deadly! There’s an unmistakeable aroma of over-ripe banana from the Weizen, but lurking in the background is one mother*****r of a huge ethyl alcohol note - I’m concerned I may be drinking disinfectant. There are added bread, dark fruit and brown sugar touches in there as well. Smells good... but deadly. 8/10.

T: Yes, it’s got a LOT of alcohol, but it’s been hidden well amongst the flavours of: over-ripe banana, clove, raisin, date, bread and brown sugar. This is one Eisbock that goes down deceptively easy... then “oh look, I’m tipsy”, not really but it does sneak up on you nonetheless. The finish is a curious mix of evaporating alcohol and bitter medicinal herbs. It is sweet, but not a sugar bomb. A+ Schneider Weisse. 10/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a touch of cloying from the sugar and a creamy/dense Weizen carbonation. 8/10.

D: I do love a good Doppelbock... and I love a good Weizen, and this is both - so of course I love it. Cons: It’s a bit OTFT* This is definitely a night-cap of a beer. Also drink it chilled, I had it room temp and as a result it was a tad much. Otherwise I say prost! You will enjoy this if your love for Doppels and Weizens is as strong as mine. 9/10.

Food match: The back label has a few suggestions (in German) among which is “tiramisu and fully ripe parmesan” - hold the parmesan and you’ve got a deal.

*Over The F*****g Top.

Photo of Schneider26
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Did not care for the medicine alcohol flavor

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light brown color. Large spots for lace. Moderate head.

Smells of banana, clove and semisweet chocolate.

Lots of wheat on the tongue. Some sweet bread flavor as well. Strong banana in the swallow. A slightly sweet aftertaste. Good body with a high carbonation level. Very smooth.

Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Unfiltered, muddy brown body with 1/2 finger of dense off-white head. Good lacing. Head reduces to a cap and collar.

S - Belgian yeast. Plenty of dark fruit sweetness. Maybe a touch of leather or tobacco in the back.

T - Yeast upfront, then super rich and sweet dark fruit (fig, raisin). Then some brown sugar and molasses. Finishes with more fruit and yeast. A touch of booze in the finish too.

M - Very drinkable for the abv. Lower carb. Not too sticky/syrupy. Definitely more of a dessert beer.

O - A little too sweet to have regularly but delicious and drinkable for such a boozy beer.

Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/26/14. Dark brown pour. Outstanding head volume, poor lacing and almost normal retention.

Wonderful nose of dark fruit (raisin, prune, date), hints of banana and clove over a rich malt base. As it warms, medicinal alcohol notes become dominant.

Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class and packs a wallop. It begins with a wave of dark fruit, that is mostly prune, over a clove background that is always present. As the prune fades, a balancing malt sweetness emerges. The middle becomes a bit medicinal from the alcohol and has a subtle bitterness underneath. As the finish approaches, malts make their strongest showing over notes of clove and dark fruit. The finish is a long slow medicinal alcohol fade leaving a pucker and burn at the back of the throat.

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

Very much as advertised, a stronger version of one of my absolute favorite beers - Unser Aventinus.

But I don't really need - nor want - the higher ABV.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; cola brown with lighter brown at the edges; light brown head that receded to a wispy cap;

S: the first thing I recognized was root beer, but dark fruit quickly overwhelmed that; molasses there as well; a little alcohol;

T: very malty; dark fruit; molasses; a mild metallic bitterness at the end; not cloying at all;

M: full bodied; highly carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: not clear at all and highly carbonated - both odd for the style; flavor and aroma were tremendous;

Photo of sokol_1993
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: dark red-black. Not much head.

Smell: Intensely, extremely fruity. Cherry, banana. Sublime.

Taste: Sweet taste of dark fruits, especially cherry, that mask the very high alcohol level really well. Not as sweet as Kasteel Donker, but somewhat similar. Maltiness come out at the end, and some bitterness of roasted malt comes out, but not that much, and the taste of fruit is still stronger.

Feel: A full-body, viscous. The viscosity just resonated within me really well.

Overall: One of the best beer I have had in a while, and I was surprised when I first taste it by how excellent it is. Will surely have it again.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with a friend. Dark brown color with a creamy off-white head. Loads of banana in the aroma with some cola, chocolate, and alcohol mixed in. Very complex. Huge malt presence and very sweet, but not cloying. Full bodied, strong, smooth and warming. Not an everyday drinker, but a nice treat from time to time.

Photo of djack8617
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Dark molasses brown with robust head that dissipates rather quickly. Moderate light penetration that gives a cloudy hue to the beer

S- acidic smell which lingers on the olfactory nerves.

T- Malty smooth taste.

F- Smooth

Photo of SomethingClever
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: big bubbly head that goes nowhere quickly

S: huge Banana some clove

T: banana and clove very smooth

M: has a very thick feel like every ABV you can taste

O: this is a pretty good beer I'm not sure it is amazing but it has some great kick to it.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

- very fast dissipating head with a black hue to the beer, not the classic German look
-best smelling lager style beer i have every put to my nose, the alot of dark fruit notes with some German yeast in the mix, quite a bit to sit and pick through
-Hands down the best lager style beer i have had, great dark fruit flavors like a quad but with the crispness of a lager, underlying wheat body very smooth
-for a beer that has so many notes it may feel overpowering but it is one of the smoother beers i have had, the flavor goes in and it all ties together
-One of the best beers i have had i will remember this for time to come and drink many more

Photo of aidman
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a brick wall of straight alcohol. I'm sure some can appreciate this, but an eisbock may just be too intense for me

Photo of mistersifter86
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle - best before 10th July 2019. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep rich dark brown, turning to a ruby red when presented to light. Thin head that quickly dissipates around the centre, hanging on to the edge of the glass.
S: Viciously complex - dark fruits, molasses sweetness. Caramel. The classic banana/clove notes that only the greatest wheat beers produce.
T: Wow. Take a belgian quad, and ramp up the taste profile. Dark fruit, massive sweetness. Banana notes linger on the palate. I would swear there was added sugar to this, but no. The magic of the eisbock. So rich, so amazing.
M: Low to medium carbonation, decent mouthfeel however a bit thinner than regular Aventinus maybe?
O: This is the daddy. I'll never forget the day I tried the original Schneider Weisse for the first time. I've been lucky enough to sample their product fresh in Munich consistently over the past two years. Sadly their bottled product does not compare to drinking the real thing fresh, however this is a true advertisement of what this special brewery is capable of. A true magnum opus - herzlichen glückwunsch, Schneider.

Photo of dank203
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, so complex and layered. big dark fruit, almost grapy or vinous. hint of clove and pepper and lot of sweet bready notes

Photo of interzen
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours mahogany brown with a thin, slightly tinted head. Good head retention but minimal lacing. Settles down to a thin, foam cap. Slight sedimentation although it would appear that the pour left most of it in the bottle.

Smell: There's a real car-crash of smells here: sweetness abounds - think bubblegum, dark malts, burnt sugar, molasses and fruit. Definite hints of bananas and cloves but very little in the way of alcohol - there's a slightly medicinal, phenolic hint but sweetness dominates. Very much so.

Taste: Tastes much like it smells, albeit with added bananas. Quite where that comes from I couldn't say, but the overriding taste is that of slightly overripe bananas with a hint of cloves and burnt sugar. The alcohol is extremely well hidden - there's a nice, warming feeling in the back of the throat and stomach but that's about your lot. Probably a bit too sweet for my tastes but nonetheless it's not unpleasant.

Feel: Dangerous! Not massively carbonated and not excessively heavy either given the petroleum-grade ABV. There's a slightly sticky finish to it but I personally don't mind that. TL;DR - it doesn't feel like a 12% brew any more than it tastes like one.

Overall: Make no mistake, this is a heavy hitter - it's more deserving of an octane rating than an ABV. That said, if you're prepared to spend the time sipping and appreciating the multitude of flavours on offer then it's a very rewarding beer. Drinking more than a couple in one session probably isn't a good idea unless industrial-strength hangovers are your thing (don't ask ...!)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into weiss glass. Cloudy mocha with a tall tan head that quickly drops to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, clove, and alcohol. Taste is clove, alcohol, phenol, fig, banana, bready malts. Certainly malt-forward, but the sweetness is held in check by the other elements. Medium-full body, very creamy and sticky around the mouth, velvety soft carbonation, with an astringent finish.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's been a hard night of drinking
and this still stands up with multiple beverages
dark brown body off white head thats sticks
lovely candied aroma
sweet malty taste
Das, das ist gut

Photo of tommy5
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer rating #2000

Earthy fig/date aroma and flavor they lingers a good 10 seconds. Delish!

Photo of thehyperduck
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle-in-a-carton picked up at the LCBO; bottled Aug 12 2013 and served at cellar temperature. Eisbock is a new style for me, but I've tried multiple Schneider & Sohn products over the years and loved them all.

Pours an opaque chestnut brown colour with some reddish highlights, topped off with one finger of creamy, off-white head. Retention is pretty good - the dense foam remains in place for more than a few minutes, slowly seeping away until only a modest cap and collar remain. The aroma is rich and fruity, consisting of big notes of red grape, prune and raisin, in addition to accompanying hints of banana, caramel, bready malts, clove and ethanol. Colour me enticed.

Wow - this is a seriously intense brew, with sweet flavours of caramel and molasses figuring in strongly throughout the sip. Fruity flavours of ripe banana and prune are also quite dominant, with added notes of brown pear, cherry, red wine and raisins. The profile finishes with spicy, yeasty hints of clove, vanilla and cinnamon, as well as a marked, boozy warming effect in the aftertaste. Full-bodied, with low carbonation levels that result in a beer with an exceptionally silky-smooth feel, which provides a satisfying presence on the palate. One person could probably finish off this bottle without too much trouble - but beer this delicious simply demands to be shared with friends.

Final Grade: 4.76, a mind-boggling A+. The standard "Tap 6" Aventinus was already one of my favourite beers to begin with - but Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock manages to blow its (still-impressive) little brother completely out of the water. This is an incredibly well-made beer, and of the several-hundred different brews that I've reviewed on this site, it would not be a stretch to say that this is definitely one of the best of the bunch - the perfect way to celebrate 850 reviews. Great value at its Ontario price point, and an absolute must-try - I'll definitely be picking up a few more bottles, to ensure that I will be able to enjoy this stellar brew even after the local stock runs dry.

Photo of Takahiro
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: poured with a dense off-white head. opaque and black
Smell: prune, banana, caramelized sugar, faint alcohol, faint roast
Taste: caramelized sugar, raisins, pureed and cooked prune, alcohol, chocolate, earthy and spicy hop bitterness... very complex, but in a good way
Feel: sweet finish
Overall: this reminds very much of good Trappist, along the line of Rochefort 10 and Chimay Grand Reserve, although a bit more sweeter. A nice beer to sip on during winter times.

Photo of LADaveBN
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark redish brown with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Nose is ripe Asian pear. Feel is very rich. Taste is a little boozy, touch of sweetness, and then a big malty finish. An outstanding beer. Pour slowly to minimize sediment in your glass.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Schneider eisbock drank

Photo of mattytwohats
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aventinus Eisbock: an epic battle on the palette, like a bullfighter: high risk but high rewards.

The first encounter is like the moment you're just about to fall into a peaceful sleep and being slapped in the face with a wet salmon. At first it will piss you off but shortly after you'll be like ...wasn't really the salmons fault

The scent is slightly confusing like when you think you're smelling a sausage roll only to realise it's your own body odour.

Suitable for dungeons and other dark places...would not recommend drinking anywhere where photosynthesis can take place

Flavours: hmmm where do I start: has hints of banana that a child has regurgitated. Like a burnt caramel flower stomped into methylated spirits yet blessed by the gods of the eastern block.

The loss of motor skills is something that needs to be accepted and will fare with time

A forcible scent, stings the nostrils. Please note: maximum human consumption: 2. One time I saw a dude order 3 I think his name was grim r...or maybe Reaper G?



Not recommended for drinking in sunshine or seeing sunshine for 12-24 hours after consumption.

Tastes like a burnt out log fire doesed in red paradol liquid from your childhood.

Enjoy in a bulbous Aventinus glass.

Only beer that I have ever consumer whilst slaying a dragon....See you in hell.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.