Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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4.75/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
So yeah, wow.
I was a fan of the normal Aventinus and quite enjoyed its banana bread creamy sweet dark mileu. Then I heard about it's steroid abusing older brother, and I had to have it.
Thankfully the Whole Foods on Haight St in San Francisco has a semi-amazing selection, including this little gem, standing short next to the bomber+1/2 of the regular variety. Looks are deceiving.
So first of all let's acknowledge the 12% abv and agree that, yes, it's very strong, but in no way does this detract from the experience. On the contrary it adds a sharp slice of danger and fun to what is essentially one of the sweetest and most open-armed heavyweights I've ever experienced.
It looks like it should: dark belgian brown color, minimal but creamy head, sliding like effervescent oil (whatever that is) into the glass. It looks serious without a whiff of foreboding.
Smells like its (larger) little brother: bananas, raisins, and a bushel of apples. In fact, there are literally several dozen apples inside my glass at this very moment. And the best part is that they don't overpower the taste. It's still bursting with that sweet bread high and the almost pruny low end - in a good way. There's a slight hint of the alcohol in the olfactory, I must admit.
Tastes like a champ, hands down. By that I mean that it fulfills all the promise of the nose, sweet and dark and fruity and the absolute complexity you'd hope to experience from a brew of this caliber. And truly, that 12% abv doesn't present itself on the palate.
It goes down smooth, it's interesting to the point of distraction, and it leaves an aftertaste like devouring a rainforest's worth of exotic fruit - and then drinking meade or some other mythological alcoholic concoction which we cannot fathom in modern terms of thought. Basically it's smoother than you'd think, richer than it has any right to be, and masks its muscle well.
I love it. Highly impressed.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2011 07:24:22 | More by optimistictour
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4/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Dark maple syrup brown, cloudy, a finger of light beige head, opaque so can’t see any carbonation.
S: Very weizen like, dark fruits like dates and figs, ripe bananas, floral, black pepper, ripe banana peels, a slight fermented fruit.
T: Big weizen flavours, dark fruit, dates and figs, ripe bananas, tannic, sweet, big alcohol flavours, little bitterness. Brown sugar.
M: Thick, weighty syrupy body, medium high fine bubbled carbonation.
O: My first in this style. A strong beer that’s well done and a sipper, but very drinkable. Complex good flavours, reminiscent of a weizen.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 04:06:51 | More by patre_tim
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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