Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
11.2 oz bottle (2008/08641) poured into a snifter on November 11, 2010. The bottle mentions that it is a recreation of an accidental freezing of Aventinus during transport in 1930's. Also, according to the label, this is an ale.
Clear dark brown with a muddy off white creamy head didn't stay in its full glory for too long and subsided into a thin film on the beer, and left no lacing on its way.
Aroma is a lot of good things: Toffee, caramel, toast, dried plums, raisins, perfume, and understandably, sweet, soft alcohol, approximately in increasing order. Reminiscent of Belgian Quadrupels and English Barleywines. A very rich and superb malt character that is complex, yet clean. Either the aroma is not long lasting, or the alcohol has numbed my sense of smell, but it's getting hard to pinpoint the different elements, especially because it's so well rounded and smooth.
Taste is like a flavorful concoction of dried fruits and alcohol, and the impression of this ale(?) is very close to a better wine. Starts rich and fruity and finishes quite bitter, and dry, with no particular aftertaste. In many respects it's like a fine Belgian ale but still very different. For instance, it achieves an amazingly dry finish, but with low carbonation, and no astringency at all. Very well done! However, I am left desiring more strength.
Mouthfeel of this beer is probably responsible for the lower taste score too, and it is very disappointing. Thin and watery! Especially for an aroma so enticing and a taste so magnificent, the mouthfeel is a complete let down!
Alcohol is felt, and felt again. Had it not been for the thin feel, the drinkability would have been spot on.
Had it again, two days later, side by side with J.W.Lee's Harvest Ale (2002) and Trappistes Rochefort 10 (fresh). This bottle was fresher (2010/012840) and the looks of the beer were significantly better with a big creamy, rocky head and excellent retention and lacing that caused me to bump the score from 4.5 to 5/5.
Massive clove and green apple notes, that were either absent or passed undetected last time, were present, both in taste and aroma while the malt character seemed smaller against the other beers. It was interesting to see that how a beer that seemed very malt forward by itself had other elements (fruit, spice) that came out beautifully when contrasted against others. It was easy to detect the base German beer character too, that seemed lost in the previous bottle.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2010 22:09:58 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: murky brown and opaque - I dropped it centrally into a snifter and got a massive dense head of foam that took some time to slim down into a filmy tan cap; brief motes of lace trailed behind
S: boozy fruits, like dates, plums and figs; overripe banana and thick dense bread
T: banana and ripe dark fruit, booze and spice, particularly clove; some distant dark cherry and maybe a little wet cocoa powder
M: full-bodied and fuzzy soft/smooth; peppery spikes of spice and alcohol tingle a bit at first, but are then suffused by the creamy malts
O: clearly a top-of-the-line ale, although you need to want that sweet, fruity, boozy drinking experience. My first eisbock, I liken it to a quad or a wheatwine - rich and deep, totally enjoyable, but not something I'd reach for casually.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 23:20:26 | More by Greywulfken
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours with half a finger of soft white head. The color is dark brown with some lighter touches around the edges. Active carbonation is very light.
Smell: Bright cloves and bananas explode out of the bottle. Dark fruits with accents of plums, papaya, cedar, and tobacco work their way on to the scene after the front. There is a sting of booze on the back end that really pulls your attention, but not in a negative way.
Taste: Spices and booze hit on the front. Dark fruits, bananas, and cloves warm up on the body. That warming heat lingers throughout the body and into the finish. Earth and tobacco go well with the booze on the back end. Exotic spices round this one out.
Mouthfeel: I kind of love the tongue numbing booze this one brings. Lots of fruits and spices play a great compliment as well.
Overall: My first Eisbock and this was a treat. Reminded me of a big boozy quad. Glad I got a classic of the style to establish a benchmark.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 03:16:49 | More by KFBR392
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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