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

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

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1,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 1825
Reviews: 1021
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%

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Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this from a 330ml bottle - this is A LOT for a 12% beer:

A - I would say like Coke if people did not construe this negatively but it kind of looks like cloudy coke - kind of rustic and naturbelassen only let down is the head that fizzes away

S - Wheat, dark fruit some roast malt similar to normal Weizenbock but you can smell the alcohol in it and there s no roast nuts

T - Like Aventinus which is in my view one of the worlds best beers but you also taste the alcohol almost a dark rum like note to it

M - Medium carbonation, smooth slight prickle

D - The only downside because it is VERY substantial and you will feel the alcohol - a 150ml bottle would be optimal

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 15:05:08 | More by DerBayer
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage into Duvel tulip.

I'd expected from this one to be merely an Aventinus on steroids, an amassment of standard weizenbock flavors without much complexity but so much fuller and stronger, although it's hard to imagine a stronger Aventinus which itself is a kind of buildup of hefeweizen qualities.

Opaque ruby brown topped by resistant moussy tan head gradualy subsiding into solid cap that remains. Rich aroma of dark fruits represented by figs, raisins, prunes and cherries with accompaining fruity tartness and addition of banana and bubble gum. Melanoidins were bringing bitter-sweetish sensations of lightly toasted bread.

Very malty with apparently no hops. Marriage of dried dark fruits with melanoidins and addition of vestigial flavors of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Plum brandy and blueberry liqueur round the flavor profile.
Excellent, so much complexity and intensity in here, qualities of quad and imperial stout combined.

Full bodied, always at the edge of being syrupy but never crossing the line. Extremely well hidden alcohol can be barely felt in the throat - just wondering where all the 12% had gone.

Alcohol will get you, but won't hit you, no, you will be laid down caressed by invisible weightless hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 19:32:14 | More by crnipeter
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a recommendation from our brew club expert.

A- Murky reddish brown with a persistent off white creamy head that coats the glass. Very leggy as you expect of a 12 ABV beer. Cloudy is good here since it is a wheat beer.

S- Rich dark malt with floral and fruit notes that swirl together and recombine into something a little different with each sip. And I do mean sip with this one.

T- Like the nose, the flavor shifts across the palate. Dark fruit, fresh cherry and very little bitterness. The alcohol is well concealed but it will sneak up.

M- Full, smooth and well carbonated which captures the wheat beer style and avoids being syrupy. No heat from the alcohol.

O- This is one amazing beer. A wheat ice dopplebock. Complex like a good cognac and I could see savoring this with a good cigar.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 22:37:44 | More by mschind
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Rootbeer or cola brown with absolutely no head. A slight haze of whispy smoke covers the top of the brew. This is purple when held to candlelight and the hoards of sea monkeies dancing in the brew become visible.

S - Wonderous aroma of chocolate cake, tootsie rolls, LIttle Debbie snack cakes, yeasty chocolate coated donuts, some gentle grapey vinous scents, and light touches of leafy hops.

T - German chocolate cake, loads of yeast, and a humongous alcohol presence dominate the palate. Behind the chocolatey malt and strong spiced rum alcohol flavors, a gentle hop bitterness adds to a dry finish.

M - Super thick and gritty with a huge alcohol kick in the teeth. This has as much in common with a fine scotch as it does beer.

D - The gargantuan alcohol burn makes this a slow sipper, not a sessioner, but I will return to this once in a while when there is time to slowly enjoy this fine brew. I drank this by candlelight when our power was knocked out one snowstormy night and this was the perfect warming beverage for the occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 18:37:35 | More by pmcadamis
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a gobblet, with an etched bottle number on the back side

A: Pours a deep dark hazy brown, then turns almost completly black is all the contents are emptied into the glass, a one inch head of pallid tan and tight and tiny bubbles gathers loosly on top of the glass, as you sit drinking this the beer begins to look better (if not more menacing) as it sits in the glass, daring you to take another sip, I was actually suprised to see any head at all on such a huge beer so damn.

S: Quite a bit of dusty yeast and dark fruits, plums and raisins rolled in some severly sugary and thick molases, it really gives no hints as to what is in store.

T/MF: This is a big big beer, but on the first sip it hides this fact, it begins rather meekly with a yeast and sugar opening not unlike a quadruppel, but then after a bit dark raisin and plum and other such fruits blend together and work to build a slick and delicioulsy hot alocholic heat in the mouth. Near the end the dusty yeast that opened comes bubbling back with avengence and brings a decent hop slickness along to boot, but really this beer is more about the interplay between the yeast and malts, which I have to say lends to is one of the most amazing mouthfeels in any beer I have ever tasted.

D: This beer does not hide what it is, a big old ice beer, but I don't care, it is still incredibly drinkable and fun to drink as well, just having this beer do its work in your mouth is worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 02:25:38 | More by bluemoonswoon
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South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #2002 so I am assuming a 2002 Vintage

I had received this one in a trade a while back and had been holding onto it for a good long time,waiting for the right time to crack this beauty. Well lately I have given up waiting for a special
time to crack a beer and instead I decided to just go for it and have at some of the deepest reaches of my cellar. Last night it was time for this. Pulled this one out and served it right at cellar temp and poured into a tall, footed pilsner glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice indeed. First off, there were tons and tons of floaties in this one. Thick clumps of yeast are literally everywhere bouncing up and down inside the glass. Other then those though there was some really nice clarity to it, letting you knows most had been concentrated into the clumps. The color on this was outstanding; a rich deep, caramel colored orange was presented
in front of me. Hints of dark ruby, or purple as well, really a very rich, and dark color. A nice
three inch high head of off white colored foam then took over the top and gently settled down into a
thin layer before finally staying at about a half an inch throughout the rest of the session. Copious
amounts of side glass lace were present as well.

Smell - The aroma was equally as rich and sweet as I thought it would be. No hint of any kind of
alcohol in this one at all, which was really shocking. A smooth aroma could be picked up, very earthy,
with deep, sweet malt tones coming through strong, and early. Hints of caramel, and strong dark fruit
were also easily picked up in here. Really nice blend, touches of plums and raisins being most
notable. Slight hint of grass way in the back, and at times almost a honey like sweetness to it.

Taste - The flavor was the best I could have hoped for in this style, it was simply top notch all the
way. A super smooth, creamy palate was explored buy the delicate malt tones that came over your tongue
in waves. Nothing harsh about the flavor here at all, everything was so well blended and smooth that
it was remarkable that this was 12%abv. Big notes of caramel and earthy malts opened the show right
away and got things off to a really nice start. Bready malts stealing the show on this one, until the
nice tones of dark yeast start to come through. Lots of plums and raisins were then becoming even more
evident, and the sweetness of honey coming out very nicely. This was the smoothest flavor I could have
imagined, just absolutely wonderful in richness and complexity.

Mouthfeel - This also had to be the creamiest beer I have ever had in my life. The texture was just
beautiful. Not too heavy and not too light, it was a work of art at times. Such nice carbonation, it
had that effect of just coating everything that it touched, I was really floored by how good this was
and how well it came off.

Drinkability - Now here it was as good as it gets. You are talking about something that was over 12%
ABV and you could not even tell. I would have thought this was a session ale, and I actually almost
drank it as such. Unbelievably smooth, the texture and flavor were remarkable. I would have gone for
another one in a second if I had one. It was simply superb.

Overall I have to say this is one of the finest drinks of any kind that I have ever had. I really do
not have a bad word to say about it. Everything just went really perfectly. One of the classic
examples of the style, I cannot wait to be able to try this one again, it really is that good!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 13:52:38 | More by mikesgroove
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New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. 2007/13980.

A- Chestnut brown with a deep, thick haze. Huge creamy head with lengthy retention and lots of lace.

S- Banana bread, raisins, cloves, some licorice and a hint of sourdough.

T- Wow. It's like being hit with a boxing glove made out of banana bread. Instant warming. Big, complex palate of raisins, malt and syrup; with a measure of thanksgiving spices and a sourdough body. Alcohol is right up front, but not at all unpleasant.

M- Cold, a bit syrupy, with a warming finish.

D- Very drinkable despite the 12% abv. Not overly carbonated or too sweet.

This truly is a world-class beer. Striking taste and unique complexity; a perfect fall or winter warmer.

Also of note--glassware truly makes a difference with this beer. My first time I had it in the traditional chilled Aventinus glass, and the second time was in a standard chilled pint glass. To get the full bouquet and flavor experience you need the traditional glassware.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 21:56:31 | More by Micahman
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle that I purchased at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids a few weeks ago for $4.79 into my Duvel Green tulip glass. 12.0 % ABV as listed on the label of my bottle. The following is printed on the back label: 2008/26211

A Dark brown body that has the greatest weizenbock glow in front of direct (and intense) light source. I had to hold it close to a light bulb to enjoy the subtle brown/dark caramel glow. Head is a 3 inch generous, bubbly light brown that stuck around for about 2 minutes, dissipating to a ring around the top with an island in the middle. Finally, sediment floating in my glass adds that classic, unfiltered look as well. Almost no lacing, however. 4.5

S Well it has that excellent Aventinus malt, wheat, banana, clove goodness but I perceive more alcohol in this one as well. I will now admit to a great bias to this smell in a beer, one of the greatest beers in the world. That being said, objectively it is complex, interesting, inviting. It cannot be improved. 5.0

T Oh, just great! The clove, banana, wheat, sweet malt are all there along now with a ramped up alcohol. They have taken a world class beer and actually made it better. 5.0

M Nice carbonation allows this beer to dance across the tongue and the malt syrupy stickiness thickens things up in a wonderful way. I do not recall this much carbonation in the regular Aventinus. Between the carbonation, the malt sweetness, the other tastes I am full after 11.2 ounces. Indeed, this beer is like a meal! 5.0

D This will be savored but it is a one and done. 4.0

Notes: I am blown away. Again, to take a world class beer and actually improve on it? Incredible. This was one expensive beer, about $0.42 per ounce but it is worth every penny. Everyone reading this should seek out and try Aventinus Eisbock. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 00:42:50 | More by adamette
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass at appropriate temperature.

Appearance: Hazy, tawny brown. Deep and rich.
Smell: Spicy notes from the wheat, and caramel.
Taste: Tart cherry, classic dry spiciness of wheat beer, and a lingering turbinado sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected with this alcohol content, with small and crisp carbonation. My personal preference would be a slightly heavier mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Absolutely terrifyingly smooth and easy to drink, yet full of big flavors.

This is a well-developed and remarkable brew. It appeals to my love for big, strong beers, but the tartness and malted wheat make it unique. One of my favorites! I wonder how it ages...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:00:56 | More by jmusic
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult to drink many of these if you're at a place where you have to order. "May I please have an Aventinus Weizen Eisbock" is something I can only say before I've even had one of said beer.

I absolutely love the smell of this beer. Weihenstephaner Vitus is what turned me on to the wheat bock styles, with their clovey, banana-y goodness and their sneaky high alcohol content. I first tried the regular aventinus and when I heard about an aventinus that was a more concentrated version I couldn't believe it.

I drink this beer out of a wine glass to remind me not to throw it down the hatch like I would with some oher beers (after the intial tasting of course). I don't think any of the flavors in this beer are subtle, but each sip is worth a savor.

I can drink this stuff all night... if I pace myself right

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:07:27 | More by musicman575
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

that lovely unidentifiable purple-tinged ruby hue. no end to the satiny suds. replenishes with a flick of the wrist, still left behind after the well is dry.

absolutely mesmerizing blend of plum, vanilla, clove, and candied pear - olfaction satisfaction. nothing "yeasty". old-fashioned kind of perfume in the air. dried floral - lilac? ugh, i don't know.

the clove and vanilla come to the fore atop a very delicate malt foundation. esters abound but, then again, they don't. while the fruit flavors incredibly apparent, they are incredibly rounded off to the point of essence. the alcohol, though deceptively mellow, feels like it intensifies or gives more substance to the overall palate.

ridiculous creamy mouthfeel, silky soft and smooth, nary a burn from alcohol. spectral-lightness. as much as the lightest of lagers I'll confess.

out of the bottle, this is a treat. few parallel on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 03:14:20 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle. Bottle No: 03495 (2001). You can tell that whatever is inside this bottle special. I served my sample in an official 0,5l Aventinus Weizen glass.

Appearance: A deep, cloudy brown beer with amber edges and a massive off-white foam head -- good retention. There is yeast in the bottle, hence its being a cloudy brew. Personally, I recommend that you pour 2/3 into the glass then take the remainder and swirl up that yummy yeast and pour it into the glass too.

Smell: Phenolic/clovey with musty aromas, soft grains.

Taste: Smooth, creamy and beyond malty on first contact. Malt body is full, thick, syrupy with treacle, honey, coffee, buttery toffee, chocolate, rum and a unique tropical fruity quality way back on the palate. Clove flavours pop-up all over, and you can taste a bit of the wheat and its husky tannins. Alcohol is there, and warming. Things get a bit coarse for a moment as a raw hop flavour tries is hardest to break thru the malt. It fails. The malt wins, and as a result there's very little bitterness (touch of cheesy flavour and feel, but it's real of hidden). Finish is soft, with all sorts of wacky residuals on the palate.

Notes: This is one rich and robust beer with incredible depth and complexity. I love this beer. It's got a Plato of 28.7 or around a 1.117 specific gravity, which is very high. Hard to tell the alcohol content without knowing how it finished, but you can be assured that it's very high, especially given the freezing process of this beer -- said to be around 12-13%abv. This beer is a must for wheat beer and/or beer cellaring fans. Absolutely luscious.

Up until the 1940's, Aventinus was shipped all over Bavaria in containers lacking temperature control. Consequently, the precious drink partially froze during transportation. Unaware that theb rew was concentrated by the separation of water from the liquid, people were baffled by this stronger version of Aventinus. By chance, the first Aventinus Eisbock was created.

Well aware of this story, Hans Peter Drexler, brewmaster at the Schneider Brewery, decided to recreate this classic "mistake" in a modern controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock is reborn sixty years later. Now it's brewed in limited qualities throughout the year.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2002 15:00:07 | More by Todd
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 003640, re-reviewed 5/7/12, bottle #015817.

Pours out to a murky dark brown, forming an large-marge, poofy light tan head with excellent retention and average lacing. Flittering bits of particulate and flocculant yeast settle to the bottom and rise again. Swamp soup. Thick layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is moderately strong, ~3 carbs. Aroma is bursting with fruit....raw apple cider, black cherries, a whallop of cloves, bananas in bushels, yeast. Mmmmm, mmmm. Mouthfeel is effervescent which hides it's dense body with a slick, non-cloying finish despite it's alcohol strength and body. Meshuggenah. Taste is like Aventinus with 'roid-rage. Amygdala overload. Firm alcohol presence is Mixolocrian...Sticky sweet malts in 3/2 hemiola cacophony over 5/4 silk chanteuse. Smoldering finish tills the cows come home. Toffee, caramel, banana, clove, raisins, dates, brandy...a sublime punch in the face. Rzzz! Weasels ripped my nads! I think me likes...me likes! The cat's pyjamamamas.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 22:46:14 | More by Mitchster
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with an offwhite head. Little lacing but a lasting head.

Smells like alcoholic fruit. Dark ripe fruit with spicy hops.

Tastes a bit phenolic with a spicy fruit start, sliding into chocolate and rum. Slight breadyness that finishes smooth.

Alcohol doesn't burn and makes this very drinkable, but 12% is a bit much for more than 1.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 01:08:50 | More by KoG
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burgundy color with a brown hue, minimal head, there is carb action pushing particles to the top (probably yeast).

Has a toffee/licorice malt aroma.

Mod/heavy sweet/acidic/bitter and licorice/molasses malt taste with a crisp orange/grapefruit hops flavor.

Full bodied, syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a smooth astringent finish.

Very drinkable for the style, well balanced, and has unique licorice/molasses twist to the smooth aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 00:29:56 | More by Troyone
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a one-finger creamy beige head that thins to a quarter-inch layer.

Smell: Deep and rich malty and fruity aromas: bananas, dates, caramel and alcohol.

Taste: Fruity and malty. Flavors of banana, dark fruit, raisins, dates and caramel. The finish is spicy and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich, full-bodied with tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious and drinkable, despite the alcohol.

Overall: This is my first expereince with the Eisbock style. Amazingly rich and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 05:38:30 | More by EPICAC
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 00459 (2007).
A: Poured from 11.2oz bottle into cervoise. Cloudy dark cinnamon hue with light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Banana, clove, and bread. Simply wonderful!
T: Mmmm...taste well reflects the aroma...that wonderful banana and clove combo. Not very complex, but with this amazing taste...who cares?! Slight fresh bite to it (I would guess this softens with cellaring).
M: Slightly slick on the tongue...doesn't coat.
D: Very tasty brew and the high ABV is completely unnoticeable (that is until after you finish the last drop!). I love this style and it is a wonderful representative. Highly recommended.
I've seen cellaring has been recommended...I look forward to revisiting this one over the next few years.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 01:15:05 | More by mwilbur
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: in the bottle 2007 # 01619

Pours a rich caramel cider color, swirled the yeast with the last couple ounces, it was flocculated though, due do the age, into little hard clumps.

Nice head quickly dissipates, good carbonation with little flecks of yeast.

Slight scent of alcohol, banana and cloves and tasty caramel

Strong notes of caramel, banana, and clove, even some prune and raisin and a rich buttery smoothness, very warming, halfway through and the cobwebs have been dusted off my brain. Reminiscent of a warm banana bread with butter rum.

you can taste the alcohol in the finish but it holds a backseat to all the complementary flavors

This was my first beer of the day and I am left with a warm, relaxed euphoria. This is why I love beer.

Due to the alcohol this is no session beer, two of these will have you talkin funny.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:51:30 | More by Stonebreaker
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As my beer taste refines, I like to try new things. Enter Aventinus, as recommended by some friends. Pours with more carbonation, but settles out quickly. The nose is a bit yeasty, but very pleasant. The taste is full and immediate. The cloudy chocolate brown presentation some find a bit imposing, but after a taste, I find myself willing to want another. The taste is smooth and exotic. So many flavors come across the palate that I find my taster confused, but very pleased. It is difficult to pinpoint the flavors, but raisins and a bit of beechwood come to mind as I recall my dad breaking a branch to allow me to smell and taste the unique beechwood flavor. This is one German brew that comes up tasting like the monks of Belgium had a hand in the recipe. This brew is outstanding! It has some sweetness about it, but not like the Christmas brews. It is certainly worth a taste, especially if you enjoy the Belgian brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 05:13:19 | More by micalj
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost completely opaque. 1 finger of head which reduced pretty quickly.

Smell - The odour immediately seems like a strong dunkelweizen. Lots of sweet banana, malts, spices and other fruits.

Taste - Is this an Eisbock, or is it some kind of freaky Uber Double Imperial Dunkelweizen? The latter seems more accurate to me, although it is amazing that a beer like this can be brewed following the modern equivalent of the Reinheitsgebot. This certainly isn't lacking in dark wheat beer characters, with loads of spices, dark fruits, and even significant banana flavours. Very well balanced, and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy, a little too cloying.

Drinkability - Dangerously good for 12% ABV.

Overall - This is one of the best smelling and tasting beers in the world, but unfortunately it cannot be called the best beer in the world due to minor weaknesses in other areas. Still, anyone who likes wheat beers and beers over 8% ABV absolutely must try Aventinus Weizen Eisbock. It is absolutely amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 09:45:42 | More by Cs1987
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An almost purple brown with a gentle head. Not much retention. Good carbonation with lots of floaty bits.

Smell is rich and sweet with banana, raisins, figs, and cloves. Dark wheat malts.

What can I say about the taste? Superb caramel wheat malt, banana, cloves, dark fruits and superbly hidden, faint alcohol.

A creamy feel with a supple silkiness. Lightly chewy.

So easy to drink it ought to be illegal.

From tasting notes 12/01/09

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 05:07:29 | More by scootny
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is long-necked 33 cl brown. The purple label got som silver writings. Looks neet and clean.

A: Murky brown with hits of red. Head is thick and creamy off-white and really large. It stays for a long time and leaves some lacings after dissipation.

S: Rich sweet malt with lots of dark dried fruits; cherries and plums. The wheat gives it a banana-smell. A bit flowery.

T: Sweet malt in great harmony with wheat. Dark dried fruits as well as banana. Very well balanced.

M: Full body and mild carbonation. A warm feeling from the alcohol (obviously). Aftertaste is long and sweet, well balanced.

D: This is a really great beer. I put some bottles in my cellar - I think it will be even better in a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 21:17:23 | More by Sunnanek
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; very cloudy brown, like tea with a bit of milk in it. Off white head that disapates to nothing. Brown yeast remains at the bottom of my glass....nice! I'd like to see a macrobrew pull that off.

smell; this is something special, very sweet and malty with bitter alcohol aromas. Yeast also comes through strong but mutated from its normal bread quality by the alcohol. Almost didn't like the smell at first but it grew on me fast.

taste; sweet malts and bitter alcohol. Some hops in the finish but the malts are most dominant. I make strong plum wein and the aftertaste is much like it soaked in raw bread dough with chocolate pudding....super!

mouthfeel; creamy, thick, and chewy. The alcohol produces an almost painful carbonation on the tongue. The trappist ales my even have trouble comparing to complexity like this.

drinkability; this is a very drinkable beer but it will destroy anyone who drinks too much...I don't care how much tolerance you think you have. Drink and enjoy with nothing but respect and be careful, it goes down smooth and the alcohol will catch you by surprise but by that time it might be to late. Not a party beer but celebration drink for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 17:56:37 | More by Sachsenfreude
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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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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this into a Sam Adams ``perfect pint'' glass. It had a beautiful deep reddish-brown color and a massive, chunky head that stuck around forever. The nose was pungent and fruity and promised bananas and breakfast cereal.

The flavor... oh my lord! There's a wonderful bready maltiness that's accompanied by an acidic, wheaty, champagne-like twang. Every sip brings different flavors to mind. Raisins, cloves, lemon, biscuits, bananas, and a wonderful, refreshing sour apple spiciness from what seems to be a perfect addition of hops. The mouthfeel is nice and firm and the high carbonation of this beer seems to stimulate your tastebuds with every mouthfull.

This beer is truly unique. I don't believe I've ever had anything like it. It lacks the malty complexity of Ayinger Celebrator, but the high carbonation and acidic fruitiness adds a different kind of complexity alltogether. A marvelous drinking experience. One of the very best beers I have reviewed to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:03:06 | More by deadonhisfeet
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.