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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Reviews: 1,140 | Ratings: 2,507
Photo of Overlord
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. Bit of a pour cousin to the similar looking "normal" aventinus"

Pours a dark tannish brown. Maybe some carnelian highlighs. Smell is overwhelmingly bananas, cloves, spice, and alcohol. Taste is, again, bananas, spices, alcohol, and a bit of cloves. Some dark fruit/raisin puree in the background.

I don't know what to make of this. It's decently thick, not a bad beer, but frankly, it's like they took the "normal" version and in trying to intensify it made it worse. Too boozy.

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Photo of alkemy
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda dirty rusty brown color with a pretty thin off white head. Smells of raisins, alcohol, plums, and banana...sweet and boozy. Taste is much the same except that I get some clove in the taste that was missing in the aroma. No hop presence can be detected. Lots of sweet doughy, sugary malts. This is just too sweet for me. Nice thickness and the feel is quite smooth going down. It's just sweet to the point of overkill.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BSP somewhat recently

A - poured a cloudy mahogany body with a khaki head. Not really any lacing

S - I get lots of banana and bready malt initially. Alcohol is certainly there. There's also a syrupy caramel aroma along with some clove and spice

T - very sweet and syrupy caramel flavor initially. The banana does come through as does bready malt and some spice. Alcohol is also definitely there

M - very smooth with adequate carbonation

D - this is a tasty beer, but the super high ABV and price limit its drinkability. Still, I'm down for enjoying one every once in a while, and when I do I usually enjoy it a fair bit. Give it a shot IMO

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is good and interesting, but not only is it extremely strong, it also is a bit lacking in complexity and is rather one-note, especially compared to the regular Aventinus.

Bubbly brown-copper, it has a huge tan head, almost out of control, but quickly shrinking to a very thin, faint ring, essentially nothing, and with essentially no lace.

Aroma is sherry, prunes, dark toasty bread, hint of wet whole wheat bread, and spicily alcoholic.

Taste is very alcoholic, spicey and warm but not rough or harsh. It's a bit whiskeyish, light caramelly-pruney-whiskey character, a bit alcoholic and sweet before a very quick, extremely dry finish. A light, sweet aftertaste follows, brandy-like with a faint caramelly whole wheat, raisiny bread character.

It's very strong, not something to drink a lot of - rather logical since it's 12% ABV - a good thing to sip a little of, but, although it has a good, interesting, firm character, it lacks complexity and well-roundedness.

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Photo of oline73
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a half finger of off white head. There is a decent amount of retention.

Smell: There is some sweet malt along with a carmel note and a strong dark fruit note. There is some warm alcohol as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with some dark fruit. There are some banana notes in there as well. The finish has some caramel and some extremely hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with extremely aggressive carbonation and a slick finish. The alcohol is quite hot.

Overall: This is a really strong beer. The alcohol is super hot. The flavor is good, but really overshadowed by the alcohol.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a light, creamy beige while the body is a dull maroon to chestnut brown that appears as a rosy, dark amber in the light. A few spots of lacing here and there.

Nose- Starts off with nice fruity esters that range from dark fruits of raisin and cherry to light notes of apple. Reminds me of some tripels and even has a slight banana note. However, there is enough maltiness to avoid an exact comparison. Some brown bread and very light notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some candied fruit as well. Nice fleshiness that ranges from the aforesaid apple and cherry to prunes and plums. Swirling reveals some oranges.

Taste- Very representative of the nose (especially the fruit notes) but sweeter and tarter. Raisins and brown sugar blend nicely as they move into molasses and brown bread, only to be walloped by a considerable amount of heat. The age on this (I'm guessing it's close to 2 years old) has not mellowed it and may have even resulted in a boozier beer. I wasn't worried about this having some age on it as it is 12% but I will have to seek out a fresher example for comparison. Some cinnamon gives the brown sugar and molasses a little bit of a bite which works well with the conspicuous presence of alcohol. Almost astringent. Definitely a sipper. A little boozy for me but I can see why this is so highly rated. Big notes of banana and even bigger notes of clove which add bitterness and ash to the flavor profile. Between good and really good. Some citrus notes appear. A touch of honey. Alcohol mellows a bit as it opens up.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation and perhaps a light carbonic zing but it's hard to tell because of the bite of the spices and alcohol.

Drinkability- A little abrasive and a little astringent but what do you expect with this much alcohol. Still enjoyable but definitely a sipper. I will have to purchase this again to get a sense of what a fresh bottle is like.

Overall- Good to really good. A truthful representation of the style but some aspects of the flavor profile don't work for me. Too much clove is more of a problem than the booze. Still, a must try.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had many of the style, so I was looking forward to it. Got a 2 finger head atop a red body, and danged if there weren't some pretty substantial floaters in there. That was a bit of a surprise at first, then I thought, hey, it's still a wheat beer.

Aroma was initially vinous, which turned into some strong wheat malts, very rich and slightly sweet. The alcohol was certainly noticeable.

There was a definite bock-like malt flavor, much lighter than I thought it would be from the smell. A little bit of wheaty breadiness was thrown in for good measure. Where the hell is the alcohol in the taste? Well hidden, to be sure.

Mouthfeel was good, rich but not too viscous, slightly oily but without coating the tongue.

Good drinkability marks. It went down easily, and without any argument from me. I later got some more to use in a chili I was making.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mahogany in color. Foamy, Khaki head, excellent lacing

S: Roasted malts, bready with touches of yeast. touches of dried dark fruit and spices.

T: Boozy throughout. Dark roasted malts with hints of dark dried fruit and spice.

M: Full bodied yet creamy. Boozy burn on the palate.

D: Complex beer where the taste is often overshadowed by the strength of the alcohol.

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Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a medium size tan head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell of malt, syrup, cocoa, some caramel, some spice, and a little bit of roasted nuts.

taste is tangy, sour malt, nuts, spice, and a little bit of fruit, end is somewhat bitter.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle at the Weisses Brauhaus im Munchen

A: murky chestnut brown body, aggresive pour into the smaller aventinus glass, produced a 3 finger head that quickly disappated due to the alcohol, minimal lacing!

S: very similar to the weizenbock, lots of big malts, nuttiness, some sweet hints of vanilla.

T: Similar fruit and nut tones as the weizenbock, but as expected the alcohol is a lot more apparent throughout the taste. I feel this hinders the beer as it doesnt allow the flavours of the weizenbock to come through, then again it would be pretty pointless for the 2 beers to be the same

M: Full bodied and high carbonation,

D: Wouldnt drink more than 1 of these, definitely just a night cap beer, to savour. However, id rather go for the weizenbock as it is more flavoursome, easier to drink, and better drinkability!

Glad i had this though, as it is near impossible to get around here, and to get it at the source was a rare treat for me indeed!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very nice chestnut brown color. No real head. I have to knock it down a bit due to the floaters. This thing is way chunky!! I havnt had this much sediment in a beer in ages. Even after a few days of refrigeration and a careful pour. Good aroma-the banana and cloviness is subdued Im assuming by the eisbock process. Nice sweet malt in the backround of the aroma. Some banana and phenolic flavors but mellow and sedate. No hop bitterness. Good, soft malt flavor. A well done and well balanced sweetness. A slight trace of alcohol but not much. Very smooth body-amazing for 12%. An extremely enjoyable beer and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that lasts for the whole beer. Sticky ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, wheat, and alcohol sharpness. Tastes of overripe dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and alcohol. This beer was very carbonated in my opinion and had a very sticky mouthfeel. An alcohol burn was present with each sip. Drinkability is above average but with the alcohol burn and the almost sickly sweetness I don't think I would get this again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage.

Pours a very dark and hazy brown with a thin ring of carbonation that holds around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is full of molasses and brown sugar along with figs and prunes. Not really any alcohol detectable but plenty of malt.

The flavor explodes with dark fruit and molasses. Raisins and figs are most prominent. These transition into wood and pipe tobacco finishing out with a touch of coffee. Alcohol is present as can be expected with a beer of this strength, but is never overpowering. Mouthfeel is full and quite thick, almost syrupy.

Overall this is really great beer. The flavors are especially concentrated compared to the standard Aventinus and it is really quite drinkable.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rich dark brown/almost black in color, a thin white head that reduced very quickly but retained decently

S- strong aromas of heavy malt sweetness as well as that bannana-hefe wheat smell, with notes of rasins and chocolate

T- rich flavorfu malt taste, alnong with the bannana/raisin flavor decribed in the smell

M- very thick, almost syrupy, very low carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

D- not very drinkable in large doses, something to definitely drink occasionally, takes a while to get through a pint of the stuff

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I somehow didn't even know they made this. Because this--this is the sort of something I'm all about.

But then, shit, it don't do what I want it to. It's not Eisbocky in the least. It's weizeny--there's an astounding amount of smooth wheat packed into this--but then there's this something else that I can't quite put my finger on, and it makes it so the beer don't quite jibe together.

Pours like a Weizenbock. Smells like wheatmalt, over ripe fruit--plums and pears--and a kiss of astringent alcohol. Tastes like a big punch of burning barley, fruit in the middle, chocolate at the end, and then an alcohol burn that tumbles down your neck.

Piece by piece, node by node, everything in this beer is good. But, like I said, it just don't jibe together very well.

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Photo of Gmann
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy dark brown color with a huge tan head that dissipated fairly quickly into a slight cap. The cap was gone by the end of the glass leaving a flat muddy looking brew. The smell is strong. Caramalized bananas, honey nut clusters, cereal, brown sugar, concentrated raisin juice (if there is such a thing), medicinal phenols. The taste is of a concentrated hefeweizen with added prune juice. Banana and clove flavors mixed with sweet dark fruits. No malt bitterness in this one. The flavors are very strong but the sweetness will be a bit cloying towards the end. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation and a slick finish. Definitely a strong aroma and taste with this brew but the sweetness is off the hook and limits the drinkability. The alcohol is not detected but I'm sure its strong.

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Photo of cassanoj
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Dark, like a plum; not much head retention.

The smell is nice and wheaty. Definitely smell the 12 percent. Also some banana, prunes, berries, clove.

The first thing I taste is the alcohol; warm, spicy and sweet. Then some banana, cloves, a bit of fig, bubblegum, chocolate. Like its weizenbock brethren, this is a complex beer.

Mouthfeel doesn't impress me. Bubbly, spicy and thinner that I would have liked.

I had this beer out of a St. Bernhard flute glass a couple months back and I remember really loving it. Out of the oversized wine glass, I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with much red and little gold. Beige head vanished within seconds. The nose was extremely yeasty and the alcohol content was obvious. Lots of caramel with some burnt wood also. Tasted of coffee grounds and severe alcohol. A challange for me to drink because of the alcohol content, but not bad at all to taste. Spices mixed with carbonation and alcohol make this a helluva kicker going down! Semi-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown, with a touch of deep deep red, cloudy and muddy with a surprisingly large off-white head.

Candied sugar, sweet caramel, some dark malt, strong biscuit notes. The same aromas you'd expect from a dopplebock, only exaggerated. Unbelievable sweetness in the nose.

Taste is sweet, sweet, sweet malts all along the front, hiding a hint of caramel, some sweet biscuit notes, and behind it lots of raisin and fig.

syrupy, thick, carbonated. this is a serious beer with some serious body.

All around great, strong, and memorable beer.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Number: 2007/10850 12% ABV

Aroma - At first I get fruity esters; raisins; plum; a little banana; maybe a little DMS, but I'm not sure. The aroma is mild, but pleasant. Later aromas brings out very mild alcohol.

Appearance - Hazy, brown to dark brown. Good head on the pour; settled to about half of my finger width. Visual carbonation is high. Head settles creamy and retains the half finger width.

Flavor - Wow...make sure your palate is prepared for this! Very rich and bold. There is a significant alcohol presence, but it is not boozy. Wonderful malt balance. The alcohol is prominent on the finish. For me this is a bit of a detractor.

Mouthfeel - There is beer has quite the body, but it doesn't coat the tongue like some heavy bodied beers (Not cloying). It is about as creamy as the head visually indicates. Mild carbonation; appropriate for the style. The alcohol is subdued in the mouthfeel. It shows itself more in the flavor and aroma.

Overall Impression - Very strong, but more drinkable than I would have thought. I would definitely put this in my regular rotation. Give it a try.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO as part of the winter release, 500ml bottle into an oversized wine snifter.

Pours a murky and dense rusty brown, with some sediment eveident here. Finger or two of eggshell head, OK retention. Nose is big: strong raisin, caramel, loads of butterscotch and fusel alcohol (almost resembling vodka at times, yowza!). I can sense the heat coming. Tastes of dark fruits, plums, raisin, thick and massive caramel and butterscotch notes again. Dark fruits take a real backseat to the butterscotch as I move through this. Medium high carbonation, large and filling mouthfeel almost. Great body. This was a sipper for real, heat was really here.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a no head at all and no lace.

S: The smell is heavy with dark fruit, caramelized malt, molasses and alcohol.

T: The taste is malty and heavy with dark fruit (raisins, plums, raspberries) and a candy sweetness to it. The alcohol definitely makes itself known by giving you the burn, but it doesn’t overwhelm you either.

M: Crisp and unexpectedly smooth, medium body, light carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty and not filling, goes down easy for a beer with such a high ABV, I drank it pretty quickly, but if I were drinking a second, I go a little slower. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The pour is a dark caramel color with plenty of hazy reddish highlights. A tall creamy off-white head sits on top. S: The smell is clove, banana and raisin and yeast. T: This beer is very sweet. The noble hops are fighting a losing battle here. The finish struggles towards dryness, thankfully, otherwise this beer would be too sweet except for sipping or drinking with food. M: The body is in line with the flavor: medium to heavy. Texture is creamy and lingers just a little on the palate. Carbonation is adequate for the heavy sweetness. D: This beer was good, and I think it probably has come to define the style. Therefore, it would be hard to rate it low. It is not really my favorite style due to the intense sweetness, but it does manage to bring together two very different styles: hefeweizen and doppelbock. I guess there is some value in that.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a voluminous off-white head that appears dense, but dissipates after a minute or two. Color is an opaque mahogany, with more auburn tones toward the bottom when held to light.

S: Banana, bubblegum, sweet malt presence in conjunction with a ghost-like yeasty backbone.

T: Syrupy sweet malt up front, which is almost immediately KO'ed by the alcohol. A bit of banana flavor is detectable, but barely under the surge of the sharpness the alcohol provides. Finish is remarkably tame, after the spike in taste, and leaves a bit of spice and malt behind.

M: Plenty of carbonation made for a creamy, bubbly beer that maintained a viscous density, sticking around on the palate. Sticky and sweet.

D: Certainly an assertive beer in its own right, but rolling over the palate, it offered dynamic change from weak to strong.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Younger35. Thank you for taking care of another one off my wants list!

This beer pours a very deep, dark, and dirty brown color with a minimal head. I was expecting that with as high an ABV as this beer has. I get big scents of dark fruit, heavy malt, banana, and alcohol. After my first sip I am thinking malt, malt, and more malt. There is a syrupy sweetness in the flavor profile with hints of banana and clove. The wheat flavor makes an appearance as well, but it isn't very pronounced. This beer is medium bodied with a subtle and welcomed alcohol warmth to it. I am surprised how well the alcohol is hidden on this beer. The drinkability is a nice surprise on this beer and went along perfect with cold night outside.

Thank you again Dan.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.