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

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2,177 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,177
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 151
Gots: 180 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of seaoflament
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2005/12398 vintage courtesy of Joey (KingG) thanks!

Pours a dark brown but not impenetrable to light, some red highlights when held to the light. A fizzy inch of foam amassed but quickly disappeared.

A wonderful aroma of dark fruits like figs, sweet raisins, dried prunes, cherries, banana and a bit of alcohol. Very complex mixture of fruits, dark malts, and bread. Some hints of vanilla, red grape skins, and raspberry jam.

Just as great on the taste, very complex and I need a moment to think about what I'm tasting. Definitely some dark fruits, sweet, a little toasty and some bread. The wheat is starting to come through like toasted wheat bread with dark fruit jam.

Still well carbonated after almost 3 years. The alcohol is very well hidden and plays a role more in the taste, enhancing the fruity flavors, than the mouthfeel.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen - with the sediment swirled and included. Light, tawny lacing with staying power atop a dark brown - foggy body.

To the nose, grains are there - but the underlying theme is spiciness and wet earth.

In the mouth, this is one smooth beer. You are hit with layer after layer of sweet malts and grains. Very forthright from the beginning. This is no lightweight. The spices from the nose are there - but do not overpower the wonderful malts. There is a slight hop character that just doesn't make it past the malts.

The feel here is heavy and full - very substantial in the mouth. It's big alcohol and you know it - but not beyond the drinkability stage. It finishes still sweet - but very organic and not hard at all.

Musings: This beer will kick your ass. It is a delicious malt powerlode that will knock you out. Highly recommended.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, hazy brown from the bottle with a thin layer of tan head.

Smell is wheat, malt, caramel and delicious delicious alcohol.

Taste is a continuation of what the smell predicated with malt and caramel showing through nicely. Added to the mix is some dark fruit as well.

Carbonation is just right for an eisbock, leaving this brew just a bit on the syrupy side (a good thing).

Overall very drinkable. I'd probably have this one with a nice hearty steak the next time.

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

2010 Vintage bottle # 009165

A - Pours a hazed russet brown with a fleeting cream colored head.

S - Caramelized cherry caramel aroma, plums, molasses, leather, cinnamon, allspice, prunes, very complex aroma of malts.

T - Sweet carmalized brown sugar, molasses just blankets the palate. Cherries, plums, red Bartlet pears, caramelized plantains, hints of cinnamon and all spice, some minor bitterness on the edges,

M - Chewy but smooth feel, light side of full bodied, low but spritzy carbonation.

I haven't had one fresh but this 2 year old is tasting mighty fine. Awesome yeast works with multiple layers of malt. Very complex flavors. One to be sipped and pondered on for sure.

Photo of MortenO
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Bottle from dkachur - thanks Dan! Poured into a Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Appearance: Intensely hazy - it's not solid, but it seems like it's trying really hard - and brown, with an alcohol-impaired head and very active carbonation. Looks spritzy.

Aroma: Earthy yeastiness, wheat, dark fruits - figs, golden raisins - and lighter stone fruits - cherries, dates - and tons of darker malts - brown sugar, molasses.

Taste: Grows more complex as it warms - brown sugar is prominent, as are dark, fruity esters. A permeating, warming, spicy alcohol makes itself known about midway throughout the sip and stays with you 'til the bitter, warming, spicy end. All of the fruity goodness of the Aventinus is concentrated here - raisins, figs, cherries, a few lighter notes that are somewhat more muted here than there but that's ok, a light, spicy hoppiness, and plenty of weizenbock notes - earthy, farmhouse yeast, powdery, chalky wheat, banana yeast esters, Belgian cloves. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and syrupy, but terribly even. Very full mouthfeel, thick, and surprisingly high carbonation.

Drinkability: 12% abv? That's pretty high. But every last point is worth it for this delicious bastard of a beer. Incredibly complex tasting and smelling, smooth, and very attractive - this one's one of my favorites.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5
A gentle pour into my snifer released a big, noisy beige head that fizzed, fizzled and reduced to nothing. The body is almost jet black, tawny around the edges, and seems to have lively carbonation.

Smell - 4.0
Strong, rich and malty with some fruity esters, scents of cocoa, hot malt loaf with butter, burnt currants, clove and a faint, pear-like fruitiness.

Taste - 4.5
Rich, mouth filling, and sweet yet balanced. It is so strong, the flavours seem to be coming from everywhere; rich, dark, toasty malt, warm prunes, boozy black forest cake, clove, a good measure of hops in the finish to give a very balanced taste, and very strong, warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Thick, heavy and syrupy, although lifted by persistent, fine carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.5
Definitely a sipper, but very drinkable for what it is.

OVERALL - 4.2
This is a big, BIG beer. It falls short of its little brother, the regular Aventinus, being less drinkable but no more complex. Still a great beer, and one I will be drinking again.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich weizen-eisbock, unusual, tasty and hefty.

Presentation: 33cl brown capped. bottle. Old fashion label design in purple and silver with brewery logos and Aventinus-Schneider seals. Back label offers a note of the style, background, alongside a bottle number (2010 017737). Shows 12.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark ruby brown pour with a large wheat foamy head that fades quickly leaving a minimal surface ring.

S - Spicy and yeasty with a pronounced fruity sense. Prunes, raisins...

T - Fruity notes predominate with a boozy undercurrent, dried plums, raisins, yeast and wheaty spicy touch with the good notes of banana and clove under caramel malts.

M - Medium-full body with medium/high carbonation, assertive tingle in the feel giving a nice rhythm to the intense flavor and masking a light sticky smoothness. Alcohol is there but very nicely woven in the brew.

O - Intense sipper, with a nice slow range.

Notes: Condensed Aventinus, what is not to like? If one does not mistake it for the regular version (sorry sis, it wasn't me. I wasn't there :P) this is quite a nice savoring ale. BTW, since they don´t mention and it is a relatively recent twist done by freezing the brew... Esibocks are not done according to the reinheistgebot? :P

Photo of fourstringer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Label reads 050619. Ice bock for a snowy day!

A: Murky, iced-tea brown with 1/2 finger off-white head. Ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Banana, molasses, sugar, spice, dark fruit, raisin, rum cake. Booze. Smells big. There's something familiar, but I can't put my finger on it... Anyway, good stuff.

T: Strong, rich sweetness with wheat-type undertones. Cherry, raisin & dates. Banana. Mild spice. A faint bitterness develops to assist the semi-dry finish. Faint chocolate. Alcohol is present, but not quite what you would expect for 12% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a full-ish body. Smooth and rich.

O: Big beer. Tasty. Damn sweet, but not cloying. Much like you would expect of a concentrated Aventinus weizenbock. Delicious snowy day sipper.

Prost!

Photo of rdrummer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With all apologies to my friends who told me this was great, I could not believe the difference between the tap version of this beer and the bottled version. There is just no comparison. This beer's pouring at Ludwig's was worth half the price of the beer. The head is a tremendous thing to observe. The barmaid starts by pouring a pitcher full of the beer, which is about 3/4s white head. She lets that work. Then comes back after five minutes or so and pours a glass of the beer, think wide pilsner type glass, which again is 3/4s head. She waits another five minutes and then begins to pour the pitcher into the glass, letting most of the head run out over the glass. She cleans it off and serves a glass that you are now panting for. It is a dark, reddish beer with a smallish head since most of it has now gone down the drain. The lacing is long lasting down the entire glass.

The primary flavors to me are wheat and hops. There is an undercurrent of citrus, but it is not a real aromatic beer. The taste is a divine mix of wheat, hops, and a sweetness that appears to come from a fruity (citrus?) undertaste. This could be an addictive beer if it was actually available at more locations. Unfortunately, in the Philadelphia area, as far as I know, Ludwig's is it, although I haven't tried the Austrian Garden, yet.

Photo of BigOldOaf
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this with five years on it. Very complex, intense combination of flavors. Truly one of a kind.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle in an Augustijn goblet.

A: The colour of black cherries, with an amazingly luscious, creamy head that fills almost half the glass, clings to the side, and never quite disappears. Completely opaque and magnificently regal.

S: Hm...Deep flavours of banana and clove remind me that this was once a wheat beer. The banana scent is not the usual one found in wheat beers, but richer and sweeter, like banana ice cream.

T: Fantastic; this blows regular Aventinus out of the water. Thick and lazy on the tongue. Alcoholic sweetness is reminiscent of creamy fruit...over-ripe banana and sweet strawberries covered in lightly whipped fresh cream. Strangely, the stickiness factor is minimal. There is mild carbonation and, on the endtaste, some wheaty yeasts. The aftertaste is sweet, lingering, and sticks in the throat slightly.

M: The lush creaminess flows around the mouth in a most delightful manner, then disappears calmly and unhastily.

D: Highly recommended, very drinkable, but not in quantity (too sweet and strong). This is a great selection if you just want one beer, anything before or after it would be somehow diminished. One of my favourites; will definitely be drinking again.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first eisbock! Bottle #2012 79464. Pours into my tulip brownish purple, cloudy, with a creamy looking light khaki head. Aroma is huge aromatic fruits, figs, plums, black cherry, pears, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is a mix of chocolate fig and salty caramel. Intense mix of flavors here. Hints of spice and light alcohol bite. Creamy mouthfeel yet plenty of carbonation. Very sweet. Tasty stuff.

Photo of Kinsman
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy brown with a light white head the cap it off. Solid 2 fingers thickness to start but quickly dispersed as expected.

Sweet and spicy greet the nose. You know its a German wheat beer with notes of banana bread, bubble gum and some clove spice but it packs quite the punch. A bit of a dark chocolate and caramel round it all off.

Plenty of bold flavor going on here. Lots of malty goodness with some caramel and chocolaty sweetness that are off set but notable spice note at first. Some banana and raisins add a fruity character. Bit of phenols as well. Alcohol is well hidden for a 12% beer.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but still packs it in. Nice creamy texture as it goes down. Overall, as expected, this is one great beer. Amazing how easy it is to drink for such a high ABV beer.

Photo of jwff
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out a brownish plum color with loads of carbonation rushing up. Not much head so to speak, but I didn't expect one. Smell is primarily alcohol and yeast with some sugared raisins and sweet dark fruits mixing around. This reminds me of a red wine, actually, maybe something like a cabernet sauvignon.

The taste isn't boozy at all, unlike the telling smell. I get a ton of alcohol warmth, but the main show is a very tender yeast and wheat. It reminds me of cream cheese a bit. Very soft and delicate the way they work together. Tons of dark fruit and sweetness work their way around in here, especially at the end where the nice "spike" of tartness hits. I half expected this to be a sludgefest, but this is surprisingly smooth and well carbonated. I'm sipping this thing way too fast, and the crisp finish only leaves me wanting more.

Photo of uno99
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2 Reviews, Score is an average of the 2 reviews from same vintage, one year apart.

01/12/2010:

A: Off-white bubbly head lasts seemingly forever. its not big, but its beautiful and leaves excellent lacing. Beer is very deep and cloudy. Would look like a stout in a dark room or to a non-beer geek. (5)

S: Alcohol and yeast hit you like a prize fighter. Raisin, figs and other fruity flavours make up the backbone. hops barely present. who cares. (4.0)

T: Amazingly this dosen't taste as boozy as it smells. in fact the raisins and fruits come first and in a big way. Long dry finish. parching in the throat. Very complex. I could sit at my computer sipping and typing more flavors but I wont subject my reader to that. All that needs to be said is this is a great tasting and very unique wheat beer. (4.5)

M: very highly carbonated. *burp* I guess that's appropriate if your sipping this beer as any non-andre the giant human would be. Champagne like - only more fuller bodied. (4.0)

D: One to keep around for a special occasion unless you just fancy getting drunk off one beer. I havent had a huge number of %12+ beers but this one seems pretty easy to drink despite the high alcohol. (3.5)

Notes: This is a great value. for under $4 at the LCBO get yourself 500Mls of world class and very unique beer.

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2009 bottle - reviewed on 01/16/2011. Pour at 55 degrees into my Lucifer snifter.

A: Head has very big bubbles, and looks like its going to stick around and lace nicely, but just dissipates. Body is deep mahogany. (3.5)

S: Hugely fruity. Raisins and figs etc. Almonds and pine as well. alcohol is quite present as well. More subdued than the fresh bottle. (4.5)

T: Based on previous notes this is very similar to a fresh bottle. (4.5)

M: Surprised this is still so carbonated. One difference is how much is foams up in the mouth. not sure if the fresh bottle did that. (4.0)

D: I believe this has improved over time, mostly in the nose, however, the appearance appears to have suffered. I'd chalk that up to using a different glass and probably a different serving temp. Quite drinkable for a %12.00 beer. (3.5)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours similar to a cola, with a finger of fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The smell is a wonderful mix of dark fruits, clove, alcohol heat, citrus peels, and dandelion. Really inviting.

The taste is also quite nice, although not on the level of the smell simply because the caramel malt profile outweighs some of the complexities underneath. But those complexities are still there, and something new seems to come out on each sip...from citrus fruits to banana to caramel to raisins, layers just keep unfolding.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a bit too much carbonation sting, but I wouldn't expect anything different from this style. Drinkability is very high despite the monstrous ABV...this one is definitely a sipper but it is one that I want to keep reaching for over and over. Awesome beer, worth a try for sure.

Photo of jdhilt
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy brown/amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet raisins and alcohol, a very unusual eisbock. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep, murky brown with a voluminous beige head that slowly settles a thin band.

Smell -- Clove, banana peel, raisin and prune, spice, cocoa powder. Overall: spicy, earthy, and fruity.

Taste -- Lots of prune and raisin sweetness, with cocoa powder, clove, and banana. Hops are largely absent, as to be expected, but do contribute to a spiciness that, along with the alcohol presence, keeps the malty sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, viscous, a bit syrupy, massive fluffy carbonation, and a fair amount of alcohol heat and 'bite.'

Drinkability -- I've always been curious about this handsome purple bottle. Glad I finally pulled the trigger. It's rich with dark fruits, earthy yeast and spice, and paired with the fluffy mouthfeel it makes for a satisfying beer.

Photo of mfkr
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy dark brown color with a small off-white head that leaves almost no lacing.

S - Banana, raissins, dark fruits, spices, malt, some burnt sugar and hint of alcohol.

T - Malty, some burnt sugar, raissins, dark fruits, some spices and mild taste of alchol.

M - Medium body with little but sharp carbonation. A mild alcohol burn.

D - The high ABV and the rich taste makes this a beer that you need to take your time to enjoy and don't drink to often, but when you do you will really enjoy it.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Deep, cloudy copper brown. Fierce two-finger pale tan head with good retention. Endless carbonation streaming up the side of the glass.

S: Muted fruit esters, banana and canteloupe. Alcohol emerges in the finish.

T: Intense banana notes, solid spice, but not overpowering. Cloves and fresh black pepper. Some cardamom and vinous notes. As the beer warms, the sweetness and spice separate a bit, adding some complexity. Very nice.

M: Smooth, full bodied. Leaves a pleasant bit of coating.

D: Surprisingly drinkable despite the strong alcohol. A slow sipper whose finish leaves you ready for the next taste.

Overall, a really fine beer. If you like wheat and intensity both, this beer combines them perfectly.

Photo of sessycuban
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The beer pours a very deep brown. The head is light brown, and dissipates quickly.

S- The beer gives aromas of ripened fruit, clove, spices, and yeast. Not spectacular in the aroma department but good for the style.

T- The beer tastes of a very powerful clove sweetness. Again, I'm also getting fruit, like bananas. There is a ton of residual malt.

M- The beer is thick, with a very strong alcohol presence. There's no hiding in this one.

D- I think this beer makes for a fine dessert beer, but I would only drink it in the winter months. Given the style, it is a very enjoyable beer, perhaps one of the finest.

Photo of BlackBeerBroad
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent taste and unobtrusive nose. You get full on this one and the strength of the brew leaves you feeling nice and mellow. Just takes one good goblet! I loved this beer and would go back for a second tasting or two but I suspect this won't be on tap long. A beautiful, drinkable strong!

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle number 2011 004278 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one finger head the disappears very quickly.

S- Dark fruits, sweet alcohol, spices.

T- Less alcohol than the smell but you still know that it is there. Dark fruits, wheat, some spiciness, some roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, with alcohol noticeable the whole time. The flavors of the beer do balance the alcohol, but do not cover it up.

M- Smooth, thick, a lot of carbonation.

O- This is an awesome beer and worth trying. This is a well balanced sipper. I am just enjoying this more and more with every sip, definitely will be stocking up!

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Ayinger celebrator glass. Close enough. Beer is dark brown but not approaching black and really hazy, it was hazy before some sediment made it into the glass. Forms a one finger head of small white bubbles but the head has no staying power, it ends up completely gone after a few minutes, no lacing on the glass but wow is this thing carbonated.

Aroma is malty with a hint of roast, no detectable alcohol but this bottle is more than 2 years old.

Beer is medium to light in body and pretty carbonated in the mouth, its sweet but not cloying. Its very malty up front but not hot at all. OK, I'm impressed. This beer is quite drinkble for the 12%, in fact I drink it before it hits me and start another doppelbock, not the smartest thing I've ever done. Its smooth and has a great finish that not too dry. There is no aftertaste and its a great drinking beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,177 ratings.