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

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Ratings: 2,146
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 148
Gots: 168 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 CrellMoset
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from the bottle at Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL in 09/2007, dont know how I forgot to rate this. Poured an attractive caramel/brown color. Had a nice white head that hung around a while. Aroma is sweet, possibly of caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet up front, but finishes with a bit of a sour note. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is high for a beer with an abv north of 8%. My first weizenbock.

Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle #25963 bottled in 2008. Nearly opaque reddish dark brown, cola like head. Smell: intensely malty, overripe plum, dry-sweet pear smell, caramel, spice, hints of clove and overripe banana, a little wheat malt to balance the sweetness. Taste: dark and bready like a very sweet pumpernickel with dates. Caramel, a touch of alcohol that incorporates an anise flavor, yeasty, wheat tang, clove spice. Tastes like a pumped up Aventinus but with banana present only in a sweet overripe flavor and feel at the end of the sip. Slightly past medium bodied with active carbonation, drying, with a sticky finish. Considering the alcohol this is just as drinkable as Aventinus. This is the only eisbock I've been able to get a hold of, and as an Aventinus fan this is a nice novelty and of course quite tasty, I could see grabbing this to try alongside an Aventinus in the winter months.

Photo of MortenO
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pretty dark brownish amber red. Small tan head quickly fizzes away to nothing. No noticeable lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark malt and dried fruits. Some banana and clove. Also some yeast and vanilla.

Taste: Dark malts and dried fruit up front with banana, cloves and spice. Slight taste of boozyness. Some hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A very tasty Eisbock from Germany.

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

Poured into a snifter. Medium dark-brown colour with a good covering of cream coloured head. Great retention, especially for being 12%, maintaining a good covering until it's all gone. Some lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Nice strong smell: lots of yeast, astringency, smoky malt, spices, blue cheese, alcohol, faint floral hops, maple syrup. Great complex smell. I really smell lots of blue cheese...anyone else get this? I can't decide whether I'm into the smell, it's definitely interesting.

Very complex taste. It obviously a lot like regular Aventinus but almost comes off as a concentrate (which I guess, technically, it is). Tons of spice, lots of dark malt, bread, light many random little flavours that I could never pick them all out. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had. At 12%, this is unimaginably smooth. I've had 7% beers showing more alcohol. The 12% only shows in a warming feeling.

The body is just off from perfect. Thick and chewy full body with moderate carbonation.

This is a strong beer in every sense: smell, taste and ABV. So intense and delicious. I've tried this back-to-back with regular Aventinus and remember preferring the original, though this is still an awesome brew. I will definitely be buying this again.

Photo of Chubby
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 33cl numbered bottle.

Aroma: Good maltiness, raisins, some vanilla and dark fruits like plums. Sweet with low phenols and a distant fruity ester. A little rum raisins.

Appearance: Dark mahogony with dark burgundy highlights. Effervescent with almost no head retention. Hazy (I did not rouse yeast).

Flavor: Rum soaked raisins with an onslaught of melanoidins and a spicy phenolic in the back of the pack. A little taste of alcohol in the aftertaste but pretty free of esters and bitters.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol numbing and warmth. A little spicy astringency. Medium to full mouthfeel with fine medium carbonation.

Overall: I like the dark melanoidin malt profile and its sneaky strength. The phenols are spicy and compliment the malt very well. I'm a little worried about the lack of esters but don't really miss them. A great multi-faceted brew. Good job. Needs more dextrins for improved head.

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

This beer poured a very clean coppery brown, with a nice head that subsided to long lasting lacing. The smell carried some sweet malts and mild alcohol. The flavor was excelent. Stong caramel overtones, with hints of clove and banana. a nicely balanced hops flavor enters duting the tasting though the caramel holds dominance. the finish is smooth with a bit of an alcoholic warming at the very end. This beer is amazingly smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel balanced nicely with a medium level of carbonation.
Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and will look fo it again when I am inthe mood for an eisbock.

Photo of prangarang
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass.

A - Really like how dark the color is. Looks like almost like a cider. Perfect for fall.
S -
T - Not as fruity as other weizens, which I really like.
M - lingers around, which is a good think.
O - Really good. Would definitely get it again.

Photo of happygnome
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a very dark brown almost black color with about three to four inches of pillowy head. A few yeast floaters
s: dark fruits with deffinate bannana aroma, alcohol present in the nose. Cinnamon, notes of nutmeg
t: similar to the aroma, dark fruits sweet cinnamon, alcohol, bannana
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was an enjoyable beer

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.


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.


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

I suspect, post-review, that I may have had a bad bottle due to the variance in my and other reviewer's take on this beer. Take this for what its worth - There was no date code - even year - on this beer. As soon as I can track down another example, I will replace this if it is found I did the beer a disservice in this review.

Liquefied Grape: The color, the nose, the taste, the finish. There's a theme here. Similar to label in color, actually. Leaves no lace trail.

Nose is almost leather-y; cider, straight-up booze vapors, quadruple esters, and most dominantly concord grape.

Taste has wheaty prickles (banana, clove) in a large way, but then gets winey again. What does exist of a wheatiness is nicely intermingled with the alcohol.

The sweetness of this seems to cloy, surprising in that I feel regular Aventinus is the near-perfection of balance. Still, an interesting and valid 'big beer'.

Photo of meechum
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Presented on tap at Brick Store Pub in a Aventinus glass. Little head and very little lacing

S - A nice malty smell with a hint of fig and clove and a touch of alcohol in the nose

T - A very big malt statement that is cut with esthers of clove and fig or raisin, a nice dry hoppy finish cuts the sweetness and gives it a great balanced taste

M - A nice blanced feel, just a little heat from the alcohol content

D - A very good beer, but being big can hit you hard. This should be sipped and enjoyed

Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown brew with a persistent beige head leaving some lacing and a curtain.

The smell is ripe with sweet dried fruits, cheese, sour creme, sherry, port and dusty old wet hay. Yummy complexity!

The taste is equally complex as the smell, sweet malty beginning. A dry course feeling of ripe cheese. Licorice, burning spices, bitter cherry seeds and yeast.

Rather well carbonated, an oily and spirited feeling with a dry aftertaste.

This beer contains so much that it needs to be savored by it's own.

Photo of Voonder
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot bobsy for this one!
Pours dark solid brown color with off-white, huge head. Smell - plums, raisins, bread, spices. Very pleasant and complex. Taste - sweet fruits at first (plums), a bit wheaty, spicy, some beriies perhaps. Very complex! Delicious! Alcohol is very well hidden. Very smooth and balanced, decent carbonation - tasty! Drinkable, actually too drinkable for ABV.
This is just too good. Thanks a lot Rob, for this tasty bottle.

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

A very string beer at 12%, but very drinkable.
Strong color, pours great and right off the bat, looks good.
First sip hit you and you know it's a srong beer.
But not overwhelming.
Numbered batch bottles so there may be variations from batch to batch, but worth a try to the advanced beer drinker.

Photo of csiewert
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer enjoyed at the Abner in a pint glass. Pours a reddish brown with a trace of off white head that leaves no lacing and has little retention. The aroma is strong with caramel and figs and spices. The taste starts with notes of fog and caramel and then finishes with a slight alcohol taste, but not nearly as much as you would think for a 12 point beer. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth fo the amount of alcohol. Overall a great beer... But leave it to one.

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

This is one strong looking brew. It pours a dark brown color. The head is massive, thick, and looks as though it could support the weight of the empty bottle on top of it. And it doesn't leave, rather it stays forever (must be the wheat). The aroma is of dark fruits, spices, caramel, and alcohol. The taste is of dark fruits and spices, with a strong alcohol burn in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a might fine brew for sipping.

Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- initial three inches of head recedes after a few minutes. Murky brown color. Some yeast sediment as a result of pouring like an asshole. No lacing, lower end of the spectrum as far as head retention but that's understandable

S- boozy, dark fruits.

T- woooo! Eye opening booziness, in a good way! Hah. Not quite ripe cherries. Love the aftertaste.

M- heavy, syrup-like mouthfeel but good carbonation.

D/O- Split this with my main squeeze fdkayti, proved to be a good amount for each of us. Would recommend and definitely have again!

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

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a very thick off-white head that doesn't go away!

Smells yeasty, dark dried fruits, grapes, some banana and cloves, very complex, small hint of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, strong complex dark fruit taste, some nice spiciness, pretty sweet and grapey. This hides the 12% alcohol very well, I can barely notice it.

Velvety smooth, thick creamy mouthfeel, this beer is one of the best wheat-style beers i've had. I couldn't imagin having more than one of these in a sitting, very filling, almost like a meal in itself, not to mention the high alcohol content!

Photo of sevopie
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy brown with a brown head that fades quickly. Visible light sediment floating in the bottom of the glass.

Raisins, brown sugar, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.

Very chocolaty, with a good hit of dates/raisins and a candy sweetness. Alcohol is very present, but doesn't overpower, and doesn't burn.

Medium body with a good carbonation once it hits the tongue.

Fairly biased to the sweet side, but easily drinkable. Only gives off a hint of the 12% alcohol.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a few scattered floaties and very little head after the initial pour. Aroma is sweet and a bit spicy with a fair bit of alcohol evident. Taste is surprisingly good. Sweet and malty with plum and raisin. A touch syrupy, but with the high ABV you won't be chugging it.

Photo of cretemixer
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle#04048 2001

Pours a cloudy deep brown with a highly carbonated tan head that fades to a thin, carbonation fed layer rather quickly. Pineapple, raisins, mollasses, cloves all on the nose. Very complex. The fruity taste dominates but the cloves are also present. Highly carbonated and the alcohol is well hidden. Verrry smooth. Pretty nice mouthfeel & very drinkable for 13%abv.

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