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

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Reviews: 1,121
Hads: 2,423
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 193
Gots: 260 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website

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 TommyW
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, amber body with a dense, off-white head.

S- Banana bread, raisins, molasses, caramel and toffee; not much of an alcohol aroma.

T- Bit of clove spice up front followed by lots of sweet flavors like molasses and toffee, some phenols are present as is a slight alcohol presence. Very complex overall; hops try to come though, but aren't too noticeable.

M- Thick, syrupy feel with a nice carbonation towards the finish.

D- Really complex beer; I read that this is just a higher ABV version of Aventinus weizenbock, but I must say I don't agree. The complexity is awesome; making for a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ksimons
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-a hazy dark brown with red highlights and a nice creamy head that leaves a nice layer on top

S-malty, dark fruits, mild ester smell also

T-Very similar to the smell, lots of dark fruit, malt, spicy cloves, banana sweetness. Alcohol warming hits after a few sips

M-medium carbonation and a very nice medium body

D-really great, the 12% abv is not obvious, will definitely get again

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Photo of Ranz
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pouring a nice thick head in my tulip gives the Eisbock a robust look. The lacing on the sides is minimal, but the head retains a creamy foam that allows the smell to liven up the joint.

S: One of my favorite parts of this beer is the aroma. Heavy notes of banana, fig, malt, and even a slight nudge of pineapple create a complex and inviting panoply of olfactory experiences. There's a reason this thing gets so much love.

T: Candied plums, slightly roasted figs, clove, and cinnamon notes all colide in a beautiful collage of flavor. The malts provide a rich texture alongside the alcohol notes. Taking a breath allows the spices to tickle the tongue.

M: Medium-bodied, the leaves a slight aftertaste and goes down way too smoothly.

O: There's a reason this is one of my all-time faves. World-class, this beer is.

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Photo of drmeto
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very similar to the Tap6 with dark fruits coming through more
-plums,raisins,dates come through heavy
-slight notes of banana and chocolate
For a 12%er not that boozy
Fantastic all around

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Photo of kingothewoods
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring from the bottle it is thick, lots of bubbly head, with a medium brown color.
This beer has tons and tons of different smells - (fruit, flower, hops, cloves, and very well rounded). All of the smells turn into tastes when you drink it. There are aftertastes of the alcohol and a smoothness feel. Definitely have another to drink.

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Photo of Franchise
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Schneider pours a dark purple with deep brown highlights leaving a yeasty body and a thin lacey head that disappears. The aroma is very fruity, sweet, dark pitted fruit, candy, wheat, yeasty deliciousness.

Whoa the taste is fantastic, sweet, syrupy, brisk carbonation, boozey but not overwhelming. The beer is slightly balanced by some faint hop essence but this is hard core wheat, fruit, honey, etc. Beautiful beer very tasty and inviting. And at 12% the alcohol is barely present.

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Photo of Hex92
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer ALOT. Its amazing that it can have such a high alcohol content and not taste like it. Pours dark with a decent head and when you smell it you know you are in for a treat. It does have more kick than the regular Aventinus, but I think I like this one better. I guess I will find out for sure when I sit down and rate it one of these days.

I had to wait for almost 6 months to get a case of this stuff from my local store and it was worth the wait. The best part about buying in quantity is being able to drink 2 in a row.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, even kind of purple with a slightly off white head.

The smell is strong on the dark fruits, plums and rasins, really strong.

The taste is much like the smell, big on the dark fruits, there is a bit of alcohol on the finish but not too much considering the abv.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, the carbonation is medium.

I really enjoyed this beer, and if you enjoy a dark fruit sipper I'd recommend this. There is a bit of alcohol on the flavour but it complements the taste.

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Photo of machalel
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, but not quite black, with a slight fogginess / murkiness. The head is a work of art, with amazingly consistent tiny beige bubbles, almost all the exact same size. Thick and luscious, it lasts for most of the slowly-sipped glass. The lacing down the glass is remarkably strong for the ABV, but is not particularly thick. Close to perfect in appearance, but let down by the lack of clarity and some small particulate matter.

Aroma: Wow, this is amazing. Sweet dark fruits (plums, cherries, dates, figs, currants) initially, mixed with some sweet malt and honey. Slight unfermented wort aroma appears, and some caramelised sticky-bun type notes.

Taste: Very interesting and complex. There was a lot going on here, so I will do my best to describe. The same dark fruit in the aroma makes an appearance, but the taste is almost as if they were stewed and candied. Very smooth malt and caramel, with rich juicy Port / Torquay aspects as well. Honey, brandy, grape skins, and a herbal aspect in the aftertaste. Warmth from the alcohol helps boost the aftertaste, and is quite effective at helping to offset the sweetness. The bitterness from the hops was extremely well balanced, and really helped prevent this beer from being too heavy and overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Thick and rich, but never heavy. Unexpectedly pleasant drying aftertaste for a beer this big (I assume from the high ABV). If I had to pick any flaw, maybe a little astringent and a little too dry (but I am grasping at straws here).

Overall: This is probably the best beer that I have had in a long, long time. It is extremely satisfying, amazingly balanced, and just so drinkable. It is something that can truly be appreciated sip-by-sip, like a fine wine or liqueur. I am interested in seeing how this one does with some age on it.

Bottle Date: Nov 2012

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Brickskeller, at the hands of a server who rates this beer among his favorites; beautiful presentation

A: wheat-based doppelbock; dark brown, very cloudy; amazing dark brown, 4-finger head
S: fruity, smell of double fermentation
T: amazing cherry-laced; sweet waves of cherry-banana overtones; the entire thing is quite stellar; this was my first eisbock, and it certainly won't be my last

I can see why this beer would be rated as someone's personal favorite.

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Photo of haz77
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ruby-hued brown with a very lively, fizzy tan head. This bubbles and disappears within 30 seconds, leaving a very thin ring. Easily refreshed to a thin layer.

S - Banana, cocoa, bubblegum, clove, dried dark fruits, some plasticy/medicinal phenols tucked at the back, anise. Very, very nice.

T - Initial mouthful of the dark fruits, with the chocolate then bursting through. Banana and clove then take over, but the dark fruit remains in the background. Bubblegum slides through at the end, which is surprisingly dry. Aftertaste is leather/tobacco with a sweet hint of the dark fruit. Partway through the beer there's a pleasant tingle of alcohol warmth that lingers on the roof of the mouth and back of the lips and certainly isn't as punchy as the strength would suggest. Amazingly well crafted.

D - Thick, syrupy body with soft, but cleansing carbonation.

M - Very impressive beer. Incredibly easy to sip given the strength.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has no head, is a cloudy, murky brown color, with huge chunks of yeast floating about. Lovely bubblegum, wheat scent. Syrupy mouthfeel, loads of sweet malt, wheat flavors. Alcohol bite noticeable. Bubblegum flavors, banana, cloves. This is an intense beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this before I learned of Michael Jackson's passing earlier today. I am reviewing this in memory of Michael Jackson, Beer Hunter.
Poured cool into a La fin du Monde tulip.

A - Pours a deep caramel, almost opaque brown w/ a 1.5 inch tan head. The head decends rapidly and becomes a thin ring that creates an almost transparent lace effect.

S - A rich caramel and raisin with a touch of spice and brown sugar. Very intense and slightly rum-like w/ a ripe banana and date note.

M - A smooth, sweet feel like rum raisin bread. Dry and mildly boozy feel, the ale/lager mix gives a very bold, yet smooth character w/ light carbonation.

T - Luscious immensely rich and pleasing malt like honeyed wheat one moment and a dark smooth bock the next. A splendid taste of roasted malt without any harsh flavors. Caramel and maple notes mix with full-on fruit. Ripe banana, fig, cherry and raisin w/ a cinnamon and brown sugar tinge. The subtleties of wood and touches of rum in its essence teeter back and forth while they slowly envelope the taste buds. Tastes of spiced apple and clove w/ a warming bock character that is unmatched criss-cross each other. A sugary flavor persists with an intensity of high abv, which translates into a very complex beer.

D - A unique wheat/bock blend to say the least. This is chock full of intense bombastic taste while still containing a good amount of finesse.
I consider it a great example of German brewing excellence and quality. A bit strong to be a 5 in drinkability for me, but it won me over. Such a great beer that was just another in a list of many that Michael Jackson promoted. The drinkability is great, a wonderful beer that is important traditionally as well flavor wise IMO.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the other Aventinus brew, so here goes the other one. This one pours a dark ruby with a carbonated head the fizzes at the beginning before settling into a ring around the glass. Smell is a replica of a hefe weizen, bananas, gum and honey dominate the aromas, though the smell is a lot thicker.

As soon as the beer hits your mouth, you know it's not a hefe. Syrupy thick with a big peppery kick. Plums, prunes and bananas dominate the taste. Alcohol kicks you in the teeth and warms you on the way down. Judging from the description, it tastes exactly as you would assume: it's a what bock on steroids. You can feel 12 percent, but not in an undesirable sort of way.

This is totally different from the other eisbock (Kulmbacher) I have tried, which I don't think was made with wheat. But I may be wrong. This is a great and unique beer.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wanted to get this one for awhile, but only saw it recently for the first time. Pours a cloudy brown color with high carbonation and a thin lace of head around the edges of the glass. The high alcohol content is definitely present in the smell and as sweet malty and a little bit fruity aromas. The taste is superb, malty slightly bitter and wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth with the alcohol leaving tingly feeling. I would of liked to see a little more head, but it is an extremely well balanced beer, that is hard to improve on. This is my first eisbock review a I'll be looking out for more in the future.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a flared tulip glass. Appearance dark brown with a light brown, creamy head that persists for awhile. Spotty lacing.

Smell is of caramel malt and bananas. Mmmmm, bananas foster!

Taste is sweet up front, with a bit of the banana in the middle. Bitterness is very low.

The mouthfeel is most impressive. It begins with medium body elevated by fine carbonation, and finishes with alchoholic warning with overtones of anise in the throat.

A fine winter warmer. Would never refuse this one, unless I was the designated driver.

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Photo of Shemmy
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I used to be a weekly drinker of Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus for many years back in the days when you could buy it here Bangkok. So, I was pleasantly suprised to find how different this beer was despite the similar purple label.

Most strikingly different is the mouthfeel. The former is quite similar to iced tea, where as this one is stunningly silky and heavy, just gourgeous.

The taste is all that most previous posters have said here and I would add that for me I blown away by how the warming alcohol integrates with the chocolate, fig, cherry flavor and how all of that combines with the mouthfeel.

I had my bottle with a plate of softer Italian cheeses, the names of which i have no idea, but some of which I would say were roughly similar to parmesan that has the wetness and gooeyness of a Muenster. Just an amazing way to have this beer, which is how you can have it at Brew Beers & Ciders on Soi Thong Lor, Soi 13 in Bangkok an incredible new beer oasis in the world's capital of boring beer which offers 200 kinds of beer. Heroes these guys and the others who now seem to be successfully fighting off the triple whammy of three separate taxations that have effectively taxed imported beer 300 percent. Or at least for now.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 13925

Poured with a magnificent tawny tan head, liquid is ultra-murky brown. Lots of yeast in suspension. Nose is concentrated maltiness that pulls no punches as to what awaits...which is rich syrupy, candy like fruity flavors including cooked banana mixed with sharp alcoholic notes. Very heady. Finishes with an alcoholic burn in the throat...one ass-kicking beer! Wish it were more availiable.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schazzamm! Poured from a no where near big enough bottle to satisfy me to my way cool Aventious Doppelbock glass. The liquid is a stunning dark amber that reveals red and orange highlights. Nice carbonation, and a nice 2 finger tan and very cream like head that fades quickly on queue.

The smell is strong of alcohol and caramely fresh fruit.

The taste is as good as this style (which should be a lot) can deliver. Lots of caramel and big time dark fruit. Some chocolate and coffee notes all at the right time. Taste and smell are not in harmony, Big alcohol is well covered by this very complex taste explosion. A weissen Eisboch delivered exceptionally, a great mistake, recreated perfectly.

Mouthfeel is on style, the minimal carbonation is very nice, full body and texture are true and wonderful.

Drinkability is way high, if you like this style go no farther. Prosit und Zum wohl!, MK

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Photo of granger10
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this one a few nights ago and whoa! This is an intense and amazing brew. Obivously it tastes similar to Aventinus except all of the flavors are much more intense. Strong alcohol content isn't noticed until the finish but it has a hard kick. Lots of complex flavors that are concentrated down here. A must try!

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Photo of dbalsock
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a pretty incredible beer. I've got one more in the cellar (closet...) and I think I'll pick up a few more from the store where I got it. 2005 edition. Poured with a ton of head for being 2 years old, off white and more bubbly than thick. The body was a nice shade of brown, not as dark as a porter, but clearer and less opaque than a brown ale. There were some particulates floating in the bottem too. The head stayed around for the entire drinkage, which was a rather long time as I sipped it through dinner and dessert. The smell was of various sweet malts, mostly caramelly and nothing to impressive, but still very appetizing. Tastewise I was blown away. Brown sugar and caramel mix around many lighter malts to create an intricate profile beyond my ability to decipher. The mouthfeel was almost perfect, but actually not as thickly bodied as I would have liked for the alcohol content and the flavor. The carbonation was a little heavy as well. It was a well carbonated port like brew, and it reminded me a lot of port. Very easy to drink making me want another one moments after I finished the first. With 12% abv, consider this one dangerous.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured dark cloudy translucent brown but displayed some golden banana yellow highlights when held to the light. Head was extremely thick, frothy and tannish off-white in color.

S- Really like the smell in this one. Cloves, bananas, and wheat bread are foremost in the aroma profile, with some strong alcohol and hop tingle in the background and some dark fruits rounding it out quite well.

T- Wow. Strongest flavor present is cloves and spices, backed by bananas and wheat bread. Caramel candied apples, and a bit of raisin and licorice are also present as well as a hint of what may be cinnamon. These sweet flavors are balanced by a generous amount of hops and a modest kick from the strong alcohol in the finish. Delicious.

M- Silky smooth, tingly from spices, very full bodied and a bit bready. Very little more can be said as this is almost a perfect beer.

D- Very easy to drink and highly refreshing for such a full bodied and high gravity brew. The cloves and spices especially are phenomenal, concealing the alcohol beneath layers of delicious complexity and leave the pallet and the mouth craving the next sip and regretting the moment that the last drop is gone. I think this is one I would drink all night if my wallet and my liver could handle it.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Bottled on 8/24/11, so more than 2yrs old now. Bought at Farmer's Harvest in HB (RIP, great store, Mike was the best!!) for $3.90.

A - Very dark ruby red, almost black. Off-white head leaves good lacing.

S - Dried cherries, figs, Twizzlers, a little alcohol (but it enhances the other aromas).

T - Black cherry, oak, dried cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, figs, dates. A little wine note in the finish. Very complex and tasty.

M - Full mouth feel. Really coats the palate well. Carbonation is medium. Alleviates the full body somewhat.

O - Great beer!! One of my favorites. This is one of my favorite beers of all time and a fucking lager!! Fucking Germans, nothing changes!!!

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Photo of Pahn
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip. "Bottle Number: 2007 / 05068" printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch fluffy, just offwhite head that dissipates quickly into nothing. Pours a dark, murky purplish red (nice color actually), with yeast sediment visible through the highlights. No lacing.

Smell: Strong, sugary malt, somewhat grape and raisin-like. In no time at all, all kinds of crazy and complimentary aromas appear. It's chocolaty, earthy, sugary, (only slightly!) boozy, with a variety of fruit notes. The surprisingly restrained alcohol smell kind of sharpens everything else in a really nice way.

The aroma is just brilliant. Every note (chocolate, grape, fig) somehow manifests in different ways, as if each one comes in multiple textures. It's difficult to describe, but it's very profound.

Taste: Nice and fruity barleywine-like flavors up front, then a really interesting heat in back. My tongue is tingling for more than a minute afterward, while the grape/raisin fruitiness sticks around as well.

The taste is almost as deep and complex as the smell. It has dark, chocolaty flavors, really deep and developed malt notes, and lots of surprises (the finish reminds me of dry bread crusts at one point, which was both bizarre and somehow pleasant). Green grape skins, pastries, hard liquor; almost endless.

All these flavors are so varied and well matched I'm starting to wonder if the heavy alcohol is intoxicating and tricking me into a dream. Sometimes it reminds me of a really vivacious red wine, sometimes an aged English barleywine, sometimes a bright fruit juice spiked with a great hard liquor. It's smoky, fruity, sugary, hot, earthy, [the list goes on].

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Tingly carbonation but not distracting (enough smoothness). Building heat... kind of like hard liquor, but not. It's like a spicy food that doesn't kill (or even significantly impact) your tongue at first, but at the end of the dish your mouth is on fire.

Overall: I'm loving this beer. It's hard to say how well balanced the myriad flavors are-- or to say much about the beer at all-- because all of my attention is called away by following and appreciating all of this pleasant complexity. The concentration from icing the beer along with the higher ABV give everything a bit more punch, but the flavors meld with each other seamlessly. There's so many textures, flavors, aromas... it's just an adventure of a beer.

I don't want to be too repetitive with my praise, but this is the kind of beer you look for if you like giant English barleywines and BSDAs/quads like I do. While I've never had it "fresh", I can only guess that time has been nothing but good to this beer, because it's both smooth and powerful. Very memorable, and, in my opinion, exactly what you're hoping for if you pick up a beer like this.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Counting down till Christmas with some holiday warmers. Loved their Aventinus hefe, and I've never had an eisbock before. Let's have one, why not?

Pours a lovely chocolate brown, like a dark hot cocoa. A bit of creamy head, turns into a thick ring. Not much lacing, but still attractive.

The first smell I pick up is a buttery nut flavour, which is followed by malts, dark fruits, banana. Rich and inviting.

Didn't realize that this brew was so high in ABV, but it masks it well. I can certainly tell this is a strong brew, but it gives me that lovely warming feeling in my stomach, which does the trick given the -15 temperature outside. Similar flavours as in the nose, less nuttiness, more raisin, banana and cloves. Very hearty, tasty.

Mouthfeel is chewy and rich, alcohol and carbonation burn just a bit, but still pretty good.

Going back to the LCBO to get a few more for cellaring. An excellent winter brew, glad I picked it up. Just loved drinking this beer. First rate, and my first A+ brew on BA!

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.