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

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Reviews: 1,118
Hads: 2,395
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 192
Gots: 255 | 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 Arminius757
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A simply wonderful beer.
Dark brown and hazy with a light white head.
Smells super malty and sweet with the aroma of dark fruits.
Those dark fruits (Figs, plum) and the malt come out strong in the taste with a little, tinny boozy hit to it. It must be said, for the ABV of this one, it is super smooth and easy to drink. Best the let this one warm up a bit (50s or so) before enjoying, as the falvor comes out better when warmer.
You get a creamy smooth feel in your mouth.
This is a heavy beer for sure, but it is so worth your time. Kick back, crack one open and enjoy the trip.
Fantastic and would drink it again anytime.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $8.00 mark or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip. Aged 2yrs in the cellar knowing this was a hot beer.

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high thick rich head that lasts for ever. Very dark brown and unfiltered

N- Fig, plum and malt in abundance. There is a lot going on and in your face.

T- Nice fig. clove and malt backbone. Sweet and without a hint of heat. The 2yrs must have brought this beer down in the heat department. Super This a complex and balanced beer all around. As it warms the flavor changes so a Roch 12 style. Bocks are so good.

M- Dry and creamy. Super well refined

O- Well rounded, all around good blend. This master brew is so complex but balanced that it will blow your mind. I don't give 4.5's often at all so this one is a winner

Food Pairing

This wonderful, full, rich bodied brew went well with.... Braised beef ribs rubbed with a dry rub consisting of mustard, brown sugar and a touch of vinegar to keep it moist enough to stick to the meat. 350deg F in the oven for 45mins then check to see how its coming. If you like it well done do 1hr


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Photo of doktorhops
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Schneider Weisse beer review has been a long time coming, and this is none other than their Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, Eisbock being based on the Lager style of Bock, which is German for ‘billy goat’ [go on, look it up, I dare ya]. ‘Eis’ is German for ‘ice’ and this style is made by freezing the Doppelbock barrel and scraping off the ice - meaning the alcohol content is higher than it would have normally been (as a side note: this is similar to the technique used by BrewDog to create their monster 40%+ ABV brews). Anyway back to Schneider Weisse - I once mentioned casually that I thought their Tap 7 Hefeweizen was as good as Weihenstephaner... well I finally got my hands on a bottle of Tap 7 [review forthcoming].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Bronze-copper cloudy body with a nice half centimetre beige head that I’m amazed is there in the first place (12% ABV beers don’t normally retain any head). I’m giving an extra point for that. 9/10.

S: Deadly! There’s an unmistakeable aroma of over-ripe banana from the Weizen, but lurking in the background is one mother*****r of a huge ethyl alcohol note - I’m concerned I may be drinking disinfectant. There are added bread, dark fruit and brown sugar touches in there as well. Smells good... but deadly. 8/10.

T: Yes, it’s got a LOT of alcohol, but it’s been hidden well amongst the flavours of: over-ripe banana, clove, raisin, date, bread and brown sugar. This is one Eisbock that goes down deceptively easy... then “oh look, I’m tipsy”, not really but it does sneak up on you nonetheless. The finish is a curious mix of evaporating alcohol and bitter medicinal herbs. It is sweet, but not a sugar bomb. A+ Schneider Weisse. 10/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a touch of cloying from the sugar and a creamy/dense Weizen carbonation. 8/10.

D: I do love a good Doppelbock... and I love a good Weizen, and this is both - so of course I love it. Cons: It’s a bit OTFT* This is definitely a night-cap of a beer. Also drink it chilled, I had it room temp and as a result it was a tad much. Otherwise I say prost! You will enjoy this if your love for Doppels and Weizens is as strong as mine. 9/10.

Food match: The back label has a few suggestions (in German) among which is “tiramisu and fully ripe parmesan” - hold the parmesan and you’ve got a deal.

*Over The F*****g Top.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light brown color. Large spots for lace. Moderate head.

Smells of banana, clove and semisweet chocolate.

Lots of wheat on the tongue. Some sweet bread flavor as well. Strong banana in the swallow. A slightly sweet aftertaste. Good body with a high carbonation level. Very smooth.

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Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Unfiltered, muddy brown body with 1/2 finger of dense off-white head. Good lacing. Head reduces to a cap and collar.

S - Belgian yeast. Plenty of dark fruit sweetness. Maybe a touch of leather or tobacco in the back.

T - Yeast upfront, then super rich and sweet dark fruit (fig, raisin). Then some brown sugar and molasses. Finishes with more fruit and yeast. A touch of booze in the finish too.

M - Very drinkable for the abv. Lower carb. Not too sticky/syrupy. Definitely more of a dessert beer.

O - A little too sweet to have regularly but delicious and drinkable for such a boozy beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/26/14. Dark brown pour. Outstanding head volume, poor lacing and almost normal retention.

Wonderful nose of dark fruit (raisin, prune, date), hints of banana and clove over a rich malt base. As it warms, medicinal alcohol notes become dominant.

Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class and packs a wallop. It begins with a wave of dark fruit, that is mostly prune, over a clove background that is always present. As the prune fades, a balancing malt sweetness emerges. The middle becomes a bit medicinal from the alcohol and has a subtle bitterness underneath. As the finish approaches, malts make their strongest showing over notes of clove and dark fruit. The finish is a long slow medicinal alcohol fade leaving a pucker and burn at the back of the throat.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very much as advertised, a stronger version of one of my absolute favorite beers - Unser Aventinus.

But I don't really need - nor want - the higher ABV.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; cola brown with lighter brown at the edges; light brown head that receded to a wispy cap;

S: the first thing I recognized was root beer, but dark fruit quickly overwhelmed that; molasses there as well; a little alcohol;

T: very malty; dark fruit; molasses; a mild metallic bitterness at the end; not cloying at all;

M: full bodied; highly carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: not clear at all and highly carbonated - both odd for the style; flavor and aroma were tremendous;

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: dark red-black. Not much head.

Smell: Intensely, extremely fruity. Cherry, banana. Sublime.

Taste: Sweet taste of dark fruits, especially cherry, that mask the very high alcohol level really well. Not as sweet as Kasteel Donker, but somewhat similar. Maltiness come out at the end, and some bitterness of roasted malt comes out, but not that much, and the taste of fruit is still stronger.

Feel: A full-body, viscous. The viscosity just resonated within me really well.

Overall: One of the best beer I have had in a while, and I was surprised when I first taste it by how excellent it is. Will surely have it again.

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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 Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with a friend. Dark brown color with a creamy off-white head. Loads of banana in the aroma with some cola, chocolate, and alcohol mixed in. Very complex. Huge malt presence and very sweet, but not cloying. Full bodied, strong, smooth and warming. Not an everyday drinker, but a nice treat from time to time.

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Photo of djack8617
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Dark molasses brown with robust head that dissipates rather quickly. Moderate light penetration that gives a cloudy hue to the beer

S- acidic smell which lingers on the olfactory nerves.

T- Malty smooth taste.

F- Smooth

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: big bubbly head that goes nowhere quickly

S: huge Banana some clove

T: banana and clove very smooth

M: has a very thick feel like every ABV you can taste

O: this is a pretty good beer I'm not sure it is amazing but it has some great kick to it.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

- very fast dissipating head with a black hue to the beer, not the classic German look
-best smelling lager style beer i have every put to my nose, the alot of dark fruit notes with some German yeast in the mix, quite a bit to sit and pick through
-Hands down the best lager style beer i have had, great dark fruit flavors like a quad but with the crispness of a lager, underlying wheat body very smooth
-for a beer that has so many notes it may feel overpowering but it is one of the smoother beers i have had, the flavor goes in and it all ties together
-One of the best beers i have had i will remember this for time to come and drink many more

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Photo of mistersifter86
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle - best before 10th July 2019. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep rich dark brown, turning to a ruby red when presented to light. Thin head that quickly dissipates around the centre, hanging on to the edge of the glass.
S: Viciously complex - dark fruits, molasses sweetness. Caramel. The classic banana/clove notes that only the greatest wheat beers produce.
T: Wow. Take a belgian quad, and ramp up the taste profile. Dark fruit, massive sweetness. Banana notes linger on the palate. I would swear there was added sugar to this, but no. The magic of the eisbock. So rich, so amazing.
M: Low to medium carbonation, decent mouthfeel however a bit thinner than regular Aventinus maybe?
O: This is the daddy. I'll never forget the day I tried the original Schneider Weisse for the first time. I've been lucky enough to sample their product fresh in Munich consistently over the past two years. Sadly their bottled product does not compare to drinking the real thing fresh, however this is a true advertisement of what this special brewery is capable of. A true magnum opus - herzlichen glückwunsch, Schneider.

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Photo of interzen
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours mahogany brown with a thin, slightly tinted head. Good head retention but minimal lacing. Settles down to a thin, foam cap. Slight sedimentation although it would appear that the pour left most of it in the bottle.

Smell: There's a real car-crash of smells here: sweetness abounds - think bubblegum, dark malts, burnt sugar, molasses and fruit. Definite hints of bananas and cloves but very little in the way of alcohol - there's a slightly medicinal, phenolic hint but sweetness dominates. Very much so.

Taste: Tastes much like it smells, albeit with added bananas. Quite where that comes from I couldn't say, but the overriding taste is that of slightly overripe bananas with a hint of cloves and burnt sugar. The alcohol is extremely well hidden - there's a nice, warming feeling in the back of the throat and stomach but that's about your lot. Probably a bit too sweet for my tastes but nonetheless it's not unpleasant.

Feel: Dangerous! Not massively carbonated and not excessively heavy either given the petroleum-grade ABV. There's a slightly sticky finish to it but I personally don't mind that. TL;DR - it doesn't feel like a 12% brew any more than it tastes like one.

Overall: Make no mistake, this is a heavy hitter - it's more deserving of an octane rating than an ABV. That said, if you're prepared to spend the time sipping and appreciating the multitude of flavours on offer then it's a very rewarding beer. Drinking more than a couple in one session probably isn't a good idea unless industrial-strength hangovers are your thing (don't ask ...!)

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into weiss glass. Cloudy mocha with a tall tan head that quickly drops to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, clove, and alcohol. Taste is clove, alcohol, phenol, fig, banana, bready malts. Certainly malt-forward, but the sweetness is held in check by the other elements. Medium-full body, very creamy and sticky around the mouth, velvety soft carbonation, with an astringent finish.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's been a hard night of drinking
and this still stands up with multiple beverages
dark brown body off white head thats sticks
lovely candied aroma
sweet malty taste
Das, das ist gut

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle-in-a-carton picked up at the LCBO; bottled Aug 12 2013 and served at cellar temperature. Eisbock is a new style for me, but I've tried multiple Schneider & Sohn products over the years and loved them all.

Pours an opaque chestnut brown colour with some reddish highlights, topped off with one finger of creamy, off-white head. Retention is pretty good - the dense foam remains in place for more than a few minutes, slowly seeping away until only a modest cap and collar remain. The aroma is rich and fruity, consisting of big notes of red grape, prune and raisin, in addition to accompanying hints of banana, caramel, bready malts, clove and ethanol. Colour me enticed.

Wow - this is a seriously intense brew, with sweet flavours of caramel and molasses figuring in strongly throughout the sip. Fruity flavours of ripe banana and prune are also quite dominant, with added notes of brown pear, cherry, red wine and raisins. The profile finishes with spicy, yeasty hints of clove, vanilla and cinnamon, as well as a marked, boozy warming effect in the aftertaste. Full-bodied, with low carbonation levels that result in a beer with an exceptionally silky-smooth feel, which provides a satisfying presence on the palate. One person could probably finish off this bottle without too much trouble - but beer this delicious simply demands to be shared with friends.

Final Grade: 4.76, a mind-boggling A+. The standard "Tap 6" Aventinus was already one of my favourite beers to begin with - but Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock manages to blow its (still-impressive) little brother completely out of the water. This is an incredibly well-made beer, and of the several-hundred different brews that I've reviewed on this site, it would not be a stretch to say that this is definitely one of the best of the bunch - the perfect way to celebrate 850 reviews. Great value at its Ontario price point, and an absolute must-try - I'll definitely be picking up a few more bottles, to ensure that I will be able to enjoy this stellar brew even after the local stock runs dry.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: poured with a dense off-white head. opaque and black
Smell: prune, banana, caramelized sugar, faint alcohol, faint roast
Taste: caramelized sugar, raisins, pureed and cooked prune, alcohol, chocolate, earthy and spicy hop bitterness... very complex, but in a good way
Feel: sweet finish
Overall: this reminds very much of good Trappist, along the line of Rochefort 10 and Chimay Grand Reserve, although a bit more sweeter. A nice beer to sip on during winter times.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark redish brown with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Nose is ripe Asian pear. Feel is very rich. Taste is a little boozy, touch of sweetness, and then a big malty finish. An outstanding beer. Pour slowly to minimize sediment in your glass.

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Photo of mattytwohats
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aventinus Eisbock: an epic battle on the palette, like a bullfighter: high risk but high rewards.

The first encounter is like the moment you're just about to fall into a peaceful sleep and being slapped in the face with a wet salmon. At first it will piss you off but shortly after you'll be like ...wasn't really the salmons fault

The scent is slightly confusing like when you think you're smelling a sausage roll only to realise it's your own body odour.

Suitable for dungeons and other dark places...would not recommend drinking anywhere where photosynthesis can take place

Flavours: hmmm where do I start: has hints of banana that a child has regurgitated. Like a burnt caramel flower stomped into methylated spirits yet blessed by the gods of the eastern block.

The loss of motor skills is something that needs to be accepted and will fare with time

A forcible scent, stings the nostrils. Please note: maximum human consumption: 2. One time I saw a dude order 3 I think his name was grim r...or maybe Reaper G?

Not recommended for drinking in sunshine or seeing sunshine for 12-24 hours after consumption.

Tastes like a burnt out log fire doesed in red paradol liquid from your childhood.

Enjoy in a bulbous Aventinus glass.

Only beer that I have ever consumer whilst slaying a dragon....See you in hell.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. You can tell this is a big beer but is a very easy drinker at 12%. Has that German Hefe yeast flavor going on and finishes nice and dry but with a rich maltiness. Wonderful estery smell one would expect from a Weizen style. If you like the Weizenbock from Aventinus you will enjoy this beer. Basically an Imperial Version of that beer. I plan to snag more of these and enjoy in these winter months.

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Photo of W0rter
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like to sample a beer prior to reading reviews. My first impression was pretty spot on for what other reviewers were saying. I had bought this some time back (my bottle was 2011 #007911) 11.2oz. I had it as a want on BA and had forgot. I'm very glad I bought it and tried it. I would highly recommend this beer. While it's not on the top of my list (top is Grande Reserve Chimay and some days Orval Golden bumps the Chimay to #2. OK on to the review before my glass is empty.
Poured the bottle into a chalice.
Look; Yup it's a dark one and almost no transparency. could say murky but lacks any cloudiness. Very pretty dark brown almost Carmely with a hint of red hue. The head was difficult to form even with a fairly aggressive pour. what head I did acquire only lasted 1 minute or less. with no lacing. While normally I draw bad conclusions when this happens, it did not hurt this beer.
Smell; Sweet hits me right in the nose first. then quickly followed by a strong alcohol smell. then the Prunes hit followed by a citrus smell cherries are present but beyond that it's hard to get past the prune smell.
Taste; I almost find myself looking at the bottle again to make sure it isn't a variant of wine. The sweet doesn't hurt the taste. I love the taste as the smells blend well into a fine beer. I love heavy beers and this is a heavy beer. Very much like a Barleywine.
Feel; Malt, MALT and more MALT did I say Good, I mean VERY GOOD.
Overall; After seeing the BA reviews I agree this is a very good beer for the person who wants a heavy strong beer that doesn't taste strong.
I'll defiantly buy this beer again.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unusually fresh (6 months since bottling) 11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Belgian-style snifter. Bought for 4.50-4.99 (can't remember exactly).

Pours a murky deep reddish brown. Small tan head dissipates quickly as I would expect at 12% abv.

Holy yeast Batman. The aroma is extraordinary. Explosive spicy phenolic and estery yeast profile. Freshly mashed ripe bananas, sugary and holiday spiced banana bread, heady alcoholic banana cream vodka. Did I mention banana? Smells fresh and powerful. I can only imagine what a dramatic transformation this takes when aged as all these esters break down.

The taste/feel is syrupy and rough, with alcoholic carbonation bite. Bitterness is low but the yeast bite is strong enough to balance the intense sweetness. I can't say I taste wheat or barley per se, but this is obviously a rich beer. It is really quite thick, and for once I am glad for all the carbonation. I mixed up the dregs and poured them into my glass and that actually smooths the whole thing out a bit, but it is still rough and tumble. Despite the sharpness and strength, this is obviously a masterfully crafted beer. There is almost another dimension of fruit flavor; something like ripe cherries and raspberries but more vague. Very complex.

Conclusion: This is one of the very rare beers that I think will actually get way better with age. I have not had a bottle of regular Aventinus quite this young, but that beer has been amazing at all ages (just s good with 3-4 years as fresh, just wonderfully different). I think this beer will simply get better with age. However, it is quite enjoyable at this age too, but one has to be in the mood for a bit of a tussle.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.