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

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

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Ratings: 1823
Reviews: 1021
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website

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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3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Novare as part of my up rising.

Serves in a Aventinus glass. The beer is cloudy amber with a dense off white/ tan head.

the nose is interesting, it has been a while sence I've had an Eisbock. I get a light fruitiness, more like fresh grapes than anything. The malt is prominant but not overwhelming.

the taste is a slight banana with other tropical fruits. The malt is there but there is also a noticible roastiness. There is a good amount of esters and alcohol.

Overall as I remeber the style very interesting but not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 02:21:25 | More by bishopdc0
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2013 19:00:46 | More by BlackBeerBroad
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 09/01/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Arlington in LBI, NJ. 12 oz. pour in a tulip...I've had this one a few times in the past and always liked it.

a - Pours a deep reddish- mahogany brown color with one to two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, toasted malts, cloves, spices, bananas, sugar, caramel malts, toffee, and figs and raisins. Nice nose, load of malts to it and fruit.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, bananas, toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, sweet caramel malts, chocolate, cloves, spices, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Awesome bananas and fruit, and more Belgian yeast here to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, very easy to drink. Awesome mouthfeel, can't believe it is 12% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; super easy to drink. Tons of bananas, malts, and dark fruits, and some Belgian notes in the taste. Great beer; one of those ones I see everywhere but rarely buy, and I need to buy it more often.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 19:56:57 | More by mdfb79
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
12% ABV, Bottle Number: 2006 10717

**2006 Bottle Review**

I've been hanging onto this for a number of years. Christmas seemed a fitting occasion to crack it open!

A - With any beer of this age and alcohol percentage, it's no surprise it pours without a head and very little carbonation for that matter. Still and gorgeous, I left the sediment resting in the bottle...for now. Aventinus is a clear deep tawny mahogany color with ruby highlights.

S - Subtle notes of soft wheat, sticky caramel, and ruby port-soaked raisin escape this low-key beer until it's swirled when disaster strikes! Good bye smoothness, hello soy sauce. Thankfully it hasn't reached that "Triple Bock" stage yet.

T - Malty depth consumes this beer from first sip as toasted wheat bread drizzled with melted caramel and clover honey marries the yeast's dark fruitiness. Layers of complexity unfold with sangria-soaked raisin, red grape, and fig newton notes.

M - Carbonation is faint giving this beer a flat, though not disruptively so, feel that aids it's already smooth body and warming alcohol finish. This beer goes to show how tacking a few years on a high alcohol beer can really smooth it out.

O - Aventinus Weizen Eisbock might be a high alcohol beer but this one is showing significant signs of age leading me to believe I waited a little too long to crack this precious beer open. Its thick maltiness creates a beautiful marriage with the yeast esters but peeking notes of soy sauce disrupt the flow. 2006 in 2012 is good but not as wonderful as it could be.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2012 17:51:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

that lovely unidentifiable purple-tinged ruby hue. no end to the satiny suds. replenishes with a flick of the wrist, still left behind after the well is dry.

absolutely mesmerizing blend of plum, vanilla, clove, and candied pear - olfaction satisfaction. nothing "yeasty". old-fashioned kind of perfume in the air. dried floral - lilac? ugh, i don't know.

the clove and vanilla come to the fore atop a very delicate malt foundation. esters abound but, then again, they don't. while the fruit flavors incredibly apparent, they are incredibly rounded off to the point of essence. the alcohol, though deceptively mellow, feels like it intensifies or gives more substance to the overall palate.

ridiculous creamy mouthfeel, silky soft and smooth, nary a burn from alcohol. spectral-lightness. as much as the lightest of lagers I'll confess.

out of the bottle, this is a treat. few parallel on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 03:14:20 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a goblet

Pours a ruddy muddy purplish brown. It's sort of like a glass of port that's had river water poured into it. Basically no head on this pour, but that's the bartender's fault so I won't deduct points for it (not that a 12% ABV beer would have much head anyway). Most eisbocks look like shit, so I'm cutting it some slack.

Lots of big, brash dessert wine aromas: wild cherries, ripe figs, port. There's a bit of a cherry-vanilla flavored Gerber baby food component. It isn't as complex as the bottled version. The spices of the bottled version are missing, so the fruit character of the beer takes over. The wheat becomes more assertive as the beer warms up.

It doesn't taste quite as good as the bottled version either, but this is still an upper-echelon eisbock. The taste follows the nose to a large degree. Lots of dark, wild cherry, lots of port-like flavor (only without any notes of oxidation). The wheat is creamy & vanilla-y. The alcohol? It's difficult to notice it. Truly. This beer should be very hot but instead the alcohol is remarkable well-hidden.

This beer isn't as viscous as the bottled version (sorry that I keep making these comparisons; but really, it isn't like I've had ANOTHER weizen-eisbock to compare this beer to). The lighter body works pretty well with the lack of alcohol burn, but I still want some additional viscosity.

Overall this is a fine, fine eisbock. It's less complex than the ultra-good (for the style) bottled rendition of Aventinus-Eisbock. It is super-smooth and super-drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 03:45:47 | More by Reaper16
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Had this on tap, and I found it pretty amazing. Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a finger of foamy white head. Caramel and sweet fruits in the nose. Toasty malts in the taste, caramel, and a wallop of candy and dark fruits--raisins, cherries, bananas, figs. The fruit balanced out the inevitable spiced rum alcohol bite of this semi-distilled 12%ABV eisbock. Medium-bodied and chewy, very nice and drinkable. Definitely to be savored slowly.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 21:57:53 | More by Rifugium
Photo of CampusCrew


4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery

appearance: deep dark brown, lots of head

smell: banana and fruit, dark malts

taste: wow, didn;t relize the beer was so imperial, a tad hot, but great flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: another amzing beer from them

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 13:35:44 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of utah44


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just drank a pint at the Bulldog Tavern and Emporium of Fine and Most Excellent Brews and Spirits. Average head and carbonation with a credible amount of lacing. Smell of alcohol and malts. Color was bodacious. Mouthfeel was like heavenly night blooming jasmine with a hint of mirliitons and cypress buds. Taste was equally balanced with flowers and trees. This brew should be in the Hall of Fame of eisbocks. I'll never forget tonight and this brew even if was overpriced compared to ma favorite IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 00:23:59 | More by utah44
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack night at TJs. Who knew they would have had an outstanding tap list FW brew notwithstanding?

The body of the beer is clear with almost no haze, though the deep color prevents it from being transparent. Reddish brown around the edges, while being deep brown and nearly opaque in the middle. No lace. No surprise.

The aroma is of wheaty and bready yeast character, toffee, nutty sweetness, a touch of banana and clove character, and a rounding out of warm alcohol. The taste is more or less similar, though the toffee notes are more pronounced, and they are accompanied by some remarkable plum and fig flavors that really stand out. The finish rounds out with a prickly warmth from the alcohol and a touch of sweet caramel.

Prickly but light carbonation in a medium to heavy body, this beer is a phenomenal offering from Schneider. The fruity depth rivals that of the most well done Russian Imperial Stouts, and the ease of drinking is top notch. At 12%, this is more than a little bit dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 16:45:32 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of largadeer


3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Turbid, unfiltered brown. The head is dense and lasting.

Estery, fruity nose. Jam-like, very sweet. Ripe blackberries, fried bananas and figs, caramel, some breadiness.

Sweet and burning on the palate - unabashed booze and malt. Flavors of stewed dark fruit and banana bread with a slight clove spiciness beneath the malt onslaught. Syrupy body. Lingering caramel and banana flavors in the finish.

Not bad, but I much prefer regular Aventinus.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 22:09:06 | More by largadeer
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Czech Republic

4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - very full and dark amber color with dark orange tones
S - very intensive and pleasant smell of banana and wild-rose
T - extraordinary banana start with great mixture of wild-rose and caramel and very nice carbonation and full mouthfeel ending pretty dry and not so hoppy, but the presence of yeast is awesome. Alcohol is perfectly hidden in the beer.
M - full body with brilliant carbonation
D - very drinkable, however very strong, so be careful.

This eisbock is totally great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 14:20:54 | More by pinkano
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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Complex, very challenging. I know what I want with it, Ice Cream! But it's best by itself. Banana, Caramel, Cloves... Watch out as the 12% is almost undetectable with this childhood inducing creamy beer. Don't drink as much as you will want to, it will catch up with you in the morning! But, enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 08:07:48 | More by MrKegs
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aventinus Eisbock on cask at Max's in B'more.

Although I'm not a big fan of German beers, I had to try this. It is not often that you will see a 12% German Eisbock on cask!!

Appearance: finger-deep white head that remains. Significant lacing. Deep brown color, a bit like raisin juice. A purple, amethyst-like tinge appears around the rim.

Smell: Dry dates, banana yogurt, sugared raisins. This evokes a two-year-old fruit cake straight from Aunt Rita's trailer in Western Michigan. Sounds scary, but it actually is incredibly enticing. Also aromas of a very sweet and old Pedro Ximenez sherry. A complex and unique nose.

Taste: Upfront sweetness, like a liquid banana bread that was baked last week but is still good enough to munch on when you get the munchies after one too many beers like this very one. Musty grapes and raisins follow the banana. Feels aged, but I'm not sure it is.

Mouthfeel: Low-but-good carbonation. Boozier as it warms up, but otherwise the alcohol is fairly well-hidden. Sticky sweetness that clings to the lips and mouth.

Drinkability: Low. Not because of the alcohol but the sweetness. This is immensely cloying and filling. Huge ABV and feel. I've drunk many 12% beers, but this one was tough.

Glad I tried, would probably not do again. Tasty but way heavy! I'm curious as to whether the draft version is more drinkable and smooth than the cask.


Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 19:58:01 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Nook in Huntsville, Al

A : A very dark brown color with a very small tan head that quickly recedes to nothing. Murky & muddy.

S : Large wheat note, but layers of spice & dark fruit poke through. Sweetness is prominent.

T : A rich wheat burst before it succumbs to darker fruit, spice, and sugar. Extremely robust. This level of complexity is hard to review.

M : Quite carbonated, a very fizzy feel. The sugar leaves a light stickiness to the mouth on swallow, but also a bit dry.

D : The alcohol is no where to be found, making this a very dangerous brew if not sipped.

One hell of a brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 14:27:34 | More by ncfranklin
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Light to dark brown body with little to no head. Huge lacing

S- Alcohol, Grape, Lots of dark ester, sugar sweetness

T- This taste a lot like a ruby port with lots of grape, low carbonation, and it does have some complexity as the beer warms and the palate adjusts.

F- Drinks with a nice alcholol sting

D- (non-session) I would enjoy having this beer anytime. It is balanced and eisbocks are what helped get me into the game of craft beer. Mmm such nice grape flavors and complexities. Seek out if you have not tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 18:34:08 | More by tippebrewcrew2
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An almost purple brown with a gentle head. Not much retention. Good carbonation with lots of floaty bits.

Smell is rich and sweet with banana, raisins, figs, and cloves. Dark wheat malts.

What can I say about the taste? Superb caramel wheat malt, banana, cloves, dark fruits and superbly hidden, faint alcohol.

A creamy feel with a supple silkiness. Lightly chewy.

So easy to drink it ought to be illegal.

From tasting notes 12/01/09

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 05:07:29 | More by scootny
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a caramel-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of butterscotch with emphasis on butter with good amounts of toffee and bananas. Also present is hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Buttery butterscotch flavors up front are joined quickly by caramel-coated banana flavors. Midway through the sip hints of pears and spices enter into things but give way to the butterscotch before segueing into a sweet ending that leaves hints of banana lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good very. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly for such a big beer and could have another.

Overall this was more buttery than I remembered but not in a bad way. A very unique beer and one that's well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 02:57:08 | More by glid02
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Julian/Providence
A - Poured somewhat hazy reddish brown. Light tan head that stays around.
S - Sweet malt,honey, clove. Smells sweet and sticky.
T - Honey, cherry. Very sweet malty beverage. The alcohol definitely comes through.
M/F - Quite viscous..medium I suppose. Lightly carbonated rather sticky this one.
D - Pretty tasty but also very serious at 12%. A little goes a long way. I would like to try this with some age on it as the alcohol burn would certainly subside a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 04:25:49 | More by ThirstyBird
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into an interesting Aventinus glass. Wide stemed with a slender bowl at the top. Like a wine glass but more volume in the stem. The bottom was frosted by sand-blasting. .3L fill line.

Deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Aromas of burnt caramel and some dark candy, along with a little bit of clove. The flavor consisted of dark fruit and licorice with the alchohol well perceived. The feel was very thick with slightly lower carbonation. The dark candy flavors lingered for a while.

This is my first Eisbock on tap and it was well worth it. Went great with the pizza I was eating. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 17:33:14 | More by BeerSox
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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 21:01:31 | More by ruckzuck
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA; served in a chalice

A murky, dark brown in color with a white head that made it through the duration.

Smell of dark chocolate, wheat, dark malt, and fruity esters.

Slightly sweet, but very well-balanced between the chocolate, yeast, wheat, malt and fruit flavors. The alcohol is not hidden all that well, but it complements the flavor profile so well, it doesn't hurt.

Smooth and clean.

At 12%, it is a definite sipper..

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 14:36:32 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing and I was rather excited to see Trappeze Pub had it on tap. Since tapping the first keg, I have had at least 15 of these beers. Appearance is dark brown with purple colors mixed in. Smell is predominantly of sweet, dark fruits (e.g., plum, apricot) as well as banana and clove. Taste mirrors the smell with a bit more sweet and spicy clove. Mouthfeel is nicely sticky sweet and perfect for the style. I will drink this beer whenever I see it on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2008 21:53:22 | More by Big78CJ
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Tap House describes this one as "An Aventinus Milkshake" so yeah, I had to try one. Served in a frosted Aventinus glass, looks about a 14oz serving.

A - Deep dark brown coloration, beautiful head of froth that never left, great, thick layers of sedimentary lacing. Pair all of that with the gorgeous Aventinus glass, and yeah, perfect presentation.

S - Aroma of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I thought I may have been hallucinating, so I had a few others near me take in the aroma as well. While no one agreed with my ice cream theory, we all agreed on a strong dark chocolate presence.

T - Has the big yeast profile of Aventinus with a great dark malt backbone. Dark fruits also populate the body at various points, but the abv is quite apparent, and now, seeing the 12% mark on the site, I know why.

M - Smooth and creamy, but the alcohol burn causes a hit here. Full bodied.

D - Sorry, this is a delicious and balanced brew, but I could not do another, this is potent stuff. I'd recommend this one with confidence at any rate though, as it is quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 00:13:10 | More by PhageLab
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recently had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a hazy amber with a creamy off-white head.

S- Lots of clove and banana, this is a big weizen beer!

T- Warming, without the alcohol burn, lots of spiciness, especially clove and banana.

M- Carbonated well, is smooth on the tongue, full bodied.

D- Too big to have many, but enjoyable. A great winter beer!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 05:03:09 | More by cichief
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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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