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

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Reviews: 1,121
Hads: 2,424
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 193
Gots: 261 | 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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a barleywine tempered by the taste of some wheat and over-the-top barley. This is not an ice-filtered weizen. Barleywine aroma and colour. The original Eisbock? Well that's something, although I thought that happened in the WWI transportation to the Kraut troops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that lasts for the whole beer. Sticky ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, wheat, and alcohol sharpness. Tastes of overripe dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and alcohol. This beer was very carbonated in my opinion and had a very sticky mouthfeel. An alcohol burn was present with each sip. Drinkability is above average but with the alcohol burn and the almost sickly sweetness I don't think I would get this again.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured rather dark brown with a creamy, beige head. A light level of carbonation is visible and there is very good head retention.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness and dark fruits along with some hints of bananas and alcohol.
T: The flavors of the complex taste follow the smell and the flavors definitely seem stronger and more like an intensified version of Aventinus. A slight taste of alcohol is perceptible, but doesn't stand out and detract from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thick yet still is smooth on the palate.
D: The alcohol content is rather well hidden so this beer is relatively easy to drink but is better to be sipped.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out of the cask as a dark muddy brown color. The head on the beer was nowhere in sight, no lacing here either. The smell of the beer is a lot like the Aventinus with just a bit more booze. The taste is pretty similar too for the most part. The mouthfeel is the difference here, it's a bit on the flatter side from the cask and the aftertaste of the beer gives off a bit of a boozy heat that warms the chest. Overall I like both brews a lot, I may even like this more from a bottle. Both are great beers to try and I would like to have them again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle number 020227, no date. (Note that the bottle has a new label which more prominently displays Weizen Eisbock than the one pictured.)

Appearance: Cloudy, with a deep tawny color and a decent head. Once it dissipates, there is no lacing.

Smell: What a wonderful nose to his beer! I could smell it all night. Dark fruits, caramel, rum and a touch of banana. You can smell the alcohol and tell this will be one powerful, special brew.

Taste: First comes the strong malt flavors; tastes almost like a port. Then, some hops sneak in just in time to be overwhelmed by the warming effects of the alcohol. What sticks around as you feel the warmth drip down your gullet is the lovely, complex malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; not much carbonation

Drinkability: Be carefull with this one as the alcohol is high. Take it slowly and just enjoy every second.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An insanely charcterful beer with a ton of power, elegance, and complexity. Why this one isn't considered better than the Aventinus Weizenbock is beyond me.

The beer pours with a weight and thickness that implies a very malty beer. Dark brown with deep ruby hues. A delicate, lightly-tanned head sits atop the beer is quite stately fashion. Where lacing is void, legging is very evident.

Deep malty aroma of very Old English Ales. Would be too sweet, but is tempered by fruit flavors of figs, dates, prunes, grapes and cherries...quite 'fruitcake' like, with a shot of rum. Very warming, but not fusal or caugh-syrup tasting.

Probably would be thicker if not thinned by the 12%, still very full, rich, and moderately syrupy. Sweet and sticky in the finish, but with remaining power and strength. The beer improved greatly as the brew warmed to room temperature and expelled its pin-prikling carbonation. A good 'beer alternative' to a port wine or brandy.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small amount of light penetration. Very thin head and not really any lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sweet malt, and some definite alcohol, which is to be expected.

T: Fairly intense. Loads of sweet malt and alcohol with a good dosing of dark fruits and cherries in the background.

M: Medium body with a nice heat to it.

D: Considering what this is, it ends up being a very nice sipper.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color beer with a small dark foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma is just plain incredible –mix of dry fruits (figs, prunes and raisins) with some floral malt. Taste is also dominated by the sweet fruit aspect but doesn’t go overboard. Alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average. I probably wouldn’t drink more then one in a session but I would love to smell this aroma over and over again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. Very nice to see this offering in Alberta, when the others from this brewery have been available here for so long.

This beer pours a very hazy, dark burnt amber hue, with a teeming tower of tight foamy, rather creamy ecru head, which takes it rather easy in coming down to earth, eventually leaving some walk of shame, ripped nylon lace around the glass.

It smells of rich, dark, fleshy orchard fruit, some additional mushy banana, caramel/toffee malt, a mildly astringent/sweet wheat dichotomy, a bit of aged demarara rum, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The taste is a sweet, sugary wheat/barley combo from the outset, followed closely by banana pudding, soft spices - barely evoking clove, perhaps only in my head - dark sugar, somehow differentiated molasses, a mild oily nuttiness, some port-like alcohol heat, and drying, earthy hops flying well under the radar.

The carbonation is tame and equally frothy for the most part, with little to apologize for, the body a stout, sturdy medium weight, and a bit syrupy in its otherwise impeccable smoothness. It finishes still sweet - fruity, malty, and boozy - all well tempered in their sexy restraint.

Wow - what an experience - so many input components that I was unfairly waiting for at least one of them to go off the rails, but, nope - mea culpa - everything is oh so very well balanced and integrated. A hallmark for this uncommonly available style, which given its inherent nature, needs finesse and subtly in order to be even remotely drinkable. This has both, and more, in spades, so grab one if you can.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this many years ago, and vaguely remember it as intensely raisiny and didn't really like it at the time. Since then I've gotten pretty fond of Aventinus itself, and got this as a gift recently.

Dark opaque mahogany, billowing head of foam that settles after awhile, leaving behind flecks of lace. Thin broken surface skim.

Aromas of banana, rum, molasses. Slight alcohol and sweet grain as it warms.

Caramel and bananas, brown sugar, rum, slight bite of alcohol heat. Smooth and full bodied, chewy and rich. A big beer perfect for a snowy December night.

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #2004/13744

A - Poured into a flute glass, an amber color with a ruby/copper color at the top. It was highly carbonated and had a small, short-lived head.

S - It smelled extremely malty! Also, had a wheat aroma and a fairly strong alcohol smell.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness and some wheat. It had an alcohol presence with hints of dried fruit (apple).

M - It was smooth and soft with a warm alcohol presence. It was medium to heavy bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Eisbock (only the 2nd I've had), but I thought it was quite good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut until backlit with late morning sun. The beer is then midway between dark cherry and dark orange, with a surprising number of bubbles animating the interior. The pour produced a prodigious crown of frothy foam that crested the top edge of the glass. More stickiness would have been good, but then show me a 12.0% ale that qualifies as a lace monster.

Weizen Eisbock smells like a concentrated weizenbock. No surprise, since that's pretty much what it is. I'm sure the tapering sides of the snifter help. Even though it smells potent, there's barely any alcohol appreciated. Medium-dark fruit (though not much banana) is uppermost, followed by a whiff of clove-like spiciness.

This is definitely good beer, but I'm not blown away. First impressions include a lighter than expected body/mouthfeel and too many bubbles. A five minute wait for warming and CO2 dispersal helps quite a bit. I like the way the flavor profile changes from beer entry to beer exit... and beyond.

Flavors include caramel, chocolate-covered bananas, ripe figs, a hint of anise, a splash of port and a hefty sprinkling of ground clove. The beer is really opening up as it approaches room temperature. It's amazing how well the alcohol is buried. Throat and belly warming is the only evidence of the double-digit ABV.

The mouthfeel firms up enough in the end. It helps that some of the water was removed because that allows the malt sugars to add a finishing slick stickiness that makes it feel more full. Less carbonation would have helped. On the other hand, it probably wouldn't have resulted in a higher score.

I'm amazed that Aventinus Weizen Eisbock is only the third beer of this style that I've ever reviewed. While it isn't a sock knocker-offer like Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, it's a damn good beer that is fun to sip and savor. It's also widely available and cellars well. I'll be coming back to this one again.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a hazy brown/amber with a nice blooming fluffy head,great aromas of cinnamon and clove with a little smokiness in there along with some lighter caranel notes.Big flavors picked up alot of cinnamon upfront with some caramel and dried fruit along with some late smokiness.Wow what can you say about this brew smooth as it gets going down sweet but not overly so,I will go back to this one sometime to be sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #2002 so I am assuming a 2002 Vintage

I had received this one in a trade a while back and had been holding onto it for a good long time,waiting for the right time to crack this beauty. Well lately I have given up waiting for a special
time to crack a beer and instead I decided to just go for it and have at some of the deepest reaches of my cellar. Last night it was time for this. Pulled this one out and served it right at cellar temp and poured into a tall, footed pilsner glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice indeed. First off, there were tons and tons of floaties in this one. Thick clumps of yeast are literally everywhere bouncing up and down inside the glass. Other then those though there was some really nice clarity to it, letting you knows most had been concentrated into the clumps. The color on this was outstanding; a rich deep, caramel colored orange was presented
in front of me. Hints of dark ruby, or purple as well, really a very rich, and dark color. A nice
three inch high head of off white colored foam then took over the top and gently settled down into a
thin layer before finally staying at about a half an inch throughout the rest of the session. Copious
amounts of side glass lace were present as well.

Smell - The aroma was equally as rich and sweet as I thought it would be. No hint of any kind of
alcohol in this one at all, which was really shocking. A smooth aroma could be picked up, very earthy,
with deep, sweet malt tones coming through strong, and early. Hints of caramel, and strong dark fruit
were also easily picked up in here. Really nice blend, touches of plums and raisins being most
notable. Slight hint of grass way in the back, and at times almost a honey like sweetness to it.

Taste - The flavor was the best I could have hoped for in this style, it was simply top notch all the
way. A super smooth, creamy palate was explored buy the delicate malt tones that came over your tongue
in waves. Nothing harsh about the flavor here at all, everything was so well blended and smooth that
it was remarkable that this was 12%abv. Big notes of caramel and earthy malts opened the show right
away and got things off to a really nice start. Bready malts stealing the show on this one, until the
nice tones of dark yeast start to come through. Lots of plums and raisins were then becoming even more
evident, and the sweetness of honey coming out very nicely. This was the smoothest flavor I could have
imagined, just absolutely wonderful in richness and complexity.

Mouthfeel - This also had to be the creamiest beer I have ever had in my life. The texture was just
beautiful. Not too heavy and not too light, it was a work of art at times. Such nice carbonation, it
had that effect of just coating everything that it touched, I was really floored by how good this was
and how well it came off.

Drinkability - Now here it was as good as it gets. You are talking about something that was over 12%
ABV and you could not even tell. I would have thought this was a session ale, and I actually almost
drank it as such. Unbelievably smooth, the texture and flavor were remarkable. I would have gone for
another one in a second if I had one. It was simply superb.

Overall I have to say this is one of the finest drinks of any kind that I have ever had. I really do
not have a bad word to say about it. Everything just went really perfectly. One of the classic
examples of the style, I cannot wait to be able to try this one again, it really is that good!

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Photo of oline73
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a half finger of off white head. There is a decent amount of retention.

Smell: There is some sweet malt along with a carmel note and a strong dark fruit note. There is some warm alcohol as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with some dark fruit. There are some banana notes in there as well. The finish has some caramel and some extremely hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with extremely aggressive carbonation and a slick finish. The alcohol is quite hot.

Overall: This is a really strong beer. The alcohol is super hot. The flavor is good, but really overshadowed by the alcohol.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, off white head that settles quickly. The body is dark brown with light brown highlights and decent clarity.

S - Strong aroma of prunes and raisins. There is also a distinctly spicy alcohol note.

T - Very fruity with banana esters that transition to a distinct strawberry flavor. The fruitiness remains through the middle with some slight caramel. Roast malt flavors emerge in the finish with just a hint of hops.

M - Creamy, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Quite a bit of boozy alcoholic warmth in the finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for a beer of this strength, the fruit notes are very unique and add a lot of character to the beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The beer is a dark brown with lots of red tint and a fluffy tan colored foam.

S: This is my first eisbock, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the nose. A great fruity aroma, a mild funk, and a fair bit of spice--mostly clove. There is a lot of banana, presumably from the yeast.

T: What an interesting mix of flavors. A lot of clove and nutmeg, a fair amount of banana, raisin, and plum. The funkiness that was present in the nose is not on the palate. There is also a touch of alcohol, but not surprising at 12% ABV.

M: A great full body on this beer. The carbonation is surprisingly high, but I think this is a very good thing.

D: Despite the relatively high alcohol content, the beer is very drinkable. A great mix of flavors and a very enticing aroma. I would gladly drink this one again and seek out some more eisbocks.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Number: 2008 / 11734 -- $4.29 bottle from Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, medium brown body with a thin, short-lived, off-white head.

Smell: Raisins, fresh figs, and sliced bananas swimming in melted caramel squares and topped with toasted wheat and spices. Slight sniff of booze.

Taste: Toasted wheat malts and super rich maltiness represented by a slathering of homemade caramel sauce. Reduced raisin and fig fruitiness. Slight touches of banana-flavored taffy, bubble-gum, and earthy spices. Small hint of licorice. Very, very minor hop character with a faint, feeble bit of bitterness. Warming ethanol alcohol presence. Caramel-coated, liqueur-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Sip, savor, repeat. Recommend. Super sweet and grotesquely unbalanced in a rich dessert kinda way. The ABV is blended in rather well. Delightful!

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into thin Allagash tulip glass

A: Cloudy, chocolate dark brown color with very little light, huge 3+ finger head that slowly fades

N: Nose has some dark fruits, some vanilla, some Balgian type sugar, sour tangy yeast

T: Starts with a rich fruit and sweet brown sugar flavor, semi sour almost grape like taste, dark fruits, some alcohol, slight roasted taste, some raisin taste as well, touch of nuttiness

M: Semi thick with lots of carbonation and somewhat sticky

F: Lots of alcohol comes out on the finish warming and slight tongue burn that even goes up to the nose, pretty sweet as well, a sticky tangy taste hangs around for a bit

Final thoughts: This is a very big beer, lots of deep rich fruits even grapes, slight sour yeasty taste, lots of alcohol, slow drinker but good taste

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's quite surprising that 12% alcohol by volume can be so readily hidden. It mildly appears in the nose, and it's not particularily noticeable in the flavor, but you can feel it in the throat. I guess it's the rich malt and yeasty phenolics that help to hide it so well.

Other than it's simply a somewhat condensed, and fortified, version of the standard Aventinus. It's not particularily complex, but neither is the original - rich and full flavor is the name of the game here! Notes of bubble-gum dance with swirling spice and hints of banana across a caramel-soaked maltiness.

In all honesty, I prefer the standard version, but this is a nice diversion.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight tan colour, good thickness, nice cream, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Cream, heavy caramelized malt, wheat, Some yeast comes through as well. Dark fruit. Aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Chocolate, light nuts, dark cream, and cream spread over a restrained wheat base. The alcohol hardly comes through at all, which is surprising. Nice hop layering. It's a bit simple, but the build is well done and it's rather balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch thick. I wouldn't call it syrupy, but it's certainly filling. Sort of suits the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV. As far as eisbocks go, it could do with a higher ABV. I like it, and I'd like to try it on draught.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a no head at all and no lace.

S: The smell is heavy with dark fruit, caramelized malt, molasses and alcohol.

T: The taste is malty and heavy with dark fruit (raisins, plums, raspberries) and a candy sweetness to it. The alcohol definitely makes itself known by giving you the burn, but it doesn’t overwhelm you either.

M: Crisp and unexpectedly smooth, medium body, light carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty and not filling, goes down easy for a beer with such a high ABV, I drank it pretty quickly, but if I were drinking a second, I go a little slower. Overall, this is a very good 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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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with the bottle # 06558 and the year 2001 on the back label. Brownish burgundy colour with a fast foaming head that drops quickly to a thin ring of tan lace.

Bubble gum, banana, clove and herbal medicinal phenols in the aroma. Mellow estery almost solvent like alcohol in the nose also.

Lightly syrupy slick on the tongue. Spicy right upfront that rides the medium high carbonation, clove and alcohol come first then some phenolics to mix things up a bit. Touch of banana and breadiness in the middle. Hops are not there but there are other components that keep this brew in balance. Estery and slightly solvent alcohol even rides through the finish.

Not as complex as I though it would have been, the head lacks big time with a thin ring of lace … other than that this is a great brew. Alcohol is deceiving in a way as it lurks around to sneak up on you.

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