Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-14-2005 02:52:45 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
02-27-2011 19:14:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
05-15-2010 11:53:43 | More by Thorpe429
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
04-24-2010 22:06:50 | More by metter98
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-11-2009 15:23:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
07-24-2004 22:14:55 | More by brentk56
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
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 doesnt go overboard. Alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average. I probably wouldnt drink more then one in a session but I would love to smell this aroma over and over again.
05-08-2006 16:53:41 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-10-2006 03:06:27 | More by BEERchitect
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
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!
05-10-2008 13:52:38 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-27-2009 23:01:32 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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!
11-14-2008 03:33:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
07-06-2011 19:35:02 | More by Knapp85
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
03-01-2005 13:23:21 | More by oberon
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-08-2013 03:04:29 | More by emerge077
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
05-02-2008 01:20:58 | More by zeff80
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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