Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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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
3.4/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
03-04-2011 22:09:06 | More by largadeer
4.44/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
11-25-2012 02:37:40 | More by biboergosum
4.43/5 rDev +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.
03-02-2005 00:24:13 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
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 doesnt 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.
11-26-2006 06:22:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-05-2008 07:14:05 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Appears a big deep murky caramel amber brown hue, large highly carbonated effervescent tan head forms quick and fades slowly. The lacing is thick and clings effortlessly to the glass. Aroma contains tart apples, figs, and raisins with a slight vinegar or fermented cider edge to it. Fusel alcohol flows as well as concentrated sticky brown molasses and toasted caramel notes, spicy with clove and effervescent carbonation tickling the nose hairs. Flavor brings a flood of dramatic caramel and burnt brown sugar malt sweetness with layers of alcohol ripened dried fruits glazed with sugar. Mild banana strong upfront tart apples and deep raisin notes galore. Mouthfeel is bubbly with carbonation coming real lively, body is medium to full texture is syrupy especially as it warms although it never comes of cloying to me. Drinkability is actually pretty awesome for a German ice beer, it focuses and concentrates all of the likeable characteristics
03-04-2008 02:30:17 | More by WVbeergeek
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-23-2002 19:56:27 | More by Jason
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured murky chestnut with zero head. No lacing & no head retention
Huge sherry notes & raisins. Alcohol sets in as it warms
Taste: Oakyness & breadyness; dryness sets in then. Finishes dry & bread fruitty. finishes dry & oaky like a good or cheap sherry
MF: Thick but prickly (from the alcohol); but mellows out as it warms
Drinks okay, a by the fire sipper.
10-08-2006 04:02:16 | More by russpowell
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: deep, dark brown body, bordering on purple, with a large, blooming, bubbling head of foam.
Aroma: most impressive: wide, vast, brimming with fruitiness, contains the aspects of a good Bavarian weizen, then widened, and filled up with alcohol and medicine. Fruity, yet stinging...sweet, delicious, spicy, tantalizing...
Taste...fantastic texture, floods the mouth with flavor, excellent weizen graininess, raisiny, figgy fruitiness,doubled up with richness...each gulp brings waves of sensation...I find myself liking this more as I go...it's punishing, though, flavorful, yet stinging and slaying, a serious threat to sobriety...
a bold attack on the senses...the perfect nightcap...just the thing to knock me out and send me to Slumberland.
06-30-2003 10:37:55 | More by feloniousmonk
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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