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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 121
Gots: 102 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

02-07-2013 06:14:56 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dar, clougy brown with very small beige head. Aroma of wheat, chocolate, plum, raisin and alcohol. Stronger fruit and alcohol taste than regular Aventinus. Tastes of raisin, plum and blackberry. Nice warm alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 09:31:38 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-21-2013 00:47:21 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-22-2012 04:27:42 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Pours a quite cloudy deep mahogany brown, possibly not as opaque as it could have been. The sediment was quite compact in the bottom and despite swirling the last couple of centimetres of beer, much of it would not be moved. Head is a filmy crown of yellowish-beige bubbles. Good static lacing, and the body looks pleasantly heavy. Lovely looking beer.

Nose is lovely and redolent with big dark wheat characters, but it's so lovely and deep and rich, refined and complex. Slight subtle hints of booze and smoke, and the roasted characters are very pleasant. The boozy sweetness even gives off unusual aromas of port. It's a truly excellent nose.

Taste is big and slightly boozy, although perhaps not as immediately hot and spiritous as I thought it might be. Round wheat notes are noticeable, but there's a welling of slightly metallic, medicinal characters on the back, which while not having the strong heat of booze, do give the bite of continental schnapps. Cherries and appleskin are hinted at. Feel is smooth at the start, but has a pleasant acidity coming through to mingle with the light astringency of the booze.

This is a lovely beer. It's surprising just how gentle it is for all its extremity. It really stays true to its weizen roots, which give it a lovely roundness, and temper the big and boozy notes that appear throughout.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 04:58:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz 2009 bottle poured into a snifter

Dark chestnut brown, slight ruby tint, cloudy from the yeast, frothy tan head that quickly fades to a thick tan ring of bubbles. Not much lacing, but not much expected. Aroma smells like weizenbock, with a pinch of alcohol. Strong notes of yeast, banana, clove, strong dark fruit, and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and fluffy, high carbonation. Flavor is dominated by sweet caramel, and banana and clove weizen notes. Every taste is a combination of new flavors, honey, rum, chocolate, dark fruit, bread, other spices, etc. Alcohol is also well hidden in the taste, but still provides a strong warming presence. Finish is very soft and smooth, not as sweet as in the beginning of the drink, but still a rich combination of flavors. A nice sipper/night cap, extremely sweet and boozy, to some this might barely resemble a "beer"

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 00:46:05 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this ale tonight, served om a bottle and Celebrator glass at the Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, MD.

Appearance: Deep auburn-orange color, this ale had a great deal of sediment when poured into the glass. The bottle poured with an acceptable amount of head.

Smell: Malts come up from the glass, establishing themselves as the predominant flavor and smell of the ale. The malts are not so strong though that they reek of sweetness.

Taste: Malts hit the taste buds immediately. They are slightly sweet, providing a nice counterbalance to the high abv. The sweetness of the malts gives way to a pleasant, even wheat taste after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely in the mouth. The wheat character provides a bit of tanginess that mixes well with the sweetness of the malt.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited by the 12% abv, but the ale is nicely balanced and the wheat adds a distinct taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 00:14:02 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, bottle is now a new squarer shape...pours a rich and unusual slighly purple/brown color, moderate off white head and just a bit of lacing.Nose is quite fruity, plums, bananas, apricots. This is a strong, rich and flavorful sipper. Its heady and intoxicating @ 12%. Lovely, soft and warming on the tongue. Complex notes of more fruits, wood,alcohol, brandy, yeast and sweet Malt. Fine stuff, well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 03:08:56 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
A- Big creamy head that has large bubbles and a nice light brown color. The carbonation is really strong stirring up yeast bits from the bottom. The body is a thick dark brown that doesn't let light pass through it.

S- A very rich malt aroma with a strong prune earthiness

T- A wonderful, powerful wheat flavor that builds to a nice wheat tanginess with a faint vanilla banana taste and a very nice warming in the finish.

M- medium-full mouthfeel with a nice warm alcohol finish.

D- Very nice big wheat beer that has a big alcohol warmth to support it. It also has a nice maltyness to support the wheat and the alcohol. Even without a hop presents this beer has a nice complexity and a wonderful taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 02:43:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-02-2014 02:56:51 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle shared with pmsawyer. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown in color with some orange clarity around the edges. A creamy tan cap appears and fades to a ring around the outside of the glass that stays throughout the duration. A webby pattern of lace clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is apple and pear skins. Lightly spicy with some typical weizen-like notes of clove and yeast. This is quite a fruity smelling brew with alcohol esters being fairly pronounced. As the brew warms up, there are faint notes of cinnamon, molasses and dark sugary scents that collectively seem like a strange sort of alcoholic apple pie.

The taste is spicy with clove and fruity alcohol esters. Pear and apple skins come to mind mostly with a kick of spiced alcohol. For a beer that smells quite deep and intense with character, the flavor falls a bit short and is not nearly as complex. As the brew warms up, some chocolate grain notes become evident.

This is a full bodied brew that is lightly carbonated. For 12% abv, the alcohol is well included and is matched with an array of flavors to make it quite enjoyable. I have not had a lot of experience with the eisbock style, but this was enough to spark my interest into having more.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 21:54:05 | More by stakem
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-19-2013 15:24:30 | More by orangesol
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Zorro

California

4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 OZ bottle. Bottle 2004/ 10697.

Pours a cloudy chocolate milkshake brown with some yeast floaters.

Smell is intense vanilla banana and cloves with an intense malt scent. Like Aventinus only concentrated more. Seriously spicy.

Taste is sweet and very intense; alcohol level leaves an unmistakable heat in the mouth. Pretty much concentrated Aventinus. Lots of vanilla and banana and cloves flavor.

Mouthfeel is almost chewable.

Incredibly drinkable and intense. Only the cost and rarity prevent me from having this as often as I like.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 23:06:09 | More by Zorro
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy brown/amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet raisins and alcohol, a very unusual eisbock. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 22:21:30 | More by jdhilt
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a quarter finger tall off white head which dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is present.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, some alcohol, plum, and vanilla are all present. The smell is very complex and very enjoyable.

T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the clove and banana with hints of plum, vanilla, and brown sugar. You can taste a bit of the alcohol but it does not burn and is not unpleasant.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Drinks like a beer with a much lower ABV, there are hints of the alcohol in the smell and taste but it is pretty well hidden - this beer could really sneak up on you. I really enjoy the smell and the flavors of this beer and will definitely be having it again. Though I might add that this is not really a sessionable beer unless you are the ultimate champ - just too much ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 21:51:05 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Update 3/4/11: What the hell happened to my Weizen Eisbock?

Poured into an Eisenbhan Wiezenbock glass, the color is the same, but there's better head retention. The aroma is more boozy and grapey, but I can still make out those weizenbock charactersitcs. The taste is where it goes downhill; lots of uber-sweet raisin flavored alcohol dominate with the clove and banana bread tastes pushed way aside. Mouthfeel remains very likeable, big, syrupy, and smooth, not too boozy in this respect, and sticky around the mouth. Damn, this is too sweet; I'm going to struggle to finish the 330 ml serving.

This bottle was a 2010 vintage (costing $5.49), so perhaps it needs a little more time to be outstanding. Or perhaps my tastes have changed so much since my last sampling nearly 4 years ago. I've had my helping of Aventinus Classic in between that time, and I'll be more than happy to drink that in the future.

(4/23/07)

This better be good. I spent $5.19 for an 11.2 oz. bottle at Town and Country Liquor, and it has a printed number on the back of the label. It says 2005/11325 on the back of the label. Well, the moment has come to try it out:

Dark red to brown in color, it's an eye catcher, but where's my head? I barely got one when it was poured, and it quickly went down. But that's okay, I enjoyed everything else this brew had to offer. Have you ever tried to mix a Doppelbock with a Hefeweizen and an Eisbock? That's the best way to describe this beer. It has that delicate yeasty, phenolic, fruity flavor of Hefe's, the chocolate maltiness and raisins flavors of a Doppelbock, and that body warming kick of a Eisbock. All of this creates an extremely well-balanced brew, an incredibly smooth texture, and the defying drinkablilty which begs me to have another of these. At 12% ABV, you better watch how much you drink of this, but it's so damn good.

If this review couldn't get any better, I now know I can find this at quite a few establishments, and cheaper too. Hooray!

Original rating: 3.5/5/5/5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 05:00:05 | More by DoubleJ
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-19-2014 02:58:24 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown with a thin head and little lacing. The aromas are of banana, clove, and toffee. The taste is complex and quite nice if a little bit on the sweet side. More clove, cinammon, baked apples, bananas, and a long sweet malty finish with lots of clove on the finish as well. Quite spritzy in the mouth, medium bodied. Not really cloying even though its a somewhat sweet beer. Surprisingly drinkable given the alcohol which is well hidden. A nice after dinner sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 22:54:59 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Aventinus glass a dark brown color, not much carbonation, no head, not much lacing really, some small bits of yeast were detected.

S - Scents of plums, sweet malts, and caramel.

T - The taste is sweet and alcoholic in nature. There's a nice little warming effect after sipping.

M - Medium body, no carbonation.

D - Drinkable. Another excellent brew from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 00:29:14 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, Glen Allen, VA

Tan 1/2" head over a dark brown brew, and laced admirably. Deep grainy aroma, with alcohol character apparent. Flavor indicates a chewy wheat brew with hearty consistancy. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 12:08:07 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

09-07-2013 00:56:04 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a wooden cask sitting on the bar at Fork & Barrel, what a sight!

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock pours a dark brown almost maroon dark shade of some color that's dark. Almost not even a cap of sparse bubbles floating on top, no stick. Smell is all clove and banana and some deep toasty malts. Really cant deserne any of the alcohol, it is hidden almost to well. Taste is all in the bananers, that are dipped in caramel and slight chocolates as well. Clove and other spices and the alcohol is masked in taste even better than the bottle. Feel is above medium but smooth as hell out the wooden cask. Carb is not so high but the character is. Cant drink to much of this stuff but it is still a great beer.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2010 23:55:14 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-29-2013 18:29:28 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cedar wood with grains of orange and tawny that together resemble something like a very dark rum. It's a plethora of colours with lots of flashy accenting despite a thick and densely smoggy body. Surprising, given the natural cloudiness you would think it's unlikely so much highlighting would be possible. Less surprising is the leanness of its head which, despite a stable contribution of bubbles, struggles to support itself amongst the over 12% alcohol.

For a German beer it smells an awful lot like the tropics - an intensely effervescent yeast perspires notes of dark and tropic fruit. In particular, the beer is oozing - I mean absolutely sweltering - with over-ripened bananas. There's also a ton of prunes, raisins, grapes and apricots. A big dousing of spice and traces of vanilla and cocoa beans are noted as well. The strength of both phenols and esters is staggering and extravagant.

The yeast continues to work wonders in the taste as well. Spicy clove like phenols make a zesty, peppery perfumed addition. The esters contribute tangy, fruity notes and impart the taste of juicy orange, dried plums, and lemon zest. There's a sweet hint of bubblegum. The amount of suggested flavours is near limitless. I usually hail Belgian yeasts for their well cultured persona but apparently German strains deserve a little love as well.

The mouthfeel is truly artful: it's an ultra-creamy sensation with substantial alcohol warming. The beer is dark but void of roast. The gentle profile of tart fruit and spice is surprisingly full in character. The texture is fluffy and creamy and the beer drinks curiously light for something of 12% (of course the alcohol will hit your head even if not your palate). Be forewarned: the Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock is dangerously quaffable for its strength!

This doesn't have the toasty bread, sweet malt and rich dark caramel qualities of a normal eisbock. It does, however, share the fluffy, creamy fullness and dark, spicy, fruity, (nearly refreshing) character of dunkelweizen - and that makes for a dangerous drinkability. This is presented as the original eisbock and while I can't confirm that, I can say that it is still one of the finest examples of the style (wheat based or not) that I've yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:55:15 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a burnt orange hue, with a small head that dissipates rapidly, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma brings bananas, dark fruits, wheat, clove, and alcohol. Quite tasty. Bananas soaked in alcohol and a rum characteristic work well together. Sweetness and alcohol are present throughout, making this bottle optimal for sharing, as I wouldn't want more than half the bottle. The beer is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a very good representation of the style, though I seldom drink beers of this ilk.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 13:41:03 | More by Huhzubendah
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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