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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,036 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,036
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 129
Gots: 138 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a relatively clear russet brown with a fizzy light head, poor retention.

S: Dark wheat, malt, cloves, light ethanol, fragrant.

T: Robust, full malt flavour with notes of cloves and light bananas. Dark raisins and oloroso sherry hints as well. Take Aventinus and make it bigger, like a fortified Aventinus which this is basically a de facto version of. Ethanol is present but melds seamlessly with the other flavours.

M: Full-bodied, moderately viscous, warming ethanol finish.

D: A contemplative effort for sipping, the flavour is very good and well worth the price for fans of Aventinus.

Halcyondays, May 18, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle dated 2008, number 19309. Best before 30th July 2013, drank July 2009.

Poured into a half litre Franziskaner Weissbier glass because I know this can be a lively bugger sometimes!

Lively it was, but the glass contained it.

Cloudy, murky and foreboding looking body, a sort of grubby brown, teak wood red colour. A good firm tan head sat on top, looked interesting more than inviting.

Alcohol and a fizzy pop (Vimto) smell to it, some malts in the mix too. A sweet vanilla and banana aroma also came along as the beer warmed up.

Christmas pudding of a beer, plums, rich fruitcake, a faint hint of cigars and smoking jackets. The sort of beer to have by a roaring fire on a winters evening while the wife prepares a supper of home made soup with crusty brown bread.

Very pleasant winters beer, brought back from a Berlin beer trip, glad I found it.

BlackHaddock, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12/01/07- Purchased at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA in 2005.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with the vintage (2004) and the lot number on the back label.

Appearance- Coca cola like color in the pour. 1/4 inch head on initial pour. Quickly evaporates into no head at all. Leaves absolutely no lace marks whatsoever. Not a big eisbock drinker, so I'm not sure what is the standard.

Smell- Like your Aveninus scent, but with more alcohol added, sweeter caramel malt nose and a bit less nose with the spices (clove mainly).

Taste- A decent amount of clove, a touch of nutmeg and some sugar plums and alcohol soaked dates. Lots of flavor, but seems a tad thin for a beer with such a high abv. Tastes good though.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, a touch watery and light alcohol aftertaste. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Doesn't seem like 12%. Just finished this and a Gonzo Porter and not feeling much of anything...not to mention the Hopsickle I had earlier while making my chili and cornbread. One of a handful of eisbock's I've had. Was expecting more, but still good and very drinkable. Flavor is good but not as thick as expected. Have had this one on tap before and had better results. Rating is based on a combp of this consumption and past ones.

GClarkage, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

oriolesfan4, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
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"

yourefragile, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

weeare138, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.7%

orangesol, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
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.

dbrauneis, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

wrightst, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
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

DoubleJ, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.7%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/21/2011. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fairly large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, apple, fig, banana, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, wheat, clove, pepper, and light floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes. Taste of big raisin, fig, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, banana, molasses, dark bread, wheat, clove, pepper, and floral earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, pepper, wheat, clove, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent eisbock style. Damn nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for such a big beer. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

superspak, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +17.9%

afsdan, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Feb 25, 2006
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,036 ratings.