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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,178 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 151
Gots: 180 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

B-

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep purple-amber color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of deep fruit, banana, and a bit of alcohol are found in the nose. The taste is sweet, and the beer has quite a light body despite being concentrated. The alcohol is found starting in the middle and going through the finish of this beer. There does not seem to be enough beer here to stand up to the alcohol. There are some nice notes of clove, a hint of banana, and concentrated fruit (raisin is dominant). As it warms up a bit the body becomes smoother and creamy, though the astringent alcohol remains in the finish. Overall this was just a bit disappointing, the ice-concentration left this beer a bit unbalanced, though it is still pretty good.

Photo of GClarkage
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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"

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky purple/brown/orange color, very impressive looking. A one finger head on top that had great retention and some nice lacing on the sides.

S: Very sweet and extremely malt driven. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a lot of dark fruit, chiefly raisins and prunes, but also a bit of fig and some underlying vanilla. There is a bit of bubble gum as well.

T: Similarly malt driven. Thick caramel and some bready malt are apparent immediately. Rich dark fruit flavors include raisins, plums, and some prune, which impart a sweetness as well. There is also a bit of brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.

M: Full bodied and surprisingly creamy. Thick, but certainly not too thick. The 12% is hidden extremely well.

O: A fantastic beer, much better than other eisbocks I have had.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
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

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A fantastic beer, this one. Dark brown/reddish. Off tan head. Lacin gis a bit sparse.

Aroma of subtle spices and light ripe apples. Some hints of noble hops and a solid yet unobtrusive whiff of caramel.

This beer tastes pretty darn good. The dance of malt, hops and yeast is uncanny. There are some shallow dips in the flavor here and there, but they are quickly filled. Apples are ripe without the sugar, a slight tannin quality. The sweetness comes from the caramel and bready yeast. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Feels a bit like a hefe but finishes easy with a touch of syrup. Very nice

Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass. My first Eisbock, might as well go all out here, let's see what she gives. Bottle number 2011 049133.

A three finger head with lots of staying power, seriously looking frozen in place with a light caramel top that slowly settles. Body color is a classic mohogany brown, with a faint just super faint tiny pin head bubbles slowly rising.

Nose hits with, a real interesting character that I have never sense before in any beer. Fruit raspberry, but toned down with a chocolate faint malt backbone. Fruit character takes over, turns into an amalgamation of red fruits, into a nice jammy spread, and faint dry character hinting at a juicy texture maybe coming? I am very intrigued for my first Eisbock, this has major potential. I am sensing raspberry but with no sense of raspberry fruit in this at all.

Taste hits with a surprise. More liqueur like than beer, surprising nice rolling tolerable heat mixing with maraschino heat cherries and a dry yeast finish. Palate has a nice tolerable simple texture not taking away from anything in taste. No fizzy carbonation with truly a classic wheat chew texture. Malt richness turns to an incredibly fruit red sense, juicy, lingering.

Overall, this was NOTHING what I expected for this style on first try. I love this red fruit angle, and warming tolerable boozy character. Just a great unique brew.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,178 ratings.