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

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Reviews: 1,121
Hads: 2,424
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 193
Gots: 263 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is one expensive ass 11.2 oz bottle! Never had an eisbock, so here was my chance...was slighly flustered by the fractured looking yeast cake that made it into my bottle. Was thinking infection...this one must have been in the warehouse a WHILE (the cap left rust dents on the bottle lip)...Anyways, after checking to see if this was normal and I wasn't going to die, damn. This is one heavy beer. I was slightly buzzed earlier in the day, but this brought me right on back. Heavy in every taste imaginable, although not hoppy. Very syrupy and boozy (WHICH is the point!). You can still taste the wheat through it all. Impressive beer, but, I couldn't even finish it. I love me some big beers, and maybe I just didn't want to get drunk, but you wouldn't taste a bud light for 5 hours after having this. Or want to...

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: in the bottle 2007 # 01619

Pours a rich caramel cider color, swirled the yeast with the last couple ounces, it was flocculated though, due do the age, into little hard clumps.

Nice head quickly dissipates, good carbonation with little flecks of yeast.

Slight scent of alcohol, banana and cloves and tasty caramel

Strong notes of caramel, banana, and clove, even some prune and raisin and a rich buttery smoothness, very warming, halfway through and the cobwebs have been dusted off my brain. Reminiscent of a warm banana bread with butter rum.

you can taste the alcohol in the finish but it holds a backseat to all the complementary flavors

This was my first beer of the day and I am left with a warm, relaxed euphoria. This is why I love beer.

Due to the alcohol this is no session beer, two of these will have you talkin funny.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with much red and little gold. Beige head vanished within seconds. The nose was extremely yeasty and the alcohol content was obvious. Lots of caramel with some burnt wood also. Tasted of coffee grounds and severe alcohol. A challange for me to drink because of the alcohol content, but not bad at all to taste. Spices mixed with carbonation and alcohol make this a helluva kicker going down! Semi-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of kellyej
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Aventinus pours a gorgeous caramel-brown color with a thick, creamy head that shows great retention. The nose is full of a delicious banana-bread smell (banana and spices), there are also notes of hops and citrus. The mouthfeel on this medium-bodied beer is quite smooth with a nice, dry finish. The taste is super balanced, picking up on the same bready, banana, peppery notes from the smell. Great use of hops to cut through the sweet, maltyness of this beer.

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Photo of RexBanner
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%

A: Dark brown, cloudy, no head.

S: alcoholic esters, bready, dark stone fruits, characteristic Belgian yeasts. It also has a sweet smell to it; molasses?

T & M: Amazing! Smoky, semi sweet, complex yet balanced. The alcohol is definitely present and in your face. It's creamy and rich but unlike a stout or a porter. There's a spicy feel up front followed by the alcoholic burn followed by a smokey and sweet finish.

Overall: The only thing that prevented me from giving this magnificent beer a perfect 5 rating was its lack of a frothy head and lacing. I know the high alcohol content killed the chances of this brew having any kind of a pillowy, frothy head but for a sticky beer you would imagine it leaving crazy lacing all over the glass. I've tried American style eisbocks as well as other German eisbocks but none compares to this one. This has got to be the king of eisbocks!

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Photo of Hammarby
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque dark amber, tan head.
S: Sassafras/sasparilla, ripe banana, fenols, rubber, some sweetness.
T: Pears in alcohol, a little bitterness, sourness, yeasty taste, alcohol. Apricot in the adtertaste
M: Above medium body, tiny bubbles of carboration.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark brown with ruby hue. Foam quickly settled and disappeared. Light white ring. 70% opaque but clear and crisp looking. Moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Malty, raison, plum, molasses, cherry, banana and clove. Brandy-like.
Taste: Sweet malt, clove, cherry and plum. Bit of tartness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Malty, wine-like. Minimal carbonation.
Overall: Smooth sipping beer to be enjoyed in a snifter. Complex flavors

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Photo of Lothar666
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured dark cloudy translucent brown but displayed some golden banana yellow highlights when held to the light. Head was extremely thick, frothy and tannish off-white in color.

S- Really like the smell in this one. Cloves, bananas, and wheat bread are foremost in the aroma profile, with some strong alcohol and hop tingle in the background and some dark fruits rounding it out quite well.

T- Wow. Strongest flavor present is cloves and spices, backed by bananas and wheat bread. Caramel candied apples, and a bit of raisin and licorice are also present as well as a hint of what may be cinnamon. These sweet flavors are balanced by a generous amount of hops and a modest kick from the strong alcohol in the finish. Delicious.

M- Silky smooth, tingly from spices, very full bodied and a bit bready. Very little more can be said as this is almost a perfect beer.

D- Very easy to drink and highly refreshing for such a full bodied and high gravity brew. The cloves and spices especially are phenomenal, concealing the alcohol beneath layers of delicious complexity and leave the pallet and the mouth craving the next sip and regretting the moment that the last drop is gone. I think this is one I would drink all night if my wallet and my liver could handle it.

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Photo of Stavage
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Leffe goblet, got a very thick and bubbling light tan head, which seemed to bubble away as if it were in a cauldron. Retention was good and I was left with a thick sticky lacing. The body itself was a very dark and murky burgandy with some very thick sediment lurking down the bottom.

The scent was very sweet malt, like ripe and dried dark fruits mixed together. There was also a definite phenolic character, more on the clove side of things along with just a plain wheat grain goodness.

Taste was dominated at first by sweetness, like dried plums and raisins. Other malt flavours followed though, toffee, caramel, rum etc. A tannin tartness at the back balanced things out along with clove spiciness and a wheat graininess. There is a very faint hops bitterness but it only makes a cameo. As it starts to warm down a smooth wild honey flavour becomes noticeable.

Very fullbodied drink, thick and syrupy. Decent carbonation which was noticeable when I thought about it, but it blended in with the spicness otherwise. Definite alcohol warming, but no alcohol burn.

For a strong and potent beer this was very drinkable. A very enjoyable sipping beer overall, I'm looking forward to exploring the style of Eisbock after this one. My only complaint was that it was a little too sweet for me, almost cloying to my palate. I thought it exhibited some very complex flavours but after a while the sweetness was just overloading my buds.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Hazy and caramel colored with well-retained foamy head, looks like a dark unfiltered cider (3/3)
S: Pretty strong banana and alcohol smell, reminiscent of strawberry-banana yogurt (10/12)
T: Sweet malt flavor balanced by very strong alcohol--an indistinguishable tang at the end of the sip (15/20)
M: Well-carbonated with dry finish (5/5)
O: 12% alcohol, you say? Yeah, you can tell. But honestly there’s a lot of dryness and malt character to balance it out. Would I drink this every day? No. But if someone asks me to recommend an eisbock, this’ll be #1 on my list. (7/10)

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. Its not a style that I visit very often either. After an aggressive pour I still didn't get very much head at all. It was a very dark brown and had a sweet molasses smell to it. First few drinks I pulled a brown sugar and kind of a hot cinnamon taste from it. Is a good mid body beer with a little bit of tobacco taste in it as well. The alcohol is recognizable but I would have never guessed 12%. Drinks more like a 8 or 9. A great beer overall. When I got down to the end of it I notice a ton of sediment. That's to be expected.

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Photo of geetlord
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clean coppery brown, with a nice head that subsided to long lasting lacing. The smell carried some sweet malts and mild alcohol. The flavor was excelent. Stong caramel overtones, with hints of clove and banana. a nicely balanced hops flavor enters duting the tasting though the caramel holds dominance. the finish is smooth with a bit of an alcoholic warming at the very end. This beer is amazingly smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel balanced nicely with a medium level of carbonation.
Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and will look fo it again when I am inthe mood for an eisbock.

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Photo of jgap
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to Henry for expanding our horizon with this beer at our tasting. Pours brown with a nice, sizable head that fades to a clean lace. Smell is very sweet toffee and caramel with subtle flowery notes. Much more complex than other double bocks. With a sip there is an instant flood of flavor- wow. Roasted toffee and sweetness classic for the style. The yeast is detectable and adds a variation to the sweetness. However, if you weed through the huge thick sweetness you can find a very deep, ripe fruit, dark raisins, and sugary plumb lending to the beer's sophistication. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and only shows after the glass has warmed and my taste buds have acclimated but even then only at the very end of the taste. The complexity of this beer really stands out among its brothers of similar style. Very good beer

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We interrupt this marathon session of House to bring you something equally unproductive: A beer review.

This eisbock pours vaporous and slow, a murky darkened brown with a crown of soft cream for head.

God this smells good. Explosive like the best of Belgian dubbels with a similar character. Sugary figs and dates, banana esters, with a hint of bite to come. Only one way to find out.

A.E. really is like condensed Aventinus. Creamier though, spicier too. Funny how much complexity a bit more ethanol can bring. Ones palate doesn't struggle with this beer though. ABV is almost unbelievably disguised. Like a God who hides in shades of oak or fruit, a bitter sweetness one hopes will never leave the glass. This is a soaking beer, or drowning, some would say. Not for parties.

Producing a drinkable eisbock is hard enough. Producing one so downright beautifully flavored is sheer art. If you're in the mood, this beer will take you where you want to go. Be careful.

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Photo of PBBC
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to try this delicious brew along with several other nice imports during a "bock" party of sorts.

I was apprehensive at first, as any spirit i have ever had that has undergone freeze distillation has been absolutely syruppy and overwhelming, but this beer totally changed my mind.

The Beer pours a deep brown with beautiful red highlights, the head dissipated quickly.

The aroma was very interesting, very rich in sweet malt/raisin flavors. I braced myself for an overwhelming alcohol burn with my first sip, but...

The taste was smooth and enticing. Beginning with raisins, oak, intense but balanced malty caramel... then black cherries, rounding off with a smooth alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was excellent, rich, but not overwhelming, warming every part of your mouth, felt very much like a very complex red wine, This beer woke up taste buds I didn't know I had.

Despite the richness of the beer... I would keep drinking these as long as I could afford them... very drinkable, delicious, must try beer.

NOTE: Let this beer warm slightly..

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Photo of sessycuban
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The beer pours a very deep brown. The head is light brown, and dissipates quickly.

S- The beer gives aromas of ripened fruit, clove, spices, and yeast. Not spectacular in the aroma department but good for the style.

T- The beer tastes of a very powerful clove sweetness. Again, I'm also getting fruit, like bananas. There is a ton of residual malt.

M- The beer is thick, with a very strong alcohol presence. There's no hiding in this one.

D- I think this beer makes for a fine dessert beer, but I would only drink it in the winter months. Given the style, it is a very enjoyable beer, perhaps one of the finest.

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Photo of Med
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inviting dark brow, dark enough to reject light, with a modest one finger near white head. The head recedes but never leaves, coating the top of the beer with a slowly swirling layer of tiny bubbles. The smell is intense and complex, with layers of sweet molasses and dark brown sugar followed by raisins and plum, hints of toffee, and maybe a touch of black currant. Taste is equally intense and offers similar flavors including, oddly, coca cola. Alcohol is forward and present but doesn't distract. Mouthfeel is influenced by the warm alcohol, but not dominated by it. Fine bubbles tickle the tongue while a medium thick consistency coats nicely. Based upon the aroma, I expected this to be a touch too sweet for real drinkability, but while it is indeed sweet it never gets cloying and if not for the somewhat scary 12 percent I would be glad to have another. Highly recommended...

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Photo of markmiller
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2011 005999

Pour vigorously, but seemed to produce little head. Sits in my oversized wine glass looking like flat cola. Not the greatest.

The smell is awesome. A boozy mix of apple jelly and grapes. Almost like a wine.

My first sip left me pleasantly surprised. Malty, sweet and boozy. Apples, cherry, syrup. Alcohol never overpowers, but is definitely present in the swallow. Flavors mix relatively well, but leave something to be desired that I cannot place my finger on.

Creamy and smooth enough to enjoy. Invites you to take sips until it's gone and your glass is empty.

This is an above average beer and everyone should at least try this, but I don't think I would really seek it out again.

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Photo of KingG
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times over the past few years.
This is a bottle from my cellar:
Year: 2005,
Bottle # 12,532

Served at room temp. Poured into my tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Poured out a dark purple color with a thin layer of almond-colored foam that stays through-out the drinking session. Yeast get comfortable in the bottom of the glass.

Smell is very good. A lot going on here. So many dark fruits (plums, dark raisins, black cherries) in the nose. Malty goodness shines through. Alcohol makes itself known, as well.

Taste is very good. Remember the dark fruits? They're in the flavor too but much more pronounced. No cloying sweetness either; the aging has mellowed out the taste but in a better way. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is very good. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Aging has done this beer well.

Drinkability is exceptional. Before i knew what happened, the glass was empty. How can a beer with 12% be this smooth and have so much flavor at the same time? Dangerous.

Such a delicious brew. Perfect dessert beer after a beefy meal. Good when fresh, better when aged. Store some away for better drinking down the road.

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Photo of kingothewoods
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring from the bottle it is thick, lots of bubbly head, with a medium brown color.
This beer has tons and tons of different smells - (fruit, flower, hops, cloves, and very well rounded). All of the smells turn into tastes when you drink it. There are aftertastes of the alcohol and a smoothness feel. Definitely have another to drink.

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Photo of babydoc
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 2004/13385. Pours smokey/hazy cola, with minimal head, but a smattering of bubbles rising from the bottom. Diminuitive head. Nose is molasses/prunes/dark fruits, perhaps a touch of white grapes as it warms... Taste hits with dark fruits/prunes, sweet malts. No hop bitterness, just enough to offset some of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is moderate, slick. It dries at the finish, with alcohol making its presence known throughout.

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Photo of kjc51478
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with effervescent off-white head. Aroma is rich with dried fruits, yeast, and bread. The taste is huge dried fruits, plum, raisin with typical Weizen banana and a big cereal malt flavor. Alcohol flavor is very strong but well matched with the big malt taste. Palate is full-bodied and thick with a long-lasting malty aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 04472 from the 2006 batch

Pours a dark amber color and has quite a head that fades very quickly but leaves no lacing. I can tell it is pretty carbonated just because it sounds like a cola after I pour it. Smells like I would expect from a bock up front with some wheat smells afterwards. Raisiny, malty, a little bit of wheat, and a hint of alcohol coming up the rear. Tastes absolutely phenomenal. A smooth mellowed out caramel, malty taste with a hint of the wheat but very little alcohol. The alcohol really sneaks up on you in this one since it comes in at 12%. The mouthfeel is really smooth and goes down easily. Its very drinkable but I can't see myself drinking much else for a while after this.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Hazy mahogany color with little foam and low retention. Spotty lacing and low carbonation visible.

S: Dark fruit, caramel and booze, turns more pleasant as it warms.

T: Strong dark fruit and caramel taste, with the alcohol playing strongly. Some bitter sneaks into the aftertaste.

M: Strong alcohol, some carbonation, medium-high mouthfeel.

O: Great sipper for a cold evening (or morning).

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown/mahogany with creamy head that sticks, minimal lacing. Smell is plums, figs, sweet caramel malts, raisins, smooth bready yeast. Taste is raisins, figs, plums, brown sugar, bready yeast, bananas. Alcohol is well covered but you can feel the heat of the 12%. Aftertaste is bready, dark fruits. Mouthfeel heavy. Overall this is a great beer, not my style but obviously one of the best of it's own kind.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.