Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a light, creamy beige while the body is a dull maroon to chestnut brown that appears as a rosy, dark amber in the light. A few spots of lacing here and there.
Nose- Starts off with nice fruity esters that range from dark fruits of raisin and cherry to light notes of apple. Reminds me of some tripels and even has a slight banana note. However, there is enough maltiness to avoid an exact comparison. Some brown bread and very light notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some candied fruit as well. Nice fleshiness that ranges from the aforesaid apple and cherry to prunes and plums. Swirling reveals some oranges.
Taste- Very representative of the nose (especially the fruit notes) but sweeter and tarter. Raisins and brown sugar blend nicely as they move into molasses and brown bread, only to be walloped by a considerable amount of heat. The age on this (I'm guessing it's close to 2 years old) has not mellowed it and may have even resulted in a boozier beer. I wasn't worried about this having some age on it as it is 12% but I will have to seek out a fresher example for comparison. Some cinnamon gives the brown sugar and molasses a little bit of a bite which works well with the conspicuous presence of alcohol. Almost astringent. Definitely a sipper. A little boozy for me but I can see why this is so highly rated. Big notes of banana and even bigger notes of clove which add bitterness and ash to the flavor profile. Between good and really good. Some citrus notes appear. A touch of honey. Alcohol mellows a bit as it opens up.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation and perhaps a light carbonic zing but it's hard to tell because of the bite of the spices and alcohol.
Drinkability- A little abrasive and a little astringent but what do you expect with this much alcohol. Still enjoyable but definitely a sipper. I will have to purchase this again to get a sense of what a fresh bottle is like.
Overall- Good to really good. A truthful representation of the style but some aspects of the flavor profile don't work for me. Too much clove is more of a problem than the booze. Still, a must try.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 03:17:02 | More by artoolemomo
4.41/5 rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - a deep, dark brown, nice carbonation bubbles build a fluffy beige head. There is a ton of floating sediment! Lacing is excellent...glad I chose a pub glass for this session, because this beer looks amazing!
Smell - mango, pineapple, raisins, stone fruit, Hawaiian rolls, faint banana and cloves! Let the bottle sit for a while and take a whiff...smells like a blend of banana bread and bourbon!
Taste - dark fruit, spices, sweet and doughy malts, and sweet alcohol that is so smooth!
Feel - complex and flavorful, creamy and medium body, smooth alcohol!
Overall - big, tasty brew that doesn't disappoint!
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 03:02:45 | More by DenverHopHead
4.73/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The look of this beer is good, but it doesn't foretell its greatness. It's a deep, shining ruby-infused violet-brown with a tight, frothy cap of lightly tanned head reaching one finger. It shows very good retention and leaves good deposits of patching connected with thin webbing pretty far down the glass.
The smell offers the goodness of the Belgian yeast in good measure, not overdone, with the wheat backbone and a surprisingly unpunishing alcohol presence tingling the nostrils. The yeast brings all the banana, clove, gently musty earth and soft phenols I expect. It could be a little stronger, though it's still very nicely presented, and everything is in good measure.
Malts are an absolute beast on the tongue. Sweetness is the main component, but it's so deep, complex, well-integrated, balanced, and evened out by the other aspects that it just works phenomenally well without cloying at all. The flavor is also massively smooth and rich, decadent without being heavy. Earth, clove and soft spices, caramel and toffee come off a wheat backbone that adds a dry, crackery balance. There's also a bit of chocolate, and dark fruits are mostly sweet with a very nice almost overripe quality. There's some banana, of course, and in the middle the alcohol with the sweetness and fruits makes for a dark rum taste. A touch of hops adds the perfect balance, a hint of leaf both green and almost tobacco-like. As it begins to drink a little like a wine, the alcohol and huge complexity of flavors, along with the sweetness, make this beer very much like a port (one of my favorites).
Do yourself a favor and let this warm. It begins with a strongly prickling carbonation that, when it eases off, levels out into just about the smoothest drinking experience I've ever had. Crispness still adds liveliness but is perfectly even, but the richness, robustness and absolute silky smoothness of this beer is impressive. That the alcohol doesn't add massive heat, it's not overly cloying, and it doesn't display any one of dozens of flaws a beer like this could is testimony of brewing genius.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 20:55:50 | More by Brenden
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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