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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 Guinness4me
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, by far, the least-offensive high alcohol beer I've tried. It poured a muddy brown with faint, almost champagne-like, bubbles. The head dissapated quickly and left no lace on my glass.

The aroma was a sweet, dark raisin smell, not unlike sweet wines. A sugarlike acohol presense was also noted.

The taste was intense, yet pleasant! There was a quick alcohol blast when it hit the middle of my tongue and the vanilla/green banana flavor whipped around in my mouth. What a ride! The alcohol then warmed me deep with nearly no aftertaste.

Surprisingly drinkable for a high alcohol brew...this one could be dangerous.

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Photo of StuFox
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost reminded me of the sports drink Orbit when I first took a look at it. I recomend that everyone hold it up to a light after they pour themselves a glass. This beer is a cross between Kwak and a Banana daquieri. A good level of carbonation makes it easy going down, which is good because you can really taste the booze. But the alcohol flavor works well with the fruity flavor of the beer itself, so it doesn't detract from the easy of drinking.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy reddish brown, with a finger and a half or so thick sandy-offwhite head that dissipated into a thick haze over the surface. Real nice lacing. The smell is very powerful of banana and cloves. I didn't get any vanilla out of this, but I damn sure smelled a lot of banana and a lot of cloves. The taste, too, seemed almost exclusively these two things. Exceptionally spicy. This one also makes no secret about its 12%abv, either. It's right up front and you know it the whole way down. Very warming. Perhaps august in Atlanta isn't the ideal time of year to drink this one. Maybe closer to Christmas this would be more appropriate. Still real good, though. This stuff is also really thick and almost seems to leave a thin coating in your mouth. Very good. Very smooth. Will definately buy this one again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 - Bottle #10304

Presentation: 33cl brown glass bottle. Both the obverse and neck label has a familiar looking dark metallic purple color which has the words Aventinus Weizen Eisbock in metallic silver. The reverse label has a bottle number of 2004/10304 and a listed strength of 12.0%.

Appearance: Pretty clear body, dark brown, its sits in my tulip with a thin whispy head that falls out from an initially large frothy tan colored head. Some nice looking lacing when it is allowed to rest, but I dearly love swirling this beast in my Duvel Glass and watching the alcohol coat the sides and slide down the glass walls with a thick viscous swish. Amazing.

Nose: Incredibly sweet luscious mashed Bananas leap right out of the Glass. Strong banana alcohols, yeast, banana milk, a whiff of banana peel, fresh bread, cloves and, erm did I mention Bananas?? Lots of bubble gum, candy and some tropical herbs mix into the alcoholic Banana body.

Taste: This is one Big Ass Weizen Eisbock. Clove encrusted Bananas, figs, some chocolates, molasses, more Bananas, thick feeling alcohols, tropical herbs in the back end that quickly swing into a viscous estery ending.

Mouthfeel: This has an awesome body, massive texture, feel and a viscous banana torso. Creamy and smooth, the alcohol is there but it is a pleasurable experience to witness its strength.

Drinkability: I found this to be easily imbibed, way too easily, and it will buzz you. So much so that I drank this one last night and only now am I in a fit state to submit this heavily edited Review from last nights drunken typing. Yes, this one DOES creep up on yer!!!

Overall: It’s like imbibing Liquid Alcoholic Bananas at times, way, way, way over the top but I dearly love it!!! Fantastic!

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the less appealing cousin of the great Aventinus Wheat Beer. The taste of the malt and alcohol overwhelms some of the fruit tastes and other flavors, making this a less drinkable beer than regular Aventinus. Still, it's a complex and rich brew, well worth trying.

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Photo of silenius
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 018238, although I have no idea what that means. The previous reviewer seemed to be able to deciper the year from this number. I cannot.

Pours a nutty clear brown with red glints. Short-lived coarse head and a collar. I didn't expect this to be foamy. At this high an alcohol level I wouldn't have been surprised if there were legs in this glass, but there are not. This beer has big chunks of yeast in the bottom. Watch out if you don't like yeast.

You must let this warm up to at least 50 degrees Farenheit before drinking. Colder than that makes this beer seem harsh and acidic. The warmer it gets the better.

Smell is rootbeer, cloves, band-aid-like phenol, and smoke. You can definitely tell this is going to be a sweetie from the smell! I get no hops in this at all.

Taste is long and substantial and completely echoes the smell. Rootbeer, ricola cough drops, cloves, maple syrup, and a touch of bubble gum and cotton candy on the end. After half a glass I feel the alcohol warming in my mouth. Pouring in the yeast lends a slightly more dark fruit nuance to these flavors. Think dark fig and over ripe banana. Nice!

Mouthfeel is like slick and thick with a creamy carbonation that keeps things nicely in balance.

This beer is not tiresome nor too sweet and will have me coming back for more!

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Photo of TinusTime
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a dark chocolaty brown with some ruby highlights. Minimal head. Smell is of chocolate, brandied fruits, spicecake, and a touch of caramel. Alcohol is evident in the nose. Taste is like Aventinus on steroids. All the lovely clovey spice and cocoa flavours are concentrated. Alcohol is clearly present in each sip, but not overpowering like in DFH WWS. Mouthfeel is smooth albiet a bit heavy. Drinkability is good but not great. It makes a great after dinner drink and goes well with strong dessert cheeses. A great weizen eisbock!! Snuggle up with this on a cold windy winter night and you wont be sorry.

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Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle number 020227, no date. (Note that the bottle has a new label which more prominently displays Weizen Eisbock than the one pictured.)

Appearance: Cloudy, with a deep tawny color and a decent head. Once it dissipates, there is no lacing.

Smell: What a wonderful nose to his beer! I could smell it all night. Dark fruits, caramel, rum and a touch of banana. You can smell the alcohol and tell this will be one powerful, special brew.

Taste: First comes the strong malt flavors; tastes almost like a port. Then, some hops sneak in just in time to be overwhelmed by the warming effects of the alcohol. What sticks around as you feel the warmth drip down your gullet is the lovely, complex malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; not much carbonation

Drinkability: Be carefull with this one as the alcohol is high. Take it slowly and just enjoy every second.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #008727, served in the 330 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a tawny brown, with a ring of white head and a bit of sedment. The smell is a port-like apple/plum malt and alcohol. The taste is a very strong appleish-plumish-raisinish sweetness with a very strong alcohol (but doesn't seem 12%), and just a bit of the wheat (less than the standard Aventinus). Mouthfeel is nice and chewy. As for drinkability, remarkably drinkable for the amount of noticable alcohol and could enjoy a couple of these.

Well, this is more of a winter beer than a summer one, but it's still enjoyable. A very portish quality to this one, and though it doesn't quite improve on the Aventinus, it's definitely a nice sipper and I hope to have this one this winter.

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Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle: This one is fizzy when pouring, but almost no head resulted from it. The color is an opaque brown, with a tinge of red. It has a wonderful aroma. A very fruity nose, with hints of caramel, yeastiness, and a hint of the alcohol. A thick, yet subtle palate of fruits and caramel. Some of the alcohol is evident in the taste. A bit of the wheat come through also. It also seems to fizz a little in your mouth. Very Nice!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty, caramel, rum, and plumbs all mix together in the aroma. Fizzy, soda-style, light brown colored head disappeared after a minute leaving only a ring of bubbles around the surface of the beer. Yeasty banana flavor quickly overrun by a sweet caramel malt flavor which fades just as the alcohol warms the stomach. Dark brown colored beer with an amber hue. Lots of large floaties of varying shapes, which would worry me in any other beer. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed at cellar temperature. On the sweet side, but there are plenty of interesting flavors in there. A big, strong, malty beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle # 08075, year 2002

A scenario: Bunch of dudes sitting around, playing cards, watching some tv, and drinking beer. Some of them are wondering where their buddy the Beastdog is. After all, he promised to bring over some more beer, preferably some ice beer. "Yeah, we need more Natty Ice, brahs!" cries one inebriated dude. The Beastdog walks in, sure enough he's got some brew, but it ain't your normal ice beer: it's Aventinus Eisbock. After a few sips, the dudes realize that, and before any of them can kick the Beastdog's keester for bringing over such a "horrible" beer, this beer has done just that to the dudes. Enter Aventinus Eisbock: a REAL ice beer. (Note: above story is pure fiction, no BAs were harmed in its writing).

Aventinus Eisbock pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color with a 2 finger head that lasts for about 1 minute before vanishing. A HUGE malty smell eminates from the beer, which is very sweet with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruits abound. That 12% is picked up rather easily by the nostrils too. The mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, with a low-moderate carbonation. The flavor is, in simple terms, gigantic. Very sweet, with caramel and hints of butterscotch. Quite fruity too, with apple, very light banana, and yes "dark fruits." The flavors in this strike me as brandy-like in some ways. Alcohol flavors are indeed present, and while powerful this is still drinkable. The afteraste consists of a long, vaporous alcohol flavor with continuance from the sweet malts. There is mucho alcoholic warmth here: a perfect winter beverage.

The eisbock version of Aventinus has more doppelbock qualities and less weissbier qualities than its original cousin. You definitely have to be prepared for this beer or it will knock you for a loop. I noticed some of the bottles at the store just had the number on it and no year. I picked up the dated one, and after two years of "store-cellaring" this brew was fabulous. Be prepared when drinking this one.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, very dark brown, with no light coming through. Develops a thin head that drops to a ring.
Smell is of smoke & malt.
Taste is very nice, smoke, malt, nutty(?), wheat. Warming as it goes down. Very complex and nicely balanced. Very nice aftertaste. A full-bodied, smooth, lightly effervescent beer that I could drink all day long, if my publican could keep it in stock, and I could remain conscious. :)

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. No date, a Bottle # 0202968.
It pours a cloudy cordovan with little bits of goodness floating about. A smallish, fast-fading head leaves little trace of lace.
A warm whiff of alcohol is released upon opening. A light smell of sour candy begins to emerge, as does a barn-like aroma and hint of cloves.
A taste of sweet candy sugar and toffee are upfront. Doughy rye (though no rye is present as far as I know) and sweet sherry offer a big, full body.
A taste of Marichino cherries soaked in rum, mingles with citrusy and spicy flavors. A big alcohol blast and taste of cloves begin to dominate as it warms. This is a big and dangerous brew!

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Photo of necoadam
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This may have been a bad bottle. Poured out a brownish-amber color with very little head and lots of yeast in there. Looks like a thick brew, the yeast just stays still everywhere in the glass. Smell consisted of malts, carmael, bubble gum, a little fruity notes also hits the nose. Taste consisted of figs, caramel, malty, spiciness as well, with a touch of sweetness that shows up at the end. Blended well together. Mouthfeel was nothing to worry about as well, full bodied beer and also creamy. May have been a little outdated, but the taste held up nicely.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a few scattered floaties and very little head after the initial pour. Aroma is sweet and a bit spicy with a fair bit of alcohol evident. Taste is surprisingly good. Sweet and malty with plum and raisin. A touch syrupy, but with the high ABV you won't be chugging it.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.33 L bottle, numbered 013593

Dark and chocolatey in color with lots of suspended sediment (clumps of yeast) and virtually no head, just a thin ring of bubbles. The aroma is wheat, alcohol, and a sweet, soft waft of dark malts. This is really nice and warm going down, with a very unique flavor--a bitter, ruddy huskiness/dryness underlying well-melded wheat and malt flavors, ending in a strangely spicy finish.

Really impressed...but also really glad I split the bottle with my roommate.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has no head, is a cloudy, murky brown color, with huge chunks of yeast floating about. Lovely bubblegum, wheat scent. Syrupy mouthfeel, loads of sweet malt, wheat flavors. Alcohol bite noticeable. Bubblegum flavors, banana, cloves. This is an intense beer.

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

Bottle # 003640, re-reviewed 5/7/12, bottle #015817.

Pours out to a murky dark brown, forming an large-marge, poofy light tan head with excellent retention and average lacing. Flittering bits of particulate and flocculant yeast settle to the bottom and rise again. Swamp soup. Thick layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is moderately strong, ~3 carbs. Aroma is bursting with fruit....raw apple cider, black cherries, a whallop of cloves, bananas in bushels, yeast. Mmmmm, mmmm. Mouthfeel is effervescent which hides it's dense body with a slick, non-cloying finish despite it's alcohol strength and body. Meshuggenah. Taste is like Aventinus with 'roid-rage. Amygdala overload. Firm alcohol presence is Mixolocrian...Sticky sweet malts in 3/2 hemiola cacophony over 5/4 silk chanteuse. Smoldering finish tills the cows come home. Toffee, caramel, banana, clove, raisins, dates, brandy...a sublime punch in the face. Rzzz! Weasels ripped my nads! I think me likes...me likes! The cat's pyjamamamas.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #013506

Cloudy reddish brown, speckled with flecks of yeasty sediment. Topped by a thin off white head that quickly falls into a simple halo.

Aroms is lucious. Cloves are plesant, not overbearing at all. Hints of plums & bannana work around a slightly smokey background. Wrapped up by a port like alcohol presence.

Tasty! Quite sweet up front, ginving way to bannanas & a pleasant dose of cloves. Plums & raisins bounce around before the whole thing dries out & finishes rather cleanly. Throat wamrs slightly, but the high alcohol is well masked. Thick, syrupy, easy carbonation.

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

Appearance – This poured dirty brown in color with lots of carbonation and a big head considering the monstrous ABV.

Smell – Big, huge dunkles weizen aroma. The yeast is mammoth and shows off a bit of the traditional malty bock as well as a subtle warning of alcohol. The aftermath of this monster aroma is beautifully-spiced banana notes that complete the package.

Taste – Man, what a mouthful. This is the biggest, baddest, dark yeast flavor that I’ve ever tasted, and I lived in Germany for six years. The sharp alcohol just adds to the concoction. What a treat!

This is fine alcohol that you would expect from an expensive brandy, and the yeast is the real German deal. The fruity banana comes up huge as well, and the spices (predominantly clove) are large and in charge.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol tinge was big here, but this is what you’d expect from the real “ice beer”. The German weizen flavors came out wonderfully, puffing the cheeks and filling the mouth. It is fuller than full and well worth the effort to chew it down.

Drinkability – I felt like a king drinking this bottle. What an amazing example of this unique and often overlooked style.

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

This review may be a little skewed from the beer being sampled after the Whiskey-barrel aged Dogwood Winter, but it's still a good beer. That being said, the original is really better. The head could be better, it was a little weak. The body was a dark, dull brown that was quite cloudy. Tons of overripe banana and overripe apples along with a richness to the malt that's not present in the pre-iced version (the richness is nice, but the yeast-fruit flavors in the regular Aventinus are more refined). You feel the alcohol more than you taste it. It warms the stomach and lightens the head. If you drive to the bar alone, it's perhaps best not to combine this with the Dogwood Winter barrel-aged. Luckily, I had my wife to drive me home.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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.

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