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

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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 148
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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Photo of impending
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a brown cola, minor short lived head, minor lacing.

Intense aroma, tremendous estry complexity. Cloves and other spices join the banana topped off with phenols and a note of solvent alcohol.

Flavor in rhythm with the scent including the phenols and a note of solvent alcohol. This taste matches the scent better than perhaps any any other quality brew I've had. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of jamespub
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful brown. Good carbonation that dissipates quickly.

S- What a great smell. This beer smells of dark fruit and booze. I love it. The smell alone is intoxicating.

T- Tastes like it smells. Bananas, dark fruit, loads and loads of wheat, and a great warmth of alcohol with the finish. If you like the aventinus dopplebock, you have to get this one. it is like that on steroids. The alcohol is very drinkable for being 12%. It wil sneak up on you quick.

M- smooth, yet substantial.

O- one of my favorite all time beers, and my favorite wheat beer. Get this beer, and enjoy every drop.

Photo of dcloeren
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark chocolate brown with cherry edges and produced 2 fingers of straight cream colored foam. The head slowly reduced to a thin film and left no lacing.

This beer smells great and is giving off dark fruits, lots of spice, bubblegum, bananas, marshmallows and clove. It smells almost like a root beer float when they all come together

T/M: This beer is insanely smooth and creamy. High amount of carbonation and spice are the first to stand out. Booze, banana, bubble bum, clove and roasted malt all meld together for a great tasting beer. I found some hints of molasses and honey as well.

Overall, this was a great find. Enjoyed this beer from start to finish. I think that it hides the 12% well but definitely brings some heat to this brew. I cant wait to get my hands on some more.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy brown into my pint glass with about three fingers of tight, creamy, tan head that has moderate retention and leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - Lots of banana and glove, candied sugar, molasses, a touch of vanilla and peppery notes, with a noticeable amount of booze.

T - Very much like the nose, banana bread like qualities, lots of clove and spice, sweet sticky molasses, some dark fruit presence as well and of course noticeable booze.

M - Pretty nice balance, crisp carbonation for the heavy sticky body.

O - This is very tasty, just overly sweet for my palate, definitely a sipper and I really don't find myself saying that too often.

Photo of optimistictour
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So yeah, wow.

I was a fan of the normal Aventinus and quite enjoyed its banana bread creamy sweet dark mileu. Then I heard about it's steroid abusing older brother, and I had to have it.

Thankfully the Whole Foods on Haight St in San Francisco has a semi-amazing selection, including this little gem, standing short next to the bomber+1/2 of the regular variety. Looks are deceiving.

So first of all let's acknowledge the 12% abv and agree that, yes, it's very strong, but in no way does this detract from the experience. On the contrary it adds a sharp slice of danger and fun to what is essentially one of the sweetest and most open-armed heavyweights I've ever experienced.

It looks like it should: dark belgian brown color, minimal but creamy head, sliding like effervescent oil (whatever that is) into the glass. It looks serious without a whiff of foreboding.

Smells like its (larger) little brother: bananas, raisins, and a bushel of apples. In fact, there are literally several dozen apples inside my glass at this very moment. And the best part is that they don't overpower the taste. It's still bursting with that sweet bread high and the almost pruny low end - in a good way. There's a slight hint of the alcohol in the olfactory, I must admit.

Tastes like a champ, hands down. By that I mean that it fulfills all the promise of the nose, sweet and dark and fruity and the absolute complexity you'd hope to experience from a brew of this caliber. And truly, that 12% abv doesn't present itself on the palate.

It goes down smooth, it's interesting to the point of distraction, and it leaves an aftertaste like devouring a rainforest's worth of exotic fruit - and then drinking meade or some other mythological alcoholic concoction which we cannot fathom in modern terms of thought. Basically it's smoother than you'd think, richer than it has any right to be, and masks its muscle well.

I love it. Highly impressed.

Photo of Pete0714
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review ever so it is what it is...

Got this bottle from Jungle Jims in Cincinnati (great stock of beers far and wide for that area)

A- poured reddish murky brown with 1/2-3/4 " head

S-definitely fruity and banana comes out as dominant

T- Certainly that fruit comes through with the banana w/acidic, even spicy,aftertaste, but very pleasant.

M- medium/ full mouthfeel, with some lingering qualities long after the sip. Some syrupy presence long afterwards. Warming pleasantry!

O- Love this find. Not often that I find any eisbock, but if anyone happens to see this one, go for it, it will be like a fine wine of beers for you.

Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into my seldom used matching Aventinus glass Mat,19,2011

A very murky light brown with a two finger beige head that fizzes like cola and leaves no lace, what it dose leave is a glass that looks like its boiling from all the bubbles popping up to the surface, kinda neat

S lots of bruised banana, some candied fruit, spice, caramels and just a little booze

T not far from the smell with a dried out banana chip thing going for it and some very faint chocolate, a lone chocolate chip in a banana bread loaf, not much booze for a 12%er

M enters silky and fluffs up a bit after its in your mouth and gets a little creamy by the time you swallow, a little heat but you feel it in your head more then you throat

O pretty intense brew going on here, pretty easy to drink for a beer this strong and something I dip into again

I'm happy I finally had a use for my big bubble top Aventinus glass that just seams to sit in my cupboard. An interesting brew and if my memory serves me I liked the unfrozen version even more then this and I liked this quite a bit. I need to thank liamt07 for knocking yet another beer off my want list

Photo of flipper2gv
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rtepiak for this bottle!

A: Looks a lot like a quad. Dark-ish murky brown color with 3 fingers worth of a light beige head. Retention is good and lacing is correct.

S: Well, this is a banana bread in a beer. Plain and simple. There is a lot of sweet caramel/toffee breadyness with a lot of cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. Obviously, the one thing you notice the most is the HUGE banana aroma that is well supported by other fruits like: raisins, pear, red apples and a very sweet peach. Some flower-y characteristics in there.

T: Follows the nose with the huge banana bread taste. Banana and sweet molasses, caramel and toffee breadyness blends together to make this really good beer. Just as strong are: vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Raisins, pear, red apples and those commercial fruit salad peaches. The flower-y characterisitics are replaced by a pretty big alcohol flavor that takes out about .5 . Otherwise, a near perfect brew.

M: Heavy body with a very sticky feel. Carbonation is medium to low. Wish it would have been less sticky.

O: This is a truly amazing brew. Gets the banana bread taste like no other beer has ever had. Just a tiny tad too sweet, would have preferred a bit more nut-like taste in the brew (but for this I guess I only need to drink the regular Aventinus). Drinkability is pretty high for a beer this strong.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

reviewed: 4/1/14
previous rating of 3.85 on 5/16/2011

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock by Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn
poured from bottle 2011/#007909 into a 12oz. mug

P-packaging: very German looking purple and silver label 3.5

A-apperance : pours brown/bronze with a one finger tan head 4.0

S- smell: over ripe fruit maybe banana, alcohol 3.75

T-taste: again with the fruit/banana doughy wheat and warming alcohol 3.75

M-mouthfeel : almost wine like, full bodied and bright

D-drinkability: high ABV and heavy flavor makes this a rare taste 3.0

O-overall: had to try and review again, still not sure what to think 3.75

Original Review 5/16/2011

Bottle 2009/#23981 poured into a pint glass

A : pours brown and bronze amber with a thin deep amber head with lots of breathing

S : yeast,wheat and alcohol

T : fermenting wheat,yeast,barley - very complex

M : surprisingly smooth

D : with its ABV 12% or more and heavy feel, more of a special treat

just for the record-I don't care for wheat beer-but this was very interesting

Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery

appearance: deep dark brown, lots of head

smell: banana and fruit, dark malts

taste: wow, didn;t relize the beer was so imperial, a tad hot, but great flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: another amzing beer from them

Photo of jmdrpi
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle, with "bottle number" of 2010 010318

appears a muddy brown color with almost purple tint. thin head that fades fast. boozy aroma, with bubble gum and fruity notes. interesting.

tastes of wheat, spicy herbal flavors, a touch of alcohol. bold taste. thick, but smooth.

overall - a bit more intense than the regular Aventinus.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich weizen-eisbock, unusual, tasty and hefty.

Presentation: 33cl brown capped. bottle. Old fashion label design in purple and silver with brewery logos and Aventinus-Schneider seals. Back label offers a note of the style, background, alongside a bottle number (2010 017737). Shows 12.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark ruby brown pour with a large wheat foamy head that fades quickly leaving a minimal surface ring.

S - Spicy and yeasty with a pronounced fruity sense. Prunes, raisins...

T - Fruity notes predominate with a boozy undercurrent, dried plums, raisins, yeast and wheaty spicy touch with the good notes of banana and clove under caramel malts.

M - Medium-full body with medium/high carbonation, assertive tingle in the feel giving a nice rhythm to the intense flavor and masking a light sticky smoothness. Alcohol is there but very nicely woven in the brew.

O - Intense sipper, with a nice slow range.

Notes: Condensed Aventinus, what is not to like? If one does not mistake it for the regular version (sorry sis, it wasn't me. I wasn't there :P) this is quite a nice savoring ale. BTW, since they don´t mention and it is a relatively recent twist done by freezing the brew... Esibocks are not done according to the reinheistgebot? :P

Photo of zep9865
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into new belgium snifter. 1 1/2 fingers of tan foam. Small speckled sediment immediately found it's way to the bottom of the glass. Color is a true brown that fades up to the foam.

Smell is very distinct with dark fruit, malt and a hint of chocolate. Whether or not oak is involved i seem to smell it.

Very sweet with a slightly tangy aftertaste.

Flavors transitions very fast from sweet to tangy

Definitely worth trying but far from being a session beer. I was one and done

Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was shared with zep9865 during our mini tasting before DLD. This beer pours a murky raisin brown with a beige head that laces the glass. I've had this one before but never reviewed it. This smells super, and syrupy sweet. It wreaks of sweet dark malts, raisins, figs, and light yeast. The nose is even a little sweet for me. This beer is very yeasty and very heavy on the raisins. Wow is it sweet. It's hard to even rate to style when a beer is this sweet. It's borderline cloying. It drinks medium in body but the sweetness prevails above all other aspects. Does this beer taste good? Yes, but in small quantities. The alcohol content doesn't even matter to me because this is super malty (and understandably so) and super fruity. I just can't get past the sweetness. It's a nice style to try but this beer specifically just isn't for me.

Photo of csiewert
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer enjoyed at the Abner in a pint glass. Pours a reddish brown with a trace of off white head that leaves no lacing and has little retention. The aroma is strong with caramel and figs and spices. The taste starts with notes of fog and caramel and then finishes with a slight alcohol taste, but not nearly as much as you would think for a 12 point beer. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth fo the amount of alcohol. Overall a great beer... But leave it to one.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber brown body with a nice bubbly offwhite head.

S - Alot of wheat and lightly roasted grains in the nose. Sweet alcohol wafting around in the form of brandy or rum with bananas. A touch of malt and dry fruit.

T - Tastes of brandy soaked fruit and alcohol warmth. Malty notes mingling with wheat toast. SLight dark sugar mixes with the wheat twang and finishes with an evaporating warmth.

M - A solid medium body with a nice hot bite. Warming and drying the mouth as the beer goes down. This one is actually very tolerable within its high abv. The alcohol isnt masked but blended nicely.

O - An excellent eisbock, with a nice complexity and harmony of flavors and body.

Photo of utah44
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just drank a pint at the Bulldog Tavern and Emporium of Fine and Most Excellent Brews and Spirits. Average head and carbonation with a credible amount of lacing. Smell of alcohol and malts. Color was bodacious. Mouthfeel was like heavenly night blooming jasmine with a hint of mirliitons and cypress buds. Taste was equally balanced with flowers and trees. This brew should be in the Hall of Fame of eisbocks. I'll never forget tonight and this brew even if was overpriced compared to ma favorite IPAs.

Photo of Wadsey
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aventinus Weizen Eisbock

I haven't drank a single doppelbock during Lent. What better to make amends than an Eisbock. 

Bottle Number 2007/13085. Poured into DFH signature glass. 

A: Dark plum with deep ruby highlights. Sediment floats through highlights, probably the result of a rushed pour. A head surprisingly fizzed up and then disappeared. No foam or lacing remains. 

S: Dark pitted fruits, especially cherry, mingle with caramel, alcohol and toasted banana bread. Fruitcake is suggested and maybe sherry. 

T: Cherry liqueur marries toasted malts. Smaller amount of caramel than expected, but dark dried fruits, such as figs, pick up slack. Fruitcake is a decent descriptor. Surprising tanginess, but this is an imperialized wheat beer. Spice, too. Toasty, fruity finish. 

M: Fairly big-bodied and under carbonated, this beer is almost syrupy. Not cloying. Appropriately warming. 

D: A very good sipping beer.  

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pretty dark brownish amber red. Small tan head quickly fizzes away to nothing. No noticeable lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark malt and dried fruits. Some banana and clove. Also some yeast and vanilla.

Taste: Dark malts and dried fruit up front with banana, cloves and spice. Slight taste of boozyness. Some hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A very tasty Eisbock from Germany.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks sorta dark cherry dark brown black with low head, a half cap is staying, but hey this is 12% the head has alot to fight against.
The aroma is pretty sweet, as is nice and sugar dipped fruits. Black Currants, Black Cherrys, Wheat and faint bananas, pretty deep all around, no alcohol showing at all so far.
The flavors are all sorts of dark fruits, and errs on the sweet side once again, but stops a bit short of cloying. Still cannot believe this is 12%, it is no where.

A really good bottle, i will plan on getting a few to drink and some to age, and see what happens, i don't need any heat to mellow, but just want to see what will happen and these are cheap, should be fun.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack night at TJs. Who knew they would have had an outstanding tap list FW brew notwithstanding?

The body of the beer is clear with almost no haze, though the deep color prevents it from being transparent. Reddish brown around the edges, while being deep brown and nearly opaque in the middle. No lace. No surprise.

The aroma is of wheaty and bready yeast character, toffee, nutty sweetness, a touch of banana and clove character, and a rounding out of warm alcohol. The taste is more or less similar, though the toffee notes are more pronounced, and they are accompanied by some remarkable plum and fig flavors that really stand out. The finish rounds out with a prickly warmth from the alcohol and a touch of sweet caramel.

Prickly but light carbonation in a medium to heavy body, this beer is a phenomenal offering from Schneider. The fruity depth rivals that of the most well done Russian Imperial Stouts, and the ease of drinking is top notch. At 12%, this is more than a little bit dangerous.

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle, drank April 2011

A: Dark, black-tea with an off-white head.

S: Booze. Hammy smoke. Wheat. Black pepper, spicy ginger. Hint of banana. It’s more bock than hefe.

T: Strong booze note. Wheat. Touch of banana. Cinnamon, pepper. Big molasses-laden liquorish body. A light woody bitter note hangs around in the background.

M: Med/light body with a strong, warm alcohol character.

O: An interesting brew. The concentrated alcohol drowns out a lot of the softer hefe notes that I felt the standard Aventinus had done a fantastic job of retaining. That said, the alcohol accentuates a variety of new flavors; notably the molasses, liquorish and spice. I’m not sure if it’s worth the trade off though.

Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up a while back at some liquor store or other, as it sounded good and the price was solid (about 2 bucks, as I recall). Poured a slightly less than clear amber color with a creamy white head. Aromas of wheat, booze, dark fruits, banana and clove. Thick and full bodied, boozy, with spicy wheat, cloves, bananas and booze soaked raisins.

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, bayou brown. Nearly opaque, with hints of gold when held to the light. Has a melting Styrofoam head; very light, fizzy, fluffy, but dissipates down to nothing. No lacing.

Smell: You can just smell the yeast in this brew...pungent, but not overwhelming, with an almost Belgian-candi-sugar-like quality to the nose. Banana bread with a heavy herbal undertone (anise or something like it). Moderately heavy esters. Good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very oily going in. The first taste is alcohol, very fumy. Jet fuel? After you accustom yourself to that taste, there is a large cross-section of herbal tastes that fight for superiority. Heavy on the malt, goes down smooth leaving some mild bitterness and a lot of confusion. Not really my cup of tea, but the complexity is worth a good rating.

Overall: It's good. I am not a great friend of "bocks" of any kind, but I can give this one the respect it deserves. At 12% ABV, it is a good sipper.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,142 ratings.