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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,018 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,018
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 129
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Looking forward to this for sometime now. I remember trying this a year or two ago and didnt enjoy it, but this was prior to me learning more about beer and learning to enjoy real beer. Aventinus is without a doubt, my favorite beer, thus trying this is a treat.

Poured a beautifully thick dark hazy brown with a slight red touch. Wonderfull head rises up the glass.
Smell: Dates, spice, slight astringent alcohol.
Taste: SPICE, figs, Overripe banada. So wonderfull. More dense than the regular aventinus and more lingering spice. Unbelievable.

What a great beer, superb. I find it hard to believe ints 12% as i can not really taste that high of an alcohol content.

jbonapar, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of markaberrant
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

A - dark brown/red, opaque, cloudy after I swirled in the sediment, not much of a head, just a thin ring, no lacing

S - big malty nose, tart cherries, light clove, hint of smoke

T - more of the same as the aroma, definite smoky presence (goes away after warming), very malty, but not cloying, definitely taste the alcohol, though it is well integrated, aftertaste is cherries soaked in alcohol

M - med body, well attenuated, med low carbonation, yet somehow still "prickly," very smooth alcohol, and lots of it

D - about as drinkable as 12% can get, very close to a belgian dark strong

In a blind taste test, I'm almost certain I would classify it as a belgian dark strong. There is almost no similarity between this and the regular weizenbock, though both are great in their own right. Tasty as can be, intense flavours, but the huge alcohol slows you down in a hurry. So be it. I thought German brewers didn't make extreme beers?

Bottled: Aug 2007

Thanks to Phyl21ca for sending me this about 18 months ago!

markaberrant, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of bismarksays
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

It pours creamy and dark and right from the start, you know you are dealing with as serious brew. The nose is clove, spice, and sweetness, harknening back to its German wheat roots. Its flavor profile has clove, banana, and a variety of other flavors that make this complex, but not muddled, bold but not over powering. While this is no denying an alcohol presence, it is felt more in the core than in the mouth. Truly, this is an exceptional beer that should be savored.

bismarksays, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of dougofthefuture
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

I have not had the regular Aventinus, but I wanted to try an Eisbock.

A - This beer pours a dark, dark brown. Nice three finger head in my tulip glass that fades over a few minutes. As it warms, the lacing fades to nothing, which is expected at this ABV.

S - Mmm... Wheat, banana, booze... It smells like a banana split with whipped cream.

T & M - It tastes like a banana split with carbonation - and alcohol. It is sweet up front and spicy and hot at the finish. If there are hops, I am missing them, but the spices work just fine in their absence. The creamy mouthfeel is a bonus. This is a world class beer for sure.

D - Whoa - where did this beer go? I want more, but one is probably a good number for this one.

dougofthefuture, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Recently tried the standard Aventinus and thought it was amazing so I thought I'd give this version a shot as well. I really enjoyed it, but overall, I think I'd prefer the original. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter. Review is from notes taken on 12/1/09.

Appearance: Pour is a deep plum color with some ruby/coppery hues; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger head that fades to a thick and foamy ring on the surface; body is dark, a little cloudy and lets very little light through; spotty lacing here and there.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits that are a tad tart; bit of a sweet bready maltiness and I believe I detect a slight hook of chocolate and some clove-like spiciness; scent is quite potent.

Taste: Wow, much like the smell, sweet dark fruits that are a little tart; definite presence of alcohol but it's well blended; slight smooth banana like presence as it starts to warm and a clove-esque spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Immediate tingly/numbness (kind of oxymoronic, I know) from the alcohol on the gums; mouth is left a tad sticky and the belly is left quite warm.

Drinkability: I really like the flavors, but I think I prefer the standard offering to the iced version as it's not nearly as hot and I felt I could focus more on the flavors and not be distracted by the higher ABV (which comes with a pretty significant punch, me thinks).

bamadog, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a caramel-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of butterscotch with emphasis on butter with good amounts of toffee and bananas. Also present is hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Buttery butterscotch flavors up front are joined quickly by caramel-coated banana flavors. Midway through the sip hints of pears and spices enter into things but give way to the butterscotch before segueing into a sweet ending that leaves hints of banana lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good very. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly for such a big beer and could have another.

Overall this was more buttery than I remembered but not in a bad way. A very unique beer and one that's well worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of spartanfan
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%

A: An aggressive pour yeilds a small white head and a cloudy dark brown body. The head quickly fades to a thin ring around the outside of the glass leaving no lacing behind.

S: Smells of sweet overripe dark fruits. Strong notes of clove and alcohol, also some banana in there.

T: Alcohol is quite present in this one, as expected at 12%. Lingering tastes are of clove and spices. Big malty character and a bit sweet, almost syrupy.

M: Not much carbonation as I would like, but it is quite smooth and goes down easy.

D: Although this beer is quite smooth, it has some very strong flavors that I'm not enjoying all that much. It's not a bad beer, just not to my liking.

spartanfan, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of cassanoj
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Dark, like a plum; not much head retention.

The smell is nice and wheaty. Definitely smell the 12 percent. Also some banana, prunes, berries, clove.

The first thing I taste is the alcohol; warm, spicy and sweet. Then some banana, cloves, a bit of fig, bubblegum, chocolate. Like its weizenbock brethren, this is a complex beer.

Mouthfeel doesn't impress me. Bubbly, spicy and thinner that I would have liked.

I had this beer out of a St. Bernhard flute glass a couple months back and I remember really loving it. Out of the oversized wine glass, I was a bit disappointed.

cassanoj, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

This is good and interesting, but not only is it extremely strong, it also is a bit lacking in complexity and is rather one-note, especially compared to the regular Aventinus.

Bubbly brown-copper, it has a huge tan head, almost out of control, but quickly shrinking to a very thin, faint ring, essentially nothing, and with essentially no lace.

Aroma is sherry, prunes, dark toasty bread, hint of wet whole wheat bread, and spicily alcoholic.

Taste is very alcoholic, spicey and warm but not rough or harsh. It's a bit whiskeyish, light caramelly-pruney-whiskey character, a bit alcoholic and sweet before a very quick, extremely dry finish. A light, sweet aftertaste follows, brandy-like with a faint caramelly whole wheat, raisiny bread character.

It's very strong, not something to drink a lot of - rather logical since it's 12% ABV - a good thing to sip a little of, but, although it has a good, interesting, firm character, it lacks complexity and well-roundedness.

Offa, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -5%

Bottle 2009/20266

Aroma: Dark fruits, spice, and banana. Very Aventinus Weizenbock like.

Appearance: Tons of foam. Started foaming as soon as I open the bottle cap. Once poured even more foam and tons of carbonation. The beer was a brown reddish color with a big cream head. The carbonation maintained the head through most of the tasting.

Taste: Sweet at first then a spice bite. While there isn't an overt alcohol bite this beer was immediately warming. The taste struck me as a muted Aventinus still good just not the concentrated flavors you might expect.

Notes: A malt heavy beer with a good level of spice. The mouthfeel thanks to the carbonation was also very good. Maybe the high level of carbonation muted the flavor a little.

jwhawkins81, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Chocolate syrup brown with a fluffy two-finger head. Cascading bubbles rising throughout. Great head retention with some lacing.

Mouth watering array of caramel, banana, clove, maple syrup and dark dried fruit. Complex and sweet smelling, like a liquid dessert.

Just like the nose and does not disappoint. Some chocolate and caramelized and burnt brown sugar with dark rum. Lots of warm booze and tons of flavor throughout. Rich and tasty.

Medium bodied and mostly smooth. Some sharp carbonation before it warms. Warming from sip to swallow and even after. Nice clean and dry finish.

Very boozy with strong flavors. Hard to be more drinkable at this ABV. None the less, this beer is outstanding. Unique style and a must try for beer lovers.

jera1350, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours similar to a cola, with a finger of fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The smell is a wonderful mix of dark fruits, clove, alcohol heat, citrus peels, and dandelion. Really inviting.

The taste is also quite nice, although not on the level of the smell simply because the caramel malt profile outweighs some of the complexities underneath. But those complexities are still there, and something new seems to come out on each sip...from citrus fruits to banana to caramel to raisins, layers just keep unfolding.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a bit too much carbonation sting, but I wouldn't expect anything different from this style. Drinkability is very high despite the monstrous ABV...this one is definitely a sipper but it is one that I want to keep reaching for over and over. Awesome beer, worth a try for sure.

alcstradamus, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of wjstewart
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle # 2009/13665
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my old 0.5L Tucher Weizenbier glass.
This just appeared at Cottage Hill Package, one of the best locations in Mobile to find a great beer. Since the hops have been freed (to the 13.9% limit anyway) this is one of the higher ABVs we've seen on the Gulf Coast so far.

One of the best weisse doppelbocks I have had. This is like the plain 'ol Aventinus with a kick or a Tucher Hefe on the juice.
We divers know about the murk and this one had quite the murk. A slow pour revealed a decent finger width head with all sorts mixing and twirling within.
The malty banana quirks are abundant, as well as a smooth complexity that really comes through in the after-taste. Since it's finally cold down here (a mere 47°F) this one went down well while sitting on the back porch.

I'll definitely be getting some to cellar for a year or two.

wjstewart, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +17.9%

A: Aventinus is tree-bark brown with a ton of haze. Head is pretty much absent.

S: potent bouquet, dominated by banana with heavy clove and brandy notes as well.

T: perfect balance is achieved through the sweet bananas, the spicy clove, and spicy ethanol. Very delicious

M: heavy carbonation is a nice contrast to the medium body of the brew.

D: this is a must try for anyone that wants to see the extreme side of the hefe. All the same flavors are here, they've just been amplified. Worth seeking out.

Avagadro, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Vintage 2009 12oz bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass.

Murky brown with 3 fingers of tan head that recedes to a thin cap of foam.

The aroma is reminiscent of bruised bananas, spicy clove and vanilla, raisins, figs, and some sweet alcohol.

The taste is like bananas, dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and vanilla all soaked in dark rum. Bitterness just offsets the dense malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy. Alcohol finishes a bit solventy on the palate.

All in all, a very good beer. This beer works as an excellent nightcap.

bump8628, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Looked exactly like cola as I poured it into my tulip. Takes on a deep brown color that's almost entirely opaque with a fizzy, tan two-fingered head. Looks intriguing.

Smell: Smell is great. Lots of banana, clove, wheat, yeast and just a subtle backdrop of sweet alcohol. Very inviting scent to it.

Taste: As one might expect, tastes like a beefed up hefe-weizen. The warm alcohol is present foremost, and it finishes with a really nice taste of banana and clove. Also some dark fruits evident. The alcohol, however, might just be a little too involved, for me.

Mouthfeel: Fairly medium-bodied. The high amount of alcohol also leaves a stinging sensation on your tongue. Finishes very dry and refreshing.

Drinkability: Fairly high for a beer of 12% ABV. It's obvious the alcohol is there, but it's an easy drinking beer. No complaints here.

Overall, this is a very good take on a weisse beer. I'm not the greatest fan of weissebiers but this was very enjoyable. Pretty complex and tasty, would definitely recommend.

zoso493, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

11.2oz. bottle served in my Duvel tulip. Bottle number 2007/14259 indicated on the back label. Poured the color and consistency of cola with a 1.5 inch sizzling and popping head that gradually recedes into a broken, sudsy cap (no lacing) - big clumps of floaties present in the solution (maybe I should have decanted this first). Nose is fairly vinous, with some additional dark fruits in the background and perhaps a hint of chocolate (this seemed more prevalent in the nose). Taste consistent with nose but a little booze also comes out - not as boozy as I anticipated though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sparklingly effervescent with a little bit of residual heat. Pretty drinkable considering the abv - somewhat reminiscent of a Quad IMO; however, this is my first eisbock. I have to say that I am intrigued and look forward to sampling more of this style.

Jwale73, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle into Delirium Tremens tulip. I don't have any flutes or snifters or wine glasses on hand so I figured that would be the best substitute.

A: Dark black with a hint of brown. Cream 1 finger head that subsides to a spotty layer of foam. No lacing really to speak of.

S: Smells like a hefeweizen with some dark fruit and a hint of alcohol mixed in. The dark fruits become more pronounced as it warms.

T: Sweet dark fruits (plums and raisins) up front. Some alcohol presence. Light hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium to light bodied. Highly carbonated, fairly dry finish. Warm alcohol burn.

D: For 12% alcohol I'm impressed.

billshmeinke, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLE NUMBER: 2009/01404

This one pours a darkly shaded, golden brown color. Almost a fingers worth of dark tan colored foam forms the head. It recedes to a thin, spotty, surface covering. The lacing is spotty as well and fairly slick.

There's no denying that this one has a good amount of booziness to it. At 12.00%abv though, it's no real surprise. It's loaded with dark fruits, especially cherries. There is a delicious yeastiness, combined with a good deal of wheat, that smells like pie crust. This is the nose of a 'maltbomb', as far as the sweetness presence goes.
Somewhat like I'd expect a pie made from maraschino cherries and rum to smell like.
This is one of the best smells that I know of, for a malt forward brew. Deliciously enticing.

Everything from the nose is still here. It's now joined by a wonderful gingerbread presence though, which is beautiful. It has a nice level of spiciness. The high abv, while not entirely hidden, is not nearly as noticeable as the nose prepared you for. It has a nice warmth going down, but not the heat that was expected.

Full-bodied, getting close to thick. It has a medium-to-high level of carbonation, which gives it just a touch of roughness that works against the creaminess that it has. Just slightly shy of perfection.

The high abv is hidden well enough and this one tastes very nice, if you don't mind the sweet/maltbomb side of the spectrum. I could drink several of these at one sitting, and I have several times. This is one of my 'go-to' beers.
It's recommended, if you've never had it. It could become your new dessert beer, if nothing else.

coldmeat23, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Beerzebub
3.9/5  rDev -8%

Cracking this in honor of tonight's hailstorm (The Perfect storm would be even more fitting, but I reviewed that one two days ago). 2008 bottle, 11.2 oz, poured in a big wine glass at 54F.

Murky light brown with red highlights, opaque, with a minimal film of head, substantial lace.

Big aroma of spice cake, including plenty of clove, along with ripe banana, and milder notes of brown bread, red apple, and heady solventy booze. Cohesive, and quite nice.

Tastes sweet and boozy, with loads of clove laden spice cake, caramel, apple, banana, bread crust, and a hint of brown sugar. The booze becomes increasingly solventy, making for a hot finish. A hint of astringency emerges in the finish, counteracting the sweetness a bit, but not enough to achieve real balance. But it tastes good, the spice cake, bread crust, and fruit flavors are quite enjoyable. After the solvent and alcohol have faded, the clove still lingers for a long time.

Medium-full body, with nice tiny bubbles to scrub the tongue.

11.2 oz is a nice drink. There's no way I would drink a second bottle immediately after the first, unless paid to or coerced.

Compared to the regular Aventinus, I like the concentrated spice, malt and fruit flavors in this, but not the concentrated solvent and alcohol flavors, plus it lost some balance along the way. Still, I enjoyed it.

Beerzebub, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of batty
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, november '09.

pours a dark, dark brown, just short of black opaque from the side, but showing a light chocolate brown when held up to the light. off white head, medium dense, dies quick, but not that quick considering 12%.

smells of dark fruits with a touch of alcohol presence. a little earthiness is present, balanced with malty sweetness

taste is excellent - strong bock, rich dark fruits, just a bit yeasty and just a bit of alcohol presence on the end. just what i would expect from a strong wheat, very impressive.

decently carbonated, exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, decently thick

12% is barely noticeable - i'd have rated it ~6% by taste alone. tastes great. strong kick is not for guzzling, but could sip this all night.

batty, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of crnipeter
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

2008 vintage into Duvel tulip.

I'd expected from this one to be merely an Aventinus on steroids, an amassment of standard weizenbock flavors without much complexity but so much fuller and stronger, although it's hard to imagine a stronger Aventinus which itself is a kind of buildup of hefeweizen qualities.

Opaque ruby brown topped by resistant moussy tan head gradualy subsiding into solid cap that remains. Rich aroma of dark fruits represented by figs, raisins, prunes and cherries with accompaining fruity tartness and addition of banana and bubble gum. Melanoidins were bringing bitter-sweetish sensations of lightly toasted bread.

Very malty with apparently no hops. Marriage of dried dark fruits with melanoidins and addition of vestigial flavors of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Plum brandy and blueberry liqueur round the flavor profile.
Excellent, so much complexity and intensity in here, qualities of quad and imperial stout combined.

Full bodied, always at the edge of being syrupy but never crossing the line. Extremely well hidden alcohol can be barely felt in the throat - just wondering where all the 12% had gone.

Alcohol will get you, but won't hit you, no, you will be laid down caressed by invisible weightless hand.

crnipeter, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$4.99 / ea.

S: Raisins, and red fruit mixed with a hint of booze, but pretty well hidden.

A: Hazy coffee brown with almost no head.

T: Fig? Ripe red fruit. A little bit of -OH on the back end, but very well hidden considering how strong it is. Taste sticks with you well after you are done.

M: Thick, and smooth with low carbonation (but more than you would think).

D: Waffled on this. It is extremely high -OH so you can't go too crazy, but with a nice steak I could put three of these away and not feel too bad.

O: Great beer. I need to pick some more of these up and put them to bed.

dpnelson1978, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

2009 bottle poured into a 0.2L flute.

Appearance: Even in this flute, which is only ~2in. in diameter, the body is nearly opaque. The small amount of light that's able to penetrate does so at the bottom of the glass - it's narrowest point - producing a dull caramel color. The rest of the body is chestnut brown. Immediately following the pour a dense, creamy, khaki-colored head roared upward to roughly one inch in height. A minute or two later the head has stands about an eighth of an inch tall, but still looks luscious. It's likely fed by constant streams of carbonation, remnants of which I can see near along the walls and near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Loads of sweet Munich malt, brown sugar, and wheat. Awesome! Figs, chocolate-dipped bananas, raisins, freshly baked bread, and spicy hops are more subtle but complement the other aromas beautifully. Alcohol is nearly undetectable. I like where this is going.

Taste: Surprisingly, this one starts off kind of nutty. Figs, peppery wheat, and fruity esters take it from there, then combine with banana, more wheat, and prickly hops in the finish. Munich malt can be found throughout along with touches of cocoa. Great complexity!

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and wheaty with a dry finish. Prickly and warm throughout. Thankfully, this beer isn't too heavy; the alcohol still plays a large role, but it fits in quite nicely with the other flavors.

Drinkability: This is a definite sipper, but more so due to the complexity than the ABV. Highly recommended. An absolute treat! 4.5

A (no doubt!)

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle that I purchased at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids a few weeks ago for $4.79 into my Duvel Green tulip glass. 12.0 % ABV as listed on the label of my bottle. The following is printed on the back label: 2008/26211

A Dark brown body that has the greatest weizenbock glow in front of direct (and intense) light source. I had to hold it close to a light bulb to enjoy the subtle brown/dark caramel glow. Head is a 3 inch generous, bubbly light brown that stuck around for about 2 minutes, dissipating to a ring around the top with an island in the middle. Finally, sediment floating in my glass adds that classic, unfiltered look as well. Almost no lacing, however. 4.5

S Well it has that excellent Aventinus malt, wheat, banana, clove goodness but I perceive more alcohol in this one as well. I will now admit to a great bias to this smell in a beer, one of the greatest beers in the world. That being said, objectively it is complex, interesting, inviting. It cannot be improved. 5.0

T Oh, just great! The clove, banana, wheat, sweet malt are all there along now with a ramped up alcohol. They have taken a world class beer and actually made it better. 5.0

M Nice carbonation allows this beer to dance across the tongue and the malt syrupy stickiness thickens things up in a wonderful way. I do not recall this much carbonation in the regular Aventinus. Between the carbonation, the malt sweetness, the other tastes I am full after 11.2 ounces. Indeed, this beer is like a meal! 5.0

D This will be savored but it is a one and done. 4.0

Notes: I am blown away. Again, to take a world class beer and actually improve on it? Incredible. This was one expensive beer, about $0.42 per ounce but it is worth every penny. Everyone reading this should seek out and try Aventinus Eisbock. Prost!

adamette, Oct 29, 2009
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,018 ratings.