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

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Ratings: 2,137
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 148
Gots: 161 | 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 daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is highly anticipated and at 12% I'm a little worried about the strength. Pours a handsome murky brown with no head at all after about a minute. The nose is pungent with sweet chocolate, dark fruits, grapes, and a touch of spice.

Very soft and luxurious on its trip down my gullet. A ton of roasted malt, with caramel and dark chocolate flavors followed by a strong fruitiness, perchance figs or plums. Again the texture is resoundingly smooth and satisfying.

I'm a little torn on drinkability. The taste is outstanding but with the alcohol barely evident it would be an interesting session beer if you really wanted to get sloshed but not real often. Terrific, unique stuff.

Photo of ncfranklin
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Nook in Huntsville, Al

A : A very dark brown color with a very small tan head that quickly recedes to nothing. Murky & muddy.

S : Large wheat note, but layers of spice & dark fruit poke through. Sweetness is prominent.

T : A rich wheat burst before it succumbs to darker fruit, spice, and sugar. Extremely robust. This level of complexity is hard to review.

M : Quite carbonated, a very fizzy feel. The sugar leaves a light stickiness to the mouth on swallow, but also a bit dry.

D : The alcohol is no where to be found, making this a very dangerous brew if not sipped.

One hell of a brew.

Photo of 100floods
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

purchased at BevMo. Haven't had this in a while and I thought I'd work on my 'german', bad joke. Bottle says it was bottle in 2009. I'm curious as to when in 2009. This bottle be a year old and I wouldn't know!

Poured chilled into a wide mouth wine glass. Without getting near the glass I can already smell alcohol and slight sugary malt notes. No head, and the hue of the brew is a murky cola color. Upon taking a proper whiff this smells like a strong bock beer. The alcohol isn't cutting through as much as I thought, but the malt certainly is. I smell some kind of fruit dipped in alcohol. It's refreshing and pleasant. Decent amount of carbonation cuts through my pallet. Notes of sugar and dark fruit are present with an alcoholic after taste that almost reminds of of cough syrup, but in a good way. Perfect for sipping. There's more carbonation than I would like, but what can I do? At 12% this is a great beer to take your time with, you'll definitely only need one of these.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on June 26th 2010 at Novare Res in Portland ME. Served in an Aventinus weizen glass, 300mL for $7.50, room temp from a CASK(!!!!) sitting on the bar. Review transcribed from notes.

Thick cloudy dark brown brew, no light passes through the center of the glass and only a glimmer around the edges. This even though the glass is not very wide. Thin white head clings heavily. Nose is gigantically thick and sweet, a ton of dried fig and raisin, then banana, bread, nuts. Taste is thick, syrupy, sweet, very creamy, flavors same as the nose. It is cloyingly sweet, but what do you expect?! Alcohol is mostly hidden but still felt a bit. There's a mixed hop bite to balance the sweetness a bit, but it doesn't do much more than take the edge off of it. Some peppery alcohol develops as it warms in my hand. Huge, thick, sweet... very tasty and very filling.

Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Good lacing on this brew, a dark translucent copper...Aroma is strong sweet wheat from start to finish, a hint of alcohol but pretty plain...The taste is awesome, super complext so much is going on here. Starts off lightly sweet then a super smooth but strong wheat taste laced with a hint of malty backbone and alcohol....Feel is nice, super smooth to drink nice slightly warm finish....Incredibly easy to drink at 12%.

This is one fantastic beer, quite easily one of my favorite Germans. Well worth trying.

Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber with a giant poof of head, tons of retention, really nice looking beer.

Aroma is a little suspect, some dark fruit, something kinda soapy, just a little off.

Flavor belays the aroma completely, dark fruity and complex, big alcohol, big flavor, lots of warmth in the chest, a little thin in the mouth but overall very complex and tasty.

A classic and a keeper, glad I found a bottle in the fridge.

Photo of Schwarzwald
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me it just really doesn't get much better than this! Very strong, very fruity (rich plum and pear), very rich. I have been searching for this for a while and I finally found it right down the street.

Great pour and head. Exceptional look to this beer. When you pour, you know it's going to be good. I drank one alone and then had another with some cheese (of course) and bread. The food really enhanced the flavor, or should I say, the beer really enhanced the food. Whatever... a great very dark eisbock. The sweet notes and flavor make this a perfect choice.


Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot brown with quickly receding sandy head. With the nose I'm getting clove, booze, rum raisin, banana, and some bubblegum. Taste is about what I expected, exactly like a concentrated Aventinus. I'm sorry to say, however, that in this case, making the beer stronger did not make it better. The problem is that some of the subtleties of Aventinue now have to wrestle with an almost overpowering booze note. It comes through as hot, even though this bottle is probably about 7 months old. Flavors, though, are clove, banana, rum raisin, and toasted malts. It's clean and nice, though too hot. Prickly feel, I really wish this was a bit smoother. The hotness subsides a bit as the drink goes on, but still give me regular Aventinus.

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

Dates, bananas, bubblegum, cloves, alcohol, nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, roasty undertones; very complex nose.

Dark brown body (shade away from black) with a tan, two fingers of mousse-like head that is not only rejuvenated by steady streams of carbonation, but also has excellent retention; this head just wont fade! Not to mention the copious sheets of lace populating the inner rim of the glass.

Taste mimics the nose almost to a T with some plums and dried sweet fruits as well. A very malty brew with a relatively quick finish given its strength. Paradoxically creamy and yet light with a high level of carbonation that keeps the beer from becoming syrupy and cloying.

Very drinkable despite the heavy malt character. Alcohol exerts itself at the end but isn't boozy at all. Luscious and enjoyable.

Photo of mfkr
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy dark brown color with a small off-white head that leaves almost no lacing.

S - Banana, raissins, dark fruits, spices, malt, some burnt sugar and hint of alcohol.

T - Malty, some burnt sugar, raissins, dark fruits, some spices and mild taste of alchol.

M - Medium body with little but sharp carbonation. A mild alcohol burn.

D - The high ABV and the rich taste makes this a beer that you need to take your time to enjoy and don't drink to often, but when you do you will really enjoy it.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep, murky brown with a voluminous beige head that slowly settles a thin band.

Smell -- Clove, banana peel, raisin and prune, spice, cocoa powder. Overall: spicy, earthy, and fruity.

Taste -- Lots of prune and raisin sweetness, with cocoa powder, clove, and banana. Hops are largely absent, as to be expected, but do contribute to a spiciness that, along with the alcohol presence, keeps the malty sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, viscous, a bit syrupy, massive fluffy carbonation, and a fair amount of alcohol heat and 'bite.'

Drinkability -- I've always been curious about this handsome purple bottle. Glad I finally pulled the trigger. It's rich with dark fruits, earthy yeast and spice, and paired with the fluffy mouthfeel it makes for a satisfying beer.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes, based on a cask pour into my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' Schneider event. The beer is a plain brown, opaque liquid. It has a big tan foam head. The beer is too dark to see within it, but I can see bubbles popping on the top of the head, so I imagine there is some rising carbonation. It has a toasted caramel and toffee aroma. Perhaps a better way to explain it would be to call it caramelized sugar. There are alcohol and oak notes in the nose as well. It's very appealing. This si a strong, bready beer. It has a fine wheat taste. It also has some dark fruit flavors, like plum or fig. There is also a little bit of caramel sweetness and alcohol to round things out. It has a heavy body and low levels of carbonation. There is some mouth coat, but it is not excessive. There is a good burn in the finish, as one would expect from the ABV. Overall, it feels like an intensified beer, but maybe that is because I know it is an eisbock. Considering the strength of this one, it is very drinkable. I wouldn't order too many rounds, but I could certainly enjoy a few glasses over a long period. Don't let the ABV scare you off, this is a fine beer that is worth trying.

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

Had this beer from a bottle at Ebenezer's Pub in Maine. Served in a tulip.

A-dark and murky body, off-white head.

S-malt and some smoke.

T-smokey and very sweet. Not as boozy as others.


D-good beer overall. I would drink this beer again. Seems like the perfect beer to cap off a night of drinking.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The usual drill for an anything by usual brew.

Deep dark brown with active white foam that cascades on the pour. Picturesque. Residual finger of foam.

Sweet candy smell. Dark fruit. Sugary taste w/ a notable alcohol burn. Raisins/figs in the mix. Strong carbonation.

Tasty and complex - not an easy drinker, and the 12% packs a wallop.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6-11-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a dark brown with 2 fingers of foam, good head retention, very thick. Carbonation present with a nice lacing ring

S - Strong Bavarian malts with dark fruits

T /M - Medium bodied with dark roasted malts and a strong alcohol aftertaste and caramel, finished gritty

D - Drinkable brew but one that should be sipped rather slowly this brew didn't do much for me. I wouldn't seek this brew out again, happy with just the one

Photo of EkimGram
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a journal entry from 12/30/09

Appearance: Very dark brown, maple colour. Dark amber. Very thin head served in an oversized wine glass.

Smell: Very strong, thick, and alcoholic aromas float up from the glass. The real prominent sense is of sweetness, smells almost like syrup.

Taste: Sweet at first, a slight flavour of coffee malts are present in the aftertaste. Very strong taste for the alcohol content but it is not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly fizzy and carbonated rather than thick and syrupy which is what I thought it would be.

Drinkability: Given the ABV of this beer it is rather smooth and unabrasive. Definitely should not be consumed too quickly.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle# 04128, Vintage 2006.

(A)- Pours a hazy, almost cloudy dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating off-white head.

(S)- Rich & ripe dark fruits with a dense biscuit-like wheat. Bits of banana & lemon with a spicy cinnamon kick or something along those lines. A tad musty in the far background from age.

(T)- A rich maltiness that is reminiscent of raisin, honey, butterscotch, and dark ripe fruits. Has a touch of dry wheat and banana at the end. Warms the throat and stomach after each swallow.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Reminds me of a super rich belgain dark or quad with that extra ABV kick as it goes down.

(D)- An interesting and fascinating beer. Its already 4yrs old, but it could hang out for another 4 yrs with how potent this bad boy is. Malty as hell, with a good sweetness. One of these is plenty for me; this is so rich and filling. A slow sipper definitely

Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a dark hazey mahogany colour with hints of red. not much head.

S - Very yeasty with heavy clove and spice,

T - Lots of refined dark fruits and slightly burnt caramel has a powerful alcohol kick at the finish. The fruit is very prominant for a beer of this power.

M - Medium body well balanced carbonation.

D - This is a very complex beer that one must bow to. A must try but a sipper none the less.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up, based on the recommendations of the authors of The Naked Pint. So glad I tried it, outstanding beer. Smooth, warm and intense all at the same time. Appearance: dark brown, reddish, very little head or lacing. Feel: almost syrupy and thick, maybe slightly viscous but the alcohol taste pushes through so it's not overly sickly sweet. Taste: cloves, bananas, malt, dark fruits, definitely can taste the alcohol but not in an obnoxious way. Smell: bananas, cloves, dark fruit. Drinkability: I probably wouldn't want more than one of these in a setting, due to the high alcohol content but I'll definitely have an occasional one for a special treat.

Photo of turkob
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with a little brown. Little head, no lacing at all.

S: Mmm, best of both worlds. Fruity like a weizen, malty and bready like a bock. Some raisin and banana.

T: Tremendous complexity from an intriguing crossover style. Strong but balanced with lots of malt in the middle and a fruity finish. If I took this blind I'd call it a dark, strong weizen, not really a bock so much.

M: Finishes awesome, with great fruit lingering on the palate. Refreshing yet powerful.

O: Very rich and complex. Never had a beer like this and I like what they did here. More a weizen than a bock to be sure, but elements enough of both styles to be worth trying.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark burnt amber color with a thick fizzy off white head. A fair amount of sediment stuck at the bottom of the bottle, which is pretty tough to pull up and adds a light brown haze cloud to the glass. Smells very malty and grassy with a fruity alcohol aroma. Taste is great. Malty like a wheat beer and malty like a bock. A sharp oily sting covers my pallet. Cheers.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 2008. Drank in May 2010. Poured into tulip.

A: Pours a deep, hazy brown with amber highlights. Voluminous taupe head that dies down to only a hint of a collar (of course head retention is going to be a challenge with a beer like this, so I'm not going to fault it for that).

S: Quite aromatic and unique. Malty with a sort of fruity sweetness underlying wheat tanginess. Vinous and concentrated. Dark fruits. Light alcohol hints, with a prune-like sweetness accompanied by light clove and raisin bread aromas.

T: Big vinous characteristics. The alcohol hinted at on the nose is certainly apparent in the mouth, and dark red fruits emerge from under the alcohol on the midpalate. Though the malts are sweet, they're not overly so at all, with the wheat notes, hop bitterness, and alcohol balancing the malts well and preventing them from seeming overly sweet. Finishes lightly tart, with an aftertaste of fresh grapeskins, rumcake, and a light toastiness.

M: Full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation.

D: Surprisingly high. Though concentrated, it's not overly sweet at all, and the flavor profile just doesn't get old. Even at 12%, the alcohol isn't too sharp.

Overall, this brew is a classic and is wonderful, heavenly, outstanding, etc. If you can age a few bottles - do it; I've had this at 4 yrs and it was noticabley better.

Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Chimay Goblet, 2009 - 22177

Appearance - Poured a dark ruby colour with lots and lots of floaters settling at the bottle, no lacing and head was fizzy and off-white with almost no retention.

Smell - Mostly bananas and plums, I can detect some caramel coming through faintly

Taste - Very warm and boozy with lots of esters, bananas, cloves, and plum comes out here with a hint of cake

Mouthfeel - Viscous and fully bodied

Drinkability - A sipper of the barleywine variety

Overall - Once again, Aventinus is the true king of beers

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a relatively clear russet brown with a fizzy light head, poor retention.

S: Dark wheat, malt, cloves, light ethanol, fragrant.

T: Robust, full malt flavour with notes of cloves and light bananas. Dark raisins and oloroso sherry hints as well. Take Aventinus and make it bigger, like a fortified Aventinus which this is basically a de facto version of. Ethanol is present but melds seamlessly with the other flavours.

M: Full-bodied, moderately viscous, warming ethanol finish.

D: A contemplative effort for sipping, the flavour is very good and well worth the price for fans of Aventinus.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small amount of light penetration. Very thin head and not really any lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sweet malt, and some definite alcohol, which is to be expected.

T: Fairly intense. Loads of sweet malt and alcohol with a good dosing of dark fruits and cherries in the background.

M: Medium body with a nice heat to it.

D: Considering what this is, it ends up being a very nice sipper.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
95 out of 100 based on 2,137 ratings.