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

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 157
Gots: 191 | FT: 7
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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 siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Globe Glass.

A. Poured a big 3+ finger thick head. Good retention. Pretty thick lacing. color is a cloudy murky amber brown.

S. Smell is wow. All kinds of wheat aromas going on. Dark fruit, Clove, spices, banana. Some alcohol aromas. Pretty amazing smell. Its like a cross between Aventinus and a belgian dark ale. Smells potent.

T. Taste is a bigger version of Aventinus. Banana and clove. Alcohol flavor. Dark fruit lies beneath the wheat flavors. Very good. You would be amazed to find out this beer is 12% if no one told you.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. A bit of lingering sweetness.

D. Extremely drinkable. This beer is pretty much everything that I was expecting. It is a amped up version of an already amazing beer. Has some alcohol aroma and flavor but doesnt drink at all like 12%

Photo of ksimons
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-a hazy dark brown with red highlights and a nice creamy head that leaves a nice layer on top

S-malty, dark fruits, mild ester smell also

T-Very similar to the smell, lots of dark fruit, malt, spicy cloves, banana sweetness. Alcohol warming hits after a few sips

M-medium carbonation and a very nice medium body

D-really great, the 12% abv is not obvious, will definitely get again

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife got this from her work.

Appearance- dark brown color, nice size head

Smell- dark fruit

Taste- strong flavor of dark fruit, sweetness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. I would have it again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that lasts for the whole beer. Sticky ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, wheat, and alcohol sharpness. Tastes of overripe dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and alcohol. This beer was very carbonated in my opinion and had a very sticky mouthfeel. An alcohol burn was present with each sip. Drinkability is above average but with the alcohol burn and the almost sickly sweetness I don't think I would get this again.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle into a proper Aventinus glass. This is easily one of my favorite beers of all time.

Deep ruby brown pour with a nice white/tan head, no lacing but good tight bubbles. Dark and sweet nose of plum, cloves, raisins and grain overlain with some alcohol which is just what a deep sip brings forward with really nice chewy carbonation and slick sweetness. Dry tingling finish. And then another sip, and another. It's amazingly drinkable and the 12% is dangerous with these guys.

I have a 2007 in my collection that I'm excited to try in a year or two! This beer just gets better as it warms and with age; I think it's going to be epic.

Photo of Geuzedad
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from an 11.2 oz. into a wine glass. Bottle dated 2010 batch #023869

Poured a dark brown with a very thin tan head that faded quickly leaving some tan lacing.

Smell was dried fruits with some wheat and bread smells noted and a hint of alcohol.

Got a fruit/bread taste and finished with a bite, mostly alcohol, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and slick, carbonation noted but not overpowering, alcohol left a tingle.

This was my first Eisbock. Drank it on an empty stomach...wow. A noteworthy experience but not a beer I would have multiples of. Good for a winter night by the fire to feel the warmth, but a night out on the town and I would be looking at the bottom of the bar stool. I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is labeled year 2009, batch 033786. Pours a dark brown body that looks hazy and lets very little light through. Very little head and no lacing. Some carbonation bubbles stick to the side of the glass at first.

The aroma strikes out strong and sweet. Dark fruit, featuring plum and raisin, followed by some grainy wheat aroma that lets you know it is a wheat beer, but without the bubble gum or banana of a hefeweizen. A hint of alcohol.

Flavors follow the aroma but in sweeter proportions. The dark fruit is prominent, with some note of wheat grain faintly in the background. Very wine-like in taste.

This beer must age well, with a possibly two-year old bottle still providing good aromas and flavors. Although it reminds of a wine, the mouthfeel is much thicker with a stronger taste of alchohol than in the aroma. It is not very drinkable to me due to the high abv and sweetness.

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

The bottle I had was about a year old. Apparently this stuff ages wonderfully.

A - The fizzy, foamy, slightly off white head on top of the deep amber body fades fast leaving a thin cap that ends up being nothing a few minutes later. Screaming carbonation up the side of the glass forces me to pour this really slow.

S - Really strong raisins and dates with some booze and yeast. Deep, deep dark fruits, not dark like a quad, but rich and inviting.

T - The same sort of raisin, dates, booze, and yeast components are there but complimented by a slight amount of extra booze that doesn't offend and much stronger fruit making it absolutely delicious. Yeast is still present but definately in a back up role.

M - Lot's of carbonation, full bodied, sweet finish leading into a dryness.

D - Yes sir! This stuff is delicious and I never would have guessed it was 12%. Hot damn. Very warming, yet refreshing.

Photo of kjc51478
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with effervescent off-white head. Aroma is rich with dried fruits, yeast, and bread. The taste is huge dried fruits, plum, raisin with typical Weizen banana and a big cereal malt flavor. Alcohol flavor is very strong but well matched with the big malt taste. Palate is full-bodied and thick with a long-lasting malty aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

Photo of musicman575
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult to drink many of these if you're at a place where you have to order. "May I please have an Aventinus Weizen Eisbock" is something I can only say before I've even had one of said beer.

I absolutely love the smell of this beer. Weihenstephaner Vitus is what turned me on to the wheat bock styles, with their clovey, banana-y goodness and their sneaky high alcohol content. I first tried the regular aventinus and when I heard about an aventinus that was a more concentrated version I couldn't believe it.

I drink this beer out of a wine glass to remind me not to throw it down the hatch like I would with some oher beers (after the intial tasting of course). I don't think any of the flavors in this beer are subtle, but each sip is worth a savor.

I can drink this stuff all night... if I pace myself right

Photo of boudreaux
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into over-sized wine glass.
Bottle no. 2010 014266

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown/black, with just a touch of purplish color; carbonated, bubbly head; head is thin, about 1/2 finger, and quickly dissipates; a few small carbonation bubbles continue to rise to the surface throughout the tasting

S: My first whiff immediately makes me think of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with notes of dark candied sugar and dark fruits making a strong appearance; a healthy level of alcohol is also noticeable; malt is everywhere; on aroma alone, I'd guess this was a Belgian Dark Ale of some sort

T: Again, Belgian flavors are here; the dark candied sugar and dark fruits are strong, but tempered somewhat by a touch of wheat/bready flavor; alcohol ends up dominating the flavor notes, with a touch of toasted-nut maltiness also evident

M: coats the tongue wonderfully; warming sensation from the intense alcohol; full-bodied and a bit heavy

D: perfect level of smoothness and carbonation for a beer this big; wouldn't want to drink to many, but definitely drinkable

This is my first Eisbock. Maybe this just isn't a true representation, but reminds me more of a Belgian-style beer. I'm not complaining though. Prost!

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

Poured from an 11.2 / 330ml bottle into some sort flute.. I dont know..

Pours a dark- ice tea like brown with a thick tan head, leaves little retention.

Smells great. Candied sugar, dark fruits, banana and cloves. Strong alcohol aroma dominates, but in a good way. Almost cleared my stuffy nose!! Smells like a strong dark Belgian ale but with a shot of vodka dropped in it.

The taste is much like the nose. It tastes like a Schneider Weizenbock on steroids. Strong alcohol presence throughout which gets stronger towards the end of the glass. Tastes of yeast, fruits and a little bread.

Very smooth and lightly carbonated. Leaves a stickiness and numbness on the lips.

Drinkability is good in the sense it goes down easy, probably too easy. But the high abv limits it.

Im glad I had the opportunity to try this. This beer might be a regular for me.

Photo of treque
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice dark brown with some reddish hues, a big creamy brownish head, with good retention, completely opaque, cloudy with some permanent carb

S: amazing smell, sweet notes, barley, fruit, yeast everithing is present, the most notourios are the dark fruit notes and some wood hints

T: wow, a strong beer, the alcohol presence is noticed all the time, but the combo with the sweetness is great, the final is quite long, some wheat notes you can find 3 different flavours on the sip

M: medium to high body, if you are ok with the alcohol probably you could get a couple

D: obviously is not a one sip beer, if you have the time to enjoy one, this can be a nice choice

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock | 330 ml. | 12.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Style: Eisbock
Glass: brandy snifter

The head, which I expected to be nonexistence at this alcohol level, burst forth from the pour and crackled as it formed a ring of carbonation. The victory was short lived, however, as the tan head receded into deep plum waters.

Very complex. Banana, clove, butter, bubblegum, and hints of alcohol.

At 12.0% ABV I was expecting a much more potent blast of alcohol. In fact, it's remarkably well hidden beneath layers of flavor. It's spicy--maybe that's the cloves--and it bites upfront. Towards the back, there's some banana bread, wheat, and just the tiniest hint of hops.

A little syrupy and slick. Surprisingly lively carbonation towards the end.

A very nice brew that intensifies many of the deep, alluring flavors of Aventinus. The comparatively thin mouthfeel detracts, however, from the richness of its cousin.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, though not as a regular drink.

Bottled: ? (bottle #: 2010 064863)
Served: January 24, 2011

Price = $3.99 at Whole Foods

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

11.2 oz. longneck brewed to 25.5 Plato; this bottle (#035611) has been in my cellar for at least five years. Fairly clear raspberry brown hue is punctuated by a few chunks, and capped with a light tan head that nearly disappears by the end. Smells vinous, with blackberries and black cherries, and gives the impression of Fruit Roll-Ups or raspberry Tootsie Rolls. It is very smooth and quite malty, with a dark, rich flavor, and only a light sweetness. Vinous and dark fruits pop up, with burnt sugar, dark caramel, noticeable wheat, mild bitterness, and just a hint of oxidation. It has a well-carbonated, thick and smooth body that is chalky and dry, with a warming finish. This unique beer is delicious and imminently sippable, and makes a great addition to anybody's cellar.

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I somehow didn't even know they made this. Because this--this is the sort of something I'm all about.

But then, shit, it don't do what I want it to. It's not Eisbocky in the least. It's weizeny--there's an astounding amount of smooth wheat packed into this--but then there's this something else that I can't quite put my finger on, and it makes it so the beer don't quite jibe together.

Pours like a Weizenbock. Smells like wheatmalt, over ripe fruit--plums and pears--and a kiss of astringent alcohol. Tastes like a big punch of burning barley, fruit in the middle, chocolate at the end, and then an alcohol burn that tumbles down your neck.

Piece by piece, node by node, everything in this beer is good. But, like I said, it just don't jibe together very well.

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

A good two-finger tan head tops this muddy and dense light brown brew. The head recedes to a light skim, constantly replenished by the bottle conditioned fermentation. Little lacing or sticking, probably due to the high alcohol content.

The strong scent of bananas is detected. First sip brings vanilla flavors to the front, with a deep, roasted malt base and a strength and complexity of flavor more associated with barley than wheat, comparable to a wheat wine. Well integrated, smooth and creamy carbonation rounds out the mouthfeel, with bittering hops to balance the slightly sweet vanilla and lingering chocolate notes.

A classic wheat doppelbock, this is a concentrated version of the original and revered Aventinus Weizenbock, and a welcome recreation of a brewing storage error.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2010 vintage. Pours a fairly dark, red and brown color. Head is booming and is hanging at around a finger thick, looking quite creamy. Just a shade off-white in color. Surprising retention for such a strong one. Swirling the glass leaves some legs of lacing that fall back into the beer.

S: Aroma is very similar to the Weizenbock with a shade more alcohol heat. Has the banana and clove undertones with some dark fruits and some sweet fruit notes. A bit of caramel and some brown sugar with alcohol floating on top. Definitely has a very nice cherry aroma. Slightest shade of band-aid, possibly the beginning of oxidation.

T: Actually, a bit tart upfront. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Bready and wheaty, a touch of sweet malt. Caramel and banana are pretty prevalent. Alcohol heat lingers for a bit with some nice sweetness.

M: Pretty large body and a sticky finish. Could see this one laying down well for a few years. Easily one of the best Eisbocks I've had. Everything that the Weizenbock offers with the added abv not becoming overwhelming. Well made.

D: Very surprising. Drinks like an old ale on top of the already perfect Aventinus. Alcohol heat is not bothersome and hidden very well behind some very nice yeast and bready notes. Has the signature Aventinus flavor profile that makes for an incredibly drinkable Eisbock.

Photo of uno99
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2 Reviews, Score is an average of the 2 reviews from same vintage, one year apart.


A: Off-white bubbly head lasts seemingly forever. its not big, but its beautiful and leaves excellent lacing. Beer is very deep and cloudy. Would look like a stout in a dark room or to a non-beer geek. (5)

S: Alcohol and yeast hit you like a prize fighter. Raisin, figs and other fruity flavours make up the backbone. hops barely present. who cares. (4.0)

T: Amazingly this dosen't taste as boozy as it smells. in fact the raisins and fruits come first and in a big way. Long dry finish. parching in the throat. Very complex. I could sit at my computer sipping and typing more flavors but I wont subject my reader to that. All that needs to be said is this is a great tasting and very unique wheat beer. (4.5)

M: very highly carbonated. *burp* I guess that's appropriate if your sipping this beer as any non-andre the giant human would be. Champagne like - only more fuller bodied. (4.0)

D: One to keep around for a special occasion unless you just fancy getting drunk off one beer. I havent had a huge number of %12+ beers but this one seems pretty easy to drink despite the high alcohol. (3.5)

Notes: This is a great value. for under $4 at the LCBO get yourself 500Mls of world class and very unique beer.


2009 bottle - reviewed on 01/16/2011. Pour at 55 degrees into my Lucifer snifter.

A: Head has very big bubbles, and looks like its going to stick around and lace nicely, but just dissipates. Body is deep mahogany. (3.5)

S: Hugely fruity. Raisins and figs etc. Almonds and pine as well. alcohol is quite present as well. More subdued than the fresh bottle. (4.5)

T: Based on previous notes this is very similar to a fresh bottle. (4.5)

M: Surprised this is still so carbonated. One difference is how much is foams up in the mouth. not sure if the fresh bottle did that. (4.0)

D: I believe this has improved over time, mostly in the nose, however, the appearance appears to have suffered. I'd chalk that up to using a different glass and probably a different serving temp. Quite drinkable for a %12.00 beer. (3.5)

Photo of pinkano
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - very full and dark amber color with dark orange tones
S - very intensive and pleasant smell of banana and wild-rose
T - extraordinary banana start with great mixture of wild-rose and caramel and very nice carbonation and full mouthfeel ending pretty dry and not so hoppy, but the presence of yeast is awesome. Alcohol is perfectly hidden in the beer.
M - full body with brilliant carbonation
D - very drinkable, however very strong, so be careful.

This eisbock is totally great.

Photo of Yimosan
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2fl oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is reddish brown with a huge long lasting foam tan head.

This beer smells of banana, sweet raisin bread, Christmas spices, toffee and caramel.

Tastes of caramel, banana, flan, licorice, and sweet malt coat your palate and remain for a long long time...YUM!

I love this beer and if I could, I would drink 10 of these, however I understand the laws of physics and gravity; Drink a handful of them and you will find yourself on the floor, wishing you were a leftover bratwurst at a Bavarian beer fest, resting on a warm bed of sauerkraut.


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

Complex, very challenging. I know what I want with it, Ice Cream! But it's best by itself. Banana, Caramel, Cloves... Watch out as the 12% is almost undetectable with this childhood inducing creamy beer. Don't drink as much as you will want to, it will catch up with you in the morning! But, enjoy!

Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown color that seems to be layered...much lighter at the top. Definitely an unfiltered, bottle conditioned brew. Tiny white head that disappears in an instant. Scent is very wheat-like with some definite banana aromas. I also get some yeast, clove, and light chocolate. Taste is banana, wheat, spices (heavy on clove at first), bubblegum,...then followed by dark fruits and a little bit of chocolate. The yeasty flavors linger throughout the whole taste, as well as the alcohol. The alcohol doesn't seem to be as well balanced as was hoping for, but nonetheless, it is an amazingly delicious beer. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but remains very well-carbonated. Alcohol burn towards the end. Drinkability is fairly high considering how tasty this is, but the ABV will creep up on you in an instant, so be careful!

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

Appearance: Cloudy, opaque reddish-brown, pours a medium thick head that is light in color. Looks somewhat similar to the Aventinus Weizen-Doppelbock.

Smell: Wheat notes dominate, with some citrus and slight malt.

Taste: Tastes amazingly similar to the Weizen-Doppelbock, perhaps a bit sweeter and more citrusy. The higher ABV content when compared to the Weizen-Doppelbock is hardly noticed. The taste is dominated by wheat, while being sweet and citrusy, and slightly sour.

Aftertaste of yeast, almost like bread dough. This beer has some undertones that I'm sure some more experienced tasters could recognize, but I shall simply call them "fruit".

Mouthfeel: Lightly syrupy and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: The 12% ABV is well-masked. One could easily drink two or three of these in one sitting, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you want to become tipsy.

EDIT: Flavors become more readily apparent as the beer warms and loses carbonation as it sits in the glass. If you refrigerate this beer, I recommend that you leave it to sit out for about 10 minutes before pouring.

Photo of Mit
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

a-pours a cloudy ruby colour with nice head and lacing down the glass.

s-traditional wheat smells.(coriander, banana, orange zest)...stronger sweet smell hinting at the heavier alcohol content.

t- The strong sweeter smells that were hinted at before come to the forefront in the taste. The wheat characters really take a back seat to the sweeter flavours in this beer. Not unenjoyable in the least. Very nice. Alcohol while giving a slight burn really not overpowering.

m-Carbonation there but it can't really hide the thickness of the beer. Perfect for style and strength of alc.

d-oddly very drinkable...not something you would usually say about a 12% beer. You imagine sipping this by a fire after shovelling snow for a couple hours.

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