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

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Ratings: 2,216
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 160
Gots: 195 | 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 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.

Photo of Swedes21
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - dark amber colour, almost a little cloudy in appearance. off white head, hard to tell carbonation levels. some good lacing occurring

Smell - well balanced smell, lots of banana's and malts, followed with a good balance of spices. i can also say there are some dark fruits coming up to the nose

Taste - this is where i picked up some caramel, along with an abundance of banana. the spices are well balanced an the dark fruits add a little bitterness to the end.

Mouthfeel - carbonation adds a thickness to it, nothing out of this world. draws attention to the bitterness and overall balance of the beer.

Drinkability - i love this style of beer, would have it in stock again for those who want something a little different but good.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle number 2009 030388

A - Extremely murky dark brown with a red hue in the corners. The final yeast-filled pour produced a pretty nice, dark tan head, but that's receding pretty fast. It ended up forming a cap that stuck around for a good 10-15 minutes.

S - From over a foot away I'm getting a ton of different aromas. So far there has been a pungent dark fruit and banana, but now I'm getting chocolate. Upfront is pretty much the same, but the malt display is a lot more complex, with lots of bready notes mixed in.

T - Not to sound redundant, but if you've had regular Aventinus before, just picture what you think this would taste like and you're probably in the ballpark. Really pungent pumpernickel bready/fruity richness upfront with banana and spicy yeast flavors, along with some backing caramelized malts. There is a fair amount of heat from the alcohol, but I'm not getting any fusel alcohols, which is a plus.

MF - Very thick, slightly syrupy body with ample carbonation, though not on the level of regular Aventinus. It seems appropriate, but it's not as fun as other weizens.

D - I don't really know how to call this part. This is a one and done beer, meant for sipping. It's a huge beer, but handles itself well enough, I think.

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO as part of the winter release, 500ml bottle into an oversized wine snifter.

Pours a murky and dense rusty brown, with some sediment eveident here. Finger or two of eggshell head, OK retention. Nose is big: strong raisin, caramel, loads of butterscotch and fusel alcohol (almost resembling vodka at times, yowza!). I can sense the heat coming. Tastes of dark fruits, plums, raisin, thick and massive caramel and butterscotch notes again. Dark fruits take a real backseat to the butterscotch as I move through this. Medium high carbonation, large and filling mouthfeel almost. Great body. This was a sipper for real, heat was really here.

Photo of jmbranum
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a tulip wine glass on New Year's Eve.

Pours a hazy dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is spicy and malty with lots of cloves.

Flavor is outstanding. Wish I had a regular Aventinus handy to compare it with, but this beer is amazing. The first half was good, but the second half (where I swirled the bottle and poured in the yeast) was even better. Lots of spices (cloves are the biggie) but it also surprisingly prickly with a fair amount of carbonation. Lots of other things going on here but there is so much it is hard to pick it all out --- maybe some bananas, honey, a little bit of raisny notes. Mostly though this is a high alcohol concentrated dunkel heffeweizen. I like it but I think maybe I like the regular Aventinus better.

Mouthfeel is odd to me. Too carbonated for my taste. And yes, it is very, very drinkable. Main problem here is the price.

Overall this is an amazing beer to experience, but I think I still prefer regular Aventinus.

Photo of shageman331
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. poured into pint glass. Purchased Dec. 27, 2010. Consumed Dec. 31, 2010. Bottle number: 2009 028384. 12% ABV.

Appearance: Dark caramel colour and slightly cloudy (I agitated it a little bit by accident) with a nice ecru coloured head.

Smell: Huge dose of malt with a slight bubblegum smell.

Taste: Velvety malt (not cloying), but still has wheat characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety, but there is still a bit of prickly carbonation. Actually, I think a little less carbonation would have been desirable.

Drinkability: At 12% ABV, this is a hefty beer. However, I get no heat. Ultimately, I think this beer could use perhaps a couple years to become truly excellent. I have a great respect for G. Schneider & Sohn, and they will always have a place in my refrigerator.

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour with head that is vigorous and rich with aroma, but dissipates quickly. Dark, golden brown color looks thick.

Smell is a mixture of nutty, malty, rich. Mmm Mmmmm...

Mouth feel is great, reminds me of warm maple syrup, the real stuff!

Taste follows aroma with malty, nutty notes with now a hint of fruit. Nice and warming similar to wine.

This particular bottle was picked up just today, but was bottled is September of 2007! Never underestimate the little beer distributor. This is a great cold night, warm by the fireside beer that has gotten richer with age, (i've tasted an earlier vintage and there is a big difference in depth of flavor). I wouldn't have another I don't think, pretty rich... but is great while you have it.

Photo of Kooz
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at a holiday party, so didn't take copious notes. Above are my category scores, and the specific notes I have follow:

Appearance: Dark; nice foamy head.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light.
Drinkability: Too strong to be very drinkable, but certainly not bad in any way.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, unfiltered, coffee, almost rootbeer, trace head. almost no lacing at all.

S: sweet, malt, bready, raisins, dates, figs.

T/M: powerfully malt with jam fruits. high carbonation, serious prickly on the tongue, almost has a mild Belgian Duble/champagne quality.

D: Interesting and flavorful beer. I think only the mouthfeel and the hidden ABV, would keep me from having quite a few of these delightful brews. This was suggested by this site and my beer guy at local Binny's. I have been tempted to try this style for some time and look forward to trying other representations from various breweries in the future.

Photo of heebes
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle
Back in the LCBO as a Winter Warmer.

Pours a murky deep brown with a light tan fizzy head. Recedes quickly. Nose is dark grapes, bread, sweet spices & caramel malt. Taste is complex as well, dark fruits are forefront, some phenol noticeable, cloyingly sweet and mild finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied. Large format bottle is nice looking, great label, wish I liked this more than I do! Not a favourite style of beer I guess. Drinkable for sure, smooth on the palate and easy to enjoy.

Photo of projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with a bit of light seen coming through the edges of the glass. A thin head quickly dissipates to a small ring.

S- A bit of sweetness and candied fruits. Maybe some brandy and brown sugar.

T- The flavor profile is sort of similar to regular aventinus but it seems a bit stronger. Plenty of spice and plum with some vinous qualities present as well.

M- Medium/full bodied with decent carbonation.

D- A nice brew with an interesting flavor. I haven't had many Eisbocks so its tough to compare.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Schneider Aventinus Eisbock 11.2oz bottle, both 08' #11765 and 09' #34132 vintages served into 5oz snifters.

This brew pours a dark cloudy maroon (Yes I know..) color with a thin beige head that doesn't stick around for long, settles into a thin film.

Smells of alcohol soaked fruits, such as plums, raisins, figs, and other assorted darker fruits.

The 09' is very fruity, tasting very closely with the nose. While on the other hand the 08' is moderately fruity with almost no alcohol detected. I guess the extra year really worked wonders on that part.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, 09' was highly carbed while the 08' was somewhat subtle. Both have a impressive feel.

Drinkability is lowered due to high abv.

Overall I always love this beer and have had it on several occasions. I'm a big fan of the regular Aventinus so this is right up my alley. If you want a desert sipper, or something to brag about in front of your BMC loving friends, take a few of these home. Just be careful, they go down way to easy and will easily get you hurt LOL! Cheers!

Photo of xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours a dark brown with some slight reddish and almost purple hues. A thin head fades out completely with a small collar of film around the beer.

An interesting nose filled with some very dark fruit tones including raisins, cherries, and an almost slightly tart note. There's also a flair of alcohol which reminds me of red wine.

An immediate rush of richer dark fruit up front. Roasted dark malts with raisin, dates, and cherry notes throughout. Candied sugar sweetness with a hint of molasses. A punch of boozy warmth with a slight tart tinge towards the finish with some bitterness.

Slightly thinner body, lower carbonation, a little sticky and dry. Drinks pretty well, although there's a somewhat off putting astringency which is almost tart. It wasn't an infection, but just something that I wasn't really into.

Photo of Ralphus
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky dark brown color, bordering on black. The bready head dissapeared to a slight ring of foam around the top of the glass. A larger head with some staying power would have been nice.

The smell is similar to Aventinus but boozier and with more raisin and dark fruits.

The taste is big but surprisingly drinkable. The booze thats apparent in the nose is there but not all that prominent. Mostly there's just a ton of dark fruit, raisins, clove and banana. Its really quite well done. The balance is just right.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer of this strength. Carbonation is crisp and and likely makes it go down easier than it would have without it.

Drinkability is really good. I wouldn't recommend drinking them back to back but you could!

Photo of mrnobody
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/brown with two fingers of off-white head. Lots of bubbles and wicked retention.

S: Smells of lots of banana, bubblegum. As it warms, also alcohol.

T: Tastes of overripe banana, booze.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a lot of fine carbonation.

D: This is fairly boozy but then again, it's 12%!

Photo of jmusic
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass at appropriate temperature.

Appearance: Hazy, tawny brown. Deep and rich.
Smell: Spicy notes from the wheat, and caramel.
Taste: Tart cherry, classic dry spiciness of wheat beer, and a lingering turbinado sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected with this alcohol content, with small and crisp carbonation. My personal preference would be a slightly heavier mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Absolutely terrifyingly smooth and easy to drink, yet full of big flavors.

This is a well-developed and remarkable brew. It appeals to my love for big, strong beers, but the tartness and malted wheat make it unique. One of my favorites! I wonder how it ages...

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,216 ratings.