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

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 1,073
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 151
Gots: 181 | FT: 5
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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 crnipeter
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!)

Photo of adamette
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

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

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy brown/amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet raisins and alcohol, a very unusual eisbock. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of darklordlager
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a dark brown with minimal head.

Smell is oozing banana from the start. Overripe dark fruit makes itself known as well.

Taste is quite the experience. Banana bread, prunes, figs, with the alcohol making its presence known in the finish. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, sticky--to be expected with this style.

Definitely a sipper, something unique that is very well crafted.

Photo of kshankar
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Not much retention on it.

Aroma is wheat, yeast, some banana, and spices. Also a hint of dark fruits

Wow. Tastes like wheat, banana, some clove and spice, and there is a sweetness coming from that dark fruit aroma. I can't believe this thing is 12%

Mouthfeel is creamy in a way, has a full body, but it doesn't feel too "heavy".

Well for a beer of this strength, it still remains fairly drinkable.

Photo of fropones
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2008 with number 16584. Poured a reddish dark brown with no head and a lot of big chunks of yeast in it. Smells of bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and alcohol. A lot of malt and spice in the flavor. Some caramel, chocolate, a lot of toffee. Clove. Mouthfeel is lighter in body than I would have expected, but very creamy. Some slickness to it. Drinkability is good, especially for 12% alcohol.

Photo of tronester
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, with a thin tan head. Smell is strongly of alcohol and raisins. Taste is fruit like malt flavors up front, a toffee middle, and alcohol and a hint of earthy bitterness in the finish. Dry, mouth-puckering finish. You can really taste the alcohol in this one. Mouthfeel is very rich, low carbonation. Drinkability is where this beer looses its marks. After having about 1/3 of the beer, it starts to get a bit cloying and the alcohol really starts to shine through. This is a very good beer, don't get me wrong, but the alcohol does really shine through on this one, which makes it a bit rough drinking the whole beer. I like normal Aventinus better.

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

11.2 oz 2009 bottle poured into a snifter

Dark chestnut brown, slight ruby tint, cloudy from the yeast, frothy tan head that quickly fades to a thick tan ring of bubbles. Not much lacing, but not much expected. Aroma smells like weizenbock, with a pinch of alcohol. Strong notes of yeast, banana, clove, strong dark fruit, and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and fluffy, high carbonation. Flavor is dominated by sweet caramel, and banana and clove weizen notes. Every taste is a combination of new flavors, honey, rum, chocolate, dark fruit, bread, other spices, etc. Alcohol is also well hidden in the taste, but still provides a strong warming presence. Finish is very soft and smooth, not as sweet as in the beginning of the drink, but still a rich combination of flavors. A nice sipper/night cap, extremely sweet and boozy, to some this might barely resemble a "beer"

Photo of Trappissed
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Smells spicy, with dark fruits. Picking up some alcohol that lightly burns my nostrils. Taste is a little more impressive. Sweet plums, spices, figs, brown sugar, yeast, cola, and wheaty bread. Quite a bit going on here.

Alcohol is not as evident in the taste as the smell. Overall the flavor gets a little overwhelming after a while, which hurts the drinkability. However, mouthfeel seems perfect. Still amazed how much the 12% is supressed.

Photo of Otesanek
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 02-2008, drank 11-08. Entire bottle poured into a 22oz snifter. Murky chestnut, tiny head dissipates to a small fuzzy ring with little patches floating about. Interesting sweet aroma of grapey-bubblegum, cola, and clove. Alcohol is noticeable but not bad or stinging, more of a warmth. It drinks with a soft mouthfeel, and finishes clean and medium sweet. The flavors echo the aroma, but grow more complex as the beer warms. Starts out showing caramel cola, figs, brandy and a light bitterness. As it warms the caramel character becomes lightly smokey, hints of brown bread, raisins, dried cherries and bitter orange come forward. Very interesting and complex beer, drinks well enough, although a little sweet and the alcohol is nothing to sneeze at.

Photo of BierFan
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottled in 2008. Bottle number 26,179.

Appearance: Big tan head. Dark hazy brown body, almost black. I think this is love at first sight.

Smell: Bananas and bubblegum, but very heavy and manly thanks to the concentration. Almost has a bit of a smokey quality to it.

Taste: Bananas, cloves, bubblegum, random spices. Tiniest bit of alcohol.

Absolutely amazing! If this beer were a woman I would have sex with it.

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

When poured, the color was a dark brown, brown is what I didn't expect. You don't see a brown ale and the foam is a off white or cream in color. The smell was of spices. Nice pleasant aroma with a touch of roasted malts, wheat and a touch of yeast. The taste of spices, wheat, malts and a soft type of fruit was evident. There is a great balance of all the components that make this ale one of the best Weizen-eisbock's. This is another winner!

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby/copper pour with a stunning creamy off-white head.
Aromas of caramel, red wine, port, caramelised bananas and wheat. Reminds me slightly of Trois Pistoles. Later on golden syrup, sultanas and chocolate become apparently. Lovely.
Intensely malty flavours with caramel and toasty notes, balanced with boozy alcohol and a light bitterness. Alcohol is a little over the top.
Big rich body, moderately high carbonation, higher than I'd expect, but the flavour profile is so huge that this doesn't impact too much.

Photo of Cs1987
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost completely opaque. 1 finger of head which reduced pretty quickly.

Smell - The odour immediately seems like a strong dunkelweizen. Lots of sweet banana, malts, spices and other fruits.

Taste - Is this an Eisbock, or is it some kind of freaky Uber Double Imperial Dunkelweizen? The latter seems more accurate to me, although it is amazing that a beer like this can be brewed following the modern equivalent of the Reinheitsgebot. This certainly isn't lacking in dark wheat beer characters, with loads of spices, dark fruits, and even significant banana flavours. Very well balanced, and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy, a little too cloying.

Drinkability - Dangerously good for 12% ABV.

Overall - This is one of the best smelling and tasting beers in the world, but unfortunately it cannot be called the best beer in the world due to minor weaknesses in other areas. Still, anyone who likes wheat beers and beers over 8% ABV absolutely must try Aventinus Weizen Eisbock. It is absolutely amazing.

Photo of BeerCoffeeWater
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Scary. It's like the bubbles are clawing their way to the top. A few chunkettes of yeast, not much head. Darker than I thought it would be.

S: Sweet. Very Sweet at first. Then the yeastiness starts to creep in, but it stays sweet smelling.

T: Large, soooo large. Not quite as alcoholic tasting as I expected, but its still big. Like a much sweeter, less yeasty, slower sipping version of the Aventinus weizenbock. Like a big malty-sweet dopplebock that someone dropped some extra yeast in to give it some spice.

M: Sticky, but not like hop sticky, like malty sweetness-creamy-sticky.

D: Average, I guess.

Delicious, but I doubt I'll have more than one. Definately a sipper to sit around and enjoy for a while.

Photo of bminor7
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.33L purchased from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY.

My first eisbock, not to mention a weizen-eisbock. Apparently this beer is created from a mixture frozen at 20F, and they only sell 120 cases per month.

On the pour, this beer looks like pepsi/coke - a reddish mahogany. The color is different than anything I've seen before. Head is minimal and ranges from light tan to white. Sediment present as small rounded lumps...these are tossed about within the beer as the carbonation is released. This lasts for some time despite the relative lack of head.

Smells of caramel/malt/spice/banana. The taste is not far off...spice and banana and orange. Very sweet, which is slightly offputting to me. A slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The 12% doesn't manifest right away but you will feel it in the aftertaste. This is one of the only beers I've had that leaves me with a stinging feeling on my tongue.

This is virtually 3 beers in one. A bottle of this size is enough to give a pretty calming buzz. Despite that I honestly don't feel the drinkability is as low as most other beers in this ABV range.

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into thin Allagash tulip glass

A: Cloudy, chocolate dark brown color with very little light, huge 3+ finger head that slowly fades

N: Nose has some dark fruits, some vanilla, some Balgian type sugar, sour tangy yeast

T: Starts with a rich fruit and sweet brown sugar flavor, semi sour almost grape like taste, dark fruits, some alcohol, slight roasted taste, some raisin taste as well, touch of nuttiness

M: Semi thick with lots of carbonation and somewhat sticky

F: Lots of alcohol comes out on the finish warming and slight tongue burn that even goes up to the nose, pretty sweet as well, a sticky tangy taste hangs around for a bit

Final thoughts: This is a very big beer, lots of deep rich fruits even grapes, slight sour yeasty taste, lots of alcohol, slow drinker but good taste

Photo of TexIndy
3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a DT snifter. 2008/04209 on the back label. Was a hazy dark mahogany color. Some carb streams. No lacing. It had a small fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was dark fruits, overripe banana, clove and a lot of alcohol. I liked the non-alcohol portion of the aroma as it reminded me of the regular Aventinus which I love. The taste was dominated by the alcohol with very little of the base Aventinus coming thru. Tasted like taking shots each time. I've only had one other eisbock (Kuhnhenn Raspberry) and it did a lot better job of blending in the alcohol. That one I'd have again but not this one.

Overall, not for me. The alcohol taste just dominated the flavor and made me think whiskey more than beer. The aroma seemed to blend it better but not in the flavor department. For me, one and done.


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

.33l bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a deep mahogany with ruby hues when held up to the light. Lots of bubbles with a pearl-like white head. Great retention
S- Complex dark fruity esters with a little alcohol bite at the end. I get some grapes, banannas, cloves...
T- Some dark fruits, bananna. Sweet up front with quite an alcohol zing on the finish. Tastes like an imperial hefe. You can definately tell beer is high in ABV.
M- Medium to full body, lightly carbonated. Slightly thick, but not too heavy.
D- Decent drinkability, especially for 12%. I want more but I don't think I could finish more than one bottle.

Overall, a well done beer for such a high ABV. Not one I would want in multiples or frequently, but a good sipper to sit down with and enjoy occasionally. I'll take the regular Aventinus for a day-to-day basis.

Photo of jstassi
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Weizen glass. Poured a dark amber color. The head reminds me of a cokes. Lacing was very nice and followed me all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Pretty much identical to a regular Aventinus, but a bit more alcohol came out.
Taste: BRACE yourself! Intense flavors (felt it in my jaw!) All those great flavors come out: orange, coriander, vanilla, banana. Burns all the way down, very warming.
Mouth Feel: Full bodied, thick carbonation which subsides with the burn. Malty aftertaste
Drinkability: Very drinkable, even at 12% with the burn.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle #25963 bottled in 2008. Nearly opaque reddish dark brown, cola like head. Smell: intensely malty, overripe plum, dry-sweet pear smell, caramel, spice, hints of clove and overripe banana, a little wheat malt to balance the sweetness. Taste: dark and bready like a very sweet pumpernickel with dates. Caramel, a touch of alcohol that incorporates an anise flavor, yeasty, wheat tang, clove spice. Tastes like a pumped up Aventinus but with banana present only in a sweet overripe flavor and feel at the end of the sip. Slightly past medium bodied with active carbonation, drying, with a sticky finish. Considering the alcohol this is just as drinkable as Aventinus. This is the only eisbock I've been able to get a hold of, and as an Aventinus fan this is a nice novelty and of course quite tasty, I could see grabbing this to try alongside an Aventinus in the winter months.

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

A: Dark mahogany in color. Foamy, Khaki head, excellent lacing

S: Roasted malts, bready with touches of yeast. touches of dried dark fruit and spices.

T: Boozy throughout. Dark roasted malts with hints of dark dried fruit and spice.

M: Full bodied yet creamy. Boozy burn on the palate.

D: Complex beer where the taste is often overshadowed by the strength of the alcohol.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007 bottle. Was saving this to share with Ben at our "tasting" (aka The Shit Show) but didn't make it around to this. Oh well, I can take it down by myself, right?

Pours a hazy brown into my Tulip Glass. Head is sort of multicolored, it's toffee tan at the bottom and white at the top. Very lively carbonation. Possibly the biggest floaties of any beer I've ever had. There was some the size of my thumbnail. The carbonation was so intense it was lifting these things up and tossing them around. It was hard not to drink them.

The nose is a lot like the normal Aventinus, but more concentrated (big surprise). Intense yeast and dark fruit smell. Also, we can't forget about our warming friend, alcohol.

This has some intense flavor going on. Yeast and dried dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. This is a Weizenbock on steroids for sure. There is a slight bit of oxidation that has crept in the near 3 years since this bottle was born, but it's nothing to terrible. I also get a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Subtle carbonation. Drinability is marvelous considering this is a 12% beer.

This is a great beer, but I couldn't drink this often. One, this one bottle gave me a good buzz, and two, honestly I'd rather have the normal Aventinus.

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