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

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BA SCORE
94
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2,068 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 130
Gots: 146 | FT: 4
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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Photo of williamherbert
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with an almost purple hue. Big puffy light brown head that decides to stick around for a bit. Thick and murky. Leaves chunks of Nestle Quik debris on the sides when finished.

The spicy aroma of a very dark weizenbock. A pungent burnt banana. Slight alcohol aroma wafting above.

The taste is strong whiskey alcohol. As it mellows, the weizen/yeasts come out. A very strong weizenbock. Has some of that spicy Belgian flavor.

There is an honest-to-God burn on the way down. Medium-bodied otherwise, but a tad bubbly. A very strong and heavy beer. Dark and full of alcohol.

williamherbert, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting.
Pours a dark brownish color and smells of strong, sweet and alcoholic caramel. Rich and flavorful, but short of cloying. Taste rich concentrated malt flavor, some toffee like notes and overall pretty good. Surprised by this one.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: in the bottle 2007 # 01619

Pours a rich caramel cider color, swirled the yeast with the last couple ounces, it was flocculated though, due do the age, into little hard clumps.

Nice head quickly dissipates, good carbonation with little flecks of yeast.

Slight scent of alcohol, banana and cloves and tasty caramel

Strong notes of caramel, banana, and clove, even some prune and raisin and a rich buttery smoothness, very warming, halfway through and the cobwebs have been dusted off my brain. Reminiscent of a warm banana bread with butter rum.

you can taste the alcohol in the finish but it holds a backseat to all the complementary flavors

This was my first beer of the day and I am left with a warm, relaxed euphoria. This is why I love beer.

Due to the alcohol this is no session beer, two of these will have you talkin funny.

Stonebreaker, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Brown color with a fully developed, but then quickly diminishing white foam. Fairly powerful nose with hints of fresh pastries, apples, banana, vanilla, along with hints of blackberry and mocha. Flavor is loaded with complexity. A thick coating of caramel and toffee coats the palate, along with hints of fruit pie, vanilla and clove. Coating mouth feel. Wow, an intense, badass brew.

Crosling, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of julian
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a thick dark cloudy chestnut brown color with minimal foaming. nice 1 finger head which disappears quickly. visible carbonation. barely any head retention - was completely gone before I was finished the beer. no lacing, it just "slid" down the glass.

S: smells like sweet banana bread. very bready and biscuity. mild spiciness to the nose (clove). Can't detect the high ABV by aroma AT ALL!

T: sweet and yeasty. dark fruit esters are prevalent along with a warming from the alcohol. there is a light roasted maltiness to it as well. this is a somewhat syrupy beer with high carbonation that tastes like fruity biscuits.

M: more carbonated than i thought for some reason. doesn't taste as thick as it looks but is somewhat syrupy and viscous. goes down really easy for such a high ABV.

D: pretty high abv, but very drinkable. ABV will limit how many you can physically ingest though...this is one dangerous beer!

julian, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- muddy brown copper with an off-white head that built up a large amount, and had great retention. , no lacing as it fell, but it looked pretty great

S- malty and alcohol are actually the strongest smell, there was a strong character of wheat as well, and there was solid yeasty character as well

T- maltiness and the strong alcohol is also very noticeable. extremely smooth for a 12 % beer, the undertones of wheat are really delicious and complement the strong maltiness and flavor characteristics really well.

M- thick body, light carbonation,

D- pretty damn delicious

Atron67, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Franchise
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Schneider pours a dark purple with deep brown highlights leaving a yeasty body and a thin lacey head that disappears. The aroma is very fruity, sweet, dark pitted fruit, candy, wheat, yeasty deliciousness.

Whoa the taste is fantastic, sweet, syrupy, brisk carbonation, boozey but not overwhelming. The beer is slightly balanced by some faint hop essence but this is hard core wheat, fruit, honey, etc. Beautiful beer very tasty and inviting. And at 12% the alcohol is barely present.

Franchise, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This comes out of the bottle a deep, semi-transparent brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is strong and malty with a hint of molasses and a touch of hops. Flavor is rich and smoky, mainly malty but with a little hop taste. Texture is fairly smooth and with a nice ragged alcohol bite.

Cyberkedi, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of ohmybock
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of the original Aventinus so when I first heard about this brew (back in the late 90's?) I couldn't wait to try it. I ordered some of the striped bottles back then and liked them a lot. Later, this brew finally arrived where I lived so I bought some more. I still thought it was good, but not as good as the regular Aventinus. I bought some more bottles on a few more occasions over the years, but they seemed to be hit-and-miss. (I think some of the bottles were old.) However, about a year ago, I had some of this eisbock on tap at the Brickstore in Atlanta and loved it. That restored my faith in this brew. Recently, I bought another bottle to try. I see that my bottle says 2007 on it. That made me a little nervous about it still having a fresh taste, but thankfully I'm enjoying this bottle quite a bit. It pours an unattractive, murky brown with little head. The aroma is a mix of classic weizen, but with some "stink" to it. I can't quite place my finger on what the stink is. Maybe it's just a phenolic that's a little bit out of control? Thankfully, the taste is better than the appearance and aroma. It tastes a lot like the regular Aventinus, but with more concentrations of everything. The alcohol seems to be well-hidden. Overall, I like this bottled brew, but I still think the regular Aventinus is easily superior. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to try some draft Aventinus Eisbock again in the future. It's been a little too long to remember for sure, but I think that version was better than this bottled version.

ohmybock, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Muddy brown with nice particles of suspended yeast.Decent fine creamy tan head with minimal lacing.

S-Big ripe fruity and a "circus peanut" candy aroma mingle with the usual ripe banana and clove.

T-Fruity and spicy with caramel maltiness and faint citrus and a lasting warming alcohol in the almost vinous finish, coats the tongue.

M-Silky carbonation with a smoothness unmatched by most.

D-Dangerously drinkable. A seriously top notch beer.

biggred1, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of CWiggins
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not long ago I ran across the name of this brew in some beer periodical, and it became lodged in my brain like some mediocre tune on the radio. When I made my most recent reconnaissance trip to Sam's Quik Stop I noticed it staring at me from the third shelf of the German section, and I new it had to go home with me.

I was surprised at the very dark color of this one (dark, but not black), and the big-bubbled, short-lived head was non-existent for nearly the entire session. The smell is huge; malt character is huge, and the smell of dark, ripe fruit is just amazing. And the alcohol this beast emits just in the nose is enough to make one a bit dizzy. Really over the top! The taste is just as impressive. The front is sweet, while the center is malty and fruity; the finish is malty and full of alcohol. Not really of the fusel variety, but plenty, nonetheless. I'm sure hops were present, but you wouldn't know it from the taste. There's no bitterness to speak of, anywhere. It is a full-bodied wheat beer with no punches pulled in flavor, body, or strength. Carbonation is a bit on the low side. Simply put, it's one of the most interesting and pleasurable beers I have ever sampled.

This would be best served in a snifter.

(I hope my marks aren't too high for the style. Admittedly, I don't have any other experience with Eisbocks so I may be a little over-generous.)

CWiggins, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 01568. Pours as black as velvet can get, with a thick, pillowy rootbeer head in a snifter--could be the fifth horseman of the apocalypse by its intimidation... complex scents-- citrus fruit, freshly mown hops grass, and a grapefruit mix... thin and crisp on the tongue... lingering aftertaste that holds like a pilsner... citrusy notes abound, with the slightest alcohol... hops are subdued, while the malts are impaling! HEAVY.... These guys are the masters, and though above my usual palate, this beer is a steam roller, obliterating any pre-existing taste in the mouth andforcefully asserting its power... memorable and warming.

dacrza1, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a hefeweiss glass, cold.

Pours a rich dark brown, good head but dissipates faster than a regular hefe, little lacing.

Huge malt aroma, some spice and phenolic carater as well. Flavor of malt, alcohol and as it warms up, more malt. A rather malty beer.

malt malt malt :D

bloberglawp, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Number: 2007/10850 12% ABV

Aroma - At first I get fruity esters; raisins; plum; a little banana; maybe a little DMS, but I'm not sure. The aroma is mild, but pleasant. Later aromas brings out very mild alcohol.

Appearance - Hazy, brown to dark brown. Good head on the pour; settled to about half of my finger width. Visual carbonation is high. Head settles creamy and retains the half finger width.

Flavor - Wow...make sure your palate is prepared for this! Very rich and bold. There is a significant alcohol presence, but it is not boozy. Wonderful malt balance. The alcohol is prominent on the finish. For me this is a bit of a detractor.

Mouthfeel - There is beer has quite the body, but it doesn't coat the tongue like some heavy bodied beers (Not cloying). It is about as creamy as the head visually indicates. Mild carbonation; appropriate for the style. The alcohol is subdued in the mouthfeel. It shows itself more in the flavor and aroma.

Overall Impression - Very strong, but more drinkable than I would have thought. I would definitely put this in my regular rotation. Give it a try.

Hullabaloo2, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours off black to brown with thin head that dissappears rather quickly.

Nose has a very herbal-medicinal character, with some sarsparilla-rootbeer notes as well.

Palate has a dark malt whallop, with plenty of alcohol (though not perceived as 12%, but high nonetheless), yet more rootbeer flavor, and very syrupy.

Finish is rootbeer syrupy too.

yemenmocha, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogany highlights. HAs a small tan head that bubbles away quickly. There is a sweet dried fruit character in the aroma with a hint of banana in the background.The taste is all raisins and fig with a strong alcohol push on the finish. Leaving a plum after taste.

ybnorml, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA; served in a chalice

A murky, dark brown in color with a white head that made it through the duration.

Smell of dark chocolate, wheat, dark malt, and fruity esters.

Slightly sweet, but very well-balanced between the chocolate, yeast, wheat, malt and fruit flavors. The alcohol is not hidden all that well, but it complements the flavor profile so well, it doesn't hurt.

Smooth and clean.

At 12%, it is a definite sipper..

ColForbinBC, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from the LCBO winter release. Bought it in December (I think), it's now June.

Pours a rich toffee brown, slightly hazy. Big head, quite fizzy at first, but once it settles down I get an incredibly creamy (I'm talking nitro-Guinness creamy) off-white, perfectly formed head. Beautiful.

Whew, malty aroma. Candied, rich fruit. Maraschino cherries, sugary dates. Characteristic cloves. Alcohol lurking behind everything else.

This is such a complex beer. Big, sugary, chewy dates are the first thing that jump out at me. Very sweet, but the hops keep things pretty balanced, providing a little bit of an edge to take on the mellow malt. Otherwise, this is all about malt. Really chewy, thinking a dense cake like Sacher Torte, with that a little bit of orange zest. Strong alcohol in the finish gives it a port wine character... nothing wrong with that. Some spiciness, but the alcohol sort of overshadows it, the only reason I didn't give 5 on taste. Will be interesting to compare against the one I am cellaring.

Again, pronounced alcohol brings this down from 5. A real sipping beer. I shouldn't be drinking it at 4PM on a Sunday.

This is a phenomenal beer. It's characteristics bring to mind the best of many differenct styles, from best bitters to weissbiers to heavier German ales. A must-try.

CanuckRover, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased htis 12 oz bottle from Heritage liquor in St. Paul MN

bottle # 2007/ 15723

It poured an off brown, dark cola. Head was very similar to a cola as well.
No laceing on the glass, thin off-white head on the top of the liquid.
Smelles of merlot, blueberries and malt, with sharp alchahol aroma.
Taste is mainly malt with alcahol present. Some black licorice present as noted before me. Very sweet. Some peppercorn in the middle.
Carbonation is high, this is a medium bodied beer with a very warm swallow.
I would really recommend this beer.
The process of freezing the beer and draining off the reamianing liquid is really interesting.

Damn good beer. Very simple in flavor, any more complexities and it may have interfered with the simple humble quality of this fine beer.

Buebie, May 24, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
12.0% Abv

I tried this beer on December 23, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a dark brown with a fluffy tan coloured head which didn't very long. The aroma was malt and sugar. It was a sweet smell. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, slightly creamy, and medium carbonated. The flavour is primarily malty, but there is a peppery sense to the taste as well as an almost licorice taste.

cyrenaica, May 13, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #2002 so I am assuming a 2002 Vintage

I had received this one in a trade a while back and had been holding onto it for a good long time,waiting for the right time to crack this beauty. Well lately I have given up waiting for a special
time to crack a beer and instead I decided to just go for it and have at some of the deepest reaches of my cellar. Last night it was time for this. Pulled this one out and served it right at cellar temp and poured into a tall, footed pilsner glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice indeed. First off, there were tons and tons of floaties in this one. Thick clumps of yeast are literally everywhere bouncing up and down inside the glass. Other then those though there was some really nice clarity to it, letting you knows most had been concentrated into the clumps. The color on this was outstanding; a rich deep, caramel colored orange was presented
in front of me. Hints of dark ruby, or purple as well, really a very rich, and dark color. A nice
three inch high head of off white colored foam then took over the top and gently settled down into a
thin layer before finally staying at about a half an inch throughout the rest of the session. Copious
amounts of side glass lace were present as well.

Smell - The aroma was equally as rich and sweet as I thought it would be. No hint of any kind of
alcohol in this one at all, which was really shocking. A smooth aroma could be picked up, very earthy,
with deep, sweet malt tones coming through strong, and early. Hints of caramel, and strong dark fruit
were also easily picked up in here. Really nice blend, touches of plums and raisins being most
notable. Slight hint of grass way in the back, and at times almost a honey like sweetness to it.

Taste - The flavor was the best I could have hoped for in this style, it was simply top notch all the
way. A super smooth, creamy palate was explored buy the delicate malt tones that came over your tongue
in waves. Nothing harsh about the flavor here at all, everything was so well blended and smooth that
it was remarkable that this was 12%abv. Big notes of caramel and earthy malts opened the show right
away and got things off to a really nice start. Bready malts stealing the show on this one, until the
nice tones of dark yeast start to come through. Lots of plums and raisins were then becoming even more
evident, and the sweetness of honey coming out very nicely. This was the smoothest flavor I could have
imagined, just absolutely wonderful in richness and complexity.

Mouthfeel - This also had to be the creamiest beer I have ever had in my life. The texture was just
beautiful. Not too heavy and not too light, it was a work of art at times. Such nice carbonation, it
had that effect of just coating everything that it touched, I was really floored by how good this was
and how well it came off.

Drinkability - Now here it was as good as it gets. You are talking about something that was over 12%
ABV and you could not even tell. I would have thought this was a session ale, and I actually almost
drank it as such. Unbelievably smooth, the texture and flavor were remarkable. I would have gone for
another one in a second if I had one. It was simply superb.

Overall I have to say this is one of the finest drinks of any kind that I have ever had. I really do
not have a bad word to say about it. Everything just went really perfectly. One of the classic
examples of the style, I cannot wait to be able to try this one again, it really is that good!

mikesgroove, May 10, 2008
Photo of WJVII
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was the first I had on a walking tour of brauhaus's in Munich (reviewed from notes). This brew poured into a pint glass had a wonderful deep purple color with a great tan head that didn't seem to go away. The smell was extremely floral with hints of wheat, yeast, deep malt characteristics. The taste was similar to the smell with a very floral start that melted into a yeast and clove filled finish. The beer was thick, but not too much. Only negative would be I could only drink the one being at the beginning of the tour and all.

WJVII, May 06, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007-dated bottle into Cab glass...

Significant cloudiness with strong mahogany body. Chewy, bready head develops with ample carbonation. Pours like a Quad - can notice texture in seam between head and body).

Slight wheat electricity - Belgian spice profile of yeasty gingerbread and brown sugar. Tinniness when first poured dissipates with warth.

Deep, rich taste of candied ginger, a little chocolate and molasses. Bountiful yet nicely balanced. Alcohol is in background behind rich spice profile.

Mouthfeel is very viscous from front to back. Deep, long, smooth finish.

This is enjoyable to sip and savor. By no means what I was expecting - awesome!

IBUnit63, May 06, 2008
Photo of rodcom
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a hard beer to review since it was so different than most other beers. First observation - no way I would have thought it was 12% alcohol since there was little after taste. Second - I can't wait to get another bottle to try - it was that good and here is why

- nice thick flavor
- taste of caramel and coffee characteristics
- some floaters/clumps in the glass - I poured it in two parts first 2/3 and it was more clear, but adding the bottom yeast made it better

Definitely go buy a bottle.

rodcom, May 04, 2008
Photo of Big78CJ
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing and I was rather excited to see Trappeze Pub had it on tap. Since tapping the first keg, I have had at least 15 of these beers. Appearance is dark brown with purple colors mixed in. Smell is predominantly of sweet, dark fruits (e.g., plum, apricot) as well as banana and clove. Taste mirrors the smell with a bit more sweet and spicy clove. Mouthfeel is nicely sticky sweet and perfect for the style. I will drink this beer whenever I see it on tap!

Big78CJ, May 03, 2008
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.