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

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Ratings: 2,207
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 jnn4v
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, mahogany color. Almost looked black until I held it up to the light. No haze or sediment. Moderate light tan / off-white foamy head.

S: Best described as a fortified lager / bock scent. Lots of dark maltiness and a lot of pumpernickel and general yeastiness as well.

T: Very hot, given the noticeable 12% ABV. Hotness is pervasive from the first taste to the aftertaste. However, once you move beyond it, this beer has a lot going on. Rich maltiness and yeast flavors ranging from spices to dried fruits to molasses. Not particularly bitter at any point and actually has a good mid-taste sweetness to it.

M: Smooth and soothing. Almost creamy. Very thick. Wonderful mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable for its 12% ABV. However, you'd be well advised not to have too many.

Photo of dankbrew21
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thick head at an easy pour, seems to have a life of it's own. Quickly dissipates. Carmel brown color.

Smells of super sweet malts and alcohol. Bannana.

Tastes thick and sweet. Good carbonaton. Slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. This beer is super tasty.

Drinkability is good. I am sure I sense a buzz coming on with just one beer. I am drinking it fairly quickly because I keep wanting the taste.

Awesome beer.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.33l bottle poured into a flute.

A = Not quite ruby red, perhaps a light garnet, a light yellowish of-white head forms quickly but also disappears quickly leaving almost no traces but a steady carbonation stream continues bubbling pleasingly up the middle of the glass.

S = Very fruity smells of prunes, dried apricots, candied dates, sugar cane, yet tempered by bitter notes of burnt palm fronds and fresh flower petals placed into a garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

T = Easily one of the best beers I have ever had. Strong flavors of all of the fruits found in the smell as well as a strong bitter, very weizen taste at mid-palate which contains hints of bananas and cloves as one might expect but still rounding out with port and madeira like tastes of sun baked grapes fermented and aged into an almost syrup.

M = Full bodied, great mouthcoating, at first the carbonation seemed too strong, but it actually suited the tastes quite well -- like a fine champagne.

D = Not an everyday drink but great for a nightcap after a heavy meal. A must have. Easily one of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before now...I've been drinking it regularly for months! Poured from a 12-ounce bottle, dated 2008, into an 0.3-liter Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass (which I must say looks pretty cool).

Appearance: Very similar to standard Aventinus, but somehow a bit murkier and slightly more translucent. The yeast in the Weizen-Eisbock coagulates into hefty chunks which generally settle into the bottom of the glass, although there's enough distribution to cloud the beer's body. Head is minimal and fleeting, which is to be expected given the 12.0% ABV. Same goes for lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Like regular Aventinus, but concentrated. You'll find that this is a common theme here. I pick up strong dried fruits, a vague hint of wheaty tang, a healthy dose of malty goodness, and some wholesome sweetness. All these flavors are sharp, clear, and prominent -- there's no mistaking this beer.

Taste: Like regular Aventinus, but concentrated...and with more apparent alcohol. This is a fairly "hot" beer in that respect, more so than traditional Aventinus. The individual flavors -- which follow the nose precisely -- are more distinct than they are in the non-eisbock version, which is a mixed blessing. Still, this beer delivers a flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel: Out-freaking-standing. Nice and creamy, with a mild carbonation that lifts the flavors just enough to maintain your interest. Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock also coats the mouth and throat to some extent, leaving lingering flavors of wheat and yeast to remind you of the last sip's greatness.

Drinkability: Given the high ABV, I can't rate this higher than a 4.0. Even a 12-ounce bottle is bound to work its magic on you, which means a second bottle should be out of the question. Still, that first bottle is a delicious, fulfilling treat, and it's easy to finish without feeling fully satisfied. I kind of wish they'd put some of this stuff in half-liter bottles, like its more laid-back brother, Aventinus.

All in all, this beer is a must-try for any fan of Aventinus and for 90% of wheat beer fans in general. Highly recommended, if not required!

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

Picked up a 11.2 oz from BevMo in late November for $4.79. Bottle number 2005/02237. This should be fun to try a four year old beer!

Beer poured a burgundy brown with no head. Very thick beer as light does not pass thru. Nose is heavy on the dark fruits, very wine like. Taste is plums and currants, finishing with light hops. Mouthfeel is full, pretty smooth, with no carbonation. Drinkability is dangerously good. Alcohol is not present when sipping but I am gradually warming as I partake. This is an outstanding beer that must be tried if you are a wine and beer lover!

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into its own Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass. The bottle was numbered and dated 2007.

Appearance: The pour is smooth, thick and builds a tall tan head. The head quickly settles down to thin wispy layer that is slick and leaves no lacing behind. Its body is thick, cloudy, brownish in color and contains some small bits of yeast sediment floating in it.

Smell: The nose is big deep and fruity. Wheat malt notes are surrounded by over ripe banana peel and raisons soaked in rum.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor like its aroma is big and deep as well. Concentrated sweet malty flavor is full warming alcohol, mild clove and fruity yeast showing raison, banana peel, prune and bubble gum like flavor notes. The texture was slick and smooth with slightly syrupy, but not overly so, mouth feel. Carbonation is light in this big full bodied beer.

Notes: This beer is big, bold, and beautiful.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a deep red. A 1.5 inch dirty white head forms and slowly reduces to a very nice lacing. Carbonation is noticeable but not excessive and it is quite clear.

The aroma starts out as a lot of yeast and bread which transitions as it warms. Warmer temps reveal a nice malty sweetness and alcohol, as well as currant cherries.

The taste is quite good also. The alcohol is present but does not make you think you're drinking liquor. The malts comes out with a fresh cherry flavor up front and a mild spiciness that lingers. There is definitely no lack of flavor.

The mouthfeel is interesting. It seemed to get lighter as it went. Initially, fairly thick and smooth and then it became more light. A nice bitterness lingers on the tongue with sweet aftertaste when you swallow. Carbonation seems about right given the taste.

The is a reasonably drinkable beer. It is fairly strong in alcohol and taste which limits it to a certain extent. If you like dopplebocks, this is definitely worth trying and enjoying.

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

bottle from 2007

A: Creamy dark brown, with a light tan head....syruppy

S: caramel, dark fruits, cherries, alcohol warmth

T: tart cherries, dates, caramel

M: creamy, tongue coating, lingering finish

D: a bit of a sipper, very good, wouldn't typically expect these flavors coming from a lager...age probably served this well

Photo of Metalmonk
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous beer -- can't decide weather the head or the color is more appealing. Doesn't matter, they're both awesome and working together. Head is meringue-like in its firmness and also somewhat rocky. Splats a few patches of lace on the glass, but not a ton. The body is a sienna rust color with lots of bubbles dancing inside it. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Aroma is yeast-centered, reminding of a strong Belgian dark more than anything, complete with that dessert-y feel (think Gulden Draak). Plenty of banana also comes in, followed by way too much alcohol, which knocks down the doors and cases the joint. Just too medicinal and nostril-flaring to give higher marks, but it's still got the G. Schneider stamp of quality (based on two other beers I've had from this brewery).

Flavor is good, but marred just a bit by the alcohol presence. What comes through is banana, butter-rum candies, cloves, cake batter, toffee, white pepper, overripe dark fruit. And more white pepper. And alcohol. All of it wonderful, except that alcohol, which is just a little too intrusive. Still, there's some awesome tasting to be had here.

Good smooth softness (or soft smoothness?) to the texture, while having enough carbonation to offer a kick to the shins. Medium-bodied and no more, a nice contrast to the bold and complex flavors. Basically hangs back in an easy background roll and delivers the flavor very very well, thank you.

Love me a big bold boozy beer, but there are times when the alcohol overwhelms and when it is incorporated for the good of the overall flavor. This veers toward overwhelming, though isn't at all un-enjoyable. Just a bit hot, and probably would've been 10 times better if the alcohol was a mere 9% or so.

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


A: Hazy red/brownish with a decent sized head. No lacing at all.

S: Fruit, Caramel, Malt, Alcohol, Yeast.

T: Caramel, Malt, Cloves, Fruit, Yeast, Alchohol, Spices.

M: Very sweet and sticky with lots of sweet malt and fruit. Some taste of alcohol at the end. Warms you up nicely!

The normal Aventinus is great and this is a concentraded version if it, can't go wrong with that. Very good stuff!

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

A - one-finger head and dark brown in appearance
S - smells almost like a wine. There are dark fruits and sugary malts
T - tastes as the nose suggests. Starts off with some fruits - a blend of cherry, grape, and fig. It then fades into sweet, sticky malts.
M - smooth, creamy, and full. The abv is pretty well masked.
D - this drank way too easily for having a 12% abv. Great beer and I will definitely drink again.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with just a slight head forming on the pour. Smell is very dark malts, and dark fruits. Flavor is huge! Incredible mouthfeel. More dark fruits and a very good Weizen taste. Very little if any sign of the high ABV in the taste. Maybe just a little heat, but that's hard to notice. Goes down way too easy for a beer this big. Tastes great and doesn't get old at all. Very complex, very big, very good beer!

Photo of Overlord
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. Bit of a pour cousin to the similar looking "normal" aventinus"

Pours a dark tannish brown. Maybe some carnelian highlighs. Smell is overwhelmingly bananas, cloves, spice, and alcohol. Taste is, again, bananas, spices, alcohol, and a bit of cloves. Some dark fruit/raisin puree in the background.

I don't know what to make of this. It's decently thick, not a bad beer, but frankly, it's like they took the "normal" version and in trying to intensify it made it worse. Too boozy.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a very thick off-white head that doesn't go away!

Smells yeasty, dark dried fruits, grapes, some banana and cloves, very complex, small hint of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, strong complex dark fruit taste, some nice spiciness, pretty sweet and grapey. This hides the 12% alcohol very well, I can barely notice it.

Velvety smooth, thick creamy mouthfeel, this beer is one of the best wheat-style beers i've had. I couldn't imagin having more than one of these in a sitting, very filling, almost like a meal in itself, not to mention the high alcohol content!

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

Picked this up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a tulip glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a very large 4 finger head in the tulip glass. Head is medium in thickness, off-white in colour and is very persistent. Very dark brown in colour, perhaps bistre brown with hints of deep ruby read around the edges. Quite a bit of carbonation evident. A thin film stays the whole way but leaves no lacing. Very pretty in the glass, it just misses a bit of lacing to make it a perfect score.

SMELL: A bit of wheat malt, but heavier on the darker fruits like raisins and dates, but especially strong on the grapes. A bit of clove in the back and a spiciness from the alcohol. Nose also has a distinct "coolness" to it, much like a chilled wine. Very nice to say the least.

TASTE: Wheat malt and lots of wine like dark fruits; raisins, dates, and especially grapes. A cool grape hop twang there and some spicy alcohol at the very end. A cool aftertaste with lots of spicy alcohol is strong and long lasting. Very nice, but I'd like the alcohol to be hidden a little better.

PALATE: Medium body and lower end carbonation. Feels cool on the palate, goes down surprisingly smooth and ends with an appropriate alcohol bite. Finishes a little sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: A great drinkable and enjoyable sipper. I'd like the alcohol to be a hidden a little better, but that doesn't take away from the quality of this one. Definitely one to seek out and try. Recommended.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy dark purplish brown with a large amount of head on top.

Has that refreshing smell that screams wheat beer to me, although I don't exactly know how to describe it.

Mixed in the taste I pick up cherries, chocolate, grapes, root beer... maybe some other fruit in there as well. Very complex and interesting. Alcohol is not very noticeable and hidden well. I haven't really had too many of these stronger wheat beers before but this one is pretty damn good. I'll definitely check out more in the future.

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

Pours a dark garnet, brown, and rust juice color. No head and there is no way to see any bubbling in this beer. Even when you hold it up to the light. The aroma makes me think of a bozey cooked fruit. Pie filling cherrie in a can that have been cooked slow, stove top, in cognac. Very dark fruity and roasted flavors. Dark cherries taste like they've been roasted in the oven in some sherry or maybe even port wine. Viey tastes and palate mix with a well tempered alcoholic warmth and dark fruits. Great sipping beer. Perfect digestive.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a large rocky white head.

Scent of wheat, yeast, dark fruits, and sugars. Fairly complex with nicely hidden alcohol.

Taste of sugars, dark fruits, wheat, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. A little overly sweet for my taste, but still a very competent brew.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of jgap
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to Henry for expanding our horizon with this beer at our tasting. Pours brown with a nice, sizable head that fades to a clean lace. Smell is very sweet toffee and caramel with subtle flowery notes. Much more complex than other double bocks. With a sip there is an instant flood of flavor- wow. Roasted toffee and sweetness classic for the style. The yeast is detectable and adds a variation to the sweetness. However, if you weed through the huge thick sweetness you can find a very deep, ripe fruit, dark raisins, and sugary plumb lending to the beer's sophistication. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and only shows after the glass has warmed and my taste buds have acclimated but even then only at the very end of the taste. The complexity of this beer really stands out among its brothers of similar style. Very good beer

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

Thanks a lot bobsy for this one!
Pours dark solid brown color with off-white, huge head. Smell - plums, raisins, bread, spices. Very pleasant and complex. Taste - sweet fruits at first (plums), a bit wheaty, spicy, some beriies perhaps. Very complex! Delicious! Alcohol is very well hidden. Very smooth and balanced, decent carbonation - tasty! Drinkable, actually too drinkable for ABV.
This is just too good. Thanks a lot Rob, for this tasty bottle.

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

11.2 oz, bottled in 2008, code #13219
Poured into brandy snifter.

Dark plum color, but not opaque to start. The head is a rather bright white color, but fades to a ring quickly, with no lacing to speak of. Regenerates some on a swirl. I'm not real pleased with the results when I pour in the sediment. I was expecting it to blend in, as a hefeweizen or some other weizenbocks would, but I'm left with chunky stuff floating around, which I can't say is so great. It sinks to the bottom. I think I'll navigate around this later on.

The smell still is of that of a sweet doppelbock, but with a boozy richness. Dark plum, cherry, and other dark fruits. Blackberry? Wheat and yeasty scents were buried.

My words fail me a bit here, but I do know that I like the taste of this very much. Potent. Raisin and prune fruit flavors are big. Almost like a dark Belgian ale, yeast character really comes through. Oddly, the yeast overpowers the malt. Clove, pepper, doughy bread. Crisp grainy wheat at the back of the tongue instead of hops. Clove dominates a spicy finish, linking this back to hefeweizens, but I was not sensing banana anywhere along the way, unfortuately.

Juicy, pretty velvety; actually a lot less sticky than I suspected. I would not have minded a sickly syrupy malty mess. I like those. Low carbonation. Some alcohol is felt, as to be expected, but really not bad at all.

Too easy to drink. Tempting to chug it down, but good thing I didn't, since I'm already feeling it well before the end. Could get into trouble with these pretty easily. I don't think this beats Samiclaus in the beefed up doppelbock category. I wanted it to be something else. Not super complex. I wonder if I had decanted this one whether I would have liked it better. It wasn't quite the malt bomb I hoped for. No regrets though. Very good beer; would like to try again.

Photo of dohastmich
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a wonderful dark color with a fruity smell. No sense of the high alcohol content (12 points). That ends with the first sip, however its balanced enough so its not overpowering (unlike Weyerbacher IMO). I second the comment about raisins and vanilla taste. Long lasting taste, without the alcohol remains after swallowing.

Could drink more than one, but probably not a good idea.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/25/2007 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy dark brown reddish color. Light tannish head - diminishing. Flowery aroma, malty & hoppy but very flowery. Some alcohol. Flowery taste, some alcohol and, fizzyness. Very good. Tastes a lot like a Belgian triple or strong ale.

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

Reviewed over two bottles - 2008/15229 and 2008/15192

A dark, muddy brown concoction, opaque, with a little bit of a tan head. The whispy, largely nonexistent cap acts like it tops an imperial stout.

Mushed banana. A sweet and spicy nose, fruit tinged with alcohol. Clove, bubble gum and tangy yeast, slight hint of astringency and pepper come about with the alcohol.

Banana, some chocolate to the taste. Rum. Clove. Dark fruits - raisins and cherries. A bit of a medicinal note at the end, with a solvent quality.

Medium bodied, not without syrupiness. Chewy, like dough. A dusty yeast sensation. Low level carbonation, but with a continuously rolling, slight prickliness.

Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of jasrbrd
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very string beer at 12%, but very drinkable.
Strong color, pours great and right off the bat, looks good.
First sip hit you and you know it's a srong beer.
But not overwhelming.
Numbered batch bottles so there may be variations from batch to batch, but worth a try to the advanced beer drinker.

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