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

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94
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2,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 151
Gots: 180 | FT: 5
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

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 biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cedar wood with grains of orange and tawny that together resemble something like a very dark rum. It's a plethora of colours with lots of flashy accenting despite a thick and densely smoggy body. Surprising, given the natural cloudiness you would think it's unlikely so much highlighting would be possible. Less surprising is the leanness of its head which, despite a stable contribution of bubbles, struggles to support itself amongst the over 12% alcohol.

For a German beer it smells an awful lot like the tropics - an intensely effervescent yeast perspires notes of dark and tropic fruit. In particular, the beer is oozing - I mean absolutely sweltering - with over-ripened bananas. There's also a ton of prunes, raisins, grapes and apricots. A big dousing of spice and traces of vanilla and cocoa beans are noted as well. The strength of both phenols and esters is staggering and extravagant.

The yeast continues to work wonders in the taste as well. Spicy clove like phenols make a zesty, peppery perfumed addition. The esters contribute tangy, fruity notes and impart the taste of juicy orange, dried plums, and lemon zest. There's a sweet hint of bubblegum. The amount of suggested flavours is near limitless. I usually hail Belgian yeasts for their well cultured persona but apparently German strains deserve a little love as well.

The mouthfeel is truly artful: it's an ultra-creamy sensation with substantial alcohol warming. The beer is dark but void of roast. The gentle profile of tart fruit and spice is surprisingly full in character. The texture is fluffy and creamy and the beer drinks curiously light for something of 12% (of course the alcohol will hit your head even if not your palate). Be forewarned: the Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock is dangerously quaffable for its strength!

This doesn't have the toasty bread, sweet malt and rich dark caramel qualities of a normal eisbock. It does, however, share the fluffy, creamy fullness and dark, spicy, fruity, (nearly refreshing) character of dunkelweizen - and that makes for a dangerous drinkability. This is presented as the original eisbock and while I can't confirm that, I can say that it is still one of the finest examples of the style (wheat based or not) that I've yet to try.

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

I poured from a 11.2 ounce glass into a hefeweizen glass. It pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head that leaves quickly. The aroma is phenols and alcohol. The flavor is deep molases, medicinal herbs and an overriding note of alcohol. The alcohol lingers in the finish. The beer has a full bodied chewy mouth feel. With its well hidden 12% abv the brew is a sipper. A very good beer that was nothing like I expected.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A- Rich, dark, translucent brown. Pours with very minimal white head, which fades quickly, leaving but a few tiny, inconsequential spots.

S- Smell is sweet and malty, with a bit of fruitiness (bananas and prunes?), and a touch of anise/cloves.

T- Sweet and malty, with hints of dark fruits/ripe banana. Bit of alcohol bitterness on the finish. 12% ABV is very well blended.

M- Moderate/low carbonation, but fairly full feeling and smooth. Bit of alcohol warming.

D- Considering the high ABV%, pretty good. Nevertheless, the level of sweetness + ABV would make me want to limit this to a one and done experience.
4's all around on this one.

Future outlook: Not stylistically one of my favorites, but a nice, interesting change of pace. I might get this one again to serve the same purpose sometime down the road.

Photo of swanmann
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before date may be the 238th day of 2008, in which case this would be a bit late. Poured into a snifter, it's particulate and dark brown with fluffy pale tan head. I get a very sweet smell, apricot maybe, with just a bit of skunk, yeasty and alcoholic. I taste immediate toasty bitterness, quickly mellowing with caramel sweetness. It's pretty full bodied, carbonation still holding up with warmth. I'm not sure I've ever had a wheat dopple bock before. It's warming and sweet, although I would not say approachable. A delicious darker brew for the adventuresome palate..

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

Not the biggest german beer fan, but this is a quality beer that really had me reevaluating my thoughts on beer.

The appearance is a clear dark amber brown with a very beautiful dark khaki colored head that retains fairly well.

My nose picks up chocolate and grainy malts, brown sugar and raisins. Very sweet.

Same as smell, starts off very and ends with subtle and nice bitterness that is very pleasing. I would jump at the chance to have a session with this beer.

Photo of discovolante65
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from ABhatter, thanks for the beer dude!

Poured into my Duvel tulip, damn this thing can fit a lot of beer in it!. Pours a nice mahogany color with a small tan head that didn't appear longed for this world, but lasted almost until the very end.

Smell is dark and sweet as soon as you open it. Brown sugar/molasses. You get hints of prunes, raisins, and dark sugar all over this, slight alcohol smell as well.

Taste is over-ripe fruits, not sickeningly sweet, but sweet. Some spice to it. Tastes a little like a good ham glaze with booze in it. Has a slight bitter alcohol flavor akin to a child's cough syrup. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming, considering the 12%.

Mouthfeel - Almost off the edge of thick and syrupy. Teetering on too much, but right there to enjoy. Nice carbonation that surprised me from something so thick.

Drinkability - I loved this one, but would not crack open more than one in a sitting. I shoveled outside for a few hours and then chose this beer over some bourbon, or coffee to warm me up, and I was happy with my choice!

A good beer that I would gladly purchase and push on others to consume. I will be buying more of this in the future, that is for sure.

Photo of cpn920
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that will knock you on your butt if you aren't paying attention to that high abv. Poured a dark ruby color with a big head and lively carbonation. Head dissipated to a thin covering as I nursed this badboy. Smelled the typical weizen aromas and a bit of brown sugar or raisins. You get the same thing in the taste and get some real sweetness with the kick of alcohol. I could feel the alcohol more as the beer warmed while I nursed it. This Eisbock has a nice mouthfeel that has a bit of a medicinal feel to it. This Weizen-Eisbock hides the alcohol well though I still know it is there and therfore one in a sitting is more than enough for me.

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

A - Dark brown, thick and hazy with a little head and a bit of fizz.
S - Sweet and fruity smelling, notes of molasses and prunes with the boozy sting.
T - Quite fruity and strongly sweet. Tastes a bit of alcohol, but not much. Remarkably smooth
M - Quite effervescent with a pleasantly medium body.
D - Amazingly decent, much better than the massive ABV might suggest.

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

A - Pours a vibrant garnet with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Sweet like dark fruit, with a strong alcohol component. Sort of like sweet molasses with some mild spices backing it up.

T - Akin to the aroma, the taste is sweet and fruity with a powerful underpinning of alcohol. It is a more concentrated version of the standard Aventinus brew. Spices enhance but don't dominate, and the strong alcohol presence is well balanced by the dark fruit and malt.

M - Viscous, a little thicker than medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation.

Notes - This is an incredibly deceptive beer. The taste belies the strong alcohol percentage. One of the best beers I have ever enjoyed, to this point.

Photo of ecoastman
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep, dark and hazy. Carbonation provides a medium head with decent retention all they way towards the end of the pint.

Smell - unexpectedly mild. I thought this high octane eisbock would reek of booze but it is rather quite pleasant. Sweet perfumy alcohol and roasty, spicy and yeasty.

Taste - very nice and slightly complex. Similar to what you smell. Sweet and tons malty. A sweet start contains chocolate and dried fruit notes. The banana and clove are less than what I thought they would be for a wheat-based beer. The middle is only slightly coarse from the high alcohol. The finish is smooth citrus with nice lingering bubblegum complexity. Fits the style very well and has a little more complexity than I originally anticipated. I love this beer. Should it be called an eisweizen instead?

Mouthfeel - heavy body like a light syrup. Goes down smooth with nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy drinking still at the end of my pint for a 12%... Fuck... suddenly I realize I'm bombed... What the hell happened?...

1 YEAR AGED:
The head retention is short but the aroma is great - a bit boozy, sweet malt, yeasty, dark fruits, chocolate, a bit more banana bread and clove maybe... The finish has less citrus I think. Very smooth

Photo of BasementDweller
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, do I love this beer. Just when you thought Aventinus couldn't get any better, they went and froze the sucker. Who needs water, anyway? Pours a hazy dark brown with a good head from a steady pour. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is of ripe plums, raisins, sweet malt, cinnamon, blueberries, and a very little bit of alcohol. Thick and mouth-coating, pulling back just short of syrupy. Flavor is of bruised plums, braised pears, raisins, and sweet red apples. Finish is sweet and lingering, and warms as it goes down. I would never in a million years have guessed this was a 12% beer. Excellent brew.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/31/08. Bottle, 2005. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma is quite sweet, of raisins, alcohol, and super sweet malt. Flavor is rather vegetably (squash, carrot) and sweet. I tasted these exact same flavors in another bottle and wasn't sure if the bottle was in poor condition, but as this is my 2nd bottle, I feel pretty confidant in regards to its vegetably taste. Strong but still drinkable (wow, I couldn't believe it was 12%!). Decent, but not particularly a favorite.
6/4/7/4/15 (3.6/5)

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

Appearance: Pours an extremely thick opaque pitch with 1 finger of frothy, sticky, white head. Alcoholic aroma flows out of the bottle while pouring. Though it looks black in the glass, it glows ruby red when held up in light.

Smell: Wow, sweet spicy alcohol hits you like a slap in the face... or rather, a swift kick to the balls. Notes of sugar cane, molasses, cloves, powerful cinnamon and nutmeg, and a strange higher tone of freshness. Like smelling alcoholic pumpkin pie spices (I should try that for my next Thanksgiving).

Taste: Carbonation first tingles the tongue. This is followed by a tart, sour cherry or blood orange acidity. Bitterness ensues; the same type of bitterness as eating chinese herbal medicine. A slight rubbing alcohol taste afterwards. I would rate this one higher, but the alcohol is a little too evident.

Overall: This is POWERFUL. I mean... WHEW. I've had some Belgian 12%'s but the alcohol wasn't nearly as noticeable. This seems like it'd do a pretty good job cleaning engines... or killing brain cells. (catch the reference?)

Photo of EatsTacos
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very cloudy and dark brownish amber with a really thick, pillowy head. No lacing.

The aroma is mostly dried fruit, prunes and raisins. A lot of roasted malt sweetness in the nose too

The taste is really quite sweet and alcoholic. If you'd had Aventinus the flavour is almost the same, just with a more pronounced alcohol and more malty sweetness. This is aventinus on steroids.

The mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated and medium bodied.

Pretty hard to drink more than one of these beasts.

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

Pours dirty brown with lots of floaties and clouds. Strong off-white head that lasts. Banana bread, cane sugar, yeast, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and cake batter fill the nose. Rich, full mouthfeel and taste. Great balance between the wheat and banana / yeast esters and spice. A great winter beer.

Photo of micalj
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As my beer taste refines, I like to try new things. Enter Aventinus, as recommended by some friends. Pours with more carbonation, but settles out quickly. The nose is a bit yeasty, but very pleasant. The taste is full and immediate. The cloudy chocolate brown presentation some find a bit imposing, but after a taste, I find myself willing to want another. The taste is smooth and exotic. So many flavors come across the palate that I find my taster confused, but very pleased. It is difficult to pinpoint the flavors, but raisins and a bit of beechwood come to mind as I recall my dad breaking a branch to allow me to smell and taste the unique beechwood flavor. This is one German brew that comes up tasting like the monks of Belgium had a hand in the recipe. This brew is outstanding! It has some sweetness about it, but not like the Christmas brews. It is certainly worth a taste, especially if you enjoy the Belgian brews.

Photo of Patrick999
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

A - Poured 3/5 of the bottle into my big snifter, going to let it sit and warm for a while. Creamy looking head surprisingly formative. Liquid is murky brown.

S - Wow, that's intense. Big-time raisin bread drenched in alcohol. Has some of the banana/bubblegum of a regular Aventinus, again, spiked with alcohol. Smells achingly sweet.

T - Not surprisingly, much like a regular Aventinus, with raisin, big lightly-smoked malts and clove, just considerably more intense. To taste, the alcohol does not burn terribly, but holy shit, do you ever feel it after just a few sips.

F - Syrupy, but not so much more than a normal Aventinus. Good feel.

D - A real intoxicating treat. Could easily go in place of a cordial.

Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a muddied dark brown. It poured with a smallish, creamy white head.

s: Huge aromas of yeasty, wheaty bananas dominate. Not much of the spiciness from the original comes through.

t: Big, yeasty, phenolic flavors of bananas and rasins absolutley crush the palate. I could feel the 12% abv more than I could taste it if that makes sense. This was good, but I prefer the more subdued original.

m: The chewy body and creamy carbonation are still here. The only difference is a warmer exhale.

d: I struggled a little with the 11.2 ounce bottle. I'm glad to have tried this, but I'll go back to the original.

Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dar, clougy brown with very small beige head. Aroma of wheat, chocolate, plum, raisin and alcohol. Stronger fruit and alcohol taste than regular Aventinus. Tastes of raisin, plum and blackberry. Nice warm alcohol presence.

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

A) Poured dark brown , slightly translucent with a medium tan head, and very fizzy.
S) Scent is of very strong alcohol and heavy malts up front. Definite scent of wheat and dark roasted malts.
T) Sweet with a little bit of tang, with the clean and light bodied taste balanced by caramel. Strong alcohol notes.
M) Light yet still a little syrupy, Very fizzy.
D) Good drinkability for an eisbock, The extremely alcoholic presence detracts a little bit. I wonder if cellaring would help it mellow at all. Sounds like time for an experiment

Photo of WeeObese
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007/01469

A: Bubbling, rocky head, that starts large but disapates quickly. Not what I figured on a weizen, the high ABV (12%) or cold (ice) must reduce the head retention. Dark copper/amber colored. Much lighter than I thought it would have been.

S: Sweet alcohol, caramel, raisins, slight spice. Almost like spiced rum soaked fruit cake.

T: Sweet malt, strong alcohol, caramel, dried fruit, spice. There is a nice spiced rum soaked fruit cake flavor in the middle and roasty almost coffee like late finish.

M: Full bodied, almost cloying but balanced by the alcohol burn. Slick finish.

D: For a 12% beer this is pretty easy to drink. I can't say I would have more than one, but it does go down pretty nicely.

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

11.2oz. brown skinny long-neck bottle with Bottle Number: 2008 / 02859 on back label. Three foil labels in all, mostly purple and silver.

Poured just above cellar temp into proper glassware, a lightly murked dark chestnut oak, with a finger of fizzly beige head. The head fizzled down to a ring and some patches with subtle carbonation, visibly.

The nose is spicy and sweet with malt, banana, clove, licorice, plum and a bit of alcohol. The taste is much the same with the sweetness right up front and the spiciness kicking in towards a some what dry finish. Along with the dry finish is a pleasant warming from the alcohol that is masked well for 12% ABV. A nice spice and malty aftertastes lingers long sfter the swallow. Very tasty brew.

Healthy body with dialed carbonation give a smooth mouthfell with a bit of tingle on the tongue in the dry finish. A very easy drinker for this rather big beer...highly recommended.

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

11.2 oz bottle. 2007/13980.

A- Chestnut brown with a deep, thick haze. Huge creamy head with lengthy retention and lots of lace.

S- Banana bread, raisins, cloves, some licorice and a hint of sourdough.

T- Wow. It's like being hit with a boxing glove made out of banana bread. Instant warming. Big, complex palate of raisins, malt and syrup; with a measure of thanksgiving spices and a sourdough body. Alcohol is right up front, but not at all unpleasant.

M- Cold, a bit syrupy, with a warming finish.

D- Very drinkable despite the 12% abv. Not overly carbonated or too sweet.

This truly is a world-class beer. Striking taste and unique complexity; a perfect fall or winter warmer.

Also of note--glassware truly makes a difference with this beer. My first time I had it in the traditional chilled Aventinus glass, and the second time was in a standard chilled pint glass. To get the full bouquet and flavor experience you need the traditional glassware.

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

Hazy deep brown with a huge fluffy beige head. Long head retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell is boozy and sweet. Sugary bananas and peppery spice, cherry like red licorice whips.

Taste is oh so sweet, like candy made from a hefeweizen. Sweet banana candies, red licorice, cherries. A bit of vinuos dryness on the back half of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, with just enough carbonation to fend of the feeling of flatness. Works right for the brew.

This one keeps me coming back for another sip. Sure it is strong, I want more.

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

Picked up a bottle of this for $3.99 in Helen, GA, while there for the 2008 Oktoberfest.

Bottle number 2007/09042 poured into a Weizen glass.

Pours a deep, hazy ruby-mahogany hue with a solid finger of light tan foam that displays good retention but leaves behind little-to-no lacing on the glass.

Smells very rich and spicy, with additional notes of figs and sweet malts, and a bit boozy as well.

Body is medium-full with a nice bubbly carbonation. Sweet malt and dark fruit flavors, along with a bit of clove spiciness, appear but are largely masked by the heavy alcohol presence that continues into the finish, leaving behind a nice lightly sweet aftertaste devoid of alcohol astringency. To be honest, the alcohol, while strong and potent, is not entirely unwelcome, and has a nice balancing effect that tames the spiciness that is otherwise present. Not a common trait for strong alcohol presence in a beer, but it certainly plays the role here.

Drinkability suffers for obvious reasons, as the ABV is quite high and leaves a good buzz afterward. The flavors, though, call for more, even with the definite booziness of the beer. It is, overall, a very balanced brew, and probably of the most--if not the most--enjoyable Weizens I have ever enjoyed.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.