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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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1,954 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 124
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 2002. The liquid portion looked a lot like standard Aventinus, dark copper orange brown and clear with some floaties. There was barely any head though, probably due to the high alcohol content.

The smell was mostly sweet and malty, bringing to mind Aventinus or STB ABT 12 with its bready yeasty aroma. The flavor is different than normal Aventinus, more alcoholic and kind of similar to aged Gouden Carolus or even a 10-yr old St Sixtus ABT 12 (brewed by St Bernardus) I had this summer.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and there is hardly any carbonation. Just seemed like a well aged high octane ale.

Very nice overall, but only for a nightcap or special occasion. Regular Aventinus is better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:02:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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gonzo138

Arizona

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

A- pours a rich dark brown/almost black in color, a thin white head that reduced very quickly but retained decently

S- strong aromas of heavy malt sweetness as well as that bannana-hefe wheat smell, with notes of rasins and chocolate

T- rich flavorfu malt taste, alnong with the bannana/raisin flavor decribed in the smell

M- very thick, almost syrupy, very low carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

D- not very drinkable in large doses, something to definitely drink occasionally, takes a while to get through a pint of the stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 09:40:51 | More by gonzo138
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown opaque brew that pours with a creamy 1.5 finger head which seemingly lives forever. A tiny ring of lacing forms on the sides of the glass.

S - Bananas and a touch of phenols. Alcohol leaks through as it warms - a whole lot near room temp.

T - At first abv is undetectable, but it really sticks out later. A malty thick wheat character with a touch of bananas and allspice. A mild malty bitterness that makes for a smooth finish.

M - Extremely thick, chewy even, froths in the mouth nicely, only moderately refreshing though.

D - Rather good. Dangerous drinkable for a 12%'er. Honestly though, I will probably never have this beer again. Aventinus is vastly superior to its own eisbock counterpart. The alchol just kills the beer here. For the same price, I can drink MORE Aventinus and get drunk less quickly. An excellent beer, but with a better cousin.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 02:12:58 | More by mrasskicktastic
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark but bright cherry amber with a nice film of pale white head.

Smells of chocolate pudding, wheat germ, rhubarb and cherry with a slight dry oak that is coupled to an delightful aromatic alcohol.

Tastes of smooth whole wheat and rye with some dark cherry. There’s also a dry tingly alcohol paired with a wet, sappy oak. The chocolate pudding comes back in the finish.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, silky and dense with a tingly but sparse micro-carbonation.

This one’s delicious and really well done. The alcohol is wonderfully mild making this extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 02:34:27 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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HopsHops

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Man...this beer is great...a nice dark brown color...a wonderful sweet smell...and im not into sweet beers...This one is a major exception..the alcohol content at 12.0%ABV may take a few points off the drinkability but i will say outright that this is definitely one of my very favorites..i dont even need to describe it....if you are into beer and havent tried this one you absolutely must try it...
I had an 11.2oz bottle and
i sipped on it for about an hour...drank it straight out of the bottle...i only know the color cuz my mom asked to try it and so i gave her a little bit thinking she would be disgusted by it but she thought it was real good ...i was shocked ....must try it

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 02:24:04 | More by HopsHops
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miskatonic

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle at my friends house while house-sitting and it seems to be at least a couple of years old judging the label I saw and the currently used version of the label. He did say help myself to anything. The beer pours a dark mahogony almost ebony into a goblet with no head to speak of and what appears to be some solids (yeasts, protiens) which are to be expected based on how this beer is made and matured. The nose is very rich and sweet with a little alcohol detectable and a port-like fruitiness. Held up to the light the beer reveals a soft crimson color at the center of the glass surrounded by dark edges. The first sip surrounds my tounge and tastebuds in a rich velvety sugar-plum sweetness that rounds out with a very strong alcohol taste.The mouthfeel is superb - thick, full, warming, and the beer finshes smooth with a subtle hopiness and a very similar tartness to a nice strong barley wine. The second sip is much more malty and reveals the distinct wheat flavor of the weizen-bock bier that this brew began as and the many levels of fruitiness in the finish - date, fig, black cherries soaked in rum. Overall this beer is a very complex and robust example of an Eisbock, maybe owing a good amount of it's unique character to the fact that it is a weizen bock. This is truly an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 20:02:27 | More by miskatonic
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Litterbean

New York

1.8/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours dark brown with no head. Some yeast and sediment is present. Looks like crap.

The smell is a little sour and tart. Some cloying sweetness and a lot of alcohol. Blech.

Taste? Yuck. All alcohol. There's way too much booze in this guy. I greatly enjoy the Weizenbock, but this is overdone. I miss the banana and clove notes. This is just a disgusting mess. I will never have this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 19:43:49 | More by Litterbean
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one...
Chestnut brown in color with a half a finger of light tan head...lacing is thin, but coats the glass nicely.
Very inviting in the nose...sweet malt with fig, anise, coconut.
Taste is packed with flavor and a bit sweet up front due to a boatload of malt. Passion fruit, cherries, some alcohol and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, yet not cloying...mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but not overly so.
A definite night cap for me...a great sipper, most likely one I'd go for on a cold winter evening.
EIther way, very enjoyable and a great first impression.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 00:00:00 | More by warriorsoul
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Padron4KM

Arizona

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

12 oz bottle. bottle # 2005/11885

hazy amber with a voluminous tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is cooked banana, dark brown sugar, vanilla, wisps of wheat, and a touch of alcohol.

flavor is reminiscent of fresh warm banana bread, with some brown sugar and clovey spice, a little wheat and warming alcohol.

Tasty, but the sweetness and high abv would make it hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 06:18:21 | More by Padron4KM
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 063989.
I really enjoy Aventinus, so I hoped this would be a natural extension. In fact, it’s extraordinary. The beer pours a deep ruby-brown color with thick off-white foam. The amount of head is remarkable, given the strength of the brew. The aroma is amazing. It’s a fabulous mix of ultra-ripe fruit (plums, raisins, banana), molasses, sugar, malt, and spice. The alcohol gives the beer a strong ethanol smell, almost like a fortified wine, only tempered by a lot of sweetness. The taste is explosively good…intense malt and wheat flavors, sugary and syrupy, lots of warming, with a n incredible artesianal bread-like quality. It’s like drinking alcoholic wheat-bread syrup that’s been laced with fruit and spice. Caramel and molasses are prominent in the flavor as well. The finish is a marathon of lingering flavors, with a liquor-like warming. It’s a beer that’s worthy of intermittently short sips, spaced between long and contemplative sips. Otherwise, the intensity can be very overwhelming and taste-bud fatigue can slip in. However, enjoyed over the long-term, this brew is exceptionally rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 16:32:36 | More by Suds
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vancurly

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 2005 / 12804.

Pours thick offwhite head.

Colour of chestnut brown, leading to amber & gold near the edges.

Some slight bubbling.

Initially a blackcurrant nose, followed by rich malt, and spicy yeast aromas. An acetone note. Toffee as it warms.

Thick, rich, sweet, intense. Licorice allsorts, with some vegemite-like yeast; maple syrup perhaps.

A late note of cigar tobacco leaf.

Almost, I say almost, like the tongue-numbing flavour & effect of liquid echinacea... so it's OBVIOUSLY good for me. Maybe my immune system is about to skyrocket... mind you this stuff will kill anything in its path anyway.

Big, full mouthfeel, offset by the hot & thinning effect of the ethyl & fusel alcohols. Man, they should put the ice back...or at least serve this on the rocks. Not sure I can drink the whole 330ml ...nope....managed it.... Think I'll have another...

I'm afraid to go near an open flame...I'm afraid to go near my wife....

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 03:17:12 | More by vancurly
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 08.26.06 at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

Deep and cloudy on presentation, this dark brown brew offered a deep and rich head, that later offered excellent retention. Aromas were strong, almost musty with notes of grains and some spice. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the malt body kicks in high gear on contact. Luxurious, almost like high end chocolate, honey, toffee all rolled into one.

A fantastic brew, to be sure. Complex and deep, without a doubt. Do not rip yourself off, be sure to swirl some of the brew around in the bottom of the bottle to ensure you get all of the great yeasties into your glass. Essential. A true treat, whether you love wheat beers or not.

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 11:18:20 | More by goindownsouth
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nightcap of the 3rd Madison Style Session - Weiss is Neiss.

Pour: murky garnet, totally opaque under a surprising finger of khaki foam that succumbs to the booze and fades to a spotty skim.

Nose: deep and dark - notes of brown sugar/molasses, dark fruits (dates, figs, raisins) with a sharp balsamic vinegar bite in the finish.

Taste: raisins, Belgian wheat, sweet vegatal notes, brandy-booze, and more of that potent balsamic vinegar in the finish.

Feel: medium-slick body, fizzy carbonation with a brandy burn as it goes down.

Drinkability/Overall: a phenomenal beer. Insanely drinkable for a 12% eisbock. Interesting wheaty-sour/dark fruit complexity. A nice amped-up version of their already stellar weizen-bock.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 20:15:12 | More by Golden2wenty1
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Appearance: Clear deep amber color, with a small, quite persistent, off-white head and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Candied banana, with spicy cloves, and sweet alcohol, quite profound.

Taste: Opens with sweet, dark fruit notes, and vinous alcohol, which seems to linger on and on. The alcohol notes are not hot or solventy, but rather sweet and linger on to the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, very thick.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely superb, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 18:30:33 | More by Pegasus
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Looks very much like Aventinus, with the combination of orange wheat haziness and dark chocolate tones. Obviously a little darker and clearer than Aventinus. Poured with very little head--a brief flourish is all it gave. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Very mellow rendition of the chocolate, banana, pepper and orange nose of Aventinus. More molasses, raisins and orange zest with a metallic hops/booze finish.

Taste: This beer immediately strikes with a mellow brandy booze bristle, followed by molasses, raisins and sweet malts. The wheat removes the bready quality of regular barley-based doppelbock, while boosting the fruits and some of the sweet notes and the wheat sours typical of a weizen. Full citrus wheat background, with a slightly dry finish and a little booze in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth--more drinkable than the regular Aventinus. Mellow and sweet but perfectly balanced. Low carbonation provides for a very clean and drinkable beer.

Drinkability: My tastebuds are still saying "Wow". I admire this version as much as regular Aventinus, albeit for the deft ice filtering and clean flavor. Fantastic--I wish I had six more.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 15:13:52 | More by expatsteve
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

2004 vintage, found by accident at a beer store

A - Murky dark brown, very little head.
S - Cough syrup, cloves, banana and candy. Wow, did I type that? I expected funky, but this one is off my normal charts.
T - Cough syrup, figs, molasses, bananas and a warming feeling as I hit mid bottle.
M - Full thick bodied beer defined. Very nice, very rich without being cloying.
D - a treat! Hard to believe it's as strong as it is until you're done with a bottle. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 18:34:08 | More by barleywinebrewer
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dherling

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a delicious looking dark brown with an off-white bubbly head. The glass it comes in is also damn sexy. The nose gives a lot of malt, yeast, acohol, and sherry. When I drink this, I get the heat of the alcohol, as well as the malt from the nose, but I also get raisins and cherry. This goes down creamy, with light carbonation. It's heavy, but delicious, although when I wad one it felt syrupy and cloying. I can do 1-2 of these max.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 04:08:50 | More by dherling
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #033356. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature with a hunk of Chimay cheese.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly light port tinged orange, with just a rim of head to encircle the beer's crown.

Smell- Gigantic malts and alcohol immediately on the nose... concentrated and enormously strong.

Taste- The initial blast on the tongue prepared me for what I thought would be a wicked alcohol burn... however, the bombastic flavors overshadowed this. A concentrated malt backbone lays the foundation, and a candy-like donkey kick to the taste buds follows next. Terrific balance, as a glittering hop tingle finishes after the swallow. No shortage of flavor here... it's mouth-encompassing just like a great Old Ale that's been cellaring for a few years.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Delightfully active and graceful in the mouth, and very refined... I was expecting something maybe along the lines of Scaldis, with its big ABV... this is a pleasure, so full of character. Almost too big for even a dessert beer, yet easy drinking... yes, quite a paradox. This is a difficult beer to review, so sample one for yourself and tell us what you think.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 04:12:39 | More by yelterdow
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peabody

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like a root beer. No fizz whatsoever.
Very intimidating to say the least.
The smell is like a fine wine. So many aromas to take in.
Fruits and chocolate and clove and spices.
The taste doesn't fail here either. So many flavors. First is dark malt and sweet fruit. Followed by an alcoholic rush of warmth.
There is toffee and choclolate and coffee and (take your pick)
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Can't feel the alcohol in the mouth, you feel it in the esophagus.
You wouldn't and probably couldn't drink more than 2 of these at a sitting so I have to rate this a bit low even though it is one of the best beers I have ever consumed.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 23:54:39 | More by peabody
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klewis

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition, bottle# 01790

A: Pours dark brown with ruby hues and a one-finger bubbly head that subsides to a thick frothy ring around the snifter

S: Huge smell with fruity aromas, notes of bubblegum, and tons of alcohol.

T: It's a bit hard to get past the alcoholic taste, but there are some strong fruity and spicy flavors with a sweet malty character.

M: Very full in body with a thick and syrupy texture and a not-so-subtle warming finish. Moderate carbonation.

D: My first eisbock review. I don't know if I'm crazy about this one, but it is still quite good and seems to fit the style description perfectly. I think I'll try this one again on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 00:02:06 | More by klewis
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Westsidethreat

California

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 bottle #18726

A: Pours a drab, cola looking concoction with a fizzy head. Fizzy like cola I might add. No head. None. And thats all I can say about that.

S: Huh. Not what I was expecting but I'm intrigued. Immediate thoughts are fresh cream with a minor backbone of caramel, hint of smoke and a smidgeon of alcohol. I think the age has done something to this beer. The aroma is not bock-like nor weizen.

T: Now thats smooth. Begins lightly malty with some serious creamy caramel flavors. Transitions quickly to blackstrap molasses then glides out leaving a wake of raisins, prunes and vanilla. There is alcohol in this beer, the numbness across the palate lets you know.

M: Full body but the mouthfeel isn't as smooth as I thought it would be. Has a touch of pricklyness.

D: 2004 doesn't seem to old for this beer but I feel a lot of the flavors are muted than they should be. The nose was the first hint. Very good regardless but I'd like to try this beer with a bit more bite so I know what I'm missing.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 04:41:14 | More by Westsidethreat
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instrumentality

California

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

This is my first eisbock, or at least the first one I've paid enough attention to to rate, so take this rating with a grain of salt - the record is more for my benefit than it is for the general public's. I'll try other eisbocks in the future and check back on this one to see if my review still holds true. However, I did read up on the qualities an eisbock is *supposed* to have, so I'll follow my normal practice of reviewing relative to the style.

Poured into a Stone RIS tulip glass, this brew emerged a very dark, utterly opaque reddish brown, almost indistinguishable from black. Carbonation was apparent, but there was no head whatsoever - just a thin white lace around the edge.

The odor was somewhere between a very tart cherry and an alkaline battery.

First sip: WOW. The Bros weren't kidding about this style bringing out the alcohol. This brew packs a punch. However, while strong, this is perhaps the first beer that's really helped me understand why the idea of a non-alcoholic beer not only defeats the purpose of drinking for a buzz, but also compromises the purpose of drinking for flavor: alcohol plays a significant role in the tasting enjoyment.

What's odd about this one is that when it first contacts my palate, it feels like something I'm not going to like. Strong alcohol, relatively weak carbonation, a port-like sweetness. But somehow, it works. The alcohol burns my mouth going in, and its big, syrupy body coats my palate with its flavor, but only for a few seconds before its clean finish. And while the alcohol attacks my taste buds, it's softened by a sweetness that's partly fruity and partly carob/caramel.

This is a brew that has little hope of ever making it into the mainstream. I probably wouldn't recommend it to the majority of my friends. It's not something I expect to be drinking on a regular basis, but as a feelgood nightcap kind of beer, it's damn near perfect. I bet it would taste good poured over vanilla ice cream as well.

I'd like to cellar a few of these.

P.S. This is the most drunk I've ever gotten from a 12 oz. bottle, so be forewarned. I emphasize the word "nightcap."

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:46:21 | More by instrumentality
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark dark ruby, such an amzing color. Tranquility from looking down upon it. A beautiful lake, during the late night hours. Not a very big head, but what it lacked on the head, was made up for in retention. This beer just retains, retains, and then retains some more.

S - Sweet ripe fruit, light chocolate, malt, and more malt.

T - Taste upfront is a huge malt rush. Dark fruits, rich chocolate, cloves, and spice. Alcohol presence is definitely there, and attributes the flavor incredibly well. Mouthfeel is creamy, fullfilling, and makes the palate tingle. Nice and full-bodied. This is one excellent sipper.

Aventinus overdid themselves with this beer. A mistake, that was well worth being mistaken for. A world class Eisbock.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 00:01:56 | More by HoustonTX
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schazzamm! Poured from a no where near big enough bottle to satisfy me to my way cool Aventious Doppelbock glass. The liquid is a stunning dark amber that reveals red and orange highlights. Nice carbonation, and a nice 2 finger tan and very cream like head that fades quickly on queue.

The smell is strong of alcohol and caramely fresh fruit.

The taste is as good as this style (which should be a lot) can deliver. Lots of caramel and big time dark fruit. Some chocolate and coffee notes all at the right time. Taste and smell are not in harmony, Big alcohol is well covered by this very complex taste explosion. A weissen Eisboch delivered exceptionally, a great mistake, recreated perfectly.

Mouthfeel is on style, the minimal carbonation is very nice, full body and texture are true and wonderful.

Drinkability is way high, if you like this style go no farther. Prosit und Zum wohl!, MK

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 04:17:47 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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TheLiterati

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aventinus Weizen Eisbock

My number one favorite beer of all time is Aventinus' Wheat Dopplebock. I knew Schneider and Sons had a bevy of other brews in their stable, but they’ve been mostly hard to come by. So I was quite surprised to come upon single bottles of this one at my local soda pop and beer shop.

Normally I don’t read existing reviews before trying a new beer, but I was so perplexed by this one that I had to check suggested glassware and food parings before I indulged. How I missed the 12% ABV is beyond me – perhaps it was my excitement in finding another Aventinus variety that I didn’t have to book an overseas flight to get. Who knows? But the prospect of having something this strong – and reading that the high alcohol content was thinly veiled – intimidated me somewhat. Thankfully I’d be enjoying this one at home!

As others have noted, the brew pours like flat cola or a deeply colored tea. The two finger high tan colored head quickly dissipated as I poured the contents of a 12-oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (as recommended by the Bros Alstrom).

I was afraid that this would be a cloying, barley wine styled ale, but as I sip – and sipping here is key - I find that I’m pleasantly surprised.

This is not a composition for a big beer neophyte. As it is, the Dopplebock takes some working up to. However, this beer would be delicious as an apertif, or even a nice after dinner beer. I’m enjoying mine after a spicy, Cajun-styled pasta dish.

One thing you must do before serving this beer is to swirl before you pour. As I was enjoying my glass, I noted that there were huge particles – black when viewed looking down through the beer, and disturbingly cream colored when looking through the glass – floating around. Not very appetizing! I gave it a good swirl in the glass and you could hear the effervescence of the active yeasts bubbling like champagne.

Believe me – you’ll miss all that this beer has to offer if you fail to swirl – preferably in the bottle before your pour (silly me!). Thankfully I have a second bottle for a chance to get this right - on another night, of course.

Plums, dates…even a hint of clove or nutmeg, and caramel-chocolate undertones give this beer rich character. It could be the kissing cousin of a barley wine, but is nowhere near as cloying, and is thankfully absent the heavy syrupiness of holiday fruit loaves.

A deep sniff reveals the heavy alcohol content, yet the taste is smooth. I’m glad I’m done slicing and cooking, however, as I truly believe that I’d be greatly impaired to the point of risking injury by this one.

Truly a smooth, blankety mouthfeel, without feeling like you have sweaters on your teeth. Fizzy only when swirled, and settles to a near-creaminess. Drinkable? No. Worthy to be sipped, savored and enjoyed? Absolutely!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 04:18:30 | More by TheLiterati
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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