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

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2,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 152
Gots: 181 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of 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.

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

Bottle Number: 2008 / 11734 -- $4.29 bottle from Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, medium brown body with a thin, short-lived, off-white head.

Smell: Raisins, fresh figs, and sliced bananas swimming in melted caramel squares and topped with toasted wheat and spices. Slight sniff of booze.

Taste: Toasted wheat malts and super rich maltiness represented by a slathering of homemade caramel sauce. Reduced raisin and fig fruitiness. Slight touches of banana-flavored taffy, bubble-gum, and earthy spices. Small hint of licorice. Very, very minor hop character with a faint, feeble bit of bitterness. Warming ethanol alcohol presence. Caramel-coated, liqueur-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Sip, savor, repeat. Recommend. Super sweet and grotesquely unbalanced in a rich dessert kinda way. The ABV is blended in rather well. Delightful!

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

This beer is absolutely delicious. The nose alone is something that I could spend hours swooning over. At one point I thought it was dutch apple pie. Of course on further examination a few other ideas pop up. But damn, baked apples keep taking my attention.

Anyway, the mouthfeel is delectible as well. Smooth, sultry, and just a touch of alcohol heat. You need it by the way, or you'll fall flat on your face after two or even three of these bad boys.

Big dark fruits on the taste profile. A considerable amount of spice as well. This is not as much a gorgeous beer as it is an utterly delicious beer.


Photo of spike882
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown caramel and cola color with a small of amount of light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal bubbles on top.

Smell is pretty strong of alcohol, fruit, and spices. Reminds me of plums and raisins but not in an over the top way. Also a hint of banana in the aroma that isn't as much present in the mouth.

Definitely had a sweeter taste than expected but not overwhelming. The first taste was pretty expected with the 12% but feels a little smoother on the second mouthful. Sweet and smooth with some spicyness. As mentioned by somebody else, the flavor really blossomed as it warmed up. Throughout the alcohol left a nice warming feel in the back of the throat. Perfect beer for cooler weather.

Good beer to enjoy at a leisurely pace and would definitely buy again. Even for a weizenbock I was still very suprised about the large amount of yeast in the bottle. Maybe I got one of the end of the barrels. Give this a try if you can get your hands on one!

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

On-tap into an interesting Aventinus glass. Wide stemed with a slender bowl at the top. Like a wine glass but more volume in the stem. The bottom was frosted by sand-blasting. .3L fill line.

Deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Aromas of burnt caramel and some dark candy, along with a little bit of clove. The flavor consisted of dark fruit and licorice with the alchohol well perceived. The feel was very thick with slightly lower carbonation. The dark candy flavors lingered for a while.

This is my first Eisbock on tap and it was well worth it. Went great with the pizza I was eating. Recommended.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle split with a buddy of mine...

I was totally intrigued by this beer. I love the Aventinus, it's one of my favorites. I had no idea what to expect, which was one of the really fun aspects of tasting this beer.

A- Tan/brown color. Surprised by the lack of head, however the pour was not so aggressive. As compared to the original Aventinus, this one was somewhat lighter and had a lighter body.

S- Lots of banana and alcohol. Spices and cloves dominating as well.

T- This is the definition of a sipper. Taste got better as it warmed. The afformention cloves and banana were abound with some serious caramel and sweet candy tastes. Oh yeah. The alcohol. It's definitely there.

M- Medium bodied with a smooth and sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation was on-point. Burning sensation all around.

D- Sip this bad boy and enjoy the full flavored compelexity. I would love to try this again, given the right situation.

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

Never had an Eisbock before but I will say that I've had regular Aventinus before and wasn't quite impressed, take that how you want to take it. Poured this from a 2007 11.2 oz. bottle into my trusty snifter.

Appears a deep mahogany color wit ha half inch off-white head that sinks down to a thin skim fairly quickly.

Aroma is super malty and bursting with dark fruits and raisin. Lots of spicy phenols too.

The taste is damn good as well. Huge caramel sweetness up front with dark fruits like raisin and plum followed up with that nice clovey spice noted in the aroma. Some alcohol warming on the finish but what do you expect with this ABV?

Mouthfeel is full - nice and thick, really digging it.

I can't believe this is derived from Aventinus. I enjoyed this version so much more and it was oozing with flavor. For my first of the style maybe I'm rating it quite high with nothing to compare to, but it deserves it.

Photo of geographie
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I arrived home and poured the eisbock into a goblet. It was as the Phantom said..."tremulous and tender; hard as lighting, and soft as candlelight". Such succulent sweetness! As if an entire school of fish of were traversing across my tongue, cascading myriad flavours to the fathoms below. Sweetnes unfolding into tartness fading away into absolute savoury perfection. Such a relief of thirst! And such a fire of warmth! I need fear not a single winter's night in the valiant arms of this faithful libation. How delightful is it to know that the nectar of the gods exists, and that you have dared to drink of it's delectable deliciousness?

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

A strong beer that looks like a barleywine and tastes like a barleywine mixed with wheat. Not to be repetitive, but this beer is a lot like a good barleywine. It's a bit sticky and a bit heavy on the alcohol, but the flavor and smell are excellent. It's sweet, spicy, malty and full of barley and wheat. There's a lot of fruitiness, mostly raisin. The full, rich flavors and smooth feel hide the alcohol as well as can be asked at 12% abv. I love Aventinus, and this beer is a bit like a barleywine version of it. That might be hard to imagine, but it's a great, big, strong beer that you can sip like a fine port. Don't let the drinkability score fool you. It's good for what it is, but I'm not going to give it a high score just because I've never had another Eisbock.

Photo of BDIMike
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color. On the edges there is a more copper-brown color. There is a lot of carbonation to start that dies down fast, as does the thin tan bubbly head that it creates.
Smell has a lot of strong balanced smells in it. There is a really strong and fresh plum smell. Also, there is a nice toffee malt smell with a good vanilla.
There is a very nice taste to this brew. The toffee malt is very strong to start that is then taken over by a nice plum flavor. There is also a good aftertaste of alcohol/bourbon that has a good vanilla flavor.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but is very smooth all the way down.
Drinkability is very good on this beer. This beer has a ton of taste, but a lot of them balance each other out that allows one to keep drinking. This is a great beer that ends with a very warm feeling in my tummy. Great beer to warm you up on a cold night.

Photo of Proteus93
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark, cola-like. A nice, full foamy head that pulls back to leave a nice, liberal trim of lacing.

S:Bubblegum, banana, rum & butter, and a bit of alcohol fumes.

T + M: Syrupy banana flavours... rich and sugary, with a big alcohol warming on the way down. The alcohol offers a nice spiciness that blends well with the sweet flavours. Bubblegum makes quite a big appearance. Quite tasty and a smooth, warm finish.

D: Easy does it, and a little intense, but that's to be expected. Excellent, as long as it's taken slow.

Photo of jwinship83
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- murkey brown colored with lots of fast moving small bubbles, and a huge head that vanishes quickly

S- yeast, alcohol, banana, clove, and bubble gum

T- woah, lots of alcohol burn. not as many wheat like characteristics as i could smell.

M- thin and liquor like with tons of carbonation

D- i liked the idea of a stronger flavored aventinus, but this had just too much noticeable alcohol and felt like i was sipping a glass of hard liquor. maybe this style just isnt for me. one bottle was just about more than i could stand.

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

11.5 oz bottle from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Bottle #2007. Poured into a snifter. Lets do the damn thing.

A: Pours a really dark ruby red/ brown color. Mahogany even. Supper hazy. You can see the cloudiness even though this brew is pretty damned dark. Got a good finger of off white head that had decent retention. Tilting the glass creates a perfect, unmoving sheet on the sides. Very nice.

S: So much glorious wheat. This thing just emits an amazing amount of wheat in the nose. Nice bready malt comes in on the backside. Also there are some highlights of clove and banana and CHERRIES. Not a whole lot more going on here. The wheat presence is most impressive though.

T: OH SO GOOD! Lots of wheat and malty goodness. This just tastes like a crazy, super heavy Hefe. This brew has beautiful presence of banana, clove and bubble gum. Citrus fruits add a touch of sweetness. There is also some prune in there adding some richness. Alcohol booziness is there but it doesn't kill the flavor profile.

M: This a big, full bodied brew that is creamy as hell. Really coats the mouth. Aftertaste is subtle with lingering flavors of bubblegum and dark fruit. Booze sets in here on the tongue, throat and stomach but is nice and soothing. Very nice.

D: This is a big beer and all you need is one. It is absolutely a sipper meant to savored and enjoyed. Don't rush this one for sure. Very solid in taste and flavors. I will definitely keep some in the cellar.

Photo of kingothewoods
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When pouring from the bottle it is thick, lots of bubbly head, with a medium brown color.
This beer has tons and tons of different smells - (fruit, flower, hops, cloves, and very well rounded). All of the smells turn into tastes when you drink it. There are aftertastes of the alcohol and a smoothness feel. Definitely have another to drink.

Photo of aubuc1
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated 2006 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a ruby brown with a rapidly disappearing head. Like a coke.

Smell is syrupy, overripe banana and alcoholy.

Taste is very rich and complex. Alcohol, malt, syrup, and banana.

Maybe this bottle was flat, as this has no carbonation. This leaves it feeling a little thin.

Very fun beer to experience.

Upon reading other reviews, it seems that something was off. I had zero caronation, and no yeast.

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

Bottle #2007/12727

A. Milk chcoclate brown with a few floaties. Head is off white, 1/2" and very soft and fluffy.

S. Bananas and cloves, bubble gum, vanilla, a fruity, estery yeast aroma.

T. Rich chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, some smoked malts and a decent bite from the bittering hop. Candi sugar and cotton candy tastes add to the richness and the finish is super sweet. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering by any stretch.

M. Medium to thick, very fluffy in texture. High carbonation.

D. While too sweet, quite enjoyable and refreshing. I will definitely revisit this one again soon.

Photo of champ103
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. A small beige head forms at first pour, but gently rises to about two fingers. It does not stick around long though with some light lace.
S: Dark fruits: raisins, plumbs, figs. Very malty with a big burnt wood character.
T: Dark fruit flavors that follow the nose. Raisins, plumbs, figs. Some chocolate and plenty of alcohol. A big malty beer.
M/D: A full body that is rich and creamy. A bit dry. This has a huge ABV that makes for a sipping beer. It is almost rum like.

This is very port like. If you want to impress some wine people bring this. Very interesting and unique. Something to sip and savor when the cold winds moan outside.

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

Pours dark brown with some red hues. Virtually no head on the pour.

Aroma is ok. Some fig, raisin, spice, grain, sweet caramel, and rather boozy.

Taste is ok. Some dark fruit, raisin and spice, with the addition of caramel and grain. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Although, I do get a good warmth in my throat and chest as I drink. But it just seems somewhat "off". Never had it before though, so no clue if my bottle is atypical.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Pretty still mouthfeel.

Drinkability is fairly moderate. Flavor is alright, but alcohol is quite high. Really limits the beer.

Photo of RodBurg
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed dark brown that almost looks as if it has purple highlights. Maybe its just the purple label. Small and unstable tan head with some lacing.

Smells wonderful. Sweet malts, dried fruit and alcohol.

Taste is a malt fest. Dried fruit is a little more pronounced than the smell, leaning towards raisins. Slightly viscous with good carbonation and alcohol warming. One of these is enough for me. Overall very impressed.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, hazy brown from the bottle with a thin layer of tan head.

Smell is wheat, malt, caramel and delicious delicious alcohol.

Taste is a continuation of what the smell predicated with malt and caramel showing through nicely. Added to the mix is some dark fruit as well.

Carbonation is just right for an eisbock, leaving this brew just a bit on the syrupy side (a good thing).

Overall very drinkable. I'd probably have this one with a nice hearty steak the next time.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thic bubbly light brown head. Head quikcly fades and leaves light lacing.

S - A spicy sweetness initially with hints of fruity esters coming through later. Clove, bubble gum, allspice, and other smells all mixed otgether. A very unique aroma.

T - Spicy malt dominates up front. Hints of cloves and a mellow banana flavor begin to come through along with the usual wheaty biscuit-like taste you expect from German wheat beers.

M/D - A full bodied syrupy feel throughout. Carbonation seems to keep it very active in your mouth as well. A very drinkable beer with a very high ABV that is very well hidden.

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

On tap at BSP somewhat recently

A - poured a cloudy mahogany body with a khaki head. Not really any lacing

S - I get lots of banana and bready malt initially. Alcohol is certainly there. There's also a syrupy caramel aroma along with some clove and spice

T - very sweet and syrupy caramel flavor initially. The banana does come through as does bready malt and some spice. Alcohol is also definitely there

M - very smooth with adequate carbonation

D - this is a tasty beer, but the super high ABV and price limit its drinkability. Still, I'm down for enjoying one every once in a while, and when I do I usually enjoy it a fair bit. Give it a shot IMO

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,180 ratings.