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

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2,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 130
Gots: 143 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel brown into a tulip with some yeasties left floating around to make things interesting. Has a fluffy light tan head that fades pretty quickly with virtually no lacing left behind. Smell is very complex and sublime with malts, cheries, grapes, esters and alcohol wafting above it all to let you know this brew means business. Tastes just as complex as it smells with sweet caramel, more grapes, a certain tartness, grain, and nice alcohol heat to finish things off. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, somewhat weightless, with the edges rounded off a bit making it very satisfying going down. Many people have described this beer a lot better than I can, but I know what's good, and this is good.

stephens101, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Mdog
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, big head. Surprising for a strong beer like this.

Smell: Sweet, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt.

Taste: Big and sweet. Reminded of sweet cookies-brown sugar/molasses. Also had fruity esters--some pear and apple notes for me.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not too thick for a big beer.

Drinkability: A kind of special occasion beer, maybe a little sweet and a little strong and somewhat expensive per bottle to drink often.

My favorite eisbock is still my favorite. The last time I had it I thought it was just a bigger version of the normal Aventinus weizenbock, but this time around it had a little different characteristics. Really good.

Mdog, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a gobblet, with an etched bottle number on the back side

A: Pours a deep dark hazy brown, then turns almost completly black is all the contents are emptied into the glass, a one inch head of pallid tan and tight and tiny bubbles gathers loosly on top of the glass, as you sit drinking this the beer begins to look better (if not more menacing) as it sits in the glass, daring you to take another sip, I was actually suprised to see any head at all on such a huge beer so damn.

S: Quite a bit of dusty yeast and dark fruits, plums and raisins rolled in some severly sugary and thick molases, it really gives no hints as to what is in store.

T/MF: This is a big big beer, but on the first sip it hides this fact, it begins rather meekly with a yeast and sugar opening not unlike a quadruppel, but then after a bit dark raisin and plum and other such fruits blend together and work to build a slick and delicioulsy hot alocholic heat in the mouth. Near the end the dusty yeast that opened comes bubbling back with avengence and brings a decent hop slickness along to boot, but really this beer is more about the interplay between the yeast and malts, which I have to say lends to is one of the most amazing mouthfeels in any beer I have ever tasted.

D: This beer does not hide what it is, a big old ice beer, but I don't care, it is still incredibly drinkable and fun to drink as well, just having this beer do its work in your mouth is worth the price of admission.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of wjimson
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A weather advisory warning was issued in Southern Ontario for record snowfall since a decade ago. People were advised not to leave their homes. Drinking this Eisbock is one way of celebrating this occasion (or rewarding yourself after shoveling snow).

I have had this beer at warmer temperatures before, but this time I had decided to leave this beer in the freezer at -18 C (~0 F), just for this extra special day. No, the bottle did not explode, not a leak in fact. It poured into a stein glass like syrup with bits of ice pellets mingling with the 3/4 inch head. Soon the bubbles rise up like soft snowflakes.

This is very similar to the other Aventinus, but much more potent in flavour. There is a very evident plum taste, or a deep carmalized banana and clove taste. What follows is a taste of sweet grain. The taste of the alcohol is not too severe, but its mixed in nicely with the noble hops that were used. (You can't taste it, but the alcohol is certainly there). The aftertaste is slightly smoky and resiny. I imagine that the beer used before the freezing process must have been pretty sweet, and that additional yeast was added to achieve secondary fermentation.

This is a great beer. It is very drinkable for its high alcohol content. I wish I can do this again tomorrow.

wjimson, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: A 2006 bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous, ample khaki colored head shows slow recession and great retention. The beer is a deep reddish-brown in color.

s: Excellent. Fruity doppelbock aromas of sweet caramel and toffee malts with the added complexity of weizen aromas. Formidable alcohol presence adds some spice and is a welcome counterpart to the sugars. The spice is very hard to pin down. A range of dark tree fruits candied in toffee, predominantly date but including also red apple and cherry. Hops, thankfully, take a backseat.

m: Carbonation on the high side, and extremely smooth. The body is full. Great balance between carbonation and body, with nothing overdone.

t: Layered flavors of toffee malts and fruity weizen esters give great complexity on the tongue. Generally pretty sweet, but the sugars are pretty well checked by the ethanol and light hopping. Not much hop flavor until the warm, lingering finish.

d: very warming and certainly a sipper

blackie, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of pootz
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

The pour puts a murky chestnut colored beer in the goblet with a sufficient sticky cap that laces.

Aroma is like Aventinus but less pungent and more defined and complex...clove phenolic bubblegum-passion fruit-banana and cocoa is very distinct...glorious !

The flavor is Aventinus doppelbock on steroids..the concentrated malt acts like a rich viscous sweet bread blanket which floods the palate leaving the banana-bubblegum-fruity esters to poke up through it and the clove phenols stab through this complexity the ice process creates.

This is my flag beer...I love it...it’s pretty much bottled sex

pootz, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the new Sam Adams lager glass
A- Pours a clear light orange hue that darkens near the top of the glass, head absolutely explodes out of the bottle but disappears within seconds, no lacing
S- Nose is alcohol-heavy with tones of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, bananas, and peppery spices
T- Initial taste is dominated by caramel, dark fruits, and bananas all riding a cloud of warming alcohol that sustains throughout, finishes sweet and boozy
M- Full-bodied, syrupy thick texture, high carbonation
D- Having never had Aventinus or an eisbock, this beer absolutely blew me away, such great balance and bouquet of flavors, I can't wait to try this again, it should be noted that even at 12%abv the alcohol takes a backseat to the wonderful blend of fruits and malts

Stoneman78, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of beerking1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 011124. Aroma of chocolate, clove/banana and toasted malt. Hazy dark brown with light tan head that fades to a slight collar. Falvor is chocolate banana up frront, which steps aside for huge alcohol and malt. Tail is phenol and alcohol. very warming.

beerking1, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Bottle number 2007/13066

Appearance: Verydark, opaque brown. 2 fingers off white head, settles slowly.

Smell: Very sweet. Malty, yeasty. Aromas of caramel, raisins or figs.

Taste: Starts sweet then alcohol becomes very apparent. Spicy again with hints of raisons or figs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Watered down syrupy almost like a flat soda. Not as thick as I was expecting .

Drinkability: One in a sitting is enough for me. Very rich.

Jerzdevil1116, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and hazy looking beer. Head is small and fades to nothing. Color is deep, heavy auburn with copper around some of the glass edges. Aroma is an awesome blend of dark, purple fruit, chocolate, candied apples, flowers, wood + Fall leaves, and faint intoxication. Very delicate + well blended aromas given the eisbock factor. Taste is suprisingly easy going and also yummy. Tastes and smells how I would expect after having had the regular Aventinus. Flavors are sweet, fruity, chocolate, caramel...the list goes on. Texture is very nice. Smooth, full, almost buttery, and even so, very easy to drink. The only thing that's slowing me down considerably is smelling instead of drinking. I really do like the way this smells.

Sweeet deal...and not to mention this buzz appeared out of nowhere.

tastybeer, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12/01/07- Purchased at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA in 2005.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with the vintage (2004) and the lot number on the back label.

Appearance- Coca cola like color in the pour. 1/4 inch head on initial pour. Quickly evaporates into no head at all. Leaves absolutely no lace marks whatsoever. Not a big eisbock drinker, so I'm not sure what is the standard.

Smell- Like your Aveninus scent, but with more alcohol added, sweeter caramel malt nose and a bit less nose with the spices (clove mainly).

Taste- A decent amount of clove, a touch of nutmeg and some sugar plums and alcohol soaked dates. Lots of flavor, but seems a tad thin for a beer with such a high abv. Tastes good though.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, a touch watery and light alcohol aftertaste. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Doesn't seem like 12%. Just finished this and a Gonzo Porter and not feeling much of anything...not to mention the Hopsickle I had earlier while making my chili and cornbread. One of a handful of eisbock's I've had. Was expecting more, but still good and very drinkable. Flavor is good but not as thick as expected. Have had this one on tap before and had better results. Rating is based on a combp of this consumption and past ones.

GClarkage, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle
"Bottle number: 2007 / 02443"

a: A hazy brown with a fizzy light tan head.

s: The nose has the sweet bubble gum/banana aromas of a Hefeweizen.
Some cloves, dark fruit and alcohol in there as well.

t: Prunes, figs, banana caramel and sweet malt make up the bulk of the flavor.
The sweetness of the malt is similar to a cola. Very complex, reminds me of a dessert wine.

m: Carbonation like a cola, but a bit syrupy and chewy.

d: It is very sweet, I wouldn't want more than one.
Its an enjoyable experience though, very interesting.
The alcohol is noticeable, but for 12% it doesn't have much burn.
I would reccomend trying this one.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a 12 ounce commemorative mug.

A: It poured a deep brown that when back lit was reminicent of a glass of freshly poured cola. An aggressive pour resulted in a massive head of greater than four fingers. The head was a rich carmale that receded fast adn supported a ring around the collar of the liquid. There was limited lacing the did not linger.

S: WOW...this puppy bursts with sweet candy aromas and overripe dark fruit. The toasted malts are accented by a deep yeasty bread aroma spiced by bananas and nuts.

T: The sweet malts and sticky candy flavors coat the tounge. The hidden warm sensation of the alcohol makes one feel like you have just had a mouthful of fresh from the oven sweet bread flavored with ripe bananas, plums and raisins.

M: This is as close to a full bodied chewy beer as I have ever experienced. I was reminded of eating a caramel apple except my palate was clean after each swig.

D: This is a winter beer or one meant for servings as a special after dinner substitute for desert. I enjoyed it but doubt I could repeat it too many more times before the sweetness became overbearing. .

dnichols, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Presented on tap at Brick Store Pub in a Aventinus glass. Little head and very little lacing

S - A nice malty smell with a hint of fig and clove and a touch of alcohol in the nose

T - A very big malt statement that is cut with esthers of clove and fig or raisin, a nice dry hoppy finish cuts the sweetness and gives it a great balanced taste

M - A nice blanced feel, just a little heat from the alcohol content

D - A very good beer, but being big can hit you hard. This should be sipped and enjoyed

meechum, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wanted to get this one for awhile, but only saw it recently for the first time. Pours a cloudy brown color with high carbonation and a thin lace of head around the edges of the glass. The high alcohol content is definitely present in the smell and as sweet malty and a little bit fruity aromas. The taste is superb, malty slightly bitter and wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth with the alcohol leaving tingly feeling. I would of liked to see a little more head, but it is an extremely well balanced beer, that is hard to improve on. This is my first eisbock review a I'll be looking out for more in the future.

DrainBamage, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is super foamy, dark brown with a ton of head but not much lace. The smell is strong with alcohol but the malt pleasantly breaks through. This beer is super smooth and sweet. There are some grain in the taste and closely resembles a barleywine. It is an all a round great beer with a nice warming feeling.

MTNboy, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked as bottled in 2006 and numbered 12651. I'm a big fan of the standard Aventinus so this is a natural step.

This Eisbock pours a very murky and hazy brown color. Completely opaque due to the hazy wheat except for the very edges of my over sized wine glass. No head, just a three hundred and sixty degree collar.

First sniff makes me think of lots of fruit with a bit of a boozy background. Plenty of clove and banana as well and not unlike banana bread. No hops, just wheaty malts.

For a strong brew this hides the alcohol very well, but there is a definitive warming effect. The clove and spices are increased in the nose, but unfortunately the banana loses some ground. Hints of dark fruit make me think of this beer as a German quadruple, but please note do not approach this beer as such. Not a trace of hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and the mouthfeel is very fine. All of this combined with the wheat makes for a near creamy smoothness. As noted previously, the alcohol is deceivingly absent, but there is a distinct warming effect. Pleasantly enjoyed as an Aventinus sipper. Shares all the qualities of the standard Aventinus, but amplified. I particularly enjoyed this being that its a colder evening. Pair this with any sort of cake or pastry featuring fall fruits.

Jmamay22, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of ozmodium
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) murky brown, minimal head, lots of bubbles. Light barely makes its way through the glass.
S) smells like alcohol! of course its 12 freaking %...smells very fruity. almost reminds me of banana boat tanning oil! Banana, dried sweet friut (figs, dates, prunes, raisins). reminds me of port.
T) Hefewiesse on steroids. fruity. nicely sweet, but refreshingly sour. Really REALLY strong flavours. bananas, cloves, CLOVES more banana, fruit salad. And carmelled barley with wheat malts
M) nicely carbonated and remarkably smooth.
D) seriously unbelievably easy to drink. you'd think such a radioactive beer would require some effort to get down the throat. I'm now on #2 on reviewing this, and it just keeps getting better. If it wasnt for the crazy alcohol content, I'd drink many more of these

ozmodium, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I do with all of the bocks I buy, I poured this into my Einbecker Bock glass.

This beer pours a very dark ruby, slightly muddy. It has a small head despite thee stream of bubbles going up the side of the glass. No lacing. Upon second review of the appearance, it looks as if this beer has cleared up; i.e. no longer murky.

Nice aroma of dark malts and cream with a hint of alcohol.

Whoa, a very big taste. An explosion of raisins and dates. The alcohol rears is head early on, and hangs in there. The cream shows up again, and it unexpectedly lends a nice balance to the alcohol hotness. The aftertaste is a lingering hot sweetness.

Medium carbonation with a sizable body. The carbonation really helps this one go down.

A big beer, with tons of flavor, but even packing a punch of 12% it goes down easy. A beer I will definitely revisit.

IPAcraig, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Very yeasty. Fruity, banana. Banana bread. Bready. Spicy, cloves. Bubblegum. Dark fruits.

Looks: Very dark brown with ruby red highlights. Small-off white head that pulls a disappearing act like you wouldn't believe (poor head retention). No lace.

Taste: Brown sugar, cloves & spicy, yeasty flavours. It reminds me of guava ( a tropical fruit) juice. Banana. Alcohol bites your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Average carbonation. Alcohol bites your tongue.

Overall, I like it, but I prefer the wiezenbock much more.

BrewSomerville, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a pretty incredible beer. I've got one more in the cellar (closet...) and I think I'll pick up a few more from the store where I got it. 2005 edition. Poured with a ton of head for being 2 years old, off white and more bubbly than thick. The body was a nice shade of brown, not as dark as a porter, but clearer and less opaque than a brown ale. There were some particulates floating in the bottem too. The head stayed around for the entire drinkage, which was a rather long time as I sipped it through dinner and dessert. The smell was of various sweet malts, mostly caramelly and nothing to impressive, but still very appetizing. Tastewise I was blown away. Brown sugar and caramel mix around many lighter malts to create an intricate profile beyond my ability to decipher. The mouthfeel was almost perfect, but actually not as thickly bodied as I would have liked for the alcohol content and the flavor. The carbonation was a little heavy as well. It was a well carbonated port like brew, and it reminded me a lot of port. Very easy to drink making me want another one moments after I finished the first. With 12% abv, consider this one dangerous.

dbalsock, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. brown bottle, bottle #2006 / 00697 on the back label, poured into an Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, the head forms about 1 finger thick and fades quickly.

Aroma: Bubble gum, some caramel too.

Taste: Very sweet malty flavors, some hints of rum in the background up front. The finish is sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy. The carbonation was subdued, which fit the strong flavors nicely.

Overall: This is one complex beer, and a must try for any beer drinker. I love the story of how the first Eisbock was accidentally created (see Todd's review for more info) and I'm glad they decided to recreate it for those of us who weren't around 60 years ago. I'd love to cellar some of this and see how it emerges a few years from now.

FenwaySquid, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottle #051076. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a cloudy mahogany/dark brown color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. The aroma is very nice, it smells like dark fruit, bubblegum, bananas, caramel, peppery spice and some alcohol. It tastes very malty, like dark fruit, alcohol, pepper, cloves, and bananas. The alcohol is noticable, but it doesn't hurt the overall taste of the beer too much. Mouthfeel is medium/full, with medium carbonation and a coating finish. Drinkability is good, but not great. Overall I think this is a good beer, I'd definitely buy it again and recommend it to others.

bluejacket74, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sudsdog for the random send. A 12oz brown long neck bottle with crimped cap,served into my Mad Elf tulip glass.
Poured a very mirky,deep muddy red/mahogany color with a 1" light tan head fair retention fading to a collar of foam. Full of sediment with chunks of yeast and a good bit of slurry at the bottom of the bottle.

Interesting complex aroma,dark fruit,raisiny,clove,bannanas,a nice tropical fruit to the nose,vinious and yeasty,boozy aromas come through more as it warms.

Sweet deep malty taste,dark fruityness mostly of plums and raisins,smooth,syrupy booziness not overwhelming,clovey amd yeasty.Finishes dry with a warming booziness with a dark fruity fade.
Suprizingly smooth and creamy with a dry,tangy,juicy feel on the palate.

An interesting and complex beer,definatly a sipper that goes down easily.Had a lot of Beligium characterictics to it. Would love to drink this beer again,would be great on a cold winter night.

jcdiflorio, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown in my tulip glass with a dense one inch head that slowly settles to a thin whisp.
S - WOW. Dark fruitiness up front backed up with some sweet caramel/toffee with a touch of spice.
T - Along the same lines as the smell. Normally if I like the smell I like the taste even better but theres just something hypnotising in that smell. Still, it's great and almost like liquid rum and raisin cake.
M - Thick & full bodied. Medium to low carbonation.
D - The 12%ABV limits the drinkability but I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants to adventure into different beers. Good on the odd occasion.

brendan13, Sep 14, 2007
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.