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

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2,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,169
Reviews: 1,072
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 rodcom
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a hard beer to review since it was so different than most other beers. First observation - no way I would have thought it was 12% alcohol since there was little after taste. Second - I can't wait to get another bottle to try - it was that good and here is why

- nice thick flavor
- taste of caramel and coffee characteristics
- some floaters/clumps in the glass - I poured it in two parts first 2/3 and it was more clear, but adding the bottom yeast made it better

Definitely go buy a bottle.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing and I was rather excited to see Trappeze Pub had it on tap. Since tapping the first keg, I have had at least 15 of these beers. Appearance is dark brown with purple colors mixed in. Smell is predominantly of sweet, dark fruits (e.g., plum, apricot) as well as banana and clove. Taste mirrors the smell with a bit more sweet and spicy clove. Mouthfeel is nicely sticky sweet and perfect for the style. I will drink this beer whenever I see it on tap!

Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #2004/13744

A - Poured into a flute glass, an amber color with a ruby/copper color at the top. It was highly carbonated and had a small, short-lived head.

S - It smelled extremely malty! Also, had a wheat aroma and a fairly strong alcohol smell.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness and some wheat. It had an alcohol presence with hints of dried fruit (apple).

M - It was smooth and soft with a warm alcohol presence. It was medium to heavy bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Eisbock (only the 2nd I've had), but I thought it was quite good.

Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-30-08
2004 Vintage

Pours a vile mess, deep brown in color with a ton of chunky, yeast floaters.

Smell is very sweet, dark fruits with malted milk balls. Boozy at the end, with a wine-like finish.

Taste is thick and fruity, and very warmingl. The finish dry and tart, from the booze. Not overly sweet, and does not taste overly aged.

Mouthfeel is good, very viscous and meaty.

Drinkability is not super good, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known.

Overall, alot like a Belgian strong dark ale. Very deep and fruity with a wine character. Recommended, just don't pour out the yeast.

Photo of david131
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #: 2004 / 23392. I would assume a 2004 vintage.

A- Even with a careful pour, I get a lot of floaters in here. The liquid is amber and brown with a nice light brown tinge around the edges that I've noticed that some aged beers get. Absolutely no head forms. Once I pour the remainder of the yeast into the glass, it becomes very murky, but much more uniform

S- Very sweet and complex. Lots of brown sugar and caramel with some fruit. A little funky on the tail end. The alcohol is really not that apparent at all. This is actually really unique impressive.

T- Sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar flavors. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, but it is not offensive in any way. There is a wonderful candy flavor to this that is intensified as an aftertaste. Very unique. I do not know if I would age it much more than this.

M- A little numbing, but clean and crisp. There is no real carbonation to speak of, but for how the rest of the beer is, it seems to work pretty well.

D- What an experience. A very unique beer that is very candy-like. Makes for a great night cap. I've had this on tap fresh as well and both forms are delicious.

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

a - beige head fizzling down to almost nothing.

s - nice strong yet subtle nose. creamy, fruity, malts, banana.

t - some pretty strong flavors here. very fuity, not too much alcohol considering the 12%

m - chewy and delicious

d - yum! this is a very big beer with lots of beautiful characteristics.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium cloudy, medium to dark brown color with dense, plentiful tan head and great tracing. Aromas of sweet, boozy, clove scented dates and prunes. Plenty of alcohol in that aroma, no hiding it; but it's not over the top or harsh. On the palate, it is THICK, and I mean thick. It's like they took Aventinus and reduced it. Flavors of chocolate, caramel and toffee really dominate. Fruity esters are much more muted than the original with the alcohol basically pushing them out. This is one beer to reckon with. Overall, I'd say they've really done a great job with making it drinkable and not cloying for 12% abv (compared to most of DFH's offerings).

Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a good deep red brown colour. Light tan head poured very fizzy and disappears instantly... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles... no lacing at all...

Aroma - Lots of strong dark alcohol soaked fruits (prunes, dates, raisins, some apples also), lots of toasted bready malts (rich malt loaf), hints of Shiraz, some port, quite spicy (nutmeg and black pepper), dark molasses sweetness, black treacle, some leathery notes, dark chocolate mixed with liquorice, also some chocolate liqueur...

Taste - Pretty much mirrors the aromas but with a very noticeable alcohol kick - almost too noticeable and potent... sweet but not as sweet as the aroma would indicate...

Feel - Sharp and dry initially then smooths out... medium / full bodied.. way too potent and heavy to be very drinkable - one is more than enough...

Overall - A pretty good Eisbock although i think it could to with a bit of age to mellow things a bit... not a patch on the Kulmbacher Eisbock... certainly worth a try though...

Photo of ithacabaron
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a somewhat muddy brown into my glass. The head settles into a compact, clean ring. The bubbles are very tight, the structure more what I would expect from a lager yeast. Not wowing me, not terrible.

Aroma is rich, boozy, dark, and heavy. Leaden, really. Not really impressed here, either. The notes of banana and chocolate that occasionally poke through are smothered by a blanket of alcoholic fumes.

The taste is full, to be sure, and dense. It never feels rich, however, not the way a good aged barleywine does, not the way a beer of this strength should luxuriate in the drinking. This could be part of the aggressive carbonation (more on that in a second), but, even with a more forgiving CO2 ratio, the alcoholic, one dimensional flavor would not be worthwhile.

The mouthfeel I found to be completely inappropriate -- very tight bubbles, and lots of them, scrubbing too hard, never allowing the beer to sit properly. I let the glass sit for a half-hour at one point, hoping time and temperature would blossom the beer's flavors, and let the carbonation dissipate . The carbonation did dissipate, and the flavors became stronger, but they never developed.

Drinkability is low. It's boozy, gassy, all over the place. I wasn't all that thrilled about finishing the one glass. A 3.0 I consider generous.

All in all, a big disappointment. Perhaps I should be kind, as this bottle may have had ill effects from its trip across the Atlantic, but I can't use that excuse -- I've had countless, beautiful, ponderous glasses of Aventinus' regular offering, unharmed byth the travel. The regular Aventinus is a great beer, a world class beer -- this was a letdown. Just more proof that bigger doesn't always mean better (see Bastard, Double).

An unfortunate (and expensive!) loser.

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

I was fortunate enough to try this delicious brew along with several other nice imports during a "bock" party of sorts.

I was apprehensive at first, as any spirit i have ever had that has undergone freeze distillation has been absolutely syruppy and overwhelming, but this beer totally changed my mind.

The Beer pours a deep brown with beautiful red highlights, the head dissipated quickly.

The aroma was very interesting, very rich in sweet malt/raisin flavors. I braced myself for an overwhelming alcohol burn with my first sip, but...

The taste was smooth and enticing. Beginning with raisins, oak, intense but balanced malty caramel... then black cherries, rounding off with a smooth alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was excellent, rich, but not overwhelming, warming every part of your mouth, felt very much like a very complex red wine, This beer woke up taste buds I didn't know I had.

Despite the richness of the beer... I would keep drinking these as long as I could afford them... very drinkable, delicious, must try beer.

NOTE: Let this beer warm slightly..

Photo of OKCNittany
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a one finger light tan head that fell to a thin collar. Slightly chill hazed brown body.

S: Nose was fruity - banana, dates, figs - with light spice and alcohol notes that picked up in intensity as it warmed.

T: Huge on the tongue, where (unfortunately for me) the clove overpowers notes of bready malt, caramel, dark fruit, and some alcohol.

M: Full, almost syrupy body. Smooth - softly carbonated, with the alcohol warming the spicy aftertaste. After the glass warms some, the warming becomes a slight burn.

D: No surprise here, it's a sipper only. However, that's not due to the alcohol, which is present but not overwhelming. What hurts the drinkability (at least for me) it that it's both syrupy and clove dominated.

Photo of Backer2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully ruby, cloudy, over carbonated beer that settles to a nice off white head and long strings of bubbles. Banana bread smell, no hints of hops, some fruity easters. Complex malt characteristics, vanilla, melanoidins, no hoppiness. Full body, definite alcohol warmth. Easy to drink, but the sweetness lingers to the point of almost too much by the end.

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

11.2 oz bottle into my Piraat tulip.
Bottle 2007/01382

A: Super dark brown with no head at all. Guess that is what freeze distilling does to a beer.

S: Malt and dark fruit. The malt is powerful and up front. The dark fruit is right behind. Dates,raisins, and figs in that order. Slight hint of almost a light brandy.

T: Malt. Malt. Malt. Love it. The dark fruit notes really add something. The regular Aventinus is a bit more complex but this has its own merits. The malt is even different. The style does some weird things to the beer. Really good. Booze is there btw.

M: Feels like brandy as well. Really syrupy mouthfeel.

D: The abv is not well hidden but it really should not be. Part of this insane style. Super complex and intense. I do prefer the regular Aventinus but this is a great beer just not an everyday one.

D: Feels like drinking a weak liquor. Definitely has the warming feeling in the stomach.

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

A - Large, off white head that settles quickly. The body is dark brown with light brown highlights and decent clarity.

S - Strong aroma of prunes and raisins. There is also a distinctly spicy alcohol note.

T - Very fruity with banana esters that transition to a distinct strawberry flavor. The fruitiness remains through the middle with some slight caramel. Roast malt flavors emerge in the finish with just a hint of hops.

M - Creamy, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Quite a bit of boozy alcoholic warmth in the finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for a beer of this strength, the fruit notes are very unique and add a lot of character to the beer.

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

Cool purple label with the bottle number 2007/14199.

Appearance: This poured a in incredibly dark brown color with red highlights. I cannot tell if its hazy because it is so dark but i would assume it is due to the yeast. Even with a slow side of the glass pour i ended up with no head whatsoever. Lacing also was minimal.

Smell: Woah! This smells like alcoholic banana bread. I also picked up on the clove, dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste: Wow, what a surprise!. Where should i begin? The clove flavor is intense in this beer and I love it. This is one rich and fruity brew that reminds me of Ommegang's three philosophers. The alcohol is nice and warming but not harsh at all. The wheat flavor is there but its altered by the fruitiness. The hops are hard to single out but you can tell they are there adding to the overall taste of the brew.

Mouthfeel/drinkabiliy: While tingly from cabonation this brew feels more syrupy than it actualyl is. It is moderate to thin in density but it is very smooth and silky. If i didn't care about being alive i could drink 3 of these they are delicious. Very Drinkable.

I think ive found a new favorite! And to think i bought this by mistake! I meant to buy the 8% abv weizenbock. Haha oh well. I will get that eventually.

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 04472 from the 2006 batch

Pours a dark amber color and has quite a head that fades very quickly but leaves no lacing. I can tell it is pretty carbonated just because it sounds like a cola after I pour it. Smells like I would expect from a bock up front with some wheat smells afterwards. Raisiny, malty, a little bit of wheat, and a hint of alcohol coming up the rear. Tastes absolutely phenomenal. A smooth mellowed out caramel, malty taste with a hint of the wheat but very little alcohol. The alcohol really sneaks up on you in this one since it comes in at 12%. The mouthfeel is really smooth and goes down easily. Its very drinkable but I can't see myself drinking much else for a while after this.

Photo of hero27
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a very murky reddish-brown..tiny particles float throughout..looks like the dirtiest lake water I've ever seen. Large head of tan foam slowly recedes to leave a small ring around the edge of the glass.
Aromas of alcoholic esters, licorice, raisin, figs, overripe bananas, yeast, and heavy caramelized malts.
Flavor is a chewy combination of chocolate, plum, dark yeast, and sweet dark fruits..with an infused alcohol twinge. Yummy.

At 12%, this is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Quite drinkable considering the monstrous ABV..that being said, one bottle is probably enough. A nice deviation from the "regular" Aventinus that is well-worth a try.

Photo of oakbluff
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish hue with thick head. Nose is clove, some smoke and banana. Taste- very rich brew- honey sweetness with the spicy malts. Finish is hot and dry. Mouthfeel is thick but not too syrupy. This is the definition of liqiud bread. Drinkability is high given the booze level in it. Luckily the richness counterbalances as more than a couple bottles of this would be a quick end to the evening. Very nice beer.

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

bottle poured into a third liter mug. pours caramel brown with a cloudy character and a couple fingers of off white creamy head.

mildly fruity in the nose, with caramel malts and fruit notes of apple and grape. very pleasant in its aroma.

taste is more of the same, with a very smooth profile and a finish of subtle dark fruits and malts. excellent.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium to full bodied profile.

drinkability is excellent. although the brew has a decently heavy body, it works to its advantage. wonderfuly complex with an excellent profile in aroma and taste. prost!

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

Poured this into a Weizen glass.

A - Almost no head, zero lacing, just a few rising bubbles. Lots of sediment even though I tried to take great care in leaving most in the bottle. A dark brown with a reddish tinge, tough to see a lightbulb through it.

S - Lots of fruit, grapes and cherries? My wife said it smelled like wine. In my opinion, very similar, but a little more toned down and a little more earthy. Definitely some malt in there also.

T - The first sip is the best. Malty, sweet with a lot of fermented fruit, like wine. Definitely different than the smell for me. The more I drink, the more the alcohol takes over in my mouth. It's not exactly my type of beer but I like this more than others in it's category.

M - Thick, smooth, lightly carbonated but a zippy, tingling feeling most likely due to the high alcohol content. I wish my homebrew felt more like this.

D - Definitely a session beer, one a night for me. This isn't my favorite type of beer, but I definitely appreciate it. I would only buy this once every couple years as a celebration type of beer, and only to share with another. Even though it's not my favorite, I'm trying to review it based on and compared with other similar beers/styles. It's definitely above average for me, but I wouldn't want to drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle left at my house by dispholidus1 for long enough that i can justify drinking it. Pours brown, walnut colored. Big solid head of foam. Bubbles rise constantly. Smells of candied plums, dark chocolate and ethanol. Taste is malty and sweet. A pleasant nuttiness. Fruity complexity, with touches of strawberry, cherries, dates, plums, chocolate and caramel. Ethanol bite just on the finish, but very smooth otherwise. Velvety and thick, medium to full bodied. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A treat, and an affordable one at that (even when i actually have to pay for it!)

Photo of ericj551
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock pours a deep hazy amber with a foamy head that fades to almost nothing rather quickly. The aroma is sweet and syrupy with tons of dark fruitiness, with hints cooked corn. There is a deep earthy aroma as well. The flavor mirrors the aroma, sweet and syrupy with lots of dark fruits, and dark caramel. Lots of spicy alcohol comes through in the end, making this one a sipper for sure.

Photo of Lothar666
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured dark cloudy translucent brown but displayed some golden banana yellow highlights when held to the light. Head was extremely thick, frothy and tannish off-white in color.

S- Really like the smell in this one. Cloves, bananas, and wheat bread are foremost in the aroma profile, with some strong alcohol and hop tingle in the background and some dark fruits rounding it out quite well.

T- Wow. Strongest flavor present is cloves and spices, backed by bananas and wheat bread. Caramel candied apples, and a bit of raisin and licorice are also present as well as a hint of what may be cinnamon. These sweet flavors are balanced by a generous amount of hops and a modest kick from the strong alcohol in the finish. Delicious.

M- Silky smooth, tingly from spices, very full bodied and a bit bready. Very little more can be said as this is almost a perfect beer.

D- Very easy to drink and highly refreshing for such a full bodied and high gravity brew. The cloves and spices especially are phenomenal, concealing the alcohol beneath layers of delicious complexity and leave the pallet and the mouth craving the next sip and regretting the moment that the last drop is gone. I think this is one I would drink all night if my wallet and my liver could handle it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a big deep murky caramel amber brown hue, large highly carbonated effervescent tan head forms quick and fades slowly. The lacing is thick and clings effortlessly to the glass. Aroma contains tart apples, figs, and raisins with a slight vinegar or fermented cider edge to it. Fusel alcohol flows as well as concentrated sticky brown molasses and toasted caramel notes, spicy with clove and effervescent carbonation tickling the nose hairs. Flavor brings a flood of dramatic caramel and burnt brown sugar malt sweetness with layers of alcohol ripened dried fruits glazed with sugar. Mild banana strong upfront tart apples and deep raisin notes galore. Mouthfeel is bubbly with carbonation coming real lively, body is medium to full texture is syrupy especially as it warms although it never comes of cloying to me. Drinkability is actually pretty awesome for a German ice beer, it focuses and concentrates all of the likeable characteristics

Photo of fank2788
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle number 15328 (2007) served in a snifter
Aventinus Eisbock pours a murky, deep woody brown that shows red/orange when held up to a light, the head starts off about one centimeter thick but falls to thin film of tiny bubbles in a short time. The smell is typical weizen yeast banana and clove but it is subtle here, there is also a fair level of bready wheat and the dominating solventy alcohol. The taste is upfront alcohol, solventy and slightly hot peppery and syrupy slick. In the taste I'm getting much more of the clove ester than the banana but that is there too along with the wheaty grain in the background, there is no mistaking that this is a real german Weizen. I don't get any bitterness at all in this it is totally overwhelmed by the malt and alcohol, but I guess that is fine for the style. Mouthfeel is very smooth warming and slightly slick the moderate carbonation keeps things from feeling too flat and heavy. Overall this is a very good beer I may have expected a bit more however, that being said I'm really not that disappointed. For a beer of it's strength this eisbock remains very drinkable, is still quite well rounded and a is definitely a classic wheat beer.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,169 ratings.