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

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Ratings: 2,216
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 160
Gots: 195 | FT: 7
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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 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

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

Bottle 2007 / 16408 (are these really individually numbered? That would be very cool!)

App - Deep amber color with red highlights, briliantly clear. Moderate sized tan head, somewhat coarsely bubbled and fairly quickly dispersing.

Arom - Slightly sweet plum (dark fruit) aroma, alcohol perceptible in the aroma, but of a clean, inoffensive variety. Some chocolate.

Taste - Malty and slightly fruty sweet. The wheat character in this beer buried - could easily double as a strong, dark belgian ale. Transitions to a slightly alcoholic finish. Flavor profile is very rounded - no sharp edges. Has a lingering, slightly alcohol bitter finish.

MF - Full bodied, light-moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming? You betcha, but in no way harsh or inappropriate. A big chewy beer on the tongue.

D'ability - 12% ABV and drinkabilty generally don't go together, but this goes down nicely.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2007/14055, opened (finally) on Aug 1, 2008. Reviewing from notes.

A - poured a little bit cloudy, dark brown with a short lived 1/2" tan head that reduced to a slight ring for a bit and disappeared altogether after 15 minutes, as expected with a high alcohol eisbock. Much bubbling is seen during the first 10 minutes and no lacing occurred.

S - Wow, even while it was served cold I could detect huge complexity in this brew. Sweet dark malts, very ripe fruits in the fig and date department, toffee, and light biscuity tones. As it warmed, sweet vanilla hints emerged and alcohol is also detected throughout the whole experience.

T - Very rich, very sweet, a very BIG beer. Plenty of caramel and toffee-like malts. Slight tartness of cherry. Very balanced hops towards the back. A coffee-like bitterness (very little) appeared in the finish, followed by an immense dose of throat-warming alcoholic spice.

M - Full-bodied, chewy, mildly syrupy. Well carbonated in the beginning, then as it warmed, the carbonation subsided to allow the rich complexities to really show their stuff.

D - For such a BIG beer, this is quite drinkable. I prefer to sip and savor this one.

Overall - Wow! *followed by wide eyes and a huge smile* That was literally my first reaction to this when I opened the bottle and smelled its contents. My gf can attest to this. My nose was quite happy from the beautiful sweet aromas wafting to it from the tulip glass and my tastebuds became quite ecstatic from the tastes. This is a very well balanced beer that can certainly kick you in the ass. Candy currant buns, figs, and a shot of brandy. Reminded me a little bit of a JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale, but a 2007 bottle isn't as ripe. I'm going to have to buy a few more to age for 5 years or so. Lovely, a beautiful sipper. I would like some Belgian dark chocolate to accompany this. Please do yourself a favor and try one if you see it.

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

Bottle from dkachur - thanks Dan! Poured into a Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Appearance: Intensely hazy - it's not solid, but it seems like it's trying really hard - and brown, with an alcohol-impaired head and very active carbonation. Looks spritzy.

Aroma: Earthy yeastiness, wheat, dark fruits - figs, golden raisins - and lighter stone fruits - cherries, dates - and tons of darker malts - brown sugar, molasses.

Taste: Grows more complex as it warms - brown sugar is prominent, as are dark, fruity esters. A permeating, warming, spicy alcohol makes itself known about midway throughout the sip and stays with you 'til the bitter, warming, spicy end. All of the fruity goodness of the Aventinus is concentrated here - raisins, figs, cherries, a few lighter notes that are somewhat more muted here than there but that's ok, a light, spicy hoppiness, and plenty of weizenbock notes - earthy, farmhouse yeast, powdery, chalky wheat, banana yeast esters, Belgian cloves. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and syrupy, but terribly even. Very full mouthfeel, thick, and surprisingly high carbonation.

Drinkability: 12% abv? That's pretty high. But every last point is worth it for this delicious bastard of a beer. Incredibly complex tasting and smelling, smooth, and very attractive - this one's one of my favorites.

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

Pours dark brown with a large off-white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass surface.

I smell sweet malt, dark fruit, and just a slight not of alcohol. It has a quality like candied sugar has been added to this brew like a Belgian Quads. The taste has the same qualities. Starts off sweet but gains a vinous quality from the fruit flavors. The alcohol is surprisingly well covered and only detected on the finish and it cuts the sweetness off quit nicely. I have had lower ABV beers that do not meld into the beer as well as this one does. Very well done.

Has a medium body with low carbonation that does not really add or distract from the drinking experience. A great beer but one serving is enough as the ABV will lay you out quickly.

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

2007 Bottle 09611, poured into a Dogfish Head Off-centered Pint glass.

Produces a dark, cola-colored body with a bubbly, quickly fleeting khaki head. Excellent carbonation, despite the high ABV. Sweet, floral hops and banana greet the nose, as well as a toffee nuttiness, wheat grains, and a sugary booze note that takes on sort of a raw ethanol presence as the beer warms.

Chewy, caramel malts hit first, followed by a prickly booze note, wheat, and musty, resinous hops. This eisbock is complex, tasty, and plentiful in its flavor. Mouthfeel is a plethora of sensations: thick, sticky, chewy, and spicy. Certainly not for the faint of palate, as the tall order of booze works its magic on both the tongue and body. Surprisingly, it complements the flavor without overpowering some of the more subtle notes. Aventinus has definately set the bar for German wheats, and their Eisbock is no exception. Heavy, powerful, and delicious, this is a beer I hope to encounter again.

Photo of number1bum
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass it's a deep, murky, medium hued and slightly reddish brown color. Head is light tan and initially billows but then fizzes down to only a thin lace and eventually just a rimjob. Looks like chunky, thick cola.

Smell is quite sweet - candy sort of sweet - with lots of banana, raisins and other fruit, wheat, and a good amount of clove.

Taste is also very sweet, with lots of malt and sweet wheat. Very fruity again, but not just banana - I think I smell raisins and who knows what else. Clove is quite prominent, as well. There is a sort of sharp solvent like flavor as well as some alcohol heat that hit the back of the throat through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick and chewy, but also has a pretty active level of carbonation.

This is my first of this style and I can't say that it's something I'd revisit with great frequency. I'm just not much of a wheat fan, but I'd choose this over some other wheat styles.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle w batch number "02826"

hazy, dark amber-brown. decent head that stays around. lacing starts out nice, but always just slides back down.

nice standard weizen aroma of bananas and clove, plus port wine whiff. hints of hop and of a caramel maltiness. trace of phenols and alcohol.

sweet, but not cloyingly so, in a way i was not expecting - this is a good thing for me. concentrated weizen flavors intensified with more fortified wine, dried fruit, and abbey ale spice. almost like it was crossed with a belgian dark or quad. moderate bitterness lingers into a semi-sweet finish.

smooth, almost syrupy notes. moderate carbonation gives body.

i wasn't such a big fan of regular aventinus. but this is simply wonderful.

watch out... it's 12% ABV!!

Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This botlle is marked 2005.

This eisbock pours a rich brown color with a silky tan head. Poor retention and not much lacing is my only gripe here.

The nose has a collection of sweet wheaty malts, dark ripe fruits, caramel and spicy complex alcohols.

The taste is equally impressive. Big and sweet yet well balanced. Lots of fruits and again quite wheaty. Raisins, plums, cherries, figs, bananas and carmelized candy.

A full body is a bit light on carbonation and a little syrupy. For 12% this is very drinkable.

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

A - dark brown, head goes quickly

S - lots of alcohol, also cloves and spices

T/M - The alcohol is pretty apparent in the taste, which is my main complaint against this beer. Otherwise it's great. Nice warming sensation with cloves and spices just like the smell would indicate. Fits the style very well.

D - I thought it would be less of a sipper, but I had to take it kind of slowly. Still a very fine beer and glad I had it.

Photo of Med
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inviting dark brow, dark enough to reject light, with a modest one finger near white head. The head recedes but never leaves, coating the top of the beer with a slowly swirling layer of tiny bubbles. The smell is intense and complex, with layers of sweet molasses and dark brown sugar followed by raisins and plum, hints of toffee, and maybe a touch of black currant. Taste is equally intense and offers similar flavors including, oddly, coca cola. Alcohol is forward and present but doesn't distract. Mouthfeel is influenced by the warm alcohol, but not dominated by it. Fine bubbles tickle the tongue while a medium thick consistency coats nicely. Based upon the aroma, I expected this to be a touch too sweet for real drinkability, but while it is indeed sweet it never gets cloying and if not for the somewhat scary 12 percent I would be glad to have another. Highly recommended...

Photo of haz77
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ruby-hued brown with a very lively, fizzy tan head. This bubbles and disappears within 30 seconds, leaving a very thin ring. Easily refreshed to a thin layer.

S - Banana, cocoa, bubblegum, clove, dried dark fruits, some plasticy/medicinal phenols tucked at the back, anise. Very, very nice.

T - Initial mouthful of the dark fruits, with the chocolate then bursting through. Banana and clove then take over, but the dark fruit remains in the background. Bubblegum slides through at the end, which is surprisingly dry. Aftertaste is leather/tobacco with a sweet hint of the dark fruit. Partway through the beer there's a pleasant tingle of alcohol warmth that lingers on the roof of the mouth and back of the lips and certainly isn't as punchy as the strength would suggest. Amazingly well crafted.

D - Thick, syrupy body with soft, but cleansing carbonation.

M - Very impressive beer. Incredibly easy to sip given the strength.

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

Dark mahogany with particles in it, not much head.

Smells like a turbo Hefeweizen, banana and strong alcohol.

Tastes a bit like a turbo hefeweizen, I'm picking up banana and clove, along with sweet fruity notes and spices. And a definite alcohol presence. A good blend though.

Mouthfeel smooth, nice substantial body.

High abv, but this pulls it off. An interesting brew.

Photo of Durge
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This unique brew is the color of mahogany with lots of fizz in the pour but virtually no head and no lace. The aroma is of chocolate, licorice and roasted almonds, some alcohol, very nice. It shows low carbonation and gives a mildly oily feel. It has a sweet smooth raisin and molasses flavor with warming alcohol and toffee. Pretty strong but drinkable, very balanced. Really coats the tongue with malty candy. Great.

Photo of williamherbert
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with an almost purple hue. Big puffy light brown head that decides to stick around for a bit. Thick and murky. Leaves chunks of Nestle Quik debris on the sides when finished.

The spicy aroma of a very dark weizenbock. A pungent burnt banana. Slight alcohol aroma wafting above.

The taste is strong whiskey alcohol. As it mellows, the weizen/yeasts come out. A very strong weizenbock. Has some of that spicy Belgian flavor.

There is an honest-to-God burn on the way down. Medium-bodied otherwise, but a tad bubbly. A very strong and heavy beer. Dark and full of alcohol.

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