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

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2,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 1,058
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 146
Gots: 160 | 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 jph424
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown with a thin head that leaves little lacing

S - Brown sugar, a lot like a Belgian Dark.

T - Candied sugar, roasted malts, with a wonderful sweet flavor that lingers. The 12% is extremely well disguised.

M - Well carbonated, thinner than I expected.

D - Pretty darn drinkable especially for such a big beer. If you didn't tell me the ABV and just kept pouring this for me I would be in big trouble.

This is very tasty. I think I still prefer regular Aventinus but this is a heck of a great beer.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, #2006/20788

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown under a fingers worth of white head. No retention, no lace.

S: Smells of caramel, apples, banana, slight funk, raisins, chewy malt.

T: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, caramel, brown sugar, big boozy alcohol. Very fruity, plums, a little bit of cherry, slightly drying, but overall a sweet finish, and a tad bit of funk much like the nose.

M/D: Big thick, sticky, full body. Alcohol is there in bunches but very tolerable, also pretty warming. Carbonation is light to medium. Good beer, but I don't know how much I could drink. Very strong, very big, very good.

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

thanks to miguelmandingo for sharing this bottle with me..

A: Pours a reddish oaky color w/ small thin head.

S: Boozy bananas and spices that I cant pinpoint.

T: bananas, booze, brown sugar, hints of caramel.

M: Good carbonation, medium body, warming from the booze.

D: They don't mask the alcohol, but I guess it's hard to mask 12%. It's still tasty enough to drink a couple.

Overall, the booziness in the taste and mouthfeel was too much for me.

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

Small capped bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Very dark, with crimson highlights, and you can still see some of the floating particles. Little to no head, and no lacing - just some "oily" coating.
The aroma is powerful, although the alcohol is not as evident as it could be for the strength, it is obviously there. Along with it, caramel, yeasts, some spiciness and perhaps cloves.
In the palate, the alcohol becomes even more evident, warming, spicy. A heavy maltiness and yeastiness balances it nicely.
Quite good and interesting, but the original is far better, and you can have more. This is one and out...

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Younger35. Thank you for taking care of another one off my wants list!

This beer pours a very deep, dark, and dirty brown color with a minimal head. I was expecting that with as high an ABV as this beer has. I get big scents of dark fruit, heavy malt, banana, and alcohol. After my first sip I am thinking malt, malt, and more malt. There is a syrupy sweetness in the flavor profile with hints of banana and clove. The wheat flavor makes an appearance as well, but it isn't very pronounced. This beer is medium bodied with a subtle and welcomed alcohol warmth to it. I am surprised how well the alcohol is hidden on this beer. The drinkability is a nice surprise on this beer and went along perfect with cold night outside.

Thank you again Dan.

Photo of Stanford
2.88/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was the first Eisbock that I have tried. All positive comments aside from the taste. I guess I was looking for the same experience one gets if you compare a glass Johannesburg Riesling with a glass of Eiswien- indeed the alcohol and sugar content of this Eisbock is stronger, but the flavor of this beer was not what I expected. It has a very strong syrup flavor and reminds me of port wine. I am eager to try other beers of this style.

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

I splurged and bought a case for Christmas thinking I could drink the whole thing over the holidays - HA! I've had it a month and there is still a half a case, which I may cellar til next winter.

This is a whopper - carmelly dark, excellent carbonation, nice head sits on this big beer. Complex and almost too fruity sweet, but with a bite of wheat. I'm surprised how much the wheat comes thru. No noticable hop flavors. Alcohol warms all the way down.

It's a bigger beer than an Imperial Stout. I'm glad I bought it, even though I can manage only one per sitting.Recommended, even though I prefer the Kulmbacher Eisboch.

Photo of Risser09
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2005 bottling #08092 - Cellar temp

Appearance: Brown color with orange highlights. 2" off-white head that is quite foamy. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: Heavy sugar and dark fruit. Apple tartness. Plum, raisin, rum, brown sugar, date and fig. Alcohol. Tannin aroma like a red wine. Licorice and anise. Wonderfully complex.

Taste: Intense sugary nectar. HEAVY dark fruits of date, fig, plum and raisin. I liken this to a pricey rum. Plenty of alcohol to go with the flavors and sugars. Biscotti. A touch of anise.

Mouthfeel: Very heavily bodied with sugar and chewiness. This is a great sipper for the coldest day of the year, while watching the 3rd coldest football game in history!

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is one to cellar and cherish from time to time during the winter. It was very good with 3 years on it. I suspect it could go longer without wavering very much.
I will be buying more.

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

Most recently had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a hazy amber with a creamy off-white head.

S- Lots of clove and banana, this is a big weizen beer!

T- Warming, without the alcohol burn, lots of spiciness, especially clove and banana.

M- Carbonated well, is smooth on the tongue, full bodied.

D- Too big to have many, but enjoyable. A great winter beer!

Photo of Antilochus
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle purchased at a Kingston LCBO as part of their winter seasonal selection. Poured into a small nosing glass for this tasting.

Alarmingly large head... cloudy orange-brown body with a large offwhite head that dissipates quickly.

Aromas of banana and bubblegum are immediately perceived. A bit of alcohol on the nose, not bad at 12% abv though. Notes of vanilla, yeast, some caramel and perhaps some medicinal character (cough medicine?). Bread. Whisky-like oakiness. Not too complex.

Big mouthfeel, remarkably carbonated.

Very sweet and syrupy on the palate. Bananas and plums. Hot finish, I suppose anything carbonated at 12% will feel like this. Imagine carbonated red wine... very punchy. Molasses, licorice, yeast, grape skins, pepper. Herby and medicinal, almost like bitters (liqeur). Spiced chocolate? Some sour citrus rind in there too. Feels like it could be loaded with tannins. Interesting.

A German powerhouse. I like how it retains the characteristics of the wheat very well. Why did they put this in a 500mL bottle?!?!

Edit: not as drinkable as I thought. The fact that it is 2/3 the size of a bottle of wine, just as strong, and as sweet as port makes it a little hard to finish. Still tasty though.

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I'd never tried an eisbock before. It's an interesting experience.

I poured the Aventinus into a flute glass and it produced little head. The color is a brown, not as dark as some beers, but more than a few.

The smell is quite powerful. There is evidence of fruit and some spices like cloves. Very pungent.

You can taste the fruit and spices easily. This beer has a really powerful taste. It's not unpleasant in the least, but be forewarned.

It had a high carbonation content, giving it a good mouthfeel.

In the end, this is a drinkable beer, though I don't know how many of these I could put away in the course of an evening.

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

I purchased a bottle of the stuff at the LCBO by mistake. I meant to get the regular Aventinus, but this surprise proved to be welcome.

When poured into its signature Aventinus glass, I was treated to a deep burgundy and very cloudy brew. The tan-coloured head receded quickly into the liquid whence it came, unfortunately. This beer leaves very little lacing.

A cursory sniff revealved the expected smells of bubblegum and banana. Fruity with a hint of clove. One whiff packs quite a punch -- like a stronger version of the original, though perhaps lacking in its subtlety.

The taste is gorgeous. Simple perhaps, but the sweet, dried fruit and rich, malty flavours are extremely pleasing. The hops breaks through occaisionally, with characteristic bitterness, but the sweet and grainy character dominates.

The mouthfeel is full, but refreshing thanks to the high carbonation. Goes down extremely easily considering the 12% ABV. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall quite enjoyable -- similar to the original, but kicked up a notch. Unfortunately, this is a slightly less subtle brew than it's weaker cousin; the more delicate flavours I expect from the regular Aventinus are here overwhelmed by the alcohol and malty sweetness. None-the-less, it is extremely tasty and highly recommended.

Photo of funkengruven
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This stuff poured a very thick and cloudy dark red/brown with very little head. Smell is very nice like the original, only stronger, banana clove aromas dominate. This stuff tastes really good, sweet banana bread and wheat malt are dominant here. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy on the alcohol, but very full and quite satisfying.

Alcohol level in this brew can make it a challenge to drink, definitely worth saving for an after-dinner dessert and then in small quantities. Large quantites can be headache inducing, but overall this is still a really good and complex brew that is worthy of a try.

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

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Medium brown with a slight purple hue. Nice light tan head that stays a while.

S - Nice sweet fruit scents. You can smell the alcohol. That typical Aventinus smell.

T - Just like the smell, nice and fruity with a strong alcohol taste.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Not as good as the other Aventinus but still good.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from the Coop for about $5... shared with Brenda, mine from a Kasteel tulip.

Not much head at all ... deep amber brew.

Aroma is all sweet bananas ... touch of pink bubblegum and cloves.

Deceptively smooth for a brew that has this much alcohol ... medium body and pretty explosive carbonation on the palate. Flavor is bananas and the expected bubblegum. Some caramel mid palate. Lingering spicy banana esters.. actually pretty good.

Probably only the 4-5th time I've had this over the years; typically I am not a fan of German wheats, but lately, I've been trying to expand my horizons, and this is the beer to do it with... Awesome and would cellar like a champ.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy is an understatement - you can't see through an inch of this stuff. Dark brown liquid topped by a somewhat creamy head.

S - Huge fruity aromas, with a spicy touch. sweet smelling and boozy.

T/M - First impression is creamy mouthfeel, that slides all the way back. Drier than expected with notes of dried fruit and booziness. Bitterness is actually quite assertive as well. Most definitely a warming brew. Has a bit of a wheaty twang as well.

D - This is obviously a big beer, and not for the weak of palate. I feel a little overmatched here. Wouldn't want to drink a whole one myself (very often anyway). Better for sharing between 2 or 3 ppl and take it slow.

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy dark brown color with a huge tan head that dissipated fairly quickly into a slight cap. The cap was gone by the end of the glass leaving a flat muddy looking brew. The smell is strong. Caramalized bananas, honey nut clusters, cereal, brown sugar, concentrated raisin juice (if there is such a thing), medicinal phenols. The taste is of a concentrated hefeweizen with added prune juice. Banana and clove flavors mixed with sweet dark fruits. No malt bitterness in this one. The flavors are very strong but the sweetness will be a bit cloying towards the end. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation and a slick finish. Definitely a strong aroma and taste with this brew but the sweetness is off the hook and limits the drinkability. The alcohol is not detected but I'm sure its strong.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew really reminds me of the regular Aventinus but stronger in every department. It pours with a fluffy off white head, drops quickly and leaves behind a little lacing. Has a hazy dark brown color.

The nose is ripe with fruits (lots of plums, raisins and some banana) alcohol, wheat and some old cough syrup.

Tastes of cloves and other spices, once again lots of plum and raisin, huge warming alcohol and molasses. This is one hell of a night cap.

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

What a better way to bring in the New Year, then with an Eisbock! And boy does it bring in the new year~!
Poured out with a decent head, thick and foamy which slowly dropped into a nice lacing around a dark brown colour. This is gonna hit ya!

Smell is of sweet caramel, and caramelised sauce, like Grand Marnier in cooking. Lots of orange. Amazingly strong. No hint of alcohol at all! Just sweet!

The alcohol hits in the taste, with some dryness through-out the palate. Sweet malt, candy sugar, hints of plum and sultanas. Burnt Raisin in the back of the palate.

The body is moderate, not too heavy which is surprising given the maltiness. The alcohol tingles everything. You can definently feel the alcohol, but boy does it go down well. Compared to the first time I had this, I could possibly take more then just one of them.

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Number: 2004/13269 Poured on 12/29/2007

Appearance is a murky brown with a dark copper tinge. Head dissipated rapidly after pouring into my vintage PBR goblet leaving no traces behind. Lots of floaties with this one, left most of them in the bottle.

The first burst of aroma is bubble gum and banana. This quickly turns into a sweet dark fruit smell – almost cola-like – mixed with alcohol and spices... an unusual start.

Taste is a more dark fruits: dates, prunes, and raisins, also some caramel. All that sweetness is balanced out with a sharp, spicy burning finish from the alcohol. Hops are nonexistent. Mouth feel is thick with almost no carbonation.

At first I wasn't really liking this brew, but it grew on me as I sipped it. It's not like any other beer I have had to date.

Photo of baos
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking as I type

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark dark reddish amber. Lots of gunk at the bottom, watch out if thats bothersome to you. Two finger head that virtually disappears. Very little lacing.

S: Phenolic, yes there is a hint of kindergarten art class paste there along with a rum and coke smell and a hint of clove and hard cider.

T: Wow there is a lot of shit going on here. Reminds me a bit of Dogfish Head's Raison D'etre, but I like this much much more. Deep dark caramel rum flavors intermingled with dried fruits and clovey spiciness.
Alcohol is strong and one is left with its warmth.

M: With a beer this high in alcohol I was expecting a light body, but what do I know? This one is medium to full bodied. A superb mouthfeel. The Germans know their Scheiße!!!

D: Very strong but if you likie sippie bier then you drink up. Ubermensch likie sippie this bier.

The story behind this beer is really cool. Read the back of the bottle. Serendipity at its finest, and reinvented to boot!!!11

Photo of TerryW
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a huge fan of the standard Aventinus brew, so looked forward to trying this one out. It takes a close look to pick this one out on the shelf if its anywhere near its cousin as the labels are almost identical.

The appearance of this beer is big let down. Spritzy soda type head that immediately goes to nothing. That's in stark contrast to the other version of this beer. The Eisbock also suffers in comparison to its cousin in the aroma department. Its alll heavy dark fruit, sugar, and alcohol and doesn't have any of the wonderful complexity of Aventinus standard.

Very fruity, big alcohol punch, lots of spritz in the mouthfeel. Better than a macro, but not in the same league as its supposedly simpler cousin. Comparisons to a barleywine are apt. Too harsh edged to be a true hit if you like the other version of this brew. Try it so you know and then go back and pick up some of the other.

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.

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.

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.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
95 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.