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

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2,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,101
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 140
Gots: 152 | FT: 4
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp from a 12 oz dark green bottle marked 2006/23462.

Pours thick and murky, muddy water looking, an aggressive pour giving a nice one inch light tan head of fine bubbles.

Complex nose, sweet, fruity and plenty of clove, with a fresh malted grain aroma.

Sweet and spicy flavor, notable wheat, clean alcohol presense. No fusels evident.

Mouthfeel presents a good body and pleasant alcohol warming.

Very drinkable for 12% ABV. Highly recommended.

BattleRoadBrewer, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle marked 2006/22415 into my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass (thanks guys). Decants a dusky, muddy brown with some sediment evident and no visible carbonation. One finger brown-tan head sticks around for awhile, leaving behind a heavy cap and ring, and modest lacing. Nose of firm, sweet malt and dark fruit. Clear notes of clove. Definite alcohol presence in the background. Tastes of sweet malt and clove, with dark fruit (plums and raisins) coming in shortly behind, followed by a warming alcohol wave. Mouth is semi-syrupy, thick but not heavy, with middle carbonation breaking things up a bit and keeping it a bit crisp. Carbonation brings out the edge on the cloves, while the overall heaviness complements the dark fruit and malt. Drinkability is good, though at 12% ABV, this is one to be enjoyed in moderation. Probably two tops would do it for me.

Overall: My first foray into Eisbocks, Aventinus has seriously raised the bar for others of the style. Highly recommended.

jettjon, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice hazy dark amber almost brown with a decent head that slowly diminished to a ring. The aroma was dominated by dried fruits. Dried fruits also dominated the taste followed by wheat, a strange almost BBQ sauce-like flavor was also present. The beer was rather heavy with the alcohol being slightly abrasive. This one took me a while to drink, but I do enjoy it, especially as something completely different from anything I usually drink.

atsprings, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, labelled 2006. Pours a murky, muddy brown with some little bubbles on the side of the glass. Aroma is wheaty, but not particularly strong. Taste is all Aventinus up front, but then feels heavier and more alcoholic on its way down. Almost warmer. I probably should have prefaced this review by saying that regular Aventinus is one of my favourite beers of all time, so I was practically giddy about trying this one. Flavour is good (well, it would have to be), but I'm not sure it's necessarily better than regular Aventinus. But it certainly goes down the throat more like hard liquor than a beer.

sstackho, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very effervescent dark brown color with a huge head. The head settled down nicely though to just over one finger in size.

S: There is a huge malt smell from this one. I detect hints of banana, clove, and maybe even some vanilla, pretty nice.

T: Huge alcohol taste here, a little too boozy for my liking. I realize it is 12% ABV and it shows. Behind the alcohol I could taste a molasses like sweetness along with dark fruits like figs and raisins.

M: Full bodied and carbonated, leaves a slight sting from the alcohol.

D: Not my cup of tea, one bottle was plenty.

Overall: I was not a huge fan of this beer. The taste was nice, but I think the alcohol taste masked the true flavor of this beer. Nice to say I have had it, but I probably would not buy it again.

tpd975, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the other Aventinus brew, so here goes the other one. This one pours a dark ruby with a carbonated head the fizzes at the beginning before settling into a ring around the glass. Smell is a replica of a hefe weizen, bananas, gum and honey dominate the aromas, though the smell is a lot thicker.

As soon as the beer hits your mouth, you know it's not a hefe. Syrupy thick with a big peppery kick. Plums, prunes and bananas dominate the taste. Alcohol kicks you in the teeth and warms you on the way down. Judging from the description, it tastes exactly as you would assume: it's a what bock on steroids. You can feel 12 percent, but not in an undesirable sort of way.

This is totally different from the other eisbock (Kulmbacher) I have tried, which I don't think was made with wheat. But I may be wrong. This is a great and unique beer.

saintwarrick, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfect pour. Cloudy dark brown with a great 1 finger white, creamy head. This head never dies and leaves the perfect creaminess on top. Nice. Really nice. Smells great. Sweet raisins, dark fruits and other intriguing smells.

Taste is excellent. Sweet raisins. Dates. Dark fruits. Caramel/toffee. Slight earthiness. Touch of brandy. Everything is perfectly balanced. Rich and delicious. Love it. This is how you do an eisbock.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Creamy, rich, yet with a nice carbonation level to give it a nice bite at the end (and keep it from being cloying). Alcohol warms at the end.

Drinkability is also excellent. For a 12% beer of this sort, I find this very drinkable. Oh so good.

Highly recommended. This is an excellent eisbock. I think it's time to buy some more...

rallison, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Nesued
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured into a pilsner glass. Head formed quickly, but resolved almost as fast. No head to speak of remained. Vibrant carbonation was present with dissipation not contributing to any lasting lacing.

Smell - Very strange aroma. Hints of banana, with a spice offering as well. Poured warm. ALOT of a phenol presence. Quite distracting for my taste.

Taste - Wow, big alcohol kick with a continued taste to what the aroma provided as a lead-in. At first, I almost equated this with a Samichlaus, but that was quickly dismissed as the body didn't continue to build. It was just the alcohol talking.

Mouthfeel - The big carbonation fills your mouth and gives you an added "kick" that was begun with the initial alcohol "umph". Watch it on this one. I will say that the intial aroma and taste continues unabated throughout the life of this beer. Nothing much more to see.

Drinkability - As this being my first Eisbock, I'm at a loss as to comparisons. However, I will say this is quite the sipping beer to be enjoyed throughout the evening. Don't try this at home without appropriate supervision! :) I'll have to put some of these away to see how well these mature. To my taste, I didn't find this high ABV as appealing as other offerings. I'll have to expand my experience with Eisbock's to provide a fair comparison.

Nesued, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a .33L bottle at The City Beer store in San Francisco ($5.69). A little pricey for a small bottle but I hadn't tried this before and thought I would give it a go.

A - poured a dark, reddish brown. Light foam that dissolved quickly leaving very little lace. Lots of yeast residue left in the bottle.

S - Banana at first with malt coming in later. Very subtle.

T - Lots of residual malt with some clove. 12% alcohol that is in the periphery.

MF - Thick. I've never had an Eisbock before and you can tell that some of the water has been taken out. Interesting. Not syrupy but thick.

D - Very good. Not something to take lightly. Better suited for a cold day and I had this on a hot one. Would like to try it in the winter.

Maerzen, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of sessycuban
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The beer pours a very deep brown. The head is light brown, and dissipates quickly.

S- The beer gives aromas of ripened fruit, clove, spices, and yeast. Not spectacular in the aroma department but good for the style.

T- The beer tastes of a very powerful clove sweetness. Again, I'm also getting fruit, like bananas. There is a ton of residual malt.

M- The beer is thick, with a very strong alcohol presence. There's no hiding in this one.

D- I think this beer makes for a fine dessert beer, but I would only drink it in the winter months. Given the style, it is a very enjoyable beer, perhaps one of the finest.

sessycuban, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of westweasel
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured from a bottle into one of the new Sam Adams glasses.

The color is a hazy brown liquid with little to no head at all. A few ugly chunks of something settled to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is very interesting. The main smell I detect is cherries, with raspberries and milk chocolate mixed in. The smells are very sweet.

The taste is very interesting and complex. I am getting chocolate, raisins, and cherries. I can also taste some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium, with a slight alcohol burn.

This is a very drinkable beer for being 12% ABV. It is also very complex. I'm certainly glad I tried it.

westweasel, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich cloudy brown woth a rich creamy off white head supported by a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Gorgeous.

A-dark cherries phenols and banana. Nice aroma.

T-first thing that hits a sweetness followed by a those weizen clove and banana flavours. Very reminscent of regular aventinus. Some vague sourness. A very complex brew. You don't get any alcohol notes here as it is subdued for such a strong beer. It definitely opens up a bit as it warms and some caramel malt comes out

M-full bodied and highly carbonated

D-whoa dangerously good. Aventinus is a superior brewery and the Eisbock is no exception.

sleazo, May 28, 2007
Photo of jim102864
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on tap in Decatur, GA of all places. Stop by the Brick Store Pub if you're ever in the Atlanta area. You won't be disappointed.

Appearance of this Weizen Eisbock was light brown in color with some evidence of bubbly carbonation. In this instance, it was poured into a gorgeous proper glass which had a long stem with the Adventinus label on it that opens into a goblet and has the label found on the bottle. Simply a great presentation. The head was as white as can be and hung in for most of the session.

The aroma was punctuated by the smell of wheat and malt with some fruitness. Overall very clean.

The taste was clean wheat, slightly sweet with maltiness through to the finish.

Mouthfeel was viscous but very smooth. Some evidence of alcohol in the finish but it clearly takes a backseat to the malty flavor.

This is a very drinkable brew that is not heavy handed in the taste when it comes to alcohol despite the aggresive 8% abv. Enjoy it on tap or in a bottle.

jim102864, May 28, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aventinus Weizen Eisbock pours a mahogany brown color with a thick head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malt, banana and clove. Taste is intense, a stronger version of Aventinus for sure. In addition to banana and clove flavors, there were some medicinal flavors floating through the mix as well. Not really off putting, but definitely present. Alcohol is more felt than tasted, but I think there's a hint of it in the taste too. There is a thick mouthfeel that I really enjoyed. Recommended.

Drew966, May 24, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!!! Pours a cloudy mahogany color...small fizzy white head that dissolves fast. No lacing to speak of. Great smell...really pronounced and representative of the taste. Rich dark fruit, some astringency and mild malt backbone. Taste is exceptional. Dark fruit (like a plum pudding run through a blender) astringent like a Belgian Ale with some cloves, banana hints and a very balanced hint of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth.

I don't feel as crippled after this as I do after a Brooklyn Monster Ale or a Bigfoot, but you have to respect the alcohol. Drinkability for this beer is "Would you like to drink a second one?" The answer is a most resounding YES.

JayQue, May 24, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

jesus h christ ..this beer has got a bite... a bit thin...

pours a nice big head, low lacing.

..quite tart, with a sweet warming kick..

.batch 2006.

..has a strong wheat library...this is a big beer, but the thinness and appearance lower it to just average.

. needs to be more ...syrupy? ...but i have wanted this for a while and am not sorry i got it..if i had a cellar i would buy a few!!!

Onslow, May 22, 2007
Photo of RoBotGod
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. Its not a style that I visit very often either. After an aggressive pour I still didn't get very much head at all. It was a very dark brown and had a sweet molasses smell to it. First few drinks I pulled a brown sugar and kind of a hot cinnamon taste from it. Is a good mid body beer with a little bit of tobacco taste in it as well. The alcohol is recognizable but I would have never guessed 12%. Drinks more like a 8 or 9. A great beer overall. When I got down to the end of it I notice a ton of sediment. That's to be expected.

RoBotGod, May 17, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brew, hazy with some highlighting. Great tight foaming head with good retention, lacing is okay.

Highly phenolic aroma, spices and malt flavor as well as wheat-grain lightness. Clove and fig.

Syrupy malt presence, sweet as hell, and very full and creamy. Diacetyl and clove fight with dark caramel-toffee malt, no real significant hop flavor. Wheat makes it so very easy to drink. Finish is full-bodied with lots of flavors left over. The first time I had this I thought it was the tastiest double digit abv beer I'd had. It's still way up there.

BretSikkink, May 17, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a snifter
Unknown brewing (bottle number 023597), iced 05/07

Poured a deep dark brown mahogany with a small very light brown quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of strong roasted dark rye bread, cloves and cinnamon, raisins, bananas, sherry, molasses.

Taste was upfront strong bitter sweet dry sherry or whiskey with molasses, raisins and leather followed by a harsh bitter earthy and leathery feel and some light burnt sugar and grassy hops on a long whiskey liquor finish.

Palate was medium to full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated lightly astringent and strongly alcoholic.

Overall, this feels like drinking liquor. Pairs up nicely with a cigar, but a little harsh to drink. A sipper at best. Very strong and interesting aromas though.

xav33, May 16, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a dark brown red color that almost looks like a bruise, the head is small and dies quickly
S: Very sweet smell almost in the range of fruity candy.
T: the taste is very smooth and enjoyable. relatively fruity and sweet with a noticeable alcohol level, though it is faint enough that it does not impact the experience negatively.
M/D: this is a suprisingly smooth and esy to drink beer. there is a noticeable alcohol in the finish, but nothing bad, or too intense. overall its a good beer and very enjoyable

Redwood21, May 12, 2007
Photo of rm0312
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle - A purplish brown with an soft white head. Good complexity in aroma and body. Flavor is sweet and rich with cloves and citrus tastes. Warming alcohol mouthfeel with alot of yeast and bread in the finish. Try this along with a piece of quality dark chocolate.

rm0312, May 12, 2007
Photo of Contra
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was the most tempting option available at my local bar (which always has an excellent selection of beers), so I went with it. Glad I did.

Appearance - Rich, tons of head, and quite inviting.

Smell - Somewhat floral, at least for the style. Other than that, pretty it pretty much had an aroma of what it tasted like.

Taste - Quite malty, and I'd imagine it would go well with a cigar. Hints of vanilla, but a stronger presence of toffee, dates, and caramel. The alcohol is barely noticeable behind all the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Absolutely exquisite. Very silky and velvety. I have never had a beer quite so luscious. Exceptional.

Drinkability - Surprisingly high, considering how complex and heavy it is.

Overall, this beer was extremely enjoyable. I would not hesitate to get it again, and in fact, I'll probably try to get it often.

Contra, May 05, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel color with a nose of candy corn and/or dark candy sugar. Flavor is the same with stewed dark fruits - raisins and prunes with yeasty burnt currants. It was not without a certain character reminiscent of a dark/ strong belgian ale. Because of that I will take the regular Aventinus over it for its bock/weizen character. Really good though.

dedrinker, May 01, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Update 3/4/11: What the hell happened to my Weizen Eisbock?

Poured into an Eisenbhan Wiezenbock glass, the color is the same, but there's better head retention. The aroma is more boozy and grapey, but I can still make out those weizenbock charactersitcs. The taste is where it goes downhill; lots of uber-sweet raisin flavored alcohol dominate with the clove and banana bread tastes pushed way aside. Mouthfeel remains very likeable, big, syrupy, and smooth, not too boozy in this respect, and sticky around the mouth. Damn, this is too sweet; I'm going to struggle to finish the 330 ml serving.

This bottle was a 2010 vintage (costing $5.49), so perhaps it needs a little more time to be outstanding. Or perhaps my tastes have changed so much since my last sampling nearly 4 years ago. I've had my helping of Aventinus Classic in between that time, and I'll be more than happy to drink that in the future.


This better be good. I spent $5.19 for an 11.2 oz. bottle at Town and Country Liquor, and it has a printed number on the back of the label. It says 2005/11325 on the back of the label. Well, the moment has come to try it out:

Dark red to brown in color, it's an eye catcher, but where's my head? I barely got one when it was poured, and it quickly went down. But that's okay, I enjoyed everything else this brew had to offer. Have you ever tried to mix a Doppelbock with a Hefeweizen and an Eisbock? That's the best way to describe this beer. It has that delicate yeasty, phenolic, fruity flavor of Hefe's, the chocolate maltiness and raisins flavors of a Doppelbock, and that body warming kick of a Eisbock. All of this creates an extremely well-balanced brew, an incredibly smooth texture, and the defying drinkablilty which begs me to have another of these. At 12% ABV, you better watch how much you drink of this, but it's so damn good.

If this review couldn't get any better, I now know I can find this at quite a few establishments, and cheaper too. Hooray!

Original rating: 3.5/5/5/5/5

DoubleJ, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottled marked as 2004 vintage...

A- Absolutely no head, barely any lacing as it decants which quickly recedes completely. There's tons of sedement in this guy, chunks floating around like a snowglobe. Murky dark brown body.

S- Apple cider, vinegar, the faintest banana.

M - Medium body, bitter, slightly carbonated finish with a tang of its 12% ABV. Leaves the mouth with a thick, creamy residue.

T - The alcohol comes out prominently. "It tastes like liquor," was the only help I got from my girlfriend on this one. There's an undertone of caramel and beneath that, butterscotch that counter the alcoholic tang.

D - Wow. I've had high ABV's before, but nothing like this. Be careful, this is like a couple of Bigfoots kicking you in the pants. Clocking in at a mere 12, this guy mirrors and even mocks the 19% Dogfish Head WWS, in my experience. It's bitter, but overall that should be countered by a cautious sipping.

yourunclewalt, Apr 22, 2007
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
95 out of 100 based on 2,101 ratings.