Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured a very murky brown with lots of sediment and a creamy thick tan head with great retention.
Smell is huge - Bananas, Yeast, alcohol, raisons, and other dark fruits. Very Sweet.
Taste is very fruity with hints of bananas, tangerine, dates, and other dark fruits, overall slightly sweet, but not overwhelming. Also a bit of alcohol flavor and yeast.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and thick.
Overall a very tasty treat, and very easy to drink.
04-28-2006 01:31:43 | More by bashiba
3.58/5 rDev -15.6%
Thanks to BA akeeper (my sis) for hooking me up with this one.
Served from a 12 oz bottle (number 044454) in a Duvel tulip at just below cellar temperature.
A - Cloudy, dark chestnut in color with a noisy, one-finger, cocoa colored head that shrinks rapidly into absolute nothingness - and silence. Mmm... that's about it. Even the etching at the bottom of the Duvel tulip can't raise even a whisper of head. When swirled vigorously, a gossamer appears like a materializing spirit, but is gone just as fast. No lacing at all. A tear rolls down my cheek. Sad.
S - Huge, sweet raisins and tawny port wine. Easily noticeable alcohol at cooler temperatures. Dark date bread. Molasses. Over-ripe bananas. If I didn't know better I'd think I was about to have a Quadrupel. Nice, but agressive and concentrated.
T - Very candy-sweet with a big punch of molasses and tawny port. The wheaty yeastiness makes a cameo in the middle, but is soon upstaged by the big alcohol that leaves a trail of embers all the way down the throat. Finish is yeasty and sweet, but hot. As the beer warms, however, the alcohol burn subsides significantly. Drinking at warmer temperatures is a must! Alcohol aside, this is a very tasty beer!
M - So nice going in - slick and substantial with a little tingle for the tongue. The looming alcohol, however, lacks any subtelty until the temperature nears 65 degrees. Unfortunately, by the time the beer rises to room temperature, it winds up being a smidge flat. Perhaps it's best to let the beer warm before popping the cap.
D - This beer curiously hangs somewhere in the limbo between a fortified dessert wine and a big beer. It definitely needs to be enjoyed as a nightcap like a glass of port wine or perhaps a cordial. If not, might I suggest the excellent Aventinus Weizenbock instead?
04-28-2006 01:31:36 | More by EPseja
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle number 2005 05094.
After getting the yeast nicely swirled, it pours a very dark, very murky brown. A very thin head is force-poured, and fades after a moment to a barely-there white ring on top of the cloudy beer. Very small, very slow bubbles are barely apparent through the dark murk.
Heady scents of raisin, dark fruit, burnt sugars and alcohol are strong in the nose; There are very slight scents of wheat influence, banana or fluffiness, but mostly it's rugged, alcoholic, and yeasty.
Marshmallow and banana are more prevalent in the first half of each sip; The first flavors are smooth, slightly bouncy, then take a turn towards spicy yeast and tart alcohol. Big dark fruit and rummy alcohol and sugars build into the finish. It all mellows as it warms, the solvents of the alcohol fading out and more sweetness rising.
Mouthfeel is smooth, very lightly carbonated, with a creamy finish.
Be sure to drink warm! All the good properties come out as it warms.
04-23-2006 23:39:59 | More by Tupperwolf
4.6/5 rDev +8.5%
I was pleasently surprised to find this one in the blue mountains of Sidney. Poured a murky eggplant color into a wine glass with little head and faint ruby hue towards the bottom of the glass. Smell was delicious, dark over ripe prunes, red wine aromas and some chocolate notes in there as well. Taste was heavenly with powdered sugar, plum, wheat, chocolate, grape....the complexities were nerely innumerable. Mouthfeel was also a plus as there was a nice hoppy character accompanying the wheat and fruit flavors, making for a melange of different tastes to pick up on. This is some pretty strong juice, so for the unseasoned beer drinker one might be enough, however I think a couple bottles of this could potentially do quite nicely for just about anybody wanting to try an exceptional beer experience. Final thoughts: fabulous, this is a beer with some great complexities going on. Not only is it a great style of beer, but also one with alot of personality. Cheers
04-22-2006 13:17:55 | More by jamie2dope
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle number 21542, dated 2004. Pours a murky, chunky, dirty brown. Protein chunks everywhere, and a very thin head. Not surprising considering the ABV. Honestly, it's not much to look at.
Aroma is huge. Dark ripe fruits, caramel, sugar, malt, a little banana, and a good amount of alcohol are mostly what I get.
Flavor is without a doubt, the best out of any eisbock I've ever had. Raisons, figs, dates, dark caramel, clove, and fruity belgian yeast are dominant. Sweet, and borderline cloying.... just as I feel an eisbock should be. Also slightly phenolic, with a solvent-ey kind of finish. Reminds me a bit of eiswine actually. Alcohol rears it head after the swallow. Hot finish lingers.
Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and heavy. Drinkability is decent, but this is definitely a sipper.
This is the best eisbock I've had to date, and I think it owes quite a bit to the wheat. If you like the original Aventinus, you'll LOVE the eisbock!
04-20-2006 04:20:23 | More by phisig137
3.7/5 rDev -12.7%
Poured from a 500ml bottle marked "8.0% ABV" as opposed to the 12.0% listed on BA. Dated July, 2005.
The color was a dark amber-brown with a thin, tan head that fell quickly. Strong aroma of wheat malt with notes of caramel and citrus.
Very powerful wheat flavor with big alcohol buzz and some residual sugar. This is a big wheat taste and has the citrusy aftertaste as well.
Seems my bottle is really fizzy; maybe right for the style but not my preference.
Not completely drinkable owing to the strong alcohol and fizzy texture.
I'm glad I tried this but I won't be making a habit out of it.
04-18-2006 21:03:28 | More by joedon
British Columbia (Canada)
4.83/5 rDev +13.9%
I had this bottle at the Weisses Brauhaus in Munich.
Mindestens haltbar bis 23.02.07.
A: Murky, dark chestnut. Off-white head, some retention and lace.
S: Alcohol (sherry), raisins, bread, slight spice.
T: Bread, alcohol (sherry), raisin, nut, spice. Sweetness is nicely balanced by the alcohol. Potent, but very well rounded. Truly exceptional.
M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.
D: Very good, especially considering the strength.
04-05-2006 00:33:25 | More by Derek
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Thick cream colored head topped this dark brown beer. There was a strong smell of malt with hints of banana and alcohol sneaking in for the ride. The beer was very thick with profound malt flavors. There was also banana and hints of coffee noticed. The alcohol left the mouth dry and in need of another taste. This was a very good beer that needs to be enjoyed slowly and over a period of time. If not, the alcohol is bound to sneak up on you.
04-03-2006 21:02:03 | More by poppercherry
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Ruddy chestnut colour with a thin, light brown head. Fine bubbles formed sheets of lace on the glass. Bready yeast aroma with some warm alcohol, banana, clove, bubblesgum, and a vague tropical fruit character. Candy sweetness, breadiness, and banana hit the palate right away. More fruit, including banana, comes out towards the end. Spice stays quite mild throughout. Great depth of flavour with mild alcohol warmth. Full, almost heavy body, low carbonation. Smooth texture with some dryness due to the alcohol. Great complexity and balance - very enjoyable. Thanks northyorksammy!
04-02-2006 21:27:02 | More by DrJay
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
Appearance - pours a cocoa-cola brown with large irregular chunks of stuff floating around. The effervescence is strong enough that it is lifting these chunks upwards instead of letting then settle out. A tan head is under-developed and doesn't last long.
Aroma - intense yeast and grain, alcohol is prominent.
Taste - sweet, grainy, raisiny. A Belgian candy taste, yeasty flavors come in late. Brash, hot alcohol is in every aspect of this beer. An intense weizenbock for sure.
Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, good carbonation, nicely done.
Drinkability - a potent form of wheat brew, a good pick now and then.
03-31-2006 04:12:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
I suspect, post-review, that I may have had a bad bottle due to the variance in my and other reviewer's take on this beer. Take this for what its worth - There was no date code - even year - on this beer. As soon as I can track down another example, I will replace this if it is found I did the beer a disservice in this review.
Liquefied Grape: The color, the nose, the taste, the finish. There's a theme here. Similar to label in color, actually. Leaves no lace trail.
Nose is almost leather-y; cider, straight-up booze vapors, quadruple esters, and most dominantly concord grape.
Taste has wheaty prickles (banana, clove) in a large way, but then gets winey again. What does exist of a wheatiness is nicely intermingled with the alcohol.
The sweetness of this seems to cloy, surprising in that I feel regular Aventinus is the near-perfection of balance. Still, an interesting and valid 'big beer'.
03-28-2006 19:05:06 | More by GreenWBush
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours purple-brown with lively carbonation and a frothy white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring.
Smell is dominated by dark fruit and sweet carmelized malt. Bananna, spices and light alcohol notes.
Taste is similar to nose with the sweetness of carmelized malt and dark fruit such as plum, raisin, and dates taking center stage. finish has a mils hop presence that slowly dissipates to fruity sweetness and spices that linger on the tongue. balanced and enjoyably complex. Alcohol notes are a constant companion that lingers in the background.
Mouthfeel is quite lively and creamy. Very smooth.
Overall this is an awesome beer with flavors are intersting and complex. The high ABV is well hidden but certainly sneaks up on you. Make sure you don't have anything but relaxing to do right after drinking this one.
03-27-2006 16:49:02 | More by Blakaeris
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a muddy brown with a thin, white ring of "head." Amazingly strong weizen aromas of banana, clove, and bubblegum. I'm truly taken aback at the how assertive this beer is while smelling it. I, in no way, have to stick my nose in the glass and sniff for this beer's character; it's all upfront. Ditto on the flavors. Tastes like weizen concentrate (which it IS, of course). This is a real treat for anyone who loves characteristic German wheat flavors. The only area that the taste loses points in is that I feel the sweetness could be put a little more in check. Aside from that, this is pretty damned stellar. Does a great job of hiding the alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and fairly slick with a little bite on the tongue. I am impressed with how drinkable this is, especially at its alcoholic strength. Those who do not phenolic beers should steer clear of this one.
03-19-2006 05:16:22 | More by goochpunch
3.9/5 rDev -8%
This beer pours a cloudy brown. There is quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The head is light tan. It fades a little quick, leaving very few laces.
This beer has a malty aroma. I detect some dark fruits. Not much on the hops. The 12 percent ABV is hidden well. It does have a very slight rum like aroma.
This beer tastes a lot like it smells. It has a malty caramel like flavor. It also has a raisin or plumb like flavor. Not very hoppy at all. It has a very subtle spicy flavor.
This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a very malty aftertaste. The alcohol, after a few sips, warms the throat as it goes down.
This is probably not a great session beer. It is a bit high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is pretty aggressive. It is a good beer though. I am glad to have had the chance to try it.
03-19-2006 01:41:14 | More by OStrungT
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
2 year old Eisbock served in a pilsner glass. Murky brown with no head at all, but some mild carbonation. Smell is slightly alcoholic with a sweetness of wheat extract. The taste is enhanced by the stellar body which I chewed through. Large doses of clean wheat flavor and tight yeast flavor mixed with a good alcohol taste, fruityness starts to bloom in the middle of my tongue in the aftertaste and draws me back for more. Lovely stuff.
03-06-2006 14:34:01 | More by Higravity
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
11.2 ounce bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, $4.04 with their mixed sixer discount. Bottle #2004/06938. Beer #19 in my quest to have the top 25 German beers.
Slight off-white head over a foggy tawny mahogany body. Yeast was swirled and decanted. Head fully dissipates, leaving some streams of rising bubbles. Smell is vinous and sweet, with coffee, chocolate malt, figs and prunes, cherries, toasted rye bread and date nut bread, maybe a hint of walnut. Taste is sweet vinous, peppery, warming, chocolate-covered cherries, burned sugar, roasted hazelnut. Very complex. Wow. The alcohol is definitely right there: no hiding 12%, even behind all this flavor. But what an amazing amount of flavor. Red wine. Just got a piece of Ghirardelli dark chocolate -- what a match! Also, what a thick, creamy mouthfeel. This is smooth as silk and thick as caramel. However, it's for sure a one-at-a-timer. Will I have this again? Absolutely. Will I have it again tonight? Don't think I could. Exceptionally drinkable for what it is.
02-28-2006 03:49:10 | More by ColoradoBobs
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen - with the sediment swirled and included. Light, tawny lacing with staying power atop a dark brown - foggy body.
To the nose, grains are there - but the underlying theme is spiciness and wet earth.
In the mouth, this is one smooth beer. You are hit with layer after layer of sweet malts and grains. Very forthright from the beginning. This is no lightweight. The spices from the nose are there - but do not overpower the wonderful malts. There is a slight hop character that just doesn't make it past the malts.
The feel here is heavy and full - very substantial in the mouth. It's big alcohol and you know it - but not beyond the drinkability stage. It finishes still sweet - but very organic and not hard at all.
Musings: This beer will kick your ass. It is a delicious malt powerlode that will knock you out. Highly recommended.
02-26-2006 16:51:09 | More by ChuckD
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Poured into a Aventinus glass a dark brown color, not much carbonation, no head, not much lacing really, some small bits of yeast were detected.
S - Scents of plums, sweet malts, and caramel.
T - The taste is sweet and alcoholic in nature. There's a nice little warming effect after sipping.
M - Medium body, no carbonation.
D - Drinkable. Another excellent brew from this brewery.
02-25-2006 00:29:14 | More by Wasatch
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
Deep brown color, only slight head after pour. There is an abundance of chunky sediment throughout this one, which kind of turns me off a bit, but what the hell, I still think it will be good. I even tried to leave behind the yeast but there was no stopping it. Aroma is a nice rasiny, chocolate, alcoholic experience. Taste is sweet for a second, then overpowered by raisiny alcohol that carries through the finish and beyond. The malt flavor is mostly dark fruit, with a hint of spice, much like a dubbel or grand cru. The mouthfeel runs even a bit thin, not syrupy as expected. Carbonation is adequate, its quite smooth, I don't really detect any grainy or chunkyness despite what I could see in the appearance. A good strong malt flavor overall, but alcoholic enough that you might want to just have one of these and then switch to something less potent...
02-24-2006 06:29:25 | More by bennetj17
District of Columbia
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Served in 33cl numbered bottle.
Aroma: Good maltiness, raisins, some vanilla and dark fruits like plums. Sweet with low phenols and a distant fruity ester. A little rum raisins.
Appearance: Dark mahogony with dark burgundy highlights. Effervescent with almost no head retention. Hazy (I did not rouse yeast).
Flavor: Rum soaked raisins with an onslaught of melanoidins and a spicy phenolic in the back of the pack. A little taste of alcohol in the aftertaste but pretty free of esters and bitters.
Mouthfeel: Alcohol numbing and warmth. A little spicy astringency. Medium to full mouthfeel with fine medium carbonation.
Overall: I like the dark melanoidin malt profile and its sneaky strength. The phenols are spicy and compliment the malt very well. I'm a little worried about the lack of esters but don't really miss them. A great multi-faceted brew. Good job. Needs more dextrins for improved head.
02-23-2006 18:33:25 | More by Chubby
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
pours like like flat coke. black, but not completely, some shades of dark brown, but no head at all. the appearance isn't so appetizing given the resemblance to undesirable cola, but fortunately the nose makes up for it.
smells intense! spicy, malty clove, fruity, licorice and gum, booze. there's a lot going on, and it smells strong. ditto for taste. this is one healthy brew. yes it is strong compared to your normal 5% beer, but amazingly balanced and approachable compared to your normal 12% cabernet savignon. mouthfeel is chewy, almost syrupy. heavy and sweet but there's a nice bitter kick in the aftertaste.
i've only had a couple of each, but i think i prefer this to the original aventinus weizenbock, perhaps because of the ridiculously high abv! i can only imagine having 1 at a time, but i enjoyed this time and look forward to the next.
02-18-2006 18:19:00 | More by davidchollar
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured into my Pils glass. A rush of carbonation bubbles race to the top but no head remains after the initial pour. Caramel, figs, plums and grapes are the main things I get from the first noseful. The malts dominate the the full body leaving a sweet syrupy and fruity finish. The alcohol only enters into the equation as it hits my stomach. At $3.00 a bottle this is a steal for what's inside.
02-18-2006 02:13:06 | More by jlh8643
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
The aroma immediately identifies this wheat-based beer, with your obvious banana notes, but there is also some spice. On the palate we are greeted immediately by spice, malt, a fleeting tartness, then the warmth of alcohol that flows downward into the belly. The aftertaste is long and moderately tart, with hints of banana.
This seems to be a beer that opens up as you drink it, revealing more layers along the way, and I imagine that goes for subsequent samplings.
02-17-2006 05:00:41 | More by VoodooBrew
3.83/5 rDev -9.7%
Appearence - Murky brown, really dark, but not black like a stout, kinda like a deep chestnut color. Really no head to this, it dissipates so fast and leaves just a foam ring along the glass.
Smell - Smell is amazing, brown sugar, dark ripe fruit, caramel, and hints of alcohol. Quite possibly one of the best beers I have smelled.
Taste - Taste is ok, I guess after smelling it I had hoped it would taste like that, but this tastes like a really strong Weizenbock, which I guess in essence thats what it is. Would have ranked higher if it tasted just like it smelled.
Mouthfeel - Thick, very rich, a slight tingle from either the carbonation or alcohol, I cant tell which.
Drinkability - Definitly not a session beer, has a pretty high alcohol content and rich taste so its a sipper. I dunno as I would buy another, I have had a couple other eisbocks I have enjoyed more at a lower price.
02-14-2006 02:56:45 | More by Iguana
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Cola or maple syrup colored with a substantial and lasting tan head that leaves a bit of nice lace.
The aroma is caramel, fruit, spice and alcohol.
The taste is sweet dark malt, figs, plums, pears with caramel and spices. The finish is rich and warm. Full bodied, a bit sweet but not quite syrupy.The spiciness and warmth takes some of the edge off.
A very nice beer for sippimg after dinner or on a cold winter day. Smooth and easy to sip.
02-08-2006 02:06:00 | More by whynot44
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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