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

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Ratings: 2,146
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 148
Gots: 168 | FT: 4
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

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 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.

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

A weather advisory warning was issued in Southern Ontario for record snowfall since a decade ago. People were advised not to leave their homes. Drinking this Eisbock is one way of celebrating this occasion (or rewarding yourself after shoveling snow).

I have had this beer at warmer temperatures before, but this time I had decided to leave this beer in the freezer at -18 C (~0 F), just for this extra special day. No, the bottle did not explode, not a leak in fact. It poured into a stein glass like syrup with bits of ice pellets mingling with the 3/4 inch head. Soon the bubbles rise up like soft snowflakes.

This is very similar to the other Aventinus, but much more potent in flavour. There is a very evident plum taste, or a deep carmalized banana and clove taste. What follows is a taste of sweet grain. The taste of the alcohol is not too severe, but its mixed in nicely with the noble hops that were used. (You can't taste it, but the alcohol is certainly there). The aftertaste is slightly smoky and resiny. I imagine that the beer used before the freezing process must have been pretty sweet, and that additional yeast was added to achieve secondary fermentation.

This is a great beer. It is very drinkable for its high alcohol content. I wish I can do this again tomorrow.

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

a: A 2006 bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous, ample khaki colored head shows slow recession and great retention. The beer is a deep reddish-brown in color.

s: Excellent. Fruity doppelbock aromas of sweet caramel and toffee malts with the added complexity of weizen aromas. Formidable alcohol presence adds some spice and is a welcome counterpart to the sugars. The spice is very hard to pin down. A range of dark tree fruits candied in toffee, predominantly date but including also red apple and cherry. Hops, thankfully, take a backseat.

m: Carbonation on the high side, and extremely smooth. The body is full. Great balance between carbonation and body, with nothing overdone.

t: Layered flavors of toffee malts and fruity weizen esters give great complexity on the tongue. Generally pretty sweet, but the sugars are pretty well checked by the ethanol and light hopping. Not much hop flavor until the warm, lingering finish.

d: very warming and certainly a sipper

Photo of pootz
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

The pour puts a murky chestnut colored beer in the goblet with a sufficient sticky cap that laces.

Aroma is like Aventinus but less pungent and more defined and complex...clove phenolic bubblegum-passion fruit-banana and cocoa is very distinct...glorious !

The flavor is Aventinus doppelbock on steroids..the concentrated malt acts like a rich viscous sweet bread blanket which floods the palate leaving the banana-bubblegum-fruity esters to poke up through it and the clove phenols stab through this complexity the ice process creates.

This is my flag beer...I love it...it’s pretty much bottled sex

Photo of Stoneman78
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the new Sam Adams lager glass
A- Pours a clear light orange hue that darkens near the top of the glass, head absolutely explodes out of the bottle but disappears within seconds, no lacing
S- Nose is alcohol-heavy with tones of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, bananas, and peppery spices
T- Initial taste is dominated by caramel, dark fruits, and bananas all riding a cloud of warming alcohol that sustains throughout, finishes sweet and boozy
M- Full-bodied, syrupy thick texture, high carbonation
D- Having never had Aventinus or an eisbock, this beer absolutely blew me away, such great balance and bouquet of flavors, I can't wait to try this again, it should be noted that even at 12%abv the alcohol takes a backseat to the wonderful blend of fruits and malts

Photo of beerking1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 011124. Aroma of chocolate, clove/banana and toasted malt. Hazy dark brown with light tan head that fades to a slight collar. Falvor is chocolate banana up frront, which steps aside for huge alcohol and malt. Tail is phenol and alcohol. very warming.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Bottle number 2007/13066

Appearance: Verydark, opaque brown. 2 fingers off white head, settles slowly.

Smell: Very sweet. Malty, yeasty. Aromas of caramel, raisins or figs.

Taste: Starts sweet then alcohol becomes very apparent. Spicy again with hints of raisons or figs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Watered down syrupy almost like a flat soda. Not as thick as I was expecting .

Drinkability: One in a sitting is enough for me. Very rich.

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and hazy looking beer. Head is small and fades to nothing. Color is deep, heavy auburn with copper around some of the glass edges. Aroma is an awesome blend of dark, purple fruit, chocolate, candied apples, flowers, wood + Fall leaves, and faint intoxication. Very delicate + well blended aromas given the eisbock factor. Taste is suprisingly easy going and also yummy. Tastes and smells how I would expect after having had the regular Aventinus. Flavors are sweet, fruity, chocolate, caramel...the list goes on. Texture is very nice. Smooth, full, almost buttery, and even so, very easy to drink. The only thing that's slowing me down considerably is smelling instead of drinking. I really do like the way this smells.

Sweeet deal...and not to mention this buzz appeared out of nowhere.

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12/01/07- Purchased at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA in 2005.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with the vintage (2004) and the lot number on the back label.

Appearance- Coca cola like color in the pour. 1/4 inch head on initial pour. Quickly evaporates into no head at all. Leaves absolutely no lace marks whatsoever. Not a big eisbock drinker, so I'm not sure what is the standard.

Smell- Like your Aveninus scent, but with more alcohol added, sweeter caramel malt nose and a bit less nose with the spices (clove mainly).

Taste- A decent amount of clove, a touch of nutmeg and some sugar plums and alcohol soaked dates. Lots of flavor, but seems a tad thin for a beer with such a high abv. Tastes good though.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, a touch watery and light alcohol aftertaste. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Doesn't seem like 12%. Just finished this and a Gonzo Porter and not feeling much of anything...not to mention the Hopsickle I had earlier while making my chili and cornbread. One of a handful of eisbock's I've had. Was expecting more, but still good and very drinkable. Flavor is good but not as thick as expected. Have had this one on tap before and had better results. Rating is based on a combp of this consumption and past ones.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle
"Bottle number: 2007 / 02443"

a: A hazy brown with a fizzy light tan head.

s: The nose has the sweet bubble gum/banana aromas of a Hefeweizen.
Some cloves, dark fruit and alcohol in there as well.

t: Prunes, figs, banana caramel and sweet malt make up the bulk of the flavor.
The sweetness of the malt is similar to a cola. Very complex, reminds me of a dessert wine.

m: Carbonation like a cola, but a bit syrupy and chewy.

d: It is very sweet, I wouldn't want more than one.
Its an enjoyable experience though, very interesting.
The alcohol is noticeable, but for 12% it doesn't have much burn.
I would reccomend trying this one.

Photo of dnichols
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a 12 ounce commemorative mug.

A: It poured a deep brown that when back lit was reminicent of a glass of freshly poured cola. An aggressive pour resulted in a massive head of greater than four fingers. The head was a rich carmale that receded fast adn supported a ring around the collar of the liquid. There was limited lacing the did not linger.

S: WOW...this puppy bursts with sweet candy aromas and overripe dark fruit. The toasted malts are accented by a deep yeasty bread aroma spiced by bananas and nuts.

T: The sweet malts and sticky candy flavors coat the tounge. The hidden warm sensation of the alcohol makes one feel like you have just had a mouthful of fresh from the oven sweet bread flavored with ripe bananas, plums and raisins.

M: This is as close to a full bodied chewy beer as I have ever experienced. I was reminded of eating a caramel apple except my palate was clean after each swig.

D: This is a winter beer or one meant for servings as a special after dinner substitute for desert. I enjoyed it but doubt I could repeat it too many more times before the sweetness became overbearing. .

Photo of meechum
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Presented on tap at Brick Store Pub in a Aventinus glass. Little head and very little lacing

S - A nice malty smell with a hint of fig and clove and a touch of alcohol in the nose

T - A very big malt statement that is cut with esthers of clove and fig or raisin, a nice dry hoppy finish cuts the sweetness and gives it a great balanced taste

M - A nice blanced feel, just a little heat from the alcohol content

D - A very good beer, but being big can hit you hard. This should be sipped and enjoyed

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,146 ratings.