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

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 157
Gots: 191 | 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 dacrza1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 01568. Pours as black as velvet can get, with a thick, pillowy rootbeer head in a snifter--could be the fifth horseman of the apocalypse by its intimidation... complex scents-- citrus fruit, freshly mown hops grass, and a grapefruit mix... thin and crisp on the tongue... lingering aftertaste that holds like a pilsner... citrusy notes abound, with the slightest alcohol... hops are subdued, while the malts are impaling! HEAVY.... These guys are the masters, and though above my usual palate, this beer is a steam roller, obliterating any pre-existing taste in the mouth andforcefully asserting its power... memorable and warming.

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

Poured in a hefeweiss glass, cold.

Pours a rich dark brown, good head but dissipates faster than a regular hefe, little lacing.

Huge malt aroma, some spice and phenolic carater as well. Flavor of malt, alcohol and as it warms up, more malt. A rather malty beer.

malt malt malt :D

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Number: 2007/10850 12% ABV

Aroma - At first I get fruity esters; raisins; plum; a little banana; maybe a little DMS, but I'm not sure. The aroma is mild, but pleasant. Later aromas brings out very mild alcohol.

Appearance - Hazy, brown to dark brown. Good head on the pour; settled to about half of my finger width. Visual carbonation is high. Head settles creamy and retains the half finger width.

Flavor - Wow...make sure your palate is prepared for this! Very rich and bold. There is a significant alcohol presence, but it is not boozy. Wonderful malt balance. The alcohol is prominent on the finish. For me this is a bit of a detractor.

Mouthfeel - There is beer has quite the body, but it doesn't coat the tongue like some heavy bodied beers (Not cloying). It is about as creamy as the head visually indicates. Mild carbonation; appropriate for the style. The alcohol is subdued in the mouthfeel. It shows itself more in the flavor and aroma.

Overall Impression - Very strong, but more drinkable than I would have thought. I would definitely put this in my regular rotation. Give it a try.

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

Pours off black to brown with thin head that dissappears rather quickly.

Nose has a very herbal-medicinal character, with some sarsparilla-rootbeer notes as well.

Palate has a dark malt whallop, with plenty of alcohol (though not perceived as 12%, but high nonetheless), yet more rootbeer flavor, and very syrupy.

Finish is rootbeer syrupy too.

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

A dark brown beer with mahogany highlights. HAs a small tan head that bubbles away quickly. There is a sweet dried fruit character in the aroma with a hint of banana in the background.The taste is all raisins and fig with a strong alcohol push on the finish. Leaving a plum after taste.

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

Had this on-tap at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA; served in a chalice

A murky, dark brown in color with a white head that made it through the duration.

Smell of dark chocolate, wheat, dark malt, and fruity esters.

Slightly sweet, but very well-balanced between the chocolate, yeast, wheat, malt and fruit flavors. The alcohol is not hidden all that well, but it complements the flavor profile so well, it doesn't hurt.

Smooth and clean.

At 12%, it is a definite sipper..

Photo of CanuckRover
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from the LCBO winter release. Bought it in December (I think), it's now June.

Pours a rich toffee brown, slightly hazy. Big head, quite fizzy at first, but once it settles down I get an incredibly creamy (I'm talking nitro-Guinness creamy) off-white, perfectly formed head. Beautiful.

Whew, malty aroma. Candied, rich fruit. Maraschino cherries, sugary dates. Characteristic cloves. Alcohol lurking behind everything else.

This is such a complex beer. Big, sugary, chewy dates are the first thing that jump out at me. Very sweet, but the hops keep things pretty balanced, providing a little bit of an edge to take on the mellow malt. Otherwise, this is all about malt. Really chewy, thinking a dense cake like Sacher Torte, with that a little bit of orange zest. Strong alcohol in the finish gives it a port wine character... nothing wrong with that. Some spiciness, but the alcohol sort of overshadows it, the only reason I didn't give 5 on taste. Will be interesting to compare against the one I am cellaring.

Again, pronounced alcohol brings this down from 5. A real sipping beer. I shouldn't be drinking it at 4PM on a Sunday.

This is a phenomenal beer. It's characteristics bring to mind the best of many differenct styles, from best bitters to weissbiers to heavier German ales. A must-try.

Photo of Buebie
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased htis 12 oz bottle from Heritage liquor in St. Paul MN

bottle # 2007/ 15723

It poured an off brown, dark cola. Head was very similar to a cola as well.
No laceing on the glass, thin off-white head on the top of the liquid.
Smelles of merlot, blueberries and malt, with sharp alchahol aroma.
Taste is mainly malt with alcahol present. Some black licorice present as noted before me. Very sweet. Some peppercorn in the middle.
Carbonation is high, this is a medium bodied beer with a very warm swallow.
I would really recommend this beer.
The process of freezing the beer and draining off the reamianing liquid is really interesting.

Damn good beer. Very simple in flavor, any more complexities and it may have interfered with the simple humble quality of this fine beer.

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

500ml bottle
12.0% Abv

I tried this beer on December 23, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a dark brown with a fluffy tan coloured head which didn't very long. The aroma was malt and sugar. It was a sweet smell. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, slightly creamy, and medium carbonated. The flavour is primarily malty, but there is a peppery sense to the taste as well as an almost licorice taste.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #2002 so I am assuming a 2002 Vintage

I had received this one in a trade a while back and had been holding onto it for a good long time,waiting for the right time to crack this beauty. Well lately I have given up waiting for a special
time to crack a beer and instead I decided to just go for it and have at some of the deepest reaches of my cellar. Last night it was time for this. Pulled this one out and served it right at cellar temp and poured into a tall, footed pilsner glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice indeed. First off, there were tons and tons of floaties in this one. Thick clumps of yeast are literally everywhere bouncing up and down inside the glass. Other then those though there was some really nice clarity to it, letting you knows most had been concentrated into the clumps. The color on this was outstanding; a rich deep, caramel colored orange was presented
in front of me. Hints of dark ruby, or purple as well, really a very rich, and dark color. A nice
three inch high head of off white colored foam then took over the top and gently settled down into a
thin layer before finally staying at about a half an inch throughout the rest of the session. Copious
amounts of side glass lace were present as well.

Smell - The aroma was equally as rich and sweet as I thought it would be. No hint of any kind of
alcohol in this one at all, which was really shocking. A smooth aroma could be picked up, very earthy,
with deep, sweet malt tones coming through strong, and early. Hints of caramel, and strong dark fruit
were also easily picked up in here. Really nice blend, touches of plums and raisins being most
notable. Slight hint of grass way in the back, and at times almost a honey like sweetness to it.

Taste - The flavor was the best I could have hoped for in this style, it was simply top notch all the
way. A super smooth, creamy palate was explored buy the delicate malt tones that came over your tongue
in waves. Nothing harsh about the flavor here at all, everything was so well blended and smooth that
it was remarkable that this was 12%abv. Big notes of caramel and earthy malts opened the show right
away and got things off to a really nice start. Bready malts stealing the show on this one, until the
nice tones of dark yeast start to come through. Lots of plums and raisins were then becoming even more
evident, and the sweetness of honey coming out very nicely. This was the smoothest flavor I could have
imagined, just absolutely wonderful in richness and complexity.

Mouthfeel - This also had to be the creamiest beer I have ever had in my life. The texture was just
beautiful. Not too heavy and not too light, it was a work of art at times. Such nice carbonation, it
had that effect of just coating everything that it touched, I was really floored by how good this was
and how well it came off.

Drinkability - Now here it was as good as it gets. You are talking about something that was over 12%
ABV and you could not even tell. I would have thought this was a session ale, and I actually almost
drank it as such. Unbelievably smooth, the texture and flavor were remarkable. I would have gone for
another one in a second if I had one. It was simply superb.

Overall I have to say this is one of the finest drinks of any kind that I have ever had. I really do
not have a bad word to say about it. Everything just went really perfectly. One of the classic
examples of the style, I cannot wait to be able to try this one again, it really is that good!

Photo of WJVII
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was the first I had on a walking tour of brauhaus's in Munich (reviewed from notes). This brew poured into a pint glass had a wonderful deep purple color with a great tan head that didn't seem to go away. The smell was extremely floral with hints of wheat, yeast, deep malt characteristics. The taste was similar to the smell with a very floral start that melted into a yeast and clove filled finish. The beer was thick, but not too much. Only negative would be I could only drink the one being at the beginning of the tour and all.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007-dated bottle into Cab glass...

Significant cloudiness with strong mahogany body. Chewy, bready head develops with ample carbonation. Pours like a Quad - can notice texture in seam between head and body).

Slight wheat electricity - Belgian spice profile of yeasty gingerbread and brown sugar. Tinniness when first poured dissipates with warth.

Deep, rich taste of candied ginger, a little chocolate and molasses. Bountiful yet nicely balanced. Alcohol is in background behind rich spice profile.

Mouthfeel is very viscous from front to back. Deep, long, smooth finish.

This is enjoyable to sip and savor. By no means what I was expecting - awesome!

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

This was a hard beer to review since it was so different than most other beers. First observation - no way I would have thought it was 12% alcohol since there was little after taste. Second - I can't wait to get another bottle to try - it was that good and here is why

- nice thick flavor
- taste of caramel and coffee characteristics
- some floaters/clumps in the glass - I poured it in two parts first 2/3 and it was more clear, but adding the bottom yeast made it better

Definitely go buy a bottle.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing and I was rather excited to see Trappeze Pub had it on tap. Since tapping the first keg, I have had at least 15 of these beers. Appearance is dark brown with purple colors mixed in. Smell is predominantly of sweet, dark fruits (e.g., plum, apricot) as well as banana and clove. Taste mirrors the smell with a bit more sweet and spicy clove. Mouthfeel is nicely sticky sweet and perfect for the style. I will drink this beer whenever I see it on tap!

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #2004/13744

A - Poured into a flute glass, an amber color with a ruby/copper color at the top. It was highly carbonated and had a small, short-lived head.

S - It smelled extremely malty! Also, had a wheat aroma and a fairly strong alcohol smell.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness and some wheat. It had an alcohol presence with hints of dried fruit (apple).

M - It was smooth and soft with a warm alcohol presence. It was medium to heavy bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Eisbock (only the 2nd I've had), but I thought it was quite good.

Photo of BMoney575
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-30-08
2004 Vintage

Pours a vile mess, deep brown in color with a ton of chunky, yeast floaters.

Smell is very sweet, dark fruits with malted milk balls. Boozy at the end, with a wine-like finish.

Taste is thick and fruity, and very warmingl. The finish dry and tart, from the booze. Not overly sweet, and does not taste overly aged.

Mouthfeel is good, very viscous and meaty.

Drinkability is not super good, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known.

Overall, alot like a Belgian strong dark ale. Very deep and fruity with a wine character. Recommended, just don't pour out the yeast.

Photo of david131
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #: 2004 / 23392. I would assume a 2004 vintage.

A- Even with a careful pour, I get a lot of floaters in here. The liquid is amber and brown with a nice light brown tinge around the edges that I've noticed that some aged beers get. Absolutely no head forms. Once I pour the remainder of the yeast into the glass, it becomes very murky, but much more uniform

S- Very sweet and complex. Lots of brown sugar and caramel with some fruit. A little funky on the tail end. The alcohol is really not that apparent at all. This is actually really unique impressive.

T- Sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar flavors. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, but it is not offensive in any way. There is a wonderful candy flavor to this that is intensified as an aftertaste. Very unique. I do not know if I would age it much more than this.

M- A little numbing, but clean and crisp. There is no real carbonation to speak of, but for how the rest of the beer is, it seems to work pretty well.

D- What an experience. A very unique beer that is very candy-like. Makes for a great night cap. I've had this on tap fresh as well and both forms are delicious.

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

a - beige head fizzling down to almost nothing.

s - nice strong yet subtle nose. creamy, fruity, malts, banana.

t - some pretty strong flavors here. very fuity, not too much alcohol considering the 12%

m - chewy and delicious

d - yum! this is a very big beer with lots of beautiful characteristics.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium cloudy, medium to dark brown color with dense, plentiful tan head and great tracing. Aromas of sweet, boozy, clove scented dates and prunes. Plenty of alcohol in that aroma, no hiding it; but it's not over the top or harsh. On the palate, it is THICK, and I mean thick. It's like they took Aventinus and reduced it. Flavors of chocolate, caramel and toffee really dominate. Fruity esters are much more muted than the original with the alcohol basically pushing them out. This is one beer to reckon with. Overall, I'd say they've really done a great job with making it drinkable and not cloying for 12% abv (compared to most of DFH's offerings).

Photo of mdagnew
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a good deep red brown colour. Light tan head poured very fizzy and disappears instantly... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles... no lacing at all...

Aroma - Lots of strong dark alcohol soaked fruits (prunes, dates, raisins, some apples also), lots of toasted bready malts (rich malt loaf), hints of Shiraz, some port, quite spicy (nutmeg and black pepper), dark molasses sweetness, black treacle, some leathery notes, dark chocolate mixed with liquorice, also some chocolate liqueur...

Taste - Pretty much mirrors the aromas but with a very noticeable alcohol kick - almost too noticeable and potent... sweet but not as sweet as the aroma would indicate...

Feel - Sharp and dry initially then smooths out... medium / full bodied.. way too potent and heavy to be very drinkable - one is more than enough...

Overall - A pretty good Eisbock although i think it could to with a bit of age to mellow things a bit... not a patch on the Kulmbacher Eisbock... certainly worth a try though...

Photo of ithacabaron
2.82/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a somewhat muddy brown into my glass. The head settles into a compact, clean ring. The bubbles are very tight, the structure more what I would expect from a lager yeast. Not wowing me, not terrible.

Aroma is rich, boozy, dark, and heavy. Leaden, really. Not really impressed here, either. The notes of banana and chocolate that occasionally poke through are smothered by a blanket of alcoholic fumes.

The taste is full, to be sure, and dense. It never feels rich, however, not the way a good aged barleywine does, not the way a beer of this strength should luxuriate in the drinking. This could be part of the aggressive carbonation (more on that in a second), but, even with a more forgiving CO2 ratio, the alcoholic, one dimensional flavor would not be worthwhile.

The mouthfeel I found to be completely inappropriate -- very tight bubbles, and lots of them, scrubbing too hard, never allowing the beer to sit properly. I let the glass sit for a half-hour at one point, hoping time and temperature would blossom the beer's flavors, and let the carbonation dissipate . The carbonation did dissipate, and the flavors became stronger, but they never developed.

Drinkability is low. It's boozy, gassy, all over the place. I wasn't all that thrilled about finishing the one glass. A 3.0 I consider generous.

All in all, a big disappointment. Perhaps I should be kind, as this bottle may have had ill effects from its trip across the Atlantic, but I can't use that excuse -- I've had countless, beautiful, ponderous glasses of Aventinus' regular offering, unharmed byth the travel. The regular Aventinus is a great beer, a world class beer -- this was a letdown. Just more proof that bigger doesn't always mean better (see Bastard, Double).

An unfortunate (and expensive!) loser.

Photo of PBBC
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to try this delicious brew along with several other nice imports during a "bock" party of sorts.

I was apprehensive at first, as any spirit i have ever had that has undergone freeze distillation has been absolutely syruppy and overwhelming, but this beer totally changed my mind.

The Beer pours a deep brown with beautiful red highlights, the head dissipated quickly.

The aroma was very interesting, very rich in sweet malt/raisin flavors. I braced myself for an overwhelming alcohol burn with my first sip, but...

The taste was smooth and enticing. Beginning with raisins, oak, intense but balanced malty caramel... then black cherries, rounding off with a smooth alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was excellent, rich, but not overwhelming, warming every part of your mouth, felt very much like a very complex red wine, This beer woke up taste buds I didn't know I had.

Despite the richness of the beer... I would keep drinking these as long as I could afford them... very drinkable, delicious, must try beer.

NOTE: Let this beer warm slightly..

Photo of OKCNittany
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a one finger light tan head that fell to a thin collar. Slightly chill hazed brown body.

S: Nose was fruity - banana, dates, figs - with light spice and alcohol notes that picked up in intensity as it warmed.

T: Huge on the tongue, where (unfortunately for me) the clove overpowers notes of bready malt, caramel, dark fruit, and some alcohol.

M: Full, almost syrupy body. Smooth - softly carbonated, with the alcohol warming the spicy aftertaste. After the glass warms some, the warming becomes a slight burn.

D: No surprise here, it's a sipper only. However, that's not due to the alcohol, which is present but not overwhelming. What hurts the drinkability (at least for me) it that it's both syrupy and clove dominated.

Photo of Backer2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully ruby, cloudy, over carbonated beer that settles to a nice off white head and long strings of bubbles. Banana bread smell, no hints of hops, some fruity easters. Complex malt characteristics, vanilla, melanoidins, no hoppiness. Full body, definite alcohol warmth. Easy to drink, but the sweetness lingers to the point of almost too much by the end.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into my Piraat tulip.
Bottle 2007/01382

A: Super dark brown with no head at all. Guess that is what freeze distilling does to a beer.

S: Malt and dark fruit. The malt is powerful and up front. The dark fruit is right behind. Dates,raisins, and figs in that order. Slight hint of almost a light brandy.

T: Malt. Malt. Malt. Love it. The dark fruit notes really add something. The regular Aventinus is a bit more complex but this has its own merits. The malt is even different. The style does some weird things to the beer. Really good. Booze is there btw.

M: Feels like brandy as well. Really syrupy mouthfeel.

D: The abv is not well hidden but it really should not be. Part of this insane style. Super complex and intense. I do prefer the regular Aventinus but this is a great beer just not an everyday one.

D: Feels like drinking a weak liquor. Definitely has the warming feeling in the stomach.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,206 ratings.