Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
This is probably my favorite representation of an eisbock. Pours to a clear-ish caramel amber color. Simply a beautiful hue, remniscient of one of those polychromatic paint jobs that seem to shift colors in different lighting angles. The beer pours with a very thin, highly effervescent head that crackles like champagne bubbles. However, lack of carbonation severely hinders the staying power of the head, but frankly I was quite surprised to see what little I did based on the style and its characteristicly high ABV. Subsequently there is little to no lacing, though it does leave a little clear syrupy coating that slowly finds its way back to the rest of the liquid.
The smell is great. The wheat and yeast have imparted a great banana and clove aroma in the forefront, along with the strong fruity aromas traditionally associated with the style. Almost has a bit of a grapey red wine aroma, but combined with the malt and banana/clove it is distinctly beer.
The taste has a thick syrupy caramel flavor with the banana and clove on the forefront. Undertones of maple syrup and earthy berry flavors. Not too cloyingly sweet like some eisbocks tend to be. The alcohol is actually very well hidden as well.
The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, obviously. Lots of residuals stick to the palate. Finishes a bit dry. As far as eisbocks go, this is pretty much as drinkable as it can get.
11-21-2005 05:41:25 | More by neonbrown82
3.6/5 rDev -15.1%
I was expecting an Aventinus on steroids, but got something else. It pours a deep rich brown with ruby highlights. A beige head fizzles up and dissapears in a matter of seconds. Zero lace and only the faintest ring left in my glass. The head fizzles so loudly you can hear it from several feet away, like a shaken can of soda. I even use the appropriate Aventinus bulb-topped glass, which usually promotes a health and staying head.
Aroma is sweet and malty, with lots of caramel and scorched brown sugar. Though it shows none of the sweet spice and fresh banana bread nuances that regular Aventinus has. Alcohol is prominant.
Flavor is a bit better, though still rather one-dimensional. Chewy malt with very little wheat character. A faint whisper of the raisin and spice that makes me love the regular version. Alcohol is hot and almost biting too, limiting drinkability.
Body is medium, definately not dense enough for the carry the flavor well. Vigorous carbonation keeps the belches coming. Worth trying, but I'll take the regular version any day.
11-12-2005 22:06:08 | More by AlexJ
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
this one was opened, and there was no noise, no smell, nothing. perhaps the calm before the proverbial storm. The smell is low and big plum and brandy. There is some nice brandy and port wine complexity here. Some fruit; big alcohol; thin finish, balanced.
Its 12 percent and you know it. Its quite unlike anything else german that I have had. Its pretty damed worth a try for beer geeks everywhere; it may be a notch below giant belgians, but damned close.
11-03-2005 02:37:27 | More by andjusticeforale
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Eisbock is a style that's new to me. For some reason I never got around to trying one through my years of craft beer drinking. That said, here goes...
Pours like soda, only prettier. A rather dark mahogany brew with a head that fizzes away like soda poured into a glass. A small off-white ring does stay though.
Lots of aroma going on here, and I'm sure there will be more as it warms more. My first thought is vinous, I'm getting some of that grapey vinegar aroma. With closer "inspection" I get a more raisiny (VERY raisiny) feel from this. I go again and I get, of all things, buttered cinnamon pizza dough bread with raisins. No kidding.
On my first sip, my first thought is port wine or some such thing. Then I detect quite a heap of clove spiciness. This mixed with the alcohol creates a very definite tingling sensation, though the alcohol isn't so much detectable in the flavor. It certainly lets you know it's there with the warming and the tingling. Big raisiny molasses sweetness all over. That yeasty spiciness is what keeps reminding me that this is a wheat beer. Really chewy. Slightly doughy along with that. Maybe a little banana now that it's warmed some. Seriously raisiny bourbon soaked banana though. Vinous tones hit here and there. Hops come through ever so slightly in the finish, but it's still very sweet and syrupy.
Thick, thick, thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Not in a bad way though. Carbonation is low, but that's not a problem.
This could be more complex for its strength, if it was I'd have given it a higher score, but I'm pretty satisfied with it as is. Very enjoyable. I honestly think this is very drinkable for the alcohol content. I may even be able to have one more, but that would be it. A great experience this one, my first eisbock.
My bottle had enough yeast in the bottom to dam a river, so be careful when pouring yours.
10-05-2005 07:05:02 | More by hyuga
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
It has a brown sugar colour in the glass, topped by just a small head, which is gone fairly quickly.
The smell is malty, with some banana and papaya, as well as a bit of spice.
Flavour is sweet, with a mix of over-ripe banana, malt, and spice. A bit tangy at the end.
Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy at first, turns thick and just a tad cloying.
This one's not bad for drinkability- it's not too storng, but has a bit of Oomph.
10-03-2005 00:08:32 | More by UncleFlip
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
This was an 11.2 oz bottle with a label date of 2002. Dark cola brown in color with a tall light tan head that left light streaks of lace. Very big fruitiness in the aroma, raisins mainly. Some syrupy molasses with a light chocolate note in there. More sweet dark ripe fruits in the flavor with some caramel. Light chocolate and some spiciness. Pretty interesting flavor with some other small things in there. Pretty thick but not as much so as other Eisbocks Ive had. Pretty drinkable stuff that I would like to try a younger version of.
09-30-2005 17:49:23 | More by meathookjones
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
This is one strong looking brew. It pours a dark brown color. The head is massive, thick, and looks as though it could support the weight of the empty bottle on top of it. And it doesn't leave, rather it stays forever (must be the wheat). The aroma is of dark fruits, spices, caramel, and alcohol. The taste is of dark fruits and spices, with a strong alcohol burn in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a might fine brew for sipping.
09-28-2005 03:24:51 | More by KarlHungus
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance: syrupy, coke-like appearance. The head came on semi-strong after a vigorous pour but vanished almost immediately. Didn't expect much head from a 12%'er. Yeast conglomerates floated in the Ruby-hued body.
Aroma: Huge raison and sweet mollasses smell kicks you right in the face. The sweetness is detected just by the awesome nose on this. A hint of clove is detected beneth the heavy alcohol.
Taste & Mouthfeel: A sweet malt is dominant in front of the mouth as a thin layer of alcohol warmth runs throughout the entire mouth and throat. The dried, dark fruity taste finishes strong and leaves you wondering if this is a beer or a desert. The high alcohol warms the entire body and remids you how wonderful this would be on a cold winter night in Wisconsin.
Drinkability: Great beer that holds eisbocks as one of the finest styles available in my mind. Not for the weak, but also could be enjoyed by many who enjoy ports and cognacs. Couldn't really see myself drinking this more than every once in a while because of the strength of it, but it is phenomenally smooth and soothing after a long day. Just be carefull; this one packs a mean wallop!
09-28-2005 01:21:10 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
4.83/5 rDev +13.9%
I tried to hold out drinking this brew. I was saving it for a special occassion but my curiosity got the best of me. Especially since Aventinus is my second highest rated beer I had to try the Eisbock to see if they are a one beer show. They are an outstanding brewery and this is another excellent offering.
Poured into a chalice the head faded fairly quick but there is decent lacing. dark caramel color with yeast present. I like to swirl this around and pour it in at the end.
First drink floored me. Outstanding balance of flavor. Caramel was the most dominant flavor but it has some plumb, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee...ohhh yeah perfectly balanced. Big welcomed warming finish. For 12% this is well hidden though. Is there a better brewery for these types of beers on the planet? I haven't found it yet but I have lots of searching still ahead of me. What I've enjoyed in the two styles i've gobbled from this brewery is the rich, deep complexity and contrasts of flavor that they seem to thrive on, and pay particular attention to. Thanks.
09-21-2005 03:57:40 | More by DogFood11
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
Very, very nice chestnut brown color. No real head. I have to knock it down a bit due to the floaters. This thing is way chunky!! I havnt had this much sediment in a beer in ages. Even after a few days of refrigeration and a careful pour. Good aroma-the banana and cloviness is subdued Im assuming by the eisbock process. Nice sweet malt in the backround of the aroma. Some banana and phenolic flavors but mellow and sedate. No hop bitterness. Good, soft malt flavor. A well done and well balanced sweetness. A slight trace of alcohol but not much. Very smooth body-amazing for 12%. An extremely enjoyable beer and dangerously drinkable.
09-19-2005 00:13:25 | More by lackenhauser
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
This is one huge, ass kicking beer. 2002 vintage poured into a widemouth DT glass. Caramel brown, head dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy, loadoed with alcohol, some wine notes. Taste is rich, syrupy, very sweet and spicy with cloves and brown sugar making their way to your tastebuds. Lots of alcohol present, very warming. It would be great on a cold day. Drinkability is low however due to the pronounced alcohol content. Finishing one of these must be done patiently.
09-11-2005 13:52:57 | More by ChrisBowers
3.45/5 rDev -18.6%
Poured from the brown bottle No. 023778 into a wine glass the beer was a medium brown color that setteled at a burgandy tinge when slightly warmed. A sliver of white head formed and no lacing at all, as expected.
The smell was wheaty with slight grain and malt. Perhaps a slight citrus in the nose with some corriander and caramel as well. Dark fruit and grapes are also apparent.
The taste of alcohol is apparent upfront. A very warming and smooth taste. Very red-wine like. A malty/wheaty taste to each sip. No bitterness at all and very little to no hop character. Darker fruits such as fig and grape are also in the taste.
Medium body, with no carbonation.
A good beer to sip, perhaps in even less than the 11oz. bottle size. The flavors did not really provide that much for me. An enjoyable beer, but my first of the style. Perhaps, this is just not for my taste.
09-09-2005 23:06:48 | More by Sycodrummer
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
Anticipation builds as the whipped meringue head settles back into the glass. This "King of the Weizens" pours up with a beautiful lacy tannish-white head that dissipates rather quickly due to the higher alcohol. Nice mahogany-reddish brown color with fine natural carbon bubbles. Extremely vinous with a very, spicy sweet nose reminisant of mince meat pie. A rich caramel/treacle maltiness carries through to the finish which is very distictive & clovelike. The bitterness is perfectly balanced against the candied plum sweetness. As the beer warms by the fireplace, the alcohol and ripe fruit aromas dance to the rim of the glass beckoning for a second whiff. Nice! This beer is very disceptive in its appearance and alcohol. It actually makes one believe that they're enjoying its smaller cousin Aventinus (8%ABV). Make no mistake, this Knight Aventinus carries a lance, sword and a morningstar! Buy, steal, hoard, and cellar all that you can find.
09-05-2005 03:19:16 | More by Beertracker
3.78/5 rDev -10.8%
Bottle # 18995: Poured a dark ruby color with a small off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Wheaty, clove, and some banana in the aroma. Sweet caramel taste, pepper noted as well. Alcohol burn. Creamy mouthfeel, this was different but awesome!
08-30-2005 00:39:40 | More by egajdzis
3.63/5 rDev -14.4%
Served into an approximation of the actual glass (stange with a bulge on top) at Loreley in NYC...
Appears quite dark, but in light you can see the massive chunks floating around inside. Always excites me. A nice 1.5 finger head that stuck around for a abit, made the whole thing look quite respectable. decent lacing throughout, even after the head settled.
Smells ... quite rich, very yeasty, similar smoked character to the weiss bock...very autumnal all around. No missing the fact that there's plenty of alcohol in there.
A nice first sip...smoky flavors, a bit of roasted quality as well as lots of sweet maltiness (though a bit less IMO than a serious quadrupel)...slightest hop hints...but then then the alcohol hits and does it pretty hard. Just as the eisbock should, I believe.
Fairly smooth, moderate carbonation makes it easier to drink initially than the abv would suggest...although that alcoholic burn does come out and slow the pace considerably. Smoother as it warms, although the alcohol gets a bit more prominent, overpowering the malts. Thus, while I enjoyed it quite a bit, I can't say this would be a regular plunge. Probably very nice for keeping warm on a frosty day, which is when I'll be trying it next I'd imagine.
08-27-2005 19:46:52 | More by wileycount
3.38/5 rDev -20.3%
12 oz bottle.
Aroma: Tons of spicey phenols. Prunes and raisins. Yeasty.
Appearance: Kind of a brownish/redish/purple? An odd color. Lots of bubbles and no head.
Flavor: Spicey as all get out. Roast and caramel. Prunes. Quite alcoholic.
Palate: At first its pretty silky and soft. Then settles into an alcohol burn and is prickly on the tounge.
Overall: Well worth the time, but I wont have another.
08-25-2005 12:50:40 | More by tjthresh
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
11.2oz bottle # 07421 / bottled 2004
Aventinus Eisbock is a dark ice tea color (kind of murky amber) with lighter highlights towards the bottom of the glass. A 1/4" beige head recedes quickly down to a cap. Ton of particles floating around. Visibly high carbonation. No lace left.
The nose is spice, licorice, alcohol, fruit and an odd aroma of latex.
Pretty complex but it is almost overpowered by the alcohol.
The first taste was full of rich toffee and caramel. The alcohol is evident. Dark fruit like a ripe plum begins to emerge midway through. There is a good deal of sweetness in the finish.
This beer has a rich, heavy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Big-time warming effect. This is definitely one for sipping with the high ABV. This beer has vague similarities to Aventinus (IMHO), but if I tasted them blind I don't know that I could pick them out as relatives.
08-11-2005 03:58:52 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.83/5 rDev -9.7%
This pours dark brown with floaty chunks all about. I poured mine cold, and tried it all along as it warmed. Don't let this get too warm...
Smells of alcohol and molassis and malt.
Taste of alcohol. By the time I'm reviewing it, it got too warm. I'll back up to the cooler flavors - alcohol, malts and a slight hop balance. Some sweetness that is pleasent. Warm it is just alcohol syrup - but that doesn't count.
Mouthfeel is creamy before it warms up too much. At room temperature it is flat, but that doesn't count.
Finish is butery and warm and sweet with no bad aftertaste.
This is a good beer to try, highly recommended. I just noticed it says "12% abv" - wow - this hides it very well at the colder temps, I was guessing 8 or 9%. If you see this, do give a bottle a try. But drink it cool, not warm.
08-09-2005 02:53:39 | More by karengarys
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. A small tan head lasts only a moment before subsiding. Bizarre behavior of the ample carbonation - bubbles come to the surface and immediately dissipate, leaving no head behind.
Aroma is rich and complex. Prunes, brown sugar, roasted malt, and a touch of wheat are enveloped by a huge alochol presence. Palate is similar to the nose - lots of roasted malt tempererd by a touch of wheat. Notes of dark fruit (prune, plum) and brown sugar followed by a huge alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant - thick, slightly syrupy, slightly chewy, and a little foamy if agitated. A slow-drinking pleasure - be sure to reserve the better part of your evening to enjoy this phenomenal beer.
08-04-2005 02:40:30 | More by ElGordo
4.45/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: There was a good bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, so I poured it easy to leave it in the bottle. It poured a dark super-clear rich garnet brown with a thick head of tight bubbles that faded over a few minutes to a wisp around the glass. Some bubbles persistently rise to the top.
Aroma: I LOVE the aroma on this beer! There is so much going on here that I don't know where to begin! There are ripe fruits mixed with pepper and a host of other spices along with some Vanilla thrown in for good measure. It smells so good that it is like you could leave a glass out for potpourri.
Taste: There is a lot going on in the flavor also. There are plums co-existing peacefully with the spices, but there is a depth to the flavor of this beer that you rarely get with any other beer. It is even rich for an EisBock! There are a lot of earthy melanoidins mixed with a slight hint of chocolate. The alcohol content is the only thing that would detract from the drinkability of this beer, so that's why I gave it the marks I did for mouthfeel and drinkability. These aspects of the beer really fit the style, but this is more of a personal preference as I am on a quest for the "ultimate" beer.
Opinion: This is a super nice beer for anybody that enjoys a lot of flavor in beer! I highly recommend it!
07-26-2005 04:13:35 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
The color is a very hazy dark brown with big sediment chunks floating around near the bottom of my mug. The creamy head is average-sized and off-white. The aroma is a combination of the typical clovey hefeweizen smells and rich, fruity malt. The aroma profile is nice, but I was expecting a little stronger from an eisbock. The taste makes me think of a dunkleweizen on steroids. An initial strong attack of weisse flavors is joined by dark fruity malts. A bite of alcohol is noted, but the 12% is still covered pretty nicely. The malt flavors become more prevalent as the beer warms up and some of the initial strength of the phenols subsides. Strong, well-layered flavors are the highlight here. The malty finish seems to last forever and caps off a great beer with a flavorful reminder of the strong taste of Aventinus' Weizen-Eisbock. Highly recommended.
07-22-2005 19:29:43 | More by Gagnonsux
2.28/5 rDev -46.2%
Bottle number 052651
Brown goo on the bottom of the cap. Pours a brownish/red color. Yeast in suspension is very chunky. Little to zero head. What bubbles are left are very small. Sweet, malty, phenolic nose. Alcohol smell. Strong alcohol in the taste. Very hot. Whiskey aftertaste. Yeasty. Does not change much as I drink. I could barely finish it and considered dumping it. I was hoping to get over the initial flavor shock and pick up hints of something. None to be found. My tongue could simply not get over the whiskey and yeast. How could something as wonderful as Aventinus be mutated into something like this? I am told it is the same recipe, just finished off in the Eisbock manner. It works for some other Eisbocks I have had, but for this one it completely stripped away the blend of flavors that make Aventinus great and replaced it with an unpleasant alcohol burn.
07-22-2005 15:56:19 | More by sacfly
4.75/5 rDev +12%
Dark brown with an offwhite head. Little lacing but a lasting head.
Smells like alcoholic fruit. Dark ripe fruit with spicy hops.
Tastes a bit phenolic with a spicy fruit start, sliding into chocolate and rum. Slight breadyness that finishes smooth.
Alcohol doesn't burn and makes this very drinkable, but 12% is a bit much for more than 1.
07-20-2005 01:08:50 | More by KoG
3.48/5 rDev -17.9%
To be honest. I feel bad giving this beer such a low score.
Poured a dark ruby color into a goblet. From the onset you could smell the alcohol off this thing. How much alcohol is it? 12%!!!
Anyway... It is medium bodied. I feel that it is Aventinus with an alcohol kick. You can taste bananas and hints of coffee and chocolate. However the alcohol definitely permeates through the entire beer. Definitely a sipping beer and not a session beer.
Worth a try none the less. Seek it out if you can.
07-18-2005 09:47:55 | More by BeerNutta
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours with a generous amount of floaty scrod chunkers. Dark mahogany topped off with a khaki headcap.
Slight bananas and grainy husky aroma. Light rootbeer notes.
First swigs: Deep malty, almosy barleywine-esque for an instant. Root beer and bananas flavor meeting the nose. Rootbeer and a deep almond extract middle. Finishes dry with a linger of banana. Complexity is impressive. Cherry and banana bread.
Crisp snappy bottle offering leaving a tongue coating. Hot due to the Awl-kee-hawl.
Last swigs: Malty sweet brown sugar bananas eisbock. Just plain good.
Beer is good. Happy eisbock beering.
07-18-2005 05:41:56 | More by blitheringidiot
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.