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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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Photo of KingG
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times over the past few years.
This is a bottle from my cellar:
Year: 2005,
Bottle # 12,532

Served at room temp. Poured into my tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Poured out a dark purple color with a thin layer of almond-colored foam that stays through-out the drinking session. Yeast get comfortable in the bottom of the glass.

Smell is very good. A lot going on here. So many dark fruits (plums, dark raisins, black cherries) in the nose. Malty goodness shines through. Alcohol makes itself known, as well.

Taste is very good. Remember the dark fruits? They're in the flavor too but much more pronounced. No cloying sweetness either; the aging has mellowed out the taste but in a better way. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is very good. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Aging has done this beer well.

Drinkability is exceptional. Before i knew what happened, the glass was empty. How can a beer with 12% be this smooth and have so much flavor at the same time? Dangerous.

Such a delicious brew. Perfect dessert beer after a beefy meal. Good when fresh, better when aged. Store some away for better drinking down the road.

KingG, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of beveritt
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a snifter. The label is purple and silver, with the familiar Schneider and Sohn ribbon. A lot of sediment left in the bottle. There is a bottle code on the label, but I am not sure how it corresponds to a production date. Of course, at this ABV, I am not too worried about age.

Appearance: Pours with the barest of heads, maybe 1/16 of an inch. This settles quickly, leaving nothing. The beer itself is a dark cloudy brown, almost looks black at first glance.

Smell: Smells strongly of rum, raisins, molasses, and brown sugar. Sweet alcohol is very prevalent.

Taste: A slight carbonation bite upfront helps to bring the tastes forward.Sweet and dark, the alcohol taste here is definitely present, but not overwhelming. It warms your throat as it goes down. Strong tastes of bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Average to below average carbonation level. Incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy.

Drinkability: A beer for the whole evening, something to sip over the course of a few hours.

CELLAR: Aventinus Eisbock, not sure of the exact age, but I bought several at a time in January 2007 and threw the rest in the cellar.

A: Very little carbonation. No head whatsoever, but does put up some bubbles just after the pour. Beer is dark molasses brown.

S: Dark molasses with strong notes of soy sauce.

T: Wow, this is intense! Sweet caramel malt with tons of dark fruit. Slightly spicy. Finishes with an almost acidic bite.

M: Prickly on the tongue, but no other hint of carbonation. Body is like syrup.

D: Still good, certainly didn't mellow like many beers, but I think I will split the rest with other BAs; too much for one sitting.

beveritt, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of geetlord
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clean coppery brown, with a nice head that subsided to long lasting lacing. The smell carried some sweet malts and mild alcohol. The flavor was excelent. Stong caramel overtones, with hints of clove and banana. a nicely balanced hops flavor enters duting the tasting though the caramel holds dominance. the finish is smooth with a bit of an alcoholic warming at the very end. This beer is amazingly smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel balanced nicely with a medium level of carbonation.
Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and will look fo it again when I am inthe mood for an eisbock.

geetlord, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005

The beer pours a very nice little head that falls leaving a good lacing behind. The color is very dark dark amber color. The color is sweet and very good. The taste is wonderful stuff, it is strong with great flavors of the original weizenbock. The mouthfeel does still have a bit of a bite to it, very carbonated. Overall the drinkability is very nice, something I would have once in a while.

Erdinger2003, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly opaque, dark amber-brown brandy body. Two fingers of dirty off-white head rapidly dissipates leaving a bubbly ring. Ripe grapes and berries on the nose with dark chocolate, licorice, cedar, brandy, and grape puree. Alcohol is there too, but not up front. Very complex, inviting aromas. Slight tanginess up front. Sweet fruits, banana, grape jam, pear brandy, and mild, smooth chocolate-caramel. Alcohol comes in the guise of sweet tropical fruits and bananas and plays a major part in the finish, accompanied by tangy yeasty malt. Warming and liqueur-ish; a sipper. Vibrant, bubbly carbonation lifts up an otherwise, full-bodied, syrupy beer. More drinkable than it should be!

alexgash, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love boozy Eisbocks.

Appearance: Pours a dark almost opaque mahogany with a tan head that recedes to a faint ring around the edge of my snifter glass. There is a red hue that shows through when backlit. The lacing is sporadic but almost noteworthy at the start.

Smell: Knock me back big. I started to pour and wow I got a hue whiff of sugar, alcohol and banana bread that quite rich.

Taste: It is a great taste and very rewarding but on the same token it is straightforward and quite simple. Sweet. Alcoholic. Spicy. and then And then some thick syrup and dark fruits to boot. Caramelized malts, figs and banana along with some spices that come out even more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth despite the big alcohol pull on the cheeks.

Drinkability: It is not a quick or easy drinker but it is enjoyable enough to have around as the occasional nightcap.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of nvsblman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep walnut brown with a small head. Heavy caramel in the aroma with some molasses and chcoclate covered cherries. The same flavors are echoed in the taste along with a little brown sugar and cloves. Well carbonated with a medium-full mouthfeel. Easy to drink for its strength. This is a really nice sipper to relax with.

nvsblman, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.8/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something to bring in the new years, or to start welcoming the new year. Pours a cloudy brown with a lot of sediment. Smells quite pruny. Tastes like whoa...prune juice, vodka, caramel, bit of apple and spices, and all of it quite strong. Overall it is a sipping beer and one you must approach with an open mind. Definetly not a session beer, a sipping nightcap type beer. It's a little too fruity for my hoppy palate, but just my opinion only.

Manosbeeroffate, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a 12-oz pint glass. Deep rich brown color with a 1.5 inch head. Some orange hints shining in through the light. Overall, it's a very dark and even cloudy beer. Very interesting looking; not sure if I've ever really seen another beer quite like this. Beautiful bouquet. Sweet and malty aroma with hints of plum, raisin, and prune. Floral and fruity, but not citrusy at all. This beer smells very nice. Quite tasty too. Some molasses in the flavor; maybe some far-away hints of vanilla. I can taste some banana as well. Again, I get raisin and prune in the taste as well. A nice hop freshness settles in on the roof of the mouth as well. Very rich and malty, like a good bock should be. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but still solid. A very drinkable beer, and one that I could enjoy a few of in one setting. Watch out for the high alcohol content, which I was actually unaware of when I purchased it. I would definitely recommend this bock to fans of the genre and to neophytes alike. Seriously, the more I drink it, the more I like it. This is a very nice beer.

Atlas1, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Hornet2003
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer is strong! 12% really comes through and warms your insides.

Appearance:Musky and a little cloudy if you pour in the yeast sediment. Dark brown, kind of burnt umber. Head dissapates very quickly leaving an undynamic looking beer in the glass.

Smell: Fruitcake. LOTS of dried fruit flavours in here. As the beer warmed, however, a slight hint of soy sauce entered the mix. Not my cup of tea.

Taste: Very sweet and powerful flavours of fruit. The alcohol is definately there. I let a few other people try it and like me, all they could really define was the fruit and a whole bunch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant carbonation, but the strength of the alcohol will make your mouth numb if you keep it in there too long.

Drinkability: Haha. Well this, I would say, is a half-bottle-a-night beer. Make sure there's someone around to share with or you'll be dancing on the table in no time.

Overall: This is a beer probably for a more refined palette than mine. I could appreciate the fruitiness but the alcohol to me gave the beer an unpleasant character. I doubt I'll try it again.

Hornet2003, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of MrSeth
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoops! I let a bunch of sediment fall into the glass.. guess that's ok, it's loaded with vitamin B, right?

Although there is not really any head there is alot of carbonation and it can be felt immediately on the first sip. The color is a nearly opaque walnut. It smells like mollasses, prunes, baked apples and yes - alcohol. Even for an eisbock this ale is deep and rich in flavor, sweet and lingering cereal, adding a whole new dimension to my idea of what this style can be. A wonderful drinking experience.

This is a new MUST HAVE for my beer stash.

MrSeth, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bigger version of my first beer review will be fitting for my 500th.

This wheat eisbock pours the same hazy reddish chestnut color of the regular Aventinus. The head is big at first but leaves too quickly and leaves only a few meandering lace trails. The aroma is of rum cake, cloves, banana bread and spicey alcohol. The taste is intense and very rich. Its exactly as you would imagine concentrated Aventinus to taste. Thick sticky malts mix plentiful fruity yeast esters, tart wheat and stewed fruit flavors. Some of the delicate flavor complexity of Aventinus is lost in the sheer intensity of the malt flavors and alcohol heat (which is very evident but not distracting or unpleasant). The mouthfeel is very full, slightly syrupy, with soft, light carbonation. The finish is tart, fruity and long, with some soothing alcohol heat.

This beer is so robust, maybe the ultimate winter warmer? Still it comes short of the mighy Aventinus, but not by much.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage

Pours cloudy light brown with a few bubbles, but no head retention to speak of.

The smell is of dark grains, fruitiness - banana especially - and strong alcohol.

The taste is of sweet caramel with banana clove and plenty of alcohol. Not really complex, but still tasty. Full-bodied.

It's thick, rich creamy. Alcohol lingers in an assertive way. Sweetness lingers.

This is a nice sipping brew. Personally, I prefer the original Aventinus. - but this is a nice twist on it. Sweet, thick and strong. Too much for more than one - but, one to sip and savor is nice.

jwc215, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Tawnos
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown, typical of a wheat beer. However, there's no head, no retention. Leaves a very thick coating on the glass.

Smell: Smells of Belgian candy sugar, a little chocolate.

Taste: Spicy, strong candy and malt palette with a caramel background. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The alcohol dissolves any hop oils. Would be great, except for the next thing...

Mouthfeel: too much alcohol. Maybe it needs to be colder (though this was started at refrigerator temp, so any colder and I don't think I'd tasty anything). Other than that, the brew is smoothe and creamy, it coats the tongue and leaves

Drinkability: Slow, very slow. It tastes good, but it's quite strong.

Overall, this is above average, but not excellent. I prefer their other weisen.

Tawnos, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque main body semitranslucent at the edges, a honey brown color. Light brown head that collapses quickly and leaves little lace.
Very sweet spiced scent
Taste of sweet spice, some caramel and honey. The alcohol is not apparent in the taste but it's readily apparent after a few pulls. Strong, long and honey sweet aftertaste which just wont quit.
Medium body, decent coating, extra sugar.
Very pleasant and easy to drink but watch the kick. A sneaky brew as the alcohol is well hidden in both the smell and taste.


oelergud, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Rootbeer or cola brown with absolutely no head. A slight haze of whispy smoke covers the top of the brew. This is purple when held to candlelight and the hoards of sea monkeies dancing in the brew become visible.

S - Wonderous aroma of chocolate cake, tootsie rolls, LIttle Debbie snack cakes, yeasty chocolate coated donuts, some gentle grapey vinous scents, and light touches of leafy hops.

T - German chocolate cake, loads of yeast, and a humongous alcohol presence dominate the palate. Behind the chocolatey malt and strong spiced rum alcohol flavors, a gentle hop bitterness adds to a dry finish.

M - Super thick and gritty with a huge alcohol kick in the teeth. This has as much in common with a fine scotch as it does beer.

D - The gargantuan alcohol burn makes this a slow sipper, not a sessioner, but I will return to this once in a while when there is time to slowly enjoy this fine brew. I drank this by candlelight when our power was knocked out one snowstormy night and this was the perfect warming beverage for the occasion.

pmcadamis, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of riversider76
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark carmel brown. Thin head,and some lacing. Smell is of dark malts,fruits,and carmel. Body is thick,and smooth, with some carbionation. Taste is of dark fruit,especially rasin,with a very nice alchol presence. This is a big tasting beer,but it was smooth,and easy to drink.

riversider76, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a no head at all and no lace.

S: The smell is heavy with dark fruit, caramelized malt, molasses and alcohol.

T: The taste is malty and heavy with dark fruit (raisins, plums, raspberries) and a candy sweetness to it. The alcohol definitely makes itself known by giving you the burn, but it doesn’t overwhelm you either.

M: Crisp and unexpectedly smooth, medium body, light carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty and not filling, goes down easy for a beer with such a high ABV, I drank it pretty quickly, but if I were drinking a second, I go a little slower. Overall, this is a very good beer.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle, bottle number 2004/21091.

Thick swirling sediment permeates the caramel highlighted amber body. Fizzy, instantly vanishing head of big tan soft-drink inspired bubbles that disappeared completely and left no lacing. Ample carbonation streams pierce the surface and lend the appearance of soda. Thick aromas of alcohol soaked dark fruits, cloves, bread crust, and bananas. The taste is sweet, sticky, and thick with cloves, bananas, and plums. This is instantly warming. Light peppery carbonation keeps the alcohol drenched cloves moving, but they still manage to hold their grip through the finish building in intensity alongside the bananas. Strong wheat beer accents have been bumped up and given a medium heat alcohol edge. Slightly drying in the finish. This is certainly Aventinus plus and enjoyable, but I prefer the regular Aventinus.

hopsaplenty, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored one finger head with good retention. Body is dark garnet. Looks great.

Smell - plums, cloves, bananas, dark malt bread, and medicinal alcohol.

Taste - cloves and bananas, plums, cherries, and raisins. Strong, medicinal alcohol on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good, complex, and rewarding. At 12% abv, it is obviously not sessionable. Enjoy in small quantities and with food.

ultralarry2006, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out an 11.2oz bottle, pours a murky brown--resembling strong iced tea-- with a fluffy off-white head, good retention and some slighty lacing clinging around the rim my wine glass.

The nose is warm and inviting, toasted malt, honey, and vanilla dominate. The flavor consists of vanilla, honey, caramel, cherry, and some orange zest, the alcohol is there, but not at all overwhelming. Sweet, but well blanced.

The mouth is medium bodied, complex with an wide array of malty and elegantly sugary elements interplaying all along the palate, ample carbonation preventing it from ever getting syrupy. Thus, it's quite drinkable and damn pleasing from start to finish. Wonderful.

Osiris9588, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle# 2005/03114

Poured murky chestnut with zero head. No lacing & no head retention

Huge sherry notes & raisins. Alcohol sets in as it warms

Taste: Oakyness & breadyness; dryness sets in then. Finishes dry & bread fruitty. finishes dry & oaky like a good or cheap sherry

MF: Thick but prickly (from the alcohol); but mellows out as it warms

Drinks okay, a by the fire sipper.

russpowell, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 2002. The liquid portion looked a lot like standard Aventinus, dark copper orange brown and clear with some floaties. There was barely any head though, probably due to the high alcohol content.

The smell was mostly sweet and malty, bringing to mind Aventinus or STB ABT 12 with its bready yeasty aroma. The flavor is different than normal Aventinus, more alcoholic and kind of similar to aged Gouden Carolus or even a 10-yr old St Sixtus ABT 12 (brewed by St Bernardus) I had this summer.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and there is hardly any carbonation. Just seemed like a well aged high octane ale.

Very nice overall, but only for a nightcap or special occasion. Regular Aventinus is better in my opinion.

TurdFurgison, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rich dark brown/almost black in color, a thin white head that reduced very quickly but retained decently

S- strong aromas of heavy malt sweetness as well as that bannana-hefe wheat smell, with notes of rasins and chocolate

T- rich flavorfu malt taste, alnong with the bannana/raisin flavor decribed in the smell

M- very thick, almost syrupy, very low carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

D- not very drinkable in large doses, something to definitely drink occasionally, takes a while to get through a pint of the stuff

gonzo138, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown opaque brew that pours with a creamy 1.5 finger head which seemingly lives forever. A tiny ring of lacing forms on the sides of the glass.

S - Bananas and a touch of phenols. Alcohol leaks through as it warms - a whole lot near room temp.

T - At first abv is undetectable, but it really sticks out later. A malty thick wheat character with a touch of bananas and allspice. A mild malty bitterness that makes for a smooth finish.

M - Extremely thick, chewy even, froths in the mouth nicely, only moderately refreshing though.

D - Rather good. Dangerous drinkable for a 12%'er. Honestly though, I will probably never have this beer again. Aventinus is vastly superior to its own eisbock counterpart. The alchol just kills the beer here. For the same price, I can drink MORE Aventinus and get drunk less quickly. An excellent beer, but with a better cousin.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 03, 2006
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
95 out of 100 based on 2,101 ratings.