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

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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 157
Gots: 193 | 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 dsa7783
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single bottle purchased for $3.50 from Gary's in Madison... Individual bottle number of 08545 on the back purple logo sticker... pours a mahogany-brown, ruby-red hue with a foamy head that soon dissipated... smell was very rich and intense, with plums, figs, and caramel... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with thick, rich, sweet caramel, dehydrated fruits, caramel, and figs... strong malts dominated this brew, and the very hefty 12% ABV was noticeable both in the nose and taste... good, thick mouthfeel but average drinkability due to the strong alcohol percentage and ultra-rich, very thick flavor that dominated the pallate and took over this beer... this is seriously flavorful stuff, very overbearing and powerful, and is better off sipped... strong, thick, rich, and dominating, this was certainly an interesting sample that should be enjoyed over a period of time... Worth a try, with a noticeable grape-taste...

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

Picked this up from Grape Vine Market. Thanks for the recommendation James. I shared the bottle with chadspivey. This is my first Eisbock, and if they are all as good as this was, it will definitely be a style that makes its way into my beer rotation.

2006 vintage.

Poured into an oversized wineglass.

Appearance - It is a hazy deep reddish brown. It produced a quickly dissipating one finger head. The head left a thin halo around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell - I get a lot of fruitiness in the nose, primarily overripe bananas. I also get notes of raisin and cherry. There is a spicy, peppery note as well. It is VERY boozy smelling.

Taste - The taste is very similar to the scent. I taste banana, caramel and burnt sugar, with a slight roastiness at the end of the flavor. I taste a lot of booze, but it doesn't detract from the flavor in any way.

Mouthfeel - It has a medium body. It has a very effervescent carbonation level. Prickly enough to cut through the booze.

Drinkability - This beer has awesome drinkability for its high ABV. The flavor and smell were on point. I could've easily had the entire bottle to myself. I will definitely get this again.

Photo of seaoflament
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2005/12398 vintage courtesy of Joey (KingG) thanks!

Pours a dark brown but not impenetrable to light, some red highlights when held to the light. A fizzy inch of foam amassed but quickly disappeared.

A wonderful aroma of dark fruits like figs, sweet raisins, dried prunes, cherries, banana and a bit of alcohol. Very complex mixture of fruits, dark malts, and bread. Some hints of vanilla, red grape skins, and raspberry jam.

Just as great on the taste, very complex and I need a moment to think about what I'm tasting. Definitely some dark fruits, sweet, a little toasty and some bread. The wheat is starting to come through like toasted wheat bread with dark fruit jam.

Still well carbonated after almost 3 years. The alcohol is very well hidden and plays a role more in the taste, enhancing the fruity flavors, than the mouthfeel.

Photo of timbro81
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with little to no head. Smells of deep, complex, rich malts mingled with noticable banana and clove scents and some licorice too. As it sits in my mouth the first thing I notice is that I can hear it bubbling in my mouth! It really comes alive in there. Taste is of dense malts, deep. The banana and clove aren't nearly as prominent. It is a fairly thick beer that coats the mouth. The aftertaste is bready and boozey.

Photo of jph424
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown with a thin head that leaves little lacing

S - Brown sugar, a lot like a Belgian Dark.

T - Candied sugar, roasted malts, with a wonderful sweet flavor that lingers. The 12% is extremely well disguised.

M - Well carbonated, thinner than I expected.

D - Pretty darn drinkable especially for such a big beer. If you didn't tell me the ABV and just kept pouring this for me I would be in big trouble.

This is very tasty. I think I still prefer regular Aventinus but this is a heck of a great beer.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, #2006/20788

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown under a fingers worth of white head. No retention, no lace.

S: Smells of caramel, apples, banana, slight funk, raisins, chewy malt.

T: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, caramel, brown sugar, big boozy alcohol. Very fruity, plums, a little bit of cherry, slightly drying, but overall a sweet finish, and a tad bit of funk much like the nose.

M/D: Big thick, sticky, full body. Alcohol is there in bunches but very tolerable, also pretty warming. Carbonation is light to medium. Good beer, but I don't know how much I could drink. Very strong, very big, very good.

Photo of chadspivey
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to miguelmandingo for sharing this bottle with me..

A: Pours a reddish oaky color w/ small thin head.

S: Boozy bananas and spices that I cant pinpoint.

T: bananas, booze, brown sugar, hints of caramel.

M: Good carbonation, medium body, warming from the booze.

D: They don't mask the alcohol, but I guess it's hard to mask 12%. It's still tasty enough to drink a couple.

Overall, the booziness in the taste and mouthfeel was too much for me.

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Very dark, with crimson highlights, and you can still see some of the floating particles. Little to no head, and no lacing - just some "oily" coating.
The aroma is powerful, although the alcohol is not as evident as it could be for the strength, it is obviously there. Along with it, caramel, yeasts, some spiciness and perhaps cloves.
In the palate, the alcohol becomes even more evident, warming, spicy. A heavy maltiness and yeastiness balances it nicely.
Quite good and interesting, but the original is far better, and you can have more. This is one and out...

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Younger35. Thank you for taking care of another one off my wants list!

This beer pours a very deep, dark, and dirty brown color with a minimal head. I was expecting that with as high an ABV as this beer has. I get big scents of dark fruit, heavy malt, banana, and alcohol. After my first sip I am thinking malt, malt, and more malt. There is a syrupy sweetness in the flavor profile with hints of banana and clove. The wheat flavor makes an appearance as well, but it isn't very pronounced. This beer is medium bodied with a subtle and welcomed alcohol warmth to it. I am surprised how well the alcohol is hidden on this beer. The drinkability is a nice surprise on this beer and went along perfect with cold night outside.

Thank you again Dan.

Photo of Stanford
2.96/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was the first Eisbock that I have tried. All positive comments aside from the taste. I guess I was looking for the same experience one gets if you compare a glass Johannesburg Riesling with a glass of Eiswien- indeed the alcohol and sugar content of this Eisbock is stronger, but the flavor of this beer was not what I expected. It has a very strong syrup flavor and reminds me of port wine. I am eager to try other beers of this style.

Photo of vikingloki
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I splurged and bought a case for Christmas thinking I could drink the whole thing over the holidays - HA! I've had it a month and there is still a half a case, which I may cellar til next winter.

This is a whopper - carmelly dark, excellent carbonation, nice head sits on this big beer. Complex and almost too fruity sweet, but with a bite of wheat. I'm surprised how much the wheat comes thru. No noticable hop flavors. Alcohol warms all the way down.

It's a bigger beer than an Imperial Stout. I'm glad I bought it, even though I can manage only one per sitting.Recommended, even though I prefer the Kulmbacher Eisboch.

Photo of Risser09
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2005 bottling #08092 - Cellar temp

Appearance: Brown color with orange highlights. 2" off-white head that is quite foamy. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: Heavy sugar and dark fruit. Apple tartness. Plum, raisin, rum, brown sugar, date and fig. Alcohol. Tannin aroma like a red wine. Licorice and anise. Wonderfully complex.

Taste: Intense sugary nectar. HEAVY dark fruits of date, fig, plum and raisin. I liken this to a pricey rum. Plenty of alcohol to go with the flavors and sugars. Biscotti. A touch of anise.

Mouthfeel: Very heavily bodied with sugar and chewiness. This is a great sipper for the coldest day of the year, while watching the 3rd coldest football game in history!

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is one to cellar and cherish from time to time during the winter. It was very good with 3 years on it. I suspect it could go longer without wavering very much.
I will be buying more.

Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recently had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a hazy amber with a creamy off-white head.

S- Lots of clove and banana, this is a big weizen beer!

T- Warming, without the alcohol burn, lots of spiciness, especially clove and banana.

M- Carbonated well, is smooth on the tongue, full bodied.

D- Too big to have many, but enjoyable. A great winter beer!

Photo of Antilochus
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle purchased at a Kingston LCBO as part of their winter seasonal selection. Poured into a small nosing glass for this tasting.

Alarmingly large head... cloudy orange-brown body with a large offwhite head that dissipates quickly.

Aromas of banana and bubblegum are immediately perceived. A bit of alcohol on the nose, not bad at 12% abv though. Notes of vanilla, yeast, some caramel and perhaps some medicinal character (cough medicine?). Bread. Whisky-like oakiness. Not too complex.

Big mouthfeel, remarkably carbonated.

Very sweet and syrupy on the palate. Bananas and plums. Hot finish, I suppose anything carbonated at 12% will feel like this. Imagine carbonated red wine... very punchy. Molasses, licorice, yeast, grape skins, pepper. Herby and medicinal, almost like bitters (liqeur). Spiced chocolate? Some sour citrus rind in there too. Feels like it could be loaded with tannins. Interesting.

A German powerhouse. I like how it retains the characteristics of the wheat very well. Why did they put this in a 500mL bottle?!?!

Edit: not as drinkable as I thought. The fact that it is 2/3 the size of a bottle of wine, just as strong, and as sweet as port makes it a little hard to finish. Still tasty though.

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I'd never tried an eisbock before. It's an interesting experience.

I poured the Aventinus into a flute glass and it produced little head. The color is a brown, not as dark as some beers, but more than a few.

The smell is quite powerful. There is evidence of fruit and some spices like cloves. Very pungent.

You can taste the fruit and spices easily. This beer has a really powerful taste. It's not unpleasant in the least, but be forewarned.

It had a high carbonation content, giving it a good mouthfeel.

In the end, this is a drinkable beer, though I don't know how many of these I could put away in the course of an evening.

Photo of hegelec
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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