1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,025 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 128
Gots: 136 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,025 | Reviews: 1,044 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review may be a little skewed from the beer being sampled after the Whiskey-barrel aged Dogwood Winter, but it's still a good beer. That being said, the original is really better. The head could be better, it was a little weak. The body was a dark, dull brown that was quite cloudy. Tons of overripe banana and overripe apples along with a richness to the malt that's not present in the pre-iced version (the richness is nice, but the yeast-fruit flavors in the regular Aventinus are more refined). You feel the alcohol more than you taste it. It warms the stomach and lightens the head. If you drive to the bar alone, it's perhaps best not to combine this with the Dogwood Winter barrel-aged. Luckily, I had my wife to drive me home.

aracauna, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep purple-amber color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of deep fruit, banana, and a bit of alcohol are found in the nose. The taste is sweet, and the beer has quite a light body despite being concentrated. The alcohol is found starting in the middle and going through the finish of this beer. There does not seem to be enough beer here to stand up to the alcohol. There are some nice notes of clove, a hint of banana, and concentrated fruit (raisin is dominant). As it warms up a bit the body becomes smoother and creamy, though the astringent alcohol remains in the finish. Overall this was just a bit disappointing, the ice-concentration left this beer a bit unbalanced, though it is still pretty good.

Gueuzedude, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of drewbage
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Lucky Baldwin's from the new 2004 run.

Served in a Belgian chalice.

Beer pours an ugly muddy brown with virtually no head in the glass. What little there is remains low, bright white and sticky throughout the glass.

Aroma is at first hint spciy with cloves and nutmeg only to be follow by a banana fueled by alcohol.

Flavor is incredibly dense and rich with an impression that can be summed up as a banana split with hot fudge sauce served over caramel cinnamon ice cream.

The finish is sweet, but given the strength of the brew, surprisingly not as much as would be expected.

Deadly smooth for its 12% abv

drewbage, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a dark purple and brown color with a large fluffy head that quickly dissipated and left almost no lace.

The smell is powerful; it is alcoholic with just a touch of wheat malt and banana flavor. The taste is more of the same, but it is more potent going down the throat instead of into the nose. Alcoholic content is apparent and high but not out of place.

This stuff is fierce.

watermelonman, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
2.2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: A nice transparent orangey brown, but the head was stubborn to form and didn't stick around very long.

Smell: The usual Aventinus aroma, wheaty and sweet, but this one seems to be extra extra sweet. We'll have to see how it pans out in the taste.

Taste: Not panning out very well. The sweetness is worse than I thought. It's just so caramely and sickening that I couldn't wait to be done with it. As an added minus, the alcohol really starts to show about halfway through the glass. And I mean really.

Mouthfeel: Alright until the alcohol kicks in, and then it produces a not so nice burning sensation.

Drinkability: Between the over the top caramel sweetness and the brashness of the alcohol, I hardly wanted to finish the glass, let alone have another.

Beef Notes: I was interested in this one, as I like Aventinus, but it turned out to be just plain disappointing, though I was into it at first. I don't think I'll be coming back.

BeefyMee, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Hex92
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer ALOT. Its amazing that it can have such a high alcohol content and not taste like it. Pours dark with a decent head and when you smell it you know you are in for a treat. It does have more kick than the regular Aventinus, but I think I like this one better. I guess I will find out for sure when I sit down and rate it one of these days.

I had to wait for almost 6 months to get a case of this stuff from my local store and it was worth the wait. The best part about buying in quantity is being able to drink 2 in a row.

Hex92, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with golden tints around the edges with a thick frothy tan head. Lacy. Some fizz. Smells of wheat malt and ripe banana. Light cloves and light caramel. Yeasty.

Big alcohol up front. Smooths into malty wheat and really yeasty. Spicy. Cloves shoine through and banana not as evident. Rich maltiness throughout. Rich malty aftertaste that lingers sticky on the palate. The bit of alcohol burn in this one brings down the drinkability but still a nice beer. Happy to cellar the others for now.

ViveLaChouffe, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of counselor
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wicked brew, chock full of flavors. It pours a dark muddy brown with yeast floaties and a tall stiff head that thins out gradually. The beer smells awesome, rich roasted and caramel notes, deep nuts and candied fruits, sugary rich malt and nutty yeast aromas. The flavors are thick and layered baked apples and cinniman, clove, nuts, plums and, oh yeah alcohl on the back end. This is a beer that should be savored slowly to appreciate the layers of complex flavors. The mouthfeel was chewey and rich with well balanced carbonation. A tsaty beeer indeed

counselor, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With all apologies to my friends who told me this was great, I could not believe the difference between the tap version of this beer and the bottled version. There is just no comparison. This beer's pouring at Ludwig's was worth half the price of the beer. The head is a tremendous thing to observe. The barmaid starts by pouring a pitcher full of the beer, which is about 3/4s white head. She lets that work. Then comes back after five minutes or so and pours a glass of the beer, think wide pilsner type glass, which again is 3/4s head. She waits another five minutes and then begins to pour the pitcher into the glass, letting most of the head run out over the glass. She cleans it off and serves a glass that you are now panting for. It is a dark, reddish beer with a smallish head since most of it has now gone down the drain. The lacing is long lasting down the entire glass.

The primary flavors to me are wheat and hops. There is an undercurrent of citrus, but it is not a real aromatic beer. The taste is a divine mix of wheat, hops, and a sweetness that appears to come from a fruity (citrus?) undertaste. This could be an addictive beer if it was actually available at more locations. Unfortunately, in the Philadelphia area, as far as I know, Ludwig's is it, although I haven't tried the Austrian Garden, yet.

rdrummer, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of ColForbin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely carbonated, the 11.2oz beer overflowed my 14oz pilsner glass faster than you can say Weizen-Eisbock. The head soon completely disappeared. I swirled the last oz of beer in the bottle and poured the yeast into my glass. The beer has a light brown/red cloudy appearance. The nose is full of raisins, the typical hefeweizen esthers (cloves/bananas) and a touch of alcohol. Taste is malty and fruity with a definite alcohol finish. The alcohol kick in the finish cuts down on drinkability a bit. Otherwise an excellent beer; perfect for a cold winter night.

ColForbin, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoaaa this beer is not for wimps. One of the few beers I've had that began to bubble out of the bottle after I cracked the crown off it. Pretty damn carbonated, but once it's poured out of the bottle it seems to lose much of it. Brown body with a lot of yeast sediment even before I pour out the entire bottle. Very nice dark fruity aroma with strong notes of clove and spices. Amazingly the alcohol is hardly noticeable in the nose. Has very vinuous flavors with a rich malt profile to back up the wallop of alcohol in the finish. I'm really surprised how strong the alcohol is in the taste while the aroma gives no hint of this. This beer actually made my eyes water upon the first sip. It is quite warming. Mouthfeel is superbly smooth and actually a bit dry. I would want to drink this all night, but it probably isn't a good idea. This is one, however, I would love to keep in permanent supply.

IrishRedRock, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of wsouloa
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this, I did not know what to expect. I had had regular Aventinus many times and I had to try this when I saw it on the menu. This beer has an aroma quite similar to regular Aventinus but I sensed more of a chocolatey smell as well as more of a sense of alcohol. Aventinus itself, is a strong beer, 8% but this is 12-13%. It is much thicker than Aventinus and provides much more of a kick. The presence of a higher alcohol content is definitely noticeable and takes away a bit from the experience. I don't recommend anyone having more than two of these in a relatively short period of time. Still, with all this said, it has a very good flavor and is worth trying.

wsouloa, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy dark brown amber. The head was tan/brown and fell back quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was dark fruit, malt, and wheat. Also present was a slight caramelized banana aroma. Alcohol was definitely in the aroma.

The flavor was dark caramel with wheat. Also present are complex fruity flavors that stimulate the palate.

The finish is dark caramel and dark fruit lasting into a dry dark caramelized banana finish. The body is medium full to full bodied. Alcohol warmth oozes from the finish.

A highly alcoholic, yet very enjoyable beer.

11.2 ounce bottle. Bottle number 13049, 2002.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of Jables
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep hazy caramel with thin off white head.

Aroma is sweet with strong scents of brown sugar. Pouring this is like cutting open a bag of brown sugar and sticking your face in it.

The first thing that struck me about the flavor was the taste of brown sugar and honey like candy. The initial flavor is like a smack in the face of sweetness. No bitterness to be found anywhere. No balance, just supersweet cloying sugar, honey, and candy. Definitely smells better than it tastes.

Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, one of my favorite parts actually.

Alcohol is so obvious, and the sweetness is so sickening, I don't know if I'll be able to finish the bottle.

Jables, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. amber bottle. Bottle number 001470. $3.49 at the local Belle Kuisine.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy and very dark reddish-brown. Thick and very creamy head quickly dies off to a ring around the edges. Minimal lacing of the glass.

Smell: Dark and ripe fruits mix with a distinct phenol (gotta love those organic chemistry lab days) thrown in. No smoking within 50 feet!

Taste: Complex? Umm...yes. A 3-ring circus of flavors erupt on the palate. Candied fruits, raw honey, clove, multi-grain bread, chocolate-covered toffee, caramel squares. The alcohol announces itself with a flourish, attempting to sweep clean everything before it. But wait! Might the hops be trying to steal the show? I think not. They are whipped into submission and you are left with a fairly dry, semi-sweet lingering aftertatse that adds to the belly-warming effect of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Well-carbonated and great body. It's damn cold here tonight and this is a great beer to just sit with while reading a good book by the (gas) fireplace. Not something for the faint of heart, this beer packs a wallop...not only in terms of the ABV but also the complexity of taste.

Notes: What a great combination of flavors in this beer. It's like a wheat beer that has been involved in some bizarre beer-changing experiment. The result is a very enjoyable beer that I really savored and enjoyed. Very well-done.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with classy purple and silver label. Pours a hazy dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is striking, with dark fruits like plums and figs, a touch of molasses, and a hint of a high abv. Mouthfeel is thick, well carbonated, and a tad vinous. Taste is enormous. Dark fruits and molasses in the forefront, some fermented grapes, and a nice malt backbone. Finishes sweet and wheaty. Characteristics of an excellent Bavarian doppelbock, like Celebrator. Very satisfying and highly complex. So good, it oughta be illegal.

merlin48, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So you like strong beer. Then this is a pretty good one. It's hard to get much head when this is poured. A very dark brown. Yeast is all over the place. The taste is yeasty, sweet and malty. Some notes of spiciness. this can be drank chilled or warm. It's going to have alchohol warmness either way.

Very drinkable for such a strong beer. I prefer the regular Aventinus.

daledeee, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Only my second of the style-my first being the Kulmbacher which I warmed up to slowly. This bottle poured a deep chestnut and was just loaded with beer diamonds-way to much chunckage. I poured it through a fine mesh strainer and returned it to its glass. Stil lots of crunchy bits afloat. The head was marginal and subsided to a mini ring. The lacing was moderate. Aromas were very melon like, with a streak of blue cheese.The alcohol ripped through my sinus cavity and left traces of banana malteds as it did. In the mouth the beer is thick and indeed very warming as the alcohol makes itself known and is not shy at all. Flavors are deep and blown over by the high alcohol levels. Melon, raisin, some nutiness- Roquefort cheese flavors chime in loudly. Some sweet milky chocolate and of course, rich malted flavors surface and prove quite pleasurable as the beer warms, and as the taster warms! Sit back, relax and make sure you have the following day slotted for a late sleep in.

moulefrite, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 007787 11.2 oz- Deep cloudy dark chestnut color with some burnt reddish hints in its highlights, a nice tannish head appeared puffy and whipped tight becoming crusty but faded fast to a thick fluffy ring around the edge, lace in fast drippy sheeting. Holy phenolic nose with alcohol! Some major band-aid plastic and vitamin coating phenols flying all around a big ethanol heated alcoholic smack, with hints of some dark fruits and malty sweetness that can be sensed just before the alcohol or after a long time of off the rim sniffing. Taste is very nice and malty sweet with nice subtle complexities. A good load of fruityness both ripe and dried variants that contain some plum, raisin, and dates and there's a wonderful caramel smoothness coming into the finish lingers some; but that start is quite complex in the wheats, malts, and fruits with a pleasant mesh of everything. The midway point has a good little hop bitterness and building point which then lightly soothes out to a nice mellow finish of caramel which is very congenial and has some nice little agreeable plastic yeasty notes that never overwhelm as so does the alcohol which sits behind it all waiting to take charge upon bigger gulps and slightly burn with a spiced alcohol. Feel is pretty thick and chewy, nearly full, smooth for sure with a favorable creamyness and alcoholic edgeyness in its finish. Smooth drinking, but watch for that eye drooping alcohol, I'm sleepy...What a nice brew. Nose was a bit much on the plastic, but the flavors and ABV make up for it; head swimmingly delicious!

tavernjef, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of hungryghost
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 5911 of the 2002 batch.
Cloudy, dark walnut appearance, short lived head.
This is the first time I have described a beer this complex. There is a whole lot going on here.
Hints of wheat, fruit, yeast, and a rich malt aroma.
Heavy malt flavorings, fruit, strong sweetness, some spice. I guessed this one had a high ABV, there is a pungent alcohol taste.
Worth diving into once in a while. I think it would be hard to put down more than one of these at a time.

hungryghost, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of BierManVA
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 017716

Regular Aventinus in iself is an amazingly complex bier. This is even more so.

Poured a little flat for this specimin, the head disappeared immediately. The smell is heavy clove, spice, oak and tannins. The taste is an explosion of flavors that finish nicely dry. Clove and wheat dominate. The taste of alcohol is nicely subdued for a 12% brew.


BierManVA, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, with a reddish hue. It forms a chunky, tan head. The aroma is of wheat, chocolate, biscuity/toasty malts, and a bit of fruit. It has a nice solid malt backbone. The flavor is malty and toasty, a bit sweet, with a dark fruit, fig-like flavor. it finishes sweet and malty with a bit of alcohol warmth. It is full-bodied and warming; a very enjoyable beer on a cold winters night.

BeerBuilder, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Drool* A favorite of mine from last year; a bar owner friend of mine kept a small stash behind the bar just for me. I haven't had any in a while, and last night, hanging out with some good friends, seemed as good a time as any.

Dark brownish-red with a light tan head that quickly fades back into more of a ring than legitimate head. Reeks of alcohol, esters, and phenols. Clear and obvious, yet muddled (not in a bad way) fruits -- obfuscated tropicals like banana -- and a slightly peppery clove-ish sensation.

Too sweet to have a strong identification with a lot of the more subtle "wheat" characteristics. Ripened fruits, dry fruit, spiciness. Ass-kicking alcohol bitterness wipes up. As this warms even closer to room temp, its many subtlties come out to play. The alcohol becomes a bit dominant, of course, on the back end. But fascinating combinations of slightly plasticized fruits and phenolic flavors play around on the tongue a bit more. Just a powerfully large brew with a fairly dense mouthfeel.

For a 12% brew, this is impeccibly drinkable, on par with many of the other high abv greats from Belgium, Unibroue, etc. I've got 2 more of these in the back of the closet chilling out. I want to see what they're like in 2006.

marburg, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this one a few nights ago and whoa! This is an intense and amazing brew. Obivously it tastes similar to Aventinus except all of the flavors are much more intense. Strong alcohol content isn't noticed until the finish but it has a hard kick. Lots of complex flavors that are concentrated down here. A must try!

granger10, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle # 003026 11.2 fl. oz

Sweet fruity wheat nose with strong yeast notes. Decent tan head on the pour with some light brown floaties in the center of the glass. This head leaves quickly. Iced tea appearence there after with lots of yeast floaters. Fruity sweeter initial taste with a quick big ABV blast follows quickly. The finish leaves plum skin and tropical fruit on the tongue. The ABV is not as hidden as I thought it would be. The mouth is quite thick and its finish is dry on the tongue and moist and wet on the roof of the mouth and throat.

frank4sail, Oct 24, 2003
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,025 ratings.