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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,110 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,110
Hads: 2,373
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 185
Gots: 254 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

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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Reviews: 1,110 | Hads: 2,373
Photo of phisig137
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle number 21542, dated 2004. Pours a murky, chunky, dirty brown. Protein chunks everywhere, and a very thin head. Not surprising considering the ABV. Honestly, it's not much to look at.

Aroma is huge. Dark ripe fruits, caramel, sugar, malt, a little banana, and a good amount of alcohol are mostly what I get.

Flavor is without a doubt, the best out of any eisbock I've ever had. Raisons, figs, dates, dark caramel, clove, and fruity belgian yeast are dominant. Sweet, and borderline cloying.... just as I feel an eisbock should be. Also slightly phenolic, with a solvent-ey kind of finish. Reminds me a bit of eiswine actually. Alcohol rears it head after the swallow. Hot finish lingers.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and heavy. Drinkability is decent, but this is definitely a sipper.

This is the best eisbock I've had to date, and I think it owes quite a bit to the wheat. If you like the original Aventinus, you'll LOVE the eisbock! (951 characters)

Photo of joedon
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle marked "8.0% ABV" as opposed to the 12.0% listed on BA. Dated July, 2005.

The color was a dark amber-brown with a thin, tan head that fell quickly. Strong aroma of wheat malt with notes of caramel and citrus.

Very powerful wheat flavor with big alcohol buzz and some residual sugar. This is a big wheat taste and has the citrusy aftertaste as well.

Seems my bottle is really fizzy; maybe right for the style but not my preference.

Not completely drinkable owing to the strong alcohol and fizzy texture.

I'm glad I tried this but I won't be making a habit out of it. (607 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at the Weisses Brauhaus in Munich.

Mindestens haltbar bis 23.02.07.

A: Murky, dark chestnut. Off-white head, some retention and lace.

S: Alcohol (sherry), raisins, bread, slight spice.

T: Bread, alcohol (sherry), raisin, nut, spice. Sweetness is nicely balanced by the alcohol. Potent, but very well rounded. Truly exceptional.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very good, especially considering the strength. (462 characters)

Photo of poppercherry
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick cream colored head topped this dark brown beer. There was a strong smell of malt with hints of banana and alcohol sneaking in for the ride. The beer was very thick with profound malt flavors. There was also banana and hints of coffee noticed. The alcohol left the mouth dry and in need of another taste. This was a very good beer that needs to be enjoyed slowly and over a period of time. If not, the alcohol is bound to sneak up on you. (443 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy chestnut colour with a thin, light brown head. Fine bubbles formed sheets of lace on the glass. Bready yeast aroma with some warm alcohol, banana, clove, bubblesgum, and a vague tropical fruit character. Candy sweetness, breadiness, and banana hit the palate right away. More fruit, including banana, comes out towards the end. Spice stays quite mild throughout. Great depth of flavour with mild alcohol warmth. Full, almost heavy body, low carbonation. Smooth texture with some dryness due to the alcohol. Great complexity and balance - very enjoyable. Thanks northyorksammy! (582 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a cocoa-cola brown with large irregular chunks of stuff floating around. The effervescence is strong enough that it is lifting these chunks upwards instead of letting then settle out. A tan head is under-developed and doesn't last long.

Aroma - intense yeast and grain, alcohol is prominent.

Taste - sweet, grainy, raisiny. A Belgian candy taste, yeasty flavors come in late. Brash, hot alcohol is in every aspect of this beer. An intense weizenbock for sure.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, good carbonation, nicely done.

Drinkability - a potent form of wheat brew, a good pick now and then. (619 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect, post-review, that I may have had a bad bottle due to the variance in my and other reviewer's take on this beer. Take this for what its worth - There was no date code - even year - on this beer. As soon as I can track down another example, I will replace this if it is found I did the beer a disservice in this review.

Liquefied Grape: The color, the nose, the taste, the finish. There's a theme here. Similar to label in color, actually. Leaves no lace trail.

Nose is almost leather-y; cider, straight-up booze vapors, quadruple esters, and most dominantly concord grape.

Taste has wheaty prickles (banana, clove) in a large way, but then gets winey again. What does exist of a wheatiness is nicely intermingled with the alcohol.

The sweetness of this seems to cloy, surprising in that I feel regular Aventinus is the near-perfection of balance. Still, an interesting and valid 'big beer'. (913 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours purple-brown with lively carbonation and a frothy white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring.

Smell is dominated by dark fruit and sweet carmelized malt. Bananna, spices and light alcohol notes.

Taste is similar to nose with the sweetness of carmelized malt and dark fruit such as plum, raisin, and dates taking center stage. finish has a mils hop presence that slowly dissipates to fruity sweetness and spices that linger on the tongue. balanced and enjoyably complex. Alcohol notes are a constant companion that lingers in the background.

Mouthfeel is quite lively and creamy. Very smooth.

Overall this is an awesome beer with flavors are intersting and complex. The high ABV is well hidden but certainly sneaks up on you. Make sure you don't have anything but relaxing to do right after drinking this one. (830 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown with a thin, white ring of "head." Amazingly strong weizen aromas of banana, clove, and bubblegum. I'm truly taken aback at the how assertive this beer is while smelling it. I, in no way, have to stick my nose in the glass and sniff for this beer's character; it's all upfront. Ditto on the flavors. Tastes like weizen concentrate (which it IS, of course). This is a real treat for anyone who loves characteristic German wheat flavors. The only area that the taste loses points in is that I feel the sweetness could be put a little more in check. Aside from that, this is pretty damned stellar. Does a great job of hiding the alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and fairly slick with a little bite on the tongue. I am impressed with how drinkable this is, especially at its alcoholic strength. Those who do not phenolic beers should steer clear of this one. (868 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy brown. There is quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The head is light tan. It fades a little quick, leaving very few laces.

This beer has a malty aroma. I detect some dark fruits. Not much on the hops. The 12 percent ABV is hidden well. It does have a very slight rum like aroma.

This beer tastes a lot like it smells. It has a malty caramel like flavor. It also has a raisin or plumb like flavor. Not very hoppy at all. It has a very subtle spicy flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a very malty aftertaste. The alcohol, after a few sips, warms the throat as it goes down.

This is probably not a great session beer. It is a bit high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is pretty aggressive. It is a good beer though. I am glad to have had the chance to try it. (834 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 year old Eisbock served in a pilsner glass. Murky brown with no head at all, but some mild carbonation. Smell is slightly alcoholic with a sweetness of wheat extract. The taste is enhanced by the stellar body which I chewed through. Large doses of clean wheat flavor and tight yeast flavor mixed with a good alcohol taste, fruityness starts to bloom in the middle of my tongue in the aftertaste and draws me back for more. Lovely stuff. (438 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, $4.04 with their mixed sixer discount. Bottle #2004/06938. Beer #19 in my quest to have the top 25 German beers.
Slight off-white head over a foggy tawny mahogany body. Yeast was swirled and decanted. Head fully dissipates, leaving some streams of rising bubbles. Smell is vinous and sweet, with coffee, chocolate malt, figs and prunes, cherries, toasted rye bread and date nut bread, maybe a hint of walnut. Taste is sweet vinous, peppery, warming, chocolate-covered cherries, burned sugar, roasted hazelnut. Very complex. Wow. The alcohol is definitely right there: no hiding 12%, even behind all this flavor. But what an amazing amount of flavor. Red wine. Just got a piece of Ghirardelli dark chocolate -- what a match! Also, what a thick, creamy mouthfeel. This is smooth as silk and thick as caramel. However, it's for sure a one-at-a-timer. Will I have this again? Absolutely. Will I have it again tonight? Don't think I could. Exceptionally drinkable for what it is. (1,026 characters)

Photo of ChuckD
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen - with the sediment swirled and included. Light, tawny lacing with staying power atop a dark brown - foggy body.

To the nose, grains are there - but the underlying theme is spiciness and wet earth.

In the mouth, this is one smooth beer. You are hit with layer after layer of sweet malts and grains. Very forthright from the beginning. This is no lightweight. The spices from the nose are there - but do not overpower the wonderful malts. There is a slight hop character that just doesn't make it past the malts.

The feel here is heavy and full - very substantial in the mouth. It's big alcohol and you know it - but not beyond the drinkability stage. It finishes still sweet - but very organic and not hard at all.

Musings: This beer will kick your ass. It is a delicious malt powerlode that will knock you out. Highly recommended. (880 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Aventinus glass a dark brown color, not much carbonation, no head, not much lacing really, some small bits of yeast were detected.

S - Scents of plums, sweet malts, and caramel.

T - The taste is sweet and alcoholic in nature. There's a nice little warming effect after sipping.

M - Medium body, no carbonation.

D - Drinkable. Another excellent brew from this brewery. (397 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, only slight head after pour. There is an abundance of chunky sediment throughout this one, which kind of turns me off a bit, but what the hell, I still think it will be good. I even tried to leave behind the yeast but there was no stopping it. Aroma is a nice rasiny, chocolate, alcoholic experience. Taste is sweet for a second, then overpowered by raisiny alcohol that carries through the finish and beyond. The malt flavor is mostly dark fruit, with a hint of spice, much like a dubbel or grand cru. The mouthfeel runs even a bit thin, not syrupy as expected. Carbonation is adequate, its quite smooth, I don't really detect any grainy or chunkyness despite what I could see in the appearance. A good strong malt flavor overall, but alcoholic enough that you might want to just have one of these and then switch to something less potent... (860 characters)

Photo of Chubby
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 33cl numbered bottle.

Aroma: Good maltiness, raisins, some vanilla and dark fruits like plums. Sweet with low phenols and a distant fruity ester. A little rum raisins.

Appearance: Dark mahogony with dark burgundy highlights. Effervescent with almost no head retention. Hazy (I did not rouse yeast).

Flavor: Rum soaked raisins with an onslaught of melanoidins and a spicy phenolic in the back of the pack. A little taste of alcohol in the aftertaste but pretty free of esters and bitters.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol numbing and warmth. A little spicy astringency. Medium to full mouthfeel with fine medium carbonation.

Overall: I like the dark melanoidin malt profile and its sneaky strength. The phenols are spicy and compliment the malt very well. I'm a little worried about the lack of esters but don't really miss them. A great multi-faceted brew. Good job. Needs more dextrins for improved head. (916 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours like like flat coke. black, but not completely, some shades of dark brown, but no head at all. the appearance isn't so appetizing given the resemblance to undesirable cola, but fortunately the nose makes up for it.

smells intense! spicy, malty clove, fruity, licorice and gum, booze. there's a lot going on, and it smells strong. ditto for taste. this is one healthy brew. yes it is strong compared to your normal 5% beer, but amazingly balanced and approachable compared to your normal 12% cabernet savignon. mouthfeel is chewy, almost syrupy. heavy and sweet but there's a nice bitter kick in the aftertaste.

i've only had a couple of each, but i think i prefer this to the original aventinus weizenbock, perhaps because of the ridiculously high abv! i can only imagine having 1 at a time, but i enjoyed this time and look forward to the next. (857 characters)

Photo of jlh8643
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Pils glass. A rush of carbonation bubbles race to the top but no head remains after the initial pour. Caramel, figs, plums and grapes are the main things I get from the first noseful. The malts dominate the the full body leaving a sweet syrupy and fruity finish. The alcohol only enters into the equation as it hits my stomach. At $3.00 a bottle this is a steal for what's inside. (395 characters)

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma immediately identifies this wheat-based beer, with your obvious banana notes, but there is also some spice. On the palate we are greeted immediately by spice, malt, a fleeting tartness, then the warmth of alcohol that flows downward into the belly. The aftertaste is long and moderately tart, with hints of banana.

This seems to be a beer that opens up as you drink it, revealing more layers along the way, and I imagine that goes for subsequent samplings. (470 characters)

Photo of Iguana
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence - Murky brown, really dark, but not black like a stout, kinda like a deep chestnut color. Really no head to this, it dissipates so fast and leaves just a foam ring along the glass.

Smell - Smell is amazing, brown sugar, dark ripe fruit, caramel, and hints of alcohol. Quite possibly one of the best beers I have smelled.

Taste - Taste is ok, I guess after smelling it I had hoped it would taste like that, but this tastes like a really strong Weizenbock, which I guess in essence thats what it is. Would have ranked higher if it tasted just like it smelled.

Mouthfeel - Thick, very rich, a slight tingle from either the carbonation or alcohol, I cant tell which.

Drinkability - Definitly not a session beer, has a pretty high alcohol content and rich taste so its a sipper. I dunno as I would buy another, I have had a couple other eisbocks I have enjoyed more at a lower price. (901 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cola or maple syrup colored with a substantial and lasting tan head that leaves a bit of nice lace.

The aroma is caramel, fruit, spice and alcohol.

The taste is sweet dark malt, figs, plums, pears with caramel and spices. The finish is rich and warm. Full bodied, a bit sweet but not quite syrupy.The spiciness and warmth takes some of the edge off.

A very nice beer for sippimg after dinner or on a cold winter day. Smooth and easy to sip. (452 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, dense head that slowly melts into a thin layer of light brown/tan foam around the perimter of the glass. The "melts" is apt, for with a beer of this thickness, processes must be described as slow, almost geologic in their movement. The beer is a very dark brown away from the light, turning an orange-amber when held to the bulb. A surprising amount of carbonation is visible, despite the murkiness and anticipated thickness of this brew.
S: Strong, syrupy, brown sugar scents abound, along with traces of plums and dark cherries. No detectable yeast or hop presence.
T: Thick, molasses-style sweetness upfront with synergizing flavors of plum and rum. The alcohol presents itself midway through and strengthens until the finish. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste that does not come across as cloying.
M: Thick body, little carbonation, smooth through and through.
D: The density of the elements and the high alcohol content make this an excellent sipping beer for the winter months. A simple creation, when one considers its core tastes of brown sugar, rum, and plums. Yet its depth is its strength, each element heightened to an elegant extremity. Excellent for drinking while discussing seminal issues with good friends or pondering works of art alone in the semi-darkness. (1,294 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out brown-amber with a low head that quickly is gone.
Smells winey , with some clove and cherry.
Tastes a little too sweet for me..and I like sweet beers. A lot of chocolate- covered- cherry flavor , with some cough syrup phenol; and the alcohol punching through. Very winey, with all kinds of spice. Sweet sherry finish.
Very low carbonation...almost syrupy mouthfeel...not crazy about the lingering sweet at the end.
This is actually very similiar to Kasteel Red in taste, mouthfeel and alcohol concentration.
Boy, just one is kicking my ass...pretty high ABV.
I really like Aventinus , but not sure I like it as concentrated as this.
I guess I'll stick to the Weizenbock...and leave the eis zum die kuhle leute( sorrry, high school Deutsch many years ago). (772 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this ale tonight, served om a bottle and Celebrator glass at the Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, MD.

Appearance: Deep auburn-orange color, this ale had a great deal of sediment when poured into the glass. The bottle poured with an acceptable amount of head.

Smell: Malts come up from the glass, establishing themselves as the predominant flavor and smell of the ale. The malts are not so strong though that they reek of sweetness.

Taste: Malts hit the taste buds immediately. They are slightly sweet, providing a nice counterbalance to the high abv. The sweetness of the malts gives way to a pleasant, even wheat taste after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely in the mouth. The wheat character provides a bit of tanginess that mixes well with the sweetness of the malt.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited by the 12% abv, but the ale is nicely balanced and the wheat adds a distinct taste. (923 characters)

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Dark brown, modest head that diminished rather due, no doubt, to the alcohol content.

s - Dark dried fruit aroma, chocolatey aroma of well toasted barley. I could smell this all day if the glass didn't keep finding it's way to my mouth.

t - Taste of alcohol is very prominent. The fruit and barley aromas become more prominent as the beer warms.

m - Carbonic, alcoholic with a pleasant viscosity. To me, a great balance

d - I could drink it til I drop. At 12% abv that might not take long. I intended for it to last longer than it did. Great beer for those "special" occasions --- like Wednesdays or Thursdays. Personally, I'm saving it for days ending in "y" (675 characters)

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
93 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.