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

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Reviews: 1,102
Hads: 2,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 176
Gots: 242 | 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 paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a large rocky white head.

Scent of wheat, yeast, dark fruits, and sugars. Fairly complex with nicely hidden alcohol.

Taste of sugars, dark fruits, wheat, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. A little overly sweet for my taste, but still a very competent brew.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation. (359 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aventinus Weizen Eisbock is a dirty dark brown with a one finger head that fades to a collar. The aroma is banana. The taste is candy cane sweet, dark fruit, bananas and alcohol. Even though I watched a great chunk of yeast plop out of the bottle and settle to the bottom of the snifter, the taste was not all that yeasty, even at the end. The feel is medium bodied, oily and sufficiently carbonated. Drinkability is good, I could have another.

I'd never had a weizen eisbock before, and only one weizenbock, so I didn't quite know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised though at the taste of this beer. It has dessert wine characteristics to it's flavor. While I don't believe I will become a huge fan of Aventinus Eisbock (just too many other options out there), I did enjoy it greatly. (795 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The body is dark mahogany with about two fingers with of rocky off white head that rapidly dissipates into soapy lacing. The smell is rich full of dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and alcohol. This smells really sweet, it reminds me of blueberry pie for some reason. The taste is dark fruits up front; figs and dates with a bready feel to it and slight traces of alcohol. The body is held up nicely with sweet malts. The carbonation is a bit higher than I expected. It's a little fizzier in my mouth than what I had anticipated, however the body is nice and heavy and not as syrupy as I would think a big beer like this would be. All things considered, I think this is rather drinkable, even though it's still a bit of a sipper. (745 characters)

Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, labelled 2006. Pours a murky, muddy brown with some little bubbles on the side of the glass. Aroma is wheaty, but not particularly strong. Taste is all Aventinus up front, but then feels heavier and more alcoholic on its way down. Almost warmer. I probably should have prefaced this review by saying that regular Aventinus is one of my favourite beers of all time, so I was practically giddy about trying this one. Flavour is good (well, it would have to be), but I'm not sure it's necessarily better than regular Aventinus. But it certainly goes down the throat more like hard liquor than a beer. (612 characters)

Photo of EatsTacos
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very cloudy and dark brownish amber with a really thick, pillowy head. No lacing.

The aroma is mostly dried fruit, prunes and raisins. A lot of roasted malt sweetness in the nose too

The taste is really quite sweet and alcoholic. If you'd had Aventinus the flavour is almost the same, just with a more pronounced alcohol and more malty sweetness. This is aventinus on steroids.

The mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated and medium bodied.

Pretty hard to drink more than one of these beasts. (511 characters)

Photo of reddomino
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A This ale is a deep, rich brown with plum highlights. A billowy, off-white head sits about two fingers high from the rough pour, and slowly settles into a thin lace. Small flecks of sediment settle to the bottom of the glass.

S The scent is a bit subdued. Fruits hit right off the bat. Bananas, plums, and some herbal, slightly grassy notes are present. Later on roasted grains and a bit of chocolate come through.

T The taste is a bit hard to describe. A fruit sweetness hits right away with a taste of banana, grapefruit and mango. Some medicinal flavors and roasted notes follow, along with a strong alcohol warmth.

M Thick and creamy with a very low amount of carbonation.

D This is a nice slow sipper with some kick to it. The flavors are pleasant, but seem muddled when compared to the original. The warmth form the alcohol is strong, but not off-putting.

Overall, this is a really good beer, but not as good as the original when fresh. I'm sure with some age on it it would be perfect. (1,059 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown in color with sediment flakes floating about like a hippie lamp.

S: Smashes your nose with alcohol! Then comes the malt. Woody and sweet.

T: Very malty, but somewhat sweet and alcoholiic as well.

M: Smooth for something so high in alcohol.

D: Great for the alcohol content. I could have several it wasn't for the "getting me too drunk" factor. (362 characters)

Photo of kirkpjr
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a slightly thick murky caramel color. Reminds me of the color of muddy pond. One finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of bananas and cloves here. A slight Belgian yeast smell. Reminds me most of a hefe style smell. Dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Also some sweet spice here.

T: Sweet dark fruits dominate the taste. Some of the spice and cloves come through as well. Warming taste, with the alcohol noticeable as you swallow.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. The cloves and yeast lingers on the palette.

D: Very hot beer. I would like to taste this one with a few years on it. Fresh though, one is plenty for me. (662 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of RoBotGod
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. Its not a style that I visit very often either. After an aggressive pour I still didn't get very much head at all. It was a very dark brown and had a sweet molasses smell to it. First few drinks I pulled a brown sugar and kind of a hot cinnamon taste from it. Is a good mid body beer with a little bit of tobacco taste in it as well. The alcohol is recognizable but I would have never guessed 12%. Drinks more like a 8 or 9. A great beer overall. When I got down to the end of it I notice a ton of sediment. That's to be expected. (594 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass it's a deep, murky, medium hued and slightly reddish brown color. Head is light tan and initially billows but then fizzes down to only a thin lace and eventually just a rimjob. Looks like chunky, thick cola.

Smell is quite sweet - candy sort of sweet - with lots of banana, raisins and other fruit, wheat, and a good amount of clove.

Taste is also very sweet, with lots of malt and sweet wheat. Very fruity again, but not just banana - I think I smell raisins and who knows what else. Clove is quite prominent, as well. There is a sort of sharp solvent like flavor as well as some alcohol heat that hit the back of the throat through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick and chewy, but also has a pretty active level of carbonation.

This is my first of this style and I can't say that it's something I'd revisit with great frequency. I'm just not much of a wheat fan, but I'd choose this over some other wheat styles. (962 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with some red hues. Virtually no head on the pour.

Aroma is ok. Some fig, raisin, spice, grain, sweet caramel, and rather boozy.

Taste is ok. Some dark fruit, raisin and spice, with the addition of caramel and grain. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Although, I do get a good warmth in my throat and chest as I drink. But it just seems somewhat "off". Never had it before though, so no clue if my bottle is atypical.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Pretty still mouthfeel.

Drinkability is fairly moderate. Flavor is alright, but alcohol is quite high. Really limits the beer. (611 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogany highlights. HAs a small tan head that bubbles away quickly. There is a sweet dried fruit character in the aroma with a hint of banana in the background.The taste is all raisins and fig with a strong alcohol push on the finish. Leaving a plum after taste. (286 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. Bit of a pour cousin to the similar looking "normal" aventinus"

Pours a dark tannish brown. Maybe some carnelian highlighs. Smell is overwhelmingly bananas, cloves, spice, and alcohol. Taste is, again, bananas, spices, alcohol, and a bit of cloves. Some dark fruit/raisin puree in the background.

I don't know what to make of this. It's decently thick, not a bad beer, but frankly, it's like they took the "normal" version and in trying to intensify it made it worse. Too boozy. (485 characters)

Photo of alkemy
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda dirty rusty brown color with a pretty thin off white head. Smells of raisins, alcohol, plums, and banana...sweet and boozy. Taste is much the same except that I get some clove in the taste that was missing in the aroma. No hop presence can be detected. Lots of sweet doughy, sugary malts. This is just too sweet for me. Nice thickness and the feel is quite smooth going down. It's just sweet to the point of overkill. (423 characters)

Photo of ruckzuck
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BSP somewhat recently

A - poured a cloudy mahogany body with a khaki head. Not really any lacing

S - I get lots of banana and bready malt initially. Alcohol is certainly there. There's also a syrupy caramel aroma along with some clove and spice

T - very sweet and syrupy caramel flavor initially. The banana does come through as does bready malt and some spice. Alcohol is also definitely there

M - very smooth with adequate carbonation

D - this is a tasty beer, but the super high ABV and price limit its drinkability. Still, I'm down for enjoying one every once in a while, and when I do I usually enjoy it a fair bit. Give it a shot IMO (654 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is good and interesting, but not only is it extremely strong, it also is a bit lacking in complexity and is rather one-note, especially compared to the regular Aventinus.

Bubbly brown-copper, it has a huge tan head, almost out of control, but quickly shrinking to a very thin, faint ring, essentially nothing, and with essentially no lace.

Aroma is sherry, prunes, dark toasty bread, hint of wet whole wheat bread, and spicily alcoholic.

Taste is very alcoholic, spicey and warm but not rough or harsh. It's a bit whiskeyish, light caramelly-pruney-whiskey character, a bit alcoholic and sweet before a very quick, extremely dry finish. A light, sweet aftertaste follows, brandy-like with a faint caramelly whole wheat, raisiny bread character.

It's very strong, not something to drink a lot of - rather logical since it's 12% ABV - a good thing to sip a little of, but, although it has a good, interesting, firm character, it lacks complexity and well-roundedness. (974 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a half finger of off white head. There is a decent amount of retention.

Smell: There is some sweet malt along with a carmel note and a strong dark fruit note. There is some warm alcohol as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with some dark fruit. There are some banana notes in there as well. The finish has some caramel and some extremely hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with extremely aggressive carbonation and a slick finish. The alcohol is quite hot.

Overall: This is a really strong beer. The alcohol is super hot. The flavor is good, but really overshadowed by the alcohol. (661 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a light, creamy beige while the body is a dull maroon to chestnut brown that appears as a rosy, dark amber in the light. A few spots of lacing here and there.

Nose- Starts off with nice fruity esters that range from dark fruits of raisin and cherry to light notes of apple. Reminds me of some tripels and even has a slight banana note. However, there is enough maltiness to avoid an exact comparison. Some brown bread and very light notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some candied fruit as well. Nice fleshiness that ranges from the aforesaid apple and cherry to prunes and plums. Swirling reveals some oranges.

Taste- Very representative of the nose (especially the fruit notes) but sweeter and tarter. Raisins and brown sugar blend nicely as they move into molasses and brown bread, only to be walloped by a considerable amount of heat. The age on this (I'm guessing it's close to 2 years old) has not mellowed it and may have even resulted in a boozier beer. I wasn't worried about this having some age on it as it is 12% but I will have to seek out a fresher example for comparison. Some cinnamon gives the brown sugar and molasses a little bit of a bite which works well with the conspicuous presence of alcohol. Almost astringent. Definitely a sipper. A little boozy for me but I can see why this is so highly rated. Big notes of banana and even bigger notes of clove which add bitterness and ash to the flavor profile. Between good and really good. Some citrus notes appear. A touch of honey. Alcohol mellows a bit as it opens up.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation and perhaps a light carbonic zing but it's hard to tell because of the bite of the spices and alcohol.

Drinkability- A little abrasive and a little astringent but what do you expect with this much alcohol. Still enjoyable but definitely a sipper. I will have to purchase this again to get a sense of what a fresh bottle is like.

Overall- Good to really good. A truthful representation of the style but some aspects of the flavor profile don't work for me. Too much clove is more of a problem than the booze. Still, a must try. (2,249 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had many of the style, so I was looking forward to it. Got a 2 finger head atop a red body, and danged if there weren't some pretty substantial floaters in there. That was a bit of a surprise at first, then I thought, hey, it's still a wheat beer.

Aroma was initially vinous, which turned into some strong wheat malts, very rich and slightly sweet. The alcohol was certainly noticeable.

There was a definite bock-like malt flavor, much lighter than I thought it would be from the smell. A little bit of wheaty breadiness was thrown in for good measure. Where the hell is the alcohol in the taste? Well hidden, to be sure.

Mouthfeel was good, rich but not too viscous, slightly oily but without coating the tongue.

Good drinkability marks. It went down easily, and without any argument from me. I later got some more to use in a chili I was making. (860 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mahogany in color. Foamy, Khaki head, excellent lacing

S: Roasted malts, bready with touches of yeast. touches of dried dark fruit and spices.

T: Boozy throughout. Dark roasted malts with hints of dark dried fruit and spice.

M: Full bodied yet creamy. Boozy burn on the palate.

D: Complex beer where the taste is often overshadowed by the strength of the alcohol. (375 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a medium size tan head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell of malt, syrup, cocoa, some caramel, some spice, and a little bit of roasted nuts.

taste is tangy, sour malt, nuts, spice, and a little bit of fruit, end is somewhat bitter. (269 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle at the Weisses Brauhaus im Munchen

A: murky chestnut brown body, aggresive pour into the smaller aventinus glass, produced a 3 finger head that quickly disappated due to the alcohol, minimal lacing!

S: very similar to the weizenbock, lots of big malts, nuttiness, some sweet hints of vanilla.

T: Similar fruit and nut tones as the weizenbock, but as expected the alcohol is a lot more apparent throughout the taste. I feel this hinders the beer as it doesnt allow the flavours of the weizenbock to come through, then again it would be pretty pointless for the 2 beers to be the same

M: Full bodied and high carbonation,

D: Wouldnt drink more than 1 of these, definitely just a night cap beer, to savour. However, id rather go for the weizenbock as it is more flavoursome, easier to drink, and better drinkability!

Glad i had this though, as it is near impossible to get around here, and to get it at the source was a rare treat for me indeed! (972 characters)

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