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

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 152
Gots: 181 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of soper2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Eisbock, so i'm really not sure what to expect. I do love it's younger brother though and hope for a similiar experiences with this one.
Pours frothingly into a tulip glass with it's large off-white head receding to 2 fingers while guarding the deep amber liquid. Huge aroma of bannana and other fruits with just a slight hint of alcohol. Taste hides the alcohol remarkably well. It does warm as it is going down the throat though. Mouthfeel was slightly sticky. Definetely an interesting beer and style, one which I will try to sample more.

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 BlackHaddock
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle dated 2008, number 19309. Best before 30th July 2013, drank July 2009.

Poured into a half litre Franziskaner Weissbier glass because I know this can be a lively bugger sometimes!

Lively it was, but the glass contained it.

Cloudy, murky and foreboding looking body, a sort of grubby brown, teak wood red colour. A good firm tan head sat on top, looked interesting more than inviting.

Alcohol and a fizzy pop (Vimto) smell to it, some malts in the mix too. A sweet vanilla and banana aroma also came along as the beer warmed up.

Christmas pudding of a beer, plums, rich fruitcake, a faint hint of cigars and smoking jackets. The sort of beer to have by a roaring fire on a winters evening while the wife prepares a supper of home made soup with crusty brown bread.

Very pleasant winters beer, brought back from a Berlin beer trip, glad I found it.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with just a slight head forming on the pour. Smell is very dark malts, and dark fruits. Flavor is huge! Incredible mouthfeel. More dark fruits and a very good Weizen taste. Very little if any sign of the high ABV in the taste. Maybe just a little heat, but that's hard to notice. Goes down way too easy for a beer this big. Tastes great and doesn't get old at all. Very complex, very big, very good beer!

Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Turbid dark garnet hue, covered by a light beige head that readily settles into a tight, dense layer that manages loose lace. A sharp snap of alcohol hits the nose at first, then thankfully yields to signature Weizen esters comprised of assertive bubblegum, and ripe banana. Mellow clove and light chocolate notes complement the esters, then mild wheat tartness round out the aroma. Smells like a Weizenbock, albeit w/ a more pronounced alcohol heatiness. Tastewise, dark, fruity date - like sweetness starts it off, then is ensued by a melange of clove phenol, raisiny notes and smooth wheat graininess. Mellow chocolate persists as a constant foundation, adding additional richness. Bittersweet, peppery alcohol is mild, but when combined with the inital dark fruitiness, a black licorice character is left. Understated banana esters provide meager contrast to the rich malt profile. Full in body and viscous in mouthfeel, w/ lower carbonation than their Weizenbock. Finishes with superficial Weizen wheat tartness and light bubblegum ester immediately ceded by throat coating alcohol warmth. Wow-- this is a big brew, to say the least. This eisbock makes no attempt to hide the alcohol character, yet manages to integrate it into the overall profile nicely. It's not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated and retains the signature Weizen esteriness. Although intense and delicious, its palate drenching nature diminishes the drinkability.

Photo of yoko
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of this 11.2 oz., bottle numbered, beer poured a cloudy, rusty brown, ruby hightlighted Eisbock. To the light it yield a clear true garnet. The short head quickly ancored to a dusting of swirl and edge which for the first third of the beverage left a lace. Initially the nose was of a South American dark chocolate which soon came into its boldness of Bananas Foster. This is a malty, sweet, concentrated nose of mashed ripe banana, a tropical compliment, clove, and etoh. The medium to big mouthfeel found a slight syrup to the roof of the mouth with much body and texture. Soft, smooth, creamy come to heart. Fruit of the nose, fig, and clove were right upfront. A soft hop comes up to lend some presence to the finish. Lingering is a nice carmalized, almost burnt, malt. Afterwards I felt the yeast as it touched my throat. For the last 2/3rd's there was no lace, just the etoh riding the curves of the Rapsacallion chalice, slowly, delibertly. The 12 ABV was balanced well; carbonation was perfect for this selection. I found this Weisen-bock not particularly complex, but it was rich, creamy and a sheer delight to enjoy this day. This is a belly warming brew.

Photo of soupyman10
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one cause I've loved the Aventinus weizenbock every time I've had it. This was, as advertised, just a bigger, stronger version of that. Deep maroon-amber color with a small head and a touch of lacing. Huge syrupy brew - lots of fruit, molasses, caramel, and maybe a whiff of hops. Overall, it was good, but maybe in the liqueur department more than the beer department. I'd definitely have it again, but it was just a little too much, so I'll probably stick to the normal weizenbock when I'm buying.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2009/10625

A-Pours a murky cola brown with flakes of pale yellow sediment throughout.An aggressive pour yielded 2 fingers worth of tawny/off-white head that slowly faded to a thin consistent crown that left gorgeous sticky lacing.

S-Caramelized banana,clove,fruity alcohol notes
(almost port-like)and hearty,toasted wheat.

T-Sweet with golden raisin,overripe banana,clove,toffee,mild tobacco and date.Strange as it is,at times it reminds me of Sugar Smacks cereal.

M-Full,rich and complex.Perfect carbonation and balance between sweet and earthy.

D-This beer is almost too easy drinking.ABV is non-existent.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

An insanely charcterful beer with a ton of power, elegance, and complexity. Why this one isn't considered better than the Aventinus Weizenbock is beyond me.

The beer pours with a weight and thickness that implies a very malty beer. Dark brown with deep ruby hues. A delicate, lightly-tanned head sits atop the beer is quite stately fashion. Where lacing is void, legging is very evident.

Deep malty aroma of very Old English Ales. Would be too sweet, but is tempered by fruit flavors of figs, dates, prunes, grapes and cherries...quite 'fruitcake' like, with a shot of rum. Very warming, but not fusal or caugh-syrup tasting.

Probably would be thicker if not thinned by the 12%, still very full, rich, and moderately syrupy. Sweet and sticky in the finish, but with remaining power and strength. The beer improved greatly as the brew warmed to room temperature and expelled its pin-prikling carbonation. A good 'beer alternative' to a port wine or brandy.

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

Enjoying a rare gravity keg, aged, verison of this beer at Maxs in Baltimore. It pours a hazy, thick, light chocolate brown body and off white creamy head. Smells of bananas, and sour funk mostly. Tastes of mild malt at first, followed by sweet banana, and a mellow hint of alcohol. The real flavor comes at the end where the sour funk and acidity hit you taste buds instead of hopps. The funk is not bad though, think of a mild lambic or farmhouse sasion. This of it this way, the beer still has balance, close to perfect balance when you concider the alcohol and sour funk flavors goin on. Mouthfeel is smooth from the natural cask. Drinkability is average for a beer of this style. This is a pint or two type of beer, not an all night'er.

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

A: a nice dark brown with some reddish hues, a big creamy brownish head, with good retention, completely opaque, cloudy with some permanent carb

S: amazing smell, sweet notes, barley, fruit, yeast everithing is present, the most notourios are the dark fruit notes and some wood hints

T: wow, a strong beer, the alcohol presence is noticed all the time, but the combo with the sweetness is great, the final is quite long, some wheat notes you can find 3 different flavours on the sip

M: medium to high body, if you are ok with the alcohol probably you could get a couple

D: obviously is not a one sip beer, if you have the time to enjoy one, this can be a nice choice

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

One of my favorite brewers and treat beers. Pours a dark cloudy brown with (gasp) an actual head and not just a bit of wispiness. No lacing, but what do you expect. Decent look, what you'd expect for this style.

Ah that smell. I do love me some regular Aventinus and this concentrates the better parts. Not a lot of banana but decent fruit notes. Maybe some chocolate, cherry, medium-dark fruits, clove, some spiciness. Pretty sweet smell. Spicy, sweet, and complex, with not a hint of hops.

Taste is great. Plenty more of the nose, decent sweetness throughout. Alcohol is amazingly nigh-hidden. Taste is mostly malt, no hops, but the malt varies throughout both the warming and individual mouthfuls. Spiciness on the back end with more clove. Changes as it warms. Mouthfeel is pretty good. A little over-carbonated on pouring it.

Surprisingly drinkable. I mean, really, it's 12% or so and the alcohol is well-hidden, mostly present through some warming in the belly. Great, great beer.

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

A very dark burnt amber color with a thick fizzy off white head. A fair amount of sediment stuck at the bottom of the bottle, which is pretty tough to pull up and adds a light brown haze cloud to the glass. Smells very malty and grassy with a fruity alcohol aroma. Taste is great. Malty like a wheat beer and malty like a bock. A sharp oily sting covers my pallet. Cheers.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 - Bottle #10304

Presentation: 33cl brown glass bottle. Both the obverse and neck label has a familiar looking dark metallic purple color which has the words Aventinus Weizen Eisbock in metallic silver. The reverse label has a bottle number of 2004/10304 and a listed strength of 12.0%.

Appearance: Pretty clear body, dark brown, its sits in my tulip with a thin whispy head that falls out from an initially large frothy tan colored head. Some nice looking lacing when it is allowed to rest, but I dearly love swirling this beast in my Duvel Glass and watching the alcohol coat the sides and slide down the glass walls with a thick viscous swish. Amazing.

Nose: Incredibly sweet luscious mashed Bananas leap right out of the Glass. Strong banana alcohols, yeast, banana milk, a whiff of banana peel, fresh bread, cloves and, erm did I mention Bananas?? Lots of bubble gum, candy and some tropical herbs mix into the alcoholic Banana body.

Taste: This is one Big Ass Weizen Eisbock. Clove encrusted Bananas, figs, some chocolates, molasses, more Bananas, thick feeling alcohols, tropical herbs in the back end that quickly swing into a viscous estery ending.

Mouthfeel: This has an awesome body, massive texture, feel and a viscous banana torso. Creamy and smooth, the alcohol is there but it is a pleasurable experience to witness its strength.

Drinkability: I found this to be easily imbibed, way too easily, and it will buzz you. So much so that I drank this one last night and only now am I in a fit state to submit this heavily edited Review from last nights drunken typing. Yes, this one DOES creep up on yer!!!

Overall: It’s like imbibing Liquid Alcoholic Bananas at times, way, way, way over the top but I dearly love it!!! Fantastic!

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

Reviewed from my notes, based on a cask pour into my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' Schneider event. The beer is a plain brown, opaque liquid. It has a big tan foam head. The beer is too dark to see within it, but I can see bubbles popping on the top of the head, so I imagine there is some rising carbonation. It has a toasted caramel and toffee aroma. Perhaps a better way to explain it would be to call it caramelized sugar. There are alcohol and oak notes in the nose as well. It's very appealing. This si a strong, bready beer. It has a fine wheat taste. It also has some dark fruit flavors, like plum or fig. There is also a little bit of caramel sweetness and alcohol to round things out. It has a heavy body and low levels of carbonation. There is some mouth coat, but it is not excessive. There is a good burn in the finish, as one would expect from the ABV. Overall, it feels like an intensified beer, but maybe that is because I know it is an eisbock. Considering the strength of this one, it is very drinkable. I wouldn't order too many rounds, but I could certainly enjoy a few glasses over a long period. Don't let the ABV scare you off, this is a fine beer that is worth trying.

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

Bottle number 2005 / 12804.

Pours thick offwhite head.

Colour of chestnut brown, leading to amber & gold near the edges.

Some slight bubbling.

Initially a blackcurrant nose, followed by rich malt, and spicy yeast aromas. An acetone note. Toffee as it warms.

Thick, rich, sweet, intense. Licorice allsorts, with some vegemite-like yeast; maple syrup perhaps.

A late note of cigar tobacco leaf.

Almost, I say almost, like the tongue-numbing flavour & effect of liquid echinacea... so it's OBVIOUSLY good for me. Maybe my immune system is about to skyrocket... mind you this stuff will kill anything in its path anyway.

Big, full mouthfeel, offset by the hot & thinning effect of the ethyl & fusel alcohols. Man, they should put the ice back...or at least serve this on the rocks. Not sure I can drink the whole 330ml ...nope....managed it.... Think I'll have another...

I'm afraid to go near an open flame...I'm afraid to go near my wife....

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

An 11.2 ounce bottle of Aventinus Weizen Eisbock, bottle number: 2008/16919. The color of this concoction reminds me of dark molten caramel, with only a wisp of foam on top. The aroma goes beyond caramel, though: malty, herbal, sweet banana, and alcohol esters. There is almost an oaky quality to this thing.

Smooth and viscous on the palate. Deep caramel, roasted husky malt, rum soaked dark fruit all come to mind as this sweet elixir rolls across the tongue. There is a tinge of clove spiciness providing some balance. The exit is warm and lasting.

Perhaps, I would argue, this beer is most suitable for the winter months. I could imagine being housebound with only a few bottles of this strong stuff, with a the blizzard roaring outside, and not a care in world. On the other hand, this beer does just fine on this rainy June day.

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. brown bottle, bottle #2006 / 00697 on the back label, poured into an Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, the head forms about 1 finger thick and fades quickly.

Aroma: Bubble gum, some caramel too.

Taste: Very sweet malty flavors, some hints of rum in the background up front. The finish is sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy. The carbonation was subdued, which fit the strong flavors nicely.

Overall: This is one complex beer, and a must try for any beer drinker. I love the story of how the first Eisbock was accidentally created (see Todd's review for more info) and I'm glad they decided to recreate it for those of us who weren't around 60 years ago. I'd love to cellar some of this and see how it emerges a few years from now.

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

11.2 oz 2009 bottle poured into a snifter

Dark chestnut brown, slight ruby tint, cloudy from the yeast, frothy tan head that quickly fades to a thick tan ring of bubbles. Not much lacing, but not much expected. Aroma smells like weizenbock, with a pinch of alcohol. Strong notes of yeast, banana, clove, strong dark fruit, and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and fluffy, high carbonation. Flavor is dominated by sweet caramel, and banana and clove weizen notes. Every taste is a combination of new flavors, honey, rum, chocolate, dark fruit, bread, other spices, etc. Alcohol is also well hidden in the taste, but still provides a strong warming presence. Finish is very soft and smooth, not as sweet as in the beginning of the drink, but still a rich combination of flavors. A nice sipper/night cap, extremely sweet and boozy, to some this might barely resemble a "beer"

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

Pours a dark garnet, brown, and rust juice color. No head and there is no way to see any bubbling in this beer. Even when you hold it up to the light. The aroma makes me think of a bozey cooked fruit. Pie filling cherrie in a can that have been cooked slow, stove top, in cognac. Very dark fruity and roasted flavors. Dark cherries taste like they've been roasted in the oven in some sherry or maybe even port wine. Viey tastes and palate mix with a well tempered alcoholic warmth and dark fruits. Great sipping beer. Perfect digestive.

Photo of Patrick999
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

A - Poured 3/5 of the bottle into my big snifter, going to let it sit and warm for a while. Creamy looking head surprisingly formative. Liquid is murky brown.

S - Wow, that's intense. Big-time raisin bread drenched in alcohol. Has some of the banana/bubblegum of a regular Aventinus, again, spiked with alcohol. Smells achingly sweet.

T - Not surprisingly, much like a regular Aventinus, with raisin, big lightly-smoked malts and clove, just considerably more intense. To taste, the alcohol does not burn terribly, but holy shit, do you ever feel it after just a few sips.

F - Syrupy, but not so much more than a normal Aventinus. Good feel.

D - A real intoxicating treat. Could easily go in place of a cordial.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avenitinus Eisbock
2004
Bottle Number - 23762
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a murky amber brown. Interestingly, there is no head with any sustain. A few little spots cling to the glass, but the cloudy nature of the beer draws the most attention.

The nose is bold with hints of bubblegum, sugary sweetness and a deep alcohol twang of rum or possibly whisky.

Whoa.This one showcases some serious flavors of caramel, banana, rum-soaked raisins and brown sugar. Crazy dark fruit presence with a plum & prune blast. A syrupy mouthfeel with massive amounts of malty goodness. A touch of apple cider zing.

The 12% is dangerously well hidden and quite warming on this chilly February evening. I'm glad I finally got around to having this classic.

Photo of paulginva
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tall, slim mug (more of a stang with a handle rather than a mug really) with a thin 1/4" light tan fizzy head with thin lacing that dissipated quickly. Carbonation was quite lively and the body was a crystal clear very dark brown, nearly black with no discernable highlights.

AROMA: Malts and a very slight alcohol with just a faint hint of hops (which may have been in my mind rather than my nose). Malts were mainly caramel and light honey with light notes of spices, banana, fig and wine grapes.

TASTE: Great, rich malt balanced with a mild alcohol tang. Almost no hops taste at all -- just enough to keep the malts from being overbearing. Malt flavors were roasted wheat, caramel, honey, and a very slight chocolate flavor. There were significant fruity esters including a hint of anise, a light flavor of banana, cinnamon, clove, dark cherry, fig, raisin, and a light spiciness, together with a modest taste of port. Delicious, pleasurable, refreshing and complex would be a good description of the overall taste.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodies with lively carbonation; very smooth with a healthy alcohol flavor that doesn't overpower but produces a very nice hotness. Body lacing is thin and dissipates quickly The initial flavor was a heavy, complex, spicy sweetness which led to a short finish, again with a spicy sweetness, and a slight alcohol dryness.

DRINKABILITY: Due to the high alcohol content, I wouldn't have more than one of these at a sitting unless there's a designated driver available, but that one serving will give you a delicious very strong dark lager -- smooth, well balanced, and absolutely delightful to drink.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.