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

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Ratings: 2,071
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 135
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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Photo of Risser09
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Risser09, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of ryanocerus
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with swirls of sedimentation. The aroma was spicy with evident alcohol. The flavor was cloves with high malt and slightly alcoholy. The carbonation was big and it effervesced on the tongue. Very full of complex flavor and I like this more than the Aventinus (stronger flavor). An excellent beer that I would love to have again, just not more than one or two at a time.

ryanocerus, Aug 14, 2002
Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large off-white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass surface.

I smell sweet malt, dark fruit, and just a slight not of alcohol. It has a quality like candied sugar has been added to this brew like a Belgian Quads. The taste has the same qualities. Starts off sweet but gains a vinous quality from the fruit flavors. The alcohol is surprisingly well covered and only detected on the finish and it cuts the sweetness off quit nicely. I have had lower ABV beers that do not meld into the beer as well as this one does. Very well done.

Has a medium body with low carbonation that does not really add or distract from the drinking experience. A great beer but one serving is enough as the ABV will lay you out quickly.

morimech, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured rather dark brown with a creamy, beige head. A light level of carbonation is visible and there is very good head retention.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness and dark fruits along with some hints of bananas and alcohol.
T: The flavors of the complex taste follow the smell and the flavors definitely seem stronger and more like an intensified version of Aventinus. A slight taste of alcohol is perceptible, but doesn't stand out and detract from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thick yet still is smooth on the palate.
D: The alcohol content is rather well hidden so this beer is relatively easy to drink but is better to be sipped.

metter98, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005

The beer pours a very nice little head that falls leaving a good lacing behind. The color is very dark dark amber color. The color is sweet and very good. The taste is wonderful stuff, it is strong with great flavors of the original weizenbock. The mouthfeel does still have a bit of a bite to it, very carbonated. Overall the drinkability is very nice, something I would have once in a while.

Erdinger2003, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of mntlover
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a small whitish tan head that falls fast with no real lace.

Aroma is big sweet malt loads of fruit dripping with molasses some light alcohol presence. Great aromas here.

Taste is big huge malt lots of sugars floating around mingled with loads of fruit and some light spice. There is some light alcohol mingled in the flavors that comes out and aides the flavors. Man this stuff is good huge taste.

Mouthfeel is nice big medium with mellow carbonation not quite as big as the flavors which is a little strange.

Drinkability is good a very enjoyable brew big on taste, malty is growing on me. Want to thank babydoc and BCG BIF for this bottle.

mntlover, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007-dated bottle into Cab glass...

Significant cloudiness with strong mahogany body. Chewy, bready head develops with ample carbonation. Pours like a Quad - can notice texture in seam between head and body).

Slight wheat electricity - Belgian spice profile of yeasty gingerbread and brown sugar. Tinniness when first poured dissipates with warth.

Deep, rich taste of candied ginger, a little chocolate and molasses. Bountiful yet nicely balanced. Alcohol is in background behind rich spice profile.

Mouthfeel is very viscous from front to back. Deep, long, smooth finish.

This is enjoyable to sip and savor. By no means what I was expecting - awesome!

IBUnit63, May 06, 2008
Photo of Casey10
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great brew can't believe I waited so long to try it. Anyway here is the review.

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - small head dark body noat much carbination.

S - a rich smell of dark Clove, bananas and plum.

T - Plum and banana much to my expection of the weizen style done quite well here.

M - Creamy tasteful stays with you delicious.

D - Really good exspecially given the abv's really nice could see myself drinking a bunch more as the weather is getting colder.

Casey10, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours similar to a cola, with a finger of fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The smell is a wonderful mix of dark fruits, clove, alcohol heat, citrus peels, and dandelion. Really inviting.

The taste is also quite nice, although not on the level of the smell simply because the caramel malt profile outweighs some of the complexities underneath. But those complexities are still there, and something new seems to come out on each sip...from citrus fruits to banana to caramel to raisins, layers just keep unfolding.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a bit too much carbonation sting, but I wouldn't expect anything different from this style. Drinkability is very high despite the monstrous ABV...this one is definitely a sipper but it is one that I want to keep reaching for over and over. Awesome beer, worth a try for sure.

alcstradamus, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Quej
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, thick and hazy with a little head and a bit of fizz.
S - Sweet and fruity smelling, notes of molasses and prunes with the boozy sting.
T - Quite fruity and strongly sweet. Tastes a bit of alcohol, but not much. Remarkably smooth
M - Quite effervescent with a pleasantly medium body.
D - Amazingly decent, much better than the massive ABV might suggest.

Quej, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a quarter finger tall off white head which dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is present.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, some alcohol, plum, and vanilla are all present. The smell is very complex and very enjoyable.

T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the clove and banana with hints of plum, vanilla, and brown sugar. You can taste a bit of the alcohol but it does not burn and is not unpleasant.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Drinks like a beer with a much lower ABV, there are hints of the alcohol in the smell and taste but it is pretty well hidden - this beer could really sneak up on you. I really enjoy the smell and the flavors of this beer and will definitely be having it again. Though I might add that this is not really a sessionable beer unless you are the ultimate champ - just too much ABV.

dbrauneis, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a goblet

Pours a ruddy muddy purplish brown. It's sort of like a glass of port that's had river water poured into it. Basically no head on this pour, but that's the bartender's fault so I won't deduct points for it (not that a 12% ABV beer would have much head anyway). Most eisbocks look like shit, so I'm cutting it some slack.

Lots of big, brash dessert wine aromas: wild cherries, ripe figs, port. There's a bit of a cherry-vanilla flavored Gerber baby food component. It isn't as complex as the bottled version. The spices of the bottled version are missing, so the fruit character of the beer takes over. The wheat becomes more assertive as the beer warms up.

It doesn't taste quite as good as the bottled version either, but this is still an upper-echelon eisbock. The taste follows the nose to a large degree. Lots of dark, wild cherry, lots of port-like flavor (only without any notes of oxidation). The wheat is creamy & vanilla-y. The alcohol? It's difficult to notice it. Truly. This beer should be very hot but instead the alcohol is remarkable well-hidden.

This beer isn't as viscous as the bottled version (sorry that I keep making these comparisons; but really, it isn't like I've had ANOTHER weizen-eisbock to compare this beer to). The lighter body works pretty well with the lack of alcohol burn, but I still want some additional viscosity.

Overall this is a fine, fine eisbock. It's less complex than the ultra-good (for the style) bottled rendition of Aventinus-Eisbock. It is super-smooth and super-drinkable for such a big beer.

Reaper16, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

avalon07, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #2004/13744

A - Poured into a flute glass, an amber color with a ruby/copper color at the top. It was highly carbonated and had a small, short-lived head.

S - It smelled extremely malty! Also, had a wheat aroma and a fairly strong alcohol smell.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness and some wheat. It had an alcohol presence with hints of dried fruit (apple).

M - It was smooth and soft with a warm alcohol presence. It was medium to heavy bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Eisbock (only the 2nd I've had), but I thought it was quite good.

zeff80, May 02, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, small tight bubbled tan head leaves fast to ring. Not much lace.

S - Rich and deep. Cooked dark fruits, BOOZY as all get out, rich malt. A little banana and cotton candy there too.

T - Tropical fruits, rum all over a deep layer of sweet malt, followed by a nice bitter end.

M - Creamy, well carbed, near perfect balance. Thick and heavy body.

D - Are you kidding? Palate and liver killer. One is nice, though.

srandycarter, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of oelergud
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque main body semitranslucent at the edges, a honey brown color. Light brown head that collapses quickly and leaves little lace.
Very sweet spiced scent
Taste of sweet spice, some caramel and honey. The alcohol is not apparent in the taste but it's readily apparent after a few pulls. Strong, long and honey sweet aftertaste which just wont quit.
Medium body, decent coating, extra sugar.
Very pleasant and easy to drink but watch the kick. A sneaky brew as the alcohol is well hidden in both the smell and taste.


oelergud, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a mostly clear and nicely carbonated reddish amber, like tea in a clear cup. A finger of off-white head drops soon to little fizzy springs. Occasional commas of lacing pause along the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries notably sweet grain with cherry, berry, and toffee, as well as estered-up banana, apple, and a smoky/spicy paradox. Alcohol reaches into the sinuses and sears them lovingly but brutally.

Upon sipping, with all due emphasis on sipping, a syrupy sweet graininess boasts of candy sugar, cherry, juicy berry, and a stint of creamy vanilla. A little lemon and a little banana give a little spiciness a little company. A mondo measure of muscular alcohol makes major moves and almost waters the eyes. A tongue-robing sweetness re-ups until a very gradual finish trends slowly toward a bit less sugary character. It's mighty big, and a flavorful sipping pleasure.

Full bodied, it's sugar-napalm thick and coating, sliding away sensuously like honey.

Welcome to hella-sweet gummy wheat land, and not a word of that is a knock. No, this is one extra-large grain-gracious Bavarian bock. Sure, the ABV sticks its fingers up your nose and leads you willy-nilly by the nostrils, but the warmth it imparts keeps it cozy and worth the mild degradation. So sip away, you saucy sots, and savor it as it demands of its imbibers.

Foxman, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of MattyV
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, a bit of a gusher, made a bit of a mess on the desk after pouring, but probably mostly my part for not paying attention

Appearance - about a 2 finger off white head, lingers around for a while but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing... beer is a dark, opaque brown, some ruby/mahogany highlights around the edges

Smell - wonderful. sweet, but not too sweet, lots of dark fruits, raisins, dates, banana, lots of spiciness, some malt to keep everything in check, and a touch of astringent-alcohol just to remind you of the ABV

Taste - banana carries through, as does the dark fruit, no detectable hops, good amount of spice mixes with the alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel - a little warm going down, but a nice moderate amount of carbonation, nice small bubbles

Drinkability - way too high, alcohol content is well hidden

Although not as well balanced as the original Aventinus, definitely accentuates some of Aventinus' better points
Agree with others' comparisons of this beer with Belgian strong dark ales, share some qualities

Overall, one of the best deals at the piss-poor LCBO for $3.95 for a 500mL bottle, will definitely pick up a bunch more to enjoy and a few to cellar as well... as I think a bit of time to round out some of the astringent alcohol qualities of it would do wonders

MattyV, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the proper Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with red hue. Thick light tan head.

S: Alcohol, spices, clove.

T: Rich malty flavor. Clove and banana. Dark fruits, rum, very spicy finish.

M: Full bodied, not as syrupy as I expected.

D: A very interesting brew. Very concentrated and bold flavors.

willjschmidt, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cedar wood with grains of orange and tawny that together resemble something like a very dark rum. It's a plethora of colours with lots of flashy accenting despite a thick and densely smoggy body. Surprising, given the natural cloudiness you would think it's unlikely so much highlighting would be possible. Less surprising is the leanness of its head which, despite a stable contribution of bubbles, struggles to support itself amongst the over 12% alcohol.

For a German beer it smells an awful lot like the tropics - an intensely effervescent yeast perspires notes of dark and tropic fruit. In particular, the beer is oozing - I mean absolutely sweltering - with over-ripened bananas. There's also a ton of prunes, raisins, grapes and apricots. A big dousing of spice and traces of vanilla and cocoa beans are noted as well. The strength of both phenols and esters is staggering and extravagant.

The yeast continues to work wonders in the taste as well. Spicy clove like phenols make a zesty, peppery perfumed addition. The esters contribute tangy, fruity notes and impart the taste of juicy orange, dried plums, and lemon zest. There's a sweet hint of bubblegum. The amount of suggested flavours is near limitless. I usually hail Belgian yeasts for their well cultured persona but apparently German strains deserve a little love as well.

The mouthfeel is truly artful: it's an ultra-creamy sensation with substantial alcohol warming. The beer is dark but void of roast. The gentle profile of tart fruit and spice is surprisingly full in character. The texture is fluffy and creamy and the beer drinks curiously light for something of 12% (of course the alcohol will hit your head even if not your palate). Be forewarned: the Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock is dangerously quaffable for its strength!

This doesn't have the toasty bread, sweet malt and rich dark caramel qualities of a normal eisbock. It does, however, share the fluffy, creamy fullness and dark, spicy, fruity, (nearly refreshing) character of dunkelweizen - and that makes for a dangerous drinkability. This is presented as the original eisbock and while I can't confirm that, I can say that it is still one of the finest examples of the style (wheat based or not) that I've yet to try.

biegaman, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of capeannbass36
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 11.2 ounce bottle # 2010 017026. Pours a deep mahogony topped with a one and a half finger light tan head that disappated quickly, leaving only a trace of lacing.

S- Sweet fruit, berries, malt, and clove.

T- More or less follows the nose, perhaps adding a touch of caramel. Definite clove taste on finish.

M- Somewhat full and quite creamy. Has a unique thickness feel on the tongue. Slightly warm finish on the swallow.

O- Absolutely delicious. Quite potent. Definitely a "keeper". Will purchase again and again.

capeannbass36, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 09/01/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Arlington in LBI, NJ. 12 oz. pour in a tulip...I've had this one a few times in the past and always liked it.

a - Pours a deep reddish- mahogany brown color with one to two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, toasted malts, cloves, spices, bananas, sugar, caramel malts, toffee, and figs and raisins. Nice nose, load of malts to it and fruit.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, bananas, toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, sweet caramel malts, chocolate, cloves, spices, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Awesome bananas and fruit, and more Belgian yeast here to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, very easy to drink. Awesome mouthfeel, can't believe it is 12% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; super easy to drink. Tons of bananas, malts, and dark fruits, and some Belgian notes in the taste. Great beer; one of those ones I see everywhere but rarely buy, and I need to buy it more often.

mdfb79, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of hegelec
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

hegelec, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of gabemasiulis
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Poured dark brown , slightly translucent with a medium tan head, and very fizzy.
S) Scent is of very strong alcohol and heavy malts up front. Definite scent of wheat and dark roasted malts.
T) Sweet with a little bit of tang, with the clean and light bodied taste balanced by caramel. Strong alcohol notes.
M) Light yet still a little syrupy, Very fizzy.
D) Good drinkability for an eisbock, The extremely alcoholic presence detracts a little bit. I wonder if cellaring would help it mellow at all. Sounds like time for an experiment

gabemasiulis, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock | 330 ml. | 12.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Style: Eisbock
Glass: brandy snifter

The head, which I expected to be nonexistence at this alcohol level, burst forth from the pour and crackled as it formed a ring of carbonation. The victory was short lived, however, as the tan head receded into deep plum waters.

Very complex. Banana, clove, butter, bubblegum, and hints of alcohol.

At 12.0% ABV I was expecting a much more potent blast of alcohol. In fact, it's remarkably well hidden beneath layers of flavor. It's spicy--maybe that's the cloves--and it bites upfront. Towards the back, there's some banana bread, wheat, and just the tiniest hint of hops.

A little syrupy and slick. Surprisingly lively carbonation towards the end.

A very nice brew that intensifies many of the deep, alluring flavors of Aventinus. The comparatively thin mouthfeel detracts, however, from the richness of its cousin.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, though not as a regular drink.

Bottled: ? (bottle #: 2010 064863)
Served: January 24, 2011

Price = $3.99 at Whole Foods

BeerNemesis, Jan 25, 2011
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
95 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.