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

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Ratings: 2,024
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 128
Gots: 136 | FT: 3
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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 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
Photo of jnn4v
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, mahogany color. Almost looked black until I held it up to the light. No haze or sediment. Moderate light tan / off-white foamy head.

S: Best described as a fortified lager / bock scent. Lots of dark maltiness and a lot of pumpernickel and general yeastiness as well.

T: Very hot, given the noticeable 12% ABV. Hotness is pervasive from the first taste to the aftertaste. However, once you move beyond it, this beer has a lot going on. Rich maltiness and yeast flavors ranging from spices to dried fruits to molasses. Not particularly bitter at any point and actually has a good mid-taste sweetness to it.

M: Smooth and soothing. Almost creamy. Very thick. Wonderful mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable for its 12% ABV. However, you'd be well advised not to have too many.

jnn4v, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Bottle #2007. Poured into a snifter. Lets do the damn thing.

A: Pours a really dark ruby red/ brown color. Mahogany even. Supper hazy. You can see the cloudiness even though this brew is pretty damned dark. Got a good finger of off white head that had decent retention. Tilting the glass creates a perfect, unmoving sheet on the sides. Very nice.

S: So much glorious wheat. This thing just emits an amazing amount of wheat in the nose. Nice bready malt comes in on the backside. Also there are some highlights of clove and banana and CHERRIES. Not a whole lot more going on here. The wheat presence is most impressive though.

T: OH SO GOOD! Lots of wheat and malty goodness. This just tastes like a crazy, super heavy Hefe. This brew has beautiful presence of banana, clove and bubble gum. Citrus fruits add a touch of sweetness. There is also some prune in there adding some richness. Alcohol booziness is there but it doesn't kill the flavor profile.

M: This a big, full bodied brew that is creamy as hell. Really coats the mouth. Aftertaste is subtle with lingering flavors of bubblegum and dark fruit. Booze sets in here on the tongue, throat and stomach but is nice and soothing. Very nice.

D: This is a big beer and all you need is one. It is absolutely a sipper meant to savored and enjoyed. Don't rush this one for sure. Very solid in taste and flavors. I will definitely keep some in the cellar.

everetends, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Jdmpolk
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a special event at Stubbies

A- Poured from a cask into a pilsner glass. Mahogany red color with about two fingers worth of beige red foam on top.

S- Banana was very prevalent initially, with a hint of wood right behind the banana aroma. Almost reminiscent of a wood shop. As the brew warmed a rich caramel aroma emerged and clove was added to the aroma. Towards the end a hint of pear was also discernible.

T- Banana was very strong at first, banana and the burn of alcohol. Toasted hints were mixed in with a little caramel.

M- The carbonation of this beer made it very fluffy feeling, yet at the same time the alcohol gave it a syrupy feel as well.

D- The flavor and aroma of this beer were phenomenal, however the 12% really made itself known, and drinking more than one or two of these could be dangerous.

Jdmpolk, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown in my tulip glass with a dense one inch head that slowly settles to a thin whisp.
S - WOW. Dark fruitiness up front backed up with some sweet caramel/toffee with a touch of spice.
T - Along the same lines as the smell. Normally if I like the smell I like the taste even better but theres just something hypnotising in that smell. Still, it's great and almost like liquid rum and raisin cake.
M - Thick & full bodied. Medium to low carbonation.
D - The 12%ABV limits the drinkability but I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants to adventure into different beers. Good on the odd occasion.

brendan13, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. longneck brewed to 25.5 Plato; this bottle (#035611) has been in my cellar for at least five years. Fairly clear raspberry brown hue is punctuated by a few chunks, and capped with a light tan head that nearly disappears by the end. Smells vinous, with blackberries and black cherries, and gives the impression of Fruit Roll-Ups or raspberry Tootsie Rolls. It is very smooth and quite malty, with a dark, rich flavor, and only a light sweetness. Vinous and dark fruits pop up, with burnt sugar, dark caramel, noticeable wheat, mild bitterness, and just a hint of oxidation. It has a well-carbonated, thick and smooth body that is chalky and dry, with a warming finish. This unique beer is delicious and imminently sippable, and makes a great addition to anybody's cellar.

mmmbeer, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of kylehayworth
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer sitting on our beer shelves for quite some time, finally decided to pick one up.

A: It pours a cloudy/hazy dark brown. I could actually see the cloudy'ness as I poured it. The head was nice off tan, which faded quickly.

S: Sweet and malty smell, I can't get super soft bananas out of my nostrils, maybe a very slight boozy note.

T: I have to say this is very well balanced. At 12% ABV I expected a very overpowering alcohol quality, not so! It taste a lot of the soft bananas, with light brown sugar. There are some slight dark fruits mixed in as well, plum and cherries.

M/D: The body is nice and rich, the carbonation is spot on. The drinkability is only limited by your capacity to handle 12% beer for an entire evening...

kylehayworth, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I removed the bottle cap too quickly-- and the bottle conditioned beer sprang alive bursting forth hoping to put on it's own volcanic display. And this bottle has been sitting still for a week.

Pours a hazy red-amber with a short lived head... The decaying head emitted the sound of bursting bubbles as it sank from whence it came.

No lacing on my glass.

A small nose of sweet malt and predominant yeast with a hair of alcohol.

The flavor was what made this beer worth the while. A strong hops and yeast intertwined with the sweet of malt. It was like barber pole spiral-- at one moment I'd say hops, then at another yeast of some sort, then at another malt. Over all the flavor is a robust up front and center- that captures one's attention.

A long finish that ends with a bitter hops note and tingles the palate.

Mouthfeel is "alive" the effervescence and the lingering reverberant flavor make for an engaging taste experience.

Drinkability is in my opinion hampered by the high ABV, but to be expected from an EISBOCK. If you're not expecting to get much done after the sitting-- enjoy a few bottles. I'm going to hunt for a few more of this delectable libation.

gueuzeonhigh, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark brown with a two-finger tan head that retains excellently before becoming .

S- Unique aroma of wheat and spices. Clove, ginger, maple, brown sugar, honey among other sweet things.

T- Tastes like an amped up dunkelweizen. Well-balanced with notes of banana bread, clove and, of course, wheat. There's also a bit of capsaicin burn in the mix but is barely noticeable. You would never guess this was 12%.

M- Lots of snap, medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- My first Eisbock is an awesome one.

Immortale25, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of KornWallace
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/29/14
Location: Beer Necessities
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown. Nice head pour. Small viscous ring.
Aroma: Deep dark fruit flavors, dark cherries grapes figs and prunes. Bananas as well. All in all a nicely sweetly smell. Only a hint of alcohol.
Taste: As the beer warms there is certainly more banana flavor but the other sweet fruit are certainly present.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is so smooth. A touch medicinal.

KornWallace, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Zakk, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

RoninBirdman, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a caramel-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of butterscotch with emphasis on butter with good amounts of toffee and bananas. Also present is hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Buttery butterscotch flavors up front are joined quickly by caramel-coated banana flavors. Midway through the sip hints of pears and spices enter into things but give way to the butterscotch before segueing into a sweet ending that leaves hints of banana lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good very. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly for such a big beer and could have another.

Overall this was more buttery than I remembered but not in a bad way. A very unique beer and one that's well worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of 05Harley
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle # 12888

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $5.49/bomber

Appearance: Pours a cloudy redish/brown color with yeast particles in suspension. Moderate head which fades quickly to a thin covering that lasts through out the experience.

Smell: Heavy nose of malt and banana. A nice aroma.

Taste: Intense. Sweet malt and banana come in front and center followed by a spicey alcohol aftertaste. There's more going on here than I can make out. Complex, definately.

Mouthfeel: Much creamier than I remembered in the past which was a pleasent surprise. Smooth for the 12.0 ABV.

Drinkability: Ends dry with a slight tart finish. With it's high octane it demands respect. A beer to sip and appreciate.

Personally I enjoy this version over the standard version due to the concentrated taste. Of all the qualities this is what stands out the most for me. Prost!

05Harley, Feb 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

weonfire, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

seavercm, Sep 21, 2013
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,024 ratings.