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

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Reviews: 1,110
Hads: 2,368
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 184
Gots: 249 | 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 Lauthaha
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, bayou brown. Nearly opaque, with hints of gold when held to the light. Has a melting Styrofoam head; very light, fizzy, fluffy, but dissipates down to nothing. No lacing.

Smell: You can just smell the yeast in this brew...pungent, but not overwhelming, with an almost Belgian-candi-sugar-like quality to the nose. Banana bread with a heavy herbal undertone (anise or something like it). Moderately heavy esters. Good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very oily going in. The first taste is alcohol, very fumy. Jet fuel? After you accustom yourself to that taste, there is a large cross-section of herbal tastes that fight for superiority. Heavy on the malt, goes down smooth leaving some mild bitterness and a lot of confusion. Not really my cup of tea, but the complexity is worth a good rating.

Overall: It's good. I am not a great friend of "bocks" of any kind, but I can give this one the respect it deserves. At 12% ABV, it is a good sipper. (1,026 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly cloudy dark amber with a thin cream lace.

S- sweet and malty, with some alcohol and a lot of fruit... orange peel and bananas.

T- Very unexpected. slightly sour, with fruit flavors and honey, but no hops to speak of. Has an interesting quality that I can't place... peppery, spicy, sour, yeasty, biscuity... A little out of style for eisbock... even weise-eisbock seems a stretch. the wheat is there, but not as evident as... some off flavor...

M- creamy, with medium low carbonation, and little linger.

D- I would have a bottle, but not very often. (573 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a murky opaque blackish brown with a three-finger rocky head. - 2.5

S - Very malty with an enhanced wheat beer aroma, spicy, dark fruit, maybe even some faint clove, alcohol clearly evident (even a bit cough syrupy) - 4.25

T - Very malty. faintly sweet, the 12% ABV peeks through some. - 3.75

MF - Warming, medium-heavy body with some creaminess. - 4.0

O - A bit too hot for me but a tasty malt bomb. 3.75 (446 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous beer -- can't decide weather the head or the color is more appealing. Doesn't matter, they're both awesome and working together. Head is meringue-like in its firmness and also somewhat rocky. Splats a few patches of lace on the glass, but not a ton. The body is a sienna rust color with lots of bubbles dancing inside it. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Aroma is yeast-centered, reminding of a strong Belgian dark more than anything, complete with that dessert-y feel (think Gulden Draak). Plenty of banana also comes in, followed by way too much alcohol, which knocks down the doors and cases the joint. Just too medicinal and nostril-flaring to give higher marks, but it's still got the G. Schneider stamp of quality (based on two other beers I've had from this brewery).

Flavor is good, but marred just a bit by the alcohol presence. What comes through is banana, butter-rum candies, cloves, cake batter, toffee, white pepper, overripe dark fruit. And more white pepper. And alcohol. All of it wonderful, except that alcohol, which is just a little too intrusive. Still, there's some awesome tasting to be had here.

Good smooth softness (or soft smoothness?) to the texture, while having enough carbonation to offer a kick to the shins. Medium-bodied and no more, a nice contrast to the bold and complex flavors. Basically hangs back in an easy background roll and delivers the flavor very very well, thank you.

Love me a big bold boozy beer, but there are times when the alcohol overwhelms and when it is incorporated for the good of the overall flavor. This veers toward overwhelming, though isn't at all un-enjoyable. Just a bit hot, and probably would've been 10 times better if the alcohol was a mere 9% or so. (1,714 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy brownish muddy body. Almost no head after an aggressive pour. Not a thing of beauty.

Sweet marshmallow nose. Banana/clove presence is notable. Massive.

Sweet with spice and alcohol warming. Banana and spicy marshmallow flavors. Spicy clove-ness is big here. Complex and intruiging.

Very thick, almost gelatinous mouthfeel.

Moderate drinkability. Very good, but a slow sipper.

Thanks to cburian for sharing this with me! (441 characters)

Photo of jim102864
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on tap in Decatur, GA of all places. Stop by the Brick Store Pub if you're ever in the Atlanta area. You won't be disappointed.

Appearance of this Weizen Eisbock was light brown in color with some evidence of bubbly carbonation. In this instance, it was poured into a gorgeous proper glass which had a long stem with the Adventinus label on it that opens into a goblet and has the label found on the bottle. Simply a great presentation. The head was as white as can be and hung in for most of the session.

The aroma was punctuated by the smell of wheat and malt with some fruitness. Overall very clean.

The taste was clean wheat, slightly sweet with maltiness through to the finish.

Mouthfeel was viscous but very smooth. Some evidence of alcohol in the finish but it clearly takes a backseat to the malty flavor.

This is a very drinkable brew that is not heavy handed in the taste when it comes to alcohol despite the aggresive 8% abv. Enjoy it on tap or in a bottle. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, prune juice brown. Vigorous microscopic carbonation bubbles stream up the side of the glass, only those right beside the glass can be seen, the others are lost in the murky depths. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Flavor is akin to a barleywine - strong and sweet, with weizen yeast fruity notes and other dark fruit, prune and date, crowding it aside. Alcohol marches through the flavors with hobnail boots, heavy on the tongue and warm in the belly. Finishes with a lingering, thick bittersweetness at the back of the tongue. Sampled in a small pilsener glass, as the glass is drained down to the narrow neck, the carbonation is so vigorous the beer appears to be almost at a boil. A bock on steroids, the Arnold Schwarzeneger of bocks. This was what he is talking about in the Terminator when he says "I'll be bock." (828 characters)

Photo of DocDownUnder
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Deep brown, almost black, not much head.

S-Strong alcohol (brandy) and spices (clove)

T-Alcohol is still dominant, but is combined with dense bread and dark fruit (reminded me of fruitcake).

M-Cloying, but with a dry finish. This was getting close to a dry sherry, but with much richer flavors.

O-Decent, but I would try others of a similar style before coming back to this one. (417 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is one huge, ass kicking beer. 2002 vintage poured into a widemouth DT glass. Caramel brown, head dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy, loadoed with alcohol, some wine notes. Taste is rich, syrupy, very sweet and spicy with cloves and brown sugar making their way to your tastebuds. Lots of alcohol present, very warming. It would be great on a cold day. Drinkability is low however due to the pronounced alcohol content. Finishing one of these must be done patiently. (516 characters)

Photo of Payso10
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

4/9/09 out of bottle into goblet.

very thin head that settled to an island in the middle of my Le Merle goblet. tastes of dried pomegranate with alcohol and a hint of banana and dried fruit up front. sweet with a slight sour aftertaste and alot of malti-sweetness. a unique ale that i would have again, but definately after a meal and perhaps paired with a rich dark chocolate desert. (385 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, 2007 vintage.

Purchased in 2007, left to mellow at room temperature for 3 years.

Pours a very deep brown color, completely opaque, with a strong medium sized brown head. (I'll probably use the word strong quite a few more times during this review.) A very tight nose at first of concentrated malt sweetness slowly opens up to reveal strong notes of rich raison/prune fruits, alcohol and some clovey spice. Not even the slightest 'off' aromatic or flavor component from the age, not even much in the way of oxidation actually. Flavors of nutty dark bread, raison, plum, banana, cinnamon sugar and tobacco, pretty high complexity here. You are reminded instantly of the high ABV, very warming and well, strong. Excellent stuff however, extremely well made and pretty drinkable for its size. Worth trying, especially with some age on it. (852 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle pours a dark black brown with a generous amount of foam lacing the duvel glass. Smell is of sweet dark fruits. The taste is of dark fruits with this slight tingle to it. The abv% is well hidden considering the 12%. Never had a beer of this style, and its quite interesting. Don't think you would figure out it was 12% without knowing. Interesting brew. (365 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz into a snifter, bottled in 2009.

A prune or raisin color purpleish brown with a bit of foam on the pour, but that quickly disappears. A very small ring of foam around the edges of the beverage. A bit of legging when the beer is swirled or drank down. A decent amount of bubbles can be seen dancing to the top of the glass too, which is a tad surprising given the style.

Rich with candied fruit on the nose. Prunes, raisins, figs, blackberries and grapes mesh into a jammy like sweetness. Almost port-like in it's quality. Boozey as well. The heatness similar to a fruity liqueur and is pretty apparent behind the fruity sweetness.

Opens with that same candy fruit sweetness. Again, prunes and other dark fruits being the focus of the flavor. Kind of like a blackberry pie. A sharp wheat flavor grabs the inside of your cheeks after the initial sweetness. The sweetness crowds the palate but is interrupted by a hint of booze at the end of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is full with decent carbonation. Sticky with a bit of warmth as well.

Very sweet with tons of fruity flavor, but it doesn't really deviate from that much. A nice beer, but certainly not the best German style ice distilled beer I've had. Although, it would be interesting to see what 5 or 10 years could do to this beer. (1,294 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16689 from 2002. The color is a nice and murky dark brown. The head was large at first but then dissappears like gravity just ate it. There is a very malty sweet taste and very noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel makes this tolerable, very creamy and coating. I disliked the aftertaste, just straight up alcohol pretty much. The warming effect was desirable though. This is a very nice brew, not something I'll buy all the time though. (433 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle with information about the beer and history, bottle number, and bottle vintage date all on the back. Mine was bottle No. 18269 vintage 2002. This makes it a 4yr. old beer.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown color with just a little skim of foam at the top and very few rings around my Snifter. In the beer and left at the bottom of the bottle there seems to be plenty of sediment in this beer. I wonder if the beer being at 4yrs. old is the reason why there was so much sediment in the beer.

Smell: Up front there was a rich aroma of dark fruits and with a moderate smell of chocolate and malt in the background.

Taste: Malty!!! Bascially it was just sweet malts and dark fruits with a strong alcohol presence in the background. I really didn't notice any wheat (weizen) in this like it said on the label, but I sure did taste the full bodiedness of the Eisbock though.

Mouthfeel: Full-Bodied with a strong alchool aftertaste. The mouthfeel reminds me of a quote from Simpsons Character Ralph Wiggum, "It tastes like burning!"

Drinkability: This made for a nice flavorful Eisbock in the beginning, but i think the strong alcohol presence aftertaste at the end kind of ruined it. But what do I expect from a beer with an alcohol content of 12%? (1,271 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= my first dabble with the eisbock style. I'm a little skeptical. The pour reveils a super hazy brown color. It looked super milky then it was coming out of the bottle. I figured the freeze distillation would make it much more translucant but I guess I'm way off base. The head is an off white color that rises to a perfect looking two fingers and holds some decent retention but not as well as I would expect from wheat. The lacing is pretty decent as well.

S= Really quite bubblegummy. Decent wheat aroma. The wheat is a little citrusy and zippy. There's some really nice maltyness to it. Good and sweet smelling. No alcohol is detected in the nose which I'm really suprised by. I thought this was gonna be a hot mess but so far it's suprising me.

T= The taste reminds me a lot of the regular Aventinus. There is a little bubblegum and a good wheat flavor to it. The wheat sort of mellows everything out and the sweet malts are excellent. That being said the alcohol I was so curious about doesn't come through in the taste. The feel going down my throat is hot however. The warmth in my belly lets me know this is a lot heavier in the booze also.

M= Pretty good. I think this is the only part of this beer that was lessened by the distillation. The feel is sort of thin and a little light.

D= A tasty brew for me and you. This is a decent beer by all means. The alcohol makes itself evident in the belly however. I may toss a few of these away to see what it does but it's by no means bad. (1,497 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 18995: Poured a dark ruby color with a small off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Wheaty, clove, and some banana in the aroma. Sweet caramel taste, pepper noted as well. Alcohol burn. Creamy mouthfeel, this was different but awesome! (257 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and cloudy teak colored beer with virtually no head. Aroma hints at sweet flavors, with cloves, figs, and molasses present. Very bakery/patisserie type smells in here -- rich, warm, inviting sweetness on display. On the palate, the first thing to show itself is hugely sweet dates, then a flash of sour fruit comes in before a big, raw alcoholic burn takes over at the tip of the tongue and back of the throat. That alcohol burn is way too harsh and detracts from the mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer significantly. Overall, interesting effort, but it lacks balance and subtlety while displaying all the pitfalls of "extreme" beers. Still, I can imagine that if you want a warming drink in the winter time and don't want to drink liquor or mulled wine, this would do. (779 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark brown with ruby hue. Foam quickly settled and disappeared. Light white ring. 70% opaque but clear and crisp looking. Moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Malty, raison, plum, molasses, cherry, banana and clove. Brandy-like.
Taste: Sweet malt, clove, cherry and plum. Bit of tartness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Malty, wine-like. Minimal carbonation.
Overall: Smooth sipping beer to be enjoyed in a snifter. Complex flavors (425 characters)

Photo of berkey
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle # 2009/03736

Forms a dense and persistent khaki colored head. Body is a very dark and dense brown color. Leaves some very nice filmy lacing.

Aroma includes the grassy but clean hop profile of a standard bock and the estery fruitiness of a weizen bock, slightly amplified by of course. Notes of dates, apricots, and raisins along with a strong German yeast character and a hint of chocolate.

Fruity notes are amped up even more so on the flavor profile, enough so that I'm having a hard time reconnecting with the hops I picked up on the nose. Bananas join the other fruits from the aroma, and the yeast is much more clear here. Not bad but I can't say it tastes as good as it smells. There's a brandy-like character that's a little more focused than I'd like but this is 12% after all.

Drinkability takes a small hit because of the obvious booze flavor but not horrible for such a strong beer. This beer is fuller than medium bodied and is nicely carbonated with only a faint alcohol burn.

Overall an enjoyable beer and one I'd recommend to those who for some reason think wheat beer is 'girly'. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Pours with a significant amount of sediment in the stream of the pour, but then I find none in the glass. My eyes must deceive me. Deep amber, like a black rum. Small khaki head, but it's short lived. After 5 minutes, it looks like I'm drinking 10 ounces of cognac. That would be a rough night.

Smell - Booze, whoa. Bubble gum, caramel, bananas, and a strong spiciness that is amplified by the alcohol.

Taste - The wheat is much more present here. Gives it a grittiness that definitely adds to the flavors. Very fruity character with that distinctive bubble gum flavor reminiscent of the non-iced version. Bananas and cloves that further remind me of its wheated roots. The finish is booze and caramel malt, though. A slight throwback to the fruits, but it's all toffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and quite hot, even for 12%. That said, I still have to concentrate to pace myself.

Overall - Enjoyable and different from most beers out there. I had this out of a wooden cask one time and drank three of them. I don't know how I did that. Wasted youth. Anyway, it doesn't impress me as much out of the bottle, but perspective is a funny thing. (1,234 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a woody, ruby haze with a short-lived fizzy cap of a tan head. The nose is quite sweet - cherries, candied sugar, malted wheat, bit of booze - rather pleasant. The taste carries a lot of the same qualities and the alcohol is well masked/incorporated. Not all that drinkable but about as easy-drinking as you could hope for at this ABV. (341 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 11/12/13. Poured into a snifter at 45F.
A - Pours a cloudy light brown color. The single finger of off-white head dissipated quickly, leaving a long lasting lacing that was resupplied by a stream of small bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
S - Strong ester smell with banana, pineapple and bread as the primary components.
T - Fairly dry with a taste that matches the smell. Banana in the foreground with malty sweetness in the middle and a crisp apple/pineapple finish.
M - Moderate mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
O - My first eisbock. More fruity than the American double bocks I have tried. A good summer beer, even with the 12% abv. Highly recommended for those who like eatery Belgian beers. (721 characters)

Photo of BeerCoffeeWater
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Scary. It's like the bubbles are clawing their way to the top. A few chunkettes of yeast, not much head. Darker than I thought it would be.

S: Sweet. Very Sweet at first. Then the yeastiness starts to creep in, but it stays sweet smelling.

T: Large, soooo large. Not quite as alcoholic tasting as I expected, but its still big. Like a much sweeter, less yeasty, slower sipping version of the Aventinus weizenbock. Like a big malty-sweet dopplebock that someone dropped some extra yeast in to give it some spice.

M: Sticky, but not like hop sticky, like malty sweetness-creamy-sticky.

D: Average, I guess.

Delicious, but I doubt I'll have more than one. Definately a sipper to sit around and enjoy for a while. (718 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Body is the same color as the bottle, and there's little head and no lacing.

Smells like unfiltered apple juice, with a touch of banana and alcohol.

Flavors of bready malt with a lot of fermenting apple and some banana sweetness. Notes of dark chocolate.

Not a lot of carbontion, but still pretty smooth. Finish is dirty. (352 characters)

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