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

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Ratings: 2,242
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 166
Gots: 206 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 2,242 | Reviews: 1,098
Photo of Jmaths
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, opaque reddish-brown, pours a medium thick head that is light in color. Looks somewhat similar to the Aventinus Weizen-Doppelbock.

Smell: Wheat notes dominate, with some citrus and slight malt.

Taste: Tastes amazingly similar to the Weizen-Doppelbock, perhaps a bit sweeter and more citrusy. The higher ABV content when compared to the Weizen-Doppelbock is hardly noticed. The taste is dominated by wheat, while being sweet and citrusy, and slightly sour.

Aftertaste of yeast, almost like bread dough. This beer has some undertones that I'm sure some more experienced tasters could recognize, but I shall simply call them "fruit".

Mouthfeel: Lightly syrupy and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: The 12% ABV is well-masked. One could easily drink two or three of these in one sitting, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you want to become tipsy.

EDIT: Flavors become more readily apparent as the beer warms and loses carbonation as it sits in the glass. If you refrigerate this beer, I recommend that you leave it to sit out for about 10 minutes before pouring.

Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this back in very late July when my buddy Passow and I went to a chili head convention in Cincinatti back on the last weekend of July/first weekend in August. We took a trip across the border to The Party Source in Kentucky and this is one of the beers I picked up there. Had never seen it in Ohio. It had been sitting in my fridge for the past 3 1/2 months. Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip glass. This beer pours a deep, clear, mahogany color. The tan head is about an inch thick pured, before settling to a good 1/4 inch that stuck around for quite a long time, good head retention here, After a few sips it eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing though surprisingly. Aromas of caramel malt, wheat, and dark fruit such as apple and plum , followed with a hint of clove. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet caramel malt upfront along with a strong wheat presence and dark fruit goodness rounded out with clove spice. A bit of alcohol is there too, but it is well masked by the complexity of the other flavors. This is almost too drinkable for something that is 12% ABV. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Wow this is very good and I would certainly go out of my way to drink this again.

Eric

Photo of snowmageddon
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy brown with a quickly-dissipating head.
S: banana, clove, fig, bready malt, molasses, candied sugar, alcohol.
T: alcohol is noticeable, but not in a bad way. Taste follows the nose. Most distinguishable for me are: spiced rum, dark fruit, molasses, fig, clove.
M: I was surprised by the somewhat-creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is high as well.
O: I am excited to try this beer when the weather turns cold. Still a nice change of pace for the summer, and a very drinkable brew despite its high abv.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a stein and took great care not to add the yeast chunks. Maybe got a few.

Pours a dark cola colour with frenetic bubbling on the surface, clears very quickly, leaving not a hint of head. Slow carbonation breaks the monotony of the surface. Zero lacing. Eh, I'm inclined to give this a poor score for appearance because it looks thin, watery and uninviting. But I'll be lenient because most bocks I've had look like this.

This is where it starts to get interesting. A dark, brooding nose with a big hint of dark, over-ripe cherry, some very dark chocolate and maybe a whisper of blueberry. Definitely a cabernet aspect to it, rich, musky and fruity. If this nose were human it would be Gore Vidal; all dark, brooding and aloof on the outside but with a sweet, fruity heart. An excellent nose, really.

Palate is truly a marvel. Even a paradox. So powerful and mighty, yet subtle and delicate with a complex phantasmagoria of flavours. Dark cherries, rich melted chocolate, prunes, blood orange and a slight walnutty edge, particularly on the front. Backbone of the palate has the flavour and consistency of a well-aged oaky red wine. This is a beer to savour. I'm immensely enjoying pouring a little into my mouth, letting it sit and explore, inviting the flavours to permeate my tastebuds, feeling the brew tingle on my tongue before gulping it down and enjoying that rich, brooding finish. There is a slight bourbon whiskey edge and flavour as it goes down which is the slightest hint of alcohol. But 12% is enormous and at best I can detect maybe 6.5-7%. This is a magnificent collosus of a palate, one for the ages.

A masterpiece of brewing, I will remember this in old age and smile.

Photo of wcintula
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't have a the greatest expectations for this beer which could account for my perceived greatness for this beer.

It pours a murky chocolate brown with a tan, controlled head. The most identifiable smell coming off of this beer is the aroma of sweet wheat. What a great malty aroma! Tastes like a bigger version of the Aventinus, more concentrated flavors, but just the slightest hint of booze. This velvety beer is dangerously drinkable for 12%. This is something I'd like to keep a stock of, hell, everyone should always have this in their fridge.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 2008. Drank in May 2010. Poured into tulip.

A: Pours a deep, hazy brown with amber highlights. Voluminous taupe head that dies down to only a hint of a collar (of course head retention is going to be a challenge with a beer like this, so I'm not going to fault it for that).

S: Quite aromatic and unique. Malty with a sort of fruity sweetness underlying wheat tanginess. Vinous and concentrated. Dark fruits. Light alcohol hints, with a prune-like sweetness accompanied by light clove and raisin bread aromas.

T: Big vinous characteristics. The alcohol hinted at on the nose is certainly apparent in the mouth, and dark red fruits emerge from under the alcohol on the midpalate. Though the malts are sweet, they're not overly so at all, with the wheat notes, hop bitterness, and alcohol balancing the malts well and preventing them from seeming overly sweet. Finishes lightly tart, with an aftertaste of fresh grapeskins, rumcake, and a light toastiness.

M: Full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation.

D: Surprisingly high. Though concentrated, it's not overly sweet at all, and the flavor profile just doesn't get old. Even at 12%, the alcohol isn't too sharp.

Overall, this brew is a classic and is wonderful, heavenly, outstanding, etc. If you can age a few bottles - do it; I've had this at 4 yrs and it was noticabley better.

Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with classy purple and silver label. Pours a hazy dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is striking, with dark fruits like plums and figs, a touch of molasses, and a hint of a high abv. Mouthfeel is thick, well carbonated, and a tad vinous. Taste is enormous. Dark fruits and molasses in the forefront, some fermented grapes, and a nice malt backbone. Finishes sweet and wheaty. Characteristics of an excellent Bavarian doppelbock, like Celebrator. Very satisfying and highly complex. So good, it oughta be illegal.

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

Bottle number 040372. Beer poured out a burnt caramel color. Smells of yeast and banana, wonderful! Taste is caramelly with a strong presence of banana and various fruits. Mouthfeel is very syrupy and has an alcohol burn in the end, though not enough to take away from the beer. Drinkability is good, though I wouldn't want to have a lot. One is probably enough in a night.

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 chefbigjon
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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