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

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Ratings: 2,241
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 166
Gots: 206 | 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 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
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.

Photo of flannelman808
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this for sometime, and am not dissapointed.

Pours a dark sort of purple garnet brown color. Bone white head with tiny bubbles.

I smell dates, and sugar cane on this one.

theres more carbination then I would have guessed, the beer jumps all over your mouth. I get some dark fruit flavors, date maybe? Definetly a spicey characteristic as well, cloves, pepper, and tobacco. This is a very good beer and highly drinkable at something like 12%. It has a syrupy after feel, but one is rewarded with each new sip.

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

A 2005/12398 vintage courtesy of Joey (KingG) thanks!

Pours a dark brown but not impenetrable to light, some red highlights when held to the light. A fizzy inch of foam amassed but quickly disappeared.

A wonderful aroma of dark fruits like figs, sweet raisins, dried prunes, cherries, banana and a bit of alcohol. Very complex mixture of fruits, dark malts, and bread. Some hints of vanilla, red grape skins, and raspberry jam.

Just as great on the taste, very complex and I need a moment to think about what I'm tasting. Definitely some dark fruits, sweet, a little toasty and some bread. The wheat is starting to come through like toasted wheat bread with dark fruit jam.

Still well carbonated after almost 3 years. The alcohol is very well hidden and plays a role more in the taste, enhancing the fruity flavors, than the mouthfeel.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen - with the sediment swirled and included. Light, tawny lacing with staying power atop a dark brown - foggy body.

To the nose, grains are there - but the underlying theme is spiciness and wet earth.

In the mouth, this is one smooth beer. You are hit with layer after layer of sweet malts and grains. Very forthright from the beginning. This is no lightweight. The spices from the nose are there - but do not overpower the wonderful malts. There is a slight hop character that just doesn't make it past the malts.

The feel here is heavy and full - very substantial in the mouth. It's big alcohol and you know it - but not beyond the drinkability stage. It finishes still sweet - but very organic and not hard at all.

Musings: This beer will kick your ass. It is a delicious malt powerlode that will knock you out. Highly recommended.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, hazy brown from the bottle with a thin layer of tan head.

Smell is wheat, malt, caramel and delicious delicious alcohol.

Taste is a continuation of what the smell predicated with malt and caramel showing through nicely. Added to the mix is some dark fruit as well.

Carbonation is just right for an eisbock, leaving this brew just a bit on the syrupy side (a good thing).

Overall very drinkable. I'd probably have this one with a nice hearty steak the next time.

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

2010 Vintage bottle # 009165

A - Pours a hazed russet brown with a fleeting cream colored head.

S - Caramelized cherry caramel aroma, plums, molasses, leather, cinnamon, allspice, prunes, very complex aroma of malts.

T - Sweet carmalized brown sugar, molasses just blankets the palate. Cherries, plums, red Bartlet pears, caramelized plantains, hints of cinnamon and all spice, some minor bitterness on the edges,

M - Chewy but smooth feel, light side of full bodied, low but spritzy carbonation.

I haven't had one fresh but this 2 year old is tasting mighty fine. Awesome yeast works with multiple layers of malt. Very complex flavors. One to be sipped and pondered on for sure.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Bottle from dkachur - thanks Dan! Poured into a Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Appearance: Intensely hazy - it's not solid, but it seems like it's trying really hard - and brown, with an alcohol-impaired head and very active carbonation. Looks spritzy.

Aroma: Earthy yeastiness, wheat, dark fruits - figs, golden raisins - and lighter stone fruits - cherries, dates - and tons of darker malts - brown sugar, molasses.

Taste: Grows more complex as it warms - brown sugar is prominent, as are dark, fruity esters. A permeating, warming, spicy alcohol makes itself known about midway throughout the sip and stays with you 'til the bitter, warming, spicy end. All of the fruity goodness of the Aventinus is concentrated here - raisins, figs, cherries, a few lighter notes that are somewhat more muted here than there but that's ok, a light, spicy hoppiness, and plenty of weizenbock notes - earthy, farmhouse yeast, powdery, chalky wheat, banana yeast esters, Belgian cloves. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and syrupy, but terribly even. Very full mouthfeel, thick, and surprisingly high carbonation.

Drinkability: 12% abv? That's pretty high. But every last point is worth it for this delicious bastard of a beer. Incredibly complex tasting and smelling, smooth, and very attractive - this one's one of my favorites.

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

Appearance - 3.5
A gentle pour into my snifer released a big, noisy beige head that fizzed, fizzled and reduced to nothing. The body is almost jet black, tawny around the edges, and seems to have lively carbonation.

Smell - 4.0
Strong, rich and malty with some fruity esters, scents of cocoa, hot malt loaf with butter, burnt currants, clove and a faint, pear-like fruitiness.

Taste - 4.5
Rich, mouth filling, and sweet yet balanced. It is so strong, the flavours seem to be coming from everywhere; rich, dark, toasty malt, warm prunes, boozy black forest cake, clove, a good measure of hops in the finish to give a very balanced taste, and very strong, warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Thick, heavy and syrupy, although lifted by persistent, fine carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.5
Definitely a sipper, but very drinkable for what it is.

This is a big, BIG beer. It falls short of its little brother, the regular Aventinus, being less drinkable but no more complex. Still a great beer, and one I will be drinking again.

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

Rich weizen-eisbock, unusual, tasty and hefty.

Presentation: 33cl brown capped. bottle. Old fashion label design in purple and silver with brewery logos and Aventinus-Schneider seals. Back label offers a note of the style, background, alongside a bottle number (2010 017737). Shows 12.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark ruby brown pour with a large wheat foamy head that fades quickly leaving a minimal surface ring.

S - Spicy and yeasty with a pronounced fruity sense. Prunes, raisins...

T - Fruity notes predominate with a boozy undercurrent, dried plums, raisins, yeast and wheaty spicy touch with the good notes of banana and clove under caramel malts.

M - Medium-full body with medium/high carbonation, assertive tingle in the feel giving a nice rhythm to the intense flavor and masking a light sticky smoothness. Alcohol is there but very nicely woven in the brew.

O - Intense sipper, with a nice slow range.

Notes: Condensed Aventinus, what is not to like? If one does not mistake it for the regular version (sorry sis, it wasn't me. I wasn't there :P) this is quite a nice savoring ale. BTW, since they don´t mention and it is a relatively recent twist done by freezing the brew... Esibocks are not done according to the reinheistgebot? :P

Photo of fourstringer
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Label reads 050619. Ice bock for a snowy day!

A: Murky, iced-tea brown with 1/2 finger off-white head. Ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Banana, molasses, sugar, spice, dark fruit, raisin, rum cake. Booze. Smells big. There's something familiar, but I can't put my finger on it... Anyway, good stuff.

T: Strong, rich sweetness with wheat-type undertones. Cherry, raisin & dates. Banana. Mild spice. A faint bitterness develops to assist the semi-dry finish. Faint chocolate. Alcohol is present, but not quite what you would expect for 12% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a full-ish body. Smooth and rich.

O: Big beer. Tasty. Damn sweet, but not cloying. Much like you would expect of a concentrated Aventinus weizenbock. Delicious snowy day sipper.


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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With all apologies to my friends who told me this was great, I could not believe the difference between the tap version of this beer and the bottled version. There is just no comparison. This beer's pouring at Ludwig's was worth half the price of the beer. The head is a tremendous thing to observe. The barmaid starts by pouring a pitcher full of the beer, which is about 3/4s white head. She lets that work. Then comes back after five minutes or so and pours a glass of the beer, think wide pilsner type glass, which again is 3/4s head. She waits another five minutes and then begins to pour the pitcher into the glass, letting most of the head run out over the glass. She cleans it off and serves a glass that you are now panting for. It is a dark, reddish beer with a smallish head since most of it has now gone down the drain. The lacing is long lasting down the entire glass.

The primary flavors to me are wheat and hops. There is an undercurrent of citrus, but it is not a real aromatic beer. The taste is a divine mix of wheat, hops, and a sweetness that appears to come from a fruity (citrus?) undertaste. This could be an addictive beer if it was actually available at more locations. Unfortunately, in the Philadelphia area, as far as I know, Ludwig's is it, although I haven't tried the Austrian Garden, yet.

Photo of BigOldOaf
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this with five years on it. Very complex, intense combination of flavors. Truly one of a kind.

Photo of PVMT
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle in an Augustijn goblet.

A: The colour of black cherries, with an amazingly luscious, creamy head that fills almost half the glass, clings to the side, and never quite disappears. Completely opaque and magnificently regal.

S: Hm...Deep flavours of banana and clove remind me that this was once a wheat beer. The banana scent is not the usual one found in wheat beers, but richer and sweeter, like banana ice cream.

T: Fantastic; this blows regular Aventinus out of the water. Thick and lazy on the tongue. Alcoholic sweetness is reminiscent of creamy fruit...over-ripe banana and sweet strawberries covered in lightly whipped fresh cream. Strangely, the stickiness factor is minimal. There is mild carbonation and, on the endtaste, some wheaty yeasts. The aftertaste is sweet, lingering, and sticks in the throat slightly.

M: The lush creaminess flows around the mouth in a most delightful manner, then disappears calmly and unhastily.

D: Highly recommended, very drinkable, but not in quantity (too sweet and strong). This is a great selection if you just want one beer, anything before or after it would be somehow diminished. One of my favourites; will definitely be drinking again.

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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first eisbock! Bottle #2012 79464. Pours into my tulip brownish purple, cloudy, with a creamy looking light khaki head. Aroma is huge aromatic fruits, figs, plums, black cherry, pears, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is a mix of chocolate fig and salty caramel. Intense mix of flavors here. Hints of spice and light alcohol bite. Creamy mouthfeel yet plenty of carbonation. Very sweet. Tasty stuff.

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