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

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Reviews: 1,102
Hads: 2,350
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 177
Gots: 243 | 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 Trilogy31
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 2008/8167. Pours a light cola brown with a short lived head and leaves very light lacing - appears to be lightly carbonated and scaring me right now as it looks like the pannepot disaster i drank recently. Nose has pure cola, ginko nut, with a smooth vanilla bourbon note. Taste is somewhat spicy with chicory coffee and sea salt caramel, finishes a bit astrigent and acidic to some extent thats nice because at 12% you dont taste or sense a hint of alcohol. (465 characters)

Photo of Electros
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slight cloud, dark amber, good head retention.

S - Alcohol, malt, wheat, little to no hops notes, camarlized sugar.

T - Caramel, toffee, very malty, little wheat, burnt sugar.

M - Think and heavy!

O - This is a heavy drinking beer. The malt and sugar bill on this, as well as the alcohol is huge! (304 characters)

Photo of MrSeth
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoops! I let a bunch of sediment fall into the glass.. guess that's ok, it's loaded with vitamin B, right?

Although there is not really any head there is alot of carbonation and it can be felt immediately on the first sip. The color is a nearly opaque walnut. It smells like mollasses, prunes, baked apples and yes - alcohol. Even for an eisbock this ale is deep and rich in flavor, sweet and lingering cereal, adding a whole new dimension to my idea of what this style can be. A wonderful drinking experience.

This is a new MUST HAVE for my beer stash. (562 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store, in Rochester, NY. This seems like it'll be somewhat of a wheatwine/eisbock hybrid or something?

Pours a cloudy, hazy dark brown, with a one inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like brown sugar, caramel, some wheat, plums, and booze.

The taste is similar, this is quite strong, as to expected with eisbocks. Surprisingly no banana, since the base beer for eisbocking is a weizenbock, but there are lots of dark fruits- raisins, plums, figs, almost like a Belgian strong dark ale, along with notes of wheat, caramel, and brown sugar, almost like a wheatwine. Lots of flavor that are slashed through by a rather huge alcohol sting.

Medium bodied, thick for a wheat beer. Low carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. This one of the sweeter beers I've had.

This beer defies style classification, as it shares characteristics with a weizenbock, a Belgian strong dark ale, and a wheatwine/barleywine. For that, it is interesting. It is just hard to get past the booziness and the sweetness. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

reviewed: 4/1/14
previous rating of 3.85 on 5/16/2011

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock by Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn
poured from bottle 2011/#007909 into a 12oz. mug

P-packaging: very German looking purple and silver label 3.5

A-apperance : pours brown/bronze with a one finger tan head 4.0

S- smell: over ripe fruit maybe banana, alcohol 3.75

T-taste: again with the fruit/banana doughy wheat and warming alcohol 3.75

M-mouthfeel : almost wine like, full bodied and bright

D-drinkability: high ABV and heavy flavor makes this a rare taste 3.0

O-overall: had to try and review again, still not sure what to think 3.75

Original Review 5/16/2011

Bottle 2009/#23981 poured into a pint glass

A : pours brown and bronze amber with a thin deep amber head with lots of breathing

S : yeast,wheat and alcohol

T : fermenting wheat,yeast,barley - very complex

M : surprisingly smooth

D : with its ABV 12% or more and heavy feel, more of a special treat

just for the record-I don't care for wheat beer-but this was very interesting
-J (1,042 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, only slight head after pour. There is an abundance of chunky sediment throughout this one, which kind of turns me off a bit, but what the hell, I still think it will be good. I even tried to leave behind the yeast but there was no stopping it. Aroma is a nice rasiny, chocolate, alcoholic experience. Taste is sweet for a second, then overpowered by raisiny alcohol that carries through the finish and beyond. The malt flavor is mostly dark fruit, with a hint of spice, much like a dubbel or grand cru. The mouthfeel runs even a bit thin, not syrupy as expected. Carbonation is adequate, its quite smooth, I don't really detect any grainy or chunkyness despite what I could see in the appearance. A good strong malt flavor overall, but alcoholic enough that you might want to just have one of these and then switch to something less potent... (860 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle, drank April 2011

A: Dark, black-tea with an off-white head.

S: Booze. Hammy smoke. Wheat. Black pepper, spicy ginger. Hint of banana. It’s more bock than hefe.

T: Strong booze note. Wheat. Touch of banana. Cinnamon, pepper. Big molasses-laden liquorish body. A light woody bitter note hangs around in the background.

M: Med/light body with a strong, warm alcohol character.

O: An interesting brew. The concentrated alcohol drowns out a lot of the softer hefe notes that I felt the standard Aventinus had done a fantastic job of retaining. That said, the alcohol accentuates a variety of new flavors; notably the molasses, liquorish and spice. I’m not sure if it’s worth the trade off though. (715 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark brown. Big, dense head. Looks great. I wouldn't expect anything less from a German legend of a beer.

S-Aromatic invitations of dark fruit, bananas, moist bread and cocoa powder. A clean strike of alcohol. It's complex now, I bet 2 years of this aging would yield remarkable results.

T-An initially dry, wheat breadiness folds over upon the rush of sweetness. Dried out dark fruits and cocoa powder. Some spiciness. A hacking alcohol sting.

M-Clings to the palate somewhat. Hot and sticky-dry. It's very sweet but the booze saps your tongue of moisture. Subtle bubbles.

O/D-Another highly regarded overseas brew that I struggle to appreciate. It's good and the style is fairly rare to see. Still, I won't go out of my way to purchase again. (758 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice brown color with a small head that flals to lightly ring the beer. The nose is rather light, with some raisin coming through, but lots of alcohol hit me as well. The flavor is full of raisins, but also a very strong alcohol character that isn't hidden by the malts at all. The feel is very thick. Drinkability is just okay. I am not a real big fan of this beer. Its not bad, but still not good. (417 characters)

Photo of mrnobody
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/brown with two fingers of off-white head. Lots of bubbles and wicked retention.

S: Smells of lots of banana, bubblegum. As it warms, also alcohol.

T: Tastes of overripe banana, booze.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a lot of fine carbonation.

D: This is fairly boozy but then again, it's 12%! (370 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours near black in color, with deep red edges when held to the light. A thin off white head.

The aroma is reminiscent of a weizenbock, with clove and weizen yeast upfront. There are also some dark fruit notes and lightly boozy finish.

The taste follows the nose, with clove upfront followed by a brief bit of dark fruit and a light booziness in the finish.

A medium to full body with a light amount of prickly carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer, and while it never became a big issue, the booziness started to come through a bit more than I liked as it warmed. Though I suppose that is probably to be expected in the style. (661 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle number 2008/08529

Poured into a snifter a hazy dark brown color with a smallish off white head that fell quickly leaving behind zero lacing. Aroma is lightly smokey, some raisins and mustiness. A little bit of fruitiness comes through as it warms, hints of banana and spice with some earthy, funky yeast. It almost has BSDA nose to it. Flavor is quite strong, notes of grapes, apples, bubble gum, rum soaked dark fruits, yeast, and spice. Lots of heat from the alcohol and the subsequent burn on the way down. It tastes pretty good, but the alcohol is just a bit too much for me. (587 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12/01/07- Purchased at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA in 2005.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with the vintage (2004) and the lot number on the back label.

Appearance- Coca cola like color in the pour. 1/4 inch head on initial pour. Quickly evaporates into no head at all. Leaves absolutely no lace marks whatsoever. Not a big eisbock drinker, so I'm not sure what is the standard.

Smell- Like your Aveninus scent, but with more alcohol added, sweeter caramel malt nose and a bit less nose with the spices (clove mainly).

Taste- A decent amount of clove, a touch of nutmeg and some sugar plums and alcohol soaked dates. Lots of flavor, but seems a tad thin for a beer with such a high abv. Tastes good though.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, a touch watery and light alcohol aftertaste. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Doesn't seem like 12%. Just finished this and a Gonzo Porter and not feeling much of anything...not to mention the Hopsickle I had earlier while making my chili and cornbread. One of a handful of eisbock's I've had. Was expecting more, but still good and very drinkable. Flavor is good but not as thick as expected. Have had this one on tap before and had better results. Rating is based on a combp of this consumption and past ones. (1,257 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle number: 2010 020692. Guessing this around a year old.

Pours hazy dark reddish brown, beige head is huge at first but eventually becomes a thin ring and not much else.

Nose delivers dark fruit, clove, sweet and stale caramel malt, a bit of bubblegum, alcohol. Intimidating, but good.

Taste is bigger on the spice, huge clove especially. Malts are surprisingly sweet and of the caramel/toffee variety. Still some dark fruit there (feels like raisin mostly). Wheat and some banana bread on the finish. Booze packs a bit of a punch but less than expected from the scent.

Big, oily mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, feels like a liquor almost. 12% makes itself known.

Certainly not a beer I can imagine anyone drinking often. From the first sniff I knew this would be a huge beer and I was right. Good flavor but the big ABV hurts it, regular Aventinus would be my choice out of two, fo sho. (896 characters)

3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle # 07421 / bottled 2004

Aventinus Eisbock is a dark ice tea color (kind of murky amber) with lighter highlights towards the bottom of the glass. A 1/4" beige head recedes quickly down to a cap. Ton of particles floating around. Visibly high carbonation. No lace left.

The nose is spice, licorice, alcohol, fruit and an odd aroma of latex.
Pretty complex but it is almost overpowered by the alcohol.

The first taste was full of rich toffee and caramel. The alcohol is evident. Dark fruit like a ripe plum begins to emerge midway through. There is a good deal of sweetness in the finish.

This beer has a rich, heavy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Big-time warming effect. This is definitely one for sipping with the high ABV. This beer has vague similarities to Aventinus (IMHO), but if I tasted them blind I don't know that I could pick them out as relatives. (883 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: big bubbly head that goes nowhere quickly

S: huge Banana some clove

T: banana and clove very smooth

M: has a very thick feel like every ABV you can taste

O: this is a pretty good beer I'm not sure it is amazing but it has some great kick to it. (296 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a strange wheat, an Ice bock, I think the freezing process increases the potency of this style, an Ice beer. Cloudy golden-orange color, huge thick white clingy head, fruity yeasty aroma of alcohol, cloves and bananas. Malty sweet fruity, spicy flavors, has a kind of strong alcohol taste in the start and finish, not bad for its high alcohol content. (359 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single bottle purchased for $3.50 from Gary's in Madison... Individual bottle number of 08545 on the back purple logo sticker... pours a mahogany-brown, ruby-red hue with a foamy head that soon dissipated... smell was very rich and intense, with plums, figs, and caramel... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with thick, rich, sweet caramel, dehydrated fruits, caramel, and figs... strong malts dominated this brew, and the very hefty 12% ABV was noticeable both in the nose and taste... good, thick mouthfeel but average drinkability due to the strong alcohol percentage and ultra-rich, very thick flavor that dominated the pallate and took over this beer... this is seriously flavorful stuff, very overbearing and powerful, and is better off sipped... strong, thick, rich, and dominating, this was certainly an interesting sample that should be enjoyed over a period of time... Worth a try, with a noticeable grape-taste... (929 characters)

Photo of d5001986
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a very deep reddish-brown with a fizzy head that dissipates immediately.

S: Very sweet. Dark fruit, caramel, and booze.

T: Much like the smell. Extremely sweet and slightly tart up front, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, and a big boozieness. Way too sweet for me.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. The alcohol has a warming effect and provides a decent burn.

O: Being a fan of the original Aventinus, I thought I would find this more appealing. This is the first example of the 'Eisbock' style I've tried, so I don't have any direct comparisons. I can say that I much prefer the regular Aventinus and this one was just too sweet and boozy for my tastes. (704 characters)

Photo of TPatuto
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- Deep brown and cloudy. Tinges of orange and red. Nice little bit of head that quickly receeded to a ring around the edge.

S - Light cloves, yeast, with black cherry hiding in the background.

T- Sweet. Sweetness turned tart and almost bitter on the back end. Flavors of dried fruits impact up front but disappear too fast.

M- Medium body. Corbonation keeps this beer on the lighter side of things. The overwhelming lingering effect is the alcohol, not the flavor.

Overall Impression - Not a very often seen style. Easily drinkable, but the with the level of alcohol and the flavors not being as prominent, it would not be something that I would regularly search out. (704 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, with a thin tan head. Smell is strongly of alcohol and raisins. Taste is fruit like malt flavors up front, a toffee middle, and alcohol and a hint of earthy bitterness in the finish. Dry, mouth-puckering finish. You can really taste the alcohol in this one. Mouthfeel is very rich, low carbonation. Drinkability is where this beer looses its marks. After having about 1/3 of the beer, it starts to get a bit cloying and the alcohol really starts to shine through. This is a very good beer, don't get me wrong, but the alcohol does really shine through on this one, which makes it a bit rough drinking the whole beer. I like normal Aventinus better. (682 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting.
Pours a dark brownish color and smells of strong, sweet and alcoholic caramel. Rich and flavorful, but short of cloying. Taste rich concentrated malt flavor, some toffee like notes and overall pretty good. Surprised by this one. (255 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a large invigorated head of creamy light brown small to medium sized bubbles with an opaque brown body. The head lasted a fairly long time but left no lacing. It has a mild malty aroma with a hint of its high alcohol content. It also has a ery strong burnt roast flavor without the smoke. You can feel the alcohol hit even after the first couple of tastes. Not a brew you can drink too many of in a sitting. I agree with an earlier post about the high alcohol content tingle this brew produces. I think I would prefer a smoother beer without this tingle. (571 characters)

Photo of Fader
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying this beer was less than a year old, maybe it needs to be bottled longer.

A - Very dark brown, cloudy, almost no head.

S - Very nice nose, heavy banana, slight booze, peppery notes.

T - Still has the banana, but somewhat fruity, boozy, overall an outstanding taste for the abv.

M - Some carbonation, slight burn.

O - Very good beer with fairly intense flavor for a strong beer, worth it. (412 characters)

Photo of joedon
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle marked "8.0% ABV" as opposed to the 12.0% listed on BA. Dated July, 2005.

The color was a dark amber-brown with a thin, tan head that fell quickly. Strong aroma of wheat malt with notes of caramel and citrus.

Very powerful wheat flavor with big alcohol buzz and some residual sugar. This is a big wheat taste and has the citrusy aftertaste as well.

Seems my bottle is really fizzy; maybe right for the style but not my preference.

Not completely drinkable owing to the strong alcohol and fizzy texture.

I'm glad I tried this but I won't be making a habit out of it. (607 characters)

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
93 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.