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

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1,102 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,102
Hads: 2,349
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 176
Gots: 243 | FT: 7
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
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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Photo of Rastacouere
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather clear brown hue with ruby hints, bottle-conditioned with a few floaties around. Aroma is indeed reminiscent of an aventinus in the breay malt profile and gentle spiciness + plummy and banana fruitiness, but the difference lies in the heating factor. The eisbock is quite alcoholic and sweeter. In mouth, wheat chunks are to be found playing around with lovely aventinus flavours, but it’s very heating which makes it less friendly on a sunny day. Dark ripe fruits and pancake syrup character is quite appealing, but this remains vastly inferior to the regular to me, although I prefer the lower level of carbonation in here. (632 characters)

Photo of yeagerbm
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea what to expect from this one, and had no clue that I was going to be drinking something 12% ABV. Pours a dark red like black cherry. Fizzy white head quickly disappears. Aroma is of tart fruit, almost like a soured belgian ale. The flavor is of Black cherry, banana and spice with a dose of yeast and a warm alcohol, along with slight chocolate in the background . Similarities to hefeweizens are there but with more of a strong belgian or barleywine character. Incredibly smooth and rich, this is very easy to drink and a highly recommended beer. (561 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The reddish brown body was clouded with oodles of yeast. The initial fizz of carbonation was cola like, and the resulting head did not last. The latent carbonation was soft and steady. The aroma was mostly alcohol with some red cherries thrown in the mix. The wheat based origin of the beer was not quite evident on the nose, as there was nary a hint of banana. The taste was again quite different than the unfrozen Aventinus, with the front and center flavor being peppery spiciness. The fruitiness showed up in the form of rum raisins, licorice, and plum. There was some evidence of oxidized character in the form of tobacco juice like bitterness. The hops only provided an aromatic floral background with minimal bitterness. This beer is much closer to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, than a Weizenbock that it started as. The alcohol is more concentrated than the non frozen version and it does not hide quite as well. Very warming and spicy, but a bit harsh. As a result, the drinability takes a hit. (1,000 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good God. I don't know where to start. I've had this brew twice now, and finally willed myself to write something about it. I'm reviewing this from memory, but that's not much of a problem as the ghost of this brew is firmly implanted in my anterior cingulate (check it out -- the part of the brain responsible for long-term memories). It is a nice dark color, much like a porter, very dark brown. The aroma is mystifying -- chocolate-covered cherries, raspberries, and blueberries, combined with a dark, biscuity or cookie-like maltiness that will not be repressed.
The taste is unimaginable. I mean it. You have to try it, because reading about it does you no good. It is at once aggressive and caressing. It is cloying -- pure chocolaty, malty, dark fruit death. Then it changes to banana, and plenty of it. Then it introduces a hint of soy sauce. Have you ever had bananas Foster? Liquify it, drink it, and you'll get an idea. The mouthfeeel is luxurious, the drinkability better than it should be for such a high ABV. Both times this was my finishing beer in a night full of German brews, and both times, it marked my demise. Respect it or pay the consequences. (1,167 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma shows a deep dark fruity quality from malts. Phenols a lot less present than the regular version. Seems like a yeast quality.
This is pleasing.
Fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Dark amber with brown hues, cloudy, yeast setiment floating.
Very nice balance of malt and phenols. Starts with a mice dark (bock type) malts, moves to phenols iwth nice blending of both. Somewhat sweet, but not even approaching excessive. Alcohol in taste with warmth. At the end a slight oxidation presence round of flavors nicely.
Impressively smooth. Thick oily quality that adds to smoothness. Fair amount of carbonation despite no head.
Lovely in its intensity. Can't move through this quickly. I like that malt intensity without it being cloy. (748 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Guinness4me
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, by far, the least-offensive high alcohol beer I've tried. It poured a muddy brown with faint, almost champagne-like, bubbles. The head dissapated quickly and left no lace on my glass.

The aroma was a sweet, dark raisin smell, not unlike sweet wines. A sugarlike acohol presense was also noted.

The taste was intense, yet pleasant! There was a quick alcohol blast when it hit the middle of my tongue and the vanilla/green banana flavor whipped around in my mouth. What a ride! The alcohol then warmed me deep with nearly no aftertaste.

Surprisingly drinkable for a high alcohol brew...this one could be dangerous. (630 characters)

Photo of StuFox
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost reminded me of the sports drink Orbit when I first took a look at it. I recomend that everyone hold it up to a light after they pour themselves a glass. This beer is a cross between Kwak and a Banana daquieri. A good level of carbonation makes it easy going down, which is good because you can really taste the booze. But the alcohol flavor works well with the fruity flavor of the beer itself, so it doesn't detract from the easy of drinking. (450 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy reddish brown, with a finger and a half or so thick sandy-offwhite head that dissipated into a thick haze over the surface. Real nice lacing. The smell is very powerful of banana and cloves. I didn't get any vanilla out of this, but I damn sure smelled a lot of banana and a lot of cloves. The taste, too, seemed almost exclusively these two things. Exceptionally spicy. This one also makes no secret about its 12%abv, either. It's right up front and you know it the whole way down. Very warming. Perhaps august in Atlanta isn't the ideal time of year to drink this one. Maybe closer to Christmas this would be more appropriate. Still real good, though. This stuff is also really thick and almost seems to leave a thin coating in your mouth. Very good. Very smooth. Will definately buy this one again. (817 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 OZ bottle. Bottle 2004/ 10697.

Pours a cloudy chocolate milkshake brown with some yeast floaters.

Smell is intense vanilla banana and cloves with an intense malt scent. Like Aventinus only concentrated more. Seriously spicy.

Taste is sweet and very intense; alcohol level leaves an unmistakable heat in the mouth. Pretty much concentrated Aventinus. Lots of vanilla and banana and cloves flavor.

Mouthfeel is almost chewable.

Incredibly drinkable and intense. Only the cost and rarity prevent me from having this as often as I like. (552 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (1,768 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the less appealing cousin of the great Aventinus Wheat Beer. The taste of the malt and alcohol overwhelms some of the fruit tastes and other flavors, making this a less drinkable beer than regular Aventinus. Still, it's a complex and rich brew, well worth trying. (271 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 018238, although I have no idea what that means. The previous reviewer seemed to be able to deciper the year from this number. I cannot.

Pours a nutty clear brown with red glints. Short-lived coarse head and a collar. I didn't expect this to be foamy. At this high an alcohol level I wouldn't have been surprised if there were legs in this glass, but there are not. This beer has big chunks of yeast in the bottom. Watch out if you don't like yeast.

You must let this warm up to at least 50 degrees Farenheit before drinking. Colder than that makes this beer seem harsh and acidic. The warmer it gets the better.

Smell is rootbeer, cloves, band-aid-like phenol, and smoke. You can definitely tell this is going to be a sweetie from the smell! I get no hops in this at all.

Taste is long and substantial and completely echoes the smell. Rootbeer, ricola cough drops, cloves, maple syrup, and a touch of bubble gum and cotton candy on the end. After half a glass I feel the alcohol warming in my mouth. Pouring in the yeast lends a slightly more dark fruit nuance to these flavors. Think dark fig and over ripe banana. Nice!

Mouthfeel is like slick and thick with a creamy carbonation that keeps things nicely in balance.

This beer is not tiresome nor too sweet and will have me coming back for more! (1,331 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a dark chocolaty brown with some ruby highlights. Minimal head. Smell is of chocolate, brandied fruits, spicecake, and a touch of caramel. Alcohol is evident in the nose. Taste is like Aventinus on steroids. All the lovely clovey spice and cocoa flavours are concentrated. Alcohol is clearly present in each sip, but not overpowering like in DFH WWS. Mouthfeel is smooth albiet a bit heavy. Drinkability is good but not great. It makes a great after dinner drink and goes well with strong dessert cheeses. A great weizen eisbock!! Snuggle up with this on a cold windy winter night and you wont be sorry. (638 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle number 020227, no date. (Note that the bottle has a new label which more prominently displays Weizen Eisbock than the one pictured.)

Appearance: Cloudy, with a deep tawny color and a decent head. Once it dissipates, there is no lacing.

Smell: What a wonderful nose to his beer! I could smell it all night. Dark fruits, caramel, rum and a touch of banana. You can smell the alcohol and tell this will be one powerful, special brew.

Taste: First comes the strong malt flavors; tastes almost like a port. Then, some hops sneak in just in time to be overwhelmed by the warming effects of the alcohol. What sticks around as you feel the warmth drip down your gullet is the lovely, complex malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; not much carbonation

Drinkability: Be carefull with this one as the alcohol is high. Take it slowly and just enjoy every second. (871 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #008727, served in the 330 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a tawny brown, with a ring of white head and a bit of sedment. The smell is a port-like apple/plum malt and alcohol. The taste is a very strong appleish-plumish-raisinish sweetness with a very strong alcohol (but doesn't seem 12%), and just a bit of the wheat (less than the standard Aventinus). Mouthfeel is nice and chewy. As for drinkability, remarkably drinkable for the amount of noticable alcohol and could enjoy a couple of these.

Well, this is more of a winter beer than a summer one, but it's still enjoyable. A very portish quality to this one, and though it doesn't quite improve on the Aventinus, it's definitely a nice sipper and I hope to have this one this winter. (754 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle: This one is fizzy when pouring, but almost no head resulted from it. The color is an opaque brown, with a tinge of red. It has a wonderful aroma. A very fruity nose, with hints of caramel, yeastiness, and a hint of the alcohol. A thick, yet subtle palate of fruits and caramel. Some of the alcohol is evident in the taste. A bit of the wheat come through also. It also seems to fizz a little in your mouth. Very Nice! (432 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, Glen Allen, VA

Tan 1/2" head over a dark brown brew, and laced admirably. Deep grainy aroma, with alcohol character apparent. Flavor indicates a chewy wheat brew with hearty consistancy. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style. (324 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty, caramel, rum, and plumbs all mix together in the aroma. Fizzy, soda-style, light brown colored head disappeared after a minute leaving only a ring of bubbles around the surface of the beer. Yeasty banana flavor quickly overrun by a sweet caramel malt flavor which fades just as the alcohol warms the stomach. Dark brown colored beer with an amber hue. Lots of large floaties of varying shapes, which would worry me in any other beer. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed at cellar temperature. On the sweet side, but there are plenty of interesting flavors in there. A big, strong, malty beer. (595 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle # 08075, year 2002

A scenario: Bunch of dudes sitting around, playing cards, watching some tv, and drinking beer. Some of them are wondering where their buddy the Beastdog is. After all, he promised to bring over some more beer, preferably some ice beer. "Yeah, we need more Natty Ice, brahs!" cries one inebriated dude. The Beastdog walks in, sure enough he's got some brew, but it ain't your normal ice beer: it's Aventinus Eisbock. After a few sips, the dudes realize that, and before any of them can kick the Beastdog's keester for bringing over such a "horrible" beer, this beer has done just that to the dudes. Enter Aventinus Eisbock: a REAL ice beer. (Note: above story is pure fiction, no BAs were harmed in its writing).

Aventinus Eisbock pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color with a 2 finger head that lasts for about 1 minute before vanishing. A HUGE malty smell eminates from the beer, which is very sweet with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruits abound. That 12% is picked up rather easily by the nostrils too. The mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, with a low-moderate carbonation. The flavor is, in simple terms, gigantic. Very sweet, with caramel and hints of butterscotch. Quite fruity too, with apple, very light banana, and yes "dark fruits." The flavors in this strike me as brandy-like in some ways. Alcohol flavors are indeed present, and while powerful this is still drinkable. The afteraste consists of a long, vaporous alcohol flavor with continuance from the sweet malts. There is mucho alcoholic warmth here: a perfect winter beverage.

The eisbock version of Aventinus has more doppelbock qualities and less weissbier qualities than its original cousin. You definitely have to be prepared for this beer or it will knock you for a loop. I noticed some of the bottles at the store just had the number on it and no year. I picked up the dated one, and after two years of "store-cellaring" this brew was fabulous. Be prepared when drinking this one. (2,000 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, very dark brown, with no light coming through. Develops a thin head that drops to a ring.
Smell is of smoke & malt.
Taste is very nice, smoke, malt, nutty(?), wheat. Warming as it goes down. Very complex and nicely balanced. Very nice aftertaste. A full-bodied, smooth, lightly effervescent beer that I could drink all day long, if my publican could keep it in stock, and I could remain conscious. :) (410 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. No date, a Bottle # 0202968.
It pours a cloudy cordovan with little bits of goodness floating about. A smallish, fast-fading head leaves little trace of lace.
A warm whiff of alcohol is released upon opening. A light smell of sour candy begins to emerge, as does a barn-like aroma and hint of cloves.
A taste of sweet candy sugar and toffee are upfront. Doughy rye (though no rye is present as far as I know) and sweet sherry offer a big, full body.
A taste of Marichino cherries soaked in rum, mingles with citrusy and spicy flavors. A big alcohol blast and taste of cloves begin to dominate as it warms. This is a big and dangerous brew! (665 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This may have been a bad bottle. Poured out a brownish-amber color with very little head and lots of yeast in there. Looks like a thick brew, the yeast just stays still everywhere in the glass. Smell consisted of malts, carmael, bubble gum, a little fruity notes also hits the nose. Taste consisted of figs, caramel, malty, spiciness as well, with a touch of sweetness that shows up at the end. Blended well together. Mouthfeel was nothing to worry about as well, full bodied beer and also creamy. May have been a little outdated, but the taste held up nicely. (560 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a few scattered floaties and very little head after the initial pour. Aroma is sweet and a bit spicy with a fair bit of alcohol evident. Taste is surprisingly good. Sweet and malty with plum and raisin. A touch syrupy, but with the high ABV you won't be chugging it. (284 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.33 L bottle, numbered 013593

Dark and chocolatey in color with lots of suspended sediment (clumps of yeast) and virtually no head, just a thin ring of bubbles. The aroma is wheat, alcohol, and a sweet, soft waft of dark malts. This is really nice and warm going down, with a very unique flavor--a bitter, ruddy huskiness/dryness underlying well-melded wheat and malt flavors, ending in a strangely spicy finish.

Really impressed...but also really glad I split the bottle with my roommate. (497 characters)

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