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

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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Reviews: 1,143 | Ratings: 2,521
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 014743

Deep mahogany color, semi-clarity. Beige, creamy froth head, and some grayish bottom sediment.

Smells of molasses, prunes, rust, and baseball gloves.

Immediately I taste dates and cognac. Then come alcohol and oak. Some of the flavor of caramel, but about 1/3 of the sweetness factor, so it is never a cloying sweetness at all. Dried mashed fruit pulp and cognac pervade, but at times the alcohol can be a bit hot. A wuss might struggle with this one.

At first I almost wondered if this was brewed with a belgian yeast because of the mouthfeel. Of course this would be tomfoolery. That notion aside, this is fairly dry, smappy in the beginning and a little bit dead in the end.

Drinkability and notes: Bottle didn't say ABV, and I was guessing 10-11%. Here I find out it was 12. Well, no wonder. The flavor is a bit more complex than I described, but was at a loss for words at some points.
I was thinking that wheat would be a big playere here, with this billed a weizen eisbock. Well, i didn't find it to be that exactly. I didn't pick up on wheat in the nose. No worries though. This was a steal at 3 bucks a pop.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown color, rapidly diminishing head. Smell is ambrosial: rich, sweet malt, vinous plum and raisin and caramelized apple. Flavor is just as good, highly fruity, sweet but not cloying malt, nice wheat flavor, low bitterness, and enough spicy phenols to add some real character. Alcohol taste is nearly completely hidden, but it is warming in the finish. Very deceptively strong. Full bodied with a luscious, creamy mouthfeel.

Most of my favorite beers are of ordinary strength, but every now and then I'll find a big beer of such complexity and flavor that I can't deny it its rightful place. This is such a beer. Absolutely wonderful!

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3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark brown, little to no head and some sediment at the bottom. Nasty junk at the bottom of a snifter, doesn't look very appealing at first sight. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, some light hops.

Taste is sweet and juicy, dark caramelized malts with a hint of sourness. Lots of barleywine flavors: raisin, plum, burnt sugar, mash that's been sitting out a little too long. Alcohol elements aren't real apparent, though.

Mouthfeel is slick, thick and chewy. A mild carbonation bite keeps it from being syrupy. Flavors aren't as sharp as others have described in this beer (different bottle/label as shown in the pic), I have a suspicion that this sample may be a little old. Tastes like a waste of a perfectly perfect Aventinus, if you ask me…

Bottle number "2004 / 06223"

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Photo of Vancer
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WTF is up with this one? Excellent Eisbock – thank you bottle number 043924 in 2005!! An easy pour produced a clear amber brown chalice with a massive ivory tan head that laced my glass. Swirl this one and the aroma will come alive with fruits, orange, clove and malts, which also came through in the tastes – along with grains and intense apricots. Extremely full bodied and chewy, the 12% would drop your ass if you quaff in a hurry. Makes a perfect sipping drink after dinner, just like one would do with a fine brandy. I’m addicted, put some in the cellar and enjoy! Most unforgettable brew to-date.

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Photo of SEOhioSipper
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- poured a very dark reddish brown color with a very small head that didn't last very long

Smell-the aroma was very malty, with a heavy carmel aroma and many others that blended into a very inviting complex aroma

Taste-the flavour was sweet with a slight alcohol bite in the finish

Mouthfeel-had a heavy body that was well liked

Drinkability-I would definitely have another one, however due to high ABV I would limit it to only 1 per night

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Photo of pentathlete
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Dark purply brown, near black, with no head. Sure there were bubbles, but I blinked and they're gone. Malty, fruity nose, some spices that my olfactory inventory lacks and therefore I'm unable to name. Like a rum cake. Taste is malt, carbonic bite, and more malt in a bath of alcohol. Lovely. I like this one. Pours down the gullet a little too easily for me to be comfortable with at 12%. Tasty. I paid $3.79 for a 330ml bottle. Worth every penny.

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Photo of corporatejim
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark caramel almost Coke like color into the glass. Big fruity somewhat fermented like bouquot. No head whatsoever to speak of. Very minimal lacing as well. Has a tart grape like taste upfront finishing with serious licorice aftertones. Presents a medium and effervescent mouthfeel. Very drinkable beer. Again, definitley a sipper due to the high alcohol content.

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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cloudy brown brew with a tan head that dropped immediatly upon pouring. Vigorous streams of CO2 run up the sides of my tulip glass. The aroma is magnificent rich in banana and a touch of clove with a sweet malt and alcohol that blends so well it reminds me of the perfume of an exotic flower. The taste is sweet and syrupy with a dry wheat malt flavor balanced by a sweet carmalized malt flavor that balance very well. The finish is very warming and full of alcohol and clove flavors also linger. The mouthfeel is viscous and the high carbonation lends a crispness that adds a clean refreshing quality. Very drinkable to the point of being dangerous due to the very high alcohol. This beer is stronger than some table wines so definetly drink in moderation.

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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 11.2 oz bottle. Bottle #13549 of 2004.

Appearance: pours a clear amber ruby. A small light tan head struggles to form, and dissapates very quickly.

Smell: Wow, extremely sweet, malty, and alcoholic. Loads of dates and raisins, weissbier like clove aroma, and light banana esters.

Taste: strong spicy phenols and alcohol upfront. Sweet and thick malt backbone, more alcohol, and a light bitterness. Very subtle roasty coffee finish. Alcohol is well hidden for 12%. Its definitely there, but doesn't taste like a 12%.

Notes: Very thick body, with a thin finish. Probably due to the high alcohol. The regular Aventinus is better tasting, but this is still very good. Really warms you up.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A slightly cloudy mahogany with an off-white head. Fair retention. Fine, slow-moving carbonation.

Smell: Dense! Alcohol fumes, sticky sweet dark malts, burnt sugar, overripe banana. A bit smoky, perhaps?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Jesus. Alcohol heat in a big, big way off the bat -- the vapors just roll down your throat. Once that clears slightly, uh... how about... burnt banana liqueur? Phew, it's just overwhelmed by the burning booze, methinks. Mouthfeel is pretty good, maple syrup with bubbles.

Drinkability: For me, bad. It's just too boozy, too hot, too saturated -- it's just too much.

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Photo of baiser
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, dark brown body, with some sediment. Aroma of bananas, clove and tonnes of spices. A masterpiece IMO. Alcohol is deceptive, and this is quite a quaffable beer in my opinion. Fruity, estery and has a nice wheat backbone. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2001 bottle #08519. Appearance wise, the head died down immediately, but I do have a deep rich brown brew to sup. The initial upfront carbonation has died down as the beer has warmed. Aromawise, there's the anticpated rich maltiness, but I am picking up some woody notes as well. I am also getting some banana notes as well. Tastewise, it's best to let the beer warm up a bit from the fridge. Initially I thought there were some sharp edges to the flavors. Now the mouthfeel is well lubricated from the alcohol, it sort of surrounds the whole taste experience. I get low flavor at the start, and then the malt hits. It's a bit hard to describe, but it's sort of toffee meets brown bread. Finish is a bit wheat beer banana-ey.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy. Color of aged split cedar wood. Wicked beer froth nearly reaches the ceiling before it collapses and enjoys a golden age of slow retirement into the ether of aromas. Smells of spicy fruit salad: Apples, oranges, walnuts.
Tastes incredible! Golden syrup melts off the tongue with clove oil tingles. Sharp bitterness, alcohol warmth throughout, and an alcohol bite as it goes down. Very fruity throughout. Brandied cherries. Buttery and almost flaky like a strudel.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
A- Big creamy head that has large bubbles and a nice light brown color. The carbonation is really strong stirring up yeast bits from the bottom. The body is a thick dark brown that doesn't let light pass through it.

S- A very rich malt aroma with a strong prune earthiness

T- A wonderful, powerful wheat flavor that builds to a nice wheat tanginess with a faint vanilla banana taste and a very nice warming in the finish.

M- medium-full mouthfeel with a nice warm alcohol finish.

D- Very nice big wheat beer that has a big alcohol warmth to support it. It also has a nice maltyness to support the wheat and the alcohol. Even without a hop presents this beer has a nice complexity and a wonderful taste.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark ruby red/brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. There are loads of yeast floaties present. The aroma is good. It has a dry and warm wheat and crystal malt scent. It has clove aroma and a slight yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a rich and flavorful malt taste that goes down smooth and finishes warm and fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine eisbock. It is warm and flavorful; an excellent drinking wheat beer.

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4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle #050012, no dates, poured into an Aventinus weizen glass.

Deep copper with a tan head that rises quickly and falls to a ringed veil.

Smells of bannana bread made with a pinch of clove. Some alcohol aromas, but not near as what one might expect from such a high abv.

Tastes of sweet malt, slight clove and yeast notes with a peppery slight alcohol finish that is very warming. Again, I was expecting more alcohol.

Good full mouthfeel. The carbonation seems to help mask some of the alcohol.

Tasty, but not something I could swig all night. The abv will get right on top of you, and at $4 a bottle, the wallet takes a beating too.

When it comes to ice beers, this is the real deal.

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3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a cloudy dark ruby with a thin, beige collar of a head.

Smell: The smell is of toasted malts, bread, sweet notes, alcohol and a large wheat character.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is an incredible spicy alcohol flavor, that is balanced (only slightly) by a bready, toasted malt flavor. The wheat is obvious, and tastes well enough, but doesn't contribute enough to the overall character of the beer. The mouthfeel is fizzy.

Drinkability and Overall: While not being my favorite Eisbock, this is a unique and interesting intepretation of the style. The addition of wheat is enjoyable, but as beneficial as I had hoped. But still, it's a quality beer and a good choice.

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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #02370C, but no dating. Chestnut and unclear, thick and still looking. No head to speak of, just a bit of small white bubbles in a few areas here and there, and around the edges. Soured and vineous, dark malts and red grapes. Bitey from the carbonation and the hops. Smooth, it just flows in slowly and then expands into a bit of a creamy froth on your tongue, nice. Peppery and bitey, strong alcohol flavors, heat in the aftertaste only, odd but interesting! Very good with a lot of good flavors to it, great sipper, one to think, relax, sip and enjoy.
Thanks to Horst for this one!

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Photo of yoko
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle with a number denoting which number it is? Just kidding.

Poured the same dark yellowish brown as its little cousin I sampled directly before this, except the head on this one pulled a Houdini and quickly disappeared.

Hefe traits of bananas and nutty yeast in the nose, but also some things to be excited about. Candied cherries, cognac, buttery caramelized malts.

Caramel smoothness up front in the taste. Spicy and slick from high abv. White raisins, prunes, and a vinous quality. Great bitterness in the finish. Surprising carbonation for such a big beer.

I was much more impressed with the Eisbock than the weizenbock. Very complex, very rewarding. I'd like to hide a few bottles from myself and give 'em a whack down the road. Thanks for the sample Joe!

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Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Number 124960. A good looking dark brown beer with some clarity. Its vanilla colored head gives up sweet spicy aromas, as well as caramel sweetness and the wheat, yeast and big alcoholic flavor with grainy wheat and cloves, raisin/prune vinous complexity, sweet bread. Very drinkable for 12 %. Ice and Fire we will return to this again!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

this beer pours a dark purple-brown. really carbonated but produces no head with a medium pour.

aroma is strong burnt sugar and bread.. reminds me of fresh glazed donuts. notes of plum and dates accent this scent. something slightly sour creeps in to add even more complexity.

tastes very malty with hints of raisin and plum.. spicy with ginger and clove. very enjoyable but anything beyond a sip could kill you. the alcohol isn't overpowering, but comes in the form of heavy flavor that limits drinkability.

this is a delicious, strong winter beer. sweet caramel overpowers any of the original aventinus wheatiness. a true accomplishment and one that must be savoured.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's quite surprising that 12% alcohol by volume can be so readily hidden. It mildly appears in the nose, and it's not particularily noticeable in the flavor, but you can feel it in the throat. I guess it's the rich malt and yeasty phenolics that help to hide it so well.

Other than it's simply a somewhat condensed, and fortified, version of the standard Aventinus. It's not particularily complex, but neither is the original - rich and full flavor is the name of the game here! Notes of bubble-gum dance with swirling spice and hints of banana across a caramel-soaked maltiness.

In all honesty, I prefer the standard version, but this is a nice diversion.

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

Poures a hazy brown/amber with a nice blooming fluffy head,great aromas of cinnamon and clove with a little smokiness in there along with some lighter caranel notes.Big flavors picked up alot of cinnamon upfront with some caramel and dried fruit along with some late smokiness.Wow what can you say about this brew smooth as it gets going down sweet but not overly so,I will go back to this one sometime to be sure.

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Photo of blitz134
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent caramel/amber color with an off-white two finger head on top which reduced to a thin layer. Smell is loaded with bananas and tangerine with hints of clove. Aroma also has some fruit esters consisting of hints of raisin. The alcohol is almost totally hidden with only a slight nuance of it coming to prominence as the beer warms. Taste is of banana pudding…so mainly banana flavors with bread and vanilla wafer undertones. Also a slight spiciness makes this beer initially sharp on the tongue. Most of the reviews mentioned the alcohol content being prominent, but I just don’t see it. If anything I think it adds to the sweetness of this beer. Mouthfeel is good as well, but not the most notable portion of this one. Too bad I don’t have any more of these. I’ll have to pick up another on the next trip to the store.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.