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

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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 129
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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Photo of jtw5877
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Wow, this beer is off the charts, one of a kind taste. strong clove, wheat, bannana, gum, and yeast flavors followed by a little alcohol bite, and a bananna gum kinda aftertaste. I am a fool to try to reduce this beer to words. This is a true classic, the numbered bottles really kick ass.

jtw5877, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: Pours a dark amber-brown with a medium beige head and thin lacing. Pours a dark brownish-amber with a medium beige head and thin lacing. Aroma of sweet cherry, banana and cloves. Kind of rich, with a strong malt and alcohol presence over the wheat. This style is still somewhat of a mystery to me. Like a cross between malt liquor and a Weiss? The alcohol is very noticeable throughout. The finish is malty and fruity (plum). Definitely worth a return visit.

Dogbrick, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

I thought I would show this beer who was boss by authoritatively dousing the inside of my glass with it. It formed a thick, dynamic layer of foam only to be carved out by deeply gouged giant bubbles. In seconds it hissed into oblivion.
I smelled it and thought of bong water. Cola, iced coffee, sasafras: they arose too. This is the essence of slowly blackened wheat. Buried wheat. Moldy wheat. Suave, slick textures paint the inside of my mouth with coats of licorice and pepper. An interminable twang of sharp, yeasty spice (fuled by alcohol no doubt) stretches out after the swallow. It jangles my lower jaw until it is assimilated into the glory of this beer. From there it spreads to my brain. I'm glad the good folks down at Schneider decided to usher this creation into life. It makes a nice glaze for the inside of my throat.
Thanks Evan.

putnam, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of ALEBOY
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured a lovely, massive tan head with a rich brown cloudy beer underneath. Nice aroma of cloves, raisin and banana. Flavour was of slight plum and banana and banana and banana. Way too much banana! I love the original Aventinus but the banana flavour in this was far too overpowering! I will try another bottle or two this week to see if I can prove myself wrong.

ALEBOY, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%

This is fantastic if you like sweet beers. I do not so I was left a little cold. Opaque brown body, refined small bubbles. Large head. Sweet rye bread aroma. Taste of alcohol and rye bread. Sweetness pretty disturbing. It would be hard to believe if I found they had not brewed this in cinamon casks. Smooth mouthfeel with the elegant bubbles tickling. The flavor of this beer rocks, but I cannot get over the sweetness and the high alcohol.

Naerhu, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

TheDM, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Presentation: 12 oz. numbered bottle 13548 edition 2002.

Appearance: Minimal head dissapates quickly. Carbonation is finer than the orginal Aventinus.

Aroma: The smells alone indicate the presents of a beer deity. Full and perfumey in the nose with raisins and plums dominating the sweet smells.

Taste: Sweet and malty with several fruit flavors dominating the palate: raisins, plums, pomegranit. Cinnamon and other spices (clove). Full and bready in the mouthfeel, chewy and thick.

Overall: I have climbed the peak of Mt. Olympus. The fat lady has sung--yadda, yadda, yadda.

Note: I rate high ABV beers that hide their alcohol content well, with a high drinkability, despite the fact I could not drink several in one evening.

TripelJ, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of avylover
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

A dark, deep brown brew with a tanish fizzy head that died quick. The aroma hit me before I had even poured half of the beer. Tropical fruits with a heavy dose of banana and cloves fill my nose along with sinus clearing alcohol fumes. Taste is heavy on fruity cloves and alcohol, though the alcohol is welcome and seems like it belongs. There is also a heavy bready malt backbone..nice. Mouthfeel is good at first with a nice chewy quality, but it turns quite syrupy in the slighly medicinal aftertaste. Drinkability suffers from this. Drinkablity is something I love about the original Aventinus so I'm a bit dissapointed. Even at 12 % this could have been better in that department. A good beer nonetheless

avylover, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: deep, dark brown body, bordering on purple, with a large, blooming, bubbling head of foam.
Aroma: most impressive: wide, vast, brimming with fruitiness, contains the aspects of a good Bavarian weizen, then widened, and filled up with alcohol and medicine. Fruity, yet stinging...sweet, delicious, spicy, tantalizing...
Taste...fantastic texture, floods the mouth with flavor, excellent weizen graininess, raisiny, figgy fruitiness,doubled up with richness...each gulp brings waves of sensation...I find myself liking this more as I go...it's punishing, though, flavorful, yet stinging and slaying, a serious threat to sobriety...
a bold attack on the senses...the perfect nightcap...just the thing to knock me out and send me to Slumberland.

feloniousmonk, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Quite an interesting beer to look at. Thick head with fine bubbles. Firm head, too. The beer looks like a mix of caramel and butterscotch. Looks a little like real cider, too. Chunkies float around, unsure whether to sink or float to the top. Highways of bubbles run up to keep the head full. I could just watch this beer for hours. But I think I'll smell it. Smells like rich wheat, but sweeter. Tastes much like it smells, but feels thicker, yet still lively. The chunkies are still going crazy and the lacing is fantastic. I can taste some apples and pears as well. Very drinkable beer, too, despite the obviously high alcohol content.

dwarbi, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

After initially trying this beer and having recently consumed a different bottle, I thought a re-review was in order. This sample comes from bottle Number 009466. This beer could be referred to as Aventinus Weizenbock on steroids. It pours a thick ruby-tinged amber color with a creamy beige head. Chunks of yeast float in the dark, hazy liquid. Typical weizen notes are presented in the bouquet -- clove, banana, and yeast -- and are complemented by a sweet date character. Taste features more of the same, with notes of figs and a subtle hint at the strong alcohol content of 12% abv. Speaking of which, this brew masks its strength quite well. If you can find it, this is always worth drinking. If not, its predecessor, the original Aventinus, will suit just fine.

Jon, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle number: No. 16641 2002

Appearance: With a loud phifffff, this brew pours into my glass about 90% head. After a minute, I manage to pour the rest in, and it fades to a full FOUR fingers of head! The body is a dark, hazy mahogany with a touch of plum. Five minutes after the pour, the head finally settles to a small cap. I'm impressed that such a potent brew can have such good head retention.

Smell: The nose is spicy and rich with lots of banana, clove, dark fruits, and alcohol. Through all that, I can smell the fresh tartness of the wheat. Fantastic aroma!

Taste: The flavor starts out big and spicy with lots of banana, clove, green apple, and chocolate, then moves on to a dark fruit note: plum and raison. There's a tartness from the wheat that is quite refreshing. Lots of breadiness from the yeast. Towards the end, a huge blast of alcohol clears away almost all memory of the aforementioned flavors with a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick with an oily mouthfeel. The tail end is quite dry from the huge alcohol finish.

Drinkability: I can't remember any other brew this strong going down so easily! Take caution with this one, or the morning after will be ugly!

MJR, Jun 10, 2003
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

Bottle 10053, 2002, poured with vigor into my prized Aventinus glass. I love Eisbocks.

Pours a deep amber-red-brown with a rather fizzy tan head that dissipates after 5 minutes or so. Very well-packed yeast on the bottom that releases with a schwirl. The smell is spectacular - like sweet clovey licorice, very distant banana esters, and whiffs of alcohol. Very appetizing.

Starts with a banana-clove-chocolate flavor followed immediately by a extraordinarily round alcohol/dunkelweizen/dark fruit (prunes/raisins/sugarplum) body. Some oiliness on the tongue, alongside a slightly prickly mouthfeel. Somewhat sweeter that the standard Aventinus, but the sweetness is well controlled. The finish is very warm, satisfying, with hints of green apple waaay in the background joining in with the aforementioned flavors. The alcoholic presence increases as it warms. The yeast slurry has a more bitter flavor - add judicously if that's your preference, otherwise it makes a fine chaser. An outstanding brew to sit, sip, enjoy - ausgezeichnet, Herr Drexler!

Aside on Eisbocks - there's a certain smooth, round alcoholic character that these seem to have - the Heavyweight Lun-Icy at AOBF 1 had a similar character. The alcohol, while stronger, seems to blend better with the rest of the brew. Did I mention that I love Eisbocks?

I need more of this - to age, just to see how the character changes. It'll be interesting to follow this one up with one of my stash of five year old bottles of "regular" Aventinus. Amazing what you find when you clean out your beer cellar.

sponberg, May 31, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

This particular brew poured an envigorating tan head. There was very little lacing with this brew on the sides of my mug. It had an aroma of clove to it. The carbonation was observed rising to the top. It had a brown body. This was a smooth tasting brew and definitely one to be sipped and not guzzled.

hotstuff, May 24, 2003
Photo of Denali
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Package: 12-ounce bottle. Bottle number 09052.
2001 vintage.

Appearance: Opaque dark-brown with a tan head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Sweet fruit aroma (pears, raisins, dates). Can definitely sense the alcohol content as well.

Taste: Dark roasted fruit flavors up front, matching the fruits that were detected in the aroma. Very spicy flavors come in next (including cloves). Finishes with bitter aftertaste (alcohol, hops?). Alcohol makes its presence known and doesn’t try to hide. Every once in a while a wheaty malt flavor asserts itself in the aftertaste too. Nice complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Very tingly with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very strong tastes and high carbonation makes this a sipping beer.


I first had a very small taste of this a few months ago at a Friday night BA get-together. Oddly enough, the aroma and taste of that sample were dominated by sweet banana, which I enjoyed a lot.

This bottle, however, was very different. No banana aroma or flavors at all. Very dark and roasted flavors instead. Perhaps this is due to the bottle being aged. But this too is very enjoyable. Nice flavor timeline. Wow can I sense the alcohol in this beer – straight to my head. A real belly warmer. Highly recommended. Too bad I missed this on tap at the extreme beer event at the Blind Tiger. Much thanks to schoolteacher and biruchan for the bottle.

Denali, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Aufmerksamkeit! Dieses Bier ist sehr gut.

Wowee. Taste explosion from this baby. The pour created a very wicked looking dark, dark, murky brown appearance and an utterly great head. Superior lacing all the way; I don't it believe it gets much better in this category. OK, I think you can interpret the taste in a variety of ways, but my initial shocked sense was of licorice until I realized the clove overtone. The smell develops a very rich licorice sense and it did come on strong as the beer warmed a bit. This is 5ish in taste but for the overly long lingering of the aftertaste and bit of cloying in the mouthfeel after the creaminess is gone.

Herr Schneider, der ist gutes Bier.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a murky, prune juice brown. Vigorous microscopic carbonation bubbles stream up the side of the glass, only those right beside the glass can be seen, the others are lost in the murky depths. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Flavor is akin to a barleywine - strong and sweet, with weizen yeast fruity notes and other dark fruit, prune and date, crowding it aside. Alcohol marches through the flavors with hobnail boots, heavy on the tongue and warm in the belly. Finishes with a lingering, thick bittersweetness at the back of the tongue. Sampled in a small pilsener glass, as the glass is drained down to the narrow neck, the carbonation is so vigorous the beer appears to be almost at a boil. A bock on steroids, the Arnold Schwarzeneger of bocks. This was what he is talking about in the Terminator when he says "I'll be bock."

Brent, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of brueger
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

I am not real good a describing beer, I just know what I like.

I had this beer from tap while living in Muenchen. I was great on a hot summer day. It has a nice color and almost sweet taste.

Bery drinkable but be careful as it has a high alcohol content.

brueger, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

16689 from 2002. The color is a nice and murky dark brown. The head was large at first but then dissappears like gravity just ate it. There is a very malty sweet taste and very noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel makes this tolerable, very creamy and coating. I disliked the aftertaste, just straight up alcohol pretty much. The warming effect was desirable though. This is a very nice brew, not something I'll buy all the time though.

AudioGilz, Feb 21, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

This fine brew pours to an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a pretty good sized foam on top. Sweet malts come out as the big whiffer in the smell, where there is also a great yeast aroma (especially when the whole bottle is poured). There is also a good kick of alcohol that you can pick up in the nose, but it is not overpowering. I would have to say that a smell of grainy honey nut cheerios with malts and alcohol really describes this one.

This is a fantastic brew. I had high expectations after the other Aventinus I had. The flavor is intense with a big malty sweet taste at first. It then gets a little bready, and then the alcohol hits. It comes in noticably, but it is not strong (not like anyone would think with a beer of 13%). There is a small degree of roastiness in the last glimpse of the taste, and it continues into the aftertaste. Oh man is this good.

The body is rich and hearty. The flavors are very complex, and your tongue is very engaged in tasting for the first few gulps. It then is able to appreciate the fine feel of this beer. Crisp carbonation starts it off, and then the kick of the malts, spices, and alcohol keep it in your face. It is a pretty intense beer to drink.

There is a little bit of warming from the alcohol, but not a whole lot. This beer does have quite a kick in the pants though. If you were not awakened by the intensity of the flavor and mouthfeel (which you had to be), once the alcohol actually hits you, you know it packs a punch. The flavor does not tell you of the high alcohol percentage this beer has, but you will know it.

ElGuapo, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of goz
3.08/5  rDev -27.4%

Bottle 08158 from 2001.
Pours very dark cloudy brown, small head, and minimal lacing. Aroma is powerful - banana, dark fruits (raisin and plum), maybe some apple in there,too. Flavor starts with some banana, middle has the other fruits mixed in with alcohol, and ends dry with a strong alcohol feel to it. Very light carbonation, and a good bit of warming alcohol parade around the mouth.

goz, Feb 04, 2003
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Looks a lot like a bock but that is where the similarity ends. Dark brown in color with a nice thick head. I could taste the alcohol right off, masked only slightly by the rich malt and yeast flavors. Nice texture and mouthfeel. A beer to be careful with because of it's combination of drinkability and high alcohol content. An interesting and unique style.

mickstepp, Jan 27, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

An Amazing Beer and a very unique style of beer as well! This Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock beer poured a brown, rusty colour with almost no head to speak of. This had aroms of malts and alchol and was very bocky in nature. The aromas reminded me a little bit of the aromas that one would percieve from a fresh bottle of Celebrator being opened. This tasted like more of the same, an alcoholic and heavy bock, but very refreshing and drinkable too. Very alcoholic this one is(= to about 3 regular beers). With this and 2 other high abv% beers back to back I was felling good all night, until I fell asleep, that is. An amazing mouthfeel backs this beer up as well, and it has a high but dangerous drinkability factor to consider as well.
Three cheers to DrewS for sending me this wonderful elixer!

francisweizen, Jan 17, 2003
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3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

maxpower, Jan 08, 2003
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle#04048 2001

Pours a cloudy deep brown with a highly carbonated tan head that fades to a thin, carbonation fed layer rather quickly. Pineapple, raisins, mollasses, cloves all on the nose. Very complex. The fruity taste dominates but the cloves are also present. Highly carbonated and the alcohol is well hidden. Verrry smooth. Pretty nice mouthfeel & very drinkable for 13%abv.

cretemixer, Jan 06, 2003
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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