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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,329 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 173
Gots: 233 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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 jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. You can tell this is a big beer but is a very easy drinker at 12%. Has that German Hefe yeast flavor going on and finishes nice and dry but with a rich maltiness. Wonderful estery smell one would expect from a Weizen style. If you like the Weizenbock from Aventinus you will enjoy this beer. Basically an Imperial Version of that beer. I plan to snag more of these and enjoy in these winter months.

Photo of W0rter
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like to sample a beer prior to reading reviews. My first impression was pretty spot on for what other reviewers were saying. I had bought this some time back (my bottle was 2011 #007911) 11.2oz. I had it as a want on BA and had forgot. I'm very glad I bought it and tried it. I would highly recommend this beer. While it's not on the top of my list (top is Grande Reserve Chimay and some days Orval Golden bumps the Chimay to #2. OK on to the review before my glass is empty.
Poured the bottle into a chalice.
Look; Yup it's a dark one and almost no transparency. could say murky but lacks any cloudiness. Very pretty dark brown almost Carmely with a hint of red hue. The head was difficult to form even with a fairly aggressive pour. what head I did acquire only lasted 1 minute or less. with no lacing. While normally I draw bad conclusions when this happens, it did not hurt this beer.
Smell; Sweet hits me right in the nose first. then quickly followed by a strong alcohol smell. then the Prunes hit followed by a citrus smell cherries are present but beyond that it's hard to get past the prune smell.
Taste; I almost find myself looking at the bottle again to make sure it isn't a variant of wine. The sweet doesn't hurt the taste. I love the taste as the smells blend well into a fine beer. I love heavy beers and this is a heavy beer. Very much like a Barleywine.
Feel; Malt, MALT and more MALT did I say Good, I mean VERY GOOD.
Overall; After seeing the BA reviews I agree this is a very good beer for the person who wants a heavy strong beer that doesn't taste strong.
I'll defiantly buy this beer again.

Photo of WilliamRenyak
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me this is the perfect beer. Dark, malty, and high in alcohol without being too boozy. Perfect.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unusually fresh (6 months since bottling) 11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Belgian-style snifter. Bought for 4.50-4.99 (can't remember exactly).

Pours a murky deep reddish brown. Small tan head dissipates quickly as I would expect at 12% abv.

Holy yeast Batman. The aroma is extraordinary. Explosive spicy phenolic and estery yeast profile. Freshly mashed ripe bananas, sugary and holiday spiced banana bread, heady alcoholic banana cream vodka. Did I mention banana? Smells fresh and powerful. I can only imagine what a dramatic transformation this takes when aged as all these esters break down.

The taste/feel is syrupy and rough, with alcoholic carbonation bite. Bitterness is low but the yeast bite is strong enough to balance the intense sweetness. I can't say I taste wheat or barley per se, but this is obviously a rich beer. It is really quite thick, and for once I am glad for all the carbonation. I mixed up the dregs and poured them into my glass and that actually smooths the whole thing out a bit, but it is still rough and tumble. Despite the sharpness and strength, this is obviously a masterfully crafted beer. There is almost another dimension of fruit flavor; something like ripe cherries and raspberries but more vague. Very complex.

Conclusion: This is one of the very rare beers that I think will actually get way better with age. I have not had a bottle of regular Aventinus quite this young, but that beer has been amazing at all ages (just s good with 3-4 years as fresh, just wonderfully different). I think this beer will simply get better with age. However, it is quite enjoyable at this age too, but one has to be in the mood for a bit of a tussle.

Photo of spoony
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (bottle number 2012 12976) into a tulip glass.

A-The beer is dark reddish brown in color. The one-finger tall head is almost white and it fades to a collar after about a minute. No lacing on the glass. A few bubbles are visible in the murk.

S-The aroma is hugely sweet and malty. I smell macerated cherry, soy, tobacco, molasses, prune, and a bit of cocoa. There is a healthy boozy aroma that is vaguely medicinal and herbal. A lot going on for sure.

T-The taste is similar. Very sweet with suggestions of overripe fruit, cherry, prune, tobacco, prune, soy, molasses, pepper, chocolate, and a bit of grain. The medicinal/herbal alcohol is very apparent, but it fits well with the brew's other flavors.

M-The body is pretty heavy with a lightly syrupy/coating feel. Carbonation is on the milder side.

O-A very big beer and one that I enjoyed more with each sip. There is a lot going on and the alcohol is obvious, but if you know what to expect, this beer ticks all the boxes. My only knock would be the soy flavor that felt somewhat odd and out of place.

Photo of DeepBrew
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Hazy mahogany color with little foam and low retention. Spotty lacing and low carbonation visible.

S: Dark fruit, caramel and booze, turns more pleasant as it warms.

T: Strong dark fruit and caramel taste, with the alcohol playing strongly. Some bitter sneaks into the aftertaste.

M: Strong alcohol, some carbonation, medium-high mouthfeel.

O: Great sipper for a cold evening (or morning).

Photo of janubio
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a almost black clour, with a big off white head. Good retention. Smell of dried fruits, spices, vanilla, clove, banana, lemon, alcohol. Medium body, one expect some more. Taste of prunes, figs, whisky, coffee, banana, spices. This is a hell of a beer, complex, rich and one that I sure will buy more.

Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter. best before oct. 18. consumed on january 28, 2015

a: murky chestnut with a finger of tan head

s: huge overripe banana, caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla, and slight alcohol, followed by vinous dark fruits and mild cinnamon-clove spices

t: sweet overripe banana, figs, raisins, caramel, almonds. the back-end bitterness feels a bit medicinal due to the banana flavours + alcohol

m: medium-ish body which is lighter than what i expected, but it's still somewhat sticky and syrupy. dry finish

o: ultra sweet and indulgent beer, if you're into that kinda thing. it's great, but i won't be seeking this out again in the near future

Photo of Lochnessmonster
2.27/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

It just didn't work for me. I've had others by Schneider and enjoyed them, but didn't care for the Eisbock.

Photo of dorianmarley
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is muddy brown with a nice, thick head that fades. Sticky lacing.

Nose is toasted brown bread with sweet malt, lemon, biscuit, and lavender.

Taste has an up-front and sharp, alcohol bite. With milk chocolate, cola, and herbed biscuit.

Mouthfeel is light, with a nice oil-slickness. It is very balanced despite the high gravity. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, this is a well-balanced, acutely flavored, winter beer.

Photo of LizBrownBoston
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible taste and surprisingly light

Photo of Furlinator
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark rust color. The 1/2 inch tan head quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spots of lace.

The smell is of banana bread, raisins, plums and faint cinnamon spice.

The taste mirrors the smell.

The texture is heavy bodied with high carbonation.

This tastes like liquefied cinnamon-spice banana bread with raisins. Just a mild warming sensation from the 12% ABV. Very good.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy mahogany color with less than a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin ring around the glass

S: Very concentrated fruity notes and well as some oaky notes and molasses. Fruits range from lighter fruits like apple and banana to darker fruits like raisin and fig. Quite intense overall

T: Starts off with the lighter fruity notes that include banana and assorted esters and phenolics, then quickly transitions into the wheat, dark fruits, and oaky notes. Rides on the oak and fruity notes into the finish, which includes a hint of the alcohol and a very light spiciness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Certainly one of the best eisbocks out there, if not the best. It might not technically (<--stressed) be a style, but it certainly makes for an enjoyable and very sippable beverage. Definitely worth trying, especially if you're a fan of the original Aventinus

Photo of Hayley_86
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks and smells good but the taste and feel are not impressive.
Overall merely an okay beer.

Photo of FRANKIE65
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forget ice wine...eisbock is it!!!!
From the beautiful darkness, to, the amazing fruit/spice aroma, to, the wine/plum flavor...brilliant.
Heading back to my local to pick up a couple more to cellar.

Photo of thebeers
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown / amber with insanely large coffee tinged head. Smells heavy, if that's a thing. Alcohol stands out, with cherry and fig. Malty, syrupy, chewy mouthfeel affects the taste. Sweet. Hints of honey, butter, treacle, bubble gum. Alcohol burn on the back end. Didn't notice the hops at all. Interesting. Definitely has more of a candy thing going on than most beers.

Photo of timontheroad
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown, kinda murky, looks a lot like a cola. One finger head that faded quickly to nothing, no lacing. Aroma is somewhat wine-like, with some molasses, dark fruit, and sweet malt notes. The flavor is dried plums, figs, and some nice tart flavors. It has some qualities of a good quad, but with a lot more carbonation. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, but very nice on the palate. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, awesome in all respects- even my wife gives it the seal of approval!

Photo of dmgeng
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been reading about eisbocks and finally got to try one.

A - Dingy brown color, almost like dirty river water. Very cloudy with yeast sediment in the bottle. Almost no head even with a vigorous poor. Not an ascetically pleasing beer at all.

S - Tons of scents coming off of this one with caramel, malt, clove, alcohol, and some banana. It's complex and diverse but I feel the alcohol burns my nostrils more than any other smells come to.

T - Basically as it smells with lots of flavor but the alcohol and the phenolic clove character are amplified, no doubt by the freeze distillation process. The secondary flavors are complex and full with bready, caramel, malt, vanilla, and banana. The sweetness was completely unbalanced without any bitterness. I tasted this at around 60 degrees which may have been the downfall since this really accentuated the alcohol burn.

M - Huge mouth-feel and without more carbonation the sweetness and alcohol burn just stick to your palate.

Overall, this could be a prime example of the style but I just don't prefer it. The thick, sweet, alcoholic character of this beer really did me no favors other than getting me tipsy after just one at 12.5% ABV. If you like to feel the burn or are just too curious you might want to give this one a try but in the end I won't be trying this again for quite some time.

Glass- Chimay branded chalice

Photo of TheGrunt
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually find beers this strong in alcohol content lacking in the personality and taste, but eisbock is surely an exception in my books. Eisbock has very fruity smell, taste is smooth and like smell, very fruity, sweet and has no bitterness or any of that spiky alcohol taste. Carbonation is medium or average.

Eisbock is one beautiful winter beer! Beer lovers will find this worth the buy hands down, but is also very approachable for everyday Joe seeking something new and warming for the cold winter evenings. Thumbs up!

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 infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

December 21, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Deep amber to moderate brown, malty and fairly hazy. An off-white foam stand of about ½ an inch, with high retention.

S – Bananas Foster with caramel ice cream. Bananas are first, coated in brown sugar, lots of caramel and toffee in the mix. Hops are not discernible. Dessert in a bottle. Slightly boozy alcohol note, mostly an impression of warmth.

T – Very similar to the aroma, with more accent on the bananas, less on the brown sugar. However, a lot of residual sugar, which comes through as very sweet caramel. Some very mild bitterness, presumably from early hopping, but a bit too sweet in spite of that. Alcohol provides some mild warmth on the finish.

M – Well carbonated, fairly thick and sudsy. Mostly sweet, perhaps overly balanced in that direction. A mild burn from the alcohol in the finish.

O – This was one of the, if not THE, best aroma experiences I’ve had with a beer. The sweetness is a bit cloying but I do like the alcohol warmth. Unfortunately the flavor does not equal the aroma.

Photo of samtrillo
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First off, I was very excited to try this and I love big malt beers and Barleywines. However, something about this did not sit with me well. The sweetness was cloying. The mouthfeel was too syrupy when I usually enjoy that from a Barleywine. There was a licorice/anise thing which I don't like. I also think maybe the yeast strain threw me off, because I usually love beers this big, but do tend to stay away from a lot German and styles because of the yeast funkiness. Just means I have to keep trying stuff til I figure it out.

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark brown. Creamy head never really goes away. Aroma and flavor is of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. Definitely more of a sipping beer.

Photo of dbertles
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great taste. Extra bite in the end. Awesome taste.

Photo of JasW
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Creamy mouthfeel with an overarching yet unusually pleasant note of prune. Luscious brew.

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