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

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

1,110 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,110
Hads: 2,368
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 184
Gots: 249 | 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 BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (912 characters)

Photo of Hayley_86
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer looks and smells the part. It looks and smells good but the taste and feel are not impressive.
This is overall merely an okay beer and definitely not as good as expected.. (181 characters)

Photo of FRANKIE65
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (198 characters)

Photo of thebeers
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (528 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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 (1,385 characters)

Photo of TheGrunt
4.39/5  rDev +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! (525 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4/5  rDev -4.3%

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, 2-finger head that dissipates. Foamy. A little lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Fruits, grass, sweet.

TASTE - Malts, yeast, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, little carbonation, smooth, creamy, syrupy.

VALUE - $6.49 for 11.2 oz - good for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A likable dark beer. Not overly boozy. Goes down nice. (364 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip
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L: murky brown ... possibly the murkiest and brownest beer I've seen, and not shockingly looks just like a dunkelweizen. percolates like a stout but doesn't push a big head, maybe 1/3-inch of tan foam that dissipates quickly, although it does keep a huge collar. no stick or lace.

S: wine ... sour grapes, raisins ... like a red wine with some licorice thrown in; a slight tart/sourness to it from the wheat (?); as it warms, smells like candy ... super sweet

T: SWEET ... man is it sweet, like a grape syrup; very Belgian quad tasting with loads of fruit, dark fruit, dates, plums, lots of grapes and some wine notes ... I don't taste the alcohol but can definitely feel it; as it warms, becomes mostly dates/prunes with plenty of sweetness

F: very thick ... almost syrupy, but it's packed full of carbonation, so it's drinkable considering ABV

O: the most quad-like beer I've tried that wasn't a quad. and while it has some licorice notes (which I HATE), it's got so, so much more ... great wine/grape notes, plenty of fruit and not just dark fruit but lots of that, too, and while the alcohol is burning my throat, the flavors are so intense that I can't taste liquor. fantastic brew and a style I definitely will revisit. (1,312 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper with brown core, murky. Intense streams of bubbles come off the sides of the glass. Soapy, velvety cream-colored head. The murkiness intensifies as the bottom of the bottle is emptied, with real (gross) chunks of sediment float in the end. I'm usually ok with sediment, but this is completely unappealing. Slightly mollified by the cool, shiny bottle art.

S: Lots of Belgian quad characteristics; raisins, fairly sweet malt, some bubble gum. Chalky, alcohol warmth.

T: Prunes, raisins, nicely sweet and warm malt. Alcohol warmth on the finish and even the breath after a sip. Much lighter flavors than I'd expect.

M: Slick, thick heavy body. Warm rounded maltiness. Carbonation is softened but still on the aggressive side.

O: Granted, this is my first experience with the style, but I feel like it was pretty much a decent quad with more faults. The already dull flavors of raisins and prunes with an added ethanol note? Not to mention the bubble gum, which I have never found appropriate in any style. I'm all for experimentation and innovation, which this style has in spades, and I did enjoy this beer on the whole, but I respectfully won't be returning. (1,173 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Libby glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, deep brown. Short white head is gone swiftly. Looks like a beer that means business.

Aroma: Smells of molasses, caramel, dark fruits, booze, and grapes. Slightly vinous.

Taste: Boy howdy, there's a lot of flavor here. Molasses, dates, prunes, raisins, some wine-like accents and caramel notes are all present. Dark wheat bread. Definitely has a boozy burn to it. This is a big beer in every way.

Mouthfeel: This is a big, sturdy beer with a lot of depth. It's a sipper - too much flavor to drink this swiftly.

Overall: A big, bold, badass bock from Bavaria. (I don't know if this beer is really from the Bavaria part of Germany but I was on alliteration roll there.) Enjoy it slowly! (767 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into a seidel. I wasn't sure if that was the glass to use or a weizen glass, but I ran with the seidel.

Impressive head forms on this beer and it requires multiple pours to fill the mug. The head is like a thick oatmeal-colored cushion over a dark brown liquid. A lot of yeast sediment shows in the beer on this one and this causes me to look for an expiration date. I see "050912," could this be a 9 year old bottle? Hmm.

Intense smells of sweet bread, caramel and solvent blend together. It's somewhat toffee-like on the nose too. Really it smells like some sort of dark, maybe rye, bread with sweet yeast and/or dough. 4

Woosa. That's pretty taste. Thick caramel taste with a bit of a kick to it. Bready and sweet on the finish. There's a bit of an oxidized flavor that suggest port to me, but not nearly as intensely as an old ale. With this oxidization I start tasting some dark fruit too, almost grape-like. I have to say, I like this sweet, caramelly, oxidized brew. It's delicious. 4.25

Like I said, there's some kick here and I can perceive, slightly, some heat. But it's so damn smooth that the heat is easily negated. The body is thick and alternately creamy and thin-feeling (when the heat works in and out). Despite the sweetness, the finish is quite dry with a bit of lingering alcohol. I'd describe this finish as either wine-like or maybe even bourbon- or rum-like. 4.25

Why don't Eisbocks get more buzz? They give plenty. They're tasty. This style can hang with the old ales and the barleywines of the world. I'd love to see more of these from American brewers. (1,599 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased in a special box from the LCBO for $5.60 CDN. Been looking for this heralded beer for quite some time.

Appearance - murky dark plum coloured with some mahogany hues. Two fingers of head are poured and have incredible staying power. Off white head is frothy yet smooth, like pillowy clouds in the sky.

Smell - basically a soured up aventinus. Prunes and plums and bananas with a thick rich molasses, some caramel and even sort of vanilla haze over the entire ordeal. Definitely some fermenting grape aroma, gives it a wine like characteristic too. Seems like every whiff brings something different.

Taste - starts off slow and subtle the prunes plums caramel and molasses start things off, followed by an alcohol grape flavor before it actually finishes petty clean. Some aftertaste, but it's not too strong. Slightly boozy on the finish, making me think it's a strong beer, but not quite 12% strong. A bit of a garlicky feel to the flavor after a few sips too.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, followed by a super smooth mouthfeel, creamy and decadent.

Overall - a truly new experience, a sipper of the utmost quality given the huge ABV in this beer. Deliciously like a more intense aventinus, I only actually wish the flavor stuck around a bit longer and was even more intense. Still a world class beer and a phenomenal sipper for a quiet night with a book with the snow continues to pile outside, (1,458 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

A-hazy brown color with a decent light tan head and a little lacing

S-caramel, dark bread, dark fruit, toffee, spice, hint of chocolate

T-raisins, little banana, brown bread, toffee, clove, fig, light chocolate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-liked sipping this a lot, great mix of flavors (336 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

Nut brown color, with a decent white head, leaving no lacing.

Aromas of hazelnut, banana, malt, plums, not as intense as the Aventinus.

Malt driven, supported by yeast and banana flavor, with a lot of spicy cloves and alcohol, enwrapped by sugar. Alcohol becomes too present for my taste as the malt sweetness begins to vanish, gets supported only by sugar. Beer turns from very sweet to sharp bitter in a split-second, due to the alcohol. Carbonation is fine, supporting the body of the beer. Oily, honeyed mouthfeel. This may just be a little too extreme for my taste, I dont find many nuances in this beer, as my tongue seems to get numb by the obvious alcohol. First impression is surprisingly refreshing, medium-bodied, fruity and warm. Then my palate gets hammered by lots of sugar, followed by alcohol and alcoholic bitterness, which warms my belly. Although I dont love it, I have to admit that the beer by itself is somehow convincing. Its something you should take your time with, to adjust to the taste and furthermore the goal of the beer. As this is the first warm week of Spring in this year, I find it hard to imagine the streets around my room covered in snow. But I think thats when you should drink this, to warm yourself up. When it is very, very cold. And you don’t mind a sugar rush, followed by an alcohol overdose, because it fits to the overall situation. This is a special beer for special ocasions, you shouldn’t drink it as an every day beer. Get ready for it, and try to enjoy. (1,513 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin cream head, quickly receding to the edges. Brew is a dark purplish brown, clear at the edges, but almost perfectly opaque through the center.

Aroma is of sweet, dark fruits and bread. Figs, dates, and raisins are forefront; fruit-bread secondary; grapes and bananas tertiary. A bit of malted wheat sneaks through. No hint of the alcohol.

Flavor is a mix of dark fruit, bread, wheat, yeast, and alcohol, roughly in that order. It truly is a Weizen-Doppelbock cranked up to 11 (or, more accurately, 12%).

Shockingly thick mouthfeel up front, carrying plenty of heat and liveliness. Medium sting. After the initial blast of alcohol heat, it calms down nicely for a subdued feel, with a nice warming after effect.

Fairly long wet finish, with a bit of alcohol sting along for the ride.

This is an enigmatic beer. It has a classic Doppelbock aroma, but carries it in a huge ABV format that, realistically, is impressively integrated. It's a very good beer, but I don't know that such a potent variation is really needed to carry the flavor any better than it already is in their regular Weizen-Doppelbock. (1,118 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, into a bell glass, at 40 degrees F.

A: The pour is a cloudy dark brown, like old hickory wood. A thick head of very pale tan forms atop the beer, though lacing is more or less nonexistent (forms quickly, then slides right down the side of the glass). Nigh no light gets through the beer, just enough to let one know this is a seriously dark brown, cloudy brew. Bubbles rise slowly as it sits in the glass.

S: While I am tempted to simply write "awesome in the true sense of the word", that's not exactly helpful. The aroma is malt in all its best forms - toasty, bready toffee caramel goodness. Notes of banana and raisin wreathe through the nose beneath the malt bouquet.

T: Perfect.Toast, cracker, warm whole grain bread, caramel, and toffee, all singing in perfect harmony. Sweetness is undiluted in this beer. Fruity notes pull through as it moves along the palate, bananas and raisins spiced with clove and coriander, and some black cherries. The finish lasts a long while, toffee-slathered toast. The alcohol content is present, but as a background note, adding primarily the warmth.

M: Rich silk syrup, dancing lively and sparkling across the palate, sticking to every surface long after it passes.

O: This is one of my favorite beers brewed, ever, if not my absolute favorite. And yes, I've had BCBS, Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30, St Bernardus Abt 12, Espresso Aged Yeti, Celebrator...I would order this over any of those. (1,456 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours a hazy almost Hershey bar brown with a light tan head.

S: Wheat with banana, spice, and a little booze.

T: Delicious banana and raspberry, a little spice, toasted malt sweetness, and a light touch of alcohol, not in a bad way.

M: Heavy body, low carbonation, a little booze heat, again not in a bad way.

O: This is a big time brew and a delicious one at that. (407 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%

A: Dark brown, cloudy, no head.

S: alcoholic esters, bready, dark stone fruits, characteristic Belgian yeasts. It also has a sweet smell to it; molasses?

T & M: Amazing! Smoky, semi sweet, complex yet balanced. The alcohol is definitely present and in your face. It's creamy and rich but unlike a stout or a porter. There's a spicy feel up front followed by the alcoholic burn followed by a smokey and sweet finish.

Overall: The only thing that prevented me from giving this magnificent beer a perfect 5 rating was its lack of a frothy head and lacing. I know the high alcohol content killed the chances of this brew having any kind of a pillowy, frothy head but for a sticky beer you would imagine it leaving crazy lacing all over the glass. I've tried American style eisbocks as well as other German eisbocks but none compares to this one. This has got to be the king of eisbocks! (886 characters)

Photo of titvs
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 5D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 2927260214. AROMA: sweet malty aromas with some esters reminiscent of dried grapes and prunes. strong vinous alcohol aroma present with a port like character and some bready-like notes. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: deep brown color and hazy with some material in suspension. average deep ivory head with good retention. viscosity derived from alcohol with pronunced legs. TASTE: sweet malty character with some caramel and vinous notes, balanced by a strong alcohol presence that is not harsh or solventy. Low bitterness just needed to balance the residual malt sweetness. low esters giving a somewhat clean lager profile. finishes sweet. PALATE: full and velvety body, reminding a liquor. low carbonation. very present alcohol warmth. OVERALL: an extremely delicious lager with a great balance between malt and alcohol. (891 characters)

Photo of kellyej
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Aventinus pours a gorgeous caramel-brown color with a thick, creamy head that shows great retention. The nose is full of a delicious banana-bread smell (banana and spices), there are also notes of hops and citrus. The mouthfeel on this medium-bodied beer is quite smooth with a nice, dry finish. The taste is super balanced, picking up on the same bready, banana, peppery notes from the smell. Great use of hops to cut through the sweet, maltyness of this beer. (463 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Hazy and caramel colored with well-retained foamy head, looks like a dark unfiltered cider (3/3)
S: Pretty strong banana and alcohol smell, reminiscent of strawberry-banana yogurt (10/12)
T: Sweet malt flavor balanced by very strong alcohol--an indistinguishable tang at the end of the sip (15/20)
M: Well-carbonated with dry finish (5/5)
O: 12% alcohol, you say? Yeah, you can tell. But honestly there’s a lot of dryness and malt character to balance it out. Would I drink this every day? No. But if someone asks me to recommend an eisbock, this’ll be #1 on my list. (7/10)
40/50 (592 characters)

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
93 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.