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

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Reviews: 1,128
Hads: 2,458
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 201
Gots: 276 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

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 CowsandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter. Served slightly chilled. Bottle number: "2012 09502".

A: Pours about a finger of thin white head which quickly dissipates to a thick cap and ring. Lots of carbonation which slowly built itself back up after the pour. Body is a clear burgundy.

S: Interesting nose. Strong port wine, salted meat (??), and sweet malts. Some warm booze does appear.

T: Strong port and sherry notes. Quite hot with sticky sweet malts. Some brown sugar and cherries. Almost like a huge aged barleywine.

M: Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation with a medium/full feel. Quite hot though. You definitely feel the abv on this guy.

O: A big, sweet, malty, and strong beer. As mentioned, like a big aged barleywine with no hops left. What was most appealing to me was the persistent head and creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet and hot overall though. Still, I can see holding back a few of these for an extra cold night.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque brown color, short tan head, leaves no lacing

Smell: Dark fruits are heavy on the nose, cherries, plums, raisins

Taste: Mostly dark fruits, again cherries, plums, and raisins. There's some hints of wheat, banana, and clove. There's a little bit bread in there as well

Mouthfeel: Full body, low carbonation

Overall: Fantastic brew, you only have hints of its potency. I wasn't quite expecting it to be like this, but I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had in Munich in a Weiss Haus...literally a perfect beer, if you like that sort of thing. Very dark, far mire so than the doppelbocks, and stronger than the many "ators" available (Celebrator, Optimator, Triumphator, etc.) due to extremely cold fermentation, I was told. Sweet but still distinctly German, unlike the wine-like sweet geueze of France or the barleywine old brown ale of England. Powerful, so beware.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/29/14
Location: Beer Necessities
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown. Nice head pour. Small viscous ring.
Aroma: Deep dark fruit flavors, dark cherries grapes figs and prunes. Bananas as well. All in all a nicely sweetly smell. Only a hint of alcohol.
Taste: As the beer warms there is certainly more banana flavor but the other sweet fruit are certainly present.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is so smooth. A touch medicinal.

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Photo of Oso-Polar
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a perfect bronze with a small amount of cloudiness scudding around the glass.

Smell - One of the few beers I can distinctly smell that does not derive its' aroma solely from hops. Bouquet of shasta grape soda.

Taste - Despite the 12% abv, no alcohol is detectable on the palate. Tastes is sweet tangy fruit almost like like a toned down jolly rancher taste. Really like no beer I've tasted. While I've had my share of dopple bocks, and some of the thick sweetness of this eisbock reminds me of Spaten Dopplebock, it is truely unique. That being said, this is the first eisbock I have experienced. In short, it is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - In my opinion one of the highest traits of this beer. Slightest bite of carbonation on the tongue, leaving a stimulating tingle reminiscent of sensation of Irish Spring eucalyptus body wash on the skin. Beer is just a bit less thick than an average stout however thousands of tiny bubbles can be felt massaging the tongue and palate giving the drinker pause to savor and enjoy before downing this beast of a beer.

Overall - Delicious beer - excellent mouthfeel, taste unlike anything experience before. Worth $4.50 a bottle.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a light, creamy beige while the body is a dull maroon to chestnut brown that appears as a rosy, dark amber in the light. A few spots of lacing here and there.

Nose- Starts off with nice fruity esters that range from dark fruits of raisin and cherry to light notes of apple. Reminds me of some tripels and even has a slight banana note. However, there is enough maltiness to avoid an exact comparison. Some brown bread and very light notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some candied fruit as well. Nice fleshiness that ranges from the aforesaid apple and cherry to prunes and plums. Swirling reveals some oranges.

Taste- Very representative of the nose (especially the fruit notes) but sweeter and tarter. Raisins and brown sugar blend nicely as they move into molasses and brown bread, only to be walloped by a considerable amount of heat. The age on this (I'm guessing it's close to 2 years old) has not mellowed it and may have even resulted in a boozier beer. I wasn't worried about this having some age on it as it is 12% but I will have to seek out a fresher example for comparison. Some cinnamon gives the brown sugar and molasses a little bit of a bite which works well with the conspicuous presence of alcohol. Almost astringent. Definitely a sipper. A little boozy for me but I can see why this is so highly rated. Big notes of banana and even bigger notes of clove which add bitterness and ash to the flavor profile. Between good and really good. Some citrus notes appear. A touch of honey. Alcohol mellows a bit as it opens up.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation and perhaps a light carbonic zing but it's hard to tell because of the bite of the spices and alcohol.

Drinkability- A little abrasive and a little astringent but what do you expect with this much alcohol. Still enjoyable but definitely a sipper. I will have to purchase this again to get a sense of what a fresh bottle is like.

Overall- Good to really good. A truthful representation of the style but some aspects of the flavor profile don't work for me. Too much clove is more of a problem than the booze. Still, a must try.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - a deep, dark brown, nice carbonation bubbles build a fluffy beige head. There is a ton of floating sediment! Lacing is excellent...glad I chose a pub glass for this session, because this beer looks amazing!
Smell - mango, pineapple, raisins, stone fruit, Hawaiian rolls, faint banana and cloves! Let the bottle sit for a while and take a whiff...smells like a blend of banana bread and bourbon!
Taste - dark fruit, spices, sweet and doughy malts, and sweet alcohol that is so smooth!
Feel - complex and flavorful, creamy and medium body, smooth alcohol!
Overall - big, tasty brew that doesn't disappoint!

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Photo of Brenden
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look of this beer is good, but it doesn't foretell its greatness. It's a deep, shining ruby-infused violet-brown with a tight, frothy cap of lightly tanned head reaching one finger. It shows very good retention and leaves good deposits of patching connected with thin webbing pretty far down the glass.
The smell offers the goodness of the Belgian yeast in good measure, not overdone, with the wheat backbone and a surprisingly unpunishing alcohol presence tingling the nostrils. The yeast brings all the banana, clove, gently musty earth and soft phenols I expect. It could be a little stronger, though it's still very nicely presented, and everything is in good measure.
Malts are an absolute beast on the tongue. Sweetness is the main component, but it's so deep, complex, well-integrated, balanced, and evened out by the other aspects that it just works phenomenally well without cloying at all. The flavor is also massively smooth and rich, decadent without being heavy. Earth, clove and soft spices, caramel and toffee come off a wheat backbone that adds a dry, crackery balance. There's also a bit of chocolate, and dark fruits are mostly sweet with a very nice almost overripe quality. There's some banana, of course, and in the middle the alcohol with the sweetness and fruits makes for a dark rum taste. A touch of hops adds the perfect balance, a hint of leaf both green and almost tobacco-like. As it begins to drink a little like a wine, the alcohol and huge complexity of flavors, along with the sweetness, make this beer very much like a port (one of my favorites).
Do yourself a favor and let this warm. It begins with a strongly prickling carbonation that, when it eases off, levels out into just about the smoothest drinking experience I've ever had. Crispness still adds liveliness but is perfectly even, but the richness, robustness and absolute silky smoothness of this beer is impressive. That the alcohol doesn't add massive heat, it's not overly cloying, and it doesn't display any one of dozens of flaws a beer like this could is testimony of brewing genius.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, medium brown (like muddy water), with a hint of purple. Head is 2 fingers of khaki-colored foam, with good retention, but not much lacing.

S: Strong, fruity esters are the first thing I smell, with grape, banana, and apple dominating. As expected with the style, there's pepper and allspice. There's also malted grain, and a hint of urea (which is not as bad as it sounds, as it is faint).

T: Sweet, in a cloying way. Fruity notes include raisins and over-ripe banana. Cloves and other spices warm the tongue. I detect rum flavors as well. Buttery diacetyl smoothes out things late. Hops? Not so much; the finish is more sweet and fruity than bitter.

M: Smooth and creamy, with nice carbonation. The alcohol is overpowered by the other flavors at first, but the longer I drink it, the more boozy it becomes.

O: The "eis" (ice) part of Eisbock definitely adds potency to an already flavorful brew by concentrating the flavors and ethanol. A special occasion brew, to be consumed without food -- and with a friend -- to maximize the experience. This is really good!

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Photo of d5001986
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a very deep reddish-brown with a fizzy head that dissipates immediately.

S: Very sweet. Dark fruit, caramel, and booze.

T: Much like the smell. Extremely sweet and slightly tart up front, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, and a big boozieness. Way too sweet for me.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. The alcohol has a warming effect and provides a decent burn.

O: Being a fan of the original Aventinus, I thought I would find this more appealing. This is the first example of the 'Eisbock' style I've tried, so I don't have any direct comparisons. I can say that I much prefer the regular Aventinus and this one was just too sweet and boozy for my tastes.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 into a German 0.5 liter

L: Forgot this on is bottle conditioned - got some floats... Dark amber with a 1-finger off white head
A: Dark fruit, raisins, some booze
T: Follows the nose, definitely some heat and spice, nice bitterness
M: Warming, viscous - very full bodied
O: A great eisbock that is readily available - will be going back to this one time and again!

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Photo of FLima
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown color with a thick thin head, but that insists to stay that way forever and leaves lots of laces.
Incredible aroma of banana, red wine, mint, concentrated malt and dark fruits.
Surprising flavor of plums, Port Wine, pineapple, raisins, baked banana with caramelized sugar and cinnamon, sweet malt and wheat, figs, bold in spices, marzipan, molasses and wood. Quite dry, spicy and warming aftertaste.
Full rounded and creamy body with low carbonation. Starts smooth and gets rough with a nice warming feeling. Alcohol of 12% abv is tamed in a way that it is fairly easy to drink. Mild tartness and sticky feeling.
What an intense and extraordinary beer. I didn’t see that coming. Taste keeps mutating and revealing new fronts. Great sipper and highly recommendable.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

A: Dark brown sugar caramelized bananas, much like bananas foster liquid, thinnest head even with a sloppy pour, semi-active carbonation is visible down bottom, some lacing.

S: Straight bananas foster: Sugar, brown sugar, and bananas.

T: Take Aventinus taste and put it on steroids. The brown sugar and banana flavor are so pure, realistic, and dominant. A nice bourbon alcohol note on the back-end that slightly burns as it goes down from your throat to your chest and warms while it lingers.

M: So creamy, very highly carbonated and bitey. Again, mellowed bourbon warming sensation that lingers in your chest for a while.

O: Love it. This is it. This is the best beer in the world. My first Eisbock, and now my absolute favorite beer. Schneider has earned the perfect score.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock. 12% ABV. I'm surprised by how much carbonation I hear.

A: About half a finger of head, which fades quickly. Very deep, dingy water brown. Dull yellow in the dimple, with ONE grey fleck.

S: Smells very malty! Rich, caramelized (almost burnt, but not quite) sap. Almost raisin-y.

T/MF: Wow! I was expecting it to be quite boozy, but it's not. Like, at all. More rich tree sap on the palate. Very sweet. Not in a sugary way, but in that deep caramelized malt sort of way. Has a sort of tamarind quality to the flavor, as well.

If I wanted something strong, I'd sooner go for Samichlaus, but this is quite easy to drink. I certainly would not guess this to be wheat-based, though.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Fader
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying this beer was less than a year old, maybe it needs to be bottled longer.

A - Very dark brown, cloudy, almost no head.

S - Very nice nose, heavy banana, slight booze, peppery notes.

T - Still has the banana, but somewhat fruity, boozy, overall an outstanding taste for the abv.

M - Some carbonation, slight burn.

O - Very good beer with fairly intense flavor for a strong beer, worth it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a murky brownish dark purple with a tight tan head. Nose is much like regular aventinus, lots of esters, banana, lemon. A hint of peppery spice with a good bit of dark berry fruits. Taste has a touch of booze through the finish, full bodied with strong carbonation and a light burn. Lots of dark berries, light banana and a touch of spice to it.

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Photo of confer
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown and very cloudy. Nice tan cap.
Smell is just like that of a excellent dunkelweizen.
There is slight booziness to the taste and a lot of warmth.
Its like the their weizen bock with a kick.
Very thick and creamy.
This is a great beer, but with a doubt a sipper.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Novare as part of my up rising.

Serves in a Aventinus glass. The beer is cloudy amber with a dense off white/ tan head.

the nose is interesting, it has been a while sence I've had an Eisbock. I get a light fruitiness, more like fresh grapes than anything. The malt is prominant but not overwhelming.

the taste is a slight banana with other tropical fruits. The malt is there but there is also a noticible roastiness. There is a good amount of esters and alcohol.

Overall as I remeber the style very interesting but not for me.

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Photo of djura
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 0,33l.
A-Dark brown with medium bottle carbonation. Thin white foam.
S-Huge fruit aroma,dark malt and caramel aroma.
T/M-Medium bitterness with sweet aftertaste. Low bitterness. Lots of malt taste in the mouth. Really special beer,close to classic abbey beers.

O- This is one of legend beers,try it once in a life at least.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark brown. Big, dense head. Looks great. I wouldn't expect anything less from a German legend of a beer.

S-Aromatic invitations of dark fruit, bananas, moist bread and cocoa powder. A clean strike of alcohol. It's complex now, I bet 2 years of this aging would yield remarkable results.

T-An initially dry, wheat breadiness folds over upon the rush of sweetness. Dried out dark fruits and cocoa powder. Some spiciness. A hacking alcohol sting.

M-Clings to the palate somewhat. Hot and sticky-dry. It's very sweet but the booze saps your tongue of moisture. Subtle bubbles.

O/D-Another highly regarded overseas brew that I struggle to appreciate. It's good and the style is fairly rare to see. Still, I won't go out of my way to purchase again.

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Photo of Oktoberfestgirl
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've noticed that only one of Schneider Weisse's Brewpubs is listed here (the one in Kehlheim). They have a second one right near Marienplatz and the Hofbrauhaus in Munich!!! It's actually the original site of Schneider Weisse's brewery but due to bombing in WWII, they decided to move the brewing part to a more spacious location in Kehlheim. The Weisse Braeuhaus is the name of Schneider Weisse's brewpub in Munich and it's a institution with the locals for a very good reason: THEY CARRY the ENTIRE SELECTION of Schneider Weisse beers (even the limited edition ones) and they have amazing food as well- the cook there just came out with a cookbook containing rare collections of old German food recipes, most of which also feature either beer or organs as a main ingredient! http://www.schneider-weisse.de/index.php?lang=en&tpl=brauerei.brauhaeusser

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer is ridiculously good. As soon as I opened this bottle my nose was hit with an aroma so fine that I had to continue savoring it for several moments before I poured it. As far as the pour, head, lacing, blah, blah, blah-- don't care. What came next was a taste that I can only describe as liquid ecstasy. There's just so much going on with the complex favors in this beer (and I won't pretend that I have a palate so refined that I can identify every one) yet it still goes down so damn smooth. The only negative for me was that the carbonation was slightly less than what I would have preferred, but that may have a lot to do with how smooth the beer felt-- So is it really a negative?
I've had a few beers in my day and this one has to rank in my top five.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an incredibly muddy/murky brown with a thick, smooth looking finger of tan head.S

S - Lots of dates, sour cherries, boozyness, raisin and banana esthers. A bit sharp with the sour cherry/alcohol combo

T - Tons of dark fruit, yeasty banana type notes, light but bright orange, semi mediciny. Booze and cherry

M - Light/medium bodied but incredibly dense and silky on the tongue. Feel is fantastic

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark brown with ruby hue. Foam quickly settled and disappeared. Light white ring. 70% opaque but clear and crisp looking. Moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Malty, raison, plum, molasses, cherry, banana and clove. Brandy-like.
Taste: Sweet malt, clove, cherry and plum. Bit of tartness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Malty, wine-like. Minimal carbonation.
Overall: Smooth sipping beer to be enjoyed in a snifter. Complex flavors

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Photo of WMEugene
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky, cola-esque colored brown with plenty of bubbling action and a slightly off-white, cream colored head. Excellent lacing.

S - I pick up banana, caramel, clove, dark sugars and a bit of booziness. Like a high-octane hefe with more malt. Great smell for this type of beer.

T - Rich dark sugar and caramel flavors with strong hints of hefe-esque banana. Almost bubbly in how everything comes together. A bit of heat comes through as well after the initial flavors fade. Very nice and strong!

M - Medium bodied with an aftertaste that really hits on the tongue and in the back of the mouth. A bit sweet and longlasting in the mouth. Easier drinking than a lot of 12-ers, but you will still feel the booze.

O - The Eisbock is definitely a top of the line and complex beer. While I prefer the more basic weizenbocks, this one definitely is worth a try. The flavors make it seem like your favorite hefe was loaded down with malts and alcohol. The blend is a complex one and this rewards patient sipping - even if it is pretty drinkable. As the bottle says, Prost!

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.