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

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Reviews: 1,121
Hads: 2,424
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 193
Gots: 263 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their 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 RyanK252
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of RexBanner
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%

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!

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Photo of titvs
4.2/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of kellyej
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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)

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Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a 500ml bottle, 2013 vintage.

Pours a light murky brown. Flavor is rich without being too sweet. Figs and dates are prominent. Went really well with the pepper steaks i had.

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Photo of mblk6062
5/5  rDev +19%

In my humble opinion, this is the most sublime beer ever made! It is truly (for my palate, anyway), "The Nectar Of The Gods," and I am certain they serve this in Valhalla!

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

One hell of an interesting beer. I keep buying it and I'm surprised at how delicious it is every time! I've never tasted another craft like it. Sweet chocolate and raisins with a spicy finish. If you like Belgian Darks, get your hands on a bottle of this. Pour, partake, and drink like a Sir. Enjoy!

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy brown with a quickly-dissipating head.
S: banana, clove, fig, bready malt, molasses, candied sugar, alcohol.
T: alcohol is noticeable, but not in a bad way. Taste follows the nose. Most distinguishable for me are: spiced rum, dark fruit, molasses, fig, clove.
M: I was surprised by the somewhat-creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is high as well.
O: I am excited to try this beer when the weather turns cold. Still a nice change of pace for the summer, and a very drinkable brew despite its high abv.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a murky opaque blackish brown with a three-finger rocky head. - 2.5

S - Very malty with an enhanced wheat beer aroma, spicy, dark fruit, maybe even some faint clove, alcohol clearly evident (even a bit cough syrupy) - 4.25

T - Very malty. faintly sweet, the 12% ABV peeks through some. - 3.75

MF - Warming, medium-heavy body with some creaminess. - 4.0

O - A bit too hot for me but a tasty malt bomb. 3.75

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: murky brown and opaque - I dropped it centrally into a snifter and got a massive dense head of foam that took some time to slim down into a filmy tan cap; brief motes of lace trailed behind

S: boozy fruits, like dates, plums and figs; overripe banana and thick dense bread

T: banana and ripe dark fruit, booze and spice, particularly clove; some distant dark cherry and maybe a little wet cocoa powder

M: full-bodied and fuzzy soft/smooth; peppery spikes of spice and alcohol tingle a bit at first, but are then suffused by the creamy malts

O: clearly a top-of-the-line ale, although you need to want that sweet, fruity, boozy drinking experience. My first eisbock, I liken it to a quad or a wheatwine - rich and deep, totally enjoyable, but not something I'd reach for casually.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of soft white head. The color is dark brown with some lighter touches around the edges. Active carbonation is very light.

Smell: Bright cloves and bananas explode out of the bottle. Dark fruits with accents of plums, papaya, cedar, and tobacco work their way on to the scene after the front. There is a sting of booze on the back end that really pulls your attention, but not in a negative way.

Taste: Spices and booze hit on the front. Dark fruits, bananas, and cloves warm up on the body. That warming heat lingers throughout the body and into the finish. Earth and tobacco go well with the booze on the back end. Exotic spices round this one out.

Mouthfeel: I kind of love the tongue numbing booze this one brings. Lots of fruits and spices play a great compliment as well.

Overall: My first Eisbock and this was a treat. Reminded me of a big boozy quad. Glad I got a classic of the style to establish a benchmark.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark maple syrup brown, cloudy, a finger of light beige head, opaque so can’t see any carbonation.

S: Very weizen like, dark fruits like dates and figs, ripe bananas, floral, black pepper, ripe banana peels, a slight fermented fruit.

T: Big weizen flavours, dark fruit, dates and figs, ripe bananas, tannic, sweet, big alcohol flavours, little bitterness. Brown sugar.

M: Thick, weighty syrupy body, medium high fine bubbled carbonation.

O: My first in this style. A strong beer that’s well done and a sipper, but very drinkable. Complex good flavours, reminiscent of a weizen.

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Photo of cbutova
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Getting around to reviewing what many would call a classic. It has been several years since I have had this brew.

A- Poured to my tulip glass with a dark red-brown body that hardly allows light to pierce it. A silky, creamy thick head rises up to one finger with impressive retention at such high ABV. Lacing is only spotty for me but the ring that remains on the beer is thick and creamy.

S- Concentrated German yeast jumps out of the glass with a nice malty sweetness behind it. Whopping aromas of banana, clove, dark sugars, dates, figs, raisin, malt syrup and caramel.

T- Follows closely to the nose with a semi-sweet, intense malt and yeast driven flavor. Malts bring a sweet, but not cloying, flavor with notes of toast, light cocoa, caramel and brown sugar. Surplus of fruit esters and yeasty notes of plums, soy, dates, spices, banana, clove and alcohol.

MF- Thick bodied with a texture that is creamy, syrupy and oily. Somehow the carbonation is on the very high, foamy end but falls onto the palate as smooth as I have found in any beer. Finishes with an appropriate alcohol warmth.

A huge beer that drinks big but has some important key characteristics. The mouthfeel is so extremely smooth and creamy that it could probably support a 20% AVB, unreal MF in this one. There is nothing harsh in the beer or overdone, it finds a nice balance of sweetness, alcohol and huge flavors.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just for info: there's a new label style that leaves out the word 'weizen'.

This beer is super intense. It pours a murky brown colour with very little head. Not all that appetizing. However, the smell is really pleasant, completely overloaded with spices. The first whiff really hits you. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but not nearly as much as yo might expect from a 12% beer. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Not a session beer, but good for once in a while!

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Photo of Pauline_K
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This beer poured a deep amber to brown color. It poured with a decent creamy tan head.

Smell: This beer has a very strong aroma of dried fruit, bready malt, sweet tropical fruit, and alcohol. It has a very sweet smell.

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell. It is rich with a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is low and the finish is dry. Flavors of dried fruit and sweet malt are strong and there is a slight tartness. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

Overall: This beer is very good for its style. It is not my favorite style, but it is wonderful with grilled pork and chocolate.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated early 2014 (original rating 4.25, review 4/2015):
Pours hazy brown, maybe a hint of redness. Head didn't build too high on a light pour, but does return with light agitation. Nose is candied dark fruit, with a plum tartness.

Taste starts with a root beer like cola taste. Feel adds a bit to this, light tingling carbonation. Figs, light roasted notes, toffee, general sweet root flavors. Very enjoyable beer, dark lightly-sweet beer.

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 11/12/13. Poured into a snifter at 45F.
A - Pours a cloudy light brown color. The single finger of off-white head dissipated quickly, leaving a long lasting lacing that was resupplied by a stream of small bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
S - Strong ester smell with banana, pineapple and bread as the primary components.
T - Fairly dry with a taste that matches the smell. Banana in the foreground with malty sweetness in the middle and a crisp apple/pineapple finish.
M - Moderate mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
O - My first eisbock. More fruity than the American double bocks I have tried. A good summer beer, even with the 12% abv. Highly recommended for those who like eatery Belgian beers.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The pour is a dark caramel color with plenty of hazy reddish highlights. A tall creamy off-white head sits on top. S: The smell is clove, banana and raisin and yeast. T: This beer is very sweet. The noble hops are fighting a losing battle here. The finish struggles towards dryness, thankfully, otherwise this beer would be too sweet except for sipping or drinking with food. M: The body is in line with the flavor: medium to heavy. Texture is creamy and lingers just a little on the palate. Carbonation is adequate for the heavy sweetness. D: This beer was good, and I think it probably has come to define the style. Therefore, it would be hard to rate it low. It is not really my favorite style due to the intense sweetness, but it does manage to bring together two very different styles: hefeweizen and doppelbock. I guess there is some value in that.

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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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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.