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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,061 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 130
Gots: 143 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

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 Wasatch
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Aventinus glass a dark brown color, not much carbonation, no head, not much lacing really, some small bits of yeast were detected.

S - Scents of plums, sweet malts, and caramel.

T - The taste is sweet and alcoholic in nature. There's a nice little warming effect after sipping.

M - Medium body, no carbonation.

D - Drinkable. Another excellent brew from this brewery.

Wasatch, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky purple/brown/orange color, very impressive looking. A one finger head on top that had great retention and some nice lacing on the sides.

S: Very sweet and extremely malt driven. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a lot of dark fruit, chiefly raisins and prunes, but also a bit of fig and some underlying vanilla. There is a bit of bubble gum as well.

T: Similarly malt driven. Thick caramel and some bready malt are apparent immediately. Rich dark fruit flavors include raisins, plums, and some prune, which impart a sweetness as well. There is also a bit of brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.

M: Full bodied and surprisingly creamy. Thick, but certainly not too thick. The 12% is hidden extremely well.

O: A fantastic beer, much better than other eisbocks I have had.

mdaschaf, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, Glen Allen, VA

Tan 1/2" head over a dark brown brew, and laced admirably. Deep grainy aroma, with alcohol character apparent. Flavor indicates a chewy wheat brew with hearty consistancy. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style.

ppoitras, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass. My first Eisbock, might as well go all out here, let's see what she gives. Bottle number 2011 049133.

A three finger head with lots of staying power, seriously looking frozen in place with a light caramel top that slowly settles. Body color is a classic mohogany brown, with a faint just super faint tiny pin head bubbles slowly rising.

Nose hits with, a real interesting character that I have never sense before in any beer. Fruit raspberry, but toned down with a chocolate faint malt backbone. Fruit character takes over, turns into an amalgamation of red fruits, into a nice jammy spread, and faint dry character hinting at a juicy texture maybe coming? I am very intrigued for my first Eisbock, this has major potential. I am sensing raspberry but with no sense of raspberry fruit in this at all.

Taste hits with a surprise. More liqueur like than beer, surprising nice rolling tolerable heat mixing with maraschino heat cherries and a dry yeast finish. Palate has a nice tolerable simple texture not taking away from anything in taste. No fizzy carbonation with truly a classic wheat chew texture. Malt richness turns to an incredibly fruit red sense, juicy, lingering.

Overall, this was NOTHING what I expected for this style on first try. I love this red fruit angle, and warming tolerable boozy character. Just a great unique brew.

smakawhat, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -5.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Max's from a wooden, gravity fed keg sitting on the bar.

The beer pours a slightly hazy darkish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer was just wild, with considerable clove, bannana, sweet fruit and even a slight sour element. This has to be one of the more complex smelling beers I've ever come across. Flavors for the most part replicate the nose, with considerable richness and sweetness. This beer is very intensely flavored, and the mouthfeel is very full and rich indeed. Drinkability is OK, but the alcohol is pretty noticeable, and reminds you to take it easy and don't overdo it.

Impressive. While similar to the draft version, I just think there is all that much more going on in the cask version, especially the aroma profile. This is a good beer, but was an absolute treat to try from the gravity fed keg.

4/10/10 edit. So lucky to be here at Max's for their last gravity fed keg of this nectar. This particular keg is very fresh, and the head retention is spectacular. It's a creamy, milky looking head, looking more akin to the foam on a latte. Lacing is likewise very nice... considering this was gravity fed, I was greatly impressed by this beer's appearance. Always an excellent beer, out of gravity feed keg it's nearly mindblowing.

John_M, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cedar wood with grains of orange and tawny that together resemble something like a very dark rum. It's a plethora of colours with lots of flashy accenting despite a thick and densely smoggy body. Surprising, given the natural cloudiness you would think it's unlikely so much highlighting would be possible. Less surprising is the leanness of its head which, despite a stable contribution of bubbles, struggles to support itself amongst the over 12% alcohol.

For a German beer it smells an awful lot like the tropics - an intensely effervescent yeast perspires notes of dark and tropic fruit. In particular, the beer is oozing - I mean absolutely sweltering - with over-ripened bananas. There's also a ton of prunes, raisins, grapes and apricots. A big dousing of spice and traces of vanilla and cocoa beans are noted as well. The strength of both phenols and esters is staggering and extravagant.

The yeast continues to work wonders in the taste as well. Spicy clove like phenols make a zesty, peppery perfumed addition. The esters contribute tangy, fruity notes and impart the taste of juicy orange, dried plums, and lemon zest. There's a sweet hint of bubblegum. The amount of suggested flavours is near limitless. I usually hail Belgian yeasts for their well cultured persona but apparently German strains deserve a little love as well.

The mouthfeel is truly artful: it's an ultra-creamy sensation with substantial alcohol warming. The beer is dark but void of roast. The gentle profile of tart fruit and spice is surprisingly full in character. The texture is fluffy and creamy and the beer drinks curiously light for something of 12% (of course the alcohol will hit your head even if not your palate). Be forewarned: the Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock is dangerously quaffable for its strength!

This doesn't have the toasty bread, sweet malt and rich dark caramel qualities of a normal eisbock. It does, however, share the fluffy, creamy fullness and dark, spicy, fruity, (nearly refreshing) character of dunkelweizen - and that makes for a dangerous drinkability. This is presented as the original eisbock and while I can't confirm that, I can say that it is still one of the finest examples of the style (wheat based or not) that I've yet to try.

biegaman, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +17.9%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -5.7%

tdm168, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a dark brown color with a fizzy one finger tan head. The head settled out pretty fast and formed a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Didn't leave much lacing as I drank it.

The smell is malty and sweet with a lot of dark fruit aromas. There are notes of sweet raisins, plums and cloves with a little banana as well. The taste has a lot of the same flavors present in the nose with dark fruit, an almost candy sweetness, cloves and banana. It also has a little alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very delicious but the alcohol is noticeable making it a little less drinkable. Overall a very good tasting and smelling beer. It could have had a little better head retention and a little less carbonation in my opinion, but still an excellent beer.

billab914, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Kelp, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -5.7%

dmorgan310, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you want a beer that makes some noise as you pour, this is it. A constant hissing during the pour and after, as the head gradually recedes. It is a deep and hazy garnet colored beer. A hefty cream colored head layers the top. Nice retention is noted. The nose consists of licorice, fusel alcohols, taffy and sweet, carmelized malts. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light and airy and effervescent. Flavors consist of molasses, black licorice, ethanol, dark malts and freshly ground black pepper. This beer has got some character.

Bighuge, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Zaphog, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from the Coop for about $5... shared with Brenda, mine from a Kasteel tulip.

Not much head at all ... deep amber brew.

Aroma is all sweet bananas ... touch of pink bubblegum and cloves.

Deceptively smooth for a brew that has this much alcohol ... medium body and pretty explosive carbonation on the palate. Flavor is bananas and the expected bubblegum. Some caramel mid palate. Lingering spicy banana esters.. actually pretty good.

Probably only the 4-5th time I've had this over the years; typically I am not a fan of German wheats, but lately, I've been trying to expand my horizons, and this is the beer to do it with... Awesome and would cellar like a champ.

JohnGalt1, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.7%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO as part of the winter release, 500ml bottle into an oversized wine snifter.

Pours a murky and dense rusty brown, with some sediment eveident here. Finger or two of eggshell head, OK retention. Nose is big: strong raisin, caramel, loads of butterscotch and fusel alcohol (almost resembling vodka at times, yowza!). I can sense the heat coming. Tastes of dark fruits, plums, raisin, thick and massive caramel and butterscotch notes again. Dark fruits take a real backseat to the butterscotch as I move through this. Medium high carbonation, large and filling mouthfeel almost. Great body. This was a sipper for real, heat was really here.

liamt07, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy chestnut colour with a thin, light brown head. Fine bubbles formed sheets of lace on the glass. Bready yeast aroma with some warm alcohol, banana, clove, bubblesgum, and a vague tropical fruit character. Candy sweetness, breadiness, and banana hit the palate right away. More fruit, including banana, comes out towards the end. Spice stays quite mild throughout. Great depth of flavour with mild alcohol warmth. Full, almost heavy body, low carbonation. Smooth texture with some dryness due to the alcohol. Great complexity and balance - very enjoyable. Thanks northyorksammy!

DrJay, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of HopHead84
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Joey from Southbay for my first Eisbock.

A: Deep reddish brown with a 2 finger head that
dissipates almost immediately. Despite the careful pour, there is quite a bit of sediment floating in the glass that is beginning to settle at the bottom. A plethora of tiny bubbles continuously travel heavenward toward the head deceased.
S: I'm pleasantly surprised by a spicy aroma. Malt, alcohol, banana (!), a hint of coriander.
T: The taste is fruity, bready and alcoholic. A great deal of malt sweetness with a decently long biscuity alcoholic aftertaste.
M: Great carbonation and a smooth, full, mouthfeel.
D: The drinkability is scary. It would be easy to drink a few of these before the alcohol kicks in. This beer was thoroughly enjoyable.

HopHead84, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at the Weisses Brauhaus in Munich.

Mindestens haltbar bis 23.02.07.

A: Murky, dark chestnut. Off-white head, some retention and lace.

S: Alcohol (sherry), raisins, bread, slight spice.

T: Bread, alcohol (sherry), raisin, nut, spice. Sweetness is nicely balanced by the alcohol. Potent, but very well rounded. Truly exceptional.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very good, especially considering the strength.

Derek, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Pours with a significant amount of sediment in the stream of the pour, but then I find none in the glass. My eyes must deceive me. Deep amber, like a black rum. Small khaki head, but it's short lived. After 5 minutes, it looks like I'm drinking 10 ounces of cognac. That would be a rough night.

Smell - Booze, whoa. Bubble gum, caramel, bananas, and a strong spiciness that is amplified by the alcohol.

Taste - The wheat is much more present here. Gives it a grittiness that definitely adds to the flavors. Very fruity character with that distinctive bubble gum flavor reminiscent of the non-iced version. Bananas and cloves that further remind me of its wheated roots. The finish is booze and caramel malt, though. A slight throwback to the fruits, but it's all toffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and quite hot, even for 12%. That said, I still have to concentrate to pace myself.

Overall - Enjoyable and different from most beers out there. I had this out of a wooden cask one time and drank three of them. I don't know how I did that. Wasted youth. Anyway, it doesn't impress me as much out of the bottle, but perspective is a funny thing.

Alieniloquium, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of their reserve/anniversary series. This one was brewed in 2006, released for 2013. Poured in a weisse vase, the beer is a deep, dark, chestnut-highlighted brown coloring with a slight haze, no head, and a collection of carbonation bubbles settling onto the surface that you are unable to see throughout the body. Looks solid. Aromas of date and fig all over the forward nose, with a solid richness throughout. Earthy tones, with cherry highlights and a boozy kick. Flavors of roast and old world fruit sweetness on the forward tongue, with a blending of date and fig forming a solid backbone, along with some rich, roasted caramel notes. Earthy tones round everything out, and there is a definite kick of booze throughout the beer. The ABV also has a wine-like character to it. Smooth, robust body that the carbonation lightens, but you still get to enjoy chewing on. Wow! Richly sweet, earthy aftertaste with a building warmth as you go. The finish is robust, smooth, and leaves a cloying layer of caramel and fruit sweetness. Holy hell, this beer is tasty, big, and apparently ages amazingly well.

GarthDanielson, Aug 28, 2013
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.