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

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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of Derek
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store, in Rochester, NY. This seems like it'll be somewhat of a wheatwine/eisbock hybrid or something?

Pours a cloudy, hazy dark brown, with a one inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like brown sugar, caramel, some wheat, plums, and booze.

The taste is similar, this is quite strong, as to expected with eisbocks. Surprisingly no banana, since the base beer for eisbocking is a weizenbock, but there are lots of dark fruits- raisins, plums, figs, almost like a Belgian strong dark ale, along with notes of wheat, caramel, and brown sugar, almost like a wheatwine. Lots of flavor that are slashed through by a rather huge alcohol sting.

Medium bodied, thick for a wheat beer. Low carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. This one of the sweeter beers I've had.

This beer defies style classification, as it shares characteristics with a weizenbock, a Belgian strong dark ale, and a wheatwine/barleywine. For that, it is interesting. It is just hard to get past the booziness and the sweetness.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally I don't mention presentation, but 2006/19193 posted on the label is classy. So here is my review of the 19,193 bottled beer of the 2006 batch (if they started from 00001) that was poured into my snifter glass.
The appearance is probably the least appealing characteristic, w/ a somewhat thick, cola-esque pour giving it a dark brown/syrupy look (imagine bourbon w/ a couple splashes of cola). The head is minimal and quickly dies., leaving very little lace.
The smell alone atones for this, as it has a strong clove scent coupled with a sugary and slightly fruity smell, sort of like a Belgian triple.
Overall, the taste is complex with a mixture of things but I would say the malts are the predominant thing your tongue will pick up. The spices hit the tongue first mixed with some wheat sediments, then as it passed it reminded me of an acidic red wine for a second. I say that because there is a mixture of fruits in there, possibly including grapes and/or cherries. It got a tad sour and sharp and then the malts kicked up and carried it on the backbite. I would pretty much say it was coffee malts, but there were hints of chocolate and toffee.
It is a heavy body that goes down smooth and slick, a tad buttery even. There could be traces of caramel, butter or even honey in there, the way it feels on the edge of the mouth as it washes down.
If it weren't for the high ABV, this would be a session beer but I would recommend that any beer drinker, no matter your style preference, drink at least one. Due to the thickness and overall bearing of this drink, I would recommend sipping, not just tossing it back, as the preferred method of enjoyment.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into my seldom used matching Aventinus glass Mat,19,2011

A very murky light brown with a two finger beige head that fizzes like cola and leaves no lace, what it dose leave is a glass that looks like its boiling from all the bubbles popping up to the surface, kinda neat

S lots of bruised banana, some candied fruit, spice, caramels and just a little booze

T not far from the smell with a dried out banana chip thing going for it and some very faint chocolate, a lone chocolate chip in a banana bread loaf, not much booze for a 12%er

M enters silky and fluffs up a bit after its in your mouth and gets a little creamy by the time you swallow, a little heat but you feel it in your head more then you throat

O pretty intense brew going on here, pretty easy to drink for a beer this strong and something I dip into again

I'm happy I finally had a use for my big bubble top Aventinus glass that just seams to sit in my cupboard. An interesting brew and if my memory serves me I liked the unfrozen version even more then this and I liked this quite a bit. I need to thank liamt07 for knocking yet another beer off my want list

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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours burnt amber with a slight chill haze. The pour produces a massive and clingy 3” light tan foam collar that persists. S: Raisin, light banana, and fruitcake aromas rise from the glass. T: cinnamon, clove and dark fruit flavors, some hops show up on the end, some vanilla in with the spices with traces of toffee. F: Creamy and smooth with medium body and carbonation O: A truly classic beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle from the LCBO

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark reddish/copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, banana, raisins/grapes, wheat

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some cloves/coriander. There is also some bananas mixed with grapes/raisins, and wheat. It ends with a banana and dark fruit sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I can't believe how well the alcohol is hidden on this beer. It's very drinkable.. almost too drinkable and the alcohol will sneak up on you. The flavours are well balanced and it doesn't tasting cloying like I expected it to. Very good stuff.

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Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark reddish brown mahogany color with a off white rim, barely any head.

The aroma has rum soaked plums, banana, roasted figs, tons of caramel, toffee, a good amount of alcohol, spicy clove, some vanilla.

The beer has a complex big flavor. There is some sweet super ripe banana, again that boozy plum and sweet roasty fig, and then that caramel big sweetness along with some clove spiciness and the booze to clean it up on the end.

This is a boozy sweet beer with a chewy big mouthfeel.

This beer really does show a wonderful way that Germany can do a big big beer. A delicious brew.

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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 scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark garnet, brown, and rust juice color. No head and there is no way to see any bubbling in this beer. Even when you hold it up to the light. The aroma makes me think of a bozey cooked fruit. Pie filling cherrie in a can that have been cooked slow, stove top, in cognac. Very dark fruity and roasted flavors. Dark cherries taste like they've been roasted in the oven in some sherry or maybe even port wine. Viey tastes and palate mix with a well tempered alcoholic warmth and dark fruits. Great sipping beer. Perfect digestive.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottle #051076. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a cloudy mahogany/dark brown color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. The aroma is very nice, it smells like dark fruit, bubblegum, bananas, caramel, peppery spice and some alcohol. It tastes very malty, like dark fruit, alcohol, pepper, cloves, and bananas. The alcohol is noticable, but it doesn't hurt the overall taste of the beer too much. Mouthfeel is medium/full, with medium carbonation and a coating finish. Drinkability is good, but not great. Overall I think this is a good beer, I'd definitely buy it again and recommend it to others.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle# 04128, Vintage 2006.

(A)- Pours a hazy, almost cloudy dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating off-white head.

(S)- Rich & ripe dark fruits with a dense biscuit-like wheat. Bits of banana & lemon with a spicy cinnamon kick or something along those lines. A tad musty in the far background from age.

(T)- A rich maltiness that is reminiscent of raisin, honey, butterscotch, and dark ripe fruits. Has a touch of dry wheat and banana at the end. Warms the throat and stomach after each swallow.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Reminds me of a super rich belgain dark or quad with that extra ABV kick as it goes down.

(D)- An interesting and fascinating beer. Its already 4yrs old, but it could hang out for another 4 yrs with how potent this bad boy is. Malty as hell, with a good sweetness. One of these is plenty for me; this is so rich and filling. A slow sipper definitely

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown that, when held to the light, shows hazy highlights of amber. The frothy khaki head lingers indefinitely. Sediment floated are present.

Dark fruit notes abound. Raisins, prunes, dates, figs, dark cherries, and pear esters reside on a backbone of sweet brown sugar. Hops are insignificant. A note of banana emerges.

Flavor reveals strong alcohol presence, backed by pear, raisins, bruised cherries and soft apples. On the sweet side initially, this beer dries out at the finish and is just a touch bitter. Cola, banana, and wheat notes surface late.

Body is thick, but carbonation is enough to lighten the mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth is significant.

Very complex beer. Great ester profile dominates. It's a bit hot. Would love to lay one down a couple years and see if that helps.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours the deepest of dark amber orange color with a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes out pretty quickly.
S - Smell has good Weizenbock tones with banana and coriander highlighting but also a deep dark fruit profile like a Belgium Dark ale. Fruity plums and grapes as well but just a mild sent of alcohol on the nose.
T - Big fruity notes of banana and orange. Has some plum and figs with mild spicing of coriander. No noticeable ABV its amazing.
M - As I said it drinks like the Doppelbock at a stronger but not 12% quite good.

Overall pretty much got this on an order of Halftime Beverage so its pretty hard to obtain and it cost over 6 bucks. Still it hides the ABV well and is totally worth the admission.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, bready melonoidins and a nice fruitiness. Good alcohol in the background. Plenty of malt sitting up front. Very good.

Dark, hazy chestnut colour with a small, somewhat short-lived tan head.

Sweet, fruity, slightly spicy and a classic doppelbock. The yeast character is nice and the sweetness is not too high.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation.

A brilliant beer with lots of great flavour and almost perfectly to style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I'd never tried an eisbock before. It's an interesting experience.

I poured the Aventinus into a flute glass and it produced little head. The color is a brown, not as dark as some beers, but more than a few.

The smell is quite powerful. There is evidence of fruit and some spices like cloves. Very pungent.

You can taste the fruit and spices easily. This beer has a really powerful taste. It's not unpleasant in the least, but be forewarned.

It had a high carbonation content, giving it a good mouthfeel.

In the end, this is a drinkable beer, though I don't know how many of these I could put away in the course of an evening.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage that I picked up at Julio's a couple of years back. Bottle # 01458.

The pour is a deep crimson with great clarity. A big light brown head is formed before receding to a ring rather quick, leaving no lace in my snifter. I love the color.

The nose is pretty awesome. Age seems to have toned down the big aromas from the base beer with the banana and clove character giving way to a mellow oxidation with some raisins. Quite malty with a solid caramel and plum-like fruitiness, alcohol is also noticeable.

The palate opens fruity oxidation with raisins and plums followed by the flavors of the base beer, some clove followed by a mild banana. Not as complex as the nose would suggest, I'm not picking up as much of the malt complexity. The alcohol might have something to do with it as it appears mid-palate and lingers on into the finish with a noticeable heat and warming character. The noticeable alcohol also has the effect of thinning out the beer a little, making the rather big body seem smaller than it is. Carbonation is on the moderate side. With a mild sweetness and an alcoholic bite on the finish, this is decent. Drinkability? Well, I'm going to be taking my time with this.

I am really kicking myself for having missed this on cask when it showed up in the area.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 2002. The liquid portion looked a lot like standard Aventinus, dark copper orange brown and clear with some floaties. There was barely any head though, probably due to the high alcohol content.

The smell was mostly sweet and malty, bringing to mind Aventinus or STB ABT 12 with its bready yeasty aroma. The flavor is different than normal Aventinus, more alcoholic and kind of similar to aged Gouden Carolus or even a 10-yr old St Sixtus ABT 12 (brewed by St Bernardus) I had this summer.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and there is hardly any carbonation. Just seemed like a well aged high octane ale.

Very nice overall, but only for a nightcap or special occasion. Regular Aventinus is better in my opinion.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Good lacing on this brew, a dark translucent copper...Aroma is strong sweet wheat from start to finish, a hint of alcohol but pretty plain...The taste is awesome, super complext so much is going on here. Starts off lightly sweet then a super smooth but strong wheat taste laced with a hint of malty backbone and alcohol....Feel is nice, super smooth to drink nice slightly warm finish....Incredibly easy to drink at 12%.

This is one fantastic beer, quite easily one of my favorite Germans. Well worth trying.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I had was about a year old. Apparently this stuff ages wonderfully.

A - The fizzy, foamy, slightly off white head on top of the deep amber body fades fast leaving a thin cap that ends up being nothing a few minutes later. Screaming carbonation up the side of the glass forces me to pour this really slow.

S - Really strong raisins and dates with some booze and yeast. Deep, deep dark fruits, not dark like a quad, but rich and inviting.

T - The same sort of raisin, dates, booze, and yeast components are there but complimented by a slight amount of extra booze that doesn't offend and much stronger fruit making it absolutely delicious. Yeast is still present but definately in a back up role.

M - Lot's of carbonation, full bodied, sweet finish leading into a dryness.

D - Yes sir! This stuff is delicious and I never would have guessed it was 12%. Hot damn. Very warming, yet refreshing.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark brown with a two-finger tan head that retains excellently before becoming .

S- Unique aroma of wheat and spices. Clove, ginger, maple, brown sugar, honey among other sweet things.

T- Tastes like an amped up dunkelweizen. Well-balanced with notes of banana bread, clove and, of course, wheat. There's also a bit of capsaicin burn in the mix but is barely noticeable. You would never guess this was 12%.

M- Lots of snap, medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- My first Eisbock is an awesome one.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mahogany in color. Foamy, Khaki head, excellent lacing

S: Roasted malts, bready with touches of yeast. touches of dried dark fruit and spices.

T: Boozy throughout. Dark roasted malts with hints of dark dried fruit and spice.

M: Full bodied yet creamy. Boozy burn on the palate.

D: Complex beer where the taste is often overshadowed by the strength of the alcohol.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a caramel-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of butterscotch with emphasis on butter with good amounts of toffee and bananas. Also present is hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Buttery butterscotch flavors up front are joined quickly by caramel-coated banana flavors. Midway through the sip hints of pears and spices enter into things but give way to the butterscotch before segueing into a sweet ending that leaves hints of banana lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good very. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly for such a big beer and could have another.

Overall this was more buttery than I remembered but not in a bad way. A very unique beer and one that's well worth a shot.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.