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

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,825 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1825
Reviews: 1021
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%


Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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TPatuto

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- Deep brown and cloudy. Tinges of orange and red. Nice little bit of head that quickly receeded to a ring around the edge.

S - Light cloves, yeast, with black cherry hiding in the background.

T- Sweet. Sweetness turned tart and almost bitter on the back end. Flavors of dried fruits impact up front but disappear too fast.

M- Medium body. Corbonation keeps this beer on the lighter side of things. The overwhelming lingering effect is the alcohol, not the flavor.

Overall Impression - Not a very often seen style. Easily drinkable, but the with the level of alcohol and the flavors not being as prominent, it would not be something that I would regularly search out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:16:54 | More by TPatuto
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miskatonic

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle at my friends house while house-sitting and it seems to be at least a couple of years old judging the label I saw and the currently used version of the label. He did say help myself to anything. The beer pours a dark mahogony almost ebony into a goblet with no head to speak of and what appears to be some solids (yeasts, protiens) which are to be expected based on how this beer is made and matured. The nose is very rich and sweet with a little alcohol detectable and a port-like fruitiness. Held up to the light the beer reveals a soft crimson color at the center of the glass surrounded by dark edges. The first sip surrounds my tounge and tastebuds in a rich velvety sugar-plum sweetness that rounds out with a very strong alcohol taste.The mouthfeel is superb - thick, full, warming, and the beer finshes smooth with a subtle hopiness and a very similar tartness to a nice strong barley wine. The second sip is much more malty and reveals the distinct wheat flavor of the weizen-bock bier that this brew began as and the many levels of fruitiness in the finish - date, fig, black cherries soaked in rum. Overall this beer is a very complex and robust example of an Eisbock, maybe owing a good amount of it's unique character to the fact that it is a weizen bock. This is truly an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 20:02:27 | More by miskatonic
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PangaeaBeerFood

New York

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I found a bottle of this yesterday at a local beer distributor. The bottle is from 2007, and has a touch of dust on it, but was way in the back of the shelf where it was out of sunlight and was pretty inexpensive, so I snagged it. Excited to try this, as I've experimented a bit with Eisbock homebrews, but have never tried a professionally crafted one.

When poured into my Brooklyn Local 1 glass, which is kind of a hybrid Pilsner/Tulip glass, it yields a very dark mahogany color with ruby highlights around the edges. Cloudy in the center that clears on the sides. Tons of foam fluffs up, as expected from a brew with wheat, but dissipates quicker than I've ever seen a head dissipate. Very low carbonation after the initial pour.

WOW! I could smell this thing from a mile away and it smells AMAZING. The scent of Munich malt (which I love in any beer) is focused and sharp in a way I've never experienced before. This is also loaded with dark fruit character reminiscent of plums, raisins, etc., with a touch of tart fruitiness at the end. Needless to say, the alcohol scent is also massive, but very comforting and inviting, not offensive.

SWEET JESUS! This beer literally (not literally, figurative, but whatever) just punched me in the face with flavor. It tastes exactly how it smells (no I don't have synesthesia, you know what I mean). First impression is that it tastes more like a mixed drink than a beer, with really strong sugary sweetness and alcohol. Forefront of the sip really hits you hard with Munich malt, which goes into massive dark fruit flavors, followed by an abrupt tartness, then finishes with a big alcohol flavor.

However, unlike the aroma, the alcohol flavor here is pretty overpowering and unpleasant. It has a delayed effect on the palate where it doesn't interfere with the robust flavors of the beer, but kicks you in the nads a second or so afterwards to spoil the overall effect. I didn't mind it so much at first (despite the nad-kicking comparison), but as the drink warmed and I got deeper in, the alcohol became more intense with an aftertaste like cheap whiskey. Really surprising considering this beer has had two years to mellow. I've had beers this big before (Scaldis, Mephistopheles, many DFH brews, etc.) and the alcohol didn't bother me, but in this beer it seems to conflict with the other flavors instead of melding together into one experience.

The mouthfeel is very syrupy in a pleasing way, but the appetence assault and assertive alcohol (too much alliteration?) make this a sipper. I didn't want more than a few ounces of it.

In terms of pairings, I read that it works well with fruit-based desserts. Lucky for me, plenty of dessert left-overs were laying around from X-mas. Went well with most of them, but paired VERY well with mince pie. They just seemed like they were made for each other.

A bit disappointing overall, considering how excited I was to try this. Maybe the quantity is just too much for a beer this big? Next time around, I'll grab a fresh bottle, pour a few ounces into a snifter and see what happens. Though, big props to the brewery for throwing up something so unique and intense. They're certainly breaking the mold on this one.

On a side note, I didn't finish the last few ounces of the bottle. Not because it was a "drain-pour", as some say, because it certainly wasn't, but because the sediment kicked up into the glass. Normally this wouldn't bother me, particularly for a Weizenbock, but the sediment wasn't the cloudy haze you normally see, it was very solid and chunky (probably due to the age), which was really unappetizing. Not a fault of the brewer, so I didn't factor it into the scoring, but something to consider if you see an older bottle of this Eisbock.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 16:45:50 | More by PangaeaBeerFood
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BeerCoffeeWater

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Scary. It's like the bubbles are clawing their way to the top. A few chunkettes of yeast, not much head. Darker than I thought it would be.

S: Sweet. Very Sweet at first. Then the yeastiness starts to creep in, but it stays sweet smelling.

T: Large, soooo large. Not quite as alcoholic tasting as I expected, but its still big. Like a much sweeter, less yeasty, slower sipping version of the Aventinus weizenbock. Like a big malty-sweet dopplebock that someone dropped some extra yeast in to give it some spice.

M: Sticky, but not like hop sticky, like malty sweetness-creamy-sticky.

D: Average, I guess.

Delicious, but I doubt I'll have more than one. Definately a sipper to sit around and enjoy for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 12:39:15 | More by BeerCoffeeWater
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jasrbrd

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very string beer at 12%, but very drinkable.
Strong color, pours great and right off the bat, looks good.
First sip hit you and you know it's a srong beer.
But not overwhelming.
Numbered batch bottles so there may be variations from batch to batch, but worth a try to the advanced beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 23:32:57 | More by jasrbrd
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Theitos

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown. It pours with a beautiful amount of thick creamy head.

S: I can smell bananas. It smells like the banana laffy taffy. I can smell a touch of wheat and a touch of caramel malts.

T: Again a very nice banana taste. There is a nice yeasty bread taste. I can also taste some marzipan. A taste of green grapes and plum towards the end.

M: There's a nice carbonation feel. I can let it warm up in my mouth with out to much of a sting.

O: I think this is a great Eisbock. It's interesting, feels great in my mouth, and most importantly taste great.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:51:09 | More by Theitos
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ddedhed

Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with a thick frothy head.

Smell: Sweet, raisiny, malty, bready, wheaty, and yeasty. A lot going on and fun to take in.

Taste: Starts off smooth with a sharp sweet rise that plateaus with a spiciness and alcohol. The booze becomes more present as the beer warms. I get more sweet, dark fruits as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation that plays nicely with the high alcohol.

Overall: This is really nice. Serious beer, and I love the "mistake story". Great sipper that I will definitely enjoy again. I might get more to cellar and try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:30:58 | More by ddedhed
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SEOhioSipper

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- poured a very dark reddish brown color with a very small head that didn't last very long

Smell-the aroma was very malty, with a heavy carmel aroma and many others that blended into a very inviting complex aroma

Taste-the flavour was sweet with a slight alcohol bite in the finish

Mouthfeel-had a heavy body that was well liked

Drinkability-I would definitely have another one, however due to high ABV I would limit it to only 1 per night

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 00:10:10 | More by SEOhioSipper
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kyleec

California

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, head goes quickly

S - lots of alcohol, also cloves and spices

T/M - The alcohol is pretty apparent in the taste, which is my main complaint against this beer. Otherwise it's great. Nice warming sensation with cloves and spices just like the smell would indicate. Fits the style very well.

D - I thought it would be less of a sipper, but I had to take it kind of slowly. Still a very fine beer and glad I had it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 19:47:07 | More by kyleec
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shageman331

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. poured into pint glass. Purchased Dec. 27, 2010. Consumed Dec. 31, 2010. Bottle number: 2009 028384. 12% ABV.

Appearance: Dark caramel colour and slightly cloudy (I agitated it a little bit by accident) with a nice ecru coloured head.

Smell: Huge dose of malt with a slight bubblegum smell.

Taste: Velvety malt (not cloying), but still has wheat characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Rich and velvety, but there is still a bit of prickly carbonation. Actually, I think a little less carbonation would have been desirable.

Drinkability: At 12% ABV, this is a hefty beer. However, I get no heat. Ultimately, I think this beer could use perhaps a couple years to become truly excellent. I have a great respect for G. Schneider & Sohn, and they will always have a place in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 00:50:13 | More by shageman331
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 03:40:49 | More by Fader
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RepMichigan

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark walnut caramel color, a bit hazy, two finger head on pour that dissipated after a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet figs odor little bit of alcohol, mostly smell sweetness

Taste: as it smelled it was sweet, alcohol comes through towards the end, not prolific but still there. Not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation is there, alcohol fumes are present

Overall: i did enjoy this beer a lot, the sweetness is more apparent as it got more towards room temp. Something that i will revisit when i am in the mood for this style

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:57:11 | More by RepMichigan
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poppercherry

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick cream colored head topped this dark brown beer. There was a strong smell of malt with hints of banana and alcohol sneaking in for the ride. The beer was very thick with profound malt flavors. There was also banana and hints of coffee noticed. The alcohol left the mouth dry and in need of another taste. This was a very good beer that needs to be enjoyed slowly and over a period of time. If not, the alcohol is bound to sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 21:02:03 | More by poppercherry
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Pdu8s

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a good looking beer. A nice amber-yellow color that forms a stable, thick white head

S- Smells citrusy, with hints of caramel coming through

T- Banana is the most prevalent taste, although it starts off a bit citrusy. alcohol taste not overwhelming

M- very smooth and pleasant to swallow. Not harsh on the mouth at all

O- This a good beer. Although not a fan of banana taste in general, I can see how this beer would have much appeal with others. It scores well in other categories.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 06:20:04 | More by Pdu8s
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vinhgoh


4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend in DC has been raving about this brew for over a year now. He came up to visit me recently. So of course we go out to buy a few brews. He spotted the Aventinus and basically begged me to try it.

When he first poured be a glass, I saw that it had a caramel color, and a good amount of yeast. As the yeast slid to the bottom of the glass, you could see it giving off CO2. The foam had a nice coffee-milk sort of look.

The most important part: Taste. I'd have to say that this is a very well flavored wheat ale. I want to say it had a mango taste to it coupled with a strong wheat taste. Very smooth and easy to drink. Favorited.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 23:58:06 | More by vinhgoh
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Payso10

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

4/9/09 out of bottle into goblet.

very thin head that settled to an island in the middle of my Le Merle goblet. tastes of dried pomegranate with alcohol and a hint of banana and dried fruit up front. sweet with a slight sour aftertaste and alot of malti-sweetness. a unique ale that i would have again, but definately after a meal and perhaps paired with a rich dark chocolate desert.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 00:56:22 | More by Payso10
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Morpheus

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, this is my first eisbock ever. I was expecting similarities to the other offerings from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn. Nope.

500mL into a tulip, this beer pours as plum-brown with a uniform opacity of color. Foam is rich and copious. Smell reminds me of malt, plums, molasses / demerara sugar, and soy sauce (it would make an interesting marinate for fish)

Into the pie hole: the first two characteristics noted were sweetness and richness. There are syrup-like qualities to this beer. It is intense and heavy. To my tastes this beer should be matched with food: chinese cuisine or deep fried/battered fish would pair nicely.

Overall, an excellent beer, with the 12% ABV not immediately apparent.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 05:03:41 | More by Morpheus
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counterpart9

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I greatly enjoyed this beer. I related it to a favorite of mine, celebrator, except having a bit of a stronger more mature taste to it. The maltiness was well balanced with the alcohol warmth, combined with a deep caramel oak flavor. The higher alcohol feel was present, yet it wasn't over powering. It made for easy sipping beer that could be enjoyed over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 13:48:56 | More by counterpart9
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toreysan

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - beige head fizzling down to almost nothing.

s - nice strong yet subtle nose. creamy, fruity, malts, banana.

t - some pretty strong flavors here. very fuity, not too much alcohol considering the 12%

m - chewy and delicious

d - yum! this is a very big beer with lots of beautiful characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 01:49:33 | More by toreysan
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futurefjp

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First experience of this beer in North Bar...and i think i have never had one like it...just like a concentrated Aventinus!

Very very interesting beer indeed. Try it!

I'm guessing it might be a tad expensive(£6) but its a great example of why i'll be buried with a bottle of a schneider beer in my right hand and a BrewDog in my left!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 16:08:15 | More by futurefjp
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Micahman

New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. 2007/13980.

A- Chestnut brown with a deep, thick haze. Huge creamy head with lengthy retention and lots of lace.

S- Banana bread, raisins, cloves, some licorice and a hint of sourdough.

T- Wow. It's like being hit with a boxing glove made out of banana bread. Instant warming. Big, complex palate of raisins, malt and syrup; with a measure of thanksgiving spices and a sourdough body. Alcohol is right up front, but not at all unpleasant.

M- Cold, a bit syrupy, with a warming finish.

D- Very drinkable despite the 12% abv. Not overly carbonated or too sweet.

This truly is a world-class beer. Striking taste and unique complexity; a perfect fall or winter warmer.

Also of note--glassware truly makes a difference with this beer. My first time I had it in the traditional chilled Aventinus glass, and the second time was in a standard chilled pint glass. To get the full bouquet and flavor experience you need the traditional glassware.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 21:56:31 | More by Micahman
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jstassi

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Weizen glass. Poured a dark amber color. The head reminds me of a cokes. Lacing was very nice and followed me all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Pretty much identical to a regular Aventinus, but a bit more alcohol came out.
Taste: BRACE yourself! Intense flavors (felt it in my jaw!) All those great flavors come out: orange, coriander, vanilla, banana. Burns all the way down, very warming.
Mouth Feel: Full bodied, thick carbonation which subsides with the burn. Malty aftertaste
Drinkability: Very drinkable, even at 12% with the burn.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:39:26 | More by jstassi
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Shemmy

Thailand

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I used to be a weekly drinker of Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus for many years back in the days when you could buy it here Bangkok. So, I was pleasantly suprised to find how different this beer was despite the similar purple label.

Most strikingly different is the mouthfeel. The former is quite similar to iced tea, where as this one is stunningly silky and heavy, just gourgeous.

The taste is all that most previous posters have said here and I would add that for me I blown away by how the warming alcohol integrates with the chocolate, fig, cherry flavor and how all of that combines with the mouthfeel.

I had my bottle with a plate of softer Italian cheeses, the names of which i have no idea, but some of which I would say were roughly similar to parmesan that has the wetness and gooeyness of a Muenster. Just an amazing way to have this beer, which is how you can have it at Brew Beers & Ciders on Soi Thong Lor, Soi 13 in Bangkok an incredible new beer oasis in the world's capital of boring beer which offers 200 kinds of beer. Heroes these guys and the others who now seem to be successfully fighting off the triple whammy of three separate taxations that have effectively taxed imported beer 300 percent. Or at least for now.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 13:48:47 | More by Shemmy
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ohnoitsthefuzz

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm writing this review as I drink this from a standard pint glass. Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle (# 04029, 2006) with a quick fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Globs of yeast float around. Color is a very murky brown, and slightly unappealing. Aroma includes alcohol, grapes, an unidentifiable but distinctly sour smell, apples, and dried fruit. Taste is distinctly malty, with essentially no bitterness. It's quite sweet, with vinous and vanilla notes in the forefront, along with the distinct solvent taste of alcohol, which is quite pleasant with the other flavors. The bubble gum and banana flavors I hear about are also present, but subtle and harder for me to detect. There is a distinct smokiness in this beer, not unlike a pinot noir or merlot wine. The mouthfeel is syrupy, but fairly thin compared to what I was expecting. The drinkability is very high, except, I imagine, when you get to number 3 or 4 and realize you're tanked. Oops...I just burped...and the banana taste was bold! All in all, one of the best beers I've tried thus far. Very high recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 23:17:52 | More by ohnoitsthefuzz
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breakchair

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Nice head on this one with strong aroma of raisins and alcohol. Mouthfeel is really great--it's thick like a cough syrup, in a good way. Great winey aftertaste, too. Doesn't have the spice and clove flavors of Schneider Aventinus, but it tastes like a condensed version of that beer. Thick and glorious.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:55:56 | More by breakchair
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.