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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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world-class

3,650 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,650
Reviews: 1,989
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 200
Gots: 223 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Aventinus.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Photo of nicholasdes
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Copper in color with a two three finger cream head.
The beer has faint wheat smell mixed with alcohol and fruitiness. Excellent complex flavor, a quick burst of caramelized fruit, reminiscent of cotton candy, that fades quickly into spicy smooth wheat with hints of alcohol. The finish is fantastic and keeps you coming back for more. I was taken back the first sips by the sweet fruitiness up front, but it mellows so quickly on your palate that you miss it. Quite an experience to drink but I would probably only have one per sitting.

nicholasdes, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours a nice dark reddish-amber color with a fluffy,white head into my fluted glass.

Aroma has a very nice amount of clove and what reminds me of nutmeg in the nose. Mixes in well with the wheat.

Taste is again full of the clove and wheat flavors with a tiny hint of alcohol bite and banana.

Mouthfeel is full of clove with even a hint of raisin and a bit of alcohol warmth. Otherwise, alcohol is well-hidden. Beer goes down very well.

This is marvelous. I haven't had many authentic versions of this style but I would say that this comes out on top for authenticity and drinkability.

Brad007, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%

Pry off the cap and we're off to the races (will I get the beer into the glass or will the foam beat me and end up on the floor?) Even at 3 years of age, this sample showed its Aventinus-like characteristic of over-anxiously climbing up the bottle neck the very second it was exposed to air. The head has become more subdued with age but still the beer remains tightly tucked under a white, feathery, finger high blanket of foam.

The beer is a lovely colour: lacquered cherry wood with earthy accenting tones of cedar and mahogany (certainly the Aventinus table set would look great in my dinning room). It is clear but deep and concealing. Nevertheless, transparency is awarded, one need only look beyond the effulgent glints that twinkle from the beer when held into the light.

The aroma is... quite interesting, to put it modestly. I remember a potent and powerful bouquet of yeast brimming with fresh potpourri like esters and phenols. Its fragrant clove and spicy pepper were too much for my nose when I first tried the beer. With age, however, those have faded and in their place arises a sickly sweet, seething scent of melted caramel and fermenting fruits.

I'm beginning to see a likeness to barleywines and old ales. There is an abundance of dark caramel, a definite brandy-ish influence and the unmistakable flavour of figs. Each sip I think of Turkey, North Africa, the Middle East - but not Germany; if ever there were a beer version of Boukha surely this is it. Speaking of spirits, I taste a few others too: Calvados, Poire Williams, Kirsch, and certainly Mirabelle.

Along with the apples, pear, cherry and plum I'm also noting cocoa (so you might as well add Creme de Cocoa). It's interesting that I'm listing the fruit liqueurs rather than the fruits themselves. Trying it fresh I remarked on the unmissable amount of alcohol. Now that's it has matured the booze is not detectable outright although it has obviously blended in with the flavours (hence fruit liqueurs not fruits). There's a lot of complexity, that's for sure.

Yes, I definitely remember this being warming (in an 'Indian Sunburn' sense) but it's obviously ripe for the drinking now. Despite both its strength in flavour and in alcohol content, this is being consumed with heaping, crammed mouthfuls. A pint does not seem overkill, it seems the bare minimum. The texture is sappy and sticky yet at one point I was literally distracted by the sound of crackling carbonation.

Aventinus has earned its reputation as a unique, world-class beer. Still, I was not swept away the first time I tried it, nor the second, nor the third. I had heard and read about people aging it; the claims that it evolves and matures into an even higher beer and so I thought I'd give it a shot. Three years later I could not be any happier I did. It really does become a different beer, stock the cellar and find out for yourself. Trust me!

biegaman, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

500ml bottle, old-world staid presentation, and yet attractively approachable at the same rate.

This beer pours a dark, cloudy orange-brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy pale beige head, which falls away a bit more quickly than expected, leaving very little in the way of persistent lace - and there are definitely some minor floaties swirling about, as things slowly settle out.

It smells of sweet, fruity wheat grain, banana esters, cloves, a bit of ripe dark fruit, and light caramel malt. The taste is of course quite malty - prune, raisins, overripe banana - with some thinned out caramel, an unusually hefty touch of wheatiness, and a very light herbal yeastiness, one which seems so integrated that it's like it's been baked in from the start. Nothing in the way of alcohol dares to poke its head out yet, it would seem.

The carbonation is moderate, and seemingly just not worth parsing - it is what it is - the body a solid medium weight, and a tad chewy in its smoothness. It finishes drier than expected, the malt petering out in the face of the lingering fruitiness and circling alcohol warming.

A lovely, evenly balanced, and yet still largely wheaty doppelbock. Simple and complex, all at the same time, which translates as just good, good stuff. The hefty ABV does well to keep its normally intrusive head down, which is another example of the old-school brewers knowing their way around the different aspects that make up their beer. Yeah, they get it.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.6/5  rDev +6%

poured from a .5 liter bottle into a schneider & sohn hefeweizen glass.

this beer looks gorgeous! a very nice looking beer that pours a very rich brown color; perhaps the shade of cherry wood - like a dark oak or dark chestnut. the head is very nice, an off-white color vaguely taking on some of the color characteristics of the beer itself. upon pouring the head was large and billowing but was eventually dissipated by the carbonation but remained responsive to agitation.

the aroma is complex and pleasing to the nose, with an array of flavors including wheat, a hint of banana, clove, caramel and a slight suggestion of alcohol ester. i had this beer once before out of a snifter and thought that the banana was very prevalent but upon a second tasting and smelling in a hefe glass, the banana seems much more balanced with the wheat smell and a hint of spices and ripe fruit - maybe plum - than i had though the first time.

a fair amount of carbonation gives way to an array of flavors that coat the palate. there are hints of banana, other ripe fruit, clove and of course wheat along with some suggestion of a yeast flavor vaguely reminiscent of rum as the beer warmed up. the aftertaste is of wheat and a vague hint of banana. the flavors in this beer are very deep, but balanced enough to make sense and not seem like tastes are competing for the attention of your palate. in fact, they blend and compliment each other so well that one has a difficult time describing the separate elements that combine so well to please the palate.

the mouth feel is full and a bit syrupy. however, the beer is carbonated just enough to retain a very crisp and drinkable character that blends nicely with the full mouth feel to make it extremely satisfying after every sip. as the beer warmed up and the carbonation lessened, the alcohol became more prevalent, but only slightly - overall the change in temperature led to only subtle differences.

this is what every dunkelweiss or weizenbock beer should strive to be.

ClevoPiwo, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of baggio
4.47/5  rDev +3%

2007 vintage.

A: Dark brownish with a huge head. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Ripe fruit, Dark caramel, Candi sugar, Hint of chocolate.

T: Ripe fruit, Wheat, Caramel, Prunes, Sugar, Hint of lemon.

M: Rich and complex with an incredible drinkability. Lots of carbonation after 2 years in a bottle. Smooth small bubbles.

Ok, i've had this fresh a dozen times but after reading that Garret Oliver recommended putting this beer down for a few years i decided to do so. Very different to what it is like fresh
but the drinkability is still awesome with added complexity. Wow!

baggio, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Aventinus weizen glass.

Sienna body with rust highlights topped by a dense yet thin beige crest of foam. Substantial lacing is pulled back down by the clear viscous legs.

Aroma is of wheat, brown bread, nuts, clove, caramelized bananas, malt, and yeast.

Dates, cherry pits, orange peel, and tart yeast on the palate, with a well balanced finish, which refuses to relinquish the impression of fresh brown bread. Delicious.

Velvety rich mouthfeel, though lighter-bodied than I expected; then again, this increases the drinkability. Alcohol is present, but not especially warming. Carbonation is substantial and thick.

The progenitor of the style, which serves as a baseline/standard for other brewers to aspire to (or potentially surpass).

augustgarage, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of nectar14
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

A great Monday night 3-dollar tap at Toronado SD.

A- Cloudy copper/amber in color in my big, Adventinus glass. 2 finger white head, no lacing.
S- Malty. Some cloves and banana in there too.
T- Like a malty weiss, though a bit more complex. Long and a bit sweet.
M- This is where it excels, I think. Carbonation and maltiness combine to make it very satisfying.
D- Good. Easy down the gullet.

nectar14, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of atpben
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Had this on tap at the Tap House and Grill in Norfolk. Wow, what a great beer. Poured into an Aventinus glass. Appears a nice dark copper color with a thick head. Aroma full of spice, caramel, clove and banana. The taste is amazing. Very smooth even with the high carbonation. The taste had everything that the aroma had and it was very well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden. It ends by starting sweet and then ending with a good amount of bitterness. A great beer. A great way to start the night.

atpben, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

A- Pours raisin brown color with a tall beige head which recedes into a little white puddle of foam in the center of the glass.

S- Malty grains scents, spices, and yeast notes.

T- Leads with rich and sweet caramel malts, midpalate has sweet and tangy yeast notes, and spice. Finishes with subtle banana and sweet malts pull back through.

M- Medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Fitting for the style and similar to what I've noticed in other Euro wheat beers.

D- Definitely a beer that everyone should try. A classic and worthy of the respect it has gained in the beer world. I however and this personal taste would be done after one 500ml bottle due it being a bit on the spicy side for a more than one a night beer.

UA8, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of pd360
3.03/5  rDev -30.2%

On first sip, this beer grabbed me. I liked it right away but after a few sips the sweetness got to me. It is very thick and syrupy and all I could think of was Dr. Pepper. Once the thought of Dr. Pepper was in my head thats all I could taste and I could barely finish it. I would not get this one again.

pd360, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

The color is an incredibly deep brown with copper hues. This brew is so thick I can't see through the glass, though it's not especially cloudy. The head pours well and sits for a while, though eventually it does dissipate to a thick film. Lacing is surprisingly minimal.
Dark fruits and molasses notes are first on the notes, with some caramelized sugars and an underlying nipping spice note. Alcohol is present though not overbearing.
Everything on the nose is in this brew's flavor and more. It's big and bold with a huge malt back and underlying complimentary notes of banana and cloves. There's a definite characteristic of spirits, as this possesses an underlying rum or bourbon-like flavor and is surprisingly heady. Hops are fairly minimal and all the character is from the malts.
This one's as big and rich as any I've had. Big, bold mouthfeel is supremely thick with a full body. Carbonation adds a little tingle, though not much bite. Great if you like thick beers. If you think it's not thick, that's probably motor oil you're drinking.
The alcohol is pretty expertly masked given the ABV, though it's certainly there and will kick your face in if you're not expecting it. Very drinkable otherwise.

Brenden, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev -9%

Poured a cloudy, very cloudy ruddish brown color with a HUGE carbonation resluting in a big pillowy white head. Nose is wheat, clove,sticky. Taste is wheat, clove, banana, thick and coating. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkable. Overall this is a great beer I could drink alot of.

barleywinefiend, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

This was a brewery cave-aged bottle, brewed in 2003, released in late 2008, and purchased a couple weeks ago. I wish I would have picked up a regular Aventinus for a side by side comparison...but oh well, this was freaking delicious.

Pours a ruddy dark brown, some reddish edging, smallish head, still bigger than I was expecting at 6 years old...fades pretty quick and doesn't lace, but instead leaves some vinous legs all around.

The smell and taste are both dominated by a wonderfully blended mix of sweet bread, bannana, and some light clove...delicious.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, without being at all cloying...carbonation is there, but it's light enough to not really take a front-seat...it fits perfectly in the back...excellence.

I could drink this and drink this and drink this...amazing beer.

grayburn, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.15/5  rDev -27.4%

A - pours a dark chestnut color with suprisingly white foam

S - a bit of sweet malt, some banana and citrus, but not alot of aroma overall

T - sweet malt, caramel, honey, wheatiness, bananas and cloves

M/D - a bit too sweet for my tastes, malty but medium bodied and light mouthfeel

mikereaser, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Doublebass27
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%

Thin white head with antique bronze coloring.

Smells of banana, chocolate, and even citrus and spice. There is alot going on in this stuff.

Taste is the same as the smell. Not bitter, even though the percentage is 8.2. Very flavorful and smooth to drink. The beer is thick, similar to guinness, but has a completely different taste.

This beer has many flavors and is one of my favorites. Remember, it is a dark beer. So, if you don't like dark beers, this may not be for you.

Doublebass27, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

A: rocky white head atop a molasses-colored brew.

S: Banana wheat bread and bubblegum

T: Tastes of banana and cloves up front with a nice malty background of chocolate and brown sugar. fades into an aftertaste of fruity spicinesss and cloves...mmm

M: good medium full body that is fairly bubbly and refreshing

D: Overall, very delicious and refreshing. I look at it two ways. Its either an extremely refreshing dopple for the summer or a malty dunkel weis for the winter. Very good beer.

OlRasputin989, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a dark cherry colour with espresso tinge, produces a little bit of ochre head when poured, but quickly dissipates to nothing. Little adhesive bubbles clings to the bottom when tilted though, kind of puffs out from under the crown. Quite a lot of carbonation as well; lacing is minimal. Not fantastic but I've come to expect this sort of thing from anything calling itself a bock.

Nose is very estery, with a good deal of "banilla" (to borrow the bros' term), sour cherry, and a whisper of coconut. Good spicy phenols round it out with nothing too intense, but a slight hint of cloves and a peppery edge. Pleasant nose indeed, very sweet and complex, promises a lot for the flavour.

Taste is toasty and tart, with a strong toasted grain character like burnt sesame, a lot of sour fruit notes as well; raisin, cherries and figs, in fact a lot of cherry, with a long finish full of delicious spicy phenols, certainly a nutmeg edge to it and a little warming heat from the 8.2%. Slightly nutty edge, may just be nutmug, but methinks a touch of walnut towards the back.

Mouthfeel is a bit tart, puckers the mouth a bit and makes me feel like an English mild to cleanse it. This is a great beer no doubt, very tasty with a rich bouquet of enjoyable flavours, but I have to say, having reviewed this second to the weizen-eisbock, I prefer the bazooka-tipped ramrod flavours of the latter.

This is more drinkable I think, but it's mild in flavour, maybe even simple, for all the many flavours it encompasses. It just never reaches the high, it stays sweet and spicy without ever reaching down my throat and yelling "OI! DICKHEAD! SWEET AND SPICY BEER HERE!"

I'm not disappointed though, of course. I've tried a delicious beer and puckering though it be, I could drink this all night.

laituegonflable, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into the appropriate Aventinus glass.

A: Pours a medium brown with reddish tint. Nice sized white head.

S: Apple cider, a bit of chocolate, some spice in there as well. A slight whiff of alcohol.

T: Very complex. Lots of different flavors layered in there. Dark fruits such as figs and plums. The apple is there in the flavor as well. A hint of light chocolate. Spices with clove standing out. A decent does of booze in the finish with rum coming through in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation.

D: A very big tasty wheat beer. Very complex and quite delicious.

willjschmidt, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Yesac
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

A- Dark murky brown. Large foam head that fades to a nice thin head. Great thick lacing on the glass.

S- Cinnamon spice, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast. Candy-like sweetness overall. Smell like Christmas in a glass.

T- Along with smell.. dark fruits, Belgian yeast big wheat presence and very sweet overall. The 8.2% is very well hidden. Great toasty malt finish.

M- Thin, medium/low carbonation. The mouthfeel is great.. is coates well and leaves a tease of amount of flavor leaving your palate asking for another splash of this excellent German brew. Slightly dry finish.

D- So easy drinking and smooth. Complex flavors and aromas and the great mouthfeel to boot.

Yesac, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

500 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy, ruddy dark brown with a very thick head with good retention.

S - Bananas, cloves, rum, vanilla, raisins, figs, sweet bread, mulling spices, caramelized apples, and a whiff of ripe sweet melon. The sweet notes come forth most prominently, but the spicy notes help hold it all together. Full, rich, balanced, and enticing.

T - The bready wheat structure is perfectly upheld by the complex dynamic of fruit, spice, and chocolate. This brew has a long, bracing finish that is at once sweet and savory.

M - The mouthfeel is at once thick and substantial while also heady and refreshing.

D - Supremely enjoyable - perfect for any time of the year. Such a versatile brew to pair with food - it could go equally well with dessert, chocolate, less spicy Mexican food, roast duck breast, or even with pancakes and breakfast sausage. This is an absolute joy to drink, and is now firmly entrenched as one of my favorite German brews.

vrazionale, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Soft cottony head, twice the amount of foam to beer from a medium pour, the color of a muted sun tea - 4.50, S: Cloves dominate the nose, some soft bubblegum aromas, yeasty and bready, the faintest hint of banana, wonderful aroma - 4.50, T: A touch on the tart side, a little cidery, quite dry and almost puckering, alcohol is evident but not aggressively, the clove on the nose also comes through on the tongue, a slight taste of fruit cake - 4.25, M: Creamy and silky - 4.50, D: A wonderful beer, not sure how much of it I could drink but this one really establishes a standard for Weizenbocks - 4.00

deereless, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a straight sided Tangle Foot glass

Pours an reddish-brown, chestnut color, with a massive, porous white head

Lovely nose, sweet banana, clove, a hint of vanilla, lemon zest

The banana is the first flavor note, then the clove and vanilla. A couple of other contributors to the spice, but I can't make them out. A crisp finish to this spectacular flavor.

Nicely bodied and well carbonated. Very enjoyable to drink, the alcohol is well masked and does not come through at all.

mhatters, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

.5 L bottle into paulaner weizen glass.

A - big fluffy head, retaining well; has a nice bumpy surface like a cloud, in a light brown maybe tan colour. the body is a muddy brown with some hints of orange and red-- looks much more like a regular doppelbock. the head settles down to a fairly sized layer.

S - smell is fainter than expected: malts are the biggest scent along with some apple notes in the background; almost like apples and honey.

T - taste is almost hindered by the intense amount of small-scale carbonation, no large bubbles here: just a lot of small ones. initial taste is difficult to get: it is difficult to comprehend because I had already taken a swig and the after taste is not irreplaceable. with a fresh palate I note a lot of cloves, a lot! as the brew sit in my mouth the alcohol begins to come out, and burn. the finish is where the flavours blossom to maturity: carbonation is an impediment here and blocks out most of the flavours; the cloves do get more intense and some sweeter elements come out, mingling with the subtle alcohol. the aftertaste holds the flavour for which we've all been waiting. clove, orange peel, and some sweet banana all come into the playing field. delectable if you like clove flavoured beer, that is.

MF&D - aforesaid, the taste of the beer is great once you get to it. but the carbonation muddles everything up! the flavours are good and some times too sweet, but the carbonation has to click it down...way down so that I can taste the beer in all stages of drinking.

erz316, Jun 20, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Wow, an 8.2% beer that not only doesn't taste like a molassis-covered turd, but is great.

It poured a dark-medium brown with a finger and a half of foam. The aroma was a bit fruity with caramel and a bit of a cinnamon/nutmeg. The taste was similar with the banana more prominent. The weight was in the heavy-medium area. SUPER SMOOTH ! I had no problems downing 1.2 a liter of this brew, even after a Spaten Oktoberfest. I have to admit I needed a nap afterwards.

DesMoinesMike, Jun 19, 2009
Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
96 out of 100 based on 3,650 ratings.