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

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world-class

3,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 3342
Reviews: 1963
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%


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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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a full two finger head that retains well before decaying to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick, melty ring behind.

S- Bright banana notes combined with some Candi sugar and rich yeast. Slight trace of booze.

T- The malty sweetness provides a nice counterbalance to the alcohol with dark fruit notes and more banana from the yeast. There's also some spice and caramel.

M- Slightly syrupy but has that refined, somewhat crisp lager feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- When you want a nice change of pace from all the popular American styles, a world class weizenbock can sure hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 01:14:48 | More by Immortale25
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magictacosinus

California

4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at the Albany Taproom, served in a Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Review is from my notes.

Pours a murky, cloudy, and quite yeasty looking brownish, yet lightly tanned, caramel filled residue. Honestly, that's the best way I can describe this thing, because it's by far one of the most notoriously ugly beers I've ever seen from Germany. At the same time, it wins me over with its rustic appearance, and while this didn't produce any major or significant head here (other than about a finger, which fades away eventually), it is viscous and thick unlike any weizenbock - or, hell, any *wheat* beer - I've ever had. Alcohol legs are massive. Carbonation looks decent at best. The inner glowing amber hue in between the darkened murkiness is definitely unique. Not the cutest kid on the block, but definitely the toughest in its realm.

The aroma is by far one of a kind here, bringing forward all of the greatest aspects of both weizenbocks and doppelbocks, with some new additions to the table. Right at the front, I get juicy, booze-soaked notes of raisins, bananas, plums, apricots, grapes, and also awash with a variety of fresh, earthy, pungent spices ranging from the obvious clove notes, to rosemary, and definitely a hint of pepper at the finish. Everything then melds quite beautifully into an array of toasted, succulent, and fresh wheat malts and toasted grains to create a hearty smell indeed. No noticeable alcohol on the nose, and no significant bitterness. Very pleasant to whiff on, as these aromas all come in spades, only to be coated by the wheat and yeasty feel. Pretty much transcends the style at hand here... Absolutely one of a kind.

Yes, as expected at the aroma, this is very delicious. Huge notes of caramelized bananas, accompanied by raisins, a dried plum finish, and coated with fresh, dank clove, faint ginger, nutmeg, toffee, and toasted breadiness. Again, this being pretty much a hybrid of two styles known for big recipes, I expected to get the best of both worlds here. However, this does drink far more like weizenbock than a doppelbock overall, as is not nearly as spicy or filled with that faint smoky malty flavor that can make them more challenging to drink. Rather, it is presented with a juicy, thickened, yet crisp body of a hefeweizen, yet packed with all kinds of flavors that breeze by, rather than assault the palate. Carbonation is not as present as desired, but this is thick enough to make up for it. I'd imagine if this went flat that it'd become a syrupy, sweetened conundrum, but at that point, I'd say to use it for a cooking recipe. For a beer this strong and varied in flavors, I drank this way too fast due to the near perfection in balancing it all out and presenting it in a silky manner - but it was completely worth it.

This is definitely one of the most complex, mass-produced recipes out of Germany, and it's clear where it gets its praise from. Tons of well balanced, juicy flavors, and delicious bready and yeasty characteristics that further enhance them. Absolutely an easy beer to drink with its crisp, smoothened body, and at 8.2%, a dangerous choice at that. This is definitely something I'll treat myself more often to from time to time. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 16:24:22 | More by magictacosinus
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Beric

Indiana

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: On-tap at the original Weisses Bräuhaus in downtown Munich. 500 mL pour.
Served: June 2012

Appearance: Dark brown and hazy, actually not the prettiest beer. Sometimes you get hints of a ruby or grey depending on the lighting. Like wheat beers, this one has a nice, two finger head on it that sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Smells fruity and sweet- hints of raisins, dates, molasses, and other syrupy smells. Definitely seems complex and invites a taste.

Taste: Absolutely incredible. Tastes a lot like it smells- raisins and dates, maybe some plum notes to up the sweetness. The beer does taste sweet- it is definitely not 'dry' in the wine sense, or like how some lighter beers or hoppy beers finish bitter. This one, after swallowing, really hits you with all these dark fruity, syrupy notes. The alcohol is masterfully hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel: The wheat and yeast make this one smooth and creamy. Feels a lot like a Hefeweizen, which makes it feel lighter than it really is.

Overall: One of the best beers I had during my stay in Germany, and one I have returned to many times since. A must-try, and gold-standard for Weizenbocks.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 12:23:13 | More by Beric
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks

appearance: pours dark and had in logoed glass

smell: nice banana

taste: low bitterness, but a nice malty, fruity, and nice banana flavor

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkability: why did I wait so long to have this, world class beer and model weizenbock

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 21:29:55 | More by CampusCrew
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this one on tap as soon as I heard the local Flying Saucer had it in stock. And it was a very good beer. But the reason I wanted it so bad was to try the original German version of Texas's Live Oak Primus. Don't get me wrong. Aventinus was good, but not nearly as good as Primus. It had a staleness to it. It didn't taste as alive and primal as Primus. It was therefore more boring. It had a good mustiness to it, but not much accompanying banana flavour that I liked so much about Live Oak's weizenbock. Still a very decent beer, though. I'll probably have it again one day. But I'm in no rush.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 05:43:51 | More by ElCommodoro
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A consistently good beer, with beautiful color, and wonderful taste. After nearly 10 years of this beer, I never grow tired of it. Wonderful smells, superb mouth, excellent balance. You know you've had a big beer after drinking it, but while it's going down, the alcohol is not over-powering at all. As good in the bottle as it is on tap. Prost!

EDIT: Had 2003 vintage on 1/16/2013. Smooth, much lighter than fresh. Good with food. Not nearly as banana-y :) new vintage, but still good. Try it. 4.2.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 04:36:54 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer was served as a hazy medium brown color with a thin off white head. The head had a moderate persistence fading to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a brown bread smell with tons of darker fruit notes. For the fruit, raisin, plum, and a lighter cherry flavor are all there. With these aromas is a good hint of booze and a light amount of yeast and banana.

Taste – The taste begins heaviest of the darker fruit flavors of raisin and plum with a more subdued brown bread taste mixed within. As the taste advances some light banana flavors as well as a wheat and yeasty flavor coming to the tongue. Toward the end, a pleasant warming alcohol flavor comes to the tongue, leaving a nice sweet warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and fuller side with a lighter carbonation level. The overall mouthfeel very nicely compliments all the dark fruit and yeasty and light boozy flavors very well.

Overall – This is one tasty and very drinkable brew. It is renowned for a reason. Very well done. Tons of great flavor and an overall joy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 01:00:56 | More by Darkmagus82
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in an Aventinus glass

Pours a hazy dark murky brown with a one finger off white head. The nose is a spicy dark fruit brew with notes of toffee and caramel. This beer is very bready, has a lot of dark fruits and a caramelized taste and feel. This beer has a rather smooth feel but is still a rather massive beer. There is a slight sour bitterness to this beer that seems a bit out of place but doesn't hurt the beer, rather then set it apart from the others. A solid doppelbock/weizenbock, Would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 01:50:52 | More by TwelveOunces
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Glibber

Idaho

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking clear amber beer with a off white head that left ample lacing. A nice malty aroma with wheat overtones. Obvious Germany hops and flavoring, but a little more complexity that most other German beers I have enjoyed. I was excited to find this beer, and it lived up to my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 03:27:40 | More by Glibber
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Dennycurr

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best beers in the world.

I'm not even close to the 1st one to say that.

There is an actual regiment to go thru when poured from a bottle...(Upside down pour and then twirl/roll bottle in hands, to get the sediment that sits at bottom of bottle). When from the tap---the pour is slow because it has a great head.

This definitely is a beer to sit and savor.
If I know an Aventinus is available---I make sure that is the last beer of the evening----cause, nothing tastes as good after drinking an Aventinus.
It's the best lookin' dark beer out there when poured into one of those 20 oz tall glasses with the wide flair at top...(I use a tall Hard Rock Cafe beer glass). It looks like the perfect German beer in a glass that it is seemingly made for.
Very befitting one of the best beers in the world.
Nothing but good things to say about this excellent beer.

Den

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 20:16:04 | More by Dennycurr
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this thing. Ive had it a few times and loved every single time.

Poured into an Aventinus glass. Caramel body with white head. The head is reflective of the ABV compared to the hefeweizen head. I get load of clove out of the nose, a slightly spicy clove. The taste is loaded with banana and clove. Theres an insane balance between the clove and banana. Full feeling in the mouth, with the yeast flavors just taking over in the best way possible. Finishes chewy and amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 21:18:06 | More by VncentLIFE
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BrownNut

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first wiezenbock. Tasted very much like a Hoegaarden, which I guess makes sense. Just a touch of roast in the background to tell the difference.

Edit: OK the above review was from an on-tap experience two days ago. Now I'm having it out of a bottle and it tastes much more like its own animal than like a dark Hoegaarden. Still some of that wheaty taste, but not nearly as pungently Hoegaarden-y. Tastes more like its own thing, almost like they aged it and it became more mature and some more sweet notes developed. I actually like this bottle version better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 04:37:13 | More by BrownNut
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musicman575

California

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, sweet, malty goodness! The foam is similar to the foam in an ice cream float. The beer looks cloudy like it might have a lot of suspended sediment, but it is quite pure. It tastes and smells of grain and toffee. If light wheat beers were skim milk, Aventinus would be a milkshake.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 16:58:53 | More by musicman575
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impending

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petaluma Taps. Pours a dark ruddy caramel brown, dense head subsided slowly leaving a bubbly surface covering, minor lacing.

Aroma is spicy, dominanted by cloves atop dark fruits, banana and much grain. Complex, something for everyone.

Taste is rich and spicy as well with a hint of anise. Zero bitterness. The strong long lived estry aftertaste is the highlight of this brew, very nice. Creamy mouthfeel.
superb brew
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 21:57:00 | More by impending
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Glenview House; served in a flute.

A: Dark caramel with an off-white head.

S: Just a great smelling beer. Banana is huge here, with a bit of clove and spice.

T: Taste follows smell. Banana and caramel start and it finishes with that booziness that come with high fermentation temps.

D: It has decent drinkability for its ABV. The complexity keeps it interesting.

Overall: German style beers are really starting to grow on me. This is an excellent brew with a very interesting and complex flavour. It has all the qualities that a German wheat beer should have, with the big malty profile of a bock. Sweet, tart, and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 20:53:45 | More by JohnnyChicago
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BeerPug

New York

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served on tap into a weisse glass. Poured a nice three finger head. Color was dark / subtle amber in the light.

S - The sweet aroma of bananas, clove, and a hint of raisin fill the nose. The smell was sweet, but not overwhelming in the glass. Great balance in the aroma that really added to the anticipation before the first taste.

T - The taste was even better than the aroma. Sweet banana, clove and caramel came together in a perfect balance. Never did the sweetness, clove or alcohol overpower each other. I would never have guessed this was 8.2%.

M - More carbonation than it appears with a medium body as expected of this style of beer. Remarkably smooth mouthfeel and a moment of fleeting bitterness gives way to a lingering sweet and smooth aftertaste.

O - The balance of this beer is really impressive. This beer has a rich taste with dark fruits, bananas and clove that all play gracefully over your palate just long enough to keep you wanting more without overstaying their welcome and overpowering you. This beer is excellent and dangerously drinkable at 8.2%.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 02:55:02 | More by BeerPug
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer defines the style for me, and shoot it's tasty.

A very hazy brown with yellow-golden highlights. Amazing head retention and super lacing.

Classic weizen wheat mixed with cerealish sweet malt flavors, some bananas mix with berry, theres some confectionary qualities to it as well. A very complex and pleasing aroma.

The taste has mostly the same weizen, sugary malt, and banana qualities as the smell. Other dark fruits chime in and there is a licorice-ness to it. Some vanilla like it had some time on oak. Awesome.

Medium good carbonation yet very smooth.

An excellent beer and a standard. Do not pass this one up on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 00:50:25 | More by Dreadnaught33
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treznor

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Pizza Paradiso (DC). Floral/citrusy nose. Hazy and dark color. Smooth taste with a bit of a caramel taste at the beginning and a hint of bitterness at the end. Excellent example of a Weizenbock. Could drink this until I fell off the stool!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 01:40:45 | More by treznor
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vfgccp

New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque milk chocolate, or a dark ice tea. ~1 finger of creamy head held together with a fine micro-bubble structure.

S - Bright honey, maple syrup, touch of cinnamon, lovely banana.

T - Drinks like a bananas foster made with a nut brown ale. Sweet grains, bananas, and clove. Hint of lemon. Strong bready backdrop throughout the profile.

M - Smooth with a strong effervescence.

D - Very drinkable, super refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 16:14:31 | More by vfgccp
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clasher

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is among my favorite of beers, both dark and complex this weizenbock is an absolute treat because of its depth and sweet finish. The first few sips each bring different notes and it takes finishing a pint to fully appreciate all of the elements that bring together this fantastic find.

While I've tried it from a bottle, my first recommendation would be to make your first attempt from the tap to really grasp it at its best. This is an exceptionably drinkable beer and of the highest quality and standard. No matter if you get the best or worst bartender of the lot, the pour is nearly always respectable. To me it starts with a dry roasted flavor and subtly the sweet notes take hold.

The banana note that previous reviewers have referenced first hit me as a sort of bubblegum finish. This is most certainly the combination of clove and banana coming through.

A note on food pairing, if you're ever in the hunt for a good breakfast food beer pairing I would highly recommend the way this compliments buttery breakfast items like french toast and Belgian waffles, or sage sausages.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 03:11:14 | More by clasher
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen Schenieder glass at Firewaters A.C. Poured a murky brown with a an amazing thick off white colored heading. No lacing at first but does stick the edges towards the end of the tasting.

Smell is mostly of extremely sweet caramel malts, with a heavy dosage of banana. Some apple comes behind that with a slight twang of bubblegum.

Taste is pretty much the same. A heavy sweet maltiness mostly caramel with a tremendous darker fruit-wheat mix. A little touch of spice to bind thing's together.

Mouth is medium bodied with a amazing carbonation. The slight touch of spice does linger for a little bit and does a great job of hiding the higher alcohol.

This one caught me by surprise. I was not expecting this to be what it was but damn what a surpise.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 20:40:04 | More by TheFightfan1
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glid02

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deep medium malts with large amounts of light fruits - bananas mostly - and robust spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Big caramel malt flavors with hints of butterscotch kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are large amounts of banana flavors. Midway through the sip the banana flavors fade a bit and are replaced with clove and brown sugar flavors. The spices and thick malt flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I had been putting off trying this beer for entirely too long, something I now know. A very good beer serving as the benchmark for the style, well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 01:10:38 | More by glid02
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mmthompson33

Kansas

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Having this beer on tap, in it's own glass, is a special event. It's a tall glass, slim at bottom and quite wide at top. My favorite style of beer is a Weizenbock, and as you would expect I enjoy the slight sweetness and maltiness of this beer. It really deserves a place among beers such as Chimay Bleu, Westvleteren, Rochefort as an amazing beer that has withstood the test of time. Schneider brews some damn good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 00:06:07 | More by mmthompson33
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - cave-aged 2005 vintage - served into a weissbier glass. I put on-tap because I've already reviewed the bottled version. I feel that the cave-aged version is different enough to warrant another review.

Pours a shade of brown just past amber. Burnt sienna, mayhaps. Like iced tea. Surprisingly not as purple as a fresh bottle. There's just enough translucency to see the carbonation streams (and if you couldn't see them then you could certainly HEAR them; this is a loud beer). The creme head sits at 2+ fingers, with less lace that I'm accustomed from a bottle of Aventinus. Might be an inadequately cleaned glass; I won't dock the beer points for that. Pretty lovely looking.

There is a whole lot going on in the nose. When you see a five year old bottle that has been aged in a damn cave for at least three years then you expect complexity -- cave-aged Aventinus delivers it. Lots of wheat, some of it having turned a bit sharp (though not quite sour) in age. The hefe-like scents have been muted or cannibalized in the years developing in the bottle; this is more like a traditional dopplebock than a fresh Aventinus. Those splendid Aventinus dark fruits are more harmoniously blended in with the rest of the beer than on a fresher example. Some fig sticks out on some smells but mostly it gets quickly drizzled with honey/chocolate malt aromas and joins the rest of the beer. Some crusty, toasted sourdough bread backs out the aroma. This is a fine example of all a beer's components working as a cohesive unit.

To wit: plum, fig, cocoa powder, wheat, overripe banana, sourdough bread, wild honey, black cherry, English toffee, a tiny bit of sherry-like oxidation flavor. Everything works together so very, very well. Again, this is more reminiscent of a dopplebock than a fresh Aventinus. If not for the wheat piquancy (and slight weizen yeast flavors) then this would be a stright-up dopplebock. Regardless, this is straight-up good.

This rendition of Aventinus has a lightness to its body that surprises me. Lots of heavy malt and tons of ester but the body feels medium-light in size. It will gain a lot of thickness if you swish the beer around in your mouth (because of the active carbonation), so you get the best of all worlds. Drinkability is good too. A respectable ABV% of 8.2 meets lots of complex flavors. The bottle size is just about perfect for one person.

I don't think I like this as much as a fresher version of Aventinus. But I still think it's a remarkable beer. Dazzlingly complex; a superb beer and testament to the lasting legacy of the German brewer's craft.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 02:30:35 | More by Reaper16
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rand

California

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Schneider Aventinus
From tap to Aventinus glass 07/28/2010

A: Thanks to Toronado SD's little Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider promo, I was served Aventinus in it's own glass, which I got to keep. It's pours a deep, cloudy, leather-brown with red hues. Even though it's dim in Toronado, no light passes through this ale. Lots of carbonation and a two-finger head. Lots of immediate lacing which seems to collapse under its own weight and doesn't stick

S: The Bavarian yeasts are very noticeable with banana and clove as the most prominent scents. Some citrus is also in there.

T: This tastes exactly like it smells with banana and clove washing over your tongue. The hops nicely balance the malty sweetness with citrus notes, leaving a perfectly clean finish. The 8% alcohol is completely hidden, even as the beer warms, but a bready, chocolaty undertone becomes noticeable. These flavors work perfect together and are remarkably balanced.

M: One of the more viscous and creamy wheat ales I've had (I've avoided wheat ales because of my dissatisfaction with a lot of the popular American varieties)
Definitely the consistency of a 'big' beer.

D: With the amazing balance it's hard to stop drinking this. I could easily drink 4 or 5 more but I have to drive home. There are enough layers of flavors to keep any beer geek interested, but I can't imagine anyone who likes beer not liking this.

Notes: Well, I think this is going to be my gateway drug to German beer. I've had a few here and there, but I find many of the American beers that call themselves 'Hefeweizens' complete boring, which led me to avoid 'real' hefeweizens, and I haven't had a wheat ale in a long time. Not to mention, when I moved to San Diego, I found Karl Strauss (which used to specialize in German-style beer) to be the weaker of the amazing local breweries (not so much anymore, Karl Strauss has really stepped up their game). Schneider Aventinus just completely converted me, thank god Toronado SD sent out their promo email. This is truly a remarkable beer - I think I'm going on a weizenbock binge, as I have been with IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 08:43:36 | More by rand
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