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

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Reviews: 2,073
Hads: 4,260
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 312
Gots: 505 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock | 8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

Formerly Schneider Aventinus.
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Photo of cambabeer
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown color, visible yeast floaters at the bottom. Off white head and lace, not too thick. Not a very dark brown, somewhat hazy.

A very fruity smell, bananas and raisins. Somewhat spicy and sweet, obvious alcohol in the nose. Somewhat caramelized sugary.

Sweet toward the beginning, like the fruity smell, bananas and some warming alcohol. Becomes a little spiced with a small bit of hop characteristic. The malt bitterness does well to balance the sweetness. Somewhat wood like. Very obvious wheat malt character.

Definitely a great beer. Heavy and perfect for sipping on slowly. A really good example of a German style.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a muddy reddish copper color.

The aroma has white grape raisins, sharp light dried fruit, like apricot. Lots of banana, banana Runts as well. Some light breadiness. Sweet toffee, caramel, and ripe banana and a good amount of clove and spice.

The flavor follows of raisin bread and fruit cake. Super sweet ripe banana and caramel sweetness. There's lots of spice with pepper, clove, star anise.. Sweet juicy plum. The beer finishes off clean and gentle with tons of the carbonation. Quite dry on the finish.

My favorite German beer as its filled with flavor. Somehow, that makes me want to analogize this beer as a "German DIPA." Similar to a DIPA with clean, slightly malty, filled with fruit flavor, medium creamy mouthfeel, clean finish.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner hefe glass.

I'm biased towards German beers s they were the first eye-openers for me as far as what greatness could be, but I like to revisit these brews I had abroad to take notes and enjoy in a more thoughtful manner. And almost without fail, all have been as good as I remember as well as beers with the quality and craft of America's more recent artisan offerings.

Without having tasted this beer yet, I was able to marvel at the way it looked in the glass. The pour produced a massive foamy head that took its sweet time to fade away and settled into a plateau shape above the beer. There's so much carbonation rising in this beer that it looks alive and the color, milk chocolate with bright golden hues at the base, is accentuated by its muddy and thick-looking texture. It looks like I'm in for a meal.

One whiff of this beer and my nose gets a huge blast of banana and clove. These two smells dominate and leave little else to detect, but I do get some nutty hints.

The front end on this is malty, spiced and clove-heavy. The banana notes make an appearance about mid-palate and then give way to a yeasty finish that seems to combine all the flavors. There's some bread notes in there too on the finish. It's not a beer that's got incredible dimensions of flavor and complexity, but it does a superb job of offering a balanced blend of delicious flavors.

I'm a fan and always will be. The beer is smooth, completely free of any hints of alcohol and offers a thick, creamy mouthfeel. It does drink like a meal. I'd skip plenty of meals to drink this with that in mind.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark murky brown with an extremely tight light tan head. Nose is estery with notes of banana and lemon. There is a faint tangy yeast and some dark berries behind. Taste has a touch of dark malt to it, bright esters of lemon and banana with more peppery spice and stronger berry fruitiness. Carbonation is strong with a lighter body and dry finish.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy translucent amber in the light; dense, full, lasting off-white head, eventually fades to a centimeter of cover; little to no lacing
S: yeast/wheat, apple, savory
T: smokey/sour/savory/apple
M: medium-bodied, coating, dry
O: Dissapointing off flavor and scent. Many people get far more out of this beer, but this is in a class of bad-savory-tasting beers in a class I otherwise prefer. It's bizarre--I'd very much like to hear from someone who's had this or other similar beers and can clarify whether I keep somehow getting bad bottles or whether I'm especially sensitive to this flavor.

500mL / Weizen Glass

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Definitely not what you'd expect from a doppelbock or starkbier; poured an almost burnt orange color with an eggshell-colored head; have not yet encountered a bock with this coloring yet. The head was really nice and thick and there is a considerable amount of carbonation.

S - Beautiful wheat aroma; quite strong. citrus, banana, and raisin soon follow; the Weizenmalz and Gerstenmalz mix well and you can even get a little hop bitterness if you try.

T - The beginning starts a little light, a mix of banana, light citrus, and a nutty taste, but the wheat and malt get considerably stronger. The middle gives you a little hoppy bitterness which ends with a sweet kick of banana and clove.

M - this is arguably one of the more pleasurable doppelbocks / starkbiers in the mouthfeel department; nice carbonation, a really pleasurable consistency and thickness, with a sweet ending and a little big of sugar residue.

O - fantastic beer; the perfect balance of a refreshing hefeweizen and a strong starkbier. A beautiful beer

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Photo of Paincane
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby body topped by a creamy tan head.
S: Chocolate, roasty malt, banana, clove and vanilla bean aromas.
T: Milk chocolate, banana, clove and a hint of vanilla flavor. A beautiful blend of flavors.
M: Creamy, smooth & simply delicious.
O: Amazing World class brew.

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Photo of kbrokhoff
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Note: This is my first Weizenbock.

Personal Drunkenness: 0%; this is my second beer of the day, but my first was a Notch Session during an extremely large meal three hours prior.

No. of Tasting: As noted, this is my first Weizenbock, hence my first Aventinus, and first Schneider Weisse overall.

Coldness: I had purchased this refrigerated at a Whole Foods over an hour ago; it had a chance to chill next to some milk and yogurts, then sat out on the counter for approximately 10 minutes, however its coldness seems appropriate for this style of beer.

Pour: Medium, give or take.

Glassware: 14.75 oz. Porter/Stout glass (similar to a Stella glass); I realize now a Weizen glass would have been more appropriate, but as soon as I uncapped the bottle it started foaming over and the Stout glass was my instinctive choice.

Filtering: Unfiltered; murky and cloudy.

Coloring: A chocolate/coffee brown, like unpasteurized cider; it comes across more as muddy swamp water than a mouth watering brew, hence my low appearance score; not sure if this is what a Weizenbock is supposed to look like, and for all I know this is as attractive as they get.

Head: About half a centimeter after pouring a little over half the bottle; when I poured out the rest, I created a good half-to-three quarters of an inch of toasted almond colored head up to the rim of the glass, which dissipated quickly.

Summary: This beer packs a flavor punch. It can almost be described as rich. Yet you cannot taste a bit of the alcohol. There's a definite sweetness. Again, not the most attractive looking of brews, but its drinkability makes that easy to forgive. Its smell is not strong, but very pleasant with sort of combination of raisins, cloves and bananas? (I am just terrible at describing beer odors.) The glass I am using could be withholding some of its aromas. I may be writing sacrilegious nonsense, but this reminds me of the Rochefort 8 and I like this better. I recently had a Spencer Trappist Ale (see my review from yesterday) and I can draw comparisons between that beer's smell and taste to this Aventinus. There is an excellent finish with a very nice aftertaste. This is a great beer, but it is probably even better in the right glass with a slower pour and a more educated beer drinker.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Very inviting thick dark caramel color with a one inch head that stays for a while. A lot of visible carbonation displayed by the bubbles racing to the top to replenish the head.

S: Really ripe bananas is by far the dominant scent.

T: Again, really pronounced banana flavor mixed with wet walnuts, a flash of a dark fruit in the middle, followed by a nutty, bread, banana after taste.

M: Medium body with high carbonation that provides a consistent bite, and finishes with a syrupy exit.

O: Wow. Perfect appearance, excellent mouthfeel, and I really enjoyed the ripe banana and syrupy wet walnut tandem. If not my new favorite, it is among the top tier.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: looks like liquid raisin. Best appearance for a beer I've ever seen, especially for the style. Tall tan khaki head.

S: yes! ...bananas, raisins, bread, yeast, booze soaked fruits.

T: Raisins, old grapes, yeasts (lots of it), apple skins, bread, bananas, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, and malts.

M: so good... damn near perfect if you ask me. Medium on the heavier side, yet airy and light in a way. A lot like a banana to be honest. Very soft and smooth.

O: this is just a great beer. When I'm in a German mood, I go to this or Vitus. It's almost perfect for the style and so refreshing and full of flavors.

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Photo of dank203
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark sludgy brown. sewage color with a creamy khaki head. aroma is bready, hint of chocolate, banana, hint of hay. body has a smooth texture with a ton of bite but its pleasant. good amount of carbonation, a little sweetness , grape, hint of vanilla, and ton of spice

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer tens of times before, but this is my first time reviewing it.

A – Pours a dark, ruddy brown with a furiously effervescent head which recedes to bald batches and then baldness within a couple of minutes. Not typical of this beer, so I’ll tack this down to this beer having travelled thousands of miles.

S – Smells sweet and fruity. Perfumed-malt. Clear phenolic character. Some booze. Soreen loaf.

T – Not as sweet or fruity as the nose. Wheat, boozy malt and a semi-sweet yeast flavour predominate.

M – Fairly high carbonation makes this remarkably refreshing for a fairly strong and dark beer. Mouthfeel is bang on; it would be cloying if it were much heavier, and would fail to carry the abv., and strong malty-wheat flavours if it were lighter.

O – I’ve drunk this beer at least an order of magnitude more than any other beer on the planet. At university I’d routinely drink 2-3 of these bad boys when I’d sit down to write an essay. This beer made a significant contribution towards my graduating from that institution. Tap 6 Aventinus will always be a special beer for me and as such it’s hard for me to separate my assessment of this beer as a beer from the many happy memories it has provided me with and long nights it has accompanied me on. Funnily enough I started drinking it for purely pragmatic reasons; it provided the best balance between affordability, flavour and high abv., but over time I really started to appreciate it for the classic brew that it is.

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Photo of Dbr
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One of my first beers of this type. Hard to forget.

Once I liked it extremely for the exciting taste.

Now, it is a bit too sweet for me. Only when it is very cold outside, just one bottle of this is perfect.

The aroma is crazy. Very intense banana and clove. Additional very strong sweet malty aroma.

The taste is very intense and sweet.

Due to high abv. and sugar content it gets fast to the head.

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Photo of jhawth
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from bottle into Wilibecher glass. Pours a murky, earthy brown with yellow edges. Beautiful foamy two-finger head.

Aroma: Delicious yeast aroma hits the nose first, big spiciness and solid banana presence. Incredible fresh bready malt notes, followed by rich malty dark fruit notes.

Taste: Breadiness, slight yeastiness, rich dark fruit malt notes are prevalent. Seems somewhat muted after the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, very lively carbonation.

Overall: Delicious strong dark wheat beer. Really excellent, and a perfect exemplar of the fact that not all excellent beer is hoppy, barrel-aged, etc.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review for the 2008 vintage, when it was called just Aventinus.
Nice head (not huge), good retention.
Smells great: roasted malts, juicy plums, cherries, chocolate, banana, marzipan and vanilla.
Wheat-banana-clove combo in the front, but with a richer malt character, roasted and chocolatey. Lots of dark fruit, with plum, date, fig, grapes (with a bit of the red wine feel found in the eisbock), mildly sour cherries and some acidic red apple. Aside from the caramel and some citrus peel, spices are very "Austrian", with nice hints of marzipan, licorice and vanilla. Low hop presence in the finish, mildly bitter.
The aging really worked on this one, the warm alcohol elevating the spices to a nice port wine feel, and the malts to cognac-sherry. Expected it to be more creamy, instead it pours down a bit too easily, and has a tiny bit of unwanted carbonation.
Certainly better than the usual TAP 6, but, for me, it doesn't surpass the eisbock. A really great weizenbock tho.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy brown color with a tan head that faded fast and left no lace
S-banana with a bready and nutty aroma
T-banana, roasted,and nutty taste with a tart aftertaste with a warming in the finish
M- creamy texture, good carbonation and a medium body
O-impressive beer, it has the smell and flavor that makes you want more

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Photo of ChestSplitter
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle; dated 2008. The bottle comes in a paper wrapping covered with factoids about that year -- a fun little read. Pours the same beautiful dark red/brown as the non-aged Aventinus.
Smell: amazing what 6 years in a cave does to this beer. Gone is the big banana/ester/dark fruit smell that dominates the non-aged version. Now there are more malts, bread, but also a different fruity aroma more like a good wine.
Taste: Wow. Just the best German beer I've ever had. More like a doppelback than a wheat beer. Whereas the non-aged version of this reminds me of a deluxe hefe, this beer reminds more of, say, Ayinger Celebrator, but so much better and more complex.
Mouthfeel is smooth. No other word for it.
Overall, as noted, the most interesting and best German beer I've yet had.

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Photo of djura
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it in 0,5 bottle. Poured in tulip Schneider glass.
A-Dark fruit color,unclear,usual for weizen,excellent tick foam. Extraordinary!
S-Mostly chocolate,caramel,dark fruits,and some alcohol in the nose.
T/M-Rich,tick taste of dark fruits,caramel,dark malt, mint.

O- Really excellent.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a ruddy brown stool juice color. Nasty looking really.

Aroma is mild but pleasant. Sweet malt, clove, figs.

Tastes of spicy clove, and dark fruits up front. Toasty malt character with a rum-raisin finish. Pretty dry overall.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, soft on the palette at first, then a sharp boozy, clovey zing on the finish.

Really nice beer. Tried this about 5 1/2 years ago and wasn't impressed, but I'm enjoying it a lot now.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky brown color with beige head

Smell - grape, raisin, cola, caramel

Taste - wheat, banana, clove, caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, dry finish

Overall - a bit different from other stars of the style (Vitus, Ayinger weizenbock), more reminiscent of a Dunkel hefeweizen, but tasty nonetheless.

Price Point - $4.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampling right now on 12/28/13. Single 550ml (16.9 oz.) bottle was purchased last night and chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark hazy 'ice tea' in color with a good 1-finger+ foamy off-white head that lasts a long time. Lots of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of sweet grains, dark fruit and wheat toast. The taste is even better! Wow! What a fantastic brew! Super smooth and goes down easy with NO harsh or bitter aftertaste at all! Perfect carbonation as well. Love this one!

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Photo of Radome
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Very dark brown color. It lets some light through, but this shows some cloudiness, as could be expected for a wheat beer. Head is persistent, light tan in color and appears smooth and creamy. Tiny bubbles rise continuously to the surface. Sheets of lace form on the glass when moved, but they quickly drop back into the head.

S - Wonderful aromas of earthy hops, gingerbread, molasses, raisins, plums, whole wheat toast. The alcohol is there as a sweet brandy-like note. Wow! This is extremely complex and appealing. Maybe some light cloves, but no banana note.

T - The flavors mirror the aromas. A delicious mix of wheat, warm malt, molasses, dried fruits, mild, earthy hops. There is sweet alcohol and then a medium dry finish.

M - Medium body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Medium hops bitterness and light alcohol presence.

O - Every aspect f this beer is spot-on. A true world classic.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint/9 Ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis.

A) Pours frothy chestnut brown mash, unfiltered and full of suspended fine bubbles. Very cloudy, short off white head dissipates quickly to leave a lacy 1/4 inch trail

S) Sweet and complex. Bananas, stewed fruit, mild spice. Classic Weisse

T) Truly delicious and very mild for such a strong beer. At 8.2% alcohol, this brew packs a punch. Raisons and dates, baked sour dough bread, banana and clove.

M) Fine bottle conditioned carbonation gives this magnificent beer a Champaign like feel. Thick, smooth and sticky, the carbonation lasts until the last drop

O) Truly a masterpiece, a fine example of its category

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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a euro-brown, 16.9 ounce bottle into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about an inch of a creamy tan head that sticks around for the duration. The beer is a murky brown with tons of carbonation. The murkiness clears up after a while, and it has a very appealing appearance despite the initial murk.

Plenty of spicy sourness wafting from the glass, including some cidery notes. Even my poor olfactory nerves continue to stand up and take notice of the yeasty aroma. I detect caramel notes at the base, with lots of effervescent spice and dark cherry-like tang, and just a touch of citrusy bitterness in the aftertaste. The tang is somewhat reminiscent of hard cider. The more I sip, the more I taste, so that eventually chocolate and nutty tones become more noticeable, along with a strong undercurrent of a Kirsch-like flavor. A bit of alcohol warming as the beer progresses. The mouthfeel is tingly and creamy.

An excellent wheat beer and very much worth a try if you want to explore the style. Wheat beers are harder for me to like sometimes, but this one is a winner. I bought the bottle for approximately 3.75, which strikes me as very reasonable. Only one store in my town of approximately 30,000 people stocks this beer. I wish Albertsons would get rid of a display case of AB product and substitute some decent imports and craft brews.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass
8.2% ABV, 13.177 on label.

A - Dark brown in the more volumetric parts of the beer, tan-ish brown highlights parts for a nice color with a lovely gradient but, overcome with tons of cloudines, it looks like pond water. The tight, off-white tan colored foam is packed with dense bubbles, which lower slowly leaving little lace beyond one giant finger of foam behind.

S - Aventinus smells like a loaf of fresh banana bread littered with nuts and chocolate chips topped with a drizzle of caramel for subtle sweetness. Sprinkled with clove and cocoa and finished with malt-driven nuances of cherry skin and raisin, this beer has it going on with nary a trace of alcohol!

T - Doughy bread is the perfect incorporation of "doppelbock" into this wheat beer, and boy does it have some wheat! Thick but soft wheat maintains course through the whole beer before banana and clove yeast characteristics come through and finish with a touch of dark fruitiness, trailing off with just a subtle hint of alcohol spice.

M - Smooth and rich, Aventinus has a quick way of coating the throat with it's super-soft and creamy texture. The carbonation bubbles are small enough, it seems, to give a touch of crispness as a subtle hint of warming alcohol finishes up to complete the most perfectly drinking weizenbock.

O - Aventinus is the original weizenbock, brewed in 1907 and still king of the style to this day. It's robust German hefe aroma is perfectly paired with the bready malt profile of a doppelbock for a hybrid style that is a blissful marriage of soft and drinkable wheat with filling and complex maltiness. Like a dense loaf of Banana bread made with nuts and chocolate chips, Aventinus is soft and smooth but rich and filling with a fantastic silky, creamy finish!

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
96 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.