Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
I have had this beer on many occasions and reviewed it on another format year ago. It was really due for a proper BA review.
A fat three finger head jumps to the top of my duvel glass. It has big light tan swiss cheese like bubbles that fade slowly and leave no lace. Body is a deep brown tone that has tones of burgundy when held to light. Nose is a beautiful mix of abrupt wheat and yeast with a balance of sweet malt and rich dark fruits. This beer brings a lot to the plate with the flavor profile. The wheat feel is big and rustic while being crisp. Yeasty maltyness carries with it graham cracker sweetness and an array of dark bold fruits including some raisin and fig notes. Mouthfeel is very full and much like sweet bread, overall very nice. Alcohol at 8.2% is perfectly hidden. This is a very nicely drinkable Doppelbock.
07-27-2009 02:07:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
A: Dark reddish brown with a huge Duvelesque head. Seriously, the head literally takes up half the glass. It does die down eventually.
S: Malt and cloves.
T: The label does not lie. This really is like a hefeweizen mixed with a doppelbock. Notes of chocolate, bananas, and cloves. Lots and lots of cloves. A bit too much cloves for my tastes, personally. Your mileage my vary.
M: Like a heavy hefeweizen.
D: I keep going back and forth on this beer. Sometimes, it's one of my favorite beers of all time. Other times, it's undrinkably cloying. It really does have a whole lot going on, though, and every serious beer afficionado should try it at least once.
07-25-2009 05:58:41 | More by BarrelO
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany color that lets very little light through. Has a thick off white head rise very quickly and fall to a good size ring that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell is of sweet malts, dark fruits, and some chocolaty and slight roasted aromas. There is also a note of spice that adds to the complexity.
Tastes if the dark fruit esters first with some phenolic clove flavors coming through. The spice flavor is complimentary and adds to the overall experience. The chocolate taste comes through as well, but is more evident when the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is creamy and lighter than expected. This beer tastes heavy, but feels simliar to a Hefeweizen.
The drinkablility is great, especially at 8.2% ABV.
07-25-2009 01:34:26 | More by ocelot2500
4.8/5 rDev +10.6%
On tap a few hours ago at Fat Heads in North Olmsted, Ohio. What a treat to find this on tap! Poured professionally into a 0.5 liter Weizen glass by the bartender at Fat Heads.
A Opaque Mahogany body with a slight head of less than a centimeter. The top line went way above the "0.5L" line on the Weizen glass. Way cool.
S Sweet malt and some grains along with a perfect amount of spices to keep one's interest. Just great!
T Spices, sweet malt perfection. Really, the taste cannot be improved.
M Smooth feel in this beer that hides its alcohol maybe as good as any beer out there.
D Great drinkability. I drank the entire 0.5L Weizen glass before I even knew it.
07-24-2009 02:01:46 | More by adamette
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a rich, deep, dark reddy brown topped by an ample moussey head.
The aroma is dried bread, clove, and dark fruit, mostly perfectly ripe banana.
The taste is mild red cherries, raisins, chocolate, prunes and creamy banana all intermingled in a wonderfully crisp melange of flavors. The alcohol is mildly warming, but it jibes well with everything else. There's a nice tartness in the finish that goes well with the clove spiciness that lingers in the aftertaste. There's a lot going on here, and it all works together in perfect harmony.
The mouthfeel is medium but with a creaminess that works wonderfully with the banana in the taste, and it is this combination, with the wonderful lingering clove, for me anyway, that really sets this beer apart and makes it such a top-notch drinker.
It's a joy to drink, a truly delicious beer, and at 8.2% ABV you could feel joyous all too quickly. This is definitely a beer to savour over the course of an hour.
07-24-2009 00:05:07 | More by MeisterBurger
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
A - Pours a nice, dark brown. Poured with a minimal head, but it wasn't a very aggressive pour on my part.
S - Immediately I think of banana when I smell it. It's overwhelmingly fruity, along with a combination of spices that I can't quite pick out.
T - Not a very strong alcohol taste, which is not a bad thing. I do taste banana and clove mainly, along with the multitude of spices that are too complex for me to seperate. Very good tasting beer.
M - The beer is on the sweet side, and you can tell here.
D - Very easy to drink, not too heavy, but it can be deceiving. I could have a couple of these in one sitting, but nothing more than that. Overall, a very good Weizenbock. Will definitely get this again on my next trip to the store.
07-23-2009 22:26:52 | More by udu86922
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
500ml Bottle poured into Weizen Glass
A - Aggressive pour turned a dark copper/brownish hazy color. Huge off-white foamy head turned slowly turned into small flat head on top.
S - banana, clove, malt, grains, dried fruits like plum and raisin. Very complex spice note, very interesting
T - Similar to nose, get the banana, clove, and once again complex spices. Also dried fruit, nutmeg. Alcohol is hidden well but is definitely there at 8.2% abv.
M - moderately high carbonation, medium body, sweet
D - very good dopplebock, could easily drink 2 of these, but no more than that for me, pretty heavy.
Overall, I knew this was rated as one of the top 100 beers on earth according to BA and it serves well. This is a complex beer that I really enjoyed.
07-23-2009 19:41:58 | More by BayouBengal1537
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Finally convinced myself to pick up this 500mL from Binny's in Algonquin, IL during a big German beer sale.
A: Pours a hazy brownish, yellowish amber with just off-white colored head and lots of it that laces the glass as it settles to a thin layer.
S: Smells like banana, clove, caramel, malt, grains, dried fruits, raisins
T: Very similar to the smell - bananas, clove, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, fruity, raisins
M: Nicely carbonated, thin enough to make this easy to drink while still filling up the palate
D: The flavor is solid, there is very little alcohol flavor...the only thing is that i'm not crazy about the style, but this beer does a pretty good job of trying to alter my opinion
07-23-2009 03:04:00 | More by dukedevil0
4.6/5 rDev +6%
Served from a bottle into a 500ml Aventinus glass slightly chilled.
A. A very rich looking beer. It's color reminded me of slightly dirty copper with a very impressive cream white head.
S. The smell reminded me of a classic German beer. Banana, cloves, and an almost chocolatey aroma hits you pretty hard.
T. Considering my username it is pretty easy to guess this is probably my favorite beer of all time. It is very deep and intense. The alcohol is certainly there and it warms you while you taste the spices and banana. It almost has the quality of dried fruits like raisins and apricots.
M. As I said before, very warming. Leaves a nice but not overwhelming sweetness in your mouth.
D. The drinkability is good and that is dangerous for a beer like this. Luckily I doubt I could handle more than three in a sitting. Very filling beer.
Notes: I hope I did this beer justice. I am new to the game but have had a pretty wide variety of beers, but this one stands out as the one that really opened my palate and got me into really enjoying beer.
07-22-2009 23:17:29 | More by AventinusCam
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev -11.8%
Served from a 500ml bottle, at room temperature.
A - Dark red, to the point of being black. Pours with a significant head. The carbonation is medium, high for a non-lager.
S - The malts are clear on the aroma, but not overpowering. Mild spice, possible cinnamon.
T - Strong complex spiciness, could be clove, with cinnamon; definitely more to the spices but it's too complex for my taste buds. There are dark fruits in the background, figs standing out, and maybe raisins and cherries?
M - The carbonation is noticeable, which is something that I wasn't expecting in this. It tastes like it should sit heavy but it doesn't.
D - Decidedly complex beer, that offers up more spice than most. It is definitely unique in the flavours, in a positive way. This is not a beer that you can knock back one after another, it has to be savoured, and the entangled mosaic of flavours truly appreciated.
07-21-2009 22:26:22 | More by PartyBear
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
A- Pours wonderfully. An aggressive pour yeilds a fantastic head, very active and creamy.
S- Dark cherries come to mind. Sweet, fragrant. A spice...coriander? is there.
T- Very tasty. Malty, sweet rasin bread. Chocolate and clove afternotes.
M- Pure awesomeness. Doesn't get better than this. Heavy carbonation that rolls all the flavors all over your tongue.
D- Moderate to high, depending on your affinity for the dopplebocks/weizenbocks. I loooove this beer.
07-21-2009 22:06:01 | More by ShogoKawada
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from a half-liter bottle into a weizen glass. The code 08.057 is printed on the back of the label. Served at cellar temperature, between 48 and 50 F.
Initially pours a nicely clear, gorgeous deep mahogany with a finger-and-a-half of rocky tan foam. After swirling the yeast in the bottle and pouring into the glass, clarity obviously diminishes somewhat. Head retention is rather poor, as the head fades away pretty quickly and leaves behind virtually naught in terms of lace on the glass.
The nose is wonderful, with nice fruity esters reminiscent of plums, prunes, raisins and just a bit of fig; while present and discernible, though, these notes are not powerful and only play a supporting role in the overall Spiel of spicy nutmeg and clove aromas and a rich, chocolate-caramel maltiness. As things warm, a spicy alcohol presence shows itself as well.
Full-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a thick, slick mouthfeel. A rich, sweet caramel malt base holds throughout and supports a spiciness with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove dominating. Dark fruits come through again on the palate, but overall the rich maltiness takes the front seat, with some toasty melanoidins kissing the tongue and a boozy alcoholic character showing up as the beer warms a touch, helping somewhat in drying the otherwise long, malty-sweet finish.
Absolutely delicious and wonderfully delightful, a wonderful mélange of rich maltiness with spicy Weizen yeast characteristics and a bit of boozy alcohol, which is never overpowering on the palate but plays with the head, leaving that mellow swimmy nature that comes with it. The classic Weizenbock simply doesn't disappoint, and only gets better with freeze-distillation. I'd like to see how this one changes with age.
07-20-2009 02:33:10 | More by superdedooperboy
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a brown color, a light brown color with an off white foamy 2 finger head. Smell and taste are both very malty, with bananas, vanilla, cloves, and chocolate. The flavor has a nice sweetness to it. The 8.2 % alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, rich and creamy with good carbonation. I could drink this beer over and over again.
07-18-2009 02:03:18 | More by hardy008
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
On-tap at Flying Saucer served in an Aventinus glass a murky dark orange with a very nice two-finger head that lasts as a thin layer but leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of dried fruits with hints of yeast, dark malt and leather. The taste is a wonderful balance of dried fruits, spices, clove and slight cocoa. The beer is somewhat light with very well hidden alcohol and decent carbonation. This is quite simply as good as a Weizenbock gets, especially on-tap!
07-15-2009 22:48:22 | More by atsprings
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
Had this on draft at the new Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City. First time having this one on draft...have always had the bottles.
Great mouthfeel, definitely some dried fruits and caramel going on with this one. Some lacing, and a great pour left little head.
Was very impressed with this on draft...very fresh!!!
07-13-2009 17:29:36 | More by Plenum
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured into Corsendonk Goblet
Pours a full creamy near 2 finger head. Slight tan in color. Great retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark bark caramel brown. Damn good looking beer.
Aroma: A big malt bomb. Raisins, dark fruits, grapes, reminds me of the quad I just drank (Sixth Glass), just not as boozy. More malts than hops. Hardly any booze shows here. Plums, dried fruits, and very red wine like.
Taste: Huge malt taste. Very little booze to show. Plums, grapes, prunes. A lot of dark dried fruits going on here. A lot like the aroma, but not as big.
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation. Full bodied. Leaves a slight hazy/dark fruit aftertaste. A little dry, not to bad.
Overall, by far the best doppelbock I have had yet. Great drinkability especially for the abv. I wish I had more of this beer. I will have it in the fridge in the future.
07-12-2009 21:22:23 | More by mothman
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.
07-12-2009 13:47:42 | More by nicholasdes
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.
07-12-2009 04:31:34 | More by Brad007
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!
07-10-2009 23:32:46 | More by biegaman
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.
07-10-2009 23:20:28 | More by biboergosum
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.
07-10-2009 00:43:19 | More by ClevoPiwo
4.47/5 rDev +3%
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!
07-08-2009 20:14:34 | More by baggio
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).
07-08-2009 02:25:06 | More by augustgarage
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.
07-08-2009 02:15:54 | More by nectar14
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.
07-07-2009 01:49:03 | More by atpben
Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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