Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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3.13/5 rDev -27.9%
This beer was interesting, but not necessarily in a good way. It poured a nice orange color and had a vigorous foamy head. The aroma was very fruity with no hops present. The beer had a sweet maltiness with a pronounced apple flavor. The hops were very subdued and provided barely enough bitterness to balance out the malt. The body and mouthfeel was relatively light considering the alcohol content. The carbonation was very high - almost like that of a witbier. A decent beer, but not outstanding in my opinion.
12-06-2005 21:05:26 | More by SacoDeToro
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
.5 liter bottle poured into an Aventinus weizen glass. 2001 vintage.
A - This beer has a great look. One of those unique looks in its glass that's all its own. An orangish brown on bottom that lets a litle light through leading up to a deep purple tinted brown at the thicker part of the glass. Lots of carbonation feeds a decent sized foamy head at the top.
S - Huge smell of tart cherries/berries on the initial whiff. Alcohol is definitely pushing through here. Got a nice spicy kick in the nose that hits the nostrils hard. A very nice smell.
T - Basically indescribable on the first sip. Simply different than most beers I've ever tried. I'm definitely tasting some of the flavor described on the 2001 vintage tag. A bit of chocolate under the spicy flavor. Some fruity alcoholic kick mixed in there. Balanced nicely with a nutty flavor.
M - A nice amount of carbonation with a fairly thick texture in the mouth.
D - Keeps me coming back for more. I definitely can sip on this one till the last drop.
Notes: Wouldn't drink this every day as wheat beers are not my favorite style but this is the best wheat beer or bocks I've ever had. Definitely one I will pick up from time to time to enjoy for a change of pace.
12-01-2005 00:13:52 | More by EStreet20
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
The pour is orange, closing in on lavender. The head seems small for a weizen, although this does have more alcohol then the average hefe, leaving minimal lacing. It's got the phenols and esters as expected- a malty nose with bananas and cloves. The taste has plenty yeast, spice, fruit (in addition to bananas), and roasty wheat malts. The 8% abv is more detectable then you would think, but this is still mighty easy to drink.
11-27-2005 01:51:43 | More by goschool
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
A nice change of pace for this hop-head. This beer poured a nice dark brown, translucent color with a huge head that quickly disappeared to some lacing and covering the surface of the glass. Some citrus smell. Taste began with an astringent taste that dissolved into a citrus flavor. I have had some problems with strong astringent tastes (like Konig Ludwig Hefe Weizen). This beer is so nicely balanced that it just shows you an astringent taste and quickly dissolves to at citrus taste and a rich mouthfeel. I did not get any harsh alcohol taste and noticed the alcohol only in a slightly flushed feeling and a nice buzz. I would have enjoyed a second one and will definitely buy this beer again.
11-27-2005 00:17:55 | More by JayQue
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.6/5 rDev +6%
500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys
Poured a slightly hazy dark amber / orange colour... Head was slightly off white - pours big and foamy and a nice layer stays until near the end...
Aroma - Cloves, plums, toffee/caramel, nice maltiness, banana hints, slight aniseed notes, vanilla...
Taste Cloves, quite noticable alcohol notes, raisins, fruity, liquorice notes, nice maltiness, some strawberry hints...
Feel - Quite sharp initially but smooth after.. Quite full bodied. Extremely drinkable...
Overall - An exceptional beer.... in my view the best of it's kind. Extremely recommended....
11-21-2005 14:04:12 | More by mdagnew
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Had this one at a German restaurant. Pours out a purplish,brown color, not very clear, but with ample carbonation. First, I got a crazy big head that dissipates quickly, down to a thin white ring at the top of the brew. There is no lace to be had.
The aroma is sweet grapes, kind of winelike accompanied by dark roasted malt. It really jumps out at you after opening the bottle. The taste is a nicely flavored warming alcohol along with some spicy fruit. It is very well blended between these two flavors. There is also a nice blend with malts and hops. Goes very well with German food. The doublebock style is becoming one of my favorites. Very good beer.
11-20-2005 23:53:53 | More by abcsofbeer
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance: hazy dark copper in color with a decent 1" head. Some soft lacing develops.
Smell: the aroma is of strong yeast, caramel, and spice.
Taste: the flavor components are of caramel, alcohol, hints of banana, ripe red fruits, strong yeast, and spice. Bitterness levels were lower than expected.
Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start. The finish is smooth and the yeast and alcohol lingers long on the tongue.
Drinkability: I found this to be extremely drinkable even though the alcohol levels are clearly detectable. Great brew.
11-20-2005 13:28:34 | More by Gavage
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
500 ml bottle. Aventinus pours out a dark amber color with a huge head. Vigorous carbonation. The aroma is wheat, dark malts, chocolate, and flowers. The flavors in this beer are big and complex: yeast, wheat, bananas, sweet 'n' sour sauce, tropical fruit, and chocolate. There are so many delicious flavors in this beer, and they work so well together. The sweet and sour flavor lets you know this is a weizenbock, but I think of this as a great beer that just happens to be a weizenbock. Mouthfeel is creamy. The relatively high carbonation ensures this won't be cloying. A world class beer.
11-18-2005 00:35:08 | More by beveragecaptain
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Out of a pint + purple bottle; poured a dark hazy black-brown with a head with poor retention.
The aroma took a minute or two to settle into a smell of a typical dunkel weizen; wheat smells of banana and well just very traditional, some clove and residual sweetness. No yeast detectible to me, no sediment that I could appreciate.
The initial taste was a toasted wheat and banana and clove, some dried fruit and raisin/plums. The mouthfeel was medium to full, and the big chunky fruity meatiness of the wheat was then offset by two things; first, the alcohol, warming, present, not-unwelcome, finishing like a sip from a snifter of brandy. This coupled with the mouthfeel, a more than-normal carbonation for a wheat beer, with a small bite, made this feel classy. This was simply the thing that distinguished this from just being a big, flat apple juice tasting dunkel.
I read another review and saw a comparison to Victory Moonglow, they are very similar beers in flavor and taste, but the Aventinus has a more refined mineral quality to the water, and more brandy-alcohol-medicinal phenols in the finish. Otherwise, it is true, they are the same animal.
This is worth a try, if for nothing else, to taste a classic and elegant portrayal of the strong dark wheat style.
11-16-2005 12:51:40 | More by andjusticeforale
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured a deep burgundy colour into a standard pint glass, with light brown highlights when held up to bright light. A HUGE fluffy head.
Smell is dark fruits -- raisins, plums, and pears, with some alcohol plus hints of banana and a bit of sourness as it warms.
Taste is very sweet -- raisins and other fruits again, very little actual alcohol flavour, unlike the smell. Low carbonation as well.
I could drink this beer all day, which at 8% alcohol makes it dangerous. An excellent doppelbock though. Having this, Celebrator, and Paulaner Salvator in my fridge at the same time is making me really appreciate this style!
11-16-2005 02:49:19 | More by crwills
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a pint + 6 oz. bottle with the yeast. A deep mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades but never disappears. Smell is sweet and estery, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is malty and bright. Hints of traditional weizen flavors like clove and yeast, with a strong malty undertone. The alcohol flavor is not nearly as strong as I expected, but it's definitely there. Nice fruity flavors and a pleasant carbonation make the beer seem lighter than it is. A nice clean taste and feel in the mouth. Very smooth and drinkable, but it sneaks up on you.
11-12-2005 08:19:51 | More by seedee17
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
poured into a chimay goblet.
color appears a muddy opaque brown, almost like mississippi river water capped with a fingerthick offwhite head.
aroma is very complex and deep, showcasing cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate and nuts up front with a secondary fruit note like cooled banana bread. wow.
the taste is delcious and like a mirror image of the smell with a very pronounced fruit medley on the palate. banana, strawberry and plum flavors unfold followed by spicy clove, cinnamon and nutmeg that are deadringers for the real thing.
mouthfeel is like dancing liquid velvet. sounds like bullshit but its true. the subtle but prickly carbonation is perfect.
fantastically drinkable. overall, aventinus marries intensity with grace
11-11-2005 04:19:09 | More by sacrelicio
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
You don't see many deep purple beer labels but this beer is revered in many circles so I guess we'll let it slide.
Pours a thick, sediment filled dark brown color with a thick head that dissipates quickly and not much lacing. The scent is fruity, with the requisite cloves and banana. Alcohol is also easily detectable in the nose.
A flavorful but mellow taste with a silky texture and almost no carbonation. The prime active agents in the flavor are roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The alcohol is present but nicely understated. A smooth , creamy aftertaste is also a plus.
This was first go with this beer for me but it's a clear winner; a complex, well sculpted beer that reminds me of a Belgian in its artistic interpretation of a style. Go get one and drink it.
11-09-2005 04:11:42 | More by daliandragon
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured from the bottle with a huge head that settled down after a few minutes...gorgeous deep brown colour.
For me, the smell was fruit and cloves...nice.
The taste is very complex. Chocolate, fruit and a strong clove flavour all operating in wonderful harmony...I don't even notice that it's sitting at 8%abv and that's a testament to how well made this is.
I highly recommend this delicious wheat dobblebock!
11-09-2005 00:33:10 | More by Bitterbill
4/5 rDev -7.8%
appearance: poured into my flute glass, this is looking like a dunklewiezen only darker. The head also leaves remarkable quick...i don't know if this is normal or not but it seemed kinda quick. it's cloudy.
smell: hefe yeast. a more maltly dunkle? bananas.
taste: nice and yeasty. this is really reminding my of a dunklewiezen....which i guess this is just a amped up verison of so duh. the only other wiezenbock's i've had were american made and were really crap. this is really ace, although I can' t say it's better than a good dunkel. I guess a weizenbock is like making love to a beatiful women; you can't always score but when you do it makes it all worthwhile.
drinkability: high. yeah i wouldn't as to me this is just a doubledunklewiezen. which is cool but a regular dunkles are a damn underrated style.
11-08-2005 07:37:45 | More by pjwilson
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a bottle into Watou chalice. Not sure if this is the proper glassware, but what the hell it looks good. Deep reddish brown color with thick head which quickly disappears to a thin ring around the glass.
I'm trying to increase my exposure to German beers, and this one proves that the Germans know what they're doing. Aroma is extremely inviting, bready and fruity. It delivers the fruit bread flavor and adds an alcohol punch.
11-05-2005 00:55:14 | More by TurdFurgison
4.6/5 rDev +6%
Aventinus is one of those beers I have always consumed and almost take for granted. Recently I ordered a batch from my local store though--it had been a while and I felt like rediscovering it. In its absence I found a new appreciation for this phenomenal beer. Just seeing the attractive purple-labelled bottle is enough to make me salivate. I want it at my local store for good, because this is truly a world class German beer. It always pours into my weizen glass nicely, if done slowly and carefully. The head can be as enormous as you see fit. Ultra-creamy, off-white bubbles form and give off the wonderful aroma very intensely after pouring. Sheets of lace cover the sides, sticking tenaciously, or sometimes running down the glass. The beer is full of colour: purples and burgundy, caramel or murky brown, ruby, maple and amber. Always impermeable too: the beer looks thick and hazy. The beer's appearance literally induces drinking. The first big, chunky aroma from this beast is the banana. Fresh, strong, almost rotten banana smells. Dried banana. The intense banana is not artificial smelling at all, as some unfiltered wheat beers smell as though they have had banana extract dumped into them. This is refreshing, natural and extremely appetising. Behind the fruitiness is the strong sweet maltiness with a little of the warming, port-like alcohol. The yeastiness is delicious, reminding me of the very first German hefeweizens I ever tried. Dates, prunes, light licorice, plums, and red wine. The malts add some saltiness, some meatiness. This is one beer very easy to over-sniff: the aroma is massively complex, yet very powerful. Sometimes you can smell it too much and it numbs your nose for a few minutes. The aroma is intense and can be overpowering, but only if you let it. The aroma is like a very good hefeweizen, with the addition of more alcohol and more maltiness, which begs the question: Why are there not more weizenbocks in this world? Again, I could go on and on about the smells in this beer's aroma, but we must move on to the taste. The taste could inevitably be compared to rich red wine. There literally is a very strong red grape taste in the beer. Even the tannic dryness is present. The finish clearly evinces that this is a beer though--strong banana yeastiness, perfumy hops and rich malting. The alcohol does come through quite strongly in the middle, but it is never overpowering--instead it reminds me of the taste one might get from warm brandy. Delectable dark fruits and mouth-filling maltiness. There are enough strong tastes here to deter the second sip of a beer-neophyte, but once this beer hacks its way to your beer-heart, this is at once both one of the most refreshing and complex strong beers you could ingest. Think the revitalising characteristics of a cold hefe with the arcane complexity of an aged barleywine. The carbonation on this beer is medium, the mouthfeel definitely full. A beer equally satisfying on a cold night or a warm one. I have tried Aventinus with a variety of different cheeses, and they all complement it very well. Try aged cheddar or gorgonzola--they were particularly good with this beer. This is one of those beers that truly does make Germany the preeminent beer producer; and it is one of those beers that we should feel privileged to experience every time we take a sip.
11-04-2005 07:43:04 | More by Cwrw
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Appearance: Pours a dark amber, the color of Coke of Pepsi. Nice, tightly bubbled 2" off-white head, dissipates leaving little lacing on the glass.
Smell: Sweet and fruity malts, plum like, hints of caramel.
Taste: Beginning is sweet malt, hints of dark berry fruits, caramel.
Very clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, velvety, almost creamy. Perfect carbonation level.
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Typically not my style of beer BUT, I'm really starting to like Weizenbocks. Super easy to drink, alcohol well hidden. Malty and sweet. Makes me wish I bought more than 1 bottle. I great change of pace for me. Definately seek this one, perfect for a cool autumn evening. Compare with Victory Moonglow.
10-28-2005 22:46:03 | More by SwillBilly
2.68/5 rDev -38.2%
Appearance- dark hazy brown with a big thick head. Had to wait a few minutes and continue pouring.
Smell- Whoa.... Pepper and cloves!!!!
Taste- watery and thin with nothing more than clove and pepper.
Mouthfeel- watery. Slight bubbly carbonation.
Overall- The first sip gives you all this clove and pepper, and just when you think the beers about to kick it up a notch... it doesn't.
A beer I could drink a few of, but not worthy of the price. Not a bad 1 but nothing special here either!!!
10-27-2005 22:28:49 | More by NJpadreFan
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
I bought this bottle up in Portland at a Whole Foods Market.
The color was a unique color that can be called a hazy, almost purple hued amber color. The beer poured with a big, beautiful head that retained very well. Lacing hung out around the top half of the glass.
The nose was sweet banana and with some yeasty, spicy elements to it as well.
The taste was spectacular, and no beer that I've encountered compares. The taste ranges from both bananas and also darker fruites to bready and doughy. This beer is complex, and my girlfriend commented about it's favorable comparison to wine. An excellent brew. Warmed nicely and allowed more flavors to slowly peak out.
This is a medium to full bodied beer that retains it's high drinkability because of the complex taste. I didn't want to put this down, and I am already considering driving up to Portland to pick up a few more bottles.
One truly great brew.
10-26-2005 16:11:45 | More by edmundfitzoil
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
This is the first beer I'm re-reviewing in a different serving type. Why? Cause it's freakin' great. Poured into my big ole' weizen glass, the head took up half the height at first. The bubbles swirled around like living organisms until they settled into sweet beer. Once I tasted this, the malts and banana flavors were brilliant--sweet, rich, beautiful...poifect. This is unique. I don't know of any other beers that taste like this...or look like it. It's dark purple, dear heavens. You have to try this just to say you did, or because it's one of the best brews out there. Great. Bold. Innovative. Try it, my friend.
10-25-2005 02:47:12 | More by GnomeKing
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Last time I had this was I was sipping it in the Weisses Brauhaus am Tal in Munich. This time from the bottle. Pours a cloudy(yeast) orange-tinted brown with about an inch head that dissipates quickly to a standard collar. Smell is rich and full of banana bread, clove and loads of yeast spice--malty and sweet. Taste upfront is deep caramelized banana wheatiness. The hefe characteristic is magnified to epic proportions. Very round flavor. Then there's a slow progression into a warming clove finish. Hops are nominally present for bittering only. Delicious. Delicious banana burps. Mouthfeel is low medium but the carbonation is strong, working to create a very creamy mouthfeel, not unlike some belgian strong ales. Utterly drinkable at 8%, but one is more than enough for my tastes. I still prefer standards doppels.
10-24-2005 02:07:14 | More by numenor1
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours to a white head and cloudy amber color. Aroma is strong in esters, especially apple, banana and clove. Maltiness is also evident in the nose. Flavor is a very rich blend of sharp wheat flavors blended with fruity and spicy flavors contributed by the yeast. Alcohol wafts into the nasal passage as it dries out upon swallowing. Some spicy hop notes are noticable. This weizenbock is balanced, flavorful, potent and technically flawless.
10-22-2005 21:47:56 | More by EagleTalon
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
It's always a good way to end a day... to dive into this one. A look that is prototypical of a dark wheat (dark mohogany and clearly hazy!?), but after that, it's nearly perfect. Aromas are that of a light barleywine with bubblegum (juicy fruit) and esters (banannas and cloves). The flavors are intensely similar. Bigger and bolder sweetness than expected in wheat beers but complex and bold nonetheless. More akin to and Urbock. So is the body, texture, and mouthfeel. Wheat-like malty/bready flavors show nicely from nose to finish. Sweet and malty in the finish and with a fruity, warming aftertaste. One of the best beers out there.
10-21-2005 17:43:08 | More by BEERchitect
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a deep cherry walnut hue with a MONSTER of a head. The head gradually subsides to about a 1/2" beige cap.
Smells of fruits are overcome by big whafts of banana. There is a richness to the smell, a tone of quality and solidity. Also a strong bite of clove and malt to the odor... excellent smelling brew.
Incredible tasting beer. Fruity, zesty, and rich. Lots of banana, with the addition of dark fruit. I cannot taste too much of the chocolate that the brew says is in the taste, but a small hint of toffee is certainly there. As the beer warms, this becomes more evident. There is a brevity and tightness to the finish that is common in many high-quality hefe's.
The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, yet lively. A delight as soon as it hits your tongue.
All in all, what an incredible beer... a beautiful example of how hefe's and bocks can be combined to create an outstanding brew.
I paid $4.50 for this 500ml I believe, and will certainly grab it again the next time I see it.
10-19-2005 21:50:09 | More by nickss
Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
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