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

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3,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,975
Reviews: 2,048
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 257
Gots: 355 | FT: 6
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their 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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Ratings: 3,975 | Reviews: 2,048
Photo of lpayette
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass, this brew is a very interesting color and one that I've never seen before. Kind of like a grade B maple syrup with more clarity and a creamy white head.

Smells are fruity and floral. Banana dominates, mixed with alcohol, and perhaps some bubblegum notes.

Tastes- hard to pick a dominant flavor, but the there is banana, clove, a fruity strong alcohol aspect.

The carbonation creates "honey combs" at the top of the brew. Small bubbles around the outside. The beer mellows out to become more drinkable as it warms, but I still found it to be less drinkable than most beers. A llitle too strong on the acidic alcohol taste for me, but still very interesting.

Photo of eb003
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just trying this one out because it was ranked so high on beer advocate amongst the "hefes" and "weiss beers". I have to say I am not disappointed. This beer pours very nicely and looks almost chocolatey with it's dark amber color. It smells very nice, too, hints of cherry and citrus. The taste is a bit heavier than my favorite hefe weiss, but it is very, very clean... no aftertaste (I don't like aftertaste) and great flavor. The mouthfeel is probably one of the best I've tasted. This beer is as smooth as velvet. Drinkability is also good. This is a good beer. It's definitely worth all the "hype" my fellow BAs have created on the site. I have a couple more in the fridge that were rated high among the "hefes" and "weiss beers". I hope the bar wasn't set too high by this one.

In short, this IS a beer!... absolutely enjoyable.

Photo of shamus
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now this is a beer. Luscious head with attractive lace. Scents are complex: some banana, cherry and sandalwood. Taste is excellent although it reminds me of Coup des Grisou (Geyser?) which I fondly remember from Montreal which means there is a finer beer of this sort out there. Perhaps I am just nostalgic but this doesn't quite live up to a fresh Coup. Still one of the more pleasant surprises from the LCBO. Damn them and their monopoly.

Photo of orfeu
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 20-oz. tumbler (closest I've got to proper glassware, unfortunately). Slightly hazy bronze with a massive, silky ecru head; light carbonation rising persistently. Heavy wheat aroma at first; underlying clove scents with faint presence of fruity esters (overripe banana, spiced cider). Sweet banana and clove character immediately come to the fore in the first sip. Malty wheat on the followthrough. Something of a sourish vegetable aftertaste. Mouthcoating elixir, this one is. Full-bodied and slick. Banana burps. Not my favorite style, but this beer is so well-made, I can't help but find it extremely drinkable. Deserving of all accolades it receives.

Photo of yelterdow
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the appropriate Aventinus glass at cellar temperature. Paired with an incredibly tasty wedge of Chimay cheese... prepare for liftoff...

Appearance- The beer pours a light raisiny cognac, with the gorgeous head that has earned its place in beer publications everywhere... four tall fingers of soapy, persistent head that performs with vigor and grace inside the glass. After settling for several minutes, it is stalwart and sexy. Medium, chunky lacing is left behind.

Smell- Huge banana esters and clove leap out of my glass, landing somewhere behind me. Full and obese. The alcohol is completely hidden amongst the gigantic wheat character, but the aroma is unmistakably Weizenbock.

Taste- A full, generous dose of wheat and bananas coat the tongue, conceding to the malty, spicy environment that surrounds it. Complete and round.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, slippery, viscous, and mouth filling... a terrific environment for the feel and tastes of this beer. No problem drinking this one, it's truly outstanding and very easy to find.

Photo of phisig137
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle, poured into my 1/2 liter Aventinus glass, shows a cloudy walnut brown color, heavy sponge-like head that disappates with a bit of lacing.

Aroma is incredible, banana, clove, malty sweetness, wheat, solvent, and tons of yeast. Super complex nose that only gets better as the glass gets emptier.

Flavor again is incredible. A perfect blend of a thick german hefe and a thick dopplebock. Bananas, wheat, cloves, sweet without being cloying. Perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day, or nice and warming in the dead of winter. No matter how many times I drink this, I'm always amazed bby how good it is.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, while light carbonation dances on the tip of your tongue. Drinkability is also high, as this beer hides it's alcohol well, and each sip begs for another.

Phenomenal when fresh, equaly good but completely different when aged. Superb!

Photo of badbeer
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2000 vintage, poured into hefe-weizen glass from the Galgen Hölzle in Ueberlingen.

Pours a dark amber color with a thick head, but is more fizzy than creamy as you would expect. Head slowly receded and left only a ring around the glass and no lacing. Much more of a caramel and chocolate aroma, with subdued spices and hints of banana. I find more molasses, chocolate, caramel, bread, with only a little bit of banana. Taste is definately much more mellowed after nearly 6 years, but it is pretty nicely blended. Seems a little light and watery by now with almost no carbonation. Still a good beer but it just seems to be lacking compared to a fresher bottle.

Photo of klewis
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy brown with a big foamy top that subsides to a thick one-finger head.

S: Big aromas of bread, caramel, pepper, spices, and alcohol.

T: This beer has a huge flavor. Grainy taste with lots of clove and spice in the finish. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

M: Big and heavy body with a nice warming effect. The carbonation is a little too much or else this would score higher.

D: Definitely not a session beer, but it's definitely a must have, and it even comes at a good price. Go get some.

Photo of supernaut
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great looking beer. Extremely rough and unfiltered. You get the sense that this beer looks just like those consumed hundreds of years back. Pours a very murky and muddly brown. Not overly dark but a bit cloudy. Loads of sediment only add to the allure There's a pretty nice head and a bit of lacing to match The truly great aspect of this beer's appearance however, lies in the rawness. Very intense.

The smell is one of complex sweetness and spice. Nothing mindblowing, but pleasant if not intrigueing nonetheless.

Tasting this organic brew was not the slightest bit disappointing. Incredibly smooth, presenting some mild fruit (pear, banana, non-citrus) initially, and providing an almost cinammon/milmint-like spice toward the end (the bottle claims clove). Finishes extremely cleanly with a very pleasant and balanced yeastiness. The alcohol never interferes with the smoothness, yet does manage to add a pleasant "glow" toward the end (hence the 8.00% abv).

You just want to deliberately sip this brew over and over again to extract out all the greatness. Precisely what a German bier should be. Makes me want to move back. G schneider und Sohn sollen rightig stolz auf dieses Bier sein.

Photo of rodrot
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aventinus poured a deep brown color with a large head that never quite went away. I poured the entire contents of the bottle into my glass, including the yeast at the bottom, so it was nice and cloudy. The aroma was heavenly with whiffs of bubblegum, spices and malt in the nose. Taste was equally impressive with notes of clove, spices, chocolate and malt in the palate. This beer was medium to full bodied and had a nice spicy/sweet finish with just a touch of alcoholic warmth. This is really an incredible Weizenbock and one that I will come back to again and again. Recommended.

Photo of BillyB
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredibly deep, rich, sweet beer for a weizenbock.

Pours dark mahogony with a slight head that fades away quickly.

Aromas are of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and butterscotch.

Taste is deep, rich and sweet for a weizenbock. Quite an impressive taste. Nice alcohol warmth.

Big beer with big taste, aroma and big alcohol kick.

Photo of quasimoto
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark cloudy copper color with a big off-white head. It also has good lacing

S - Strong aroma of the sweet wheat which gives it a nice chocolate orange aroma.

T - Tart wheat flavor. Kind of lemony but with backgrounds of malty sweet. There is a strong alcohol aroma on the end of it.

M - Very smooth and easy to drink, if it wasnt for the tartness of it.

D - For its style I think it is very drinkable. Nice would be nice on cool summer nights.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark root beer - cola brown with a fluffy, thick tan head that rises happily despite the imperfect cleanliness of my glass - it sits there in a fat layer despite no visible rising bubbles. I do what I can to add all of the yeast, but it is well compacted and some remains in the bottle.

Cotton candy, bubble gum. What an unusual scent. It's like a fruity Belgian to the tenth power! Very one sided and powerful, but not unpleasant.

Fruity, fruity, bananas, just a tiny bit of orange peel zest, marshmallow sugar - oak, mahogany, wood chips - spicy, clove/coriander yeast and hops. Holy smokes, there are a TON of VERY distinct flavors in here. It's like a car running up through the gears. I can taste each one of them individually and in turn. Extremely full-flavored. This is a sipper, for sure. It's damn near a Belgian. Try to drink quickly and fusel alcohols really stand out.

A bit spritzy / seltzery on the tongue, unfortunately, which is a bit of a drawback. It's not bad, but being a bit smoother and less carbonated would complement the full flavors better than the carbonation does as is.

Very nice! This deserves to be rated so highly. I've never had such complex, full tastes from a bock before, which is saying something.

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Pours dark copper with bubbles contiously rising from the base/bottom of the beer. 3 finger deep chunky tan head. Good head retention and lacing

Smell: Bubbegum, pepper & not much else

Taste: Frutiness, yeasty/band-aid, bannana peel, pepper, oaky and vanilla notes. and alcohol. Dryness, pumpernickle, frutiness and pheynolic tastes in the finish

MF: Hard to believe a beer with this much heft can be this effervescent (sp?)

Very drinkable but tastes are too intnese to make this a session choice. Not a huge weizen guy. I think the bock side of this appeals to me more. This is probably amongst top 3 of the weizenbocks I've tried. I'd love to have this with a rueben sandwich & some pickles or hell even blutwurst, enjoy. I do like everything this brewery puts out that I've tried, despite the fact they are ALL wheat beers.

Photo of yngvar
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, amber beer with a thick, beige head. Heavy aroma with sweetness, toffee, cloves, dried fruits, a little banana and a hint of alcohol. It is quite fizzy in the mouth, but not as sticky as expected, and flavors of caramell, cloves, hops, alcohol, banana and dried fruits swirls around your mouth along with some yeasty notes, finishing off in a sweet, yet bitter, warming aftertaste that leaves you very satisfied. Full-bodied classic beer, and it was a good choice for this cold, snowy evening. It left me very pleased. (060216)

Photo of poluti
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was a very clear dark amber with fantastic white head. It was fairly well carbonated and looked great in the glass. The smell was very wheaty almost like a hef. It was very cidery in scent with tons of floral notes. The only deduction I had was that an alcohol quality was sensed during wafting. It tastes of malty richness as wheat fills the mouth. It is exceptional for the style but a tinge too sweet for my taste buds. The mouthfeel was creamy and rich but not too thick- fantastic. I found this beer to be very drinkable and I will break another one out during the summer, poolside.

Photo of zjungleist
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color, but not anything like opaque, with a light tan head. The smell and taste are so much more like a typical hefe-wiezen than I expected. Loads of hefe yeast in the nose, in fact, thats nearly all. Taste is pretty much typical hefe too, bananna and clove plus wheat, but both the smell and taste have a little something extra. I guess it would be a caramelized malt, but it does not have nearly the impact that color would make me guess it would have. The other thing is that the alcohol is extremely well masked. The mouthfeel is pretty light as well. This beer is pretty interesting and really well done.

Photo of geexploitation
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a review for the Aventinus 2001 vintage, consumed in 2006. Basically this is the regular Aventinus, but brewed in 2001 and aged by the brewery -- which is an interesting idea, as it gives people who don't have appropriate aging spaces (such as myself) a chance to taste this beer in a more "mature" state. I tasted this beer side-by-side with a bottle of "regular" Aventinus purchased at the same time.

Pours almost the color of polished cherry wood -- quite dark and much more dark than regular Aventinus. The aroma is quite distinctive -- in this beer, the typical clove/banana/spice combo is pushed to the back of the nose, and up in front is a very sweet, candi/beet sugar type of smell. Something you'd expect more in a very dark Belgian winter ale than in a German bock. This sweetness is also present in the flavor, the complexity of which has been diminished to something cloying. I keep thinking this is what concentrated date syrup would be like. Not terribly appetizing or interesting. Mouthfeel is a bit surprising: it's a bit thinner than regular Aventinus, perhaps just a bit watery.

Overall, sad to say, I don't think aging is the best thing to do with a bottle of Aventinus. Aging has reduced the complexity of this beer, in aroma, flavor and even mouthfeel, with the only recompense being more candi-sugar-like sweetness. Not a good tradeoff. As an interesting experiment, I recommend trying this (especially alongside a bottle of regular Aventinus), but I, personally, can't imagine drinking this vintage beer without pairing it with very specific food items (the most sugary roasted sweet meats, some desserts). Worth a try but not a revelation by any means.

Photo of nlmartin
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a vintage 2000. The beer came wrapped in a wrapper with things written on it that happened in the year 2000. Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very cloudy murky dark copper coloration. There is a minimal head. No lacing is apparent in the glass.

Smell: The beer has a massive sweet maltyness. There is a biscuity quality that when combined with the spicy cinnoman and apples creates a faux apple pie smell.

Taste: The beer really delivers on the smell. The hops have mellowed out. The malty sweetness combines with an apple pie kind of taste. There is the wierd prescence of bannanas in the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. Carbonation is low. The beer is a very smooth drinking beer overall. I have had this one alot fresher and I seem to recall it being better fresh. Oh well, I will give this one another drink next week.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2000 vintage Aventinus:

I bought this bottle in Wisconson on my last beer run right before Christmas. I'm excited to try an aged Aventinus and wonder what the differences are between the 5 to 6 year aged and the original. I don't know if it's because of the aging process, but there is a little white powderof some sort around the rim underneath the cap.

The beer pours out a little less head than a fresh hefeweizen, but I can only guess that that is due to the aging process. The lacing is a little less pronounced. The same dark brown color is present, but looks more inviting.

Smell is very spicy and very fruity and flavorful. It's excellent! It has so many flavors like raspberry. It's very mellow with a little more coffee tone.

The taste is familiar, but with slightly different tones. I taste a dark fruit that is light. I also taste clove with a hint of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight carbonation.

Drinkability is good, but to find another 2000 is most likely impossible.

Photo of Optimat0r
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - it is a solid caramel color, not at all what i was expecting. pretty unique color wise, thick appearance and little foaming.

taste - it says 'dopplebock' on the bottle but it tastes more like a hefe-weisse to me, its lighter and more fruity. tastes like a rich fruity caramel. not my style really, but still it is the best of this kind ive had.

drinkability - unlike other 'fruity' beers it had more staying power, it didnt get any worse or more plain as i drank more. quality beer but not as deep as the best ones. it says its 8% but i couldnt tell where the alcohol was, its hidden extremely well and i hardly felt it either.

Photo of Prufrock
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

medium cola brown with a touch of red. an inch of loud bubbly tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace.

cloves, bananas and a cola sweetness in the aroma.

bananas and a malty sweetness in the taste. heavy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. leaves the taste of cloves in the aftertaste, but the finish is fairly empty. second glass tastes better than the first with the sediment adding some complexity. straightforward and drinkable, but nothing stellar.

Photo of JohnW
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium dark, cloudy and thick dense head, looks wonderful! Aroma what you would expect of a wheat beer, fruity, bananas, cloves, a touch more malty than the lighter wheats, and sweeter. Head clings to the side of the glass (I am lucky to have the special Weiss beer glasses, one from Scneider, and Unertl and Weltenburger, so I can serve them at home properly!!) Wonderful rich fruity taste, richer and more malty than pale wheat beers, balance just right between crisp freshness and malty sweetness, not too sweet, just right. But still retains that fresh zestiness of a wheat beer. Not sure I would have realised it is 8%, as its very easy to drink. I love this beer, definately in my top ten of all time favourites. Heaven would be drinking this at the Schneider Brewery tap in Germany!!!! If only....

John W
B'ham UK

Photo of allergictomacros
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Holy cow. Dark cloudy brown with a HUUUGE head, and I wasn't even trying. Giant bubbles quickly break down though, into a loose covering. Head retention is the weak point of this brew. Looks good though (except the head)

S - Yeast is first and foremost, with a strong menthol like coolness in the bottle. In the glass ripe dark fruits explode.

T - Mixed berries and mild bitterness. A touch of that cooling menthol/alcohol is noticeable. Who'd a thunk a beer could clear your sinuses. Sweetness that matches the fruit well, and a tartness follow. Some spiciness now - cloves maybe a touch of anise.

M - Medium bodied, maybe on the heavier side, but not at all chewy. Drying finish. Carbonation is a bit biting but short lived in the mouth - champagne like.

D - Another please. I pick up more tomorrow. Absolutely fabulous.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 review (has it really been six years since my review of this)

Bottle from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE, USA
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass
11.340 stamped on label.

Pours a big, fluffy, hefeweizen-style off-white head that bubbles down to a centimeter-thick layer of tiny bubbles for the duration of the drinking session. As the foam descends, it leads to modest lacing on the sides of glass, giving one a clear view of beer’s deep mahogany color under normal lighting and light amber or garnet colors when held up to the bulb. Smoky and hazy in appearance due to the yeast, allowing just enough light through to see shadow imprints of my hand on the glass. Nearly perfect.

Aroma opens with musty yeastiness, bananas, and mild wheat malt. This is followed by a solid brown sugar scent, concluding with dark, dried fruit aromas, such as prunes, with added mild alcohol.

Taste opens with strong, dark wheat malt joined closely to flavors of vanilla, brown sugar, and prunes or figs. General pie spice spiciness is present, a bit of nutmeg joined to the heat of cloves. Closes with slightly tart wheat malt and caramelized sugar sweetness joined to modestly detectable ethanol. Aftertaste is of wheat malt twang with caramelized sugar and mild yeast.

Medium to medium-heavy body with modest carbonation that leads to a pillowy, comfortingly smooth mouthfeel. Mildly bitter, dry aftertaste that leaves one wanting more.

A: Pours a big, fluffy, hefeweizen-style off-white head that bubbles down to a centimeter-thick layer of tiny bubbles for the duration of the drinking session. As the foam descends, it leads no lacing on the sides of glass, giving one a clear view of beer's deep brown color under normal lighting and light amber or garnet colors when held up to the bulb. Smoky and hazy in appearance due to the yeast, but by no means impenetrably dark or thick.
S: Following the wheat style, the expected yeast smells lead into a strong burnt sugariness and ends with a deep sensation of sticking one's nose into a pile of prunes with an added mild alcohol aroma. All scent seems to diminish as the beer warms, with seemingly no new or fresh emphasis arising from the temperature change; strange. I would have liked to see a moderately constant or temperature-dimensional nose.
T: What first hits the tongue is a spicy clove aspect that starts out strong and weakens throughout the entire drinking experience. Alongside this there is a sweet, caramelized brown sugar taste that coalesces with the traditional banana flavor of other hefeweizens. Essences of slightly sour plum arise in the finish, with a slight hop presence for bittering effect.
M: Medium to heavy body with light, barely noticeable carbonation that leads to quite a smooth mouthfeel. Mildly bitter, dry aftertaste that leaves one wanting more.
D: Used a standard weizen glass for pouring this one, which worked out perfectly with its typical weiss head and rich color spectrum. I enjoyed the beer less as it warmed, however, for the deeper aspects of the taste and smell, the appealing parts of the beer to me, began to fade as this happened. That lessens my overall scoring in the smell and taste category, as well as this one. When I first started sampling the beer it was quite good, and remained above average throughout, but the decrease in its otherwise great attributes led me to conclude it as "above average" instead of purely excellent. I could, however, drink this relatively often on its positive aspects alone.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
96 out of 100 based on 3,975 ratings.