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

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Reviews: 2,037
Hads: 4,079
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 275
Gots: 409 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

Formerly Schneider Aventinus.
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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. (1,511 characters)

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. (403 characters)

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. (635 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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. (978 characters)

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 (322 characters)

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. (795 characters)

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. (285 characters)

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. (490 characters)

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 (391 characters)

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! (542 characters)

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. (940 characters)

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 (676 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
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. (1,358 characters)

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! (1,802 characters)

Photo of Tony49er
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type- From a bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance- Classic German Wheat DoppleBock dark hazel nut in color, towering head even in a small glass.

Smell- Roasted Banana's, dark fruits, Slight Booze note

Taste- Roasted Banana, dark fruit, slight booze finish but not bad for a beer 8.2% ABV

Mouthfeel- Classic smooth DoppleBock

Overall- One of the best offerings in that style in the world a world class beer anyone should try its one of my favorites (468 characters)

Photo of tmzl
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Equal, thumb high thick off-white foam, again equal fast retention. Lots of sparkling, almost no lacing. Dark brown with some amber undertones. Lovely stuff.

Smell: Dark fruits, raisins, figs. Then comes roasted, caramel, molasses wheatines. There are some spice and yeast notes. Pleasant, balanced and inviting.

Taste: Again dark fruit at start, goes to sweet, caramel middle and closes with banana esters, cloves. Hard to find any hops but there is some woody bitterness. Sweetness stays with you for a while. Alcohol well hidden. Smooth and balanced ride.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, almost syrupy (but in a good way). Leaves coating. Carbonation is smooth. Surprising drinkability for such a fat, strong beer.

Overall: Pinnacle of weizenbock style. Hard to imagine anything better. Complex, balanced, fuck yea. (829 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a fluted pils glass.

A- Chestnut in color, with some golden hues. Very dense, off white head, and towering (even out of the bottle).

S- Classic weizen aroma, more of a fried banana, however, but the spice is there too.

T- Sweetness up front, with caramelized bananas. Roast ensues along with an alcohol finish. A bit strong.

M- Smooth, and medium bodied. Lasting tang and spice in the finish.

O- Very flavorful. I like the added roast characteristics of this one. Alcohol is apparent, though. (523 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have to say right off the bat that this is possibly one of the best beers that I have ever had. I poured the bottle into a weizen glass and it appeared a nice dark brown color that produced an off-white/tan-ish colored, rocky, dense head that was very well retained. Loads of carbonation. The aroma was a wheat and some other spice or aroma that I could not pin down, but whatever it was really made the beer. The taste followed the nose perfectly and was followed by a nice sweet finish. If there is a better tasting beer for this style, I would be shocked. The beer had a medium body to it, it was extremely smooth, and had excellent carbonation. The only downside was that I did not have another bottle. As I said before, this may be one of the best beers that I have had, of any style. Outstanding and a must try for any BA. (830 characters)

Photo of bareju
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of 500mL bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- Pours amber-brown with white finger head that lasts a few minutes before receding to the outside of the glass.

S- Sweet banana notes - not a whole lot of smell to this one.

T- Dark fruit up front, sweet malts kick in with just the slightest bit of alcohol, banana lingers. A little bit of cloves in the middle as well. Sweet throughout.

M- Quite syrupy, coated my mouth pretty thoroughly, but not in an unpleasant way. Medium carbonation, overall pretty full-bodied, but accompanies the sweetness well.

O- An excellent beer that I will definitely be coming back to. Much heavier than the Hefe-weiss beers I've had of late. Reminds me of a bit of a strong Belgian ale, especially the dark fruit notes. Very drinkable, and a good value at 8%. Probably wouldn't want more than a 500mL bottle in one go due to the sweetness.

Edit - Had this on draft last night, was absolutely incredible. Poured a cloudy, light amber brown into a tulip glass. The mouthfeel was vastly improved, and there were some nice estery notes at the end. Much less sweet than I remembered, incredibly balanced, very little alcohol taste. I'll be hard pressed to not order this every time I see it on draft. (1,242 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a half-liter bottle on a cold winter's night. Why do I drink so much wheat beer in the winter? Denial? Anyhow, this particular selection fits the bill nicely. Pours up a beautiful reddish brown murk with ample light tan foam. Aroma grabs you by the olfactory bulbs with sweet brown apple, poached pears, molasses, caramelized bananas, and ample spice. The aroma is just a prelude. Palate is rich, full, sweet, and complex, with a ton of clove and cassia spice phenolics like its lighter Schneider weisse cousins (albeit on steroids), rich toffee, the aforementioned caramelized bananas, dates and plums, and a little wood or dry cacao powder to provide some bitterness. Chewy syrupy body stands out but the spicy punch prevents things from being overbearingly saccharine and I can certainly understand the comparisons to a Belgian dark ale. After a while all the spicy notes get earthy and bitter. Nevertheless, still has that wheaty refreshing character that you get from the best weizens. Another great "dessert beer", like Christmas cake in a bottle except infinitely better than the brick-hard shit that hides in your grandma's deep freeze. A world-class brew and I don't think the high ratings I have provided are too generous. If you are interested in more background info about this beer, read "Brewing With Wheat" by Stan Hieronymus. There are tech specs in there for this beer and Tap 7. Old school stuff. (1,422 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

One of those few beers that stays on your tongue for hours after you finish it. In fact, while I have only had it a few times, I can almost recall the flavors at will. I have had it on tap and in the bottle. I would not worry too much about the freshness factor. The bottle I had was nearing its best by date and was still amazing. (332 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Litre bottle, poured into over sized wine glass

A: Very dark amber, opaque, retained some of the one finger head, initially lots of lacing but faded.

S: Yeast, wheat, candy sugar, fruit, apple.

T: So many layers, wheat, fudge, banana, molasses, initial booze burn faded to the point where it was undetectable, cocoa like bitterness at the finish.

M: Heavy body, thick texture, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O: A sipper, holds up against moderate Belgian offerings, second half went down much faster than the first. (529 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

O- When you want a nice change of pace from all the popular American styles, a world class weizenbock can sure hit the spot. (796 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 14, 2013

Beer is an attractive dark toffee colour, with a very large beige head. Great retention.

Nose suggests a sweet beer. Banana comes through strongly, with with caramel and clove. Rich.

Taste is similar to the nose. Big banana flavour, with clove and caramel. Quite sweet. Tastes like dessert. Alcohol quite well hidden.

Full bodied, strong carbonation level, but not overpowering. A bit sticky.

Overall, very nice stuff. A bit too sweet to go through much of, but very nice. (499 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had out of a bottle at do brassiere in Albany. Awesome. First of all haven't had a bock in awhile and although not my favorite I went due to the high rating. The ruby red color and little head was different. This smelled so fruity I was surprised. Had Belgium all over it which is great. It is a yeasty malty wheat beer with the perfect blend of fruit. This doesn't seem to be the bock I am used to. I love this beer. Perfect (425 characters)

Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
96 out of 100 based on 2,037 ratings.