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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,655 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 3,655
Reviews: 1,992
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 201
Gots: 224 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Aventinus.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

duceswild, Apr 05, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a deep brown color with a medium hazy body that just lets light through in the narrow part of the glass. The head is a perfectly smooth big creamy light tan with a strong carbonation to keep it going.

S- The notes of banana and cloves are strong and pleasant in the aroma. Hints of vanilla and bubblegum are in the background. A very soft bready aroma smoothes over the other flavors and the finish has a very delicate hop bitterness.

T- The soft taste of wheat is complimented with some caramel and bready notes. The finishes with a bit of a carbonic taste but no real hop flavor. The soft taste of banana is very faint and a bit more pronounced as it warms. The slight tartness in the malt comes through as it warms also.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some creamy texture to it. No alcohol warmth but a hint of fizz on the tongue.

D- This is a great wheat beer that has increased its complexity with all the dark malt. It would be nice to taste even more of the dark qualities to compete with the banana flavor and other flavors of lighter German wheat beers.

rhoadsrage, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The original wheat dopplebock according to the bottle, and one that should fix my taste craving with its 500 ml bottle. On to the beer:

Light brown color with a large bubbly head. It has a fantastic smell of bubble gum, bananas, apples, phenols, and ripe fruits. The taste is quite strong, and quite delicious. More of the same flavors in the taste as the smell, with an alcoholic punch that adds a vanilla bean twist to the flavor and provides balance to the beer. Very crisp and spiced mouthfeel, and the strength doesn't hold back the drinkability.

This probably doesn't come as a surprise to me since their stronger eisbock version is one of my favorites. Believe the hype behind this one! Enjoy this on a cool night to fullfill the warming effect at its best.

DoubleJ, Sep 23, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cave aged bottle, bottled 2001.

Pours the standard Aventinus look at first and then I decided to swirl in the yeast. Adding cave aged yeast might not be the best way to enjoy it, I succeeded in adding brown yeast chips to the head. The head on the cave-aged version dissipates very much quicker than the fresh version. Color is a slightly paler shade of brown and is somewhat clearer. Carbonation level is at least the same as the non-aged version and seems to me to be a bit higher.

Smell is sweet and extremely nutty in aroma much like good dry sherry. There is a strong scent of heavy molasses now that makes this beer distinctly candy like. The trademark Aventinus spiciness has diminished to this point to smell much like a spiced wine and reminds me a great deal of Gluwein.

Taste is less sweet with a fairly strong molasses flavor and a good nutty flavor. Flavor seems to have morphed in to something like a Belgian Brown ale as the fruity and spicy flavors have melded with the molasses flavors. What is left is smooth Christmas spiced strong brown ale. The yeast chunks that I disturbed have mostly settled to the bottom of the Weizen glass by now.

Mouthfeel has diminished a bit, seems to be expected, as it does seem that lots of wheat protein solids have fallen out of suspension.

Drinkability remains good and there really aren’t any signs of oxidation, the high carbonation level and the cap seal were in perfect condition when this was opened 5 years after bottling. Possibly the aged version of Aventinus deserves a separate entry in the BA database?

500 ml bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Zorro, Apr 23, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Almost cloudy dark amber color, ton of yeast in bottom of bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet yeasty caramel, clean finish. Cellars well, brewed 2004. $6.75 for a 500ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

jdhilt, Jan 19, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mothman, Jul 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

ejimhof, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a sam adams imperial pint glass. Not sure of the date on this one. 1st time trying this beer.

A- A very dark red to brown color comes out of the bottle with an apparent cloudiness from being unfiltered. A huge head arises towards the top of the glass leaving a almost two finger light tan head exploding with bubbles, a very active brew no doubt. The head eventually dies down but the bubbles don't. good lacing.

S- Very powerful scents of wheat and yeast up front. Along with that some dark malts and a huge whiff of fruits.Not getting much hops from the smell Maybe some chocolate? Some spice and a bit of alcohol rounds this weizenbock out.

T- On the first few sips the wheat is ever present with a whole bunch of those dark malts. then the fruits come on including a lot of clove with some banana and vanilla. The small smell of chocolate led to an even smaller taste of it, not this beers strong quality, but if there was any more presence it would distract from this beers better qualities. The alcohol is there and grows as the temperature rises, quite warming. All of this combines into an a nice sweet weizenbock, or dopplebock, take your pick.

M- This brew has a great mf with a good amount of carbonation. Drinking this when it's just poured out of the bottle i got alot of fizz and it was present on the mouth, quite different from a lot of beers around. As the beer warms it resembles a more creamy character with the fruity characteristics sticking around.

D- Although i would like to see these in bombers i believe the 500ml is the perfect size for this beer, i could drink two. A great price for a great dopple/weizen bock. after finishing i concluded that this was in the top three for this style for sure and one of my favorites from Germany

BARFLYB, Jan 16, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 9/22/2012. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, banana, clove, toast, raisin, prune, toffee, brown bread, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, banana, clove, toast, raisin, prune, pepper, brown bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy pepper/clove spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, banana, clove, toast, raisin, prune, brown bread, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and hop flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Weizenbock! Big complexity and great balance of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and super smooth to drink for 8.2%. Amazing.

superspak, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Aventinus glass, deep dark brown in color, lots of carbonation and a huge tan head which takes awhile to disapate. Tons of lacing left from the middle out to the edge's. I could smell grassy, chocolate, spicy, and fruity scents. Taste's like a hefe-weizen, but with a more doppelbock flavor, very nice. Has a medium body with a slight taste of alcohol, but not that much considering it is a 8% ABV. Very drinkable, it's a keeper.

Wasatch, Sep 03, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Aventinus is a hazy brown with hints of rust orange, reminiscent of muddy water.

S: Wonderful aromas of banana muffins and wheat, with a faint trace of alcohol.

T: A really awesome beer. Perhaps the benchmark for this style. It's wonderfully easy to consume. It starts off similar to a dunkel weizen, but the bock character asserts itself, making this beer a very different animal. Earthy and bready, this brew has a fair amount of complexity. Banana flavors are prominent throughout.

M: Smooth, creamy feel. This beer goes down so easily. There's a nice, very slight hint of heat in the finish.

D: My favorite weizenbock. If you haven't had this before, you should try it ASAP. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Good for gulping or sipping :)

Huhzubendah, Aug 20, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Comes in commemorative bag noting events in 1999, and with descriptive hangtag.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head above the dark brownish-amber brew. Head is relatively resilient, and lacing is minimal, both of which are acceptable to me with an aged product. Aroma is of caramel malts, with light tinges of dark fruits and hops character. Taste is initially of biscuity malt, fading into the minimal fruit and hops notes as hinted in the nose. No hint of relatively high alcohol content here. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and drinkability excellent as well. Worth searching for.

ppoitras, Dec 14, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark brown, toffee looking beer. Bubbles are lively and the head is thick, but not really dense...if that makes sense

Semi-spicy nose. The bock part of this provides sweetness and breadiness. Smells..fresh and wet.

Sweet taste, very malty, but the spicy-cloveness keeps this from becoming a malt bomb. Brown sugar sprinkled over red overripe pear with a chunk of rye bread on the side. And still some herbal spice.

Feels a bit flat, though. Carbonation was lost a bit I think.
Very drinkable. Good beer.

Update: Got a better bottle methinks. Carb was better and flavors more pronounced.

Mebuzzard, Aug 18, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish/copper color with ruby hints when held up to the light. A short, off-white head forms and fades rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of fine bubbles on top. Sporadic lacing forms, but does not cling to the glass.

S: A good bit of banana, some wheat, cloves, bready malt, and some caramel.

T: Really nice, very heavy bready flavors, wheat, and yeast. A good bit of banana, some dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. Dark fruits include fig and a little raisin.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and on the crisp side. Finish is slightly sticky.

O: I can see why this is a highly rated beer. Great flavor profile, a nice beer to drink over the course of an evening, as I did. Look forward to trying a few more in this style.

mdaschaf, Nov 09, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

biegaman, Jul 10, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was feeling a bit extravagant, and so bought a bottle of the 1999 vintage edition of this today at Max's today. Am very, very glad I did.

The beer pours an ice tea brown color with very good head retention and OK lacing. On the nose, this is just lovely stuff. The beer has a sweet ice tea aroma, but with chocolate, cinnamon, and light clove. The blend of aromas is wonderful. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer, but the extended aging has imparted a lightness and delicacy that is remarkable. The sweet malt shines through beautifully in this beer, but with just enough underlying spice to counter the sweetness (which age has dialed down anyway). Mouthfeel is light, rich and long lasting... this truly is just an incredible beer. Drinkability is so good, that this beer is dangerous. What age has done to this beer is truly astonishing.... just excellent. I wonder if Casey will let me buy the rest. Yes, it truly is that good.

John_M, Feb 09, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a simple Heffeweizen style glass.

Giant monstrous head... I mean huge as if 4 fingers or like a giant fist. Big snap of soda bubbles, huge sounding you can hear these bubbles SNAP, tan colored head is big but also goes away at a very fast pace. Very dark brown with faint red hues to go with it similar to a doppelbock. Lot of carbonation and elevator music from the bottom. Minimal retention with some pock marking on the head circle. Yeast residue in the bottom of the glass... ROCK THAT!

The Bouquet is alright yeah man... dig that. Estery, like a trippel, but got malt and carbonation that is pleasant. Simple yeast on the nose and faint bread. Wonderful combination of smells and character even some Coca Cola.

The taste however is very carbonated but in an enjoyable way that doesn't take away from the beer's great feel. Fruit berry subtle component in mid palate, slight chew like a Witbier, taste of Coke as well along with faint malt.

I would have this again at the drop of a hat.

smakawhat, Jan 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

LXIXME, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mildly cloudy deep copper hue with a four finger off white head. There was excellent retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a spice clove aroma with a mildly sweet wheat malt. Nice caramel character. Good yeasty element as well.

The taste consisted of a good toasted wheat with a goodly amount of caramel sweetness. Good spicy clove as well.

The mouhfeel was full and very chewy. Very dry finish. Mild warming alcohol.

Overall an excellent beer. The natural progression up from the hefe. Remarkably drinkable.

plaid75, Nov 18, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium-dark cola with dark plum highlights. The head was slight and compact with a slight fizziness and a sandy-biege in color. Retention was short and sweet while a fair broken sheet lacing was left behind.

S: banana, cloves with lots of rasins and plum highlights. A nice spiciness with semi-sweet caramel backed by some fruity esters from the yeast.

T: The initial flavor was sweet caramelized malt and wheat with ripe fruit of plums and raisins. Some fresh chocolate, bananas, and bubblegum esters are detected as well. A slight alcohol warming is felt rounding things out.

M: creamy and smooth, strongly carbonated with some alcohol warming.

D: The abv is very well hidden making this very drinkable, just don't let it catch up to you. A full spectrum of flavor, well rounded and a very nice drink all around. A softer state of carbonation would of sealed the deal here.

beerthulhu, Dec 24, 2008
Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
96 out of 100 based on 3,655 ratings.