Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvée Barrique
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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German Weizenbock
Ranked #12
Ranked #4,485
4.08 | pDev: 11.27%
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvée BarriqueSchneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvée Barrique
Notes: TAP6 Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock mature for several months in French Oak Chardonnay barrels before they are united to an uncomparable [sic] cuvée.

The maturation in these barriques brings berry-like and pleasantly sour aromas to this elegant and quiet beer. A thrilling transformation of its famous beer of origin. We use different barriques every year and thus, the influence of the aromas varies every year and makes each batch unique.

Enjoy TAPX Aventinus Barrique with rich beef or venison dishes, with desserts like vanilla ice cream and chocolate tart or a rich blue cheese.
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12.5oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Deep ruby color with good clarity. Short-lived tan head settles into a thin cap. No real lacing to speak of, which is not unusual for a strong barrel aged beer that has a percentage of eisbock blended into it.

S: Vinous, fruit forward, and oaky. Raisin, black currant, and brandy-soaked plums. Subtle hints of nutty chocolate and black pepper.

T: Tart from the outset. Very vinous. Unmistakable wave of Chardonnay brings some citrusy and bright grape flavors. Soft and subtle oakiness. Darkfruit further develops with warming. Stewed prunes, red currant, brandy, raspberry vinaigrette. Nutty chocolate far in the background. Perhaps a touch of pepper. Chocolate and woody flavors become more pronounced on a drying finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Some chewiness, though it never really feels heavy. Fine-bubbled carbonation scrubs gently and lifts it into an almost soft and meringue-like texture.

O: A lot of great balance and subtlety going on here, despite the fact that the barrel is pretty vocal. It all melds together perfectly and makes for an easy-drinking but exquisite experience.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a cola color with coffee hues blended into the mix, and while there was an initial head, it disappears very quickly into a nothingness to be honest. Again, on the idea of carbonation, even with some swirling, both gentle and aggressive, nothing rises to the top and of course its too hard to see what it is doing within the liquid. As far as lacing goes, I would say that it is more of a liqueur like oily film that coats the inside of the glass, suggesting that this is heavily bodied and rich!

S- Initial heavy rummy booze and oak, that with a little air time, becomes overripe cherries filled with alcohol, strong Eisbock qualities, vanilla bean infused chocolate, lots of wined oak, sweet leather, dry/long settled damp Earth must, and finishes on the nostrils long and dense. Think "Oakum"......

T- Wow this is much different than I was envisioning! The white wine oak barrel brings about a thorough tartness from start to finish, that is of very tart cherry and/or grape....perhaps some sour plum is in the mix too. After this initial shock, there is rummy smooth booze, woodsy oak, wine grape sourness and a lingering damp Earthiness.

M/O- Not as heavy a body as I would have expected, and this is very low carbonation as well. I would say that this starts to border a Cherry Lambic in terms of matching styles up. The wine grape tartness coming from the barrels are quite distinct but dont last overly long on the palate, balanced by the rummy qualities. Overall a very decent, yet different brew, and anyone expecting Tap 6/Eisbock, this is much much different....but recommended!

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Photo of octortus
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL Bottle. ABV 9.5%.
Appearance: Dark red/copper, Less than one finger of egg shell white head dissipates very quickly, Very thin collar.
Aroma: Tart, Berries, Cherries, Vinous, Bready malts, Banana sugars, Apple, Slight sweetness, Slightly earthy/musty.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Low carbonation, Dry finish.
Flavour: Berries, Cherries, Grapes, Vinous, Flanders Red (?), Bready malts, Pleasing alcohol, Great complexity.
Overall: Very surprising! Expect Flanders Red and you'll be fine. I don't understand the "Wheat Doppelbock" label. I would definitely grab this if I couldn't find Rodenbach.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2014 edition

L: Pours a clear dark ruby brown with thick fluffy white head. Outstanding lacing. Glass clouds up at the end of the 2nd pour with sediment.

S: Tart and fruity... baking apple, cherry, white wine, oak, and yeast.

T/F: Complex and wonderful. Tart... again baking apple and grape must. Strong white wine character... oak and a dash of funk. Fruit sweetness mingled with tartness. Medium bodied and sticky on the tongue.

O: An outstanding and complex beer. A nice mix of sweet fruit, tartness, white wine, and fruit. Fabulous, and more than worthy of your consideration.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy brown body with no head or lace. The aroma has a tart, vinous cherry wine-like smell. Beer is smooth, has some woodiness and the tartness is mild compared to nose and easy to digest. Crisp finish and pretty good relaxin' beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl Bottle from HomeBrewStuff, 2014 vintage. Dark mahogany pour with small head, kind of flat for the style. Tart aroma, pit fruit, yeast, dubbel/quad notes. Taste is also tart, focusing more on the lighter aspects, not as heavy as your traditional weizenbock. Fruity, sour. Pretty tasty though, and a bit of alcohol hidden in there as well

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into glass. Top labeled as 'Limited Edition 2016' and back labeled as '2017 Limited Edition'. Label has date code of '17.020'.

Label description is "A complex cuvee of TAP6 Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock- both matured for several months in various Oak barrels. A thrilling transformation with new berry-like and pleasantly sour aromas. As the influence of the barriques varies every year, each batch will be different."

Deep brown colored body, with reddish highlights when presented to glass. No real head or lacing.
Deep aromas of cherries and oak. Some funk, barnyard, and leather.
Taste is slightly sweet and slightly tart cherries, with lots of oak barrel. Tannins, leather and funk.
Medium mouth feel. No bitterness, all towards the tart/funk side.
Quite a complex, and likely to age successfully well, aroma and taste profile. Kind of like a wine, but definitely still a beer. A testament to using oak barrels to age already well brewed beers. Highly recommended, based on style.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very surprised by this beer. This is a beer that if given to me in a blind testing I would have never guessed that it came from Germany or that it didn't come from Belgium or the US. It looks, smells and tastes like a foeder-matured oud bruin or Flemish red. It is brown read with virtually no head. It smells vinous and acidic and the taste confirms that this is a sour beer, with woody notes and some vinegar. Very enjoyable but also refreshing and its hides the relatively high alcohol levels very well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH "Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvée Barrique"
12.5 fl.oz. brown glass bottle

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is one of those odd beers that I just never got around to. Strong and malty... you need to be in the mood for it. It's got a hang tag around the neck and the neck label reads "Limited Edition 2014". It was easy to pour though, all of the sediment was pretty well stuck to the bottom of the bottle. It's a hazy chestnut brown beneath a creamy head of khaki. The aroma is quite interesting. It's reminding me of an old bruin or Flander's red. This was aged in Chardonnay barrels so there should be some fruit to it, and there's definitely some oak. I get some of the Aventinus malt as well but it takes a back seat. Let's see if that's true for the flavor as well... yes indeed. I'm not sure if this was initially like this or if it's turned in the bottle but it's sour. Ha! If it was supposed to be like this I could have drank it long ago! I love beers like this. It's got notes of plum, dark raisin, fig, red grape, red wine... and it hints at cherry but never really gets there. There might be some sweet red berry. It's surprisingly tart, tarter than many old bruins or Flander's reds, although I shouldn't make that comparison because I have no idea what this was intended to be, that's just the comparison that immediately comes to mind. I certainly wouldn't think of it as a weizenbock, and I know that Schneider has been branching out but I had no idea Germans made beers like these. The new, smaller German craft brewers that are currently popping up have a lot to live up to if they want to try their hands at something like this! But back to the beer. It's acidic, vinous, and somewhat sharp in the mouth but the moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation is smooth and doesn't add any brashness. I'd call the body light-medium, or maybe even medium-light. There is some malt there and it brings a soft caramel note with a dusting of cocoa powder that rounds it out. It finishes vinous, acidic, and dry with lingering dark fruit and drying oak. Wow, that's an impressive beer. It's amazing that Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock could be transformed into this. Stunning!

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Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Aftrr dinner. No foam. Ugly aspect. The woody, winey, sourish profile hasnt captivated me, I found it pretty plain and boring. The body, watery

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Photo of Stakebone
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Outstanding beer. Sour, sweet, flavor, aroma mix is so good. A Flanders red but more subtle and less sour. Has fruit overtones beyond what wine barrels impart. Not to dark in color. Mouthfeel medium to full. I'll seek this beer.

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Photo of darktronica
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite sours, I can't fathom why the average score is only around a 4.0. Current rating here is based on a 2013 vintage enjoyed in August 2017, but the experience is consistent with previous bottles from the same year sampled over time. Pours a transparent plum brown with a finger of head that eventually disappears without a trace left on the glass. The nose is sharp and acidic but not vinegar-forward, with significant red grape notes and tannic astringency. Repeated sniffs reveal malt and grain underneath the tart tones, with plum and just a hint of cocoa powder. The palate is as complex as any wine at a similar price point, with strong vinous notes competing for attention with a bloom of stonefruits, grape, and carambola. A dry finish further emphasizes the influence of the wine barrels. Exceptional--this was my last bottle, but I hope I can still find a more recent vintage somewhere to put back on the shelf.

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Photo of janubio
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper colour, medium head with shor retention, No lace.
Aroma of wood, wine (Chardonnay?), chocolate, cherries, prunes, dates, caramel, banana, vanilla.
Medium to full body,oily and thick palate, no carbonation.
Taste of grapes, wood, chocolate, wine, cherries, dried fruits, caramel, vanilla, wine. Acid finish. Great and complex beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/3/2015. Labeled at 8.2%. Pours lightly hay/cloudy reddish copper color with a minimal foamy off white head that reduces to a nothing pretty quickly. Slight spotty bubbles cling around the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart raisin, cherry, plum, prune, fig, date, apricot, pear, apple, red grape, red wine, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, banana, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, wine barrel, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart raisin, cherry, plum, prune, fig, date, apricot, pear, apple, red grape, red wine, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, banana, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/tannic wine tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart raisin, cherry, plum, prune, fig, date, apricot, pear, apple, red grape, red wine, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light vanilla, yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, wine barrel, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering/cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tart/tannic wine notes as well. Mild carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is an excellent wine barrel aged weizenbock. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, wine barrel, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, despite the very mild carbonation. A really interesting take on the base beer. Definitely a ton of wine barrel influence; but very complex and really well balanced all around. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma of Chardonnay wine, but looks like a Belgian strong dark ale. Taste is a cross between a Belgian quad and an Oud Bruin. Tart and fruity with cherries, grapes, apples and pears. As the label describes, it is very complex. Pity each batch is unique because the 2014 was a grand slam.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition poured into a teku glass. Pours an auburn/mahogany color with a thin off-white head that lingers on the top. From the second the cap POPS off (and it really pops!), you can already smell sour, fruity characteristics. In the glass, you get a good, powerful scent of grapes, sweet malt, and sourness. The palate follows suit, but is much sharper and more pronounced. You first get a touch of sweetness, and then you get a huge hit of tartness, a bit of tannins, and as you swallow, the wine-like character from the wine barrels lingers in your mouth for a long time, much like wine would. Overall, I'm very happy, albeit surprised, by this. I wasn't expecting that much tartness at all. I was also surprised at how much wine character is in here and how it comes across more like a red wine than how I'd expect a Chardonnay to come across. And you can very clearly understand the influence from BFM, having some characteristics in common with Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien. In sum, I'm very pleasantly surprised with what I've got here.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2016 edition) - so, Aventinus and the Eisbock, aged in unspecified Swiss wine barrels, and then blended. Hoooo boy!

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one skinny finger of mostly just bubbly and fizzy tan head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of tart red fruit (maybe some cherries, maybe some tannic dried grapes), a bit of musty woodiness, grainy and doughy caramel malt, further mixed orchard notes, some plain black pepper spice, bruised bananas, and a sense of floral alcohol heat nicely tethered. The taste is more sour dark fruit (plums, cherries, and red grapes), tannins that oscillate between tea and fruit skins, for some reason, vanilla extract, gritty and grainy caramel malt, more bitter than sweet cocoa powder, a touch of earthy funk, wet oak, and a now ill-restrained big boozy sword of Damocles.

The carbonation is quite understated in its neutered-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, once one's palate becomes adjusted to the various astringencies kicking about. It finishes trending dry, and very much like a crisp white (or even red, given the complexity) wine.

Overall - wow, I usually feel like I've captured the majority of a brew's attributes by this point, but not here. Lots and lots and lots of stuff going in this beast of a brew. Perhaps the only helpful thing that I can add is: don't go in expecting Aventinus or the Eisbock - this is much more of a Flanders Red Ale sort of thing.

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Photo of teromous
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date listed, but it over the cap there is a label that says "Limited Edition 2015"

Appearance: The body is murky brown and the minimal head is slightly off-white. It manages to keep a thin layer of foam and some small spotted lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma: I get a sour fruit aroma with a musty basement smell.

Taste: There is this light malty flavor up front with a large sour, tart cherry and red wine flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is a tart beer with a medium mouthfeel and a slightly raspy finish.

Overall: It is a good sour beer with moderate complexity. Most of the bock elements are subdued and only really appear, while drinking, at the front of the palate. The malt takes a back seat to the sourness and tartness of the beer which has more of a wine-like character.

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Photo of nevai
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought half a dozen 12.5 oz bottles, $10 each. The bottles say 2014 on them and I bought them in April of 2017. Generally speaking, I love Schneider Weisse beers and this is no exception. Especially, since I also love all kinds of sour beers.

Not being a beer expert, I am unable to give meaningful ratings for each of the listed characteristics, so I just top-rated all of them.

Here are two observations: no carbonation and no head. Since I don't know if these are expected or not with such a beer, I make no judgment.

I always drink this particular beer from a 700 ml fancy crystal snifter glass and it is an excellent choice. Perhaps the verb "drink" is not the best choice since I always sip it and it takes about 45 minutes to finish it off.

I keep the bottles at 54F (12C) plus/minus a few degrees depending how the compressor of my refrigerator keeps turning on/off. Probably this is the right temperature for both cellaring and drinking. I am sure that the bottles were kept at room temperature before I purchased them. I have no idea if this is bad or not.

I believe this was the most expensive beer I ever bought but I still strongly recommend it. Keep in mind that exceptional beer is a bargain compared to wine of similar quality.

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Photo of drtth
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This particular 12.5 oz bottle is from the 2014 limited edition and is a blend of wine barrel aged Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock that have each been aged separately for 8 months in Chardonnay barrels before blending. According to the label, each annual batch is unique in that different wine barrels are used in aging the two beers for each year’s Cuvée.

The beer pours out into the snifter glass a dark reddish brown that is much like what I'd expect with a piece of dark cherry wood furniture. The very thin head created by the pour disappears almost immediately to leave only a tiny ring of bubbles around the glass and a few tiny spots of lacing and foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates a thin arch of lacing that mostly disappears fairly soon.

Upfront the aromas are mostly about the wine from the barrels in which the aging took place before blending. The white wine is more forward than the other aromas, that are making a just noticeable contribution to the overall complexity. Those aromas include some tart cherry and other fruits that seem to include some sort of dark fruit such as plums, raisins or figs.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the tart cherry and dark fruit initially more forward than the wine flavors but while still giving them some room on the stage. Gradually the white wine flavors move forward so that they are no longer in the background but are sharing the stage with the tart cherry and dark fruit. While there is a touch of sweetness here it mostly serves to soften and take the edge off the tart cherry. There are also some hints of oak and vanilla but they are almost hidden by the tart cherry and other flavors. I’m not picking up any real contribution of things such as banana and clove from the yeast or bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and only slightly prickly from the faint carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the wine flavors, the dark fruit flavors and the tart cherry begin to fade towards dryness allowing the oak and vanilla to show just a bit before they too recede to the back of the palate and disappear, leaving only a dry tartness and light cherry flavor in the back of the throat which goes on for quite a while

Overall I think this a very interesting beer and one that I both have enjoyed and that intend to have again. It could well be one of those special beers that makes a bad day special or one of those beers to serve as an after dinner treat for friends who will appreciate it’s uniqueness and complexity. It is definitely not what I'd expect from either an Aventinus or the Aventinus Eisbock (and I have had both at one time or another). However, it is certainly worth a try if you enjoy beers with some tartness in the flavor profile but that are not just about being sour.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12.5 oz (370 ml) bottle into a custom Sam Adams glass; limited 2014 edition.
A: Pours a dark copper color with a rose caste to it when held to light. Initially, about a half inch head with no significant retention beyond a rim and no lacing.
S: Nose a little reminiscent of a sour. Aromas of unripened pear/pitted fruit, chardonnay wine, bourbon, and vanilla. Maybe a little funky.
T: Tartness akin to that associated unripened pear/peach/plum. Chardonnay evident as is caramel malt. Brand new leather and tobacco notes at the end. Bitterness of hops not evident at all.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
O: The chardonnay flavor and sourness predominate. Interesting, different, even complex. Clearly an acquired taste. Not quite there yet.

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Photo of mothman
2.06/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2014 limited edition

This doesn't taste anything like a weizzen bock. No head. Caramel dark brown color.

Vinegar and sour notes. Cherry flavors. Reminds me of a Flanders red. The Pinot barrels must have played a huge affect on the base beer.

If this wasn't bottled as a bock, it would be delicious (and it still is). I just wanted expecting a sour. Caramel and bready notes. Light acidity. Big cherry.

Tough to rate this one as I like the flavor, but it isn't too style and my score will reflect that.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Russian River snifter glass.

A: Dark bronze and very hazy. A couple fingers' worth of white head fades quickly, and has fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Wine barrels, oak, and yeasty funk. Tart acetic and vinous character over some bready malts.

T: Follows the nose - vinous, acetic acid dryness and funk. Some oak tannins from the barrels. Hints of a grassy funk underneath the tartness. Some yeastiness also, but not much German yeast/clove character. The malt bill adds a bready taste without much sweetness. Stays dry with some tanginess in the finish.

M: The body has some decent heft to it. Alcohol presence is fairly well-hidden, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Enjoyable, by and large. It's big on the wine barrel and acetic traits though. Not a personal favorite, but glad to have tried it. While this is listed as a Doppelbock, it doesn't share many characteristics of others I've had.

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Photo of biegaman
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Aventinus Cuvée Barrique has a lustrous, remarkably clean ruby tone that's actually fairly concealed behind a shadowy complexion; it doesn't look like much at first glance but reveals a wonderfully attractive appearance against the light. The beer is without bubbles or froth which, let's face it, isn't very surprising given the way it's made...

Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock are two of the richest beers I know of. Simply blending the two would be decadent, but aging them each in wine barrels for 8 months then blending them - that's truly extravagant! And the results smell - quite predictably - ambrosial and delicious. It is plush with nectarous malt and an abundance of wood and fruit tannins.

Fans of Rodenbach and Flemish Reds will recognize the profile and fall in love with this immediately. It has that characteristically inky, sticky, sweet-sour pomegranate- or cherry-balsamic profile. All the dried fruit (fig, dates, prunes), bruised apple and baking spice flavours of the base beers lend well to the ripe crushed berry and 'cigar box' notes of the wine barrels.

The only thing preventing a higher score is the mouthfeel: it's too thin and lifeless to do justice to such ludicrously lavish and complex flavours. The oxidative notes are understandable given that oak barrels are porous and the processes of racking and blending often imply some exposure to air. It's also hard to tell what effect a year in the bottle has had...

Regardless, the fiery, proudly boozy notes of the base beers have faded entirely and that flagship mushy banana note is replaced by more palatable sherry-like nuttiness and Pinot Noir-like licorice and Bing cherry notes. (Note: later research confirmed the barrels used did, in fact, previously contain Pinot Noir.) High acid aside, this drinks as easy as they come.

Schneider & Sohn is an iconic producer that is renown for making some of the best examples of typical Bavarian styles. But Aventinus Cuvée Barrique (just like Mathilda Soleil, Porter Weisse, Nelson Sauvin and the earlier Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse) illustrates they do innovation just as well as they do tradition. This is another fantastic Tap X offering.

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Photo of TerryW
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heads up! It's a sour and if that's not your thing, either run now or open your mind before proceeding.

What makes this work is its complex taste. Lots of things happening -- dark fruit, sourness, cherries, just a hint of alcohol, the oak, balsamic vinegar. Even though this is a big bottle, this is a sippin' beer to my mind. Go slow, wrap your head around it and look for what you can find.

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Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvée Barrique from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 267 ratings