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

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Style:
German Weizenbock
Ranked #11
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,553
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 11.27%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
270
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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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Reviews by mikebogs33:
Photo of mikebogs33
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown brew, hazy, with quite a bit of sediment and yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Topped off by a very firm beige head with excellent retention. Lacing quickly slides down in a Weizen glass.

Remarkably sour brown aroma; the French oak barrels really come through clean and sharp. Vinegar and apples, with some dark fruit. Very little of the traditional Weizenbock aroma I would expect.

Flavor is very balanced, full, and complex. Slightly sweet and thickly bready up front, with the sour component coming in mid-palate, and dominating on the back end. Still, sticky fruit bread flavors - from dark fruit (prunes and raisins) to tarter fruit (cherries and raspberries), with quite a bready malt backbone - provide a very solid base throughout.

Lots of vinegar and oak sour flavors, heavy on tannin, light on vanilla. Reminiscent of a thicker, wheatier Flanders red-brown.

Slick mouthfeel, medium length finish, medium bodied. Stuck somewhere between a sipper (as a sour) and more of a gulper (as a Weizen). A little thin up front, but some sticky puckering retention for a brief spell.

This is really a fantastic sour. I have a feeling that if Russian River put this out, its rating would skyrocket. Since it's Aventinus, it's quite an unexpected flavor profile, but damn is it good.

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Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aventinus is one of my favorite beers. I was really hoping with would be Aventinus with a slight wine barrel element added. It isn't. This is a Flanders Oud Bruin; and as an Oud Bruin it is phenomenal. Still, I hope someday...

I left the sediment in the bottle, so this was a clear, reddish brown. It poured with a short lived, fizzy white head.

Flanders in the nose, a bit on the subdued side which is fine with me. Strong vinegar aromas but some vibrant berries keep things interesting. Plenty of wine and a surprisingly strong but well incorporated oakiness. No weizenbock here.

This has an approachable level of tartness/sourness, but it isn't lacking in depth in any way. The berry to vinegar ratio was close to even in the nose, but the berries are more prominent on the tongue. The wine barrel notes are not subtle at all, plenty of oak and long, vinous finish. The role of the base weizenbock has been relegated to a chewier than is typical for an Oud Bruin mouthfeel.

I loved this beer as is and if it wasn't around a dollar an ounce I would buy more. God I would love to try a raspberry or cherry infused weizenbock from these wheat wizards someday.

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Photo of FFreak
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Bevie for ~$19 for 2014-dated 750 ml capped bottle. Not a great looking beer - murky, semi-translucent, dark muddy brown with floaties and a huge frothy head. Smell is more intriguing with graham crackers, ginger snaps, toffee, caramel, and wine vinegar. Taste is very interesting with complex oaky chardonnay notes mixed into a lightly soured mild Flanders red. Mouth is just right. Overall, this was an expensive bottle but justifiably so - a unique and delicious German beer.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition. Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Smells of lactobacillus and sweet malts. Pours a dark, murky, olive color, with a white head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal head retention, but the white film stays around the edges of the glass as I consume. Tastes of sweet, bready malts up front with a beautiful sour, tart finish. Tastes slick in the tongue witj a prickly tartness to follow. Not your normal weizenbock, but pretty awesome if you're into sour beers. I plan on buying more to age.

Cheers!

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

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $7.00 mark or so for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1/4" high white head that is gone in a minute or two. Nice dark brown chunky texture. Lovely.

S- Sour. Super tart soury good.

T- Tart and bitter. Sour. Nice. Citrus. Abundant yeast. Just a wonderful brew

M- Creamy and tart. I like this one.

O- Very good brew. Not worth cellaring but it is a wonderful break from the usual Not quite a sour but it is good.

Food Paring

This nice brew went well with..... Roast Pork. WOW this was good. The pork was rubbed with rosemary, sage and a touch of thyme. Garlic oil rub and pop into la oven 15mins per pound to start

Enjoy

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Photo of thebeers
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 edition. Bottle opens with a strong pop. Pours an orange brown color with only a half finger of off-white head, small, but lasting. Strong, sour aroma with berry-fruit, a touch of old chewing gum and plenty of oak behind, much more reminiscent of a Flanders than Aventinus or Eisbock. Medium bodied and fairly smooth mouthfeel, with some slight chewiness to it. Tastes tart and sour up front, with red wine character in the middle, and just a hint of gum behind the oak in the aftertaste. This is a very nice beer, but nothing like what I was expecting based on the beers that it's based upon. Definitely something I'd be happy to visit every year.

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Photo of drmeto
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a murky brown with a small,creamy,quickly dissipating,beige head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-oak,vanilla,grapes,overripe banana,caramel,toffee,balsamic vinegar
T:
-grapes,cherries,raspberries,caramel,toffee,bread
-finishes dry
F:
-medium carbonation,medium-full body (Feels lighter than expected)
-alcohol very well hidden
O:
Almost unrecognizable from it's base Beers (Tap6 & Aventinus Eisbock).
Reminded me a lot of a Flanders Red a la Rodenbach.
Very good though.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2014 bottle.Pours into my Aventinus glass a russet brown color with a thinner very quick to fade head,nice color but no head really to speak of..Some sour cherry and brown sugar notes in the nose wich is a pretty nice contrast,Iam a bit surprised at the sourness really.Not a fan of the flat mouthfeel it really takes away from the flavors of the beer.Somewhat tart and sherry like on the palate with some nuttiness and brown sugar notes as well.I really thought this was gonna be alot better,somewhat disappointed with this one.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky mahogany with orange glints. The compact foamy head lasts the whole glass and coats it with lace. Tart acidity and vinous red wine notes in the nose. The taste is toasty oak, wine must, cherries, a bit of wheat malt in the back. The mouthfeel is full bodied but low in carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for the weight. A moderate tart sourness and a whiff of funk in the long dry finish.

This a very unique Weissbock. Dominated by red wine and oak flavor, but pleasant sourness and lots of other flavors that you wouldn't expect for the style going on. Nothing like Aventinus but worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12,5 oz bottle

Sweet n sour... a lot going on here, fruity,more then moderate sour notes, ample maple malts.

Complex and robustly flavorful.. Nice winter nightcap

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Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had much higher hopes for this as I love its 2 component beers. Upon opening at a good temperature with a nice "pop", there was an appealing aroma of caramel, vanilla, and balsamic vinegar. Poured with a small, thick, creamy, tan head that soon vanished and no lace. Color is a very hazy brown. Sticking my schnoz in the glass yielded besides the above, leather, fruit, and spice. Flavor's similar to nose with tart up front, then bittersweet. Body is good, but carbonation is low. Finish is like flavor, average length, has alcohol warmth. I like the base beers much better.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep burgundy colored pour with micro thin lacing and no carbonation. No head gathering on the pour and no fizz sound when opening the bottle. Totally flat.

S - Dark cherry aroma with some funky acidic tang, very light caramel toasted malt but buried underneath.

T - Sour/tart dark cherry from start to finish. Light funk, and some oak presence.

M - Mildly puckering with a wet finish.

O - Decent. Not a fan of sour beers.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mandanss
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow what an amazing experience, who would thought that taking a fine soured Weiss and adding it too Chardonnay barrels in this case barrique to give a completely new ale experience.

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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 soulgrowl
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's Aventinus dressed up in Flemish red clothing.

Lovely tea-brown, murky but not opaque, with a loudly volatile cap of stained ivory foam. A hint of rouge shines through the beer as it pours, but can't be seen in the glass. Smells distinctly Flemish reddish, rather than Weizenbockish, with lots of leather and oak and rooibos and hints of prunes, Balsamic vinegar, and cherry shisha.

The flavor is decidedly – and disappointingly, in my opinion – skewed towards the standard profile of a Flemish red. Very tart, like cranberries and rhubarb, with a hint of Christmassy orange-cinnamon spice, and darker things lurking beneath; mostly oak, leather, red wine-ish tannins, damp leaves, and prune juice. It's nice... but it would be nicer if it actually tasted more like the Aventinus we all know and love. Imagine those sour-earthy Flemish flavors melded together with ordinary Aventinus's bouquet of rum raisins, banana bread, and clove – I can't help but feel a little let down when none of those flavors are there. It's also lacks the lush Aventinus mouthfeel. Instead of being chewy and soft, this is thin with astringent carbonation.

As a Flemish red – yeah, not bad. As a Weizenbock, particularly one as world-class as Aventinus? Disappointing. Next time, I might buy the normal Aventinus and a Duchesse de Bourgogne and mix them myself.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma dark fruit, earthiness, cherries. Taste acetic cherries, wine.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Apr 17 2020 and served at cellar temperature. Two of my favourite beers in one bottle - how could I say no?

Pours a translucent red-brown colour, but it's ruby red under the light. The half-finger of loose, soapy, bone white-coloured head proves to be short-lived, dissipating within the next minute or two; a modest collar remains. Looks ok, but I wasn't convinced until I took a sniff or two - though I'll say right away that it's nothing like what you'd expect from a traditional doppel or weizenbock. This one is vinous, tart and fruity, and its notes of cherry, red grape and plum meld beautifully with comparatively subtle hints of oak, leather, caramelized sugar and wheaty malts. The aroma is mildly funky, and not particularly similar to either Aventinus or the eisbock, but still quite complex, inviting and intriguing.

Wow! This one really has more in common with traditional soured Belgian styles - particularly those out of Flanders - rather than any bock that I've ever tried. This beer has an acutely sour, somewhat vinegary bite to it that permeates the entirety of the flavour profile, and fruity hints of sour cherry, grape must, plum and apple only serve to intensify that facet. The wheaty malt backbone and light notes of caramelized sugar attempt to counteract it, but the oak tannins on the back end up being more effective in this regard, drying the palate out nicely in the aftertaste, which follows a leathery, woody, mildly funky and acidic finish. Dangerous, because the 9.5% alcohol is nowhere to be seen at all - which is actually one of the few immediately obvious features that it shares with its parent beers. Medium in body, with low carbonation levels and a relatively soft mouthfeel. Feels a tad flat and watery, to be honest; the mouthfeel and visuals are the weakest points of this beer.

Final Grade: 4.24, an A-. In terms of flavour and style, Aventinus Cuvée Barrique is a big departure from Schneider's usual fare - but it is just as skilfully-brewed as their other products, and quickly reminds me of why I have long considered this brewery to be one of the best in Germany. Some level of appreciation for sour beers is required to appreciate this one fully, so be forewarned - just because you really liked Aventinus or their Eisbock does not ensure that you will like this one to a similar extent. Worth a try for the experience alone, and I hope to pick up another bottle of the 2015 vintage to hold onto for a few years.

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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 metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige colored head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour cherries and oak are present in the nose. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of sour cherries, notes of oak and hints of Chardonnay wine.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very interesting blend of a doppelbock and an eisbock—it some aspects it almost tastes like a Flanders Oud Bruin. It does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Note: Limited Edition 2014

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of w5baron
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvée Barrique from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 270 ratings