Tap X: Mathilda Soleil
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

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From:
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
 
Germany
Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.26%
Ratings:
86
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 25, 2017
Added:
Mar 08, 2015
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  14
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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Photo of emincems
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by emincems from Turkey

taste is well balanced between sweet wheat malt and floral, peppery hops. fruity esters are soft and would be more strong. medium bodied. creamy on the palate. refresher and highly drinkable weizenbock.

Mar 25, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mick303 from Canada (ON)

Wow is this ever a tasty and flavorful beer, had it sitting in the fridge for at least a year before opening. Gorgeous appearance, smell is rich, complex and fruity/yeasty with some esters. Taste and feel and rich and satisfying, a touch of mineral and wheat notes. Lemony and very crisp, nice even carbonation.

Dec 26, 2016
 
4.14 by DyingFlutchman from Netherlands on Oct 11, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by NilocRellim from Minnesota

Pours a rich orange/copper colour. Smells of fruity yeast and light, sweet malts. Very mild taste, balanced very well; light, fruity, grains, similar to a sweeter saison. Very clean and refreshing.

Apr 25, 2016
 
3.5 by chrisroarshack from Alaska on Apr 24, 2016
 
4.43 by DaPan from Canada (ON) on Mar 26, 2016
 
4.27 by Derek from Canada (BC) on Mar 11, 2016
 
4.25 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Feb 24, 2016
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3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Currently #34 in the Top 50 Germany rankings, Mathilda Soleil warranted excitement when I spotted it at Ambrosetti in Berlin.

BOTTLE: 750ml format (uncommon in German beer packaging). Brown glass. The pry-off crown cap is unbranded, but a paper ribbon runs over it and onto either side of the bottle neck spelling out the vintage (2015). There's a also a neck hangtag with info about the beer. Label is classy classy classy.

7.0% ABV. Best before: 01.02.2017.

Reviewed live as a weizenbock per the label. Expectations are high given its current rating and my previous experiences with this brewery (which, incidentally, makes the best weizenbock I've ever had). Here's hoping the brewers have one-upped themselves...

There's a huge carbonation pop upon opening, and the pry-off cap is revealed to have a plastic washer on its underside, ostensibly to better resist carbonation creep. It does gush, but only after a good 5 seconds...still, pour quickly.

HEAD: Occupies ~60% of the glass, further indicating possible overcarbonation. Off-white in colour and soft and fluffy in consistency, with ample frothiness for the style. Leaves bits of lacing as it recedes. Could be more robust, but it's nice as-is. Retention is good for its highish ABV - ~8 minutes.

BODY: Clear copper of above average vibrance. At least from the first glass full, I see no yeast within and it appears filtered.

I'm anticipating overcarbonation, but it's a nice looking weizenbock. Not unique or special, but certainly appealing.

AROMA: Yeasty as hell...biscuity saccharomyces leaps out of the glass in vitaminy glory, bringing into the fold fruity esters and spiciness, which sets off the cereal grains in this brew nicely. Wheat is evident, and seems to give this brew a malt backbone both robust and fresh. Estery as it is, there's a conspicuous absence of the usual banana. And the sweetness seems a biteen raw...not quite wort-redolent, but I have to wonder about the attenuation. Finishes yeasty, with an injection of orange peel on the back-end. Some may detect bubblegum in there too.

Hop profile is downplayed to style, but uses floral and fruity notes to complement the esters.

Aromatic intensity is above average, though no booze or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Orange sherbet is the first thing that comes to mind, given both the creamy almost silky mouthfeel coupled with the orange. It's not citrusy in a juicy kind of way, and the orange is just one of many fruity notes - the others emerging from the yeasty esters. No banana here to my tastes, but bubblegum, sure, and some mild yeasty spiciness (though notably, no clove). Running through the intricate esters, I find apple (though the beer isn't cidery), pear (though further interrogation of this flavour might reveal it to actually be quince to more acute drinkers), a blip of papaya, and even bilberries - though the latter might be from hops; it's hard to tell.

Speaking of hops, the hop profile is near perfect...mild in intensity to style, but just fruity and floral enough to lend further complexity to an already robust weizenbock.

The malt backbone is where this takes a turn for the worse; it's a bit too sweet and the wheat just doesn't taste as fresh or vivid as you'd find in the best examples of the style (including this brewery's). Depth of flavour could be improved.

The mouthfeel is true to form, though the carbonation is too high. Aptly medium-bodied, and refreshingly smooth and wet (though the yeast spiciness does tug it towards coarse). Overall presence on the palate is pleasant, and though this texture doesn't accentuate specific notes in the flavour profile, it does complement the taste nicely and it's appropriate for the style. A softer more delicate mouthfeel would be ideal, of course, and I'd like to see the carbonation issue addressed.

Not boozy, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, scratchy, or rough on the palate.

OVERALL: There's a lot to love here, but ultimately as enjoyable and drinkable as this is, I think Schneider's own Tap 6 Unser Aventinus has yet to be unseated as the creme de la creme of both the brewery and the weizenbock style. The intricacy of the yeast is fascinating, but unfortunately seems to come at the expense of wheat's emphasis...and wheat is the foundation of this style. Additionally, the bubblegum is odd, and its presence throws off the fragile balance of yeast and wheat (to my tastes, anyway).

There's no doubt this is quite a complex lager, and there's plenty of flavour in it. Absolutely worth a try, but it won't dazzle the discerning drinker. In any case, I think it's telling that we've come to expect dazzling beers from this brewery - if only because it so often delivers them.

B-

Feb 16, 2016
 
4.63 by tverdo100p from Canada (ON) on Feb 11, 2016
 
4.25 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Jan 30, 2016
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Hazy light amber color with huge white head with really good retention. Aroma is malty sweet but also has some hops. Really seems like a double IPA. Taste follows, some caramel, hops and some yeast esters but still, resembles more an IPA than a weizen. Body is medium and highly effervescent. Quite nice overall but it's somehow a weird mix.

Jan 15, 2016
 
4.46 by risenz from England on Jan 05, 2016
 
4.25 by schopenhauerale from Arizona on Jan 01, 2016
 
4.37 by tux_alin from Romania on Dec 31, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by biegaman from Canada (ON)

Mathilda Soleil opened with alarming force. My impulse to that powerful 'pop' was to immediately start pouring before my desktop became flooded but, lo and behold, the carbonation behaved... at least until it hit the glass. This clear, bubbly, bright golden liquid is topped with a mountain of whipped white foam.

That pillow-y stack of bubbles may suffocate the glass but it's not enough to snuff out the incredible floral and fruity notes of the bouquet. I picture a bunch of citrus and stone fruits on steroids that have doused themselves in a rose water and peppercorn eau de toilette. It has elements of sweet but also sour.

Taste doesn't always live up to aroma - fortunately this time it does. That tropical, summer-bright air continues and evolves into ripe flavours of mango, persimmon, pear, mandarin and quince. Grassy green herbs and farm-fresh grain accompany the lime-like acidity on the end, creating a fully rounded finish.

Whatever hops were used, keep using them! They compliment the banana and clove notes of the yeast which, by the way, have not disappeared entirely. Like the Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse this has lupulin out the wazoo but also creamy, tangy wheat, juicy citrus, fleshy mouthfeel, and energizing bubbles.

Germans are typically conservative brewers that stick to a time-honoured, regionally-restrained script. Schneider, however, have obviously experienced a spark of creativity. Their "Tap X" offerings thus far have been different in character and conception, but have retained the quality and consistency...

And Mathilda Soleil is my favourite yet. While the Porter, Nelson Sauvin and Cuvée Barrique were all good, this one is great. I have little hesitation awarding the high scores above - sometimes the best, most impressive beers simply do come from the best, most iconic producers. Go buy some!

Dec 18, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pkalix from California

opened with a strong release of energy. nice cap on top. dark straw color..... should have gotten two of these!
nose is clove and spice on top of a weisse beer aroma.
flavor is weisse with spice! clove, banana, some fruit.... pineapple!
almost a heavy feel, but perfect for the brew. this is signaturely 'german' and delicious!

Dec 12, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

Pours glowing orange with crazy champagne like carbonation streams. The massive pillowy head lasts for the entire glass, coating it with chunks of foam. Massive fruity aroma with citrus, tropical notes mixing with the more expected Weizenbock bananas and cloves. Very complex and intriguing blend. The taste follows suit lemon and orange notes and a green melon or canteloupe flavor. A ballast of pale malt and wheat tartness is always present, as are big banana and bubblegum notes. The mouthfeel is creamy and on the high carbonation side for the style.

This is a fantastic Weizenbock. Super juicy and fruity, infinitely complex but also crushable. I highly recommend this. More fantastic stuff these innovators of the traditional style.

Dec 10, 2015
Photo of kitch
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 1st February 2017.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy dark golden straw colour with a one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet banana, clove, brown sugar and light caramel.

Taste: Starts with banana and clove followed by citrus, floral, apple, pear elements and light spice.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied, zesty, lively carbonation.

Overall: Another first for me with my first Weizenbock. The flavours were great and the zesty and lively carbonation were spot on. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again.

Nov 20, 2015
 
3.78 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Nov 15, 2015
 
4.09 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Nov 12, 2015
 
4.34 by mizx from England on Nov 08, 2015
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a light amber color Weizen with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat malt notes with some caramel notes and light banana ester. Taste is a very drinkable mix of banana ester with sweet wheat malt notes and some caramel malt notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer form a great brewery.

Nov 06, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by kevinlater from Canada (ON)

375ml bottle into snifter. best before 01.02.2017. consumed nov 5 2015

a: hazy orange with tan head. beautiful!

s: pineapple, apricot, raisin, peach, light clove, banana, creamy vanilla, toasted wheat, white wine. really complex and unique

t: very fruity all around. dry white wine, apricot, pineapples, some grapefruit flavours, and bready, caramely, wheaty malt to keep this beer beer-y. i like that the traditional weizenbock flavours of banana and clove aren't very prominent. medium-plus bitterness

m: medium liquid body and plentiful soft bubbly carbonation give the beer a super creamy, sticky mouthfeel, with the indulgence on a leash due to the drying at the end

o: a vibrantly fruity, complex, and unique weizenbock. really amazed by this beer. try it if you can!

Nov 06, 2015
 
3.93 by bylerteck from Canada (ON) on Nov 05, 2015
 
3.91 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON) on Oct 30, 2015
Photo of drmeto
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by drmeto from Germany

L:
Beer gushed out of the bottle upon opening
-pours a cloudy golden-brown with a huge,frothy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-big on pineapple,lemon,pears,very herbal,white pepper
T:
-very herbal,spicy,honey,toasty,pineapple
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium body
-low to medium carbonation (undercarbonated)
-very slight alcohol warmth
O:
Reminded me of a doped-up version of their Tap 4.
Feels weird to say this about a Weizenbock, but this would be great slightly cooled on a hot summer day.
Another great Brew from Schneider.

Oct 30, 2015
 
4.04 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB) on Oct 29, 2015
 
4.08 by WeissBoy from Canada (ON) on Oct 26, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

375ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep murky yellow colour. Big billowy white head pours with typical German weizen-ness and a good steady stream of carbonation maintains a decent thickish coating throughout... good amount of clingy lacing...

Aroma - Pretty complex this one... very strong clove and allspice notes, loads of wheatiness, big overripe banana aromas, some pears and apples, very bready (banana bread ?), toffee, sea salt, big peppery and grassy hops, floral - strong lilies, some talcum powder traces, vanilla, cut grass, the alcohol is just coming through...

Taste - big spicy clove and banana notes mixed with a good dose of peppery hop bitterness, sweet toffee, definite allspice, quite salty, pear and light overripe apples, some lemons, piney notes, very floral, soapy traces, very bready, again the alcohol is just noticeable...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... pretty full bodied... pretty refreshing but at 7 % not too sessionable

Overall - An excellent example of a Weizenbock but then what else would you expect from Schneider... recommended

Oct 23, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

375 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 1 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Upon pouring, a billowing thunderhead of fluffy, eggshell white-coloured foam erupted at the surface, gradually rising over the lip. I swear I tilted the glass and poured gently - honest! Even still, the generous quantity of head I've been allotted takes the better part of ten minutes to even begin to recede, caking the glass with gobs of lacing. The beer itself is a deep, cloudy amber-copper hue packed with swirling streams of effervescent bubbles. Looks fantastic to me, and the nose is no less enticing - fruity notes of plum, pear and apricot are layered underneath notes of ripe banana and white grape. The aroma also offers up a robust, wheaty malt sweetness, as well as some spicy clove and a whiff of floral citrus.

Very approachable, with a a sturdy backbone of wheaty, bready malts and caramelized sugar sweetness accented by an array of tasty fruit flavours. Ripe banana is probably the most noteworthy, but notes of white grape and orchard fruits (plum, pear, apricot and red apple) provide an abundance of depth by mid-sip. The finish is a well-proportioned blend of floral, earthy hop astringency, yeasty clove spiciness and a restrained boozy, nutty sweetness that carries on into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with a smooth mouthfeel; the carbonation seems a little light, providing only the gentlest of palate-pricklings. This is a delicious beer, though not necessarily a stand-out example of the style.

Final Grade: 4.15, a solid A-. Schneider Weisse Tap X Mathilda Soleil is drinking very nicely on this chilly October evening, though they seem to be angling this one as more of a "summer" beer. At only $3.95 per 375 mL, giving it a try certainly won't break the bank, and while I wouldn't rank it quite as highly as some of my favourite weizenbocks - such as this brewery's Aventinus - it's still really darn good. I plan to grab a few more bottles for the cellar, and would encourage all other German wheat beer fans to seek this one out and give it a try.

Oct 19, 2015
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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

As expected, the taste includes banana and (strongly) clove, but also a sherry-like flavour of other light fruits and alcohol heat. Full bodied, with a bit more alcohol present than I would expect in either a weizenbock of a beer with a 7% abv. Decent, but not impressive. Schneider certainly makes better weizenbocks.

Oct 18, 2015
 
4 by Marius from Netherlands on Oct 17, 2015
 
3.77 by KingEdward from North Carolina on Oct 11, 2015
 
4.31 by Saviour from Russian Federation on Oct 10, 2015
 
4.05 by spinrsx from Canada (ON) on Oct 09, 2015
 
4.75 by atsir on Oct 03, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ludachris from Canada (ON)

Its body looks like a polished copper or bright amber. It's head is massive and meringue-like. Foamy, whipped, and off-white. Thick, sticky strips of lace paste themselves to the sides of the glass. It's retention level is exceptional.

Dried apricots and a heap of tangy, dry wheat really define the nose. There's a bit of a chalky quality to it. Sweet, ripe banana is intertwined with clove, both of which are amplified as it warms. A light, sweet lick of ethanol pokes through but is soft in its presence.

The taste is where its barley character really shows itself. Warm, sweet, slightly toasted banana bread and caramel add depth and weight. Its crust is topped with cinnamon. Apricot and banana dance on the middle of the palate. Its richness continues well into the finish where a dry dose of wheat brings it to a close. Its alcohol content is a faint outline throughout, presenting itself more-so in its warming feel.

There's a luscious creaminess to its medium weight body. Its carbonation level is on point. Dry and quenching in the finish.

This made for such a satisfying beer on this cool first day of October. This beer along with Ayinger's Weizenbock are two of the standouts I've had in the last few months. I really love this style. The aroma is fermenation and wheat driven whereas the taste is more centered on the richness coming from the barley. It really is the best of both worlds.

Oct 02, 2015
 
3.89 by zknight from Korea (South) on Sep 30, 2015
 
3.79 by AugustusRex from Canada (ON) on Sep 30, 2015
Tap X: Mathilda Soleil from Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 86 ratings