Aventinus Eisbock
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

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From:
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
 
Germany
Style:
Bock - Eisbock
Ranked #2
ABV:
12%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,954
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 11.29%
Ratings:
2,835
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sunday at 05:23 AM
Added:
Nov 05, 2001
Wants:
  267
Gots:
  389
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Aventinus has been known to be the most intense and complex Wheat-Doppelbock in the world. This was the case in the past, but not anymore... Recently, Hans Peter Drexler, Brewmaster at G. Schneider & Sohn, heard some stories about some extra special Aventinus resulting from some partial freezing during a cold winter transport in the 1930's. He decided to recreate this classic "mistake" to further concentrate Aventinus in a modern, controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock was reborn. Prost!

Georg Schneider VI, 6th Generation Brewer

(Tap 9)
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3.75 by mpenske from California on Sunday at 05:23 AM
 
4.22 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on May 13, 2022
 
4.17 by cd34 from Illinois on Apr 13, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

L - Poured a semi-opaque ruby dark brown with a one-finger tan fizzy head that left a thin film. No lacing.
S - Faint caramel, malt and dark fruit soaked in booze.
T - Deep malt flavor with brown sugar, cinnamon and some dark fruit. Slightly sweet and boozy.
F - Moderate body and light carbonation. A bit more watery than what I expected. The caramel, malt and booziness lingers forever.
O - This is a very good and dangerous. It is light enough that it does not fill you up like a stout but the ABV is right up there so watch out!

Apr 12, 2022
 
4.27 by Rhetion from Florida on Apr 11, 2022
 
4.31 by howardnss from Pennsylvania on Apr 05, 2022
 
4.99 by Beecham from California on Apr 02, 2022
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4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

Updated (Current) review for 'standard' bottling of Aventinus Eisbock:

0.33 L bottle
Bottle Date: 21.210 and 160721 (guessing 16 July, 2021)
Consumed on: 2022-mar-29
Glass: 0.33L Schneider Aventinus Eisbock Vase
Pouring Temp: room temp (approx 71 F)

Look:
Opaque chestnut brown with a 1 and a half finger creamy beige head. I cannot see my fingers through the glass; at the narrow point(s), I might be able to see the shadow of my fingers if I hold the glass to a light. The head settles to a 1/4" complete covering that has outstanding lacing. When I opened the bottle, the head appeared in the bottle and was slowly pushing itself up before I started pouring.

Smell:
Ripe bananas. Spiced plums and pears. Rum-soaked dried dark fruit. Dark wheat malts, like whole wheat bread. (Dark) brown sugar. Noticeable cloves with some cinnamon and maybe nutmeg.

Taste:
The ripe fruits lead off with the brown sugar and the cinnamon and create a richness that persists through the sip. Cloves quickly join the ensemble and keep the sweetness in check. The cloves increase as one drinks more and more of this wonderful ale. A malty undertone ties everything together. No harshness nor booziness from the alcohol.

Feel:
Slick and mouth-coating. Some tingly carbonation. Medium-heavy body. A nice alcohol warmth is present and grows over time.

Overall:
A wonderful beer. This is unbelievably smooth for such a high ABV and is also complex and packed full of flavor. A very nice sipper for a cold night by the fire.

The pre-Eisbock base of Aventinus can be perceived, but this is a different animal.


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Original review for for the Vintage 2016 bottling of Aventinus Eisbock.


look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Combo: 4.62

Bottle Date: Vintage 2016
Consumed on: 03-12-2022
Glass: Snifter
Pouring Temp: room temp (approx 71 F)

Look:
Opaque chestnut brown with very little head. What head there is disappears quickly. The condition of the head is most likely the result of the high ABV combined with the age of this beer (5-6 years)

Smell:
Intense ripe bananas and plums plus other dark fruits such as cherries and currants. Richly sweet. Some brown sugar. Mild cloves, cinnamon, and some nutmeg underlie these.

Taste:
Cloves and cinnamon start then meld in with ripe and rich dark fruits. There is a malty undertone that keeps things tied together well. The alcohol is noticeable but not near what one would expect for a beer of this ABV. What the alcohol does do is provide is nice warmth without any bite or harsh notes.

Feel:
Slick and mouth-coating. Body is medium-heavy.

Overall:
A wonderful beer. This is insanely smooth for such a high ABV and yet is also complex and packed full of flavor. The beer does bear some resemblance to a strong Belgian such as Rochefort 10 (a Quad). Absolutely recommended.

Mar 13, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

A warm, wonderful, slightly boozy, malty, sweet very tasty beer. Surprised I had not reviewed it before!
Poured from a bottle into a a tall tulip glass. Mahogany brown color with a creamy beige head and nice curtain lacing. Sweet caramel smell and taste. Dark fruit and warm spices. Smooth liquor feel. I wish I had another bottle!

Glad this was my 2500th beer review.

Mar 08, 2022
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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BJB13 from Maryland

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pouring clear and colored deep copper/brown when held to the light. The half inch khaki head seems rather persistent for 12% ABV fading in about a minute to a perpetual but spotty cap . The nose is moderately strong, rich and sugary. Dried fruit, caramel and molasses come to mind. The taste is rich, malty and sweet with the same sugary caramel, molasses and dark fruit profile as the nose and a short sweet alcohol finish. It is not cloying, nor is the alcohol flavor harsh or boozy. Mouthfeel is smooth and full with low carbonation and softly warming until the bottom of the glass where the alcohol picks up a bit.

This drinks very fast and easy for a 12% sweet and malty beer. Very nice!

Mar 06, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy dark brown with a tall stiff fluffy head and a lot of lacing.

Smells of bread, yeast and spice.

Tastes of tangy wheat malt, bread, yeast, raisins, banana, caramel and coriander with a slightly bitter and hot alcohol finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Lightly lush and syrupy mouthfeel.

This brew is an intense experience. I have reviewed 15 or so beers with higher ABV's than this one. This one has the most obvious alcohol presence in its taste of all of them. That said toward the end of a now warmer glass , with a deadened tongue , the other rich flavors come forward. This is not your every day sipper but should be one to be sought out and experienced at least once!

Mar 02, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Dirty brown color, murky; fat, coarse carbonation; fizzy head, initially tall yet quickly fizzes away to a few skimpy patches of foam. Huge aroma; spicy; anise and licorice; raisins. Malty, spicy flavors; mild to moderate caramel; anise and raisins; boozy phenols. Medium-heavy body with slick, watery feel; alcohol heat on the palate; slightly sticky.

One certainly senses the high ABV of this beer. The malt / wheat base adds some nice flavor components. The lack of any lasting head is a small disappointment, but the flavor and aroma intensity makes up for this.

Pouring temperature: 47.1 ℉; bottling data: 14.10.2024 2927091019

Feb 27, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

A beer that I definitely should have had after the original Aventinus, but that’s okay. Pours a cloudy, deep chestnut brown. Two inch head that disappears after a few minutes

Intense aromas, strong hefe/wheat notes that are intensified, more toasty and caramel smells in here. Spices and molasses, some desert smells not unlike rum raisin cake or toffee.

A nice alcohol warmness without any harshness whatsoever belies a roasted caramel apple flavour. Wheat and malty notes make up the backbone. Initial flavour is a walloping that slowly eases into a long finish that might even be the absolute mildest of smoky — though I think it might be the alcohol at play giving me that feeling. Powerful toffee and caramel flavours as well. Typical dark cherry, plum, raisin like tastes as well. Nice gentle spices, mostly cloves but a sweet character of the beer gives mild cinnamon notes as well.

Smooth beer that finishes sweet with a medium body, is oh-so-gently prickly at first sip before it coalesces into a creamy character. Complex, spicy, sweet; all flavours intensify as it warms.

You know you have a good beer when you pop it open, drink it, and go ‘oh no’! Mostly because I only bought three at my LCBO. Liquor is controlled in Ontario so we are at the mercy of whatever some random dude ordering it wants. Picked up three at the only LCBO in all of Ontario that carries this an hour from my house. I wish I got at least 5 or 6 of them. Overall, great beer that I’m sure takes the strongest notes of the original Aventinus and intensifies them. (EDIT: Drove back, now I have 7 in my cellar. Yay!)

12% is perfect for nights like tonight, as Russia encloses on Kyiv, I take the bottle and I tip it to all the Ukrainian heroes that have passed. Alas, you have left us but your stories they will last!

Feb 25, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Raoul

Wow what a beer. Amazing color, perfect foam, that stays for al long time. It smells like roasted malts but it taste like caramel. Hints of chocolate and toffee. Not like other eisbocks, they tast all sweet. It is boozy but 12%?

Feb 18, 2022
 
3.83 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 14, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

This should be rated higher. Appearance is nothing special, as someone else said, darkish muddy brown. The aroma is almost like a wheat beer but much more intense, with deep caramel notes. The wheatiness comes out in the taste, with lots of caramel, molasses, and some spice, alongside some heat. The caramel is restrained here in contrast to other sickly sweet bocks I've had. Lighter in body than you might expect from the AbV but not bad. Overall a complex and tasty beer.

Jan 23, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by misteil from Ireland

my first eisbock! certainly seems to be one of the rarer styles to be fair. was really struck by how sweet and fruity the nose was, taste wise this beer is a complex blend of sweet dark fruit, dark bready malt and peculiar spice flavours, with some strange oaky and earthy flavours thrown in there, hint of dark chocolate and coffee, some hefe-style estery flavours there as well, medium to full bodied, medium to high carbonation, strength is well hidden but there’s a decent bit of alcohol warming, a real nice supper though, quite a nice beer, glad to finally try it

Jan 06, 2022
 
4.21 by acmurphy696 from Georgia on Dec 28, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

Almost opaque reddish brown, deep, dark, and murky, with one finger of light brown head that dissipates in minutes - not a surprise considering the ABV. Huge aroma on the nose, dominated by ethanol and dark fruit. The taste is the same, with a hint of caramel and roasted malt, but dominated by ethanol and dark fruits. Very smooth, and finishes on the sweet side. Powerful stuff, well worth a try.

Dec 16, 2021
 
4.35 by irishevans from California on Dec 15, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

330ml bottle into a goblet. Bottled 9/17/20, so over a year old. Nice.

Looks very good indeed. Deep dark reddish brown body. Decent off white head eventually shrinks to a ring, but at first is thick and foamy leaving a thin sheet of lacing.

Smooth and boozy aroma. A little apple, and a little more dark fruit. Some almond pokes through once in a while.

On tasting, delightfully full and so smooth. Alcohol presence is obviously high, but there is not a trace of harshness, and the burn is mellow. There is some apple there, a little sweetness, even a light bitter touch well into the finish. Dark skin fruit, both fresh and dried.

Mouth close to full and a little foamy. Finish a progression of sweet, warmth, and alcohol.

Overall, a lot of complexity, and very well crafted. As the nights get colder, this would be stellar in front of a roaring fire with a good fruit & cheese plate. My usual bottle shop has a number of Aventinus variants on the shelf, will definitely be looking into those.

Dec 06, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 12/21/20

It’s really not often that you run by an Eisbock out in the wild; I’ve only reviewed one to date. This one is currently the second highest rated of the style, only behind the legendary Raspberry Eisbock that I’ve been searching for for quite some time. Let’s crack this one open and see what it’s all about

Pours an opaque medium brown with 2 fingers of light beige head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing, a bit of particular floating around in here

The alcohol makes itself very known in the aroma on this one, but it really compliments the gummy fruit character. I’m picking up on aromas of dried plum, dates, brown sugar, molasses, light fusel alcohol, brown bread, apple skin, light toffee, and a touch of hazelnut

This is pretty similar in taste and the quality of it never really dips. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting chewy raisin, toffee, lightly tart pear, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, sweet caramel, and overripe banana. The swallow brings notes of brown bread, overripe banana, cinnamon, bready malt, pear skin, milk chocolate, and light clove

A medium full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a smooth and thick beer. Finishes off dry with an alcoholic tinge, pretty much the only factor that keeps it from being chuggable

This beer is a damn powerhouse. It should not be this smooth and this flavorful at the same time. If I could get this flavor condensed into a lighter beer I would drink it every day

Nov 30, 2021
 
4.49 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 08, 2021
 
4.41 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Sep 24, 2021
 
4.34 by Brimstoned from Nevada on Sep 04, 2021
 
4.71 by Timbru from Germany on Aug 07, 2021
 
4.8 by BeerBuff1958 from England on Aug 03, 2021
 
 
4.2 by beast464 from Maryland on May 31, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

Nice "warm" beer ! Bread like flavor that i find in all beers from this brewery. Some caramel sweetness, subtle spices with it? It has some resemblance to a Belgian. Awesome !

May 29, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

I can see why this is rated so high, it is really a fine example of the Eisbock style. The ABV is pretty high, but you really do not taste it too much. Strong fruity (banana, raisin?) flavor that is appropriate. The finish actually seems a bit sweet to me but that could be just my odd taste buds. Highly recommended to anyone interested in this style of bier!

May 06, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by officerbill from New York

Nothing special as far as looks are concerned; kind of a muddy reddish brown with a quickly dissolving tan head.
But when you bring the glass up to your lips you discover why this is a world class beer.
The aroma gives you a good idea of what is to come once the beer passes your lips. Sure there's some alcohol there, but what you taste is a balanced blend of caramel, brown sugar, dates, raisins, those Pantera brown bread rolls, molasses, a little banana bread, I keep thinking there is some walnut in there.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had an the exemplar of the style

Apr 25, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by CaptainHate from Ohio

Bottled on May 5, 2016. Bought this at a bottle shop where the owner advised to cellar this for a while and today is that day. Poured into a Simon Pearce tankard bought on vacation in 2019, produced a clear dark amber body under a medium off white head. Smell has a lot of malty sweet ingredients with the wheat banana and cloves morphing to molasses and raisins. Taste reflects the smell although very rich and full. Even though the alc is well hidden, self preservation dictates a slow sipper. Although it's tempting to think of the Bavarian cuisine which would compliment this, I'm thinking more a post desert sipper. I'll try to find a younger bottle for comparison sake except I'm afraid it will only disappoint. But that's why we experiment right?

Apr 25, 2021
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4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Anders91 from California

Look: dark brown with plenty of head

Smell: wheat, yeast, banana, as well as dark fruit and malt, also some booze, like a stronger Tap 7, which is of course what it is

Taste: candied sugar, dark fruit, malt, yeast, sorta like the German version of a quad

Feel: just the right amount of carbonation

Apr 24, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

11.2oz bottle with date code:"20 190 250620" June of last year?
Poured into a willie becher shows a hazy, reddish-brown body that glows orange when backlit with active rising bubbles. A generous 3" head of off-white mixed bubbles impedes emptying the glass in one even pour and recedes to a 1/8" cap that leaves the glass clean behind.

Dried fruit aromas abound joined by dark sugar and banana and the flavors match. Raisin, molasses, prune, banana, brown sugar, caramel, and booze are all found in each sweet, full, gulp.

Overall a heavy beer with obvious booze but instead of heavy starchy foods, I'd suggest pairing with greens and maybe roasted vegetables with balsamic and sausages.

Apr 23, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a brownish color with copper edges and a finger of beige head. The nose has raisins and bread along with a whiff of alcohol. Oddly, this offering's nose is not as complex as standard Aventinus.

The flavor profile is not nearly as sweet as I was anticipating. Like the nose, there are raisins and bread to accompany the dry alcohol. The finish is quite dry.

The alcohol is not as pronounced as the nose would indicate. But, it certainly packs a punch.

I was expecting a more concentrated and intense version of Aventinus. That's not quite what I experienced with this offering. This offering had approximately 9 months of age on it, so it should have still been a little young given the high ABV.

I'm going to attempt a side-by-side-by-side with this Aventinus Tap 6 and Kulmbacher's Eisbock. Other than me likely falling over after such an experiment, I think such a comparison would prove fruitful.

Apr 17, 2021
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4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by minnaow from Texas

Completely different from the progenitor, yet still keeping the beautiful and simple spirit, make it an even more special night with this one. Pairs great with cigars, too.

Apr 02, 2021
 
3.91 by kodt from Illinois on Mar 25, 2021
 
5 by Rothobinide from California on Mar 22, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

11.2 fl. oz. bottle, bought in Denmark. Bottle number 054113. Pours murky brown with sediment / floaties, enormous head that soon subsides. Delightful intense aroma of yeast, over-ripe bananas, brown sugar, caramel, treacle, oak, alcohol and spices. Flavour is very powerful, malty and sweet with plenty of brown sugar, oak and spices, and a tremendous alcoholic punch. I guess I’d prefer the ordinary Aventinus on a regular basis, but the Weizen-Eisbock is definitely a treat for the dark winter nights, or whenever you want to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Mar 19, 2021
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