Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Style:
German Eisbock
Ranked #2
ABV:
12%
Score:
95
Ranked #829
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 10.96%
Reviews:
1,208
Ratings:
2,755
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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
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Photo of JamFuel
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown with thick, fluffy head that falls away quickly.

Smell is sweet and spicy. Notes of toffee, banana, cinnamon, dried fruiy, golden syrup and yeast.

Taste is spicy and warmingly boozy. Notes of yeast, banana, leather, dried fruit and a fruity bitterness. Very deep and complex.

Mouthfeel rich and smooth, well carbonated.

Overall, a powerful and complex beer, like a cousin to a quad.

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Photo of Lanas
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really very strong and impressive beer to drink.. Remind me some "Belgian Quad" or something like that.. Is very rich and heavy with amazing mouthfeel.. Can fill your mouth for fun with the heavy taste and the high alcohol.. The taste is like bittersweet and that is my cup of tea.. Also i can notice many fruits here..
Overall one amazing beer from "Schneider". Is on the same like with the famous "Aventinus Tap 6" in my opinion.. This has nothing to envy.. Has anything you want but is very strong and that is the matter for some people i guess.. Is better to drink this beer after your food...

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Photo of Tshane
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 9.11.19
Date on bottle: "090318". Does this mean 09/03/18?Or 03/09/18? At any rate I know I've had the bottle for more than a year because the last time I tasted it it was too syrupy for me.


Appearance: Dark chestnut w coppery highlights & hazy with a tall head that subsides quickly, medium tan in color.


Aroma: Sweet rye bread. Toasted Hawaiian bread. Caramel. Fruitcake.


Taste:
Sweetness of caramel, roasty coffee tones, dried and very sweet fruit--reminiscent of dates--and maybe a hint of ripe banana. Almost cloying overalll, with a slight hoppy bitterness mostly at the finish.
I feel like I should add at least part of a Coors Banquet (the only Coors palatable to me, even as a lawnmower beer) or Natty Ice (also a wheat beer, smooth and fairly high in alcohol) to water it down.

Goes down like a boozy caramel/ molasses/ sweetbread Kool-Aid. It was way too easy to guzzle this 12 percenter within 15 minutes. Session beer? NOT!

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and mildly astringent on the finish. (Mouthfeel is hardly important at all to me unless it leaves my mouth dry and sucking for liquid against strong bitterness or astringency.)


Overall:
Judging by the date on the bottle, I may have bought it in September (or March?) of 2018, but drinking it September 2019. Has it aged in the bottle? It seems better than the last time, more recently after its bottling.

I had to swirl a little water around the bottom to capture all the sediments and poured them back in my tall glass. Several teaspoons of water didn't apparently make a difference at all in the body or taste. But the sediments made the beer much more hazy. That's unimportant for taste to me, the haze does not affect my enjoyment of the beer.


Verdict:
Still a world-class, stunning and delightful beer. Used to be in my top five but it's a little sweet for me now. Maybe it varies from batch to batch? Or maybe my taste buds have become more accustomed to a balance of bitterness and sweetness after 4 years of tasting many, many beers.
I would still put this in my top 20 beers, maybe even top 10 of all I have ever tasted.

I will be drinking this beer again and again, but sparingly because it is so sweet and cloying, but it is always an amazing, unusual treat and taste adventure.

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Photo of Aam48
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If the Gods has a beer I guess should be this one, by far the most flavorful I have ever tried, even my wife (not a beer drinker) likes this one. I only can drink one, after that I come to a total relaxation

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Very deep chestnut brown (glints of ruby when held up to a halogen lamp). Pours slightly cloudy, but it is unfiltered and unpasteurised. Has 3mm fine tan head clearing to lacing.
S- Deep roasty-toasty coffee notes. Almost hints of concentrated roast fruits too.
T- Woah. Pungent, rich, deep concentrated roast fruits, dark coffee notes and a good dose of spices, then the 12% ABV comes along and makes it's presence felt
F- To me it's classic winter-warmer, I'm going to drink this slow and steady. As it warms the flavour should open up further. Carbonation in the mouth remains very good.
O- Long time since I've had an ice-beer, but this is pretty epic. If you remember ice-beer in the 1980's (Molson Ice etc) discard that thought, this is *nothing* like that at all, this is like a super-concentrated high-quality high-ABV% Xmas Ale.

Bought from Wholefoods, London W8, 330ml bottle £4.49 BB 09-Jul-2023

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Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle with a stamp of 19 022 191218. Sampled August 21, 2019.

Mahogany brown pour and slightly opaque under a short lasting tan head.

Such an array of aromas to include dark roasted malts, banana, ash, peat moss, and a vague spicy character. Alcohol buried.

Full, smooth mouthfeel.

The taste is sweet and malty for certain and the alcohol steps forward here a little more. Warming finish. A supper at 12%.

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Photo of sherillc
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer had very little visible foam when I poured it. The nose was sweet and spicy with a hint of wet dog - yep for real. Just my opinion! The mouth feel is thick and syrupy but there is enough bitterness and carbonation to balance it out. The taste to me is like fruit cake, treacle/molasses, and spices, slightly floral. The high alcohol content is noticeable, but again, the end result is a well balanced beer. Definitely a Winter beer although I am enjoying it on a hot day in July (indoors at least!) Prost!

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Photo of RayCannata
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To me, it tasted like a boozier version of the more common Aventinus Tap 6. Both by the same brewe, both dark German doublebocks (I believe). Both have strong hints of clove. But this Eisbock is 12% vs. Tap 6's 8.2%. I love them both a lot, but on my first taste, I'd say I love this one even a hair more.

In New Orleans (where I live) I think its only sold at the 504 Craft Beers store in MIdcity.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look - caramel color with no real head
smell - sweet caramel dark fruit like dates
taste - caramel fig date dark cherry warm booziness
feel - warming full body creamy light carb
overall - less boozy taste than expected with a great taste

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Photo of robotic_being
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a muddled dark brown with a nice head of tan foam that subsides to a thick ring and thin layer with subtle lacing. Aromas consist of strong dark bread (almost rye or pumpernickel), raisins, dried plums, brown sugar, caramelized banana, and clove.
The taste is molasses, dark syrup with a fair bit of balancing bitterness mixed with alcohol, raisins, and yeast. Mouth-feel is semi sticky, full-bodied, average medium carbonation and a smooth creamy finish with lingering fruitcake, and mild alcohol warming.
Overall, strong bodied, mostly esters that resembled a Belgian Dubbel, figs, dark bread, prunes, toffee, caramel, and spice. Easily a beer you could split and sip with a loving friend ;) Make sure to buy 2 of these bottles, one to drink now and 1 to cellar.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The bottle date says 100413. That means the bottle I opened is practically 6 years old now. The body is a muddy brown with no head to speak of. The aromas consist of strong dark bread (almost rye or pumpernickel), raisins, dried plums, brown sugar, caramelized banana, clove, and even reminds me of a Belgian dubbel or quad. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied and has very low carbonation. It's also a bit syrupy and the high ABV has a noticeable warming effect.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle in a snifter. This rather nice eisbock pours a muddled
dark brown with a nice head of tan foam that subsides to a thick ring
and thin layer with subtle lacing. Nose of rich raisins, prunes, dark breaded
malts, and dark sugars. Flavors expand on the nose with a dark raisin and
dark sweet cherry note awash in brown sugars and rich breaded malts
with plum and prune elements as well as a touch of candied dates that
show up with warmth along a bed of smooth warming booze. Excellent
mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation that is fluffy and
smooth, and a warming lightly dry and sweet malt finish.

A classic for certain and one to be savored.

Overall excellence!

Cheers

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Photo of KooVee
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bb 7/2023, so still very young.

Nut brown, excellent lace.

Nose has of course a lot of alcohol, especially as it warms up, but instead of distracting, it intensifies the main focus of rummy caramel on top of flambeed banana with some cloves sprinkled in.

Taste shifts the focus on molasses/dark syrup with a fair bit of balancing bitterness. The size of the taste knocks you back for a minute. All good, though, or better than good. Aftertaste lands on more banana in alcohol but in a very nice, subtle way. A gorgeous dessert. Mouthfeel is thick but not wearying.

In summary, a true classic and the banana and cloves from the weizen base keep on intriguing you beyond the usual aromas of a good beer in this style and strength neighbourhood. Need to try and find aged versions (or start cellaring).

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Photo of rex_4539
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark amber, murky color, half finger tan colored head, nice lacing, very light carbonation.

S: Raisins, yeast.

T: Tons of alcohol, raisins, yeast. Reminds a Belgian beer but extremely boozy.

F: Full bodied, lots of flavor. Overly carbonated and boozy, thus difficult to drink.

O: An interesting beer (and style), no doubt. But nothing I would seek again, as I don't like alcohol.

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Photo of Robin14
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light on color but full of flavor. I have been afraid to venture out of my comfort zone with beers until several yrs ago in Atlanta I was introduced to this German Gem! Full of flavor and yet not too strong.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real winter sipper!

Pours a molten reddish, orange brown with fair amount of off white head and lacing and gentle effervescence. Smells of caramel, burnt molasses, banana. Taste is sweet malty notes of dark fruits, raisin, plum and molasses with twang of booze in the middle and a transition to an astringent, clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation keeps it from becoming too syrupy despite its sweetness, alcohol well hidden.

Solid winter warmer, I will definitely stock up and enjoy at the next apres ski.

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Photo of Holderness
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a very deep copper brown body with a massive four-finger off-white head produced with gentle pour. Fabulous retention and good lacing, as should be expected with a pour like that
S -- Banana bread, yeast ester, molasses, fig, raisin, plum pudding, hint of booze. Very nice and winter-like
T -- Largely follows the nose with additional notes of maple, powdered ginger, and smoke
F -- Fluffy, creamy, and very drinkable for the ABV. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium+ carb.
O -- A fantastic holiday sipper. I feel like I'm sitting in the mountains of Bavaria after a long day of pristine alpine skiing (if only.......)

89/100

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage - said drink before October 2018 - so a month plus past “due” date. Pours a muddy reddish brown with scant head and minimal visible carbonation. Aroma is rich sweet caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, plums, dates. Taste follows - plum, date, dark fruits, hints of molasses, and a sense of the booze but not overpoweringly so. Medium full mouthfeel - light carbonation (more than expect from pour) that finishes almost creamy with a silky boozy crescendo, warming on a cool December evening.

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Photo of liquidAndy
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Murky nut brown pour.

Intense head of dried fruit, caramel, molasses, raspberry

Rich chewy mouthfeel with nice fine pearled carbonation lending a creamy dense texture.

Intense rush of moderately sweet fruit cake, raisin, roasted nuts, all balanced with a perfect hop note, wrapped in that creamy carbonation.

Hops, fruit cake, and a slowly rising boozy warmth on the finish. Outstanding!

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong esters, sweet malt, alcohol, slight citrus hops, and sight yeast. Fits the style of a German Eisbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong esters, sweet malt, strong alcohol, hint of caramel malt, slight citrus hops, and sight yeast. Overall, strong bodied, mostly esters and alcohol, and great feel.

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Photo of jkblr
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded 18.072 (early March 2018?) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 12% ABV. The beer pours a dense reddish brown with light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and thick ring. The aroma is only slightly boozy with cherry, raisin, banana and spice all mixed together. The taste is semisweet cherry, raisin, banana puree with a mild biting alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with plenty of carbonation, which was a surprise. The finish is undry yet not cloying. There is no discernable bitterness, but somehow the alcohol keeps the sweetness in check. Overall, very good. This is my first go with the style and I would probably prefer a base beer that wasn't wheat. That is personal preference and taste, the beer is really quite well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of rodndtube
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This dopple dunkelweiss bock is what I consider to be a benchmark bier--brewed by a top notch weissbier brewery. Top marks across the board which against others are evaluated in this style. This is not an ordinary dopplebock/dunkel weiss being of the "eis" variety. Love it. One of the few 8% or greater biers that I really like or love.

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Photo of KilleenTx
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opens sweet and fruity, goes malty on back of palate. Very drinkable, strong...kicks in quickly. Potent brew ,not a cheap date beer...share with someone you care about...,yourself!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Dark brown in color. Some foam, but not much. Big, bold aroma full of dark fruit, bread, and booze. Flavor is packed full of cherries, figs, dark bread, prune, toffee, caramel, and spice. Boozy finish, but doesn't burn - too much. Wonderful.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass with sediment roused.

Overall, so hard to describe. A wonderful, complex brew. Top notch!

An opaque, light raisin brown. Head dissipated. A complex spicy and fruity aroma. Some dried fruits and fruit leather. A touch of tamarind. Alcohol in the nose and taste. Taste has more fruitiness, some bubblegum, and considerable spiciness. Ends on a caramel malt note. Sweet. Feels thick and chewy.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2755 ratings