Tap 9 Aventinus Eisbock
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

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Style:
Bock - Eisbock
Ranked #2
ABV:
12%
Score:
95
Ranked #901
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 10.96%
Reviews:
1,222
Ratings:
2,791
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SCORE
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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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faraday326 from California

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super rich dark brown with a beautiful layer of thick and rocky foam. Awesome aroma with all the hints of yeast/banana/spice of a wheat beer and some richer/toasier notes. The taste is very unique. It's strong and powerful punch of the wheat beer flavors: yeast and banana bread, but also much deeper richness w/ the toast, bread, and dark fruits. It's also noteworth in its intensity (presumably due to the removal of so much water). It's a _strong_ beer that's loaded with tons of flavors throughout.

A+.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark raisin burgundy color with slight haze and a very thick, creamy layer of foam that sits on top without dissipating.

S - Dark fruit, figs, dates raisins, delicate smokiness, and very light spiciness.

T - Dark fruit, figs, spice, and some slight alcohol presence with a little bit of malt showing up. Nice lingering dark fruit and spice on the palate.

M - Warming on the way down with thick, velvety texture on the tongue with some sugary stickiness on the lips.

O - This is a really fantastic beer with alot of depth and personality. Recommended.

Jan 01, 2021
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Souraboutsours from New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the weirdest beer I've ever had, tastes very fruity and spiced, to me it had no malt taste, or any hop characteristic, but was so different from any previous beer I've had, that I want to drink it again but in a state not as inebriated as I previously had it in.

Dec 27, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a bottle.
A: pours cloudy, brown body with thick white head with excellent retention and lacing
S: spicy, banana, clove notes with sweet vanilla notes
T: sweet, spicy, subtle yeasty taste with some biting alcohol; subtle vanilla sweetness
M: full bodied and pretty velvety; nice overall
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; nice drinking beer; pretty balanced and fairly subtle

Nov 19, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a huge and persistent white head with extremely fine bubbles. Body is a translucent nut brown. The thing looks almost like a root beer float or an Irish coffee.

Aroma: Smells like a stewed fig jam, with a bit of grain, booze, toffee, anise, and hops. Sweet and herbal.

Taste: Follows the nose. Slightly spicy from yeast and warm from booze. Figs, raisins, toasted bread. Sweet but not cloying.

Feel: Medium bodied with considerable carbonation.

Sep 14, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle - murky and turbid dirty brown water with quickly dissipating khaki head leaving barely a ring of bubbles. Nose is mostly sweet and clean. Taste follows with a slightly sweet but quite clean and almost dry malt influence. This is definitely outside my wheelhouse but I really like it. No evidence of the 12% abv -at all. One of the more unusual brews I have experienced .

Jun 27, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 4/25/2020.
Poured from a 330mL bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is dark brown with 3 fingers of beige head. Retention is above average receding to a thin cap. 4.25
The aroma is closer to medium than medium-low in strength and has notes of dark fruit, caramel, and sweet malt. 4.00
The taste is medium-high in strength and follows the nose but with surprising complexity. Also, there's delicious dark plum and a strong alcohol finish. 4.5
The feel is thick, syrupy, slightly creamy, has low carbonation, and a moderately astringent finish. 4.5
Overall, it's powerful stuff and somehow still tastes great. For some reason this beer hit me harder than Imperial Stouts do. 4.5

Apr 30, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

2.86/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown. Sweet. Kinda thin tbh. Reminds me of the saint bernadus abt 12 flavors with all the fruit and caramel and fig going on. But its not a syrupy. Very wheaty & heffe-tasting yeast flavors going on. Good enough for a poke and a buzz. Probably wouldn’t buy again.

Apr 12, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a dark brown that I would have thought was a root beer if I didn't know better. Very little head retention and no lacing, but it's also 4 years old, so no idea if that's driven by its age.
S: Nice malty smell, with some booze also noticeable, but not overpoweringly so.
T: Interesting. I'm not sophisticated enough to pick up on what the underlying ingredients are, but this is fairly enjoyable. I can taste the alcohol, but it's fairly balanced given it's 12% ABV.
F: Very little to say on feel. Low carbonation, but again, it's 4 years old, so.....
O: I like it, but don't love it. Definitely not a style I'm super familiar with, so this may take some warming up to. For me, this is a sipper that I'll likely enjoy over the next hour +.

Feb 16, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aventinus Eisbock

Look: This beers pours a deep, dark brown color. It’s translucent with light brown and ruby highlights. A half inch of beige foam quickly disappeared to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A lot of visible carbonation. A very attractive color.

Smell: The yeast esters pop. This beer has so many different kinds of fruit. Some dark dried fruit but also some fresh fruit. Banana, white raisin, pear, delicious red apple, red grape. Dark bread. Molasses and caramel. Berry tea. Some notes of ethyl alcohol with a deep whiff.

Taste: A lot of raisin, fig and overripe banana sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Mid palate it shifts to less ripe and sweet green banana and dark bread. The finish is long and dries out a bit. Slight burnt sugar bitterness. Walnut. Molasses. Cinnamon spice on the finish and a slight prick from the alcohol. A little woody.

Feel: Medium to high level of carbonation. The 12% certainly shows. Nicely. Warming. Sticky sweetness on the lips.

Overall: Really great. I do think the 12% ABV definitely comes through on the aroma, flavor and feel. But, that’s expected for this style and I have no qualms about it. It’s warming and pleasant, adding to the character of the beer without distracting me. The beer is complex and develops a lot as it warms up.

Jan 25, 2020
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wowza. finally grabbing one of these, trying to knock out those classic euro styles i've never gotten to. into a tulip this is a copper/mahogany color with an off white almost rocky head that's settled to a very thick cap of foam, big chunks left behind from time to time. the aroma is intoxicating on it's own, lots of caramel, dark bread, various dark fruits but mostly dates, and some clove/cinnamon spice. bits of banana and yeast also play around on the nose, really just lovely. the flavor of this thing reminds me of the belgian greats, like a german take on those. initial sips bring a huge mix of flavors, like a date/raisin jam spread over some nice toasted dark bread, with a big slap of caramel/almost maple like sweetness sitting on top. immediately an overripe banana flavor kicks in and then a balancing bitterness controls the back end. there's an apple and yeast quality that join in as it warms a bit and eventually that 12% starts to show its loving face on the palate. still it drinks amazingly smooth, even had me saying "there's no way that's right" when i looked at the bottle. medium-full bodied, coats the mouth but isn't cloying or oily or whatever and a whole lot of carbonation make this go down in a flash. which is maybe not the best but makes for a damn good beer experience. i'll be sure to grab a few more of these and explore the whole style sometime.

Jan 23, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Tan head. Caramel copper copper color.

Raisins, molasses, dark dried fruits, red apples, plums, toffee, caramel, wheat. Tons of flavor here. Very smooth for 12% abv. Medium to full bodied. Maybe a tad more too much carbonation.

Jan 21, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

somehow this famous eisbock has not come into my world until now. i have seen bottle before i think, but never picked one up, but just now saw it on tap for the first time, i had to try it, knowing of its legend! its got a nice deep mahogany to chestnut color, a high rising but quick settling head from the tap, a little bit of a foggy tone, a matte luster, and some obvious density. it smells really interesting, red apple both fresh and dried, figs, maple, molasses, toffee, caramel, wet wood and rich soil, high minerals, lager yeast somehow through all the grain, slight soy or umami, a little cardboard sort of oxidation, some obvious booziness, brown sugar, its real interesting, obviously german, even has a light banana note to it, and seems very agricultural, unique to me, even in this style which is almost always unique from beer to beer. there is crazy fruitiness to the flavor up front, ripe banana, raisin, date, and even a light cherry tang to me, followed by bran and dark crusty bread, some dusty european, even english, malt character, maple, apple, and booze, really complex, and it warms up super well. definitely wheaty, toasty, and hearty, i could probably live off of this without food for awhile, nutritive it seems. the alcohol with the residual sweetness is a lot, its a sipper for me, but its impressive old world beer for sure, i love the yeast character and the autumnal vibe. a very fine example of the style an a famous beer for a reason!

Jan 04, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Oct 12, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

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...

Sep 19, 2019
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Tshane from Michigan

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.

Sep 12, 2019
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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

Sep 07, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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

Aug 24, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

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%.

Aug 22, 2019
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sherillc from Canada (ON)

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!

Jul 23, 2019
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RayCannata from Louisiana

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.

Jun 03, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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

May 28, 2019
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robotic_being from Florida

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.

May 24, 2019
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Ninjakillzu from Washington

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.

Feb 27, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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

Jan 28, 2019
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