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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of joellongview
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Eisbock is probably my favorite beer, along with the Westy 12 (although they are different in many ways). I love it's clove and fruity aroma, and the banana and spice flavor it leaves on the palate. The 'boziness' is present, but totally contained within the effervescent and malty flavor.

I first experienced this beer at the Schneider Haus in Munich in '06, and then bought 2 cases of it at the Specs Warehouse in Houston, TX upon my return. Finding and experiencing the delectability of the Eisbock remains one of the highlights of my beer-drinking life! (I'm a little curious as to why it wasn't ranked in the top 100, though..)

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cool purple label with the bottle number 2007/14199.

Appearance: This poured a in incredibly dark brown color with red highlights. I cannot tell if its hazy because it is so dark but i would assume it is due to the yeast. Even with a slow side of the glass pour i ended up with no head whatsoever. Lacing also was minimal.

Smell: Woah! This smells like alcoholic banana bread. I also picked up on the clove, dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste: Wow, what a surprise!. Where should i begin? The clove flavor is intense in this beer and I love it. This is one rich and fruity brew that reminds me of Ommegang's three philosophers. The alcohol is nice and warming but not harsh at all. The wheat flavor is there but its altered by the fruitiness. The hops are hard to single out but you can tell they are there adding to the overall taste of the brew.

Mouthfeel/drinkabiliy: While tingly from cabonation this brew feels more syrupy than it actualyl is. It is moderate to thin in density but it is very smooth and silky. If i didn't care about being alive i could drink 3 of these they are delicious. Very Drinkable.

I think ive found a new favorite! And to think i bought this by mistake! I meant to buy the 8% abv weizenbock. Haha oh well. I will get that eventually.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is liquid bread and an unbelievable beer experience, this makes one recosider all thoughts and perceptions regarding wheat beers.

It pours a dark garnet color and like its lower gravity sidekick it has a large bubbled shor lived head thta leaves quickly and does not lkike to stick to the glass. What a pity.

The smell is rich and earthy over ripe sweet banana, cloves and alcohol warn you of the high gravity brew you are about to enjoy. this is a glass of rum soaked pumpkin spice or banana bread.

The taste is sublime. Danger Will Robinson, there is alcohol afoot. If you can smell it you can likewise taste it. The sip is a cacaphony of flavors. Sweet Malt, bittering hops, more malt and an overiding flavor of alcohol in the foreground. This is a dangerously strong brew.

This is a full bodied jar of beer. Thick and persistent on the toungue the taste lingers and evolves as you drink your way to Nirvana. A malt lovers Epiphany this is... Thick and oily you do not easily chase the richness of this brew from your palate.

Drinkable? Need you ask? This is the digestif of beers. The dessert tray stands untouched save for some cheese and fresh fruit. One has little need of anything else.

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Photo of sprinkle
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome!!Pour slowly this thing is packed with carbonation,Huge on the nose,packed with bannana,clove from the weizenbier yeast.Creamy and rich thoughout the taste explodes in your mouth!First german beer to impress me since I lived there.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: dark red-black. Not much head.

Smell: Intensely, extremely fruity. Cherry, banana. Sublime.

Taste: Sweet taste of dark fruits, especially cherry, that mask the very high alcohol level really well. Not as sweet as Kasteel Donker, but somewhat similar. Maltiness come out at the end, and some bitterness of roasted malt comes out, but not that much, and the taste of fruit is still stronger.

Feel: A full-body, viscous. The viscosity just resonated within me really well.

Overall: One of the best beer I have had in a while, and I was surprised when I first taste it by how excellent it is. Will surely have it again.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark copper with a huge slight off white head
S-huge sweet fruit (banana and apples)and clove with a nice yeast kick with a nice amount of alcohol
T-a huge sweet fruit a little clove and a big spicyness compared to its little brother, definately theres alot more alcohol in the background but overall this is world class definately a step above the normal aventinus but not quite as drinkable but a much bigger punch in the face flavorwise
M-very thick creamy body with a perfect amount of carbonation to compilment its spicyness this is the desert of beer
D-a very huge tasting beer, but this beer is orgasmically delicious very drinkable minus the abv which is the only deterent i personally wouldn't mind taking the risk if i was able to buy cases of it at a time i highly recommend you try it

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Photo of KensWorld
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The base beer Tap6 is world class yet they take it to another level by freezing and condensing it into this one of a kind beer. When cold it reminds me of a well aged port. As it warms it becomes like no other beer I've ever had. Very complex and different tasting. Truly one of a kind and a beer that We should all try at least once. It be great to see some of the craft brewers try to make this rare style. 4.90

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Photo of jamespub
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful brown. Good carbonation that dissipates quickly.

S- What a great smell. This beer smells of dark fruit and booze. I love it. The smell alone is intoxicating.

T- Tastes like it smells. Bananas, dark fruit, loads and loads of wheat, and a great warmth of alcohol with the finish. If you like the aventinus dopplebock, you have to get this one. it is like that on steroids. The alcohol is very drinkable for being 12%. It wil sneak up on you quick.

M- smooth, yet substantial.

O- one of my favorite all time beers, and my favorite wheat beer. Get this beer, and enjoy every drop.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Very dark caramel. Head like the surface of the moon. Fine bubbles puckered with bigger bubbles. Goes down fairly quickly. Mushroom colour works beautifully with the body colour. Classy looking.

S: Strong wheat beer banana flavour plus cloves, rum, caramel and marzipan. Christmas pudding. Beautiful.

T: Banana, marzipan and dried fruit flavours are very upfront. Sweet and sticky but balanced. Loads of Christmas pudding. Strong tasting but immensily quaffable. A nice big belch releases more Christmas pudding. It's a bold Belgian on steroids.

M: Nice and sticky with a Weizenbier texture.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had. It has all the flavour of a dark bold Belgian with the texture of a German Weizen. It's actually ruined the Belgian quadrupel/strong dark ale for me. If you don't like this beer I don't like you.

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Photo of Radome
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Deep brown with some red hues, but very cloudy. The head started out thick and creamy and faded to a low cap made of exceptionally small bubbles.

Smell - Wonderful! Sweet banana and unidentified spiciness with alcohol and wine-like notes.

Flavor - Incredible complexity in each sip. Banana ice cream drenched in caramel sauce, with some alcohol heat thrown in. There is some bitterness in the background, but just enough to balance and keep this from tasting too much like a pureed Bananas Foster dessert to be drinkable. Malt and dark fruit flavors come in at the back of the mouth just before you swallow.

Mouthfeel - Thick and mouth-coating, as appropriate for this level of intensity and sweetness. The high carbonation helps cut the sweetness with a little prickly acidity, while the creaminess of the nitrogen-like bubbles complements the banana ice cream impression. Some alcohol burn, but it's hard to believe it is12% ABV.

Drinkability - Very inviting and rewarding when you sip slowly to enjoy the complexities. A testament to what can be accomplished through the brewer's art.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLE NUMBER: 2009/01404

This one pours a darkly shaded, golden brown color. Almost a fingers worth of dark tan colored foam forms the head. It recedes to a thin, spotty, surface covering. The lacing is spotty as well and fairly slick.

There's no denying that this one has a good amount of booziness to it. At 12.00%abv though, it's no real surprise. It's loaded with dark fruits, especially cherries. There is a delicious yeastiness, combined with a good deal of wheat, that smells like pie crust. This is the nose of a 'maltbomb', as far as the sweetness presence goes.
Somewhat like I'd expect a pie made from maraschino cherries and rum to smell like.
This is one of the best smells that I know of, for a malt forward brew. Deliciously enticing.

Everything from the nose is still here. It's now joined by a wonderful gingerbread presence though, which is beautiful. It has a nice level of spiciness. The high abv, while not entirely hidden, is not nearly as noticeable as the nose prepared you for. It has a nice warmth going down, but not the heat that was expected.

Full-bodied, getting close to thick. It has a medium-to-high level of carbonation, which gives it just a touch of roughness that works against the creaminess that it has. Just slightly shy of perfection.

The high abv is hidden well enough and this one tastes very nice, if you don't mind the sweet/maltbomb side of the spectrum. I could drink several of these at one sitting, and I have several times. This is one of my 'go-to' beers.
It's recommended, if you've never had it. It could become your new dessert beer, if nothing else.

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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours burnt amber with a slight chill haze. The pour produces a massive and clingy 3” light tan foam collar that persists. S: Raisin, light banana, and fruitcake aromas rise from the glass. T: cinnamon, clove and dark fruit flavors, some hops show up on the end, some vanilla in with the spices with traces of toffee. F: Creamy and smooth with medium body and carbonation O: A truly classic beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you #04355 / 2001. This is simply incredible.

Pours a stormy brown/dark peach. Massive light-beige head explodes from the bottle. Starts very fizzy, then settles to a creamy inch. Sticks around as well as any I have seen.

Strong whaffs of clove and banana. The huge, yet typical wheat beer profile masks what is in store.

Big surge of fruity malt rushes forward (pineapple and peach..other tropical fruit). Battles with the huge yeasty weizen traits. Clove is all over this one. Drys out a little toward the finish as the hops assert themselves. They provide balance, but ultimately get crushed under the heavy load. I am picking up hints of toffee and butter as well. A little prickly alcohol is evident...but not even close to the listed 13%.

Spritzy, yet creamy in the mouth. So pleasurable. Wow.
Outright dangerous to drink. Goes down so well. And so fast.

I'd say that this is the best weizen I've ever had...but that is like playing with a stacked is simply not fair to compare the others.
Actually, I'd go as far as to say that this is one of the best I have ever had.
I am stunned.

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Photo of vinhgoh
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend in DC has been raving about this brew for over a year now. He came up to visit me recently. So of course we go out to buy a few brews. He spotted the Aventinus and basically begged me to try it.

When he first poured be a glass, I saw that it had a caramel color, and a good amount of yeast. As the yeast slid to the bottom of the glass, you could see it giving off CO2. The foam had a nice coffee-milk sort of look.

The most important part: Taste. I'd have to say that this is a very well flavored wheat ale. I want to say it had a mango taste to it coupled with a strong wheat taste. Very smooth and easy to drink. Favorited.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. numbered bottle 13548 edition 2002.

Appearance: Minimal head dissapates quickly. Carbonation is finer than the orginal Aventinus.

Aroma: The smells alone indicate the presents of a beer deity. Full and perfumey in the nose with raisins and plums dominating the sweet smells.

Taste: Sweet and malty with several fruit flavors dominating the palate: raisins, plums, pomegranit. Cinnamon and other spices (clove). Full and bready in the mouthfeel, chewy and thick.

Overall: I have climbed the peak of Mt. Olympus. The fat lady has sung--yadda, yadda, yadda.

Note: I rate high ABV beers that hide their alcohol content well, with a high drinkability, despite the fact I could not drink several in one evening.

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Photo of Vancer
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WTF is up with this one? Excellent Eisbock – thank you bottle number 043924 in 2005!! An easy pour produced a clear amber brown chalice with a massive ivory tan head that laced my glass. Swirl this one and the aroma will come alive with fruits, orange, clove and malts, which also came through in the tastes – along with grains and intense apricots. Extremely full bodied and chewy, the 12% would drop your ass if you quaff in a hurry. Makes a perfect sipping drink after dinner, just like one would do with a fine brandy. I’m addicted, put some in the cellar and enjoy! Most unforgettable brew to-date.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2007/14055, opened (finally) on Aug 1, 2008. Reviewing from notes.

A - poured a little bit cloudy, dark brown with a short lived 1/2" tan head that reduced to a slight ring for a bit and disappeared altogether after 15 minutes, as expected with a high alcohol eisbock. Much bubbling is seen during the first 10 minutes and no lacing occurred.

S - Wow, even while it was served cold I could detect huge complexity in this brew. Sweet dark malts, very ripe fruits in the fig and date department, toffee, and light biscuity tones. As it warmed, sweet vanilla hints emerged and alcohol is also detected throughout the whole experience.

T - Very rich, very sweet, a very BIG beer. Plenty of caramel and toffee-like malts. Slight tartness of cherry. Very balanced hops towards the back. A coffee-like bitterness (very little) appeared in the finish, followed by an immense dose of throat-warming alcoholic spice.

M - Full-bodied, chewy, mildly syrupy. Well carbonated in the beginning, then as it warmed, the carbonation subsided to allow the rich complexities to really show their stuff.

D - For such a BIG beer, this is quite drinkable. I prefer to sip and savor this one.

Overall - Wow! *followed by wide eyes and a huge smile* That was literally my first reaction to this when I opened the bottle and smelled its contents. My gf can attest to this. My nose was quite happy from the beautiful sweet aromas wafting to it from the tulip glass and my tastebuds became quite ecstatic from the tastes. This is a very well balanced beer that can certainly kick you in the ass. Candy currant buns, figs, and a shot of brandy. Reminded me a little bit of a JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale, but a 2007 bottle isn't as ripe. I'm going to have to buy a few more to age for 5 years or so. Lovely, a beautiful sipper. I would like some Belgian dark chocolate to accompany this. Please do yourself a favor and try one if you see it.

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Photo of BobZ
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown, thick & rich appearance, again a very nice caramel head.

Smell: Again incredibly deep & malty, amplified Aventinus.

Taste: Near perfection in a wheat beer, again, simply excellent, the mother of all wheat beers. If you like Aventinus Weizenbock, this is even better.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, too smooth on the palate for the ABV.

Drinkability: Again too drinkable, so smooth and the alcohol is so well masked, for 12 to 13% ABV this beer goes down way too easy.

One of my all time favorite beers, this is to wheat beer what Westy is to Belgians, a world class beer all the way around.

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Photo of Oso-Polar
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a perfect bronze with a small amount of cloudiness scudding around the glass.

Smell - One of the few beers I can distinctly smell that does not derive its' aroma solely from hops. Bouquet of shasta grape soda.

Taste - Despite the 12% abv, no alcohol is detectable on the palate. Tastes is sweet tangy fruit almost like like a toned down jolly rancher taste. Really like no beer I've tasted. While I've had my share of dopple bocks, and some of the thick sweetness of this eisbock reminds me of Spaten Dopplebock, it is truely unique. That being said, this is the first eisbock I have experienced. In short, it is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - In my opinion one of the highest traits of this beer. Slightest bite of carbonation on the tongue, leaving a stimulating tingle reminiscent of sensation of Irish Spring eucalyptus body wash on the skin. Beer is just a bit less thick than an average stout however thousands of tiny bubbles can be felt massaging the tongue and palate giving the drinker pause to savor and enjoy before downing this beast of a beer.

Overall - Delicious beer - excellent mouthfeel, taste unlike anything experience before. Worth $4.50 a bottle.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle into a proper Aventinus glass. This is easily one of my favorite beers of all time.

Deep ruby brown pour with a nice white/tan head, no lacing but good tight bubbles. Dark and sweet nose of plum, cloves, raisins and grain overlain with some alcohol which is just what a deep sip brings forward with really nice chewy carbonation and slick sweetness. Dry tingling finish. And then another sip, and another. It's amazingly drinkable and the 12% is dangerous with these guys.

I have a 2007 in my collection that I'm excited to try in a year or two! This beer just gets better as it warms and with age; I think it's going to be epic.

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Photo of biggred1
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Muddy brown with nice particles of suspended yeast.Decent fine creamy tan head with minimal lacing.

S-Big ripe fruity and a "circus peanut" candy aroma mingle with the usual ripe banana and clove.

T-Fruity and spicy with caramel maltiness and faint citrus and a lasting warming alcohol in the almost vinous finish, coats the tongue.

M-Silky carbonation with a smoothness unmatched by most.

D-Dangerously drinkable. A seriously top notch beer.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle (Vintage 2006, bottle 18852) into a pint glass.

A. Beautiful beer!!! A wonderful mahogany with amber highlights. A healthy head that disspates slowly.

S. Again a beautiful and complicated beer. Very fruity, with hints of clove and banana. A strong alcohol warmness.

T. Much like it smeaals. The alcohol is not well hidden, but that is surely to be expected.

M. Alcohol warmness with mild effervescence.

D. The high abv limits the drinkability, but this will definitely be my favorite cold weather evening beer. A great beer all around. I am glad I bought some to cellar so I can track it's maturity.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very cloudy mud brown with a medium head. The aroma is replete with banana, dates, dark chocolate, caramelized carrots, mushrooms, an a not unpleasant musky basement smell. The flavor leads with chocolate, bananas, and dates, as well as mushroom, caramelized veggies, and grilled tropical fruits. The motuhfeel is very full bodied, and very creamy. Overall this is a superbly complex beer, and simply delicious at the same time. Very glad I finally got to try this classic.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is off the charts, one of a kind taste. strong clove, wheat, bannana, gum, and yeast flavors followed by a little alcohol bite, and a bananna gum kinda aftertaste. I am a fool to try to reduce this beer to words. This is a true classic, the numbered bottles really kick ass.

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Photo of Bubbalutz
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I first had this beer at a brew pub I thought it was the best beer I had ever had, I purchased some at a later date and it still doesn't disappoint. A must have in any beer lovers life! Don't drink more than 2 in one sitting ! This is the beer that opened my taste buds to the possibilities of beer.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,604 ratings.
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