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

2,611 Ratings
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 Cwrw
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage boxed version.

Poured out with a generous bone-white head, faded quickly but some of the lacing stuck around, coating the glass nicely. Beer is a lovely hazy mahogany/ruby colour.

Oh man, sugary as hell on the nose, but I love it. Figs, coconut sugar, over-ripe bananas, molasses, maple syrup, hints of chocolate, candied pear, prunes....amazing. Phenomenal. The booze is there for sure, but it's completely eclipsed by the sugary dark fruit.

Flavour is full on sugary maltiness.Dark fruits, prunes, figs, brown sugar.

I love sweet beers. This is in my top 10 for sure.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.11/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep color with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has some mild vestiges of dark fruit & semi-sweet phenol (the usual date / fig variety) but there is also a weird tomato / vegetal smell underneath as well. Maybe some odd malt / fusel alcohol bastard? Flavor starts out with a little sweet phenol / candy, like a grape Jolly Rancher but old, with fuller phenol notes opening up in the mid-palate bringing in your plum & wet fig, maybe a little star anise. There is definitely a pronounced fusel note but it is hidden pretty well, though certainly noticeable in a husky blackstrap molasses note. It ends with more of a spicey note with more of that anise flavor. Good flavor notes though it somehow lacks a certain impact, can't quite put my finger on it but nothing really sings. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy. Solid beer but didn't blow my mind.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, Karstadt dept store, Dusseldorf - Pours dark brown with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - huge hit of fruity esters - banana, cherry notes. Taste - Sweet fruity esters - banana at the front, malty middle, crisp bitter finish with a light alcoholic warmth. Fantastic high ABV doppelbock. At 2 Euros easily the cheapest I have ever paid for such a fantastic ale.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited for this one. Made sure to chill it as ordered.
L-Pours a dark murky/dish watery and very carbonated beer. One head finger that is very bubbly and dissipates quickly. The carbonation simplifies quickly as well.
S- Very complex smell. Roasted almonds, dark breads, banana bread. Sweet brown sugar/molasses and stone fruit. Campfirey smell also is picked up along with a slight citrus note. I smell toasted wood in this beer.
T- Follows the nose; yeasty, sweet like molasses. Not too boozy at all on a count of its alc. content. Very ripened banana and dark breads is also picked up. Earthy flavor is behind the initial taste, darkly roasted hops and caramel as well. Gingerbread? An almost umami flavor that I can't describe. So very complex. I love it.
F- Creamy and thick, goes very well with the flavor of the beer.
O- Absolutely wonderful ale. I can't think of a more complex beer I've had at this time in my life. Wonderfully delicious and deathly potent. This is a sippin' beer. Once again, wonderful. Everyone needs to try this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a murky dark brown with half a finger of tan head that leaves sparse blotchy lace as it recedes.

Smells of banana bread, roasted almond, toffee pudding, candied fig and date, brown sugar and soft milk chocolate. Threatening alcohol.

Tastes of browning banana, sweet dark nutty bread, more roasted almond, candied dark fruit, maple syrup, spiced rum cake, milk chocolate and warming alcohol.

Feels thick and creamy. Full bodied with silky carbonation. Finishes sweet and warm.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A sprawling feast of a beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle format – Imperial pilsner style glass
Picked this up at Bottle Craft in Little Italy - Last noted on 10/04/15

Stoked to finally tick this style and not disappointed with my purchase here

The pour yields a turbid and tawny looking body. Leaning towards a light chestnut in color. A serious mass of spongy tan head is produced with insane retention efforts. Looks like you can balance a quarter on top. There is a mixed trellis formation of lace that gets left clinging to my glass.
The nose brings a complex malt mixture of darkened breads, toasted almond, toffee nougat, and gooey caramelized fruits like fig and plum. There is a faint hint of mineral and spice added with banana. Reminiscent of baked banana bread really.
Malt seems fortified in the flavor. Very complex while maintaining a very smooth façade. Loads of darkened sweetbreads and dried fruits with toffee/caramel nougat and treacle. Firm moments of dark cherry, plum, fig, and red currant. Getting some faint milk chocolate to this as well. There is an earthy hop touch to it and some frequent pops of musky yeast with an unobtrusive banana and clove likeness. I get a wash of alcohol warmth in the finish that is rather comforting here. A real nice winter sipper I would think. Thick and filling with the strange phenomenon of no seemingly so. Has a lighter real ale quality that I find quite quaffable.
Such an impressive brew. It is sweet without being a saccharin bomb, thick without being too tacky/syrupy, boozy without being too harsh.
Tows the line between a bull in the china shop and elegant finesse. Either way I treasured this Ale immensely.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a somewhat murky brown color that turns to black in the glass. Some brown highlights, no red. Creamy and sticky head.

Aroma of alcohol, intense toast and malt aroma. Tones of melandoidin, toffee, dark fruits. No hop aroma.

Balanced to the sweet side with a boozy finish. Full bodied and smooth in your mouth. Warning from the alcohol. Dark fruit. Toffee.

This is an amazing beer. If it were not for the high alcohol it would be a nightly treat.

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Photo of opieo
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a brew you must try. Full bodied, complex, smooth, rich unfiltered hefe. This drinks like a high quality product. The fruits and banana are priority.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown with sharp, bubbly head. Smells of honey, mint, malt, a hints of pepper and cloves. Tastes of peaches, plums, caramel, and honey. A mild peppery bite. There a nice, hot, alochol burn that is balanced by the carbonation. Overall, a very rich, flavorful, and powerful beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/24/13; drank 10/5/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Muddy diarrhea brown hue with tons of flotsam; champagne bubbles.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Black pepper, banana, clove & booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut & coffee notes up front; mocha emerges as it warms. Bold & enjoyable, but one's enough.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AROMA: Aroma-Yeast, Banana bread.
LOOK: Black pour with a grayish thinness. Looks like a coca-cola. Medium head, large bubbles, non-lasting. WANG, but smooth. I was halfway through this beer very quickly. The Belgian Wang (yes I know the beer is German I’m about the Wang is Belgian ) eases into a smooth sourness.
TASTE: Tastes a little like ""sour patch kids"" if you know what they are.
FEEL: some sediment a very drinkable light carbonation. worked my way into this one.

Was not a fan at first, but really enjoyed it at the end. being my first beer I realized it has a nice kick. Wow 12 percent by volume now that I look at the bottle. Alcohol is masked well."

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Photo of BeerTv
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
(ABV 12%) (IBU: 15)

Eisbocks are amongst the world's most potent beers; commonly referred to as "ice strong beer." Known as a true winter lager, these beers mature via freezing and separating the frozen ice crystals from the remaining mixture. As the frozen water is drained from the mixture, what remains is concentrated alcohol of about 10% or so ABV in strength. This strong mixture concentration is what is known as an Eisbock. And before you begin to wonder, alcohol has a higher freezing temperature than water, which is why the brewers can separate the 2 so easily.

AROMA - strong dark fruits such as plum and prunes, sweet malt, slight touch of banana, spicy clove, alcoholic/boozy, hints of earthy spiced hops

APPEARANCE - poured an opaque mahogany with light strips of scarlet near the edges, strong creamy tan head, superb head retention dissipating into a sizable cap leaving beautiful streaks of lacing.

FLAVOR - dominant malt sweetness, hint of rum, jam-like plum, dates and prune dark fruit presence, hop spiciness, molasses/caramel sugar sweetness, undertones of floral earthiness

MOUTHFEEL - full bodied with a powerful alcoholic warmth warming the chest, softly elegant, thick sticky finish, slight carbonation, yet not at all flat, creamy smooth as it coated and warmed the throat

OVERALL - Wonderfully complex and elegant while the 12% ABV isn't completely overwhelming. A great example of a traditional German Eisbock. Sip slow near a fireplace and enjoy the winter.

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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 mikeinportc
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a tulip. Bottled 3/4/15
Pours a very dark orangey-red brown. No light penetrates to speak of. I see the color, and a slight haziness, once the glass is almost drained. Light off-white head, that dissipates after a minute or so.
Aroma is mostly booze (brandy?) with a hint of dried stone fruit.
The first sip is almost all that boozy flavor, so let it warm to almost room temperature. Then it starts to shine. Flavor is somewhere between a quad & a barleywine. I.e. stone fruit/apricot brandy + alt + sweetness, a (light) syrupy feel, & noticeable alcohol, with slight warming.Very fine , and noticeable carbonation settles and lingers on/near the tip of the tongue. Very good, but a once-in-a-while thing.Very satisfying, so one is enough. :)

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Photo of tlema1
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: deep brown color with a thin tan head
S: amazing aroma, banana, cloves, and booze
T: big flavors, like a boozy quad and a Hefeweizen had a baby beer
F: boozy finish, tons of mouthfeel
O: world class beer

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Photo of rypkr
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a definite one and done beer. Delicious and entirely reminiscent of a quad or belgian dark with a little extra roastiness. Its thick, with an early on tantilizing sweetness that soon emerges to borderline cloying. All 11.2 ounces from across the pond will have you full and satisfied short and sweet.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a chilled bottle, pours a dark brown with a (for me) thin head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is mostly a clove-heavy spiciness. Taste is more malt forward, but there are a variety of interesting "spice" flavors … the only one I can actually name (sorry) is "cloves".

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours an opaque dark chocolate brown color with a thin white fizzy head. The smell is quite unique and complex. It is also a fairly sweet and malt heavy smell with elements of wheat, chocolate, toffee, and alcohol. The taste is also very unique and absolutely amazing. There is of course a wheat flavor (hence the weizen), but there are so many other strong flavors that it comes across fairly mild compared to other weizen beers that I have had. The flavor, like the smell, is quite malty and very rich with dark chocolate, brown bread, espresso, toffee, rum, cloves, and alcohol coming through the most. It’s not so surprising that the alcohol is pronounced since this beer is a very hearty 12%. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. The body is quite heavy. Maybe not as much as a full bodied stout or porter, but it’s certainly approaching those. This beer has everything I like: full body, strong complex flavors, and high alcohol content. They don’t get much better or more multifaceted than this. I don’t think anything is lost from the amazing flavor of Unser Aventinus during the icing process and you pack an extra 4% alcohol in there. Even though this beer is quite well rated, in my opinion it is still underrated.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with lots of chunky sediment. Head was about an inch, but disappeared pretty quickly. Smell is a nice blend of malt, clove, and fruit. Heavy booze on the finish. Taste is bold grains, with toffee and caramel. Lots of fruit on this one, including pear, grape, and banana. Not expecting how sweet the flavor would be. Does a good job masking the alcohol. Mouthfeel is very heavy, with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. Alcohol leaves a lingering warm feeling. For any dark beer advocates, this is a great option. Be warned however, this beer is a beast.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a murky brown with a lot of chunks, half finger head
S: Banana, cloves, chalky, vanilla, half baked bread, sweet malt
T: A hefewiezen on steroids, you can really taste the alchohl in this one, packs a sweet malty boozy punch, aftertaste is clean
F: Very heavy, quite thick, low carbonation, creamy
O: A very heavy beer that would be good with a large steak, worth a try

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Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep tawny red color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains a while before settling to a ring around the edge

S- big malty aroma with strong notes of caramel, fig, raisin, prune, fruit cake, brown bread & brown sugar. Spicy yeast gives some clove and banana undertones, along with toasted wheat, also some booze on the close

T- flavor follows the aroma, big malt bomb with huge notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar & molasses. Intense dark fruits come out in the mid-palate, with flavors of raisin, fig & date. The finish brings some spicy yeast that yields notes of clove and banana esters, some alcohol on the finish with more sweet malt on the linger

M- thick an viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a thick filmy finish, lingers of alcohol

O- pretty much everything do you look for in a high alcohol malt bomb. A world-class beer that is always good to revisit once in a wile

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spicy and estery in both aroma and flavour. More grains in the smell but all in all it's mostly clove, booze and banana. This is a good beer, quite a sipper, but look out because this one hits you hard time.
The taste is very similar than the not-frozen version

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks pretty vomity in the glass--brown, with some sediment. Light head that disappears very quickly, turbid. But smells and tastes like magic: slight sour, yeasty, doughy, wheaty, fruity, chocolate, clove, banana, cherries, plums/raisins. Brown sugar? One could go on. Taste is much the same, with a pretty fiery ABV kick that's only marginally successful at getting you to slow down your drinking speed. Middle of the road carbonation, body not too thick, given the circumstances.

World-class. Just don't fool yourself into thinking you can do the entire 500mL bottle yourself in one go.

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Photo of bnes09
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Minimal head. Beautiful aroma of wheat, yeast, flowers and herbs. Dense wheaty, sweet maple and apple malt body. Complex, yet subtle licorice spice. Assertive herbal, leafy hop balances well. Mild yeast character. Full, syrupy body. Low carbonation. This one threw me off at first with its sweetness and heavy body. The more I drank, though, the more it grew on me and the flavors seemed to balance better.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into flute glass. A smoky mocha beauty. Small head that drifts to nothing.

Noise of sourdough, raisins, malt, nuts

"Oh yeah," I said after the first sip. Rich: chocolate, nuts raw and roasted, caramel. Stirring.

Mouth is heavy in a good way. Smooth but a little bitter.

Absolutely fantastic beer. Chocolate bread in a beer. Essential beer drinking.

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