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

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,150
Ratings:
2,547
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
16.86%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
309
For Trade:
7
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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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Photo of PatrickCT
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

a: Deep mahogany body. Opaque with beige yeast suspended throughout the glass. 1 1/2 finger bubbly, foamy beige head dissipated quickly into a faint ring around the glass.

s: A big estery aroma of plum, clove, banana, almonds with a honey like sweetness from the malts.

t: The flavors are as big as the aroma and more complex. Toasted wheaty, bready malts with honey, spices, prune and banana.

mf: Big and creamy. Heavy body with medium carbonation that lifts up the beers spices. A bit slick and syrupy.

o: Its no Molson Ice, but its ok.

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark brown aroma and larger head. This beer has a malty and wooden scent that is not very strong. At first taste, it is a bit bitter and hoppy. You can feel this beer travel all the way down your esophagus and leaves a sweet, chocolatey taste in your mouth. This is a great dark beer for people that are looking for a lighter feeling dark beer.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This. Is a sipper. Booze notes are not hidden, but they are entirely appropriate for this style of beer. Pours a burgundy red with a fat fingers worth of creamy light tan head. No lacing in my glass, your mileage may vary. Pretty well carbonated for a big beer like this, definitely not one of those oily and opaque beers, this one has ruby highlights.

Rich, decadent, strong aromas of fermented dark fruits. I get some plum, some fig in the flavor, and raisins. There is a quad like candied sugar and caramel aspect as well. Mouthfeel is on the sticky and mouth coating side. This is a wonderful nightcap beer, and at just a shade over 11 oz a single bottle is the perfect pour.

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Photo of akolb
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma has plums, banana, prunes, and malt. Also some spice and yeast.
The flavor is bold and fruity. Apricots, coriander, dark fruits, dark malts. Wow. Some alcohol burn.
Appropriately thick and rich.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from 11.2 oz. brown bottle - bottled on 11/09/13

Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock body is a dark mahogany almost black in color. A hard pour yielded a thin tan head that quickly dissipated to a collar of foam in my snifter. No lacing was evident. The nose is dominated by sweet malt and dark fruit with just a slight bit of alcohol noticed perhaps due to its age [approx.16 months old]. The taste like the nose was dominated by sweet malt and dark fruit with the flavor of plums and raisons noticed. The mouth feel was creamy, high-medium to full bodied. There was a pleasant warming on the palate from the alcohol.

This is my first Eisbock and I like the style. To me, it is similar to an English Old Ale or even a brandy.

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Photo of acelin
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark chocolate brown, with a small off white head that lasts seconds.

S: Lots of over-ripe banana and some alcohol spice

T: HUge amounts of over-ripe banana, some small amounts of memories of chocolate, small amount of clove spice, finishing with dark fruits (more raisin and dark dry red wine here). It's something special, that's for sure.

F: Almost like syrup, it's so thick.

O: An amazing beer, but I won't drink it but 2-3 times a year. It's a massive god-emperor of wheat beers.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am speechless before greatness.
That was true the first I had this ice beer's brethren, Aventinus and my humility repeated itself the next night the eisbock. I hope to sit with someone and drink them side-by-side and compare notes.

Listed in "1001 Beers" and few will win an argument that it doesn't deserve it.
Roger Prozt also gave this eisbock a long review along with Aventinus in his "300 Beers".

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Photo of c014572
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my. What I thought I would get is so totally different than what this beer is. Thinking this was going to be cloyingly sweet based on my favorite dopplebock celebator, I was so pleasantly surprised by the magnificent malt/hop/sweetness balance this had. This is not for the faint of heart. The alcohol is very present and the lacing is everywhere on the glass. This beer has wonderful flavor and character. It's hard to describe. For fans of malty German dark beers, who are not afraid to drop down $5 on a single bottle, you will be rewarded...

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy moderate brown color with a finger of khaki to very light brown foam. After a few minutes the beer settles into an impressive clarity given the color of the beer, the brown color also appears a bit lighter and starts to give off a hint of ruby highlights. Significant esters given off in the aroma; raisins, plumbs, hints of figs, balanced by a bread crust and caramel malt profile. Alcohol is present but fairly subdued in the aroma. The taste takes on a malt forward quality with enough hop bitterness to make the beer overly sweet. There is a faint irony taste reminding me of medium rare duck breast, it flows with the other toasted malt characteristics nicely. Alcohol is a bit more noticable in the taste especially in the finish, but is smooth and not dominant. The body is medium to full without any residual stickiness, not chewy at all, very pleasant feel, very faintly sweet on the finish, but the alcohol presence cuts through it.

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Photo of Spike
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a red hue when held to the light. Hazy. Unnervingly, very little head and no lacing because of the high alcohol level. Swirl it and a light tan head reforms before disappearing quickly once again.

Alcohol also dominates the smell and taste. Dark, dried fruits. Yeast. Christmas spices. Malt loaf. Burned sugar.

The mouthfeel, however, benefits from the high alcohol as the syrupy, liquorice, molten raisin gives way to a lingering, soft sting.

This is an obvious sipper. 12% ABV is not my natural space where beers are concerned. Typically, when I am looking for a dark red, 12% ABV, alcoholic beverage I'm looking in my wine fridge. In the right circumstances, late at night, on the odd occasion, I can see how this beer garners such rave reviews. But personally, I'm not in a hurry to try again.

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Photo of ke1
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle is from 2013 so has aged a couple of years. Dark brown muddy cola appearance with no head but faint lacing that stuck around until the beer was done.

Smells like plums, dates, raisins. As it warms bananas come out, faint clove maybe.

Taste: not overly sweet as i was expecting.. Plums and the other fruits that were in the smell.. heavy wheat beer in behind. Alcohol is there obviously but we'll balanced for my taste. Warm going down.

Mouthfeel: too syrupy for my liking but i guess that's part for the course for such a heavy 12% abv beer with these rich flavours. Light carbonation that balances nicely.

Overall : delicious. A Christmas treat, finally relaxing on my own couch after marathon eating and visiting the last 2 days. Wish I had another.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 15.177. (June 26). 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy brown with 1 finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring of white around the edge, and the thinnest of skim across the top. No carbonation is visible through the haze. Swirled the remainder of the bottle to rouse the yeast, and poured again. Thick, two finger tan head that stands like a mousse. Chunks of sediment. Even cloudier than before.

Aroma: Poured out of a fridge at low temp (37 F) what I smell is grape. Bubble Yum Grape. After the swirl-and-second pour: Not much more; perhaps some malt, but not a whole lot. As it warms, other dried fruits come to the fore: raisins and prunes, along with some clove. A toasted malt backs it all up.

Taste: Tart, alcoholic arrival. Bubblegum. Clove. Grape. Grows complex, alcoholic and medicinal on mid-palate. More hop bitterness than I would expect toward the end, with lingering alcohol and medicine. Not really any tartness or depth to the malt; wheat character is there alright. Alcohol on the end really overpowers.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of midweight. Lighter than I expected it to be. Not insignificant small-bubble carbonation. Quite slick. Syrupy.

Overall: Big, boozy wheat beer. Tastes so medicinal. This is really one you have to be in the mood for, and unfortunately, tonight, I am not. Except for the taste, it definitely satisfies the requirements of the style, but I prefer the traditional Aventinus over this. My tips: let it warm, and make sure to get the sediment. Both seemed to improve it.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass. The color is cloudy, rich dark brown with orange hues. It has a very thin, tan head and minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, plum, raisin, and caramel, and spice. The taste is complex: plum, raisin, caramel, and cloves. There is no discernible bitterness. The flavors blend very well. This is a medium-bodied, well carbonated beer that is almost chewy and the 12% ABV make it a true sipper. Overall, this is a well-crafted and exceptionally tasty Eisbock. It is a perfect dessert beer. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an Aventinus chalice. Murky brown pour with garnet highlights. Substantial foam. Poured perfect. Aroma is fruity, tart and malt. Taste follows aroma. Malty for sure. Spice, raisin and other dried dark fruits. Caramel and mild clove. Mouthfeel is light/medium that coats with some tartness lingering. Just when I finish a sip I'm looking forward to the next. Great preflight holiday quaff. Tremendously tremendous!

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Photo of kitch
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 5th May 2020. Using Tap 6 as its base is a very good start.

Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with a reddish/purple tint. There was barely any head other than a thin tan coloured layer and not much lacing.

Aroma: Sweet plum, grape, bubblegum, caramel with some light booze.

Taste: Dark fruits, grape, plum, prune, bubblegum, syrup.

Mouthfeel: Mid to full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: My first Eisbock and a very good one at that. Considering its 12% ABV, although there was a small amount of alcohol in the nose, there was none in the taste. Very easy to drink and wish I had a few more bottles on hand to age.

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

Dark brown to black colour with a decent head of foam. The smell is one big bowl of overripe fruit (banana, prumes, white grapes) with caramel and alcohol. Taste has the fruit flavours and caramel again, with also liquorice and roasted malts. Alcohol is present (obviously with 12% abv), but combines well with the other flavours without dominating them. Very intense smell and flavour, combined with a smooth finish and alcohol warmth, perfect for a wet and cold november day like this. A true gem. The best before date was somewhere in 2020, so it might be a good idea cellaring a couple of these babies to see how they mature.

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Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick looking brown with reddish cast, topped briefly by a thick skim of tan foam that retreats to a lasting ring of fine knitted lather.

Caramel sweetbuns with toffee topping mixed with alcohol spice/fruit cake makes a medium strength and very alluring aroma.

Bright taste with all the elements of the aroma present. Some nice fruitiness mixes in as well, at times I get prune, plum, cherry, dates, as well as some really pleasant herbal bitter teases that tie it all together. Much less alcohol flavor than expected.

Quite thick, but it remains dangerously drinkable, with low carb. and a juicy finish that never becomes sticky.

Really delicious beer, superb, highest recommendation

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Photo of josanguapo
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gift from Carlos. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Bardbarian. Spectacular. Really nice caramel sweetness. Not a sugary sweetness like in some belgians. Its high ABV doesnt bother at all.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 fl. Oz. bottle into a short stemmed glass at the Dog Street Pub.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a subtle purple tint and nice light tan head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Some sporadic lacing.

Smell: A mix of dried fruits with plums, dates, raisins, and cherries. Caramel and molasses. Boozy on the nose.

Taste: Dark fruits(plums, raisins, dates, and cherries). Sweet caramel and molasses with some spiciness and an a distinct wheat element present.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: An excellent beer...very complex with some boozy character.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murkyblack coffee with a smaller than expected head and not much lacing. Some sediment. Nose is thick with dried fruits, malt, and sweet booze. Flavor has some initial wheat bread unless, but is quickly overwhelmed by warm syrupy malt, dried prune, raisins, and much, much more. So many flavors come out the more I sip and think about it. At times, I get everything from coffee notes to cherry cough syrup (not meaning that in a bad way). Sad I only got three bottles because I'd like to age some, but am sure I'll crave more of this in the long winter. Outstanding.

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

Pours a nice dark color with thick head that goes away rather quickly. Very floral, rich smell with a taste that matches. You can definitely feel the alcohol. Full bodied.

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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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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.
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