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

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2,621 Ratings
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany
schneider-weisse.de

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
Ratings:
2,621
Reviews:
1,168
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
223
Gots:
324
For Trade:
6
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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/21/2011. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fairly large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, apple, fig, banana, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, wheat, clove, pepper, and light floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes. Taste of big raisin, fig, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, banana, molasses, dark bread, wheat, clove, pepper, and floral earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, pepper, wheat, clove, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent eisbock style. Damn nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for such a big beer. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small amount of light penetration. Very thin head and not really any lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sweet malt, and some definite alcohol, which is to be expected.

T: Fairly intense. Loads of sweet malt and alcohol with a good dosing of dark fruits and cherries in the background.

M: Medium body with a nice heat to it.

D: Considering what this is, it ends up being a very nice sipper.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, off white head that settles quickly. The body is dark brown with light brown highlights and decent clarity.

S - Strong aroma of prunes and raisins. There is also a distinctly spicy alcohol note.

T - Very fruity with banana esters that transition to a distinct strawberry flavor. The fruitiness remains through the middle with some slight caramel. Roast malt flavors emerge in the finish with just a hint of hops.

M - Creamy, moderately thick body with medium carbonation. Quite a bit of boozy alcoholic warmth in the finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for a beer of this strength, the fruit notes are very unique and add a lot of character to the beer.

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

Poures a hazy brown/amber with a nice blooming fluffy head,great aromas of cinnamon and clove with a little smokiness in there along with some lighter caranel notes.Big flavors picked up alot of cinnamon upfront with some caramel and dried fruit along with some late smokiness.Wow what can you say about this brew smooth as it gets going down sweet but not overly so,I will go back to this one sometime to be sure.

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into thin Allagash tulip glass

A: Cloudy, chocolate dark brown color with very little light, huge 3+ finger head that slowly fades

N: Nose has some dark fruits, some vanilla, some Balgian type sugar, sour tangy yeast

T: Starts with a rich fruit and sweet brown sugar flavor, semi sour almost grape like taste, dark fruits, some alcohol, slight roasted taste, some raisin taste as well, touch of nuttiness

M: Semi thick with lots of carbonation and somewhat sticky

F: Lots of alcohol comes out on the finish warming and slight tongue burn that even goes up to the nose, pretty sweet as well, a sticky tangy taste hangs around for a bit

Final thoughts: This is a very big beer, lots of deep rich fruits even grapes, slight sour yeasty taste, lots of alcohol, slow drinker but good taste

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's quite surprising that 12% alcohol by volume can be so readily hidden. It mildly appears in the nose, and it's not particularily noticeable in the flavor, but you can feel it in the throat. I guess it's the rich malt and yeasty phenolics that help to hide it so well.

Other than it's simply a somewhat condensed, and fortified, version of the standard Aventinus. It's not particularily complex, but neither is the original - rich and full flavor is the name of the game here! Notes of bubble-gum dance with swirling spice and hints of banana across a caramel-soaked maltiness.

In all honesty, I prefer the standard version, but this is a nice diversion.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a no head at all and no lace.

S: The smell is heavy with dark fruit, caramelized malt, molasses and alcohol.

T: The taste is malty and heavy with dark fruit (raisins, plums, raspberries) and a candy sweetness to it. The alcohol definitely makes itself known by giving you the burn, but it doesn’t overwhelm you either.

M: Crisp and unexpectedly smooth, medium body, light carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty and not filling, goes down easy for a beer with such a high ABV, I drank it pretty quickly, but if I were drinking a second, I go a little slower. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a quarter finger tall off white head which dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is present.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, some alcohol, plum, and vanilla are all present. The smell is very complex and very enjoyable.

T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the clove and banana with hints of plum, vanilla, and brown sugar. You can taste a bit of the alcohol but it does not burn and is not unpleasant.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Drinks like a beer with a much lower ABV, there are hints of the alcohol in the smell and taste but it is pretty well hidden - this beer could really sneak up on you. I really enjoy the smell and the flavors of this beer and will definitely be having it again. Though I might add that this is not really a sessionable beer unless you are the ultimate champ - just too much ABV.

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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Had this on tap, and I found it pretty amazing. Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a finger of foamy white head. Caramel and sweet fruits in the nose. Toasty malts in the taste, caramel, and a wallop of candy and dark fruits--raisins, cherries, bananas, figs. The fruit balanced out the inevitable spiced rum alcohol bite of this semi-distilled 12%ABV eisbock. Medium-bodied and chewy, very nice and drinkable. Definitely to be savored slowly.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Hazy amber/brown, with beige notes. Big head, goes away fast, big retention.
Smells of perfect banana and clove, flowers, wheat, yeasty bread dough.
Really complex fruitiness, with really sweet cherries (with a hint of sourness also), red berries, pulms, figs, all of this dark fruit having a very jam-like sweetness. Sweet banana chips also, light acidic red apple, red grapes. Big vineous character, like a sweet red wine. Honey notes, and spices are big vanilla, big clove and some nice prickly pepper. Sweet wheaty malts, caramel, reminding of sweet cake, going to gingerbread. Even if itțs really sweet, it's not unpleasant, complementing the warm alcohol (surprisingly not boozy, considering it's 12%). Herbal notes felt towards the hoppy finish, with a decent bitterness.
Somewhat creamy, low carbonation, perfect as a sipper.
A real delicacy, not one to pass up. Can't wait to get my hands on an old vintage. Top-tier brew.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark brown color with creamy, beige head. Aroma is yeasty with lots of dark fruit character. You still get some of the wheat beer components like banana and clove but also the dried fruits like raisins and dates. Taste starts sweet and slightly boozy with lots of yeast esters. There is some bitterness on the finish and continues in the aftertaste but mostly it's a sweet, syrupy beer. Body is heavy and quite smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol level plus the intense yeast character make the beer feel a bit cloying but overall it's a nice, complex tasting beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a dark brown color with a fizzy one finger tan head. The head settled out pretty fast and formed a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Didn't leave much lacing as I drank it.

The smell is malty and sweet with a lot of dark fruit aromas. There are notes of sweet raisins, plums and cloves with a little banana as well. The taste has a lot of the same flavors present in the nose with dark fruit, an almost candy sweetness, cloves and banana. It also has a little alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very delicious but the alcohol is noticeable making it a little less drinkable. Overall a very good tasting and smelling beer. It could have had a little better head retention and a little less carbonation in my opinion, but still an excellent beer.

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

Bottle Number: 2008 / 11734 -- $4.29 bottle from Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, medium brown body with a thin, short-lived, off-white head.

Smell: Raisins, fresh figs, and sliced bananas swimming in melted caramel squares and topped with toasted wheat and spices. Slight sniff of booze.

Taste: Toasted wheat malts and super rich maltiness represented by a slathering of homemade caramel sauce. Reduced raisin and fig fruitiness. Slight touches of banana-flavored taffy, bubble-gum, and earthy spices. Small hint of licorice. Very, very minor hop character with a faint, feeble bit of bitterness. Warming ethanol alcohol presence. Caramel-coated, liqueur-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Sip, savor, repeat. Recommend. Super sweet and grotesquely unbalanced in a rich dessert kinda way. The ABV is blended in rather well. Delightful!

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle# 2005/03114

Poured murky chestnut with zero head. No lacing & no head retention

Huge sherry notes & raisins. Alcohol sets in as it warms

Taste: Oakyness & breadyness; dryness sets in then. Finishes dry & bread fruitty. finishes dry & oaky like a good or cheap sherry

MF: Thick but prickly (from the alcohol); but mellows out as it warms

Drinks okay, a by the fire sipper.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut until backlit with late morning sun. The beer is then midway between dark cherry and dark orange, with a surprising number of bubbles animating the interior. The pour produced a prodigious crown of frothy foam that crested the top edge of the glass. More stickiness would have been good, but then show me a 12.0% ale that qualifies as a lace monster.

Weizen Eisbock smells like a concentrated weizenbock. No surprise, since that's pretty much what it is. I'm sure the tapering sides of the snifter help. Even though it smells potent, there's barely any alcohol appreciated. Medium-dark fruit (though not much banana) is uppermost, followed by a whiff of clove-like spiciness.

This is definitely good beer, but I'm not blown away. First impressions include a lighter than expected body/mouthfeel and too many bubbles. A five minute wait for warming and CO2 dispersal helps quite a bit. I like the way the flavor profile changes from beer entry to beer exit... and beyond.

Flavors include caramel, chocolate-covered bananas, ripe figs, a hint of anise, a splash of port and a hefty sprinkling of ground clove. The beer is really opening up as it approaches room temperature. It's amazing how well the alcohol is buried. Throat and belly warming is the only evidence of the double-digit ABV.

The mouthfeel firms up enough in the end. It helps that some of the water was removed because that allows the malt sugars to add a finishing slick stickiness that makes it feel more full. Less carbonation would have helped. On the other hand, it probably wouldn't have resulted in a higher score.

I'm amazed that Aventinus Weizen Eisbock is only the third beer of this style that I've ever reviewed. While it isn't a sock knocker-offer like Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, it's a damn good beer that is fun to sip and savor. It's also widely available and cellars well. I'll be coming back to this one again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky purple/brown/orange color, very impressive looking. A one finger head on top that had great retention and some nice lacing on the sides.

S: Very sweet and extremely malt driven. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a lot of dark fruit, chiefly raisins and prunes, but also a bit of fig and some underlying vanilla. There is a bit of bubble gum as well.

T: Similarly malt driven. Thick caramel and some bready malt are apparent immediately. Rich dark fruit flavors include raisins, plums, and some prune, which impart a sweetness as well. There is also a bit of brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.

M: Full bodied and surprisingly creamy. Thick, but certainly not too thick. The 12% is hidden extremely well.

O: A fantastic beer, much better than other eisbocks I have had.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light brown color. Large spots for lace. Moderate head.

Smells of banana, clove and semisweet chocolate.

Lots of wheat on the tongue. Some sweet bread flavor as well. Strong banana in the swallow. A slightly sweet aftertaste. Good body with a high carbonation level. Very smooth.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,621 ratings.
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