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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
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
Reviews:
1,153
Ratings:
2,576
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
16.86%
 
 
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Photo of Duff27
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- initial three inches of head recedes after a few minutes. Murky brown color. Some yeast sediment as a result of pouring like an asshole. No lacing, lower end of the spectrum as far as head retention but that's understandable

S- boozy, dark fruits.

T- woooo! Eye opening booziness, in a good way! Hah. Not quite ripe cherries. Love the aftertaste.

M- heavy, syrup-like mouthfeel but good carbonation.

D/O- Split this with my main squeeze fdkayti, proved to be a good amount for each of us. Would recommend and definitely have again!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A fantastic beer, this one. Dark brown/reddish. Off tan head. Lacin gis a bit sparse.

Aroma of subtle spices and light ripe apples. Some hints of noble hops and a solid yet unobtrusive whiff of caramel.

This beer tastes pretty darn good. The dance of malt, hops and yeast is uncanny. There are some shallow dips in the flavor here and there, but they are quickly filled. Apples are ripe without the sugar, a slight tannin quality. The sweetness comes from the caramel and bready yeast. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Feels a bit like a hefe but finishes easy with a touch of syrup. Very nice

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

The beer pours a hazy dark ruby red/brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. There are loads of yeast floaties present. The aroma is good. It has a dry and warm wheat and crystal malt scent. It has clove aroma and a slight yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a rich and flavorful malt taste that goes down smooth and finishes warm and fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine eisbock. It is warm and flavorful; an excellent drinking wheat beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Update 3/4/11: What the hell happened to my Weizen Eisbock?

Poured into an Eisenbhan Wiezenbock glass, the color is the same, but there's better head retention. The aroma is more boozy and grapey, but I can still make out those weizenbock charactersitcs. The taste is where it goes downhill; lots of uber-sweet raisin flavored alcohol dominate with the clove and banana bread tastes pushed way aside. Mouthfeel remains very likeable, big, syrupy, and smooth, not too boozy in this respect, and sticky around the mouth. Damn, this is too sweet; I'm going to struggle to finish the 330 ml serving.

This bottle was a 2010 vintage (costing $5.49), so perhaps it needs a little more time to be outstanding. Or perhaps my tastes have changed so much since my last sampling nearly 4 years ago. I've had my helping of Aventinus Classic in between that time, and I'll be more than happy to drink that in the future.

(4/23/07)

This better be good. I spent $5.19 for an 11.2 oz. bottle at Town and Country Liquor, and it has a printed number on the back of the label. It says 2005/11325 on the back of the label. Well, the moment has come to try it out:

Dark red to brown in color, it's an eye catcher, but where's my head? I barely got one when it was poured, and it quickly went down. But that's okay, I enjoyed everything else this brew had to offer. Have you ever tried to mix a Doppelbock with a Hefeweizen and an Eisbock? That's the best way to describe this beer. It has that delicate yeasty, phenolic, fruity flavor of Hefe's, the chocolate maltiness and raisins flavors of a Doppelbock, and that body warming kick of a Eisbock. All of this creates an extremely well-balanced brew, an incredibly smooth texture, and the defying drinkablilty which begs me to have another of these. At 12% ABV, you better watch how much you drink of this, but it's so damn good.

If this review couldn't get any better, I now know I can find this at quite a few establishments, and cheaper too. Hooray!

Original rating: 3.5/5/5/5/5

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO as part of the winter release, 500ml bottle into an oversized wine snifter.

Pours a murky and dense rusty brown, with some sediment eveident here. Finger or two of eggshell head, OK retention. Nose is big: strong raisin, caramel, loads of butterscotch and fusel alcohol (almost resembling vodka at times, yowza!). I can sense the heat coming. Tastes of dark fruits, plums, raisin, thick and massive caramel and butterscotch notes again. Dark fruits take a real backseat to the butterscotch as I move through this. Medium high carbonation, large and filling mouthfeel almost. Great body. This was a sipper for real, heat was really here.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin, light khaki head that dissipates to patches, leaving slight lacing. Aroma of dark malt, molasses, dates and figs, hints of fresh dark stone fruit. Flavor follows, dominated by sweet malt and dried dark fruit, mild hints of molasses around the edges. Lightly warming. Medium bodied with light creaminess. This was one of my first introductions to high ABV ales and I remember how it changed my perception of what beer could be. This has a the rich malty flavor expected from bocks with additonal great fruit elements. Warming, but the ABV is well covered. One of the world's great beer styles and examples. Glad to try this again. Excellent

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was shared with zep9865 during our mini tasting before DLD. This beer pours a murky raisin brown with a beige head that laces the glass. I've had this one before but never reviewed it. This smells super, and syrupy sweet. It wreaks of sweet dark malts, raisins, figs, and light yeast. The nose is even a little sweet for me. This beer is very yeasty and very heavy on the raisins. Wow is it sweet. It's hard to even rate to style when a beer is this sweet. It's borderline cloying. It drinks medium in body but the sweetness prevails above all other aspects. Does this beer taste good? Yes, but in small quantities. The alcohol content doesn't even matter to me because this is super malty (and understandably so) and super fruity. I just can't get past the sweetness. It's a nice style to try but this beer specifically just isn't for me.

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

A - Poured into a Aventinus glass a dark brown color, not much carbonation, no head, not much lacing really, some small bits of yeast were detected.

S - Scents of plums, sweet malts, and caramel.

T - The taste is sweet and alcoholic in nature. There's a nice little warming effect after sipping.

M - Medium body, no carbonation.

D - Drinkable. Another excellent brew from this brewery.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a wooden cask sitting on the bar at Fork & Barrel, what a sight!

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock pours a dark brown almost maroon dark shade of some color that's dark. Almost not even a cap of sparse bubbles floating on top, no stick. Smell is all clove and banana and some deep toasty malts. Really cant deserne any of the alcohol, it is hidden almost to well. Taste is all in the bananers, that are dipped in caramel and slight chocolates as well. Clove and other spices and the alcohol is masked in taste even better than the bottle. Feel is above medium but smooth as hell out the wooden cask. Carb is not so high but the character is. Cant drink to much of this stuff but it is still a great beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep purple-amber color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of deep fruit, banana, and a bit of alcohol are found in the nose. The taste is sweet, and the beer has quite a light body despite being concentrated. The alcohol is found starting in the middle and going through the finish of this beer. There does not seem to be enough beer here to stand up to the alcohol. There are some nice notes of clove, a hint of banana, and concentrated fruit (raisin is dominant). As it warms up a bit the body becomes smoother and creamy, though the astringent alcohol remains in the finish. Overall this was just a bit disappointing, the ice-concentration left this beer a bit unbalanced, though it is still pretty good.

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

Cedar wood with grains of orange and tawny that together resemble something like a very dark rum. It's a plethora of colours with lots of flashy accenting despite a thick and densely smoggy body. Surprising, given the natural cloudiness you would think it's unlikely so much highlighting would be possible. Less surprising is the leanness of its head which, despite a stable contribution of bubbles, struggles to support itself amongst the over 12% alcohol.

For a German beer it smells an awful lot like the tropics - an intensely effervescent yeast perspires notes of dark and tropic fruit. In particular, the beer is oozing - I mean absolutely sweltering - with over-ripened bananas. There's also a ton of prunes, raisins, grapes and apricots. A big dousing of spice and traces of vanilla and cocoa beans are noted as well. The strength of both phenols and esters is staggering and extravagant.

The yeast continues to work wonders in the taste as well. Spicy clove like phenols make a zesty, peppery perfumed addition. The esters contribute tangy, fruity notes and impart the taste of juicy orange, dried plums, and lemon zest. There's a sweet hint of bubblegum. The amount of suggested flavours is near limitless. I usually hail Belgian yeasts for their well cultured persona but apparently German strains deserve a little love as well.

The mouthfeel is truly artful: it's an ultra-creamy sensation with substantial alcohol warming. The beer is dark but void of roast. The gentle profile of tart fruit and spice is surprisingly full in character. The texture is fluffy and creamy and the beer drinks curiously light for something of 12% (of course the alcohol will hit your head even if not your palate). Be forewarned: the Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock is dangerously quaffable for its strength!

This doesn't have the toasty bread, sweet malt and rich dark caramel qualities of a normal eisbock. It does, however, share the fluffy, creamy fullness and dark, spicy, fruity, (nearly refreshing) character of dunkelweizen - and that makes for a dangerous drinkability. This is presented as the original eisbock and while I can't confirm that, I can say that it is still one of the finest examples of the style (wheat based or not) that I've yet to try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from the Coop for about $5... shared with Brenda, mine from a Kasteel tulip.

Not much head at all ... deep amber brew.

Aroma is all sweet bananas ... touch of pink bubblegum and cloves.

Deceptively smooth for a brew that has this much alcohol ... medium body and pretty explosive carbonation on the palate. Flavor is bananas and the expected bubblegum. Some caramel mid palate. Lingering spicy banana esters.. actually pretty good.

Probably only the 4-5th time I've had this over the years; typically I am not a fan of German wheats, but lately, I've been trying to expand my horizons, and this is the beer to do it with... Awesome and would cellar like a champ.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz 2009 bottle poured into a snifter

Dark chestnut brown, slight ruby tint, cloudy from the yeast, frothy tan head that quickly fades to a thick tan ring of bubbles. Not much lacing, but not much expected. Aroma smells like weizenbock, with a pinch of alcohol. Strong notes of yeast, banana, clove, strong dark fruit, and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and fluffy, high carbonation. Flavor is dominated by sweet caramel, and banana and clove weizen notes. Every taste is a combination of new flavors, honey, rum, chocolate, dark fruit, bread, other spices, etc. Alcohol is also well hidden in the taste, but still provides a strong warming presence. Finish is very soft and smooth, not as sweet as in the beginning of the drink, but still a rich combination of flavors. A nice sipper/night cap, extremely sweet and boozy, to some this might barely resemble a "beer"

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a relatively clear russet brown with a fizzy light head, poor retention.

S: Dark wheat, malt, cloves, light ethanol, fragrant.

T: Robust, full malt flavour with notes of cloves and light bananas. Dark raisins and oloroso sherry hints as well. Take Aventinus and make it bigger, like a fortified Aventinus which this is basically a de facto version of. Ethanol is present but melds seamlessly with the other flavours.

M: Full-bodied, moderately viscous, warming ethanol finish.

D: A contemplative effort for sipping, the flavour is very good and well worth the price for fans of Aventinus.

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Photo of Zorro
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 OZ bottle. Bottle 2004/ 10697.

Pours a cloudy chocolate milkshake brown with some yeast floaters.

Smell is intense vanilla banana and cloves with an intense malt scent. Like Aventinus only concentrated more. Seriously spicy.

Taste is sweet and very intense; alcohol level leaves an unmistakable heat in the mouth. Pretty much concentrated Aventinus. Lots of vanilla and banana and cloves flavor.

Mouthfeel is almost chewable.

Incredibly drinkable and intense. Only the cost and rarity prevent me from having this as often as I like.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, murky brown with a thin finger of tan foam. It definitely looks like it means business.

Smell: rich, fruity, chalky aroma. Fruits are sweet and dark, but fresh: plums, pears, cherries. They are bound together in a chalky medium that I find quite compelling. Alcohol is surprisingly sparse here. Superb.

Taste: very similar to the aroma. Some deeper flavors appear as well, such as raisins and prunes. Alcohol warmth becomes present, but it doesn't interfere with the smooth and complex yet somewhat light flavors. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, heavy body with a nice level of carbonation that makes this creamy and smooth. Really pleasing.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable, especially considering its monstrous 12% ABV. I am really enjoying this one.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle dated 2008, number 19309. Best before 30th July 2013, drank July 2009.

Poured into a half litre Franziskaner Weissbier glass because I know this can be a lively bugger sometimes!

Lively it was, but the glass contained it.

Cloudy, murky and foreboding looking body, a sort of grubby brown, teak wood red colour. A good firm tan head sat on top, looked interesting more than inviting.

Alcohol and a fizzy pop (Vimto) smell to it, some malts in the mix too. A sweet vanilla and banana aroma also came along as the beer warmed up.

Christmas pudding of a beer, plums, rich fruitcake, a faint hint of cigars and smoking jackets. The sort of beer to have by a roaring fire on a winters evening while the wife prepares a supper of home made soup with crusty brown bread.

Very pleasant winters beer, brought back from a Berlin beer trip, glad I found it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store, in Rochester, NY. This seems like it'll be somewhat of a wheatwine/eisbock hybrid or something?

Pours a cloudy, hazy dark brown, with a one inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like brown sugar, caramel, some wheat, plums, and booze.

The taste is similar, this is quite strong, as to expected with eisbocks. Surprisingly no banana, since the base beer for eisbocking is a weizenbock, but there are lots of dark fruits- raisins, plums, figs, almost like a Belgian strong dark ale, along with notes of wheat, caramel, and brown sugar, almost like a wheatwine. Lots of flavor that are slashed through by a rather huge alcohol sting.

Medium bodied, thick for a wheat beer. Low carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. This one of the sweeter beers I've had.

This beer defies style classification, as it shares characteristics with a weizenbock, a Belgian strong dark ale, and a wheatwine/barleywine. For that, it is interesting. It is just hard to get past the booziness and the sweetness.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Max's from a wooden, gravity fed keg sitting on the bar.

The beer pours a slightly hazy darkish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer was just wild, with considerable clove, bannana, sweet fruit and even a slight sour element. This has to be one of the more complex smelling beers I've ever come across. Flavors for the most part replicate the nose, with considerable richness and sweetness. This beer is very intensely flavored, and the mouthfeel is very full and rich indeed. Drinkability is OK, but the alcohol is pretty noticeable, and reminds you to take it easy and don't overdo it.

Impressive. While similar to the draft version, I just think there is all that much more going on in the cask version, especially the aroma profile. This is a good beer, but was an absolute treat to try from the gravity fed keg.

4/10/10 edit. So lucky to be here at Max's for their last gravity fed keg of this nectar. This particular keg is very fresh, and the head retention is spectacular. It's a creamy, milky looking head, looking more akin to the foam on a latte. Lacing is likewise very nice... considering this was gravity fed, I was greatly impressed by this beer's appearance. Always an excellent beer, out of gravity feed keg it's nearly mindblowing.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown with a thin head and little lacing. The aromas are of banana, clove, and toffee. The taste is complex and quite nice if a little bit on the sweet side. More clove, cinammon, baked apples, bananas, and a long sweet malty finish with lots of clove on the finish as well. Quite spritzy in the mouth, medium bodied. Not really cloying even though its a somewhat sweet beer. Surprisingly drinkable given the alcohol which is well hidden. A nice after dinner sipper.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is long-necked 33 cl brown. The purple label got som silver writings. Looks neet and clean.

A: Murky brown with hits of red. Head is thick and creamy off-white and really large. It stays for a long time and leaves some lacings after dissipation.

S: Rich sweet malt with lots of dark dried fruits; cherries and plums. The wheat gives it a banana-smell. A bit flowery.

T: Sweet malt in great harmony with wheat. Dark dried fruits as well as banana. Very well balanced.

M: Full body and mild carbonation. A warm feeling from the alcohol (obviously). Aftertaste is long and sweet, well balanced.

D: This is a really great beer. I put some bottles in my cellar - I think it will be even better in a couple of years.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Joey from Southbay for my first Eisbock.

A: Deep reddish brown with a 2 finger head that
dissipates almost immediately. Despite the careful pour, there is quite a bit of sediment floating in the glass that is beginning to settle at the bottom. A plethora of tiny bubbles continuously travel heavenward toward the head deceased.
S: I'm pleasantly surprised by a spicy aroma. Malt, alcohol, banana (!), a hint of coriander.
T: The taste is fruity, bready and alcoholic. A great deal of malt sweetness with a decently long biscuity alcoholic aftertaste.
M: Great carbonation and a smooth, full, mouthfeel.
D: The drinkability is scary. It would be easy to drink a few of these before the alcohol kicks in. This beer was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Derek
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at the Weisses Brauhaus in Munich.

Mindestens haltbar bis 23.02.07.

A: Murky, dark chestnut. Off-white head, some retention and lace.

S: Alcohol (sherry), raisins, bread, slight spice.

T: Bread, alcohol (sherry), raisin, nut, spice. Sweetness is nicely balanced by the alcohol. Potent, but very well rounded. Truly exceptional.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very good, especially considering the strength.

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Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark reddish brown mahogany color with a off white rim, barely any head.

The aroma has rum soaked plums, banana, roasted figs, tons of caramel, toffee, a good amount of alcohol, spicy clove, some vanilla.

The beer has a complex big flavor. There is some sweet super ripe banana, again that boozy plum and sweet roasty fig, and then that caramel big sweetness along with some clove spiciness and the booze to clean it up on the end.

This is a boozy sweet beer with a chewy big mouthfeel.

This beer really does show a wonderful way that Germany can do a big big beer. A delicious brew.

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

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy brown/amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet raisins and alcohol, a very unusual eisbock. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,576 ratings.
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