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:
1,164
Ratings:
2,610
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
220
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320
For Trade:
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Photo of bminor7
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.33L purchased from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY.

My first eisbock, not to mention a weizen-eisbock. Apparently this beer is created from a mixture frozen at 20F, and they only sell 120 cases per month.

On the pour, this beer looks like pepsi/coke - a reddish mahogany. The color is different than anything I've seen before. Head is minimal and ranges from light tan to white. Sediment present as small rounded lumps...these are tossed about within the beer as the carbonation is released. This lasts for some time despite the relative lack of head.

Smells of caramel/malt/spice/banana. The taste is not far off...spice and banana and orange. Very sweet, which is slightly offputting to me. A slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The 12% doesn't manifest right away but you will feel it in the aftertaste. This is one of the only beers I've had that leaves me with a stinging feeling on my tongue.

This is virtually 3 beers in one. A bottle of this size is enough to give a pretty calming buzz. Despite that I honestly don't feel the drinkability is as low as most other beers in this ABV range.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep ruby/brown, slightly cloudy with a nice head that hung out for a while, yet left little lacing

Smell: Cloves, and dark fruit - raisins & prunes

Taste: Up Front: Alcohol bite, cloves, and other spices. Finish: Banana, raisin, clove, caramel, sweet malt - very complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and smooth. This is 12% abv??? I never would have guessed. Having said that, the carbonation is also higher than expected, but still on point

Drinkability: I am savoring every sip!!!

Overall Impression: This beer is essentially a concentrated version of Aventinus Weizenbock. The flavor is intense and the incredible finish just keep going and transforming. Seriously, I did not think it could get any better than their Weizenbock, but I stand corrected. Hey, sometimes it feels good to be wrong ;)

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Photo of hungryghost
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 5911 of the 2002 batch.
Cloudy, dark walnut appearance, short lived head.
This is the first time I have described a beer this complex. There is a whole lot going on here.
Hints of wheat, fruit, yeast, and a rich malt aroma.
Heavy malt flavorings, fruit, strong sweetness, some spice. I guessed this one had a high ABV, there is a pungent alcohol taste.
Worth diving into once in a while. I think it would be hard to put down more than one of these at a time.

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

Picked this up on a recommendation from our brew club expert.

A- Murky reddish brown with a persistent off white creamy head that coats the glass. Very leggy as you expect of a 12 ABV beer. Cloudy is good here since it is a wheat beer.

S- Rich dark malt with floral and fruit notes that swirl together and recombine into something a little different with each sip. And I do mean sip with this one.

T- Like the nose, the flavor shifts across the palate. Dark fruit, fresh cherry and very little bitterness. The alcohol is well concealed but it will sneak up.

M- Full, smooth and well carbonated which captures the wheat beer style and avoids being syrupy. No heat from the alcohol.

O- This is one amazing beer. A wheat ice dopplebock. Complex like a good cognac and I could see savoring this with a good cigar.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm re-reviewing this beer as I feel my greater exposure to craft beer over the course of this year coupled with my maturation as a drinker has tempered some of my early, almost childlike, exuberance in regards to this brew.

Poured into snifter

Appearance-Pours a deep almost deep-violet brown into the snifter and gives rise to about half a finger of off-white head. Some swirling leaves hearty dabs of lacing even as the head bubbles away leaving a ring behind. Looks inviting.

Aroma-I still say this has perhaps the best aroma in all of beerdom, it's just magnificent. A massive phenolic assault of cloves with something of a medicinal quality, like a really concentrated version of regular Aventinus really. This is accompanied by the aroma of dark and slightly tart fruits with the musty aroma of raw grain. It's just so complex, and so intoxicating.

Taste-Huge wave of deep, dark, sweet malt on contact; tastes of rum, toffee, honey and a variety of other dark malty flavors. Cloves literally appear all throughout, making their impact upon all the aforementioned flavors and taking over in full towards the middle. Some alcohol warmth. A bit of a coarse raw-wheat flavor comes through towards the finish but the weiss cloveyness remains all throughout ending everything on a soft note.

Mouthfeel-Thick, rich and syrupy with low carbonation.

Drinkability-Other than the 12%abv, this beer is really drinkable.

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Photo of RepMichigan
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark walnut caramel color, a bit hazy, two finger head on pour that dissipated after a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet figs odor little bit of alcohol, mostly smell sweetness

Taste: as it smelled it was sweet, alcohol comes through towards the end, not prolific but still there. Not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation is there, alcohol fumes are present

Overall: i did enjoy this beer a lot, the sweetness is more apparent as it got more towards room temp. Something that i will revisit when i am in the mood for this style

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Photo of Fader
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying this beer was less than a year old, maybe it needs to be bottled longer.

A - Very dark brown, cloudy, almost no head.

S - Very nice nose, heavy banana, slight booze, peppery notes.

T - Still has the banana, but somewhat fruity, boozy, overall an outstanding taste for the abv.

M - Some carbonation, slight burn.

O - Very good beer with fairly intense flavor for a strong beer, worth it.

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

This pours out a brownish plum color with loads of carbonation rushing up. Not much head so to speak, but I didn't expect one. Smell is primarily alcohol and yeast with some sugared raisins and sweet dark fruits mixing around. This reminds me of a red wine, actually, maybe something like a cabernet sauvignon.

The taste isn't boozy at all, unlike the telling smell. I get a ton of alcohol warmth, but the main show is a very tender yeast and wheat. It reminds me of cream cheese a bit. Very soft and delicate the way they work together. Tons of dark fruit and sweetness work their way around in here, especially at the end where the nice "spike" of tartness hits. I half expected this to be a sludgefest, but this is surprisingly smooth and well carbonated. I'm sipping this thing way too fast, and the crisp finish only leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of utah44
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just drank a pint at the Bulldog Tavern and Emporium of Fine and Most Excellent Brews and Spirits. Average head and carbonation with a credible amount of lacing. Smell of alcohol and malts. Color was bodacious. Mouthfeel was like heavenly night blooming jasmine with a hint of mirliitons and cypress buds. Taste was equally balanced with flowers and trees. This brew should be in the Hall of Fame of eisbocks. I'll never forget tonight and this brew even if was overpriced compared to ma favorite IPAs.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Eisbock. Looking forward to it- the only thing I know about Eisbocks are from the BJCP guidelines. Its Christmas Eve, the kids are in bed, the wife is wrapping gifts, so I think this is a great time to review this beer!

The appearance is a somewhat opaque/translucent dark brown with an off-white head that is gathering at the sides of the pour. Almost stout or porter like until you hold it up to the light. Smells of dried dark fruits like raisins or plums, very malty and slight alcohol. Tastes sweet, dried fruits, toasted malt, some alcohol evident, and a dry crisp finish. This is an intense beer with many developed flavors, and I find it interesting that hop flavors are not one of them. This may be the antithesis of an American Barleywine. Mouthfeel is full, and low carbonation. This one is a sipper, and is developing more of a flavor profile as it warms.

From what I understand, this is a difficult and time consuming beer to make. First it must be brewed to a higher strength, then frozen to concentrate, then lagered for a long period of time. This one is a nice alternative to other high strength, highly hopped ales like American Barleywines, Russian Imperial Stouts and Imperial IPAs. Highly recommeded-just to expand the palate perspective! Merry Christmas!

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Photo of cpn920
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that will knock you on your butt if you aren't paying attention to that high abv. Poured a dark ruby color with a big head and lively carbonation. Head dissipated to a thin covering as I nursed this badboy. Smelled the typical weizen aromas and a bit of brown sugar or raisins. You get the same thing in the taste and get some real sweetness with the kick of alcohol. I could feel the alcohol more as the beer warmed while I nursed it. This Eisbock has a nice mouthfeel that has a bit of a medicinal feel to it. This Weizen-Eisbock hides the alcohol well though I still know it is there and therfore one in a sitting is more than enough for me.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours finger and a half of mocha colour head, thick and foamy with good retention. Fully cloudy dark off-brown colour, almost grey brown.

wow! aroma is pungent! salty leather and beef jerky dominate. soy and miso scents, tarry. totally confusing and totally intriguing.

Holy shit, this is nuts! super rich and sweet dried fruits, dates, dried prunes, that belgian dubbel candy sugar hit. the weize is present with the fruitiness, rotten bananas for sure. caramelized sugar ala crem brule. burnt finish. Boose is super high at 12 ABV and alcohol comes through as brandy like, obvious but not offending.

BIg body and super creamy like a hefe. small bubbles but bright tingly carbonation.

Damn, saw that this got great reviews but did not expect much. not sure why because this is a beautiful and challenging beer. even my burps are tasting good! Have to say the schneider sons never made my favourtie hefe but this beer is exceptional. Great and wild flavours that balance well. sweet but as in fermenting and rotting fruit sweet, not just sugar sweet. Only drawback i find is for me the sweetness is on the very high end. but still, loving this one till the end.

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

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- very dark, muddy orange color. Pours with nearly no head, and what little head there is quickly dissipates.

S- very vinous aromas, not beer-y at all. Grapes, grape juice and wine are all prominent aromas, all backed firmly by spice smells, and a firm, sweet, malt underpinning.

T- rich, sweet, complex malt flavors, with a faint hint of roasted malt flavors. Grape flavors are also present, but not as pronounced as in the nose. Swallow is fruity (peachy?) and sweeter than the body of the beer, while the aftertaste is the most "wine-like" part. Any bite you expected for a 12% beer is completely missing, though after a tasting sip or two, the warmth is already felt. This is very much a sipping beer, and very much a showcase of the right way to incorporate huge amounts of flavor without the beer feeling off-balance, or forced.

M- low carbonation, assumedly from being frozen, but the body, the malt and alcohol of a greater volume of beer, is not thick, syrupy, or heavy at all, it is a very reasonable weight, with a surprisingly smooth texture and swallow.

D- good. I doubt I'll have a few of these in a sitting, but I have no doubt that I will be buying this again.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forget ice wine...eisbock is it!!!!
From the beautiful darkness, to, the amazing fruit/spice aroma, to, the wine/plum flavor...brilliant.
Heading back to my local to pick up a couple more to cellar.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing and I was rather excited to see Trappeze Pub had it on tap. Since tapping the first keg, I have had at least 15 of these beers. Appearance is dark brown with purple colors mixed in. Smell is predominantly of sweet, dark fruits (e.g., plum, apricot) as well as banana and clove. Taste mirrors the smell with a bit more sweet and spicy clove. Mouthfeel is nicely sticky sweet and perfect for the style. I will drink this beer whenever I see it on tap!

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Photo of RodBurg
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed dark brown that almost looks as if it has purple highlights. Maybe its just the purple label. Small and unstable tan head with some lacing.

Smells wonderful. Sweet malts, dried fruit and alcohol.

Taste is a malt fest. Dried fruit is a little more pronounced than the smell, leaning towards raisins. Slightly viscous with good carbonation and alcohol warming. One of these is enough for me. Overall very impressed.

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Photo of Nick3
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 2008/03808 poured into a 0,3L Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock glass. Lovely dark brown color with an orange colored hue when held to light. Consistent carbonation feeds a 3 finger head; some floaties bobbing in there as well. Nose is malt, clove, banana, caramel, and toffee. Looks and smells delicious. Taste is rich malts, caramel again, no hops, dark fruit. Creamy texture with ample carbonation. The beer definitely gets better as it warms. Alcohol is masked completely other than the light head you'll likely get by the time you're done with it. I'll buy some more and plan to cellar this one.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4/5  rDev -5%

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, 2-finger head that dissipates. Foamy. A little lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Fruits, grass, sweet.

TASTE - Malts, yeast, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, little carbonation, smooth, creamy, syrupy.

VALUE - $6.49 for 11.2 oz - good for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A likable dark beer. Not overly boozy. Goes down nice.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Number: 2004/13269 Poured on 12/29/2007

Appearance is a murky brown with a dark copper tinge. Head dissipated rapidly after pouring into my vintage PBR goblet leaving no traces behind. Lots of floaties with this one, left most of them in the bottle.

The first burst of aroma is bubble gum and banana. This quickly turns into a sweet dark fruit smell – almost cola-like – mixed with alcohol and spices... an unusual start.

Taste is a more dark fruits: dates, prunes, and raisins, also some caramel. All that sweetness is balanced out with a sharp, spicy burning finish from the alcohol. Hops are nonexistent. Mouth feel is thick with almost no carbonation.

At first I wasn't really liking this brew, but it grew on me as I sipped it. It's not like any other beer I have had to date.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: poured with a dense off-white head. opaque and black
Smell: prune, banana, caramelized sugar, faint alcohol, faint roast
Taste: caramelized sugar, raisins, pureed and cooked prune, alcohol, chocolate, earthy and spicy hop bitterness... very complex, but in a good way
Feel: sweet finish
Overall: this reminds very much of good Trappist, along the line of Rochefort 10 and Chimay Grand Reserve, although a bit more sweeter. A nice beer to sip on during winter times.

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

Dark brown with swirls of sedimentation. The aroma was spicy with evident alcohol. The flavor was cloves with high malt and slightly alcoholy. The carbonation was big and it effervesced on the tongue. Very full of complex flavor and I like this more than the Aventinus (stronger flavor). An excellent beer that I would love to have again, just not more than one or two at a time.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schneider & Sohn hits another home run.

This is a beast of a beer. "Original" Aventinus is one of my favorite beers, so when I found this beauty I had to give it a try. This pours a malty brown, with a brownish head that disapates after a minute or so. There wasn't any lacing down the glass. Overall, this looked much like regular Aventinus. The main difference was that, when the head subsided, you could see a great deal of orange yeast in the top of the glass, floating amongst the remnants of the head. There was substantial yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass after finishing.

The smell was basically the same as Aventinus, but the alcohol content was a bit more noticeable.

The flavor was very bold and upfront. The alcohol taste was very strong, but not domineering. It was countered by an intense malty flavor, like an intense doppelbock. This made for a very tasty combination.

This beer was very enjoyable. Though the sheer strength of the flavor (not to mention the relatively high alcohol content) keep this from being the perfect session beer, it is still very drinkable. This is my favorite 12%+ beer, and I'd gladly take it over any barleywine I've had. This would beer an ideal beer for a cold winter's night. Prost!

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, by far, the least-offensive high alcohol beer I've tried. It poured a muddy brown with faint, almost champagne-like, bubbles. The head dissapated quickly and left no lace on my glass.

The aroma was a sweet, dark raisin smell, not unlike sweet wines. A sugarlike acohol presense was also noted.

The taste was intense, yet pleasant! There was a quick alcohol blast when it hit the middle of my tongue and the vanilla/green banana flavor whipped around in my mouth. What a ride! The alcohol then warmed me deep with nearly no aftertaste.

Surprisingly drinkable for a high alcohol brew...this one could be dangerous.

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

poured a deep reddish mahogany from the cask into a 12oz tulip. Smells of spicy banana and some alcohol. Taste is very similar to the bottled version with the alcohol being a little more apparent which could just be a temperature issue. Lots of banana and spice. For 12% this is very smooth and drinkable. The abv is noticeable, but not unpleasant. I feel very lucky to have this on cask. top notch wheat beer from schneider as usual.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,610 ratings.
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