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

2,628 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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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Dewey0603
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark burgandy with a medium head. The smell is very strong almost wine like with alcohol and a smoked aroma. The taste is very powerful and concentrated with a dark fruit flavor,again wine-like, with a smoked wood flavor also. The m/f is heavy with the flavors all mixing well. For a beer that high in alcohol this is very drinkable. This is a beer that should not be missed.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Pahn
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip. "Bottle Number: 2007 / 05068" printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch fluffy, just offwhite head that dissipates quickly into nothing. Pours a dark, murky purplish red (nice color actually), with yeast sediment visible through the highlights. No lacing.

Smell: Strong, sugary malt, somewhat grape and raisin-like. In no time at all, all kinds of crazy and complimentary aromas appear. It's chocolaty, earthy, sugary, (only slightly!) boozy, with a variety of fruit notes. The surprisingly restrained alcohol smell kind of sharpens everything else in a really nice way.

The aroma is just brilliant. Every note (chocolate, grape, fig) somehow manifests in different ways, as if each one comes in multiple textures. It's difficult to describe, but it's very profound.

Taste: Nice and fruity barleywine-like flavors up front, then a really interesting heat in back. My tongue is tingling for more than a minute afterward, while the grape/raisin fruitiness sticks around as well.

The taste is almost as deep and complex as the smell. It has dark, chocolaty flavors, really deep and developed malt notes, and lots of surprises (the finish reminds me of dry bread crusts at one point, which was both bizarre and somehow pleasant). Green grape skins, pastries, hard liquor; almost endless.

All these flavors are so varied and well matched I'm starting to wonder if the heavy alcohol is intoxicating and tricking me into a dream. Sometimes it reminds me of a really vivacious red wine, sometimes an aged English barleywine, sometimes a bright fruit juice spiked with a great hard liquor. It's smoky, fruity, sugary, hot, earthy, [the list goes on].

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Tingly carbonation but not distracting (enough smoothness). Building heat... kind of like hard liquor, but not. It's like a spicy food that doesn't kill (or even significantly impact) your tongue at first, but at the end of the dish your mouth is on fire.

Overall: I'm loving this beer. It's hard to say how well balanced the myriad flavors are-- or to say much about the beer at all-- because all of my attention is called away by following and appreciating all of this pleasant complexity. The concentration from icing the beer along with the higher ABV give everything a bit more punch, but the flavors meld with each other seamlessly. There's so many textures, flavors, aromas... it's just an adventure of a beer.

I don't want to be too repetitive with my praise, but this is the kind of beer you look for if you like giant English barleywines and BSDAs/quads like I do. While I've never had it "fresh", I can only guess that time has been nothing but good to this beer, because it's both smooth and powerful. Very memorable, and, in my opinion, exactly what you're hoping for if you pick up a beer like this.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/26/14. Dark brown pour. Outstanding head volume, poor lacing and almost normal retention.

Wonderful nose of dark fruit (raisin, prune, date), hints of banana and clove over a rich malt base. As it warms, medicinal alcohol notes become dominant.

Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class and packs a wallop. It begins with a wave of dark fruit, that is mostly prune, over a clove background that is always present. As the prune fades, a balancing malt sweetness emerges. The middle becomes a bit medicinal from the alcohol and has a subtle bitterness underneath. As the finish approaches, malts make their strongest showing over notes of clove and dark fruit. The finish is a long slow medicinal alcohol fade leaving a pucker and burn at the back of the throat.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The body is dark mahogany with about two fingers with of rocky off white head that rapidly dissipates into soapy lacing. The smell is rich full of dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and alcohol. This smells really sweet, it reminds me of blueberry pie for some reason. The taste is dark fruits up front; figs and dates with a bready feel to it and slight traces of alcohol. The body is held up nicely with sweet malts. The carbonation is a bit higher than I expected. It's a little fizzier in my mouth than what I had anticipated, however the body is nice and heavy and not as syrupy as I would think a big beer like this would be. All things considered, I think this is rather drinkable, even though it's still a bit of a sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Purplish burgundy with off-white head that fades. Aroma of dark wheat, prunes, grapes, booze. Tastes of prunes, grapes, dark wheat, medicinal flavor, booze, minor apricots. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Pretty tame for 12% ABV.

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3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by AKSmokedPorter via BS-BIF

Pours a hazy deep chestnut brown with a very small head that instantly recedes. No lacing on the glass.

Very complex aroma. Lots of sweet, dark fruity aromas with a hint of chocolate. There is also a slight breadiness present and some alcohol aroma as well. The alcohol becomes more present as it warms.

A sweet malty fruitiness upfront followed by a slight chocolate taste. This is washed away by a swift alcohol bite and finishes slightly sweet and fruity. Don't let it warm up too much or the alcohol really takes over.

Big full body, it lets it all hang out.

Quite drinkable considering the big ABV. Just pace yourself or you'll wake up on the floor.

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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle poured into a 0.2L flute.

Appearance: Even in this flute, which is only ~2in. in diameter, the body is nearly opaque. The small amount of light that's able to penetrate does so at the bottom of the glass - it's narrowest point - producing a dull caramel color. The rest of the body is chestnut brown. Immediately following the pour a dense, creamy, khaki-colored head roared upward to roughly one inch in height. A minute or two later the head has stands about an eighth of an inch tall, but still looks luscious. It's likely fed by constant streams of carbonation, remnants of which I can see near along the walls and near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Loads of sweet Munich malt, brown sugar, and wheat. Awesome! Figs, chocolate-dipped bananas, raisins, freshly baked bread, and spicy hops are more subtle but complement the other aromas beautifully. Alcohol is nearly undetectable. I like where this is going.

Taste: Surprisingly, this one starts off kind of nutty. Figs, peppery wheat, and fruity esters take it from there, then combine with banana, more wheat, and prickly hops in the finish. Munich malt can be found throughout along with touches of cocoa. Great complexity!

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and wheaty with a dry finish. Prickly and warm throughout. Thankfully, this beer isn't too heavy; the alcohol still plays a large role, but it fits in quite nicely with the other flavors.

Drinkability: This is a definite sipper, but more so due to the complexity than the ABV. Highly recommended. An absolute treat! 4.5

A (no doubt!)

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle left at my house by dispholidus1 for long enough that i can justify drinking it. Pours brown, walnut colored. Big solid head of foam. Bubbles rise constantly. Smells of candied plums, dark chocolate and ethanol. Taste is malty and sweet. A pleasant nuttiness. Fruity complexity, with touches of strawberry, cherries, dates, plums, chocolate and caramel. Ethanol bite just on the finish, but very smooth otherwise. Velvety and thick, medium to full bodied. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A treat, and an affordable one at that (even when i actually have to pay for it!)

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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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4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 00459 (2007).
A: Poured from 11.2oz bottle into cervoise. Cloudy dark cinnamon hue with light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Banana, clove, and bread. Simply wonderful!
T: Mmmm...taste well reflects the aroma...that wonderful banana and clove combo. Not very complex, but with this amazing taste...who cares?! Slight fresh bite to it (I would guess this softens with cellaring).
M: Slightly slick on the tongue...doesn't coat.
D: Very tasty brew and the high ABV is completely unnoticeable (that is until after you finish the last drop!). I love this style and it is a wonderful representative. Highly recommended.
I've seen cellaring has been recommended...I look forward to revisiting this one over the next few years.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle number 2010 031733 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a dark nutty brown color with ruby highlights and a 1/2 finger bubbly very light tan head. Very little lacing, but that's to be expected at 12% ABV.

Smell: Smells very much like a sweeter version of a weizenbock. Dark fruit is dominant with caramel malt, a touch of clove and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit and caramel malt up front followed clove and a touch of phenols in the middle before ending with a light bitterness and a touch of medicinal alcohol. Very well-balanced for a beer of this ABV%.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Feels a bit slick on the tongue. Nice alcohol warmth through the chest after the swallow.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easily for a beer this big.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This is my first eisbock and this one has made me curious to check out other beers in the style. I'd definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Poured from a 33 cl little into a pint glass, bottled in 2011. This a dark brownish tea color with a massive but short lived tan head with a significant amount if carbonation still bubbling up from the bottom. The smells are very present and strong, ripe fruit, plums, candy and toffee malts. The feel is thick and full of carbonation. The taste is good, lots of malts, small hop bite, ripe fruit, sugar and a notice alcohol flavor / burn.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here I sit, finishing off my bottle of Aventinus Weizen Eisbock after drinking the majority to fortify myself as I wrapped a few last minute Christmas presents. It's 11:30 Pacific time, almost Christmas, but I feel I will be sleeping in a bit tomorrow.
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, number 10550, 2004 vintage, into one of my favorite tasting glasses, Aventinus Eisbock had a semi-clear brown hue and some yeast-imbued sedimentary chunks that settled to the bottom. The off-white head was modest and quickly shrank down to a thin collar, leaving no lace.
The nose had elements of bready malt like dark rye bread, fruity esters of raisin and plum, a sneaking spiciness and a blast of alcohol. The taste was quite sweet on various levels. First was the fruity swwetness of raisins and grape juice overlaid with plum, followed by a sweet caramel malt note. More fruity sweetness came through in the form of banana and a hint of vanilla. Then, after a short-lived detour to some mild spicy hops taste, it was back to the sweet, this time brought on by the smooth alcohol bite that left a glowing warmth in the chest as each taste was swallowed. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and rich.
Overall, I found myself liking this beer the more I sipped. The alcohol content isn't subtle by any stretch and that limits this beer a bit. However, it was a nice late night relaxing beer that will ensure that Santa's reindeer crashing onto my rooftop won't roust me from the blissful slumber I will soon embark on once I finish this beer.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,628 ratings.
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