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

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of BeerTv
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock
(ABV 12%) (IBU: 15)

Eisbocks are amongst the world's most potent beers; commonly referred to as "ice strong beer." Known as a true winter lager, these beers mature via freezing and separating the frozen ice crystals from the remaining mixture. As the frozen water is drained from the mixture, what remains is concentrated alcohol of about 10% or so ABV in strength. This strong mixture concentration is what is known as an Eisbock. And before you begin to wonder, alcohol has a higher freezing temperature than water, which is why the brewers can separate the 2 so easily.

AROMA - strong dark fruits such as plum and prunes, sweet malt, slight touch of banana, spicy clove, alcoholic/boozy, hints of earthy spiced hops

APPEARANCE - poured an opaque mahogany with light strips of scarlet near the edges, strong creamy tan head, superb head retention dissipating into a sizable cap leaving beautiful streaks of lacing.

FLAVOR - dominant malt sweetness, hint of rum, jam-like plum, dates and prune dark fruit presence, hop spiciness, molasses/caramel sugar sweetness, undertones of floral earthiness

MOUTHFEEL - full bodied with a powerful alcoholic warmth warming the chest, softly elegant, thick sticky finish, slight carbonation, yet not at all flat, creamy smooth as it coated and warmed the throat

OVERALL - Wonderfully complex and elegant while the 12% ABV isn't completely overwhelming. A great example of a traditional German Eisbock. Sip slow near a fireplace and enjoy the winter.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very cloudy mud brown with a medium head. The aroma is replete with banana, dates, dark chocolate, caramelized carrots, mushrooms, an a not unpleasant musky basement smell. The flavor leads with chocolate, bananas, and dates, as well as mushroom, caramelized veggies, and grilled tropical fruits. The motuhfeel is very full bodied, and very creamy. Overall this is a superbly complex beer, and simply delicious at the same time. Very glad I finally got to try this classic.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a tulip. Bottled 3/4/15
Pours a very dark orangey-red brown. No light penetrates to speak of. I see the color, and a slight haziness, once the glass is almost drained. Light off-white head, that dissipates after a minute or so.
Aroma is mostly booze (brandy?) with a hint of dried stone fruit.
The first sip is almost all that boozy flavor, so let it warm to almost room temperature. Then it starts to shine. Flavor is somewhere between a quad & a barleywine. I.e. stone fruit/apricot brandy + alt + sweetness, a (light) syrupy feel, & noticeable alcohol, with slight warming.Very fine , and noticeable carbonation settles and lingers on/near the tip of the tongue. Very good, but a once-in-a-while thing.Very satisfying, so one is enough. :)

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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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Photo of rypkr
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a definite one and done beer. Delicious and entirely reminiscent of a quad or belgian dark with a little extra roastiness. Its thick, with an early on tantilizing sweetness that soon emerges to borderline cloying. All 11.2 ounces from across the pond will have you full and satisfied short and sweet.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a chilled bottle, pours a dark brown with a (for me) thin head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is mostly a clove-heavy spiciness. Taste is more malt forward, but there are a variety of interesting "spice" flavors … the only one I can actually name (sorry) is "cloves".

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours an opaque dark chocolate brown color with a thin white fizzy head. The smell is quite unique and complex. It is also a fairly sweet and malt heavy smell with elements of wheat, chocolate, toffee, and alcohol. The taste is also very unique and absolutely amazing. There is of course a wheat flavor (hence the weizen), but there are so many other strong flavors that it comes across fairly mild compared to other weizen beers that I have had. The flavor, like the smell, is quite malty and very rich with dark chocolate, brown bread, espresso, toffee, rum, cloves, and alcohol coming through the most. It’s not so surprising that the alcohol is pronounced since this beer is a very hearty 12%. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. The body is quite heavy. Maybe not as much as a full bodied stout or porter, but it’s certainly approaching those. This beer has everything I like: full body, strong complex flavors, and high alcohol content. They don’t get much better or more multifaceted than this. I don’t think anything is lost from the amazing flavor of Unser Aventinus during the icing process and you pack an extra 4% alcohol in there. Even though this beer is quite well rated, in my opinion it is still underrated.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with lots of chunky sediment. Head was about an inch, but disappeared pretty quickly. Smell is a nice blend of malt, clove, and fruit. Heavy booze on the finish. Taste is bold grains, with toffee and caramel. Lots of fruit on this one, including pear, grape, and banana. Not expecting how sweet the flavor would be. Does a good job masking the alcohol. Mouthfeel is very heavy, with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. Alcohol leaves a lingering warm feeling. For any dark beer advocates, this is a great option. Be warned however, this beer is a beast.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a murky brown with a lot of chunks, half finger head
S: Banana, cloves, chalky, vanilla, half baked bread, sweet malt
T: A hefewiezen on steroids, you can really taste the alchohl in this one, packs a sweet malty boozy punch, aftertaste is clean
F: Very heavy, quite thick, low carbonation, creamy
O: A very heavy beer that would be good with a large steak, worth a try

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep tawny red color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains a while before settling to a ring around the edge

S- big malty aroma with strong notes of caramel, fig, raisin, prune, fruit cake, brown bread & brown sugar. Spicy yeast gives some clove and banana undertones, along with toasted wheat, also some booze on the close

T- flavor follows the aroma, big malt bomb with huge notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar & molasses. Intense dark fruits come out in the mid-palate, with flavors of raisin, fig & date. The finish brings some spicy yeast that yields notes of clove and banana esters, some alcohol on the finish with more sweet malt on the linger

M- thick an viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a thick filmy finish, lingers of alcohol

O- pretty much everything do you look for in a high alcohol malt bomb. A world-class beer that is always good to revisit once in a wile

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spicy and estery in both aroma and flavour. More grains in the smell but all in all it's mostly clove, booze and banana. This is a good beer, quite a sipper, but look out because this one hits you hard time.
The taste is very similar than the not-frozen version

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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 Groenebeor
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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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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