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

1,149 Reviews
Schneider Aventinus Weizen-EisbockSchneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Reviews: 1,149 | Ratings: 2,541
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle with a number denoting which number it is? Just kidding.

Poured the same dark yellowish brown as its little cousin I sampled directly before this, except the head on this one pulled a Houdini and quickly disappeared.

Hefe traits of bananas and nutty yeast in the nose, but also some things to be excited about. Candied cherries, cognac, buttery caramelized malts.

Caramel smoothness up front in the taste. Spicy and slick from high abv. White raisins, prunes, and a vinous quality. Great bitterness in the finish. Surprising carbonation for such a big beer.

I was much more impressed with the Eisbock than the weizenbock. Very complex, very rewarding. I'd like to hide a few bottles from myself and give 'em a whack down the road. Thanks for the sample Joe!

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Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Number 124960. A good looking dark brown beer with some clarity. Its vanilla colored head gives up sweet spicy aromas, as well as caramel sweetness and the wheat, yeast and big alcoholic flavor with grainy wheat and cloves, raisin/prune vinous complexity, sweet bread. Very drinkable for 12 %. Ice and Fire we will return to this again!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

this beer pours a dark purple-brown. really carbonated but produces no head with a medium pour.

aroma is strong burnt sugar and bread.. reminds me of fresh glazed donuts. notes of plum and dates accent this scent. something slightly sour creeps in to add even more complexity.

tastes very malty with hints of raisin and plum.. spicy with ginger and clove. very enjoyable but anything beyond a sip could kill you. the alcohol isn't overpowering, but comes in the form of heavy flavor that limits drinkability.

this is a delicious, strong winter beer. sweet caramel overpowers any of the original aventinus wheatiness. a true accomplishment and one that must be savoured.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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 blitz134
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent caramel/amber color with an off-white two finger head on top which reduced to a thin layer. Smell is loaded with bananas and tangerine with hints of clove. Aroma also has some fruit esters consisting of hints of raisin. The alcohol is almost totally hidden with only a slight nuance of it coming to prominence as the beer warms. Taste is of banana pudding…so mainly banana flavors with bread and vanilla wafer undertones. Also a slight spiciness makes this beer initially sharp on the tongue. Most of the reviews mentioned the alcohol content being prominent, but I just don’t see it. If anything I think it adds to the sweetness of this beer. Mouthfeel is good as well, but not the most notable portion of this one. Too bad I don’t have any more of these. I’ll have to pick up another on the next trip to the store.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with lots and lots of yeast chunks everywhere. There is no lacing on the glass. The smell has lots of roasted malt character, with some caramel sweetness and a hint of alcohol. The taste is also very sweet, with lots of caramel and toffee, some dark fruit, and just enough alcohol to warm you up nicely. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy, yet smooth. The drinkability suffers some from the 12%, but this is still a damn tasty brew from Schneider & Sohn.

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Photo of Hunter
2.22/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Holy cow, I just looked at the ABV...12%?!?! OK...

Even with my nose away from the glass I can smell the alcohol...reminds me of the whisky my Uncle and Grandfather would sip in the evenings. But we'll get there.

On the pour: vigorous carbonation with an odd cacading effect that nevertheless creates only a short-lived head. Beer is something of a muddy cola in appearance. No head and no lacing detract from the appearance score.

Aroma: Fruit and booze, like a fruitcake soaked in rum.also detect notes of something...beefy, for lack of a better word, like Worchestershire sauce. Complex, but man! There's no escaping that alcohol.

Taste: Good God. Sharp and nigh undrinkable. The high-octane flavor is more akin to a shot than a beer. Hits the back of the throat and leaves a trail of warmth all the way down. Afternotes of raisin and grains, but the alcohol is just too much. Much more watery in the mouthfeel than I would suspect.

Certainly different and not for the faint of heart. Might go down better paired with food, I suspect something cheesy or blood-rare. An acquired taste, and one I probably wouldn't recommend. Just not my thing.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, dark brown beer sports a small, grayish-beige head. The beer is chock full o' flakes. The nose is spicy, tangy, fruity and very yeasty. Front is sweet and spicy, really dominated by yeast. The middle is an intense, syrupy malt, setting up a spicy, tangy, alcohol finish. Wow. This is an intense, tangy, fruity, yeasty beer. Aventinus on steroids.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is liquid bread and an unbelievable beer experience, this makes one recosider all thoughts and perceptions regarding wheat beers.

It pours a dark garnet color and like its lower gravity sidekick it has a large bubbled shor lived head thta leaves quickly and does not lkike to stick to the glass. What a pity.

The smell is rich and earthy over ripe sweet banana, cloves and alcohol warn you of the high gravity brew you are about to enjoy. this is a glass of rum soaked pumpkin spice or banana bread.

The taste is sublime. Danger Will Robinson, there is alcohol afoot. If you can smell it you can likewise taste it. The sip is a cacaphony of flavors. Sweet Malt, bittering hops, more malt and an overiding flavor of alcohol in the foreground. This is a dangerously strong brew.

This is a full bodied jar of beer. Thick and persistent on the toungue the taste lingers and evolves as you drink your way to Nirvana. A malt lovers Epiphany this is... Thick and oily you do not easily chase the richness of this brew from your palate.

Drinkable? Need you ask? This is the digestif of beers. The dessert tray stands untouched save for some cheese and fresh fruit. One has little need of anything else.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An 11.2 oz. volcano of a bottle, #019171. After the beer stopped foaming out the top of the bottle, it poured with a small head on top of purple/maroon colored beer. Smells malty and sweet, and also slightly vinous/ Tons of alcohol in the taste, with tart berry flavors abounding, and malty bread flavors. Slick and oily in the mouthfeel, and a assload of alcohol burn, good carbonation.

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Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle number 2004/08211. I gave it a good home. 12% abv noted.
Aroma: Rich banana and malt with a good twinge of alcohol.
Appearance: A nice tan finger of head formed at the pour and settled to a patchy cover fed by slow rising bubbles. Slightly translucent deep brown glass with pretty legs but no lace.
Flavor: It’s Aventinus on steroids. Much more assertive alcohol presence. Warm, but not hot. It adds a very spicy note to the malt. This beer assaults the senses with alcohol
Mouthfeel: Pass the fork and knife please. This beer is HEAVY. Thick body triggers an instinctive chew.
Overall Impression: Heady stuff. The alcohol jumped right on me. It’s been a while since I’ve had a head rush like this. This one demands respect. I keep harping on the alcohol aspects, but it all is infused into a heavy wheat beer. I found that very small bites, I mean sips, helped me savor the sweet malt flavors and fruit/raisin notes. The subtle nose is just the bait then WHAM, meet my little friend. It’s almost syrupy in taste and mouthfeel, about half way to a Sam Adams Triple Bock. Very intense; one to savor not to session. Enjoyable, but I think I’ve punched my ticket.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a barleywine tempered by the taste of some wheat and over-the-top barley. This is not an ice-filtered weizen. Barleywine aroma and colour. The original Eisbock? Well that's something, although I thought that happened in the WWI transportation to the Kraut troops.

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Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a brown color with very little head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma was very weak, but alcohol comes through well here. The flavor had a lot of alcohol in it as well, but it has a raisin sweetness. The mouthfeel is pretty thick on this one, but the alcohol character is too upfront and unmasked.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with much red and little gold. Beige head vanished within seconds. The nose was extremely yeasty and the alcohol content was obvious. Lots of caramel with some burnt wood also. Tasted of coffee grounds and severe alcohol. A challange for me to drink because of the alcohol content, but not bad at all to taste. Spices mixed with carbonation and alcohol make this a helluva kicker going down! Semi-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice brown color with a small head that flals to lightly ring the beer. The nose is rather light, with some raisin coming through, but lots of alcohol hit me as well. The flavor is full of raisins, but also a very strong alcohol character that isn't hidden by the malts at all. The feel is very thick. Drinkability is just okay. I am not a real big fan of this beer. Its not bad, but still not good.

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Photo of HogHill
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass with a nice tan 1 inch head.
Mollasses & black licorice, I can taste the alcohol on the trail end of a sip, 3/4ths through and I can feel it.
Toasted and caramel malts with molasses and black licorice the primary tastes.

This is a good Eisbock no doubt, but my money is spent on the Kulmbacher Eisbock though

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Photo of shippos
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

poured a deep garnet-blood red that is hazy in the center and a thin head that dissappears completly after a bit. winey/vinious aroma with alcohol and the german wheat beer aroma lying underneath it, estery and bubblegummy. good amount of carbonation that cuts through a little too much of the decent body on this beer. a thickish wheat beer upfront in the taste followed by a spicy phenolic finish with a good amount of alcohol. I couldn't even finish this though, either wasn't up to it/or couldn't. I was hoping for this to be better than what it was...worth a try at least.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of mentor
2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz single from Red Wagon (Rochester, Michigan) obtained and consumed in December 2004. Poured in a manner to retain the sediment in the bottle. Copper brown that is mildly cloudy and a thin head that quickly settled to a thin ring around the glass. Smells primarily of alcohol and perhaps some spice from noble hops (Saaz?). The taste is sweet alcohol and some bock character. The alcohol sting stays thoughout and after really searching beneath it, I could pick out some othe flavors. There was a hint of clove and, oddly, a hint of cocoa. Mouthfeel was medium-thick and carbonation was moderate. This bock wasn't 'bock' enough for me and the alcohol was just way too much. I'd like to recommend Kulmbacher as a much better representation of the style.

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Photo of horndecker
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Where to start? A beer not to be trifled with.
Not a beauty, as it sits in the glass, the off white head having disappeared in mere moments, even after an agressive pour. Deep murky purple ink, very cloudy, a bit oily looking. Detritus floats around the glass and I can hear a bit of rice krispies. I want to know what colors are hidden in the mud so I hold it right up to a bare light bulb. I can just make out dirty brown with purplish edges, lots of flotsam and jetsam....
The nose is a bit understated, but interesting. Bananas and wheat as you would expect, then a lot of roasted malt, burnt sugar, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Then alcohol.
The taste is not understated. It says MALT. Bread, fruits, plums maybe, almost like a dubbel, and a tart acidic finish that STINGS. There's the alcohol. Like a sip of single malt without the peat. Vanilla esters, assertive alcohol, Wild.
It looks only slightly carbonated, but the mouth says different. Lots of zing and a full, oily, lip numbing fizz.
Very drinkable, but one at a time. I couldn't see having more than one of these, and then only as the tasty punctuation to an evening.
Yes yes yes.

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Photo of winomark
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep caramel with a very vigorous, thick light tan head. Sweet candy and caramel tones on the nose. Rich wheat also noticable. Lots of tropical esters, dark wheat, and candy tones dominate the palate. Very thick and concentrated flavors on the palate. Thick and coating mouthfeel. Almost syruplike texture. An intersting version of a world-class beer. Always worth a try, but definately not an everyday brew.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather clear brown hue with ruby hints, bottle-conditioned with a few floaties around. Aroma is indeed reminiscent of an aventinus in the breay malt profile and gentle spiciness + plummy and banana fruitiness, but the difference lies in the heating factor. The eisbock is quite alcoholic and sweeter. In mouth, wheat chunks are to be found playing around with lovely aventinus flavours, but it’s very heating which makes it less friendly on a sunny day. Dark ripe fruits and pancake syrup character is quite appealing, but this remains vastly inferior to the regular to me, although I prefer the lower level of carbonation in here.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea what to expect from this one, and had no clue that I was going to be drinking something 12% ABV. Pours a dark red like black cherry. Fizzy white head quickly disappears. Aroma is of tart fruit, almost like a soured belgian ale. The flavor is of Black cherry, banana and spice with a dose of yeast and a warm alcohol, along with slight chocolate in the background . Similarities to hefeweizens are there but with more of a strong belgian or barleywine character. Incredibly smooth and rich, this is very easy to drink and a highly recommended beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The reddish brown body was clouded with oodles of yeast. The initial fizz of carbonation was cola like, and the resulting head did not last. The latent carbonation was soft and steady. The aroma was mostly alcohol with some red cherries thrown in the mix. The wheat based origin of the beer was not quite evident on the nose, as there was nary a hint of banana. The taste was again quite different than the unfrozen Aventinus, with the front and center flavor being peppery spiciness. The fruitiness showed up in the form of rum raisins, licorice, and plum. There was some evidence of oxidized character in the form of tobacco juice like bitterness. The hops only provided an aromatic floral background with minimal bitterness. This beer is much closer to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, than a Weizenbock that it started as. The alcohol is more concentrated than the non frozen version and it does not hide quite as well. Very warming and spicy, but a bit harsh. As a result, the drinability takes a hit.

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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.
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