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

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Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aventinus has been known to be the most intense and complex Wheat-Doppelbock in the world. This was the case in the past, but not anymore... Recently, Hans Peter Drexler, Brewmaster at G. Schneider & Sohn, heard some stories about some extra special Aventinus resulting from some partial freezing during a cold winter transport in the 1930's. He decided to recreate this classic "mistake" to further concentrate Aventinus in a modern, controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock was reborn. Prost!

Georg Schneider VI, 6th Generation Brewer

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Reviews: 1,200 | Ratings: 2,738
Photo of AudioGilz
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16689 from 2002. The color is a nice and murky dark brown. The head was large at first but then dissappears like gravity just ate it. There is a very malty sweet taste and very noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel makes this tolerable, very creamy and coating. I disliked the aftertaste, just straight up alcohol pretty much. The warming effect was desirable though. This is a very nice brew, not something I'll buy all the time though.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fine brew pours to an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a pretty good sized foam on top. Sweet malts come out as the big whiffer in the smell, where there is also a great yeast aroma (especially when the whole bottle is poured). There is also a good kick of alcohol that you can pick up in the nose, but it is not overpowering. I would have to say that a smell of grainy honey nut cheerios with malts and alcohol really describes this one.

This is a fantastic brew. I had high expectations after the other Aventinus I had. The flavor is intense with a big malty sweet taste at first. It then gets a little bready, and then the alcohol hits. It comes in noticably, but it is not strong (not like anyone would think with a beer of 13%). There is a small degree of roastiness in the last glimpse of the taste, and it continues into the aftertaste. Oh man is this good.

The body is rich and hearty. The flavors are very complex, and your tongue is very engaged in tasting for the first few gulps. It then is able to appreciate the fine feel of this beer. Crisp carbonation starts it off, and then the kick of the malts, spices, and alcohol keep it in your face. It is a pretty intense beer to drink.

There is a little bit of warming from the alcohol, but not a whole lot. This beer does have quite a kick in the pants though. If you were not awakened by the intensity of the flavor and mouthfeel (which you had to be), once the alcohol actually hits you, you know it packs a punch. The flavor does not tell you of the high alcohol percentage this beer has, but you will know it.

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Photo of goz
3.07/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle 08158 from 2001.
Pours very dark cloudy brown, small head, and minimal lacing. Aroma is powerful - banana, dark fruits (raisin and plum), maybe some apple in there,too. Flavor starts with some banana, middle has the other fruits mixed in with alcohol, and ends dry with a strong alcohol feel to it. Very light carbonation, and a good bit of warming alcohol parade around the mouth.

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Photo of mickstepp
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like a bock but that is where the similarity ends. Dark brown in color with a nice thick head. I could taste the alcohol right off, masked only slightly by the rich malt and yeast flavors. Nice texture and mouthfeel. A beer to be careful with because of it's combination of drinkability and high alcohol content. An interesting and unique style.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An Amazing Beer and a very unique style of beer as well! This Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock beer poured a brown, rusty colour with almost no head to speak of. This had aroms of malts and alchol and was very bocky in nature. The aromas reminded me a little bit of the aromas that one would percieve from a fresh bottle of Celebrator being opened. This tasted like more of the same, an alcoholic and heavy bock, but very refreshing and drinkable too. Very alcoholic this one is(= to about 3 regular beers). With this and 2 other high abv% beers back to back I was felling good all night, until I fell asleep, that is. An amazing mouthfeel backs this beer up as well, and it has a high but dangerous drinkability factor to consider as well.
Three cheers to DrewS for sending me this wonderful elixer!

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Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a strange wheat, an Ice bock, I think the freezing process increases the potency of this style, an Ice beer. Cloudy golden-orange color, huge thick white clingy head, fruity yeasty aroma of alcohol, cloves and bananas. Malty sweet fruity, spicy flavors, has a kind of strong alcohol taste in the start and finish, not bad for its high alcohol content.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle#04048 2001

Pours a cloudy deep brown with a highly carbonated tan head that fades to a thin, carbonation fed layer rather quickly. Pineapple, raisins, mollasses, cloves all on the nose. Very complex. The fruity taste dominates but the cloves are also present. Highly carbonated and the alcohol is well hidden. Verrry smooth. Pretty nice mouthfeel & very drinkable for 13%abv.

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Photo of Wildman
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No. 15298 of 2002: This beer poured a huge off white head that held for awhile then subsided to nothing with no lace. It was a murky dark brown color. It had an aroma of malt, cloves and bannanas. A flavor of malt and caramel with slight elements of the alcohol present. A medium, slightly syrupy body to it. I find this to a more rounded beer than the EKU.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take the regular Avenitus wheat doppelbock and pour in a shot of whiskey! I don't want to simplify it, but that's what this reminded me of. Poured a large head, retained for a few minutes, and then disappeared entirely (no lace at all). Initially, tasted very much like a somewhat maltier and smoother dark wheat beer (lots of clove, refreshing). As I progressed, however, the alcohol became more and more noticable. By the end, quite boozy (as much as I've tasted in a beer). Still, quite enjoyable and impressive (but be "vewy, vewy cayweful!!")

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Photo of beerluvr
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 13925

Poured with a magnificent tawny tan head, liquid is ultra-murky brown. Lots of yeast in suspension. Nose is concentrated maltiness that pulls no punches as to what awaits...which is rich syrupy, candy like fruity flavors including cooked banana mixed with sharp alcoholic notes. Very heady. Finishes with an alcoholic burn in the ass-kicking beer! Wish it were more availiable.

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Photo of Alewife
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one!!! Big bubble-bath head that laces down the edge of the glass. Unfortunately, it fades fast. Raisin and prune nose. Rich, full bodied, robust! Lots of sweet malty flavor with molasses very dominant. Dark, very ripe fruit. Hints of dark chocolate. Very smooth drinkability. Give me one or two (careful with three!) of these on a cold snowy night!!
Wish my glass wasn't empty already!

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep amber to brown color as it sets in the glass with a modest and semi-creamy head, the color a winsome light tan, as is erodes a fine and sticky sheet of lace covers the glass. Nose is sweet malt with hint of caramel and bubble gum, fresh and quite pleasing, the start is somewhat sweet, rich in malt, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a mild carbonation, the hops meek, pleasant, slightly tart aftertaste, and a quite quaffable brew tis’ true.

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Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Turbid dark garnet hue, covered by a light beige head that readily settles into a tight, dense layer that manages loose lace. A sharp snap of alcohol hits the nose at first, then thankfully yields to signature Weizen esters comprised of assertive bubblegum, and ripe banana. Mellow clove and light chocolate notes complement the esters, then mild wheat tartness round out the aroma. Smells like a Weizenbock, albeit w/ a more pronounced alcohol heatiness. Tastewise, dark, fruity date - like sweetness starts it off, then is ensued by a melange of clove phenol, raisiny notes and smooth wheat graininess. Mellow chocolate persists as a constant foundation, adding additional richness. Bittersweet, peppery alcohol is mild, but when combined with the inital dark fruitiness, a black licorice character is left. Understated banana esters provide meager contrast to the rich malt profile. Full in body and viscous in mouthfeel, w/ lower carbonation than their Weizenbock. Finishes with superficial Weizen wheat tartness and light bubblegum ester immediately ceded by throat coating alcohol warmth. Wow-- this is a big brew, to say the least. This eisbock makes no attempt to hide the alcohol character, yet manages to integrate it into the overall profile nicely. It's not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated and retains the signature Weizen esteriness. Although intense and delicious, its palate drenching nature diminishes the drinkability.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was perfect, dense clumpy head , dark amber colors with garnet flashes in the light. Nose very much like little brother Aventinus, caramelly malt, bannanas and oranges - spiciness of cloves and nutmeg. The body is less than full but more than medium when cold, but firms up significantly as it warms. The malt jumps out as does the wheat charactor. Hops tingle the back of the tongue while rich maltiness feels oily and conflicts strangely the tart wheat and yeast flavors. The high alcohol content is well hidden by the barrage of flavors but you sense the warmth after swallowing. This slow burning, complex finish may be the best thing about this beer.
A remarkable beer but somehow more, and less than I expected. Aventinus provides the same unique flavors in a more subdued fashion, without the thickness the Eisbock.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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 Jason
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with the bottle # 06558 and the year 2001 on the back label. Brownish burgundy colour with a fast foaming head that drops quickly to a thin ring of tan lace.

Bubble gum, banana, clove and herbal medicinal phenols in the aroma. Mellow estery almost solvent like alcohol in the nose also.

Lightly syrupy slick on the tongue. Spicy right upfront that rides the medium high carbonation, clove and alcohol come first then some phenolics to mix things up a bit. Touch of banana and breadiness in the middle. Hops are not there but there are other components that keep this brew in balance. Estery and slightly solvent alcohol even rides through the finish.

Not as complex as I though it would have been, the head lacks big time with a thin ring of lace … other than that this is a great brew. Alcohol is deceiving in a way as it lurks around to sneak up on you.

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Photo of budgood1
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

oh baby.....what a beer. murky apple cider appearance, thin foamy head. aroma of caramel apples, cloves, and some banana....tons of malt...and sweet alcohol. above average carbonation, with a thick chewy mouthfeel. massive body on this one....lots of wheat and yeast flavors with caramel malt flavors in the background. a definite hop presence and......... oh alcohol bite that is very noticeable, and very welcome. an awesomely powerful beer, huge in every way! alcohol warming effect immediately. 11.2 oz of sheer bliss in a bottle!

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Photo of Longstaff
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Why mess with perfection and freeze Aventinus to take the water out of it just to make it stronger? The best thing about this beer is how the head is so thick and snaps, crackles, and pops all the way to the bottom of the glass. Other than that, I am not impressed and don't understand the hype associated with this beer. The chocolate malt flavor is more present in this version but does not blend well with the very harsh alcohol flavor. Its like someone took a imperial stout and dumped a shot of cheap vodka in it. I would rather see them try and brew a triple bock instead of just taking water out of the dopple bock to get a stronger more maltier beer. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. What's next, kegs of Chimay?

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Photo of cokes
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you #04355 / 2001. This is simply incredible.

Pours a stormy brown/dark peach. Massive light-beige head explodes from the bottle. Starts very fizzy, then settles to a creamy inch. Sticks around as well as any I have seen.

Strong whaffs of clove and banana. The huge, yet typical wheat beer profile masks what is in store.

Big surge of fruity malt rushes forward (pineapple and peach..other tropical fruit). Battles with the huge yeasty weizen traits. Clove is all over this one. Drys out a little toward the finish as the hops assert themselves. They provide balance, but ultimately get crushed under the heavy load. I am picking up hints of toffee and butter as well. A little prickly alcohol is evident...but not even close to the listed 13%.

Spritzy, yet creamy in the mouth. So pleasurable. Wow.
Outright dangerous to drink. Goes down so well. And so fast.

I'd say that this is the best weizen I've ever had...but that is like playing with a stacked is simply not fair to compare the others.
Actually, I'd go as far as to say that this is one of the best I have ever had.
I am stunned.

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Photo of Andy
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Monster, craterous tan head. Menacing hazy brown color, lighter at bottome and grows increasingly dark as it rises. Big wheat and yeast aroma. Clovey and slightly peppery. Delicate and brutal.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed bottle # 08182/2001. Oooohh... Like the regular Aventinus on steroids!! Oh baby, oh mama, oh baby...superb!! Dark brown color, hazy with my friends, the yeasties, swirled in...! Nice, fine head which sticks around....leaves a bit 'o lace, too. It's nose is similar to the regular: banana & cloves, but also sweeter, with whiffs of alcohol and some bubblegum as well. Great mouthfeel!! Lovely body, and real smooth! Oh, and the flavor...! A richer, sweeter, more warming version!!! That clove/banana combo, along with sweetness, hints of dark fruit, and even a bit of hoppiness at the end. To think I enjoyed this out in the sun on a 75F day.... Can't imagine how good it'd be after being out all day in the cold and snow of the Bavarian Alps and then having one (or two) in a cozy little Gasthaus! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of sprinkle
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome!!Pour slowly this thing is packed with carbonation,Huge on the nose,packed with bannana,clove from the weizenbier yeast.Creamy and rich thoughout the taste explodes in your mouth!First german beer to impress me since I lived there.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No. 00626 of 2002 - a reasonably fresh bottle. Monster head atop murky mysterious liquid. Fruity aroma and floral, bourbonish taste. Brings back college memories of Southern Comfort (and, unfortunately, grain alcohol). Smooth, soft mouthfeel with the yeast providing something to really sink your tongue into. Although seemingly benign, a large gulp gives numbing indication of its wicked disposition. Drink slowly (and pour slowly - the head's a killer). Perhaps too over the top, especially at this young age, also since regular Aventinus is just as pleasurable. Regardless, an inspiring beer.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Come on guys, I love this beer to but you can not give it a 5 or even a 4 on appearance. It looks like mud but tastes like a little slice of heaven. I did ding it a little on drinkablitiy due to the alcohol heat but the smell taste and mouthfeel are perfect.

What a great idea, "Lets take an alread intense beer and crank it up a notch or two." I hope they continue to make this, I also hope that someday we get some to sell up here in Oreon.

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Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle. Bottle No: 03495 (2001). You can tell that whatever is inside this bottle special. I served my sample in an official 0,5l Aventinus Weizen glass.

Appearance: A deep, cloudy brown beer with amber edges and a massive off-white foam head -- good retention. There is yeast in the bottle, hence its being a cloudy brew. Personally, I recommend that you pour 2/3 into the glass then take the remainder and swirl up that yummy yeast and pour it into the glass too.

Smell: Phenolic/clovey with musty aromas, soft grains.

Taste: Smooth, creamy and beyond malty on first contact. Malt body is full, thick, syrupy with treacle, honey, coffee, buttery toffee, chocolate, rum and a unique tropical fruity quality way back on the palate. Clove flavours pop-up all over, and you can taste a bit of the wheat and its husky tannins. Alcohol is there, and warming. Things get a bit coarse for a moment as a raw hop flavour tries is hardest to break thru the malt. It fails. The malt wins, and as a result there's very little bitterness (touch of cheesy flavour and feel, but it's real of hidden). Finish is soft, with all sorts of wacky residuals on the palate.

Notes: This is one rich and robust beer with incredible depth and complexity. I love this beer. It's got a Plato of 28.7 or around a 1.117 specific gravity, which is very high. Hard to tell the alcohol content without knowing how it finished, but you can be assured that it's very high, especially given the freezing process of this beer -- said to be around 12-13%abv. This beer is a must for wheat beer and/or beer cellaring fans. Absolutely luscious.

Up until the 1940's, Aventinus was shipped all over Bavaria in containers lacking temperature control. Consequently, the precious drink partially froze during transportation. Unaware that theb rew was concentrated by the separation of water from the liquid, people were baffled by this stronger version of Aventinus. By chance, the first Aventinus Eisbock was created.

Well aware of this story, Hans Peter Drexler, brewmaster at the Schneider Brewery, decided to recreate this classic "mistake" in a modern controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock is reborn sixty years later. Now it's brewed in limited qualities throughout the year.

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